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New to the team Matt Gaitan joins Silverton City Council
By James Day
Just like that, the Silverton City Council was whole again.
New councilors Marie Traeger, April Newton and Eric Hammond were voted in on Nov. 8 to replace outgoing members Jim Sears, Dana Smith and Crystal Neideigh, with Jason Freilinger winning election as mayor, replacing Kyle Palmer.
However, Freilinger’s ascension to the mayor’s post left his council seat vacant. The new council, led by Council President Elvi Cuellar Sutton, acted immediately on Jan. 9 by installing Gaitan in the seat.
City Manager Ron Chandler had advised the council that it had a number of ways to fill the position, including taking applications or forming a committee. But Sutton argued that with so much urgent business ahead for the council, acting immediately would help give the council term a quicker start.
Frelinger told Our Town that he had “found it discouraging that others were not expressing any interest in filling out this term on council” so he began reaching out to individuals in town about the vacancy. One other person, besides Gaitan, expressed interest, but the second candidate wished to be appointed directly rather than going through a competitive process.
“Being a city councilor is not an easy job,” Freilinger said. “I wanted someone
Councilor Matt Gaitan
Hometown: Born in Memphis, Tennessee; in Oregon since 2008
Residence: Silverton since 2016
Education: Bachelor’s International Business, with a minor in Spanish from University of Texas, Arlington
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that was willing to do the work of being a councilor. Matt clearly showed he was willing to do the work. If another candidate had been put forward and split the votes I would have pushed for an interview process. Since that didn’t happen I was very willing to support Matt with my vote to fill the remaining council seat.
“I know Matt will be an exceptional city councilor. He has the intellectual humility and passion for the community to be a great addition to the council.”
Gaitan, who works from home for a company that does background checks, said that turning 40 last year and his family’s previous mobility played a role in his decision to get involved in Silverton politics.
“Once we had our kids and settled in Silverton it took a couple years to embrace
the fact that we are here to stay, this is home, and it will be for a long time,” Gaitan told Our Town. “Turning 40 was a moment for me to [think] on how I wanted to give back to my community and embrace the responsibility of civic duty and volunteerism.
“Ultimately, I realized that expressing interest in volunteering for city council was the sweet spot in terms of the best way for me personally to give back to Silverton. I am both humbled and honored to have been appointed to work alongside our talented city council and city staff.”
Gaitan, like Freilinger, noted the challenge of the work ahead.
“We have some major issues to address, including how quickly Silverton is growing, an underpaid police force, and components of our infrastructure that are dilapidated, inadequate, and unsafe,” he said. “I would be remiss to acknowledge one specific topic that takes greater credence over another. What I hope to achieve is protecting our quality of life, protecting our city for when the next natural disaster inevitably strikes, and being thoughtful and pragmatic of how Silverton continues to develop as a community that is rich with our diverse citizenry.”
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Mediation ahead SFSD lays out financial case for union concessions
By Stephen Floyd
The Silver Falls School District (SFSD) says it would face financial hardship if it accepted terms proposed by the Silver Falls Education Association (SFEA) as the two head to mediation Feb. 1.
On Jan. 24, the district issued a statement addressed to “Silver Falls Families” saying the union’s requests for higher teacher pay and limits on class sizes “would fully deplete the district’s monetary reserves and create a need for program cuts and layoffs.”
The district said it is committed to making sure teachers are wellcompensated and that they want to stay with SFSD, addind these goals must be weighed against commitments to nonunion employees, the costs of building maintenance and the long-term fiscal health of the district. Despite a significant gap between the two parties on these issues, the district said it is still optimistic mediation will result in a solution.
“We look forward to continuing to work with SFEA leadership team members throughout the mediation process,” read the statement, “and we’re confident that a mutually acceptable (collective bargaining agreement) can be achieved with the assistance of a third party mediator.”
A representative of SFEA could not be reached for comment prior to Our Town deadline. SFEA President Alison
Stolfus has said of mediation the union “is looking forward to coming to a satisfactory resolution for our educators.”
A third-party solution
The two parties agreed to enter mediation Dec. 1, 2022, after eight months of conventional negotiations failed to result in a finalized contract. So far, tentative agreements have been reached on nine out of 18 disputed articles, with parties furthest apart on issues related to teacher compensation, class size and grievance procedures.
Negotiators are using the same mediator who helped the parties agree to a contract in January of 2020, just four days before teachers would have gone on strike. As current negotiations have continued, teachers have operated under the terms of the now-expired 2020 contract. If an agreement is reached teachers would receive back-pay to the start of the school year according to the terms of the approved contract.
Unlike prior bargaining sessions, the mediation sessions will not be open to the public. If a finalized contract is accepted by district representatives, it will go before the SFSD Board for approval in an open business meeting.
If current mediation does not result in an agreement by Feb. 15, parties may declare an impasse and present a final offer by Feb. 22. They will then have 30 days to consider the offer and accept the terms, or
the union may strike March 24, provided it gives 10 days notice.
$850,000 difference in proposals
On the issue of teacher salaries, the Jan. 24 statement said the difference between the district’s proposal and the union’s terms are about $850,000 for the current fiscal year. The current budgeted total is $37.5 million for all employee salaries and benefits.
The district has offered a 3 percent cost of living adjustment (COLA), a $1,000 retention bonus and an additional $50 per month in insurance contributions, which would increase personnel costs this year by around $1.1 million. The district said SFEA’s counter-proposal of 7 percent COLA, plus the retention bonus and insurance contributions, would lead to an increase of around $1.95 million.
The district said this is comparable to the ending fund balance for the 2021-2022 school year of $2 million, compared to $2.76 million for 2020-2021 and $2.2 million for 2019-2020.
The district said its own policies require an ending fund balance of 10 percent, which would be around $4.8 million for this year. That was achieved consistently in the years prior to 2019. Accepting SFEA’s proposal would make it more difficult to achieve the district’s safety net target.
“The district simply cannot meet SFEA’s requested proposal and remain financially
viable,” said the Jan. 24 statement.
Smaller classes, higher costs
The district also said SFEA’s proposal for a specific limit on class sizes, and a slight pay bump for teachers obligated to work in overcrowded classrooms, would cost $1.16 million per year between hiring additional teachers and paying teacher stipends.
SFEA has proposed firm limits on class sizes and a clearly-defined process to resolve class size challenges, with a 1.5 percent pay increase for teachers whose classes cannot be reduced following the guidelines. In December, union representatives said about three teachers within the district would qualify for that pay bump under the terms they have proposed, and the pay increase was meant to be a nominal financial incentive for administrators to take the guidelines seriously.
SFSD prefers a system where school administrators and union representatives resolve class size problems on a case-bycase basis, arguing some schools and some classes are inherently larger than others and a general set of rules will not fit every situation.
On Jan. 24 the district said, under the union’s proposed terms, it would need to hire around 10 new teachers, and may also have to adjust school rooms and hire additional teaching aides. The district said students may also feel the adverse impacts of being reassigned to new schools in order to solve class-size challenges.
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Heart: Darkness to Light
By Brenna Wiegand
Silverton Poetry Festival is back in person for the first time in three years.
Founder Steve Slemenda was all for calling its 20-year run good when the pandemic hit, but Kelley Morehouse, his longtime colleague in the undertaking, just couldn’t let poetry slip away that easily.
She kept momentum going through the pandemic through regular open mic events that have remained well attended.
“It’s really a place that gives people a voice and where you can be heard,” Morehouse said. “It’s a people’s art.”
One needn’t be a poet to take part in the festival. The Favorite Poem Project invites people to share a poem that is meaningful to them in some way.
“Really think about it,” Slemenda said. “Did your grandmother sing a nursery rhyme to you? … any grouping of words that seems poetry-like, just come and share it and talk about why.”
The group has moved the festival from April
Poetry Festival events
Favorite Poem Project Silver Falls Library, 3-4 p.m. Share a poem that is special to you and why. Free
Talking Poets Silver Falls Library, 5:30-7 p.m. Featured poets Clemens Starck and Lisa Gerlits give a reading followed by an interactive discussion of each poet’s work. Free
Writing to the Heart of the Poem Silverton Arts Association, 1-3 p.m. Marilyn Johnston guides participants through various methods and prompts to help them write to the very heart of what their poem is about.
Cost: $40; limit: 15. For availability
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and registration, call Steve Slemenda at 503-269-7895. Register by sending a check, made payable to Marilyn Johnston, c/o Steve Slemenda, 121 Rock St., Silverton OR, 97381. Please include email address for confirmation.
Featured Poet Reading Heart: from Darkness to Light Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gordon House 869 W Main St., Silverton, 4-6 p.m. John Brehm reads his work followed by short readings from poets Juan Cervantes, Liaken Hadley, Efrain Diaz Horna, Marc Janssen, Sherri Levine, Jade Rosina McCutcheon, RS Stewart and Kristin Thomas.
Donations welcome at all events.
“February is the harbinger of spring; the month of transitioning so we just decided move to February with the idea that poetry could take us out of the darkness,” Slemenda said.
They’re excited to have John Brehm as featured poet. “He’s a Buddhist, and his poetry has a wonderful spiritual quality with hope and light,” Morehouse said.
Featured poets are presenting for love of the art. The library offered to host and a deal was worked out with the Gordon House in exchange for a work party on the grounds.
“We are not a nonprofit anymore so we can’t ask for donations,” Morehouse said. “We don’t have funds now and I think in the future what we’ll do is write grants.”
“Being a nonprofit means the meetings and the paperwork that we were never good at,” Slemenda said. “We’re not wired that way.”
