Contract approved: Board approves three-year food service agreement

April 2016 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Contract approved: Board approves three-year food service agreement

By Kristine Thomas

In a 4-3 vote on April 11, the Silver Falls School board approved renewing Sodexo America LLC’s contract to manage the district food service program, The agreement will run through June 30, 2019.

Board members Tim Roth, Wally Lierman, Aaron Koch and Ervin Stadeli voted tp approve the contract. Members Todd White, Ron Valoff and Tom Buchholz cast dissenting votes.

Silver Falls Superintendent Andy Bellando praised both the food services staff and Sodexo for their work.

Every vote counts: Small Business Revolution contest features Silverton

April 2016 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Every vote counts: Small Business Revolution contest features Silverton

By Kristine Thomas

The race is on, there are three finalists, and a local candidate seeks your vote.

Described as historic, friendly, charming and photogenic, the candidate pursing the votes of Silverton, Mount Angel and Scotts Mills residents – plus all Oregonians and hopefully everyone west of the Mississippi River – is the city of Silverton. Voting takes place during National Business Week, May 3 – 10.

Silverton needs votes to win the Small Business Revolution on Main Street contest. Which features a prize worth $500,000 that includes: Website development, logo creation, email marketing, printed products and apparel and social media marketing for local businesses, plus $250,000 for physical updates to selected businesses which can include new business facades, landscaping, equipment, aesthetic updates and construction material.

Above and beyond: Red Cross honors SHS teacher Kirsten Barnes

April 2016 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Above and beyond: Red Cross honors SHS teacher Kirsten Barnes
Kirsten Barnes working with the Minnesota Dept. of Fish and Wildlife assessing flooding in Minot, N.D.

Kirsten Barnes working with the Minnesota Dept. of Fish and Wildlife assessing flooding in Minot, N.D.

By Kristine Thomas

When Silverton High School teacher Kirsten Barnes signed up to volunteer for the American Red Cross in 2010, she thought she would be helping in Silverton if there was an emergency or disaster.

A social studies teacher, Barnes said her church, Silver Creek Fellowship, is a Red Cross Shelter site.

“I thought if something happened, I would be working there, setting up cots and helping people,” she said.

Taste. Learn. Celebrate.: Cascade Foothills Winegrowers hold showcase local wineries

April 2016 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Taste. Learn. Celebrate.: Cascade Foothills Winegrowers hold showcase local wineries
Wine tasting and more
Cascade Foothills Winegrowers’
Taste. Learn. Celebrate.
Saturday, April 30, 1-5 p.m.
Mount Angel Festhalle, 500 Wilco Hwy.
Tickets: $10 per person at
cascadefoothillswine.com.
Includes 10 wine tastes and an afternoon
of music and wine education.

By Kristine Thomas

Jan Wallinder can offer chardonnay, pinot noir, Leon Millot and dessert wines to visitors at Forest Edge Vineyard in Oregon City.

However, when a guest asks if she has a pinot gris, her answer is a  polite no, followed by sharing a list of local wineries that do make the white wine.

Make memories: Dads and daughters invited to ‘Happily Ever After’

April 2016 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Make memories: Dads and daughters invited to ‘Happily Ever After’
Brent Satern and his daughter Avery prepare for the Daddy-Daughter Dance.

Brent Satern and his daughter Avery prepare for the Daddy-Daughter Dance.

By Kristine Thomas

On a sunny Friday morning at Silverton’s Coolidge  McClaine Park, Brent Satern and his daughter, Avery, picked daisies. Quietly, Brent shared with Avery that the daisies with touches of pink on their petals are the ones touched by fairies. Avery turns 3 in May.

It’s simple, yet precious moments like this that Brent realizes are important to his daughter. He understands the research on how a father plays a critical role in his daughter’s life. How a father treats his daughter is the standard for which his daughter will judge all men.

Running recharged: Oncologist John Strother heads to Boston Marathon

April 2016 Posted in People | Comments Off on Running recharged: Oncologist John Strother heads to Boston Marathon
Dr. John Strother has run six Boston Marathons.

Dr. John Strother has run six Boston Marathons.

By Steve Ritchie

Dr. John Strother is heading to Boston for the Boston Marathon on April 18. It will be his seventh time to run Boston and his “30th or 31st” marathon overall. A dedicated runner since he moved to Oregon for his residency in 2000, Strother, 42, says his distance running regimen enhances his life and work.

Top coach: SHS girls basketball coach Tal Wold named coach of the year

April 2016 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Top coach: SHS girls basketball coach Tal Wold named coach of the year

James DayBy James Day

The awards keep on coming for the Silverton High girls basketball team.

