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Civics 101

White Corner Inn opens in Mt. Angel – Page 18

Vol. 17 No. 5

Drift Creek Dam denial to be appealed – Page 4


Serving Mt. Angel, Silverton, and Scotts Mills

March 2020

The future of Silverton’s murals at stake – Page 10

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Aqua Fox girls take third at State – Page 20

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On the Cover

Civics 101 Water district appeals dam denial....... 4 Starbucks proposal moves forward...... 7

The Silverton Mural Society is currently running without people in key board positions and needs volunteers to maintain the city’s

Something Fun Dog Day needs barking good name ..... 8


Arts & Entertainment Mural Society seeks new volunteers.. 10

Datebook.............................. 12 A Slice of the Pie.......... 15 Our Neighbor Dr. Pool returns home....................... 16

Business Mt. Angel’s White Corner Inn opens... 18

Sports & Recreation SHS swim team girls third at state..... 20

Something to Celebrate Lunaria Gallery turns 25.................... 21

Marketplace......................21 A Grin At The End..........22



In Feb. 15’s article “Uncensured” on the outcome of allegations of policy violations by Silver Falls School District board members, it was not made clear that board chair Jonathan Edmonds was cleared of any violation and board member Jennifer Traeger was found to have violated one policy on a technicality. The proposed censure that the board replaced with a training program was directed at member Shelly Nealon, who, the final report concluded, violated policy on several occasions. Our Town regrets any confusion the omission may have caused.

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Civics 101

Drift Creek dilemma By Melissa Wagoner It’s not about a dam – though one has become the face of the problem. It’s not even about the fish – though they feature prominently in the discussion. What the controversy around the proposal to add a dam on Drift Creek really comes down to is water – who has it, who wants it and where to get more of it – and both sides are feeling the burn. “It’s not new and it’s not going away,” Dave Bielenberg said. He is chairman for the East Valley Water District (EVWD) – an irrigation district formed in 2002 for the purposes of supplying irrigation water to its members. And Bielenberg should know. A farmer since 1973, he has been looking for a solution to the problem of irrigation water for his crops – currently a mixture of greenhouse crops, grass and vegetable seeds, wheat and timber – since he received a conditional use permit for water in the late 1980s. “They would let us use the water on the

Farmers continue to debate dam project

condition that we would look for an alternative source of water,” Bielenberg recalled. “So, I got involved in the [Pudding River Basin Water Resources Development] Association and the association led to the water district.” Currently 75 members strong, the EVWD’s main objective is the procurement and conservation of irrigation water for its members. But what is best for some may not be best for all. “The proposal takes about 40 acres of my property,” Bob Qualey explained. The 75-year-old farmer owns land inside the inundation zone, near Fox Road and Victor Point Road, said. A producer of cattle, hay and timber, Qualey’s own land is not irrigated. “No, I don’t irrigate myself,” he admitted. “You can’t get a water right to irrigate. You can only get a right to store.” But he does understand the difficulty the EVWD farmers are facing when it comes to the need for water.


“This whole area is short of water,” he said. But what Qualey fears most, aside from losing acres of his land to water inundation for the sole benefit of others, is that once the natural flow of the water is changed it cannot be reset. “When we need it,” he cautioned, “we cannot get it back.” The EVWD does not see it that way. With extensive research backing up the dam proposal, they were shocked when, on Nov. 22, 2019 the Oregon Water Resources Commission denied the application for a storage permit on Drift Creek. “We did everything that the Resource Commission and the law required of us,” Bielenberg said. “Part of doing a big project is doing your due diligence,” Lauren Reese, Executive Secretary for EVWD, added. “We’ve done biological studies, archaeological studies and geotechnical

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studies. The district members have put a lot of money into hiring people who really know their stuff.” This isn’t the only solution the EVWD has explored. Over the years there have been extensive studies looking at historical water use, current water use and different options for the future. “That initial survey pointed out several things for us as far as historical use,” Bielenberg observed. “We found out we were using about half of what the State assumed we were using. We looked at ground water recharge, storage, wastewater reuse, importing water from the Santiam. We even looked at using Salem’s municipal, reused water. But that study pointed out the most economical was storage.” The group also discovered a survey done in the 1960s identifying numerous possible storage sites and conducted their own, subsequent research into several of those areas, eventually landing on the one located on Drift Creek as the most viable.

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“We looked at a fairly large project on Butte Creek,” Bielenberg said. “But after the earthquake in ‘93 we found out the dam was on the fault line. We looked at a dam in Rock Creek but it was on wetlands and along with the pumping it was not feasible.”

“You don’t see travelers anymore,” Eder said. “You see the drip.” “It’s less evaporation,” Bielenberg confirmed. “More uniformity.” Ultimately both Bielenberg and Eder view themselves as stewards of the land, working toward maintaining the acres they farm in a way that takes into account environmental impacts such as fish habitat, one of the main talking-points in the Drift Creek Dam case.

Now, many years and thousands of dollars later, it appears that another of the EVWD’s plans to solve the irrigation water issue has been shot down. “My dad worked on [finding irrigation water] in the ‘50s and ‘60s,” Bielenberg said. “We’ve got members whose grandparents worked on the issue of finding irrigation. We started this because of groundwater rights, but surface water is over-appropriated.” “And it’s getting more difficult to drill a well,” Duane Eder said. He’s a fellow EVWD board member who previously grew cauliflower, beans, onions and hazelnuts and now grows grass and vegetable seed, west of Silverton. “Our wells are not good wells.”

“We have studies that show [the dam] has a pretty substantial benefit to cut throat trout,” Reese said, identifying the species of note. Interpretation of the dam area and the water storage it would create, southeast of Silverton.

“It’s all because of the groundwater depletion,” Bielenberg said. “That’s what’s driving it. And we’re trying to react.”

