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Silverton Community Development Director Jason Gottgetreu points out the features of a ground-floor entry area of the new Silverton Civic Center. The building is tentatively set to open in late April. James Day

A bit behind – Late April new tentative opening for Silverton Civic Center

By James Day The new Silverton Civic Center, a years-long $19.5 million project, likely will not open until late April, city officials said. Our Town participated in a tour of the building Feb. 15, along with project manager Jason Gottgetreu, the city’s community development director, new city manager Cory Misley and Luis Mendoza of Compass Project Solutions, which is providing consulting services […]

Round two: Silver Falls School District proposes scaled-down $73M bond

By Stephen Floyd The Silver Falls School District (SFSD) Board has approved a $73 million bond measure for the May 21 ballot with hopes of wooing voters who rejected a $138 million bond last November. In a 6-1 vote Feb. 12, the board agreed to ask voters to consider a bond that would replace Silverton Middle School and provide critical […]

Bridging language – Mount Angel schools employees new software

By Melissa Wagoner On average, Mt. Angel School District enrolls three multilingual learners, whose first language is neither English nor Spanish, each year. But during the 2022-2023 school year, the district welcomed 25. “A lot of students in this group are somehow related to each other,” William Holman – the district’s English Language Development Program Teacher on special assignment – […]

Kennedy senior welding student Oscar Gonzalez with teacher Alex Snegirev in the welding room.

Hot start – Kennedy welding room proving huge success

By James Day Six months since its opening on the Kennedy High School campus the new welding room already is producing dividends. Fundraising for the facility, which opened at the beginning of the school year, has reached $145,000, said John Gooley, the Mt. Angel Community Foundation vice-president and Withers Lumber executive who led the campaign. The additional funds (the facility […]

By the time firefighters arrived the store was fully engulfed in flames. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Devastating loss – Silver Falls store burns down, owners hope to rebuild

By Stephen Floyd Iconic local business Silver Falls Country Store has burned down after suddenly catching fire during the early hours of Feb. 16. No one was injured, however, the building at 172 Silver Falls Drive was a total loss. Chief Brandon Hamilton with the Drakes Crossing Fire District said crews were called around 1:05 a.m. and when they arrived […]

Letter to the Editor: Pharmacy bill needs your immediate support

Your pharmacies are asking for your help: it only takes a few moments and it needs to be done ASAP please contact your state legislature about HB 4149 . Call your pharmacy or me if you need help or want more information.  The State Legislature is the only body responsible for regulating Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) in Oregon; the only […]

Gregg Harris, Don von Weller, Greg Hoffman, Lance Kamstra and Scott Stebbins of the Noble Men of Oregon. Brenna Wiegand

Chronicled – Bible Study group seeks to reach audiences through movies

By Brenna Wiegand A group of local men who came together for a Bible Study are finding ways to reach out to their community. They call themselves the Noble Men of Oregon. They meet weekly at Noble Inn, owned by study leader Gregg Harris and his wife Bonnie. Built by June Drake in 1904, the historic home is now a […]

Datebook: March 2024

Frequent Addresses Mt. Angel Public Library, 290 E Charles St. Silver Creek Fellowship, 822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton. Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St. Silverton Arts Association, 303 Coolidge St. Silverton Community Center/Council Chambers, 421 S Water St. Weekly Events Monday Low Impact Aerobics, 9:30 a.m., Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N Church St., Silverton. Silverton Senior Center members free. Non-members […]

Elise Trask and Clarissa Rapacz, owners of The Farm on Golden Hill. Submitted Photo

Up on Golden Hill – New tasting room opens in Silverton

By Melissa Wagoner In 2011, when Elise Trask decided to get married on the farm where she grew up, she not only gained a husband, she gained a career as well. “That got our wheels turning,” Trask’s sister and business partner, Clarissa Rapacz, said, recalling how that wedding – held amongst a field of flowers – became the first of many, thanks […]

Documentarian Michael Turner

Monument – New documentary explores family history, Holocaust

By Melissa Wagoner Growing up, Michael Turner knew that his Hungarian grandmother, Lici, was a Holocaust survivor and that both her parents and sister were killed in Auschwitz. But it wasn’t something Lici talked about – at least not with her grandson. “When I was in high school, some video producers came and interviewed my grandma about her experiences in […]

Fix it! Repair event set for March 16 at Silver Falls Library

Sustainable Silverton is hosting a Repair Fair and Share from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, at the Silver Falls Library, 410 S. Water St. Free services to be offered at the event include small appliance repair, simple jewelry repair, sewing and textile repair, house plant consulting, simple bike repairs and tech assistance with computers/phones/tablets/electronics and tool […]

Linda & David Gerlits

Linda & David Gerlits celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

David and Linda (Esser) Gerlits of Silverton, Oregon will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on March 23, 2024. They were married on March 23, 1974, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Silverton by the bride’s cousin, Father Michael Sprauer. The bridesmaids wore green polyester dresses, and the groomsmen wore their hair long. Both Dave and Linda are life-long residents of Silverton. […]

Sister Mechtilde Fennimore

In Memoriam: Sister Mechtilde Fennimore, OSB (March 12, 1930 – Jan. 25, 2024)

