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Helping Hands

Out of the cold By Kristine Thomas Weather forecasts predicting below freezing temperatures for a week sparked a conversation on Saturday. Further discussions took place Sunday. A meeting and a request for assistance took place on Monday. By Tuesday, a warming shelter opened for homeless people in Silverton. “It’s been a scrabble to pull it together but we did it because the need is there,” Sarah White said. Determined and spurred by an obligation to serve the homeless, Silverton residents Jaime Fuhrman, Sarah White, Jennifer Ohren and Anne Haviland opened a warming shelter Dec. 13 to 18 at Oak Street Church. There they and other volunteers helped 16 people. “Some of these people dropped in to warm up and eat, socialize and pick up resources. Then returned outside for the remainder of the night,” Ohren said. They also helped a family in crisis go to an emergency shelter in Salem.

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become more visible in our community,” White said. By creating Silverton Warming Center Network on Facebook, the women were able to garner community support. Community members responded by bringing meals, sleeping bags and mats, food gift cards, warm clothing, coats, hats and gloves, and more. “We are responding to the needs of the homeless one day at a time,” White said. “This is a need that is not going away. We know many of the individuals by name and we worry about them, that’s why we wanted to help.” Ohren worked for St. Joseph’s Shelter in Mount Angel and White for Silverton Area Community Aid. They both have knowledge about why people are homeless and what can be done to assist them move from the street to permanent housing. “Our goal is to create a framework of support to the homeless and the at-risk through relationship building and trust with the main objective to get people into affordable long-term housing,” Ohren said.

“We acknowledge the intrinsic value of every person and believe in the essential human right to be treated with dignity and respect.” The women are grateful to Oak Street Church members, Pastor Breck Wilson and Assistant Pastor John Freidrich for their hospitality. “We appreciate that you have shown a confidence in us to carry out our Lord and Savior's work, acting as God's agent by trusting your facility to us,” Ohren said. “Thank you Silverton PD for checking in with us regularly. We appreciate your presence.” Silverton Area Community Aid Executive Director Teresa Warriner said the combination of the drop in temperature and people noticing the increase of homeless people in Silverton prompted people to open a warming shelter. “We live in a loving and supportive community that rallies to take care of each other,” Warriner said. 

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In November, SACA served 15 homeless clients. People are homeless, she said, because they lack skills for certain jobs; have mental health, drug or alcohol issues or lack the resources for affordable housing. While the reasons vary, the need to serve the homeless regardless of the weather. Ohren and White have ongoing conversations about the need for a permanent facility where homeless people can visit during the day to access services such as laundry, meals and case management. The facility could also be used as an emergency shelter space when the weather drops below freezing. The women are working with Silverton Police Chief Jeff Fossholm and Silverton City Manager Bob Willoughby to communicate what’s happening with the shelter. The city estimates there are about 10 homeless people living in Silverton. If the boundary of the Silver Falls School District is used that number climbs to more than 50 people. Willoughby expressed his thanks to the

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or homeless shelter in Salem if requested, such the Salvation Army or United Gospel Mission.

“Silverton is a very compassionate and caring community, he said. “We do things here that wouldn’t be possible in other towns our size.”

“In most instances, the tried-and-true homeless individuals does not want assistance, for numerous reasons which include mental health, substance abuse,” Fossholm said. “For them to participate in the programs they are required to follow the rules, which they do not want to follow so they chose the streets.”

Both Willoughby and Fossholm said the group has challenges ahead to meet the criteria to operate a warming shelter. Because White worked for SACA and Ohren for St. Joseph’s Shelter, Fossholm said they have experience working with the homeless. “They have plans to be a 501-c 3 organization, but that takes time and a lot of hurdles to work through,” Fossholm said. “Until they get that status, getting gifts or raising additional funding will be difficult.” Fossholm is not sure if the community can support a year-round shelter, or if they will be able to fund a permanent location. Fossholm said Silverton officers are willing to give citizens in need a ride to a warming

Willoughby and Mayor Rick Lewis said this is not the first time the community has responded to help homeless individuals. “Over the years, several churches have offered space, sometimes during the day. The senior center and the library have been offered as a daytime shelter in the past,” Willoughby said.  “Silverton has a history and a culture for stepping up to help in time of need,” Lewis said. “It is part of what defines us as a community.” In addition to illuminating the decency

and the kindness of the individuals served, White said the experience has illuminated the compassion and generosity of the community. The volunteers have been inspired by the community’s kindness, including a woman who brought a check and kind words at midnight and McDonald’s gift cards for the guests. A local eatery offered its space for shelter after hours and to provide free meals to homeless people during the day. “When we’ve needed specific items, neighbors have knocked on the church door within the hour to drop them off,” White said. The organizers are grateful for the leadership at Oak Street Church. “We approached them about hosting the shelter and it was evident that they recognized and were sensitive to the specific needs of the unhoused. Their generosity and hospitality relieved organizers of the stress of scrambling to find a host facility each day,” White said.