Those reactions have namely taken the form of water conservation through everincreasing drip irrigation.

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“Each year the creek will essentially run dry. It doesn’t really have a capacity for productive populations of fish. The function of the dam is we’re able to capture rainwater during the rainy season and release it during the dry season. And during that entire time, we would pass overflow. Being able to pass water through during the majority of the year would be of benefit.”

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Civics 101 Continued from page 5 But Brian Posewitz, the Staff Attorney for WaterWatch – an organization devoted to protecting and restoring the natural flows of water in Oregon and which filed a proposal against the Drift Creek dam – has another view.

fished for steelhead on the stream. I know there were steelhead and there could be again. Some of the best habitats on the stream are upstream from the proposed dam. And my grandkids play along that stream.”

“The age of building dams across stream and river channels should largely be over because the dams cause so much harm – and there are many effective, recognized, less harmful ways to increase water supply,” Posewitz said.

It is partly those grandkids that Qualey is thinking of when he contemplates the possible inundation of his land.

“Channel spanning dams prevent fish migration, interfere with natural stream hydrology, and cause numerous water quality problems including problems with water temperatures and dissolved oxygen.”

“They want to use our ground because their ground is too valuable,” he mused. “If this project was good for all the people of Oregon, I couldn’t fight that, but maybe a dozen farmers are all it’s going to benefit.”

Qualey also has concerns about the effect a dam on Drift Creek would have on fish populations.

Instead, Qualey thinks the EVWD should keep looking for other methods of irrigation, such as aquifer recharge – in which rainwater and reclaimed water is rerouted through the subsurface.

“Why would they try to build a new dam today when they’re taking dams out today?” he questioned. “As a kid I

“It’s done a lot of places,” Qualey stated. “[Oregon State University] did research and said this would be a good area. This

would help everybody. Everybody would benefit, not just a few farmers.” In the meantime, on Jan. 24 the EVWD filed an appeal in the hopes of continuing to move forward with the proposed dam. Because, as Bielenberg sees it, the Drift Creek dam would be of public benefit. “It’s certainly a public benefit project,” Bielenberg said. “Irrigated agriculture typically employs more people per acre than dryland farming. People say; you’re going to build a dam and flood this ground, that doesn’t help us. Anybody should be interested in the project because of the economic impact.” In fact, Bielenberg sees the dam’s denial as a first step toward an uncertain future for irrigated farmers – and dryland farmers, too. “Another big part of this project is a climate change resiliency effort,” he said. “A lot of the state relies on storing the water in solid form – snow and ice – and

recently (the) Legislature recognized this is not going to be the answer going forward. We’re seeing irrigation systems where we’ve never seen them before throughout the country. We certainly have an appreciation and recognize the landowners who are opposing this issue. But people in that situation are well-protected.” “When you look at the numbers, it’s inundating 300 acres for the benefit of tens of thousands of acres,” Reese continued. “But it’s a difficult issue.” And possibly one of many difficult issues that are to come, according to Bielenberg, who predicts that the combination of less available water, dryer temperatures and changes in resource management will only increase the number of conflicts like this one. On this point at least, Qualey agrees. “I understand these guys need water,” he acknowledged. “I don’t fault them for that.”

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By Nancy Jennings Calling all dog – and word – lovers! Silverton Senior Center needs your help coming up with a catchy canineinspired name to promote their upcoming June 27 fundraising event. A $50 cash prize will be yours if your submission is selected by the judges.

The Gordon House is the only Frank Lloyd Wright structure in the state. On the tour guests learn about Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Usonian” vision; the homeowners, Conrad and Evelyn Gordon; and how the house found its way to Silverton. All proceeds support the site’s educational and preservation mission.

“It will be an event for people who own or just love dogs. We’re making it a community-wide interactive experience,” Brockamp said.

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According to Dodie Brockamp, the center’s director, the contest is open to all ages… and the judges are simply looking for a good, fun name.

Taking place on Saturday, June 27, at the Eugene Field Commons area from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be a variety of activities to enjoy, including a “Doggy Fashion Show,” an “Owner/Pet Look-Alike Contest,” and even a photo booth where you can pose with your dog(s) and bring home a snapshot as a keepsake. An assortment of vendor booths will offer food/refreshments for attendees, in addition to information on various dog-related services.

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To enter, email your suggestion, along with your name and phone number, to The winner will be announced on the Senior Center’s Facebook page on March 20.

Regular admission is $20; children 18 and under accompanied by an adult are free. Discounted guided tours (overnight in Silverton & AAA) are $15. College students and Silverton residents with ID are $5. Guided group tours of 10 or more are $10 per person. Guided group student tours (K-12 & home school) are $3 per person. The Gordon House is located adjacent to The Oregon Garden at 869 W. Main St., Silverton.

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Saving Silverton’s murals By Brenna Wiegand Silverton Mural Society is in desperate need of volunteers to help maintain its collection of historical, hand-painted murals that have become part of the charm of Silverton and a legitimate tourist attraction. Silverton Mural Society finds itself without a president, vice president or treasurer and ten-year volunteer Norm English is the acting secretary. “We cannot continue to exist in this manner,” English said. “There are a number of specific tasks that need doing on an ongoing basis, and if they are no longer done, the murals will soon be in a state of decline. Most everyone I’ve talked to does not want this to happen, but without people willing to help with what needs doing, it appears unavoidable – and that would be a real shame.” The 30-plus murals gracing the exteriors of buildings around town are estimated at an overall value of $500,000. Most of the funds for this year’s touch-ups and maintenance are covered thanks to donations by Friends of the Murals. “[I]t’s just the actual bodies that are needed to perform the associated tasks and administrative duties that will keep the non-profit organization afloat,” English said. “Without that help, it will not be long before viewers of

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the murals will begin to notice the difference. Murals need regular, ongoing maintenance.”

