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Something to Celebrate Becky Ludden, First Citizen....................4 Erica Rumca & Mindy Duerst, Distinguished Service Award.................5 Bill & Sylvia Long, Judy Schmidt Lifetime Achievement Award................6 Silverton Pill Box Pharmacy, Business of the Year..............................8

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Zahra DeShaw, Future First Citizen...... 10

Something Fun Library hosts Actor’s Improv................11

Sports & Recreation SHS battles W. Albany boys basketball....20

Datebook...............................12

Helping Hands Middle school leadership fundraises for cancer research...............................21

Something to Think About

Disaster preparedness conference emphasizes unique populations......... 15

Civics 101 District, teachers reach accord............. 16 Starbucks planned for Silverton lot...... 17

The Forum..............................17 Business Cast Iron Café breaks bread..................18

Passages................................. 19

Marketplace.......................21 A Grin At The End...........22 On the cover The Silverton Chamber of Commerce First Citizen Award committee and friends (from left) Brittney Black, Lucy Hupp, Dixon Bledsoe, Briana Hupp, Kyle Palmer, Darby Hector, Jane Jones, and Ken Hector surprise Amber Grant of Silverton Pill Box Pharmacy as Business of the Year. JIM KINGHORN

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First Citizen By Melissa Wagoner A list of organizations in which Becky Ludden does not volunteer might very well be shorter than the list in which she does. She is a member of the Silverton Garden Club, Zenith Women’s Club, Silverton Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary, the Silver Falls YMCA Advisory Council, the Elks, SABLE Quilt Group, the Silverton Home Garden Tour Committee, the Habitat for Humanity Selection Committee, Silver Falls Parks and Recreation District Committee, Homer Davenport Community Festival Committee and a self-proclaimed City Council groupie. With such an extensive list of community activities, it is no wonder Ludden was nominated to the Silverton Chamber of Commerce for First Citizen for 2019. “Becky has been one of the community’s strongest advocates for our pool,” Mayor Kyle Palmer wrote in his nomination letter. “She served on the Pool Taskforce in 2012, and currently serves on the City of Silverton Parks and Recreation Task

Becky Ludden honored for impressive contribution to community Force. She was an integral component of the Friends of the Silverton Pool PAC that advocated for and successfully passed a fiveyear operations levy in 2012, helping preserve that asset.” Although not a swimmer herself, the pool weighed heavily in Ludden and her late husband Al’s decision to move to Silverton from California 12 years ago.

me to keep the pool open for social interaction, friendships, and in honor of Al.” An avid gardener, Ludden is also heavily involved in the Silverton Garden Club, where she spent two years as president and this past two as treasurer. “[S]uch a friendly group of people who just want to learn and share,” Ludden said.

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“My husband was a life-time swimmer...” Ludden said. “He swam 90 lengths of this pool daily... So, when the winter closure was proposed in 2012, it was a natural thing for us to turn to all who use the pool to keep that asset open for Silverton. I have never been part of such an awesome group of people as those who pulled together to make that happen. I am a ‘no water in my face’ person and take a lot of teasing about that, but 11 and a half years later, I’m still happy to be able to exercise there with a dry face. It’s also important to

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She is also the acting secretary of the Silver Falls YMCA Leadership Council. “As with most of my civic involvements, Kyle Palmer is responsible,” Ludden said. “He invited me to join the leadership council about seven years ago. And somehow, I became secretary by the third or fourth meeting, with the caveat that anyone who disputes the minutes gets the job, and I’m still taking minutes!” Although Ludden is not an acting member of the Silverton City Council –

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much to Mayor Palmer’s chagrin – that doesn’t stop her from attending. “Becky attends every Silverton City Council meeting,” Mayor Palmer verified, “and although she would make an unbelievable city councilor, she prefers to be in the background, helping in any way she can.” “The city council meetings got my attention during the pool levy efforts,” Ludden explained, adding, “My grandfather always said ‘You can fight City Hall’ – and he did – but I find working in cooperation with local government to be very effective. I am so impressed with the voluntary time given by our elected officials and... in awe of the knowledge and professionalism of the city staff.” And that appreciation is mutual. “Regardless of the event, Becky is sure to show up and help decorate, clean up, organize, or do anything that is needed,” Palmer said. “She is an amazing community asset!”

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Raising funds for Silverton’s Project Graduation – a parent organization which puts on an all-night, drug and alcoholfree post-graduation celebration – is no small feat. With an average of 225 kids attending the party each year, costs can range into the thousands. But it is well worth all the effort it takes to fund this annual fete, according to Erica Rumca, who, along with Mindy Duerst, heads up the primary fundraiser – the Silverton Dodgeball Tournament. “We want to make sure every kid gets a graduation party,” Rumca explained. “And it’s really important that every kid get a gift because for some kids, they don’t get a gift and they don’t get a party.” Rumca and Duerst developed the tournament 10 years ago when their two oldest children were seniors. “We started working on Project Graduation in fundraising,” Rumca recalled. “I handled all the raffles that year. So, I went to all the basketball games that year and I think I made $1,800 for all that effort. Wow, was that a lot of work!” Those disappointing returns compelled the two women to put their heads together and create a different kind of fundraiser, one that would take the place of the many, smaller campaigns that were being held throughout the year. What they came up with was a community-wide dodgeball tournament. “At first [the district] said no,” Rumca said. “I think it was a liability issue.” But, with persistence, some research, and some borrowed equipment from one of the local elementary schools, the idea won out.

Team Registration and Sponsorship: • 64 co-ed teams of eight • $350 new teams, $300 returning • Registration runs thru March 1 teamsignup@silvertondodgeball.com Tournament: April 4, 8:30 a.m. in the SHS Gymnasium. Admission: $5 or $1 off with canned food for SACA. silvertondodgeball.com Mindy Duerst and Erica Rumca.

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“We had 27 teams our first year,” Rumca said. “We Googled everything.” Although that first year was a success, it was not without challenges, namely tournament etiquette. “We’re just moms,” Rumca laughed. “We don’t know anything about tournaments. But the community helped us learn.”

“And it’s close to 150 volunteers throughout the year,” Duerst added. “There’s a lot of helpers. It’s definitely a team effort. But Silverton has a very supportive community.” That support has taken many forms including monetary donations and team sponsorships, swag donations used for player awards and time spent setting up,

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“They haven’t done it alone, but every one of the volunteers will tell you that these two are the heartbeat of the event,” nominator and long-time dodgeball referee Mayor Kyle Palmer wrote in his nomination letter. “They don’t simply stand around and supervise – from the time the first courts are installed in the morning until the last one is put away 10 hours later, they are moving constantly. They organize and supervise teams of referees, scorekeepers, ball boys and girls, court maintenance teams, registration tables, orientation, and security at the doors.” Although a surprise to both Rumca and Duerst, the recognition has nonetheless been appreciated. “I got teary,” Rumca said of the moment she received the award notification. “[T]his is so unnecessary, but appreciated. We just like to do our stuff and step back.”

