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Sports & Recreation

Something Fun

Kennedy football starts strong – Page 20

Vol. 13 No. 17

Music advocates stage events – Page 4


Serving Mt. Angel, Silverton, and Scotts Mills

October 2016

Piecing together a legacy – Page 16

Our Town P.O. Box 927 Mt. Angel, Or 97362



Something To Think About –

Demystifying dyslexia – Page 22


Brush Creek board announces 2017 season, expands membership Community members are invited to tour At its annual meeting Brush Creek Players announced its 2017 season, made bylaw changes to expand the voting membership, and elected its 2017 board officers. The 2017 season includes: The Further Misadventures of the Seven Dwarfs, a children/youth show, Feb 17 - March 5; Hallelujah Girls, April 14-30; All In the Timing, June 9-25; The Golden Harp that Saved Silverton, a melodrama, July 28 - Aug. 13; Kitchen Witches, Sept. 22 - Oct. 8; and Christmas at the Blizzard: A Murder Mystery, Dec 1-17. The board’s recommended bylaws changes primarily served to more readily recognize volunteers as voting members of the organization. Because of the approved changes, anyone who acted in a production in 2016 or worked five or more hours at the theater is now eligible to be a voting member. This includes children who were cast members and parents who worked in the dressing room or helped with the set or costuming.  Brush Creek officers elected for one-year terms beginning Jan. 1 are: president, Emily Wood; vice president, Dennis Messman; secretary, Linda Zellner; treasurer, Michael Wood. Rick Bittner and Frank Bartruff were recognized as volunteers of the year.

Candidates forums set The public is invited to a Public Candidate Forums Wednesday, Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m. at the Silverton Grange #748 Hall, 201 Division St., Silverton, and Thursday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m. at the Mount Angel Public Library, 290 Charles St., Mount Angel. The Oct. 5 event, hosted by the Silverton Grange, will introduce the public to candidates running for State Senate District 9, State House District 18, Silverton Mayoral and City Council, and Marion County Soil & Water Director at Large in the Nov. 8 General Election. The Oct. 13 event is hosted by the Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce. It will introduce Mount Angel candidates on the ballot. The last day to register to vote is Tuesday, Oct. 18. For information on registering to vote, visit www.sos.oregon.gov/voting/Pages/voteinor. aspx

The Oregon Garden holds Barn Dance and Pig Roast

The Oregon Garden is calling all cowboys and Calamity Janes: put on your best bib and tucker, round up your pardners, and head to the garden for the 6th annual Barn Dance & Pig Roast. The dance and pig roast will be Oct. 22, 6 to 11 p.m. in the garden’s Grand Hall, 879 W Main St., Silverton. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, which includes line dance lessons and one beer from Seven Brides Brewing. Tickets including dinner cost $30 in advance or $35 at the door. The event is for ages 21 and older. Tickets are available at oregongarden.org/events/barn-dance. Thr hoedown features line dance lessons and DJ services by Rockin’ Robyn’s DJ and Dance. The bestdressed guy and gal will each win a gift certificate from Double “H” Western Wear. Adam’s Rib Smokehouse will provide food served alongside cold beer, wine and spirits. The Oregon Garden Barn Dance is presented by Double “H” Western Wear and sponsored Seven Brides Brewing.




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$375,000 “Mini” Farm! 3bd/2.5ba ~ 1597 SF ~ 3.2 Acres Donna Paradis • 503-851-0998 • MLS#707173

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Gordon House hosts Garden Club Day

The Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs is hosting an all-day event at the Gordon House on Monday, Oct. 17. The event will feature a guest speaker on how native plants are Oregon’s treasures; a walking tour of the Gordon House gardens; displays of floral arrangements; refreshments and more. The guest from the Native Plant Society of Oregon will speak at 10 a.m.

Refreshments will be available 10 a.m. to noon. Following the presentation, Gordon House General Director Molly Murphy will lead the walk-about through the eight native gardens and ancient oak grove surrounding the Gordon House. All garden enthusiasts are welcome. The Gordon House is located at 869 W. Main St. Call 503-874-6006 for additional information.

Inside Peace screening a SACA benefit The award-winning documentary Inside Peace will be shown as a benefit for Silverton Area Community Aid Saturday, Oct. 22, 1 p.m. at the Palace Theater, 200 N. Water St. Donations all go the the community food bank. Filmed over four years, the film focuses on a group of hardened inmates doing time in a Texas prison. Coming from lives marked by poverty, violence, addiction and

Coats for Kids Drive begins collection The area’s annual “Coats for Kids” drive runs Oct. 1 - 22. Community members, civic organizations, churches and school children are asked to donate new or gently used coats, hats, scarves and mittens. Items can be dropped off Tuesdays or Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Community Services Clothing Center, located behind the Seventhday Adventist Church, 1159. They may also be dropped off

abuse, they are trapped in a dangerous cycle of crime, prison and recidivism. The men embark on a journey when they enroll in the Peace Class at the Dominguez State Jail in San Antonio, Texas. They are initially drawn to the class to get free pencils, paper and an hour of air conditioning. The film follows what happens as the men change and then are released from prison.

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Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Silverton Community Center, 421 S. Water St. Volunteers at the Community Services Clothing Center distribute the coats to families in need beginning Thursday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. For additional drop off locations or further information, call Jan at Silverton Together, 503-873-0405.

Rock the Casino for the senior center It’s time to Rock the Casino. A fund-raiser for the Silverton Senior Center, the fun is Saturday, Oct. 15, 5 to 10 p.m. at Seven Brides Brewing, 990 N. First St. The event is for guests 21 years and older. Guests can play casino games to win scrip to use in the live and silent auctions. Food and beverages can be ordered off the menu.

Tickets are $25 and include $400 in “scrip” in advance plus a free ticket for a chance at the door prize. Tickets are available at the Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield St.; The Pillbox, 302 N. First St.; Seven Brides Brewing, 990 N. First St. and the Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce, 426 S. Water St. Call the senior center, 503-873-3093, for information.

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Habitat for Humanity holds dinner/auction Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity at its annual dinner and auction Saturday, Oct. 8, 5 p.m. at the Mount Angel Festhalle, 500 S. Wilco Hwy. The event is presented by Roth Heating and Cooling. Tickets are $35 per person or $250 for a table of eight. They can be purchased at nwvhabitat.org, by calling 503-845-2177, or at the NWV Habitat office, 225 Franklin St., Mount Angel. The Glockenspiel is catering the dinner and A.H. Factor will provide the musical entertainment. Auction items include a safari trip to South Africa, a vacation home stay on Lopez Island, Disneyland tickets, a Portland Timbers sports package, several getaways, items for the home and garden, wine



tours, family outings, restaurant gift certificates and more. All monies raised go toward the construction of Habitat homes which help families achieve the dream of homeownership. NWV Habitat serves the communities of Mount Angel, Silverton and Scotts Mills by providing safe, decent and affordable housing for hard working families. NWV Habitat is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Its mission is to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.

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datebook Frequent Addresses JFK High, 890 E Marquam St., Mt. Angel Mount Angel Library, 290 Charles St. Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton Community Center, 421 S. Water St. Silverton High, 1456 Pine St. Silverton Hospital, 342 Fairview St. Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield. The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St.,


Senior Exercise Classes 9:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Yoga or Sit & Be Fit classes for 60 and older. Repeats Wednesday, Friday. Discount for members. 503-873-3093

Recovery at Noon

Noon – 1 p.m., Third and High streets, Silverton. Every day except Sunday. John, 503-399-0599

Gordon House Tours

Noon, 1, 2 p.m. Every day. Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon House, 869 W Main St., Silverton. Reservations: thegordonhouse. org, 503-874-6006

Ukulele Jam

3:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free for seniors 60 and older. 503-873-3093


1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Seniors 60 and older. 503-873-3093

Silverchips Woodcarving Sessions

1 – 4 p.m., Silverton Arts Association, 303 Coolidge St. Sessions for $2/wk. All levels.


