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Housing debate

By Melissa Wagoner “We all know that it’s a scary topic,” City Councilor Dana Smith recently said of the homeless problem in Silverton. “And there is a pervasive belief that by helping people you are inviting more people.” But an invitation is just what Smith is hoping to issue – not to the homeless – to the public at large. “It’s an all-hands-on-deck situation – it’s going to require the community,” Sarah White, executive director of the newly formed, Silverton Sheltering Services – an offshoot of Silverton Area Warming Shelter – said. “Is it not our job as a community to take care of people who are homeless?” The question is one Mayor Kyle Palmer has also pondered. It is the reason he eventually asked the Silverton City Council to support his appointment of a Homeless and Housing Taskforce last summer. “After some meetings I attended last spring/summer with homeless advocates in our community, I was both ashamed

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of how little I was aware of the issue in our own community, and convinced that it was time for us to get in front of the issue rather than try to address solutions after it became something that was more widespread,” Palmer said. That taskforce is comprised of representatives from the council, SACA, Marion County, the Silver Falls School District and Silverton Sheltering Services, as well as the chief of police, Palmer himself and members of the community. “I had difficulty verbalizing exactly what my hope was, but in short, it was that an existing organization, new organization, or organic combination of multiple organizations would rise to the level of providing a collective approach to services that are already available in Silverton, and that may not currently be available,” Palmer explained. Smith, a councilor for the past four years, said that it has long been a goal of the council to address the lack of affordable housing in Silverton, but more recently the issue gained urgency and expanded to include the homeless.

“[T]hose without homes got to be more visible and then people were coming to the City Council asking us to do something,” she said. “Last summer we finally started to do something.” One of the initial steps Smith took was to look at solutions utilized in Portland. One of those was the Kenton Women’s Village, a group of 14 sleeping pods created by a partnership of dozens of organizations as well as the city government. “Kenton’s Women’s Village really spoke to me because it’s in a residential neighborhood,” Smith said. In early December, with the women’s village still in her thoughts, Smith received an invitation from Silverton resident and Planning Commissioner Chris Mayou to a lunch with 13 other women. “I invited folks to a meeting to discuss how ‘tiny homes’ might be one way to help our unhoused neighbors,” Mayou said. “Amazingly, one of the women who attended was Shana McCauley, the vicar of St. Edward’s Episcopal Church.”

Reverend McCauley, who has led St. Edward’s for the past nine years, said that her church has long looked for a way to make a difference in its community, but as a small congregation with little in the way of funds, they hadn’t yet found their niche. During the luncheon that day, while Smith spoke about the Kenton Village, McCauley had an epiphany. “I said, ‘I’ve got a church and a ton of space,’” Reverend McCauley recalled. “We learned that the church had been discussing the same thing since 2016 and had space for providing individual shelters,” Mayou said. “What they needed was help to make it happen. We were energized and decided that we would be that help.” Mayou, Smith and Smith’s husband Victor Madge, have a background in building construction and worked out an initial sketch of four eight-foot by eight-foot cottages with a small courtyard between. They planned to install these in a corner of the St. Edward’s parking lot.

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“We’re talking about four units and four beds,” McCauley said. The buildings would not be plumbed – occupants would have access to a small kitchenette and bathrooms inside the church – and would be purely transitional housing. Even so, the construction would require a change to the municipal code. “The private group working on that asked the council to consider language changes to our municipal code that would allow any religious institution to use temporary housing options such as the one proposed by St. Edwards,” Palmer explained. Smith was quick to add that all projects of this type would still be considered conditional and as such would be subject to public approval – which is why a public meeting was held on April 19 at the parish hall. More than 100 members of the community attended, and while McCauley said the majority of the comments were positive, there were ,any in the audience who were not in favor of the proposal. The criticism came as a surprise to Smith and McCauley – who had, up to then, received only positive feedback both from the task force and the St. Edward’s parish. “I brought the proposal to the task force and everybody just went, ‘Well, that’s cool,” Smith said. “We unanimously voted to recommend that sort of approach to City Council.”

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Similarly, McCauley said, “Every time I go back to [the board of St. Edward’s] to say, ‘What do you think?’ they say, ‘Let’s go bigger. How can we do more?’” Those reactions did not prepare the group for the opposition they faced both at the meeting and across social media afterward.

a large, messy homeless encampment.” In order to keep things small the committee rejected the idea of housing families, opting instead to choose single females as the demographic to help.

“It has lit a fire in this community,” McCauley said.

