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 ...

Upkeep – Skate park to get landscaping buffer

August 2022 Posted in Briefs, Community, News | Comments Off on Upkeep – Skate park to get landscaping buffer

[caption id="attachment_11738" align="alignright" width="417"] The street side portion of the skate park will receive street trees and vegetation to buffer the facility. The Silverton City Council approved the plan at its Aug. 5 meeting.[/caption] By James Day Street trees and landscaping will ...

Seats open for soil & water district board

July 2022 Posted in Business, Community, News | Comments Off on Seats open for soil & water district board

By James Day Six seats on the seven-person Marion Soil & Water Conservation District board will be up for grabs in the Nov. 8 election. The board consists of five directors who are elected by zone, with two at-large seats filling out ...

Scotts Mills council incumbents hoping to continue to serve

July 2022 Posted in Briefs, Community, News | Comments Off on Scotts Mills council incumbents hoping to continue to serve

All current Scotts Mills City Council members are hoping to return for new terms next year, though Mayor Paul Brakeman has yet to publicly declare his candidacy. Councilors Robin Fournier, Casey Dean and Monika Martin confirmed to Our Town they plan ...

No charges after Silverton teen injured in fatal Newberg boat collision

July 2022 Posted in News | Comments Off on No charges after Silverton teen injured in fatal Newberg boat collision

By Stephen Floyd Deputies have found no criminal wrongdoing in their investigation of a fatal Newberg boat collision that injured a Silverton teen, with the case now under district attorney review. On July 25, Sgt. Sam Elliott, with the Yamhill County Sheriff’s ...

Silverton FBLA appears at national event

July 2022 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Silverton FBLA appears at national event

Students in the Silverton High chapter of Future Business Leaders of America participated June 28 through July 2 in a national competition in Chicago. Silverton sent 11 members to the event, which brought together nearly 15,000 participants from all 50 U.S. ...

Pacific Crest admits overcharging tenant

June 2022 Posted in Business, News | Comments Off on Pacific Crest admits overcharging tenant

By Stephen Floyd A Silverton apartment complex has admitted in court to overcharging one of its tenants and has agreed to pay thousands in damages, including eight months of overcharged rent. Pacific Crest Apartments LLC has offered to pay $3,455, in addition ...

County seeks $342K in fines

June 2022 Posted in Briefs, News | Comments Off on County seeks $342K in fines

Marion County has requested a court order imposing 11 months worth of daily fines against a Scotts Mills man accused of failing to remove multiple junk cars from his property. On June 15, the county requested an injunction authorizing fines of ...

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 ...

Mt. Angel School District closes deficit

May 2022 Posted in News, School | Comments Off on Mt. Angel School District closes deficit

By Stephen Floyd The Mt. Angel School District (MASD) has closed a $1.2 million projected deficit in its budget for the coming school year without resorting to drastic cuts in staffing or programs. On May 16, the District Budget Committee approved a ...

New endowment – MAFC marks 25 years of scholarships

May 2022 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on New endowment – MAFC marks 25 years of scholarships

By Stephen Floyd For the last quarter century, the Mt. Angel Community Foundation has awarded more than 100 college scholarships to local high school graduates through nearly $1 million in community donations. To commemorate the 25th year of this program, the foundation ...

McClaine applause – City public works earns project of the year honors

May 2022 Posted in News | Comments Off on McClaine applause – City public works earns project of the year honors

By James Day Silverton city staffers have been given a pair of awards for the work performed on McClaine Street. The Oregon chapter of the American Public Works Association honored the city as its “transportation project of the year” in the less ...

Penalty-free: Mt. Angel Public Library eliminates overdue fines

May 2022 Posted in News | Comments Off on Penalty-free: Mt. Angel Public Library eliminates overdue fines

By Stephen Floyd The Mt. Angel Public Library has become the latest book lender to eliminate overdue fines in an effort to make borrowing easier and more accessible. The Mt. Angel City Council voted May 2 to discontinue library fines following a ...

Rights rally – Reproductive rights supporters hold impromptu rally in Silverton

May 2022 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Rights rally – Reproductive rights supporters hold impromptu rally in Silverton

By Melissa Wagoner When Christie Diacetis learned of the possibility that Roe v. Wade was under threat of being overturned, she decided to speak out. In the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case the justices ruled the Constitution protects a woman’s right ...

ODOT all-in on transportation electrification

May 2022 Posted in News | Comments Off on ODOT all-in on transportation electrification

The Oregon Department of Transportation is committing $100 million over the next five years to build out Oregon’s public electric vehicle charging network on several major road corridors, and to increase access for all to EV charging in communities throughout ...

Silverton initiates new water use protocols

May 2022 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Silverton initiates new water use protocols

By James Day The City of Silverton has put in place a new water use policy, which automatically kicked in May 1 with the lowest level of alert. The new policy was approved by the City Council at its March 7 meeting ...

Pudding River project – Bridge work to close Hazelgreen access in 2024

May 2022 Posted in News, Travel | Comments Off on Pudding River project – Bridge work to close Hazelgreen access in 2024

By James Day Silverton-area residents who commute in and out of the Salem-Keizer area will be facing another detour. Marion County will be replacing the bridge over the Pudding River on Hazelgreen Road NE near Torvend Road. [caption id="attachment_11444" align="alignright" width="370"] Pudding River ...

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 ...

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 ...

Building momentum: Silverton Habitat project gets a federal boost

April 2022 Posted in Community, News | Comments Off on Building momentum: Silverton Habitat project gets a federal boost

By James Day Efforts to put together an ambitious 18-home Habitat for Humanity project in Silverton are receiving a $1 million windfall from the federal government. [caption id="attachment_11332" align="alignright" width="423"] This is the almost-completed first home in what eventually will be an ...