Domestic violence: Community seeks ways to change the dynamics

September 2014 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off
Three brutal cases over 30 days
focus the conversation

On Aug. 9, Mount Angel resident
Kathleen Marie Schwartz died from
homicidal violence. A note at the
crime scene confirmed she was
strangled and killed by her
daughter’s ex-boyfriend,
Daniel Cuanas. He was found
dead from a self-inflicted
gunshot wound to the chest,
according to the Mount Angel Police.

On Aug. 15, Toddi Bork, 45, of
Mount Angel was arrested for
Assault II and recklessly
endangering another person.
According to Mount Angel Police,
she told an officer she had
purposely set her husband,
Timothy Bork, 43, on fire.
The victim had burns to his
face and torso. “Mrs. Bork
stated there had been an
argument prior to the incident
that had upset her. Mrs. Bork
said she sprayed Mr. Bork with
gasoline from a gas can and set
him on fire to ‘get his attention,”
according to police reports.

Charitable acts: Community steps up to assist family with a special needs daughter

September 2014 Posted in People | Comments Off
Sarah Andres-Guentner plays with her daughter,  Auvie Guentner who is in a  very special swing that was  a very special gift. Photo by Dixon Bledsoe

Sarah Andres-Guentner plays with her daughter, Auvie Guentner who is in a very special swing that was a very special gift. Photo by Dixon Bledsoe

By Dixon Bledsoe

What people notice first about 6-year-old Auvie Guentner is her beautiful smile, long-flowing sandy blonde hair and long eyelashes. The smile seems almost perpetual.

“She really does smile a lot and is happy about 85 to 90 percent of the time,” her mother Sarah Andres-Guentner said.

Her father Garth Guentner added Auvie is a natural drummer.

“It’s really about playing percussion for almost everything. If she is clapping or slapping the table like a drum, she is happy,” Garth added.

The Man About Town: Sign right here… Quick, I’m turning blue

September 2014 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off

Man About TownBy Jim Kinghorn

Last month in this celebrated collection of community claptrap, The Man told you about the Silverton Area Community Aid fundraising event and how it raised the “too good to be true” amount of almost $50,000…..well, that did turn out to be incorrect…..after all the dust had settled, the final tally was an even more amazing $71,465. Not too shabby for a three-hour event (that’s $23,821 per hour for those of you that went to Salem public schools). There have been many people that have contributed their time and energy to make this event so successful over the last six years but if you see Ken and Darby Hector or Ron and Jane Jones in particular, thank them for all their efforts to help families in the area.

700 runners: SHS varsity sweep

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James DayBy James Day

The Silverton High School cross country teams swept the varsity team titles at Wednesday’s Silver Falls Oktoberfest Invitational, which was held on the “monster” course at Silver Falls State Park. A record 40 schools and 700 runners participated in the event, which is co-hosted by the Foxes and Kennedy.

Silverton junior Maddie Fuhrman won the girls title in 23:58.6, repeating her victory of a year ago. But it was a much tougher test for Fuhrman than 2013, when she won by 81 seconds. Wednesday, Central’s Abby McBeth stayed with Fuhrman through the hilly portion of the race and took second in 24:09.0.

Learning and laughter: Women’s Connection offers support

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Judy Glenney, a former National Weightlifting Champion and Olympic judge, shared a story.

Judy Glenney, a former National Weightlifting Champion and Olympic judge, shared a story.

By Molly Gunther

Laughter filled Silverton Methodist Church on Aug. 14 when Judy Glenney, a former National Weightlifting Champion and Olympic judge, shared a humorous and reflective look at her milestones of womanhood, starting when she was a girl.

“I could see no practicality in a dress,” Glenny said. “You can’t cross the monkey bars in a dress.”

Glenney described the trials of her changing body like a store motto with “new arrivals everyday,” and the audacity of a health pamphlet referring to a certain milestone as her “little friend.”

