The Ol’ Curmudgeon: Night to Remember

October 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on The Ol’ Curmudgeon: Night to Remember

Oh, what a night to remember. It was a night New York would be proud to claim and it happened right here in the Wine Cellar. Yes, it was that good – the music of Cole Porter and Hoagy Carmichael, ...

People Out Loud: Coming Together

October 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on People Out Loud: Coming Together

We Are One. What a concept in this tumultuous year filled with bad news, hatred, worldwide conflicts, partisan politics and unified efforts with the sole purpose of winning arguments at someone else’s expense and exposing differences as a means of ridiculing. ...

A Grin at the End: Parklandia – Driving 1-5 or 1-205 can cause you to swear

October 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Travel | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: Parklandia – Driving 1-5 or 1-205 can cause you to swear

My wife and I were heading for the airport, on our way to pick up one of kids. Oh, did we get I-205ed. To the ultimate max. It took us an hour and a half to get from Clackamas to the airport, ...

Air shows: Action and awe are the real deal

September 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Air shows: Action and awe are the real deal

By Carl Sampson I am standing on a patch of grass watching a man named Brad Wursten defy gravity. He is in a tiny airplane called an MXS-R, which is hanging by its propellor a couple thousand feet in the air. ...

Man About Town: Thank you!… I think…

August 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Man About Town: Thank you!… I think…

By Jim Kinghorn Isn't it great how the state highway department recently decided to honor our local history and heritage by making many of the main routes to Mount Angel back into gravel roads... Speaking of getting around here, didja notice that ...

People Out Loud: Baseball ‘n’ Homer – It’s the little things that add up to ‘hometown’

August 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on People Out Loud: Baseball ‘n’ Homer – It’s the little things that add up to ‘hometown’

By Dixon Bledsoe The Rio Olympics are finally here. It was exciting to see Katie Ledecky beat her own world record in the 400 meter free-style for the gold by nearly two seconds, Michael Phelps win his incredible 19th gold medal, ...

Decision time: Mount Angel considers three city manager candidates

August 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Decision time: Mount Angel considers three city manager candidates

By Kristine Thomas The three candidates vying to be the next city manager of Mount Angel all agree on the two major issues facing the city: finances and growth. And the two go hand-in-hand, they all said in separate interviews at an ...

Wanna be my friend?: An honest look at being a harvest widow

August 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Wanna be my friend?: An honest look at being a harvest widow

By Kali Ramey Martin Harvest widow. It sounds like a dramatic term but I’m guessing it feels pretty darn accurate for a lot of us around here these days. My first season as a harvest widow was hard, sure. I marathon-watched old episodes ...

Letter to the Editor: Dog dilemma – Woman uneasy with how police handled traffic stop

August 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Letter to the Editor: Dog dilemma – Woman uneasy with how police handled traffic stop

To the Editor: Approximately 10 months ago I moved to Silverton from Portland. I run a dog rescue and sanctuary, as well as am an avid animal activist. Law enforcement and animal control frequently work with me regarding animal abuse, ...

A Grin at the End: Home improvement pointers

August 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: Home improvement pointers

By Carl Sampson It’s been my long-held opinion that there is no need for capital punishment as long as there are home improvement projects to be done. Instead of spending eternity on death row, the worst offenders should be sentenced to fixing ...

The Old Curmudgeon: Zapping around…

July 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on The Old Curmudgeon: Zapping around…

By Vern Holmquist Trying to figure out what is going on in our political world is beyond me. Sometimes it seems we are to chose a candidate who is only slightly better than the other candidate. There is no knight in ...

People Out Loud: To honor and remember – Community supports local officers

July 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on People Out Loud: To honor and remember – Community supports local officers

By Dixon Bledsoe It is painful to lose someone you love even when you expect it. Tougher still is to lose them when you don't. Silverton lost a sweet lady this month when Ardis (Ardie) Hatteberg passed away soon after a fall ...

The Old Curmudgeon: Number, please

July 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on The Old Curmudgeon: Number, please

By Vern Holmquist I can remember when you wanted to talk to someone for business or pleasure, you just walked up to this sort of oblong box hanging on the wall, gave the crank a whirl and when an operator answered, ...

