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Serving up kindness By Mary Owen When Nancy Hanna’s 4-year-old nephew came down with leukemia, she decided to get involved by fundraising for the Children’s Miracle Network. “Dairy Queen has been a major sponsor for Children’s Miracle Network since 1984, raising over $115 million for local hospitals,” said Hanna, who owns the Stayton Dairy Queen and three others in Salem. Hanna was born in Myrtle Creek, Ore., graduated from South Umpqua High School, and Florida State University, and taught at Chemeketa Community College. While teaching at CCC, she moved to Scio and became involved with sheep ranching. She purchased the Stayton Dairy Queen franchise in 1981. Carol Murphy, the manager of the Stayton DQ, “enthusiastically joined the effort” to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network, Hanna said. “She led the entire DQ crew to becoming
the number two DQ store in the entire United States, raising $25,068,” she added. “Every dollar goes directly to our local children’s hospital, Doernbecher in Portland. This is an amazing testament to Carol and our customers and an amazing amount of money for a small community!” For more than 10 years, the DQ system has celebrated Miracle Treat Day. This year, a $1 from every blizzard sold on July 28 was donated to Children’s Miracle Network hospitals across the United States and Canada. Funds raised through donations from DQ fans and franchisees stays local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. According to Dairy Queen, these donations help provide support for over 32 million patient visits each year to local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. For next year’s fundraiser, Hanna said she and Murphy will be asking customers and community members to join their Stayton Children’s Miracle Hall of Fame, which
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Cougar sightings By Mary Owen The Sublimity area has had three cougar sightings in the past year, most recently within the city limits in the 300 block of Northwest Melrose Street. “The cougar was captured on a homeowner’s video surveillance system at 1:46 p.m. on Oct. 11,” said Sr. Deputy Tom Barber, who covers Sublimity for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. “The cougar appeared to be a young one, possibly a juvenile. The photo that captured the animal appeared to be on the front porch.” Barber added it is not uncommon to have cougars in this area as “we live so close to the foothills of the mountains and the cougar population appears to be up.” Chief Rich Sebens said the Stayton Police Department has not heard of any sightings recently, but cougars have been spotted at times, particularly on the east side of town. “The Stayton Police Department regularly
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receives calls regarding people who see cougars in town,” he said, citing press release information from 2014. “Stayton has been a normal path for the cougars from the foothills of Silver Falls to the Santiam River for hundreds of years. This is a good reminder that we do live in an area where wild animals live among us.” According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon is home to more than 5,000 cougars or mountain lions. ODFW says while cougar sightings and encounters are rare, learning about the big cats is wise. Native to Oregon, ODFW reports cougars are territorial animals and maintain home ranges of 100 miles. Most active at dawn and dusk, cougars are lone hunters. A cougar can be identified by its large size, cat-like appearance, consistent tan or tawny body color, and long tail. An adult cougar’s tail is nearly 3-feet long, a third to a half of its total length. If you encounter a cougar, ODFW reports:
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When Ernie Campbell overlooked the 85-acre Drift Creek canyon near Sublimity, he saw the fulfillment of a dream in the making. Seeking ways to reach people of all ages, he and wife, Fern, brought a diverse set of ministries there including a radio broadcast, seminary, printing press, horsemanship school and in 1966, a Christian camp. In 1973, Campbell’s son-in-law Dale “Buzzard” Price, married to Ruby, joined the effort and a spark was ignited that, over the next 40 years, would see Canyonview grow into an institution that has changed the face of Christian ministry. They built cabins, created lakes with a diving board and rope swing and started a day camp program that has grown to include several types of camps over the past 35 years. Next came kayaks, canoes and water slides. Though horses were part of the program from the start, in 1994 Canyonview Equestrian College was established as a two-year multidisciplinary program where, along with the Bible, students learn every
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aspect of horsemanship, including training, anatomy, facility design and herd management. “They are highly sought after once they graduate; people from the Olympics have dialed up and asked for ‘one of your people,’” Associate Director Chris “Newt” Kinman said. “Meanwhile, they’re learning the Bible straight from the Greek.”
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“I stayed in her camper and went to day camp,” Kinman said. “Summers at Canyonview were probably the favorite part of my growing up years.” Kinman’s great uncle Milt “Mud Dauber” Seefeldt lived at the camp for 10 years in the late 1990s/ early 2000s as he built the utility bridge, covered
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“Financially we are stronger than we’ve been in a long time,” Kinman said. “Our director Jim Krieg and I have seen some tremendous development in getting out of the red into the black.”
Tickets for the fashion show are on sale now from auxiliary members, Santiam Hospital, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services and online at www. staytonevents.com. Tickets, $20, may be purchased in advance; no tickets will be sold at the door.
Through the volunteerism of countless individuals and organizations the camp’s amenities keep increasing – a zipline, “double helix” ropes course, bouldering wall, a paintball course and an 18-hole disc golf course “not for the faint of heart,” Kinman said.
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Upon his passing April 16, 2011, Dale Price’s son Joshua summed up the spirit and power of Canyonview Camp and the 40-year influence of “an extremely busy man who was never too busy”:
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“It was so amazing growing up at Canyonview, surrounded by nature, singing praise and worship songs around the campfire, Dad on the guitar,” he said. “And that’s exactly what we were doing when he died. We were all gathered together and spent the whole day praying and singing praise songs – and there were guitars.”
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Two Stayton cousins have started a new business venture: Not So Shabby Furniture Consignment and Decorating.
As well as custom-painted furniture, Not So Shabby offers lamps, artwork, glassware, gift baskets (made by Kathy Smith), custom window coverings, drapes, blinds and more. Both Williams and Drakes provide in-home decorating consultations.
“We have been painting furniture together and selling it through other retail outlets as well as other antique treasures,” said Linda Williams, who owns the Stayton store with Pam Crakes. “We have worked together in the past in our decorating ventures and my retail store in Redmond.”
“We also do custom painting of your furniture to update the look in your home,” Williams said. “We take on consignment of good quality furniture, mirrors, lamps and art work on a 50/50 basis.”
Williams and Crakes came up with the store’s name while talking one day about being retired but still “not so shabby.”
A grand opening is in the works to coincide with the holidays, mid to end of November, Williams said.
“We still have drive and ambition and are not ready to give it up just yet,” Williams said. “We still have lots of knowledge to give to others.” Williams and Crakes were both born and raised in the Salem area. “I learned very early on working for others was not for me,” Williams said. Since age 21, she has owned and operated her own businesses. Crakes has worked in many of the aspects of decorating. “Not So Shabby is all about taking good quality old
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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 Santiam Senior Center, 41818 Kingston-Jordan Road, Stayton Stayton Community Center, 400 W Virginia St., Stayton Stayton High, 757 W Locust St., Stayton Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave. Stayton/Sublimity Chamber of Commerce, 175 E High St., Stayton
Notices Home for the Holidays
Walk With Ease
Noon - 1 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Free exercise program to reduce pain, improve health. 503-587-5129
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 Lions Club, Noon. Covered
Bridge Café, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. 503-769-4062
Al-Anon Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Mt. View
Wesleyan Church, 111 Main, Aumsville
Wednesday Stayton Rotary Lunch, Noon. Santiam
Golf Club, 8724 Golf Club Rd, Sublimity
See Home for the Holidays booklet for additional November events.
