Mutual Respect: No reports of post-election tension in Mt. Angel Schools

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By Steve Ritchie

Post-election tension and conflicts have crept into schools in many places around the country, but school administrators and students in the Mount Angel School District say there have been no school-related issues to Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s election victory Nov. 8. Students in Mount Angel’s three public schools are more than 50 percent Latino. Some children and families could be in jeopardy, if Trump follows through on his campaign promises to deport undocumented immigrants. Middle school principal Jennifer McCallum believes some of her students are concerned about the future.

Setting Limits: Parents speak out against bullying at school board meeting

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By Kristine Thomas

A clearer line needs to be drawn to define what is harassment. Students need to know when the line has been crossed and what consequences they will face for crossing it.

That, along with what defines appropriate conduct for a school board member communicating using social media, were the two messages shared by several people who attended the Silver Falls School board meeting Nov. 14.

“There needs to be a fine line drawn in the sand so students know what is acceptable. Both sides are getting picked on,” parent Enez Bradford said. “This is a teachable moment but we can’t gloss it over. It needs to be dealt with.”

Be good: All ages share advice on how to get on Santa’s good list

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By Nancy Jennings and Kristine Thomas

He’s not jolly and so upset that he’s refusing to eat warm chocolate chip cookies and frothy, cold milk.

In fact, according to Elf Eliza Doolittle, he’s a bit mystified at how rudely some people are behaving, especially with Christmas around the corner. The things people are posting on social media sites and saying to one another have him crossing off names on the good list and adding them to the bad list.

Yes, Silverton and Mount Angel, Santa Claus is disappointed at how some people are acting, especially before and after the election.

Holiday Tradition: Silver Falls stages 39th Annual Park festival

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The SFSP event has crafts, such as gingerbread house building, above, and cuddles with Santa are part of the

The SFSP event has crafts, such as gingerbread house building, above, and cuddles with Santa

The elves at Silver Falls State Park are getting ready for the 39th Annual Christmas Festival!  This holiday tradition has a change this year. The event will be one day only. It will be on Saturday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the South Falls Historic District.
Rangers, hosts, and volunteers transform the park’s Historic District into a Christmas wonderland featuring decorated trees and thousands of lights. The sounds of the holidays are provided by local musicians and choral groups.

Bird is the word: Honestly grateful

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Kali-MartinI’ve got to be honest with you. It’s been a hard year.

From riding the highest highs of becoming a mother to the lowest lows as I held my brother’s hand as his marriage broke apart.

From navigating the sleepless early days of parenthood, healing from birth and dealing with the various joys that come postpartum, to watching as our country was torn apart by an ugly and divisive presidential election.

From financial woes, to poor berry prices, the long, lonesome harvest season and an unbelievably rainy fall. And the list goes on.

New Venue: Farmers find a warm place to meet

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14681885_1237115636338503_886443373606861734_nBy Melissa Wagoner

Silver Falls Bread Co., 432 McClaine St., Silverton hosts the Late Season Saturday Market, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m

Silver Falls Bread Co., 432 McClaine St., Silverton hosts the Late Season Saturday Market, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m

Customers greeted each other with hugs and handshakes in the warmth of Silver Falls Bread Co. in Silverton Nov. 19 during the Late Season Saturday Market.

“The idea was, as far as I can tell, Stacy Higby’s,” Dan Lliteras, owner of Silver Falls Bread Co. explained.

“Years past, a handful of local producers continued to meet informally in the parking lot where the Farmer’s Market is held. Stacy was interested in finding an indoor space so everyone could stay warm and dry. I was very happy to offer up the bakery.”

Adventure with wine: Minimalist winemaker seeks authentic tastes

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Franchere Wine Co. owner and winemaker Mike Hinds

Franchere Wine Co. owner and winemaker Mike Hinds

By Kristine Thomas

It wasn’t in Oregon, where he grew up, where it happened. Or California, where he went to college. Both states well-known for their wineries and vineyards. Instead, it was Chicago where Mike Hinds tumbled down what he describes as the “wine rabbit hole.” Working as a website developer for the University of Illinois, Chicago’s School of Public Health, Hinds recalled the night he went into a wine store and purchase a bottle of wine to go with some Humboldt Fog cheese that he was taking to a gathering.

Keeping it local: Co-op brings growers downtown to sell a dream

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By Melissa Wagoner

Megan Wellman & Jason Codner

Megan Wellman & Jason Codner

Colorful, locally grown fruits and vegetables, fresh baked pies and breads, handmade soaps and lotions, local flour and more lined shelves and filled baskets in the Main Street Bistro and Coffee during the fall weekend marking the beginning of the Pop-Up Co-op season. Presented by the Silverton Food Co-op, a group working toward opening a storefront food cooperative in Silverton, the pop-ups are a sneak peek of what organizers hope will someday soon be permanent fixture of downtown Silverton.

