Pettit property: City council approves sale

January 2015 Posted in Business, News | Comments Off on Pettit property: City council approves sale

At its Jan. 5 meeting, the Silverton City Council agreed to sell 2.28 acres of the Pettit property to Moonstone Resort to be developed into a high end pub and restaurant. Moonstone has agreed to pay $300,000 in cash for the ...

Town treasure: Discovering local

December 2014 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Business, People | Comments Off on Town treasure: Discovering local

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_5369" align="alignright" width="187"] Shayla Davis of Shayla Lynn Jewelry and Gifts.[/caption] There’s something special about purchasing a gift from someone you know or someone who lives in the same town. There are many artists within our communities who ...

Pettit proposal: Moonstone, Garden Foundation, seek to retain public access

November 2014 Posted in Business, News | Comments Off on Pettit proposal: Moonstone, Garden Foundation, seek to retain public access

[caption id="attachment_5292" align="alignright" width="300"] Pettit Pond and the old Pettit house adjacent to the Oregon Garden in Silverton. Photo by Kristine Thomas.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas Christine Diacetis cannot believe it took her this long to visit the Pettit property. Although she moved to ...

Young entrepreneurs: Nut shells, work ethic business’ foundation

November 2014 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Young entrepreneurs: Nut shells, work ethic business’ foundation

[caption id="attachment_5288" align="alignright" width="202"] Anna and Kyle Plaisted are the owners of KP’s Harvest Time Products now in Mount Angel.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas Kyle and Anna Plaisted weren’t about to let a bit of bad news derail them from their goal. In June, ...

Creative spaces: Compex expansion offers balance of work and play

November 2014 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Creative spaces: Compex expansion offers balance of work and play

By Melissa Wagoner Matt Middlestetter is giving new meaning to the term “creative space.” The owner and information and technology specialist of Compex Two, Middlestetter has moved his company across Silverton to a 4,000 square foot building that formerly housed an automotive ...

Accessing acupuncture: Ancient medicine for modern woes

November 2014 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Accessing acupuncture: Ancient medicine for modern woes

By Dixon Bledsoe  Marjorie Eng has helped people find their inner chi – natural energy or energy flow - through acupuncture for 30 years. “I have been blessed to serve this community, starting with my first job in Silverton with the late ...

Match made: Forest River expands manufacturing operations into Silverton

October 2014 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Match made: Forest River expands manufacturing operations into Silverton

Forest River Inc. hiring Employees are needed at both the Silverton and Independence plants. Starting Oct. 15 you can apply in person from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Send resume to: cargo33recruit@forestriverinc.com Silverton: 1204 Mill St. Independence: 900 N. Walnut St. By Kristine Thomas Teamwork between the Silverton Chamber of ...

Capturing a dream: Former Wilco transforms into South End Antiques

September 2014 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Capturing a dream: Former Wilco transforms into South End Antiques

[caption id="attachment_5100" align="alignright" width="223"] Tammy Davis and her daughter, Amanda, opened South End Antiques and Marketplace in Mount Angel.[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Tammy Davis was ready for a career change. “I’ve been a veterinary technician the last 12 years and became emotionally burned ...

Investigation ongoing: Markum Inn begins rebuilding

August 2014 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Investigation ongoing: Markum Inn begins rebuilding

[caption id="attachment_5043" align="alignright" width="300"] Firefighters responding to the July 20 fire at the Markum Inn. Submitted Photo[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand The fire that destroyed Markum Inn on July 20 still remains under investigation with new possibilities being considered beyond it starting in ...

Landmark destroyed: Markum Inn owner plans to rebuild

August 2014 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Landmark destroyed: Markum Inn owner plans to rebuild

[caption id="attachment_4957" align="alignright" width="255"] Markum Inn owner Connie Cummings says the restuarant will rebuild and reopen.[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand The Markum Inn was taken out of commission by a five-alarm fire in the wee hours of July 20. Julie Fitzgerald, restaurant manager ...

Setting a course: Silverton Health board examines hospital’s options

June 2014 Posted in Business, News | Comments Off on Setting a course: Silverton Health board examines hospital’s options

By Kristine Thomas  Gayle Goschie understands the decision being pondered by the Silverton Health Board of Directors is one that can affect everyone in the community. “It’s one most community members care about the outcome,” said Goschie, who is the board’s chair. ...

House calls: Local veterinarian takes her practice to her patients

May 2014 Posted in Business | Comments Off on House calls: Local veterinarian takes her practice to her patients

[caption id="attachment_4765" align="alignright" width="248"] Dr. Denise Piaskowski of Valley Veterinary House Calls. Photo by Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner If you own a cat or a dog, this may have happened to you. You convince your dog to get in the car. ...

A place to meet: Neighbor Dudes offers 31 brews on tap

May 2014 Posted in Business | Comments Off on A place to meet: Neighbor Dudes offers 31 brews on tap

[caption id="attachment_4759" align="alignright" width="219"] Chris Irving is the general manager of Neighbor Dudes.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas An appreciation for craft beer is what inspired several friends to start Neighbor Dudes, General Manager Chris Irving said. “The idea came about in the past year ...