Cascade Country Quilters, 1 p.m.
Stayton/Sublimity Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations
AA Meeting, 6 p.m. Women only,
for the 71st annual Community Awards. Awards include Chamber Award of Excellence for Large Business (15 or more employees) and Small Business (under 15 employees), First Impressions and Distinguished Service. New this year, the Rising Star award showcases the dedication of a young professional who lives or works in the area and exemplifies excellence in professionalism, leadership, service, and/ or dedication to his or her field, company, and/or the local community. Anyone can nominate. Nonminations accepted through Dec. 1, 3 p.m. 503769-3464, staytonsublimitychamber.org
Weekly Events Monday
Computer Help, 10:30 - 1:30 p.m.
One-on-one computer lessons. Call to schedule appt.
Senior Yoga, 1 p.m. Santiam Senior Center. 503-767-2009
Bingo, 1 - 3:30 p.m. Santiam Senior
Santiam Senior Center. 503-767-2009 Riverview Community Bank, 112 Main St., Aumsville.
Thursday Sublimity Quilters, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30
p.m. St. Boniface Catholic Church, 375 SE Church St., Sublimity. 503-769-6459
Thumpin’ Thursday, 10:15 a.m.
Stayton Public Library. Music, dance. Free. 503-769-3313
Veterans Group, 1 p.m. Santiam Senior Center. 503-767-2009
Friday Five-handed Pinochle, 12:30 p.m.,
Santiam Senior Center. 503-767-2009
Narcotics Anonymous, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. 603-990-0861
Saturday Aumsville Museum & History Center, 11 am. - 2 p.m., 599 Main St. Free admission. 503-749-2744
AA Meetings, 7 p.m. Calvary Lutheran,
Community Center. 502-399-0599
Tuesday St. Boniface Museum, 9 a.m. – noon
first and third Tuesdays of the month. St. Boniface Community Archives and Museum, 371 Main St., Sublimity. Free.
Story Time, 10:15 a.m. Stayton Public Library.Also3:30 p.m. 503-769-3313
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AA Meeting, 6 p.m. Chester Bridges
Tuesday, Nov. 1 Santiam Poinsettia Sale
Santiam High International Club thru Nov. 14. Prices $5 - $20. Delivery before Thanksgiving. To order: 503-897-2311
Odd Fellows Bingo
Red Hat Strutters
Noon, Almost Home Restaurant, 3310 NE Market St., Salem. New members, guests welcome. RSVP: 503-900-0551, firstname.lastname@example.org
Santiam Heritage Foundation
Noon, Brown House, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Open to public. 503-769-8860
Thursday, Nov. 3 SES Grandparents Lunch
Stayton Elementary, 875 N Third Ave. Grandparents lunch with students. $3 adults, $1.95 students. 10:50 a.m. first grade, 11:15 a.m. second grade, 11:45 kindergarten, 12:15 p.m. third grade. 503-769-2336
Rock Your Holiday / Grow Your Business Noon - 2 p.m., Summit Cleaning & Restoration 1875 SE Pacific Court, Stayton. Stayton/Sublimity Chamber of Commerce, with Constant Contact workshop designed for small businesses and nonprofits on how to create effective, revenueboosting holiday promotions. Bring sack lunch. Free for chamber members, $12 nonmembers. Also Nov. 15. Register: 503-769-3464, staytonsublimitychamber.org
Adult Coloring Night
7 p.m., Stayton Odd Fellows Lodge, 122 N Third Ave. $20 plays all games. Cash prizes. Open to public. Repeats Nov. 15.
Santiam Valley Grange
7:30 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 Fifth St., Lyons. 6:30 p.m. potluck
Saturday, Nov. 5 Cascade High DECA Bazaar
9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Cascade High. 14th bazaar benefitting Cascade DECA, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Free admission. Handmade crafts. 503-749-8010
9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Fisherman’s Bend, 27300 N Santiam Hwy., Mill City. Youth Enviro Squad working to eliminate Scotch Broom. Rain or shine. RSVP by Nov. 2 for complimentary hot lunch. All participants must complete liability waivers prior to service with parent signature for those under 18. Forms available day-of, at extension. oregonstate.edu/marion/sustainable communities, or email dan. email@example.com.
Sunday, Nov. 6 Daylight Savings Time Ends Set your clocks back 1 hour.
Shaw Knights of Columbus Breakfast
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
5:30 - 6:45 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Relaxing evening of coloring for adults. Free. 503-769-3313
Monday, Nov. 7
Sparkle & Shine Fashion Show
Stayton Elementary, 875 Third Ave. Students selling butter braid. Order: nsantiam.k12.or.us. 503-769-2336
5:45 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Santiam Hospital Auxiliary show features clothing by Chico’s with local models. Wine, appetizers. Drawings. Tickets, $20, must be purchased in advance from auxiliary members, Santiam Hospital, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, staytonevents.com. Mary Lou Hazelwood, 503-769-5686
Friday, Nov. 4
Center. $.05/game, $.10/blackout. Repeats Thursdays. 503-767-2009
198 SE Fern Ridge Road. Also Tuesdays, Thursdays.
Wednesday, Nov. 2
Stayton UMC Holiday Bazaar 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Stayton United Methodist Church, 1450 Fern Ridge Road. Handmade crafts, homemade candies, baked goods. Lunch 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Repeats Dec. 5. 503-769-5700; staytonumc.org.
Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
5 - 7 p.m., Stayton United Methodist Church, 1450 SE Fern Ridge Rd. Benefits Stayton Police K-9 drug dog program. Donations welcome. 503-769-5700
SES Holiday Fundraiser
Abigail Scott Duniway DAR
10 a.m., Brown House, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. All are invited to attend the chapter meeting Guest speaker Col. Jim Huggins, the author of Forgotten Heroes and producer/director The Robert Hartsock Story.
3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. November’s book is “Tornado” by Betsy Byars. Sign-ups not required, but recommended. Free. 503-769-3313
Stayton City Council
7 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to public. 503-769-3425
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Toys for Joy, Gift of Christmas signup 9 - 11 a.m., Foothills Church, 975 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Applications accepted for Gift of Christmas dinner and Toys for Joy programs for families living in Stayton and Sublimity fire districts. Additional sign-ups 9 – 11 a.m. Nov. 15, Dec. 6; 1 - 3 p.m. Nov. 9, 16, 30, Dec. 7. Lyons residents register at Lyons Fire Station, 503-859-2410.
Marion Commissioner’s Breakfast
7:30 a.m., Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. 503-588-5212
Santiam Historical Society
6 p.m., Stayton Public Library. History of the Santiam Canyon. Open to public.
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. All welcome.
