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Bird Is The Word

Civics 101

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4 Contents Civics 101

Helping Hands

Voters asked for pool support ..4

Fountain project update..........11

Solar farm sprouts up..............5 Man About Town...............6

Sports & Recreation

The Forum...........................8 Bird is the Word.............10

New sports at JFK....................12 Passages...........................13 Marketplace....................13 People Out Loud.............14

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The Silverton Senior Center would like to thank and publicly acknowledge the following individuals, businesses, organizations that all contributed to making the Rock The Casino such a fun success! Wooden Nickel, Salon M, Spirit Mt. Casino, Peppermill in Reno, Oregon Gardens & Moonstone Resort, Chateau Bianca Winery, Palace Theater, Kraemers Nursery, McClaine House B&B, 3 Ten Water Restaurant, Silver Falls Coffee Company, Bazaar Americana, Avamere, Country Meadows Retirement Community, Clubb Massage, The Allens, The Gordon House, Davenport Place & Rosalind Elgin, Lorraine Kittinger, Jane Jones, Mary Purdy, Jill Mundt, Melinda Andrew, Domaine Margelle, Bernie Hoene & Bait –nWait Fishing Excursions, Dale Moffitt, Willamette Pie Company, The Pillbox & Amber Grant, Howard Hamilton, YMCA, Silverton Beverage, BOHO Books & Lee Shaw, Dollar Tree, Postal Connections, Pudding River Winery, Vitis Ridge Winery, Hansons Vineyard & Jason Hanson, Wooden Shoe Winery, St. Josef’s Winery, Christopher Bridge Cellars, Abiqua Winds Winery, Carly Taylor & “Little Miss Do-It-All”, Dairy Queen, Apples to Oranges, Silverton Flower Shop, Silverton Coffee Station, Creekside Grill, Thai Dish, Figaro’s, Silver Grille, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, Swann Island Dahlias, Subway, Bauman’s Nursery, Sandee Thai, Perez 1 Pest Control, Silverton Art & Frame, Rocks in Your Head-Rock Shop, Chocolate Box, Sunflower Farms, Marj Christiansen, Books N Time, Shayla Lynn Jewelry, Ladies Choice Jewelry & Bob Herman, Fall Line, Bochsler’s Hardware, Astonishing Adventures, Whimsey, Silverton Fitness, Napa Auto Parts, Burger Time, Wildhorse Casino Resort, Ixtapa, Wilco, Pat Mickelson, Carol Wallace, Kathy Hunter, Alan Mickelson, Ray Hunter, Donna Wada, Dennis Hadley, Jean Hadley, Lorraine Kittinger, Wayne Brosig, David Hewlett, Madeline Osborne, Sandy Harrison, Sue Rivoli, Tom Maurer, Susan Morgan, Bob Galbreath, Darlene Blackstone, Irveta Johnson, Bob Foster, Rose Hope, Otto Stadeli, Sandy Tiffee, First Call



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By Steve Ritchie Five years ago, with the future of the City of Silverton’s swimming pool in doubt, voters narrowly passed a five-year operating and maintenance levy for the pool. The tax funds supplied by the levy’s passage not only kept the pool open in the peak summer months, but also enabled it to remain open year-round. With the current levy expiring in June 2018, the City of Silverton has placed a new five-year levy for the swimming pool on the Nov. 7, 2017 ballot. The levy amount is for the same amount as the previous one, $275,000 annually, or $1,375,000 over the five years. For many Silverton residents, being able to use the pool throughout the year has provided a range of benefits. Seniors take advantage of exercise classes, children take swim lessons, exercise enthusiasts ply the water during lap swim times, and school and club swim teams hold practices and competitions.

