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Making sure holiday joy accessible, available, to everyone Christmas Caroling at homes for the medically fragile, a caravan of singers creating smiles. For information, call 503-897-2447.

Ho ho ho! Santa’s merry laughter will ring out at a variety of events sponsored by Upward Bound Camp this month, thanks to Jerry Pierce who has helped by stepping in for the very busy jolly ol’ man at UBC and other places for the past 25 years.

Pictures with Santa, Dec. 2, 2-6 p.m. at the Holiday Kickoff in downtown Stayton and Dec. 20-22 at the Upward Bound office in downtown Stayton.

“He visits group homes, the sick and the elderly,” said Laura Pierce, executive director of UBC, of her husband. “He brings a stocking hat, made by a volunteer or donor, or a stuffed animal as a token of the season.” Santa Jerry has posed for pictures with children and adults all over Oregon and as far away as Nashville’s Opryland. “Santa is the symbol of everything Upward Bound stands for, listening to needs, affirming importance, giving from the heart, holding hands in friendship, and sharing the joy of living with laughter and a song,” Pierce said. “Serving people with special needs, Upward Bound has been providing year-round opportunities for fun, leadership training and community

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building since 1978.” UBC has lots of events slated where Santa will be on duty: Christmas Dance at Houck Middle School in Salem for adults with developmental challenges, Dec. 2, 6-8 p.m.

“Christmas Camp is a traditional celebration with tree decorating, Christmas baking, card exchanging, and gifts for campers provided by donors and delivered by Santa,” Pierce said. “Those wishing to give a gift are welcome to stop by our office at the corner of Third and Marion and select a tag that matches the giver’s heart with the recipient.” Pierce said people can also drop off donations of cologne and perfume, games, large-piece puzzles (75-300 pieces), stuffed animals, crayons, colored pencils

and nature/adult color books for camper Christmas gifts. “The Canyon community has been awesome in supplying supports needed to serve the campers year round, and especially during the holiday season,” she said. “People come by the office and bring sewing supplies for our fabrics classes, miscellaneous craft supplies, canned food, and even a turkey from a neighbor!” Upward Bound Camp is Christian-based and supports the belief that “every person is important, created by God, worth of love and caring service.” Upward Bound has three arms: Upward Bound Camp, UBC Gates and UBC Dance. Camp offers opportunities to persons with disabilities that “will last a lifetime.” UBC Gates offers educational and training programs to “build the society we all want.” And UBC Dance celebrates life with purpose by offering music, friendship and “a lot of fun!” For information on Upward Bound’s offerings visit

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Silver Falls State Park The elves at Silver Falls State Park are getting ready for the 40th annual Christmas Festival in the South Falls Historic District. The one-day event will take place Saturday, Dec. 9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. “There is something new at the festival this year!” said Lou Nelson, with Friends of Silver Falls, sponsors of the event. “The Silver Falls Lodge and Conference Center will be offering roasted chestnuts, popcorn, coffee and cocoa. They will have holiday craft stations and carnivalstyle games with prizes. There will be snowflake flurries each hour!” A shuttle bus will run continuously from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. between the conference center and the South Falls Day Use area

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where the rest of the day’s activities take place. From decorated trees to thousands of lights, the park is prepared to delight visitors. Story-telling, wreath-making, and nature crafts will be part of the day, and holiday souvenirs and gifts will be available at the South Falls Nature Store – everything from handmade hats, pens and ornaments to field guides and toys. A day-use parking permit is required to park at Silver Falls. Visitors can purchase a one-day permit for $5. A one-year permit is on sale Dec. 1-31 for $25, and two-year passes are $50. For a detailed schedule, call visit www.


On Saturday, Dec. 2, activities begin early. The 27th annual Toys for Joy Santa Cruise-In and Firefighters Breakfast runs 8-11 a.m. at the Stayton Fire Station. “Come join us for breakfast and stay for the car show,” is the invitation from local firefighters.


Pancakes, eggs and ham hot off the grill with coffee, juice and milk is the fare. Cost is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and children 12 and under. The event is a fundraiser for Toys for Joy. Toy donations will still be welcomed at the breakfast. Cruise-in registration is at 8 a.m. Entry fee is a new, unwrapped toy. Awards will be given for first through third place. For information, call Russ, 503-930-8976. Doors open at 9 a.m. for the 45th annual Stayton Christmas and Craft Bazaar at Stayton Middle School. More than 100 vendors will offer wares for sale until `3 p.m. at the free event. Santa will have a special mailbox, thanks to Stayton Friends of the Library, and free door prizes will be given out to visitors. Friends of the Family and Star Cinema will once again host a Holiday Kickoff in downtown Stayton. From 3-6 p.m., visitors can listen to live Christmas music and sample holiday treats. The movie, Beauty and the Beast: The


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The Stayton High School Winter Concert takes place Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Stayton High School auditorium. Performing will be the Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Girls Choir, and full Concert Choir. Holiday carols will be sung with audience participation at the end of the presentation. Refreshments and a bake sale will be offered in the foyer at intermission.

Sublimity Santa will hand out candy canes at Sublimity’s tree lighting at Early Settlers Park, following the Country Light Parade Saturday, Dec 2, 6 p.m. The annual Candy Cane Breakfast, put on by Sublimity Rural Fire District volunteers, will take place at 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Dec. 3 with free biscuits and gravy breakfast for those who donate non-perishable goods. Santa will make an appearance. If conditions are just right, he might even arrive by the LifeFlight helicopter at 9:30 a.m. in the park across from the station.

Horse-drawn holiday wagon rides at 5 p.m. for $5 per person will start off at the festivities and pick up nightly again Dec. 20 - 30. Mill Creek Carriage’s wagon pulled by draft horses will tour Sublimity’s Christmas Lights. Wagon capacity is 12 riders, and reservations are required. For reservations and ride start location, call 503-769-2090 or e-mail

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The public is welcome at the Sublimity School’s holiday program, Frosty the Snowman, at 1:30 p.m. and at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 in the school gym.

The city of Lyons will host its third annual Holiday Lighting Contest, with one winner to be selected for the Mayor’s Choice Award which includes an ornament trophy, movie package and “bragging rights.”

Aumsville Santa will tour Aumsville neighborhoods during the day on Saturday, Dec. 9 before showing up for an old-fashioned Christmas tree lighting and gathering from 5-6:30 p.m. in Porter-Boone Park. The tree lighting will be at 6 p.m. followed by a drawing for a giant teddy bear and Christmas stocking. Also beginning at 5 p.m. will be performances by various groups of carolers at Aumsville

Free refreshments – hot cocoa, cider, popcorn and more – will be available. An old-fashioned hay ride will ferry people down Main Street, to and from the park to the fire station.