3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math: Learning and Building. Free. Ages 5 - 11

Free Dinner

5 - 7 p.m., First Christian Church, 402 N First St., Silverton. All ages. Free; donations accepted. 503-873-6620


Baby Birds Storytime 11 a.m. - noon, Silver Falls Library. Ages 0 36 months. Free. Repeats Fridays.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly

6 p.m., St. Paul Catholic Church, 1410 Pine St., Silverton. 503-501-9824

Compassionate Presence Sangha

7 – 8:30 p.m., Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. Mindful meditation, shared dialog. All spiritual traditions welcome. Free. Newcomers arrive 20 minutes early.

Overeaters Anonymous

5:45 p.m., Silverton Grange Hall, 201 Division St. All welcome. $5. Repeats Wednesdays. Robin, 503-930-1896

7 p.m., St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, 211 W Center St., Silverton. Group meets weekly to discuss support those with eating problems. All welcome. 503-910-6862

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Evening Yoga

8 p.m., Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. Repeats Thursdays, Saturdays. David, 503-383-8327


Senior Center Exercise 8 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Zumba. 9 a.m. & 5 p.m. Tai Chi. Seniors 60 and older. Repeats Thursday. 503-873-3093

Lego Club

5 p.m., Mt. Angel Library. Lego Club for ages 5 and up. Free. 503-845-6401

Serenity Al-Anon Meeting

5:30 p.m., Silverton Assembly of God Church, 437 N James St. 503-269-0952


Silverton Toastmasters 7:30 a.m., Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1159 Oak St., Silverton. Ann, 503-873-4198

Take Off Pounds Sensibly

9 a.m., First Baptist Church, 229 Westfield St., Silverton. All welcome. Sandy, 503-871-3729

Duplo Day

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Ages 0 - 5. Free. Caregiver attends with child.


Silverton Farmer’s Market 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Town Square Park, Silverton. 503-581-3182, Oct. 15 is the last day. silvertonfarmersmarket.org

Family Game Day

Silverton Business Group 8 a.m., Silverton Inn & Suites, 310 N Water St. Sponsored by Silverton Chamber of Commerce. Network, hear speaker. Free. 503-873-5615

10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Family game day for families with children of all ages. Free. Caregiver must attend with children 0 - 5. 503-873-7633

Mt. Angel Library Activities

10 a.m., Silverton Assembly of God Church, 437 N James St. 503-269-0952

10:30 a.m., Mt. Angel Library. Toddler Storytime. 11:15 a.m., Indoor Playtime.

Chickadees Storytime

12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Ages 3 - 5. Free. 503-873-7633

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Serenity Al-Anon Meeting Saturday Lunch

Noon - 1:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 N Second St., Silverton. Free. 503-873-2635

Sunday Silverton Spiritual Life Community

10:30 a.m., Silverton Grange, 201 Division St. New thought services. 503-873-8026.

FUTSAL Indoor Soccer

3 - 5 p.m., Robert Frost School, 201 Westfield, Silverton. Co-ed, pick-up games. Ages 14 -18. Free. Begins Sept. 11. Brian, 503-508-2772, silvertonbaptist.org

Saturday, Oct. 1 Silverton Sidewalk Shindig

Noon - 8 p.m., downtown Silverton. Free celebration with festive music, food, shopping. Kid’s Area open 1 - p.m. at Town Square Park. Map of activities available day of at Silverton Chamber, 426 S Water St., or 107 N Water St.

Monday, Oct. 3 Silverton City Council

7 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Open to public. 503-873-5321

Mount Angel City Council

7 p.m., Mount Angel Library. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-845-9291

Wednesday, Oct. 5 Meet the Candidates

6:30 p.m., Silverton Grange, 201 Division. Meet candidates for Silverton mayor, city council; state senator, District 9; state house representative, District 18; Marion County Soil & Water. Moderated by Lee Mercer. Open to public. Refreshments. silvertongrange@gmail.com

Actors/Improv Group

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Improvisational games. No experience required. Open to adults, high school students. Repeats Oct. 19. 503-873-8796

Thursday, Oct. 6 Introduction to Mediation

6 p.m., Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. Learn about mediation. Free. David, 971-218-6641

Silverton Scribes

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Informal writer’s group to share, critique writing projects. Repeats Oct 20. 503-873-8796

Scotts Mills City Council

Tuesday, Oct. 4

7 p.m., Scotts Mills City Hall, 265 Fourth St. Open to public. 503-873-5435

Blood Pressure Checks

Silverton Lions Club

8:30 - 11 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free blood pressure checks for seniors 60 and older. Provided by Legacy Silverton Medical Center. 503-873-3093

SFOM Fundraiser

7 p.m., Silverton Hospital. Open to everyone interested in service to community. Repeats Oct. 20. 503-873-7119

Friday, Oct. 7

4 - 9 p.m., Thai Dish, 209 N Water St., Silverton. Silverton Friends of Music fundraiser. 15% of proceeds supports music program at all levels in Silver Falls School District.

Rummage Sale

Caregiver Connection

5 to 6:30 p.m. Silverton Middle School, 714 Schlador St. Take a tour of the school to see what’s new. 503-873-5317

4 - 5:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Community Center, 195 E Charles St. Class for anyone who is over 60 and taking care of someone at home. Free. 503-845-6998

Adult Coloring Night

6 - 7:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Relax, de-stress with adult conversation, refreshments, coloring. All materials provided. Free. 503-873-8796

Silverton Garden Club 7 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship, 822 NE Industrial Way. Perennials: planting, pruning, care. Speaker Patti Harris of Garden Thyme Nursery. Refreshments. Free. New members welcome. 503-873-5690


9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N Church St., Silverton. Benefits church’s missions. Repeats Oct. 8

Silverton Middle School Open House

Open Studio Painters

6 - 8 p.m., Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. Collection of 81 paintings by nine artists. Work continues on display during gallery hours through Oct. 30. Jan, 503-3639310.

First Friday in Silverton

7 – 9 p.m. Explore the historic downtown, have dinner, shop, browse through galleries and boutiques. 503-873-5615

Lunaria Artists’ Reception

7 - 9 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St., Silverton. Cityscapes, Landscapes and Otherscapes reception with weaver Genie Stewart, watercolor painter Sonia Allen. In loft, Late Bloomer with botanical paintings by Musa Jaman. Thru Oct. 31. 503-873-7734

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Saturday, Oct. 8 Scotts Mills Road Clean-up

9 - 11 a.m. Annual Scotts Mills road cleanup. Meet at Scotts Mills Community Center. Equipment, refreshments provided. Open to all. Sponsored by Neighborhood Watch Adopt-A-Road. bergbobjoni@yahoo.com

40th annual SACA Food Drive

9 a.m. to 2 p.m., SACA, 421 S Water St. Look for a grocery bag on your front porch Oct. 3 to 6. Fill the bag or donate a few items. Place bag on doorstep by 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 for volunteers to pick up. Call 503-873-3446 to volunteer.

NWV Habitat Dinner

5 p.m., Festhalle, 500 S Wilco Hwy., Mt. Angel. NWV Habitat for Humanity’s 30th anniversary dinner, auction. Dinner by Glockenspiel in Mt. Angel. Auction. Tickets, $35, available at nwvhabitat.org.

