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Dog owner indicted in Joe Keeton death

By Stephen Floyd A Bend woman has been indicted for manslaughter after her three dogs mauled a former Silverton man to death in July and a warrant has been issued for her arrest. Jessica Rae Charity, 38, was indicted Friday, Sept. 15, in Deschutes County Circuit Court on charges of second-degree manslaughter and criminally-negligent homicide for the July 19 death […]

It’s almost impossible to see the oak trees for the ivy in the grove near the Silverton Skatepark. Volunteers will be removing ivy from the trees on Oct. 7 as part of OAKtober celebrations in town. James Day

OAKtober – Silverton set to celebrate, save, oaks

By James Day Silverton is celebrating the venerable oak tree during September and October, or OAKtober, as Sustainable Silverton organizers are calling it. “OAKtober is a month-long celebration of oak trees in Silverton, of their history and what they do for us, and how we can help them, so we have them to enjoy now and in the future,” noted […]

Mount Angel Chief Mark Daniel appointed to state board

Mount Angel Police Chief Mark Daniel has been chosen for the Oregon Board on Public Safety Standards & Training, which helps set policy on law enforcement instruction and certification. Gov. Tina Kotek announced Daniel’s appointment Aug. 31 among a slate of appointees to state boards. The Senate Committee on Rules is expected to vote on confirmation in late September. Mount […]

Public invited to meet city manager finalists

By James Day Silverton residents have an opportunity to meet the three finalists for city manager with a Monday, Sept. 18 meet-and-greet session 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield St. Silverton is seeking to replace chief administrative officer Ron Chandler, who left the city in May to retire to Utah.  Members of the public will […]

Challenges – Silverton Senior Center seeking help from city, community

By James Day Like many nonprofits, the Silverton Senior Center still is trying to recover from COVID-19. Use of the center dropped during the pandemic, and memberships declined as well. The center also was forced to close its Revamp Store, which had been bringing in a needed $2,000 per month by selling used items. Now, the center board reports it […]

The Nutcracker staged by Revolutionary Dance & Movement Co. in 2022. Submitted

Coming soon: Nutcracker auditions Sept. 23

By Melissa Wagoner Growing up, Marta Hazekamp performed nearly every role in the Unger Academy of Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker – and she loved it.  “Then as a teenager, the Salem Ballet Association [now disbanded] partnered with Eugene Ballet Co. and hosted the children’s roles so that kids from all over the valley could dance with professionals on […]

Brush Creek Players

Actors, carolers needed for Ebenezer

The Brush Creek Playhouse is holding auditions for its holiday production, Ebenezer, A Ghost Story of Christmas, an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ ”A Christmas Carol.” The show, adapted by Michael Wood, runs Dec. 1 – 17 at Brush Creek, 11535 Silverton Road NE. Brush Creek auditions for the show are on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. and Monday, Sept. […]

Grange holds hoedown, concert

Silverton Grange is hosting the Inaugural Grange Hoedown and Concert Series on Sunday, Oct. 1, to help pay for needed heating, ventilation and air conditioning work. The event had been scheduled for earlier this summer but was postponed because of the heat wave. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for the open mike signups, with the music set to start at […]

Letter to the Editor: Neighbors in support of SFSD school bond

Dear Editor: We are three moms in the Silver Falls School District. As we are getting our kids – 10 between us – ready for school this fall, chief on our “School Supplies List” is a big YES for the Silver Falls School District Bond on the November 2023 ballot! Like many families in our district, we send our beloved […]

Silverton Lions Club

Lions Club thanks breakfast supporters

The Silverton Lions Club 75th annual Harvest Breakfast was a great success. Our thanks to Boy Scout Troup 7485 for their help during the two-day event. The Scouts traditionally volunteer to help us, a true recognition of the spirit of Scouts and their leadership. We would also like to thank the following businesses that joined us to celebrate, providing gift […]

Scott and Kristi Stokley, proprietors of Lou’s Kitchen in Mount Angel. Stephen Floyd

Order up! Lou’s Kitchen reinvigorates revered space

By Stephen Floyd A familiar venue will have a new feel this Oktoberfest in Mount Angel after Scott and Kristi Stokley moved Lou’s Kitchen beneath the glockenspiel in the Edelweiss Village Building. The iconic clocktower stands in the center of town on E. Charles Street, with wooden figures revolving four times daily. The venue beneath once housed The Glockenspiel Restaurant […]

Mt. Angel Drug on Main Street. JAMES DAY

End of an era – Mt. Angel Drug to close at end of September

By James Day Mt. Angel Drug, that venerable local institution at the corner of Main and Charles streets, is closing its doors at the end of the month. Jack Holt owns Mt. Angel Drug and 24 Hi-School Pharmacy locations.He said that the loss of the Mount Angel outlet’s contract with Providence Health and other structural changes have made the business […]

