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Kennedy senior welding student Oscar Gonzalez with teacher Alex Snegirev in the welding room.

Hot start – Kennedy welding room proving huge success

By James Day Six months since its opening on the Kennedy High School campus the new welding room already is producing dividends. Fundraising for the facility, which opened at the beginning of the school year, has reached $145,000, said John Gooley, the Mt. Angel Community Foundation vice-president and Withers Lumber executive who led the campaign. The additional funds (the facility […]

Nuts! Fest returns to Festhalle

By Stephen Floyd Hazelnut Fest is returning to the Festhalle this year in Mount Angel, along with a renewed emphasis on local hazelnut producers and vendors. Scheduled for Dec. 1 – 3, the event is free to attend. It will feature food, specialty beers, live entertainment and Christmas shopping opportunities. Sarah Bauman, president of the Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce, […]

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 […]

Thanks for the FBLA support

A school record, six students from Kennedy High School’s  Future Business Leaders of America chapter attended the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia this June. Freshmen students, Audrey Brenden, Bella Dodson, Nia Ovchinnikov, Annaliese Schacher, Soliel Sowa and Megan Wagner, as well as parent chaperones Bonnie Dodson, Tanya Chuprov, and Heather Sowa were able to attend the conference thanks […]

Welding room – Private donors fund vocational workspace for Kennedy

By James Day Kennedy High School in Mount Angel will have a new welding room in the fall, courtesy of a private fundraising campaign led by the Mt. Angel Community Foundation. The project, which broke ground on April 26, is not related to the facilities bond that Mt. Angel School District voters will be voting on in the May 16 […]

On the ballot: For Mt. Angel $7M bond gets $11M in school repairs if passed

By Stephen Floyd Officials with the Mt. Angel School District say a $7 million bond measure is about improving critical infrastructure rather than giving buildings a facelift. It’s about needs, not wants, plus a one-time state-sponsored opportunity to get $11 million in repairs with a $7 million bond.  School Board Chair Shari Riedman said the new bond is for improvements […]

A class above – Kennedy an immediate state power at 3A level

One of the challenges of this job is explaining things that are difficult to explain. But I am going to give it my best effort. What the Kennedy High football squad was able to achieve this season was just off the charts. The Trojans finished 12-1, losing only to Cascade Christian of Medford in the Nov. 26 Class 3A title […]

Thanks, Dave – Oktoberfest honors retiring board member Dave Kohler

By Stephen Floyd Longtime Oktoberfest board member Dave Kohler has retired from his post after 49 years with the event, though he is expected to remain a familiar face. Kohler spent 25 years on the board, in addition to 15 years volunteering for Oktoberfest directly and another nine supporting the event through the Letterman Club at Kennedy High School. Oktoberfest […]

July 4th parade salutes farms

Mt. Angel is set for an Independence Day of fun, farming and fireworks. The annual July 4 parade, sponsored by the Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce, has a theme of “Heart of Farm Country” as the community honors the bountiful nearby farms full of hops, hazelnuts, berries, flowers, vegetables, wine grapes and more. The 11 a.m. Monday parade begins at […]

Public House – New sports bar now open in Mount Angel

By Melissa Wagoner “It’s a sports bar with great food,” Brandon Norbury, owner of the Mt. Angel Public House, said when asked to describe the eatery which, though it quietly opened its doors to patrons during Oktoberfest in September, finally held its official opening on Dec. 19. “And it was phenomenal,” Norbury said of the celebration, which included live music, […]

Morrissey chosen president of Oregon FFA Chapter

With the musical theme of “Superman” and dressed in a red cape, Alex Morrissey made a dramatic entrance as he advanced toward the speaker’s podium for his debut during the electoral competition at the FFA State Convention in Corvallis.

JFK runners rank high at cross-country meet

At the Silver Falls Invitational cross-country meet hosted by Stayton High School on Oct. 1, John F. Kennedy High School’s Bridget Donohue won the Varsity Girls’ race in 20:57, narrowly edging Blanchet’s Emily Hillmer in the last 100 meters of the race. Teammates Sarah Frey and Rosa Alcaraz were 13th and 14th respectively, but, due to injuries and illness, Kennedy’s […]

Coach Traeger: Cheers for 30 years

Kennedy High School head football coach Randy Traeger has begun his 30th year in the interscholastic sports arena. Traeger said he equally enjoys both the “what” and “why” of coaching and is motivated by the building of character in his players.

JFK team raises funds for Peruvian family

The Kennedy High School football team and its supporters recently completed a series of fundraising projects to help fund a home for a family living in the outskirts of Lima, Peru. Together they raised $10,000 to assist a family currently living in a cardboard and scrap lumber hut build brick homes.

JFK’s Kristine Osuna named Gates Scholar

Kennedy High School senior Kristine Osuna was awarded a Gates Millennium Scholar. She competed against more than 20,500 applicants and only 1,000 students were chosen to receive scholarships. She plans to attend La Sierra University in Riverside, Cal., with a career interest in medicine. This program is for outstanding minority students and requires applicants to write essays outlining their leadership […]

Friendly rival: State meet next

By Kristine Thomas The stage was set for a showdown between two of the top female discus throwers in the Tri-River Conference. All spring, the two throwers went back and forth – one winning one week, the other the next. They shared the same quest – to win first-place at the district meet in the discus and then take first […]

Huts to homes: JFK athletes help the homeless

By Vince Teresi Rosanna and Geremias Rivera Durand and their three children live in a one-room cardboard/scrap lumber house with a dirt floor and corrugated tin roof in the shantytown of Flores de Villa in Peru. The minimum wage in Peru is equivalent to $185 a month. Realizing they have the power to make a difference and help people like […]

Randy Traeger: Measuring success by more than the score

B y Vince Teresi Some scoreboards are invisible. Kennedy High School football fans scanned the scoreboard during the 2008 season. Sometimes they liked what they saw – sometimes they didn’t. But the Trojan football team of players and coaches also monitored another “scoreboard,” which the fans could not see. The scoreboard reflected the progress in the “Virtue over Victory” program […]

Trojan cross country teams move up a notch in state finals

Kennedy High School girls cross country team placed ninth and the boys team took 10th at the 1A/2A/3A Oregon State Meet Nov. 1 at Lane Community College in Eugene. Improving on last year’s 10th place finish, the Kennedy girls scored 210 points. JFK beat league rival East Linn Christian (11th, 225 points) and Regis (14th, 300 points). St. Mary’s of […]

A life of commitment: Sister Joeine focuses on the sisters, the church, education

By Mary Owen

Sister Joeine Darrington credits a good attitude and strong genes for her living to be 93 years old.
“And our regular life I have at the convent, with time to pray, time to relax and time to enjoy one another,” said Darrington, the self-professed “convent hugger” at the Benedictine Queen of Angels Monastery in Mt. Angel.