Our Town: The future of Silverton

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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.

Cyber censure: School board asks White to resign over social media comments

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By Paula Mabry

It’s a common axiom in the United States that everyone has a right to their own opinion. It’s even a given one has the right to express their opinion. But where, and how, there’s the rub.

For Silver Falls School District Board Member Todd White the where has been through social media channels. It’s the how that has – once again – gotten him into a position of public rebuke.

White, who was officially censured by the school board for his social media commentary in December 2016, was the focus of a new complaint in December 2017. There was a packed district conference room Jan. 8 to follow the complaint review to its resolution.

A bloomin’ gift: County offers plan to forgive Oregon Garden debt

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By Paula Mabry

The Oregon Garden Foundation and the City of Silverton have been offered a fiscal bouquet of debt forgiveness by Marion County. Think of it as a retroactive $6.1 million tourism grant out of  Oregon Lottery funds.

The proposal, if accepted by all parties, would free the foundation of indebtedness to the county, advance the city’s recovery of invested sewer fund dollars by decades, and remove the county from future obligations and responsibilities for the Oregon Garden.

Marion County Commissioner Sam Brentano, in presenting the proposal to the city council Jan. 8,  said those looking back on the history of Silverton will point to Jan. 8 as “a special night.”

Mini-opera debuts: Silverton composer’s Love Is Strong as Death at Abbey

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Silverton composer Christopher Wicks will debut a new mini-opera with a pair of matinee performances next month at the Mount Angel Abbey.

Love Is Strong As Death was inspired by an English folk ballad, The Unquiet Grave. It performs at 2 p.m. Feb. 3 and Feb. 10.

“The action is mostly internal,” Wicks said, “a dream-like meditation on some difficult themes, with a closing impression of great fortitude and hope.”

Two sopranos, Aimee Amend and Alison Seeber, and baritone Bennett Bailey will perform the three-character piece, accompanied by pianist Debra Huddleston.

Awards announced: Andy Bellando named 2017 First Citizen

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The Silverton Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2017 award winners.bellando first citizen

Silver Falls School District Superintendent Andy Bellando has been selected as 2017 Silverton First Citizen. He is being honored for his volunteer service to the chamber, as a member of Silverton Rotary, as a board member for Silverton Area Community Aid, and on city committees.

Bob Holowati will received the Judy Schmidt Lifetime Achievement award for his work with Kiwanis, Relay for Life, and volunteer support of the community’s festivals.

Sue Roessler will receive the Distinguished Service Award for her work on the After School Activities Program serving middle school youth.

Write on: Molalla author hosts writer’s workshop at Silverton Senior Center

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IMG_0143By Nancy Jennings

Calling all aspiring writers age 50+,
mark your calendars!

Thursday, Jan. 18, kicks off a fun and detailed Writer’s Workshop at Silverton’s Senior Center. Free to members and $2 per class to non-members, the workshop will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. each third Thursday of the month. Presenter L. Lee Shaw is the recent winner of the Library Journal’s 2017 Indie E-book Award for her book, Aging Out.

Move along: Nothing to see here

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Man About TownNow that the City of Silverton has re-purchased the Pettit property south of town, you will soon have the opportunity to rent the house for your very own. Just be aware that the decor is a little “dated”…. Which will be perfect for when you’re on the deck overlooking the lake blastin’ disco hits from the ‘70s…

Alles Gute zum Gebertstag to the King and Queen
of Bavaria, Jerry and Connie Lauzon… may we all be as spry and effervescent when we reach achtzig….

Wrestling update: Foxes have star power, JFK starts from scratch

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James DayAs the new year begins and the competition gets stiffer the Silverton High wrestling team seems locked and loaded for a strong season.

The Foxes feature returning state champion
Kaden Kuenzi, who is just a sophomore, senior silv-kuenzi-mug
Jacob Whitehead, a state runner-up a year ago and sophomore Matthew Guenther who placed sixth at state in 2017. The Foxes also return junior Madison Shockley, who took third at 113 pounds in the state girls competition.

Kuenzi, Whitehead and Guenther all took first in their weight classes at the Dec. 30 Carey Larson Memorial Tournament at Sandy High.

On a roll: Couple takes on ‘take-away’ sushi

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Marty and Mar’cia Schrock Nancy Jennings Samurai Madame 202 Jersey, Silverton, 971-370-0077 Wednesday – Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

 

 

By Nancy Jennings

Marty Schrock loves to play with his food – in a sushi chef kind of way. Combining an admiration of Japanese food culture with a hearty French food influence, he and his wife, Mar’cia, tied on their aprons and opened “Samurai Madame” in November. Silverton’s first take-away sushi eatery is located across from City Hall.

In the village: Our prayers are answered

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Dixon CMYK 2016There’s just something about Lucy. Maybe it’s the smile, or the pterodactyl laugh that comes deep from her cute little belly out of the blue. Maybe it’s the absolute joy on her little face whenever she hears the “Happy Birthday” song. “Alexa, play Happy Birthday!”.

