Thanks, Dave – Oktoberfest honors retiring board member Dave Kohler

September 2022 Posted in News, People | Comments Off on Thanks, Dave – Oktoberfest honors retiring board member Dave Kohler

By Stephen Floyd Longtime Oktoberfest board member Dave Kohler has retired from his post after 49 years with the event, though he is expected to remain a familiar face. Kohler spent 25 years on the board, in addition to 15 years volunteering ...

Mothers’ mentor – Lactation nurse’s legacy bridges generations

September 2022 Posted in People | Comments Off on Mothers’ mentor – Lactation nurse’s legacy bridges generations

By Melissa Wagoner When Brianna Hupp took a childbirth education class from a nurse, Janet Smith, shortly before the birth of her daughter in 2016, she had no way of knowing just how impactful that meeting would turn out to be. “Postpartum ...

More new faces: Foxes add new athletic director, two new coaches

August 2022 Posted in People, sports | Comments Off on More new faces: Foxes add new athletic director, two new coaches

Silverton High has filled in its final coaching and administrative gaps for the fall sports season. Andy Jones is the new athletic director/assistant vice principal, with Renee Cantrell taking over the girls soccer program and Reilly Rosecrans now running Foxes volleyball. Here ...

Out of the inkwell – Gus Frederick releases third Davenport book in time for festival

July 2022 Posted in Community, Events & Holidays, People | Comments Off on Out of the inkwell – Gus Frederick releases third Davenport book in time for festival

By Melissa Wagoner Gus Frederick has always been interested in the art of cartooning. But in 1972, he’d never heard of the famous political cartoonist Homer Davenport, let alone seen any of his art. It wasn’t until a shift at the ...

Legacy of service – Friends, associates remember Don Fleck

July 2022 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Legacy of service – Friends, associates remember Don Fleck

By Stephen Floyd Mt. Angel Mayor Don Fleck is being remembered as an exemplary civil servant and a force within his community after his sudden passing June 26. Fleck, 68, died of natural causes at his home.He was laid to rest July ...

Rethinking packaging – Couple’s plastic-free business making impact

July 2022 Posted in Business, People | Comments Off on Rethinking packaging – Couple’s plastic-free business making impact

By Melissa Wagoner When Garron and Rebekka Lamoreau moved to Panama in 2014 to teach at the country’s International School, they discovered something they never anticipated – plastic waste everywhere.  “There’s plastic in every waterway and on every beach,” Garron recalled. “The ...

Little Monarchs – Silverton author’s unusual book tour includes family

June 2022 Posted in Arts, Outdoor Life, People | Comments Off on Little Monarchs – Silverton author’s unusual book tour includes family

By Melissa Wagoner When award-winning writer Jonathan Case was writing his latest graphic novel, Little Monarchs, he already knew its promotion would be different than just about any book he’d ever written. [caption id="attachment_11589" align="alignright" width="354"] Author and artist Jonathan Case on ...

Rare breed – Mt. Angel Fire District says ‘thank you’ – not ‘goodbye’ – to Don Seiler

June 2022 Posted in Community, News, People | Comments Off on Rare breed – Mt. Angel Fire District says ‘thank you’ – not ‘goodbye’ – to Don Seiler

By Stephen Floyd Longtime Mt. Angel Fire District volunteer Don Seiler has earned a chance to sit out this coming fire season. The 36-year veteran and former assistant fire chief still supports fellow firefighters as an honorary member, but has officially retired ...

New coaches: Allen, Ogle take over high-powered Foxes hoops teams

June 2022 Posted in People, sports | Comments Off on New coaches: Allen, Ogle take over high-powered Foxes hoops teams

Silverton has selected replacements for its two open basketball positions, hiring Tyler Allen to coach the boys and Alyssa Ogle to lead the girls. Allen replaces Jamie McCarty, who led the Foxes to a runner-up finish in the Class 5A tournament ...

If I were mayor… Students share their ideas for leading community

May 2022 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on If I were mayor… Students share their ideas for leading community

By Melissa Wagoner As Mayor Kyle Palmer reads through each year’s submissions to the annual, “If I Were Mayor…” contest, he is always surprised by the altruistic sentiments expressed by the contestants, ranging from fourth through eighth grade students. [caption id="attachment_11511" align="alignright" ...

Terrain & rhythm – Classical music pianist to perform at Silver Falls

May 2022 Posted in Arts & Music, People | Comments Off on Terrain & rhythm – Classical music pianist to perform at Silver Falls

By Melissa Wagoner Hunter Noack is an award winning and incredibly accomplished classical pianist but he’s also an avid outdoorsman who spent his childhood in Sunriver hunting, fishing and kayaking with his family. The problem – the two don’t really mesh. [caption ...

Lydia Berning, Spencer Bizon awarded Mt. Angel Chamber scholarships

May 2022 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Lydia Berning, Spencer Bizon awarded Mt. Angel Chamber scholarships

The Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce has awarded its Junior First Citizen Award and the Maureen Ernst Memorial Scholarship to John F. Kennedy High School seniors Lydia Berning and Spencer Bizon, respectively. The students were surprised at the high school by ...

