Something Fun: Perfecting a Palace – New amenities with theater’s reopening

May 2021 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on Something Fun: Perfecting a Palace – New amenities with theater’s reopening

By Melissa Wagoner There’s never been a better time to go to the theater – at least according to Rachelle Gonterman – manager of the Silverton Palace Theater. “COVID has everybody tired of being cooped up at home,” she said. “But a ...

A welcoming spirit – Benedictine Brewery hosts O’fest food favorites

May 2021 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on A welcoming spirit – Benedictine Brewery hosts O’fest food favorites

By Melissa Wagoner For those who have missed their favorite Oktoberfest treats during the past 16 months, now is your chance to indulge, as the Benedictine Brewery in Mount Angel hosts a line-up of iconic Oktoberfest food carts this summer. “Part of ...

Arts & Entertainment: Art shift – Silverton Art Association broadens vision for annual festival

May 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community | Comments Off on Arts & Entertainment: Art shift – Silverton Art Association broadens vision for annual festival

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_9955" align="alignright" width="300"] Known for many creative activities for all ages, the Silverton Fine Arts Festival - last held in 2019- has been rechristened Silverton Arts Festival[/caption] The mission of the Silverton Arts Association has long been to ...

Mt. Angel board names finalists for district’s next superintendent

May 2021 Posted in Community, People, School | Comments Off on Mt. Angel board names finalists for district’s next superintendent

After completing a multi-state search that began with 26 applicants and included an application screening and initial round of interviews, the Mt. Angel School District’s Board of Directors has announced two finalists have been selected for further consideration to be the ...

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 ...

Helping Hands: Operation vaccination – Legacy invests in pop-up clinics

May 2021 Posted in Business, Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Helping Hands: Operation vaccination – Legacy invests in pop-up clinics

By Brenna Wiegand [caption id="attachment_9945" align="alignright" width="300"] Pop-up vaccine clinics Legacy Health at Coleman Farms. Brenna Wiegand[/caption] When the COVID-19 vaccine first became available in late December, Legacy Silverton Medical Center opened a clinic and started providing vaccines, first to primary care ...

Letters to the Editor: Thank you, Silverton

May 2021 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: Thank you, Silverton

A campaign is a journey... I began this journey because I am a father of two and know our schools play an integral part of the health and well-being of all kids. Silverton is uniquely positioned to keep doing great things; ...

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 ...

People Out Loud: A salute to ‘Captain A’ – Plus the hum of a rebounding community

May 2021 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, People | Comments Off on People Out Loud: A salute to ‘Captain A’ – Plus the hum of a rebounding community

I remember meeting Arland Anderson as a lowly freshman in high school in 1966. He was a junior and one imposing figure – larger than life. Standing about 6'4" and not “diminutive”, he had a booming voice, and huge and ...

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, ...

Mark Twain oaks – Community members turn out in droves to replant trees

May 2021 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Mark Twain oaks – Community members turn out in droves to replant trees

By Melissa Wagoner When horticulturist Eric Hammond, heard that the majority of the oak trees in a grove adjacent to Mark Twain Elementary School were removed after the February ice storm, he saw an opportunity.  “I sent emails explaining the importance of ...

Storm damaged trees can remain a hazard

May 2021 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Storm damaged trees can remain a hazard

By James Day [caption id="attachment_9894" align="alignright" width="300"] This ice storm-damaged tree on B Street finally was taken down in mid-April. Trees that still appear to be a public hazard can be reported to the city for assessment.[/caption] Yes, the ice storm has ...

Something Fun: Pet Parade update – 2021 event a definite maybe

May 2021 Posted in Community, People, Pets | Comments Off on Something Fun: Pet Parade update – 2021 event a definite maybe

By Melissa Wagoner "The Pet Parade is scheduled for May 15 at 10 a.m., as normal,” Randal Thomas – a member of the Kiwanis Club of Silverton and chairman of the parade – said, adding it will go on as long ...

Answering the call: Neighboring fire districts team up to vaccinate public

May 2021 Posted in Community, News, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Answering the call: Neighboring fire districts team up to vaccinate public

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_9881" align="alignright" width="300"] Victor Hoffer vaccinating Mayor Don Fleck with the 2000th vaccination since the MAFD began vaccinating -- courtesy of Victor Hoffer[/caption] What started as the Mt. Angel Fire District (MAFD) providing COVID-19 vaccinations to their own ...

Something to Talk About: The time is now – Planning for future wildfires shouldn’t be delayed

May 2021 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, Outdoor Life | Comments Off on Something to Talk About: The time is now – Planning for future wildfires shouldn’t be delayed

By Melissa Wagoner Weeks out from the official start of summer and fire experts are already warning Oregonians of another potentially difficult fire season. Which is why Carrie Berger, a fire program manager with the OSU Extension service, has recently partnered ...

Datebook – May 2021

May 2021 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Datebook – May 2021

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

Silver Falls School District names Melissa Linder Silver Crest principal

May 2021 Posted in Briefs, Community, News, School | Comments Off on Silver Falls School District names Melissa Linder Silver Crest principal

Silver Falls School District has announced the selection of  Melissa Linder as the new principal for Silver Crest School and district assistant director of teaching and learning. Her first day will be July 1. Linder’s selection followed a process of community ...

Lunaria reveals ‘Neo Geo’ in May

May 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Briefs, Community | Comments Off on Lunaria reveals ‘Neo Geo’ in May

Lunaria Gallery presents Neo Geo, a show by Lunaria painter Jane Castelan Buccola and jeweler Dawn Hemstreet.  Buccola’s painting involves exploration, personal expression, play, experimentation with color as well as texture.  She likes to bring mystery and an abiguousness to her ...

Letters to the Editor: Support for ‘supermom’ in school board election

May 2021 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, People, School | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: Support for ‘supermom’ in school board election

We wholeheartedly endorse Melissa Seifer Briggs for Silver Falls School Board. Melissa is an experienced attorney, most recently with the Oregon Judicial Department, and a Silverton native. She and her husband, David Briggs, have five young children, ages 12 to ...

Letters to the Editor: A ‘fresh voice’ for school board

May 2021 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, People, School | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: A ‘fresh voice’ for school board

I want to express my support for Stephanie Mantie for a position on the Silver Falls School Board. She has the intellect and background that would greatly benefit our school district at this time.    Stephanie has been actively involved in our local ...

Letters to the Editor: ‘Thrilled’ advocates for Mantie

May 2021 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, People | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: ‘Thrilled’ advocates for Mantie

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 ...

Collaborators: Silverton Service Integration Team welcomes more participation

May 2021 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Collaborators: Silverton Service Integration Team welcomes more participation

By Melissa Wagoner  [caption id="attachment_9859" align="alignright" width="300"] Members of the Santiam Service Integration Team staff. Courtesy of Melissa Baurer[/caption] What happens when a graduating senior can’t afford a class ring? What about when a mom needs new tires for her car in ...