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UPDATES: Chemeketa offers free classes for 2022 grads and seniors

June 7, 2022 at 3:32pm

Read books to earn rewards through Salem's Summer Reading Club

The Salem Public Library on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter)

Salemites of all ages can earn rewards this summer by reading books through the Salem Public Library's summer reading program.

The 2022 Summer Reading Club offers rewards and prizes for kids, teens and adults who track the time they spend reading or listening to books, according to the city of Salem's website.

The library also has a listening club for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents to help develop the early literacy skills needed to become readers.

Registration is available online, and The Beanstack Tracker app is available on the App Store and Google Play.

"Pre-readers" - babies through preschool - complete 10 hours of reading to earn a drawstring backpack and 10 early literacy activities (or 10 additional days of reading) to earn a free prize book.

Those in kindergarten through 12th grade complete 10 hours of reading or listening to earn a drawstring backpack and 10 tickets for a chance to win a prize drawing. They can read or listen for 10 additional hours to earn a free book and 10 more prize drawing tickets, and then continue reading or completing activities to earn more tickets.

Adults can earn a badge and one prize drawing ticket for each of six challenges they complete, and for every 10 hours of reading or listening reported. Anyone who completes at least 10 hours of reading and all six challenges earns a free Salem Public Library tote bag and bookmark.

The programs kicks off Tuesday and ends Aug, 11, with the prize winner to be announced Aug. 18.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

June 7, 2022 at 2:24pm

AGENDA: Marion County commissioners consider funds for water system improvements, septic fee increases

The Marion County Board of Commissioners meets Wednesday to consider contracts with the cities of Aurora and Jefferson to provide sheriff's office patrol, as well as federal pandemic relief funding for water and sanitation projects in a dozen cities.


The board will consider increasing the county fees property owners pay for septic work to continue providing the current level of staffing for the on-site wastewater program over the next three years, supporting three employees. The fees would increase annually in July through 2024, according to a proposed schedule.

Commissioners will also consider approving a $213,100 contract with the city of Aurora for one full-time Marion County Sheriff's Office deputy to patrol the city through June 2023.

They will consider a $396,650 contract with the city of Jefferson to provide law enforcement patrol in the city through June 2023.

The board will consider approving federal pandemic relief funding for several projects focused on water and sanitation in cities throughout Marion County:

-Aumsville, $1 million to update the city's wastewater treatment system

-Donald, $1 million for two new drinking wells

-Gates, $1 million for water system improvements

Gervais, $1 million for a wastewater water pump station and aerating sewer pipes

-Hubbard, $1 million for water system improvements

-Jefferson, $450,000 for a water treatment plant project

-Mill City, $1 million for water and sewer infrastructure improvements

-Mt. Angel, $450,000 to double the capacity of the Marquam Sanitary Sewer Truck Line

-St. Paul, $1 million for a water and sewer system improvement project

-Stayton, $500,000 for building a 30-inch sanitary sewer pipe on Ida Street 

-Sublimity, $1 million for water system improvements

-Turner, $200,000 for a booster pump station; $450,000 for a water integration study to resolve storm drain flooding on Denver, Chicago and Boise Streets.

Commissioners will consider revising the bylaws for the Marion County Public Safety Coordinating Council to say that members are expected to attend meetings, and lack of attendance may result in termination. The 32-member council advises the board of commissioners and includes public safety, education, social services, civic and business leaders, as well as representatives from law enforcement, prosecution, community corrections, public defense, judiciary, domestic violence services, public health and juvenile justice. The previous language said more than five unexcused absences in a year may result in a member's removal from the council.

Meeting details: The commissioners meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Senator Hearing Room at 555 Court Street N.E. Anyone can sign up to give public comment in-person at the meeting. The meeting is streamed live on YouTube

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

June 7, 2022 at 9:37am

Free Chemeketa classes available for 2022 grads, seniors

Chemeketa Community College is offering free classes to 2022 high school graduates and rising seniors (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

High school graduates from the Class of 2022 and rising seniors can sign up to take a free summer course at Chemeketa Community College.

Chemeketa is offering five-week classes from June 21 through July 23 on topics including poetry, film, college algebra, public speaking, sociology, writing, and health and fitness. Some courses are offered online and others are in person.

Tuition, fees and textbook costs are covered by Chemeketa.

Homeschool students registered through the Willamette Educational Service District are also eligible to sign up.

More information about the program is available on the Chemeketa website, and students can register online using this form.

-Rachel Alexander