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SHS Construction on schedule

Things definitely don’t look the same as they did in June at the Pine Street Campus of Silverton High School. Construction workers have been busy preparing the athletic fields to be planted this fall and the steel frames are in place for the new two-story classroom wing while work has begun on the new gym, 500-seat auditorium and library. Silver […]

Fighting back: Rob Chadwick works to help others with ALS

By Dixon Bledsoe Rob Chadwick knows exactly how he will die and what he will die from. Last September, he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, A.L.S. is a progressive, usually fatal, neurodegenerative disease caused by the breaking down of motor neurons. For a man who knows what is ahead – total paralysis, loss […]

New principals greet Mt. Angel students

by Vince Teresi Students at St. Mary’s Public Elementary, Mt. Angel Middle and Kennedy High schools will all have something similar to learn on the first day of school – the name of their principal. There are new principals at all three schools – Troy Stoops at Kennedy High, Kim Beddor at Mt. Angel Middle and Jennifer Christian at St. […]

Scotts Mills invites everyone to join SummerFest fun

The event started 25 years ago when the Scotts Mills Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary organized a parade.

“The event was such a success that a group of people decided to start the Scotts Mills SummerFest,” said TR Williams, the nonprofit group’s president.

Art Festival features lots of hands-on opportunities

When John Labovitz was asked to create the poster for the eighth annual Silverton Fine Arts Festival, the local photographer envisioned taking photographs of local artists working in their medium.

“We are known as an arts town and even though we have a great selection of local and regional artists, I thought about highlighting some of our local artists,” Labovitz said.

Mike Thompson wants his fitness center to feel like home

As the owner of Silverton Fitness, Mike Thompson is no stranger to fitness, although he took a circuitous route getting there.

A graduate of the University of Oregon with a history degree, Thompson wasn’t sure what he wanted to do for a career. After college, he spent two years working in the fitness industry.

Completed investigation doesn’t ease the pain

The Marion County grand jury’s unanimous decision finding that Silverton Police Officer Tony Gonzalez’s use of deadly force against Andrew “AJ” Hanlon was consistent with the law plunged Silverton back into the spotlight.

July 24, just hours after the grand jury’s findings on the June 30 shooting were released, vans from Portland television news stations converged on City Hall, with Silverton Police Chief Rick Lewis giving an improvised press conference in front of the building.

New pizzamakers purchase Spoleto’s

Two sisters with ties to Mt. Angel have purchased Spoleto’s Pizza in Mt. Angel.
Karen Scott and Sarah Miller, whose maiden name was Doran, along with their husbands, took over ownership June 1 with the re-opening July 26.

“Owning a restaurant has always been one of my goals,” Scott said. “I guess now it’s one thing I can cross off my to-do list!”

Team doctors: A family plan

Let’s say you have an appointment with Dr. Peters – will you be visiting Dr. Sarah Peters or Dr. Tim Peters? Or Dr. North – it is Dr. Senna North or Dr. Eric North?
The Peterses and the Norths are two of several “doctor couples,” medical teams working together in a single medical practice.

Six doctor couples shared what life is like for them. Some have young children, one couple’s children are nearly grown, and one couple plans to begin a family soon.

Easy chicken salads for summer

I don’t know about you, but chicken salad is one of my favorite summer foods. Try these chicken salads from my recipe box for a family meal, or several meals for a single person – or for a potluck.

For more flavor, I like to use a combination of dark and light chicken meat.

-Kathy Cook Hunter

Rep. Vic Gilliam refutes residency challenge

A blog entry on the Northwest Republican blogspot has rekindled interest in whether Rep. Vic Gilliam (R-Silverton) fulfills residency requirements to represent the area in the Oregon State Legislature.

“I heard that Vic Gilliam actually lives in Seattle, but only owns a house in Silverton …,” the blogger, signed in as Steve, commented.

A Grin at the End: Only a breath away from being president

Carl Sampson

Who’s it going to be?

By the time the Democrats meet for their national convention in Denver at the end of this month, and the Republicans meet in Minneapolis during the first part of September; speculation over who Barack Obama and John McCain will choose as running mates will have reached a crescendo.

Gonzalez arraigned, two more counts added to sex abuse charges

During Silverton Police Officer Tony Gonzalez’s July 22 arraignment on charges of sexually abusing a minor, Judge Joseph Ochoa announced the grand jury had added two additional counts, bringing the total to three counts of first-degree sexual abuse and four counts of third-degree sexual abuse.

First-degree sexual abuse is a Measure 11 crime and carries a mandatory sentence, in this case 75 months for each count. Measure 11 was a 1994 ballot initiative that set minimum mandatory sentences for serious crimes.

