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The Apple Tree corps: Youngsters give, receive in summer service

By Linda Whitmore People often say they get more out of volunteering than they put in. Among them are the youngsters who participate in the Apple Tree School Supply Drive. Throughout their summer vacation, 41 students ranging in age from 9 to 17 meet twice a week to plan, organize and execute the collection of everything from pencils and crayons […]

Photo Gallery – Homer Days celebrates a cool town

A reason to come home – Homer Davenport Days in Silverton. Here are some highlights from the annual Homer Days Parade. Nearby GeerCrest Farm celebrated Homer Days with storytelling, games and exhibits at the 160 year old farm – one of Homer’s boyhood homes.

The Man About Town: Keeping you abreast of what’s happening …

By Jim Kinghorn The Silverton Wine & Jazz Festival is looking for new board members to work on the event for next year. For more information, call Jose DeLaRosa at 503-873-3072. If you look around Mt Angel these days you will find lots of new faces. No, not new people but new faces on many of the buildings. To celebrate […]

Ride’m cowboy: Andy Steffen enjoys life on the rodeo circuit

By Dixon Bledsoe Andy Steffen is a cowboy, a farmer, Silverton High School graduate and a 13-year veteran of the rodeo circuit. The 22-year-old rodeo rider participates in as many as 40 rodeos annually and 2008 was his best year as a professional with winnings of more than $5,000. “I hope to beat that this year,” Steffen said last week […]

The Forum: Letters – Dress code issue resolved

Aug. 4, 2009 To the Editor: After last night’s council meeting, I finally heard clearly the meaning of what you all were telling me. When you were saying: “Stu, we disapprove of your choice in attire,” I was incorrectly hearing “Stu, you can’t be yourself – you must dress like a man.” It took a while to sink through my […]

The Brown family: Pioneers’ descendants still call Silverton home

By Linda Whitmore Since James and Lucinda Brown trekked across the Plains, seven generations have called Silverton home. Through the years, the Browns have been influential in the development of the community and its resources. James and Lucinda Brown and their four children left Independence, Mo., in April 1846 on a half-year journey to Oregon. They carried their belongings in […]

An ounce of prevention: Community can help control spread of H1N1 flu virus with simple steps

By Kristine Thomas Flu Summit Aug. 21, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Salem Conference Center 200 Commercial St. S.E. Free; public welcome. Register: www.flu.oregon.gov Flu talk Jamie Baxter and Mary Marschall of Silverton Hospital talk about H1N1 influenza Sept. 1, noon to 1 p.m. Mt. Angel Public Library 145 Elm St. Free; public welcome. Silverton Hospital registered nurses Mary Marschall […]

The Old Curmudgeon: Calling all cat lovers

By Vern Holmquist Hello, cat lovers. I am on the staff of an old, very healthy barn cat named Cleo. That’s right, cats have staff members from which at times they make very annoying demands. There are those times when I have to remind Cleo that while cats may have nine lives, she is getting close to the end of […]

Our Town Profiles: Why this is home . . .

By Cambria Roth VALERIE MARTINSON, Silverton Profession: Human Resource Manager Volunteer: YMCA, Historic Landmarks Commission, St. Paul’s Catholic Church and her children’s schools. Family: Husband, Jamie; children, Grant, 15; Kirk, 11; Clay, 10 Hobbies: Cooking, gardening Last Book Read: Five Quarters of the Orange by JoAnn Harris How would you describe your town? “It is a very active community and […]

Caring and sharing

A core trait in our towns is that neighbors care and share. With the economy down and the jobless rate up, residents are jumping into action to assist others.

Wetlands wonders: Water treatment system creates setting for flora, fauna and new view of garden potential

The Oregon Garden is not just another pretty place. Home to more than 100 bird species, a variety of wild animals, a small but highly skilled team of horticultural professionals and a dedicated group of educational partners; the project showcases some of the best things Oregonians hold dear. It is a place with many one-of-a-kind collections of trees, plants, blossoms, birds, animals and people.

Adapting to the times: Experience, service help in tough times

Long-time local businesses have seen economic dips before. Their owners and managers are using past experience to deal with this recession. For some, tried and true business methods and a sturdy reputation keep them going. Others have taken a hard look at their operations and are adjusting to meet new challenges.

Going the distance: Female runners hit the road

No one participating in or cheering on the runners at the Homer’s Classic 8K on Aug. 8 will be surprised that there are women running in the 27th annual edition of this Silverton road race. In recent years, females as young as 8 and as old as 80 have participated in the Homer 8K, a distance just under 5 miles.

Water Mountains aims to please

Driving out toward Silver Falls from Silverton, one can’t miss the marquee on the left announcing, “$4.50 cheeseburger with fries.” A super bargain these days, and that offer is always there.

Sister Julia: 60 years of service to the community

By Steve Ritchie Sister Julia McGanty, OSB, will celebrate her 60th anniversary of religious profession on Sunday, July 19, at Queen of Angels Monastery in Mt. Angel. Born in Yamhill, Ore., to William and Margaret McGanty, Sr. Julia (Cecelia) McGanty attended St. John’s Church in Yamhill as a child and attended schools in Yamhill and McMinnville. She continued her education […]

Queen of Angels Monastery: Sisters work to fill community needs for more than 125 years

This is a continuation of a year-long series of stories about historical people and institutions of our region, which Our Town is publishing in commemoration of Oregon’s Sesquicentennial. By Linda Whitmore Religion is an integral part of the story of Mt. Angel and surrounds. Among institutions established in the region’s early white settlement is Queen of the Angels Monastery. The community […]