Recycling rewarded: Judy Skinner honored for years of community work

January 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Recycling rewarded: Judy Skinner honored for years of community work

 

Judy Skinner, known for her recycling efforts, is the Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce 2016 Distinguished Service Award winner.

Judy Skinner, known for her recycling efforts, is the Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce 2016 Distinguished Service Award winner.

By Mary Owen

Judy Skinner has been recycling for as long as she can remember.

“I took the Marion County Master Recycler class in 2000,” Skinner said. “The Master Recycler program requires 30 hours of payback teaching others. I decided that I wanted to do my payback in the Stayton area.”

For her “payback” to her community, Skinner has been named the Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce’s Distinguished Service Award for 2016.

Floating solutions: Two-phased project planned to address low lake levels

January 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Floating solutions: Two-phased project planned to address low lake levels

By Mary Owen

Proposed updates to Detroit Lake may save local marinas from having to close early when water levels are low.

“In 2015, the lake never filled high enough to cover the docks,” said Kevin Cameron, Marion County commissioner. “A lot of time and energy resources were spent on moving locations to accommodate boats and RVs.”

In 2016, the water rose again and actually floated the docks for a while, but lack of snowpack and rain caused water levels to drop again, Cameron said.

Everyone counts: Community action project needs numbers on homeless

January 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Everyone counts: Community action project needs numbers on homeless

By Mary Owen

The Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency’s ARCHES Project wants to advocate for the homeless or those at risk of being homeless in the Santiam Canyon.

“For that, we need a snapshot of what the homeless population looks like,” said Ken Houghton, with MWVCAA. “Once we know how many, we can advocate for services – alcohol and drug prevention, mental health providers, medical help and more – to return to the Canyon.”

MWVCAA will hold a 24-hour count beginning at midnight on Jan. 24 and ending at midnight on Jan. 25.

New direction: Schreiber leaves Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce

January 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on New direction: Schreiber leaves Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce
Kelly Schreiber

Kelly Schreiber

The Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce is saying good-bye President/CEO Kelly Schreiber. She has resigned to take a position with Work Source Oregon, the state’s public workforce system.

“Making the decision to leave my position with the Chamber is bittersweet,” Schreiber said.

“I’ve had the privilege of working with so many Chamber members over the years, and I am deeply grateful for those relationships. I have been fortunate for the past nine years to be involved in improving our local economic vitality and community livability. I will be taking those skills I’ve acquired with me to my new position as a Business Services Consultant with Work Source Oregon.”

College update: Farr brothers shine for Corban soccer

January 2017 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on College update: Farr brothers shine for Corban soccer

James DayCorban University turned in the best men’s soccer performance in school history this season with a ton of help from a pair of brothers from Cascade High. The Warriors finished with a  20-3 record, won the Cascade Collegiate Conference tournament and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NAIA nationals in Delray Beach, Florida, before falling to defending national champion Rio Grande. The Warriors finished the year ranked 12th in NAIA.

Jordan Farr, a junior goalkeeper had a 19-3 record in goal for Corban with 101 saves and 10 individual shutouts – he shared an 11th clean sheet with backup keeper Jordan Salim.

The team that would not be denied: Regis takes state 2A football title

January 2017 Posted in School, Sports & Recreation | Comments Off on The team that would not be denied: Regis takes state 2A football title

By James Dayregis-fb-16-2

Four games into the season the Regis High football team was 2-2. That was the bad news.

The good news was that the Rams were being tested by excellent competition, with the losses to Class 3A power Dayton and 2A challenger Stanfield. In both losses Regis was just yards away from victory.

“I think the guys were really upset about the first loss to Stanfield,” Rams Coach Kyle McGrath said. “They knew they could play better, but they needed to get better in their preparation and practice habits. That’s what we preach here, have a ‘growth mind-set’ instead of a ‘fixed mind-set.’ “

Trump’s turn: How the new president and Congress can fix health care

January 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Other | Comments Off on Trump’s turn: How the new president and Congress can fix health care

carl-sampsonA few years ago, I invented a new health care system that would be far superior to Obamacare, Medicare and all the other forms of care we taxpayers are now forced to finance. With Donald Trump’s election as the next president, I naively decided to send a synopsis of Carlcare to several members of Congress and others in an attempt start a conversation about how best to care for the health of 319 million Americans.

The response: crickets. Not one person wrote back saying, “Thanks,” or “You’re crazy.”

Getting their kicks: Horse and carriage hobby proves popular service

December 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Getting their kicks: Horse and carriage hobby proves popular service

plowingBy Nancy Jennings

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.

Sweet Lesson: Deputy serves up pie instead of citations

December 2016 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Sweet Lesson: Deputy serves up pie instead of citations

deputy-w-pieBy Mary Owen

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!”

Art Mentors: Two selected for Salem internships

December 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Art Mentors: Two selected for Salem internships

31033488426_f7b180d080_k 31069249515_ffe66ab927_kRegis 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.