Monday, Oct. 10 Columbus Day Mount Angel School District

6:30 p.m., District Office, 730 E Marquam St. Open to public. 503-845-2345

Silver Falls School District

7 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Open to public. 503-873-5303

Tuesday, Oct. 11 Ancestry Detectives

10 a.m. – noon., Silver Falls Library. Genealogy research presentation. Open to all. ancestrydetectives.org

Silverton Planning Commission

7 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-874-2207

Thursday, Oct. 13 Job Fair

11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Silverton Area Community Aid hosts community-wide job fair. Free for all. 503-873-3446

Fall FUNdraiser

Noon, First Christian Church, 402 N First St., Silverton. Silent auction, games, drawing to benefit Stonecroft Ministries. Speaker Jan Bonn. Enter to win holiday makeover. Light luncheon, $6.50; reserve spot by Sept. 13 by calling Cathy, 503-999-2291 Silverton Zenith Woman’s Club 7 p.m. Members discuss ways to fund, implement projects that benefit Silverton community. For meeting place, call Barbara, 801-414-3875

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Silverton Mural Society

7 p.m., Silverton Mobile Clubhouse, 1307 S Water St. Open to public. Dues $15/year. Norm, 503-874-8101

Mount Angel Candidate Forum

7 p.m. Mount Angel Library, 260 Charles St. Local candidates on the Nov. 8 ballot, event presented by the Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce.. All welcome.

Friday, Oct. 14 Chamber Forum Lunch

11:45 a.m., Silverton Hospital. Networking, educational program. $12 members with reservation. $15 prospective members or no reservation. 503-873-5615, silvertonchamber.org

Community Roots Auction

6 p.m., Festhalle, 500 S Wilco Hwy., Mt. Angel. Community Roots annual auction dinner. Dinner, silent auction, oral auction. Tickets, $40, available at the school, 229 Eureka Ave., Silverton, or at the door. Benefits Community Roots Montessori Charter School. crmontessori.org

Saturday, Oct. 15 Understand the Endocrine Cascade

10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Silverton Grange, 201 Division St. Learn about functions of glands and hormones, study immune system, learn about tonic herbs. $40. elderspiritherbals@gmail.com

Rock the Casino

5 - 10 p.m., Seven Brides Brewing, 990 N First St., Silverton. Play casino games, use winning ‘scrip’ for live, silent auction. Food, beverages ordered off menu. Tickets $25, including $400 scrip, available at Silverton Senior Center; The Pillbox, 302 N First St., Silverton; Seven Brides Brewing; Silverton Chamber. Benefits Silverton Senior Center. 503-873-3093

Tuesday, Oct. 18 Silver Falls Library Book Club

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S. Water St., Silverton. This month’s selection is “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo. Refreshments. Visitors welcome. Spring, 503-897-8796

Thursday, Oct. 20 Pints & Purls

6 - 8 p.m., Seven Brides Brewing, 990 N First, Silverton. Meet other knitters, crocheters for an evening of pints and some purls. Hosted by Apples to Oranges. Everyone welcome. 503-8-74-4901

Friday, Oct. 21 Fall Frenzy

5 - 8 p.m., Silverton Friends Church, 229 Eureka Ave. Fall into the season with food, shopping, fun. Repeats 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Oct. 22.

Vigil for Peace

7 a.m. - noon, Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. $5 per person. 503-874-9575

Thursday, Oct. 27 Crockpot Class

6:30 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N Church St., Silverton. Meredith Wertz shows how to use common pantry staples to make easy, slowcooker recipes. Free. Call SACA, 503-8733446, to register.

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Late Season Saturday Market

10 a.m. - noon, Silver Falls Bread Co., 432 McClaine St., Silverton. Vendors from Silverton Farmer’s Market gather every Saturday through May 6. 503-779-7206

Inside Peace Documentary

1 p.m., Palace Theater, 200 N Water St., Silverton. Shot over four years, ‘Inside Peace’ focuses on a group of hardened inmates doing time in a Texas prison. Donations to Silverton Area Community Aid accepted. Insidepeacemovie.com, 503-873-3446

Garden Clubs visit Gordon House

Barn Dance, Pig Roast

10 a.m., Gordon House, 869 W Main St., Silverton. Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs hosts all-day event. Guest speakers, walking tours of Gordon House gardens and organic architecture, floral arrangement displays, refreshments. 503874-6006, thegordonhouse.org

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7 - 8 p.m., Benedictine Sisters’ Queen of Angels Chapel, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Open to public. 503-845-6773

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Classical Guitar Performance

6 - 9 p.m., Silverton Middle School Gym. Artist Ben Walther and Silverton Assembly of God Youth Pastor Matt Novak lead a night of worship and fellowship for Christian youth of all denomination.s. Refreshments. Free. 503-871-1667

Taizé Prayer

7 - 11 p.m., Festhalle, 500 S Wilco Hwy., Mt. Angel. Fundraiser for local nonprofits; recognize and inspire volunteerism. Appetizers from local restaurants, entertainment by Bret Lucich, silent and oral auction. Tickets, $35, at Silverton Chamber, 426 S Water St., or silvertonchamber.org.

5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Towne Square Park, Silverton. Silverton People for Peace gather holding signs pleading for peace, end of wars. Open to all. Robert Siske, 503-8735307

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Judy’s Party

6 - 10 p.m., The Oregon Garden. Pig roast dinner, beer from Seven Brides Brewing, line dancing, line dance lessons. Pre-sale tickets $30, $27 Oregon Garden members. $35 at door. Dance-only pre-sale tickets $15, $13 members; $20 at door. Presented by Double “H” Western Wear Ranch & Feed Store. oregongarden.org


7 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Performance by award-winning classical guitarist Peter Fletcher. Free. Open to public. 503873-8796

Pop-up Co-op

11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Seven Brides Brewing, 990 N First St., Silverton. Showcase of products from local farmers, producers. Presented by Silverton Food Co-op. Free. Open to public. Repeats Oct. 30. Jason, 503-701-2206, silverton.food.coop.com

Sunday, Oct. 30 Organ Recital

9:30 a.m., First Christian Church, 402 N First St., Silverton. Gil Wittman performs classical piano selections. Free. 503-873-6620

Monday, Oct. 31 Halloween Halloween Hat Party

Noon, Silverton Senior Center. Halloween hat party, contest. Refreshments provided. Seniors 60 and older. 503-8733093

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Piecing together a legacy

By Kristine Thomas Silverton resident Christine Carlisle wanted to say “no.” She even hoped she wouldn’t have to say no because she wished she wouldn’t even be asked. Yet, she was asked to lead the project.