“There are not a lot of services for single women without children,” White explained. “You are more likely to be the victim of interpersonal violence,”

One of those opposed is Marli Brown, who has lived across the street from the church for more than 40 years.

Both McCauley and White stress, however, that they will not be acting as a domestic violence shelter.

“I’m just really nervous about it,” she said. “I just think it should be 24/7 supervision.”

“We’ve been really clear all along – that’s not something we can handle,” McCauley said.

Although there is not a plan in place to offer that level of oversight thus far, McCauley is planning to maintain a high level of control over both the use of the cottages and who would occupy them. “It will just be single women,” McCauley said. “We’ll make a covenant with them about behavior. Once they’re here we’ve seen other models where people will make weekly goals.” Addressing worries by some residents about a possible “encampment” including tents and tarps, McCauley clarified, “We are still operating a church and don’t want tarps or things that are destructive to the environment.” “We want the community to know that we want it to be an enhancement to the community and we want it to be successful,” White added. “We don’t want

Although plans are stalled as the church waits for city council consideration of a change to the municipal code, the hope is to be up and running before winter. “When we operate the warming shelter in the winter the hardest part is when we have to close the doors – knowing that they would have no place to go,” White said. “It’s an excruciating thing in the winter.” White, who works closely with the homeless population and the aid organizations that serve them, said Silverton Area Community Aid has served 30 separate homeless households since the start of 2018. McCauley has a personal understanding of the situation. She and her husband, both employed in the non-profit sector,

lost their jobs in 2008 when the market crashed. “I was pregnant,” she said. “We ended up living with family but we were technically homeless for a year and a half.” Unfortunately, McCauley’s story is not unique. Smith and her husband also spent six months bouncing around between the houses of friends and – although never technically without a home – White says as a young child she was extremely poor. “It feels like a broader cultural issue that we’re seeing,” White said. “I just think we see this as a really good first step.” Not everyone agrees, which is evidenced by the pink “Say NO to homeless encampment” signs dotting the St, Edward’s neighborhood. McCauley is not worried. “The opponents are really vocal and loud,” she said. “But we’re hearing way more positive.” One of the supporters is 11-year-old Karis Coleman, whose house is flanked by pink signs. In a room rife with tension and fear – she spoke, “My name is Karis. I live in this neighborhood. I don’t know a lot of you, but I’m not afraid of you. So why should I be afraid of them?” She shouldn’t, according to McCauley. “These are just people who are on hard times,” she said. “We are absolutely all in this together.”

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Contract talks

Silverton Legacy, nurses’ union negotiating

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Local nurses on the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) bargaining team at Silverton Medical Center and administrators with Legacy Health have made significant progress towards reaching a new contract agreement for the hospital nurses during collaborative contract negotiation meetings last week, according to ONA Communications Director Kevin Mealy.

Terrett did, however, discuss a petition now being reviewed by the National Labor Relations Board that had been submitted by a small group of Silverton Medical Center employees wanting a decertification election.

“To ensure Silverton remains able to recruit and retain skilled health care providers, ONA nurses and Legacy administrators have both proposed improvements to working conditions and wages at the hospital,” Mealy said. The first round of scheduled contract negotiations between the ONA and Legacy Silverton Medical Center took place at the hospital in February. Since then, negotiations have continued, with several sessions held in March and April, the most recent on May 8. ONA nurses and Legacy administrators are scheduled to meet for additional negotiation sessions May 18, 23 and 30. “ONA nurses are committed to continuing our work together with Legacy administrators to ensure every person in our community receives high-quality health care close to home,” said Silverton ONA leader and registered nurse Aaren Brown. “We look forward to meeting with Legacy’s administrators in May to keep moving towards a fair agreement that improves our patients’ care.” Legacy Health spokesman Brian Terrett confirmed that negotiations are underway, but he declined to provide further details, saying it is not policy to discuss negotiations while they are in progress.

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According to The Center for Union Facts, employees who no longer want a union to represent them may seek an election to determine if their coworkers want to drop the union. Such elections, conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), are known as decertification elections. Employees who want to vote a union out must circulate a petition calling for a decertification election. “From our perspective, Legacy Hospital and Legacy Silverton Medical Center will support all its employees and the decisions they make about their work environment,” Terrett said. “And we will fully support whatever decision that comes out from the National Labor Relations Board regarding the decertification vote. A petition was filed with NLRB by members of Silverton ONA with enough signatures to decertify the union, so they would not be unionized. “The ONA filed an unfair labor practices with the National Labor Relations Board, and we deny any wrongdoing whatever,” Terrett said. “Whatever the National Labor Relations Board decides to do, we will go along with that.” As spokesperson for the ONA, Mealy responded, saying that most Silverton Medical Center nurses want to stay with the ONA union. Mealy confirmed that the NLRB is reviewing a submission


