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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Datebook: August 2021

July 2021 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Outdoor Life | Comments Off on Datebook: August 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. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Weekly Events Monday SACA Food Pantry, 9 a.m. - noon, SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. Repeats Thursdays. ...

Homer Days returns: Silverton festival charges ahead – like a couch

July 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Outdoor Life, People | Comments Off on Homer Days returns: Silverton festival charges ahead – like a couch

By Melissa Wagoner Affectionately known as “Homer Days,” the Homer Davenport Community Festival – held the first Friday through Sunday in August (the sixth through eighth this year) – is absolutely unique. An offshoot of the Silverton Arts Association’s, Family Festival of ...

City of Silverton: Skate Park improvements proposed

July 2021 Posted in Community, Outdoor Life | Comments Off on City of Silverton: Skate Park improvements proposed

At the March 1, 2021 Council Meeting there was a presentation from a citizen’s group that wanted to complete improvements at the skate park. The group has raised around $60,000 and has partnered with a contractor that specializes in skate ...

City of Silverton: Tips for fire and water safety this summer

July 2021 Posted in Community, Outdoor Life, People | Comments Off on City of Silverton: Tips for fire and water safety this summer

By Ed Grambusch  Assistant Chief – Silverton Fire District As wildland fire season begins, there are many things that home owners can do to keep their home and property safe from fire: Tips for Keeping Fire Out of Your Home REMOVE leaves, ...

Datebook: July 2021

June 2021 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Music, Other, Outdoor Life | Comments Off on Datebook: July 2021

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

Overnight additions: Lodging options increase at Silver Falls

June 2021 Posted in Community, Outdoor Life | Comments Off on Overnight additions: Lodging options increase at Silver Falls

By James Day The overnight facilities at what used to be called the Silver Falls Lodge and Conference Center have reopened under new management after a six-month closure. Silver Falls Hospitality will be operating the facility, which is now called Smith Creek ...

Peace’s paintings: New artwork to be installed at Silver Falls Lodge

June 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Outdoor Life | Comments Off on Peace’s paintings: New artwork to be installed at Silver Falls Lodge

[caption id="attachment_10097" align="alignright" width="300"] The artist known as Peace with his painting of the South Falls in Silver Falls Lodge[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner “I’m an artist and not particularly tied down,” Peace said of the journey that inspired him to work as ...

Geology rocks: New book guides exploration of the Pacific Northwest

June 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Outdoor Life, People, Travel | Comments Off on Geology rocks: New book guides exploration of the Pacific Northwest

By Melissa Wagoner The Pacific Northwest is a land of movers and shakers – when it comes to geology that is. “The PNW is known as an active margin,” geologist Leslie Moclock described. “That means it’s a place where different tectonic plates ...

Motion for all ages: Silver Falls Family YMCA grants access to healthy life style programs

June 2021 Posted in Community, Outdoor Life, Sports | Comments Off on Motion for all ages: Silver Falls Family YMCA grants access to healthy life style programs

By Brenna Wiegand [caption id="attachment_9987" align="alignright" width="300"] A dryland swim team workout at Silver Falls Family YMCA. The Y offers a wide range of programming to enrich the lives of youth and families in the Silverton area.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9983" align="alignright" width="300"] Lifeguards ...

The time is now: Planning for future wildfires shouldn’t be delayed

May 2021 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, Outdoor Life | Comments Off on 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 ...

Steady Path: Trail Keepers of Oregon expands its mission to Silver Falls

May 2021 Posted in Outdoor Life | Comments Off on Steady Path: Trail Keepers of Oregon expands its mission to Silver Falls

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_9851" align="alignright" width="200"] Installation of gabions on Maple Ridge Trail. Arthur Mills[/caption] There are thousands of hiking trails in Oregon, many of them almost a century old and most of them maintained by volunteers – such as those ...