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“I think the universe tricked me into doing this,” she said, laughing. “Even my husband encouraged me to say no but I just couldn’t.” And months later, she couldn’t be more grateful for the amazing experience she has had working on the Rumely Fountain Mosaic in Silverton’s Coolidge McClaine Park with countless community members. A former classical ballet dancer who trained in New York City and an artist who has created mosaics for churches and others, Carlisle belongs to the Society of Mosaic Artists. Never in her 17 years as a mosaic artist has she encountered a project of the grace and significance of the Silverotn fountain mosaic. “It’s nothing short of a miracle that all these people have come together to do this project of this magnitude,” she said. “When I was first told about the project, I thought it was completely unrealistic to do it with the budget they had and volunteer labor.” What Carlisle along with other project leaders have discovered is there is something “almost truly magical” about the fountain. “There are so many amazing stories of the people who came together for this project,” Carlisle said, adding the project was made possible because of the dedication and commitment of the volunteers and the leadership team. To date, more than 400 volunteers have contributed more than 8,000 hours of service to Phase 1 of the fountain, which involved the creation and placement of 118 mosaic panels on the fountain’s floor, 39 panels in the inner rim

and 12 panels on the fountainhead for a total of 500 sq. ft. of tile mosaic. There will be panels on the upper rim, but they are still being installed. The project has received support from the City of Silverton, the Silverton Rotary Foundation and the Ford Family Foundation / Institute Leadership Program. The project also has received financial and non-monetary contributions from local businesses, organizations and individuals in Silverton, Mount Angel and Scotts Mills. Both money and volunteers are still needed to finish the project, hopefully by next year. “I think this project is an example of what you put out into the universe, it will be returned to you,” Carlisle said. “Every time we needed it, the right people showed up at the right time to help.” The leadership team of the Silverton-Mount Angel Cohort #3 of the Ford Foundation include Kathleen Jordan, project manager, of Canby; Jaime Fuhrman,

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Mosaic project in Coolidge McClaine Park promotes community, friendships Fountain donations welcome To assist, go to CommunityFountainMosaic.com or send a tax deductible donation of any size to Silverton Rotary Foundation, c/o Rumely Fountain Mosaic Project, 502 N. First St., Silverton. communications leader, of Silverton; Laurie Boyce, fundraising leader, of Aurora; Kristi Brackinreed, finance leader, of Mount Angel and Gail Mitchell, implementation leader, of Silverton. The cohort members are Silverton residents Ron Bell, Gus Frederick, Elijah Rakha-Sheketoff, John Pattison, Laura Lucero, Rhett Martin, Rich Piaskowski, Diane Brooke, Cindi Bates, Aba Gayle, Emma Anderson, Miranda Traeger and Jamison Ulibarri; Scotts Mills resident Mara'd Van der Wal and Mount Angel resident Anne Bruner. Ann Haviland is the community ambassador and Ami Keiffer is the training facilitator.

“One reason we are not finished is because we are creating something that will last 50 years or more,” Fuhrman said. The group needs to raise at least $6,000 to complete the work on the fountain and bench. “People in this community took on a Herculean task,” Carlisle said. “We had to cut tile, glue it on backwards and upside down using the reverse method. This is the hardest project I have ever done but the most rewarding.” Carlisle and her husband returned to Silverton to care for her mother about five years ago. “This project has opened my eyes to so many amazing and beautiful women,” she said. “I also never knew how loved Coolidge McClaine Park is and the ebb and flow of people who come through it.” Carlisle has found it amazing how many people have formed friendships or found common ground by working at the fountain. Two women will sit down next to one another as strangers and the next thing, they are sharing their life stories, she added.

Laura Lucero created the four-panel fountainhead with scenes of Mount Hood, the Haystack Rock at the Oregon Coast, Silver Falls State Park and wetlands.

“All the women who have worked on this have the greatest sense of humor. We spend a lot of time laughing,” Carlisle said. “They are also some of the wisest women I know.”

“It has been an incredible privilege to put down the panels created by the volunteers,” Carlisle said. “This fountain is about the spirit of community. It’s about overcoming challenges and setbacks and finding a way.”

The list of volunteers includes ballet students, entire families, senior citizens, high school students and more.

The project is also about perseverance. Many people had hoped the project would be done in June. When that deadline passed, it was then hoped it would be done by Homer Days in August. Now, as the weather becomes cooler and more unpredictable, and the days shorter, Carlisle along with Fuhrman and Jordan said the dedication of the fountain will have to wait until 2017.

“When people look at this fountain, I want them to see the more than 400 pairs of hands who put their love into this,” she said. “This project is what it is because we let it tell us what it is instead of us forcing it to be what we wanted.” Carlisle, 60, said she dedicated herself to transforming the ugly, turquoise fountain into a piece of art because of the leadership and dedication of Jordan and Fuhrman. Both said the project was not what they originally planned. “We were so innocent in those days,” Fuhrman said.

Jordan said they had the task of taking a vision and making it happen. Their first stumbling block was learning the concrete had to be replaced. First installed in 1933, the concrete was held together by layers of paint. “We learned we needed a concrete base we could trust to support the artwork,” Jordan said. “If we didn’t have that, we couldn’t go forward.” Scott Strand of Scott Strand Construction, not only helped with the project – including placing the 3,100 lb. fountain head – but lent his expert advice. “This is a lot more than we envisioned,” Fuhrman said. “Every time we needed people to step up to help, they have.” While there have been challenges, they both look forward to the day when the tents will be removed and water will be running. Now when asked when it will be finished, the answer is “As soon as we can.” The women confess it is stubbornness along with wanting to fulfill a vision that keeps them going. As the days become shorter, they want to finish Phase I by winter. “The community and the love for this project has been phenomenal,” Jordan said. Fuhrman said the project has taught her what people can do when they work together. The next project she is considering is a warming shelter for the homeless. “After doing this complex project, I know we can go on to do more,” she said. Carlisle said the Greek interpretation of the word mosaic is “patient work.” “All of us are broken in one way or another,” Carlisle said. “That’s why we need community. This project represents what happens when community comes together and people share their stories. We fix each other. I have seen a lot healing and better people because of this project.”

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Food drive It’s normal for donations to be slim during the summer months, meaning fewer items on shelves at the Silverton Area Community Aid, 421 S. Water St. Although there are fewer food donations in the summer, the number of clients needing services remains steady throughout the year, SACA Executive Director Teresa Warriner said. “We currently are serving between 200 to 400 families a month,” Warriner said. “A family can be one person or 14. We try to give our clients enough food for 5 to 7 days.”


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“This community food drive helps us sustain through the fall and winter,” Warriner said. “We so appreciate the support of the Silverton community.” Those living in town can help by placing a filled bag on their doorstep before 9 a.m. Oct. 8. A volunteer will pick it up. Donations also can be dropped off at SACA, Roth’s, Safeway, Citizen’s Bank or Dr. Kim’s office.

Warriner is encouraging community members to give what they can to help stock the shelves. The 40th annual SACA Food Drive is Saturday, Oct. 8. SACA volunteers will put a grocery bag on the front porch of area homes on Oct. 3 - 6.

Volunteers are needed to deliver bags, pick-up contributions and sort food. To volunteer to call 503-873-3446.

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The Kennedy High football team has stormed through its nonconference schedule in impressive fashion by winning all four games and outscoring its opponents by 17970. The Trojans are ranked second in Class 2A by the OSAA. “We have been playing good, smart football,” Coach Joe Panuke told Our Town. “We talk about eliminating bad football every day. “We haven’t been committing those lack-of-focus penalties so far. We are still focusing on tackling better and causing more turnovers.” Speedy senior Bishop Mitchell already has passed the 1,000-yard mark rushing and has accounted for 13 touchdowns. The passing game picked up in Kennedy’s 48-15 win Sept. 23 against Lost River, with senior quarterback Brett Traeger throwing for 243 yards and three TDs. Two of the scoring tosses went to newcomer Skyler Bizon, who caught six balls for 124 yards. “It all starts and end with our offensive line,” Panuke said of his team’s offensive firepower. “They are blocking their tails off.” On the other side of the ball, the Trojans’ defense has allowed just one opponent to score more than 15 points. “Our defense has been playing really hard,” Panuke said. “They are trusting their reads and running to the ball.” Key performers include Jack Suing, Jeremy Kliewer, Traeger, Mitchell and Bizon. The Trojans opened Tri-River Conference play Friday, Sept. 30 at ninth-ranked Regis High School. Silverton High School’s football team, meanwhile, has battled in some tough luck in the Mid-Willamette Conference, losing 20-13 on Sept. 16 at No. 7 Dallas in a game in which a final Foxes drive stalled on the Dragons’ 25. On Sept. 23, No. 3 Lebanon used a twopoint conversion on its last touchdown to edge Silverton 21-20. Silverton (2-2 overall, 0-2 in the MWC) is ranked eighth in Class 5A and hosted Crescent Valley on Friday, Sept. 30. Cross country: More than 500 athletes from 25 Oregon high schools participated

