City of Silverton: Mayors Corner

July 2021 Posted in Business, Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on City of Silverton: Mayors Corner

By Kyle Palmer It’s hard to believe, but as I write this, our state and our community are, for the most part, exiting the COVID-19 restrictions that we’ve all been under since March of last year. It remains to be seen if this ...

Downtown fresh: New ‘Kitchen’ offers quick lunch options

July 2021 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink, People | Comments Off on Downtown fresh: New ‘Kitchen’ offers quick lunch options

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10209" align="alignright" width="225"] Employee, Milui Smith, and owner, Holly Bell at Curbside Kitchen[/caption] When asked to describe the kind of cuisine offered by the newly opened The Curbside Kitchen – a restaurant offering “quick bites to go,” in ...

Future First Citizen: Petrik honored at live community awards

July 2021 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Future First Citizen: Petrik honored at live community awards

By Brenna Wiegand Whether playing jazz, concert music or marching in the band; on the soccer field or running cross country, Charlie Petrik always gravitates toward positions of leadership. For this and other reasons, Petrik was recently named this year’s Silverton Future ...

Swimming champs: Silverton boys win post-season meet

July 2021 Posted in Community, People, School, Sports | Comments Off on Swimming champs: Silverton boys win post-season meet

The Silverton High swim team turned in a series of sterling performances June 26 at an end-of-the-season meet at Osborn Aquatic Center in Corvallis. Five teams participated, West Salem, Crescent Valley, Corvallis, Central and the Foxes. Silverton ran away with the ...

People Out Loud: Living obviously – Taking a stand when wrongs need to be addressed

July 2021 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on People Out Loud: Living obviously – Taking a stand when wrongs need to be addressed

Imagine this. 97 degrees in Silverton, scorching, more humidity than you are accustomed to. You are playing with your little guy, age 13 months. Cute as a bug. Suddenly, it dawns on you that there is a cool reservoir barely ...

Houses to build: Habitat for Humanity sets goal of 18 houses in three years

June 2021 Posted in Business, Community, News, Other, People | Comments Off on Houses to build: Habitat for Humanity sets goal of 18 houses in three years

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10186" align="alignright" width="200"] The crew worked on the house wrap, windows and doors at the Silverton construction site on April, 7, 2021.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10185" align="alignright" width="300"] Trusses are delivered to the Silverton construction site on March 16, 2021.[/caption] In ...

Infinite realms: Silver Falls Library reopens with exciting summer planned

June 2021 Posted in Business, Community, People | Comments Off on Infinite realms: Silver Falls Library reopens with exciting summer planned

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10181" align="alignright" width="300"] Christy Davis and Cate Tennyson preparing for the Used Book Sale[/caption] The smiles are as numerous as the books on the shelves at the Silver Falls Library – which opened its doors to the public ...

Grand Skape: Family opens series of businesses in Mount Angel

June 2021 Posted in Business, Community, People | Comments Off on Grand Skape: Family opens series of businesses in Mount Angel

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10170" align="alignright" width="326"] Tammy Plummer, Mary Jane Field, Deanna Bany and Karra Plummer at Chic Skape in Mt. Angel[/caption] Skape is the Norwegian word for create but it’s also the word that describes Tammy Plummer, whose world revolves ...

Bird box: Retirement brought out the artist in Susan Murray

June 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, People | Comments Off on Bird box: Retirement brought out the artist in Susan Murray

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10151" align="alignright" width="300"] Artist, Susan Murray, with her bird boxes and garden art at Finds that Shine in Silverton[/caption]     Susan Murray hasn’t always been an artist. In fact, she spent the majority of her life working in higher ...

Letters to the Editor: Now – A call for the community to use allyship to address race-based hate

June 2021 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: Now – A call for the community to use allyship to address race-based hate

By Kyle Palmer Mayor of Silverton Earlier this week, one of our citizens took her young child to the reservoir for a little bit of fun in the great weather. Not long after arriving, several teenagers taunted them using the N-word and ...

Letters to the Editor: Library staff appreciated

June 2021 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: Library staff appreciated

Library staff appreciated My family and I would like to thank Jackie and her staff at the Mt. Angel Public Library for their continued assistance during the lockdown. Their pleasant attitude toward and thoughtful consideration of the patrons was appreciated. Thanks! Liz Orr Scotts ...

June basketball? Both Foxes teams lose – just once – in near-perfect season

June 2021 Posted in Community, People, School, Sports | Comments Off on June basketball? Both Foxes teams lose – just once – in near-perfect season

The Silverton High basketball teams finished their 2020-21 seasons on June 23, ten days after the seniors graduated and 15 months after a global pandemic left them waiting at the altar at a state tournament which held such promise. There. That’s ...

A Grin at the End: Perspective – Beating the cynicism disease

June 2021 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, People | Comments Off on A Grin at the End: Perspective – Beating the cynicism disease

We’re all going to be OK. That is the inescapable conclusion I have reached. I was at a minor league baseball game a few weeks ago, scanning the crowd between pitches. There were families enjoying the evening as the boys of ...

