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Friday, December 23, 2016 • Volume 3, Issue 52
Home for Christmas
RALLIES TO LOCATE
LOST DOG DURING
BY SUNNY WERNER
Anitra Castleton met her
dog Toby almost fi ve years
ago. But this month, she
almost lost him.
The story begins like
Five years back, her
neighbors’ horses had
escaped their fence, and
Castleton was helping
round them up when some-
one in a truck stopped by
Once the horses were
herded, Castleton went
over to talk to the truck’s
owner and saw several
pups playing in the bed of
Being a long-term dog
lover, she began petting
them. All were playful
except one; he sat quietly
behind the other puppies.
When the more excitable
pups calmed down, the
quiet puppy walked over
to her, stood on his hind
legs, and wrapped his paws
around her neck.
“He just pushed his nose
into my neck,” says Castle-
ton, “He chose me.”
From that day forward,
Toby and Castleton have
Castleton, who has
diabetes, explains that with
no training, Toby knows
when her blood sugars are
low and will wake her up
to take her medicine.
“He is such a blessing.”
As Castleton, who is a
lives alone, Toby’s com-
panionship means even
more to her.
Toby insisted on going out-
side early in the morning
two weeks ago, she waited
for him to “ask” to come
Several hours passed,
and she was concerned
enough to ask a friend to
come over to help call for
Castleton and Toby live
on the edge of Halfway,
half a mile from both
Old Pine Market and The
SEE HOME FOR
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Anitra Castleton, reunited with Toby.
Christmas in Sumpter
BY TODD ARRIOLA
Meghan Andersch / The Baker County Press
Sumpter’s Christmas train pulls up at McEwen Station.
BY MEGHAN ANDERSCH
Christmas events were held
December 10th and 11th.
The Christmas Bazaar in
the Sumpter Municipal
Museum featured every-
thing from crocheted items
to homemade candy, hand-
crafted toys, and jewelry.
The Christmas parade
was held Saturday evening
and included fi re trucks,
light bedecked ATVs, and
the Snowmobile Club’s
Grand marshals of the
parade were Barbara and
served as Santa.
A group of elves and
reindeer handed out candy
The tree-lighting was
held immediately after
the parade, with LeAnne
Woolf leading the crowd
in several Christmas songs
Meghan Andersch / The Baker County Press
Hand-crafted items were on display at the bazaar.
while waiting for the grand
marshals to arrive from
their fl oat.
Barbara Malone thanked
everyone involved in mak-
ing the event a success.
The Sumpter Railroad’s
Christmas trains ran over
Mostly cloudy with snow, light accumulations
are expected. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Highs in the mid 20s. Lows near 20.
Mostly cloudy with a chance for snow showers.
Light accumulations are possible. Chance of
precipitation is 60%. Highs in the mid 20s.
Partly sunny with a chance for snow showers.
Little to no accumulations are expected. Chance
of precipitation is 30%. Highs near 20.
Linda Raney had the
train and depots decorated
festively with garlands,
snowfl akes, and Christmas
Dun Gordy played
“Bubba Claus” on the
trains this year.
With his cowboy hat
under his Santa hat, he ex-
plained he is Santa’s older
southern brother, and that’s
how they do it in the south.
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Idaho-based Peter R. and Brenda K. Johnson, former
President and Secretary of Tasty Bake, Inc., have reac-
quired the property they previously owned at 1945 8th
Street, during a court-ordered Sheriff’s Offi ce foreclosure
sale on the morning of Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at the
Baker County Courthouse.
Having the high bid of $350,000, the Johnsons took
over ownership, despite last-ditch efforts of the defen-
dants to derail that act, in Baker Circuit Court Case
No. 15-918, in which the Johnsons were awarded over
$750,000, in their lawsuit against Tasty Bake, Inc., and
Illinois-based Cereal Holding Company.
Earlier this year, Tasty Bake, with more than a 30-
year presence as a pizza dough maker in the community,
stopped distributing its products and closed its doors
abruptly, surprising not only employees, but ingredient
suppliers, food sales brokers, and clients, as well. In
response, two parties fi led lawsuits against Tasty Bake, in
Baker County Circuit Court: Wisconsin-based Lesaffre
Yeast Corporation, on March 2, for over $21,000, and the
Johnsons, on March 14.
In Baker County Circuit Court Case No. 16-145, Lesaf-
fre claimed that baking ingredients were supplied to Tasty
Bake, for which Lesaffre received no compensation, total-
This included 45, 50-pound bags of SAF Instant Red
Mix Dry Yeast, shipped on April 20, 2015, for a total of
$5,352.75; 40, 50-pound bags of Red Star Double-Acting
Baking Powder, shipped on June 1, 2015, for a total
of $2,615; 45, 50-pound bags of Red Star Active Dry
Yeast, shipped on June 25, 2015, for a total of $5,150.25;
45, 50-pound bags of SAF Instant Red Mix Dry Yeast,
shipped on July 16, 2015, for a total of $5,352.75; and 40,
50-pound bags of Red Star Double-Acting Baking Pow-
der, shipped on September 11, 2015, for a total of $2,612.
Lesaffre claimed that requests and demands for pay-
ment had been made numerous times, the last one on
December 3, 2015, from Accounts Receivable Supervisor
Jamie Olender, who indicated that the account would be
turned over to a collection agency, and/or legal coun-
sel, for further handling, if payment were not received.
Following Lesaffre’s March lawsuit, which included
the claims of Breach of Contract, Promissory Estoppel,
Quantum Meruit, and Unjust Enrichment, an Order of
Default was granted against Tasty Bake for non-response,
and a judgment was awarded to Lesaffre for the claimed
amount, on April 20, 2016.
In the Johnsons’s lawsuit, they claimed, among other
items, economic losses, fraud, breach of the sales con-
SEE TASTY BAKE PAGE 3
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE
“So I was thinking...” column
County Commissioners coverage
The Outdoor Column
BLM revises ﬁ ling for drilling
Santa visits Albertsons
Christmas greetings and messages