Share your ‘Aloha’ spirit at Senior Center Maui benefit

On Saturday, Sept. 23 the Silverton Senior Center will host a fundraising benefit for those who lost everything in the Maui disaster. There will be a silent auction, including professional art donated for the event and many other unique items. Tropical refreshments will be served, plus hula dancing and lessons. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., with live music from 1- […]

Solid ground – Robert Frost Elementary regroups

By Melissa Wagoner After nine administrators in only three years, the staff and students at Robert Frost Elementary School are looking forward to some much-needed stability.  “I’ve never seen a situation like that,” Jamie McCarty – the school’s new principal – said of the unprecedented turnover rate. “The staff is really looking for consistency and normalcy.” But first new policies […]

JFK, St. Mary’s get new principals

By Stephen Floyd Students in the Mt. Angel School District were greeted by new faces at John F. Kennedy High School and St. Mary’s Public School after both received new principals over the summer. Jessica Brenden, formerly with the Oregon Association of Education Service Districts, joins as JFK principal, while former Molalla River School District administrator Kathleen French is now […]

A look at the under-construction all-abilities playground in Old Mill Park in Silverton. Some of the important concrete work has since been done. James Day

All-abilities playground project delayed

The all-abilities playground project in Silverton’s Old Mill Park has been delayed because of concrete work that still needs to be scheduled. Mayor Jason Freilinger noted that city officials and the Silverton Rotary Club, which are teaming up on the project, had hoped to complete the facility so it could be used during the Homer Davenport Community Festival and the […]

George Hofmann

In Memoriam: George David Hofmann (March 16, 1968 – Aug. 25, 2023)

George Hofmann left this world on Aug. 25, 2023. He was a light in this world that made all those that met him, love him. He never met a stranger, he made everyone laugh and he is probably entertaining all of our loved ones in heaven. George was born on March 16, 1968 in New Liskeard, Ontario, Canada. He spent […]

Shirley Mullikin

In Memoriam: Shirley Mullikin (Dec. 20, 1935 – June 15, 2023)

Shirley Mullikin was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She and her husband, Thomas, moved to Oregon in 1970 with their three children, Janet Foster, Karen Cuthbert, and Michael Mullikin. Music was very important to her. She sang in her high school and church choirs as well as high school productions, in fact that’s how she met her husband in Junior High, […]

Carol Hoyt

In Memoriam: Carol Hoyt (Sept. 15, 1937 – Aug. 26, 2023)

Carol Diane (Butsch) Hoyt, 85, of Mount Angel passed away on Aug. 26, 2023. She was born on Sept. 15, 1937 to Norbert and Dorothy Butsch in Mt. Angel, Oregon, where she was the eldest of five children. She attended school at Mt. Angel Academy, graduating in 1955. She married Jim Hoyt and lived in Portland until his death in […]

Kara Bachand

In Memoriam: Kara Elaine Bachand (Jan. 21, 1970 – Aug. 25, 2023)

Kara Elaine Bachand, 53, passed away on Aug. 25, 2023 in Silverton, Oregon. She was born in Portland, Oregon to Bernard and Donita Kay Bachand. She was an only child. Kara grew up in Prineville, Oregon and Silverton. She attended school in Prineville and Silverton. She worked in the banking industry. Kara enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends. […]

Jimmy Benner

In Memoriam: Jimmy Benner (Oct. 3, 1936 – Aug. 22, 2023)

Jimmy Lee Benner passed away on Tuesday at his home in Woodburn, Oregon. Jim was born in Sanborn, Iowa to Harry E. and Estella Stonesifer Benner; and raised in Richmond, California. This is where he embraced his career as a floor mechanic and where he met his future bride, Eleanor Belseth Benner. The two met on a blind date; he, […]

Clement Unrein

In Memoriam: Clement Unrein, Jr. (July 11, 1941 – Sept. 3, 2023)

Clement Joseph Unrein, Jr., died on Sept. 3, 2023, peacefully after a lengthy battle with cancer. Born on July 11, 1941, in Salem, Oregon, to Clement Sr. and Beatrice Nendel Unrein, he was the oldest of four children. He graduated from Serra Catholic High School in 1960. He married Charlene Fisher from Mount Angel, Oregon on Oct. 20, 1962. They […]

In Memoriam: Maudie-Jane Huff (Feb. 11, 1925 – Aug. 28, 2023)

Maudie-Jane (Reischke) Huff was born in North Dakota on Feb. 11, 1925 to Louis and Elizabeth Reischke, the youngest of six children. The family lived on a farm. In 1937 the family moved to Salem, Oregon where they had relatives.  Maudie-Jane went to high school in Salem and graduated in 1941. She went to seminary in Portland, Oregon part time […]

Needs assessment – Prioritizing space, safety for Butte Creek, Scotts Mills

Editor’s note:  Our Town has been providing a school-by-school review of the facility challenges at each building covered by the Silver Falls School District bond proposal on the Nov. 7 ballot. Missed one? Stories are available at ourtownlive.com.  By Stephen Floyd Butte Creek and Scotts Mills schools are in a unique place in the Silver Falls School District’s plan for […]