Police move eyed: Silverton council discusses three possible sites

August 2015 Posted in News | Comments Off
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

August 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off

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

August 2015 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off
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.

Mount Angel wins district: Next up, state baseball tournament

August 2015 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off

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

August 2015 Posted in Community | Comments Off

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

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

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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.

Belgian Underground: New brewery in the offing for pale ale fans

July 2015 Posted in Business | Comments Off
Dale Coleman and Sheldon Lesire at a tasting party for Belgian Underground Brewing at the Gallon House in 2014.

Dale Coleman and Sheldon Lesire at a tasting party for Belgian Underground Brewing at the Gallon House in 2014.

By Melissa Wagoner

“Anybody can make beer but what sells is the story,” said Belgian Underground Brewing owner Sheldon Lesire.

Belgian Underground Brewing, a new nano brewery in Silverton, is brewing small batches of high quality, easy drinking beer in the memory of Lesire’s Belgian grandfather, or “opa,” who took part in the German resistance during World War II.

“The Dutch only fought for five days, but the Belgians held out for 18.  It’s a point of pride,” Lesire said.

Ready to run?: Homer, O-Fest races coming up

July 2015 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off

James DayBy James Day

The weather is heating up and so is the running season for recreational joggers and competitive runners.

Th 2015 Homer’s Classic will be held Sunday, Aug. 9. The event starts and finishes on the track at the Schlador Street high school campus and it includes an 8K covered bridge run, a 2-mile fun run and a 2-mile walk.

Ribbons go to the top three runners in each age category and the top 10 overall in the 2-mile run. Overall male, female and masters winners will receive trophies and all runners are eligible for prize drawings after the run.

People Out Loud: Cherished memories – Eager for new ones

July 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off

DixonBy Dixon Bledsoe

At least five readers will not believe this, but my 45th reunion from Silverton High School is coming up next month.  I know – I barely look 61 much less 62.

The time has flown since the class of 1970 left the hallowed halls of then-Silverton Union High School.

We had a good class.

In fact, so good that a few industrious members of my peers took it upon themselves to make a billboard much snappier than some Madison Avenue marketing genius did. For those of you who remember the liquid magic called Heidelberg beer, their boring sign read, “Promises To Be Good. In writing.”

Evaluating the numbers: Mount Angel raises infrastructure fees

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By Kristine Thomas

Mount Angel City Manager Eileen Stein knows the key to get a city council to raise a rate, fee or tax is for her to do her homework and present the facts.

The facts are Mount Angel’s system development fees are the lowest in the county by far. And they haven’t been adjusted for more than a decade.

On July 1, Mount Angel system development fees will go from $5,049 to $8,188, an increase of 62 percent to help pay for water, sewer, storm, transportation and parks. But though the percentage increase is high, it still doesn’t bring fees in line with costs, needs, or neighboring communities. The council approved a second step, and fees will go up again on July 1, 2016 to $11,326.

Water awareness: Silverton Council asks for voluntary conservation

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Silverton Water Quality Supervisor Steve Starner is hoping for a good summer rain.

Silverton Water Quality Supervisor Steve Starner is hoping for a good summer rain.

By Kristine Thomas

Silverton City Manager Bob Willoughby doesn’t want residents to panic or be worried.

Instead, he just wants to raise their awareness of the city’s water situation.

That’s why he asked the Silverton City Council at its special meeting on June 22 to vote to activate Stage 1 of Voluntary Water Curtailment. The council was unanimous in its support.

The voluntary curtailment, Willoughby said, is to take precautions.

He said activating voluntary water curtailment is a way to “start talking about and thinking about how we use water.”

Challenge in change: Benedictine Sisters look to renew, strengthen

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Benedictine Sisters of Mount Angel
Founded in 1882, members of the order teach
in schools and parishes; work as counselors,
chaplains, and pastoral associates; they are
also artisans, cooks and gardeners.

The Benedictine Sisters sponsor two ministries:
Shalom Prayer Center and St. Joseph Shelter and
its ministries Mission Benedict, Casa Adele,
and the Bernard Migrant Men’s program.

Information: Benedictine Sister’s and
Shalom Prayer Center at www.benedictine-srs.org
St. Joseph’s Shelter at www.stjosephshelter.org

By Kristine Thomas

Sr. Donna Marie Chartraw, OSB, understands people will talk.

Much ado about mulch: How to conserve water in your garden

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Brenna Wiegand and her father, Don Conway, prepare mulch for her garden.

Brenna Wiegand and her father, Don Conway, prepare mulch for her garden.

By Brenna Wiegand

What can transform the landscape and cut garden water usage by 30 to 50 percent?

Mulch!

Mulching is simply spreading a layer of something – bark dust is a good example – over the existing soil between plants.

Mulch is (usually) organic material – decaying leaves, grass clippings, bark, rock, sawdust, paper, hog fuel, humus… Filbert shells! Black plastic! I’ve actually seen discarded clothing used. So you see, there is much room for individuality.

Behind the scenes: Festival offers guests insight to Mount Angel Abbey life

July 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off
Brother Cyril Drnjevic, OSB of Mount Angel Abbey.

Brother Cyril Drnjevic, OSB of Mount Angel Abbey.

By Kristine Thomas

It is a well-known fact the monks at the Mount Angel Abbey have a quiet, spiritual side.

But how many people know the monks enjoy playing bocce ball, badminton and croquet; can create gourmet meals, love to hike or enjoy sharing the Abbey’s history?

If you have a curiosity about a monk’s life or the Mount Angel Abbey, attending the first St. Benedict Festival on July 11 is your chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at Abbey life while meeting many of the hilltop residents.

Giving back: Next generation restarts nonprofit to help families with sick kids

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Kids with New Hope
The nonprofit group based in Mount Angel
will hold a chicken barbecue at Main
and Church streets on Saturday, July 4,
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or whenever the chicken
is sold out.Kids with New Hope provides families
with children facing a life-threatening
illness with financial support.

For information, contact Julie Smith
at 503-551-8842 or
email kidswithnewhope@hotmail.com
or visit Kids with New Hope’s Facebook page.

By Kristine Thomas

Mount Angel resident Gwen Groomes has an sincere and simple reason for why she did what she did.