A go-to guy: Gus Frederick named Silverton 2015 First Citizen

February 2016 Posted in People | Comments Off on A go-to guy: Gus Frederick named Silverton 2015 First Citizen
2015 Silverton First Citizen Gus Frederick. Photo by Kristine Thomas

2015 Silverton First Citizen Gus Frederick. Photo by
Kristine Thomas

By Kristine Thomas 

A Renaissance man.

A historian, photographer, researcher and writer.

A go-to-guy.

Those are some of the words used to describe Silverton resident Gus Frederick.

Now, he has one more title to his long list – Silverton’s First Citizen for 2015.

“I was surprised, definitely honored and humbled to be recognized by my community,” Frederick said.

However, he added, he did have a notion something was amiss when he wasn’t asked to be on the selection committee for the Silverton First Citizen awards, something he normally does each year.

Eager to serve: Brad Brenden receives Distinguished Service Award

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2015 Distinguished Service award recipient Brad Brenden

2015 Distinguished Service award recipient Brad Brenden

By Melissa Wagoner

A popular place to be on Wednesday nights is at the First Christian Church’s Community Dinner, a gathering spot for those living in and around Silverton. It is paid for through donations, but free to those in need.

Founded by Pastor Steve Knox and a group of “founding ladies,” nearly 150,000 dinners have been served at the church to date. That is the equivalent of nearly 15 dinners for every Silverton resident.

Family footsteps: Gayle Goschie receives Judy Schmidt achievement award

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Gayle Goschie is the 2015 Judy Schmidt Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

Gayle Goschie is the 2015 Judy Schmidt Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

By Kristine Thomas

The evidence for the decision not only points to Gayle Goschie, but also to her brothers, Glenn and Gordan, and her late sister, Susan.

Their actions stem from what they learned from their late parents, Herman and Vernice Goschie, whose records indicate many community activities.

And for Gayle, that’s what being part of a community is about – serving wherever and whenever she can.

Gayle has been selected by the Silverton Chamber of Commerce for the 2015 Judy Schmidt Lifetime Achievement Award for her volunteer activities in Silverton and Oregon.

Business of the Year: The Oregon Garden, Resort, Foundation lauded

February 2016 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Business of the Year: The Oregon Garden, Resort, Foundation lauded
Oregon Garden’s Gift
The Oregon Garden and Resort are
celebrating the Business of the Year Award
and thanking Silverton residents for their
support by offering discounts during February.

Silverton residents will receive 50 percent
off admission to the Garden and 25 percent
off food and beverages in the Fireside Lounge
at the Oregon Garden Resort (excluding
Feb. 12-14 in the Lounge). Residents must
show proof of residency for both discounts.

By Steve Ritchie

Katie Brazelton: Silverton’s Future First Citizen

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2015 Future First Citizen recipient Katie Brazelton. Submitted photo.

2015 Future First Citizen recipient Katie Brazelton. Submitted photo.

By Tanner Russ

Silverton’s Future First Citizen Katie Brazelton’s career at Silverton High School has kept her busy with activities including being a FFA, FBLA and 4-H member.

Silverton Principal Mark Hannan gave glowing reviews of Brazelton, adding she is extremely focused.

“She is wise and mature beyond her years,” Hannan said. “I think what impressed me most was her desire to return to Silverton to ‘pay back’ to the community that she feels was so good to her. I am very confident that Katelyn will make the people of Silverton proud to call her Future First Citizen.”

Notes of magic: SHS theater presents Cinderella, a musical

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Silverton High School Theater
1456 Pine St., Silverton
Performances Feb. 18, 19, 20,
21, 25, 26, 27 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m. matinee
Tickets are available by calling
the high school: 503-873-6331,
ext. 3778 or at the door

By Tanner Russ

Silverton High School junior Alina Stratton feels a little like the character she plays in the school’s upcoming musical.

Just as Cinderella was a bit amazed at all the happenings in her life, Stratton was surprised to learn she had been chosen for the leading role.

