Highlights #1: Stayton High dance team wins 13th state title

April 2017 Posted in Community, School, Sports & Recreation | Comments Off on Highlights #1: Stayton High dance team wins 13th state title

By James Day The Stayton Highlights dance team finished second to Valley Catholic of Beaverton at the past two state championships. This year’s squad was determined not to let that happen again. “This team is driven beyond words,” longtime coach Robin Meier told ...

Teaming up: Stayton Sublimity Chamber builds on varied skill sets

April 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Teaming up: Stayton Sublimity Chamber builds on varied skill sets

[caption id="attachment_3067" align="alignleft" width="150"] Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce’s new president and CEO Holli Thomas[/caption] By Mary Owen The Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce selected two executive officers to build its strong identity with business owners in the communities it serves. Holli Thomas ...

Body work: Stayton shop opens

April 2017 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Body work: Stayton shop opens

By Mary Owen A Salem auto body shop owner is expanding to Stayton. Tom Fleming has been doing body work for more than 40 years. “My older brother used to do custom airbrushing and painting in Seattle, which gave me the bug to ...

Providing a little lift: Artist uses her talent to create smiles – and funding for Shriners Hospital

April 2017 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Providing a little lift: Artist uses her talent to create smiles – and funding for Shriners Hospital

[caption id="attachment_3072" align="alignleft" width="300"] “Girl on a Swing” by Denise Goodin-Vasquez[/caption] By Mary Owen A local artist uses her talents to help support Shriners Hospitals for Children, a charity “near and dear” to her heart. “I began this journey by painting gifts for ...

Silver Falls State Park: Offers many opportunities for volunteers

April 2017 Posted in Community, Nature | Comments Off on Silver Falls State Park: Offers many opportunities for volunteers

[caption id="attachment_3073" align="alignleft" width="280"] Earl McCollum[/caption] By Mary Owen When visiting the South Falls Nature Store at Silver Falls State Park, be sure to stop and smell the flowers. Placed on the table by the front entrance, the ever-changing, fresh bouquets of spring ...

Educational priorities: School board candidates share their thoughts

April 2017 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Educational priorities: School board candidates share their thoughts

Editor’s note: Election preview of additional races will be included in the May 1 edition of Our Town. By Mary Owen Candidates have filed for the school board seats that will be decided with the May 17 ballot. While many seats on ...

Fuel tax: Stayton goes to voters with street repair plan

April 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Fuel tax: Stayton goes to voters with street repair plan

By Mary Owen A measure for establishing a 3-cent motor vehicle fuel tax will be up for voter approval on the May 16 ballot. “Street funding levels have not kept pace with needs,” City Administrator Keith Campbell said about the fuel tax ...

Life saving: Red Cross training prepares trio to save a man at Stayton Pool

February 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Life saving: Red Cross training prepares trio to save a man at Stayton Pool

By Mary Owen Three employees of the Stayton Family Memorial Pool will receive life-saving citations from the American Red Cross this month. “We’re lucky in this community to have people so well trained looking over us at the pool,” said Jack ...

Captured by cartoons: Dave Shelton shares his sense of fun, love of art

March 2017 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Captured by cartoons: Dave Shelton shares his sense of fun, love of art

By Mary Owen Cartooning has always been an integral part of Dave Shelton’s life. “I began drawing from the age of 5,” said the Gates artist. “I remember winning a poster contest in kindergarten and receiving 10 cents as a prize. I ...

A pooch park: Happy Tails Dog Park planning takes shape as grants sought

March 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on A pooch park: Happy Tails Dog Park planning takes shape as grants sought

[caption id="attachment_3043" align="alignright" width="184"] Cassie Ripp and Ellen Nunez walking their canine buddies in town[/caption] By Mary Owen Stayton’s Happy Tails Dog Park is one step closer to becoming a reality. “At our last meeting, we formed committee groups to do research for ...