What’s next for Eugene Field students?: After voters defeat bond measure, school board ponders next move

November 2014 Posted in Community, News, School | Comments Off

By Kristine Thomas

Speaking before the Silver Falls School Board at its Nov. 10 meeting, Eugene Field first-grade teacher Jennifer Wiken emphasized a sense of urgency to move students and staff out of the building.

“We’re exhausted and we are done. It’s not fair to the kids,” Wiken said. “How much longer do we have to do this?”

The defeat of the $24.9 million bond measure has left community members in the Silver Falls School District – both for and against the bond – discussing why the bond failed and what should happen next.

Clean sweep: Four new members for Silverton City Council

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When Rick Lewis walked into the Main Street Bistro and Coffee shop on Nov. 5, a group of men sitting at a table stood up and gave Lewis a round of applause.Graciously, Lewis received well wishes and congratulations.

As Silverton’s mayor-elect, Lewis is more than appreciative of the support he has received from his friends, community members and especially his family.

And it’s with them in mind, Lewis is ready to begin working for the city of Silverton in January, when he is sworn in.

‘Mockingbird’: On stage at SHS

November 2014 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, School | Comments Off
Actors portray Scout, Jem and Dill in the Silver Mask Thespian production of To Kill a Mockingbird at Silverton High. Photo by Brenna Wiegand.

Actors portray Scout, Jem and Dill in the Silver Mask Thespian production of To Kill a Mockingbird at Silverton High. Photo by Brenna Wiegand.

By Brenna Wiegand

Tickets are on sale for Silverton High School’s latest theater production, To Kill a Mockingbird based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Harper Lee.

“We’ve never done this show and I think it’s one of the greatest pieces of literature ever written,” theater teacher Doug Ousterhout said. “It was just a matter of time before I had the right group and it was the right time.”

Local Motive: Spring opening?

November 2014 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off
Silverton food co-op
Silverton food co-op
On Facebook as Local Motive
www.silvertoncoop.com
Stacy Higby, 503-581-3182;
Elyse McGowan Kidd, 503-453-3698

By Brenna Wiegand

At one time or another, frequenters of Silverton Farmer’s Market have probably engaged in or heard wistful discussion of forming a local food co-op.

About two years ago, Stacy Higby and Elyse McGowan Kidd decided to stop talking and do something. Now they’ve launched Local Motive, a member-owned food cooperative destined for downtown.

Higby and husband Mike have Forest Meadow Farm where they raise chickens and produce they’ve sold at the Silverton Farmer’s Market since it opened in 2001.

Eating local: Thanksgiving feast straight from the farm

November 2014 Posted in Food & Drink | Comments Off
Carl Buchholz raises several turkey varieties.

Carl Buchholz raises several turkey varieties.

By Melissa Wagoner

The traditional Thanksgiving dinner I ate growing up is similar to the one served on tables throughout the country. Mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, cranberry sauce shaped like a can, stuffing made from torn slices of Wonder Bread and a Butterball turkey straight from the supermarket deep freeze. I have fond memories of this meal and have cooked it many times myself but I have come to realize that it lacks the base upon which Thanksgiving was established; the celebration of the local harvest.

Sports: Fox football dominates, JFK volleyball places fifth in state

November 2014 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off

James DayBy James Day

Silverton High football just keeps rolling along. The Foxes blasted Pendleton 54-6 on Nov. 7 to move into the Class 5A quarterfinals. The 10-0 Foxes, seeded No. 2,  faced No. 10 Ashland (8-2) on Friday, Nov. 14 after Our Town’s presstime.

It was the fifth game this season in which a running clock was used after the Foxes pulled ahead by 45 points or more. The average score in Silverton’s 10 games is 42-6.

“That was a good performance,” Foxes Coach John Mannion told Our Town after the victory against Pendleton. “We’re excited to get to the next round, but it’s going to get tougher.”

Man About Town: Uh oh, the music stopped… And I don’t have a chair

November 2014 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off

Man About TownBy Jim Kinghorn

“The burden of sorrow is doubled when it is borne alone.” – Goran Persson.

On Dec. 14, plan to join your friends and neighbors at Silverton’s Angel of Hope for the annual Candle Lighting Ceremony. This worldwide event honors the memory of all children, siblings and grandchildren that have left this earth to soon. This year’s event is dedicated to committee member Judy Schmidt. For information, go to silvertonsangelofhope.org

Sister Corinne Clay: Sept. 14, 1919 – Oct. 23, 2014

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Sister Corinne Clay passed away on Oct. 23, 2014. She was 95 years old. She was born in Jacksonville, Fla. on Sept. 14, 1919, the only daughter of Charles and Minnie Mendel Clay. At baptism she was named Mary Louise.

Sister Corinne’s family moved to Medford, Ore., where she attended school.  She graduated from Mount Angel Academy, where she had lived as a resident student and then as an aspirant. She entered Queen of Angels Monastery in 1937 and made profession on Feb. 10, 1940, receiving the name, Sister Corinne, honoring her special devotion to the Sacred Heart.

The Old Curmudgeon: Boomerang encounter – Chasing dreams

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The Old CurmudgeonBy Vern Holmquist

Sometimes life is like a boomerang, it has a way of coming back to you.

I took up wood carving as something to do to fill my idle hands. Carving all those little projects that most carvers start with looked a bit boring, so I tried carving a cane handle in a female form, a subject artists have turned to for years.

The cane turned out with just a hint of the subject. Well, a lady neighbor of mine spotted the cane, and said she knew of someone who would appreciate it, so I gave it to her.

People Out Loud: Thankful

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dixonBy Dixon Bledsoe

The mid-term elections are over and those persistent and negative ads are in hibernation until 2016 rears its ugly head. Traditionally, my November columns center around saying thanks, and whom am I to break tradition.

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

November 2014 Posted in Business, News | Comments Off
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

November 2014 Posted in Business | Comments Off
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

November 2014 Posted in Business | Comments Off

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

November 2014 Posted in Business | Comments Off

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

November 2014 Posted in Community | Comments Off
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.

George Rodney Cann: May 24, 1929 – Sept. 28, 2014

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George Rodney Cann, 85, passed away on Sept. 28, 2014 in Silverton, Ore. George was born to George and Dorothy (Bartlett) Cann in San Diego, Calif., on May 24, 1929.

He served in the Nevada National Guard from 1947 – 1951 and Air Force from 1951 – 1952. George opened a optometry practice in Mount Angel from 1975 – 1994. George was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Mount Angel and was involved with the Knights of Columbus. George enjoyed going to the Oktoberfest.

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

November 2014 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off

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

November 2014 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off

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

October 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off

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

October 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off

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

October 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off

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.