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The Silver Falls Family YMCA has contracted with the City to manage the swimming pool since 2001. Brandon Lemon, Marion & Polk YMCA vice president of sports and aquatics, oversees the operation of the Silverton pool. Lemon is enthusiastic about the partnership between the YMCA and the City of Silverton, and says the YMCA programs serve all ages of the community. “We cater to everyone at the pool. Our programs start at six months old (for infant-and-parent water recreation) and go all the way up to aquatics classes for seniors. We have the diehard swimmers here every day at 5:30 or 6 in the morning, and it ruins their day if we are not open because of a mechanical problem. We have the swim teams using the pool year-round and hosting their meets here.” Lemon tells a story about an older gentleman, a regular pool user, who stopped him recently to thank him for the affordable membership, and added,

Levy overview The Silverton pool was originally constructed in 1939. Voters passed a 10 year, $1.2 million bond in 2003 to fund a number of improvements to the pool and to construct a new bathhouse. In 2012 voters passed a $1,375,000 levy to operate and maintain the pool on a year-round basis. This levy expires June 30, 2018. The City has “no identified alternatives to fund operation of the pool past June of 2018.” The proposed levy would raise $1,375,000 over a five-year period, but the impact on individual homeowners will be less than the current levy due to community growth and increased assessed value.

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Supplemented by user fees, memberships and fundraising, the levy would also maintain current programs at the pool, including exercise classes, swimming lessons, physical rehabilitation, training and competition for swim teams, lap swims for all ages, and handicap access. Lemon says the number of YMCA members in Silverton is rising, and is now over 600. Families who join as members get free YMCA youth sports.

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The levy would fund replacement of the pool cover and improvement projects recommended by the 2017 Pool Facility Assessment.

“I haven’t missed a day (at the pool) in the last 60 days. I have been here every day. I may not look like I have lost a lot of weight, but I just feel so much better.”

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According to the city “the levy would result in an estimated annual collection of $0.3659 per $1,000 of assessed value, or approximately $73.18 a year for a home with an assessed value of $200,000.”

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In addition, YMCA pool statistics show a pattern of consistent swimming pool use by the community. During the peak summer months of July and August 2017, the pool averaged nearly 200 people a day, and, on some days, it surged to almost 500. Becky Ludden served as treasurer for the Friends of Silverton Pool PAC in 2012, and is a strong advocate for the pool. She says the pool quickly became the focus of her exercise regimen after she moved to Silverton, and also provided a caring group of friends. “As newcomers our first group of friends were people we met at the pool,” Ludden said. “The lap swimmers, exercise group, and pool staff became our core group.  We all worked together to promote passage of the pool levy five years ago and learned more about each other as everyone brought hidden strengths to that process... I have been part of a special group who reach out to welcome, assist, and care for others. The pool and its users made us feel at home, not strangers in Silverton.”

Her experience in the previous campaign to pass the pool levy has Ludden a little nervous about next month’s election, especially since the last levy passed by just 168 votes (out of 4,160). The measure’s Explanatory Statement notes that, if the measure fails, the City will be unable to continue year-round operation of the pool. “It’s always hard to pass a tax levy of any kind,” Ludden said. “But this one will cost the homeowner less than before.” (See overview for an analysis of the levy and the tax impact.) “Having a year-round pool is an important asset to the community. Recreation, yes, but lap swimming, swim teams, and exercise classes to improve mobility are all health benefits offered at this facility. In addition, the pool provides a social meeting place for long time and new residents of all ages. It is an essential part of where we live.”

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Solar farming has come to Silverton. Silverton Solar, LLC, a Santa Monica, Calif., company has a 12-acre photovoltaic power generation facility under construction at the north end of Airport Road. The company plans to sell the power to Portland General Electric and expects to complete construction by the end of the year, company representative Amy Berg Pickett told Our Town. Berg Pickett said that the electricity generated by the solar farm will be enough to power 300 average homes. The parcel, which contains a total of 23.8 acres, is adjacent to the John’s Waterproofing facility and is under Marion County jurisdiction. It occupies the south end of the property. Silverton Solar received a conditional use permit from the Marion County Planning Division in January 2016. The permit was required because the land is in an exclusive farm use zone.

