Decision 2014: Four vie for three seats on Stayton city council

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Editor’s note: In this issue we profile the candidates on the Nov. 4 ballot for the City of Stayton. In the Nov. 1 edition we will feature the Sublimity and Lyons races. 

HANK PORTER is running unopposed for mayor.  He served as mayor in 1979-1985     and 2000-2001. He also served on Stayton City Council in 1974-1978, 1993-1997, and 2011-2014.

Candidates for the three Stayton City Council seats are Priscilla Glidewell and Mark Kronquist, Ralph Lewis and Joe Usselman.

Decision 2014: Mill City – Mayoral candidates outline their civic goals and areas of concern

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In Mill City, two candidates are in the race for mayor, and six candidates are vying for three city council seats. Our Town contacted all the candidates, asking them to respond to questions. Mayoral candidates are Tim Kirsch and Thorin Thacker. The city council candidates are Lisa Follis, Brandon Haraughty, Susann Heller, Penny Keen, Fred Smith and Elaina Turpin. Council candidate Keen’s response was not received by Our Town press time.

Tim Kirsch 

Tim Kirsch is a long-time Mill City resident who has served as mayor for 12 years. A father of four, he owns a small business with his wife, Theresa.

Decision 2014: Sublimity – Two run for mayor

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Joanie Wigginton and Raymond Heuberger are running to be the mayor of Sublimity. Jim Kingsbury is the only candidate for one of two open council seats.

Sublimity Mayor Gene Ditter, who is not seeking re-election, said key issues facing the city are how to bring in commercial business to the city, additional water rights, and funding for parks, police services, streets, sewer, water, storm water and personnel.

Ditter said candidates with good business sense and problem-solving and planning skills are what Sublimity needs to thrive.

Decision 2014: Lyons – Three candidates vie for two city council seats

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Lyon voters will cast their ballots for two city councilors in a three-way race. Mayor Dan Burroughs is running unopposed. Running for the two council seats are Lloyd Valentine, Stanley Franklin and Troy Donohue. The seat vacated by Councilor Gary Alkire is not up for election until 2016 and will be filled by appointment.

Stanley Franklin

Stanley Franklin, 54, is a loader operator/mechanic for Conifer Canyon Resources. Born and raised in Lyons, he has three daughters.

“My family has been in this town over a hundred years,” he said.

A view to the new: Young pros meetings offer experts, connections, advice

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A rapid fire exchange of cards and business introductions was one of the events at a Young Pros meeting at Trexler Farms in Stayton

A rapid fire exchange of cards and business introductions was one of the events at a Young Pros meeting at Trexler Farms in Stayton

By Mary Owen

The newest Santiam Canyon hashtag?


The group of under-40 professionals, from bank managers to race car drivers, nonprofit directors to local entrepreneurs, meet at 8-9:45 a.m. on the third Thursday of the month at Trexler Farms in Stayton.

China adventure: Chamber promotes 2015 group tour

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The Ming Tombs near Beijing. Photo by Stacy Palmer.

The Ming Tombs near Beijing. Photo by Stacy Palmer.

By Mary Owen

A tour of China slated for 2015 will broaden the horizons of participants as well as help raise funds for the Stayton Sublimity chamber of commerce.

“(It) will help us continue to promote businesses and assist visitors to our area,” said Kelly Schreiber, executive director of the chamber.

“People going on the trip can also fill out a business inquiry form that will match them up to a business in China that they’d be interested in visiting. I think gaining awareness of other cultures is always life enhancing.”

Test scores up: District prepares for new state test

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Common Core Explained
If you have questions about the
Common Core and the new standards,
you are invited to attend any of
the upcoming forums. All meetings
start at 7 p.m. and are open to all
parents and community members.

The meetings are:
Wednesday, Nov. 12
Stayton Middle School
1021 Shaff Rd. SE, Stayton

Wednesday, Dec. 3
Mari-Linn School,
641 5th St., Lyons

Thursday, Jan. 22
Stayton Elementary School
875 Third Ave., Stayton

Tuesday, Feb. 10
Sublimity School,
431 E Main St., Sublimity

Thursday, Feb. 26
Stayton High School
757 W Locust St., Stayton

Regis earns honors: ASPIRE programs wins two state awards

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By Mary Owen

Now in its eighth year, Regis ASPIRE earned top honors at this year’s fall conference, including the ASPIRE Substantiability Award and ASPIRE Volunteer of the Year.

Regis ASPIRE earned the substantiability Award as one of two programs in Oregon that served every student in the school, freshmen through seniors.

Additionally, Regis recognizes the need to plant seeds about the future by making presentations to seventh- and eighth-graders at St. Mary Grade School and other area schools.

Administered by the Oregon Student Access Commission, ASPIRE (Access to Student Assistance Programs In Reach of Everyone) helps middle and high school students access education and training beyond high school.

Conference champs: Cascade football takes second title in three years

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James DayBy James Day

The Cascade High football team has won its second Oregon West Conference title in three years. The Cougars took down North Marion 31-13 on Oct. 24 to finish the league season 5-0 under third-year Coach Steve Turner.

“Before the season started, we knew we had some talented young players in the junior and soph classes that matched up with a small but strong senior class,” Turner told Our Town. “We had some injuries early that allowed us to play guys to create great depth at all of our positions. We really are a true team.”

Be prepared: Training teaches residents to respond to emergencies

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By Mary Owen

A new layer of emergency help is in the works for Stayton and other area residents – a Community Emergency Response Team.

“The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations,” said Erik Anderson, community coordinator for Marion County Emergency Management. “Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an even when professional responders are not immediately able to help.”