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9 Contents Something to Think About

Demystifying the grape...........11

Civics 101

The Forum.........................12

Heirloom blue corn and health...4 Council tweaks code changes.....6 Library offers Food for Fines........7 Business

Passages...........................14 Sports & Recreation

New life for White Corner Store....8

Dominican baseball vacation...15

Helping Hands

SHS, JFK teams on a roll ..........16

ASAP plans Community Day.......9 Food & Drink

St. Michael Taproom opens.......10

Marketplace....................17 A Grin at the End............18

On the Cover

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ASAP supporters Gavin Wernette, Judy Lowery and Hillary Boost. BRENNA WIEGAND

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Something to Think About

Ancestral methods

By Melissa Wagoner

When Elizabeth Voth cooks she focuses not just on taste but on making sure the nutrients in her food are both present and utilized – but that doesn’t mean her dishes aren’t fun. “I have adapted every one of my childhood favorite foods to feature traditionally prepared ingredients, including cornbread, pasta, marshmallows, sandwich loaves and dinner rolls, pancakes and crêpes, scones and dumplings,” she listed. “My signature recipe is Black Cacao Brownie, a powerhouse of sourdough and sprouted lentils (because they are so high in antioxidants).” Voth – the owner of Hive and Hearth in Silverton – has been teaching food workshops for several years but has long fantasized about opening her own company that would supply consumers with locally grown organic food while also educating them on the best ways to

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attain the full nutritional content of that food. This summer her dream company finally took shape when she began selling freshly made blue corn tortillas at the Silverton Farmer’s Market. “[T]he Silverton Farmer’s Market has such a delightful atmosphere – and co-managers Alyssa Burge and Stacy Higby keep participation so simple and friendly for vendors, that I was inspired to scale up from family size batches of tortillas to making 200 or more each week,” Voth said. “Interacting with families and enthusiastic individuals over the summer has been the highlight of my year.” Voth began making tortillas two years ago when a friend at the local farmers market in Los Angeles, where she was living at the time, suggested they make homemade tamales for their freezers. “At that point I did not eat corn in any form, or know where to find organic

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Elizabeth Voth displaying tacos made from her blue corn tortillas. MELISSA WAGONER

replicate. Selling upwards of 100 tortillas every week, they received rave reviews.

Hive and Hearth’s booth at this summer’s farmer’s market was a great success – and one Voth plans to

Some of her favorite customer quotes included, “This flavor is exactly what I remember from childhood,” and also,

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available by special order at the Hive and Hearth website – www.hiveandhearth. org. Beginning in September she will also begin facilitating a series of monthly workshops at both GeerCrest Farm and Olde Moon Farm.

Along with the popular taste and the unique process used to make them, Voth’s tortillas also gained fame because they are blue – owing to the blue corn kernels used to produce them. This addition contributes to the overall nutritional value, while giving them a pleasingly colorful hue.

“I envision Hive and Hearth events facilitating people who have loved shopping at the Silverton Farmer’s Market to continue direct support of their favorite farms and farm families, with the added bonus of workshop formats in which people meet others who are enthusiastically pursuing similar interests and benefiting each other with shared values,” Voth said.

“[T]he blue color is an added bonus: it is the antioxidant called anthocyanin (which also makes pomegranates red and blue potatoes that rich, luminous blue color),” she explained. “Anthocyanin is one of the four components our body must have on hand to make elastic yet durable skin collagen protein.”

“As I coordinate bulk orders and offer my experience with food preservation, I hope the lasting contribution of Hive and Hearth will be increased friendship and professional networks, healthier friends and families, more quality time spent in intergenerational interaction, and more traditional food ways kept alive within our present culture.”

Although Voth will be stepping away from the sale of her tortillas and other baked goods this winter in pursuit of her primary career – as an upper elementary teacher at the Community Roots School – her products will still be

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Civics 101

Another round

Silverton council tweaks transitional housing code changes religious institutions.

By Paula Mabry

• Reducing the maximum number of units at a facility from 10 to 4.

Silverton’s third city council round of public testimony on the proposed code changes to permit transitional housing closed at 7:54 p.m. Sept. 10. Then it was the councilors’ turn to waded into the discussion. And while it was clear that the mayor and councilors were in favor of permitting some sort of shelter for area residents without roof or address, the proposal’s who and how and when would all be tweaked before the meeting adjourned at midnight. Ultimately, several amendments were made to the planning commission’s recommendations. So many, in fact, that the city attorney advised the council to send the matter back to staff for formal revision before a vote to change the code. The council agreed. The issue will return to the agenda Oct. 1. Mayor Kyle Palmer repeatedly stressed the need to be sensitive to those worried about – or objecting to – changes to

permit transitional housing. He urged the council build in “an assurance that – in a public way – we will be back here” reviewing the matter in a year. Sunsetting the changes was briefly considered, but finally mandating council review of the code 18 months after the opening of the first facility won 5-2 support, with Councilors Matt Plummer and Laurie Carter dissenting.

