Our Town: The future of Silverton

January 2017 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Our Town: The future of Silverton

Our Town, the new documentary web series, is produced by Real Light Films in cooperation with Mt. Angel Publishing, Inc./ Our Town, with support from the Marion Cultural Development Corporation and local sponsors. New episodes will premiere seasonally. For information on upcoming projects or on sponsorship opportunities, contact ourtown@mtangelpub.com or silverfallsfilm@gmail.com.

By Michael Turner
I met writer John Pattison at his office in downtown Silverton to talk with him about a video project I’d had in mind. John greeted me at the door in a T-shirt and scruffy red beard with friendly eyes that crinkled when he smiled.  A huge yellow street sign hung on the wall that said, “SLOW.” John told me it was in reference to the “Slow Movement” that is catching on in communities around the world.

Food for America: Silverton FFA shares ‘Ag’ lessons with youngsters

October 2018 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Food for America: Silverton FFA shares ‘Ag’ lessons with youngsters
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Elementary students on a hay ride at the Food for America event at Silverton High School. Mellisa Wagoner

By Melissa Wagoner

Kili Kato remembers attending the Silverton High School FFA’s annual Food for America event when she was in elementary school. “It was my favorite part of the year because I got to see all the animals,”
she smiled.

Now in her sophomore year of high school, Kato herself is a member of the FFA as well as of the leadership class that organizes the Food for America event.

The next step: Silverton Grange experiments with new training program

October 2018 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on The next step: Silverton Grange experiments with new training program
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Silverton Grange members Rose Hope, Dorothy Ramig, Cayla Catino and Lennie Martin are among those seeking to keep the local grange vibrant and relevant to the needs of the community. Brenna Wiegand

By Brenna Wiegand

The local grange as a farmers’ organization has gone the way of the buggy whip and communities across the country are scrambling to find ways to keep local precincts alive while upholding its original tenets of supporting community, agriculture and education.

Silverton Grange Hall No. 748, founded in 1932, is no exception, and a core group of passionate people have been hammering out a plan to preserve their post and the building in which it is housed while honoring its agrarian roots.

Decluttering: Change in season offers opportunity to organize

October 2018 Posted in Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Decluttering: Change in season offers opportunity to organize

By Melissa Wagoner

“Whenever the seasons change is a good time to de-clutter,” Elyse McGowan-Kidd, owner of Kidd De-Clutter in Silverton said. “We are wired for change during the shift of the seasons. Each season has its own theme and therefore its own focus.”

Although McGowan-Kidd has been a professional organizer for only two years, she has been helping family and friends for much longer.

“I grew up with a grandma that made it through a war and had pretty strong hoarding tendencies,” she explained. “When she passed away, I remember going through her house and the sort of strain and stress it put on my mom and aunt.”

Briefs for October 15, 2018

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Queen of Angels benefit dinner set for Oct. 28

The Founder’s Day Dinner is a special night benifiting the Queen of Angels monastic community. The event will take place in historic Agatha Hall at Queen of Angels Monastery in Mount Angel, on Sunday, Oct. 28.

Doors open at 5 p.m. for a hosted reception, followed by a German-themed dinner at 6 p.m. Complimentary beer and wine will also be served, along with two very special items.

First, dessert for the evening will be Sister Immaculata’s famous buttermilk coffee cakes, but with a special addition – hazelnuts! Guests will be the first to try this delicious flavor of coffee cakes.

Pioneer trees: GeerCrest orchard receives heritage status

October 2018 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Garden | Comments Off on Pioneer trees: GeerCrest orchard receives heritage status
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Jim Toler, fifth-generation family owner of GeerCrest Farm, in the farm’s fruit orchard dating back to the 1850s. The grove was recently given Heritage Tree designation by the Oregon Travel Information Council. Brenna Wiegand

By Brenna Wiegand

A couple years ago Jim Toler of GeerCrest Farm outside of Silverton approached Oregon Travel Information Council about adding the farm’s historic fruit orchard to its list of Heritage Trees.

Oregon Travel Information Council is a semi-independent state agency whose projects include the blue highway logo signs directing motorists to gas, food and other services at exits and providing onsite supervision of the state’s rest areas.

Kuenzi to rescue: Deep Foxes keep up winning ways

October 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Kuenzi to rescue: Deep Foxes keep up winning ways

James Day“I was just trying to fill in for Hayden Roth and do as good a job as he did,” Nathan Kuenzi said. “I really enjoyed it. That was the most fun game I’ve
ever played.” The Silverton High running back was talking Sept. 28 after the Foxes’ 40-22 Special District 3 football victory against Corvallis. Kuenzi, starting for the injured Roth, rushed for three touchdowns and uncorked a 58-yard run on Silverton’s first possession of the third quarter. Kuenzi scored twice during a 20-0 Foxes blitz in the period that turned the tide.

