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Contents Helping Hands

Sports & Recreation

Seeking advocates for kids.......4

High school football preview....12 Marketplace....................13

Arts & Entertainment

SFAF poster features eclipse ....6 Oregon Music Ambassadors .....7

People Out Loud.............14

Food & Drink

Kitchen experiments ................8

On the Cover Students from Silverton and Mount Angel traveled Europe as part of the Oregon Ambassadors of Music.

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Helping Hands

Stepping up for children

Marion CASA seeks to double its volunteers

By Nancy Jennings

moved from Texas in early February. He has been a CASA volunteer for nine years. He has represented 12 children so far.

“Be a voice, not an echo.” This quotation from Albert Einstein sums up what being a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children (CASA) volunteer is all about.

“We’re an advocate for the best interests of the child,” he said. “I met a woman not long ago who had been in foster care between two and 12 years old. She had been to 21 different foster care homes – and she was considering becoming a CASA volunteer because she had known what it was like,” he said.

According to Shaney Starr, executive director of CASA of Marion County, there are 101 sworn-in CASA volunteers helping represent children in the foster care system. But with 557 Marion County abused and neglected children currently in foster homes, more help is needed.

Craig and Gail Bazzi became CASA volunteers in May. “Two of our daughters are volunteers, one in Hood River and the other in Mount Angel,” Gail added.

Starr says the county needs at least 200 trained volunteers, and she’s striving to reach that goal by adding 100 more volunteers within the next 18 months. “No matter what, kids want to be with their families. It’s important to work to make sure that can happen and those children can be safe,” she said. CASA volunteers get to know the child in the midst of the necessary court proceedings, making sure their needs aren’t overlooked. Duties include reviewing documents and records, and interviewing family members and professionals involved in the child’s case file. CASA training – which takes place four times a year – includes 15 hours of in-office participation and 15 hours

Shaney Starr, executive director of CASA of Marion County, is hopeful 100 new recruits will join in to advocate for children.

of online instruction. These requirements are in addition to completion of fingerprinting, background checks, an interview and reference checks.


“The kids I used to work with had committed some law violations. With these kids, it’s usually through no fault of their own that they’re in their situation.”

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“I’ve seen a quotation that says ‘Every child is one caring adult away from a success story.’ That really encompasses what we do,” Starr said.

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Gail used to run a therapeutic foster care home for teenage girls. She attended a CASA presentation at the Silverton Senior Center. Meeting Starr there made a big impact on her. “She made me want to be a CASA. She’s so inviting and passionate about it,” Gail said. Since January, Silverton resident Darlene Blackstone has been volunteering as a CASA advocate recruiter. She attended a Rotary meeting that same month and heard Starr’s impassioned plea to help the children. She signed up then and there. “I can’t stand the thought of these little people not being cared for,” she said. Blackstone started reaching out to local churches. Fr. Basil Lawrence at St. Paul’s Catholic Church agreed to schedule presentations after his Masses. Some interest was generated and “nine people showed up.” Starr sees Blackstone’s efforts as encouraging and hopes the attention will attract more involvement. “Connecting with the faith community is pretty amazing. It’s an untapped area that we need to focus on. Having other people able to help carry our message and recruit is an amazing blessing,” she said. Blackstone and Eubanks run the Silverton/Mount Angel orientation meetings together. They explain the application

process and answer general questions. Eubanks tells a story in his recruitment presentations: “A man was standing on the beach and saw someone bending over and picking up something off the ground and throwing it in the ocean. He walked over to see what was happening and came across a woman standing on the beach surrounded by hundreds of starfish. She was picking up one at a time and throwing it in the water. “He asked her, ‘What are you doing?’ She answered, ‘These starfish have been washed up on the beach and if they stay here too long, they will dry up and die. If we get them back in the water they’ll survive.’

