Keys to destruction: A choice between fears and facts

June 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Keys to destruction: A choice between fears and facts

carl-sampsonBy Carl Sampson

If I wanted to destroy a nation, I wouldn’t use an army, airstrikes or missiles. I would use lines. I would draw lines between people and constantly remind them how different they are from one another.

I would remind poor people how rich other people are. I would remind Americans of African, Hispanic, Asian and European descent how different they are from each other.

I would remind religious groups how different they are, from one another and from non-believers. I would remind city folks how different they are from rural folks, and vice versa. I would reminder Southerners how different they are from Northerners, Easterners how different they are from Westerners.

Bulls, broncs, benefits: Stampede ups the ante on entertainment

July 2016 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Bulls, broncs, benefits: Stampede ups the ante on entertainment
Bull riding is one of the fan favorites at the Santiam Canyon Stampede. Photo by Gary Dayton

Bull riding is one of the fan favorites at the Santiam Canyon Stampede. Photo by Gary Dayton

By Mary Owen

The Santiam Canyon Stampede is more than a great professional rodeo.

For two decades, the Stampede has been a way to benefit the community.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, this year’s Stampede is July 22-23 at the Sublimity Harvest Festival grounds.

“As we look back, it’s hard to believe that it has been two decades of donating back to the community, creating change and betterment for all – volunteering, family entertainment, working with kids, lots of growth and change, and let’s not forget, professional rodeo competition,” Stampede spokeswoman Corky Justis said.

Walking for a cure: Teams raise money to fight against cancer

July 2016 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Walking for a cure: Teams raise money to fight against cancer
Stayton Relay for Life
Regis High School track
550 W. Regis St., Stayton
Opening Friday, July 8, 6 p.m.
Closes Saturday, July 9, 9 a.m.
Community members are invited to
form walking relay teams or join one.
To sponsor or volunteer at the event,
Lynlee Young, lynlee.young@cancer.org
or 541-434-3115

Information on activities:
relayforlife.org/staytonor

By Mary Owen

Ask anyone who has participated in a Relay for Life event and they will share why they walk around, around and around a track or field even if their feet hurt or they have blisters.

Fireworks, fun, family: Independence Day offers activities for all ages

July 2016 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Fireworks, fun, family: Independence Day offers activities for all ages
Stayton Parade

Stayton Parade

By Mary Owen

Throughout the Santiam Canyon, opportunities abound to celebrate our nation’s birthday.

Stayton

In Stayton, Suzi Kilby is the parade co-chair for Stayon’s Fourth of July events called “an old-fashioned celebration.” She said the big news in Stayton is the fireworks and evening’s events will be again at the high school practice field.

With the help of many new community volunteers, Kilby said this year’s celebration will be bigger than ever, with the return of the kids’ games and two bounce houses provided by Electronic Payments of Oregon and manned by the Stayton High School cheerleaders. The games run 5:30 p.m. to dark.

SummerFest!: Volleyball, ‘Paint-a-Car’, more entertainment added to street fair

July 2016 Posted in Community | Comments Off on SummerFest!: Volleyball, ‘Paint-a-Car’, more entertainment added to street fair

Like dogs? There’s something for you.

Like food – plenty of it.

Whether you are a car buff, volleyball fan or like theater, or love shopping, there’s something for almost everyone’s taste at the 21st annual Santiam SummerFest.

SummerFest organizers are looking forward to another bustling day of events on Saturday, July 30 along Third Avenue in historic downtown Stayton.

“We’re excited to offer the 21st annual Santiam SummerFest that brings friends and neighbors together to enjoy the sights, smells and activities of an outdoor street fair,” said Kelly Schreiber, President/CEO of the Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce, the organization coordinating the event.

Continuing a tradition: Poppa Al’s new owners eager to serve

July 2016 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Continuing a tradition: Poppa Al’s new owners eager to serve

By Mary Owen

A Mill City landmark has new owners who are working hard to keep it the best “burger joint” in town.

“Knowing we’ve purchased a real piece of Santiam Canyon history, we are very committed to preserving the Poppa Al’s name and reputation,” said Kevin Muniz, who bought the restaurant in April with long-time friend Ellen Murphy.

“The previous owners have done a great job of building a good reputation and you just can’t buy that,” Muniz added. “You have to work to keep it.”

Defeat the bloodsuckers: Tips to prevent mosquito bites fees as fundraiser

July 2016 Posted in Your Health | Comments Off on Defeat the bloodsuckers: Tips to prevent mosquito bites fees as fundraiser
Make your own ‘bug-off’ spray
Randi Embree’s favorite mix of oils is:

clove, lavender, orange and eucalyptus.

“It works great and smells good too,” she said.

Ingredients
Witch Hazel (like Dickinsons)
Distilled or boiled water
Vegetable glycerin (optional,
but it helps the spray adhere to skin)

Instructions
Fill 8 oz. spray bottle 1/2 full
with distilled or boiled water
Add witch hazel, fill almost to the top
Add 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin
Add 30-50 drops of essential oils
to desired scent, go easy with clove
as it can burn sensitive skin.
The more oils used, the stronger
the spray will be.

Visit Randi’s FB page: to learn more.

By Melissa Wagoner

A novel approach: Stayton High booster uses credit card fees as fundraiser

July 2016 Posted in Business | Comments Off on A novel approach: Stayton High booster uses credit card fees as fundraiser

By Mary Owen

A referral program will allow local businesses an opportunity to effortlessly raise funds for new turf and other projects for Stayton High School’s football program.

In April, Electronic Payments of Oregon, a family-owned and operated merchant services provider in Salem, offered to donate a percentage of processing fees from credit and debit card purchases at local businesses to the Stayton High Athletic Booster Club’s GIFT (Grounds Improvement Fundraising Team) program.

The way it was: Demonstrations offer a glimpse into Oregon’s early years

July 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on The way it was: Demonstrations offer a glimpse into Oregon’s early years
Draft horses will be used in demonstrations of how logging was done in Oregon’s early days during Historic Silver Falls Day at Silver Falls State Park July 9.

Draft horses will be used in demonstrations of how logging was done in Oregon’s early days during Historic Silver Falls Day at Silver Falls State Park July 9.

The seventh annual Historic Silver Falls Day will take place one day only this year on Saturday, July 9.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the South Falls Historic District with Model T and Model A antique cars, demonstrations of antique logging tools, flint knapping, horse-shoe making, horse logging demonstrations, yarn spinning and weaving. 

It’s 700 wins for Regis coach: Plus collegiate athlete updates

July 2016 Posted in School, Sports & Recreation | Comments Off on It’s 700 wins for Regis coach: Plus collegiate athlete updates

James DayBy James Day

Regis High School baseball coach Don Heuberger
is in some rare company. Heuberger’s Rams finished 14-9 this season and shared the Tri-River Conference title with Kennedy and St. Paul before falling to Weston-McEwen in the Class 2A-1A playoffs.

The 14 victories put him at 700 for his 38-year high school career, which includes 34 years at Regis. The Rams have won or shared 18 league baseball titles under Heuberger, who also has served as the school’s athletic director for 29 years.

Heuberger is just the second Oregon high school baseball coach to reach 700 wins, following the still-active Dave Gasser of Astoria.