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Silverton running back Nathan Kuenzi

Smith has history of community service

October 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community | Comments Off on Smith has history of community service

To the Editor: With elections for the City of Silverton fast approaching, I write in support of  the re-election of Dana Smith. During her past years in office, Dana has served the city of Silverton and its citizens admirably, effectively handling diverse issues that have arisen in our town while maintaining the quality of life that we all enjoy here.

In Dana’s 20 years as a resident of Silverton, she has served our beloved city continuously and has been involved in almost every facet of community life – Silver Falls School District board member and budget committee member, the Park Planning Committee, the Silverton Fine Arts Festival Committee, and as a construction supervisor for Habitat
for Humanity.

Secret praise: A shout-out to Silverton Sheltering Services duo

October 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Secret praise: A shout-out to Silverton Sheltering Services duo

Dixon CMYK 2016It’s time to focus on the positive things going on in the area, after the ugliness of last week’s uber partisan politics at the national level and the plethora of attack ads here in Oregon.

Brent Jacobsen and Sarah White are doers. They walk the walk, walk the talk, deliver the goods, and look to the next area of need. They are genuine, kind, and have a “bias for action.”

Ancestral methods: Local foodie offers homemade tortillas – and more

September 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Ancestral methods: Local foodie offers homemade tortillas – and more
Elizabeth Voth displaying tacos made from her blue corn tortillas

Elizabeth Voth displaying tacos made from her blue corn tortillas. Melissa Wagoner

By Melissa Wagoner

When Elizabeth Voth cooks she focuses not just on taste but on making sure the nutrients in her food are both present and utilized – but that doesn’t mean her dishes aren’t fun.“I have adapted every one of my childhood favorite foods to feature traditionally prepared ingredients, including cornbread, pasta, marshmallows, sandwich loaves and dinner rolls, pancakes and crêpes, scones and dumplings,” she listed. “My signature recipe is Black Cacao Brownie, a powerhouse of sourdough and sprouted lentils (because they are so high in antioxidants).”

Another round: Silverton council tweaks transitional housing code changes

September 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Another round: Silverton council tweaks transitional housing code changes

By Paula Mabry
Silverton’s third city council round of public testimony on the proposed code changes to permit transitional housing closed at 7:54 p.m. Sept. 10.
Then it was the councilors’ turn to waded into the discussion.
And while it was clear that the mayor and councilors were in favor of permitting some sort of shelter for area residents without roof or address, the proposal’s who and how and when would all be tweaked before the meeting adjourned at midnight.
Ultimately, several amendments were made to the planning commission’s recommendations. So many, in fact, that the city attorney advised the council to send the matter back to staff for formal revision before a vote to change the code.
The council agreed. The issue will return to the agenda Oct. 1.
Mayor Kyle Palmer repeatedly stressed the need to be sensitive to those worried about – or objecting to – changes to permit transitional housing. He urged the council build in “an assurance that – in a public way – we will be back here” reviewing the matter in a year.
Sunsetting the changes was briefly considered, but finally mandating council review of the code 18 months after the opening of the first facility won 5-2 support, with Councilors Matt Plummer and Laurie Carter dissenting.
The mandated council review does not preclude nor replace the Conditional Use process applicants must go through at six month and one year junctures.
Other changes to the proposal include:
• Limiting potential transitional housing sites to property currently occupied by religious institutions.
• Reducing the maximum number of units at a facility from 10 to 4.
If the project proves successful “we can up the density later, but that’s a tough one to come back from” if 10 are approved, Councilor Plummer said.
• Limiting occupancy to a single person.
The council heard “a lot of passionate pleas on both sides. It’s our responsibility not to ignore that level of concern,” Council Dana Smith said.
In other development news
The Silverton Council directed staff to ask contractors bidding on the deconstruction and demolition of the former Eugene Field School to submit cost estimates for salvaging items for re-purposing. Items cited included the gym floor, roof timbers and specific lighting fixtures. Bidders were to tour the building Sept. 13. The Mt. Angel Planning Commission has approved the Wachter Meadows subdivision plan, with home construction likely to begin by late next year or early 2020. Commissioners added staff-recommended minor adjustments to the conditions of approval before OKing the application, said City Manager Amber Mathiesen.
The Stafford Land Company is planning to build 63 homes on 20 acres of land between West Marquam Street and West Church Street.
Mathiesen said next steps will be for the applicant to submit their engineering plans for the public improvements (water, sewer, storm, and streets) the project will require.
Wachter Meadows will be one of the largest developments in Mt. Angel in recent years, according to  Mathiesen. The Maryhill Park project, approved in 2005, includes a total of 99 units, with the final phase still in progress. The Grandview 55-and-over community, which features 56 units, was approved in 2015 and remains under construction.
— Jame Day contributed to this report

Food for Fines: Silver Falls Library teams up with SACA

September 2018 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on Food for Fines: Silver Falls Library teams up with SACA

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When library fines add up many people stop using the library – according to Christy Davis, Director of the Silver Falls Library District. Now, for a limited time, those patrons have the chance to pay off their fines and support the local foodbank as well.

