Moving on – Benedictine Sisters to leave monastery site

January 2023 Posted in History & Culture, News, People | Comments Off on Moving on – Benedictine Sisters to leave monastery site

By Stephen Floyd After 134 years, the Benedictine Sisters of Mount Angel will be leaving the Queen of Angels Monastery, with plans to repurpose part of the facility as transitional housing for families in need. Membership within the monastic community has been ...

Building turns 100, ‘new’ cartoon displayed

January 2023 Posted in History & Culture, News | Comments Off on Building turns 100, ‘new’ cartoon displayed

At the Silverton Country Historical Society’s annual meeting vice president Fred Parkinson will present a talk about historic Silverton architecture, specifically a building that recently turned 100 years old. Now serving as the local branch of Citizens Bank, 217 E. Main ...

School district denies liability in injury suit

January 2023 Posted in Business, News | Comments Off on School district denies liability in injury suit

By Stephen Floyd The Silver Falls School District (SFSD) has denied liability in a $369,501 personal injury lawsuit by a former Silverton Middle School student who broke a leg at school in 2017 after allegedly slipping on a wet floor. On Dec. ...

Man arrested for alleged graffiti spree

January 2023 Posted in News | Comments Off on Man arrested for alleged graffiti spree

[caption id="attachment_12334" align="alignright" width="175"] An example of graffiti left on public facilities during a vandalism spree in late 2022.[/caption] By Stephen Floyd The Silverton Police Department has arrested a Mount Angel man they claim was responsible for a vandalism spree that defaced ...

Christmas tree vandalism investigated

December 2022 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Christmas tree vandalism investigated

By James Day The Silverton Police Department is investigating vandalism that occurred to the Christmas tree that is lit every December in Town Square Park. Chief Jim Anglemier told Our Town “the police department is aware of it and actively conducting an ...

Your Health: Doctors, state officials urge return to indoor mask use

December 2022 Posted in News, Your Health | Comments Off on Your Health: Doctors, state officials urge return to indoor mask use

Seasonal caseloads of flu and respiratory viruses coupled with the continuing presence of COVID-19 have led a group of Portland-area physicians and state officials to urge a return to indoor mask use. Masks and the prevalence of seasonal illnesses on hospitalization ...

Fire recovery – Marion County commission plans vote on $24 million park plan

December 2022 Posted in Business, News, Outdoor Life | Comments Off on Fire recovery – Marion County commission plans vote on $24 million park plan

By James Day The Marion County Parks Commission plans a January vote on a proposal to restore and update county parks damaged by the 2020 wildfires. County officials have been working with consultants Walker Macy and EcoNorthwest on the plan to address ...

Mayor: Freilinger – Traeger, Newton, Hammond headed to Silverton council

November 2022 Posted in News | Comments Off on Mayor: Freilinger – Traeger, Newton, Hammond headed to Silverton council

[caption id="attachment_12094" align="alignright" width="270"] Jason Freilinger[/caption] By James Day Jason Freilinger, a 10-year city council veteran, has been elected Silverton mayor. Freilinger will replace Kyle Palmer, who has served as both a councilor and mayor since 2004. Palmer chose not to seek reelection. Although ...

Mt. Angel: Donohue, Eder keep seats – third seat too close to call

November 2022 Posted in News | Comments Off on Mt. Angel: Donohue, Eder keep seats – third seat too close to call

By Stephen Floyd Incumbents were winning the elections for Mt. Angel City Council after an initial vote count, though it was a close race for third place on election night. As of Nov. 8 at 10 p.m., city councilors Matthew Donohue, Ray Eder and ...

Mayor – Scotts Mills re-elects Brakeman

November 2022 Posted in News | Comments Off on Mayor – Scotts Mills re-elects Brakeman

By Stephen Floyd Voters in Scotts Mills have given Mayor Paul Brakeman a fourth term in office after he received an overwhelming majority of votes in the Nov. 8 election, according to initial results. As of 10 p.m. Nov. 8, Brakeman had ...

City Council – Incumbents re-elected to Scotts Mills

November 2022 Posted in News | Comments Off on City Council – Incumbents re-elected to Scotts Mills

By Stephen Floyd Incumbents had a clean sweep of open seats on the Scotts Mills City Council during the Nov. 8 general election, according to initial election results. As of 10 p.m. Nov. 8, city councilors Monika Martin, Casey Dean and Robin ...