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“We have some years where people will say, ‘We’ll sponsor a team,’ so then we have to fill the teams,” Rumca said. “And we will dig deep to fill every one. Mindy’s asked people on an airplane before.”

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Giving their time, giving their all By Brenna Wiegand Bill and Sylvia Long will be honored as recipients of the 2019 Judy Schmidt Lifetime Achievement Award at the First Citizen Banquet Feb. 8 at the Mt. Angel Festhalle. “It’s very humbling to be given this award, especially that was established in Judy Schmidt’s name,” Sylvia Long said. “We’ve never gotten this kind of award, and to be nominated as a couple – all I can say is that it’s very, very humbling.” Sylvia met Judy Schmidt when Schmidt was director of the hospital’s volunteer services department. “She and her husband were very nice and really involved with the community,” Sylvia said. “I just always thought Judy was the ultimate head cheerleader for everything in the community and that she always did an excellent job.” These days the Longs’ Friday morning routine begins with Sylvia dropping off Bill at the hospital where he mans the

information desk, providing the first friendly face to those entering its doors. From there Sylvia proceeds to the Oregon Garden where she helps track volunteer hours, works in the Visitor Center and fills in wherever else she’s needed. Upon her return, Bill and Sylvia enjoy lunch at the hospital before returning home, tired but satisfied at how their work enriches their lives as much as it does those they serve. “We didn’t know anybody when we moved here, and we figured that the best way to meet people was by getting involved in volunteering and taking part in community events,” Sylvia said. “The people were very accepting and friendly and warm. Silverton Farmers Market had just started up and before long we’d show up and everybody would greet us and ask how we were settling in. “Volunteering in your community is not only a good way to make friends and socialize,” she said. “It’s also good to get out of the house and I think volunteering

helps young people figure out what avenue of work they want to go into – or not go into – after high school or college. “Sometimes you think you want to do one thing and then if you go volunteer for it you might want to change your mind,” she said, “so I think it opens up different opportunities for people.” The couple moved to Silverton from Carson, California, upon her retirement in 2002. Among its other charms, Silverton reminded Bill of being raised in Oregon City and Beaverton when those towns were, well, more like Silverton. “Our friends thought we were crazy,” Sylvia laughed. “For about five years before I retired, we came up to check places out and Silverton just seemed to be the right place to live.” Sylvia promptly joined the hospital auxiliary and five years later Bill followed suit. In that time Bill has logged more than 900 volunteer hours, mostly at the information desk. In her 18 years of service, between auxiliary, office work, gift

shop, information desk, espresso stand and all kinds of special events, Sylvia has given at least 6,000 hours to the hospital – a statistic that is nearly as surprising to her as the award itself. “Wow,” she said. “I know I volunteered, and I know enjoyed it, but I didn’t realize it was that much,” Long said. “Bill and Sylvia are dedicated to providing excellent care and service to our patients, family members and community, and always with a positive attitude and caring spirit,” the hospital reports. The couple brings the same spirit to the Oregon Garden where they’ve shared its vision from their arrival. A Garden representative calls the Longs outstanding individuals, among the most dedicated and longest-serving volunteers and a blessing to work with. “It can be safely said that each of them has contributed well over 5,000 hours of volunteer time during their tenure,” the Garden reports.

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Bill and Sylvia Long receive Judy Schmidt Lifetime Achievement Award 49th Annual Silverton First Citizen Awards Saturday, Feb. 8, 6 p.m. Mt. Angel Festhalle 500 Wilco Hwy. Mt. Angel Tickets: $40, available at: silvertonchamber.org or at the Chamber office 426 S. Water St., Silverton (No tickets at door) Gluten-free or vegetarian options available. Reservations: 503-873-5615

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“I first met them when they joined the Methodist church,” one nominator said. “They are active members in all aspects of the church life. Oftentimes you’ll see them in the kitchen helping clean up and they’re often among the last to leave.”

The couple’s community involvement has also extended to such efforts as Eugene Field Elementary School’s SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) program and helping at the Silver Falls Library. “It is clear that when Bill and Sylvia give a commitment to something, they give their all,” went the nomination. “Silverton is indeed better for Bill and Sylvia Long making the decision to retire here.” Sylvia has volunteered her entire adult life. “I belonged to a junior women’s club in Southern California where we went to convalescent homes and visited people on holidays and take treats to them and that’s where I heard about Meals on Wheels,” she said. “I was in my 20s, home with our young daughter, and I’d take her along. “People really looked forward to the meals and chatting with my daughter,” Long said. “I wasn’t working at the time and wanted to do something that would help me get out of the house and help others.”

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Personalized expertise By Brenna Wiegand Silverton Pill Box Pharmacy will be celebrated as Silverton’s 2019 Business of the Year Feb. 8 at the First Citizens Banquet. “I cried,” Pill Box owner Amber Grant said. “We are thrilled beyond words. “When you’ve been here as long as we have, these people have become my family. We grew up together; our families interacted over sports and other community stuff.” Nominators say Grant’s interactions go far beyond love of neighbor. “She’s called relatives when an elderly family member seemed confused about their medications to make sure he understood the instructions,” a nominator said. “We’re not just filling prescriptions,” said Grant. “We should be helping people get their medicine and take it correctly; many people don’t. “One of the good things about being in

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a small town is that you chat with people like neighbors,” she added. “They’ll say, ‘Grandma fell the other day’ and I know the grandma and I’ll check on her meds and maybe suggest she call the doctor.” “She has spent hours arguing with insurance companies for the best outcomes for her patients,” a supporter said. “I’ve watched her staff run to another pharmacy in the rain when they were out of a needed medication.”

include providing flu shots at the Senior Center and regular donations to Lions and Kiwanis club endeavors.

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“Amber and her team are the epitome of community service,” a nominator said. “Name a local organization and they’ve supported it... Pill Box has donated thousands of dollars to our community.” Contributions, in kind or monetary,

Pill Box is a closed corporation owned by the managers of each of its six stores. The vision began in the mid-1970s when pharmacist Don Bodine sought a way to provide customers with more personal care. He thought by being independent he could help in a way that no other pharmacy

“He was a wonderful man,” Grant said. “Though Don has passed away, the first thing I did when I got the award was call his wife and tell her the vision still works.” Grant got an internship at Silverton Pill Box while attending OSU. Two years later she was made manager. Today, she

and husband Bud have one daughter and are expecting their first grandchild. “Being independent leaves me more leeway to serve patients with a little more personal attention and get more individualized in things I do for the community,” Grant said. “We are not bound by somebody else’s rules; I can give people my personal phone number or they text or email me. I can spend a little more time and energy to create things that couldn’t happen if I had corporate rules to follow. “My daughter has asked me why I didn’t go to a big chain or hospital where you can make more money,” Grant continued. “That would never work for me. People is what I was meant to do… I knew from Day 1 this was who I wanted to be. “I have never felt like I wasn’t appreciated but… to be able to say to people ‘I hope I have done what you asked me to do and I hope I have been here for you and hope I’ve been the business I try to be,’ this is a formal acknowledgement that I did what I set out to do.”