VFW, Auxiliary Meetings
7 p.m., Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5638 and Ladies Auxiliary. All vets are eligible. VFW also Nov. 22. John, 503-743-3117
Wednesday, Nov. 9 Mom to Mom
9 - 11 a.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Mothers of children ages birth to six share stories. Foothillsstayton.org
Canyon Conversations Networking
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Moxieberry, 429 N Third Ave., Stayton. No-host. Also Nov. 23
Lyons Garden Club
1 p.m., Lyons Fire Dept, 1114 Main St. Lyons. Nominations for 2017 officers, activity books plans. New members, guests welcome. John Hollensteiner, 503-508-5913, firstname.lastname@example.org
Santiam Canyon School Board
6:30 p.m., Santiam Elementary, 450 SW Evergreen, Mill City. 503-897-2321
Thursday, Nov. 10 Harry Potter Party 7 - 9 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Celebrate release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Make wand, get sorted, drink butterbeer. All ages; costumes welcome. Free. 503-769-3313
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Friday, Nov. 11 Veterans Day Veteran’s Day Salute
5 p.m., Eagles Lodge, 640 SW Broadway, Mill City. Local veterans and active duty military are invited for a free dinner. Santiam Canyon Community Chorus performs. Veterans and active duty military are asked to submit a photo, name, branch of service, dates served and any pertinent information for presentation of veterans; email@example.com. Dinner is $8 for nonmilitary. 503-8973100
Saturday, Nov. 12 Stayton UMC Holiday Bazaar
9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Stayton United Methodist Church, 1450 Fern Ridge Road. Handmade crafts, homemade candies, baked goods. Lunch 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 503-769-5700; staytonumc.org.
Charity Dodgeball Tournament
3 - 7 p.m., Aumsville Elementary, 572 N 11th St. Pizza Peddler sponsors tournament to benefit Aumsville Community Food Bank. $25 for teams of five. Registration at Pizza Peddler and Aumsville City Hall. 503-749-1004
Monday, Nov. 14 Sublimity City Council
7 p.m., Sublimity City Hall, 245 NW Johnson. Open to public. 503-769-5475
Aumsville City Council
7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Open to public.
Wednesday, Nov. 16 SHS Booster Club
7 p.m., Stayton High School. New members welcome. 503-769-2171
Thursday, Nov. 17 Young Professionals Meet-Up
8 a.m., Trexler Farm, 20146 SE Ferry Road, Stayton. Young Professionals is open to business people throughout the canyon under 40. Sponsored by GROW-EDC. 503-769-3464
Rock the Block!
3 - 4:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Lego club. Children under 6 must be accompanied by adult; 503-769-3313
North Santiam Schoool District Board 7 p.m., District Office, 1155 N First Ave., Stayton. Open to public. 503-769-6924
Oregon Author Visit
7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Mo Daviau, Oregon author of indie rock time-travel novel Every Anxious Wave, speaks. Free. Reception. All welcome. 503-769-3313
Friday, Nov. 18
Camerata Ensemble Concert
2 p.m., Brown House, 525 N First Ave., Stayton. Santiam Heritage Foundation with Salem for All presents chamber music society. Free. Open to public. Refreshments. 503-769-8860
St. Mary’s Parish Holiday Bazaar
Monday, Nov. 21
10 a.m. - 4 p.m., 9168 SE Silver Falls Hwy., Shaw. Baked goods, craft items, silent auction. Lunch, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., includes homemade soup, roll, dessert. Repeats Nov. 19. $7. 503-362-6159
Red Cross Blood Drive
1 - 6 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Dr., Stayton. Walk-ins scheduled at door. Appointments encouraged. 1-800-REDCROSS, redcrossblood.org
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3:30 - 5 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Calling all Whovians, Sherlockians, Potterheads, Anime kids, more for craft, and talk about fandoms. Grades 6 - 12. Free. 503-769-3313
Stuffed Animal Sleepover
6 p.m., Stayton Library. Bring stuffed animal to spend the night at library. Iris Nason provides music and activities. Bedtime cookies and story. Saturday pick up animal. 503-769-3313
Saturday, Nov. 19
Santiam Valley Grange Flea Market
9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Santiam Valley Grange, 1140 E Fifth St., Lyons. Crafts and collectibles. Lunch available. Free admission and parking. 503-859-2161
International Club Bazaar
7 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Open to public. 503-769-3425
Tuesday, Nov. 22 Mill City Council
6:30 p.m., Mill City City Hall, 444 S First Ave. Open to public. 503-897-2302
Lyons City Council
6:30 p.m., Lyons City Hall, 449 Fifth St. Open to public. 503-859-2167
Wednesday, Nov. 23 Covered Bridge Community Thanksgiving 3:30-8 p.m. Covered Bridge Café, 510 N. Third Ave, Stayton. The 11th annual free community dinner. Last year, 1,500 people were fed. Call by Nov. 22 for delivery: 503-767-3945. Donations and volunteers welcome.
9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Santiam High. Wreaths, homemade crafts. Benefits International Club. Free admission. Tables $10. 503-5073930, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, Nov. 24 Thanksgiving
Aumsville Firefighters Turkey Shoot
Cascade Foothills Thanksgiving Tour
6 – 10 p.m., Aumsville Fire Station, 490 Church St. 72nd annual event with two ways to win a turkey – get a bingo or win a door prize. Firefighters will collect new toys and hold a drawing to fund Equipment Fund. Sponsored by Aumsville Volunteer Firefighters and Aumsville Fire Support Team. 503-749-2894
Sunday, Nov. 20 St. Mary’s Pancake Breakfast
8 - 10:30 a.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 9168 SE Silver Falls Hwy., Shaw. Pancake breakfast with Santa. $7 adults, $3 children under 8. 503-362-6159
Sublimity Firefighters Turkey Shoot 1 – 5 p.m., Sublimity Fire Station, 115 NW Parker St. Bingo, prizes. Bring nonperishable food items to be entered into a drawing. Sponsored by Sublimity Volunteer Firefighters. 503-769-3282
Friday, Nov. 25
Fall scenery, wine tasting. Repeats Nov. 26-27. Map: cascadefoothillswine.com.
Monday, Nov. 28 Aumsville City Council
7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Open to public.
Tuesday, Nov. 29 Senior Legal Help
10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Santiam Senior Center. Power of attorney, advance directives, wills, trusts. Appointment: 503-767-2009
Senior Center Birthday Potluck
Noon, Santiam Senior Center. Bring a dish to share, celebrate September birthdays. 503-767-2009
Friday, Nov. 30 Tea Time for Book Lovers
5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Book discussion The Marriage of Opposites by Marie-Helene Bertino. Free; 503-769-3313
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Editor’s note: This is part two of our election profiles. Stayton candidates were featured in the Oct. 1 issue and are available at ourtownlive.com. Candidates in uncontested races are not included due to space limitations. By Mary Owen
SUBLIMITY The city of Sublimity also has two candidates running for mayor: Gene Ditter and incumbent Ray Heuberger. Mayor Heuberger, a practicing veterinarian in Sublimity since 1971, served on the Sublimity City Council from 1983 to 1992 and was also mayor in 1993-1994 and 2003-2006. Heuberger said, if elected, he will accept the responsibility to “make available the best information on the challenges, issues and opportunities” that fall under the city council’s jurisdiction. “Recognized as the best small community in Oregon to raise a family, we intend to maintain that status well into the future,”
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Tips on returning your voter’s ballot The Marion County Election’s Office, recommends ballots be mailed by Tuesday, Nov. 1. Ballots require only one stamp. After Nov. 1, it is recommended you drop your ballot at a drop box site by Election Day, Nov. 8. Here are local sites: Aumsville City Hall, 595 Main St. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and until 8 p.m. on Nov. 8; 503-7492030 Lyon City Hall, 449 5th St. Open 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 8. 503-859-2167 Heuberger still maintains. “Suggestions for innovative ways to improve the livability of our community will be welcomed.”
