Turkey express: Covered Bridge Café prepares for community dinner

November 2018 Posted in Community, Food And Drink | Comments Off on Turkey express: Covered Bridge Café prepares for community dinner

By Mary Owen

The traditional free Thanksgiving Dinner at the Covered Bridge Café is a highlight for many in the community.

“Our first year, we served under 300 people,” said Cari Sessums, co-owner of the popular eatery with Christy Sessums. “Last year, about 1,500 people – 625 delivered and the rest in the dining room – came to the dinner. We expect to have about the same number this year. We’re prepared for that many.”

Action! Giving back honored in ad

November 2018 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Action! Giving back honored in ad

Local business owner Priscilla Glidewell was recently chosen to be the “face” of Budget Blinds Cares national ad campaign.

Glidewell, who owns Budget Blinds of Mid-Willamette Valley and Keizer, recently received a call from Home Franchise Concepts that she would be featured in a national commercial, to be recorded at her home.

“I didn’t think much about it at the time,” Glidewell said. “I figured they would come out and video me in my living room, but then someone called to see where they should park the catering truck.

Tournament grants reach all-time high

November 2018 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Tournament grants reach all-time high

The Santiam Canyon Youth Benefit Golf Tournament will award a record amount of grant funds in 2019, according to organizer Mike Long.

Eighteen years ago, when the tournament was first started, they were able to donate about $2,500 to local youth causes.

This year, the benefit fund will distribute almost $26,000 to local educational scholarships, and youth programs like sports groups, science groups, library programs and more.

The funds come from sponsorships and players in the annual golf tournament held at Mallard Creek.

This year, the coffers were topped off by a generous $2,000 grant from the Pacific Power Foundation presented by Alan Meyer.

Chronic pain: Group hopes to provide forum to share issues without judgment

November 2018 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Chronic pain: Group hopes to provide forum to share issues without judgment

By Mary Owen

Fibromyalgia sufferers know what it’s like to live with chronic pain, and the importance of sharing with others who have the disease.

“We want to be heard and know that we’re not alone,” said Teressa Brooks, who has fibromyalgia. “I have suffered from chronic pain, and I came across many groups on Facebook about fibro and chronic pain, where people all over the world got advice or felt better about their situation because they are not alone.”

To help those suffering with chronic pain of any kind, Brooks is starting a support group. The first meeting will be held at Nov. 7, 6 p.m. at Rising Star Studio, 220 Ida St., Stayton.

Honorable service: Weddle Funeral holds vigil to support homeless Vets

November 2018 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Honorable service: Weddle Funeral holds vigil to support homeless Vets

By Mary Owen

Veterans have a special place in the hearts of Ryan and Natasha Steele, owners of Weddle Funeral Service.

“Ryan is a combat Army veteran who served in Iraq,” said Steele of her fiancée. “He also worked for the military honors funeral team in Oregon and the National Cemetery Administration. After we purchased the funeral home, Ryan wanted to reach out to veterans and their families so they would understand all the benefits eligible to them. We often find that families have no idea what they are eligible for. It’s really important that they know. After all, they served their country and sacrificed to receive those benefits.”

Putting it all together: The Grove prepares for shopping season

November 2018 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Putting it all together: The Grove prepares for shopping season
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Tammi Burns and Teri Mesa of Marketplace at The Grove. File Photo

By Mary Owen

Happy anniversary, Marketplace at The Grove!

“Moxieberry Cafe was growing, and I was looking to move my flower shop into this building we acquired, formerly known as Jensen-Kreitzer,” said Teri Mesa, owner of Moxieberry Café and co-owner of The Grove with Tammi Burns, owner of Break The Chain.

Game on: Ixtapa adds sports

November 2018 Posted in Community, Food And Drink | Comments Off on Game on: Ixtapa adds sports

By Mary Owen

Want a cozy place to watch the Beavers take on the Ducks this month?

“We opened our sports bar at the north side of our restaurant last February,” said Daniel Velasco, owner of Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant in Stayton. “We wanted to add something new to the restaurant.”

That “something new” just might be a place for a ocal fans to view Oregon State vs. University of Oregon in the Civil War clash on Nov. 23.

The Ixtapa sports bar has a big-screen TV and several Oregon Video Lottery machines. Customers can order off the restaurant’s menu, which offers all the Mexican classics, or just enjoy a beverage.

Creativity: SH2A offers sessions

November 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Creativity: SH2A offers sessions
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Santiam Hearts to Arts offers Saturday sessions in multiple forms of media for all ages.

By Mary Owen

Saturdays at the Canyon Arts Center are filled with happy crafters!

“Art, as Santiam Hearts to Arts sees it, is not a ‘thing’ but an activity – something people do,” said Jeanne Gunner, president. “That’s the idea behind SH2A’s open house arts and crafts sessions.”

The sessions are held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday at the organization’s home base, the Canyon Art Center on Highway 22 in Mill City.

Teen center: Opening soon

November 2018 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Teen center: Opening soon

By Mary Owen

The Santiam Teen Center in its park-like setting on Kindle Way, is looking for volunteers in preparation for opening.

“We anticipate service (to) 30 youth per day by offering classes, food, training, homework mentoring and mental health support,” said Joanie Wigginton, the center’s interim executive director.

“We will be open specifically during the school year for after school support and resources. This will provide our teens with 180 days of community outreach and support.”

Vote: Ballots due Nov. 6, 8 p.m.

October 2018 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Vote: Ballots due Nov. 6, 8 p.m.

By Mary Owen

 

Collaboration between city councils and city residents is at the top of the list of fixes in most cities this November, followed by growth, budgets and development.

“Managing growth, always street and sidewalk build, maybe a neighborhood advisory group that will give the city’s neighborhoods a larger voice in administrative area problems/concerns, and better community decisions” are a few of key issues facing the city in the next two to four years, said Hank Porter, who is running for another term as mayor of Stayton.