“We’re selling a wish,” council member Hilary Dumitrescu explained. “We’re selling a dream for this town.”

Magical Season: Silverton High Girls soccer team takes second in state

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SHS freshman Paige Alexander, #3, broke a pair of school records with 33 goals and 10 assists.


By James Day

Deeds usually trump words… but words about deeds can sometimes help tell a deeper story, a more complete one. Take the Silverton High girls soccer team.
Deed-wise the Foxes were an amazing story, advancing to their first state championship game while knocking off three top-six teams to get there.

But the words about the deeds… those were just as amazing.

Trojan’s Great run: Football team makes it to 2A Semifinals

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James DayKennedy High continues to prove its mettle in Class 2A football. The Trojans, who advanced to the championship game a year ago, made it to the semifinals this season before falling 32-13 to Stanfield on Nov. 19.

The game was a rematch of last year’s semifinal, which the Trojans won 34-20.

“Stanfield was more physical upfront this year,” said Kennedy coach Joe Panuke. “It was tough for us to get any movement. Stanfield was able to convert some key third downs in the second half that kept the chains moving in their favor, and we had a tough time running the ball.”

History Lessons: We need some education and accountability

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Carl SampsonIf you’re under 60 years old, don’t read this column. You won’t understand it. I remember growing up in the 1950s and 1960s. They were not the “good old days,” as some people describe them, but they were different in many positive ways and some not-so-positive ways.

What our generation – the baby boomers – learned through it all was, one, to be quick on our feet and, two, to question everything.

Eulogy for Roman: Mother shares the lessons of addiction, loss

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Roman Lauzon

Roman Lauzon

By Audrey Nieswandt

My son, Roman Emmanuel Mark Lauzon, died last month at the age of 20. Roman was bright, artistic, athletic, kind-hearted and handsome.

He also was an addict.

“The loss of your son is huge,” my counselor said. “And his death is complicated by the way addiction is perceived. If he had died from cancer or heart disease, the sympathy and outreach would be different. But addiction? Most people don’t understand or may silently judge him – and you.”

Addiction kills. I live this reality. Daily, I am slowly, unwillingly, absorbing a loss that is the hardest any parent can bear.

Election aftermath: A struggle with fears, freedom of speech

November 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People, School | Comments Off on Election aftermath: A struggle with fears, freedom of speech

By Kristine Thomas

What started as an idea by several students to have a pro-Trump rally at Silverton High School, escalated into something they didn’t expect or intend.

On Election Day, Nov. 8, Cole, a senior who asked his last name not be used, was one of the organizers for a pro-Trump rally were about 16 students parked their trucks in the front row of the high school parking lot with large flags supporting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, drawing a crowd of about 35 students. They were visited by school administrators, Cole said. 

Candidates Visit: Four vie to be Silverton City Manager

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By Kristine Thomas

While they agree on the challenges facing Silverton including funding, upgrading and maintaining its infrastructure, planning for the future development and financial planning, the four candidates to be the next city manager disagree on one thing.

Who is best suited for the job, with each candidate saying they have the best skill set.
On Nov. 9, the four candidates attended a “Meet and Greet” at the Oregon Garden Natural Education Resource Center. The reception was an opportunity for the public to meet the finalists. Current City Manager Bob Willoughby retires Jan. 31, 2017.

Discover your roots: Ancestry Detectives follow the clues

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Left: Silverton’s Ancestry Detectives: Doug Crosby, Julie Davie, Bette Stewart and David Stewart

Silverton’s Ancestry Detectives: Doug Crosby, Julie Davie, Bette Stewart and David Stewart

By Nancy Jennings

The clues are there, yet there is a bit of a mystery about who you really are. 

Your great-grandmother came from Bulgaria and your great-grandfather was a Methodist minister in Montreal, Canada. But what else do you know about your genealogy?

To discover the answers, turn to the sleuths with Silverton’s Ancestry Detectives. With diligence, patience and the right tools, this all-volunteer group can help you dig into the family tree and perhaps even hit pay dirt.

Lady Foxes on verge of history: Compete for state soccer title

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James DayThe Silverton girls soccer team is in uncharted territory. The Foxes played Saturday after Our Town’s presstime against La Salle Prep for the Class 5A title. It is the first state championship appearance in history for the program. And the route to get there was pretty amazing.