Mill City - City Hall, 444 S 1st Ave. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and until 8 p.m. Nov. 8 Stayton Public Library, 515 N. 1st. Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Open to 8 p.m. on Nov. 8. 503-769-3313 Sublimity City Hall, 245 NW Johnson St. Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MondayFriday and until 8 p.m. on Nov. 8; 503769-5475 For information, call the Marion County Election Office, 503-588-5225, or Linn County Office, 541-967-3831. urged to run for mayor again because “they were seeing a change in the workings of the council, a breakdown of team work,
Former Mayor Gene Ditter said he was
something they had not seen before.”
“They also felt the city was losing the small home town feel and values that has been the city’s pride in the past,” Ditter said. “As a team builder, I want to get every council member involved, to hear the council and residents’ concerns and views even if we do not always agree.” Ditter also wants to help citizens feel they can approach the council with questions and views freely. He also wants to get the city council back to setting long-range goals and policies. “And in doing that, everything open and transparent in the decision making so everyone understands,” he said. “I also would like to see a greater involvement of the new citizens, and younger citizens because they will be the future leaders of the city.” Ditter credited city growth for Sublimity residents asking questions of their city officials about the impact on water and sewer systems, having adequate water rights and capacity, and if not, where the city is going acquire and pay for them as well as
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other future infrastructure improvements and upgrades. “We have a beautiful city to live in and raise a family,” he said. “We receive many compliments about our city.” Running for two open four-year council seats are: Jim Crowther, Wayne Stredonsky, and Michael Taylor.
Jim Crowther Crowther has been a resident of Sublimity since 1979. He has served on the planning commission and budget committee. He also serves on the Sublimity Fire District’s board and its budget committee. He owns a small business, Sublime Investments. “I am running because I am interested in the future growth of the city and the changes ahead,” Crowther said. “Development and infrastructure will be the key issue to face in the next few years.” Crowther worked for the city for13 years in public works, bringing that experience to these issues. “I’m familiar with growth and budgeting,” he said. “I’m up to date on infrastructure and subdivisions. I have a lot of input I can give. Also, as a small business owner, I’ve managed to stay ahead of things.” Crowther believes the city is going in a good direction. “I am interested in helping it move smoothly,” he said, also commenting on wanting to support Sublimity’s new city manager with his work handling the dayto-day decisions.
Wayne Stredonsky A retired employee of Oregon Fish and Wildlife, Stredonsky has time to spare to help his community, one he has lived in for more than two decades. “I’ve been going to Sublimity City Council meetings regularly, which I find interesting,” Stredonsky said. “I really want to help my city.” Presently serving on the planning commission, Stredonsky’s main concern is the impact of growth on the city’s water supply and schools. “We just opened a development with 125 new homes,” he said. “My main concern is the water supply. Are we going to afford the new development? And then there is the influx of kids. When are we going to have to expand schools? How will costs impact
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the city of Sublimity?” Stredonsky and his wife, Margaret, have three daughters.
Michael Taylor Taylor is a married father five boys and a girl, four of whom attend Sublimity Elementary School. An electrician by trade, his hobby is drag racing. Taylor currently serves on the Sublimity budget committee and regularly attends city council meetings. “Residents may have seen me speaking before the Sublimity Planning Commission regarding new development here in town,” Taylor said. “I think that the biggest issue facing our community is development. While it is impossible to stop growth, it is possible to make sure that it happens responsibly. The focus needs to be on what it’s going to take for us to maintain our quality of life here in Sublimity, not what it’s going to take for developers to line their pockets and new home buyers to find themselves a new big shiny house.” Taylor said the city also needs to be responsible for the city’s water supply. “It is important that we work to see that we are protecting that resource and not spreading ourselves too thin in regards to providing water service to more and more homes,” he said. “The water system needs to be closely monitored in regards to flow. We are limited on the amount of water we can pull from our wells, and we need to make sure that our usage needs do not put us in a position where our supply might not be sufficient. “Another issue is our city’s codes and ordinances,” he added. “These are in place to protect and preserve our community and many of them have not been updated in decades. There are contradictions within our codes and ordinances that make them very difficult to enforce.” Taylor said Sublimity residents need to be involved in involved in their city. “I bring to the table a good amount of common sense and a strong sense of responsibility for myself, my family and my community,” he said. “I am not one to sit around and complain about what is happening. I am the kind of man who is willing to get up and do what needs to be done to try and make sure that neither I nor anyone else has anything to complain about.”
Taylor calls himself an “ordinary man” who is willing to do what it takes to protect the way of life in Sublimity. “I am running for city council because there is a need,” he said. “There is a need for members of our community to volunteer their time and energy to work to preserve what we have. I have a responsibility to my family to try and make sure that we are living in a community that we can be proud of. A community where my family and everyone else’s, for that matter, can thrive.”
Also on the Sublimity ballot A referendum will be on the ballot for a city ordinance that, if passed, will permanently prohibit certain recreational and medical marijuana entities.
AUMSVILLE Two candidates are running for Mayor Harald White’s open seat in Aumsville. “Aumsville faces many decisions regarding how we maintain and manage growth, prepare for the future and continue the long-standing stewardship and leadership our city has come to expect,” said Baugh, a serving military officer who plans to retire after 33½ years. “These decisions must be economical, be a productive and supportable system that passes the test of time, and truly have community commitment, understanding and support.” Casarez is running with a platform of fostering public safety and emergency preparedness, supporting and growing small businesses, ensuring fiscally responsible budgeting, and providing positive activities and programs for youth and families. “I believe Aumsville’s biggest challenges are growth, infrastructure, and doing a better job as a city to support our small businesses,” Casarez said. “Per state population forecasts and figures, we are one of Marion County’s fastest growing cities, and with that comes the challenge of figuring out what direction we are headed geographically.” Casarez has a long list of community and government service, including serving on the budget committee since 2007 and city council since 2009. He has served as parks commissioner during his time on council, and worked with staff to acquire grants for major improvements to Porter-Boone Park as well as the building of the Splash Park. He also represented Aumsville on Salem-Keizer Mass Transit’s
Marion County Transportation Advisory Committee, advocating against proposed changes to the CARTS route that will eliminate services to the upper Santiam Canyon. Casarez is a founding member of the PARC Summer Reading Program, coordinated the Corn Festival Princess Program and served as a professional alumni member, series director, and judge to Oregon DECA, a career tech organization. “I see so many good things, positive things going on for Aumsville, and so much potential,” he said. “I feel I have the positive energy, drive, as well as ability to work with our diverse groups, churches, and organizations to accomplish some amazing things for our community. That’s the attitude I’d bring to the mayor’s office if elected, and that is how I will address these challenges.” Baugh is an information systems analyst who has served on the Aumsville city council since 2000. He is a small business owner who has volunteered for about 30 years with athletics, Scouting and faithbased organizations. He served on the city’s planning commission and budget committee. As city councilor his roles included overseeing parks, sewer and water, and currently serves as utilities commissioner and council president. Baugh’s platform includes public safety, supporting police, fire, courts and the corrections system to ensure “we protect our community, homes, businesses, and the values we hold close.” Baugh also believes that private enterprise is the backbone of a community and provides for economic stability. “We need activities for our citizens,” he said. “This is not a simple task that one can do alone. It requires infrastructure, community support, and financial commitment from each and every one of our community and city residents.” Baugh said in the city’s newsletter people who know him describe him as “dedicated, honest, experienced, loyal and a visionary!” Running for three open city council seats are incumbents Trina Lee and Lorie Walters and newcomers Geronimo Clark, Kevin Crawford and Tom Hedgecoke. The three councilor positions are for fouryear terms. The mayor’s position is a twoyear term.
