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To be counted

By Peggy Savage For years, homeless advocate Karolle Hughes has set aside Jan. 31 as a day to count homeless residents in the rural areas around Silverton. It’s called a one-day point-in-time count, part of a nationwide effort to find out how many people in the area are experiencing homelessness. “When you get into the rural communities, the homeless are invisible,” she said. “In the larger cities, you can see the homeless everywhere, but you don’t in small towns.” The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires that communities receiving funding from a homeless assistance grant conduct the annual count. Hughes refers to it as a “thumbnail sketch of the homeless in our county.” This year, however, she decided to take the effort to a whole new level. Instead of sending out volunteers to find and survey the homeless, Hughes invited homeless people in for a day of hospitality at a new

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event called Silverton Homeless Connect. She asked the community to help, and the community responded. “I’ve done point-in-time counts consistently throughout all the rural towns in the area,” Hughes said. “But this year, I decided to do a ‘field of dreams’ thing. Build and they will come.” And people did come. Homeless residents were greeted by volunteers offering hot breakfast, lunch and friendship at Trinity Lutheran Church. People selected items they needed from a vast supply of clothing, shoes, tents, sleeping bags and personal services. At the same time, the event provided an opportunity for community members to meet and talk with those dealing with homelessness. “This event is still a point-in-time count, but we wanted to make it special for them,” Hughes said. “I just wanted to offer a gift, and this keeps us from stepping into their homes.” Hughes said holding the event in conjunction with the point-in-time count

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helps bring the problem of homelessness to the attention of community members. “We need to show homelessness is not just in the big cities,” she said. “Because it’s everywhere, and people need to be aware it’s in rural communities as well. Everyone needs to open their eyes and do what you can to help. If you see someone homeless, don’t turn away.” Somewhere between 25 or 30 guests arrived during the day, and of that number, Hughes said the official homeless count came to 14. “But this was more homeless than we’ve ever gotten in the past,” she said. “And being this was our first year, the first person to walk through the door, I considered the event a success.” Some of the guests were people at risk of being homeless and some, Hughes said, were homeless residents who simply did not want to participate in the point-intime survey. Carissa, a young homeless woman who

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has been bringing in food and clothing. I love Silverton, and the people here have been amazing.

great to get involved.” Molly Ainsley and Cindy Gyurgyik were two of those cooking the meals, offering eggs to-order and hash browns and for lunch, pasta.

“This year was a learning experience,” she said. “So, now I have more ideas for how to do this next year. The biggest thing we learned was how to be of service. Trinity Lutheran provided space for the event. Durham Bus Barn donated a bus to go around to surrounding communities and pick up people. We had a nurse and a dental hygienist. We had someone who provided haircuts, and some of the homeless had pets. They were given a certificate to take to Silver Creek Animal Clinic for whatever free pet care might be needed. And, of course, we had all our volunteers.” Ferren Taylor is one of those volunteers. “We had a lot of local people here in training,” Taylor said. “We heard about this event at my church, and about eight or 10 of us are here volunteering today. And we want to keep giving on an ongoing basis, because ultimately, we are

“The beauty of this event is that it indicates a little more trust between the people in the community and the people living in the rough,” Ainsley said. Wally Gustav, an interim pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, said the congregation is committed to helping people in need, whether giving food or helping with an event like this. “We want to reach out and share our love and care with people,” he said. Volunteer Karolle Hughes engages with an attendee at Silverton Homeless Connect.

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“I’m happy we’ve brought in as many people as we have today,” Mossman said while packing a to-go bag of food for a homeless man. “I read about this event in the newspaper, and I decided it would be

Although this was the first, experimental year for Silverton Homeless Connect, Hughes said it won’t be the last. “I’ve gotten great feedback, and everyone wants to do it again next year,” she said. “I felt so blessed by the outpouring that came from our community. It was just amazing.”

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The sanctuary also works with rescue organizations to provide foster care for puppies and kittens. “We provide a safe environment and love until they are at the age to be adopted,” Tina said.