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The permit expires Feb. 2, 2018, but extensions can be granted as long as the company complies with the terms of the permit. Key conditions that must be met involve weed eradication and vegetation management as well as paving improvements to the Pine Street/Airport Road intersection. Berg Picket said that Silverton Solar “maintains and operates all solar farms by hiring local professionals to conduct weed mitigation and vegetation care.” -- James Day

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Love casts out fear I’ve been thinking a lot lately about people. How different we are. How beautiful and broken and flawed we are. How stubborn yet patient, cruel yet kind, and gentle yet brutal we can be. In light of all the madness going on in the world right now, what can we really do to make it better? What can we do as a group? What can we do as individuals? What can I do as a stay-athome mama of a sweet two-year-old boy? How do I help that little boy understand the world and try to make the very best of it that he can? Part of me definitely wants to hide him away from it. Like, a big part. There’s something on every corner that seems more terrifying than the last. I feel like all I hear is “kids these days…” everywhere I go; sometimes even out of my own mouth. It all feels so overwhelming and really gets the best of me and my already anxious heart. It feels so hard to understand other people. Look at the faces in the photos of the horrifying news stories and understand the hate, pain and suffering. Where does it come from? What’s happened to these

Ways to remember we’re all in this together had known him all her life, for love casts out fear, and gratitude can conquer pride.” – Louisa May Alcott, Little Women When I need to muster up a little faith, love and gratitude for humankind l follow my son outside. Watch him spend a warm, autumn afternoon roaming around the yard and picking up all kinds of treasures that appeal to him. Leaves and grass, sticks and rocks, admiring their beauty and storing them away in the pockets of his overalls. Tucking them away for further exploration and admiration. I watch his gentleness as he does his best to tip-toe through the flowers, clunky rubber boots and all.

people to cause these things? And so quickly they become “those bad people,” or “the kind of people who do such things.” Losing sight of the fact that we’re all in this together, like it or not, and time and time again “those people” have been forgotten, or abused, or overlooked by the rest of us. I just finished reading Little Women for the first time in 20 years. It was such a good reminder of how we can try to celebrate the vast differences in each other. Four sisters, all so very different, approaching life in ways that test and try and even grieve each other, but also so often finding the great joy in each other’s strengths.

I see his innate kindness and consideration, the way his face curls up with concern every time someone stubs a toe or pinches a finger. The way he picks up what’s most precious to him in the world, his little metal tractor, and bashfully approaches another child to share his joy. I remember that loving him and helping him love others is the very best way for me to change the world in this stage of life. And while

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Fountain of life By Melissa Wagoner When people ask Christine Carlisle when the fountain at Coolidge McClaine Park in Silverton will be finished she laughs and says, “It’ll be done when it’s done.” Started in 2014 by a Ford Foundation Leadership Team, the fountain has taken much longer and more work than anyone originally thought. “It was a huge learning process,” Carlisle, the facilitator for the project, said. “I didn’t meet this group until about one and a half years in and I said, ‘Do you realize this is an architectural mosaic?’” The team originally thought the fountain could be rebuilt upon the original structure without any changes but soon learned that reinforcement would be necessary in order to support the artistic addition. “It completely had to be refinished and we didn’t expect that so it was a huge expense,” implementation team member Aba Gayle said. “There’s so much rebar it’s not going anywhere,” Carlisle added. The impressive fountain centerpiece, which was added by crane this summer, was created by local painter Laura Lucero with a special scene on each of the four sides.

Park monument continues to gather support Coolidge McClaine Park Fountain Project Information: Aba Gayle, 503-930-0670 Much of the fountain work was done by novices taught by Carlisle during short seminars. “Over 500 people have worked on the fountain,” Carlisle said. “Untold hours – we’re talking thousands of volunteer hours now. It’s real labor. You end up with a handful of people who are there workshop after workshop.” Two of the handful who have handled much of the finish work are artists Mara’d Van der Wal and Cindi Bates, both members of the original leadership team. Along with Carlisle and Gayle they are currently, finishing the grout and making the fountain winter-ready. The group is also working to form an LLC and partner with a non-profit in order to fund the remaining work and future maintenance. The plan is to create a friendship group along with a webpage and a crowdfunding account. “This is technically on city property but it’s really good to have the people who created it work with them to maintain it,” Carlisle explained. With so many hands having left their mark on the fountain’s 125 panels so far, Carlisle is hoping to continue

