The Old Curmudgeon: Sidewalks need fixing

September 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on The Old Curmudgeon: Sidewalks need fixing

I love Silverton. It is the best town I have lived in and I have lived in quite a few towns. Silverton is tolerant, friendly, loving and full of great talent, and well run. Oh, well, one can always blame ...

Bird is the Word: Things I have learned – My first year as a farmer’s wife

September 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Bird is the Word: Things I have learned – My first year as a farmer’s wife

By Kali Ramey Martin I feel hesitant to write this as I know, without a doubt, this community is stocked with seasoned farmers’ wives who’ve seen it all. I know I run the risk of saying something silly or naive, but I ...

A Grin at the End: I wish I was smart enough…

September 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: I wish I was smart enough…

By Carl Sampson I don’t know if it’s just me, but I feel as though I’m getting dumber every day. I just don’t understand what’s wrong with a lot of people. It’s as though they put their brains in a paper bag ...

The Man About Town: Danger… What danger?

August 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on The Man About Town: Danger… What danger?

By Jim Kinghorn If you spend much time in front of a television, chances are there will be one of those not-so-real, reality shows on. One of the least obnoxious I have found is called American Pickers where Mike and Frank ...

The Old Curmudgeon: Reason to celebrate

August 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on The Old Curmudgeon: Reason to celebrate

By Vern Holmquist It must have been in 1998 that I drove a friend to Mount Angel from Albany where Velva and I were living at the time. We were helping our friend pick up a car which had been repaired in ...

People Out Loud: Making it big time – From scholarships to bobble-heads

August 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on People Out Loud: Making it big time – From scholarships to bobble-heads

By Dixon Bledsoe Benny is hitting close to home. For those who don’t know,  Benny is an anonymous do-gooder who has been stashing $100 bills in different shops around the valley for a few years.  Recently, an unsuspecting patron of the ...

The Old Curmudgeon: Poor as a church mouse – Rich in faith, family and friends

August 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on The Old Curmudgeon: Poor as a church mouse – Rich in faith, family and friends

Vern Holmquist teamed up with managing editor Kristine Thomas for this interview and story. It was during a long conversation with Cyndi Hickman, owner of the Main Street Bistro & Coffee that I discovered how we both have a deep and ...

Bird is the Word: Calm & quiet – insight from Laura Ingalls Wilder

August 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Bird is the Word: Calm & quiet – insight from Laura Ingalls Wilder

By Kali Ramey Martin The moment I found out I’d landed this gig as a small-town newspaper columnist, I knew I needed to consult the experts. I wracked my brain for who those experts might actually be and remembered suddenly that Laura ...

Man About Town: Run for your lives – Or not

July 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Man About Town: Run for your lives – Or not

By Jim Kinghorn We here at The Man news desk were saddened to hear of the recent passing of George Hauswirth. The owner (along with his wife Brenda) of Silver Creek Gallery and BreGe' Designs, George was instrumental in starting Silverton's ...

Something to Share: A special visitor

July 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Something to Share: A special visitor

[caption id="attachment_6102" align="alignright" width="244"] Illustration by Copperglance[/caption] By Barbara Platt Editor’s note: Long-time Our Town writer Vince Teresi was so taken by this piece by his friend Barbara Platt that he wanted us to share it with our readers.  Sometime ago, I had ...

People Out Loud: Cherished memories – Eager for new ones

July 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on People Out Loud: Cherished memories – Eager for new ones

By Dixon Bledsoe At least five readers will not believe this, but my 45th reunion from Silverton High School is coming up next month.  I know – I barely look 61 much less 62. The time has flown since the class of ...

The Old Curmudgeon: Pipe dreams Risks – and rewards – in following a passion

July 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on The Old Curmudgeon: Pipe dreams Risks – and rewards – in following a passion

By Vern Holmquist I must have been about 15 when I first learned of the great joy of pipe smoking. I had tried cigarettes, but it was the aroma and taste of tobacco smoked in a pipe that really turned me ...