“We are not a petting zoo and don’t require our animals to do anything. They don’t have to be in the best shape or the friendliest. Animals can be forgiving, but they don’t usually forget. We just give them space, so they can be themselves.”

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“A lot of farm animals are left behind in that way – or dumped to fend for themselves.” Now a “senior,” Buford is living out his golden years in peace with a menagerie of other animals, including chickens, turkeys, ducks, cows, horses, one goose, sheep and one donkey.

“We think he was abused at some point. He will come up to kids right away, but with adults he’s more standoffish. He came through another organization and had been deemed ‘unadoptable’ and probably would have been put down had we not stepped up to take him,” Tina said.

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“His owners sold their house and moved away. The new owners came and didn’t bargain for a goat,” President/ Co-Founder Tina Crow explained.

One particularly lucky 11-month-old pig named “Cupcake” found himself at the sanctuary right before Christmas last year. With the case of “Festus Jackson,” the donkey, the scars of past mistreatment were obvious.

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Buford was the first of his kind to set his hooves onto Green Acres Farm Sanctuary. The abandoned white goat arrived at the 28-acre Silverton sanctuary before it officially opened in June 2011.

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Visitors are asked to leave their own pets at home. Experience is not necessary and there is no need to sign up or call ahead. For those preferring to volunteer during week days, a preset schedule is required. A variety of tasks are available including yard work and cleaning out stalls. Volunteers are encouraged to share their skills, especially on some of the community projects. Recent projects included building a goose house and chicken coop. As an all-volunteer 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, all donations go directly to the animals. To date, the sanctuary has provided care to more than 700 animals. Last year, the sanctuary hosted 17 school classes, youth groups, summer camps and teen outreach programs. About 177 students took their educational tours and volunteered 594 hours. How children interact with the animals can be inspiring to witness. With some of the children coping with their own abuse issues, the bonding process is made easier for them knowing an animal has gone through a similar experience. “It nourishes their soul, is therapeutic and helps them heal,” Tina added. For information, visit their Facebook or website: www.greenacresfarmsanctuary. org

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Finding who you are

By Melissa Wagoner Author Amy Gigena did not set out to write an inspirational book on living an authentic life but through a happy accident that is exactly what she did.

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“I think the private side of me kind of busted out and into the world,” she said.


A certified health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Gigena was working on a healthy eating guide for busy parents when she unintentionally sent the wrong file to her editor. “I thought I had given them this file,” she said motioning to a completed version of Mama Bear’s Guide to Healthy Healthier and Healthiest, “and I had given them this one,” she continued, picking up the published copy of HeartLight.

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The manuscript her editor received was a creative writing prompt that Gigena used to get herself warmed up before getting to work on the eating guide.

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“This was my private journey,” she explained. “It was just this thing I did.” Initially embarrassed, Gigena was shocked to learn the editor loved what she had received and wanted to publish it. Curious if this was a one-off reaction, Gigena began showing the document to others and was amazed by the reception. “I showed my family and my sisters and they were like bawling,” she remembered. “I thought, ‘Is it me? Am I triggering something?’” Written in a unique, poetic style and in a dyslexia-friendly font, HeartLight is a love story written about two characters referred to only as “she” and “he,” but for Gigena it is more than that, it is also the story of life and spiritual awakening. “Your ‘heartlight’ is that thing that makes you who you are,” Gigena explained. “When you’re young it’s usually love that makes you feel that for the first time. Through rules and restrictions and societal expectation we lose it. Something makes us stop saying, ‘Who am I?’” Gigena gathered much of her inspiration for the book through her job as a health coach and the client stories she was privy to, but also from her own struggles. In her 20s, Gigena suffered from a debilitating chronic disease that left her searching for answers in non-conventional places, including Chinese medicine.

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Natural continuity

Oak Street Church founder hands reins to successor

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Breck Wilson, Silverton’s longest-running pastor, retired Jan. 1 after shepherding Oak Street Church for 40 years. John Friedrick is the church’s new pastor.