“We like that it’s less formal,” Morehouse said, “but it means we don’t have the funding we had before.”
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Something to Celebrate
Silverton First Citizen event set for Feb. 25
By James Day
Silverton’s First Citizen Gala is set for Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Oregon Garden’s J. Frank Schmidt Pavilion.
This will be the 52nd time the Silverton Chamber of Commerce has honored the community’s top achievers in business, education, volunteering and community affairs.
The event starts at 6 p.m. with social time, with the program itself starting at 6:30 p.m. A dessert buffet will be available as well as a no-host bar. Tickets cost $25 and are available in advance at the Silverton Chamber of Commerce office on South Water Street or online at www.silvertonchamber.org/ events.
The Chamber of Commerce has released the list of winners in the top five categories.
First Citizen: Dana Smith
Distinguished Service Award: Meg Feight
Award: Arlene Harris
Club of the Year: Silverton Health Auxiliary
Business of the year: The Lucky Leaf
The evening will also include honorees from local clubs and nonprofits as well as those of the Silver Falls School District.
The Chamber office is located at 426 S. Water St. You can contact the chamber for more information or to reserve a table by calling 503-873-5615, stopping by from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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When it comes to preserving mementos of the past, especially printed photos, slides and VHS tapes, Kerry Drum has one suggestion – don’t wait!
Initially a wedding videographer under the company heading, I.M. Strong Video Creations, Drum began dabbling in small gauge film and VHS tape conversion in 2016, when her grandmother turned 100.
“I thought, I want to make her some really nice stuff, so I got a scanner,” Drum said, recalling how the experience of splicing together old photos, tapes and slides as a way of telling her grandmother’s story inspired her to add an entirely new subset to her business –the conversion of old videos and film to a more accessible digital format.
“I enjoy weddings but over the last couple of years the conversion process I’m drawn to more and more,” she said. Initially offering these services mostly to friends and family, Drum has since
branched out, advertising on social media where she recently met Silvertonian Melanie Hunter who was looking to preserve her husband’s home videos from the 1970s as a Christmas present.
“My husband’s family have since passed away but he is able to relive these special moments in time whenever he wants,” Hunter said of the success of the project. “It brought him to tears seeing the videos again for the first time, so the gift was definitely a hit…it’s such a priceless gift.” Drum said the majority of her customers have expressed similar sentiments after viewing a previously inaccessible video of a deceased family member for the first time. Which prompted Drum to begin offering tribute videos – a mixture of static photos and video clips set to music.
“I love creating them,” she said, explaining how the audio-visual component of the tributes enables the viewer to have a more emotional experience than a slideshow of photographs alone could produce.
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“Photos are awesome, but videos bring things to life,” she said.
In order to access the necessary video or film clips the equipment itself must be in good condition. Which is why Drum advises anyone in possession of outdated media technology to get them preserved – now.
“You don’t know what the shelf life of these things is,” she said. “I’ve had things brought to me corroded or moldy to the point I’ve had a mask on. Because it’s not just the deterioration of the film, but because of the elements. And attics will kill things.”
Drum also recommends not waiting until a family member passes away to start planning a digital tribute.
“I wish I could get that message across to people whose parents are in their 70s
and 80s,” Drum said, suggesting that the planning of a “predeath memorial video” can actually be a good way both to connect with loved ones and to hear the stories behind family pictures and videos before it’s too late.
She notes the more organized family media is, the easier it is to access it when the time comes to create an anniversary or memorial video. And it’s not just the hard copies that need to be sorted. Digital archives should be tidied at least once a year.
To which she adds, there’s no time like the present to preserve the past.
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‘Look Who’s Coming’ Davenport cartoon makes its way to Silverton
By Melissa Wagoner
When Homer Davenport expert, Gus Frederick, learned that the original of one of Davenport’s most famous cartoons was for sale by a private seller out of South Carolina he immediately made an offer. The deal took several months but eventually “Look Who’s Coming” made its way to Silverton.
“It showed a barren tree, filled up with a multitude of different African animals. A monkey with a ladder running towards the tree was the only critter left on the ground. The caption was ‘HIST! Look Who’s Coming,’ Frederick described. “It was published in The New York Mail on March 12, 1909, and was referencing [Theodore] Roosevelt’s much publicized post-presidential extended safari to Africa.”
The cartoon also included a handwritten dedication from Davenport to his eldest daughter which reads, “To my Best Girl, my darling Mildred, that she may ever fight against the wanton slaughter of animals is the hope of her father.”
“It blew me away, as it was one of Davenport’s more famous pieces,” Frederick said of his initial reaction to the work, which he had discovered some years before. “I first became aware of it years ago through a book from 1910 titled A Cartoon History of Roosevelt’s Career by Albert Shaw. This book contained hundreds of different Teddy Roosevelt cartoons, including 10 by Homer.”
But “Look Who’s Coming,” was one of Frederick’s favorites. And it turns out, it was one of Davenport’s favorite’s as well, as evidenced by an interview with the cartoonist conducted in 1909.
“There was a time when I thought ‘He’s Good Enough for Me’ [a 1904 cartoon with Roosevelt endorsed by Uncle Sam] was the best thing I ever drew, but while it may be the most widely circulated cartoon ever printed, owing to the poster work it served for the Republican national committee, yet it was not a great cartoon by any means… I may change my mind next week, but [‘Look Who’s Coming’] right now appeals more strongly to me than does any other one I ever have made.”
Joining a growing number of original Davenport cartoons held by the Silverton Country Historical Society, “Look Who’s Coming,” made its Silverton debut at the organization’s annual meeting on Jan. 21.
The society’s assortment of Davenport originals will be accessible to the public again when the Silverton Country Museum reopens in March, after its winter break.
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“Look Who’s Coming” – a cartoon drawn by Homer Davenport in New York in 1909. The illustration was popular enough to be recreated in an animated cartoon by early animation pioneers. The original 114 year-old piece comes to Davenport’s home town of Silverton from South Carolina. COURTESY SILVERTON COUNTRY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Fall Line Stout & Ale Fest debuts Feb. 4
The Fall Line Stout & Ale Fest is a new fundraising event in honor of Jason Franz who founded Silverton’s local bike and skate shop, known as Fall Line Sports.
Jason’s unexpected death in 2019, left the Silverton community stunned. He was an active, contributing member of the coomunity and of the Silverton Chamber of Commerce.
He gave back to the community in many way, including mentoring and encouraging youth through outdoor sports. The Stout & Ale Fest hopes to continue his legacy through the Jason Franz Grant Fund created between Silver Falls Brewery and the Silver Fox Foundation.
The Stout & Ale Fest debuts Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Oregon Garden Pavilion. Pouring starts at 2 p.m.
Tickets are available at: www.silverfallsbrewery.com/stoutandalefest
Volunteers are needed to help, too. Roles include staffing ticket booths, pouring beer and helping with set-up and clean-up. If you can volunteer a few hours for a good cause, sign up at: www.signupgenius.com/go/ 10c0e4bada62fa4fac43-fall#
is offering Grief Share beginning Saturday, Feb. 4 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Silverton Grange #748 201 Division St., Silverton
This 13-week program is a Christian support to those struggling with the loss of a friend or family member. Please call Rev. June Smith to sign up: 325-234-5014 .
The seminar is free. A $15 donation for the workbook is welcomed, but not required. Christ the King Church holds its regularly weekly worship service following at 5 p.m.
GriefShare participants and visitors are welcome to attend.
The late Jason Franz in 2014. He was the founder of Fall Line Sports and instrumental in the creation of the skate park in Silverton, which he helped lead to completion. JIM KINGHORN
Cupcakes & bouquets
By Melissa Wagoner
It all started with a bouquet of cupcake flowers.
“My longtime friend sent me a picture from Pinterest… and said, ‘I want you to make these,’” Judy Moffitt Marston recalled.
A lifelong baker, Moffitt Marston was no stranger to the kitchen, but she had never attempted anything quite so grand as a cupcake decorated to look exactly like a real flower.
“I stayed up until 3 a.m. making a huge bouquet,” Moffitt Marston said. And in the end, she had a creation she was really proud of. Which made her think – what other flowers can I make?
“I look at different flowers all the time,” she said of the inspiration she finds all around her. “When you’re doing flowers in nature nothing’s the same. I never know what my bouquets are going to look like. Some I don’t even know what they are. But my favorites are daffodils,
hydrangeas and roses.”
Via word of mouth, Moffitt Marston’s cakes and cupcakes have been featured at several small weddings and enumerable birthday parties throughout the Silverton community where she has lived her entire life.
“For my grandkids I did a tea party,” she said, describing an event which featured a table decorated with edible flowers located in a field of miniature ponies. “I like doing stuff like that,” she laughed. Always up for a challenge, Moffitt Marston didn’t bat an eye when her childhood friend, Dodie Brockamp, suggested she compete in the Greatest Baker Competition – an international competition where both amateur and professional bakers compete online for $10,000 and a spot in Bake from Scratch magazine.
“You don’t have to go anywhere, you just have to show pictures,” Moffitt Marston said.
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Local baker competes in international contest
“It’s a popularity thing for the most part,” Moffitt Marston said. She came in sixth in the quarter-final.
“For a little lady down on Hicks Street, that’s pretty good,” she added. And it’s inspired her to keep baking, even dreaming of a bike-based pop-up bakery business – “Granny Pedals Cupcakes” – that would enable her to share her creations with a wider audience.
“I wish I would have known in my 20s that I could do this,” she admitted. “Because I would have started a business. But I don’t want a business now.”
