Mill City Bridge: Community rallies to save historic structure

August 2015 Posted in Community | Comments Off

By Mary Owen

The Save Our Bridge Committee is moving forward with fundraising efforts to restore Mill City’s historic railroad bridge.

“The committee raised $80,000 during the silent phase of the campaign, and now is in the process of raising an additional $120,000 for our half of the project’s cost,” said Lynda Harrington, chair of the nine-member ad-hoc committee.

The committee is selling T-shirts and buttons at the Mill City U.S. Bank, City Hall and a few other locations, Harrington said.

Ready to lend a hand: Trexler Farm scrambles to feed summer fire crews

August 2015 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off
Charlene Trexler and her team served more than 2,200 meals in 10 days to Oregon Forestry fire crews fighting the Niagara blaze. Photo by Kathy Sherman –Rust Bucket Photography

Charlene Trexler and her team served more than 2,200 meals in 10 days to Oregon Forestry fire crews fighting the Niagara blaze. Photo by Kathy Sherman –Rust Bucket Photography

By Mary Owen

When the Niagara fire broke out near Big Cliff Dam last month, Trexler Farm employees took on the job of feeding the hot and hungry firefighters.

“On the Fourth of July, I got a call telling me a fire broke out near Detroit, and that they were going to need about 65 lunches for the crews coming in to fight the fire,” said owner Sharlene Trexler. The early afternoon call came from Chad Montoya, the business manager for the North Cascade District of the Oregon Department of Forestry.

National Night Out: Neighbors, communities together prevent crime

August 2015 Posted in Community | Comments Off

By Mary Owen

Come meet your neighbors!

Stayton, Sublimity and Aumsville are hosting National Night Out gatherings at local parks on Tuesday, Aug. 4, and neighbors in some communities may be hosting their own block parties.

National Night Out is a yearlong community building campaign, designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit, and enhance police and community partnerships.

Stayton’s Night Out

“It is the responsibility of each of us in the community to be alert and report suspicious activity,” said Sgt. Danielle Wetzel of the Stayton Police Dept.

Celebrating 47 musical ‘ears’: Aumsville Corn Festival

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Our Town archive photos by Timm O’Cobhthaigh show the fun, community effort and great results of the Aumsville Corn Festival. Everyone is welcome to head on down to Porter-Boone Park and have an ear – or two!

Our Town archive photos by Timm O’Cobhthaigh show the fun, community effort and great results of the Aumsville Corn Festival. Everyone is welcome to head on down to Porter-Boone Park and have an ear – or two!

By Mary Owen

This year’s Aumsville Corn Festival theme is “Corn is Music to our EARS!” and that’s what organizers intend to provide at the 47th annual event on Aug. 29.

“Popular as always is the free, hot-buttered corn – two ears per person,” said Sonny Newson, president of the Aumsville Corn Festival.

Hall of fame shooter: Westerns inspired interest in competitions

August 2015 Posted in People, Sports & Recreation | Comments Off
Tom Rickman with his Hall of Fame trophy. Photo by James Day

Tom Rickman with his Hall of Fame trophy. Photo by James Day

By James Day

Tom Rickman of Sublimity has been inducted into the Single Action Shooting Society Hall of Fame for his nearly 25 years of service to the organization.

The group stages elaborate shooting competitions using single-action guns, both antiques and modern reproductions, amid Old West themes.

“I always enjoyed Westerns,” said Rickman, 61,in an interview in a living room full of guns, ammo, Western-themed artwork and a cartridge reloader.

Summer success: Reading / recreation program wins grants, fans

July 2015 Posted in Community | Comments Off

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.

College performers: Area athletes continue to make their mark

August 2015 Posted in School, Sports & Recreation | Comments Off

Here is a look at how area athletes performed for local colleges during the spring season.

Nathan Martin (Cascade), a freshman at Corban University, placed in a pair of events at the Cascade Collegiate Conference championships, taking third in the 200 at 21.99 and fourth in the 100 (11.00).

In addition Martin ran a leg on the Warriors’ first-place 4×100 relay squad, which won in 41.43. The squad broke that mark, running 41.11 at NAIA nationals but did not qualify for the finals.

Kristen LaChapelle (Cascade), a freshman at Corban, took 13th in the 10,000 at the CCC championships in 44:18.02.

Donations in demand: Stayton Food Bank serving more clients

August 2015 Posted in Community | Comments Off
Stayton Community Food Bank
155 Second Ave.
Open Monday – Friday,
9 a.m. – noon
Information can be found
on the Stayton Community
Food Bank’s Facebook page.
Donations are always needed
including fresh produce
from the garden, canned
and dried food products.

By Mary Owen

Rising food costs mean more food donations are necessary to stock the Stayton Community Food Bank.

“We’ve had some great donations, but our food costs have gone up,” said Edna Rickman, manager. “Canned condensed soups, canned fruit, and chili-type dinners are the basics for a nutritionally balanced food box. Rice, beans and pasta are in good supply.”

New partnership: On-line school establishes ties to Santiam School District

August 2015 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off

By Mary Owen

Oregon Connections Academy, the state’s leading tuition-free virtual public school, has relocated its headquarters from Scio to Mill City.

“I’m very pleased to have such a highly rated online school as a charter school with our district, and also as a member of our community,” said Todd Miller, Santiam School District superintendent. “Partnering with ORCA is a relationship that will benefit all our students.”

Miller knows first-hand how online school can be a good option for many families since he was the executive director at ORCA for two years prior to accepting the Santiam superintendent’s position.

A Grin at the End: Snails with ketchup – And other adventures in Spain

August 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off

carl-sampsonBy Carl Sampson

I’m sitting at a table outside a bar in some little town whose name I cannot pronounce. The owner brings out a bucket filled with cooked snails. I pick one up, look it in its beady little eyes and chomp down on its head.

Welcome to Spain.

No matter what I thought I knew about Spain, I was wrong. In fact, I should find my high school history teacher and get a refund, because she was wrong, too.

There are actually two Spains — the one you think you know, a poor country with Don Quixote and Sancho Panza riding around in the desert looking for a windmill.