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February 2017

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Contents Something to Think About


Cut out and save

Helping immigrants cope..........4 Civics 101


Water rates heading up............6


Something Fun

Unified Basketball at SHS ........8

The Silverton Senior Center would like to take this opportunity to say we are sorry for not acknowledging and recognize the dedication, devotion and hard work that Ruth Cock has personally given to the Silverton Senior Center and to say thank you In fact, the Senior Center would not be where it is today, both physically and socially within the community, if not for Ruth. There is really only one way to express our sincere gratitude and that is to say THANK YOU Ruth!”

Something to Do

Time to celebrate the wurst....10 The Man About Town ........11 Sports & Recreation

Swim team welcomes all.........12 Passages.............................13 Marketplace......................13 People Out Loud................14



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Uncertain times

Somos Hispanas Unidas helps immigrants cope

By Steve Ritchie

said. “No money from the state, no money from the federal government. The program runs (because of) our participation and the small fees that we charge if they can afford it. If they can’t afford it, we won’t charge them.”

The uncertainty about U.S. immigration and deportation policies has Fernando and Susannah Ghio working overtime to provide legal assistance to their clients at Somos Hispanas Unidas, 512 N. First St., Silverton.

A Passion for Their Work

The Ghios work with local residents and families who need help with their immigration status. When asked how many people receive help at Somos Hispanas Unidas, the couple looked at each other and chuckled, as if they couldn’t believe the answer. “1,500 people in a little less than two years,” Susannah said. “On an average day, we do six to seven consultations.” The free consultation allows the Ghios to learn about each client, and to determine the best course of action for them. “Not all will become clients or are qualified to seek immigration proceedings,” Susannah said, noting they currently have 400 active client files.

Fernando and Susannah Ghio and their assistant Remedios Ortiz

immigrants, but the Ghios say a client can wait six months for the initial appointment. Somos Hispanas Unidas usually can see a new person within three weeks.

One reason for the large number of people seeking help is that there are few such resources in Oregon. Woodburnbased PCUN is the only other agency addressing the issue locally, and PCUN only handles the first stage of the legalization appeal, not the entire process.

Another benefit for their clients is the modest fee for those who pursue immigration assistance. Fernando says a private attorney will typically charge between $3,500 and $4,000 to handle an immigration case. The Ghios charge around $500 to $700 for the same service. Finances are an issue for the nonprofit Somos Hispanas.

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“There are no grants for immigration services,” Fernando

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The Ghios came to Oregon from Argentina, settling in Silverton 26 years ago. Fernando was a lawyer in Argentina, and has a law degree from Willamette University. Susannah has a legal background but has mainly worked in education since moving here. The Ghios are “accredited representatives,” which qualifies them to represent low-income families in immigration proceedings. They are passionate about the people they serve. “The people who come to this agency are good people,” Susannah said. “We don’t serve criminals.” With her education background and school contacts, Susannah is able to help young people figure out to not only their immigration situation, but also the “right path.” “That is what is unique about this agency,” Susannah said. “It is not just about immigration or immigration advice. We always give guidelines and a pathway to the families. I always encourage them to pursue education. My passion is to see them grow as citizens. With documents or without documents, we need to see them grow as citizens. We

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want everybody to be a good citizen and follow the rules.”

immigrants in our area,” Fernando said. “It surprised us.”

The couple spreads this message by doing free workshops around the state. They did 83 workshops in 2016. The two-hour workshops are usually followed by personal consultations, which can last well into the evening.

A local gallery owner provided a donation for Nuestros Abuelos and referred potential volunteers. Others stopped by and asked the Ghios if they were OK. There was only one negative contact – an anonymous letter with a vague threat: “You need to be careful if you are going to serve Hispanics.” Susannah shrugged off the letter and election day uproar, saying, “It was an isolated incident (at SHS) and the administrators handled it very well.”

