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Something to Talk About Minimum wage impact........................4

Programs, classes & events are FREE for Seniors 60+ unless otherwise noted.

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Briefs........................................10 Something to Do Toastmasters – Learning to listen.......12


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Wine & Jazz Fest Blooms.....................14

Datebook...............................16 Something to Celebrate 10 years, 20,000 served......................18 Traveling Vicariously Wild time in Costa Rica Part II.............20

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Letter to the Editor....28 Helping Hands

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By Kristine Thomas After much debate, in February the Oregon House and Senate approved a schedule of increases to the minimum wage. The bill sets three regional minimum wage rates in Oregon, the Portland-metro area; mid-size counties including Marion County; and rural and coastal areas. As of Our Town press deadline, the bill was headed to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s desk to be signed. The governor has said she supports the minimum wage increase. Depending on who you ask, the increases are either good or bad news for Oregon businesses. The six-year plan to gradually increase wages starts this July, with minimum wage workers going to $9.75 in urban areas and $9.50 in the rural tier. The current statewide minimum wage is $9.25 an hour. Increases would top out in 2022 at $14.75

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Legislature approves schedule of minimum wage hikes ‘living wage’ for folks,” Palmer said. “To mandate a dramatic increase, like the state has, will be a hardship for small, locally owned businesses. Costs will increase and those benefited by the increase in wages will also see significant increases in their living expenses, and in essence they will be right back where they started if not further behind.” Pete Wall is the president of the Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce. He said the chamber board was concerned about the overall impact in Oregon. The chamber polled its membership and heard strong opposition to the increases. Wall said the board was concerned about a domino effect on wages, and a resulting increase in the cost of goods and services. Tony Doody, owner of the Monitor Inn in Monitor, said he currently pays all his employees above the minimum wage. “I hire all my new hires at the current (minimum) wage of $9.25 per hour.

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Pay increases are given for doing above minimum work,” Doody said. “Artificially raising wages is going to result in only hiring experienced people for new openings. Thus eliminating the ability for (the) inexperienced to gain experience. It will also sadly result in higher costs from my vendors and suppliers which I will ultimately have to be passed on to my customers.” Unfortunately, Doody said, many customers are on fixed incomes and will be hurt by these increases. Chuck Sheketoff is the executive director for the Oregon Center for Public Policy. He foresees positive results from the increase. “In 1989, the Oregon Legislature raised the state minimum wage by 42 percent over an 18-month period,” Sheketoff wrote in a blog called “Significantly Raising the Minimum Wage: Lawmakers Have Done It Before.”

Sheketoff wrote “that increase boosted the state’s wage floor from $3.35 in mid-1989 to $4.75 in January of 1991. That increase did not slow down Oregon’s economy. In fact, following the 1989 increase, Oregon witnessed a long expansionary period in the number of small businesses and jobs.” Sheketoff pointed out that many of the restaurants that thought the wage increase would equal doom and gloom for their business are still around and thriving today. “The world didn’t end when the state implemented its last minimum wage increase and it won’t end with this one,” he said. “When you hear people talking about their concerns, it’s a lot of fear tactics.” Compared to the 1989 wage increase, this one is more gradual, he pointed out. “Our state has done it before with wages increasing a total of 42 percent in 18 months,” Sheketoff said. “This increase is phased in over a longer period of time.” Sheketoff said when workers are getting

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Sheketoff said if a business owner is running a successful business that is visited by customers, he isn’t going to lay-off workers. “Employers will hire the number of employere to meet the demand for their service or their product,” he predicted. Sheketoff said Silverton should do well with this wage increase and it will help the lowest earning workers. “It’s the right thing to do for Oregon’s economy and the many Oregon working families struggling to make ends meet.” Sheketoff wrote.


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Kindergarten rocks By Kristine Thomas In the beginning, it was a challenging adjustment for everyone – teachers, parents and students. But as everyone settled into the routine and the expectations were made clear, there is an excitement about the growth and benefits for the students. Now kindergarten teachers throughout the Silver Falls School District can clearly see the benefits of making the shift from half to full-day kindergarten. Eugene Field kindergarten teacher Brooke Jaeger said the greatest benefit of all-day kindergarten is the “gift of time.” “I have twice as much, if not more, time with my students this year,” Jaeger said. “With this time I am able to teach, reteach, and even extend on kindergarten concepts and skills. My students are able to practice various skills and find success in learning without feeling rushed or stressed.” All-day kindergarten gives her more time

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to connect with her students and their families. Last year, she taught two halfday sessions with more than 50 students. “Now that I have just one class of kindergarteners for twice the amount of time, I feel like I am able to connect with my students and their families on a much deeper level,” Jaeger said. “This connection helps me provide each of my students with exactly what they need to be successful in learning.” From having time to teach art, music, science and PE lessons to spending more time on reading, writing and math, the kindergarten teachers who were interviewed, all said they are enjoying the longer days. This is the first year kindergarten has been full-day in the Silver Falls School District. At St. Mary’s Public School in Mount Angel all-day kindergarten has been offered since 2014.

New academic expectations Michelle Buckley has taught kindergarten for nine years at Evergreen Elementary School.

“One thing that stands out to me with all-day kinder is their confidence in math and writing,” Buckley said. “We just have more time to go deeper into subjects. It was difficult to balance the expectations of full-day curriculum into a half day and still have the joy and discovery that makes kindergarten so special.”

gives them a boost into first and second grade,” Buckley said.

She remembers when kindergarten was about learning to follow classroom routines, work well with others and learning the sounds of the alphabet.

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“These goals have shifted to prekindergarten level and students now need to take the letter sounds and use those to decode words and learn 39 sight words,” she said. “Kindergarteners need to be reading at the end of kindergarten. In the past, they had to be ready to read.” Buckley said students who are struggling show a positive impact, too. Their scores for midyear are already equal to what her kindergartens’ scores were last spring. “I think the children have transitioned much easier than the parents. It definitely


“Will it make a long term difference? I’m not sure, but we are enjoying our extra time together. I think my parents have been happy not to have homework other than sharing a good book together.” Eugene Field kindergarten teacher Breanna Davis has taught kindergarten for six years. This is her first year at Eugene Field. “Over the past few years, I have seen changes in what students are required to learn, but the kids are still the same,” Davis said. “They still want to have fun while learning, play games, explore, and learn.” With the Common Core, students are required to learn a quite a bit more before they leave kindergarten. For example, when Davis first started teaching, kindergarten students only had to count to 30. Now, their goal is

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A visit to the kindergarten classes at Eugene Field showed the students are focused on learning while having fun. In one classroom, they sang songs to remember how to spell the word “what.” In another, they were hearing about Abe Lincoln and his problem with disorganized papers. In all the classrooms, there was a lot of activity – clapping hands, singing or answering questions. This is Lori Pittenger’s first year teaching kindergarten at Eugene Field, where she previously taught first grade for 12 years.

to count to 100. They also have to learn more shapes “Kindergarteners are required to know a certain number of sight words and be reading simple consonant/vowel/

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“I think that is really important to expose them to that at this early stage in their lives,” Pittenger said. “I see students who can read and write, but can’t make friends on the playground. I will definitely be spending more time on social skills next year.”

