Pettit proposal: Moonstone, Garden Foundation, seek to retain public access

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Pettit Pond and the old Pettit house adjacent to the Oregon Garden in Silverton. Photo by Kristine Thomas.

Pettit Pond and the old Pettit house adjacent to the Oregon Garden in Silverton. Photo by Kristine Thomas.

By Kristine Thomas

Christine Diacetis cannot believe it took her this long to visit the Pettit property.

Although she moved to Silverton in 2008, it wasn’t until this summer that she finally ventured to the 80-acre parcel that borders The Oregon Garden.

“I remember coming down the driveway and turning the corner where I got my first look at the lake and the house and it was at that moment I understood why people have such fond memories of the Pettit property and how beautiful it is,” said Diacetis, who is the regional manager for The Oregon Garden.

Ice road builder: David Bayer heads north for a winter of work

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David and Joy Bayer of Silverton

David and Joy Bayer of Silverton

By Brenna Wiegand

For the third year, David Bayer of Silverton awaits a call – one that means kissing his wife and family goodbye and heading into Alaska’s uppermost reaches for months at a time. As a truck driver/operator for Peak Oilfield Service, Bayer builds the ice roads essential to oil exploration on Alaska’s North Slope.

Bayer, 66, knows he’ll land four miles from the Arctic Ocean, work 12 hours, seven days a week in constant darkness and extreme weather conditions, either alone in his truck or at base with the same 50-60 others. Yet he’s grateful; a little excited, even.

Young entrepreneurs: Nut shells, work ethic business’ foundation

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Anna and Kyle Plaisted are the owners of KP’s Harvest Time Products now in Mount Angel.

Anna and Kyle Plaisted are the owners of KP’s Harvest Time Products now in Mount Angel.

By Kristine Thomas

Kyle and Anna Plaisted weren’t about to let a bit of bad news derail them from their goal.

In June, they learned they lost the lease on the mill in Aurora where they operated KP’s Harvest Time Products, LLC. The owner sold the property and told the Plaisteds they would have to find another location for their business, which makes products from hazelnut shells.

Creative spaces: Compex expansion offers balance of work and play

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By Melissa Wagoner

Matt Middlestetter is giving new meaning to the term “creative space.”

The owner and information and technology specialist of Compex Two, Middlestetter has moved his company across Silverton to a 4,000 square foot building that formerly housed an automotive repair shop on Second Street. The building is being renovated to contain many creative spaces including a living wall, a patio opening directly off a learning lab and places for workers to remove themselves from the computer screen by lounging on a couch or using the climbing wall.

Accessing acupuncture: Ancient medicine for modern woes

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By Dixon Bledsoe 

Marjorie Eng has helped people find their inner chi – natural energy or energy flow – through acupuncture for 30 years.

“I have been blessed to serve this community, starting with my first job in Silverton with the late Ralph and John Schmidt, doctors of chiropractic, who knew the value of natural healing and treating the whole person. They also knew well the differences in Eastern and Western medicine and that each had a valuable place in patient care,” Eng said.

Fill a box: Help a child

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Marilyn Schmidgall, Julie Birch and Sally Newkirk wrap preasents for Operation Christmas Child.

Marilyn Schmidgall, Julie Birch and Sally Newkirk wrap presents for Operation Christmas Child.

By Brenna Wiegand

What better use for a shoe box than to fill it with gifts and send it to a child in need across the world? That’s the credo of Operation Christmas Child.

Julie Birch of Mount Angel Bible Church and Marilyn Schmidgall of Silverton First Baptist team up to provide a drop spot for what they hope will be a flood of packed shoe boxes this year.  Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of the international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse. Filled boxes may be dropped off at Silverton First Baptist Nov. 17-24.

Jaime Arturo Estrada: Aug. 11, 1985 – Oct. 10, 2014

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Jaime Arturo Estrada was born on Aug. 11, 1985 to Jacobo and Maria (Hernandez) Estrada in Portland, Ore.

He was 29 years old when he passed away.

Jaime was a loving father, husband, brother and son. He enjoyed spending time with family and having barbeques, drawing low riders and cutting hair.

Jaime is survived by his wife, Julia Arevalo; children, Oliva and Jaydon Estrada; step-son, Abel Diaz; parents, Jacobo and Maria Estrada; sisters, Norma, Maria, Sonia, Rocio, and Jessica Estrada, and brother-in-law, Alfredo Arevalo.

Services were held Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 at St. Mary Catholic Church. Arrangements by Unger Funeral Chapel, Mount Angel.

Shea Ritchie Belew: June 18, 1981 – Oct. 5, 2014

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Surrounded by her loving family, Shea Ritchie Belew passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 5, 2014 in Eugene at the age of 33.

Shea was born in Portland and spent her first five years there before moving to Silverton with her family. She was active, happy and creative, as well as an outstanding student throughout her childhood. She loved spending time with her grandparents at the beach and going hiking and skiing with her family. Shea developed a love of running during her high school years, and won many conference and team honors during her four years of running on the cross country and track teams at Silverton High School.