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Fearless leader Vince Till, who has spearheaded the murals and their maintenance for more than a quarter century, has found it necessary to step down in order to be home more with his wife Babs, who is experiencing health problems. At one time or another over the past 27 years, Till has performed most of the myriad tasks necessary to keep the murals in pristine condition for decades to come. He is passionate about Silverton’s murals and was instrumental in commissioning most of them, all done by local artists. It will take many people to help fill the void Till leaves, but luckily there’s something for everyone. Available tasks include:

Donations: P.O. Box 880, Silverton OR 97381 Contact: Norm English, 503-930-7074 or at • Routinely check murals for damage. • Greet folks at the mural society booth at special events. • Help apply UV coating on selected murals each year. • Conduct mural tours for visitors and schoolchildren.

• Participating in the annual mural-washing.

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Weekly Events Monday

$5 members, $10 non-members. Repeats Thursdays. Tai Chi, 9 a.m. & 5 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. $3 members, $8 non-members. Repeats Thursdays. Mt. Angel Food Bank, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Mt. Angel Community Center, 195 E Charles St. Repeats Wednesday, Thursday. 503-845-6998

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

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

Toddler Storytime,

Craft Store, Mt. Angel

Community & Senior Center, 195 E Charles St. Open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday Friday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturdays. 503-845-6998 Yoga with Tracy, 9:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. $8 members, $13 nonmembers. Repeats Wednesdays, Fridays. Stay Fit Exercise, 9:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. $3 members, $8 nonmembers. Repeats Wednesdays, Fridays. Pickleball, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Bring paddle if have one. All ages. No experience necessary. Free for YMCA, Silverton Senior Center members. $5 others. Repeats 10 a.m. 1 p.m. Thursday; 6:30 - 9 p.m. Friday; 8 - 11 a.m. Sunday. Resource Day Center, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Help connecting to services, coffee, snacks for homeless, those close to it. 971-343-1099, Senior Meal Site, 11:30 a.m., Mt. Angel Community & Senior Center, 195 E Charles St. Pre-order meals a week ahead by calling 503-845-9464. Repeats Thursdays. Meals-on-Wheels delivered Monday - Friday. Recovery at Noon, Noon - 1 p.m., Silverton Coffee Club, Third and High. Every day. 503-873-1320 Line Dancing, 2:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. $5 members, $10 non-members. Monday Meal, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Oak Street Church, 502 Oak St., Silverton. All welcome. Free; donations accepted. John, 503-873-5446 Yoga with Robin, 5:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. $5 members, $10 nonmembers.

Sheltering Silverton Winter Warming Shelter, 8 p.m. - 8 p.m., Oak St. Church, 502 Oak St., Silverton. Hot meal, safe place to sleep. All guests welcome, including pets. Open every day. 503-343-1099,

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10:30 a.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Reading, singing, exploring new stories for toddlers, families. Free. Indoor Playtime, 11 a.m. - noon, Mt. Angel Public Library. All toys provided. Toddler, families. Free. Ageless Grace Exercise Program, 1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Fitness for body, brain. $5 members, $10 non-members. Repeats Thursdays. Roundtable on Jesus, 3 p.m., Live Local Coffee Shop, 111 N Water St., Silverton. Open roundtable about who Jesus is to attendees. Coffee provided. Crafty Kids, 3 - 7 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Supplies provided. Age 5 - 11. Free. Serenity Al-Anon Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Silverton Assembly of God Church, 437 N James St. 503-269-0952


Silverton Business Group, 8 a.m., Silverton

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

Daniel Plan Journey Video Series, 6:30

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


Kiwanis Club of Silverton, 7 a.m., Main St. Bistro, 201 E Main St., Silverton. 503-510-3525. Baby Birds Storytime, 11 a.m., Silver Falls Library. Board books, songs, bubbles. 0-36 months with caregiver. Repeats Fridays. Beginning Line Dancing, 1:30 p.m. Silver Creek Fellowship, 822 Industry Way, Silverton. An hour of moving to the music; free. 503-409-4498 Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 6 p.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St. Dave, 503-501-9824

Compassionate Presence Sangha,

AARP Tax Assistance, 10 a.m. - 3

p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Walk-in appointments only. 503-873-3093 Citizenship Class, 10 a.m. - noon, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N Church St., Silverton. New students welcome. English & Spanish. Free. 503-873-8656 Serenity Al-Anon Meeting, 10 a.m., Silverton Assembly of God Church, 437 N James St. 503-269-0952 Saturday Lunch, Noon - 1:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 N Second St., Silverton. Free. 503-873-2635

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

Donations welcome. Repeats Sundays. 503-873-7070 AA Meeting, 8 p.m., Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. David, 503-383-8327

7 - 8:30 p.m., Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. Mindful meditation, shared dialog. All spiritual traditions. Free. Newcomers arrive 20 minutes early. 971-218-6641 Overeaters Anonymous, 7 - 8 p.m., Legacy Silverton Birth Center, 342 Fairview St. 12-step recovery program for those with eating issues. All welcome. Marianna, 916-343-6105

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Monday, March 2

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

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


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

Silverton Friends Church, 229 Eureka Ave. Local produce, eggs, meats, artisan crafts. Free admission. Every Saturday except Holiday weekends. Jan, 714-357-9567

The True Tale of Sleeping Beauty 2 p.m., Brush Creek Playhouse, 11535 NE Silverton Road, Silverton. Brush Creek children, youth production. Admission $10 adults, $8 children 12 and under, students, seniors 50 and older. Tickets available at Books-N-Time, 210 N Water St., Silverton, or at door. Repeats 7 p.m. March 6, 7, 13, 14; 2 p.m. March 7, 8, 14, 15.

