Christmas spirit: Sharing memories and advice on catching and keeping it

December 2014 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off

By Brenna Wiegand

Curiosity drew me to Mount Angel Towers to gather Christmas memories and advice from residents for getting into the holiday spirit. One idea is to join them in welcoming Victorian Era Christmas Carolers to the Towers for a performance Thurday, Dec. 18, 6 p.m. It’s free.


Jane Orange Harper, 85

Update: Hospital options

December 2014 Posted in News | Comments Off

By Kristine Thomas

Silverton Health Board of Directors Chair Gayle Goschie is hopeful she can announce by February who Silverton Health has chosen as its partner.

This fall, Goschie said the board made the decision Silverton Health can no longer operate independently and move forward to meet the needs of the community.

“The board realized it’s not fiscally responsible to stay independent,” Goschie said. “It was a tough decision for the board to make, but it was the right decision to make.”

Time travel: A cuckoo idea

December 2014 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off
Stu Rasmussen at work on the hands of the cuckoo clock proposed for the front of the Mount Angel Performing Arts Center.

Stu Rasmussen at work on the hands of the cuckoo clock proposed for the front of the Mount Angel Performing Arts Center.

By Brenna Wiegand

If there’s any place a giant, unpredictable cuckoo clock might fly, it’s Mount Angel.

Knowing it includes a facade renovation for the building deemed “the shabbiest in downtown Mount Angel” by its owner makes it all the better.

Stu Rasmussen purchased Mount Angel Performing Arts Center in 1982.

Man About Town: Warm and fuzzy… It gets me every time

December 2014 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off

Christmas ManBy Jim Kinghorn

Belgium is already known for horses, waffles and chocolates, but three Silvertonians want to add beer to that list. Local Belgians (well, one out of three isn’t bad), Sheldon Lesire, Eric Druliner and Dale Coleman started a “nano” brewery called Belgian Underground Brewing a while back and need your help to get to the next level.  bit.ly/BUBkick will take you to their Kickstarter page where you can contribute to the cause in return for many enticing rewards including stickers, t-shirts and the sure to be popular, Belgian kisses from men in beards….

Sports update: Memorable season

December 2014 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off

James DayBy James Day

Was Nov. 29 a bad day for the Mannion family? One might think so. The Silverton High football team, coached by John Mannion, lost 34-12 to Hermiston in the Class 5A state title game. Later that day Oregon State, quarterbacked by his son Sean Mannion, lost 47-19 to rival the University of Oregon in the annual Civil War game.

John Mannion just laughed when talking about the day in an Our Town interview in his classroom.

The Old Curmudgeon: Different views – On politics

December 2014 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off

The Old CurmudgeonBy Vern Holmquist

I always am happy to hear from my readers. Even if their thinking differs from mine, it means they are thinking, which in the case of politics is somewhat rare. Frankly, I don’t think much about politics either, but once in awhile I sit back to take a good look at what’s happening. It appears that these are the facts:

People Out Loud: Holiday cheer

December 2014 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off

dixonBy Dixon Bledsoe

75 years of service: Lions have a long list of community accomplishments

December 2014 Posted in Community | Comments Off
Lions Club members in the back row: Scott Walker, Jon Debo, Dick Drake, Tomina Wolff and Nick Robinson. Front row: Beris Brickles, Hal Werner and Otto Stadeli.

Lions Club members in the back row: Scott Walker, Jon Debo, Dick Drake, Tomina Wolff and Nick Robinson. Front row: Beris Brickles, Hal Werner and Otto Stadeli.

By Kristine Thomas

Several Silverton Lions Club members confessed they don’t always agree on politics or even about the Oregon State Beavers or the University of Oregon Ducks. They attend various churches and participate in different groups.

But while they may have their differences, there’s one thing they all agree on – they believe in the importance of serving their community.

What to do?: Superintendent outlines K-3 facility options after defeat of bond

December 2014 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off

By Kristine Thomas

At the Nov. 25 board work session, Silver Falls Superintendent Andy Bellando placed his cards on the table, outlining for the school board his recommendations for moving forward after the defeat of the $24.9 million bond in November’s election.

Moving students and staff out of Eugene Field using the district’s existing financial means along with considering alternative revenue sources was at the top of his list.

