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

May 2021 Posted in Community, Other | Comments Off on Something to Do: 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Hitting the trail: Taking running off-road

November 2019 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Hitting the trail: Taking running off-road

[caption id="attachment_9543" align="alignleft" width="198"] Amy Ullan and Tanie Hotan. Courtesy Amy Ullan[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Running can get boring, treadmills, tracks, even sidewalks – it can all start to feel like the same routine day in and day out. But there’s a ...

November Briefs

November 2019 Posted in Community, News, Other, People | Comments Off on November Briefs

Jazzercise Thanksgiving benefit celebrates 30th year Silverton Jazzercise will hold its 30th Thanksgiving morning benefit class for Silverton Area Community Aid on Thursday, Nov. 28, at 9 a.m. at the Silverton Community Center, 421 S. Water St., Silverton. Admission is $5 ...

Jar of Awesome: An easy way to capture your family’s best memories

October 2019 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Other, People | Comments Off on Jar of Awesome: An easy way to capture your family’s best memories

“Enjoy this time because it’ll be over before you know it,” is possibly the single most cruel sentence one can utter to a new parent, yet the compulsion to say it is hard to resist. I’ve said it – many times ...

Intentional community: Evans Oaks site gets underway

September 2019 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Intentional community: Evans Oaks site gets underway

[caption id="attachment_9388" align="alignright" width="300"] Commuity members shoveling soil on the future Evans Oaks cottage community grounds. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner “So often we dream about how we might want our future to form and most of the time that is as ...

Briefs August 2019

August 2019 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Briefs August 2019

Canyonview director Kinman steps down Canyonview Camp has announced that Chris Kinman will be leaving the executive director position after this camping season at the end of August. The board of directors of BTI said it appreciates the years of service and ...

Next of Kin: In-law duo to celebrate 100th performance at Oregon Garden

August 2019 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Next of Kin: In-law duo to celebrate 100th performance at Oregon Garden

[caption id="attachment_9361" align="alignleft" width="300"] Next of Kin: Lou Mickelson and her father-in-law Alan Mickelson. Submitted Photo[/caption] By Nancy Jennings It is unusual to see the words “in-laws” and “harmony” used in the same sentence. But for Alan Mickelson and Lou Mickelson (20 ...

Mural pluralism: Silverton’s public art remains vivid thanks to volunteers

August 2019 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Mural pluralism: Silverton’s public art remains vivid thanks to volunteers

[caption id="attachment_9363" align="alignright" width="300"] Babs and Vince Till have been advocates for Silverton’s murals since 1993. Brenna Wiegand[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Silverton’s beautifully done and scrupulously maintained murals are drawing attention, both at home and abroad. For the first time, Silverton Mural Society ...

State champions: Silverton JBO takes title

July 2019 Posted in Other | Comments Off on State champions: Silverton JBO takes title

For the first time ever a Silverton JBO team has taken home a state title. The program’s Minor American squad, nicknamed the “Wild Bunch,” edged Glencoe 13-12 on July 14 to take the championship at Dierickx Field in Gladstone. Silverton went ...