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Trina Lee Currently serving on city council, Lee has more than 25 years of experience working for the state of Oregon in human services. A professional manager on multiple levels, she was born and raised her family in rural Oregon. Lee holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration for Southern Oregon University, and a certificate in management and minor in political science. Lee said people can count on her, if elected, to seek to understand issues by asking good questions. She promises to make decisions and actions with a long-term strategic focus. She calls herself hard working, dedicated and with good presence and participation, and is approachable and willing to discuss issues as well as seek feedback. Lee believes the biggest challenges to the city include: evaluating the Urban Growth Boundary; sustaining the small town while providing necessary services; boosting economic growth; offering more youth activities; and continuing community involvement and encouraging volunteering. “It is important to solicit volunteers to help with community events,” she said. “The challenges lie in engaging new residents and the younger generations.” Lee plans to hold public hearings, town halls and committee meetings on the proposed urban growth boundary that will anticipate community needs for the next 25 years. She wants to work with city staff to ensure that the future planning and visiting has a big picture approach addressing future needs. Recruiting volunteers, expanding youth activities,
and supporting economic growth are also her goals. “I bring to the table my executive level management experience, including program and budget oversight, legislative involvement and enterprise decision making,” Lee said. “I believe in high levels of community engagement and involving. This will continue to prove why Aumsville is a ‘Great Place to Live.’”
Lorie Walters Also on city council, Walters was appointed to the budget committee and the Aumsville Park and Recreation committee. In 2012, she was appointed PARC chair and became co-director of the award-winning summer reading program. As councilor, she serves as Families Program Commissioner, and is involved with the Santa visit and community Christmas tree lighting activities. “Aumsville has truly become ‘a great place to live,’ but it can always be made better,” Walters said. “Children have always been a priority, and I will continue building on that foundation. I want to see our children growing in education and learning to engage in community outreach. “Another concern I have is the need for families to be prepared,” said Walters, who has attended several presentations on preparing for disasters. “The Cascadia Subduction Zone is overdue for a major earthquake, estimated to be 9.0 on the Richter scale. My goal is to see that Aumsville citizens are supported in their emergency preparation.” Walters is also concerned with transportation issues, and hopes that the
city can start a ride share/car pool in the near future. She wants to see that children go to school with adequate nutrition, giving them the energy and attention to learn. She always wants to help the city provide the best services without adding to costs for citizens. Walters is very active in the faith community, and currently works at the state Department of Human Services.
Geronimo Clark A profession artist, Clark is a member of the Navajo Nation Tribe and is also a Klamath Indian. For the past seven years, he and his family have been actively involved in the summer reading program, teaching arts and crafts. He also taught art and art history in PARC’s 27-week after-school program. His family is actively involved in the Native American community, traveling to pow-wows all over Oregon. “It’s time for a change,” Clark said of his motivation for running. “Aumsville is the fastest growing community in Marion County, and while we are accruing more citizens, nothing else has changed. “We need to expand our city services without explosive costs, we need to encourage new small businesses to come to town, and we need to increase our level of family activities and public art,” he said. “We need to welcome economic development and growth instead of resisting change.” A key issue concerns how schools are going to handle the influx of newcomers as the city expands, he said. “And how to create more jobs for people here in the community, and keep our citizens from going outside the community
to spend their money,” he said. “The main challenge is facilitating change without things getting bogged down with over-blown due-diligence processes, over regulations of the permit process, and mass over discussion.” Clark said, if elected, he will bring a fresh perspective and clear understanding of how city government can work with citizens. “I have gotten a lot of feedback and would really like the change to help make the changes people are asking for. Together, we can make this city the best place to live.”
Kevin Crawford Crawford has a master’s in business, which he has put to work as a business consultant and business teacher at local community colleges. He owns Crawford & Associates. “I bring a lot of business experience to the table,” said Crawford, who has experience in budgeting, marketing, human resources and operational management. He views Aumsville as a city where some of its citizens want a stand-along community with its own businesses and services while others are happy to keep it as a bedroom community to Salem. “I want to smooth the way for city growth,” he said. Crawford’s priorities, if elected, to foster livability in the community, fiscal responsibility in government, and safe growth for business and the economy.
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“I am close to the people in the PARC program, and will work hand-in-hand with them to develop programs for kids,” Hedgecoke said. “I will also stand against new fees, taxes, and restrictions on people’s property rights, and will do anything to reduce current fees.” Hedgecoke grew up in the area, attending Aumsville Elementary, Cascade Junior and Cascade High schools. He has worked in the after-market automotive parts industry for more than 15 years. He has a wife and one daughter, an eightgrader at Cascade. “I am a conservative that believes in small government and less involvement of government in our personal business,” he said. “I am running so that when elected, I can reduce the influence of city government in our daily lives.”
Also on the Aumsville ballot Voters will decide on a proposal to prohibit certain marijuana registrants and licensees in the city of Aumsville. If this measure is approved, the city will be ineligible to receive distributions of state marijuana tax revenues and will be unable to impose a local tax or fee on the production, processing or sale of marijuana or any product into which marijuana has been incorporated.