The Foxes, who finished a 28-0 season March 12 with a victory against Springfield in the OSAA Class 5A championship game, earned three spots on the all-state team.

Coach Tal Wolda

Coach Tal Wolda

Third-year Silverton coach Tal Wold earned coach of the year honors, while senior wing Alia Parsons repeated as an all-state first-team selection. Sophomore post Maggie Roth, meanwhile, received honorable mention.

On the boys side, Foxes senior guard Sam Roth was named to the second team. Roth was player of the year and his father, Steve, was coach of the year last year when the Foxes won the state title.

Man About Town: Face the strange – Ch-changes

April 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Man About Town: Face the strange – Ch-changes

Man About TownBy Jim Kinghorn

Warmer weather has once again descended on our little slice of heaven and every year, like the tulips in our neighbor to the north or the ubiquitous pollen-inducing greenery the signs of spring are popping up everywhere. Signs that will be missing this year are the usual crop of Garage Sale signs that annually spring out of the ground at Main and McClaine, First and C streets and anywhere else in town that is in the public right of way. For safety and esthetic reasons, the long established but mostly ignored sign ordinance will be soon enforced so any signs planted in the popular locations will be pulled up or at the very least, sprayed with Round Up. Fear not garage sailors, your signs will be fine as long as they are on private property and the city is looking into the possibility of erecting a public sign posting board in the Lewis Street parking lot for your picking pleasure…

NAPA: Go-to guy retires

April 2016 Posted in Business, People | Comments Off on NAPA: Go-to guy retires
Carroll Ashenfelter and Eric Stroup celebrate Carroll’s retirement from NAPA after 49 years.

Carroll Ashenfelter and Eric Stroup celebrate Carroll’s retirement from NAPA after 49 years.

By Dixon Bledsoe

How many people are around who have been with the same company for 49 years?

How many companies keep people for 49 years without layoffs or downsizing? 

Easy answer – Carroll Ashenfelter and NAPA.

Ashenfelter started with NAPA in 1967 in Condon, Ore., where his father owned the local NAPA store, the General Motors Dealership, the appliance store, and the bus garage. Carroll worked at the auto parts store but moved to Silverton in 1981 because it was a good place to raise kids.

People Out Loud: Memories of Merle

April 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on People Out Loud: Memories of Merle

dixon2016By Dixon Bledsoe

“Silver wings. Shining in the sunlight. Roaring engines, headed somewhere in flight. They’re taking you away and leaving me lonely. Silver wings, slowly fading out of sight.”   Merle Haggard,  1969

Sometimes, simple is better. 

Silver Wings was so uncomplicated it just resonated with me. A Rolling Stone reviewer wrote “Haggard sang so intimately that you wondered if you were eavesdropping. Even the arrangement – with its slack guitar strums, soft brushes on the drums and a majestic wash of strings – felt like a sucker punch to the gut.” The country giant passed away April 6, 2016 on his 79th birthday.

Food fight: It’s contract time and Silver Falls food services has supporters, detractors (Updated)

April 2016 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Food fight: It’s contract time and Silver Falls food services has supporters, detractors (Updated)
Elementary students waiting in a school lunch line. 2015 File photo

Elementary students waiting in a school lunch line. 2015 File photo

By Kristine Thomas

When it comes to food, everyone has an opinion on what they like and dislike.

The same can be said for the Silver Falls School District’s food service program.

On Feb. 1, 2015, Sodexo began to manage the district’s food service. The feedback has been both positive and negative. It depends on who you ask.

At the April 11 school board meeting, Silver Falls Superintendent Andy Bellando plans to recommend the board renew its contract with Sodexo.

District prepares to sell Eugene Field

April 2016 Posted in School | Comments Off on District prepares to sell Eugene Field

By Kristine Thomas

Silver Falls School District has begun the tasks to put Eugene Field Elementary School on the market.

The school board voted 4-3 on Jan. 9, 2015 to close Eugene Field by Aug. 31, 2016. Next fall, kindergarten though second grade students will attend Mark Twain Elementary School.

In December, the board agreed to sell the Eugene Field site and to give the superintendent the authorization to make the “necessary business arrangements for the lease, sale or conveyance” of the building and property.

Invitation to talk, play: Mount Angel Library wins an award

April 2016 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Invitation to talk, play: Mount Angel Library wins an award
Mount Angel Library Director Carrie Caster assists a patron, while Youth Services Librarian Stephanie Laing works in the background.

Mount Angel Library Director Carrie Caster assists a patron, while Youth Services Librarian
Stephanie Laing works in the background.

