Water update: City officials monitoring flow on Abiqua and Silver creeks

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Melody Harpole standing on the bank of a very low Abiqua Creek. She normally irrigates her farm from the creek. This year’s drought will probably cause the loss of young fruit trees, she said.

Melody Harpole standing on the bank of a very low Abiqua Creek. She normally irrigates her farm from the creek. This year’s drought will probably cause the loss of young fruit trees, she said.

By Kristine Thomas

Melody Harpole of Harpole’s Produce in Silverton describes this summer as the “tomato summer.”

“The hot, dry weather makes it a good summer to grow tomatoes,” she said. “When we have rainy, cloudy summers, it’s harder for the tomatoes to ripen.”

Garden hires development director

August 2015 Posted in Business, People | Comments Off
Mark Hunter

Mark Hunter

Mark Hunter has been hired as the development director for The Oregon Garden Foundation. Hunter is responsible for shaping the  fund development program for The Oregon Garden, including endowment, capital, annual giving and major gift campaigns.

Hunter has held senior level positions with the Boys Scouts of America in Arizona and Washington; the United Way of Northern Arizona, and with the Arizona Community Foundation.

Throughout his nonprofit management career, Hunter has led efforts to improve communities, build summer camps and create strategic direction for the agencies for which he has worked.

The Man About Town: Danger… What danger?

August 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off

Man About TownBy Jim Kinghorn

If you spend much time in front of a television, chances are there will be one of those not-so-real, reality shows on. One of the least obnoxious I have found is called American Pickers where Mike and Frank travel the backroads looking for rusty treasures that they can resell. Well, it turns out that they are coming to film in Oregon and if you have a large collection of quality “rusty gold,” you might even end up on the show. Call 1-855-OLD-RUST or e-mail americanpickers@cineflix.com with your name, contact info and description of your items to see if you have what it takes to be a reality star…..and no Darby, Ken doesn’t qualify as a “vintage item”….

The Old Curmudgeon: Reason to celebrate

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The Old CurmudgeonBy Vern Holmquist

It must have been in 1998 that I drove a friend to Mount Angel from Albany where Velva and I were living at the time.

We were helping our friend pick up a car which had been repaired in Mount Angel.

It just so happened that Oktoberfest was in full swing when we arrived. Until that day, I had not heard of Mount Angel or Oktoberfest.

I had a little time, so I took in as much of this event as I could. Wow! I was impressed, especially how this small town could produce this great event.

The China Diary: Step One – Getting a visa

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When covering the Moscow Worlds in the  Luhzniki Stadium, site of 1980 Olympics, Steve Ritchie met Xin Li, a journalist from Beijing. “We were seated next to each other throughout the meet and became friends. She will also be at the Beijing Worlds and that will be fun to see her again.”

When covering the Moscow Worlds in the
Luhzniki Stadium, site of 1980 Olympics, Steve Ritchie met Xin Li, a journalist from Beijing. “We were seated next to each other throughout the meet and became friends. She will also be at the Beijing Worlds and that will be fun to see her again.”

By Steve Ritchie

My trip to China to cover the Track & Field World Championships this summer started with another, shorter trip.

After waiting for months to hear about my media credential for the biennial championships, I finally received an email from the Local Organizing Committee in Beijing. I needed to gather about 10 documents, and go in person to the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco to obtain a journalist visa.

Traeger, Denn race to victory: Baseball team honored

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James DayBy James Day

Michael Traeger of Silverton captured the Homer’s Classic 8K covered bridge run in 28:47.2 on Sunday under stellar running conditions with a cover of clouds and the temperature about 70 degrees.

Traeger, 28, finished about 25 seconds ahead of runner-up Steven Schaefer, a Portland resident and former Silverton High School athlete. Schaefer ran 29:12.7. Michael Snyder, 45, of Portland was third in 29:32.3. Traeger was second in last year’s event.