If the project proves successful “we can up the density later, but that’s a tough one to come back from” if 10 are approved, Councilor Plummer said. • Limiting occupancy to a single person. The council heard “a lot of passionate pleas on both sides. It’s our responsibility not to ignore that level of concern,” Council Dana Smith said.

In other development news

Other changes to the proposal include:

The Silverton Council directed staff to ask contractors bidding on the deconstruction and demolition of the former Eugene Field School to submit cost estimates for salvaging items for re-purposing. Items cited included the gym floor, roof timbers and specific lighting fixtures. Bidders were to tour the building Sept. 13.

• Limiting potential transitional housing sites to property currently occupied by

The Mt. Angel Planning Commission has approved the Wachter Meadows

The mandated council review does not preclude nor replace the Conditional Use process applicants must go through at six month and one year junctures.

subdivision plan, with home construction likely to begin by late next year or early 2020. Commissioners added staffrecommended minor adjustments to the conditions of approval before OKing the application, said City Manager Amber Mathiesen. The Stafford Land Company is planning to build 63 homes on 20 acres of land between West Marquam Street and West Church Street. Mathiesen said next steps will be for the applicant to submit their engineering plans for the public improvements (water, sewer, storm, and streets) the project will require. Wachter Meadows will be one of the largest developments in Mt. Angel in recent years, according to Mathiesen. The Maryhill Park project, approved in 2005, includes a total of 99 units, with the final phase still in progress. The Grandview 55-and-over community, which features 56 units, was approved in 2015 and remains under construction. -- Jame Day contributed to this report

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Food for Fines

Silver Falls Library teams up with SACA

By Melissa Wagoner

paid off their fines and brought in food.”

When library fines add up many people stop using the library – according to Christy Davis, Director of the Silver Falls Library District. Now, for a limited time, those patrons have the chance to pay off their fines and support the local foodbank as well.

Another factor that played into the scheduling of this event is the increase in need that Silverton Area Community Aid (SACA) sees during this time of year. The items in the highest demand – and those that are valued for the most fine equivalency – are peanut butter (equal to three dollars in fine forgiveness), laundry detergent (worth $5) and snack items – such as individually packaged chips and nuts – which are in high demand during the school year (worth $3).

The program is called Food for Fines and will take place Sept. 18 - 29 with a number of canned and boxed foods and household products valued toward dollars off late book charges. The program does not include penalties for lost or damaged items.

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Davis encourages anyone with a Silver Falls Library District account to come in, call in or – better yet – download the new CCRLS mobile app to find out how many fines are on their account, then – whether in lieu of fines or just to help a good cause – to bring in non-perishable items for SACA.

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“Part of my goal in being here is to become even more of a community connection,” Davis said. “A lot of the people libraries serve are also served by food pantries and community dinners.”

“This is something that different libraries across the nation do,” Davis explained. “We do it as a sporadic event. It’s whenever the board gets a hankering to do it.”

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Building legacy

Historic White Corner Store becomes Mt. Angel Mercantile

By Nancy Jennings A first-of-its-kind overnight inn in Mount Angel is in the works and due for completion in May 2019. But in the meantime, the former “White Corner Store,” which had been vacant for two-and-a-half years, has been transformed into Mt. Angel Mercantile and is open and ready for business. The building, purchased in July by Kelly and Gary Grassman, held an opening celebration in August to unveil the downstairs section – a store which includes furniture, home décor, giftware and local food products. “The grand opening exceeded my wildest imagination. We had several hundred people come to the store that night. The welcome from our customers and community was so heartfelt and inspiring. Words can’t really express the gratitude I have to my husband and kids for all their hard work in making my dream a reality. I also want to thank the Ebner/ Coleman family for entrusting my family with the ‘White Corner Store’ building legacy,” Kelly said, adding that she felt an unexplainable urging to carry on that heritage. “One day I drove up the street and I looked at the building. I heard a voice say ‘you need to find out who owns that building, and you need to call about it,’” she said. Once she was able to walk around inside the building, she saw its original shelving units “and I couldn’t stop smiling.” It was perfect. First constructed in 1900, the white twostory 2200-square-foot former grocery store has been a nostalgic fixture in town. Long-time residents remember the iconic “candy shelf” that enticed neighborhood children – sweet treats were purchased by the piece. “Mothers of the kids used to pre-order their groceries and have their kids walk over and pick them up later that day. They would carry an extra nickel to treat themselves to some candy – that was their little reward,” Kelly explained, adding that the candy shelf will figure prominently in the new store. A small room in the back of the store will act as a workshop area where assorted craft classes for the public are planned. It is important to the couple that they keep

