Live Local: Marketplace to feature locally made food, items in downtown location

January 2017 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Other | Comments Off on Live Local: Marketplace to feature locally made food, items in downtown location

By Melissa Wagoner When asked where they are from, Josh and Elisha Nightingale look at each other and laugh. The couple has lived in many different places over the years but they agree that Silverton is finally home. Owners of Silver Creek ...

Our Town: The future of Silverton

January 2017 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Our Town: The future of Silverton

Our Town, the new documentary web series, is produced by Real Light Films in cooperation with Mt. Angel Publishing, Inc./ Our Town, with support from the Marion Cultural Development Corporation and local sponsors. New episodes will premiere seasonally. For information ...

Cindy Jones: Silverton’s first citizen for 2016

January 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Cindy Jones: Silverton’s first citizen for 2016

[caption id="attachment_7578" align="alignleft" width="228"] Cindy Jones[/caption] By Kristine Thomas If you want to know something about Silverton resident Cindy Jones, the best bet is to ask her anyone but her. Or you could attend an event such as Homer Davenport Days, a ...

Norm English: Silverton’s distinguished service award winner

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[caption id="attachment_7580" align="alignleft" width="226"] Norm English[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Norm English likes wearing different hats during his strolls in town. One can say he has been hanging his hats on many community projects over the years. Born and raised in Silverton, English, ...

Mason Branstetter: Judy Schmidt lifetime achievement award

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[caption id="attachment_7579" align="alignleft" width="286"] Mason Branstetter[/caption] By Steve Ritchie In 1996, the Silverton High School Alumni Association decided to award its first scholarship. Association founder and longtime secretary Mason Branstetter, SHS ‘63, recalled it was a quite humble beginning. “Given the fact that ...

Harcourts NW Oregon Realty Group: Business of the year

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[caption id="attachment_7581" align="alignleft" width="300"] Harcoarts NW Oregon Realty Group[/caption] By Kristine Thomas For Connie Hinsdale, it’s all about how you treat people. And if you treat them with respect, kindness and support, they in turn will do the same. While the name on the ...

School closure impacts: Boards review plans to make-up lost days

January 2017 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on School closure impacts: Boards review plans to make-up lost days

By Kristine Thomas If Mother Nature decides to cooperate and quit having cold flashes that bring below freezing temperatures, snow and ice, the last day of school for the students in the Silver Falls School District still will be June 14. ...

Pacific Northwest champs: Pop Warner football team takes title

January 2017 Posted in Community, Sports | Comments Off on Pacific Northwest champs: Pop Warner football team takes title

For the first time in its eight-year history, the Silverton Pop Warner football program has produced a regional champion. The Future Foxes’ pee wee squad, which consists mainly of sixth- and seventh-graders, traveled to Washington state to beat the Spokane ...

Time is now: Budget crisis loom

January 2017 Posted in Community, Other | Comments Off on Time is now: Budget crisis loom

Is the Ways & Means Legislative Committee responsible for using honest methods for balanced budgeting? Or is it finding “ways” to avoid our impending tsunami wave of debt by making someone else pay the bill through “mean” political skulduggery? I’ve observed both ...

Out of the cold:Volunteers open warming center for homeless in Silverton

January 2017 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Out of the cold:Volunteers open warming center for homeless in Silverton

By Kristine Thomas Weather forecasts predicting below freezing temperatures for a week sparked a conversation on Saturday. Further discussions took place Sunday. A meeting and a request for assistance took place on Monday. By Tuesday, a warming shelter opened for homeless ...

Eager to serve: New Silverton city manager has background in public works

January 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Eager to serve: New Silverton city manager has background in public works

[caption id="attachment_7543" align="alignleft" width="200"] Incoming Silverton City ManagerChristy Wurster[/caption] By Kristine Thomas  Don’t expect to always find Christy Wurster sitting behind her desk. The in-coming city manager of Silverton plans to be out and about as much as possible. “I manage by wandering around,” ...

Trail to recovery: Rare eye disease provides lessons in perseverance, faith

January 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Trail to recovery: Rare eye disease provides lessons in perseverance, faith

By Kristine Thomas  [caption id="attachment_7540" align="alignright" width="240"] Elsie Guenther and her horse, Remy. Silver Dream Photography[/caption] It would have been understandable if Elsie Guenther had lost her faith in God. Or if she had given up on maintaining her 4.0 GPA or ...

Lifestyle changes: Kris Mitchell followed her bliss into business

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[caption id="attachment_7552" align="alignright" width="198"] Kris Mitchell;s passion for gardening lead to a real labor of love.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Kris Mitchell knew she was in trouble when she began contemplating gaining another 10 pounds in order to qualify for the bariatric surgery ...

