Silvertowne: Adding to the story

January 2019 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Silvertowne: Adding to the story

I read the article about Silvertowne with great interest because that is my home. I would like to thank Our Town for shining a light on our situation here. While it did touch on some of the concerns, there is ...

Future First Citizen: Alyssa Khieu seeks to serve a global community

January 2019 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Future First Citizen: Alyssa Khieu seeks to serve a global community

[caption id="attachment_8968" align="alignleft" width="240"] Alyssa Khieu, 2018 Future First Citizen Submitted Photo[/caption] “Her commitment to quietly helping others was obvious,” Mayor Kyle Palmer said in announcing Alyssa Khieu as the Future First Citizen for 2018 from Silverton High School. He went ...

Business of the Year: Bledsoe Santana Team Realty builds relationships

January 2019 Posted in Business, Community, People | Comments Off on Business of the Year: Bledsoe Santana Team Realty builds relationships

[caption id="attachment_8971" align="alignright" width="275"] Dixon Bledsoe and Lisa Santana, founders of Bledsoe Santana Team Realty. Jim Kinghorn[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Being Realtors provides Dixon Bledsoe and Lisa Santana a unique approach to community service that enables them to not only join forces ...

Distinguished service: Sarah White sees those served as brothers, sisters

January 2019 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Distinguished service: Sarah White sees those served as brothers, sisters

[caption id="attachment_8970" align="alignleft" width="291"] Sarah White, Executive Director & Case Manager, Silverton Sheltering Services.Brenna Wiegand[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Though greatly honored, Sarah White is a little embarrassed at receiving Silverton’s Distinguished Service award for 2018. “I’m really grateful; I feel it is a ...

Lifetime Achievement: Elmer Valkenaar has played many roles

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[caption id="attachment_8967" align="alignright" width="217"] Elmer ‘St. Elmo’ Valkenaar is the recipient of the Judy Schmidt Lifetime Achievement award.Jim Kinghorn[/caption] By Steve Ritchie Every town could use a dedicated civic leader and tireless volunteer like the late Judy Schmidt. Or like Elmer Valkenaar. Known ...

First Citizens: Stacy and Kevin Palmer team up, help out

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[caption id="attachment_8966" align="alignleft" width="300"] Kevin and Stacy Palmer 2018 First Citizens award recipients. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner This time of year, Stacy Palmer – Executive Director of the Silverton Chamber of Commerce – can often be found, balloons in hand, making ...

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

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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?

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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 ...