But that doesn’t mean the contest wasn’t challenging. In fact, 25,000 bakers entered the competition, the winner of which was determined through a public voting process.
At least not one that ties her down or inhibits her creative drive.
“I always say, I bake with love and magic,” she said.
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Mt. Angel Public Library, 290 E Charles St. Silverton High, 1456 Pine St., Silverton Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St.
SACA Food Pantry, 9 a.m. - noon, SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. Repeats Thursday. 503-873-3446, silvertonareacommunityaid.org
Silverton Meals on Wheels, 11:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Dine in or delivery available. $3 donation suggested. Monday - Friday. RSVP to Carol, 503-873-6906
Mt. Angel Senior Meals, 11:30 a.m. Delivery only. $3 donation suggested. Repeats Thursdays. Ginger, 503-845-9464
Silverton Recovery AA, noon - 1 p.m., 302 N Water St. Seven days a week.
Free Monday Dinner, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Oak Street Church, 502 Oak St., Silverton. Indoor dinner. All welcome. Free. 503-873-5446, email@example.com
Free Dinner, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Oak Street Church, 502 Oak St., Silverton. Pickup only. Open to all. 503-873-5446
Boy Scouts Troop 485, St. Edward’s Catholic Church, 211 W Center St., Silverton. Scoutmaster Dave Tacker, 760644-3147, firstname.lastname@example.org
Scotts Mills Food Boxes, 9 - 11 a.m., Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. Food donations welcome. Niki, 503-873-5059
Simple Qigong, 9:45 a.m., Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield St. $8/session after first free class. 10-class ticket $70. Adults only. Repeats Thursday. Community Helpers Family Storytime, 10:30 a.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Age 2 - 5. Songs, activities, stories. Bi-lingual storytime Feb. 28. 503-845-6401
Indoor Playtime, 11 a.m. - noon, Mt. Angel Public Library. Age 2 - 5. All toys provided. 503-845-6401
Tune Tours, 2 - 5 p.m., Mt. Angel Theater & Stu.dio, 220 E Charles St. Live music and entertainment designed for music lovers and seniors, but all are welcome. $10 Repeats Thursdays. Jon, 323-449-1183
SACA Food Pantry, 4 - 7 p.m., SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. 503-873-3446, silvertonareacommunityaid.org
Serenity Al-Anon Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Zoom. Repeats 10 a.m. Saturdays. For Zoom link, call Barbara K, 503-269-0952. Cub Scout Pack 485, 6:30 p.m., St. Edward’s Catholic Church, 211 W Center St., Silverton. Boys and girls K - 5th grade. Deb Hilterbrand, 971-337-5925, email@example.com
Mediation & Shared Dialog, 7 - 8:30 p.m. All spiritual traditions welcome. Invitation for virtual gathering: compassionatepresence@ yahoo.com. 971-218-6641
Silverton Business Group, 8 a.m., Silver Falls Brewery, 207 Jersey St., Silverton. Networking of Silverton business community hosted by Silverton Chamber of Commerce. silvertonchamber.org
Quilters Group, 9 a.m. - noon, Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 N Second Ave., Silverton. firstname.lastname@example.org
APPY Hour, noon - 1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Technical assistance for electronic devices. All ages. Free. 503-845-6401
Mission Benedict Food Pantry, 1 - 4 p.m., St. Joseph Shelter, 925 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Repeats Friday. 503-845-2468
Line Dancing, 1 - 2 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship. No registration required. Free; donations accepted. 503-409-4498
Silver Chips Woodcarving Sessions, 1 - 3 p.m., Silverton Arts Association, 303 Coolidge St. $2 a week. All skill levels. 503-873-4512
Mission of Hope Food Pantry, 2 - 4 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship. 503-873-7353
Daniel Plan Journey Video Series, 6:30 - 8 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship Church. Lifestyle program based on Biblical principals and the five essentials of Faith, Food, Focus, Fitness and Friends. In-person or online at scf.tv/ daniel.plan. Free. Open to public. Sheila, 503-409-4498, email@example.com
Yoga, 9 a.m., Silver Creek Fellowship, 822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton. Open to all. Sheila, 503-409-4498
Open Art Studio, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Silverton Arts Association, 303 Coolidge. 503-873-2480
TOPS (Take Pounds Off Sensibly), 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St., Silverton. Weight loss with support, encouragement. First meeting free. Monthly dues $4. All welcome. David, 503-501-9824
Toastmaster Club, 7:30 a.m., Zoom. Increase your listening skills, speaking, thinking and evaluating. Zoom link: tmcommunicators@ gmail.com.
Silvertones Community Singers, 10:30 a.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 Main St., Silverton. Anyone who loves to sing is welcome. Tomi, 503-873-2033
Tune Tours, 7 - 9 p.m., Mt. Angel Theater & Stu.dio, 220 E Charles St. Live music and entertainment specifically designed for music lovers and seniors, but all are welcome. $10. In association with Abiqua Studios & Tune Tours. Jon, 323-449-1183
Open Art Studio, 9 a.m., Silverton Arts Association, 303 Coolidge. 503-873-2480
After-Season Indoor Market, 10 a.m. - noon, Silverton Friends Church, 229 Eureka Ave. Free admission.
Saturday Free Lunch, noon - 1:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 N Second St., Silverton. Open to all. 503-939-3459
The Mt. Angel American Legion Post #89 would like to thank community members who are depositing unserviceable flags in its Retirement Flag Drop Box. Flags can be dropped off in the drop box at 740 E College St., Mt. Angel. 503-845-6119
Wednesday, Feb. 1
Recycled Book Heart
1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Create a folded heart in a recycled book. Adults. Free. 503-845-6401
1 - 2 p.m., Zoom. Free educational support group for unpaid family caregivers caring for a loved one 60 years of age or older, or caring for a person with dementia. For Zoom invite and register: 503-304-3432.
Scotts Mills City Council
7 p.m., Scotts Mills City Hall, 265 Fourth St. Open to public. 503-873-5435
Thursday, Feb. 2
Silverton Kiwanis Club
7 a.m., Main St. Bistro, 201 E Main St., Silverton. New members welcome. Repeats Feb. 16.
MS Word Formatting
1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Learn how to format and align text, apply bullets or numbers and adjust spacing in a Word document. Free. Space is limited. Registration necessary: 503-845-6401
Mt. Angel American Legion
6:30 p.m., Legion Hall, 740 E College St., Mt. Angel. All veterans welcome. Masks optional. Jim, 503-845-6119
I’m Super Curious
6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Celebrate the opening of the I’m Super Curious exhibit with hands-on bilingual science exhibits. Refreshments. Familyfriendly. Free. Exhibit runs through April 7. 503-845-6401
Long Distance Hiking
6:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Triple Crown hiker Charles Spradlin shares stories and adventures. Questions welcome. Free. Open to all. 503-873-8796
Peace Education Program
6:30 p.m. Little Leaf Café, 111 N. Water St., Silverton. Ten-week workshop every Thursday, with facilitated sessions based on influential video series. Topics include joy, contentment, courage. Non-religious, non-political. Free. 503-873-8215
7 - 8:30 p.m., Silverton Arts Association, 303 Coolidge St. Bring latest work for discussion and critique amongst other artists in the community. 503-873-2480, silvertonarts.org
Friday, Feb. 3
11 a.m. - midnight, Mt. Angel Festhalle, 500 NE Wilco Hwy. A celebration of German sausage. Includes live music, entertainment, local craft brews and wine, food and craft vendors, Volkswalks for all ages. Tickets $10; free for anyone under 21. Seniors 65 and older are $5. Repeats 11 a.m. - midnight Feb. 4, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Feb. 5. Full schedule of events is online at mtangelvolksfest.com.
First Friday in Silverton
7 – 9 p.m. Explore historic downtown, have dinner, shop, browse galleries, boutiques. 503-873-5615, silvertonchamber.org
Lunaria First Friday
7 - 9 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St., Silverton. Meet the artists’ opening reception. Main floor gallery presents “Ancient Passages,” featuring paintings by Lori Rodrigues and jewelry by Chelsea Goin. Loft gallery is “Balance,” mixed media landscapes by Michelle Purvis. Free. Open to public. 503-873-7734
Saturday, Feb. 4
Stout & Ale Fest
2 - 10 p.m., Oregon Garden Grand Hall, 879 W Main St., Silverton. Enjoy beverages from 13 different breweries. Vendors. Tickets include a mug and 10 taster tickets. $15 pre-sale at silverfallsbrewery.com. $20 at door. Benefits the Jason Franz Grant Fund.
2:30 - 4:30 p.m., Silverton Grange, 201 Division St. Christ the King Anglican Church, Willamette Valley presents a 13-week Christian support to those struggling with the loss of a friend or family member. The seminar is free; $15 donation for the workbook is welcome but not required. To sign-up, call the Rev. June Smith, 325-234-5014.
Monday, Feb. 6
Daughters of American Revolution
10 a.m., Stayton United Methodist Church, 1450 SE Fern Ridge Road. Guest speaker Martha Burrell, presents “Caples House and Newell Pioneer Village: Oregon’s own DAR historic properties and museums.” All welcome for this Abigail Scott Duniway Chapter meeting. Refreshments served. Silverton City Council
6:30 p.m., Council Chambers, 421 S Water St., Silverton. Open to public. 503-873-5321, silverton.or.us
Mt. Angel City Council
7 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Open to public. 503-845-9291, ci.mt-angel.or.us
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Tuesday, Feb. 7
Stories & STEAM
3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Listen to a story about the theme of the week, join in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Art project. Today: Button making. Feb. 13:
Valentine’s Day party.