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By Kristine Thomas Don’t expect to always find Christy Wurster sitting behind her desk. The in-coming city manager of Silverton plans to be out and about as much as possible. “I manage by wandering around,” she said, laughing. “You can really learn a lot by being in the community and talking to your employees and residents.” Believing the best way to lead is by understanding, Wurster said if an employee shares a problem at the water plant or at a park, she will want to go and see the situation for a better understanding of how to help resolve it. “I understand a project better if I can look at it,” she said. “I like to work collaboratively with the staff to come up with solutions.” The Silverton City Council unanimously agreed to hire Wurster as city manager on Dec. 12. She will replace Bob Willoughby, who is retiring Jan. 31. Wurster starts Jan. 17. Wurster has more than 20 years of public and private management experience. She has served as city manager in Dayton and interim manager for Fairview and

Sweet Home. Her experience includes property acquisition, revitalization of downtown Dayton, and management of historical property in Salem. Wurster has a master’s degree in public administration from Portland State University and is a member of Oregon Incoming Silverton City Manager City/County Christy Wurster Management Association. She will serve as the association’s president next year.

the public works director that she was finished with her education, they told her no, she wasn’t.

Wurster, 49, is married to Todd Wurster, a mechanical engineer. Their son, Trevor, 22, is finishing boot camp for the U.S. Marines Corp. in January.

“From the beginning, for me, Christy stood out,” Lewis said. “The more I learned about her, the more the choice became clear for me.”

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“They told me I was going to be a city manager one day and I needed to earn my master’s degree,” she said. Her accomplishments reflect a passion for public service. In each city she’s worked, there are projects she has completed. “It’s rewarding to see all the projects you complete that make a difference in your community,” Wurster said. Spend some time talking with her and one quickly discovers she has an ability to look see a problem from different angles and develop several ideas on how to fix it. She’s already compling lists of ideas for projects in town. Describing herself as driven, Wurster said she has an open door policy and welcomes feedback from community members. Silverton Mayor Rick Lewis said 35 people applied for the job, including several qualified applicants.

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The mayor said he is impressed by Wurster’s communication style, approachability, commitment to community, knowledge and experience level, and personality. “As a council, we want a city manager who is involved in the community, who has the knowledge and experience to hit the ground running, who listens well and involves staff extensively in decision-making and who has a commitment to customer service and excellence,” Lewis said. “I believe Christy has all of these traits and more.” Palmer said he believes Wurster has the “right mind set for managing a community the size of Silverton.” He said what tipped the scale for him was Wurster’s commitment to forward thinking regardless of status quo. When he and Lewis spoke to people in Sweet Home, they shared they begged her to stay and become their full-time manager. “They all told detailed stories about how she was one of those rare talents who can enter into a bureaucratic process and in the course of doing her job redirect efforts toward a productive outcome,” Palmer said. “Some of

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Hector said as the council went through the vetting process, it became clear she was the best fit for Silverton. For City Councilor Dana Smith, there were several things that tipped the scales in Wurster’s favor. “With the state of our infrastructure, I found her background in public works to be particularly beneficial,” Smith said, adding Wurster also has significant experience as administrator in similarly sized communities.

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Trail to recovery By Kristine Thomas It would have been understandable if Elsie Guenther had lost her faith in God. Or if she had given up on maintaining her 4.0 GPA or competing on Silverton High School’s equestrian team. Given everything that happened to her during her senior year, it would be almost expected her grades would suffer and she couldn’t compete. Except as her mother, Christine, has said, “This is Elsie we are talking about.” Elsie is not a quitter. Her faith, determination, a bit of stubbornness and sheer willpower allowed her to move forward, despite the loss of eyesight in her left eye. If Elsie were to write this story, the first thing she would tell people is to never, ever rinse their contact lens in tap water. Even if someone says it is OK. The one thing she has quit doing since lossing sight in one eye is wearing contact lens. Her parents, Scott and Christine, and brother, Evan, 16, also have given up contacts. Elsie, 18, is now a freshman at Chemeketa Community College. She just finished her first term with a 4.0. She is majoring in business management. Looking back on her senior year she admits it didn’t go as exactly as planned. The first week of September 2015, Elsie felt intense pain in her left eye. Her vision was blurry, the eye swollen,

Rare eye disease provides lessons in perseverance, faith watery and itchy. It took a few trips to eye doctors to learn she had Acanthamoebic Keratitis, in which amoeba eat away at the cornea. It only takes a week to cause loss of vision. The odds of getting this rare disease are about 1 in a million, Christine said. Elsie, allergic to the preservatives in a contact solution, switched to a different brand, but the contacts had to be rinsed with water before placing them in her eyes. Her doctor told her using tap water was OK. Unfortunately, that’s how she contracted the parasitic amoeba. Acanthamoebic Keratitis is extremely painful. Elsie had to stop attending school for four months. A tutor visited her home. During the first few weeks, she couldn’t read for more than a few minutes, nor could she work at a computer due to glare. The first steps toward recovery were killing the amoebas and managing the pain. There were rounds of medicated eye drops, even one sent from France. Christine said she gave Elsie 3,500 drops before she stopped counting. There were frequent trips to Oregon Health Science University Casey Eye Institute for more medication and news that the treatments would last six to 12 months. There was dealing with the loss of vision in the affected eye, plus injections directly into the cornea to eradicate the amoebas. And there was the pain to manage.

