Upward Bound: Making sure holiday joy accessible, available, to everyone

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Jerry Pierce as SantaBy Mary Owen

Ho ho ho! Santa’s merry laughter will ring out at a variety of events sponsored by Upward Bound Camp this month, thanks to Jerry Pierce who has helped by stepping in for the very busy jolly ol’ man at UBC and other places for the past 25 years.

“He visits group homes, the sick and the elderly,” said Laura Pierce, executive director of UBC, of her husband. “He brings a stocking hat, made by a volunteer or donor, or a stuffed animal as a token of the season.”

Cheery choices: There’s a bounty of holiday festivities for all ages

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By Mary Owen

Holiday cheer appears in many forms throughout the Santiam Canyon area this month as everyone prepares festivities.

Silver Falls State Park

The elves at Silver Falls State Park are getting ready for the 40th annual Christmas Festival in the South Falls Historic District. The one-day event will take place Saturday, Dec. 9, 11 a.m.
to 4 p.m.

“There is something new at the festival this year!” said Lou Nelson, with Friends of Silver Falls, sponsors of the event. “The Silver Falls Lodge and Conference Center will be offering roasted chestnuts, popcorn, coffee and cocoa. They will have holiday craft stations and carnival-style games with prizes. There will be snowflake flurries each hour!”

Holly days: Busy, busy time for couple juggling three businesses

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If you are picking up your mail or shipping a package at Silverton’s Postal Connections, there’s a good chance you will be greeted by Don Harteloo. Ask how he is doing on any given day and he will cheerfully reply, “Unbelievable, here.”

Don, along with his wife, Sue, own and manage two Postal Connections stores. He runs the Silverton location, opened in 2013, and she oversees Stayton’s, opened in 2003. Since 1988, they have been operating Mill Creek Holly Farms, too.

Price of protection: Aumsville council considers a police service fee

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By Mary Owen

On the 2017 Safewise Safest Cities Survey list of the 20 safest cities in Oregon, Aumsville was ranked fourth.

“This is up nine spots from the 13th where we were last year, and 21st the year before,” said Richard Schmitz, Chief of the Aumsville Police Department. “I believe one of the biggest reasons for this rise has to do with the fact we were able to add a sixth officer to the police department two years ago.”

Mouse tale: Family classic on stage

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Seth Isaksen stars as Stuart Little.

By Mary Owen

“And all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…”

However, a mouse is stirring in the play, Stuart Little the Musical put on this month by the Aumsville Community Theatre.

Stuart Little is a family musical set in the 1950s about a typical family with an extraordinary son,” said director Shannon Rempel. “Stuart Little is a mouse! He’s small, but he faces some pretty big adventures, from sailing boats to driving model cars, running away from dogs, and teaching a class of elementary school students.

Back online: Burned-out Freres veneer plant reconstructed in four months

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The rebuilt Plant 4 at Freres Lumber Co. in Lyons. Submitted Photo

Workers displaced by the disastrous fire at Freres Lumber Company’s Plant 4 on June 26, are back at work in the veneer production facility in Lyons. Freres crews and contractors brought the plant back online in a remarkable four months’ time. It produces dry veneer used internally and sold all over the Pacific Northwest.

“After four months and a lot of hard work, we’re up and running again,” Kyle Freres, vice president of operations said. “It has not been without trial and tribulation, however. We had hoped to be online last month, but a large-scale electrical failure held us up. On Nov. 2, the electrical problem was resolved and we are now, thankfully, operating again.”

Child safety: Training on what makes a ‘safe’ adult helps

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By Melissa Wagoner

Stranger danger, the idea that unknown people can pose a threat, is an important topic for parents but it can also be a difficult one to broach. Many parents worry about instilling a fear of the unfamiliar or causing undo worry. But Anisa Taft, an employee at Silverton Self Defense, sees it differently.

“It is crucial for children to understand their power,” she said. “We teach multiple aspects of safety to children.”

Stayton Fire District seeks recruits to begin training in January

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By Mary Owen

Stayton: firefighters wanted!

“The Stayton Fire District has seen a decline in volunteers over the last year,” said Jay Alley, assistant chief. “We are always actively recruiting for volunteers in all four of our fire stations – Elkhorn, Mehama, Marion and Stayton.”

The district currently has 42 volunteers and five paid staff members who respond on calls. 16 support members provide other assistance

On the rise: Santiam Wolverines second in 2A football

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By James Day

HILLSBORO — Santiam High’s first state football championship since 1972 will have to wait. But it might not be too long the way things are going.

The No. 5 Wolverines battled valiantly Nov. 25 against No. 2 Monroe, but the Dragons pulled away from a 22-22 fourth-quarter tie to take a 36-22 victory at Hillsboro Stadium. Monroe finishes the season 11-1, with Santiam 11-2 in its third year under coach Dustin McGee.

Fall standouts: Stayton Eagles second in state in cross country, soccer

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James DayIt was a banner fall for Stayton High. The boys cross country and boys soccer squads finished second at state, with the girls runner turning in a sixth-place finish.

Cross country: The Eagles’ boys runners, who finished fifth a year ago at state, accumulated 96 points in the Nov. 4 state meet in Eugene, 16 behind champion Crook County of Prineville.

Stayton Junior Matthew Frazeur finished fourth overall in 16:47 on the 5,000-meter course. Senior Casey Pugh was 10th in 16:57 and sophomore Ben Kirby was 12th in 17:02. Pugh, Frazeur and Kirby went 1-2- 3 at the district meet. Also scoring for Stayton were senior Brody Johnson (44th, 17:48) and sophomore Isaac Nieto (52nd, 17:57). Also participating were junior Dylan Cudd (69th, 18:17) and sophomore Zach Holloway (79th, 18:42).