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A logger’s life

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By Mary Owen Meet Logger Larry! Owner-operator of Manning Cutting Inc., Larry Manning always wanted to cut timber. “I grew up in a logging family, and knew from a very young age that logging was what I wanted to do,” said Manning, a Sublimity resident who hails from four generations of family loggers. Manning’s neighbor Nicole Miller said, “These generations have incredible details of how the industry has changed through the years. Grandpa Sim Etzel of Stayton used to build mills in the 1920s. His sonin-law Leland Manning of Lyons logged in the ‘50s, and now Larry and his son, Corey, are logging in a new century.” Manning started working for his dad in the summer of 1968, between his freshman and sophomore year of high school, he said.

Left: Larry Manning inside a felled cedar in 2005. Right: Larry continues to operate Manning Cutting, Inc.

for cutting timber,” he explained. “He agreed to break me in, so I worked for him for 10 years before I got my own cutting contract.

“Back then it was a lot more challenging,” Manning added. “You may have had to cut six to eight trees in a day versus 150“A good friend of mine was starting to 200 today. Some of the trees were about 8 Richard Esterman Salem Xmas Ad.pdf 1 9/13/2017 2:26:37 PM to 9 feet in diameter. The biggest I’ve cut cut timber for his dad who had a contract

was 11 feet in diameter.” Manning said industry rules have changed much over the years. “When I started, if a log fell in the creek, we could remove them and add them to our haul,” he said. “Today, if a log falls into a creek, legally we can’t remove them, due to environmental

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way to show up and work, you don’t make money,” he said. “There is no light duty.”

Manning’s one constant over his 30 some years of contracting is the friends he made.

Manning’s son, Corey, lives in Stayton, and is a proverbial “chip off the old block,” always wanting to cut timber.

“You spend a lot of time with your crew when you’re traveling two hours each way on the longer jobs,” Manning said. “The crew liked working straight through a day without lunch, so we could go home earlier. We all communicated daily on the hazards that lay ahead as you walked to your saw every day.” But in three decades, Manning said only one accident was critical enough for a team member to be flown by Life Flight to a nearby hospital. “He crushed his leg, and, of course, that was the last tree on the job,” he said. “Unfortunately, it ended his cutting days. “There have always been accidents and a lot of close calls, but if you don’t find a

To further his father-son adventures, Manning would like to cut work travel from all throughout Oregon to jobs within 60 miles of his home. “Working around the Canyon or the outskirts is ideal,” he said.

“After trying to talk him Manning isn’t sure if Corey’s out of it, I ended up two boys, ages 10 and 12, breaking him in, and he’s Corey Manning. been cutting for 20 years,” have any interest in “going Manning said. “We decided to work in the woods,” but to switch to logging so we could do might just choose to do so if it means something different every day, not just working with their dad and grandpa. cut.” “My nephew, Chad, and his dad, Ken, Two weeks ago while cutting, a large limb also help out when they can,” he said. came down and broke Corey’s shoulder in “Chad runs shovel and Cat and Ken runs two places. the Cat.” “Which was bad timing because it’s Jokes and pranks help to lighten their now the start of deer and elk season,” heavy workload, and most of the time, the Manning said. “If it looks like a nice good new guy on the team gets the worst of the day for hunting or fishing, we can just take the day off.” shenanigans, Manning said.

“One day after a prank was pulled and the guy thought he had got the best of the other person, that person waited until it rained and ran a wire to a spark plug and under the seat to the coil,” he said. “The guy kept thinking there was a bee stinging him. You have to stay on your toes because there is always someone plotting!” Pranks aside, Manning finds it satisfying to look down a hill after a day on the job and see how far they have worked their way up. “We now cut it and log it, whereas before we just did cutting and left the logging to someone else,” he said. “We can do thinning and clear cuts, and we always pile the brush.” Manning loves working outdoors in the open air, and plans to continue to cut and log timber. “Seeing the different countryside and deer, elk and other game,” he said, “has been a great perk!”