from a group of Silverton Medical Center employees. But, he said, the majority of nurses at Silverton Medical Center have stated they want to maintain a strong voice in their workplace and preserve their right to stand together as ONA members so they can advocate for their patients, families and coworkers. “Silverton nurses embody ONA’s core values of integrity, respect, solidarity, leadership and professional excellence,” Mealy said. “We’re confident nurses will positively affirm our long-standing relationship, so we can focus on the issues that matter most to local nurses – reaching a fair contract agreement with Legacy Health that ensures all Silverton residents receive the high-quality, lowcost health care they deserve from their hometown hospital.” During contract negotiations April 26, Silverton’s ONA bargaining team made proposals on economic and non-economic issues while the Legacy bargaining team offered a proposal on wage increases for 2019 with a new step scale.

Proposal According to the Legacy Silverton Medical Center Proposal, a 1 percent increase in July would be added to the 4 percent raise employees received in January, bringing the total to 5 percent for 2018. Legacy further proposed a modified rate increase, effective pay period that includes Feb. 1, 2019 (percentage increases vary for each step), and a 2 percent across-theboard increase, effective pay period that includes March 1, 2020. In addition, Legacy proposed staff nurse wage rates, with BSN differential (4

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Counter Proposal The ONA’s Economic Counter Proposal accepted Legacy’s proposed 2019 scale, but according to an April 27 statement, the bargaining team was concerned about wage increases for 2018 and 2020. The ONA countered that the raise in July 2018 should be 2 percent. Additionally, the ONA proposed a 4 percent raise in 2020. In its economic counter proposal, ONA also requested four other items that included an agreement on an implementation process for moving employees to newly created steps (movement to step that matches years of experience; no holding people behind) and an evening shift differential of $2.75 (ONA previously proposed $3, current is $2.45). ONA also presented proposals on retirement and health insurance; an ONA seat on Legacy system-wide benefits committee; and bargaining on decreases to actuarial value of over 30 percent. Amber Cooper is lead negotiator on behalf of the ONA team for this second contract negotiation with Legacy. The other eight members are nurses from throughout the hospital. The employer’s team consists of Karen Brady, vice president and chief nursing officer; Amy Reyes, Paul Pharr and Peter Tranby, human resources, and lead negotiator Jackie Damm, a labor lawyer with Portland firm Ogletree Deakins.

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Natural remedies By Melissa Wagoner There is more to treating seasonal allergies than simply popping a pill after the onslaught of symptoms has already begun, according to the three acupuncturists and experts in Eastern Asian medicine at White Oak Wellness in Silverton.

Seasonal allergies may require a year-long plan

Suggestions to combat allergies Prior to the onset of allergy symptoms: • Increase body temperature by carrying a jacket or scarf

When symptoms are present: •  Change into clean clothes when you come inside

• Hydrate with plenty of water

“In Chinese medicine you have to look at the whole calendar year,” owner Sahaji Katie Rablin explained. “You have to treat the season before or even the year before.”

• Maintain no more than a 10 degree difference between inside and outside air temperature

Each allergy treatment session at White Oak starts with a series of questions aimed at defining not only what the offending allergen is but also determining if there are other underlying conditions that are causing a patient’s immune system, or Wei Qi as it’s known in Chinese medicine, to falter.

•  Eat a diet high in probiotics, omega three fatty acids and spicy foods

“When they come in we ask about the environment they live in, their diet and their history,” Haekyung Dixon Kim, an acupuncturist with a master’s degree in Chinese medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland said. “Your Wei Qi is like you’re wearing a coat – and there are different thicknesses,” she added. Traditional Chinese medicine suggests the thicker the “coat” the more protection it offers. Factors such as unbalanced hormones, poor sleep and insufficient medical treatment may work against a healthy Wei Qi. Alternatively, eating a good diet, receiving acupuncture and exercising may go a long way toward replenishment. “We want a down parka,” Rablin laughed.

