Free range: Silverton’s workplace nomads see many advantages in trend

January 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Free range: Silverton’s workplace nomads see many advantages in trend

[caption id="attachment_8089" align="alignleft" width="300"] Nomadic writers John Pattison and Lisa Gerlits meeting at Gear Up in Silverton. M. Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner A quick scan around today’s coffee shops reveals tables of patrons tapping away on laptops, scribbling in notebooks and talking ...

‘BOLD’ innovation: Grant aids Mount Angel’s hands-on school programs

January 2018 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on ‘BOLD’ innovation: Grant aids Mount Angel’s hands-on school programs

By Mary Owen Mt. Angel School District joined 203 Oregon middle and high schools in securing a part of $10.3 million in grant funds to expand career readiness programs. The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Revitalization Grant funds serve Oregon communities with ...

State of the art: New app puts Silverton murals and their history online

January 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on State of the art: New app puts Silverton murals and their history online

By Melissa Wagoner Vince Till has one of the most recognizable faces in Silverton. Portrayed with his beloved dog FeBee on a mural in the parking lot of 203 East Main St., his signature overalls and his ability to tell a ...

Another frame of mind: New community, new career for new owners

January 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Another frame of mind: New community, new career for new owners

[caption id="attachment_8088" align="alignleft" width="225"] Molly Moreland and Scott Bruno of Silverton Art & Frame. M. Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Molly Moreland believes in providence – and she has more than one incidence in her story to back that up. “I’m a believer in ...

Building bridges: Couple foster culteral understanding in Middle East, USA

January 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Building bridges: Couple foster culteral understanding in Middle East, USA

[caption id="attachment_8087" align="alignright" width="225"] Elmarie and Scott Parker[/caption] By Nancy Jennings The Middle East conjures images of endless violence and bloodshed. Certain parts of this region are not safe, especially if you’re an American. But if you ask married Reverends Scott and ...

Honoring the Fennimores: Scotts Mills celebration set for Jan. 14

January 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Honoring the Fennimores: Scotts Mills celebration set for Jan. 14

By Nancy Jennings Dedicated. Considerate. Loving. Caring. Friendly. Energetic. Thoughtful. Forgiving. Amazing. Easygoing. Memorable. These are the words uttered from grateful friends to describe Scotts Mills’ Dave and Esther Fennimore. On Sunday, Jan. 14, from 1 to 4 p.m., the entire community will be honoring ...

Chandler shines for PLU: QB leads alumni report

January 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Chandler shines for PLU: QB leads alumni report

[caption id="attachment_8085" align="alignright" width="200"] Former Silverton quarterback Cole Chandler passed for more than 1,000 yards for the Lutes in his junior section. Courtesy of Pacific Lutheran University[/caption] Former Silverton High standout Cole Chandler had a strong junior season at quarterback for ...

Beyond brick and mortar: Online sales can be key to keeping small town businesses viable

December 2017 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Beyond brick and mortar: Online sales can be key to keeping small town businesses viable

By Melissa Wagoner Many small businesses rely both on brick and mortar storefronts and online marketing to stay viable. Klecker Knives in Silverton is no exception. “Small businesses in a small town have to diversify to make their sales,” Amanda DeDona, chief ...

Poetry in motion: Silverton teen studies ballet at East Coast conservatory

December 2017 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Poetry in motion: Silverton teen studies ballet at East Coast conservatory

By Nancy Jennings A Silverton teen is on the brink of realizing her dream – becoming a classically trained ballet dancer. Jinjutha (“Jin”) Cheepluesak, 16, daughter of Thai Dish restaurant owners, Manus Jantarasri and Oratai Cheepluesak, can’t imagine living a day ...

Sharing the spirit: Free community Christmas dinner at Silverton Senior Center

December 2017 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Sharing the spirit: Free community Christmas dinner at Silverton Senior Center

By Nancy Jennings Christmas is all about togetherness. But not everybody is able to be with their family or relatives during the holidays. Silverton’s Senior Center and Harry and Karrie Douglas found a solution to introduce neighbors to each other: Team up ...

Civic center: Project continues to fuel interest

December 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Civic center: Project continues to fuel interest

By James Day The city of Silverton is hosting a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18 at Silverton High School. Mayor Kyle Palmer, City Council members and other city officials will be on hand to answer questions about city issues. Palmer ...

Swimming in polka dots: Foxes honor Downey with new swim caps

December 2017 Posted in Community, Sports | Comments Off on Swimming in polka dots: Foxes honor Downey with new swim caps

The Silverton High swim team opened its home season in style Dec. 5, donning new headgear at a meet dedicated to the memory of long-time Silverton-area swim coach and booster Dennis Downey. “Really this man was the reason why Silverton High ...