New duties – Faith Rockenstein takes reins at Gordon House

May 2022 Posted in News, People | Comments Off on New duties – Faith Rockenstein takes reins at Gordon House

By James Day For Faith Rockenstein, it was love at first sight. The accomplished artist, arts educator and long-time museum manager, who has traveled widely in the U.S and abroad, was blown away a couple of years ago when she entered ...

Snellings celebrate 50 years together

May 2022 Posted in People | Comments Off on Snellings celebrate 50 years together

California boy steals Ohio farm girl’s heart after some intense pursuing. 50-plus years later their friends and family are celebrating the marriage of Le and Ann (Gregg) Snelling at their home on May 21 with a drop-in reception from 1-4 ...

People Out Loud: Three originals – Rest in peace, friends

May 2022 Posted in Opinion / Columnists, People | Comments Off on People Out Loud: Three originals – Rest in peace, friends

When I first conceived the idea for this column, many years ago, it was first and foremost centered on talking about people – living, dying, laughing, crying, and doing the things they do. Today, it is about people dying and ...

Hangin’ out – The Den offers food carts, pavilion

April 2022 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on Hangin’ out – The Den offers food carts, pavilion

By Melissa Wagoner As a real estate developer, Ben Johnston’s goal isn’t just to build buildings, it’s to create spaces for the community to gather. Which is why, when he was given the opportunity to refurbish the building that once housed the ...

Mt. Angel recognizes Scott Stokley with first Community Impact Award

April 2022 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Mt. Angel recognizes Scott Stokley with first Community Impact Award

By James Day Scott Stokley, a 37-year resident of Mount Angel is a local Realtor who also owns Touch of Bavaria, Angel Mountain Christmas and is about to open a new eatery in town, Lou’s Kitchen. His dizzying schedule also includes tons ...

Chief Mark Daniel honored by chamber for Distinguished Service

April 2022 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Chief Mark Daniel honored by chamber for Distinguished Service

By Stephen Floyd Police Chief Mark Daniel said he was shocked when the Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce arrived at City Hall to tell him he was being presented with the Distinguished Service Award. Daniel, who also serves in a dual role ...

Borschowa family volunteerism earns Helping Hands Award

April 2022 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Borschowa family volunteerism earns Helping Hands Award

By Stephen Floyd The contributions of Joe Borschowa and his family have been both highly visible and subtle. The local veteran and business owner has been heavily involved with the Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce, the American Legion and other groups, ...

At Easel – Instructional art studio, event space opens in Silverton

April 2022 Posted in Arts, Community, People | Comments Off on At Easel – Instructional art studio, event space opens in Silverton

By Melissa Wagoner When Michelle Isaksen was invited to a Paint Party five years ago she almost didn’t go. “I thought, ‘I don’t even draw,’” she recalled. “I’d never painted or even sketched.” Thankfully, her husband convinced her to attend. “He basically pushed me out the ...

Carrying through – Pacific Crest Trail hiker’s story preserved in new anthology

April 2022 Posted in Outdoor Life, People | Comments Off on Carrying through – Pacific Crest Trail hiker’s story preserved in new anthology

By Melissa Wagoner When Silvertonian Dorothy Brown-Kwaiser packed her bag for the 152-day hike from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail in 2012, she weighed everything – her sleeping bag, her pots and pans, even her toothbrush – parting with anything ...

Reimagining care – Legacy appoints a Chief Medical Officer for Silverton

April 2022 Posted in Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Reimagining care – Legacy appoints a Chief Medical Officer for Silverton

By Brenna Wiegand Christopher Thoming, MD, MBA, has been selected to serve as the vice president and chief medical officer for Legacy Silverton Medical Center. Dr. Thoming will work closely with Legacy Silverton Medical Center President Jonathan Avery and Chief Nursing ...

Relief effort – Silverton pastor returns from Ukraine mission

April 2022 Posted in Community, History & Culture, News, People | Comments Off on Relief effort – Silverton pastor returns from Ukraine mission

By James Day Silverton pastor Kurt Barnes is back from a week-long Ukrainian relief effort in Poland. He returned tired, inspired and eager to continue to help. Poland has become ground zero for refugees from the conflict in Ukraine, and Barnes, a ...

Public defender challenges Marion County District Attorney

April 2022 Posted in Community, News, People | Comments Off on Public defender challenges Marion County District Attorney

Marion County District Attorney Paige Clarkson is being challenged by a public defender for her role as top prosecutor. Spencer Todd, of Salem, filed for the May 17 primary to unseat Clarkson, also of Salem, who was first elected DA in ...

Two Democrats challenge incumbent county commissioners

April 2022 Posted in Community, News, People | Comments Off on Two Democrats challenge incumbent county commissioners

By Stephen Floyd Two political newcomers are running for Marion County Commissioner as Democratic challengers to the Republican incumbents. Andrew Dennis (D-Salem) and Mark Wigg (D-Salem) will square off against incumbent commissioners Kevin Cameron (R-Detroit) and Colm Willis (R-Stayton). Each candidate was ...