The “new” first grade Silver Crest Elementary School kindergarten teacher Christine Guenther has taught kindergarten for eight years. She agrees with her colleagues that kindergarten is the new first grade. She recalls when she was in kindergartener more than 40 years ago t that she learned shapes, sang songs,

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“My kinder students are now performing at the level that most of my first grade students would enter with in September,” Pittenger said. “So in some ways our all day kinder is the new first grade. I don’t, however, feel that we are pushing them. If they are not grasping a concept, then we spend more time on that subject. It has been a well-known fact that some other countries are way ahead of us in education. I think this is one really good way to help America start catching up.”

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Now, the expectations are higher and it helps to have more time to help her students develop as learners. Guenther said there are many benefits to all-day kindergarten, including the time to see children as individuals and differentiate her instruction based on their learning styles, skill sets and strengths. “I feel less rushed and more organized and intentional about what learning targets I am teaching each day,” Guenther said.

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“While I originally had momentary reservations about full day kindergarten, I embrace it now completely because I see how much having additional time allows me to teach more fully. I am fortunate to have 13 students and I have been continually amazed by what they have been able to learn since the beginning of

the year compared to where we would be with partial day.” Her students already know all 36 of the kindergarten sight words, can write independently in their journals daily and they write and draw for 15 minutes. “Almost all of the students are working on mastering 75 sight words and this is still just February,” Guenther said. “The majority of the students have already read all of the at-grade-level and abovegrade-level books in the curriculum, so now almost all of them are reading first grade books and are so excited about being able to read!”

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Rotary President Dixon Bledsoe said local response so far has been great.

By the end of the month spring fever is rampant and families are ready for Spring Break – a chance to travel, enjoy some free time with family or visit relatives.

“We have collected nearly $4,000 in just one month. Our goal is to hit $6,000, good for 200 water purification kits, which have been proven to be extremely effective and last 5-6 years,” Bledsoe said.

Unfortunately, for many children in the Silver Falls and Mount Angel school districts, a week away from school may mean boredom, unhappiness and unsupervised free time.

The project deadline to raise the $6,000 is May 31. Donations can be any amount. The money will buy kits to be distributed directly to the Myanmar people who need it most.   Donations may be sent to Silverton Rotary Foundation, c/o B&ST, Realty, LLC, 206 Oak St., Silverton, OR 97381. Checks can be made to Silverton Rotary Foundation. For information call 503602-4320. 

It also may mean going without a meal. Fortunately, the Marion Polk Food Share has a plan to help students eat and have fun during Spring Break. During the SuperFunHappyBreakTime, there will be free activities, books and lunch available to students in both school districts. The program runs from noon to 1 p.m.

Monday, March 21, through Friday, March 25. The Spring Break lunch program began in 1993 after area teachers expressed concern that their students may not have enough food to eat during the vacation from school. The program has grown, serving more than 7,000 meals last year. It is organized and run in partnership with community organizations and relies on the time of volunteers to make meals, deliver and serve food and lead activities. Students in Mount Angel can go to St. Mary’s Elementary School, 590 E. College St., for activities and lunch. In Silverton, students can visit Eugene Field Elementary School, 410 N Water St. For Salem residents, there are also lunch sites. A complete list is available online at www.marionpolkfoodshare. org.

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Communication By Kristine Thomas

If you think attending a Silvertongues Toastmasters’ meeting will be intimidating, knee-knocking and scary encounter, you would be wrong.


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This is a group that eagerly welcomes people to join the group and wants to share what they have learned about how to effectively speak – and listen. Add to the warm welcome, the fact that meetings go quickly. Thoughprovoking speeches can induce laughter and sometimes tears. There’s also an eagerness to encourage growth in fellow members with the acquisition of new skills for success in jobs and relationships. The Silvertongues Toastmasters meet every Friday 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1159 Oak St., Silverton. This is a group that adheres to a schedule, making certain meetings don’t go too long. Barb Rivoli is the vice president of public relations. She describes Silverton’s Toastmasters club as a “fantastic organization that fosters growth, life enhancement and fun.” On a Friday morning, Rivoli along with Ann Snelling, Deborah Climer, Mike Peterson and Michael Clark met at Main St. Bistro and Coffee to share why they enjoy being members of Toastmasters. They all described – in one way or another – Toastmasters as a supportive, safe organization where members can overcome fears and develop speaking and listening skills.


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From learning the organization and mechanics of speaking to honing leadership and listening, the Silvertongues members said they have learned skills that have aided them in their personal and professional endeavors. Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve

Silvertongues Toastmasters Community Open House Friday, March 11, 7:30 a.m. Seventh Day Adventist Church Conference Room 1159 Oak St., Silverton All welcome. Theme: “The Solution to Lack of Experience” Community is also invited to regular meetings: Fridays, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Same location. Information: www.silvertongues. Ann Snelling, 503-910-3668; Deborah Climer, 503-792-3195 or Barb Rivoli, 503-798-5266

their communication, public speaking and leadership skills. Through its thousands of clubs, Toastmaster International offers a program of communication and leadership projects designated to enhance speaking, listening and thinking. Each meeting includes speeches by members, table talk topics where a member is given a subject and asked to assress it off-the-cuff, and feedback. Snelling said feedback is about how to give better presentations, with notes on what went well and what could be improved. Most importantly, feedback is always positive. Even if a member gives a speech about a topic another members disagrees with, the discussion is always about the presentation – not the material. “We may disagree 100 percent with what a person is saying but we honor different viewpoints,” Snelling said. A Silvertongues member for more than a year, Rivoli said she has received many insights and gifts from attending meetings.