MILL CITY Mayor Thorn Thacker wants to remain as mayor. His challenger is former mayor Tim Kirsch. “I’m running for a second term as part of Team Progress in order to continue the work the city council and I have begun,” Thacker said. “Under my leadership, we have made great progress in cleaning up Mill City with a strong focus on Highway 22. After finally putting to rest the rumors and concerns about ODOT plans for Highway 22, we have worked with existing businesses to clean up their facades and obtained grants to help with this effort. As a result, eight new businesses have opened on the highway with more to come.” In addition to promoting economic development for the city, Thacker said he and his team have opened a new city park, built new public restrooms “ahead of schedule and under budget.” “Through regular visits to the State Capitol and by attending meetings with representatives from other agencies and
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communities, I have made it clear that we are serious about getting the attention we need and deserve and making the most out of state and regional efforts such as the area tourism initiatives and distressed community workshops in order to bring more money into our town, make us more of a destination, and find solutions to the issues that confront us,” he said. Thacker said public safety is a key part of Mill City’s image and reputation, as well as keeping citizens secure. He and his team want to keep Mill City a place that “reflects the pride, hard work and enthusiasm or our citizens while meeting their needs today and preparing us for the future,” he said. Thacker believes in transparency of government and communication. “I have a reputation of asking the hard questions, being efficient and very effective,” he said. “I believe in customer service and treating our citizens with dignity and respect; asking for solutions from the ones with the issue, and working to find the most reasonable and acceptable solution.” Calling himself a “fiscal conservative,” Thacker said he understands the importance of spending money that the city has budgeted. “That’s how we take care of our town, do repairs, preventative maintenance, and make our town more pleasant and livable,” Thacker said. “It’s so very important we spend wisely and get the most out of the money budgeted. This is more important than ever as we look to the future with the construction of a new public works building, the renovation of our iconic railroad bridge, and the need to hire new city staff and maintain the high quality of service you expect and deserve. “I’m passionate about this town, and I look forward to continuing to serve you as your Mayor, preserving history and heritage through progress,” he added. “Don’t regress, vote Team Progress! Kirsch is a long-time Mill City resident who has raised his four children in the city. “My youngest is currently a senior at Santiam High,” said Kirsch, a small business owner who served as mayor for 12 of the last 14 years. Kirsch also served on the board of the North Santiam Canyon Economic Development Corp. for 20 years, Mill
City Lions Club over 20 years, Santiam School District’s budget committee 14 years, the Marion County economic advisory board, and the Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area Advisory Council. “I have attended and completed the Marion County Sheriff’s citizen academy, League of Oregon Cities Governing Basics and various other trainings, groups, clubs and functions,” he said. Kirsch said the city’s key issues, some of which are being attended to, include further pursuit of infrastructure development projects, such as inadequate and antiquated water lines, some street repairs, beautification projects, cleanup and restoration of vacant storefronts, and redevelopment of Hammond Park. “Challenges to these are almost always funding and collaborating with various other governing agencies and private parties,” he said. Kirsch said he brings to the position an understanding of the issues surrounding the obstacles to completing such tasks. “I have been successful in building strong relationships with many city, county and state leaders,” he said. “I see the beauty and positive aspects of Mill City and the potential for even better things to come.” Running for two four-year and two twoyear city council seats are Hannah Baker, Scott Baughman, Brett Katlong, Dawn Plotts, Allison Smith-Goodwin, Tony Trout and Elaina Turpin.
Hannah Baker Baker has 17-plus year’s experience of community development work and has initiated new projects and raised grant money for organizations such as Lutheran Community Services, Community Cycling Center, Mill City Christian Church and Wandsworth Care Alliance. “I bring a focus on progress and teamwork, a cooperative spirit, planning knowledge, ability to put ideas into action and a hope for the greatest good in Mill City,” Baker said. Baker views the biggest challenges facing Mill City to include sustainable economic growth of local business, provision of youth enrichment activities, and social welfare issues including poverty and drug abuse. “I will address these by actively communicating with the public, creating
dialogue and taking suggestions,” she said. “I will ensure all projects are quality, cost effective ventures. I will build strong partnerships with schools, civic and faith organizations, businesses, police and other state and county resources. I will listen, do excellent research, and make careful, wellinformed decisions.”
Scott Baughman Baughman, owner of SBC Construction, is running for a second term on council. “As a businessman I hire local workers, pay wages and taxes,” said Baughman, husband of Shelly and father of three. “I’m proud to have been part of the positive changes that I’ve seen in our community over the past two years. There is a new energy and enthusiasm on the part of our citizens.” Baughman is running for city council as part of Team Progress, bringing skills and experience to the table to ensure the city gets its money’s worth on capital improvements, including a new public works building and the railroad bridge renovation. “It’s extremely important to me that our city is consistent and treats everyone fairly, and I can help make sure that our employees share that ideal,” he said. “Everyone who knows me knows that I am not someone who gives up easily, even when times get hard.” He is president of the Gates Community Church board, chair of the Mill City Fire Department board, and past-president of the Eagles. “I have a deep and abiding love for this community and respect for its citizens,” he said. “As part of Team Progress I want to maintain our history and heritage by continuing the successful work we’ve done for the past two years.”
Brett Katlong Brett Katlong has deep roots in Mill City, where he is very involved in the community. A logger, he has served on Eagles’ projects, donated time to the local food bank, and volunteered at the local Vacation Bible School. “I want to see our neighborhoods cleaned up and for people in the community to feel safer,” said Katlong, who attends city council meetings. “And we need to continue to find some new ways to keep the city’s budget from depleting. One issue that the current council has been facing is adjusting the
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police budget to better fit the needs of our small town.” Katlong also wants to add sidewalks to neighborhoods, making travel safer. “We have to find a balance to keeping a sufficient budget while still getting things accomplished,” he said. He brings a “fresh, new perspective” to the position, including involving the younger generation in solving the issues. “I love our small town, and I want to be a part of making the decisions that will influence it,” Baughman said.
Dawn Plotts Plotts has served on the planning commission. She worked in the school district for 28-plus years and has worked with a volunteer group with the city as well as volunteered at her church. “I have the ability to listen and represent a large segment of our community,” Plotts said. Challenges include maintaining livability by having strong police support and keeping the city enjoyable with parks and pathways for children and families, she said. “We also need to maintain and update our infrastructure while keeping a sound budget, and have a community-based vision for growth,” she added. “I will work with community members and groups to meet those challenges and make Mill City the best it can be.”
Long-time resident Smith-Goodwin wants to be part of the solution in Mill City. She services on the budget and planning committees, giving her a base on what the city needs.
Trout is looking to increase economic prosperity and improved economic quality of living for Mill City residents through “wise investments and frugal spending.”
“Seeing the budget constraints we face now and the planning opportunities for the future with Mill City,” she said. “I believe that we can keep our history and heritage alive while growing the community in a direction that all generations can be proud of.” Part of Team Progress, Smith-Goodwin wants to help the city become a supportive and family-based community. “There is a vision to keep Mill City growing in a positive way, cleaning up the community to improve it for all, and making a difference while making sure that we respect where this community came from,” she said. “I want to be a part of that progress.” Cleaning up Mill City is a key issue, and she wants to support additional programs that are good for the community. Growth, economics, a skate park, community center, new library and other community programs must be part of the progress, she said. “My career the last 13 years has allowed me to work continually through state regulations, budgets, human resources, and sales and marketing,” said Smith-Goodwin who works in senior services. She hopes to use her experience to support her city.
“I will use my leadership and budget experiences from my current job, former military experience, and the struggling local nonprofits to find and use investments in our community for betterment of our town,” Trout said. “Budgets need scrutinized. We need to make a budget for projects and stick to it. We owe our taxpayers this.” Ttout said Mill City, like so many other communities, has many challenges currently and faces more in the future. “We need to look at our police presence and cost by researching every avenue to bring the highest quality police protection at the lowest impact on our tax payers,” he said. “We also need to address water and sewer maintenance and updates, and investments to better our town that attract visitors that, in turn, bring in business.” Curb appeal, most importantly on Highway 22, has been a priority with the city council for nearly the last two years, Stout said. “I am honored to have been a part of this process with the other members of the Mill City planning commission,” said Stout, who helped update the derelict and dangerous building code. The new draft was adopted last month by the city council. “This area still needs work,” he said.
