Every day miracles: Supportive community rescues abandoned dog

December 2014 Posted in Community | Comments Off

By Mary Owen

Canine Henry Travers has a slew of angels, not unlike his namesake.

“We named him Henry Travers after the actor who played Clarence, the angel in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’” said Sharon Murphy, founder and director for PAWS Animal Shelter in West Linn. “Recovery won’t be easy, but for Henry Travers, it will be heaven.”

The emaciated dog’s story began in November when a UPS driver stopped at the All Seasons Motel in Detroit Lake.

Patient advocate: Kathy Puckett of Stayton nationally recognized

December 2014 Posted in People | Comments Off
Kathy Puckett received a national honor for her work as a medical assistant.

Kathy Puckett received a national honor for her work as a medical assistant.

By Mary Owen

In high school, Kathy Puckett traded becoming an accountant for medical assistant, a career that has brought her many accolades, including a recent national award.

In October, Puckett, a certified medical assistant from Stayton, was named Medical Assistant of the Year by the American Association of Medical Assistants.

“I was extremely shocked when I was told that I had received this award,” said Puckett, who works as a float MA at Willamette Health Partners Family Medicine in Keizer. “It was completely overwhelming. My friends continue to tell me I deserved this award, but it is still so unbelievable to me.

Nourishment: Moxieberry aims to serve up more than great food and coffee

December 2014 Posted in Business | Comments Off
Teri and Jon Mesa, owners of Moxieberry

Teri and Jon Mesa, owners of Moxieberry

By Mary Owen

A new Stayton establishment sells flowers, coffee and “encouragement” to local patrons.

“Moxieberry by our own definition means ‘the fruit of encouragement,’” said owner Teri Mesa. “Our goal is to bring encouragement to women through the products we offer and our atmosphere with our French-Mediterranean décor and uplifting music. Of course, we are finding that men love the atmosphere, too!”

Santa alert: Many opportunities to visit the Jolly ‘ol Elf

December 2014 Posted in Other | Comments Off

Santa’s coming to town.

“Santa will be at the Star Cinema for the kiddies on Dec. 6,” said Gerry Aboud, who, with his wife, DeeAnne, is a co-sponsor of this year’s movie, The Muppet Christmas Carol.

Following in the tradition of last year’s holiday celebration, the movie will be shown from 3 to 4:30 p.m., and admission is $1 per person or a can of food for the local food bank.

“If you can give more, it would be greatly appreciated,” said Jeff Mexico, owner of Star Cinema and movie co-sponsor. “We always look forward to the holiday movie for the community to bring their kids and enjoy the festivities after the movie.”

Margie Mae Bristol-Erdrich: Nov. 7, 1950 – Nov. 2, 2014

December 2014 Posted in People | Comments Off

Margie Mae Bristol-Erdrich, 63, peacefully passed away due to organ failure Nov. 2, 2014 in Scottsdale, Ari, surrounded by family. She was born Nov. 7, 1950 in Northern California. She was a member of the Wintun Indian Tribe and was the oldest daughter to the late Royce Pipkin Sr. and Lois Pipkin of Crescent City, Calif.

She is survived by her sister Donna Jean Lindsay and brother Royce Pipkin Jr. She leaves behind her four children Neil Evan Erdrich of Lake Oswego, Ore., Clinton Elliot Erdrich (Sue) of Las Vegas, Nev., Tione Renay Erdrich of Phoenix, Az. and Cody James Bristol of Stayton, Ore. as well as one nephew and two granddaughters.

Soccer teams shine: Stayton, Cascade make it to title match

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

James DayBy James Day

A pair of Stayton-area soccer teams came within a whisker of a state championship. Longtime Oregon West Conference boys power Stayton advanced to the state Class 4A title match before falling to Oregon West rival North Marion 2-0 on Nov. 15 in Hillsboro. The Cascade girls, meanwhile, made it to the title match before losing 3-2 to Valley Catholic.

A Grin at the End: How to sleep well at night

December 2014 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off

carl-sampsonBy Carl Sampson

I have a lot of friends in the banking industry. Tons. Bunches. Bushels. Boatloads. Rafts.

Anyway you say it, bankers are my friends.

They must be, or they wouldn’t send letters to me all of the time.

I should explain.

In the past year or so, I have received 64 letters in the mail from banks. Each letter offers a special pitch.

“Earn 50,000 bonus miles and a $50 statement credit.”

“Zero in on a card that gives you a long-lasting intro rate.”

“Earn a $200 gift card.”

Decision 2014: Four vie for three seats on Stayton city council

October 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off

Editor’s note: In this issue we profile the candidates on the Nov. 4 ballot for the City of Stayton. In the Nov. 1 edition we will feature the Sublimity and Lyons races. 

HANK PORTER is running unopposed for mayor.  He served as mayor in 1979-1985     and 2000-2001. He also served on Stayton City Council in 1974-1978, 1993-1997, and 2011-2014.

Candidates for the three Stayton City Council seats are Priscilla Glidewell and Mark Kronquist, Ralph Lewis and Joe Usselman.

Decision 2014: Mill City – Mayoral candidates outline their civic goals and areas of concern

November 2014 Posted in Other | Comments Off

In Mill City, two candidates are in the race for mayor, and six candidates are vying for three city council seats. Our Town contacted all the candidates, asking them to respond to questions. Mayoral candidates are Tim Kirsch and Thorin Thacker. The city council candidates are Lisa Follis, Brandon Haraughty, Susann Heller, Penny Keen, Fred Smith and Elaina Turpin. Council candidate Keen’s response was not received by Our Town press time.


Tim Kirsch 

Tim Kirsch is a long-time Mill City resident who has served as mayor for 12 years. A father of four, he owns a small business with his wife, Theresa.

Decision 2014: Sublimity – Two run for mayor

November 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off

Joanie Wigginton and Raymond Heuberger are running to be the mayor of Sublimity. Jim Kingsbury is the only candidate for one of two open council seats.

Sublimity Mayor Gene Ditter, who is not seeking re-election, said key issues facing the city are how to bring in commercial business to the city, additional water rights, and funding for parks, police services, streets, sewer, water, storm water and personnel.

Ditter said candidates with good business sense and problem-solving and planning skills are what Sublimity needs to thrive.