People Out Loud: Pondering…

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dixonBy Dixon Bledsoe

Deadline nears: Conditions for a Drift Creek Reservoir outlined by state

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The sign is across the street from Victor Point Elementary School. Behind the sign is where the proposed Drift Creek reservoir would be built.

The sign is across the street from Victor Point Elementary School. Behind the sign is where the proposed Drift Creek reservoir would be built.

By Kristine Thomas

A Drift Creek reservoir moved one step closer to becoming a reality July 22.  That’s when the Oregon Water Resources Department issued a proposed final order or PFO to the East Valley Water District on its plan to construct the reservoir and store public waters.

The PFO outlined several conditions that must be meet before the OWRD would issue a final order and a permit to allow construction to begin, along with a certificate to allow the water to be used.

Retiring the ribbons: Maypole choreographers take a final bow

September 2014 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off
Bev Fleckenstein, front, left, Teresa Bryant, Nann Fleck and Tia Purdy are retiring as Oktoberfest choreographers. Bev, Teresa and Nann have done it for 25 years, Tia  for 13 years. The girls are all first-time dancers.

Bev Fleckenstein, front, left, Teresa Bryant, Nann Fleck and Tia Purdy are retiring as Oktoberfest choreographers. Bev, Teresa and Nann have done it for 25 years, Tia for 13 years. The girls are all first-time dancers.

By Kristine Thomas 

Twenty-five years of teaching the maypole and other traditional German dances has taught Nann Fleck, Teresa Bryant and Bev Fleckenstein one thing: the magic will happen.

Although it may seem quite impossible on a warm, August evening as they watch preteen girls collide into one another like atoms and trip through steps like nervous bridesmaids, they learn the dance.

Dream job: Middle school a goal

September 2014 Posted in People, School | Comments Off
Nancy Griffith

Nancy Griffith

By Molly Gunther

There was a phase in elementary school where Nancy Griffith would come home after school and teach her stuffed animals what she had learned that day.

“That went away and I wanted to be a biologist which I ended up being,” Griffith said. “Then somebody said to me ‘why don’t you try teaching? I think you’d enjoy it.’ So I got a job as a classroom aide and just loved it.”

Believe: Achievement mirrors support

September 2014 Posted in People, School | Comments Off
Craig Swanson

Craig Swanson

By Vince Teresi   

Kennedy High School’s new principal Craig Swanson brings an energetic, positive and visionary outlook for the 2014-15 school year.

As part of a small high school, he said he “looks forward to knowing our students on a first name basis as we share our daily time together at Kennedy.”

Displayed on his desk is the word “Believe,” portrayed on a book cover.  Swanson is zealous about the message, especially in its relevance to the field of education and high school students.

Capturing a dream: Former Wilco transforms into South End Antiques

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Tammy Davis and her daughter, Amanda, opened South End Antiques and Marketplace in Mount Angel.

Tammy Davis and her daughter, Amanda, opened South End Antiques and Marketplace in Mount Angel.

By Brenna Wiegand

Tammy Davis was ready for a career change.

“I’ve been a veterinary technician the last 12 years and became emotionally burned out,” she said. “I went into it because I love animals, but you don’t get to play with animals all day; you walk them to the grave.”

An avid antique collector since childhood, for 10 years Tammy kept driving by the old Wilco feed store in Mount Angel, envisioning an antique mall. The building – dating back at least to the 1920s – had been vacant 14 years. Then she heard talk of it being torn down.

Nuestros Abuelos: Somos Hispanas Unidas offers elders a social circle

September 2014 Posted in Community | Comments Off

Nuestros AbuelosBy Molly Gunther

A Spanish serenade crackles on the radio while Rosa Campos surveys the group in the kitchen at Silverton Senior Center. Two gentlemen and seven ladies are working together to make four different types of tamales. Campos bustles around making sure the project flows smoothly.

There is no recipe in sight. Still, all hands are busy, moving swiftly, soaking the dry cornhusks to soften them, pounding the tamale dough, or masa, in a large bowl on the floor, washing and cutting green corn leaves into strips for wrapping.

