Introducing: Housing construction, future opportunities point to growth

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The spike in construction isn’t just limited to Stayton. On Development reports on other local projects next month. Tim Beagle

By Peggy Savage

It looks like Stayton could be growing by leaps and bounds in the near future.

City Planning Director Dan Fleishman said Stayton may see nearly 100 homes built at two Shaff Road developments near the middle school within the year. About 48 homes, including two duplexes, are going up in Wildlife Meadows, a development built by Roger Roberts. And west of the school, Hayden Homes has approval for 51 family lots on 13 acres.

Staying focused: Downtown Stayton group revamps name, keeps priorities

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Bye-bye Friends of Old Town Stayton and hello  – different name, same focus.

“There are those that liked the reference to Old Town,” said Steve Poisson, vice-president or the organization, “but the merchants wanted a clearer, more modern title that expressed our goals. Since we are there to improve the economic vitality of the downtown area, we made the change.”

Program coordinator Isaac Kort-Meade assures RDS’s primary goal remains making downtown a better place, one that brings shoppers, visitors and businesses to the Stayton area.

Firewise: Detroit hosts wildfire safety day

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By Mary Owen

The city of Detroit is working to retain its Firewise status this month.

“Last year, the cities of Detroit and Idanha became the first Firewise communities in Marion County,” said Andrea Martinez, a firefighter with the Idanha-Detroit Rural Fire District. “To maintain Firewise Community status, the cities have to do another annual project.”

Martinez said the city of Idanha has not yet planned the event to renew its status, but Detroit is on round two of its Firewise recognition.

The city of Detroit will host a Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on at the old Detroit Elementary School.

Collaboration: Third Service Integration Team forms for Cascade district

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By Mary Owen

A third Santiam Service Integration team, Cascade SIT, is now a reality.

The opening meeting will be May 15, 9 – 10:30 a.m. at Turner Christian Church, 7871 Marion Road SE. Future meetings will be on the third Tuesday of the month, same time and place.

“The intention from the beginning was for Santiam Service Integration to operate three teams in the Santiam region,” said Melissa Baurer, Santiam Hospital’s SIT coordinator. “Cascade is naturally the next team as it falls within Santiam Hospital’s service area.”

104!Brookdale centenarian looks back on a healthy, loving life

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By Mary Owen

Happy birthday, Myrtle Ruth Carter!IMG_1828 The Stayton resident celebrated 104
years of life on April 14 with family and friends.

“My granddaughter, Christie Beitel, put on a luncheon here at the Coca-Cola room,” said Carter, who lived in her own apartment in Sweet Home before moving to Brookdale in Stayton last August. “My daughter, Eileen, came and my friend, Judy. Christie’s family and the grandchildren came, too. We had a nice lunch – and cake! I got lots of flowers and cards.”

Honor roll: North Santiam Chamber of Commerce celebrates award winners

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By Mary Owen

North Santiam Chamber of Commerce recognized the winners of the 2018 Santiam Awards on April 25 at a celebration at Santiam High School in Mill City.

CITIZEN of the YEAR

Anita Leach was named Citizen of the Year. Dubbed one of the area’s superstars, she received multiple nominations.

“Leach is appreciated by many local non-profit groups for her cheerful willingness to always lend a hand to a good cause,” said Michelle Gates, speaking for NSCC.

A safe place: Teen center approved for site near Stayton Middle School

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Pastor Shawn Hazel, New Growth Ministry, at teen center

Pastor Shawn Hazel

By Peggy Savage

Stayton will soon have a safe place for teens to go after school. A place where they can do homework, get a meal and have fun in a well-supervised environment. The Santiam Teen Center, to be operated by New Growth Ministries, a Stayton non-profit, is located near the middle school. It will open once renovations are completed.

At its April 2 meeting the Stayton City Council reviewed a three-year lease agreement on the building between the city and New Growth Ministries. It was unanimously approved in a 5-0 vote.

Healing, haircuts, style: Expressions crew offers array of services

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The team at Expressions Salon and Gifts

By Mary Owen

Expressions Salon and Gifts is growing by a barber, a second nail technician that also micro-blades eyebrows, and new space for more massage therapy options.

“There was an addition to the back for a larger massage room that allows for more spa-like massage offerings,” said Pam Melby, a masseuse at the salon, located at 811 Main St., Lyons. “I offer hot stone, wraps, scrubs, cupping, Bowen therapy, Myofascial Release therapy, as well as Swedish, deep tissue and pregnancy massage.”

Many ways to serve: New team at Weddle’s brings experience, ideas

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Natasha Tjaarda, Ryan Steele and their Boston Terriers Abigirl, Boston and Boogie. Submitted photo

By Mary Owen

Some 50 veterans got a helping hand from a less usual source recently when Weddle Funeral Service hosted a Veterans Information Seminar last month.

“As a combat veteran and someone who has worked for the Veterans Administration, I had access to many different entities to receive healthcare and benefits,” said Ryan Steele, who now runs Weddle with his fiancée, Natasha Tjaarda. “However, what I have realized is many veterans do not know where to start or what resources they are entitled to. In addition, to get that information people have to travel far or wait on the phone for long periods of time. It’s important for me to ensure that our Santiam veterans have these resources by bringing the sources to them.”

Sterling career: Crawford moves to law-enforcement after OSU wrestling

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James DayFormer Cascade High three-sport standout Cody Crawford won 89 wrestling matches at Oregon State University and scored points on three Pac-12 Conference championship squads.

The four-time district champion and three-time state high school winner under coach Jason Lovell at Cascade won one Pac-12 title, also took a second and a third in the Pac-12 and wrestled three times in the NCAA tournament.

Yet when interviewed at the end of his five years at OSU he told Our Town that his first goal always was “to get my degree.”