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Ewings remembered in Mount Angel

Mount Angel is mourning the loss of residents Tom and Virginia Ewing after police reported they died in a murder-suicide at the end of November. According to the Mt. Angel Police Department, Thomas Esson Ewing, 77, and Virginia Rae Ewing, 71, were found deceased Nov. 27 at their home on the 600 Block of St. Mary’s Ave. Assisted by the […]

Reciprocal benefits – Scotts Mills PTCC partners with chamber

By Melissa Wagoner When Scotts Mills Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Community Club (PTCC) heard that the Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce needed help staffing their annual Oktoberfest booth and that they were willing to share proceeds with any organization that volunteered, they jumped at the chance.  “Katie Sommer, PTCC president, volunteered to head this up and find volunteers for two […]

4th of July in ‘Heart of Farm Country’

“Heart of Farm Country”, is the theme for this year’s 4th of July parade organized by the Mt Angel Chamber of Commerce.   At 11 a.m. the parade begins at Kennedy High School on E. Marquam Street, then winds down Birch to Taylor to Garfield, finishing at the Weingarten building. Norm Zollner, will be the MC, introducing entries and winners. […]

Lydia Berning, Spencer Bizon awarded Mt. Angel Chamber scholarships

The Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce has awarded its Junior First Citizen Award and the Maureen Ernst Memorial Scholarship to John F. Kennedy High School seniors Lydia Berning and Spencer Bizon, respectively. The students were surprised at the high school by their parents and chamber leaders. The awards included $2,000 toward each student’s education.  Berning and Bizon said they hope […]

Mt. Angel recognizes Scott Stokley with first Community Impact Award

By James Day Scott Stokley, a 37-year resident of Mount Angel is a local Realtor who also owns Touch of Bavaria, Angel Mountain Christmas and is about to open a new eatery in town, Lou’s Kitchen. His dizzying schedule also includes tons of outreach for the Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce, for whom he is a passionate supporter of local […]

Chief Mark Daniel honored by chamber for Distinguished Service

By Stephen Floyd Police Chief Mark Daniel said he was shocked when the Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce arrived at City Hall to tell him he was being presented with the Distinguished Service Award. Daniel, who also serves in a dual role as interim city manager, said he didn’t feel deserving, but the chamber insisted and he felt honored. “This […]

Borschowa family volunteerism earns Helping Hands Award

By Stephen Floyd The contributions of Joe Borschowa and his family have been both highly visible and subtle. The local veteran and business owner has been heavily involved with the Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce, the American Legion and other groups, but hasn’t sought public recognition. Yet if you’ve ever admired the American flags on display throughout town during Memorial […]

Chamber awards presented during ‘The Next Friday’ May 13

The Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce is trying a new approach to its annual community awards. Mt. Angel Honors will be held in conjunction with The Next Friday, a monthly event showcasing businesses downtown. Each of the four honorees will stand with a partnering business. Residents are invited to meet and chat with honorees while touring the event. The chamber […]

Double duty – Chief Mark Daniel thrives as Mt. Angel’s interim city manager

By Stephen Floyd Mark Daniel was already a man of many hats when he became interim city manager of Mt. Angel on Sept. 1. The police chief/emergency manager/firefighter/EMT/DJ knew it was an unusual choice to add city administration to his many responsibilities. But the last four months have shown he was up to the task, with the coming year holding […]

The Comeback town – Mount Angel raises $50,000 for fire losses

By James Day In those corny old black-and-white movies a bunch of kids (Mickey Rooney usually was involved) would at some point declare “Let’s put on a show!”  Great energy would be expended and odds overcome as the spunky kids saved the day. In Mount Angel, it’s a bit different. It’s more like “Let’s put on a festival!” Because that’s […]

Summer kick off: Mount Angel hosts two-day Independence celebration

By Melissa Wagoner When the Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce realized this year Independence Day fell on a Sunday, they saw it as a chance to shake up the usual traditions.  “[I]t seemed like a great opportunity to add an additional event on Saturday to bring people together and celebrate our town, community and independence,” Chamber of Commerce President Sarah […]

In the path of service: Elise Suing receives Maureen Ernst Scholarship

By Melissa Wagoner Maureen Ernst was a longtime member of the Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce and a passionate advocate for her community. So much so that, when she passed away in 2018, the chamber created the Maureen Ernst Scholarship, which funds a $2,000 unrestricted gift to a deserving John F. Kennedy High School senior each year. “When we remember […]

Culture of volunteerism: Oktoberfest receives President’s Award

By Daniele Keating Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce Past President Pete Wall selected Oktoberfest to receive the 2018 President’s Award for its tremendous community accomplishments and charitable contributions. Inaugurated in 2014, the President’s Award recognizes those who do a great service to the community or the Chamber. This year is the first time an organization has been selected for the […]

Wurst time: Festival adds ‘Fasching’ – Mardi Gras!