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community ties strong. Kelly, 39, and Gary, 40, have been married for 17 years. Kelly serves on the Mount Angel City Council, currently she is council president. Gary has been teaching Welding and Fabrication at Chemeketa Community College for 15 years. Their children – Bradly, 14, and Hailey, 13 – have contributed many hours helping with the demolition inside of the building to clear the way for new additions. “They have been working very hard,” Kelly said proudly. “The inn is going to be all me doing everything. It’s going to be very hands on and personal. When people come, they’ll be staying in rooms that I have cleaned, prepped and decorated,” she said. She’s had her own furniture/home decor business for four years called “Vintage Ladder,” and traveled to local craft shows setting up booths. She will continue to build items and sell them at the store. “It really brings me joy. I love to take something people don’t think is useful anymore and breathing new life into it.” Speaking of new life, their four-monthold Chocolate Lab puppy, “Harley,” has

Above: Mt. Angel Mercantile owner Kelly Grassman, left, and employee Brigid Stoops. The ground floor home décor and gift shop, top right, is now open. NANCY JENNINGS Above right: Grassman family, Bradly, Gary, Kelly and Hailey. KAY SCHACHER

already stepped into her official role as “shop dog,” greeting customers with licks and a wagging tail. The community is equally abuzz with enthusiasm. Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce President Pete Wall said the new business, which will boast a “first” for the small town. “For many years one of our goals has been to bring some lodging to the community because we don’t have any,” he said. “Kelly went to the Chamber Board meeting and they were extremely excited about her idea. Every single person encouraged her to keep her idea going forward. She pursued it and the store is operating – and the lodging will follow. The building she chose is a very historic place in our community that is treasured. “Kelly, and her husband, Gary, have worked tirelessly to improve the building while keeping its historic appearance. It will get even better over time.”

Mt. Angel Mercantile 980 E. Charles St., Mount Angel Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kristi Brackinreed, branch manager of Columbia Bank and chamber vice president, agrees. “This building is part of our town’s history – it is even a stop along our Heritage Trail, so the guests will get to learn more about us while enjoying their time here,” she said. Mount Angel City Manager Amber Mathiesen sees the benefits of running a store downstairs and an inn upstairs. “The Mercantile adds to the fabric of our downtown, creating a shopping experience that is unique. It’s the perfect place to find that little something special – maybe something old made new – with the love infused by Kelly,” she said. “We are super excited to add an overnight lodging option to our menu of amenities available to visitors! We have already had a few people asking when the rooms will be available.”

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Helping Hands

Play and guidance

ASAP readies for community fundraising day Sept. 20

By Brenna Wiegand

How to help:

The kids pour in from school, grab snacks and do their homework. Then they congregate for dinner and announcements before splitting off to favorite activities – all before their parents get home. Five years ago, a band of Silverton pastors, concerned for kids hanging around town after school with seemingly little to do, decided to do something. To help fill the 3-6 p.m. gap between “School’s out” and “Mom’s home,” five churches came together and in 2013, with many others and the school’s approval, formed the nonprofit, nonfaith-based Silverton Middle School After-School Activities Program known simply as ASAP. The project gained momentum and ASAP now enjoys partnerships with numerous organizations, businesses and private citizens who volunteer, provide funds, goods or otherwise support the youth. ASAP serves an average 30-40 sixth, seventh and eighth graders three afternoons a week, has a cadre of 60-plus volunteers, a nine-member board and employs a director and two parttime assistants. “The same rules as school apply, but you get to play way more,” seventh grader Gavin Wernette said. “It gives you quite a bit of time to get homework done and if you have nothing else to do it’s a great place to hang out with friends and get to

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Community ASAP Day Thursday, Sept. 20 Look for “Gold Star Sponsor” signs at Silverton businesses; shop and dine locally. Purchase prize drawing tickets at the Farmer’s Market or all day on Sept. 20 at Palace Theatre where the drawing will be held at 6 p.m.

Middle School student Gavin Wernette is an ASAP believer. He spent many summer hours assisting in fundraising efforts that culminate in Community ASAP Day on Sept. 20.

know each other. “There have been quite a few volunteers that have been very helpful to me, especially last year with my math that I just wasn’t getting,” Wernette said. “Just the overall people, just always willing to help with everything. If you have personal problems, like if somebody’s bullying you, they can give you advice.” Wernette has spent a good part of his summer knocking on doors for ASAP and helping organize Community ASAP Day, the group’s all-important fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 20. It’s geared to increase patronage to ASAP-sponsoring businesses and raise funds through an all-

Tax deductible donations: ASAP Program, 303 N Church St., Silverton, OR 97381 For more, call director Hillary Boost: 971-301-4434 day prize drawing – tickets are available at Silverton Farmer’s Market and all day on Sept. 20 in front of Palace Theatre, where they’ll start drawing for several donated prizes at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays ASAP operates at Immanuel Lutheran Church, with the school providing transportation from the middle school. Wednesday afternoons they walk across the street to Assembly of God Church. After a snack, the students get homework out of the way during “Power Hour,” guided by a printout the middle school generates letting each student know which assignments need attention.

