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Something To Talk About The ice storm and the aftermath...........4 Something To Do It’s a bloomin’ festival!........................10 Datebook................................12 Helping Hands Mom creates communication tools.......13 Coffee Club searches for new home......14 Passages................................15 Looking Back.....................16 Business Swordfish Tattoo’s mobile home..........16 Civics 101 Garden transition becomes court case..18

Sports & Recreation

Skatepark expansion over the top.......20 ‘Fall’ season finally opens...................21 Marketplace.......................22 A Grin At The End...........22

On the cover & Above

The ice storm impacted property and devastated many landmark trees, including a great oak next to St. Edward’s Episcopal Church in Silverton. COURTESY STEVE CANNING


Silverton’s free Saturday Lunch is at noon at Trinity Lutheran. In a reference last issue we identified the wrong church. Our apologies to the volunteers and our readers! Trinity is located at 500 N 2nd St.

No access to the internet? Call one of these numbers to schedule Salem Health 503-562-4278 or Lancaster Family Medical Center 503-576-8400 Woodburn Salud Medical Center 503-982-2000

Senior Center Activities via Zoom Get all Zoom links on our website or Facebook events page or send an email to dodie@silvertonseniorcenter.org Watch starred * events any time in the virtual pages of our website.

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St. Patrick’s Day Social and Scavenger Hunt Wednesday, March 17 at 2:00 pm via Zoom *Tuesdays at 10:00 Brain Health - March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Tips and activities to keep your brain sharp Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday in March Interdisciplinary Women’s Gentle Yoga with Tsipora 10:30 music and dance, 11:00 Intro, 11:15 Meditation and yoga Questions? Call 541-207-2557 or visit tsiporaswings.com *Thursdays at 3pm In the Kitchen with Kevin - March 4, 11, 18, 25 Watch Kevin and guests prepare deliciousness in our kitchen

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Something to Talk About

Trial by ice

Neighbors, services unite in the face of shared adversity

By Melissa Wagoner When residents of the mid-Willamette Valley awoke to a world covered in a beautiful blown glass tapestry of ice on the morning of Feb. 12, they would have been hard pressed to imagine the destruction that would be unleashed only a few hours later. A night of freeing rain replaced the morning quiet with the sound of snapping trees, exploding electrical transformers and arcing power lines that set the evening sky ablaze in a lightning of blue and green. “We had three trees down from around our house and the roof had got holes in it,” Silvertonian Cassie Tonole said of the damage she discovered upon waking on Feb. 13. And she was far from alone. Throughout the region branches, trees, power poles and lines littered the landscape. And then the work began. “There are so many examples of people just getting to it right now,” Sarah White, Executive Director of Sheltering Silverton, wrote in a Facebook post. “Folks aren’t waiting for permission or mandate to go out and check on their neighbors. They’re just checking on their neighbors, making hot meals, trading generators based on who needs one the most. This is how things should be.”

Indeed, upon first light that Saturday a veritable army of neighbors and friends took to the streets with chainsaws, clippers, wheelbarrows and rakes, cutting, moving and hauling away branches from their own property but also from that of their neighbor. “I would like to acknowledge Carl Shepard for bringing his chainsaw, Olaf, Anson, and Aiden Bahr for the manpower,” Silvertonian Jennifer Thomas Simmons said of her own experience with neighborly kindness. “My mom lost a tree in her front yard and they came over and cleaned it up some so she could get out of her driveway.” Stories like that popped up all over town, including the Pioneer area on the south side of Silverton, where over the Presidents’ Day weekend Matt Wiken organized a neighborhood-wide cleanup crew, even recruiting the kids. “They filled my dad’s dump truck full two times on Monday,” Sarah Kaser Weitzman recalled. “One neighbor was thrilled to come home and see his house cleaned up. The next day he helped me and one of my neighbors fill the dump truck again with our debris… Lots of community kindness this past week.” So much kindness, in fact, that it would be impossible to list every name and in many cases no names were given. Instead, the work was done and the good Samaritan

moved on, no thanks needed. Such was the story of Anita Scott’s “tree of angels,” the three young women who helped clean up her yard at the Silverton Mobile Estates. Gone so quickly, Scott never even knew their names, she took a picture to prove they existed at all. “I’m a senior and couldn’t do much,” she said. “I was so thankful.” Bands of “chainsaw warriors,” so named by Mayor Kyle Palmer, armed to the teeth with garden implements, roved the landscape for days, the buzzing a musical hum. They were soon joined by another kind of citizen team, a quieter bunch, which also canvassed the city, verifying that those without power, heat, and other amenities were doing OK. “I actually wish I had acted sooner,” Rachel-Anne Rapoza, who organized a whole team of investigators, admitted. “I spent the first couple days after the storm unsure where/how to help. I participate in the Strong Silverton group, and in communicating with one another it became clear there was a need to check in on folks in parts of town who were still without power. My initial response was to agree, ‘Yes, someone needs to check on them.’ Other agencies and individuals were already very busy helping and coordinating, and I slowly realized

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exhausted mom and dad trying to clean up their property; a mom that lived way out of town without a way to contact family members… Another family with four little kiddos waiting at the door to greet us with huge smiles on their faces,” and, “Another mama just worn out and excited to not worry about one meal.”

