COVID decision fatigue – It’s exhausting when small decisions are critical

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By Melissa Wagoner

Decision fatigue is a relatively unknown mental health term that has, during the past 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, begun getting more attention.

“Decision fatigue describes the challenges in making decisions large or small, typically occurring after a period of time of frequent or complex decision making,” Audry Van Houweling, the owner of She Soars Psychiatry in Silverton, said. She added the psychological phenomenon presents with symptoms like brain fog, slowed thinking, decreased mental stamina, anxiety and the feeling of being trapped or paralyzed when faced with decisions.

A Slice of the Pie: Navigating the maze – COVID testing and the ins and outs of travel

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Melissa Wagoner – A Slice of the Pie

I just spent an entire morning negotiating the administration and shipping of three specially ordered COVID tests so that my children and I can travel to visit their grandparents in a little over three weeks – and I’m still not sure I have it all straight.

The challenge lies in the timing, in order to travel to this particular state, one must have, prior to boarding the flight, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result – administered by one of only a handful of specific testing partners no more than 72 hours prior to the last leg of the flight. 

Village food court – A trio of dining cart options in one outdoor space

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Customers wait for their order at From Russia with Love.

By Melissa Wagoner

Despite a stormy night, the atmosphere is festive beneath the glowing blue and white striped tent over LC’s Outdoor Market – the newly opened food cart pod in downtown Mount Angel. 

“At this point we’re just creating the atmosphere,” Kirk Deignan who, along with his wife, Mary, owns From Russia with Love – a chain of five food carts dispersed throughout Oregon.

Initially opened for business during Oktoberfest, the Market’s vendors hit the ground running, with crowds of hungry patrons lining up to indulge in the popular Mos-Cow peroshki and beef pelmeni at From Russia with Love and the scratch-made Reubens at Fire Side Grille.

Elves back in business – Holiday bazaars, festivals, make comeback

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The Mount Angel-Silverton Hazelnut Fest & German Holiday Market is back this year, with regional vendors like Blue Sky Fungi scheduled to return.

By Melissa Wagoner

Holiday bazaars are not just providing holiday spirit this year, they’re also bringing a little bit of “normal” to a year that has been anything but.

“In a way it is a little more special this year,” Kim White – Vendor Coordinator for Santa Mouse, Silverton’s longest running holiday bazaar – confirmed. “It is giving us something to look forward to.”

Datebook: December 2021

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Frequent Addresses

Mt. Angel Public Library, 290 Charles St.

Silverton High, 1456 Pine St., Silverton.

Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield, 503-873-3093. Age 50 and older.

Silver Creek Fellowship,
822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton.

Weekly Events

Monday

SACA Food Pantry, 9 a.m. – noon, SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. Repeats Thursdays. 503-873-3446, silvertonareacommunityaid.org

Mt. Angel Community & Senior Center Store, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., 195 E Charles St. Repeats Tuesday – Saturday. Volunteers needed. 503-845-6998

Mt. Angel Food Pantry, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mt. Angel Community Center, 195 E Charles St. Repeats Wed. 503-845-6998

Christmas cheer – New Silverton mural now at Oregon Garden Resort

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Lori Rodrigues beside her newest mural at the Oregon Garden Resort.

By Melissa Wagoner 

Silverton’s newest mural is a bit off the beaten track, but definitely worth the trip. Located at the Oregon Garden Resort, this 40-foot tribute to all things Christmas, is the latest creation of prolific muralist, Lori Rodrigues, and a focal point for the upcoming Silverton Christmas Market.

“Learning about the ideas for the market really drew me in,” Rodrigues said of the influence the event’s theme, the traditional German Christmas market, had on the mural’s design.

‘Willing to work’ Serving Silverton 65 years, Dr. Davies dies

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Dr. Olwyn Davies

By Brenna Wiegand

Turns out Dr. Davies never had to set a retirement date, something he was not looking forward to.

When Our Town sat down with Dr. Olwyn K. Davies in July, the 92-year-old physician was still seeing patients at his office in Silverton, where he was surrounded by massive stacks of files, each belonging to a beloved patient he was hoping to transfer into the hands of a worthy substitute.

Davies was profoundly aware of their role in helping him achieve something amazing.

Stu for Silverton – Remembering former mayor, trailblazer Stu Rasmussen

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Stu Rasmussen

By Silverton Mayor Kyle Palmer

It is with sadness that I report that Mayor Stu Rasmussen passed away Wednesday [Nov. 17] around 11 a.m. after a number of weeks under home hospice care for metastatic prostate cancer.

His longtime love Victoria noted that “he went bravely into the unknown on his own terms.”

One of the few people around with single name familiarity in our community and beyond, Stu received international attention in 2008 when he became the nation’s first transgender mayor. His story was featured in People Magazine, on Good Morning America, and was the subject of a stage production in Seattle titled Stu for Silverton.

In Memoriam: Stewart Alan “Stu” Rasmussen (Sept. 9, 1948 – Nov. 17, 2021)

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In Memoriam: Jack Lloyd Conner (Oct. 24, 1935 – Oct. 29, 2021)

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Jack Lloyd Conner, 86, passed away Oct. 29, 2021 at home with family and friends. He was born on Oct. 24, 1935 in Hollywood, California to Kenneth and Neva Conner. He was raised in Topanga Canyon, and Pacific Palisades, California with one older sister. 

He graduated from University High School in Los Angeles, California in 1954. In school he was on the track (shot-put) and football teams.

On Oct. 8, he married Christine Fields at Lake Hills Community Church in Laguna Hills, California. They had no children of their own, but he was Godfather to two, a beloved uncle and fondly remembered as coach, mentor, friend and Santa Claus to children from his church, neighborhood, and many families and friends.

In Memoriam: Rosemarie Santogrossi (Jan. 18, 1938 – Nov. 15, 2021)

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Rosemarie I. Santogrossi of Keizer, Oregon died at age 83 on Nov. 15, 2021 at Salem Hospital after a
brief illness. 

She was born on Jan. 18,  1938 in Pasadena, California to Walter G. Wolmer and Matilda Braun Wolmer.  

After high school and a few years of employment she married Edmund Santogrossi, a native of Brooklyn, New York. They raised three boys, Michael (Br. Ansgar), Stephen and Matthew in Southern California. 

In 1993 they moved to Oregon, where Edmund died in 2005. Rosemarie was known for her kindness, attention and sweetness to everyone she met and had a large circle of relatives and friends she kept in touch with.  

In Memoriam: Kathy Ratliff (June 14, 1950 – Nov. 10, 2021)

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Kathy Lorraine Ratliff of Mount Angel, Oregon passed in the early hours of Nov. 10. Her kind spirit and tight embrace still, and always will, linger in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know her. 

The wife of an army mechanic turned farmer, Kathy Lorraine dedicated her life to her family. A nurturing soul, she and her husband, Carl, raised two boys; eventually welcoming grandchildren and great grandchildren into the world. 

True to her roots, Kathy was born in the heart of the Willamette Valley along with her four sisters, Virginia, Kimberly, Toni, and Sandi, only living for a short stint in Germany while Carl served before settling in Mount Angel. 

In Memoriam: Ida Beth Freitag (April 25, 1940 – Oct. 11, 2021)

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Ida Beth (Salton) Freitag passed away on Oct. 11, 2021, at the age of 81, following an unexpected recurrence of breast cancer from eight prior years. She is survived by her husband of 57 years Charles (Chuck) Freitag, daughter Lisa (John), son Bret (Heather), and her six grandchildren: Brynna, Carter, Jorie, Tyler, Joshua and Matthea.

Ida Beth was born April 25, 1940, in the remote town of Marathon, Iowa. The privations of farm life and loss of her father at age five forged a pragmatic and sustaining instinct along with the influence of older siblings Donna, and George, a father figure to her. 

State champs! Foxes hold off Thurston to claim 5A football title

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Silverton head coach Josh Craig (back to camera) gets a hug from defensive lineman Lawson McEntire after the Foxes downed Thurston to win the Class 5A state title.

By James Day

HILLSBORO – The Silverton High football team raced out to a 23-0 lead Saturday against Thurston and then held on in resilient fashion to take a 26-20 victory against the Colts and earn the Foxes’ first state football title since 1991. 

Silveton also got payback for 2019, when Thurston dominated the Foxes 44-14 in the semifinals. The Colts took state titles in 2018 and 2019.

Trojans fall to Coquille 38-28 in tough 2A football final

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By James Day

Kennedy’s shot at a second Class 2A football title ended Saturday with a 38-28 loss to Coquille at Cottage Grove High.

Gunner Yates, the Red Devils’ standout running back, rushed for an OSAA title game record 388 yards and 5 TDs. Yates, who carried 23 times and only once was stopped for a loss, scored on runs of 55, 26, 74, 61 and 48 for the No. 4 Red Devils, who won their first title since 1970.

Shooting stars – Silverton trap shooters score big

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James Day

The Silverton High trap shooting program turned in standout performances during the just-completed fall season. The Foxes had a record turnout of 34 participants.

The Foxes placed second in Class 1A-Conference 4 behind Canby. The top five shooters for Silverton were John Montgomery (23.10 average out of 25 targets), Quinn Kelley (22.70), Kyle Schmidt (22.40), Levi Haun (22.25) and Dylan Sanarov (22.20. 

Montgomery and Kelley both finished in the top 25 out of 432 shooters in Oregon. Three Silverton shooters, Tayte Beede, Nathan Miller and Gabriel Voll, all turned in a 25 straight performance during the season. Kelley registered 50 in a row.

Sports Datebook: December 2021

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Wednesday, Dec. 1

Girls Basketball

7:30 p.m. Silverton vs Jesuit

Tuesday, Dec. 7

Boys Basketball

7:30 p.m. Silverton vs Thurston

Wednesday, Dec. 8

Wrestling

6 p.m. Silverton vs Lebanon

Thursday, Dec. 9

Boys Basketball

5:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Western Christian

Girls Basketball

7 p.m. Kennedy vs Western Christian

Friday, Dec. 10

Girls Basketball

7:30 p.m. Silverton vs Springfield

Tuesday, Dec. 14

Girls Basketball

7:30 p.m. Silverton vs Corvallis

Friday, Dec. 17

Girls Basketball

7:30 p.m. Silverton vs Sherwood

A Grin at the End: Congratulatory antics – A bit too much, a bit too often

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Carl Sampson

As a red-blooded, all-American guy, I’ve been watching a lot of football these days. There’s nothing better than a Sunday afternoon of watching highly paid athletes knock heads with one another to lower the stress level.

But as I watched the games I noticed something – actually, it was pretty hard to miss. Often, when a player caught a pass or made a touchdown, he would spend the next few minutes celebrating. He would strut around flexing his muscles. Occasionally, his teammates would join in with some sort of jumping around.

Stu Rasmussen: Sept. 9, 1948 – Nov. 17, 2021

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Stewart Alan “Stu” Rasmussen died Nov. 17 2021 at the age of 73. Stu, the indefatigable engineer who became America’s first openly transgender mayor, was born in Silverton, Oregon on Sept. 9, 1948 as an only child to Albert and Nan Rasmussen. Stu, who used both he and she pronouns, was a self-described nerd from the start and thanks to a handful of local mentors and adopted parents his love for TV, radio, and all things electronic flourished.

Rapid response commended – Silverton Lions Club presented with awards for Santiam Canyon fire service

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By Melissa Wagoner

Long before the flames of the Labor Day 2020 wildfires were extinguished, Ward Frederick knew he had to do something to help those who had lost everything to the flames.

Lions Club District Governor, Lynn Coon, standing with Heidi Ostrom, Pastor Michael Stair, Tomina Wolff, Ward Frederick, Jon Debo and Steve Potter.

“Besides being a Realtor and doing business up there, I have a restaurant background and am in the wholesale food business,” Frederick – a principal broker with John L Scott Realty and the owner of a Mission Foods Distributorship – said. His background provided the impetus for the seven-day-a-week, three-meal-a-day field kitchen he eventually set up deep in the Santiam Canyon.

Comforting cats

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Author Donna Hues’ new essay is published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Clever, Curious, Caring Cat.

By Melissa Wagoner

When Donna Hues learned that her short story, “Guard Cat,” was among the top 300 contenders for a spot in the popular book series, Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Clever, Curious, Caring Cat, she was more than a little surprised.

“They get 1,000-plus stories,” Hues said of the fierce competition. She’s normally a historical fiction novelist. “I thought well, if I even get good feedback that would be OK.”

Not so fast – COVID-19 vaccinations and mandates challenged

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Guest Opinion by Colleen Beyer

Recently, Dixon Bledsoe intimated that any reason to not get the COVID vaccine(s) is “misinformation.” The following are possible reasons not only of why someone might be hesitant to take the vaccines, but why someone might question “approved” sources.

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System is the data capture method critical in cases where vaccines are still in their Phase 4 trial stage, as some of the COVID vaccines are. Society at large is participating this final trial. The deaths reported after receiving COVID vaccines in 2021 is greater than the deaths reported from all vaccines COMBINED over the last 30 years. Not only studies, but healthcare “whistleblowers” also attest to the fact that most (90% to 99%) of injuries from vaccines go unreported.  

Project delayed – Silverton Road bridge won’t re-open ‘til late January

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By James Day

Silverton-area residents who have gotten used to detours around the Silverton Road bridge project are going to have to hang in there for another two months.

Marion County officials originally hoped to open the bridge over the Little Pudding River between 60th Avenue and 64th Place by next week. However, utility issues and other “unforeseen delays” have changed that timeline to Jan. 31, said Steven Preszler, the project manager for the county.

Silverton Road remains closed to through traffic at Howell Prairie Road at the east end and Cordon Road on the west side. Motorists can continue to use the two main detours established by the county, Sunnyview Road and Hazelgreen Road.

Briseno power – Ball-carrier keeps Foxes offense balanced

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James Day

When the football season started we knew that Silverton boasted some potent offensive weapons. Quarterback Jordan McCarty was back for his third season as a starter. Veteran wide receivers Vandon Fessler and Austin Ratliff also were on hand, as well as a sizable and seasoned offensive line. That left running back.

During fall camp fifth-year coach Josh Craig suggested it might be a “running back by committee” sort of approach, involving Jackson Pfeifer, Keegan Walter, James Toland and Alex Briseno. Then Pfeifer hurt his foot. Toland and Walter also were vital to the defensive effort as linebackers. That left Briseno, an unheralded 5-9, 150-pound junior, to assume the heavy lifting.

In Memoriam: Viola Kollen (March 8, 1927 – Oct. 31, 2021)

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Viola Kollen, age 94 of Mount Angel, Oregon passed away peacefully on Oct. 31, 2021 at Salem Hospital. Viola was born on March 8, 1927 in Pierz, Minnesota to Leo and Loretta Duerr. She was the oldest of 8 children.

Viola worked for 28 years at the Mount Angel Abbey Press. From there, she worked at Wilco Farmers for ten years. After she retired, she volunteered at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Viola was devoted to her Catholic faith, was a member of St. Ann’s Altar Society and attended daily Mass at Mount Angel Towers while she lived there.

In Memoriam: Ruby H. Mattison (April 12, 1927 – Oct. 29, 2021)

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Ruby H. Mattison passed away on Oct. 29, 2021 of cancer. She was born on April 12, 1927 in North Dakota. She moved with her parents, Knute and Lila Peterson, and her eight siblings to Hubbard, Oregon in the 1930s. In May of 1946, she married Victor Mattison, who preceded her in death.

In 1956, the couple moved to their home in Evans Valley, where they lived for 52 years.

She loved camping, fishing, family gatherings, neighbors, and friends.

She is survived by her four children: Dennis (Mary) Tucson, Arizona; Larry (Pam) Union, Oregon; Rhonda (Pierre), Montreal, Canada; and Greg (Joanne), Silverton, Oregon; her 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, whom she adored.

In Memoriam: Jeff Hande (July 3, 1956 – Oct. 29, 2021)

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Jeff Hande was born in Salem, on July 3, 1956. His parents were John Carleton “Jack” Hande and Donna Mae (Brandt) Hande. Jeff passed away Oct. 29, 2021 at the age of 65.

Jeff was handicapped physically and mentally, but there was no limit to his outgoing, jovial, loving sweet personality. He had limited ability to express himself with words, but when you got to know him, communication was much improved.

He lived in Salem, Brownsville, and Silverton, Oregon. Most of his life he was cared for in institutions. He was resident of Fairview Training Center until it downsized. He was then cared for in a group home for many years by the Catholic Community Services Paragon Program. 

In Memoriam: Callie Ann Jacobsen (July 5, 1937 – Oct. 31, 2021)

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Callie Ann Jacobsen died peacefully in her home on Oct. 31, 2021 in Silverton, Oregon. She was 84.

Callie was born on July 5, 1937 in Silverton to parents John and Wilda Jacobsen. She had a long-time career in Office Administration, retiring in 2000.

Callie was a sweet, spunky, outgoing and an adventurous lady. She enjoyed a wide range of activities including rafting, hunting, dancing, traveling, painting, and going to her ranch in Eastern Oregon. Most of all she loved spending time with her family and friends.

In Memoriam: James Alvin Roth (April 8, 1949 – Oct. 17, 2021)

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Jim Roth was born to Alvin and Elizabeth Roth on April 8, 1949 in Silverton, Oregon. He passed away in the early morning hours on Oct. 17, 2021 at the age of 72. 

He went to elementary school at Silver Crest and attended Silverton Union High School where he participated in football, baseball and wrestling – where he finished his senior season as a state finalist. 

Jim received his Bachelor’s degree from Pacific University in 1972 where he wrestled, played football and golf. He received his Master’s in Education from Lewis and Clark University in 1977. 

People Out Loud: Exceptional experiment – Veterans, flags and corn bread stuffing

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By the time this edition of Our Town is published, Veteran’s Day 2021 will be a thing of the past. Perhaps you bought the 9,000 thread count California King sheets at the “Massive Veteran’s Day Bedding Sale,” where they pretend to care about those who serve and served. Maybe you drove around town with your American Flag waving proudly from the bed of your F-150 or took your Pops to get free pie at the local café. Sure, I am a few days late, but my mind has been on vets a lot these days, and patriotism.

Roth’s Fresh Markets sold – Canadian company pledges no change in local operations

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The Roth’s market in Silverton. The nine-store group, which also includes a Stayton store, is being sold to a Canadian company.

By James Day

Maybe it was the white shirts and green bow ties. Or the way Roth’s always seemed to be involved in community affairs and causes. Or the tradition of an employee, often a student or teenager, always ferrying your groceries to your car.

Or maybe you ran into Orville Roth himself in the produce section or bagging and he gave you one of his patented arm squeezes.

Subdivision OK’d – Council overrules earlier denial of Eureka Avenue project

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A look at the property on Eureka Avenue in Silverton that a developer wants to subdivide into 22 lots. Absent appeals to the state, the project will go forward.

By James Day

A planned 22-lot subdivision near the Oregon Garden is closer to reality after the Silverton City Council voted 6-1 to approve the plan.

The council action on Oct. 4 overturned a decision to reject the plan on July 13 from the city’s Planning Commission. The council heard the developer’s appeal at its Sept. 13 meeting, then held a public hearing, deliberated and voted on Oct. 4.

Trust hosts free community Thanksgiving

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The Elizabeth Hoke Memorial Trust will provide a free community Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 25, 1 – 3 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N. Church St., Silverton. Due to COVID-19 precautions, it will be a drive through event.

Elizabeth was born on Sept. 12, 1999 in Silverton and spent her entire life living on her family’s farm. She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Elizabeth graduated Valedictorian from Silverton High School in June 2017. She was killed in an automobile accident by a speeding, drunk driver while on her way to her first week of college at Western Oregon University. She planned to study biology.

Lunaria presents new show ‘Inspired’

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Through the month of November, Lunaria Gallery in Silverton features Kara Pilcher on the main floor, plus the annual Member Holiday Gift Show will be held in the upstairs Loft Gallery.

Inspired by dance, grandchildren, the garden, and books, featured artist Kara Pilcher was motivated to try to capture an image with paint, usually watercolors. The result has been a stack of “starts”, some which have been patiently waiting for years. 

The show will be on view from Nov. 3 through 28, with a First Friday artist meet and greet on Nov. 5 from 7 – 9 p.m.

Taking care of a Wright – Grant boosts needed Gordon House upkeep

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The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Gordon House was successfully moved to Silverton in 2001.

By Brenna Wiegand

Last month the Oregon Cultural Trust awarded the Gordon House Conservancy a grant of $13,325 toward ongoing preservation of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed home.

The money goes a long way toward funding the stabilization of a sagging 20-foot beam spanning its living room, thereby preserving the home’s structural integrity and protecting the Conservancy’s mission of educating the public about the only house in Oregon designed by the renowned architect.