By Kristine Thomas The “wurst” festival in Mount Angel invites guests to learn a new German word and partake in a new tradition – Fasching. “Fasching is the German Mardi Gras celebration,” Kathy Wall of the Wurstfest committee said. “Many years ago, Fasching was celebrated in Mount Angel, and we are bringing back the tradition and encouraging people to celebrate […]

Working together: Volunteers encouraged to find ways to build community

By Kristine Thomas and Brenna Wiegand   Community isn’t a “like” on Facebook, Cate Tennyson said. And, it’s more than homes clustered in a neighborhood. A member of the Silverton Grange, Tennyson believes “community is joining with other people to accomplish something.” “It’s feeling good about working together with others and making a difference,” she added. “Community is knowing your […]

Virtue First: Randy Traeger coaches lifelong lessons

Editor’s Note: Kennedy High Football Coach Randy Traeger, founder of the Virtue First program, is receiving the Service to Youth Award at the Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce Community Awards banquet Feb. 25. Here, sportswriter James Day shares impressions of Traeger’s influence. By James Day It was a dismal rainy day. Hot cocoa was flying out of the concession stand. […]

Hoffer service award: Rick Schiedler honored for commitment to city

By Don Murtha After a lifetime of community service, Mount Angel’s former Mayor Rick Schiedler is ready to sit back and enjoy playing with his four grandchildren, working in his woodshop and being outdoors. “I’ve always been involved since I was a kid and picked corn for my parents for the Oktoberfest booth,” Schiedler said. “It was my parents’ philosophy […]

Making a difference: Verna Scharbach believes in giving back

By Kristine Thomas Verna Scharbach believes her life would be “empty” if it weren’t for the time she dedicated to volunteering in Mount Angel. “Volunteering allows me to connect with my friends and meet all the wonderful people I do through volunteering,” said Scharbach, 94. For her commitment to volunteering at the Mount Angel Senior Center for more than 40 […]

Eager to help: Orville Roth supports Mt. Angel

By Brenna Wiegand Mount Angel’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Orville Roth, founder of Roth’s Fresh Markets. “My relationship with Mount Angel goes back 46 years, when Paul DeShaw and other local people started a committee to have an Oktoberfest in Mount Angel,” Roth said. “Who would have ever thought it would be what it is today?” He was […]

Community spirit: Mount Angel Towers named Business of the Year

By Don Murtha Food drives, programs for school children, donations for St. Joseph’s Shelter, a Halloween costume party, reading programs for local schools, a Back to School supplies drive , a community Health and Wellness fair, – the list of community support projects grows long at Mount Angel Towers. For all of this and more, the community awards committee chose […]

The Gooley way: Mount Angel First Citizen hailed for Festhalle focus

By Brenna Wiegand He’s amiable, driven – and a little dangerous. Not long into a conversation, he has you thinking about signing up as a volunteer for Mount Angel’s Oktoberfest. That’s John Gooley, Mount Angel’s 2012 First Citizen.  Gooley and fellow community award recipients will be honored at Feb. 25 at the Mount Angel Festhalle. Gooley’s decades of tireless volunteerism […]

Mount Angel 2012 award winners announced

The Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce has announced the 2012 winners who will be honored at the 30th annual First Citizen Banquet on Feb. 25: First Citizen – John Golly Volunteer of the Year  – Verna Scharbach Business of the Year – Mount Angel Towers Lifetime Achievement – Orville Roth Future First Citizen – Sadie Manley Service to Youth – Randy […]

Set your cap: Bonnets to be fashion feature of 150th fete in Mt. Angel

By Linda Whitmore Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce President Mary Grant got a bee in her bonnet and now she’s buzzing about town sharing her idea. It started with planning for the community’s commemoration of Oregon’s Sesquicentennial. A Marion County-wide event known as the 150 Miles for 150 Years Relay will bring visitors to Mt. Angel, Scotts Mills and Silverton […]