Our Town North: Jan. 15, 2024

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Helping Hands

Civics 101

Catholic Community Services purchases Queen of Angels Monastery – Page 8

Mount Angel’s key issue: infrastructure funding – Page 6

Vol. 21 No. 2

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One concert at a time Songwriters perform to fund music scholarships By Melissa Wagoner

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Since opening its doors in 2015, SoundStream Music – which offers a variety of music and theater instruction to students of all ages in Silverton – has helped fund student scholarships with the ticket sales from an annual performance. “We usually have three to five students throughout the year who end up needing financial help,” owner Corey Christensen said of the impetus for the fund, which peaked at $1,000 last year thanks to a soldout Instructor Showcase event. This year Christensen wanted to try something new. So, beginning Feb. 3, SoundStream will kick off a month-long Songwriter Series that will highlight four unique performers – all members of the talented staff. “The events will be small, with limited seating of 15 to 20 tickets sold for each…” Christensen said, “so it will have a cozy living room atmosphere.” Located in the Hartman Building’s

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Studio 14B, each event will include an assortment of appetizers catered by Little Leaf Café, beer from Silver Falls Brewery and wine. “We are excited and thankful to be working with other amazing local businesses,” Christensen said. The shows start off with Christensen himself – under the stage name Corey Emil – on Feb. 3 “Playing” a wide range of acoustic/electronica alternative rock, Americana, folk, bluegrass, and punk… Corey draws his songwriting experiences from love, loss, and digging deep into the

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meaning behind it all,” Christensen said. Also featured in the series are pianist, Nate Deshler, on Feb. 10; guitarist, Michael Paul Reed, on Feb. 17; and poet musician, Ed Kopp, on Feb. 24. “Ed Kopp will be performing original songs from his upcoming memoire musical ‘Backpacker Poetry’, which documents his life-altering experience backpacking through Europe in 1995,” Christensen described. “The songs will be an eclectic mixture of folk, pop and blues and Ed will also be reading short sections of the book that precede each song.”

Tickets are priced at $40 (age 21+) and will include appetizers and two drink tokens (available at soundstreammusic.org). “[The Songwriter Series] will be enjoyed by most anyone who loves music, and perhaps a couple who wants an intimate atmosphere where they feel the artist is playing just for them,” Christensen said. “We intend to lower the lights, set the stage, and put on some really great shows.”

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Together Silent reading book club Grownup prom Feb. 10 event By Melissa Wagoner

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When Victoria Martusheff – a shift supervisor at Silverton Starbucks on North First Street – came across an advertisement for the Silent Book Club, “a global community of readers and introverts, with more than 500 chapters in 50 countries,” she just had to share it with fellow supervisor, Sofia Perez.

“Often that can be stressful,” Perez said. “But SBC is very much independent reading. You can read a newspaper or a magazine. You don’t have that stress.”

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And because the SBC meetings are loosely structured – with a MELISSA WAGONER bit of conversation time followed by silent reading time – there is less social “I’m a very big reader,” Perez, who is pressure. currently working toward a Library Science “It’s very much an introvert-centered book Degree, said. “I thought it was fantastic.” club,” Perez confirmed. Initially creating an Instagram account If anyone is still nervous about attending, under the moniker, Silverton Silent Book Perez suggested, “Bring your friends… even Club, Perez held the first trial meeting in friends who don’t like to read. Because SBC November. is just to encourage reading, getting to know “It was just me and a couple of coworkers,” the community and getting to know people Perez said. “We just sat here for an hour and who might not read the same thing as you.” talked about what we’re reading.” Silverton’s Silent Book Club meets at And that’s the main difference between a Starbucks, 806 N. First St. every Thursday,5 Silent Book Club (SBC) and the traditional to 6 p.m. Bring your own reading material. version. At an SBC gathering there is no Follow on Instagram @Silverton_SBC. Sofia Perez.

“We wanted Mark Twain to have a solid fundraiser, and this seems like a really fun event,” Parent Teacher Club member Briana Hupp said of the impetus for the event. It will raise money for much-needed playground equipment. “[W]hen the playground we have now was purchased 23 years ago it was for K-3 at Eugene Field,” Hupp said. “Mark Twain has since expanded to include fourth and fifth also. We’re hoping for playground equipment that meets the needs of all of our students.”

“Silverton Community Adult Prom.” “This is not just for parents or people associated with Mark Twain,” Hupp said. “This is for anyone that would like to have a fun, kid-free evening while dancing with their friends, enjoying great food, and raising money for our Title 1 school.” Catered by Guerra’s Restaurant, with drinks donated by Silver Falls Brewing, the prom will also include a silent auction component that can be accessed both at the event and on the fundraiser’s Facebook page. “The maximum is 250 guests... I expect this to sell out,” Hupp predicted.