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$236,000 Wooded Homesite! 4.85 Acres awaiting replacement home! ~ Silverton Joe & Dana Giegerich 503-931-7824 MLS#757746 $188,000 Live among the trees! 10.94 Acres approved for Forest Dwelling ~ Silverton Joe & Dana Giegerich 503-931-7824 MLS#758027 $186,000 Valley Views! 2 Acre site on McCully Mtn! ~ Lyons Joe & Dana Giegerich 503-931-7824 MLS#749532

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By Dixon Bledsoe Awesome grades? No-brainer. Mad skills in everything from public speaking to leadership? Certainly. Lots of awards for speech and debate, academic excellence, and benevolent, community-centric volunteer? You bet. Zahra DeShaw is a young woman who not only has taken loads of Advance Placement classes in Psychology, Anatomy, Physiology, Language and Composition, as well as Environmental Science, she not only knows how to spell S.T.E.M. and what it means, she understands what it means for high school students in general and young women in particular. And it doesn’t intimidate her since she has a great grasp on Precalculus and Trigonometry. Silverton’s Future First Citizen 2019 is multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary. She volunteers at the Silverton Community Dinner Wednesday nights at the Silverton Christian Church, where they feed as many as 400 people each week. She has been a peer tutor and mentor to an autistic student, helps train other students in speech and debate while coaching them in social skills, work etiquette and eloquence of speaking. Zahra has served on the teen council for the Goal Women’s Summit through Portland State Women’s Leadership Program, one of 21 young women selected to create a leadership summit on empowerment and success for young women. She has volunteered at Silverton Rotary’s Daddy-Daughter Dance and in Rotary’s Interact Club. DeShaw has worked through the high school leadership program to fundraise money for the successful Tree of Giving, which buys Christmas presents for more than 100 kids each year. An Indian American, Zahra is a member of the Equity Team at Silverton High School, selected by Principal Wade Lockett to be one of four students to reform school policies and design professional development for staff to improve equity at the school.

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“There are not enough good things to say about Zahra,” Lockett said. “She has been a force in helping move the culture of the school in a positive direction. She honors and appreciates every person in the school for who they are and is a great example for her peers.”

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She quickly realized the best role for the group was to teach the teachers. “It isn’t the students we needed to start with on issues of equity and diversity. It is the people who are going to teach them and the subject.” Zahra has won awards as an Advance Placement Scholar, a leadership award in the Young Leaders program, and was a finalist at State in Original Oratory in the speech and debate competition. She loves to spend her free time with her family and many cousins, helping the younger ones do homework or just reading to them. “Just being with them is fun and rewarding,” she said. She and her friends, like Brady Tavernier, hang out regularly at Main Street Bistro where they talk about societal and political challenges, read, or just unwind. He is totally impressed by his friend. “Zahra is undeniably a trailblazer within the Silverton community,” Brady said. “Being her friend has not only made me recognize the uncompromising dedication she puts into all of her work within the community and the high school but has motivated me to do my part as well.” Silverton Mayor Kyle Palmer, a member of the Future First Citizen Selection Committee, added, “This is the most talented group of finalists we have ever seen and each one of them is deserving of the recognition. That said, Zahra’s poise and awareness of her role in the world, both currently and in various prospective roles in the future, stunned the panel, helping convince us that she was going to spend her life fighting for the needs of others around her. Exactly what this award embodies. With this group of nominees, it’s easy to forget we are talking to 17 and 18-year-olds. The service to others is incredible.” Asked what she would do differently coming in as a brand-new freshman, she is self-assured in her thoughts. “I would definitely spend more time with friends and family making memories, since we are never as young as we are right now,” Zahra said. One day she really enjoyed was competing in a speech and debate tournament then racing home to get dressed for the Winter Formal, where she was selected as a princess.

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Zahra DeShaw contributes on many fronts Her best memory? “Supporting each other in school and in an amazingly supportive town. Helping Homecoming Court and parade participants get ready to celebrate. Just helping create a community of people having fun.”

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Was she surprised at being selected the 2019 Future First Citizen? “Absolutely. I didn’t feel great about my interview. When the committee called me that day to the high school conference room, saying they had a few more questions, I walked into balloons, the selection committee, and friends congratulating me. I was shocked, no doubt about it.” Silverton Future First Citizen Zahra DeShaw. DIXON BLEDSOE

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A to Z,” Drake noted. “We tell two people who they are and the situation. Then they start lines with the letters A to Z.” Following the warm-up, the group moves through a litany of other games, each designed to make the experience lighthearted and fun and also to minimize stage-fright, a very real fear for many would-be actors.

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Datebook Frequent Addresses Mount Angel Public Library, 290 Charles St., 503-845-6401 Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., 503-873-7633 Silverton Community Center, 421 S Water St. Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield, 503-873-3093. Age 50 and older.

Weekly Events Monday

Craft Store, Mt. Angel Community &

Senior Center, 195 E Charles St. Open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturdays. 503-845-6998 Yoga with Tracy, 9:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. $8 members, $10 nonmembers. Repeats Wednesdays, Fridays. Stay Fit Exercise, 9:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Call 503-8733093 for cost. Repeats Wednesdays, Fridays. Pickleball, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Bring paddle if have one. All ages. No experience necessary. Free for YMCA, Silverton Senior Center members. $5 others. Repeats 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Thursday; 6:30 - 9 p.m. Friday; 8 - 11 a.m. Sunday. Resource Day Center, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Help connecting to services, coffee, snacks for homeless, those close to it. 971-343-1099, shelteringsilverton.org Senior Meal Site, 11:30 a.m., Mt. Angel Community & Senior Center, 195 E Charles St. Pre-order meals a week ahead by calling 503-845-9464. Repeats Thursdays. Meals-on-Wheels delivered Monday - Friday. Recovery at Noon, Noon – 1 p.m., Silverton Coffee Club, Third and High. Every day. 503-873-1320 Line Dancing, 2:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. $3 members, $8 non-members. Monday Meal, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Oak Street Church, 502 Oak St., Silverton. All welcome. Free; donations accepted. John, 503-873-5446 Yoga with Robin, 5:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. $5 members, $7 nonmembers.

