City of Silverton: Mayors Corner

July 2021 Posted in Business, Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on City of Silverton: Mayors Corner

By Kyle Palmer It’s hard to believe, but as I write this, our state and our community are, for the most part, exiting the COVID-19 restrictions that we’ve all been under since March of last year. It remains to be seen if this ...

Break the cycle: Too much pandemic screen time raises issues

June 2021 Posted in Community, Other, School, Your Health | Comments Off on Break the cycle: Too much pandemic screen time raises issues

By Melissa Wagoner Too much time spent interacting with screens was a problem long before the pandemic, so much so that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued specific guidelines about the quantity of time children should spend in front of a ...

Trauma and isolation: Solving houselessness is a community issue

June 2021 Posted in Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Trauma and isolation: Solving houselessness is a community issue

By Melissa Wagoner Trauma is the one-word answer both Sarah White, program director and case manager at Sheltering Silverton, and Sarah Case, a licensed professional counselor, give when asked to describe a prevalent narrative within unhoused populations. “The vast majority of people ...

Operation vaccination: Legacy invests in pop-up clinics

May 2021 Posted in Business, Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Operation vaccination: Legacy invests in pop-up clinics

By Brenna Wiegand [caption id="attachment_9945" align="alignright" width="300"] Pop-up vaccine clinics Legacy Health at Coleman Farms. Brenna Wiegand[/caption] When the COVID-19 vaccine first became available in late December, Legacy Silverton Medical Center opened a clinic and started providing vaccines, first to primary care ...

Answering the call: Neighboring fire districts team up to vaccinate public

May 2021 Posted in Community, News, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Answering the call: Neighboring fire districts team up to vaccinate public

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_9881" align="alignright" width="300"] Victor Hoffer vaccinating Mayor Don Fleck with the 2000th vaccination since the MAFD began vaccinating -- courtesy of Victor Hoffer[/caption] What started as the Mt. Angel Fire District (MAFD) providing COVID-19 vaccinations to their own ...

Santiam Hospital offers saliva test for Covid-19

March 2021 Posted in Your Health | Comments Off on Santiam Hospital offers saliva test for Covid-19

By Mary Owen Santiam Hospital introduces SalivaDirect, a less expensive, less invasive and safer way to test for COVID-19. “It’s kind of remarkable that our little lab in Stayton, Oregon, is using this test,” said Dr. Janine VanSant, infectious disease specialist. “We ...

Vaccinated: Health professionals discuss their decisions and experiences

February 2021 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Vaccinated: Health professionals discuss their decisions and experiences

By Melissa Wagoner When Brian Reif – a clinical nurse who works directly with COVID patients – was offered the COVID-19 vaccine as a member of the tier one medical community, he did not hesitate to roll up his sleeve, likening ...

Surge protection: Legacy, Santiam hospitals prepare

April 2020 Posted in Community, News, Your Health | Comments Off on Surge protection: Legacy, Santiam hospitals prepare

By Steve Ritchie As the number of COVID-19 cases quickly grows in Oregon and throughout the country, government leaders and public health authorities have focused their attention on the readiness of hospitals to deal with an influx of coronavirus patients. With 43 ...

Avery takes helm at Legacy Silverton

November 2019 Posted in News, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Avery takes helm at Legacy Silverton

[caption id="attachment_9507" align="alignright" width="225"] Jonathan Avery, MHSA Submitted Photo[/caption] Jonathan Avery, MHSA, is now Legacy Health’s president for the Willamette Valley Region. His responsibilities include leadership of medical centers at Legacy Silverton and Legacy Meridian Park in Tualatin. Legacy’s announcement said the ...

The hiker’s quest: Learning what’s important from the Pacific Crest Trail

November 2019 Posted in People, Travel, Your Health | Comments Off on The hiker’s quest: Learning what’s important from the Pacific Crest Trail

[caption id="attachment_9506" align="alignleft" width="189"] Anna Koch on the marker at the end of her journey along the Pacific Crest Trail. Submitted Photos[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner “In a heartbeat,” is Anna Koch’s instant reply when asked if she would once again hike the Pacific ...

Violence in America: Discussion centers on guns, but problem runs deeper

November 2019 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Violence in America: Discussion centers on guns, but problem runs deeper

By Melissa Wagoner In a small town in Pennsylvania in 2005, Trish Ambrose’s 18-year-old neighbor, and good friend to her son, fatally shot his parents at point-blank range. “I was interrupted while dressing that morning by a phone call from [the killer’s ...

District champs: Kennedy blasts Culver, moves to No. 1 in Class 2A

November 2019 Posted in Community, School, Sports, Travel, Your Health | Comments Off on District champs: Kennedy blasts Culver, moves to No. 1 in Class 2A

On a cool autumn Senior Night the Kennedy High football team checked off the final box in an undefeated Special District 2 season. The defending state champion Trojans dismantled Culver 40-6 on Oct. 25 to improve to 5-0 in league play ...

Into the forest: Camp LEAD – an out of classroom learning experience

October 2019 Posted in Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Into the forest: Camp LEAD – an out of classroom learning experience

[caption id="attachment_9478" align="alignleft" width="300"] A Camp LEAD group working at Silver Falls State Park. Amy Johnson[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner The importance of getting kids out of the classroom and involved in the natural world is something Special Education teacher Mike Johnson viewed ...

