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 ...

One year later: Santiam Canyon relief prepares for long-term assistance

August 2021 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on One year later: Santiam Canyon relief prepares for long-term assistance

By Melissa Wagoner Recovering from a disaster like the one that devastated the Santiam Canyon during the Labor Day fires in 2020 is neither quick nor easy, a reality that was recognized early by the Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund (SCWRF) ...

Datebook: September 2021

August 2021 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink, Other, Outdoor Life | Comments Off on Datebook: September 2021

Datebook Submission Information Get your events and fundraisers published in Our Town. Send your releases to datebook@mtangelpub.com. 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

August 2021 Posted in Community, Other, People | Comments Off on Dialing in: Silverton’s Wind Phone provides place to release grief, trauma

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 ...

Grit and Grace: New apothecary brings herbs, herbal teachings

August 2021 Posted in Business, Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Grit and Grace: New apothecary brings herbs, herbal teachings

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10396" align="alignright" width="252"] Amanda Baird of Grit and Grace Apothecary[/caption] Few things make a parent feel more anxious than watching a child’s late-night struggle for breath, a situation Amanda Baird – whose son, Jacob, was born three and ...

Legacy Silverton Medical Center professionals support vaccination

August 2021 Posted in Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Legacy Silverton Medical Center professionals support vaccination

Your local medical community would like to publicly announce our support for vaccination against COVID-19.   We have all received the vaccine and encouraged all of our eligible family members to be vaccinated. The available vaccines are safe, rigorously studied, well ...

Sports Datebook: September 2021 – All home games

August 2021 Posted in Community, School, Sports | Comments Off on Sports Datebook: September 2021 – All home games

Thursday, Sept. 2 Boys Soccer 4 p.m. Silverton vs Thurston/Mohawk Friday, Sept. 3 Football 7 p.m. Silverton vs Grant Thursday, Sept. 9 Volleyball 4 p.m. Silverton vs Dallas 6 p.m. Silverton v South Albany Girls Soccer 7 p.m. Silverton vs Scappoose Friday, Sept. 10 Football 7 p.m. Kennedy vs Santiam Christian Thursday, Sept. 14 Volleyball 6 p.m. ...

Water woes – Silverton restricts residential use, adds enforcement

August 2021 Posted in Community, Garden, Other, Outdoor Life | Comments Off on Water woes – Silverton restricts residential use, adds enforcement

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 ...

Falls café reopens – Under new management

August 2021 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink, Outdoor Life, People | Comments Off on Falls café reopens – Under new management

By Melissa Wagoner Char Hawkins has been managing snack bars for 23 years but her newest venture, the South Falls Café, located inside the South Falls Lodge at Silver Falls State Park, surpasses all the rest – especially when it comes ...

Steadfast transition – Emily Dazey leaves Benedictine Nursing Center

August 2021 Posted in Business, Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Steadfast transition – Emily Dazey leaves Benedictine Nursing Center

By Brenna Wiegand [caption id="attachment_10349" align="alignright" width="316"] Emily Dazey[/caption] Emily Dazey, Executive Director of Providence Benedictine Nursing Center in Mount Angel, will be moving into a broader role as Providence Director of the Skilled Nursing Facility Collaborative for Oregon. Dazey, who has served ...

A Slice of the Pie: Keep cool – Tips on how to counteract the extreme heat

August 2021 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on A Slice of the Pie: Keep cool – Tips on how to counteract the extreme heat

By Melissa Wagoner June came in like a lamb this year and went out like a… dragon? It broke records across the state with temperatures in Salem reaching a whopping 117. Then the area had the hottest July on record... And ...

‘We have to get it right’ – Silverton High School’s new principal

August 2021 Posted in Community, People, School | Comments Off on ‘We have to get it right’ – Silverton High School’s new principal

By Brenna Wiegand [caption id="attachment_10339" align="alignright" width="224"] Silverton High School principalSione Thompson[/caption] Though Hawaii born and raised, the pandemic spurred Sione Thompson to move to the mainland and become Silverton High School’s new principal. “I have a lot of family on the West ...