Unsung heroes – Author writes stories of Silverton’s first 100 years

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Norman English with his book about Silverton

By Melissa Wagoner

Norman English didn’t set out to become a writer. But when he retired from a career as a Field Officer working for Workman’s Comp of Oregon 13 years ago, writing found him.

“I’ve always liked the process of writing,” English said. Recalling, “The first thing I printed was – we had a family reunion 20 years ago and leading up to it I thought, I want to write a book about family history. It was 100 pages or so and I really enjoyed that.”

Not a stitch in sight – A pandemic hobby revives an old tradition

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By Melissa Wagoner

When quarantine boredom came knocking during the spring of 2020, Adeline Schmitz and Jeff Marshall did something they never imagined they would do – they picked up paintbrushes and began to paint – barn quilts.

Barn Quilts artist Adeline Schmitz

Typically seen on barns, sheds, garages and even chicken coops – these large, wooden boards painted with brightly colored, often geometric designs have an estimated 300-year history on the east coast of the United States, especially among the Pennsylvania Dutch.

Datebook: November 2021

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Frequent Addresses

Mt. Angel Public Library, 290 Charles St.

Silveton High, 1456 Pine St., Silverton.

Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield, 503-873-3093. Age 50 and older.

Silver Creek Fellowship,
822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton.

Weekly Events

Monday

SACA Food Pantry, 9 a.m. – noon, SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. Repeats Thursdays. 503-873-3446, silvertonareacommunityaid.org

Mt. Angel Community & Senior Center Store, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., 195 E Charles St. Repeats Tuesday – Saturday. Volunteers needed. 503-845-6998

Mt. Angel Food Pantry, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mt. Angel Community Center, 195 E Charles St. Repeats Wed. 503-845-6998

Investing in community – Congressman visits Habitat site in Silverton

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Congressman Kurt Schrader visits with the future homeowners of a house in the new North Willamette Habitat for Humanity development in Silverton.

Congressman Kurt Schrader made a trip to Silverton recently to tour the site of North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity’s planned development. 

This project is the largest to date for the affiliate, and is the first step in addressing a grave shortage of affordable housing for a diverse population within the community. Plans call for thedevelopment to be home to 18 local families, including members of the BIPOC, senior and veteran communities.

The Comeback town – Mount Angel raises $50,000 for fire losses

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The Mt. Angel community and its neighbors have rallied in support of the businesses affected by the Oct. 9 downtown fire.

By James Day

In those corny old black-and-white movies a bunch of kids (Mickey Rooney usually was involved) would at some point declare “Let’s put on a show!” 

Great energy would be expended and odds overcome as the spunky kids saved the day.

In Mount Angel, it’s a bit different. It’s more like “Let’s put on a festival!” Because that’s what Mount Angel does best, that’s what Mount Angel did.

Prayers for the dead – All Souls Day begins a month of remembrance

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For the Benedictine Sisters of Mount Angel, November is the prayer month for remembering the deceased. 

Starting with All Souls Day, Nov. 2, through the First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 28, the Sisters will include in their prayers a remembrance of the deceased: community members, loved ones, friends, alumni and oblates. They also welcome requests to pray for the deceased friends and loved ones of others. 

Anyone can make a request by emailing benedictinefoundation@gmail.com or by calling 503-845-2556 and submitting the names to be included in the chapel’s prayer basket.

In Memoriam: Dorothea ‘Eileen’ Lalicker (May 31, 1923 – Oct. 10, 2021)

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Eileen Lalicker, 98, longtime Silverton, Oregon resident passed away on Oct. 10, 2021. She was born on May 31, 1923 in Hazelton, Kansas to Frank and Bessie (McMullin) Page, the oldest of five.

She graduated from Medicine Lodge High School in 1941. During her junior year, she met John Lalicker, and they were married on Aug. 3, 1943. John preceded her in death, on May 21, 2021.

In Memoriam: William Mercer Harris IV (April 16, 1925 – Sept. 15, 2021)

November 2021 Posted in Obituary | Comments Off on In Memoriam: William Mercer Harris IV (April 16, 1925 – Sept. 15, 2021)

William Mercer Harris IV, of Keizer, Oregon, died from pneumonia complications on Sept. 15 at 8:40 p.m. at his nephew’s home in Silverton, Oregon.

William was born in Georgeton, D.C., April 16, 1925 to Olive Ruth Martin Harris (1890-1964) and William Oscar Harris (1896-1991). 

He enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps at 17, receiving his Silver Pilot Wings in 1944 at Freemen Field, Seymour, Indiana. He received a bachelor’s degrees in horticulture and chemistry from the University of Maryland with a minor in animal husbandry, a math degree from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and an engineering degree from the University of Wyoming in 1963.

In Memoriam: Raymond Louis Rom (May 27, 1931 – Oct. 8, 2021)

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Raymond Louis Rom was born on May 27, 1931 in Musselshell, Montana to Frank and Lucille Rom.  He died surrounded by family on Oct. 8, 2021. 

Ray grew up in Roundup, Montana. Growing up he developed a passion for big band and jazz music, starting his own band, The Red Hots, while in high school. He fought in the Korean War following high school and then attended the University of Montana, majoring in music where he met his wife, Donna. 

In Memoriam: Kenneth Clair Robinson (May 28, 1935 – Sept. 25, 2021)

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Kenneth Clair Robinson of Silverton, Oregon, died peacefully and without pain from kidney failure at home surrounded by his loving wife and two children.

Kenneth was born in Mansfield, Ohio on May 25, 1935 to Ethel Eloise Bond Robinson (1915-1990) and John Clair Robinson (1911-1978). An only child, Kenneth moved many times during his childhood with his parents, back and forth between Ohio, Florida, and California. 

In Memoriam: David Marion Kemper (Sept. 23, 1935 – Oct. 16, 2021)

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David Marion Kemper passed away on Oct.16, 2021. David was born Sep. 23, 1935 at home outside Jefferson, Oregon to Robert and Pearl Kemper. He joined older brother, Robert (Bud) Jr. By the time David was in second grade the family had moved to the Silverton, Oregon area to be close to extended family.

While a freshman at Silverton High School, David met the love of his life, Marjorie Beasley. They were married August 21, 1955, eleven weeks after their high school graduation.

In Memoriam: Jennie Lee Peters (Jan. 19, 1936 – Sept. 13, 2021)

November 2021 Posted in Obituary | Comments Off on In Memoriam: Jennie Lee Peters (Jan. 19, 1936 – Sept. 13, 2021)

Jennie Lee Peters was born to John and Irma Schmidt on Jan. 19, 1936 in Goessel, Kansas. She died suddenly at home from an apparent heart attack on Sept. 13, 2021. 

Jennie was the second of four children and grew up on a farm near Newton, Kansas. This was during the Depression which made things difficult, but she never lacked food or love. She loved the farm and farm animals. She had her own beloved horse for many years. 

In Memoriam: Wendi Noel Lucarellie (Feb. 10, 1973 – Aug. 19, 2021)

November 2021 Posted in Obituary | Comments Off on In Memoriam: Wendi Noel Lucarellie (Feb. 10, 1973 – Aug. 19, 2021)

Wendi Lucarellie was born in Mission Viejo, California eight minutes after her twin sister, Aimee.

Her childhood was spent in California where she attended Mission Hills Christian School and was then homeschooled through high school. She was an ‘A’ student. She later moved to Silverton, Oregon and attended beauty college, becoming a hair stylist for many years. She eventually moved to Salem, Oregon. Her children were always her top priority. She enjoyed collecting fairies, stitching embroidery and cooking. She loved celebrating and decorating with her children for the holidays.

In Memoriam: Donna Jo Antonson (June 24, 1940 – Sept. 18, 2021)

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Donna Jo (DeGuire) Antonson, of Silverton, Oregon, passed away at home on Sept.  18, 2021 of natural causes.

She was born on June 24, 1940 to Donald and Josephine Sawyer. When Donna was six-years-old, Josephine married Elbert DeGuire, who later adopted her.

After graduating from Silverton High School in 1958, she attended dental technician school in San Francisco, California. After graduation, she moved back to Silverton where she married Jack Nusbaum on Oct. 1, 1960. They had three children, Jeffrey, Todd and Debbie.

In 1983, while working at Silverton High School as a teacher’s aide, Donna married Jack Antonson, high school teacher and athletic director.

In Memoriam: Thomas William Scott (Dec. 7, 1932 – Oct. 18, 2021)

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Thomas William (Bill) Scott, passed away peacefully on Oct. 18, 2021, under the care of hospice at Mount Angel Towers Health Center.

Bill was born on Dec. 7, 1932 in Greeley, Nebraska. The family moved to a farm in Mount Angel, Oregon when Bill was a young boy. He was the oldest of 13 brothers and sisters.

Later in life, Bill married Lois Ann Clark and they shared 50 years of marriage. They raised a family of one daughter and three sons, on a farm along the banks of Abiqua Creek which they were very proud of.

In Memoriam: Carolyn Berg (July 3, 1935 – Oct. 22, 2021)

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Carolyn Berg… Loved by many.

She was born, on the sidewalk, in Yuma, Arizona, on July 3, 1935 to John F. and Fay Cox Ham. She passed from this life on Oct. 22, 2021 in Silverton.

Those who knew her will tell you that Carolyn was one of the most selfless people around. She was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend.

Champs again! Foxes hold off West Albany in instant classic

November 2021 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Champs again! Foxes hold off West Albany in instant classic

James Day

When the football schedules come out you always circle the Silverton-West Albany match-up. The past 8 times the two teams have played, including Friday night’s 28-21 Foxes win at McGinnis Field, either a league title has been on the line or the game has been in the playoffs.

The two schools are 4-4 in those eight contests, with Silverton holding a 144-140 edge in points. The Foxes won the league title in 2018, the Bulldogs in 2019, with COVID wiping out the
2020 race.

A Grin at the End: Algorithm monster – Pushing us to the edge on purpose

November 2021 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Other | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: Algorithm monster – Pushing us to the edge on purpose

carl sampson

For six hours last month we were all safe. Safe from misinformation, safe from ads targeted at us. Safe from posts that were only there because someone paid for them.

Facebook and Instagram were offline.

How this happened is anyone’s guess. Facebook said the “configuration” got out of whack. That is IT talk for “I don’t know.” Someone at headquarters probably hit the wrong button.

Looking to rebuild – Community regroups after destructive downtown fire

October 2021 Posted in Business, Community, News, Other, Photo Gallery | Comments Off on Looking to rebuild – Community regroups after destructive downtown fire

By James Day

Mount Angel is in recovery mode this week as the community reels from a devastating weekend fire that destroyed historic structures and four businesses.

The fire, which was called in just before 1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, wiped out a highly visible swath of commercial property along the railroad tracks that separate the Mt. Angel Highway and Highway 214.

Destroyed in the fire were Hidden Bed of Oregon, the Blackbird Granary Antiques & Curiosities, KP Harvest Time Products and Wood Pellet Products. 

Witnessing an act of bravery

October 2021 Posted in Community, Other, People | Comments Off on Witnessing an act of bravery

We all have a different image of what it means to be a hero. For some, it is a flying, caped super-human; for others, an inspiring ancestor whose legacy has shaped the lives of their family. In recent months, our healthcare workers have proven to be an army of heroes. For many of us, encountering a true hero in our day-to-day life is a rare and standalone experience and one that is impressed firmly into one’s heart. This past Saturday, amidst the smoke and flames of the historic Mount Angel blaze, over 120 heroes fought with all they had not only to save the buildings, businesses, and livelihoods of the affected parties, but to preserve the welfare of the town itself.

Unintended consequences – Vaccine mandate ends some careers

October 2021 Posted in Community, Other, Your Health | Comments Off on Unintended consequences – Vaccine mandate ends some careers

By Melissa Wagoner

When Robin Hyslop left her shoes on the sidewalk in front of Legacy Silverton on Sept. 30, she left behind a lot more than a pair of worn-out sneakers – she left behind a 33-year career as a Certified Nursing Assistant, coworkers she’s come to think of as family and trust in a system she feels has failed her.

“My life has altered greatly going forward,” she said. “And unfortunately, I’ve lost trust in the people who I thought I could trust – not local people but higher up, especially the government who are continuing to give these vaccines when they know they’re not safe.”

A Slice of the Pie: Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters or a plumber?

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Melissa Wagoner – A Slice of the Pie

I recently learned something rather astounding – if you ask for ghost stories, prepare for an onslaught. Houses, storefronts, restaurants, nursing homes – and apparently nearly every school in area – all come with a ghost story or two attached. And many of them took place in… bathrooms? 

Which prompts the question – why bathrooms? Because – and I don’t want to come off as a naysayer here – many ghosts appear to be infatuated with flushing toilets. Is it something to do with ease of use? The satisfying sound? Or is it simply old and leaky pipes?

The Noble Fox – Location mixes with vision to serve up a new dining experience

October 2021 Posted in Business, Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on The Noble Fox – Location mixes with vision to serve up a new dining experience

By Melissa Wagoner

When Jeramie Mykisen and his step-father Jeffrey Tinkham learned that the Silverton Wine Bar was for sale they instantly jumped at the chance to make it their own.

Jeramie Mykisen and Jeffrey Tinkham flank Chef, Andrew Banas, at the Noble Fox

“It was just too good to pass up,” Mykisen said. 

The previous beverage director for McMenamins and the author of the recipe book, Quintessential Cocktails, Mykisen knows a thing or two about how to make a bar a success. And the space, located in the center of downtown Silverton on the corner of Water and West Main streets, with balcony seating overlooking Silver Creek, was just begging him to work his magic. 

Live arts return – Albeit slowly, and with COVID-inspired caution

October 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Music, People | Comments Off on Live arts return – Albeit slowly, and with COVID-inspired caution

By Melissa Wagoner

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, in the spring of 2020, the students at Silverton Ballet and Performing Arts Company were weeks away from the annual spring recital. The culmination of months – if not years – of practice and hard work, it was never really an option to cancel the show. Instead, studio owner Paula Magee got creative, moving the performance to her own backyard and breaking it up into smaller groups. 

“It took four full days to get through every class, but the kids were so excited,” she recalled.

Not just coats – Winter wear collection keeps kids warm

October 2021 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Not just coats – Winter wear collection keeps kids warm

By Melissa Wagoner

Right now, with schools finally back in session, many kids are spending more time outside for recess, PE and lunch, prompting teachers to send home reminders saying, “Don’t let your children forget their coats.”

But what if there are no coats to send? 

That’s where the annual Coats for Kids Winter Coat Drive comes in.

“It’s just something we’ve always thought is important,” Jan Holowati, Silverton Together Program Cooridnator said. The nonprofit organization started the annual drive more than 15 years ago.

“You want your kids to be warm… and they grow so fast,” she added.

In Memoriam: Donald Lee Corsetti (May 9, 1947 – Sept. 29, 2021)

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Beloved husband, father, and grandfather Donald Lee Corsetti passed away at the age of 74 on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021.

Donald was born May 9, 1947 in Eureka, California to Alfredo and Frances Corsetti. Donald graduated in Eureka from St. Bernard’s Academy in 1965. After high school graduation, Donald attended Mount Angel College in Mount Angel, Oregon and graduated in 1969 with a Master’s Degree in Arts.

In Memoriam: Phyllis Kay Burk (Sept. 10, 1933 – Sept. 19, 2021)

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Phyllis Kay Burk, born Sept. 10, 1933 in Brooklyn New York, died Sept. 19, 2021 in Silverton, Oregon at the age of 88. She was preceded in death by her husband Oliver Wendell Burk and sons Terry and David. She is survived by son, Steven (Cindy) Burk of Silverton; son, Mark (Lisa) Burk of Silverton; daughter, Lorraine (Rick) Bergerson of Henderson, Nevada; daughter, Joanne (Stuart) Hartley of Silverton; son, Glenn (Joni) Burk of Beaverton, Oregon; along with 25 grandchildren and 48 great grandchildren.

Phyllis spent most of her early years in Southern California. After starting their family in California, the couple moved to the Drakes Crossing area in the Silverton Hills, where Wendell operated a small market and Phyllis worked for the state of Oregon.

In Memoriam: Laura Gooley (April 19, 1929 – Oct. 1, 2021)

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Laura Gooley, 92, of Mount Angel, Oregon passed away peacefully on Oct. 1, 2021 in her sleep at Mount Angel Towers where she had resided for many years.

Laura Davidson was born on April, 19, 1929 in St. Paul, Oregon to Edward and Eleanor (Kirk) Davidson. She was the fifth of seven children. She studied Home Economics at Marylhurst College.

Laura married Arthur Gooley of Mount Angel, on Nov. 17, 1951. They had five children. Laura and Art enjoyed 32 years before his passing in 1983 from cancer.

In Memoriam: Charles Noel Gardner (Oct. 24, 1935 – Sept. 20, 2021)

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Charles Noel Gardner was born Oct. 24, 1935 to Gaylord and Evelyn (Gilman) Gardner in Belen, New Mexico. He passed away on Sept. 20, 2021, after having a massive stroke.

Noel and his four siblings grew up on a farm in Cortez, Colorado. Noel dedicated his life to the service of God. He went to a number of colleges and universities through the years, earning two Masters Degrees (Wheaton College and Northeastern State University). He spent his adult life as a teacher in primarily Christian schools. He was a principal and taught at Markoma Bible Academy in Tahlequah, Oklahoma for 15 years, after which he and his wife, Eleanor, and their three sons moved to the Los Angeles area where he taught at Whittier Christian School for 20 years, retiring in 2000. He remained an avid reader and life-long learner.

Volleyball standouts – Foxes in three-way battle for league title

October 2021 Posted in People, School, Sports | Comments Off on Volleyball standouts – Foxes in three-way battle for league title

James Day

The Silverton High volleyball squad is locked in a three-way battle for the Mid-Willamette Valley Conference title – and state bragging rights as well.

At Our Town’s presstime the Foxes were 11-4 overall, 9-2 in league and ranked No. 3 in Class 5A. League foes West Albany (17-3, 11-0) and Crescent Valley (12-3, 8-2) are ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

“We’ve battled some fierce competition this season and our league has some of the best,” coach Kate O’Connor told Our Town. “This entire team brings the strength of flexibility, grit, tenacity, on top of being strong athletes.”

Skate Park update: Groundbreaking held for expansion

October 2021 Posted in Community, News, People, Sports | Comments Off on Skate Park update: Groundbreaking held for expansion

By James Day

Backers of the expansion of the Judy Schmidt Memorial Skate Park held a groundbreaking Sept. 11 for the next phase of the project.

Actually breaking ground given the dry summer proved to be a challenge, so organizer Sue Roessler said she “had to bring potting soil to layer on top so we could at least ‘move some earth.’”

Jason Franz

Silverton Mayor Kyle Palmer was on hand and noted that it was always the dream of Skate Park founder Jason Franz to add some “beginner components to help even the youngest skaters find their way into
the park.”

People Out Loud: Unequivocal – You have a choice on vaccinations, your employer does too

October 2021 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Your Health | Comments Off on People Out Loud: Unequivocal – You have a choice on vaccinations, your employer does too

Social Media is rife with misinformation, especially in the chaos of COVID. 

Lazy people use it as their “research.” VAERS is the “Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System”, a reporting system co-managed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). People grab stats at random from VAERS and then perpetuate inaccurate data to anyone who will listen. 

The truth is this – VAERS collects data and does not necessarily verify its validity. One claim made is that “There have been more deaths from COVID-19 vaccines than deaths from the actual virus.” SNOPES, the well-known and independent fact-checking site, rates that as 100% false, yet there are still idiots pushing that nonsense. 

Water dilemmas – Mitigating Oregon’s continuing drought

October 2021 Posted in Community, Other | Comments Off on Water dilemmas – Mitigating Oregon’s continuing drought

By Melissa Wagoner

It can be difficult to remember, as the fall rains roll into the Willamette Valley, that the area is still experiencing a severe and widespread drought.

“This is the second year of an extensive drought so it’s double bad,” Jan Lee, Executive Director of the Oregon Association of Conservation Districts – an organization representing 45 conservation districts throughout the state – confirmed. “One of the problems is record low water levels.”

Decreased rain, diminished snowpack, lower than normal river levels – are all symptoms that are easy to see and easy to track. But what’s not so readily apparent is what lies beneath the surface.

Development appeal – Council to consider subdivision on Eureka Avenue

October 2021 Posted in Community, News, Other | Comments Off on Development appeal – Council to consider subdivision on Eureka Avenue

By James Day

The Silverton City Council will hold a public hearing on an appeal of a proposal for a 22-lot subdivision on Eureka Avenue near the Oregon Garden.

The city Planning Commission denied the proposal at its July 13 meeting, but the property owner has appealed that decision to the council, which will hear it at its 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, meeting.

The developer, Charles Weathers of Orreo, LLC in Salem, wants to divide the 5.15-acre parcel into 22 lots, ranging in size from 6,345 square feet to 18,949 square feet.

