Regis at 50: Community shows it can be done – 2,860 graduates since 1963

August 2014 Posted in School | Comments Off
A concept drawing of the Regis campus, 1963.

A concept drawing of the Regis campus, 1963.

By Mary Owen

Regis High School celebrates 50 years of providing secondary education in the greater Stayton area.

The only rural Catholic secondary school in Oregon, Regis High School was started when a group of laymen, the Catholic Educational Corporation, got together in 1957 and purchased two parcels of property in Stayton, totaling 35 acres, of which 4 were later sold.

Take a tour: Lyons Garden Club plans its first Garden and Quilt show

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The club will feature five gardens in its Garden and Quilt Tour Sept. 6.

The club will feature five gardens in its Garden and Quilt Tour Sept. 6.

By Mary Owen

Five area gardens will be featured by the Lyons Garden Club at its first Garden and Quilt Tour.

“The tour is self-guided and can be started at whatever house you choose,” Jerri Snyder, coordinator and garden club member, said. “We’ll also feature a display of quilts from the Canyon Baptist Quilt Group and a plant sale at one of the homes.”

Rejoicing together: Canyon Bible Fellowship celebrates 50th anniversary

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Canyon Bible Fellowship

Canyon Bible Fellowship

By Mary Owen

Fifty years ago, Canyon Bible Fellowship was started with a mission to serve the greater Lyons Community.

“Then Canyon Bible Church, it began with a vision, not from men alone, but also from God,” said the Rev. Lee Barton, the 10th pastor of the fellowship. “The vision is found in the Bible, arising out of the vision of the original church founded by the first followers of Jesus Christ. As it says in Acts 2:41-42, ‘So then, those who had received his Word were baptized and that day there were added about three thousand souls. They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.’”

The rescuers: Saving animals

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Lighthouse Farms Sanctuary

Lighthouse Farms Sanctuary

By Mary Owen

Wayne Geiger’s passion is to help animals in distress. The Scio man grew up on a 2-acre backyard farm near Arcata in California.

“I remember being around farm animals since I was 5,” Geiger said. “We always had farm animals when it was simpler and more humane than what I see now. At many turns in my experiences and education, there were times when I was just never satisfied with what we were doing to animals. An unsettling feeling led to a desire to look for something more.”

Pink lemonade blues: Sublimity grower offers a sweeter berry

August 2014 Posted in Food And Drink | Comments Off
Mark and Annette Jensen and family raise Pink Lemonade Blueberries on their farm near Sublimity.

Mark and Annette Jensen and family raise Pink Lemonade Blueberries on their farm near Sublimity.

By Kristine Thomas 

Sublimity residents Mark and Annette Jensen are used to people looking at them like they said something wrong when they talk about their newest variety of blueberries at Jensen’s Blueberries in Sublimity.

“When we tell people we grow Pink Lemonade Blueberries, they look at us like they are confused,” Annette said. “We have been told many times by people that they have never heard of a Pink Lemonade Blueberry. We tell people it tastes like strawberry lemonade.”

Fast times: Local athletes earn honors on the track and road

August 2014 Posted in School, Sports & Recreation | Comments Off

James DayBy James Day

Josh Zielinski and Susan Gallagher scored victories in the 10-kilometer run July 4 in Stayton.

A record of more than 300 runners and walkers participated in the four events, organizer Dave Phelps said. The runs were a joint effort involving the Stayton Road Runners and Troop 50 of the Boy Scouts. The running club took care of the start and timing and 16 Scouts served as course marshals.

“It was a beautiful morning,” Phelps said. “Clear blue skies and temperatures remained in the mid-70s all morning. Just a terrific way to start the 2014 4th of July Stayton celebrations.”

A Grin at the End: Escape to San Francisco

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By Carl Sampson

I just got back from a long weekend in San Francisco, a city I hadn’t visited in 29 years — since my wife and I were there on our honeymoon. Oh, I’ve been through the airport a few times and took a quick trip through the west side of the city and over the Golden Gate Bridge, but I hadn’t had a chance to wander around it in nearly three decades.

And here’s the thing — I really like that city.

Fireworks: We the People, fly the flag

July 2014 Posted in Community | Comments Off

Mill City

Mill City’s Old-Fashioned Fourth of July theme this year is “Fourth with the Family.”

“Fourth of July is always a time when I see folks who come home to be with their family,” said Susann Heller, parade chair. “The theme is perfect!”

A craft fair with food vendors, displays, a cake walk, pie eating and baking contests, and much more will kick off the weekend’s festivities starting late afternoon on Thursday, July 3 at the Kimmel Park Festival Grounds. The Wooden Nickel will provide eats and a beer garden, and a street dance is 7 to 10 p.m. at the city hall parking lot. Admission is $2 per person or $5 per family. Children must be with an adult.

In session: New municipal court opens

July 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off
Stayton Municipal Court Judge Jonathan Clark

Stayton Municipal Court Judge Jonathan Clark

By Mary Owen

If you tend to seek the positive in every situation, here’s a new one to add to your list.

The upside of getting a traffic ticket within Stayton city limits as of July 1 is that these traffic cases will be heard at the city’s new municipal court.

“The goal was to best meet the needs of the community and the needs of our police department,” Stayton City Administrator Keith Campbell said of the city council’s decision to open its own court. “A municipal court will best meet both of these needs.”

Time to file: City council elections

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Have you ever grumbled about a decision made by your city council?  Do you have the leadership skills to bring people together and find common ground to solve problems?

If you have considered running for city council, now is the time to get your paperwork in order and start campaigning. Here are positions on the Nov. 4 ballot:

Aumsville

The city of Aumsville terms for mayor and three city councilor seats expire in 2014.

The mayoral term of office is for two years and the city councilor terms are for four years, both beginning on Jan. 1. The council generally meets on the second and fourth Mondays at 7 p.m..