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Contents North Santiam School District

Arts & Entertainment Festival spotlights traditional music.... 11

tackles long-range planning..................4

Sports & Recreation

City of Stayton sets a vision...................5

Cougars, Eagles stand first and second...12

Helping Hands Operation Christmas Child makes a

Something Fun Career expo at Aumsville Elementary... 13

difference in children’s lives..................6



A Grin At The End...........14

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Preparation By Mary Owen The North Santiam School District Board has charged a Long Range Facility Master Planning Committee with a number of tasks designated to improve facilities over the next two decades. “I’m excited to get the process under way,” said Andy Gardner, superintendent. “The committee is large, but I think it represents our area communities really well, and is a great mix of people who have served on past facility committees as well as new members. “The group is community-minded, thoughtful, and the NSSD School Board and myself feel very lucky to have such a diverse, experienced and intelligent group come together and engage, learn, and make recommendations for the future of our communities and our schools,” Gardner said.

North Santiam School District begins 20-year facility plan The committee started the ball rolling at its first meeting on Oct. 2 by reviewing the tasks ahead, including implementing a community-based planning process to address facility needs for 2020-2040. The committee will also develop recommendations and cost estimates for phased facility improvements, according to Gardner. The plan will take into account that the district will continue to operate its five schools in each community in their current configuration with only minor modifications. “At the conclusion of the process, the committee will recommend to the board an updated comprehensive long-range facilities master plan and present its recommendations, if any, for specific school facility improvements, a bond measure and election date if necessary,” said Gardner.

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The district has been awarded a $4 million State Bond Matching Grant should the committee recommend a bond for May of 2020. The Oregon School Capital Improvement Match Grants were instituted by the State of Oregon four years ago to assist districts in passing construction bonds. Funding is contingent on passing a construction bond, but a $4 million boost to bond expenditures that won’t be assessed to local property owners will help a potential bond go further. The district must pass a bond to receive the funds, earmarked for facility improvements. “New developments are being built in both Stayton and Sublimity,” said Gardner. “The district sees the new School Improvement Funds as a great opportunity to put programs in place to help our families and communities.

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“If we receive the grant, we will also begin preliminary design of the intersection improvements,” he added. “The 2019 Transportation System Plan calls for the Shaff/Wilco intersection to be a roundabout. We have a conceptual layout of the roundabout but we need to proceed with design of the improvements. The grant application asks for funds to begin that process so we can determine the right of way needs.” In addition, the city is slowly moving toward establishing an urban renewal district to help fund these improvements, Fleishman said. “I will soon be reaching out to the other taxing jurisdictions to discuss the potential impacts with them,” he added. The report recognized the importance of

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A difference a box makes By Mary Owen When 11-year-old Yves Dushime got a shiny red Hot Wheels car in a shoebox packed with Christmas goodies, he was awestruck! “The thing that he wanted most was a red car,” said Michelle Finn, with Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. “In the bottom of the box was a red scarf that he tried to trade because in Togo where he lived, it was 95 degrees. Of course, no one wanted it. “On the top of his box was a sticky note that said, ‘God loves you, Jesus loves you, I love you,’” she added. “It shook Yves to the core. How could someone he didn’t know say they loved him and send incredible gifts!” And yes, Yves kept the unwanted red scarf as a reminder of the hope the shoebox brought that day, an incredible gift with a very long reach. “In 1994, Yves’ family fled the Rwandan genocide,” Finn said. “His mom was six months pregnant with him. The family

walked for two weeks from Rwanda to the Congo, carrying everything they owned in baskets on their heads.” Finn said she can understand why Yves calls his mom his hero. The family lived in eight countries before Togo allowed them to stay as refugees. Yves was born in a refugee camp there. “Their family was the richest in his village because they had a ‘real’ house,” Finn said. “A real house with four walls, a door and two windows. Basically, it was a 10-foot by 12-foot room.” The youngest son, he walked two miles to wash clothes in a mucky river shared with cows, water buffalo and others. Today, Yves remains humbled by the machines that wash and dry his clothes at the push of a button. “He likes to say there are 17 holes in his apartment where fresh water comes out of,” Finn said. “Until he moved to this country, in every village he lived, there was not one!”

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Communities in Togo were ruled by traditional witch doctors. When a buzz went throughout the villages about Operation Christmas Child giving out shoeboxes, everyone came, Finn said.