Modernly traditional – New Silverton practice provides pediatric care

October 2021 Posted in Business, Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Modernly traditional – New Silverton practice provides pediatric care

By Melissa Wagoner

Scott Hamblin

Mark Helm

The recent closure of the Silverton branch of Childhood Health left Silverton families without a locally-based pediatric clinic – an situation Dr. Scott Hamblin and Dr. Mark Helm are determined to remedy.

“Scott and I didn’t want to give up the care of the kids in this area,” Helm, who worked alongside Hamblin at Childhood Health, said. “We enjoyed working in a small office. It was a really nice, smaller, calmer, easier to manage. It’s a friendlier, happier place to be than a large, stressful environment. So, we said, ‘We can make this work.’”

Dialectical therapy – Individual, group, coaching, in-the-moment services

October 2021 Posted in Business, Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Dialectical therapy – Individual, group, coaching, in-the-moment services

By Melissa Wagoner

Dr. Andrew Weitzman

During his 20-year career as a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Andrew Weitzman learned a great deal.

“Of those 20 years, my first seven were in community health in Vancouver, Washington,” Weitzman said of the time he spent working in drug and alcohol treatment. “Then I got a job at the state hospital for 13 years.”

These environments provided Weitzman with the experience he needed to work with a range of mental health issues, both in a hospital setting as well as in a clinic. But there was one thing no amount of on-the-job experience could prepare him for – the life altering loss of his sight.

Soundscape – Shindig returns to delight town

October 2021 Posted in Community, Music, People | Comments Off on Soundscape – Shindig returns to delight town

By Melissa Wagoner

When Nicholas Alan Coffey moved to Silverton six years ago, the annual Sidewalk Shindig was one of his favorite events. 

“You can have fun for free, you can bring the whole family and you can hangout for free all day,” Coffey said of the city-wide music festival Oct. 2 which will host 40 musical groups from blues, reggae and jazz to country, folk, rock and more on the sidewalks of Silverton.

“And it’s good quality!” he continued. 

Originating 10 years ago – when its predecessor, the Silverton Wine and Jazz Festival came to an end – the Shindig was the brainchild of Greg Hart, a local entrepreneur and musician. 

Datebook: October 2021

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Datebook Submission Information

To get your events and fundraisers published in Our Town send releases to datebook@mtangelpub.com. Or drop them off at 401 Oak St., Silverton.

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Frequent Addresses

Mt. Angel Public Library, 290 Charles St.

Silveton High, 1456 Pine St., Silverton.

Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield, 503-873-3093. Age 50 and older.

Silver Creek Fellowship,
822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton.

Weekly Events

Monday

SACA Food Pantry, 9 a.m. – noon, SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. Repeats Thursdays. 503-873-3446, silvertonareacommunityaid.org

Early experience – Health Occupations class gives high schoolers insight into careers

October 2021 Posted in People, School | Comments Off on Early experience – Health Occupations class gives high schoolers insight into careers

By Melissa Wagoner

Health Occupations student, America Blaser, Instructor Geralyn Sheets and former student Vanessa Meraz

Even in high school Vanessa Meraz knew she wanted to go into healthcare.

“Growing up I was very close to my grandparents and my grandma taught us that each of us had a talent that can be used to do good,” Meraz recalled. “I noticed science was the main subject that I enjoyed.” 

With this in mind, Meraz turned her sights on becoming a doctor, enrolling in Silverton High School’s Health Occupations course as an initial step in that direction. And that’s when she made an important discovery – she didn’t want to be a doctor at all.

Back to school rhythm – SHS’ principal discusses challenges, effort in opening weeks of semester

October 2021 Posted in Community, School, Your Health | Comments Off on Back to school rhythm – SHS’ principal discusses challenges, effort in opening weeks of semester

By Brenna Wiegand

Only two weeks of school had elapsed when Our Town touched base with Silverton High School Principal Sione Thompson, in his first year with the Silver Falls School District.

“It’s been quite a trial by fire but what makes it all worthwhile is that these are just terrific people,” he said. “They are kind and compassionate with the family values of caring about kids’ well-being and seeing they get a high level of education.”

In Memoriam: Marie Delia Garrow McCarty (June 29, 1918 – Sept.12, 2021)

October 2021 Posted in Obituary | Comments Off on In Memoriam: Marie Delia Garrow McCarty (June 29, 1918 – Sept.12, 2021)

Marie Delia Garrow was born in Portland, Oregon, to Veva (née Portwood) and Leo Garrow. Growing up in a lively Portland neighborhood, she attended St. Stephen’s for all 12 of her school years. Her father’s relatives, with their French-Belgian heritage, welcomed her on visits to their farm in Reedville, Oregon. After graduation she enjoyed working at for a time at Montgomery Wards.  

While visiting her mother’s relatives in Condon, eastern Oregon, Marie accepted an invitation to a rodeo with Vere McCarty. He came to the city to see her, they became engaged, married in 1941 and started a family.  

In Memoriam: Marlin Hutton – Celebration of Life

October 2021 Posted in Obituary | Comments Off on In Memoriam: Marlin Hutton – Celebration of Life

Marlin Hutton passed away Feb. 2, 2020. His family will be holding a Celebration of Life on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 at the Gallon House Farm Event Center, 7263 Gallon House Road NE, Silverton at 11 a.m. All family and friends welcome.
Call 503-875-4042 for more information.

In Memoriam: Joseph Robert Schwab (March 13, 1941 – Aug. 25, 2021)

October 2021 Posted in Obituary | Comments Off on In Memoriam: Joseph Robert Schwab (March 13, 1941 – Aug. 25, 2021)

Joseph Robert Schwab passed away peacefully in his home on Aug. 25, 2021 at age 80 after a brave fight with cancer. He was surrounded by his wife of 59 years, Evelyn, and his three children, Greg, Kris and Tom. Joe was literally and figuratively larger than life. 

After serving his country for eight years in the Air Force, he became a dedicated Oregon State Police Trooper and Game Warden in 1969 and had a career that spanned 25 years, retiring as a Lieutenant in 1994. 

Return of the zombies: Dancers needed for Thriller in the Streets

October 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on Return of the zombies: Dancers needed for Thriller in the Streets

By Melissa Wagoner 

What says Halloween more than a flash-mob of zombies jerkily dancing to Michael Jackson’s classic song from 1982, Thriller?

“It’s so cool,” Marta Hazekamp – owner of Revolutionary Dance and Movement Company in Silverton – said of the annual performance which will be making a comeback this Halloween.

“So many people were so excited to see it return,” she continued, estimating the last performance as 2014, when it became difficult to recruit dancers for the community-powered show. 

“If Halloween fell on a weeknight, we got progressively less people,” she recalled.

Soccer hopefuls: Foxes’ squads set to begin league play

October 2021 Posted in People, School, Sports | Comments Off on Soccer hopefuls: Foxes’ squads set to begin league play

James Day

Mid-Willamette Conference plays gets underway for the Silverton soccer squads this week, with both teams hoping to be contenders in the tough Class 5A league.

The boys squad is 3-0-2 and ranked No. 4 in Class 5A.  The girls are 1-2-1 but have had to cope with the loss of three scheduled matches because of COVID protocols.

Boys coach Marty Limbird has 11 returning players and nine newcomers, which he told Our Town “makes for a young, or fairly inexperienced team where we are leaning on the returning players a lot.”

Sports Datebook: October 2021

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Thursday, Sept. 2

Boys Soccer

4 p.m. Silverton vs Thurston/Mohawk

Friday, Oct. 1

Football

7 p.m. Silverton vs
Crescent Valley

Thursday,
Oct. 5

Boys Soccer

7 p.m. Silverton vs Woodburn

Wednesday, Oct. 6

Cross Country

4 p.m. Silverton, Kennedy @ Willamette Mission State Park

Thursday,
Oct. 7

Volleyball

6 p.m. Silverton vs Lebanon

Boys Soccer

6 p.m. Silverton vs Dallas

Football

7 p.m. Kennedy vs Regis

Monday,
Oct. 11

Girls Soccer

4:15 p.m. Kennedy/Salem Academy vs Amity/Western Christian

A Grin at the End: Crypto creeps – Hidden for a reason

October 2021 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: Crypto creeps – Hidden for a reason

carl sampson

The other day I was hanging off a ladder trying to patch a leak in the gutter over our garage doors. It had leaked for 11 years, but this was the moment I chose to fix it. One of my weapons of choice was some thick, industrial-strength waterproof tape. I figured if I used enough of it, anything could be made waterproof.

Except for one thing. I applied this magic tape with my bare hands. Pretty soon, there I was. My right hand was hermetically sealed to the gutter. I couldn’t peel off the tape. I couldn’t get down from the ladder. I was stuck, literally.

New chapter – Sheltering Silverton regroups following founder’s accident

September 2021 Posted in Community, News, Other, People | Comments Off on New chapter – Sheltering Silverton regroups following founder’s accident

By Melissa Wagoner

Rob and Trish Ambrose, along with newly hired, Hannah Paysinger, make up Sheltering Silverton’s new case management team

When Sarah White created, and later became the director of, Sheltering Silverton – a resource center advocating for those who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless – she already knew that someday she would leave the day-to-day operations for a more advisory position. 

“We had been working on an exit strategy that was going to take a year,” Hilary Dumitrescu, vice president of the organization’s board, said of the long-term plan she and White established.

What ‘purly’ teeth – Knitters Raised by Wolves give back to community

September 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Other | Comments Off on What ‘purly’ teeth – Knitters Raised by Wolves give back to community

By Melissa Wagoner

Knitters Raised by Wolves

When Celia Stapleton named her knitting group Knitters Raised by Wolves, she had one thing in mind. 

“The point is, children that were raised by wolves are feral – and we’re not nice ladies,” Stapleton laughed. Noting that the group isn’t a quiet bunch – at least not entirely. They knit, they crochet, they tat, they embroider and more than anything else they talk and laugh.

“The stories that they tell are something else,” member Vivienne Frankel agreed.

Oktoberfest 2021: Planning a big festival during the age of COVID-19

September 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Food & Drink, Music, People, Travel, Your Health | Comments Off on Oktoberfest 2021: Planning a big festival during the age of COVID-19

Much of the Mount Angel Oktoberfest can be enjoyed out of doors along the village streets, or in tents.

The familiar Oktoberfest venues will be up and running for the 2021 festival, some with new attrac- tions and activities.

By Melissa Wagoner

There have been a lot of sleepless nights for Oktoberfest board members since the COVID numbers began climbing in mid-July because, by then, planning for Mount Angel’s annual festival was well underway and organizers – having spent hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars in planning – were loath to pull the plug. 

Kids Polka Party – Beloved O’fest entertainer adds new event for 2021

September 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Food & Drink, Music, People | Comments Off on Kids Polka Party – Beloved O’fest entertainer adds new event for 2021

By Melissa Wagoner

The Astorga Family

“The Mount Angel Oktoberfest has always been a family-friendly, multi-generational festival,” Tecie Zollner Astorga said. 

And she should know, a member of the popular Oktoberfest band, Z Musikmakers, she has performed on stage alongside her family since she was a small child. 

“I’ve been a part of Z Musikmakers since I could walk,” Astorga confirmed, “singing on stage with my sisters while my dad played accordion and my mom played the piano. This will be my 33rd year entertaining at Mount Angel Oktoberfest.”

Paper master: Borland Gallery features scissor artist, author Jim Bornzin

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By Brenna Wiegand

Jim Bornzin

Swallowtail on Pink & White

Silverton Arts Association is featuring the work of local artist Jim Bornzin, whose show, “Amazing Scissorcuts,” runs Sept. 10-26 at the Borland Gallery.

Bornzin became fascinated with the German art form of scissor cutting in high school after observing his cousin’s grandfather, Hans Bittner of Chicago, cutting an intricate design on paper using a small pair of scissors.

The well-known silhouette artist and commercial illustrator explained to Bornzin that scherenschnitte is an Old-World art that began as silhouettes and evolved into detailed scenes.  

A Slice of the Pie: A little messy, but… Getting kids into the kitchen well worth the effort

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Melissa Wagoner – A Slice of the Pie

Sarah DeSantis has been cooking with her son, Oliver, since he was a toddler. 

“I grew up with home cooked meals and want my kids to learn to cook and eat in the same way,” DeSantis said when asked what inspired her to teach such a young child to cook. “It’s also something I enjoy doing. So, to be able to include my kids in the cooking and baking process gives us more time together.”

Because, although it was originally just DeSantis and Oliver in the kitchen, the lessons have recently expanded, with younger brother, Linden – two and a half – helping to fill pots, add simple ingredients and give things a stir. 

Giving thanks: Oregon Ag Prayer Breakfast takes root

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By Melissa Wagoner 

Say the word, “thanksgiving” and many images come to mind – turkey, football and pumpkin pie among them. But look the word up in the dictionary and you’ll find less about food, sports or history and more about the acknowledgement of goodness, “the act of giving thanks” and “a prayer expressing gratitude.” Those terms which could also be used to describe the upcoming Oregon Ag Prayer Breakfast.

“This is a harkening back to when we stopped to reflect on really all we do have,” Oregon hazelnut grower Tim Aman said. The gathering will take place Sept. 21 at 8 a.m. near Tangent. 

Lunaria exhibits celebrate elegance and agriculture

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Lunaria Main Floor Gallery presents the show, Artful Elegance, by featured artists Rebecca Cozart and Linda Jacobson Sept. 29 – Oct. 31. 

Rebecca Cozart captures eclectic, colorful images ranging from still-life photos to florals to food. Linda Jacobson creates intricate fabric wall pieces. Together they created beautiful silk and velvet scarves. 

Rebecca printed 12 of her images on luxurious silk and Linda added dyed devore velvet, fringe and beads which resulted in one-of-a-kind works of wearable art.

Lunaria Loft Gallery presents the show, A Celebration of Art and Agriculture, by How We Grow Our Food

Fast start: Openers show promise

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James Day

Will Silverton High senior quarterback Jordan McCarty explode for nearly 400 yards of total offense every Friday? Who knows, but it should be a fun ride.

McCarty threw for 322 yards and one touchdown and scrambled for 66 more yards and two more scores on Sept. 3 as the Foxes thrashed Class 6A Grant of Portland 41-7 in their opener at McGinnis Field. Silverton, no. 4 in Class 5A, took on Tualatin, No. 4 in 6A, after Our Town presstime.

Waiting game: Hope for a match

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By Melissa Wagoner 

Yard signs are pretty common but the one in Glen Hammer’s yard isn’t. It reads: “I need a kidney. Can you help?”

It’s blunt and to the point because Hammer – at 72 and suffering from late-stage polycystic kidney disease – can’t afford to beat around the bush. 

“I have masses of cysts on my kidneys,” Hammer said of the disease which interrupts the flow of blood, decreasing kidney function and eventually leading to failure. 

It’s grim diagnoses and one Hammer has lived with for nearly 50 years.

In Memoriam: Donald Leroy Olson (May 20, 1931 – Aug. 22, 2021)

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Donald (Don) Leroy Olson was born on a farm in Long Prairie, Minnesota on May 20, 1931, to Paul and Agnes Olson.
He passed away at age 90 in Silverton, Oregon, Aug. 22, 2021.

After graduating from Sequoia High School in Long Prairie in 1949, Don left the farm and joined the U.S. Navy training as an aviation electrician in Jacksonville, Florida. He was soon transferred to the West Coast where he met Betty Jean Ruth in San Jose, California. Don was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1952 and married the love of his life, Betty, Oct. 30, 1953.

In Memoriam: Jean Elaine Fennimore (June 19, 1934 – Aug. 24, 2021)

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Jean Elaine Fennimore passed away Aug. 24, 2021 in Mount Angel.

She was born to Lester and Edna Dowe in Brooks, Oregon on June 19, 1934. On June 19, 1954, she married Edgar J. Fennimore, and together they built and maintained a beautiful family and relationship that lasted over six decades. She enjoyed traveling, playing cards with friends, slot machines and mostly spending time with her family.

Jean is preceded in death by her parents, her husband; brothers, Gerald, Timothy, and Dennis; baby granddaughter, Barbara Jean; and daughter-in-law, Juanita. She is survived by her children, Michael (Judy) of Aloha, Patrick of Silverton, Melodee (Dan) Corgan of Salem, and Ted of Salem; her brothers, Ron and Kim; sisters, Betty and Judy; 19 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

In Memoriam: Jean Marie Vargo-Smith (Aug. 12, 1949 – Aug. 17, 2021)

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Jean Vargo-Smith passed away peacefully on Aug. 17 at the age of 72 in Woodburn, Oregon. She was born on Aug. 12, 1949 to Mortimer and Lila Collis in Stockton, California.

Some of Jean’s hobbies included gardening and painting rocks. Jean enjoyed being a pre-school teacher at Benedictine Nursing Center.

Jean is survived by her husband of
10 1/2 years, Ronnie William Smith of Woodburn Oregon; her children, Isobel, Michael and Brian; mother, Lila; sister, Pam; and two grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her father Mortimer.

In Memoriam: Shawn Heath Lafollette (March 28, 1971 – Aug. 14, 2021)

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On Aug. 14, 2021, Shawn Heath Lafollette passed away peacefully. His immediate family was at his bedside in Salem Hospital. Shawn was 50 when he lost his lengthy battle with health issues.

Shawn began his life on March 28, 1971, at Salem General Hospital. His family lived in the Waldo Hills area, just outside of Silverton. He was very curious and inquisitive about everything as a little boy. Shawn played summer ball for three years, and he loved family camping trips.

People Out Loud: Balancing act – Oktoberfest, school, life and COVID

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It is so difficult being a writer, even one throwing out unsolicited opinions just once a month. There is a natural flow of subjects that occur annually, starting with New Year’s resolutions and ending with taking the tree down as Santa heads to the tropics for a well-earned rest.

There is Valentine’s Day, Easter, Tax Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and on and on. They are always good for a column or two. But now, it’s different. Things have changed, become a bit disorienting, and always seems to have a caveat or asterisk.

Through the flames: Silverton nurse recalls 2020 ordeal in canyon blaze

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By Melissa Wagoner

Silver Falls State Park — courtesy of Jason Wagoner

When Holly Perez and her 16-year-old son, Sam, decided to get away for a couple of nights over Labor Day in 2020, they planned to do some swimming and enjoy the end of summer sun before school started up once again. What they didn’t anticipate was how their trip would end.

“I had no idea there was even the possibility of a wind storm,” Perez, a nurse in Salem, said of their first day of vacation, during which Detroit Lake was packed with vacationers enjoying the late summer sun under an only mildly smoky sky. 

Renewal: Fire can mean a resurgence for natural landscape, wildlife

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By Melissa Wagoner

Angel’s Rest in the Columbia Gorge –courtesy of Ralph Bloemers

“The question – what happens after a fire? – is an important question,” retired US Forest Service Fire Ecologist Jane Kertis said when asked about 2020’s Beachie Creek Fire.  It, along with the Lionshead Fire, burned through the Santiam Canyon last Labor Day leaving many favorite parks still closed for recovery.

Kertis thinks the question of how different types of land recovers from wildfire is so important that she based the entirety of her 30-year career on discovering the answer. 

One year later: Santiam Canyon relief prepares for long-term assistance

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By Melissa Wagoner

Recovering from a disaster like the one that devastated the Santiam Canyon during the Labor Day fires in 2020 is neither quick nor easy, a reality that was recognized early by the Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund (SCWRF) Advisory Committee, a nonprofit established on Sept. 11, 2020 to support the recovery and rebuilding of those communities most affected by the fire. 

“As of July 7, $1,015,337 has been distributed to support the Santiam Canyon residents affected by the September 2020 wildfires,” SCWRF Advisory Committee Member and Santiam Canyon Long Term Recovery Group (LTRG) Executive Team member Deana Freres said of the effort’s success thus far. 

Faster, faster, faster – Ziply plans for local fiber Internet upgrade

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By Mary Owen

When Ziply Fiber acquired Frontier Communication’s Northwest assets in May of 2020, Silverton and Mill City became part of its footprint.

“At the time of the acquisition, the only internet option was DSL, and that’s something we are working hard to change,” said Dan Miller, senior vice president of Curator which handles public relations for the Washington-based Internet company. 

“We believe closing the digital divide is critical, ensuring high-speed broadband is available to our customers regardless of whether you live in highly populated urban center or a smaller rural town.”

Datebook: September 2021

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Datebook Submission Information

Get your events and fundraisers published in Our Town. Send your releases to datebook@mtangelpub.com. Or drop them off at 401 Oak St., Silverton.

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Frequent Addresses

Mount Angel Public Library,
290 Charles St., 503-845-6401

Silver Creek Fellowship Church,
822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton

Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield, 503-873-3093. Age 50 and older.

