World War II memories: Vern Staley recalls fighting in France

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Stayton resident Vern Staley – then and now. Vern served with the 2nd Battalion, 274th Infantry, 70th Infantry Division during World War II. In April he was taken on an Honor Flight to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Stayton resident Vern Staley – then and now. Vern served with the 2nd Battalion, 274th Infantry, 70th Infantry Division during World War II. In April he was taken on an Honor Flight to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

By Mary Owen

Seventy years ago, a 20-year old country boy went into combat to help push enemy troops out of Alsace and Lorraine, two historic provinces in Eastern France.

More than music: Students learn valuable jobs skills at KYAC

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Derek Connor hosts “The Dark Side of the Radio with Derek” from noon to 2 p.m. on Fridays.

Derek Connor hosts “The Dark Side of the Radio with Derek” from noon to 2 p.m. on Fridays.

By Mary Owen

Local teens are on the air at KYAC.

“Our goal is to put young people on the air so they have a platform for their music and views, within reason,” said Ken Cartwright, general manager at KYAC 94.0 FM in Mill City, serving the Santiam Canyon.

“It teaches them volunteering, citizenship, responsibility, planning, public speaking, communication, music presentation and discussion as well as educating listeners about the artists and genres of their music,” he added.

Fishing frenzy: Derby kicks off the summer season at Detroit Lake

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Detroit Lake Fishing Derby
Sponsored by Detroit Lake
Recreation Area Business Assoc.
May 15-17
6 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday and
Saturday 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday

Awards Ceremony
Sunday, May 17, 3 p.m.
Cost: $15 adults,
$8 children 13 and younger
Information: DetroitLakeOregon.org

By Mary Owen

Grab your poles!

The fish will be biting at the annual Detroit Lake Fishing Derby on May 15-17.

“The water will be up, the docks will be floating, and all events are a Big Green Go,” said spokesperson Bob Franz of the annual event that draws about 3,000 visitors every year.

Calling all birders: Free bird, wildflower walks at Silver Falls

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For the $5 cost of materials park visitors can work with Audubon  Society volunteers to build a bird house to take home

For the $5 cost of materials park visitors can work with Audubon Society volunteers to build a bird house to take home

With the early spring weather, the birds and wildflowers are ready for the 37 annual Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival at Silver Falls State Park. The Festival will run Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the South Falls Historic District.

Visitors can choose from variety of guided wildflower walks, ranging from a ½-mile walk to a more intensive two-mile, two-hour “Walk through the Mist Zone.” No pets are allowed on these walks.

Career Pathways: New program expands options for Stayton High students

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By Mary Owen

Stayton High School students can now select a course of study from the new Career Pathway program for the upcoming school year.

“We are excited about this for students, and believe it will not only add relevance for them, but prepare them with the skills and knowledge needed to have a leg up going into one of these areas,” Principal Alan Kirby said. “The goal of Pathways is, for, one, to make school more engaging for students. As students focus on where they may end up in a career, and find focus in school toward that goal, they may see more value in the classes that they are taking. School becomes a means to an end, rather than something that they just pass through.”

Boot camps: A fun and fit way to raise money for charity

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By Mary Owen

Where to Start Fitness has taken on a new cause: charity boot camps.

“Charity boot camps are a fun new way to get a workout and raise money for local causes,” said Tirzah Hawkins, who owns the Stayton business with her husband, Daniel. “They vary in length and activities as it’s not just one type of group class but can be up to five different ones.”

Hawkins said the parties unite people for a common cause while doing something positive for themselves.

A delicate balance: Parker family celebrates community support

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Finley Parker, 4, enjoying his swimming lesson with Billie Maurer.

Finley Parker, 4, enjoying his swimming lesson with Billie Maurer.

By Mary Owen

Swimming at the Stayton Family Pool is helping Finley Parker meet life with a difficult disease head on.

“We knew being in the pool would be a huge part of Finley’s life from the start,” said Shannon Parker of her 4-year-old son who was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, more commonly known as Brittle Bone Disease.

“We had a hot tub at our first house with him, and you could tell how relaxed he was in the water. The weight was lifted from his bones, and it was soothing.”

Madeline’s Adventures: A family keeper – Restoring a heirloom uncovers treasured stories

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By Madeline Marin-Foucher

I spent most of a weekend painstakingly cleaning up a family heirloom, long past the point of pretty.

It was a pie safe, something most people under the age of 90 don’t even know exists, but a tangible piece of family history that I was bound and determined to get up and running, keeping my pies safe and all that.

I’d been asking my dad to give me this pie safe for well over 15 years, ever since I saw it at the tender age of 10 and trusted my taste in antiques would likely never change.

Business retention Survey aims to identify needs, priorities

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By Mary Owen

A community-wide effort has launched to identify needs and foster support for existing area businesses.

“This project gives us a chance to create relationships with local businesses, to find any barriers to expansion, and also discover what the community is doing right,” said Kelly Schreiber, executive director of the Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce.

SSCOC has joined with GROW-EDC and SEDCOR to develop a strategic plan for economic development in the Santiam Canyon, and volunteers are needed to participate in a survey for the study.

A Grin at the End: Future’s not all as promised asromised

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By Carl Sampson
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I feel cheated.

When I was a kid in the 1950s and 1960s, the future was going to be awesome beyond words.

I remember reading books about how we’d all work four days a week, and fly in our personal helicopters to work on those few days when we had to show up.

Life was going to be a combination of The Jetsons and Buck Rogers.

The U.S. space program was pointed toward the moon and beyond. As a nation and as an international community, we were going to lead the way in discovering and understanding where we came from and where we as a species are headed.