Voters to decide – Candidate forum set for Silverton council, mayor races

September 2022 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Voters to decide – Candidate forum set for Silverton council, mayor races

By James Day The Silverton Chamber of Commerce is hosting an election forum on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the Oregon Garden. The noon luncheon event ($15 for chamber members and $20 for non-members) will take place at the education building, which is ...

Akatsuki – A full-service sushi bar comes to Silverton

September 2022 Posted in Business, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Akatsuki – A full-service sushi bar comes to Silverton

By Melissa Wagoner When it came time to decide where Yanliang Zhu and his business partner, Boyi Qiu, would open their first full-service sushi restaurant, coined Akatsuki Sushi Bar, Silverton seemed an obvious choice.  Zhu’s most recent venture was a takeout sushi ...

The spa experience – Making home, skin care more accessible

August 2022 Posted in Business | Comments Off on The spa experience – Making home, skin care more accessible

By Melissa Wagoner When Deanna Perkins opened Serenity Home and Spa Shoppe in downtown Silverton in August 2020, she knew exactly how she wanted each customer to experience her store. “When I worked at spas, the moment people opened the door they ...

Civic center project taking shape

August 2022 Posted in Briefs, Business, Community | Comments Off on Civic center project taking shape

By James Day The flurry of construction activity continues on the $19 million Silverton civic center project that is a year away from completion. Community Development Director Jason Gottgetreu, the project manager for the facility, said that “we are looking at an ...

Two Mt. Angel councilors confirm they are seeking re-election

July 2022 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Two Mt. Angel councilors confirm they are seeking re-election

Incumbents for two out of the three Mt. Angel City Council seats on the Nov. 8 ballot have confirmed their intent to run for re-election. Councilor Tony Astorga confirmed to Our Town he will be running, while Councilor Matthew Donohue has ...

Silverton residents will vote on renewing pool levy

July 2022 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Silverton residents will vote on renewing pool levy

By James Day Silverton voters will once again be asked to decide on a local option tax levy to support the Silverton Community Swimming Pool. Voters first approved a ten-year obligation bond for major pool renovations and improvements in 2002. Since then ...

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 ...

Drum carders – Silverton cottage industry ships fiber arts device across globe

July 2022 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Drum carders – Silverton cottage industry ships fiber arts device across globe

By Melissa Wagoner When Gabriel and John Berukoff’s construction business slowed down in 2007, the brothers weren’t sure what their next step would be. “We were thinking we might get into making cabinets,” Gabriel recalled.  But then their sister, a fiber arts hobbyist ...

Scotts Mills, Mt. Angel to elect mayor, three councilors Nov. 8

July 2022 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Scotts Mills, Mt. Angel to elect mayor, three councilors Nov. 8

The Scotts Mills office of mayor and three city council seats are on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot. Mayor is currently Paul Brakeman, who has served three, two-year terms. The council seats are currently held by Monika Martin, Casey ...

Race takes shape – Silverton leadership set for changes

July 2022 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Race takes shape – Silverton leadership set for changes

By James Day Silverton government will present a slightly different face in 2023. Mayor Kyle Palmer, a Silverton political fixture since 2004, is not running for re-election. Veteran councilor Jason Freilinger and local businessman Morry Jones have filed for the race to ...

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 ...

New heights – Business offers tree climbing at Silver Falls State Park

June 2022 Posted in Business, Outdoor Life | Comments Off on New heights – Business offers tree climbing at Silver Falls State Park

By James Day At Silver Falls State Park you can spend a lot of time looking down. Down the trail, down the canyon, down the creek and definitely, down at the waterfall. But what happens if you look up and keep looking ...

Four key posts on Silverton ballot in November

June 2022 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Four key posts on Silverton ballot in November

Candidate packets are now available for municipal positions in Silverton that will be on the Nov. 8 ballot. Voters will cast ballots for mayor, with Kyle Palmer already having announced he will not seek a new two-year term, and three councilor ...

Downtown dilemma: Silverton council discusses parking solutions

June 2022 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Downtown dilemma: Silverton council discusses parking solutions

By James Day The Silverton City Council, the Chamber of Commerce, area business leaders and city staffers all agree that downtown faces parking challenges. June 20 folks got together via Zoom and began talking about solutions. ”This is a really hot issue right ...

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 ...

The Blue Pomegranate – Travel broadens the dining experience

June 2022 Posted in Business, Food & Drink | Comments Off on The Blue Pomegranate – Travel broadens the dining experience

By Melissa Wagoner For Carly Blue there is nothing quite like experiencing a culture through its food, whether that’s olive oil-soaked hummus in Dubai, chili lime mangoes in Puerto Vallarta or an apple strudel in Salzburg. And now, with the creation ...

More options – Career academy offers college credit, professional certification

June 2022 Posted in Business, School | Comments Off on More options – Career academy offers college credit, professional certification

By Melissa Wagoner When the Willamette Career Academy (WCA) in Salem opened its doors in September 2021 it immediately began changing the lives of students, offering them the chance to earn, not only a diploma, but college credits, career prep, internship ...

Garden resort earns TripAdvisor award

June 2022 Posted in Briefs, Business | Comments Off on Garden resort earns TripAdvisor award

The Oregon Garden Resort has received TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award for 2022.  Voted on by guests, the award represents recognition in the top 10% of hotels. The resort, adjacent to The Oregon Garden, offers a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and ...

Parking challenge – Silverton council set to discuss issue

June 2022 Posted in Business, Community | Comments Off on Parking challenge – Silverton council set to discuss issue

By James Day The Silverton City Council is planning a discussion on the challenges of downtown parking. Councilors will review the problem as well as possible solutions at a June 20 work session that also will have action on the 2022-23 ...

Zetta House – Holistic healthcare practitioners collaborate for a new era

May 2022 Posted in Business | Comments Off on Zetta House – Holistic healthcare practitioners collaborate for a new era

By Melissa Wagoner It has long been a goal of Audry Van Houweling – owner of She Soars Psychiatry in Silverton – to be a part of a collective of holistic-minded healthcare practitioners. So, when the opportunity came up to do ...

New tenant – Tillamook Country Smoker moving into former BrucePac facility

April 2022 Posted in Business | Comments Off on New tenant – Tillamook Country Smoker moving into former BrucePac facility

By James Day A new meat processing company will be taking over the BrucePac facility on North First Street in Silverton. Tillamook Country Smoker will be starting operations in the facility, perhaps as soon as this summer. The move constitutes an expansion for ...

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 Sausage Co. honored with Innovative Business Award

April 2022 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Mt. Angel Sausage Co. honored with Innovative Business Award

By Stephen Floyd When COVID-19 lockdowns began in 2020, the restaurant industry took a massive blow, and those who wished to survive had to adapt. Mt. Angel Sausage Co. rose to the occasion and – in addition to take-out orders and outdoor ...

Family crafted – Paradis Vineyards opens on-site tasting room

April 2022 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on Family crafted – Paradis Vineyards opens on-site tasting room

By Melissa Wagoner It’s been 32 years since Pete and Donna Paradis planted their first block of Pinot gris vines in what would eventually become the Paradis Vineyards. It is only now – with the opening of a newly built tasting room – that they ...

New chapter – Books N Time in Silverton changes hands

April 2022 Posted in Business, News, People | Comments Off on New chapter – Books N Time in Silverton changes hands

By Melissa Wagoner Karolle Hughes has seen bookstores come and go during the 30 years she’s lived in Silverton.  “Whenever one would come in, I’d say, ‘Dag nab it!’ because I wanted to do that,” she recalled. “But it just wasn’t the ...