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 ...

Inspired to make a difference: After dealing with their own health issues, sisters determined to help their patients

January 2013 Posted in Business, People | Comments Off on Inspired to make a difference: After dealing with their own health issues, sisters determined to help their patients

[caption id="attachment_2973" align="alignright" width="300"] Katie and Beverly Rablin both knew from a young age they wanted to help people reach their health goals.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas Katie and Beverly Rablin believe the pathway to a healthy life requires stepping out their comfort ...

Walking the walk: Service ingrained in Les Schwab veterans

December 2012 Posted in Business, People | Comments Off on Walking the walk: Service ingrained in Les Schwab veterans

[caption id="attachment_2934" align="alignright" width="223"] Jon DeBo and Virgil Hamilton retire this month.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas For 30 and 31 years respectfully, Jon DeBo and Virgil Hamilton have followed some simple rules on how to conduct themselves at work. They operated under the professional ...

New owner, new hours: New Markum Inn keeps customer favorites

December 2012 Posted in Business, Food & Drink | Comments Off on New owner, new hours: New Markum Inn keeps customer favorites

[caption id="attachment_2931" align="alignright" width="168"] Connie Cummings of the New Markum Inn[/caption] By Omie Drawhorn For many local residents, a trip to the Markum Inn is a journey back in time to home-cooked food such as juicy hamburgers, steaks and chicken. While the menu ...

Going the extra mile: A box full of thank yous and a community full of stories attest to many acts of kindness

December 2012 Posted in Business, Community, People | Comments Off on Going the extra mile: A box full of thank yous and a community full of stories attest to many acts of kindness

[caption id="attachment_2803" align="alignright" width="300"] Mark Holland is known for his love of cars and helpful ways.[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand A cardboard box of gratitude is stowed under the counter at Holland Collision Service. The notes, cards and letters started arriving shortly after ...

No ordinary shop: Old Stone Coffee and Collectibles strives for more

December 2012 Posted in Business | Comments Off on No ordinary shop: Old Stone Coffee and Collectibles strives for more

[caption id="attachment_2802" align="alignright" width="300"] Cheryl Blanchard and Wendy Burton of Old Stone Coffee.[/caption] By Don Murtha  Cheryl Blanchard and Wendy Burton describe themselves as two creative women who are bursting with ideas to make Old Stone Coffee and Collectibles, 95 Main St. ...

Local focus: Wine shop opens in Mount Angel

December 2012 Posted in Business | 1 Comment »

[caption id="attachment_2801" align="alignright" width="300"] Lisa and Jeffrey Scrimenti, owners of Mount Angel Cellars and Vineyards.[/caption] By Don Murtha If you are searching for locally made gifts, visit the new Mount Angel Cellars and Vineyards, 215 N. Main St. Jeffrey and Lisa Scrimenti have ...

Silverton Shindig: Open mics, eclectic mix of music take over downtown

October 2012 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Silverton Shindig: Open mics, eclectic mix of music take over downtown

By Omie Drawhorn The Silverton Wine and Jazz Festival once drew customers to many businesses in Silverton’s downtown core as businesses hosted talented jazz bands and served wine and appetizers. When the festival changed its format this year and held the main ...

Herd of distinction: Abiqua Acres celebrates 60 years, 180 Guernseys

September 2012 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Herd of distinction: Abiqua Acres celebrates 60 years, 180 Guernseys

By Kristine Thomas[singlepic=310,320,240,,right] Barbara Mann can name the parents of each of her 180 “girls.” She also knows the parents’ names of the parents of her 180 girls and so on for at least seven generations. Ask her to outline her own ...

Right on track: Palace Theatre’s restoration in talented, local hands

August 2012 Posted in Business, News | Comments Off on Right on track: Palace Theatre’s restoration in talented, local hands

By Brenna Wiegand Neither water nor fire can defeat the grand old lady. At 76, the Palace Theatre is merely enjoying a rejuvenating round of “spa treatments” prior to her grand reentrance into society. The rescue and restoration of Palace Theatre is in ...

Stretching her skills: Marie Jackson uses touch to help others heal

August 2012 Posted in Business, People | Comments Off on Stretching her skills: Marie Jackson uses touch to help others heal

By Brenna Wiegand After just one massage, Marie Jackson marched over to the massage school for training. “When I hit my late 30s, things happened,” Jackson said. “My dad passed away and I found myself just looking for something that was missing. ...

Hometown style: Barb’s shop

August 2012 Posted in Business, People | Comments Off on Hometown style: Barb’s shop

By Omie Drawhorn For Barb Rue, hair styling is a family affair. The owner of Barb’s Hair, Etc. grew up around salons. Her mother, Evelyn Vearrier, cut hair at the same location at 114 N. Water St. in Silverton, and always had ...

Woman’s best friends: Anne Spalding raises top Irish Wolfhounds

August 2012 Posted in Business, People | Comments Off on Woman’s best friends: Anne Spalding raises top Irish Wolfhounds

By Kristine Thomas Laughing as her 10 dogs race past her to explore their five-acre playground near Silver Falls State Park, Anne Spalding jokes it’s a good thing her memory has only a two- to three-year time span when it comes ...

Baby boom: Center wins national attention, local fans

June 2012 Posted in Business, Your Health | Comments Off on Baby boom: Center wins national attention, local fans

By Kristine Thomas Yara Delgado and Kristin High shared one of their most private, physically painful, yet monumental moments in their lives with their colleagues. They did so knowing they could fully trust them, would not be judged for anything they said ...