•  Avoid refined sugar

•  Eat nettles and/or drink nettle tea

•  Rinse off with a quick, water only shower •  Practice neck stretching and facial acupressure •  Utilize a Neti Pot (only when infection is absent) •  Swab the inside of nasal passages with sesame oil

•  Drink ginger tea with local honey “We try to educate people that it’s not a one-stop shop. How we act year-around affects us.” Although most environmental allergy sufferers notice a flare up in the spring, allergies can happen any time of the year and can be the effect of molds, dust, or even winter pollination – as is the case with hazelnut trees. Allergies may spike in the spring due to what is known in Chinese medicine as “dampness.” “In the winter people eat a lot of cold day foods – dairy, cereal, smoothies – then there is a thaw and that can create a lot of mucus,” Rablin explained. “In the springtime the mucus has to come out of the body.” Additionally Kim noted that people often rush toward lighter summer apparel too early in the season. She suggests carrying a jacket or scarf in order to maintain body temperature to dispel dampness and

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keeping healthy gut flora active. She explained that just a two degree bump in body temperature may improve digestive health. Although environmental allergies are due to factors outside the body, what goes into the body can make a big difference. A diet high in refined sugar, a substance that causes chronic inflammation, can reduce Wei Qi, as can allergycausing foods. Even with a healthy immune system the body cannot always fight off the season’s allergic affects. Rablin suggested that a trip to an acupuncturist can be a fast way of dealing with symptoms, especially for children who tend to escalate into the zone of infection very quickly. “It’s hard for kids to articulate their symptoms,” Rablin said, “but they respond very quickly.”

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Eastern Asian medicine is the education component these practitioners infuse into each session. “[We’re] teaching adults and kids to observe their bodies,” Rablin said. “Eastern Asian medicine is such a holistic way of looking at the body.” Fedosia Masaligin Bodunov – another graduate from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and the newest addition to the White Oak Wellness team – said that the methods used in this type of care can often seem confusing to new patients. “Sometimes it won’t necessarily make sense,” she said, “but we’re working the whole body – not just the nose. Where it hurts isn’t always where we’re treating but it’s all related.” Rablin agreed, adding that each session is tailored to the individual. “Five people could come in with allergies but they’ll all get a different formula,” she said. All three practitioners warn that, although acupuncture may be one way to start healing from the effects of seasonal allergies, it is only a beginning. “People want acupuncture and herbs to override their lifestyle,” Rablin said. She stressed that it is important to heed the take-home advice that is offered in order to receive the full benefits of the treatment and continued results. “We’re teaching people to be their own healer because we’re teaching people to listen to their own body,” Rablin said. “I think if there was wide access to acupuncture and East Asian medicine the world would be a different place.”

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Maureen Ernst

April 4, 1949 – April 28, 2018

Maureen Rose (Drescher) Ernst, 69, of Mount Angel, passed away after a short, but fierce fight with cancer. She was a leader in many community organizations, including the St. Paul Catholic Church, St. Paul Historical Society, Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce, Mount Angel Lion’s Club and was one of the founding organizers of the Mount Angel Hazelnut Festival. She was Mount Angel’s First Citizen for 2010. Her family recalls “Grammy” as a spirited sports fan who attended hundreds of her children and grandchildren’s games. She will be remembered as the ultimate competitor from the stands. Maureen is survived by her children, Angela Capps (Troy), Ben Ernst (Ann) and Madeline Tanner (Rob); and grandchildren: Margo Metcalf-Capps, McKaylie and Brynn Capps; Zachary and Riley Ernst; and Kellen and Allison Tanner. Siblings Sue Price (Jim), Peggy Sellers (John), Mary Paret (Jack) and Dan Drescher (Jodi). She was preceded in death by her parents, Hubert and Marguerite Drescher.

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Ron Jiricek

Aug. 16, 1949 – April 10, 2018

I first came to know Ron, and his wife Cindy, in 2005 when they owned a local gym. At that time, Ron’s idea of taking Cindy our for a big night on the town was to journey a few miles north and invite her to elbow up at a favorite beer bar. Subsequently I introduced them to the wonderful world of Oregon pinot noirs. Always a quick study, Ron decided on the spot that going forward imbibing good red wines was a far better option that continued reliance on his own staple, Bud Light.

experience was enhanced. I then asked what kind of chocolate they’d bought. Turns out they’d split a Snickers. Not quite what I had in mind. I thus learned that with Ron you’d do well to speak in reasonably precise terms. One illustration that Ron ultimately became a willing connoisseur of fine wine occurred one day at Archery Summit Winery. Early on Ron almost put poor Cindy into a catatonic state when suddenly he bought a $100 bottle of pinot noir. Always sensitive to her emotions, and ever able to think on his feet, Ron patiently explained that given that purchase, it meant that the normal $15 tasting fee was waived, thus, really the bottle only cost $85.

