Our Town North: Jan. 1, 2024

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Something to Celebrate

The Noble Fox to expand to popular space in downtown Ashland – Page 6

Vol. 21 No. 1

Hiddenbed, John’s Waterproofing receive BBB awards – Page 10

COMMUNITY NEWS Serving Mt. Angel, Silverton, and Scotts Mills

January 2024

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10 Civics 101 YMCA to get community center lease...4 The Oregon Garden receives grant........ 5 SFSD looks to cut expenses................... 5 Business Noble Fox to open second location .......6 Guerra’s receives leadership award...... 7

Hiddenbed, John’s Waterproofing receive Better Business awards..................... 10

Datebook................................. 12 Marketplace.......................15 Legal Matters Vineyard pursues fire damage claim...15

Something to Celebrate

Negligent homicide in dog mauling.... 15

Mt. Angel Library’s very good year....... 8

Legal briefs....................................... 16

The Forum............................... 17 Passages.................................19 Sports & Recreation The end of 1-and-1............................ 20 Sports Datebook................................ 21

A Grin at the End.............22

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January 2024 • 3

Civics 101

Building transition

YMCA likely to take over Community Center lease

By James Day

Mayor Jason Freilinger urged quick action.

The lease on the Silverton Community Center likely will transfer to the Silver Falls YMCA when the Silverton City Council moves its meetings to the new Civic Center building next spring.

“There are a bunch of nonprofits which are important to the community who are waiting for us to make up our minds,” he said. “Having the building under our purview after the Civic Center opens doesn’t make a whole lot of sense,” added Councilor Matt Gaitan.

The Oregon Military Department owns the Community Center building on South Water Street, with the city’s lease set to expire March 31, 2024. The council discussed the future of the building at its Dec. 18, work session and although no votes were taken, a general consensus emerged: • The YMCA likely will take over the lease and be responsible for the building and for possibly leasing space to other tenants through Feb. 1, 2027. The Marion County Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, Jazzercise and the Elizabeth Hoke Memorial Trust all will remain in the Community Center. • The City Council will move its council sessions to the new building while also chipping in about $30,000 to help the Y handle maintenance issues with the aging building. • Silverton Area Community Aid will move to new quarters in the former Ratchet Brewery spot at the north end of town, but that piece will not be finalized until perhaps the summer of 2024.

When the city’s lease on the Silverton Community Center expires at the end of March it is likely that the Silver Falls Family YMCA will take on the lease and manage the property. JAMES DAY

• Sheltering Silverton, which used to have a presence in the community center, has moved to new quarters at the city’s Public Works compound and no longer is part of the space equation. City Manager Cory Misley plans to work with the YMCA on an agreement and the required documents and the council could resolve the matter as early as its Jan. 8 meeting.

There was strong support elsewhere on the council for the YMCA taking over the lease, as well as helping out the Y financially as much as practical. The city could award $30,000 from its reserves or contingency funds to the YMCA, or it might use part or all of a $45,000 Marion County community prosperity initiative grant to assist the Y. The evening opened with a meeting of the city Budget Committee, which consists of Mayor Freilinger and the six councilors as well as seven citizen members. Chaired by former Mayor Kyle Palmer, the committee heard a mid-budget-year update from city Finance Director Kathleen Zaragoza. No major issues were uncovered or discussed, but committee members and new city manager Misley said that such an annual check-in was valuable, particularly since the annual budget process is usually limited to a two-month period between April and June.


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“In my time here, and certainly in the last five years, it’s the largest grant we’ve received,” Delen Kitchen, The Oregon Garden Director of Operations, said. “Because we haven’t had a dedicated development director, grants are an untapped resource for us.” At least they were, until board treasurer, Mark Gummin, came along. “He really has taken an interest in grants,” Kitchen said. “And six months ago, he really got excited to start looking.” The timing was perfect, not only to apply for the Travel Oregon grant but also to begin work on the numerous accessibility renovations The Oregon Garden Foundation has been hoping to prioritize. “Half the money will go toward putting door switches on our main buildings. We’re doing five at $10,000 a door because we see a need for it all the time,” Kitchen said, listing the first of five large renovations – including road and path repair, increased signage indicating ADA accessible paths, the restriping of the main parking lot, and increased lighting throughout the garden – that she hopes will be completed between now and the start of the

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Silver Falls School District plans budget cuts to restore reserves The Silver Falls School District (SFSD) hopes to cut this year’s budget by up to $3 million as general fund reserves continued a steep decline that began in 2020.

corresponding drop in enrollment-based revenue. He said recovery has been slow, regaining roughly half of the students lost.

Principals were asked to discuss potential budget scenarios with staff during December. Sarting in January the SFSD Board will receive detailed reports and regular budget updates. The goal is to begin restoring reserves that have fallen since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also at play was damage from the ice storm in 2021, and the impacts of inflation such as an expected 17% increase in PGE rates starting in January. The district is also paying higher wages to employees under new contracts for the teachers’ and classified employees.

The 2019-2020 school year saw a beginning fund balance of $4.7 million. This year the beginning fund balance was closer to $800,000, according to SFSD Business Manager Steve Nielsen. This was below predictions of $1.5 million for this year. Seeing reserves drop into the six figures was a bad sign for the district’s financial health, said Nielsen.

One unexpected-yet-welcome challenge has been an increase in the rate of more experienced teachers being hired for open positions. While these employees cost more, they also bring a high quality of education and Nielsen said this may be the district’s new normal.

“It’s been a ‘rainy day’ for 46 months,” Nielsen told the board during its Nov. 27 meeting. He gave a preliminary report on the need for reduced expenses. He said before COVID the district was able to maintain a rollover of 10% to 12% out of an annual general fund budget of roughly $50 million. Now that figure is closer to 2%. As a matter of policy and best practice, he explained, the district must maintain an ending fund balance of around 10% of the general fund to avoid insolvency. Nielsen said a significant impact on reserves was a 10% drop in enrollment at the start of the pandemic, with a


For specific budget-cutting strategies, officials said they asked principals to look for solutions that fit the needs of their employees and building. On a broader scale, Assistant Superintendent Dan Busch said they have become selective in how they fill vacant positions. Busch said there is not an official hiring freeze, rather the goal is to identify low-priority vacant positions and decline to fill them. He said this could apply to teaching positions. The board will have to look at the impacts of increased class sizes as they make budget decisions in the coming months. – Stephen Floyd


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Expansion project

Noble Fox adding an Ashland restaurant and brewery

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Silverton’s popular restaurant The Noble Fox is expanding, with owners planning to open a second eatery in Ashland, Oregon by the spring of 2024.

Also attractive to Mykisen and his team is that the Standing Stone takeover includes its brewing equipment. “Now we are on the hunt for a brewmaster that fits our overall vision,” Mykisen said. “We’ve had a surprising amount of interest in the position and believe we will have the right fit, hired and in place by the end of the year. The addition of the brewery allows us to self-distribute and serve our hand-crafted beers in Silverton, which is very exciting.”

Jeramie Mykisen co-owns The Noble Fox on North Water Street with his stepfather, Jeffrey Tinkham. They opened the restaurant in October 2021. The Ashland Noble Fox will occupy the space which formerly housed the Standing Stone Brewing Co., a long-time Ashland fixture that closed in 2022 amid challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Mykisen told The Ashland News that his family always stopped at Standing Stone on road trips to California and that he liked the brewery’s family-friendly atmosphere. The restaurant occupied a historic 1925 building that once was an automobile repair shop located in Ashland’s downtown core and just a short walk from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival theaters. Mykisen told Our Town that “renovations

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are underway, with our sights set on a springtime opening. We have a long-term lease in place with hopes of purchasing the building within a few years. “Our priority is to get the doors open after we put our ‘stamp’ on the place. The restaurant was in fairly good shape. Most of our attention will be on replacing kitchen equipment, furniture and decor, including

Mykisen also said that “our Ashland location will allow us to explore our food offerings a bit more as the kitchen is considerably larger than Silverton.” Mykisen said that the Ashland Noble Fox “will operate somewhat independently other than ownership [with] oversight from our newly re-hired executive chef, Andrew Banas. “Chef Banas will oversee all operations in Ashland and assist our Silverton chef, Matt Taylor. Chef Taylor in Silverton has been

with us since day one and was recently promoted at the end of summer. Chef Banas and Chef Taylor have an outstanding working relationship and we are excited about what the future holds with both in place.” Mykisen said that the Ashland operation will have a staff of approximately 40. It is significantly larger than the Silverton spot, seating approximately 175 to just 63 for the northern location. Mykisen also plans to use one of the two retail spaces in the Standing Stone block to add a whiskey bar, plus a wine and retail shop. Mykisen, who lives in Silverton with his three kids, already has had a suave-looking fox etched onto the front door at the Ashland site. “The name, The Noble Fox, kinda just grew organically,” Mykisen said. “We knew we wanted a Silverton tie in with the Foxes [Silverton High’s athletic mascot] and noble just struck a chord with us. We aim to be good community members and give back where we can.”

