Looking to rebuild – Community regroups after destructive downtown fire

October 2021 Posted in Business, Community, News, Other, Photo Gallery | Comments Off on Looking to rebuild – Community regroups after destructive downtown fire

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

October 2021 Posted in Community, Other, People | Comments Off on Witnessing an act of bravery

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 Community, Other, Your Health | 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 ...

Live arts return – Albeit slowly, and with COVID-inspired caution

October 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Music, People | Comments Off on Live arts return – Albeit slowly, and with COVID-inspired caution

By Melissa Wagoner When the COVID-19 pandemic began, in the spring of 2020, the students at Silverton Ballet and Performing Arts Company were weeks away from the annual spring recital. The culmination of months – if not years – of practice ...

Not just coats – Winter wear collection keeps kids warm

October 2021 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Not just coats – Winter wear collection keeps kids warm

By Melissa Wagoner Right now, with schools finally back in session, many kids are spending more time outside for recess, PE and lunch, prompting teachers to send home reminders saying, “Don’t let your children forget their coats.” But what if there are ...

Skate Park update: Groundbreaking held for expansion

October 2021 Posted in Community, News, People, Sports | Comments Off on Skate Park update: Groundbreaking held for expansion

By James Day Backers of the expansion of the Judy Schmidt Memorial Skate Park held a groundbreaking Sept. 11 for the next phase of the project. Actually breaking ground given the dry summer proved to be a challenge, so organizer Sue Roessler ...

Water dilemmas – Mitigating Oregon’s continuing drought

October 2021 Posted in Community, Other | Comments Off on Water dilemmas – Mitigating Oregon’s continuing drought

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

October 2021 Posted in Community, News, Other | Comments Off on Development appeal – Council to consider subdivision on Eureka Avenue

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 ...

Modernly traditional – New Silverton practice provides pediatric care

October 2021 Posted in Business, Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Modernly traditional – New Silverton practice provides pediatric care

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10511" align="alignright" width="209"] Scott Hamblin[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10510" align="alignright" width="250"] Mark Helm[/caption] The recent closure of the Silverton branch of Childhood Health left Silverton families without a locally-based pediatric clinic – an situation Dr. Scott Hamblin and Dr. Mark Helm ...

Dialectical therapy – Individual, group, coaching, in-the-moment services

October 2021 Posted in Business, Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Dialectical therapy – Individual, group, coaching, in-the-moment services

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10504" align="alignright" width="217"] Dr. Andrew Weitzman[/caption] During his 20-year career as a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Andrew Weitzman learned a great deal. “Of those 20 years, my first seven were in community health in Vancouver, Washington,” Weitzman said of the ...

Soundscape – Shindig returns to delight town

October 2021 Posted in Community, Music, People | Comments Off on Soundscape – Shindig returns to delight town

By Melissa Wagoner When Nicholas Alan Coffey moved to Silverton six years ago, the annual Sidewalk Shindig was one of his favorite events.  “You can have fun for free, you can bring the whole family and you can hangout for free all ...

Datebook: October 2021

October 2021 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Datebook: October 2021

Datebook Submission Information To get your events and fundraisers published in Our Town send releases to datebook@mtangelpub.com. Or drop them off at 401 Oak St., Silverton. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Frequent Addresses Mt. Angel Public Library, 290 Charles St. Silveton High, 1456 Pine St., Silverton. Silverton Senior Center, 115 ...

Back to school rhythm – SHS’ principal discusses challenges, effort in opening weeks of semester

October 2021 Posted in Community, School, Your Health | Comments Off on Back to school rhythm – SHS’ principal discusses challenges, effort in opening weeks of semester

By Brenna Wiegand Only two weeks of school had elapsed when Our Town touched base with Silverton High School Principal Sione Thompson, in his first year with the Silver Falls School District. “It’s been quite a trial by fire but what makes ...

Return of the zombies: Dancers needed for Thriller in the Streets

October 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on Return of the zombies: Dancers needed for Thriller in the Streets

By Melissa Wagoner  What says Halloween more than a flash-mob of zombies jerkily dancing to Michael Jackson’s classic song from 1982, Thriller? “It’s so cool,” Marta Hazekamp – owner of Revolutionary Dance and Movement Company in Silverton – said of the annual ...

