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Survey shows depth of frustrations from teachers
By Stephen Floyd Roughly half of teachers within the Silver Falls School District have either considered leaving during the current school year, or are open to the idea, according to a recent survey by the teacher’s union. Members of the Silver Falls Education Association were anonymously polled to gauge their level of burnout due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Around 60 percent of association members responded, and the results illustrated deep concerns among teachers about the futures of their careers and the support they receive from district administrators.
Questions and results included: “Have you considered leaving your current position before the end of the school year?” • No: 52.3% • Yes: 24.2% • Somewhat, definitely open to the idea: 23.4%
SFEA President Alison Stolfus said she and her leadership team were “a little bit taken aback” by the findings, which show burnout has become a critical problem.
Stolfus presented the survey results to the Silver Falls School Board during its regular meeting Feb. 14. She told board members the rate at which teachers are putting serious thought into leaving shows a shift away from the cohesive feel of a small-town school district.
• Yes: 43.8%
“I thought that was really concerning because, in Silverton, we really pride ourselves on having a staff that stays, a community that’s bonded together,” she said.
Respondents were also asked if they had experienced one or more symptoms related to burnout, including chronic fatigue or exhaustion (80.5%), irritability (72.7%), a stronger desire to seek solitude (60.2%), apathy (47%) and insomnia (38.3%). Only seven percent of respondents said they did not identify with any listed symptoms. Stolfus told board members these concerns require action such as a retention bonus similar to those implemented by the Salem/Kaiser School District ($2,250) and Woodburn School District ($2,000), which will pay participants half this year and half next school year. But she said they can’t afford to ignore the problem. “I’m not thinking that this is going to resolve itself if we don’t address the issues that the caretakers themselves are losing the ability to take care of kids,” she said. “... Our teaching staff needs your attention, our teaching staff needs some help, or our schools are going to be in trouble.” No action was taken by the board that night, though it could adopt the issue as an agenda item during a future meeting.
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“Have you considered leaving your current position after the end of the school year? (not renewing contract at SFSD)”
“We’re just trying to do our very hard jobs in the middle of those circumstances, and we’re getting tired,” she said.
SFEA conducted the survey in response to growing levels of frustration among members, which parallels burnout seen throughout the teaching profession from pandemic stressors such as mask mandates, distance learning, and individuals who blame educators for such policies. Stolfus said answers were anonymous to encourage respondents to reply openly.
SOURCE: SILVER FALLS EDUCATION ASSOCIATION SURVEY
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“Have you considered retiring sooner than you otherwise planned (if you are within five years of retirement)?” • Yes: 21.9% • No: 15.6% • N/A: 62.5%
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Sustainable Silverton By Melissa Wagoner Addressing sustainability and climate change concerns on a city-wide basis is a complicated issue and one that is often exasperated by the very nature of city government. “[The] City Council is comprised of volunteers with limited time and terms, while changing city code requires significant time and effort, especially as parties who may not share the City’s resolved climate goals, such as contractors and developers, emerge in this process to advocate for their own interests,” representatives from Sustainable Silverton – a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting planet-friendly choices – wrote in a press release discussing the city’s current response to climate change. While the group acknowledges the difficulty of exacting change, it also admits some change is in the works. That’s thanks in part to a set of Climate Action Recommendations that group developed in partnership with the
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Silverton City Council and the University of Oregon in 2019, and which are still being slowly implemented today. “What is needed next is a full review of existing codes to compare with these reports, to identify which codes must be changed and which additional codes must be adopted in order to align with the Silverton Energy Plan, as accepted by City Council,” the release said. It noted “Sustainable Silverton has asked City Council to direct the City Manager to include sufficient funds in their budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year to have this review completed by a qualified third party.”
“For new utility projects they are designed to maximize the resiliency of the projects against natural disasters like earthquakes, fires, or long-term power outages,” he explained. “The new Silver Creek Intake and the new water treatment plant structures are being designed… to be able to handle the Cascadia Earthquake and still be operable,” he said. Also designed with an eye toward sustainability, is the new Civic Center complex.