Free range: Silverton’s workplace nomads see many advantages in trend

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Nomadic writers John Pattison and Lisa Gerlits meeting at Gear Up in Silverton. Melissa Wagoner

Nomadic writers John Pattison and Lisa Gerlits meeting at Gear Up in Silverton. M. Wagoner

By Melissa Wagoner

A quick scan around today’s coffee shops reveals tables of patrons tapping away on laptops, scribbling in notebooks and talking on cellphones. Sometimes referred to as workplace nomads, these people are often working remotely from their office away from the office. In Silverton one of the most commonly sighted of these wanderers might just be the familiar face of writer John Pattison.

‘BOLD’ innovation: Grant aids Mount Angel’s hands-on school programs

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By Mary Owen

Mt. Angel School District joined 203 Oregon middle and high schools in securing a part of $10.3 million in grant funds to expand career readiness programs.

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Revitalization Grant funds serve Oregon communities with hands-on learning programs focused on advanced manufacturing, agricultural science, aviation, robotics, forestry, home construction/renovation, engineering, and biomedical/health sciences. In total, 32 grants will leverage additional funds and resources from 582 local business and community partners, according to the Oregon Department of Education.

State of the art: New app puts Silverton murals and their history online

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By Melissa WagonerVince Till beside his favorite seasonal mural (7)

Vince Till has one of the most recognizable faces in Silverton. Portrayed with his beloved dog FeBee on a mural in the parking lot of 203 East Main St., his signature overalls and his ability to tell a story make him a beloved part of the landscape.

Till began cultivating the stories he tells and caring for the murals he loves when he moved to Silverton from his home on Crooked Finger Road in 1993. Already 65 and newly retired, his wife Babs wouldn’t allow him to settle into a boring life.

Another frame of mind: New community, new career for new owners

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Molly Moreland and Scott Bruno of Silverton Art & Frame. M. Wagoner

By Melissa Wagoner

Molly Moreland believes in providence – and she has more than one incidence in her story to back that up.

“I’m a believer in ‘meant to be’,” she explained. “When you’re on the right path the universe has a magical way of bringing all the pieces into place.”

One of those pieces is Moreland’s life partner Scott Bruno.

“We met at Santa Clara University in the early ‘90s in a Calculus class – he was my tutor,” she laughed.

Building bridges: Couple foster culteral understanding in Middle East, USA

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Elmarie and Scott Parker

By Nancy Jennings

The Middle East conjures images of endless violence and bloodshed. Certain parts of this region are not safe, especially if you’re an American. But if you ask married Reverends Scott and Elmarie Parker – who live there – they see inspiration all around them.

“Our Lord loves the people of the Middle East and is at work there,” Elmarie said.

Honoring the Fennimores: Scotts Mills celebration set for Jan. 14

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Fennimore, Esther & Dave's 60th(3) PHOTO BY KELSI KENFIELDBy Nancy Jennings

Dedicated. Considerate. Loving.
Caring. Friendly. Energetic. Thoughtful. Forgiving. Amazing. Easygoing. Memorable.

These are the words uttered from grateful friends to describe Scotts Mills’ Dave and Esther Fennimore.

On Sunday, Jan. 14, from 1 to 4 p.m.,
the entire community will be honoring them at a party held at the Scotts Mills Grange Hall, 299 4th St. Everybody is welcome to attend.

Over desserts and coffee, guests are invited to share stories of their association with the Fennimores. Their invaluable and numerous contributions made over the years to their community have made a heartfelt impact on the small town of 355.

Chandler shines for PLU: QB leads alumni report

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Former Silverton quarterback Cole Chandler passed for more than 1,000 yards for the Lutes in his junior section. Courtesy of Pacific Lutheran University

James DayFormer Silverton High standout Cole Chandler had a strong junior season at quarterback for Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash.

Chandler, who compiled a 33-4 record as QB of the Foxes, helped lead the Lutes to a 4-4 mark and a 4-3 record in the Northwest Conference.

The 6-2, 190-pound Chandler completed 77 of 141 passes for 1,009 yards and seven touchdowns with just three interceptions. In addition, Chandler rushed for an additional 121 yards and three scores.

(Not) The End of the World: Finding the fantastic

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carl-sampsonI know it’s popular to fret about stuff. Politics especially seem to get folks excited and upset. You’d think it was the end of the world. Again.

I’ve been running loose on the planet now for more than six decades, and the end of the world has been a popular theme. Some examples: the Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassination of President Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassinations, Watergate and the resignation of President Nixon, the Three Mile Island nuclear accident. the 444-day Iranian hostage crisis, the eruption of Mount St. Helens, the attempted assassinations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger, the 1987 stock market crash, the President Clinton scandal, the 9/11 attacks, the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, the 2008 economic meltdown and the recession that followed and various tornadoes, hurricanes and other natural disasters that have killed thousands of people.

