Fire doesn’t dim hopes: Volunteers flock to pitch in after kitchen fire threatens Community Thanksgiving Dinner

December 2018 Posted in Community, Food And Drink | Comments Off on Fire doesn’t dim hopes: Volunteers flock to pitch in after kitchen fire threatens Community Thanksgiving Dinner

The cook was in the kitchen when he dropped some butter, The butter hit the open flame and the stove began to sputter. Flames began to grow, and the wires began to melt, Imagine the great despair that the kitchen crew ...

Ah, shucks: Corn Fest has openings

December 2018 Posted in Community, Food And Drink | Comments Off on Ah, shucks: Corn Fest has openings

By Mary Owen The Aumsville Corn Festival committee has taken a hit recently when key board members stepped down for personal reasons. “They can no longer put in the time that being a board member requires,” said Sonny Newson, longtime board member. ...

Update: Stayton MobilePack feeds 575 children for a year

November 2018 Posted in Community, Food And Drink | Comments Off on Update: Stayton MobilePack feeds 575 children for a year

By Mary Owen The results are in! This year’s MobilePack, a project of Feed My Starving Children, drew in 1105 community volunteers who packed 972 boxes containing 210,065 meals, enough to feed 575 children for a year. “It was heartwarming to see ...

Turkey express: Covered Bridge Café prepares for community dinner

November 2018 Posted in Community, Food And Drink | Comments Off on Turkey express: Covered Bridge Café prepares for community dinner

By Mary Owen The traditional free Thanksgiving Dinner at the Covered Bridge Café is a highlight for many in the community. “Our first year, we served under 300 people,” said Cari Sessums, co-owner of the popular eatery with Christy Sessums. “Last ...

Game on: Ixtapa adds sports

November 2018 Posted in Community, Food And Drink | Comments Off on Game on: Ixtapa adds sports

By Mary Owen Want a cozy place to watch the Beavers take on the Ducks this month? “We opened our sports bar at the north side of our restaurant last February,” said Daniel Velasco, owner of Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant in Stayton. “We wanted ...

Adapting: Stayton Community Food Bank fulfills demand, addresses growth

October 2018 Posted in Community, Food And Drink | Comments Off on Adapting: Stayton Community Food Bank fulfills demand, addresses growth

By Mary Owen When cupboards are bare and money is scarce, the Stayton Community Food Bank becomes a lifeline. “We have been active now for more than 35 years, and thanks to strong, on-going community support, more individuals and families than ever ...

MobilePack: Food-boxing event benefiting starving children needs volunteers

October 2018 Posted in Community, Food And Drink, News, Other | Comments Off on MobilePack: Food-boxing event benefiting starving children needs volunteers

By Mary Owen For the second year, MobilePack volunteers will help turn hunger into hope. “We are again partnering with Feed My Starving Children to pack meals of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, and nutritionally balanced vitamins and minerals,” said Kelly Fields, Stayton ...

Fabulous 4th: Pancakes, parades, fun runs and fireworks planned

July 2018 Posted in Community, Food And Drink, Nature, News, Other | Comments Off on Fabulous 4th: Pancakes, parades, fun runs and fireworks planned

By Mary Owen Wave those sparklers and get ready to celebrate! Fourth of July events will be held up and down the Santiam Canyon, including Stayton, whose theme this year is “Still the Greatest Generation.” Kicking off the celebrations is the Stayton Eagles ...

Banding together: River Fusion 22 named Oregon Festival of the Year

April 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Food And Drink, News | Comments Off on Banding together: River Fusion 22 named Oregon Festival of the Year

By Mary Owen River Fusion 22 was chosen as the Oregon Festival of the Year for festivals by the Oregon Festivals & Events Association. “We’re thrilled!” said Allison McKenzie, executive director of GROW-EDC. Two  Ovation awards are given to festivals, one for ...

Pathway to healthy: TOPS program guides woman’s weight loss

April 2018 Posted in Community, Food And Drink | Comments Off on Pathway to healthy: TOPS program guides woman’s weight loss

By Mary Owen [caption id="attachment_3340" align="alignright" width="300"] Alice Before[/caption] Sublimity resident Alice Halse is living proof of “beauty before age.” “I feel like I’m very healthy,” she said. “I have people tell me all the time I don’t look that old. I feel ...