Downsizing: Living big in small spaces

November 2018 Posted in Community, Other, People | Comments Off on Downsizing: Living big in small spaces

[caption id="attachment_8737" align="alignleft" width="300"] Becky Gilliam-Madge and Sam Madge in front of their small home in Silverton.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Tamara Swanson likes to say she lives big – just in a small space.“It’s very elegant and it doesn’t seem small at ...

Goin’ nuts together: Mount Angel, Silverton partner on festival, shop hop

November 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Other, People | Comments Off on Goin’ nuts together: Mount Angel, Silverton partner on festival, shop hop

By Melissa Wagoner After seven years, Mount Angel’s annual Hazelnut Festival was hanging in limbo due to the recent passing of its co-founder Maureen Ernst. “There was some talk about, ‘I don’t know if this is going to happen this year,’” ...

Horses as healers: Day of the Wise Woman – Wisdom of the Horse

September 2018 Posted in Community, News, Other, People | Comments Off on Horses as healers: Day of the Wise Woman – Wisdom of the Horse

[caption id="attachment_8641" align="alignleft" width="212"] Equus coach Chris Burnett with “Blue.” Val Lemings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Chris Burnett wants you to find yourself in the heart of a horse. Her one-day event – “Day of the Wise Woman/Wisdom of the Horse” takes place ...

Kory Pranger – Lauren Otton Marriage Announcement

August 2018 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Kory Pranger – Lauren Otton Marriage Announcement

Kory Pranger - Lauren Otton Kory John Pranger and Lauren Lee Otton were married on June 30, 2018 in Canby. Reverend Frank Prantl officiated. The groom is the son of Richard and Lynn Pranger of Gervais, Oregon. The bride is the daughter of ...

Verna’s mission: 100 years filled with good cooking, service

July 2018 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Verna’s mission: 100 years filled with good cooking, service

[caption id="attachment_8529" align="alignright" width="230"] Verna Scharbach, centenarian. Melissa Wagoner[/caption]   By Melissa Wagoner Verna Scharbach celebrated her 100th trip around the sun on Friday, June 22 surrounded by an estimated 75 family and friends. The gathering was held at Mission Benedict and was ...

Passion for nutrition: Experience leads to dietary health focus

June 2018 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Passion for nutrition: Experience leads to dietary health focus

[caption id="attachment_8469" align="alignleft" width="247"] Gabbi Smith, Nutritional Therapy Practicioner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner In high school Gabbi Smith was continually sick. On her blog (gabbintp.com) she describes sleeping with a bucket beside her bed as a precaution for the crippling nausea that plagued ...

New Habitat for Humanity home dedicated

May 2018 Posted in Other, People | Comments Off on New Habitat for Humanity home dedicated

On May 16, Silverton grew by a family of two: Kim Betker and her 11-year-old son received the keys to a new home built over the past year by Habitat for Humanity. Kim herself put 500 hours of labor into ...

Contract talks: Silverton Legacy, nurses’ union negotiating

May 2018 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Contract talks: Silverton Legacy, nurses’ union negotiating

By Peggy Savage Local nurses on the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) bargaining team at Silverton Medical Center and administrators with Legacy Health have made significant progress towards reaching a new contract agreement for the hospital nurses during collaborative contract negotiation meetings ...

Natural remedies: Seasonal allergies may require a year-long plan

May 2018 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Natural remedies: Seasonal allergies may require a year-long plan

By Melissa Wagoner There is more to treating seasonal allergies than simply popping a pill after the onslaught of symptoms has already begun, according to the three acupuncturists and experts in Eastern Asian medicine at White Oak Wellness in Silverton. “In Chinese ...

Shine on: Rest in peace Rick, Linda… and welcome home to the Borbons

May 2018 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Shine on: Rest in peace Rick, Linda… and welcome home to the Borbons

Many years ago, a young man was singing the Bee Gees hit, To Love Somebody to his classmates at the old Silverton High School. The crooner, not used to large audiences outside of the cat listening outside his shower, forgot ...

Stay-at-home dads: Joys of raising children aren’t just for moms

May 2018 Posted in Community, Other | Comments Off on Stay-at-home dads: Joys of raising children aren’t just for moms

By Melissa Wagoner Househusband, stay-at-home dad, work-from-home father – all of these terms describe a trend in parenting showing up wherever young children are found. Fathers are strapping on baby carriers and diaper bags and getting down to the daily business of ...

End of the line: Council votes to demolish Eugene Field School

April 2018 Posted in Community, Other | Comments Off on End of the line: Council votes to demolish Eugene Field School

[caption id="attachment_8285" align="alignright" width="300"] The Dollar General store on North Second Street is likely to open by early summer. James Day[/caption] By Paula Mabry and James Day The Silverton City Council has directed staff to proceed with plans for the demolition of ...