Stating he believes he wouldn’t be doing his job if he didn’t provide recommendations for consideration, Bellando also said he will follow whatever decision the board makes.

Charette: A peek at the possible in Mt. Angel

December 2014 Posted in Community | Comments Off

By Dixon Bledsoe 

“Charette”  is a planning design and workshop often associated with architectural projects that are time sensitive in nature, according to Dictionary.com.

Mount Angel residents are getting to be old hands in the process. A review of last summer’s charette findings was held at the Mount Angel Fire Hall Nov. 27 so that planners could give a followup report – hopefully so a few can be implemented in time for next year’s Oktoberfest 50th anniversary celebration.

Scotts Mills: Fleischman elected

December 2014 Posted in Other | Comments Off
Joe Fleischman

Joe Fleischman

By Brenna Wiegand

All’s well that ends well.

Scotts Mills has a new mayor, thanks to 11th-hour write-in campaigns by Joe Fleischman and Paul Brakeman for the Nov. 4 election. Fleischman won the election with 34 votes; Brakeman had 25 votes and 22 voters wrote in other candidates. The open city council seat was filled by write-in candidate Dusty Craig.

Fleischman, his wife Trish and their sons Brody, 3, and Logan, 8, moved from Sherwood to Scotts Mills two years ago.

More than a bazaar: Santa Mouse yields a wealth of gifts

December 2014 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off

Santa MouseBy Brenna Wiegand

There are several reasons to be excited about the Santa Mouse Holiday Bazaar. There’s the opportunity to buy handmade holiday gifts from as many as 100 local vendors. There will be food, a silent auction – and babysitting. It’s put on by the Basic Skills class at Silverton High School, a major fundraiser for the class.

There’s all the fun the class has making items to sell in addition to cranking out extra bags of their trademark from-scratch dog biscuits sold year round.

Teacher Brian Satern is new this year but he can tell it’s a big deal.

Town treasure: Discovering local

December 2014 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Business, People | Comments Off

By Melissa Wagoner

Shayla Davis of Shayla Lynn Jewelry and Gifts.

Shayla Davis of Shayla Lynn Jewelry and Gifts.

There’s something special about purchasing a gift from someone you know or someone who lives in the same town. There are many artists within our communities who make things that delight. And shopping locally saves gas, time and supports the local economy.

“You get better customer service at local small businesses. It’s a sense of community,” Tracy Butera of Wicked Good Chocolates said.

People Out Loud: Making magic – Silverton Chamber lights up downtown

December 2014 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off

dixonBy Dixon Bledsoe

Many people are going to enjoy the beauty and wonder of the Christmas season by kicking off their celebrations with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Silverton’s Town Square Park this Friday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m.

Amazingly enough, most people believe the city of Silverton is responsible for the magic of the evening.  It is actually the Silverton Chamber of Commerce and its 266 member businesses that bring the event to town, in cooperation with the city which offers up the park to Santa’s magic dust and the fire district which delivers Santa.

End of an era: CCS work center closes

December 2014 Posted in Community | Comments Off

By Brenna Wiegand

Catholic Community Services recently closed Mount Angel Work Activity Center and has established new programs to serve the customers who worked there.

Catholic Community Services has operated site-based sheltered employment for persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities since the early 1990s with the goal of transitioning its workers or clients into jobs from inside its walls to jobs in the community.

“Unfortunately this approach has been difficult to implement,” CCS Executive Director Jim Seymour said. “What happens in reality is that most adults with intellectual disabilities continue to work year after year in the sheltered workshop setting with few opportunities to move into community-based supportive employment.”

Building bones: 3D printer develops real world skills

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Silverton High School seniors William Ward and Cole Ballinger spent a recent Saturday afternoon building a 3D printer for their senior project.

Silverton High School seniors William Ward and Cole Ballinger spent a recent Saturday afternoon building a 3D printer for their senior project.

By Kristine Thomas

Needing to study for an anatomy test, Silverton High School seniors William Ward and Cole Ballinger had a notion they could make bones to use as study tools.

Their only hiccup was it was taking them longer than they planned to construct a 3D printer that could make the plastic bones.

Both 4.0 grade point students and members of the Silverton football team, William and Cole are embarking on a senior project that has some people mystified and amazed. From scratch, they are building a 3D printer.