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“The proposed building will have solar panels on the roof and the building and windows were situated to maximize passive solar heat,” Stepp described. “The bottom floor elevation of the building will also be raised to above the expected flood level that would occur if the Silver Creek Dam collapsed.”
“Building codes are regularly updated every few years,” City Engineer Bart Stepp said about preparations in advance of inclement weather caused by climate change.
Multiple storm water ponds, permeable paving and numerous areas designed to handle storm water runoff will also be features of the new construction, both of the
In other words, enacting change is a timeconsuming and multi-layered process – but it is happening.
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Civic Center and the new water treatment plant, which will have the addition of roof runoff recycling. And it’s not just new structures that are being designed differently. The recently completed McClaine Street project is an example of how renovations can also be used to prepare for a future in which the climate is uncertain. “The McClaine Street project added storm water swales and a storm water system…” Stepp said. “I expect future road projects will include storm system upgrades as part of them.”
Water system preparedness Ensuring that all of Silverton’s storm water systems are adequate for the larger storms the area has been experiencing has become a priority, as well as improving the overall system’s sustainability. “Our water and sewer systems will be upgraded to improve their overall energy efficiencies and reduce the amount of water that is wasted within the drinking water
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Protecting the trees “Code standards for most residential development have to be clear and objective in order to be applied to development,” Gottgetreu said. “The goal is to create clear and objective standards that retain a higher number of mature trees on-site and better define the amount of trees that have to be replanted when removal is unavoidable, as well as to create a fee-in-lieu of planting to build a tree fund that could be utilized to help with urban forestry objectives.” Sustainable Silverton would like to see further changes when it comes to tree protection. “Give tree and wetland protection top priority, such that it would be legally tenable for the City to deny a project like the Eureka ‘Garden Groves’ development, for the sake of preserving
the 30+ mature trees and wetland areas on that site,” Sustainable Silverton suggested, in reference to the City Council’s recent approval of a 22-lot subdivision. “Without such protections codified, the City did not have the legal standing to deny that application, and Silverton will be losing several dozen mature trees, including white oaks.”
Advocating energy policies Along with tree protection, Sustainable Silverton also lists the need for solar panel approval on residences, regardless of roof height; more solar-powered, LED exterior lighting on municipal buildings; the conversion of city and Police Department vehicles to electric; and the requirement of EV charging stations proportional to square footage on new constructions as actionable items it would like to see the city pursue. Not everything must be enacted by the City. Private citizens can take part as well.
“Residents and business owners provide a big benefit to increasing overall City sustainability by remodeling their homes or businesses,” Stepp said. “An example of this is that despite substantial population growth between 2006 and 2021, the annual amount of water the city is taking from Abiqua and Silver Creeks for drinking water has gone down slightly. Upgrading facilities to current building codes will continue to drive more sustainable use of water, electricity, and natural gas within the city.” For those interested in gaining more knowledge or enacting change at a citywide level, Stepp suggests attending a City Council meeting or joining a committee like the Planning Commission, Environmental Management Committee, Urban Renewal Agency Advisory Committee or the Historic Landmarks Commission. “[A]ll assist in providing recommendations on policy and decisions that could affect sustainability within the City,” he said.
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Transition planning By Stephen Floyd The Silver Falls School District has chosen to become mask-optional after statewide mask mandates are lifted March 31. The district board voted six-to-one Feb. 14 to direct Superintendent Scott Drue to draft policies transitioning away from mask mandates that have been in place since 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Opposing the decision was Board Member Lori McLaughlin, who expressed concerns over dangers still posed by the disease. Drue said he will work with staff to create a plan for the transition and will take into account issues such as how to handle student and staff quarantines, how to address federal mask mandates for school buses that remain in place, and how to make sure administrators have the support they need to implement policy changes. “Certain mitigation factors will still need to stay in place, even though masks are optional,” said Drue.
