On the front line: Local doctor treats Ebola patients in Liberia

January 2015 Posted in Community | Comments Off
Dr. Debbie Eisenhut shown here instructing  Liberian hospital staff on how to correctly wear protective gear.

Dr. Debbie Eisenhut shown here instructing Liberian hospital staff on how to correctly wear protective gear.

By Mary Owen

Sharing the gospel goes hand-in-hand with Dr. Debbie Eisenhut’s medical skills.

Instrumental in working to solve Liberia’s Ebola outbreak, the local surgeon had no idea how important both would be when she went to work last year at ELWA (Eternal Love Winning Africa) Hospital in the capital city of Monrovia. Eisenhut is a medical missionary with SIM, an organization that has more than 1,600 missionaries in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Off to camp: Upward Bound’s new camp at former Gates school opens in March

January 2015 Posted in Community | Comments Off
Upward Bound will put the former Gates Elementary School to new uses when it opens Gates Camp-US

Upward Bound will put the former Gates Elementary School to new uses when it opens Gates Camp-US

By Mary Owen

Upward Bound Camp’s Camp-US is opening soon!

UBC’s recent purchase and renovation of Gates Elementary School will extend services two-fold for people with developmental disabilities.

Upward Bound Camp is a private, not-for-profit, camp accredited by the American Camp Association. UBC is approved by the Oregon Department of Human Services to serve persons with developmental disabilities of nearly all ages.

Volleyball and more: New club offers girls life and athletic skills

January 2015 Posted in School, Sports & Recreation | Comments Off
Santiam Canyon Volleyball Club

Santiam Canyon Volleyball Club

By Mary Owen

Sublimity resident Lori Ramsay serves a winning combination – love of volleyball and love of coaching.

The director of the new Santiam Canyon Volleyball Club, Ramsay and her husband, Korey, were both college athletes, and both work for the Oregon Youth Authority.

“We are both 100 percent committed to encouraging and providing a pro-social atmosphere for our children and their classmates based on community engagement and social skill building,” Ramsay said. “I always knew at some point I would start this program. I just waited for the right time and the right group of parents and community partners to present themselves.”

Books for kids: Sella Bemrose’s love of books benefits NSSD students

January 2015 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off
Sella Bemrose

Sella Bemrose

By Mary Owen

Sella Bemrose passed on her love of books – literally – to hundreds of students in the area through First Book, a nonprofit organization that distributes new books in schools in the United States and Canada.

In September 2013, Bemrose, an instructional assistant at Stayton Elementary School for the past 22 years, signed up for First Book, which requires books to go to schools that are Title 1 or at least 70 percent low-income.

Community awards: Peter Whitney honored for Distinguished Service

January 2015 Posted in Community | Comments Off

By Mary Owen

The Stayton/Sublimity Chamber of Commerce Awards for 2014 have been announced.

“There were so many worth nominations, it was difficult for the selection committee to choose,” said Kelly Schreiber, executive director of the Stayton/Sublimity Chamber of Commerce. “Aren’t we luck to live in a community that has so many people and businesses dedicated to making (it) thrive!”

Peter Whitney earned the Distinguished Service Award. He was Rotary president for three terms and participates in Rotary fundraisers and club activities. He also has served on the SSCOC and Santiam Golf Club boards. Nominators called him “a selfless leader and volunteer.” Prior to retirement from Boldt, Carlisle & Smith, he represented businesses via sponsoring various activities. Whitney was nominated by the Stayton Area Rotary.

Sterling college career: Williams adds his name to WOU record book

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

James DayBy James Day

Former Cascade High athlete Tyrell Williams wound up a stellar college football career by imprinting his name all over the Western Oregon University record books. The 6-4, 200-pound wide receiver caught 56 passes for 950 yards and eight touchdowns for the Wolves, who finished 7-4. The yardage total is second all-time at WOU behind only the 988 turned in by Trevor Gates in 2011.

Williams finished his four-year career with 165 catches, toppling Brad Satran (161 grabs from 2000-03) from the top of the Wolves’ list. His yardage total of 2,792 is second to the 3,006 turned in by Chris Doran (1996-99) and his 24 touchdown grabs rank fourth all-time at WOU.

A Grin at the End: It’s going to be a great year

January 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off

By Carl Sampson

It’s a whole new year and I’m pumped. I know that this will be the best year ever!

It’s not that I have a crystal ball or that I have a winning Power Ball ticket.

It’s just that I know this year will be up to me. Luck or fate or whatever else influences the events that surround me will certainly have an impact on me and my family, but I will have the biggest impact of all.

How I react to everything is 100 percent up to me.

Every day miracles: Supportive community rescues abandoned dog

December 2014 Posted in Community | Comments Off

By Mary Owen

Canine Henry Travers has a slew of angels, not unlike his namesake.

“We named him Henry Travers after the actor who played Clarence, the angel in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’” said Sharon Murphy, founder and director for PAWS Animal Shelter in West Linn. “Recovery won’t be easy, but for Henry Travers, it will be heaven.”

The emaciated dog’s story began in November when a UPS driver stopped at the All Seasons Motel in Detroit Lake.

Patient advocate: Kathy Puckett of Stayton nationally recognized

December 2014 Posted in People | Comments Off
Kathy Puckett received a national honor for her work as a medical assistant.

Kathy Puckett received a national honor for her work as a medical assistant.

By Mary Owen

In high school, Kathy Puckett traded becoming an accountant for medical assistant, a career that has brought her many accolades, including a recent national award.

In October, Puckett, a certified medical assistant from Stayton, was named Medical Assistant of the Year by the American Association of Medical Assistants.

“I was extremely shocked when I was told that I had received this award,” said Puckett, who works as a float MA at Willamette Health Partners Family Medicine in Keizer. “It was completely overwhelming. My friends continue to tell me I deserved this award, but it is still so unbelievable to me.

Nourishment: Moxieberry aims to serve up more than great food and coffee

December 2014 Posted in Business | Comments Off
Teri and Jon Mesa, owners of Moxieberry

Teri and Jon Mesa, owners of Moxieberry

By Mary Owen

A new Stayton establishment sells flowers, coffee and “encouragement” to local patrons.

“Moxieberry by our own definition means ‘the fruit of encouragement,’” said owner Teri Mesa. “Our goal is to bring encouragement to women through the products we offer and our atmosphere with our French-Mediterranean décor and uplifting music. Of course, we are finding that men love the atmosphere, too!”