garnering volunteer support. “When I finally took off the pressure about getting it done in one summer I realized what is going on with the people is more important,” she said. “The beautiful thing about this fountain is the volunteers come in and you get them going and I hear two people that are telling their stories and it’s a place of connections. It’s about community. All of us have our broken pieces and we’re putting them back together. It’s a fountain of healing – a fountain of life.” Many of the volunteers have been Silverton residents, with workshops held at the Silverton Senior Center every week for over four months, but some have come from far away. “One person that working with me today is from Chile,” Carlisle said. “Over there she wove what was a necklace, one for her mother and one for her sister whom she remembers.” Although the weather is turning, Carlisle hopes to fit in a few more work parties and welcomes helpers whenever she is working on-site, which is most days. The implementation group is working on coming up with an annual fundraiser and welcomes monetary donations. “We want to overpay our artist. That’s one of our goals,” Gayle said, smiling at Carlisle. “How do you pay an artist what they’re worth?”

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Sports & Recreation

New sports at Kennedy

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Kennedy High is adding two sports this winter, marking the Trojans as an outlier in these budget constrained times.

Tri-River only receives two automatic qualifying spots in the state playoffs, but the high rankings all but guarantee that the team that finishes third also will get a bid. The regular season winds up Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Kennedy will add wrestling and swimming to its current roster. Both teams will include boys and girls. A wrestling coach, Dewey Enos, has been hired, while Athletic Director Kevin Moffatt still is searching for a swimming coach. Moffatt told Our Town that the school made the additions to balance out the number of students it can serve in the three sports seasons. Boys and girls basketball were formerly the only winter offerings at Kennedy, with the two sports accommodating 40 athletes. More than 70 athletes are involved in fall sports at the school, and 100 participate in the spring. “Every study says that kids involved in extra-curricular activities also perform better in school and the studies we have done at our school the past 12 years echo those findings,” Moffatt said. “Plus (swimming and wrestling) are really different from what we have – new and fun.” Enos, 26, is a Silverton High graduate who has worked as a club coach for Salem Elite and the Silverton Mat Club as well as coaching at Mark Twain Middle School. He told Our Town he has 14 or 15 kids signed up and hopes to get to 20, with the squad likely anchored by Matthew Morrow, Bryce Vandervort and Carlos Saravia.

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“Those kids will made some noise in 2A,” said Enos, who added that he is hoping for a top 3 finish at district and perhaps a top 10 at state. “That’s one of my goals.” “The thing that impressed us so much with Dewey is his enthusiasm and how much he loves wrestling and working with kids,” Moffatt said. The first OSAA-sanctioned practice for wrestling and swimming is set for Nov. 13, with Nov. 29 the first contest date.

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Football: Silverton has lost two in a row after a 4-0 start, falling 33-13 to Crescent Valley on Sept. 29 and 40-37 to Corvallis on Oct. 6 at the Foxes’ Homecoming game. Impressive individual efforts by opposing playmakers proved the difference in the two games. Talanoa Hufanga came off of suspension for C.V. to score three touchdowns. Silverton, ranked No. 8 in Class 5A, closes the MidWillamette Conference season with an Oct. 13 game at No. 9 South Albany and an Oct. 20 home game against No. 7 Central. Four MWC teams will make the playoffs. Kennedy, meanwhile, lost 54-14 against St. Paul on Oct. 6 at the St. Paul Rodeo Grounds – and moved up a spot in the Class 2A rankings, another sign of how insanely competitive the Tri-River Conference is. The Trojans are 1-5 overall and yet are ranked ninth and remain a good bet to make the playoffs. St. Paul is ranked No. 1, with Santiam eighth and Central Linn 10th. Defending state champion Regis is 15th. Kennedy, 1-1 in league, closes Tri-River play with home games against Santiam (Oct. 20) and Regis (Oct. 27). Soccer: The Silverton girls are once again a major player in the Mid-Willamette conference race. The Foxes, runners-up in Class 5A a year ago, opened 1-5 in a difficult non-league schedule in which they scored just three goals. But Silverton has exploded for three victories by a combined score of 14-0 to open league play. Matches down the stretch against Lebanon, Crescent Valley and Corvallis will determine which of the six playoff spots the Foxes will occupy. Volleyball: Kennedy is in the thick of the battle for the Tri-River title. The Trojans are 6-2 in league, 16-5 overall and ranked No. 5 in Class 2A. Kennedy trails No. 3 St. Paul (8-1) and No. 4 Central Linn (7-2). The

