Unintended consequences – Vaccine mandate ends some careers

October 2021 Posted in Community, Other, Your Health | Comments Off on Unintended consequences – Vaccine mandate ends some careers

By Melissa Wagoner When Robin Hyslop left her shoes on the sidewalk in front of Legacy Silverton on Sept. 30, she left behind a lot more than a pair of worn-out sneakers – she left behind a 33-year career as a ...

People Out Loud: Unequivocal – You have a choice on vaccinations, your employer does too

October 2021 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Your Health | Comments Off on People Out Loud: Unequivocal – You have a choice on vaccinations, your employer does too

Social Media is rife with misinformation, especially in the chaos of COVID.  Lazy people use it as their “research.” VAERS is the “Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System”, a reporting system co-managed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food ...

Modernly traditional – New Silverton practice provides pediatric care

October 2021 Posted in Business, Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Modernly traditional – New Silverton practice provides pediatric care

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10511" align="alignright" width="209"] Scott Hamblin[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10510" align="alignright" width="250"] Mark Helm[/caption] The recent closure of the Silverton branch of Childhood Health left Silverton families without a locally-based pediatric clinic – an situation Dr. Scott Hamblin and Dr. Mark Helm ...

Dialectical therapy – Individual, group, coaching, in-the-moment services

October 2021 Posted in Business, Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Dialectical therapy – Individual, group, coaching, in-the-moment services

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10504" align="alignright" width="217"] Dr. Andrew Weitzman[/caption] During his 20-year career as a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Andrew Weitzman learned a great deal. “Of those 20 years, my first seven were in community health in Vancouver, Washington,” Weitzman said of the ...

Back to school rhythm – SHS’ principal discusses challenges, effort in opening weeks of semester

October 2021 Posted in Community, School, Your Health | Comments Off on Back to school rhythm – SHS’ principal discusses challenges, effort in opening weeks of semester

By Brenna Wiegand Only two weeks of school had elapsed when Our Town touched base with Silverton High School Principal Sione Thompson, in his first year with the Silver Falls School District. “It’s been quite a trial by fire but what makes ...

Oktoberfest 2021: Planning a big festival during the age of COVID-19

September 2021 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, Community, Food & Drink, Music, People, Travel, Your Health | Comments Off on Oktoberfest 2021: Planning a big festival during the age of COVID-19

[caption id="attachment_10457" align="alignright" width="300"] Much of the Mount Angel Oktoberfest can be enjoyed out of doors along the village streets, or in tents.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10456" align="alignright" width="300"] The familiar Oktoberfest venues will be up and running for the 2021 festival, some ...

People Out Loud: Balancing act – Oktoberfest, school, life and COVID

September 2021 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Community, Food & Drink, Your Health | Comments Off on People Out Loud: Balancing act – Oktoberfest, school, life and COVID

It is so difficult being a writer, even one throwing out unsolicited opinions just once a month. There is a natural flow of subjects that occur annually, starting with New Year’s resolutions and ending with taking the tree down as ...

Grit and Grace: New apothecary brings herbs, herbal teachings

August 2021 Posted in Business, Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Grit and Grace: New apothecary brings herbs, herbal teachings

By Melissa Wagoner [caption id="attachment_10396" align="alignright" width="252"] Amanda Baird of Grit and Grace Apothecary[/caption] Few things make a parent feel more anxious than watching a child’s late-night struggle for breath, a situation Amanda Baird – whose son, Jacob, was born three and ...

Legacy Silverton Medical Center professionals support vaccination

August 2021 Posted in Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Legacy Silverton Medical Center professionals support vaccination

Your local medical community would like to publicly announce our support for vaccination against COVID-19.   We have all received the vaccine and encouraged all of our eligible family members to be vaccinated. The available vaccines are safe, rigorously studied, well ...

Steadfast transition – Emily Dazey leaves Benedictine Nursing Center

August 2021 Posted in Business, Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Steadfast transition – Emily Dazey leaves Benedictine Nursing Center

By Brenna Wiegand [caption id="attachment_10349" align="alignright" width="316"] Emily Dazey[/caption] Emily Dazey, Executive Director of Providence Benedictine Nursing Center in Mount Angel, will be moving into a broader role as Providence Director of the Skilled Nursing Facility Collaborative for Oregon. Dazey, who has served ...

A Slice of the Pie: Keep cool – Tips on how to counteract the extreme heat

August 2021 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on A Slice of the Pie: Keep cool – Tips on how to counteract the extreme heat

By Melissa Wagoner June came in like a lamb this year and went out like a… dragon? It broke records across the state with temperatures in Salem reaching a whopping 117. Then the area had the hottest July on record... And ...