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Infrastructure Future of Mount Angel hinges on planning, funding By Stephen Floyd Mount Angel Mayor Pete Wall highlighted public infrastructure needs in his State of the City Address Jan. 2 before the Mount Angel City Council. Wall said the city must position itself to tackle multiple priorities, chief among them the wastewater, storm drainage, transportation and parks systems. As an initial step the council has scheduled a work session for Jan. 30 for an in-depth discussion of infrastructure, including revisions and updates to longterm infrastructure plans. “We have a lot on our plate in the future but I am confident that we have the talent and desire in Mount Angel to accomplish great things,” said Wall. He led the address celebrating Mount Angel’s successes such as Oktoberfest, which he described as “one of the most successful community festivals in the nation.” He said a “dedicated” Oktoberfest Board and thousands of volunteers make this possible. Wall also highlighted the strengths of the Mt. Angel School District including the successful passage of a $7 million facilities bond last year. He said numerous other community groups help make

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Wall then highlighted the challenges before the city, namely the need to upgrade aging infrastructure. He said the “costs are staggering” to address all of the city’s needs and the council must identify specific projects that can be addressed as funds become available. He said city staff has worked diligently to identify grants and other funding sources, but even if such funds are secured the city will need to watch its spending. He also noted more funding will become available after the council updates the infrastructure master plans, a step required by many grant providers.

Last year the city purchased an undeveloped lot at 295 W. Marquam St. for a new City Hall. In the Jan. 2 address Wall said the city must still finance the building, likely for millions of dollars. Wall said the community will be kept apprised of fundraising efforts “because however we decide to finance the building, they will be asked to pay for it.” Wall then addressed projected growth in Mount Angel. According to a 2021 study by Portland State University the city is estimated to increase by 25 percent between 2020 and 2030. Wall said it will be important to foster controlled growth rather than “growth for growth’s sake” in order for the city to remain a desirable place to live.

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Related to infrastructure is the need for a new City Hall. The current building is nearly a century old and is failing. Just recently the front office was closed to remove mold-

Mount Angel Mayor Pete Wall won’t seek re-election By Stephen Floyd Mount Angel Mayor Pete Wall has announced he will not seek another term in office. He said instead he’s opening the opportunity for someone else to run for the position this fall. Wall made his announcement during his State of the City address before the Mount Angel City Council during its regular meeting Jan. 2. Wall said, between his previous career as a city manager and his time on the council prior to becoming mayor, he was ready to step aside from civic leadership. “I can honestly say I have enjoyed these years and the relationships we have developed,” Wall told the council. “I’m planning on finishing my term and will do my best to serve the community effectively during this final year.” Wall became mayor after the sudden passing of former Mayor Don Fleck in June of 2022. At the time Wall was serving as president of the City Council. He was appointed to serve the remainder of Fleck’s term and was then elected to a full mayoral term during the November 2022 Election. Wall described Fleck as a close friend and mentor, and a leader who fostered positive relationships and was quick to listen. Wall told Our Town he made a point of building on Fleck’s legacy and said he thinks Fleck would approve of how the council has continued working together. “We’ve made some strides in working on infrastructure


and that was a very big deal to [Fleck],” said Wall. “We get along well as a council and we listen to each other, so I think he would have liked those things.” Wall was initially hesitant to run for mayor in 2022. he said ultimately he placed his name on the ballot to help keep the city on track toward near-term goals. These included major road and sewer improvements, which saw completion in 2023, and efforts to update the city’s long-term infrastructure plan, which have entered the beginning stages. Wall said he believes Mount Angel is currently “headed in a positive direction” and he feels good about passing the baton. Wall said the next mayor of Mount Angel should be a team player who values the contributions of the council and is “able to disagree without being disagreeable.” He said it is important to not bring personal agendas or preconceived notions into the job, saying a mayor who thinks they have it all figured out sets themselves up for failure. When asked if he would endorse a specific candidate, Wall said he wants the election to play out on its own. He will “let the chips fall where they may.” He said he hopes someone with experience in local government runs because they would be less likely to feel overwhelmed by the scope of the job. Candidates interested in running for mayor can file at City Hall starting June 5 through Aug. 27. Also up for election this year will be the council positions currently held by David Hoffer, Shelley Otte and Joseph Pfau.

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Governor discusses state challenges in Salem speech

By James Day SALEM – Oregon Governor Tina Kotek, who is starting her second year in office, was the featured speaker at a Salem Chamber of Commerce event Jan. 8 at the Salem Convention Center. The event, which attracted a capacity crowd of 300 people, was part of the Chamber speakers series and was not intended to be viewed as a state of the state address, a Kotek aide said. Kotek spoke for about 15 minutes, engaged in a 35-minute Q & A with Chamber President Alan Rasmussen of Aumsville, and then fielded questions that audience members had submitted. Her comments tended toward the aspirational and emphasized “work we still have to do” rather than concrete policies and plans.

in rural Oregon: plans to produce a habitat conservation plan for state forests in Western Oregon and the challenge of providing broadband coverage to rural Oregonians. Rasmussen framed the timber question to align with Kotek’s top issue of housing. He asked if the plan might free up more timber and lower materials costs for builders. Kotek said she supports the HCP process and added that she “needs clarity on what we can protect and what we can harvest. I’m committed to that conversation.” Kotek said that statewide broadband and better online service are economic necessities. Other topics discussed by Kotek included livability issues in Portland, budget challenges and work on homelessness in Salem and the upcoming effort to revise Measure 110.

corner on homelessness. The governor noted programs providing motel rooms, a navigation center and tiny villages that have “lowered the number of tents on the sidewalks that we used to see five or six years ago.” She publicly opposed the payroll tax that Salem voters overwhelmingly defeated in the November election. The city was hoping to raise more revenue to fill budget gaps that are partially created by the fact that the dozens of state government buildings in Salem are exempt from property taxes, while the city is stuck with the bill for the public safety work and street infrastructure upkeep. “States should have a role,” Kotek said, adding, “there are benefits to having state workers here. There is a sweet spot somewhere.”