“We couldn’t ask for anything more; the school’s been just fantastic,” ASAP Board Member Judy Lowery said. Many volunteers, including Lowery, are retired educators ready to help with homework questions. After a healthy dinner there’s an array of activities kids can choose from that may include dodgeball or knitting, board games or art, to name a few. “You hang out with friends for 2-3 hours,” Wernette said. “If you keep up your homework you earn points toward special trips like Bullwinkle’s, Silverton Arcade, bowling or a movie.” The program costs $59,000-$60,000 a year to carry out. “A lot of credit goes to Sue Roessler, who has just been our go-getter,” Lowery said. “She was able to get very generous grants from Oregon Community Foundation that allowed us to hire quality people to run it. “The businesses and nonprofits like the Elks Club have just been fantastic,” Lowery added. “Roth’s has been our premier sponsor the last few years. We are just so grateful to our small community for that kind of support. “With everything that comes at our kids every day, we want to provide somewhere they can have some activity, tutoring or a quiet space to do their homework; get fed and just have a safe environment.”

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Food & Drink


Benedictine Brewery opens for Oktoberfest

By Brenna Wiegand

Benedictine Brewery St. Michael Taproom

The brewery’s brewing, the taproom ready and the building has been blessed. Situated on pastoral sloping land below Mount Angel Abbey, Benedictine Brewery was borne of a priest’s passion for beermaking and the real need for a steady stream of revenue to support its existing works.

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In the process a third reason surfaced that is unique to this undertaking. The monks, priests and seminarians want to share their somewhat cloistered lives with the public.

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The establishment and its beer debut at this year’s Oktoberfest. First, Benedictine Brewery’s “St. Michael Munich Helles Lager” is part of the Weingarten’s select lineup. Meanwhile, the brewery’s St. Michael Taproom is open noon-5 p.m. during the festival. This will be followed by a grand opening Sept. 22 – 23. Father Martin Grassell, Mount Angel Abbey Procurator, began hobby brewing at the monastery half a dozen years ago. A couple years later he outgrew the basement and started using the facilities at nearby Seven Brides Brewing. Grassell was producing – and selling – Dark Habit Ale and its pale counterpart St. Benedict Farmhouse Ale somewhat successfully. Now, with its own attractive building made almost solely of timber planted by monks 100 years ago containing a beautiful five-barrel brewing system and taproom, the monks are expecting company. “We think it’s going to be a popular place and really see it as a way to receive people

The monks of Mount Angel Abbey will welcome patrons at Benedictine Brewery’s St. Michael Taproom Sept. 22 – 23 after a soft opening during Oktoberfest. JIM KINGHORN

with hospitality in the name of the Lord,” Grassell said. “We have a taproom, but most taprooms don’t have an icon of an archangel in them or priests and monks pouring. “We realize we will be a curiosity and there will be people who come just to see ‘Who are monks?’ and we want them to have that experience,” Grassell said. “We feel like we have something to offer the world and if people discover something about faith; something about God by coming for a beer that’s tremendous; we’d love to see that happen.” Grassell and his brothers on the hill are eager to share beers they lovingly concocted in the limited free time afforded them in the Benedictine lifestyle. “Brewing’s a fascinating world; it’s a fascinating science and a fascinating art,”

Grassell said. That is clear as Grassell describes the first beers he’d like to have ready for the grand opening. Black Habit: “Our original Benedictine Brewery beer. Imagine a Pacific Northwest/Belgian dark ale, somewhat yeasty with a roasty aroma and complex flavors; I particularly like the caramel I find in the finish. Although it’s dark people find it surprisingly light.” Haustus Pale Ale: “A Latin word that refers to drinking and the pale counterpart to Black Habit with a yeasty but spicier aroma. I find it kind of silky and effervescent on the tongue and a good balance of malt, yeast and hops. Depending on its age I get mango or vanilla, though there’s no fruit in it.”