“We want people to feel like they belong before they need to believe anything,” Breck said. “We don’t have an official membership; if you feel like you’re a member, you are.”

Wilson made his way from Northern California to Alaska, part of the Evangelical Christian ‘Jesus Movement’ of the late 1960s and early 1970s. “At that time there were a lot of people hitchhiking and wandering; welcoming them was largely what our early days were about,” Wilson said. Breck’s wife Cathy grew up in Silverton but the two met in Alaska at a farm recently purchased by a Jesus Movement group. The couple wound up in Silverton where they helped set up another community on some acreage in Central Howell. Their numbers ebbed and flowed with an average of 80 residents. As the 20-somethings married and had kids, the need for greater privacy caused them to end the commune – but not their pursuit of community. Out of this emerged a new church body led by Wilson. In 1978 the fledgling congregation took up residence at its present Oak Street location, a building constructed in 1910 for a Woodmen of the World lodge. They worked to make their church a place of welcome

lot of people left; seems like we were down to about 30 people,” Breck said. “That’s when I wanted to quit.” The church supported several missionaries and they feared they wouldn’t be able to keep that up. Out of the blue, Silverton’s Junior Women’s Club invited Oak Street Church to join forces with them in their fund-raising booth at Oktoberfest and Homer Davenport Days. After the first year the club sold the booth to the church in return for the following year’s earnings.

Mary and Steve Lierman have been there from the beginning. “I have not met many people as hospitable and welcoming as they are; I consider them both my pastors,” Mary Lierman said. “I think the more you learn about God and his grace and love the more you extend it to other people.”

That year netted several hundred dollars; last year Oak Street Church’s corn dog booth brought in $20,000. “We never had to stop supporting our missionaries because the corn dog money came,” Breck said. “I saw it as God’s provision.”

“The church is less interested in dogma than in reaching out to people in the community,” said Craig Bazzi, also a 40-year member. “I’m almost sure they’ve never had their house totally to themselves. It goes beyond the Sunday morning service; it’s a way of life in little things and big things; it’s all the same to them.”

As Wilson prepared to retire, more provision came in the form of John Friedrick. Friedrick, 27, always wanted to be a pastor. He grew up in a church, was homeschooled. In 2007 he came to Silverton as a Canyonview Camp intern. He soon found his way to Oak Street Church.

For the first 20 years Breck was both pastor and owned a landscaping business with employees. With time, his church work increased as the business decreased, but those decades were not without their ups and downs. “At one time we had about 100 adults and 75 kids but in the late ‘90s we went through a difficult time where a

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that.” For years he was the church’s youngest member and loved it. When an office position opened in 2011 he joined the staff and it soon became apparent that Friedrick was the right person to take over for Breck. Breck has mentored him for several years and will be around for support. He and Cathy know what it takes to go the distance.

“Art; creativity is a great way to get to know people better and to welcome people who aren’t comfortable with church,” Friederick said. “John feels that connection to the community and it just seemed like a natural handoff,” Bazzi said. “There was a momentum when we were a group of people in their 20s. Then we had families; the kids grew up...”

“We have had all kinds of joys and all kinds of sorrows and have learned even in the sorrows that there were valuable lessons,” Cathy said. “It’s a beautiful thing that we can continue to have our church family be our church family. John is not only a capable pastor; he’s like a son, too.”

“One day you look around and everybody’s got white hair,” Cathy said. “We need to be an Abraham, Isaac and Jacob multigenerational church if we’re going to have any longevity. It’s been really rewarding to see young people coming in.” John has partnered with Breck the past nine years putting on a free community dinner on Monday nights. They feed an average of 100 people and relish the event, including their weekly trips to Bill Schiedler’s organic farm near Scotts Mills. For years Schiedler has donated surplus produce to the church.