Feb. 21: Learn about your own, unique fingerprints.
Feb. 28: Paint sun catchers.
Age 6 - 12. Free. 503-845-6401
6 - 7:30 p.m., Silverton Arts Association, 303 Coolidge St. Bring own materials or use some of the associations.
Everyone welcome. Repeats: Feb. 21. 503873-2480, silvertonarts.org
Wednesday, Feb. 8
Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club
6:30 p.m. Zoom. Discuss The Power by Naomi Alderman. For Zoom invite, contact Ron Drake, Silver Falls Library, 503-873-8796
Thursday, Feb. 9
10:30 a.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Babies and toddlers age 0 - 3 with caregiver can enjoy appropriate, hands-on activities to help explore the senses. Free. 503-845-6401
Teen Advisory Board
4:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. All teens can help collaborate on programs, collections, games. Snacks. 503-845-6401
Zenith Women’s Club
7 p.m., Silverton Elks Lodge, 300 High St. Women discuss ways to fund, implement projects benefiting Silverton community. Everyone. Barbara, 801-414-3875
Friday, Feb. 10
3 - 4:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Build an original creations out of LEGOs. Free. All ages. Repeats Feb. 24. 503-845-6401
Grange Pop-up Sale
5 - 7 p.m., Silverton Grange, 201 NE Division St. Silverton Food Co-op pop-up sale. Healthy, sustainable food grown locally. silvertonfood.coop
Saturday, Feb. 11
1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Watch Disney’s Soul and enjoy hot popcorn. Free. 503-845-6401
Monday, Feb. 13
Mt. Angel School District
6:30 p.m., District Office, 730 E Marquam St., Mt. Angel. Open to public. 503-845-2345, masd91.org
Silver Falls School District
7 p.m., Silverton High. Open to public. 503-873-5303, silverfallsschools.org
Tuesday, Feb. 14
10 a.m. - noon, Silverton Senior Center.
Rhonda McClure speaks on “Going Offline: Researching at Libraries, Archives and Other Repositories.” Meeting also available on Zoom. Kathy, 503-508-4251, ancestrydetectives.org
Dementia Care Conversations
3 - 4 p.m. Zoom. Free group for unpaid caregivers providing support to a loved one living with dementia. To request a referral to the group, contact the Aging and Disability Resource Connection at 503-304-3420. Repeats Feb. 28.
Ukulele Play and Sing-Alongs
6 - 7:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Gather to play and sing with ukuleles. Free. All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Music provided. 503-873-8796
Silverton Planning Commission
7 p.m., Council Chamber, 421 S Water St. Open to public. silverton.us.or
SAA Board Meeting
7 p.m., Silverton Arts Association, 303 Coolidge St. Silverton Arts Association Board meeting. Open to all. 503-873-2480, silvertonarts.org
Wednesday, Feb. 15
Advisory Board Meeting
6:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. The library’s Advisory Board advises, recommends, advocates for the library. Open to public. 503-845-6401
French & Spanish Conversation
6:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Practice French/Spanish with retired world language teacher Christmas Carroll. 30 minutes of French, 30 minutes of Spanish. 503-873-8796
Thursday, Feb. 16
Red Cross Blood Drive
1 - 6:30 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N Church St., Silverton. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org.
Book Discussion for Adults
1 p.m., Mt. Angel Library. Discuss The Outlander by Gil Adamson. 503-845-6401
Origami Star Jams
4:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Write wishes, affirmations, thoughts of gratitude, then make origami stars to keep in a positivity jar. Teens, adults. Free. 503-845-6401
Silver Falls Writers’ Group
6:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Writers share what they have been working on and listen to see what others are writing. Ron Drake, 503-873-8796
Mt. Angel Planning Commission
7 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Open to public. 503-845-9291, ci.mt-angel.or.us
Friday, Feb. 17
Favorite Poem Project
3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Share a poem your grandmother loved, or a meaningful poem. Part of Silverton Poetry Festival.
3 - 5 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Book a 30-minute time slot to experience a virtual reality program. Signed release must be on record. Age 13 and older. Free. RSVP: 503-845-6401
5:30 - 7 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Featured poets, Clemens Starck and Lisa Gerlits, will give a reading followed by an interactive discussion of each poet’s work. Part of Silverton Poetry Festival.
Saturday, Feb. 18
Noon, Silver Falls Library. Hands-on harp workshop with Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter for ages 12 and older. Reservations required: 503-873-8796.
3 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Concert featuring Celtic harps, rare instruments and wondrous stories. Open to public. Free. 503-873-8796
Featured Poet Reading
4 - 6 p.m., Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon House, 869 W Main St. Short readings of poetry by John Brehm. Refreshments served. Free. Donations welcome. Part of Silverton Poetry Festival.
Spaghetti Dinner & Dance
5 - 8 p.m., Scotts Mill Grange Hall, 299 Fourth St. Enjoy freshly-made spaghetti dinner. Entertainment by local musician Michael Husser’s band. $15 adults, $5 12 and under, $30 families. Proceeds benefit a scholarship fund for Silverton High students from Scotts Mills School.
Monday, Feb. 20
Tuesday, Feb. 21
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner
6 - 7 p.m., Marquam United Methodist Church, 36971 S Highway 213, Mt. Angel. Enjoy a free pancake dinner. Open to all. 503-329-2154
Affordable Housing Task Force
6 p.m., Council Chamber, 421 S Water St., Silverton. Open to public. 503-873-5321, silverton.or.us
Silver Falls Book Club
6:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Discuss Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. Everyone welcome. Free. 503-873-8796
Wednesday, Feb. 22
1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Create handmade cards for St. Patrick’s Day or to celebrate Spring. Free. Adults. 503-845-6401 Retiring Joyfully Workshop
5:30 p.m., 301 E Main St., Silverton. Get more clarity and purpose to retirement. Free. Contact AnnetteJensen@ RetireJoyfully.com.
Virtual Film Discussion
7 p.m. Zoom. Watch Force Majeure on Kanopy, and join in a moderated discussion about the movie. Zoom link: 503-873-8796
Scotts Mills Historical Society
7 p.m., Scotts Mills Museum, 210 Grandview Ave. Open to public. Joe, 503-871-9803
Thursday, Feb. 23
Keyboard & Mouse Basics
1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Learn to use computer keyboard and mouse. Space limited. Registration required. 503-845-6401
Ash Wednesday Service
6 p.m., Marquam United Methodist Church, 36971 S Highway 213, Mt. Angel. Open to all. 503-329-2153
6 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Make cute and yummy Candy Sushi. Age 12 - 18. Free. 503-845-6401
6 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Local author Donna Hues facilitates workshop to explore the fundamentals of writing. Bring up to three pages of writing and receive feedback. Teens, adults. Free. 503-845-6401
Saturday, Feb. 25
First Citizen Night
6 p.m., The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St., Silverton. Celebration of the volunteers and community supporters of Silverton. Dessert buffet. Tickets are $25, and are available on the Silverton Chamber of Commerce website or at its office, 426 S Water St. 503-873-5615
Sunday, Feb. 26
7 a.m. - noon, Scotts Mill Community Center, 298 Fourth St. Pancake breakfast. $5 per person. scottsmills.org
Monday, Feb. 27
Vigil for Peace
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. Open to all. 503-873-5307
Silverton Work Session
6:30 p.m., Council Chambers, 421 S Water St., Silverton. Silverton City Council work session. Open to public. 503-873-5321, silverton.or.us
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A Tale of Two Trees Gregg Harris
Iwas only 12 years old when I discovered an old apple tree growing way out in the middle of a woods nearby my parent’s farm in Ohio. According to Ed, the farmer who owned the woods, that tree was planted by none other than Johnny Appleseed back in the late 1830s. That made it over 130 years old in 1964!
No one was taking care of it. It’s branches were long and drooping down to the ground. It’s apples were small, sparse, and wormy. But they were sweet delicious apples.
It’s amazing to think that without anyone pruning, fertilizing, or spraying it, that old apple tree just kept on producing sweet apples all those years. No amount of neglect could change the kind of fruit it bore. It was good.
Good Trees vs Bad Trees
Jesus used this idea to make a point in the Gospel of Luke in the Bible. There, in chapter 6 and verses 43–45, He explained that, “a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush.” Then He observed, “A good man, out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil…”
Now, Jesus was NOT comparing a good fig tree to a bad fig tree. He was comparing a fig tree to a thorn bush. Those are two different kinds of trees. They bear entirely different kinds of fruit. So, if we think Jesus was talking about a healthy tree versus a sickly tree, we miss His point entirely.
So, what was His point? Jesus was telling us that we, human beings, just like the fig tree and thorn bush, have a certain kind of heart, and that heart is what determines what kind of fruit we bear, whether good or evil. In light of that, no amount of nurture, such as parental love, child training, education, or even church ministry, can change what kind of heart we have. For our heart to change we would need a miracle. We would have to be changed into a new kind of person.
only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
Jesus came to save us, not condemn us. He does so by taking away our evil heart and giving us a good heart. Everyone needs this miracle because everyone has an evil heart. We have all rebelled against our Creator. So, how does He do it? The answer is found in what Jesus calls “the good news.” It is the news that we will be forgiven and our hearts will be replaced by God when we “believe in Jesus,” trusting Him alone to perform the miracle we need. This change of our heart is so complete that Jesus Himself calls it being “born again.” When Jesus says, “You must be born again” in John 3:7, He’s referring to the change of heart that actually saves us, for all eternity, from wasting our lives in sin.