“Nominations from the public will be accepted through Dec. 15,” said Micki Valentine, city recorder. Submit nominations to The Lyons Garden Club Annual Christmas Potluck Luncheon takes place at noon on Dec. 14 in the Lyons Fire Department conference room. Bring a favorite hot dish, salad or dessert to

share. A gift exchange of $10 or less will take place. The public is invited to participate. For more information, call John Hollensteiner at 503-508-5913.

Mill City The Santiam Canyon Community Chorus and Santiam Hearts to Arts invite community members to join in for an open house Dec. 2, 6-8 p.m. at the Canyon Art Center. A tree lighting will take place at the start of the event. “The chorus sings a wonderful array of holiday songs,” said Tom Peters, president of Santiam Hearts to Arts. “The Mill City International Club will provide holiday treats, and we will have a holiday sing-along.” The chorus will also perform at the Mill City Eagles Lodge Dec. 9, 6 p.m. and carol Dec. 20 at noon at the Capitol Rotunda and 4 p.m. at Marian Estates in Sublimity. For more bazaars, caroling and holiday concerts and see Datebook page 14.

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If you are picking up your mail or shipping a package at Silverton’s Postal Connections, there’s a good chance you will be greeted by Don Harteloo. Ask how he is doing on any given day and he will cheerfully reply, “Unbelievable, here.”

At that time, his father was the manager of the local telephone company and was gifted with a holly tree by an employee. He planted it on the other side of their driveway and it quickly flourished. Seeing was believing. “My father thought ‘Maybe we can plant more and leave it to our children – and they can benefit from picking money off the trees,’” he said. The rest, as they say, is history.

Don, along with his wife, Sue, own and manage two Postal Connections stores. He runs the Silverton location, opened in 2013, and she oversees Stayton’s, opened in 2003. Since 1988, they have been operating Mill Creek Holly Farms, too.

The holly leaves, called “leaflets,” come in either Green English or Silver Variegated varieties. The holly berries first appear in June with a pinkish color and ripens to a richer red color in late October.

Located in Stayton, the Harteloo’s farm contains 1,500 holly trees, each 20 to 30 feet tall. The traditional holiday evergreen, with its vibrant red berries, has no scent. Married for 36 years, Don, 65, and Sue, 62, have two daughters, Melissa, 34, Michelle, 31, and one granddaughter, two-year-old Sophia Marie. Don inherited the farm from his parents. “My mother and father bought this farm

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With sincere gratitude from all of us this holiday season.

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tempting red berries, the crown jewel of the business. Depending on the needs at the time, 16 to 25 workers help pick the holly and prepare it to sell. No machines are used, all is done by hand. “All of the holly is dipped in a big vat that has a hormone treatment in it. It costs $1,000 a gallon and it prolongs the life,” Don explained. “Holly is more akin to a rose than to a typical evergreen, so it does have a shorter life span. We also use a floral solution that helps the leaves retain moisture,” Sue added. They have shipped online orders as far away as Canada, Alaska and Hawaii. “A couple of guys back in Massachusetts buy from us every year. They call and we chat for about an hour. We actually got the chance to meet them two years ago. We were in Boston and they were in town,” Sue said. When the couple is able to spend time

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with their family, they all head to Corvallis to root on the Oregon State Beavers. “We’ve had basketball season tickets for 40 years, and our football ones for 25,” Don said. “Our girls grew up from the time they were infants watching the basketball games,” Sue said with a grin. They are also season ticketholders at the Pentacle Theatre in Salem. Sue was the director of the theater program for six years at Stayton’s Regis High School. The couple appreciates the flexible and devoted staff they have at their Postal Connections stores. “They are like family to us, and they know if we have to step out for a crisis with the farm, they’re right there to make sure things keep rolling smoothly,” Sue said. “They are unbelievable,” Don added. Mill Creek Holly Farms can be reached at

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“We try to keep a personal touch when dealing with people, but if we have to cut services, some of that will go away,” he added. “Without a source of funding, you could be waiting an hour, or longer, for help in an emergency. I wouldn’t want to see any citizen afraid they may have heard or seen someone in their backyard with no officer available to make sure they are safe.”


“This is up nine spots from the 13th where we were last year, and 21st the year before,” said Richard Schmitz, Chief of the Aumsville Police Department. “I believe one of the biggest reasons for this rise has to do with the fact we were able to add a sixth officer to the police department two years ago.”

Without the fee, budget cuts could mean even slower response times or even trading personalized service to overthe-phone conversations, Schmitz said.

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Arts & Entertainment

Mouse tale Family classic on stage By Mary Owen “And all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse...” However, a mouse is stirring in the play, Stuart Little the Musical put on this month by the Aumsville Community Theatre. “Stuart Little is a family musical set in the 1950s about a typical family with an extraordinary son,” said director Shannon Rempel. “Stuart Little is a mouse! He’s small, but he faces some pretty big adventures, from sailing boats to driving model cars, running away from dogs, and teaching a class of elementary school students. “Stuart excels at every challenge he is given,” Rempel said. “One day, he meets a bird named Margalo, and they become instant friends. When Snowbell, the family cat, chases Margalo away, Stuart sets out to find her.” Adapted by Joseph Robinette, the play is musical version of E.B. White’s classic tale about a little mouse, born into a normal New York family, whose life tells the story of a determined “underdog” trying to survive in a “real people’s world.” From melodic ballads to exciting chorus numbers, the score by Ronna Frank features such songs as Paddle Your Own Canoe, Feed Him Up, Size, Stuart Little, I’m Headed in the Right Direction and Nighttime in New York.