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Listening an important part of speaking “The Gift of Listening: being fully present when someone is sharing as opposed to waiting to speak; The Gift of Supportive Criticism: praising someone’s talents and offering them support to enhance a new skill as opposed to pointing out a perceived weakness or flaw; and The Gift of Allowance: expending and receiving expression of myself and others in full support, encouragement and trust as opposed to being worried of offending or being offended,” Rivoli said. Peterson confessed he daily “puts his foot in his mouth. “I say things all the time I wish I hadn’t said that land me in hot water,” Peterson said, laughing, especially with his wife. Being a Silvertongues Toastmaster member has given him the confidence to speak up and express conflicting ideas. And it’s improved his personal and professional relationships. “I have learned how to explain my ideas and opinions without fumbling and I am now a 100 times better listener,” he said, adding being a member has helped improve his communication skills in his marriage, too. Often when a person is speaking, they really aren’t heard, Clark said. For example, if a person started talking about cats and the listener disliked cats, the listener might be thinking about their odjections, rather than actually listening.Their focus might be on waiting for a chance to jump in and provide feedback or criticism. Being a member of Toastmasters has taught Peterson to listen and actually hear what the person has to say. When Rivoli first moved to Silverton, she found she wanted to get involved and make a difference. What she discovered was she was contributing to the divisiveness. Rivoli said she became involved in

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Toastmasters because she wanted to learn how to contribute to her community in a positive and thoughtful way. “I believe in the Law of Attraction, that you get what you put out,” Rivoli said. “Being a member of Toastmasters has taught me to listen and how to shut down my thoughts that wanted to jump in and respond.” Rivoli said she has learned that by listening that she is validating what the person is saying.

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“By learning the art of listening, you are staying in the moment rather than making mental notes on how to respond or criticize,” Snelling added. Just as playing golf, knitting or painting requires continual learning and lots of practice, Peterson said people need to learn and practice listening and speaking. “I think every high school student should attend Toastmasters to learn the essential skills of communication,” Peterson said. A member of Toastmasters for 17 years, Snelling said she continues to learn new skills. Toastmasters, she said, teaches confidence. “Toastmaster creates leaders, great communicators and well-rounded human beings,” Peterson added. “Being a member of Toastmasters hasn’t helped me in one area of my life but all areas. It has helped me to be a better husband, father, business partner and business owner.” Every single day, Clark said, he uses what he learned in Toastmasters to improve how he communicates and how he listens. “Being a member of Toastmasters is a gift,” Rivoli said. “I am a firm believer that whatever you give in life, you will receive. Being a member only enhances your life.”

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Wine & Jazz blooms By Melissa Wagoner A host of jazz musicians are making their way to Silverton for the second annual Willamette Valley Wine and Jazz Festival March 12 and 13. The festival music will kick off on Saturday at the Oregon Garden with Devin Phillips, 1-3 p.m. Originating from the home of jazz, New Orleans, Phillips has performed with such big names as Lenny Kravitz and recorded an award-winning album with Los Hombres Calientes. At 3 p.m. Patrick Lamb takes center stage. A saxophonist from the Pacific Northwest, Lamb combines elements from several genres of music including; funk, soul, R&B as well as jazz to create his own unique sound. He’s made a name for himself across the country and performed at the White House. “We are thrilled with the headliners this year,” Jason Hanson, co-owner of Hanson Vineyards and member of the festival board, said. “It’s not too often that top artists in their craft come to Silverton. So when they do, it’s quite the opportunity.” Along with these jazz headliners will be an array of local and award-winning wines. “Events like this not only promote Silverton as a destination for art and culture, but help remind folks that there is a world of wine right here in the east Willamette Valley,” Hanson said. “Our local wineries are making awardwinning wines, and this is a great opportunity to share them with folks here in the Mount Angel and Silverton community,” Hanson, whose 2014 Pinot Noir Blanc was recognized at the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival, said. The Oregon Garden opens the festival on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. in the Grand Hall. “The ‘main event’ at The Oregon Garden is, of course, the highlight of the festival. That’s where you’ll find the bigname jazz performers and all 10 wineries pouring their wine.  Folks can get tastes, enjoy the music, even take a wander through The Garden,” Hanson explained.

Tickets, $25, include five tastings, the Phillips and Lamb concerts and admission to The Garden. “Guests can explore our spring blooms

throughout 80-acres while enjoying a glass of their favorite wine,” Brittney Hatteberg the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Oregon Garden Resort and a festival board member said. “If you haven’t been to the Garden in a while, this would be the perfect reason to visit us again.” At 5 p.m. the festival moves downtown where five venues will offer small plate food and wine pairings and more jazz throughout the evening. “This is just our second year of Willamette Valley Wine and Jazz, so we are excited to see it grow. We have changed up the flow of the event, which is really exciting and should be easier for guests,” Hatteberg said. The festival culminates on Sunday with wine and jazz brunches fowntown at both the Creekside Grill and Gather, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Silverton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stacy Palmer said the Willamette Valley Wine and Jazz Festival is a great opportunity to feature local wines in a local setting with quality music. “The Willamette Valley Wine and Jazz Festival has been a great addition to the number of great events set in Silverton,” Palmer said, adding the blending of The Oregon Garden and the historic downtown venues is what makes this event special. “It’s a great influx for the local economy and a great way to showcase local products,” Palmer said. Hanson and Hatteberg encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the festival for the wine, the jazz and the food. “A glass of wine helps even the most musically impaired person find the beat,” Hanson said. “This event is quite a deal; you get jazz performers who’ve traveled the world playing with the greats. You get an afternoon in The Oregon Garden, 10 wineries all in one place, and no traffic.”

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datebook Weekly Activities Alcoholic Anonymous Meetings

Noon – 1 p.m. Monday - Saturday. St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, 211 W Center St., Silverton. 8 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Saturday. Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. David, 50-383-8327

Game Nights

Odd Fellows Games and Electronics, 218 E Main St., Silverton. Seven days a week. Call for times and games. 503-874-4431

Silverton Al-Anon Meetings

5:30 p.m. Tuesdays. 10 a.m. Saturdays. Silverton Assembly of God Church, 437 N James St. 503-269-0952.

Silver Falls Library Activities

410 S. Water St., Silverton. Free events. Crafty Kids, 3:30 - 9 p.m. Tuesdays. Chickadees Storytime ages 3 - 5, 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Builders Club, 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Babybirds Storytime ages 0 - 36 months, 11 a.m. Thursdays & Fridays. Night Owls Storytime, 7 p.m. Thursdays. Duplo Day, 11:30 - 1:30 p.m. Fridays. Family Game Day, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturdays. Caregiver must attend with child. 503-873-5173

Mount Angel Library

3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Storytime ages 3 - 6. Mt. Angel Library, 290 Charles St. 4:45 - 6 p.m. Tuesday. Lego Club. 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Babytime ages 0 - 3.

