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 ...

Concert benefits migrant families

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A concert to benefit separated migrant families will be held Saturday, Aug. 25,  7:30 p.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Salem. Performers will include Brian Kimmel, the Ayala Band, Daniel Colbert and Peter Bergel & Friends, who will offer a ...

Round and round . . . and round and round and…

August 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Round and round . . . and round and round and…

Join your friends and family at the 26th annual Community Picnic at Coolidge McClaine Park on Aug. 24. The yearly gathering will feature a free dinner, swimming, family photos, games and music. For info call Silverton Together... Ever since Terry and ...

Festival season: Coolidge McClaine Park plays host to two community favorites

August 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Festival season: Coolidge McClaine Park plays host to two community favorites

The sun is out, the days are warm and it is the time of year when friends and neighbors look for opportunities to be together and share some fun. August features two of Silverton’s favorite festivals, one a celebration of ...

Upon the hill: 121-year-old Grange Hall continues to serve community

August 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Upon the hill: 121-year-old Grange Hall continues to serve community

By Mary Owen Marjorie Tate White fondly remembers good times at the Union Hill Grange Hall. A descendant of the original pioneers that organized the local grange, White, now 90 years young, was born, raised and still resides on the family farm ...

Moving forward: Hazard removal at former school site on council agenda

August 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Moving forward: Hazard removal at former school site on council agenda

[caption id="attachment_8570" align="alignleft" width="300"] A look at the land north of West Church Street in Mount Angel that developers hope to subdivide into 63 residential lots. James Day[/caption] By James Day Long anticipated work to turn the former Eugene Field School site ...

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, ...