Ron, however, had a cautious side. Thus, rather than jumping wholeheartedly into buying somewhat pricey pinot noirs, his first purchase choice was Two Buck Chuck. Cindy soon determined, however, that wine did not befit her palate. Thus, Ron, the consistently accommodating husband, fairly soon agreed to expand his wine horizons, progressively acquiring better reds. One day he asked me if I could recommend something to pair with the wine he and Cindy would be taking on a trip out of town. Offhandedly, I said “a good chocolate,” not elaborating exactly

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what I meant. Later I inquired how the pairing had gone. Ron said that neither of them found their wine drinking

Ron was always a great and accommodating host. Many times when the three of us got together at the Jiricek house he’d be at the stove crafting a

June 6, 1950 – Feb. 1, 2018

Larry J. Byers of Keizer, Oregon passed away on Feb. 1, 2018. He was born June 6, 1950 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, as a member of the Cherokee Nation. Larry grew up in Southern Oregon, where he met and married Suzanne (Petsch) Byers in 1967. He attended Southern Oregon College and Portland State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Education and his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration. The family moved to Keizer, Oregon when he began his career at Chemawa Indian School in 1976. His passion for the youth he served spanned several decades, during which time, he continued to teach and coach football, wrestling, basketball and baseball. Larry was known for his dedication to his students, and is remembered for greeting them each morning, honoring his athletes at the Exchange Club, and guiding them to find success in their lives. He was an innovator and worked with the university system to enable his scholars’ pathways to a higher education. He capped his career as a Supervisor/Superintendent at Chemawa after a 30-year tenure. He was also instrumental in establishing Bureau of Indian

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The fact that periodically thereafter Cindy would refer to “that $100 bottle” suggested that she’d never actually been fully convinced by his reasoning.

Affairs national educational policy before he retired. Larry’s love for his family was paramount. He talked with pride about his children, and his grandchildren were the loves of his life. Spring break getaways, visits to Disneyland or time spent with the grandchildren visiting their Nona and Papa were the highlights of his life. With the move from Southern Oregon, Larry made new relationships but never parted with the “Bunch,” a group of steadfast friends. They gathered for an annual retreat, playing softball, golf and reliving memories. Larry was a long-time member of the Salem Golf Course. He was a member of the USBC and bowled at the local, state and national levels. He and his family were members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Salem. Larry is survived by his wife, Suzanne; his mother, Norma, and sister, Carol; son Joey and his wife, Yvonne, and their children; and daughters Jodi and Janelle. His father, Joe, preceded him in death. A memorial will be held on May 20, 2 - 4 p.m. at Salem Golf Course. Virgil T. Golden Funeral service is in care of arrangements.

batch of his truly mouthwatering Shitake mushroom risotto, while Cindy and I would be salivating in anticipation of its completion, our attention partially directed to consuming some to the Italian cheese studded with truffles we all loved so much. Il Boschetto Al Turtufo. It, like the risotto, pairs beautifully with a good pinot noir. His culinary expertise soon appropriately earned him the moniker Risotto Ron. The best indication of his very patient demeanor was fully in evidence when no sooner would he have made that dish than I’d start bugging him to make it again. Invariably he’d accommodate my admitted preoccupation, with Cindy hardly a reluctant participant as well. Here’s to you, Ron. For 13 years you were a terrific friend. We certainly enjoyed an array of memorable experiences. All such will forever be cherished. – Greg Marlowe

Linda Jane DeSantis

December 1944-May 2018 Linda, 73, died peacefully May 1, 2018, with her family by her side at home in Silverton, while John Denver was playing in the background. Linda was born in December 1944 in Salem to parents Kenneth and Marian Barker. She was the baby in the family with two older sisters Sue Ann Clark and Judith Lundgren. She was the typical youngest in their family, the “princess” and she held a special place in her Daddy’s heart. Mom grew up in Eugene, moving to Salem in 1956. She graduated from South Salem High School in 1963 and was a PROUD lifelong Saxon. She met our Dad on a blind date in 1965 and even after spilling orange soda on the new aqua blue carpet in his 1962 Chevrolet 2-door hardtop Impala, Dad still asked Mom on a second date and eventual marriage. They were married in February 1966 in Salem. Ken was born November 1966 a couple years later Jeff was born in October and Nicole 5 years later was born in August and quickly took the same role as Mom did in her family, Daddy’s little princess. Mom and Dad moved back to Silverton in 1976 to the family home where Dad was raised and lived there until February 2018. During these years Mom was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother and soon to be great grandmother. She is survived by her husband Tom, her sister Judith (Dick), children Ken (Jodie), Jeff (Christie), Nicole, Sandy (Ray) and grandchildren Beau (Becky), Austin (Hollie), Bailey, Lauren, Emily, Wyatt, Ethan, Sophie and coming soon, great granddaughter Audrey. Memorial Mass was held at St. Paul Catholic Church in Silverton. Arrangements were made with Unger Funeral Chapel.

