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leadership when some school districts experience a new superintendent every three or four years. That feels like an achievement.”
Silver Falls School District Superintendent Andy Bellando retired July 1 after a 34-year career in education, the last 31 in Silverton.
Some of the most meaningful achievements to Bellando include producing, with comprehensive district wide input, two five-year strategic plans he feels do an excellent job of defining the school district and identifying its core values and beliefs.
Coincidentally, he and wife Rhonda just celebrated their 34th anniversary and now Bellando, 57, looks forward to more time with family and other pursuits. Since he was hired in 1985 to teach agriculture, natural resources and general science at Silverton High School, Bellando has never looked back. He loved every minute of his seven-year stint at the high school, growing the Ag and FFA program from 80 to 350 students and increasing its teaching staff from one to three. One of 14 siblings, Bellando’s involvement in agriculture began his freshman year of high school thanks to the encouragement of an influential Ag teacher. Through his four years Bellando was very active in FFA, sports, student leadership, concert and jazz bands. The bevy of courses under the Ag umbrella included many skills that have served him well in the years since – horticulture, mechanics, welding, veterinary sciences, plumbing and leadership – and by his senior year Bellando owned a flock of 50 sheep. He began his own sheep shearing business which put him through college, which included a yearlong exchange program in New Zealand. “I estimate I’ve sheared over 100,000 sheep in the U.S. and New Zealand,” he said. “The most in one day was 250.” The Bellandos live on five acres just outside of town with timber, a couple goats and plenty of projects waiting in
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“That’s important for me because there are plenty of people in the community who have their individual desires that sometimes don’t match with the values of the school district,” he said. Facilities planning in such a diverse, multi-school district with many aging buildings poses multiple challenges and Bellando is proud of the work accomplished on that front.
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the wings. They are parents to Jaron, Tyler and Amanda, mother of their first grandchild, five-year-old Elizabeth. Bellando went into administration in 1995, beginning with a couple years as vice principal at Robert Frost Elementary and Mark Twain Middle schools and then 11 years as Mark Twain’s principal. Nine years ago, following two years as the district’s human resources director, Bellando was appointed superintendent. “It gave me a great opportunity to expand my leadership and to put myself in a position of influencing others and having others influence me which is really what my upbringing and education was all about,” he said. “Nine years was a very good run on the heels of an incredible superintendent, Craig Roessler; between the two of us we put in 30 years of
“I’m very pleased to have been part of the solution for Eugene Field School and in finding and adapting to a Plan B for the middle school,” Bellando said. “Through that we have been able to provide some direction to the district that will be helpful in future facility planning. “I’m also very proud to have been part of the leadership of a school district that, ever since my arrival, has embraced high levels of academic achievement that has resulted in what is clearly defined by others in the state as a model and a high-performing school district. That feels right,” Bellando said. “Our 91 percent graduation rate, our 95 percent completion rate, how long employees stay in the district and the number of former graduates who come back and work for us is impressive. That’s also a reflection of the community; people love it here.”
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Bellando was named 2017 Silverton First Citizen for his own community contributions, especially through Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club and Silverton Area Community Aid. Though Silverton’s a tough place to raise a bond – since 1980 just two of nine attempts have passed – during Bellando’s tenure the district acquired $7.8 million in grants for seismic upgrades to rural schools, Mark Twain, Robert Frost and the middle school gymnasium. “If you’re going to Victor Point, Butte Creek or Scotts Mills School right now you’ll see huge improvements; we’re going to get another 30-40 years out of those schools without a problem,” he said. Heading a 500-employee, people-based organization with a $65 million budget is not without its controversies, including current unrest over district music instruction and especially a 43-charge grievance brought against the district by the Silver Falls Education Association in regard to its handling of a high school English teacher and the grading protocol for college credit courses he administered. After third-party arbitration of the 43 actions levied, the union prevailed in one, fueling community unrest expressed through social media. “Education is a complex interaction of relationships and procedural steps and compliance requirements that can make your head spin,” Bellando said. “Sometimes we misstep, but here we didn’t misstep on 42 things; we misstepped on one. “I wasn’t going to let it become a distraction and problematic because I value the school district too much,” Bellando said. “I think what teachers
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to spend more time with Elizabeth; everything combined caused me to say this just feels like the right time,” Bellando said. “The outpouring of support I’ve received in light of the noise on social media reinforced my conviction that... I’m leaving in a good place; I’m leaving upright; I’m leaving by choice. “For years I’ve thought how enjoyable it will be just to work on the projects we’ve put off for many years,” Bellando said. “What I’m looking forward to the most – and educators can appreciate this – is getting my Sunday afternoons and evenings back,” he said. “For 34 years the cogs started turning about the coming week around 2 or 3 o’clock every Sunday.” All the same, Bellando is not ruling out the possibility of taking on a new position, but only after he’s had some time to “relax and enjoy this retirement thing.”
