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Holly days

Busy, busy time for couple juggling three businesses

By Nancy Jennings

harvesting money off of the trees,’” Don explained.

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

“The cold nights set the color,” Sue said.

Don and Sue Harteloo at the holly farm.


in 1958. About 15 to 20 years later, they were watching the news one evening and

saw a feature about a holly farm. The story stated it was the ‘closest thing to

With sincere gratitude from all of us this holiday season.

Harvest time usually begins around mid-November and runs right up to Christmas. Foreman Manuel Manzo has been a mainstay at the family farm for 50 years. A challenging concern for Manzo each year is hoping the local huge flock of robins don’t eat too many of the

Wishing you all the creature comforts for a perfect holiday season. We couldn’t ask for better friends than you.

Kathleen’s Pet GroominG

503-769-4299 / 503-339-6033 260 W. Locust, Stayton

1529 W. Washington St. Stayton


Greetings Of The Season As another holiday season comes our way, We’d like to seize the chance to say, That one thing that we know is true, Is we owe our success to each one of you!


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Located Just South of the Santiam River on Stayton-Scio Rd.

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