Sheltering Silverton Winter Warming Shelter, 8 p.m. - 8 p.m., Oak St. Church,

502 Oak St., Silverton. Hot meal, safe place to sleep. All guests welcome, including pets. Open every day. 503-3431099, shelteringsilverton.org

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Tuesday

Zumba, 8 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. 503-

873-3093 for cost. Repeats Thursdays. Clubb Massage, all day, Silverton Senior Center. Appts. & Cost: 503-873-3093 Silver Angels Foot Care, all day, Silverton Senior Center. Appts. & Cost: 503-201-6461. Repeats Wednesdays. Tai Chi, 9 a.m. & 5 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. $3 members, $4 non-members. Repeats Thursdays. Mt. Angel Food Bank, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Mt. Angel Community Center, 195 E Charles St. Repeats Wed., Thurs.. 503-845-6998 Toddler Storytime, 10:30 a.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Reading, singing, exploring new stories for toddlers, families. Free. Indoor Playtime, 11 a.m. - noon, Mt. Angel Public Library. All toys provided. Toddler, families. Free. Pinochle, 11:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Repeats Fridays.

Roundtable on Jesus,

3 p.m., Live Local Coffee Shop, 111 N Water St., Silverton. Open roundtable about who Jesus is to attendees. Coffee provided. Crafty Kids, 3 - 7 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Supplies provided. Age 5 - 11. Free. Serenity Al-Anon Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Silverton Assembly of God Church, 437 N James St. 503-269-0952

Wednesday

Silverton Business Group, 8 a.m., Silverton

Inn & Suites, 310 N Water St. Sponsored by Silverton Chamber. Free. 503-873-5615 Coffee with the Co-op, 9:15 - 11 a.m., Live Local Conference Center, 109 Water St., Silverton. Visit with Silverton Food Co-op board members. 503-269-9433 Knit Wits, 10 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Needlecraft groups. Free. Chickadees Storytime, 12:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Stories, songs, playground. Bingo, 1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. $1.50 per card, $2/2. Free admission for members, $1 non-members. Silverchips Woodcarving Sessions, 1 – 3 p.m., Silverton Arts Assoc., 317 Coolidge St. $2/session. All levels. 503-873-2480 Open Art Studio, 1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free. STEAM Lab, 4 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math: Learning and Building. Age 5 - 11. Free. Free Dinner, 5 - 7 p.m., First Christian Church, 402 N First St., Silverton. Free; donations accepted. 503-873-6620

Daniel Plan Journey Video Series, 6:30

- 8 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship Church, 822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton. Free. Open to public. Sheila, 503-409-4498

Thursday

Kiwanis Club of Silverton, 7 a.m., Main St.

Serenity Al-Anon Meeting, 10 a.m.,

Silverton Assembly of God Church, 437 N James St. 503-269-0952 Saturday Lunch, Noon - 1:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 N Second St. Free. 503-873-2635

Bistro, 201 E Main St. 503-510-3525. Baby Birds Storytime, 11 a.m., Silver Falls Library. Books, songs, bubbles. 0-36 months with caregiver. Repeats Fridays. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 6 p.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St. Dave, 503-501-9824 Compassionate Presence Sangha, 7 p.m., Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St. Mindful meditation, shared dialog. All spiritual traditions. Free. Newcomers arrive 20 minutes early. 971-218-6641 Overeaters Anonymous, 7 – 8 p.m., Legacy Silverton Birth Center, 342 Fairview St. 12-step recovery program for those with eating issues. All welcome. Marianna, 916-343-6105

Silverton Country Historical Society Museum, 1 - 4 p.m., 428 S Water St.

Silverton Toastmasters, 7:30 a.m., Mount

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Friday

Angel Festhalle, 500 NE Wilco Hwy. Ann, 503-873-4198 Silverton Women Connect, 8:45am., Main Street Bistro, 201 E. Main St., Silverton. Networking & mastermind group for personal, business growth. Val Lemings, 503-877-8381 Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 9:15 a.m., Stardust Village Clubhouse, 1418 Pine St., Silverton All welcome. 503-871-3729 Silvertones Community Singers, 10 a.m., United Methodist Church, 203 Main St., Silverton. Open to anyone who loves to sing. Performances on Friday. Dues $50 annually. Tomi, 503-873-2033 Appy Hour, 11 a.m., Mount Angel Public Library. Technical assistance for devices, apps. Call 503-845-6401 for 1-on-1 appointment. Free. All ages. Duplo Day, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Play with Mega Bloks, Duplo blocks. 0 - 5 with caregiver. Painting with Moises, 1:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. $10.

Saturday

Silverton Winter Market, 10 a.m. - noon,

Silverton Friends Church, 229 Eureka Ave. Local produce, eggs, meats, artisan crafts. Free admission. Every Saturday except Holiday weekends. Jan, 714-357-9567 AARP Tax Assistance, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Walk-in appointments only. 503-873-3093 Citizenship Class, 10 a.m. - noon, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N Church St., Silverton. New students welcome. English & Spanish. Free. 503-873-8656

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Donations OK. Also Sundays. 503-873-7070 AA Meetings, 8 p.m., Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. David, 503-383-8327

Sunday, Feb. 2 Groundhog Day Monday, Feb. 3 Daughters of American Revolution 10 a.m., Stayton Fire Department, 1988 W Ida St. Abigail Scott Duniway Chapter meeting. Sandy Gibson of Coast Guard Mother’s Support Group shares overview, services offered to families of active duty Coast Guard members. All welcome. Refreshments served. 503-769-5951 7 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-873-5321

Mt. Angel City Council 7 p.m., Mount Angel Public Library. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-845-9291

Tuesday, Feb. 4 Toe-Tapping Tuesdays 10:15 a.m., Silver Falls Library. Songs, rhymes, dancing for children. 503-873-5173

Storytime with Chief 10:30 a.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Storytime with Mt. Angel Police Chief Mark Daniel. All ages. Free. 503-845-6401

Stories & STEAM 1:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Engineering challenges, learn how computers work, test your brain, snacks. Age 6 - 10. Free. 503-845-6401

Caregiver Connection 2 - 3:30 p.m., Legacy Silverton Health, 342 Fairview St. For family caregivers and unpaid family caregivers. This month’s topic: Helpful Caregiver Resources, Equipment & Supplies. Free. 503-304-3429

Turing Tumble 2:30 - 5 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Learn to build mechanical computers, powered by marbles, to solve series of logic puzzles. Ages 8 and older. Free. 503-845-6401

Magic the Gathering 6 - 8 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Play card game. Help for beginners, starter deck needed. Free. All ages. 503-873-5173

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

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Informal writer’s group to share, critique writing projects. Repeats Feb. 20. 503-873-8796

The Caring Friends

Silverton Lions Club

6:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. The Caring Friends provides comfort, hope, support to parents who lost a child. Carol Williams, 503-873-6944

7 p.m., Legacy Silverton Health, 342 Fairview St. Open to everyone interested in service to community. Repeats Feb. 20. 503-873-7119

Scotts Mills Neighborhood Watch

American Sign Language Class

7 p.m., Scotts Mill Community Center, 298 Fourth St. Potluck at 6:30 p.m. Open to public. Smnwcp.org

Silverton Garden Club 7 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Owners of Godfrey’s Nursery speak. Godfrey’s items for purchase. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Guests welcome. 503-362-8033

Wednesday, Feb. 5 Watercolor Basics 3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Learn to mix colors, create scene with Diane Strutz. Age 6 - 11. Free. 503-845-6401

Actors/Improv Group 7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Variety of improvisational games. No experience required. Open to adults, high school students. Repeats Feb. 19. 503-873-8796

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

Thursday, Feb. 6 Essential Wellness Class 11 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Learn about heart health with Dr. Andrea Greiner. Free. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Hospice Information 3 & 6 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Learn about hospice, home health and when it is necessary. Provided by Signature Home Health & Hospice. Free. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Virtual Reality Experience 3 - 7 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Experience virtual reality programs. Signed release must be on record. Teens, adults. RSVP: 503-845-6401.