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“‘But there are hundreds of them – and you’re throwing them in one at a time. What difference can this really make?’ he asked. Holding one up, she said, ‘It makes a difference to this one.’” “’She’ is CASA, and the ‘man’ is you and me,” Eubanks said. Anyone interested in learning more about the CASA program, meetings are held the first Monday of every month, noon to 1 p.m. and the third Monday, 4 to 5 p.m. at the Marion County office, 3530 River Road N. in Keizer. For special meeting times and locations in the Silverton/Mount Angel area, call 503-967-6420.

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Art with a flourish

Silverton, eclipse, featured in 2017 festival poster

By Nancy Jennings

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Bubbly, free spirit Ashley Schaecher always had an eye for art. The 23-year-old Beaverton resident is excited to be this year’s poster artist for Silverton’s Fine Arts Festival. Using traditional watercolor with modern digital painting, her piece couples iconic scenes of downtown Silverton with the upcoming solar eclipse. She calls her creation’s effect “surreal.”

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“I started painting it last July. I worked the eclipse in there. I wanted her (the character) to be doing something with art. I thought ‘What if she’s just painting Silverton?’” The character is wearing a yellow tank top and listening to music with green headphones.

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and concerts. Born in Silverton and raised in Mount Angel, Schaecher was destined for artistic expression. As a four year old, she watched her mother color a fantasy-themed poster, bursting with waterfalls, fairies, dragons and elves. Both of her grandmothers dabble in art as well. Absorbing the creative process, she grew up seeing art as “a big outlet to meditate, calm myself down and to work through life,” she said.

“I notice as I’ve gotten older that I kind of accidentally put myself into my art. It just happens,” she said, adding that her favorite color is yellow and she has the same headphones. Her style shows the influence of Czech Art Nouveau painter Alphonse Mucha. He created the art on many popular French posters for theater

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She attended Chemeketa Community College, graduating from the Visual Communications Program last year. She found a platform to showcase her talent through the Silverton Fine Arts Festival poster competition. Silverton Arts Association Office Manager Meghan McIntire encouraged artists by saying: “You should do it.” Schaecher took the challenge to heart and figured she had nothing to lose. “I had just graduated and took it as my first personal project. I told myself, ‘I’m just going to do this and get it done.’” If she didn’t succeed “then it would be just another cool picture I can hang on my wall,” she said.

A “blind” jury of five arts association board members judged four finalists and her work was selected. Schaecher’s plans include returning to college to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in graphic design. She also wants to travel the world, perhaps staying in youth hostels along the way. “I could meet new people and get inspired by them. I can do some art and flourish,” she said. She offers advice for when “flourishing” isn’t happening. “If it’s just not coming through, you have to put it down. I try to bounce around between mediums until I find one that fits for me that day,” she explained. Speaking of likes – or dislikes – Schaecher admits she was not a fan of abstract art, but its allure grew on her. “Art is always different for everyone, but they can still feel the same way. That’s why I love it so much,” she said.

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World of music

Oregon students ambassadors in a universal language

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“Raising the money was the biggest challenge,” Ross said.

It brought together 350 high school students from across Oregon. It took them half way across the globe. It allowed them to share joy and hope with strangers who spoke different languages. The simple yet powerful “it”? Music.

Jason concurred, “We put in a lot of work.” Both made it clear that the challenge paled in comparison with the value and the impact of the trip. Silverton High band director Frank Petrik and his wife Amanda, chaperones for the trip, agree.

In July, 22 choir and band students from Silverton High School, and one from Mount Angel left the United States for the busy streets of London, England. They traveled through the vibrancy of Paris, France. They played on the mountains of Crans-Montana, Switzerland, catching sight of the sun as it passed behind the Alps. The trip was capped off in Rothenburg, Germany with a performance of America, The Beautiful. As part of The Oregon Ambassadors of Music the teens performed in St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy; The Wilten Basilica in Innsbruck, Austria; at The Castle of Chillon in Switzerland, after which they were treated to a fondue dinner and tried out native Alpenhorns. Some performances like America, The Beautiful drew crowds of hundreds, while a small impromptu performance in a quaint London park had a just over 10. No matter where they went, someone was there to listen. The students’ enthusiasm for being in Europe was rivaled, even surpassed, by the people they met, despite the tense political climate around the world. “I was received with open arms. They were happy to have us there,” Silverton senior Ross Mackinnon said. “I think being an ambassador of music helped that attitude towards us. The music and idea of us sharing with them added to

“For the money that we paid, I don’t think we could have gotten that kind of trip on our own. Not even close,” Amanda said. Though Ross could imagine abstract scenarios of scheming con artists and pickpockets in the shadows, he said those were “really unrealistic.” Nerves were quelled by enthusiasm and all in the care of the trip’s expertly crafted preparation.

