Our Town: The future of Silverton

January 2017 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Our Town: The future of Silverton

Our Town, the new documentary web series, is produced by Real Light Films in cooperation with Mt. Angel Publishing, Inc./ Our Town, with support from the Marion Cultural Development Corporation and local sponsors. New episodes will premiere seasonally. For information on upcoming projects or on sponsorship opportunities, contact ourtown@mtangelpub.com or silverfallsfilm@gmail.com.

By Michael Turner
I met writer John Pattison at his office in downtown Silverton to talk with him about a video project I’d had in mind. John greeted me at the door in a T-shirt and scruffy red beard with friendly eyes that crinkled when he smiled.  A huge yellow street sign hung on the wall that said, “SLOW.” John told me it was in reference to the “Slow Movement” that is catching on in communities around the world.

As ‘honest’ as the pen: Revitalized cartoon contest continues to grow

June 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on As ‘honest’ as the pen: Revitalized cartoon contest continues to grow
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Heidi Ambrose of Portland won the 2017 Homer Davenport International Cartoon Contest Grand Prize. Gus Frederick

By Peggy Savage

It is said that everyone enjoys a good political cartoon, so, if you could help choose an award-winning cartoon, what would it be? Since 1984, the Homer Davenport International Cartoon Contest has been a part of Silverton’s annual festival that honors one of America’s most famous political cartoonists. The contemporary political cartoon contest brings entries from around the world, and you can vote on your favorites.

PGE plans substation work in Silverton

June 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on PGE plans substation work in Silverton
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The triplex under construction on North Main Street in Mount Angel James Day

Portland General Electric is planning to rebuild its substation at the corner of Silverton’s McClaine Street and South James.

The work will require the use of an adjacent vacant lot at C Street and James for a temporary substation. PGE has received city approval for the project, which company officials say is scheduled to start later this month.

Brianne Hyder, a communications manager with PGE, said the work will require six to eight months. Once the substation on its current site is rebuilt the temporary one and the surrounding fencing will be removed.

Roman holiday: Preschool teacher receives gift of a lifetime

June 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Roman holiday: Preschool teacher receives gift of a lifetime
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Above: Margaret Feicht receives the news the parents of her former students are sending her to Italy. Nicole Orton

By Melissa Wagoner

Gather in Silverton was packed to the brim on June 8 – but this was no typical lunchtime crowd. Seated in the middle at a table chosen for its bird’s eye view of the door was Margaret Feicht – Teacher Meg to her students – and all around her were the parents, children and friends she has known and loved for over 13 years.

Don’t panic . . . You will have plenty of time…

June 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Don’t panic . . . You will have plenty of time…

Man About TownIf you can honestly say that no one you know has ever been affected by cancer then consider yourself very, very lucky and skip over this part….. The rest of us can help fight this awful disease by walking a few laps in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. This year’s 24-hour event is being held at the Chemawa Indian School on June 23 – 24 and it would be great to have a big group representing the Silverton area. For info or to sign up call team captain Stacy Palmer at 503-873-5615.

Beth Ann Davisson Nov. 22, 1952 – June 2, 2018

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Beth Davisson2Beth Ann Davisson (nee Castle), born in Weymouth, Massachusetts on Nov. 22, 1952, passed away on June 2, 2018 at her home in Silverton. She was 65.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Bill Davisson; daughters Amy Galetzka (John), Rachel Davisson, and Sarah Davisson; son Brett Davisson (Jena); grandchildren Paige, Maggie, Ashlyn, Hunter and Nadia; and four siblings, Ruth-Lynn Lute, Larry Castle, Les Castle and David Castle.

After living in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Southern California, Beth moved with her family to Silverton in 1964. She graduated from Silverton Union High School in 1970 and then attended Western Oregon University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in education in 1974 and her Master of Science in Education in 1993.

Creative heart: Arts festival poster artist shares painting’s personal journey

June 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Creative heart: Arts festival poster artist shares painting’s personal journey
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Hollie Newton and her painting for the Silverton Fine Arts Festival poster. Submitted photos

By Brenna Wiegand

A painting by Hollie Newton of Salem has become the face of the 18th annual Silverton Fine Arts Festival.