Schools want flexible deadline The board’s decision came after the Oregon Health Authority announced Feb. 7 that statewide requirements to wear masks in indoor public spaces will be lifted by March 31, if not sooner. Drue said this flexible deadline does not apply to schools, who have a firm deadline of March 31. Drue said he could not explain why there is a difference between the two, and said he is concerned about the confusion which may result. But unless the state changes its mind, he said the district will have to follow the current firm timetable. “For right now, even if the mask mandate
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is lifted for businesses, we still have a hard date of March 31,” he said. Drue said he is not the only superintendent with concerns about the firm deadline. He and colleagues have reached out to the Oregon Department of Education to potentially relegate to local control sooner.
Board sentiment varied The board was mixed in its enthusiasm for an end to the mask mandate. Board members Owen Von Flue and Tom Buchholz said masks were ineffective to begin with and mandating them harmed students. “I think we’ve hurt ourselves far more than we’ve helped ourselves by wearing masks,” said Von Flue. “It couldn’t come a second too soon,” said Buchholz, who also expressed interest in rescinding a vaccine mandate for teachers. Board Member Aaron Koch and Board Chair Jonathan Edmonds expressed confidence in an individual’s ability to choose whether or not to wear a mask. “I’m completely comfortable with moving back to making it a choice,” said Koch. “People around [the vulnerable] almost without fail do the right thing,” said Edmonds. Board member Janet Allanach said she was comfortable going mask-optional if the decision was data-driven and allowed the district to make policy changes “very clear-eyed.” Board Vice Chair Jennifer Traeger said she has been, and continues to be, comfortable following state public health guidelines and also wanted to see data to justify going mask-optional.
Before casting her dissenting vote, McLaughlin said she was “greatly concerned” by recent reports of SARSCoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, being detected in local wastewater. She said this shows the virus continues to spread and that she wanted to act in the best interest of medically-vulnerable individuals. “It’s out there, COVID is out there, and I as a board member, not just personally, believe in masks and their mitigation against viruses,” she said.
Public also split Public comment on the issue was also mixed, with parents, students and constituents sharing a variety of views. Student Charlotte Dettwyler said students should choose whether or not to wear a mask and be respected for their decision, not told to leave campus or be made to sit outside. She said she has lost confidence in school administrators because of their handling of students who refused to wear masks and were told their resulting lack of access to school facilities was their own decision. “That’s the last time I’ll ever trust an administrator because they’re pretty good at tricking you,” she said. Parent Jordan Uth said she believes it is the responsibility of society to protect the medically vulnerable by wearing masks, and that everyone “can do our part.” She added students should not become the standard-bearers for larger disagreements about COVID-19 policies.
“We will not judge you for your choice, we will be glad you have one,” he said. “You stay safe, and I’ll stay free.” Silverton resident and retired teacher Peggy Hart said she would like to help the district in their time of desperate need for substitute teachers, but the risk of infection keeps her and other potential substitutes away. She said substitutes are often retirees like herself who are either medically vulnerable, or have loved ones who are, and lifting the mask mandate might make teaching even riskier for them. “I have close friends who are physically vulnerable and it would be a choice that deprived me of their company,” she said.
Calls to remain civil Jenny Rogers, a parent and local nurse, said she finds herself in the middle of the issue because she sees the validity of arguments on both sides. She said there is value simply in being able to stand up for what you think is right, and that disagreements should not stop both sides from treating each other with respect. “I just hope that adults can set good examples for the kids and come together to do what’s really good for the kids,” she said.
“I understand there are contentious beliefs in our community around mask-wearing, but the schoolyard is not the place for this debate,” she said.
Edmonds said, when the district goes mask-optional, he does not want to see students, teachers or staff harassed for their decision to wear or nor wear a mask.
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Karl Dettwyler, father of Charlotte Dettwyler, said those who support an end to the mask mandate are not opposed to mask-wearing, rather they support a person’s right to choose without fear of persecution.
Edmonds also addressed critics who claimed the district still follows mask mandates out of fear of losing federal funding. He said the issue is far more complex and includes the potential for lawsuits and union grievances if the district deviates from public health guidelines. “I get it, I don’t like it personally, but this is where we are,” he said.