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“My favorite part about Stuart Little the Musical is the wonderful music,” Rempel said. “Songs like Nighttime in New York and Natural Enemies help to tell the story of Stuart Little with great tunes that will follow you long after the show.” Rempel credits the cast and crew for their hard work putting the show together. “Our cast is made up of children and adults, young and old,” she said. “Plus we have some back-up singers that help the cast with the melody.” Rempel said a few family groups add to the cast, and several cast members are new to the stage. “With the help of our seasoned actors, they were great at learning their parts,” she said. “I’m very proud of these kiddos.” The play about the little mouse will take

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place at 7 p.m. on Dec. 1-2 and 9 and at 6 p.m. on Dec. 3 and 10 at Cascade View Free Methodist Church. Doors open a half an hour prior to all performances. General admission is $15, senior/students $12, and youth, $8. The ACT-ON-RADIO Fundraiser, Sherlock Holmes: The Night Before Christmas will follow Stuart Little’s run, for three performances at 7 p.m. on Dec. 15 and 16 and 2 p.m. on Dec. 17 at the Little Red School House in Stayton. Admission is $10 or $20 per family. “This radio production will take you back to an old-fashioned Christmas,” said Beverly Wilson, who directs the performance, that will leave viewers with a “great feeling” to take away with them. ACT’s next performance will be Barefoot in the Park with performances slated for February. ACT-ON-RADIO is the theater group’s traveling troupe that performs interactive murder mysteries, live old-time radio shows, and singing events. To book a performance, call Wilson at 503-383-2198. Tickets for this month’s performances can be purchased at the door or at For information on ACT or its activities, visit

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The GreaTesT GifT of all “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” —Isaiah 9:6

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datebook Frequent Addresses Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center, 555 Main St., Aumsville Stayton Community Center, 400 W Virginia St., Stayton Stayton Public Library, 515 N First Ave.

Weekly Events Monday

Motion Monday, 10:15 a.m. Stayton Public Library. Music, dance for little ones. Free. 503-769-3313 Yoga, 1:30 - 3 p.m., Brown House, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. $20/year. All ages; however, children must be accompanied by participating adult. 503-769-8860 AA Meetings, 7 p.m. Calvary Lutheran, 198 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Repeats Tuesdays, Thursdays.

Santiam Canyon Community Chorus, 7 p.m., Canyon Art

Center, 280 NE Santiam Blvd., Mill City. New members welcome. JoAnn, 503-859-3426


Senior Meals, noon.

First Presbyterian Church, 236 Broadway, Mill City. Lunch for those 60 and older. Suggested donation of $3.50. Volunteers needed. Repeats Thursdays. 503-897-2204 Story Time, 10:15 a.m. Stayton Public Library. Repeats 3:30 p.m. 503-769-3313 Al-Anon Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Mt. View Wesleyan Church, 111 Main St., Aumsville.


Stayton/Sublimity Chamber Greeters, 8 a.m. Network building

event for local business, non-profit professionals. Coffee, light refreshments served. Location varies each week, call 503-769-3464. Tai Chi, 10 - 11 a.m., Brown House, 425 N First Ave, Stayton. $20/year. All ages; however, children must be accompanied by participating adult. Repeats Fridays. 503-769-8860 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.


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p.m. St. Boniface Catholic Church, 375 SE Church St., Sublimity. 503-580-0498

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Thumpin’ Thursday, 10:15 a.m.

An Escape Party

Stayton Public Library. Music, dance. Free. 503-769-3313


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

Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. 503-990-0861


AA Meeting, 6 p.m. Chester Bridges Community Center. 503-399-0599

Notices Lions Club Holiday Food Drive

The annual Lions Club holiday food drive benefiting the Stayton Community Food Bank takes place in December. Drop-off sites include local schools, churches, grocery stores, Santiam Hospital, NW Preferred Credit Union, the Stayton Public Library. Food or cash donations may be made directly to the food bank at 155 N Second Ave., Stayton.

Friday, Dec. 1 Ice Skating at The Garden

Noon - 4 p.m. & 5 - 10 p.m., The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St., Silverton. Ice skate at The Oregon Garden ice skating rink. Day admission $10. Night admission $15. Bring own skates, save $5. Wednesday - Sunday through Dec. 17; daily Dec. 18 - 23, 26 31. 503-874-8100,

Christmas in the Garden

5 - 10 p.m., The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St., Silverton. Traditional German Christmas Market with artisan vendors, light display, traditional foods, holiday beverages, carolers, children’s activities. Watch A Christmas Carol by the Traveling Lantern Theater Company at 5 & 7 p.m. Dec. 3, 10, 17. Every Wednesday - Sunday through Dec. 17; daily Dec. 18 - 23, 26 - 31. Admission varies; purchase online or at door.

St. Mary Green Sale

5 - 8 p.m., St. Mary Catholic School, 1066 N Sixth Ave., Stayton. Handmade Christmas swags, wreaths, centerpieces, themed gift baskets, crafts, vendors. St. Mary choir performs 5:15 - 5:45 p.m. Secret Santa’s Workshop Friday for students to purchase gifts. Sale repeats 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Dec. 2, 8 a.m. - noon Dec. 3. Breakfast Dec. 3. $8 adults, $5 children 5 - 11. Immediate families of five or more $30. Children under 4 free. 503-769-2718

Sunday, Dec. 3

6 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Attempt to escape from an ancient Egyptian tomb. Grade 6 - 12. Free; no registration necessary. 503-769-3313

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Stuart Little

Candy Cane Breakfast

7 p.m., Stayton Community Center. Aumsville Community Theatre presents Stuart Little, the musical. Tickets $15 adults, $12 seniors and students, $8 youth. Tickets at or at door. Repeats 7 p.m. Dec. 2, 7, 8; 2 p.m. Dec. 3, 10. 503-302-0936

Saturday, Dec. 2 Santa Cruise-In and Breakfast

8 - 11 a.m., Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Cruise-in, breakfast. Adults (13-62) $6, kids and seniors 63 and older $5. Cruise-in registration at 8 a.m. Fundraiser for Toys for Joy program. Sponsored by Stayton Firefighters. Cruise-in organized by Russ Strohmeyer, 503-930-8976

Christmas and Craft Bazaar

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 8 a.m. - noon, Sublimity Fire Station, 115 NW Parker St. Biscuits and gravy. Free; cash or non-perishable food donations encouraged. 503-769-3282

Tours, Santa and Music

9 a.m., Brown House, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Santiam Heritage Foundation opens for free tours. Pictures with Santa, 10 a.m. - noon; three digital photos for $5. Brown House baby Tom Tate provides music, 1 p.m. Soda, cookies for sale. 503-769-8860,

Christmas at the Barn

1 - 5 p.m., Hope Haven Family Farm, 8875 SE Robert Lane, Aumsville. Holiday activities, craft demonstrations, animal socializing, holiday foods. Barn and Farm Store open.

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Stayton Middle School, 1021 Shaff Road. Annual Stayton Christmas and Craft Bazaar featuring more than 100 vendors. Free admission. Contact Ed Tabor,

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Indoor Flea Market

Daughters of American Revolution

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

Stayton Holiday Kickoff

3 - 6 p.m., downtown Stayton. Showing of Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas. Admission is $1 or 1 can of food. After the movie, cookies, drinks, Santa visits. Tree lighting follows. Sponsored by Friends of Old Town Stayton.