An appeal for the season: Peace, courage and respite

December 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on An appeal for the season: Peace, courage and respite

I love Christmas in Silverton. The new lights decorating the downtown trees are beautiful, the tree lighting on First Friday was wonderful as were the smiles on a few thousand celebrants, and there is a crispness in the air that suggests ...

Benedictine Brewery: Community supports heritage-driven project

December 2017 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Benedictine Brewery: Community supports heritage-driven project

[caption id="attachment_8033" align="alignleft" width="300"] The brewery is being built on the west side of the Abbey hill on Humpert Lane. Brenna Wiegand[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand One hundred volunteers – the majority monks and seminarians – gathered Nov. 11 on a gentle slope ...

Be prepared: Kennedy teens CERT trained and ready to help

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[caption id="attachment_8038" align="alignright" width="300"] CERT coordinator Crystal Williams, with Mount Angel CERT teens Whitney Lopez, Draiven Follis, Melanie Lopez and Officer Charlie Hall. Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Mount Angel can boast a unique accomplishment – one that would make any community, ...

Rock’n Latte: Adding a shot of fun for customers

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[caption id="attachment_8037" align="alignleft" width="225"] Ash Davidson, Cheryl Baurer and Abby Hartt of Rock’n Latte.[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Would you like biscuits and gravy to go with your morning latte? Just look for the giant red-and-white guitar perched up inside of a coffee ...

Holly days: Busy, busy time for couple juggling three businesses

December 2017 Posted in Business, Community, Garden, Other | Comments Off on Holly days: Busy, busy time for couple juggling three businesses

By Nancy Jennings If you are picking up your mail or shipping a package at Silverton’s Postal Connections, there’s a good chance you will be greeted by Don Harteloo. Ask how he is doing on any given day and he will ...

Carrying on tradition: Belgian Underground explores its roots

December 2017 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Carrying on tradition: Belgian Underground explores its roots

[caption id="attachment_8034" align="alignleft" width="169"] Dale Coleman and Sheldon Lesire in Belgium.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner “Verzetsbir is ode aan grootvader,” read a recent headline in the Belgian newspaper “Het Belang Van Limburg.” Translated it reads, “Resistance beer is ode to grandfather.” The beer in ...

Football flashback: Foxes, Trojans make playoff runs

December 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Football flashback: Foxes, Trojans make playoff runs

Silverton High turned in a 7-4 football season under first-year coach Josh Craig and came within 57 seconds of advancing to the Class 5A semifinals. “We’re very proud of these guys,” Craig told Our Town. “We couldn’t ask for a better ...

Call of duty: Those who served cite love of country, friendship, sacrifice

November 2017 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Call of duty: Those who served cite love of country, friendship, sacrifice

By Nancy Jennings Jim Kosel, 75, has been married to Martha for 50 years. Both veterans, the Mount Angel residents have three children, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Their son, Darren, served as a Navy Air Traffic Controller during the Operation ...

Points Beyond: Building an ‘intentional community’ in Silverton

November 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Points Beyond: Building an ‘intentional community’ in Silverton

By Melissa Wagoner Something new is going on at the top of Danger Hill. “We’ve heard people talk about us being a commune or a bunch of hippies,” laughed Victor Madge, architect of the project. “We’re not a commune.” Instead, they are ...

Grandview: For the empty nester

November 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Grandview: For the empty nester

By Nancy Jennings A new 55+ community housing development is coming to Mount Angel. Under construction since August 2016, “Grandview in Mount Angel” plans to complete 56 single-story homes. Built on just under eight acres, the project is slated for completion ...

New construction: Subdivision designed for ‘aging population’

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Eight new, energy-efficient homes were recently completed in a rejuvenated portion of Silverton’s Milltown neighborhood. Castlebrook Estates, built by Dale’s Remodeling of Salem, is designed to meet the needs of an aging population. The homes feature lots of light, larger ...

It’s a go: City to purchase Eugene Field site

November 2017 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on It’s a go: City to purchase Eugene Field site

By James Day The city of Silverton plans to purchase the Eugene Field School site to develop a new civic center that will include a police station, City Hall and new council chambers. The City Council voted 7-0 at a special meeting ...

Silverton’s proposed $.02 gas tax

November 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Silverton’s proposed $.02 gas tax

Our streets desperately need your help! For decades, our 30-plus miles of roadway in Silverton have slowly deteriorated and our traffic congestion problems have increased. Why has this happened? The City of Silverton has been unable to generate sufficient funds to ...