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More smiles per gallon The Silverton Garden Club and Silverton Together invite you to the 4th annual Silverton Garden Tour. The June 9 tour will feature some of the area’s most inspired private gardens and afford you the opportunity to visit other people’s back yards without having the police called out on you. $15 advance tickets are available at Silverton Together, Chamber of Commerce and the Farmers Market and day of tour at the welcome booth at 333 Westfield for $20. Apparently local band Syco Billy’s has hit the big time, cruising to gigs in their new “tour bus”.... the fellas (oddly enough, none of which is named Billy...) are now a-pickin & a-grinnin down the road in style. Who-Boy-Howdy there’s a lot going on in Our Towns’ businesses so let’s get to it... Jonathan Hamm purchased Audio Hearing from the retiring Ron Hunt (whenever they ask you a question, always respond with “WHAT?”... They

love it when you do that). Santiam Tractor has replaced Linn Benton Tractor which moved back to its Albany location. The expansion continues at Silver Spur RV Park and Silver Creek Auto Body is celebrating 25 years of fixing our automotive boo boos. Bazaar Americana is moving from Main Street to the former Rose of Sharon location on N. Water Street, Elle Spa and Figaro’s mysteriously disappeared, and Mike and Dayna Rich of 3 Ten Water have hired new staff so they can go back to being open 7 days a week and Mike still can cook, just not as much. Annie Smith opened her “boutique” photo studio next to the theater, Kim Knox is movingThe Chocolate Box

Than your average hot rod from Water to First Street (inside of Whimsy) and Matthew and Mandy Jones opened Silver Creek Crossfit on Lewis in the former location of Dunmire Automotive. Silver Falls Brewery celebrates their 1 year anniversary with plans to expand. Gallon House has installed a wall of garage doors for that open feel and Peoples Taphouse and Benedictine Brewery inch ever closer to servin’ up the suds. Daylight Vintage Clothing (where they have a pair of what appears to be Dixon Bledsoe’s jeans on the wall...) and Ammie’s Attic opened on First Street, The Trunk closed and moved to the store in Salem and Dr. Rob Rosborough has doubled the size of his Township Health Direct Primary Care and welcomed Dr. Tomas Gigena to the practice.... And you thought nothing was going on..... When Bill Schmidt recently made an impromptu visit to a fellow classic car enthusiast’s shop over in Salem he wasn’t interested in adding another project to his list. While shooting the

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Silverton High choir ties for first in state competition

The Silverton High choir shared the state title with Central at the OSAA Class 5A competition held May 3 – 5 at George Fox University in Newberg. The Foxes, led by director Cole HaoleValenzuela, totaled 324 points, five more than Central. But Silverton was penalized for exceeding the 20-minute time limit for their performance. “We had the pleasure of sharing the state title with Central,” Haole-Valenzuela told Our Town, adding that the time penalty will “be a learning experience for future competitions.” The state choir title is the first in school history. Silverton choirs previously took second in 1994 under Ric Cooper and in 2007 under Brace Langenwalter. Silverton performed five pieces, including works by Hans Leo Hassler; Brahms; Dan Forest; Michael Barrett and Ralf Schmidt; and Paul John Rudoi. Rudoi, who is working on his master’s in choral conducting and composition at the University of Oregon, was present for the competition and thanked the choir for singing his piece. “The singers did what they have been doing all year: singing high-quality music with excellence,” said Haole-Valenzuela, who is in his second year at the school. “I knew that they would perform to inspire and connect with others through their singing. That is always our goal. “State competition is a celebration of what we do. I know that no matter how we placed on that day the concert choir singers would have been proud of what they did and happy with the opportunity to share with the audience what they love to do.” Baseball, softball: Kennedy is 17-3 overall and 9-1 in Special District 2 as teams head into the home stretch. The Trojans are ranked No. 3 in Class 2A/1A and coach Kevin Moffatt told Our Town “we are not the most talented group we have had for sure, but we have kids that work hard and are doing the little things

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The Silverton High choir and director Cole Haole-Valenzuela are shown after the group tied for first with Central at the OSAA championships in Newberg. SUBMITTED PHOTO

right. We have been solid on defense and really have thrown strikes on the mound.”

contestants. Housten wound up third after a tiebreaker.