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their kindness.” “When we went, we sang and we played. We were no longer only American kids. We were there for the sake of music,” Ross’ friend and fellow traveler Jason Orr said. “It’s a thing that crosses borders. Everybody loves music.” Each Oregon “ambassador” is nominated by their school music director. Then it’s off to meetings where they learn about the trip and collect the music to be performed. The real challenge is the cost of $6,0007,000. To cover his portion, Ross took a job at Roth’s gas station. In addition he had help from family members and the Kiwanis Club.

This is the 47th year for Voyageurs International Ltd., “Voyageurs” for short. It has broad experience organizing 16-day, seven-country musical “ambassador” tours of Europe for band and choir students from 32 states. “I didn’t feel unsafe at any time. It felt really safe and really well planned,” the Petriks agreed. Every city toured had a city coordinator, experienced drivers and a doctor. When one student lost medication, another a passport, both issues were resolved within the day. “The trip is so well coordinated, you maximize your 2 ½ weeks over there,” Amanda said. There was more than just displaying their talents to the world. The students were also there to let the world teach them. Before the trip, each student was given a booklet entitled Thresholds. This Have a home rent? Call was no idle title, but to a declaration of


the challenges and magnitude of their undertaking. On its cover a quote from Mark Twain said “travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrowmindedness.” The group went to Dachau, Germany, site of a Nazi-era concentration camp, and returned silent to buses, some crying from the intense visit. They toured Westminster Abbey at Evensong, and visited the gravesite of Ralph Vaughan Williams, who composed many of the songs they were singing. It proved a reverent connection to a man who created music they love today. Nothing was lost on them. “The kids weren’t apprehensive at all. They embraced everything.” Amanda said. “The trip was an investment, so they wanted to make the most of it.” In the end the music was what mattered. It wasn’t the struggle to get there. It wasn’t the intensity of early mornings and late hotel returns. It wasn’t the differences in culture or language. “You can’t talk to each other, but you’re singing along. That connection, that bond, is really impactful,” Frank said. “Music is a universal language,” Amanda agreed. “Broadening your horizons and your knowledge never hurts,” Ross said. “I feel better about the things that I do now.” “I would put it like this,” Jason said, “we live in very crazy times these days, and it really meant a lot to me to be, as the name says, ‘Ambassadors’ for the U.S., for Oregon. We’re all human, we all love music, we can all appreciate simple beauty.”

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Swine & Wine dinner supports local co-op

Pork is what’s for dinner at the upcoming Swine & Wine Farm 2 Table Dinner put together by the Silverton Food Coop. “It’s all based on pork. Even the dessert,” Head chef DJ MacIntyre said. “If you’re a fan of pork, this is your dinner.”

The dinner is a lineup of four local chefs; Anna Kuzmin of Gather, Joel Autry of Silverton Wine Bar & Bistro, Jeff Nizlek of Silver Grille and MacIntyre of Williamette Valley Vineyards. Each will present a unique take on pork. “It’s like the all-star team of chefs in Silverton,” DJ laughed. The dinner will be presented Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. in Silverton’s Town Square Park. Two long tables with centerpieces by local nursery Stamen and Pistil and a tractor with an ice-filled bucket will welcome guests. The evening kick-offs with a cocktail hour including beer from Seven Brides Brewing and music by Silverton Friends of Music.

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The four plated pork-filled courses will feature all ingredients sourced locally from farms including; Fisher Ridge Farm, Diggin’ Roots, Garden Ripe, Forest Meadow Farms and many others. Wine will be paired with each course from Franchere winery. “We’re putting this on just to celebrate the amazing amount of food around us and the amazing things chefs can do,” MacIntyre said. “I think it’s neat for the community to meet the farmers and see the food.”

