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Junior First Citizen....................6 Business of the Year.................6

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Family Friendly FUN Happenings coming up at the Silverton Senior Center…NOT just for Seniors!

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Cultural divide

St. Paul’s wrestles with serving a diverse congregation

By Steve Ritchie

While the release did not specifically address the question of whether Spanish language instruction would be eliminated, it did contain the following statement:

The absence of a long-time parish employee, fears of losing Spanish-language religious education classes, and a change in venue for Spanish-language Sunday mass have rocked Silverton’s St. Paul Catholic Church community. Recent tensions escalated into accusations of racism, discrimination and unfair treatment and led to a Feb. 28 meeting that filled the parish hall basement with concerned Hispanic parishioners. Members of St. Paul’s Pastoral Council and Fr. Basil Lawrence, OSB, pastor of St. Paul Parish, met with approximately 300 parishioners seeking answers about why Sr. Rocio Moreno Soto, OSB, is no longer serving as the parish’s Hispanic Ministry Coordinator. Sr. Rocio has served in the parish for the past 14 years. She is credited by many of the Hispanic members of the parish as being instrumental in increasing the number of Hispanic families attending St. Paul, and developing a strong religious education program for Spanish-speaking youth and adults.

“The Archdiocese of Portland’s Office of Hispanic Ministries, as well as the Office of Catechesis and Faith Formation, look forward to working with Fr. Basil Lawrence, Fr. Philip Waibel and the Parish Council of St. Paul Parish to discover new and better ways of serving the Spanish-speaking community in Silverton and throughout western Oregon. “ In response to a follow up contact by Our Town, David Renshaw, Communications Director for the Archdiocese, said in an email that “the current Sacramental Prep and Religious Education classes will continue as is through the end of the year.” Fr. Basil confirmed that last week in a phone conversation with Our Town, stating, “That would include the Spanish mass and all catechesis and religious education currently taught in Spanish.” He went on to say that no long-term decision has been made about whether the religious education classes and sacramental preparation classes for youth would continue to be taught in both English and Spanish, or whether the two sets of classes would be combined into one set that would be taught only in English.

Following the meeting, letters of protest – one reportedly signed by as many as 300 people – were sent to Fr. Basil, as well as to the Pastoral Council and to the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, which oversees the parish. The letters continued to raise issues regarding Sr. Rocio’s departure from the parish, expressed fears that religious education classes would only be taught in English, and noted strained relationships between Fr. Basil and Hispanic parishioners.

“We will begin discussing what to do with K-12 religious education classes. That is the state where we’re at. We will begin a discussion and a discernment with the entire parish about this. Religious education for our youth is the only thing on the table. There are no plans to cancel the Spanish mass or the adult religious education classes now taught in Spanish.”

On March 6, the Communications Office of the Archdiocese responded. “Sr. Rocio Moreno Soto’s order (The Benedictine Sister of the Queen of Angels Monastery) requested that she be relieved of her ministerial responsibilities at St. Paul Parish in Silverton, and that she return to her home monastery to continue discerning how she can be best serve her community. She was not dismissed by Fr. Basil Lawrence or the Parish Council. Furthermore, any accusations of racism or discrimination in this decision are completely false.”

Several Hispanic parish members told Our Town that the statements from the Archdiocese and Fr. Basil did not change their feelings nor ease their fears about losing the Spanish language classes. They also said they remain skeptical about Sr. Rocio’s abrupt departure, believing she was forced out. One long-time member of the parish, who did not want to be identified for fear of reprisal, said that even though she is bi-lingual, practicing her religion in her native language

was very important to her and her family. “In the public schools and the workplace we have to speak English, and that is fine. If I go to the store I speak English. But not in the house of God – that is different. We have to continue our culture and spiritual traditions in our language, because of my ancestors, my parents, my grandparents.” A high school-age student who also requested anonymity, said she has gone through Spanish classes throughout her religious education at St. Paul. She and her peer group are very concerned about losing Spanish there, she added. “All the kids who are the future of this church and who want to follow the traditions of their families won’t feel welcomed in this parish... My parents got married in this church, and I was baptized and confirmed here. This is a church I look up to and now it’s like I don’t want that to be taken away. “We have 400 families who come to worship and learn about God in their language. So it’s hard to think about that being taken away,” she said, explaining that the importance of family and their native language are intertwined in the Hispanic culture. “At school I learn in English but at home we only speak Spanish in our family.” Much of the growth at St. Paul Church in recent years has come from Hispanic congregants. A 2011 Our Town article quoted former pastor Fr. William Hammelman, OSB, saying that the Spanish mass is “overflowing,” and that the church has added many young Hispanic families. Fr. Basil, who has been pastor at St. Paul’s since last summer, said the parish census from fall 2016 indicates that weekend mass attendance is about 750. There are four masses each weekend, three in English and one in Spanish. The attendance at the single Spanish mass is largest of the four, averaging about 300. The Spanish mass was recently moved into the basement of the parish hall rather than in the church sanctuary, where the English masses are held. “That is a relatively new phenomenon because of our


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church construction project,” Fr. Basil said. “I met with the fire marshal and the city inspector. The Spanish mass has the largest attendance in our church and they were not comfortable having that many people in the church at one time. The only other facility we have available is the parish hall basement, so for the duration of the construction we have to hold the Spanish mass there.” When asked what steps would be necessary to rebuild trust with Hispanic parishioners, Fr. Basil said, “The most important thing is to dispel the falsehoods and misinformation that is being promoted at this time by individuals that do not belong to the parish... The people need to know that St. Paul’s has been a very welcoming parish and a parish that wants to continue to serve all of its parishioners in the best way that the church in Christ wants us to.” The characterization of outsiders causing the disruption was rejected by the Hispanic parishioners interviewed. They countered that Fr. Basil has made no effort to get to know the Hispanic parish community, and described his behavior toward them as “aggressive” and “disrespectful.” “We are two communities in one church,” said one. “We (Hispanics) respect them (Anglo parishioners). We respect their traditions. They need to respect us and our culture, traditions and values.”

