Real dialogue: Power, Privilege and Racial Diversity in Oregon discussed

January 2017 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Real dialogue: Power, Privilege and Racial Diversity in Oregon discussed

By Mary Owen

If you have questions, there are places to go to get answers and share in the conversations about what is taking place your community, state and country.

The first stop in your information gathering journey could be a facilitated discussion called, Power, Privilege and Racial Diversity in Oregon Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m. at the Stayton Public Library.

While census data shows Oregon’s population becoming more racially diverse, the perception persists the state is one of the whitest states in the nation. The discussion will explore what systems are in place to prevent the racial integration and equity many Oregonians strive for, and actions that allow people to embrace the opportunity presented by a more diverse Oregon.

Spreading the news: Stayton Library raises funds for new reader board

January 2017 Posted in Community, Other | Comments Off on Spreading the news: Stayton Library raises funds for new reader board

By Mary Owen

A heartfelt challenge is on the table!
Stayton Public Library assistant Stephanie Rubel said February is Love Your Library month. And what better way than to show your love and appreciation for the library as well as the community than to make a donation to the Stayton Friends of the Library to help purchase a reader board.

The Stayton Library needs to raise $17,821for the reader board, which covers the materials, manufacturing and installation of the sign. To date, the Friends of the Library has raised $4,954, and pledges to match any donations in February up to $6,000.

Senior advocates: Lee Hazelwood’s legacy of service honored in awards

January 2017 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Senior advocates: Lee Hazelwood’s legacy of service honored in awards

By Mary Owen

NorthWest Senior and Disability Services advisory councils will present the first Lee Hazelwood Advocacy Award to two Salem residents this month: Charles Richards and Ruth McEwen.

The award will be presented to Richards by Rep. David Gomberg (D-Dist. 10) and McEwen by Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) at a ceremony Wednesday, Feb. 15, 12:30 p.m. at the Oregon State Capitol Rotunda.

“We are honored to present The Lee Hazelwood Advocacy Award in remembrance of Lee’s lifelong legacy to the programs and mission of NorthWest Senior and Disability Services,” Zaira Flores-Delgado, council and volunteer coordinator for NWSDS, said.

Powered up: Three nonprofits receive Pacific Power Foundation grants

January 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Powered up: Three nonprofits receive Pacific Power Foundation grants
Santiam Historical Society members receive a check from Pacific Power Foundation. Left to right are Terri Adams, Santiam Historical Society Secretary, Charlotte Braden, Santiam Historical Society Board of Trustees, Diana Maul, Santiam Historical Society President, Alan Meyer, Pacific Power.

Santiam Historical Society members receive a check from Pacific Power Foundation.

By Mary Owen

Three local nonprofits received a helping hand from the Pacific Power Foundation last month.

“At Pacific Power, we’re proud to be a part of the communities we serve and we’re committed to keeping them vibrant, strong and safe places to live and work,” Alan Meyer, regional business manager for the Stayton company, said.

The Pacific Power Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Pacific Power, Meyer explained.“Our mission, through our charitable investments, is to support the growth and vitality of our communities,” Meyer said. “In 2015, the Pacific Power Foundation awarded $1 million to local nonprofit organizations.”

A family affair: Panezanellie Breadstick Shoppe Small Business of 2016

February 2017 Posted in Community, Food And Drink | Comments Off on A family affair: Panezanellie Breadstick Shoppe Small Business of 2016
The Cates family has worked together to create the warm atmosphere at at Panezanellie.

The Cates family has worked together to create the warm atmosphere at at Panezanellie.

By Mary Owen

Panezanellie Breadstick Shoppe captures top honors as the 2016 Small Business award winner for this year’s Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Award of Excellence.

The Cates family has built the Sublimity eatery into “the meeting place for locals and out-of-towners,” making “everyone feel a part of the family,” nominators said.

Family run, Panezanellie has kept busy since it opened in 2008, known for its stuffed breadsticks, pizza, homemade soup, specialty salads, sticky buns, scones and more.

Educating for the future: North Santiam School District honored

February 2017 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Educating for the future: North Santiam School District honored

By Mary Owen

For continuing to be a cornerstone of the community, the North Santiam School District receives the 2016 Large Business excellence award from the Stayton/Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. The award is presented to a business with more than 15 employees.

“We strongly believe that we can improve our high school outcomes and be the greatest assistance to our communities by transforming the way our schools work,” Superintendent Andy Gardner said. “This work will continue; we have more improvements to make.”

Nominator Elaina Turpin said the North Santiam School District has and continues to foster relationships with area businesses, non-profits and other schools.

Rising Star: Ryan Hendricks’ Finishing Touch Auto Detailing is growing

February 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Rising Star: Ryan Hendricks’ Finishing Touch Auto Detailing is growing
Ryan Hendricks, owner of Finishing Touch Auto Detailing

Ryan Hendricks, owner of Finishing Touch Auto Detailing

By Mary Owen

Stayton resident Ryan Hendricks, owner of Finishing Touch Auto Detailing, earns the Rising Star title for 2016 from the Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce.

Hendricks started his business as a part-time mobile detailer, handling a few jobs a week. After a few years, Finishing Touch grew into a two-bay shop with two employees.

“The location was great and I got busy almost instantly,” Hendricks said. “Now I have four full-time employees during the summertime. My business is built around providing the best quality service possible.”

First Impressions: Moxieberry, The Grove enhanced downtown Stayton

February 2017 Posted in Other | Comments Off on First Impressions: Moxieberry, The Grove enhanced downtown Stayton

By Mary Owen

The staff at Moxieberry welcome customers to the Third Avenue café, where “encouragement” is always on the menu.

The staff at Moxieberry welcome customers to the Third Avenue café, where “encouragement” is always on the menu.

Moxieberry takes the Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 First Impressions award.

The Stayton eatery and impetus behind The Grove retail mall was credited with matching the historic aesthetic of Third Avenue while enhancing the walkability of downtown.

“I enjoyed the ambiance,” said nominator Donna Dugan of her recent trip to the café, which provides customers with a nice outdoor patio beside the waterway.

“There is plenty of open space, sunny and bright. Made me feel welcome right off the bat!”

Future First Citizens: Work ethic, drive for excellence, helpfulness praised

February 2017 Posted in Community, Other, People, School | Comments Off on Future First Citizens: Work ethic, drive for excellence, helpfulness praised

By Mary Owen

Two high school students with an appreciation for their families, schools and communities are eager to continue volunteering after high school when they attend college. For all they have done to help others, Stayton High School senior Kalie Harper and Regis High School senior Aidan Tabor were  chosen as the 2016 Future First Citizens by the Stayton Rotary Club.

HarperKalie Harper, Stayton High School

Stayton High School senior Kalie Harper is a dynamo when it comes to student involvement and life in general.

Wiz of the West: Lourdes School welcomes Missoula Children’s Theatre

February 2017 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Wiz of the West: Lourdes School welcomes Missoula Children’s Theatre

By Mary Owen

There’s no place like home – on the range! That’s the message Lourdes School wants to convey in its upcoming Missoula Children’s Theatre production, The Wiz of the West.

The musical production will be performed at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24 and 3 p.m. on Feb. 25 at the Lourdes School gym at 39029 Jordan Road, Scio.

All students audition for their part and then will spend Tuesday to Friday practicing with two artists from Missoula Children’s Theatre to produce the hour-long musical, Lourdes spokeswoman Linda Duman said.