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Empower by leading Guerra’s recognized as Employer of the Year By Melissa Wagoner

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When Christine Smith, general manager of Guerra’s Restaurant in Silverton, discovered the Empowerment and Leadership for Youth and Young Adults (ELY) program – a job skills training program for young adults in Marion County – she knew she wanted to incorporate it into the restaurant’s mission.

It’s a courtesy she extends to all the restaurant’s employees, both those who are ELY interns and those who are members of the permanent staff. It’s a policy that has not gone unnoticed. The Marion-Polk County Employment Network voted Guerra’s Restaurant the 2023 Employer of the Year.

So, one year ago, with the help of Job Coach Kate Tarter, Smith began accepting a series of job shadow applicants and paid interns, with the specificity that those persons must be neurodivergent. “We teach them everything from dishwashing through knife work and making sauces from scratch – we like to be consistent with every employee, neurodivergent or not,” Smith said. “Once that’s complete, we do everything to help with their resume and offer a letter of recommendation. I like to say it’s about teaching and learning.”

“We were caught off guard,” Smith said, recalling the reaction the staff had to receiving this honor despite the restaurant’s size, its rural location and what she views as stiff competition. “You’re talking Marion County. You’re talking Walmart and these big corporations that have more resources.”

And she has continued to do so, recently adding a monthly event she coined, Game On, which welcomes neurodivergent community members ages 15 and up to a free, catered game night. “We do Dungeons and Dragons, Nintendo Switch, Heroes Quest and even chess,” Smith said. “There’s a snack bar and we offer beverages.”

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It’s a time when – as with the restaurant’s other new event, a monthly fireside book club – individuals with similar interests can come together to find community connections. “Even though it’s only once a month, they get to be themselves,” Smith said.

It’s also about providing a means to obtain purposeful work for those job seekers who might otherwise struggle to find employment.

But that’s not to say Guerra’s Restaurant is without support, on the contrary, along with help from the ELY program, Smith has also received continued backing from the restaurant’s owners.

It’s her hope that everyone who comes through the restaurant’s door – patrons and staff alike – feel welcomed.

“When we all have purposeful work that gives us pride,” Smith explained. “If we don’t have purpose, we don’t feel

“The Guerras said, we want to be here consistently for the community,” Smith recalled. “So, I ran with it.”

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Something to Celebrate

More than books Mount Angel Library celebrates 2023 milestones By Stephen Floyd

Creciendo Juntos is held Saturdays at 1 p.m. at the library and new families are welcomed to join in.

The Mt. Angel Public Library is celebrating a year of landmark community engagement during 2023 and hopes to build on these successes in the coming year.

Last summer also saw the addition of a teen intern through a $4,000 Library Services and Technology Act grant, and local high schooler Sailor Hill was brought on from May to August.

Library Director Jackie Mills spoke with Our Town about how new employees and grant opportunities allowed the “small but mighty” library to create inroads into the community.

Hill used her interest in ukelele playing to create a new program for kids: “Ukes for Youth.” Mills said this passion was part of why Hill was chosen. She had a clear vision for how she wanted to engage with the community.

“I think we made a difference this year,” she said. The library took a hit during the COVID-19 pandemic but attendance has since been trending upward, including in August of 2023 when patron engagement more than doubled compared to 2021. Mills said one major player was Sara Gonzalez, who started as Youth Services Coordinator in June. Gonzalez’s proficiency in both English and Spanish helped make new bilingual programs possible, with the added advantage of her strong reputation in the local Spanish-

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speaking community. “Sara has just been doing an outstanding job,” said Mills. Gonzalez’ new programs included Creciendo Juntos (Spanish for “Growing Together”) which began in October and

uses bilingual books and activities to build connections between local families. Mills said a library program is successful if it has more than ten attendees, and Creciendo Juntos has regularly drawn up to 20 patrons.


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“Having Sailor here the whole summer was really helpful,” said Mills. Ukes for Youth saw participation on a similar scale to Creciendo Juntos, and was such a hit the library bought five ukeleles for patrons to check out. The ukeleles remain available, and Mills said this aligns with the goal of giving a local teen a valuable summer experience and to build something lasting for the library.

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Mills said she plans to ask for a dedicated line item in the library budget for another summer intern, owing to Hill’s success. While other grant funds may be available, Mills said she would rather be certain of funding, and will ask the City Council during the upcoming budget cycle. Grant funds continue to be available from the library’s STEAM Equity Grant. It funds learning opportunities for young people in science, technology, engineering, art and math. The grant provided $15,000 over four years, with 2024 being the final year. Mills said the program has created new opportunities for student engagement. The library has featured displays on specific topics like astronomy and botany, with related books and instruments such as telescopes. After they cycle into a new display, the materials from the prior display are converted into a STEAM kit kids can check out for free.

Another kit-based program is scheduled to begin in January with the “Spice of the Month” club, allowing patrons access to species and corresponding recipes from different cultures. The club will meet the first Thursday of each month and discuss their experiences using the spices and receive the next month’s kit. The kickoff for Spice of the Month is scheduled for Jan. 4 at 6:30 p.m. As there is no previous month’s spice to discuss, patrons will sample snacks from a Universal Yums subscription box, and receive the kit for February’s discussion. Mills said these many points of engagement drive home the idea that libraries are truly democratic institutions where all are welcome, especially in a small town. “Yes, we still have books, but we have so much more,” said Mills. “Really what I think we have more than anything is our programming that meets people’s needs.”



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Something to Celebrate

Better businesses Hiddenbed, John’s Waterproofing receive ethics honors By James Day Two area companies have been honored for their business principles and ethics by the Better Business Bureau (BBB). The BBB’s Great West/Pacific subgroup, which covers an eight-state area, bestowed Torch Awards on Mount Angel’s Hiddenbed of Oregon and John’s Waterproofing of Silverton. Hiddenbed won a small business award, while John’s was a large business winner. Also honored from Oregon were Meticulous Plumbing of Portland (small business), Paris Group Realty of Portland (medium business) and Bliss Roofing in Clackamas (large business). The Torch Awards is the most prestigious honor BBB bestows on businesses operating within its eight-state service area, said a press release from the group. Winners must demonstrate a high level of personal character, meet the highest standards of ethics, and build trust with their customers and the community.

this recognition can encourage others to step up in their respective businesses and build an ethical marketplace for all.” The BBB received 226 submissions for the Torch Award for Ethics. For the application and judging process, each organization considered was asked to supply responses to prompts. These prompts focused on their team’s character, culture, customer engagement and community involvement. According to Roseann Freitas, communications manager with the BBB, companies also completed an essay application focused on those four main criteria. The applicants that best answered the questions associated with those criteria were named finalists. The finalist applications were then sent to independent panels of judges composed of past BBB award winners. Their composite scores determined the winners for each region in each category. Hiddenbed of Oregon received the highest marks in the character and customers brackets, “demonstrating a strong commitment by the leader to model ethics to the team, and proactive tools and practices to provide outstanding customer service,” Freitas said.

“It’s extraordinary to see how each of this year’s award winners went above and beyond in the marketplace and their community. They are setting the standard for what it means to be an exemplary and ethical business,” said Tyler Andrew, President and CEO of BBB. “We hope

John’s Waterproofing, Freitas said, also received high marks in the character and community brackets, “which showcased an above-and-beyond commitment to their

community by providing help with the attics, crawl spaces, plumbing and electrical needs on new homes built through Habitat for Humanity.” Hiddenbed is a family-owned business that began in 2011 and specializes in providing space-saving wall beds, cabinet beds, and multi-functional desk beds. The company has had to work to continue to adhere to its guiding principles despite the severe damage to the company in the 2021 downtown Mount Angel fire. “We have acted with patience, honesty, and respect towards others as we work towards the full re-establishment of our business,” said co-owner Keith Cobb. “We have faced a number of challenges along the way.” The first major challenge was to find new quarters where the business could operate. “We received a lot of help from the community with suggestions where we could look and great generosity from the community through a Go-Fund-Me campaign,” Cobb said “We were quite quickly able to find and rent a space at 165 N. Main St. in Mount Angel to put our showroom and administrative offices. Additionally, a local farm rented a sizable building to use for storage and assembly.”