By Kathleen Sabella

Mount Angel Library Director Carrie Caster is not a prim and proper “Marian the Librarian.”

She’s quite the opposite.

Unlike “Marian the Librarian” in The Music Man, Caster will never utter “shush” in the library.

Instead, at the Mount Angel Library you will hear children reading to attentive therapy dogs; Lego engineers constructing buildings; paper flowers being crafted; straw rockets being launched; happy kids jumping in a ball pit or zipping down slides, laughter at a movie matinée or families playing board games.

Ready to serve: Mount Angel Abbey selects Rev. Jeremy Driscoll, OSB, as abbot

April 2016 Posted in People | Comments Off on Ready to serve: Mount Angel Abbey selects Rev. Jeremy Driscoll, OSB, as abbot
Abbot Jeremy Driscoll

Abbot Jeremy Driscoll

By Kristine Thomas

It’s with great joy and much prayer that Rev. Jeremy Driscoll, OSB, begins his journey as the new abbot of Mount Angel Abbey.

“Right now, it’s overwhelming,” Driscoll said about a week after being elected. “It’s too new for me to know how to feel. There is a joy in people whoever the new abbot is, and in people I see their faith.”

On March 12, the monks of Mount Angel Abbey elected Driscoll as abbot. He is the twelfth abbot to lead the Benedictine community, founded at Mount Angel in 1882.

Fountain mosaic: Volunteers welcome complete park project

April 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Fountain mosaic: Volunteers welcome complete park project
A volunteer places white tiles at the March workshop. In April, volunteers will place the blue tiles.

A volunteer places white tiles at the March workshop. In April, volunteers will place the blue tiles.

Tile-by-tile.

Volunteer-by-volunteer.

Step-by-step, the project is nearing completion.

Since last summer, volunteers along with community artists have been creating mosaic tiles to be placed in the Leo Martin Rumely III Memorial Fountain in Coolidge McClaine Park.

The fountain is located near the staircase to the creek. Orange plastic fencing currently surrounds it as work is being done to prepare the site.

The mosaic tiles are expected to be placed in late May with the dedication of the fountain taking place on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19.

Watercolorists: Painters come to Silverton to celebrate 50th anniversary

April 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Watercolorists: Painters come to Silverton to celebrate 50th anniversary
Kara Pilcher

Kara Pilcher

By Kristine Thomas

Growing up, Kara Pilcher believed her older brother was the artist and she was the athlete.

It wasn’t until she was looking for artwork to put on the “blank” walls of her home that she discovered her artistic talents.

“I was newly married and I was at a furniture store looking for artwork and I kept thinking, ‘Oh, I could do that,” Pilcher said, adding she has always enjoyed art.

Eager to learn, she took a watercolor class at Chemeketa Community College. “I liked the class but everything was so controlled,” she said.

Little dancer: Big honor

April 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off on Little dancer: Big honor
Grace Traeger

Grace Traeger

By Melissa Wagoner

Grace Traeger has been a dedicated dancer since the age of three.

“What I like best about dance is that you get to be graceful and creative,” she said.

A fifth grader at Community Roots Montessori School, she recently received the Young Scholars award from the Oregon Association for Talented and Gifted (OATAG). The award is presented annually to a student in grades four through eight that has achieved excellence in the areas of leadership, performing arts, or academics.

Dancing their socks off: Eight SHS seniors raise funds for medical teams

April 2016 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Dancing their socks off: Eight SHS seniors raise funds for medical teams
Left, top: Blake Cosgrove, Sam Roth, Reagan Schiewe, Kirk Martinson, Alex Canfield, Mathew Edmonds and Lee Aman are competing for the title of Mr. SHS.

Left, top: Blake Cosgrove, Sam Roth, Reagan Schiewe, Kirk Martinson, Alex Canfield, Mathew Edmonds and Lee Aman are competing for the title of Mr. SHS.

By Melissa Wagoner

Talent abounds this year in the annual Mr. SHS competition at Silverton High School. Eight senior boys will be going head-to-head competing for the title and working to raise money for Medical Teams International.

“It’s a beauty pageant for men,” Lee Aman explained.

“And we are beautiful,” Alex Canfield added.

“We lose all dignity,” Kirk Martinson said. “Eight men pretending to have talent.”

The memories linger: Coach Tal Wold talks about the ‘blueprint’

April 2016 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on The memories linger: Coach Tal Wold talks about the ‘blueprint’

James DayBy James Day

The magical run by the Silverton High girls basketball squad to the Class 5A title is more than two weeks old, but there still is a buzz in town. Signs are still up congratulating the girls, and the OSAA trophy has not yet been put in the case.