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in the Sept. 14 Silver Falls Oktoberfest Invitational cross country meet run in mild, sunny weather at Silver Falls State Park. Teams from as far away as Scappoose, Ridgeview of Redmond and Sutherlin participated in the event, which included four races: junior varsity boys and girls runners tackled a 3,200-meter course with the varsity athletes going 5 kilometers. The races started and finished in the South Falls day-uses-area, with a couple of challenging hills deployed on a loop using the bike path and rim trail that branch off toward North Falls. Silverton High, which co-hosted the meet with Kennedy High, took second in the varsity boys race and fifth in the girls team races.

Kaylin Cantu of Kennedy was second in 19:44.4 at the Silver Falls Oktoberfest Invitational and she

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Jefferson, led by individual champion Hassan Ibrahim, was the boys winner with 88 points. Ibrahim won the race in15:52.2.

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Silverton was 21 points behind in second, led by Hosea Catterall (fifth in 16:47.9), Anthony Eubank (10th in 17:29.3) and Will Sisley (16th in 18:00.7). Noe Jines finished 15th in 18:00.4 for Kennedy. Lebanon ran away with the girls race, scoring 41 points. The Lady Foxes were fifth with 134 and Kennedy sixth at 136. Hannah Hernandez of Philomath won the girls title in 19:28.8. Kaylin Cantu of Kennedy was second in 19:44.4. Kennedy’s Alejandra Lopez was 10th in 20:50.6. For Silverton, the top three finishers were Jori Paradis who took 18th place in 22:19.6), Addie Schmitz who was 24th in 22:43.7 and Samantha Sinn who was 30th in 22:54.9. Silverton also finished second in both JV races. Scappoose won the boys title, with Scio taking the girls. Silverton’s Aiden Edsinga was second in 12:27.0, while the Foxes’ Cherise White was 12th in the girls competition at 17:29.3.

Challenge. Silverton runner Hosea Catterall took fifth in 16:47.9 at the Silver Falls Oktoberfest and

Silverton also performed well at the Sept. 21 Mid-Willamette District Preview meet, with the boys finishing second behind Crescent Valley. Catterall won the boys race. “Overall I am very pleased with the progress we’ve made since mid-August,” Silverton Coach Erik Cross told Our Town. “There has been a real change to a large number of runners training consistently, especially on the boys side, bridging the cross country and track seasons. “This has been the case for a couple of years now and they are seeing the benefits. More of the girls do three sports and have a middle distance, sprint background in track. Although this is sometimes a challenge moving up to 5K in cross country, this group is so dedicated to the work, I believe we’ll see improvement throughout the season.” Kennedy, meanwhile, went on to dominate its division in the Sept. 17 Seaside 3 Course Challenge. The Trojans won the boys and girls titles in Division 5 and had three runners take first



in their classes. Noe Jines, first in the boys’ hard race (47th overall out of 429 runners) in 21:47; Kaylin Cantu, first in the girls’ hard race (5th out of 268 runners overall) in 23:40; and Azaris Velazquez, first in the girls’ easy race (30th overall out of 336 runners) in 21:11. Trojans Coach Steve Ritchie told Our Town he thinks his girls squad could win the district and have a top four finish at state. The boys, meanwhile, will be battling Horizon Christian, Santiam Christian and Taft for the three state meet spots from the district. Volleyball: Silverton is 7-3 overall and 4-2 in Mid-Willamette play heading into the week. The Foxes, ranked 10th by the OSAA, are one game behind Corvallis and two back of Lebanon in league play. Silverton has three matches left with the two schools, including two shots at Corvallis. Kennedy, meanwhile, is 9-6 overall and 2-3 in the Tri-River, tied for fourth place with Regis.

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Soccer: Silverton Lady Foxes are 4-2 heading into this week and ranked No. 13 in Class 5A. The Lady Foxes’ lone losses have been to No. 1 La Salle Prep and No. 9 Wilsonville. The boys, meanwhile, are 3-1-2 and also ranked 13th. Both teams open MidWillamette Conference play Tuesday, Oct. 4 against Central, with the boys playing at home. Alumni watch: Former Silverton runner Maddie Fuhrman has scored for the University of Hawaii in all four meets in which she has competed.

the team took third in the Sundodger Invitational in Seattle. Fuhrman ran her first collegiate 6K and was clocked in 22:51. Former Foxes quarterback Cole Chandler has been splitting time at Pacific Lutheran with Jon Schaub. Chandler, a sophomore, is third on the team in rushing with 36 yards and has hit 13 of his 19 passes for 141 yards. The Lutes are 1-1 heading into Saturday’s Northwest Conference opener vs. visiting Pacific.

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Sports Datebook Oct. 1

Silverton Volleyball

8 a.m. @ Mt. Hood Invite, Sam Barlow

Silverton Cross Country

9:30 a.m. @ Harrier Classic,

Oct. 4

Silverton Volleyball

6 p.m. vs Woodburn

Silverton Girls Soccer

6 p.m. @ Central

Silverton Boys Soccer 6 p.m. vs Central

Oct. 6

Silverton Volleyball

6 p.m. @ South Albany

Silverton Boys Soccer 6 p.m. vs South Albany

Silverton Girls Soccer 6 p.m. @ South Albany

Oct. 12 Silverton Cross Country TBA @ South Albany

Silverton Boys Soccer 4 p.m. @ Dallas

Silverton Volleyball 6 p.m. @ Lebanon

Silverton Girls Soccer 6 p.m. vs Dallas

Oct. 13 JFK Volleyball

Silverton Girls Soccer

6 p.m. vs Woodburn

5:30 p.m. @ East Linn Christian

Silverton Boys Soccer

Silverton Football

6 p.m. @ Woodburn

Oct. 7

Silverton Cross Country

2:30 p.m. @ Flat and Fast Invite, McMinnville

Silverton Football

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Silverton resident Dawn Tacker doesn’t want any parent to feel like she did when she received the news both of her sons were dyslexic this spring.

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“I was in tears,” she said. “It was a huge reality check. I felt terrible that we didn’t recognize Andrew was dyslexic and didn’t catch it until he was in the seventh grade.”