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Mostly, Elsie and Christine said, there were lots of prayers, their own and those of family and friends. Despite the difficult journey through stress, worries, and sleep deprivation, they never lost faith. Getting to ride her horse, Remy, again; going to Oregon Coast; senior pictures; visits from friends; cards and flowers... all what was once considered normal parts of life, were now being celebrated with joy and excitement. On Nov. 29, 2015, Christine wrote on her Facebook page, “Someone recently said to me, ‘you have the worst luck.’ I thought about that off and on that day and realized I don’t believe in luck; I just believe in God. Perhaps on the outside looking into our lives – especially right now – it may seem that way, but it isn’t. Even when we don’t understand, God’s plans are always good. Even when there is pain and sadness and disappointment, He is there. Sometimes it is easy to see how good His plans are and sometimes it is difficult to see in the midst of it all. And either way, come what may, God’s plans are still good. Always.” The Guenther family saw God’s love for them in Elsie being able to ride and compete in OHSET despite her vision ordeal. They saw it in the doctors they worked with and the friends who stood by their side. They celebrated Elsie’s healing, like when, after three months,

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event that she is very focused on is not even one that our horse is particularly good at. And to top it off, it is an event that requires an intense amount of depth perception. Trail!,” Christine explained, adding there were eight obstacles to navigate. “With only a day before the meet, my sweet husband whispered in my ear, ‘let her do Trail – she’s had such a rough year. If her heart is set on it, let her go.’ And so I did.” After watching in amazement as Elsie and Remy traversed the course, Christine remembers looking at the results, starting at the bottom of the list, slowly making her way up the 35 names to see her daughter’s at the top.

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she could partially open her left eye again. Even a mother and daughter disagreement on Feb. 3, 2016 led to joy. Christine was trying to persuade Elsie not to compete in new riding event, called Trail for OHSET. She wanted Elsie to compete in the familiar events that made for a successful junior year. “It doesn’t make sense to try a new event for her senior year even if she had sight in both of her eyes. And the

“My eyes began to fill with tears, so I stepped back and watched Elsie’s teammates congratulate her on the win. And again I have to say, I don’t believe in luck, I just believe in God.” Without vision in one eye Elsie lost depth perception, creating challenges. She said she learned to communicate with her horse in a new way. “I learned to see and navigate the world through one eye,” she said. Elsie never made excuses, never quit, just found ways to do the things she loves. After the state fair, ahwe wrote, “Pure bliss. Finished my last State Fair with medallions

in Showmanship, Trail, and English and four FFA State Championships.” She spent the summer before college working at the barn. On Sept. 19, 2016, Christine wrote about a year filled with heartbreaks dealing with the serious and rare condition and the days overflowing with “God’s unexpected blessings in the midst of the difficulties. Elsie’s bravery to overcome the loss of sight in her left eye and her determination to continue to excel despite this loss has never ceased to amaze me. She is more beautiful inside and out now than she was a year ago. God is infinitely good.” On Dec. 8, Elsie had a cornea transplant at OHSU. Christine said Elsie is doing well. They will know in a few months if her body will fully accept the transplant. What Elsie is hoping to hear at her doctor’s appointment in January is that she is cleared to ride again. She said this experience has taught her to be more confident and how to ask for help. For both mother and daughter it has been an opportunity to notice the little miracles in life. “We have learned you have to have faith that some how everything is going to work out,” Christine said. “God is always good -- even when things are exceedingly difficult and even when we don’t understand. He is still good.”

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Social media leads to school board censure On Dec. 12, the Silver Falls School Board voted unanimously to censure board member Todd White, who also voted in favor of the resolution. The resolution outlined White’s violation of policy BBF - Board Member Standards of Conduct, by using social medial in a way which resulted in “disrespect to members of the public by characterizing those who disagree with his positions as ‘delusional,’ ‘a disgrace to America,’ ‘nuts,’ or ‘(name of community member) is what’s wrong with America.” The resolution said “Such naming and shaming goes beyond civil discourse and violates Policy BBF, which calls upon board members to model the way we want our students to conduct themselves in conversations about political and social issues.” After the board meeting, White said he voted to approve the resolution because he doesn’t have an issue with the resolution and understands why the board acted. When he was posting to social media, White said he wasn’t doing so as ‘Todd White the board member’ but as a private

individual. In the future, White said, he is going to be more aware of what he posts. “I think there are times I crossed the line a little, but I think there are times when people may be a little sensitive,” White said. School Board Chairman Wally Lierman said he advised White in July to stay off social media. “I hope that with Todd voting in favor of the censure resolution it signals that he will be more judicial and respectful in the words that he chooses going forward,” Lierman said. Censure, he added. is an “official condemnation, reprimand or criticism at a board member by his peers.” “This is censure, not censor,” Lierman emphasized. “This action does not suppress anyone’s opinions or speech. This action is not being taken because of anyone’s opinions. It is regarding the tactics of using disrespectful language against those who may be in disagreement to opinions, in violation of (policy.) Full story on Our Town’s Facebook page.

Day of Service organizers looking for projects The second annual MLK Jr. Day of Service is Monday, Jan. 16. The MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” It calls for Americans to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing problems. Last year, projects in Silverton included picking up trash in Coolidge McClaine Park, a tile cutting day for

the Community Fountain Mosaic Project and taking down decorations at The Oregon Garden. If you have a project and need volunteers, email mlk.silverton@ with project description, time, and location. Let volunteers know if they need to bring supplies. Or visit the Facebook page, MLK Day of Service - Silverton, OR, to learn about projects and how you can add a project or volunteer.

Silverton Chamber welcomes grant applications The Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting grant applications from Silverton and Mount Angel nonprofit organizations or community groups. The chamber raised $12,500 at Judy’s Party in October, with the goal of providing grants.  Nonprofit organizations or community

groups that would like to apply, should send a letter to the chamber describing the organization; what the grant would provide for; how much is being requested and why the grant deserves to be funded. The deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 27, 5 p.m. For more information, call 503873-5615.