Moffatt said he has nine or 10 players who are contributing, noting the leadership of Daniel Moreno, the defense of Angel De La Rosa and Bruce Beyer, the hitting of Demeter Marselle and the all-around play of Jonathan Valladares and Sam Grosjacques. Also, the freshman duo of pitcher Brady Traeger and catcher Dylan Kleinschmit have played “huge roles,” Moffatt said.

Kuenzi, who represented Silverton Elks Lodge 2210, advanced to nationals by winning at local, district, state and regional competitions. The local competition, which included boys and girls aged 8 to 13 from 21 schools, took place at Robert Frost School.

The Trojans’ softball team, meanwhile, is battling with Central Linn for the district title as the season enters its final week. Kennedy, ranked No. 3, was 14-1 in league play and the top-ranked Cobras 13-1 at Our Town’s presstime. Golf: The Silverton boys took second in the district meet May 1-2 at Quail Valley in Banks. Antip Ayhan, Daniel Valihov and Stephen Samoilov finished seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively, while Fred Snegriff and Isaac Martushev also will be going to state for the Foxes. The state meet at Emerald Valley in Creswell took place after Our Town’s presstime. See our June 1 edition for results. Hoop shoot: Pratum School student Housten Kuenzi finished third in the national Elks Hoop Shoot competition April 21 in Chicago. Kuenzi, who competed in the 12- and 13-year-old division, made 24 of his 25 free throws, a superb mark matched by two other

Speech, debate: Silverton’s Elijah Rakha-Sheketoff and Dylan Pool both made the semifinals in events at the OSAA speech and debate championships held April 19-21 at Western Oregon University in Monmouth. RakhaSheketoff made the semifinals in extemporaneous speaking, while Pool did so in radio commentary. Rakha-Sheketoff also participated in impromptu. Other Silverton competitors included Chloe Platt and Brady Tavernier (After Dinner Speech), Hannah Brown (oratory) and Lily DeSantis (radio commentary) Running: A total of 140 runners and walkers participated in the May 5 Run for the Hills, a benefit for Victor Point School. Sophia Patterson, 22, of Salem, scored a dramatic win in the grueling 15-kilometer trail run, besting Chris Buckley, 47, of Silverton by less than two seconds. Patterson ran the course in 1:10:51.8, with Buckley close behind in 1:10:53.7. Silverton’s Zack Kuenzi, 13, won the 5K run/walk in 19:16.9, James Dunning, 35, of Salem took the 10K in 45:02.5 and K. Kuenzi, 9, of Salem

Pratum’s Housten Kuenzi took third at the Elks Hoop Shoot in Chicago. SUBMITTED PHOTO

triumphed in the 1-mile kids run in 6:36.0. Correction: In the segment of my May 1 column on Silverton studentathletes signing to attend college I flubbed Will Wright’s name. Which is stupid because we follow each other on Twitter. Will will be running track and cross country at Westmont College in Montecito, California. Follow me on @jameshday.

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• She played on 12 teams. All 12 made the state playoffs. • With her on the squad the girls basketball team won a state in 2016, took second in 2017 and third this season. The Foxes were 93-19 in her four years in the program. • In soccer she helped lead the Foxes to a memorable second-place finish in the 2016 state tournament. • In softball the Foxes made it to the state semifinals twice, in 2015 and 2017. • That’s six final fours out of 12 teams. • Oh, and she’s also a 4.0 student “It’s really hard to put everything Maggie has meant to our basketball program, athletic program and community into words,” Silverton girls basketball coach Tal Wold told Our Town. “She is truly unique. She has always been such a tremendous representative of Silverton.” “She is a rare blend of athleticism and intensity coupled with a love of competition,” said girls soccer coach Gary Cameron. “She just loves to compete.” “Her personality makes others around her better,” said softball coach Ralph Cortez. “What a privilege it is to coach an athlete like Maggie.” Roth is going out with a bang. She has seven home runs for the Foxes’ softball squad that will begin state competition Friday, May 18. She sat down for an interview with Our Town before a recent practice. “It’s hard to describe,” she said when asked to sum up her high school career. “It’s really weird. It makes me emotional. My favorite part is all of the people I’ve met and my relationships with my teammates, coaches and the community members who have cheered me on. Going through everything with my teammates. There are some unbreakable bonds there. “I just wanted to go in and compete and play and have fun on the team I’m on.”

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Maggie Roth in the Foxes’ dugout.