The dinner is also a way for the community to learn more about the Silverton Food Co-op, which is working to raise enough money to open a community-owned grocery store. Tickets for the dinner, $75, are being sold in conjunction with a Co-op member drive. They are available at Live Local Marketplace, Stamen and Pistil, Silverton Farmers Market or – Melissa Wagoner

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Sports & Recreation

Football teams at work

Foxes new coach hopes to energize squad

It was Tuesday, Aug. 7, just the second day of fall drills and new Silverton High football coach Josh Craig already had a mid-season rasp from voicing encouragement to his squad. “It didn’t take long,” Craig told Our Town as he finished a morning practice and emphasized paperwork issues and schedule times for his players departing to lunch. Craig has six offensive starters back and seven on defense from the squad that John Mannion led to a 7-3 record. Mannion has moved on to coach a new program at Mountainside High in Beaverton. Craig, 26, retained most of Mannion’s staff, including veteran coaches Craig Rankin, Mike Fessler, John Howard, Matt Craig and Don VonWeller. Craig said he hopes to bring a “youthful energy” to the program. “We do a lot of the same stuff but with a different energy … the tempo of practice. What we do hasn’t changed but how we do it has changed.” Top returnees on offense include junior quarterback Levi Nielsen and senior wide receiver Spencer Clements. Nielsen spent a week this summer at the prestigious NW9 quarterback camp in Kirkland, Wash. Carrying the ball will be a group that includes Kobe Garcia, Colton Meyer, Eaton Ashwell and Hunter Meissner. The versatile Garcia also will play out wide, return kicks and play defense.

Clements also will see a lot of time in the defensive backfield, while Meissner and Collin Zollinger will work at linebacker. Wrestling stalwart Zach Milstead anchors the defensive line. The Foxes open at home Sept. 1 against Sandy and travel Sept. 8 to Redmond before starting Mid-Willamette Conference play with a home game against Dallas and a visit to Lebanon. The Warriors downed Dallas in last year’s Class 5A semifinals before beating Wilsonville for the state title. “The first half of our scheduled is very competitive,” Craig said. “That’s exciting. We want to play good teams.” Craig said he wants his team to “work hard every day and focus on the moment. Do the things you are supposed to do right now. Football is a lot more fun when you work hard at it. “We hope to continue our success of making the playoffs every year. John Mannion put together some of the most competitive teams in 5A. I’d like to continue that.” Kennedy, meanwhile, graduated one of

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Silverton High School football team engaging in fall drills.

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its most glittering senior classes ever, led by Bishop Mitchell, Brett Traeger, Jack Suing and Jeremy Kliewer. The Trojans advanced to the Class 2A semifinals for the second consecutive year.


Fourth-year head coach Joe Panuke returns three offensive starters and four on defense. “We have a lot of holes to fill with last year’s seniors graduating,” Panuke told Our Town. “But we have a good group of guys that work hard and are excited about getting their shot at playing on Friday night. We should be right in the mix for a league title and a playoff spot again this year. We are looking forward to see what this year’s team is capable of.” Panuke will be looking to Nick Suing, Daniel Moreno, Christian Reyes, Christian Larios, and Emorej Lynk to provide the leadership on this year’s squad, which opens Sept. 1 at Clatskanie. One to mark on your calendar is Oct. 27 at home vs. Regis, defending 2A state

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Homer runs: Approximately 80 runners and walkers took part in the Aug. 6 Homer’s Classic events at Silverton High School. Haile Stuzman, who will be a junior for the Foxes’ cross country team this fall, won the 8-kilometer event in 28:01.2, nearly 45 seconds better than runner-up Daniel Bartosz, 41, of Portland, who ran 28:45.9. Erin Skourtes of Portland, 36, took third in 31:39.2 and was the first woman finisher, just ahead of last year’s champion Deanna O’Neil, 52, of Canby, who finished in 31:55.1. J.J. Herrera of Salem ran well among folks twice his size. The 8-year-old finished 16th overall in 39:08.5. Konrad Seifer of Silverton won the 2-mile in 13:14.9, with Melissa Georgesen of Molalla took third in 14:59.2 and was the first female to finish. Follow me on @jameshday.

