Sleuth: Silverton mom’s night job is as a private investigator

April 2015 Posted in Business, People | Comments Off
Lori Grimmer

Lori Grimmer

By Kristine Thomas

Silverton resident Lori Grimmer was in plain sight, sitting in her car as she watched a man put up the Christmas lights on his home.

The man even looked her way and waved, perhaps assuming she was just a local mom chatting on her phone.

Little did he know she was hired to film him.

“I was working with an attorney on a personal injury case and the man was supposed to be so injured that he was bed ridden,” she said.

Recycling strategy: ‘Old’ things get a second life in new hands

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By Melissa Wagoner

A blue Mason jar becomes a button holder or a candle holder. The paper from old books transforms into paper wreaths. Clothing once out of style is in again. What’s old is new as shoppers seek to reuse old things. Discovering treasures at antique and thrift shops is a way of recycling.

New view: Jesus Christ Superstar

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The cast of Center Stage presents a new production of the musical Jesus Christ Superstar opening April 24 at the Silverton High School Theater.

The cast of Center Stage presents a new production of the musical Jesus Christ Superstar opening April 24 at the Silverton High School Theater.

By Kristine Thomas

Helen Kelley wants theater-goers planning to see Jesus Christ Superstar to leave their expectations about what they think the play is about at the door.

“I invite people to come to the play and allow us to take them on a journey,” she said.

Man About Town: Um… Don’t get around much anymore

April 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off

Man About TownBy Jim Kinghorn

A Seattle dog has figured out the public transit system and has taken to regularly riding the bus by himself to the local dog park. Eclipse, a two-year-old black lab mix, climbs on the bus, hops into an open seat (he prefers a window seat so he can see his stop) and sits quietly among the rest of the commuters until it reaches his destination. The Man bets Eclipse probably behaves better than most of the other passengers too….Now if he could just figure out how to pick up after himself, that would really be impressive…

Eager hosts: District meet at JFK

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James DayBy James Day

Kennedy High has the honor of hosting the combined Tri-River/PacWest District Track and Field Championships May 14-15 at its newly remodeled facility.

“All of us are very excited about having this meet on our home track and we are already working hard to make this a great meet for all the competitors,” veteran Trojans Coach Steve Ritchie said.

This year marks the first time Kennedy has hosted the district meet in Ritchie’s tenure.

Safety Compass: Sex-trafficking talk April 30

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When Esther Craig started the Facebook page “County Line Safety Compass” after two domestic-related homicides last summer, she was surprised by the response.

“I had people calling me, sending me messages and even knocking on my door in the middle of the night saying they had a friend they were concerned about,” Craig said. “They were seeking information about what to do and how to help.”

Rates go up: Water, sewer hikes

April 2015 Posted in News | Comments Off

The Silverton City Council voted unanimously on April 5 to approve rate increases for sewer, water and storm drainage.

Silverton City Manager Bob Willoughby said the rate increases are needed to address significant issues withe the city’s infrastructure.

The rates will go into effect July 1. The average residential customer will see an increase of $1.70 for sewer; $1.72 for water and $2 for stormwater for a total of a $5.42 increase.

Willoughby said he hopes the citizens will understand the council voted to increase rates now so the problems with the water, sewer and storm water systems can begin to be addressed, instead of higher costs later.

Letter to the Editor: Study board candidates

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In the coming weeks, you are sure to hear many candidates for the Silver Falls School District Board of Directors claim their goal is to promote unity within the district.

One of those candidates will be Todd White who is running in Zone 6.

The problem is Mr. White has a history on social media such as Facebook of smearing the district, propagating outrageous conspiracy theories, and doing more than any other person I am aware of to draw divisions among the residents of the district.

Letter to the Editor: Vote for DaNette Wernette

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I’m writing this letter in support of DaNette Wernette as a write-in candidate for Silver Falls Board of Directors in Zone.

DaNette has been an asset to our team in a special needs classroom. She is intuitive and has an organized approach to serving the specific needs of each child.

She works well with a variety of personalities and is an effective listener.

She demonstrates leadership abilities in her problem solving as challenges arise.  DaNette Wernette cares deeply for the children throughout the community.  She would provide a crucial perspective if elected. I encourage my friends and neighbors to write her name in on their May ballot for SFSD Board, Zone 6.

Letter to the Editor: Thankful for Mount Angel

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It is like living in the town of Mayberry!

I am deeply grateful to the administrators, alumni, parents, students and staff of Kennedy High School for my two surprise birthday parties in Mount Angel! They were truly memorable.

Indeed, I am fortunate to be a longtime member of Mount Angel School District. It is a pleasure to showcase the academic, athletic and community-service achievements of local students in our vibrant village.

Particularly, I wish to thank Paula Mabry of Mt. Angel Publishing Co. for her delightful, professional cooperation in enabling me to provide school news coverage via our fine local news publications during the past decade. Mount Angel is fortunate to have such high-caliber news services.