The program is called Food for Fines and will take place Sept. 18 – 29 with a number of canned and boxed foods and household products valued toward dollars off late book charges. The program does not include penalties for lost or damaged items.

Building legacy: Historic White Corner Store becomes Mt. Angel Mercantile

September 2018 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Building legacy: Historic White Corner Store becomes Mt. Angel Mercantile

ma mercantileBy Nancy Jennings

A first-of-its-kind overnight inn in Mount Angel is in the works and due for completion in May 2019.

But in the meantime, the former “White Corner Store,” which had been vacant for two-and-a-half years, has been transformed into Mt. Angel Mercantile and is open and ready for business.

The building, purchased in July by Kelly and Gary Grassman, held an opening celebration in August to unveil the downstairs section – a store which includes furniture, home décor, giftware and local food products.

Play and guidance: ASAP readies for community fundraising day Sept. 20

September 2018 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on Play and guidance: ASAP readies for community fundraising day Sept. 20

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The kids pour in from school, grab snacks and do their homework. Then they congregate for dinner and announcements before splitting off to favorite activities – all before their parents get home.

Five years ago, a band of Silverton pastors, concerned for kids hanging around town after school with seemingly little to do, decided to do something. To help fill the 3-6 p.m. gap between “School’s out” and “Mom’s home,” five churches came together and in 2013, with many others and the school’s approval, formed the nonprofit, nonfaith-based Silverton Middle School After-School Activities Program known simply
as ASAP.

Iconic: Benedictine Brewery opens for Oktoberfest

September 2018 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Iconic: Benedictine Brewery opens for Oktoberfest
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The monks of Mount Angel Abbey will welcome patrons at Benedictine Brewery’s St. Michael Taproom Sept. 22 – 23 after a soft opening during Oktoberfest. Jim Kinghorn

By Brenna Wiegand

The brewery’s brewing, the taproom ready and the building has been blessed.

Situated on pastoral sloping land below Mount Angel Abbey, Benedictine Brewery was borne of a priest’s passion for beermaking and the real need for a steady stream of revenue to support its existing works.

In the process a third reason surfaced that is unique to this undertaking. The monks, priests and seminarians want to share their somewhat cloistered lives
with the public.

Demystifying: Wineries focus on wine grape growing education

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1464582273497To many, making wine is a mysterious and romantic endeavor. And for your typical wine consumer, it’s hard to get answers to winemaking questions: How do they decide when to pick the grapes? Do they have a recipe? Why use a cork instead of a screwcap?

Eager to share their knowledge about harvesting grapes and crafting wine, the 15 winemakers in the Cascade Foothills Winegrowers are hosting the first Hands on Harvest Tour from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31. To make the learning memorable, they created a workbook with information on the history of winemaking, general grape facts, and current techniques used at each winery.

Our heroes: Thank you, firefighters

September 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Our heroes: Thank you, firefighters

Editor:

Some brief background: My wife Virginia and I (Tom) lived for 35 years on our family farm close to Mount Angel, where we raised our three boys. Brother Zan and I were born there. Perhaps three years ago for various reasons we had to move, building a new home in Mount Angel. Because of my love for the house, built by our grandfather in 1932, I had a near replica constructed. The farmhouse has been rented since. 

Darlene Geschwill May 12, 1947 – Sept. 3, 2018

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Geschwill DarleneDarlene Raye (Dorgan) Geschwill of Woodburn passed away Sept. 3, 2018 at the age of 71. She had developed a complication from a previous medical condition. She was surrounded by her family for her final days and hours.

Darlene was born in Silverton to Dan and Dolores Dorgan of Scotts Mills. She attended Crooked Finger Grade School and graduated from Silverton High School. She married William Geschwill on Dec. 5, 1970 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Mount Angel.

Summer adventure: Foxes brothers take baseball Dominican Republic tour

September 2018 Posted in People, School, Sports, Travel | Comments Off on Summer adventure: Foxes brothers take baseball Dominican Republic tour
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Silverton High brothers Riley Kramer, left, and brother Kyle, spent a week in the Dominican Republic last month, playing baseball, donating gear and participating in clinics. James Day 

By James Day

Riley and Kyle Kramer had a bit of a different summer vacation. The Silverton brothers played baseball, yes, but they did it 3,500 miles away in the Dominican Republic.