On Salem: Kotek congratulated Salem city and business leaders as well as its social service teams for turning the

On Measure 110: Voters passed the initiative in November 2021 by an almost 59% margin, including a 74% yes vote in Multnomah County, although 19 of the state’s 36 counties voted no. The measure reduced criminal and possession penalties on drugs such as heroin, meth and oxycodone. The goal was to provide treatment for users rather than jail time, but the addiction treatment piece of the puzzle has been slow to get started.

Brockamp retires from directing Silverton Senior Center

Measure 110 reform is high on Kotek’s list of items she hopes the 35-day session of the Legislature will address when it convenes Feb. 5.

Kotek often referred to what she had learned about the state in her Oregon Listening Tour, an ambitious project that put her in all 36 counties. The tour stopped in Silverton, Aumsville and Detroit on June 22, 2023, with the governor discussing housing and homelessness, agricultural issues and wildfire recovery in the Santiam Canyon. Kotek briefly addressed two issues that resonate more broadly

On Portland: “Portland needs to be successful,” she said. “If Portland is having problems that’s bad news for the entire state.” Kotek noted that Portland is a “magnet for fentanyl trafficking” and said that “if your first stop in the state is Portland it should look better and feel safer.”

Somehow it seems that Dodie Brockamp, outgoing executive director of the Silverton Senior Center, will be busier in her “retirement” than she was during her 12 years at the center.

precipitously during the COVID19 pandemic. Things are cooking along strong now, Brockamp said, with 600 individual visitors per month and more than 1,000 total visits.

A celebration of the Senior Center career of Brockamp is set for noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Senior Center, 115 Westfield St. A light luncheon and cake will be served.

Brockamp said the center is ”cramped for space” and noted that one of her dreams was to find a way to create an industrial arts space somewhere on the property.

Brockamp, who spoke to Our Town on Monday, Jan. 8, said she hopes to return to “exploring her own art,” perhaps in collaboration with other local artists at the Oregon Crafters Market in downtown Silverton. Brockamp was a liberal arts/fine arts major at Oregon State University and specializes in calligraphy and sign marking.

Brockamp, whose affection for the center is so strong she calls it her “baby,” learned it was possible to pull away from her duties during a medical leave in December.

She also plans to continue to serve on a city transportation advisory committee as well as one that just began at the state level. “I’m a senior with medical issues and no transportation,” Brockamp said, noting that key goals for

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her transportation work include accessibility and greater use of buses in town, perhaps on a diala-ride model or fixed stops. “I’m really passionate about transportation.” Brockamp also plans to stay involved in work to establish a parks and recreation special taxing district for the greater Silverton area. Brockamp’s memories of the early days of the Senior Center revolve around “getting things up and running.” The facility showed continued growth, then saw it dip

Although still connected to the operation via email and Zoom, Brockamp said that “being forced to stay home told me I could let go. There are dedicated and competent people here who can step up to the plate and I just love all the volunteers. I see that continuing, which is really great. “The center has been my life. I loved being executive director. Now I’m going to be just Dodie.” – James Day


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Sisters close sale of Queen of Angels campus By Stephen Floyd The Benedictine Sisters of Mount Angel have officially sold the Queen of Angels Monastery after relocating from the property last year. On Dec. 27, 2023, the Sisters closed the sale of the property to Salem-based Catholic Community Services (CCS), which has long been a ministry partner with the Sisters. Sister Jane Hibbard, pastoral administrator of the order, said they are grateful to CCS for the continued partnership and for the support of the Mount Angel community. “The Sisters look forward to seeing what develops and also promise to pray daily for what will emerge for the future use of the buildings and property,” said Hibbard. CCS CEO Josh Graves said the group was “honored and humbled by the confidence the Sisters have placed in us.” “We look forward to our continued partnership to sustain the ministries they founded and to preserve the monastery as a place of hope and healing,” said Graves. A formal transfer ceremony is planned for March 20 during which local residents are encouraged by the stakeholders to join CCS and the Sisters in prayer and celebration, and share visions for the future of the property. CCS has said it plans to renovate the living area of the monastery into apartments for St. Joseph’s Shelter, a transitional housing program for families in crisis currently located across the street. The monastery was completed in 1888 and until last year served as the headquarters and primary home for the Sisters. As their ministries grew so did the campus, which eventually included a boarding school and teaching college. The facility is also iconic for the 129foot redwood towering outside the front steps, planted there as a sapling by Sister Protasia Schindler in 1893.

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Membership in Catholic monastic orders has declined since the 1960s and the Sisters were no exception. From their peak six decades ago with more than 140 members, the order currently has 19 professed members, many of whom are 80 or older, plus 80 oblates.


