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A Conservation Conversation

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ALOHA! THE ANNUAL HAWAIIAN LUAU COMMUNITY DINNER April 25, 4-6 pm hosted by the SS Center and held at the Silverton Elks at 300 High St. with the Dinner provided by the Silver Falls High School’s Culinary Arts Dept. Entertainment with SUN the Silverton Ukulele Network complete with Hula Dancers! Tickets are $25 and this is a very family friendly affair. Hawaiian Attire is encouraged. All ages welcome! No host bar available and tickets are on sale at the Senior Center & Silverton Elks. Pay by cash, check or credit card/debit via Pay Pal.

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ROCKIN’ CASINO—THE CASINO NOT IN RENO May 4, 4-9 pm at the Senior Center. Doors opening at 3 pm for Auction Viewing. Live Auction Packages and Super Silent Auction Gift Baskets and items! Tickets are $25 and include $500 in scrip (Elvis Money) for playing Casino Games and using for Silent Auction. Free door prize entry for a Traeger Elite Jr. BBQ compliments of Chuck’s BBQ Store in Keizer with a Meat Box compliments of Mt. Angel Meat Company and a bag of pellet. Live Auction is cash only and the list will be available on line and at the SS Center. No Host Bar available and Baked Potato Bar for $10 catered by the Wooden Nickel. Tickets are on sale NOW and at the door. THE ANNUAL VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION PARTY for SS Center, Thrift Shop and Meals on Wheels Volunteers too! APRIL 18, 1- 3 PM at the Senior Center. Please RSVP to Dodie at 503-873-3093 and/or Carol 503-873-6906.

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A Conservation Conversation

A tasty decision

By Melissa Wagoner When a student throws away a partially-full milk carton, what has the biggest environmental impact? Surprisingly it isn’t the carton but rather the milk itself. “From a climate change perspective, the DEQ has estimated that approximately five percent of a carton of milk’s impact is due to the carton itself,” Bailey Payne, a Waste Reduction Coordinator at Marion County Public Works – Environmental Services said. “The other 95 percent of a carton of milk’s impact is the production, transportation and storage of the milk.” This high environmental cost is one reason Payne is excited about the Silver Falls School District’s recent interest in implementing milk dispensers in as many schools as possible. “[T]his fall I started working with Suanne Earl, the Food Service Director for the Silver Falls School District,” Payne said. “At the beginning of the school year we purchased two dispensers, cups, dishwasher racks and dollies to move them. With Suanne’s help we installed them in Scotts Mills School and Silverton Middle School.” But the real impetus for a move toward dispensers in the district came two years ago, when Butte Creek

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“Garron Lamoreau, a social studies teacher, he started a movement that we called the Green Team,” Butte Creek Elementary School Principal Kevin Palmer said. “He installed compost bins by our little garden and started recycling.”

• 18 percent of Marion County’s population is K-12 aged students.

• Food and paper waste make up the largest percentage of waste in Marion County.

• One gallon of milk is equal to 0.7 gallons of gas in environmental impact.

Lamoreau also placed a call to the Clackamas County Waste Reduction Coordinator asking what more could be done. He was told about a milk-carton reduction initiative that provided half of the funding the school needed to get the program started. “It was a little bit of a learning curve, especially for our little students,” Palmer said. “But it’s gone well. And the word out there is that the milk tastes better.” It’s not just the Butte Creek students who think that milk from a dispenser has a better flavor. Payne – who has been following studies across both the district and the state involving milk carton reduction – said students generally agree that dispensed milk is better. “Kids like that the milk is colder and doesn’t have the ‘cardboard’ taste of the carton,” Payne explained. “As a result, they drink more milk which is good from a


• It takes 291.5 gallons of water to produce one gallon of milk. • 50 percent of school cafeteria trash is milk cartons.  

nutritional perspective.” Because Butte Creek Elementary School lies outside of Marion County lines, it has not been included in Payne’s studies but both Silverton Middle School and Scotts Mills School have been pilot schools for the program. “We’re doing pre and post milk dispenser installation audits,” Payne said. “Results are still preliminary but as an example, I’ve estimated that Silverton Middle School wasted approximately 250 gallons of milk per year before

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“There’s a big waste reduction because before they would take a couple sips and toss it,” Butte Creek School lunchroom worker Jenny Sandau said. “Before I could probably fill two buckets with milk and now it’s just a quarter.” That reduction in dairy waste is really important, according to Payne, because each gallon of milk is equal to 0.7 gallons of gas in terms of its impact on the environment. And every gallon saved preserves 291.5 gallons of water, which would have been used in the production of that milk. But reducing carton use is important too, which means the savings don’t stop there. “Last school year Silverton Middle School used 32,543 milk cartons which works out to 25 cubic yards of cartons,” Payne estimated. “Most school districts have a six-yard container so this is about four dumpsters of waste they’ll avoid. Scotts Mills used about 17,000 cartons last school year which works out to 13.2 cubic yards of avoided waste.”