Valentine Card Making 3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public LIbrary. Create valentines using rubber stamps. Teens, adults. Free. 503-845-6401

Emergency Preparedness 6 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Learn to be prepared for an emergency. Free. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Parkinson’s Support Group 7 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Support group for those dealing with Parkinson’s disease. Free. 503-873-3093

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Friday, Feb. 7 11:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Fourweek American Sign Language class. $20. 50 and older. Register: 503-873-3093.

First Friday in Silverton 7 – 9 p.m. Explore the historic downtown, have dinner, shop, browse galleries, boutiques. 503-873-5615

Lunaria First Friday 7 - 9 p.m., Lunaria Art Gallery, 113 N Water St., Silverton. Artist reception for “HeaARTful FunARTure, Wonderland Art” and “The History of a Thing.” Open to public. Free. lunariagallery.com

Saturday, Feb. 8 Second Saturday Market 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Macleay Grange, 8312 Macleay Road, Salem. Indoor farmers market, baked goods, handmade crafts. Free admission. 503-464-6664

New Beginnings Dinner, Auction 5 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N Church St., Silverton. Dinner, dessert, silent auction, oral auction benefiting Silver Falls Christian School. Tickets $20. 503-873-3991, silverfallschristianschool.com.

Silverton First Citizen Banquet 6 p.m., Festhalle, 500 Wilco Hwy., Mt. Angel. Honoring outstanding Silverton citizens for their volunteer contributions. Tickets $40; available at Silverton Chamber of Commerce. 503-873-5615

Monday, Feb. 10 Mt. Angel School District 6:30 p.m., District Office, 730 E Marquam St., Mt. Angel. Open to public. 503-845-2345

Silver Falls School District 7 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-873-5303

Tuesday, Feb. 11 Ancestry Detectives 10 a.m. - noon, Silver Falls Library. Members share “down the rabbit hole” experiences of genealogical research. Open to public. Ancestrydetectives.org

Stories & STEAM 3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Make Valentine’s Day gift, participate in Valentine’s Day themed activities, stories, snacks. Age 6 - 10. Free. 503-845-6401

Silverton Senior Center Board 5:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Open to public. 503-873-3093

Dungeons & Dragons 6 - 8 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Role playing game. 13 and older. Free. 503-873-5173

Silverton Planning Commission 7 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Open to public. 503-874-2207

Wednesday, Feb. 12 Silverton Mural Society 1 p.m., Silverton Mobile Estates Clubhouse, 1307 S Water St. Open to public. Dues $15/year. 503-874-8101

Teen Arts & Crafts 3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Make Valentine’s Day gift, decoration. Grade 6 12. Free. 503-845-6401

Thursday, Feb. 13 Parent’s Night Out 5 - 7:45 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Parents can drop children at library for evening of pizza, games, activities, movie. Registration required. 503-845-6401

Silverton Zenith Women’s Club 7 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Members discuss ways to fund, implement projects to benefit Silverton community. Social at 6:30 p.m. Barbara, 801-414-3875

Friday, Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day Saturday, Feb. 15 Community Breakfast

7 - 9:30 a.m., Marquam United Methodist Church, 36975 S Hwy. 213, Mt. Angel. Free community breakfast. All welcome. 503-829-5061

Book Talk

9:30 a.m. - noon, Queen of Angels Monastery, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Discuss SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, by Mary Beard. Bring lunch or buy for $8.50. Tim, 503-585-4190

Sunday, Feb. 16

Tuesday, Feb. 18 Grief Support Group 9:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Grief support with Providence Benedictine Hospice. 50 and older. Free. 503-873-3093

Alzheimer’s Support Group 2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Support group for those whose loved ones have Alzheimer’s. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Beginning Line Dancing 3 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Four-week class. $50. 50 and older. Register: 503-873-3093

Stories & STEAM 3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Learn about past presidents with stories, activities, crafts, snacks. Age 6 - 10. Free. 503-845-6401

Prayer of the Heart 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Queen of Angels Monastery, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Contemplative prayer group. Open to all. Free; donations accepted. 503-845-6141

Book Club for Adults 7 p.m., Silver Falls Library. This month’s selection is Moloka’i by Alan Brennert. All welcome. Free. 503-873-8796

American Legion Post 7 7 p.m., Silverton Elk Lodge, 300 High St. All veterans welcome. 503-871-8160

Wednesday, Feb. 19 Hands on Harp 3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Hosted by Lionharp, participants learn to play Celtic harp, how to freely improvise own music. Age 8 and older. Registration required. 503-845-6401

Pints & Purls 6 - 8 p.m., Main Street Bistro, 201 E Main St., Silverton. Meet other knitters, crocheters for an evening of pints and some purls. Hosted by KIS Designs. Everyone welcome. Contact Kisdesigns on Facebook for information.

Thursday, Feb. 20 Red Cross Blood Drive

Taizé Prayer

1:30 - 7 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N Church St., Silverton. Appointments encouraged by visiting redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins welcome; scheduled at door.

Monday, Feb. 17 Presidents Day

Advanced Directives

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

Hearing Screenings

1 - 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free hearing screenings, hearing aid maintenance with Advanced Hearing Services. 50 and older. Walk-ins welcome; appointment preferred. 503-873-3093.

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3 & 6 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Learn about advanced directives with Cherry Hoffman, chaplain at Legacy Silverton Hospital. 50 and older. Free. 503-873-3093

Upright Gardening 6:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. T`obie Habeck discusses how to grow plants vertically. Adults. 503-845-6401

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Datebook Friday, Feb. 21 Mt. Angel Volksfest

10 a.m. - midnight, Festhalle, 500 NE Wilco Hwy. Celebrate Mt. Angel’s German heritage with handcrafted sausages, local and German beers, live music, dancing, games, demonstrations. Admission $5 for guests 21 and older. Guests under 21 free if accompanied by adult. 10 a.m. - midnight Feb. 22, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Feb. 23.

