City of Silverton: Insights from City Manager’s first 90 days

July 2021 Posted in Community, Other | Comments Off on City of Silverton: Insights from City Manager’s first 90 days

By Ron Chandler, City Manager It’s been two months since I began working in Silverton and it’s been great. I’ve met many residents and business owners in town who have all been very welcoming. I’ve enjoyed getting to know our City ...

City of Silverton: City staff prepares budget for 2021-22 fiscal cycle

July 2021 Posted in Community, Other | Comments Off on City of Silverton: City staff prepares budget for 2021-22 fiscal cycle

The budget process began in January 2021 with staff developing revenue estimates and cost projections to maintain current services at the existing level and to fund other projects based on Council Goals, Capital Improvement Plans and citizen requests. Revenue projections are ...

Houses to build: Habitat for Humanity sets goal of 18 houses in three years

June 2021 Posted in Business, Community, News, Other, People | Comments Off on Houses to build: Habitat for Humanity sets goal of 18 houses in three years

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10186" align="alignright" width="200"] The crew worked on the house wrap, windows and doors at the Silverton construction site on April, 7, 2021.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10185" align="alignright" width="300"] Trusses are delivered to the Silverton construction site on March 16, 2021.[/caption] In ...

Summer kick off: Mount Angel hosts two-day Independence celebration

June 2021 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Music, Other | Comments Off on Summer kick off: Mount Angel hosts two-day Independence celebration

By Melissa Wagoner When the Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce realized this year Independence Day fell on a Sunday, they saw it as a chance to shake up the usual traditions.  “[I]t seemed like a great opportunity to add an additional event ...

Break the cycle: Too much pandemic screen time raises issues

June 2021 Posted in Community, Other, School, Your Health | Comments Off on Break the cycle: Too much pandemic screen time raises issues

By Melissa Wagoner Too much time spent interacting with screens was a problem long before the pandemic, so much so that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued specific guidelines about the quantity of time children should spend in front of a ...

Datebook: July 2021

June 2021 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Music, Other, Outdoor Life | Comments Off on Datebook: July 2021

Datebook Submission Information Get your events and fundraisers published in Our Town. If your ongoing event was cancelled because of COVID-19 and is starting up again, please send a new listing. If you are meeting by Zoom or virtually, send those, ...

Letters to the Editor: Praise for McClaine Street project

June 2021 Posted in Community, Other | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: Praise for McClaine Street project

Now that Silvertonians have had (time) to experience driving on a street without cracked pavement and potholes we should take time to appreciate all the hours and hard work by city staff, councilors and contractors to give the town the ...

Letters to the Editor: Thank you, supporters

June 2021 Posted in Other, People | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: Thank you, supporters

Dear Editor, Please allow me to take a minute and thank all 1,542 voters who supported me to serve as a board member of the Silverton Fire District. My hope was that my combined experience in managing taxpayer money and serving as a ...

Eco-bin-go: Sustainable Silverton makes switching to Earth-saving habits fun

May 2021 Posted in Community, Other | Comments Off on Eco-bin-go: Sustainable Silverton makes switching to Earth-saving habits fun

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_9948" align="alignright" width="220"] Sustainable Silverton members-Mike Ashland and Karen Garst-dressed-up-for-the-batteries-and-bones-recycling-and-composting-initiative[/caption] Making the changes needed to live a more sustainable life can feel overwhelming, which is why the members of the group Sustainable Silverton have come up with an ...

Letters to the Editor: There’s more to the tree story

May 2021 Posted in Community, Other | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: There’s more to the tree story

I must say that I was more than a little dismayed when I read the article in the May 1 edition of Our Town entitled, “Storm damaged trees can remain a hazard.” The story, along with the accompanying photograph of the ...

Letters to the Editor: Mantie for school board

May 2021 Posted in Community, Other, People, School | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: Mantie for school board

I am writing this letter in support of Stephanie Mantie for the Silver Falls School Board, zone 4. Stephanie has all the qualities that would make an excellent board member. She is smart, well spoken, cares greatly about kids and ...

Letters to the Editor: Support for Stephanie

May 2021 Posted in Community, Other, People, School | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: Support for Stephanie

We have had the privilege of knowing Stephanie Mantie for 20 years. We served together in our church youth group for many years. We have witnessed her raise her kids, serve others, and interact in the community. We cannot recommend ...

Something for the Soul: Local labyrinths

May 2021 Posted in Community, Other, People | Comments Off on Something for the Soul: Local labyrinths

By Melissa Wagoner Celebration encourages community to take long way ‘round [caption id="attachment_9908" align="alignright" width="300"] Labyrinth at the Shalom Prayer Center - courtesy of Sister Dorothy Jean Beyer[/caption] Each year on the first Saturday in May, people across the globe take part in ...

