Hoppin’ ‘n’ poppin’: There’ll be 25 tons of corn at Aumsville’s festival

August 2016 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Hoppin’ ‘n’ poppin’: There’ll be 25 tons of corn at Aumsville’s festival

aumsvillefestBy Mary Owen

Coach Steve Turner is this year’s Grand Marshal for the 48th annual Aumsville Corn Festival parade, which leads off an entire day of festivities on Aug. 27 at Porter-Boone Park.

“The football team will march behind Turner and his wife, Mary,” said Sonny Newson, president of the Corn Festival Board. “He retired after the 2015 school year, and the 2015 4A State Championship.”

Pulling it together: Longtime volunteer loves festival’s growth, changes

August 2016 Posted in People | Comments Off on Pulling it together: Longtime volunteer loves festival’s growth, changes
Fran Huffman

Fran Huffman

By Mary Owen

Fran Huffman is the indispensable Aumsville Corn Festival volunteer.

“A family member was involved in the festival and asked if I would like to help out, so my mother and I began doing so, and have continued for 27 years now,” said Huffman, who also is also on the Festival Board and volunteers for the Aumsville community and the Aumsville and Salem police departments.

Huffman first worked at the Agripac Company in Salem for eight years, while attending high school and college. She then worked for the Internal Revenue Department, was a teacher/child development director for the Salem YMCA for 20 years, and worked for the Salem Housing Authority until budget cuts axed her position after 10 years.

Managing emotions: Book gives parents, children new tools

August 2016 Posted in People | Comments Off on Managing emotions: Book gives parents, children new tools
Sharing Peanut’s feelings
Author Jenifer Trivelli
reads from Peanut and
the BIG Feelings
Stayton Public Library
515 N First Ave.
Tuesday, Aug. 2, 11 a.m.
Free

By Mary Owen

A Salem counselor who has worked with youngsters with “big feelings” for about a decade has turned her experiences into an educational children’s book.

Jenifer Trivelli is a social-emotional educator and parenting coach for her company, Wisemind Educational Services.

“In the last few years, I started noticing that I would go through a similar sequence with the majority of my clients, not only the kiddos but the adults, too,” Trivelli said.

New turf: SHS field gets a makeover

August 2016 Posted in School, Sports & Recreation | Comments Off on New turf: SHS field gets a makeover

James DayBy James Day

Stayton High
is about to become the second school in the Oregon West Conference with an artificial turf surface on its football field.

Eagles Athletic Director Darren Shryock told Our Town “we hope have it all done by mid-August in time for teams to practice for the fall, but it is a large project so we will see.”

According to Shryock, Newport is the only other Oregon West school with turf.

National Night Out: Neighborly gatherings building unity with police

August 2016 Posted in Community | Comments Off on National Night Out: Neighborly gatherings building unity with police

By Mary Owen

Stayton, Sublimity and Aumsville are all planning  activities for National Night Out Aug. 2.

Block parties hosted by the Stayton Police Department.

“We host it each year at the four parks and always have a great time cooking and talking with citizens,” said Sgt. Danielle Wetzel with the Stayton PD.

“We as a department feel this is a great opportunity to build unity with your neighbors and local law enforcement.”

Police Chief Rich Sebens and other officers believe it is everyone’s responsibility to take ownership in the community they live in, which can be accomplished by getting to know neighbors and reporting suspicious activity.

A Grin at the End: Home improvement pointers

August 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: Home improvement pointers

carl-sampsonBy Carl Sampson

It’s been my long-held opinion that there is no need for capital punishment as long as there are home improvement projects to be done.

Instead of spending eternity on death row, the worst offenders should be sentenced to fixing things around the house or building a fence or painting a bedroom. Nothing is as punishing as standing there looking at a crooked wall or a newly installed light fixture that doesn’t work. In my past, such jobs represented punishment beyond words. The mere thought of a trip to the hardware store or to buy lumber and gizmos for a home project was enough to make me swear off all of my sins, at least for a little while.

Keys to destruction: A choice between fears and facts

June 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Keys to destruction: A choice between fears and facts

carl-sampsonBy Carl Sampson

If I wanted to destroy a nation, I wouldn’t use an army, airstrikes or missiles. I would use lines. I would draw lines between people and constantly remind them how different they are from one another.

I would remind poor people how rich other people are. I would remind Americans of African, Hispanic, Asian and European descent how different they are from each other.

I would remind religious groups how different they are, from one another and from non-believers. I would remind city folks how different they are from rural folks, and vice versa. I would reminder Southerners how different they are from Northerners, Easterners how different they are from Westerners.

Bulls, broncs, benefits: Stampede ups the ante on entertainment

July 2016 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Bulls, broncs, benefits: Stampede ups the ante on entertainment
Bull riding is one of the fan favorites at the Santiam Canyon Stampede. Photo by Gary Dayton

Bull riding is one of the fan favorites at the Santiam Canyon Stampede. Photo by Gary Dayton

By Mary Owen

The Santiam Canyon Stampede is more than a great professional rodeo.

For two decades, the Stampede has been a way to benefit the community.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, this year’s Stampede is July 22-23 at the Sublimity Harvest Festival grounds.

“As we look back, it’s hard to believe that it has been two decades of donating back to the community, creating change and betterment for all – volunteering, family entertainment, working with kids, lots of growth and change, and let’s not forget, professional rodeo competition,” Stampede spokeswoman Corky Justis said.

Walking for a cure: Teams raise money to fight against cancer

July 2016 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Walking for a cure: Teams raise money to fight against cancer
Stayton Relay for Life
Regis High School track
550 W. Regis St., Stayton
Opening Friday, July 8, 6 p.m.
Closes Saturday, July 9, 9 a.m.
Community members are invited to
form walking relay teams or join one.
To sponsor or volunteer at the event,
Lynlee Young, lynlee.young@cancer.org
or 541-434-3115

Information on activities:
relayforlife.org/staytonor

By Mary Owen

Ask anyone who has participated in a Relay for Life event and they will share why they walk around, around and around a track or field even if their feet hurt or they have blisters.

Fireworks, fun, family: Independence Day offers activities for all ages

July 2016 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Fireworks, fun, family: Independence Day offers activities for all ages
Stayton Parade

Stayton Parade

By Mary Owen

Throughout the Santiam Canyon, opportunities abound to celebrate our nation’s birthday.

Stayton

In Stayton, Suzi Kilby is the parade co-chair for Stayon’s Fourth of July events called “an old-fashioned celebration.” She said the big news in Stayton is the fireworks and evening’s events will be again at the high school practice field.

With the help of many new community volunteers, Kilby said this year’s celebration will be bigger than ever, with the return of the kids’ games and two bounce houses provided by Electronic Payments of Oregon and manned by the Stayton High School cheerleaders. The games run 5:30 p.m. to dark.