Serving the Latino Community While immigration advocacy is the focus of Somos Hispanas Unidas, the organization offers other programs. Nuestros Abuelos (“Our Grandparents”) serves Hispanic elders on Thursdays. Susannah says most of the seniors are American citizens who speak only Spanish, so they have trouble accessing services and are often isolated. On the last Thursday of each month, the 15-20 participants cook and share the food with everyone who attends. The Ghios purchase the food out of their own pockets. A third program, “Helping Families,” is more counseling-oriented. It can range from helping a woman cope with a new baby to connecting people to resources. Sometimes, Ghio says, clients just need to talk to someone in their native tongue.

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Whether President Trump will follow through on his promise to deport them remains to be seen. Many are

“Criminals need to pay for their crimes. But we have hard workers who are following the American dream and (we need to) help them. We never talk about amnesty. It’s about comprehensive immigration reform. People think the Hispanics want amnesty, (but) no, we never talk about amnesty. But if they work here for 10, 15, 20 years and pay their taxes and have kids who grew up here who don’t even speak Spanish, how in the world are they going to go back to (another) country? We hope the Congress will pass immigration reform.”

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There are about 800,000 “Dreamers” in the U.S. These are young people who were brought into the country as children before 2007, and educated in the U.S. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) gave them with a renewable two-year period of safety from deportation and eligibility for a work permit, provided they had not committed a serious crime and did not pose a national security threat.

The election day incident at Silverton High School had a surprising impact on Somos Hispanas Unidas. “After the incident at SHS we did receive a lot of calls from Silvertonians supporting us and showing empathy for the

“We are in a very uncertain time now,” Susannah said. “But we hope. Fernando and I are strong believers in democracy. It is not just the executive branch. We have the justice and the legislative branches. This gives us hope.”

Susannah talks about the need for immigration reform with a story of driving home on an icy road. “But the people were in the fields working, 20 women and men working under those conditions with snow and ice. Not even gloves. But they are happy they can provide food for their kids in a legal way. They want to legally work and legally drive. They say, ‘Susannah we want to work.’

Apart from a $500 donation from the Judy Schmidt Memorial from the Silverton Chamber of Commerce, and support from the Silverton Friends Church, the Ghios say they don’t ask for or receive a lot of financial support.

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Civics 101

Rates go up By Kristine Thomas

Silverton Public Works Director Christian Saxe had concerns about asking the council to raise utility rates. “As a public servant, you want to avoid raising rates whenever possible,” he said. However, he faced a choice – raise street, stormwater and water rates or watch those utilities continue to decline. When preparing the 2017-18 budget, Saxe knew increases were needed to meet the demand for infrastructure projects. “The city’s stormwater, streets and water treatment facility have degraded or aged to a level where major work needs to occur,” Saxe said. On Feb. 6, Saxe asked the Silverton City Council to increase stormwater and street fees each by $3 a month and water rates 15 percent. For a family of four, Saxe projected, the average increase of the utility bill will be $10.82 a month; $6 for the $3 increase

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in both the stormwater and street fees, $4.58 for water, and 24 cents for the annual consumer price index adjustment approved by the council in 2016. The council unanimously approved the increases. The charges will appear on bills beginning July 1, 2017. Industrial and commercial businesses also will see an increase in the sewer flow rate from $3.63 to $4.99 per hundred cubic feet. In preparing the recommendations, Saxe referred to reports on the condition of the city’s streets, stormwater and water plants. The city contracted with consultants in 2012 and 2013 to review

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“The results of those studies recommended regular increases to all utility rates and fees, streets, stormwater, water and sewer,” he said. “Although the city implemented increases between the study date and now, the increases were not adequate to address the aging infrastructure needs of the city and were below the recommended levels.” Saxe said if he were to take a resident on a tour of the city’s infrastructure, he would start with the city’s 50-year-old primary water treatment plant. “This facility has far exceeded its expected life span and is in need of replacement in order for the city to continue providing a safe and reliable water source,” Saxe said. He added the water plant’s filtration and treatment systems are so outdated that

replacement parts do not exist. Plus, holding tanks are leaking due to the condition of the structural concrete. “The city is aggressively pursuing multiple grant opportunities to assist with funding this $10.4 million project,” Saxe said. The tour of the city would include field visits to several city streets that do not have a storm drain system. “This field trip would allow me to illustrate how the lack of a storm drain system directly results in the premature failure of a street,” he said. Here’s a look at what Saxe presented to the council:

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an estimated five-year outlook of more than $3 million in expenditures. “Based on the current rate, it would take the city over 10 years to fund and complete construction of the Priority 1 and 2 projects,” Saxe wrote. He noted many city streets do not have a storm drain system, including McClaine Street from West Main to Westfield. “Because there is not an existing drainage system, the storm runoff has degraded the asphalt to a point where the entire street needs to be reconstructed at a cost of approximately $1 million,” Saxe said, adding there is a direct correlation between stormwater management and paving conditions. “With the recommended increases, we will be able to install the necessary drainage infrastructure and then reconstruct the roadways,” Saxe said. “This work will enable us to easily maintain these areas for 25-30 years at a fraction of the cost of current

maintenance practices.”   

Street maintenance At the current street maintenance fee of $6.07 a month, the city averages $275,000 in annual revenue. The 2012 Pavement Management Program Study recommended a fee of $15 per month. “This proposed fee would have brought the city’s Pavement Condition Index to a maintainable level in 2-3 years,” the report states. “Because of the lower adopted fee, the city’s street inventory conditions have continued to decline. This has resulted in the need for a more expensive large scale projects such as the planned McClaine Street Rehabilitation Project with an estimated construction cost of around $1 million. Saxe said there are numerous large scale overlay projects needed in the north side and downtown areas. “Overall, the current recommended street maintenance and reconstruction

projects based on the city’s declining PCI has an estimated five-year outlook of over $2.9 million in expenditures,” the report states. If the city were to maintain the current fees, it would take 10 years to fund and complete construction of these projects.

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Increasing to $9.20, will allow for a “steady improvement of the city’s PCI through multiple reconstruction, overlay and slurry sealing projects.”

In 2016, the city council adopted a water treatment plant facility master plan calling for expenditures of $10.4 million.

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For the joy

Silverton Unified Basketball brings amazing spirit to the court

By Kristine Thomas

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The score doesn’t begin to tell the story of Silverton High School’s Unified Foxes basketball team’s first game.

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If points were given for smiles, enthusiasm, sportsmanship, hive fives, hugs and the pure joy of being on the court, it would have been impossible to tally the scores for both Unified teams, which are a division of the Special Olympics. Playing against South Albany’s Unified team on Feb. 7, the Foxes prevailed with a 31-17 away victory. For athletes on both teams, it wasn’t about who won or lost. It was about getting to play a game they all love and having fun doing it. “It was an outstanding experience for everyone involved,” SHS Unified Coach and PE/Health teacher Neal Glynn said. SHS Assistant Vice Principal Therese Gerlits has volunteered for the Special Olympics for many years. She organized the high school’s first Unified Team and hopes basketball is just the beginning, with more teams to follow.

SHS Varsity girls play afterward. Admission is changed for high school games. playing with two partnerathletes. The goal is for them to play like a team, all equals on the court, Gerlits said. “The purpose of Unified Teams is inclusion and equality,” Gerlits said. “The athletes are working and competing together.” The 2017 Unified Foxes Basketball team members are Special Olympians Will Silcox, Marco GarciaRamirez, Jhonathan Shackelford, Dalton Curtis, James Dahl, Austin Swartout and Mehey Kraskov, and partnerathletes Morgan Dunn, Stephanie Zitzelberger, Jared Johnson and Adam Kester, who is also the assistant coach.