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Growing with purpose By Mary Owen Mama’s Table will be spread with thanksgiving this month – and next. The free meal, courtesy of Aumsville Pentecostal Church of God, will celebrate with food grown in their own Dove’s Echo Gardens. The meals are a part of the church’s whole outreach package: food bank, community gardens, community family meals, weekend food program, yearly backpack/school supply giveaway, monthly project night for adults, among the many more ideas in the works. “The idea for Mama’s Table was born from witnessing firsthand what people are in need of when they come into the food bank,” said Rocky Nylund, who pastors the church with her husband, Eric. “As pastors, Eric and I know that people’s needs run many directions. Whole health comes when an individual’s needs are met on physical, spiritual, emotional, relational and cultural levels. “While we can’t meet all of these needs, we endeavor to take steps in our

community to do all we can,” she added. “As the practice of sitting around the family table declines, we came up with the idea of a place for folks to eat a homecooked meal and have the opportunity to build relationships. Mama’s Table!” Plans are to have food on Mama’s Table at 6:30 p.m. on the second Friday of every month at the church, 10153 Mill Creek Road in Aumsville. “This month, it is on the third Friday because we are still in preparation,” Nylund said. “It is open to all, and is not based on income status. This is a community event. In order to have a healthy family, you need all ages and types. The same is true in the community, which we see as our largescale, extended family.” Both from the Aumsville area, the Nylunds have pastored Aumsville PCG for a year now. They have two children, three godchildren that they claim as theirs, and another young man that they “adopted” into their “crazy bunch.”

another one,” Nylund said. “In addition to our kids, they have blessed us with three daughters-in-law and a son-inlaw. More importantly, they have given us the world’s two cutest god-grandsons and the sweetest, most beautiful godgranddaughter. We also have three granddogs, but who’s counting!” Taking the place of retiring pastor of 30 years, the Rev. Walt Magby, in June of last year, the couple calls their journey “incredible!” “So much has happened,” Nylund said. “God rooted us here for a specific purpose, a purpose we had never even considered. As pastors, our thought has always been to create a church that is a family and to enlarge that family by being a true part of the community. The motto of our congregation is: Hope, Community, Purpose.” When first at PCG, the Nylunds were approached by a woman who asked if they were going to keep a few food items on hand in case anyone who was hungry

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Aumsville church establishes food pantry, community garden to the food bank this year as well as more that went to the dinner tables of the growers around here,” Nylund said. “We are expecting much more than that this next year as we are adding a 2,500 sq.ft. in-ground area for planting.”

Mama’s Table will be set to celebrate the holidays in style, and church members are planning to make the meals as special as possible, Nylund said. “Depending on what we can come up with, we hope to have a traditional Thanksgiving meal and to have gifts for each one at Christmastime,” she said.

The pastors credit members of their congregation and others in the community for helping the church reach its goals. “Each time we think of something new, someone supports us in one way or another,” Nylund said. “To see the way our church has grown spiritually and in relation to our community has been more than we could have dreamed. At this point, at least 30 of our people have donated time and/or resources on a regular basis. Since we only had 10 members when we became pastors, we often stand back and shake our heads wondering where they all came from.

Nylund said future plans are “big and growing bigger each day.” “Eric and I have had a lot of people tell us that we dream too big,” she said, acknowledging “someone has to do it.” Their biggest “next” is to build two new outbuildings/sheds to house the pantry.

Rocky and Eric Nylund with helper, Ava Neal, 8, in the Aumsville Pentecostal Church of God pantry.

“We are still a small congregation of about 30 members strong, though attendance is about 50-75,” she said. “We actually have had people tell us that

we can’t possibly be doing the community any ‘favors’ because we are just the little yellow church. Our answer is this: ‘We are bigger on the inside than we look on the outside.’ We are simply being a part of the community.”

“In addition, we are remodeling a bathroom to be handicapped-friendly, and it will include a shower for folks that do not have access to running water,” Nylund said. “We would love eventually to be able to house a small laundry facility at which families who need to could do one of two loads a week without charge.” But, Nylund said, the biggest dream is to

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“She was at a MobilePack event in Medford and invited us to join in,” Fields said. “Participating in the pack was fun. We were touched by how easy it was to work for just a couple of hours and know that our efforts were helping children all over the world. I was immediately overcome with a desire to organize a MobilePack in our community. I knew this community would support it.”

“FMSC provides the supplies and equipment while we provide the people and funds. Our goal is to gather 1,000 people to pack 200,000 meals.” Currently, Fields said almost 900 have signed up to help, and people can still volunteer. Tagged “From the Santiam Canyon’s Hands to the World’s Mouth,” the three-day event will take place Nov. 4-6 at Stayton High School. The first two days are open to the public, and the Monday MobilePack will be completed by Stayton and Regis

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reach their intended destination.” Fields said two weeks after the pack, the group will learn of the destination for Stayton’s life-saving MobilePacks.

By mid-October, Marcey’s Place, Croff Construction, Power Chevrolet, Capital Pawn, CW Specialty Lumber, Wildlife Meadows, NW Scales, Focus Heating & Construction, and Stayton Builders Mart have “generously donated,” Fields said. “Mark and I have a great team of people helping us organize this event,” she added, listing Brian and Angie Harper, Brenda Gescher, Wayne Lindsey, Brandon John, Mike Miller, Alan Kirby, Jack and Norma Frazier, and Larry Etzel.