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Compassionate Presence Sangha

7 – 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. People of all spiritual traditions welcome to weekly guided meditation and dialog. Free. Newcomers arrive 20 minutes early. 971-218-6641

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7:30 a.m. Fridays. Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1159 Oak St., Silverton. Ann, 503910-3668

Saturday Lunch

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

Tuesday, March 1 Exercise for Seniors

8 a.m., Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield. Zumba. 9 a.m. & 5 p.m. Tai Chi. Every Tuesday, Thursday. Seniors and older. Members get fee discount. 503-873-3093

Basic American Sign Language

1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield St. Learn basic American sign language. Seniors 60 and older. Free. 503873-3093

Caregiver Connection

4 - 5:30 p.m., Mount Angel Senior Center, 195 E Charles St. Class for anyone over 60 who is taking care of someone at home. First Tuesday of each month. Free. 503-845-6998

Adult Coloring Night

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

6 - 7:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Come relax, de-stress with adults conversation, refreshments, coloring. Material provided. Free. 503-873-8796

Woodcarving Sessions

Silverton Garden Club

1 – 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Silverton Arts offers Silverchips woodcarving sessions. All skill levels. $2/wk. 503-873-2480

Gordon House Tours

Tours at noon, 1, 2 p.m. Every day. Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon House, 869 West Main St, Silverton. Reservations. 503-874-6006,

Overeaters Anonymous

7 – 8 p.m. Thursdays. St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, 211 W Center St., Silverton. Tips, support those with eating problems. All welcome. 503-910-6862

Take Off Pounds Sensibly

6 p.m., Thursdays. St. Paul Catholic Church, 1410 Pine St., Silverton. 503501-9824

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7 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship, 822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton. Learn about slugs, their habitat, life cycle. Refreshments served. Free. Open to public. Sandi, 503-873-5690

Wednesday, March 2 Lenten Breakfast

7:30 a.m., Marquam United Methodist Church, 36975 S Highway 213, Mount Angel. 46th annual Interdenominational Lenten Breakfast. Seven Wednesdays, each with new menu, worship, speaker. Today: Jerry Schindler. March 9: Rev. Deborah Patterson. March 16: Rev. Karen Shimer. March 23: Rev. Rand D. Sargent. Free; 503-829-5061

Exercise for Seniors

9:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield. Yoga or Stay Fit for seniors 60 and older. Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Members get fee discount. 503873-3093

Knitting 911

10 a.m., Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield. Class for seniors 60 and older. Every Wednesday. Free. 503-873-3093

Music with Mr. Hoo

‘Femme Fatale’ Reception

6 - 8 p.m., White Oak Gallery, 216 E Main St., Silverton. ‘Femme Fatale’ collage works by Glenn Bernstein. Runs through March 30., 503-399-9193

12:30 - 1 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Read books while integrating movement, music. Ages 3 - 5. Repeats 11 - 11:30 a.m. March 11 for ages 0 - 36 months. Free. Caregivers must attend with child. 503-873-7633

Parent’s Night Out!

Actors/Improv Group

In Bloom Reception

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Improvisational games. No experience required. Open to adults, high school students. Repeats March 16. Ron, 503-873-8796

6 - 8 p.m., Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. Meet artists, view displayed work. Artwork continued on display noon - 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday through March 27. Jan, 503-363-9310.

Thursday, March 3

First Friday in Silverton

Smartphone Class

10 a.m., Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield. Four-week smartphone class for beginners. Seniors 60 and older. $60. Pre-registration required. 503-873-3093

Signs of Alzheimer’s

10:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield. Learn 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s. Free. 503-873-3093

Storytime Yoga

11 - 11:30 a.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Have fun singing, dancing, moving, reading. Yoga led by Leslie Wilda from Yoga Playgrounds. Age 0 - 36 months. Repeats 7 - 7:30 p.m. March 10 for all ages. Free. Caregiver must attend with child. 503-873-7633

Crockpot Meals

6 - 8 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N Church St., Silverton. Meredith Brandstedder shows how to use common food pantry staples in slow cooker. Bring a crockpot or call 503-873-3446 to be provided with one. Sponsored by SACA. Register at 503-873-3446.

Silverton Scribes

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Informal writer’s group to share, critique writing projects. Repeats March 17. 503-873-8796

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6 - 10 p.m., Silverton Friends Church, 229 Eureka Ave. Drop off children, enjoy some adult time. Suggested donation $10 per child, $25 per family of three or more. Newborn - 12. RSVP: Jaime, 503-516-7427

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

First Friday Music

7 p.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St. Sara Truelove, clarinet, plays music by Brahms, Mozart, others. Free; donations accepted. 503-873-3461.

Lunaria Artist Reception

7 - 9 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St. ‘Telling Nature’s Stories’ featuring charcoal, pastel drawings by botanical painter, Diane Trevett. Functional, decorative pieces by wood-turning artist, Gary McGuire. 503873-7734,

Saturday, March 5 Indoor Flea Market

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Silverton Elks Lodge, 300 High St. Free admission. Spaces $15 Dennis, 503-569-0148; Guy, 503-798-1953

Tax Aide for Seniors

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield. Free AARP tax aide for seniors 60 and older. Every Saturday during tax season. 503-873-3093

Teen Art Guild

1 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Today: friendship bracelets. March 19: paint by number. Supplies provided. Ages 12 - 18. Free. 503-873-7633

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

Sunday, March 6

Friday, March 4

Noon - 3 p.m., Main Street Bistro, 201 E Main St., Silverton. Learn about Silverton Food Co-op, meet the board. Owners, guests invited to social hour, noon - 1 p.m., public welcome 1 - 3 p.m. info@

Trunk Show

6 - 8 p.m., Apples to Oranges, 204 E Main St., Silverton. Trunk show with Studio Donegal Yarns. 971-600-1628

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Monday, March 7

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10 a.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. “Adoption” with Don Anderson. Free. A fascinating story and ideas to share to help others.

Noon - 5 p.m. The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St., Silverton. Jazz concerts by Devin Phillips, Patrick Lamb. Fine wines from Cascade Foothills Wineries, food. Tickets $25, include five tasting tickets, jazz concerts, admission to The Garden. Minors, designated drivers, $15. Tickets at 5-10 p.m. Downtown Silverton, Jazz and wine and food pairings at Creekside Grill, Gather, Howard Hinsdale Cellars, Seven Brides and The Gallon House. March 13 event includes wine and jazz brunches in downtown Silverton. at Creekside and Gather.

Wednesday, March 9

Germany Today Presentation

Silverton City Council

7 p.m., Silverton Council Chambers, 421 S Water St1

Mount Angel City Council

7 p.m., Mount Angel Library, 290 E Charles St.1

Tuesday,March 8 Ancestry Detectives

Pudding River Watershed Council

6:30 p.m., Seven Brides Brewing, 990 N First St., Silverton. Presentation by Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Free. Open to public. Anna, 503-548-7159

Thursday, March 10 Gardening With Dale

2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield St. Gardening seminar with Dale Small. Free for seniors 60 and older. 503-873-3093

Singles Dine Out Club

6 p.m., Wooden Nickel, 1610 Pine St., Silverton. For singles 40+ and seniors 60+. Order off menu, dutch treat. 503873-3093

Zenith Woman’s Club

7 p.m., location varies. Members come together to discuss ways to fund, implement projects that benefit Silverton community. Call Barbara for information, meeting place at 801-414-3875.