“They kind of turned into the community team,” coach Tal Wold told Our Town in an interview at the school. “People came out and pulled for the kids. They wanted the kids to be successful. It’s unique.”

A Grin at the End: Do your homework – Responsible voting takes a little effort

April 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: Do your homework – Responsible voting takes a little effort

carl-sampsonBy Carl Sampson

For the 69 percent of Oregonians who cast ballots in the last general election, this will be a busy year.

Not only are we going to choose a new president — God help us all with that bunch — we will choose a U.S. senator, member of the U.S. House, governor, secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer, commissioner of labor and industry, a legislator or two and a Marion County commissioner.

In our communities, we will choose mayors and a batch of city councilors. In some cities we’ll also vote on levies to help pay for running libraries, pools and parks.

A community grieves: Teacher and student die in car crash

March 2016 Posted in Community, News, People | Comments Off on A community grieves: Teacher and student die in car crash
Douglas Bonham

Douglas Bonham

By Kristine Thomas

The more than 300 flickering candles held by mourners on a windy and rainy evening were one indication of the influence Silverton High School junior Matthew Albrecht and Bethany Charter School teacher Douglas Bonham had on their community.

Albrecht, 16, and Bonham, 30, died in a single-vehicle crash around 7 p.m. March 4 near 32000 block of South Palmer Road in Molalla. The cause of the crash was still under investigation as of Our Town press time. Bonham served as a mentor to Albrecht.

Matthew Albrecht

Matthew Albrecht

Lessons in grief: The process differs with each child, support is available

March 2016 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Lessons in grief: The process differs with each child, support is available
The Dougy Center
The Dougy Center is a nonprofit
organization dedicated to assisting
grieving children and their families.

It is free. There is information on
its website: dougy.org, click on
Grief Resources.

The Dougy Center Canby office
252 NW 4th St.

For information about peer support at
The Dougy Center, call 503-775-5683;
or email help@dougy.org

By Kristine Thomas

Too often, people believe grief is much like the common cold. It happens, you feel horrible, it will go away after ahile and everything returns to normal.

Duck, dip, dive: Trio provides the driving force behind successful fundraiser

March 2016 Posted in Community, Sports | Comments Off on Duck, dip, dive: Trio provides the driving force behind successful fundraiser
Hayley Miller, Erica Rumpca and Mindy Duerst have organized the Silverton Dodgeball Tournament since its beginning seven years ago.

Hayley Miller, Erica Rumpca and Mindy Duerst have organized the Silverton Dodgeball Tournament since its beginning seven years ago.

By Kristine Thomas

Between bursts of laughter, Mindy Duerst, Erica Rumpca and Hayley Miller readily admit they cannot accurately or fiercely throw a dodgeball.

Yet that hasn’t prevented them from organzing the Silverton Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and Donate Dodgeball Tournament.

While their skills may be lacking on the court – again by their own admission –that certainly isn’t the case when it comes to organizing a successful fundraiser for Silverton High School’s Project Graduation, the all-night celebration for seniors.

Champions: Kennedy girls make basketball history with state 2A title

March 2016 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Champions: Kennedy girls make basketball history with state 2A title
Lakin Susee takes flight. Left, the JFK girls celebrate their victory. Photo by Beth Stafford.

Lakin Susee takes flight. Left, the JFK girls celebrate their victory. Photo by Beth Stafford.

By Steve Ritchie and James Day

How dominant was Kennedy in the Class 2A girls basketball tournament?

One stat pretty much tells the story: The Trojans won their three games by an average of 20 points, including a 52-32 victory against Burns on March 3 at the Pendleton Convention Center.

Earlier the top-ranked Trojans had dispatched Bonanza 60-35 in the quarterfinals and Tri-River Conference rival Western Mennonite 48-32 in the semifinals on the way to the first state basketball title in school history.

Perfect record: Silverton girls claim state 5A hoop title with 28-0 season

March 2016 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Perfect record: Silverton girls claim state 5A hoop title with 28-0 season
SHS senior Alia Parsons. Photo by Kristine Thomas

SHS senior Alia Parsons. Photo by Kristine Thomas.

By James Day and Kristine Thomas

It was a dream season for the Silverton High girls basketball team.

The Foxes rallied from a big deficit for the second consecutive day and claimed an excruciatingly tense 39-38 victory Saturday against Springfield to win the OSAA Class 5A title at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis.

Silverton finished with a perfect 28-0 record and won its third state championship in girls basketball one year after the Foxes’ boys team won its first state title since 1910. The girls previous titles were in 1989 and 1994 (second in 1990 and 1991).