People Out Loud: Not Mayberry

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DixonBy Dixon Bledsoe

With the NCAA Men’s Basketball champion now decided (Duke over Wisconsin, 68-63), I have some vivid memories of March Madness, great games, huge upsets, and an unexpected meeting of the coach who led Duke to its fifth title.

Changes: Silverton Health names Legacy as potential partner, CEO to retire

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Sarah Fronza

Sarah Fronza

By Kristine Thomas

At Silverton Health, it is a time of change, endings and beginnings.

On March 11 the Silverton Health Board voted to begin formal discussions with Legacy Health about partnering.

Five days later the medical staff received the news via an email from Silverton Health Board Chairwoman Gayle Goschie.

Then on March 24, Silverton Health President/CEO Rick Cagen announced he will retire July 1. He said he will work with the leadership team to create a letter of intent to form a partnership with Legacy over the next few months.

White Oak Wellness creates a setting for many health care disciplines

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Katie Rablin giving neice Etta a needle-less acupuncture treatment with sister Beverly and Katie’s son Ancil Fisher nearby.

Katie Rablin giving neice Etta a needle-less acupuncture treatment with sister Beverly and Katie’s son Ancil Fisher nearby.

By Melissa Wagoner

Katie Rablin has known what she wanted to do for her career since a science class at Silverton High School when she gave a presentation on acupuncture.

“I’ve always been interested in Chinese medicine,” Rablin said.

Although her interests have never wavered, her path has encompassed more than she originally imagined.

Starting out by attending massage school on the island of Kauai in Hawaii, Rablin spent six years enjoying the island’s many attributes, eventually attending community college there and receiving her nursing license.

State champs: Tough Fox basketball team’s title was years in the making

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The Silverton Boys Basketball team took first in the Class 5A tournament on March 12. Photo by Ted Miller.

The Silverton Boys Basketball team took first in the Class 5A tournament on March 12. Photo by Ted Miller.

By James Day

Three games that were won by eight points or less. A first-year head coach, albeit one with previous varsity experience. A blizzard of 3-pointers. The toughness that comes with having three football players in the starting lineup.

It all added up to a memorable run for the Silverton High School boys basketball team in the Class 5A boys basketball tournament. The Foxes, who won the Mid-Willamette Conference title by three games, rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Churchill in the quarterfinals, bombed in 12 3-pointers in the semifinals against top-rated Mountain View and survived a nail-biting defensive struggle in a 33-32 championship game win over Wilsonville.

Stellar seasons: Silverton dance and girls basketball teams bring home trophies

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James DayBy James Day

The Silverton High School dance and drill team has continued the superb record for the Foxes in OSAA competition this school year.

The Foxes took second in the Class 5A small division of the state championships, held March 18-19 at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

Silverton, which won the 2014 championship, finished with 80.53 points, trailing only champion The Dalles, which scored 81.56.

Add it up: That’s a state title for boys basketball, second-place finishes for football and dance and a sixth-place trophy for girls basketball. Not a bad start to the school year, huh?

Under the Chandelier Ball raises $38,000

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The first Under the Chandelier Ball raised $38,000 for ASAP, After School Activities Program in Silverton. That’s 88 percent of the program’s operating costs for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

Held on March 14 as a tribute to the late Susan Goschie Denny, the fundraiser had a limit of 128 attendees and the event sold out.  The Under the Chandelier Ball honors Denny, who died April 23, 2014. It was her idea to have a ball to benefit ASAP.

The committee members are Richard Denny, Sue Roessler, Connie Hinsdale, Rosi Desantis Green, Laura Wanker, Marlene Wellin, Ron Thompson, Howard Hinsdale, Beth Davisson, Randy Stockdale and Laura Anderson.

Silverton Health: Cagen retires, Fronza will become interim CEO

March 2015 Posted in Business, News | Comments Off
Sarah Fronza

Sarah Fronza

Silverton Health President/CEO Rick Cagen announced March 24 he will retire July 1.

Sarah Fronza will take his place as the interim CEO  and continue the negotiations for the proposed partnership between Legacy Health and Silverton Health.

When Cagen started at Silverton Health almost five years ago, he said it was his goal to retire by the time he was 65 years old. He will be 64 in May.

“When we began this process 18 months ago to find a suitable partner, I knew there needed to be a transition in the management team and this is the perfect time for the transition,” Cagen said.

Gift of laughter: A Bench in the Sun opens April 10

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The cast and crew of "A Bench in the Sun".

The cast and crew of “A Bench in the Sun”.

By Brenna Wiegand

Though there’s a cast of only three in Brush Creek Theatre’s upcoming play A Bench in the Sun, together they bring 150 years of experience to the stage.

The play, written by Ron Clark, revolves around the musings and squabbles of two elderly gentlemen who spend their days on a garden bench at their retirement home. Shannon Copeland plays Burt, a cynical, crabby ex-accountant, to Norman Gouveia’s decidedly more optimistic, carefree Harold. Their friendship is tested when once-famous movie star Adrienne Bliss, played by Candace Pressnall, moves in.

