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Silverton Senior Center

Silverton Senior Center needs your help

Dear Community Members, The Center receives no public funding, and the negative effects of COVID forced the closure of the Center’s ReVamp store, which provided partial funding. The Center has been using its savings to meet operating expenses, but we now need additional assistance, so we are making this direct appeal to the Silverton Community. The Center serves our community in numerous ways for its more […]

Bond fails – Silver Falls School District discusses next steps

By Stephen Floyd A $138 million bond measure for the Silver Falls School District failed by a wide margin in the Nov. 7 election. Results published Nov. 8 by the Oregon Secretary of State showed Measure 24-486 failing by 55.37% out of 6,782 ballots cast by voters in Marion and Clackamas counties. The SFSD bond would have funded improvements to […]

The new Silverton Civic Center under construction. James Day

Civic center delays – Silverton project still under $19.5M budget

By James Day The new Silverton Civic Center will not be occupied until next spring.  The $19.5 million project, which originally was projected to open in July 2023, has experienced a steady stream of delays, including supply chain issues, work that had to be redone and even emails that went missing.  The project remains under that $19.5 million overall cost, […]

Hazelgreen – County discusses flood mitigation for road

By Stephen Floyd Marion County is nearing the construction phase of replacing the Pudding River Bridge on Hazelgreen Road NE and has begun discussing follow-up work to address road flooding. The project would replace the current wooden bridge, built in 1969, with a concrete structure above flood levels, as the Little Pudding River inundates the current bridge during heavy rain. […]

Emergency prep event set for Nov. 24 – 26

Sustainable Silverton is sponsoring an emergency preparedness pop-up “escape room” from Friday, Nov. 24 through Sunday, Nov. 26.  It’s an hour-long interactive learning experience, taking place from noon to 8 p.m. on all three days at High Water Grill, 215 N. Water St. Side Quest Escape Games will bring in its mobile escape room that teaches players about emergency preparedness. Those […]

City of Mt. Angel

Mount Angel to start chlorinating water

By Stephen Floyd The City of Mount Angel plans to chlorinate its water supply after being directed by the Oregon Health Authority to reduce the presence of potentially harmful microbes. On Oct. 17, OHA sent a letter to the city after tests revealed a high number of coliforms, which are bacteria commonly found in human and animal intestines. Because the […]

Tree lightings – A history

By Melissa Wagoner Silverton’s Christmas festivities are a tradition that goes back over 100 years, according to the information Silverton Country Historical Society member Chris Schwab found in back issues of The Silverton Appeal. “Some are blurry, some don’t have dates,” Schwab said of the articles, but all depict Christmas in Silverton as the most wonderful time of the year. […]

Nuts! Fest returns to Festhalle

By Stephen Floyd Hazelnut Fest is returning to the Festhalle this year in Mount Angel, along with a renewed emphasis on local hazelnut producers and vendors. Scheduled for Dec. 1 – 3, the event is free to attend. It will feature food, specialty beers, live entertainment and Christmas shopping opportunities. Sarah Bauman, president of the Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce, […]

Legal Matters: January trial set in Joe Keeton death

By Stephen Floyd A January trial has been set for a Bend woman accused of negligently causing the fatal dog mauling of a former Silverton man over the summer. Jessica Rae McCleery, 38, was given a trial date of Jan. 9, 2024, during an appearance Nov. 7 in Deschutes County Circuit Court, with the trial expected to last eight days. […]

Legal Matters: Police chase ends with suspect in Silverton

An Aumsville man with a pending kidnapping charge was arrested in Silverton Oct. 25 after a high-speed chase that ended with the suspect hiding in a local resident’s basement. Steele James Davidson, 30, was pursued by police after allegedly contacting the victim of a domestic violence incident for which Davidson was arrested in March. He is charged with second-degree kidnapping […]

Eloise Kelley, Helen Yancey and Cordelia Bay in She Kills Monsters -- courtesy of Makayla Chase

On stage – She Kills Monsters coming to SHS

By Melissa Wagoner She Kills Monsters, by playwright Qui Nguyen. has been “extremely popular in high schools nation-wide” since its debut in 2011, according to Silverton High School theater instructor Doug Ousterhout. The play opens in the SHS auditorium on Nov. 16. “The show is particularly aimed at teenagers but will appeal to adults as well, especially those who remember the […]

Dr. Olwyn Davies, shortly before his death in 2021. File Photo

Remembering Dr. Davies – New mural to be revealed First Friday

By Melissa Wagoner Dr. Olwyn Davies practiced medicine in Silverton for 65 years, delivering an estimated 2,000 babies and becoming the sole primary care doctor for generations. “He was my doctor in 1972,” Nan Fleck – a patient of Davies who later went on to become his office assistant – said. “And my husband was a patient when he was […]

MASD launches community toy drive

The Mount Angel School District (MASD) has created a new toy drive program with the goal of reaching a greater number of district families. Donations of new toys are being accepted at all MASD schools between Nov. 27 and Dec. 8, as well as at the district’s toy drive booth during Hazelnut Festival Dec. 1 – 3. Donations benefit MASD […]

Matt and Mandy Jones, owners of The Merc.

