Fire doesn’t dim hopes: Volunteers flock to pitch in after kitchen fire threatens Community Thanksgiving Dinner

December 2018 Posted in Community, Food And Drink | Comments Off on Fire doesn’t dim hopes: Volunteers flock to pitch in after kitchen fire threatens Community Thanksgiving Dinner

The cook was in the kitchen when he dropped some butter,

The butter hit the open flame and the stove began to sputter.

Flames began to grow, and the wires began to melt,

Imagine the great despair that the kitchen crew felt!

But working all together, they put the fire out,

A handful of flour, a fire extinguisher, and no time to pout.

The stove was replaced and the crew began to smile,

The Community Thanksgiving Dinner came off in style!

By Mary Owen

Ah, shucks: Corn Fest has openings

December 2018 Posted in Community, Food And Drink | Comments Off on Ah, shucks: Corn Fest has openings

By Mary Owen

The Aumsville Corn Festival committee has taken a hit recently when key board members stepped down for personal reasons.

“They can no longer put in the time that being a board member requires,” said Sonny Newson, longtime board member. “As president, I have had to be in Aumsville many times a month, even many times a week, as the festival drew close. I moved to Milwaukie well over a year ago, and it is just too far away to manage the festival in the manner it requires.”

OSU bound: Freres’ MPP used for new wood products lab

December 2018 Posted in Community, Nature | Comments Off on OSU bound: Freres’ MPP used for new wood products lab

Freres Lumber Company has made the final shipment of its new, patented Mass Plywood Panel (MPP) to Oregon State University for use in the construction of the new A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory (AWP).

MPP is being used for both interior and exterior walls of the AWP as well as roofing in the George W. Peavy Forest Science Center. The two buildings, which form the Oregon Forest Science Center, are incorporating innovative uses of advanced wood products made in Oregon.

New digs: Hearts to Arts relocates

December 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on New digs: Hearts to Arts relocates
Ken Cartwright is station manager and program director of KYAC radio, which will be moving to Santiam Hearts to Arts’ new location in the historic Odd Fellows building in Mill City File Photo

Ken Cartwright is station manager and
program director of KYAC radio, which will be moving to Santiam Hearts to Arts’ new location in the historic Odd Fellows building in Mill City
File Photo

By Mary Owen

Santiam Hearts to Arts is finally moving into permanent quarters.

The SH2A board of directors spent six months securing the new location after the Canyon Art Center opted to puts its building on Highway 22 in Mill City up for sale. A nonprofit that preserves, presents and promotes the fine and performing arts throughout the North Santiam Canyon, SH2A was housed in the center for the past three years.

Update: Stayton MobilePack feeds 575 children for a year

November 2018 Posted in Community, Food And Drink | Comments Off on Update: Stayton MobilePack feeds 575 children for a year

By Mary Owen

The results are in! This year’s MobilePack, a project of Feed My Starving Children, drew in 1105 community volunteers who packed 972 boxes containing 210,065 meals, enough to feed 575 children for a year.

“It was heartwarming to see the community come together for a project that has a global impact,” said Kelly Fields, Stayton High School business teacher and the local volunteer event coordinator.

Fields said Santiam Canyon MobilePack teams packed 252 boxes – 54,432 meals – for children in Thailand, which were delivered by FMSC’s partner, Venture.

Runner-up finish: Santiam second in Class 2A football

December 2018 Posted in School, Sports & Recreation | Comments Off on Runner-up finish: Santiam second in Class 2A football

James DayFor the second consecutive year the Santiam High football team fell just short of a state title. Kennedy jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead and then held off a strong Wolverines surge to take a 31-20 victory Nov. 24 in the Class 2A championship game at Herald White Stadium in Cottage Grove.

The Kennedy win avenged a 44-0 loss to Santiam during Special District 2 play on Sept. 14. The Wolverines, who downed top-ranked Monroe 44-13 in the semifinals, fell to Monroe in the 2017 2A title game.

The value of money: Get on board and save

December 2018 Posted in Other | Comments Off on The value of money: Get on board and save

carl-sampsonI read an article the other day about a radical new financial movement. It’s called Financially Independent, Retire Early, or FIRE for short. These are millennials who live frugally so they can retire early.

They do it by saving money. What a concept.

My wife and I have done that for decades. We were early subscribers to a newsletter called the Tightwad Gazette, which was published by Amy Dacyzyn. Every month she offered tips, ideas and suggestions for living cheap. One of my favorite tips was to reuse dental floss – and I did it.

Turkey express: Covered Bridge Café prepares for community dinner

November 2018 Posted in Community, Food And Drink | Comments Off on Turkey express: Covered Bridge Café prepares for community dinner

By Mary Owen

The traditional free Thanksgiving Dinner at the Covered Bridge Café is a highlight for many in the community.

“Our first year, we served under 300 people,” said Cari Sessums, co-owner of the popular eatery with Christy Sessums. “Last year, about 1,500 people – 625 delivered and the rest in the dining room – came to the dinner. We expect to have about the same number this year. We’re prepared for that many.”

Action! Giving back honored in ad

November 2018 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Action! Giving back honored in ad

Local business owner Priscilla Glidewell was recently chosen to be the “face” of Budget Blinds Cares national ad campaign.

Glidewell, who owns Budget Blinds of Mid-Willamette Valley and Keizer, recently received a call from Home Franchise Concepts that she would be featured in a national commercial, to be recorded at her home.

“I didn’t think much about it at the time,” Glidewell said. “I figured they would come out and video me in my living room, but then someone called to see where they should park the catering truck.

Tournament grants reach all-time high

November 2018 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Tournament grants reach all-time high

The Santiam Canyon Youth Benefit Golf Tournament will award a record amount of grant funds in 2019, according to organizer Mike Long.

Eighteen years ago, when the tournament was first started, they were able to donate about $2,500 to local youth causes.

This year, the benefit fund will distribute almost $26,000 to local educational scholarships, and youth programs like sports groups, science groups, library programs and more.

The funds come from sponsorships and players in the annual golf tournament held at Mallard Creek.

This year, the coffers were topped off by a generous $2,000 grant from the Pacific Power Foundation presented by Alan Meyer.