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School supply drive runs thru Aug. 17

There is still time to donate to the Apple Tree school supply drive. Donation boxes at the more than 50 participating Silverton businesses and community sites won’t be collected until Friday, Aug. 18. An estimated 1,000 children in the Silver Falls School District may find it difficult to afford the supplies they need for a new school year. Apple Tree student volunteers put together “apples” listing supplies most needed. Contributors can “pick an apple” from posters at donation sites, and return with that item for the

apple box. Supplies needed include: wide-ruled spiral notebooks, Pee Chee folders, lined index cards, Mead composition books, pencil sharpeners, tissue. Cash donations will be used to purchase needed supplies, too. All donations are given to the schools to distribute to those truly in need. Apple Tree is a program of Silverton Together. For more information contact or call Silverton Together, 503-873-0405.

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Senior center flips Eclipse weekend pancakes The Silverton Senior Center will be flipping pancakes and serving up sausage, scrambled eggs and beverages from 8 to 11 a.m. Aug. 19 - 20. Both inside and outside seating will be available for those looking for a hot off the grill breakfast before a shuttle ride to The Oregon Garden or to downtown

Silverton for the Saturday Farmers Market or the two-day Silverton Fine Arts Festival at Coolidge McClaine Park. Breakfast is $7 for adults, $3 for kids under 12. The center is located at 115 Westfield St. The center will be closed the Eclipse Monday, Aug. 21. CCB #14854

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I BUY YOUR STUFF Before you donate your furniture, gold, silver, electronics (most anything) let me come to your home and make you an offer. I will also take any of your remaining items and donate them to a thrift store of your choice. Call Mike: 971-283-3346 ok to text 24/7. Portions of the proceeds go to fighting animal cruelty. ANTIQUE SHOW AND SALE featuring insulators, bottles and tabletop antiques. Saturday Sept. 2nd 8am-3pm. Coolidge-McClaine Park. Section 1. Vendors call 503-873-7123 for further information.


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MT. ANGEL SCHOOL DISTRICT is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals are served at no charge to those between one and 18 years of age. The program will run Monday through Friday from June 19, 2017 through August 19, 2017 (no meals served on July 4th). Meals will be served at Mt. Angel Middle School, 460 E. Marquam Street, Mt. Angel. Breakfast is from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Mt. Angel School District is an equal opportunity provider.


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Eclipse insights

Former NASA consultant gives advise on Aug. 21 viewing

Extensive press coverage and a quick trip around the Internet makes us all “experts” on the Aug. 21 “Path of Totality” eclipse, at least in the minds of those who do not have our research skills (small children, most dogs, and Great Grandma, who smiles proudly in recognition of our greatness). But Mark Gummin, now there is an expert. Dr. Gummin, with a PhD in Nuclear Physics from Oregon State, served eight years as a research scientist at University of California Berkeley, as a consultant to NASA and universities on NASA Space Science programs, and spent much of his career on solarobserving satellites.  He and his wife, Gail, recently moved to Silverton and are quite happy in their new hometown. I had a chance to talk with him about his perspective on the Aug. 21 eclipse. Lincoln City is projected to have great views (if the weather holds), Madras is a hot spot for viewings, as is Salem, and the Oregon tourism folks predict a million visitors watching the once-in-a-lifetime spectacle in our state. What are some things we don’t know? According to Dr. Gummin, “The coolest little-known things about total solar eclipses? Since the moon is ‘new’, illuminated from the exact opposite side, you will not even know it is there until it actually begins to darken the sun. It is a VERY odd effect because we just do not perceive the moon as ‘being there’ until it starts.”  He adds, “(Special eclipse) glasses are

