A Grin at the End: Treasure trove of truthfulness

April 2015 Posted in Other | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: Treasure trove of truthfulness

By Carl Sampson I devised a plan to either: 1. End political weirdness as we know it or 2. Create the best reality TV show ever. Here’s why I envision doing - All state and federal politicians would be required to wear body cameras ...

Santa alert: Many opportunities to visit the Jolly ‘ol Elf

December 2014 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Santa alert: Many opportunities to visit the Jolly ‘ol Elf

Santa’s coming to town. “Santa will be at the Star Cinema for the kiddies on Dec. 6,” said Gerry Aboud, who, with his wife, DeeAnne, is a co-sponsor of this year’s movie, The Muppet Christmas Carol. Following in the tradition of last ...

Decision 2014: Mill City – Mayoral candidates outline their civic goals and areas of concern

November 2014 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Decision 2014: Mill City – Mayoral candidates outline their civic goals and areas of concern

In Mill City, two candidates are in the race for mayor, and six candidates are vying for three city council seats. Our Town contacted all the candidates, asking them to respond to questions. Mayoral candidates are Tim Kirsch and Thorin ...

Test scores up: District prepares for new state test

November 2014 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Test scores up: District prepares for new state test

Common Core Explained If you have questions about the Common Core and the new standards, you are invited to attend any of the upcoming forums. All meetings start at 7 p.m. and are open to all parents and community members. The meetings are: Wednesday, Nov. 12 Stayton Middle School 1021 ...

Building leaders: Free program offered

June 2014 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Building leaders: Free program offered

The Ford Institute for Community Building and Rural Development Initiatives invites area residents to participate in the upcoming Stayton/Sublimity community leadership class. Sponsored by The Ford Family Foundation, the free class is based on the belief that thriving rural communities ...

Free or fee?: Lyons Library looks at options

April 2014 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Free or fee?: Lyons Library looks at options

By Mary Owen Lyons residents may see changes at their local library in the next six months. “We’re looking for different ways for additional funding,” librarian Brenda Harris said. “We had to cut back hours almost two years ago. It would be ...

A Grin at the End: The educating of Oregonians

April 2014 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Other | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: The educating of Oregonians

By Carl Sampson I knew it would happen sooner or later. I call it the Oregon gas problem. It started with a phone call from our son in California. “Do you know how to pump gas?” John asked. He had borrowed a friend’s ...

Improving forest health: New ideas may boost economy, too

February 2013 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Improving forest health: New ideas may boost economy, too

By James Day Some assistance might be on the way for the timber industry in the Santiam Canyon. The United States Forest Service is working with the North Santiam Watershed Council and timber concerns to establish a special forest products industry in ...

Dinner talk: Swapping stories about the origins community’s chicken dinner

October 2012 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Dinner talk: Swapping stories about the origins community’s chicken dinner

By Mary Owen Tony Beitel loves to chat about the first St. Boniface Chicken Dinner. “My wife, Mildred, filled this old aluminum kettle to the brim with mashed potatoes,” said Beitel, 103, to his longtime friend, Joe Spenner, a mere 90, the ...

Believing in families: Julie Hilty joins Family Building Blocks outreach

October 2012 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Believing in families: Julie Hilty joins Family Building Blocks outreach

By Mary Owen Stayton’s Family Building Blocks outreach to area families has a new community outreach coordinator. Julie Hilty, a married mom of two boys, was a member of the South Salem MOMS Club that hosted a fundraising event once a year ...