A global message: Silverton takes part in world-wide ‘Climate Strike’

October 2019 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on A global message: Silverton takes part in world-wide ‘Climate Strike’

[caption id="attachment_9454" align="alignleft" width="300"] Activists singing at Silverton’s Climate Strike. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner An estimated 200 activists gathered in Silverton’s Town Square Park on Friday, Sept. 20 for what they hope will be the first of many Climate Strike Protests. “This ...

Gut reaction: Nutritional therapist puts digestion at center of good health

September 2019 Posted in Business, Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Gut reaction: Nutritional therapist puts digestion at center of good health

[caption id="attachment_9424" align="alignright" width="203"] Megan Templeman Submitted Photo[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Along with the popularity of consuming more probiotics in our diets, the quest to get and maintain a “healthy gut” can be a challenging feat. Sublimity resident Megan Templeman wants to ...

Swimming: A healthy, life sport for any age

July 2019 Posted in Community, Sports, Your Health | Comments Off on Swimming: A healthy, life sport for any age

[caption id="attachment_9305" align="alignright" width="222"] Diane Brooke likes to everywhere – including the ocean in colder seasons. Submitted Photo[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Diane Brooke likes everything about swimming. “[I]t makes me feel so joyful and good,” she explained. “The feeling of being in the ...

Unlocking origins: Adoptees advocate for more resources

July 2019 Posted in Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Unlocking origins: Adoptees advocate for more resources

By Melissa Wagoner Laura Antonson and Tyler Boland have two fundamental things in common; they both love plants – Antonson is a Landscape Design Architect and Boland is the Horticulture Manager at the Oregon Garden – and they are both adopted ...

Beneath the surface: Early detection of Alzheimer’s plays crucial role

July 2019 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Beneath the surface: Early detection of Alzheimer’s plays crucial role

[caption id="attachment_9279" align="alignright" width="300"] Maxine Davis with her daughter Christy as an infant – and Colonel Sanders. Submitted PhotoS[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Christy Davis of Silverton recently had to say goodbye to her mother, Maxine Davis, for the last time – but ...

‘No substitute for asking’: Crisis intervention expert shares insight

April 2019 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on ‘No substitute for asking’: Crisis intervention expert shares insight

Guest Opinion Mike Ashland One evening in 2001, while working online preparing for a parenting class, a chimey little AOL sound went off and a window popped up on the screen. One of my student leaders IM’d me, “I’m online with Sabeen ...

All in the journey: Silverton teen hikes Pacific Crest Trail

April 2019 Posted in Community, Travel, Your Health | Comments Off on All in the journey: Silverton teen hikes Pacific Crest Trail

[caption id="attachment_9127" align="alignright" width="133"] Silverton hiker Anna Koch, shown at right at the start of the Pacific Crest Trail’s start near the Mexican border. Courtesy Rochelle Koch[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner 19-year-old, Anna Koch is setting out on the journey of a lifetime ...

SACA expands hours: Now offers families weekly food pantry access

April 2019 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Your Health | Comments Off on SACA expands hours: Now offers families weekly food pantry access

[caption id="attachment_9128" align="alignleft" width="298"] Paul Scoville, SACA’s Communications/Events Coordinator and Sarah DeSantis, SACA’s Executive Director. Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Nancy Jennings Effective April 1, Silverton Area Community Aid (SACA) began offering weekly food pantry visits rather than monthly ones – and added evening ...

Silver Angels: Nurses open new foot care clinic at Silverton Senior Center

April 2019 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Silver Angels: Nurses open new foot care clinic at Silverton Senior Center

[caption id="attachment_9129" align="alignright" width="300"] Silver Angels Foot Care’s Jackie Niemeyer, Angela Smith and Leana Smith. SUBMITTED PHOTO[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner When Angela Smith found out the foot clinic offered by Legacy Silverton Medical Center for the past 28 years was being discontinued ...

Making a safe space: Giving teens skills to combat anxiety, suicide

April 2019 Posted in School, Your Health | Comments Off on Making a safe space: Giving teens skills to combat anxiety, suicide

By Melissa Wagoner Suicide is an often dreaded – and therefore avoided – conversation, but it is also one that is important for parents to have with their children, according to Psychiatrist Audry Van Houweling, who said there has been a sharp ...

Silverton on foot: Walkers promote healthy, engaged lifestyle

April 2019 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Silverton on foot: Walkers promote healthy, engaged lifestyle

By Melissa Wagoner Forty-five people walked a combined 6,000 miles of community roads last year as a part of the Silverton Immanuel Lutheran Church Walking Club. “We had a map up in the church where they would move their little person,” group ...

Mental chemistry: Getting outside helps battle seasonal affective disorder

February 2019 Posted in Your Health | Comments Off on Mental chemistry: Getting outside helps battle seasonal affective disorder

By Melissa Wagoner Gardening can be a great way to fight off seasonal blues, according to Heather Desmarteau-Fast, a horticulturist and the owner of Stamen and Pistil in Silverton.  “The key is being outside and getting your lungs full of fresh air, ...