Darline Bielenberg Stafford: Feb. 1, 1931 – Aug. 8, 2015

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Darline Marie (Ward) Bielenberg Stafford, 84,  passed away peacefully Aug. 8, 2015 from complications due to a stroke. She was in her Silverton home surrounded by family.

Darline was born in Portland, Ore., on Feb. 1, 1931 to Phyllis and John Ward. She and her siblings (John, Clarence, Ralph and Jean), lived near a baseball stadium. The family later moved to their Crooked Finger home and it was there Darline met Anthony Bielenberg, whom she married July 28, 1949.  The couple lived on nine acres in Scotts Mills and raised seven children.

People Out Loud: Making it big time – From scholarships to bobble-heads

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DixonBy Dixon Bledsoe

Benny is hitting close to home. For those who don’t know,  Benny is an anonymous do-gooder who has been stashing $100 bills in different shops around the valley for a few years.  Recently, an unsuspecting patron of the arts was visiting Lunaria Gallery Aug. 2 and is now the beneficiary of Benny’s largeness. The shopper fell in love with one of Judee Moonbeam’s beautiful backpacks and wanted to use it right away.  An artist behind the counter, Rebecca Cozart, took the tissue out of the backpack and found the crisp $100 bill signed by the benevolent benefactor. The shopper was excited as this was the first art item she had ever purchased. Nice work, Benny. You are most welcome in Silverton and Mount Angel anytime.

Police move eyed: Silverton council discusses three possible sites

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Silverton City Council
Meets Monday, Aug. 4, 7 p.m.
Silverton Community Center
421 S Water St.
Agendas are available.
Visit the city’s website
at www.silverton.or.us
The council will discuss
and may decide on the
location of a new police
department and city hall.

If you would like to voice your ideas,
email City Manager Bob Willoughby at
bwilloughby@silverton.or.us
or call 503-873-5321

By Kristine Thomas

Silverton Police Chief Jeff Fossholm stood in one of the police department’s holding cells, listening to a conversation between Officers Dan Thurman and J.J. Lamoreaux.

Even with his officers talking quietly, he could clearly hear everything they said.

Marijuana policies: Silverton looks at new rules, taxes

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By Kristine Thomas

In an attempt to nip potential problems in the bud, the Silverton City Council met for almost two hours on July 27 to discuss how the city would deal with Oregon’s new marijuana laws.

In November 2014, Oregon voters approved Measure 91, legalizing the possession and sale of marijuana. On June 30, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed House Bill 3400, which sets guidelines for the now-legal marijuana market. Since July 1, it has been legal to use and possess limited amounts of marijuana, but not to sell or distribute it.

Meet your neighbors: National Night Out potlucks, everyone welcome

August 2015 Posted in Community | Comments Off
National Night Out

National Night Out

By Brenna Wiegand

Gone are the days when folks left their doors unlocked – and opened them without checking to see who’s there – and the porch light was always on at night.

From big cities to small towns, folks are a little more weary about whose knocking on their door or walking in their neighborhood.

Eager to help people “take back the night” the National Association of Town Watch was formed in 1981.

The Old Curmudgeon: Poor as a church mouse – Rich in faith, family and friends

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The Old CurmudgeonVern Holmquist teamed up with managing editor Kristine Thomas for this interview and story.

It was during a long conversation with Cyndi Hickman, owner of the Main Street Bistro & Coffee that I discovered how we both have a deep and endearing love for Silverton, good music and great food. I have been so taken by how Cyndi and her husband, James, have worked hard to make a difference in Silverton. And after listening to her share why she decided to purchase Branches & Bloom and then the coffee shop 18 months ago, I learned quickly not only does this amazing lady have an abundant amount of energy but also a deep faith and a strong belief in doing what she can to make her little corner of the world a better place.

A tasty, healthy challenge

August 2015 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off
Francisco Stevens enjoying a juicy peach from the Harpole Farm stand.

Francisco Stevens enjoying a juicy peach from the Harpole Farm stand.

By Melissa Wagoner

August is a peak production month for most food crops in the Willamette Valley.

