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.

Team of destiny: Foxes are No. 1!

March 2015 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off

By James Day

A 105-year championship drought is over for the Silverton High School boys basketball team.

The Foxes and Wilsonville went at it hammer and tongs in Friday night’s OSAA Class 5A state championship boys basketball game. It was a classic defensive struggle. No quarter given. All shots contested. Every possession mattered.

And when the dust cleared it was the Foxes that came out one point better, claiming an excruciatingly tense 33-32 victory against the Wildcats, ending a 105-year jinx for Silverton.

Silverton girls finish sixth in Class 5A tournament

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By James Day

The Silverton High girls basketball team finished sixth in the OSAA Class 5A tournament last week at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis.

The Foxes fell to Mid-Wiillamette Conference rival Corvallis 41-40 in Wednesday’s quarterfinals, downed Pendleton 54-42 on Thursday and lost Friday to Springfield 53-43 in the game for fourth place.

Silverton finished 19-9 overall and tied with Corvallis for the Mid-Willamette Conference title. The Foxes won 12 games in a row between a January loss to Corvallis and the tournament loss to the Spartans.

Junior Alia Parsons and freshman Maggie Roth were named second team all-tournament.

Letter to the Editor: Long-term solutions offered for schools

March 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, School | Comments Off

The Silver Falls School Board has recently passed another resolution to close Eugene Field School (EFS) and to move the children to Mark Twain School (MTS) by Fall of 2016.  The MTS students in turn will be moved to, the Schlador St School (SSS) (the old high school campus) following the addition of some modular units and some other improvements to that site.  The school district will borrow, according to the resolution, $2.5 million dollars in order to facilitate this plan.  This number seems to be an unverified estimate, and will be repaid from general funds, at considerable financial risk to the district.

Cyberbullying: Occurs among all ages and the bullies can be surprising

March 2015 Posted in School | Comments Off

By Kristine Thomas

It’s often called “the dark side of technology.” It’s been in the news after teen suicides and when a famous baseball player defended his daughter. It’s easy to do – the tools are ubiquitous – cell phones, iPads, computers and social media sites such as Facebook, Tumbler, Instagram, Kik, Twitter or Snapchat. And it’s something that happens everywhere, including in schools.

Cyberbullying is happening in our communities too.

“We have had about three cases this year, which I think is the most I have seen in the past three years since coming to Robert Frost,” said Robert Frost Principal Kirstin Jorgenson. At Silverton High School, Assistant Principal Jodi Drescher handles several cases each month.

The art in Artifice: Necessity plus creative itch turns into a career

March 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off
Josh Kinsey

Josh Kinsey

By Melissa Wagoner

One of the most common misconceptions about artist Josh Kinsey’s creations is their origin. His sculptures, which can be classified as steampunk, a genre commonly featuring steam powered machinery, are a wonder of intricacy and delicate moving parts.

“People think they’re found objects,” Kinsey said.

In fact Kinsey’s lamps, which recently showcased at Lunaria Gallery in Silverton, are made entirely of new materials many of which the artist creates himself. Even the metalwork is often poured in his basement workshop.

Classical Realism: Discover what is creating a buzz at the Borland Gallery

March 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off
Female nude by Ulan Moore.

Female nude by Ulan Moore.

By Steve Ritchie

The Borland Gallery was packed with local art lovers on March 6 for the First Friday opening of an exhibition of representational paintings and drawings by local artists Ulan Moore, Helen Bouchard and Brian Sheridan.

The walls of the small gallery space were covered “salon-style” – floor to ceiling – with dozens of drawings and paintings by the trio, who last year completed an intensive four-year training with Juliet Aristides in an atelier program at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.

Wine and all that jazz: Silverton pairs wine, food with music

March 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off
Greta Metassa

Greta Metassa

Pair a series of delectable dishes with the perfect wines and add jazz in a multitude of styles and you’ve created an inviting weekend in historic Silverton. The Silverton Wine & Jazz Festival board has teamed with the Silverton Chamber of Commerce and The Oregon Garden to present the Willamette Valley Wine & Jazz fest Friday and Saturday, March 27-28.

The event begins with local chefs pairing East Valley/Cascade Foothills wines with one of their signature dishes on Friday evening. Festival ticketholders can pickup a passport at The Chocolate Box in downtown Silverton listing participating restaurants’ food, wine and music offerings. In addition to dining discounts, ticketholders receive free admission to Devin Phillips and New Orleans Straight Ahead at the Silverton Elks Club at 8 p.m.

Final drive: Donations needed for marching band uniforms

March 2015 Posted in School | Comments Off

By Brenna Wiegand

Silverton High School Marching Band leader Frank Petrik with trumpet player Alex Seifer. The SHS senior is modeling a prototype of the new uniforms for which they seek donations.

Silverton High School Marching Band leader Frank Petrik with trumpet player Alex Seifer. The SHS senior is modeling a prototype of the new uniforms for which they seek donations.

A uniformed marching band for the first Silverton High Fox football game of 2015? The clock is ticking, and the answer is not assured.