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the dispensers were installed. Now it’s about 43 gallons which is an 83 percent decrease.” Butte Creek too has seen a marked decline in milk-waste.

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As encouraging as this preliminary data is, there are still a number of schools in the county who don’t have access to dispensers. Payne said his department hopes to remedy

that by placing 20 additional dispensers in schools over the next two years. “In December 2018 we were awarded a grant of $76,721 by the Department of Environmental Quality to install milk dispensers and provide reusable cups, trays and utensils,” Payne said. “Our department is also contributing funds for the project.” Although much is currently being done at the state government and district level toward waste reduction in schools, Payne said the real benefit might actually be in the education these programs are providing to the students. “[S]tudents play an important role,” he said. “They are often the ones in families that take out the garbage and recycling, so teaching them at school how to recycle right and why preventing food waste is important has ripple effects outside of the classroom. “By teaching kids early, they’ll learn a conservation ethic that they’ll carry with them throughout their lives. K-12 students make up 18 percent of Marion County’s population so it’s also an important demographic to reach.”


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Beekeeping traditions The Honey Haus – pure sweetness and more By Melissa Wagoner

Now Pacific Honeybee keeps more than 1,000 colonies, which they move from crop to crop, pollinating fields all over Oregon and California.

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The smell of sweet honey is undeniably in the air in The Honey Haus, a unique Mount Angel shop that offers over eight different varieties of honey on tap.

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“This was my husband’s idea,” Jennifer Anderson-Rumely said, indicating the wall of wooden boxes, fitted with taps behind her. “In the Middle East and Europe they have honey shops. And Germany has a lot of honey places. It’s Old World.” Opened in December, The Honey Haus offers more than just honey. The walls are lined with bee and honey-themed products and the center of the room is set with tables for tea – best served with honey. Anderson-Rumely encourages sampling, especially by kids. “To see the kids taste is great,” she said. “They light up. I’m having so much fun with the people tasting.” The honey – which is provided to the store by Pacific Honeybee, the commercial

“Almonds, apples, blueberries, squash,” Anderson-Rumely listed. “And we are always looking for places that have lots of blackberries and lots of forage. It’s a very difficult way of farming because it’s migrational.”

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Jennifer Anderson-Rumely of The Honey Haus in Mount Angel. MELISSA WAGONER

beekeeping company Anderson-Rumely owns with her husband, Leo Rumely – is both raw and 100 percent pure, making it a combination of tasty as well as healthy.

The necessity of trucking their bees from one state to another is one of the reasons Anderson-Rumely is adding one more product to the list of things The Honey Haus provides – education.

The Rumelys, who have been in the commercial beekeeping business for eight years, both grew up around grandfathers who were beekeepers. “My husband’s great grandparents met beekeeping,” Anderson-Rumely added. But for the Rumelys beekeeping started out as a side-business that soon took off.

“If it was in more people’s hands, that would be great,” she said of the need for more U.S. beekeepers. According to Anderson-Rumely, much of the honey used in the United States is currently imported from other countries and most of that is impure, contributing to both lower honey prices for American beekeepers and an inferior product for customers.


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“The honey prices right now are not what they should be,” Anderson-Rumely noted. “And the laws are such that you can take 49 percent of something non-specific and add it. What we’re offering is the health benefits at a local level with no middleman. And it’s best for the community to know their farmer.” But bee “farmers” are in short-supply, according to Anderson-Rumely, who said that the art of beekeeping isn’t being passed down through family lines the way it once was. “It behooves all of humanity to get more kids involved,” she said. “Kids love it.” In an effort to encourage more local beekeeping and a higher public consciousness around the subject, the Rumelys are offering an education night for adults at the Mt. Angel Public Library April 25 at 6:30 p.m. “It really is an education process,” Anderson-Rumely explained. “We’re giving a talk and tasting to spread interest and give people bolstering and support.”

The Rumelys will also be taking orders for nucleus colonies starting on April 20. Anderson-Rumely is quick to point out that much additional education and planning is required to begin beekeeping. “They should sign up and then start gathering information and supplies,” she advised. “Our support that we want to give is offering the bees and equipment and resources. We’re just here to provide materials.” For those who are not interested in keeping bees, but want to support the ones in their environment, Anderson-Rumely recommended growing bee-friendly flowers, eliminating the use of chemicals on lawns and gardens and putting out wasp traps in the spring. Overall, Anderson-Rumely is just hoping to spread the word about being kind to bees. “I think it’s really important, that’s why I’m giving away so much of my time and effort,” she said. “We can’t afford this disconnect anymore.”