The farmer’s market and road-side stands are overflowing with berries, vegetables, and tree fruits.

This August the Oregon Food Bank is challenging residents to take advantage of the bounty by signing up for the Local Food Challenge.

Encompassing the entire month of August, participants can challenge themselves to purchase as much of their monthly groceries from local sources as possible, local being within a 200-mile radius.

Saluting service: Homer parade honors Davenports and vets

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Ann Davenport Vasconi

Ann Davenport Vasconi

By Kristine Thomas

Homer Davenport isn’t the only noteworthy Davenport.

Just ask Ann Davenport Vasconi, who can trace nine generations of Davenports in America.

The local Davenport history begins with Dr. Ben and Sarah Davenport who staked a land claim in the Waldo Hills in 1851.

“Sarah had five children and the youngest son was Ben Jr., my great grandfather,” she said.

Observation post: Interpretative sign installed by SCHS

August 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off
Molly Murphy, project chair; Norm English, SCHS president; Jack Hande, volunteer aerial observer and Larry Kassell, sign designer, share the recently completed observation post interpretative sign, located at the Silverton Country Historical Society Museum on Water Street. Photo by Fred A. Parkinson

Molly Murphy, project chair; Norm English, SCHS president; Jack Hande, volunteer aerial observer and Larry Kassell, sign designer, share the recently completed observation post interpretative sign, located at the Silverton Country Historical Society Museum on Water Street. Photo by Fred A. Parkinson

By Fred A. Parkinson

The Silverton Country Historical Society members recently installed new signage for the aerial observation post located in the front yard of the historical society museum, 428 S Water St.

A small group of members were on hand on Friday, July 17 to remove the old weather-beaten unit from its support stand and install the new, updated and more detailed sign.

Bird is the Word: Calm & quiet – insight from Laura Ingalls Wilder

August 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off

Kali-MartinBy Kali Ramey Martin

The moment I found out I’d landed this gig as a small-town newspaper columnist, I knew I needed to consult the experts.

I wracked my brain for who those experts might actually be and remembered suddenly that Laura Ingalls Wilder had spent many years writing articles for her local newspaper in Mansfield, Mo.

To say I have a deep affection for Ms. Wilder might be wildly understating things, so I’ll just tell you that I wasted no time and turned to the all-knowing Amazon for help. Before long I stumbled upon Little House in the Ozarks: The Rediscovered Writings, and for the reasonable price of $8.99, Wilder and all her secrets of small town reporting were on their way to my house. Free shipping, of course.

Racemaker: Mount Angel’s Matt Bauman

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Matt Bauman organizes dozens of  running events through his company, Race Northwest.

Matt Bauman organizes dozens of running events through his company, Race Northwest.

By Steve Ritchie

When Chris Bischoff and the Oktoberfest board wanted to add a half marathon race to this year’s Oktoberfest activities,w they didn’t have to look far to find the right person to organize the event.

Mount Angel native Matt Bauman helps put on more than 30 races annually through his Race Northwest business, and he and his wife Sarah have grown the Oktoberfest Road Race into one of the most successful runs in the Mid-Valley.

Turf drive: Silver Fox Foundation begins campaign to replace grass football field

August 2015 Posted in Community, Sports | Comments Off
How to help
Those interested in assisting
with the campaign to install artificial
turf at McGinnis Field should go to
www.gofundme.com/zm7qr94.

Organizers say they need cash donations,
in-kind donations, manpower and community
networking and fundraising ideas.

Committee members
David Zagorodney, Silverton Alumni
Association. He is president of the
Northwest College of Construction in Portland.

Curtis Stultz, president of the Silverton
Youth Football Organization.

Jim Hobbs, representing the
Silver Fox Foundation. Hobbs owns
Hobbs Painting in Silverton.

Tara Kramer, Silverton resident
who also owns Ri-Ky Roofing in Portland.
Greg Kaatz, Silverton High athletic director.

By James Day

Mount Angel wins district: Next up, state baseball tournament

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James DayBy James Day

The Mount Angel 9-10 baseball all-stars have won the District 7 championship and are playing in the state tournament.

