Adapting to closures: School superintendents discuss service strategies

April 2020 Posted in Community, News, School | Comments Off on Adapting to closures: School superintendents discuss service strategies

By Brenna Wiegand Since Oregon closed its schools in mid-March due to the spread of the highly infectious coronavirus, local superintendents have been on a wild ride, chasing after ways to maintain their responsibility to the students. Buildings may be closed, ...

Policy change: Cities change access rules because of virus

April 2020 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Policy change: Cities change access rules because of virus

By James Day Silverton and Mount Angel both have changed their policies on public access to municipal buildings in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and the governor’s social-distancing orders. City Hall offices in Silverton and Mount Angel were closed to the ...

Surge protection: Legacy, Santiam hospitals prepare

April 2020 Posted in Community, News, Your Health | Comments Off on Surge protection: Legacy, Santiam hospitals prepare

By Steve Ritchie As the number of COVID-19 cases quickly grows in Oregon and throughout the country, government leaders and public health authorities have focused their attention on the readiness of hospitals to deal with an influx of coronavirus patients. With 43 ...

Shockwaves: Silverton’s community aid suppliers plan for hard weeks

April 2020 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Shockwaves: Silverton’s community aid suppliers plan for hard weeks

By Melissa Wagoner This time may very well be the calm before the storm for many community aid organizations, including both Sheltering Silverton and Silverton Area Community Aid (SACA), as more and more people lose their jobs or are laid off ...

Transformative experiences: Sr. Tisot on Fr. Bernard Youth Center

November 2019 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Transformative experiences: Sr. Tisot on Fr. Bernard Youth Center

By Mary Owen Sister Jeanine Tisot has been a Sister of Mercy for about 40 years, having entered her community in 1980. “We are an apostolic, vs. monastic, community dedicated to the poor, sick and uneducated,” said Tisot, who was raised in ...

Dandelion dreams: New shop fulfills mother’s long-held wish

November 2019 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Dandelion dreams: New shop fulfills mother’s long-held wish

[caption id="attachment_9547" align="alignleft" width="238"] Sarah Sampson with husband, Derek, and daughters, Ginger and Piper. Courtesy of Annie Smith photography[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Sarah Sampson, owner of The Wild Dandelion in Silverton, welcomes customers with a sassy “Open” sign on her door saying: ...

Year-end bounty: Sourcing holiday meals at Silverton Winter Market

November 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Year-end bounty: Sourcing holiday meals at Silverton Winter Market

By Melissa Wagoner Holiday meal planning can be a great time to experiment with locally sourced foods, according to Sarah Brown, owner of Diggin’ Roots Farm in Silverton. “Eating local around the holidays is a unique opportunity to raise awareness with family ...

Fix high school sound system

November 2019 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community | Comments Off on Fix high school sound system

Fix high school sound system A year ago we attended our grandson’s graduation from Silverton High School. He was one of the valedictorian speakers, and of course, we were looking forward to hearing his speech. We knew we’d be seated in ...

November Briefs

November 2019 Posted in Community, News, Other, People | Comments Off on November Briefs

Jazzercise Thanksgiving benefit celebrates 30th year Silverton Jazzercise will hold its 30th Thanksgiving morning benefit class for Silverton Area Community Aid on Thursday, Nov. 28, at 9 a.m. at the Silverton Community Center, 421 S. Water St., Silverton. Admission is $5 ...

The perfect match: Historical piano meets historical house

November 2019 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on The perfect match: Historical piano meets historical house

[caption id="attachment_9512" align="alignright" width="300"] Tasha Huebner playing the piano from the 1890s that she moved into her home, also built in 1890. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Historical objects really speak to Tasha Huebner. So, when she came across a listing for ...

Violence in America: Discussion centers on guns, but problem runs deeper

November 2019 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Violence in America: Discussion centers on guns, but problem runs deeper

By Melissa Wagoner In a small town in Pennsylvania in 2005, Trish Ambrose’s 18-year-old neighbor, and good friend to her son, fatally shot his parents at point-blank range. “I was interrupted while dressing that morning by a phone call from [the killer’s ...

We can make a difference

November 2019 Posted in Community | Comments Off on We can make a difference

We are asking for your ideas at this upcoming Community Forum on how you already reduce plastics, recycle materials, purchase less toxic products, store foods, save on water, reduce individual use of fossil fuels, and more. Please attend this forum ...

