The lure of spring: Disc golf part of parks’ many amenities

April 2014 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off
A disc golfer enjoying the sunshine at Pioneer Park in Stayton.

A disc golfer enjoying the sunshine at Pioneer Park in Stayton.

By Mary Owen

Information about Stayton’s eight city parks is now just a scan away for many cell phone users.

“If you have a smart phone with a barcode scanner, you can scan the code and it gives you detailed information on each park,” said Jennifer Russell, administrative assistant for the city of Stayton.

Russell said the Qwerty code idea came from the S+S Connection, a Ford Family leadership group that built the disc golf courses in Stayton and Sublimity.

End of an era: Ron Lierman’s retirement plan – six Saturdays and a Sunday

April 2014 Posted in Business, People | Comments Off
A member of the Lierman family has run the Farmers Insurance Agency in Stayton since 1960.  As of April 1, Ron Lierman retires and the agency changes hands.        Sharon Frichtl

A member of the Lierman family has run the Farmers Insurance Agency in Stayton since 1960. As of April 1, Ron Lierman retires and the agency changes hands. Sharon Frichtl

By Mary Owen

In the early 1980s, Ron Lierman traded a firefighting career to follow in his father’s footsteps.

“I was looking for a change of employment, and asked my dad if there was a possibility of becoming an agent for Farmers Insurance,” Lierman said. “My father, Wayne, started the first (Stayton) Farmers Insurance Agency in 1960 on Washington Street. He had asked me on more than one occasion if I would like to become an agent, and each time I had told him no. I think that when I finally asked him, he was taken back a bit, but, also glad that I had asked.”

Pulling together: Habitat for Humanity reorganizes local affiliate

April 2014 Posted in Community | Comments Off

<div><strong>Free Breakfast</strong>
Habitat for Humanity of the
Mid-Willamette Valley
Saturday, April 12, 9-10:30 a.m.
Regis High Multipurpose Room
503-364-6642</div>

By Mary Owen

In a move to streamline services, the local SLAMMS service area has consolidated with Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Willamette Valley.

“This way, affiliate staff can take over full control and development of unified committees and coordination of events, activities and future builds,” said Doug Doornink, community resources coordinator for SLAMMS (Stayton, Lyons, Aumsville, Mill City, Mehama and Sublimity).

Doornink resigned his position recently to allow the transition of the service area into the parent group.

Free or fee?: Lyons Library looks at options

April 2014 Posted in Other | Comments Off

By Mary Owen

Lyons residents may see changes at their local library in the next six months.

“We’re looking for different ways for additional funding,” librarian Brenda Harris said. “We had to cut back hours almost two years ago. It would be nice to get some of those hours back. With the hours cut, we’ve been more hard-pressed to meet patrons’ needs.”

With cities facing increased needs and costs, shrinking budgets and no increase in revenues, Harris’ revelation is not surprising. Residents can weigh in on what steps to take by filling in a short survey to be returned by May 1.

Out for a run: Dog lovers and their pals hit the streets

April 2014 Posted in Community | Comments Off

By Mary Owen

Stayton K9 benefit run
5K or 9K run for people
and their dogs Saturday,
April 5, 11 a.m.
Fee: $20, benefits Stayton PD K9 unit
Where to Start Fitness: 503-767-4094

Dogs and their owners will be taking to neighborhood streets for the K9 Run, a partnership between the Stayton Police Department and Where to Start Fitness.

“This fundraiser is designed to have members of the community come run or walk with their well-behaved dog in a 5K or 9K course,” said Sgt. Charlie Button of the Stayton Police Department. “In addition to the K9 Run, the department is planning SummerFest events where Paul and Brodie will be on display detecting narcotics. The popular ‘Dunk-a-Cop’ will be back to raise additional funds for the K9 program.”

State champs: Stayton Dance, Regis girls repeat

April 2014 Posted in School, Sports & Recreation | Comments Off

James DayBy James Day

The Stayton High dance and drill team and the Regis High girls basketball team just keep gobbling up state championships. The Highlights made it an otherworldly 12 in a row March 22 in dance and drill, while the Rams took home their fifth consecutive title March 8.

Stayton dance and drill: The Highlights totaled 91.31 points March 22 in the Class 4A-1A competition at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, well ahead of runner-up Valley Catholic (84.47) and third-place Gladstone (84.25). It was the highest point total the Stayton squad has achieved at state, and the excellent showing came amid a new framework for the OSAA competition.

A Grin at the End: The educating of Oregonians

April 2014 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Other | Comments Off

carl-sampsonBy Carl Sampson

I knew it would happen sooner or later. I call it the Oregon gas problem.

It started with a phone call from our son in California.

“Do you know how to pump gas?” John asked. He had borrowed a friend’s car and was trying to put some gas in it.

“Well, I’ll walk you through it,” I said, my fatherly instincts kicking in. “Put the nozzle thingy into the whatchahoozer in the side of the car. Got it?”

“Yep,” the reply came back.

The ER doc: Dr. Steve Vets returns to Santiam to help ‘anyone, anything, anytime’

March 2014 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off
Santiam Hospital ER Dr. Steve Vets talks with EMT Tina Greiner.

Santiam Hospital ER Dr. Steve Vets talks with EMT Tina Greiner.

By Mary Owen

One of Santiam Hospital’s newest doctors has a heart for medicine that goes back to his high school days.

“I was immersed in healthcare early on and always was intrigued,” said Dr. Steve Vets, who started his career as an emergency medical technician while in high school. “It is a very complex and interesting world.”

His first step into the medical field led to more: orderly, emergency room technician, nurse and finally, doctor.

Swimming in spaghetti: Friends of the Stayton Pool

March 2014 Posted in Community | Comments Off

By Mary Owen

The ultimate pool party is coming up!

Friends of the Stayton Pool will put its passion for helping the community and the pool to work by hosting its third annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser on Saturday, March 15. The event takes place at 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church. Cost is $8 ($7 pre-sale) for adults and $4 for children 6-12. Tickets can be purchased at the Stayton Family Memorial Pool.

“Dinner includes homemade spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, hot and cold beverages, and dessert,” said Mary Wallace, spokeswoman. “There will also be an opportunity to purchase PartyLite candles as an additional fundraiser.”

The looming skills gap: Leaders invited to strategic presentation

March 2014 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off

By Mary Owen

A shrinking workforce in number of people and skills has left some companies scrambling for experienced employees.

How can they bridge this growing gap?

Nick Harville is the Retention and Expansion manager at SEDCOR (Strategic Economic Development Corporation) based in Salem.

He will present information related to the skills gap at a free informational meeting March 4, 8 a.m. at Freres Auditorium, Santiam Hospital.