Chalk it up: New board inspires

November 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Chalk it up: New board inspires

[caption id="attachment_2445" align="alignright" width="300"] Third Avenue Chalk[/caption] By Mary Owen Chalkboard art is alive and well at the corner of Third and East Marion in downtown Stayton. “When I heard about the original Before I Die board in New Orleans, I thought an ...

Bigfoot country: Oregon authors track Sasquatch, share stories

September 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Bigfoot country: Oregon authors track Sasquatch, share stories

[caption id="attachment_2353" align="alignright" width="300"] Cliff Olson and Joe Beelart are veteran Bigfoot hunters.[/caption] By Mary Owen Two Oregon authors believe Bigfoot may be alive and well, and living in the local forests. “Bigfoot, or Sasquatch, we delegate to the same category of happenings ...

Explore history: Silver Falls Day offers antique cars, logging, games, stories

July 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Explore history: Silver Falls Day offers antique cars, logging, games, stories

Historic Silver Falls Days is a celebration of the history of the area that is now Silver Falls State Park. The event will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12 in the South Falls Historic ...

World War II memories: Vern Staley recalls fighting in France

May 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off on World War II memories: Vern Staley recalls fighting in France

[caption id="attachment_2223" align="alignright" width="224"] Stayton resident Vern Staley – then and now. Vern served with the 2nd Battalion, 274th Infantry, 70th Infantry Division during World War II. In April he was taken on an Honor Flight to the World War ...

More than music: Students learn valuable jobs skills at KYAC

May 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off on More than music: Students learn valuable jobs skills at KYAC

[caption id="attachment_2225" align="alignright" width="214"] Derek Connor hosts “The Dark Side of the Radio with Derek” from noon to 2 p.m. on Fridays.[/caption] By Mary Owen Local teens are on the air at KYAC. “Our goal is to put young people on the air ...

Journey of a lifetime: Carol Zolkoske volunteers to preserve history

March 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off on Journey of a lifetime: Carol Zolkoske volunteers to preserve history

[caption id="attachment_2171" align="alignright" width="300"] Carol Zolkoske, Doris Johnston and Bob Pendleton gather as Johnston presents a check from Pacific Power to the Santiam Heritage Foundation for the restoration of the Charles and Martha Brown[/caption] By Mary Owen Stayton volunteer Carol Zolkoske understands ...

New location: Quilting group welcomes new members

March 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on New location: Quilting group welcomes new members

By Mary Owen Cascade Country Quilters has a new home – the Santiam Senior Center. “As our members have dwindled over the years, we hope to attract more members by meeting there,” said Linda Woodall, a Stayton quilter who has been with ...

Love songs: Jesse Cromer brings his music home

February 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Love songs: Jesse Cromer brings his music home

Jesse Cromer has lots of musical irons in the fire. Cromer, who grew up in Stayton and graduated from Stayton High School, has performed every year since 2008 to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity. He is also the choir director ...

London bound: Stayton High choir receives invitation to sing

October 2014 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, School | Comments Off on London bound: Stayton High choir receives invitation to sing

[caption id="attachment_1998" align="alignright" width="238"] Catherine Longworth, the former Lord Mayor of Westminster went to Stayton High School Sept. 25 to extend aninvitation for the choir to attend London’s New Year’s Eve Parade in 2016. Photo by Jim Kinghorn.[/caption] By Mary Owen Stayton ...

Changes with the times: St. Mary School starts 85th year

October 2014 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, School | Comments Off on Changes with the times: St. Mary School starts 85th year

By Mary Owen In September, St. Mary Catholic School started its 85th year of providing education to students in the greater Stayton area. “This is an important year to look back, reflect and appreciate the great strides this school community has made,” ...