Bringing it inside: Winter Market keeps farmers connected to customers

November 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Bringing it inside: Winter Market keeps farmers connected to customers

[caption id="attachment_8776" align="alignleft" width="300"] Dan with Silver Falls Bread Company[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner “Sometimes ‘feeding your neighbors’ is a metaphorical concept, and sometimes it’s literally the best thing you can do,” Hilary Dumitrescu said when asked about the new partnership between the ...

Road trip: FFA brings home gold from Indianapolis

November 2018 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Road trip: FFA brings home gold from Indianapolis

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300"]By James Day FFA Advisor Scott Towery, left, with Kyle Drescher, Jerome Kuenzi, Byron Kuenzi and Collin Standley of the Silverton FFA program are shown at the national convention in Indianapolis Submitted photo[/caption] The Silverton High FFA program ...

Rooted in creativity: Bringing back spirit of Silverton’s Old Oak

November 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Rooted in creativity: Bringing back spirit of Silverton’s Old Oak

[caption id="attachment_8778" align="alignleft" width="300"] Carole DeMar in front of the Old Oak mural at Talking Oak Studios. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner The Old Oak tree – once a gathering place for Native Americans and a landmark for early settlers of Silverton ...

Shouldn’t be this hard: But then again, I’m not that bright . . .

November 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community | Comments Off on Shouldn’t be this hard: But then again, I’m not that bright . . .

With all the great fall weather we’ve been having it doesn’t seem possible that it’s almost Christmas...The Oregon Garden will be lit by a new record 1 million lights, Silverton and Mt. Angel shoppers will be Shop Hopping for the ...

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 ...

Thank you, Silverton: Guest Opinion

November 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Thank you, Silverton: Guest Opinion

Never before have I sent a letter to the editor, but the true kindess and caring showed to us when our RV broke down just below the Reinhart Farm has us left with a grateful heart at the true kindness ...

Count your blessings: And avoid the stores Thanksgiving Day

November 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community | Comments Off on Count your blessings: And avoid the stores Thanksgiving Day

A traditionalist by nature, I am not one to treat Thanksgiving like a quick bus stop in a sleepy, one-horse town enroute to the Big City green and red lights. Don’t get me wrong. I love Christmas and look forward ...

Downsizing: Living big in small spaces

November 2018 Posted in Community, Other, People | Comments Off on Downsizing: Living big in small spaces

[caption id="attachment_8737" align="alignleft" width="300"] Becky Gilliam-Madge and Sam Madge in front of their small home in Silverton.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Tamara Swanson likes to say she lives big – just in a small space.“It’s very elegant and it doesn’t seem small at ...

Goin’ nuts together: Mount Angel, Silverton partner on festival, shop hop

November 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Other, People | Comments Off on Goin’ nuts together: Mount Angel, Silverton partner on festival, shop hop

By Melissa Wagoner After seven years, Mount Angel’s annual Hazelnut Festival was hanging in limbo due to the recent passing of its co-founder Maureen Ernst. “There was some talk about, ‘I don’t know if this is going to happen this year,’” ...

The right note: Silverton Friends of Music develops new children’s choir

November 2018 Posted in Community, Music & Band | Comments Off on The right note: Silverton Friends of Music develops new children’s choir

By Melissa Wagoner In August Sophia Wood posted on Facebook asking Silvertonians if they were interested in the creation of an elementary age children’s choir – and the results blew her away. “I was in choir when I was a kid ...

Gone fishin’: Veterans thanked, treated to a little relaxation and fishing

November 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Gone fishin’: Veterans thanked, treated to a little relaxation and fishing

[caption id="attachment_8729" align="alignleft" width="255"] Silverton resident Bernie Hoene is president of Take a Soldier Fishing, providing thanks to veterans in the form of fishing trips.[/caption] By Nancy Jennings For Bernie Hoene, showing gratitude to our veterans is as easy as baiting a ...

Mount Angel postmaster sworn in

November 2018 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Mount Angel postmaster sworn in

[caption id="attachment_8730" align="alignright" width="237"] Postmaster Mellody Wilkins Submitted Photo[/caption] Mount Angel’s new Postmaster, Mellody Wilkins, was officially sworn into office on Sept. 25 in the village  gazebo. Jami Goodpaster, Manager of Post Office Operations, performed the ceremony. Wilkins was appointed to ...

