Save Our Bridge: Mill City committee close to reaching fundraising goal

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Mill City Rail Road Bridge

Mill City Rail Road Bridge

By Mary Owen

Construction on Mill City’s Historic Railroad Bridge may begin next year, thanks to the successful fundraising efforts of the Save Our Bridge Committee.

Committe Chair Lynda Harrington said the committe is well on its way to saving the historic bridge.

“We have raised 90 percent of our goal toward the restoration project,” Harrington said.

“Recent donations from the A.J. Frank Family Foundation, NW Farm Credit Services, Santiam Brewing and private donors totaled $56,000 in July alone!”

Host of experience: Ron Harding named city administrator in Aumsville

September 2016 Posted in News, People | Comments Off on Host of experience: Ron Harding named city administrator in Aumsville
Myrna and Ron Harding have been married for 31 years. Ron is the new city administrator for Aumsville.

Myrna and Ron Harding have been married for 31 years. Ron is the new city administrator for Aumsville.

By Mary Owen

Aumsville is the “perfect community” for Ron Harding, the city’s new administrator.

“It’s very similar to my hometown in size but also in the local philosophy of a community that supports each other,” Harding said, adding he has already found Aumsville to be “a lovely community filled with great people.”

Harding believes the city’s role is to provide much-needed services and assistance when resources are available as well as working to improve the community. He looks forward to working with the city staff and council.

Wearing many hats: David Marshall Sublimity’s first city manager

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Sublimity City Manager David Marshall

Sublimity City Manager David Marshall

By Mary Owen

Sublimity welcomes David Marshall as the city’s first-ever city manager, a job that embraces many roles.

Marshall said his new job will be challenging as he juggles many hats including city manager, finance director, contracts administrator, director of planning, city recorder, elections officer and human relations specialist.

A Vietnam War veteran who left active duty with the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant commander in 1978, Marshall is certainly qualified and ready for the tasks.

Jokingly, he said there is maybe one or two more things he will do that he has “forgotten.”

Greener, cleaner: Helpers needed Sept. 17

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By Mary Owen

Get ready for a “Greener, Cleaner Canyon.”

But before that can happen, volunteers are needed to roll up their sleeves, grab their gloves and help make it happen. And if you have ever said “wouldn’t our town look nicer, if…,” then this project is for you.

And all you need to do is sign-up to help.

A multi-location North Santiam Canyon cleanup and beautification project will take place at three locations from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Ready to revitalize: Friends of Old Town Stayton host meeting

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By Mary Owen

“Be the change you with to see in Stayton!”

That’s the challenge of a local group that advocates working together to revitalize Stayton’s downtown.

“Friends of Old Town Stayton is a group of community members that got started as a result of Stayton residents attending an Oregon Main Street conference and seeing the tremendous benefits that this program has brought to other communities in Oregon and realizing what it could do for Stayton,” Alan Meyer, chair of FOTS, said.

It’s a Palooza!: Moms, babies, families invited to hospital event

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The Mommy & Baby Palooza, featuring products and services of interest to expectant, new, and experienced moms will kick off Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. Presented by Santiam Hospital’s Family Birth Center and Santiam Women’s Clinic, the festive, free, first-time event will be held in the main parking lot at Santiam Hospital, 1401 N. 10th Ave., Stayton.

Tours of the hospital’s birth center will be offered and staff from the center and women’s clinic will provide information. Medics will display the brightly painted Med Buggy that promotes healthy, educational giveaways and information about upcoming events.

Turf – almost ready: Games expected to be played on field after Labor Day

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Crews lay down the turf in the north end of the Stayton High football field. The facility should be ready to practice and play on after Labor Day.

Crews lay down the turf in the north end of the Stayton High football field. The facility should be ready to practice and play on after Labor Day.

By James Day

The Stayton High athletic program will have a wait just a bit longer for its new artificial turf field. The Eagles were set to debut the new surface with a soccer doubleheader Sept. 2, but Athletic Director Darren Shryock said “a setback with the rock foundation” means the games will have to be played on grass.

The turf installation is now underway, and Shryock said the field should be ready to use after Labor Day.

Chills and thrills: Monster trucks return for Sublimity Harvest Festival

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Harvest Festival
Sept. 9-11
Sublimity Harvest Festival Grounds
For a full schedule call 503-769-3579
visit sublimityharvestfestival.com
or follow on Facebook.

By Mary Owen

Celebrating its 44th year, the Sublimity Harvest Festival promises chills and thrills with truck pulls, ATV pulls and a monster truck show capping each day.

“Record crowds are expected again,” said Scott Ingalls, spokesman for the annual event held at the Sublimity Harvest Festival Fairgrounds. “The award-winning festival features a variety of classes in each category of pulls, including stock, modified and pro-modified pulling rigs each day.”

Rural tourism: Group developing North Santiam plan

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Local business people toured Piluso Winery in Aumsville in June as part of a resource familiarization and networking goal. Photo by Jerry Stevens

Local business people toured Piluso Winery in Aumsville in June as part of a resource familiarization and networking goal. Photo by Jerry Stevens

By Mary Owen

Oregon’s Rural Tourism Studio is getting a leg up in the Santiam Canyon.

GROW-EDC Executive Director Allison McKenzie said tourism is the third largest industry in Oregon, behind agriculture and wood products.

“When GROW pursued bringing Travel Oregon’s pilot Rural Tourism Studio accelerator here this spring, we did it with an eye toward helping our communities take advantage of the growth in tourism and our outdoor recreational assets to build a more robust tourism economy throughout the North Santiam River Region,” McKenzie said. “For us that means, Aumsville/Scio to Marion Forks and Breitenbush.”

Ready, set… It’s back-to-school with many new programs, projects

September 2016 Posted in School | Comments Off on Ready, set… It’s back-to-school with many new programs, projects

By Mary Owen

Curriculum and computers are just two of the “new” in schools this year.

North Santiam School District Superintendent Andy Gardner said a new math curriculum will begin for students in grades kindergarten through eighth.

“It is called Go Math and it focuses on engaging students as well as educating parents,” Gardner said. “We are excited to have the entire district unified into a single curriculum and have a district-wide goal to increase our math scores. This will build on last year’s goals related to student engagement.”