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“They heard the gospel and the head witch doctor asked to be baptized,” she said. “Lines of people showed up and Yves’ father, who was the pastor, baptized for two days. So (with) that one shoebox distribution ... Word spread from village to village.”

Operation Christmas Child operates under Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, the organization has helped meet the needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease and famine with the purpose of sharing the gospel.

Now 25, Yves lives in Buffalo, New York. He dons the red scarf when weather turns frosty, remembering that three years before his family came as refugees to New York, he was prepared for the freezing cold weather thanks to his red scarf. “The scarf is the one thing he kept and now wears as a remembrance that God is able to use simple gifts to plant seed of hope!” Finn said. “Now Yves speaks for our organization. Every time he talks about his life, he chokes up.” Finn said Yves hopes his sharing will



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Tai Chi, 10 a.m., Scio Fire Station, 38975 SW Sixth Ave. All ages. Repeats Wednesday, Friday. Nadji Vogel, 503-949-1984 Motion Mondays, 10:15 a.m., Stayton Public Library. Move to the beat of children’s tunes. Free. Children and families members. 503-769-3313 Senior Meals, 11:30 a.m., Stayton Community Center. Age 60 and older. Repeats Wednesday, Friday. Donations accepted. Reservations requested by calling Ginger, 503-769-7995 Yoga, 1 - 2:30 p.m., Brown House Event Center, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. $20/year. All ages; children must be accompanied by participating adult. For more information, call 503-769-8860. AA Meetings, 7 p.m., New Life Foursquare Church, 1090 First St., Stayton. Repeats Thursdays. For more Oregon meetings, visit Santiam Canyon Community Chorus, 7 p.m., Santiam Hearts to Arts, 280 NE Santiam Blvd., Mill City. New members welcome. JoAnn, 503-859-3426


Tai Chi, 10:15 a.m., Santiam Senior Center, 41818 Kingston-Jordan Road. Taught by certified instructor Wendy Stone. Repeats Fridays. 50 and older. 503-767-2009 Stayton Rotary Lunch, Noon, Santiam Golf Club, 8724 Golf Club Road, Sublimity. 503-769-7307 AA Meeting, 6 p.m., Women only, Riverview Community Bank, 112 Main St., Aumsville. , visit AA Meeting, 7 p.m., Gates Community Church of Christ, 40070 Gates School Road. AA Meeting, 7 p.m., Idanha City Hall, 111 Highway 22.


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BabyTime!, 10:15 a.m., Stayton Public Library. Explore early literacy through movement, songs, rhymes, play. Infants 0 - 18 months. 503-769-3313 Pinochle, 1 - 4 p.m., Santiam Canyon Senior Center, 844 SW First St., Mill City. Free. 503-897-4176 Narcotics Anonymous, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. 503-990-0861. Al-Anon Meeting, 7 p.m., New Life Foursquare Church, 1090 First St., Stayton


AA Meeting, 10 a.m., New Life Church, 1090 N First Ave., Stayton.

Family Storytimes, 10:15 a.m., Stayton Public Library. Explore early literacy through songs, rhythms, stories, rhymes. Free. Children and family members. 503-769-3313 Senior Meals, noon, First Presbyterian Church, 236 Broadway, Mill City. Lunch for those 60 and older. Suggested donation of $3.50. Repeats Thursdays. 503-897-2204. Stayton Community Singers, 7 p.m., Rising Star Studios, 220 E Ida St., Stayton. 971-304-4255 AA Meeting, 7 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 198 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Al-Anon Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Mt. View Wesleyan Church, 111 Main St., Aumsville.



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10 a.m., Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Abigail Scott Duniway chapter welcomes guest speaker Diana Maul, who discusses D-Day. All welcome. Refreshments served. 503-769-5951,

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

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Sublimity Parks & Rec Committee 6 p.m., Sublimity City Hall, 245 NW Johnson. Open to public. 503-769-5475

Stayton City Council 7 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to public. 503-769-3425

Tuesday, Nov. 5 Stayton Lions Club

Noon, Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Repeats Nov. 19. Glenn, 503-769-9010,

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. 19.

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

Wednesday, Nov. 6 St. Boniface Museum

9 a.m. – noon, St. Boniface Community Archives and Museum, 371 Main St., Sublimity. Free. Coffee, tea, cookies. Appointments: Charlene, 503-508-0312

Family Play Group 10 - 11:30 a.m., Doris’s Place, 11656 SE Sublimity Road, Sublimity. Spend time with your children, socialize with other families, build support. RSVP to Hannah, 503-769-1120. Free. Repeats Nov. 20.