Seven generations: Fisher Ridge Farm celebrates 135 years

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Daughter Sara Scott  with Ralph and Sue Fisher. Ralph holds grandson Uriah, 3 months old.

Daughter Sara Scott with Ralph and Sue Fisher. Ralph holds grandson Uriah, 3 months old.

By Brenna Wiegand

Ralph Fisher doesn’t just know of his predecessors; every day he traverses the same 100 acres Joseph and Theresa Fisher settled in 1879, keeping alive the family tradition of raising livestock.

The two grand children that Ralph and Sue Fisher were blessed with in the last two years mark seven generations on the family farm.

The Fishers journeyed from Bohemia to Wisconsin in the 1860s and moved to Oregon 10 years later, some via the Oregon Trail.

The title goes to… Eight Silverton seniors vie for Mr. SHS

April 2015 Posted in People, School | Comments Off
Back row standing: Trevor Côté, Robbie Le Parc, Matthew Peters, Wyatt Crofts. Middle: Cole Chandler and Dustin Meyer. Front: Tanner Rosenberry and Wyatt Fruehauf .

Back row standing: Trevor Côté, Robbie Le Parc, Matthew Peters, Wyatt Crofts. Middle: Cole Chandler and Dustin Meyer. Front: Tanner Rosenberry and Wyatt Fruehauf.

By Kristine Thomas

For Matthew Peters, learning the dance routine is the most challenging task of the Mr. SHS competition.

“I don’t have any flexibility or coordination which makes dancing difficult,” Peters said.

Tanner Rosenberry concurs the dancing is hard, but for another reason.

“The dancing is so funny,” Rosenberry said. “We laugh at each other’s dancing.”

Robbie Le Parc thinks the Mr. SHS contestants have the dance routine “on lock” or the situation is under control.

A priceless experience: Meghan Stadeli grateful for FFA year

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Meghan Stadeli

Meghan Stadeli

By Kristine Thomas

Meghan Stadeli has learned she has “family” throughout Oregon.

Last spring, Stadeli was elected as the sentinel of Oregon’s FFA leadership team. A 2014 Silverton High School graduate, Stadeli has spent the last year traveling throughout Oregon and visiting with high school FFA chapters and agricultural businesses and industries. She also helped plan the state FFA convention in Silverton and traveled to South Africa.

Wherever she traveled, she was always felt welcomed. And she learned her FFA family extends beyond Silverton.

School board candidates set for May 19 elections

April 2015 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off

Elections will be held for seats on both the Mount Angel and Silver Falls School boards in the May 19 vote-by-mail election. The deadline for candidates to file was March 19. Our Town will have stories on each of the candidates in its May 1 edition. If you have a question you would like to ask a candidate, send an email to kristine.t@mtangelpub.com

There are no contested races for the Mount Angel School Board. The candidates running for the Mount Angel School Board are:

Position 1: Daniel Zene Crowe
Position 3: Shari Bochsler Riedman
Position 4: Raymond E Frey

Silverton Fire District puts $4.3 million bond on ballot

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The Silverton Rural Fire Protection District is asking voters to approve a $4.3 million general obligation bond in the May 19 vote-by-mail election.

The fire district said the bond is needed to improve fire safety and service delivery.

If voters approve the bond, it would provide funds for capital costs to:

• Purchase and equip firefighting apparatus.

• Refurbish three existing pumpers to make safety improvements and improve reliability.

• Upgrades and safety improvements to existing fire apparatus and equipment.

• Replace Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus.

• Purchase firefighting and rescue equipment.

A love story: Who says you can’t find the person of your dreams in the first grade?

April 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off
John Parenteau and Maggie Jones

John Parenteau and Maggie Jones

By Kristine Thomas

The milestones in a person’s life are accompanied by a great deal of change.

For Maggie Jones and John Parenteau, change has been a constant companion. They each married, traveled, switched jobs, cared for family members and divorced other people.

But they discovered some things stay the same. Take the magic of a kiss. Whether a kiss of discovery in sixth grade or rediscovery in one’s 40s. Despite all the cynical stories about failed romance, they know true love exists and it’s possible to meet the boy or girl of your dream at a very young age.

Dr. Gabe: Retirement party April 6

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Join the send off
The public is invited to help
Dr. Gabe celebrate his new
adventure Monday, April 6,
4 to 6 p.m.
Silverton Hospital,
Room D/E (above Family Birth Center)

After more than 26 years of practicing medicine in Silverton, Dr. Michael Gabe is retiring. Just don’t make the mistake of confusing retiring with slowing down because Dr. Gabe has a long list of things he is eager to do including traveling, hiking and playing music.

Dr. Gabe and his wife Marty spent the first part of their married lives in large cities. They decided they wanted to live in a small town.