The third freedom: New group seeks to address shelter needs for homeless

August 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on The third freedom: New group seeks to address shelter needs for homeless

[caption id="attachment_8567" align="alignright" width="300"] Silverton Sheltering Services was formed to address Silverton’s growing homeless crisis. Its Board of Directors are, from left, Sarah White, Pastor Leah Stolte-Doerfler, Judy Goetz, Michele Finicle and Brent Jacobsen. Not shown: Andrew Sprauer. Brenna Wiegand[/caption] By ...

Scholarship winners: Mt. Angel Community Foundation

August 2018 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Scholarship winners: Mt. Angel Community Foundation

Mt. Angel Community Foundation The Mt. Angel Community Foundation selected five graduating seniors from Mt. Angel’s John F. Kennedy High School class of 2018 to redeive scholarships. Foundation scholarships award $1,500 per year for up to four years of undergraduate study ...

Kick like a mule: Fermentation scientist makes popular summer cocktail

August 2018 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Kick like a mule: Fermentation scientist makes popular summer cocktail

By Melissa Wagoner When 503 Distilling began producing their first canned cocktail – the Wicked Mule – they didn’t know what to expect. “The response has been really, really good,” 41-year-old Silvertonian Andy Diacetis said. “We’re selling 150 cases a month. We’re ...

Recycled ruminants: Couple installs public art

August 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Recycled ruminants: Couple installs public art

[caption id="attachment_8589" align="alignleft" width="225"] Cathy and Jim Prince next to C Street’s elk. Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings You may have noticed the over 10-foot-tall, 450-pound majestic elk looming large on C Street – and the deer family (buck, doe and fawn) ...

Postpartum depression: Proactive paths for a common problem

August 2018 Posted in Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Postpartum depression: Proactive paths for a common problem

By Melissa Wagoner Hilary Dumitrescu knew what postpartum depression was before she became a mom – she had heard stories of famous mothers who battled the illness and had a sister who suffered from its effects – but none of that ...

Chemeketans: Hikers, climbers, bikers band together for outdoor fun

August 2018 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Chemeketans: Hikers, climbers, bikers band together for outdoor fun

[caption id="attachment_8564" align="alignright" width="300"] Mary Coleman (right) with fellow Chemeketan Linda Willnow on a hike in Canyon Creek Meadows near Mount Jefferson. Bill Geibel[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner In 1992 Mary Coleman decided to take a hike. Normally an avid golfer, Coleman wanted ...

Academic stars: Silverton, JFK athletes score well on state lists

August 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Academic stars: Silverton, JFK athletes score well on state lists

On the scoreboard that matters most athletes at Silverton and Kennedy turned into some superlative academic results for the 2018-19 school year. The Foxes featured 21 sports and activity teams that averaged a 3.2 grade point average or better. The top ...

104 years young: Mount Angel resident says attitude counts for a lot

July 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on 104 years young: Mount Angel resident says attitude counts for a lot

[caption id="attachment_8508" align="alignright" width="204"] Bernice Gruchalla Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Bernice Gruchalla owns a hearing aid, but never uses it. “I’m saving it for later,” she said, smiling. She has no need for a cane, wheelchair or walker, either. The 104 ...

Working together: Paws for Love helps young readers build their skills

July 2018 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Working together: Paws for Love helps young readers build their skills

[caption id="attachment_8511" align="alignleft" width="225"] Anne Spalding and Vuelie. Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Her white work van reads: “Paws For Love Therapy Dogs, Inc.: Teaching You to Safely Share Your Pet with Others.” Patty Storkel, 65, has been director of the Salem-based ...

Path to merit: Eagle Scout organizes shoreline walkway at Silverton Reservoir

July 2018 Posted in Community, Garden | Comments Off on Path to merit: Eagle Scout organizes shoreline walkway at Silverton Reservoir

[caption id="attachment_8485" align="alignright" width="169"] Frederick’s Eagle Scout project was to build a water-access point and path at Silverton Reservoir. Brenna Wiegand[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Ethan Frederick, 15, started thinking about his Eagle Scout project when he was 12. Eagle Scout is the highest ...

Music and Zen: Fischer’s Mill Music Festival joined by Zen Garden market event

July 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Columnists & Opinion, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Music and Zen: Fischer’s Mill Music Festival joined by Zen Garden market event

By Nancy Jennings The second annual Fischer’s Mill Music Festival kicks off on Saturday, July 21, 1 to 9 p.m. Seven bands will take the stage in Silverton’s Old Mill Park, located behind Silver Falls Library. Co-organizers Victor Madge and Corey Christensen ...

Yooper genes…I could have told you that

July 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Yooper genes…I could have told you that

Who am I? Now there’s a question for the ages. You’d think that after all of these years, the answer would be obvious. A look in the mirror would reveal all there is to know. That’s why an email I received ...