Aumsville Senior Group 10:30 a.m., Riverview Bank, 112 Main St., Aumsville. All senior welcome. Repeats Nov. 20. Barbara, 503-749-4306,

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Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser 5 - 7 p.m., Stayton United Methodist Church, 1450 SE Fern Ridge Road. This year’s donations benefit Santiam Youth Peer Court. 503-769-5700

Santiam Valley Grange 7:30 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. 6:30 p.m. potluck

Sunday, Nov. 3

Daylight Saving Time Ends Set your clocks back 1 hour. 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

Noon, Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Discussion on Christmas party plans. Decorate hats for Thanksgiving. RSVP to hostess Sharon Teixeira, 502-557-9765.

Santiam Heritage Foundation 6:30 p.m., Brown House Event Center, 425 N Third Ave., Stayton. Open to public. 503-769-8860,

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Circle of Security Parenting 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Doris’s Place, 11656 Sublimity Blvd., Sublimity. Free, eightweek course with knowledge, strategies, skills to help with parenting. Optimal for families with children 10 and under. Register by calling 503-769-1120.

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

North Santiam Historical Society 7 p.m., Gates Fire Hall, 140 E Sorbin St. Open to public. Frances, 503-897-2816

Friday, Nov. 8 Aumsville Fall Cleanup

8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Recology Organics, 8712 Aumsville Hwy. Bring leaves, yard clippings for free. Must show valid driver’s license with Aumsville city limits address. Repeats Nov. 9. 503-749-2030

Rummage Sale 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1077 N Sixth Ave., Stayton. Christmas decorations, craft and sewing supplies, books, toys, household items. Most clothing $1 or less. Repeats 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Nov. 9.

Make-and-Take Crafts All day, Stayton Public Library. Try variety of self-guided simple crafts. Supplies provided. Free. Children and families. 503769-3313

Teen Art Lab 4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Use everyday objects to create patterns with paint. Grade 6 - 12. Registration required by calling 503-769-3313

Saturday, Nov. 9 Stayton Clean-Up Day

9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Stayton Public Works Shops, 1820 N First Ave. Disposal of yard debris including leaves and brush for Stayton residents. Stayton residents bring donation of canned food to be donated to Stayton Community Food Bank. Those who reside outside city limits, cost is $1 per bag. Seniors needing assistance raking, bagging or having yard debris picked up and delivered are asked to sign up by contacting Public Works, 503-769-2919. Repeats Dec. 7.

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Second Saturday Winter Market 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Macleay Grange, 8312 Macleay Road, Salem. Indoor farmers market, baked goods, handmade crafts from local suppliers. Free admission. 503-464-6664

Canyon Senior Center Bingo 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Canyon Senior Center, 844 SW First Ave., Mill City. Play for donated prizes. To donate, contact Mike Long, Also Nov. 23. 502-897-4176

Veterans Concert 3 p.m., Rogers Music Center, 900 State St., Salem. Willamette Master Chorus performs 15th annual veterans concert, Made in America. WMC High School Honor Choir students from Silverton, Stayton, Dallas, Salem-Keizer areas. Tickets, $20-30, available online,, or at door. Repeats Nov. 10.

Sunday, Nov. 10 Brown House Tour

Noon - 2 p.m., Brown House Event Center, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Tour the historic Charles and Martha Brown House. Free. Open to public. 503-769-8860

Monday, Nov. 11 Veterans Day Veterans Breakfast

8 a.m. - noon, New Life Foursquare Church, 1090 N First Ave., Stayton. Free for all veterans, first responders and their families.

Veterans Day Ceremony 11 a.m., Fairview Cemetery, 35960 N Santiam Hwy., Gates. Come honor those who have served, or currently serving in military. Refreshments. Open to all.

Tuesday, Nov. 12 Commissioner’s Breakfast

7:30 a.m., Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Meet, eat with Marion County commissioners. Open to public.