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JFK High, 890 E Marquam St., Mt. Angel Mount Angel Library, 290 Charles St. Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton, 503-873-7633 Silverton Community Center, 421 S Water St. Silverton High, 1456 Pine St. Silverton Hospital, 342 Fairview St. Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield. The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main, Silverton

Monday Senior Exercise Classes

9:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Yoga or Sit & Be Fit classes for seniors 60+. Also Wednesday, Friday. 503-873-3093

Recovery at Noon

Noon – 1 p.m., Third and High streets, Silverton. Every day except Sunday. John, 503-399-0599

Gordon House Tours

Noon, 1, 2 p.m. Daily. Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon House, 869 W Main St., Silverton. Reservations: 503-874-6006

Ukulele Jam

3:30 pm, Silverton Senior Center. 503873-3093

Evening Yoga

5:45 p.m., Silverton Grange Hall, 201 Division St. All levels. $5. Also Wednesdays. Robin, 503-930-1896

AA Meetings

8 p.m., Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. Also Thursdays, Saturdays. David, 503-383-8327

Tuesday Senior Center Exercise

8 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Zumba. 9 a.m. & 5 p.m. Tai Chi. Seniors 60+. Repeats Thursday. Discount 503-873-3093

Crafty Kids

3 - 9 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Create arts, crafts projects. Supplies provide. Age 5 - 11. Free; caregivers must attend with children age 0 - 5. 503)-873-7633

Serenity Al-Anon Meeting

5:30 p.m., Silverton Assembly of God Church, 437 N James St. 503-269-0952

Wednesday Silverton Business Group

8 a.m., Silverton Inn & Suites, 310 N Water St. Free. Hosted by Silverton Chamber of Commerce. 503-873-5615

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Chickadees Storytime

12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Ages 3 5. Free. 503-873-7633

Silverchips Woodcarving Sessions

1 – 4 p.m., Silverton Arts Assoc., 303 Coolidge St. $2/wk. All levels. 503-873-2480

Homework Help

3:30 - 5 p.m., Mt. Angel Library. Diane Strutz is a trained teacher and certified tutor. Students K-12 invited. 503-845-6401


3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math: Learning and Building. Supplies provided. Free. Ages 5 - 11. Free; caregivers must attend with children 0 - 5. 503-873-7633

Free Dinner

5 - 7 p.m., First Christian Church, 402 N First St., Silverton. All ages. Free; donations accepted. Volunteers needed. 503-873-6620

Family Storytime

10:30 a.m., Silver Falls Library. Stories, crafts, activities. All ages. Free; caregivers must attend with ages 0-5. 503-873-7633

Family Game Day

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Blood Pressure Checks

10 a.m., Silverton Assembly of God Church, 437 N James St. 503-269-0952

Silverton Saturday Lunch

Noon - 1:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 N Second St. Free. 503-873-2635

Sunday Silverton Spiritual Life Community

10:30 a.m., Silverton Grange, 201 Division St. New thought services. 503-873-8026.

11 a.m., Silver Falls Library. Ages 0 - 36 months. Free. Also Fridays. 503-873-7633

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6 p.m., St. Paul Catholic Church, 1410 Pine St., Silverton. 503-501-9824

Compassionate Presence Sangha

7 – 8:30 p.m., Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. Mindful meditation, shared dialog. All spiritual traditions welcome. Free. New? arrive 20 minutes early. 971-218-6641

Overeaters Anonymous

7 – 8 p.m., St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, 211 W Center St., Silverton. Group meets weekly to discuss tips, support those with eating problems. All welcome. 503-910-6862

Friday Silverton Toastmasters

7:30 a.m., Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1159 Oak St., Silverton. Ann, 503-873-4198

Take Off Pounds Sensibly

9 a.m., First Baptist Church, 229 Westfield St. All welcome. Sandy, 503-871-3729

Duplo Day

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Build with Mega Blocks, Duplo blocks. Ages 0 - 5. Free. Caregiver must attend with children 0 - 5. 503-873-7633

Saturday Late Season Saturday Market

10 a.m. - noon, Silver Falls Bread Co., 432 McClaine St., Silverton. 503-779-7206

All month, Mt. Angel Library. Pick up to-go kit to make paracord bracelet. Free. Sixth12th grades. 503-845-6401

Adult Coloring Contest

3 - 5 p.m., Robert Frost School, 201 Westfield, Silverton. Co-ed, pick-up games. Ages 14 -18. Free. Begins Sept. 11. Brian, 503-508-2772,

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11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Family game day for families with children of all ages. Free; caregiver must attend with children 0 - 5. 503-873-7633

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Registration for Silver Falls Soccer Club opens Jan. 12 for all ages 5 - 14. Deadline Feb. 23:

Artists & Studios Tour

Silverton Art Assoc. hosts an Artists & Studios Tour June 3 - 4. Artists and studios wishing to be a part of the event need to apply by March 15. Cost is $25 for artists, $75 for businesses. Limited to Silverton area. Applications: Silverton Art Assoc., 303 Coolidge St., 503-873-2480; or White Oak Gallery, 216 E Main St., Silverton, 503-931-4517.