Friday Movie

3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Arctic Dogs. Free. All ages. 503-845-6401

Silverton Poetry Festival 7 p.m., Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon House, 869 W Main St., Silverton. Poets Emmet Wheatfall, Penelope Schott read from published works. silvertonpoetry.com

Saturday, Feb. 22 Wurst Run

9:30 a.m., Festhalle, 500 NE Wilco Hwy. 5K, 10K runs. Fee includes entry to Volksfest, Bierstein/pint glass, complimentary beverage. Register at mtangelvolksfest.com.

Silverton Poetry Festival

Monday, Feb. 24

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Bring favorite published poem to read, briefly comment on or read one or two original compositions during open mic. 2:30 - 4:15 p.m., Silverton Arts Association, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. Participate in poetry writing workshop with Penelope Schott. Space is limited. Send $30 fee to Silverton Poetry Association, PO Box 929, Silverton, OR 97381. 7 p.m., Creekside Grill, 242 S Water St., Silverton. Poets Jessica Mehta, Lex Runiciman read from published work, discuss their poems, writing processes, life poetic. Refreshments available for purchase. silvertonpoetry.com

Vigil for Peace

Sunday, Feb. 23 Scotts Mills Pancake Breakfast 7 a.m. - noon, Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. $6. 503-874-9575

Silverton Poetry Festival 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Abbey, 1 Abbey Dr., St. Benedict. Poets Marilyn Johnston, Fr. Jeremy Driscoll, Floyd Skloot read from their published works. A feast will be provided at the conclusion. silvertonpoetry.com

Mt. Angel Library Board 6:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. LIbrary advisory board meeting. Open to public. 503-845-6401

2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Towne Square Park, Silverton. Silverton People for Peace gather to advocate for peace, social justice issues on all levels of society including a focus on issues of current concern. Open to all. 503-873-5307

Silverton Grange Monthly Meeting 6:30 p.m., Silverton Grange, 201 Division St. Open to public. 503-268-9987

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Stories & STEAM 3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Learn how weather works by creating rainstorm, other weather related activities, stories, snacks. Age 6 - 10. Free. 503-845-6401

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5:30 - 7:45 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Research fundamentals of wind energy, wind turbine design. Each participant receives components, instructions to make own wind generator. Pizza provided. Registration required. 503-845-6401

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Free Lenten Breakfast 7:30 - 8:30 a.m., Marquam United Methodist Church, 36975 S Hwy. 213, Mt. Angel. All welcome. 503-829-5061

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LEGO Lab 3:30 - 4:45 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Build original creation for display in library. All ages. Free. 503-845-6401

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Silverton Senior Center takes applications for its Resource Guide: caregivers, dog sitters and walkers, drivers for hire and volunteer, Meals on Wheels. 503-873-3093

Sensory Sparrows Storytime 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Silver Falls Library. For young children with sensory processing, autism or special needs. Free. 503-873-5173

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What to do? By Melissa Wagoner

Disaster preparedness is not an uncommon subject, but disaster preparedness for underserved and “unique” populations is a topic that gets very little attention. That is what Bolante.NET – a Salem based company providing training and consultation in the areas of threat assessment and disaster behavioral health training – has set out to remedy.

Disaster presents unique challenges for different populations be in a shelter wanting to support others in need and they discover that the person is deaf or maybe they are unique and have autism. Communication skills need to be tailored to meet the needs of the individual. We all are ‘unique,’ but having tips and examples from other cultures and understanding can really make a difference.”

“This year our conference is focusing on ‘unique populations.’ This continues to be a passion for me as certain populations get overlooked and people lack skills on how to better support individuals.

This year’s conference is being held on Feb. 10 and 11 at the Oregon Garden Resort with two keynote speakers: Dr. David Schonfeld, a pediatrician who served as a Commissioner for both the National Commission on Children and Disasters and the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission; and Major Doug Burig of the Pennsylvania State Police Department, who will share his extensive experience as a first responder in an Amish community.

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of the first responders to the West Nickel Mines Amish school shooting, and was the on-scene incident commander after 10 young girls were shot,” Bolante described. “Burig will share with the attendees his journey of emotional healing and connection with the Amish community. This can parallel the various communities we support after tragedies occur.” The conference will also cover the topics of family support for those suffering from post-traumatic stress

“Dr. Michael Duggan will provide a session on autism and how different strategies can help in a situation during or after an event (including routine emergency drills that can activate a person with different sensory inputs),” Bolante said. “There are several disaster preparedness conferences but this conference is unique with specifically focusing on the emotional support people might need during and after an event occurs,” she added.

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Now the proposed settlement must go to the school board and SFEA membership for ratification. The school board meets Feb. 3. As of Our Town press time details of the agreement had not been released and no date had been announced for the union vote. The months-long negotiation process, which started last Spring, had come to a sticking point over expanded workplace protections for teachers. Beyond wages, union focus included teacher evaluations and involuntary transfers. Through social media and board testimony, union members and retirees shared stories reflecting administrative “bullying,” retribution, and inadequate teacher-administrator interaction in the evaluation process.

On Jan. 21 more than 200 of the approximately 225 SFEA members signed pledge-to-strike forms, authorizing the union to notify the district of pending strike action if an impasse was declared following the Jan. 27 bargaining session. The Statesman Journal out of Salem carried the story the next day. Even further reaching, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a candidate for the Democrats’ presidential nomination, tweeted his support for the teachers:

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“I stand with the educators of @SilverFallsEA in Oregon in their fight for better treatment and just wages. Educators in the richest country on Earth should not have to struggle to get by,” he said. Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley chimed in with a Jan. 22 letter which the SFEA

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shared: “Please know that I stand with all of the educators in the Silver Falls School District in Silverton, Oregon who are fighting for dignified treatment at work and wages comparable with their peers... The immense value you provide to your community deserves to be recognized,” he wrote. SFEA negotiators had asked that a minimum 15-minute formal evaluation annually be written into the contract. They sought to “align with current Oregon law, requiring collaboration between the district, teachers, administrators and collective bargaining representatives to create a sound system of evaluation for teachers.” “Just as teachers spend countless hours gathering evidence of student learning before grading their performance, we expect administrators to spend quality time in classrooms so they can really get a feel for what is happening in their school,” Michelle Stadeli, middle school teacher and president of SFEA said. The union had also requested that the district limit involuntary transfers of teachers to no more than once every ten years. Additional support came from the state teachers association. “The Oregon Education Association stands behind the brave members of Silver Falls EA, who, despite a tough negotiation process, are resolute in their commitment to quality teaching standards and better working conditions,” John Larson, OEA President, said. In announcing the tentative agreement for 2019-2022, the district negotiating team, headed by assistant superintendent Dan Busch, issued a statement: “After many months of diligent work, the parties found common ground on all remaining articles. Everyone involved is especially pleased that this agreement provides the foundation for a stronger, healthier, and more collaborative relationship.”