“It looks like sunset and there’s a paper airplane folded from the score of Chopin’s Nocturnes, Silverton Arts Association Office Manager Meghan McIntire said. “It’s simple, understated and gorgeous…the colors are beautiful.”

A graduate of San Francisco Art Institute, Newton has been painting and teaching for more than 20 years.

Perfect Food Feast: Middle schoolers learn the science behind food 

June 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, School | Comments Off on Perfect Food Feast: Middle schoolers learn the science behind food 
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Middle school students in Mr. Jamsa’s eighth grade science class present their Perfect Food Feast. Melissa Wagoner

By Melissa Wagoner

Daniel Jamsa’s eighth grade class prepared a “Perfect Food Feast” of rhubarb crisp, fruit salads, smoothies, spring rolls and so much more for an entire cafeteria packed with hungry guests on May 30.

The purpose of the feast was a scientific one. Jamsa – who has been teaching eighth grade at Silverton Middle School since 1997 – uses the deeply personal subject of food to increase his students’ interest in the science standards he teaches.

Passion for nutrition: Experience leads to dietary health focus

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Gabbi Smith, Nutritional Therapy Practicioner

By Melissa Wagoner

In high school Gabbi Smith was continually sick. On her blog (gabbintp.com) she describes sleeping with a bucket beside her bed as a precaution for the crippling nausea that plagued her. It took a while but she eventually discovered the culprit – Smith, like a growing number of Americans, is gluten intolerant.

“It does that to a lot of people – where they will be fine in their childhood,”
she said.

Smith’s experience spurred her to take a closer look at the science behind nutrition and why she, and so many people like her, are becoming sick because of the food they eat.

Year to remember: Kennedy softball wins OSAA State title

June 2018 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off on Year to remember: Kennedy softball wins OSAA State title
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The Kennedy High girls softball team and coaches show off their trophy after winning the Class 2A-1A softball title June 1 at Oregon State University. James Day

By James Day

The hits just kept on coming the entire school year. Kennedy High athletic teams blazed a trail through OSAA competition unprecedented in school history.

But the coup de grace took place June 1 at Oregon State University. That’s when the Kennedy softball team finished a dominating run through the Class 2A-1A tournament with a 10-0 victory in five innings against Pilot Rock-Nixyaawii.

Band takes first: Silverton ensemble rules division at Portland parade

June 2018 Posted in Community, Music & Band, School, Sports | Comments Off on Band takes first: Silverton ensemble rules division at Portland parade

The Silverton High marching band took home first place June 2 in Portland’s Starlight Parade competition.James Day

The band, under the direction of Frank Petrik, played the Big Four March of Karl King and Happy Together by the Turtles and outscored the other five bands in division A.

“The band performed very well for the limited amount of prep time we had before the parade,” Petrik told Our Town. “This speaks in support of the students’ fundamental skills which allow them to perform at this level without much rehearsal time. The sound the band is producing rivals some college level bands.”

Voice of an angel: Remembering my friend Beth Davisson

June 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community | Comments Off on Voice of an angel: Remembering my friend Beth Davisson

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This one hurts.

Losing someone you adore is just plain painful. Beth Davisson had that affect on people. I liked her the first time we met in 1964 when she joined our 7th grade class at Mark Twain. She was new, but she was sweet, kind, smart and just as goofy as the rest of us 12 and 13-year-olds. But she was also composed. She was mature, certainly adorable, and soft-spoken. She was also very funny and, in the music room I heard the voice of an angel.

New Habitat for Humanity home dedicated

May 2018 Posted in Other, People | Comments Off on New Habitat for Humanity home dedicated

On May 16, Silverton grew by a family of two: Kim Betker and her 11-year-old son received the keys to a new home built over the past year by Habitat for Humanity. Kim herself put 500 hours of labor into the home and knows every inch of it.

Videographer Mike Turner met Kim in April and talked with her about her journey to becoming Silverton’s newest neighbor, and what it is like being selected by Habitat to become a homeowner. 

