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.

London bound: Stayton High choir receives invitation to sing

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Catherine Longworth, the former Lord Mayor of Westminster went to Stayton High School Sept. 25 to extend aninvitation for the choir to attend London’s New Year’s Eve Parade and Festival.  Photo by Jim Kinghorn.

Catherine Longworth, the former Lord Mayor of Westminster went to Stayton High School Sept. 25 to extend aninvitation for the choir to attend London’s New Year’s Eve Parade in 2016. Photo by Jim Kinghorn.

By Mary Owen

Stayton High choir students received their official invitation to participate in the London International Choral Festival in 2016.

“The London trip is centered around the London New Year’s Eve Parade and the festival,” said Diane Allen-Jackson, choir director for the Chanticlairs, Choristers and Concert Choir. “It takes place in the city of London every year from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. High school bands, orchestras and choirs are chosen from all over the world to participate in the parade and festival. It’s a great honor to be chosen.”

Travel tales: A wedding, lots of visits, a school tour pack pair’s Korea, Japan trip

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Former Regis exchange student Annie Song was a tour guide for Rich Tabor and Mike Bauer (not pictured) in Seoul, South Korea.

Former Regis exchange student Annie Song was a tour guide for Rich Tabor and Mike Bauer (not pictured) in Seoul, South Korea.

By Mary Owen

A trip to Korea and Japan in August reunited a counselor and a teacher with former area residents, including a Regis foreign exchange student.

“Annie Song acted as our tour guide for Seoul,” said counselor Mike Bauer, who traveled with math and Spanish teacher, Rich Tabor. “Annie was a bright spot while at Regis last year, having started a club called Global Regis for facilitating cultural sharing at our school. And she certainly was a bright spot on our trip, sharing her country with us.”

Changes with the times: St. Mary School starts 85th year

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By Mary Owen

In September, St. Mary Catholic School started its 85th year of providing education to students in the greater Stayton area.

“This is an important year to look back, reflect and appreciate the great strides this school community has made,” said Rick Schindler, who enters his 10th year as St. Mary’s principal. “This community is very supportive of Catholic education here and greatly appreciates having the school.”

Fall fashion: Hospital auxiliary takes to the runway for an entertainin evening

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By Mary Owen

Models will grace the runway with fashions from Chico’s of Salem at the Santiam Hospital Auxiliary’s upcoming fashion show.

“This is our second fashion show,” said Margie Forrest, spokesperson for the auxiliary. “Last year’s was held at the Knights of Columbus Hall and was filled to capacity. This is a new venue for us, and hopefully will solve some of the problems we had with people being able to see and hear about all the models.”

Life stories: Insights into the human condition

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ACT actors depict the depths of each character’s story

ACT actors depict the depths of each character’s story

By Mary Owen

Director Loriann Schmidt calls Spoon River Anthology a play about the human condition that stimulates both brains and hearts of viewers in a way few other plays do.

“We see ourselves in these characters – our fears, our foibles, our triumphs and our tears,” Schmidt said of Aumsville Community Theatre’s October production. “The wide breadth of characters allows us to find parts of each of them in ourselves, and because of that, we find ourselves drawn to their stories, their feelings. By telling these stories in a serial, monologue-based format, we get to see each character as they see themselves, in their purest form.”

A familiar face: Stayton’s Erin Holm joins veterans in cross country mix

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James DayBy James Day

The cross country story this season is a mix of the old and the new. Veteran coaches Dan Petersen (Cascade) and Mike Bauer (Regis) have been joined by Erin Holm at Stayton.

Holm, a 1989 Stayton High graduate, was a hurdler at Chemeketa Community College and the University of Oregon and also ran for Nike before moving on to a coaching career. Most recently he was track and field and cross country coach at North Marion High in Aurora.

A Grin at the End: Truisms for the political season truism

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By Carl Sampson
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It’s political season. We have gubernatorial groupies to the right of us, senatorial sycophants to the left of us, mayoral wannabes in front of us and city council candidates behind us.

Don’t expect me to endorse one or the other. I subscribe to the political truism that no candidate is either as good as his supporters advocate or as bad as his opponents say.

Politics is a whole different process. When most people discuss something, they sit down and listen to each other. Then they come up with a game plan that often involves compromise.

Ready for a new year: North Santiam Schools prepare for Sept. 2

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By Mary Owen

Students return to school Sept. 2  to upgrades at several North Santiam School District schools.

“We are on track to begin moving supplies and equipment back into the rooms that have been disrupted,” said Superintendent Andy Gardner. “We are projected to be on time.”

The work began in June on projects slated for improvements in the almost $23 million construction bond passed by voters last November. NSSD schools had not had any significant improvements in about 30 years.

Orchestrating a beginning: Cascade Strings Academy opens

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Julie Preston plays the violin.

Julie Preston plays the violin.

By Mary Owen

Julie Preston’s passion for orchestral music is catching fire with students at Willamette Valley Baptist School in Aumsville.

“I decided to start Cascade Strings Academy because I realized that in both the Cascade School District and also the North Santiam School District, there are not any string programs,” said Preston, who is the band/orchestra teacher at Willamette Valley Baptist, where she attended from sixth to 12th grade. “There are bands, but no string orchestras. Because of this, I saw an opportunity to start a strings program in Aumsville.”