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Coffee outlet would be part of development By James Day A Starbucks coffee outlet has been proposed for property adjacent to the Roth’s market on North First Street in Silverton. The property is owned by the Roth family, with the site located south of the market parking lot and bounded by North First, North Second and D Street. The proposal, if approved by the city, calls for development in two phases, with the Starbucks piece coming first. The Starbucks is planned for the section of the property fronting North First, directly across from the BrucePac plant. The coffee shop would have a drive-through lane, with vehicle access coming from the Roth’s lot and a new driveway on D Street.

A second building would be constructed later on the north side of the building, but it’s unclear at this point what the use would be. The new development would be served by an internal parking lot that would have a connection to the Roth’s lot. A conditional use permit is required before the project can go forward, and the Silverton Planning Commission has scheduled a 7 p.m. public hearing for Tuesday, Feb. 11 in the Council Chambers at 421 S. Water St. to consider the application. Those wishing to comment on the project can do so during the public testimony period of the hearing or by emailing Community Development Director Jason Gottgetreu at jgottgetreu@silverton.or.us.

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Oktoberfest grant program and private donors that we are able to continue to meet the needs of our clients and their families. The Mount Angel Oktoberfest’s generous grant helps us to advance the training of our instructors, provide for Veterinary care for our therapeutic horses, purchase feed and/or therapy supplies. We at HART are honored to be a grant recipient of such a wonderfully socially responsive organization as the Mount Angel Oktoberfest.   Kitty Bunten Executive Director Horses Adaptive Riding & Therapy

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By Melissa Wagoner When Joshua Nightingale, owner of Silverton’s Live Local Café, began getting requests from some of his customers he took them seriously, so seriously in fact that he and his wife, Elisha, opened a whole new restaurant just to make them happy. “All of our customers from Mount Angel were saying, ‘When are you going to come to Mount Angel?’” Joshua laughed. “This space was available so we said, ‘Let’s just jump and do it.’” The Nightingales purchased the former home of Leona’s in Mount Angel last summer, opening the Cast Iron Café in mid-October. “It took us a long time to come up with a name for this place,” Joshua admitted. “But [cast iron] identifies with this homey, down-to-earth, amazing place. And cast iron is so back.” In-keeping with the comfortable aspects of the business is the menu, which the Nightingales developed in conjunction with their chef, Michael Guerrero.

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“The food we’re trying to do is different,” Joshua said, listing the seasonal farmer’s skillets and scratch-made biscuits with gravy as two of their most iconic items. “The number one thing is the biscuits and gravy,” he disclosed. “The chorizo and sausage we use is all from Lonely Lane Farms here in town. They have an amazing product. And my wife’s a vegetarian so we decided to do a portobello biscuits and gravy. Then with the farmer’s skillets we wanted to create something a little bit more appealing to people. We do white potato but we put in sweet potato too. And in the springtime, we will have different skillets coming out. Our niche is freshness.” But what really makes the Cast Iron Café unique, and the Nightingales proudest, is the in-house bakery manned by pastry chef Cassi Leland.

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415 S. Main St., Mount Angel Hours: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday “All the other coffee shops, including my own, we’ve had to outsource the baking,” Joshua said of the decision to finance a bakery. “It costs a lot more to do it in-house but that’s where we need to be.” Leland, who has been baking professionally since the age of 18 and who has trained with both Italian and French chefs during her career, creates a host of confections daily including handmade croissants, scones and skillet-sized cinnamon rolls. “These [rolls] sell like crazy,” Joshua said, holding up an iced bun still ensconced in its pan. “We make these fresh every morning and once we’re out, we’re out.” And it’s not just the Nightingales’ restaurants Leland is supplying with goodies. They deliver to coffee shops and restaurants in Silverton, Woodburn and Molalla. “Our goal is to really become a central operation,” Joshua said. “We do bulk orders and we have commercial accounts.” But despite the quantity of pastries Leland creates daily, she is determined to maintain quality and freshness. “It’s really inspired pastries that you can’t find anywhere else,” Nightingale said. “I’m really happy with our baker and our cook.” Nightingale is also pleased with the space itself, which is large enough to house a small event space in the backroom, a drive through coffee and pastry window on the north side and a 30-space parking lot in the back. “This spring we’re going to build a patio out here,” Nightingale said. “We’re really excited to be a part of the community. Things are going super well.”

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Patricia Rose Sharrar Jan. 7, 1924 – Jan. 20, 2020 Patricia Sharrar passed away Jan. 20, 2020. She was born in Portland, Oregon to parents Jack and Margaret Drapeau, Jan. 7, 1924, the third of six children. She was raised in the home built by her father on North Minnesota Avenue. She attended Holy Redeemer Parochial School less than a mile from home. She finished her education at Jefferson High School and St. Mary’s Academy in Portland. After completing her schooling, she worked as a cashier in several grocery stores, helping to support her mother, who by that time had become widowed. She was introduced to Bill Sharrar by his mother, who had noticed her at daily Mass and thought she might be a “match” for her son. Her hunch proved right and the couple was married at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in 1949. Patricia and Bill shared a strong belief in their Catholic faith and a deep commitment to family and family life. They felt that it was important to put down new roots in a rural setting where they could raise their children in fresh air, close to the land. They left Portland to live near Mount Angel and soon after, bought an acre of land in town and finished raising their family of seven in the large old home on the property. They remained in that home until each of them passed, both remaining at home until their deaths. Bill died in 2018. Both Patricia and Bill were faithful members of St. Mary Catholic Church in Mount Angel. They are survived by seven children – daughters Mary, Theresa, Dorothy, Margaret, Rose, Kathy, and son Michael – as well as 18 grandchildren, 26 greatgrandchildren, and three great-greatgrandchildren. Patricia was a lover of nature and became a landscape painter as the children began leaving home. She also had an appreciation of learning and language, reading favorite books over and over. Music was also a big part of the family’s life growing up, and

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It was another successful year at Christmas in the Garden and we couldn’t have done it without the support of our generous sponsors! We are excited to announce that Skate for Schools raised $3,000 for Silver Falls School District and Santa raised $4,500 for The Oregon Garden’s Horticultural Enhancement Fund. This year we welcomed 63,845 guests! the sound of music and Patricia’s singing always filled the home. She and Bill both loved classical music and opera, and passed that love and knowledge on to their children. Most importantly, Patricia was a woman of strong, deep faith and prayer. She referred to herself as a “world worrier,” contributing anything beyond the household budget to charities around the world to “help the poor in need.” She spent time in prayer daily – for the world, her family, and all those close to her. She was passionate in her advocacy for the unborn, writing extensively to congressmen/women on behalf of her beliefs. Patricia was a quiet and kind woman (and insisted on it from her children), with a generosity of spirit for all who came across her path. The family cannot recall ever hearing her speak an unkind word. Although she is gone in body, the family believes she is happily joined with her “beloved Bill.” Her essence remains in her family’s hearts and the value system both she and Bill imparted to them. Rosary and Mass were held on Jan. 25 at St. Mary Catholic Church.

