HeartLight: Finding who you are

February 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on HeartLight: Finding who you are

[caption id="attachment_8184" align="alignleft" width="300"] Author Amy Gigena. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Author Amy Gigena did not set out to write an inspirational book on living an authentic life but through a happy accident that is exactly what she did. “I think the ...

Natural continuity: Oak Street Church founder hands reins to successor

February 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Natural continuity: Oak Street Church founder hands reins to successor

[caption id="attachment_8177" align="alignleft" width="300"] John Friedrick, left, has taken over the role of pastor at Oak Street Church from its founder, Breck Wilson. Brenna Wiegand[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Breck Wilson, Silverton’s longest-running pastor, retired Jan. 1 after shepherding Oak Street Church for ...

An Oregon original: Silverton Poetry Festival brings words to life

February 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on An Oregon original: Silverton Poetry Festival brings words to life

[caption id="attachment_8189" align="alignright" width="414"] 18th Annual Silverton Poetry Festival Feb. 23-25, 2018 Sponsored by Silverton Poetry Association. All events are free unless otherwise noted in Schedule of Events. For info: www.silvertonpoetry.net email: spa.poetry@gmail.com call: 503-269-7895[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Steve Slemenda’s love of ...

World of involvement: Silverton 2017 First Citizen Award goes to Andy Bellando

January 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on World of involvement: Silverton 2017 First Citizen Award goes to Andy Bellando

By Brenna Wiegand Andy Bellando will be recognized as Silverton’s 2017 First Citizen at Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce’s 47th Annual First Citizen Banquet Feb. 3. The Chamber of Commerce hosts the banquet as a time to recognize citizens and businesses working ...

Bowling us over: Bob Holowati to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

January 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Bowling us over: Bob Holowati to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

[caption id="attachment_8141" align="alignleft" width="218"] Bob Holowati Lifetime Achievement Award Winner[/caption] By Nancy Jennings If you’re a bowler, you will want Bob Holowati on your team. His love for the sport began when he was a freshman in high school. The Silverton resident has ...

Stellar service: Silverton 2017 Business of the Year, Les Schwab Tire Center

January 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Stellar service: Silverton 2017 Business of the Year, Les Schwab Tire Center

By Melissa Wagoner Watching the team at Les Schwab Tire Center in Silverton greet customers, often as soon as they exit their vehicle in the parking lot, it is easy to see why they are the recipients of the 2017 Business ...

Building on a good thing: New director joins Silver Falls Library

January 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Building on a good thing: New director joins Silver Falls Library

[caption id="attachment_8139" align="alignleft" width="187"] Silver Falls Library Director Christy Davis[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Once she set her sights on moving to Silverton everything just fell into place for Christy Davis, the new Silver Falls Library Director. “I hesitate to use the word ...

New skills: Kennedy students hope to sell garden shed at Wurstfest

January 2018 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on New skills: Kennedy students hope to sell garden shed at Wurstfest

[caption id="attachment_8143" align="alignleft" width="300"] JFK students building their first garden shed, which they hope will be sold during the Mount Angel Wurstfest Feb. 9-10 at the Festehalle in Mount Angel. Proceeds will be used for materials for their next project. ...

Finding ‘the one’: Couples recount their online dating experiences

January 2018 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Finding ‘the one’: Couples recount their online dating experiences

By Melissa Wagoner With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air – or on the computer screen – as more couples find each other online. “I think generally it is becoming more popular,” Chloe DeVito, who met her ...

Hoops dynamos: Both Foxes squads, JFK girls, unbeaten in league

January 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Hoops dynamos: Both Foxes squads, JFK girls, unbeaten in league

As the Mid-Willamette Conference basketball season heads toward the midway mark both Silverton squads have roared to 5-0 starts in dominating fashion. The boys squad, in its first year under coach Jamie McCarty, is outscoring league opponents by an average of ...

A playwright’s odyssey

January 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on A playwright’s odyssey

By James Day Sometimes the long and winding road leads back home. And a poem posted by a fourth-grader on a bulletin board in a Monitor School classroom can lead to a world premiere play in Portland. That’s the journey E.M. Lewis ...

Master jugglers: Family owns two downtown Silverton business favorites

January 2018 Posted in Business, Community, People | Comments Off on Master jugglers: Family owns two downtown Silverton business favorites

[caption id="attachment_8168" align="alignleft" width="300"] Kim Knox and her daughter, Audrie. Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings February is looking to be a busy month for Kim Knox The owner of Whimsy Etc. since November 2017, the former instructional assistant in Special Education for the ...

Cyber censure: School board asks White to resign over social media comments

January 2018 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Cyber censure: School board asks White to resign over social media comments

By Paula Mabry It’s a common axiom in the United States that everyone has a right to their own opinion. It’s even a given one has the right to express their opinion. But where, and how, there’s the rub. For Silver Falls ...

