Something Fun: Perfecting a Palace – New amenities with theater’s reopening

May 2021 Posted in Community, Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on Something Fun: Perfecting a Palace – New amenities with theater’s reopening

By Melissa Wagoner There’s never been a better time to go to the theater – at least according to Rachelle Gonterman – manager of the Silverton Palace Theater. “COVID has everybody tired of being cooped up at home,” she said. “But a ...

Mt. Angel board names finalists for district’s next superintendent

May 2021 Posted in Community, People, School | Comments Off on Mt. Angel board names finalists for district’s next superintendent

After completing a multi-state search that began with 26 applicants and included an application screening and initial round of interviews, the Mt. Angel School District’s Board of Directors has announced two finalists have been selected for further consideration to be the ...

Letters to the Editor: Thank you, Silverton

May 2021 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: Thank you, Silverton

A campaign is a journey... I began this journey because I am a father of two and know our schools play an integral part of the health and well-being of all kids. Silverton is uniquely positioned to keep doing great things; ...

Letters to the Editor: Mantie for school board

May 2021 Posted in Community, Other, People, School | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: Mantie for school board

I am writing this letter in support of Stephanie Mantie for the Silver Falls School Board, zone 4. Stephanie has all the qualities that would make an excellent board member. She is smart, well spoken, cares greatly about kids and ...

Letters to the Editor: Support for Stephanie

May 2021 Posted in Community, Other, People, School | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: Support for Stephanie

We have had the privilege of knowing Stephanie Mantie for 20 years. We served together in our church youth group for many years. We have witnessed her raise her kids, serve others, and interact in the community. We cannot recommend ...

Looking Back: If these stones could talk – Discovering a local Civil War veteran

May 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off on Looking Back: If these stones could talk – Discovering a local Civil War veteran

By Brenna Wiegand [caption id="attachment_9919" align="alignright" width="225"] Theobald Kirsch[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9918" align="alignright" width="212"] Theobald & Theresa (Von Hatten) Kirsch[/caption] Jim Kosel was going through memorabilia at Mount Angel American Legion Post #89 when he came across four documents related to Civil War veteran Theobald Kirsch. These ...

People Out Loud: A salute to ‘Captain A’ – Plus the hum of a rebounding community

May 2021 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, People | Comments Off on People Out Loud: A salute to ‘Captain A’ – Plus the hum of a rebounding community

I remember meeting Arland Anderson as a lowly freshman in high school in 1966. He was a junior and one imposing figure – larger than life. Standing about 6'4" and not “diminutive”, he had a booming voice, and huge and ...

Something for the Soul: Local labyrinths

May 2021 Posted in Community, Other, People | Comments Off on Something for the Soul: Local labyrinths

By Melissa Wagoner Celebration encourages community to take long way ‘round [caption id="attachment_9908" align="alignright" width="300"] Labyrinth at the Shalom Prayer Center - courtesy of Sister Dorothy Jean Beyer[/caption] Each year on the first Saturday in May, people across the globe take part in ...

Something Fun: Pet Parade update – 2021 event a definite maybe

May 2021 Posted in Community, People, Pets | Comments Off on Something Fun: Pet Parade update – 2021 event a definite maybe

By Melissa Wagoner "The Pet Parade is scheduled for May 15 at 10 a.m., as normal,” Randal Thomas – a member of the Kiwanis Club of Silverton and chairman of the parade – said, adding it will go on as long ...

Answering the call: Neighboring fire districts team up to vaccinate public

May 2021 Posted in Community, News, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Answering the call: Neighboring fire districts team up to vaccinate public

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_9881" align="alignright" width="300"] Victor Hoffer vaccinating Mayor Don Fleck with the 2000th vaccination since the MAFD began vaccinating -- courtesy of Victor Hoffer[/caption] What started as the Mt. Angel Fire District (MAFD) providing COVID-19 vaccinations to their own ...

Letters to the Editor: Support for ‘supermom’ in school board election

May 2021 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, People, School | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: Support for ‘supermom’ in school board election

We wholeheartedly endorse Melissa Seifer Briggs for Silver Falls School Board. Melissa is an experienced attorney, most recently with the Oregon Judicial Department, and a Silverton native. She and her husband, David Briggs, have five young children, ages 12 to ...

Letters to the Editor: A ‘fresh voice’ for school board

May 2021 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, People, School | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: A ‘fresh voice’ for school board

I want to express my support for Stephanie Mantie for a position on the Silver Falls School Board. She has the intellect and background that would greatly benefit our school district at this time.    Stephanie has been actively involved in our local ...

Letters to the Editor: ‘Thrilled’ advocates for Mantie

May 2021 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, People | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: ‘Thrilled’ advocates for Mantie

We have had the privilege of knowing Stephanie Mantie for 20 years. We served together in our church youth group for many years. We have witnessed her raise her kids, serve others, and interact in the community. We cannot recommend ...

Taking to the air: Radio control airplane club finds Silverton home

March 2021 Posted in People | Comments Off on Taking to the air: Radio control airplane club finds Silverton home

[caption id="attachment_9803" align="alignright" width="300"] Don DeYoe holds Jerry Hall’s F-82 during a test run at the Holden/Bevens Flying Field on Old Mt. Angel Highway outside of Silverton.[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand It is no picnic for an RC airplane to find its place ...