Friedrick, too, is grateful for the relationship and guidance as he steps in. “I want to honor and respect what’s come before me and push forward on our values of community; get a richer sense of what that looks like,” Friedrick said. “I hope the things that drew me to Oak Street will just get deeper and richer as we move forward. “I connect with a lot of really great young people in town outside of Oak Street and people just kind of find their way here; I think people my age and younger really feel a lack of that vulnerable, real honesty.” Friedrick plays guitar, sings, writes songs and paints and

John Friedrick, left, has taken over the role of pastor at Oak Street Church from its founder, Breck Wilson. BRENNA WIEGAND

hopes to integrate more creative outlets into church life. For the past five Aprils he has hosted a community art show at the church.

This winter they set up a warming shelter for people needing to get out of the cold – uncomfortable and extra work but a vital, important thing, Friedrick said, sounding a lot like his predecessor. “We have no plans to leave; we plan to die here,” Breck said. “We feel fortunate to have been here so long and to be so rooted.”

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An Oregon original By Brenna Wiegand Steve Slemenda’s love of poetry reached a fever pitch 18 years ago when he traveled to the East Coast for the Dodge Poetry Festival. He was on Sabbatical from his job teaching English at Chemeketa Community College in Salem. “I went back to this wonderful, big poetry festival held every two years in New Jersey,” Slemenda said. “It was everybody – the big names, the little people and everything in between; a festival of poetry. “At that time, it was in big circus tents and the big names would fill up the place,” he said. “I’d never been to a poetry event where there was a big crowd of people for one person reading their poetry – it was just charged and wonderful and I came home marveling at the power of reading poetry, poetry performance and people who are into it.” A little research showed that during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s Silverton enjoyed a modest poetry event put together by the high school principal. That’s all it took. “I was lucky enough to find a few people and we made something happen that year,” Slemenda said. The festival seeks out poets whose work is geared toward a live audience. “People don’t realize that poetry really is and originally was an oral form,” Slemenda said. “When you hear a good poet reading wonderful poetry you know why because they have something to say that’s wondrous and stimulating and a way to say it that’s musical.” Slemenda, who is working on his first chapbook (a collection of poems in a short book), will read at the festival open mic on Saturday, Feb. 24, 10:30 a.m. at Silver Falls Library. He has written poetry nearly his whole life and is a founding member of the Mid-Valley Poetry Society.

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18th Annual Silverton Poetry Festival Feb. 23-25, 2018 Sponsored by Silverton Poetry Association. All events are free unless otherwise noted in Schedule of Events. For information, go to: email: call: 503-269-7895 Young, Joni Mitchell… the next step is just going to the page. “It’s a practice and a need but it’s a way of paying attention; a kind of meditation because you must slow down and check in,” he said. “On the front end it’s quiet, it’s awakening, it’s exploring and discovering, and if it keeps going and you have a poem the third stage is sharing it with somebody.” With its rising popularity there are many ways to experience poetry. Chemeketa offers a creative writing poetry class; there are many poetry groups and communities, open mics, including every second Sunday at Borland Gallery, and, of course, the festival itself. “We get a lot of people already established in poetry in some way, but I’m equally interested in the folks on the edges,” Slemenda said. “It’s just really gratifying when something takes, and I’ve had that happen many times.”

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Silverton Poetry Festival brings words to life

Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita Paulann Petersen is a featured poet whose work appears in a oneof-a-kind anthology celebrating Oregon poets.

Petersen is one of six poets whose work appears in Durable Goods: Appreciations of Oregon Poets, authored by Erik Muller and published by Mountains and Rivers, an Oregon press. “It’s a remarkable book and there is no other book in existence that celebrates

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Oregon poets,” Petersen said. “For each of us, Erik Muller – a fine poet himself – has written a marvelously insightful essay about our recurring themes and our styles.” The event, “Talking Poets – Durable Goods,” will be held at the White Steeple Gallery Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. Led by Muller, it features discussion of Muller’s remarks and readings by Petersen, Barbara Drake and Lex Runciman.