Teaming up with SACA, the City of Silverton, Oak Street Church and Sheltering Silverton, Rapoza and a team of volunteers traveled door to door, assessing the needs of each resident and coordinating resources to meet those needs.

And the last two she donated to the Silverton Police Department at the insistence of her daughters who decided they simply must “bless our police.”

“We tried to prioritize areas we had not heard of someone already checking in on,” Rapoza said. “We found a couple folks with some higher needs and were able to coordinate with Sarah at Sheltering Silverton to provide firewood, portable phone chargers and water. Kayla Burdine-Rea picked up meals from Oak Street Church and delivered them.”

Because, as Teigen’s daughters understood, the police department along with other frontline services such as the public works department, the fire department, Roth’s Fresh Market and even the Silver Falls School District, despite the conditions, continued to function, ensuring the needs of the community were met.

A major hub of food distribution, serving over 700 meals during the crisis, Oak Street Church was manned by a team of volunteers including Karyssa and Jason Dow, whose own home had been harmed in the storm, a giant limb slicing through their ceiling. “Instead of lamenting, they bought a propane grill and 100 hamburgers and set up downtown offering free hot meals to anyone who wanted it,” the Dow’s neighbor, Jennifer Hoffman, said of the many ways the couple volunteered in the aftermath of the storm. Single mother of three, Christine Teigen also offered

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food as a means of support. With the help of her daughters, Zoe, Grace and Tennessee, she took to the kitchen, serving up six meals, which she delivered to: “an

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“From the first moments that power began to come back up in our buildings, we had staff members assessing the safety of our facilities and the status of our food supplies,” Derek McElfresh, head of the communications department for the Silver Falls School District, said. “Once it was clear we could provide this service, we knew we had to get it going as quickly as possible. Our food service employees were right there with us – we all know the power of a warm meal during tough times.”

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Continued from page 5 No one knows that better than restaurateurs. Which is perhaps why, despite the fact that they have been amongst the hardest hit by the pandemic they once again opened their doors to those in need. “Anyone still without power, come on down anytime today for some free clam chowder,” the owners of Silver Falls Brewery posted on Facebook on Feb. 17. Similarly, Fin and Fowl also gave out free soup and coffee, while Graystone Lounge teamed up with the Mainstreet Bistro and the Elks Lodge to bake trays of lasagna.

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“We were sitting at home, sad/bored and cold. Our house/yard is absolutely destroyed. Car smashed,” Graystone Lounge owner Josh Echo-Hawk recalled. “We decided to get up, stop pouting and worrying and help where we could.” Initially opening as a warming center – allowing the charging of tools, computers and phones, as well as giving out ice and water – the lounge also served food including a bevy of burgers and fries to hungry PGE linemen, largely funded by a grateful community. “I so appreciate the PGE crews and contractors who’ve been working around the clock to restore power,” Mayor

Palmer wrote in a Facebook update. “No city and no utility provider can ever be prepared for an event like this one and PGE has brought in crews from other states and Canada to double their normal workforce.” That doubling of the workforce meant a lot of workers on the ground and so the Wooden Nickel, Burger Time and Gear Up all pitched in to feed them, often offering the food at no charge. “Minutes after [Gear Up] got their power on Sunday night they were making donuts and tracking PGE crews down with donut and coffee deliveries,” Liz Schaecher wrote in a post. It illustrated, yet again, that generosity is alive and well in the community. The past 12 months have featured a pandemic, a dangerous windstorm, a devastating forest fire, and now a shocking ice storm which will leave some without power to their homes for weeks. But people somehow just keep uniting, something Rapoza hopes never stops. “My hope is that our community will continue to recognize the value and worth of our neighbors, how much we truly need each other and what incredible things we can accomplish when we work alongside one another for the betterment of our neighbors and community,” she stressed.



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A bloomin’ festival By Melissa Wagoner “There’s something about tulips in the spring – it’s so uplifting,” Barb Iverson, owner of the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn, said. And Iverson would know, with around 80 varieties of tulips spread out over two enormous showcase fields, the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm is an ideal location to witness this harbinger of spring. “This year we have a clear view to take pictures of the windmill and Mt. Hood,” Iverson said of the farm’s fortunate placement, which not only showcases a rainbow of colorful blooms but also an iconic Dutch-style wooden windmill and an often crystal-clear view of snowcovered Mt. Hood. It’s a photographer’s dream. But it’s not just photographers and other artists who visit the farm. Nearly 150,000 tourists and community members also make the pilgrimage, many year after year.

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“We get so many family stories from people,” Iverson said. “Stories about what it means to create memories they can’t get anywhere else.”