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 ...

Break the cycle: Too much pandemic screen time raises issues

June 2021 Posted in Community, Other, School, Your Health | Comments Off on Break the cycle: Too much pandemic screen time raises issues

By Melissa Wagoner Too much time spent interacting with screens was a problem long before the pandemic, so much so that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued specific guidelines about the quantity of time children should spend in front of a ...

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 ...

Operation vaccination: Legacy invests in pop-up clinics

May 2021 Posted in Business, Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Operation vaccination: Legacy invests in pop-up clinics

By Brenna Wiegand [caption id="attachment_9945" align="alignright" width="300"] Pop-up vaccine clinics Legacy Health at Coleman Farms. Brenna Wiegand[/caption] When the COVID-19 vaccine first became available in late December, Legacy Silverton Medical Center opened a clinic and started providing vaccines, first to primary care ...

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 ...

Santiam Hospital offers saliva test for Covid-19

March 2021 Posted in Your Health | Comments Off on Santiam Hospital offers saliva test for Covid-19

By Mary Owen Santiam Hospital introduces SalivaDirect, a less expensive, less invasive and safer way to test for COVID-19. “It’s kind of remarkable that our little lab in Stayton, Oregon, is using this test,” said Dr. Janine VanSant, infectious disease specialist. “We ...

Vaccinated: Health professionals discuss their decisions and experiences

February 2021 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Vaccinated: Health professionals discuss their decisions and experiences

By Melissa Wagoner When Brian Reif – a clinical nurse who works directly with COVID patients – was offered the COVID-19 vaccine as a member of the tier one medical community, he did not hesitate to roll up his sleeve, likening ...

Surge protection: Legacy, Santiam hospitals prepare

April 2020 Posted in Community, News, Your Health | Comments Off on Surge protection: Legacy, Santiam hospitals prepare

By Steve Ritchie As the number of COVID-19 cases quickly grows in Oregon and throughout the country, government leaders and public health authorities have focused their attention on the readiness of hospitals to deal with an influx of coronavirus patients. With 43 ...

Avery takes helm at Legacy Silverton

November 2019 Posted in News, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Avery takes helm at Legacy Silverton

[caption id="attachment_9507" align="alignright" width="225"] Jonathan Avery, MHSA Submitted Photo[/caption] Jonathan Avery, MHSA, is now Legacy Health’s president for the Willamette Valley Region. His responsibilities include leadership of medical centers at Legacy Silverton and Legacy Meridian Park in Tualatin. Legacy’s announcement said the ...

The hiker’s quest: Learning what’s important from the Pacific Crest Trail

November 2019 Posted in People, Travel, Your Health | Comments Off on The hiker’s quest: Learning what’s important from the Pacific Crest Trail

[caption id="attachment_9506" align="alignleft" width="189"] Anna Koch on the marker at the end of her journey along the Pacific Crest Trail. Submitted Photos[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner “In a heartbeat,” is Anna Koch’s instant reply when asked if she would once again hike the Pacific ...

Violence in America: Discussion centers on guns, but problem runs deeper

November 2019 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Violence in America: Discussion centers on guns, but problem runs deeper

By Melissa Wagoner In a small town in Pennsylvania in 2005, Trish Ambrose’s 18-year-old neighbor, and good friend to her son, fatally shot his parents at point-blank range. “I was interrupted while dressing that morning by a phone call from [the killer’s ...

District champs: Kennedy blasts Culver, moves to No. 1 in Class 2A

November 2019 Posted in Community, School, Sports, Travel, Your Health | Comments Off on District champs: Kennedy blasts Culver, moves to No. 1 in Class 2A

On a cool autumn Senior Night the Kennedy High football team checked off the final box in an undefeated Special District 2 season. The defending state champion Trojans dismantled Culver 40-6 on Oct. 25 to improve to 5-0 in league play ...

Into the forest: Camp LEAD – an out of classroom learning experience

October 2019 Posted in Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Into the forest: Camp LEAD – an out of classroom learning experience

[caption id="attachment_9478" align="alignleft" width="300"] A Camp LEAD group working at Silver Falls State Park. Amy Johnson[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner The importance of getting kids out of the classroom and involved in the natural world is something Special Education teacher Mike Johnson viewed ...

A global message: Silverton takes part in world-wide ‘Climate Strike’

October 2019 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on A global message: Silverton takes part in world-wide ‘Climate Strike’

[caption id="attachment_9454" align="alignleft" width="300"] Activists singing at Silverton’s Climate Strike. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner An estimated 200 activists gathered in Silverton’s Town Square Park on Friday, Sept. 20 for what they hope will be the first of many Climate Strike Protests. “This ...