Virtual concerts set at Mount Angel Abbey

May 2021 Posted in Community, Other | Comments Off on Virtual concerts set at Mount Angel Abbey

The Willamette Master Chorus will perform Spring Concerts, Sacred Music on Sundays, May 2 and 16 at Mount Angel Abbey. The concert will be made available to stream online. While the chorus cannot participate as a large group in the church, ...

Emergencies are inevitable: So, why don’t we prepare?

January 2021 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Emergencies are inevitable: So, why don’t we prepare?

[caption id="attachment_9758" align="alignright" width="225"] Dale Kunce. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner The Red Cross mantras, “disaster can strike at any time” and “disaster preparedness starts with you” are by no means new messages, yet they still go largely ignored by a large ...

Health insurance enrollment ends Dec. 15

December 2019 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Health insurance enrollment ends Dec. 15

A majority of Oregonians may not realize they only have until Dec. 15 to enroll for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act or go without health insurance for 2020. This year, coverage is more affordable. According to a new Health and ...

Santa comes to Silverton: Skeptics take a breather

December 2019 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Santa comes to Silverton: Skeptics take a breather

By Melissa Wagoner For people around the world Christmas is a magical time of year. “Throughout humanity, Christmas was our way of convincing ourselves that winter will end,” Santa Claus, that magical and iconic Christmas symbol, recently told me as we chatted ...

Hazelnut Fest German-inspired holiday market

December 2019 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Hazelnut Fest German-inspired holiday market

By Nancy Jennings The Mount Angel-Silverton Hazelnut Festival is about to get nuttier. New this year is the addition of a  Friday evening “sneak preview”, Dec. 6, 4 - 8 p.m. Because popular items have sold out in previous years, the ...

The Galarage: A neighborhood modern art-happening just round the corner

December 2019 Posted in Other | Comments Off on The Galarage: A neighborhood modern art-happening just round the corner

By Brenna Wiegand Artist Laura DeVito is taking art to the streets by converting her garage into an art studio and gallery of sorts. “I have a friend who is doing a garage gallery in Portland and I thought it was a really ...

Change in flow: Scotts Mills Dam removal slated for September 2020

December 2019 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Change in flow: Scotts Mills Dam removal slated for September 2020

By Melissa Wagoner Oregon’s dams are a part of an important story according to Ron Garst, the Natural Resources Representative for the Pudding River Watershed Council (PRWC). And the 150-year-old dam in Scotts Mills Park is no exception. “This is a ...

‘The Pub Players’: Traditional Irish music band takes root at brewery

December 2019 Posted in Other | Comments Off on ‘The Pub Players’: Traditional Irish music band takes root at brewery

By Brenna Wiegand Violinist Eadie Anelli moved to Silverton 17 years ago, grateful to land in an “ideal situation” teaching music and beginning orchestra in the Salem-Keizer School District. As she acquainted herself with Silverton’s music community Anelli  pitched in when ...

Money matters: Silver Falls teacher contract negotiations continue

December 2019 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Money matters: Silver Falls teacher contract negotiations continue

By Brenna Wiegand Silver Falls School District and Silver Falls Education Association have hammered out many of the union’s requests for verbiage and policy changes to their 2019-2020 contract. Since the parties have yet to reach a settlement, teachers are working ...

Harry’s whistlin’: Lessons in hard work, fun times

December 2019 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Harry’s whistlin’: Lessons in hard work, fun times

I’ve had a lot of jobs over the years. I was a dishwasher at the Woolworths luncheonette in the King of Prussia, Pennsylvania shopping mall; a bass player in several rock bands; a newspaper reporter and editor; a stock broker ...

Football lessons: Foxes fall to Thurston in 5A state semifinals

December 2019 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Football lessons: Foxes fall to Thurston in 5A state semifinals

There are 35 teams in Class 5A football in Oregon. Only four of them advanced to the semifinals and played Nov. 23 amid the glorious collegiate sports splendor of Autzen Stadium in Eugene. Silverton was one of them. The Foxes lost, ...

Jason’s legacy: An update on Fall Line’s next chapter

November 2019 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Jason’s legacy: An update on Fall Line’s next chapter

Editor’s note: We thought our readers would be interested in this update about the future of Silverton’s own bike, skate and snow sports shop – Fall Line – posted by Lisa Sinclair. Here is what’s happening with Fall Line. Exciting news! In ...