In 2022 the Sisters made the difficult decision to move on from the monastery as it was too large to meet their needs. The building itself needed attention which they struggled to provide. By June of 2023 most of the Sisters had moved into Orchard House, an assisted living facility next door that grew out of a healthcare ministry the Sisters founded in 1955. Others who required less assistance moved into Mount Angel Towers across from Mount Angel Abbey. The order continues to actively engage the community through prayer and ministry. They maintain an office at the former monastery and will continue to do so under CCS. While the transition was in the works, the Sisters sought out a partner that could take ownership of the monastery in a manner that would continue the Sister’s legacy. They initially partnered with Mountain West Investments which expressed interest in building a “front porch community” on the undeveloped areas of the monastery grounds. This would have involved mixed-density housing with an emphasis on walkability and open spaces to encourage active relationships between neighbors. After initial planning efforts, Mountain West pulled out in early 2023 and the Sisters began talking with CCS about sale of the property. CCS already had a history of stewardship over ministries and property begun by the Sisters. In 2017 CCS assumed operations of St. Joseph’s Shelter as well as Mission Benedict, a food and resource center, and Casa Adele, which provides housing for migrant workers. In 2018 CCS also purchased the properties associated with these ministries on Main Street through Saint Joseph Shelter, LLC. These programs are expected to continue under CCS from their current locations for the time being. The transition of programs into the former monastery is expected to occur after facility planning and potential renovations occur over the next year or so.

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Clarifying position on love, hate and hell To the Editor: Pastor John Fredrick of Oak Street Church wrote in the Jan. 1 issue of Our Town that I believe members of the LGBTQ+ community “are going to hell for being queer.” That is not true. First of all, I did not write that in my ad, nor have I ever believed that. As a Christian pastor I am sure he knows that no one “goes to hell” because of any particular sin, whether it be sexual or otherwise. What sends a person to hell, and rightfully so, is their rejection of God’s offer of mercy and forgiveness. Because Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead (as proof that His sacrifice for our sins was accepted by God the Father) the issue is, “What will you do with Jesus?” If you accept Him as Lord by faith you will be forgiven. You may still have to face justice for your crimes, but you will no longer have to face God’s judgment. However, we are not rescued from our sins in order to keep on sinning. We are to “Go and sin no more!” as Jesus said to the prostitute. It is not “love” for Pastor Fredrick to deny or distort what God has clearly told us about sexual sin in the Bible. All sexual acts, outside of marriage between one man and one woman, are sins against God’s glory. Such defiance of God’s good and wise purpose for sex is harmful to

everyone who disobeys God. And it also harmful to many others in society. “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23). There are many ways to defy God. The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” Every kind of sin can be washed away and forgiven. So, it is not “hate” for me to warn people that this true and living God, Who created all of us, will judge our sin. None of us will get away with anything in this world. Either we will pay for our own sins by dying and going to hell, or we will appropriate Jesus’ death on the cross to pay for our sins and allow us to go to be with God forever in heaven. I hope this clarifies the truth I actually believe and I would be happy to meet with anyone to discuss this important matter. Gregg Harris, Pastor, Gracious Cross Reformed Church, Salem, Oregon

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Arnold Schmidt March 14, 1935 – Dec. 16, 2023 Arnold Schmidt passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Dec. 16, 2023, at the age of 88.

Arnold married Shirlee Benike on Sept. 20, 1957, and together they raised two daughters, and loved and cherished their children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Arnold is survived by his wife, Shirlee; their daughters, Rebecca (John) Jolliff and Vel’Dene Gould; as well as siblings, Stanley (Lavona) Schmidt, Richard (Linda) Schmidt, Joanne (Darrell) O’Mary, and Karen (Mark) Scherlie. He is also survived by grandchildren, Charisse (Sam) Loughery, Benjamin (Jenn) Jolliff, Carter (Julia) Gould, Dawson Gould, Ellie (Jacob) Gamboa and Emma (Garrett) Bristow; as well as great-grandchildren, Mason Jolliff, Olivia Loughery, Savannah Loughery, Declan Loughery, Lumen Gould, Cora Gould and Hattie Gamboa. He was preceded in death by his sister, Arlene Pennington, and grandson, Andrew Gould. The family held a private burial at Bethany Pioneer Cemetery in Silverton. A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at First Church of the Nazarene in Salem at 2 p.m. Donations may be made to Salem Academy Christian Schools. Arrangements by Unger Funeral Chapel – Silverton.

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Arnold Schmidt

March 14, 1935 — Dec. 16, 2023

Richard Bay

March 28, 1935 — Dec. 17, 2023

Marilyn “Molly” Kintz

Feb. 26, 1939 — Dec. 18, 2023

Sharon Messman

July 11, 1942 — Dec. 19, 2023

Joseph Trecker

July 15, 1959 — Dec. 27, 2023

Joe Diehl

April 8, 1940 — Dec. 28, 2023 See full obituaries at www.ungerfuneralchapel.com

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Richard ‘Dick’ Moles Aug. 11, 1937 – Sept. 29, 2023 Richard “Dick” L. Moles passed away on Sept. 29, 2023, surrounded by his family. He was born on Aug. 11, 1937, in Phelps, Missouri to Ray and Ella Moles and was one of five boys. The family moved to Scotts Mills, Oregon in 1943.

Arnold was born in Hubbard, Oregon to Steve and Helen Schmidt. A life-long resident of the North Howell community, he loved farming his own property as well as assisting his countless family members and relatives with their operations. Arnold also loved driving trucks and running heavy equipment, having worked for Marion County as a Grader Man 2 for 30 years prior to his retirement in 1994.