Profound results: Kloft family returns home after kidney transplant

June 2021 Posted in Community, People | Comments Off on Profound results: Kloft family returns home after kidney transplant

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10123" align="alignright" width="300"] John, Mike and Patty, post surgery at Stanford Medical Center -- courtesy of Patty Kloft[/caption] In less than a year eight-year-old John Kloft went from being diagnosed with kidney disease to receiving the transplant of ...

Junior First Citizen: JFK’s Hailey Arritola receives scholarship

June 2021 Posted in Community, People, School | Comments Off on Junior First Citizen: JFK’s Hailey Arritola receives scholarship

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10129" align="alignright" width="251"] Hailey Arritola, Jr First Citizen Scholarship recipient with parents, Jodi and Lance Arritola[/caption] When Hailey Arritola found out she was the recipient of this year’s Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce Junior First Citizen Award – ...

In the path of service: Elise Suing receives Maureen Ernst Scholarship

June 2021 Posted in Community, People, School | Comments Off on In the path of service: Elise Suing receives Maureen Ernst Scholarship

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10110" align="alignright" width="246"] Elise Suing, Maureen Ernst Memorial Scholarship Recipient[/caption] Maureen Ernst was a longtime member of the Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce and a passionate advocate for her community. So much so that, when she passed away ...

Success honored: FBLA instructor Miles receives Advisor of Year award

June 2021 Posted in Community, People, School | Comments Off on Success honored: FBLA instructor Miles receives Advisor of Year award

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10107" align="alignright" width="225"] Riane Miles -- courtesy of Riane Miles[/caption] Riane Miles didn’t set out to teach business classes. A graduate of Oregon State University, she has a Master’s Degree in Agriculture Education. But when her alma mater, ...

People Out Loud: Life lessons – Class of 2021 got more than their share of them

June 2021 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, People | Comments Off on People Out Loud: Life lessons – Class of 2021 got more than their share of them

To the graduates of 2021, my sincere congratulations for your wonderful accomplishments. It could not have been harder, right? You weathered COVID-19, quarantines, wildfires, ice storms, and an entirely new but hopefully temporary “normal.” You learned online in your pajamas, caught ...

Dig it: Grass roots effort to de-weed Oregon Garden receives outpouring of support

June 2021 Posted in Community, Garden, People | Comments Off on Dig it: Grass roots effort to de-weed Oregon Garden receives outpouring of support

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10034" align="alignright" width="300"] Mary Coleman at The Oregon Garden.HELEN THOMAS[/caption] “This is a call to arms for our community to help save our local treasure – The Oregon Garden,” Mary Coleman wrote in an impassioned post on the ...

Geology rocks: New book guides exploration of the Pacific Northwest

June 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Outdoor Life, People, Travel | Comments Off on Geology rocks: New book guides exploration of the Pacific Northwest

By Melissa Wagoner The Pacific Northwest is a land of movers and shakers – when it comes to geology that is. “The PNW is known as an active margin,” geologist Leslie Moclock described. “That means it’s a place where different tectonic plates ...

Trauma and isolation: Solving houselessness is a community issue

June 2021 Posted in Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Trauma and isolation: Solving houselessness is a community issue

By Melissa Wagoner Trauma is the one-word answer both Sarah White, program director and case manager at Sheltering Silverton, and Sarah Case, a licensed professional counselor, give when asked to describe a prevalent narrative within unhoused populations. “The vast majority of people ...

Robert Frost holds Drive By Goodbye

June 2021 Posted in Community, People, School | Comments Off on Robert Frost holds Drive By Goodbye

Jill Heuberger and Kathleen Kelley are retiring from teaching at Robert Frost Elementary School. To honor and thank them for their years as colleagues, leaders, friends, mentors and teachers, the Robert Frost community is holding a Drive By Retirement Party Monday, June ...

New Pastures: Mt. Angel Superintendent Troy Stoops heads to Junction City

June 2021 Posted in People, School | Comments Off on New Pastures: Mt. Angel Superintendent Troy Stoops heads to Junction City

By Brenna Wiegand [caption id="attachment_10017" align="alignright" width="300"] Troy Stoops is leaving Mt. Angel School District after ten years as superintendent. He has taken the superintendent position at Junction City School District. BRENNA WIEGAND[/caption] Mt. Angel School District Superintendent Troy Stoops is moving ...

The Harmony Project: Matching instruments, mentors, to students

June 2021 Posted in Community, Music, People | Comments Off on The Harmony Project: Matching instruments, mentors, to students

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10014" align="alignright" width="261"] Cecelia Petrik tutoring a fifth grader on the clarinet[/caption] When Frank Petrik was a child, he found an old saxophone in his grandfather’s closet. That moment set him on the path to college, a full-ride scholarship, and ...

Letters to the Editor: Thank you, supporters

June 2021 Posted in Other, People | Comments Off on Letters to the Editor: Thank you, supporters

Dear Editor, Please allow me to take a minute and thank all 1,542 voters who supported me to serve as a board member of the Silverton Fire District. My hope was that my combined experience in managing taxpayer money and serving as a ...