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Making a safe space By Melissa Wagoner Suicide is an often dreaded – and therefore avoided – conversation, but it is also one that is important for parents to have with their children, according to Psychiatrist Audry Van Houweling, who said there has been a sharp rise in suicide and suicide ideation among youth in recent years. “It’s risen 40 percent,” she noted sadly. “And just from the kids that I see in my office it’s pretty significant.” Van Houweling, owner of She Soars Psychiatry in Silverton, said one of the many myths that cling to the subject of suicide is that it doesn’t happen – or that it happens less – in small, close-knit communities like Silverton. “Small towns, being intimately connected, is a strength – but it can also be a weakness,” she said. “I think that it can create this pressure to sort of put on a façade and that doesn’t leave a lot of room for authenticity. You see one side of this person because they have a reputation to

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uphold but where’s the room to put their issues on the table?” Exacerbating the pressure is the rise in social media use, which Van Houweling said is “a constant barrage of pulling yourself into a place of comparison.” She also noted that the sharp rise of young suicide victims coincides with the advent of smart phones and social media platforms such as Facebook and Snapchat. Although those statistics are looking at youth across the nation, Silverton High School Counselor Stacey White noted that she has seen the number of children negatively affected by social media on the rise within the Silver Falls School District as well. “We have seen an increase in the number of risk assessments that we are doing at the high school, but that could also indicate that students are starting to reach out for help at higher rates,” she said. “Overall, we have seen [more] students affected by anxiety and depression than in years past. The impact of constant exposure to feedback from peers through

social media and texting is something we have observed to be a challenge that our youth are facing today and something that wasn’t as prevalent just 10 years ago. It can be emotionally and physically exhausting for kids to face the pressures they are exposed to through technology, in addition to the typical pressures that teens face.” Although some stress is common in adolescence, it is the method used for dealing with that stress that makes the difference, according to Jennifer Hannan, the Director of Teaching and Learning for the Silver Falls School District. “It’s estimated that mental illness or drug abuse are present in 90 to 95 percent of suicides and age may also be considered a risk factor as suicide rates are highest for young people,” she explained. “I would attribute that to kids facing the same kinds of challenges and feelings that adults face, but with fewer skills to manage it. It is really about how effectively a child is able to process and manage situations or emotions that feel

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Symptoms of Suicidal Ideation:

Opening a Dialogue:

• Using phrases like, “If... happens, I’ll kill myself,” “I’m so tired of life,” or “No-one would care if I wasn’t here.”

• Be direct.

• Withdrawing. • Change in moods and behavior, dress, or appetite.

The district is also working to combat the rise in at-risk students by training 50 additional staff members in mental health support. It has begun offering parent education opportunities which discuss the impact of social media, cell phones and video games.

• “Have you heard people talk about suicide?” • “Have you ever felt hopeless?”

“Parents are our best and first line of defense to see behaviors, changes, and stressors in our kids,” Hannan said.

• Invite them to talk about their

• Increase in sleep.

feelings and experiences.

• Relinquishing possessions.

• Allow them to share without

• Loss of interest.

confrontation or judgment.

Van Houweling also sees parents in this role, but she goes a step further by encouraging extended families and community members to talk openly with kids about suicide.

• Anxiety. implementing a new curriculum based on teaching social and emotional skills from kindergarten up. “The Social Emotional Learning Skills are high stakes in suicide or suicidal ideation,” Hannan said. “A child’s skills in selfawareness, social-awareness, selfmanagement, relationship skills, and responsible decision making impact

their resiliency, their reasoning, and their ability to problem solve appropriate solutions to overwhelming feelings and circumstances. We build resiliency in children by developing the Social Emotional Learning Skills. We cannot protect them from everything, but we can help them develop the skills to manage the hard things when they do come.”

“There’s so much room to be talking about this outside of the mental health office,” she said. “In Oregon suicide is the number one killer of people ages 10 to 24. One in six kids have had serious suicidal thoughts. We should probably be talking about this.” But talking about suicide can be difficult, according to White who said, “I think it is common for people to shy away from

bringing up suicide out of fear that it might put thoughts or ideas into their child’s head that weren’t already there. It can be scary to face the topic, but often times, I find that once the question is asked, kids find relief in knowing it is safe to talk about that it is something they don’t have to face alone.” And that is where community – and specifically the connectedness of small towns – comes into play, according to Van Houweling. She hopes to create connections between local health, wellness and support programs, and discuss the ways the community can help lessen emotional burdens and minimize stigma for those suffering. “One of Silverton’s greatest strengths is the community connections and compassion its residents have towards one another,” she said. “Demonstrating compassion and openness towards those struggling with sadness, anxiety, loss, and grief, and other emotional hardships can be an incredibly healing gesture to so many.”

