Holiday tradition: Nursery ships out thousands of poinsettia

November 2011 Posted in Business, Other | Comments Off on Holiday tradition: Nursery ships out thousands of poinsettia

By Don Murtha By the time Ken Fessler is finished with them, they are ready for a warm, sunny place. Fessler is the owner of Fessler Nursery, 12666 Monitor McKee Road, N.E., where he grows annuals and perennials for springtime gardens and ...

Seeking adventure: Shirley Boehmer proud to have been a WAC

November 2011 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Seeking adventure: Shirley Boehmer proud to have been a WAC

By Dixon Bledsoe As Veteran’s Day approaches, Shirley Boehmer, 81, ponders where the U.S. has been, where it is and where it is headed. To say she is a patriot would be an understatement. A Silverton resident since 1999, Boehmer, is a ...

Oz in Silverton: Musical opens Nov. 11

November 2011 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Oz in Silverton: Musical opens Nov. 11

Silverton High School students Hollyann Farris and Lindsay Elmore interviewed some of the more that 50 cast members for the SHS musical The Wizard of Oz. The Wizard of Oz Silverton High Theater 1456 Pine St. 7:30 Nov. 11; 7 p.m. Nov. 12, 17, ...

Still swinging: Arnold Koch plays golf on 100th birthday

November 2011 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Still swinging: Arnold Koch plays golf on 100th birthday

By Don Murtha Scotts Mills resident Arthur Koch played a round of golf with his sons Arthur, Jr., Arnold and Allen on his birthday, Oct. 17. That might not seem unusual, but it was Arthur’s 100th birthday. He was born in 1911. Arthur ...

The Forum: What’s good for Silverton?

September 2011 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Other | Comments Off on The Forum: What’s good for Silverton?

So here it comes! For as long as I have known a few of the unpleasant players in this civic horror story they have found ways to create doubt and distrust of anyone in public focus, calling almost everyone a crook ...

The Forum: Kick-off time for O’fest

September 2011 Posted in Other | Comments Off on The Forum: Kick-off time for O’fest

I know for some of you it has been a while since you have been to an Oktoberfest Kick-Off Party; you who are new to town may never have joined us. This is the year to come out and see ...

Call 211: The number to call for social services

August 2011 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Call 211: The number to call for social services

By Dixon BledsoeWhen there is an emergency, we know the number to call is “911.”When we are looking for a business or a long lost friend’s phone number, we call 411.What number do you call when you are looking for ...

People Out Loud: Deserving thank yous

August 2011 Posted in Other | Comments Off on People Out Loud: Deserving thank yous

By Dixon Bledsoe Too many people to thank, so little time. My column is about people who do good things in the community and deserve a thank you. The Homer Davenport Community Festival is over and there are a lot of people ...

Cheese, please: Special herd basis of new Portland Creamery

August 2011 Posted in Other | 2 Comments »

By Lindsey Evenson Driving along Wildcat Road, there is no hint that an internationally acclaimed goat breeder with more than 100 goats and a Grade A dairy lives just down the road. However, past the grove of tree, down a gravel driveway ...

Garden foibles: Paying attention to roots before planting makes a difference

August 2011 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Garden foibles: Paying attention to roots before planting makes a difference

By Brenna Wiegand They’re at our mercy. Plants, that is. After being nurtured from infancy in the richest of media and optimum conditions, the youthful plants land on a local garden center shelf, hopeful for a family of their own. Ideally, a ...

The Old Curmudgeon: Tilting at windmills…

July 2011 Posted in Other | Comments Off on The Old Curmudgeon: Tilting at windmills…

By Vern Holmquist Well, here we go again, another windmill to topple. As I recall, when our present Mount Angel mayor took office there was a solemn pledge made by both mayor and city council: transparency. Yup! We were to get ...

Search begins: Rick Lewis appointed interim Silverton city manager

July 2011 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Search begins: Rick Lewis appointed interim Silverton city manager

By Brenna Wiegand With the departure of City Manager Bryan Cosgrove, the clock began ticking for Silverton City Council, which has six months in which to fill the position. Cosgrove took over as manager of the City of Wilsonville June 20. “Bryan’s ...

Game plans: Three new businesses share their strategy for success

May 2011 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Business, Other | Comments Off on Game plans: Three new businesses share their strategy for success

By Dixon Bledsoe Take a stroll in downtown Silverton and you’ll discover once empty storefronts have transformed into businesses.  Our Town features three newcomers this issue, and three in the next. The Mercantile To make it as a business in a small town, ...

