As ‘honest’ as the pen: Revitalized cartoon contest continues to grow

June 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on As ‘honest’ as the pen: Revitalized cartoon contest continues to grow

[caption id="attachment_8451" align="alignright" width="248"] Heidi Ambrose of Portland won the 2017 Homer Davenport International Cartoon Contest Grand Prize. Gus Frederick[/caption] By Peggy Savage It is said that everyone enjoys a good political cartoon, so, if you could help choose an award-winning cartoon, ...

Creative heart: Arts festival poster artist shares painting’s personal journey

June 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Creative heart: Arts festival poster artist shares painting’s personal journey

[caption id="attachment_8449" align="alignright" width="300"] Hollie Newton and her painting for the Silverton Fine Arts Festival poster. Submitted photos[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand A painting by Hollie Newton of Salem has become the face of the 18th annual Silverton Fine Arts Festival. “It looks like ...

Over hill and dale: Tour offers personal touch, chance to meet the gardeners

May 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Garden | Comments Off on Over hill and dale: Tour offers personal touch, chance to meet the gardeners

[caption id="attachment_8414" align="alignleft" width="300"] Steve Kuhn and Kathy Hunter enjoy the serenity of Kuhn’s creekside garden, part of this year’s Silverton Garden Tour. The self-guided tour admits visitors into eight private gardens in the Silverton area. Brenna Wiegand[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Silverton ...

What did you learn? Fox alumni talk about lessons from Silverton High

May 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on What did you learn? Fox alumni talk about lessons from Silverton High

By Melissa Wagoner Ask former Silverton High School graduates to step forward on the popular Facebook group, “Silverton Connections,” and the outpouring of school and hometown pride is nothing short of phenomenal. A recent Facebook request for former alumni elicited more than ...

Rolling Remembrance comes to Pepsi

April 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Rolling Remembrance comes to Pepsi

Rolling Remembrance – a display honoring those who gave their lives in service to their country – will be at Mount Angel’s Pepsi Northwest Beverages April 20 from 7 to 8 a.m. Launched in 2015, NAB Transport participates in “Rolling Remembrance” ...

HeartLight: Finding who you are

February 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on HeartLight: Finding who you are

[caption id="attachment_8184" align="alignleft" width="300"] Author Amy Gigena. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Author Amy Gigena did not set out to write an inspirational book on living an authentic life but through a happy accident that is exactly what she did. “I think the ...

An Oregon original: Silverton Poetry Festival brings words to life

February 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on An Oregon original: Silverton Poetry Festival brings words to life

[caption id="attachment_8189" align="alignright" width="414"] 18th Annual Silverton Poetry Festival Feb. 23-25, 2018 Sponsored by Silverton Poetry Association. All events are free unless otherwise noted in Schedule of Events. For info: www.silvertonpoetry.net email: spa.poetry@gmail.com call: 503-269-7895[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Steve Slemenda’s love of ...

A playwright’s odyssey

January 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on A playwright’s odyssey

By James Day Sometimes the long and winding road leads back home. And a poem posted by a fourth-grader on a bulletin board in a Monitor School classroom can lead to a world premiere play in Portland. That’s the journey E.M. Lewis ...

Write on: Molalla author hosts writer’s workshop at Silverton Senior Center

January 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Write on: Molalla author hosts writer’s workshop at Silverton Senior Center

By Nancy Jennings Calling all aspiring writers age 50+, mark your calendars! Thursday, Jan. 18, kicks off a fun and detailed Writer’s Workshop at Silverton’s Senior Center. Free to members and $2 per class to non-members, the workshop will be held from 3 ...

State of the art: New app puts Silverton murals and their history online

January 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on State of the art: New app puts Silverton murals and their history online

By Melissa Wagoner Vince Till has one of the most recognizable faces in Silverton. Portrayed with his beloved dog FeBee on a mural in the parking lot of 203 East Main St., his signature overalls and his ability to tell a ...

Another frame of mind: New community, new career for new owners

January 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Another frame of mind: New community, new career for new owners

[caption id="attachment_8088" align="alignleft" width="225"] Molly Moreland and Scott Bruno of Silverton Art & Frame. M. Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Molly Moreland believes in providence – and she has more than one incidence in her story to back that up. “I’m a believer in ...

Poetry in motion: Silverton teen studies ballet at East Coast conservatory

December 2017 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Poetry in motion: Silverton teen studies ballet at East Coast conservatory

By Nancy Jennings A Silverton teen is on the brink of realizing her dream – becoming a classically trained ballet dancer. Jinjutha (“Jin”) Cheepluesak, 16, daughter of Thai Dish restaurant owners, Manus Jantarasri and Oratai Cheepluesak, can’t imagine living a day ...