Coming Together We the people are divided. The grinding Presidential campaign didn’t help.   For months we heard candidates, unable to agree on facts, much less issues, throw insults at each other instead of presenting their visions for our future.   Without agreement on the facts we have no common ground from which to build understanding and consensus.  Months later we remain stuck, our emotions and the divisions still raw, each presidential tweet stimulating a new media frenzy that recalls the campaign’s Sound and Fury.  I’m writing to thank David and Mitch and Dixon for sharing their views in Our Town.   Doing so isn’t easy when you know others do not agree.  David, thank you for serving and for sharing how you were treated on your return to civilian life.   I’m sorry those opposed to the Viet Nam War took out their frustration with our government on you.   That wasn’t right.   I would like to think we are better than that now.  But after this election I’m not so sure.  Our views are grounded in our life experiences.  Me, I was born in another country, the son of a US

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Noe Jines

Following his brother’s advice, Jines’ resume includes being a mentor for “My Future, My Choice” at Mount Angel Middle School and being the JFK High School student body president. His work ethic and dedication to his school and community led Jines to be chosen as the Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce’s Junior First Citizen. While eating lunch last month, he saw his mom, Julia, and brother, Leo, 24, in the high school office. When he asked them what they were doing, they told him they were “paying a bill.” That’s when he grew suspicious because he knew the bill had already been paid. While receiving the award wasn’t a complete surprise, he said it is definitely an honor. “I didn’t help out to get recognized,” he said. “I just did it for the good of the community.” His list of activities includes student councilor for the Mount Angel City Council; FBLA president; NHS; yearbook editor, photographer and page designer; cross country team captain; track team and more than 250 hours of community service including volunteering at Oktoberfest, the Hazelnut Festival and Wurstfest along with work for the Father Bernard Youth Center and Mount Angel Senior Center. Kennedy track and cross country coach Steve Ritchie said Jines is an exceptionally hard-working young man who had a good career as a distance runner.
“Even more impressive than his commitment to athletic training is his commitment to academic achievement, school leadership and service to others,” Ritchie said. “I think he has prepared himself very well to succeed in college and beyond. I’m a big

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fan of Noe Jines.”

All it took was some encouragement for Noe Jines to begin taking small steps leading to larger steps to become more involved in his school and community. A Kennedy High School senior, Jines credits his older brother, Leo, for advising him to participate wherever he could.

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Noe Jines As of late February, Jines was deciding between attending the University of Oregon or the University of Portland. He has been accepted to both. Right now, he’s leaning toward a double major in psychology and political science. He has a 3.9 grade point average while taking AP Physics and Calculus, Business Essentials/ Law, leadership class, college English, honors yearbook, and government/ economics. “My career goals are to hopefully help undocumented families who work in the fields get better jobs and help them get citizenship,” he said. During the summer, he works for a farm picking berries. “Undocumented families are usually the hardest workers you’ll ever meet and deserve more. I want to be the one to help them,” he said. With no time to watch TV, Jines said what motivates him to work hard is remembering he is working to benefit others. “Whatever I do, I do for others,” he said. Each time he volunteers, he said, it’s an opportunity to learn and grow. He shared he has become more confident talking with adults and planning events such as Homecoming. KHS Principal Sean Aker said Jines is a remarkable young man. “His ability to plan and problem solve epitomize leadership,” Aker said. “He is thoughtful in his decision making, and does well to avoid overextending himself.  We thought that replacing Elisha Valladares, last year’s student body president, was going to be nearly impossible. However, Noe’s leadership style serves our school very well, and the transition has been seamless. We now are wondering who will be able to follow Noe?”   For Jines, being a leader means every day setting a good example. “I hope I encourage people to work hard and be kind to everyone and make sure everyone is included,” he said.

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By Dixon Bledsoe Melanie Dressel would have been so proud. “Columbia Bank’s Chief Executive Officer, Melanie Dressel, is the reason why our culture is personable and is built to put people first”, said Kristi Brackinreed, Mount Angel Branch Manager of Columbia Bank which was recently selected 2016 Business of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. Sadly, Dressel – the dynamic leader and creator of the firm’s culture of personal and community service – passed away recently. She was planning to attend the First Citizen’s Banquet, scheduled for Monday, March 20 at the Festhalle. According to Brackinreed, “Our company cares about our employees and their work - life balance. The culture is about that – our community, our customers, and our employees. That is what Melanie lived, breathed, modeled, and taught the entire Columbia company.”  Need proof? Just listen to Maureen Ernst talk about Columbia, its employees, and Brackinreed. “I simply cannot say enough good things about them. They are an incredible asset not only to Mount Angel but to this region. Kristi is on the Chamber Board, in the Lions, and is an absolute solid rock on the Chamber.  She and her staff do everything from helping Oktoberfest, the schools, and just about anything you can think of. Their customer service is top notch.” When asked what she is most proud of for her branch, Brackinreed replied, “We were recognized, I think, because we do the right thing. We enjoy being around people – our customers, our employees,

Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce First Citizen Awards Monday, March 20, 5:30 p.m. Mount Angel Festhalle Honorees: Distinguished Service: Kathy Wall Distinguished Service: Randy Wavra Volunteer of the Year: Ryan Kleinschmit Business of the Year: Columbia Bank Jr. First Citizen: Noe Jines Garcia First Citizen: Lori Butsch Pavlicek (Article on Pavlicek appeared in March 1 Our Town)

Tickets: $30, 503-845-9440 and our community. We like being around like-minded people. It just feels good. Even people that don’t bank here know we are here to serve.” Columbia Bank has helped with the First Citizen committee, Kindergarten at the Oktoberfest, helps pour beer, supports the Hazelnut Fest, Wurstfest, Mount Angel Heritage Trail markers, and is a significant sponsor of the Fr. Bernard Youth Center auction. Brackinreed is Secretary for the Chamber of Commerce, co-chair for the Chamber Oktoberfest booth, and her bank does what few banks have done before – they are open Saturday and Sunday mornings during Oktoberfest to make change for the many service club booths. They also helped with strategic education and community planning. In many ways, that is just the tip of the service iceberg.   Melanie Dressel is smiling about now.

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Distinguished Service By Nancy Jennings When she isn’t volunteering around town, Kathy Wall loves to travel. She is known to hit the open road in her camper van with her devoted dog, Mara, a copper-colored Vizsla. “Once I drove 8,700 miles on a trip,” she said. The Mount Angel resident also enjoys golfing, walking, hiking and jogging.

her back to Mount Angel, keeping her connected with friends and family. She always planned on retiring in Mount Angel to be near her three children and four grandchildren. Her twin sons live in Mount Angel, and her daughter lives in Vancouver, Wash. Kathy Wall

Having recently wrapped up the ninth annual Wurstfest, Wall, 71, has been a mainstay volunteer there since the second festival. As chairperson she has had a hand in planning, organizing and promoting the event. Because of this dedication and more, she has earned the 2016 Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award. She learned about the award by her friend and fellow volunteer Mary Grant. “I was flabbergasted. Mount Angel is a volunteering community. After only eight years, it’s pretty amazing,” Wall said. Retired since 2008, Wall worked for 20 years as a civilian at the Department of Defense (DoD) as a speech therapist and special educator. She was stationed at the Soesterberg Air Force Base in Holland. She also worked in England and Germany. She first moved to Mount Angel in 1980. She worked at the Willamette Education Service District, which provides special education services. During her years at the DoD, she took sabbaticals periodically which brought


“Even when I was away, this was always ‘home,’” she

Wall formerly delivered “Meals on Wheels” and volunteered at St. Mary Parish activities and at the Hazelnut Festival. During Oktoberfest she volunteers at the chamber booth, the Weingarten, Alpinegarten and at the Information Booth. She is the chamber board treasurer. Grant has known Wall for over 30 years. “She pours her heart and soul into things. She has put hundreds of hours into the Wurstfest,” Grant said. “When Kathy moved back home for good, she jumped right into the fire. She deserves the award for the hundreds of hours that she has put into community service in Mount Angel,” she added. Jean Hannan, who has known Wall for 25 years, echoes this sentiment. “She gives a lot. She’s generous with her time, organized and gets the job done,” she said. “I could depend on her to be there when I needed her. She has a sense of humor – and as volunteers – we should be enjoying ourselves.”

Volunteer of the Year By Steve Ritchie

like Ryan Kleinschmidt stands out.

The town of Mount Angel is legendary for its strong volunteer ethic.

Kleinschmidt, 40, is heavily involved in many different volunteer activities around the town he grew up in. He joined the Mount Angel Fire Department right out of high school in 1994 and, after moving up through the ranks over the past 23 years, he currently serves as Division Chief. Kleinschmidt is also in his third term on the Mount Angel Planning Commission, and serves as chair.

From Oktoberfest to youth sports to city government to the fire department to a host of non-profit and religious organizations, Mount Angel runs on the energy and commitment of its many dedicated volunteers. Even in Mount Angel, though, someone

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down of the Oktoberfest, which is a major job,” Wavra said.

Randy Wavra began volunteering right out of high school when he joined the Knights of Columbus.

Wavra, a long-time resident of Mount Angel, spent his career as a Territory Manager for Pape Machinery.

In 2010 Wavra helped to raise money for the Mount Angel Festhalle with the Farmer’s Auction. John Gooley, who has known Wavra since elementary school and who has volunteered with him on several projects, explained that with Wavra’s connections to the farming community they were able to solicit donations that helped to raise over $2 million.

“Volunteering and my career go hand in hand I would say. What it does is show people you really do care and want to give back to the community we live in. At the same time, it gives me a chance to stay in front of the people and customers that have been good to me in my sales career,” he said.

“He basically brought in the first check when we started fundraising,” Gooley said. “He has been a great sidekick for many, many years. He is just one of those guys that will never say no when you need someone to help you. No matter what the job is, if you need someone, he’s there to help.”

In the early 1980s Wavra was asked to join the Mount Angel Fire Department. He spent the next 15 years as a volunteer firefighter.

Wavra will be honored with the 2016 Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award for the many years he has spent giving back to his community.

“Volunteering is just part of who I am because of how my parents raised me. When somebody comes calling I try to help out as much as I can,” he explained.