Beyond brick and mortar: Online sales can be key to keeping small town businesses viable

December 2017 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Beyond brick and mortar: Online sales can be key to keeping small town businesses viable

Glenn Klecker and Amanda DeDona in the shipping area of Klecker Knives (3)By Melissa Wagoner

Many small businesses rely both on brick and mortar storefronts and online marketing to stay viable. Klecker Knives in Silverton is no exception.

“Small businesses in a small town have to diversify to make their sales,” Amanda DeDona, chief operations officer for Klecker Knives in Silverton explained. “You can’t just rely on foot traffic alone to make your sales.”

Glenn Klecker, who has been designing knives and tools for 20 years, moved from his basement workshop to a storefront on Oak Street two years ago to gain more space and to interact more with his community.

Poetry in motion: Silverton teen studies ballet at East Coast conservatory

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A Silverton teen is on the brink of realizing her dream – becoming a classically trained ballet dancer. Jinjutha (“Jin”) Cheepluesak, 16, daughter of Thai Dish restaurant owners, Manus Jantarasri and Oratai Cheepluesak, can’t imagine living a day without dancing.

In September, she bid farewell to Silverton and flew to the East Coast to study ballet at the prestigious Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts – a boarding school – in Torrington, Conn. She has a holiday visit back home planned for Dec. 21.

Last summer, Jin completed the highly esteemed Bolshoi Ballet Academy of Moscow Six-Week Summer Intensive Program in New York City.

Sharing the spirit: Free community Christmas dinner at Silverton Senior Center

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IMG_0082By Nancy Jennings

Christmas is all about togetherness. But not everybody is able to be with their family or relatives during the holidays.

Silverton’s Senior Center and Harry and Karrie Douglas found a solution to introduce neighbors to each other: Team up and host a community Christmas Dinner. Donations from various sources are helping support this family-friendly event.

“We’ve had grants from Judy’s Party, the Homer Davenport Festival and numerous residents and friends,” Harry said. Opening its doors on Christmas Day from 1 to 4 p.m., the center invites all to enjoy a free non-denominational traditional dinner.

Civic center: Project continues to fuel interest

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The city of Silverton is hosting a town hall meeting at
6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18 at Silverton High School.

Mayor Kyle Palmer, City Council members and other city officials will be on hand to answer questions about city issues.

Palmer will give his “state of the city” address, with topics likely to include council goals, the Civic Center project, urban renewal, the Pettit property, a possible parks and recreation district formation, a ballot measure update and possible prohibitions involving polystyrene foam, plastic bags and smoking.

Compassion: From the backseat

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Elyse 201 BWDuring a shopping trip to Salem, my seven-year-old was sitting in the backseat and made a discovery. At seven, most kids are really developing their reading and writing skills and as a side effect, becoming more aware of signs. She had seen a woman next to the stop sign with a sign indicating she needed money and was homeless.

“MOM!!! That sign says she is homeless! Does she really not have a home?….” She exclaimed.

And then the tears came. Big rolling tears and she kept looking back at the intersection where the lady was standing.

Swimming in polka dots: Foxes honor Downey with new swim caps

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James DayThe Silverton High swim team opened its home season in style Dec. 5, donning new headgear at a meet dedicated to the memory of long-time Silverton-area swim coach and booster Dennis Downey.

“Really this man was the reason why Silverton High had a swim team,” Foxes coach Lucky Rogers told a standing-room-only crowd at the Silverton Community Pool. “I’m so thankful that so many alumni and others came for this.”

Dozens of family and friends of Downey were on hand applauding. The former contractor passed away in September at the age of 71.

An appeal for the season: Peace, courage and respite

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Dixon CMYK 2016I love Christmas in Silverton. The new lights decorating the downtown trees are beautiful, the tree lighting on First Friday was wonderful as were the smiles on a few thousand celebrants, and there is a crispness in the air that suggests winter and the holidays are here.

It is too easy to speak ill or dejectedly of what is happening in the world today – locally with potential outside smoking bans and the impact of growth; statewide with the proposed reduction of “monuments’  in our gorgeous forests and another “perpetual” election cycle looming; nationally with politics, sexual misconduct, and partisanship in its worst shape ever; and internationally with North Korea posturing as if they are a global and military power and a proposal to move the capital of Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Benedictine Brewery: Community supports heritage-driven project

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The brewery is being built on the west side of the Abbey hill on Humpert Lane. Brenna Wiegand

By Brenna Wiegand

One hundred volunteers – the majority monks and seminarians – gathered Nov. 11 on a gentle slope below Mount Angel Abbey to raise the frame for the Abbey’s new brewery and tap room.

Benedictine Brewery is expected to bring a much-needed revenue stream and a way to share Abbey life with others. It also restores a 1,500-year-old monastic tradition of beer brewing rarely seen in the States.