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That’s why she learned everything she could about dyslexia. Now a dyslexia specialist, she wants to share her knowledge about dyslexia with parents and educators. “No one should go through what we went through learning our 12-year-old son is dyslexic,” Tacker said. “I am here to prevent that. We knew he had been struggling since he was in second grade, but despite our best efforts and expert assessments, we didn’t find the answers until six years later.” If it hadn’t been for her youngest son’s preschool teacher, Stephanie Freeman, noticing Phineas had several signs of dyslexia, Tacker would have never learned her oldest son was dyslexic too.  “It was hard to identify our oldest son because he loves to read and he’s a strong reader,” Tacker said. “He’s what is called a stealth dyslexic. He does struggle in writing, spelling and math.” October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month. Traverse Dyslexia, Tacker’s organization, will be sponsoring an informational display on dyslexia at the Silver Falls Library from Oct. 15 to Nov. 15 and a presentation Nov. 10, 7 p.m. at the library. Tacker said one in five people or 20 percent of students in America are dyslexic.  “Sometimes, it is really obvious a student is dyslexic,” she said. “They usually hit a wall in second or third grade. That’s when a student has to move from learning to read to reading to learn.” Dyslexia looks different from person-toperson, Tacker said, adding dyslexia is 100 percent genetic. Tacker said she or her husband, Dave, or both are probably dyslexic and she sees evidence of it on both sides of the family trees.  With a bachelor’s degree from American University in Washington D.C. and her


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Library exhibit on dyslexia runs Oct. 15 to Nov. 15 What to look for – A few of the indicators of dyslexia Preschool: Delayed onset of speech; confusion of left versus right; and mixing up the sounds and syllables in words, example – aminal for animal. Elementary school: Slow, choppy, inaccurate reading; major trouble with spelling; trouble with math, especially memorizing math facts; letter or number reversals after first grade. High school: All of the above plus: large gap between verbal skills and written work; limited vocabulary and difficulty learning a foreign language. If you see signs, talk with your child’s teacher and have your child screened by someone who specializes in dyslexia. For information on how you can help your child, you can reach Tacker at traversedyslexia.com; email dawn@traversedyslexia.com or call 971-343-2525. master’s degree from Georgetown, Tacker said both she and her husband place an emphasis on the importance of an education.  When she heard the word ‘dyslexia,’ the first thought she had was all the roadblocks that would hinder her sons from receiving an education and achieving their potential. At first, she said, she was “totally overwhelmed by the news.” What she learned was she couldn’t be more wrong about what she thought she knew about dyslexia. Tacker spent the summer becoming a dyslexia specialist, meaning she can screen students to see if they are dyslexic and

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Congratulations to then develop a roadmap for interventions and classroom accommodations. Her qualifications include 48 hours of graduate coursework in Screening for Dyslexia taught by Susan Barton, who is an expert and developer of the Barton Reading and Spelling System; 150 hours of additional training and study in dyslexia assessment, neurobiology, reading interventions and more. Tacker said dyslexia is a physiological brain structure difference that is inherited. It results in challenges with reading, spelling, and/ or math despite average to superior intelligence. Dyslexia exists alongside many strengths and natural abilities. What she has learned is dyslexia becomes a problem only if it isn’t addressed.  Dyslexic children need evidence-based interventions to learn to read, write, and spell more efficiently, Tacker said, adding the only proven methods of interventions for dyslexia are systems based on the Orton-Gillingham method. Tacker said dyslexic students require classroom accommodations to allow them to access the same curricula as their neurotypical peers. For example, instead of asking a dyslexic student to hand write an assignment – even a worksheet – there are ways it can be done using a computer. Ask a dyslexic student to read a book and he might struggle to comprehend its meaning. Let the student listen to an audio version of the book and he’ll correctly tell you what it was about.  After empowering herself with information, she now knows what steps to take to help her sons. “I now have a lot of hope,” she said. “I know what to do.”  Tacker works one-on-one with each of her sons, who are in the seventh and first grade, at least two hours a week year round. By devoting 18 to 36 months to dyslexia tutoring, Tacker said her sons will develop the tools to be successful in school and life.  “The brain of someone who is dyslexic looks different,” she said. “Reading and language processing involves many areas of the brain. These skills rely on the highways between these areas. In the brain of someone who is dyslexic, there are roadblocks and detours on these highways. A dyslexic brain may process language by taking a mile-long detour, while a typical brain might only need to travel a block to complete the same task.”

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There are interventions to help a person with dyslexia to become more efficient. The key is the earlier the intervention, the better for the student. In fact, interventions are most successful when implemented in kindergarten or first grade, Tacker said.

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Tacker said she has discovered answers on how to support dyslexic children. The first step is playing to their strengths. “School may be a struggle and the intensive tutoring interventions may be a challenge,” Tacker said. “While they are getting the help they need, find out what your child is really good at and let him be successful at that.”  Tacker is coaching a 16-year-old boy who is a straight A student and a gifted athlete. “It takes him three times as long to do his homework,” Tacker said. “He reads slowly. For him to be able to take the SAT or college level classes, he needs intervention so he can learn and understand what he reads more efficiently.” 


Tacker provides students and their parents with a game plan. She helps dyslexic students discover their “super powers.” She tells her sons and her clients that some of the greatest thinkers, artists, engineers, athletes and performers have been dyslexic, including Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Steven Spielberg, John Lennon, Anderson Cooper, Albert Eistein and Agatha Christie. “Every dyslexic has a super power,” Tacker said. Tacker and her husband have struggled how to handle the labeling of being dyslexic.  “The only way to take the negativity, stigma and ignorance out of this identification is to own it and celebrate neurodiversity. Our kids have embraced their identification as dyslexics,” Tacker said. “We have had long talks about what dyslexia means and how we will support and help navigate their learning path.   “I’ve worked hard to get trained to help them. I’m making it my life’s work to help other families identify dyslexic kids and support their learning,” she said. “I can’t wait to see how all these kids develop and grow and where their paths lead them. They’re in excellent company and will make us all proud.”

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July 27, 1935 - Aug. 29, 2016

With her family by her side, Darline Marie Vanderbeck passed away in the home she shared with her loving husband of 62 years, Wilbur in Marquam on Aug. 29. She was 81 years old.

Three later, Wilbur called to ask Darline on a triple date with friends. They went together for 14 months before marrying on Oct. 9, 1954 and settling on the farm in Marquam where they ran a dairy.

Her story began on July 27, 1935 in a little farmhouse in Marquam. Born to Jacob and Marie Toepfer, Darline was the little sister to Willis and Norman. The Toepfer family moved from Marquam to Whiskey Hill in about 1937 where they lived for about five years. In the fall of 1942, the family moved back to Marquam. They were too poor to buy enough materials to build a house so they bought the New Era Catholic Church for $100. Darline’s father, Jake, tore it down and used the salvage lumber to build their house. They used the bottom portion of the barn for their livestock and the loft area was where they slept for the next year and a half while Jake built their home. He finished the house in 1943 and it still stands on the Holiday SpecialTrees property on Kropf Road.

Over the years, they grew and sold berries to Harry & David in Medford and then had a logging business. Darline kept all of the books for the logging business while raising three children and teaching the bowling league in Silverton.

Darline attended the old Marquam School and two years at Molalla High School. She transferred to Mount Angel Academy for her junior and senior years, and graduated in 1953. During her senior year, Darline sent a letter to a handsome young man named Wilbur Vanderbeck who lived in Marquam, asking him to her senior prom. Two weeks later, he called her with his answer, “no” because he couldn’t dance. Needless to say she missed her senior prom.

Darline's priorities in life were her love of God, her husband, children, grandchildren, extended family, friends and community. She was present at every function and if someone was in need, she was the first in line to help them out, no questions asked. She loved having a house filled with family, friends and neighbors and lots of neighbor kids. She also loved to travel with her favorite traveling companions, cousins Katherine and Joann and made many trips to the Oregon beaches, Las Vegas, Canada and Lake Tahoe and a special trip to Germany and Romania in 1993 with her Aunt Katherine and cousin Fr. Mike. She studied her families’ genealogy. Darline and her cousin Roger put together a chronicle of eight generations of the Toepfer Family, dating back to the 1600s. Darline was always a woman who knew what she wanted

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Verniece Meisenheimer Feb. 10, 1918 - Sept. 9, 2016 Verniece Meisenheimer, 98, passed away in her home at the Willson House in Salem on Sept. 9, 2016. She was born on Feb. 10, 1918 to Harry and Alice (Overstreet) Williams in Beaver County, Okla. She was the youngest of five. Verniece moved from Oklahoma to Oregon at the age of 17. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Portland and attended beauty school in California. Verniece married LaVaughn “Bud” Meisenheimer in March of 1937 in her sister’s house. They had two children, Verlene and Dale. In 1947, the family moved to Silverton. She enjoyed china painting, taught 4-H, was involved in Marion County Home Extension, and was an active member of the Silverton First Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, her sisters: Arvilla Edwards, Anna Ferguson, Cora Pearl McCarter and Olive Shores; son-in-law, James Beard and daughter-in-law, Sally Meisenheimer.

