Poetry in motion: Silverton teen studies ballet at East Coast conservatory

December 2017 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Poetry in motion: Silverton teen studies ballet at East Coast conservatory

By Nancy Jennings A Silverton teen is on the brink of realizing her dream – becoming a classically trained ballet dancer. Jinjutha (“Jin”) Cheepluesak, 16, daughter of Thai Dish restaurant owners, Manus Jantarasri and Oratai Cheepluesak, can’t imagine living a day ...

Sharing the spirit: Free community Christmas dinner at Silverton Senior Center

December 2017 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Sharing the spirit: Free community Christmas dinner at Silverton Senior Center

By Nancy Jennings Christmas is all about togetherness. But not everybody is able to be with their family or relatives during the holidays. Silverton’s Senior Center and Harry and Karrie Douglas found a solution to introduce neighbors to each other: Team up ...

Civic center: Project continues to fuel interest

December 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Civic center: Project continues to fuel interest

By James Day The city of Silverton is hosting a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18 at Silverton High School. Mayor Kyle Palmer, City Council members and other city officials will be on hand to answer questions about city issues. Palmer ...

Swimming in polka dots: Foxes honor Downey with new swim caps

December 2017 Posted in Community, Sports | Comments Off on Swimming in polka dots: Foxes honor Downey with new swim caps

The Silverton High swim team opened its home season in style Dec. 5, donning new headgear at a meet dedicated to the memory of long-time Silverton-area swim coach and booster Dennis Downey. “Really this man was the reason why Silverton High ...

An appeal for the season: Peace, courage and respite

December 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on An appeal for the season: Peace, courage and respite

I love Christmas in Silverton. The new lights decorating the downtown trees are beautiful, the tree lighting on First Friday was wonderful as were the smiles on a few thousand celebrants, and there is a crispness in the air that suggests ...

Benedictine Brewery: Community supports heritage-driven project

December 2017 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Benedictine Brewery: Community supports heritage-driven project

[caption id="attachment_8033" align="alignleft" width="300"] The brewery is being built on the west side of the Abbey hill on Humpert Lane. Brenna Wiegand[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand One hundred volunteers – the majority monks and seminarians – gathered Nov. 11 on a gentle slope ...

Be prepared: Kennedy teens CERT trained and ready to help

December 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Be prepared: Kennedy teens CERT trained and ready to help

[caption id="attachment_8038" align="alignright" width="300"] CERT coordinator Crystal Williams, with Mount Angel CERT teens Whitney Lopez, Draiven Follis, Melanie Lopez and Officer Charlie Hall. Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Mount Angel can boast a unique accomplishment – one that would make any community, ...

Rock’n Latte: Adding a shot of fun for customers

December 2017 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Rock’n Latte: Adding a shot of fun for customers

[caption id="attachment_8037" align="alignleft" width="225"] Ash Davidson, Cheryl Baurer and Abby Hartt of Rock’n Latte.[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Would you like biscuits and gravy to go with your morning latte? Just look for the giant red-and-white guitar perched up inside of a coffee ...

Holly days: Busy, busy time for couple juggling three businesses

December 2017 Posted in Business, Community, Garden, Other | Comments Off on Holly days: Busy, busy time for couple juggling three businesses

By Nancy Jennings If you are picking up your mail or shipping a package at Silverton’s Postal Connections, there’s a good chance you will be greeted by Don Harteloo. Ask how he is doing on any given day and he will ...

Carrying on tradition: Belgian Underground explores its roots

December 2017 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Carrying on tradition: Belgian Underground explores its roots

[caption id="attachment_8034" align="alignleft" width="169"] Dale Coleman and Sheldon Lesire in Belgium.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner “Verzetsbir is ode aan grootvader,” read a recent headline in the Belgian newspaper “Het Belang Van Limburg.” Translated it reads, “Resistance beer is ode to grandfather.” The beer in ...

Football flashback: Foxes, Trojans make playoff runs

December 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Football flashback: Foxes, Trojans make playoff runs

Silverton High turned in a 7-4 football season under first-year coach Josh Craig and came within 57 seconds of advancing to the Class 5A semifinals. “We’re very proud of these guys,” Craig told Our Town. “We couldn’t ask for a better ...

Call of duty: Those who served cite love of country, friendship, sacrifice

November 2017 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Call of duty: Those who served cite love of country, friendship, sacrifice

By Nancy Jennings Jim Kosel, 75, has been married to Martha for 50 years. Both veterans, the Mount Angel residents have three children, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Their son, Darren, served as a Navy Air Traffic Controller during the Operation ...