Randy Wavra

“The hardest part would be calls in the middle of the night and having to go to work without much sleep,” he said. He also spent many years serving on the Mount Angel Oktoberfest board and helping with the celebration. “During my years of service on the Oktoberfest board, I designed the original operation plan for the set-up and tear

“I really appreciate the recognition,” he said, “however, I couldn’t volunteer all my time without the support of my wife, Rosie. I was a volunteer firefighter and a member of the Oktoberfest board at the same time, which required a lot of time away from my family while my wife was at home raising our four children, which was a big job.”

Ryan Kleinschmidt Perhaps his greatest impact, however, has been in his commitment to youth sports. For the past 10 years he has coached baseball, basketball and football at a variety of age levels, and took his 5th-6th grade baseball team all the way to the state championship. He also helped found the Mount Angel Youth Sports League in 2014, and was instrumental in bringing the Junior Baseball Organization to Mount Angel last year.

For the passion and energy he brings to his volunteer activities, he is being honored by the Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce as 2016 Volunteer of the Year. “Mount Angel has a lot of great volunteers,” Kleinschmidt said. “That’s why I was so surprised about the award. I never looked at recognition being a part of it.”

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Kleinschmidt loves being involved in sports and has really enjoyed coaching and watching his three children – Caitlyn, Dylan and Ethan – play on youth teams, and now on middle and high school teams.

Kleinschmidt is very quick to give the credit to his wife, Diana (Otte), who like Ryan is a JFK graduate and Mount Angel native.

“She’s the one who truly “Athletics is not about deserves the award,” winning and losing. It’s all Kleinschmidt said, “because about life lessons you learn Ryan Kleinschmidt I’m gone every night of while playing, and you the week, and she is doing learn from both wins and losses.” all the other things that need to be done. She definitely deserves the credit. She The letter from Steve Engel nominating makes it happen.” Kleinschmidt affirmed this same insight: He is also grateful to his employer, Northwest Natural Gas, for allowing and encouraging him – and its other employees – to make such a strong commitment to volunteer service. As a Field Operations Supervisor, he said his work day can “change with one phone call about an emergency situation – you have to be very flexible.

“We all know that the youth are the future of this community, and through Ryan’s involvement, our youth are learning life lessons of honor, integrity, and sportsmanship which are going to translate into solid citizen community involvement as the kids grow up.”

“But they have always been a big proponent of being involved in the community,” he noted.

“As long as things in my life stay the same, I don’t see this (volunteer service) changing.”

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Bird is the Word

The Itch

Call of the great outdoors

It’s the beginning of March. It’s been cold. Usually wet. We’ve seen our share of rain. Even snow this year. The sky is dark and gray, gray, gray, and the days have been short. It’s the time of year best suited for curling up in front of the fire with a good book, making comfort food and hunkering down. Which means of course, that all I can think about is getting outside.

Every year about this time, I come down with something I lovingly refer to as the “itch.” More accurately defined as constantly daydreaming about the sun on my face, the ocean breeze on my skin or the smell of the wet, Oregon forest all around me. The undeniable drive, need even, to be outdoors on some sort of adventure, exploring all this beautiful state has to offer me. It really starts to drive me crazy! So I do what I can. I re-organize my fly boxes. Spend my Christmas money on new hiking boots. Watch videos on YouTube and documentaries on Netflix. Look at plane tickets to Alaska. Read fishing reports. Plot, plan and scheme. And when I run out of options, I order books online so I can at least live vicariously through someone else’s adventures. One of the books I’ve been reading is How to Raise A Wild Child by Scott D. Sampson. Sampson talks about how kids spend very little time outdoors these days which has a negative effect on their physical and emotional well being, as well as the well being of the environment. Unless kids spend time outside as they grow up, they make no connection to the outdoors and are far less inclined to work (or vote) to protect them. The book also talks about how you can help your kids connect with nature at each stage – early childhood, middle childhood and adolescence – and gives a lot of good and practical ideas on how to do so. I began reading the book primarily so I could find some good tips on how to best spend time outdoors with my little guy, but I was surprised how much I connected with Sampson’s stories of his own experiences outdoors as a child and what an impact it had on who he became. I grew up in Eastern Washington, in what became a pretty classic suburban neighborhood. But when we first moved

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In The Garden

there, it was largely undeveloped, mostly a forest of pine trees, small meadows and even a little pond that looked straight out of The Little Mermaid. It was magical Whether we were making gourmet meals in our rock kitchens, doing chores in our tree “houses” my dad had marked for us with spray paint, or making pancakes and coffee in the mud, my brothers and I spent hours upon hours outdoors. TV and movies were for rainy days and even if it was freezing cold, or the ground was covered in snow, I remember begging my Mom to let us out if we promised to bundle up. We spent most of our weekends at Priest Lake in Idaho, at the foot of the Selkirk mountains. When we weren’t in the water, we were in the sand, and if for some reason the weather wasn’t cooperating, we’d head to the backcountry to hike Lookout Mountain or explore the natural water slides created by years and years of alpine runoff. At the time, I took it all for granted and even complained about being forced to do things like go on hikes. As an adult I am blown away by how lucky I was. I am so thankful to my parents for providing me with such a bounty of opportunities to fall in love with the natural world. Though I, like so many others, fell away from spending time outside when the adolescent years arrived, it’s been such a blessing to come back to it in adulthood. I feel most at peace and most myself when I’m outside. Heading out on a hike helps me clear my head, stepping into a river with a fly rod gives me perspective, travel and adventures with family make me feel so alive.

Heather Desmarteau-Fast enjoying the scents of last year’s garden.