Friday, March 11 Chamber Forum Lunch

11:45 a.m., Family Birth Center, 342 Fairview St., Silverton. Networking, educational program. 503-873-5615,

Saturday, March 12 Pancake Breakfast

8:30 - 11:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield St. Pancakes, sausage, eggs, fruit. Benefits Silverton Senior Center Adults $5, children under 12 $3. Children under 4 eat free. 503-873-3093

Seedy Saturday

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Silverton Grange, 201 Division St. Community event to swap garden seeds, especially heirloom varieties. Free with food donation for Silverton Area Community Aid.

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1 p.m. Mount Angel Towers auditorium, One Towers Lane, Mount Angel. Come watch a movie about where Oktoberfest began. Free.

Fr. Bernard Center Auction

5:05 p.m., Festhalle, 500 S. Wilco Hwy., Mount Angel. Dinner, silent and oral auction, drawing and door prizes. Tickets $30 for one; $25 each for two or more. 503-845-4097,

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2 p.m., Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon House, 869 W Main St., Silverton. Dr. Thomas Otten performs etudes of Leslie Adams during “Delighted to Play Classical Jazz that Pops.” Wine reception by Hanson Vineyards. Advance tickets $30 Patron seating; $20 general admission. Admission $25 at door. 21 and older only. 503-874-6006,

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3:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Suzanne Selfors, author of ‘Imaginary Veterinary’ series, reads from books, talk about writing, provides short writing activity. Audience members can have book autographed. Free; caregivers must attend with children 5 and younger. 503-873-7633

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

Thursday, March 24 Folk Music Night

7 p.m., Silver Fall Library, 410 S Water St. Hungrytown, featuring Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson, perform. Free. Open to public. 503-873-5173

Saturday, March 26 Food for Change

1 - 3 p.m., Palace Theater, 200 N Water St., Silverton. Silverton Food Co-op presents ‘Food For Change,’ documentary about power of food cooperatives. Free. Open to public.

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6 - 8 p.m., Seven Brides Brewing, 990 N. First. Meet knitters, crocheters for evening of pints and some purls. Hosted by Apples to Oranges. All welcome. 503-874-4901

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1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield St. Meet candidates running for Silverton Senior Center board of directors. Refreshments provided. Seniors 60 and older. 503-873-3093

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Something to Celebrate

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By Steve Ritchie The Fr. Bernard Youth Center in Mount Angel has reached two major milestones already in 2016: 10 years of hosting youth and young adult retreats and serving a total of 20,000 young people. FBYC Director Don Robison said the center’s decade-long journey to provide a place for retreats, prayer, and personal and spiritual growth has been, at times, a struggle “against very long odds. Dedicated on Jan. 17, 2006 by Archbishop Vlazny from the Portland Archdiocese, the mission of the Fr. Bernard Youth Center is “to provide a special place for prayer and personal growth, focused on assisting youth and their mentors in their spiritual development.”

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At that time, the center’s staff was 5.2 full time employees. Then that decreased to 1.2 full time employees for a full year. The center now has 3.4 full time employees and hosted 4,600 young people at the center in 2015. “In our first 10 years, we served over

Springtoberfest benefit The Fr. Bernard Youth Center will hold its fifth annual dinner and auction – Springtoberfest – at the Mount Angel Festhalle on Saturday, March 12. The event begins at 5:05 p.m. with a silent auction, followed by a dinner prepared by Zest Catering and an oral auction with auctioneer Paul Schultz. Tickets are $25 per person and may be reserved by calling 503-8454097. FBYC Director Don Robison said the goal for the benefit is to raise $70,000 for the center. Robison added that the auction and the center’s golf benefit generate one-third of the center’s annual income. He added the dinner and auction will be “a great time.” To learn more about the Fr. Bernard Youth Center in Mount Angel, visit 20,000 youth and now we’re on track to double that in the next 10 years,” Robison said. Robison noted that in the Youth Center’s early years it was a major challenge to get the word out, and, without much of a marketing budget, it took awhile to make youth groups aware of what the center had to offer. Then, just as the program was getting established, the recession hit in 200708 with a serious impact on the center’s business, as many organizations had to eliminate retreats from their operating budgets. The drop in income led to the staff cuts and some lean years for the center, but Robison said, “We’re pretty stable and we are staffed up.” The FBYC board and staff are especially excited about the recent acquisition of a house across from the youth center on South Main Street.

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They are set to open it as the “Small Retreat House,” which will allow them to expand the number of groups the center can accommodate. The additional space is definitely needed, Robison said. “We have the good news/bad news scenario. We only have four dates available in 2017 from September through May.” Cirra (Halter) Geoff, 22, is one of the young people who has experienced some life-changing moments at the center as a high school student. She visited FBYC with her St. Mary’s youth group for “Praise & Worship” nights and loved the opportunity for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. She returned several times with the Newman Center group from Portland State University, and later this year will bring the confirmation prep class she teaches at St. Mary’s in Corvallis to the FBYC.

spiritual environment” at FBYC. “I’ve definitely seen a big attitude change (with retreat participants),” Drescher said. “It’s about being there in the moment, and growing within yourself. It’s a wonderful place and young people can take the time to grow. It’s inspiring.” The center also has been recognized for its Service Learning program, which is offered to organizations using the FBYC for their retreats. The FBYC staff arranges for the young people on retreat to spend a few hours performing community service work at a local organizations like St. Joseph Shelter, Providence Benedictine Nursing Center, Mount Angel Towers and Mount Angel Development Programs. “The young people tell us they feel they were the ones who were served,” Robison said with pride.

“The facilities at the FBYC are really beautiful and distinctly Catholic,” Geoff said. “It really resonated with me. It is like a youth church.”

He said he has witnessed many “poignant moments” of young people assisting others and then sharing their experiences with the larger group or retreat participants.

