A Grin at the End: The third law…

December 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: The third law…

By Carl Sampson It used to be said that nothing will make you a bigger liar you than your dog or your kid. “Oh, my dog would never do something like that,” you’d say, just as your dog did that very thing ...

Man About Town: Now you see ‘em…

November 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Man About Town: Now you see ‘em…

By Jim Kinghorn It's one thing to have friends, it's another to have people appreciate what you do. It's also another to have the respect of your peers....and get elected to lead their organization. It's quite another to be chosen the ...

People Out Loud: To not help is not an option…

November 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on People Out Loud: To not help is not an option…

By Dixon Bledsoe Thanksgiving is almost here and there are many things to be thankful for including my wife and family and the love and support they give me. Thankful, also, that my mother is now here instead of San Antonio ...

Bird is the Word: Finding my way

November 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Bird is the Word: Finding my way

By Kali Ramey-Martin I’d love to claim that I came by fly-fishing honestly. That it was in my blood and I grew up in waders beside cold mountain streams, following along behind my grandpa as he pointed out insects and cast ...

A Grin at the End: Best holiday ever… With an even better after-day tradition

November 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: Best holiday ever… With an even better after-day tradition

By Carl Sampson I like holidays — all of them. I like Christmas, New Year’s, the Fourth of July, Labor Day — even National Ice Cream Day (the third Sunday in July) and Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept. 19). But my ...

Bird is the Word: Speaking truth – There is a freedom in being real

October 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Bird is the Word: Speaking truth – There is a freedom in being real

By Kali Ramey Martin Every year, my four best friends and I run away to a house at the beach for a weekend getaway. A retreat of sorts. We eat good food, stay up late, sleep in and wear our pajamas ...

A Grin at the End: Utterly unromantic…

October 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: Utterly unromantic…

By Carl Sampson This may be the least romantic column ever written. It may even be less romantic than the columns written by those political pundits jabbering about Donald Trump. In fact, it is so unromantic I bet only an accountant could ...

Man About Town: The winds of change – What danger?

September 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Man About Town: The winds of change – What danger?

By Jim Kinghorn Spend any time around these parts and you will realize that local folks care about their community and aren’t shy about volunteering to make it better. One such group is the Silverton Kiwanis Club that was recently recognized ...

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 ...