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 ...

SFSD forms Bond Advisory Committee

September 2022 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on SFSD forms Bond Advisory Committee

By Stephen Floyd The Silver Falls School District is getting closer to another facilities improvement bond measure after previous attempts to fund deferred maintenance and building upgrades were rejected. On Aug. 22, the School Board approved formation of a Bond Advisory Committee ...

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 ...

Internships – Plus for all involved

September 2022 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Internships – Plus for all involved

By Melissa Wagoner This summer, thanks to a Youth Wage Grant from the Willamette Workforce Partnership, three teenaged interns joined the Silver Falls Library team, reshelving books, compiling packets for the Summer Reading Program and helping on the library floor.  “We really ...

This is only a drill: Silverton officers work on preventing tragedies

September 2022 Posted in Community, School | Comments Off on This is only a drill: Silverton officers work on preventing tragedies

By James Day Silverton Police Chief Jim Angelmier, the reporter and City Manager Ron Chandler were lined up against the wall of a classroom wing at Silverton High School. In front of them a heavily armed active shooting suspect held a ...

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 ...

Brush Creek Playhouse looking for volunteers

August 2022 Posted in Arts, Community | Comments Off on Brush Creek Playhouse looking for volunteers

The Brush Creek Players is an all-volunteer theater group working together to present quality plays to the greater Silverton, Salem and Mount Angel communities. It is a nonprofit organization that offers a wide variety of productions, including well-known plays, original works, teen/young ...

‘Citizen science’ – ODA enlists help to combat invasive pests

August 2022 Posted in Community, Gardening | Comments Off on ‘Citizen science’ – ODA enlists help to combat invasive pests

[caption id="attachment_11751" align="alignright" width="214"] The leaves of a tree of heaven.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner When it comes to keeping invasive pests from spreading, Beth Myers-Shenai – a specialist in Noxious Weed Control for the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) – knows observation ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Good paws – Mercy Mobile Kitchen open for business at Benedictine Brewery

July 2022 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, Pets | Comments Off on Good paws – Mercy Mobile Kitchen open for business at Benedictine Brewery

By Melissa Wagoner Something new is brewing at the Benedictine Brewery in Mount Angel – it’s Italian food, courtesy of Chef Ty Burgé, owner of the Mercy Mobile Kitchen food cart. [caption id="attachment_11709" align="alignright" width="485"] Mercy Mobile Kitchen, located at the Benedictine ...

Mainstay – Building community for adults with intellectual disabilities, supporters

July 2022 Posted in Community | Comments Off on Mainstay – Building community for adults with intellectual disabilities, supporters

By Melissa Wagoner On the day Kriston Norris and Rebecca Ortega met at Silverton Indoor Park in 2003 they never could have imagined what their friendship – or the friendships of their four-year-old sons, Noah and Carson – would come to ...

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 ...

Peace Dove seeks Homer parade walkers

July 2022 Posted in Community, Events & Holidays | Comments Off on Peace Dove seeks Homer parade walkers

Since it’s first Homer Davenport Community Festival Parade, Silverton People For Peace (SPFP) has worked to make its entry inclusive to all sharing a message of peace. For almost 20 years, military veterans for peace, a national reconciliation chapter, belly ...

Founders to Future – Celebrating Scotts Mills’ past, present, future

July 2022 Posted in Community, Events & Holidays | Comments Off on Founders to Future – Celebrating Scotts Mills’ past, present, future

By Melissa Wagoner The Scotts Mills Area Historical Society and the Scotts Mills Grange are joining forces this summer in the creation of a new event celebrating the past, present and future of their organizations and of the Scotts Mills Community ...

Datebook: August 2022

July 2022 Posted in Community, Events & Holidays | Comments Off on Datebook: August 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 Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St.. Weekly Events Monday SACA Food Pantry, 9 a.m. - noon, ...

Caring about kids – Silver Falls Young Life celebrates 25 years

July 2022 Posted in Community, For Kids | Comments Off on Caring about kids – Silver Falls Young Life celebrates 25 years

By Brenna Wiegand Area Director Jenifer Ridgeway is happy to report that the Silver Falls Young Life program is still going strong after 25 years and has continued to grow despite the setbacks of COVID. Silver Falls Young Life is open to ...

Adults of summer – Silverton baseball just keeps on rolling

July 2022 Posted in Community, sports | Comments Off on Adults of summer – Silverton baseball just keeps on rolling

By James Day “What a great day to be out playing baseball,” said Lou Tiller as he surveyed a clover-infested infield at a junior varsity field at Silverton High on a 70-degree July evening. The air was still, with the only ...

Groundbreaking: Silverton medical center starts $35 million expansion

July 2022 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Groundbreaking: Silverton medical center starts $35 million expansion

By Brenna Wiegand When Silverton Hospital affiliated with Legacy Health six years ago, the health care company committed to making significant improvements toward optimizing the medical center’s ability to provide top-notch health care for Silverton and surrounds. [caption id="attachment_11656" align="aligncenter" width="481"] Legacy ...

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 ...

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 ...