Rich Barstad: Retiring after 30 years in city service

August 2009 Posted in People | Comments Off

By Dixon Bledsoe In 1979, Jimmy Carter was struggling with the Iranian takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, home-loan interest rates hit 21 percent briefly but dropped back to a more reasonable 15 percent, Rupert Holmes made piña coladas famous ...

The Apple Tree corps: Youngsters give, receive in summer service

August 2009 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off

By Linda Whitmore People often say they get more out of volunteering than they put in. Among them are the youngsters who participate in the Apple Tree School Supply Drive. Throughout their summer vacation, 41 students ranging in age from 9 to ...

Photo Gallery – Homer Days celebrates a cool town

August 2009 Posted in Photo Gallery | Comments Off

A reason to come home – Homer Davenport Days in Silverton. Here are some highlights from the annual Homer Days Parade. Nearby GeerCrest Farm celebrated Homer Days with storytelling, games and exhibits at the 160 year old farm – one of Homer's ...

The Man About Town: Keeping you abreast of what’s happening …

August 2009 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off

By Jim Kinghorn The Silverton Wine & Jazz Festival is looking for new board members to work on the event for next year. For more information, call Jose DeLaRosa at 503-873-3072. If you look around Mt Angel these days you will find ...

Ride’m cowboy: Andy Steffen enjoys life on the rodeo circuit

August 2009 Posted in People | Comments Off

By Dixon Bledsoe Andy Steffen is a cowboy, a farmer, Silverton High School graduate and a 13-year veteran of the rodeo circuit. The 22-year-old rodeo rider participates in as many as 40 rodeos annually and 2008 was his best year as a ...

The Forum: Letters – Dress code issue resolved

August 2009 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off

Aug. 4, 2009 To the Editor: After last night’s council meeting, I finally heard clearly the meaning of what you all were telling me. When you were saying: “Stu, we disapprove of your choice in attire,” I was incorrectly hearing “Stu, you can’t ...

The Brown family: Pioneers’ descendants still call Silverton home

August 2009 Posted in Arts, Culture & History | Comments Off

By Linda Whitmore Since James and Lucinda Brown trekked across the Plains, seven generations have called Silverton home. Through the years, the Browns have been influential in the development of the community and its resources. James and Lucinda Brown and their four children ...

An ounce of prevention: Community can help control spread of H1N1 flu virus with simple steps

August 2009 Posted in Your Health | Comments Off

By Kristine Thomas Flu Summit Aug. 21, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Salem Conference Center 200 Commercial St. S.E. Free; public welcome. Register: www.flu.oregon.gov Flu talk Jamie Baxter and Mary Marschall of Silverton Hospital talk about H1N1 influenza Sept. 1, noon to 1 p.m. Mt. Angel Public Library 145 Elm St. Free; public ...

The Old Curmudgeon: Calling all cat lovers

August 2009 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off

By Vern Holmquist Hello, cat lovers. I am on the staff of an old, very healthy barn cat named Cleo. That’s right, cats have staff members from which at times they make very annoying demands. There are those times when I have to remind ...