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Hiddenbed has had to let go of its two installers because of the length of time (the fire was Oct. 9, 2021) it has taken the firm to get back to normal. John Waterproofing, established in 1974, is a familyowned business specializing in basement waterproofing, crawl space repair, and seismic retrofitting and “was very proud to have won the BBB Torch Award,” according to Jessica Dingle, director of marketing.

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Still to be resolved are getting the company’s manufacturing processes going and to find permanent manufacturing space. Insurance payout issues have plagued the first challenge, with Cobb noting “the wheels of government sometimes move slowly” for adding time to the process for finding a new building in which to manufacture.

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“Doing the right thing is very important to us at John’s Waterproofing. We are approaching our 50-year anniversary as a company and are proud to have the same Oregon Construction Board number since we first started. When [original owner] John Lombardi was retiring [in 2019], it was of the utmost importance to keep the company and its employees in good hands, which is why Robin Ekloff, who has been employed at John’s since 1997, decided to take over as the owner. “His focus was, and still is, to provide the best for the people in the company and for all of our customers. We practice this at the office by keeping the conversation going about providing ‘wow’ service to each other and to all the people we work with. We train people to do the right thing the first time and to work and act with integrity.”

Beber en exceso tiene su manera de tomarnos por sorpresa. Unos cuantos tragos, unas cuantas noches en la semana y así se van acumulando. Y de pronto, ya tiene un mayor riesgo de tener problemas de salud a largo plazo, como las enfermedades cardiacas, el cáncer y la depresión. ¿Es momento de pensarlo mejor?

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datebook Frequent Addresses

Mt. Angel Public Library, 290 E Charles St. Silver Creek Fellowship, 822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton. Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St. Silverton Arts Association, 303 Coolidge St. Silverton Community Center/Council Chambers, 421 S Water St.

Weekly Events Monday

Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield St. Seniors 50 and older. Daily, weekly, monthly events. 503-873-3093, silvertonseniorcenter.org Low Impact Aerobics, 9:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Members free. Nonmembers $5. Repeats Wednesday, Friday SACA Food Pantry, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. Repeats 4 - 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - noon Thursdays. 503-873-3446, silvertonareacommunityaid.org Mt. Angel Community & Senior Center Store, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 195 E Charles St. Repeats Tuesday - Saturday. Volunteers needed. 503-845-6998 Silverton Meals on Wheels, 11:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Congregate and drive-up dining. $3 donation suggested. Monday - Friday. RSVP 503-873-6906. Silverton Recovery AA, noon - 1 p.m., 302 N Water St. Seven days a week. Free Monday Dinner, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Oak Street Church, 502 Oak St., Silverton. Indoor, sit-down dinner. To-go meals also available. All are welcome. Free. 503-8735446, oakstchurch@gmail.com Boy Scouts Troop 485, 7 - 8:30 p.m., St. Edward’s Catholic Church, 211 W Center St., Silverton. Scoutmaster Dave Tacker, 760-644-3147, dave.tacker@gmail.com


Scotts Mills Food Boxes, 9 - 11 a.m., Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. Residents in Scotts Mills/Butte Creek/Monitor rural areas are welcome. Food donations welcome. Niki Barber, 503-873-5059 Gentle Yoga, 9:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Donations accepted. Repeats Thursdays. Simple Qigong, 9:45 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Set to music. $8. Repeats Thursdays. Mt. Angel Senior Meals, 10:30 - 11 a.m. Delivery only. $3 donation suggested. Repeats Thursdays. Ginger, 503-845-9464. APPY Hour, noon - 1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Drop in for technical assistance for electronic devices. All ages. Free. 971-370-5040

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Silverton Mainstay, 1 - 4 p.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St. Community space and activities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Repeats Thursdays. silvertonmainstay.org Stories & STEAM, 4 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Listen to a story about the theme of the week, join in a project. Snacks. Ages 5-12. Free. 971-370-5040 Serenity Al-Anon Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Zoom. Repeats 10 a.m. Saturdays. For Zoom link, call Barbara K, 503-269-0952. Cub Scout Pack 485, 6:30 p.m., St. Edward’s Catholic Church, 211 W Center St., Silverton. Boys and girls in kindergarten - fifth grade. Deb Hilterbrand, 971-337-5925, silvertonpack485@gmail.com Growing Awareness, Nurturing Compassion, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Zoom. Secular presentation promoting mindfulness. No experience needed. Invitation for virtual gathering: compassionatepresence@yahoo. com. 971-218-6641


Silverton Business Group, 8 a.m., Silver Falls Brewery, 207 Jersey St., Silverton. Networking meeting of Silverton business community hosted by Silverton Chamber of Commerce. silvertonchamber.org Quilters Group, 9 a.m. - noon, Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 N Second Ave., Silverton. trinitysilverton@gmail.com Family Storytime, 10:30 a.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Singing, stories, crafts. Age 2 5 with family members. Free. 971-370-5040 Indoor Playtime, 11 a.m. - noon, Mt. Angel Public Library. Play with toys, spend time with friends. Free. 971-370-5040 Mission Benedict Food Pantry, 1 - 4 p.m., St. Joseph Shelter, 925 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Repeats Friday. 503-845-2468 Silver Chips Woodcarving Sessions, 1 - 3 p.m., Silverton Arts Association. All skill levels. 503-873-4512. Mission of Hope Food Pantry, 2 - 4 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship. 503-873-7353 Ukes for Youth, 3 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Learn to play the Ukulele. Borrow one of the library’s or bring your own. Pre-registration required if using a library instrument. All skills levels. Ages 8 - 13. 503-845-6401


Community Coffee, 7 - 9 a.m., Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. Free. Yoga, 9 a.m., Silver Creek Fellowship. Open to all. Sheila, 503-409-4498 Simple Qigong, 9:45 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. $8. Open Art Studio, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Silverton Arts Association. 503-873-2480

Bingo, 2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. $1/ card or $2/three cards. TOPS (Take Pounds Off Sensibly), 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St., Silverton. Weight loss with continued support, encouragement. First meeting free. Monthly dues $4. All welcome. David, 503-501-9824


Toastmaster Club, 7:30 a.m., Zoom. Increase listening skills, speaking, thinking, evaluating. Contact tmcommunicators@ gmail.com for Zoom link. Silvertones Community Singers, 10:30 a.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 Main St., Silverton. Anyone who loves to sing is welcome. Tomi, 503-873-2033 Ukulele Song Circle, 1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center.


Open Art Studio, 9 a.m., Silverton Arts Association. 503-873-2480 Ageless Yoga, 9:30 - 11 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Geared toward those 50 and older, but all are welcome. After-Season Indoor Market, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Silverton Friends Church, 229 Eureka Ave. Local produce, eggs, meats, artisan crafts. Free admission. silvertonfarmersmarket.com Creciendo juntos/Growing Together Storytime, 1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. ¡Atrévete a acompañarnos aprender juntos! ¡Atreves de leyendo libros bilingües podríamos hacer lo! Después abrirá una actividad para la familia. Through bilingual books and activities, learn simple words and phrases that help us communicate and grow together. 971-370-5040 Peaceful Heart Meditation, 2 - 3 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Yoga breathing, kirtan and yoga philosophy. No experience required. Everyone welcome. Refreshments served. Free. peacefulheartkirtan@gmail.com

Monday, Jan. 1 New Year’s Day Tuesday, Jan. 2 Parks & Rec Master Plan

6:30 p.m., Silverton Council Chambers. Advisory committee advises the City Council on the Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update. 503-873-6359

Drawing Group

6 - 7:30 p.m., Silverton Arts Association. Bring your own materials or use some of the association’s. Everyone is welcome. Repeats Jan. 16. 503-873-2480, silvertonarts.org

Mt. Angel American Legion

6:30 p.m., Legion Hall, 740 E College St., Mt. Angel. All veterans are welcome. Masks optional. Jim, 503-845-6119


Mt. Angel City Council

7 p.m., Mount Angel Public Library. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-845-9291, ci.mt-angel.or.us

Wednesday, Jan. 3 Caregiver Connection

1 - 2 p.m., Zoom. Free educational support group for unpaid family caregivers caring for a loved one 60 or older, or caring for a person living with dementia. For Zoom invite and register, call 503-304-3432.