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“The flowers still bloomed,” Iverson said of the surreal feeling she got stepping into the fields, devoid of the usual hubbub. “And we still had to take care of the crop.” Thankfully, the farm was able to pivot, selling many of the potted plants and cut flowers to senior center residents across the state, creating a new annual tradition. “The response was great,” Iverson recalled. “We delivered all the way to Pendleton and La Grande. We’re still going to do that this year; it’s just going to be only cut flowers.” Along with this service, the Wooden

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“Complimentary wine tasting comes with admission,” Iverson said. “And we should have a great selection of food.” While the main attraction is certainly the flowers, the festival is also made up of events including an Easter Sunrise Service on April 4, a modified Easter egg hunt

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SACA Food Pantry, 9 a.m. - noon,

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Interdisciplinary Women´s Gentle Yoga, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield. 50 and older. 503873-3093, silvertonseniorcenter.org

Mt. Angel Community & Senior Center Store, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 195 E Charles St.


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Silverton Friends Church, 229 Eureka Ave. Free admission. Saturday Lunch, Noon - 1:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 N Second St., Silverton. Free. To-go only. 503-873-2635


Silverton Weekday Free Meals Silver Falls School District offers no-cost meal service 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Robert Frost Elementary, 201 Westfield St., Silverton, and Silverton High, 1456 Pine St. All children ages 1- 18 are eligible. Silverfallsschools.org

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Mission Benedict Food Pantry, 1 - 4 p.m.,

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Mt. Angel School District offers free grab n go meals for children 1 - 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday - Friday at St. Mary’s Public School, 590 E College St., Mt. Angel.

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Anyone in the Silverton/Mt Angel area interested in forming a friendly “Slow Session” to play British Isles traditional music? Group would play Thursdays or Saturdays as spring weather allows. Contact carrie@mydirectlink.net.

Monday, March 1 7 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Open to public. Also on Zoom. For login call 503873-5321. silverton.or.us

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7 p.m., Zoom. Open to public. Agenda available. Meeting link on the city’s website. 503-845-9291, ci.mt-angel.or.us

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Scotts Mills City Council

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

Thursday, March 4 Virtual Short Story Group

7 p.m. Zoom. Short story discussion. Next: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce. For Zoom invite, contact Ron Drake, 503-873-8796.

Friday, March 5 Senior Legal Consultations

9 - 11:30 a.m. Zoom. Free consultations with Michael Rose of Rose Elder Law. 50+. 503-873-3093 for appointment.

First Fridays with Marion SWCD

9 a.m. Zoom. Learn to improve irrigation process with technology and partnerships between agencies, businesses, Energy Trust of Oregon. Register: www.eventbrite.com/e/firstfriday-registration-115082546996.

Saturday, March 6 Seedy Saturday

11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Silverton Grange, 201 Division St. Free seed exchange and plant sale. Children’s activities. Educational resources. Free. Masks required.

Monday, March 8 Mt. Angel School District

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Silver Falls School District

7 p.m. Zoom. Meeting link at silverfallsschools.org. 503-873-5303

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Noon - 1 p.m. Zoom. Learn practical strategies to help families reach fitness goals. Free. Sponsored by Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service and Chemeketa Community College. Register at ccrls.org/events/workshops. Also March 20.

Caregiver Connection

2 - 3:30 p.m., Zoom. For caregivers 60+ or caregivers 55+ caring for an adult 18 years or older living with a disability. To join, visit https://nwsds.zoom.us/j/92235615586.

Wednesday, March 3 Lunaria Gallery Show

Noon - 5 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St., Silverton. ¨Essence of Green¨ in Main Floor Gallery. ¨I Enter the Woods, Gazing Down,¨ by Nancy Helmsworth, and ¨Mono Types, Mono Prints & More,¨ by Debby Sundbaum-Sommers in Loft. Thru March 28. Lunariagallery.com

10 a.m. Zoom. Discuss Roots Tech 2021. Beginners, intermediates as well as seasoned genealogists welcome. New member contact: kathleenlvaldez@ yahoo.com. Zoom info: Bette Stewart, 503-873-3444. Ancestrydetectives.org

Silverton Senior Center Board

6 p.m. Zoom. Monthly meeting. All welcome. 503-873-3093 for Zoom link.

Silverton Planning Commission

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Thursday, March 11 Exercise Circuits

Noon - 1 p.m. Zoom. Learn simple circuits that you can do at home with minimal equipment. Free. Sponsored by Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service and Chemeketa Community College. Register at ccrls.org/events/ workshops.

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Planning Your Vegetable Garden 6:30 p.m. Zoom. Create a healthy, productive vegetable garden. Free. Sponsored by Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service and Chemeketa Community College. Register at ccrls.org/ events/workshops. Repeats March 26.

Saturday, March 13 Preserving Childhood

10 - 11 a.m. Zoom.Talk about stress, trauma, resiliency in childhood and how to support a child’s emotional health. Free. Sponsored by Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service and Chemeketa Community College. Register at ccrls.org/ events/workshops.

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Tuesday, March 16 Silver Falls Library Book Club

7 p.m. Zoom. Discuss The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict. Everyone welcome. For Zoom invite, 503-873-8796.