An original: Silver Grille adopted farm-to-fork early

February 2016 Posted in Business, Food & Drink | Comments Off on An original: Silver Grille adopted farm-to-fork early

By Melissa Wagoner

Jeff Nizlek is telling a story of the seasons in the Willamette Valley and his story is edible. Head chef and owner of the Silver Grille, Nizlek has an inquisitive mind and has taught himself how to cook using mostly local products and to cut waste by making nearly everything himself.

By learning to butcher whole animals in order to utilize every part, fermenting vegetables in season, making his own cheeses, breads and pastas and more Nizlek has not only cut costs but these techniques keep his menu fresh and exciting even in winter.

Hot competition: Chili feed at annual cook-off

February 2016 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off on Hot competition: Chili feed at annual cook-off

By Melissa Wagoner

The competition is heating up between organizations participating in Silverton United Methodist Church’s second annual Chili Cook-off. Several teams are entered including last year’s champion, Silverton Health.

Last year’s Chili Cook-off was a huge success serving more than 100 bowls of chili and earning $800 for Silverton Area Community Aid. Organizers are hoping this year will be an even bigger triumph. Money raised will go to another worthy cause, the After School Activities Program.

The Chili Cook-Off is Tuesday, Feb. 9, 5 to 7 p.m. at the church, 203 W. Main St. There is a $5 suggested donation.

Eat, drink: Enjoy best of the wurst before…

February 2016 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Eat, drink: Enjoy best of the wurst before…
Two of the Kleinstadtlers performing during Wurstfest. Photo by Jim Kinghorn.

Two of the Kleinstadtlers performing during Wurstfest. Photo by Jim Kinghorn.

Before you give up chocolate or television or meat during the Lenten season, take the opportunity to have some fun.

Known as the Mardi Gras of Mount Angel, the Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce Wurstfest is a chance eat, drink and be merry before the Lenten season begins. Wurstfest is always held on the weekend before Ash Wednesday, which this year is Feb. 10.

A ‘pura vida’ destination: The people and nature make Costa Rica a memorable adventure

February 2016 Posted in Travel | Comments Off on A ‘pura vida’ destination: The people and nature make Costa Rica a memorable adventure
Susan Murray and Steve Ritchie in Costa Rica

Susan Murray and Steve Ritchie in Costa Rica

By Steve Ritchie

Leaving the beach at Junquillal on the Pacific Coast after watching another gorgeous Costa Rican sunset, I was brushing the wet sand off my feet before hopping into our rental car.

A young man a few cars away called out to me, “Aqua?” Thinking he must want to sell me a bottle of water, I called back, “No, we’re good but thanks.”

The young man came over anyway, carrying a big jug of water, and gestured at my still sandy feet.

People Out Loud: Oh, no, yes – Valentine’s Day advice

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DixonBy Dixon Bledsoe

Depending on whom you ask, Valentine’s Day is wonderful, terrible, just another day, romantic, pathetic or loving. I asked a lot of people the worst thing their significant other did on Valentine’s Day and what makes the day special for them.

Molly and Alex Newman are expecting their fourth child (first boy) in March. Molly had some great advice for men for Valentine’s Day. “Never assume flowers and a card are all you need to do. I’m more into the gestures and romantic/loving comments during the day, reminding me with his own words and actions why he loves me.” She adds with a laugh, “Oh yeah. He is buying me my dream house so that works, too.”

Lady Foxes roll on: Basketball squad keeps winning

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James DayBy James Day

The Silverton High girls basketball squad continues its unbeaten ways.

The top-ranked Foxes improved to 15-0 overall and 5-0 in the Mid-Willamette Conference, with a 55-28 win Jan. 22 against Central, which came into the contest 4-0 in league.

But Silverton rode its stifling defense and the shooting touch of Alia Parsons and Elena Smisek to a 25-0 run in the first half. The Foxes led 35-10 at halftime and were never seriously threatened.

Parsons, the defending Mid-Willamette player of the year, scored 21 points and Smisek added 12 on four first-half 3-pointers. Smisek’s fourth long-range bomb gave the Foxes a 30-5 lead and left the Panthers reeling.

A Grin at the End: Check list – In search of the perfect doc

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carl-sampsonBy Carl Sampson

I think I’m going to hire a doctor.

Well, not really hire one, but get one to occasionally take a look at me. I’m feeling good but I just want to get a 100,000-mile check-up.

