Friends from birth: Two nurses, families, share special kinship

September 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off on Friends from birth: Two nurses, families, share special kinship

[caption id="attachment_6235" align="alignright" width="300"] Retired Lt. Col Pat Brennan, USAF, left, helped Henrietta Dill deliver her daughter, Traci Dill Buller.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas Given her parents’ successful professions, Traci Dill Buller could have chosen a military career like her father, Ernie Dill, ...

Garden hires development director

August 2015 Posted in Business, People | Comments Off on Garden hires development director

[caption id="attachment_6187" align="alignright" width="212"] Mark Hunter[/caption] Mark Hunter has been hired as the development director for The Oregon Garden Foundation. Hunter is responsible for shaping the  fund development program for The Oregon Garden, including endowment, capital, annual giving and major gift campaigns. Hunter has held ...

Darline Bielenberg Stafford: Feb. 1, 1931 – Aug. 8, 2015

August 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off on Darline Bielenberg Stafford: Feb. 1, 1931 – Aug. 8, 2015

Darline Marie (Ward) Bielenberg Stafford, 84,  passed away peacefully Aug. 8, 2015 from complications due to a stroke. She was in her Silverton home surrounded by family. Darline was born in Portland, Ore., on Feb. 1, 1931 to Phyllis and John ...

Saluting service: Homer parade honors Davenports and vets

August 2015 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Saluting service: Homer parade honors Davenports and vets

[caption id="attachment_6127" align="alignright" width="177"] Ann Davenport Vasconi[/caption] By Kristine Thomas Homer Davenport isn’t the only noteworthy Davenport. Just ask Ann Davenport Vasconi, who can trace nine generations of Davenports in America. The local Davenport history begins with Dr. Ben and Sarah Davenport who staked ...

Diving in: Brandi Teeney’s faith takes hear across the globe and home again

July 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off on Diving in: Brandi Teeney’s faith takes hear across the globe and home again

[caption id="attachment_6104" align="alignright" width="217"] After graduating from Silverton High School, Brandi Teeney embarked on a six-month missions trip to Australia and Europe with Youth With A Mission’s Discipleship Training School.[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Brandi Teeney has two passions – sharing God’s love ...

A lost art: Paying attention?

July 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off on A lost art: Paying attention?

By Brenna Wiegand Heidi Walker took a drastic move two years ago – so much so that some of her friends think she’s crazy. Heidi went “hands free” –  no cell phone, smart phone; just an emergency TracFone. It all started when ...

Inspiring countryside: Jane Castelan Buccola creates art festival poster

July 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off on Inspiring countryside: Jane Castelan Buccola creates art festival poster

[caption id="attachment_6051" align="alignright" width="252"] Jane Castelan Buccola’s artwork was chosen for the 2015 Silverton Art Festival poster. Photo by Kate Cosgrove[/caption] By Kate Cosgrove A drive in the countryside is what provided Silverton resident Jane Castelan Buccola, 69, with the inspiration to ...

George W. Hauswirth: Nov. 21, 1942 – May 27, 2015

July 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off on George W. Hauswirth: Nov. 21, 1942 – May 27, 2015

George W. Hauswirth was often referred to as a “Renaissance Man” because of his many and varied talents. He was born to George W. Hauswirth II and Annis B. Hauswirth in Coronado, Calif. on Nov. 21, 1942. He passed away May ...

More than a job: Two women complete careers in public service

June 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off on More than a job: Two women complete careers in public service

By Brenna Wiegand We know there are a lot of people retiring this summer, especially public employees who seem to do so before July 1. Our Town was recently alerted to the impending retirement of two women – a letter carrier ...

Year of the Fox: Fifteen valedictorians for the Class of 2015

June 2015 Posted in People, School | Comments Off on Year of the Fox: Fifteen valedictorians for the Class of 2015

[caption id="attachment_5975" align="alignright" width="300"] Silverton High School 2015 valedictorians and salutatorians.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas It’s been a year like no other year. From athletic teams to music programs, theater to FFA and debate, the Silverton High School Class of 2015 has made ...

Small town values: Big time dreams for JFK valedictorians, salutatorians

June 2015 Posted in People, School | Comments Off on Small town values: Big time dreams for JFK valedictorians, salutatorians

[caption id="attachment_5980" align="alignright" width="300"] Mt. Angel High School valedictorians & salutatotorians[/caption] By Kristine Thomas As they head to Eugene, Portland and McMinnville to attend college in the fall, Kennedy High School seniors Mariah Pranger, Joseph Wright, Hannah Kloft and Helen Canchola are ...

A mother’s story: Vulnerable daughter caught up in trafficking

June 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off on A mother’s story: Vulnerable daughter caught up in trafficking

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series on sex trafficking. To protect the family, the names have been changed. The family lives in Our Town’s readership area.  By Kristine Thomas There was something about her then 27-year-old daughter’s new boyfriend ...

Silverton Free Fishing Day founder honored with bench

June 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off on Silverton Free Fishing Day founder honored with bench

By Kristine Thomas When Vernon “Skip” Bouskill told his fellow Silverton Lions Club members that he wanted to start Free Fishing Day at the Silverton Reservoir, they encouraged him to give it a try. Little did they know not only would ...

