Happy Tails: City agrees to speed up dog park for possible summer opening

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By Mary Owen

The Happy Tails Dog Park Committee requested the city move ahead immediately to complete the park in time for SummerFest and the Great American Eclipse.

“The final money is in, and it’s ready for design and implementation,” committee members Terri Mesa and Tami Burns told city councilors in their presentation with committee members at the May 15 council meeting.

The council’s reaction was to “get the design finished and get it out to bid.” Public Works Director Lance Ludwick said he would move “full speed ahead” once the funds were received.

On the upswing: Friends of Old Town awarded grants, plan June 3 tour

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By Mary Owen

Two downtown buildings will get upgrades thanks to a grant from Oregon Heritage to Friends of Old Town Stayton.

“Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation, awarded 28 matching grants worth $2,455,700 to Oregon Main Street Network organizations across the state for building projects that encourage economic revitalization,” Alan Meyer said. “Friends of Old Town Stayton has been awarded a grant in the amount of $17,500 to improve two buildings on Third Avenue in Old Town.”

Both buildings, one formerly occupied by Jensen-Kreitzer Family Clothing and Accents Northwest and the other housing Art Gone Wild, will receive new heating systems as well as other energy efficiency updates.

Seismic rehab: Grants will allow NSSD to upgrade two schools, more needed

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By Mary Owen

The North Santiam School District was recently awarded two grants from Oregon’s Seismic Rehabilitation Grant program.

“The grants will be used to upgrade the manufacturing wing at Stayton High School and the brick main building at Sublimity Middle School,” said Andy Gardner, NSSD superintendent. “Both buildings were built long ago, and do not meet seismic codes. We now have a far better understanding about the Cascade Subduction Zone and the frequency of earthquakes, and this creates urgency to make our buildings as safe as possible.”

Eclipse planning: Communities work to ensure visitors have a good time

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By Mary Owen

From Aumsville to Detroit, people in the Santiam Canyon are gearing up for the Great American Eclipse on Aug. 21.

“Two of our tourism teams are meeting frequently to get ready for the influx of visitors, creating printed and web content so visitors know where to camp, where to go for fun, and how to find different events and activities,” said Allison McKenzie, executive director of GROW-EDC, a major player in coordinating the efforts up and down the Canyon. “We are also creating marketing tools that River Fusion 22 event producers can use to encourage visitors to join in the fun.”

The Class of 2017: Area schools prepare to say farewell to graduates

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By Mary Owen

Local graduates are getting ready to step into the next phases of their lives.

Stayton High School

Stayton High will have 125 graduates receiving diplomas at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 9 at the Salem Armory.

The Class of 2017 valedictorians are: Grace Bromley, Kalie Harper, Jade Kast and Andrew Kuenzi. There are no salutatorians this year.

“The class of 2017 is one with young people, many talents,” said Principal Alan Kirby. “In addition to great scholars, we have a Future First Citizen, Skills USA champions, thespians, singers, athletes, dancers and many more.

Launching hope: eNRG Kayaking North Santiam’s Business of the Year

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IMG_8054By Mary Owen

Kayaking down the North Fork of the Santiam River in the hot sun can be a fun summer activity for many outdoor lovers.

“Our raft trips are very family friendly,” said Sam Drevo of eNRG Kayaking, offering trips out of Mill City. “We allow kids as young as 9 to come along. Paddling is fun for the whole family.”

Offering half-day, full-day rafting and inflatable kayaking guided trips and rentals on the river has earned eNRG Kayaking the North Santiam Chamber Award for Business of the Year.

City goals: Stayton sets three

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By Mary Owen

The Stayton City Council has adopted three goals for 2017-2018.

“We’ve done our best,” City Administrator Keith Campbell told city council members at their May 15 meeting. “These goals may be too broad or too narrow, or we may have missed an opportunity. I’d encourage any sort of discussion or recommend any changes you would like to see.”

With that recommendation, council members voted to clarify working on an economic development point to accommodate all groups working toward the revitalization of Old Town Stayton.

Members then voted, approving the goals unanimously.

Saturday market: Picken Coop hosts outdoor event

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By Mary Owen

Good news, folks! The Saturday Market is back for the second summer at The Picken Coop’s parking lot through October.

“Last year was good for starting up,” said Lora Sramek, owner of The Picken Coop. “This year, I have had a lot more interest and participation.”

Drawing people to the market are vendors such as Lularoe, Pink Zebra, Younique, Damsel in Defense, Jamberry, Avon, Stephannies Magic Butter, Watkins, and for hungry shoppers, The Spud Bus, with baked and loaded potatoes.

“We also have crocheted items, specialty rocks, jewelry, vintage items and more coming,” Sramek said of goods for sale.

New digs: Vets throw party to celebrate

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By Mary Owen

Stayton Veterinary Hospital has a new home – same location, new facility.

“With a growing business and community, a larger facility was needed,” said Callie Gullet, veterinary assistant. “It’s something that the practice owners and staff have been anticipating for a while.

“It’s at the same physical address, but the new building is behind where the old one was located,” she added. “The old building is no longer standing as that area is paved for parking.”

Regis third at state track: Woodcock, Boyd star for Rams

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James DayBrendon Woodcock and Ryan Boyd helped lead the Regis boys track and field team to a third-place finish at the OSAA Class 2A state meet at Hayward Field in Eugene.

Woodcock won the 400 (50.53), took second in the 200 (22.96), ran a leg on the Rams’ winning 4×400 relay team and added a leg on their 4×100 relay squad that finished second.

Also on the long relay quartet, which ran 3:31.43, were Ethan Lulay, Boyd and Eric Gustin. Lulay, Courage Minten and Gustin joined Woodcock in the short relay, which clocked 45.71. Lulay, Woodcock and Gustin ran on the 2016 4×400 team that also won at state.