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Oversight SFSD board to announce bond committee prior to vote

By Stephen Floyd The Silver Falls School District Board will appoint a Bond Oversight Committee ahead of the Nov. 7 bond measure vote so participants will be known before votes are cast. The $138 million bond would impact all 11 schools in the district, and the committee would include at least one representative from within each school’s boundaries. There would […]

James Day

Return to glory – Silverton High revives its Hall of Fame

Silverton High will be holding its first athletics Hall of Fame class induction in more than a decade when this year’s gala takes place Saturday, Oct. 7, at The Oregon Garden. “It’s been on hiatus for way too long, since 2011,”said Silverton teacher and volleyball coach Kirsten Barnes. “We had a lot of changes about that time and things were lost […]

Korrie Shull, the Kennedy High welding teacher, works with the new welding room’s plasma cutter, which was paid for with a grant from the Marion County Board of Supervisors.  James Day

Up and running – Kennedy opens community-funded welding room

By James Day Kennedy High’s new welding room, an innovative public-private partnership, is open for business and ready to serve. Officials from Mt. Angel Community Foundation, area building trades and the high school were on hand Aug. 31 for an opening ceremony and the production of the first job by the state-of-the-art equipment. Kennedy teacher Korrie Shull fired up a […]

Hank Hohn

In Memoriam: Hank Hohn (Feb. 12, 1939 – Aug. 22, 2023)

Hank Hohn passed away Aug. 22, 2023, at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, after sustaining a head injury from a fall, two weeks prior to his death. He worked very hard to recover but could not overcome his injury nor its associated complications. Hank was born Feb. 12, 1939, in San Diego, California to Margaret Hohn and Henry Hohn Sr. […]

Giving a familiar face a story – The life and loss of Joe Keeton

By Melissa Wagoner In the five years since Joe Keeton moved to Silverton at the behest of a friend, his face became known to many throughout the town including Sarah White, the executive director and founder of Sheltering Silverton. “I met Joe in 2018 when we first opened up our Resource Center in the basement of the Community Center,” White said, […]

Aging out – 1947 HVAC systems, plumbing, cement failing schools, students

Editor’s note: Our Town is presenting a school-by-school review of the facility challenges at buildings covered by the Silver Falls School District bond proposal on the Nov. 7 ballot.  By Stephen Floyd A number of schools in the Silver Falls School District (SFSD) are relics of the baby boom, including Silver Crest, Evergreen and Victor Point schools all constructed in […]

Silver Falls School District

New contract – SFSD reaches agreement with non-teacher union

By Stephen Floyd Non-teacher employees have reached an agreement with the Silver Falls School District (SFSD) after four months of negotiations that largely centered on compensation, discipline and grievance procedures. On July 28, the district reached a tentative agreement with the Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA) for a three-year contract that would retroactively go into effect July 1. The contract […]

Palace Theatre

Financial boost – City chips in for Palace improvements

By  James  Day The City of Silverton has contributed more than $26,000 to assist the new owners of the Palace Theatre with their renovation work. The council, acting in its capacity as the city’s Urban Renewal Agency, voted at its Aug. 21 meeting to contribute $26,443 in urban renewal funds to bolster the Palace’s work on both internal remodeling and […]

Legal Matters

MAPD arrests man on out-of-state assault warrant A Missouri man wanted for felony assault in his home state has been arrested in Mount Angel and is awaiting potential extradition. Joseph Robert Wood, 44, of Springfrield, Missouri was arrested Aug. 9 by MAPD on a warrant for assault in the third degree of a special victim, allegedly committed in August 2022. […]

Willamette Valley Vineyards

Willamette Valley Vineyards sues PacifiCorp

By Stephen Floyd Willamette Valley Vineyards (WVV) has sued PacifiCorp for $8.2 million after the 2020 wildfires allegedly caused irreversible damage to the quality of wine grapes throughout the region. The Turner-based business filed suit in Marion County Circuit Court July 24, claiming soot and smoke from the fires tainted a “vast majority” of its 2020 vintages. WVV said it […]

Datebook: September 2023

Frequent Addresses Mt. Angel Public Library, 290 E Charles St. Silver Creek Fellowship, 822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton. Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St. Silverton Arts Association, 303 Coolidge St. Silverton Community Center/Council Chambers, 421 S Water St. Weekly Events Monday Silverton Senior Center. Seniors 50 and older. Daily, weekly, monthly events. 503-873-3093, silvertonseniorcenter.org Low-Impact Aerobics, 9:30 a.m., Silverton Senior […]

The catio lifestyle. Judy Gabriel

Outdoor-indoor – Catios wanted for first Silverton tour set for Sept. 30

By Melissa Wagoner When Judy Gabriel first heard the term “catio” used to describe an outdoor, enclosed patio created just for cats she was not impressed.  “I thought that was nuts,” she said. But then winter set in and she began to wonder if her own kittens – Bubba and Buddy, whom she had adopted the spring before – might […]

