In Year of Big News, 50 Local Stories You May Have Missed

The year 2020 was one for the history books, but it’s safe to say few will shed a tear as it draws to a merciful close.

Those of us in our industry, who typically spend much of the last couple of weeks of each December compiling and reviewing the year’s top news, face a significant challenge.

For most of 2020, headlines across the city, county, state, nation and globe were dominated by a handful of singular stories: the coronavirus pandemic, large protests centering on racial injustice, devastating wildfires that ravaged the West Coast, an unusually rancorous election cycle that’s likely to influence American politics for years to come.

How does one review such happenings, which most readers already know all too well (and more than a few would probably prefer to forget)?

Instead, we bring you a review of a different sort: 50 unique stories from Canby and the surrounding areas this year, which you may have missed in the noise and furor of an unprecedented year.

These are stories of triumph, stories of heart, stories that remind you of the special community in which we have the privilege of living.

We hope you enjoy this review, and join us in looking forward to a happier — and healthier — new year.

1. Star Shines above Canby-based Pure Seed, Marking 20-Year Tradition of Hope

2. Community Facebook Group Gives Gifts of Joy at Christmastime

3. Straight Paw-ler: NBA Superstar’s New Pup Hails from Canby Newfie Enthusiasts

4. 12-Year-Old Donates Stuffed Animals to CPD for His Birthday

5. Neighbors Team Up to Deck ‘Community Christmas Tree’ on 13th Avenue

6. Beloved Elementary School Secretary Battling Cancer

7. Canby Family Plans Display to Honor Father’s Legacy of Lights, Joy

8. Canby Rotary Builds, Gives Away Desks for Home Learning

9. Canby Celebrates a Halloween Like No Other

10. Canby Rebels Rock ‘League of Their Own’-Inspired Unis

11. Dieker Leaves Legacy of Joy for Canby Children

12. Canby’s ‘T-Rex Family’ Brings Joy in Unexpected Places

13. Aurora Opened Doors to Colton Fire during Wildfire Crisis

14. Deputies Bust Thieves Loaded with Hemp they Thought was Marijuana

15. Hellspawn Battle Undead Pirates at Canby Home

16. The Wedding the Coronavirus and Wildfires Couldn’t Stop is Happening in Canby

17. Austen Marks 50 Years of Service to Canby Fire

18. ‘This Is What We Do’; Volunteers Keep Fairgrounds Afloat During Evacs

19. Community Rallies Around Kitten Stowaway

20. Wilson Crews Fight Fires on Front Lines in Scotts Mills

21. Aurora Gifts Fire Engine to Idanha-Detroit — to Replace One Lost in Beachie Creek

22. Amid Wildfire Devastation, Acts of Kindness Abound

23. Whiskey Business: Childhood Sweethearts Return Home to ‘Restore the Store’

24. Teacher’s Pandemic-Era Trivia Nights Culminate in New Book

25. Mother of Missing Son Warns of Kidnapping Ransom Scam

26. Canby Grad’s Short Film Named Oregon’s Best at Festival

27. Classic Cars Destined for Aurora’s Main Drag

28. Principal Offers Music, Hope to Students: ‘You’ll Be Back’

29. On Doody: Kidtrepreneurs Pick Up Where They Left Off

30. Oregon’s Oldest House Is Being Restored Near Canby

31. CHS Band to Play Role in Netflix Feature Film

32. Mustang on a Mission: Canby Man Builds Tribute to Vets, First Responders

33. CHS Grad and Team Wow Judges on America’s Got Talent

34. Canby Music Store Renovating Historic Home on North First Street for New Location

35. ‘Aimin’ Ayden’: Canby High School Trapshooting May Have Found Their Next Big Thing

36. ‘Amazing’ Bella Capra Takes Second Place at Indoor Skydiving Nationals for Second Year in a Row

37. Surf On Over to Canby’s Newest Store: Moondoggies Overstock & Liquidation

38. Corona Caroling? Local Musician Bringing Joy to Others ‘from a Distance’

39. Willamette Egg Farms Delivers 65,000 Pounds of Food to Canby and Surrounding Communities

40. Carus Elementary Teachers Deliver ‘Drive-By Hug’ to Students with Friday Morning Parade

41. No Parade, No Problem: Canby Celebrates Fourth in Style

42. Canby Vocalist Pens ‘America,’ Song about Nation’s Reckoning with Racial Injustice

43. Canby City Employee on Bout with Covid: ‘I Did Not Expect to Get as Sick as I Did’

44. Beloved Pastor Lost to Covid-19: ‘God Better Be Ready to Laugh’

45. Care Partners Spread Love, with Flowers, at Marquis Hope Village

46. St. Patrick Church Mourns Passing of ‘Father John’

47. ‘Our Day Was Wednesdays’; Wilson Construction was Lifeline for Local Restaurants during Shutdown

48. Canby Salon Seeks ‘Best Worst’ Quarantine Home Hairstyle

49. Canby High School Class of 2020 Celebrates Stadium Lighting in their Honor

50. Seeking ‘Humor in Hardship,’ Austen’s Body Shop Marks Covid Era with TP-Themed Canby Bars

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