Silverton High School Marching Band leader Frank Petrik says now’s the time for the community to step up if it wants to see the band members properly attired.

The school last purchased marching band uniforms in 1980; they were discarded years back.

Amazing run: It’s raining honors

March 2015 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off

James DayBy James Day

This is turning into an historic school year for the Silverton High athletic program.

The Foxes’ football team won the Mid-Willamette Conference title and advanced to the championship game of the Class 5A tournament before falling to Hermiston, 34-12. Coach John Mannion was named Mid-Willamette coach of the year and quarterback Cole Chandler and linebacker Sam Kuschnick were named offensive and defensive players of the year, respectively.

People Out Loud: Four-Way Test

March 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off

DixonBy Dixon Bledsoe

I went to a Rotary International conference for president-elects this month and came away more impressed than ever. It is nice to be part of a group that has virtually wiped polio off the face of the map, helped thousands of people worldwide get access to clean water, and make their own communities better through local service projects. As Rotarians, our driving force is “The Four-Way Test of the things we think, say, or do.”

It would behoove many people to ask these four questions prior to thinking, saying, and doing things that can’t be taken back.

Finding her way: Despite debilitating disease, Freilinger helps others

March 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off
Kimberli & Shawn Freilinger

Kimberli & Shawn Freilinger

By Brenna Wiegand

Always a “super busy, high energy person” who never got sick, Kimberli Freilinger was baffled when, in graduate school, “things started cropping up.”

“I’d kind of almost fall every once in awhile and I thought that was kind of odd,” the Silverton native said. “I thought it was because I was working on my degree and my internship and trying to be the perfect parent.”

Three years after graduation things took a turn for the worse. Kimberli and husband Shawn Freilinger had two little boys. She taught at George Fox University and ran a private counseling practice. Symptoms began to pile up – migraine headaches and severe nerve and muscle pain.

A benefit ball: Friends honor a creative spirit by making her vision real

March 2015 Posted in Community | Comments Off
Under the Chandelier,
an ASAP benefit and tribute
to Susan Goschie Denny

Saturday, March 14, 6 p.m., Silverton Elks Lodge
Tickets: $50, contact:
UnderTheChandelierASAP@gmail.com

By Kristine Thomas

Her friends could have let her idea fade away. Except, that’s not their style of friendship.

They know what they are planning is probably not exactly how Susan Goschie Denny envisioned it should be, but they are doing their absolute best to fulfill her vision of having a “fancy ball” to benefit ASAP, After School Activities Program in Silverton.

And they know they have one important detail absolutely correct – the chandelier.

Improvements: Mt. Angel School District checks off list of bond projects

March 2015 Posted in School | Comments Off
The middle school parking lot has been redesigned to provide a school bus lane for easy loading.

The middle school parking lot has been redesigned to provide a school bus lane for easy loading.

By Vince Teresi

It’s an attractive facility-facelift for Mt. Angel Middle School in 2015, starting with the new school sign at the driveway entry on East Marquam Street.

“The school has always been a great place to be and now it’s even better,” Principal Jennifer McCallum said.

Young entrepreneurs: New generation of driven business owners

March 2015 Posted in Business, Other, People | Comments Off

By Brenna Wiegand

They are some of Silverton’s youngest business owners – a group of hardworking, motivated young adults who chose to go after their dreams and make something of their own instead becoming 9-5 employees. Each business owner has an interesting story. Here’s a glace at the  young entrepreneurs and the path they chose to take.

Darleen and Ben Sichley, Abiqua Acres Dairy

Darleen and Ben Sichley, Abiqua Acres Dairy



Abiqua Acres Dairy

In 2008, Darleen, 27, and Ben Sichley, 28, went into partnership with her parents Alan and Barbara Mann at Abiqua Acres Dairy. They live steps from each other and share in the twice daily, 365 days a year milking of at least 90 300-pound Guernsey cows. Darleen is the fourth generation on the land – and they have two boys.

Bursting at the seams: Police evidence locker stuffed to capacity

March 2015 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off
Dori Elliot sorts Silverton Police Department evidence.

Dori Elliot sorts Silverton Police Department evidence.

By Brenna Wiegand

Making arrests and seizing evidence is a triumph – and a burden that can leave police holding the bag – literally. Unlike suspects, evidence lingers at the police station for months or even years.

It must be cataloged, packaged and securely stored until the gavel comes down and the case is closed.

“We’ve outgrown our space so our evidence locker is pretty much busting at the seams,” Silverton Police Chief Jeff Fossholm said.

Fresh starts: Gardeners can preorder vegetable plants

March 2015 Posted in Business, People | Comments Off
Heather Desmarteau-Fast, right, teaches a beginning gardening class at Stamen and Pistil Urban Garden Center.

Heather Desmarteau-Fast, right, teaches a beginning gardening class at Stamen and Pistil Urban Garden Center.

By Melissa Wagoner

Silverton resident Heather Desmarteau-Fast is passionate about gardening.