Mill City Christmas Tree Lighting

4:30 p.m., Mill City City Hall, 444 S First Ave. Crafts, Santa, tree lighting at 5 p.m. Free. 503-897-2302

Sublimity Christmas Light Parade

6 p.m. Christmas light parade through downtown Sublimity. After parade, Santa helps light the town Christmas tree. Activities and refreshments follow at Sublimity Fire Station. Parade entries $5. Entry forms available at 503-769-5475

Canyon Art Center Christmas

6 p.m., Canyon Art Center, 280 NE Santiam Blvd., Mill City. Santiam Hearts to Arts, Santiam Canyon Community Chorus sponsor night of refreshments, tree lighting, music performance. Children can make own Christmas tree decoration. 503-897-6397

4 - 6 p.m., Foothills Church, 975 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Children’s ministry event featuring fun for families. 503-769-2731

Monday, Dec. 4 10 a.m., Brown House, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Abigail Scott Duniway chapter meeting. Guest speaker Cherie Girod, director of Canyon Crisis and Resource Center. Refreshments. 503-769-5951

Book Bobs

3:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Book club for youth beginning to read chapter books. This month: Love That Dog. Sign-up recommended. Free. 503-769-3313

Stayton City Council

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

Tuesday, Dec. 5 Small Steps, Big Results

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

St. Boniface Museum

9 a.m. – noon, St. Boniface Community Archives and Museum, 371 Main St., Sublimity. Free. Appointments for other times available by calling Charlene, 503-508-0312

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Toys for Joy, Gift of Christmas signups 9 - 11 a.m., Foothills Church, 975 SE Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Applications accepted for Gift of Christmas dinner and Toys for Joy. Repeats 1 - 3 p.m. Dec. 7. Visit for informational flyer. Lyons residents register at Lyons Fire Station, 503-859-2410.

Stayton Lions Club

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

Frosty the Snowman

1:30 p.m., Sublimity School, 431 E Main St. Third, fourth, fifth grade students perform Frosty the Snowman. Repeats at 7 p.m. Free admission. 503-769-2459

Coffee With Marcey

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

Odd Fellows Bingo

7 p.m., Stayton Odd Fellows Lodge, 122 N Third Ave. $20 plays all games. Cash prizes. Open to public. Repeats Dec. 19.

Stayton Parks and Rec Board

The Space Between Us

7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Oregon Humanities talk on The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees and Oregon. Conversation led by Manuel Padilla, teacher and consultant. Open to public. Free. Sponsored by Stayton Methodist Church. Janine, 503-769-5700

Thursday, Dec. 7 Sublimity PTC Holiday Bazaar

8:30 - 4:30 p.m., Sublimity School Gym, 376 E Main St. Annual holiday bazaar.

Alzheimer’s Support Group

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

DIY Craftshop

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Bring a sweater (or sweatshirt or T-shirt); use provided to supplies to make Ugly Holiday Sweater. Ages 12 - adult. Free. Register by calling 503-769-3313.

Free Cooking Class

6:30 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 198 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton. Provides skills needed to improve diet by making wise food choices. Free. Register by calling Tonya Johnson, 503-373-3763.

Christmas in the Canyon

Santiam Historical Society

6 p.m., Mill City Eagles, 640 SW Broadway. Santiam Canyon Community Chorus performance. Refreshments provided by Mill City International Club. Open to public. All ages. 503-897-6397

6 p.m., Brookdale Senior Living Facility, 2201 N Third Ave., Stayton. Monthly meeting, holiday potluck. Bring dish to share; beverages, table service provided. New members, guests welcome.

Christmas in the Park

Mill City Council

5 p.m., Porter-Boone Park, 1105 Main St., Aumsville. Music, caroling, hot cocoa, cookies, hay rides. Santa visits for pictures. Tree lighting at 6 p.m. Aumsville Fire Station open house. Free; donation of nonperishable food items encouraged. 503-749-2030

Sunday, Dec. 10 Advent Organ Recital

3 p.m., Mount Angel Abbey Church, One Abbey Dr., St. Benedict. Christopher Wicks performs eighth annual Advent Organ Recital featuring music by Bach, Buxtehude, others. Free-will offering accepted. 503-873-3461

Aumsville Planning Commission

Monday, Dec. 11

Wednesday, Dec. 6

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

Chamber Greeters

Santiam Historical Society

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

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

8 a.m., Not So Shabby Furniture, 618 Second Ave., Stayton. 503-769-3464

Poinsettia Sale

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Santiam Hospital, 1401 N 10th Ave., Stayton. Santiam Hospital Auxiliary poinsettia sale. Large plants $15. Repeats Dec. 7 - 8. To preorder, call Char Bartosz, 503-749-2910.

Caregiver Connection

1 - 2:30 p.m., Open Arms Adult Day Care, 112 E Burnett St., Stayton. Free educational support group for unpaid family caregivers caring for a loved one 60 years or older, or caring for a person living with dementia. Julie, 503-304-3432

Stayton Red Hat Strutters

1 p.m., Santiam Grill, 8724 SE Golf Club Road, Aumsville. New members welcome. RSVP to hostesses Valorie Baxter, 503-900-0051; Margie Forrest, 503-859-3119.

SES Holiday Program

6 p.m., Stayton Elementary, 875 N First Ave. First-grade students perform holiday music program. Free admission. 503-769-2336

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Art Club

7 p.m., Gates Fire Hall, 101 E Sorbin St. Santiam Canyon Community Chorus performs.

Sublimity City Council

Saturday, Dec. 9

Aumsville City Council

Stayton Fall Clean-up Day

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

Aumsville Elementary Craft Fair

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Aumsville Elementary, 573 N 11th St. Free admission. Benefits Parent Teacher Club.

