125 years: Trinity Lutheran marks anniversary with a weekend of celebration

May 2017 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on 125 years: Trinity Lutheran marks anniversary with a weekend of celebration

[caption id="attachment_7835" align="alignleft" width="262"] Norm English looks forward to sharing the church’s historical artifacts.[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Silverton’s Trinity Lutheran Church will observe its 125th anniversary with a community celebration June 2 – 4. Starting off with a traditional Scandinavian dinner on ...

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 ...

Piecing together a legacy: Mosaic project in park promotes community, friendships

October 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Piecing together a legacy: Mosaic project in park promotes community, friendships

[caption id="attachment_7341" align="alignleft" width="300"] Christine Carlisle working on the Mosaic[/caption] By Kristine Thomas Silverton resident Christine Carlisle wanted to say “no.” She even hoped she wouldn’t have to say no because she wished she wouldn’t even be asked. Yet, she was ...

Welcome home: St. Edward’s ready to take next step

September 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Welcome home: St. Edward’s ready to take next step

By Kristine Thomas The members of St. Edward’s Episcopal Church in Silverton took the journey to learn about other churches and faiths. Now, they are encouraging others to give it a try. Especially people who have quit attending church services for one ...

Homer’s roots: Historic farm’s family woven into political history

August 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Homer’s roots: Historic farm’s family woven into political history

[caption id="attachment_7195" align="alignright" width="280"] Erika and Jim Toler, with their dog Boon, on the porch of the GeerCrest farmhouse.[/caption] By Jim Toler, president and board chair of the GeerCrest Farm & Historical Society, Inc. In 1898, Oregon voters were frustrated by what ...

Tempting traditions: Mount Angel Oktoberfest offers many forms of fun

September 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Tempting traditions: Mount Angel Oktoberfest offers many forms of fun

[caption id="attachment_7274" align="alignright" width="300"] Marilyn Hall shows off one of her handmade dirndls.[/caption] From the Harvest Monument gracing the center square to the Bavarian-themed food booths to the music and dancing, German traditions can be found throughout Mount Angel’s Oktoberfest. Celebrating its ...

Maple Hill Farm: Celebrating 150 years as a farm and 127 family reunions

July 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Maple Hill Farm: Celebrating 150 years as a farm and 127 family reunions

[caption id="attachment_7182" align="alignright" width="200"] Mount Angel resident Tom Ewing has researched his family’s history and can trace it back to his family coming to America from Scotland.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas There is an added sense of urgency to remove weeds, mow the ...

Honoring our military: New carved figures debut in Glockenspiel July 4th

July 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Honoring our military: New carved figures debut in Glockenspiel July 4th

[caption id="attachment_7117" align="alignright" width="300"] After the Fourth of July Parade in Mount Angel, stop by the Glockenspiel to see the dedication of the new figures honoring the six branches of the service.[/caption] By Hannah Kloft Mount Angel resident Henrietta Dill has envisioned ...

A joyful note: Jon Deshler a man of music, photography

June 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off on A joyful note: Jon Deshler a man of music, photography

[caption id="attachment_7026" align="alignright" width="189"] Jon Deshler[/caption] By Kathleen Sabella World-class photographer Jon Deshler has shot everything from goat cheese to Tyke the Elephant to the gender bending Julia Sweeney. But shooting cheetahs in his Marquam studio is a whole different “big game.”  How ...

Bobbie’s book: Author of ‘Bobbie the Wonder Dog’ hosts readings

May 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Bobbie’s book: Author of ‘Bobbie the Wonder Dog’ hosts readings

By Melissa Wagoner In the summer of 1923, a journey began that would one day take on epic proportions. Canvassing almost 3,000 miles and crossing much of the United States from Indiana to Silverton, a dog named Bobbie walked alone for six ...

Farewell to Eugene Field: Community event set for May 21

May 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Farewell to Eugene Field: Community event set for May 21

By Kristine Thomas Over the years, 95-year-old Eugene Field Elementary School has gotten a bit of a reputation for frequently blowing a fuse, its unique odor, having hot flashes and then being freezing, the creaky floors and a host of other ...

Fountain mosaic: Volunteers welcome complete park project

April 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Fountain mosaic: Volunteers welcome complete park project

[caption id="attachment_6830" align="alignright" width="258"] A volunteer places white tiles at the March workshop. In April, volunteers will place the blue tiles.[/caption] Tile-by-tile. Volunteer-by-volunteer. Step-by-step, the project is nearing completion. Since last summer, volunteers along with community artists have been creating mosaic tiles to be ...

Watercolorists: Painters come to Silverton to celebrate 50th anniversary

April 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Watercolorists: Painters come to Silverton to celebrate 50th anniversary

[caption id="attachment_6832" align="alignright" width="196"] Kara Pilcher[/caption] By Kristine Thomas Growing up, Kara Pilcher believed her older brother was the artist and she was the athlete. It wasn’t until she was looking for artwork to put on the “blank” walls of her home that ...

Little dancer: Big honor

April 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off on Little dancer: Big honor

[caption id="attachment_6826" align="alignright" width="255"] Grace Traeger[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Grace Traeger has been a dedicated dancer since the age of three. “What I like best about dance is that you get to be graceful and creative,” she said. A fifth grader at Community Roots ...

Communication: Listening an important part of speaking

March 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Communication: Listening an important part of speaking

Silvertongues Toastmasters Community Open House Friday, March 11, 7:30 a.m. Seventh Day Adventist Church Conference Room 1159 Oak St., Silverton All welcome. Theme: “The Solution to Lack of Experience” Community is also invited to regular meetings: Fridays, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Same location. Information: www.silvertongues.toastmastersclubs.org Ann Snelling, 503-910-3668; Deborah Climer, 503-792-3195 or Barb Rivoli, 503-798-5266 By Kristine ...

Wine & Jazz blooms: Devin Phillips, Patrick Lamb headline festival

March 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Wine & Jazz blooms: Devin Phillips, Patrick Lamb headline festival

[caption id="attachment_6742" align="alignright" width="210"] Devin Phillips, photo by Gus Frederick.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner A host of jazz musicians are making their way to Silverton for the second annual Willamette Valley Wine and Jazz Festival March 12 and 13. The festival music will kick ...

Notes of magic: SHS theater presents Cinderella, a musical

February 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, School | Comments Off on Notes of magic: SHS theater presents Cinderella, a musical

Silverton High School Theater 1456 Pine St., Silverton Performances Feb. 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27 at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m. matinee Tickets are available by calling the high school: 503-873-6331, ext. 3778 or at the door By Tanner Russ Silverton High School junior ...