You gotta pay attention…Or you might miss something

September 2019 Posted in Community | Comments Off on You gotta pay attention…Or you might miss something

Under the header of  “answers to questions nobody asked”, The Taco Bell Hotel recently opened in, where else, Southern California. “The Bell” opened to great fanfare and promised “just like our most sought after food innovation, this hotel brings something ...

Time lost counts: Schools get help tackling student chronic absenteeism

September 2019 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Time lost counts: Schools get help tackling student chronic absenteeism

[caption id="attachment_9421" align="alignright" width="300"] Educators from 29 regional schools participated in a two-day training program. Courtesy Sean Aker[/caption] By Steve Ritchie Former JFK principal Sean Aker has a simple message to convey in his new job:  Every Day Matters. It sounds like it ...

Moral fiction: Silverton author explores her own worlds of wonder

September 2019 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on Moral fiction: Silverton author explores her own worlds of wonder

[caption id="attachment_9429" align="alignleft" width="185"] Lisa Lowell[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Silverton is known for its majestic waterfalls and extensive artistic community. Among those artists is author Lisa Lowell. She was raised in a large family of creative, imaginative types. Her maternal grandmother wrote ...

Gut reaction: Nutritional therapist puts digestion at center of good health

September 2019 Posted in Business, Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Gut reaction: Nutritional therapist puts digestion at center of good health

[caption id="attachment_9424" align="alignright" width="203"] Megan Templeman Submitted Photo[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Along with the popularity of consuming more probiotics in our diets, the quest to get and maintain a “healthy gut” can be a challenging feat. Sublimity resident Megan Templeman wants to ...

End of an era: Silver Grille closes its doors

September 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on End of an era: Silver Grille closes its doors

[caption id="attachment_9426" align="alignright" width="215"] Jeff and Naomi Nizlek during their last week at Silver Grille. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner The Silver Grille in Silverton closed its doors after 23 years of service on Sept. 1. “There [were] a ton of reasons,” Chef ...

Civics 101: September

September 2019 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Civics 101: September

Change in the air  Mount Angel City Manager departs By Melissa Wagoner Mount Angel city government has experienced a recent upheaval with two of its leaders taking their leave within 30 days of each other. First, Mayor Andrew Otte resigned on Aug. 5 ...

Blue Star: Oregon Garden honors veterans with new memorial marker

September 2019 Posted in Community, Garden, People | Comments Off on Blue Star: Oregon Garden honors veterans with new memorial marker

By Brenna Wiegand The Oregon Garden is calling all veterans to the dedication of a Blue Star Memorial Marker being installed to honor the country’s veterans. The Garden is partnering with the Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs to install the marker, ...

More than maps: Geography curriculum developed with trip to Greece

September 2019 Posted in Community, Travel | Comments Off on More than maps: Geography curriculum developed with trip to Greece

[caption id="attachment_9408" align="alignleft" width="300"] Savannah Sinn at the Acropolis.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Teaching geography can be difficult, but it is especially tricky when the students are five years old.  “We don’t have a specific geography curriculum,” Savannah Sinn, a kindergarten teacher at Bush ...

‘Long Time Gone’: Memories of Woodstock

September 2019 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on ‘Long Time Gone’: Memories of Woodstock

[caption id="attachment_9395" align="alignright" width="300"] Poppy Shell[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand The nation recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of Woodstock and a Silverton resident with strong ties to that festival – who also appeared in the classic film of the concert – is now ...

All in a day’s work: Silverton city employees rescue wildlife

September 2019 Posted in Community | Comments Off on All in a day’s work: Silverton city employees rescue wildlife

[caption id="attachment_9390" align="alignleft" width="300"] Jesse Siewell cleaning the rescued fawn at Silverton Wastewater Treatment Plant. Courtesy Steve Starner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner An unexpected rescue took place on Aug. 15 at the Silverton Wastewater Treatment Plant. City employees, Jesse Siewell, Mike Downey and ...

Gun violence: Silverton family’s daughter killed in Salem shooting

September 2019 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Gun violence: Silverton family’s daughter killed in Salem shooting

[caption id="attachment_9389" align="alignright" width="261"] Jennifer Black Submitted Photo[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Gun violence hit close to home at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18, when 40 year-old, Jennifer Black – daughter of Chris Mayou and Larry Black of Silverton – was fatally ...

Changing of guard for Mount Angel mayor

September 2019 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Changing of guard for Mount Angel mayor

[caption id="attachment_9398" align="alignleft" width="200"] Kelly Grassman[/caption] Mount Angel Mayor Andrew Otte  handed in his resignation at the Aug. 5 City Council meeting. He recently moved outside the city limits. “People move all the time,” Mt. Angel City Manager Amber Mathiesen said, adding ...