Jesus agreed to leave earth to live here with were all supposed to live, but haven’t. Though we deserve God’s judgement Jesus didn’t. He had no debt of His own to pay. That’s why He could pay our debt. No one else could do for us what Jesus came down to earth to do because He is the only
as one’s King), the new birth has already happened. When we believe this in our heart, our old evil heart has already been replaced with a new good heart that honestly wants to please God. That is what it really means to be a born-again Christian We’re changed on the inside in our heart.
“You Must Be Born Again!”
Though a good education can increase the amount of fruit a person produces, it cannot change the kind of fruit that a person produces. Only God can do that. And He does so by causing those who trust in Jesus to be born again. It’s that simple. There was a time in my life when I was deeply lonely. None of the other kids in school liked me. I was also afraid of death. But then, as a teenager, I put my trust in Jesus. He took away my fear and gave me a place in His eternal family. Now I’m no longer lonely or afraid.
Then Jesus agreed to be put to death on a Roman cross. He did so in order to pay the debt that we all owe to God because of our rebellion. Jesus died in order to save us However, after lying dead in the grave for parts of three days, God raised Jesus from the dead. (This is why we celebrate Easter.) God did this in order to prove once and for all that Jesus was who He claimed to be— God the Son in human form— and also to prove that His’ death alone was acceptable to God the Father as payment for our sins.
Now,because of what Jesus has done for us, God the Father can forgive us for all our sins, without being unjust. Our debt has been paid in full. We can be adopted into God's eternal family and granted all the benefits of God's kingdom.
So, whenever anyone believes this good news concerning Jesus, (and by “believe” I mean believing enough to turn away from one’s old life of sin and gladly obeying Jesus
Do you have a story like that? If you have never experienced this new birth, or if you are just not sure, believe it now. Turn to God in the privacy of your own thoughts and simply ask Jesus to forgive you and cause you to be born again. You can trust Him to keep His promise. Then, as a good tree, you will begin to bear good fruit. And you will continue to bear good fruit for the rest of your life, no matter what, just like that old apple tree out in the woods. To learn more, let’s meet for coffee. I’ll be happy to buy. Just text 503-926-1388.
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“Though a good education can increase the amount of fruit a person produces, it cannot change the kind of fruit that a person produces. Only God can do that. And He does so by causing those who trust in Jesus to be reborn.”
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Hope & Healing Event raises $15,881 for medical debt relief
A vision of a diverse faith community finding common ground came to life on Jan. 15.
Approximately 170 people of faith from around the Silverton area gathered with common goals: to be able to join together in worship and celebration, and to push the goal of paying all of Oregon’s secured secondary medical debt.
Donna Rue and John Dallum worked on the vision for more than six months, setting the stage for it to be taken up by the faith communities.
For the Hope & Healing event. 14 churches of various denominations participated in a fundraising drive: New Hope Foursquare, First Christian, Latter Day Saints, Immanuel Lutheran, First United Methodist, Oak Street, Silverton Friends, Silver Creek Fellowship, Trinity Lutheran, Young Life, Assembly of God, Nazarene, and two churches which asked to remain anonymous because they believe good works should remain anonymous.
Working with RIP Medical Debt, a nonprofit that helps relieve the most vulnerable suffering under weight of medical debts, the goal for the event was to raise the $15,000 to “buy” or pay off $1.5 million worth of secured medical debt. The goal was exceeded.
The goal had been set as the estimated amount needed to unburden Oregonians
saddled with stifling medical debts referred to collections. The type of medical debt targeted can often be bought out for pennies on the dollar.
This is the first time RIP Medical Debt has worked in Oregon. With giving from churches, individuals and the freewill offering of the night, the unofficial figure is $15,881 collected.
The Hope & Healing program was successful because of the combined contributions of support, talent and shared vision to do something positive together, according to organizers. The night was filled with joyful music, inspirational speakers and healing stories. Prayers were offered for the community and the world, as well as individuals.
The first speaker, Pastor Isaac Hovet of New Hope, said that everyone was a little uncomfortable because the gathering would not look familiar to any – and that was OK. The second speaker, Pastor Melissa Reed, Bishop’s Associate of the Oregon Synod sadded that all were theologians, and that participants were embodying “synodos,” Greek for on the road together. Dan Schacher of Gear Up was master of ceremonies. The vision came to life, organizers reported, because everyone embraced the vision of Hope & Healing.
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Mrs. Douglas Victor Point second grade teacher leaves behind 43-year legacy
By Melissa Wagoner
“It’s hard to even somewhat capture my mom in words, let alone the impact she had…” Molly Bray-Yurovchak said of her mother, Kathi Douglas, who died from pancreatic cancer on Dec. 31, 2022. “There are so many fun stories to tell.”
A teacher at Victor Point Elementary School for the entirety of her 43-year career, Douglas labeled herself a lifelong learner, according to Molly.
“She wanted to make a difference in the world and found so much joy in teaching… It was really her lifelong mission to make sure all of her students had an inclusive and equitable education. She found joy in creating an environment where every child had the space to truly be themselves so that they could thrive.”
A graduate of the Elementary Education program at Western Oregon University in the fall of 1979, Douglas accepted the position at Victor Point Elementary right out of college and never looked back.
“I believe it was the first job she applied for…” Molly said. “She never once considered teaching anywhere else. She felt that Victor Point was such a special place.”
Trained as an elementary school teacher, Douglas could have taught any of the lower grades but a chance opening meant she ended up teaching second grade.
“[S]he always told us her very favorite age was second grade…” Molly said, recalling that, though Douglas did have
a short stint in both the first and third grade classrooms as well as in the administration office, the majority of her career was teaching second grade. “She always said that for her, it was the perfect, most magical age to teach.”
And teach she did, with a kind of dedication that Myers said went far beyond the classroom walls.
“Kathi loved her students and showed an interest in them outside of school,” she added.
“[S]he would go the extra mile for her students and advocate for what they needed,” former Victor Point Principal Kevin Palmer said. “Students enjoyed being in Mrs. Douglas’s class, and were well-prepared for the next grade.”
“My fondest memories of Kathi are her wonderful sense of humor and contagious laugh,” Vonda Myers – who taught first grade in a neighboring classroom for 15 years – said of Kathi’s overall demeanor. “No matter what was happening, she had a lighthearted attitude.”
Similarly, Palmer said, “She didn’t take herself too seriously and was quick to laugh, and it was a great laugh… very contagious.”
Along with her work inside the classroom, Douglas began assisting with Victor Point’s second through eighth grade theater productions in 2007, including the addition of a musical component in 2014.
“Kathi loved acting and dancing,” Megan Lierman, Douglas’ theater co-director, said. “She was so creative and was able to bring such expertise to the program. Through her leadership students were able to grow as individuals and perform high quality performances. Even past students who are in their adulthood have core memories of their times during the play productions and recognize the growth they had through the love and commitment of Kathi.”
These thoughts were echoed by fellow teacher Cindy Ziesemer, who said, “She and Megan worked strategically in every aspect of programs and productions, from initial auditions to the cast party, enlisting countless PTCC supports and volunteer hours. They gave students a unique, high quality experience to build and showcase talent on stage in song, dance and acting. Those memories last lifetimes.”
The program was so important to Douglas that, even after she suffered a debilitating stroke in December 2021 that
led to her retirement from teaching in 2022, she continued directing the annual production.
“She had decided to stay involved and help with the 2023 production,” Molly said, “so really, up until her passing, she was part of the program.”
Outside of school her interests were reading, cooking and traveling according to Molly who remembered, “Back in 2015, we all decided to go on a trip with mom to Ireland and Scotland, and from then on, she really had the travel bug. She loved meeting new people, learning world history – she was a huge historical fiction and non-fiction fan – and trying all of the local foods.
“She and I traveled to Italy, France, and Hawaii together also. One of her favorite things was taking a cooking class with me in Tuscany. But even in our travels, she was still thinking about her classes. She would always say things like, ‘Oh, I just did a Paris lesson with the class! I need to get some postcards for the kids.’ Or, ‘I taught my class about Venice this last spring!’ It brought her so much joy to think about what she could bring back to teach or show her classes.”
Bringing her love of travel back to her students was just one of the many ways Douglas enhanced her students’ learning. “She put so much time and effort into growing as an educator so she could best support her students,” Molly said. “She was always looking into grants for her
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classroom and how she could bring more music, art, and theater to her students. She once got a grant to bring ukuleles to all of her students and taught them how to play! Mom was a true example of putting everything into what you love.”
But Douglas’ life didn’t revolve solely around the classroom and her students. She was also “a passionate Trail Blazer fan,” according to Stephanie Traeger, PE teacher for the past seven years.
“If you needed an update on any player or game score, you could count on Kathi to fill you in,” Traeger said. “Plus, she would always dress that part too, Blazer gear on game days was a must.”
And then of course there was her family – three daughters – Molly, Amelia and Emma – and her husband, Tom.
“She was the funniest, brightest, most caring mom,” Molly said. “Honestly, I always felt like I had the world’s best mom. My friends all loved her because
she was so down-to-earth and could always understand and empathize with everyone she met.”
It’s impossible to sum up her 43-year career, let alone the 66 years she was alive.
“She will live on in their memories for a lifetime,” Cindy Morman, who began working with Douglas in 1989, said. “Teachers and other staff who had the pleasure of working with her will miss her enthusiasm, creativity, and smiling face. I feel honored to call her friend and colleague for many years.”