Along with the start of the summer reading program at the Silver Falls Library came the start of a new book program for the community – Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL). The program, which is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Silverton, mails one free high-quality, age-appropriate book a month to children from birth until their fifth birthday. In the program’s first three weeks, 125 local children enrolled and were entered into the DPIL registration system. Their first book will arrive in six to nine weeks. Kiwanis was able to launch the program locally thanks to the generosity of the community during the club’s inaugural Great GrownUp Spelling Bee & Dessert and Wine Auction held last March. The next spelling bee will be held March 13, 2020.
“It’s been exciting to see the development of our community’s Imagination Library. From the idea stage to our spelling bee fundraiser to registering local children for free books,” said Kiwanis board member Sarah Walling. “It was especially fun to sign up my own son for the program.” Registration is ongoing and forms are available at the Silver Falls Library. The only requirement other than age is that the child must live within the boundaries of the Silver Falls School District or the Silver Falls Library District. To learn more about Silverton’s Imagination Library, visit Facebook: SilvertonKiwanisDPIL or visit www. silvertonkiwanis.org, or contact Christy Davis, Silver Falls Library Director at 503-873-5770 or Lisa Santana, Kiwanis President at 503-930-7793.
Board announces acting superintendent, search for interim superintendent fast tracked The Silver Falls School Board has announced that incoming Silver Falls School District Assistant Superintendent Dan Busch will become the acting superintendent while the board conducts a search for an interim superintendent for the 2019-20 school year. Nine-year superintendent Andy Bellando resigned as of July 1, 2019. Busch was hired to replace five-year assistant superintendent Dandy Parsons, who is leaving to become superintendent in the Gervais district. Steve Kelley, Oregon School Boards
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However, the board has prioritized the inclusion of a screening committee to assist in reviewing applications and conducting interviews. “The board values the input from its staff and community,” said board chair Tom Buchholz. “It was important to involve
“It is also important to the board to have the interim superintendent named and on the job prior to the start of school,” he added. “While the timeline is fast, finding the right person to lead the district in this transition period is the top priority for the school board.” The interim search calendar can be found on the district’s website. For information, contact chair Tom Buchholz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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If you see some local parents huddled around their phones eagerly awaiting the next Snapchat-y, Instagram or Facebook-y you’ll know their child was part of the Oregon Ambassadors of Music group now touring seven European countries to make the hills alive with the sound of music. The kids, led by Frank and Mandy Petrik, all had to raise over $6,000 to fund their musical adventure of a lifetime. For several months now PGE has been installing a new power substation in Silverton. As the project nears completion I think you’d have to agree that it’s a pretty impressive piece of equipment. Is The Man the only one thinkin’ “Flux Capacitor”?? Can’t wait to see the huge Jacobs Ladder electric arc’s between the uprights on that bad boy...