Many students with disabilities don’t get a chance to play on their high school teams, she said. A Unified Team combines Special Olympians with partner-athletes. During a basketball game, there are ShilohWater-HydrationAd-5x3.625-17jan-v6.pdf three Special Olympians


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Above: The 2017 Unified Foxes Basketball team. SHS Unified Foxes players in action: left, Mehey Kraskov; right, Jhonathan Shackelford; and far right, Marco Garcia-Ramirez.

how much fun everyone has. “There is a tremendous amount of happiness that comes with Unified Sports,” she said. “I would hope it inspires people to find new ways to participate in opportunities such as this, opportunities that create joy and promote respect and inclusion.” Glynn said the Unified Teams are an outstanding way to address equality and acceptance.

“The real-world experience they get to be a part of should hopefully lend itself to some moments of understanding that it’s a really great thing to celebrate everyone’s accomplishments,” Glynn said. At the game at South Albany High, fans cheered for both teams whenever a basket was made. SHS team members couldn’t contain their excitement when a fellow team member scored, a couple times wanting to go onto the court to celebrate. Opposing athletes also congratulated

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Future Fox band clinic one another for scoring. Although there were two referees, turnovers such as traveling or double dribbling weren’t called. Every player on SHS’s team has a nickname. Marco chose his nickname to be “Curry” after his favorite basketball player, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors. From playing at home to watching it on TV, his enthusiasm for basketball is apparent. He’s quick up and down the court, taking open shots, especially 3-pointers. Gerlits calls Marco the team’s “secret weapon of speed.” “It is super awesome,” Marco said of getting to play on a high school team. He liked how “everyone was cheering for me and giving me high fives.” Dalton, a freshman, likes that he gets to hang out with friends and play basketball. “I normally play in the driveway,” he said.

“This is an opportunity to get to feel important and valued and have the community support the team.” A senior, Morgan plans to major in special education in college. “I love working with these guys,” she said. “I would do anything for them. There is something special about them and they are often overlooked. They deserve the same opportunities as everyone else.”

Students in fifth to eighth grade are invited to the Future Fox Band Clinic and Concert on Feb. 25, noon to 3 p.m. Students should arrive by 11:45 a.m. at Silverton High School, 1456 Pine St.

said. “It brings me such joy to see them play.” A freshman, Jhonathan said he normally plays basketball at home. He’s excited to be able to play a game he loves “with amazing people.”

After clinics, students play a brief concert. Call Frank Petrik at 503-873-6331 for information. Donations will be accepted for the band program.

“It means the world to me to have this opportunity,” he said. When the buzzer signaled the end of the game, the teams congratulated each other and gathered to take a team picture. Adam said he has a learned a great deal from helping coach the team.

During the game, the SHS partner athletes encouraged the SHS Special Olympians to shoot the ball, with every SHS Special Olympian scoring.

“They have fun no matter what,” Adam said. “They always enjoy what they are doing and they bring so much energy to the game. Everyone should be like that.”

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Mount Angel Festhalle becomes celebration central Feb. 24-25

The ninth annual Mount Angel Wurstfest is a last chance to eat, drink and be merry before Ash Wednesday, March 1, which for Christians is the start of the austere and holy season of Lent.

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This year’s Wurstfest Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25 is 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Mount Angel Festhalle, 500 S. Wilco Hwy., Mount Angel. “Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce and the Wurstfest committee are excited to welcome our many visitors to Mount Angel to enjoy another outstanding Wurstfest and all the family-focused fun on offer,” Wurstfest committee chair Kathy Wall shared. The Festhalle is transformed into a lively small village where guests can visit with sausage makers from Mt. Angel Sausage Company, Urban German and Ebner Sausage. More than 20 varieties of the best of the wurst will be featured, including bratwurst, currywurst, frickadelwurst, and many others garnished with sauerkraut, grilled onions and mustards. There also will be a variety of other great German dishes.

Inherit the Wind Silverton High Thespians present Inherit the Wind Feb. 16, 18, 23 and 25, 7 p.m. in the theater, 1456 Pine St. The play is a fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial, which resulted in a teacher’s conviction for teaching the theory of evolution to a high school science class. Tickets: $5 general, $1 student.