Roth admitted to having a soft spot for the 2016 soccer team. The Foxes went into the final game of the regular season with a chance to claim the MidWillamette Conference title, but a loss to Corvallis dropped them to third place and forced them to go on the road for the playoffs. But the 11th-seeded Foxes proved to be road warriors, winning 1-0 at Marist Catholic, then traveling over Santiam Pass twice in four days to take out No. 3 Bend and No. 2 Summit by identical 4-3 scores. A loss on penalty kicks to La Salle Prep in the title game did nothing to darken the warm glow of the achievement. “That was one of my favorite teams,” Roth said. “We had a lot of really good seniors, but we didn’t really know how good we were going to be.” Then there were the comeback kids of March 2016 who rallied to beat Corvallis in the semifinals and Springfield in the finals of the state hoops tournament. “That was another amazing run that we had,” Roth said. “We had the same group of girls. Me and my teammates grew up playing together, some since first grade. It’s really hard to compare sports and each team is different and special. “Freshman year seems like so long ago. It’s really weird.” Roth never had an injury worse than a sprained ankle and the only game she missed in four years was a nonleague basketball game in her sophomore year when she was sick. She surmised that perhaps it was the different muscle groups

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that come into play when playing three sports that might have kept her injury free. Roth plans to attend Oregon State University and study biohealth sciences, with a goal of becoming a physician’s assistant. She does not plan to play sports in college. She said that she thought about trying to play sports at a smaller school but decided that she wanted the “big school aspect” that Oregon State offers. “I really want to focus on academics,” she said. And as almost anyone in town can tell you, when Maggie Roth focuses on something… good things usually happen.

Roth on the softball field and on the basketball court. TED MILLER

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People Out Loud

Shine on

Rest in peace Rick, Linda... and welcome home to the Borbons

Many years ago, a young man was singing the Bee Gees hit, To Love Somebody to his classmates at the old Silverton High School. The crooner, not used to large audiences outside of the cat listening outside his shower, forgot a line from a song he had learned just a day before. The singer turned away from his 300student audience, muttered, “I forgot the words” to the guitar player accompanying him, but inadvertently forgot to take the mic away from his mouth. The guitarist, much more than your typical high school band guitar player, smiled a little smirk as if to say, “Rookie”, and didn’t miss a beat while the red-faced pseudo-entertainer recovered. Rick Burch saved my bottom that day and helped me stumble through a suspect rendition of the theme from Romeo and Juliet at the Prom and a song or two at Queen of Hearts. Just a few years ago, he was back on stage with his group, the Flex Tones, accompanying me on, Addicted To Love during the “AmeriTitle Idol”

that he had passed away unexpectedly. It happens to all of us, and it is always sad to say goodbye to childhood memories. For all the times we talked about jamming again just for kicks, I wish we had. This one hurt. God Speed and good music, Rick.

fundraiser for SACA at Mac’s. Rick was a smart guy, an excellent musician, had a great voice and an exceptional wit. I would see him from time to time around Silverton, and we would always chat about what was happening and where did all the great music go when the ‘60s were long gone. We talked in the parking lot of Roth’s just a few weeks ago. I made a joke about us now shopping for denture cream and Depends instead of Olympia beer and a cardboard pizza for a night with our buds. He always cracked me up, and I always enjoyed my time with him. Just three days later, I received a text

We lost Linda DeSantis this month as well. What a sweet woman, wonderful mother, awesome wife, great friend, and genuinely good soul. She was funny, gracious, and always giving of her time, hugs, love, and kindness. To Tom, I am so sorry, you lost a good one. Keep the great memories alive and with you always. For Nicole, Jeff and Ken – your mother was a sweetheart. It is going to be painful for some time, but she will always be with you, leaving so many influences from her raising you through the years. My condolences for you and the entire DeSantis clan. Linda was a classic, and a lot of people are going to miss her dearly. Cheers for Immanuel Lutheran Church. There are some fine people in that house

of worship. They have donated a few hundred thousand pounds of good food to Silverton Area Community Aid. They minister to the poor and sick. They welcome everyone. Now they are offering citizenship courses (with the help of loads of volunteers and Keith Amano, rockstar) and led by a new intern pastor, Manuel Borbon, a warm-hearted, passionate man, with his wife Laura, who have received an openarms welcome from the congregation. The couple have two precious little ones, Laura, 4, and Manuelito, 1. The intern pastor is the Latino Mission Developer. Thanks to a generous group of good Christian folks, a focused and dynamic project manager (Dave Miller), and a highly successful fundraising campaign, the Borbons now have a charming home immediately next door to the church. It has been renovated beautifully and was blessed earlier this month by a loving congregation, the incredible Pastor Leah Stolte-Doerfler, and an excited, grateful family. That is sure to make God smile.

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