“I can’t imagine the horror a parent must feel to know that they cannot feed their child, or how forgotten and helpless a truly starving child must feel,” she said. “I know that we can’t possibly feed every child, but it feels good to know that we helped with a few.

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Etzel, owner of Marcey’s Place in Sublimity, is participating because his mother “loved kids and would have wanted the business that bears her name to support this cause.”

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datebook Frequent Addresses Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center, 555 Main St., Aumsville Cascade Jr./Sr. High, 10226 SE Marion Road, Turner. Regis High, 550 W Regis St., Stayton Santiam Jr./Sr. High, 265 SW Evergreen, Mill City Stayton Community Center, 400 W Virginia St., Stayton Stayton High, 757 W Locust St., Stayton Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave.

Weekly Events Monday Motion Monday, 10:15 a.m. Stayton Public Library. Music, dance for little ones. Free. 503-769-3313

Yoga, 1:30 - 3 p.m., Charles & Martha

Brown House, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. $20/year. All ages; children must be accompanied by adult. 503-769-8860

AA Meetings,

7 p.m. Calvary Lutheran, 198 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Repeats Tuesdays, Thursdays.

Tuesday Story Time, 10:15

a.m. Stayton Library. Repeats at 3:30 p.m. 503-769-3313

Senior Meals, noon. First

Presbyterian Church, 236 Broadway, Mill City. Lunch for those 60 and older. $3.50. Repeats Thursdays. 503-897-2204 Al-Anon Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Mt.View Wesleyan Church, 111 Main, Aumsville.

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Sunday

AA Meeting, 6 p.m. Chester Bridges Community Center. 502-399-0599

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Please see Our Town’s Home for the Holidays insert for additional November and December holiday events.

Wednesday, Nov. 1 Stayton/Sublimity Chamber Greeters

Red Hat Strutters

Saturday, Nov. 4

Noon, Sizzler Restaurant, 1151 Lancaster Dr., Salem. Call hostess Liala Baylie, 503-302-6836, for reservations.

Thursday, Nov. 2 Alzheimer’s Support Group

10 a.m., Maurice’s Bistro, 390 SE Church St., Sublimity. Open to all. 503-769-3499

Grandparents Lunch

Stayton Elementary, 875 N First Ave. Annual grandparents lunch. First grade 10:50 a.m. Second grade 11:15 a.m. Kindergarten 11:50 a.m. Third grade 12:25 p.m. Adults $3. 503-769-2336

Coloring Group

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Supplies provided. Age 12 - adult. Free. Repeats Nov. 30. 503-769-3313

Free Cooking Class

Stayton Rotary Lunch, Noon. Santiam

Aumsville Planning Commission

AA Meeting, 6 p.m. Women only,

6:30 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Open to the public. Agenda available. 503-749-2030

Riverview Community Bank, 112 Main St., Aumsville.

Friday, Nov. 3

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9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Immaculate Conception Parish Center, 1077 N Sixth Ave., Stayton. New, used items. Repeats 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Nov. 4. 503-769-2656

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p.m. St. Boniface Catholic Church, 375 SE Church St., Sublimity. 503-769-6459 Thumpin’ Thursday, 10:15 a.m. Stayton Library. Music, dance. Free.

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Narcotics Anonymous, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

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7 p.m., Stayton High. Stayton High drama students presents The Importance of Being Earnest. Admission $5 adults, $3 students and seniors. Repeats Nov. 4. 503-769-2171

6:30 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 198 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Free cooking class provides skills needed to make wise food choices. Free. Register by calling Tonya Johnson, 503-373-3763.

Golf Club, 8724 Golf Club Road, Sublimity. 503-769-7307

7 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. “The Abolitionists,” highlighting rescue missions of Operation Underground Railroad. OUR rescues children from sex trafficking. Free tickets are available at Anytime Fitness, 935 N First Ave., Stayton. Not suitable for children. 503-769-5500

8 a.m., Stayton/Sublimity Chamber of Commerce, 175 E High St., Stayton. Chamber Member Appreciation Event. 503-769-3464

Tai Chi, 10 - 11 a.m., Historic Charles & Martha Brown House, 425 N First Ave, Stayton. $20/year. All ages; children must be accompanied by adult. Repeats Fridays. 503-769-8860

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Rummage Sale

Spaghetti Dinner K-9 Fundraiser

5 - 7 p.m., Stayton United Methodist Church, 1450 SE Fern Ridge Road. Spaghetti dinner benefits Stayton Police Department’s K-9 Drug Dog Program. Free-will donations. 503-7695700

Indoor Flea Market

9 a.m. - 2 p.m., IOOF Building, 122 N Third Ave., Stayton. Tables $12 each; contact onsite day-of at 9 a.m.

