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Learning and laughter: Women’s Connection offers support

By Molly Gunther Laughter filled Silverton Methodist Church on Aug. 14 when Judy Glenney, a former National Weightlifting Champion and Olympic judge, shared a humorous and reflective look at her milestones of womanhood, starting when she was a girl. “I could see no practicality in a dress,” Glenny said. “You can’t cross the monkey bars in a dress.” Glenney described […]

Nuestros Abuelos: Somos Hispanas Unidas offers elders a social circle

By Molly Gunther A Spanish serenade crackles on the radio while Rosa Campos surveys the group in the kitchen at Silverton Senior Center. Two gentlemen and seven ladies are working together to make four different types of tamales. Campos bustles around making sure the project flows smoothly. There is no recipe in sight. Still, all hands are busy, moving swiftly, […]

Dream job: Middle school a goal

By Molly Gunther There was a phase in elementary school where Nancy Griffith would come home after school and teach her stuffed animals what she had learned that day. “That went away and I wanted to be a biologist which I ended up being,” Griffith said. “Then somebody said to me ‘why don’t you try teaching? I think you’d enjoy […]

Voters to decide: $24.9 million school bond goes on November ballot

By Kristine Thomas  After months of listening to public input, reading reports by specialists about the condition of the Eugene Field School building and weighing the pros and cons of what they consider fiscally prudent plans, the Silver Falls School District board finally made a decision. On Aug. 11, the board members voted 5-1 to place a $24.9 million bond […]

Music fills the air: A transformative experience

By Molly Gunther To appreciate what is and see what could be is a talent. To be able to take that vision and talent and create something new, that’s an artist’s gift to her world. When Eadie Anelli moved to Silverton, in 2003 she brought with her vision, talent, and the willingness to roll up her sleeves and work. The […]

Ideas planted: Results in fall

By Molly Gunther The Mount Angel Design Charrette on July 26, was described as a “really good day” by City Councilor and Chamber President Pete Wall. City officials and residents identified many specific topics, which were prioritized during the design workshop. Frequent ideas included a farmers’ market or Saturday market, where local residents can get fresh produce without traveling to […]

Wish granted: Celebrating a birthday with a wedding day

By Molly Gunther Kathy Townsend and Tom Dockery met and fell in love in Everett, Wash. in 1997 when they worked for Checker Cab. She was 47 and he was 48. “Any time we were between radio calls, we would usually be parked in a parking lot somewhere,” Tom said. “We would park our cabs next to each other and […]

Design time: Mount Angel residents invited to give input on downtown

Mount Angel Charrette Saturday, July 26, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Mount Angel Fire Hall, 300 Monroe St. Lunch is free. An RSVP would be appreciated for planning purposes to City Administrator Eileen Stein, [email protected] or 503-845-9291 By Molly Gunther A German authority in Bavarian urban design, University of Oregon sustainable urban design students, art and architecture students from Poland’s […]