Wednesday, March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt & Social

2 p.m. Zoom. Link at silvertonseniorcenter. org. Free. 50+. 503-873-3093

Thursday, March 18 Play All Day!

10 - 11 a.m. Zoom. Learn how babies and young children develop math, science, reading and language skills through play. Free. Register at ccrls.org/events/ workshops. Repeats March 20.

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Adult Reading Discussion Group

1 p.m. Zoom. Discuss A Magnificent Obsession by Lloyd C. Douglas. Pick up your copy and the Zoom link at Mt. Angel Public Library, 290 Charles St. All welcome.

Silver Falls Library Writers Group

7 p.m. Zoom. Share what you are working on or just listen in to see what others are writing. Zoom invite: Ron, 503-873-8796.

Saturday, March 20 Spring Equinox Book Talk

9:30 a.m. Zoom. St. Francis by Niko Kazantzekis. Open to all. Free. Contact Sr. Dorothy Jean Beyer to join. 503-845-2556, benedictinefoundation@gmail.com

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“I wanted to have a lot of white space,” she added. Noting that, unlike the busy pages of many children’s books, each page in Kletter’s series contains only a simple photograph – often demonstrating the ASL sign – and the corresponding word or phrase.

Natashia Kletter never imagined she would develop a line of books specifically engineered to help neurodiverse children communicate. But when her son Kenny was diagnosed with autism at the age of three, she knew there was nothing she wouldn’t do to help him succeed.

“It was really important that nothing was lost,” Kletter explained. The representation of each and every carefully chosen element was also important to Kletter. Which is why the photographs feature children of multiple genders, skin colors, sizes and abilities. And for the Let’s Eat! book she did a poll of the most popular children’s foods.

“Every mom strives to do what they can to give their child better opportunities, regardless of the child’s development,” Kletter explained. And for Kenny – who experts predicted would never learn to speak – those opportunities largely hinged around communication. “We were fully anticipating that he would be nonverbal for life,” Kletter said. “But it felt like the [communication] tools that were being used were archaic.”

“I’m in an autism parents’ group,” Kletter noted. “I asked, ‘What does your child eat?’” Once complete, Kletter began marketing the books at conferences, through presentations to school districts and via a host of conversations with other moms. Unfortunately, the 2020 pandemic put all of those efforts, for the most part, on hold.

Those tools included a host of assistive communication devices that were largely parent-centric and, on the whole, not overly successful. “I was, like, if I could put all these pieces together in one soundboard book, and reduce the extra images, we could speak his language and not expect him to speak ours,” Kletter said of the inspiration that would eventually become a whole line of books aimed at giving children the tools to communicate using photographs and signs. Inspired, Kletter – who has a bachelor’s degree in engineering – began experimenting, first by reengineering one of Kenny’s communication apps. Building on the observation that he was more drawn to photographs than to the line drawings most systems utilized, she filled the newly built application with people he knew, foods he liked to eat and places he would recognize. “I rebuilt it with his favorite things,” Kletter said. “It was a lot of observing and maximizing on his interests and skills.” But all the effort was worth it, Kenny was thriving. And Kletter began working on a way to help other kids as well. “The design component came together for the books and I approached my aunt and uncle,” Kletter recalled. “They partnered with me and funded my efforts.”

Natashia Kletter wrote the “I Want to Tell You” series to help her son, who has autism, communicate. MELISSA WAGONER

The first book the team produced, I Want to Tell You… I Love You!, came out a short time later, just as the family was moving from Woodburn to their new home in Silverton in 2019. Based around core communication – with simple words and phrases like: play, all done, eat, drink and help – the book was immediately met with requests for more. “The feedback from moms was, ‘Where’s the rest?’” Kletter laughed. “And so, we had to scramble.” Six more color-coded books soon joined the series with titles like, I Can Do It, How I Feel and Let’s Eat. “There are a lot of design features that are subliminal,” Kletter said of the books’ layout, which is similar to the sound board books many parents are familiar with utilizing thick, paperboard pages and a set of buttons along one side.

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“I sell them online and we have had a pandemic sale since it started,” Kletter said. Explaining, “It’s more important that people are able to communicate than the profit.” Kletter – whose son began speaking verbally after six long years – knows just how life-changing the ability to communicate with a child can be. “You just work so hard for those developmental inches – not miles,” Kletter pointed out. “And living in the autistic world, connection is everything.” That sentiment is something Kletter brings to her company as well, striving to maintain a personal connection with each and every customer by selling the books only via her personal website. “It’s not just a sale, I want to hear your story and that doesn’t exist on Amazon,” she emphasized. “I don’t want to lose that connection.” For more information or to purchase the books go to www.iwanttotellyoubooks.com/books.