Stayton Fall Clean-up Day

9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Stayton Shops, 1820 N First Ave. Stayton residents dropoff yard debris for free; canned food donations accepted for Stayton Community Food Bank. Seniors who need assistance can contact Stayton Public Works, 503-769-2919.

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8 - 10 a.m., Moxieberry Cafe, 429 N Third Ave., Stayton. Event for entrepreneurs, nonprofits to celebrate successes, clarify priorities, map out action plan. First Tuesday of the month. All welcome. Free. Presented by Grow EDC. Allison, 503-871-5188, growsantiam.org

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Noon, Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Repeats Nov. 21. Glenn, 503769-9010, nsantiamfs@wvi.com

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2 - 4 p.m., Marcey’s Place Adult Foster Care Home, 1150 NE Magnolia Ave., Sublimity. Coffee, tea, cookies, tour of facility. Open to public; no reservations necessary. Dianne, 503-769-1313

Shaw Knights of Columbus Breakfast

Medicare Rodeo

Sunday, Nov. 5

7:30 - 10 a.m., St. Mary Parish Hall, 9168 Silver Falls Hwy., Shaw. Cost: $7 adults, $2 children 12 and under. 503-362-6159

Monday, Nov. 6 Daughters of American Revolution

10 a.m., Historic Charles & Martha Brown House, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Abigail Scott Duniway chapter meeting. Program, “Celebrating Abigail Adams and Dolly Madison, begins at 11 a.m. All welcome. Refreshments. 503-769-5951

Book Bobs

2 - 6 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Free cholesterol, blood glucose screenings, vendor booths, presentations. santiamhospital.org

Odd Fellows Bingo

7 p.m., Stayton Odd Fellows Lodge, 122 N Third Ave. $20 plays all games. Cash prizes. Open to public. Repeats Nov. 21.

Stayton Parks and Rec Board

7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-769-3425

3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Book club for children who are beginning to read chapter books. This month’s selection is Tornado by Betsy Byars. Sign-ups recommended. 503-769-3313

Wednesday, Nov. 8

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7 p.m., Stayton High. Fall choir concert. Free admission. Open to public. 503-769-2171

Stayton City Council

7 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to public. Agenda available. 503769-3425

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8 a.m., Moonlight Maintenance, 41818 Kingston-Jordan Road, Stayton. 503-769-3464 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mill City City Hall, 444 S First Ave. Oregon Health Plan sign-up event. Bring social security number for everyone applying, birth dates, employer and income information, self-employment deductions, current health insurance, information about health coverage available through employer. Free. Rachel Lytle, 541-967-3866 ext. 2689.

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Marian Estates Auxiliary Bingo

2 – 4 p.m., Maurice’s Bistro, 390 SE Church St., Sublimity. $5 per packet. Open to public.

Santiam Canyon School Board

6:30 p.m., Santiam Elementary School, 450 SW Evergreen, Mill City. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-897-2321

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9 a.m., Santiam Center, 11656 SE Sublimity Road #200, Sublimity. Collaborative effort between those providing resources for individuals, families. Melissa, 503-7699319, mbaurer@santiamhospital.org

DIY Craftshop

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Create owl craft or paint own design on rocks. Supplies provided. Age 12 - adults. Free; register by calling 503-769-3313.

North Santiam Watershed Council

6 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to public. 503-930-8202

Saturday, Nov. 11 Veteran’s Day Veteran’s Day Salute

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Lyons Library Board

7 p.m., Lyons Public Library, 279 Eighth St. 503-859-2366

Tuesday, Nov. 14 Santiam Historical Society

6 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Presentation of history of the Santiam Canyon, surrounding area. Open to public. Refreshments.