Daughters of American Revolution 10 a.m., Stayton Fire Department, 1988 W Ida St. Abigail Scott Duiway chapter meeting followed by Weddle Funeral Home presenting writing workshop, “Leave Your Legacy.” Program begins at 11 a.m. Refreshments served. Open to public. Free. 503-769-5951

Silverton City Council 7 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-873-5321

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

Tuesday, March 3 Toe-Tapping Tuesdays 10:15 a.m., Silver Falls Library. Songs, rhymes, dancing for children. Free. Repeats March 17. 503-873-5173

Stories & STEAM 1:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Listen to story, make slime, have snack. Age 6 - 10. Free. 503-845-6401

Caregiver Connection 2 - 3:30 p.m., Legacy Silverton Health, 342 Fairview St. For family caregivers. This month’s topic is Fall Prevention. Free. Suzy, 503-304-3429

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Emergency Preparedness Class

3 - 5 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Build computers powered by marbles to solve logic problems. Age 8 and older. Repeats March 26. 503-845-6401

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

Magic the Gathering

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Informal writer’s group to share, critique writing projects. Repeats March 19. 503-873-8796

6 - 8 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Play strategy card game. Help for beginners available, but starter deck is needed. Free. All ages. 503-873-5173

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

American Legion Post 89 6:30 p.m., Legion Hall, 740 E College St., Mt. Angel. All veterans welcome. Jim, 503-845-6119

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

Silverton Garden Club 7 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. New members, guests welcome. 503-769-3093

Wednesday, March 4 Lenten Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Marquam United Methodist Church, 36971 Highway 213, Mt. Angel. Free Lenten breakfast. Open to all. Repeats March 11, 18, 25. 503-829-5061

LEGO Lab 3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Build original creation from LEGOs to display in library. All ages. Repeats 1:30 p.m. March 25. Free. 503-845-6401

Actors/Improv Group 7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Improvisational games. No experience required. Open to adults, high school students. Also March 18.

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Silverton Lions Club 7 p.m., Legacy Silverton Health, 342 Fairview St. Open to all interested in community service. Repeats March 19. 503-873-7119

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

Friday, March 6 Painting with Moises 1:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. 50 and older. $10. 503-873-3093

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

Lunaria First Friday 7 - 9 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St., Silverton. Artist reception for “Lunaria: 25 Years, 25 Artists” and “Beginnings.” Free. 503-873-7734,

Saturday, March 7 Local Authors Fair 1 - 4 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Learn about local literacy talent, purchase works. Selected authors give talks on writing process. Free. 503-873-8796

Sunday, March 8 Daylight Saving Time Starts Turn your clocks forward 1 hour.

Monday, March 9 Mt. Angel School District

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

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

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Tuesday, March 10 Ancestry Detectives

Difficult Conversation Series

10 a.m., Silver Falls Library. Dave Bruey presents ways to infuse historical context into life stories of ancestors. Open to public. Free.

3 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Marie Jennings of Parkvillage speaks on social isolation. 50 and older. Free. Repeats at 6 p.m. 503-873-3093

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

11 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Pain free living with Dr. Andrea Greiner. 50 and older. Free. 503-873-3093

Family Movie 5:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Frozen 2. Hot popcorn. All ages. Free. 503-845-6401

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6 - 8 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Role playing game for those 13+. Free. 503-873-5173

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

Wednesday, March 11 Scrapbooking Cards 1 - 3 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Make cards. $10 for five cards. 50+, Registration required. 503-873-3093

Gardening Class 2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Gardening with Dale Small. 50+. Free. 503-873-3093

Library Volunteer Orientation 3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Those interested can submit application, attend session. Teens, adults. Free. 503-845-6401

Silverton Senior Center Board 6 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Open to public. 503-873-3093

Silverton Mural Society 1 p.m., Silverton Mobile Estates Clubhouse, 1307 S Water St. Open to public. Norm, 503-874-8101

Thursday, March 12 Singles Dine Out Club 6 p.m., Wooden Nickel, 1610 Pine St., Silverton. Order off menu; pay separately. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Kreative Klass with Kelly 6:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Paint butterfly wall hanging with Kelly Grassman from Mt. Angel Mercantile using paint, stamps. Adults. Free. Space limited. Register by calling 503-845-6401.

Silverton Zenith Women’s Club

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

Thursday, March 5

Dungeons & Dragons

Storytime with Chief

Stories and STEAM 3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Celebrate Pi day with math activities, story, pie. Age 6 10. Free. 503-845-6401

7 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Members discuss ways to fund, implement projects benefiting Silverton. Social at 6:30 p.m. 801-414-2875

Inside Peace 7 p.m., Silver Falls Library. A film about criminal offenders putting lives back together. All welcome. Free.

Friday, March 13 Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 402 N First St., Silverton. Spelling bee, appetizers, cash bar, silent auction, live dessert and wine auction. Benefits kid-focused program. Tickets ,$25 in advance, $30 at door, at BST Realty, Silver Falls Library, Silverton Chamber.

Saturday, March 14 Second Saturday Winter Market 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Macleay Grange, 8312 Macleay Road, Salem. Indoor farmers market, baked goods, handmade crafts from local suppliers. Free admission. 503-464-6664

Make & Take Crafts 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Make dancing doll wall art. 50 and older. Repeats March 21. $45; supply list available. Register by calling 503-873-3093.

‘80s Prom Night 5 - 9 p.m., The Gallon House, 219 Oak St., Silverton. Come dressed in your best ‘80s prom clothing. Admission includes all-you-can-eat taco bar, one drink ticket. Additional drinks available for purchase. Benefits Mark Twain Elementary playground expansion. Tickets, $25, at, search 80s prom night.