Mt. Angel is holding its annual preOktoberfest city-wide clean up day from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday Aug. 24. Bring your driver’s license, scrap metal, appliances, yard debris and electronics to the American Legion parking lot.... But leave your household garbage at your household. If you’re lookin to get your groove on, Silverton Friends of Music is presenting a Music Mondays concert series being held on, you guessed it, Monday evenings from now until Aug. 26. The series features a different band or group each week at 6:30 in Old Mill Park (between the library and the pool). Bring your chair or blanket and enjoy the free show (pretty sure donations would be accepted)
It was recently reported that out neighbor to the north, Portland, came in 4th in the nation for the most dog poop (Way to go PDX!). Now The Man doesn’t know, or want to know, how one would go about measuring such a thing but at least they have that going for them... Ahh, the joy of small towns... where you can still ride your horse to the local brewpub and no one bats an eye...
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The Silver Fox Foundation and Family Medical Group is conducting a sports physical clinic at Silverton High School for Silver Falls and Mt. Angel school district students on Thursday, July 18, 6-8 p.m. There is a suggested $25 donation that goes to the foundation. Examination forms can be printed at http://silvertonhigh.silverfallsschools. org/student-athletics-eligibility-forms/ If you know anything about The Man, you know all about his love of the outdoors, hiking and camping. Being in the serenity of the wilderness, far from the city, one with nature, under a canopy of stars, the quiet of the forest by a campfire with your faithful dog by your side enjoying the peaceful moment. As a nearby babbling brook babbles you into contentment as you ponder the beauty of the world around you. Mesmerized by the crackling of the fire you barely notice the pop of the ember that unbeknownst to you, lands in your chair lets just say, in close proximity to your, ahem,“nether regions.” There you sit, blissfully unaware of the smoldering maelstrom building in said region, as it slowly burns through your pants....and then your underwear...... and then....then is the moment when the serenity ends...
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Unlocking origins By Melissa Wagoner Laura Antonson and Tyler Boland have two fundamental things in common; they both love plants – Antonson is a Landscape Design Architect and Boland is the Horticulture Manager at the Oregon Garden – and they are both adopted – a fact they have both struggled with. “It’s uncomfortable growing up and copying someone else’s family tree, wondering where you fit in,” Antonson admitted. “There were times I thought, please just let me be their child because I have no roots. I couldn’t say the word ‘adoption’ until my mid-twenties. It was triggering and terrifying.” As a child, Antonson struggled in silence with her feelings about adoption. Although her sister was also adopted, they rarely talked about it. And despite her parents’ insistence that she was free to ask questions, she sensed that wasn’t necessarily true. Instead she felt stigmatized and alone. So whenever possible she hid her status. “How are you supposed to feel when society says, ‘Isn’t it a blessing that someone adopted you?’” she asked. “Then why do I feel so bad inside?” Boland remembered feeling similarly isolated. As an adoptee with three younger sisters, who are related by blood to his adoptive parents, he struggled with feelings of isolation. “Being adopted has always made me feel a bit alienated from the remainder of my family,” he admitted. “It was something that was always brought to my attention as a young person. I felt really weird about it and closed off for a long time.” Although Boland and Antonson have known they were adopted from an early age, both adoptions were closed, with very little information being given about their birth parents. Boland knew only that his birth mother was young at the time of his birth and was unable to care for him. Antonson knew slightly more. “It was non-identifying information,” she said of the facts she received. “But I mean, it was done in the moment and emotional.” Despite the questions they both had surrounding their birth and subsequent adoptions, neither Boland nor Antonson ever actually planned to search for their biological families. Unfortunately, for Boland that decision was taken out of his hands when he was gifted the contact information for his biological mother by his ex-wife at age 28.
