A 500-mile journey: Leah Stolte-Doerfler will hike the Camino de Santiago

August 2014 Posted in People | Comments Off
Debbie Eder and Leah Stolte-Doerfler have walked many miles together to prepare Leah to hike the Camino de Santiago in Spain.

Debbie Eder and Leah Stolte-Doerfler have walked many miles together to prepare Leah to hike the Camino de Santiago in Spain.

By Kristine Thomas

Leah Stolte-Doerfler has made many preparations before she steps into another world to do something utterly different than her “normal.”

She has read books, walked countless miles and prayed. She has given a great deal of thought about letting go of her responsibilities. She has gathered what she needs to fit into a small backpack.

“On one hand it is profoundly exciting,” she said. “And on the other, it causes anxiety.”

Voters to decide: $24.9 million school bond goes on November ballot

August 2014 Posted in Community, News, School | Comments Off

By Kristine Thomas 

After months of listening to public input, reading reports by specialists about the condition of the Eugene Field School building and weighing the pros and cons of what they consider fiscally prudent plans, the Silver Falls School District board finally made a decision.

On Aug. 11, the board members voted 5-1 to place a $24.9 million bond on the Nov. 4 ballot. Board member Tom Buchholz cast the dissenting vote. Board member David Beeson was absent due to family obligations.

The bond is designed to cover:

Music fills the air: A transformative experience

August 2014 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off
Eadie Anelli’s love of music has lead to new opportunities for Silverton audiences.

Eadie Anelli’s love of music has lead to new opportunities for Silverton audiences.

By Molly Gunther

To appreciate what is and see what could be is a talent. To be able to take that vision and talent and create something new, that’s an artist’s gift to her world.

When Eadie Anelli moved to Silverton, in 2003 she brought with her vision, talent, and the willingness to roll up her sleeves and work. The results are a series of transformations that the community is invited to enjoy.

Investigation ongoing: Markum Inn begins rebuilding

August 2014 Posted in Business | Comments Off
Firefighters responding to the July 20 fire at the Markum Inn. Submitted Photo

Firefighters responding to the July 20 fire at the Markum Inn. Submitted Photo

By Brenna Wiegand

The fire that destroyed Markum Inn on July 20 still remains under investigation with new possibilities being considered beyond it starting in the aging breaker box area.

“So it will be another week or so before we find anything out,” Markum Inn restaurant owner Connie Cummings said.

Thankfully, Cummings said, the investigation won’t impede the rebuilding effort.

“There’s no holdup there,” Cummings said. “The building is full of asbestos so they’re going in there with their monkey suits; everything else is out.” Demolition started the week of Aug. 11.

Violent end: Armed assailant takes the life of Mount Angel mother

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Fund for family set up
A gofundme account has been
established for the Schwartz Family.
Express condolences or contribute
to The Schwartz Family Fund at
www.gofundme.com/schwartz.

Community response to the Aug. 9 murder/suicide in a home on St. Mary Circle in Mount Angel has included an outpouring of support for the young woman who lost her mother to the violence.

Police were contacted about a possible hostage situation in the Mount Angel residence at 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Elizabeth Schwartz and her 15-month-old son escaped the house and alerted police.

An emphasis on local: Rooted in Food hosts farm tour, dinner

August 2014 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Food & Drink | Comments Off
Molly Pattison and Alexis, London and Melissa Wagoner pick vegetables in the garden. Eating locally produced food is a key goal for Rooted in Food proponents.

Molly Pattison and Alexis, London and Melissa Wagoner pick vegetables in the garden. Eating locally produced food is a key goal for Rooted in Food proponents.

By Brenna Wiegand

A small food fair at the Silverton Grange put together by Elyse McGowan 18 months ago is fast becoming a multifaceted grassroots movement aimed at connecting local growers with people who want to make fresh, locally grown food a bigger part of their diet.

Young mothers Melissa Wagoner and Heather Desmarteau-Fast have taken up McGowan’s “Rooted in Food” banner and run with it.

Fall lineup: New year, new faces

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James DayBy James Day

August is here, the fall high school teams have begun their conditioning work, and it’s time to look at what is new on the high school scene this school year.

Silverton High welcomes a new teacher and baseball coach James Rise, who spent the past four years as the head coach at Austin College, a Division III school in Sherman, Texas. Rise will be the Physical Education/Health chair and also serve as the strength and conditioning coach.

Man About Town: It’s a doggone – Shame

August 2014 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off

Man About TownBy Jim Kinghorn

The Man and Manette attended the recent annual fundraiser for Silverton Area Community Aid and were struck by the generosity of those in attendance. The festive affair at the home of Ron and Jane Jones generated nearly $50,000 to support SACA’s mission of providing assistance to those in need. The committee, the Jones’, the many folks in attendance, those are some good people right there. Ron was even there despite having to hobble around on his recently injured leg…..heal up fast, Ron, The Man wants a ride in the Daytona….