Man About Town: An inspiration to us all – One scoop at a time…

June 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Man About Town: An inspiration to us all – One scoop at a time…

By Jim Kinghorn One of the Silverton area’s iconic events, the Silverton Hills Strawberry Festival happens this Sunday, June 19 in Coolidge - McClaine Park. What is special this year is that another local icon, Silverton Health, has volunteered to buy ...

Fathers’ days: Unsolicited advice from an experienced dad

June 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Fathers’ days: Unsolicited advice from an experienced dad

By Dixon Bledsoe With Father’s Day around the corner, that means family gatherings, soaking up rays (hopefully not the 100 degree kind), my mouth salivating over a smoked brisket on the Traeger and reflecting on fatherhood and children. Being a father has ...

Bird is the Word: Hands on – An honest day’s work is worth pursuing

June 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Bird is the Word: Hands on – An honest day’s work is worth pursuing

By Kali Ramey Martin One of the main reasons I like being a part of a small, rural community is knowing people who still work with their hands. People who own small or family-run businesses, who do the work themselves, who build ...

A Grin at the End: Keys to destruction – A choice between fears and facts

June 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: Keys to destruction – A choice between fears and facts

By Carl Sampson If I wanted to destroy a nation, I wouldn’t use an army, airstrikes or missiles. I would use lines. I would draw lines between people and constantly remind them how different they are from one another. I would remind ...

Man About Town: Never a dull moment… Even if you want one

May 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Man About Town: Never a dull moment… Even if you want one

By Jim Kinghorn The Gallon House covered bridge has been spanning the Abiqua out off Hobart Road for 100 years. To mark this historic occasion, a re-dedication ceremony will be held May 31, 1:30 p.m. Imagine the stories this grand old ...

People Out Loud: Stepping up – Crowd-pleaser deserves repeat performance

May 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on People Out Loud: Stepping up – Crowd-pleaser deserves repeat performance

By Dixon Bledsoe Congratulations to Brent Satern, a Silverton native and newer member of Silverton Rotary Club. He had an idea, he ran with it and it worked out well. The first ever Daddy-Daughter Dance in this area was held May 7 ...

The Old Curmudgeon: Life, tailor-made

May 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on The Old Curmudgeon: Life, tailor-made

By Vern Holmquist Whoah…. Hold on there. I haven’t gone anyplace. I just needed to kick some of the old stuff I have crammed into this small brain of mine, sort of clean it up so that only the good thoughts remain. I think the ...

Bird is the Word: Happy at home

May 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Bird is the Word: Happy at home

By Kali Ramey Martin I’ve learned a lot about myself in the last few years. I learned how to hold my own in the harsh, fast-paced, cutthroat environment of a fine-dining restaurant kitchen. Dealing with sexist, arrogant cooks and often a staff ...

A Grin at the End: Nine-step plan – A surprising visit yields tips for enjoying ‘The City’

May 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: Nine-step plan – A surprising visit yields tips for enjoying ‘The City’

By Carl Sampson I go to New York City every 35 years whether I need to or not. And I always believed that was plenty. I mean, how often should a guy, whose idea of the perfect town is measured in hundreds ...

Man About Town: Face the strange – Ch-changes

April 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Man About Town: Face the strange – Ch-changes

By Jim Kinghorn Warmer weather has once again descended on our little slice of heaven and every year, like the tulips in our neighbor to the north or the ubiquitous pollen-inducing greenery the signs of spring are popping up everywhere. Signs ...

People Out Loud: Memories of Merle

April 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on People Out Loud: Memories of Merle

By Dixon Bledsoe “Silver wings. Shining in the sunlight. Roaring engines, headed somewhere in flight. They’re taking you away and leaving me lonely. Silver wings, slowly fading out of sight.”   Merle Haggard,  1969 Sometimes, simple is better.  Silver Wings was so uncomplicated ...

A Grin at the End: Do your homework – Responsible voting takes a little effort

April 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: Do your homework – Responsible voting takes a little effort

By Carl Sampson For the 69 percent of Oregonians who cast ballots in the last general election, this will be a busy year. Not only are we going to choose a new president — God help us all with that bunch — ...