Looking for answers By Stephen Floyd The Mt. Angel School District is taking a more cautious approach than its neighbors ahead of the March 31 deadline to lift indoor mask mandates in Oregon schools. While the Silver Falls and North Santiam school districts voted to go maskoptional by March 31 and joined the call for an acceleration of the deadline, MASD Superintendent Rachel Stucky recommended using the coming weeks to carefully plan next steps.
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“First and foremost we care about our children and our staff, and making sure that people are safe and making sure that in-person learning is accessible to everybody,” she said.
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“We’re going to need the entire time – all the way up to March 31 – to tease this out and make appropriate recommendations,” she said.
Issues to consider include how the district plans to adapt to the loss of test-to-stay, which allows unvaccinated students and staff to attend school after a COVID-19 exposure. When universal masking ends, test-to-stay will no longer be practical and Stucky said the board must consider whether or not affected students and staff should be placed on full quarantine, then wear masks temporarily when they return to class.
Stucky spoke to the MASD board during its regular meeting Feb. 14 and said the district has so many factors to consider they should take time to ask the right questions before deciding on solutions, with public health and well-being as priorities.
Additionally, there is the possibility of harassment between students who do or do not choose to wear a mask. Stucky said staff will need guidance on how to appropriately respond. The district must also anticipate potential upticks in COVID-19 exposures and absences
after it goes mask-optional and must be prepared to react. In the interest of making an informed decision, Stucky said surveys will be conducted among parents and guardians, as well as staff members, to gather feedback, while the district will consult with union representatives and other superintendents as well. Stucky said the goal is not only to arrive at an appropriate decision but to make sure appropriate parties are included in the process. “We have to collaboratively problem-solve without working in silos or isolation to solve this for everybody,” she said.
Choosing what’s best for students Board Member Andrea Pfau said she is also concerned about the loss of testto-stay and said time spent away from the classroom has had a negative impact on students. She said groups like the Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Health Authority don’t often
see the personal outcomes of their statewide policy decisions and she hopes superintendents statewide stand up for a local control of COVID-19 policies. “I would like our superintendents to stand up to ODE, to stand up to OHA and say, ‘This is not OK,’” said Pfau. Board member Mark Brenden said potential policies should be inclusive of both students and staff who choose to wear masks and those who do not. “We have to be able to combine the two as well,” he said. Stucky said she intends to return to the board March 1 with potential recommendations based on the outcomes of research. She also said the district is waiting for guidance from ODE regarding which current COVID-19 policies will remain mandates and which will become recommendations, and this may shape district policy as well.
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Promotion Shotts interim Robert Frost principal By Stephen Floyd Robert Frost School has a new principal as of Feb. 7 following a pattern of high administrator turnover within the district. Holly Shotts, who formerly taught a 4th/5th grade blended class at the school, will serve as interim principal through June after former Principal Mandy Pack accepted a job with a different district. Pack had been principal since July 1, 2021, following the promotion of former Principal Leslie Roache as the district’s director of teaching and learning. In a statement from the Silver Falls School District, Shotts said she is excited to support school staff and their efforts to serve students. “I’m really fortunate to be a part of this school community and look forward to serving all stakeholders in this new role,” she said. Shotts joins multiple educators who are new to SFSD administration, such as Silverton High School Principal Sione Thompson and Assistant Principal Patrick Mulligan, and Silver Crest Elementary School Principal Melissa Linder, all of whom took their positions within the last year. Three principals in eight months caught the attention
of Robert Frost parent Kirsten Linthwaite, who spoke before the SFSD board during its regular meeting Feb. 14. She said recurring changes in leadership are barriers to teacher and student success, and a pattern of resignations needs to be addressed. “People that love their job and feel respected and supported don’t just pick up and leave,” she said. Linthwaite said she had a long conversation with Superintendent Scott Drue and Assistant Superintendent Dan Busch, who joined the district in 2020 and 2019, respectively. She said these talks were “incredibly informative” regarding coaching, performance management and support. She asked the board to share this information more broadly with parents, staff and stakeholders. “Without this level of transparency, it is leaving open wide gaps for assumptions, gossip and hearsay,” said Linthwaite. The board did not address administrator turnover directly during its meeting. In a separate discussion about COVID-19 updates, Drue acknowledged principals have tackled more than their fair share of challenges during the pandemic and were “the backbone of the Silver Falls School District. “I owe our principles a debt I will never be able to fully repay,” he said.