Sunday, March 15 Line Dancing Party 2 - 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Beginners class followed by dance. $5 all ages. Tickets at center. 503-873-3093

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

Tuesday, March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Grief Support Group 9:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Grief support with Providence Benedictine Hospice. 50 and older. Free. 503-873-3093

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

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

Stories and STEAM 3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with story, activities, green snack. Free. Age 6 - 10. 503-845-6401

Book Club for Adults 7 p.m., Silver Falls Library. This month’s selection is Hero of the Empire by Candace Millard. Open to all. 503-873-8796

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

Thursday, March 19 Spring Equinox Book Club for Adults 1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Discuss One Handful of Earth by Ellie Gunn. Copies at circulation desk. Free. 503-845-6401

Escape Room

Silverton Grange Monthly Meeting

1 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Find clues, solve story before time runs out. Sign-up required by calling Dena or Spring at 503-873-5173.

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

Community Breakfast

Make & Take Crafts

7 - 9:30 a.m., Marquam United Methodist Church, 36971 Highway 213, Mt. Angel. Free community breakfast. Open to all. 503-829-5061

Virtual Reality Experience

Tuesday, March 24

3 - 6 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Experience virtual reality programs. Signed release must be on record. Teens, adults. Reserve a spot by calling 503-8456401. Repeats 1 - 4 p.m. March 20.

Noon, Mt. Angel Public Library. Watch Frozen at noon. Do frozen-themed craft at 2:30 p.m. Watch Frozen 2 at 3 p.m. All ages. Free. 503-845-6401

Saturday, March 21 Book Talk 9:30 a.m. - noon, Queen of Angels Monastery, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Discuss Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez. Free. Bring lunch or buy for $8.50. Tim, 503-585-4190,

Seedy Saturday 1 - 4 p.m., Silverton Grange, 201 Division St. Seed exchange, vendor booths, plant starts for sale, bake sale, music. Free. 503-269-9987

Thursday, March 26

Family Movie

Frozen Marathon

5:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Watch It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Hot popcorn. All ages. Free. 503-845-6401

Friday, March 27 Game Day

Wednesday, March 25 Teen Art Day 1:30 - 4:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Make art to hang on wall. Grades 6 - 12. Free. 503-845-6401

Foothills Spargers Homebrew Club 6 p.m., Ratchet Brewery, 990 N First St., Silverton. Connect with local homebrewers at monthly meeting, bottle share.

2 - 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Make cards with pressed flowers, leaves. $5 for five cards. 50 and older. Register by calling 503-873-3093.

1 - 4 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Variety of life-sized, board and video games including Wii Just Dance, Mario Kart. All ages. Free. 503-845-6401

Sunday, March 29 Scotts Mills Pancake Breakfast 7 a.m. - noon, Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. $6 per person. 503-874-9575

Monday, March 30 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 including a focus on issues of current concern. Open to all. 503-873-5307

Tuesday, March 31 Stories and STEAM 3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Explore the power of wind through stories, handson experiments. Age 6 - 10. Free. 503-845-6401

Saturday, March 28 Wool Applique Class 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Hearts to flowers wool applique class. $35; supply list available. Register by calling 503-873-3093

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A Slice of the Pie

Blind date?

No, blind interview!

“Log into my Facebook messages and give me a description,” I asked my husband in desperation, scanning the crowded coffee shop for a woman who looked like she might be my three o’clock interview. “Long hair, middle-aged, loves the ‘80s,” he relayed. Bingo! Crisis averted. A woman matching just that description was seated, not five feet away. Scenes like this have become all too frequent in my journalistic life, where I, more often than not, conduct interviews for my writing with people I have never seen before. And yes, I realize that I could very well look these individuals up on Facebook and give myself at least a little bit to go on. And I do think of that, but it’s generally when I’ve already arrived at my destination and am frantically scanning the crowd. Once ensconced in this situation, I find that I have a couple of good options. First, I can call my husband – who finds my predicaments endlessly funny

– and ask for his help, advice, feedback or general commiseration. Not always helpful, this selection does give me something to do with myself while I feign nonchalance, hopefully masking my state of discomfort. Another course of action is to ask around – a seemingly obvious solution. My introversion abhors this option, however. And it has actually failed me more times than I can count.

“I’m Melissa,” I said, holding out my hand.

age? Discarding all those who don’t fit the profile in my mind.

She surprised me by looking like I had held out a snake. But just then another woman walked up behind me and said, “I’m Allison.” And it all became clear. I mean, what are the chances?!

Then I begin approaching those who seem likely.

On another occasion I was waiting for a table in yet another busy coffee shop. Scanning the crowd, I noted no solo diners. So, I turned my attention to the door, just as a single woman walked in. “Are you Mary?” I approached the woman and asked. “Oh, yes,” she said gently. “My husband is waiting right outside.” I do believe she thought I was asking her on a date.

“Are you Allison?” I asked a woman seated by herself in a coffee shop one morning.

But the all-time worst are the evening interviews when I have arranged to meet a man.

“Yes,” she replied, eyeing me with some skepticism.

First, I scan the crowd, eyeballing every lone male, sizing them up. Is he the right

“Are you Jim?” I asked a gentleman sitting alone at the bar one night. “No,” he said, giving me a look of genuine pity. Because, of course, he thinks I am awaiting my blind date. Embarrassed I slunk back to my table and waited, trying to look busy, texting my husband who teased me mercilessly. Then, the worst occurred. Jim didn’t show up at all. Which meant, I had to finish my drink alone, all the while ignoring my new friend at the bar giving me looks of greatest despair. With this litany of wholly uncomfortable scenes under my belt, you would think I would learn my lesson, prepare myself better. But alas, I do not. Maybe I’m a bit of a glutton for punishment. Or, maybe I just like having a funny story to tell my friends.

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Our Neighbors

Home to stay

Globetrotting doctor makes hometown his home-base

By Nancy Jennings

Surgery, I still get to do those things,” he said.

American novelist Thomas Wolfe wrote You Can’t Go Home Again.

