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

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

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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

October 2014 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off

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.

Marlene Cowlishaw: July 27, 1935 – Sept. 27, 2014

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Marlene June Cowlishaw died Sept. 27 in Mount Angel. She was born July 27, 1935, to Arno E. and Ruth Henderson Panttaja in Sanger, Calif. She lost her mother shortly after she was born.

Marlene graduated high school in San Jose, Calif., and graduated nursing school, receiving her RN cap in Boise, Idaho.

Norris Edward Cowlishaw and Marlene Pannttja were wed Nov. 29, 1952, in Randolph, Utah. The union produced four sons – David, Jim, Phillip and Bill. Norris died in 1990.

Marlene and her family lived throughout the inland Northwest prior to settling in Oregon, first in Oregon City, in 1969.

Robert Gerig: June 14, 1962 – Sept. 25, 2014

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Robert Lee “Rob” Gerig died Sept. 25 in his Silverton home with his wife Karen at his side.

He was born June 14, 1962 to Robert and Marlene Gerig in Salem, Ore. He lived in the Salem – Silverton area his entire life, with the exception of the time he served on active duty with the United State Marine Corps Reserve. He attended Central Howell Grade School and Silverton High School.

After high school Rob joined the Marine Corps Reserves and served active duty time at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego Calif., Marine Aviation Training Support Group, Meridian, Miss. and 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor, Wash. as an Aviation Operations Specialist.

People Out Loud: A perfect fit

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dixonBy Dixon Bledsoe

There are people who make a grand entrance into a room and command – almost demand – attention. Then there are those who retreat into the confines of their safety zone, be it X-Box or a good book.

Then there is Tug.  A 14 year-old freshman at Silverton High School, Tug Loberg lives life to the fullest doing it his way. He played a little basketball, baseball, and flag football earlier, but it just didn’t feel right.  Mary Rankin, a high school teacher and advisor, suggested he talk to John Mannion, head varsity football coach, about being the equipment manager.  Coach Mannion had not envisioned a freshman coming in to take over equipment responsibilities for the team, but decided to give it a try.

One in a million: Silverton rallies around Judy Schmidt as she faces rare disease

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Judy Schmidt organized the Silverton Health Fun Run for many years. Photo by Jim Kinghorn.

Judy Schmidt organized the Silverton Health Fun Run for many years. Photo by Jim Kinghorn.

By Dixon Bledsoe 

It’s painfully ironic – a disease that occurs in one out of a million people has struck “a one in a million person.”

That’s how a co-worker describes Judy Schmidt, director of volunteer services for Silverton Health.

One in a million.

In September, Schmidt, whose decades of devoted community service has led to near iconic status in Silverton, was diagnosed with Creuztfelt-Jacob Disease (CJD).

Are you registered to vote?

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The deadline to register is Tuesday, Oct. 14 tin order to be able to vote in the Tuesday, Nov. 4 election . For information, visit www.oregonvotes.gov.

Mount Angel candidates forum
Mount Angel voters are invited to meet the candidates for the Mount Angel City Council, House District 18, and Marion County Commissioner, plus hear speakers on Ballot Measure 91, the Oregon Legalized Marijuana Initiative Tuesday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m. at the Mount Angel Library, 290 Charles St.

Silverton mayoral forum
On Friday, Oct. 10, the Silverton Chamber Forum Lunch will feature a program with mayoral candidates Stu Rasmussen and Rick Lewis. The lunch is 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Silverton Hospital Conference Room. The cost is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. Please RSVP by Oct. 8 to 503-873-5615.

Silverton council candidates forum
Both mayoral and city council candidates for the Silverton City Council will answer audience questions at the Silverton Chamber Candidates Forum Tuesday, Oct. 14, 6 – 8 p.m. at Silverton High School Theater, 1456 Pine St. Carl Sampson, an Our Town columnist, will be the moderator. The event is free, but a donation to Silverton Area Community Aid would be welcomed.