A magical season: Fox football raises the bar

December 2014 Posted in School, Sports | Comments Off

James DayBy James Day

Timing can be everything. The Silverton High School football team is one win away from the school’s first state title since 1991. But because of the Our Town publication schedule we were not able to publish the results of Saturday’s Class 5A title game between the Foxes and Hermiston.

The Foxes won their third consecutive playoff game Nov. 22, taking out Springfield 31-14 in the semifinals to move to 12-0. Earlier, Silverton, which finished 7-0 in a championship Mid-Willamette Conference season, took out Pendleton 54-6 and Ashland 28-0 in the first two rounds.

Attendance: District stresses importance of students being in school

December 2014 Posted in School | Comments Off
Cold and Flu Season Tips
Teach your child to practice
frequent handwashing and to cover their coughs.
Students should not come to school if they have:
A fever of more than 100.5 degrees
Vomiting within the last 24 hours
Sustained cough, difficulty breathing and
shortness of breath.

Brown or green drainage from the nose with fever
Severe sore throat with fever.

Or any symptoms that will prevent the
student from participating in the normal
school activities due to symptoms such as
persistent cough, runny stuffy nose,
sore throat or diarrhea.

By Kristine Thomas 

Virtue first: Randy Traeger publishes book

December 2014 Posted in People | Comments Off
Randy Traeger is the author of Building Character, One Virtue at a Time.

Randy Traeger is the author of Building Character, One Virtue at a Time.

By Vince Teresi

Randy Traeger said today’s children are living in a toxic culture. He is especially concerned about the harmful behaviors – drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, sexual promiscuity and pornograph, self-mutilation, bullying and poor academic progress.

A long-time coach and teacher, Traeger has seen how post-modernism, rapid technological developments, the struggling economy, the disintegration of the family and a fractured political system have taken their toll on the health of our society – especially our children.

Nutty weekend ahead

December 2014 Posted in Community | Comments Off
Hazelnut Fest &
German Holiday Market

Mount Angel Festhalle
500 S. Wilco Hwy.
Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Adults $5, Children 12 – under free.

The “Best New Festival” of 2013 returns for 2014 with plans to make a nutty experience even better. The Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce holds its annual Mt. Angel Hazelnut Fest and German Holiday Market on Dec. 6-7. It is the premier event of its kind in Oregon and celebrates one of the Willamette Valley’s largest agricultural crops.

Tree of Giving: Lend a hand

December 2014 Posted in Community | Comments Off

Looking for a way to help those less fortunate? For the 16th year, Silverton’s Zenith Woman’s Club is sponsoring the Tree of Giving. This year, live Christmas trees will be displayed at 4 locations in Silverton beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving: Rite-Aid, Hi-School Pharmacy, Immanuel Lutheran Church and the United Methodist Church. Each tree will have paper ornaments with clothing sizes for a qualified, needy child within the Silver Falls School District.

Libraries update

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The public libraries in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties – including the Silver Falls and Mount Angel libraries are moving to a new online library catalog in December.

As members of the Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service (CCRLS), the libraries have spent the last year working on the plan to migrate over one million item records. The libraries are moving to Symphony, which is similar to the current system, but has features that will make it more usable for the public and library staff.

Letter to the Editor: Thank you, Silverton

December 2014 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off

I have been compiling a list on the corner of my desk this year.  It is nearly Thanksgiving and almost 11 months since my father John Schmidt, died.  As I closed up his family business of 66 years, sold his real estate holdings, paid debts, and finalize his estate, I wrote down all of the Silverton businesses and business members of our community that have been so compassionate and helpful to me.

Dr. John loved this town.  He made his living here and he utilized the businesses and other professionals here. Our community becomes stronger when we work within it.  I appreciate and I’m thankful for the following local individuals and businesses:

A Grin at the End: How to sleep well at night

December 2014 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off

carl-sampsonBy Carl Sampson

I have a lot of friends in the banking industry. Tons. Bunches. Bushels. Boatloads. Rafts.

Anyway you say it, bankers are my friends.

They must be, or they wouldn’t send letters to me all of the time.

I should explain.

In the past year or so, I have received 64 letters in the mail from banks. Each letter offers a special pitch.

“Earn 50,000 bonus miles and a $50 statement credit.”

“Zero in on a card that gives you a long-lasting intro rate.”

“Earn a $200 gift card.”

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.