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 ...

New leadership

May 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on New leadership

Sister Jane Hibbard was installed as the Pastoral Administrator of Queen of Angels Monastery, in Mount Angel, on March 31. Sister Joella Kidwell, President of the Federation of St. Gertrude, presided at the blessing and installation. The Federation of St. ...

Women’s care expands

May 2017 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Women’s care expands

The newest member of the obstetrical and gynecological care at Legacy Medical Group is Dr. Rachael Rayburn, D.O. The practice has grown to include four OB-GYN physicians, one gynecologist, one nurse practitioner, and six certified nurse midwives seeing patients in Silverton, ...

Contested seats: Silver Falls incumbents face challengers in board race

April 2017 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Contested seats: Silver Falls incumbents face challengers in board race

By Steve Ritchie With a host of significant financial, facility and educational challenges looming for Silver Falls School District, the May school board election has become something of a referendum on the district’s leadership and direction. The election pits three incumbent ...

Starting over: Silverton renews search for city hall, police department site

April 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Starting over: Silverton renews search for city hall, police department site

By James Day It’s back to the drawing board in the lengthy search for the city of Silverton to find a location for a new city hall and police department building. The City Council, as part of the consent agenda at its ...

The band plays on: Area musicians stage April 29 festival

April 2017 Posted in Community, Music & Band | Comments Off on The band plays on: Area musicians stage April 29 festival

By Nancy Jennings The air will be filled with music at the eighth annual Mid-Willamette Adult Band Festival on Saturday, April 29, in the Silverton High School Auditorium. The Silverton-based Marion County Citizen’s Band will join three other participating bands: Keizer Community ...

Answering the call: Grandmother, seamstress takes up African mission

April 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Answering the call: Grandmother, seamstress takes up African mission

By Nancy Jennings A passion for teaching has always been a part of Judy Stokes’s life purpose. Answering a phone call in January, set the course in motion for her second missionary trip to Africa. She departed on April 2 for ...

OSAA spells change: Big overhaul proposed for classification system

April 2017 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on OSAA spells change: Big overhaul proposed for classification system

Most adjustments that the Oregon School Activities Association makes in its quadrennial classification and districting work tend to be minor. The body made a big leap forward for the 2006-7 school year by expanding from four classes to six. Schools had ...

Nurturing types: Stories about caring for the young and not-so-young

April 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community | Comments Off on Nurturing types: Stories about caring for the young and not-so-young

Miss Becky is leaving the building. Mic drop. After 12 years of hugging, loving, and teaching three and four year old little darlings, Becky Detherage is hanging up her pre-school hat. Becky started James Street Christian Preschool at the Assembly of God ...

South Water: Bike lanes, sidewalks, planter strips all part of improvement plan

April 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on South Water: Bike lanes, sidewalks, planter strips all part of improvement plan

[caption id="attachment_7737" align="alignright" width="294"] Residents observe the South Water Street plans. Sheldon Traver[/caption] By Sheldon Traver With the surge in community growth, South Water Street in Silverton has seen a significant increase in automotive, bike and pedestrian traffic during the past two ...

Music lessons: Sharing a passion

April 2017 Posted in Community, Music & Band | Comments Off on Music lessons: Sharing a passion

[caption id="attachment_7735" align="alignleft" width="300"] Instructor Nick Champeau and owner Corey Christensen of Soundstream.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner It’s never too late to learn a musical instrument, according to Nick Champeau, an instructor with Soundstream in Silverton.“I think that any time is a good ...

Drop in: Daycare options expand

April 2017 Posted in Community, Other | Comments Off on Drop in: Daycare options expand

By Melissa Wagoner “Finding a balance of what works best for each child and remembering each child is an individual,” is the goal at Circle of Friends Daycare according to Marcus Clark who, together with wife Jennifer Clark, owns and runs ...

SACA: Sarah DeSantis steps up to lead

April 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on SACA: Sarah DeSantis steps up to lead

[caption id="attachment_7736" align="alignleft" width="219"] SACA’s new executive director Sarah DeSantis.[/caption] By Sheldon Traver Silverton resident Sarah DeSantis has personally seen what living in poverty means for many Silverton area residents. She started volunteering for Silverton Area Community Aid two years ago and was ...