Manic May: You have to pace yourself to make it through

May 2011 Posted in Community, Other | Comments Off on Manic May: You have to pace yourself to make it through

By Don Murtha What do you like to do? Golf? Run? Hike? Drink tea? Listen to Jazz? Chances are there’s more than one special event to put on your schedule for May. Silverton Chamber Golf Tournament This year for the first time the ...

Shake, rattle and roll: Are we ready for ‘The Big One’?

April 2011 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Shake, rattle and roll: Are we ready for ‘The Big One’?

By Jo Garcia-Cobb Silverton resident Ruth Schneider was awakened to a “big roar.” Mount Angel resident Susan Craig thought a freight train was crashing through her bedroom. Both women have clear recollections of the earthquake on March 25, 1993. “My grandson and I popped ...

New home: Clinic expands

April 2011 Posted in Community, Other, Your Health | Comments Off on New home: Clinic expands

Mount Angel Family Medicine has moved into the specially renovated 5,000 square foot space at 250 W. Marquam St. and doctors and staff invite the public to join them in celebration April 14, 3 to 7 p.m. The building, which was ...

Indoor market: Entrepreneur opens venue for farmers, makers, collectors

March 2011 Posted in Business, Other | Comments Off on Indoor market: Entrepreneur opens venue for farmers, makers, collectors

By Brenna Wiegand Silverton Tuesday Market Tuesdays, 4:30-7:30 p.m. year round Silverton Grange Hall, 201 Division St. NE (Water and Division streets), Silverton Contact: www.silvertonmarket.com; 503-877-3526; manager@silvertonmarket.com On any given Tuesday afternoon, a unique collection of people begins arriving at the old Silverton Grange Hall. Back and forth, from ...

The No-buddy rule: Many new drivers skirt six-month license restrictions

January 2011 Posted in Other | Comments Off on The No-buddy rule: Many new drivers skirt six-month license restrictions

By Aurora Ellison To most 16-year-old kids, six months seems like forever. According to an Oregon law, young drivers in the first six months after receiving their license are prohibited from transporting passengers younger than 20 years old, except for immediate family ...

Gathering Spot: Family-friendly restaurant to feature local, seasonal food

December 2010 Posted in Business, Other | Comments Off on Gathering Spot: Family-friendly restaurant to feature local, seasonal food

By Rachel Bucci On a Friday afternoon in December, saws buzzed and hammers rung out at The Gathering Spot in downtown Silverton. A worker guided a saw across a stainless steel countertop in a haze of sparks, trimming the soon-to-be espresso bar. ...

People Out Loud: Let’s talk about… people

November 2010 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Other | Comments Off on People Out Loud: Let’s talk about… people

By Dixon Bledsoe It is with excitement People Out Loud takes its maiden voyage in the semi-calm post election waters. I may write about politics assuming people are attached but this column is about people - their successes, foibles, passages, laughter and ...

Curious characters: Scarecrows pop up in Pratum

November 2010 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Curious characters: Scarecrows pop up in Pratum

By Brenna Wiegand When autumn arrives in the peaceful hamlet of Pratum, a curious cast of characters shows up around town, to the surprise and amusement of residents and passersby. Where they came from was a mystery for a few years until ...

Man About Town: I have that sinking feeling – Have I forgotten something?

October 2010 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Man About Town: I have that sinking feeling – Have I forgotten something?

By Jim Kinghorn Did you know that Silverton has a police officer by the name of Reno Bravo… How cool a name is that? Sounds like a super hero or maybe the title of a John Wayne movie. The Man also ...

Live life, love life, work hard: Harold Kraemer’s legacy to his family and friends

October 2010 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Live life, love life, work hard: Harold Kraemer’s legacy to his family and friends

The Kraemer family has had many people share with them how their father and grandfather, Harold Kraemer, made a difference. “We are amazed at the impact he had on so many people,” Ken Kraemer said. “I love to think his family ...

The Old Curmudgeon: A history lesson I have lived…

October 2010 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Other | Comments Off on The Old Curmudgeon: A history lesson I have lived…

By Vern Holmquist Well, our big celebration is over and I for one took in every happy moment this old body could stand. Viva Oktoberfest! Now we have November just around the corner.  November brings elections for the state’s governor and legislature ...

Indulge: O’fest profits help others

September 2010 Posted in Food & Drink, Other | Comments Off on Indulge: O’fest profits help others

By Dixon Bledsoe When September rolls around, two things come to mind – football and Oktoberfest. Naturally, Oktoberfest makes us think of great music, arts and crafts booths and many events from bike races to the fun run (the ultimate oxymoron). The food ...