Dr. Pool’s decision to become a surgeon can be attributed to both family influences and a strong sense of familiarity.

Fortunately, Dr. Garrett Pool took his own advice – and did. And he’s staying. His desire to be a small-town family doctor brought him home to stay last August. His father’s great-grandparents braved the Oregon Trail and settled in Silverton in 1852, two years before the city was incorporated.

“My mom was a medical transcriptionist for a doctor in Salem. I spent a lot of time with her in the office and always enjoyed that. When I was nine or ten, we were with my grandparents – and my grandpa took my hand and said ‘you have long, slender fingers. You should be a surgeon.’” He was close to 14 when he seriously decided to become a doctor.

He attended Central Howell Elementary School, along with his two older brothers, and graduated from Silverton High School in 1992. His parents still live in town.

His path to becoming an M.D. took him on a winding road.

Married to Sarah for 15 years, they’re parents to fouryear-old son, Malakai – and two older sons from previous relationships who “ironically” share the same name – Caleb, 25 (hers), and Kaleb, 22 (his). “I’ve always had a heart for rural medicine,” he said. For ten years he practiced Family Medicine in rural Oregon. “The things about family practice that I enjoyed the most were being able to treat the whole family over the years, and performing procedural tasks such as excisions, suturing and setting fractures in the office – and with small town General

“I was a family practice physician’s assistant (PA) for 11 years. I worked in the Seattle area for a year, then worked in Fossil, Oregon for four years (which is where the couple met in 2003). “Then we moved to Silverton and I worked in Molalla with Dr. Rod Orr at Family Medical Group for six years,” he said. At that point, the couple juggled raising two young sons as they prepared to launch medical/dental careers. Their system worked seamlessly. Sarah went first and attended a threeyear dental hygienist program. When she completed her training, it was Dr. Pool’s turn.

He got into medical school at OHSU in Portland and studied until 2014. Then they travelled east and he went through “general surgery” residency in Cooperstown, New York, for five years. While the couple, now both 45, enjoyed life on the East Coast – they pined for familiar stomping grounds. “When I went into medical school and into residency, our goal was to come back to the Northwest… and Silverton was an area we wanted to come back to. The plan is to retire here,” he said. In addition to treating patients here, Dr. Pool has worked with an evangelical group in Salem, Reid Saunders Association, which stages yearly or twice yearly primary care medical trips, and sets up clinics for seven to ten days. From 2008 – 2011, he traveled to Romania, Guatemala, El Salvador and Ecuador. Sarah was able to join him, along with their eldest son, on some trips. “I was able to provide dental education to the kids in Guatemala and Ecuador,” Sarah said. “We’d like to get back to doing more mission trips.” “With primary care clinics, those trips are hard because you go in and diagnose people with chronic diseases like

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possibly for the rest of their working life. That’s exciting for me.” A particularly humorous story took place in Romania. “At one of the villages, a patient came in and he had been to a dentist who told him he had to have his wisdom teeth taken out. His question for me was ‘should I really have them taken out? Is that going to cause me to have mental problems or wisdom problems?” Dr. Pool reassured him he’d recover just fine. “With a lot of our Central America trips, people would walk from other communities (which took two or three days), just to see us,” Sarah said. “In Guatemala, some of the clinics we did were actually around 8,000 feet up in the hills. These people would walk in from villages even further out,” Dr. Pool said. Witnessing the sense of community of those with little themselves helping others in dire medical need was heartwarming. Some churches organized shelter, and some of the other villagers would open their homes for overnight stays.

Dr. Garrett Pool with wife, Sarah, and their son, Malakai.


hypertension or diabetes and give them two weeks’ worth of medicine, which is all we’ve got. The sustainability of the

care you’re giving is kind of limited,” he said. “But surgically, I could go in and do a hernia surgery and change their life,

Personally, the couple enjoys international travel, having recently enjoyed a trip to New Orleans. Local camping outings, including ATVs and dirt biking, also make their list. “I’m very careful and directed at spending as much time with my family as possible, while being available and engaged in the community I serve.”

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By Nancy Jennings Mount Angel has a new overnight-stay option. The White Corner Inn, opened last month, offers guests four distinctly styled bedrooms (each with a half-bath) to choose from: “Sara’s Music Room,” “Bradly’s Green Room,” “Alex’s Sunshine Room,” or “Hailey’s Church Room.” According to Kelly Grassman, owner of Mt. Angel Mercantile, the project has been a true labor of love. Along with husband, Gary, and children, Bradly and Hailey, the family joined forces and completed the inn in roughly 11 months. Having worked with 1,265 square feet, including the downstairs common gathering room, a particularly sentimental feature stands out from the stairs leading up to the bedrooms.

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At one time, Charles and Ina “Pat” Ebner lived in the building along with their 10 children. To pay homage to their offspring, Grassman painted each of their first names on the base of the initial 10 steps – from bottom to top (youngest to oldest). “I actually had a dream about it and

saw their names on the steps. It’s a very personal experience when you stay here,” she said. “The ladies who grew up here and lived in this house were our first guests. They loved it… and said that coming down the stairs in the morning was like déjà vu.” The building, known for decades as the White Corner Store, was built by David and Christina Back in 1899 as a drug, grocery and general merchandise store and served as their residence as well. Named for its exterior paint and corner location, the store was managed and lived in by the family for 79 years. David, his daughters Maude, Rose and grandson Charles kept the store operating until it finally closed in 1978. The White Corner was always a favorite candy stop for kids each day after school. The building transitioned into an antique shop, which eventually closed in the early 2000s. When Grassman acquired the building her initial focus was on the storefront, which became Mt. Angel Mercantile. From the beginning, however, she saw

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The Common Room living area at The White Corner Inn.