The Daniel Plan

6:30 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship. Wellness program. Information: scf.tv/danielplan, Sheila, 503-409-4498.

Scotts Mills City Council

7 p.m., Scotts Mills City Hall, 265 Fourth St. Open to public. 503-873-5435

Thursday, Jan. 4 Silverton Kiwanis Club

Noon, Main St. Bistro, 201 E Main St., Silverton. Bi-monthly meeting of Silverton Kiwanis Club. New members welcome. Repeats Jan. 18. silvertonkiwanis.org

Yums Around the World

6:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Sample snacks from 14 countries and five different continents while learning about winter holiday traditions from around the world. Space is limited; pre-registration is required by calling 971-370-5040. For adults and teens. Program is not recommended if you have food allergies.

Critique Night

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silverton Arts Association. Bring your latest work for discussion and critique amongst other artists in the community. 503-873-2480, silvertonarts.org

Friday, Jan. 5 Family Movie

4:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Enjoy Elemental (PG) on the big screen while enjoying fresh, hot popcorn. Free. All ages. 971-390-5040

First Friday in Silverton

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

Lunaria Gallery Opening Reception

7 - 9 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St., Silverton. Meet the artists of the gallery’s seventh annual show, “Home is Where the HeART is,” a juried show of 22 local artists celebrating the idea of home. The Loft Gallery features “Then and Now” by Celia Stapleton. Artwork can be viewed daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 503-873-7734, lunariagallery.com

Monday, Jan. 8 Mt. Angel School District

6:30 p.m., District Office, 730 E Marquam St., Mt. Angel. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-845-2345, masd91.org

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Silver Falls School District

7 p.m., Silverton High. Open to public. silverfallsschools.org, 503-873-5303

Silverton City Council

7 p.m., Silverton Council Chambers. Open to public. 503-873-5321, silverton.or.us

Tuesday, Jan. 9 Ancestry Detectives

10 a.m. - noon, Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield St. Laurel Smith of the Genealogical Forum of Oregon introduces members to GFO, the largest genealogical library in the Pacific NW. Open to all. Membership: Kathy Valdez, 503-508-4251. Ancestrydetectives.org

Ukulele Play and Sing-Alongs

6 - 7:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. First 30 minutes is beginner’s ukulele lesson followed by play and sing-along time for all skill levels. Everyone is welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Music provided. Bring ukulele. Free. 503-873-8796

Silverton Planning Commission

7 p.m., Silverton Council Chambers. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-874-2207, silverton.us.or

Wednesday, Jan. 10 Volunteer Orientation

1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Interested in volunteering at the library? Attend this orientation to find out if joining the team is right for you. Call 971-370-5040 for information or stop by the library for an application.

Thursday, Jan. 11 Mosaics

1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Make a trivet out of colorful tiles. All supplies provided. Pre-registration is suggested to ensure enough materials. Call 971-370-5040 to reserve a spot. Teens and adults. Program repeats at 6 p.m.

All-Ages Game Night

6 - 9 p.m., Silverton Grange, 201 Division St. Bring your favorite games. Children under 13 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. All ages welcome. Free admission. 971-267-9364, silvertongrange@gmail.com

Monday, Jan. 15 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Special MLK Observance Vigil

2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Town Square Park, Silverton. Silverton People for Peace honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and make his message relevant to today’s peace and social justice challenges. Vigil will feature signs with quotes from Dr. King’s speeches that remain timeless. Open to all. 503-873-5307, robertjsisk@ yahoo.com

Annual MLK Observance

6 p.m., Silverton Grange, 201 Division St. Keynote by community and union organizer Bryan Lewis, “A Moral Revival and a Poor and Working People’s Agenda for a Better Oregon.” Bring a potluck dish to share. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Open to all. Sponsored by Silverton Grange, Silverton People for Peace and KBOO Community Radio. 503-873-5307, silvertongrange.org

5 - 8 p.m., Mt. Angel. Businesses in Mt. Angel stay open with extra vendors, goodies, information, sales and more. discovermtangel@gmail.com

Teen Hangout

5 - 7 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Follow along with TikToker Andrea Nelson to make a black glue watercolor giraffe while enjoying board games and snacks. Grades 6 - 12. Free. 971-370-5040

Our Town Monthly

Saturday, Jan. 20 Winter Bash

3 p.m., Mt. Angel Middle School, 460 E Marquam St. Crafts, games, food. Grades 6 - 8. Free. Sponsored by Mt. Angel Public Library. 971-370-5040

Monday, Jan. 22

Silverton Council Work Session

6:30 p.m., Silverton Council Chambers. Open to public. silverton.us.or

Tuesday, Jan. 23

Silverton Planning Work Session

6:30 p.m., Silverton Council Chambers. Open to public. Agenda available. 503874-2207, silverton.us.or

Wednesday, Jan. 24 Adults Crafting

1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Create handmade Valentines using the library’s supply of rubber stamps and decorative paper. Adults only. Free. 971-370-5040

Monday, Jan. 29 Dessert Social

6:30 p.m., Lou’s Kitchen, 190 E Charles St., Mt. Angel. Hosted by Discover Mt. Angel. Learn what the group is doing in and for the community. Meet local business owners. Enjoy cake and ice cream. 503-845-4240, info@discovermtangel.org •••••••••••••••••••••

Datebook Submission Information

To get your events and fundraisers published in Our Town, send your releases – including date, time, location, activity, cost, contact information – to datebook@ mtangelpub.com. Or mail or drop them off at 401 Oak St., Silverton.

Silverton Book Club

6:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Discuss Circe by Madeline Miller. Discussion leader is Trish Ambrose. Call the Reference Desk at 503-873-8796 if you need help placing a hold on a book or have any questions.

8:15 a.m. - 3 p.m., Silverton High, 1456 Pine St. Appt. at redcrossblood.org.

The Next Friday

4:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Teens help collaborate with the library on programs, collections, games and more. Pizza provided. Book Club meets for the first 30 minutes to discuss Short by Holly Golderg Sloan. 971-370-5040

Teen Advisory Board/Book Club

Tuesday, Jan. 16

Noon - 5 p.m., Silverton Elks Lodge, 300 High St. Appointments at redcrossblood.org, sponsor code “ElksLodgeSilverton.” 3 - 4:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Build a Lego creation to display in the library. All ages. Supplies provided. Free. Repeats Jan. 19 & 26. 971-370-5040

1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Discuss The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams. Copies are available at the library. Everyone is welcome. 971-370-5040

6:30 p.m., Silverton Council Chambers. Open to public. 503-874-2207, silverton.us.or

Wednesday, Jan. 17

Lego Lab

Thursday, Jan. 25

Book Discussion for Adults

Affordable Housing Task Force

Friday, Jan. 12 Red Cross Blood Drive

Thursday, Jan. 18

Red Cross Blood Drive Lunch & Learn

11:30 a.m., Main Street Bistro, 201 E Main St., Silverton. Business professionals connect with fellow business professionals. There is no fee to attend; lunch is off the menu on your own. RSVP is encouraged to save a seat. Replaces regular Wednesday Business Group meeting. Sponsored by Silverton Chamber of Commerce. 503-873-5615

Library Advisory Board

6:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. The board meets four times a year and exists to advise, recommend and advocate for the library. Any interested community member is welcome to attend. 971-370-5040

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Happy New Week!


By Gregg Harris It’s interesting to see what else God initiated on a Sunday morning. Jesus rose from the dead on a Sunday morning (Luke 24:1). The Holy Spirit fell upon the fledgling church on the day of Pentecost, which was 50 days from the Passover Sabbath (Acts 2:1-4). That places it smack dab on a Sunday morning as well. What is God telling us through all this?

he New Year has finally arrived and many of us will once again be making New Year’s resolutions. This is the tradition in which a person resolves to improve their behavior or achieve some personal goal during the next calendar year. According to Social Scientists who study such things, the most common resolutions include losing weight, exercising more, eating healthier, saving money, and quitting smoking. Good goals for most of us. But according to a 2007 study by Richard Wiseman from the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people, 88% of those who set New Year's resolutions fail. That leaves only 12% who succeed and that’s not good. Are we stuck with these poor results, or is there some way that we could do better?

