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Silverton Free Fish Day this Saturday

Silverton Free Fish Day will be held this Saturday, June 3, at Silverton Reservoir and local kids and families are invited to attend. Organized by local nonprofit groups, the event is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will take advantage of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s annual license-free fishing the first weekend of June. This will be […]

Land ahoy! Pirate ship docks at the Children’s Garden

By Melissa Wagoner On April 15 The Oregon Garden’s newest exhibit was “christened with children and laughter,” according to Director of Operations Delen Kitchen. She oversaw the addition of the first two-story pirate ship to ever to sail into the Children’s Garden. “The plans were drawn in 2018,” she said, pulling out the original drawing created by volunteer Rick Galbraith. He, along […]

Starry Starry Night – Community Transition Program, Mainstay hold prom

By Melissa Wagoner When the participants of the Community Transition Program (CTP) and Silverton Mainstay learned they had missed the cutoff to attend Salem’s “A Night to Shine” – a prom welcoming adults with special needs, they were heartbroken. “Registration had closed there and they were full,” Rachel Ayers, an instructor with both programs, said.  That’s when Pastor Laura Beville […]

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 so important,” Harker said. “To get insight on American culture by seeing other cultures… to see culturally that […]

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 her mother, Glendora DeSantis, has had a hand in what would eventually become her daughter’s life-long passion […]

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 a.m. to 2 p.m. Competitions begin in November and typically occur from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. […]

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 boards to kayaks, an estimated 30 witch-garbed enthusiasts celebrated the season with camaraderie the likes of which many hadn’t […]

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 beginning of the school year.” Opening for enrollment in early September, tryouts for the three choirs – beginners, […]

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 books displayed on the shelf for any and all to check out. Partially inspired by the story of Dillon […]

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 all middle school and high school students in Silverton and the surrounding area. Its overarching goal is to […]

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. The four youngsters from the Think Robots Club accumulated 148 points, which held up for most of the competition until the final team surpassed them by 2 points. Derek Schaefer, 11, of Butte Creek Elementary School, Aiden Adams, […]

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 from Rotary that featured renderings and charts on the concepts that they hope the park will include. The […]

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 the Silvies River Charter School; and Noah Stoneking of Sacred Heart School in Gervais, will be in Dallas, […]

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 of the need for more science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.  “Anything the library and the community can […]