“I love that I was invited to submit,” Boisvert said. “It means that, for whatever reason, when I read last year I got on somebody’s radar.” It’s important to Boisvert to be open with and available to his audience when sharing his work; shedding barriers both inside and out. “I was at a reading at the Book Bin (Salem) recently and they have a microphone and a table and all these things that I kind of think of as barriers,” Boisvert said. “I put the microphone away and sat on top of the table. I’m able to be closer with people – and they reciprocate.

“This is a quintessential Silverton Poetry Festival Poet Laureate Emerita Paulann event,” Petersen said. Petersen will be featured in a “Silverton has the only discussion and reading during ongoing poetry festival in the poetry festival. SABINA SAMIEE Oregon. Each year it offers a rich mix of readings and workshops and discussions. What a gift to “Poetry is becoming much more our community!” accessible; to encounter it from a reading perspective and to produce it as a Oregon poet Jon Boisvert is having an writer,” Boisvert said. “I think publishing exciting year. In September he launched opportunities have grown exponentially his first book, Born, and has had many and it’s creating a scene where there are book signings and readings from fewer books of poetry that everyone has in Eugene to Vancouver, Washington, and common vs. the ones we all knew. Poetry beyond. In addition, he was invited to has a high conversion rate; I don’t know be a featured poet at this year’s Silverton anyone who reads it that doesn’t also Poetry Festival. write it. He is one of five poets featured in the “It’s not like painting or sculpting where festival’s final event, “Feast of Poets,” you need materials and access to things; Sunday, 1:30 p.m. at the Mount Angel if you want to try to write a poem you Abbey Library. pretty much can,” he added. “Even if it Each year’s featured poets are selected by doesn’t work out the way you want it to, those from the year before. it can never ruin your day to try.”

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Inspiring Silverton Potluck and presentation Festival Schedule of Events Featured Poets Reading Friday, Feb. 23, 7–9 p.m.  Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gordon House, 869 West Main John Brehm and Emily Ransdell open the festival. Favorite Poem Project & Open Mic Saturday, Feb. 24, 10:30 a.m.– Noon Silver Falls Library, 405 S. Water St. Bring a published poem to share. Also welcome to read an original composition no longer than a page. Kids Poetry Writing: My GoldFish Stole the Moon Saturday, Feb. 24, 1 – 3 p.m. Silverton Art Association, 303 Coolidge St. Funny poems, some basics, and some practice. For grades 4–8. $5 fee. Voces Poeticas in Espanol: Poetic Voices in a Bilingual Presentation Saturday, Feb. 24, 1:30 –3:30 p.m. Mount Angel Abbey Bookstore & Café, 1 Abbey Dr., Saint Benedict Latin American poets in Spanish and English. Talking Poets -- Durable Goods Saturday, Feb. 24, 7 – 9 p.m. White Steeple Gallery, 314 Jersey St., Silverton Six Oregon poets are honored in Erik Muller’s Durable Goods: An Appreciation of Oregon Poets. Three – Barbara Drake, Paulann Petersen and Lex Runciman – will join Erik for an evening of discussion. Feast of Poets Sunday, Feb. 25, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Mount Angel Abbey Library Auditorium, 1 Abbey Dr., Saint Benedict The festival finale features five poets: Jon Boisvert, Michael Jenkins, Amy Miller Jim Teeters, and Chrys Tobey, followed by a feast.

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Silverton Progressives, with the goal of inspiring ideas and conversation about local organizations and issues, are presenting “Inspiring Silverton” in place of their regular February meeting.   Seven speakers will each have 15 minutes to share information and personal thoughts about local organizations. All are welcome to the event, which will take place at the Silverton Grange. The evening starts with a potluck at 6 p.m.,

followed by the program from 6:45 to 8:45 pm. Admission is free.  The Grange has a full kitchen, but to minimize the work a kitchen crew will need to do, everyone is encouraged to bring their own silverware and plates. The Grange does not allow alcohol.   The evenings speakers will be: Dana Smith – Building Community Esther Nelson – Safety Compass Jaime Fuhrman – Silverton Soup