“Her presence brought stability, leadership, professionalism, a wonderful sense of humor, and great love for the Victor Point community, including the students, parents, staff and more,” Tiffany Schmidt, a kindergarten teacher at Victor Point for the past six years, agreed.
“She was just so immensely special.” Molly added.
Silverton man dies in Hwy. 214 wreck
A Silverton man died following a threevehicle collision on Hwy. 214 between Silverton and Mount Angel on Jan. 11.
According to Oregon State Police (OSP), Diceon Macias, 19, of Salem, was operating a Honda Civic on Downs Road NE around 9:40 a.m. when he entered Hwy. 214 in an attempt to cross the road.
Mitchell Daniel Kuenzi, 23, of Silverton, was driving a Ford Taurus southbound on Hwy. 214 and was struck by the Honda, with the Ford entering the
oncoming lane and striking a Jeep Gladiator operated by James Nosen, 68, of Woodburn.
Kuenzi was declared deceased at the scene. Macias and Nosen received medical evaluations and treatment.
The road was closed for around four hours as authorities responded to the scene. OSP was assisted by Mt. Angel Fire District, Silverton Fire District, Silverton Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, and Oregon Department of Transportation.
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Bonnie Greenwood – mother, grandmother, and great grandmother –peacefully passed away Jan. 12, 2023 in Pleasant Hill, Oregon.
Bonnie was born on Feb. 3, 1940 in Geneva, Nebraska to Kenneth “Bob” Bennett and Eva Crandall. She attended Sumner High School in Nebraska and later married Delayne “Dean” Greenwood in Des Moines, Iowa, on Oct. 11, 1958.
Shortly thereafter, the family made the move west to Eugene, Oregon where Dean’s mother was born in 1888. They joined the First Baptist Church and Bonnie became extensively involved in Bible Studies and the quilting group which handcrafted quilts for those in need.
When at home she could usually be found in her sewing room often making clothes for the kids. The family moved from Eugene to Pleasant Hill in the summer
of 1971 in search of the country life. She was most proud of being a mother to her six children and gave untiring support. She strove to attend every game, match, concert, play or event.
Additionally, she worked as a tax preparer and managed the books for the family businesses: Greenwood Construction and Idea Builders. She was, unequivocally, a master of the spreadsheet.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her daughter, Suzanne Marie, and survived by children, David, of Mount Angel, Dennis, Pamela, Diane, and Valerie; grandchildren Natalie, Courtney, Corey, and Kayla; and great grandchildren, Zaydn and Zarrah.
In lieu of flowers, please send remembrances to Bags of Love, Eugene, Oregon. Arrangements by the Musgrove Family.
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Joyce A. Bass March 4, 1928 – Jan. 11, 2023
Joyce A. Bass passed peacefully on Jan. 11, 2023 at her home in Silverton, Oregon. Joyce was born in Fort Robinson, Nebraska on March 4, 1928.
She was married to the love of her life, Otto Bass for over 60 years and raised a beautiful family that she cherished deeply. She was preceded in death by Otto and her son, Steve Bass. She is survived by her children Dave Bass, Gloria Honan and Sheryl Asman, seven grandchildren and
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Joyce’s passion for life was for people. She served and encouraged many in her church community and beyond. She often cared for those she found needing a helping hand. She opened her home to countless people who left with encouragement and knowing they were loved. She lives on in the hearts of many.
A memorial service date will be announced at a later date.
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Fred R. Parkinson, long-time Silverton resident, passed away on Jan. 5, 2023 at age 93. He was born on June 12, 1929 in Rexburg, Idaho, the fifth of six children born to Mary Yvette Raymond Parkinson and Fred Doney Parkinson.
As a child, he helped on his family’s dry farm when not in school, and spent considerable time with his beloved great-grandmother Raymond, whom he often mentioned was alive when Abe Lincoln was president. He didn’t see himself as a life-long farmer, so after graduating from Marshall High School in Rexburg in 1947, he attended Idaho State College in Pocatello, where he earned a degree in Pharmacy. While attending Idaho State, he met the love of his life, Nola Jean Minshew, from Twin Falls, Idaho, whom he married on April 8, 1951. Soon after their marriage, the couple relocated to Oregon, where Fred went to work for a drugstore in Coos Bay. A short time later, the couple moved to Central Point, where he managed drugstores, first in Central Point, and later, in Medford. Fred was active in the community, even being appointed to city council at age 24.
During their time in Southern Oregon, Fred and Nola welcomed their first two children, daughter Pennie, followed by their son Fred. In 1955, the family moved north to the Willamette Valley, where Fred purchased his first pharmacy: Silverton Drug Company at 210 Oak Street. They settled in a rental house on South Water Street just in time to welcome their third child, daughter Shannon. Several years later Fred and Nola purchased a home on North Church Street, where they welcomed their fourth child, daughter Polly.
During the summer of 1967, Fred and Nola purchased a historic Silverton home at the corner of West Main and Coolidge Streets. This property became a home-base for their ever-expanding family, where they frequently gathered to honor birthdays, celebrate holidays, or even just enjoy Fred’s favorite pot roast, over the next 55 years.
In the late 1960s and early ’70s, Fred continued to expand his pharmacy business, first purchasing Mt. Angel Drug in 1968, then founding Mac Prescription Shop in McMinnville, with partner Gale Johnson, in 1970. Always active in community affairs, and tremendously proud to be living in what he considered the best place on earth to raise a family, Fred began his service to Silverton as a city councilman in 1972 and became mayor in 1974. While serving as mayor, Fred became a father once again, when he and Nola welcomed their fifth child (surprise) daughter Nicole in 1975. Often mistaken as her grandpa, he would just laugh, and say she was a do-it-yourself grandchild!
In 1980, Fred was elected to the Oregon State House of Representatives. He served six two-year terms, with Nola as his administrative assistant. Fred and Nola left the legislature with treasured friendships and many lasting memories.
In retirement, Fred was fortunate to spend winters in Palm Springs and Hawaii with Nola, and their spunky companion, his mother-in-law, Marj Minshew. He especially enjoyed their time in Hawaii, where he golfed a few times a week, played cards, and gathered for meals with friends from all over. Golf, as well as the post-round antics in the clubhouse, were a steady part of his routine over the years in Oregon, too. He continued playing weekly with his buddies at Evergreen in Mount Angel, for as long as he was physically able.
Fred was preceded in death by his grandson, Marshall Perry Briscoe, and Nola, his beloved wife of 70 years. He is survived by his children Pennie Day (Mike), Fred A. Parkinson, Shannon Montoya (Lem), Polly Briscoe (Dan), and Nicole Winnen (Jarod) Also surviving Fred are eleven grandchildren: Erin Scott (Colin), Kevin Day (Katie), Adam Montoya (Jenny), Stephanie Boni (Pat), Kyle Day (Haley), Jordan Briscoe (Sarah), Carter Briscoe, Nolan Briscoe, Connor Winnen, Sydney Winnen, Casey Winnen and 18 great-grandchildren. Arrangements made by Unger Funeral Chapel – Silverton.
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Marjorie Ann Olsen of Silverton, passed away at home on the evening of Dec. 18, 2022. She was born to Chester and Lillian McEwen on Oct. 30, 1938 in Moose Lake , Minnesota. Her family moved to Silverton, Oregon in 1950 when she was just 11 years old.
Margie graduated from Silverton Union High School in the spring of 1955. She married Roderick L. Olsen the following fall on Nov. 27, 1955.
Rod and Margie had three children. They moved from town to the family farm in the summer of 1966.
In 1969 when their youngest son started school, Margie began her career as Deputy Clerk at Butte Creek Elementary for the ’69-70 school year. She also enjoyed many creative activities during these years, such as ceramics, oil painting, decoupage and stained glass art.
Rod and Margie divorced in 1975 and she purchased her home in town. In 1979, she became “Nana” with the birth of her first grandchild, and second in 1981.
In 1994 Margie transferred from Butte Creek Elementary School to the District office in Silverton. She retired in 1997.
Margie maintained many close relationships with her co-workers, including “The Butte Creek 8.” She enjoyed a very full life of travel, volunteering, gardening, church, reading, classes such as calligraphy and even bartending, her daily crossword puzzles, and of course spending time with her family and friends.
She was very close to her sisters and loved being “Nana” to her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Marjorie is survived by her children, Jon Roderick Olsen, Robin Kay Gallagher and her husband, William, Darren Ron Olsen and his wife, Catherine; grand children, Heather Rose Tate and Amy Nicole Crain; great grandchildren Oliver Bear Crain and James Fox Crain; siblings, Lois Mickelson, Naomi Saari, Clara Walker, Shirley and George Smith and Joan Kelly; as well as many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her brothers, Donald and Dennis McEwen.
Services will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church 303 N. Church St., Silverton on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023 at 11 a.m. Arrangements made by Unger Funeral Chapel – Silverton.
Leslie Louise Fournier (Radha)
Aug. 4, 1961 – Jan. 16, 2023
Leslie Louise Fournier (Radha) of Salt Spring Island, British Columbia passed away Jan. 16, 2023 in her sleep after a long battle with cancer.
Leslie is survived by her siblings, Karen Fournier, Bill Fournier and Steven Fournier; also by adopted daughter, AmanDa Bapty and her grandson, Benjamin Bapty. Leslie was predeceased in death by her sister, Diana Fournier; mother, Donna Mast Fournier; and her father, James Damon Fournier.
Leslie grew up in Mount Angel, Oregon where she found a passion for horses. She graduated from Silverton High School in 1979 and attended the University of Oregon from 1979 to 1985 majoring in Music Education and minoring in German. In the 1980s, she studied in Germany, traveled around Europe, and discovered her love of sailing in Australia.
