Bobbie’s book: Author of ‘Bobbie the Wonder Dog’ hosts readings

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"Bobbie the Wonder Dog"By Melissa Wagoner

In the summer of 1923, a journey began that would one day take on epic proportions.

Canvassing almost 3,000 miles and crossing much of the United States from Indiana to Silverton, a dog named Bobbie walked alone for six months in order to reunite with his family.

Over the years countless poems, essays and songs have been written heralding Bobbie’s journey. Recently the story came to the attention of a marketing manager at Graphic Arts Books in Portland and the idea for a children’s illustrated version was born.

Farewell to Eugene Field: Community event set for May 21

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Eugene FieldBy Kristine Thomas

Over the years, 95-year-old Eugene Field Elementary School has gotten a bit of a reputation for frequently blowing a fuse, its unique odor, having hot flashes and then being freezing, the creaky floors and a host of other problems mostly attributed to age.

But none of its physical conditions are what community members remember when they reminisce about the school.

The reason? The school is more than the building.

It’s a place where if the walls could talk. they would share stories of the friendships, the family-like atmosphere, the fun of encouraging children to learn and more.

Mr. JFK promises laughs: Dinner, show support Habitat, Doernbecher

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Mr. JFK contestants are seniors Kyle Kinyon, Johnny Inoue, Dylan Arritola, Elisha Valladares and Tom Schmidt.

Mr. JFK contestants are seniors Kyle Kinyon, Johnny Inoue, Dylan Arritola, Elisha Valladares and Tom Schmidt.

By Vince Teresi

Where can you find an evening of laughter, more laughter, and entertainment all while raising money for a good cause?

The answer is the Mr. JFK Pageant, where five senior boys will compete for the coveted title, while raising money for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

Mr. JFK contestants are seniors Kyle Kinyon, Johnny Inoue, Dylan Arritola, Elisha Valladares and Tom Schmidt.

The boys will compete in a talent show that includes modeling beach and formal wear.

Silverton Elks essay contest produces state winners

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Two students in the Silver Falls School District took first placed in the essay contest sponsored by the Silverton Elks Lodge 2210 on “What I can do to promote Americanism and love of country?”

Silverton Elks PER Dan Buckholz said there were two divisions – Division One for fifth and sixth grades and Division Two for seventh and eighth grades.

First place winners received $200 scholarships.

For Division One, Scotts Mills sixth-grade student Ryan Brown won first place for the state division.

For Division Two, Silver Crest Elementary School eighth-grader Aneisa Fink won first place.

Fun Run victories: Stutzman, Hutzler win 5K race

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James DayBy James Day

Silverton High student Haile Stutzman, 16, scored an impressive victory May 7 in the 5K race at the 33rd Silverton Health Fun Run.

Stutzman ran 17:02, a 5:30 mile pace, and bested runner-up Eric Jeffers, 33, by 33 seconds.

Stevie Hutzler, 22, finished 18th overall and was the top woman finisher in 21:02.

Cohen Mulick, 10, captured the 1-mile youth run in 9:13, 10 seconds ahead of runner-up Elisha Short, 9. Lauren Ortega, 10, finished in 9:23 and was the first girls finisher. All three runners are from Silverton.

Man About Town: Never a dull moment… Even if you want one

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Man About TownBy Jim Kinghorn

The Gallon House covered bridge has been spanning the Abiqua out off Hobart Road for 100 years. To mark this historic occasion, a re-dedication ceremony will be held May 31, 1:30 p.m. Imagine the stories this grand old girl could tell…. Then again, maybe it’s a good thing bridges can’t talk……

If you’re into getting naked this Memorial Day weekend, make the short trip out to Marquam Hill Ranch and watch Bill and Jennifer Cameron’s alpaca herd gets stripped of their winter fleece… Soooo if you’re not prone to blushing, head out to the ranch May 26 – 28, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and get ready to see a little skin…

People Out Loud: Stepping up – Crowd-pleaser deserves repeat performance

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dixon2016By Dixon Bledsoe

Congratulations to Brent Satern, a Silverton native and newer member of Silverton Rotary Club. He had an idea, he ran with it and it worked out well.

The first ever Daddy-Daughter Dance in this area was held May 7 at Silverton High School and it was a smash.  More than 260 fathers and daughters attended this inaugural “Princess” ball.

Moving on: Mount Angel City Manager Eileen Stein hired by city of West Linn

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Mount Angel City Manager Eileen Stein

Mount Angel City Manager Eileen Stein

By Kristine Thomas

Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce member Maureen Ernst wants to know if it is possible to “clone” Mount Angel City Manager Eileen Stein.

She’s not the only one who is wishing Stein could be in two places.

Stein was recently chosen as the new city manager of West Linn. One of 32 applicants, her new job begins June 1. She replaces former city manager Chris Jordan who resigned in August 2015. An interim city manager has held the job since then.

Ernst said it has been a pleasure to work with Stein.