Bookworms Book Club 4 p.m., Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave. Book talks, activities, crafts. For beginning, gaining momentum readers in grades K-2. Free. 503-769-3313

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

Detroit City Council 6:30 p.m., Detroit City Hall, 150 N Detroit Ave. Open to public. 503-845-3496

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Mill City City Council 6:30 p.m., Mill City City Hall, 444 S First Ave. Open to public. Agenda available. 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. All eligible veterans can join. Also Nov. 26. Hank Porter, 503-769-5792

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

Wednesday, Nov. 13

Stayton Sublimity Chamber Greeters 8 a.m., Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Networking for local business, non-profit professionals.

Save Our Bridge 10 a.m., Mill City City Hall, 444 S First Ave. Discuss, review process in completing design, raising funds for Mill City’s Railroad Bridge. saveourbridgecommittee

Lyons Garden Club 1 p.m., Lyons Fire Station, 1114 Main St. Speaker Karin Magnuson discusses ergonomic gardening. Nominations for 2020 officers. Bring favorite recipe (garden theme) for 2020 member booklet. New members, guests welcome. John Hollensteiner, 503-508-5913

Caregiver Connection 1 - 2:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Free educational support group for unpaid family caregivers caring for a loved one 60 years of age or older, or caring for a person living with dementia. This month’s topic: Honoring the Family Caregiver - dessert social. Julie, 503-304-3432

Maurice Memorial Auxiliary Bingo 2 – 4 p.m., Maurice’s Bistro, 390 SE Church St., Sublimity. $5 per packet. Open to public. Repeats Nov. 27. 503-769-3499

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9 a.m., Santiam Center, 11656 SE Sublimity Road #200, Sublimity. Collaborative between social service, civic, nonprofits, churches providing resources for individuals, families. Melissa, 503-7699319,

3 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Celebrate 50 years of Sesame Street. Free. Children and family members. 503-769-3313

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Mom to Mom 9:30 - 11 a.m., Foothills Church, 975 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Meet moms of young children. Kids play, parents talk.

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Ready for Kindergarten! 5:30 - 7 p.m., Stayton Elementary, 875 N Third Ave. Free workshops for parents or guardians of children age 4 - 5. Free child care, dinner. Register: Patricia 971-7186330 or

RDS Board Meeting 6 p.m., Not So Shabby, 618 N Second Ave., Stayton. Revitalize Downtown Stayton monthly meeting. Open to public. 503957-0096,

North Santiam Watershed Council 6 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to public. 503-930-8202

Aumsville Fire District 6:30 p.m., Aumsville Fire Station, 490 Church St. Open to public. 503-749-2894

Autumn Indulgence 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., Gates Fire Hall, 101 W Sorbin Ave. Wine tasting with Silver Falls Winery. Food provided by Trexler Farm. Auction begins at 8 p.m. Music provided by Gary Swanson and Jon Brammeier. $25/couple, $15/person. Limited seating. Tickets by calling Dave, 503-804-3613; Sandy, 503-551-2645. Fundraiser for North Santiam Chamber of Commerce.

Aumsville Historical Society 7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center, 555 Main St., Aumsville. Open to public. 503-749-2744

Friday, Nov. 15 Red Cross Blood Drive

9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Stayton High, 757 W Locust St. Appointments encouraged by visiting Walk-ins welcome and will be scheduled at door.

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5:30 p.m., Santiam Elementary School, 450 SW Evergreen, Mill City. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-897-2321

Dungeons & Dragons 5:30 - 7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Firsttimers, experienced players welcome. Age 12 - adult. Free. 503-769-3313

6:30 p.m. Marion County Public Works, Bldg. 1 – Willamette Room, 5155 NE Silverton Road, Salem. Basic disaster response, fire safety, triage, search & rescue and more. Free. Must attend all four sessions. Continues 8 a.m. Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 22, 8 a.m. Nov. 23. 503-508-2091

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9:30 - 11 a.m. & 1 - 3 p.m., Santiam Outreach Community Center, 280 NE Santiam Blvd., Mill City. Veteran Service Office in Marion County offers claims assistance to veterans. First-come, firstserved, bring DD214, documentation and/or medical info. Free. 971-707-4400

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

Red Cross Blood Drive 1 - 6 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Appointments encouraged: Walk-ins welcome and will be scheduled at door.

Hometown Heroes 4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. From creating care packages for folks in need to spreading the joy of a handmade card, discover different ways to help the community. Free. All ages. 503-769-3313

Stayton City Council 7 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to public. 503-769-3425

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2:30 p.m., The Box, 278 E High St., Stayton. Revitalize Downtown Stayton group discusses topics related to economic health of historic downtown Stayton. Open to public. New members welcome.