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Nurses open new foot care clinic at Silverton Senior Center By Melissa Wagoner When Angela Smith found out the foot clinic offered by Legacy Silverton Medical Center for the past 28 years was being discontinued she knew she had to do something. So she took a leap of faith and decided to open her own. “I just think it’s so important and these patients were in a panic,” she said. The nurse-run clinic, which Angela is calling Silver Angels Foot Care, will continue offering the same basic services – toenail trimming, filing of calluses and screening for circulation and skin issues – that the estimated 275 patients have come to expect. One of those patients, 89 year-old Herb Spady, has been coming to the foot clinic for several years and recently convinced his wife, 82 year-old Edie, to join him. “I was surprised when I couldn’t reach my toes,” Edie said, shaking her head. “It’s kind of weird when you’re in perfect health and you can’t get near your toenails.” Edie’s plight is not an unusual one, according to Leanna Smith, a nurse who worked at the original footcare clinic for 22 years.

Katie Terlecki caring for Edie Spady at Silver Angels Foot Care in the Silverton Senior Center. MELISSA WAGONER

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older mobility gets limited and also strength in the hands. Vision usually becomes an issue and then we get thick, fungus toenails and they can’t be trimmed with regular clippers.” Although important for everyone, foot care is especially vital for those who suffer from diabetes – a disease which plagues the majority of Silver Angels’ patients. “Twenty-five percent of diabetics have hospitalization for foot issues,” Angela said. “One in five amputations are related to their feet. But with regular foot care, that number goes way down.” While foot care is the primary focus of Silver Angels, it’s not the only reason patients enjoy coming to the clinic. “They’re all such sweeties,” Edie said of the staff. “And it feels luxurious.” Held at the Silverton Senior Center each Tuesday and Wednesday, Silver Angels serves up refreshments in a room full of cozy chairs. And while patients sip coffee and soak their feet they are able to catch up with old friends. “For some of the patients who don’t get out a lot this is a social outing for them,” Angela said. “We make it lighthearted and fun.”

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Helping Hands

SACA expands hours

Now offers families weekly food pantry access

By Nancy Jennings Effective April 1, Silverton Area Community Aid (SACA) began offering weekly food pantry visits rather than monthly ones – and added evening hours Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. According to SACA Communications/Events Coordinator Paul Scoville, “We went from a system where a person or family could come in for food once a month to now once a week. It’s taken quite a bit of time, energy and effort to make the change,” he said, adding that the expansion of services coincides with SACA’s vision of wanting to provide people in need in the community with more access to food. SACA Executive Director Sarah DeSantis explained that SACA has also been working to purchase and acquire more fresh and frozen items like fruit, vegetables, cheese, milk, eggs and meat. “Fresh and frozen foods are often more nutritious than shelf-stable ones, which have traditionally been the mainstay at food pantries,” DeSantis said. “We’re making great use of our resources to increase the fresh and frozen food offerings in our pantry. It made sense to move to weekly pantry visits both because we wanted to provide more food throughout the month – and because fresh foods don’t last as long as shelf-stable ones.” SACA used to offer about an eight- to 10-day supply of food per household during a monthly visit. Now it can offer about a five-day supply of food each week, a sizable increase. “To gear up for this change, we modified the pantry layout to improve efficiency and make more space for fresh food. We also brought in some new volunteers to accommodate the addition of the new Thursday evening shift. Our community always steps up to help, for which we are ever grateful,” DeSantis said.

Paul Scoville, SACA’s Communications/Events Coordinator and Sarah DeSantis, SACA’s Executive Director.

Scoville added, “It’s nice to put our energy and efforts into something that’s going to make such a positive impact. Our clients will be able to get a lot more food.” As for donations, SACA can always use items like peanut butter, tuna, beans and other high-protein foods. Personal hygiene products are currently in short supply, as are baby supplies like diapers and wipes. SACA serves residents of the Silver Falls School District


who meet federal income guidelines. In addition to the food pantry, SACA also provides financial assistance for items such as rent, utilities, transportation/fuel, and prescriptions. SACA’s updated hours of operation are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It is located in the Silverton Community Center, 421 S. Water St., Silverton.

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All in the journey

Silverton teen hikes Pacific Crest Trail

By Melissa Wagoner

older people who say, ‘I regret not doing these things.’”

19-year-old, Anna Koch is setting out on the journey of a lifetime – a 2,663 mile trek along the Pacific Crest Trail.

Along with taking a wilderness first aid course, Koch has spent the past several months preparing for her trip – working on her parents’ farm to save money and preparing her supplies.