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At a young age, Richard developed a passion for music and began playing the piano and accordion in first grade. He met his soulmate, Mary Jo Slayton, at a Silverton High School dance and they married in 1957. They were blessed with a 66-year-long marriage. Over the years, Richard opened his own store, Dick’s Appliances Center, in 1979. However, his greatest joy in life was spending time with his grandchildren. Richard loved taking them boating and camping on the Island at Detroit Lake.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Ray D. Moles and Ella Moles; two brothers, Raymond and Rylan Moles; and his grandson, Michael Moles. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo Moles; sons, Richard L. Moles Jr. and Roger Moles; daughter, Rochelle Moles Kuenzi; 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of Richard’s life will be held on Feb. 3, 2024, at The Farm on Golden Hill (11506 Kaufman Road NE, Silverton, OR 97381) from 2 - 6 p.m. This open house style event will include appetizers, refreshments, and a time to share memories of Richard from 3 - 4 p.m. All friends and family are invited to attend. Arrangements by Unger Funeral Chapel – Silverton.

Jaquelin Martinez June 30, 1974 – Dec. 3, 2023 Jaquelin Irene Martinez, also known as Jackie Laing, passed away on Dec. 3, 2023, at the age of 49 in Scotts Mills, Oregon. She was born on June 30, 1974, in Vernonia, Oregon. Jackie is survived by her children, Nicholas Stovall, Christopher Stovall, Leanna Bird, Xavier Bird, and Donovan Bird. She is also

survived by her father, Chris Laing, and her brother, Steven Laing. She was preceded in death by her mother, Sunny Laing. A ceremony to celebrate Jackie’s life will was held on Dec. 30, 2023 at Scotts Mills Friends Church. Arrangements by Unger Funeral Chapel – Silverton.

Michael Cunningham Oct. 26, 1942 – Dec. 14, 2023 Michael Joseph Cunningham died on Dec. 14, 2023 at age 81. He was born in Portland, Oregon on Oct. 26, 1942. Mike graduated from Jesuit High School and attended Portland State University. In 1972, Mike married Sandra Seifer in Portland where they raised their two sons, Ryan and Casey. After retiring from the Portland Water Bureau, Mike and Sandi moved to Silverton in 2004 where Mike enjoyed delivering Meals On Wheels and driving for the Silverton Hospital Care Van. Mike’s humor and friendly, kind, and helpful manner will be missed by his family and many others who knew him. Mike is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sandi; sons, Ryan (Angie) Cunningham


of Portland and Casey (Michelle Jin) Cunningham of Portland; grandchildren, Cade, Paige, and Avery Cunningham; brother, Fred Cunningham; sisters, Kathy Stine and Mary Drennen; and many nieces and nephews. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Lenore Cunningham; brother, Richard Cunningham; sister, Beth Hiestand; and infant grandson, Brodie Cunningham. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Unger Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association of Oregon or Meals On Wheels Oregon.

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Joe Diehl April 8, 1940 – Dec. 28, 2023 Joe Diehl, born in Mount Angel, Oregon on April 8, 1940, passed away at the age of 83 on Dec. 28, 2023. Joe is survived by his wife, Marilynn Diehl; sister, Mary Dalke; children, Ann McGovern, Robert Diehl, and Karen Mattison; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; five step greatgrandchildren; and three step great-greatgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Irene; brothers, Virgil and Edwin; and sisters, Donna and Marlene. He graduated from St. Mary’s Mt. Angel Prep in 1958 and enlisted in the National Guard. Joe and Marilynn were married on Sept. 10, 1960 in Salem, Oregon. They lived in the Salem-Keizer area for their 63 years of marriage. He started in the egg industry, working on the home farm as a teenager with his brother Virgil and completed his career at Willamette Egg Farms after working there for 38 years.

Joe was a generous man with his time at Saint Edward Catholic Church in Keizer, helping to facilitate mass and other liturgy services. He was especially involved with assisting Father Gary Zerr with funeral services. Joe ad Marilynn moved into their current home on Lake Labish in 2004. Joe loved watching the surrounding farmland activities and maintaining their beautiful yard. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family playing cards, hosting a party, or going golfing. At Oktoberfest, you could find Joe in his lederhosen, dancing a polka. Joe was instrumental in starting the St. Edward Berliner sandwich booth and was involved in running the booth for many years. Services will be held Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024 at 11 a.m. at St. Edward Catholic Church, 5303 River Rd N., Keizer, Oregon. Donations may be made to St. Edward Catholic Church in memory of Joe.

Richard ‘Dick’ Bay March 28, 1935 – Dec. 17, 2023 At the age of 88, Dick Bay passed peacefully at home under the care of Serenity Hospice, and to their staff his family is eternally grateful. Dick served in United States Navy from 1954-1957 as a Frogman with an Underwater Demolition Team. His fiveman dive team was mostly assigned to U. S Marine Force Reconnaissance Unit serving in East Asia region. His areas of operations focused around the countries of North Korea and China. He married his high school sweetheart, Carolee McCready, and they raised four children, Sandi Marie, Richard, Todd and Steven. He lived on the coast, working as a logger and commercial fisherman. In 1958, Dick became a City of Toledo Police Officer. Within a couple of years, he moved the family to Salem, Oregon to go to college getting a degree in accounting. He restarted his law enforcement career as a Marion County Deputy Sheriff. He served from 1963-1985 and rose through the ranks to become a top administrator with the office.