Holiday Festival at Silver Falls

10 a.m. – 4 p.m., South Falls Lodge, Silver Falls State Park, 2004 Silver Falls Hwy., Sublimity. Make a wreath, gingerbread house, cards and ornaments. Storytelling, live music. $5 per vehicle day use fee. 503-874-0201

Christmas Bazaar

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Gates Elementary, 40151 Gates School Road. Christmas bazaar, Christmas trees and pictures with Santa. Free admission. Sponsored by Upward Bound Camp. 503-897-2447

7 p.m., Sublimity City Hall, 245 NW Johnson. Open to public. 503-769-5475 7 p.m., Chester Bridges Memorial Community Center. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-749-2030

Lyons Fire District Board

7 p.m., Lyons Fire Station, 1114 Main St. Open to public. 503-859-2410

Stayton Fire District

7 p.m.,. Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Open to public. 503-769-2601

Lyons Library Board

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

SHS Winter Concert

7 p.m., Stayton High, 757 W Locust St. Band and choir students perform. Admission is one non-perishable item. 503-769-2171

Tuesday, Dec. 12 Hanukkah Begins Commissioner’s Breakfast

7:30 a.m., Covered Bridge Cafe, 510 N Third Ave., Stayton. Meet, eat with Marion County commissioners. Open to public. 503-588-5212

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

Cascade School Board

7 p.m., Cascade District Office, 10226 SE Marion Road, Turner. Open to public. 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. Repeats Dec. 26. Hank, 503-769-5792

Wednesday, Dec. 13 Chamber Greeters

8 a.m., Roth’s Fresh Markets, 1770 SE Shaff Road, Stayton. 503-769-3464

Lyons Garden Club

Noon, Lyons Fire Department, 1114 Main St. Christmas potluck. Bring favorite dish to share. New members, guests welcome. John, 503-508-5913

Marian Estates Auxiliary Bingo

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

Santiam Canyon School Board

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

Thursday, Dec. 14 Santiam Service Integration Team

9 a.m., Santiam Center, 11656 SE Sublimity Road #200, Sublimity. Collaborative effort between local social service, civic, nonprofit, churches seeking to provide resources for people in local communities. Melissa, 503-769-9319

North Santiam Watershed Council

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

SHS Basketball Meet & Greet

6 - 7:30 p.m., Stayton High, 757 W Locust St. Meet members of Stayton High’s boys and girls varsity basketball teams. Varsity players demonstrate skills. Refreshments. Those attending receive pass for free admission to home game. 503-769-2171

NSSD Board

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

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7 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Zoe Burke, author of the Annabelle Starkey mysteries, speaks. Reception follows. Free. Open to public. 503-769-3313

Friday, Dec. 15 The Night Before Christmas

7 p.m., Red School House, 151 W Locust St., Stayton. Aumsville Community Theatre presents Sherlock Holmes The Night Before Christmas. $20 family; $10 general at Repeats 7 p.m. Dec. 16; 2 p.m. 503-302-0936

Stayton City Council

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

Tuesday, Dec. 19 Pictures with Santa

2 - 6 p.m., UBS Stayton Office, 493 Third Ave. Children, pets welcome. Donations accepted. Repeats Dec. 20 - 22. 503-897-2447

Regis/St. Mary Christmas Concert

Sunday, Dec. 17

6:30 p.m., St. Mary Catholic School, 1066 N Sixth Ave., Stayton. Students from Regis and St. Mary perform. Free. 503-769-2718

Choir Christmas Program

Wednesday, Dec. 20

4 p.m., Stayton United Methodist Church, 1450 SE Fern Ridge Road. Listen to Christmas music, sing your favorite carols. Free. 503-769-5700,

Monday, Dec. 18

4 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Make sweet treats. Grade 6 - 12. Free. Register at circulation desk or by calling 503-769-3313.

Thursday, Dec. 21 Winter Solstice

Family Movie

Rock the Blocks!

11 a.m, Stayton Public Library. Open to public. 503-769-3313 3 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Despicable Me 3. Dec. 27: Cars 3. Dec. 28: Captain Underpants. All ages. Free. 503-769-3313

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Make a last-minute Christmas gift. Free; supplies provided. Age 12 - adult. Register by calling 503-769-3313

Friday, Dec. 22 Christmas Caroling

4 p.m., UBC Stayton Office, 493 Third Ave. Meet up for Christmas caroling. Appearance by Santa. Sponsored by Upward Bound Camp. 503-897-2447

Sunday, Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Monday, Dec. 25 Christmas Day Tuesday, Dec. 26 Kwanzaa Begins

Teen Chef

Friends of the Library

DIY Craftshop

Mill City Council

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

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

Lyons City Council

6:30 p.m., Lyons City Hall, 449 Fifth St. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-859-2167

Friday, Dec. 29 Tea Time for Book Lovers

5:30 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Discussion of favorite books read in 2017. Free; no registration necessary. 503-769-3313

Card Making Extravaganza!

11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Make thank you notes, other cards. Supplies provided. Free; no registration necessary. 503-769-3313

Teen Game Night

6 p.m., Stayton Public Library. Games, ping pong, snacks. Grade 6 - 12. Free; no registration necessary. 503-769-3313

Saturday, Dec. 30 KYAC Concert Series

7 p.m., Trexler Farm, 20146 SE Ferry Road, Stayton. Gerle Haggard performs. Tickets, at, $20 in advance; $25 at door if available.

Sunday, Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Community Dinner

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

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The Grove By Mary Owen

Holiday celebrations at Marketplace at the Grove starts with an open house, complete with snacks, cider, door prizes, a drawing, and a visit from Santa. “We are a hybrid of a mini-mall and a vendor mall,” said Teri Mesa, co-manager with Tammi Burns. “When finished, there will be a total of eight vendors, each with their own store front that ranges between 120 and 500 square feet. Each space has a unique facade resembling a historic downtown shopping district. The design gives each vendor the opportunity to brand themselves, creating a real boutique feel without the expense and risk of an individual ‘brick-and-mortar’ store.”

Boutique feel, variety at the heart of Stayton Marketplace Mesa and her family opened coffee shop and flower shop, Moxieberry, a block north of the site in 2014.

Town Stayton for their efforts in assisting business owners for helping the downtown core area to once again become “a vibrant and thriving retail district.”

“It was a pretty scary prospect with downtown being so slow,” she said. “With the addition of our boutique a year ago, and the energy building around the Marketplace, many new businesses are setting up shop.”

“There are several boutiques to include Art Gone Wild with Paul Toews,” Mesa said. “Rockin’ Rodeo Wear and Country Chic has women’s jeans, tops, gifts and vintage furniture. Foo Foo Handbags offers purses, wallets, jewelry and more.”

Mesa also credited Friends of Old

Additionally, the Grove is home to Friends of the Library’s used bookstore, Man Cave which sells all things “man,” Scout & Hailey carrying baby clothes and toys, Arise & Shine offering repurposed gifts and bags, and Break The Chain Apparel, clothing with a voice against bullying, child abuse and other issues.

Mesa said plans are in the works to add a coffee bar, seating for gathering, art classes, pop-up vendors and artists and other events. Space is available to rent for events, she added.

“Shopping locally not only boosts the local economy, shopping downtown helps to revive our historic downtown and celebrates our historic beginnings,” Mesa said. “Downtown Stayton will once again become a major contributor to the growth and development of our town and surrounding communities.”

