Cultural divide: St. Paul’s wrestles with serving a diverse congregation

March 2017 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Cultural divide: St. Paul’s wrestles with serving a diverse congregation

By Steve Ritchie The absence of a long-time parish employee, fears of losing Spanish-language religious education classes, and a change in venue for Spanish-language Sunday mass have rocked Silverton’s St. Paul Catholic Church community. Recent tensions escalated into accusations of racism, discrimination ...

Junior First: Noe Jines

March 2017 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Junior First: Noe Jines

[caption id="attachment_7693" align="alignleft" width="194"] Noe Jines[/caption] By Kristine Thomas All it took was some encouragement for Noe Jines to begin taking small steps leading to larger steps to become more involved in his school and community. A Kennedy High School senior, Jines ...

People first: Columbia Bank

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[caption id="attachment_7697" align="alignleft" width="300"] Columbia Bank Staff[/caption] By Dixon Bledsoe Melanie Dressel would have been so proud. “Columbia Bank’s Chief Executive Officer, Melanie Dressel, is the reason why our culture is personable and is built to put people first”, said Kristi Brackinreed, Mount Angel ...

Distinguished Service: Kathy Wall, Randy Wavra honored

March 2017 Posted in Community, Other, People | Comments Off on Distinguished Service: Kathy Wall, Randy Wavra honored

[caption id="attachment_7700" align="alignleft" width="213"] Kathy Wall[/caption] By Nancy Jennings When she isn’t volunteering around town, Kathy Wall loves to travel. She is known to hit the open road in her camper van with her devoted dog, Mara, a copper-colored Vizsla. “Once I ...

Volunteer of the Year: Ryan Kleinschmidt

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[caption id="attachment_7692" align="alignleft" width="200"] Ryan Kleinschmidt[/caption] By Steve Ritchie The town of Mount Angel is legendary for its strong volunteer ethic. From Oktoberfest to youth sports to city government to the fire department to a host of non-profit and religious organizations, Mount Angel ...

The Itch: Call of the great outdoors

March 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community | Comments Off on The Itch: Call of the great outdoors

It’s the beginning of March. It’s been cold. Usually wet. We’ve seen our share of rain. Even snow this year. The sky is dark and gray, gray, gray, and the days have been short. It’s the time of year best ...

Victory gardens: A revival

March 2017 Posted in Community, Garden | Comments Off on Victory gardens: A revival

By Melissa Wagoner “Uncle Sam says – garden to cut food costs,” proclaimed a victory garden advertisement printed by the US Department of Agriculture in 1917. Used to take pressure off of the food supply during World War I and II, ...

Mr. Lewis goes to Salem: Rick Lewis appointed to serve District 18

March 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Mr. Lewis goes to Salem: Rick Lewis appointed to serve District 18

[caption id="attachment_7666" align="alignleft" width="225"] Rick Lewis received many congratulations after being chosen to serve House District 18 in the Oregon Legislature.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas While Rick Lewis’ title has changed from Silverton mayor to Oregon House District 18 state representative, his commitment ...

Eager to lend a hand: Lori Pavlicek, Mount Angel First Citizen for 2016

March 2017 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Eager to lend a hand: Lori Pavlicek, Mount Angel First Citizen for 2016

By Kristine Thomas [caption id="attachment_7665" align="alignright" width="200"] Lori Butsch Pavlicek Mount Angel 2016 First Citizen.[/caption] It wasn’t until she saw it written down on paper that Lori Butsch Pavlicek became fully aware of all her volunteer work. And that realization occurred only after ...

Moonlight Masquerade: Daddy – daughter dance set for March 11

March 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Moonlight Masquerade: Daddy – daughter dance set for March 11

By Kristine Thomas Four-year-old Leah Martin reminded her dad, Andrew, about the dance in December. Three-year-old Avery Satern has mentioned the dance more than a few times to her parents, Brent and Kelly Satern. Megan Wavra, 5, and Brittyn Wavra, ...

Time capsule treasure: St. Paul’s renovation reveals pieces of history

March 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Time capsule treasure: St. Paul’s renovation reveals pieces of history

By Kristine Thomas What started as instructions to carefully remove the cornerstone dated 1947 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Silverton, turned into an unexpected historical discovery with a family connection. In January, a team began working on constructing a new narthex ...

Inked in: Tattoo artist throws party

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By Nancy Jennings Got ink?  If not, and you want some, Tattoo Artist Luke Sims would find it an honor to create permanent art on your body. Sims, 40, is the owner of The Silverton Tattoo Co., which he opened March 1, ...