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So far, the results are decidedly mixed. Photos and a letter to her birth mother have garnered no response. But contact with a maternal aunt and a paternal cousin have been extremely positive and yielded the answers to many of her questions. “Even with my birth mother’s refusal to connect, I am stunned by the kindness my cousin and my aunt have shown me – it’s like I’m a deserving human being,” she said. One of Antonson’s greatest wishes, looking back on the struggle of the past several years, is that she had had more resources to deal with her feelings about being adopted earlier in life and that her family, and society in general, were more open to discussing the negative side of being an adoptee. “I think it’s addressing the trauma instead of ignoring it,” she pointed out. One resource that both Antonson and Boland agree has been especially beneficial for them is counseling. “I can say nothing but good things about my personal path of counselling and self-improvement,” Boland said. “It has assisted in my acceptance Continued on page 8
“When I realized it was the adoption triggering my absolute, chronic anxiety and panic attacks, then I had to do something,” she said. “It just suddenly became really, really important to deal with these feelings.” Subsequent research for adoptee support groups led Antonson to attend the “Beyond Adoption: You” retreat that winter – a decision that has changed her life. “I had never been around a group of adoptees,” she said. “I got lots of information and resources that I didn’t realize existed. I cried in front of people – and I never cry in front of people.” The conference also convinced Antonson that she needed to seek concrete answers to her birth story.
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“They use this term, ‘coming out of the fog,’ where you realize this isn’t some happy-go-lucky fairy tale and you start questioning,” she said. Armed with a new sense of purpose, Antonson decided to pursue finding her birth-family through genetic testing, not just to find out, once and for all, who her birth family is, but also to unlock her own medical history for her sons, Thomas and Allen.
“She presented me with the information in one big dump,” he said. “After coming to terms with everything, I sent an email to my bio mother stating who I was. It got super weird and very emotional.”
“I’m 38 years-old,” she said. “Why should I not know my medical history?”
For the next four years Boland and his birth mother kept in close contact but then things fell apart.
“What I worried about is hurting people, and that’s classic adoptee,” she said.
“I felt a great amount of pain and sorrow,” Boland summarized. “The whole experience opened up a world
Once the tests came back, Antonson worked through them methodically, with more than a little trepidation.
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“It’s so mixed with fear and rejection that I’m really trying to take it as one contact at a time,” she said.
Even so, it took Antonson several months to take the tests.
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Continued from page 7 of the topic. If you have issues with your experience, I can say nothing but positive things about reaching out and speaking with a trusted counselor. It will assist you with patterns of thinking regarding the topic and help you with your acceptance of the situation.” “I want people to be aware that there’s a grief part of adoption,” Antonson continued. “Babies don’t know how to grieve and as adopted children growing up, we don’t know how to do that. I almost can’t stress enough how difficult adoption is for the adoptee and no one gives them a voice.”
And both Boland and Antonson are advocates for honesty and openness throughout the adoption process. “I feel as though it is a good thing to tell them when they are small about the whole process,” Boland said. “I have heard of numerous stories of people who found out they were adopted when they reach adulthood. This never turns out good and will most likely alienate the child from the parents indefinitely.” Antonson agreed adding, “I think it’s addressing the trauma instead of ignoring it. I wish it weren’t so secretive and emotional.”
But even with the difficulties being adopted Laura Antonson. SUBMITTED PHOTO has posed for them both, Antonson and Boland “Though each person has their own don’t view adoption as entirely negative. experience, it will open up wounds not only to yourself, but also the ones “It doesn’t mean adoption’s not necessary, who put you up for adoption,” Boland it just means that trauma is involved.” cautioned. “My biological mother was Antonson stressed. “That’s what the forced by her parents to carry me and Department of Human Services is great put me up as soon as I was born. This at here, is saying you have to recognize experience brought up a lot for her that there’s trauma here and you have to she thought she had left behind.” parent differently.” Both also suggest using discretion when seeking out biological family.
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“I think a lot of people assume that when they find their birth family everything will be fine,” Antonson added. “But that’s not true.” Finally, for adoptive parents Boland advised, “Make sure you treat your adopted children the same way you treat your blood children, if there are any.”
“We are fortunate to live in a country where there is a tremendous vetting process for potential parents of adoptive children,” Boland added. “My adoptive parents went through a great deal of personal and financial struggle in bringing me in to their life. For that I am eternally grateful.”
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All Silverton High School alumni and friends are invited to attend the 20th Annual SHS Alumni Scholarship Fundraiser on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019 at the Mt. Angel Festhalle, 500 Wilco Highway, Mt. Angel. The no-host bar opens at 5:00 p.m. and the Wooden Nickel will be serving a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m.