Zonal denial: Pushing the envelop searching for survivors

May 2014 Posted in Business, People | Comments Off on Zonal denial: Pushing the envelop searching for survivors

[caption id="attachment_4761" align="alignright" width="300"] Dr. Tim Peters owns Raintree Tropical and Northwest Family Medical. Photo by Brenna Wiegand[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand White-wrapped plants dotting the hillside give the illusion of a graveyard, but Dr. Tim Peters is sure most of his young ...

Horse sense: Mindfulness matters

May 2014 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Horse sense: Mindfulness matters

[caption id="attachment_4774" align="alignright" width="300"] Jill Rivoli uses horses to teach people how to overcome obstacles in their lives.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas The tasks Jill Rivoli assigns her clients appear relatively simple. She even demonstrates how to walk up to the horse, touch the ...

Changing markets: Grapes, blueberries, hazelnuts replace row crops

May 2014 Posted in Business, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Changing markets: Grapes, blueberries, hazelnuts replace row crops

By Melissa Wagoner Acres of tiny trees wrapped in a white protective shield are just one sign of the change of crops grown in the East Willamette Valley. Where there were once row crops are now blueberry fields and hazelnut orchards. ...

Booty Barre: A mix of Pilates, yoga and dance

March 2014 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Booty Barre: A mix of Pilates, yoga and dance

[caption id="attachment_4496" align="alignright" width="300"] Silverton resident Rita Horter leads a Booty Barre class, a balance of Pilates, yoga and dance. Photo byKristine Thomas[/caption] By Kristine Thomas Rita Horter loves being back at the barre, especially since it brings out her inner dancer. So ...

Bochsler’s: 100+ years of service

February 2014 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Bochsler’s: 100+ years of service

[caption id="attachment_4458" align="alignright" width="231"] A multigenerational family business: Bochsler True Value Hardware was named Mount Angel’s 2013 Business of the Year. Pictured here are Amy Goschie, Sally Beyer, Kyle and Paul Beyer.[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand In declaring Bochsler True Value Hardware 2013 ...

Ready to serve: Seven Brides named Business of the Year

February 2014 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Ready to serve: Seven Brides named Business of the Year

[caption id="attachment_4415" align="alignright" width="300"] Seven Brides Brewing has been named Business of the Year.[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Raise a pint to Seven Brides Brewing, Silverton’s Business of the Year. They started as some homegrown guys with a homebrew so good the family ...

New holiday venue: Daisy Salem welcomes vendors to historic setting

December 2013 Posted in Business | Comments Off on New holiday venue: Daisy Salem welcomes vendors to historic setting

[caption id="attachment_4233" align="alignright" width="205"] Daisy Salem decorates the Wolf Building while her daughter, Jasmine supervises.[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand First Friday just keeps getting better as Silverton continues to fly its flag as one of Oregon’s Coolest Small Towns, so named by Budget ...

Orville Roth: A man who made a difference to his community, friends, family

November 2013 Posted in Business, Community, People | Comments Off on Orville Roth: A man who made a difference to his community, friends, family

[caption id="attachment_4153" align="alignright" width="185"] Orville Roth[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Silverton resident Bill Schmidt realized Orville Roth was getting older but he never thought of him as ever passing away. “He had so much energy and he acted like a kid most of the ...

Five years of growth: Oregon Garden Resort plans a party

October 2013 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Five years of growth: Oregon Garden Resort plans a party

By Kristine Thomas  Five – is the number of years it has been open; 103 is the number of rooms it has; 318 is the number of weddings held there in the past five years and 199,466 is the number of ...

Destination Asia: Wilco helps wheat farmers meet international needs

September 2013 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Destination Asia: Wilco helps wheat farmers meet international needs

[caption id="attachment_3917" align="alignright" width="181"] Mike Wilhoit of Wilco discusses where local wheat is sold and how much is grown.[/caption] By Don Murtha A major segment of the world gets a portion of its food by way of Mount Angel. Headquartered on Industrial Way, ...

Wild venture: Jeff and Toni Ruef take a risk on a new crop for their ‘swamp’

September 2013 Posted in Business, People | Comments Off on Wild venture: Jeff and Toni Ruef take a risk on a new crop for their ‘swamp’

[caption id="attachment_3916" align="alignright" width="181"] Toni and Jeff Ruef with Samantha and Emily.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas  About four years ago, Mount Angel residents Toni and Jeff Ruef decided it was time to cease battling Mother Nature. And that has caused some farmers to think ...

Making hay: Stan Steffen’s perseverance helped change an industry

August 2013 Posted in Business, People | Comments Off on Making hay: Stan Steffen’s perseverance helped change an industry

[caption id="attachment_3862" align="alignright" width="216"] Janie Twede and her dad, Stan Steffen of Steffen Hay Co. Photo by Brenna Wiegand[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand As local farmers cut their hay fields and compress it into hay bales, there’s farmer they can thank for making ...