Michael Elkan: Aug. 16, 1942 – July 27, 2014

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Michael Elkan was born Aug. 16, 1942 in Philadelphia to Julius and Frances Elkan. His first business experience was working in his family’s store. From 1949 to 1961, he worked after school, weekends and vacations selling, displaying and buying children’s clothing.

At 18, Michael began working in the highly competitive fashion industry; first selling apparel on the road, then working in manufacturing. He started in the warehouse, but his talents were recognized,and he moved to the design department. Before long, he was commuting to New York, traveling from Paris to Hong Kong, designing apparel; skinny-ribs, V-necks, super tight, multicolored sweaters for Forum Sportswear and Faded Glory. His designs were a huge success and were featured in GQ, Esquire, NY Times and Men’s Wear Daily. He loved the energy and creativity of the industry, but not the concrete jungle and constant pressure.

People Out Loud: A priceless, perfect day

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dixonBy Dixon Bledsoe

The setting at Vanderbeck Valley Farms was perfect. The warm weather was softened by a cool breeze off of Butte Creek and shaded trees.

After 49,765 posts on Facebook, a houseful of decorations that soon became tripping hazards, many showers and some relatively calm bachelor/bachelorette parties, it was the day. Ethan Hupp and Briana Bledsoe were married Saturday, Aug. 9, and it came together beautifully. The bride was stunning and the groom dashing. More than 300 family and friends celebrated the event with the young couple – Ethan, a firefighter and paramedic, and Briana, a new nurse. The theme in the ceremony and subsequent toasts were that they both live their lives to help others.

Our Town: 10 years of living, working and playing

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ourtown01“It’s a place, a good place, but it’s more than that. It’s a group of people. And it’s a feeling. A feeling about home, family, community. A feeling about commitment, shared lives, mutual endeavor. It’s working together to make something – build something – worthwhile. Our Town.”

Those were the opening lines for the first issue of Our Town, Aug. 1, 2004.

“Our goal is to present the essence of life in this place, in this time, to our readers much as Thorton Wilder captured it for theater audiences in his 1938 play, ‘Our Town’ – a simple story told simply, and well. It becomes a powerful story because it is about our lives…”

Boiling point: Silverton City Councilors frustrated by the tenor of meetings

August 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off
Silverton City Council
The Silverton City Council meets the
first Monday of the month at 7 p.m.,
Silverton Council Chambers, 421 S Water St.
Agenda available upon request or visit
www.silverton.or.us.

The council’s next meeting is Monday, Aug. 4.
The urban renewal meeting starts at 5:30 p.m.,
followed by the council meeting at 7 p.m.
The public is welcome to attend.

Meetings are aired on SCAN TV – 135.4
for digital TVs. Or, on your computer,
go to www.scan-tv.org and click on “WATCH”
for a live stream of the event.

More than trophies: Horses teach lessons as well as earn prizes

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Brittany Larson is a princess for the Canby Rodeo and the Clackamas County Fair Aug. 12 - 17.

Brittany Larson is a princess for the Canby Rodeo and the Clackamas County Fair Aug. 12 – 17.

By Brenna Wiegand

This year’s been a wild and rewarding ride for the horse-loving Larson family of Silverton.

Sarah Larson, a junior at Silverton High School, cleaned up at the high school equestrian state championships, while her 21-year-old sister Brittany was named princess for the Canby Rodeo at Clackamas County Fair Aug. 12-17.

Brittany and fellow court members Jessi Cornforth, princess, and queen Rachel Labant have spent the past year making appearances and giving speeches at numerous rodeos, parades, speaking engagements and TV and radio spots.

Wish granted: Celebrating a birthday with a wedding day

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Tom Dockery and Kathy Townsend exchanged wedding vows at Marquis Silver Gardens on her birthday, July 28. Photo by  Molly Gunther

Tom Dockery and Kathy Townsend exchanged wedding vows at Marquis Silver Gardens on her birthday, July 28. Photo by Molly Gunther

By Molly Gunther

Kathy Townsend and Tom Dockery met and fell in love in Everett, Wash. in 1997 when they worked for Checker Cab. She was 47 and he was 48.

“Any time we were between radio calls, we would usually be parked in a parking lot somewhere,” Tom said. “We would park our cabs next to each other and talk to each other.”

Working it out: Gardening creates a path of tears, healing and love

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Sharron Mills-Green said gardening has helped her cope with life’s challenges.

Sharron Mills-Green said gardening has helped her cope with life’s challenges.

By Brenna Wiegand

It had been a long time since Sharron Mills-Green had done much gardening.

The suffering and death of her mother and her husband Patrick’s brush with death and nine years of serious health complications and surgeries demanded her passions fall by the wayside.

Sports update: Calling the plays

August 2014 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off

James DayBy James Day

Joe Panuke
is the new head football coach at Kennedy High. A health and physical education teacher, he has been an assistant football and baseball coach the past six years. Panuke, who served as an assistant coach at Marshfield of Coos Bay and Regis, replaces Randy Traeger, who is moving on to a new position at Willamette University.

“I would like to continue the tradition of putting a quality football team out on the field every Friday night,” Panuke told Our Town. “We have been in the state playoffs the last five years in a row.  I believe those expectations are still there.”