All month, Mount Angel Library. Pick up a coloring sheet from front desk. Winner receives $5 gift card. 503-845-6401 10:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free blood pressure checks provided by Legacy Silverton Health. Seniors 60 and older. 503873-3093

Storytime Arists

3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Library. Create art inspired by favorite artists, illustrators, authors. Pre-school - fifth grade. Free. 503845-6401

Caregiver Connection

4 - 5:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Community Center, 195 E Charles St. Class for anyone who is over 60 and taking care of someone at home. Free. 503-845-6998

Adult Coloring Night

6 - 7:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Relax, de-stress with adult conversation, refreshments, coloring. All materials provided. Free. 503-873-8796

The Compassionate Friends

6:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. The Compassionate Friends provides comfort, hope, support to families experiencing death of family members. First Tuesday of month. Carol Williams, 503873-6944

Silverton Garden Club

7 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship, 822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton. Lisa Barnett from Wilco Farm Store presents “Winter Seed Gardening for Spring Plantings.’ Free; open to all. Refreshments.

Medical Scholarship

Legacy Silverton Health Auxiliary awards scholarships to students pursuing medical careers. High school seniors, college students area can apply. Applications: Silverton Hospital admitting desk or Due by Feb. 24. Barbara Guenther, 503-873-7241

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Wednesday, Jan. 4 Healthy Lifestyles

1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Learn about healthy lifestyles with guest speaker. Free. Seniors 60 and older. 503-873-3093

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Actors/Improv Group

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Variety of improvisational games. No experience required. Open to adults, high school students. Repeats Jan. 18. 503-873-8796

Thursday, Jan. 5 Introduction to Meditation

6 p.m., Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. Learn about meditation. Free. David, 971-218-6641

Silverton Scribes

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Informal writer’s group to share, critique writing projects. Repeats Jan. 19. 503-873-8796

Scotts Mills City Council

Friday, Jan. 13

Silver Falls School District 7 p.m., District Office, 612 Schlador St. Open to public. 503-873-5303

Chamber Forum Lunch

Tuesday, Jan. 10 Ancestry Detectives

10 a.m., Silver Falls Library. Tom O’Brien talks on using newspapers in genealogical research.

Kids Crafting

2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Estate planning with attorney Michael Rose. Free. Seniors 60 and older. 503-873-3093

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Russian Dinner Fundraiser

7 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-874-2207

Wednesday, Jan. 11

Silverton Lions Club

1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Open studio for painting. Bring own supplies. Free. Seniors 60 and older. 503-873-3093

Friday, Jan. 6 Borland Gallery Art Show

6 - 9 p.m., Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. Meet Helen Bouchard, view works completed while in Italy. Talk at 7 p.m. Exhibit open 9 a.m. - noon Monday - Friday, noon - 4 p.m. Saturday - Sunday through Jan. 29. Megan, 503-779-3606

First Friday in Silverton

7 – 9 p.m. Explore the historic downtown, have dinner, shop, browse through galleries and boutiques. 503-873-5615

Love Ornamental at White Oak

6 - 8:30 p.m. 216 E. Main St. Local artists design wearable jewelry and fiber works. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 503-931-4517

Monday, Jan. 9 Silverton City Council

7 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-873-5321

Mount Angel City Council

7 p.m., Mount Angel Library. Open to public. 503-845-9291

Estate Planning

3:30 p.m., Mount Angel Library. Origami. Pre-school - fifth grade. Free. 503-845-6401

7 p.m., Scotts Mills City Hall, 265 Fourth St. Open to public. 503-873-5435 7 p.m., Silverton Hospital. Open to everyone interested in service to community. Repeats Jan. 19. 503-873-7119

11:45 a.m., Silverton Hospital. Networking, educational program. $12 members with reservation. $15 prospective members or no reservation. 503-873-5615,

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Gardening with Dale

2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Explore gardening with Dale Small. Free. Seniors 60 and older. 503-873-3093

Thursday, Jan. 12 ‘Finding Your Roots’

6 - 8 p.m., Festhalle, 500 NE Wilco Hwy., Mt Angel. Fundraiser benefiting Silver Falls School District Russian Language Program. Traditional Russian dishes, cultural displays, Russian-themed entertainment, drawings. Five-course meals $12 per person; children 4 and under free. 503-829-6803

Saturday, Jan. 14

Wine & Words

5 p.m., Glockenspiel Restaurant, 190 E Charles St., Mount Angel. New book club. Mount Angel Library presents how to use library’s website, including online catalog. Free; open to public. Maureen Ernst, 503-9105417,

Silver Falls Library Book Club

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S. Water St., Silverton. This month’s selection is The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Refreshments. All welcome. 503-897-8796

American Legion Post 7

7 p.m., Wolfe Building Mezzanine, 201 E Main St., Silverton. 503-871-8160

Wednesday, Jan. 18 Pints & Purls

8:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Community pancake breakfast. $5 adults, $3 children under 12. Children under 4 are free. 503-873-3093

6 - 8 p.m., Seven Brides Brewing, 990 N First, Silverton. Meet other knitters, crocheters for an evening of pints and some purls. Hosted by KIS Designs. Everyone welcome. Contact Kisdesigns on Facebook for information.

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Friday, Jan. 20

Pancake Breakfast

11:30 a.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N Church St., Silverton. Bette and David Stewart with Ancestry Detectives share tips on how to discover your roots. Light luncheon served; $6.50. Bring favorite soup to enter cook-off competition. Speaker Laura Loffredo. Reservations: Cathy, 503999-2291. Presented by Stonecroft & The Mt.Angel~Silverton Women’s Connection.