Weekly Events

Monday

SACA Food Pantry, 9 a.m. – noon, SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. Repeats Thursdays. 503-873-3446, silvertonareacommunityaid.org

Mt. Angel Community & Senior Center Store, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., 195 E Charles St. Repeats Tuesday – Saturday. Volunteers needed. 503-845-6998

Dialing in: Silverton’s Wind Phone provides place to release grief, trauma

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By Melissa Wagoner

Mike Ashland with the current incarnation of the Wind Phone booth

Mike Ashland has witnessed a lot of grief during his career as a pastor and the founder of the Church of the Moment, a nondenominational church in Silverton. And over the years – as he has attended funerals, hospice care and acted as a witness to life’s inherent traumas –
he has come to recognize that there are very few outlets available to those struggling with the effects of grief. Which is why he was so excited when he heard about the Wind Phone.

Grit and Grace: New apothecary brings herbs, herbal teachings

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By Melissa Wagoner

Amanda Baird of Grit and Grace Apothecary

Few things make a parent feel more anxious than watching a child’s late-night struggle for breath, a situation Amanda Baird – whose son, Jacob, was born three and a half weeks premature and with significant lung damage – is accustomed to avoiding at all cost. 

“We had him on daily steroids and rescue inhalers and the nebulizer,” Baird said of the early years of Jacob’s life. “We were giving him all these medications that were terrible for him and he wasn’t better. But breathing is a big deal.”

In Memoriam: Hank Dill (Dec. 29, 1977 – Aug. 14, 2021)

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Hank (Henry) Broderick Dill was born Dec. 29, 1977 at Travis Air Force Base, California to Ernest and Henri Dill. When he was six, his father retired from the Air Force and moved the family to Mount Angel, Oregon.

His school years were spent in Mount Angel. He graduated from John F.Kennedy High School in 1997 where he excelled at all sports. He went to work for Miles Chevrolet in Woodburn and found his niche in sales. From a young age, he worked in his family’s antique business, Engelberg Antiks, in Mount Angel and Salem. He became knowledgeable in antiques and estate sales. He acquired the antique store in 2020 and it prospered due to his innovative ideas and helping people find their treasures and a few gems they didn’t even know they desired.

In Memoriam: Ronald Joseph Schmidt (Jan. 24, 1935 – Aug. 17, 2021)

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Ronald Joseph Schmidt, 86, of Mt. Angel, Oregon passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 17 at his home surrounded by his loving wife and children.

Born January 24, 1935 to Andy and Eleanor Schmidt, Ron was a life-long resident of Mt. Angel. He graduated from Mt. Angel Preparatory High School in 1953, attended University of Portland, and then opened Schmidt’s Service and Gas Station on Main St. in 1956.

In Memoriam: Virginia Groah (Feb. 28, 1925 – Aug. 17, 2021)

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Virginia Irene McIlwain Groah was born on Feb. 28, 1925 in Silverton, Oregon in the old hospital on North Water Street. Her childhood was spent on the McIlwain Farm in the North Howell area near Labish Lake. She attended North Howell School as did her father and grandmother. 

In her teen years she worked in the family onion fields and later weeded and helped harvest onions for the Hayes farms. In 1941 she was attending Silverton High School when she met Glenn Groah, a fellow student. They were married while still in school and got caught up in World War II. Glenn worked in the Kaiser shipyards while Virginia became a homemaker and mother. 

In Memoriam: Alan Haslebacher (May 22, 1930 – Aug. 8, 2021)

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Edward Alan Haslebacher (Alan), was born to Edward and Mabel Haslebacher and grew up on the family farm on Howell Prairie. After serving in the Navy, he married the girl next door (literally), Patricia Ann Hynes. They lived on the family farm raising three children and creating memories over their 70 years of marriage. 

Alan passed away surrounded by his loving family and caregivers. He is survived by his wife Patty, daughter Jill Rogers of Stayton, sons Craig Haslebacher (Michelle) of Kennewick, Washington and Kevin Haslebacher (Karen) of Colfax, California. He is also survived by five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Ed and Mabel, son-in-law Gary Rogers, and granddaughter Heather Edwards. 

In Memoriam: James Steuart (Dec. 30, 1940 – Aug. 9, 2021)

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James William (Bud) Steuart was born on Dec. 30, 1940 to Ralph and Elsie Madge Steuart in Exeter, California. He passed away on Aug. 9, 2021 at the age of 80.

Memorial services were held on Aug. 26 at his home in Silverton (Unger Funeral Chapel assisting) and another on Aug. 27 at the Smith Family Chapel in Exeter, California, with a reception immediately following, in the Exeter Courthouse Museum and Gallery.

For a full obituary, visit www.ungerfuneralchapel.com.

A Slice of the Pie: Lunch packing tips – Make it fun, fast and resourceful

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Melissa Wagoner – A Slice of the Pie

For many parents, it’s been a while since they packed a school lunch. With the majority of students attending school remotely or in half-day increments last year, more often than not, kids were eating at home. 

But no more. With the first day of in-person school looming on the horizon, it’s time to dust off those lunch boxes, throw some freezer packs in the deep freeze and load the pantry with staples like pita chips, granola bars and sandwich bread.

Or – if you’re really feeling rusty – implement some of these handy tips. 

Plan ahead

Legacy Silverton Medical Center professionals support vaccination

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Your local medical community would like to publicly announce our support for vaccination against COVID-19.   We have all received the vaccine and encouraged all of our eligible family members to be vaccinated. The available vaccines are safe, rigorously studied, well tested, and highly effective at preventing severe disease and death.  We are in an unprecedented state of crisis which has dramatically worsened with the Delta variant. There is a severe shortage of open hospital beds throughout the state and the country which is only getting worse. We have very limited treatment options for COVID and prevention is no doubt the best for everyone. We would like to urge every eligible community member to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Whatever your motivation: self-preservation, patriotic concern for your country, protection of your loved ones or to prevent shutting down our economy and schools – PLEASE GET VACCINATED!

Football frenzy – Foxes, Trojans getting ready for openers

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James Day

Silverton was 3-2 in last spring’s shortened football season and the Foxes are hoping for a full nine-game regular season – and perhaps success beyond that point as well, starting with the Sept. 3 home opener against Grant of Portland.

Fifth-year coach Josh Craig noticed a surge of energy, particularly after the state opened up from COVID restrictions June 30.

“By the first or second week of July,” Craig told Our Town, “it’s here we go, we’re rolling. The energy increased, we’re really pushing it, the guys are having fun, getting after it and flying around and the seniors are leading by example.”

Sports Datebook: September 2021 – All home games

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Thursday, Sept. 2

Boys Soccer

4 p.m. Silverton vs Thurston/Mohawk

Friday, Sept. 3

Football

7 p.m. Silverton vs Grant

Thursday, Sept. 9

Volleyball

4 p.m. Silverton vs Dallas

6 p.m. Silverton v South Albany

Girls Soccer

7 p.m. Silverton vs Scappoose

Friday, Sept. 10

Football

7 p.m. Kennedy vs Santiam Christian

Thursday, Sept. 14

Volleyball

6 p.m. Silverton vs Corvallis

Wednesday, Sept. 15

Cross Country

TBA Silverton, Kennedy @ Silver Falls Oktobertfest Invitational

Thursday, Sept. 16

Girls Soccer

A Grin at the End: Faster, higher, stronger – Oregon style

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carl sampson

The Olympics have been over for some time now, but I’m not over the Olympics. The thrill of victory – and the agony of defeat – played out on an international stage is the best way I know to recognize our commonality. We are, after all, passengers on a single lonely planet amid billions of galaxies.

To keep that spirit alive, I propose a new type of Olympics. The main difference: only Oregonians can compete in these games because only we can understand them.

Welcome to the Oregon Olympics!

Water woes – Silverton restricts residential use, adds enforcement

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By James Day

The City of Silverton has responded to this year’s drought by advancing its restrictions on residential water use, a decision that has inflamed social media and led the mayor to take to Facebook to respond to the criticism.

The City Council at its Aug. 2 meeting took the city to Level 2 of its water curtailment policy, which limits lawn watering to every other day and bans car washing and power-washing decks or patios. 

Falls café reopens – Under new management

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By Melissa Wagoner

Char Hawkins has been managing snack bars for 23 years but her newest venture, the South Falls Café, located inside the South Falls Lodge at Silver Falls State Park, surpasses all the rest – especially when it comes to ambiance. 

“It’s beautiful out here,” Hawkins confirmed. “The fresh air, trees and birds. I leave my stress behind as I get closer and closer to the park each day.”

Steadfast transition – Emily Dazey leaves Benedictine Nursing Center

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By Brenna Wiegand

Emily Dazey

Emily Dazey, Executive Director of Providence Benedictine Nursing Center in Mount Angel, will be moving into a broader role as Providence Director of the Skilled Nursing Facility Collaborative for Oregon.

Dazey, who has served at the Mount Angel campus for 26 years, will now serve in a regional capacity on behalf of the Providence hospitals with the primary goal of easing patients’ transitions from hospital to other settings.

Dazey will continue to support the skilled nursing center in Mount Angel in planning efforts and provide guidance for her replacement, once chosen.

Recreating repose – Storm-damaged trees removed at Providence

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By Brenna Wiegand

The feeling of serenity on the campus of Providence Mt. Angel Skilled Nursing Center is – was – owed largely to the stands of mature oaks and other trees that seem to stretch out their arms to shelter and to heal.

The ice storm changed all that, devastating the trees and damaging roofs around the nursing center building.

“There was not any ground that wasn’t covered with huge limbs,” outgoing Executite Director Emily Dazey said. “We haven’t been able to use our therapy garden since February; it’s been closed along with parts of our outdoor patios.

A Slice of the Pie: Keep cool – Tips on how to counteract the extreme heat

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By Melissa WagonerMelissa Wagoner – A Slice of the Pie

June came in like a lamb this year and went out like a… dragon? It broke records across the state with temperatures in Salem reaching a whopping 117. Then the area had the hottest July on record… And then the August heat dome hit, again threatening triple-digit days.

Those kind of temperatures may be expected in Arizona, where the average June temperature is 105. But in Oregon, where June averages 74 and even July is only 83, many homes – and homeowners – just aren’t prepared. 

‘We have to get it right’ – Silverton High School’s new principal

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By Brenna Wiegand

Silverton High School principal
Sione Thompson

Though Hawaii born and raised, the pandemic spurred Sione Thompson to move to the mainland and become Silverton High School’s new principal.

“I have a lot of family on the West Coast,” Thompson said. “I also have four children: two in grade school, one in high school and another in college. Dawn and I agreed that we want to make sure kids of the next generation know their family.”

Thompson’s siblings live here, and his father is the eldest of 15 who all settled in the area.

Positive challenges: Mt. Angel School District’s new superintendent

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By Brenna Wiegand

New Mt. Angel SD Superintendent Rachel Stucky

Rachel Stucky takes the helm as Mt. Angel School District’s new superintendent, taking over for Troy Stoops who stepped down at the end of the last school year after filling the role for ten years.

Stucky spent the last five years in the Sweet Home School District as chief academic officer and is eager to bring her skills and experience to Mount Angel.

Straw bound: Silverton publisher releases new books

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By Melissa Wagoner

Richard Orr

Lester Petrie

Mike Ashland has always been a writer. 

“I was a freelance reporter for the Marin Independent Journal and reporter for the Coastal Post in Bolinas,” Ashland recalled. “Some of my poetry and short stories showed up in quite a few national mags.”

Then in 1992, he fell in love with publishing.

“Using my experience and connections, I helped a number of people publish their books, editing, setting the type and format and printing using both US and overseas printers,” Ashland said of his early experiences helping writers self-publish, a hobby which continued when he and his wife, Judy, moved to Silverton.

In Memoriam: Ina “Sue” Crouse (June 25, 1933 – May 20, 2021) William “Bill” Crouse (Jan. 19, 1928 – July 8, 2021)

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William “Bill” Crouse was born Jan. 19, 1928 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He was the youngest of four and the last to pass. Ina “Sue” Crouse was born at home on June 25, 1933 in Hayworth, Oklahoma. She was the oldest of five and the last to pass.

At the age of 17, Dad persuaded his parents to let him “drop out” of High School to enlist in the US Marine Corps. He served seven years in multiple duty stations including China and Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1952 as a Staff Sergeant. He returned home, contacted his High School principal, who then proctored his High School Diploma tests. He passed with ease. From there, he headed to Oregon.

In Memoriam: Helen Schafer Lichty (May 18, 1922 – June 8, 2021)

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Helen M. Schafer Lichty, 99, was born to Harmon and Mary Schafer in Upland, Nebraska. She was the only daughter and youngest of four children. The family moved from Nebraska to Oregon when Helen was 12-years-old. She was raised in Wheatland, Oregon and later moved to Central Howell area near Silverton, Oregon where she met and married Grover Lichty. They were members of Emmanuel Mennonite Bible Church in Pratum, Oregon. Helen was a dedicated Christian woman devoted to her husband and family.

Helen was very involved in church and always had a love for children. She taught Sunday School and Bible School for over 25 years.

In Memoriam: Jerry Francis Donahe (Aug. 14, 1937 – April 17, 2021)

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Jerome Francis Donahe (Jerry or J.F.), of Silverton, passed in the early morning hours of April 17 in Salem, Oregon, of non-COVID related causes. He was born Aug. 14, 1937, in Chicago, Illinois to Bernard Anthony and Thelma Sophia (Follesvold) Donahe. 

At the age of 11, Jerry moved with his family to Sweet Home, Oregon, where he graduated from high school. After attending Pacific Lutheran University, he worked for a short time at Boeing (living near Seattle) and then enjoyed a very prosperous career in financial services. 

In Memoriam: Maureen Schmidt (Oct. 8, 1942 – July 26, 2021)

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Maureen Schmidt, 78, passed away July 26, 2021 surrounded by her family in Silverton, Oregon. She was born in Hartington, Nebraska in 1942.

Maureen met and fell in love with Bob Schmidt at the young age of 16 in Mount Angel, Oregon. They married on June 1, 1963. The couple raised their two children, Jeff Schmidt and Rachel Schmidt Long, in Silverton, and they continued to live in the same home, surrounded by their beautiful flower gardens for the last 46 years.

Letters to the Editor: It’s going to take more than words

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A response to Silverton Mayor Kyle Palmer’s column in the city newsletter distributed with the July 15 edition of  Our Town.

I congratulate you on your article concerning a very significant issue facing this country and more pointedly seems to be surfacing in Silverton. …  You’re challenging us all to be an ally of those individuals being oppressed is spot on. 

How did you find out about the incidents? 

Was an attempt made to find out who the youngsters were who were acting in a racist manner? 

Were they from Silverton?

Is there any form of security at the reservoir? 

Letters to the Editor: The ‘heart’ of JFK wrestling

August 2021 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, People, School, Sports | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: The ‘heart’ of JFK wrestling

I would like to take a moment and point out a person who went above and beyond in developing a positive program in the Mount Angel high school. This person has steadfastly worked to bring a sport … that has been absent for many years. He has a dedication, not only to the sport of wrestling, but to the kids who show up to compete at it. Dewey Enos is someone the district should be proud of and acknowledge for exemplary conduct.

Get out the pads: Fall sports season set to get underway

August 2021 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Get out the pads: Fall sports season set to get underway

James Day

Monday, Aug. 16. It gets real.

Conditioning week is over and high school sports teams begin practice for what they hope will be a normal school year.

The 2020-21 sports year turned into a compressed sprint of six-week seasons that started with February football practices and ended with a state wrestling tournament that occurred more than two weeks after graduation. Weird year.

So, the folks at Silverton and Kennedy are hoping for a heap of normal and no interruptions from the COVID-19 Delta variant this fall… and beyond. 

People Out Loud: ‘Promises to Be Good… In Writing.’

August 2021 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, People | Comments Off on People Out Loud: ‘Promises to Be Good… In Writing.’

This was an ad for Heidelberg Beer back in 1969-1970.  I recall the big billboard was on North Water, right around where Photo Express sits today, and across from the turkey plant. Yes, the turkey plant, where the gobblers hung on hooks on a conveyor built and grossed us out as we walked toward school. The sign simply said, “Heidelberg Beer. Promises to Be Good. In Writing.”

Legend has it that three of our industrious classmates climbed the very high billboard and spray painted the words, “Class of ‘70” in the middle of the sign, in between “Promises to Be Good” and “In Writing”.  It was, simply put, genius. Guys, I know what you did that summer!

A unique tune: Glen Damewood honored with First Citizen Award

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By Melissa Wagoner

First Citizen Glen Damewood performing with Syco Billy’s String Band.

Glen Damewood is a well-known, long-time restaurateur. The owner of Mac’s Place, which he opened with a partner in 1980, as well as two Wooden Nickel restaurants – one in Silverton and one in Sublimity – Damewood’s is a familiar face to many. 

On top of that, there’s his band, the Syco Billy’s String Band. Damewood initially created it as a way to bring music to his son, Brian, and his grandsons, Branden and Brad, after Brian was diagnosed with ALS. The band has played throughout Silverton since its creation in 2015. 

Peace Dove aims to fly again – but needs help

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Neither the pandemic, the aftermath of cataclysmic wildfires and a devastating ice storm, or the hottest day in Silverton history have stopped monthly peace vigils by Silverton People For Peace (SPFP). And after last summer’s cancellation of the Homer Davenport Community Festival parade, SPFP is now eager to resume flying its giant “Peace Dove”  in this year’s parade. 

But the dove needs a flight crew.

After the prolonged isolation and social distancing of the pandemic, entry organizers hope enough people are comfortable returning
to something as visible as being in a parade.

Lifetime Achievement: Community awards honor Chuck White

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By Brenna Wiegand

Judy Schmidt Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Chuck White.

Chuck White received the Judy Schmidt Lifetime Achievement Award at Silverton’s 50th annual First Citizens Banquet July 31.

Born and raised in northern California, White came to Silverton shortly after his 1972 graduation from Willamette University in Salem.

Looking back, Chuck has always been active in the community both as an educator and as a community volunteer. He has served on the Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for many years where he is a past president.

Not just eating – it’s dining

July 2021 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on Not just eating – it’s dining

By Melissa Wagoner

Co-founder Joel Autry

Co-founder Cherry Arbuckle Hoffman

Joel Autry can’t stand to see good food go to waste. And so, when his restaurant, the Silverton Wine Bar, began generating what could have been a heap of wasted food due to the operating restrictions handed down in the winter months of 2020 – he knew he had to come up with a plan. 

“When I was still operating the Wine Bar and they let us open for takeout there was always leftover food because I had to be prepared,” Autry said. 

Believing in the mission: DeSantis’ Distinguished Service award

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By Melissa Wagoner

Sarah DeSantis

It’s not every day that the employees of an organization recognize their boss for her distinguished service. But as the Silverton Chamber of Commerce began accepting nominations for the Community Awards for 2020, the staff at Silverton Area Community Aid (SACA) did precisely that, nominating their director, Sarah DeSantis, for the Distinguished Service Award.

“We know when COVID-19 hit many people in this town stepped up to keep things moving, we believe Sarah was one of these people,” SACA’s four-person administrative team wrote in their collective nomination letter. 

Business of the Year: The Satern Agency – Country Financial

July 2021 Posted in Business, Community, News, People | Comments Off on Business of the Year: The Satern Agency – Country Financial

By Brenna Wiegand

Employees of The Satern Agency – Country Financial include, from left, Nikka Martushev, Ale Pena, Debbie Satern and Brent Satern. The insurance and financial planning business was recently named Silverton Business of the Year for 2020 by the Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce. BRENNA WIEGAND.

The Satern Agency – Country Financial was recently named Business of the Year by the Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Owner Brent Satern grew up with a love and respect for Silverton. As he got older, he wanted to find a career in Silverton in which he could serve people and be his own boss with the freedom to always put his family first.

Datebook: August 2021

July 2021 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Outdoor Life | Comments Off on Datebook: August 2021

Datebook Submission Information

Get your events and fundraisers published in Our Town. Send your releases to datebook@mtangelpub.com. Or drop them off at 401 Oak St., Silverton.

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Weekly Events

Monday

SACA Food Pantry, 9 a.m. – noon, SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. Repeats Thursdays. 503-873-3446, silvertonareacommunityaid.org

Mt. Angel Community & Senior Center Store, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., 195 E Charles St. Monday – Saturday. 503-845-6998

Mt. Angel Food Pantry, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mt. Angel Community Center, 195 Charles St. Repeats Wednesday. 503-845-6998

Volunteers needed

July 2021 Posted in Briefs, Community | Comments Off on Volunteers needed

The Mt. Angel Community Senior Center is looking for volunteers. You pick the times and days that you are available.  Stop by and meet the team, 195 E. Charles St. Hours are 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday – Saturday.  The center plans to be open for Oktoberfest too. Information: 503-845-6998. 

