The right start: Free clothes, supplies available to students

August 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on The right start: Free clothes, supplies available to students

Screen Shot 2017-07-27 at 12.11.09 PMBy Mary Owen

Sue Sweeney and Linda Smith call themselves “everyday people.”

“We just wanted to do something for the children in the Santiam Canyon,” Sweeney said.

The “something” is the School Kick Off 2017, a free event for all school-age children in the area who can use some help with school supplies, gently-used clothing, personal hygiene items and more.

“The idea started with the homeless count last January,” Sweeney said. “Here in Lyons we didn’t have very many children’s clothing to give away, and there is a great need for gently-used clothing.”

Safety first: Organizers make plans for eclipse visitors

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By Mary Owen

Agencies throughout Marion County are taking steps to keep people safe through the weekend of the Great American Eclipse.

“Our Focus with River Fusion 22 is on the positive economic impact for our local businesses and organizations that an influx of visitors will provide and the engaging experiences we are planning for visitors,” said Allison McKenzie, executive director of GROW-EDC.

“With such thorough plans for all kinds of contingencies from our public safety officials, I feel confident Screen Shot 2017-07-27 at 12.12.18 PMthat we can count on them to handle any major problems that may arise while we focus on the fun.”

Top tips: Entrepreneur’s advice

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Hendricks at work in his new shop (2)By Mary Owen

A local millennial entrepreneur offers a few good tips for running a business.

“Be patient,” advised Ryan Hendricks, owner of Finishing Touch Auto Detailing in Stayton. “Learning patience comes with time. Create a long-term vision and set short-term goals that will help you achieve that vision.”

Taking his own advice, Hendricks has grown his auto detailing business successfully, necessitating a move in April to a larger facility, two blocks southeast of his first shop. Moving into the 5,000-square-foot building at 101 N. Second St. allowed Hendricks and his crew to “speed up work and increase quality satisfaction.”

Row by Row: Quilters encouraged to discover new patterns, experiences

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A row of ants carrying picnic items is this year’s Row by Row Experience creation by Quilt ‘n Stitch owner Marty White.

Row by Row is an international “shop hop” that gives quilters an opportunity to travel to any participating brick-and-mortar quilt shop for a free pattern. Organizers claim it’s a “low-stress, fun way” for shop owners to welcome customers to their store.

White, who is busy getting ready for her own shop hop, shared the story of ladies who cashed in a plane ticket, rented a van, made their map, and started visiting participating stores on their way back to Florida.

A little corny: Aumsville’s August pops with festivals, sales, performances

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Aumsville Corn 002 - corn pileBy Mary Owen

Eat corn and win cash!

“Come and enjoy the fun and help us use up 25 tons of local corn from Lewis Farms” is the tag line for the 49th annual Aumsville Corn Festival on Aug. 19 at Porter-Boone Park.

Winners at the corn-eating contest at Aumsville’s Corn Festival in three age groups will win prizes. Groups are: 8-11 and 12-15 with cash prizes of $10, $20 and $30 and a plaque for first place, and 16 and older with cash prizes of $20, $40 and $80 and a large plaque for first place.

Sharon Frichtl: Sept. 2, 1937 – July 6, 2017

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Screen Shot 2017-07-28 at 1.36.15 PMSharon (Meyerhofer) Frichtl was born in the historic Brown House during its days as the Stayton Hospital to Hubert and Mary Meyerhofer on Sept. 2, 1937. She was the only daughter in a family that included three sons. She passed away suddenly in her Sublimity home July 6, 2017. She was 79.

During high school Sharon participated in drama, and her love of singing continued throughout her life. She graduated from St. Boniface in 1955.

Rising stars: Musical aspirations matched with inspiration

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By Mary Owen

You were born to shine!Risiing Star Studio 2 Keith and Kara Blocker

That’s what Keith and Kara Blocker believe. To realize a decade-long dream of helping people of all ages hone their musical talents, the Stayton couple opened Rising Star Studios at 220 E. Ida St. in August of 2014.

“Keith started singing at a very young age,” Kara Blocker said. “It was obvious he was born with a gift. Stayton Middle School’s Solveig Holmquist noticed, and brought him wonderful opportunities, including traveling with the Oregon Festivale Chorale to Europe to sing the counter-tenor solo in the Chitchester Psalms. He also sang in the choir at Stayton United Methodist Church for
10 years.”

Football debuts set: Stayton, Cascade meet Sept. 29

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James DayThe Stayton High football team will make its debut under new coach Randy Nyquist at home on Sept. 1 against Estacada. Cascade, which advanced to the Class 4A semifinals a year ago, opens on the road Sept. 1 at Marshfield in Coos Bay.

The two Oregon West Conference rivals meet Sept. 29 at Cascade.

Regis, meanwhile, begins defense of its Class 2A state title with a Sept. 1 home contest vs. Blanchet Catholic. The Rams close the regular season at Kennedy.

Teams in cross country, football, volleyball and soccer can begin conditioning drills Aug. 7. The first full practice date is Aug. 14, with first OSAA-sanctioned contests or jamborees starting Aug. 24.

The wonder of it all …

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carl-sampsonEvery once in a while, I am reminded of the fact that I’m not in charge. Neither are you.

I get up early most mornings, and what I often see blows my mind. The stars splashed across the sky, from horizon to horizon, spinning through space billions of miles away, commingled with the planets that share a star with us –
it all gives me a much-needed dose of humility.

Even the weather is uncontrollable. In a time when people chatter incessantly about controlling the climate I find it comforting that they cannot predict what the weather will be in 10 minutes, let alone tomorrow or 50 years from now.

Happy Tails: City agrees to speed up dog park for possible summer opening

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By Mary Owen

The Happy Tails Dog Park Committee requested the city move ahead immediately to complete the park in time for SummerFest and the Great American Eclipse.

“The final money is in, and it’s ready for design and implementation,” committee members Terri Mesa and Tami Burns told city councilors in their presentation with committee members at the May 15 council meeting.

The council’s reaction was to “get the design finished and get it out to bid.” Public Works Director Lance Ludwick said he would move “full speed ahead” once the funds were received.