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 ...

Serving up a swirl: Self-serve frozen yogurt comes to Silverton

June 2012 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Serving up a swirl: Self-serve frozen yogurt comes to Silverton

By Omie Drawhorn The “dinosaur” covered in a layer of dust was all Tasha and Jim Rowland needed to see to know they found the perfect spot for their business, Spoonful Frozen Yogurt. When real estate agent Terry Castor told them there ...

Striking oil: Meadowfoam looks lovely, smells good, and a gallon can sell for $200

June 2012 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Striking oil: Meadowfoam looks lovely, smells good, and a gallon can sell for $200

By P. Milliren How does meadowfoam, a delicate white flower grown on the hills in and around Silverton, help fuel a race car and erase wrinkles? Simple. The plant’s seed is turned into high-grade oil that is used for car engines and ...

Soda success: Mount Angel Brewing Co. wins root beer competition

June 2012 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Soda success: Mount Angel Brewing Co. wins root beer competition

By Don Murtha Taking on the big boys can be tough, but when you take first place at a competition you have an advantage. Mount Angel Brewing Co. took home the honors of first place among the small root beer and soda ...

Appetite for expansion: Mt. Angel Sausage owner plans brewery, shop

June 2012 Posted in Business, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Appetite for expansion: Mt. Angel Sausage owner plans brewery, shop

By Steve Ritchie Jim Hoke is a guy who doesn’t sit still for very long. The owner of Mt. Angel Sausage Co., Hoke is always on the move at his restaurant. On any given day, he will be making sausage, checking ...

End of the line?: Climbing costs, declining revenues may cut rail service

June 2012 Posted in Business | Comments Off on End of the line?: Climbing costs, declining revenues may cut rail service

By Mary Owen The prospect of cutting service south of Mount Angel by a short-haul, family-owned railway could negatively impact local businesses and the community. “The rail line runs from the Union Pacific main line in Woodburn, through Mount Angel, Silverton, Aumsville ...

Uncharted territory: East Valley wineries offer a chance to explore

June 2012 Posted in Business, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Uncharted territory: East Valley wineries offer a chance to explore

By Omie Drawhorn East Valley Wine Festival St. Josef’s Winery, 28836 S. Barlow Road, Canby Winemaker’s Gala Evening: 6-10 p.m. Friday, June 15, $35 Wine Tasting and Competition: noon-6 p.m. Saturday, June 16, $10. For information and a list of participating wineries, visit www.eastvalleywine.com or call 503-651-3190 East Valley wineries have long ...

Under the knife: Silverton Health announces cuts

April 2012 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Under the knife: Silverton Health announces cuts

By Brenna Wiegand Silverton Health is acting swiftly to remedy a projected $3 million budget shortfall. Over the next several months, the independent health system will restructure or close a number of services and eliminate 35 positions from its 900-member workforce. The culprits: ...

Bread Board opens: Devoted fans attract bakery to Silverton

April 2012 Posted in Business | 2 Comments »

By Omie Drawhorn Some people who slice into a loaf of The Bread Board’s pumpernickel rye or dig into a sticky bun, may not be familiar with the style of bread baked by the Falls City bakery. “People who like it become ...

From field to glass: Three hop farms supply local, national breweries

April 2012 Posted in Business, Food & Drink | Comments Off on From field to glass: Three hop farms supply local, national breweries

By Kristine Thomas Barley, water, yeast and hops are the four essential ingredients to make beer. The variety of hops, and how the brew master uses them during the brewing process, contribute to making each beer unique, John Annen of Annen Bros. ...

Building relationships: Using technology for a human connection

March 2012 Posted in Business, People | Comments Off on Building relationships: Using technology for a human connection

By Brenna Wiegand Ryan Kackley has a renaissance soul.  A farm boy from Jefferson, Ore., population 2,500, Kackley enjoyed studying psychology and philosophy when he was not feeding animals, bucking hay or working in his dad’s sign and graphics shop. He has ...