Expansion plans: Silverton Health Foundation launches fundraising campaign

May 2018 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Expansion plans: Silverton Health Foundation launches fundraising campaign
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In this conceptual schematic the tan area is the current Legacy Silverton Medical Center with the orange representing the proposed imaging services and emergency room area with helicopter landing pad, and the blue a new outpatient center. The illustration was presented at the fund raising kick-off luncheon May 17. The project is in the conceptual stage; there is no timeline for construction or completion. Courtesy Silverton Health Foundation

By Paula Mabry

In July, Silverton will have been home to a hospital for 100 years. In an effort to create “a legacy of health for the next 100 years” the Silverton Health Foundation launched a $1 million fundraising campaign May 17 to support medical center expansion plans.

Summer brewin’: BrewCamp offers fun for grown-ups, families

May 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Garden, Music & Band | Comments Off on Summer brewin’: BrewCamp offers fun for grown-ups, families

28795279_975891685907161_3947193408066379337_nCraft brew fans familiar with the Oregon Garden Brewfest will discover a lot that’s new at the Oregon Garden BrewCamp June 15-17. BrewCamp is a new take on the Father’s Day weekend experience at the garden.There’s more activities – from yoga on the Garden Green to late-night campfire jams; more entertainment – with stages both in the Forest and the Meadow; and more for families – like kids activities.

Here are the highlights:

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Over hill and dale: Tour offers personal touch, chance to meet the gardeners

May 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Garden | Comments Off on Over hill and dale: Tour offers personal touch, chance to meet the gardeners
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Steve Kuhn and Kathy Hunter enjoy the serenity of Kuhn’s creekside garden, part of this year’s Silverton Garden Tour. The self-guided tour admits visitors into eight private gardens in the Silverton area. Brenna Wiegand

By Brenna Wiegand

Silverton Together partners with Silverton Garden Club in hosting the fourth annual Silverton Garden Tour, a self-guided journey through eight diverse gardens scattered throughout the Silverton area. Several businesses and other organizations are providing help through donations, door prizes and volunteering.

What did you learn? Fox alumni talk about lessons from Silverton High

May 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on What did you learn? Fox alumni talk about lessons from Silverton High

By Melissa Wagoner

Ask former Silverton High School graduates to step forward on the popular Facebook group, “Silverton Connections,” and the outpouring of school and hometown pride is nothing short of phenomenal.

A recent Facebook request for former alumni elicited more than 65 responses – and counting – most of which came with enthusiastic shout-outs to former classmates, boasts from members of the “best-ever graduating class” and nearly all were peppered with exclamation marks, hearts and the ever-popular thumbs up.

Making connections: Chicks lend personal, professional support

May 2018 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Making connections: Chicks lend personal, professional support

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Connection. Action. Accountability. Love. Fun. Friendship. Service. Support. These words are the bywords of Silverton’s “Garden Chicks,” a group of women who meet weekly in downtown Silverton, “Oregon’s Garden City”.

Some come to make friends, while others give brief presentations about their home businesses. Some do both. But all show up to have fun and support each other. They recently collected stuffed animals to present to first responders in the Mount Angel and Silverton fire and police agencies.

Elizabeth ‘Jean’ Sacher February 6, 1930 – May 20, 2018

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Sacher, ElizabethElizabeth “Jean” Sacher passed peacefully May 20, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was born Feb. 6, 1930 in Wallowa, Oregon to Loomis and Florence (Wilkins) Rossell. After the death of her father she moved with her mother, grandmother and sisters to Silverton, Oregon. 

Jean and her sisters were raised by their mother and grandmother, and a few years later step-father Lou Baller. Her family loved to hear her stories about growing up in Silverton in the 1930s and ‘40s.  She was a majorette for the high school band, graduating from Silverton High in 1948.

From the ground up: Oregon Garden Foundation welcomes Holden to board

May 2018 Posted in Community, Garden, People | Comments Off on From the ground up: Oregon Garden Foundation welcomes Holden to board
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Verl Holden dedicates a bench at the Oregon Garden in honor of his wife Florence Hardesty, who passed away in September. Holden is a new Oregon Garden Foundation board member, as well as one of the very first. A poem by Hardesty is inscribed on an accompanying stone, right.

By Brenna Wiegand

Verl Holden of Holden Wholesale Growers near Silverton has been appointed to the Oregon Garden Foundation Board.