Victory gardens By Melissa Wagoner “Uncle Sam says – garden to cut food costs,” proclaimed a victory garden advertisement printed by the US Department of Agriculture in 1917. Used to take pressure off of the food supply during World War I and II, these home and public gardens are a trend that is fashionable once again, but for somewhat different reasons. “Grow vitamins at your kitchen door,” said another poster by the Stecher-Traung Lithograph Corp., a proclamation echoed today by gardeners searching for a way to combat the industrial food landscape. “Vegetable gardening is becoming more or less a lost art,” Heather Desmarteau-Fast, owner of Stamen and Pistil in Silverton, said. “There is some disconnect in this generation. When do you pick a bean? How do you preserve seeds?” In 2009, former First Lady Michelle Obama planted the first vegetable garden on the White House lawn since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden during World War II. Roosevelt’s was used to promote gardening in order to ward of food scarcity. Obama’s promoted healthy eating and community education. Both efforts were meant to unite the country and boost morale.

As he continues to grow, I can’t wait to share it all with my son.

“My hope is that through children, they will begin to educate their families and that will, in turn, begin to educate our communities,” Michelle Obama told The New York Times.

Do you find yourself dreaming of the outdoors this time of year? What adventures do you have planned!? Big or small, get outside. While you’re at it, bring along someone you love.

For those interested in following in the footsteps of victory gardeners of the past there are websites, books and classes dedicated to beginning gardening. For those with no land there is square foot


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Garden resources Vegetable starts offered on a community supported agriculture system Community garden, education about food preservation and cooking gardening: Education and community garden options gardening, container gardening and vertical gardening, Desmarteau-Fast said. Community gardening is another alternative. The Silverton Grange carries on a tradition of service dating back to the creation of the Extension Service and the Farm Credit System. The Grange, located at 201 Division St. off South Water, has a community garden. Examples of raised beds, creative trellising and rainwater catching are all there, as well as veteran gardeners ready to answer questions, according to member Jan McCorkle. “We are happy to continue the Grange tradition by promoting people growing healthy food, informing folks on food preservation and bringing neighbors in our community together through our little Community Garden at the Silverton Grange,” she said. Whether it’s a backyard garden patch, a green roof or a plot down the street now is the time to plant, Desmarteau-Fast said. “Start seeding now,” she said. “Start a lot of cool season crops but make sure it’s something you’re going to use and educate yourself on how to use them.”

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GeerCrest Farm dinner celebrates spring GeerCrest Farm & Historical Society invites community members to one of their Farm Fresh Dinners. For almost 170 years, GeerCrest Farm has shared bounty, history and self-worth in a family farm environment in Oregon. The next dinner is Saturday, March 18, 5 to 7 p.m. at the farm. Seasonal farm fresh food will be served buffet style and will feature live music.

Future dinners will take place on the third Saturday of the month, except in May. They will coincide with the annual Summer Hoedown on July 16 and The Fall Harvest Festival on Sunday, Oct. 22. The suggested donation is $30 for adults and $12 for children. Space is limited. To reserve a spot go to events or call 503-873-3406.  The Farm is located six miles south of Silverton on Sunnyview Road.

OMSI Science Night at The Oregon Garden Challenge yourself with unforgettable science experiments at OMSI Science Night at The Oregon Garden Resort. The free event is Friday, March 31, 6 to 9 p.m. at The Oregon Garden Resort. It promises to be a night of family-fun

SACA Job Fair coming Job seekers, the SACA Job Fair is Monday, March 20, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Silverton Community Center, 421 Water St. It’s an opportunity to meet with more than 25 employers. Candidates should be prepared to speak directly with company representatives about current job openings.

with challenges guaranteed to thrill youngsters and perplex adults. Guests will enjoy hands on brainteasers and puzzles. Food and drink (alcoholic and nonalcoholic) will be available for purchase. This event is open to the public.

Free well tests offered The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is offering free well water testing in the Mid-Willamette Valley as part of a groundwater study looking at nitrate, arsenic, bacteria and pesticide levels in the area’s groundwater. To volunteer for the study, email or call 503-693-5736. Learn more at: docs/welltestflyer.pdf


Fr. Eugene Esch, OSB Fr. Eugene (Raymond) Esch, monk of the Monastery of the Ascension in Jerome, Idaho, died Thursday, March 2, 2017. Fr. Eugene was 89 years old.

the recently founded Benedictine monastery in Twin Falls, Idaho. The small community served as a center for Catholic students attending the College of Southern Idaho. In 1980 the He was born in Mount community, known as the Angel, son of Frank and Priory, moved to its present Hilda Esch, and had three location east of Jerome, brothers, Elmer, Clarence Idaho. Fr. Eugene served and Raphael, all deceased. there as purchaser of goods Fr. Eugene Esch He is survived by nine nieces for the monks, bookkeeper, and nephews. and gardener. He excelled in gardening His grade and high school years were in and regularly collected blue ribbons at the Mount Angel until 1945 when he entered county fair. Mount Angel Seminary. He entered Fr. Eugene’s priestly ministry took him Mount Angel Abbey in 1948, made to various locations in the Diocese of monastic profession in 1949 and was Boise. He was chaplain to the sisters ordained a priest in 1957. at Marymount Hermitage from 1987 Fr. Eugene earned a MA in mathematics to 1995; parish priest in Glenns Ferry from Santa Clara University in 1969. 1995 to 2012, when he returned to the Prior to that and subsequently he taught Monastery of the Ascension in Jerome. at Kennedy High School in Mount Angel The funeral Mass for Fr. Eugene was and also at Mount Angel Seminary. held at St. Jerome Catholic Church in In 1971 he became a member of Jerome.