Welcome to the Noble Planner Back in 1998 I developed a paper-based time management system called The Noble Planner. It’s out of print now, so this is not a sales presentation. The digital revolution disrupted the entire industry. But the ideas in my approach worked really well. Most of my principles can be applied using a smart phone today. In any case, several of my ideas were derived from the Story of Creation found in the first chapter of Genesis. Two of those ideas combine to offer something better than making New Year’s resolutions. Here are the passages I am referring to: Gen. 1:3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. Then jumping to the end of the first chapter and the first few verses of the second chapter we read this; Gen. 1:31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Gen. 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. The point I want you to see in these passages of Scripture is the way God started and ended the 7-day week. He began with 6 days of work, but He started with illumination

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Maybe God is showing us by His own example, as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, that Sunday is a very special day. In fact it is the springboard of every week— a day of illumination, redemption, and empowerment that lifts you up out of your situation long enough to see where you are from a higher point of view. Every area of your life and every important relationship you have can be seen from here and responded to with adequate time in the

on the first day of the week and then concluded by setting aside the 7th day as a day of rest. In designating the 7th Day as the end of the week, God “The wisdom of the 7-day week is just one created the week itself and example of the competence of Jesus Christ it has been spinning ever as King over the Kingdom of God. It would since. be a shame for you to enjoy the benefit of Where Did the Christ’s wisdom regarding how to manage your life week by week while missing out on Week Come From? the salvation that He offers you in heaven.” We have the rotation of the Earth on its axis to mark coming week. By giving everything an the 24-hour day. We have the phases of the appropriate amount of time (not equal time!), Moon to mark the general length of a lunar during the routine of your week you can focus month. We have the orbit of the earth around time on all the various kinds of work you have the Sun to mark the 365.25 days of the year. to do, and then begin your next week with a But where does the week come from? The 7new Sunday springboard of life-planning. day week exists only in the mind of God. He created it when He concluded His work on How Can This Work in Practice? the sixth day and then proclaimed the 7th day as a day of rest. That’s where the week came If this wise weekly routine is as good as it from whether we believe in God or not. seems, it would make perfect sense to plan each new week in the afterglow of Sunday Now the 7-day week happens to be the ideal worship. If you are a Christian, that will be the unit of time for living a balanced and local church where you belong. productive life. Why is that? Because a day is too short to adequately address every So, here is what I advise you to do. Every important area and relationship of one’s life. Sunday, go to church! Worship God in Spirit The month is too long to plan effectively. Too and in Truth just as Jesus said. Don’t miss many things change by the end of a month. out on the benefits of gathering with fellow But the 7-day week is perfect. It offers us the believers. We all need to be needed. So, opportunity to balance each week by focusing participate. They need your encouragement each day on one or two areas of life. It and you need their encouragement as well. provides us with the wisest of all routines. Support your church with both your time and your treasure. Give generously. Make it What’s So Special About Sunday? strong for everyone, and it will be there for you when you and your family need it. There is also something to be gained by noting that God began the Creation Week If possible, get together with other families for with illumination. He said “Let there be light” a Sunday afternoon lunch as well, whether in and there was light. But it wasn’t the one another’s homes or in an affordable illumination of the Sun. The Sun doesn’t show family-style restaurant. (e.g. The Home Place up until Wednesday! This light was some kind in Silverton comes to mind). It’s hard to get to of spiritual light. And it was created on the know one another in church. Then, on that very first Sunday morning in history. same Sunday afternoon or evening, get away


by yourself, or with your spouse, and plan your entire new week in the spiritual light of a great Sunday, full of illumination, redemption and empowerment. Make every Sunday the springboard of every new week. Dive into Monday with a clear sense of God’s purpose. These “Weekly Resolutions” work better than New Year’s resolutions that only 12% of folks ever succeed in accomplishing. Rather than wait for another New Year to come around, renew your resolutions every Sunday. If you fall off the horse one week, climb back on and ride it for another week. And then for another. You get 52 tries at making progress toward God’s purposes in every area of your life.

Jesus Christ Is Our King The wisdom of this 7-day week approach to making resolutions and planning your week is just one example of the competence of Jesus Christ as King over the Kingdom of God. It would be a shame for you to enjoy the benefit of Christ’s wisdom regarding how to manage your life in this world while missing out on the gift of salvation He offers you here in this life and in heaven when you die. Through His death, burial, and resurrection Jesus has paid for all the sins of those who trust in Him. This allows you to be forgiven and adopted into God’s eternal family. Whatever else you believe or don’t believe, don’t miss out on this. Turn your life over to the only One who can save you from the punishment our sins deserve. Repent. Turn to Jesus by faith. Trust in Him enough to obey Him. All He commands you to do is “love your neighbor as yourself” (Rom. 13:8-10). If you don’t trust Him enough to actually do that, you still don’t know Him. So, trust in Him now.

Come Join Us In Our Cause This article has been published at great expense by a growing team of Christians from various local churches. We try to show our love for God by the way we love people like you. So, why not join us? To learn how you can help, please call me at 503-926-1388 and I’ll explain how it works. Plan to call me this week. Plan in the afterglow of worship!

Men’s Prayer Breakfast!

Every Thurs. morning 5:30-7:00 AM at 409 South Water Street, Silverton Join us as we study the Bible, pray for our city, challenge one another to grow up & enjoy a great breakfast. RSVP by text to 503-926-1388. Go to NobleInn.org/articles to read all 8 of my Our Town articles.


Legal Matters

Vineyard vs. PacifiCorp suit partially dismissed By Stephen Floyd A lawsuit against PacifiCorp by a local vineyard over the 2020 wildfires has been partially dismissed as a potential trial remains pending. On Dec. 13, Marion County Circuit Court Judge Channing Bennett signed an order dismissing a claim of corruption of evidence in Willamette Valley Vineyards, Inc. vs. PacifiCorp et al. The plaintiff voluntarily agreed to dismiss a claim of private nuisance, a request for injunctive relief and for triple damages allowed under state law for fire damage to vegetation. Remaining claims were allowed to proceed including allegations that PacifiCorp negligently caused the fires and damaged plaintiff’s ability to enjoy its property. Plaintiff is expected to resubmit a complaint reflecting these changes. A Portland jury found PacifiCorp liable June 12 for negligently causing the Santiam, South Obenchain, Echo Mountain Complex and 242 fires during high heat and wind conditions Sept. 7, 2020.

Willamette Valley Vineyards (WVV) filed suit July 24 claiming smoke damage to the grapes it grows directly and buys from local farmers caused an estimated $2.74 million in losses. PacifiCorp has adamantly denied causing the fires in this and multiple other pending lawsuits. On Aug. 30 the company filed a motion requesting the WVV suit be dismissed. It claimed there was no factual evidence that smoke from the specific fires at issue harmed plaintiff’s grapes as opposed to the dozen other fires that burned across Oregon on Labor Day 2020. A hearing on the motion was held Nov. 29 and WVV argued its claims were backed by sufficient evidence and that damage to its property was a foreseeable outcome of PacifiCorp’s negligence. PacifiCorp reasserted that WVV could not prove which soot particles originated from which fires, including those hundreds of miles away, and insisted the whole suit should be thrown out. With Bennett’s order preserving most of the suit, the case is proceeding and a hearing is set for April 15, 2024, to potentially choose a trial date.