Bird is the Word: Fly-fishing… and feminism

July 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Bird is the Word: Fly-fishing… and feminism

By Kali Ramey Martin The face they make when they find out is always the same. A bit of surprise, a touch of skepticism and a moment of indecision. Do I take her seriously or dismiss her as a clueless enthusiast? That’s ...

A Grin at the End: What’s in a name

July 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: What’s in a name

By Carl Sampson I’ve always been amazed by the names some parents choose for their children. Some are practical. For example, my Mom always said she chose Carl because she wanted to a make sure I could spell it. I don’t know what that ...

Man About Town: Why yes… There will be a test

June 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Man About Town: Why yes… There will be a test

By Jim Kinghorn The Man is back! Whew, with all the hot air and hullabaloo over the school board election and all the associated opinions, this dopey column kept getting pushed off the pages of this local paragon of journalistic excellence, ...

People Out Loud: Heroes and superstars

June 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on People Out Loud: Heroes and superstars

By Dixon Bledsoe Two of the most overused words in the English language are superstar and hero. People who make idiots of themselves in today’s plethora of bad television are labeled superstars. People who work hard, provide for their families as best they ...

A Grin at the End: Advice worth remembering

June 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: Advice worth remembering

By Carl Sampson I love this season. I don’t mean summer. I love graduation season. It’s when middle and high schools, colleges and universities unleash their work product on the world. “Let’s see what this bunch can do,” every teacher is thinking ...

Letters to the editor

May 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Letters to the editor

Candidates of character  I am a resident of Silverton and have grandchildren that attend or have attended Eugene Field School. I have known Jennifer Hannan for over 15 years.  Jennifer Hannan is a person of impeccable character. I believe that she loves her ...

People Out Loud: Never shy…

May 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on People Out Loud: Never shy…

By Dixon Bledsoe Everyone needs a go-to person in their life. Someone you just know has your back. A person that will tell you the white camping-tent size polo shirt makes you look heavier than the black one with its slimming effect. ...

Letters to the Editor

May 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor

Elks’ scholarship winners Silverton High School senior William Ward received the Most Valuable Student for the Boys and Valencia Vazquez-Trejo, also from Silverton High School, received the Most Valuable Student for the girls at the local Elks Scholarship contest. Each student ...

A Grin at the End: Future’s not all as promised asromised

May 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: Future’s not all as promised asromised

By Carl Sampson I feel cheated. When I was a kid in the 1950s and 1960s, the future was going to be awesome beyond words. I remember reading books about how we’d all work four days a week, and fly in our personal ...

Man About Town: Um… Don’t get around much anymore

April 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Man About Town: Um… Don’t get around much anymore

By Jim Kinghorn A Seattle dog has figured out the public transit system and has taken to regularly riding the bus by himself to the local dog park. Eclipse, a two-year-old black lab mix, climbs on the bus, hops into an ...

Letter to the Editor: Study board candidates

April 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Letter to the Editor: Study board candidates

In the coming weeks, you are sure to hear many candidates for the Silver Falls School District Board of Directors claim their goal is to promote unity within the district. One of those candidates will be Todd White who is running ...

Letter to the Editor: Vote for DaNette Wernette

April 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Letter to the Editor: Vote for DaNette Wernette

I’m writing this letter in support of DaNette Wernette as a write-in candidate for Silver Falls Board of Directors in Zone. DaNette has been an asset to our team in a special needs classroom. She is intuitive and has an organized approach ...

Letter to the Editor: Thankful for Mount Angel

April 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Letter to the Editor: Thankful for Mount Angel

It is like living in the town of Mayberry! I am deeply grateful to the administrators, alumni, parents, students and staff of Kennedy High School for my two surprise birthday parties in Mount Angel! They were truly memorable. Indeed, I am fortunate ...