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Silverton Coffee Club By Melissa Wagoner Not many people have heard of the Silverton Coffee Club and that’s because it was part of the original design. Established in 1998 by a female-owned insurance company known as the Royal Neighbors, the club has been meeting in the upper level of a converted school house on the corner of Third Street and High Street in Silverton for 23 years. “It was called Silverton Coffee Club because we always had coffee but that was before the coffee craze,” club treasurer Susan Kershner, said of a name which has, in recent years given rise to the assumption that the location houses a coffee shop. But it was not a coffee shop – not even a retail location. Instead, its purpose, since the beginning has been to provide a safe, welcoming environment for the area’s numerous 12-step recovery programs – Alcoholics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous and others – to meet on a regular basis. “What I like about the community piece

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of it is; this is our space and we can put up our stuff and put brochures out,” secretary Scott Meyers said of the unique opportunity the space afforded the groups. Unfortunately, though the facility has played a key role in the recovery of hundreds of members of the community over the years, the building itself was swiftly sinking into costly disrepair. 

Silverton Coffee Club The nonprofit facility manager for the 12-step programs in Silverton is looking for a new meeting space. For information contact: silvertonrecovery@gmail. com or P.O. Box 1053, Silverton. 

“Any donation of a space would be tax deductible,” club president Jenny Ohren confirmed.

space would need to be adequately sized and ventilated with bathroom access, and ideally a kitchen space as well.

“It’d been neglected for so long,” Kershner noted. “It was an old wooden building and we couldn’t come up with the repair and maintenance costs.” And so, in June 2020, the Coffee Club made the difficult decision to sell the building with the hopes of reinvesting the money in a lower maintenance structure. “Our issue is, we had a building and to get another facility… that’s the big nut,” Meyers said of the difficulty the group faces in finding a site to fit their specific needs. Because, with an average of eight different groups, some with over 40 members, meeting on a weekly basis, the

the group can offer some reciprocation of their own, in the form of tax credits, to those who offer support.

“We’ve got enough money to do something,” Meyers said, “but not what we want.” Which is why the group is looking to the public for help, hopeful that finally spreading the word about the Coffee Club, an important pillar of the Silverton community for over two decades, will elicit the support they desperately need.   “Rents and prices in Silverton are so high right now,” Kershner said. “And that’s a stumbling block.” Fortunately, as a registered nonprofit,

They hope to find something soon – ideally by the time in-person meetings are allowed to finally resume. “I think the projection is at the end of July enough people will be vaccinated we could start meeting,” she said. “So, in the next three months I’d like us to have at least a temporary space.” And having a space, one where groups can have ownership – displaying posters and brochures and welcoming drop-in members when they’ve had a rough day – is going to be more important than ever before.  “To have a space where it’s known you can go there and talk to somebody,” Kershner said, “that’s appropriately visible – I think that is an important service that we can provide for the community.”

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Barbara Jeanne France On Feb. 10, 2021, Barbara France passed away at her home in Silverton, Oregon. She was surrounded by her sister, daughters and grandchildren after a sudden and brief illness. Barbara was born June 18, 1929 to Clarence and Cicely Gwaltney and grew up in Culver City, California. From a young age, her heart’s desire was to raise a family and honor God. She married William France in 1951 and they enjoyed 67 years of marriage. Together they raised their three daughters in Chatsworth, California. She spent her days as a joyful homemaker and a devoted mother caring for the family she so dearly loved. She welcomed everyone into her home with a warm smile and could always make room for one more at the dinner table. The family summers were spent at the cabin they built at Huntington Lake, California where they enjoyed many happy gatherings with family and friends.  In 1979, Barbara and Bill retired and joined family in Silverton. She was actively involved in Silverton Baptist Church, Christian Women’s Club, the Ladies Bible Study. In their retirement, Bill and Barbara enjoyed many adventures traveling the country in their Airstream trailer. Barbara enjoyed socializing through her travels, her church, and her family and built a legacy of many lasting

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friendships. One of her greatest joys was the love she shared with her sister and best friend, Margaret Ghiglia. Barbara was a beloved mother who supported her daughters throughout their lives with guidance, patience, prayers, and unconditional love. As a hands-on grandmother, she enjoyed close and loving relationships with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was looking forward to the addition of her 16th great grandchild. Because family was so important to her, in 1987 she wrote As Time Goes By, using her love and flair for writing to document her life and family history. She continued to preserve the cherished memories of her family through journals and beautiful photo albums.  She was preceded in death by her husband Bill France in 2019. She is survived by her three daughters Chris Berg, Jeannie (Scott) Fritcher, and Susan (Phil) Skirvin; her six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren: Rebecca (Joe) Kuenzi, their children Nicole, Kaden, Grace and Sadyee; Kristie (Nate) Axmaker, their children Molly and Logan; Darla (TJ) DeSantis and their children Brianna, Kyle and Ruby; Kellie (Aaron) Kannowski and their children Matthew and Drew; Katie (Chris) Lander and their children Grayson, Travis and Ryan; Brian (Anfesa) Berg and their son Oakley; her sister Margaret (Russ) Ghilgia, and a large and close extended family. Assisting the family is Unger Funeral Chapel – Silverton.