“We will also do a facelift to the front of the building,” she said. “The project is part of revitalizing downtown. This particular building previously held Jensen-Kreitzer clothing store for decades. When the business closed for retirement a few years back, it dramatically impacted the traffic to downtown.”

Friends of Old Town By Mary Owen A lot of changes are in the works for downtown Stayton. “We’re working with the Marketplace at the Grove to finalize their grant, and they’re opening soon,” said Isaac KortMeade, the program coordinator for Friends of Old Town Stayton. “We’re starting to enact some new ways to better serve our businesses that are already here, and do our best to attract some new shops downtown. A lot is changing in old town, and I think FOTS can really be the center of all of it.” Kort-Meade came to FOTS through the RARE Americorps program run out of the University of Oregon. The program places about 25 people across Oregon in rural communities to work on a variety of projects.

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Kort-Meade graduated from UofO in the spring with a degree in urban planning and economics. In a position funded through next July, he is paid by a stipend partly by FOTS and partly by the city of Stayton. In addition to his FOTS position, he works half-time for the city doing economic development work. “It’s been amazing so far,” he said. “Even just two months in, I feel so welcomed by the community.” Kort-Meade said he is doing his best to reach out to local businesses and the community to promote FOTS and downtown in general. “We’re currently planning our December event for the second, working with Star Cinema to provide a Holiday Kickoff downtown,” he said. “We’re also clarifying our membership program, so we can add some more structure to FOTS to help us

work more efficiently. “Looking back on our goals, I think we’ve done a great job in accomplishing them,” he added. “We’ve grown FOTS a lot in the past year. Even though I’ve only been here since September, I’ve seen the amount of work put into growing and improving downtown. We’ve been able to put on bigger events and build our relationships with businesses and community groups.” Kort-Meade called the Howl at the Moon, held at the time of the Great American Eclipse in August, a very successful event that “brought a lot of good” to downtown.” He hopes to continue to help lay the groundwork for a “really vibrant and exciting downtown.” “We’ve got a lot on our plate for the future,” he said. “A couple of business

owners downtown have asked for help getting grants to do some rehab work on historic buildings. We’re working on events for the spring of next year. No clear decisions have been made yet, so I don’t want to provide too much detail, but we’ve got a lot of excitement coming up!” Friends of Downtown Stayton seeks to preserve and grow Stayton’s downtown core. Founded in 2015, members include residents, business owners and city counselors, all with a share vision of improving the community. Some FOTS projects include new downtown address numbers, building the downtown parklet, and downtown flower baskets. The organization meets monthly and welcomes new members. For information, contact Kort-Meade at 503-769-2919 or message him at

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Back online

Burned-out Freres veneer plant reconstructed in four months

Workers displaced by the disastrous fire at Freres Lumber Company’s Plant 4 on June 26, are back at work in the veneer production facility in Lyons. Freres crews and contractors brought the plant back online in a remarkable four months’ time. It produces dry veneer used internally and sold all over the Pacific Northwest. “After four months and a lot of hard work, we’re up and running again,” Kyle Freres, vice president of operations said. “It has not been without trial and tribulation, however. We had hoped to be online last month, but a large-scale electrical failure held us up. On Nov. 2, the electrical problem was resolved and we are now, thankfully, operating again.”

The rebuilt Plant 4 at Freres Lumber Co. in Lyons.

Work at the facility is nearly complete. BMI Contractors are wrapping up building repairs; and Freres electricians, along with Northside Electric’s crews, are putting the finishing touches on the building’s electrical system.

the replacement of lighting lost in the fire, and the new interior paint, the work environment in the building is much improved,” Freres said. Those interested in applying for jobs should contact Tim McCollister at 503-859-4228.

“Manpower is an issue at this point; some employees left after the fire. With

“Looking at pictures of the fires blazing in the building, and the charred


inventory, and realizing how recent the fire was illustrates the extraordinary accomplishment of everyone who worked on the project,” Freres said. Operations are nearly back to normal, which is a relief to the company, its employees and customers. “We want to say ‘thank you’ to those who made this rebuild possible.”

Freres Lumber was established in 1922. Under three generations of family management, the company has evolved from a small sawmill to six plants, including a small log veneer plant, large log veneer plant, veneer drying facility, studmill, plywood plant and cogeneration facility.

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat oil in 12 inch cast iron or oven safe skillet. Add onions and cook until beginning to caramelize over medium heat. Add carrots and continue cooking until soft. Add peas and chicken and heat through. Turn burner down to low, stir flour into ingredients until coated. Add wine and stir until wine is absorbed. Slowly add milk, stirring continually until a thick sauce is formed. Add thyme and salt and pepper to taste. Turn off heat. Roll out crust to 12 inch circle and place on top of filling. Using a paring knife pierce crust in several places and place pan in hot oven. Bake until crust is lightly brown, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving. Enjoy!

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Child safety Training on what makes a ‘safe’ adult helps By Melissa Wagoner Stranger danger, the idea that unknown people can pose a threat, is an important topic for parents but it can also be a difficult one to broach. Many parents worry about instilling a fear of the unfamiliar or causing undo worry. But Anisa Taft, an employee at Silverton Self Defense, sees it differently. “It is crucial for children to understand their power,” she said. “We teach multiple aspects of safety to children.” The approach is a positive one. Instead of filling children with possible dangers, they identify the three main signifiers of a trustworthy adult. They explain that safe adults do not ask children for assistance, they respect both yes and no answers and they always approve of a child asking a parent for permission or guidance.

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because “a safe adult would notice the child’s distress immediately and give space.”

Safe adults do not approach children looking for help.

Instead students are told to run if they can and make a big scene if they can’t run.

Safe adults respect the first answer a child gives, whether it’s no or yes. Safe adults always approve of or encourage a child to ask their parent’s permission or guidance. first level of our karate classes teaches two styles of kicks aimed at keeping distance,” Taft said. “We also teach clear definition between using force and creating space with peers when no danger is present.”

If the criteria are not met, children are taught to create personal space.

Taft said that with peers students are told to “try once to use calm words, try a second time with a big voice, then extend your arms to create space with strong words again.” She said that at that point an adult will typically have stepped in to help.

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Lessons dealing with adult interactions are different. Taft said there are no restrictions

She advocates teaching similar tactics to adults, who are often a child’s first line of self-defense. “We have free women’s self-defense classes where we teach ‘high-percentage moves’ which are the most likely to be effective with the least amount of training,” she said. “This includes multiple techniques to release holds on the wrist, hair and torso, defensive and offensive strikes/kicks as well as techniques to gain control of a situation if someone has pinned you to the ground.” Taft believes all of the safety lessons are an important way to spread the word. “The more times and the more people a child is encouraged by to speak up and stand up for their safety, the easier it will be for them to identify an adult who is not fostering safety,” she said.