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Featured at the bar will be the worldfamous Warsteiner beers from Germany and a special Wurstfest brew from Silverton’s own Seven Brides Brewing Stammtisch. There will also be an array of German and regional wines, plus nonalcoholic beverages. Artisans and craftspeople, mostly local,

will display their foods, condiments, hats, clothing and more – all for sale to enjoy at Wurstfest or to take home and enjoy later. Baked goods, chocolates and other great delicacies round out the food offerings. Non-stop music at Wurstfest features Oktoberfest favorites the ZMusikmakers, who will play three times over the two days, the Oregon Polka Beats, Bavarian Echoes and new this year, Doppelboch, a five-piece band. 

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A Kindergarten corner sponsored in part by the Mount Angel Public Library starts Friday and continues all day Saturday, featuring storytime, a book giveaway, arts and crafts, soap carving and more. Friday, Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. is Senior Day for guests 65 and older with some special give-a-ways while supplies last. On Saturday, Feb. 25, RaceNorthwest sponsors the Wurst 5 and 10k Run & Walk, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Fees include registration, course map, entry to Wurstfest, beer glass and a complimentary beverage. Register at http://racenorthwest. com/wurstrun/  Adult admission is $5 or $10 with a specialty stein or glass, limited availability. Those under 21 accompanied by an adult are admitted free. Major sponsors for the event are Warsteiner Brewery of Germany, Seven Brides Brewing of Silverton and Mt. Angel Sausage Company.

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On a Tuesday night in February, the Silverton Community Pool was so full of kids one would think it was a family night in July. About 80 athletes were pounding through the water as the Silverton High teams prepared for district competition. There is a new surge of momentum for Foxes swimming program. Silverton’s boys and girls teams took third in the Mid-Willamette Conference last season and second-year head Coach Lucky Rogers thinks the teams have a shot at taking second this year. Rogers, a 27-year math teacher at Silverton, came to swimming late. He played basketball at Western Oregon and coached football, basketball and tennis before a nine-year stint as an assistant coach in swimming. Rogers’ gambit? Go for quantity first and develop quality later. Most high school teams have 25 to 30 swimmers, many of them products of year-around club programs. The Foxes have no elite-level athletes, so they barrage you with numbers, scoring points by having numerous athletes place in events. “Every team we swim against has better swimmers than we do, but we have more,” Rogers told Our Town. “South Albany has four really good girls, maybe better than any of ours. But my top 12 girls might be better than any of the rest of theirs. We’re emphasizing the team aspect, competing all the time. If you’re swimming next to someone for fourth and fifth… go get fourth. And they have bought into that.” Rogers also is a bit of a training outlier. Elite swimmers tend to focus on distance: How many yards can you swim in a 90-minute practice. “I asked myself, if you took a basketball approach to swimming would it work?” Rogers said. “We do a lot of different drills, try to mix things up and keep it interesting. If we had a club swimmer come in he would say ‘what the heck is this?’ ” Rogers also takes on “beginning”

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swimmers, with assistant coaches David Botieff and Katie Tolmachoff in charge of their development. “Jaiden Davis could not put his face in the water when he was a freshman,” Rogers said. “Now, he is our top sprinter.” “There is a lot more talk about the swim team,” said senior Megan Brockamp, who swam on the Foxes’ 200 medley team that competed at state last season. “The freshmen really have contributed a lot. There is a lot more competition (on the team) and it makes us better. It spreads… it’s contagious throughout the team.” “We did a lot of recruiting (on campus),” said junior Jason Orr, who swam in the 200 individual medley last year at state. “You can’t get cut and we always want to have more swimmers on the team. A lot of the credit goes to Coach Botieff. Half the team is beginners at the start of the season. Now, everybody is moving up. We’ve gone from not really being able to compete to being really competitive. It’s really exciting.” “The biggest difference right now is we are relevant in our own hallways,” Rogers said. “The basketball players are asking how the swimmers are doing and that’s kind of cool.” Note: The Foxes competed in the district meet after Our Town’s presstime. Please

