Trailblazers: Rotary tackles Stayton’s Trail Master Plan piece by piece

November 2018 Posted in Community, Nature | Comments Off on Trailblazers: Rotary tackles Stayton’s Trail Master Plan piece by piece
Volunteers led by Stayton Area Rotary working to improve Stayton’s trails.        submitted photo

Volunteers led by Stayton Area Rotary working to improve Stayton’s trails. submitted photo

By Mary Owen

A section of Stayton trails is coming to life, thanks to a project undertaken by local Rotarians.

“For the last three Saturday mornings, a small group of us has gathered to work on the trails,” said Rich Sebens, member of the Stayton Area Rotary chapter and Stayton police chief. “We want our community to be a place outsiders can enjoy. They can stop here to stretch their legs, visit a park, and maybe play some disk golf!”

Breathing room: Idanha Food Bank gets expansion grants

January 2019 Posted in Community, Food And Drink | Comments Off on Breathing room: Idanha Food Bank gets expansion grants

By Mary Owen

The Idanha Food Bank got an early Christmas present when granted the funds to add two new 12-foot x 16-foot buildings and a free-standing walk-in refrigerator room.

“The new buildings will allow the food to be housed in one place,” said Debby Ruyle, who was instrumental in getting the grants needed to fund the expansion. “Currently, food items are housed in our fellowship hall, and there is not adequate room. Many items are in totes so they can be moved and stacked due to limited space but are then hard to see what is available. The new space will help clients see what’s available, and will not need to be moved when the fellowship hall is needed for other purposes.”

Regis St. Mary holds open house

January 2019 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Regis St. Mary holds open house

Since the St. Mary Pre-K-8th grade and Regis High School officially began operating as one Pre-K-12 system in July 2017 many changes have taken place.

On Jan. 27  Regis St Mary is inviting prospective students and their families to take a look as it hosts a Preview Day and open house for Pre-K-12th grade at 1 p.m. at both Stayton campuses: the Pre-K – 8 at 1966 N. Sixth Ave and high school at 550 W. Regis St. The school welcomes students of all faiths.

Major changes to the high school campus academic building include new paint, flooring, lighting and electrical work, new whiteboards, and an updated science lab.

Trexler partners with golf course for events

January 2019 Posted in Business, Community, Nature, Other, People | Comments Off on Trexler partners with golf course for events

Mary Owen

Trexler Farm is growing again!

Trexler Farm is now the in-house caterer for event groups at the Santiam Golf Club.

“The relationship I have had with SGC over the years has been so great for all of our customers,” said Sharlene Trexler, who owns Trexler Farm. “Everyone wins when we have the best event places in the Canyon to help bring friends and families together.” 

The journey has been in the making since 2002, when Trexler and her husband, Kirk, started selling retail Christmas trees under the business name, Trexler Farm. Three years later, they expanded by adding the bakery kitchen for farm customers.

Thinking into The Box: Business space offers small business owners affordable base of operations

January 2019 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Thinking into The Box: Business space offers small business owners affordable base of operations
Business owners have a shared-space office option in Stayton.     Charlene Vogel Photography

Business owners have a shared-space office option in Stayton. Charlene Vogel Photography

By Mary Owen

Looking for affordable office space with all the amenities?

The Box, a new co-working office space on the top level of the historic Beauchamp building at Third Avenue and High Street in downtown Stayton, is now open for leasing.

“This was a place intended for people to gather, be creative and enjoy working,” said Juli Bochsler, Stayton resident, general contractor and owner of The Box, LLC. “I love old buildings, but the Beauchamp had a special feel about it the moment I walked in.”

Time to reflect: GROW lays out tips for new year for entrepreneurs

January 2019 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Time to reflect: GROW lays out tips for new year for entrepreneurs

By Mary Owen

It’s a new year and another chance to grow your business.

“I was reminded a few years ago that January is named after the god, Janus, which is represented by a face looking in two directions,” said Allison McKenzie, executive director/entrepreneurial coach of GROW-EDC. “January is a great time to reflect about what worked well last year – and what didn’t – and use that information to plan for the year ahead.”

McKenzie’s advice for a fresh start is to take care of yourself first.

Hoops update: Stayton boys head to league ranked No. 2

January 2019 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Hoops update: Stayton boys head to league ranked No. 2

James DayThe Stayton High boys basketball team will take the No. 2 state ranking in Class 4A into Oregon West Conference play.

The Eagles, who are 7-1, open the league season at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at No. 8 Philomath. Stayton’s lone loss was at No. 1 Banks on Dec. 7.

Cascade, meanwhile, drew the bye on opening night and starts league play Jan. 8 at Sisters. The Cougars are 7-2 overall and ranked 20th.

Regis is 3-5 in the nonleague campaign and opens Class 2A Central Valley Conference play Jan. 2 at home at 6 p.m. vs. East Linn Christian.

Shining jewels: More than just pocket change

January 2019 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Shining jewels: More than just pocket change

carl-sampsonIt was 16 cents, but what it meant to me was worth a lot more.

I was at the convenience store the other day, buying a pint – of 2 percent milk, that is. I buy milk almost every day to have with lunch.

When the cashier asked for $1.39 I came up short. I was sure I had the exact change but when I pawed through my pockets I came up 16 cents short.

Before I could reach into my wallet to grab out a dollar bill, a man standing behind me reached forward with his own dollar. “Take it out of this,” he said.

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.”