Wait ‘til next year: Foxes swim team riding high

March 2017 Posted in Community, Sports | Comments Off on Wait ‘til next year: Foxes swim team riding high

“Could be a big year next year,” Silverton High swim coach Lucky Rogers said. You can’t blame Rogers for looking ahead to next season because this one was pretty special for the Foxes. Silverton’s boys and girls squads both lost just ...

Uncertain times: Somos Hispanas Unidas helps immigrants cope

February 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Uncertain times: Somos Hispanas Unidas helps immigrants cope

[caption id="attachment_7638" align="alignleft" width="300"] Fernando and Susannah Ghio and their assistant Remedios Ortiz[/caption] By Steve Ritchie The uncertainty about U.S. immigration and deportation policies has Fernando and Susannah Ghio working overtime to provide legal assistance to their clients at Somos Hispanas Unidas, ...

Rates go up: July 1 increase approved for street fees, water bills

February 2017 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Rates go up: July 1 increase approved for street fees, water bills

By Kristine Thomas Silverton Public Works Director Christian Saxe had concerns about asking the council to raise utility rates. “As a public servant, you want to avoid raising rates whenever possible,” he said. However, he faced a choice – raise street, ...

For the joy: Silverton Unified Basketball brings amazing spirit to the court

February 2017 Posted in Community, Sports | Comments Off on For the joy: Silverton Unified Basketball brings amazing spirit to the court

[caption id="attachment_7650" align="alignleft" width="300"] The 2017 Unified Foxes Basketball team. SHS Unified Foxes players in action: left, Mehey Kraskov; right, Jhonathan Shackelford; and far right, Marco Garcia-Ramirez.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas The score doesn’t begin to tell the story of Silverton High School’s ...

‘Wurst’ time: Mount Angel Festhalle becomes celebration central Feb. 24-25

February 2017 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on ‘Wurst’ time: Mount Angel Festhalle becomes celebration central Feb. 24-25

The ninth annual Mount Angel Wurstfest is a last chance to eat, drink and be merry before Ash Wednesday, March 1, which for Christians is the start of the austere and holy season of Lent. This year’s Wurstfest Friday, Feb. 24 ...

The man about town: Change is in the air

February 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on The man about town: Change is in the air

If your New Year’s resolutions included (besides losing 25 lbs. you gained since resolving to lose 25 lbs. last year) more reading, then the Silver Falls Library has you covered. Oh sure, you can always walk in and take a ...

Swimming for glory: High turnout, energy, pay dividends for Foxes

February 2017 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Swimming for glory: High turnout, energy, pay dividends for Foxes

On a Tuesday night in February, the Silverton Community Pool was so full of kids one would think it was a family night in July. About 80 athletes were pounding through the water as the Silverton High teams prepared for district ...

A display of democracy: Women’s March participants share stories

January 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on A display of democracy: Women’s March participants share stories

[caption id="attachment_7602" align="alignleft" width="300"] Silverton resident Ann Altman and her sister, Eileen, attended the Women’s March in Washington D.C.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas Christine Chorazy joined the Women’s March in Portland to show her daughters and son that sometimes it is necessary to ...

Live Local: Marketplace to feature locally made food, items in downtown location

January 2017 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Other | Comments Off on Live Local: Marketplace to feature locally made food, items in downtown location

By Melissa Wagoner When asked where they are from, Josh and Elisha Nightingale look at each other and laugh. The couple has lived in many different places over the years but they agree that Silverton is finally home. Owners of Silver Creek ...

Our Town: The future of Silverton

January 2017 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Our Town: The future of Silverton

Our Town, the new documentary web series, is produced by Real Light Films in cooperation with Mt. Angel Publishing, Inc./ Our Town, with support from the Marion Cultural Development Corporation and local sponsors. New episodes will premiere seasonally. For information ...

Cindy Jones: Silverton’s first citizen for 2016

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[caption id="attachment_7578" align="alignleft" width="228"] Cindy Jones[/caption] By Kristine Thomas If you want to know something about Silverton resident Cindy Jones, the best bet is to ask her anyone but her. Or you could attend an event such as Homer Davenport Days, a ...

Norm English: Silverton’s distinguished service award winner

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[caption id="attachment_7580" align="alignleft" width="226"] Norm English[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Norm English likes wearing different hats during his strolls in town. One can say he has been hanging his hats on many community projects over the years. Born and raised in Silverton, English, ...

Mason Branstetter: Judy Schmidt lifetime achievement award

January 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Mason Branstetter: Judy Schmidt lifetime achievement award

[caption id="attachment_7579" align="alignleft" width="286"] Mason Branstetter[/caption] By Steve Ritchie In 1996, the Silverton High School Alumni Association decided to award its first scholarship. Association founder and longtime secretary Mason Branstetter, SHS ‘63, recalled it was a quite humble beginning. “Given the fact that ...