Glockenspiel hosts a stud for Habitat During February, North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity is partnering with the Glockenspiel Restaurant and other local businesses to host a 2"x 6" construction stud. “Businesses collect donations and decorate the stud by writing loving messages that will then be used to build walls in a Habitat partner families’ house,” said Wendy Patton, Executive Director of Habitat.  “These messages will be part of the home forever. Think of it as a giant community hug.” “We’re a proud supporter of Habitat for Humanity” Kelsi Weeks, Glockenspiel general manager said. “Glockenspiel diners will have a personal hand in helping Habitat create affordable housing in partnership with low-income families.” The restaurant is located at 190 E. Charles St., Mount Angel.

Ladies, Salem Harvest Gleaners Matt Plummer – County Government; filling the gaps Michel Stone Finicle – Silverton Opportunity Rob Sisk – Silverton People for Peace Sarah White – Silverton Warming Center Silverton Grange is located at 201 Division St., off South Water south of Ike Mooney Road.

Festival seeks artists, food vendors Applications are open for artists and food vendors for the 18th annual Silverton Fine Arts Festival scheduled for Aug. 18 – 19 at Coolidge-McClaine Park. Due by April 1, they can be completed online at

Mt. Angel Lions Club holds tulip sale The Mt. Angel Lions Club’s 20th annual Tulip Bouquet Sale is under way, in cooperation with the Wooden Shoe Bulb Co. Club members are taking orders for tulip bouquets, $8, which will be delivered April 10. The sale helps fund the club’s two $1,000 college scholarships for John F. Kennedy High School seniors. The program began in 1981 and a total of $68,450 has been awarded to 82 students. Tulip bouquets can be ordered in Mount Angel at Columbia Bank, DirectLink (Mt. Angel Telephone), Pepsi NW or from Mt. Angel Lions Club members.

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Sports & Recreation

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Take 24 -1 record, top ranking into playoffs

The Kennedy High girls basketball is riding a 19-game winning streak into the playoffs. The 24-1 Trojans finished a perfect 12-0 in the Tri-River Conference and are ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, with their lone loss against Class 3A power Dayton. Kennedy co-coach Peter Hall told Our Town that the run has been fueled by a combination of work in the paint, work on defense and work on outside shooting. “We have been very dominant on points in the paint, rebounding and controlling our possessions by limiting turnovers,” he said. “Our defense is tenacious. We go 100 percent and try to play clean and fast, challenging teams at every pass.” And an offseason campaign to upgrade their 3-point shooting has paid dividends as well. “We asked the girls to put in the work and develop the mindset to look for these shots,” Hall said, with the outcome an offense that is much more diverse and averaging more than 55 points per game. The Trojans are allowing just 30 points per game and have not had a game decided by less than 10 points since a 47-40 win Jan. 5 against Central Linn. Four players average in double figures – Kalyssa Kleinschmit, Sophia Carley, Hannah Arritola and Kaylin Cantu. Carley, a 6-foot sophomore, also is averaging 13 rebounds and three blocks per game, while Arritola and Kleinschmit are averaging eight and seven rebounds per game, respectively. The team has a veteran corps with seven players also on the roster when the Trojans won the 2016 Class 2A title, Kleinschmit, Cantu, Arritola, Kaylee Brown, Molly Jaeger, Abby Frey and Clarissa Traeger. Hall offered special praise for Jaeger, who made the difficult move from post to point guard. The Tri-River playoffs start this week, with the Class 2A tournament set for March 1-3 in Pendleton. “We look forward to the challenge ahead for the playoffs,” Hall said. The Silverton boys, meanwhile, also are top-ranked with an 18-1 record in Class 5A. The Foxes are 10-0 in the Mid-Willamette Conference, with a key game coming up Friday, Feb. 16

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The veteran Kennedy High girls basketball squad is outscoring opponents by an average of 25 points per game this season. VINCE TERESI