2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Focus on the Future group meeting. Open to public. Also 6 p.m. Jan. 16, 24. 503-873-3093

Movie Matinee

Sunday, Jan. 15

Winter Wonderland Bazaar

Singles Dine Out Club

6 p.m., Thai Dish, 209 N Water St., Ste. A, Silverton. For singles 40+ and seniors 60+. Order off menu, dutch treat. 503-873-3093

Monday, Jan. 16 Martin Luther King,Jr. Day

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Tuesday, Jan. 17

7 p.m., Silverton Mobile Estates Clubhouse, 1307 S Water St. Open to public. Dues $15/ year. Norm, 503-874-8101

Silverton Zenith Woman’s Club 7 p.m., Members discuss ways to implement projects benefiting Silverton community. Call Barbara for more information, meeting place, 801-4143875.


Taizé Prayer

7 - 8 p.m., Benedictine Sisters’ Queen of Angels Chapel, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Open to public. 503-845-6773

Chronic Pain Workshop

1:30 - 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Sixweek chronic pain workshop. Free. Seniors 60 and older. 503-973-3093

Cribbage Tournament

4 p.m., Glockenspiel Restaurant, 190 E Charles St., Mount Angel. Cribbage Tournament. Seating limited to first 16 people. Cash prizes. $5 buy-in per game. To reserve a space, contact Maureen Ernst, 503-910-5417, mernst@

3:30 p.m., Mount Angel Library. Free movie, popcorn. All ages. 503-845-6401 5 - 8 p.m., Silverton Friends Church, 229 Eureka Ave. Quarterly bazaar series featuring fun themes, local distributors, crafters, food, prizes. Repeats 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Jan. 21. 503-873-5131

Vigil for Peace

5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Towne Square Park, Silverton. Silverton People for Peace gather holding signs pleading for peace, end of wars. Open to all. 503-873-5307

Sunday, Jan. 29 Scotts Mills Pancake Breakfast

7 a.m. - noon, Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. $5 per person. 503-874-9575

Silverton Piano Recital

9:30 a.m., First Christian Church, 402 N First Ave. Complete Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky performed by Gil Wittman. Free. 503-873-6620

Mount Angel School District

6:30 p.m., District Office, 730 E Marquam St. Open to public. 503-845-2345

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“I didn’t qualify for insurance because I didn’t have health problems yet,” she explained. Around that time, Mitchell came across a documentary called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, about a man striving to become healthier while on a 60-day juice cleanse. That’s when she decided against gaining more weight in favor of going on her own 40-day juice fast. She lost 40 pounds and has never looked back. “What it did for me was it reset my cravings and reset my taste buds,” she said. Always a lover of vegetables and an avid gardener, Mitchell grows much of the vegetables she eats on her new, healthier diet herself. Quite a change after spending the majority of her days in an office working in the securities industry. Four years ago she married her husband, John, and moved to his acreage in Silverton. Here, her love of gardening became more than a hobby. “When we got married we moved his mother in. She was 95,” she said. “I was able to quit my job.” Last year Mitchell’s life changed again when her mother-in-law passed away and she found herself asking, “What are you going to do now?”

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used to be that their number one cost was food in the ‘50s and ‘60s.”

After a winter of planning and a spring of planting, Eastview Garden Share and Farm Stand opened for business with a total of five shares sold.

Along with a weekly supply of vegetables Mitchell’s customers receive a newsletter with a review of her week, what she’s harvested and preserved and recipes that can be made from the bounty.

“I did not want to follow the default business model in this country where the very first thing you do is go into debt,” she said. “I don’t think it’s a good thing. I’ve always been frugal with my money. I tend to make do with what I can put my hands on right here. So, the whole idea of sustainable growth -- I don’t want to lose that relationship with the growing.” This summer Eastview produced enough food to feed Mitchell, her husband and her teenage daughter as well as the five families who picked up a box of fresh vegetables every week throughout the summer. There was even enough left over for a farm stand that Mitchell opened in her front yard nearly every Thursday evening and stocked with garden extras as well as coffee from Silver Falls Coffee, owned by her brother, and quilts from the Trinity Quilters. She was even able to donate lettuce to the Trinity Lutheran Church and hopes to donate more next year. “I would like to do something with the food bank where they could take orders for things like lettuce. It’s a challenge to get something that isn’t already old,” she said. Having raised four kids on a modest budget, Mitchell knows the difficulty in affording healthy food. “People often balk at the cost of a subscription,” she said. “Part of the reason is because of the falsely low food prices in the grocery store. For a family of four it

“About 90 people are getting the newsletter,” she said. “I want to teach people in a way that makes sense now to make food for yourself out of stuff that was grown right here. I don’t think cooking a TV dinner is that much easier than actually cooking.” Now that the season is over, Mitchell is excitedly looking forward to next year. Along with putting in a winter garden of greens, garlic and other cold weather vegetables she has already begun to map out her goals. She plans to double the size of her garden plot as well as the number of subscriptions she will accept. She also hopes to expand the variety of subscriptions customers can choose from. She refers to this year’s boxes as “Adventure.” In the future she hopes to add a “Finger Food” package made up of snackable vegetables like snap peas and carrots, “Garden Share Salad,” made up of toppings and greens, and a “Meat and Potatoes” package, lacking only the meat. Although spring is months away, Mitchell will begin taking applications for garden shares in January. She also plans to continue spending time in the garden when it’s possible and in her office/potting shed when it’s not. “In the winter when the sun comes out you could miss it,” she said, “but out here I’m really connected.”