Riley, who just started his senior year at Silverton High, traveled to the Caribbean with Northwest Diamond Sports of Tualatin. Brother Kyle, a sophomore, and mom Tara, owner of Ri-Ky Roofing and Sheet Metal (yes, it is named for her sons) came along for the ride.

Hot starts: Silverton, Kennedy football both roll out strong

September 2018 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Hot starts: Silverton, Kennedy football both roll out strong

James DayThe local football squads have gotten off fast this fall.

Silverton and Kennedy are both 2-0 and ranked in the top 10 in their respective classes.

The Foxes are ranked No. 2 by the OSAA in Class 5A after opening with Special District 3 wins against Central, 51-14, and South Albany, 56-23. The new 10-team league means that Silverton does not play any nonconference games.

“We are putting up a lot of points because we are really being efficient,” said Foxes senior quarterback Levi Nielsen, who has thrown for 423 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for 100 yards and three more scores.

Knowing it’s time: A property’s future and a hero’s new career

September 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Knowing it’s time: A property’s future and a hero’s new career

Dixon CMYK 2016There is an element wanting to raise Eugene Field School from its soon to be rubble, since the building is scheduled to be demolished soon. Waxing nostalgic is not going to remove the asbestos. Saying “We haven’t had any input” is intellectually dishonest and not going to remove the mold. Advocating for a “Don’t tear it down until you know what is going in next and how you are going to pay for it” plan makes neither intuitive or logical sense. The two are not connected. 

Update Eugene Field process review: Guest Opinion Kyle Palmer, Silverton Mayor

September 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion | Comments Off on Update Eugene Field process review: Guest Opinion Kyle Palmer, Silverton Mayor

A few citizens have recently brought back up our plans for the Eugene Field School site, so it’s time for another update.

The City purchased the entire EF property in late 2017 after negotiations with the Silver Falls School District, who’d weathered having at least two previous offers on the property fall through.

Housing Credit all with compassion: Guest Opinion Molly Ainsley

September 2018 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Housing Credit all with compassion: Guest Opinion Molly Ainsley

On a crystal, clear Saturday morning in July, we set up our information table and signs on the bridge by the Saturday Market. We were there to promote housing for the homeless in Silverton. The market was buzzing with vendors setting up their displays of gorgeous fruits and vegetables, their handmade art and delicious looking pastries. And then, streaming in from all over town, people began to arrive with baskets in hand to take home their weekly finds.

Nut tsunami: Hazelnut growers open new, state-of-the-art processing facility

September 2018 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Nut tsunami: Hazelnut growers open new, state-of-the-art processing facility
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In an Aug. 15 ceremony, Hazelnut Growers of Oregon CEO Tim Ramsey, Customer Care Manager Debbie Hitchcock, Mark Nonnenmacher from Northwest Farm Credit Services, Operations Manager Jason Costa, Grower Relations Manager Tim Aman, VP Sales & Marketing Patrick Gabrish, Donald Mayor Rick Olmstead, and COO Randy Moore cut the ribbon for a state-of-the-art 120,000 sq. ft. hazelnut processing facility.

By James Day

Hazelnuts. Millions of hazelnuts, perhaps billions and trillions of hazelnuts. The math gets daunting and you run out of fingers and toes.

Silvertowne windfall: Senior units get $9.5 million for repairs, subsidies

September 2018 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Silvertowne windfall: Senior units get $9.5 million for repairs, subsidies
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The Silvertowne apartment complex on Mill Street in Silverton will be remodeled using some of the $9.5 million in funds granted by the state of Oregon. James Day

By James Day

The Silvertowne housing complex has received $9.5 million in new funds that will pay for remodeling and needed repairs as well as preserve affordability for residents.

“We are very excited to say the least,” said Chrislyn Prantl, chief executive officer for Integrated Supports for Living, the Salem nonprofit that operates Silvertowne, located at 1115 Mill St. in Silverton.

Horses as healers: Day of the Wise Woman – Wisdom of the Horse

September 2018 Posted in Community, News, Other, People | Comments Off on Horses as healers: Day of the Wise Woman – Wisdom of the Horse
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Equus coach Chris Burnett with “Blue.” Val Lemings

By Nancy Jennings

Chris Burnett wants you to find yourself in the heart of a horse. Her one-day event – “Day of the Wise Woman/Wisdom of the Horse” takes place on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Oregon Garden Resort. Lunch will be provided. Inside of the J. Frank Schmidt Jr. Pavilion, participants will have a chance to learn from a panel of presenters/coaches ways they can tap into their internal “wise woman” by understanding their own intuitive power, experience the healing power of Chinese Medicine drumming, experience Equus Coaching® with horses onsite and hear an inspirational keynote message from leadership coach Lou Radja.