Inspiration: Hopes for 2016

January 2016 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Inspiration: Hopes for 2016

Words have a way of empowering and providing guidance. Our Town contacted local religious leaders asking them what words of inspiration, guidance or hope would they share as we begin 2016. Hope  “Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? ...

The Old Curmudgeon: Thank you all – Sharing best wishes for 2016

January 2016 Posted in Other | Comments Off on The Old Curmudgeon: Thank you all – Sharing best wishes for 2016

By Vern Holmquist Wow! As I am writing this, I realize 2016 is almost here and I am still sitting at this infernal machine trying to make sense of what is going on in our world. Our world has gone a little crazy. While ...

Peace of mind: Family emergency plan, safety items, can be gifts

December 2015 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Peace of mind: Family emergency plan, safety items, can be gifts

By Kristine Thomas With families gathering for the holidays, now is a good time to talk about a family emergency plan. And maybe create emergency care gift packages. Silverton Health Safety and Environment of Care Officer Justin Huff said he and his ...

People Out Loud: Politics, people and one grand party

September 2015 Posted in Other | Comments Off on People Out Loud: Politics, people and one grand party

By Dixon Bledsoe As much as it pains me to say this out loud, it isn’t hard to understand the allure of Donald Trump to some people desperate for leadership and real change. He offends me in most ways possible, but I ...

China Diary, Part Two: Incredible hospitality

September 2015 Posted in Other | Comments Off on China Diary, Part Two: Incredible hospitality

[caption id="attachment_6232" align="alignright" width="200"] Steve Ritchie on the Great Wall of China.[/caption] By Steve Ritchie On my fourth day in Beijing, I got a call quite early in the morning. Still jet-lagged, I reached for the phone and answered groggily. “Hello.” “Good morning Mr. ...

The China Diary: Step One – Getting a visa

August 2015 Posted in Other, Sports | Comments Off on The China Diary: Step One – Getting a visa

[caption id="attachment_6188" align="alignright" width="300"] When covering the Moscow Worlds in theLuhzniki Stadium, site of 1980 Olympics, Steve Ritchie met Xin Li, a journalist from Beijing. “We were seated next to each other throughout the meet and became friends. She will ...

Racemaker: Mount Angel’s Matt Bauman

August 2015 Posted in Other, Sports | Comments Off on Racemaker: Mount Angel’s Matt Bauman

[caption id="attachment_6128" align="alignright" width="300"] Matt Bauman organizes dozens of running events through his company, Race Northwest.[/caption] By Steve Ritchie When Chris Bischoff and the Oktoberfest board wanted to add a half marathon race to this year’s Oktoberfest activities,w they didn’t have to ...

Much ado about mulch: How to conserve water in your garden

July 2015 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Much ado about mulch: How to conserve water in your garden

[caption id="attachment_6053" align="alignright" width="246"] Brenna Wiegand and her father, Don Conway, prepare mulch for her garden.[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand What can transform the landscape and cut garden water usage by 30 to 50 percent? Mulch! Mulching is simply spreading a layer of something – ...

Bird is the Word: Happy to be wrong – The magic of the farm

June 2015 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Bird is the Word: Happy to be wrong – The magic of the farm

By Kali Ramey Martin If you would have told me five years ago that I’d be living in a little white farmhouse right smack dab in the middle of 120 acres of grass seed, I would have laughed in your face. Since ...

New twists: Former gymnast turns into diving star

May 2015 Posted in Other | Comments Off on New twists: Former gymnast turns into diving star

[caption id="attachment_5944" align="alignright" width="300"] Madison Cock will compete in diving for Unversity of Utah[/caption] By James Day Gymnastics’ loss proved to be diving’s gain in the case of Silverton’s Madison Cock. A former level 9 gymnast for the Athletic Edge in Salem who ...

Shiny gold buttons: And other priceless gifts from mom

May 2015 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Shiny gold buttons: And other priceless gifts from mom

By Kali Ramey Martin “Close your eyes,” my mom said from around the corner as I covered my face with my hands. “On the count of three…one...two...THREE!” It was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen. Long, emerald colored velvet with a ...

Young entrepreneurs: New generation of driven business owners

March 2015 Posted in Business, Other, People | Comments Off on Young entrepreneurs: New generation of driven business owners

By Brenna Wiegand They are some of Silverton’s youngest business owners – a group of hardworking, motivated young adults who chose to go after their dreams and make something of their own instead becoming 9-5 employees. Each business owner has an ...

Foxes take hoop title: Boys first in league, girls tied for first

March 2015 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Foxes take hoop title: Boys first in league, girls tied for first

By James Day The Silverton High boys basketball team has won the Mid-Willamette Conference championship. The Foxes took a hard-fought 57-54 overtime win Feb. 20 at Central High School to improve to 11-1 in league play, three games in front with just ...