Home-grown power: Sustainable energy comes to Silverton

April 2018 Posted in Community, Other | Comments Off on Home-grown power: Sustainable energy comes to Silverton

By Melissa Wagoner In the early part of 2018 a 12-acre solar farm began sending enough energy into the Portland General Electric grid to power 350 homes. This farm, on the west end of Pine Street in Silverton, is a movement ...

Package deal: Stephen and Connie Miller receive Distinguished Service Award

March 2018 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Package deal: Stephen and Connie Miller receive Distinguished Service Award

[caption id="attachment_8219" align="alignleft" width="225"] Connie and Stephen Miller. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Stephen Miller is quick to make it known that he and Connie, his wife of over 51 years, come as a package – but really that’s obvious. They finish ...

Community recipe: Glockenspiel Restaurant named 2017 Business of the Year

March 2018 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Community recipe: Glockenspiel Restaurant named 2017 Business of the Year

[caption id="attachment_8223" align="alignright" width="300"] Kelsi Weeks, manager of the Glockenspiel Restaurant. Brenna Wiegand[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Glockenspiel Restaurant has been named 2017 Business of the Year by the Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce. The restaurant is owned by Mary and Mike Grant, Henri ...

Building an industry: John’s Waterproofing embraces growth, legacy

March 2018 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Building an industry: John’s Waterproofing embraces growth, legacy

By Peggy Savage Back in 1974, John Lombardi and his wife Mavis pioneered the home waterproofing industry in the Pacific Northwest armed with a bucket, a brush, a chisel and a product called Xypex.  “Our first job was a leaking basement in ...

Citizen action: How-to class presented at library

March 2018 Posted in Community, News, Other | Comments Off on Citizen action: How-to class presented at library

By Melissa Wagoner “The beginning of all knowledge is the ability to think critically,” Donna Cohen, creator and facilitator of adult civics workshops said. “Evaluating whether information is accurate and complete enough to make a decision is the basis for all ...

Walkout: Silverton students plan participation in national anti-gun violence event

February 2018 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Walkout: Silverton students plan participation in national anti-gun violence event

By Peggy Savage In the wake of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school, a group of Silverton High School students are organizing a walkout to protest gun violence in schools and the lack of change ...

Mentoring youth: Sue Roessler receives Distinguished Service Award

January 2018 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Mentoring youth: Sue Roessler receives Distinguished Service Award

[caption id="attachment_8147" align="alignright" width="204"] 2017 Distinguished Service Award recipient Sue Roessler.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Thirty three years ago Sue Roessler wasn’t too sure about moving from her hometown of Salem to tiny Silverton, but her husband Craig, who was principal of Silverton ...

A bloomin’ gift: County offers plan to forgive Oregon Garden debt

January 2018 Posted in Other | Comments Off on A bloomin’ gift: County offers plan to forgive Oregon Garden debt

By Paula Mabry The Oregon Garden Foundation and the City of Silverton have been offered a fiscal bouquet of debt forgiveness by Marion County. Think of it as a retroactive $6.1 million tourism grant out of  Oregon Lottery funds. The proposal, if ...

Compassion: From the backseat

December 2017 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Compassion: From the backseat

During a shopping trip to Salem, my seven-year-old was sitting in the backseat and made a discovery. At seven, most kids are really developing their reading and writing skills and as a side effect, becoming more aware of signs. She ...

Holly days: Busy, busy time for couple juggling three businesses

December 2017 Posted in Business, Community, Garden, Other | Comments Off on Holly days: Busy, busy time for couple juggling three businesses

By Nancy Jennings If you are picking up your mail or shipping a package at Silverton’s Postal Connections, there’s a good chance you will be greeted by Don Harteloo. Ask how he is doing on any given day and he will ...

Life with purpose: Mom writes book about raising special needs daughter

October 2017 Posted in Community, Other, People | Comments Off on Life with purpose: Mom writes book about raising special needs daughter

By Kristine Thomas Silverton resident Lindsey Atwell refers to her mother’s book about her life as “the good, the bad and the ugly.” “The ugly is my ex-boyfriends, the bad is what happened with my marriage and my ex-boyfriends,” Lindsey said, “and ...

Opportunity: Transition program seeks volunteers

October 2017 Posted in Community, Other, School | Comments Off on Opportunity: Transition program seeks volunteers

By Melissa Wagoner Michiel Nankman knows what it’s like to struggle in social situations. Originally from the Netherlands, the shift to life in the United States has often felt overwhelming. “When I came to the US I was like, ‘I don’t know ...

Mr. SHS: Fox fundraisers under way

April 2017 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Mr. SHS: Fox fundraisers under way

By Sheldon Traver When Dakota Parmley looked up at a replica of a 25-foot tsunami wave at Medical Teams International headquarters on March 1, he was awed at its size and capacity for destruction. When he learned the 2011 earthquake near Japan ...