18 months or so. But the path length and totality width can be short and narrow (only about 60 miles wide). It is relatively rare because the moon’s orbit is tilted relative to Earth’s orbit (around the sun) and also, the moon’s orbit around the earth is tilted relative to the Sun-Earth orbital plane.” definitely needed because the Sun’s infrared will burn out your retina very quickly. Also, DO NOT look through binoculars or any other magnifying device even through those glasses. They are made only for direct viewing of the Sun, and you can look only directly at the Sun with those approved glasses. There is a great website regarding safety:” Other fun facts: “The moment the Sun goes totally dark, you can pull off the eclipse glasses and view the dark Sun directly for over two minutes. Do a full 360-degree turn to look around you for 30-seconds or so to really see the surroundings. Then quickly put the glasses back on when light first appears. The two wildest effects of the total eclipse are seeing the Solar Corona – rays emanating out from the Sun during totality, and the so-called Shadow Bands – a poorly understood phenomena of ‘waves’ undulating across the Earth in the seconds just before and after totality.” Why is this unique? “Ultimately due to the orbital mechanics. Total eclipses are visible from some place on Earth every

Why is Lincoln City the first to see it, even though the Sun rises in the east? Gummin explains, “The moon actually orbits the Earth west-to-east (the same direction as the Earth’s rotation) as can be seen by observing that the moon ‘rises’ about 50 minutes later each day (or night). The eclipse is due to the moon moving INTO the path of the Sun as we view it (while it orbits around Earth). Then the eclipse shadow races across the U.S. at about 1000 miles an hour as the moon continues on its easterly path.” When asked, “Why would a million people pile into Oregon for a two-minute event?” He answers, “It’s so rare to get a total here, such a beautiful state, such perfect weather conditions, and nearly guaranteed sunshine. I’m most fearful of forest fires smoking us out.” In another of my deep, penetrating questions, “If animals just woke up a few hours earlier, why does the eclipse trick them into tucking their babies in again?” The good doctor states, “Well, I don’t think they know what’s coming. They simply see it going totally dark, see stars coming out, and decide to go night-night.

It sure is odd, though.” Is this going to be a hyped up Y2K bust, or a big deal?  “It will be a spectacular thing to witness. I’ve never seen a total eclipse either, so it’s rare even for us oldtimers. Lots of excitement and then it’s all over in 120 seconds. Something like a rocket launch. So it’s going to be a mindaltering event,  mostly because of the total darkness, Solar Corona rays, and the stars coming out. I did see a 90 percent eclipse around 1970. We had one pair of welding goggles in a big helmet and it had to be shared with six kids, my mom and dad, and a couple of neighbors. The takeaway there? Get your own goggles!”   The best advice from a Rocket Scientist? “Do not try to photograph it. Just ENJOY it. Watch people and things around you. Watch for the millions of little ‘crescent Suns’ that will pop out from tiny pinhole cameras due to tree leaves, etc. These tiny crescent Suns will be visible everywhere around bushes and trees. The whole event starts about 90 minutes before totality and takes another 90 minutes, I guess, to move completely out of the path, so there is plenty of time to observe those. The main takeaway? Nature is wondrously complex and beautiful. Observing and understanding it is very rewarding, and a total solar eclipse is a very special reward. “ And just to think that I used to believe the “Path of Totality” was me standing at the beach blocking out the sun while my family worked on their tans....

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The Silverton High School Alumni Association held a Silent Auction at their Annual Fundraiser for alumni and friends on August 4, 2017. The SHSAA Fundraiser was held at the Festhalle in Mt. Angel. The SHSAA Board of Trustees sends a tremendous “thank you” for allowing us to hold our Fundraiser at their facility.

