The value of money: Get on board and save

December 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on The value of money: Get on board and save

I read an article the other day about a radical new financial movement. It’s called Financially Independent, Retire Early, or FIRE for short. These are millennials who live frugally so they can retire early. They do it by saving money. What ...

Shouldn’t be this hard: But then again, I’m not that bright . . .

November 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community | Comments Off on Shouldn’t be this hard: But then again, I’m not that bright . . .

With all the great fall weather we’ve been having it doesn’t seem possible that it’s almost Christmas...The Oregon Garden will be lit by a new record 1 million lights, Silverton and Mt. Angel shoppers will be Shop Hopping for the ...

Count your blessings: And avoid the stores Thanksgiving Day

November 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community | Comments Off on Count your blessings: And avoid the stores Thanksgiving Day

A traditionalist by nature, I am not one to treat Thanksgiving like a quick bus stop in a sleepy, one-horse town enroute to the Big City green and red lights. Don’t get me wrong. I love Christmas and look forward ...

Silverton growth predates current council: Guest Opinion

November 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Silverton growth predates current council: Guest Opinion

Watching social media conversations about our Mayoral and City Council elections is interesting. I hear many Stu (Rasmussen) supporters claim voting for him is about controlling the growth in Silverton. Our current mayor and council were not in office when it was ...

Don’t give up on Eugene Field: Guest Opinion

November 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Don’t give up on Eugene Field: Guest Opinion

Please consider this “Chapter 2,” following my letter in the [Oct. 1] issue of Our Town, in which I stated that I would be still and listen, and also that I was convinced that our elected representatives were listening.  Well, neither is ...

House District 18 needs a change: Guest Opinion

November 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on House District 18 needs a change: Guest Opinion

As a House District 18 resident, I encourage folks from Aurora to Silverton to vote for Barry Shapiro,“for a change!” Don’t get me wrong. I like the incumbent, Rep. Rick Lewis. I have met with him on several occasions. He is ...

Showdown win: Next: Foxes face Parkrose

November 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Sports | Comments Off on Showdown win: Next: Foxes face Parkrose

By James Day ALBANY –  The Silverton High football ran up a 17-0 first-half lead Friday night against West Albany, then used grit and determination to hold on for a 17-14 Special District 3 win amid light to moderate rain at ...

Cross country stars: JFK’s Lopez, Foxes’ Stutzman run to district titles

November 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Sports | Comments Off on Cross country stars: JFK’s Lopez, Foxes’ Stutzman run to district titles

Kennedy High senior Alejandra Lopez won the Special District 2 girls cross country championship Oct. 25 at Cheadle Lake Park in Lebanon. Lopez ran the 5,000 meters in 18:52.3, 17 seconds ahead of runner-up Jessica Neal of Central Linn. The Trojans also ...

The best holiday: Family, friends… and wine!

November 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on The best holiday: Family, friends… and wine!

I like Thanksgiving a lot, because it coincides with the best holiday of the year. For want of a better name, I’ll call it Winotopia. The day after Thanksgiving, we rent a big van and load up any leftover relatives, friends, ...

Smith has history of community service

October 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community | Comments Off on Smith has history of community service

To the Editor: With elections for the City of Silverton fast approaching, I write in support of  the re-election of Dana Smith. During her past years in office, Dana has served the city of Silverton and its citizens admirably, effectively handling ...

Secret praise: A shout-out to Silverton Sheltering Services duo

October 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Secret praise: A shout-out to Silverton Sheltering Services duo

It’s time to focus on the positive things going on in the area, after the ugliness of last week’s uber partisan politics at the national level and the plethora of attack ads here in Oregon. Brent Jacobsen and Sarah White are ...

Our heroes: Thank you, firefighters

September 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Our heroes: Thank you, firefighters

Editor: Some brief background: My wife Virginia and I (Tom) lived for 35 years on our family farm close to Mount Angel, where we raised our three boys. Brother Zan and I were born there. Perhaps three years ago for ...

Knowing it’s time: A property’s future and a hero’s new career

September 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Knowing it’s time: A property’s future and a hero’s new career

There is an element wanting to raise Eugene Field School from its soon to be rubble, since the building is scheduled to be demolished soon. Waxing nostalgic is not going to remove the asbestos. Saying “We haven’t had any input” ...