“Highway 22 has come a long way, but we need to stay diligent there and into town.”
Elaina Turpin Elaina Turpin has been a Mill City resident for eight years. She’s married to her high school sweetheart and the couple has three children. She has worked for the Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce for six years, and is currently a communications consultant for a small business. Turpin is a graduate of the Ford Institute Leadership Program and the Chinook Institute for Civic Leadership. Her volunteer activities have included the Santiam Canyon School District PTO, Neighborhood Watch, Santiam Hearts to Arts, the GROW-EDC resource board, Sidelines, and the leadership team for the North Santiam Rural Tourism Studio Accelerator. Turpin want to help build a safer, more connected community and support children through strong schools and better future opportunities. She also wants to boost economic vitality in town by creating new jobs and helping businesses grow.
Also on the Mill City ballot Mill City residents will also vote on two measures. If passed, one will impose a 3-percent tax on sale of marijuana by a marijuana retailer in Mill City. The other will prohibit certain marijuana registrants and licensees in Mill City.
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Stayton, Cascade, N. Marion tie for football title Stayton and Cascade wound up part of a three-way tie for first place in the Oregon West Conference football race. The Eagles, Cougars and North Marion all finished 3-1 in league play (and all were 4-3 overall). Only five teams participated this year because Philomath canceled its season amid a hazing scandal. Cascade, the highest ranked of the three squads, received a first-round bye and will open in the round of 16 the weekend of Nov. 4-5. Stayton, meanwhile, hosted a play-in game against Baker on Oct. 28 after Our Town’s presstime. The tri-champions took turns beating each other. Stayton nipped Cascade 14-12, North Marion downed Stayton 13-6 and Cascade beat North Marion 12-3. Stayton had two touchdowns called back because of penalties in the rain-drenched home loss to North Marion. “That one stung,” second-year coach Andy Campbell told Our Town. “To miss being the outright OWC champs by one play here or there vs North Marion really hurts. But, we learned a lot in defeat and that has made us a more focused, determined team and program.” Cascade, meanwhile, has been doing it with defense. The Cougars allowed just 28 points in league play, led by linebacker Cota Wakem, cornerbacks Kevin Kuenzi and Brandon Martin, linemen Cody Teal and Dominic Federico and safety Justin White. “Our defense has stepped up to the challenge,” first-year head coach Brandon
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Inexperience and a freakish set of injuries were a challenge for Stayton, which was 6-2-2 in league play, two points behind 6-0-4 Newport. The Eagles were set to host Gladstone after Our Town’s presstime for a shot at the round of 16 in Class 4A.
“They have been playing team football. Their effort and attention to detail has made them very sound against the many different offenses we have seen.”
The Eagles lost cousins and top playmakers Freddy and Ivan Navarro to graduation and have been decimated by injuries.
Speaking of sound defense, Regis has pitched three consecutive shutouts on the way to clinching at least a tie for the TriRiver Conference title. The Rams (6-2 overall, 3-0 in league), who are ranked No. 1 in Class 2A by the OSAA, visited 2-1 St. Paul on Oct. 28.
According to coach Chris Shields the injuries “range from a torn ACL, dislocated knee cap, a facial fracture and two players who had their appendix removed within 24 hour of each other.”
Regis opened the league season by holding high-powered Kennedy to a single touchdown in a 15-7 victory. The Rams followed with a 36-0 nonleague win vs. Oakland, a 41-0 blanking of Central Linn and a 35-0 victory vs. Santiam. The offense has been clicking as well. Brandon Piete rushed for three touchdowns against Central Linn and added a fourth score on a 73-yard punt return. Regis has clinched a Class 2A playoff berth and will almost assuredly host a game the weekend of Nov. 4-5. Soccer: It’s been a strange season for the Stayton boys soccer team. The Eagles, who had won or shared the past six Oregon West titles and claimed the 2010 state title, finished second behind
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Cross country: Cascade and Stayton participated in the Oregon West district meet Oct. 29 hosted by Yamhill-Carlton and Regis and Santiam took part in the Special District 2/3 meet Oct. 27 at Bush’s Pasture Park in Salem. Both meets took place after Our Town’s presstime. Look for a report on the district meets and the Nov. 5 state meet in the Dec. 1 edition of Our Town. Volleyball: Cascade, which shared the Oregon West title with Philomath, earned the seventh seed for the Class 4A playoffs. The Cougars, who have won or shared the past four league titles, hosted Henley of Klamath Falls on Oct. 29. Stayton, meanwhile, finished the season 10-12 after losing in three sets to Tillamook in the play-in round Oct. 22. Alumni watch: Former Cascade athlete Tyrell Williams is making his presence felt in the National Football League. Williams, who played college ball at Western Oregon University, has caught 31 passes for 526 yards and two touchdowns for the San Diego Chargers. On Oct. 23 the 6-4, 205-pound Williams had his best day as a pro, catching seven passes for 140 yards in a 33-30 victory at Atlanta. Williams, who was not drafted by any NFL team, caught two passes last season for the Chargers. One of them was an 80-yard touchdown grab. Follow me on Twitter @jameshday. Got a news tip? Email me at email@example.com. Follow Our Town on Facebook.
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Santiam Broomfest set for Nov. 5 The Santiam Broomfest – a youth-led service learning project to eliminate Scotch Broom plants on the east end of BLM Fishermen’s Bend Park – will be Saturday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Community members who enjoy the natural respite, camping and river access are invited to join the Youth Enviro Squad (YES) in an ongoing effort to reduce the spread of this weed, which is toxic to many animals as well as individuals who have certain allergies. Those who RSVP by Nov. 2 will receive a complimentary hot lunch of homemade chili, hot dog and salad choice, or may bring their own lunch to enjoy near the warming fire. This is a rain-or-shine event, so it is advisable to dress for Oregon weather, including sturdy outdoor shoes or boots. Bring a water bottle. Work gloves will be provided for those who don’t have their own. The Bureau of Land Management has agreed to extend water and power to the Firs Group Day Use Shelter and adjacent restroom beyond normal seasonal closure just for the event. YES has been active at Fishermen’s
Bend for the past 12 years in working to eradicate invasive species as well as planting native species or clearing camping area and roadway debris. The group has logged more than 15,000 service hours since 2004. All participants must complete liability waivers prior to service, with parent signature required for all youth under 18 not already enrolled in Marion County or Linn County 4-H. Both the youth and adult volunteer forms will be on site, can be picked up in advance at the Extension office, requested via email, or downloaded as PDFs at the Marion County 4-H site: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/ marion/sustainable-communities. Contact Dan Hoynacki by email at email@example.com or by text at 503-551-3455 to RSVP or with questions. It is helpful for organizers to know a youth’s school grade and college or adult status in advance. Linn County 4-H youth and families with questions may contact Robin Galloway at robin. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Postal Connections holds book drive for military In honor of Veterans Day, Postal Connections stores in Stayton and Silverton are rallying to “Share Your Story” in a month-long, community-wide book donation drive. Through Friday, Nov. 11, both Postal Connections stores are partnering with Operation Paperback to gather gently used paperback books to donate to active troops and veterans in need. Postal Connections will be accepting donations from residents and businesses to send to troops serving overseas and on U.S. soil. Books must be paperbacks that are in good condition. No old, musty books yellow bent spines or ripped covers will be accepted. Suggested genres include action, bestsellers, biographies and memoirs, fantasy, history, horror, mysteries, science fiction, true crime and children’s books
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GENERAL MOUNT ANGEL HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S CALENDARS is now available- Share in Mount Angel’s Historic Past-2017. Calendar is now available at the Mount Angel Senior Senior Center, 195 E. Charles St. The cost of each calendar is $10 and is a fundraiser for the Historical Society. Calendars will make wonderful Christmas gifts. FOR SALE: 3 seat burgundy leather sofa, 2 chairs, ottoman (from lazyboy) $500. Queen sofa bed (used twice) $350.00 Dining Table (with two leafs ) and 8 chairs $300 FIREWOOD: Two years season, stored inside barn. Fir $180/cord, Oak $260/cord, Mixed Oak, Fir and Pine $190/cord. Jerry Klein, 503-769-5108, 10477 Triumph Rd., Sublimity.