Land stewardship: Mount Angel native plants white oaks on farm

February 2021 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Land stewardship: Mount Angel native plants white oaks on farm

[caption id="attachment_9780" align="alignright" width="225"] Kurt Berning and Katie Doyle planting white oak seedlings on Bernging’s family farm in Mount Angel. Photo by Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Welcoming the new year looked a lot different for Kurt Berning and his fiancé Katie ...

Fun run for John: Mount Angel family raises funds for son’s kidney transplant

January 2021 Posted in People | Comments Off on Fun run for John: Mount Angel family raises funds for son’s kidney transplant

[caption id="attachment_9763" align="alignright" width="400"] Patty, John and Mike Kloft on their farm, Lonely Lane Farms – courtesy of Evelyn Shoop.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner When seven-year-old John Kloft told his parents he had pain in his side in May of 2020 they assumed ...

Living history: Silvertonians give first-hand accounts of Portland protests

August 2020 Posted in News, People | Comments Off on Living history: Silvertonians give first-hand accounts of Portland protests

[caption id="attachment_9716" align="alignright" width="300"] A Black Lives Matter memorial on Tom McCall Waterfront Park near the protest blocks in Portland. Photo by Melissa Wagoner.[/caption] “You watch what’s going on for years and it leads to this underlying angst and agitation,”45-year-old Jay ...

Open Doors: Changing lives one cup, one project at a time

February 2020 Posted in People | Comments Off on Open Doors: Changing lives one cup, one project at a time

By Dixon Bledsoe Imagine a young adult, just finishing high school and heading out into the world for college, work or travel. A challenging time for an 18-year-old, right? Both exciting and scary. Now imagine an 18-year-old with intellectual and developmental disabilities. ...

Opening rush: Dodgeball coordinators receive Distinguished Service Award

February 2020 Posted in People | Comments Off on Opening rush: Dodgeball coordinators receive Distinguished Service Award

[caption id="attachment_9624" align="alignright" width="300"] Mindy Duerst and Erica Rumca. Photo by Melissa Wagoner.[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Raising funds for Silverton’s Project Graduation – a parent organization which puts on an all-night, drug and alcohol-free post-graduation celebration – is no small feat. With ...

Giving their time, giving their all: Bill and Sylvia Long receive Judy Schmidt Lifetime Achievement Award

February 2020 Posted in People | Comments Off on Giving their time, giving their all: Bill and Sylvia Long receive Judy Schmidt Lifetime Achievement Award

[caption id="attachment_9626" align="alignright" width="280"] Sylvia and Bill Long, recipients of the Judy Schmidt Lifetime Achievement Award. Photo by Nancy Jennings[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Bill and Sylvia Long will be honored as recipients of the 2019  Judy Schmidt Lifetime Achievement Award at the ...

Future First Citizen: Zahra DeShaw contributes on many fronts

February 2020 Posted in People | Comments Off on Future First Citizen: Zahra DeShaw contributes on many fronts

[caption id="attachment_9628" align="alignright" width="219"] Silverton Future First Citizen Zahra DeShaw. Photo by Dixon Bledsoe.[/caption] By Dixon Bledsoe Awesome grades? No-brainer. Mad skills in everything from public speaking to leadership? Certainly. Lots of awards for speech and debate, academic excellence, and benevolent, community-centric ...

Personalized expertise: Silverton Pill Box named Business of the Year

February 2020 Posted in People | Comments Off on Personalized expertise: Silverton Pill Box named Business of the Year

[caption id="attachment_9627" align="alignright" width="179"] Amber Grant of Silverton Pill Box Pharmacy, the 2019 Business of the Year. Photo by Jim Kinghorn[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Silverton Pill Box Pharmacy will be celebrated as Silverton’s 2019 Business of the Year Feb. 8 at the ...

First Citizen: Becky Ludden honored for impressive contribution to community

February 2020 Posted in People | Comments Off on First Citizen: Becky Ludden honored for impressive contribution to community

[caption id="attachment_9623" align="alignright" width="225"] Becky Ludden[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner A list of organizations in which Becky Ludden does not volunteer might very well be shorter than the list in which she does. She is a member of the Silverton Garden Club, Zenith ...

Looking back, looking forward: Five stories of goals and breakthroughs

January 2020 Posted in People | Comments Off on Looking back, looking forward: Five stories of goals and breakthroughs

By Melissa Wagoner There is a reason why setting New Year’s resolutions is a popular activity. As a new calendar year begins, it can feel essential to lay the groundwork for the days ahead, filling the squares with trips to the ...

Handshakes, blockbusters and popcorn: Hollywood agent reflects on career aimed at bringing uplifting stories to the screen

December 2019 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off on Handshakes, blockbusters and popcorn: Hollywood agent reflects on career aimed at bringing uplifting stories to the screen

[caption id="attachment_9605" align="alignright" width="274"] Frank Wuliger with the writer/director of Harriet Kasi Lemmons; Deborah Martin Chase, producer; and Daniela Taplan Lundberg, producer in Washington D.C. Submitted Photo[/caption] By Dixon Bledsoe In many ways, Frank Wuliger’s career as a Hollywood agent is like ...