Growth spurt: Aumsville sees rapid construction, support for civic projects

May 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Growth spurt: Aumsville sees rapid construction, support for civic projects

By Peggy Savage

A sense of small-town rural community may be one of the most desirable aspects of life in Aumsville that is drawing new residents to town. City Administrator Ron Harding said Aumsville has seen an influx of new families since new residential construction has been underway.

“We welcome new residents regularly to Aumsville,” Harding said. “The community is close to major Oregon cities, but at the same time offers a more rural setting that is desirable. I also believe that our community values of creating a great place to live and supporting families are something that attracts new residents.”

Being prepared: New Santiam CERT organizes for area emergencies

May 2018 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Being prepared: New Santiam CERT organizes for area emergencies
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Marion County CERT deployed 12 members to Detroit to check on residents in their homes during the heavy snows of January 2017.

By Mary Owen

Living three decades in Oregon alerted Jack Stillwell to the prospect of the “big one.”

“Eventually, there will be a great earthquake which may disrupt roads, electrical services, food supplies, and cause many deaths and injuries in damaged structures,” said Stillwell, a military veteran, victim advocate, and member of the Church of Latter-day Saints. “I have always been interested in preparedness.”

Pathways: Santiam High students connected to professional insights

May 2018 Posted in Community, News, Other, People, School, Your Health | Comments Off on Pathways: Santiam High students connected to professional insights
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By Mary Owen

Santiam High School freshmen just wrapped up this year’s career pathway program designed to open their eyes and minds to a variety of jobs, including military, culinary, marketing and even teaching.

“The program currently works to expose 40 freshmen youth to a variety of career pathways and soft skills through 10 weeks of professional speakers and five weeks of industry tours that align to their career goals and interests,” said Kelly Noack, outreach coordinator with OSU Extension Service, Marion County. OSU partners with Santiam GROW-EDC and the North Santiam School District to provide close-up views of such areas as healthcare, social services, arts, construction, business, engineering, computer sciences, and more, Noack said.

Class of 2018: Principals praise, celebrate graduates

May 2018 Posted in Community, People, School | Comments Off on Class of 2018: Principals praise, celebrate graduates

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Graduates are getting ready to walk into the future, after receiving diplomas at their commencement ceremonies.

Stayton High School will have 161 graduates receiving diplomas on Friday, June 8, 7 p.m. at the Salem Armory.

The Class of 2018 valedictorians are Amanda Lackey, Bradley Phelps, Emma Lindemann and Kaitlyn Hofmann. There are no salutatorians this year.

“This graduating class is full of energy and personality,” said Principal Alan Kirby. “They are headed off to many different schools and careers, and have bright futures. I am excited and proud of all of our graduates this year who will take that next step into the world.”

On with the show: Chorus hosts Broadway revue, fundraiser

May 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on On with the show: Chorus hosts Broadway revue, fundraiser
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By Mary Owen

Fans of Broadway musicals will thrill to the Santiam Canyon Community Chorus’s presentation of Opening Night on Broadway.

The performance is part of the annual fundraiser to benefit the chorus, and is free to attend. Two showings will be held: 7 p.m., Saturday, June 2 at the Odd Fellows Hall in Mill City and 4 p.m., Sunday, June 3 at Rising Star Studio in Stayton.

A spaghetti dinner, with meat and vegetarian sauce options, and a drawing will take place at 5:30 p.m. prior to Saturday’s performance and at 6 p.m. following Sunday’s show. Costs are $8 for adults; children 8 and younger, $4. Prize drawings include a metal art sculpture by Herman Freiden, pottery by Mark Hebing, and more.

Turn, turn, turn: Regis receives arts grant to fund ceramics classes

May 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Turn, turn, turn: Regis receives arts grant to fund ceramics classes

By Mary Owen

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A Google search for arts education grants has led to a windfall for Regis High School’s ceramics classes.

“The grant is from an organization called Keeping the Arts,” said Eric Loftin, who teaches ceramics. “Keeping the Art’s mission is very much in line with our school’s being in rural settings, and the application process was very accessible and relatively quick through their website.”

Loftin said the $1,800 grant allotment for the school’s Fine Arts program will be used to purchase a new pottery wheel for the art studio at Regis, allowing for much faster turn-around time and access for students to work on
the potter’s wheel.

Rock steady: Schools receive seismic upgrades

May 2018 Posted in Community, News, School | Comments Off on Rock steady: Schools receive seismic upgrades

By Mary Owen

Thanks to two state grants, the Stayton High School fabrications/wood shop building and Sublimity Middle School will undergo seismic upgrading this summer.

“The work will begin in mid-June at both sites, as soon as school is out,” said Andy Garner, superintendent of the North Santiam School District. “The work at Stayton High School is expected to be completed within the summer months. The work at Sublimity middle school is more extensive and will continue into the fall. Because of this, school will start next fall with portable classrooms in front of the school on the blacktop. The work is planned for completion by Thanksgiving.”

Adaptation: Siegmund adds new CFO, equipment

May 2018 Posted in Business, Community, News, Other, People | Comments Off on Adaptation: Siegmund adds new CFO, equipment
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Siegmund Excavation & Construction’s new chief financial officer, Ryan Parker. Submitted Photo

By Mary Owen

A Stayton business trio is making a number of strategic moves to better serve customers, improve efficiencies, and address changing market conditions.

“We entered 2018 with great motivation and momentum to grow
our businesses,” said Andrew Siegmund, president/owner of Siegmund Excavation & Construction, Allied Rock, and Siegmund Landscape & Supply. “Hiring Ryan Parker as chief financial officer is a critical step in this business growth. His job will be to help us streamline operations and plan for the future.”

Tennis standouts: Cascade girls make historic run at state

May 2018 Posted in School, Sports & Recreation | Comments Off on Tennis standouts: Cascade girls make historic run at state

James DayThe Cascade High girls tennis squad tied for second in the Class 4A-3A-2A-1A state tournament, the highest finish for the Cougars since 1981.

The Cougars and Klamath Union scored eight points apiece in the May 18-19 competition at Oregon State University. Perennial power Oregon Episcopal won with 16 points.

Leading the way for Cascade was the fourth-seeded doubles team of Tori Lewis and Jaja Osuna, which advanced to the finals before falling to an Oregon Episcopal duo. Lewis and Osuna upset the No. 2 seeds from Catlin Gabel in the semifinals after dropping the first set 6-1. Gio Hernandez participated in singles for the Cougars.

Thanks, I guess? Happy birthday wishes, snail mail and data collection

May 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Thanks, I guess? Happy birthday wishes, snail mail and data collection
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Carl Sampson

Every now and then, politicians pipe up about the U.S. Postal Service and how it doesn’t meet their standards.
They are partially right.

With all due respect to our anointed ones in Washington, D.C., there’s more to it than a member of Congress can understand. For the most part, I think the post office does an amazing job of delivering the mail – and my recycling box is filled with proof.