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Karen Sue Mehaffey Tweed, 58, of Silverton, passed away unexpectedly June 8, 2019, from a heart attack. Karen was born August 26, 1960, in Seattle, Washington to Sandra Lee Gravelle and Clifton “Skip” E. Mehaffey. She was the youngest of four children. The family moved to Eugene, Oregon, shortly after Karen’s birth. Her mother later divorced and remarried, moving the children to Reedsport, Oregon, where Karen attended middle school and high school. Karen married and spent time in Coos Bay, Oregon, as a waitress and dental assistant before eventually moving to Monitor, Oregon. She married Thomas R. Tweed February 10, 1989, and gave birth to their son, Aaron Thomas Tweed on September 24, 1991. They lived in the Monitor, Oregon, farmhouse built in 1903 by Tom’s grandparents. Karen and Tom later divorced in 2003. Karen worked in the Parts Department of the family business, Lenon Implement Co., in Woodburn, Oregon, for many years before joining Johnson Controls in Canby, Oregon in 2005. She was good with numbers, quick-witted, and a joy to be around. Her mother-in-law, Gayle Tweed, then co-owner of Stars Antique Mall in Portland, introduced Karen to the wonders of gardening and antiques. Karen started her own business, Country Girl Uniques, by surfing garage sales with her son Aaron in tow, and bartering with local farmers for their antiques and cast-offs in exchange for such delicacies as her pickled beans, relish, candied walnuts, berry pies, snickerdoodles and much more. Karen was featured in several national magazines for her ability to turn others’ junk into a spectacular display of color and country charm. She was also locally known for her compassionate care and feeding of feral cats. Karen was preceded in death by an infant son; and her parents, Sandra Lee Gravelle Mehaffey Henderson, and Clifton E. Mehaffey. She is survived by her son, Aaron Thomas Tweed of Monitor, Oregon; sister Vicki L. Walker of Eugene, OR; brother Terry E. Mehaffey of Orville, WA; brother Patrick W. Mehaffey of Waldport, OR; brother Clifton E. Mehaffey II of Cheney, WA; her stepfather Wayne W. Henderson of Charleston, OR; stepsister Julie A. Putnam, of Coos Bay, OR; stepbrother Robert L. Henderson of North Bend, OR; and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of life is scheduled for July 20 in Monitor, Oregon. Memorial contributions may be made to the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon. 10 • July 2019
Margaret Gersch Margaret Mary Bielenberg Splonski Gersch passed on July 3, 2019. She was born on May 23, 1925 to Matt and Kate Bielenberg in Receda, California. At the age of six, she and her family made the long trek to a newly purchased farm in the foothills above Scotts Mills. She attended Noble Elementary and Mt. Angel Academy.
May 23, 1925 – July 3, 2019
She married John Splonski in 1946 living in a cabin in the hills before moving to Scotts Mills where she raised four children and resided until her death. Margaret’s deep faith, family and community were her priorities in life. She attended Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Crooked Finger where she was charter member of the Altar Society and secretary of the Parish Council. She worked 43 years at Scotts Mills School as clerk/ secretary. She was a lifetime member of the Catholic Daughters, a member of the Grange, Women’s Fireman’s Auxiliary, City Council budget committee, Marion County Extension, and the quilters guild.
Margaret was the heart and soul of the Scotts Mills community. She was a moral pillar of strength, wisdom, faith and integrity – a remarkable inspiration widely respected by all. This profound loss has shaken all having the privilege of knowing her and her memory will never be forgotten.
Survivors include daughter Patty (Jeff) of Silverton, son Clarence (Emily) of Scotts Mills, daughter Katie (Larry) of Scotts Mills, daughter-inlaw Janet Splonski of Mount Angel, 12 grandchildren, and 15 greatgrandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband John Splonski, second husband Ambrose Gersch, siblings Joe, Tony, Fritz, and Agnes Bielenberg, and son Ralph Splonski. A rosary was held on July 8 and funeral mass on July 9 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Scotts Mills. Contributions may be made to Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery.