SHSAA had over 70 donors with more than 170 items for Auction bidding. In addition to items donated for the Silent Auction, many in-kind and cash contributions were received. As a result of the tremendous support from the greater Silverton business and academic community, the Silent Auction raised over $3,335 to help support the Scholarship Program for the graduating seniors of SHS. Additional cash donations in lieu of items donated for the auction totaled $1275. We also received cash donations from many alumni to represent their class graduation year. Congratulations to the Class of 1961 for collecting the most money and winning the Class Challenge. Our 50/50 and drawing awarded $324 to SHSAA and $324 to ticket-holder Bob Riches. Bob received a round of applause as he donated the money back to the Alumni Association. The SHSAA desires to provide special recognition and a heartfelt thanks to the following persons and businesses that unselfishly contributed to the outstanding fundraising effort: Almquist Studios Anderson, Vivian ‘61 Appleman, Vicki Reed ‘63 Apples & Oranges Astonishing Adventures Books N Time Brown, Diana Mann ‘64 Carter, Dr. Alan Chan’s Citizens Bank Class of 1959 Class of 1960 Class of 1961 Class of 2007 Cochran, Phyllis Columbia Bank Compex Coté Chiropractic Creekside Grill Curt’s Barbershop Fall Line Hande, Jack ’49 Harcourts Realty Group Hartley Insurance Hi-School Pharmacy Home Place

Hupp Tree Farm Hutton, Carolyn ‘59 Hutton, Marlin ‘57 Imel, Judie ‘67 Ixtapa Klecker Knives Le Pooch Les Schwab Main St. Bistro & Coffee McColly, Charlene ‘57 Mt. Angel Publishing /Our Town Napa Auto Parts Nelson, Milla Nunn, Judy’60 Odd Fellows Games & Elec Ohren, Gary ‘61 Ohren, Nancy ‘61 Pacific Sanitation Page, Nelson ‘61 & Frances Phillips, Peggy Pioneer Planning R. Walker Yeates Fine Jewelry ReMax Resource

Roth’s Family Market Safeway Salon M Silver Creek Animal Clinic Silver Spur RV Park Silverton Art & Frame Silverton Chamber of Commerce Silverton Flower Shop Silverton Pill Box Silverton Realty Thayer, Verna ‘59 The Red Bench Towne House Bar Unger Funeral Chapel Village Print Shop Visions Salon Vista Travel Trailer Rental LLC Vitis Ridge Winery Whimsy Wilco Willamette Valley Pie Withers Lumber Wooden Nickel Wukies Cookies & Cakes

We also want to thank the many Silverton Alumni who stepped in Friday morning to help us set up for the Fundraiser and Auction. Special thanks to Vern Meighen who built the framework to display the many pictures and photos that were donated for auction. Additional thanks go to the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) from current Silverton High School attendees for setting up the tables and chairs early Friday morning. They returned following the event, helped clean up and put all tables and chairs back into the storage areas.

We look forward to another Fundraiser in 2018!

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SILVERTON HUBBARD Marcia Branstetter Broker, GRI 873-3545 ext. 318

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Mary Cam Broker 873-3545 ext. 320

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Becky Craig Broker 873-3545 ext. 313

Michael Schmidt Broker, GRI 873-3545 ext. 314

Meredith Wertz Broker, GRI 873-3545 ext. 324

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STAYTON/SUBLIMITY #T2416 loTS oF PoTenTial $686,800 This property has lots of potential, over 6,000 finished square feet, two buildings, two kitchens, 6 baths. Two access this home with Evans Valley Creek running thru the property. Single level dwellings, could continue with established daycare. Buyer to do due diligence with county to have two separate legal dwellings, each have their own septic tanks. Call Meredith at ext. 324 or Ryan at ext. 322. (WVMLS# 721150)


#T2338 SilVeRTon PaRCel Buildable 6,365 sqft Lot Call Chuck at ext. 325 $74,900 (WVMLS#709283) #T2354 3 HoMe inVeSTMenT PRoPeRTY 4 BR, 3 BA 1776 sqft Call Marcia at ext. 318 $399,000 (WVMLS#711358)


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#T2381 gReaT inVeSTMenT 4 BR, 2 BA 1224 sqft Call Marcia at ext. 318 $230,000 (WVMLS#715519) #T2383 WaTeRFRonT PRoPeRTY 1.10 acres Call Marcia at ext. 318 $179,000




#T2384 CReek FRonTage 1.09 acres Call Marcia at ext. 318 $162,000 (WVMLS#715869)