Daniel to remain interim manager Mount Angel Interim City Manager Mark Daniel has agreed to remain in his position indefinitely as the city continues searching for a qualified applicant. During the Mount Angel City Council meeting Feb. 7, Councilor Pete Wall said the search for a new city manager had become exceptionally difficult because of numerous other cities also hiring for the position. “This is the worst time I’ve ever seen to recruit a city manager, ever,” he said. Wall and Mayor Don Fleck recently reviewed the performance of Daniel, who is also the city’s police chief, and were very satisfied with his fulfillment of both roles. Fleck said, though Daniel declined to accept the position of city manager permanently, he was pleased nonetheless that Daniel agreed to remain interim for the time being. “Thank you so much for doing this and letting us wait, because it’s just going to be hard to find somebody right now,” Fleck told Daniel. Daniel became interim city manager Sept. 1, 2021, after the departure of former City Manager Kevin Cronin. While in the position, Daniel has focused on infrastructure improvement and code enforcement, in addition to issues of public safety that cross over with his role as police chief. – Stephen Floyd
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By Melissa Wagoner When Mersadee Lulay learned The Oregon Garden Visitors Center was looking for someone to take over the garden’s café space she jumped at the chance. “This was an answer to a prayer,” Lulay said. “God or the universe dropped something in my lap that I couldn’t say no to.” First introduced to the world of food service as a teenager living in Stayton and working for A&W, it wasn’t long before Lulay set her sights on bigger and better things, working her way up in various kitchens of all sizes across the country, and even working, for a time, as a private chef. “When I was young, I was really self-important and put myself out there,” Lulay said. Describing the ways in which her younger, perhaps more fearless self was able to take on challenges and learn skills that she is thankful for today.
Providing a full array of specialty coffee drinks alongside a rotating menu of soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps made with both seasonally appropriate and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, Little Leaf has challenged Lulay to explore cooking in a whole new way.
said, referencing not only her talent for day-to-day cooking but for catering as well. “It’ll be a space for people to gather and celebrate and maybe a pop-up tasting room that will give the vineyards access to the demographic of Silverton.
“It’s such an interesting space. We don’t have a grill. We don’t have a hood. We don’t have a fryer,” Lulay pointed out. “But we’re still bringing people back to simple food that tastes good and that’s made with love and simple care.” And now she’s expanding her audience, from the relatively captive one that is The Mersadee Lulay. Oregon Garden’s visitor population, to a more extensive one in the heart of Silverton’s downtown.
“But it’s always been a side gig,” Lulay said of the role cooking played in her professional life before she opened her own restaurant and catering business, coined Little Leaf in 2021. “It’s always been something I did along with something else.”
“I’ve been telling Mat since this started, I’m going to open a second space in downtown Silverton,” Lulay said, recalling the conversation she had with husband, Mathias Contois, prior to leasing 111 N. Water St. – most recently the home of Live Local Café – as well as the event space next door.
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“It’s really about creating a space where people leave feeling nourished in their body and heart and creating a space that’s welcoming and healthy,” Lulay said. It’s her overarching goal for this new arm of her business, referred to as, Little Leaf Downtown. “I’m going for a feeling because you can put food in your body anywhere.”
Little Leaf Downtown opens for regular hours starting March 1, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. seven days a week. Its first Pop Up Bottle Shop is on March 4 from 4 p.m. (tickets at littleleafcafe.com). Lulay is hitting the ground running, exhibiting the same confidence she first cultivated when she was just starting out. “I’m excited to create recipes and channel the food gods,” she enthused. “My passion is nurturing people and nourishing people.”
