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Wanda Casey: The music of life

By Kathy Cook Hunter You’ve seen her, the lady in the hat. People know her by her hats, her merry smile and her twinkling eyes. If you’ve attended a First Christian Church Community Dinner you’ve heard her music. “I try to play the old songs everybody knows, like You are My Sunshine,” she says. “I used to play for dancing […]

Friendship in bloom: Starts with quilt

By Kathy Cook Hunter When some Silverton Garden Club men and women decided to make a quilt, most of them had no idea it would lead to friendships. Club treasurer and a quilter Jeff Bovee suggested interested members create a quilt to sell as a fundraiser, and the suggestion was immediately met with enthusiasm. “We had many quilting gardeners and […]

Going nuts!: Hazelnuts take over Kristkindle Markt

She’s not nuts, she’s persistent. Mary Grant has had an idea for years, but only recently did she decided to share it. Back in 2011 she announced to the Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, of which she is past president, that she wanted to create another festival, this time celebrating the hazelnut. After more than a year […]

Mission possible: Church food basket program grows with need

By Kathy Cook Hunter Kim Visser of Silverton is passionately enthusiastic about her church’s Mission of Hope project. “Serving the poor is at the heart of our church’s mission, and mine as well,” she says. The home physical therapist for Providence Benedictine in Mount Angel is acutely aware of physical pain. “Many people who come to MOH are hurting physically, […]

Food with pizzazz Eric Nelson aims to create culinary masterpieces

How did a young chef/food designer from the Midwest end up in Oregon? Like many others in the last few years, Eric Nelson, executive chef of Vitality at Wellspring, was drawn to the moderate western Oregon climate and the readily available fresh foods grown here.

Stitching lives together: Quilters created warmth, friendship

In the late 1800s a rural area south of Silverton was the home of McCalpin School, that served children of the farming community of Waldo Hills until 1950 when Victor Point Elementary opened. McCalpin was a close community where people knew each other and liked to be together. Many were in the same family. In 1938 or 1939 a group of women organized the McCalpin Stitchers to create quilt-like lap robes for people in nursing homes in Mount Angel, Silverton and Stayton. Along with a purpose, it gave its members a social outlet.

Downsizing: Group supports aids weight-loss efforts

Is it “my time” to deal with my excess weight? While many of us are asking ourselves that question at the start of the new year, we also may not know how to go about losing the weight. One answer may be joining a TOPS or Take Off Pounds Sensibly program. Groups meet Thursday evenings and Friday mornings in Silverton.

Oregon’s #1 nut: Hazelnut favorites earn national attention

Even Martha likes them, our wonderful Oregon-grown hazelnuts. “Martha” as in Martha Stewart. A recent issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine featured recipes with hazelnuts – also known as filberts – reminding cooks and bakers pondering their list of Christmas holiday gift possibilities to include some with hazelnuts.

Treasure keeper: Carolyn Hutton to retire from museum

Carolyn Hutton’s heart belongs to Silverton, although she resides with her husband, Marlin, in Salem. “I’m a third-generation Silvertonian, and so is Marlin,” said Hutton, adding she and Marlin graduated from Silverton High School. As she prepares to retire as the volunteer curator for the Silverton Country Historical Museum, Hutton reflected on what she’s learned and contributed to the museum in the last decade.

Handing over the reins: Vince Till announces it’s time to retire

He’s the man in the blue “Farmer Brown” overalls seen about Silverton inspecting one of 19 public murals or working in the downtown flowerbeds. Vince Till is nothing if not passionate about the Silverton Mural Society he’s led since 1995.

Bierhaus: New look, new features

By Kathy Cook Hunter Ryan Gengler and Ben Rash created a pub with a friendly atmosphere where people yearning for authentic German beers and favorite team can find their heart’s desire. The owners of the Bierhaus in Mount Angel, friends since childhood,  purchased the former Larry’s Salon, 315 N. Main St., and renovated it inside and out. On the exterior, […]

Cooking for Christmas: Recipes for relish and cookies to suit Santa

By Kathy Cook Hunter Here is a recipe to fill your special Christmas needs. From what I could glean from my oldest cookbook, what I’ve always called “date bars” are English Matrimonials – also known as “matrimonial cake.” This version came from a friend, Patti Krug. It’s a good cookie all year, I think. If you or your family doesn’t […]