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MT. ANGEL FIRE DISTRICT SEEKS BUDGET COMMITTEE MEMBER Mt. Angel Fire District Budget Committee position #5 is open due to a vacancy. The Board is currently seeking qualified applicants to fill this position. The selected applicant will serve on the Budget Committee from March 2024 through June 30, 2026. The Budget Committee plays a vital role in assisting the District and the community in reviewing the proposed budget each year before the proposal is presented to the Board for adoption. The Board invites interested community members to submit an application to be considered for appointment to the Budget Committee. Applications can be picked up at the Mt. Angel Fire District office, 300 Monroe St., Mt. Angel OR 97362, or on our

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Woman pleads guilty in dog mauling death A Bend woman has accepted a plea deal after her dogs fatally mauled a former Silverton man to death in July. She faces up to 20 years in prison during sentencing later this month. Jessica Rae McCleery, 38, pled guilty Dec. 21 in Deschutes County Circuit Court to criminally negligent homicide and other charges for the July 19 death of Joe Keeton, 56. Sentencing was scheduled for Dec. 29, after Our Town’s deadline, in front of Judge Wells Ashby. McCleery, whose legal last name is Charity, faces up to 10 years in prison on the homicide charge, and up to five years each on two additional counts of maintaining a dangerous dog that killed a person. A charge of first-degree manslaughter was dismissed as part of a plea agreement. A Jan. 9 trial has also been canceled. McCleery was indicted in September after her three pitbull/mastiff mix dogs attacked Keeton unprovoked during the late hours of July 18, according to police. He died July 19 after being hospitalized.

encampment where both Keeton and McCleery were living in a wilderness area northeast of Bend locally called “Dirt World.” Keeton had lived in Silverton for four years before moving to Bend a few months prior to the attack, and was a familiar face to local residents and social service providers. Keeton’s friends and family held his funeral at Oak Street Church, in Silverton, and he was interred at Silverton Cemetery. Prosecutors claimed McCleery was at fault for the attack because she left the dogs unsupervised despite their history of killing animals and attacking people, some of whom required hospitalization. McCleery voluntarily surrendered the dogs to authorities after the attack and their fate will be determined in a separate civil process, according to prosecutors. McCleery remained held in the Deschutes County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail. A hearing set for Jan. 8 to consider her potential release to live with a friend in Hawaii while the case is pending has been canceled. – Stephen Floyd

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Legal Matters Two-year sentence for baseball bat assault A Silverton man has been sentenced to two years in prison after attacking another man with a baseball bat. Zachary Andrew Short, 31, pleaded guilty Nov. 28 in Marion County Circuit Court to unlawful use of a weapon and attempted seconddegree assault for an incident on Aug. 5. Short allegedly injured a man known to him with a bat. Additional details were not public. Short also pleaded guilty Nov. 28 in a separate case to unlawful use of a motor vehicle for stealing a car Nov. 3. He was sentenced to a concurrent six months in prison. He similarly pleaded guilty to vehicle theft in 2021 and received two years in prison. At the same time he pleaded guilty to arson in a separate case and was sentenced to a concurrent 16 months in prison.

New charges filed in teen abuse case A Silverton man accused of sexually abusing a teenager is facing a slew of new charges related to child pornography. Eli Freedom Fischer, 46, was indicted Nov. 30 in Marion County Circuit Court on new charges of first-degree encouraging child sex abuse. This was in addition to existing charges of second-degree sexual abuse, third-degree sexual abuse and using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct. He was originally charged Jan. 25 for allegedly abusing a 16-year-old female victim during December of 2022 and taking video of the abuse. Later investigation revealed the abuse may have occurred as early as January of 2021. Fischer was released on his own recognizance Jan. 29 and allegedly continued sharing videos of the victim’s abuse online. He was arrested again March 6 and

remains held in the Marion County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail.

Rogers allegedly attacked the victim with a stick during a domestic violence incident April 1. The victim had an active restraining order against Rogers.

Fischer is scheduled to stand trial Feb. 20, 2024.

Trial set for hit-and-run death of teenager

While on probation, Rogers may not contact the victim or else could be sentenced to six months in jail. He must also complete an anger management program.

A March trial has been set for a Silverton man accused of killing a Keizer teenager after an alleged hitand-run collision in May.

Man commended for community service

Gustavo Sosa, 27, is scheduled for a four-day trial beginning March 12, 2024, in Marion County Circuit Court on charges including firstdegree manslaughter for the death of Victor Andre Cortez-Andrade, 16.

A former Silverton man who pleaded guilty in June to a local graffiti spree has received high praise after completing community service through Portland Parks & Recreation.

Sosa allegedly rear-ended a vehicle occupied by Cortez-Andrade May 21 in Salem at the intersection of Lancaster Drive and Beverly Avenue NE. Cortez-Andrade was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries and died May 23.

Roman Lucian Cunningham, 24, of Portland, agreed to serve 100 hours of community service after pleading guilty June 29 in Marion County Circuit Court to first-degree criminal mischief.

Sosa allegedly fled the scene, then turned himself in on May 22. He remains held without bail in the Marion County Jail.

He was arrested in December of 2022 after multiple graffiti taggings that month throughout Silverton including at Town Square Park, Coolidge McClaine Park, bridges, road signs, and businesses. Police Chief Jim Anglemier estimated the cost to the city to clean and repair the damage was around $4,000.

If convicted, Sosa faces at least ten years in prison. Prosecutors are seeking additional prison time, claiming Sosa has shown no remorse and that past convictions for DUII and violent crimes have not changed his behavior.

On Dec. 18, a letter was filed with the court from parks Volunteer Program Coordinator Steve Pixley commeding Cunningham for his work ethic and positive interactions with other volunteers. Between September and December, Cunningham completed 111 hours of community service. Pixley said Cunningham would make “an excellent city employee” if he was interested.

Restraining order fails to stop domestic assault A Bend man has been sentenced to a year-and-a-half of probation after pleading guilty to attacking a Silverton man with a stick while the victim had an active restraining order against him.

Cunningham is also expected to send an apology letter to the mayor of Silverton and local newspaper, in addition to undergoing mental health treatment, prior to sentencing. A sentencing hearing on Dec. 21 was set over to Feb. 9, 2024. If Cunnigham completes these terms his felony conviction will be reduced to a misdemeanor.

Brandon Lynn Rogers, 42, pleaded guilty Nov. 9 in Marion County Circuit Court to attempted unlawful use of a weapon and contempt of court. He was sentenced to 50 days in jail with credit for the 52 days he was held on the charge, as well as 18 months of probation.

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The Forum

Standing in solidarity

Pushing forward on complaint

To the Editor:

An open letter to Rep. Lori Chavez-Deremer:

I would like to respond to views expressed in recent advertisements run by Gregg Harris in Our Town. I am not writing to start a debate with anyone nor to criticize how this paper does business. Rather, I am writing as a community member and local pastor.

I have called your office and written several letters. I’m still waiting for a response regarding my March 15 recording at your Open House. What ORS allows you to claim your taxpayer funded office is “private property”? Rep. Rick Lewis’ office says this isn’t a thing.

Though there are perhaps many areas where Mr. Harris and I disagree, I am most troubled by a recent advertisement in which he expressed that while he doesn’t hate people in the LGBTQ+ community, he does believe that they are going to Hell for being queer. Having been raised in conservative, evangelical churches, this view did not surprise me. However, I have come to see this belief as dangerous and wrong, one with which I can no longer agree. I’d like to express an alternative viewpoint, as a follower of Jesus. I wish to stand in solidarity with the wonderful LGBTQ+ people in my life, and in our town. Queer people exist. Queerness exists in nature. Queerness exists in the kingdom of God. Much of what has been taught and used to oppress LGBTQ+ people in our churches is groundless and more rooted in bigotry than in the Bible. There are currently many well-researched books on this issue that provide alternative views, and an honest study can easily be undertaken. When you accept that God made queer people as they are, and that queerness isn’t a choice, you open yourself up to having real relationships with people in the LGBTQ+ community. In the eight years since I began consciously rejecting the homophobia of my evangelical roots, my life has been greatly enriched. I’ve had people whom I’ve known for years come out to me and I’ve been able to celebrate with them, humbly receiving the honor of their trust. Befriending trans and nonbinary people, who have made the courageous decision to be true to who they were born to be, despite the violence of our society, has taught me so much about being my fullest self. The examples of my queer friends invite me daily to live with authenticity, compassion, and joy. The only side effect of shifting my religious beliefs has been that my life is now more full of love. To churchgoers: I invite us to honestly reflect on the ways that our beliefs can harm the people in our lives. There are more LGBTQ+ people in our families and among our friends than we may realize, they deserve to be accepted and loved. And to our LGBTQ+ community, I’m sorry for how the church continues to treat you. You deserve much better than what you’ve received. Please know, there are those in Silverton’s faith community who think in a manner that is very different than that expressed by the ads in Our Town. Pastor John Friedrick Oak Street Church


Did you lie when you wouldn’t answer on camera? Do you know a lawyer who knows what you’re talking about? Did you violate my first amendment rights? You saw me recording as I shook your hand. My father was an Eisenhower Republican. The first Oregon politician I met was Sen. Wayne Morse (D) in 1967. They would both be appalled by your conduct. Yours in democracy, Sharon Ward