Fr. Bernard Youth Center welcomes supporters back

July 2021 Posted in Briefs, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Fr. Bernard Youth Center welcomes supporters back

In celebration of the re-opening of its doors to guests and retreatants, the Fr. Bernard Youth Center is hosting a BBQ on Friday, Aug. 27 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. All are invited.  Gary and Mary BBQ will provide the catering.  Guests have an option to take their meal home or eat it on the FBYC campus. 

The dinner will also provide an opportunity for guests to win one of several gift baskets.  More details are available at www.fbyc.

ASAP benefit auction features chef, coast, car

July 2021 Posted in Briefs, Community, School | Comments Off on ASAP benefit auction features chef, coast, car

This past year brought changes to ASAP, the After-School Activities Program.   Throughout 2020 and 2021, staff have stayed connected with students by offering online academic mentoring, providing needed meals and activities delivered safely to their homes, and most recently, arranging small social gatherings. 

As a benefit for ASAP, Roth’s Fresh Market presents “A Time to Shine,” on Wednesday, Aug. 18 at Gallon House Farms, 7263 Gallon House Road, Silverton from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Washerwoman – New business revives vintage service

July 2021 Posted in Business, Community, People | Comments Off on Washerwoman – New business revives vintage service

By Melissa Wagoner

Ava and Kate Bush

When Kate Bush told her daughter, Ava, that she wanted to start a new business – a laundry service that would provide clean clothes, folded and ironed and delivered to her customers’ door – Ava was unimpressed. 

“At first, I was like, really? You want a business where you just do laundry?” 17-year-old Ava recalled. 

But Kate just couldn’t let the idea go. And eventually, even Ava got onboard, supporting her mom as only a tech-savvy teenager can – by designing a logo, building a website and creating a Facebook page for her mom’s new venture.

Ruefs celebrate 65 years of marriage

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Max and Marlene (Kahut) Ruef recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with family. They were married July 14, 1956 at St. Luke Catholic Church In Woodburn, Oregon.  The two first crossed paths at the corner near the drug store in Mount Angel while walking to their high schools. He was 17, she was 15.  They have lived in the Mount Angel area all 65 years of their marriage, happily working on the family farm. 

Their children include Pam (Larry) Groomes, Patty (Stu) Smith, Julie (Rigo) Parra, Joe (Darcy) Ruef, Susan (Mike) Charpilloz, Cheríe (Steve) Bielenberg, and Jeff (Toni) Ruef. They have 19 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

In Memoriam: Benjamin Greiner (Jan. 28, 1954 – June 29, 2021)

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Benjamin Lawrence Greiner, 67, lost his battle with cancer on June 29, 2021, in Raymond,Washington, his home of six years. He was born Jan. 28, 1954, to Francis and Shirley (Wurdinger) Greiner in Silverton, Oregon. Through the years, he also lived in Olympia, Washington (1986-1991) and Forks, Washington (1991-2015) prior to retiring in Raymond.

In his teens, Ben was a projectionist for the local movie theater before going to work with his father at a local saw mill. Ben graduated from Gervais High School in 1972, and served in the U.S. Army from 1973 to 1975. After his military service ended, he returned to work in the saw mill in a variety of positions, eventually training to become a stacker operator, a job he truly loved going to every day of his 30 years as an operator.

In Memoriam: Kimball Porter Vickery (Dec. 22, 1942 – June 21, 2021)

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Kimball Porter Vickery passed away on June 21 at his home in Mount Angel, Oregon. He was born on Dec. 22, 1942, in San Francisco, California, to Eleanor and Theodore Vickery.

He majored in Accounting in college, but upon moving to Yuma, Arizona, joined the Highway Patrol. On June 7, 1970, he married Victoria Hanner in Arcadia, California.

In Memoriam: Linda Darlene (Huddleston) Stokem (April 19, 1941 – July 15, 2021)

July 2021 Posted in Obituary | Comments Off on In Memoriam: Linda Darlene (Huddleston) Stokem (April 19, 1941 – July 15, 2021)

Born on April 19, 1941, to Edgar and Nellie Huddleston in Silverton, Linda Darlene Stokem died at Salem Hospital on July 15, 2021. 

A graduate of Silverton High School, her first marriage was to Telvin (Bart) Hanson. They had two children: Susan Simmons (Jeff) and Alan (Lisa), and four granddaughters: Madison, Abigail, Ellie and Katie. 

Linda is also survived by her brother, David (Terisa), and sister Debra Huddleston. Her brother, Larry, pre-deceased her. Linda lived in Salem with her current husband, Ron Stokem. 

Homer Days returns: Silverton festival charges ahead – like a couch

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By Melissa Wagoner

Affectionately known as “Homer Days,” the Homer Davenport Community Festival – held the first Friday through Sunday in August (the sixth through eighth this year) – is absolutely unique.

An offshoot of the Silverton Arts Association’s, Family Festival of the Arts, held for the first timåe in 1980, the Homer Days festival is the only celebration in Oregon dedicated to a political cartoonist and journalist – Homer Davenport.

Silverton Flywheels: Auto club fundraises for scholarship

July 2021 Posted in Community, Other, People | Comments Off on Silverton Flywheels: Auto club fundraises for scholarship

By Melissa Wagoner

Silverton Flywheels 2018

Silverton Flywheels 1962

From the outside the Silverton Flywheels might appear to be just your average car club, with muscle cars and hot rods shined up and displayed in all their glory at every show. But the club – which is one of the oldest in Silverton, having been established way back in 1961– has always been about much more than cars. 

“The club’s purpose was to promote safety,” members wrote in a historical account, which lists the promotion of highway courtesy, aiding citizens in distress, contributing to overall community wellbeing and respecting traffic laws as primary member duties.

Track standout: Emma Bayer leads Kennedy at state meet

July 2021 Posted in People, School, Sports | Comments Off on Track standout: Emma Bayer leads Kennedy at state meet

James Day

Emma Beyer of Kennedy put on a terrific show May 22 at the Class 2A state track and field championships at Union High School. Beyer, a senior, won the triple jump with a personal best 33-3, took third in the 100 (13.26), fourth in the 200 (28.01) and ran the anchor leg on the Trojans’ 4×100 relay squad which took fifth in 54.33. Assisting on the short relay were Alyse Williams, Haley Kline and Kylee Rodriguez.

Williams, Cassie Traeger, Kline and Rodriquez, meanwhile, took second in the 4×400 relay in 4:31.58 to help Kennedy score 33 points, good for sixth overall.

A Grin at the End: What you leave out … but don’t take out the soul

July 2021 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Other | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: What you leave out … but don’t take out the soul

carl sampson

The key to good writing is what you leave out.

Too often, writing makes its way into the public circus without the benefit of editing, and it’s painful. The basic points may be there but they are crowded by half-baked thoughts and fictionalized versions of reality. Add a dash of ignorance about history – or science or math or politics – and the writer is often his, or her, own worst enemy.

That’s when a writer loses the battle for the heart and mind of the reader.

Historic preservation: Grant to aid repair of former blacksmith shop

July 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, News, People | Comments Off on Historic preservation: Grant to aid repair of former blacksmith shop

By James Day

The 1905 blacksmith shop in Mt. Angel

Efforts to repair and restore the historic blacksmith shop in Mount Angel have received a shot in the arm.

Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded the project a “Preserving Oregon” grant of $2,149.

The money will be used as part of an $8,000 effort to do repairs and work to preserve the structural integrity of the building, which dates to 1905.

Donations of money, labor and materials will help make up the difference as well as sales of T-shirts during Oktoberfest in September.

‘Return to Beauty’ showcases new jewelry and paintings

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Lunaria Gallery presents a new show, “Return to Beauty, Jewels and Blooms,” by two Lunaria artists, jeweler Chelsea Goin and painter Diane Trevett. 

Goin is showing her jewelry in fun summer colors. Diane Trevett is showing oil paintings of flower portraits. Flowers will be nestled within a color field of expressive brushwork. Her approach to painting reveals an emotional and spiritual response to her subject.

The show opens on First Friday, Aug. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lunaria at 113 N. Water St., Silverton. The show will continue through Aug. 29. 

John Rossi awarded Gold Sparky Award from Fire Marshal

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John Rossi (left) accepting the Gold Sparky Award from Oregon State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple, accompanied by Mt. Angel Fire Chief, Jim Trierweiler

The Office of the Oregon State Fire Marshal has announced the 2021 Gold Sparky Award, which honors a fire service member for contributions to fire prevention and fire safety.

This year’s Gold Sparky was awarded to Firefighter John Rossi, a Public Information Officer with Mt. Angel Fire for his work in elevating the community and the region’s fire prevention and preparedness efforts.

Cotton’s rescue: Silverton neighborhood livened up with animal antics

July 2021 Posted in Community, People, Pets | Comments Off on Cotton’s rescue: Silverton neighborhood livened up with animal antics

By Melissa Wagoner

Nicole Serrano with Cotton

A hungry Cotton gets a much needed meal and a drink after his rescue from Elsie Brown’s horse barn.

When 22-year-old Nicole Serrano moved to Silverton with her parents and brother she never could have imagined the immediate notoriety she would receive thanks to the family’s group of miscreant pets. 

“The first day we were here all the dogs escaped,” Serrano  said – whose four dogs took advantage of the temporary lack of fencing around the Serranos’ new property. 

Fortunately, the family was able to round them up in short order. Then Chuck got loose. 

Inked adventures: Graphic novelist Jonathan Case explores issues

July 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on Inked adventures: Graphic novelist Jonathan Case explores issues

By Melissa Wagoner

Jonathan Case

Jonathan Case is the author and artist behind books including The New Deal from Dark Horse Comics

The comic books Jonathan Case creates are not run-of-the-mill comics. 

“It’s less about what other people have done in the past and more about what can I do with it to reach people in the world,” Case said of the inspiration that led him to create a host of graphic novels including Dear Creature, his first published book; The New Deal, a nominee for the Reuben, Harvey, and Oregon Book awards for best graphic album; and Green River Killer, for which he received an Eisner Award.

City of Silverton: Insights from City Manager’s first 90 days

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By Ron Chandler, City Manager

It’s been two months since I began working in Silverton and it’s been great. I’ve met many residents and business owners in town who have all been very welcoming. I’ve enjoyed getting to know our City Council and City staff. They are dedicated public servants who keep things moving forward.

During these past two months we said goodbye to some key staff members. Angela Speier, Elizabeth Gray, Chelsea Starner and Steve Reeder moved on to new opportunities. We wish them well. They will be missed.

City of Silverton: Skate Park improvements proposed

July 2021 Posted in Community, Outdoor Life | Comments Off on City of Silverton: Skate Park improvements proposed

At the March 1, 2021 Council Meeting there was a presentation from a citizen’s group that wanted to complete improvements at the skate park. The group has raised around $60,000 and has partnered with a contractor that specializes in skate parks to design and construct the improvements in honor of the late Jason Franz.

The proposal is to allow the contractor to design and construct the improvements and then donate them to the City as a Phase II of the Skate Park.

City of Silverton: City staff prepares budget for 2021-22 fiscal cycle

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The budget process began in January 2021 with staff developing revenue estimates and cost projections to maintain current services at the existing level and to fund other projects based on Council Goals, Capital Improvement Plans and citizen requests. Revenue projections are based on information from other governmental agencies, prior year actual data and by estimating any changes within the community.

Once staff completed their calculations for revenue projections and requests to cover the costs of services, the information is provided to the City Manager. The City Manager reviews the requests before the Preliminary Budget is prepared and made available to the Budget Committee and citizens. After approval of the budget by the Budget Committee, the information is presented to the City Council who adopt the budget, levies the taxes and approves the appropriation authority.

City of Silverton: Silverton constable added to fallen officers memorial

July 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off on City of Silverton: Silverton constable added to fallen officers memorial

Roger Greenfield, who grew up in Silverton, is a retired Salem Police Officer and grandson of Constable Hansford Greenfield. On Oct. 28, 2019, Roger contacted Silverton Police regarding his grandfather’s line of duty death he found while researching his family tree.

A historical investigation ensued, working with Roger Greenfield’s family records, the City of Silverton records, the Silverton Historical Society and local historical news media accounts which covered the incident. From
the investigation, it was determined that Constable Hansford “Harry” Greenfield was born on Jan. 24, 1883 in Nebraska and in 1937, he and his family moved to Silverton. Constable Greenfield worked for the Silverton Police Department. His duties included working in the Silverton Justice Court among other police duties.

City of Silverton: Design process for Civic Center proceeds

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The City continues the design process on the new Civic Center project. The City Council authorized Mackenzie to undertake the next step in the design process at the April 5, 2021 Council Meeting that includes preparing the Construction Document, Building Permits, Bidding, and Construction Administration.

The Construction Documents will detail everything in the building and how it will be constructed, from what kinds of door knobs will be installed to what types of screws are to be used. The City design team continues to meet with the Architect to work through the Construction Documents. This will then lead into the project receiving building permits and putting the project out to bid, which is anticipated to occur in Fall 2021. This will lead to the City hiring a contractor to do the construction, which is anticipated to start in Spring 2022. Construction is estimated to take about 15 months.

City of Silverton: Tips for fire and water safety this summer

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By Ed Grambusch  Assistant Chief – Silverton Fire District

As wildland fire season begins, there are many things that home owners can do to keep their home and property safe from fire:

Tips for Keeping Fire Out of Your Home

  • REMOVE leaves, pine needles, and other flammable material from the roof, gutters, and on and under the deck to help prevent embers from igniting your home.
  • SCREEN areas below decks and porches with 1/8″ wire mesh to help prevent material from accumulating underneath.
  • COVER exterior attic and soffit vents with 1/8″ wire mesh to help prevent sparks from entering your home.

City of Silverton: Mayors Corner

July 2021 Posted in Business, Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on City of Silverton: Mayors Corner

By Kyle Palmer

It’s hard to believe, but as I write this, our state and our community are, for the most part, exiting the COVID-19 restrictions that we’ve all been under since March of last year.

It remains to be seen if this move is permanent.There are still many people hospitalized. We will undoubtedly still lose
some people with the illness and many people will continue to suffer from long term effects. It’s something none of us will soon forget, but it is something we are all ready to begin recovering from.

Downtown fresh: New ‘Kitchen’ offers quick lunch options

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By Melissa Wagoner

Employee, Milui Smith, and owner, Holly Bell at Curbside Kitchen

When asked to describe the kind of cuisine offered by the newly opened The Curbside Kitchen – a restaurant offering “quick bites to go,” in downtown Silverton – owner Holly Bell uses the words “fresh” and “clean.”

Located in one of the smallest storefronts in Silverton, there is little space available for freezers and pantries, which means almost everything is made to order. 

“We have a lot of gluten-free options too,” Bell said. She understands the importance of offering allergy-free selections, owing to her own gluten allergy and her husband’s lactose intolerance. “Any sandwich you can have over brown rice and dairy-free as well.”

Future First Citizen: Petrik honored at live community awards

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By Brenna Wiegand

Whether playing jazz, concert music or marching in the band; on the soccer field or running cross country, Charlie Petrik always gravitates toward positions of leadership.

For this and other reasons, Petrik was recently named this year’s Silverton Future First Citizen.

“Every year, selecting a candidate for this recognition seems to get harder and harder, and this year was no exception,” Silverton Mayor Kyle Palmer said. “In a field of amazing finalists, Charlie’s passion and commitment to the needs of others, fostered by his parents and practiced over his life so far, was inspiring.”

In Memoriam: Jamie Kincaid (July 23, 1963 – May 22, 2021)

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Jamie Kincaid was born in Pendleton, Oregon to Ralph E. Kincaid, Sr. and Patti Kincaid.

He lived his first 11 years in Ione, Oregon. In 1974 the family moved to Silverton, Oregon where Jamie continued to live until his passing. He attended Silverton area schools and graduated from Silverton High School in 1982.

In his younger years, Jamie worked many years at Redman Homes in Silverton where he met his wife, Heidi, and was gradually promoted to a supervisory position. For the past 26 years he was the production manager at Palm Harbor Homes in Millersburg, Oregon.

In Memoriam: Sharon Stalnaker Slama (April 10, 1943 – July 2, 2021)

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Sharon Stalnaker Slama, (formerly Sharon Kay Stalnaker), of Mount Angel, Oregon passed away on July 2, 2021 in Coos Bay, Oregon.

She was born April 10, 1943 in West Virginia, to Benjamin and Freda Stalnaker. Her siblings were Jimmy Eugene and Bertha Ann. 

Sharon was known for her love of people, travel, and beauty of all forms. Her greatest loves were family, friends, and the Oregon Coast. 

Sharon was a hard worker with a long career in bookkeeping and accounting for several successful businesses. She retired early to care for family members who needed her and did so with every ounce of her being. 

In Memoriam: James F. Schiedler (Sept. 15, 1936 – June 26, 2021)

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James F. Schiedler, 84, of Scotts Mills, died on June 26, 2021, in Mount Angel. He was born to Frank Schiedler and Theresa (Daniel) Schiedler on Sept. 15, 1936, on the family farm at Scotts Mills.

After graduating high school, he joined the U.S Air Force in 1955 and later transferred to the U.S Army as an aircraft engine mechanic. He served two tours in Vietnam and retired from the military in 1975 as a staff sergeant. After his time in the military, he returned home to the family farm and started a second career at the cannery in Woodburn, where he worked for another 20 years as an electrician’s helper.

Swimming champs: Silverton boys win post-season meet

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James Day

The Silverton High swim team turned in a series of sterling performances June 26 at an end-of-the-season meet at Osborn Aquatic Center in Corvallis.

Five teams participated, West Salem, Crescent Valley, Corvallis, Central and the Foxes. Silverton ran away with the boys team title, scoring 393 points to 227 for runner-up Crescent Valley. Silverton’s girls finished third behind West Salem and Crescent Valley.

“I don’t even know where to begin,” coach Lucky Rogers told Our Town. “80 percent of our swims were (personal bests) and most of them were substantial. We really had a great meet.”

People Out Loud: Living obviously – Taking a stand when wrongs need to be addressed

July 2021 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on People Out Loud: Living obviously – Taking a stand when wrongs need to be addressed

Imagine this. 97 degrees in Silverton, scorching, more humidity than you are accustomed to. You are playing with your little guy, age 13 months. Cute as a bug. Suddenly, it dawns on you that there is a cool reservoir barely two miles out of town, just waiting for you. Excited. You get there, ready to hit the water and cool down. 

Houses to build: Habitat for Humanity sets goal of 18 houses in three years

June 2021 Posted in Business, Community, News, Other, People | Comments Off on Houses to build: Habitat for Humanity sets goal of 18 houses in three years

By Melissa Wagoner

The crew worked on the house wrap, windows and doors at the Silverton construction site on April, 7, 2021.

Trusses are delivered to the Silverton construction site on March 16, 2021.

In a typical year the North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity builds one or perhaps two houses. 

“We’ve always been a onesie-twosie organization,” Kari Johnson, executive director since 2019, confirmed. “But that’s one of the things they said when they brought me on is that they wanted to grow.”

Infinite realms: Silver Falls Library reopens with exciting summer planned

June 2021 Posted in Business, Community, People | Comments Off on Infinite realms: Silver Falls Library reopens with exciting summer planned

By Melissa Wagoner

Christy Davis and Cate Tennyson preparing for the Used Book Sale

The smiles are as numerous as the books on the shelves at the Silver Falls Library – which opened its doors to the public for the first time in 15 months on June 8. 

“We’ve been open now for a half hour and so many happy people are coming in to see us…” Director Christy Davis wrote in an email that first day. “It’s a happy day here!”

As well as reopening, with slightly restricted hours for the time being, the library has also kicked off its annual Summer Reading Program themed, “Reading Colors Your World.”

Free-for-all: City-wide declutter event planned for July

June 2021 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Free-for-all: City-wide declutter event planned for July

By Melissa Wagoner

Karen Garst is starting a movement; one she’s hoping will catch on city-wide – Give Away Saturday. 

“Decluttering is always a good idea,” Garst said of the impetus for the idea, which was to purge her own excess items during the pandemic.

“We were doing one drawer at a time,” she said of the method she and her husband Ron used to keep from getting overwhelmed. 

“I thought, if I’m not going to use it, why am I keeping it?” 

Summer kick off: Mount Angel hosts two-day Independence celebration

June 2021 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Music, Other | Comments Off on Summer kick off: Mount Angel hosts two-day Independence celebration

By Melissa Wagoner

When the Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce realized this year Independence Day fell on a Sunday, they saw it as a chance to shake up the usual traditions. 

“[I]t seemed like a great opportunity to add an additional event on Saturday to bring people together and celebrate our town, community and independence,” Chamber of Commerce President Sarah Bauman explained. 

“The initial idea was to host it downtown around the gazebo to encourage people to walk the town and patronize our small business owners. However, we continued to run up against problems with city permits and fees. In the end, it made more sense to move the event to the Festhalle.”