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By Steve Ritchie On a frigid Monday afternoon in December, people in Silverton and Mount Angel were invited to pause and share their hopes, wishes and plans for 2017. JFK student body president Noe Jines said his goals for 2017 are to finish his high school career being the best school president and runner possible. “My plans for 2017 are to attend college, chase after my dreams... and hopefully start leaving my stamp in the world for the greater good,” Jines said. On her way to the bank, Cheri Bielenberg of Mount Angel was succinct, noting, “I’m wishing for good health and peace to the world.”

would hope for equality for the next year for everyone,” Cross said. “I don’t want to get too much more specific, but that’s the biggest thing - just equality for everyone.” Debbie Henjum said her fears about the future sometimes keep her up nights thinking about her two grandchildren. “Mostly I’m just hoping that our country will go in the right direction. I really worry about the whole world, all the countries with everything that is going on,” Henjum said. “Just put away their own interests and do what is best for everyone. The only way we’re going to make it through is by working together.”

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more unity and peace “with each other in the local community. I do believe in harmony and love and I’m not afraid to say it... when (people) start to inspire fear and hate, well, we’ve seen that before – it’s history being repeated all over again,” McLaughlin said, then offering a safety pin along with an explanation of its meaning. “After Donald Trump was elected president, people across the country began wearing safety pins as a symbol of solidarity with people of color, immigrants, the LGBTQ community, religious minorities, and anyone else who has experienced discrimination,” she said.

Behind the counter at Burger Time, co-owner Chrissy Butsch said, “I’d like the economy to get stronger. Actually, I’d like to see American businesses manufacture their products in the United States again.”

The election and world events were also on Jen Holland’s mind. “My hopes for 2017 are... Gosh, it feels like 2016 has been really hard for a lot of people across the board, so I’m hoping that in 2017 me and my loved ones and the people I know are able to settle in to this new reality and face adversity with love and peace.”

Silverton Coffee Station owner Christi Watson had the economy on her mind. “The thing that pops into my head is better business. It would be nice for my business to increase. Since a certain drive-thru has come into town, it has hurt tremendously. I’ve been here 8 1/2 years so it would be nice since 2016 was a tough year.”

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to talk. “Good health and happiness for everyone,” Dorthy said. “But also for us to be good neighbors and take notice when our neighbors might need an extra hand or extra care of some sort, and we can just be there for each other. Community.” John Dallum added, “I’d like to get the stuff around my house done, (like) the basement, and the fence around my yard, and to finish my 1947 Chevy Stylemaster.” Stopping at Gallon House after work, Hector Alcantara and Matthew Villafan were happy to chat. “I’m really hoping that in 2017 we can figure out a way to get along with each other, community-wise and statewise also,” Alcantara said. “And also maybe make a lot of money and be happy.” Villafan said he wishes for peace, and expressed his admiration for Silverton. “I’m not from here, but I would like to move here. I love this community. I’m from Salem, and we don’t really get together as a community, and that’s what I really like about (Silverton). Like First Friday and everything, it’s really neat here.”


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Tips for change Take baby steps. Go gradually. Gather information and do research. Network and share or compare your stories with others. Remember change takes time. Be patient. Don’t quit. Nicholson said a positive attitude is the first step to make necessary changes.

“Whenever we come to the ending of something, like the ending of a year, we think about what we want to do differently,” she said.

“The first thing is you have to believe it’s possible. So many people think if only I had more money, or more schooling or relocate(d),” Nicholson said. “They put up roadblocks right off the bat. If you do that, of course, you’re programming yourself to not succeed in making the changes.”

“We are people who like new stimulation. Even when we achieve a goal, after awhile it becomes kind of ho-hum and we think ‘what else is out there?’”

She said it’s important not to get discouraged when inevitable barriers show up and seem to block progress toward goals. The key is finding ways around

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Advice on setting realistic resolutions road blocks to get back on the path toward your goals. “Sometimes these bad things can be guiding you in a path to a very good thing,” Nicholson said. “Often times, that’s the case, if we’re looking for it and open to it.” Nicholson said people need to identify what they are really passionate about or what makes them excited to start their day. “If you do what you love doing and you’re excited about it, you create an energy around that that invites support in ways you never could have imagined,” Nicholson said. “You have to be open to all possibilities. Look at the other options.” Silverton LCSW Nancy Ferrell said she doesn’t believe New Year’s resolutions work. Instead, she views them as a superficial practice. “They are not congruent with who we are as individuals,” Ferrell said.

She prefers the term “intentional living” as the life goal of “living out our values and passions. First, we have to know what these are, then we can use them as kind of a compass.” “I recommend finding quiet time on New Year’s Eve day and look back at the year that’s ending and do an inventory. Ask yourself, ‘What do I feel good about and what would I do differently?’” She said the first thing you have to understand is who you are inside. “Not who other people want you to be, who you think you should be, but who you really are and what is really important.”