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By Melissa Wagoner Getting a tattoo in a vintage camp trailer might sound like a bad idea. But, if that trailer is owned by Claire Westover, owner of Swordfish Tattoo – a mobile tattoo studio currently located on Pine Street in Silverton – it might be one of the best. “I hear from clients that it’s nice to be in a private studio,” Westover said when asked how customers respond to Swordfish Tattoo’s unique, ‘50s-style setting. “I can really adjust the space for them, doing whatever makes them comfortable.” That flexibility is important, because details like music, temperature and above all, privacy really come in handy when a client is spending several hours in the tattoo chair. But comfort isn’t the only way a mobile studio excels. The hygiene of the space is a key advantage as well. “It’s a more controlled environment,” Westover said of her ability to maintain a high level of sanitation. “I just have the one person and we both wear masks and I sanitize after each one.”

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With a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, Westover’s initial plan was to go into teaching. But a lack of jobs and the prospect of taking on additional student debt quickly sidelined the idea. Instead, her husband suggested she get licensed for tattoos.

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Silverton The Gallon House Bridge – built in 1916 over the Abiqua Creek, about a mile northwest of Silverton – was once known as a “liquor drop” during Oregon’s stint as a dry state and “white lightening” (also known as moonshine) was sold from a small shack located nearby.

At one time, a tax of one day’s work was levied against property values for road and street improvements. Or, in lieu of actual labor, property owners could pay the Street Commissioner $1.50.

The siren, which sounds from its post beside the Silverton Police Station at noon each day, is a 1920s-era Sterling Model M that was originally used to call volunteer firefighters. Now, other than its daily call, the siren – which can be heard for miles on a clear day – is only sounded for the occasional multiple-alarm fire.

In 1905 all persons with free-ranging cows running were ordered to keep them off the streets for the Fourth of July. Then, in 1910, cows were voted off the

Established in the late 1800s, the flour mill known as Fischer’s Mill closed in the 1930s, and its remnants have fallen into Silver Creek.

In 1902 a speed limit of six miles per hour was set for all bicycles.

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“I think it’s a good fit,” Westover – who attended an intensive, year-long training program in Portland before embarking on her 10-year career – said of her ultimate choice of profession. “I love all the people I meet. I just really get to know people when I sit with them for a couple of hours. And I love designing meaningful tattoos.” Initially working as a studio artist in Portland, Westover found herself yearning for the freedom to create her own schedule and travel – two things a mobile tattoo operation would afford. And so, when she eventually stumbled upon an already licensed vintage trailer for sale, she jumped at the chance. “It was bare-bones,” Westover said of the studio’s original layout. “It was still camper-style. It had no shelves and it still had the bathroom and stove.” Renovating the space to include organized storage, a well-lit tattoo parlor and even a small waiting area, Westover was able to make stepping into the trailer feel just like stepping into any brick and mortar tattoo studio. Then she opened for business. “I parked it a year in a cart pod next to a friend who had a mobile hair salon,” Westover said.  But the fees were high and the lot eventually sold. A series of moves followed, each one ending in another property sale, until Westover became frustrated.  “I was just really tired of it,” she admitted. 


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Revenue woes By Brenna Wiegand The Oregon Garden Foundation, City of Silverton and Moonstone Garden Management are embroiled in a lawsuit over the care and management of the Oregon Garden and the disbursal of royalties from its revenues. Now Moonstone Garden Management (MGM) is asking for $990,690.34 in damages. Meanwhile the Oregon Garden Foundation (OGF) and the City of Silverton are seeking $999,999.99. At the center of the dispute are the agreements entered into with fanfare in 2008, when public, private and nonprofit entities came together to preserve and enhance the Oregon Garden. The nonprofit OGF managed the Garden until 2006 when it was replaced by a court-appointed receiver after failing to pay outstanding debts, including substantial debts owed to the City of Silverton and Marion County.

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The county later forgave its portion of the debt, but OGF is still responsible for approximately $1.5 million. In 2006 Dirk Winter purchased about 11 acres above the Garden from the City and built the Oregon Garden Resort. In 2008 he formed MGM, a private entity, that stepped in to assume management of the Garden. Within the management agreement came the right to operate and receive the revenue generated by the Garden and the exclusive use of the Garden Pavilion for a flat annual fee. The deal was to last until Feb. 28, 2081. The land occupied by the Garden is owned by the City of Silverton, which granted a 99-year lease to the OGF upon the Garden’s construction. The Garden provides a place for the City’s treated wastewater to be pumped from May to October. During the cooler months the treated water flows into

Silver Creek, but during the summer it unacceptably raises the temperature of the creek. The Garden uses the water for its irrigation needs, making it a mutually beneficial partnership. The Garden was also designed as a showplace for Oregon nurseries, a tourist destination, and a place conducive to botanical, horticultural and ecological education. In November of 2020, the OGF terminated its agreement with MGM, saying the company had breached the terms. It demanded management and operations of the Garden be turned over. At the heart of OGF’s contention is its claim that MGM failed to keep the Garden on a par with the level of beauty that a botanical garden requires and that it failed to pay royalties as specified in the agreement. The OGF denies most claims brought by MGM, which include Unjust

