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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Eager to lend a hand: Lori Pavlicek, Mount Angel First Citizen for 2016

March 2017 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Eager to lend a hand: Lori Pavlicek, Mount Angel First Citizen for 2016

By Kristine Thomas [caption id="attachment_7665" align="alignright" width="200"] Lori Butsch Pavlicek Mount Angel 2016 First Citizen.[/caption] It wasn’t until she saw it written down on paper that Lori Butsch Pavlicek became fully aware of all her volunteer work. And that realization occurred only after ...

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 ...

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 ...

Adventure with wine: Minimalist winemaker seeks authentic tastes

November 2016 Posted in Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on Adventure with wine: Minimalist winemaker seeks authentic tastes

[caption id="attachment_7470" align="alignleft" width="300"] Franchere Wine Co. owner and winemaker Mike Hinds[/caption] By Kristine Thomas It wasn’t in Oregon, where he grew up, where it happened. Or California, where he went to college. Both states well-known for their wineries and vineyards. ...

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 ...

Something to think about: Crossroads

November 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on Something to think about: Crossroads

By Kristine Thomas There is no question about the need for the services provided by St. Joseph Shelter, Mission Benedict and Casa Adele in Mount Angel. The question is, who is in the best position to lead, manage and support them? Founded ...

Just another challenge: Alisha Etzel takes on triathlons

November 2016 Posted in Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Just another challenge: Alisha Etzel takes on triathlons

By Kristine Thomas Silverton resident Alisha Etzel hates running, describing it as boring. She has logged more miles on a stationary bike than a road bike. Fortunately, she said, she actually likes to swim. Take all that into consideration and she’s wondering ...

Getting Saucy: Local chef wins awards for BBQ Sauce

November 2016 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on Getting Saucy: Local chef wins awards for BBQ Sauce

[caption id="attachment_7400" align="alignright" width="300"] Tyna Mays-Schey with one of her Saucy Minx sauces.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Chef Tyna Mays-Schey’s mother always told her not to play with her food. “Well, I showed her,” Mays-Schey laughed. Mays-Schey is the owner of Saucy Minx BBQ Sauces ...

Chestnut Season: A child’s fascination turns into a family adventure

October 2016 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Chestnut Season: A child’s fascination turns into a family adventure

[caption id="attachment_7358" align="alignright" width="300"] Paul'la Allen and her daughter, Julie enjoy working on their chestnut farm[/caption] By Kristine Thomas Growing up, some kids are fascinated by airplanes, sharks or sports. Others perhaps, books, dolls or bikes. Not Paul’la Allen. She was irresistibly drawn ...

Civics 101: City Hires manager

October 2016 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Civics 101: City Hires manager

[caption id="attachment_7362" align="alignleft" width="240"] Amber Mathiesen[/caption] By Kristine Thomas The Mount Angel City Council unanimously approved hiring Amber Mathiesen as city manager Oct. 3. Mathiesen, 39, is currently the city recorder for the city of Salem. With more than 15 years of ...

50 Years: Canyonview Camp grows into a place to dream big dreams

October 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on 50 Years: Canyonview Camp grows into a place to dream big dreams

[caption id="attachment_7360" align="alignleft" width="231"] Young ladies at Canyonview Camp[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand When Ernie Campbell overlooked the 85-acre Drift Creek canyon near Silverton, he saw the fulfillment of a dream. Seeking ways to reach people of all ages, he and wife, Fern, ...

Keeping it local: New Brews

October 2016 Posted in Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on Keeping it local: New Brews

[caption id="attachment_7363" align="alignright" width="300"] Partners Andrew Fox and Eric Drliner sampling Silver Falls Brews[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Keeping it local is the goal of the new  Silver Falls Brewery in Silverton. The business logo, the name of the brews, the handles for ...

The Rhubarb King: Silverton kind of grew on him, now he calls it home

October 2016 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on The Rhubarb King: Silverton kind of grew on him, now he calls it home

[caption id="attachment_7309" align="alignleft" width="225"] Wood carving is one of Rick Bittner’s passions. Community service is another.[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Rick Bittner stands out by blending in. After having seen all 50 states on personal vacations and travels over the years, he chose to ...

Sr. Antoinette Traeger, OSB: July 24, 1924 – Aug. 20, 2016

September 2016 Posted in People | Comments Off on Sr. Antoinette Traeger, OSB: July 24, 1924 – Aug. 20, 2016

Sister Antoinette Traeger, OSB, entered into eternal life at the Providence Benedictine Nursing Center on Aug. 20 at the age of 92. Sister Antoinette was a member of Queen of Angels Monastery in Mount Angel for almost 75 years, rejoicing ...

Hemp: Old crop for a new age

August 2016 Posted in People | Comments Off on Hemp: Old crop for a new age

[caption id="attachment_7243" align="alignright" width="230"] Hemp farmers Rochelle and Peter Koch are about to harvest their first crop.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner From the road, it looks like just another crop. Take a step into the field and you know what it is, or ...

Facing ALS with humor and grace: Vic Gilliam shares his gratitude for life’s blessings

July 2016 Posted in People | Comments Off on Facing ALS with humor and grace: Vic Gilliam shares his gratitude for life’s blessings

[caption id="attachment_7111" align="alignright" width="225"] A Father’s Day photo with his family. Vic is surrounded by Becky, 27, on the left and Leanne, 30, on the right with wife Becky and her son, Taylor, 23, in front. The family is looking ...