End of the line: Council votes to demolish Eugene Field School

April 2018 Posted in Community, Other | Comments Off on End of the line: Council votes to demolish Eugene Field School

[caption id="attachment_8285" align="alignright" width="300"] The Dollar General store on North Second Street is likely to open by early summer. James Day[/caption] By Paula Mabry and James Day The Silverton City Council has directed staff to proceed with plans for the demolition of ...

Home-grown power: Sustainable energy comes to Silverton

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By Melissa Wagoner In the early part of 2018 a 12-acre solar farm began sending enough energy into the Portland General Electric grid to power 350 homes. This farm, on the west end of Pine Street in Silverton, is a movement ...

Rolling Remembrance comes to Pepsi

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Rolling Remembrance – a display honoring those who gave their lives in service to their country – will be at Mount Angel’s Pepsi Northwest Beverages April 20 from 7 to 8 a.m. Launched in 2015, NAB Transport participates in “Rolling Remembrance” ...

Dreaming of home: Firs, falls and a search for a new beginning

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[caption id="attachment_8281" align="alignright" width="230"] Rob and Trish Ambrose with their dog, “Mr. Bingley,” an Old English Sheepdog/Standard Poodle mix. Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” The eloquent quotation commonly attributed ...

Perfect surroundings: Volunteers ‘retire’ to new jobs at Silver Falls

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[caption id="attachment_8283" align="alignright" width="300"] Friends of Silver Falls volunteers Jim and Janet Thomas.[/caption] By Mary Owen A chance visit to Silver Falls State Park led to a lengthy love affair that motivated a California couple to move to Oregon. “Our daughter moved to Washington ...

Winter tales: Local athletes’ college seasons recounted

April 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Winter tales: Local athletes’ college seasons recounted

With spring upon us – kind of – it’s time to look back at how athletes with local ties fared in college action during the winter season: Izaak Tobin, Silverton: The redshirt senior wrestler at Oregon State University finished his career ...

Spencer Patrick Enderle: November 12, 2003 – March 08, 2018

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Spencer Patrick Enderle, or maybe you know him by Bub, Bubba, Bubbles, Spence or Rubble Bubble passed away, at home surrounded by his family, on March 8, 2018 after a hard fought battle against an undiagnosed, uncontrollable neurological condition. Spencer has ...

Message in a bottle: Mount Angel celebrates 125 years with time capsule

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By Peggy Savage Officially incorporated on April 3, 1893, the city of Mount Angel will open this year’s celebration of its 125th anniversary with a time capsule ceremony on April 3 at the Festhalle. City Manager Amber Mathiesen is coordinating the ...

Crowning touch: Mount Angel mural funded by Roth Family Foundation

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By Brenna Wiegand A generous donation from the Roth Family Foundation is making possible the final flourish to the exterior of Mount Angel Community Festhalle. Roth’s granted Mount Angel Community Foundation $10,000 for a 16-by-24-foot mural encapsulating the town of Mount Angel. “You ...

Introducing…Updates on North James, other projects

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By James Day Look around. What do you see? Quite a bit of building. New townhouses on Silverton’s Main Street. A Dollar General store on the highway between Mount Angel and Silverton. A massive apartment complex at the western entrance to ...

If you build it…Butte Creek robotics earn spot at Nationals, World competitions

April 2018 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on If you build it…Butte Creek robotics earn spot at Nationals, World competitions

[caption id="attachment_8253" align="alignleft" width="300"] Four Butte Creek state champions with their ring-flinging robot. Stacy Boost[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Big things are happening in the Butte Creek Elementary School Robotics Program. “[W]e have four teams leaving for the CREATE U.S. Open (Nationals) in Council ...

Incentive to own: Silverton Food Co-op springs forward

April 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Incentive to own: Silverton Food Co-op springs forward

By Melissa Wagoner As spring ushers in new energy Silverton Food Co-op members ready themselves for another year with big goals on the horizon. “We’re now, more than ever, unified in moving in the right direction,” board president Jason Codner said. Codner said ...

Clements to George Fox: Bruins good fit for Foxes receiver

April 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Clements to George Fox: Bruins good fit for Foxes receiver

Silverton wide receiver Spencer Clements is heading to George Fox University in Newberg to play football and study toward a hoped-for career as an orthopedic surgeon. Clements caught 59 passes for 941 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Foxes, who finished ...