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Stayton Fire District seeks recruits to begin training in January By Mary Owen Stayton: firefighters wanted! “The Stayton Fire District has seen a decline in volunteers over the last year,” said Jay Alley, assistant chief. “We are always actively recruiting for volunteers in all four of our fire stations – Elkhorn, Mehama, Marion and Stayton.” The district currently has 42 volunteers

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Santiam Wolverines second in 2A football

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Santiam appeared to tie the game again on its next possession when a scrambling Thurston hit Lanham with a deep pass that the speedy receiver turned into another 65-yard scoring play. However, the play was nullified because Thurston was ruled to have been beyond the line of scrimmage. It was the second Thurston TD pass that was wiped out by a penalty – a 19-yard scoring toss to Tinney was called back by a holding penalty with six seconds left in the half.

HILLSBORO -- Santiam High’s first state football championship since 1972 will have to wait. But it might not be too long the way things are going. The No. 5 Wolverines battled valiantly Nov. 25 against No. 2 Monroe, but the Dragons pulled away from a 22-22 fourth-quarter tie to take a 36-22 victory at Hillsboro Stadium. Monroe finishes the season 11-1, with Santiam 11-2 in its third year under coach Dustin McGee. The Wolverines have showed marked improvement in all three of McGee’s seasons, starting with a 4-5 season in 2015 (a two-win improvement over 2014). Santiam was 7-4 last year and won a playoff game, with this year’s squad turning in a four-game improvement, including a stirring 23-22 win against top-ranked St. Paul in the semifinals. “We got beat by a better football team. That’s what it’s all about,” McGee told Our Town after the Monroe loss. “You had two really good teams playing for the championship. Both teams gave a 1,000 percent effort, but we just came up a hair short.” The Wolverines, who trailed 14-0 early and 20-14 at halftime, knotted the game at 22-22 on a perfectly executed option pitch from sophomore quarterback Colin Thurston to senior wideout Jordan Lanham, who sped up

The closing moments of that first half were a whirlwind of scoring. The period entered its final two minutes with Monroe leading 14-0, but three touchdowns were scored in the next 90 seconds. Santiam junior lineman Dustin Keys, one of the team captains, shows the second-place trophy to Wolverines supporters after the team lost 46-22 to Monroe in the Class 2A football championship game at Hillsboro Stadium. JAMES DAY

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Stayton Eagles second in state in cross country, soccer

It was a banner fall for Stayton High. The boys cross country and boys soccer squads finished second at state, with the girls runner turning in a sixth-place finish. Cross country: The Eagles’ boys runners, who finished fifth a year ago at state, accumulated 96 points in the Nov. 4 state meet in Eugene, 16 behind champion Crook County of Prineville. Stayton Junior Matthew Frazeur finished fourth overall in 16:47 on the 5,000-meter course. Senior Casey Pugh was 10th in 16:57 and sophomore Ben Kirby was 12th in 17:02. Pugh, Frazeur and Kirby went 1-2- 3 at the district meet. Also scoring for Stayton were senior Brody Johnson (44th, 17:48) and sophomore Isaac Nieto (52nd, 17:57). Also participating were junior Dylan Cudd (69th, 18:17) and sophomore Zach Holloway (79th, 18:42). The young Stayton girls squad, which took second at districts, finished sixth at state. Freshman Hailey Notman took sixth overall in 19:35. Also scoring for Stayton were freshman Skyla Anderson (37th, 21:14), sophomore Jessica Mitchell (43rd, 21:32), sophomore Bridget Spencer (66th , 22:25) and freshman Alyssa Cudd (70th, 22:28). Also running were sophomore Cailyn Riordan (96th, 23:46) and freshman Emma Frazeur (105th, 24:56). Cascade’s Savanna Waters, meanwhile, finished 26th in 20:42. Stayton’s Frazeur and Notman also participated in the prestigious Nike Border Clash, a Nov. 18 competition at the Nike campus in Beaverton that included the top runners from Oregon and Washington. Frazeur was 66th in the boys race in 17:02.38, while Notman’s 21:43.98 was good for 75th for the girls.

Boys soccer: The Eagles continued their run of phenomenal success under coach Chris Shields. Stayton lost 2-1 to Newport in the Class 4A title match Nov. 11 in Hillsboro. The Eagles won the 2010 title and finished second in 2014 and 2015. “It was a good year,” Shields told Our Town. “We played well, but we just couldn’t finish our chances in the championship match. But second place is not a bad place to be.” No. 2 Stayton, which defeated ninthseeded Newport twice during the Oregon West Conference season, outshot the Cubs 14-6 and led in corner kicks 7-1. After a scoreless first half Newport struck in the 46th minute. Kevin Hernandez tied it for Stayton in the 52nd, but Drew Torres tallied the game-winner for the defending champion Cubs with 10 minutes left. “I thought we dominated,” Shields said. “We created a lot of opportunities, but we didn’t capitalize on those opportunities. Hat’s off to Newport. They had a great run. I knew we needed three goals to win, plus it’s hard to beat a team three times.” Shields earned Oregon West coach of the year honors and Hernandez was named player of the year. Also on the first team were Jacobe Croff and Alex Cramer of Stayton and William Pelayo-Garcia of Cascade, which finished 4-7-1. Stayton Goalkeeper Jose Navarro and

Santiam football on the rise Monroe outgained Santiam 334-249 and had a 251-107 edge on the ground. Zach Young led the way with 133 yards on 28 carries. Lanham led Santiam with 75 yards rushing and had 70 more yards receiving. Tinney rushed for 34 yards, while Thurston hit 8 of 17 passes for 142 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Tinney led the defense with 13 total tackles, followed by Devon Whitmire (10), Sean Horning (nine) and Lanham, Dustin Keys and Quinton Cook with seven apiece. Horning had seven solo tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss.

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from page 23 “They had a big size advantage on us and I knew it would be tough to stop their run game,” McGee said. “We had some big plays, and I thought we played really well.” Note: The Wolverines lost two-way junior lineman Wyatt Lyon to a bone break and a dislocation in his right ankle just four minutes into the game. The game was halted while medical staff tended to Lyon. He was transported via ambulance to a hospital. McGee told Our Town on Sunday that Lyon was able to go home Saturday night and will have surgery soon.