Break the cycle: Too much pandemic screen time raises issues

June 2021 Posted in Community, Other, School, Your Health | Comments Off on Break the cycle: Too much pandemic screen time raises issues

By Melissa Wagoner

Too much time spent interacting with screens was a problem long before the pandemic, so much so that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued specific guidelines about the quantity of time children should spend in front of
a screen. 

“For children younger than two years, the AAP discourages all screen time and encourages ‘…more interactive activities that will promote proper brain development, such as talking, playing, singing, and reading together,’” Scott Hamblin, a pediatrician at Childhood Health in Silverton explained. In addition, “The AAP recommends limiting older children’s total screen time to no more than one to two hours of quality programming per day.”

Datebook: July 2021

June 2021 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Music, Other, Outdoor Life | Comments Off on Datebook: July 2021

Datebook Submission Information

Get your events and fundraisers published in Our Town. If your ongoing event was cancelled because of COVID-19 and is starting up again, please send a new listing. If you are meeting by Zoom or virtually, send those, too! Send your releases to datebook@mtangelpub.com. Or drop them off at 401 Oak St., Silverton.

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Weekly Events

Monday:

SACA Food Pantry, 9 a.m. – noon, SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. Repeats Thursdays. 503-873-3446, silvertonareacommunityaid.org

Mt. Angel Community & Senior Center Store, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., 195 E Charles St. Repeats Tuesday – Saturday. Volunteers needed. 503-845-6998

Grand Skape: Family opens series of businesses in Mount Angel

June 2021 Posted in Business, Community, People | Comments Off on Grand Skape: Family opens series of businesses in Mount Angel

By Melissa Wagoner

Tammy Plummer, Mary Jane Field, Deanna Bany and Karra Plummer at Chic Skape in Mt. Angel

Skape is the Norwegian word for create but it’s also the word that describes Tammy Plummer, whose world revolves around all things creative from sewing and quilting to painting and cooking. She’s rarely seen without a project in hand. 

“I’ve always said, I could be Martha Stewart if I had her crew,” Tammy laughed. “I have a mind that doesn’t stop with ideas.”

Silverton Road: Detour continues

June 2021 Posted in News, Travel | Comments Off on Silverton Road: Detour continues

By James Day

The six-month detour for bridge work on Silverton Road between Silverton and Salem appears to be going well, project officials say.

“Overall the detour has been very successful, although there is always an adjustment period with any detour and this one was no exception,” said Steven Preszler, the project manager with Marion County Public Works. 

The county is replacing the seismically unsafe bridge over the Little Pudding River with a modern upgrade in a $6.4 million project largely funded by the federal government. 

Silverton Road is closed 2.5 miles west of Howell Prairie Road through mid-November, with recommended detour routes Sunnyview or Hazelgreen roads.

In Memoriam: Sister Julia ‘Cecelia’ McGanty (Jan. 10, 1930 – June 11, 2021)

June 2021 Posted in Obituary | Comments Off on In Memoriam: Sister Julia ‘Cecelia’ McGanty (Jan. 10, 1930 – June 11, 2021)

Sr. Julia McGanty, O.S.B., a long-time member of Queen of Angels Monastery, died in the very early afternoon of June 11, 2021, in the infirmary at Queen of Angels Monastery, Mount Angel, Oregon. 

Born in Yamhill, Oregon, to William and Margaret McGanty, Sr. Julia (Cecelia) McGanty attended St. John’s Church in Yamhill as a child and attended schools in Yamhill and McMinnville. She continued her education while in boarding school at Mt. Angel Academy and at Mt. Angel College. Influenced by the prayer life of the Benedictine Sisters, Cecelia asked to enter the religious community and professed her vows on Feb. 10, 1949, taking the name of Sister Julia.

In Memoriam: Ross Louis Taylor (June 19, 1946 – May 16, 2021)

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Ross Louis Taylor, 74, passed away on May 16, 2021. A graveside memorial service was held in Scotts Mills, Oregon at the Maplewood Pioneer Cemetery on June 26. 

Ross was born in Forest Grove, Oregon on June 19, 1946 to Jack and Margaret Taylor. He grew up in Scotts Mills and graduated from Silverton High School in 1964. 

Ross joined the United States Navy and served from 1965-1969 during the Vietnam War on the USS Kitty Hawk CV-63 and USS Enterprise CVA(N)-65.

After leaving the Navy, Ross attended Lane Community College and majored in art. 

In Memoriam: Paul Sheets (Nov. 13, 1954 – June 2, 2021)

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Paul Sheets passed away June 2, 2021 surrounded by those who loved him.He was 66. 

Paul was born Nov. 13, 1954 in Hillsboro, Oregon where he grew up and graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1972. 

Paul moved to Silverton in 2000 and served as Postmaster for the Silverton Post Office until his retirement in 2014. His postal career also included time in Portland, Newport and Lincoln City prior to Silverton. 

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Geralyn Sheets, his son Nicholas Sheets and sister Susan McCalib-Lund. 

In Memoriam: Fay Anderson (Feb. 18, 1926 – June 5, 2021)

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Fay Evangeline Neitzke Anderson was born in Lewiston, Minnesota on Feb. 18, 1926, the first child of John and Bessie Neitzke. 

She grew up on the family farm in Rochester, graduating in 1944 from Lewiston High School. Fay then became an registered nurse, graduating from Kahler Hospital School of Nursing in Rochester, Minnesota.

In 1948, Fay moved to Santa Barbara, California where she worked at Cottage Hospital, attended Westmont College, and met her future husband, George Anderson, at the Open Bible Church. They married on June 5, 1949. The couple had three children, Julie Lynn, Lori Jean, and Mark Steven.

Bird box: Retirement brought out the artist in Susan Murray

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By Melissa Wagoner

Artist, Susan Murray, with her bird boxes and garden art at Finds that Shine in Silverton

 

 

Susan Murray hasn’t always been an artist. In fact, she spent the majority of her life working in higher education, first as an instructor and later as Executive Dean of Academic Advancement at Chemeketa Community College. But, upon her retirement from academia six years ago, Murray needed a hobby.

“I really didn’t know what in creation I was going to do after I retired,” Murray laughed. 

Letters to the Editor: Now – A call for the community to use allyship to address race-based hate

June 2021 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: Now – A call for the community to use allyship to address race-based hate

By Kyle Palmer
Mayor of Silverton

Earlier this week, one of our citizens took her young child to the reservoir for a little bit of fun in the great weather. Not long after arriving, several teenagers taunted them using the N-word and only stopped when they finally realized they weren’t going to get a reaction. No one there was able to stand up and be their ally (I recognize that not all scenarios provide enough safety for someone to do so, but allyship is one of the best and strongest tools to fight this behavior). An adult was overheard nearby saying that the kids were just being “silly.”

Letters to the Editor: Library staff appreciated

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Library staff appreciated

My family and I would like to thank Jackie and her staff at the Mt. Angel Public Library for their continued assistance during the lockdown. Their pleasant attitude toward and thoughtful consideration of the patrons was appreciated.

Thanks!

Liz Orr
Scotts Mills

Letters to the Editor: A tribute…

June 2021 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: A tribute…

The basketballs were pushed into their usual spot in the closet.

17 months later.

The jerseys were tucked away in bins.

17 months later.

The bleachers’ seats were pushed back against the wall.

17 months later.

17 months later.

Our jerseys cried for us, and the bleacher seats longed to hear the cheers of the crowd.

The court was left empty, the same painted lines that had been there for years still etched the floor. Everything and everyone gave up on the game.

17 months later.

17 months later.

Letters to the Editor: Praise for McClaine Street project

June 2021 Posted in Community, Other | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: Praise for McClaine Street project

Now that Silvertonians have had (time) to experience driving on a street without cracked pavement and potholes we should take time to appreciate all the hours and hard work by city staff, councilors and contractors to give the town the beautiful reopening of McClaine Street.

I’m sure the hours of aggravation they endured were numerous, but we can acknowledge a job well done by a city that works! May Main Street please be next.

George Fitzpatrick

Silverton

June basketball? Both Foxes teams lose – just once – in near-perfect season

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James Day

The Silverton High basketball teams finished their 2020-21 seasons on June 23, ten days after the seniors graduated and 15 months after a global pandemic left them waiting at the altar at a state tournament which held such promise.

There. That’s a weird sentence, isn’t it?

Somehow the hoopsters were able to finish a truncated six-week season, just like their fall and spring counterparts, although the OSAA calendar mandated that winter come after spring this school year. All good. That’s why I froze in March during the first couple of football games and the basketball players had… tans.

Overnight additions: Lodging options increase at Silver Falls

June 2021 Posted in Community, Outdoor Life | Comments Off on Overnight additions: Lodging options increase at Silver Falls

By James Day

The overnight facilities at what used to be called the Silver Falls Lodge and Conference Center have reopened under new management after a six-month closure.

Silver Falls Hospitality will be operating the facility, which is now called Smith Creek Village, with the name noting the nearby stream. Silver Falls Hospitality is operating the concession under an agreement with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

Included among the overnight accommodations are the Foothills and Davidson ranches northeast of the old conference center compound. The two large-group facilities formerly were called The Ranches.

A Grin at the End: Perspective – Beating the cynicism disease

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carl sampson

We’re all going to be OK.

That is the inescapable conclusion I have reached. I was at a minor league baseball game a few weeks ago, scanning the crowd between pitches. There were families enjoying the evening as the boys of summer sparkled on the diamond. The homers were accompanied by lusty cheers, a light breeze played among the pennants posted beyond center field. For the seventh-inning stretch God Bless America was sung along with the obligatory Take Me out to the Ballgame.

So good.

After more than a year of this virus and that wildfire, of uncertainty and government confusion, we are back
on track.

Profound results: Kloft family returns home after kidney transplant

June 2021 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Profound results: Kloft family returns home after kidney transplant

By Melissa Wagoner

John, Mike and Patty, post surgery at Stanford Medical Center — courtesy of Patty Kloft

In less than a year eight-year-old John Kloft went from being diagnosed with kidney disease to receiving the transplant of a new, healthy, functioning kidney, courtesy of his mother, Patty.

“I’d do it again,” 31-year-old Patty said unhesitatingly. “I’ll never take health for granted again.”

It’s been a whirlwind journey for the family, who received the devastating news that John had stage four kidney disease and would need a transplant in May 2020. It was in the midst of the pandemic, making healthcare decisions difficult.

Preparedness: Strong Silverton initiates TBOne Ready

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By Melissa Wagoner

In May, fire season had already been declared in numerous areas throughout Oregon, which has many agencies – the Oregon Department of Forestry among them – gearing up for the worst fire season on record and asking residents to be prepared.

Which is Strong Silverton – a collective of both individual citizens and representatives from the Silverton Fire District, police cepartment, city and Red Cross, among others – has started a new platform. TBOne Ready is designed to help residents in the Silverton area prepare for the next emergency event.

Junior First Citizen: JFK’s Hailey Arritola receives scholarship

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By Melissa Wagoner

Hailey Arritola, Jr First Citizen Scholarship recipient with parents, Jodi and Lance Arritola

When Hailey Arritola found out she was the recipient of this year’s Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce Junior First Citizen Award – a $2,000 scholarship presented annually to a deserving senior at John F. Kennedy High School – she was beyond surprised.

“I’m just super excited,” she enthused. “I didn’t expect this at all.”

A member of the Future Business Leaders of America, the National Honors Society, JFK for Life, Habitat for Humanity and ASB Vice President, Arritola has an aptitude for leadership.

In the path of service: Elise Suing receives Maureen Ernst Scholarship

June 2021 Posted in Community, People, School | Comments Off on In the path of service: Elise Suing receives Maureen Ernst Scholarship

By Melissa Wagoner

Elise Suing, Maureen Ernst Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Maureen Ernst was a longtime member of the Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce and a passionate advocate for her community. So much so that, when she passed away in 2018, the chamber created the Maureen Ernst Scholarship, which funds a $2,000 unrestricted gift to a deserving John F. Kennedy High School senior each year.

“When we remember Maureen, we remember her dedication to volunteerism and the friendly, positive manner in which she shared her love for Mount Angel to everyone she encountered,” Chamber Treasurer Kristi Brackinreed said at the presentation of this year’s award to graduate Elise Suing.

Success honored: FBLA instructor Miles receives Advisor of Year award

June 2021 Posted in Community, People, School | Comments Off on Success honored: FBLA instructor Miles receives Advisor of Year award

By Melissa Wagoner

Riane Miles — courtesy of Riane Miles

Riane Miles didn’t set out to teach business classes. A graduate of Oregon State University, she has a Master’s Degree in Agriculture Education. But when her alma mater, Silverton High School, reached out to her and asked, “What do you think about teaching business?” She thought – why not try something different?

Never someone to do a thing halfway, Miles took the bull by the horns, getting her Career and Technical Education license in Business and becoming the school’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) advisor.

Peace’s paintings: New artwork to be installed at Silver Falls Lodge

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The artist known as Peace with his painting of the South Falls in Silver Falls Lodge

By Melissa Wagoner

“I’m an artist and not particularly tied down,” Peace said of the journey that inspired him to work as the sole artist-in-residence at Silver Falls State Park for the first time in 2015.

Coming off a pilgrimage for peace, in which the artist attempted to run across the United States, Peace felt he needed a change of pace – literally. And so, he hopped on his bike and headed out.

Best in class: Foxes hoops squads win 6A challenge

June 2021 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Best in class: Foxes hoops squads win 6A challenge

James Day

The Silverton High basketball squads have just completed a stunning 10-0 run through the Class 6A Salem squads.

The boys team went 6-0, winning the games against Sprague, South Salem, West Salem, North Salem, McKay and McNary by an average of 22 points.

One asterisk: North Salem, although a Class 6A school in terms of enrollment, is “playing down” at the 5A level.

The Foxes girls went 4-0, losing out on two games because the McKay game was canceled and North is not fielding a team.

In Memoriam: Nola Jean Parkinson (Sept. 5, 1931 – May 31, 2021)

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Nola Jean Minshew Parkinson, 89, passed away in her sleep early the morning of May 31, 2021, at her home in Silverton, Oregon.

She was born on Sept. 5, 1931 to Dorothy Ruth Hudson Minshew and Robert Perry Minshew in Pocatello, Idaho. They soon moved to Twin Falls, where she spent the rest of her childhood. Nola enjoyed music and dance, and as

a young child, was quite a talented tap dancer. Later, she played the French horn in the school band.

In Memoriam: Edward Turvey (May 16, 1948 – May 28, 2021)

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Ed (Edward) E. Turvey, 73, passed away at home on May 28, 2021, with family by his side. He was born May 16, 1948, to Albert and Maud Turvey in Julesburg, Colorado.

Ed had a heart of gold and was not a person to turn anyone down when asked
for help. He was a husband, father, and friend. He loved the trucker’s life for 40 years and would have driven longer if it had not been for his health.

He is survived by his loving wife Joyce Turvey, children Ed Turvey (Cindy), Joey Derolier, four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren, and his sister Alberta.

In Memoriam: Barbara Ann Schell (Sept. 19, 1943 – May 23, 2021)

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Barbara Ann Schell, 77, resident of Mount Angel, Oregon passed away peacefully on May 23, 2021 at Salem Hospital surrounded by family.

Born Sept. 19, 1943, in Woodburn, Oregon to Albin and Velma Halter, she worked
various jobs while raising her six children, retiring as a bank teller. She was married
first to Mario Rodriguez, Sr. and later Peter Schell. She had endless love for her children, friends, and her dog, Toby. She enjoyed baking, old westerns, watching baseball, donating to causes, and being with family.

Barbara is survived by her six children: Jesse Rodriguez, Mary Rodriguez, Esmeralda Rodriguez-Paulson, Mario Rodriguez Jr., Michelle Bochsler, and Angela Rodriguez; 12 grand-children; and many great-grandchildren.

People Out Loud: Life lessons – Class of 2021 got more than their share of them

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To the graduates of 2021, my sincere congratulations for your wonderful accomplishments. It could not have been harder, right?

You weathered COVID-19, quarantines, wildfires, ice storms, and an entirely new but hopefully temporary “normal.” You learned online in your pajamas, caught sneak peeks of your friends on weekends or when the Zoom teacher was looking the other way, missed out on so many events like prom, homecoming, theater productions, speech competitions, club events, and the socialization that makes high school special. It had to have been a huge challenge to learn on-line, maintain friendships, figure out scholarships, and attract colleges with your academics, canary-like singing voices, cello skills, and athletic prowess. Your faces were covered with masks and hand sanitizer took the place of your favorite fragrances. 

Berry time: Strawberry Festival returns – despite pandemic – for 70th year

June 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Berry time: Strawberry Festival returns – despite pandemic – for 70th year

By Melissa Wagoner

Strawberries have grown wild in Oregon for millennia and were picked in abundance by Indigenous peoples. But even cultivated strawberries have a long history, having been carefully transported, via the Oregon Trail, by Quaker nurseryman Henderson Luelling in 1846.

“Silverton has a long history as an agricultural center and strawberries, while not as prolific now as in the past, represents that heritage,” historian Gus Frederick said of the berry’s local role. “The Silverton Hills was once a major local producer of strawberries, which employed many folks.”

Dig it: Grass roots effort to de-weed Oregon Garden receives outpouring of support

June 2021 Posted in Community, Garden, People | Comments Off on Dig it: Grass roots effort to de-weed Oregon Garden receives outpouring of support

By Melissa Wagoner

Mary Coleman

Mary Coleman at The Oregon Garden.
HELEN THOMAS

“This is a call to arms for our community to help save our local treasure – The Oregon Garden,” Mary Coleman wrote in an impassioned post on the Facebook group, Silverton Connections on May 23.

Within hours Coleman’s post had dozens of replies from community members eager to pitch in.

“She just went for it,” Ana Farris, Botanical Curator for the garden, said. “She’s actually up here right now pulling weeds with a couple of ladies.”

Geology rocks: New book guides exploration of the Pacific Northwest

June 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Outdoor Life, People, Travel | Comments Off on Geology rocks: New book guides exploration of the Pacific Northwest

By Melissa Wagoner

The Pacific Northwest is a land of movers and shakers – when it comes to geology that is.

“The PNW is known as an active margin,” geologist Leslie Moclock described. “That means it’s a place where different tectonic plates interact with one another, pushing and pulling the Earth’s crust and driving exciting, fundamental geologic processes. It’s why we have the towering volcanoes, waterfalls, rocky coastlines, high deserts, and the other iconic landscapes that we all know and love.

Trauma and isolation: Solving houselessness is a community issue

June 2021 Posted in Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Trauma and isolation: Solving houselessness is a community issue

By Melissa Wagoner

Trauma is the one-word answer both Sarah White, program director and case manager at Sheltering Silverton, and Sarah Case, a licensed professional counselor, give when asked to describe a prevalent narrative within unhoused populations.

“The vast majority of people we serve are survivors of trauma, often complex trauma experienced over their lifetimes,” White explained. “We hear from folks who have experienced a lifetime of abuse. Most of the women we serve are survivors of sexual abuse/assault and interpersonal violence… We hear from individuals who were sexually and physically abused by family members and who were first offered drugs by relatives as early as 12 or 13 years old. We meet people who have lost spouses, parents or children. These stories will break your heart and make it very clear that trauma is a unifying factor among people who experience homelessness.”

Dinner in the Field – June 4

June 2021 Posted in Briefs, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Dinner in the Field – June 4

By Melissa Wagoner

Right now, outdoor dining is at its most desirable. And it doesn’t get any more outdoor than eating in a field of alpacas.

“Last year we had the tables scattered throughout the field,” Jennifer Cameron recalled. She is the owner of Alpacas at Marquam Hill, the venue of an annual Field and Vine farm dinner. “It’s a six to seven course meal and we get people who come out here year after year.”

That’s not surprising because with more than 80 alpacas roaming 18-plus acres of property, the Marquam Hill Ranch is a one- of-a-kind setting.

Robert Frost holds Drive By Goodbye

June 2021 Posted in Community, People, School | Comments Off on Robert Frost holds Drive By Goodbye

Jill Heuberger and Kathleen Kelley are retiring from teaching at Robert Frost Elementary School.

To honor and thank them for their years as colleagues, leaders, friends, mentors and teachers, the Robert Frost community is holding a Drive By Retirement Party Monday, June 14, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in front of the school, 201 Westfield St., Silverton.

Everyone is welcome to drive by to show their support, wish them well, and enjoy a curbside treat.

Greeting cards, notes of congradulations and well wishes are welcome, too.

For more information, contact the school: 503-873-5301

New Pastures: Mt. Angel Superintendent Troy Stoops heads to Junction City

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By Brenna Wiegand

Troy Stoops

Troy Stoops is leaving Mt. Angel School District after ten years as superintendent. He has taken the superintendent position at Junction City School District. BRENNA WIEGAND

Mt. Angel School District Superintendent Troy Stoops is moving on after 10 years to take the helm at Junction City School District.