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Throughout his career, he was instrumental with developing Marion County’s Search and Rescue Teams, the Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy Program, and developing the first Statewide Oregon Police Academy to certify Law Enforcement Officers. He spearheaded establishing the first Boys and Girls Club of Salem and other youth and law enforcement programs.

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January madness Foxes in thick of league hoops battles

Yes, it’s only January, but the Mid-Willamette Conference hoops season already is churning out masterpieces. Silverton took down two unbeaten teams from South Albany in a doubleheader sweep on Jan. 8, and as of presstime the Foxes were in the thick of both battles for league bragging rights.

can much more easily absorb the extra parking that the tournament requires on university instructional days. Wrestling: The squads at Silverton and Kennedy are battling their way through January tournaments and duals and looking forward to districts and state in February. Silverton’s Jared Wilson is in his 15th year as a head coach and his fourth with the Foxes and told Our Town “this is as fun of a year as I have had coaching a group of kids. I can’t wait to see how we continue to progress and compete as the season goes on. Turnout was good this year. We had over 60 kids register for wrestling. Our goal is always to try and get over 50. Coaches worked hard to recruit. The support of wrestling from our football program, and Coach [Dan] Lever has been a tremendous help as well.”

The girls are 4-0 in league and ranked No. 5. They are tied with No. 7 Corvallis for the MWC lead, with Silverton set to visit the Spartans on Monday, Jan. 15. Also in the hunt at 3-1 are No. 3 South Albany, No. 10 West Albany and No. 15 Crescent Valley.

Three of the Foxes’ top returnees are football standouts Bo Zurcher, Brash Henderson and Dalton Richie. Henderson was second at state a year ago at 220 pounds, with Zurcher fourth at 132. Ritchie competed in the heavyweight division, while 106-pounder Kingston Meadors took third at 106 as a freshman a year ago.

The boys? Well, there currently is a five-way tie for the league lead among the No. 12 Foxes, No. 4 Woodburn, No. 7 West Albany, No. 10 South Albany and No. 23 Corvallis. All 5 teams are 3-1 in league. Silverton showed it belonged in both sets of standings with impressive wins vs. South Albany. Kyleigh Brown scored a school record 37 points in the Foxes’ 66-51 victory. Brown, a 5-8 senior guard who will play college ball at Portland State, broke the school record of 36 set by Elizabeth Carr in 1996-97. It also was announced Monday that Brown will be joining an Oregon team that will be playing a team from Washington in April’s Northwest Shootout. The boys, meanwhile, rallied from a potentially crushing double overtime loss at Central to deal South Albany its first league loss by a 65-54 score. The Foxes never trailed after the 3:38 mark of the first quarter and used the inside work of Brody Kuenzi (13 points), the outside work of Tyler Pooleon and Cade Wynn (a combined five 3-pointers) and the scrappy, knees-onthe-floor hustle of Elijah Howard and Sawyer Teeney to overcome the RedHawks. In one series of fourth-quarter possessions Teeney, who quarterbacks the Foxes’ football team, stole the ball and made a layup, hit a putback shot and took a charge.

The Foxes also features two solid girls wrestlers, McKayla Bonham, who placed at state a year ago and Ella Lulich, who has made strong showings in tournaments.


At Kennedy, coach Dewey Enos, who started the program from ground zero in 2017, has 19 wrestlers, 16 boys and 3 girls. Strong boys performers thus far include senior 285-pounder Evan Wyatt and freshman 175-pounder Creo Walker. Senior Kira Boitano (105/110 pounds) and freshman Briana Pierre (190-pounds ) have been competing well for the girls.

Also on the hoops front, the Oregon School Activities Association has switched the site of the Class 5A tournaments from Gill Coliseum at Oregon State University to Linfield University because of scheduling conflicts at OSU. Gill is easily the best site among the six used for all the tournaments, with end zone seating for rooting sections and bands. Also, Corvallis is so much easier to get to than McMinnville. Plus OSU/Corvallis

“We just take it day by day. We don’t look too far ahead.,” Enos told Our Town. “I focus on the day to day tasks, with keeping good grades, and having structural practice. Also, getting ready for competitions later down the road. We do focus on our goals towards districts and state. But we try to improve day by day to get us to those tournaments. Winning is fine and fun but as long as we are able to finish together, I think that is what’s most important right now.”

Kyleigh Brown is shown in Portland State gear. Brown, who set a Foxes school record of 37 points in the Jan. 8 game vs. South Albany, will be playing for the Vikings next season.

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Three years for fatal dog mauling By Stephen Floyd After accepting a plea deal last month, a Bend woman has been sentenced to three years in prison for the fatal dog mauling of a former Silverton man.

said his death highlights the vulnerabilities of the homeless community.