Enrichment, Breach of Good Faith and Fair Dealing and Breach of the Management Agreement, the Water Agreement and the lease with the City. Defaulting on the management agreement deprives MGM of its control and use of the Garden, the Pavilion and future revenues generated by the operation of the Garden. MGM contends that appropriate royalties have been paid to OGF and further asserts that the cost of caring for and maintaining the Garden as a tourist attraction substantially exceeded the revenue it generated. MGM claims it suffered losses and incurred loans of more than $3.6 million since 2008. The OGF officials say they have failed to see any proof of this. “Without MGM spending over $3.6 million of loan proceeds to pay for the payroll and other necessary and reasonable expenses to care for and

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opening its financial records as stipulated in the management agreement. It also asserts MGM failed to protect and maintain the Garden. The OGF charges MGM let the Garden grounds fall into disrepair and that it will require extensive remediation and maintenance to restore it to its original condition. The OGF also claims that the Oregon Garden Resort has charged admissions, accepted sponsorships, and derived income from its use of Garden property and facilities and advertised events as benefiting the Oregon Garden, causing confusion for the public with respect to the non-profit status of the Oregon Garden Foundation and the for-profit Oregon Garden Resort. Court proceedings, complicated and delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, have been conducted virtually.


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Expansion of skate park exceeds funding goal “Jason Jars” placed strategically all over town by Jane Jones yielded more than $2,500, including three $100 bills, and a “generous” donation from the Brenden Family Foundation was the icing on the fundraising cake.

By James Day

It looks like the expansion of the Judy Schmidt Memorial Skate Park in Silverton will move forward. Organizers have advised Our Town that the fundraising campaign to raise the necessary $50,000 is “over the top” and, in fact, has reached $57,000. The group hopes to add a beginner’s bowl, a bench for parents, lights to make it easier to do runs in the winter and a memorial to honor founder Jason Franz. “I am overwhelmed by the generosity,” said organizer Sue Roessler. “The community of Silverton really has supported this project because of the man Jason was and the impact he had on all of us. Even during this COVID period, folks have been amazingly generous.” Amazing as in 70 donors writing

Silverton skate park founder Jason Franz is shown displaying his talents. Franz died of a heart attack in 2019 while mountain biking. SUBMITTED PHOTO

The next step for the process, Roessler said, will be an appearance March 1 before the Silverton City Council by team members Dakota Becerra and Ethan Piaskowski. Getting the green light there would open the way for finalizing the building plan with Dreamland Skate Parks, signing the paperwork, ordering the bench and working on the memorial plaque as well as who pays for the lights.

checks. As in 87 donating via Facebook.

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groups such as Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis,

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A groundbreaking ceremony also is in the works, Roessler said.

Schwab Tires and Lucky Leaf.

“We are trying to be patient,” she said.

Amazing as in support from service Elks, Silverton Clogging and the

Chamber of Commerce and businesses

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A season after all

Foxes get set to open football campaign at West Salem

Things are happening quickly for high school athletes and coaches. “It feels like we’re going from 0 to 60 really fast here,” said Silverton High football coach Josh Craig. The Foxes had their first official practice of the “fall” season on Monday. The three squads worked out in masks and helmets, picked up their pads afterward and will be playing games Friday, March 5. It’s even a quicker turnaround for soccer. The Foxes’ girls team trained before football and the Silverton boys followed the football players under the lights at McGinnis Field. Soccer starts Tuesday, March 2. Girls soccer usually works out on the grass field at the Pine Street campus. But that field is a swamp right now. Thus, athletic director James Rise had to switch up the practice schedule and move girls soccer to McGinnis. Every team gets 90 minutes, a little shorter than normal. Maybe that will keep the athletes fresher. That’s good. Maybe there won’t be enough time to get ready. That’s bad.

Silverton offensive line coach Ed Anderson (center) works with his players Feb. 22 at McGinnis Field. If all goes well the Foxes will open March 5 at West Salem. JAMES DAY

That’s life for school sports in the COVID era. The schedule will be changing for football as well. The JV team will play Saturday, while the freshmen will play before the varsity on Friday afternoon. No use of locker rooms during games. Teams will just gather in the end zone at halftime. Everyone will be masked and there will be no spectators. “Guys are excited about this,” said Craig, who brings a 26-8 record into his fourth season. “It’s going to be a challenge, but we went from not going to have a season at all to having six games to get ready for. That’s good, especially for our seniors. You could feel the energy out there today. This was exciting, just to be out there in helmets.” The Oregon School Activities Association is implementing a six-week season for the fall sports of football, soccer, cross country and volleyball, although volleyball remains in limbo because of state rules on indoor activities. And that six weeks will go pretty quick. The Foxes open March 5 at West Salem and close the season April 9 vs. Lebanon. In between the squad will have another non-league game against Marist Catholic of Eugene. Marist came in because