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“[I]t makes me feel so joyful and good,” she explained. “The feeling of being in the water and weightless – it feels kind of magical. Swimming and flying are kind of similar – and flying is magical if you think about it.”
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A swimmer from an early age, Brooke took lessons at the local pool in her small hometown in Pennsylvania. Then, when she was still a year away from the age required, she snuck into the junior lifeguarding classes and started what would become a 40 year lifeguarding career.
Brooke, who spent her career working in parks and recreation, has lived all over the country – and swam all over the country too.
“I love swimming so much,” she laughed. “I love swimming outdoors. I like to go into big waves and dive into them. I’ve wrecked two cellphones because when I see water I just jump in like it’s calling me.”
“I swam with dolphins once,” she shared. “That was in Hawaii. That was very exciting.”
A swim instructor for 30 years, Brooke knows the ins and outs of learning to swim and has even studied water births with a midwife in order to learn more about where it all begins. Her recommendation is that parents start their children early in lessons – as young as three months old. “Watch the teacher before you pick one out,” she advised. “A good teacher tells a parent what they’re doing so they can practice. And do it as a fun thing – don’t only take swimming lessons.” For those who are learning to swim a bit later in life, Brooke suggests private lessons. “Get a good one,” she urged. “I cannot stress enough to get a good one. And be brave – do positive affirmations.” Another great way to get used to the water is through water-based exercise classes like Aquacise, according to fellow swimmer Kathleen McCann. “The Aquacise class creates a nice atmosphere for people to test the waters and meet new friends while exercising,” McCann explained. No matter the swim level, McCann stresses that it’s never too late to start. “Swimming is for everybody,” she said. “Many people I’ve
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Diane Brooke likes to everywhere – including the ocean in colder seasons. SUBMITTED PHOTO
met are swimming as part of their therapy after surgeries or accidents. I swam through my pregnancies. Water supports the body in a unique way.” For McCann, who began swimming when she was seven at the neighborhood swim club, swimming has been a great way to get exercise and keep her body in shape. “I’ve been swimming laps for 46 years,” she recounted. “I swim several times a week all year-round.” Brooke also swims during all seasons, but – unlike McCann – much of her swimming is done outdoors, even in the winter months. “I often think the pool water is too warm,” she confided. “I’m a polar bear, that means I go in cold water.”
“I worked for the National Parks Service in the Everglades and I swam where there could be water moccasins,” she remembered. “And I’ve never been afraid of sharks because that would really wreck my time in the ocean.” Although a mostly solitary sport, swimming can also have a social side and Brooke enjoys swimming with friends whenever she can. “I’m the only big swimmer in my family, but I find friends,” she said. “You can have a swimming buddy just like you have a buddy runner.” It is also a sport that – unlike many high impact sports – can be life-long. “I’m 62 and still do it,” Brooke smiled. “I think it’s important to learn sports for life,” McCann added. “A physical practice that doesn’t need a team or a coach with a clipboard.”
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Limbird to coach Foxes boys soccer
Marty Limbird, a long-time youth soccer coach in the Silverton area who also enjoyed fabulous success at Chemeketa Community College, has taken over the Silverton High boys soccer program.
Limbird said he hopes to coach “in a way that builds a true positive team culture, to engage with the community in a positive way and to see the program continue to build into a perennial power.”
Limbird, a long-time Silverton resident whose wife Liz teaches at Robert Frost, takes over for Derek McElfresh, who led the Foxes to the Class 5A quarterfinals last year.
Limbird received a bachelor’s in sports medicine and athletic training in 2000 from Linfield College and earned a master’s in teaching health and PE in 2002 from the University of Portland.
coach of the year in NWAACC’s South Region and twice he was coach of the year for NWAACC (now known as the Northwest Athletic Conference).