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SACA Food Pantry, 9 a.m. - noon, SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. Repeats Thursdays. 503-873-3446, silvertonareacommunityaid.org Coffee & Conversation, 10 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Bridge, 11 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Mt. Angel Community & Senior Center Store, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 195 E Charles St. Repeats Tuesday - Saturday. Volunteers needed. 503-845-6998 Mt. Angel Food Pantry, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Mt. Angel Community Center, 195 E Charles St. Repeats Wed. 503-845-6998 Silverton Meals on Wheels, 11:30 a.m. Delivery only. $3 donation suggested. Monday - Friday. For delivery, call Carol, 503-873-6906 Mt. Angel Senior Meals, 11:30 a.m. Delivery only. $3 donation suggested. Repeats Thursdays. For delivery, call Ginger, 503-845-9464 Free COVID-19 Testing & Vaccine Clinic, noon - 7 p.m., Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion, 2330 NE 17th Ave., Salem. PCR testing and all three vaccines available, including booster and pediatric doses. Walk-in only. Free. Repeats noon 7 p.m. Mon. - Fri., 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday. co.marion.or.us/HLT/PH Poker, 12:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center Peaceful Heart, 4 - 5 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Yoga breathing, kirtan and yoga philosophy. No experience required. Everyone welcome. Refreshments served. Free. email@example.com Free Dinner, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Oak Street Church, 502 Oak St., Silverton. Pickup only. Open to all. 503-873-5446 TaekwonDo, 7 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Jon Haynes, 503-873-3663
Silver Angel Foot Clinic, Silverton Senior Center. Repeats Wednesdays. Call for appointment. 503-873-3093 Scotts Mills Food Boxes, 9 - 11 a.m., Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. Residents in Scotts Mills/Butte Creek/Monitor rural areas are welcome. Food donations welcome. Niki Barber, 503-873-5059
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Simple Qigong, 9:45 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Set to music. $8. 50 and older. 503873-3093 Community Helpers Family Storytime, 10:30 a.m., Zoom. Join librarian and a special guest for storytime, accompanying backpack. Age 2 - 6. Recordings posted at mtangelreads.readsquared.com. New Zoom links sent out each week. 503-845-6401 Pinochle, noon - 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Repeats Fridays SACA Food Pantry, 4 - 7 p.m., SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. 503-873-3446, silvertonareacommunityaid.org Serenity Al-Anon Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Zoom. Repeats 10 a.m. Saturdays. For Zoom link, call Barbara K, 503-269-0952
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Knit Wits, 10 a.m. - noon, Silverton Senior Center Lunch with Dodie, noon, Zoom and Facebook. 50 and older. Zoom and Facebook information: 503-873-3093 Mission Benedict Food Pantry, 1 - 4 p.m., St. Joseph Shelter, 925 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Repeats Friday. 503-845-2468 Open Art Studio, 1 - 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center Line Dancing, 1 - 2 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship. No registration required. Free; donations accepted for instructor. Open to all. Sheila, 503-409-4498 Silver Chips Woodcarving Sessions, 1 - 4 p.m., Silverton Arts Association, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. $2 a week. All skill levels. 503-873-4512 Mission of Hope Food Pantry, 2 - 4 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship. 503-873-7353 Daniel Plan Journey Video Series, 6:30 - 8 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship Church. In-person or online at scf.tv/daniel.plan. Free. Open to public. Sheila, 503-409-4498
Free Coffee, 7 - 9 a.m., Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. Yoga Class, 9 a.m., Silver Creek Fellowship. Instructor Marg Jones. Open to all. Sheila, 503-409-4498 Bingo, 10 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. $1 per card, $2 for three cards TaekwonDo, 6 p.m., Silverton Senior Center, Jon Haynes, 503-873-3663 Mediation & Shared Dialog, 7 - 8:30 p.m. All spiritual traditions welcome. Request invitation by emailing compassionatepresence@yahoo. com. 971-218-6641
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This month’s Storywalk is Story Path/ Cuenta un cuento by Madalena Matoso. Start at the library’s front door. New program for March is Book Tracker Bookmarks. Get a bookmark, set a reading goal and earn a new book when the goal is reached. Get creative through May 10 at “Somos Super Creativ@s/ We’re Super Creative!,” a traveling exhibition where you can use technology to tell a story about the community and try an engineering design challenge. Available in both English and Spanish.