OBOB Book Club 4 p.m., Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave. Discussions, games, trivia while exploring this year’s Oregon Battle of the Books selections. Grade 3 - 5. Free. 503-769-3313

Mill City Planning Commission 6:30 p.m., Mill City City Hall, 444 S First Ave. Open to public. 503-897-3499

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Cascade Service Integration Team 9 a.m., Turner Christian Church, 7871 SE Marion Road, Turner. Collaboration between social service, civic, nonprofits, churches to provide resources for individuals, families. Melissa, 503-7699319,

Santiam Canyon Service Fair 4 - 7:30 p.m., Santiam Elementary, 450 SW Evergreen St., Mill City. Various agencies, service providers share information on how they support and strengthen schools, community. To register a booth, contact Alex Nalivaiko, 503-897-2321,

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Lego Build-It! 4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Build creations with Legos to be displayed in the library. Lego Duplos available for younger children. Free. 503-769-3313

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The local squads have finished one-two in Special District 3 football and earned a bye this weekend. Cascade finished a dominating 5-0 league campaign Oct. 25 with a 64-13 home win vs. Philomath on Senior Night. The Cougars won their league games by an average of 33 points. Stayton, meanwhile, took second in the district at 4-1. The Eagles won four in a row to close the league season after opening with a 47-39 loss against Cascade. “We are right were we wanted to be,” Coach Brandon Bennett told Our Team. “This team set a goal to earn an undefeated league title in the spring of 2019. They have done everything right to this point in the weight room, in the classroom, at practice, and in games. This is a fun group to be around. It does not happen very often that you have a team as motivated and passionate about football as you are as a coach.” Bennett took a bit of a gamble in the offseason and decided to put in completely

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new offensive and defensive playbooks. “With our new offense and defense it takes time for the kids to gain the confidence in the scheme,” Bennett said. “It takes time for coaches to make quick adjustments. When you run an offense for years you kind of know how teams will defend you. We definitely had a learning curve for players and coaches alike.” The offensive approach incorporates more option looks than Cascade fans have been accustomed to but still features a lot of classic Cougar power football. “We wanted to take advantage of the athletes we have, allow us to spread the wealth and keep teams off balance. And it’s fun.”

Cascade is 7-1 overall and ranked ninth in Class 4A. The squad hosts No. 8 Baker on Nov. 8 in the second round of the playoffs. Stayton, 6-2 overall and ranked No. 14, will learn its playoff opponent after this weekend’s play-in round. The Eagles, who will be playing on the road, have been playing their most complete football in the past few weeks, allowing just 8 points apiece against Newport and Sweet Home and earning the runner-up spot with a 41-18 win at Sisters. Soccer: Both Stayton teams are in the hunt for Oregon West Conference title as the season enters the home stretch. The boys squad is 10-1 in league play and ranked fifth in Class 4A. The Eagles swept Woodburn this season and a win Oct. 29 after Our Town’s presstime against 8-3 Cascade would give the squad a league title. Cascade dealt Stayton its lone league loss on Oct. 1 by a 1-0 score.

The Stayton girls, league champs a year ago, are locked in a three-way struggle for this season’s crown. The 10th-ranked Eagles are 8-2-1 and in third place, trailing 9-0-2 Philomath, ranked sixth, and 9-1-1 Woodburn, ranked seventh. All three teams will be in the playoffs, but the top two in the league earn a first-round bye.

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I’ve also always wanted to play the guitar. I was in rock bands during high school, but I never learned to do much more than make a lot of racket. What passed for guitar playing then sounds more like white noise now. I also wish I was handier. Some guys can fix anything, build anything and do anything around the house. Not me. I can only do what I call 10-foot projects. Those are projects that look pretty good – as long you don’t get closer than 10 feet to them. exception of my wife and kids). The reason, I found out, is genetic. My mother was Finnish. As a group, Finns may be the least emotional people on the planet. My mom’s idea of showing emotion was to shake my hand. Seriously. When I graduated from high school, I think she patted me on the shoulder. Suffice it to say, I was not one of those coddled kids we hear so much about these days. I also wish I could tell a joke. I’m the only guy I know who has actually forgotten the punchline of a joke while I was in the middle of telling it. If there was a class in telling jokes, I’d sign up. I might flunk, but I’d still sign up.

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