Charter change?: Mount Angel council sends revisions to voters for approval

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By Brenna Wiegand

Measure 24-370
Mount Angel City Charter updates

The measure to amend, update and
renumber the Mount Angel City Charter,
last updated in 1982, includes many
amendments.

A few of the changes
to the charter include:

Require voter approval of annexations.

Require an affirmative vote by the
majority of the entire Mount Angel
City Council (rather than those
present at a meeting) in order
for Council to take action.

Make the mayor a voting member
of the council.

Clarify city officers are
appointed and removed by the
city council, rather than by
the mayor with the council’s consent.

Decision time: $24.9 million bond measure goes to voters

October 2014 Posted in News, School | Comments Off

By Kristine Thomas

Eugene Field School tour
Friday, Oct. 3, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
The pubic is invited to see
the school and get information
about the bond.

By nature, Jessica Veith and Chris Mitchell are not worriers. She is a nurse at Salem Hospital’s ICU and he works for Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office as the building maintenance coordinator.

Yet when they drop their children off at Eugene Field Elementary School each morning, they hope and pray everything will be OK. They have concerns about the building during an earthquake, a fire or a flood.

Write-ins welcome: Volunteers needed for Scotts Mills mayor, council

October 2014 Posted in Community | Comments Off

By Brenna Wiegand

Playground volunteers
Scotts Mills City Park,
330 First St. Saturday, Oct. 4,
meet at 10 a.m. Volunteers
are needed to install new
playground equipment.

Outgoing Scotts Mills Mayor Ron Bielenberg wants someone to take his job. So much so that he is encouraging a citizen to advertise as a write-in candidate. There are also three city council spots open on the Nov. 4 ballot but only two candidates running for office. The council terms of Dave Lemings, Erin McRae and Val Lemings expire in Dec. 31; the latter two will run again – unopposed.

Clicking on all cylinders: Fox football ranked No. 2 in state

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James DayBy James Day

Silverton High’s football team is off to a 3-0 start and is ranked No. 2 in the state heading into Friday’s Mid-Willamette Conference game at Crescent Valley.

Sam Kuschnick has been a workhorse in the backfield, with 66 carries for 509 yards and six touchdowns. The 6-1, 205-pound senior is averaging 7.7 yards per carry. He has shown great strength and ability to carry the pile with him and break tackles. He broke through three tacklers and erupted for a 75-yard touchdown in the Sept. 5 opener vs. Wilson of Portland and did the same in a 23-yard score Sept. 12 in Eugene vs. Marist.

Ready to ref again: Life-saving team honored at Heroes Breakfast

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By Molly Gunther

Newberg resident Perry Kimberly can officially call the people who helped to save his life heroes.

Kimberly was officiating a boys varsity basketball game at Silverton High School on Jan. 31 when he collapsed from a cardiac event.

Fans from both South Albany and Silverton High schools quickly came to Kimberly’s aid, while the gym was cleared.

On Sept. 11, those who came to Perry’s rescue were recognized at the Willamette Chapter of the American Red Cross’ 19th annual Heroes Breakfast in Salem.

Kimberly is grateful for the fans at both schools. He knows the cardiac event could have happened anywhere.

Midwifery Week: Silverton Health midwives share their experience

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Raelyn Shinn and her daughter visit with certified nurse midwives Nancy MacMorris-Adix.

Raelyn Shinn and her daughter visit with certified nurse midwives Nancy MacMorris-Adix.

By Kristine Thomas 

Stella’s birth wasn’t the same as Malachi’s, and Malachi’s wasn’t the same as Spencer’s, and Spencer’s wasn’t the same as Jayda’s.

But although each of her children arrived into the world in his or her own style, there was one constant – the care their mom, Raelyn Shinn, received during her pregnancy and labor.

“I had such a good experience,” she said, adding she was glad she chose a midwife to assist her with her children’s births.