The White Corner Store in its heyday, complete with hitching post.

the need for – and the possibility of – creating an inn out of the space that once housed the family. “This is a fun place to come visit. People are looking for simplicity and a quiet, slower pace,” she said. Inspiration, ingenuity and hard work combine to create the restful getaway overlooking Mount Angel’s landmark, the Gothic-revival St. Mary Catholic Church. The White Conner also boasts an

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interesting tidbit of movie trivia: Grassman discovered an old DVD of the 1973 television movie, Isn’t It Shocking? starring Alan Alda, which was filmed inside of the inn, as well as around Mount Angel and at the City Hall building. White Corner Inn is located at 495 E. College St., across the street from the church. To make reservations, call 503983-8045 – or find it on Airbnb under the bedroom names. To rent all four bedrooms, refer to White Corner Inn.

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Sports & Recreation

Historic day

Aqua Foxes girls take third in state swimming Sports Datebook

The Silverton High swimming program has taken home a state meet team trophy for the first time in school history. The Aqua Foxes’ girls squad finished third Saturday at the Class 5A championships at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton. Silverton, which finished second in last weekend’s Mid-Willamette Conference district meet, totaled 32 points, trailing only Churchill (50) and champion Crescent Valley (75).

Wrestling: Silverton finished second behind defending state champion Crescent Valley at the Mid-Willamette Conference district championships Friday and Saturday at the Salem Armory.

The Silverton boys, who also took second at districts, finished 14th at state.

The Foxes scored 258 team points, trailing only the 462.5 turned in by C.V. Dallas was third with 240.5.

“This is very awesome,” Aqua Foxes coach Lucky Rogers told Our Town. “We have 26 seniors on the team. They are a great group of young people. Getting a team trophy at state… four years of hard work went into that accomplishment.” Catherine Hyde took second in the 100 back and teammate Marie Tolmachoff took second in the 100 breast to lead Silverton. Maddie Broyhill was third in the 50 free (with Tolmachoff sixth), while Samantha Zurcher fourth in the 100 back and fifth in the 100 free. The 200 medley relay team of Zurcher, Tolmachoff, Maggie Kelley and Broyhill took third, while the 400 free relay foursome of Broyhill, Hailey Kelley, Hyde and Zurcher finished fifth. The Foxes also turned in the fastest time in the prelims of the 200 free relay but were disqualified in the final, a fate that also befell the boys’ squad in the same event. “Judgment calls are exactly that, judgment calls,” Rogers said. “Unfortunately, we ended up on the wrong side of two in a row. But I am very proud of how my girls responded in the back, breast and the 400 relay. They could have just folded. Instead, they flat out got after it and did an amazing job.” The Silverton boys foursome of Tristan Allen, Carson Brighton, Emmett Bell and Blake Doerfler took fifth in the 200 medley relay and Allen was fifth in the 100 back to score their team points. Kennedy, meanwhile, scored five points in the 4A-3A-2A-1A boys competition via the second place finish in the 50 free by Whyley Pierce. Also participating for the Trojans were Jacob Miller (9th, 500 free and 10th, 200 free) and Cameron Miller (7th, 100 fly).

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Silverton won a pair of district championships, with Robert Guenther downing Ethan Dunigan of Central 5-0 in the title match at 138 pounds and Kody Koumentis taking the crown at 145 pounds via a tight 3-2 match against Andy Dalton of Lebanon. Three Foxes earned runner-up spots, including two-time state champion Kaden Kuenzi. The Silverton senior fell to Chance Lamar of Crescent Valley by a 5-1 count. Lamar has defeated Kuenzi (42-4) three times this season by a total of six points. Silverton’s Nathan Kuenzi, meanwhile, fell 13-5 to Jackson Rosado of C.V. in the final at 170 pounds, while Steven Powell advanced to the final at 160 before falling to James Rowley of C.V. The top four finishers in each weight class advance to the state meet on Feb. 28 and 29 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland. Also qualifying for the Foxes was Owen Magill, who took third at 220 pounds, Hayden Forster (third at 138) and Jacob Moore, fourth at 113. The Kennedy wrestling program, meanwhile, qualified two wrestlers for the Class 2A-1A state tournament. The Trojans, who are in their third year wrestling, advanced Cole Boen and Adam Beltran to state. Boen took second at 182 pounds in the Special District 1 championships at Vernonia. Also qualifying for state was Adam Beltran, who took third at 106 pounds. Also placing for Kennedy were Daniel Beltran (3rd, 126), Alexandra Geschwell (4th, 126), Jamarcus Gonzalez (4th, 132), Lucas Bischoff (5th, 160) and Jose Nunez (5th, 160).

Tuesday, March 3 Boys Basketball

Wednesday, March 18 Boys Tennis

7 p.m. Silverton vs Crescent Valley

4 p.m. Silverton vs Lebanon

Monday, March 16 Baseball 4 p.m. Silverton vs Dallas 6 p.m. Silverton vs South Salem

Tuesday, March 17 Girls Tennis 4 p.m. Silverton vs South Albany

Baseball 4:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Toledo


Softball 4:30 p.m. Silverton vs Milwaukie

Thursday, March 19 Boys Tennis 4 p.m. Silverton vs McNary

Baseball 4:30 p.m. Silverton vs St. Helens

Tuesday, March 31 Softball 4:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Jefferson

4:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Toledo


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Coach Dewey Enos noted that Kennedy sent seven wrestlers to districts and that all of them finished in the top six. “For a program that just started up it is really just a blessing to get there,” Enos said of his state qualifiers. Kennedy finished eighth in the event with 83 team points. Host Vernonia led the pack with 160. Hoops: Kennedy defeated Gervais for the third time this season last Saturday night to clinch the Tri-River Conference playoffs. The top-ranked Trojans were scheduled to play a home playoff game Feb. 28 against Heppner after Our Town’s presstime. The Kennedy boys, meanwhile, earned one of the four at-large bids in Class 2A and were visiting Oakland on Feb. 29. Both Silverton teams have clinched

at least a tie for the Mid-Willamette Conference title with two games left in the season and seem likely to capture outright titles in the coming. The regular season ends March 3, with the topranked girls and the No. 2 boys a lock to host state playoff games the weekend of March 7-8. Football: Foxes wide receiver Casey Brooks, who blossomed into a top target for QB Jordan McCarty, has signed to play in college at Linfield. Ditto for tight end/defensive lineman Zach MacBean, who still is recovering from a knee injury suffered in the Class 5A playoffs. In addition, offensive linemen Spencer Von Flue and Tashaun Treat, running back Hayden Roth and wide receiver Grant Buchheit will represent the Foxes in the June 20 Les Schwab Bowl all-star contest at Hillsboro Stadium.

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Something to Celebrate

Silver engagement

Lunaria marks 25 years of creativity

By Alex Chaney

Members sign a contract to stay on for at least a year and choose the tenure that works best for them after that. Applicants go through a jurying process focused on quality of work and how their portfolio differs from that of current members.

Lunaria has an important birthday to celebrate. To blow out the candles on the quarter-of-a-century cake, gallery members are doing what they do best, making art. “I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone brings,” said sculptor Deborah Unger. “The piece that I will have is a sculpture of two figures that have the heads of dogs and are growling at each other.” On display for the month of March, the group show, “25 Years, 25 Artists,” features one submission per member. Each piece will demonstrate the style typical of the artist in his or her primary medium. Some members are taking inspiration from the gallery’s name which is based on a flowering plant with moon-like seed pods. “I was having a hard time deciding on realistic or abstract, but for the show, I think I’m going with a highly textured abstract image of the Lunaria seed pod in blue-green, green, orange, and red,” said painter Jane Buccola. She joined the gallery in 2010 along with Unger. The First Friday gathering on March 6 (from 7 to 9 p.m.) will mark the beginning of the month’s featured show and allow the artists and art lovers to celebrate the 25-year milestone. “There will be art, wine, and yummy cake made by our neighbors at Live Local. We might even sing ‘Happy Birthday.’ Everyone is invited,” said Chelsea Goin, jewelry maker and member since 2000. The tradition of the First Friday artists’ reception dates back to the gallery’s inception in 1995 when members started using the event as a way to interact with fellow artists and the community.

“If we have a lot of two dimensional work at one time, we are more likely to accept three dimensional work. It’s always a difficult balancing act,” said Altman. Over the years, Lunaria has operated in four different locations, beginning at a space in the former Wild Iris / O’Brien’s building. After a few years at other addresses, Lunaria has been at its current location of 113 N. Water St. since 2002. Its hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Members of Lunaria Gallery in Silverton.


“There was enthusiasm for First Friday right away. It shows how well Lunaria is so supported by the community. It’s heartwarming,” said founding member, painter, and sculptor Ann Altman. Altman and painter Theresa Sharrar are two of the seven original members who remain with the gallery today. They reflect back on the original intentions behind the gallery, one of which was to use art as a cultural attraction to enhance the economic vitality of the town. They are proud that the gallery has achieved success in that area. Part of the original vision was to make a space for exhibiting their art without being tied up too heavily in the running of the business. “Sometimes our lives can be so frazzled, and it can be a fight to get to the studio,” said Sharrar. “Something that we agreed


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A Grin at the End

Big spenders

Numbers you can’t even conceive

Nothing gives me more heartburn than doing my taxes. It’s the one time every year that I feel as though the federal and state governments are ganging up on me and my wife.

than I’ll ever see in my life. I just read a book about the military. The Department if Defense is paying $130 million for a single jet fighter – and that doesn’t include the research and development costs that went into it. The total cost: $1.5 trillion. It’s time to declare peace!

It’s like dealing with the mafia. No matter how much we have already given them, they want more. Not once have I ever heard anyone associated with government look me in the eye, thank me, and tell me, “That’s enough.” They always have their hand out. A friend who is “in the know” spent a little time in Our Nation’s Capital recently and reported that no one in Congress can agree on anything except for one thing: they can all agree on spending more money. That makes me sad. I know it’s expensive to run the federal government, or the state government. But we have become a culture that, in its heart, believes that money will make us happy. And the more money we spend, the happier we’ll be. If that were true, we’d all be ecstatic. I’d be doing cartwheels around the room right now. The U.S. spends more than any nation on the planet, yet it’s not even in the top 10 for the happiest countries.  Congress and the administration spent something like $4.4 trillion last year. Of that, they borrowed $1 trillion.

Add in all of the other programs and pet projects that come squirting out of Congress and we’ve got a big whopping problem. They plan to borrow another $1 trillion this year, and next year — and every year after that.  Some of you who are little older can remember in the early 1980s, when the entire federal budget was $1 trillion. And we thought that was a lot. Now we borrow that much just for kicks. As I sit here staring at my tax forms, I have a deep feeling that something is wrong. I feel like the guy in Jurassic Park who feels the ground start to shake as the T-Rex gets loose. I wonder at the profligate spending. I feel as though it is our Achilles heel, and ultimately it will do us in as a nation.

And all we hear from the candidates is how much more money they will spend. Free health care! Free college! Free stuff for everyone! Yahoo! The total national debt is about $22 trillion. Holy smokers! The way these folks talk, that’ll just be the starting point. We’ll just keep spending until the printing press breaks down. In our household, my wife and I figure out how much money is coming in. Then we write a budget that goes as follows: Spend a little, and put the rest away for a rainy day.  Maybe that’d be a good plan for Congress. Then I won’t feel so bad on tax day.

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Carl Sampson is a freelance writer and editor. He lives in Stayton.

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