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A team with GRIT

Scappy Foxes reach second straight state title game

Silverton girls coach Tal Wold told me on the court after the defending Class 5A champion Foxes lost to La Salle 42-28 on March 10 in this year’s final that the color of the trophy didn’t really matter. It all made sense, actually. Last year’s Foxes team featured Alia Parsons, a transcendent high school player who earned a Division I scholarship. This year’s squad was more of a blue-collar group, thriving on good oldfashioned GRIT, which was stenciled on the back of their warmups. The Foxes lost twice to Corvallis in the Mid-Willamette Conference season but came back to beat the Spartans 37-34 in the state semifinals in a triple-overtime game for the ages. Senior Kayce McLoughlin nailed a 3-pointer for what proved to be the winning points, but it easily could have been any one of five or six Foxes who could have come through in the clutch. Junior Maggie Roth made first-team all-tournament, with teammates Hailey Smisek and McLoughlin on the second team. No other squad in the eight-team field put that many players on the all-star unit, another sign of the team’s balance. All five Silverton starters earned all-MWC honors, with Smisek on the first team, Roth and junior Brooke McCarty on the second team and McLoughlin and senior Hannah Munson receiving honorable mention. Freshman Paige Alexander and seniors Elena Smisek and Madison Ulven played well off the bench as Wold rotated players

in and out like a mad scientist. Wondrous things can happen if you exhibit enough GRIT. Overall, the hoops machine seems to be percolating well in the region. The Kennedy girls team, which won the Class 2A title in 2016, won the Tri-River Conference regular-season title this season and once again advanced to Pendleton. Unfortunately, the Trojans ran into Western Mennonite and the dynamic Madison Hull in the semifinals. Hull scored 35 points in the Pioneers’ 52-37 victory. Kennedy bounced back to beat Imbler 39-30 in the third-place game, and Trojans junior Kaylin Cantu was named to the all-tournament first team after leading the event in steals with 11. The Silverton boys, who won the 5A title in 2015, came within one win of state for the second year in a row, staying with No. 2 Churchill for a half before falling 62-52 to the eventual runners-up. The Foxes will miss senior Elijah Nielsen’s leadership and post presence, but the rest of the team returns, including first-team all-Mid-Willamette Conference performer Cade Roth. Sophomore Levi Nielsen

The Silverton High girls basketball team, coaches and staff on the court March 10 at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis after receiving their second-place medals in the Class 5A state tournament. JAMES DAY

received honorable mention, and freshman David Gonzales, who scored in double figures in both state playoff games, also looks poised to make future contributions. Meanwhile, former Silverton standout Julian Downey, helped lead Santiam to the Class 2A title in Pendleton. Downey, one of the sharpshooters on the Foxes’ 2015 Class 5A championship team, scored 33 points in the Wolverines’ come-frombehind 57-54 win against Stanfield in the March 4 final. Julian’s brother, sophomore Jonah, poured in 21 in the title game and both Downeys were named to the alltournament first team. Bowling: Silverton participated in the state championships Feb. 25-26 at KingPins in Portland. The Foxes’ girls squad, led

by Madi Burton, finished 11th in the team race. The boys took 12th. Burton recorded 25 strikes and 23 spares in her 60 frames and finished fourth on the all-star points list. Also participating were Korina Chadwick (14th), Autumn Belville (36th), Grace Walsinger (61st), Abby Duda (64th) and Maggie Buckholz (97th). Rigo Rios led the boys squad with 31 strikes and 20 spares. He finished 13th as an individual. Also participating for the boys were Lance Brown (24th), Rylan Galvez (31st), Jace Kincaid (42nd), Colby Kemp (91st) and Koa Yoast (104th). Dance: Silverton will perform its preliminary routine at 5 p.m. Friday at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The finals are Saturday.

Fox freshman wrestler takes state title By James Day Coming into high school Silverton High freshman Kaden Kuenzi, who has been wrestling competitively since he was 6, had a goal of winning a state title. He just didn’t think that it would happen so soon. Feb. 25 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland turned in a historic performance for the Foxes. The No. 4 seed at 106 pounds, Kuenzi took down top-seeded and defending Class 5A champion Zeth Brewer of Crater in the semifinals and pinned No. 6 Landon Robinson of Redmond in the final. Kuenzi, who avenged previous losses to the two wrestlers, became the first Silverton wrestler to win a state title as a freshman.

Kaden Kuenzi reacts to his state win.

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“It’s always been on my mind,” Kuenzi said, “but I knew there were going to be challenges.” Such as an 8-4 deficit against Brewer heading to the third and final round. Kuenzi rallied to within 11-10 and then took down Brewer on the way to a 14-11 win.

“Zeth is an amazing wrestler with very effective moves,” Kuenzi said. “But I knew he was getting tired. So I put pressure on him and started attacking him, doing what I do best.” Kuenzi was dominant in the final, taking a 7-1 lead on Robinson before pinning the Redmond sophomore. “All of the hard work paid off,” Kuenzi said. “The coaches pushed me every day to be the best I can be. It was such a joy to win a state title.” Kuenzi was quick to credit coaches Keegan Davis and Stryder Davis as well as junior teammate Jacob Whitehead, the Foxes’ 113-pounder who finished second at state to help Silverton finish 13th in Class 5A. “We all pushed each other in practice and made each other better and mentally stronger,” Kuenzi said. “Jacob’s a tough kid. We usually go back and forth. It helps that he has a little more weight to put on me.” He said that facing heavier foes will serve him well later this year when he looks to qualify for a U.S. junior national team.

