Dirt dust up: Ethics complaint filed against board member over dumped dirt

July 2016 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Dirt dust up: Ethics complaint filed against board member over dumped dirt

Public Gifts to the Schools All gifts to the schools will become the property of the district. The superintendent is authorized to accept gifts to the district, and others whom he/she may designate will be authorized to accept gifts for particular schools on behalf of the Board. The donor will be officially thanked in the […]

Communication: Board grapples with ‘transparent’ way to handle issues

July 2016 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Communication: Board grapples with ‘transparent’ way to handle issues

By Kristine Thomas and Hannah Kloft Silver Falls School Board Member Aaron Koch is disappointed in how fellow board member Todd White has conducted himself and is concerned his actions may be a liability to the board and district. At the July 11 school board meeting, Koch asked there to be a discussion on board […]

Abuse arrest: Youth leader charged with sexual encounters with underage girl

July 2016 Posted in News | Comments Off on Abuse arrest: Youth leader charged with sexual encounters with underage girl

By Kristine Thomas Silverton resident Andrew Thomas Stutzman was arrested July 1 and charged with 10 counts of second degree sex abuse. Silverton Police Detective Josh Boatner said the case stems from allegations Stutzman had “close to a three-year long sexual relationship with a juvenile starting when the victim was 16 years old.” The relationship […]

The Old Curmudgeon: Zapping around…

July 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on The Old Curmudgeon: Zapping around…

By Vern Holmquist Trying to figure out what is going on in our political world is beyond me. Sometimes it seems we are to chose a candidate who is only slightly better than the other candidate. There is no knight in shining armor waiting for a chance to shatter a few windmills or at least […]

Sports: Outdoor wrestling

July 2016 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Sports: Outdoor wrestling

By James Day The Silverton High wrestling program is holding a summer camp July 18-21. But it’s a camp with a twist. The Foxes are planning to close the proceedings with an outdoor dual meet under the lights on the tennis courts. The festivities will include music and a barbecue. Here is a look at […]

Maple Hill Farm: Celebrating 150 years as a farm and 127 family reunions

July 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Maple Hill Farm: Celebrating 150 years as a farm and 127 family reunions

By Kristine Thomas There is an added sense of urgency to remove weeds, mow the grass, prune the flower beds and tidy up at Maple Hill Farm, west of Mount Angel. Zan Ewing, 69, of West Salem is responsible for mowing the grass while his nephews, Zan, 36, and Ross, 31, tackle yard tasks. Their […]

People Out Loud: To honor and remember – Community supports local officers

July 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on People Out Loud: To honor and remember – Community supports local officers

By Dixon Bledsoe It is painful to lose someone you love even when you expect it. Tougher still is to lose them when you don’t. Silverton lost a sweet lady this month when Ardis (Ardie) Hatteberg passed away soon after a fall in her garden. She was 86. Ardie and her husband, Leonard, use to […]

Facing ALS with humor and grace: Vic Gilliam shares his gratitude for life’s blessings

July 2016 Posted in People | Comments Off on Facing ALS with humor and grace: Vic Gilliam shares his gratitude for life’s blessings

By Kristine Thomas Republican State Rep. Vic Gilliam of Silverton acknowledges his speech and gait are slower. But it’s evident from what he has to say about the changes in his life that his wit, faith and determination are as strong as ever. After having knee surgery in 2015, Gilliam began to suspect something wasn’t […]

Homeless: Camps pop up in parks, fields, under bridges

July 2016 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Homeless: Camps pop up in parks, fields, under bridges

By Kristine Thomas On a Sunday evening at Coolidge-McClaine Park, a man sits quietly by the bridge with his two dogs. A crumpled McDonald’s bag is on the grass along with his backpack. Monday morning around 7:15 a.m. another man is asleep on a picnic table in the park pavilion. Different days, different times, but […]

Water quality: So far, so good

July 2016 Posted in News | Comments Off on Water quality: So far, so good

By Steve Ritchie Concern about lead in drinking water has spread from Flint, Mich. across the country over the past few months, and is now hitting closer to home with new revelations about high levels of lead in the water at several Portland schools. The question for local residents is obvious: What about the quality […]

One bite at a time: Edible teachings in the midst of Oregon bounty

July 2016 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on One bite at a time: Edible teachings in the midst of Oregon bounty

By Melissa Wagoner The events are so much more than a meal. They are a celebration of local cuisine. A way to educate people about how their food is grown and to explore new ways to prepare it. And the events help raise money for nonprofit organizations. This summer, community members have the opportunity to […]

Honoring our military: New carved figures debut in Glockenspiel July 4th

July 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Honoring our military: New carved figures debut in Glockenspiel July 4th

By Hannah Kloft Mount Angel resident Henrietta Dill has envisioned a military theme for the Glockenspiel figures for many years. On July 4, her idea becomes a reality. The near life-size carved figures will take their posts in the three-story timepiece at the city’s center for the summer – July 4th through Labor Day. Each […]

Gates scholar: Silverton High graduate Luis Morales selected for honor

July 2016 Posted in People, School | Comments Off on Gates scholar: Silverton High graduate Luis Morales selected for honor

By Kristine Thomas Luis Morales,  one of the valedictorians from the Silverton High School Class of 2016, has become the first Silverton graduate to be awarded a Gates Millennium Scholarship. More than 53,000 2016 high school seniors applied for the program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Only 1,000, or 2 percent, were […]

