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 ...

Food for Fines: Silver Falls Library teams up with SACA

September 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on Food for Fines: Silver Falls Library teams up with SACA

By Melissa Wagoner  When library fines add up many people stop using the library – according to Christy Davis, Director of the Silver Falls Library District. Now, for a limited time, those patrons have the chance to pay off their fines ...

Building legacy: Historic White Corner Store becomes Mt. Angel Mercantile

September 2018 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Building legacy: Historic White Corner Store becomes Mt. Angel Mercantile

By Nancy Jennings A first-of-its-kind overnight inn in Mount Angel is in the works and due for completion in May 2019. But in the meantime, the former “White Corner Store,” which had been vacant for two-and-a-half years, has been transformed into Mt. ...

Play and guidance: ASAP readies for community fundraising day Sept. 20

September 2018 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Play and guidance: ASAP readies for community fundraising day Sept. 20

By Brenna Wiegand The kids pour in from school, grab snacks and do their homework. Then they congregate for dinner and announcements before splitting off to favorite activities – all before their parents get home. Five years ago, a band of Silverton ...

Iconic: Benedictine Brewery opens for Oktoberfest

September 2018 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Iconic: Benedictine Brewery opens for Oktoberfest

[caption id="attachment_8674" align="alignleft" width="300"] The monks of Mount Angel Abbey will welcome patrons at Benedictine Brewery’s St. Michael Taproom Sept. 22 – 23 after a soft opening during Oktoberfest. Jim Kinghorn[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand The brewery’s brewing, the taproom ready and the ...

Demystifying: Wineries focus on wine grape growing education

September 2018 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Demystifying: Wineries focus on wine grape growing education

To many, making wine is a mysterious and romantic endeavor. And for your typical wine consumer, it’s hard to get answers to winemaking questions: How do they decide when to pick the grapes? Do they have a recipe? Why use a cork instead ...

Hot starts: Silverton, Kennedy football both roll out strong

September 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Hot starts: Silverton, Kennedy football both roll out strong

The local football squads have gotten off fast this fall. Silverton and Kennedy are both 2-0 and ranked in the top 10 in their respective classes. The Foxes are ranked No. 2 by the OSAA in Class 5A after opening with Special ...

Housing Credit all with compassion: Guest Opinion Molly Ainsley

September 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Housing Credit all with compassion: Guest Opinion Molly Ainsley

On a crystal, clear Saturday morning in July, we set up our information table and signs on the bridge by the Saturday Market. We were there to promote housing for the homeless in Silverton. The market was buzzing with vendors ...

Nut tsunami: Hazelnut growers open new, state-of-the-art processing facility

September 2018 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Nut tsunami: Hazelnut growers open new, state-of-the-art processing facility

[caption id="attachment_8639" align="alignleft" width="300"] In an Aug. 15 ceremony, Hazelnut Growers of Oregon CEO Tim Ramsey, Customer Care Manager Debbie Hitchcock, Mark Nonnenmacher from Northwest Farm Credit Services, Operations Manager Jason Costa, Grower Relations Manager Tim Aman, VP Sales & ...

Silvertowne windfall: Senior units get $9.5 million for repairs, subsidies

September 2018 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Silvertowne windfall: Senior units get $9.5 million for repairs, subsidies

[caption id="attachment_8642" align="alignright" width="300"] The Silvertowne apartment complex on Mill Street in Silverton will be remodeled using some of the $9.5 million in funds granted by the state of Oregon. James Day[/caption] By James Day The Silvertowne housing complex has received $9.5 ...

Horses as healers: Day of the Wise Woman – Wisdom of the Horse

September 2018 Posted in Community, News, Other, People | Comments Off on Horses as healers: Day of the Wise Woman – Wisdom of the Horse

[caption id="attachment_8641" align="alignleft" width="212"] Equus coach Chris Burnett with “Blue.” Val Lemings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Chris Burnett wants you to find yourself in the heart of a horse. Her one-day event – “Day of the Wise Woman/Wisdom of the Horse” takes place ...

Religion’s role: Author explores women’s history

September 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Religion’s role: Author explores women’s history

[caption id="attachment_8636" align="alignright" width="197"] Silverton-based author Karen Garst. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Karen Garst didn’t intend to become a writer. A woman with a diverse academic background – including a Doctorate in Philosophy, a Master’s Degree in French Literature and time ...

On board: Silverton Skatepark supports low-cost hobby, creativity, community

September 2018 Posted in Business, Community, People, Sports | Comments Off on On board: Silverton Skatepark supports low-cost hobby, creativity, community

By Melissa Wagoner Jason Franz took up skateboarding when he was only four years old in an attempt to make friends with the older kids on his block. Now – 39 years later – the 43-year-old still skateboards several times a ...

Cross country update: Trojans, Foxes both fielding strong squads

September 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Cross country update: Trojans, Foxes both fielding strong squads

The Kennedy and Silverton cross country teams have, like many of us in Oregon, been battling smoke and unhealthy air… in addition to the usual challenge for the high-schoolers of getting in shape for the season. Oregon School Activities Association rules ...

Conflict over code: Hearing continues for transitional housing rules

August 2018 Posted in Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Conflict over code: Hearing continues for transitional housing rules

By Paula Mabry The Silverton City Council will once again take up the hearing on a proposal to amend city codes to set standards for  transitional shelter for the homeless at its Sept. 10 meeting. The proposal, referred for approval to the ...

City urges water conservation

August 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on City urges water conservation

Because most of Oregon – including Silverton – is experiencing drought conditions the city has entered voluntary water curtailment mode. The city’s primary water source is Abiqua Creek which city staff reports as flowing at 12.4 cubic feet per second. Silver ...

Trail to Eagle: New Eagle reflects on scouting, academic journey

August 2018 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Trail to Eagle: New Eagle reflects on scouting, academic journey

[caption id="attachment_8606" align="alignright" width="300"] Jonathan Valladares’ family. Back, left: Father, Edilberto; brother Joshua; Jonathan; older-brother Elisha; sister Isabel; mother Michelle.  Front: Siblings, Maria, Sarah and Benjamin.[/caption] By Vince Teresi Silverton resident Jonathan Valladares reached the highest rank of scouting, earning his Eagle Scout ...

DNA detectives: After 53 years Dave Laycock meets his birth family

August 2018 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on DNA detectives: After 53 years Dave Laycock meets his birth family

[caption id="attachment_8618" align="alignleft" width="300"] Left: Dave Laycock with his birth mother Loretta Meier. Right: Dave with his adopted father Don Laycock and biological niece Annie Porter. Submitted Photos[/caption] By Nancy Jennings As owner of Renaissance Carpentry in Silverton, Dave Laycock’s business thrives ...

Festhalle mural to be dedicated Aug. 28

August 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Festhalle mural to be dedicated Aug. 28

Mount Angel Community Foundation invites the public to the unveiling of a new mural to grace the front of Mount Angel Festhalle Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 4 p.m. The mural is the crowning glory to Festhalle’s exterior. It was made possible ...