More to the fentanyl story

I wanted to respond to the Fentanyl article published in the Dec. 15 [edition of Our Town]. As a concerned citizen, mother, and public health advocate, I was happy to see some light being shed on this topic in our community. It highlighted how grim the current opioid crisis is; however, I feel like it overall downplayed the risk our local youth face. Drug use is not necessarily more common than before, it’s that it’s exceptionally more dangerous now with the circulation of fentanyl-laced pills. The victims of these fatal, accidental overdoses are opioid naïve youth – youth that don’t know these pills may be laced and that one pill can kill; youth that don’t have the tolerance built up for opioids; youth that aren’t engaged in existing services for people who use drugs and don’t know about Narcan or Oregon’s Good Samaritan Law; youth that are engaged and targeted on social media. Teenagers experiment – it is a time in their lives where they explore, experiment, and make decisions to develop independence and their sense of identity. Some teenagers do this with drugs (yes, in Silverton) and now there is something circulating that can kill them with one bad choice. So I encourage us all to be concerned for our youth in our community and to educate ourselves and our children on the risks involved and how to get help if needed. While our local police are seeing this as a “very small problem” for our community, it is a very large issue for our youth/families dealing with just being/having a teenager in today’s world. Our neighboring communities have their agencies participate in the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP), and Silverton is not currently. ODMAP links first responders and relevant record management systems to a mapping tool to track overdoses to stimulate real-time response and strategic analysis across jurisdictions. I have encouraged our department to participate, and invite you to do the same. [Resources]: songforcharlie.org; realdealonfentanyl.com; friendsfightfentanyl.com; neverusealone.com/ hotline 877696-1996; Youth Line (free teen-to-teen crisis support and help line): TEXT Teen2teen to 839863, CHAT.


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Beverly Ricketts

March 19, 1936 – Nov. 29, 2023 Bev and her twin sister Barbara were born to Ora Earl and Olive Mae Byrd on March 19, 1936 in Roseburg, Oregon. It was an exciting birth, to say the least, since the doctor did not arrive on time, so Earl had to deliver his daughters himself. Earl was a school administrator in Tennessee during the Depression and eventually moved with his family to Oregon. It was in Roseburg that Bev attended school where she was active in clubs and as a majorette in high school marching band. In her spare time, Bev worked after school taking tickets at the local theater and being successful pairs roller skater. It is with some pride for the family that Bev was a state pairs champion in roller-skating. It was Roseburg Senior High that Bev eventually married her high school sweetheart, Allen (Duke) Ricketts. Upon completion of high school, Bev attended Southern Oregon College, now Southern Oregon University, in Ashland, Oregon. She also worked for the Forest Service and later the Farm Home Administration. Bev and Duke were married 1957 and moved to Eugene, Oregon where Duke was completing his Bachelor Degree, which he always said her name should be on that diploma with his. Upon completion of the university degree, Bev and Duke returned to Roseburg where Duke was a teacher and administrator for the Roseburg Public Schools. During this time, Duke obtained a Masters Degree and Administrative certificate, again, with Bev’s sacrifice and help. While in Roseburg their children, Diana and Brett, were born. Bev continued to work for the Forest Service and Farm Home Administration, eventually having a permanent position with the FMHA. An opportunity for Duke to become principal of Silverton High School arose and the family moved to Silverton where they became involved in the community and the First Baptist Church of Silverton. Bev continued working for the Farm Home Administration in the Dallas, Oregon office where she commuted from Silverton for five years. Bev retired from the FMHA and devoted her time to her family. Bev thoroughly enjoyed her family and especially her granddaughters, Toni and Alex. Her hobbies were serving on various church boards and committees, quilting, cooking, and camping with family and friends. Her husband Duke of 66+ years survives Bev. She is also survived by her daughter, Diana (Paul) Gowen of Tualatin, Oregon and their daughters, Toni and Alex; her son, Brett (Betty) Ricketts of Stayton, Oregon; brother, James Byrd of Virginia Beach, Virginia; sister, Hellen Santar of Silverton. Her father, mother, sister Barbara and brothers, Robert and Curtis, preceded her in death.

George Smith Feb. 15, 1935 – Oct. 5, 2023 George Smith was born in Estelline, South Dakota on Feb. 15, 1935 to George and Marie Bergerson Smith. He passed away at home Oct. 5, 2023. The family, including sisters Elsie, Anne, Janet and Lucille moved from Lake Norden, South Dakota to Oregon and settled at the Rocky Four Corners near Silverton where they ran a store and auto repair shop and welcomed youngest sister, Joyce. George was driving and working on cars at a young age and his love and knowledge of cars continued throughout his life. He graduated from Silverton High School in 1953 and was a long-time member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Shirley; daughter, Tracy Harris and Gerald Williams; son, Todd and his wife Kim; daughter, Gina Shifman and her husband Andy; grandchildren, Kelly and Charlie Vaughn, Brian and Jeff Harris, Holly and Jill Shifman and Brandon Smith; great-grandchildren, Franklin and Twila Vaughn; sisters, Anne Mulligan and Lucille Faulkner. George was preceded in death by his daughter, Twila; son-in-law, Mike Harris; and sisters, Elsie Darnielle, Janet and Joyce Smith. A Celebration of Life Service was held at Dec. 23 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N. Church St. in Silverton. Donations can be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church for Growing Hope Globally. Arrangements by Unger Funeral Chapel – Silverton.

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Beverly Ricketts Rose Berning Jaquelin Martinez Arlene McGowan Ruben Arevalo Leo Sprauer James Morgan Michael Cunningham Arnold Schmidt Richard Bay Marilyn Kintz

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Bev was a friendly and loving person who will be remembered for her service to her Lord and others, her wonderful caramels, and the sacrifices she made for her husband and family. She had a ready smile and a warm hug for those who knew her. She will be greatly missed. Memorial services will be held at the Silverton First Baptist Church, 229 Westfield St., Silverton, Oregon at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024. Private interment was held at the Bethany Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Church Youth Discipleship Team or charity of your choice. Arrangements by Unger Funeral Chapels.

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Arlene Joan McGowan

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Arlene Joan McGowan (Glenn) peacefully passed away on Dec. 5, 2023. She is survived by her sons, Patrick, Tim (Barbara), and John (Andrea); and her four grandchildren, Elizabeth, Matthew, Andrew, and Kate.

Marilyn Kintz, affectionately known as “Molly,” passed peacefully on Dec. 18 2023 at the age of 84.

Leo Sprauer was born in Silverton, Oregon to Delma and Jerry Sprauer Jan. 28, 1961. He became a farmer and metal fabricator in the Monitor area. He enjoyed gold mining, fishing, hunting, and helping friends. He also enjoyed baking and canning. Leo had a lifelong love for animals.

April 21, 1936 – Dec. 5, 2023

Arlene was born in Gary, Indiana, moved to California in 1941 with her parents, Stanley and Lottie Glenn, and retired to her dream home in Silverton, Oregon. Arlene received a BA in Education from San Francisco College for Women. She married John McGowan of Chula Vista, California in 1959. Arlene enjoyed traveling with friends and family, teaching elementary school, raising a family of four boys, hosting multiple “cousins” parties, and planning family vacations from California to Nebraska, Mexico to Annapolis, and the many houseboating trips on Lake Mohave. Arlene’s sense of humor and incredible graciousness and patience will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by John, Christopher, Lottie, Stanley Sr., Shirley and Stanley Jr. A funeral service was be held on Dec. 19, 2023 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Silverton. Arrangements by Unger Funeral Chapel – Silverton.

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Feb. 26, 1939 – Dec. 18, 2023

Born in 1939 to Matthias and Ottilia (Fessler) Beyer, she was the seventh of eight children. Molly lived in Mount Angel, Oregon her entire life. She married Daniel Kintz in 1961 and they raised six children. Molly graduated from Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing in 1958. She spent many years caring for the community before retiring in 2002. Molly had a knack for puzzles, brain teasers, and card games. She also enjoyed spending time with her family, especially when outdoors huckleberry picking, crabbing, fishing, growing her garden and flowers. Molly is survived by her six children, Ed (Melinda) Kintz, Kathy (David) Gilman, Carl (Kari) Kintz, Ray Kintz, and Julie (Cody) Pullen; her grandchildren, Mary, Nick, Oliver, Roger, Kris and Tyler; and brother, Robert Beyer. Services were held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mount Angel on Dec. 29, 2023 with Rosary and Funeral Mass. Interment followed at Calvary Cemetery.