First, a disclaimer. I’m not a fan of the medical profession. Every doctor I’ve ever seen — except for a few at the Mayo Clinic — treated me as though I was keeping them from something more important, like a tee time.

I’ve always marveled at the fact that the folks who take care of my car know more about me — and seem to care more about me — than the doctors I’ve seen.

A Grin at the End: Changing tactics – Out with the resolutions, in with words of wisdom

January 2016 Posted in Other | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: Changing tactics – Out with the resolutions, in with words of wisdom

carl-sampsonBy Carl Sampson

Here we are again, standing on the precipice of an entirely new year. It’s a blank slate that we will fill in for the next 366 days — 2016 is a leap year.

I just hope we do a good job.

Some folks start the year with a list of resolutions. I am usually one of them.

My resolutions tend to be annual, in that I never accomplish what I set out to do – lose weight, be nicer, act my age, start a garden.

They just don’t happen.

Where to grow?: Silverton Council debates putting pot in industrial park

January 2016 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Where to grow?: Silverton Council debates putting pot in industrial park

By Kristine Thomas

Last fall, the Silverton City Council voted  to allow marijuana to be produced, grown, sold and dispensed within city limits. The council now must outline the rules for a grower, producer, retailer or dispenser.

Silverton Community Development Director Jason Gottgetreu said the city’s development code did not “previously address marijuana facilities as they were not allowed by law.” The council’s task, he said, is to develop rules so if a marijuana business owner wants to locate in town, there will be clear guidelines.

Place of pride: Students, staff are excited about renovations at Kennedy

January 2016 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Place of pride: Students, staff are excited about renovations at Kennedy
Principal Sean Aker at the new entrance to John F. Kennedy High School. An open house for the public will be held Jan. 20.

Principal Sean Aker at the new entrance to John F. Kennedy High School. An open house for the public will be held Jan. 20.

By Tanner Russ

Kennedy High School, has had a whole host of improvements over the past year.

The school received a major face-lift, with the facade of the building moving out 30 feet to create space for a new commons area. Other changes include renovations of office spaces, a weight room adjacent to the cafeteria, a reinforced gym floor to keep sound from traveling into the weight room and cafeteria below, and updates to school windows for energy efficiency. Now there is even a cyber café where students can gather before or after school.

A labor to talk: Michael Turner explores stuttering in documentary

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Documentary filmmaker Michael Turner

Documentary filmmaker Michael Turner

By Kristine Thomas

Scotts Mills resident and documentary filmmaker Michael Turner spent a majority of his life not talking about his stuttering, firmly believing if he didn’t talk about it, it would magically disappear.

“I first remember stuttering when I was 8 years old,” Turner, 31, said during an interview at Main St. Bistro & Coffee in Silverton. “I always thought it was my fault that I stuttered and that I was doing something wrong that made me stutter. Most of my life, it was a challenge to talk.”

Quilters’ paradise: Stitches in Bloom at The Oregon Garden Jan. 22 – 24

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Stitches in Bloom Quilt Show participants Kathy Bovee, Mary Goodson,  Carol Wallace, and Carol Heist  with their creations.

Stitches in Bloom Quilt Show participants Kathy Bovee, Mary Goodson,
Carol Wallace, and Carol Heist with their creations.

By Kristine Thomas

Silverton residents Carol Wallace, Carol Heist, Mary Goodson and Kathy Bovee all share a love of fabric, texture, design, colors and patterns.

They enjoy the challenge and creativity of creating quilts.

What sets each of them apart is how they use each of those elements to create something that is entirely their own. Although their work differs, they each respected the craftsmanship and artistry found in each of their quilts.

Ranked # 1 in state: Silverton, Kennedy girls basketball teams excel

January 2016 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Ranked # 1 in state: Silverton, Kennedy girls basketball teams excel

James DayBy James Day

Silverton
and Kennedy’s girls basketball teams currently are ranked No. 1 in the state in their respective divisions.

The Class 5A Lady Foxes, who shared the Mid-Willamette Conference title last season with Corvallis, are 11-0 after their 49-42 win Jan. 7 vs. Lebanon that opened the league season. Class 2A Kennedy, meanwhile, is 10-3 overall and 3-0 in the brutally tough Tri-River.