Silverton, meanwhile, is 7-4 in the Mid-Willamette and ranked No. 14 in Class 5A. The Foxes are a virtual lock to snag one of the six MWC playoff spots and have the opportunity to solidify their standing down the stretch with league-season closing matches against Lebanon (9-2), Crescent Valley (6-5) and league leader Corvallis (10-1). Cross country: Kennedy’s Kaylin Cantu and Alejandra Lopez are ranked 1-2 at 5,000 meters in the Special District 2 listings. Three other Trojans are in the top 15, which will make Kennedy a formidable contender at the Oct. 27 district meet at Bush’s Pasture Park in Salem as well as the Nov. 4 state meet at Lane Community College in Eugene. The Trojans’ boys also are well represented in the district rankings with Nick Riedman fifth and Luke Hall eighth. Silverton’s Jori Paradis and Haile Stutzman are both ranked third in the girls and boys rankings in the MidWillamette. The Foxes’ district meet is Oct. 25 at Willamette Mission State Park. Youth hoops: The Silverton High boys and girls basketball programs are forming traveling teams of younger players, with tryouts for the Future Foxes boys squads and the Future Lady Foxes girls teams set for November. Teams will be forming from each grade level from fifth to eighth for the girls and third through eighth for boys who will be attending Silverton High. Girls tryouts will be Wednesday, Nov. 1, 7 - 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 5, 3 - 4:30 p.m. Boys will try out Wednesday, Nov. 8, 7 - 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 12, 3 - 4:30 p.m. All tryouts will be at the high school. For information contact Varsity coaches Tal Wold (girls) and Jamie McCarty (boys) will assist with the tryouts and clinics, but each team will have its own head coach. OSAA redistricting: The redistricting committee of the Oregon School Activities Association has completed its work, with its recommendations now in the hands of the OSAA’s Executive Board and Delegate Assembly. Barring changes at the Oct. 16 meeting of the two groups, Silverton will remain in the Class 5A Mid-Willamette Conference, but the league will present a different face. Woodburn is set to move to Class 4A, with North Salem, West Albany and Cascade being added to form a 10-team league with holdovers Corvallis, Crescent Valley, Lebanon, Central, South Albany and Dallas. Kennedy, meanwhile, is tentatively slotted into Class 2A’s new Central Valley League with Chemawa, Colton, Culver, Delphian, Gervais, Santiam, Sheridan and Western Mennonite. The new leagues take effect in the fall of 2018. Follow me on @jameshday. Watch for Our Town game reports on

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Dennis Downey June 7, 1946 – Sept. 26, 2017 Dennis William Downey was born in Alameda, Calif. on June 7, 1946 and passed away on Sept. 26, 2017, at home, overlooking his beautiful canyon, surrounded by his loving family and with his faithful dog Murphy at his side. He was the son of Bill and Muriel Downey and brother of Michael Downey, all predeceased.

playing Santa at Sunshine Pre School when his children were young and later became Santa at the December Christmas celebration at the community center. It was a perfect fit for a guy with twinkling blue eyes and a love for children.