Mill City Council

6:30 p.m., Mill City City Hall, 444 S First Ave. Open to public. 503-897-2302

Cascade School Board

7 p.m., Cascade District Office, 10226 SE Marion Road, Turner. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-749-8010

VFW Meeting

7 p.m., Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5638. Repeats Nov. 28. Hank, 503-769-5792

Wednesday, Nov. 15

7 p.m., Regis High. Regis, St. Mary students present The Government Inspector. Admission $5. Repeats Nov. 17 18. 503-769-2159

Friday, Nov. 17 Mari-Linn Spaghetti Dinner

5:30 - 8 p.m., Mari-Linn School, 741 Fifth St., Lyons. Parent Teacher Club spaghetti dinner, auction. Dinner $7 adults, $4 children. Oral, silent auctions. 503-8452154

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

6 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Children invited to bring stuffed animal to spend the night at library. Michael O’Neill performs. Bedtime cookies and story. Children can come in Saturday or the next week to pick up animal. 503-769-3313

Saturday, Nov. 18 Sanitation, Pest Management

Mini Pizza Party

9 a.m. - noon, Marion County Health & Services Building, 3180 NE Center St., Salem. Gail Gredler discusses strategies for sanitizing greenhouses. Free. Call 503373-3770 to register.

Stayton Library Board

1 - 4 p.m., Gates Elementary, 40151 Gates School Road. Bring a pie to share; singa-long. Free. Hosted by Upward Bound Camp. 503-897-2447

Chamber Greeters

8 a.m., Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. 503-769-3464 4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Make your own mini pizzas, play games. Free; registration necessary. Grades 6 - 12. 503-769-3313 6 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Open to public. 503-769-3313

Thursday, Nov. 16 Young Professionals Meet-Up

Pie Potluck Open House

Mary Flower and BBQ Boys

7 p.m., Trexler Farm, 20146 SE Ferry Road, Stayton. Mary Flower and the BBQ Boys perform. Beer, wine served. Attendees must be 21 and older. Tickets $20 in advance; $25 at door if available. Seating limited. Tickets at staytonevents.com. santiamh2a.org

Thursday, Nov. 23 Thanksgiving Friday, Nov. 24

Cascade Foothills Thanksgiving Tour

Fall scenery, wine tasting. Repeats Nov. 25-26. Map: cascadefoothillswine.com.

Sunday, Nov. 26 Community Dinner

5 - 8 p.m, Gates Elementary, 410151 Gates School Road. Community dinner, fellowship hosted by Upward Bound Camp. 503-897-2447

Monday, Nov. 27 Marion Estates Auxiliary

2 p.m., Sloper Cafe, 590 SE Conifer Circle, Sublimity. 503-769-8900

Random Readers Book Club

3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. For children who want to read more challenging books. This month, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Sign-ups encouraged. Free. 503-769-3313

Aumsville City Council

7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Open to public.

Sublimity Planning Commission

7 p.m., Sublimity City Hall, 245 NW Johnson St. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-769-5475

Stayton Planning Commission

7 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to the public.

Tuesday, Nov. 28 Mill City Council

3 p.m., Fraternal Order of Eagles, 640 SW Broadway, Mill City. Celebrate veterans with flag raising; 4 p.m. veterans slideshow. Dinner of tri tip roast or Treager smoked chicken at 5 p.m. Veterans eat free; other $8. 503-897-3100

8:30 a.m., location TBA. Young Professionals is open to business people throughout the canyon under 40. Sponsored by GROW-EDC. For information, location, call 503-871-5188

Monday, Nov. 13

3 - 4:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Kids of all ages build with Legos, Duplos. Free. 503-769-3313

11 a.m, Stayton Public Library. Open to public. 503-769-3313

Wednesday, Nov. 29

NSSD Board

Red Cross Blood Drive

1 - 6 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Appointments encouraged by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, visiting redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins scheduled at door. Carolyn, 503-580-8318.

8 a.m., Head West, 124 S Center St., Sublimity. Hosted by Jennifer Bates, cosmetologist. 503-769-3464

Art Club

3:45 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Art club for age 5 and older. Call library, 503-7693313, for spot availability. Free.

Sublimity City Council

7 p.m., Sublimity City Hall, 245 NW Johnson. Open to public.

Aumsville City Council

7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Open to public. Agenda available.

Lyons Fire District Board

7 p.m., Lyons Fire Station, 1114 Main St. Open to public.

Stayton Fire District

7 p.m.,. Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Open to public.

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6 p.m., District Office, 1155 N First Ave., Stayton OR TBA. Board meeting for North Santiam School District. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-769-6924

Monday, Nov. 20 Friends of the Library

6:30 p.m., Mill City City Hall, 444 S First Ave. Open to public. Agenda available.

Lyons City Council

6:30 p.m., Lyons City Hall, 449 Fifth St. Open to public. Agenda available.