“I’m starting in Idyllwild, [California,] which is the worst spot because they’re getting dumped on every day,” Koch shuddered. “I’m totally nervous because this year is a record snow year. I’d like to think I can do the Sierras but unless it melts...” The idea for Koch’s impending PCT hike came from another hike – the Three Sisters Loop – that she took with a friend last summer. “We planned on doing it in six days and five nights,” she recalled. “We did it in 33 hours. After that I was like, I would really enjoy doing more of this.” Koch, who grew up hiking in California’s Central Valley, is a lover of all things outdoors. She skis, she climbs and she recently took up wilderness first aid, discovering that is what she wants to pursue once her hike is finished this fall. “I did a year of college and I was like, this is really not for me,” she remembered. “That [first aid] class really showed what I want to do for my future. It was really cool.” Although Koch’s preparations for her PCT adventure have already given her some insight into her future, she is quick to say that self-discovery is in no way the impetus for her trip. “I’m going out to be in nature and to find what it has to give me,” she said. “Natural places are disappearing.” Concerned that the places she longs to see won’t be there forever, Koch is using the PCT to immerse herself in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. “If I only have 50 years left to live, then I’m going to enjoy it,” Koch reasoned. “You hear all these

“I went to Costco last week and bought so much food,” she laughed. “And my friend was cleaning someone’s house out and she got me a bunch of dehydrated food.” Most of Koch’s food supplies – granola bars, cereal and a myriad of soups – are being left behind in nine, open resupply boxes at her parents’ home in Silverton.

Silverton hiker Anna Koch, shown at right at the start of the Pacific Crest Trail’s start near the Mexican border.

“I’ll call my mom a week COURTESY ROCHELLE KOCH before and say, ‘This is what I need in these boxes,’” she explained. “And when I do resupplies I’ll probably pick up fresh fruit.” Her backpack, which will contain her home-away-fromhome – a hammock, a sleeping bag, a sleeping pad and all her worldly possessions – currently weighs-in at 43 pounds. “A lot of people say that’s too heavy,” she noted. “But a lot of people are unprepared.” Although worried about weather and the possibility of injury, Koch said she feels she has done as much research

as is necessary. “I’ve done way too much,” she laughed. “It’s like a rabbit hole.” She’s also joined a Facebook group for PCT hikers where she can ask questions, get advice and meet others who are going to be on the trail.


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Briefs Free Earth Day Fair features activities, music, education “There’s an amputee this year,” she said. “And there are two people with their cats.” Although Koch is planning to hike the majority of the PCT alone, she will be joined by her aunt for the first several days and possibly more friends and family when she reaches Oregon. “I’ll have to get comfortable with my person,” she said. “But I don’t think I’ll be alone that often.” Hoping to average 14 to 15 miles a day, Koch has developed a foot care schedule she hopes will lessen the risk of blisters and foot problems. “Every two hours, no matter what, I stop and let my feet dry and put my hemp cream on and put on new socks,” she described. “When we did our Sisters trip my friend got ten blisters and I didn’t get single one.” Throughout her journey, Koch plans to keep in contact with her family and friends through Facebook and Instagram but she also has a Mini inReach satellite communicator for emergencies. “I think both of my parents are excited that I’ll be going on this adventure,” she noted. “My whole childhood I spent hiking in Yosemite.” Day number one of Koch’s nearly five month adventure from Idyllwild, California – 150 miles north of the Mexican border – to Manning Park, Canada – ten miles over the Canadian border – kicked-off April 6 and Koch said she is more than ready. “I’m excited for the experiences and the people I will meet and the tranquility of nature compared to the rush of society,” I just want to be in nature. I’m kind of done with society.”

St. Joseph Dinner tickets on sale Catholic Community Services, St. Mary Parish and the Benedictine Sisters of Mt. Angel will be hosting the 15th annual St. Joseph the Worker Fundraising Dinner, Sunday, May 5, 5 p.m. at the St. Mary Parish Center, Mt. Angel. All are welcome. Funds raised will help sustain St. Joseph Family Shelter, Mission Benedict and Casa Adele.which provide clothing, housing and food for families in crisis and those in need. In 2018, Mission Benedict served more than 2,500 children and adults. The goal this year is to raise $70,000 to meet the ever-growing need for services. Every gift will be matched thanks to a donor’s grant. For tickets or to be an event sponsor contact Alexa Armstrong, 503-856-7062 or alexaarmstrong@

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Looking for an fun way to celebrate the upcoming 50th annual Earth Day? Head out to The Oregon Garden in Silverton for the 2019 Earth Day Fair April 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is the only day of the year that admission to The Oregon Garden is free to all. A number of earth-focused activities and presentations will be featured, including: • how to master backyard composting, • make your own reusable bag, • create your own seed starter pot, and more. 

