Ready for next adventure: The Class of 2016 graduates

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Santiam High School senior Lindsey Reeser is salutatorian and Andrew Grenbemer is valedictorian.

Santiam High School senior Lindsey Reeser is salutatorian and Andrew Grenbemer is valedictorian.

By Mary Owen

Congratulations graduates of the Class of 2016!

Santiam High School

Santiam High School in Mill City graduates 29 seniors at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 17 in the Santiam Jr./Sr. High School gymnasium.

“This senior class has done a great job,” Principal Dave Plotts said. “They were one of the classes that had to suffer through some very tough times as the district underwent several changes over several years. These seniors, though, have been very resilient and found ways to succeed despite the challenges they faced.”

Hearts to Arts: Home is where the art is … in new Mill City location

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Santiam Hearts to Arts

Santiam Hearts to Arts

By Mary Owen

With city council approval, Santiam Hearts to Arts plans to sublease the former Green Mountain Real Estate building on Highway 22 in Mill City.

“SH2A is working with the city to finalize a sublease,” Tom Peters, the organization’s president, said. “As soon as the lease is signed, SH2A will take possession, hopefully by June 1.”

SH2A is a local nonprofit whose goal is “to preserve, present and promote the fine and performing arts in the Santiam Canyon.” Peters said the organization is working with the city to procure grant funding and hold community fundraisers to eventually purchase the building.

Construction begins: New Parish Center to be completed by December

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By Mary Owen

Construction on Immaculate Conception Catholic Church’s new parish center is moving forward.

“It’s the third leg of the stool with St. Mary and Regis High,” Mike Jaeger said. He handles marketing for the committee responsible for the new center. Jaeger was referring to prior upgrades to the two Catholic schools, including Regis’ activities center.

He said the church has always wanted to have a building to use for parish activities and the new center will provide for both the church and the community.

Quick read: Planned reader board will share community-friendly messges

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Stayton Friends of Library
To donate to the electronic reader
board or for more information,
contact Stayton Friends of the
Library at www.staytonfol.org.

By Mary Owen

Do you have an event, a fundraiser or a message you want to share with everyone who drives by the Stayton Library?

Then, you want to make a donation to the Stayton Friends of the Library to help share your message.

The Stayton Friends of the Library seeks donations for a community-friendly project… a new electronic reader board.

Stayton Public Library assistant-adult services employee Stephanie Rubel said the electronic reader board will benefit the entire Stayton community.

June 12 plant sale benefits Brown House restoration

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Photo by Sheldon Traver.

Photo by Sheldon Traver.

It’s not too late to purchase some plants for your yard.  And if you are looking for a place to buy plants while helping a good cause, mark your calendar for Sunday, June 12. The Santiam Heritage Foundation will host its first plant sale at the Brown House in Stayton from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 12. The house is located at 425 N. First Ave., in Stayton.  A portion of the plant sales will support the restoration of the 1903 Charles & Martha Brown House.

$1 million milestone: Kathy Hendricks excels for Pampered Chef

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By Mary Owen

When Kathy Hendricks started her Pampered Chef business, she never expected to hit the million-dollar sales mark over the course of her 20-year career.

For her efforts, the lifelong Stayton resident was recently recognized by the company with the “One Million Dollar Sales Award.”

“I reached the $1 million in September and got some beautiful flowers from the company,” Hendricks said. “It felt good to be the first person in our area to reach it.”

In addition to receiving flowers last September, Hendricks will be presented with a Bulova watch for her achievement when she attends the company’s national conference mid-July in Illinois.

Adding staff: City of Sublimity

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By Mary Owen

Sublimity is taking steps to add a city administrator to its employee roster.

“The city of Sublimity City Council has determined that a city administrator would be a good fit for our community because it provides for continuity of leadership between election cycles,” Councilor Jim Kingsbury said.

“It also provides more opportunity for the council to work on policy leadership for our city and less time dealing with day-to-day operations of the city.”

Kingsbury said council members believe a city administrator will also provide strong leadership for the city to continue to provide “exceptional services to our citizens.”

Vendors wanted for farmer’s market

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By Mary Owen

After hosting several farmer’s markets since March, a Stayton business owner plans to carry it on through October.

“We had two markets in March, but with the rain, we didn’t have much turnout,” said Lora Sramek, owner of The Picken Coop where the markets were held.

“The first two Saturdays of April and May, we had two more markets which were great! We had more turnout due to the great weather!”

Cougar track 5th at state: Regis, Cascade baseball head to playoffs

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James DayBy James Day

The Cascade High School track and field team turned in strong performances across the board May 20-21 at Hayward Field in Eugene. The Cougars’ girls squad, led by Amanda Wiebenga’s victory in the pole vault, scored 46 points to finished fifth. The boys racked up 13 points and were 19th.

“Our girls were just three points shy of a trophy,” Cascade Coach Dan Petersen told Our Town. “We brought a bus load of kids in every event area to state because of the work ethic of this team and the dedication of every Cascade track and field coach. The season was a lot of fun and very satisfying.”

Track champs: Regis boys track and field team takes state 2A title

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Regis track team wins Class 2A state title.

Regis track team wins Class 2A state title.

By James Day

The Regis High School boys track and field team won a state Class 2A team title in the most dramatic way possible May 20 at Hayward Field in Eugene.

The Rams, trailing East Linn Christian by 7.5 points heading to the final event, scored an impressive victory in the 4×400 relay to claim their third boys track and field title.