Fresh perspective: Silver Falls School District hires interim superintendent

September 2019 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Fresh perspective: Silver Falls School District hires interim superintendent

[caption id="attachment_9393" align="alignleft" width="200"] Silver Falls School District’s Interim Superintendent Paul Peterson. Submitted Photo[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand As the football team practices outside the window of his new office, Paul Peterson is gearing up as Silver Falls School District’s Interim Superintendent for ...

Seeing double: Northwest twins to walk in Homer Davenport Parade

July 2019 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Seeing double: Northwest twins to walk in Homer Davenport Parade

[caption id="attachment_9333" align="alignright" width="300"] Is it Lara Ghio Gaitan and Vicky Ghio-Lopez, or the other way around? They’re not telling. Submitted Photo[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Three years ago Lara Ghio Gaitan and her identical twin sister, Vicky Ghio-Lopez, attended the largest celebration ...

A ‘Wendy house’: Enchanting playhouse built as fundraiser for ASAP

July 2019 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on A ‘Wendy house’: Enchanting playhouse built as fundraiser for ASAP

[caption id="attachment_9330" align="alignleft" width="243"] Mailey Peterson looks on as Bailey and Lil’ Dawg enjoy the spacious playhouse front porch Brenna Wiegand[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Hard to believe half a dozen years have passed since the middle school after-school program began. At the time, ...

Pirouette: Globetrotting ballet dancer thankful for her Silverton roots

July 2019 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, People, School | Comments Off on Pirouette: Globetrotting ballet dancer thankful for her Silverton roots

She is a dynamic woman, a wonderful ballerina who has danced in galas on Broadway and across the world. Smart as a whip, charismatic as all get out, planning to major in biological science. Her work ethic is impeccable. Her ...

Veteran addition: Limbird to coach Foxes boys soccer

July 2019 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Veteran addition: Limbird to coach Foxes boys soccer

[caption id="attachment_9311" align="alignright" width="181"] Marty Limbird is the new boys soccer coach at Silverton High. The Silverton resident has both youth and community college coaching experience. Submitted Photo[/caption] Marty Limbird, a long-time youth soccer coach in the Silverton area who also ...

Swimming: A healthy, life sport for any age

July 2019 Posted in Community, Sports, Your Health | Comments Off on Swimming: A healthy, life sport for any age

[caption id="attachment_9305" align="alignright" width="222"] Diane Brooke likes to everywhere – including the ocean in colder seasons. Submitted Photo[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Diane Brooke likes everything about swimming. “[I]t makes me feel so joyful and good,” she explained. “The feeling of being in the ...

Unlocking origins: Adoptees advocate for more resources

July 2019 Posted in Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Unlocking origins: Adoptees advocate for more resources

By Melissa Wagoner Laura Antonson and Tyler Boland have two fundamental things in common; they both love plants – Antonson is a Landscape Design Architect and Boland is the Horticulture Manager at the Oregon Garden – and they are both adopted ...

Anybody smell…Burnt weenies?

July 2019 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community | Comments Off on Anybody smell…Burnt weenies?

If you see some local parents huddled around their phones eagerly awaiting the next Snapchat-y, Instagram or Facebook-y you’ll know their child was part of the Oregon Ambassadors of Music group now touring seven European countries to make the hills ...

Kiwanis launches Imagination Library program

July 2019 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Kiwanis launches Imagination Library program

Along with the start of the summer reading program at the Silver Falls Library came the start of a new book program for the community – Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL). The program, which is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club ...

Superintendent retires: Andy Bellando leaves Silver Falls district

July 2019 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Superintendent retires: Andy Bellando leaves Silver Falls district

[caption id="attachment_9303" align="alignleft" width="300"] Andy Bellando and his granddaughter Elizabeth. Submitted Photo[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Silver Falls School District Super-intendent Andy Bellando retired July 1 after a 34-year career in education, the last 31 in Silverton. Coincidentally, he and wife Rhonda just celebrated ...

Briefs July 2019

July 2019 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Briefs July 2019

Silverton Eagle Scout leads Rose Festival Color Guard The Cascade Pacific Counsel of the Boy Scouts of America were asked to lead the color guard of the Portland Rose Festival Parade last month. About 200 scouts and adult leaders from around ...

Beneath the surface: Early detection of Alzheimer’s plays crucial role

July 2019 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Beneath the surface: Early detection of Alzheimer’s plays crucial role

[caption id="attachment_9279" align="alignright" width="300"] Maxine Davis with her daughter Christy as an infant – and Colonel Sanders. Submitted PhotoS[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Christy Davis of Silverton recently had to say goodbye to her mother, Maxine Davis, for the last time – but ...

Heavenly Yogurt: Silverton couple serves up frozen sweetness

July 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Heavenly Yogurt: Silverton couple serves up frozen sweetness

[caption id="attachment_9281" align="alignleft" width="300"] April, Kayla and Mitch Sattler of Heavenly Yogurt. Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings April Sattler has found herself doing what she’d done as a 16-year-old – working in a frozen yogurt shop. Except this time around, Sattler, 50, ...