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Crescent Valley is low on players and will only field a JV team. Rise noted that with the OSAA emphasizing local scheduling the Class 5A Mid-Willamette Conference reached a “gentlemen’s agreement” to schedule up against the Class 6A schools in Salem. Thus, an intriguing first week matchup between the Foxes and perennial power West Salem. As if this season needed any more intrigue. Kennedy football, meanwhile, is starting off with a challenge similar to Silverton’s. If you want to be the best you play the best has always been the approach of Coach Joe Panuke’s Trojans, champions in 2018 and runner-up last season in Class 2A. Kennedy opens at Santiam Christian, the defending 3A champions and runners-up in 2015 and 2017. In week two Kennedy visits Regis, which has returned to the Tri-River Conference

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Boys soccer: Guess who is back in the Mid-Willamette Conference for soccer? It’s Woodburn, playing up from Class 4A, where the Bulldogs won the past two state titles. Woodburn also won Class 5A titles in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016 and 2017. Mark your calendar: Silverton, which was 9-3-3, a year ago under firstyear coach Marty Limbird and advanced to the 5A quarterfinals, visits Woodburn on March 9. Soccer teams get nine matches.

Tuesday, March 2

Alumni watch: Former Foxes running ace Haile Stutzman is off to a strong sophomore indoor campaign at Huntington (Indiana) University. Stutzman scored a personal best of 14:52.32 in the 5,000 meters while taking second in the Feb. 6 Midwest Classic at Indiana Wesleyan University. Stutzman’s mark is No. 3 in the NAIA this season. He also participated on a distance medley squad that also took second.

Football 7:15 p.m. Silverton vs South Albany

Note to readers: Amid the chaos of COVID it is a challenge to keep track of how Silverton athletes are doing in college. Shoot me an email with any updates! Follow me on Twitter.com @jameshday.


Girls Soccer 7 p.m. Silverton vs West Albany

Thursday, March 4 Boys Soccer 7 p.m. Silverton vs Lebanon

Tuesday, March 9

Girls Soccer 7 p.m. Silverton vs Woodburn

Thursday, March 11 Volleyball 6 p.m. Silverton vs South Albany

Friday, March 12

Tuesday, March 16 Girls Soccer 7 p.m. Silverton vs Central

Thursday, March 18

Boys Soccer 7 p.m. Silverton vs South Albany

Friday, March 19

Football 7 p.m. Kennedy vs Salem Academy

Tuesday, March 23 Boys Soccer 7 p.m. Silverton vs Central

Thursday, March 25

Boys Soccer 7 p.m. Silverton vs Crescent Valley

Tuesday,March 30

Girls Soccer 7 p.m. Silverton vs Corvallis March 2021 • 21

A Grin at the End

Missing pleasantries History, as they say, is yesterday’s news. That being the case, I shudder to think about the history we are writing these days. Discussion and debate appear to have given way to something else entirely. The “F-bomb” appears to have replaced logic and reason as our society careens through the years. Call it the Age of Rudeness. Time was, if you wanted rude, crude and socially unacceptable, you could find it on The Jerry Springer Show and other daytime fare. They sought out folks who, in the end, just couldn’t get along. At one point or another, someone would carpet bomb the audience with four-letter words and leap out of his or her chair with the intention of pummeling someone else. A bouncer would have to intervene. It was all very entertaining, I suppose. More than 4,000 episodes were aired. But these days, four-letter words have become commonplace even at the “highest” levels of debate in government

Yorkshire courtesy vs. ‘reality’ TV

and society in general. In fact, garden variety cursing has lost whatever effect it once had. We now see all sorts of four-letter words creeping into our conversation, entertainment and discussions. Many movies, television shows, podcasts, music, placards and novels are chock-full of all sorts of words that once were reserved for the locker room. And it’s all to our detriment. That’s the bad news. The good news is there remain plenty of examples of books, movies and other entertainment that resist that base urge. What brings this to mind is one of my

favorite books. It wasn’t written by a great “author.” Rather, it was written by a veterinarian. James Herriot – the pen name of Dr. James Alfred Wight. He revealed more about human nature than many philosophers. His series of semi-autobiographical books such as All Creatures Great and Small tells us more about ourselves than about the dogs, cats, horses and cattle he treated during his 50 years of practice in Yorkshire, England. They are stories that anyone can enjoy, even if they are like me and have only a lukewarm relationship with most animals, even my own. (For those who want a taste of Herriot’s books, PBS has recently aired a new series based on them.) Back to my point. Those books are filled with conflict and life-or-death situations. Yet you can scour them for four-letter words. You may find one or two but by and large the stories and the writing are empathetic and, most of all, enjoyable without being crass.

I’m not trying to say that Herriot is the best writer ever. Rather, I’m saying that he was reflective of a time and a society in which differences were generally worked out without rudeness. It was a time when people had the ability to disagree without being disagreeable. There are a great many other books and movies that display the same level of civility and humanity. You’ll note that the vast majority weren’t written or made in the 21st Century. Among my favorite movies are Chariots of Fire, On Golden Pond and that Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. Again, all have conflict and life-or-death situations. And all resist the temptation to sink to the depths that are so common these days. Jerry Springer would be disappointed. Carl Sampson is a freelance writer and editor. He lives in Stayton. Place your ad in Marketplace 503-845-9499

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