The Forum: Letters to the Editor

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Fix Eugene Field  

I took advantage of the Eugene Field open house on Oct. 3. I expected it to be a dreadful experience after all the negative publicity. Instead, I found a very charming school. Of course a 93-year-old building will need repairs and upgrading if it has not been maintained. No bad smells, wide halls, classrooms decorated by children’s art and very friendly and dedicated teachers.

Winning strides: Kennedy claims two district cross country champions

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James DayBy James Day

The Kennedy High cross country team took home the top individual honors at the Tri-River Conference district meet Oct. 23 at Bush’s Pasture Park in Salem. Junior Adrian Parra won the boys race in 16:31, tying the course record for a Kennedy runner. Meanwhile, freshman Kaylin Cantu of the Trojans won the girls race by 30 seconds in 20:03. Parra and Cantu were named district runners of the year.

“He followed the race plan to perfection,” Kennedy Coach Steve Ritchie told Our Town of Parra, “surging on the derby hill and then destroyed his competitors over the last 1000 meters.”

A Grin at the End: Painting as a punishment

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carl-sampsonBy Carl Sampson

I don’t know about you but generally speaking, I’m against killing. I think there’s been way too much of it through the years. Students of history know this but I sometimes wonder why other folks haven’t figured that out.

And I’m not just talking about the Middle East. I’m talking about everywhere, including capital punishment. Enough is a enough.

I have a better idea for taking care of the miscreants in our society. Instead of electric chairs, lethal injections or other methods of letting them off the hook, I propose real punishment for anyone convicted of a serious crime. I propose that they be sentenced to do a lifetime of home improvement projects.

Decision 2014: Silverton mayoral candidates

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Our Town asked candidates five questions focused on the challenges the Silverton City Council will face over the next four years. The questions, below, are each identified by a key word.

1. FUNDING: How will we fund needed construction, reconstruction and major repairs to our infrastructure?  Most of the city’s facilities are aging and in urgent need of replacement or repair.  Where will the money come from?

2. COOPERATION: How can the elected officials work together in a more cooperative and efficient manner?  Too often, our council meetings are contentious and go late into the night.  How will the new council improve this situation?  What can individual councilors do about this issue?

Decision 2014: Silverton council candidates

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Our Town asked candidates five questions focused on the challenges the Silverton City Council will face over the next four years. The questions, below, are each identified by a key word.

1. FUNDING: How will we fund needed construction, reconstruction and major repairs to our infrastructure?  Most of the city’s facilities are aging and in urgent need of replacement or repair.  Where will the money come from?

2. COOPERATION: How can the elected officials work together in a more cooperative and efficient manner?  Too often, our council meetings are contentious and go late into the night.  How will the new council improve this situation?  What can individual councilors do about this issue?

Decision 2014: Mount Angel council – It’s a matter of money

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By Brenna Wiegand

Most cities face the same basic issues and most of those boil down to money – or lack thereof. Mount Angel Mayor Andy Otte, who’s running unopposed, and city council candidates on the Nov. 4 ballot know they face challenges in building an adequate tax base.

Terms are expiring for councilors Karl Bischoff, Theresa Kintz and Ray Eder. Bischoff and Eder are seeking reelection; also on the ballot are Matthew Eagles and Don Fleck.

Drawing business to town, prioritizing, coming up with ways to better the community that don’t cost money and getting creative about funding projects that do will be on the next council’s plate.

Decision 2014: House District 18 – Gilliam and Mills vie for state seat

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In the race for Oregon House District 18, which encompasses parts of Marion and Clackamas counties, four-term incumbent Vic Gilliam, a Republican, faces Democrat challenger Scott Mills.

Vic Gilliam

Vic Gilliam

Vic Gilliam

Gilliam says he is running for re-election because he still believes “you can make a difference in this democracy one vote at a time.”

Experience, Gilliam says, has given him “important insights that help me address solutions to issues that effect businesses and families in our district.”

A former legislative aide to former U.S. Sen. Mark O. Hatfield, his career has included experience as a development executive with non-government organizations including Willamette University, OHSU Foundation and Mercy Corp.

Fees on ballot: Voters would have to agree

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For Silverton residents Jon DeBo and Scott Walker, the reason they are advocating citizens vote “yes” on ballot measure 24-375 is because they firmly believe citizens should have a say in being taxed.

“Instead of the city council looking for creative ways to get more funds, we would like to see the city prioritize its budget,” DeBo said. “We would like to see the city be more fiscally responsible.”

The ballot measure amendment reads, “The citizens of Silverton reserve to themselves exclusively the power to create or increase taxes, fees or other charges.”  The campaign literature states, “If the measure passes, we get to vote. If it fails, we have no vote.”

The Forum: Decision 2014

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Facts support bond 

I’m writing to express concerns about the recent misinformation that is circulating about the cost of the upcoming school bond measure. Recently, Mr. Gene Pfeifer shared an incorrect estimate of annual property taxes related to the proposed school bond. His estimate, which also appears in the voter pamphlet, is likely to confuse citizens as it is based on an inaccurate formula that spreads the debt service equally over the life of the bond. This formula describes a principal repayment structure and total interest cost that is misleading.