St. Benedict Farmhouse Ale: “A farmhouse ale also made with Belgian yeast. It has a fresh yeasty aroma and I find it a rather malty, yeasty palate; it settles onto my tongue that way. It’s a session ale; a lower alcohol content you can drink more of it in a social context without getting inebriated.” St. Michael Helles: “Brewed according to the Munich Helles style; a golden lager that smells and tastes light and clean; malt-forward with a soft graininess that makes it very easy to drink. It’s too good!” More beers will be rolled out as the months unfold; they’re just getting started. “There is no place where you can meet monks in a retail or social environment like this,” Grassell said. “If you come to the hilltop to try and meet a monk you’ll probably see one here and there but he’s working; he’s going someplace; he’s got meetings to get to and people to see. This is a chance to find a monk at leisure.”


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Wineries focus on wine grape growing education

To many, making wine is a mysterious and romantic endeavor. And for your typical wine consumer, it’s hard to get answers to winemaking questions:  How do they decide when to pick the grapes? Do they have a recipe? Why use a cork instead of a screwcap? Eager to share their knowledge about harvesting grapes and crafting wine, the 15 winemakers in the Cascade Foothills Winegrowers are hosting the first Hands on Harvest Tour from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31. To make the learning memorable, they created a workbook with information on the history of winemaking, general grape facts, and current techniques used at each winery.  Sold for $39 at CascadeFoothillsWines. com or in their tasting rooms, the workbook is a ticket (for two) to visit the small, artisan wineries and vineyards during the chaotic, messy and exhilarating time of year – harvest and crush. The workbook includes tasting for two people – or similar deal – at each winery along with discounts on wine. “Winemaking decisions start with winter pruning, run all the way to choosing the release date of a wine, and there are hundreds if not thousands of small decisions in between,” said Jason Hanson of Hanson Vineyards. Thanks to a grant from the Willamette Valley Visitors Association, the Cascade Foothills Winegrowers developed a wine and grape growing curriculum that turned into the Hands on Harvest workbook. Each winery chose a topic from barrels to sulfites and closures to trellis systems. For example, Wooden Shoe Vineyards near Woodburn selected soils, so they shared the history of Oregon soils, along with

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The families of Cascade Foothills Winegrowers are eager to share their distinctive expertise with visitors with the Hands on Harvest Tour throughout September and October. SUBMITTED PHOTO

the type of soil specific to its vineyard. “People don’t have much of an opportunity to ask questions of an actual winemaker – but you’ll almost always find me behind the bar on weekends,” said winemaker Chris Helbling of Whiskey Hill Winery south of Canby. Stretching from Villa Catalana Cellars in Oregon City to Piluso Vineyard & Winery in Aumsville, the 15 boutique, family-owned wineries are each unique in their vineyard management and winemaking techniques. Unfortunately, some people are either embarrassed or intimidated to ask

questions about wine. Silver Falls Vineyard Winemaker Jess Defrees said there is no need for visitors to feel that way when visiting family-owned and operated wineries. “Because we are small wineries, the winemaker or a family member will most likely be working in the tasting room. What better way to learn about wine and everything that goes into it than from the winemaker or one of our family,” Defrees said. “Winemakers in our group like to share details about the wine they have crafted, and they consider making wine an art. There is no wrong question to ask and there isn’t one answer since every

Cascade Foothills Winegrowers 15 regional, family-owned wineries in the Willamette Valley. winemaker has his or her own technique and style.” With 15 wineries, and more than 30 grape varieties grown, the Cascade Foothills’ Hands on Harvest tour offers an opportunity to explore the region, learn about winemaking and ask that question you’ve always wanted to know about wine.

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Our heroes Thank you, firefighters The Silverton Arts Association would like to thank all the volunteers that made the 2018 Silverton Fine Arts Festival such a success. This year’s festival was the largest one to date, and we couldn’t have done it without our dedicated community. A special shout out to: Coach Josh Craig along with his fellow coaches & the Silverton High School Football Team, Coach Melanie Bjerke & the Silverton High School Cheer-leaders, Becky Ludden, AJ & Elizabeth Spliethof, Malia Soto, Gavin Spliethof, Lloyd McIntire III, Donovan McIntire, Liz McIntire, Brian McIntire, Donna Brown, Natosha Moralez, Mike & Sharon Otte, Art & Virginia Brown, Stephanie Jernstedt, Kristina Anderson, Jim Keating, Terry Moss, Bonnie Moss, Megan Deede, Paul Jenkins, Luana Foster, Jan Prowse, Joe Craig & his greeters, Joe Mallory, Kody Regimbal, Michael Thompson, Larry Stevens, Elyse McGowan, Jade Harrington, Belle Flowers, Miranda Otte, Rosetta Wangerin, Annabeth Nelson, Marilyn Schlechter-Barner, Sarah Lehrmann, Cherry Arbuckle, Celia Stapleton, Alice Griffin, Denise Mills, Rene Bianchi, Donna Dugan, Joan Kelly, Marge Olson, Irene Armbruster, Sharon Fowler, Penny Brown, Krista Castell and our Demonstrators: SAA Thursday Open Studio Painters, SAA Silver Chips, David Steinberg, Jim Ransom, & Capital Calligraphy.



