Learning by design: Architecture program inspires St. Mary’s students

May 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, School | Comments Off on Learning by design: Architecture program inspires St. Mary’s students

architectureBy Mary Owen

St. Mary Elementary School fourth-graders get to show off their architectural skills by participating in the Architecture Foundation of Oregon’s Architects in Schools program.

The statewide six-week residency program for elementary schools is AFO’s longest-running, signature program, in which practicing architects and other design professionals volunteer to partner with classroom teachers.

“Our design professional is Dhee-Ghee Fereshth Palmer of Independence,” said Sarah Woodley, who teaches fourth grade at the Catholic school in Stayton. “Her background is in interior design, but she has previously partnered with other architects in the program.”

A new ‘Pathway’: Land donation leads to Stayton High home building classes

May 2016 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on A new ‘Pathway’: Land donation leads to Stayton High home building classes

By Mary Owen

A residential lot donation has inspired a new Stayton High School Pathway: building homes.

Long-time Stayton resident Bill Martinak and his family, operating jointly as JCNW, LLC, donated a property on West Washington Street in Stayton for SHS students to work alongside professional contractors in building a residential home starting in September. The donation resulted in a new SHS pathway that has SHS Principal Alan Kirby excited.

Canyon Collaborative: Working together to serve community members

May 2016 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Canyon Collaborative: Working together to serve community members

By Mary Owen

Local non-profits and agencies are working together through the Canyon Collaborative to better provide for the people they serve.

“Our goal is local non-profits and agencies empower those they serve to make choices that help themselves to identify and create goals toward self-sufficiency,” said Lisa Graber of Friends of the Family.

The Canyon Collaborative includes 25 active non-profits and businesses from Aumsville to Mill City. A leaders meeting is Wednesday, May 11, 9:30 a.m. at 784 N. Third Ave., Stayton. A Canyon Collaborative gathering will take place Wednesday, June 8, 9:30 a.m. at the Stayton Public Library.

Water’s up: Lake ready for busy year

May 2016 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Water’s up: Lake ready for busy year

By Mary Owen

Detroit Lake is swimming with water!

“The lake levels for this year are expected to be full pool,” said Dean O’Donnell, with Detroit Lake Recreational Area Business Association. “After experiencing drought conditions last year, businesses in Detroit are bracing for a record year.”

O’Donnell said businesses have already noticed a lot of people in town.

“The marina operators are commenting that they are getting new customers that have never been to Detroit Lake,” O’Donnell said.

DLRABA has a full slate of events planned:

May 13-15: Detroit Lake Fishing Derby

Birds and wildflowers: Free tours at Silver Falls State Park festival

May 2016 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Birds and wildflowers: Free tours at Silver Falls State Park festival

Spring is here and the birds and wildflowers are ready for the 38th annual Birding and Wildflower Festival at Silver Falls State Park.

This year the festival is Saturday only, May 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the South Falls Historic District.

Visitors can enjoy guided wildflower walks, ranging from a ½-mile walk to a more intensive two-mile, two-hour  “Walk through the Mist Zone.”  No pets are allowed on these walks.

Help wanted: Fire district looking for additional volunteers

May 2016 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Help wanted: Fire district looking for additional volunteers

By Mary Owen

The Stayton Fire District is looking for volunteers.

“We need another three more for each of our four stations to be at our ideal numbers,” said Matt Aalto, firefighter, EMT and recruitment and retention coordinator for the district. “That’s anywhere from 10 to 15 more volunteers needed for the district.”

Currently, Aalto said the district has about 60 combat-line firefighters, who “wear gear, packs and masks, and go into burning buildings.”

Winning water ways: Stayton treatment plant earns industry accolades

May 2016 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Winning water ways: Stayton treatment plant earns industry accolades
The city of Stayton’s water treatment team earned 2015 Wastewater Plant of the Year honors from their peers.

The city of Stayton’s water treatment team earned 2015 Wastewater Plant of the Year honors from their peers.

The City of Stayton’s Wastewater Treatment Facility was selected Wastewater Plant of the Year for 2015 at the April meeting of the West Central Section of Oregon of the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association.

Each year one wastewater treatment facility earns the award. Factors considered include permit compliance, staff knowledge and physical condition of plant. Stayton was nominated along with the cities of Corvallis and Eugene. Stayton’s selection was a unanimous decision.

Madeline’s Adventures: Lessons learned – My mom is my greatest teacher in being a mom

May 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Madeline’s Adventures: Lessons learned – My mom is my greatest teacher in being a mom

Madeline-2015By Madeline Lau Marin-Foucher

There are many times in life when people will annoyingly tell you, “you won’t understand until you’ve been through it yourself” but motherhood is one heck of a great example.

When you are a child, you have no idea the fortitude, love, endurance and selflessness your mother exhibits every day, and there’s just no way to appreciate it until one day you are the one talking your toddler out of playing with the kitchen knives.

Canyon’s best: Mike Long earns President’s Choice, community service honored

May 2016 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Canyon’s best: Mike Long earns President’s Choice, community service honored
Mike Long

Mike Long

By Mary Owen

Mike Long earned top honors as the North Santiam Chamber of Commerce’s President’s Choice award winner for his “endurance as a cornerstone and foundation of the community.”

“Mike Long is the backbone of our Chamber and has been the unwavering force behind the Youth Benefit Golf Tournament, which has helped countless students and youth groups in our area,” said Michelle Gates. “He has significantly changed the outlook of the Santiam Canyon through his work as a dedicated volunteer. He has also been dedicated to the Canyon Senior Center and serves as a respected council member for Mill City.”

Twilight Invitational: 800 expected to compete at Regis High May 6

May 2016 Posted in School, Sports & Recreation | Comments Off on Twilight Invitational: 800 expected to compete at Regis High May 6
Scene from the 2015 meet.        Submitted photo

Scene from the 2015 meet. Submitted photo

By Mary Owen

Regis High School is gearing up for its fourth annual Regis Community Twilight Invitational track and field meet.

“There will be about 800 athletes in attendance,” said Mike Bauer, Regis counselor and track coach. “It is truly a community endeavor starting with honoring our local Stayton Police Department for all they do. There will be a Boys Scout Color Guard, the national anthem played on a guitar, the release of doves, and that is just to get things started.”