Safety plans updated: School districts prepare for emergencies

November 2015 Posted in Community, News, School | Comments Off

By Mary Owen

In light of recent school shooting events and the potential for an earthquake, local school districts are shoring up their emergency safety procedures.

“Safety has always been our top priority, yet recent events have caused us to re-examine our emergency procedures with a fresh perspective,” said Todd Miller, superintendent for the Santiam Canyon School District. “The recent events and media coverage have increased awareness of the issues and sparked meaningful conversations.”

Additional conversations internally have been the catalyst for greater agency collaboration and improving outcomes and safety with a heightened sense of urgency and support, Miller said.

Chalk it up: New board inspires

November 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off
Third Avenue Chalk

Third Avenue Chalk

By Mary Owen

Chalkboard art is alive and well at the corner of Third and East Marion in downtown Stayton.

“When I heard about the original Before I Die board in New Orleans, I thought an interactive art mural would be a perfect fit to create some energy on Third Avenue, and now it’s a reality,” said Rèse Bourdeau, who coordinated the chalkboard project.

Since artist Candy Chang painted the side of an abandoned house in her New Orleans neighborhood after losing a loved one four years ago, some 1,000 Before I Die walls have been created in more than 70 countries.

Rickman retires: 33 years with food bank

November 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off

By Mary Owen

After 33 years of managing the Stayton Community Food Bank, Edna Rickman is saying good-bye.

“I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years,” said Rickman, 83, whose last day was Oct. 15. “We started out very small, but had a purpose to serve the often unseen needy in the community.”

Rickman said her involvement was gradual, starting with her involvement in the Stayton Resource and Referral Center. On the R&RC board as a representative of St. Boniface Parish in Sublimity, Rickman stepped up to in 1982, when the local Ministerial Association organized a food bank.

Community nominations sought for annual awards

November 2015 Posted in Community | Comments Off

It’s that time of year to reflect on the many local businesses and people who enhance the quality of life in the community.

“We are grateful for the people and businesses that do so much to make our community successful,” said Kelly Schreiber, executive director of the Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. “We are seeking nominations for our annual Awards Celebration. Last year’s event was a tremendous success, and the chamber is looking forward to making this year even better!”

SSCOC’s Awards Celebration will be a luncheon Feb. 18 at Foothills Church in Stayton. Nominations are due by Dec. 4.

An artful approach: Robin Humelbaugh donates painting to help others

November 2015 Posted in Other | Comments Off
"Opal Wilderness" by Robin Humelbaugh

“Opal Wilderness” by Robin Humelbaugh

By Mary Owen

Stayton artist Robin Humelbaugh loves to use her skills to help others.

“It makes me feel wonderful that I can use a skill to both delight the viewers of my work enough to sell and to hang in their homes, and that a painting can raise a significant amount of money to help so many people,” said Humelbaugh, who has donated a painting to be raffled off to benefit the Canyon Crisis Center.

Stayton soccer: Eagles clinch sixth consecutive league title

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

James DayBy James Day

The Stayton High boys soccer team has won its sixth consecutive Oregon West Conference title, and the Eagles will take an 11-0-2 record into the playoffs.

Stayton, which lost 2-0 to Oregon West Conference rival North Marion in last year’s Class 4A title game, played two pressure-packed matches with the Huskies this season. The two sides battled to a 1-1 draw Sept. 29 at Aurora, with the Eagles taking command of the league race with a 3-2 win Oct. 22 at Stayton. The Eagles closed the season in dominant fashion, blanking Cascade 3-0 and Philomath 8-0.

A Grin at the End: Best holiday ever… With an even better after-day tradition

November 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off

carl-sampsonBy Carl Sampson

I like holidays — all of them. I like Christmas, New Year’s, the Fourth of July, Labor Day — even National Ice Cream Day (the third Sunday in July) and Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept. 19).

But my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.

I like everything about it. I like the fact that it’s not tied to a religious event. Mind you, I’m all for religious events, but I think there should be a time when everyone, religious or not, should be able to get together without anyone feeling left out.

Pot policies: Cities grapple with legalization of marijuana in October

October 2015 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off

By Mary Owen

An ordinance passed by the Stayton City Council to set rules for marijuana facilities to operate in the city goes into effect this month.

“Currently, there are two dispensaries that have submitted applications to the state as of June 30 to operate in Stayton,” Police Chief Rich Sebens said. “Neither has opened their doors for business.”

Under state and local regulations, with the passage of Oregon’s new recreational marijuana law, Sebens said a possibility exists for Stayton to have four retail/dispensaries in town based on the 1,000-foot rule from any school and the need to be within a commercial zone.

Land laws: Aumsville hosts regional workshop

October 2015 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off

By Mary Owen

Interested in learning about city land use in your town?

“Property owners have rights and responsibilities that are governed through state wide land use laws,” Aumsville City Manager Maryann Hills said. “It is important for citizens to know what local regulations govern their land use, so they are asking permission through the land use applications process, instead of forgiveness during the enforcement process.”

The city of Aumsville will host a free regional planning workshop, sponsored by the Ford Family Foundation, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Aumsville Community Center. A free continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Firefighter reunion: Decades of service represented at Stayton get-together

October 2015 Posted in Community | Comments Off
Jay Myers points to an old picture of the 1937 Ford Fire engine still used at the station for parades and special events. Submitted Photo.

Jay Myers points to an old picture of the 1937 Ford Fire engine still used at the station for parades and special events. Submitted Photo.

By Mary Owen

What do firefighters do when they get together?

“We fire up the grill, eat hot dogs, sit around and tell stories, see each other’s faces again,” said Jay Myers, host of a September reunion for the Stayton Fire District. “We had firefighters show up from as far away as Prineville, Dallas, McMinnville and Albany. Collectively they have between 70 to 100 years of service. At least five mayors in the city of Stayton have been volunteers.”