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Trojans start fast

Baseball, softball teams also battling weather

The Kennedy baseball team is off to a 9-1 start and is 3-0 in Special District 2 play. The Trojans, who won three of four games in a tournament in Redding, California, are ranked No. 4 in Class 2A-1A by the OSAA after a 2018 campaign in which they advanced to the state semifinals. “We are off to a nice start,” coach Kevin Moffatt told Our Town. “I was worried about our pitching after graduating two of our main guys.” Now, like a lot of baseball and softball teams in the valley Kennedy is “trying to battle the weather now.” Sharing the pitching load for the Trojans are sophomores Brady Traeger, Dylan Kleinschmit, and Isaiah Basargin, juniors Bruce Beyer and Josh Valladares, and senior Braden Dover.” “They have kind of been the key to our start,” Moffatt said. “None are dominant, but they have all thrown a lot of strikes and kept us in games.” Offensively Traeger and Beyer have been leading the way, along with lead off hitter/shortstop Sam Grosjacques, Valladares and Cole Boen. Defensively, Moffatt said, senior Angel DeLaRosa and junior Demetre Marseille have been solid on the infield, along with catchers Kleinschmit and Valladares.” Trailing Kennedy in the league standings are Colton (2-0), Culver (2-1) and seventh-ranked Santiam. “The league is as deep as it has been in a long time,” Moffatt said. “We will have our work cut out for us if we are going to be competitive in the league this year, but the kids are working hard so far and if they continue playing like they have then we will be in the thick of the league race.” Silverton is 6-1 overall under new coach Jeremiah Runion and ranked 5th in Class 5A. The Foxes had yet to play a Mid-Willamette Conference game by Our Town’s presstime, while Central and West Albany already have two league games in amid the weather challenges. Two of the Foxes, Hunter Runion and Caleb Ward, have announced plans for college ball, with Runion heading to Montana State-Billings and Ward to Treasure Valley Community College. Silverton will field a veteran squad, with the roster boasting eight seniors. The Silverton softball squad is 2-8 overall and 0-1 in the Mid-Willamette Conference. The Foxes have had a pair of tournament games washed out. Ralph Cortez is in his 19th year coaching the Foxes.

in the first nine games. Junior Erin Breshears, is playing third base and first base and hitting well in the third spot. Sharing the pitching duties are a pair of freshmen, righthander Mila Perez, who also plays first base, and lefty Otyillia Hefley. Another freshman, Olivia Hickam, plays shortstop and is batting second. “We are in one if the toughest leagues in the state in 5A and we hope to have a good showing with our young group of players,” Cortez said. “Growing pains will subside, and we are excited about our journey to be in the top echelon of teams in our classification.” The Kennedy softball squad is 3-3 overall and 1-0 in district play (with two rainouts). The Trojans were 24-4 a year ago and won the first state title in school history after outscoring their four Class 2A-1A state tournament foes 46-1. Gone from that team are four seniors who made amazing contributions, pitcher Tressa Riedman, catcher Abby Frey, first baseman Molly Jaeger and shortstop Hannah Arritola. Back are some key contributors from that championship team, including Hailey Arritola, Emily Cuff, Ellie Cantu, Elise Suing and Kelsey Kleinschmit. Hailey Arritola, then a freshman, singled, doubled, walked twice and knocked in 3 runs in Kennedy’s championship game win vs. Pilot Rock. Signings: Three-sport Silverton High athlete Jori Paradis has signed to participate in college at Concordia of Irvine. Concordia is an NCAA Division II school that plays in the Pacific West Conference. Paradis was a standout in cross country, basketball and track and field at Silverton. She will participate in cross country and track at Concordia. Paradis finished second in the Class 5A state meet last spring in the 800 and also is part of a 4x400 relay squad that holds the school record. She is 7th all-time in school cross country history in the 5,000 meters.

“We went through our preseason with a tough schedule against some quality opponents,” Cortez told Our Town.

Paradis told Our Town at Wednesday morning’s signing event that she chose Concordia because she liked the environment, the coach and the team.

It’s a young squad with six freshmen, one sophomore, four juniors and three seniors.

“The situation reminded me of the one here at Silverton,” she said. “It felt like home.”

Leading the way are senior second baseman Riley Barba, who is hitting .465, and junior catcher/third baseman and cleanup hitter Abby Hickam, who has hit five home runs

Paradis said she is not sure what role she will fill on the Concordia track and field team. She said she wants to continue to run the 800 while also expressing interest in

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Silverton’s Jori Paradis at the signing ceremony where she committed to participate in cross country and track and field at Concordia of Irvine. \JAMES DAY

