Recycling strategy: ‘Old’ things get a second life in new hands

April 2015 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Recycling strategy: ‘Old’ things get a second life in new hands

By Melissa Wagoner A blue Mason jar becomes a button holder or a candle holder. The paper from old books transforms into paper wreaths. Clothing once out of style is in again. What’s old is new as shoppers seek to reuse ...

White Oak Wellness creates a setting for many health care disciplines

April 2015 Posted in Business | Comments Off on White Oak Wellness creates a setting for many health care disciplines

[caption id="attachment_5763" align="alignright" width="300"] Katie Rablin giving neice Etta a needle-less acupuncture treatment with sister Beverly and Katie’s son Ancil Fisher nearby.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Katie Rablin has known what she wanted to do for her career since a science class at ...

Changes: Silverton Health names Legacy as potential partner, CEO to retire

April 2015 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Changes: Silverton Health names Legacy as potential partner, CEO to retire

[caption id="attachment_5753" align="alignright" width="200"] Sarah Fronza[/caption] By Kristine Thomas At Silverton Health, it is a time of change, endings and beginnings. On March 11 the Silverton Health Board voted to begin formal discussions with Legacy Health about partnering. Five days later the medical staff ...

Silverton Health: Cagen retires, Fronza will become interim CEO

March 2015 Posted in Business, News | Comments Off on Silverton Health: Cagen retires, Fronza will become interim CEO

[caption id="attachment_5753" align="alignright" width="200"] Sarah Fronza[/caption] Silverton Health President/CEO Rick Cagen announced March 24 he will retire July 1. Sarah Fronza will take his place as the interim CEO  and continue the negotiations for the proposed partnership between Legacy Health and Silverton ...

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 ...

Fresh starts: Gardeners can preorder vegetable plants

March 2015 Posted in Business, People | Comments Off on Fresh starts: Gardeners can preorder vegetable plants

[caption id="attachment_5645" align="alignright" width="300"] Heather Desmarteau-Fast, right, teaches a beginning gardening class at Stamen and Pistil Urban Garden Center.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Silverton resident Heather Desmarteau-Fast is passionate about gardening. “Gardening is my life. It’s part of my past and my present. It’s ...

Honored: Our Town recognized

February 2015 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Honored: Our Town recognized

[caption id="attachment_5608" align="alignright" width="300"] The Our Town team (left to right): Office manager Deede Williams, custom publishing graphic designer Steve Beckner, Our Town graphic designer Tavis Bettoli-Lotten, publisher and editor Paula Mabry, and advertising executive Jim Kinghorn.[/caption] By Mary Owen Our Town ...

Family run: Woodburn Nursery Mount Angel’s Business of the Year

February 2015 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Family run: Woodburn Nursery Mount Angel’s Business of the Year

[caption id="attachment_5588" align="alignright" width="300"] The Fessler family of Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas: Tom, left, Karen (Jaeger), Sandy (Traeger), Jean and Bob, Jodi (Arritola) and Rick.[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Family run, forward-thinking Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas has been named Mount Angel’s 2014 Business ...

Story seeker: Limbird creates video love letter to Silverton

February 2015 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Story seeker: Limbird creates video love letter to Silverton

[caption id="attachment_5528" align="alignright" width="246"] Marty Limbird of IGNITE Motion Pictures[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Marty Limbird is fascinated by the story behind the story. “My passion is people,” he said. Limbird and his wife, Liz, moved to Silverton from Portland four years ago. As a ...

Quite a yarn: Camerons discover – then share – a life-changing love of alpacas

February 2015 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Quite a yarn: Camerons discover – then share – a life-changing love of alpacas

[caption id="attachment_5530" align="alignright" width="282"] Alpacas at Marquam Hills Ranch[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Ten years ago, Jennifer Cameron saw a photo of an alpaca in a newspaper that would alter the course of her life. “She thought they were cute,” her husband Bill Cameron ...

Silverton Health status unchanged

February 2015 Posted in Business, News | Comments Off on Silverton Health status unchanged

In December, Silverton Health Board of Directors Chair Gayle Goschie said she was hopeful she could announce “by February who Silverton Health has chosen as its partner.” Last year, the board decided it was no longer fiscally responsible for Silverton Health ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

Sweet success: Entrepreneur Tara Kramer recognized for inspiring others

October 2014 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Sweet success: Entrepreneur Tara Kramer recognized for inspiring others

[caption id="attachment_5219" align="alignright" width="286"] Riley, Tara and Kyle Kramer[/caption] By Kristine Thomas  The message resonated with Tara Kramer – “Stop treating life’s goals like the good china in the cupboard that is only used for special occasions.” Experiencing a rough patch in her ...

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 ...