Both Keeton and McCleery were living in a homeless encampment at Juniper Ridge just northeast of Bend, locally called “Dirt World,” when Jessica Rae McCleery, the attack took place. 38, was sentenced Dec. Keeton had moved to 29, 2023, in Deschutes Jessica Rae McCleery. Bend in March of 2023 County Circuit Court SUBMITTED PHOTO after living in Silverton after pleading guilty Dec. since 2018. He was a 22 to charges including familiar face to Silverton criminally-negligent homicide. residents and service providers. McCleery admitted she was Authorities said three pitbull/bull negligently responsible when her three mastiff-mix dogs owned by McCleery dogs attacked Joe Keeton, 56, on July attacked Keeton unprovoked. They 19, 2023, at a homeless encampment later learned the dogs had a history outside Bend. of attacking people, including In addition to three years in custody three hospitalizations, and accused McCleery was sentenced to three McCleery of negligently causing years of post-prison supervision during Keeton’s death. which she may not possess animals. During the sentencing hearing it was The three dogs in question were revealed McCleery called 911 and forfeited to BrightSide Animal Center, tried to save Keeton, then directed in Redmond, where they were housed police to the location as they arrived, after the attack. according to Prior to her change of plea McCleery The Bulletin. was charged with first-degree Judge Wells Ashby said these actions manslaughter for which she faced and others such as McCleery’s willing at least 10 years in prison. This was surrender of the dogs showed she dismissed as part of the agreement. meant no harm to Keeton. Ashby said McCleery additionally pled guilty to it was also important to acknowledge two counts of maintaining a dangerous the “horrific manner of [Keeton’s] dog that killed a person. death.” During sentencing, Keeton’s daughter, According to The Bulletin, Kansas Kansas Keeton, addressed the court Keeton said McCleery’s punishment in a statement read by Deputy was “just” but also noted the sentence District Attorney Rosalie Beaumont, does not compare to the “deeply as reported by The Bend Bulletin. traumatizing” manner of Keeton’s Kansas Keeton recalled her father as intelligent, friendly and ambitious, and death.

‘No active threats’ as search continues Mount Angel Police Chief Mark Daniel said there are “no active threats to the community” as authorities search for a suspect in the Jan. 1 fatal shooting of a local resident.

Pershing Street near W. Marquam Street in Mount Angel. He allegedly fled the scene before authorities arrived. First responders found Slack with serious injuries; he died at the scene after life-saving efforts were attempted.

Agustin Barocio, 42, has been accused of killing Brandon Slack, 42, both of Mount Angel, and is the subject of a no-bail Agustin Barocio warrant on charges including Charges filed against SUBMITTED PHOTO second-degree murder with a Barocio Jan. 2 In Marion firearm. County Circuit Court accused him of also holding a woman As of press time Barocio remained at against her will at gunpoint in an act large, according to the Marion County of domestic violence during the same Sheriff’s Office. incident. Daniel told Our Town Barocio is not In addition to murder, Barocio was considered a risk to the community charged with first-degree kidnapping because Slack was believed to be his constituting domestic violence, unlawful only target. use of a weapon constituting domestic “This was not a random act,” said Daniel. violence, and felon in possession of a “This was specifically focused… There’s firearm. If convicted, he faces at least 25 no danger to the community.” years and up to life in prison. Daniel said he could not provide additional details because the investigation was ongoing. He said Marion County has taken the lead as it has greater resources for a murder investigation and will provide future updates. Those with information on Barocio’s whereabouts are encouraged to contact the sheriff’s office at 503-5846211, or Crime Stoppers of Oregon at crimestoppersoforegon.com. Crime Stoppers tips can be anonymous and may be eligible for a $2,500 reward. Barocio allegedly shot Slack just before 6 a.m. Jan. 1 at a residence on N.

According to court records, Barocio has an extensive criminal history involving numerous arrests for violent and drugrelated offenses since 1999 in Marion, Clackamas, and Polk counties. This includes an arrest in 2019 for alleged domestic assault involving the same female victim as the Jan. 1 incident. Barocio was most recently sentenced to 30 months in prison in 2020 for a probation violation after being convicted in 2018 for threatening two men with a firearm. He had violated his probation after being found guilty in 2020 of possessing methamphetamine. – Stephen Floyd

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A Slice of the Pie

Stopping to notice Novel ways to capture the special moments Documenting the early days of my children’s lives came easily as, beginning with my very first pregnancy, I journaled in a Belly Book filled with photo prompts and questions designed to track milestones from the first flutters to the initial contractions and everything in between. I was dutiful when it came to those books, just as I was with every baby book that came after – affixing locks of hair, stamping footprints and marking every occasion.

I have not been great about remembering to put notes in the jar. And yet, every New Year’s Eve – when our family gathers to read from and empty the jar – it is absolutely overflowing with play programs, concert tickets, wristbands, promotional certificates and memories written in the ever-changing penmanship of my three girls.

Then something happened. The books were filled and – no longer motivated by prewritten questions and blank photo boxes – my scrupulous record keeping began to fall by the wayside. Faced with a future that consisted of baby pictures and senior pictures with nothing in between, I knew I had to do something. And so, I developed new ways of chronicling our family’s lives and – best of all – got everyone involved.

Far superior to my own reporting, these little notes recall what each girl thought was “awesome” about her own year – the sleepovers, first days of school, vacations and holidays – all from their unique points of view. They are – to put it simply – priceless.

