Major, Spike, Oliver and Quincy are chomping at the bit to meet you. Along with their owners Tim and Betty Bielenberg, these majestic draft horses will be decked out in their holiday finery at Sublimity’s Sixth Annual Christmas in the Country Light Parade. Tim and Betty have been involved in the parade since it began. Rides range from 30 to 45 minutes long, with different routes taken through town. The couple own seven carriages and wagons. Kicking off on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m., the parade will start on E. Main Street at the Sublimity Middle School. Then it will travel South on Pine, West on Church, North on Center to Starr. It will conclude at D&W Automotive. Following the parade, all are invited to come to Early Settlers Park, between Sublimity City Hall and Sublimity Fire Station, for caroling and watch as Santa and his friends light the City Christmas tree. Afterwards, Santa will give out candy canes inside of the fire station.
When emotions get high, give them pie!
Deputy Tom Barber played Simple Simon during the Thanksgiving holiday by handing surprised motorists a fruit pie instead of a traffic ticket. Barber, who covers the city of Sublimity for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, came up with the idea as a creative way to change driving behavior without all the tension associated with receiving a citation.
“Often when people get stopped by the police they have a combination of nerves,” Barber said. “Some get anxious, scared or upset that they will have to pay a large fine that they just can’t afford. Some think that now their insurance will go up while others may think that it’s embarrassing. Often people have a combination of everything!”
Regis seniors Katherine Bentz and Marie Heuberger were selected in October to participate in a Salem Art Association program to work with professional artists and peers from the Salem Keizer School District. Students from the greater Salem area were invited to submit their work to the Salem Art Association for one of 13 spots in the High School Art Mentorship Program.
During the coming year, Bentz and Heuberger will have at least 10 hours of one-on-one mentoring from professional artists. Additionally, they will attend art meetings and conferences to exchange critiques of their peers’ work and develop connections in the Salem art community.
By Mary Owen
Newly elected student body officers are proud to serve on the first-ever virtual school government at Oregon Connections Academy.
“Being part of a student government give students an opportunity for them to be a voice, or representative, of their constituency, in this case their grade level,” said Tristan Irvin, ORCA’s student government advisor.
Irvin recently put what she teaches into action by running for but not elected to a seat on the Tigard City Council. She also teaches seventh grade at the Mill City-based virtual public charter school for students in grades K-12.
By Mary Owen
College-bound students and community members interested in learning about changes to financing opportunities are welcome to attend Regis High School ASPIRE’s upcoming Community Financial Literacy night.
“Several changes have occurred in the area of post-secondary financing that speeded up the process of applying for financial aid and scholarships,” said Mike Bauer, RHS counselor and Aspire mentor. “Chief among these changes is an earlier submission date of Oct. 1 instead of Jan. 1 for the FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid.”
Also, Bauer said the Oregon Promise program will be explored at the meeting. The program guarantees free tuition to community colleges in the state.
Sing a rousing carol, catch a Christmas movie, build a gingerbread house, visit Santa … a long list of festivities will spread lots of holiday cheer around the Santiam Canyon throughout this month.
Santa Comes to Stayton, Sublimity on Dec. 3
Santa is coming to town! Breakfast with Santa Dec. 3, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Stayton Fire Station. Adults meals are $6, kids 12 and under and seniors 63 and older, $4. The Stayton Firefighters 26th annual Toys for Joy Cruise-In starts at 8 a.m. Entry fee is a new unwrapped toy.
By Mary Owen
Jennifer Brewer is a wife, mother of two, and a doctor new this year at Santiam Hospital.
“I have some friends that work in different departments of the hospital and clinics,” said Brewer, an OB/GYN physician who came on board in April after practicing in Phoenix, Ariz., for almost six years. “They recommended that I look into practicing at Santiam. Fortunately, the hospital was looking to expand the obstetric and women’s health services at the same time that I was looking for employment.”
The top-ranked Rams (11-2) won their eighth state football title and their first since 1987 with the win in the Class 2A matchup. The victory was Regis’ ninth in a row after a 2-2 start, which included a 20-14 loss at Stanfield on Sept. 23. The Tigers, ranked No. 2, also finished 11-2.
The Eagles, who won their first district title Oct. 29 at the Oregon West Conference championships, were led by Casey Pugh, who finished 10th overall in 16:53. Also scoring were Matthew Frazeur (26th, 17:22), Troy Saari (35th, 17:31), Brody Johnson (60th, 18:20) and Ben Kirby (69th, 18:26). Also participating for Stayton were Dylan Cudd (78th, 18:34) and Isaac Nieto (86th, 18:46).
Pugh, Frazeur and Saari finished second, third and fifth to lead the charge at district.