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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

By Melissa Wagoner The Old Oak tree – once a gathering place for Native Americans and a landmark for early settlers of Silverton – is being given a spiritual rebirth by the new Talking Oak Studios, an art space and gallery ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

‘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) ...

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 ...

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,’” ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...