New chapter – Sheltering Silverton regroups following founder’s accident

September 2021 Posted in Community, News, Other, People | Comments Off on New chapter – Sheltering Silverton regroups following founder’s accident

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

September 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Other | Comments Off on What ‘purly’ teeth – Knitters Raised by Wolves give back to community

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 ...

Oktoberfest 2021: Planning a big festival during the age of COVID-19

September 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Food & Drink, Music, People, Travel, Your Health | Comments Off on Oktoberfest 2021: Planning a big festival during the age of COVID-19

[caption id="attachment_10457" align="alignright" width="300"] Much of the Mount Angel Oktoberfest can be enjoyed out of doors along the village streets, or in tents.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10456" align="alignright" width="300"] The familiar Oktoberfest venues will be up and running for the 2021 festival, some ...

Kids Polka Party – Beloved O’fest entertainer adds new event for 2021

September 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Food & Drink, Music, People | Comments Off on Kids Polka Party – Beloved O’fest entertainer adds new event for 2021

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10453" align="alignright" width="300"] The Astorga Family[/caption] “The Mount Angel Oktoberfest has always been a family-friendly, multi-generational festival,” Tecie Zollner Astorga said.  And she should know, a member of the popular Oktoberfest band, Z Musikmakers, she has performed on stage ...

Paper master: Borland Gallery features scissor artist, author Jim Bornzin

September 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on Paper master: Borland Gallery features scissor artist, author Jim Bornzin

By Brenna Wiegand [caption id="attachment_10447" align="alignright" width="230"] Jim Bornzin[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10446" align="alignright" width="247"] Swallowtail on Pink & White[/caption] Silverton Arts Association is featuring the work of local artist Jim Bornzin, whose show, “Amazing Scissorcuts,” runs Sept. 10-26 at the Borland Gallery. Bornzin became fascinated ...

Giving thanks: Oregon Ag Prayer Breakfast takes root

September 2021 Posted in Community, Other, Outdoor Life | Comments Off on Giving thanks: Oregon Ag Prayer Breakfast takes root

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 ...

Fast start: Openers show promise

September 2021 Posted in Community, People, School, Sports | Comments Off on Fast start: Openers show promise

Will Silverton High senior quarterback Jordan McCarty explode for nearly 400 yards of total offense every Friday? Who knows, but it should be a fun ride. McCarty threw for 322 yards and one touchdown and scrambled for 66 more yards and ...

Waiting game: Hope for a match

September 2021 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Waiting game: Hope for a match

By Melissa Wagoner  Yard signs are pretty common but the one in Glen Hammer’s yard isn’t. It reads: “I need a kidney. Can you help?” It’s blunt and to the point because Hammer – at 72 and suffering from late-stage polycystic kidney ...

People Out Loud: Balancing act – Oktoberfest, school, life and COVID

September 2021 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, Food & Drink, Your Health | Comments Off on People Out Loud: Balancing act – Oktoberfest, school, life and COVID

It is so difficult being a writer, even one throwing out unsolicited opinions just once a month. There is a natural flow of subjects that occur annually, starting with New Year’s resolutions and ending with taking the tree down as ...

Through the flames: Silverton nurse recalls 2020 ordeal in canyon blaze

August 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on Through the flames: Silverton nurse recalls 2020 ordeal in canyon blaze

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10416" align="alignright" width="225"] Silver Falls State Park -- courtesy of Jason Wagoner[/caption] When Holly Perez and her 16-year-old son, Sam, decided to get away for a couple of nights over Labor Day in 2020, they planned to do ...

Renewal: Fire can mean a resurgence for natural landscape, wildlife

August 2021 Posted in Community, Outdoor Life | Comments Off on Renewal: Fire can mean a resurgence for natural landscape, wildlife

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10411" align="alignright" width="300"] Angel's Rest in the Columbia Gorge --courtesy of Ralph Bloemers[/caption] “The question – what happens after a fire? – is an important question,” retired US Forest Service Fire Ecologist Jane Kertis said when asked about ...