The Old Curmudgeon: Cure for what ails us – Shall we dance?

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The Old CurmudgeonBy Vern Holmquist

Our economy is bothering me, still a lot of unemployed and failing businesses, our President has had a rough time getting projects through our do-nothing Congress. Money is more and more piling up in the pockets of the ultra rich. I’m afraid that if something is not done to redistribute the great wealth of our world we will have a revolution like nothing we have seen before.

Connecting the faiths: Finding common themes through art

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Anne Barber-Shams adorned this statue which will be part of the Amen – A Prayer for the World from Egypt to the US exhibit at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Photo by Kristine Thomas

Anne Barber-Shams adorned this statue which will be part of the Amen – A Prayer for the World from Egypt to the US exhibit at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Photo by Kristine Thomas

By Kristine Thomas

There was no way Anne Barber-Shams was going to let him leave her Silverton home looking like he did – especially since his destination was the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

Spying a greasy smudge on his check, she grabbed a cloth and quickly removed it.

There, she said, standing back to look at her life-size, 15-pound, fiberglass statue, he’s ready to be packed and mailed.

Training for service: Internship program helps kids plug in

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Summer interns at Silver Creek Fellowship tackled many tasks while learning about service, themselves and and their faith.  Photo by Brenna Wiegand

Summer interns at Silver Creek Fellowship tackled many tasks while learning about service, themselves and and their faith. Photo by Brenna Wiegand

By Brenna Wiegand

With all the programs Silver Creek Fellowship offers, starting a new one might seem risky, but the opposite proved true.

It’s summer intern program proved so successful it promises to be the start of other new opportunities for service.

Youth Pastor Kurt Barnes heads the endeavor, geared to help young people discover themselves, their gifts – and their calling.

Seasoned and ready: Fox football team sets sights on state title

September 2014 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off

James DayBy James Day

The Silverton High School football team has lost three games in the past two seasons, all of them to the eventual OSAA Class 5A state champions, and momentum seems to be riding the Foxes’ way in year five of coach John Mannion’s tenure.

“I like where the program is at now,” Mannion told Our Town. “The kids have bought into to what I do. Expectations have gotten higher. That’s the results of the work that they have put in and their commitment to the program. As a coach that’s great, to see expectations high to have a good season. It’s a building process. Every year is a new deal. I’m excited about the way they prepare and practice. It won’t be easy. Every year there are unique challenges, but this is a great group of guys and coaches to work with.”

Candidates file for council seats

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There will be a contest for city council seats in both Mount Angel and Silverton on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

In Silverton, incumbent Mayor Stu Rasmussen will face challenger Rick Lewis.

Nine candidates are competing for three Silverton councilor seats as of 4:30 p.m. on filing deadline day.

Incumbents Bill Cummins, Randal Thomas and Scott Walker have filed election papers along with challengers Dick Drake, Robert Gerig, Aaron Koch, Kyle Palmer, Jim Sears and Dana Smith.

In Mount Angel, incumbent Mayor Andrew Otte was the only candidate to file for the next two-year term as mayor.

A Grin at the End: Mary Poppins would agree

September 2014 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off

carl-sampsonBy Carl Sampson

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about all of the things that are bad for me. Most food is bad for me, so are most drinks. So are things like television and rap music. Don’t forget about all of that other dangerous stuff, like fire-eating and tightrope-walking.

Oh, and surfing, especially when great white sharks are around. That’s really dangerous.

Almost every day, I go for a walk in Salem during my lunch hour. I’ve found the single most dangerous thing I do is try to cross a Salem street. Drivers actually speed up when they see me. It’s as though I have a target painted on me, even when I’m in a crosswalk and have the light.

A 500-mile journey: Leah Stolte-Doerfler will hike the Camino de Santiago

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Debbie Eder and Leah Stolte-Doerfler have walked many miles together to prepare Leah to hike the Camino de Santiago in Spain.

Debbie Eder and Leah Stolte-Doerfler have walked many miles together to prepare Leah to hike the Camino de Santiago in Spain.

