Sharing her story: Kaitlin Sandall, 12, makes Promise of Oregon video

April 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off
Kaitlin Sandall

Kaitlin Sandall

By Mary Owen

Recently diagnosed with diabetes, a Sublimity Middle School seventh-grader talks about educating others on the disease in a short video, Hope for the Future, that debuted this month as part of “The Promise of Oregon” campaign.

“Education means a lot to me, because it just helps me think ‘I can do this, I’m not going to fail, I’ve got this!’” said Kaitlin Sandall, a 12-year-old who lives with her parents Allison and Josh, 9-year-old brother Jacob, and the family’s three dogs, including her own pup, Boo.

Problem solved: Aumsville receives award for best tasting water in state

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Aumsville city public work employess Scott Kenagy and Steve Oslie receive state recognition for Aumsville’s water quality.

Aumsville city public work employess Scott Kenagy and Steve Oslie receive state recognition for Aumsville’s water quality.

By Mary Owen

Aumsville’s water is the best tasting in the state, thanks to the city’s new water filtration system installed in January.

“Having good quality water has been one of our goals for quite a long period of time,” Mayor Harold White said. “We’ve been working on water quantity, and it’s going well, but we wanted to work on quality.”

Dad and daughter dance: Fundraiser for library foundation

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Ben and Gabby Laro at last year’s Santiam Canyon Father-Daughter Ball. Photo by Rustic Pear Photography.

Ben and Gabby Laro at last year’s Santiam Canyon Father-Daughter Ball. Photo by Rustic Pear Photography.

By Mary Owen

Unlike Alice, young girls from all around the Santiam Canyon don’t have to fall down a rabbit hole to enjoy “a very important date” this month.

“The Santiam Canyon Father-Daughter Ball provides fathers and daughters an opportunity to strengthen their relationship,” said Josh Hardage, president of the Stayton Library Foundation, host of the third annual event.

The theme for this year’s event, geared for girls 4-18 and their dads or father figures, is aptly “Wonderland: A Very Important Date.” The dance will be held 5-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 at Foothills Church in Stayton.

Phenomenal run: Stayton Highlights’ record defines a program of excellence

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

James DayBy James Day

How good a program do you have if you finish first or second in the state for 15 consecutive years? What words can you use? But that’s what we have here folks. The Stayton Highlights dance and drill team took second behind Valley Catholic on March 21 in the Class 4A large division. Valley Catholic totaled 88.53 points, with Stayton finishing with 88.08.

Run, run, run: For a good cause

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By Mary Owen

The starter’s pistol goes off for two Stayton runs this month: the fourth annual Stayton River Run and third Stayton K9 Run.

“We are excited about this year’s run,” said Tirzah Hawkins of Where to Start Fitness, sponsors of the Stayton K9 Run that lets participants walk or run a 5K or 9K.

“We love this event because it is dog and family friendly.”

The run starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 4 at Where to Start Fitness, 370 N. Second Ave. Courses are beginner to intermediate in level and include street and trail running.

A Grin at the End: Treasure trove of truthfulness

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carl-sampsonBy Carl Sampson

I devised a plan to either:

1. End political weirdness as we know it or

2. Create the best reality TV show ever.

Here’s why I envision doing – All state and federal politicians would be required to wear body cameras 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

For the past several months, there has been a lot of chatter about requiring police officers to wear cameras as a way of monitoring officers. I’m not sure what that would accomplish, but some folks, primarily politicians, think it’s a good idea.

Tell them a story… Library outreach puts books in preschooler’s hands

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The Outreach Storyteller Program will serve children up to age 6.

The Outreach Storyteller Program will serve children up to age 6.

By Mary Owen

Stayton Public Library is giving preschoolers a head start on their literacy skills.

The Outreach Storyteller Program, funded by the Stayton Public Library Foundation, serves nearly 500 children, up to age 6, who attend local daycare, preschools, kindergartens, Head Start, and one affordable-housing complex – 27 classrooms in all, throughout Stayton, Sublimity and Aumsville.

Journey of a lifetime: Carol Zolkoske volunteers to preserve history

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Carol Zolkoske, Doris Johnston and Bob Pendleton gather as Johnston presents a check from Pacific Power to the Santiam Heritage Foundation for the restoration of the Charles and Martha Brown

Carol Zolkoske, Doris Johnston and Bob Pendleton gather as Johnston presents a check from Pacific Power to the Santiam Heritage Foundation for the restoration of the Charles and Martha Brown

By Mary Owen

Stayton volunteer Carol Zolkoske understands the importance of leaving a legacy.

Since moving to Stayton from California, Zolkoske has worked hard to preserve the area’s history for future generations.

“I am in hopes that years down the road, the Brown House will become an important part of the community, and people will have all sorts of functions there to celebrate important occasions in their lives,” said Zolkoske, a retired United Airlines flight attendant and former Stayton small-business owner.

Envision vitality: Public invitation to help set region’s course

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By Mary Owen

Economic vitality is the topic for an upcoming North Santiam regional event.

“Participants will learn about strategies and programs that have worked in other places, discuss the unique opportunities we have in our region, and share ideas about our future with other passionate people,” said Allison McKenzie, director of GROW-EDC, a sponsor of the North Santiam Economic Vitality Summit, one of three EV Summits to be held in Oregon this year.

Facilitated by Rural Development Initiatives in partnership with the Ford Family Foundation, the EV Summit will be Wednesday, April 29, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on at Foothills Church in Stayton.

Explaining the why: NSSD superintendent reviews Common Core

March 2015 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off

By Mary Owen

The national shift to Common Core State Standards is drawing a lot of attention from parents and educators alike.

“It’s not as easy for people to understand or accept,” said Andy Gardner, superintendent of the North Santiam School District.

“This reform is at the national level, and focuses primarily on setting new and higher standards in reading and math. These standards can be scary for parents, who see the increased rigor as also increasing the possibility of their child not meeting them.”