Scotts Mills: Fleischman elected

December 2014 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Scotts Mills: Fleischman elected

[caption id="attachment_5373" align="alignright" width="206"] Joe Fleischman[/caption] 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; ...

Our Town: 10 years of living, working and playing

August 2014 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Our Town: 10 years of living, working and playing

“It’s a place, a good place, but it’s more than that. It’s a group of people. And it’s a feeling. A feeling about home, family, community. A feeling about commitment, shared lives, mutual endeavor. It’s working together to make something ...

Jack DeSantis: 30,000 Rosaries …and counting

April 2014 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Jack DeSantis: 30,000 Rosaries …and counting

[caption id="attachment_4598" align="alignright" width="163"] Jack DeSantis has made thousands of rosaries, many with little Hubble at his side. Photo by Brenna Wiegand[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Most people would agree - 30,000 rosaries is a lot of Hail Mary prayers. The Catholic rosaries Jack ...

A place for all: Young Life / Wyldlife open to students of many ages, abilities

April 2014 Posted in Other | Comments Off on A place for all: Young Life / Wyldlife open to students of many ages, abilities

[caption id="attachment_4506" align="alignright" width="300"] There were lots of smiles at a recent gathering of Wyldlife kids. Photo by Brenna Wiegand[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Rebecca Ortega, who heads Silverton’s Young Life and WyldLife programs, met her husband Kevin in college through Young Life. They ...

100 years of service: Silver Falls community celebrates its library

July 2013 Posted in Other | Comments Off on 100 years of service: Silver Falls community celebrates its library

Silver Falls Library 410 South Water St. 503-873-5173 Visit www.silverfalls.plinkit.org to see the libary’s events, hours and offerings. By Don Murtha From meager beginnings in 1913 in a private home in Silverton, the Silver Falls Library has grown to a 17,172 square-foot building housing 75,800 volumes and serving ...

A culinary passion: Joel Autry’s BBQ sauce

June 2013 Posted in Other | Comments Off on A culinary passion: Joel Autry’s BBQ sauce

[caption id="attachment_3643" align="alignright" width="206"] Joel Autry’s new business: ‘Where There’s Smoke BBQ Sauce.’[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand There was a time when Silverton resident Joel Autry could hardly boil water. He started hanging around kitchens “doing a lot of watching and listening.” His best ...

Lessons for life: Part-time jobs prepare students to multi-task

June 2013 Posted in Other, School | Comments Off on Lessons for life: Part-time jobs prepare students to multi-task

[caption id="attachment_3574" align="alignright" width="300"] JFK Valedictorians: Sadie Manley, Mackenzie Kloft and Liana Bryde.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas Besides taking demanding classes, participating in extracurricular activities and volunteering in the community, Kennedy High School seniors Sadie Manley, Liana Bryde and Mackenzie Kloft also have ...

Investing time in friendship: Women share why friends matter

March 2013 Posted in Other, People | Comments Off on Investing time in friendship: Women share why friends matter

[caption id="attachment_3163" align="alignright" width="300"] Twelve women meet once a month to play Bunko, have dinner and talk while their children play.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas Not unlike many women, Rosi Green, Shannon Rice, Paetra Orueta, Jill Rivoli, Kristin Newland and April Linn are ...

All-State honors: SHS Football Coach John Mannion coach of the year

January 2013 Posted in Other | Comments Off on All-State honors: SHS Football Coach John Mannion coach of the year

By James Day The best Silverton High School football season in a generation was noticed statewide. Class 5A coaches named three Foxes to the All-State team and Coach John Mannion was selected coach of the year. Mannion, in his third season, led the ...

Taking control: Planning is key to conquering debt

December 2012 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Taking control: Planning is key to conquering debt

Financial Peace University Silverton Seventh-Day Adventist Church 1159 Oak St.Thursdays, Jan. 3 to Feb. 28, 7 p.m. Class free; materials: $95 503-873-8568 or www.daveramsey.com By Kristine Thomas Les Jones has an assignment for every dollar he makes. “My wife and I have made a budget and we ...

Are you ready?: Get prepared for Mother Nature’s challenges

November 2012 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Are you ready?: Get prepared for Mother Nature’s challenges

By Brenna Wiegand Think about the last snow storm. Were you one of the people waiting in line at the grocery store to stock up on essentials just in case you couldn’t leave the house for a few days or rushing ...

Peace of mind: Get ready for ‘anything’ by preparing ahead of the need

November 2012 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Peace of mind: Get ready for ‘anything’ by preparing ahead of the need

By Brenna Wiegand Bare Bones Kit In the home Family Emergency Plan; one gallon of water per person, per day for three days; three-day supply of non-perishable food per person; filter mask or cotton T-shirt; manual can opener; plastic sheeting and duct tape; ...