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 ...

Mission match: Where to Start Fitness owners add natural health store

December 2015 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Mission match: Where to Start Fitness owners add natural health store

[caption id="attachment_2470" align="alignright" width="276"] Tirzah Hawkins at her new health store.[/caption] By Mary Owen Believing fitness partners with health, the owners of Where to Start Fitness have opened their own health store in Stayton. “Several years ago, I attended a class at Silverton ...

Trades Day: Students learn what skills businesses are seeking

October 2015 Posted in Business, School | Comments Off on Trades Day: Students learn what skills businesses are seeking

[caption id="attachment_2425" align="alignright" width="300"] Students got an opportunity to talk with business representatives at Build Oregon Trades Day at Stayton High Sept. 25. ity to talk with business representatives at Build Oregon Trades Day at Stayton High Sept. 25. Photo ...

Beating the heat: Hazelnuts thriving

September 2015 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Beating the heat: Hazelnuts thriving

[caption id="attachment_6233" align="alignright" width="212"] Kevin Aman listened as his brother, Tim, talks about how the hazelnut crops.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner The weather is always a hot topic, but this year as an unseasonably dry summer follows an unusually warm winter with little ...

Ready to lend a hand: Trexler Farm scrambles to feed summer fire crews

August 2015 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Ready to lend a hand: Trexler Farm scrambles to feed summer fire crews

[caption id="attachment_2322" align="alignright" width="300"] Charlene Trexler and her team served more than 2,200 meals in 10 days to Oregon Forestry fire crews fighting the Niagara blaze. Photo by Kathy Sherman –Rust Bucket Photography[/caption] By Mary Owen When the Niagara fire broke out near ...

Business retention Survey aims to identify needs, priorities

May 2015 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Business retention Survey aims to identify needs, priorities

By Mary Owen A community-wide effort has launched to identify needs and foster support for existing area businesses. “This project gives us a chance to create relationships with local businesses, to find any barriers to expansion, and also discover what the community ...

Work matters: Summit Cleaning & Restoration 2014 Large Business of Year

February 2015 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Work matters: Summit Cleaning & Restoration 2014 Large Business of Year

By Mary Owen Brian and Angie Harper run their business with one goal in mind: to be a successful business that helps serve their communities in time of need and distress with compassion and integrity. “This is really the hallmark of Brian ...

A privilege to serve: Our Town chosen 2014 Small Business of the Year

February 2015 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on A privilege to serve: Our Town chosen 2014 Small Business of the Year

Publisher Paula Mabry calls Our Town “a small business with a big mission.” “Our Town is about giving people a sense of community,” Mabry said. “We share their stories and provide context for their lives. “The day-to-day is important,” she added. “Who’s ...

Now open: Subway has new home

February 2015 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Now open: Subway has new home

[caption id="attachment_2133" align="alignright" width="234"] Jeff Chipman at the new Subway drive thru[/caption] By Mary Owen  “May I take your order please?” Whether in pajamas, trailing toddlers, or on a quick lunch break from work, sandwiches are now just a drive-through away. “We want to ...

Nourishment: Moxieberry aims to serve up more than great food and coffee

December 2014 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Nourishment: Moxieberry aims to serve up more than great food and coffee

[caption id="attachment_2072" align="alignright" width="254"] Teri and Jon Mesa, owners of Moxieberry[/caption] By Mary Owen A new Stayton establishment sells flowers, coffee and “encouragement” to local patrons. “Moxieberry by our own definition means ‘the fruit of encouragement,’” said owner Teri Mesa. “Our goal is ...