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Venturing off road Wild adventures in Costa Rica By Steve Ritchie Driving to the remote Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica would not be easy, I suspected, but I tend to be an optimist when it comes to travel. My wife, Susan, and I had a 4-wheel drive vehicle – a Hyundai Tucson to be precise – and a road map. The map showed that Carate, a tiny community close to our destination, was less than 30 miles from Puerto Jimenez. So what’s the problem? Well, one of the lessons we learned on this trip was that anytime you leave a major highway in Costa Rica it can be an adventure. Secondary roads there can be quite a bit different from secondary roads in the U.S., to put it mildly. We arrived in Puerto Jimenez at noon, after an easy two-hour drive from Sierpe, where we spent a swelteringly humid, damp night in a fascinating, rustic B&B run by an Italian-Tico couple. We lunched on pancakes and picked up a few supplies in Puerto Jimenez before heading out of town on a washboard gravel road. The road to Carate was bad from the start and only got worse. It was nearly impossible to go more than 10 mph in our Hyundai, and, even at that speed, we were bouncing around like pinballs from the huge potholes. About 10 miles in, the road got much hillier and curvier and became mostly dirt. Though we encountered a few other cars during the first hour, after that we were pretty much alone on the “road,” if you can call it that.

Then we started to hit the streams. The information I read when planning our trip mentioned one stream crossing, but we ended up fording six streams before arriving at our destination. Lucky that we visited during the dry season, as the deepest sections of water were just above the knees. Susan was charged with checking the depth of the water by walking through the stream, after checking for crocodiles first, of course. We finally got to the speck of a place that is Carate and breathed a sigh of relief, but there were no signs for Luna Lodge, where we had reservations, so we kept going. Unbelievably, the road got even worse, so we were now crawling along at 5 mph. After more stream crossings, we started going up some very steep inclines. On the steepest hill, I was in first gear and had the pedal to the floor, but couldn’t get to the top. I snuck a quick glance at my ever-tolerant spouse, who was silent but had a white-knuckled grip on the door. Watching the sheer drop-off on my side as we started to go backwards, I coasted all the way back down the hill to try again. With a little more momentum, we reached the top of the hill on the second try and saw a small sign: The worst is over. Luna Lodge this way. We reached the lodge after going 28 miles in nearly three hours. Three staff members came out to greet us, and handed us ice-cold glasses of water. We were immediately impressed with the amazing open-air dining room and the inviting

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swimming pool. But another surprise was waiting for us. Luna Lodge sits near the top of long, steep canyon near the southern boundary of Corcovado Park. The lodge offers three types of lodging: a standard hotel-type room; a bungalow with a deck and an outdoor garden shower in the back; and a tent, with two small beds, a wood floor and a tiny bathroom and shower. We had reserved a tent for four nights, and a staff member was showing us to our tent. Carrying packs and sweating profusely, we followed him up steep stone steps past the bungalows, past the incredibly lush landscape, past the wildly colorful toucans perched in the trees. We took a short rest after climbing 100 steps, then another break after 200 steps, and kept going, past the massage studio, past the yoga platform, still climbing. For me, it was like hiking the Great Wall all over again. While the view from the tent was terrific, we started to think about making this exhausting climb several times a day and in the pitch dark, and wimped out. We moved to a different tent that was only about 75 giant steps up from the lodge. (That tent was great except for the two scorpions we discovered and had to carefully remove.) Corcovado National Park has been described by National Geographic as “the most biologically intense place on earth.” It covers a huge swath of the remote and largely undeveloped Osa Peninsula, and there are no roads through it, only trails. Due to problems with poachers, visitors to Corcovado must enter the park with a guide. We made our hike with Jose, one of the guides employed by the Lodge, and it was just the three of us. Almost immediately, we came across several bands of different species of monkeys. First, we saw the elusive Central American squirrel monkeys, the most endangered monkey species in Costa Rica. Later we had close encounters with the aptly-named spider monkeys, who swing rather than scamper on the branches, the mantled howler monkeys, who woke us up each morning around 4 a.m. with their infernal racket, and the white-faced capuchin monkeys, whose faces and expressions are so eerily like our own. It’s such a thrill to see these creatures uncaged, and we were treated to some amazing monkey scenes: napping in the

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branches above the trail; grooming, petting and even getting intimate with each other; and finding and eating various kinds of food. In the wild there is a sense of unpredictability, and even a bit of danger in these encounters. On a previous trip our guide had coaxed a capuchin monkey to sit on my head, stroke my hair and take bits of banana from me (which I learned later was against the rules but at the time had no idea). On this hike, we came across a family of capuchins, and one sleepy monkey seemed very friendly, yawning and preening for photos, until he suddenly changed expressions and bared his teeth while coming at me menacingly. I thought this guy would not be so friendly if he jumped on my head, so I made a quick get-away while he glared at me. As we hiked through the park, we came across many other mammals, including a giant anteater, a poison dart tree frog, a large band of white-nosed coatis, a two-toed sloth, and “Jesus Christ lizards,” which get their name from their remarkable ability to run across the water without submerging.

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Our expert, young guide helped us spot and identify dozens of species of stunning tropical birds in the park and while kayaking in a nearby lagoon. The largest population of scarlet macaws in Costa Rica is found in Corcovado, and watching their mating rituals was fascinating. We also saw many species of herons, hawks, tanagers, parrots, hummingbirds and various seabirds. Corcovado and Luna Lodge attract visitors from all over the world, and it was cool to exchange stories with other travelers over the exceptional, communal meals prepared by the lodge. Lana, the Coloradan woman who built and owns the lodge, is legendary for her commitment to sustainable practices. Her dog, Osa, is also a bit of a legend for taking guests on guided tours around the paths and stream beds on the expansive property. Leaving Corcovado we had a long drive nearly the length of the country to Liberia to catch our flight back home. Stopping overnight in Quepos, we discovered an unusual expat bar called Wacky Wanda’s, which was filled with characters just as strange to us as some of the creatures we encountered in Corcovado. But Wacky Wanda’s is a story for another time.

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We had our first child at the end of December, and since then my days have looked entirely different than they did before. I’m a person who enjoys hard work and used to fill my days with tasks, being productive and getting things done. Now, I’ve gone from looking at the week ahead to living hour-to-hour, feeding-to-feeding, nap-to-nap.

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Being alone, constantly. No steady income. No one expecting you to be anywhere, ever. No security. No structure. No one else to blame. Change is hard, even when it’s change for the better. It took me about six months before I felt comfortable at home and even

Because as much as the modern world pokes fun at a slower lifestyle where there’s time for simple pleasures, that’s exactly what I wanted. A job where I get to decide how long my maternity leave is. A life with the space to accommodate a crazy newborn schedule. Days where my to-do list starts and ends with spending time with my son. Weeks spent at home caring for the place and the people I love. If that makes me lazy in the eyes of society, well lazy I must be, because I wouldn’t trade this “young retirement” for all the corporate success in the world. And there’s no way any job has dimples as cute as my son.