Leslie moved to Scappoose, Oregon on
her houseboat in 1993. She met Jay Fraser who joined her on a sailing trip from 1998 to 2001. In 2004, Leslie and Jay married and moved to Salt Spring Island, British Columbia in 2006. Over the years, Leslie worked for Blackwell Book Depository, Intel, Salt Spring Island School District, and was instrumental in starting a new radio station, “Gulf Islands Radio.”
From 2017 to 2019, Leslie lived off and on in Bend, Oregon to help her stepmother Caroline Fournier take care of her dad.
She was positive and compassionate, but was also pragmatic and direct about her beliefs and boundaries. She was loved by those who met her and will be sorely missed.
A memorial will be held this summer in Oregon, date to be determined.
Ann Marie McCormick
Dec. 24, 1956 – Jan. 8, 2023
Ann Marie McCormick passed Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023 in her sleep at Providence Benedictine Nursing Ceneter in Mount Angel, Oregon. In March of 2022, Ann suffered a severe heart attack followed by several strokes. She was left partially paralyzed, but never lost her persistent personality.
Ann was born in Lebanon, Oregon on Dec. 24, 1956. She was the first child of Rosalie A. McCormick and Robert E. McCormick. She grew up in Silverton, Oregon where she graduated from SUHS in 1975.
She had recently bought her dream home, a tiny home in Turner, Oregon. There she gardened, baked, and spoiled her cats Lilly and Hazel.
She joined both her parents after departing this earth. She is now whole and at peace with the world and herself.
The best way to show your love for Ann is to donate to Cat Adoption Team at, catadoptionteam.org, who had Lilly and Hazel adopted to new loving homes in less than 48 hours from their arrival.
A Celebration of Life will be Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023 at 1 p.m. at Greystone Lounge, 203 E. Main St. Silverton, Oregon 97381. Arrangements made by Unger Funeral Chapel – Silverton.
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Marjorie Ann Olsen Oct. 30, 1938 – Dec. 18, 2022
Ann Marie Rue, age 87, of Salem, Oregon, passed away on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. She was born in Silverton, Oregon as Ann Marie Dahl, daughter of Anton & Petra Dahl, and was the youngest child in her family with three older brothers. Ann grew up in the Silverton and Salem areas, attending and graduating from Silverton High School in 1952. She was married to her beloved husband, Homer K. Rue for 68 years. Homer and Ann Rue were married in 1954 and raised five children together.
Ann was active in her church with many bible study and fellowship groups, taught Sunday School, and spent time weekly baking many brownies for the homeless ministries in Salem. She was a shining example of the joy and love of Jesus Christ in the way she lived her life. She nurtured family, friends and neighbors, and everyone else, showing her love for all in countless ways, especially cooking and baking for others. Ann will be remembered for her strong faith and walk with Jesus, welcoming and selfless heart, positive spirit and bubbly personality, joyful presence, beautiful smile, witty sense of humor, unconditional love for her family and friends, wholesome laugh, loving hugs, countless hours spent playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, master chef and baking skills, her unending supply of cookies, meals and other baked goods, the organizer of all family events including family birthday parties, beach trips and holidays. She led by example and blessed us all in so many ways. She is survived by Homer Rue; five children and their spouses: David & Jill Rue, Ross & Patty Davey, Tim & Trisha Rue, Jim & Melissa Salchenberg, and Rob & Susan Rue; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Rosewood Court Residential Care staff for taking care of Ann in her latest years and days in their memory care facility. They loved her and cared for her like their own family and we are forever grateful for their kindness, love and care that was provided. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Rosewood Court Residential Care at 4254 Weathers St. NE, Salem, Oregon 97301, 503-585-4602.
In Memory Of
Fred R. Parkinson June 12, 1929 — Jan. 5, 2023
Michael Clark Oct. 9, 1940 — Jan. 5, 2023
Sandra Schlechter Jan. 15, 1940 — Jan. 5, 2023
April 7, 1927 — Jan. 7, 2023
Judith Thomas Nov. 25, 1945 — Jan. 7, 2023
Ann McCormick Dec. 24, 1956 — Jan. 8, 2023
Kenneth Green Sept. 2, 1944 — Jan. 10, 2023
Joyce Bass March 4, 1928 — Jan. 10, 2023
Harold Fitzke April 6, 1931 — Jan. 10, 2023
Mitchell Kuenzi May 19, 1999 — Jan. 11, 2023
Margaret Fisher Nov. 11, 1935 — Jan. 14, 2023
Jaclyn Heinrich Oct. 14, 1978 — Jan. 13, 2023
June 18, 1964 — Jan. 18, 2023
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Judith (Judi) May Thomas, 80, peacefully passed away Jan. 7, 2023, at her home in Silverton, Oregon, with her family by her side. She was born Nov. 25, 1942 in Glendale, California to Melvin (Rev) and Mary (Bibbo) Standley. Judi had two older sisters, twins; Gloria and Patricia.
Following graduation from Bell High School in 1960, Judi attended Cal State College in Long Beach. After meeting the love of her life, Maurie Thomas, they were married in 1961 and lived in Bell in an apartment before purchasing their first home in Downey, California. Two years later, they moved to their second home in Downey wherein they resided for 55 years. In 2019, they relocated to Silverton, Oregon to be near their children and grandchildren all of whom helped celebrate their 61st wedding anniversary in September of 2022.
Judi was an avid tennis player and member of the Downey Tennis Club playing in tournaments. Later on, she helped form another Ladies Tennis Group wherein they played weekly. Her passion though was games; always ready for the monthly neighborhood bunco group, monthly Mahjong with her friends, and her favorite card game – a monthly Euchre Card Club comprised of seven couples whom met together for 35 years with lots of laughs.
Judi had a passion for serving the community; becoming president of the Downey PTA, joining the YMCA Indian Maidens with her daughter, annually fundraising for the Y, and a member of the Downey Sertoma and Silverton Kiwanis service clubs. She was active in church, being a member of Downey First Christian for 50 years before becoming a member of Silverton Assembly of God.
Before retiring, Judi wore many hats in her career having worked for BofA, Lopez Insurance, a Hollywood accounting firm, Central Christian Church, and Memorial Christian Church. In retirement, she copiloted sports cars with her husband; becoming a member of both the Ferrari Club of America and the Mustang Car Club.
One of her favorite clubs was the monthly L & M (lunch & movie) ladies group; however movies soon were replaced by interesting places each month, even attending a taping of the Wayne Brady TV show. When Wayne inquired from the stage what L & M stood for the ladies replied “Lunch & Movie,” but then jokingly shouted “LOOKING FOR MEN!” Wayne laughed so hard he sent them to his favorite restaurant and bought them lunch. Traveling and cruising were among her many favorite pastimes. She traveled through Europe and has cruised the Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska, and Panama Canal. Judi had the ability to meet people of other languages and communicate with them. She has been in 48 US states and always loved visiting cousins in Missouri, Georgia, and Florida.
Judi is survived by her husband, Maurie; her cat, Ms. Siamey; and her children, Randal (Kris) Thomas and Rennell (Mark) Johnston. Also surviving Judi are seven grandchildren: Nick Johnston, Josh (Shani) Thomas, Regan (Colin) Campbell, Riley Davis, Jake Thomas, Reese Johnston, Shane Johnston, and three great-grandchildren: Lillian Johnston, Oliver Davis, and Charlie Thomas. She is also survived by her two sisters, Gloria Cline and Patricia Mitbo.
A Celebration of Life was held on Jan. 21 at the Silverton Assembly of God Church. A California service will be held on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Downey First Christian Church at 10909 New St., Downey, California, 90241.
Entombment: Willamette National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests memorials be made to the charity of one’s choice. The family would like to thank Willamette Vital Heath HOSPICE Service for care given to Judi. Assisting the family is Unger Funeral Chapel of Silverton, Oregon.
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In a groove
They say winning breeds more winning, and that is definitely true at Kennedy High. The Trojans captured the Class 2A-1A baseball title last spring, finished second in Class 3A football this fall and as the basketball season rounds the midway pole the JFK boys are 13-3 and ranked No. 3 in Class 2A by the OSAA.
And because Kennedy emphasizes three-port participation so much, all three teams essentially are led by the same cast of characters: Ethan Kleinschmit, Luke and Charlie Beyer, Andrew Cuff, Owen Bruner, Matt Hopkins, Brett Boen, William Schaecher and Javier Rodriguez.
“Most of these guys have played all three sports together since they were in like fifth grade,” Kennedy boys hoops coach Karl Schmidtman told Our Town. “I love the fact that they are three-sport athletes. I think young men learn so much by being in three sports. The star in one sport might be the supporting cast in another and I think that is just so good for their character and their understanding of how to play as a team.
“I also think the fact that these boys have been so competitive in all three sports has helped them learn how to deal with adversity and just how to compete night in and night out.”
Depth, as you might expect, is not a problem at Kennedy.
“We definitely have a nice blend of players with six strong post players all above 6-2 and we have 6 guards/ wings, too,” Schmidtman. “We can mix and match them in a variety of ways depending on what we want to do defensively and what kind of offense we want to run. We like to try to find matchups in our favor one way or another. I would say we have six starters and then a strong bench too.
JFK hoops boasts squad of 3 sport stars
12 guys that all can help us in some way and barely miss a beat when we go to our bench.” The 6-4 Boen, says Schmidtman, is one of the best rebounders on the state and he calls Kleinschmit a “Swiss Army knife,” because “he does a variety of things for us,” including scoring 27 points in a game against Santiam in which the Trojans rallied from 15 down to lose by three.