Chamber Greeters

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6:30 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Open to the public. Agenda available. 503-749-2030

Stayton City Council

7 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-769-3425

4 - 5 p.m., Stayton Public Library. A platform of easy-to-use electronics students use to create inventions, complex electronics by snapping together magnetic modules. Free. 503-769-3313

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Wednesday, Nov. 22

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Aumsville Planning Commission

7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Salem author Barbara S. Mahoney speaks on her works. Reception accompanies event. Open to public. Free. 503-769-3313

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

3 p.m., Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. 12th annual free turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Shut-ins needing delivery, or volunteers, call 503-767-3945 before Nov. 20. To volunteer, Donations welcome.

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5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Book discussion group for adults. This month’s selection: A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler. Free; no registration necessary. 503-769-3313

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Helping Hands

Youth benefit

Golf tourney supports scholarships, programs Applications are now being accepted for over $21,000 in scholarship money raised to help graduation high school students residing within the Santiam Canyon.

awards will be presented during our annual awards night, April 25.” Long said he is always impressed with the level of the community activities and academic achievement of the students receiving the scholarships. “The recipients have enrolled in a wide range of colleges and universities, including one Regis recipient attending college in Saint Andrews, Scotland,” he said. “All recipients must attend a school of higher learning to receive the funds. The funds are not given to the recipient but sent to the school once they have been enrolled.”

Initially, Long approached the boards of the North Santiam Chamber of Commerce and the Canyon Senior Center to support a youth benefit golf tournament with the proceeds to be used for scholarships and funding assistance for youth programs in the Santiam Canyon.

Long credits the outstanding, and in some cases, continuous, support from sponsors and donors for the success of the scholarship program.

Youth programs that qualify include sports groups, library programs, STEM and art programs, after-school programs, scouting clubs, church youth groups and more. Scholarship recipients have all been “outstanding young adults,” Long said, from Santiam, Stayton and Regis and Santiam Canyon students attending Oregon Connections Academy. “We look closely at the applicants’ involvement in community service as well as academic achievement,” Long said. The 2017 event raised $21,069, and Long said he still has one more pledge that may come through. “With the money we raised this year, our total for the 17 years is $188,405 for scholarships and funding assistance grants for youth programs,” he said. “We awarded seven scholarships from our proceeds of the 2016 tournament – three Santiam students, three Stayton students and one Regis student. Since our funds available for scholarships and funding assistance is up a little over $1,000, I would expect that we will award eight scholarships this year. The

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Scholarship, program applications welcome Continued from 16 The tournament is a four-person scramble, $400 per team, including a continental breakfast, hot dogs and chips at the turn, and on-course hors d’oeuvres with a barbecue beef brisket and pulled pork lunch, including dessert. “We have been blessed with a wonderful cadre of volunteers,”

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P.O. Box 107, Mill City, OR 97360. Make sure that the application includes the amount of funds requested; contact name address and phone number/e-mail. Scholarship applicants and youth organizations must apply by March 15. More information can be found at www.ybgolf.com.

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By Mary Owen Two years ago, Erin Wheeler-McKenzie opened the doors of her adult foster home in the Quail Run neighborhood of Stayton. “We have five residents who my team cares for in a homelike residential community,” said Wheeler-McKenzie of Open Arms Adult Care, which offers 24-hour care for seniors and those with physical challenges. With 18 years of experience in the medical field, Wheeler-McKenzie saw the need for more flexible caregiving. She knew respite care can prevent or postpone the need for a residential facility care. “As my foster home specializes in memory care, we are expanding this with a day program, caring for individuals with many forms of dementia,” Wheeler-McKenzie said.

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The new Open Arms Adult Day Care Program opened its doors at 112 E. Burnett St. , Stayton Oct. 18.

“This is a center that does care only during the day for respite relief,” she added. “We offer flexible hours from a partial to a full day two to five times a week” The center is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Meals include a continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack. The meals are included in the daily fee.”

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Janet Dornhecker’s 95-year-old mother lives in the Open Arms foster home, a place Dornhecker calls “just wonderful!”

“Benefits of the program include caregivers to assist with daily care needs, socialization, exercise of the mind and body with individually constructed programs,” she said. “Also participants are getting the ability to be more involved in the community with outings, specialized projects and hobbies.”

“If I had mom living at my home, and I wanted to go out, I wouldn’t be able to leave her alone,” she said. The new facility, she added, “would be a great, safe place for her to go.”

The move-in date for the day care center was Sept. 1, and prior to opening, the facility was updated with new floors, a kitchen addition, and paint. Now that the day care is in full swing, some participants are becoming “regulars.” “I’ve been impressed with what Erin has to offer,” said Joni Lorenz. “My step-father resides at her adult foster care home, and has started going to her day care program a couple of days a week. He has dementia, but enjoys visiting and drinking coffee with other people. He really enjoys listening to music, and will whistle along. I think it’s working out well.”

