Rethinking plastic: Specialists give advice on ways to cutback on use

July 2018 Posted in Other, People, Technology, Your Health | Comments Off on Rethinking plastic: Specialists give advice on ways to cutback on use

By Melissa Wagoner As an archeologist for the State of Oregon, Nancy Nelson has spent a lot of time studying what past generations have left behind, the layer of discarded objects – bones, pottery, leather and metal – that tell the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

End of an era: Susannah Robinson retires from Bible Release program

October 2017 Posted in People | Comments Off on End of an era: Susannah Robinson retires from Bible Release program

By Nancy Jennings For 40 years, Susannah Robinson has laid solid foundations of faith for more than 300 children through the Silver Crest School Bible Release Time Program. Inside of the quaint Chapel on the Hill Church in the Silverton ...

96 years young: Vern Holmquist, Our Town’s Ol’ Curmudgeon, shares his secrets to life

October 2017 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on 96 years young: Vern Holmquist, Our Town’s Ol’ Curmudgeon, shares his secrets to life

By Nancy Jennings Vern Holmquist loves to dance. Never mind that the voice of Our Town’s “The Ol’ Curmudgeon” column turned 96 years young in May. One recent column “Dancing…together” (May 1 edition), proved he could “cut a rug” like no ...

Cuban adventure: A land old, new, and changing

October 2017 Posted in People, Travel | Comments Off on Cuban adventure: A land old, new, and changing

By Steve Ritchie It was 9 a.m. on a Monday morning in early February. We were God knows where, bouncing around the pot-holed back roads of Cuba in the second rear seat of a 1948 Plymouth sedan packed with nine people ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Finding authenticity: Riedman shares journey to equus coaching

December 2016 Posted in Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Finding authenticity: Riedman shares journey to equus coaching

By Kristine Thomas Silverton resident Linda Riedman could have kept the conversation on the surface level as she shared about her new work as an equus coach. She works with a client and a horse in an arena to uncover unhealthy thought ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...