Looking to rebuild – Community regroups after destructive downtown fire

October 2021 Posted in Business, Community, News, Other, Photo Gallery | Comments Off on Looking to rebuild – Community regroups after destructive downtown fire

By James Day Mount Angel is in recovery mode this week as the community reels from a devastating weekend fire that destroyed historic structures and four businesses. The fire, which was called in just before 1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, wiped out ...

Witnessing an act of bravery

October 2021 Posted in Community, Other, People | Comments Off on Witnessing an act of bravery

We all have a different image of what it means to be a hero. For some, it is a flying, caped super-human; for others, an inspiring ancestor whose legacy has shaped the lives of their family. In recent months, our ...

Unintended consequences – Vaccine mandate ends some careers

October 2021 Posted in Community, Other, Your Health | Comments Off on Unintended consequences – Vaccine mandate ends some careers

By Melissa Wagoner When Robin Hyslop left her shoes on the sidewalk in front of Legacy Silverton on Sept. 30, she left behind a lot more than a pair of worn-out sneakers – she left behind a 33-year career as a ...

A Slice of the Pie: Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters or a plumber?

October 2021 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Other, People | Comments Off on A Slice of the Pie: Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters or a plumber?

I recently learned something rather astounding – if you ask for ghost stories, prepare for an onslaught. Houses, storefronts, restaurants, nursing homes – and apparently nearly every school in area – all come with a ghost story or two attached. ...

Water dilemmas – Mitigating Oregon’s continuing drought

October 2021 Posted in Community, Other | Comments Off on Water dilemmas – Mitigating Oregon’s continuing drought

By Melissa Wagoner It can be difficult to remember, as the fall rains roll into the Willamette Valley, that the area is still experiencing a severe and widespread drought. “This is the second year of an extensive drought so it’s double bad,” ...

Development appeal – Council to consider subdivision on Eureka Avenue

October 2021 Posted in Community, News, Other | Comments Off on Development appeal – Council to consider subdivision on Eureka Avenue

By James Day The Silverton City Council will hold a public hearing on an appeal of a proposal for a 22-lot subdivision on Eureka Avenue near the Oregon Garden. The city Planning Commission denied the proposal at its July 13 meeting, but ...

New chapter – Sheltering Silverton regroups following founder’s accident

September 2021 Posted in Community, News, Other, People | Comments Off on New chapter – Sheltering Silverton regroups following founder’s accident

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10467" align="alignright" width="300"] Rob and Trish Ambrose, along with newly hired, Hannah Paysinger, make up Sheltering Silverton's new case management team[/caption] When Sarah White created, and later became the director of, Sheltering Silverton – a resource center advocating ...

What ‘purly’ teeth – Knitters Raised by Wolves give back to community

September 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Other | Comments Off on What ‘purly’ teeth – Knitters Raised by Wolves give back to community

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10464" align="alignright" width="300"] Knitters Raised by Wolves[/caption] When Celia Stapleton named her knitting group Knitters Raised by Wolves, she had one thing in mind.  “The point is, children that were raised by wolves are feral – and we’re not ...

Giving thanks: Oregon Ag Prayer Breakfast takes root

September 2021 Posted in Community, Other, Outdoor Life | Comments Off on Giving thanks: Oregon Ag Prayer Breakfast takes root

By Melissa Wagoner  Say the word, “thanksgiving” and many images come to mind – turkey, football and pumpkin pie among them. But look the word up in the dictionary and you’ll find less about food, sports or history and more about ...

Datebook: September 2021

August 2021 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink, Other, Outdoor Life | Comments Off on Datebook: September 2021

Datebook Submission Information Get your events and fundraisers published in Our Town. Send your releases to datebook@mtangelpub.com. Or drop them off at 401 Oak St., Silverton. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Frequent Addresses Mount Angel Public Library, 290 Charles St., 503-845-6401 Silver Creek Fellowship Church, 822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton Silverton Senior ...

Dialing in: Silverton’s Wind Phone provides place to release grief, trauma

August 2021 Posted in Community, Other, People | Comments Off on Dialing in: Silverton’s Wind Phone provides place to release grief, trauma

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10400" align="alignright" width="225"] Mike Ashland with the current incarnation of the Wind Phone booth[/caption] Mike Ashland has witnessed a lot of grief during his career as a pastor and the founder of the Church of the Moment, a ...

Water woes – Silverton restricts residential use, adds enforcement

August 2021 Posted in Community, Garden, Other, Outdoor Life | Comments Off on Water woes – Silverton restricts residential use, adds enforcement

By James Day The City of Silverton has responded to this year’s drought by advancing its restrictions on residential water use, a decision that has inflamed social media and led the mayor to take to Facebook to respond to the criticism. The ...