Girls hoops: Defending Class 2A champion Kennedy has clinched its second consecutive Tri-River Conference title. The Trojans, 10-1 in league and 14-8 overall, are ranked No. 3 by the OSAA heading into the Feb. 10 game at No. 2 Western Mennonite (7-4, 17-7). Kerry Hall, who co-coaches Kennedy along with her husband Peter, credited defense and a tough schedule for putting the squad on the path to a repeat league title. “We are holding teams to some of their lowest scores for the season,” Kerry Hall said. “We played a lot of the top 3A teams in preseason and I think it's paying off.” Sophomore forward Kalyssa Kleinschmit and freshman center Sophia Carley have been playing key roles lately, Hall said. “We have a very deep bench and want to be able to run (on) teams,” Hall said. “This will be very important when playoffs start.” Another defending state champion, Silverton, which won Class 5A a year ago, is 14-3 overall, ranked No. 4 in the state and is tied with Corvallis at 8-1 in the Mid-Willamette Conference. The Foxes lost a hard-fought 48-42 battle to the Spartans on Jan. 27, with the two squads perhaps battling for the league title when they face off Feb. 24 in Corvallis. “We played super hard but we didn’t make as many shots as we needed to,” Silverton coach Tal Wold said.

Kennedy football: The Trojans, who advanced to the semifinals of the Class 2A tournament Bishop Mitchell last fall, are continuing to take home honors. JFK running back Bishop Mitchell, Class 2A offensive player of the year, signed a letter-ofintent Feb. 1 to play college football at Portland State University. Mitchell signed his letter while surrounded by his family, teammates and staff an at all-school assembly. The speedy senior is the first Division I signee for Kennedy in recent memory. “It feels really good. This is a new chapter,” said Mitchell, who added that because playing close to home was important to him picking PSU proved an easy choice. Mitchell said he plans to study sports medicine in college. Two of Mitchell’s teammates, Brett Traeger and Jack Suining, have been honored as scholar-athletes by the National Football Foundation. Both will receive a $1,000 scholarship and will be honored at a banquet Feb. 26 in Portland. Eighty-nine Oregon studentathletes applies and 16 were selected. During his career Traeger was an allTri-River Conference at quarterback, wide receiver and defensive and all-state at WR and DB. He has a 4.0 gradepoint average and hopes to study sports medicine in college. Suing, also a 4.0 student, has been named all-Tri-River at tight end, running back and linebacker and all-state at TE and LB. He plans to study fire science.

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Illa ‘De’ Martucci

Dec. 8, 1935 - Jan. 23, 2017

Illa De Martucci, formerly of Pasco, Wash., passed away at Silverton Hospital on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. She was 82 years old. De was born in Burkburnett, Texas, one of two daughters to Edgar and Ethel (Wolfe) Owens. She was raised and resided in Texas. Following high school, while De was in nursing school in Wichita Falls, Texas, she met Louis Martucci, who was attending an Air Force school. A blind date led to a lifelong relationship and marriage on Sept. 28, 1957, lasting nearly 60 years. De and Lou had three children. They traveled often as Lou served in the Air Force and eventually settled in the TriCities area of Washington. After earning her master's degree, De worked as a registered nurse practitioner specializing in gerontology. She touched many lives of those who

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Patrick Henry Dunn, 95, passed away in Silverton Jan. 25.

He was born in Sioux, Iowa on March 28, 1921. He served in the Coast Guard and US Navy during World War II, later graduating from the University of California Long Beach with degrees in Geography, Education and a doctorate in Geology. He went to work for the University of California. When he retired, he moved to Oregon.

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needed guidance, comfort and care. She ministered to them professionally and personally.


De loved her family above all else and enjoyed the many reunions, the aspirations of her three children, and the birth and growth of grandchildren.