The squad, coached by Ryan Kleinschmit, captured the district title July 18 after a perfect 6-0 run through the tournament at Holland Youth Park in Salem.

Mount Angel went 4-0 in pool play, defeating, in order, Parrish 16-9 on July 11, Keizer 11-0 on July 13, South Salem 18-10 on July 14 and West Salem 18-11 on July 16.

Mount Angel won an 18-12 slugfest against Corvallis in the semifinals and took out Parrish again, this time by a 7-5 score in the title contest.

A Grin at the End: Snails with ketchup – And other adventures in Spain

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carl-sampsonBy Carl Sampson

I’m sitting at a table outside a bar in some little town whose name I cannot pronounce. The owner brings out a bucket filled with cooked snails. I pick one up, look it in its beady little eyes and chomp down on its head.

Welcome to Spain.

No matter what I thought I knew about Spain, I was wrong. In fact, I should find my high school history teacher and get a refund, because she was wrong, too.

There are actually two Spains — the one you think you know, a poor country with Don Quixote and Sancho Panza riding around in the desert looking for a windmill.

Diving in: Brandi Teeney’s faith takes hear across the globe and home again

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After graduating from Silverton High School, Brandi Teeney embarked on a six-month missions trip to Australia and Europe with Youth With A Mission’s Discipleship Training School.

After graduating from Silverton High School, Brandi Teeney embarked on a six-month missions trip to Australia and Europe with Youth With A Mission’s Discipleship Training School.

By Brenna Wiegand

Brandi Teeney has two passions – sharing God’s love and swimming. This summer, she dove headlong into both.

After graduating from Silverton High School last year, Brandi set out with 13 other young women for Australia, Latvia and Amsterdam as students in the Discipleship Training School (DTS) of Christian missionary organization Youth With A Mission (YWAM).

Book it: Club members discover adventure, friendship, perspective

July 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off

summerreadsBy Brenna Wiegand

The women of the Ladies Literary Society – though they love books and discussing what they’re reading – Heidi Walker says they’ve become more of a social group.

The group usually meets around 6:30-7 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month and rotate houses.

It’s nearly 60 members strong, but on average about a dozen people show up each month, starting with snacks and beverages.

Man About Town: Run for your lives – Or not

July 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off

Man About TownBy Jim Kinghorn

We here at The Man news desk were saddened to hear of the recent passing of George Hauswirth. The owner (along with his wife Brenda) of Silver Creek Gallery and BreGe’ Designs, George was instrumental in starting Silverton’s First Friday Art Walks, The Silverton Fine Arts Festival, owner of the coolest underground house and maker of one mean minestrone… rest in peace, my friend.

The Silverton Police Dept. has started a new bicycle registration program to help re-unite bikes that have “wandered off” with their rightful owners. Contact Officer Jason Bricker at 503-873-5326 for all the details.

Insulators: Gems of history

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David Campbell is organizing an antique glass insulator swap event.

David Campbell is organizing an antique glass insulator swap event.

By Kristine Thomas 

David Campbell, 72, doesn’t know why he began collecting antique glass insulators.

He discovered the colorful glassworks when he was a young man working as a journeyman in California in the early 1960s. His job was to climb power poles and remove the old insulators and replace them with the new technology.

“For some reason, I would take them home in my lunch box at the end of the day,” he said. “My colleagues knew I was collecting them and would give ones they took down to me.”

Something to Share: A special visitor

July 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off
Illustration by and © Copperglance

Illustration by Copperglance

By Barbara Platt

Editor’s note: Long-time
Our Town writer Vince Teresi was so taken by this piece by his friend Barbara Platt that he wanted us to share it with our readers. 

Sometime ago, I had a special visitor that started coming into the backyard every day. This new acquaintance of mine usually searched for his snacks about the time that I prepared a meal. So, I was given ample opportunity to study him on the walkway outside the kitchen window where he often observed me, too.