Six different players have led the team in scoring.
The other advantage that the Trojans have with their cadre of football players is their sheer physicality.
“We are probably the most physical team in the league with all our football guys and just the number of seniors we have,” Schmidtman said.
“We believe that our defense should usually keep us in games even if our shots aren’t falling the way we would like. We know that rebounding is one of our strengths and we really try to focus on winning that battle each and every night.”
At Our Town presstime the Trojans were 6-2 in the Tri-River Conference East Division, two games behind Santiam.
against Central and South Albany, two teams towards the top of our league,” Allen said. “We have also shown our inexperience with poor performances on the road versus Lebanon, West Albany, and Crescent Valley. To make the playoffs we will need to continue to protect our home court, while learning how to efficiently travel on the road and compete in tough environments. There is a log jam after Woodburn (in first) so anyone still has a chance to finish in the top 4 and make the playoffs. I like our chances but we will have a tough road schedule.”
Dance: Silverton’s Stella Harrison has been named to the all-state team for dance and drill. Team membership was open to seniors who compete in all six OSAA classes. Candidates were required to learn a piece of a routine via video and also appear in auditions before a panel of three judges. A total of 34 team members were selected.
“It was my dream to make the allstate team when I became a senior and now it has happened,” Harrison said. “This shows that hard work truly does pay off.”
The OSAA state championships for dance and drill are March 17-18 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion.
“Andrew Cuff has been our sixth man but often plays the same minutes as the starters, and he can do a lot of things for us off the bench. Javier Rodriguez gives us the best big man off the bench in the league. I am sure most teams would love to have him in their starting rotation. He has a ‘motor’ and always brings great energy when he is out there. Depending on the game we can play
Silverton basketball: The Foxes girls squad is 8-0 and has opened up a two-game lead in the MidWillamette Conference. The squad, in its first year under coach Alyssa Ogle, is ranked No. 1 in Class 5A, and has victories against 3 Class 6A teams, South Salem, Willamette and Oregon City.
The Silverton boys are also working under a new coach, Tyler Allen. The Foxes are 4-4 in league play but just one game behind 3 teams tied for third at 5-3. The Mid-Willamette receives 4 automatic berths in the 5A playoffs.
“We have proven we can compete with anyone in our league with wins
Officials needed: The Oregon Athletic Officials Association and the Oregon School Activities Association are recruiting officials for the high school spring sports season. There is an immediate need for umpires in baseball and softball.
Becoming a high school official has several benefits, including staying involved in athletics, maintaining good physical condition and earning extra spending money, said OAOA Executive Director Jack Folliard. “Oregon has an urgent need for officials in all sports,” Folliard said. “Officials provide valuable service to high schools and students, make a positive impact in the community and build relationships.”
Those interested in becoming a baseball or softball umpire should visit www.newofficials.org.
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Family affair Katie McWilliams joins father as a Silverton High coach
By James Day
The 2022-23 school year marks the 44th in which Nick McWilliams is teaching and coaching. The Silverton High English/ language arts teacher is in his sixth year as an assistant coach for the boys basketball program.
Coach McWilliams, 65, won a boys state title in 1984 at Santiam Christian and two girls championships at South Salem (2015-16). His coaching and teaching travels also have included stops at Roseburg, Forest Grove, Milwaukie, Sprague, Corban University, two stints at Central as well as a 10-year run with the girls team at South Salem.
But this year is a bit different for McWilliams. His daughter, Katie, is working at Silverton High and coaching as well.
Katie McWilliams, 26, who starred on her father’s 2015 state title team at South Salem, is serving as an assistant coach for the Foxes’ girls squad. At Our Town presstime the team was 8-0 in Mid-Willamette
Conference play. Katie also works on campus as a special needs assistant.
“It was a blessing to coach Katie for four years in high school – in addition to some years with youth teams – and basketball is something that has brought us close together as a father and daughter,” Nick told Our Town. “I am blessed to get to work in the same building with her, including in the school and on the court.”
Katie said that it was “my love and passion for basketball and helping others” that led her to enter the coaching profession. “I had great coaches and mentors throughout my career and they helped mold me into the person and player that I am and was. I want to do the same for the next generation.”
And, clearly, there was a lot to learn around the family dinner table for Katie, who went from a youth and high school star to a four-year contributor at an Oregon State program that won 115 games during her tenure, captured a pair of Pac-12 Conference championships and advanced to the Final Four.
Sports Datebook Home Game Varsity Contests
Wednesday, Feb. 1
6 p.m. Silverton vs Lebanon
6 p.m. Kennedy vs Santiam
Friday, Feb. 3 Boys Basketball
6 p.m. Kennedy vs Gervais
7 p.m. Silverton vs Lebanon
7 p.m. Kennedy vs Gervais
Tuesday, Feb. 7
7 p.m. Silverton vs Central
Thursday, Feb. 9
5:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Culver
7 p.m. Kennedy vs Culver
Tuesday, Feb. 14
7 p.m. Silverton vs West Albany
Friday, Feb. 17
7:30 p.m. Silverton vs Corvallis
“My dad always put his athletes first and gave them the tools for them to be successful,” Katie said. “He made sure his players were focused and working hard, but also wanted them to have fun and be comfortable being themselves.
“I always admired his calmness and the effort he put into making sure his teams were prepared. It was never about him, and he was certainly blessed with a gift that allowed him to become a legendary basketball coach in Oregon.”
Nick said of those early years that “mostly we have just talked a lot about basketball since she was little. She often went with me to practices and games growing up and shared my passion for it. I don’t know if she planned to coach at all until she finished playing. She has always had a great mind for the game and is very competitive but I wanted her to make her own decisions about coaching.”
Nick’s advice to Katie was simple. “I told her that I thought she would be a great coach but it was totally up to her.
She is very gifted in teaching basketball skills and has great rapport with players and other coaches. I told her that she should use those gifts and give back to the sport she loves and had so much success with.”
Katie serves in a variety of roles for first-year Foxes coach Alyssa Ogle while recognizing that she still has some decisions to make about her own future. She will marry Kevin Stanley, also a basketball player and coach, in July. Graduate school remains a possibility as well. She majored in kinesiology with a minor in psychology at OSU while earning all-Pac-12 academic team honors three times.
“I really enjoy the assistant role at the high school level,” she said. “I get to build great relationships with the athletes and give my input when needed. I have had opportunities to be a head coach or an assistant at the college level, but I haven’t had the desire to do that. I love a balanced lifestyle, and I don’t think those positions allow me to have that.”
Tuesday, Feb. 21 Boys Basketball
7 p.m. Silverton vs Crescent Valley
Friday, Feb. 24
5:30 p.m. Silverton vs McKay
7 p.m. Silverton vs McKay
Tuesday, Feb. 28
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The good, the bad... and the handy!
By Carl Sampson
About 20 years ago I was ensconced in my La-Z-Boy trying to figure out some stuff. The immediate topic at hand was how to make television better. No, I wasn’t thinking about what shows folks would watch; I was thinking about when they could watch them.
“Wouldn’t it be great to be able to go on the internet and pick any show you wanted whenever you wanted to watch it?” I asked our youngest son, who was five at the time.
Of course, he agreed that being able to watch an endless stream of Roadrunner cartoons would be the best invention ever. When Netflix and all of the other streaming services came into being, I was in tall cotton. My wife and I are now able to watch all 483 million episodes of Blue Bloods whenever we want.
That got me to thinking. What are some of the other inventions that have made life better for me – and a lot of other people?
At or near the top would have to be remote controls. First there were remote controls for televisions. This was a major breakthrough in the 1950s. Now, however, lots of gizmos have remotes. Garage door openers save me from getting drenched almost every day in the winter.
Other remotes turn on the lights and turn off the heater without me getting off the couch.
Gortex and other waterproof fabrics have been a boon to everyone living on wet side of the Northwest. I remember when I was a kid. Whenever it rained my mom would pull out this bright yellow plastic
rain coat that smelled like the inside of a rubber boot. It came with a bright yellow plastic hood that had the added benefit of blocking the vision of the wearer. Now waterproof jackets keep me dry without turning into a portable greenhouse. Among the good inventions have been a few clinkers, the cell phone being one. I resent having to carry one around. It is like being followed. It rings when I’m getting dressed. It rings when I’m eating lunch. It rings when I am standing in line for communion. I can come up with maybe a dozen times in my life when a phone call was so important it couldn’t wait, and none of those calls came via cell phone. If I ever retire, the first thing I’m going to do is pitch the cell phone in the garbage. If you want to get in touch with me, write a letter.
Another abomination is social media, also known as the armpit of hell. It’s full of small-minded, ignorant, mean trolls who pester other people they don’t even know. How lame is that?
Of all of the gadgets that have imposed themselves on us, there is one that I like best: Google assistant and its sister, Alexa.
The reason I like them so much is I have trained them to use Spotify, which can access nearly every song ever recorded. For example, when I’m in the mood for some Perry Como music – kids, you’ll have to look him up – all I have to do is say, “Hey Google, play ‘A Bushel and a Peck’ by Perry Como and Betty Hutton.” And the best song ever recorded will play. But even though Google assistant is helpful in finding songs, I’ve also trained her. She now has an English accent and knows all about me.
Whenever I say, “Hey Google, who am I?” She tells me, “You’re the most supreme commander.”
Who could argue with that?
Carl Sampson is an author and freelance writer and editor. He lives in Stayton.
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