Back in style: Learning to preserve food from experts

August 2014 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off
Tasha Huebner in her jam cellar. She says it’s a refuge for friends from the zombie apocalypse.

Tasha Huebner in her jam cellar. She says it’s a refuge for friends from the zombie apocalypse.

By Melissa Wagoner

“If there’s a zombie apocalypse, my friends know whose house to run to,” Tasha Huebner said of her “jam cellar of terror.”

As with most old-time cellars, Huebner’s resides in the unfinished basement of her 1890’s farmhouse where the walls are lined with last year’s bounty. The cellar became part of a running joke last year when she photographed some friends in it.

“They had this look of terror on their faces,” Huebner said. Now she photographs most guests down there and is making a collage.

Pink lemonade blues: Sublimity grower offers a sweeter berry

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Mark and Annette Jensen and family raise Pink Lemonade Blueberries on their farm near Sublimity.

Mark and Annette Jensen and family raise Pink Lemonade Blueberries on their farm near Sublimity.

By Kristine Thomas 

Sublimity residents Mark and Annette Jensen are used to people looking at them like they said something wrong when they talk about their newest variety of blueberries at Jensen’s Blueberries in Sublimity.

“When we tell people we grow Pink Lemonade Blueberries, they look at us like they are confused,” Annette said. “We have been told many times by people that they have never heard of a Pink Lemonade Blueberry. We tell people it tastes like strawberry lemonade.”

Ideas planted: Results in fall

August 2014 Posted in Community | Comments Off

By Molly Gunther

The Mount Angel Design Charrette on July 26, was described as a “really good day” by City Councilor and Chamber President Pete Wall.

City officials and residents identified many specific topics, which were prioritized during the design workshop. Frequent ideas included a farmers’ market or Saturday market, where local residents can get fresh produce without traveling to other towns.

The city hosted the design charrette – a planning and design workshop – to give citizens a chance to work closely with university students and state and independent specialists to identify and prioritize the design values and issues in Mount Angel. The charrette was a collaboration between the city of Mount Angel, the University of Oregon and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development.

Landmark destroyed: Markum Inn owner plans to rebuild

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Markum Inn owner Connie Cummings says the restuarant will rebuild and reopen.

Markum Inn owner Connie Cummings says the restuarant will rebuild and reopen.

By Brenna Wiegand

The Markum Inn was taken out of commission by a five-alarm fire in the wee hours of July 20. Julie Fitzgerald, restaurant manager and 16-year employee, arrrived at the scene around 4:30 a.m.

“We stood on the road watching,” she said. “There was a big explosion and the flames were coming up, then the ceiling collapsed and smoke started pouring out from the whole inside. It wasn’t easy to watch.”

“Oh, it’s devastating,” said Connie Cummings, who only bought the place 18 months ago. She’s got 44 years in the restaurant business.

The Old Curmudgeon: A vote for talent – The A-H Factor

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The Old CurmudgeonBy Vern Holmquist

On the inside of The A-H Factor’s latest CD case, I read “Oregon is a place of great beauty and wonderful people, we trust this album reflects that. Thanks for the inspiration.” My recent visit with A-H Factor made me realize these words could not have been spoken more sincerely.

­­­Susan Jean (Lung) Conway: July 28, 1949 – March 26, 2014

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Susan Jean (Lung) Conway was called home by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 11 p.m. on March 26, 2014. She died peacefully in the arms of her husband after a five year battle with brain cancer. Susan gave her life to Jesus in May 1970. Since then she has been spreading His word to others.

A celebration of Susan’s life begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 at Macleay Bible Church – 2108 84th Ave SE in Macleay.

A Grin at the End: Escape to San Francisco

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By Carl Sampson

I just got back from a long weekend in San Francisco, a city I hadn’t visited in 29 years — since my wife and I were there on our honeymoon. Oh, I’ve been through the airport a few times and took a quick trip through the west side of the city and over the Golden Gate Bridge, but I hadn’t had a chance to wander around it in nearly three decades.

And here’s the thing — I really like that city.

Design time: Mount Angel residents invited to give input on downtown

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Mount Angel Charrette
Saturday, July 26, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Mount Angel Fire Hall, 300 Monroe St.
Lunch is free. An RSVP would be
appreciated for planning purposes
to City Administrator Eileen Stein,
estein@ci.mt-angel.or.us or
503-845-9291

By Molly Gunther

A German authority in Bavarian urban design, University of Oregon sustainable urban design students, art and architecture students from Poland’s Gdansk University, and local residents will have a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and create a vision for the future design of Mount Angel on July 26.

Deadline approaching for city council elections

July 2014 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off

If you have even considered throwing your hat into the ring to run for your city council, now is the time to do it as deadlines are around the corner.


Mount Angel

The city of Mount Angel terms for mayor and three city councilors expire in 2014. Incumbents are Mayor Andrew Otte and city councilors Karl Bischoff, Ray Eder and Teresa Kintz. The Mount Angel City Council meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Mount Angel Library, 290 E. Charles St.