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And a couple of Silverton kids have helped toughen up OSU for the hard work ahead. Trevor Bledsoe and Preston Kirk, who helped lead the Foxes to third place in the 2013 Class 5A state tournament, are members of the Tune Squad, male intramural players at OSU who practice three times a week against the women’s team. It’s a common approach used by college women’s coaches. Bledsoe, a 6-6, 230 lb. senior majoring in psychology, and Kirk, a 6-2, 175lb. senior majoring in finance and management, generally serve as the scout team, playing defense against the Beavers’ first string. “It’s a different look for them,” Kirk said. “And it’s a better look for their starting five than the backups,” Bledsoe said. “We’re definitely at a physical advantage,” Kirk said. “But they are in much better shape,” Bledsoe added. Kirk often runs up against Beavers’ standout 6-1 senior guard Sydney Wiese. “If we steal a ball a couple of times she’ll tell us to keep on doing it because it makes them better,” Kirk said. Bledsoe, meanwhile, spends most of his time battling in the post with 6-5 junior

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Preston Kirk, left, and Trevor Bledsoe, helped the OSU women’s basketball team prepare for March Madness.

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“She’s a great player. She beats me up pretty good,” Bledsoe said. “Marie apologized to me yesterday … she elbowed me in the head four times.” The Tune Squad name comes from the Michael Jordan/Bugs Bunny movie Space Jam. Members wear Tune Squad shirts at practice, and Kirk said the coaches “appreciate that we give up our time and make the effort.” “It’s a fun opportunity,” Bledsoe said. How would that 2013 Silverton squad, which included Division I player Zach Gengler, have fared in a game against the OSU women? Kirk and Bledsoe turned toward each other and smiled. “I think we could have beaten them… but not every time,” Kirk said. “We definitely would have been outcoached,” Kirk said as a gesture of respect for OSU’s Scott Rueck rather than criticism of Darren Shryock, the coach of that 2013 Fox team.

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People Out Loud

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Little Lucy has a big fan

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things to do, like sleep in the fastapproaching midnight hour, but since she is Lucy Leigh’s God Mother, we were happy and lucky to have her.

My granddaughter is amazing. Lucy Leigh Hupp was born Dec. 19 at Legacy Silverton Medical Center Family Birthing center with the steady hands of Dr. Mark Rowley, and an assist by her loving dad, Ethan Hupp. The nurses were outstanding, the care incredible, and oh, yeah, the mom had a role in the show, too! Briana Leigh Hupp, what an amazing gift you and Ethan gave us all. Like no other in my 64 years.   Grandparents Cindy and Jan Hupp and my wife, Lisa and I were present when one beautiful gift was delivered just before midnight a week before Christmas, in the form of a gorgeous little dynamo granddaughter with long dark hair, big blue eyes, and an immediate penchant for nursing. Seven pounds and 13 ounces of love within her adorable 20.5 inch frame. 

The gift was delivered unwrapped of course, so we knew immediately what it was, but what a cute package. She knew her mother’s voice immediately and was wide awake. Like a professional catcher for the Seattle Mariners, her fire fighter/paramedic dad caught her like a Felix Hernandez fastball under the watchful eye of Dr. Rowley. Now usually in a life-changing event such as this, a family member with shaky hands takes a few crummy pictures that are blurry because the photographer had a hand over the lens. Naturally we thought our

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Lucy Leigh is one cool little girl. I can hold her for hours at a time and just watch her preciousness as she sleeps in my arms or tries to imitate my facial expressions and sounds. Grandpas will do that, you know. A Bronx Cheer here, a duck sound there. Stick out my tongue and two minutes later she has figured out that she can do that, too. Her full head of hair is dark brown and stands straight up. Last night she tried so hard to talk and then smiled when she thought she had succeeded. I folded like a cheap suit. The kid has a onesie that brags, “I can make my Grandpa’s heart melt. What is YOUR superpower?” Like butter on a hot summer day.

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HUBBARD #T2311 HoWell Prairie FarM $538,750 Howell Prairie Farm Near Brooks & Silverton…. located in the North Howell area, this 3+ bedroom, 2 bath home includes a partially finished basement and 60x40 shop building. Approximately 16 acres are currently farmable (8 acres with water rights); 8 acres are in pasture/ wood lot; leaving a 2 acre home site. Property is EFU with three tax account numbers! Call Chuck at ext. 325 (WVMLS 706154)

#T2338 silVerTon Parcel Buildable 6,365 sqft Lot Call Chuck at ext. 325 $74,900




#T2356 WonderFUl silVerTon locaTion 2 BR, 1.5 BA 1116 sqft Call Marcia at ext. 318 $194 ,500 (WVMLS#711736) #T2354 3 HoMe inVesTMenT ProPerTY 4 BR, 3 BA 1776 sqft Call Marcia at ext. 318 $425,000 (WVMLS#711358)


#T2360 nice silVerTon sUBdiVision 3 BR, 2 BA 1404 sqft.Call Michael at ext. 314 $265,000



#T2359 craFTsMan sTYle HoMe 3 BR, 2.5 BA 2381 sqft Angela at ext. 312 $349,900 (WVMLS#711861)

Close in(approx. 4 miles) to town yet very private and secluded. Mt Hood in the horizon off the expansive deck. Willamette valley views from the oak canopied garden with small pond. Home hosts great room affect for FR, Kitchen and informal dining. Formal dining and Living room with FP. Raised garden beds and greenhouse, barn and pasture. Huge shop with lots of parking. Timber cruise available. Home may be suitable for dual living as there is finished basement with bed/bath/ and kitchen and wood burning stove. Call Marcia at ext. 318. (WVMLS 706727)




#T2356 WonderFUl locaTion $194,500 Ready to move in. Some fresh paint!! Unfinished basement may be additional living space. Close in location for access to downtown and shopping. Garage recently had electrical installed. Call Marcia at ext. 318. (WVMLS# 711736)



COUNTRY/ACR #T2366 desirable area $330,000 TOW Large singleSILVERTON 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.


