Conflict over code: Hearing continues for transitional housing rules

August 2018 Posted in Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Conflict over code: Hearing continues for transitional housing rules

By Paula Mabry The Silverton City Council will once again take up the hearing on a proposal to amend city codes to set standards for  transitional shelter for the homeless at its Sept. 10 meeting. The proposal, referred for approval to the ...

Trail to Eagle: New Eagle reflects on scouting, academic journey

August 2018 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Trail to Eagle: New Eagle reflects on scouting, academic journey

[caption id="attachment_8606" align="alignright" width="300"] Jonathan Valladares’ family. Back, left: Father, Edilberto; brother Joshua; Jonathan; older-brother Elisha; sister Isabel; mother Michelle.  Front: Siblings, Maria, Sarah and Benjamin.[/caption] By Vince Teresi Silverton resident Jonathan Valladares reached the highest rank of scouting, earning his Eagle Scout ...

DNA detectives: After 53 years Dave Laycock meets his birth family

August 2018 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on DNA detectives: After 53 years Dave Laycock meets his birth family

[caption id="attachment_8618" align="alignleft" width="300"] Left: Dave Laycock with his birth mother Loretta Meier. Right: Dave with his adopted father Don Laycock and biological niece Annie Porter. Submitted Photos[/caption] By Nancy Jennings As owner of Renaissance Carpentry in Silverton, Dave Laycock’s business thrives ...

A new call: Former St. Paul’s priest becomes U.S. Navy chaplain

August 2018 Posted in People | Comments Off on A new call: Former St. Paul’s priest becomes U.S. Navy chaplain

By Elisha Valladares-Cormier Parishioners walking into St. Paul Catholic Church in Silverton are greeted by a plaque recognizing the life and service of former St. Paul pastor Fr. Richard E. Carberry. Carberry was pastor from 1938-1940 before serving as a U. ...

Concert benefits migrant families

August 2018 Posted in Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Concert benefits migrant families

A concert to benefit separated migrant families will be held Saturday, Aug. 25,  7:30 p.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Salem. Performers will include Brian Kimmel, the Ayala Band, Daniel Colbert and Peter Bergel & Friends, who will offer a ...

Postpartum depression: Proactive paths for a common problem

August 2018 Posted in Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Postpartum depression: Proactive paths for a common problem

By Melissa Wagoner Hilary Dumitrescu knew what postpartum depression was before she became a mom – she had heard stories of famous mothers who battled the illness and had a sister who suffered from its effects – but none of that ...

Roaming Reeders: Family packs up for two-year Cambodian adventure

July 2018 Posted in Community, People, Travel | Comments Off on Roaming Reeders: Family packs up for two-year Cambodian adventure

[caption id="attachment_8528" align="alignleft" width="300"] Tyrone, Amara and Emily Reeder Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Emily and Tyrone Reeder love living life outside their comfort zone, which is why this August they are packing up their bags and heading to Cambodia. “We like being ...

Wochenmarkt: Mount Angel farmer’s market connects community

July 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Wochenmarkt: Mount Angel farmer’s market connects community

[caption id="attachment_8530" align="alignright" width="300"] Wayne Huisman working the Esotica Pasta booth at the Mount Angel Wochenmarkt (2)[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Alexandra Samoilov’s family business is – quite literally – the berries. South Barlow Berries grows an enormous variety in their fields off ...

New Habitat for Humanity home dedicated

May 2018 Posted in Other, People | Comments Off on New Habitat for Humanity home dedicated

On May 16, Silverton grew by a family of two: Kim Betker and her 11-year-old son received the keys to a new home built over the past year by Habitat for Humanity. Kim herself put 500 hours of labor into ...

From the ground up: Oregon Garden Foundation welcomes Holden to board

May 2018 Posted in Community, Garden, People | Comments Off on From the ground up: Oregon Garden Foundation welcomes Holden to board

[caption id="attachment_8415" align="alignright" width="300"] Verl Holden dedicates a bench at the Oregon Garden in honor of his wife Florence Hardesty, who passed away in September. Holden is a new Oregon Garden Foundation board member, as well as one of the ...

Empowerment: Women’s wellness event planned for June

May 2018 Posted in Business, Community, People | Comments Off on Empowerment: Women’s wellness event planned for June

By Melissa Wagoner Lindsay Kinman is continually amazed by the variety of alternative health care options thriving around her. “Silverton is a very unique place and has a unique opportunity to be in health reformation,” Kinman, a Professional Certified Midwife practicing in ...

Finding ‘the one’: Couples recount their online dating experiences

January 2018 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Finding ‘the one’: Couples recount their online dating experiences

By Melissa Wagoner With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air – or on the computer screen – as more couples find each other online. “I think generally it is becoming more popular,” Chloe DeVito, who met her ...

Master jugglers: Family owns two downtown Silverton business favorites

January 2018 Posted in Business, Community, People | Comments Off on Master jugglers: Family owns two downtown Silverton business favorites

[caption id="attachment_8168" align="alignleft" width="300"] Kim Knox and her daughter, Audrie. Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings February is looking to be a busy month for Kim Knox The owner of Whimsy Etc. since November 2017, the former instructional assistant in Special Education for the ...

Awards announced: Andy Bellando named 2017 First Citizen

January 2018 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Awards announced: Andy Bellando named 2017 First Citizen

The Silverton Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2017 award winners. Silver Falls School District Superintendent Andy Bellando has been selected as 2017 Silverton First Citizen. He is being honored for his volunteer service to the chamber, as a member of ...

Patagone: Adventurer shares her pack through Patagonia

December 2017 Posted in People, Travel | Comments Off on Patagone: Adventurer shares her pack through Patagonia

[caption id="attachment_8040" align="alignright" width="300"] Stevie Anna Plummer assembles her crew for the 1,000-mile journey through Patagonia[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Though her party consists of herself, her dog and two horses, Stevie Anna Plummer is taking the whole world along on her ...

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 ...

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 ...