Not for the squeamish: Youngsters job shadow in animal clinic

May 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off on Not for the squeamish: Youngsters job shadow in animal clinic

[caption id="attachment_5946" align="alignright" width="300"] Silver Creek Animal Clinic veterinarian Jenny Bate, left, explains a surgery to Brynn Walker.[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Pressing into the operating table at Silver Creek Animal Clinic, 11-year-old Brynn Walker’s eyes are fastened on the incision veterinarian Jenny ...

All-State honors: Dance duo

May 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People, Sports | Comments Off on All-State honors: Dance duo

[caption id="attachment_5945" align="alignright" width="247"] Silverton High School seniors Jena Hendrix and Nicole Finch[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Silverton High School seniors Nicole Finch and Jena Hendrix were named to the All-State dance team at the OSAA tournament in March. Coached by Paula Magee, the ...

Barbara Muller: Feb. 7, 1947 – April 17, 2015

May 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off on Barbara Muller: Feb. 7, 1947 – April 17, 2015

Barbara Elizabeth (Walker) Muller was born to Earl and Mary Loughead Walker on Feb. 2, 1947 in Philadelphia, Pa. She died April 17, 2015 at Drakes Crossing, Ore. due to an auto accident. She was 68. When she was a child, ...

Sleuth: Silverton mom’s night job is as a private investigator

April 2015 Posted in Business, People | Comments Off on Sleuth: Silverton mom’s night job is as a private investigator

[caption id="attachment_5826" align="alignright" width="242"] Lori Grimmer[/caption] By Kristine Thomas Silverton resident Lori Grimmer was in plain sight, sitting in her car as she watched a man put up the Christmas lights on his home. The man even looked her way and waved, perhaps ...

Seven generations: Fisher Ridge Farm celebrates 135 years

April 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off on Seven generations: Fisher Ridge Farm celebrates 135 years

[caption id="attachment_5765" align="alignright" width="300"] Daughter Sara Scott with Ralph and Sue Fisher. Ralph holds grandson Uriah, 3 months old.[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Ralph Fisher doesn’t just know of his predecessors; every day he traverses the same 100 acres Joseph and Theresa Fisher ...

The title goes to… Eight Silverton seniors vie for Mr. SHS

April 2015 Posted in People, School | Comments Off on The title goes to… Eight Silverton seniors vie for Mr. SHS

[caption id="attachment_5768" align="alignright" width="300"] Back row standing: Trevor Côté, Robbie Le Parc, Matthew Peters, Wyatt Crofts. Middle: Cole Chandler and Dustin Meyer. Front: Tanner Rosenberry and Wyatt Fruehauf.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas For Matthew Peters, learning the dance routine is the most challenging ...

A priceless experience: Meghan Stadeli grateful for FFA year

April 2015 Posted in Community, People, School | Comments Off on A priceless experience: Meghan Stadeli grateful for FFA year

[caption id="attachment_5769" align="alignright" width="300"] Meghan Stadeli[/caption] By Kristine Thomas Meghan Stadeli has learned she has “family” throughout Oregon. Last spring, Stadeli was elected as the sentinel of Oregon’s FFA leadership team. A 2014 Silverton High School graduate, Stadeli has spent the last year ...

A love story: Who says you can’t find the person of your dreams in the first grade?

April 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off on A love story: Who says you can’t find the person of your dreams in the first grade?

[caption id="attachment_5764" align="alignright" width="208"] John Parenteau and Maggie Jones[/caption] By Kristine Thomas The milestones in a person’s life are accompanied by a great deal of change. For Maggie Jones and John Parenteau, change has been a constant companion. They each married, traveled, switched ...

Dr. Gabe: Retirement party April 6

April 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off on Dr. Gabe: Retirement party April 6

Join the send off The public is invited to help Dr. Gabe celebrate his new adventure Monday, April 6, 4 to 6 p.m. Silverton Hospital, Room D/E (above Family Birth Center) After more than 26 years of practicing medicine in Silverton, Dr. Michael Gabe is retiring. ...

The art in Artifice: Necessity plus creative itch turns into a career

March 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off on The art in Artifice: Necessity plus creative itch turns into a career

[caption id="attachment_5689" align="alignright" width="231"] Josh Kinsey[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner One of the most common misconceptions about artist Josh Kinsey’s creations is their origin. His sculptures, which can be classified as steampunk, a genre commonly featuring steam powered machinery, are a wonder of ...

Classical Realism: Discover what is creating a buzz at the Borland Gallery

March 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off on Classical Realism: Discover what is creating a buzz at the Borland Gallery

[caption id="attachment_5703" align="alignright" width="245"] Female nude by Ulan Moore.[/caption] By Steve Ritchie The Borland Gallery was packed with local art lovers on March 6 for the First Friday opening of an exhibition of representational paintings and drawings by local artists Ulan Moore, ...

Finding her way: Despite debilitating disease, Freilinger helps others

March 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off on Finding her way: Despite debilitating disease, Freilinger helps others

[caption id="attachment_5640" align="alignright" width="225"] Kimberli & Shawn Freilinger[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Always a “super busy, high energy person” who never got sick, Kimberli Freilinger was baffled when, in graduate school, “things started cropping up.” “I’d kind of almost fall every once in awhile ...