Students rehearsing this summer for the Oktoberfest Dance Troupe. Kelly Grassman

Practice perfect – Oktoberfest Dance Troupe gears up for another year

By Melissa Wagoner When it comes to the Oktoberfest Dance Troupe, getting kids involved is the main priority. “[The Troupe] gives them ownership in the festival,” manager Kelly Grassman explained. “It teaches them about volunteering, giving of their time and doing something for others.” Created by a small group of women in 1990 the O’Fest Dance Troupe has grown exponentially during the […]

Transportation options for Oktoberfest

By Melissa Wagoner This year the organizers of Mount Angel’s Oktoberfest are making it easier than ever to enjoy the festivities while leaving your car safely at home. “It is brand new!” Monica Bochsler, Director of PR and Marketing, said of the latest edition to the festival’s public transportation lineup – a shuttle service provided by Northwest Navigator Luxury Coaches.   “I can’t […]

Developer buys former Wilco property in Mount Angel

A Woodburn developer has purchased the site of the former Wilco headquarters in Mount Angel, while plans to develop the property remain in the early stages. According to the Marion County Assessor’s Office, the 2-acre lot at 190 S Main St. was sold to Double I Construction, owned by Ivan Ivanov, for $465,000 on June 15. Mount Angel Administrative Services […]

Oregon Equipment Sales purchases Linn Benton Tractor

After 33 years of putting their heart and soul into their elite Kubota/multi-line dealer equipment business, Don and Vivian Kropf are ready to retire. The Kropfs have sponsored local and state sports teams, fairs, rodeos and have been an active supporter of local 4H/FFA auctions and events. Vivian Kropf said, “It is with mixed emotions –sadness and joy and happiness […]

Helen J. Raid

In Memoriam: Helen Raid (Jan. 20, 1937 – July 31, 2023)

Helen J. Raid of Mount Angel, Oregon passed away peacefully on July 31, 2023 after a long illness. Helen Janet McGaffee was born in Silverton on Jan. 20, 1937 and spent her growing up years in Woodburn where in high school she met her lifelong soulmate, Gary Raid.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Perry and Alice Foote […]

Teresa Ann Howes

In Memoriam: Theresa Ann Howes (March 30, 1941 – Aug. 6, 2023)

Theresa Ann (Brophy) Howes, 82, passed away on Aug. 6, 2023. A graveside service was held on Aug. 25 at Valley View Cemetery in Silverton, Oregon, under the direction of Unger Funeral Chapel. Theresa was born in Hines, Oregon on March 30, 1941, to James and Ursula Brophy. She grew up in Hines and attended school in Burns. Theresa was […]

William Bronson Palmer III

In Memoriam: William Palmer III (Sept. 17, 1941 – Aug. 7, 2023)

William Bronson Palmer III, born on Sept. 17, 1941, passed away peacefully at home on Aug. 7, 2023.  Raised mostly in California, he followed his sister Patty to Silverton, Oregon in his late teens. He married Lorna Eldred in 1961 and they raised two boys, Kevin and Kyle.  In 1977, William married Shirley Thomas and added her children Ron, Rick, […]

James Day

Foxes Hall of Fame – New Foxes class to be inducted Oct. 7

The Silverton High Athletic Hall of Fame banquet is returning Oct. 7 at The Oregon Garden. The event, which includes dinner, a silent auction and the induction ceremony, costs $50 and you can make reservations at silvertonfoxes.com soon, if not today. Organizers tell me they are on a “short timeline” this year so please bear with them if the signup mechanism is […]

Sports Datebook: September 2023 – All home games

Friday, Sept. 1 Football 7 p.m. Silverton vs Dallas Tuesday, Sept. 5 Boys Soccer 7:15 p.m. Silverton vs Thurston/Mohawk Thursday, Sept. 7 Volleyball 6:30 p.m. Silverton vs Lebanon Boys Soccer 7:15 p.m. Silverton vs Sprague Friday, Sept. 8 Boys Soccer 4:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Faith Bible Football 7 p.m. Kennedy vs Siuslaw 7 p.m. Silverton vs Woodburn Tuesday, Sept. 12 […]

The new Silverton Civic Center will not open until early next year, city officials reported at Aug. 7 City Council meeting. James Day

Delayed completion – Silverton Civic Center opening pushed into 2024

By James Day The new Silverton Civic Center likely will not be fully occupied until January 2024 after some unexpected complications hit the project. The $19.5 million facility, which will hold most city staff as well as the police department, originally was scheduled for completion in July 2023. Aug. 7 the Silverton City Council was told that substantial completion of […]

The DeSantis Ridge subdivision consists of six lots in the hills toward Silver Falls State Park. James Day

Subdivision planned for hills near Silver Falls

By James Day A new subdivision is taking shape in the hills above Silverton on the road to Silver Falls State Park. Although it should be noted that the definition of a subdivision in rural county acreage is vastly different from what one would expect off of Eureka Drive or at the intersection of James and Jefferson. The DeSantis Ridge […]