By Kristine Thomas

Leah Stolte-Doerfler has made many preparations before she steps into another world to do something utterly different than her “normal.”

She has read books, walked countless miles and prayed. She has given a great deal of thought about letting go of her responsibilities. She has gathered what she needs to fit into a small backpack.

“On one hand it is profoundly exciting,” she said. “And on the other, it causes anxiety.”

Voters to decide: $24.9 million school bond goes on November ballot

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

By Kristine Thomas 

After months of listening to public input, reading reports by specialists about the condition of the Eugene Field School building and weighing the pros and cons of what they consider fiscally prudent plans, the Silver Falls School District board finally made a decision.

On Aug. 11, the board members voted 5-1 to place a $24.9 million bond on the Nov. 4 ballot. Board member Tom Buchholz cast the dissenting vote. Board member David Beeson was absent due to family obligations.

The bond is designed to cover:

Music fills the air: A transformative experience

August 2014 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off
Eadie Anelli’s love of music has lead to new opportunities for Silverton audiences.

Eadie Anelli’s love of music has lead to new opportunities for Silverton audiences.

By Molly Gunther

To appreciate what is and see what could be is a talent. To be able to take that vision and talent and create something new, that’s an artist’s gift to her world.

When Eadie Anelli moved to Silverton, in 2003 she brought with her vision, talent, and the willingness to roll up her sleeves and work. The results are a series of transformations that the community is invited to enjoy.

Investigation ongoing: Markum Inn begins rebuilding

August 2014 Posted in Business | Comments Off
Firefighters responding to the July 20 fire at the Markum Inn. Submitted Photo

Firefighters responding to the July 20 fire at the Markum Inn. Submitted Photo

By Brenna Wiegand

The fire that destroyed Markum Inn on July 20 still remains under investigation with new possibilities being considered beyond it starting in the aging breaker box area.

“So it will be another week or so before we find anything out,” Markum Inn restaurant owner Connie Cummings said.

Thankfully, Cummings said, the investigation won’t impede the rebuilding effort.

“There’s no holdup there,” Cummings said. “The building is full of asbestos so they’re going in there with their monkey suits; everything else is out.” Demolition started the week of Aug. 11.

Violent end: Armed assailant takes the life of Mount Angel mother

August 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off
Fund for family set up
A gofundme account has been
established for the Schwartz Family.
Express condolences or contribute
to The Schwartz Family Fund at
www.gofundme.com/schwartz.

Community response to the Aug. 9 murder/suicide in a home on St. Mary Circle in Mount Angel has included an outpouring of support for the young woman who lost her mother to the violence.

Police were contacted about a possible hostage situation in the Mount Angel residence at 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Elizabeth Schwartz and her 15-month-old son escaped the house and alerted police.

An emphasis on local: Rooted in Food hosts farm tour, dinner

August 2014 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Food & Drink | Comments Off
Molly Pattison and Alexis, London and Melissa Wagoner pick vegetables in the garden. Eating locally produced food is a key goal for Rooted in Food proponents.

Molly Pattison and Alexis, London and Melissa Wagoner pick vegetables in the garden. Eating locally produced food is a key goal for Rooted in Food proponents.

By Brenna Wiegand

A small food fair at the Silverton Grange put together by Elyse McGowan 18 months ago is fast becoming a multifaceted grassroots movement aimed at connecting local growers with people who want to make fresh, locally grown food a bigger part of their diet.

Young mothers Melissa Wagoner and Heather Desmarteau-Fast have taken up McGowan’s “Rooted in Food” banner and run with it.

Fall lineup: New year, new faces

August 2014 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off

James DayBy James Day

August is here, the fall high school teams have begun their conditioning work, and it’s time to look at what is new on the high school scene this school year.

Silverton High welcomes a new teacher and baseball coach James Rise, who spent the past four years as the head coach at Austin College, a Division III school in Sherman, Texas. Rise will be the Physical Education/Health chair and also serve as the strength and conditioning coach.