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 ...

Coaching changes – Foxes have key openings to fill

April 2022 Posted in Community, People, School, sports | Comments Off on Coaching changes – Foxes have key openings to fill

By James Day In the midst of one of its most successful sports seasons ever Silverton High finds itself posting a series of help wanted signs. The good news is that Athletic Director James Rise and school administration already have filled one ...

An afternoon of music – Jon Deshler brings live performances back to Mount Angel venue

April 2022 Posted in Arts & Music, Community, People | Comments Off on An afternoon of music – Jon Deshler brings live performances back to Mount Angel venue

By Brenna Wiegand Jon Deshler, jazz trumpet player, globally published photographer and inspiring teacher, feels he has a lot to give. The purchase of Mt. Angel Theater & Studio gives him a place to do so. Built in 1912 as a silent movie ...

Public defender challenges Marion County DA

April 2022 Posted in Community, News, Other | Comments Off on Public defender challenges Marion County DA

By Stephen Floyd Marion County District Attorney Paige Clarkson is being challenged by a public defender for the role as top prosecutor. Spencer Todd, of Salem, filed for the May 17 primary to unseat Clarkson, also of Salem. She was first elected ...

STEAM – Mt. Angel Public Library invites all to check out the possibilities

April 2022 Posted in Community, For Kids | Comments Off on STEAM – Mt. Angel Public Library invites all to check out the possibilities

By Melissa Wagoner “I don’t know the exact statistics, but I do know that the majority of well-paying jobs in the future will be in STEM,” Jackie Mills, Director of the Mt. Angel Public Library for the past four years, said ...

Pacific Northwest subject of new Lori Rodrigues show at Lunaria

April 2022 Posted in Arts, Community, Events & Holidays | Comments Off on Pacific Northwest subject of new Lori Rodrigues show at Lunaria

Lunaria Gallery in Silverton will present “Pacific Northwest” by Lori Rodrigues in April. These watercolor pieces reflect the depth of the Pacific Northwest wilderness, from wildflowers to volcanoes. Upstairs, in Lunaria’s Loft Gallery,  “An Artist’s Evolution” by Jenny Armitage will feature ...

Solar Fair – Sustainable Silverton presents options

April 2022 Posted in Community, Events & Holidays | Comments Off on Solar Fair – Sustainable Silverton presents options

By Melissa Wagoner Forced evacuation during the wildfires of 2020, fallen debris during the ice storm of 2021 and an increased amount of drought and fire danger after last summer’s heat dome event, when combined, became a major wakeup call for ...

Out of the oven – Bakery opens with cookies, scones, muffins and homey feel

April 2022 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink | Comments Off on Out of the oven – Bakery opens with cookies, scones, muffins and homey feel

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_11241" align="alignright" width="354"] Silverton Bake Shop owner, Megan Ireland[/caption] Megan Ireland’s love of baking has its roots in the very heart of her childhood.  “My mom baked and I always liked licking the beater,” Ireland recalled. “And when she ...

Broadband competition booms in Silverton

April 2022 Posted in Business, Community, News | Comments Off on Broadband competition booms in Silverton

By James Day Silverton-area residents are being wooed by companies promising to upgrade the power of their internet. Ziply Fiber took the plunge first, announcing in early March that its high-speed fiber optic network was ready for service for Silverton-area residences and ...

Relief package – Mount Angel allocates $800K in ARPA funds

April 2022 Posted in Community, News, Other | Comments Off on Relief package – Mount Angel allocates $800K in ARPA funds

By Stephen Floyd Mount Angel is moving forward with several upgrades to city departments after allocating more than $800,000 in COVID-19 pandemic relief funds. The city spent months seeking public input and recommendations from staff and committees before the City Council gave ...

Datebook: April 2022

March 2022 Posted in Community, Events & Holidays, Other | Comments Off on Datebook: April 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., Silverton. ...

Final steps – Silverton accepts bid for civic center construction

March 2022 Posted in Business, Community, News | Comments Off on Final steps – Silverton accepts bid for civic center construction

By James Day Silverton will break ground on its new civic center this spring, with opening tentatively set for summer 2023. The City Council selected Corp Inc. of Salem as the general contractor at its March 7 meeting. Corp Inc. turned in ...

Rustlers of Red Rock – Brush Creek Playhouse reopens after two years

March 2022 Posted in Arts & Music, Community, People | Comments Off on Rustlers of Red Rock – Brush Creek Playhouse reopens after two years

By Melissa Wagoner It’s been two years since the last performance of Brush Creek Playhouse, The True Tale of the Sleeping Beauty, was shut down mid-season due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Since then, the iconic red building – built ...

Bilingüe / bilingual – Spanish-English preschool opening in Silverton

March 2022 Posted in Business, Community, People, School | Comments Off on Bilingüe / bilingual – Spanish-English preschool opening in Silverton

By Melissa Wagoner When Lara Ghio Gaitan and her husband, Matt, traveled with their two children to Panama in 2017, it was their goal to immerse their children in a different culture and to encourage them to become more fluent in ...

Bonding over food – Guerra’s offers Italian dining in Silverton

March 2022 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on Bonding over food – Guerra’s offers Italian dining in Silverton

By Melissa Wagoner Greg and Fran Guerra’s dream has long been to open an Italian restaurant. Which is why, in the winter of 2019, they purchased a building in the heart of downtown Silverton to make that dream a reality.  “Things were ...