#T2382 HiSToRiC SilVeRTon HoMe 4 BR, 2 BA, 2256 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $419,900 (WVMLS#715770) #T2411 ReadY FoR dReaM HoMe .34 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $79,900

#T2418 one YoU HaVe Been WaiTing FoR $267,000 This affordable home has everything you need and is well located to access everything Silverton has to offer. Includes a new heat pump, roof and fence. Private backyard with a garden shed. Original 2 car garage was converted to bedroom and bathroom and storage areas. The new 2 car attached garage is fairly new! Call Becky at ext. 313 or Mason at Ext. 303 (WVMLS#721646)

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TOW SILVE IN CO COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL SILVERTON COUNTRY/ACR HU FOR LEASE/COMMERCIAL FOR RENT HUBBARD TOWNWOODBURN KEIZER STAYTON/SUBLIMIT BARELAND/LOTS TOWN LAND/ACREAGE TOWN neW- #T2416 loTS oF PoTenTial #T2265TOWN 2.13 UndeVeloPed aCReS 2.13 acre COU AUMSVILLE/TURNER lot. Zoned ID Call Chuck at ext. 325 $199,000 STAY 5 BR, 6 BA 6057 sqft 5.120 Acres Call Meredith at WOODBURN COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRI ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $686,800 #T2311 HoWell PRaiRie FaRM 3 BR, 2 BA LA COUNTRY 1170 sqft 26.77 Acres Call Chuck at FOR ext. 325 LEASE/COMMER FOR REN $525,000 Sold-#T2391 gReaT dUPleXTOWN 6 BR, 5BA KEIZERC WOODBUR #T2420 HaS iT all $635,000 This Keizer home has fresh paint, new bamboo flooring throughout the main level, Kitchen w/ wine fridge, island opens up to living room. Formal Dining with downstairs den. Large bedroom downstairs with full bath. Family room with vast windows,landscaped backyard, fully fenced, fire pit, work shed. Large master bedroom with completely updated bathroom, marble tile with walk in shower and soaker tub. Jack and Jill baths. Ready for the next owner!Call Meredith at ext. 324 or Ryan at ext. 322. (WVMLS# 721759)


Wonderfully vintage 1950’s home in the heart of downtown. Dual fireplaces, Wood floors throughout, original woodwork, built-ins. Both bathrooms have been updated with marble tile and marble counter tops, new fixtures. New paint inside and out, refinished wood floors, new roof, furnace, hot water heater and heat pump. Ready to move into! Live in the heart of Historic Downtown Silverton! Call Meredith at ext. 324 or Ryan at ext. 322. (WVMLS# 718215)



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TOW BARELAND FOR RENT STAYTON/SUBLIMITYSTAYTON/SUBLIMITY TOWN #T2410 VINTAGE 1950’s HOME 2 BR, 2 BA, 1760 TOW KEIZER COUNTRY WOODBURN sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 LAND/ACREAGE BARELAND/LOTS LAND/ACREAGE $334,900 IN TOWN NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION #T2405 oPPoRTUniTY FoR inCoMe 2 Units TOWN #T2354 3 HoMe inVeSTMenT PRoPeRTY 4 BR, W IN TOWN NEW #T2358-CoRValliS- PeRFeCT inVeSTMenT #T2233 2 aCRe loTCOUNTRY/ACREAGE 2 acres Call Chuck at 6 BR, 5 BA 2848 sqft Call Michael at ext. 314 (WVMLS#718207)


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3 BA 1776 sqft Call Marcia at ext. 318 $399,000




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PRoPeRTY 3 BR, 1 BA COUNTRY/ACREAGE 1210 sqft. Call Mary at ext. 320 $400,000 (WVMLS#711879) TURneR-#T2394 on Mill CReek 5 BR, 2.5 BA 3090 sqft Call Michael at ext. 314 $465,000STAYTON/SUBLIMITY (WVMLS#717102) Mollala-#T2400 on YoUR oWn aCRe 4 BR, LAND/ACREAGE 2 BA, 1872 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $299,900 (WVMLS#719045)OTHER COMMUNITIES









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

Our Town Life: August 15, 2017  

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