Points Beyond: Building an ‘intentional community’ in Silverton

November 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Points Beyond: Building an ‘intentional community’ in Silverton

By Melissa Wagoner Something new is going on at the top of Danger Hill. “We’ve heard people talk about us being a commune or a bunch of hippies,” laughed Victor Madge, architect of the project. “We’re not a commune.” Instead, they are ...

Grandview: For the empty nester

November 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Grandview: For the empty nester

By Nancy Jennings A new 55+ community housing development is coming to Mount Angel. Under construction since August 2016, “Grandview in Mount Angel” plans to complete 56 single-story homes. Built on just under eight acres, the project is slated for completion ...

New construction: Subdivision designed for ‘aging population’

November 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on New construction: Subdivision designed for ‘aging population’

Eight new, energy-efficient homes were recently completed in a rejuvenated portion of Silverton’s Milltown neighborhood. Castlebrook Estates, built by Dale’s Remodeling of Salem, is designed to meet the needs of an aging population. The homes feature lots of light, larger ...

It’s a go: City to purchase Eugene Field site

November 2017 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on It’s a go: City to purchase Eugene Field site

By James Day The city of Silverton plans to purchase the Eugene Field School site to develop a new civic center that will include a police station, City Hall and new council chambers. The City Council voted 7-0 at a special meeting ...

Silverton’s proposed $.02 gas tax

November 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Silverton’s proposed $.02 gas tax

Our streets desperately need your help! For decades, our 30-plus miles of roadway in Silverton have slowly deteriorated and our traffic congestion problems have increased. Why has this happened? The City of Silverton has been unable to generate sufficient funds to ...

Sidewalk Shindig: Capturing a musical guide to community

November 2017 Posted in Community, Music & Band | Comments Off on Sidewalk Shindig: Capturing a musical guide to community

[embed]https://vimeo.com/239270906[/embed] By Michael Turner Oct. 7, 2017, 1:30 p.m. I got off work and walked across the bridge over Silver Creek into downtown Silverton, where the Sidewalk Shindig was already in full swing. Crowds had descended for the sixth year of Silverton’s ...

Life with purpose: Mom writes book about raising special needs daughter

October 2017 Posted in Community, Other, People | Comments Off on Life with purpose: Mom writes book about raising special needs daughter

By Kristine Thomas Silverton resident Lindsey Atwell refers to her mother’s book about her life as “the good, the bad and the ugly.” “The ugly is my ex-boyfriends, the bad is what happened with my marriage and my ex-boyfriends,” Lindsey said, “and ...

Opportunity: Transition program seeks volunteers

October 2017 Posted in Community, Other, School | Comments Off on Opportunity: Transition program seeks volunteers

By Melissa Wagoner Michiel Nankman knows what it’s like to struggle in social situations. Originally from the Netherlands, the shift to life in the United States has often felt overwhelming. “When I came to the US I was like, ‘I don’t know ...

Engelberg greetings: Swiss Abbot makes history at Oktoberfest

October 2017 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Engelberg greetings: Swiss Abbot makes history at Oktoberfest

By Steve Ritchie A moment of history was made at the 2017 Mount Angel Oktoberfest. It took place at a few minutes past 7 p.m. on Saturday, in a very lively Weingarten that was packed to the rafters. Oktoberfest President Chris ...

One size fits all: Shoeboxes full of supplies benefit children around the world

October 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on One size fits all: Shoeboxes full of supplies benefit children around the world

By Nancy Jennings Instead of receiving gifts to celebrate her milestone 50th birthday last year, Christine Schneider wanted to give gifts to the less fortunate. The Silverton resident, along with her husband Carl and four children, planned a party with family ...

Focusing on moms’ needs: Fitness instructor, online nutrition coach customizes programs

October 2017 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink, Your Health | Comments Off on Focusing on moms’ needs: Fitness instructor, online nutrition coach customizes programs

By Melissa Wagoner “If there was the perfect way to eat there would be one book,” nutrition and exercise coach Rita Horter said. Instead there is an entire industry devoted to the subject which, she admits, can be confusing to those looking ...

Renovated, ready: Volunteers improve Scotts Mills Community Center

May 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Renovated, ready: Volunteers improve Scotts Mills Community Center

By Nancy Jennings Thanks to a Marion County Grant of nearly $23,000 and over a dozen community volunteers, the Scotts Mills Community Center has been renovated. The original paint and wallpaper shop, which was modified into a house in the mid-80s ...

TeleBaby: New technology provides a life-saving link to neonatal experts

May 2017 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on TeleBaby: New technology provides a life-saving link to neonatal experts

By Kristine Thomas Lori Neufeld and Erica Young both said things might have turned out dramatically different after their delivery of their children if it weren’t for a machine that was recently installed at the Family Birth Center at Legacy ...