Tell them a story… Library outreach puts books in preschooler’s hands

March 2015 Posted in Community | Comments Off
The Outreach Storyteller Program will serve children up to age 6.

The Outreach Storyteller Program will serve children up to age 6.

By Mary Owen

Stayton Public Library is giving preschoolers a head start on their literacy skills.

The Outreach Storyteller Program, funded by the Stayton Public Library Foundation, serves nearly 500 children, up to age 6, who attend local daycare, preschools, kindergartens, Head Start, and one affordable-housing complex – 27 classrooms in all, throughout Stayton, Sublimity and Aumsville.

Journey of a lifetime: Carol Zolkoske volunteers to preserve history

March 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off
Carol Zolkoske, Doris Johnston and Bob Pendleton gather as Johnston presents a check from Pacific Power to the Santiam Heritage Foundation for the restoration of the Charles and Martha Brown

Carol Zolkoske, Doris Johnston and Bob Pendleton gather as Johnston presents a check from Pacific Power to the Santiam Heritage Foundation for the restoration of the Charles and Martha Brown

By Mary Owen

Stayton volunteer Carol Zolkoske understands the importance of leaving a legacy.

Since moving to Stayton from California, Zolkoske has worked hard to preserve the area’s history for future generations.

“I am in hopes that years down the road, the Brown House will become an important part of the community, and people will have all sorts of functions there to celebrate important occasions in their lives,” said Zolkoske, a retired United Airlines flight attendant and former Stayton small-business owner.

Envision vitality: Public invitation to help set region’s course

March 2015 Posted in Community | Comments Off

By Mary Owen

Economic vitality is the topic for an upcoming North Santiam regional event.

“Participants will learn about strategies and programs that have worked in other places, discuss the unique opportunities we have in our region, and share ideas about our future with other passionate people,” said Allison McKenzie, director of GROW-EDC, a sponsor of the North Santiam Economic Vitality Summit, one of three EV Summits to be held in Oregon this year.

Facilitated by Rural Development Initiatives in partnership with the Ford Family Foundation, the EV Summit will be Wednesday, April 29, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on at Foothills Church in Stayton.

Explaining the why: NSSD superintendent reviews Common Core

March 2015 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off

By Mary Owen

The national shift to Common Core State Standards is drawing a lot of attention from parents and educators alike.

“It’s not as easy for people to understand or accept,” said Andy Gardner, superintendent of the North Santiam School District.

“This reform is at the national level, and focuses primarily on setting new and higher standards in reading and math. These standards can be scary for parents, who see the increased rigor as also increasing the possibility of their child not meeting them.”

New location: Quilting group welcomes new members

March 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off

By Mary Owen

Cascade Country Quilters has a new home – the Santiam Senior Center.

“As our members have dwindled over the years, we hope to attract more members by meeting there,” said Linda Woodall, a Stayton quilter who has been with the group since her friend Rose Pruitt started it in 1990.

The group has had different meeting places, including most recently stitching quilts at the Aumsville Community Center. They make between 70 and 90 quilts a year which are donated to Santiam Hospital, veterans’ hospitals, Liberty House, Union Gospel Mission, and police/fire departments, among other places.

State honor for Cascade’s Petersen: Basketball teams vie for state tourney spots

March 2015 Posted in School, Sports & Recreation | Comments Off

James DayBy James Day

Veteran Cascade High School cross country and track and field coach Dan Petersen has been honored by National Federation of State High School Associations.

Petersen earned the state girls track and field honor and will be recognized May 23 at the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association’s annual awards banquet.

Petersen, who was a three-sport athlete at Salem Academy, has won 18 conference titles, 12 state trophies and three state championships in a coaching career at Cascade that started in 1997.

A Grin at the End: Common sense investments

March 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off

carl-sampsonBy Carl Sampson

During the past year, I’ve undertaken a study in alternative economics. I call it “The Use of Voluntary Taxation as a Means of Funding Higher Education.”

In short, I bought lottery tickets in hopes of getting money to pay for my kids’ college education.

The result: It didn’t work.

Not only that but I found that the lottery is probably the worst “investment” anyone could make.

In terms of return, it is right up there with setting dollar bills on fire or throwing them out the window as you drive down Highway 22.

Family, home, country: Accident reaffirms importance of simple things

February 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off
Ryan Voltin with a Cobra helicopter as a U.S. Marine, before the fiery accident that changed his life.

Ryan Voltin with a Cobra helicopter as a U.S. Marine, before the fiery accident that changed his life.

By Mary Owen

Honor, guts and glory – three little words that pack a powerful punch when attributed to the actions of the many heroes who keep Americans safe.

Yet, so many of those who risk life and limb for our freedom consider themselves just an “ordinary Joe.”

“I’m not a hero,” said Ryan Voltin, 34, a 1998 Regis High School graduate who survived serious injuries while serving in the U.S. Marines.

Making a difference: Responding to the call to serve children, families

February 2015 Posted in Community | Comments Off
At the Clover awards. Teri Alexander (right) and Kimberla Weaver (left) from Safe Families for Children are with Heidi Fosmark (middle).

At the Clover awards. Teri Alexander (right) and Kimberla Weaver (left) from Safe Families for Children are with Heidi Fosmark (middle).

By Mary Owen

Heidi Fosmark’s passion is helping children in crisis find a safe place to land.

“About five years ago, I was sitting in Foothills Church listening to a sermon and our pastor Tim Schabel had Police Chief Rich Sebens as a guest,” said Fosmark, married to husband, Trevor, for 19 years, and mother to 17-year-old triplets attending Stayton High School.

Love songs: Jesse Cromer brings his music home

February 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off

Jesse Cromer has lots of musical irons in the fire.

Cromer, who grew up in Stayton and graduated from Stayton High School, has performed every year since 2008 to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity. He is also the choir director at Silverton United Methodist Church.

“I love to perform, teach piano and voice, director choir, compose, golf, occasionally bartend, and cook,” Cromer said. “I love to inspire and be inspired.”