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Showdown ahead

Foxes, West Albany to battle for boys hoops lead

Somehow, it all sounds like football season has returned: Silverton vs. West Albany.

and state meet veterans Owen Magill, Nathan Kuenzi and Matthew Guenther.

The past two years the Foxes and Bulldogs have battled for football supremacy in the Mid-Willamette Conference and beyond, also meeting in 2018 in the Class 5A quarterfinals.

“This is one of the best teams the school has ever had,” said Nathan Kuenzi after the Foxes defeated McKay on Senior Night in the school theater. “I think we might be able to get top two at districts and top five at state. We’ve got a lot of state champions and state placers here.”

Now, it’s turning into a basketball rivalry as well. The Foxes were 7-0 and the Bulldogs 6-1 as Our Town went to press, with Silverton ranked second and West Albany sixth. South Albany is lurking at No. 5, but the RedHawks already have lost to both the Foxes and the Bulldogs. Silverton, which defeated West 54-50 in the league opener Dec. 16, visits West at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4. That pre-Christmas break contest is the only close call the Foxes have had in league, with the winning margins in the other six games ranging between 23 points and 48. West Albany’s victories have been more modest, ranging between 10- and 23-point margins. The Silverton girls are off to a similar fast start, also with a 7-0 league record and the No. 2 ranking in Class 5A. The Foxes are two ahead in the loss column on Corvallis, Central and Lebanon and

are three games ahead of West Albany. League championships for both programs? Yes, there are a lot of games left, but it’s happened twice in the past five seasons. In 2018 the boys and girls both won MWC titles, with the girls taking third at state and the boys fourth. In 2015 the two squads also went to state with league titles; the boys won it all, while the girls finished sixth. Wrestling: The Foxes, under new coach Jared Wilson have a strong, veteran squad that has been bolstered by the arrival Jared Wilson via transfer of SUBMITTED PHOTO two-time state champion Kody Koumentis of Marshfield of Coos Bay. Also on the squad is senior Kaden Kuenzi, a two-time state champion

New coach Wilson was a bit more cautious, noting “as a team we’ve got a long way to go. This team has a lot of potential/talent and if we all commit to going to work every day, and support each other we can have a great finish to the season.” The district meet is Feb. 21-22 at the Salem Armory, with the state meet the following week in Portland. Football: Changes are afoot statewide in football as the Oregon School Activities Association continues to tinker with its approach. Here is the upshot for the local sides. Silverton likely will play in an eightteam district next season that also will include Corvallis, Crescent Valley, Central, Dallas, Lebanon, South Albany and West Albany. McKay

and North Salem, which made it a 10-team league the past two seasons, seem headed for a league that includes La Salle, Canby, Wilsonville, Putnam. Redmond and Ridgeview. If Silverton winds up in an 8-team league it makes it likely that the Foxes would play nonleague games for the first time since 2017. The changes might, emphasis on might, be even more pronounced for Kennedy. The OSAA was considering shifting Class 2A to a nine-man program, but opposition proved so strong that they are putting the move on hold for the next two school years. The proposal would have given 2A teams the option to move up to Class 3A, with Kennedy Athletic Director Kevin Moffatt telling Our Town that the Trojans would look to play up. A key challenge that the OSAA was looking to address was roster size issues for some teams and leagues. We should know more regarding which way the OSAA is headed later this month. Follow me on Twitter.com @jameshday.

Sports Datebook Tuesday, Feb. 4 Swimming

Saturday, Feb. 8 Wrestling

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9 a.m. Silverton Dual Meet Tournament

Girls Basketball 7 p.m. Silverton vs West Albany

Thursday, Feb. 6 Wrestling 4 p.m. Silverton MWC League Meet

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February and we’re going to tag on two dollars [to the admission],” Parks said, listing the myriad of ideas the Leadership team has come up with to help motivate students to donate. “We’re also going to try, on Mondays, if you bring in a dollar it equals one minute of no class time.” But even with these new incentives, Renoud and her students know soliciting donations from students and parents will only get them so far. This year they are soliciting for corporate sponsorships in order to complete their fundraising goals. But it’s not all competition and awards. Underneath the fun lies the serious work of raising money for an important cause. Leadership students plan to remind the student body of this important fact through an assembly in which glow bracelets will be used to mark those whose lives have been touched by cancer.  “During the [awards ceremony] they talked about how many treatments they had funded over the years,” Renoud recalled, noting that this year’s focus is on the LLS Children’s Initiative, specifically dedicated to developing better therapies for children. “It’s just a special fundraiser.”

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A Grin at the End

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It’s the human connections that may change your life

One of the things I always looked forward to when we lived in Minnesota farm country was election day. That’s when everyone in the township headed for Godahl, a wide spot in the road on the way to Sleepy Eye. We’d go to the community center and cast our votes. It would take two hours, sometimes more. Why? The actual voting took about 10 minutes‚ five if you’re like me and write in the names of former presidents and our dogs and cats. The rest of the time was spent catching up on important topics that ranged from the price of corn to how I had been doing since I got back from “doctoring” at the Mayo Clinic. I loved this. The act of doing our civic duty as voters brought us together, even surrounded by the wide open farm fields. Community. That’s a term I often hear, but I feel like we are many times robbed of the opportunity to actually be one. For example, there was a time when

home and put it in the mail. I get to vote but that’s all. I don’t get to see how the community as a whole is getting along, and I miss that.

people would go to town to buy items such as clothes, tools and equipment. Along the way, they’d run into a friend or acquaintance and strike up a conversation. Then they’d stop by the coffee shop, grocery store or barber shop. The odds were, every stop would produce another encounter. That, I believe, is how people are designed, as social animals. Sure there has always been a fair number of loners, but nowadays many people are forced into solitude. Here’s what I mean. Take voting, for example. Instead of gathering at the polling place and visiting with neighbors, we now fill out a ballot at

Many people also shop online these days. They buy clothes, equipment – even dog food – online. Their purchases arrive at their house, and they don’t have to talk with anyone. What a sad way to live. It’s as though only a handful of institutions promote a sense of community. They include celebrations held in the towns in this part of the valley each year, and the local schools. In fact, I’d wager that the schools do more to promote a sense of community than any other institutions. They draw families together with a common interest in children and their education. Other get-togethers that promote a sense of community are centered on the library, swimming pool and churches. I urge anyone with an interest to join in.

Sometimes, we just need to make the effort to be sociable, to be part of the community. It can have a huge payoff. Some years ago I avoided going to meetings and other events as much as possible. I worked long hours and preferred to spend my free time at home. One time, I was invited to a peace officers association dinner. I had helped start a Crimestoppers-type program and the state troopers and police wanted to give us a pat on the back for helping them. I tried like crazy to find someone else to go the dinner for me. In the end, though, I went. My life has never been the same. I met the woman who would become my wife at that dinner. We’ve been married 34 years. Carl Sampson is a freelance wrier and editor. He lives in Stayton.

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