the steeplechase, an event that is not available for Oregon high school runners. Paradis said she plans to study nursing at Concordia. Also announcing college plans recently were Foxes Jonah Downey, who will play basketball at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, and Ben Willis, who is planning to play football at Utah State. Downey was a first team all-Mid-Willamette Conference player who helped lead the Foxes to third place in the Class 5A tournament. Willis was a first-teamer on the offensive and defensive lines and as a place-kicker for Silverton, which finished 9-2. Willis plans to play defense in college. Wrestling: Keegan Davis, a standout wrestler at Sprague High School and Oregon State as well as a successful coach at Silverton, has signed on to be the first wrestling coach at Corban University in Salem. The Warriors will begin competition in the 2019-20 season. Tennis: The Foxes’ girls squad has a pair of undefeated doubles teams. The No. 1 doubles team of Alyssa Khieu and Aneisa Fink and No. 2 squad Genevieve Pavlicek and Jenevieve Overlin both won their matches on April 9 in a 7-1 team win vs. West Albany. Freshman Andrea Khieu also was impressive against West Albany, scoring a, 6-3 6-0 win at No. 3 singles. Basketball: Darren Shryock, who led the Foxes to a pair of third-place finishes in Class 5A boys hoops, has stepped down as the Stayton girls coach after three seasons. Shryock, who twice led the Eagles into the Class 4A state tournament, will continue as the athletic director at the school. Follow me on @jameshday. Got a news tip? Email me at Follow Our Town on Facebook.

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Gerald Allen Drain Gerald “Jerry” Allen Drain was born on Feb. 4, 1959, to Frederick Allen Drain and Diane Marie Ferguson, in Lafayette, Louisiana. He began elementary school in Maryville, Missouri, then completed elementary school in Mukilteo, Washington. He graduated from Mariner High School in Everett, Washington in 1976. He went to Northwestern University in Maryville, Missouri for two years majoring in art history, then took a break and managed a race horse ranch for five years. Tiring of the cold winters, he went back to school at Edmonds Community College in Edmonds, Washington, majored in Computer Science, and was the first student from ECC to be accepted into the University of Washington Computer Engineering School. Upon graduation in 1988, he went to work as an intern for IBM in Minnesota. Jerry returned to the Northwest and went to work for Microsoft, enjoying being on the cutting edge of computer software technology. He worked on programs including Windows 95, Internet Explorer, and several other releases. He retired after 10 years when health issues required more attention. Jerry married the love of his life, Ardis Ostrin, during his time at Microsoft. They lived in Kenmore, Washington, where their daughter, Rheannon, was born. He enjoyed sailing, fishing, and hunting, as well as wood working. He had an

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opportunity to purchase a dovetail box business after leaving Microsoft and enjoyed being self-employed. After setting up the website for his business, he began receiving orders from across the country, and realized he wanted to move out of the city, and that his business would allow that. He moved his family to Scotts Mills where they had a farm with turkeys, ducks, chickens, and goats. He continued his woodworking business and also developed websites for customers until health prevented continuing. He loved solving the challenges inherent in creating and building beautiful things from raw materials, had several ideas for books he wanted to write, enjoyed making sausage and apple cider, and could solve the TV mysteries within the first five minutes of each show. Jerry had a good sense of humor, loved his family, was a loyal friend, and loved God. He will be greatly missed. Jerry is survived by his wife of 26 years, Ardis Drain; his daughter, Rheannon Drain; his mother, Diane Ferguson; his sister, Patricia Dietzman; his nephew, Charles Dietzman; his sister-in-law, Linda (Jim)Hawthorne; nephew, Tommy Hawthorne; and niece, Valerie Hawthorne; as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Fred Drain. A service in celebration of his life was held on April 7, 2019, 2 p.m. at Scotts Mills Friends Church.

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The World is back at it again. Brexit is a “Mess-ix.” Iran is in the headlines for nefarious purposes as President Trump declares the “Revolutionary Guard” a terrorist organization (he is correct), and two popular Hollywood families are skewered in the press for helping their progeny get into prestigious schools by cheating. I have been meaning to work this into a column for years, and now the opportunity can’t be wasted: “You can put the kitty in the oven, but that don’t make him a biscuit.” Give people money and fame, but that doesn’t make them classy. Rains are sweeping in daily, rivers are rising quickly. Everyone is clamoring for sun. 317 Democrats are announcing their candidacies for President, and no one has the guts to challenge on the other side. We are hammered with “urgent polls” that ask, “Do you support Candidate X.” That one question poll begets fund-raising with a sense of urgency akin to a Plains state tornado warning. They must have your $3 donation by tonight – an arbitrary deadline. Instead, let’s switch from the “landfill”

channel and look locally. Good things are happening. The Silverton Rotary “Daddy-Daughter Dance” was a huge success as hundreds of young ladies had a night out, dancing with Disney princesses, popping frisbeesize cookies in their mouths, and making balloon animals with the pros. My precious, precocious granddaughter, Lucy, 2, was my date for the evening and looked stunning on the red carpet in her Cookie and Banana rainbow designer dress. I was the lucky winner of filling Lucy’s dance card while her firefighter/paramedic dad, Ethan and her pediatric nurse mom, Briana, attended a fire department dinner and awards ceremony