Sister Mechtilde Fennimore, OSB, a long-time member of Queen of Angels Monastery, died in the morning of Jan. 25, 2024 at Providence Benedictine Nursing Center’s Orchard House, Mount Angel, Oregon. She was 93 years old. She was a Benedictine Sister for 74 years. Sister Mechtilde was born on a farm near Mount Angel to Edgar Fennimore and Madeline (Gilman) Fennimore […]

Donna Lois (Upjohn) Brown

In Memoriam: Donna Lois (Upjohn) Brown (Jan. 17, 1924 –Jan. 28, 2024)

Donna was born 100 years ago in Salem, Oregon.   As a girl, Donna was involved in 4-H. She raised rabbits, knitted, and became a talented seamstress, as was her mother. As a teenager Donna enjoyed band concerts at Wilson Park in Salem and roller skating at Mellow Moon Roller Rink located on the west bank of the Willamette River. […]

Sister Theresa Henscheid

In Memoriam: Sister Theresa Henscheid, OSB (Oct. 26, 1935 – Jan. 26, 2024)

Sister Theresa Henscheid, OSB, a long-time member of Queen of Angels Monastery, died in the afternoon of Jan. 26, 2024, at Providence Benedictine Nursing Center, Mount Angel, Oregon. She was 88 years old. Sister Theresa was the second child born to Carl Henscheid and Dorothy (Rausch) Henscheid, the second of 14 children: James, Margaret (Sister Theresa), Annette, Betty Mae, Thomas, Helen, […]

Beverly Jean Ferguson

In Memoriam: Beverly Jean Ferguson (Aug. 31, 1944 – Feb. 6, 2024)

Beverly Jean Ferguson of Silverton passed away Feb. 6, 2024, after a short illness. Beverly was born Aug. 31, 1944 to Rochus and Catherine Weigel. She grew up in Molalla and graduated from high school in 1962. After high school she attended Mt. Angel College. Beverly was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Carol, Dianna and Joyce. On […]

Lenore Schaecher

In Memoriam: Lenore Teresa Rose Vetsch Schaecher (July 26, 1930 – Feb. 3, 2024)

Lenore Teresa Rose Vetsch Schaecher, age 93, of Mount Angel, Oregon, passed on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024. Lenore was born the youngest of 10 to Adolph and Katherine Vetsch on a farm in Bluffton, Alberta, Canada where she grew up and completed her education.  Anyone who knew her would remember both her sweetness, and her spunk. It was that kind […]

Jere Wayne White

In Memoriam: Jere Wayne White (July 14, 1959 – Jan. 22, 2024)

Our beloved Jere Wayne White passed away peacefully in his home on January 22, 2024, with his husband Gary Richmond and best friend Francine Marie by his side, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 64 years old. Jere was born on July 14, 1959, in Amarillo, Texas to parents Jere and Barbara White. He grew up in Panhandle, […]

James Day

Winter wrapup: Henderson wrestles to state title, Haury signs with UW

Silverton finished 11th as a team at the Class 5A state wrestling championships Feb. 22-24 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland. Leading the way for the Foxes was junior 285-pounder Brash Henderson, who dominated his weight class on the way to his first state championship. Henderson, who took second last year at 220 pounds, scored two pins and a […]

Sports Datebook: March 2024

Monday, March 11 Boys Tennis 4 p.m. Silverton vs Stayton Girls Tennis 4 p.m. Silverton vs Stayton Baseball 4:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Santiam Baseball TBD Silverton vs McNary Tuesday, March 12 Softball 4:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Santiam Wednesday, March 13 Softball TBD Silverton vs Lake Oswego Baseball 5 p.m. Silverton vs Barlow Friday, March 15 Softball 4:30 p.m. Kennedy vs […]

Carl Sampson

A Grin at the End: Cloud breaks – Seizing the opportunities

I have never paid much attention to the weather. After all, what’s the point? There is absolutely nothing I can do about it. Plus, the weather forecast is always more of a best guess than a guarantee. Even the meteorologists seem confounded. We’re supposed to be in the middle of an El Niño. In general, that means we should be […]

Don and Debbie Bennett, owners of The Home Place Restaurant Submitted photo

Lifetime Achievement Award: The Home Place Restaurant – a true community hub

By Stephen Floyd For many Silvertonians, The Home Place Restaurant represents a rite of passage. It’s where they got to have their first big birthday party, where numerous teenagers got their first jobs, where generations of athletes gathered for pre- and post-game celebrations. Co-owner Debbie Bennett said the establishment is old enough now that customers bring their own families, talking […]

First Citizen, Laura Wanker Melissa Wagoner

First Citizen: Educator and SACA board member Laura Wanker lauded

By Melissa Wagoner It’s been 40 years, nearly to the day, since Laura Wanker became a part of the Silverton community, initially working as an educator and volunteer tutor, mentor and educational advocate for students at Silverton High School before joining the Silverton Area Community Aid’s (SACA) board. “Laura Wanker’s impact on the Silverton community is broad and substantial,” former superintendent […]

John Friedrick received the Distinguished Service Award for 2023 Submitted Photo

Distinguished Service: John Friedrick – pastor, champion, safety net

By James Day Sometimes your ability to make a difference in your community can be as simple as how often you say ”yes.” That’s been the case in recent years with Oak Street Church and its pastor John Friedrick. Yes to continuing its Monday meal tradition. Yes to using the church building for a warming shelter. Yes to hosting listening […]