“Marty brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the high school,” Silverton Athletic Director James Rise told Our Town. “We look forward to seeing our boys soccer program continue to grow under his direction. Coming off one of the best seasons in recent history, we hope we can build on that momentum.”
Since 1993, Limbird also has worked as a coach, club director and camp director in youth soccer programs that included his three children. Limbird, who stepped away from the Chemeketa position because he wanted to spend more time with his young family, told Our Town “the timing was right” for a return to higher-level coaching.
Limbird, who still teaches health and physical education at Chemeketa, was the first men’s soccer coach when the Storm started its program in 2008. Limbird led the Storm to the 2011 Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges title and made three other final four appearances in a five-year run that included a record of 85 wins, 24 losses and 22 draws. The Storm finished 10th in the national junior college rankings in 2009 and ninth in 2001. Limbird was a four-time
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“My oldest is a seventh-grader and will be in high school soon enough so the thought crossed my mind about eventually considering the high school position,” he said. “But I wasn’t sure when, or if, the opportunity would present itself.” Limbird will be coaching many of the players he tutored on youth teams. “Having the opportunity to head the high school boys program will allow me
Marty Limbird is the new boys soccer coach at Silverton High. The Silverton resident has both youth and community college coaching experience. SUBMITTED PHOTO
to see that youth team I have been with up through high school,” he said. “This fills the cup just to be part of that. “I’m excited to instill a sense of belief for athletes in the program that the potential is right here to go beyond what they think is possible, that just around the corner is something they never thought is attainable.”
Limbird’s squad will begin conditioning drills Aug. 12, with the first official practice date Aug. 19. The first OSAAsanctioned contest date is Aug. 29. The same dates also apply to the cross country, volleyball and football programs, although Aug. 29 is a jamboree date for football. Football games can be played starting Thursday, Sept. 4. Silverton and Kennedy both will open Friday, Sept. 6. The Foxes open with a Special District 3 game at Central, while Kennedy, the defending Class 2A champions, opens at Class 3A Rainier. Alumni addition: Former Silverton High distance runner Maddie Fuhrman did not compete during this past outdoor season at Oregon State University because of an injury. Follow me on Twitter.com @jameshday. Got a news tip? Email me at email@example.com.
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By Nancy Jennings Jen Jacobson is a self-proclaimed “Cheesecake Therapist” – it even says so on her business cards. The busy Silverton mother of three sons, Chase, 17, Gabe, 14, and Jayden, 11, has always been deeply involved in their school activities. Little did she know how one kind gesture on her part would propel her to start a new business venture. Beloved Cheesecakes, which officially opens the first week of August (during the Homer Davenport Community Festival), promises the ultimate comfort food. Having leftover fruit from “Gleaners,” an Oregon City food-share program, Jacobson, 41, decided to bake up a special treat to bring to the office staff at one of her son’s new school in Scotts Mills. “In December 2015, I made a blackberry cheesecake… and I didn’t even know how to properly take it off the pan, so I had to YouTube [a] video,” Jacobson said. “I bought a nice see-through cake box from Michaels. I took it to my son’s school the day before Christmas break. I had no idea how it was going to taste... I went back the next morning, and one of the secretaries said, ‘Oh my gosh, Jen, there was just a little bit of cheesecake left – and I had it this morning. Where did you get it? We all want to know,’ she asked me. I told her I made it – and she was amazed.” This joyful reaction inspired her to make more cheesecakes to give as Christmas gifts to her close family members. “The next day, I posted a picture of the cheesecakes I made for Christmas gifts with the caption ‘Cheesecakes made with love this year’ on my Facebook page. Then three people contacted me to ask if they could buy one for New Year’s. I was just stunned,” she said. Jacobson was born in Oregon City. Her life’s path took her to Eagle Creek, Oregon; Oak Harbor, Washington; and Molalla. A resident of Silverton for two years, she has been involved in the community since 2011 – due to her sons’ school activities and athletic events. “I was extremely involved when my boys went to Bethany Charter School. I was the Parent Booster Club Chair and co-chaired their yearly auction,” she said,
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adding her highest priority is to always support her sons’ educational endeavors – something she said she never received as a child. “I was taken away from my dad twice, once in the 5th grade and the summer before my 8th grade year. I finished out my 7th grade living with my grandparents in Milwaukie. My dad died when I was 14.” Having lived a challenging childhood with parental substance abuse issues, Jacobson said it’s strengthened her resolve and instilled a need to “root for the underdogs” in the world. She found the ideal degree program to answer that calling, recently completing her Social Work degree program with honors at Portland State University. Integrating elements of social work within her shop is a goal she intends to fulfill. To further honor her business, Jacobson added a special touch to the inside construction, one that will never tarnish. “Before we painted the interior, I had people near and far offer blessings, prayers or words of encouragement to write on the walls, she said. “My girlfriends and I wrote them on every wall, prayed over it and sealed all the goodness and blessings in – and then painted over it. This whole place is sealed with blessings.”