(WVMLS# 712581)


#T2338 silVerTon ParceL Buildable

STAYTON/SUBLIMITY 6,365 sqft Lot Call Chuck at ext. 325 $74,900 (WVMLS#709283) LAND/ACREAGE






#T2311 HoWell Prairie FarM 3 BR, 2 BA 1170 sqft 26.77 Acres Call Chuck at ext. 325 $538,750 (WVMLS#706154)

ext. 303



TOWN #T2316 PriVaTe & seclUded $799,000

Principal Broker,

GRI HUBBARD 873-3545



#T2233 2 acre loT 2 acres Call Chuck at Pending#T2357 coMPleTelY TOWN ext. 325 $189,500 (WVMLS#693008) reModeled 3 BR, 1 BA 1012 sqft. Call STAYTON/SUBLIMITY AUMSVI #T2233 2 acre loT 2 acres Call Chuck at Angela at ext. 312 $174,900 (WVMLS# 711865) COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL LAND/ACREAGE IN TOWN NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION ext. 325 $189,500 (WVMLS#693008) COM #T2354 3 HoMe inVesTMenT ProPerTY COUNTRY neW-#T2378 a loT oF PoTenTial 4 BR, 3 BA 1776 sqft Call Marcia atFOR ext. 318LEASE/COMMERCIAL #T2369 greaT locaTion 4 BR, 2.5 BA, COUNTRY/ACREAGE 3 Br, 1 Ba, 1218 sqft Call Meredith F 1436 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at $425,000 (WVMLS#711358) COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $168,900 IN TOWN NEW ext. 322 $249,900 (WVMLS#713414) #T2365 BeaUTiFUl coUnTrY seTTing 2 #T2341 2 HoMes on 2 acres 3 BR, 2 BA 1367 sqft. 2.630 Acres Call Chuck at ext. 325 $549,900 (WVMLS#709561)




BR, 2 BA 1742 sqft. 1 Acre Call Mary at ext. 320 $299,900 (WVMLS#712560)









#T2372 TranQUil reTreaT-SCOTTS MILLS#T2265 2.13 UndeVeloPed acres 1 IN BR, TOWN 1.5 BA 672 sqft. 5HOME Acre CallCONSTRUCTION Mary at ext. 2.13 acre lot. Zoned ID Call Chuck at ext. NEW 320 $299,000 (WVMLS#714109) 325 $299,000 (WVMLS#698462)



reModeled3 BR, 1 BA 1012 sqft. Call BARELAND/LOTS AngelaSTAYTON/SUBLIMITY at ext.TOWN 312 $1724900 (WVMLS# 711865)



#T2311 COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL HoWell Prairie FarM 3 BR, 2 BA 1170 sqft 26.77 Acres Call COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL Chuck at ext.FOR 325 $538,750 (WVMLS#706154) LEASE/COMMERCIAL #T2265 2.13 UndeVeloPed acres 2.13 acre OTHER COMMUNITIES FOR LEASE/COMMERCIAL FOR RENT STAYTON/SUBLIMITY OTHER COMMUNIT #T2331 BUildaBle 2 acres #T2366 desiraBle area 3 BR, 2BA 1859 sqft. lot. Zoned ID Call Chuck at ext. 325 #T2358-corVallis- PerFecT TOWN 2.00 Acres Call Mary at ext. 320 KEIZER Call Desaree at ext. 326 $330,000 (WVMLS#712581) $299,000 (WVMLS#698462) inVseTMenT ProPerTYWOODBURN BARELAND/LOTS BARELAND/LOTS $175,000 (WVMLS#709040) 3 BR, 1 BA 1210 sqft. Call Mary at ext. 320 #T2376 QUieT neigHBorHood 4 BR, 2.5 BA, #T2331 BUildaBle 2 acres 2.00 Acres Call TOWN $500,000 (WVMLS#711879) #T2330 PerFecT To BUild 1884sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. Mary at ext. 320 $175,000 (WVMLS#709040) 14.930 Acres Call Mary at ext. 320 322 $278,900 (WVMLS#714336) AUMSVILLE/TU #T2330 PerFecT To BUild 14.930 Acres Call COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL WOODBURN $375,000 (WVMLS#709044) #T2316 PriVaTe & seclUded 4 BR, 4 BA Mary at ext. 320 $375,000 (WVMLS#709044)

#T2365 BeaUTiFUl coUnTrY seTTing 2 BR, 2 BA 1742 sqft. 1 Acre Call Mary at ext. 320 $299,900 (WVMLS#712560)





82.000 Acres Call Marcia at ext. 318 $799,000 (WVMLS#706727) #T2375 rancH sTYle HoMe 3 BR, 2 BA 1564 sqft. Call Chuck at ext. 325 $269,900





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