The Merc – Environmentally-friendly, refillable cleaning products now available in Silverton

By Melissa Wagoner  Matt Jones knows a lot about cleaning products. President of Griffin Chem Solutions in Albany – a developer of industrial cleaning solutions – Matt is well versed in the market and the many ways it can be misleading. “The problem is, there’s no standards on labels and marketing,” he said, describing the ways consumers are often led to believe […]

Dre Goyer, owner of Pub 210 East

Pub 210 East – Mount Angel’s sports pub gets new name

By Melissa Wagoner When Dre Goyer opened the Mt. Angel Public House with his friend Brandon Norbury in 2021 the future looked bright for both the business and the partnership. Then Feb. 3, 2022, Goyer got a call he never expected – Norbury, a retired Navy SEAL who swam nearly every day, had died of a heart attack while on […]

Truck procession honors Frank Merrill

A longtime Pepsi employee who died in October will be remembered with a procession of roughly 200 semi-trucks Saturday, Nov. 18, starting at the Pepsi plant in Mount Angel. The memorial convoy will head to the Pacific Northwest Truck Museum in Brooks where a service will be held for Frank Merrill, who died in Mount Angel Oct. 25 at age […]

In Memoriam: Frank Arthur Merrill (Nov. 23, 1960 – Oct. 25, 2023)

Frank was born on Nov. 23, 1960 to Ralph and Geraldine Merrill. Frank grew up on a farm in Hubbard, Oregon. He helped on the family farm but loved working on machinery more than other farm work.  After graduating from North Marion High School in 1979, he worked for a few local businesses including Young and Morgan, Foster Farms, Mallorie’s […]

Jay Gregg

In Memoriam: Jay Gregg (March 27, 1946 – Oct. 20, 2023)

Jay Gregg was born March 27, 1946, to Addie and Bill Gregg in Higgins, Texas. He passed away Oct. 20, 2023 in Silverton, Oregon surrounded by family. At age two, his family moved to the Perris Valley area of Southern California. He graduated from Perris High School in 1964. After high school he attended college, graduating from Cal Poly Pomona […]

James Day

Successful return – Barnes leads Foxes volleyball within one win of state

Kirsten Barnes’ return to the coaching reins of Silverton volleyball was a highly successful one. Barnes previously coached in the program from 1996 to 2010 and won eight league titles during an 11-year run as head coach. This year’s Foxes were 12-8 overall, hovered around the top 10 in Class 5A most of the year, finished fourth in the brutally […]

A Slice of the Pie: The ABCs … of holiday prep

Advocate for yourself and for your family. Have the difficult conversations now so you don’t have to have them later. Buy now or later? Some people – myself included – like shopping during December when the stores feel more festive, while others like to have it all done by December so they can focus on something else. You decide! Call […]

Suspect in dog mauling case asks for release to Hawaii

A Bend woman charged with manslaughter for the fatal dog mauling of a former Silverton man has asked to be released from jail to stay with a friend in Hawaii while she awaits trial. The attorney for Jessica Rae McCleery, 38, filed a motion in Deschutes County Circuit Court Wednesday claiming his client would benefit from a safe and sober […]

Guest opinion: A first-hand look at bond oversight

Former Silverton Mayor Kyle Palmer shares his perspectives on a $138 million facilities bond for the Silver Falls School District, to be decided during the Nov. 7 election. Palmer served on the advisory committee that helped formulate the current bond proposal and is also on the committee that would oversee the bond if it is approved by voters. Palmer also […]

Entries from the Silverton Grange's Pie Contest and Auction held in 2019

Best pie in town? Enter Silverton Grange’s contest to find out

By Melissa Wagoner “Who doesn’t like tasting pie?” Silverton Grange member Cindy Gyurgyik said when asked about the upcoming Pie Contest and Auction being held in the Grange Hall at 201 Division St. on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2 to 4 p.m. “We will have two categories of pies – fruit and custard,” Gyurgyik said. “We will have three judges for each category…familiar faces of our […]

Cider pressing at GeerCrest Farm -- courtesy of Adam McKinley

Apple harvest promotes food resilience

By Melissa Wagoner On Saturday, Nov. 4 “the Silverton Food Co-op is joining forces with GeerCrest Farm for a fun family event” – a community apple cider pressing and fall pop-up food market. “We’ll have apples be the star,” co-op board member Beth Myers-Shenai said of the occasion, which will include both a cider pressing party as well as the […]

Turkey Shoot returns with new venue

By Stephen Floyd After three years on pause, Mount Angel American Legion Post 89 is celebrating the return of its annual Turkey Shoot with both new prizes and a new venue. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18, 1 to 6 p.m. at Tiny’s Tavern, 155 N. Main St., Mount Angel. Proceeds support Post 89 and the Legion Hall. […]