Grand Jury unanimously concludes police shooting justified

A Marion County grand jury deliberated one day before clearing Silverton police officer Tony Gonzalez of any wrongdoing in the fatal June 30 shooting of Irish national Andrew James Hanlon, 20.

“They were in session until just past 5 sometime last night,” Deputy District Attorney Don Abar said July 25, the day after the Marion County District Attorney’s office released information to the press regarding the grand jury’s decision.

The 9-1-1 tapes

On separate occasions two families called 9-1-1, each fearing for their safety due to the violent behavior and threats of the same young man. To the first callers, he was a brother and a brother-in-law. To the second, he was a stranger.
The actions of Andrew James Hanlon, 20, instigated both calls.

On April 6, 2008, according to a police incident report and 9-1-1 tape, an emergency call was made by Nathan Heise, Hanlon’s brother-in-law.

Heise called 9-1-1 at 12:31 p.m. to report Hanlon was having a “mental breakdown.”

Silverton FFA garners awards at Marion County Fair

Silverton FFA brought back all blue banners as well as several high individual awards and trophies at the Marion County Fair, which took place at the State Fairgrounds July 9-13.

The landscape team – Megan Veach, Kaylee Spencer, Bethany Ross, Megan Schmaltz, Riane Towery and Colby Qualey – came up with a design relating to the theme this year, which was “Summer Days and Country Ways.” The landscape took first place.

Metal man adorns Silverton buildings with ‘twisty-cue’ art

Out-of-the-ordinary metal work is the frosting on the cake for buildings restored in downtown Silverton by Mo Salem and his crew.

Salem’s current project on the corner of Main and Water streets opposite the Wolf Building, are trimmed with metal fixtures that have a definite artistic touch.

The artistry is by Jesse Cox, who lets sparks fly as he welds the fence into place.

The work is by Jesse Cox, a 28-year-old metal fabricator, who admits, “I don’t like building things you see every day.”

All Aboard! Crossing Canada by rail

Recently my husband, Ray, and I took a long train ride through Canada. Starting at Vancouver, B.C., we traversed Canada’s Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains, lush green-and-yellow agricultural quilts and urban cities.Waterfalls in the Rockies were full of spring run-off

We call it our “rock n’ roll ride” because sleeping on a VIA Rail Canada train leaves something to be desired when you’re used to quiet nights on a large, soft bed. We chose berth accommodations, less expensive than a compartment and kind of interesting, though nothing like the hilarious berth scenes in the movie, Some Like It Hot.

Always fashionable: white flowers are perfectly cool for summer heat

\'Margeret Merrill\', Courtesy of Herloom Rose Gardens

White flowers are always in style, go with everything in every season and are particularly pleasing and welcome during the dog days of summer.

Whether you plant a “moon garden” – a whole area solely comprised of white flowers and gray foliage – or simply have white things blooming here and there, you’ll appreciate the tranquil mood set by adding neutral tones to your yard.


Winnie Bolton

As I watched children play in the schoolyard it made me think about what it is that makes children so daring?

Homer Days celebrates smalltown life

Hang on to your baseball cap, here comes Homer Davenport – as in Homer Davenport Days – Silverton’s three-day celebration of the famous newspaper cartoonist and native son.

Lennez Hitzemann, president of the festival board, is busy during the final hours before the event, but able now to reveal who will be leader of the hometown parade on Saturday, Aug. 2. The grand marshal will be Marcella Gentzkow, who originally suggested the name for the nearly 30-year-old festival honoring Davenport. Gentzkow, formerly of Silverton, now lives in Mt. Angel.

Family vows to pursue answers

Andrew “AJ” Hanlon’s family was left unsettled when the Marion County grand jury determined the use of lethal force by Police Officer Tony Gonzalez was justified.

“There are things about the justification of Officer Gonzalez’s shooting that simply do not add up to me,” Nathan Heise, Hanlon’s brother-in-law, said after the grand jury’s report was released. “I have even more questions than answers,” he said, listing thoughts including, “why was the taser not drawn instead of a weapon?”

Silverton police shooting turn of events

Responding to the report of a burglary June 30, Silverton Police Office Tony Gonzalez, 35, shot and killed Andrew James Hanlon, 20. The incident occurred after 11 p.m. near the intersection of Oak and Mill streets. Hanlon, “AJ” to his friends, was an Irish citizen who had been visiting his sister and brother-in-law, Silverton residents Melanie and Nathan Heise. Nathan […]

Silverton job market about to undergo another change

By Linda Whitmore There’s a book of June Drake photographs published in the 1920s from which one can get an insight into how Silverton’s economy functioned in the past. There are pictures of several lumber mills, a flour mill, a bottling plant and thriving stores that sold everything residents of the town and the surrounding farms might need – food, […]