The Man about town: There’s only so much we can do

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Man About TownThe Man will readily admit that doesn’t watch much Major League Baseball, the game just doesn’t move fast enough to hold my interest. But I gotta tell ‘ya the 7th game of this years World Series was one of the most riveting sporting events I have ever witnessed….with all the layers of storylines combined with the close score made for drama of the highest order….made even better when I found out the next day that 34 years ago Cubs manager, Joe Maddon was managing the Salem Angels at Chemeketa Community College baseball field…

People out loud: Ever present to be thankful

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DixonThis is a year for which we have so many things to be thankful. Individually, we have to determine if our glass is half full or half empty. That is a personal philosophy dictated by individual circumstances, personalities and choice. Mine has always been a choice of having the glass half-full and being appreciative of having a glass from which to drink in life.

Something to think about: Crossroads

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By Kristine Thomas

There is no question about the need for the services provided by St. Joseph Shelter, Mission Benedict and Casa Adele in Mount Angel. The question is, who is in the best position to lead, manage and support them?

Founded by the Benedictine Sisters of the Queen of Angels Monastery to serve poor and vulnerable families, St. Joseph Shelter is the only emergency homeless shelter serving families in Marion County; Mission Benedict is a food, clothing and emergency assistance bank; and Casa Adele provides housing for families who are homeless, low-income and working in agricultural industries.

Something to think about: Changes in Ministries

November 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Something to think about: Changes in Ministries

By Kristine Thomas

Throughout their 134 year history, the Benedictine Sisters of the Queen of Angels Monastery have provided leadership and service to Mt. Angel and neighboring communities.

Since their founding on Oct. 30, 1882 in Mt. Angel, the Sisters have led many different ministries in healthcare, education, human services and spiritual growth.

And as times have changed, the Sisters have discontinued some of their work such as the Mount Angel College and have asked others to continue their work such as with the Providence Benedictine Nursing Home.

Just another challenge: Alisha Etzel takes on triathlons

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Silverton resident Alisha Etzel will run, bike and swim in preparation to compete in the 2017 Olympic length triathlon in Omaha, Neb. next August.By Kristine Thomas

Silverton resident Alisha Etzel hates running, describing it as boring. She has logged more miles on a stationary bike than a road bike. Fortunately, she said, she actually likes to swim.

Take all that into consideration and she’s wondering how she’s managed to do so well competing in sprint and Olympic triathlons in the last two years.

“I was surprised how well I did considering I have never specifically trained for a triathlon,” she said, laughing.

Getting Saucy: Local chef wins awards for BBQ Sauce

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Tyna Mays-Schey with one of her Saucy Minx sauces.

Tyna Mays-Schey with one of her Saucy Minx sauces.

By Melissa Wagoner

Chef Tyna Mays-Schey’s mother always told her not to play with her food.

“Well, I showed her,” Mays-Schey laughed.

Mays-Schey is the owner of Saucy Minx BBQ Sauces and Rubs, currently based out of her home in Silverton.

“My grandmother Ruth started teaching me to cook when I could reach the knobs on the back of the stove,” Mays-Schey said. “I was about five.”

Mays-Schey’s grandmother sparked a love of cooking that inspired her to attend the Western Culinary Institute in Portland with the hopes of becoming a pastry chef.

Brush Creek Players: Celebrating 40 years of live, local theater

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Cofounder Shannon Copeland, President Norman Gouveia and Co-Volunteer of the Year Frank Bartruff on stage at the Playhouse.

Cofounder Shannon Copeland, President Norman Gouveia and Co-Volunteer of the Year Frank Bartruff on stage at the Playhouse.

By Nancy Jennings

Some things are hidden in plain sight.

Silverton’s Brush Creek Playhouse is anything but hidden – or plain. The bright red 1895 schoolhouse and grange hall grabs your eye as you drive past the intersection of Silverton Road and Brush Creek Drive.

Originally painted white, the bright color change was sparked by the desire to “get back to the original look of the little red schoolhouse,” Co-founder Shannon Copeland said.

The Ol’ Curmudgeon: Vote. If you don’t, who will?

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The Old CurmudgeonWell, the time is almost here and we are about to vote for a new president. He or she will decide the direction our country will take. Certainly a big decision. Not a job for the inexperienced.

In the last election, we were asked to vote for a man who was smart enough to know the loopholes in our tax laws and used them to build on a fortune. As I recall, he did his banking overseas to keep more of what he earned. While this may have been fine for him, it did nothing to help pay the cost of running our country. That fell on the backs of the common people.

Bird is the word: You can have your palaces, finding my focus

November 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Your Health | Comments Off on Bird is the word: You can have your palaces, finding my focus

Kali-MartinThere have been times in my life when I’ve felt utterly and entirely content. Like no matter how much or how little I had, it was enough.

I woke up every morning with a word of gratitude on my lips. I went to bed every night thanking my lucky stars for another day on earth. Able to see my life clearly, almost as if from another’s perspective, feeling in each moment how beautiful and meaningful it was.

This is not how I’ve felt lately.

Lately, I’ve felt utterly and entirely restless. Like I need a change of scenery. To shake things up. To take on something new.