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It’s just a glass jar, a stack of paper and a pen but, centrally located, it can be a great way to keep track of all the “awesome” things that happen throughout the year.

I am not a natural photographer. I rarely gravitate towards a camera when it comes to capturing life’s moments big or small. But my kids are different, they love nothing more than to “play” with a camera. Because to them it is play.

But I’m going to be honest, from day one

And their photography is amazing, which makes sense. After all, children are, by and large, incredibly detail oriented. The world around them is still so new. And they’re far less embarrassed about photographing people than an adult might be. Rather, they seem to think nothing of asking family members to pose, and the results they get are often far more relaxed and much more genuine. It’s life from a new perspective. It’s silly pictures, poignant pictures, blurry pictures and pictures of life as it happens. And it’s the best because it’s real.

The Memory Wall After an entire year of gathering moments in the Awesome Jar and photos on the computer, I bring everything together to form the Memory Wall – a giant cork board that hangs in my office. Far better than any album – which only lives in a drawer – the Memory Wall is something I see every day. It reminds me that, even though we’re busy and life feels like it’s flying by, we’re still taking the time to notice the small moments and to appreciate them, just like I did when my babies were small – only now we’re doing it together.

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Michael Schmidt Principal Broker GRI 873-3545 ext. 314

Micha Christman Office Manager 873-1425

Sarah Sanders Property Manager 873-3545 ext. 311

Tayler Whitaker Secretary 873-3545 ext. 300

#T2789 SILVERTON MOBILE ESTATES $165,000 Wow!! So many amazing updates in this #T2792 FAIRY TALE COTTAGE $770,000



Known locally as ‘Fairy Tale Cottage’, one of Silverton’s best loved Historic Homes, built in 1935 in English Cottage style w/ turret entry & finial, clinker brick & slump stone façade, cedar shingle roof w/rolled gables, raked cedar siding, catches the attention of passers-by. Interior has original mahogany trim, double hung & leaded glass casement windows, oak hardwood floors, coved ceilings, custom cabinets, 14 rooms, 2 FP’s, B’fast nook. Full basement. Wonderful street near park. Bonus room could be 4-BR. Call Michael at ext. 314 (WVMLS#808110)

This home has everything! Classic Historical Silverton home, close to downtown, original character, wood floors, updated bathrooms with granite countertops, gas fireplace and two gas stoves. Living room on each level, plus conversational room. Lower level could be separate dual living, with farm sink, refrigerator, bedroom, bath and laundry facilities. Landscaped with paver walkways, water feature, full custom fencing and gated driveway with alley access. Welcoming front porch to enjoy your beautiful yard! Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 (WVMLS#811026)

Single level home in Keizer, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, oversized main bedroom with an on suite, many updates to this home, light and bright, with formal living and family room. Wood insert in the formal living room area. Plus wonderfully landscaped yard with covered deck and oversized garden shed. This home is move in ready. Must view to appreciate! Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 (WVMLS#811435)

COUNTRY/ACREAGE #T2761 GREAT OPPORTUNITY 1.66 Acres. Salem. Call Whitney at ext. 320 or Mike at ext. 312 $199,000 (WVMLS#800102)


2190 sqft 3.36 Acres. Dallas. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $533,000 (WVMLS#803517)


WE HAVE BUYERS LOOKING! Now is the perfect time to list your home. Contact us today for a FREE home evaluation!

SOLD – #T2781 RURAL SETTING 3 BR, 2 BA 2044

sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $725,000 (WVMLS#805144)

fixtures, kitchen, bathrooms, plumbing and so much more. You will not find another one like this one in the desirable Silverton Mobile Estates. Conveniently and centrally located in the park. You must see this one. Call Becky at ext. 313 (WVMLS# 807664)

SILVERTON #T2789 SILVERTON MOBILE ESTATES 2 BR, 2 BA 1248 sqft Call Becky at ext. 313 $165,000 (WVMLS#807664)

#T2792 FAIRY TALE COTTAGE 3 BR, 2 BA 2997 sqft Call Michael at ext. 314 $770,000 (WVMLS#808110) #T2802 CLASSIC HISTORICAL SILVERTON 4 BR, 3 BA 3794 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $768,500 (WVMLS#811026)

SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES SOLD – #T2775 SO MUCH OPPORTUNITY 3 BR, 2 BA 2190 sqft 3.36 Acres. Dallas. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $533,000 (WVMLS#803517)


#T2761 GREAT OPPORTUNITY 1.66 Acres. Salem. Call Whitney at ext. 320 or Mike at ext. 312 $199,000 (WVMLS#800102)

FOR RENT Call Micha or Sarah at 503-873-1425 Or Visit silvertonrealty.com

503.873.3545 16 • January 2024

up! Newer roof, paint, flooring, cabinets, counters,

#T2794 HIGHLY DESIRABLE COUNTRY PROPERTY 2 BR, 1.5 BA 1548 sqft 2.2 Acres. Salem. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $596,700



home from the floor


#T2803 WOODBURN SENIOR ESTATES 2 BR, 2 BA 1140 sqft. Woodburn. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $258,700 (WVMLS#811216) #T2806 SINGLE LEVEL HOME 3 BR, 2.5 BA 1762 sqft. Keizer Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $447,800 (WVMLS#811435)

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