Wheeler-McKenzie lives in Sublimity, and has been a part of the Stayton/Sublimity community since 2007. Her husband grew up in the area, and they have six-year-old twin boys. She has worked as a certified nursing assistant, an emergency medical technician, an instructor, and a paramedic. She is still a paramedic but no longer works ambulance. “You can leave your loved one with us knowing that our skilled and dedicated staff will care for them as they would their own family,” Wheeler-McKenzie said. “Although we specialize in memory care, we are not limited to those patients. ” Open Arms can be reached at 503-7693315, openarmsadultcare@outlook.com.

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Civics 101

Open seat

Jennifer Niegel departs from Stayton City Council

By Mary Owen

the spectrum.”

After serving on the Stayton City Council since February 2011, Jennifer Niegel is leaving.

Niegel said person appointed to fill the position will have to be able to take all views into consideration and then decide what is best for the city and its residents.

“You have to reside within the city limits of Stayton to serve,” said Niegel, an attorney with Stayton Law. “I no longer qualify.”

“And responsible people will disagree about what may be the best course of action,” she said. “You can’t always make everyone happy.”

With Niegel’s departure, Mayor Hank Porter is accepting letters of interest from community members who would like to serve on the city council.

Niegel believes she has been able to work well with others – staff and councilors – even when not in agreement.

“It will be a challenge to fill Jennifer’s seat,” Porter said. “I thought a letter of interest was a good way to go about this. There is always a bigger pool of talent than you casually think exists.”

“As a councilor, I think it’s important to have an opinion, and if you disagree with others, keep it professional and not get personal,” she said. “I was able to appreciate the views of other councilors even if we had disparate opinions. At the end of the day, we’re still colleagues and friends.”

As of Oct. 25, five letters of interest had been received by the city: Steve Frank, Ralph Lewis, Christopher Molin, David Patty and Travis Woods. The councilor term runs through December 2020, with meetings typically occurring at 7 p.m. on the first and third Monday of every month. On occasion, the city call a special meeting which typically falls on the second or fourth Mondays. Council members also serve as liaisons to other city boards and commissions and as a budget committee member.

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“One of the biggest challenges is having to address many interests when an issue arises,” Niegel said of her role as city councilor. “Often times issues are not black and white, and often times there’s more than one side to an issue. You may have a lot of people with opinions all over

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Santiam YMCA focuses on enrichment programs Currently, a $45 registration fee is required in addition to a sliding-fee monthly rate schedule of $55 to $95, with a year-round option of $230 to $270. The rates are subject to children qualifying for free/reduced meals through their school.

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The Santiam Family YMCA has moved from the Stayton Family Memorial Pool to the North Santiam School District office. “North Santiam and the Y have a very special relationship,” said Natasha Cronin, vice-president of youth development for the Family YMCA of Marion and Polk Counties. “The school district subsidizes the after-school program, which really reduces costs for families.”

“The fee is also based on whether they are members, and we accept subsidies and offer scholarships,” said Nancy Umeda, human resource director. “We also have a thriving youth sports program. Most of the youth sports are free to members that have a family membership.”

By letting go of the operations of the pool, the YMCA has more time to concentrate on afterschool enrichment sports programs for children in kindergarten to middle school. The Y’s after-school program at Stayton and Sublimity elementary schools provides homework support, hands-on educational based learning opportunities, physical activity and sports, and healthy snacks. “We know that active kids do better in school, and believe after being in school all day, having time to move around is the best outlet for children,” Cronin said of the need for 30 minutes of physical activity each day. Hands-on activities STEM (science, technology, veneering and math) activities take place at least one day a week, she added. “Science tells us that kids who are not proficient readers by the third grade are 70 percent more likely to drop out of high school than their peers,” Cronin said. “We spend 30 minutes a day reading – kids reading to each other, reading to themselves, or Y staff reading to the students. On occasion, we also give each child a book to keep and take home.”

Brandon Lemon, vice president of sports and aquatics, said budding young athletes love the variety of activities the Y offers, including track, baseball, football and more. Science and sports are both part of activities after school at Santiam Family YMCA.

“I believe this program has been very successful,” Cronin said. “Our enrollment continues to increase. It would be fantastic if we could work in the communities to offer a summer program, especially one that focuses on STEM, Reading, and physical activity. There is significant learning loss over the summer months, and we would love to help kids stay on track!” Cronin believes it is the YMCA’s role to strengthen community. “We want everyone to feel welcome at the Y, and in every program we offer,” she said. “We strive to make sure our programs are affordable, and if a family still has challenges, then we are happy to help. Joining the Y is more than a gym. It’s joining a family that cares for each other. A family that roots for your success!”