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5 bedroom, 3 bath, with potential for 2 masters bedrooms. Upstairs home office, Open layout, with family room with woodstove, plus living room, formal dining room and eat in kitchen. Large expanding decks. Custom built shop with upstairs separate living quarters with kitchen, full bath & w/d facilities. Well maintained property, fully fenced backyard. Short distance to town! Come view today! Call Meredith at ext. 324 or Ryan at ext. 322. (WVMLS# 744778)









Affordable living in Silverton... Immaculate 2 Two story 1930’s Home on East Hill. 3 bedrooms, COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL bedroom; 2 bath; Triple wide manufactured home 2 baths, LR w/gas fireplace, formal dining w/origbuilt in 2007.Includes MBR w/ 10’ ceilings, inal light fixtures, open kitchen w/sun room, unFORwalk-in LEASE/COMMERCIAL closet, and Master bath w/ sunken tub. Home also finished basement, and large double garage with has attached garage; side yard w/ brick patio; and second story storage. Large .31 acre lot; pond; bonus room for office or den. Located in Silver aviary; stone BBQ; Fenced with large trees. Bring Cliff Estates where monthly HOA fees are curyour energy and ideas to make this home shine rently $50.Call Chuck at ext. 325. (WVMLS# 746441) again. Call for appointment today. Call Chuck at ext. 325 COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL or Mason at ext. 303. (WVMLS# 743464)



SOLD-#T2522 NEW CONSTRUCTION#T2494 BUILDABLE LOT #3 2.01Acres Call 4 BR, 2.5 BA 2250 sqft Call Meredith at ext. Michael at ext. 314 $170,000 (WVMLS#737118) 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $458,990 (WVMLS#743330) (WVMLS#745991) #T2514 VALLEY VIEWS 3 BR, 2.5 BA 2399 #T2524-1930’s HOME 3 BR, 2 BA 2167 sqft sqft 2.01 Acres. Turner. Call Meredith at ext. Call Chuck at ext. 325 or Mason at ext. 303 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $399,800 (WVMLS#741131) $368,390 (WVMLS#743464) IN TOWN NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION #T2529 GREAT LOCATION 4 BR, 2 BA #T2515 LOVELY PRIVATE SETTING 3 BR, 1848 sqft 2.02 Acres Call Meredith at ext. #T2514 VALLEY VIEWS TURNER 3 BR, COUNTRY/ACREAGE 2 BA 2163 sqft 5.94 Acres Call Michael at 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $398,900 (WVMLS#744123) ext. 314 $460,000 (WVMLS#741348) 2.5 BA 2399 sqft 2.01 Acres Call Meredith OTHER COMMUNITIES #T2530 ABIQUA HEIGHTS at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $399,800 #T2529 GREAT LOCATION 4 BR, 2 BA Great 4 bedroom 1 bath farmhouse (WVMLS#741131) 3 BR, 2 BA 1840 sqft Call Michael at ext. 1848 sqft 2.02 Acres Call Meredith at ext. STAYTON/SUBLIMITYlocated between Silverton and Sub314 $429,950 (WVMLS#744672) 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $398,900 (WVMLS#744123) #T2532 OPEN BRIGHT HOME 4 BR, limity. Large detached garage. Full #T2495 VIEWSNEW OF SILVERTON LOT#1 2.5 BA 2492 sqft Call Michael at ext. 314 IN TOWN HOME CONSTRUCTION basement, tons of storage. Huge $485,000 (WVMLS#745101) 3.042 Acres Call Michael at ext. 314 COUNTRY/ACREAGE yard. Located on functioning farm. Rentals available in Silverton and #T2531 HAS IT ALL 5 BR, 3.5 BA 3449 sqft $210,000 (WVMLS#743882) COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL 8,400sqft barn also available for 1.59 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at Surrounding Areas. For more info NEW#T2508 ONE OF A KIND 3 BR, 3 BA ext. 322 $689,500 (WVMLS#744778) an additional monthly cost (would call MichaFOR at 503-873-1425 or see LEASE/COMMERCIAL 3070 sqft 12.12 Acres Call Michael at ext. #T2533 LARGE HOME & COTTAGE need to discuss uses and pricing). STAYTON/SUBLIMITY 314 $899,000 (WVMLS#739813) them on our website 4 BR, 2.5 BA 2268 sqft Call Michael at ext. No inside pets. No smoking. 1 year 314 $324,900 (WVMLS#745401) BARELAND/LOTS lease. $1,900/mo $2,000/dep Call #T2534 NEAT AS A PIN 503.873.1425 for more info and to 3 BR, 1 BA 1040 sqft Call Chuck at ext. 325 schedule a showing. $274,950 (WVMLS#745940) COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL NEW-#T2536 AFFORDABLE LIVING 3 BR, 2 BA 1558 sqft Call LEASE/COMMERCIAL Chuck at ext. 325 FOR LIKE US ON FACEBOOK! $259,900 (WVMLS#746441)









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