“I am surprised we are 11-0 to be honest with you,” Silverton Coach Tal Wold told Our Town. “I know I should not say that, but we have played some really good teams and have found ways to be successful so far. We felt like we had the potential to be competitive (and) the girls have really chosen to meet the challenge head-on so far.”

Man About Town: Cedars are nice … But you can’t smoke ‘em

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Man About TownBy James Day

It will be hard to “bare” the deep disappointment you’ll feel (and The Man feels your pain) when you find out that you missed the annual event for the society of skivvies, The 2016 Portland No Pants MAX Ride. Apparently the event consists of showing up to ride a MAX train with a large group of like-minded folks sans trou down to Pioneer Courthouse Square so you can cavort and dance the Can-Can…..Why, you might ask? Noooo idea….. I’m sure it’s all in fun, but how do they even come up with this stuff? I can honestly say that I have never been in a crowded train, bus or airplane when the thought of how much better this ride would be if I had no pants even entered my mind… Keep Portland Weird? I think it stays weird pretty much on its own…

People Out Loud: Get ready, get set… It’s a New Year

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DixonBy Dixon Bledsoe

And so it begins. 2016. New Year, presidential election, standoff in Burns, North Korea trying to flex its muscles, Adele saying Hello and Star Wars – The Force Awakens saying “goodbye” to box office records.

A few thoughts regarding our new year.

Finances top agenda: Mount Angel looks to secure its future

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Mount Angel City Manager Eileen Stein

Mount Angel City Manager Eileen Stein

By Steve Ritchie

Chickens, marijuana and false alarms at businesses are some of the issues the Mount Angel City Council wrestled with in 2015.

A scorecard of council actions reveals chickens are in – as long as you have no more than six hens and zero roosters, marijuana is legal – but you won’t be able to grow or sell it commercially, at least until city residents vote it in November 2016, and an excessive number of false alarms at a business might earn the owner a “surcharge.”

Setting the course: Silverton envisions 2035, builds the plan to get there

January 2016 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Setting the course: Silverton envisions 2035, builds the plan to get there
Silverton City Manager  Bob Willoughby

Silverton City Manager
Bob Willoughby

By Tanner Russ

Our Town met with Silverton City Manager Bob Willoughby to discuss the state of the city, with topics ranging from the acquisition of a site for the new police department, to replacing Silverton’s aging infrastructure.Here is what Willoughby had to say:


Infrastructure challenges facing Silverton

Willoughby was frank in discussing the issues facing Silverton. A lack of appropriate maintenance on the aging sewer systems and roads, two areas of the infrastructure that Willoughby mentioned, must be addressed going in the years to come.

Agreement reached: Silverton Health to join Legacy Health system

January 2016 Posted in Business, News | Comments Off on Agreement reached: Silverton Health to join Legacy Health system

By Kristine Thomas

The countless hours, reams of paperwork, long discussions, yet another meeting and attention to detail has resulted in a document that makes all those involved proud of their work.

And the document has brought tears of joy and relief to Sarah Fronza, interim president/CEO of Silverton Health.

On Dec. 16, the governing boards for Silverton Health and Legacy Health signed a definitive agreement that outlines how the two healthcare organizations will join together.

“This agreement means the security of exceptional healthcare for my own family and for my community,” Fronza said. “It means our hospital is secure for the future.”

Stomp Grass: Silverton’s Deadwood Standing plays Mac’s

January 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Stomp Grass: Silverton’s Deadwood Standing plays Mac’s

Deadwood StandingBy Melissa Wagoner

Deadwood Standing describes its music as a “mix of mountain music, punk rock attitude, rock beats and a classically trained musician’s ear.”

“It’s stomp grass,” 46-year-old drummer Chuck Howley said, “a more rocking kind of bluegrass.”

Part of what makes Deadwood Standing’s sound so unique and difficult to describe is the combination of talent that makes up the band.

Lead singer and self-taught string instrument guru Ty Boland, 36, founded the band three years ago with Howley when they met working in horticulture at The Oregon Garden.