Code conundrum: Silverton contemplates changes to help local homeless

July 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Code conundrum: Silverton contemplates changes to help local homeless

By Paula Mabry Planning code changes that would make limited, tiny-unit transitional housing for the homeless possible on church property in Silverton will have their fourth public hearing Aug. 6. The Silverton Planning Commission held two hearings prior to sending its recommendation ...

Roaming Reeders: Family packs up for two-year Cambodian adventure

July 2018 Posted in Community, People, Travel | Comments Off on Roaming Reeders: Family packs up for two-year Cambodian adventure

[caption id="attachment_8528" align="alignleft" width="300"] Tyrone, Amara and Emily Reeder Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Emily and Tyrone Reeder love living life outside their comfort zone, which is why this August they are packing up their bags and heading to Cambodia. “We like being ...

Angels Grill: New diner serves up comfort food with lots of local flavor

July 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Angels Grill: New diner serves up comfort food with lots of local flavor

[caption id="attachment_8523" align="alignleft" width="300"] Angels Grill owners Tami and Bill Hauth take a moment to relaxat the counter. Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Bill Hauth has accumulated many miles in his choice of careers. As a volunteer Mount Angel Fire Captain for ...

As ‘honest’ as the pen: Revitalized cartoon contest continues to grow

June 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on As ‘honest’ as the pen: Revitalized cartoon contest continues to grow

[caption id="attachment_8451" align="alignright" width="248"] Heidi Ambrose of Portland won the 2017 Homer Davenport International Cartoon Contest Grand Prize. Gus Frederick[/caption] By Peggy Savage It is said that everyone enjoys a good political cartoon, so, if you could help choose an award-winning cartoon, ...

Wochenmarkt: Mount Angel farmer’s market connects community

July 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Wochenmarkt: Mount Angel farmer’s market connects community

[caption id="attachment_8530" align="alignright" width="300"] Wayne Huisman working the Esotica Pasta booth at the Mount Angel Wochenmarkt (2)[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Alexandra Samoilov’s family business is – quite literally – the berries. South Barlow Berries grows an enormous variety in their fields off ...

Lalickers celebrate 75th wedding anniversary

July 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Lalickers celebrate 75th wedding anniversary

John and Eileen (Page) Lalicker were married in Kansas at the Page family home on Aug. 3, 1943. In 1949, while visiting family in Oregon, they purchased a home and moved from “Tornado Alley” to Silverton. They owned and operated Budget ...

Feel good moments: We need more of them . . .

July 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community | Comments Off on Feel good moments: We need more of them . . .

A few years ago, the Bothum boys were in elk camp, and Rex brought this gorgeous red sorrel mare. Everyone in camp wanted that horse. It was a big horse, probably nearly 17 hands, and it was one of the ...

Sprauer dominates: Former Kennedy athlete shines for SOU

July 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Sprauer dominates: Former Kennedy athlete shines for SOU

Former Kennedy High athlete Loghan Sprauer is proving to be a dynamic contributor at the college level at Southern Oregon University. Sprauer, who led the Trojans to a state Class 2A title in her junior year in 2014, winning the 100, ...

PGE plans substation work in Silverton

June 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on PGE plans substation work in Silverton

[caption id="attachment_8454" align="alignleft" width="300"] The triplex under construction on North Main Street in Mount Angel James Day[/caption] Portland General Electric is planning to rebuild its substation at the corner of Silverton’s McClaine Street and South James. The work will require the use ...

Roman holiday: Preschool teacher receives gift of a lifetime

June 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Roman holiday: Preschool teacher receives gift of a lifetime

[caption id="attachment_8457" align="alignright" width="300"] Above: Margaret Feicht receives the news the parents of her former students are sending her to Italy. Nicole Orton[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Gather in Silverton was packed to the brim on June 8 – but this was no ...

Creative heart: Arts festival poster artist shares painting’s personal journey

June 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Creative heart: Arts festival poster artist shares painting’s personal journey

[caption id="attachment_8449" align="alignright" width="300"] Hollie Newton and her painting for the Silverton Fine Arts Festival poster. Submitted photos[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand A painting by Hollie Newton of Salem has become the face of the 18th annual Silverton Fine Arts Festival. “It looks like ...

Perfect Food Feast: Middle schoolers learn the science behind food 

June 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, School | Comments Off on Perfect Food Feast: Middle schoolers learn the science behind food 

[caption id="attachment_8466" align="alignright" width="292"] Middle school students in Mr. Jamsa’s eighth grade science class present their Perfect Food Feast. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Daniel Jamsa’s eighth grade class prepared a “Perfect Food Feast” of rhubarb crisp, fruit salads, smoothies, spring rolls ...

Band takes first: Silverton ensemble rules division at Portland parade

June 2018 Posted in Community, Music & Band, School, Sports | Comments Off on Band takes first: Silverton ensemble rules division at Portland parade

The Silverton High marching band took home first place June 2 in Portland’s Starlight Parade competition. The band, under the direction of Frank Petrik, played the Big Four March of Karl King and Happy Together by the Turtles and outscored the ...