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 ...

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 ...