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The Kennedy High girls basketball team heads into the state playoffs as the topranked team in Class 2A after winning its first Tri-River Conference championship in school history. The Trojans, who defeated No. 4 – and defending 2A champion -- Western Mennonite on Feb. 20 in the league playoffs, took on Irrigon on Feb. 26 after Our Town’s presstime with a shot at the state tournament in Pendleton on the line. “The girls played really well,” Kerry Hall, who has co-coached the squad for the past nine years with brother Peter, told Our Town. “We came out a little nervous but once that wore off we played our game. Western is a great team with some great players. We knew we had to take care of the boards and play great team defense. In the end that’s what won the game for us. “The girls are really focused right now. We are all trying to focus on one game at a time.” Kennedy’s Tri-River rivals Western Mennonite and Regis also play Friday for state tournament spots. If all three teams win they will occupy three of the four spots on one side of the Class 2A bracket. “It’s definitely the toughest league in the state,” Kennedy athletic director Kevin Moffatt told Our Town. “These girls and

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their coaches have worked extremely hard to accomplish this. Plus they always have one of the best GPAs in the state. It’s a pretty amazing group.” Silverton, meanwhile, is one win away from a perfect regular season. The Foxes, who downed Woodburn 66-27 on Tuesday to clinch the Mid-Willamette Conference title, visited 8-5 Dallas on Friday, Feb. 26 after Our Town’s press time to close the league season. So how dominant has Silverton, ranked No. 2 in Class 5A, been this season? The

Foxes have outscored their opponents by an average of 56.1 points to 32.1 points. Only five squads have lost to Silverton by single digits, with a 46-41 win Feb. 3 vs. Lebanon the closest game the Foxes have had. Silverton played six Class 6A teams in the preseason and won the games by an average of 22.2 points, including ninepoint wins against No. 10 Canby and No. 21 Sherwood. The Foxes will host a state playoff game March 4, with a win there advancing

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The Foxes, who downed the Spartans 57-54 on Feb. 10 to tie the league race, stumbled in their next outing, falling 62-59 in overtime to South Albany.

Hoop Shoot: Two local sharpshooters are headed to Vancouver, Wash., for regional competition. Jacob Axmaker of Sublimity and Ellie Cantu of Mount Angel, both of whom triumphed in the local competition at the Silverton Elks Lodge No. 2210, have now won state titles as well.

The Foxes are in a virtual lock to skip the play-in round but must move into the top eight in the OSAA rankings to avoid a road game in the Class 5A playoffs. Silverton, the defending state champions, came into the week ranked ninth.

Axmaker, who made 21 of 25 shots at state, is a Hoop Shoot veteran, finishing fifth nationally in his age group two years ago and No. 2 last year.

Swimming: The Foxes’ boys and girls teams finished third in the MidWillamette district competition in Lucky Rogers’ first season as head coach. And although school records are not complete that combination of boys and girls success appears to be unprecedented in Silverton history. “I was very pleased with our efforts,” Rogers told Our Town. “The season was a huge success.” The boys were 10-1 in dual meets, the girls were 9-2, and both squads used their depth to pile up points at the district meet in Corvallis. Lindsey Orr took second in the 50 free, while Jason Orr was second in the 200 individual medley. Lindsey also was third in the 100 free and participated on the 200-medley relay and 200 free relay teams that qualified for state. Jason Orr also took third in the 100 back. Other swimmers who placed in multiple events included Cole Hacked (fourth in 100 fly and 100 back), Maiden Davis (third in 100 free and sixth in 50 free), Emily Dillon (sixth in 100 fly and 50 free) and Tyler Cohered (eighth in 200 free and 500 free). In addition, Ross Mackinaw was fourth in the 100 breast, Grace Hairy was fifth in the 100 breast,

Cantu, meanwhile, made 23 of 25 shots to earn the “top shooter” trophy among the girls.

Silverton High swimmer Jason Orr.

Hannah Daly was sixth in the 100 breast, Megan Brockamp was seventh in the 200 IM, Jillian Bliss was seventh in the 100 free, Kami Myers was eighth in the 200 IM and Francisco Barocio was eighth in the 100 breast. Rogers noted that the Foxes had 20 swimmers on the podium this season, compared to 10 a year ago and single digits all eight years before that. Both Orrs and the two girls relays went on to the state, with Lindsey Orr’s 10th in the 50 free the top individual finish. Wrestling: The Foxes claimed one district championship and finished fifth as a team in Mid-Willamette district competition Feb. 19-20 at South Albany. Silverton amassed 231 points, trailing champion Lebanon (397.5), Dallas (379.5), Central (285) and host South Albany (247.5).

Austin Reed won the district title at 132 pounds, taking an 8-1 decision against Chase Miller of Lebanon in the finals. Reed, who improved his record to 42-4, will be joined at the Feb. 26-27 state meet by five teammates, Braden Sinn, Valentin Garcia, Matthew Schonbachler, Jacob Whitehead and Tabor Tarpley. Sinn finished second at 160, dropping a 5-1 decision in the finals to Tanner Sallee of Lebanon. Garcia took third at 106, defeating teammate Whitehead 12-5 in the third-place match. Schonbachler finished third at 138 pounds, and Tarpley was fourth at 145. Helping out with valuable team points were Boston Merrifeild (fifth at 120), Cache Campbell (sixth at 120), Mathew Albrecht (sixth at 160), and Rosendo Sosa (sixth at 182).

Axmaker and Cantu will compete March 12 in the regionals, with a shot at an all-expenses paid trip to nationals in Springfield, Massachusetts, on the line. Dance: The Silverton squad has started its second season as it prepares for the OSAA championships next month in Portland. The Foxes competed Feb. 6 in a “traditional” event at Stayton. The traditional event usually divides classes into small and large teams. This time, however, the Foxes were grouped together with all Class 5A schools. Teams perform the same routine twice. Silverton was in fourth place after the first performance but an improved showing in the second round elevated the Foxes to second overall. Follow me on @jameshday. Got a news tip? Email me at Follow Our Town on Facebook.

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Letter to the editor

A gift of perspective A circumstance presented itself to me last week obliging me to do my best to express to the citizens of our Mayberry-like town, the benefits of doing business with local businesses. This tale begins with the Willamette Valley Pie Company, 2994 82nd Ave. NE. Their phone number is 503-362-8857 That is an important address and phone number, and at the end of this letter, I hope you all purchase pies from them. I was recently notified Ed Scheidler, a much revered member of the Mount Angel and Silverton community, was very ill. He has been a resident of the Silverton and Mount Angel territory for decades. Ed is from that generation of men who have allowed us to live in relative comfort since their return from their World War II theaters of deployment. I felt compelled to offer this couple my respect and appreciation for them being such great people in our universe; however, I was faced with that awkward trepidation of trying to understand the difference between my wants and their needs. I wanted to visit this man before he was unable to receive visitors, but I was not a family member, and he was declining rapidly. Knowing their extended family would soon be gathering, I thought that I would bring his wife, Regina, a dessert that she could offer to her guests. Light bulb moment… A pie! I had often heard of the wonderful pies made at the Willamette Valley Pie Company, but I had never been there before. When I arrived at the Willamette Valley Pie Company, I was greeted by a member of a generation that would likely

Simple act speaks volumes about ‘getting it’

be the great-grandchildren of our WWII veterans. She was a very pleasant young woman who walked me through my options. They had a freezer full of frozen pies, and a plethora of varieties. As it was late in the day, they had only a few fresh baked pies, but as luck would have it, Marionberry was still available. What happened next is what prompted me to write this letter. I do not exactly recall what I said, but it was something similar to the following. “This pie is for a very ill man, so I would prefer that the family did not have to bake anything.” That was it…nothing more…no story ….no tears... When I went to pay the bill, the young women explained that there would be no charge. Choke, swallow, tears are welling: “Why?” I asked. “Because I think you could just use a break,” she said.