“We get some amazing volunteer coaches,” Lemon said. “A lot of them keep doing it year after year because they care about the success for the teams.” Competitions are part of the program, and Lemon said some leagues stay very local, including Stayton. “I love seeing kids develop, seeing what they start as and how they enhance their skills by the end of the year,” he said. “Even better is when they learn how to play the game right while having a blast doing it.” “One parent loved that during the season they saw their kid really come out of their little bubble and develop in their self-confidence,” he said. Registrations can be dropped off between 11 a.m. 1 p.m. and 2 - 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the new office, 1155 N. Third Ave., Stayton. Questions can be directed to Kyle Purdy via e-mail, kpurdy@ theyonline.org or by telephone at 503-769-4971. Information can be accessed at theyonline.com.

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Sports & Recreation

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Toys for Joy, Gift of Christmas registration opens Sign ups for the Toys for Joy and Gift of Christmas begin Tuesday, Nov. 14, 1 - 3 p.m., at Foothills Church, 975 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Applications will be accepted for Gift of Christmas dinner and Toys for Joy programs for families living in Stayton and Sublimity fire districts. To register, bring Oregon photo ID or driver’s license for all adults; social security card, medical card or birth certificate for each child; a current utility bill; and proof of income or no income for entire household. No children over 6 months old will be allowed at the registration. Additional sign-up dates are 1 - 3 p.m. Nov. 16, 3, Dec. 7; 9 - 11 a.m. Nov. 21, 28, Dec. 5. Visit staytonfire.org for informational flyer. Lyons residents register at Lyons Fire Station, 503-859-2410. For registration information call 971-273-7345.

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A Grin at the End

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The perfect place for Amazon’s new headquarters

I hear Amazon is looking for a place to build its new “second” headquarters. Seattle is a pain in the you-know-what to drive around, so chief Amazonian Jeff Bezos figures he’ll dangle the possibility of a new headquarters out and see what cities around the nation offer him. Atlanta, Boston and a half-dozen other cities are said to be in the running. Even Detroit – new motto: “We’re not broke, just thrifty” – is making a pitch. That’s all well and good. Some of those cities are OK, and some are, well, just variations of Seattle. So what would the perfect city for Amazon look like? First, let’s take a look at what’s wrong with Seattle. At the top of the list is traffic. Seattle is the poster child for gridlock. I-5 going through the heart of Seattle is more like a parking lot than a 21st century expressway. Note to Seattle city planners: Build some roads. And that crazy tunnel won’t help.

Another problem with Seattle is its location. It’s right on the edge of Puget Sound, which makes for great views, but no room for expansion. Boeing moved its headquarters from Seattle to Chicago in part for that very reason. It’s not that Seattle is a terrible place; it’s just that it has its limits. That’s why I think Amazon should build its new headquarters in Stayton. Before you spit your coffee across the breakfast table, hear me out. Stayton is a great place, for a bunch of reasons. First, traffic is not a problem. You can drive around town all day and not get stuck in anything approaching a traffic

jam – unless a cow accidentally wanders onto the road. Oh, yeah, and I remember the time a deer ran a few laps around downtown. It was in rut and looking for love in all the wrong places, if you get my drift.

If Amazon wants to think outside the box, it should forget about moving to just another big city. Yawn. Jeff Bezos didn’t get where he is by playing it safe. He did it by doing things no one else thought of doing.

Second, Stayton has plenty of room for a business to expand. In fact, a business could expand anywhere in Stayton. Downtown and on any side are potential expansion sites. Room is one thing Stayton has.

And building a multi-billion-dollar corporate headquarters in Stayton, Ore., is something no one else has ever thought of, I guarantee you that.

Stayton also has lots of water – a whole river flows through it. And it has lots to do. Once people have lived in Stayton for a while, the most popular pastime is making fun of Portland, which can’t seem to do anything right. The latest innovation: closing half of Naito Parkway to create massive bike lanes that no one uses. Good job! There’s one more thing Stayton has that a lot of places don’t have. It has potential. I’ve always seen Stayton as a diamond in the rough. It still is.

If the Amazonians want to move here, terrific. I’m sure the mayor will be happy to show them around. Set aside about 20-25 minutes for the grand tour. If Amazon makes a mistake and chooses another area for its headquarters, I guess that’s OK. It’s their loss. Just let me know, because it’s time for Stayton to start planning its bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics. Yes, I can see it now. Opening ceremonies at the Stayton High School football “stadium” and heck, we already have a perfectly good swimming pool.

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