Carrying on tradition: Belgian Underground explores its roots

December 2017 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Carrying on tradition: Belgian Underground explores its roots

[caption id="attachment_8034" align="alignleft" width="169"] Dale Coleman and Sheldon Lesire in Belgium.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner “Verzetsbir is ode aan grootvader,” read a recent headline in the Belgian newspaper “Het Belang Van Limburg.” Translated it reads, “Resistance beer is ode to grandfather.” The beer in ...

China adventure: Journey to the Palace of Weddings in China

November 2017 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on China adventure: Journey to the Palace of Weddings in China

By Tom Ewing My middle son Ross (now 32) attended all three schools in Mount Angel, graduating from Kennedy High School in 2003 and then from the University of Oregon four years later. After that, he left for China to teach ...

Engelberg greetings: Swiss Abbot makes history at Oktoberfest

October 2017 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Engelberg greetings: Swiss Abbot makes history at Oktoberfest

By Steve Ritchie A moment of history was made at the 2017 Mount Angel Oktoberfest. It took place at a few minutes past 7 p.m. on Saturday, in a very lively Weingarten that was packed to the rafters. Oktoberfest President Chris ...

Sweet Tea Restorations: Creativity flows freely in family business

October 2017 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Business | Comments Off on Sweet Tea Restorations: Creativity flows freely in family business

By Nancy Jennings Nikki and Caytlan McIntire make in-law relationships look easy. The mother-in-law / daughter-in-law duo started “Sweet Tea Restorations,” their home-based business in 2016. Nikki, 48, first met Caytlan, 24, working in the attendance office at Silverton High School. Caytlan ...

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 ...

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 ...

Something to think about: Crossroads

November 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on Something to think about: Crossroads

By Kristine Thomas There is no question about the need for the services provided by St. Joseph Shelter, Mission Benedict and Casa Adele in Mount Angel. The question is, who is in the best position to lead, manage and support them? Founded ...

Something to think about: Changes in Ministries

November 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Something to think about: Changes in Ministries

By Kristine Thomas Throughout their 134 year history, the Benedictine Sisters of the Queen of Angels Monastery have provided leadership and service to Mt. Angel and neighboring communities. Since their founding on Oct. 30, 1882 in Mt. Angel, the Sisters have led ...

Brush Creek Players: Celebrating 40 years of live, local theater

November 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Business, Community | Comments Off on Brush Creek Players: Celebrating 40 years of live, local theater

[caption id="attachment_7418" align="alignleft" width="300"] Cofounder Shannon Copeland, President Norman Gouveia and Co-Volunteer of the Year Frank Bartruff on stage at the Playhouse.[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Some things are hidden in plain sight. Silverton’s Brush Creek Playhouse is anything but hidden – or plain. ...

50 Years: Canyonview Camp grows into a place to dream big dreams

October 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on 50 Years: Canyonview Camp grows into a place to dream big dreams

[caption id="attachment_7360" align="alignleft" width="231"] Young ladies at Canyonview Camp[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand When Ernie Campbell overlooked the 85-acre Drift Creek canyon near Silverton, he saw the fulfillment of a dream. Seeking ways to reach people of all ages, he and wife, Fern, ...

The Ol’ Curmudgeon: Night to Remember

October 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on The Ol’ Curmudgeon: Night to Remember

Oh, what a night to remember. It was a night New York would be proud to claim and it happened right here in the Wine Cellar. Yes, it was that good – the music of Cole Porter and Hoagy Carmichael, ...

Letting Go: Discovering New View

October 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Letting Go: Discovering New View

[caption id="attachment_7361" align="alignleft" width="225"] Letting Go by Buccola[/caption] By Steve Ritchie A common perception is that change gets harder as one grows older. Silverton artist Jane Castelan Buccola is a notable exception to that stereotype. Her growth as an artist has led to ...

Supporting Notes: Advocates aim to return music to classrooms

October 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, School | Comments Off on Supporting Notes: Advocates aim to return music to classrooms

[caption id="attachment_7311" align="alignleft" width="300"] SHS Marching Band by Kristine Thomas[/caption] By Kristine Thomas According to a highly reliable musical source, Sarah Kaser Weitzman was told the last time a tuba was purchased for the Silverton High School band was in 1953. “My ...