A labor to talk: Michael Turner explores stuttering in documentary

January 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off on A labor to talk: Michael Turner explores stuttering in documentary

[caption id="attachment_6613" align="alignright" width="168"] Documentary filmmaker Michael Turner[/caption] By Kristine Thomas Scotts Mills resident and documentary filmmaker Michael Turner spent a majority of his life not talking about his stuttering, firmly believing if he didn’t talk about it, it would magically disappear. “I ...

Starting over: Annalysa Wareham challenged herself to pursue new goals

January 2016 Posted in Business, People | Comments Off on Starting over: Annalysa Wareham challenged herself to pursue new goals

[caption id="attachment_6563" align="alignright" width="205"] Annalysa Anderson Wareham, owner of Silverton Jewelers[/caption] By Kristine Thomas Annalysa Anderson Wareham could have stayed on the path she was following. She owned a successful dog grooming business in Silverton, had the support of her family and friends, ...

Silverton’s ambassador: Palmer receives state chamber award

November 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off on Silverton’s ambassador: Palmer receives state chamber award

[caption id="attachment_6425" align="alignright" width="271"] Silverton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stacy Palmer was named Executive of the Year for 2015 by the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas To garner an understanding of how humble Stacy Palmer is, let’s start ...

Funny business: Career in comics and animation started with laughter

November 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off on Funny business: Career in comics and animation started with laughter

[caption id="attachment_6413" align="alignright" width="300"] Bob Foster shows his portfolio of comic book sketches andcovers, including “Disney’s DuckTales”.[/caption] By Tanner Russ Bob Foster has led a storied life. He’s worked for Hanna-Barbera Productions, Marvel Comics and Disney Studios. His list of job titles ...

Life’s adventures: Lyn Brickles shares her stories

November 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off on Life’s adventures: Lyn Brickles shares her stories

[caption id="attachment_6421" align="alignright" width="220"] Lyn Brickles, and her book "Give Thanks"[/caption] By Kristine Thomas Silverton resident Lyn Brickles didn’t plan on writing stories about her life growing up in England during World War II and living in Africa and now Silverton. Her brown ...

Service stories: Mark Twain students interview veterans about military

November 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off on Service stories: Mark Twain students interview veterans about military

Editor's Note: The following stories were written by the Mark Twain students. Bernard Hoene Bernard Hoene served in the military police in the U.S. Army. He liked the military because he wanted to protect our freedom. He enjoyed jumping out of airplanes. ...

War stories WW II vet grateful to have made it home

November 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off on War stories WW II vet grateful to have made it home

[caption id="attachment_6372" align="alignright" width="300"] Bill and Pat Sharrar[/caption] By Kristine Thomas Mount Angel resident Bill Sharrar knows how lucky he is to have returned home after serving in the U.S. Navy from 1940-45  during World War II. All he does to remind himself ...

Mexican midwives: Silverton ‘doula’ shares their stories of birth

November 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off on Mexican midwives: Silverton ‘doula’ shares their stories of birth

[caption id="attachment_6374" align="alignright" width="196"] Judy Gabriel, left, with 90-year-old midwife Lena, who is wearing the new dress Judy brought her.[/caption] By Steve Ritchie Sipping homemade chai tea and munching on a homegrown persimmon on a beautiful fall morning, Silverton doula, childbirth educator ...

Life’s marathon: Former addict embraces running as worship

November 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off on Life’s marathon: Former addict embraces running as worship

[caption id="attachment_6377" align="alignright" width="214"] Michael Traeger plans to run the Boston Marathon again in April 2016.[/caption] By Steve Ritchie Michael Traeger didn’t hit bottom when he was expelled from Silverton High School. Or when his father, Mike, died in a tragic car ...

Ronald John Pfeifer: September 8, 1942 – October 1, 2015

October 2015 Posted in People | Comments Off on Ronald John Pfeifer: September 8, 1942 – October 1, 2015

Funeral Mass at St. Paul Catholic Church, Silverton, Ore. Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.; grave site; St. Paul brunch; wake at Gene and Dona Pfeifer’s residence 1:00 on. Ronald J. Pfeifer, son of John A. and Ida Pfeifer, was ...

New principal: Aker to lead JFK

September 2015 Posted in People, School | Comments Off on New principal: Aker to lead JFK

[caption id="attachment_2390" align="alignright" width="300"] Sean Aker is the new principal at Kennedy High School. Besides greeting students this fall, he is supervising the final construction of the high school.[/caption] By Vince Teresi Sean Aker is the new principal at Kennedy High School. ...

International meet: Silverton’s Emily Cock competes in Azerbaijan

September 2015 Posted in People, Sports | Comments Off on International meet: Silverton’s Emily Cock competes in Azerbaijan

[caption id="attachment_6283" align="alignright" width="255"] Emily Cock[/caption] By James Day It’s hard enough to be participating in your first international shooting competition when you are the youngest person at the meet. But how hard must it be if you add that the shooter’s gear ...

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 ...