Silver Falls State Park: Many opportunities for volunteers

April 2017 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Silver Falls State Park: Many opportunities for volunteers

[caption id="attachment_7731" align="alignright" width="280"] Earl McCollum is a long-time volunteer at Sikver Falls State Park[/caption] By Mary Owen When visiting the South Falls Nature Store at Silver Falls State Park, be sure to stop and smell the flowers. Placed on the table by ...

Judy’s Party: Nonprofits get grants

April 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Judy’s Party: Nonprofits get grants

Judy’s Party is a party with a purpose: make projects possible for nonprofits in Silverton and Mount Angel. Started three years ago as a way to honor the late Judy Schmidt for her dedication to her community, Judy’s Party is staged ...

A warm thank you: Gregg’s service honored

April 2017 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on A warm thank you: Gregg’s service honored

[caption id="attachment_7733" align="alignleft" width="300"] Art Gregg is flanked by step-son, Jim Ewers, and daughter, Ann Snelling, at his “Quilts of Valor Foundation” presentation ceremony.[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Silverton resident and WWII veteran, Art Gregg, 98, received a one-of-a-kind “thank you” gift on ...

Smile wide: Pediatric dentist focuses on giving patients a good start

April 2017 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Smile wide: Pediatric dentist focuses on giving patients a good start

By Melissa Wagoner Tim Richardson didn’t set out to be a dentist. “I thought mouths were disgusting,” he laughed. All of that changed when, as an undergraduate at Brigham Young University, he took a friend’s advice and shadowed a dentist.“Seeing it from a ...

Gear Up: Silverton natives serve up traditional treats, new favorites

April 2017 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Gear Up: Silverton natives serve up traditional treats, new favorites

By Nancy Jennings There is something to be said for the tried and true. Grandma’s preserves. Hot dogs at baseball games. Movie theater popcorn. One can add Joy Hoge’s cinnamon buns at Gear Up Espresso to the list. Her fresh-baked cinnamon buns ...

Cultural divide: St. Paul’s wrestles with serving a diverse congregation

March 2017 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Cultural divide: St. Paul’s wrestles with serving a diverse congregation

By Steve Ritchie The absence of a long-time parish employee, fears of losing Spanish-language religious education classes, and a change in venue for Spanish-language Sunday mass have rocked Silverton’s St. Paul Catholic Church community. Recent tensions escalated into accusations of racism, discrimination ...

Junior First: Noe Jines

March 2017 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Junior First: Noe Jines

[caption id="attachment_7693" align="alignleft" width="194"] Noe Jines[/caption] By Kristine Thomas All it took was some encouragement for Noe Jines to begin taking small steps leading to larger steps to become more involved in his school and community. A Kennedy High School senior, Jines ...

People first: Columbia Bank

March 2017 Posted in Community | Comments Off on People first: Columbia Bank

[caption id="attachment_7697" align="alignleft" width="300"] Columbia Bank Staff[/caption] By Dixon Bledsoe Melanie Dressel would have been so proud. “Columbia Bank’s Chief Executive Officer, Melanie Dressel, is the reason why our culture is personable and is built to put people first”, said Kristi Brackinreed, Mount Angel ...

Distinguished Service: Kathy Wall, Randy Wavra honored

March 2017 Posted in Community, Other, People | Comments Off on Distinguished Service: Kathy Wall, Randy Wavra honored

[caption id="attachment_7700" align="alignleft" width="213"] Kathy Wall[/caption] By Nancy Jennings When she isn’t volunteering around town, Kathy Wall loves to travel. She is known to hit the open road in her camper van with her devoted dog, Mara, a copper-colored Vizsla. “Once I ...

Volunteer of the Year: Ryan Kleinschmidt

March 2017 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Volunteer of the Year: Ryan Kleinschmidt

[caption id="attachment_7692" align="alignleft" width="200"] Ryan Kleinschmidt[/caption] By Steve Ritchie The town of Mount Angel is legendary for its strong volunteer ethic. From Oktoberfest to youth sports to city government to the fire department to a host of non-profit and religious organizations, Mount Angel ...

The Itch: Call of the great outdoors

March 2017 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community | Comments Off on The Itch: Call of the great outdoors

It’s the beginning of March. It’s been cold. Usually wet. We’ve seen our share of rain. Even snow this year. The sky is dark and gray, gray, gray, and the days have been short. It’s the time of year best ...