Recovery help: Fire-impacted businesses can apply for low-interest loans

January 2018 Posted in Community, Nature, News | Comments Off on Recovery help: Fire-impacted businesses can apply for low-interest loans

By Mary Owen [caption id="attachment_3263" align="alignright" width="300"] Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat and Conference Center.[/caption] Detroit area businesses impacted by recent wildfires may get a hand-up from Marion County Emergency Management. The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest loans for working capital ...

Lose weight: Help save a child

January 2018 Posted in Community, Food And Drink | Comments Off on Lose weight: Help save a child

By Mary Owen Anytime Fitness hopes to raise $10,000 during its upcoming Pound-a-Thon, a six-week, weight-loss fundraiser for Operation Underground Railroad. Based in California, the organization rescues and rehabilitates victims of child sex trafficking. O.U.R. claims to have rescued 962 victims ...

Hands-on learning: Grants benefit North Santiam and Cascade schools

January 2018 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Hands-on learning: Grants benefit North Santiam and Cascade schools

By Mary Owen North Santiam and Cascade school districts joined 203 middle and high schools in the state in securing a slice of $10.3 million in grant funds to expand career readiness programs. The Career & Technical Education Revitalization Grant funds serves ...

Building an opportunity: Former legislator takes reins at OHBA

January 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Building an opportunity: Former legislator takes reins at OHBA

By Mary Owen The Oregon Home Builders Association has named Jodi Hack as its new chief executive officer, filling the position left open by retiring CEO Jon Chandler. Hack stepped down as state representative of House District 19 to start her new ...

Vacancy filled: Chris Molin to take seat on Stayton City Council

January 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Vacancy filled: Chris Molin to take seat on Stayton City Council

By Mary Owen Mayor Hank Porter and the Stayton City Council have chosen Chris Molin to fill the position vacated by Jennifer Neigel. Neigel, who joined the council in February 2015, retired from the council after moving out of the city limits. “It ...

Upward Bound: Making sure holiday joy accessible, available, to everyone

December 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Upward Bound: Making sure holiday joy accessible, available, to everyone

By Mary Owen Ho ho ho! Santa’s merry laughter will ring out at a variety of events sponsored by Upward Bound Camp this month, thanks to Jerry Pierce who has helped by stepping in for the very busy jolly ol’ man ...

Cheery choices: There’s a bounty of holiday festivities for all ages

December 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Cheery choices: There’s a bounty of holiday festivities for all ages

By Mary Owen Holiday cheer appears in many forms throughout the Santiam Canyon area this month as everyone prepares festivities. Silver Falls State Park The elves at Silver Falls State Park are getting ready for the 40th annual Christmas Festival in the South ...

Holly days: Busy, busy time for couple juggling three businesses

December 2017 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Holly days: Busy, busy time for couple juggling three businesses

By Nancy Jennings If you are picking up your mail or shipping a package at Silverton’s Postal Connections, there’s a good chance you will be greeted by Don Harteloo. Ask how he is doing on any given day and he will ...

Price of protection: Aumsville council considers a police service fee

December 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Price of protection: Aumsville council considers a police service fee

By Mary Owen On the 2017 Safewise Safest Cities Survey list of the 20 safest cities in Oregon, Aumsville was ranked fourth. “This is up nine spots from the 13th where we were last year, and 21st the year before,” said Richard ...

Mouse tale: Family classic on stage

December 2017 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Mouse tale: Family classic on stage

[caption id="attachment_3231" align="alignleft" width="300"] Seth Isaksen stars as Stuart Little.[/caption] By Mary Owen “And all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse...” However, a mouse is stirring in the play, Stuart Little the Musical put on this month ...