Stayton boys cross country runners, from left, Zach Holloway, Dylan Cudd, Isaac Nieto, Ben Kirby, Matthew Frazeur, Casey Pugh and Brody Johnson on the podium at Lane Community College in Eugene after finishing second in Class 4A boys cross country. TED MILLER

field players Jose Gomez, Jair Navarro and Cole Atiyeh made the second team, as did Blake Mills of Cascade. Earning honorable mention were Stayton’s Omar Renteria, Javier Hernandez and David Gomez and Cameron Jeppsen, Julian Lopez, Eric Mitchell, Alexander Gutierrez and Ivan Pelayo-Garcia of Cascade. Basketball: Stayton High is hosting a “meet and greet” Thursday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m. in the school gym to introduce the Eagles’ basketball squads for 201718. Stayton boys and girls players will demonstrate their skills, treats will be provided by Roth’s and spectators will receive a pass for a regular-season home game. The boys and girls teams will participate in and host the Stayton Holiday Tournament, which runs Dec. 27-29. Volleyball: Cascade senior Tori Lewis shared Oregon West player of the year honors with Kaela Lindsay of Philomath. Lewis was joined on the first team by Cougars Jolinn Daviscourt and Kaelyn Worst. Erica Mitchell, Alejandra OsunaSola and Skyler Perlichek received honorable mention for Cascade, which finished 12-8 overall, 7-3 in league and came within one match of qualifying for the Class 4A state tournament. Stayton, which finished 4-6 in league and 7-11 overall, placed Emma Lindemann on the second team and Piper Freres on the honorable mention list. Football: Three members of Cascade’s 6-4 football team received or shared top honors in the Oregon West. Linebacker Marco Reyes was named defensive player of the year, quarterback Quinn Legner shared offensive player of the year honors with Tanner Stottlemyre of Newport and

Kennan Connor of Philomath, and tight end Macoy Christman of the Cougars shared lineman of the year honors with Ramon Organiz of North Marion and Jake Tucker of Newport. Legner also was the first-team QB and a second-teamer at defensive back. Christman was the first-team TE and a first-teamer on the defensive line. Reyes was on the first team at linebacker and the second team at running back. Also honored for the Cougars were Jake Cowan (1st, OL), Joel Negrete (1st, kicker), Tristan Teal (2nd, OL), Ethan Coffey (HM, RB), Jacob Schultz (HM, OL), Elijah Nolan (1st, punter and HM, WR), Kyle McAlister (2nd, DL) and Brandon White (HM, DL). For Stayton, which finished 4-5, Sean Bodi (1st, WR and 2nd, DB) and Aidan Hill (1st, DB, 2nd, RB and HM, punter) led the way. Also honored were Jerry Daniels (HM, RB and DL), Ben Rash (HM, QB), Morgan Smith (HM, OL), Ryan Diehl (HM, WR), Garrett Sandefur (2nd, DL), Jordan Bader (2nd, LB) and Tony Schoenborn (HM, DL). Girls soccer: Kandee Xiong and Alishae Grizzell of 8-5-3 Cascade and Maddie Pask of 7-7-1 Stayton earned first team slots on the Oregon West all-stars. Kelsey Molan, Brooklynn Peterson and Jenical Weibenga of Cascade were on the second team, as were Ari Aceves and Silvia Gomez of Stayton. Earning honorable mention were DianaColin Martinez, Nyah Collins, Faith Craig and Riley Bangert of Cascade and Karli Nyquist, Kylie Fisk and Alli Nyquist of Stayton.

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A Grin at the End

Dear Parrot Heads

Concert etiquette and homework for old duffers

Two events occurred nearly simultaneously this fall. They both A lgotwmeAtoythinking. S AcceptiNg New

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The other thing that happened this fall was also a rite of old age. I received an official “Medicare Guidebook” in the mail. At first I thought someone had messed up. I’m way too young for that sort of thing. But the booklet said I need to start doing my homework so I can sign up before I turn 65.

know, what a cliche. An old duffer (me) going to listen to an older duffer (Jimmy).

I was a bit wary of going at first, because most concerts don’t live up to the anticipation. I went to one a few years ago that was terrible. The singer, who shall remain nameless, acted as though she was bored with the whole thing and only talked about her kids, which made me bored, too.

to forget and no taste in fashion, so taking up the P.H.

Lance Large, Kelly Hanh Ramirez, Maria Fife, banner isCarl W Leder, A-OK. I seriouslyMD considered asking forPA-C my money back, except FNP-BC I found mostPA-C P.H.’s to be pretty harmless, but the folks my wife and I left the concert and ran across an Italian festival a few blocks away at Pioneer Square in Portland. The food was great and the music was ten times better than the concert we had left – and it was free. I forgot all about the crappy concert.

who were next to me in the arena were, like a lot of O.D.’s, entitled. They stood up the whole show, so no one behind them could see the stage. All they saw was wave after wave of excess flesh undulating under a blueTreatment of Chronic Illnessand-yellow print shirt. I was hit three times by various unidentified body parts. Ugh. When I got to the Jimmy Buffet venue in Eugene two as Diabetes/Hypertension hours before kickoff, thesuch area had been taken over I had assumed that sort of thoughtlessness was confined by Parrot Heads. For those who don’t recognize the to Costco parking lots, where an O.D. will block a lane Preventative Sports Medicine terminology, a P.H. (Parrot Head) isCare another•word for ten minutes waiting for another O.D. to load his car for O.D. (Old Duffer), except he, or she, is drunk and and vacate the slot. Pediatrics • Geriatrics • Womens’ Health Care wearing a Hawaiian shirt. I guess Jimmy B couldn’t care less who was in the Therapy™ (Physician Weight Loss) WhichFirstLine is fine. If they’re like me, most O.D.’s have aAssisted lot audience, as long as they had forked over the cash to get in

General Medicine

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Kelly Hanh Ramirez, PA-C

Medicare is one more example of how the feds can mess up the best of ideas – helping old duffers afford medical care. I read through the booklet a couple of times, and one of my kids asked me what I was doing. “I’m looking for a discount,” I told him. “What sort of discount?” he asked. “For Parrot Heads.” Carl Sampson is an old duffer. He lives in Stayton.

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Over the years, I have developed what I call a “B.S. Meter” to help me know when someone is trying to jerk me around. In this case, it was the federal government, which, it turns out, jerks around more people that anyone or anything else on the planet.

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I waded through the booklet, which read like an IQ test. By the time I was done I felt as though Uncle Sam could take Parts A, B, C and D and shove them up his youknow-what.

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