Natural beauty: 19-year-old entrepreneur thriving

December 2018 Posted in Business, Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Natural beauty: 19-year-old entrepreneur thriving

[caption id="attachment_8840" align="alignright" width="207"] Antonina Kuznetsov with her dog Ava-Jade. Submitted Photo[/caption] By Nancy Jennings In 2014, Antonina Kuznetsov was a 15-year-old living in the small city of Fosston, Minnesota, on a mission – to become an entrepreneur. After taking the necessary ...

Bag ban: Silverton Council prepares to take action

December 2018 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Bag ban: Silverton Council prepares to take action

By Paula Mabry After two years of discussion before the Silverton Environmental Management Committee and City Council, banning single-use plastic bags returns to the council agenda Dec. 3. This time as an action item. The goal, according to councilors, is to ...

Shop Hop-ing: $1,000+ in prizes

November 2018 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Shop Hop-ing: $1,000+ in prizes

Grab your passport inside this edition of Our Town and get ready to Shop Hop for a chance to win more than $1,000 in gift certificates. The Silverton and Mt. Angel chambers of commerce are banding together, expanding this year’s ...

Million lights: Garden to shine

November 2018 Posted in Business, Community, Garden | Comments Off on Million lights: Garden to shine

A dazzling display of one million lights will illuminate the seventh annual Christmas in the Garden at The Oregon Garden. This year features an added 250,000 lights in the Rediscovery Forest, an expanded ice skating rink, a holiday concert by ...

Building legacy: Historic White Corner Store becomes Mt. Angel Mercantile

September 2018 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Building legacy: Historic White Corner Store becomes Mt. Angel Mercantile

By Nancy Jennings A first-of-its-kind overnight inn in Mount Angel is in the works and due for completion in May 2019. But in the meantime, the former “White Corner Store,” which had been vacant for two-and-a-half years, has been transformed into Mt. ...

Iconic: Benedictine Brewery opens for Oktoberfest

September 2018 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Iconic: Benedictine Brewery opens for Oktoberfest

[caption id="attachment_8674" align="alignleft" width="300"] The monks of Mount Angel Abbey will welcome patrons at Benedictine Brewery’s St. Michael Taproom Sept. 22 – 23 after a soft opening during Oktoberfest. Jim Kinghorn[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand The brewery’s brewing, the taproom ready and the ...

Demystifying: Wineries focus on wine grape growing education

September 2018 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Demystifying: Wineries focus on wine grape growing education

To many, making wine is a mysterious and romantic endeavor. And for your typical wine consumer, it’s hard to get answers to winemaking questions: How do they decide when to pick the grapes? Do they have a recipe? Why use a cork instead ...

Nut tsunami: Hazelnut growers open new, state-of-the-art processing facility

September 2018 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Nut tsunami: Hazelnut growers open new, state-of-the-art processing facility

[caption id="attachment_8639" align="alignleft" width="300"] In an Aug. 15 ceremony, Hazelnut Growers of Oregon CEO Tim Ramsey, Customer Care Manager Debbie Hitchcock, Mark Nonnenmacher from Northwest Farm Credit Services, Operations Manager Jason Costa, Grower Relations Manager Tim Aman, VP Sales & ...

Silvertowne windfall: Senior units get $9.5 million for repairs, subsidies

September 2018 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Silvertowne windfall: Senior units get $9.5 million for repairs, subsidies

[caption id="attachment_8642" align="alignright" width="300"] The Silvertowne apartment complex on Mill Street in Silverton will be remodeled using some of the $9.5 million in funds granted by the state of Oregon. James Day[/caption] By James Day The Silvertowne housing complex has received $9.5 ...

On board: Silverton Skatepark supports low-cost hobby, creativity, community

September 2018 Posted in Business, Community, People, Sports | Comments Off on On board: Silverton Skatepark supports low-cost hobby, creativity, community

By Melissa Wagoner Jason Franz took up skateboarding when he was only four years old in an attempt to make friends with the older kids on his block. Now – 39 years later – the 43-year-old still skateboards several times a ...

Kick like a mule: Fermentation scientist makes popular summer cocktail

August 2018 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Kick like a mule: Fermentation scientist makes popular summer cocktail

By Melissa Wagoner When 503 Distilling began producing their first canned cocktail – the Wicked Mule – they didn’t know what to expect. “The response has been really, really good,” 41-year-old Silvertonian Andy Diacetis said. “We’re selling 150 cases a month. We’re ...

Making connections: Chicks lend personal, professional support

May 2018 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Making connections: Chicks lend personal, professional support

By Nancy Jennings Connection. Action. Accountability. Love. Fun. Friendship. Service. Support. These words are the bywords of Silverton’s “Garden Chicks,” a group of women who meet weekly in downtown Silverton, “Oregon’s Garden City”. Some come to make friends, while others give ...