‘MADA’: Strangers gather to talk over dinner and find common ground

November 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on ‘MADA’: Strangers gather to talk over dinner and find common ground

[caption id="attachment_8727" align="alignleft" width="300"] Diners at the first MADA event at St. Edward’s Episcopal Church in Silverton. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Nine strangers were recently asked to find two things they all shared. Gathered at a Make America Dinner Again (MADA) ...

Multigenerations: Grandparents help solve childcare problems

November 2018 Posted in Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Multigenerations: Grandparents help solve childcare problems

[caption id="attachment_8731" align="alignright" width="300"] Joyce Beck with grandsons Gavin and Ethan[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Childcare can be difficult for parents whose work schedule falls outside of regular business hours but many parents are finding the answer to their problem in the guise ...

Food for America: Silverton FFA shares ‘Ag’ lessons with youngsters

October 2018 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Food for America: Silverton FFA shares ‘Ag’ lessons with youngsters

[caption id="attachment_8705" align="alignright" width="300"] Elementary students on a hay ride at the Food for America event at Silverton High School. Mellisa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Kili Kato remembers attending the Silverton High School FFA’s annual Food for America event when she was ...

The next step: Silverton Grange experiments with new training program

October 2018 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on The next step: Silverton Grange experiments with new training program

[caption id="attachment_8710" align="alignleft" width="300"] Silverton Grange members Rose Hope, Dorothy Ramig, Cayla Catino and Lennie Martin are among those seeking to keep the local grange vibrant and relevant to the needs of the community. Brenna Wiegand[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand The local grange ...

Decluttering: Change in season offers opportunity to organize

October 2018 Posted in Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Decluttering: Change in season offers opportunity to organize

By Melissa Wagoner “Whenever the seasons change is a good time to de-clutter,” Elyse McGowan-Kidd, owner of Kidd De-Clutter in Silverton said. “We are wired for change during the shift of the seasons. Each season has its own theme and therefore ...

Briefs for October 15, 2018

October 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Briefs for October 15, 2018

Queen of Angels benefit dinner set for Oct. 28 The Founder’s Day Dinner is a special night benifiting the Queen of Angels monastic community. The event will take place in historic Agatha Hall at Queen of Angels Monastery in Mount Angel, ...

Pioneer trees: GeerCrest orchard receives heritage status

October 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Garden | Comments Off on Pioneer trees: GeerCrest orchard receives heritage status

[caption id="attachment_8708" align="alignright" width="229"] Jim Toler, fifth-generation family owner of GeerCrest Farm, in the farm’s fruit orchard dating back to the 1850s. The grove was recently given Heritage Tree designation by the Oregon Travel Information Council. Brenna Wiegand[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand A ...

Kuenzi to rescue: Deep Foxes keep up winning ways

October 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Kuenzi to rescue: Deep Foxes keep up winning ways

“I was just trying to fill in for Hayden Roth and do as good a job as he did,” Nathan Kuenzi said. “I really enjoyed it. That was the most fun game I’ve ever played.” The Silverton High running back was talking ...

Smith has history of community service

October 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community | Comments Off on Smith has history of community service

To the Editor: With elections for the City of Silverton fast approaching, I write in support of  the re-election of Dana Smith. During her past years in office, Dana has served the city of Silverton and its citizens admirably, effectively handling ...

Ancestral methods: Local foodie offers homemade tortillas – and more

September 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Ancestral methods: Local foodie offers homemade tortillas – and more

[caption id="attachment_8670" align="alignleft" width="257"] Elizabeth Voth displaying tacos made from her blue corn tortillas. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner When Elizabeth Voth cooks she focuses not just on taste but on making sure the nutrients in her food are both present and ...

Another round: Silverton council tweaks transitional housing code changes

September 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Another round: Silverton council tweaks transitional housing code changes

By Paula Mabry Silverton’s third city council round of public testimony on the proposed code changes to permit transitional housing closed at 7:54 p.m. Sept. 10. Then it was the councilors’ turn to waded into the discussion. And while it was clear that ...