“Junction City is about the size of Mount Angel – about 1,800 kids,” Stoops said. “Like Mount Angel, it’s a rural farming community in close proximity to the city.”

Stoops officially retired from PERS (Public Employees Retirement System) in January but would like to work at least another four to six years.

The Harmony Project: Matching instruments, mentors, to students

June 2021 Posted in Community, Music, People | Comments Off on The Harmony Project: Matching instruments, mentors, to students

By Melissa Wagoner

Cecelia Petrik tutoring a fifth grader on the clarinet

Cecelia Petrik tutoring a fifth grader on the clarinet

When Frank Petrik was a child, he found an old saxophone in his grandfather’s closet. That moment set him on the path to college, a full-ride scholarship,
and eventually a career as a band teacher, sharing a love for music with generations of students. But it all leads back to that day.

“Had he not been given that instrument, his family would not have been able to afford to purchase him a saxophone,” Frank’s wife, Amanda, said. She explained that it is for this reason that Frank, with the help of Silverton Friends of Music, has started the Harmony Project.

Letters to the Editor: Thank you, supporters

June 2021 Posted in Other, People | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: Thank you, supporters

Dear Editor,

Please allow me to take a minute and thank all 1,542 voters who supported
me to serve as a board member of the Silverton Fire District. My hope was that my combined experience in managing taxpayer money and serving as a firefighter would be enough to prevail. Though it is not to be, I wish Chief Giles and all the Firefighter-EMTs the absolute best and extend my appreciation for all that they do.

We are fortunate to have such dedicated men and women responding to our rescue whenever tragedy hits.

Thank you, Steven Dye

Datebook: June 2021

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Datebook Submission

Information

Get your events and fundraisers published in Our Town. If your ongoing event was cancelled because of COVID- 19 and is starting up again, please send a new listing. If you are meeting by Zoom or virtually, send those, too! Send your releases to datebook@mtangelpub.com. Or drop them off at 401 Oak St., Silverton.

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Weekly Events

Monday

SACA Food Pantry, 9 a.m. – noon, SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. Repeats Thursdays. 503-873-3446, silvertonareacommunityaid.org

Mt. Angel Community & Senior Center Store, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., 195 E Charles St. Repeats Tuesday – Saturday. Volunteers needed. 503-845-6998

In Memoriam: Duane Ray Dahlum

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Duane Ray Dahlum

Duane Ray Dahlum began his next journey at 4:45 p.m. on May 8, 2021. He left peacefully knowing he was doing it on his own terms. He passed with the knowledge that he was loved at Legacy Good Samaritan ICU in Portland, Oregon.

He was 79 years old, just days from his 80th birthday.

He loved helping people who were dealing with trauma and hard life issues. He arrived at his passion in VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) in New York City where he met and fell in love with Barbara Jo Morrison of Flint, Michigan. They married on May 18, 1965 in Flint, and their service in VISTA continued to New Haven, Connecticut. They returned to Tacoma after their VISTA service. They had one child, Michele Diane, who was born April 20, 1968.

In Memoriam: Ernest Dye Humphreys (July 18, 1959 – May 6, 2021)

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Earnest Dye Humphreys
Ernest “Ernie” Dye Humphreys passed away on May 6, 2021 surrounded by loved ones at the age of 61. Ernie was born in Everett, Washington on July 18, 1959 and moved to Silverton, Oregon where he grew up and spent most of his life.

He is survived by his love of 28 years, Dyana Stanley; his children, Aaron, Brad, Ashley, Justin, and Colton; four brothers and four sisters, grandchildren, as well as a host of many other family members and friends.

Ernie was a hard-working man that possessed many talents and took pride in all he did. He had many careers in his lifetime ranging from work in

In Memoriam: Leslie Elling (Aug. 31, 1936 – Dec. 25, 2020)

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Elling, Leslie

Leslie was born in Williston, North Dakota to John R. Elling and Gunda (Vollum) Elling.

Leslie had lived in Silverton, Oregon before moving to Fairbanks, Alaska in 1976. He worked on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline as an Operating Engineer. He retired in 1992. Leslie returned to Silverton, Oregon to live, while continuing to travel up to Alaska, as well as snow birding down in Arizona in the winter months. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and traveling. In 2015 he moved to Lake Havasu City, Arizona. He spent his last two years living in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In Memoriam: John Franklin Lalicker (May 2, 1923 – May 21, 2021)

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Lalicker, John

John Franklin Lalicker, 98, longtime Silverton, Oregon resident passed away on May 21, 2021. John was born May 2, 1923 in Venita, Oklahoma to William L. Lalicker and Ella Mae (Catlin) Lalicker. He was the middle son of three boys. 

In 1923, his family moved to Medicine Lodge, Kansas where he attended local schools and graduated from Medicine Lodge High School in 1941 where he lettered in football, basketball and track. John served in the Army Air Corps during WWII. On Aug. 3, 1943, he married his high school sweetheart, Eileen Page, on her parent’s ranch near Gerlane, Kansas.

In Memoriam: Donald Herman Huebsch (Nov. 15, 1925 – May 11, 2021)

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Don Huebsch

Donald (Don) Herman Huebsch, 95, a veteran of World War II and longtime resident of Mount Angel, Oregon, passed away on May 11, 2021. 

Don was born on Nov. 15, 1925 at St. James Hospital in Perham, Minnesota. He was one of nine children born to Michael (Mike) and Florence (Weis) Huebsch. After graduating from high school in 1943, Don traveled out to Oregon to stay with his Aunt Minnie Weis in Mount Angel. He helped harvest flax and peas and worked on the surveyor crew that built the Aurora State Airport. 

Kennedy dominant: Trojans earn title in softball, take second in baseball

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James Day

The Kennedy softball squad claimed the Class 2A state title May 22 with a pair of victories, an 8-1 semifinal win vs. Union/Cove and a 16-0 title win vs. Grant Union/Prairie City.

The Trojans, who were runners-up to North Douglas in 2019 before missing the entire 2020 season amid the pandemic, finished 16-0 and outscored opponents 205-8. Kennedy also got its revenge against North Douglas, scoring an emphatic 12-0 win May 7 in Mount Angel.

Sports Datebook: June 2021

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Tuesday, June 1

Girls Basketball

5 p.m. Western Christian @ Kennedy

7 p.m. Silverton @ South Salem

Wrestling

6 p.m. Silverton @ Central

Boys Basketball

6:30 p.m. Western Christian @ Kennedy

7 p.m. South Salem @ Silverton

Wednesday, June 2

Girls Basketball

7 p.m. West Salem @ Silverton

Boys Basketball

7:30 p.m. Silverton @ West Salem

Thursday,
June 3

Boys & Girls Swimming

4 p.m. Silverton @ Corvallis

Boys Basketball

6:30 p.m. Kennedy @ Crosshill Christian

Friday, June 4

Boys Basketball

Motion for all ages: Silver Falls Family YMCA grants access to healthy life style programs

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By Brenna Wiegand

A dryland swim team workout at Silver Falls Family YMCA. The Y offers a wide range of programming to enrich the lives of youth and families in the Silverton area.

A dryland swim team workout at Silver Falls Family YMCA. The Y offers a wide range of programming to enrich the lives of youth and families in the Silverton area.

Lifeguards Catherine Hyde and Kate Fronza are among many Silverton High School students making up the YMCA staff. The Y is always looking for kids who love water to join the program.

Lifeguards Catherine Hyde and Kate Fronza are among many Silverton High School students
making up the YMCA staff. The Y is always looking for kids who love water to join the
program.

for Silver Falls Family YMCA to meet the needs of the community it serves.

A Grin at the End: 50 years later – High school when you look back at it

June 2021 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, People | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: 50 years later – High school when you look back at it

carl sampson

One of the few fringe benefits of this pandemic is the fact that my 50th high school reunion was canceled. That’s right, the Conestoga High School Class of 1971 has let the coronavirus get the best of it. I suppose that means the constabulary of Berwyn, Pennsylvania, won’t have to worry about a bunch of 67-year-old duffers running over curbs and backing into street signs.

Whew.

It’s not that I didn’t like those people. I just didn’t know most of them. The idea of hanging around in a hotel ballroom with 500 almost-strangers is something I won’t miss.

Perfecting a Palace: New amenities with theater’s reopening

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By Melissa Wagoner

Erik and Rachelle Gonterman, owners of the Silverton Palace Theater, with granddaughter, Vivianna, in front of the new refreshment counter

Erik and Rachelle Gonterman, owners of the Silverton Palace Theater, with granddaughter, Vivianna, in front of the new refreshment counter

There’s never been a better time to go to the theater – at least according to Rachelle Gonterman – manager of the Silverton Palace Theater.

“COVID has everybody tired of being cooped up at home,” she said. “But a lot of people don’t know we’re open.”

Taking over the theater in October 2020, Rachelle and her husband, Erik, had yet to show a single movie until April 9 when they screened The Croods: A New Age as their grand opening feature.

A welcoming spirit – Benedictine Brewery hosts O’fest food favorites

May 2021 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on A welcoming spirit – Benedictine Brewery hosts O’fest food favorites

By Melissa Wagoner

Mt. Angel's Benedictine Brewery

Mt. Angel’s Benedictine Brewery

For those who have missed their favorite Oktoberfest treats during the past 16 months, now is your chance to indulge, as the Benedictine Brewery in Mount Angel hosts a line-up of iconic Oktoberfest food carts this summer.

“Part of our mission is helping the community,” brewery manager Nicole McCall said of the impetus to invite the booths. The majority are run by nonprofits that traditionally rely heavily on the funds raised during the annual festival.

“It’ll help the booths,” McCall confirmed. “And they need the help.”

Art shift: Silverton Art Association broadens vision for annual festival

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By Melissa Wagoner

Known for many creative activities for all ages, the Silverton Fine Arts Festival – last held in 2019- has been rechristened Silverton Arts Festival

The mission of the Silverton Arts Association has long been to further the arts through education, promotion and exhibition.

“But we’re struggling,” board member Harold Wood admitted. “Everyone is underground in their basement.”

In short, 2020 was a tough year for artists.

“With the pandemic, we lost our stage,” Wood said. “There’s no show-and-tell anymore. I think a lot of artists do what they do to show people, I have value, I’m creative. And then when you put the pandemic into it, that diminishes.”

Mt. Angel board names finalists for district’s next superintendent

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After completing a multi-state search that began with 26 applicants and included an application screening and initial round of interviews, the Mt. Angel School District’s Board of Directors has announced two finalists have been selected for further consideration to be the next superintendent for the district. The public is invirted to meet the candidates May 17, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at Kennedy High School, 890 E. Marquam St., Mt. Angel. The candidates are:

Allen Barber

Operation vaccination: Legacy invests in pop-up clinics

May 2021 Posted in Business, Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Operation vaccination: Legacy invests in pop-up clinics

By Brenna Wiegand

Pop-up vaccine clinics Legacy Health at Coleman Farms

Pop-up vaccine clinics Legacy Health at Coleman Farms. Brenna Wiegand

When the COVID-19 vaccine first became available in late December, Legacy Silverton Medical Center opened a clinic and started providing vaccines, first to primary care providers, then teachers. By January’s end about 5,000 people had been vaccinated at the Silverton campus.

Not long after the vaccine became available to the general public, it became clear that some key populations in Woodburn were being underserved.

Letters to the Editor: Thank you, Silverton

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A campaign is a journey… I began this journey because I am a father of two and know our schools play an integral part of the health and well-being of all kids. Silverton is uniquely positioned to keep doing great things; and I am on this journey because we have a supportive community that believes in our collective potential.

I see this in the entrepreneurial spirit that comes from our small businesses and farming communities – the history is in the soil and in the hands of the workers.

Letters to the Editor: There’s more to the tree story

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I must say that I was more than a little dismayed when I read the article in the May 1 edition of Our Town entitled, “Storm damaged trees can remain a hazard.”

The story, along with the accompanying photograph of the storm-damaged tree along B Street showing Trinity Lutheran Church in the background, seemed to imply that somehow the congregation had been negligent by not removing the tree, thereby leaving a public hazard.

Letters to the Editor: Mantie for school board

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I am writing this letter in support of Stephanie Mantie for the Silver Falls School Board, zone 4. Stephanie has all the qualities that would make an excellent board member. She is smart, well spoken, cares greatly about kids and has a desire to do what’s best for all kids in our district if she is elected.

Letters to the Editor: Support for Stephanie

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We have had the privilege of knowing Stephanie Mantie for 20 years. We served together in our church youth group for many years. We have witnessed her raise her kids, serve others, and interact in the community. We cannot recommend her enough for the position on the school board.

She is a person of immense integrity.
We have witnessed her in situations of conflict. Her ability to remain thoughtful, kind hearted, and willing to see the
other side of things was constant and impressive. She cares deeply for all people.

In Memoriam: Denise Marie Totland (Sept. 7, 1962 – April 27, 2021)

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Denise Totland

Denise Totland

Denise Marie (Howes) Totland, 58, passed away peacefully on April 27, 2021. A graveside memorial service will be held in Silverton on Saturday, May 22, 2021, under the direction of Unger Funeral Home. Visit ungerfuneralchapel.com for details.

Denise was born in Burns, Oregon on Sept. 7, 1962 to Don and Theresa Howes. She grew up in Ontario, Oregon where she graduated in 1980. Denise went on to beauty school in Boise, Idaho. She then moved to Salem, Oregon.

Denise devoted her life to loving and caring for her daughters. She worked as a medical assistant in various practices over the last 30 years. Most recently, she worked at Rite Aid Pharmacy.

In Memoriam: David Jorgenson (Nov. 25, 1952 – April 26, 2021)

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David Jorgenson

David Jorgenson

David Jorgenson, 68 passed away April 26, 2021 at his residence with his family by his side. He was born in Silverton on Nov. 25, 1952 to Vincent and Frankie Jorgenson. David is survived by his wife Donna Jorgenson.

David had three siblings: Doug
Jorgenson, Chris Jorgenson Rettig and Gina Jorgenson; four children: Sarah Kuenzi, Neil Jorgenson, Ryan Jorgenson, and Erin Bleakney; 11 grandchildren: Michael Kuenzi, Julia Kuenzi, Anna Kuenzi and Matthew Kuenzi, Liesl and Finn Jorgenson, Evelyn, Alison and Mason Jorgenson, Ben and Thomas Bleakney; and one great-granddaughter, Katie.

David’s fondest memories were teaching

In Memoriam: Mary Ann Miles (Oct. 29, 1934 – May 5, 2021)

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Mary Ann Miles, 86, of Silverton passed away peacefully on May 5, 2021. Mary Ann was born on Oct. 29, 1934 in Portland, the daughter of William (Bill) H. Jr. and Melba Woodard. She moved with her parents to her family home in Silverton shortly after her birth. She was raised in Silverton and graduated from Silverton High School in 1952. She married Wendell Roy Miles in Kentucky in 1954 while he was stationed there for basic military training. They moved back to Silverton upon his discharge from the Army in 1957.

In Memoriam: Rodney Weston Kilcup (Feb. 11, 1937 – April 21, 2021)

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Kilcup, Rodney

Rodney Kilcup

Rodney Weston Kilcup of Silverton succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease on April 21, 2021. He died in peace and at home, surrounded by the love of his family. He is dearly missed by those whose lives he touched.

Rodney was born in Hoquiam, Washington in 1937 to Horace and Winnifred Kilcup.

He studied history at the University of Washington – the first in his family to pursue higher education. He later earned a PhD in history at Harvard University and began a career as a history professor serving at universities including the University of Chicago, the University of Washington, and the University of Notre Dame.

Looking Back: If these stones could talk – Discovering a local Civil War veteran

May 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off on Looking Back: If these stones could talk – Discovering a local Civil War veteran

By Brenna Wiegand

Theobald Kirsch

Theobald Kirsch

Theobold & Theresa (Von Hatten) Kirsch

Theobald & Theresa (Von Hatten) Kirsch

Jim Kosel was going through memorabilia at Mount Angel American Legion Post #89 when he came across four documents related to Civil War
veteran Theobald Kirsch.

These original documents record
Kirsch’s entry and discharge from the Ohio Infantry during the Civil War, making him one of the oldest veterans in either of the two St. Mary’s cemeteries in Mount Angel.

People Out Loud: A salute to ‘Captain A’ – Plus the hum of a rebounding community

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I remember meeting Arland Anderson as a lowly freshman in high school in 1966. He was a junior and one imposing figure – larger than life. Standing about 6’4″ and not “diminutive”, he had a booming voice, and huge and infectious smile, and seemed to get along with everyone.

We both played basketball and got to scrimmage a bit together. He was the captain of the varsity basketball team and I was a lowly freshman who came off the freshman bench with splinters when the game was a runaway.

Something for the Soul: Local labyrinths

May 2021 Posted in Community, Other, People | Comments Off on Something for the Soul: Local labyrinths

By Melissa Wagoner

Celebration encourages community to take long way ‘round

Labyrinth at the Shalom Prayer Center - courtesy of Sister Dorothy Jean Beyer

Labyrinth at the Shalom Prayer Center – courtesy of Sister Dorothy Jean Beyer

Each year on the first Saturday in May, people across the globe take part in a form of moving meditation known as “walk as one at 1,” in honor of world peace. Utilizing labyrinths – those meandering single-pathed designs constructed to promote personal, spiritual and psychological transformation – World Labyrinth Day unites people in parks, churches, schools, prisons, and even backyards, in a celebration of the labyrinth experience. 

Virtual concerts set at Mount Angel Abbey

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The Willamette Master Chorus will perform Spring Concerts, Sacred Music on Sundays, May 2 and 16 at Mount Angel Abbey. The concert will be made available to stream online.

While the chorus cannot participate as a large group in the church, they are able to capture some incredible sounds at this beloved site. 

Accompanist Debra Huddleston will join the WMC by pre-recording on the great organ in the gallery and the choir loft’s smaller organ. 

Mark Twain oaks – Community members turn out in droves to replant trees

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By Melissa Wagoner

When horticulturist Eric Hammond, heard that the majority of the oak trees in a grove adjacent to Mark Twain Elementary School were removed after the February ice storm, he saw an opportunity. 

“I sent emails explaining the importance of the oaks from an ecological standpoint and a social standpoint,” Hammond said of the communication he initiated with the Silver Falls School District. 

“I said, the district should also take advantage of it from an educational standpoint.”

Storm damaged trees can remain a hazard

May 2021 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Storm damaged trees can remain a hazard

By James Day

This ice storm-damaged tree on B Street finally was taken down in mid-April. Trees that still appear to be a public hazard can be reported to the city for assessment.

This ice storm-damaged tree on B Street finally was taken down in mid-April. Trees that still appear to be a public hazard can be reported to the city for assessment.

Yes, the ice storm has passed and most of the debris has been taken care of. But what do you do if you see signs in your neighborhood of a tree that is failing?

The first person to call, said interim City Manager Bob Willoughby, is Sean Farris.

Something Fun: Pet Parade update – 2021 event a definite maybe

May 2021 Posted in Community, People, Pets | Comments Off on Something Fun: Pet Parade update – 2021 event a definite maybe

By Melissa Wagoner

“The Pet Parade is scheduled for May 15 at 10 a.m., as normal,” Randal Thomas – a member of the Kiwanis Club of Silverton and chairman of the parade – said, adding it will go on as long as Marion County is not in Oregon’s Extreme Risk level for  COVID-19 on that date. 

Canceled in 2020 for the first time since its inception in 1934, the Silverton Pet Parade is a tradition like no other.

“It is your quintessential small-town event,” Thomas confirmed. Adding, “It’s not just for kids. We have adults in their 50s, 60s, 70s and older. We had a woman whose dog won one year and she was in her 80s.”

Answering the call: Neighboring fire districts team up to vaccinate public

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By Melissa Wagoner

Victor Hoffer vaccinating Mayor Don Fleck with the 2000th vaccination since the MAFD began vaccinating -- courtesy of Victor Hoffer

Victor Hoffer vaccinating Mayor Don Fleck with the 2000th vaccination since the MAFD began vaccinating — courtesy of Victor Hoffer

What started as the Mt. Angel Fire District (MAFD) providing COVID-19 vaccinations to their own paramedics and firefighters this February, quickly grew as they reached out to other districts – Silverton, Woodburn, Lyons and Mill City among them – to provide vaccines.

“We ended up doing around 400 first responders,” Fire Chief Jim Trierweiler said. “Fortunately for us, we’re already trained in that. It was simply reading up and learning the indications and contraindications. Being EMTs and paramedics we already give injections. In the early days it was mobile, we went to someone’s drill night.”