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She is a dynamic woman, a wonderful ballerina who has danced in galas on Broadway and across the world. Smart as a whip, charismatic as all get out, planning to major in biological science. Her work ethic is impeccable. Her favorite ballet is La Bayadere about the love of an Indian peasant for a princess. Last summer she was dancing in Alicante, a port city on Spain’s Southeastern Costa Blanca, and Prague in the Czech Republic. In a few weeks she is heading to Barcelona to dance at a gala, London, and Italy and earlier this year she was living in New York City. As a world traveler, she has a lot of stories like being without money and a charged phone in a busy international airport and a date to dance the next day in another country. Wise beyond her years, and levelheaded. Jinjutha Cheepluesak of Silverton, New York, and points beyond, is an incredible woman on a mission. “I love dancing and being on stage, and to make people smile,” she says. “Hopefully
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it serves to make their lives better. I love kids and hope to use my biology major in a pre-med program so I can become a pediatrician.” This fall she will be at UC Irvine as a freshman while having a company position with Ballet Irvine. She is only 18, just a few months out of high school (two years at Silverton High and two years on-line because of dance commitments) and has already lived a life many people dream of. Her mother, Oratai Cheepluesak, is exceptionally proud of her daughter. “She is a gift from God. She works so hard and is a wonderful daughter. We are glad we
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near to town, library and city parks. You don’tCOMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL want to miss the oppor#T2541 SPECIAL HOME IN SALEM 3 tunity to live inFOR this one. LEASE/COMMERCIAL FOR RENT STAYTON/SUBLIMITY BR, 2 BACOMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL 1384 sqft Call Chuck at ext. 325 No pets/No smoking. 1 year lease. TOWN $299,900 (WVMLS#747401) KEIZER OTHER COMMUNITIES LAND/ACREAGE WOODBURN Other rentals also available. BARELAND/LOTSCall FOR LEASE/COMMERCIAL FOR RENT NEW- #T2547 WONDERFULLY UPDATED 503.873.1425 for more info. TOWN 4 BR, 2 BA 1778 sqft Call Meredith at ext. TOWN
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#T2536 AFFORDABLE LIVING 3 BR, 2 BA COUNTRY/ACREAGE #T2538 READY TO BUILD .34 Acres 1558 sqft Call Chuck at ext. 325 $249,950 Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 (WVMLS#746441) $84,900 (WVMLS#747134) #T2542 HUGE LOT IN TOWN 4BR, 2 BA #T2494 BUILDABLE LOT #3 2.01 Acres. STAYTON/SUBLIMITY 2158 sqft Call Michael at ext. 314 $570,000 Well Installed. Call Michael at ext. 314 (WVMLS#747752) $170,000 (WVMLS#737118) #T2545 WELL CARED FOR IN SILVERTON 3 BR, 2 BA 1625 sqft Call Kirsten at ext.COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL 326 $360,000 (WVMLS#748648)
NEW-#T2551 COMMERCIAL BUILDING FORatLEASE/COMMERCIAL 1952 sqft Call Meredith ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $286,000 (WVMLS#751145)
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