In these halls: Students become ambassadors to State Capital

April 2019 Posted in Community, People, School | Comments Off on In these halls: Students become ambassadors to State Capital

By Melissa Wagoner The students in the Community Roots School’s Adolescent Program got a behind-the-scenes look at the Oregon State Capital when they visited on Feb. 25 as Ambassadors for Oregon Montessori Education Day. “Not every kid gets to go to the ...

Briefs for April 2019

April 2019 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Briefs for April 2019

Robotics teams seek assistance Mt. Angel Middle School Robotics Team have earned the opportunity to compete in the upcoming VEX IQ Robotics Nationals competition.  Eight are headed to Iowa the first week in April. Ten more are bound for the World ...

Mr. Mayor: Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce names Andy Otte 2018 First Citizen

March 2019 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Mr. Mayor: Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce names Andy Otte 2018 First Citizen

[caption id="attachment_9026" align="alignright" width="269"] Mayor Andy Otte[/caption] By Steve Ritchie Mount Angel 2018 First Citizen Andy Otte described his full daily schedule with a succinct sentence: “It’s nonstop.” Otte has served as mayor of Mount Angel since 2013. He is also a volunteer ...

Traveling with kids: Adventure for the whole family

February 2019 Posted in Community, People, Travel | Comments Off on Traveling with kids: Adventure for the whole family

[caption id="attachment_9031" align="alignleft" width="225"] Guy Rodrigue and Dorothy Brown-Kwaiser took their son Sullivan to Santiago, Spain.Submitted Photos[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner It took Lisa Gerlits a number of years to find the joy in traveling with children. The mother of three – Alexander, ...

Action-adventure: SHS Thespians set sail with Peter Pan prequel

February 2019 Posted in People, School | Comments Off on Action-adventure: SHS Thespians set sail with Peter Pan prequel

[caption id="attachment_8997" align="alignright" width="300"] The cast of Peter and the Starcatcher rehearsing on the Silverton High stage. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner “We don’t do good shows, we do great shows,” is the motto of the Silverton High School Theater Department. “The reputation ...

Silvertowne: Adding to the story

January 2019 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Silvertowne: Adding to the story

I read the article about Silvertowne with great interest because that is my home. I would like to thank Our Town for shining a light on our situation here. While it did touch on some of the concerns, there is ...

Future First Citizen: Alyssa Khieu seeks to serve a global community

January 2019 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Future First Citizen: Alyssa Khieu seeks to serve a global community

[caption id="attachment_8968" align="alignleft" width="240"] Alyssa Khieu, 2018 Future First Citizen Submitted Photo[/caption] “Her commitment to quietly helping others was obvious,” Mayor Kyle Palmer said in announcing Alyssa Khieu as the Future First Citizen for 2018 from Silverton High School. He went ...

Business of the Year: Bledsoe Santana Team Realty builds relationships

January 2019 Posted in Business, Community, People | Comments Off on Business of the Year: Bledsoe Santana Team Realty builds relationships

[caption id="attachment_8971" align="alignright" width="275"] Dixon Bledsoe and Lisa Santana, founders of Bledsoe Santana Team Realty. Jim Kinghorn[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Being Realtors provides Dixon Bledsoe and Lisa Santana a unique approach to community service that enables them to not only join forces ...

Distinguished service: Sarah White sees those served as brothers, sisters

January 2019 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Distinguished service: Sarah White sees those served as brothers, sisters

[caption id="attachment_8970" align="alignleft" width="291"] Sarah White, Executive Director & Case Manager, Silverton Sheltering Services.Brenna Wiegand[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Though greatly honored, Sarah White is a little embarrassed at receiving Silverton’s Distinguished Service award for 2018. “I’m really grateful; I feel it is a ...

Lifetime Achievement: Elmer Valkenaar has played many roles

January 2019 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Lifetime Achievement: Elmer Valkenaar has played many roles

[caption id="attachment_8967" align="alignright" width="217"] Elmer ‘St. Elmo’ Valkenaar is the recipient of the Judy Schmidt Lifetime Achievement award.Jim Kinghorn[/caption] By Steve Ritchie Every town could use a dedicated civic leader and tireless volunteer like the late Judy Schmidt. Or like Elmer Valkenaar. Known ...

First Citizens: Stacy and Kevin Palmer team up, help out

January 2019 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on First Citizens: Stacy and Kevin Palmer team up, help out

[caption id="attachment_8966" align="alignleft" width="300"] Kevin and Stacy Palmer 2018 First Citizens award recipients. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner This time of year, Stacy Palmer – Executive Director of the Silverton Chamber of Commerce – can often be found, balloons in hand, making ...

Storytelling: Duo uses video to record memories for posterity

January 2019 Posted in Business, Community, People | Comments Off on Storytelling: Duo uses video to record memories for posterity

[caption id="attachment_8940" align="alignright" width="300"] Michael Turner and Zach Esperanza,owners of Pass It On Productions.Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Zach Esperanza has witnessed a lot of goodbyes during his tenure as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department at the Oregon Health and ...

