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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

Chamber awards presented during ‘The Next Friday’ May 13

April 2022 Posted in Community, Events & Holidays, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Chamber awards presented during ‘The Next Friday’ May 13

The Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce is trying a new approach to its annual community awards. Mt. Angel Honors will be held in conjunction with The Next Friday, a monthly event showcasing businesses downtown. Each of the four honorees will ...

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 ...

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 ...

Hands-on knowledge – Repair Fair offers free ‘fixberts’ – and training

April 2022 Posted in Community, Events & Holidays | Comments Off on Hands-on knowledge – Repair Fair offers free ‘fixberts’ – and training

By Melissa Wagoner In 2019 Christy Davis attended a Repair Fair – an event put on by Marion County Environmental Services (MCES) in Salem that encouraged community members to bring broken items – those in danger of being thrown out –  ...

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 ...

Casting a long shadow – Community members share experiences after two years of COVID

April 2022 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Casting a long shadow – Community members share experiences after two years of COVID

By Melissa Wagoner It’s been two years since the COVID-19 pandemic began. And while we still have not reached the “end” (wherever that may be) Our Town asked readers to describe what the pandemic era been. “My best friend’s marriage fell apart ...

Datebook: May 2022

April 2022 Posted in Community, Events & Holidays | Comments Off on Datebook: May 2022

Frequent Addresses Mt. Angel Public Library, 290 E Charles St. Silverton High, 1456 Pine St., Silverton. Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield 50 & older. 503-873-3093 Silver Creek Fellowship, 822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton. Weekly Events Monday SACA Food Pantry, 9 a.m. - noon, SACA, 421 S Water St., ...

Equestrian stars – Silverton heads to state off strong district finish

April 2022 Posted in Community, School, sports | Comments Off on Equestrian stars – Silverton heads to state off strong district finish

The Silverton High equestrian squad came within one point of claiming a team win in the third North Valley district competition of the season. The Foxes scored 703 points in the April 7-10 Oregon High School Equestrian Teams (OHSET) event at ...

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 ...

Free sausage lunch surprise for volunteer crew at Detroit Community Center construction site

April 2022 Posted in Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Free sausage lunch surprise for volunteer crew at Detroit Community Center construction site

Volunteers working to finish the Detroit Lake Community Center were recently treated to a free lunch by local businesses as the project nears completion. Construction on the new community center started a year ago after the original building was destroyed during ...

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 ...

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 ...

All-abilities park plan moves forward

April 2022 Posted in Community, For Kids, Outdoor Life | Comments Off on All-abilities park plan moves forward

By James Day  A Silverton Rotary proposal to build an “all-abilities” playground in Old Mill Park near the Silverton Community Pool has won the approval of the City Council. Councilors at their April 4 meeting approved the site after hearing a report ...

SFSD hires new principal

April 2022 Posted in Briefs, Community, School | Comments Off on SFSD hires new principal

The Silver Falls School District has hired an administrator from the Salem-Keizer School District to become the new principal for Robert Frost School. Sarah Grimmer, current co-principal at Scott Elementary School, in Salem, was hired by the Silver Falls School ...

Tripped up – Elks settle personal injury lawsuit

April 2022 Posted in Community, News, Other | Comments Off on Tripped up – Elks settle personal injury lawsuit

By Stephen Floyd A $975,000 personal injury lawsuit against the Silverton Elks has been dismissed after the parties settled out of court two weeks before trial. The suit was filed Dec. 31, 2019, by Salem resident Patty Wolford, 88, for an incident ...

Robot champs – Youngsters headed to international event

April 2022 Posted in Community, For Kids, People | Comments Off on Robot champs – Youngsters headed to international event

By James Day Four young robot creators from Silverton will be heading to Texas next month to participate in an international event. Derek Schaefer, 11, of Butte Creek Elementary School; Aiden Adams, 10, of Robert Frost Elementary School; John Lashley, 9, of ...

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 ...

Property next to Roth set for possible sale

April 2022 Posted in Briefs, Community | Comments Off on Property next to Roth set for possible sale

The large area of gravel lots north of the Roth’s grocery store in Silverton is up for sale, a real estate source close to the transaction told Our Town. The 1.1 acres of property, which exists in two tax lots, was ...