She is survived by her daughter, Verlene Beard of Silverton; son, Dale Meisenheimer of Mount Angel; grandchildren: Mark (Betty) Beard of Silverton; Bryan Beard of Dublin, Va; Darin (Ronnie) Meisenheimer of Canby; Corey Meisenheimer of Molalla; great-grandchildren: Justin (Hannah) Meisenheimer of Sweet Home; Danika (Nick) Turney of Salem; Kylee Beard of Silverton; Katelyn and Morgan Meisenheimer of Canby; and Courtney and Barrett Meisenheimer of Molalla. The memorial service was Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the Silverton First Christian Church. The family wishes to thank Pastor Steve Knox of the Silverton First Christian Church, the staff at Willamette Valley Hospice, and the staff at the Willson House in Salem for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Silverton First Christian Church and Willamette Valley Hospice.Arrangements by Unger Funeral Chapel, Silverton.

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Driving I-5 or I-205 can cause you to swear Once upon a time, driving was pleasant. We could hop in our cars and head in any direction and expect to get to our destination in a timely manner.

My wife and I were heading for the airport, on our way to pick up one of kids. Oh, did we get I-205ed. To the ultimate max.

Not any more. Our highway planners just haven’t kept up with the times. I don’t know why. I just assume the politicians haven’t given them enough money to do their jobs. Politicians are like that. They often take their eye off the important stuff and become fascinated by anything shiny that catches their attention. Kind of like a kitten, except not as cute.

It took us an hour and a half to get from Clackamas to the airport, a distance of 14 miles. This was on a Saturday night. When we took our son back to the airport, we got I-5ed. It took about two hours to cover the 61 miles from our house to the airport. According to my calculator, that’s a little over 30 mph.  I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that everyone reading this column has had a similar experience, probably a bunch of times. Ask anyone who recently attended home football games for the Ducks or the Beavers. I-5 South is a nightmare when both teams play at home. One friend suggested the left lane for Ducks and the right for Beavers, just to make traffic flow faster. Once we went to a Blazer’s basketball game. We left Salem at exactly 5 p.m. and arrived at the arena at 7:30 — a half-hour after the game started. Thanks, ODOT. That’s also the last time we tried to go to a Blazer’s game. My wife drives to Beaverton and back several times a week. It regularly takes nearly twice as long as you would expect for a 57-mile one-way trip.

I’m to the point that I wonder how much too long it’ll take me to get to the airport and appointments in Portland. I’m also to the point that I avoid Portland as much as possible. In fact, I call the city of traffic jams Parklandia. I know the odds are better than even that I’ll end up sitting on I-5 or I-205 doing nothing for at least part of any given trip. I’m not one of those guy that expects all traffic to go the speed limit all of the time. I just expect it to go. In our house I-5 and I-205 are four-letter words. If I skin my knuckles working on the car, I holler, “I-5 it.” Or I’ll say,”I-205 this” and head for the refrigerator for an ice tea. If I get really mad I’ll yell ”ODOT!” at the top of my lungs.

I suppose we should tap our political masters on the shoulder ask them to please fix our roads so they don’t waste our time and money whenever we try to do business in and around Portland — I mean, Parklandia. I wouldn’t hold my breath, though. Politicians are famous for making promises they can’t keep. In two weeks I have to catch a flight at the airport. I’m not going to risk missing it because of I-5, I-205 or ODOT. I’m going to go to the airport area the day before, find a hotel room and stay the night. It may cost a little more, but at least I’ll be able to get to the plane on time. I can’t afford to be I-5ed or I-205ed every time I need to go somewhere. Carl Sampson is a freelance editor and writer. He lives in Stayton.


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“My mom remembers when the band got the tuba,” she said laughing. What is not a laughing matter for Weitzman or fellow members of Silverton Friends of Music is how due to budget cuts, music programs have taken a hit. From the band needing new musical instruments and band uniforms to music not being offered at all the district schools, a group of parents and community members decided they wanted to help support music in the Silver Falls School District. Last January, several community members started the nonprofit organization Silverton Friends of Music.

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Silverton Friends of Music The Silverton Friends of Music is hosting a children’s area in Town Square Park Saturday, Oct. 1, noon to 6 p.m. during the Sidewalk Shindig in downtown Silverton. Children will have the opportunity to make and learn about musical instruments. If you would like to make a donation to the Silverton Friends of Music, send a check to SFOM, PO Box 219, Silverton, OR 97381 To find out more about the group visit their Facebook page. in charge of fundraising, and Lainie Pyper as vice president in charge of hospitality. The nonprofit organization’s mission statement is “to support, promote and

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Advocates aim to return music to classrooms enhance the music program at all levels within the Silver Falls School District through a collaborative effort with music teachers, school administrators, teachers and parents. The arts are a proven essential part of a complete education for the whole child; we therefore advocate for strong music programs in our public schools.” There are three events in October to get the word out about Silverton Friends of Music, Weitzman said. At the Silverton Sidewalk Shindig which runs Saturday, Oct. 1 noon to 6 p.m. in downtown Silverton, Friends of Music are sponsoring a kids area at Town Square Park so children can make and learn about musical instruments. Then Tuesday, Oct. 4, the group is having a dining fundraiser at Silverton’s Thai Dish, 209 N. Water St. The restaurant owners have agreed to donate 15 percent of the proceeds from meals ordered from 4 to 9 p.m.

Finally on Thursday, Oct. 20, Silverton Friends of Music will hold meeting at 7:30 p.m. to plan future activites. They are reaching out to parent teacher clubs and inviting rural parents to become involved with the group. For location and other details, contact Silverton Friends of Music Facebook administrator. Understanding musical equipment can be expensive to either buy or rent, Weitzman said SFOM plans to provide scholarships so all students can participate. “Our goal is to provide a musical education to every student in the district,” Weitzman said. “In order for our high school band and choir members to excel, they need to learn the basics in elementary school.” Music, they believe, supports learning in math, science, spatial awareness, critical thinking and creativity.

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After high school, Bittner joined the U.S. Navy, then he went to college in Santa Monica, Calif., and San Diego, Calif., earning a first an associate arts and then a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He joined the San Diego Police Department.

By Nancy Jennings Rick Bittner stands out by blending in. After having seen all 50 states on personal vacations and travels over the years, he chose to retire in Silverton. He arrived in 2010 and wasted no time rolling up his sleeves to help in the community. “I just volunteer around town. So that’s my life,” Bittner, 69, said.

Retired since 2001, he was a San Diego police officer for more than 27 years. Starting on patrol duty and working in various departments, he saw a lot of the seamier side of society.

Presently, he’s on the board of the Silverton Kiwanis Club, the Silver Chips Wood Carving Club, the Silverton Budget Committee, the Fallen Heroes Memorial Committee and the Silverton Fine Arts Festival committee. He also was a stage manager for a play at the Brush Creek Playhouse.