District champs: Kennedy blasts Culver, moves to No. 1 in Class 2A

November 2019 Posted in Community, School, Sports, Travel, Your Health | Comments Off on District champs: Kennedy blasts Culver, moves to No. 1 in Class 2A

On a cool autumn Senior Night the Kennedy High football team checked off the final box in an undefeated Special District 2 season. The defending state champion Trojans dismantled Culver 40-6 on Oct. 25 to improve to 5-0 in league play ...

Extra protection: Foundation donates disinfectant wipes to schools

November 2019 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Extra protection: Foundation donates disinfectant wipes to schools

[caption id="attachment_9510" align="alignleft" width="242"] Silver Falls Superintendent Paul Peterson examines the large shipment of antibacterial wipes to be distributed to every classroom in the district. The donation was made possible by a dedicated school nurse and Silverton Health Foundation.[/caption] By Brenna ...

Bridging the Opportunity Gap

October 2019 Posted in Community, People, School | Comments Off on Bridging the Opportunity Gap

At its best, America is a nation where every individual has opportunities to get an education, find work, support oneself and their family, and be a contributing member of this great democratic society. By many measures, Oregon’s economy is booming. The ...

Up another notch: Ratchet Brewery now open in Silverton

October 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Up another notch: Ratchet Brewery now open in Silverton

By Melissa Wagoner Dan Miletta can’t wait to get back to doing what he loves, brewing beer, a pastime he has mostly put aside for the last six months while he and business partner William Mary refurbished the space that previously ...

Daunting details: Teachers’ union, district, continue discussions

October 2019 Posted in Community, People, School | Comments Off on Daunting details: Teachers’ union, district, continue discussions

By Brenna Wiegand Contract negotiations between Silver Falls School District and the Silver Falls Education Association resumed Sept. 24 after the union, frustrated, walked out of the Aug. 5 bargaining session. More than 100 educators and community members turned out in red ...

Being present: Silverton Grange hosts Nonviolent workshop

October 2019 Posted in Briefs, Community, People | Comments Off on Being present: Silverton Grange hosts Nonviolent workshop

By Brenna Wiegand A general stress pervades our society – something nobody talks about. People consider so many subjects “out of bounds” and the fear of conflict or stress or awkwardness is preventing them from sharing their opinions. Nonviolent Communication (NVC), an upcoming ...

Into the forest: Camp LEAD – an out of classroom learning experience

October 2019 Posted in Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Into the forest: Camp LEAD – an out of classroom learning experience

[caption id="attachment_9478" align="alignleft" width="300"] A Camp LEAD group working at Silver Falls State Park. Amy Johnson[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner The importance of getting kids out of the classroom and involved in the natural world is something Special Education teacher Mike Johnson viewed ...

Small towns… Big hearts

October 2019 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, People | Comments Off on Small towns… Big hearts

I love small towns. I’ve lived in several – in Oregon, Minnesota and Alaska. Unless I was forced to, I’d never live in a big city. But I’ve been at a loss to explain to other people just why I like ...

Consider a neighborhood association

October 2019 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Consider a neighborhood association

Did you get the notice about the workshop for disaster planning? Did you hear about the changes the City of Silverton is making in its zoning codes? Did you hear about the planned development right next to you? If your ...

The right note: Silvertones choir director brings national experiences home

October 2019 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on The right note: Silvertones choir director brings national experiences home

[caption id="attachment_9456" align="alignright" width="300"] Debra Huddleston (center) with co,e of the Silvertones during a recent rehearsal. Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings She has performed at the White House, attended college in Austria, and held positions as an adjunct faculty member at Linfield ...

Academic standout: Foxes lineman earns national honor

October 2019 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Academic standout: Foxes lineman earns national honor

Silverton High senior Spencer Von Flue finished in the 97th percentile among those students nationwide who took the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Qualifying Test. [caption id="attachment_9458" align="alignright" width="183"] Silverton football’s starting center Spencer Von Flue. James Day[/caption] He is the senior ...

October Briefs

October 2019 Posted in Briefs, Community | Comments Off on October Briefs

Join in a meal, bid on a bowl The public is invited Sunday, Oct. 29, 4 - 6 p.m. to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N. Church St., Silverton for Share the Harvest. At this event, you can have a meal of ...

A global message: Silverton takes part in world-wide ‘Climate Strike’

October 2019 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on A global message: Silverton takes part in world-wide ‘Climate Strike’

[caption id="attachment_9454" align="alignleft" width="300"] Activists singing at Silverton’s Climate Strike. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner An estimated 200 activists gathered in Silverton’s Town Square Park on Friday, Sept. 20 for what they hope will be the first of many Climate Strike Protests. “This ...