Mini-opera debuts: Silverton composer’s Love Is Strong as Death at Abbey

January 2018 Posted in Community, Music & Band | Comments Off on Mini-opera debuts: Silverton composer’s Love Is Strong as Death at Abbey

By James Day Silverton composer Christopher Wicks will debut a new mini-opera with a pair of matinee performances next month at the Mount Angel Abbey. Love Is Strong As Death was inspired by an English folk ballad, The Unquiet Grave. It performs ...

Awards announced: Andy Bellando named 2017 First Citizen

January 2018 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Awards announced: Andy Bellando named 2017 First Citizen

The Silverton Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2017 award winners. Silver Falls School District Superintendent Andy Bellando has been selected as 2017 Silverton First Citizen. He is being honored for his volunteer service to the chamber, as a member of ...

Write on: Molalla author hosts writer’s workshop at Silverton Senior Center

January 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Write on: Molalla author hosts writer’s workshop at Silverton Senior Center

By Nancy Jennings Calling all aspiring writers age 50+, mark your calendars! Thursday, Jan. 18, kicks off a fun and detailed Writer’s Workshop at Silverton’s Senior Center. Free to members and $2 per class to non-members, the workshop will be held from 3 ...

On a roll: Couple takes on ‘take-away’ sushi

January 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on On a roll: Couple takes on ‘take-away’ sushi

[caption id="attachment_8115" align="alignright" width="225"] Marty and Mar’cia Schrock Nancy Jennings Samurai Madame 202 Jersey, Silverton, 971-370-0077 Wednesday – Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.[/caption]     By Nancy Jennings Marty Schrock loves to play with his food – in a sushi chef kind of ...

Free range: Silverton’s workplace nomads see many advantages in trend

January 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Free range: Silverton’s workplace nomads see many advantages in trend

[caption id="attachment_8089" align="alignleft" width="300"] Nomadic writers John Pattison and Lisa Gerlits meeting at Gear Up in Silverton. M. Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner A quick scan around today’s coffee shops reveals tables of patrons tapping away on laptops, scribbling in notebooks and talking ...

‘BOLD’ innovation: Grant aids Mount Angel’s hands-on school programs

January 2018 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on ‘BOLD’ innovation: Grant aids Mount Angel’s hands-on school programs

By Mary Owen Mt. Angel School District joined 203 Oregon middle and high schools in securing a part of $10.3 million in grant funds to expand career readiness programs. The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Revitalization Grant funds serve Oregon communities with ...

State of the art: New app puts Silverton murals and their history online

January 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on State of the art: New app puts Silverton murals and their history online

By Melissa Wagoner Vince Till has one of the most recognizable faces in Silverton. Portrayed with his beloved dog FeBee on a mural in the parking lot of 203 East Main St., his signature overalls and his ability to tell a ...

Another frame of mind: New community, new career for new owners

January 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Another frame of mind: New community, new career for new owners

[caption id="attachment_8088" align="alignleft" width="225"] Molly Moreland and Scott Bruno of Silverton Art & Frame. M. Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Molly Moreland believes in providence – and she has more than one incidence in her story to back that up. “I’m a believer in ...

Building bridges: Couple foster culteral understanding in Middle East, USA

January 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Building bridges: Couple foster culteral understanding in Middle East, USA

[caption id="attachment_8087" align="alignright" width="225"] Elmarie and Scott Parker[/caption] By Nancy Jennings The Middle East conjures images of endless violence and bloodshed. Certain parts of this region are not safe, especially if you’re an American. But if you ask married Reverends Scott and ...

Honoring the Fennimores: Scotts Mills celebration set for Jan. 14

January 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Honoring the Fennimores: Scotts Mills celebration set for Jan. 14

By Nancy Jennings Dedicated. Considerate. Loving. Caring. Friendly. Energetic. Thoughtful. Forgiving. Amazing. Easygoing. Memorable. These are the words uttered from grateful friends to describe Scotts Mills’ Dave and Esther Fennimore. On Sunday, Jan. 14, from 1 to 4 p.m., the entire community will be honoring ...

Chandler shines for PLU: QB leads alumni report

January 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Chandler shines for PLU: QB leads alumni report

[caption id="attachment_8085" align="alignright" width="200"] Former Silverton quarterback Cole Chandler passed for more than 1,000 yards for the Lutes in his junior section. Courtesy of Pacific Lutheran University[/caption] Former Silverton High standout Cole Chandler had a strong junior season at quarterback for ...

Beyond brick and mortar: Online sales can be key to keeping small town businesses viable

December 2017 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Beyond brick and mortar: Online sales can be key to keeping small town businesses viable

By Melissa Wagoner Many small businesses rely both on brick and mortar storefronts and online marketing to stay viable. Klecker Knives in Silverton is no exception. “Small businesses in a small town have to diversify to make their sales,” Amanda DeDona, chief ...