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Church commemorates patron’s 2,000th anniversary

By Mary Owen Parishioners at St. Paul Catholic Church in Silverton are looking forward to a year of celebration for their patron saint and martyr, the Apostle Paul. “We are hoping to have some fun things, like a play, a talent show and some dinners.” -Fr. William Hammelman Hailed by many as the most influential teacher in Christianity’s history, Paul […]

Community mourns loss of one who modeled the way

By Mary Owen Mentoring families and pioneering lay spirituality were a few of his passions, but perhaps his most intense was guiding youth. Father Bernard Sanders, a well-loved Benedictine monk at Mt. Angel Abbey, died June 3. More than 400 people came to pay respects at his funeral on June 10. Those who mourned the 89-year-old priest, ordained in 1944, […]

A Grin at the End: Oh, what a tangled Web we’ve woven

By Carl Sampson When Al Gore invented the Internet, he undoubtedly had a vision of an information highway that would wend its way around the world, placing all sorts of important and enlightening information at our fingertips. Instead, the Internet is destroying civilization as we know it. I shall explain. Instead of broadening the flow of information to the average […]

Community support appreciated

June 14th was the Spaghetti Dinner / Auction Fundraiser for Randy Geck. Randy was there to enjoy all the friends, family and community who came together to celebrate and honor him with their love and support.

The fundraiser was a huge success, not just because of the people who donated their time, energy and skills, but the generosity was amazing. There were donations of food for the complete spaghetti dinner. St Paul Church donated their space and spectacular kitchen. There were wonderful auction items that brought in a lot of cash for the fund.

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Chemeketa offers summer credit, non-credit classes in Sublimity, Salem and online

With gas prices on a seemingly endless climb, Chemeketa Community College officials are reminding area residents that learning opportunities are closer than they might think.

“At the Chemeketa Santiam Center, we have a wide assortment of classes offered on site and a computer lab to connect to any Chemeketa online course,” said Anita Beyer, a specialist at the Santiam Center in Sublimity.

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Grow it yourself: raising food in small spaces

By Jan Jackson The luxury of walking outside the door and plucking something fresh and vine ripened is not just a treat for the palette but the pocket book. All you need is a little space in which to tuck a tomato or cucumber plant, a container that would grow a lettuce bowl or a space to build a little […]

Fewer acres planted in strawberries this year, but outlook is good

By Jan Jackson Slow to ripen but sweet and juicy as ever, Oregon strawberries are the best and the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Strawberry Commission have stepped up efforts to market them to processors and fresh market consumers. Strawberries have been in the Willamette Valley since 1846 when Henderson Luelling loaded up two extra wagonloads of fruit […]

Regular routes make bus service attractive as CARTS ridership increases

For information on CARTS’ services,
fares and schedules contact
OHAS/CARTS at 503-585-6193 or

By Mary Owen

With gas topping $4 a gallon, the area bus system known as CARTS is greeting new riders.

“We have been picking up regularly,” said Frank Brown, interim road supervisor for Chemeketa Area Regional Transportation System.

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Saving money

By Kristine Thomas Marilyn Brenden knows gas prices are soaring higher than ever. She has watched the cost of basic food supplies such as bread, milk and eggs continue to increase each week. Brenden, 59, who lives with her mother, Lillian Brenden, 92, doesn’t waste her time worrying – instead she uses it to discover ways to save money The […]

Cook fresh: favored foods from farmers market

By Jan Jackson The cooking-fresh season has started and to prove it, shoppers carried empty produce bags and baskets into the Silverton Farmers’ Market Saturday, June 14, and left with them full. While returning shoppers made straight for their favorite vendors, new shoppers took more time looking to see who and what was there. New market manager Courtney Basile, a […]

Reflections on the Fourth

Celebrating the Fourth of July, we learned at an early age, meant observance of our independence from another nation – our freedom from domination. Now celebrating 232 years of freedom, let’s truly echo the celebration of life that has the side effect of aliveness, just as poetry is the outcome of mindfulness. The more alive we feel the more receptive […]

Artful recycling: everything old is new again

Old Stuff on Main Street
An American Antique Fair
July 4, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Main Street between Water and First

By Samantha Wiegand

Joy Bayer wonders “Why do we keep buying more when what we already have is durable and

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