Badlands: Manipulation abounds on the Internet

April 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community | Comments Off on Badlands: Manipulation abounds on the Internet

I’m not ready for a tinfoil hat just yet, but I’m getting there. According to special prosecutor Robert Mueller, the Russians have invaded U.S. social media and bought online ads that are messing with Americans’ minds. According to a federal indictment, Russians ...

Honored together: First Citizen, Junior First a father-daughter team

March 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Honored together: First Citizen, Junior First a father-daughter team

By Peggy Savage This year a Mount Angel father and daughter have been named first citizens for 2017 by the Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce. First Citizen is Tommy Riedman, owner of Riedman Construction. His daughter, Tressa Riedman, a senior at John ...

Brightening the town: Kathy Eder-Deshon given President’s Award

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By Melissa Wagoner Kathy Eder-Deshon has been caring for the Mount Angel fountain for over 25 years, strictly on a volunteer basis, at no cost to the Chamber of Commerce. Now – although she recently retired from the task due to ...

Completely at home: Jerry Lauzon receives Lifetime Achievement Award

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[caption id="attachment_8221" align="alignleft" width="209"] Jerry Lauzon, Mount Angel’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Brenna Wiegand[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand It’s no surprise to learn that Jerry Lauzon has been awarded Mount Angel’s Lifetime Achievement award. He and the other awardees will be honored ...

Citizen action: How-to class presented at library

March 2018 Posted in Community, News, Other | Comments Off on Citizen action: How-to class presented at library

By Melissa Wagoner “The beginning of all knowledge is the ability to think critically,” Donna Cohen, creator and facilitator of adult civics workshops said. “Evaluating whether information is accurate and complete enough to make a decision is the basis for all ...

Just instinct: Biology student dives into heroism

March 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community | Comments Off on Just instinct: Biology student dives into heroism

Perhaps things just come naturally and easily for Krysta Catto. Graduating from Dallas High School in three years. Majoring in biology, studying to be a marine biologist. Saving the lives of little boys overtaken by giant waves in Kona. Huh? Or ...

Plastic bags: Committee seeks business opinions, options

February 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Plastic bags: Committee seeks business opinions, options

By Melissa Wagoner Silverton resident Dana Smith wears many hats; one as an active and concerned community member, one as a City Councilor and one as chairperson of the Environmental Management Committee formed by the Council in November 2015. “On most ...

Too much tech?: Debate on children’s cellphone-use centers on health, social development, consequences

February 2018 Posted in Community, Technology | Comments Off on Too much tech?: Debate on children’s cellphone-use centers on health, social development, consequences

By Melissa Wagoner Cellphones in the hands of children – when and how often and is it safe – is currently a big area of concern for parents, teachers and health care providers here in the Willamette Valley and around the ...

Rock on: Painted reminders of shared humanity

February 2018 Posted in Community, Garden | Comments Off on Rock on: Painted reminders of shared humanity

[caption id="attachment_8203" align="alignleft" width="300"] Artwork by: Elyse McGowan-Kidd[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Rocks, often intricately painted, have begun popping up in the parks, outside of businesses, even in the trees all over Silverton. Three groups, organized using Facebook pages, are responsible for many ...

Checking in: McClaine House revitalized as bed and breakfast

February 2018 Posted in Community, Travel | Comments Off on Checking in: McClaine House revitalized as bed and breakfast

[caption id="attachment_8204" align="alignleft" width="225"] Karen Choules looks forward to new guests at The McClaine House. Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Karen Choules is a “homebody” who loves decorating, painting furniture, cooking and gardening. These qualities suit her well as the new owner/innkeeper ...

Special hoops season: State next for Trojans, Foxes hope to follow

February 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, Sports | Comments Off on Special hoops season: State next for Trojans, Foxes hope to follow

The next two weeks could be pretty special for area high school basketball fans. All four teams at Silverton and Kennedy are ranked in the top 10 in their class. Both Kennedy teams already have qualified for the Class 2A ...

To be counted: Silverton Homeless Connect event reaches out

February 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on To be counted: Silverton Homeless Connect event reaches out

[caption id="attachment_8174" align="alignleft" width="300"] Volunteer Karolle Hughes engages with an attendee at Silverton Homeless Connect. Peggy Savage[/caption] By Peggy Savage For years, homeless advocate Karolle Hughes has set aside Jan. 31 as a day to count homeless residents in the rural areas ...