“Gardening is my life. It’s part of my past and my present. It’s therapeutic,” Desmarteau-Fast said.

She’s bringing that passion to life for others with the advent of her new venture Stamen and Pistil Urban Garden Center.

“I’ve always had a desire to have my own place but I didn’t really know what that would look like,” Desmarteau-Fast said. “But I enjoy growing plants and I enjoy working with the public.”

Power of Produce: Introducing children to fruits and vegetables

March 2015 Posted in Community | Comments Off
Heron Higby with fresh goodies at the Farmer’s Market

Heron Higby with fresh goodies at the Farmer’s Market

By Melissa Wagoner

Getting kids to eat their fruits and vegetables is important to Jacquie Curtis, co-manager of the Silverton Farmer’s Market.

To help children acquire a taste for apricots to zucchini, Curtis is implementing a program to do just that. It’s called the Power of Produce Club, the POP Club for short.

“It was something started by the market manager in Oregon City in May 2011,” Curtis said. “Now it’s spread across the US and is in Canada as well.”

Foxes take hoop title: Boys first in league, girls tied for first

March 2015 Posted in Other | Comments Off

James DayBy James Day

The Silverton High boys basketball team has won the Mid-Willamette Conference championship.

The Foxes took a hard-fought 57-54 overtime win Feb. 20 at Central High School to improve to 11-1 in league play, three games in front with just two games to play.

It was the second overtime win of the season for the Foxes against the Panthers. Silverton is 16-4 overall and ranked No. 4 by the OSAA.

The Foxes will play a home playoff game March 6 against a team to be determined. A win there would put Silverton into the Class 5A state tournament at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis.

Willamette Valley Wine & Jazz in Silverton

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

The Oregon Garden is teaming with the Silverton Chamber of Commerce and the  Silverton Wine & Jazz Festival board to present Willamette Valley Wine & Jazz, a two-day festival in historic Silverton.

Set for March 27 and 28, the $25 ticket includes:

• Discounts on wine and food small-plate pairings at restaurants throughout Silverton Friday night.

• Admission to a New Orleans-style jazz concert at Silverton Elks Club Friday night.

• Admission to The Oregon Garden for wine tasting and jazz in the pavilion on Saturday.

• Commemorative wine glass plus five script tickets for tastes. Ten East Valley wineries will be featured.

Letter to the Editor: Farmer vs. farmer – Water dispute threatens to destroy lives, livelihoods

March 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off

For almost 15 years, I traveled across the U.S. working to save family farms from foreclosure, from erosion, from sprawl.

A number of things can take down a farm, but rarely did I ever find the threat coming from another farmer.

Farmers are a club of survivors who understand and respect one another’s appreciation for land, place, history and hard work, and they work hard to help one another make it from one year to the next.

That’s why I find the actions of the farmers who compose the East Valley Water District to be so sad.

Letter to the Editor: Follow the law

March 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off

I can’t keep quiet any longer.

Today, one of our precious elementary teachers came into the building visibly shaken and nearly in tears, because she was walking across the crosswalk (you know the one with the big white lines) in front of Eugene Field Elementary School.

A car had stopped.

Another car behind her, on their cell phone, tried zipping around the first car, and just missed our beloved teacher.

Hundreds of people cross these highways by foot to get to our school.

PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE SCHOOL. It’s an elementary school – the white lines mean people are crossing the highway.

A Grin at the End: Common sense investments

February 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off

carl-sampsonBy Carl Sampson

During the past year, I’ve undertaken a study in alternative economics. I call it “The Use of Voluntary Taxation as a Means of Funding Higher Education.”

In short, I bought lottery tickets in hopes of getting money to pay for my kids’ college education.

The result: It didn’t work.

Not only that but I found that the lottery is probably the worst “investment” anyone could make.

In terms of return, it is right up there with setting dollar bills on fire or throwing them out the window as you drive down Highway 22.

Art of friendship: Jane Jones named Silverton’s 2014 First Citizen

February 2015 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off
Jane Jones

Jane Jones

By Kristine Thomas

Jane Jones said her husband didn’t think she would act so quickly.

But then again, Ron Jones should have known better and shouldn’t be surprised at what Jane does especially since they have known each other since high school.

Jane Jones merely mentioned she was considering joining the Silverton Rotary Club when the next thing Ron knew she had been to a meeting and was starting the paperwork.

Laughing, Jane said she still has to go through a process to be accepted to the civic group.

Joyful giving: Jim and Marilyn Hall are Mount Angel First Citizens

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Jim and Marilyn Hall

Jim and Marilyn Hall

By Brenna Wiegand

To recognize their decades of volunteer service, Jim and Marilyn Hall were chosen as Mount Angel’s First Citizens for 2014. They also celebrate their 40-year anniversary this year with eight kids ages 14-38 and 12 grandchildren.

Though Marilyn led Vacation Bible School for 25 years and has hosted a Bible study for 10 years, she is best known as keeper of the costumes the past 27 years – sewing, altering, collecting and distributing some 265 dirndls and lederhosen for Oktoberfest’s youngest dancers.