The seat is one of two recently added to the board, increasing it from five to seven, with one seat still open.

JFK girls shine: Lopez, Sprauer lead Trojans to fourth place finish in state track

May 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on JFK girls shine: Lopez, Sprauer lead Trojans to fourth place finish in state track

James DayKennedy high continues to compete at a high level in the Class 2A state track and field meet.

The Trojans’ girls squad, led by juniors Alejandra Lopez and Hallie Sprauer, took fourth in the team race in the May 17-18 event at Hayward Field in Eugene.

The Kennedy girls, under veteran coach Steve Ritchie, have finished in the top 10 at state for eight consecutive years. The Trojans were second in 2013 and won the title in 2014.

Lopez ran 10:32.01 in the 3,000 and 4:51.88 in the 1,500, finishing second both times to Bandon standout Sailor Hutton. Both of Lopez’s marks were personal bests and second all-time on the Kennedy lists to Deanna Schiedler.

Thanks, I guess? Happy birthday wishes, snail mail and data collection

May 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Thanks, I guess? Happy birthday wishes, snail mail and data collection

Carl SampsonEvery now and then, politicians pipe up about the U.S. Postal Service and how it doesn’t meet their standards.
They are partially right.
With all due respect to our anointed ones in Washington, D.C., there’s more to it than a member of Congress can understand. For the most part, I think the post office does an amazing job of delivering the mail – and my recycling box is filled with proof.

Housing debate: St. Edward’s offers one small solution to homelesness

May 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Housing debate: St. Edward’s offers one small solution to homelesness

image2By Melissa Wagoner

“We all know that it’s a scary topic,” City Councilor Dana Smith recently said of the homeless problem in Silverton. “And there is a pervasive belief that by helping people you are inviting more people.”

But an invitation is just what Smith is hoping to issue – not to the homeless –
to the public at large.

“It’s an all-hands-on-deck situation – it’s going to require the community,” Sarah White, executive director of the newly formed, Silverton Sheltering Services – an offshoot of Silverton Area Warming Shelter – said. “Is it not our job as a community to take care of people who are homeless?”

Contract talks: Silverton Legacy, nurses’ union negotiating

May 2018 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Contract talks: Silverton Legacy, nurses’ union negotiating

By Peggy Savage

Local nurses on the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) bargaining team at Silverton Medical Center and administrators with Legacy Health have made significant progress towards reaching a new contract agreement for the hospital nurses during collaborative contract negotiation meetings last week, according to  ONA Communications Director Kevin Mealy.

“To ensure Silverton remains able to recruit and retain skilled health care providers, ONA nurses and Legacy administrators have both proposed improvements to working conditions and wages at the hospital,” Mealy said.

Natural remedies: Seasonal allergies may require a year-long plan

May 2018 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Natural remedies: Seasonal allergies may require a year-long plan

By Melissa Wagoner

There is more to treating seasonal allergies than simply popping a pill after the onslaught of symptoms has already begun, according to the three acupuncturists and experts in Eastern Asian medicine at White Oak Wellness in Silverton.

“In Chinese medicine you have to look at the whole calendar year,” owner Sahaji Katie Rablin explained. “You have to treat the season before or even the year before.”

Each allergy treatment session at White Oak starts with a series of questions aimed at defining not only what the offending allergen is but also determining if there are other underlying conditions that are causing a patient’s immune system, or Wei Qi as it’s known in Chinese medicine, to falter.

More smiles per gallon: Than your average hot rod

May 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community | Comments Off on More smiles per gallon: Than your average hot rod

Man About TownThe Silverton Garden Club and Silverton Together invite you to the 4th annual Silverton Garden Tour. The June 9 tour will feature some of the area’s most inspired private gardens and afford you the opportunity to visit other people’s back yards without having the police called out on you. $15 advance tickets are available at Silverton Together, Chamber of Commerce and the Farmers Market and day of tour at the welcome booth at 333 Westfield for $20.

Apparently local band Syco Billy’s has hit the big time, cruising to gigs in their new “tour bus”…. the fellas (oddly enough, none of which is named Billy…) are now a-pickin & a-grinnin down the road in style.