I, robotics: Students earn awards

January 2019 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on I, robotics: Students earn awards

[caption id="attachment_8942" align="alignright" width="300"] Mt. Angel Middle School VEX IQ Robotics at the recent competition. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Robotics isn’t just a fun, extracurricular activity for kids; it also prepares them for a career in the growing tech industry, according ...

Ready, set, pickleball! Multi-generational sport free through Jan. 31

January 2019 Posted in Community, Sports, Your Health | Comments Off on Ready, set, pickleball! Multi-generational sport free through Jan. 31

[caption id="attachment_8941" align="alignleft" width="300"] Poppy and David Shell initiated the pickleball games at the Silverton Community Center.Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings A fun way to beat the winter doldrums can be found at Silverton’s YMCA. “Pickleball,” a sport with an odd name ...

Good marks: Silver Falls, Mt. Angel rank high in Best School District results

January 2019 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Good marks: Silver Falls, Mt. Angel rank high in Best School District results

[caption id="attachment_8943" align="alignright" width="296"] Kindergartner Silas Kuenzi, left, and first grader Kyler Nuttman of Evergreen School dissect a squid in their science studies last fall.Courtesy Silver Falls School District[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Neighboring Silver Falls and Mt. Angel school districts received exceptional ...

Shelaswau Bushnell Crier to give keynote at King observance

January 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Shelaswau Bushnell Crier to give keynote at King observance

Shelaswau Bushnell Crier will give the keynote address following a community potluck in celebration of Dr, Martin Luther King Day at the Silverton Grange on Monday, Jan. 21. Co-sponsored by Silverton People For Peace and the Silverton Grange, the event is ...

Storytelling: Duo uses video to record memories for posterity

January 2019 Posted in Business, Community, People | Comments Off on Storytelling: Duo uses video to record memories for posterity

[caption id="attachment_8940" align="alignright" width="300"] Michael Turner and Zach Esperanza,owners of Pass It On Productions.Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Zach Esperanza has witnessed a lot of goodbyes during his tenure as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department at the Oregon Health and ...

Fresh faces: Meet Legacy Silverton’s first boy, girl born in 2019

January 2019 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Fresh faces: Meet Legacy Silverton’s first boy, girl born in 2019

[caption id="attachment_8939" align="alignleft" width="273"] Maria Rios Najar and Osualdo Rios Diaz with their new son, Adriel Rios Najar, the first baby boy born in 2019 on Jan. 1 at Legacy Silverton. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Proud parents, Maria Rios Najar and ...

Nothing’s easy: Silvertowne tenants, management struggle with processes

January 2019 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Nothing’s easy: Silvertowne tenants, management struggle with processes

By Brenna Wiegand Frustrated in their dealings with management, in July some Silvertowne I and II apartment residents formed a tenants association, looking to increase their effectiveness in dealing with Integrated Supports for Living, the nonprofit organization that took over the ...

In search of…Silverton rentals are hard to come by

January 2019 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on In search of…Silverton rentals are hard to come by

By Melissa Wagoner Finding a place to rent in Silverton right now is a bit like finding a needle in a haystack, according to Becky Craig, a Property Manager at Silverton Realty. “It is nuts,” she said. “I cannot believe how ...

50-year span: Senior center broadens programs to serve wide-ranging interests

January 2019 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on 50-year span: Senior center broadens programs to serve wide-ranging interests

By Melissa Wagoner “Our goal is to be the hub of all things senior and to be all things social,” Silverton Senior Center Executive Director Dodie Brockamp said. With nearly 1,000 visitors to the Center every year, she has a big ...

In the moment: Kind, grateful service Jan. 6

January 2019 Posted in Community | Comments Off on In the moment: Kind, grateful service Jan. 6

Beginning Jan. 6 the Church of the Moment will begin weekly Sunday 10 a.m. “services” in the Live Local space at 107 N. Water St., Silverton. In meetings with couples for weddings and families for funerals, Mike Ashland has heard a ...

Hope for the New Year: What’s yours?

January 2019 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Hope for the New Year: What’s yours?

By Melissa Wagoner The beginning of a new year is often viewed as a clean slate, a time of fresh beginnings that brings hope to those who need it. Although most people use the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions as ...

Timbered timbre: Amphitheater proposed for Coolidge McClaine Park

December 2018 Posted in Community, Music & Band | Comments Off on Timbered timbre: Amphitheater proposed for Coolidge McClaine Park

[caption id="attachment_8844" align="alignleft" width="300"] A design for the amphitheater proposed for Coolidge McClaine Park in Silverton. Submitted Image[/caption] When a group of six friends started talking about building an amphitheater in Silverton’s Coolidge McClaine Park, they didn’t know such a structure ...