“For 23 years, I was a detective. I had several offices I worked in. I was on a dignitary protection unit where I was a bodyguard for the mayor. I worked for vice administration for nearly 10 years,” Bittner said, adding that he found all of his assignments rewarding.

Having grown up in Fargo, N.D., Bittner was used to plentiful rhubarb patches and the promise of tangy desserts made from them.

Bittner recalls his first visit to Silverton. On his various travels, he enjoyed driving to towns “off the beaten path.” He said he saw many a 'Silvertontype town' so when he first visited Silverton, he wasn't impressed.

He has a rhubarb patch at his home garden and terms himself the “Rhubarb King.”

But he returned many years later with some friends and spent more time taking in the local sites such as Silver Falls State Park and The Oregon Garden. Silverton’s charm deeply affected him.

“I’m the only one that I know in town that consistently only makes rhubarb desserts. So when I go to parties or get-togethers, people ask ‘bring the rhubarb pie,’” he quipped.

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better. When I came here one time, they built a new high school. Another time, they had a hospital. A small town that still had a hospital? That impressed me,” Bittner said. “The next time I came, they put a wing on the hospital! It showed thought into the future.” “When I travel to some towns, it’s basically the town is developed around the houses. Silverton has this downtown heart, this core of buildings -- and the community is built around it.” Bittner hopes growth is controlled “so we don’t get big box stores, and lose the flavor of this wonderful community.” Silverton residents Dave Zehrung and Terry Thomas both met Bittner in church. They all work together on many Kiwanis Club and church projects. Zehrung said he thinks the men get along because they have the same interests as far as wanting to contribute to their community and church. “You know how most people when they move to a town it’s like ‘OK, what does this town have to offer me?’” Zehrung said. “Something I really learned about Rick was when I first got to know him, it was ‘OK, what can I do for this town?’ It really gave me a lot of respect for him in

that sense.”

and make him feel welcome,” he added.

Bittner recently stumbled upon another need in the community, and he went on to fix it with the help of the Kiwanis Club.

A large part of Bittner’s life is his love for woodworking and woodcarving. In junior high school, he took the commonly offered woodworking and metalworking classes. He went on and took another woodworking class in ninth grade because he enjoyed it so much.

While walking around the high school track, he noticed a memorial plaque on the ground behind overgrown bushes and covered with leaves. “I looked down and there was something laying in the dirt. I scraped away the leaves and grass and there was this little memorial plaque. It said one kid’s name, born on this date and died on this date,” Bittner said. As it turned out, there were more than 12 plaques of students who died during their high school years. After a few months coordinating with the school district, the plaques were moved forward for all to see.

“I found out he was from San Diego, and I worked there for 25 years. We struck up a friendship based on like backgrounds,” Thomas recalled.

“He is so meticulous in what he does. His woodworking is just incredible,” Thomas said. “I’ve never met anybody else who can bake rhubarb pie like he does.”

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Bullying behavior By Kristine Thomas If Robert Frost Elementary School fourthgrade student Teagen Cain could make his severe nut allergy disappear, he would do it in a second. However, he knows there isn’t a medical cure and it’s not something he will outgrow. While he can’t make his allergy vanish, what he can do – with the help of his brothers and his parents, Tom and Lydia Cain – is to educate people about nut allergies. For people like Teagen, exposure to nuts and nut oils can be fatal. Being different, though, has additional challenges. Since first grade, Teagen said he has been the target of bullies. “When people say mean stuff, it doesn’t get to me,” Teagen said. “I deal with it all the time.” During the first week of school, a student told Teagen he was going to corner him in the boys’ bathroom and rub peanut butter on his face. Well, if that were to happen, Teagen

Nut allergy triggers both physical, social bad reactions

would most likely go into anaphylactic shock, his parents said. It could be fatal. On Facebook, Lydia wrote, “After 2 years of Teagen being bullied and having death threats, Teag has been asking me to quit my job. He wants me to be able to volunteer or be there if anything happens.” Lydia works at Mark Twain Elementary School as a special projects and volunteers coordinator. Here’s an example of how sensitive Teagen is to nuts and nut-based products. Let’s say a student eats a peanut butter sandwich and goes to recess without washing his hands. He and a few friends play basketball. If Teagen were to touch the basketball, he could have an allergic reaction. If a student ate nuts on the opposite side of the cafeteria, Teagen also could have a reaction. “When I have an allergic reaction, my eyes start to swell close and my mouth gets swollen,” Teagen, 9, said. “My eyes get tired and puffy and feel like there is a lot of weight on them. It’s hard for me to breath

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lunch contains a nut product, the lunch is taken to the office where the student will go for the lunch or the student can trade out nut products for a school lunch.

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As a third-grader at Robert Frost, Lydia said Teagen missed about three days of school a month due to his allergy. “Although he was at a new school last year, he had the same diagnosis,” Lydia said. “I felt like we took three steps backward and made little progress.” Robert Frost Principal Leslie Roache said the law restricts her from sharing any information contained in a student’s record. She did share the school has a new Health and Wellness page on its website with its nut management process is posted. She has made two “all calls” to parents about nut allergies and procedures. Suellen Nida, the school nurse, and Roache call fourth-grade families who send nut products to school. Roache said there are signs about nuts posted throughout the school and all the staff has been trained to use an Epi-pen. Students also are being taught about bullying and how to report it. If a student has been bullied, Roache said the district utilizes a threat assessment team made up

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targets of bullies. The bullying isn’t limited to kids picking on Teagen.

In talking with their sons, Lydia and Tom said shared they have not yet received lessons about handling bullying. They are concerned about how the process.

Lydia has had parents complain to her about having to adjust what their child eats because of her son’s allergy. Tom and Lydia understand it may be a hassle for parents to make school lunches without nut products. but they hope other parents explain to their children the severe risks of food allergies.

“Teagen has been threatened to be killed twice by the same child this year that also threatened to kill him last year. That child has also threatened another student multiple times this year that he is also going to die,” Tom said.

The reality is that food allergies can result in death.

“So far the student is still at school and last week tried talking to Teagen in the hallway. Not much of anything other than loss of recess has happened. Personally, to Lydia and I, someone telling my child they are going to bring nuts and kill him is the same as saying ‘I am bringing a gun to school.’ But for some reason it appears the school treats and views death by a firearm is different than death by an allergy.”

Like other parents, the Cains want Teagen to have a public education in a safe environment. They also want his childhood to be as close to normal as every other 9-year-old boy’s.

From their research, Tom and Lydia have learned about incidents across the U.S. where children with allergies are the

“He is aware of it and says he is fine but you can see it does bother him. Sometimes he cannot fight back his tears and just

“People do not see what we have to go through with having a child that is not invited to birthday parties or outings with his friends like most children are,” Tom said.

breaks down and asks us why he can’t be like everyone else. He says it is not fair I do not get to have fun with my friends.” Thomas, who is in fifth-grade, said he keeps an eye out for his younger brother. When he and other friends stand up to the bullies, they, too, become targets. Thomas has been kicked and pushed. Tom and Lydia said more than once they have found nuts thrown into their yard by vandals. Lydia said Teagen doesn’t like to leave their house because of his concerns. Teagen said he’s OK with being home. Any adventure outside the house takes a great deal of planning. The hardest part for Teagen is knowing he cannot do “certain things” – like go to sporting events. “Most stuff I want to do, I can’t,” Teagen said. “I always have to have my medical bag with me.” Teagen wishes kids wouldn’t be unkind. By speaking out and educating people about nut allergies, perhaps that wish will come true, he and his parents hope.

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