Silverton Road: 10 crashes for month of July; 10 for the entire year of 2013

August 2016 Posted in News | Comments Off on Silverton Road: 10 crashes for month of July; 10 for the entire year of 2013

By Kristine Thomas When Silverton Fire District Public Information Officer and Capt. Ed Grambusch learns there is another crash on Silverton Road, his first thought is an unpleasant one. He ponders “How many patients are we going to have? Are we going to have to extricate these patients from the vehicles?” While Silverton Road is […]

Changes afoot: Silver Falls has new locations, principals, names, mascots

August 2016 Posted in Other, School | Comments Off on Changes afoot: Silver Falls has new locations, principals, names, mascots

By Kristine Thomas Silver Falls Superintendent Andy Bellando is confident the dust will have settled by the time school begins on Sept. 6. From the construction projects at Scotts Mills, Pratum and Silverton Middle School to the hiring of new staff, it’s been a busy summer. Here are a few updates: Building projects Bellando knows […]

Man About Town: Thank you!… I think…

August 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Man About Town: Thank you!… I think…

By Jim Kinghorn Isn’t it great how the state highway department recently decided to honor our local history and heritage by making many of the main routes to Mount Angel back into gravel roads… Speaking of getting around here, didja notice that at long last the left turn arrow at Water and C streets has […]

Hemp: Old crop for a new age

August 2016 Posted in People | Comments Off on Hemp: Old crop for a new age

By Melissa Wagoner From the road, it looks like just another crop. Take a step into the field and you know what it is, or rather, what it’s a close kin to. It smells like marijuana but it’s not. It’s hemp. Peter and Rochelle Koch, both 55, recently planted 21 acres of hemp on their […]

Sports: New year, new turf

August 2016 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Sports: New year, new turf

By James Day A new era unfolded Aug. 9 at McGinnis Field on the old Silverton High School campus on Schlador Street. The Foxes football team practiced for the first time on its new artificial turf. The squad was scheduled to open its conditioning work on the new surface Aug. 8, but last-minute tweaks kept […]

People Out Loud: Baseball ‘n’ Homer – It’s the little things that add up to ‘hometown’

August 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on People Out Loud: Baseball ‘n’ Homer – It’s the little things that add up to ‘hometown’

By Dixon Bledsoe The Rio Olympics are finally here. It was exciting to see Katie Ledecky beat her own world record in the 400 meter free-style for the gold by nearly two seconds, Michael Phelps win his incredible 19th gold medal, and the U.S. women’s gymnastics team leaving every country in the world behind in […]

Centennial celebration: Residents reminisce, look forward

August 2016 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Centennial celebration: Residents reminisce, look forward

By Hannah Kloft Margaret Gersch, 91, is nine years younger than the city of Scotts Mills. She recalls moving to Scotts Mills in 1931 when there were no paved roads. It was only gravel roads once travelers passed the bridge. She grew up four miles up Crooked Finger Road, and then moved into the town […]

Decision time: Mount Angel considers three city manager candidates

August 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Decision time: Mount Angel considers three city manager candidates

By Kristine Thomas The three candidates vying to be the next city manager of Mount Angel all agree on the two major issues facing the city: finances and growth. And the two go hand-in-hand, they all said in separate interviews at an open house on July 15. Growth would allow the city to increase its […]

Safety Compass: New nonprofit helps sex trafficking survivors

August 2016 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Safety Compass: New nonprofit helps sex trafficking survivors

Safety Compass Mission: To offer support for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking, navigating the criminal and social justice systems in Marion County. Funding: Safety Compass is supported by donations. Contributions can be mailed to PO Box 551, Silverton, OR 97381 To volunteer: safetycompass.org or call 971-235-0021. By Kristine Thomas On a daily […]

Homer’s roots: Historic farm’s family woven into political history

August 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Homer’s roots: Historic farm’s family woven into political history

By Jim Toler, president and board chair of the GeerCrest Farm & Historical Society, Inc. In 1898, Oregon voters were frustrated by what they saw as corruption in their state government. Votes were openly bought and sold in the legislature and the influence of the railroad and logging industry were generally put ahead of the […]

Whimsical perfectionist: Exhibit honors the late Larry Kassell

August 2016 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Whimsical perfectionist: Exhibit honors the late Larry Kassell

By Kristine Thomas Julia Kassell has the almost impossible task of trying to summarize her late husband’s work for an art show in August. The challenge before her is what work does she select that would give community members a glimpse of who the late Larry Kassell was as an artist, a man and a […]

Home away from home: Airbnbs are popping up locally

August 2016 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Home away from home: Airbnbs are popping up locally

By Melissa Wagoner Silverton resident Ken Mulder was facing a long summer in a big empty house when he decided to check into the online vacation rental service Airbnb. “It was very simple to sign up and list the house,” he said. “Once it was listed, I can do almost everything from my phone.” Airbnb, […]

Yoga 101: It’s for EVERY body

August 2016 Posted in Your Health | Comments Off on Yoga 101: It’s for EVERY body

By Kristine Thomas Yoga instructors Samantha Wiesner, Sarah Newman, Chantal Barton and Bridget Schuch have heard plenty of misconceptions about yoga. Everything from yoga is only for people who can put their foot behind their head to it is only for calm people. In other words, it’s not for people who are inflexible or tend […]

Wanna be my friend?: An honest look at being a harvest widow

August 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Wanna be my friend?: An honest look at being a harvest widow

By Kali Ramey Martin Harvest widow. It sounds like a dramatic term but I’m guessing it feels pretty darn accurate for a lot of us around here these days. My first season as a harvest widow was hard, sure. I marathon-watched old episodes of Pioneer Woman before going to bed by myself, took dinner out […]

Letter to the Editor: Dog dilemma – Woman uneasy with how police handled traffic stop

August 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Letter to the Editor: Dog dilemma – Woman uneasy with how police handled traffic stop

To the Editor: Approximately 10 months ago I moved to Silverton from Portland. I run a dog rescue and sanctuary, as well as am an avid animal activist. Law enforcement and animal control frequently work with me regarding animal abuse, domestic violence involving a dog protecting its owner and puppy mills etc. We always follow the […]

Heating up: Lady Foxes soccer squads sizzle in summer league

August 2016 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Heating up: Lady Foxes soccer squads sizzle in summer league

By James Day The Silverton High girls soccer team continues to demonstrate that it is a force to be reckoned with in Class 5A. The Foxes, who came within one goal of a Mid-Willamette Conference title the past two seasons, outscored opponents by a 46-14 count in summer league and captured the championship. Silverton, which […]

A Grin at the End: Home improvement pointers

August 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: Home improvement pointers

By Carl Sampson It’s been my long-held opinion that there is no need for capital punishment as long as there are home improvement projects to be done. Instead of spending eternity on death row, the worst offenders should be sentenced to fixing things around the house or building a fence or painting a bedroom. Nothing […]

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 […]