Empowerment: Women’s wellness event planned for June

May 2018 Posted in Business, Community, People | Comments Off on Empowerment: Women’s wellness event planned for June

By Melissa Wagoner Lindsay Kinman is continually amazed by the variety of alternative health care options thriving around her. “Silverton is a very unique place and has a unique opportunity to be in health reformation,” Kinman, a Professional Certified Midwife practicing in ...

Master jugglers: Family owns two downtown Silverton business favorites

January 2018 Posted in Business, Community, People | Comments Off on Master jugglers: Family owns two downtown Silverton business favorites

[caption id="attachment_8168" align="alignleft" width="300"] Kim Knox and her daughter, Audrie. Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings February is looking to be a busy month for Kim Knox The owner of Whimsy Etc. since November 2017, the former instructional assistant in Special Education for the ...

Beyond brick and mortar: Online sales can be key to keeping small town businesses viable

December 2017 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Beyond brick and mortar: Online sales can be key to keeping small town businesses viable

By Melissa Wagoner Many small businesses rely both on brick and mortar storefronts and online marketing to stay viable. Klecker Knives in Silverton is no exception. “Small businesses in a small town have to diversify to make their sales,” Amanda DeDona, chief ...

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 ...

Sweet Tea Restorations: Creativity flows freely in family business

October 2017 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Business | Comments Off on Sweet Tea Restorations: Creativity flows freely in family business

By Nancy Jennings Nikki and Caytlan McIntire make in-law relationships look easy. The mother-in-law / daughter-in-law duo started “Sweet Tea Restorations,” their home-based business in 2016. Nikki, 48, first met Caytlan, 24, working in the attendance office at Silverton High School. Caytlan ...

Focusing on moms’ needs: Fitness instructor, online nutrition coach customizes programs

October 2017 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink, Your Health | Comments Off on Focusing on moms’ needs: Fitness instructor, online nutrition coach customizes programs

By Melissa Wagoner “If there was the perfect way to eat there would be one book,” nutrition and exercise coach Rita Horter said. Instead there is an entire industry devoted to the subject which, she admits, can be confusing to those looking ...

Smile wide: Pediatric dentist focuses on giving patients a good start

April 2017 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Smile wide: Pediatric dentist focuses on giving patients a good start

By Melissa Wagoner Tim Richardson didn’t set out to be a dentist. “I thought mouths were disgusting,” he laughed. All of that changed when, as an undergraduate at Brigham Young University, he took a friend’s advice and shadowed a dentist.“Seeing it from a ...

Brush Creek Players: Celebrating 40 years of live, local theater

November 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Business, Community | Comments Off on Brush Creek Players: Celebrating 40 years of live, local theater

[caption id="attachment_7418" align="alignleft" width="300"] Cofounder Shannon Copeland, President Norman Gouveia and Co-Volunteer of the Year Frank Bartruff on stage at the Playhouse.[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Some things are hidden in plain sight. Silverton’s Brush Creek Playhouse is anything but hidden – or plain. ...

Home away from home: Airbnbs are popping up locally

August 2016 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Home away from home: Airbnbs are popping up locally

[caption id="attachment_7188" align="alignright" width="220"] Silverton resident Ken Mulder recently opened his house as an Airbnb.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Silverton resident Ken Mulder was facing a long summer in a big empty house when he decided to check into the online vacation rental ...

Aligned: Silverton Health, Legacy joined forces on June 1

June 2016 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Aligned: Silverton Health, Legacy joined forces on June 1

[caption id="attachment_7073" align="alignright" width="242"] Legacy’s Chief Operating Officer Mike Newcomb, D.O.. and Legacy Silverton Medical Center President Sarah Fronza met with Legacy Silverton Medical Center employees on June 1.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas  It’s one example of how the alignment between Silverton Health ...

NAPA: Go-to guy retires

April 2016 Posted in Business, People | Comments Off on NAPA: Go-to guy retires

[caption id="attachment_6907" align="alignright" width="294"] Carroll Ashenfelter and Eric Stroup celebrate Carroll’s retirement from NAPA after 49 years.[/caption] By Dixon Bledsoe How many people are around who have been with the same company for 49 years? How many companies keep people for ...

Wilco: Mount Angel Business of the Year

February 2016 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Wilco: Mount Angel Business of the Year

[caption id="attachment_6719" align="alignright" width="300"] Wilco won Business of the Year in Mount Angel.[/caption] By Dixon Bledsoe What a run for Wilco. For the fourth consecutive year, the Mount Angel-headquartered business was voted a Top Workplace in Oregon and southwest Washington. The farm and community ...

Business of the Year: The Oregon Garden, Resort, Foundation lauded

February 2016 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Business of the Year: The Oregon Garden, Resort, Foundation lauded

Oregon Garden’s Gift The Oregon Garden and Resort are celebrating the Business of the Year Award and thanking Silverton residents for their support by offering discounts during February. Silverton residents will receive 50 percent off admission to the Garden and 25 percent off food and beverages in ...