Dennis was an accomplished swimmer Dennis leaves behind his and began Silverton Swim loving wife Cindy, who was Dennis Downey a committed partner in work Team with his friend Nick and in play. They hunted, fished, basked Robinson in 1977. While his swimmers in the sun in Mexico, and enjoyed every remember his care and commitment to facet of family life together. their individual improvement, they still laugh about his famous red polka dot He was a beloved father to daughters, caps. Upon hearing of his death, a tearful, Heather Downey, Hope Lizotte (Peter) and son Shawn Downey (Thu), and former swim team member, headed for grandchildren Alekzander Khanlian, Jude the pool to do laps. Lizotte, August Lizotte, Kya Middleton Dennis embodied the phrase “Carpe and Lincoln Downey. In addition, he was Diem” and never missed any opportunity a loving dad to Cindy’s children, Jamie for adventure or fun. He was the Nicholson (Chris), Jake Kubishta (Casey) consummate outdoorsman and a mentor and grandchildren, Cody, Kyle, Cloe and to his son Shawn and the many young Benjamin. men who admired his knowledge, skill Dennis was raised in Lafayette, Calif. and bounding enthusiasm. and moved to Silverton in 1973 with his wife Susan and family. Farm animals like Flap Jack, the Jerusalem burro, became family folk lore around the fires of Camp Smokey Face. He became a general building contractor in 1975 and began Dennis Downey Construction Company and later completed Master Builder certification. In early years, he was a member of the Silverton Planning Commission and was a current member of the Silverton Chamber of Commerce. He enjoyed

He will be missed by his family and friends who often remarked about his infectious joy, warm hugs and easy smile. Service will be held at the First Christian Church in Silverton at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20. In lieu of flowers, family asks that donations be directed to the Dennis William Downey Memorial Fund through Columbia Bank in Silverton, which will support the Silverton Pool and SHS Swim Team.


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Music, muscle and milk It is so easy to talk about the multitude of things going awry in the world, and then have to suffer the “slings and arrows of outrageous” barbs for offering a viewpoint counter to those who lie in wait for the attack, like a cheetah stalking the herd’s wounded or youngest gazelle. That being said, I told my daughter that I wanted to write something positive this time, and about people doing good things. Bless her heart, she went out on Facebook posing that question, and had more than 150 comments and recommendations in what seemed like nano-seconds. There are so many do-gooders, not all will make it to print. Yet. Sarah Weitzman sat in a booth in the rain raising funds for “Friends of Music” at the Oct. 7 Silverton Sidewalk Shindig. She set up kid activities, including musical instruments to play, and wiped them all off (the instruments and probably kids, too). We already knew she had the voice of an angel. Seems she got the heart, too.

Do-gooders deserve a special shout-out the next game. Doing so with unfailing respect, diplomatic aplomb and politeness gets him an A+ in my grade book.

Frank Petrik, band director extraordinaire for Silverton High School, led his students in the audio-visually stunning performance at the Foxes Homecoming game Oct. 6. One patron said the band’s performance of songs from Les Mis, nearly brought her to tears. The “Leader of the Band” rocks. Josh Craig, head coach of the Foxes Football team, has put together a very solid team in the rugged Mid-Willamette Athletic Conference. His shows enthusiasm, knowledge, and a willingness to humor a lot of old men who all played high school football with Al Bundy from Married with Children fame and relentlessly offer unsolicited tips for

Kudos to the Community Roots School annual auction, scheduled for the Mount Angel Festhalle on Friday, Oct. 27, from 6-10 p.m. and even more so to the tons of supporters who buy up some spectacular gifts in the oral and silent auction each year yet don’t even have kids enrolled in the school. That is so impressive and indicative of how deeply those roots run in this community. Janet Smith, yet another unsung heroine, represents all things good for something we just didn’t talk about in public not long ago – breastfeeding! Janet is an independent lactation nurse, and is known on Facebook as “Lambs by Janet Smith.” There is an incredibly active group of moms in this area who believe this woman is destined for sainthood. Nothing but the “breast” for those mothers whenever possible, and a ton of support (and donated milk) when it isn’t. Janet helps those babies “latch on.” Gotta love that.

