Boston bound: Emma Miebach will join Boston Ballet summer program

March 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off on Boston bound: Emma Miebach will join Boston Ballet summer program

[caption id="attachment_2643" align="alignright" width="202"] Emma Miebach backstage with a friend after a performance of "The Nutcrarcker."[/caption] By Mary Owen A local teen will join students from around the world at the Boston Ballet School’s 2016 Summer Dance Program. “I was very excited to ...

Celebrating 10 years: Words Out PR

March 2016 Posted in Business, People | Comments Off on Celebrating 10 years: Words Out PR

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="181"] Nicole Miller[/caption] By Mary Owen Nicole Miller loves being self-employed. “Thankfully, I’m intrinsically motivated, so I don’t have a problem with productivity and doing my best work,” Miller, owner of Word’s Out PR in Stayton, said. “I thank my ...

Ronald A. Johnson: April 19, 1852 – Jan. 17, 2016

February 2016 Posted in People | Comments Off on Ronald A. Johnson: April 19, 1852 – Jan. 17, 2016

On the morning of Jan. 17, 2016, Ronald Allen Johnson passed away peacefully at his home after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 62. Ron (R.J.) was born on April 19, 1952 to Carl and Shirley (Higley) Johnson. He ...

Ty Hart: Marine killed in copter crash

February 2016 Posted in People | Comments Off on Ty Hart: Marine killed in copter crash

By Mary Owen Fond memories of Lance Cpl. Ty Hart, a 2012 Stayton High School graduate, are circulating around his alma mater following his death in a two-helicopter crash off the North Shore of Oahu Jan. 14. “Ty was a fun, intelligent ...

Future First Citizens: Sam Nieslanik, Regis, and Abbie Lucas, Stayton

February 2016 Posted in People | Comments Off on Future First Citizens: Sam Nieslanik, Regis, and Abbie Lucas, Stayton

By Mary Owen Stayton Rotary Club has named Sam Nieslanik, Regis High School, and Abbie Lucas, Stayton High School, as this year’s Future First Citizens. “Stayton Area Rotary is excited and proud for this opportunity to honor Sam and Abbie as Future ...

The Energizer: Dave Valencia described as ‘ideal community citizen’

January 2016 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on The Energizer: Dave Valencia described as ‘ideal community citizen’

[caption id="attachment_2527" align="alignright" width="214"] Dave Valencia, recipient of the2015 Distinguished Service Award[/caption] By Mary Owen A man who inspires his friends and community members and lends a hand whenever needed is the recipient of the Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Distinguished Service ...

Third generation: George Smith follows in family’s footsteps

January 2016 Posted in Business, People | Comments Off on Third generation: George Smith follows in family’s footsteps

[caption id="attachment_2533" align="alignright" width="212"] George Smith[/caption] By Mary Owen NORPAC President/CEO George Smith was “so to speak, born” into the food business. “My grandfather was the first manager of Stayton Canning Co. when it was founded in 1924, my uncle, Fernando Smith, was ...

Simple gifts: Small items create great joy

December 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off on Simple gifts: Small items create great joy

[caption id="attachment_2466" align="alignright" width="250"] Patricia Dol[/caption] By Mary Owen Patricia Dol loves serving others, a task she has undertaken for more than two decades. A full-time missionary with The Institute for World Evangelization-ICPE, evangelizing for the Catholic Church, Dol’s most recent trip was ...

Rickman retires: 33 years with food bank

November 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off on Rickman retires: 33 years with food bank

By Mary Owen After 33 years of managing the Stayton Community Food Bank, Edna Rickman is saying good-bye. “I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years,” said Rickman, 83, whose last day was Oct. 15. “We started out very small, but ...

It’s about love: Maryann Hills celebrates 20 years serving Aumsville

September 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off on It’s about love: Maryann Hills celebrates 20 years serving Aumsville

[caption id="attachment_2355" align="alignright" width="224"] Maryann Hills at a youth ministries gathering.[/caption] By Mary Owen Maryann Hills has done something rare for a city administrator or a city manager. Most only stay a short time before moving on to a larger city. The city ...