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 ...

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 ...

Stomp Grass: Silverton’s Deadwood Standing plays Mac’s

January 2016 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Stomp Grass: Silverton’s Deadwood Standing plays Mac’s

By Melissa Wagoner Deadwood Standing describes its music as a “mix of mountain music, punk rock attitude, rock beats and a classically trained musician’s ear.” “It’s stomp grass,” 46-year-old drummer Chuck Howley said, “a more rocking kind of bluegrass.” Part of what makes ...

Freedom of Worship mural needs support

December 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Freedom of Worship mural needs support

[caption id="attachment_6521" align="alignright" width="230"] The original Freedom of Worship mural, demolished when the old Masonic Lodge came down, is being re-created for installation in Silverton this spring.[/caption] Work has begun on the final mural recreating artist Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms. Silverton Mural ...

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. ...

Silverton’s Fallen Heroes: Memorial dedication

November 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Silverton’s Fallen Heroes: Memorial dedication

[caption id="attachment_6373" align="alignright" width="300"] Don David and his late friend Ted Demezas were the first to recognize the local men who lost their lives while serving their country.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas  The foundation of the Freedom Memorial Plaza - Silverton’s Fallen Heroes ...

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 ...

Music on the streets: Oct. 3 Sidewalk Shindig features lots of variety

October 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Music on the streets: Oct. 3 Sidewalk Shindig features lots of variety

By Tanner Russ Usually, when you go to a concert, there is one kind of music playing such as jazz, classical or rock-and-roll. What makes the Silverton Sidewalk Shindig special is there are more than 30 venues showcasing a variety of musicians. On ...

Exploring inner geek: Portland’s Comic Con draws Silverton fans

October 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off on Exploring inner geek: Portland’s Comic Con draws Silverton fans

By Tanner Russ The Rose City Comic Con is more then a gathering for comic book aficionados. It’s a pop-culture event where attendees can play games, learn, dress-up and more. In September, people of all different backgrounds descended upon Portland’s convention center ...