Science teacher offers eco-trip to Belize

December 2022 Posted in For Kids, School, Travel | Comments Off on Science teacher offers eco-trip to Belize

By Melissa Wagoner “Opening the world through education,” is the mission of the educational travel company, EF Tours, but it’s also the mission of Stacie Harker – an avid traveler and science teacher at Butte Creek Elementary. “I think international travel is ...

Serious clowning – Rose City Clowns recognizes Giggle Britches’ hard work

December 2022 Posted in For Kids, People | Comments Off on Serious clowning – Rose City Clowns recognizes Giggle Britches’ hard work

By Melissa Wagoner Becoming a clown wasn’t actually Bonnie-Jean Brown’s idea. “My mommy made me do it,” she laughed, when asked how she – recognized by most as Giggle Britches the clown – got her start. She’s not exaggerating. From the very beginning ...

Robotics club seeks new members

November 2022 Posted in For Kids | Comments Off on Robotics club seeks new members

The Marion County 4-H ThinkRobots Club is seeking new members. The club, which features largely Silverton-area students, is open to those nine to 18. Club meetings are held in Molalla on Mondays and Wednesdays,  4:30 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 ...

Water witches – Who needs a broom when you can paddle your own canoe?

October 2022 Posted in Community, Events & Holidays, For Kids, Outdoor Life | Comments Off on Water witches – Who needs a broom when you can paddle your own canoe?

By Melissa Wagoner Witches young and old met at dusk on Friday, Oct. 7 at the Silverton Reservoir and held the inaugural Silverton Witch Paddle. Taking to the water rather than the skies on all manner of crafts, from stand-up paddle ...

High notes: Children’s Choir returns after two-year hiatus

October 2022 Posted in Arts & Music, For Kids | Comments Off on High notes: Children’s Choir returns after two-year hiatus

By Melissa Wagoner The Silverton Friends of Music’s Children’s Choir is finally back after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic.  “We felt it was finally time,” board president Sarah Weitzman said. “And we wanted to roll it out at the ...

Guest authors – Very young writers get a place on the library shelves

September 2022 Posted in Arts, For Kids | Comments Off on Guest authors – Very young writers get a place on the library shelves

By Melissa Wagoner There’s a special section in the Silver Falls Library that not many people know about. It’s called the Guest Author section and it’s full of serious writers who, despite their age, are given a chance at having their ...

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 ...

Robotics aces

June 2022 Posted in For Kids, School | Comments Off on Robotics aces

By James Day A team of Silverton-area robotics whizzes has come back from a national event in Dallas, Texas, with a second-place trophy. [caption id="attachment_11555" align="alignright" width="317"] Local robot makers Noah Stoneking, left, Aiden Adams, John Lashley and Derek Schaefer, show off ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...