Leo is survived by his mother, Delma; his siblings, Carmen Sprauer, Therese (Abel) Sprauer, Gary (Kat) Sprauer, Annie Sprauer (Hassan) Majdolashrafi, Karl (Bernadine) Sprauer, and Kate (Kory) Slayton. Leo was preceded in death by his father, Jerry, and his sister, Janet Sprauer Sapp. A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held at a later date. Submissions welcomed: If there is a birth, engagement, wedding, anniversary, college graduation or obituary of a local resident you’d like to share, please send it to ourtown.life@ mtangelpub.com or mail it to Editor, Our Town, P.O. Box 927, Mount Angel, OR 97362.


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Sports & Recreation

No more 1-and-1

Oregon follows lead of national federation on foul shots

It’s a new dawn for the free throw in high school sports in Oregon. Following the lead of the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) the Oregon School Activities Association has instituted new rules on fouls shots for the 2023-24 season. Instead of teams moving to 1-and-1 free throws upon the seventh team foul of each half the system is now quarter based. Commit five team fouls in a quarter and your opponent automatically shoots two. The old system shifted from 1-and-1 to an automatic two shots with a tenth foul in the half. Which means the 1-and-1, which I have never liked much because it rewards you with a second shot for making a first shot, rather than rewarding you for a good play, is out the window. Good riddance. Let’s move on. My question, though, is how will the new rules affect play and what do area coaches think? Here is what the NFHS said in its press release on the changes:

Here is a sampling of comments from coaches:

“The rules committee studied data that showed higher injury rates on rebounding situations and saw this as an opportunity to reduce opportunities for rough play during rebounds. Additionally, resetting the fouls each quarter will improve game flow and allow teams to adjust their play by not carrying foul totals to quarters two and four.” Well, one out of two ain’t bad. I couldn’t find a single coach who feels injuries add up during free throws. Think about it. Hoops injuries are far more common in occasions in which both players are moving fast and/or in the air. I’m happy to look at data on free throw injuries during rebounds, but I remain skeptical.

Jamie McCarty, Silverton boys: “I like the five fouls per quarter and no oneon-one. I think it is cleaner and it allows more strategy to come into play when thinking about the game and options you have defensively.” Alyssa Ogle, Silverton girls: “If you have a bad quarter it gives you an opportunity going into the fourth to wipe your slate clean and start new. You did not get that luxury previously. It also entices our offense to be aggressive to get to the FT line. It could make comebacks more difficult when they get two instead of maybe one attempt. But the flip side of that is we get two shots to preserve a lead late.” Karl Schmidtman, Kennedy boys: “I have noticed that we are taking less free throws, which speeds up the flow of the game and it allows teams to use their fouls as a tool when we have fouls to give late in quarters. We are still getting better about how to manage the fouls in

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different time and score situations, but I like the extra element of strategy that it brings to the game and I think it will be a better product for fans to watch too.” A second rule change adds a 35-second shot clock for varsity contests. It is optional for lower levels. Coaches I talked with felt that the foul shot rule would have far greater impact. Ogle: “With the shot clock we have worked hard on obtaining two for one possessions and taking advantage of that aspect of the game. Especially this year when we have a phenomenal guard, Kyleigh Brown, who can create shots for herself. So two for one possessions are big for us in the shot clock era. We have only had one offensive shot clock violation and defensively have forced six violations. We love it in that aspect. If we do our job and rebound, our defensive possessions will be 35 seconds max. Great to entice the girls to play tough D and then get the ball back.” Kennedy’s Schmidtman, meanwhile, said “it has been a little bit of an adjustment for us with the shot clock. That has been one of our strengths over the years is that we are pretty patient on offense and wait for a good shot. There have only been a handful of possessions that have been affected by the fact that there is a shot clock though, through five games. I was in support of adding the shot clock, I like that teams still have to play in the fourth quarter and can’t just go into a stall game.” The federation also tweaked the uniform rules, allowing multiple styles and lengths of uniform shorts, although they must all be like-colored. Also teams and players that wear undershirts must wear a single solid color or solid black for visiting teams with dark jerseys.

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Sports Datebook Wednesday,

Jan. 3 Wrestling

1 p.m. Silverton MWC Duals

Girls Basketball

6 p.m. Kennedy vs Regis

Boys Basketball

7:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Regis


Jan. 12 Wrestling

6 p.m. Silverton vs Weswt Albany


Jan. 18

Girls Basketball

5:30 p.m. Silverton vs Crescent Valley

Friday, Thursday,

Jan. 19

Girls Basketball

5:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Blanchet

Jan. 4

7 p.m. Silverton vs Central


Jan. 8

Girls Basketball

5:30 p.m. Silverton vs South Albany

Boys Basketball

7 p.m. Kennedy vs Western Christian


Jan. 30

Girls Basketball

Come Celebrate With Us THANK YOU... to All of our Fall Basketball Volunteer Coaches! Your efforts and commitment to our Youth is greatly appreciated!

5:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Gervais

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Jan. 22

Girls Basketball

Boys Basketball

5:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Western Christian

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7 p.m. Kennedy bs Chemawa

7 p.m. Kennedy vs Blanchet Catholic


Girls Basketball

Boys Basketball

7 p.m. Kennedy vs Willamina

Boys Basketball

Boys Basketball

Jan. 11

Boys Basketball

6 p.m. Silvertn vs Lebanon

Girls Basketball

5:30 p.m. Silverton vs McKay 5:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Gervais

7 p.m. Silverton vs South Albany





7 p.m. Silverton vs McKay 7 p.m. Kennedy vs Gervais

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Girls Basketball

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A Grin at the End

Vanishing Point Dream come true for a car kid I’m not often caught off guard. I usually keep my antenna up. In Oregon, I’ve found that to be a necessity.

museum had anything like it. I turned the corner and there was a pair of Mercedes Benz gull wings from the 1950s. Rare birds indeed.

The other day, however, I was surprised. In point of fact, I had my socks blown clean off. And here’s the weirdest part – I was in Salem. To clarify, I have worked in that city 22 years. I’ve been attacked by a meth addict, cleaned up after a homeless guy who relieved himself in front of the building where I worked, and once had to talk with a legislator. All things considered, no big deal. But last month, I went to a car show and, boy howdy, I thought I had departed from Salem and landed at the Petersen Auto Museum in Los Angeles. From the DeLorean in Back to the Future to the Popemobile, the Petersen has it all. Or so I thought. I had seen a little notice on Facebook about a car show at something called the

Next came a line-up of Lamborghinis and a collection of Ferraris. Brothers Car Museum. It cost $10 and a toy for foster kids. I figured it would give me something to do on a rainy Sunday afternoon. I even got my wife to go with me. We arrived, and I was fully prepared to be unimpressed. Most car shows are that way. The owners love their cars, but how many ’67 Chevelles or ’65 Mustangs does a guy need to see?

My wife asked me which car I would like – as if I could afford one! – and all I could say was, “Yes. Any of them would do.” I continued to drift through the museum, where I saw not one, but two Bugattis that would go 260 mph. That’d get me to work on time. In another area were Cobras. I didn’t count them, but there was a whole nest of them, including a super rare Cobra GT.

were the cars that I grew up with, reading Hot Rod magazine. I thought to myself, if only they had…. Then I saw it. A 1965 Mercury Comet Cyclone. My dad had one of those in honor of his mid-life crisis. This one was tricked out for drag racing, but it was the right color – bright red, so every cop in Philadelphia could see it. I asked my wife to take a picture of me standing next to it. For a few seconds, I was 18 again, and getting ready to head for work at the Woolworth’s luncheonette. After work I would swing by Sal’s Pizzeria for a slice.

Everything You Need, For Anything Yo I walked in the front door and was stopped in my tracks. I was staring directly into the headlights of not one, not two, but four Ford GTs.

Just as I was getting used to being astonished, I turned another corner and saw three white 1953 Corvettes. It was like spotting a family of sasquatches doing an Irish jig in the middle of Mill City.

To me, those were the good old days. And it took a rainy afternoon in Salem to get me there.


This is the car-lover’s equivalent of seeing a flock of California condors – or maybe a herd of unicorns. Not even the Petersen

Then the museum shifted into muscle car mode. You name it, and it had it. These

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