Some brief background: My wife Virginia and I (Tom) lived for 35 years on our family farm close to Mount Angel, where we raised our three boys. Brother Zan and I were born there. Perhaps three years ago for various reasons we had to move, building a new home in Mount Angel. Because of my love for the house, built by our grandfather in 1932, I had a near replica constructed. The farmhouse has been rented since. On Aug. 13 I was riding on my dirt bike to inspect our bottom land. As I passed by the house I saw a gaggle – two or more trucks are a “gaggle” – of fire trucks. You can imagine my reaction. Within minutes of receiving a 911 call from the tenants, the volunteer fire departments of Mount Angel and Silverton arrived. The fire started in the basement. An old ceiling fan, installed by our father in the mid-1960s, shorted

out, the fuse didn’t trip producing an arc and then a fire. The entire Ewing family wishes to express its profound, deepest, gratitude to the men and women firefighters who responded to the call. Deputy Chief Don Seiler, who oversaw the operation, told me that 15 minutes more and they would have been unable to control the fire. Kaleb Dark and Ron Meissner of Mount Angel were the first into the burning house, full of smoke. Ron suffered heat exhaustion; he was evaluated by Silverton Hospital and released. In our opinion, over the past few years the term “hero” has increasingly been used casually, even extravagantly. We don’t. We use it as it was understood in our youth. The Mount Angel and Silverton volunteer – we can’t emphasize that word enough – fire departments coordinate closely and assist one another when the need arises. These firefighters


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answer the call at any time of day or night, leaving their homes and work places, ready to rush into a burning building facing unknown dangers to save lives, property, or both. These men and women, to our minds, are true “heroes.” To conclude, some of you know our family and the house and may be interested in the following: The damage was considerable and will take time to repair. But it will be repaired. Of the greatest anxiety to us is that our tenants, a young family of five, will have to continue living in a motel until the house is habitable. We wish to thank the following who have done so much to assist us: Servpro, Kuenzi Electric, and especially our property manager, Jon Horter of 3H Management Group who has gone above and beyond. And finally, yet again, our gratitude to brave firefighters. Our heroes.

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Scotts Mills holds Community Harvest Fair at Grange Hall The Scotts Mills Grange Hall will be bustling Saturday, Sept. 22 as the community gathers for its annual Harvest Fair. From 10 a.m. to noon kids and adults alike are welcome to enter garden produce, flowers, plants and seeds, hobbies, crafts, baked goods and sewing to share and show. Displays will be set up, and then at 5 p.m. the doors will open for public viewing and prizes. At 6 p.m. Bill Schiedler of Gardenripe will begin the auction. All proceeds benefit the maintenance of the hall. Admission to this old-fashioned, family event is free. The Grange Hall is located at the corner of Fourth Street and Grand Avenue, Scotts Mills. For information call 503-8725059.

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The Oregon Garden Foundation’s first Golf for Education event, supporting the Natural Resource Education Program at The Oregon Garden, is s welcoming both golfers and busines participants.

Darlene Raye (Dorgan) Geschwill of Woodburn passed away Sept. 3, 2018 at the age of 71. She had developed a complication from a previous medical condition. She was surrounded by her family for her final days and hours.

Former Silverton Mayor and Foundation Community Chairperson Ken Hector invites golfers to join in Oct. 1, 8 a.m. at Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City for what promises to be a fun day.

Darlene was born in Silverton to Dan and Dolores Dorgan of Scotts Mills. She attended Crooked Finger Grade School and graduated from Silverton High School. She married William Geschwill on Dec. 5, 1970 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Mount Angel. Darlene was a homemaker and farmer’s wife. She always got her work done without complaint – canning, helping her children raise their farm animals, running for parts for the farm, and generally helping anyone anytime they needed it. In her younger years she enjoyed bowling, and other hobbies included working in her flowers, baking and making candy, and the occasional trip to the casino at the beach. She enjoyed shopping and would always bring by a little something she had found for a gift. She was the epitome of generosity. She is survived by her husband William Geschwill of Woodburn, daughter Tamie Hart of Mount Angel, sons Fred (Leigh) and Bill (Heidi) Geschwill of Woodburn.

Roth’s Fresh Markets founder Orville Roth began support for the Natural Resource Education Program at The Oregon Garden. Today, a partnership between Oregon Forest Resource Institute and The

She has six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Dan and Dolores, a brother Dan, and her daughter Chrissy Belden. Services were held at St. Mary Catholic Church in Mount Angel on Sept. 7. In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor could be made to the Father Taafe Home in Salem or your favorite charity.