100 breaststroke in 1:03.26 and also participated on two relay squads that broke school marks.

at 9-1 South Albany, which is ranked seventh. Silverton has not lost since Dec. 21 against Mater Dei of San Diego County in the semifinals of the Capitol City Classic at Willamette University in Salem. The Foxes girls squad is 8-2 in the Mid-Willamette after a 37-36 loss Feb. 8 against Lebanon. Silverton, which is ranked fifth in 5A, gets a second shot at No. 1 Central when the Panthers visit the Foxes Feb. 20. Central, currently 10-0, won a 43-41 thriller on a shot at the buzzer in the first matchup Jan. 26. Swimming: The Silverton squads broke six school records and took second in the boys and girls team competitions at the Mid-Willamette district meet Feb. 9-10 at Osborn Aquatic Center in Corvallis. Kyle Reiser was the lone district champion for the Foxes, who piled up points with their depth. Reiser won the

Crescent Valley won the girls meet with 526.5 points, with the Foxes second with 388.5. Silverton scored 351 in the boys meet, 65 behind champion Corvallis. Silverton moves on to the Class 5A state meet, with competition starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16 and concluding with finals at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday. “It was a great meet for the Foxes,” said coach Lucky Rogers, who noted that senior Jason Orr played a role in four school records.

Doerfler swam 1:42.45 to take second in the 200 medley relay, with the same foursome turning in a 1:33.67 secondplace effort in the 200 free relay. Girls relay squads also set a pair of school marks. The all-sophomore unit of Samantha Zurcher, Marie Tolmachoff, Maggie Kelley and Maddie Broyhill swam 1:57.59 to take second in the 200 medley relay, while Kelley, senior Breanna Castell, Broyhill and Tolmachoff turned in a 1:43.90 to take third in the 200 free relay.

Orr took second in the 50 free in 22.63 and the Jason Orr 100 backstroke in 54.52 to set individual school marks, while also participating in two relays that also set records.

Wrestling: Silverton sophomore Kaden Kuenzi captured the Kaden Kuenzi Mid-Willamette district title at 120 pounds to help lead the host Foxes to a sixth-place finish in the meet, held Feb. 9 and 10.

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season at 106 pounds, outscored Ryan Bibler of Dallas 20-12 in the final to improve his record to 44-3. The Foxes will be sending three other wrestlers to the state championships at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum Feb. 16 – 17. Finishing second were Isaac Whitehead (126), Robert Guenther (132) and Hayden Roth (195). Also contributing for the Foxes were Owen Magill (5th at 160), Josten Richardson (6th at 170) and Ben Willis (6th at 285). Silverton scored 189.5 points. Perennial power Dallas won the meet with 461. “I’m very happy with the way that the, especially considering 95 percentof our wrestling roster is made up of freshman and sophomores four of whom made it to the finals,” coach Keegan Davis told Our Town. Davis also praised the community support that came with hosting the meet. “Silverton has a rich wrestling history and when you have districts in your hometown the community really comes out. I think every coach was envious of the amount of parental support we have, from yelling in the stands to stocking the best hospitality room in the state. The families of Silverton really gave a lesson in small town hospitality.” The new program at Kennedy will be sending two wrestlers to the Class 2A-1A meet, Matthew Marrow at 106 and Carlos Saravia at 120. Marrow and Saravia will be the first Trojans to wrestle at state since 2000. “Both kids wrestled very tough and smart at the (district) tournament,” coach Dewey Enos told Our Town. Kennedy entered five athletes in the Feb. 2-3 Special District 1 meet at Monroe.