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Here is a look at how athletes with Silverton High ties fared in college this fall season:

Sheyenne Brusven had a strong junior year as goalie for the Corban University women’s soccer team. Brusven had an 11-6-1 record for the Warriors, who advanced to the Cascade Collegiate Conference quarterfinals before falling on penalty kicks to Rocky Mountain College. Brusven ended the season with five shutouts and 57 saves and was second on the squad in minutes played with 1,672. She is eighth on the Corban all-time list in shutouts with seven and is 10th at the school in goals allowed average (1.40 per game). Heidi Moore of Silverton played 44 minutes in three games in midfield for Corban. Cole Chandler just finished his second season at quarterback for Pacific Lutheran University. Chandler shared

George Fox women’s soccer team. Former Foxes Jonas Dahl, a sophomore safety, and Ian Crist, a senior placekicker, were on the roster for the Oregon State University football team.

time with senior Jon Schaub and fellow sophomore Walker LaVoy for the Lutes, who were 5-4 overall and 4-3 in the Northwest Conference. Chandler completed 37 of 61 passes for 379 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. He also finished third on the squad in rushing with 287 yards and four TDs. Ex-Foxes soccer standout Baylie Cameron played in all 21 matches as a freshman forward for Linfield College. Cameron started nine matches for the Wildcats and turned in one goal and one assist. Lizzy Roth, a former SHS teammate of Cameron, played in seven matches and had one shot for the

And as I noted in a previous column former Foxes runners Maddie Fuhrman and Morgan Anderson competed against each other Nov. 11 in the NCAA West Regionals. Anderson, a redshirt senior at OSU, ran the 6-kilometer course in 21:35 and finished 96th. Fuhrman, meanwhile, a freshman at the University of Hawaii, finished 195th in 23:01.7. Boys basketball: Silverton Coach Steve Roth has a bit of a rebuilding job to do this season. The Foxes lost seniors Sam Roth (Northwest Nazarene) and Blake Cosgrove (Peninsula College) to college ball and 3-point specialist Julian Downey transferred to Santiam. Post Elijah Nielsen is the lone returnee with starting experience and he also

is the lone senior on the squad, which includes five juniors, four sophomores and one freshman. “We have an almost completely new varsity team this year,” said Roth, whose squad opened 1-4 in nonleague play. Roth said that Nielsen is “providing excellent leadership.” “I’m very pleased with their development so far,” Roth said of the squad. “Their work ethic and attitude has been great. I’m hopeful that steep improvement will continue throughout the season. They will need to improve significantly in order to challenge the best teams in our conference.” The Foxes open Mid-Willamette Conference play at home Jan. 6 vs. Central. Follow me on @jameshday. Got a news tip? Email me at Follow Our Town on Facebook.


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LAND/ACREAG Beautiful Backyard Country Setting. Beautiful view of TOWNWOODBURN KEIZER the Mt. Angel Abby. Nice cement pad, and full R.V. TOW hook-up. Open floor plan. Inside UGB. Buyer to do BARELAND/LOTS own due diligence. 3rd bedroom/office does not have COUNTRY SILVERTON TOWN a closet. Call Mary at ext. 320. COMMERCIAL/INDUST CO


#T2354 3 HoMe inVesTMenT ProPerTY 4 BR, 3 BA 1776 sqft Call Marcia at ext. 318 $449,000 (WVMLS#711358) #T2360 nice silVerTon sUBdiVision 3 BR, 2 BA 1404 sqft.Call Michael at ext. 314 $265,000



COUNTRY/ACREAGE sold! – #T2306 WonderFUl HoMe 4 BR, 25 BA 3663 sqft.Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $489,900 (WVMLS#705878) #T2333 large ciTY loT .510 Acres Call Michael at ext. 314 $99,000 (WVMLS#709098) #T2338 silVerTon Parcel Buildable 6,365 sqft Lot Call Chuck at ext. 325 $74,900


christina Mason Williamson Branstetter Broker Principal Broker, TOWN 873-3545NEW HOME GRICONSTRUCTION ext. 315 873-3545 ext. 303


HUBBARD #T2359 craFTsMan sTYle HoMe $349,900 Craftsman Style home w/Open Floor Plan & High Ceilings! New tile floors on main level, Granite Counter in Kitchen, A/C, Large Bonus Room over garage (could be 4th bedroom), Gas Fireplace in living room, Oversized 3 Car Garage includes space for a shop/storage. Extra Office/Den area on main level. BBQ year round under the Covered Patio off the dining area! SS appliances. Call Angela at ext. 312. (WVMLS#711861)

chuck White Broker 873-3545 ext. 325



#T2366 desirable area $348,000 Large single level home, on corner lot in desirable Silverton neighborhood. Custom fireplace mantel, all appliances included, large size family room, with dining area and kitchen giving he home a nice open concept feeling. HOA fees $250/year. Call Desaree at ext. 326. (WVMLS# 712581)

ryan Wertz Broker 873-3545 ext. 322

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Getting a daily dose of independence How our nurses are helping kids in school Gavin Wernette, 10, is an active boy, an avid reader and a car buff. He is also a kid with Type 1 diabetes, testing his blood sugars and injecting himself several times a day. “It’s not easy,” Gavin says. However, he receives daily help from a Legacy Silverton Medical Center nurse who works at local schools, giving students the tools for a healthy life. “She makes me feel happy and welcome,” Gavin says. “She has helped me become more independent.” Placing nurses in schools is just one of the ways we partner with others to build a stronger, healthier community for all. To learn about others:

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In a contract with schools, nurses from Legacy Silverton Medical Center oversee the health of some 4,700 students, providing routine care and working with students who have conditions ranging from asthma to spina bifida to epilepsy.

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