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Summer adventure

Foxes brothers take baseball Dominican Republic tour

By James Day Riley and Kyle Kramer had a bit of a different summer vacation. The Silverton brothers played baseball, yes, but they did it 3,500 miles away in the Dominican Republic. Riley, who just started his senior year at Silverton High, traveled to the Caribbean with Northwest Diamond Sports of Tualatin. Brother Kyle, a sophomore, and mom Tara, owner of Ri-Ky Roofing and Sheet Metal (yes, it is named for her sons) came along for the ride. Kyle wound up playing also, but we’re getting a bit ahead of the story here. One of the goals of the goodwill trip was to offer some stateside equipment to kids in the Dominican Republic who didn’t have much. So Riley and his teammates filled a shipping container with helmets, bats, gloves, shoes and other gear and brought it with them.

Silverton High brothers Riley Kramer, left, and brother Kyle, spent a week in the Dominican Republic last month, playing baseball, donating gear and participating in clinics. JAMES DAY

The Dominican Republic is baseball crazy. The country is second only to the United States in terms of Major League Baseball players. Three Dominicans are in the Hall of Fame, Juan Marichal, Vladimir Guerrero and Pedro Martinez, and Albert Pujols is a lock to join them. Two current Seattle Mariners stars, Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz are Dominican Republic natives. Sammy Sosa, Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz… it’s quite a list.

“They play for fun,” Riley said. “We played 6-inning games and it didn’t matter if you won or lost. And if the game was tied you just stopped there.”

“Everywhere you went there were baseball fields,” Riley told Our Town. “Everyone plays. It’s very cool. They all have fun with the game.” Riley’s team played doubleheaders for three consecutive days during the Aug.

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Above right: Kyle Kramer participates in a clinic with young Dominican players. Below right: Riley Kramer signs a baseball for some Dominican kids. TARA KRAMER

10-16 trip, but camaraderie was a bigger goal than victories.

Kyle, meanwhile, was drafted onto one of the younger teams and took part despite only bringing his glove. He borrowed shoes and pants from his brother and pitched in a T-shirt because he didn’t have a jersey. Kyle also took part in the clinics the visitors put on. “They don’t have much stuff and we need to appreciate what we all get,” Kyle said. In one game, Riley said, the opponents only had three helmets and two bats. One of the bats was broken by the first batter… and they kept using it.

Some of the facilities are first-rate. Major league clubs have established recruiting centers there. Riley played at the Toronto Blue Jays compound and Kyle got a shot at the Philadelphia Phillies’ facility. Riley said he saw some Dominican prospects “throwing 94 mph and looking ready to sign MLB contracts.” But… “some of the fields didn’t have pitching mounds or even a home plate,” Kyle said. “They just used chalk.” The weather proved a challenge for the Oregon guests. “The humidity… it was crazy,” Riley said. “At one point I had to lie down in the shade. I was dying.” Everyone played multiple positions, with Riley, a left-hander, also spending time behind the plate… where he wound up


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covered in dirt and chalk.” “It was kind of crazy to see how some of the kids lived,” Riley said. “Some of the little villages were pretty rundown. But everyone was so nice. People were beyond nice. Always happy.” Kyle agreed. “They were really friendly. Always talking to us. But they were really hoping we would give them our Oakleys (sunglasses).” Seems like there was a lot of giving going on. Postscript: Riley and Kyle are now in the full swing of football season. Both play wide receiver and defensive back, with Riley on the varsity and Kyle with the JVs.


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Hot starts

Silverton, Kennedy football both roll out strong

The local football squads have gotten off fast this fall. Silverton and Kennedy are both 2-0 and ranked in the top 10 in their respective classes. The Foxes are ranked No. 2 by the OSAA in Class 5A Levi Nielsen after opening with Special District 3 wins against Central, 51-14, and South Albany, 56-23. The new 10-team league means that Silverton does not play any nonconference games. “We are putting up a Grant Buchheit lot of points because we are really being efficient,” said Foxes senior quarterback Levi Nielsen, who has thrown for 423 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for 100 yards and three more Hayden Roth scores. His top target has been junior Grant Buchheit, who made the switch from

Claire Seiler, left, Clarissa Traeger, Nick Suing, Hallie Sprauer, Kalyssa Kleinschmit and new Kennedy Principal Dale Pedersen take possession of the school’s third consecutive Oregonian Cup.

running back to wide receiver. Buchheit has caught 14 passes for 334 yards and three touchdowns. Another junior, running back Hayden Roth, has been the key ball-carrier with 241 yards and five touchdowns. “We’ve had a good start,” said secondyear coach Josh Craig. “It’s good to have some guys who can make big plays.”