Election 2022: Scotts Mills Vote Tally on Election Night

November 2022 Posted in News | Comments Off on Election 2022: Scotts Mills Vote Tally on Election Night

Mayor Paul Brakeman: 89 votes (79.46%)Jason Axness: 23 (20.54%) City Council (three seats open)Monika Martin: 91 votes (29.45%)Casey Dean: 86 votes (27.83%) Robin Fournier: 71 votes (22.98%) Shawna Kelly: 61 votes (19.74%) Vote to be certified Dec. 6, 2022

Election 2022: Regional Ballot Measures

November 2022 Posted in News | Comments Off on Election 2022: Regional Ballot Measures

24-465 Prohibits Psilocybin Manufacturing / Service Centers in Unincorporated Marion County YES: 52,279 (58.20%) NO: 37,550 (41.80%) 24-473 Five-Year Operating Levy for Silverton Swimming Pool Operation/Maintenance  YES: 2,388 (66.61%) NO: 1,197 (33.39%)

Election 2022: Freilinger elected mayor; Traeger, Newton, Hammond lead for council

November 2022 Posted in News | Comments Off on Election 2022: Freilinger elected mayor; Traeger, Newton, Hammond lead for council

By James Day Ten-year Silverton City Council member Jason Freilinger appears to be on his way to being elected the town’s mayor.  Freilinger, a financial services officer and this term’s council president, was leading corporate executive Morry Jones by nearly 450 ...

Election 2022: Lewis, Diehl elected to state House seats

November 2022 Posted in News | Comments Off on Election 2022: Lewis, Diehl elected to state House seats

By James Day Former Silverton Police Chief and Mayor Rick Lewis was re-elected in House District 18, according to early unofficial returns from the Secretary of State’s Office. Lewis was appointed to the position in 2017 when Rep. Vic Gilliam resigned because ...

Election 2022: Measures limiting psilocybin strongly backed

November 2022 Posted in News | Comments Off on Election 2022: Measures limiting psilocybin strongly backed

By James Day Measures intending to limit the business of psychedelic mushrooms received strong support from voters in early unofficial returns in both Marion and Linn counties on Tuesday. Anti-psilocybin measures were on the ballot in unincorporated portions of Marion and Linn ...

Vanquished blaze – Animals saved in barn fire at mink farm

November 2022 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Vanquished blaze – Animals saved in barn fire at mink farm

By Stephen Floyd  Neither people nor animals were harmed after a barn caught fire at a mink farm in Mount Angel on Oct. 21. The four-alarm fire was called in around 5:20 p.m. at Ruef Fur Ranch, and first responders came upon ...

Update: SFSD settles with former band director

November 2022 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Update: SFSD settles with former band director

By Stephen Floyd The Silver Falls School District (SFSD) has agreed to pay $57,500 to settle a legal dispute with former Band Director Frank Petrik after his teaching contract was terminated in August for alleged insubordination. On Oct. 24, the district board ...

Bigger than ever – This year’s numbers show Oktoberfest success

September 2022 Posted in Events & Holidays, News | Comments Off on Bigger than ever – This year’s numbers show Oktoberfest success

By Melissa Wagoner Mount Angel’s Oktoberfest may seem like just a rollicking good time – and it is – but it’s also a massive fundraiser for churches, schools and service groups throughout the region.  Since its inception the festival has contributed over ...

Step-by-step: Grant moves Habitat project forward

September 2022 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Step-by-step: Grant moves Habitat project forward

By James Day A Silverton Habitat for Humanity project has received a $30,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF).  The award was part of $8.7 million in grants to 371 nonprofits that the foundation announced last month. North Willamette Valley Habitat ...

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 ...

End of an era: Silverton’s oldest newspaper closes after 142 years

September 2022 Posted in History & Culture, News | Comments Off on End of an era: Silverton’s oldest newspaper closes after 142 years

By Stephen Floyd When The Silverton Appeal was established in 1880, the city was barely older than the paper’s founder, 25-year-old Henry Guild. The Appeal outlasted numerous competitors during its early decades and survived two world wars, the Great Depression, the rise ...

New funding – Safety Compass gets $20,000 to continue work

September 2022 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on New funding – Safety Compass gets $20,000 to continue work

By James Day Safety Compass, the Silverton-based nonprofit that works to support survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking, has received a $20,000 grant to help continue its work. The Oregon Community Foundation grant, announced Aug. 9, was part of a ...

Cadence – SFSD fires band director for insubordination

September 2022 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Cadence – SFSD fires band director for insubordination

By Stephen Floyd The Band Director of the Silver Falls School District has been fired for allegedly defying district leadership, though few details of what transpired have been made public. During a special meeting of the School Board on Aug. 9, the ...

Emerald ash borer – Pest threatens Oregon’s ash trees, ecosystems

August 2022 Posted in Gardening, News | Comments Off on Emerald ash borer – Pest threatens Oregon’s ash trees, ecosystems

By James Day The emerald ash borer (EAB), a forest pest that has been targeting ash trees in the United States since 2002, has been found in Oregon. An infestation discovered June 30 in Forest Grove means that concerns of state and ...