Defeat the bloodsuckers: Tips to prevent mosquito bites

July 2016 Posted in Your Health | Comments Off on Defeat the bloodsuckers: Tips to prevent mosquito bites

Make your own ‘bug-off’ spray Randi Embree’s favorite mix of oils is: clove, lavender, orange and eucalyptus. “It works great and smells good too,” she said. Ingredients Witch Hazel (like Dickinsons) Distilled or boiled water Vegetable glycerin (optional, but it helps the spray adhere to skin) Instructions Fill 8 oz. spray bottle 1/2 full with […]

Roth to play Division II: Collegiate athlete updates

July 2016 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Roth to play Division II: Collegiate athlete updates

By James Day Silverton High athlete Sam Roth has decided to take his basketball skills to Northwest Nazarene University. Roth, who helped lead the Foxes to the 2015 OSAA Class 5A state championship and was a two-time all-state selection, has signed a letter-of- intent to play for the Crusaders, an NCAA Division II school in […]

The Old Curmudgeon: Number, please

July 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on The Old Curmudgeon: Number, please

By Vern Holmquist I can remember when you wanted to talk to someone for business or pleasure, you just walked up to this sort of oblong box hanging on the wall, gave the crank a whirl and when an operator answered, you asked the operator to put you in touch with whomever you wanted to […]

Celt to Fox: Justin Lieuallen new Silverton High principal

June 2016 Posted in News, People, School | Comments Off on Celt to Fox: Justin Lieuallen new Silverton High principal

By Kristine Thomas Justin Lieuallen will be trading in his blue and white spirit wear for orange and black as he prepares to cheer for the Foxes, rather than the Celts. The assistant principal at McNary High School in Keizer for 13 years, Lieuallen was named the new principal of Silverton High School, pending approval […]

Offer made on Eugene Field site

June 2016 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Offer made on Eugene Field site

Less than a week on the real estate market and a buyer has made an offer on Eugene Field Elementary School, 410 N. Water St. On June 1, the Silver Falls School Board of Directors met in executive session for about an hour to discuss the details of the offer. All information  discussed in executive […]

Safety check: Administrators work to keep drugs out of schools

June 2016 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Safety check: Administrators work to keep drugs out of schools

By Kristine Thomas Silverton High School Assistant Principal Jodi Drescher and Kennedy High School Principal Sean Aker are keenly aware of the problem. On both high school campuses, there have been indications some students are attending school under the influence of an illegal drug or alcohol or selling/buying drugs on campus. “While it’s here, it’s […]

Game plan: Grant benefits Mt. Angel School District

June 2016 Posted in School | Comments Off on Game plan: Grant benefits Mt. Angel School District

By Steve Ritchie  How does a small school district retain students and teachers, meet students’ needs and provide a first-class education? With the help of a Department of Education School District Collaboration grant, the Mt. Angel School District is addressing these challenges. The district received $127,000 this year, and will get about $100,000 for 2016-17. […]

Aligned: Silverton Health, Legacy joined forces on June 1

June 2016 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Aligned: Silverton Health, Legacy joined forces on June 1

By Kristine Thomas  It’s one example of how the alignment between Silverton Health and Legacy Health will benefit its patients. Legacy Silverton Medical Center President Sarah Fronza shared how a baby was recently born prematurely in Silverton. Although it was a successful delivery, the baby needed extra care. A call was made to Randall Children’s […]

Man About Town: An inspiration to us all – One scoop at a time…

June 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Man About Town: An inspiration to us all – One scoop at a time…

By Jim Kinghorn One of the Silverton area’s iconic events, the Silverton Hills Strawberry Festival happens this Sunday, June 19 in Coolidge – McClaine Park. What is special this year is that another local icon, Silverton Health, has volunteered to buy your strawberry treat as a thank you during their transition to the Legacy Silverton […]

Giving it their all: Kennedy valedictorians, salutatorians share some advice

June 2016 Posted in School | Comments Off on Giving it their all: Kennedy valedictorians, salutatorians share some advice

By Kristine Thomas They are athletes and top students. They volunteer in their community and are looked upon as leaders by their peers and their teachers. When looking at the valedictorians and salutatorians at Kennedy High School, Thomas Schmidt said they all have three common traits: leadership, a strong work ethic and an outgoing personality. […]

Eating local: Pain relief one goal

June 2016 Posted in People | Comments Off on Eating local: Pain relief one goal

By Melissa Wagoner Ten years ago, pain was an everyday part of Kristin Aalbue’s life. “Everything hurt all the time,” Aalbue said. Kristin, who moved to Silverton from Washington 10 years ago, is a jack-of-all trades; working as a receptionist for Moonstone Spa, cleaning houses and writing and illustrating a series of graphic novels for […]

Fathers’ days: Unsolicited advice from an experienced dad

June 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Fathers’ days: Unsolicited advice from an experienced dad

By Dixon Bledsoe With Father’s Day around the corner, that means family gatherings, soaking up rays (hopefully not the 100 degree kind), my mouth salivating over a smoked brisket on the Traeger and reflecting on fatherhood and children. Being a father has been an incredible journey. There are several friends and family members becoming parents […]