Fresh faces: Meet Legacy Silverton’s first boy, girl born in 2019

January 2019 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Fresh faces: Meet Legacy Silverton’s first boy, girl born in 2019

[caption id="attachment_8939" align="alignleft" width="273"] Maria Rios Najar and Osualdo Rios Diaz with their new son, Adriel Rios Najar, the first baby boy born in 2019 on Jan. 1 at Legacy Silverton. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Proud parents, Maria Rios Najar and ...

Miracle in the mist: A December Sunday at Lone Pine

December 2018 Posted in Community, Other, People | Comments Off on Miracle in the mist: A December Sunday at Lone Pine

by Robert McGowan There are many spots in the Silverton-Mount Angel area that have colloquial names. All probably have some historical significance. Some represent a community or area like Drakes Crossing or Bethany. Others are more localized like Rocky Four Corners. ...

Lighting the way: Children’s Parade of Lanterns helps homeless

December 2018 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Lighting the way: Children’s Parade of Lanterns helps homeless

[caption id="attachment_8815" align="alignleft" width="300"] The inaugural Parade of Lanterns will use battery operated light sources, not candles or lit flames. © Tatyana Tomsickova / 123rf.com[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner “Silverton is the town that still believes and I think children remind us of ...

Show us the ‘Monet’: Part of proceeds benefit Silverton Warming Shelter

December 2018 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Show us the ‘Monet’: Part of proceeds benefit Silverton Warming Shelter

[caption id="attachment_8813" align="alignleft" width="300"] Silverton Sheltering Services’ Sarah White and photographer Michael Stevens. Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Helping the homeless can be as easy as buying a magnet. An assortment of refrigerator magnets and greeting cards capturing photographic images of France’s ...

Vintage industrial spark: Artist handcrafts objects of wonder

December 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on Vintage industrial spark: Artist handcrafts objects of wonder

By Nancy Jennings With 16 of his edgy art pieces being displayed in September at Lunaria Gallery, Silverton artist Joshua Kinsey knows how to make an impression. After all, he has sold his creations worldwide. Classifying his art’s aesthetic as “vintage ...

Jazzercise benefits SACA

November 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on Jazzercise benefits SACA

Silverton Jazzercise will hold its 29th Thanksgiving benefit for Silverton Area Community Aid this year. Thursday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m. all fitness levels are invited to join in an hour-long aerobic and muscle toning session at the Silverton Community Center, 421 ...

Downsizing: Living big in small spaces

November 2018 Posted in Community, Other, People | Comments Off on Downsizing: Living big in small spaces

[caption id="attachment_8737" align="alignleft" width="300"] Becky Gilliam-Madge and Sam Madge in front of their small home in Silverton.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Tamara Swanson likes to say she lives big – just in a small space.“It’s very elegant and it doesn’t seem small at ...

Goin’ nuts together: Mount Angel, Silverton partner on festival, shop hop

November 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Other, People | Comments Off on Goin’ nuts together: Mount Angel, Silverton partner on festival, shop hop

By Melissa Wagoner After seven years, Mount Angel’s annual Hazelnut Festival was hanging in limbo due to the recent passing of its co-founder Maureen Ernst. “There was some talk about, ‘I don’t know if this is going to happen this year,’” ...

Mount Angel postmaster sworn in

November 2018 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Mount Angel postmaster sworn in

[caption id="attachment_8730" align="alignright" width="237"] Postmaster Mellody Wilkins Submitted Photo[/caption] Mount Angel’s new Postmaster, Mellody Wilkins, was officially sworn into office on Sept. 25 in the village  gazebo. Jami Goodpaster, Manager of Post Office Operations, performed the ceremony. Wilkins was appointed to ...

Multigenerations: Grandparents help solve childcare problems

November 2018 Posted in Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Multigenerations: Grandparents help solve childcare problems

[caption id="attachment_8731" align="alignright" width="300"] Joyce Beck with grandsons Gavin and Ethan[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Childcare can be difficult for parents whose work schedule falls outside of regular business hours but many parents are finding the answer to their problem in the guise ...

Decluttering: Change in season offers opportunity to organize

October 2018 Posted in Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Decluttering: Change in season offers opportunity to organize

By Melissa Wagoner “Whenever the seasons change is a good time to de-clutter,” Elyse McGowan-Kidd, owner of Kidd De-Clutter in Silverton said. “We are wired for change during the shift of the seasons. Each season has its own theme and therefore ...

The next step: Silverton Grange experiments with new training program

October 2018 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on The next step: Silverton Grange experiments with new training program

[caption id="attachment_8710" align="alignleft" width="300"] Silverton Grange members Rose Hope, Dorothy Ramig, Cayla Catino and Lennie Martin are among those seeking to keep the local grange vibrant and relevant to the needs of the community. Brenna Wiegand[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand The local grange ...

Summer adventure: Foxes brothers take baseball Dominican Republic tour

September 2018 Posted in People, School, Sports, Travel | Comments Off on Summer adventure: Foxes brothers take baseball Dominican Republic tour

[caption id="attachment_8696" align="alignleft" width="300"] Silverton High brothers Riley Kramer, left, and brother Kyle, spent a week in the Dominican Republic last month, playing baseball, donating gear and participating in clinics. James Day [/caption] By James Day Riley and Kyle Kramer had a bit ...