Mutual Respect: No reports of post-election tension in Mt. Angel Schools

November 2016 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Mutual Respect: No reports of post-election tension in Mt. Angel Schools

By Steve Ritchie Post-election tension and conflicts have crept into schools in many places around the country, but school administrators and students in the Mount Angel School District say there have been no school-related issues to Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s election ...

Setting Limits: Parents speak out against bullying at school board meeting

November 2016 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Setting Limits: Parents speak out against bullying at school board meeting

By Kristine Thomas A clearer line needs to be drawn to define what is harassment. Students need to know when the line has been crossed and what consequences they will face for crossing it. That, along with what defines appropriate ...

Be good: All ages share advice on how to get on Santa’s good list

November 2016 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Be good: All ages share advice on how to get on Santa’s good list

By Nancy Jennings and Kristine Thomas He’s not jolly and so upset that he’s refusing to eat warm chocolate chip cookies and frothy, cold milk. In fact, according to Elf Eliza Doolittle, he’s a bit mystified at how rudely some people ...

Holiday Tradition: Silver Falls stages 39th Annual Park festival

November 2016 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Holiday Tradition: Silver Falls stages 39th Annual Park festival

[caption id="attachment_7488" align="alignleft" width="300"] The SFSP event has crafts, such as gingerbread house building, above, and cuddles with Santa[/caption] The elves at Silver Falls State Park are getting ready for the 39th Annual Christmas Festival!  This holiday tradition has a change ...

New Venue: Farmers find a warm place to meet

November 2016 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on New Venue: Farmers find a warm place to meet

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_7495" align="alignright" width="168"] Silver Falls Bread Co., 432 McClaine St., Silverton hosts the Late Season Saturday Market, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m[/caption] Customers greeted each other with hugs and handshakes in the warmth of Silver Falls Bread Co. ...

Keeping it local: Co-op brings growers downtown to sell a dream

November 2016 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Keeping it local: Co-op brings growers downtown to sell a dream

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_7476" align="alignright" width="300"] Megan Wellman & Jason Codner[/caption] Colorful, locally grown fruits and vegetables, fresh baked pies and breads, handmade soaps and lotions, local flour and more lined shelves and filled baskets in the Main Street Bistro and ...

Magical Season: Silverton High Girls soccer team takes second in state

November 2016 Posted in Community, Sports | Comments Off on Magical Season: Silverton High Girls soccer team takes second in state

[caption id="attachment_7477" align="alignleft" width="300"] SHS freshman Paige Alexander, #3, broke a pair of school records with 33 goals and 10 assists.[/caption] By James Day Deeds usually trump words… but words about deeds can sometimes help tell a deeper story, a more complete ...

Eulogy for Roman: Mother shares the lessons of addiction, loss

November 2016 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Eulogy for Roman: Mother shares the lessons of addiction, loss

[caption id="attachment_7448" align="alignleft" width="200"] Roman Lauzon[/caption] By Audrey Nieswandt My son, Roman Emmanuel Mark Lauzon, died last month at the age of 20. Roman was bright, artistic, athletic, kind-hearted and handsome. He also was an addict. “The loss of your son is huge,” my ...

Election aftermath: A struggle with fears, freedom of speech

November 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People, School | Comments Off on Election aftermath: A struggle with fears, freedom of speech

By Kristine Thomas What started as an idea by several students to have a pro-Trump rally at Silverton High School, escalated into something they didn’t expect or intend. On Election Day, Nov. 8, Cole, a senior who asked his last name not ...

Candidates Visit: Four vie to be Silverton City Manager

November 2016 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Candidates Visit: Four vie to be Silverton City Manager

By Kristine Thomas While they agree on the challenges facing Silverton including funding, upgrading and maintaining its infrastructure, planning for the future development and financial planning, the four candidates to be the next city manager disagree on one thing. Who is ...

Discover your roots: Ancestry Detectives follow the clues

November 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on Discover your roots: Ancestry Detectives follow the clues

[caption id="attachment_7447" align="alignleft" width="300"] Silverton’s Ancestry Detectives: Doug Crosby, Julie Davie, Bette Stewart and David Stewart[/caption] By Nancy Jennings The clues are there, yet there is a bit of a mystery about who you really are.  Your great-grandmother came from Bulgaria and your ...

Lady Foxes on verge of history: Compete for state soccer title

November 2016 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Lady Foxes on verge of history: Compete for state soccer title

The Silverton girls soccer team is in uncharted territory. The Foxes played Saturday after Our Town’s presstime against La Salle Prep for the Class 5A title. It is the first state championship appearance in history for the program. And the ...