Lara Ghio Gaiton started a Spanish story time Tuesdays at the Silver Falls library. The popular story sessions are free. Muy bueno, mi amiga. Gracias. Keith Amano and Manuel Borbon have created citizenship classes, with childcare provided. Classes are every Saturday 10-noon at Immanuel Lutheran. How cool and timely is that?  There is a new Scholarship for Social Justice (an annual $500 is the goal) which Sheldon Lesire created specifically for that cause. A current topic if ever there was one. But the effort also sends a message to elected officials who haven’t recognized the rightness of that cause yet and might want to take heed before the next election cycle. The fund is growing as I write. And to my lovely and indefatigable friend of 53 years, Beth Davisson, for all you have done, all you are doing, and all you have yet to do in this community that you love and which loves you back exponentially. Air kisses! And a great big hug at the next Rotary meeting.

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314 $649,900 (WVMLS#724661)


BARELAN OTHER CO COMM 5 BR,STAYTON/SUBLIMITY 3 BA 2634 sqft 31.87 Acres Call Michael at ext. OTHER COMMUNITIES neW-#T2437-saleM-sUnseT VieWs


#T2338 silVerTon ParceL Buildable IN TOWN HOMEProPerTY CONSTRUCTION IN sqft TOWN NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION #T2354 3 HoMeNEW inVesTMenT 4 BR, 6,365 Lot Call Chuck at ext. 325 $74,900 3 BA 1776 sqft Call Marcia at ext. 318 $399,000 (WVMLS#709283) #T2377 oUTsTanding locaTion 4444 sqft (WVMLS#711358) #T2383 WaTerFronT ProPerTY 1.10 acres IN TOWN NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION Call Mason at ext. 303 $230,000 (WVMLS#715616) COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL #T2416 loTs oF PoTenTial 5 BR, 6 BA 6057 Call Marcia at ext. 318 $179,000 (WVMLS#715865) COUNTRY/ACREAGE sqft 5.120 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at #T2384 creek FronTage 1.09 acres ext. 322 $649,900 (WVMLS#721150) FOR LEASE/COMMERCIAL Call Marcia at ext. 318 $162,000 (WVMLS#715869) Pending-#T2433 1 acre in ToWn 3 BR, 2 #T2411 readY For dreaM HoMe .34 Acres #T2358-corVallis- PerFecT inVesTMenT BA 1776 sqft Call Michael at ext. 314 $364,900 Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 3 BR, 1 BA 1210 sqft. Call Mary at ext. 320 (WVMLS#724030) $79,900 (WVMLS#718207) $339,900 (WVMLS#711879) #T2432 PriVaTe locaTion 4 BR, 3 BA 2680 sqft #T2429 BUilaBle acres 2.85 Acres Call TUrner-#T2394 on Mill creek 3.200 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $225,000 5 BR, 2.5 BA 3090 sqft Call Michael at ext. 314 322 $519,880 (WVMLS#724206) (WVMLS#724203) $465,000 (WVMLS#717102) #T2430 WonderFUl seTTing 4 BR, 3 BA 2792 neW-canBY- #a2438 rUral seTTing sqft 4.200 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at 3 BR, 2.5 BA, 1461 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL Ryan at ext. 322 $428,700 (WVMLS#724647) (WVMLS#709561)



BR, 3 BA 1906 sqft Call Marcia at ext. 318 $329,000

#T2428 like neW 2 BR, 2.5 BA 1299 sqft Call Marcia at ext. 318 $217,300 (WVMLS#723765) #T2434 classic HoMe 3 BR, 2.5 BA, 1754 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $279,900




















#T2436 QUieT reTreaT $559,900 Two miles from town, quiet retreat among the trees. Contemporary home with rock accents. Has hardwood floors, a spacious kitchen with island, solid surface counters, oak cabinets, master suite with sauna, upgraded bathrooms, expansive decks, paved driveway, sports court & office/studio separate from the house. City water & AdvanTex septic system. Call Kirsten at ext. 326 WVMLS# 724403





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