The time is now: Planning for future wildfires shouldn’t be delayed

May 2021 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, Outdoor Life | Comments Off on The time is now: Planning for future wildfires shouldn’t be delayed

By Melissa Wagoner

Weeks out from the official start of summer and fire experts are already warning Oregonians of another potentially difficult fire season. Which is why Carrie Berger, a fire program manager with the OSU Extension service, has recently partnered with both state and local agencies to launch a series of webinars titled, “Fire Aware. Fire Prepared,” to help get communities ready.

“Last summer’s wildfire events impacted most Oregonians and we learned that everyone living in Oregon should be prepared for a wildfire emergency,” Berger said.

Datebook – May 2021

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Datebook Submission Information

Get your events and fundraisers published in Our Town. If your ongoing event was canceled because of COVID-19 and is starting up again, please send a new listing. If you are meeting by Zoom or virtually, send those, too. Send your releases to datebook@mtangelpub.com. Or drop them off at 401 Oak St., Silverton.

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Weekly Events

Monday

SACA Food Pantry, 9 a.m. – noon, SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. Repeats Thursdays. 503-873-3446, silvertonareacommunityaid.org

Mt. Angel Community & Senior Center Store, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., 195 E Charles St. Repeats Tuesday – Saturday. Volunteers needed. 503-845-6998

Silver Falls School District names Melissa Linder Silver Crest principal

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Silver Falls School District has announced the selection of  Melissa Linder as the new principal for Silver Crest School and district assistant director of teaching and learning.

Her first day will be July 1. Linder’s selection followed a process of community and staff input; a writing assessment; a case study analysis presentation; town hall sessions with community and staff members; and multiple interviews with senior district leadership. 

“We are so excited to have Melissa Linder join our team in SFSD,” said Superintendent Scott Drue. “She is an instructional leader of the highest order. Melissa has a proven leadership track record of adding value to those she serves.”

Lunaria reveals ‘Neo Geo’ in May

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Lunaria Gallery presents Neo Geo, a show by Lunaria painter Jane Castelan Buccola and jeweler Dawn Hemstreet. 

Buccola’s painting involves exploration, personal expression, play, experimentation with color as well as texture.  She likes to bring mystery and an abiguousness to her work in order to allow the viewer to form their own interpretation.

Hemstreet is drawn to Scandinavian modernist jewelry from the 1970s. She wanted to see if metal clay hollow forms could be created that would have modernist shapes as well as texture since most modernist jewelry was created without stones or texture. 

Letters to the Editor: Support for ‘supermom’ in school board election

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We wholeheartedly endorse Melissa Seifer Briggs for Silver Falls School Board. Melissa is an experienced attorney, most recently with the Oregon Judicial Department, and a Silverton native. She and her husband, David Briggs, have five young children, ages 12 to 3. Melissa is devoted to all children, especially those who may be disadvantaged or at risk. The depth and breadth of her experience with public schools is so impressive – Melissa is all in when it comes to students.

Letters to the Editor: A ‘fresh voice’ for school board

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want to express my support for Stephanie Mantie for a position on the Silver Falls School Board. She has the intellect and background that would greatly benefit our school district at this time.   

Stephanie has been actively involved in our local schools and has built solid relationships with our diverse community. She believes that the school district needs to be an active partner with our parents in providing the education to our students.   

Stephanie will provide a fresh voice and perspective as the district moves back to full in-person learning and moves beyond this troubling time for our district.  

Letters to the Editor: ‘Thrilled’ advocates for Mantie

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We have had the privilege of knowing Stephanie Mantie for 20 years. We served together in our church youth group for many years. We have witnessed her raise her kids, serve others, and interact in the community. We cannot recommend her enough for the position on the school board. 

She is a person of immense integrity. We have witnessed her in situations of conflict. Her ability to remain thoughtful, kind-hearted, and willing to see the other side of things was constant and impressive. She cares deeply for all people. 

Collaborators: Silverton Service Integration Team welcomes more participation

May 2021 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Collaborators: Silverton Service Integration Team welcomes more participation

By Melissa Wagoner 

Members of the Santiam Service Integration Team staff. Courtesy of Melissa Baurer

Members of the Santiam Service Integration Team staff. Courtesy of Melissa Baurer

What happens when a graduating senior can’t afford a class ring? What about when a mom needs new tires for her car in order to transport her sick child to medical appointments – is there funding for that? And if there is, where does it come from?

Steady Path: Trail Keepers of Oregon expands its mission to Silver Falls

May 2021 Posted in Outdoor Life | Comments Off on Steady Path: Trail Keepers of Oregon expands its mission to Silver Falls

By Melissa Wagoner

Installation of gabions on Maple Ridge Trail. Arthur Mills

Installation of gabions on Maple Ridge Trail. Arthur Mills

There are thousands of hiking trails in Oregon, many of them almost a century old and most of them maintained by volunteers – such as those organized by Trail Keepers of Oregon (TKO).

“We do trail maintenance and repair for state parks and national parks,” volunteer and Silver Falls State Park Crew Leader Arthur Mills explained. “The people who started it were a bunch of hikers working on an abandoned trail on Mt. Hood.”

Remembering Tom Dill

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The Friends of Silver Falls State Park, and the community at large, have lost a dedicated and much-loved volunteer. Tom Dill passed on April 4, 2021. He will be ever so greatly missed by all.

Tom spent many hours at the Park as a Trail Ambassador, Nature Store Volunteer, and supporter of the preservation of the Stone Shelter. He and his wife Ann Marie were at every event at the Park helping out and spreading good camaraderie.

He served on the Board of Directors, often offering a fresh point of view.

In Memoriam: Jerome Francis Donahe (Aug. 14, 1937 – April 17, 2021)

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Jerome Francis (Jerry or J. F.) Donahe, of Silverton, passed in the early morning hours of April 17 in Salem, Oregon. 

He was born Aug. 14, 1937, in Chicago, Illinois to Bernard Anthony and Thelma Sophia (Follesvold) Donahe. An older sister, Joanne, greeted him and he was followed by a younger sister, Selene.

At the age of 11, he moved with his family to Sweet Home, Oregon, where he graduated from high school. He served as senior class president, was active in the music program, and lettered in football, basketball and baseball. After attending Pacific Lutheran University (where he played football and baseball), he worked for a short time at Boeing, living near Seattle, and then enjoyed a very prosperous career in financial services with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance and Thrivent Lutheran Brotherhood while living in West Linn and Lake Oswego. 

In Memoriam: Cruz Arce (May 3, 1945 – April 10, 2021)

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Cruz Arce, 75 passed away on April 10, 2021, at her residence with family by her side.

She was born in Edinburg, Texas on May 5, 1945, to Antonio Arce and Maria Magdalena Perez. She was the second oldest of 12 children.

Cruz enjoyed family time, dancing and cooking for the family.

Cruz is survived by her children: Nora Benavidez, Deanida Benavidez, Francisco Benavidez, Sara Benavidez, Dora Linda Cortez, and Jesus Antonio Garza; 14 grandchildren,15 great-grandchildren with two on the way; siblings Antonio Garza, Jose Arce, Susie Guarjardo, Juan Arce, Juanita Leach, Antonio Arce Jr. and Una Arce.

COVID Lessons: Foxes football coach looks back

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James DayWeird high school football season, wasn’t it? Games in March and April. COVID postponements.

The record shows that Silverton finished 3-2, while having its annual showdown with West Albany postponed because of a Silverton outbreak. But it was a season full of highlights and accomplishment, said fourth-year head coach Josh Craig.

“Highlights would be how mentally tough the team stayed through all the adversity and the positive attitudes they exhibited,” Craig said. “We played a tough schedule, which was really good for us I think and the guys embraced that. We also hung tough during a very shaky offseason and other challenges throughout a wacky year.”

A Grin at the End: Duck-duck-boom – Ideas to solve the world’s problems

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It’s been a busy year for the researchers here at Sampson Laboratories (motto: You can never do too much useless stuff).

One of our intrepid scientists is coming up with an easier way to make carbon fiber parts for airplanes. I’m not really sure how it was supposed to work but I think it involves using Bungee cords to tie 40 microwave ovens to the plane’s wing and using the “defrost” mode.

As Elon Musk says, “Every time we blow something up we learn something.” That being the case, we’re learning lots of stuff.

Hiccup: Silverton Road bridge work might be delayed

April 2021 Posted in News | Comments Off on Hiccup: Silverton Road bridge work might be delayed
Logs can be seen from the trees that were felled for utility line relocation on the Silverton Road bridge over the Little Pudding River. The bridge is being replaced and there will be detours around the work for approximately seven months starting about May 1. James Day

Logs can be seen from the trees that were felled for utility line relocation on the Silverton Road bridge over the Little Pudding River. The bridge is being replaced and there will be detours around the work for approximately seven months starting about May 1. James Day

By James Day

The Marion County work on the bridge over the Little Pudding River between Silverton and Salem has been delayed slightly.

County officials originally hoped that the detours required for the lengthy project would be in place by May 1. But a shortage of poles for the project’s temporary signal lights is making that date more of a moving target, said Steve Preszler, project manager with the county.

The COVID season: Kennedy football produces most compelling story

April 2021 Posted in Sports | Comments Off on The COVID season: Kennedy football produces most compelling story

James DayBy James Day

The season of fall sports in the spring is over, and for the most part things turned out all right. Most of the games were played. Soccer and volleyball squads played legitimate league seasons. Small school cross country teams put on a state championship meet.

Good for them. The thing about a crisis like COVID is that it tests people and their resilience. I’d like to think we learned a thing or two along the way. 

I saw five football games and one soccer match. In all six occasions the temperature was at 45 degrees or below when the event concluded. So much for spring. Almost no spectators. But still lots of excitement. 

Farm-zilla: Spring sign-up time for farm fresh produce

April 2021 Posted in Garden | Comments Off on Farm-zilla: Spring sign-up time for farm fresh produce

By Melissa Wagoner

Farm-zilla Spring sign-up time for farm fresh produce

Farm-zilla is the newest CSA farm option in the community. Submitted photo.

Brenda Sparks is a farmer at heart. Raised in California by horticulturist parents on a small, five-acre farm, she grew up helping in the fields, selling vegetables at the local Farmer’s Market and raising animals through 4-H and FFA. 

“Farming is very therapeutic for me as a mother of four kids,” she said. “It energizes me and is my self-care.”

Starting this spring, Sparks will begin sharing her joy for growing things with the community around her through a newly developed Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

The Good, the bad, the lessons: Looking back over a year of the pandemic

April 2021 Posted in Community | Comments Off on The Good, the bad, the lessons: Looking back over a year of the pandemic

By Melissa Wagoner

One year ago, April Newton and her husband Tom were at a medical conference in Hawaii when he received some sobering news – Oregon had its first confirmed positive case of the new coronavirus disease.

“We spent a blissful week on Kuai… but we were there with a big group of doctors and lots of discussions about what was about to happen took place,” Newton wrote in a Facebook post commemorating the one-year anniversary of that trip. “I clearly remember Tom telling me one night to prepare myself because this was going to be a big deal and last more than a few weeks.”

Taking to the air: Radio control airplane club finds Silverton home

March 2021 Posted in People | Comments Off on Taking to the air: Radio control airplane club finds Silverton home
Don DeYoe holds Jerry Hall’s F-82 during a test run at the Holden/Bevens Flying Field on Old Mt. Angel Highway outside of Silverton.

Don DeYoe holds Jerry Hall’s F-82 during a test run at the Holden/Bevens Flying Field on Old Mt. Angel Highway outside of Silverton.

By Brenna Wiegand

It is no picnic for an RC airplane to find its place in the sun these days.

“Our situation is so special,” Bob Bevens, founding member of Keizer Radio Control Association, said. “We need a certain amount of land for flying; we’ve got to park and at times accommodate the public.”

When the club needed a new home several years ago, Silverton nurseryman Verl Holden stepped up to help. They scouted his property and found a spot.

Arbor days: Tree experts weigh in on tree care following devastating storm

March 2021 Posted in News | Comments Off on Arbor days: Tree experts weigh in on tree care following devastating storm

By Melissa Wagoner

Within hours of the ice storm horticulturist Eric Hammond began walking, covering as many miles of Silverton’s streets as he could, cataloging the trees – the ones that were damaged, the ones that were toppled and the ones that made it through relatively unscathed.

“I’m up to 3,300 different survey points and 130 different species,” Hammond said. “Fully 50 percent of what I see has got moderate to severe damage. And I’m only surveying the planted trees. The wild trees are their own thing to talk about. They were here before us and it’s sort of on us if we built a house there.”

Santiam Hospital offers saliva test for Covid-19

March 2021 Posted in Your Health | Comments Off on Santiam Hospital offers saliva test for Covid-19

By Mary Owen

Santiam Hospital introduces SalivaDirect, a less expensive, less invasive and safer way to test for COVID-19.

“It’s kind of remarkable that our little lab in Stayton, Oregon, is using this test,” said Dr. Janine VanSant, infectious disease specialist. “We are one of the few labs in the Pacific Northwest using it.”

Dr. Sarah Comstock, a molecular biologist from Corban University in Salem, got the ball rolling last April. In the spring of 2020, Comstock found herself with excess time due to few on-campus students, so she began to use her research equipment to develop an FDA EUA (emergency use authorization) test for coronavirus.

Trial by ice: Neighbors, services unite in the face of shared adversity

March 2021 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Trial by ice: Neighbors, services unite in the face of shared adversity
An old oak near St. Edward's Church in Silverton by the February ice storm. Photo courtesy Steve Canning.

An old oak near St. Edward’s Church in Silverton by the February ice storm. Photo courtesy Steve Canning.

By Melissa Wagoner

When residents of the mid-Willamette Valley awoke to a world covered in a beautiful blown glass tapestry of ice on the morning of Feb. 12, they would have been hard pressed to imagine the destruction that would be unleashed only a few hours later. A night of freeing rain replaced the morning quiet with the sound of snapping trees, exploding electrical transformers and arcing power lines that set the evening sky ablaze in a lightning of blue and green.

Making Silverton better: Encouraging diverse voices is one step

February 2021 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Making Silverton better: Encouraging diverse voices is one step

By Melissa Wagoner

It was a happy accident when John Pattison stumbled upon the town of Silverton on Christmas Eve 2009. But it wasn’t an accident he stayed.

“My wife Kate and I both grew up in smaller towns,” Pattison explained. “We were living in Portland and felt drawn back to rural life. But we also wanted to stay close to family in Portland and Salem. Over the course of about 18 months, we looked at seemingly every small town in the Willamette Valley – or so we thought, because somehow Silverton was never on our radar.”

Land stewardship: Mount Angel native plants white oaks on farm

February 2021 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Land stewardship: Mount Angel native plants white oaks on farm
Kurt Berning and Katie Doyle planting white oak seedlings on Bernging’s family farm in Mount Angel. Photo by Melissa Wagoner

Kurt Berning and Katie Doyle planting white oak seedlings on Bernging’s family farm in Mount Angel. Photo by Melissa Wagoner

By Melissa Wagoner

Welcoming the new year looked a lot different for Kurt Berning and his fiancé Katie Doyle this year. Instead of party hats and streamers, the couple awoke early, donned their rain gear and headed out into the drizzle to plant over 500 white oak tree seedlings.

Vaccinated: Health professionals discuss their decisions and experiences

February 2021 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Vaccinated: Health professionals discuss their decisions and experiences

By Melissa Wagoner

When Brian Reif – a clinical nurse who works directly with COVID patients – was offered the COVID-19 vaccine as a member of the tier one medical community, he did not hesitate to roll up his sleeve, likening his participation to a patriotic duty.

“What we have achieved to create and now deliver, a novel vaccine in such a short period of time, is a testament to what we can do through collective will and when we work together,” he said.  For him it was an emotional experience. “Our efforts to fight COVID should be unifying and not divisive because we all want the same thing.”

Fun run for John: Mount Angel family raises funds for son’s kidney transplant

January 2021 Posted in People | Comments Off on Fun run for John: Mount Angel family raises funds for son’s kidney transplant
Patty, John and Mike Kloft on their farm, Lonely Lane Farms – courtesy of Evelyn Shoop.

Patty, John and Mike Kloft on their farm, Lonely Lane Farms – courtesy of Evelyn Shoop.

By Melissa Wagoner

When seven-year-old John Kloft told his parents he had pain in his side in May of 2020 they assumed he had appendicitis.

“We took him to his normal Physician’s Assistant, Brianna Brooks in Silverton,” John’s parents, Mike and Patty Kloft, wrote in a recent press release chronicling the family’s journey.

“She sent us for more tests because John’s symptoms seemed a little odd.”

It’s lucky she did. To everyone’s surprise, John’s appendix looked great. His kidneys, however, did not.

Making music: Soundstream studio produces album by Silverton teen

January 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Making music: Soundstream studio produces album by Silverton teen
Matt-Alex Raney – photo by Corey Christensen

Matt-Alex Raney – photo by Corey Christensen

By Melissa Wagoner

On Jan. 1, 2021 Matt-Alex Raney released his first album, If We’re Being Honest – 13 tracks inspired by classic country and written by Raney himself.

“I’ve never been much for talking and communicating,” 17-year-old Raney confessed, “Music really helps me put all those ideas and feelings into words and music. I can express everything I think and feel through that rather than talking.”

Produced with the help of Soundstream, a music studio located in downtown Silverton, If We’re Being Honest is the record that almost didn’t happen. In fact, Raney’s entire music career was very nearly extinguished before it even got off the ground.

Emergencies are inevitable: So, why don’t we prepare?

January 2021 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Emergencies are inevitable: So, why don’t we prepare?
Dale Kunce.   Melissa Wagoner

Dale Kunce. Melissa Wagoner

By Melissa Wagoner

The Red Cross mantras, “disaster can strike at any time” and “disaster preparedness starts with you” are by no means new messages, yet they still go largely ignored by a large segment of the population, even as devastating hurricanes and wildfires tear across the country.
The question is – why is that?

“It’s hard to think about,” Dale Kunce, the Chief Executive Officer for the Cascades Region of the Red Cross told Our Town in a recent interview. “And a lot of people – they don’t know what the first step to take is.”

Gift in creativity: Artisans offer unique gift options, easy way to support local small businesses

November 2020 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Gift in creativity: Artisans offer unique gift options, easy way to support local small businesses
Employee Kaitlyn Maley at Apples to Oranges, Silverton's yarn shop. Photo by Melissa Wagoner

Employee Kaitlyn Maley at Apples to Oranges, Silverton’s yarn shop. Photo by Melissa Wagoner

By Melissa Wagoner

“Artists are really struggling with the restrictions due to COVID-19,” photographer Vivienne Frankel said. “Art shows and fairs have closed; galleries are open fewer hours and people have less disposable income. As the time has passed, artists are feeling the brunt. Most of us were not eligible for small business loans being sole proprietors and also did not receive unemployment as business owners.”

There is something the community can do: purchase gifts locally this holiday season.

Silver Creek Fellowship packs 5,000 relief kits

October 2020 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Silver Creek Fellowship packs 5,000 relief kits
Silver Creek Fellowship. Photo by Melissa Wagoner

Silver Creek Fellowship. Photo by Melissa Wagoner

By Melissa Wagoner

When the wildfires swept through Oregon on Labor Day, Kaiser Permanente immediately leapt into action, contacting the Red Cross and asking how the organization could help. But it wasn’t because it provides health care – though the company’s providers continued that important work throughout the days and weeks following the devastation, even while many of them were evacuated or had experienced loss themselves. Rather, it was because of Kaiser Permanente’s dedication to community care.

Silverton Lions and Silverton Elks run Gates field kitchen as part of wildfire relief effort

October 2020 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Silverton Lions and Silverton Elks run Gates field kitchen as part of wildfire relief effort
Lions Club Breakfast. Photo by Ward Frederick.

Lions Club Breakfast. Photo by Ward Frederick.

By Melissa Wagoner

When Ward Frederick decided to open a field kitchen in Gates in the days following the Beachie Creek fire, he knew he could fund the venture for right around one week, tops. But after that…he wasn’t so sure.

“It was kind of like, ‘If you build it, they will come,’” he laughed, quoting the movie, Field of Dreams.

And so, focused on that initial one-week goal, Frederick contacted the Silverton Lions Club and the Silverton Elks Lodge – both of which he is a member.

Banding together: Reflecting on community in wildfires’ wake

October 2020 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Banding together: Reflecting on community in wildfires’ wake
Mount Angel’s Magnolia Grill crew delivering food to frontline workers.

Mount Angel’s Magnolia Grill crew delivering food to frontline workers. Submitted Photo

By Melissa Wagoner

“Helping is easy. Being on the receiving end is difficult.”

Sheila Zervas Nielsen, a teacher at Silverton High School and resident of Gates, knows what she is talking about.

She, along with her husband Steve, also a Silver Falls School District employee, and their three sons, evacuated from their home on Sept. 7 escaping wildfires whipped up by a once-in-a-century windstorm that was racing through the Santiam Canyon. Then they began the process of volunteering wherever they could in order to save the homes of others.