London bound: Stayton High choir receives invitation to sing

October 2014 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, School | Comments Off
Catherine Longworth, the former Lord Mayor of Westminster went to Stayton High School Sept. 25 to extend aninvitation for the choir to attend London’s New Year’s Eve Parade and Festival.  Photo by Jim Kinghorn.

Catherine Longworth, the former Lord Mayor of Westminster went to Stayton High School Sept. 25 to extend aninvitation for the choir to attend London’s New Year’s Eve Parade in 2016. Photo by Jim Kinghorn.

By Mary Owen

Stayton High choir students received their official invitation to participate in the London International Choral Festival in 2016.

“The London trip is centered around the London New Year’s Eve Parade and the festival,” said Diane Allen-Jackson, choir director for the Chanticlairs, Choristers and Concert Choir. “It takes place in the city of London every year from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. High school bands, orchestras and choirs are chosen from all over the world to participate in the parade and festival. It’s a great honor to be chosen.”

Election season: Four vie for three seats on Stayton city council

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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.

Travel tales: A wedding, lots of visits, a school tour pack pair’s Korea, Japan trip

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Former Regis exchange student Annie Song was a tour guide for Rich Tabor and Mike Bauer (not pictured) in Seoul, South Korea.

Former Regis exchange student Annie Song was a tour guide for Rich Tabor and Mike Bauer (not pictured) in Seoul, South Korea.

By Mary Owen

A trip to Korea and Japan in August reunited a counselor and a teacher with former area residents, including a Regis foreign exchange student.

“Annie Song acted as our tour guide for Seoul,” said counselor Mike Bauer, who traveled with math and Spanish teacher, Rich Tabor. “Annie was a bright spot while at Regis last year, having started a club called Global Regis for facilitating cultural sharing at our school. And she certainly was a bright spot on our trip, sharing her country with us.”

Fall fashion: Hospital auxiliary takes to the runway for an entertainin evening

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By Mary Owen

Models will grace the runway with fashions from Chico’s of Salem at the Santiam Hospital Auxiliary’s upcoming fashion show.

“This is our second fashion show,” said Margie Forrest, spokesperson for the auxiliary. “Last year’s was held at the Knights of Columbus Hall and was filled to capacity. This is a new venue for us, and hopefully will solve some of the problems we had with people being able to see and hear about all the models.”

Life stories: Insights into the human condition

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ACT actors depict the depths of each character’s story

ACT actors depict the depths of each character’s story

By Mary Owen

Director Loriann Schmidt calls Spoon River Anthology a play about the human condition that stimulates both brains and hearts of viewers in a way few other plays do.

“We see ourselves in these characters – our fears, our foibles, our triumphs and our tears,” Schmidt said of Aumsville Community Theatre’s October production. “The wide breadth of characters allows us to find parts of each of them in ourselves, and because of that, we find ourselves drawn to their stories, their feelings. By telling these stories in a serial, monologue-based format, we get to see each character as they see themselves, in their purest form.”

A familiar face: Stayton’s Erin Holm joins veterans in cross country mix

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James DayBy James Day

The cross country story this season is a mix of the old and the new. Veteran coaches Dan Petersen (Cascade) and Mike Bauer (Regis) have been joined by Erin Holm at Stayton.

Holm, a 1989 Stayton High graduate, was a hurdler at Chemeketa Community College and the University of Oregon and also ran for Nike before moving on to a coaching career. Most recently he was track and field and cross country coach at North Marion High in Aurora.

A Grin at the End: Truisms for the political season truism

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By Carl Sampson
It’s political season. We have gubernatorial groupies to the right of us, senatorial sycophants to the left of us, mayoral wannabes in front of us and city council candidates behind us.

Don’t expect me to endorse one or the other. I subscribe to the political truism that no candidate is either as good as his supporters advocate or as bad as his opponents say.

Politics is a whole different process. When most people discuss something, they sit down and listen to each other. Then they come up with a game plan that often involves compromise.

Ready for a new year: North Santiam Schools prepare for Sept. 2

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By Mary Owen

Students return to school Sept. 2  to upgrades at several North Santiam School District schools.

“We are on track to begin moving supplies and equipment back into the rooms that have been disrupted,” said Superintendent Andy Gardner. “We are projected to be on time.”

The work began in June on projects slated for improvements in the almost $23 million construction bond passed by voters last November. NSSD schools had not had any significant improvements in about 30 years.

Orchestrating a beginning: Cascade Strings Academy opens

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Julie Preston plays the violin.

Julie Preston plays the violin.

By Mary Owen

Julie Preston’s passion for orchestral music is catching fire with students at Willamette Valley Baptist School in Aumsville.

“I decided to start Cascade Strings Academy because I realized that in both the Cascade School District and also the North Santiam School District, there are not any string programs,” said Preston, who is the band/orchestra teacher at Willamette Valley Baptist, where she attended from sixth to 12th grade. “There are bands, but no string orchestras. Because of this, I saw an opportunity to start a strings program in Aumsville.”

City seats: Voters now know November choices

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Local citizens have stepped forward to serve their cities by running for mayoral and city council positions slated for the Nov. 4 general election ballot.  Running for office are:

Mayor Harold White will run unopposed for another two-year term. Three city councilor seats will be filled. Incumbents Robert Baugh and Brian Czarnik refiled. New to the field is Della Seney. Incumbent Kim Ferguson is not seeking re-election.

Voters in the city of Lyons will have the opportunity to cast ballots for mayor and two city councilors. Running unopposed for mayor is incumbent Dan Burroughs. Council positions on the ballot are for the seat held by Jesse O’Dell and the one vacated by Bryon Brown. Running for the open seats are Troy Donohue, Lloyd Valentine and Stanley Franklin. A seat left vacant by the recent resignation of Councilor Gary Alkire will not be addressed on the November ballot. Alkire was the mayor pro-tem, library commissioner, Lyons-Mehama Water District liaison and safety commissioner. The seat is not up for re-election until 2016, so that position will be filled by appointment.

Mill City voters will select three city councilors and the mayorl.  Incumbent Mayor Tim Kirsch will face challenger Thorin Thacker.

Filing for the positions are Susann Heller (incumbent), Elaina Turpin, Brandon Haraughty, Penny Keen and Lisa Follis. Incumbents Justin Merrill and Fred Smith are not seeking re-election.

The city of Stayton has four positions to fill, mayor and three council seats. The two councilors receiving the highest number of votes will be elected to four-year terms. The councilor receiving the third highest vote is elected to a two-year term. As of press time, Henry Porter had signed on to run for mayor, a seat now held by Scott Vigil who is not seeking re-election. Ralph Lewis, Joseph Usselman, Priscilla Gildewell and Mark Kronquist are running for the city council seats now filled by Emily Gooch, Catherine Hemshorn and Porter.

Mayor Gene Ditter is not seeking re-election. Joanie Wigginton, currently serving on the city council, and Raymond Heuberger will vie for the position.