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 — ...

Man About Town: It’s gonna be BIG – And it definitely might happen… maybe

March 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Man About Town: It’s gonna be BIG – And it definitely might happen… maybe

By Jim Kinghorn Silverton is being taken over by alien invaders. Without invitation, they have moved into the park and forested areas on the south end of town, threatening many of the long time resident’s health and well being and it’s ...

People Out Loud: Making a difference – Dads, daughters dance and the band plays on…

March 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on People Out Loud: Making a difference – Dads, daughters dance and the band plays on…

By Dixon Bledsoe Brent Satern knows how special the bond is between fathers and daughters. He and his wife Kelly have daughter Avery, nearly 3, as well as 8-month-old Jack. Satern, who owns Satern Insurance and Financial Services and is a Silverton ...

Fun activities, free lunch for Spring Break

March 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Fun activities, free lunch for Spring Break

Around March 1, it begins. The days are longer. The flowers are blooming and children get a case of spring fever. By the end of the month spring fever is rampant and families are ready for Spring Break – a chance ...

Bird is the Word: Young retirement

March 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Bird is the Word: Young retirement

By Kali Ramey Martin I don’t watch the show Portlandia regularly, but when it first came out they released a song all about how Oregon is where the young people come to retire. The song pokes fun at young people who don’t ...

Letter to the Editor: A gift of perspective – Simple act speaks volumes about ‘getting it’

March 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Letter to the Editor: A gift of perspective – Simple act speaks volumes about ‘getting it’

A circumstance presented itself to me last week obliging me to do my best to express to the citizens of our Mayberry-like town, the benefits of doing business with local businesses. This tale begins with the Willamette Valley Pie Company, 2994 ...

A Grin at the End: Music list – Sharing my play list in hopes you will create your own

March 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: Music list – Sharing my play list in hopes you will create your own

By Carl Sampson Sometimes on a rainy afternoon — we have quite a few in Oregon — I like to listen to music. Not just any music. I like to listen to music with meaning. I’m not talking about religious music necessarily, although ...

People Out Loud: Exceed expectations – Remembering Silverton’s flower lady

February 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on People Out Loud: Exceed expectations – Remembering Silverton’s flower lady

By Dixon Bledsoe When a mural is painted in your honor and your nickname is “Silverton’s Sweetheart,” you are officially a an honored and respected citizen. Norma Jean Branstetter was all that and more. The “flower lady” passed away Feb. 3 and a ...

People Out Loud: Oh, no, yes – Valentine’s Day advice

February 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on People Out Loud: Oh, no, yes – Valentine’s Day advice

By Dixon Bledsoe Depending on whom you ask, Valentine’s Day is wonderful, terrible, just another day, romantic, pathetic or loving. I asked a lot of people the worst thing their significant other did on Valentine’s Day and what makes the day ...

A Grin at the End: Check list – In search of the perfect doc

February 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: Check list – In search of the perfect doc

By Carl Sampson I think I’m going to hire a doctor. Well, not really hire one, but get one to occasionally take a look at me. I’m feeling good but I just want to get a 100,000-mile check-up. First, a disclaimer. I’m not ...

Man About Town: Cedars are nice … But you can’t smoke ‘em

January 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Man About Town: Cedars are nice … But you can’t smoke ‘em

By James Day It will be hard to “bare” the deep disappointment you'll feel (and The Man feels your pain) when you find out that you missed the annual event for the society of skivvies, The 2016 Portland No Pants MAX ...

People Out Loud: Get ready, get set… It’s a New Year

January 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on People Out Loud: Get ready, get set… It’s a New Year

By Dixon Bledsoe And so it begins. 2016. New Year, presidential election, standoff in Burns, North Korea trying to flex its muscles, Adele saying Hello and Star Wars - The Force Awakens saying “goodbye” to box office records. A few thoughts regarding ...

Man About Town: What is important…

December 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Man About Town: What is important…

By Jim Kinghorn If you noticed the Silverton downtown showing a little more holiday spirit this year, it’s probably because the Silverton Chamber of Commerce put on a downtown window decorating contest. Taking home top honors were Silverton Coffee Station first, ...

People Out Loud: Peace and forgiveness

December 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on People Out Loud: Peace and forgiveness

By Dixon Bledsoe An acquaintance of mine once waxed eloquent on whether terminally ill people should be able to determine the time of their deaths. He was opposed to it and I assumed his objection was based on religious grounds. But ...

Bird is the Word: More than a jerk

December 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Bird is the Word: More than a jerk

By Kali Ramey Martin I wasted 25 years of my life thinking my grandfather was a jerk. I mean, the truth is, he really was kind of a jerk at times. He was moody and selfish and all I knew was that when ...

Letter to the Editor: To all our friends in District 18

December 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Letter to the Editor: To all our friends in District 18

By Vince Gilliam I have been recently told that I am likely one of the thousands of Americans who may be afflicted with ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The neurological disease is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. While ALS can be ...