Update Eugene Field process review: Guest Opinion Kyle Palmer, Silverton Mayor

September 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Update Eugene Field process review: Guest Opinion Kyle Palmer, Silverton Mayor

A few citizens have recently brought back up our plans for the Eugene Field School site, so it’s time for another update. The City purchased the entire EF property in late 2017 after negotiations with the Silver Falls School District, who’d ...

A joyful noise: Listening for the sounds of life

September 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A joyful noise: Listening for the sounds of life

I like noise. I should clarify that statement. I like most noise. As a guy who has lived and worked in big and small cities – and places where there are no cities at all – the sounds of people are, ...

Rethink Eugene Field: Guest Opinion

August 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Rethink Eugene Field: Guest Opinion

Stu Rasmussen On Aug. 6 the Silverton City Council voted to spend over $700,000 of our taxpayer dollars to demolish the historic Eugene Field School to make way for a new City Hall with no plan how to pay for a ...

Football preview: Foxes, Trojans dive into fall camps

August 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, School, Sports | Comments Off on Football preview: Foxes, Trojans dive into fall camps

Silverton football was 7-4 last season in its first year under coach Josh Craig, advancing to the state quarterfinals before falling to No. 1 Mountain View in a 46-42 shootout in Bend. This year the Foxes are in a reconfigured league, ...

Two originals: One fateful day took Jean Hadley, Sam Linn

August 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Two originals: One fateful day took Jean Hadley, Sam Linn

It is more enjoyable to write about people in a positive way, laughing with them at the funny things they do, touching family events, and the moments in their lives that pull at the heartstrings of others. But when we lose ...

‘Another perfect day…’ Thoughts on the City of Angels, or Dreams

August 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on ‘Another perfect day…’ Thoughts on the City of Angels, or Dreams

Randy Newman had it right: “I Love L.A.” – with an exclamation mark! I and a couple of my kids recently spent a long weekend in Los Angeles and, while I’m certainly no expert on that city, there’s way more ...

Music and Zen: Fischer’s Mill Music Festival joined by Zen Garden market event

July 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Columnists & Opinion, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Music and Zen: Fischer’s Mill Music Festival joined by Zen Garden market event

By Nancy Jennings The second annual Fischer’s Mill Music Festival kicks off on Saturday, July 21, 1 to 9 p.m. Seven bands will take the stage in Silverton’s Old Mill Park, located behind Silver Falls Library. Co-organizers Victor Madge and Corey Christensen ...

Feel good moments: We need more of them . . .

July 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community | Comments Off on Feel good moments: We need more of them . . .

A few years ago, the Bothum boys were in elk camp, and Rex brought this gorgeous red sorrel mare. Everyone in camp wanted that horse. It was a big horse, probably nearly 17 hands, and it was one of the ...

Don’t panic . . . You will have plenty of time…

June 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Don’t panic . . . You will have plenty of time…

If you can honestly say that no one you know has ever been affected by cancer then consider yourself very, very lucky and skip over this part..... The rest of us can help fight this awful disease by walking a ...

Voice of an angel: Remembering my friend Beth Davisson

June 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community | Comments Off on Voice of an angel: Remembering my friend Beth Davisson

By Dixon Bledsoe This one hurts. Losing someone you adore is just plain painful. Beth Davisson had that affect on people. I liked her the first time we met in 1964 when she joined our 7th grade class at Mark Twain. She ...

Thanks, I guess? Happy birthday wishes, snail mail and data collection

May 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Thanks, I guess? Happy birthday wishes, snail mail and data collection

Every now and then, politicians pipe up about the U.S. Postal Service and how it doesn’t meet their standards. They are partially right. With all due respect to our anointed ones in Washington, D.C., there’s more to it than a member of ...

More smiles per gallon: Than your average hot rod

May 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community | Comments Off on More smiles per gallon: Than your average hot rod

The Silverton Garden Club and Silverton Together invite you to the 4th annual Silverton Garden Tour. The June 9 tour will feature some of the area’s most inspired private gardens and afford you the opportunity to visit other people’s back ...