3,000 trees: Watershed council enables planting

December 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on 3,000 trees: Watershed council enables planting

[caption id="attachment_8843" align="alignleft" width="300"] OSU Extension Marion County 4-H Youth Enviro Squad Volunteers. Submitted Photo[/caption] The Pudding River Watershed Council worked with landowners to plant 3,000 trees in the watershed area during 2018. The cedar, pine, fir and willow seedlings were  ...

Miracle in the mist: A December Sunday at Lone Pine

December 2018 Posted in Community, Other, People | Comments Off on Miracle in the mist: A December Sunday at Lone Pine

by Robert McGowan There are many spots in the Silverton-Mount Angel area that have colloquial names. All probably have some historical significance. Some represent a community or area like Drakes Crossing or Bethany. Others are more localized like Rocky Four Corners. ...

Natural beauty: 19-year-old entrepreneur thriving

December 2018 Posted in Business, Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Natural beauty: 19-year-old entrepreneur thriving

[caption id="attachment_8840" align="alignright" width="207"] Antonina Kuznetsov with her dog Ava-Jade. Submitted Photo[/caption] By Nancy Jennings In 2014, Antonina Kuznetsov was a 15-year-old living in the small city of Fosston, Minnesota, on a mission – to become an entrepreneur. After taking the necessary ...

Lighting the way: Children’s Parade of Lanterns helps homeless

December 2018 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Lighting the way: Children’s Parade of Lanterns helps homeless

[caption id="attachment_8815" align="alignleft" width="300"] The inaugural Parade of Lanterns will use battery operated light sources, not candles or lit flames. © Tatyana Tomsickova / 123rf.com[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner “Silverton is the town that still believes and I think children remind us of ...

A jolly heirloom: Retro Santa returns to Silverton

December 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on A jolly heirloom: Retro Santa returns to Silverton

[caption id="attachment_8811" align="alignleft" width="300"] Heather Desmarteau-Fast and Courtney Fast, owners of the Coffee Station and Stamen and Pistil with the vintage Santa from the old 76 Station. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] A piece of Christmas past is coming home to downtown Silverton in ...

Show us the ‘Monet’: Part of proceeds benefit Silverton Warming Shelter

December 2018 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Show us the ‘Monet’: Part of proceeds benefit Silverton Warming Shelter

[caption id="attachment_8813" align="alignleft" width="300"] Silverton Sheltering Services’ Sarah White and photographer Michael Stevens. Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Helping the homeless can be as easy as buying a magnet. An assortment of refrigerator magnets and greeting cards capturing photographic images of France’s ...

Bag ban: Silverton Council prepares to take action

December 2018 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Bag ban: Silverton Council prepares to take action

By Paula Mabry After two years of discussion before the Silverton Environmental Management Committee and City Council, banning single-use plastic bags returns to the council agenda Dec. 3. This time as an action item. The goal, according to councilors, is to ...

A question of balance: Budget appointments draw challenges

December 2018 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on A question of balance: Budget appointments draw challenges

By Teresa Williams Jackson The Silver Falls School Board appointed three members to the district budget committee at its Nov. 5 meeting. Despite having three women among its seven applicants, two of whom have never served on the committee, the board elected ...

Vintage industrial spark: Artist handcrafts objects of wonder

December 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on Vintage industrial spark: Artist handcrafts objects of wonder

By Nancy Jennings With 16 of his edgy art pieces being displayed in September at Lunaria Gallery, Silverton artist Joshua Kinsey knows how to make an impression. After all, he has sold his creations worldwide. Classifying his art’s aesthetic as “vintage ...

December Briefs

November 2018 Posted in Briefs, Community | Comments Off on December Briefs

Brush Creek auditioning for youth play Brush Creek will be holding auditions for actors and would-be actors up through the age of 18 to perform in the 2019 children and youth show, The Pirate’s Paradise, directed by Linda Zellner. This adventure is ...

Shop Hop-ing: $1,000+ in prizes

November 2018 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Shop Hop-ing: $1,000+ in prizes

Grab your passport inside this edition of Our Town and get ready to Shop Hop for a chance to win more than $1,000 in gift certificates. The Silverton and Mt. Angel chambers of commerce are banding together, expanding this year’s ...

Million lights: Garden to shine

November 2018 Posted in Business, Community, Garden | Comments Off on Million lights: Garden to shine

A dazzling display of one million lights will illuminate the seventh annual Christmas in the Garden at The Oregon Garden. This year features an added 250,000 lights in the Rediscovery Forest, an expanded ice skating rink, a holiday concert by ...

Jazzercise benefits SACA

November 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on Jazzercise benefits SACA

Silverton Jazzercise will hold its 29th Thanksgiving benefit for Silverton Area Community Aid this year. Thursday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m. all fitness levels are invited to join in an hour-long aerobic and muscle toning session at the Silverton Community Center, 421 ...