Vote for Silverton – eight times

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The city of Silverton needs your vote.

It not only needs you to vote once but eight times. And it is hoping you will encourage your friends, your relatives, your long lost relatives, old college classmates and even strangers to vote for it too.

Silverton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stacy Palmer is encouraging people to vote once a day during National Business Week, May 3-10.

Silverton is one of two finalists in the Small Business Revolution on Main Street contest and is competing against Wabash, Ind. Voters will decide the winning city by visiting the website smallbusinessrevolution.org during National Business Week.

Returning to roots: Hannan takes reins at Silver Crest Elementary in fall

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Silverton High Principal  Mark Hannan

Silverton High Principal
Mark Hannan

By Kristine Thomas

Silverton High School Principal Mark Hannan said “there is something cathartic about coming full circle.”

For Hannan, that will happen this fall when he becomes the principal of Silver Crest Elementary School.

In a letter to the high school staff, Hannan wrote he and his wife, Jennifer Hannan, the principal at Eugene Field, have been discussing the possibility of making some life changes.

“After much soul searching, I have requested an assignment of Silver Crest principal and district programs manager beginning next school year,” Hannan said.

Community Roots Charter School considers a location change

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If all goes as planned, Community Roots School will relocate from the Schlador Street campus to the Eureka Avenue site that has served the Silverton Christian School.

The move would allow all grade levels to be in one place and more students to enroll, with a cap at 135, CRS Administrator Miranda Traeger said.

When the Silverton Christian School decided to move, the Silverton Friends Church approached CRS about the possibility of leasing the space. The CRS board met April 26 to discuss options for a lease, after Our Town’s deadline.

Farmer’s Market opens

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Whether you are looking for beautiful flower bouquets, homemade jams and pastas, a variety of vegetables or fresh fruit, the place to discover the treasures grown or made nearby is the Silverton Farmer’s Market.

The 2016 season begins Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and continues Saturdays until Oct. 15 at Town Square Park. There will be live music, food, favorite returning vendors along with some new vendors.

Silverton Health Fun Run

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The 33rd annual Silverton Health Fun Run brings the community together once again for a celebration of health, fitness and camaraderie.

The hundreds of participants from throughout the Mid-Willamette Valley can thank founder Michael Grady, MD who envisioned the event in 1983 when he raised the idea of a Fun Run to help the local medical community promote health and fitness.

Birds and wildflowers: Free tours at Silver Falls State Park festival

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Spring is here and the birds and wildflowers are ready for the 38th annual Birding and Wildflower Festival at Silver Falls State Park.

This year the festival is Saturday only, May 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the South Falls Historic District.

Visitors can enjoy guided wildflower walks, ranging from a ½-mile walk to a more intensive two-mile, two-hour  “Walk through the Mist Zone.”  No pets are allowed on these walks.

Power in prevention: Local fire stories spur smoke alarm volunteers

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Silverton High School seniors Tessa Oster and Simon Linnebach and freshman Kait Barnes were part of a team helping to install smoke alarms for the American Red Cross.

Silverton High School seniors Tessa Oster and Simon Linnebach and freshman Kait Barnes were part of a team helping to install smoke alarms for the American Red Cross.

By Kristine Thomas

Seniors Curt Southern and Tessa Oster are in the same personal finance class at Silverton High School.

What they also have in common is the experience of hearing a parent yell the “the house is on fire” and having to evacuate quickly.

Curt’s family home on Mill Street was destroyed in a November fire. Tessa’s home on Rock Street was damaged on March 31.

A dream come true: Frausto family receives keys to new home

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Francisco, Mayra and Jose Frausto.

Francisco, Mayra and Jose Frausto.

By Kristine Thomas

Francisco Frausto, 8, was hesitant to say what it’s like to share a bedroom with his 15-year-old brother, Jose, a freshman at Silverton High School and member of the soccer team.

Glancing over at his older brother and then his parents, Francisco finally blurts it out.

“Jose is messier than me,” Francisco said. “It was horrible sharing a room with him.”

Laughter erupts from his parents, Jose and Mayra, sister, Xitlali, 12, and Jose.

To the summit: Mount Angel’s Jennifer Hill chosen to climb Mount Rainier

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Jennifer Hill

Jennifer Hill

While 75 REI employees from across the United States applied for the opportunity, only 15 were chosen.

Including a resident of Mount Angel.

Jennifer Hill is one of 15 REI employees selected to summit Mount Rainier in Washington with REI CEO Jerry Stritzke this July. Hill was the only Oregonian selected.

The climb is part of the annual REI fundraising effort called Climb for a Cause.

REI Climb for a Cause was started after several REI employees set out to summit Mount Rainier in August 2013. On the descent, the team was caught in a severe whiteout and forced to weather the storm until they were rescued three days later by a team of rescue climbers.

