Wash, dry, repeat: Couple volunteers at laundry program for homeless

April 2019 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Wash, dry, repeat: Couple volunteers at laundry program for homeless

By Nancy Jennings Sporting bright orange T-shirts with the words “WASH DAY” on them, Bob and Virginia Widing are easily identified at Silverton’s Laundry Depot. Since last May, the Molalla couple began showing up at the laundromat every other Tuesday afternoon ...

200,000 meals served Community dinner reaches milestone

March 2019 Posted in Other | Comments Off on 200,000 meals served Community dinner reaches milestone

By Nancy Jennings Feb. 20 was a special evening. Silverton’s First Christian Church served its 200,000th meal at their Wednesday Community Dinner. With the dining area decorated with seven white star-shaped balloons, the momentous occasion took place close to 5:30 p.m. ...

Avast! Youth perform at Brush Creek

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Brush Creek kicks off the 2019 season with this year’s children and youth performance. The Pirate Paradise: Legend of Libertalia opens its three-weekend run on Friday, Feb, 22, with evening performances at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and matinees at 2 ...

February Briefs

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Conservation district holds native plant sale The 17th annual Marion Soil and Water Conservation District Native Plant Sale and Scholarship Fundraiser will be held Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bauman’s Farm and Garden, 12989 Howell Prairie ...

‘Flavor of unity’: Poetry Festival features Kim Stafford, other free events

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[caption id="attachment_9001" align="alignright" width="300"] Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford is the featured poet at this year’s Silverton Poetry Festival, seen here at a recent, packed poetry event in Mount Angel. Submitted Photos[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand The Silverton Poetry Festival has grown in ...

Silverton wins bronze in ‘Bike Friendly’

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Silverton has earned the prestigious Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community award from The League of American Bicyclists, a national organization based in Washington D.C. Silverton joins 464 communities across the United States that are recognized for transforming the American landscape by embracing ...

Foxes in first: Both Silverton hoop squads riding high

January 2019 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Foxes in first: Both Silverton hoop squads riding high

The Silverton boys and girls basketball team have hit the halfway point in the league season with identical 7-1 records. The girls squad is ranked second in Class 5A and shares the Mid-Willamette Conference league lead with Lebanon. The Foxes’ boys ...

Clutch Bowling: Local tech innovator’s program sparks international interest

January 2019 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Clutch Bowling: Local tech innovator’s program sparks international interest

[caption id="attachment_8900" align="alignright" width="300"] Andrew Zwicker Brenna WiEgand[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Though he had a bowling scholarship, Andrew Zwicker pursued software engineering which led him right back to bowling. What he’s done since has changed his life and is putting a new ...

50-year span: Senior center broadens programs to serve wide-ranging interests

January 2019 Posted in Other | Comments Off on 50-year span: Senior center broadens programs to serve wide-ranging interests

By Melissa Wagoner “Our goal is to be the hub of all things senior and to be all things social,” Silverton Senior Center Executive Director Dodie Brockamp said. With nearly 1,000 visitors to the Center every year, she has a big ...

Miracle in the mist: A December Sunday at Lone Pine

December 2018 Posted in Community, Other, People | Comments Off on Miracle in the mist: A December Sunday at Lone Pine

by Robert McGowan There are many spots in the Silverton-Mount Angel area that have colloquial names. All probably have some historical significance. Some represent a community or area like Drakes Crossing or Bethany. Others are more localized like Rocky Four Corners. ...

Classical music: Expanded monthly series starts next month in Silverton

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[caption id="attachment_8842" align="alignright" width="225"] The Silverton United Methodist Church will host monthly concerts during First Friday starting in January. Submitted Photo[/caption] By James Day Classical music fans in Silverton will be getting a double treat of First Friday concerts next year. The series ...

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

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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

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[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 ...

Rethinking plastic: Specialists give advice on ways to cutback on use

July 2018 Posted in Other, People, Technology, Your Health | Comments Off on Rethinking plastic: Specialists give advice on ways to cutback on use

By Melissa Wagoner As an archeologist for the State of Oregon, Nancy Nelson has spent a lot of time studying what past generations have left behind, the layer of discarded objects – bones, pottery, leather and metal – that tell the ...

Passion for nutrition: Experience leads to dietary health focus

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[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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...