Summer success: Reading / recreation program wins grants, fans

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By Mary Owen

Aumsville’s summer reading and recreation programs received a much needed financial boost.

“We got two wonderful grants – one for $5,000 from The Ford Family Foundation and a $75,000 grant from the Mid-Willamette Valley United Way,” said Lora Hofmann, city administrative assistant.

Hofmann said the city’s summer program, run by donations, grants, volunteers and fundraising, would not have gotten the United Way funding without GROW-EDC, a program that offers free, one-on-one business coaching to any entrepreneur in the North Santiam Canyon.

Executive Director Allison McKenzie said GROW was happy to be the fiscal sponsor for United Way grant, which is to be distributed over two years.

New view: Santiam Stampede adds arena floor seating to up the action

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Photo by Gary Dayton

Photo by Gary Dayton

By Mary Owen

This year, the Santiam Stampede’s rodeo arena will be shorter, with a ring of seating and some seating right on the arena floor.

“Fans seated in these bleachers will have a seat that is up close to all the dirt-flying rodeo action,” said Corky Justis, spokeswoman for the 19th annual event held July 17-18 at the Sublimity Harvest Festival Grounds.

“We are excited for the change, knowing it is going to bring together the contestants, the animal athletes, the clown, the announcer and the fans,” she added. “We feel it’s going to add to the excitement of the show.”

Explore history: Silver Falls Day offers antique cars, logging, games, stories

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Historic Silver Falls Days is a celebration of the history of the area that is now Silver Falls State Park.

The event will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12 in the South Falls Historic District.

There will be Model T and Model A antique cars; demonstrations of antique logging tools; flint knapping and basketry; families participating in old-fashioned games and story telling of historic days in the area.

The antique cars will be there on Saturday and the horse logging demonstrations and carriage rides will be there on Sunday.

Class to remember: Regis baseball team adds to achievements

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James DayBy James Day

Regis High continued to blaze a trail of success in small-school baseball.

The Rams, who were involved in the playoffs for the 26th consecutive season, advanced to the Class 2A-1A semifinals before falling to eventual champion Knappa.

“This is something that is not taken for granted,” veteran Rams coach Don Heuberger told Our Town. “It is extremely difficult to get into the playoffs and even harder to win in the playoffs.”

This year’s Regis squad stormed through the tough Tri-River with an unblemished record 14-0 record and the Rams thumped Grant Union 16-3 and North Douglas 25-2 to advance to the semis.

Scout project: Track storage

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By James Day

A dedicated Eagle Scout helped add another brick to the foundation of improvements at Regis High School’s track and field facility.

Rams senior Jacob Adams, a member of Troop 50, led the fundraising and project coordination for a new storage shed that is now safely securing track and field equipment.

“What he designed and built with the help of volunteers and the guidance of his father, Ken Adams, is a first-class building capable of storing (high jump and pole vault) pits and a lot more,” said Regis track and field and cross country coach Mike Bauer.

Spectacular in Stayton: ‘Thank a Veteran’ July 4th parade theme

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By Mary Owen

Freedom rings with family, friends, fireworks and fun in Stayton! Organizers of the 32nd annual Stayton Old-Time Fourth of July Festival are eager for the festivities to begin.

“The theme this year is ‘Thank a Veteran for Your Freedom,’” said Suzi Kilby, parade co-chair. “The Loyal Order of Moose is proud to have E4 Specialist Jalem Weeks as the Grand Parade’s Grand Marshal. He is a member of the National Guard and a 2013 graduate of Cascade.”

July 4th: Family fun in the Canyon

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Mill City

Mill City starts celebrating “Hats Off to America” Friday, July 3 at 3 p.m. with a crafts fair, food vendors, displays and much more at the Kimmel Park Festival Grounds. Wooden Nickel will again host a Beer Garden.

“The Beer Garden is open to families as well, which gives people an opportunity to enjoy some really good food,” said Susann Heller, parade chair. “There are always fun things going on for a variety of ages.”

Old fashion family games kick off at 5 p.m.

Sharing resources: Groups compile support guide to aid local residents

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Santiam Canyon Resource Guide

The guide will be available
to be accessed from these websites:

Family Building Blocks
City of Aumsville
City of Stayton
City of Sublimity
City of Mill City
Stayton Sublimity
Chamber of Commerce

By Mary Owen

Recently updated and reformatted, the Santiam Canyon Resource Guide is available online to help local residents connect with community resources.

“Through this guide, residents have the opportunity to locate resources in their own community whom they can make a connection with and find support through,” said Julie Hilty with Family Building Blocks.

Downtown Stayton: Santiam Summerfest 2015

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Downtown Stayton will buzz later this month as the Santiam SummerFest celebrates its 20th anniversary.

“SummerFest brings thousands of people to Stayton’s historic downtown Third Avenue,” said Kelly Schreiber, executive director of the Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. “Many are from out of town, perhaps getting their first look at the community. We work hard to make it a fun event with something for people of all ages to enjoy.”

SummerFest also offers businesses a chance to showcase their business and connect to potential customers, Schreiber said.

Courage: The Mintens introduce a new world to their new son

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Kim and Russ Minten with their adopted son, Courage, at Wizard Falls Hatchery earlier this year..

Kim and Russ Minten with their adopted son, Courage, at Wizard Falls Hatchery earlier this year..

By Mary Owen

After leaving his native Ghana, West Africa, Courage Minten is loving life in Sublimity.

“I think he’s doing amazingly well and adapting better than we expected,” said Kim Minten, mom to the boy she and her husband, Russ, adopted in 2014.

“It’s a time of discovery since he is learning so many new things all the time and asking questions.”