‘A wild trip’: 65 years of marriage and the Wallaces are still going strong

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Bettyjean and Lynn Wallace

Bettyjean and Lynn Wallace

By Brenna Wiegand

Lynn and Bettyjean Wallace celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in March.

The two met while attending high school in Santa Monica, Calif., he a handsome football star and she, a baton twirler with “very nice legs.”

“That was one of the main draws,” Lynn said with a grin. “Really, I was fascinated with her. She had class and she was a good girl – with pretty legs.”

“He used to watch me with binoculars,” Bettyjean said. “I did not want to date him. He was a senior and I was a sophomore. He was a little fast and all the girls went after him.”

The Old Curmudgeon: Life, tailor-made

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The Old CurmudgeonBy Vern Holmquist

Whoah….

Hold on there.

I haven’t gone anyplace.

I just needed to kick some of the old stuff I have crammed into this small brain of mine, sort of clean it up so that only the good thoughts remain.

I think the doctors call it a stroke. The problem is, all those thoughts don’t come back all at once.

It takes a little time. Anyway, I hope it works that way.

I’m on the road back to recovery. Sure wish to thank all of those who have been there with both hands and thoughts. I couldn’t have done it without you. Bless you.

Bird is the Word: Happy at home

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Kali-Martin

By Kali Ramey Martin

I’ve learned a lot about myself in the last few years.

I learned how to hold my own in the harsh, fast-paced, cutthroat environment of a fine-dining restaurant kitchen. Dealing with sexist, arrogant cooks and often a staff made up entirely of male co-workers.

I learned how to break out on my own and start my own business, deal with clients and constantly combat the notion that I’m too young and too new to know what I’m doing.

Caroline Ann Berg: July 14, 1940 – March 23, 2016

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Caroline Ann Berg, 75, died in Salem after a 15-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Caroline was born in Silverton to Swen and Anna Sorensen of Scotts Mills. She was raised as an only child until the age of 12 when her sister Susan was born. She attended Scotts Mills Grade School and graduated from Silverton High School in 1958.

Gloria Alma ‘Skip’ Dodds: June 30, 1930 – April 6, 2016

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Beloved by her family, Gloria “Skip” Dodds died snug in her own bed on April 6, in the home she shared with Pam and Robert Rowland nestled in the hills of Sublimity. Family, friends and her ever-present little dog at her side.

Affectionately nicknamed “Skip” as a child, the name, and her vibrant, youthful spirit endured through her life.

Skip was born in Wheaton, Minn., the youngest of the five daughters of Ralph and Blanche Dodds. The baby of the family, she was adored by her loving sisters, Edith, Doris, Gayle and Ilene who were all waiting for her in heaven.

Paul J. Steinberger: March 28, 1941 – March 25, 2016

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Born in Silverton Hospital and graduated from Silverton Union High School, Paul later served in the Army from 1959 – 1962.  Married to Lorna Steinberger, they lived in Silverton until 1988 when they moved to White Mountain Lake, Ariz. 

While in Silverton, Paul owned PJ’s Catering and in Arizona worked for White Mountian Passenger Lines.

Paul is preceeded in death by his sister, Beverly Todd.  He is survived by his brother David Steinberger and niece Toni Todd – as well as four children and their spouses, Kevin (Stacy), Amy (Brad), Kyle (Julie) and Michael. 7 Grandchildren; Nicole, Kelsey, Kyler, Jake, Colin, Jaqlyn and Zachary and two great-grandchildren Zoey and Luke.

Athletes’ ally: Trainer Jen Krug honored for her work at SHS

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Silverton High School athletic trainer Jen Krug works with freshman athlete Cameron Reisch after a recent freshman baseball game. Photo by Steve Ritchie

Silverton High School athletic trainer Jen Krug works with freshman athlete Cameron Reisch after a recent freshman baseball game. Photo by Steve Ritchie

By Steve Ritchie

Jen Krug was closing in on her AA degree in computer science at Clark College when she decided to take an athletic training class. Though she had only one quarter of coursework left, Krug knew right away she wasn’t going into computer science after all.

“I threw that all out the window and knew I was going to be an athletic trainer,” Krug recalled. “The first day (of the athletic training class) I was like ‘this is it.’”

Turf project on track: SHS athletic trainer honored

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James DayBy James Day

The campaign to put artificial turf on the football field at Silverton’s Schlador Street campus is on schedule and just six weeks away from breaking ground.

The project has raised $525,000 in cash, although Foxes Athletic Director Greg Kaatz said the group still would like to raise $50,000 more. In addition to cash donations the project has received contributions of labor and materials from K&E Excavating, Ferguson Waterworks, Eberle Concrete and Withers Lumber.

Eight sponsors have purchased ads on the field: Roth’s, Les Schwab, Pacific Sanitation, Silverton Hospital, All-State/Bill Johnson, Jim Hobbs Painting, Rodney Orr/Family Medical Group and Tara Kramer/Ri-Ky Roofing. Four open spots remain on the visitor’s side of the field for $15,000 apiece.