When I delivered the pie, I was tempted to leave it on their porch and not bother the couple. After determining that I could not leave it for the lunch of a wandering cat, I rang the door bell. Regina answered the door, and being the person that she is, she pulled me in. I was introduced to their eldest son who was visiting from Bend, and I was escorted to their living room where Ed was reclined in his chair. I felt privileged to be able to shake his hand. I felt privileged to be able to speak to a man who exemplifies the standards onto which all men should strive to hold. A veteran who served his country in time of war, a farmer in our valley, a husband of 67 years, a father of eight children, a grandfather of many, a dedicated member of his church community, and just an all around good guy who, “Gets it!”

Do you ever get that feeling of a golf ball in your throat when you are struggling to keep your emotions from becoming a physical advertisement for the world to witness… Well, I had one.

Ed passed away the other night. I was told by a close family member that when they were expressing how quickly he turned “for the worst,” they were amazed that just the night prior he was sitting in his chair eating some ice cream and pie.

02/15/16 She does not know me. She did not ask probing questions 1/6 condition pg: 5” or x3.625” (H) the sick man was. about Ed’s even ask who

So, to the young woman working behind the counter at the Willamette Valley Pie Company, I have to, again, say thank you for noticing an opportunity to pass along a random act of kindness, and thanks for “getting it.”

I couldn’t speak.

72731 This young woman, from a generation often accused of not “getting it,” truly does “get it.” Our Town jlr sensed that offering that pie at no cost was She simply something that she could do, so she did it.

Your gift was well received. Eric Anderson

I said my thanks, tried to swallow that golf ball-sized lump in my throat, and bid my goodbye.


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SACA begins neighborhood project The Silverton Area Community Aid Food Project is a new way to collect food for the local food bank. Neighborhood coordinators enlist their neighbors to become donors to the SACA Food Pantry. Participants are asked to donate one bag of food every two months. SACA will supply the bag, the neighborhood coordinators pick up the food. The program will provide the SACA pantry with a steady supply and gives donors the satisfaction of making a real difference in the community.

How the Food Project Works The Neighborhood Coordinators agree to organize a small group to become donors. The “neighborhood” can be a few houses, several blocks, their work place or any group they want to coordinate. Donors who agree to give food every two months receive a reusable green Food Project bag and suggestions that they buy one extra non-perishable grocery item each week. Then every two months, neighborhood

coordinators pick up the full bag and leave an empty one, taking the full bags to the SACA Food Pantry. Pickup day has been scheduled as the second Saturday of each even month (February, April, June, August, October and December).

Want to get involved? If you are interested in participating in the SACA Food Project, email Teresa at SACA is also collecting crockpots for the cockpot class in March. If you would like to donate one, drop it off anytime Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or Tuesdays, 5 to 7 p.m. Tax receipts are available. SACA is located at 421 S. Water St., Silverton. For information call 503-873-3446. Silverton resident Meredith Brandstedder will teach how to use common food pantry staples in a slow cooker to make easy weeknight meals your family will love. The class is Thursday, March 3, 6 to 8 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N. Church St, Silverton.

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The Glockenspiel Restaurant in Mount Angel will be hosting its second annual St. Patrick’s day bash March 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. On hand to help us celebrate will be the Silver Creek String Band playing a host of traditional Irish music. This year’s multi-course dinner will include: Shrimp and Corn Fritters, Brown Butter Soda Bread, Howth Head Seafood Chowder, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Boxty (Irish-style bacon and potato cake with sour cream sauce), Irish Whisky Cake with Irish Whisky Glaze and to make this meal truly all inclusive, it comes with a refreshing glass of cold Irish beer.

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Music list

Sharing my play list in hopes you will create your own

Sometimes on a rainy afternoon — we have quite a few in Oregon — I like to listen to music. Not just any music.

I’m Amazed I heard this song on A Prairie Home Companion years ago, and it blew me away. It took me forever to find it. I finally found a home video on You Tube of the teenage Leilani Clark and her family singing it. Her father, Dan Clark, wrote it. It takes my breath away. It will yours too.

I like to listen to music with meaning. I’m not talking about religious music necessarily, although much of the great music in history was religious.

Father and Son. His name is Yusuf, but I remember him as Cat Stevens. His songbook is full of tunes that resonate with me — about life, love, kids and all that goes with them. But it’s this song that reminds me every time that being a father — or a son — is often difficult. The one line that stops me is Look at me, I am old but I am happy….

I could write a whole column just on Antonio Vivaldi. Rather, I’m talking about music that speaks to me at a deeper level, that when I listen to it, I am inspired. You know what I mean. The other day, I started to make a list. On it I wrote the titles of songs that inspire me to be a better person. Some you may consider to be trite, and that’s OK, but I like them for what they mean to me. So, without further ado, here’s my Ultimate Play List: What a Wonderful World Originally recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1967, it was the perfect antidote to the sixties — and for today, when meanness seems to reign supreme. I know we’re better than that. Or should be.

Man in the Mirror Michael Jackson recorded this in 1987. I think it’s really a challenge to all of us to be more — and to do more — to make a change for the better, in our lives and our world.

I am, too. I am so happy with my life.

Humble and Kind I just recently ran across this song recorded by Tim McGraw, a country singer. He describes it as a “letter to your kids.” I think maybe it’s a letter to all of us.

And these songs are anthems to that. I’m grateful to these singers and song writers for creating them. So much of the noise on the radio and TV is meant to be evocative and incite high emotions, but not thought.

I Dreamed a Dream You know this song from the musical Les Miserables. It is about hope and dreams and heartbreak. It’s about life.

That’s what’s missing in our popular culture: Thought about what has been, what is and what should be. Something to inspire and motivates us to be our best.

I Won’t Give Up Jason Mraz wrote this about relationships, but it’s also about the human spirit. In the song he vows not to give up. We shouldn’t, either.

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