She is preceded in death by her parents and sister, Brenda Lou Butler. She is survived by her husband Lou, children Glenn (Amy) Martucci of Lacey, Wash.; Julie (Tim) Yount of Silverton, and Craig (Crystal) Martucci of Herriman, Utah; 14 grandchildren, and four greatgrandchildren; brother-in-law, Jim Tom Butler of Albany, Texas; and cousin, Sue Riechel of Dallas, Texas. She will be laid to rest at Willamette National Cemetery on March 6. Celebration of her life will take place later that day at the Seven Brides restaurant in Silverton for family members and close friends. Arrangements are by Unger Funeral Chapel.

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Please, don’t make excuses for bad behavior

This is a hard column to write because it represents things I care deeply about. Some people will agree with me, some won't. Let me politely say, "I don't care." God bless Vic Gilliam and his family. Red or blue, conservative or liberal, passionate or stoic, rural or urban. He is a good person who represented his House district and the majority of his constituents well. He is suffering greatly and holds his head up high. He ran for re-election in November, won, then resigned his seat because of the debilitating nature of his medical condition. He is a good man who does his best, listens well, works with all parties effectively, and is fair. Let's say, "Thanks, Vic," "Best Wishes," and "Godspeed." I am tired of people making excuses for Donald Trump. If you are a religious conservative with a keen eye on what happens with the next Supreme Court Justice and his impact on Roe v. Wade, fine. I support your right to your beliefs. State that. Please don't state the President is a moral and Christian man and that is

isn't a war hero who survived five years of torture as a POW. Tell me a journalist with special needs asked a tough question of then-candidate Trump. But don't tell me you support the candidate mocking his disability. Please. why you support(ed) him. Please don't come up with silly arguments like, "When Barack Obama was elected we didn't throw tantrums, claim that he wasn't our president, and threaten to block any of his liberal agenda." The truth is some people did all that and more. Most everyone agrees protesters who damage property, threaten others, inflame the police and didn't vote are creeps. But don't tell me everyone who didn’t vote for Trump is a radical, unpatriotic street thug. Likewise, don't tell me everyone who did vote for him is a racist pig. Tell me you wanted immigration controls tighter, but don't tell me a judge of Hispanic descent born in the U.S. can't hear a court case fairly. Tell me you don't like John McCain, but don't tell me he

And I implore you, please tell me it isn't appropriate to assault women no matter your celebrity status, nor to be an adult whose daughter has to advise you on how to do the right thing. Or that one of your chief advisers can promote your daughter's products and you not know doing so is using the office of the presidency inappropriately. Please. In my humble opinion, Trump’s actions are despicable. Your first response might be, "You Hillary-loving radical extremist." Nope. Not me. I wasn't her fan. This is not about Hillary. It is about one of the most repugnant persons we have ever put into the White House. He is on record written, audio, visual record, of doing and saying despicable and repugnant things. That is inarguable. Don't even try. His list of doing horrible things is too long.

I do not begrudge the Republican Party being excited about controlling the White House, Congress and Supreme Court. The Democrats would experience the same euphoria. For the record, I am a registered Independent. But please, quit pretending Trump is a decent human being and the bad, mean press is unfair to him. He is a reality TV star. Reality TV is not real. It is entertainment. It is contrived. He is a master at getting to people's basest levels and fears. I believe the reason he was elected (along with the fact Hillary was a polarizing figure) is simple. To get the Republican agenda accomplished, you need a Republican president. To get that, many held their nose and looked the other way. Trump has a chance of being impeached at some point for his behavior or business dealings. Then the nation gets Pence. Even then, please don't tell me you blindly support all of his values. It is intellectually dishonest. They don't mesh with most thinking, civil and fair-minded people. Blue or red.