Match made: Forest River expands manufacturing operations into Silverton

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Forest River Inc. hiring
Employees are needed at both
the Silverton and Independence plants.
Starting Oct. 15 you can apply in
person from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Send resume to:
cargo33recruit@forestriverinc.com
Silverton: 1204 Mill St.
Independence: 900 N. Walnut St.

By Kristine Thomas

Teamwork between the Silverton Chamber of Commerce, SEDCOR (Strategic Economic Development Corp.) and Project Delivery Group has resulted in a new business locating in Silverton.

Forest River Inc., has purchased the former Champion Homes site at 1240 Mill St., said Gerald Fisher, the senior project manager for Project Delivery Group in Salem. Silverton will be the sixth site in Oregon for Forest River Inc., headquartered in Indiana.

The Man About Town: Sign me up… for the 10K please

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Man About TownBy Jim Kinghorn

At the risk of being accused of “contributing to the delinquency of a senior,”  the Silverton Senior Center invites you to “Rock the Casino” at Seven Brides Brewery on Oct. 18. A $25 donation buys you scrip (advance purchase gets you a scrip “bonus”) to play the casino-style games and then bid on auction items with your “winnings.” Tickets are available at Seven Brides, the Senior Center and the Silverton Chamber of Commerce. Call 503-873-3093 for the details and get ready to get lucky….

Under investigation: State looks into Save Old Schools filings

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By Kristine Thomas

For the second time in 14 months, the Oregon Secretary of State is investigating Silverton resident Gene Pfeifer for a possible violation of election law regarding his political action committee, Save Old Schools, SOS, for which he is the treasurer.

On Aug. 7, 2013, Pfeifer was notified by the state he was being fine $425 for failing to meet the deadlines to file required paperwork for a political committee and campaign finance activity.  Pfeifer successfully campaigned against the $36.9 million school bond measure in May 2013.

A familiar face: Steve Roth takes over SHS boys basketball

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James DayBy James Day

The Silverton High boys basketball team has a new head coach, but Foxes fans will see a familiar face on the sidelines when they open play in December.  Steve Roth, a 1982 Silverton graduate and former head coach of the Foxes, has taken over for Darren Shryock.

Shryock, who led Silverton to a pair of third-place finishes in the Class 5A tournament during his 12 years with the Foxes, has moved on to become the athletic director at Stayton High.

Roth, who both preceded and succeeds Shryock as head coach, served as an assistant since giving up the head coaching position in 2002.

Fall family fun: Something for little ones, big ones and in betweens

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By Melissa Wagoner

Family friendly events abound in the Willamette Valley during October. At no other time is bounty more apparent than in the fall when families can tour farms and pick out the perfect  pumpkins, fresh apples and corn on the cob.

Bauman Farms is one of the many farms throwing a month-long celebration. It features the traditional pumpkin patch, corn maze and petting zoo and also hosts a giant slide tower, an inflatable maze and the new Hoppy Horse Race Track.

“It’s for the young and old alike, you will hop on a horse and bounce your way around a race track,” Brian Bauman, general manager of the farm said.

The Old Curmudgeon: Great week – Senior Center discoveries matched by downtown delights

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The Old CurmudgeonBy Vern Holmquist

Silverton, thank you, thank you, I had a great week.

I had made it a point to go to the Silverton Senior Center every day of the week. Oh, I’m well aware of this beautiful facility – I had delivered Meals on Wheels for years – but having given up my car, I thought it a difficult chore to get up the hill on my scooter. At least that was the excuse I was using. I was well aware of the Silverton Trolley, had their number right in front of me, I just never got around  to calling for a ride.

Update: Schmidt honored at skatepark

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The Silverton City Council voted unanimously Oct. 6 to name the Silverton skatepark in honor of community leader and former councilor Judy Schmidt, who died Oct. 1 from Creuztfelt-Jacob Disease.

The Judy Schmidt Memorial Skatepark, 115 Westfield St., near the Silverton Senior Center, honors her active role in campaigning for the skatepark,  as well as her dedication to community service.

The council also agreed to place a plaque naming all the volunteers who worked the more than 10 years it took to make the skatepark a reality.

More than 600 people gathered Oct. 5 at The Oregon Garden pavilion for Schmidt’s celebration of life service.

Olaf Paulson, Jr.: July 14, 1920 – Sept. 14, 2014

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Olaf Paulson, Jr., who passed away peacefully Sept. 14,  was born in Moscow, Idaho on July 14, 1920 to Olaf Paulson, Sr. of Redwing, Minn., and Karen Lassen of Kragerø, Norway.  He came to the Silverton area while very young, moving west from Idaho’s Palouse with his parents and siblings after their wheat crop was destroyed by a storm.

He was raised on his family’s farm on the banks of the Pudding River west of Mount Angel.  It was there that life (and conservative Norwegian parents) imbued him with the characteristics which would define him: honesty, service beyond self,  devotion in all his duties.