Silverton hosted No. 8 Lebanon on Sept. 14 after Our Town’s presstime. Kennedy, meanwhile, downed Class 3A

Blanchet Catholic 47-6 and longtime rival Regis 40-6, and is entering Special District 2 play ranked ninth in Class 2A. Sheridan and Santiam, which Trojans Coach Joe Panuke says likely will be his squad’s toughest league tests, are ranked No. 5 and No. 10 respectively. Santiam, which was state runner-up a year ago, visited Kennedy on Friday, Sept. 14, after Our Town presstime.

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Volleyball: Kennedy has started fast with an 8-0 record and a 3-0 mark in the Tri-River Conference. The Trojans have lost just two sets and are ranked fifth in Class 2A by the OSAA. New conference foe Culver is 7-0 overall, 2-0 in league and ranked No. 1. The two teams meet Oct. 2 in Mount Angel and Oct. 10 in Culver. Silverton, meanwhile, is 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the Mid-Willamette Conference. The Foxes, who are tied for third in the league with West Albany, are ranked No. 13 in Class 5A. No. 2 Corvallis leads the MWC at 4-0, with No. 5 Dallas a half-game back at 3-0. Oregonian Cup: Kennedy High keeps piling up the hardware. A shiny new Oregonian Cup has joined the trophy case noting the school’s first-place slot in the Class 2A competition for the third consecutive year. The Cup is awarded to the top school

in each classification based on a formula that includes athletics, sportsmanship and academics. The Cup was presented to the Trojans at an all-school assembly Sept. 4 by Kelly Foster, associate director of the Oregon School Activities Association. “A lot of hard work was put in by student-athletes,” Kennedy athletic director Kevin Moffatt told the student body. “They did a great job academically and on the field. We do pretty well in sports… and that’s cool. But if you are doing well in the classroom that follows you the rest of your life.” Last school year Kennedy won state championships in girls basketball and softball, took third in volleyball, fourth in boys basketball and fifth in girls cross country. Follow me on @jameshday Email me at Checkout

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Knowing it’s time There is an element wanting to raise Eugene Field School from its soon to be rubble, since the building is scheduled to be demolished soon. Waxing nostalgic is not going to remove the asbestos. Saying “We haven’t had any input” is intellectually dishonest and not going to remove the mold. Advocating for a “Don’t tear it down until you know what is going in next and how you are going to pay for it” plan makes neither intuitive or logical sense. The two are not connected. Floating new “buyers” is, in my opinion, a gimmick. There was plenty of time for potential buyers to make an offer while the property was listed on the open market. The lead-based paint is almost everywhere, and no one wants to touch the mitigation of that hazard. The building has been broken into and vandalized. The City must replace the police department within a certain period – not by choice but by mandate because of earthquake retrofitting requirements – make it safe or shut it down. The council has been saving for eight years to purchase new property. They

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A property’s future and a hero’s new career So, the city council, knowing it had a mandate to replace the archaic and sardine-can space our police department inhabits, decided to purchase the Eugene Field property.

do not intend to push a bond in front of voters and have other options for future police department and civic construction. The cost of retrofitting is prohibitive. It appears to the casual observer that breathing new life into Eugene Field seems viable – “Why destroy our heritage?” But for those newly arrived or recently arrived citizens who have not been through the battles, a brief history lesson. The same group of people tried the same thing when Silver Falls School District owned the property. They lost. Most people didn’t agree with them. The school board voted to close it down and sell the property because it was no longer safe for students and staff. No one stepped forward to buy it.


In total transparency, I was not and am not a big fan of that prime space for municipal operations. I saw a cute Pearl District-type village with living upstairs, office and retail down, a small community gathering space and park and gazebo with bands playing during the summer. A guy can dream, can’t he? But there are few other land/building choices and being in the downtown area is important for a “community policing” philosophy. If you moved here last Tuesday and think tearing down an old school is indefensible, do some homework first. If you spoke your mind in the many public hearings, were heard, and didn’t turn the masses around in your favor as you had hoped, please respect the “DNR” order. Whipping a dead horse has little chance of success at the track. On a decidedly more positive note, Pat

Casey is an incredible human being. The legendary baseball coach of the Oregon State Beavers has decided to leave the bench and will become a senior assistant athletic director. So many are crushed to see him go but wish him well. My perspective is a little biased. He has been and remains so kind to my nine year-old nephew, Drew, a die-hard Beaver fan if ever there was one. After one of the College World Series games, a Beaver win, the players came down a tunnel to the locker room. There sat Drew in his wheelchair. The kid has medical maladies that would challenge the strongest adult. Every player passing through the tunnel gave Drew “knuckles” in celebration. He is their friend, fan, and inspiration. One of the last people down the tunnel was Pat Casey. Drew congratulated the iconic coach on the big win. Casey gave him a knuckle bump and kissed him on the head. That is when Coach Casey joined rarified air and will be revered by our extended family for years to come.

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