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#T2316 PRIVATE & SECLUDED 4 BR, 4 BA 82.000 Acres Call Marcia at ext. 318 $849,000 (WVMLS#706727) NEW-#T2375 RANCH STYLE HOME


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STAYTON/SUBLIMITY PENDING-#T2367 BRAND NEW HOME 4 BR, LAND/ACREAGE #T2354 3 HOME INVESTMENT PROPERTY #T2233 2 ACRE LOT 2 acres Call Chuck at ext. 2.5 BA 2082 sqft. Call Mary at ext. 320 FOR LEASE/COMMERCIAL IN TOWN NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION COM 4 BR, 3 BA 1776 sqft Call Marcia at ext. 318 325 $189,500 (WVMLS#693008) $309,900 (WVMLS#712774) COUNTRY/ACREAGE $449,000 (WVMLS#711358) PENDING-#T2370 CENTRAL SALEM LISTING #T2233 2 ACRE LOT 2 acres Call Chuck at ext. F COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL #T2365 BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY SETTING 2 325 $189,500 (WVMLS#693008) 3 BR, 1 BA 1086 sqft. Call Michael at ext. 314 BR, 2 BA 1742 sqft. 1 Acre Call Mary at ext. 320 $172,900 (WVMLS#713282) PENDING-#T2334 GREAT MT. ANGEL HOME FOR LEASE/COMMERCIAL FOR RENT $330,000 (WVMLS#712560) OTHER CO 3 BR, 1 BA 1179 sqft.Call Michael at ext. 314, #T2357 COMPLETELY REMODELED TOWN KEIZER NEW-SCOTTS MILLS-#T2372 TRANQUIL REWOODBURN Becky at ext. 313 $235,000 (WVMLS#709096) 3 BR, 1 BA 1012 sqft. Call Angela at ext. 312 BARELAND/LOTS TREAT1 BR, 1.5 BA 672 sqft. 5 Acre Call Mary at #T2369 GREAT LOCATION 4 BR, 2.5 BA, 1436 $174,900 (WVMLS# 711865) TOWN ext. 320 $299,000 (WVMLS#714109) sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 #T2344 BUILDABLE LAND 18.930 Acres Call IN TOWN NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION IN TOWN NEW AUMSVILLE/TU $249,900 (WVMLS#713414) Mary at ext. 320 $705,000 (WVMLS#709699)



#T2338 SILVERTON PARCEL Buildable 6,365

#T2341 2 HOMES ON 2 ACRES 3 BR, 2 BA #T2344 BUILDABLE LAND – SALEM 18.930 1367 sqft. 2.630 Acres Call Chuck at ext. 325 Acres Call Mary at ext. 320 COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL $549,900 (WVMLS#709561) $705,000 (WVMLS#709699)


#T2368 CUTE CRAFTSMAN 3 BR, 1 BA 1318 sqft. Call Michael at ext. 314 $249,900


TOWN LAND/ACREAGE sqft Lot Call Chuck at ext. 325

chael at ext. 314 $99,000 LAND/ACREAGE

#T2366 DESIRABLE AREA 3 BR, 2BA 1859 sqft. Call Desaree at ext. 326 $335,000 (WVMLS#712581)






cation for access to downtown and shopping. Garage recently had electrical installed. Call Marcia at ext. 318. (WVMLS# 711736)


#T2366 Desirable Area $335,000 Large single level home, on corner lot in desirable Silverton neighborhood. Custom fireplace mantel, dining area and kitchen giving he home a nice open concept feeling. HOA fees $250/year. Call Desaree at ext. 326.





Ready to move in. Some fresh paint!! Unfinished COUNTRY basement may be additional living space. Close in lo-

#T2311 HOWELL PRAIRIE FARM 3 BR, 2 BA 1170 sqft 26.77 Acres Call Chuck at ext. 325 $548,750 (WVMLS#706154)



#T2375 RANCH STYLE HOME $269,900 Ranch style home in Silverton. Recently updated with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Includes beautiful floors, tile in master bath, and open floor plan with lots of natural light. Features a gas fireplace in living room, dining area, and kitchen with island sink. Backyard has been recently fenced and includes covered patio area. Easy access for commuters. Call Chuck at ext. 325. (WVMLS# 714156)


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