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“Hopefully this will boost some of the community’s kids to come out and wrestle,” Enos said. “Qualifying two kids for state as a first-year program is huge.” Also competing for Kennedy were Quentin Castro (fifth at 220), Jose Salazar (sixth at 126) and Christian Pineda (sixth at 285). Softball: Silverton Youth Softball is developing some real momentum. After starting three years ago with just 30 players coordinator Dave Ullan told Our Town that he might wind up this year’s signup period with 60. Some teams play under the Little League structure, others play mainly tournaments under the USA Softball umbrella. Ullan also plans to field a middle school team this season. The program covers players aged 7-14, with signups continuing until the end of February. The season will get underway around spring break. Visit for information on how to participate. Wurstfest runs: More than 350 runners and walkers participated in last Saturday’s Wurstfest runs in Mount Angel. Jonathan Sisley of Silverton won the 10K by more than three minutes in 36:21.7. The top female finisher, Erica Johnson of Sandy, took seventh overall in 43:22.4. Zach Kuenzi of Silverton was the 5K champion in 20:30.3. Fourth-place runner Melanie Ferry of Wilsonville was the first woman to finish in 22:26.0. Follow me on @jameshday. CCB #14854

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A click-bait world These are different times. Depending upon whom we ask, social media is a God-send or the root of all evil. Good news and bad news, and even “fake news” can spread like wild-fire. My preference is “good news.” I can handle bad news and readily identify “fake news” as easily as a 2-mph curve ball coming at me in the batter’s box. A few times (ok, more than four but less than 112) I took the “click-bait” and tried to read an article that someone famous had passed away. I was crushed to hear of Willie Nelson’s “demise,” only to find it was merely an ad designed to get me to a promotion for a certain “male” problem. Look at the top of the announcement that someone prominent “passed away”. If it says “Sponsored”, run for the hills, not toward the pills! Many years ago, a person joined a great company, stayed for 20 years, received a gold watch and the thanks of a grateful employer. Now the average person changes jobs almost like they change their clocks in the fall and spring. Employers

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can be just as bad when it comes to sticking with their folks through thick and thin. Loyalty is as fleeting as an honest politician. That said, one must admire Uriel Santana, recently retired from his job as a meat-cutting guru and department head for Roth’s for most of his 30+ years in the business. Uriel received lots of kudos and congratulations via social media. It is a hard job, a grueling job, a messy job, that requires a lot of lifting, constant time on your feet, and one made more difficult in making the transition from cutting and preparing meat to one that requires equal emphasis on managing today’s workforce. He did it in amazing fashion. His customers love him. The company

threw him a wonderful retirement party, thanking him for his work, loyalty, and impeccable service to his customers, and for being a model employee and manager. His wife, Lisa, along with family and friends, had a party honoring his hard work and milestone. He is ready to fish and go rafting more, but also start his second “career”, as a property manager and real estate broker. We wish him best of luck, thanks for helping us pick out the perfect prime Porketta roast, and admiring his dedication to his profession, employer, and customers. Dear Roth’s – When you hire the new meat manager, you have a great template to work with. Another thing about changing times with a Facebook overlay is regarding restaurants. They can gain followers or lose business in the time it takes to say, “My soup is cold.” A few restaurants have been destroyed as patrons jump on negative reviews like villagers grabbing their torches and pitchforks. It is difficult to train people to simply call their server or the owner over and

say, “My steak is over-cooked.” Doing so, being honest, candid, up-front, is the decent thing to do, quietly and discreetly. Most servers and owners will do the right thing. But it is horribly unfair to start the mob mentality behind social media’s Impersonal Cloak of Invisibility. (You know we can still see you, right?) But a word to the wise to those who put it all on the line to bring us great food, wonderful and creative drinks, and nervecalming atmosphere. Do better. No names here, but you know who you are. We see your health department scores in the paper or on-line. If the scores are miserable, do better. It is not rocket science to store food at the correct temperature. This is your dream. This is your livelihood. Take responsibility for the low scores. Come “clean”, so to speak, and more importantly, fix the problems. When the average meal dining out hovers between around $20 now, and you hand us an iPad at checkout with a tip choice starting at 15% or more, we have choices. Lots and lots of choices. Do better. You owe us that.

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Our Town Life: February 15, 2018  

Our Town Community News serving Silverton, Mt. Angel & Scotts Mills.