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 ...

Handmade pizza: Plus a secret sauce

August 2013 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Handmade pizza: Plus a secret sauce

[caption id="attachment_3861" align="alignright" width="214"] David and Dina Collins are excited to welcome guests to Mt. Angel Pizza Co. Photo by Jim Kinghorn[/caption] By Kristine Thomas Dina Collins has always had the entrepreneurial spirit. Along with the energy and enthusiasm to tackle any project ...

Garden-inspired pasta: Local, sustainable, flavorful

July 2013 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Garden-inspired pasta: Local, sustainable, flavorful

[caption id="attachment_3700" align="alignright" width="231"] Pati Harris and Wayne Huisman make Esotico, an artisan pasta. They run the new company with their respective spouses George and Julie.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas If it is a Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday, Julie and Wayne ...

An eclectic mix: New businesses bring new foods, products, services to town

July 2013 Posted in Business | Comments Off on An eclectic mix: New businesses bring new foods, products, services to town

[caption id="attachment_3699" align="alignright" width="300"] Sara Nathan and Paul Zona discuss knitting and yarns at Apples to Oranges.[/caption] By Dixon Bledsoe If you haven’t taken a shopping trip in historic downtown Silverton lately, you don’t know what you are missing. A couple of old ...

New horizons: Downtown biz veterans change course

April 2013 Posted in Business, People | Comments Off on New horizons: Downtown biz veterans change course

[caption id="attachment_3309" align="alignright" width="300"] Renee Bianchi helps a customer at Stone Buddha.[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Celia Stapleton and Renee Bianchi have been movers and shakers since they entered Silverton’s downtown business mix in 2002. But the way things have shaken out the last ...

‘This may hurt’: Billing, payment changes lead to cuts at Silverton Health

March 2013 Posted in Business, News | Comments Off on ‘This may hurt’: Billing, payment changes lead to cuts at Silverton Health

By the numbers From October 2011 to September 2012, the average number of ER visits per month was 1,903. From October 2012 to January 2013, the average number of ER visits per month was 1,935.In fiscal 2011-12, 53 percent of emergency room charges went unpaid due ...

A good fit: Universal Forest Products proposal to relocate to Silverton OK’d

March 2013 Posted in Business, News | Comments Off on A good fit: Universal Forest Products proposal to relocate to Silverton OK’d

[caption id="attachment_3161" align="alignright" width="300"] After being vacant for five years, the former site for Redmon and Champion Homes is slated for a new occupant this fall – Universal Forest Products.[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand The city of Silverton, the Silver Falls School District, ...

Mixing it up: One owner, one address, two businesses

March 2013 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Mixing it up: One owner, one address, two businesses

[caption id="attachment_3162" align="alignright" width="300"] Bill Wolford, right, engages in a conversation in the midst of barkdust mountains.[/caption] By Dixon Bledsoe  Sawdust and crew cabs? Two businesses with completely different products at the exact, same address? Ask Bill Wolford if he ever envisioned having a ...

Community spirit: Mount Angel Towers named Business of the Year

February 2013 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Community spirit: Mount Angel Towers named Business of the Year

[caption id="attachment_3114" align="alignright" width="300"] Mt. Angel Towers is the recipient of the Business of the Year award.[/caption] By Don Murtha Food drives, programs for school children, donations for St. Joseph’s Shelter, a Halloween costume party, reading programs for local schools, a Back ...

It’s the people: Holland Collision named Business of the Year

February 2013 Posted in Business, Community, People | Comments Off on It’s the people: Holland Collision named Business of the Year

By Brenna Wiegand Silverton resident Mark Holland credits the success of his business to his employees. “All of my people have got many, many years of experience and therefore I have complete trust in their decisions,” Holland said. “I don’t have to ...