Project delayed – Silverton Road bridge won’t re-open ‘til late January

November 2021 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Project delayed – Silverton Road bridge won’t re-open ‘til late January

By James Day Silverton-area residents who have gotten used to detours around the Silverton Road bridge project are going to have to hang in there for another two months. Marion County officials originally hoped to open the bridge over the Little Pudding ...

Subdivision OK’d – Council overrules earlier denial of Eureka Avenue project

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[caption id="attachment_10632" align="alignright" width="300"] A look at the property on Eureka Avenue in Silverton that a developer wants to subdivide into 22 lots. Absent appeals to the state, the project will go forward.[/caption] By James Day A planned 22-lot subdivision near the Oregon ...

Taking care of a Wright – Grant boosts needed Gordon House upkeep

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[caption id="attachment_10624" align="alignright" width="300"] The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Gordon House was successfully moved to Silverton in 2001.[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Last month the Oregon Cultural Trust awarded the Gordon House Conservancy a grant of $13,325 toward ongoing preservation of the Frank Lloyd ...

Investing in community – Congressman visits Habitat site in Silverton

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[caption id="attachment_10610" align="alignright" width="339"] Congressman Kurt Schrader visits with the future homeowners of a house in the new North Willamette Habitat for Humanity development in Silverton.[/caption] Congressman Kurt Schrader made a trip to Silverton recently to tour the site of North ...

Prayers for the dead – All Souls Day begins a month of remembrance

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For the Benedictine Sisters of Mount Angel, November is the prayer month for remembering the deceased.  Starting with All Souls Day, Nov. 2, through the First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 28, the Sisters will include in their prayers a remembrance of ...

A Grin at the End: Algorithm monster – Pushing us to the edge on purpose

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For six hours last month we were all safe. Safe from misinformation, safe from ads targeted at us. Safe from posts that were only there because someone paid for them. Facebook and Instagram were offline. How this happened is anyone’s guess. Facebook ...

Looking to rebuild – Community regroups after destructive downtown fire

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By James Day Mount Angel is in recovery mode this week as the community reels from a devastating weekend fire that destroyed historic structures and four businesses. The fire, which was called in just before 1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, wiped out ...

Witnessing an act of bravery

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We all have a different image of what it means to be a hero. For some, it is a flying, caped super-human; for others, an inspiring ancestor whose legacy has shaped the lives of their family. In recent months, our ...

Unintended consequences – Vaccine mandate ends some careers

October 2021 Posted in Other | Comments Off on Unintended consequences – Vaccine mandate ends some careers

By Melissa Wagoner When Robin Hyslop left her shoes on the sidewalk in front of Legacy Silverton on Sept. 30, she left behind a lot more than a pair of worn-out sneakers – she left behind a 33-year career as a ...

A Slice of the Pie: Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters or a plumber?

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I recently learned something rather astounding – if you ask for ghost stories, prepare for an onslaught. Houses, storefronts, restaurants, nursing homes – and apparently nearly every school in area – all come with a ghost story or two attached. ...

Water dilemmas – Mitigating Oregon’s continuing drought

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By Melissa Wagoner It can be difficult to remember, as the fall rains roll into the Willamette Valley, that the area is still experiencing a severe and widespread drought. “This is the second year of an extensive drought so it’s double bad,” ...

Development appeal – Council to consider subdivision on Eureka Avenue

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By James Day The Silverton City Council will hold a public hearing on an appeal of a proposal for a 22-lot subdivision on Eureka Avenue near the Oregon Garden. The city Planning Commission denied the proposal at its July 13 meeting, but ...

New chapter – Sheltering Silverton regroups following founder’s accident

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By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10467" align="alignright" width="300"] Rob and Trish Ambrose, along with newly hired, Hannah Paysinger, make up Sheltering Silverton's new case management team[/caption] When Sarah White created, and later became the director of, Sheltering Silverton – a resource center advocating ...

What ‘purly’ teeth – Knitters Raised by Wolves give back to community

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By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10464" align="alignright" width="300"] Knitters Raised by Wolves[/caption] When Celia Stapleton named her knitting group Knitters Raised by Wolves, she had one thing in mind.  “The point is, children that were raised by wolves are feral – and we’re not ...

Giving thanks: Oregon Ag Prayer Breakfast takes root

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By Melissa Wagoner  Say the word, “thanksgiving” and many images come to mind – turkey, football and pumpkin pie among them. But look the word up in the dictionary and you’ll find less about food, sports or history and more about ...

Datebook: September 2021

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Datebook Submission Information Get your events and fundraisers published in Our Town. Send your releases to [email protected] Or drop them off at 401 Oak St., Silverton. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Frequent Addresses Mount Angel Public Library, 290 Charles St., 503-845-6401 Silver Creek Fellowship Church, 822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton Silverton Senior ...

Dialing in: Silverton’s Wind Phone provides place to release grief, trauma

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By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10400" align="alignright" width="225"] Mike Ashland with the current incarnation of the Wind Phone booth[/caption] Mike Ashland has witnessed a lot of grief during his career as a pastor and the founder of the Church of the Moment, a ...

Water woes – Silverton restricts residential use, adds enforcement

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By James Day The City of Silverton has responded to this year’s drought by advancing its restrictions on residential water use, a decision that has inflamed social media and led the mayor to take to Facebook to respond to the criticism. The ...

Recreating repose – Storm-damaged trees removed at Providence

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By Brenna Wiegand The feeling of serenity on the campus of Providence Mt. Angel Skilled Nursing Center is – was – owed largely to the stands of mature oaks and other trees that seem to stretch out their arms to shelter ...

Silverton Flywheels: Auto club fundraises for scholarship

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By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10259" align="alignright" width="288"] Silverton Flywheels 2018[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10258" align="alignright" width="300"] Silverton Flywheels 1962[/caption] From the outside the Silverton Flywheels might appear to be just your average car club, with muscle cars and hot rods shined up and displayed in ...

A Grin at the End: What you leave out … but don’t take out the soul

July 2021 Posted in Other | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: What you leave out … but don’t take out the soul

The key to good writing is what you leave out. Too often, writing makes its way into the public circus without the benefit of editing, and it’s painful. The basic points may be there but they are crowded by half-baked thoughts ...

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

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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

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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 Other | 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

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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 ...