SOLID OAK VINTAGE DINING SET. American Furniture; Art Deco Design (1920-1950). Beautifully refinished set Includes table (38” x 60”) with built-in extensions that pull out and slide into place, 5 dining chairs, one Captain’s chair, and new premium table pad. $800 or best offer. 503-874-6136 CRAFT VENDORS WANTED. It is time to get ready for the 2016 Stayton Christmas and Craft Bazaar. The 43rd annual event is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Stayton Middle School, 1021 Shaff Rd. There will be more than100 vendors occupying both gyms, the main hallway and the cafeteria. Contact Ed Tabor at 503-990-2119 or Email: email@example.com FOR SALE – Upright freezer $95, old chest freezer $25, table top hair drier $15, camp cots $15, table lamps (new) $3, floor lamps (1 of 2) $5, Rival Crockpot (new, never used) $3, large roaster $2. Call 503-769-5667.
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ST. EDWARD’S EPISCOPAL is seeking someone to staff our nursery on Sunday mornings, 9:30-11:30 a.m., for $15 per hour. We need someone who enjoys babies and toddlers and has experience caring for them, especially more than one at a time. Infant CPR certification is a plus, and the person must be able to pass a criminal background check and be willing to attend Safe Church Training in the near future. All applications can be sent to rev. firstname.lastname@example.org. The position will be open until it is filled. WANTED: DATA ENTRY using Quickbooks. Must have prior experience with QB. Part time. $12 an hour. Office in Beavercreek. Send resume to email@example.com
GASPER’S CLEANING SERVICE SOLUTIONS Complete general Janitorial Services, Home and Business and Construction Cleaning. Deep cleaning to prepare the home for sale. Move in-Move out. Window cleaning - Housekeeping. Frances 503-949-5040 or 503-8736209 CASCADE CONCEALED CARRY INSTRUCTIONS INC. is teaching Oregon concealed hand gun classes on the 1st and multi state on the 3rd Saturday. Call for location. Visit our website at cccinstruction.com or call 503-580-0753
HERNANDEZ LANDSCAPING Spring - Fall clean up - Overgrown cleanup - Gutter cleaning - Hedge Trimming - Pressure washing Blackberry removal - Leaf pick up. NOTICES Commercial, Residential. Large THANK YOU MOUNT ANGEL. properties - Apartment complexes American Legion Post #89 members Bark Dust - On going maintenance. thank the donor of the new refrigerator 503-719-9953 or 503-989-5694 for our hall. THE SCOTTS MILLS GRANGE IS LOOKING FOR VENDORS for its annual holiday bazaar. The bazaar is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. Kids - Santa Claus will be visiting the bazaar from 1 to 3 p.m. Tables are $20 and we ask that you donate one item for tje auction. If you are interested in selling your arts, crafts, or other holiday items, please contact Nikolina Fennimore Barber at 503-873-5059 for more details.
ROOM TO RENT: Newer Mount Angel home. Roommate wanted to share with two Christian women. 4BD, 2BA. Includes utilities, DirectTV, AC, $600/ mo. 503-330-7563
VISIONS CLEANING – Invision coming home to a clean and organized home. Excellent references $65-$75 per clean. Organize your home and special projects. 503-868-8107 RDR HANDYMAN & HOME REPAIR SERVICE installation and repair of fencing, decks,doors, windows, gutter cleaner CCB 206637 licenced, bonded and insured. Call Ryan, 503-881-3802 CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS Residential, light commercial, new buildings, additions, remodeling. Reasonable rates. Michael Finkelstein Design, 503-873-8215.
FOR SALE 39FT 5TH WHEEL. 2015 “Cougar”. Like new, fireplace, island kitchen, air, 3 slide outs. Lots of extras. $38,500. Tow vehicle with hitch available. Silverton 503-874-4275
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I’ve only lived in Oregon 17 years and I’m yet to put my finger on what, exactly, makes this state tick.
selling it?” Some posts defy classification. They seek information about important events, though. For example:
I’ve read Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey. I’ve stood in line at Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland. I’ve gone to Powell Books — about a hundred times — and I’ve tromped along the beach at the Oregon Coast and through the woods in the Cascades. I’ve attended brew fests, wine fests, world fests and Oktoberfests.
“Does anyone know why a barrel of guts got spilled on 22 at the intersection of 5?” Indeed, a question for the ages. Or how about: “Old wood that could be used to make shabby signs. Free. You pick up.”
I still don’t get it. Oregon is a whole different breed of cat. Or should I say dog, given Oregonians seem to take their dogs everywhere. To me, Oregon doesn’t march to the beat of a different drummer; it threw him and the drum out the window of the Subaru on the way to the Oregon Country Fair. I keep looking for the one thing, a Rosetta Stone, if you will, that will help me unlock the Oregon psyche. I may have found it, on Facebook of all places. That’s where I ran across Stayton Community Connections. It is by turns interesting, funny, touching and, well, Oregonian. It is a cross between a community bulletin board and the classified ads that used to populate newspapers.
For example, a family new to the area might post a message looking for a place to rent. Or if someone is having a garage sale, she will post a bunch of photos of the sundry items that will be available. Or if a family is looking for daycare or a daycare has an opening they will make connections— hence the “community connections” name. You can also buy eggs, cakes, cupcakes, hire a photographer, get a job, find a local creative writing group, find a math tutor, find a lost dog, or a lost computer, get tickets to a local play, take a class for a conceal carry gun permit — all very Oregon things to do. For example, I ran across this post the other day: “Selling my husband’s old snowboard! Comes with bindings.” But then there was this comment: “Does he know you’re
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This one popped up a while ago: “Anyone else notice the weird flying object in the sky just a few mins ago? There was several bright headlights on the front and then several flashing bright strobe lights on the back.... Not sure what the hell we just saw.” A comment posted after it: “It’s a UFO coming to take you home! Haha luv u.” But one of my all time favorites showed up last summer. I would post it under “Card of Thanks.” “I … wish to really thank the person who allowed their dog to take a big dump in the middle of my driveway last night.” When it comes to great Facebook posts, it’s an Oregon thing. Carl Sampson is an editor and freelance writer.
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