Recreating repose – Storm-damaged trees removed at Providence

August 2021 Posted in News, Other | Comments Off on Recreating repose – Storm-damaged trees removed at Providence

By Brenna Wiegand The feeling of serenity on the campus of Providence Mt. Angel Skilled Nursing Center is – was – owed largely to the stands of mature oaks and other trees that seem to stretch out their arms to shelter ...

Silverton Flywheels: Auto club fundraises for scholarship

July 2021 Posted in Community, Other, People | Comments Off on Silverton Flywheels: Auto club fundraises for scholarship

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10259" align="alignright" width="288"] Silverton Flywheels 2018[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10258" align="alignright" width="300"] Silverton Flywheels 1962[/caption] From the outside the Silverton Flywheels might appear to be just your average car club, with muscle cars and hot rods shined up and displayed in ...

A Grin at the End: What you leave out … but don’t take out the soul

July 2021 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Other | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: What you leave out … but don’t take out the soul

The key to good writing is what you leave out. Too often, writing makes its way into the public circus without the benefit of editing, and it’s painful. The basic points may be there but they are crowded by half-baked thoughts ...

City of Silverton: Insights from City Manager’s first 90 days

July 2021 Posted in Community, Other | Comments Off on City of Silverton: Insights from City Manager’s first 90 days

By Ron Chandler, City Manager It’s been two months since I began working in Silverton and it’s been great. I’ve met many residents and business owners in town who have all been very welcoming. I’ve enjoyed getting to know our City ...

City of Silverton: City staff prepares budget for 2021-22 fiscal cycle

July 2021 Posted in Community, Other | Comments Off on City of Silverton: City staff prepares budget for 2021-22 fiscal cycle

The budget process began in January 2021 with staff developing revenue estimates and cost projections to maintain current services at the existing level and to fund other projects based on Council Goals, Capital Improvement Plans and citizen requests. Revenue projections are ...

Houses to build: Habitat for Humanity sets goal of 18 houses in three years

June 2021 Posted in Business, Community, News, Other, People | Comments Off on Houses to build: Habitat for Humanity sets goal of 18 houses in three years

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10186" align="alignright" width="200"] The crew worked on the house wrap, windows and doors at the Silverton construction site on April, 7, 2021.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10185" align="alignright" width="300"] Trusses are delivered to the Silverton construction site on March 16, 2021.[/caption] In ...

Summer kick off: Mount Angel hosts two-day Independence celebration

June 2021 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Music, Other | Comments Off on Summer kick off: Mount Angel hosts two-day Independence celebration

By Melissa Wagoner When the Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce realized this year Independence Day fell on a Sunday, they saw it as a chance to shake up the usual traditions.  “[I]t seemed like a great opportunity to add an additional event ...

Break the cycle: Too much pandemic screen time raises issues

June 2021 Posted in Community, Other, School, Your Health | Comments Off on Break the cycle: Too much pandemic screen time raises issues

By Melissa Wagoner Too much time spent interacting with screens was a problem long before the pandemic, so much so that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued specific guidelines about the quantity of time children should spend in front of a ...

Datebook: July 2021

June 2021 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Music, Other, Outdoor Life | Comments Off on Datebook: July 2021

Datebook Submission Information Get your events and fundraisers published in Our Town. If your ongoing event was cancelled because of COVID-19 and is starting up again, please send a new listing. If you are meeting by Zoom or virtually, send those, ...

Letters to the Editor: Praise for McClaine Street project

June 2021 Posted in Community, Other | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: Praise for McClaine Street project

Now that Silvertonians have had (time) to experience driving on a street without cracked pavement and potholes we should take time to appreciate all the hours and hard work by city staff, councilors and contractors to give the town the ...

Letters to the Editor: Thank you, supporters

June 2021 Posted in Other, People | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: Thank you, supporters

Dear Editor, Please allow me to take a minute and thank all 1,542 voters who supported me to serve as a board member of the Silverton Fire District. My hope was that my combined experience in managing taxpayer money and serving as a ...

Eco-bin-go: Sustainable Silverton makes switching to Earth-saving habits fun

May 2021 Posted in Community, Other | Comments Off on Eco-bin-go: Sustainable Silverton makes switching to Earth-saving habits fun

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_9948" align="alignright" width="220"] Sustainable Silverton members-Mike Ashland and Karen Garst-dressed-up-for-the-batteries-and-bones-recycling-and-composting-initiative[/caption] Making the changes needed to live a more sustainable life can feel overwhelming, which is why the members of the group Sustainable Silverton have come up with an ...

Letters to the Editor: There’s more to the tree story

May 2021 Posted in Community, Other | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: There’s more to the tree story

I must say that I was more than a little dismayed when I read the article in the May 1 edition of Our Town entitled, “Storm damaged trees can remain a hazard.” The story, along with the accompanying photograph of the ...