Tuesday, March 1 Caregiver Connection
2 - 3:30 p.m. Zoom. For family caregivers and/or unpaid family caregivers. Free. To register, contact Suzy, 503-304-3429, email@example.com
Silverton Garden Club
6 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Open to all. 805-807-4385
Wednesday, March 2 Silverton Business Group
8 - 9 a.m., Silver Falls Brewery, 207 Jersey St., Silverton. Networking, community updates and social engagement. Sponsored by Silverton Chamber of Commerce. Repeats March 16. 503-873-5615, silvertonchamber.org
Virtual Trivia Night
7 p.m. Zoom. Test your knowledge on a variety of topics. For Zoom invite, contact Ron, Silver Falls Library, 503-873-8796 Repeats March 16
Friday, March 4 Marion SWCD First Friday
10 a.m. Zoom. Presenter is Dakota Tangredi, reduction coordinator for Marion County Recycling. Target audience is Marion County residents interested in reducing the waste stream through consumer reduction, reuse, recycling. Register at marionswcd.net. 503-391-9927
Red Cross Blood Drive
10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Silverton Elks Lodge, 300 High St. Appointments needed. Visit redcrossblood.org
Local Author Book Signing
5 - 7 p.m., Books N Time, 210 N Water St., Silverton. Lee Mercer, author of The Archangel Invasion and The Ghost Dance Messiah will sign his books. Books can be purchased in advance at the store or at the signing. 503-874-4311
First Friday in Silverton
7 – 9 p.m. Explore historic downtown, have dinner, shop, browse galleries, boutiques. 503-873-5615, silvertonchamber.org
Lunaria First Friday
7 - 9 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St., Silverton. Meet Dena Lynn Brehm from March’s Main Floor Gallery exhibit, “Everything Old is New Again.” In the Loft Gallery, Susan Brandt and Judith Frohreich present “Play it Again,” a collaboration focusing on using recycled materials to give their subject matter a “new” edge. Exhibits open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday Saturday through March 27. 503-873-7734, lunariagallery.com
Saturday, March 5 BEEvent Pollinator Conference
9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Zoom. National, state and regional experts discuss bees, pollination. $25. Registration closes at noon March 4. Register at linnmastergardeners.com
Sunday, March 6 Puzzle Exchange
1 - 3 p.m., Mt. Angel Mercantile B&B, 495 E College St. New and used puzzles. Bring a puzzle and exchange it for a new-toyou one. Every first Sunday. Email: mary@ maryfranklin.net
Monday, March 7 Silverton City Council
6 p.m., Silverton High. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-873-5321, silverton.or.us
Mt. Angel City Council
7 p.m., Mount Angel Public Library. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-845-9291, ci.mt-angel.or.us
Tuesday, March 8 Take & Make Packets
9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Make an air-dry clay project. For grades 5 - 12. Available while supplies last. Free. 503-845-6401
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1:30 p.m. Zoom. Geared for older adults, music therapist Ben Pernick combines live performances, trivia and brain games. Zoom info: silverfallslibrary.org
5 - 8 p.m., downtown Mt. Angel. Mt. Angel shops and restaurants open until 8 p.m. the second Friday of each month. Retail shops will host refreshments. mtangelchamber.com
Silverton Planning Commission
7 p.m., Silverton High. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-873-5321
Wednesday, March 9 Silverton Chamber After Hours
5 - 7p.m., 701 A McClaine St., Silverton. Hosted by Willamette Valley Bank. Social networking event with food, drink and fun. 503-873-5615, silvertonchamber.org
Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club
6:30 p.m. Zoom. Discuss Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold. Everyone is welcome. For Zoom invite, contact Ron Drake at Silver Falls Library, 503-873-8796.
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Tuesday, March 15 Stories and STEAM
9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Pick up STEAM packets for grades K - 4. Today: Boat making. March 29: Surprise! While supplies last. Free. 503-845-6401 6:30 p.m. Zoom. Open to public. Zoom link at masd91.org. 503-845-2345
Zenith Women’s Club
6:30 p.m. social/7 p.m. meeting, Silver Creek Fellowship. GFWC Silverton Zenith Women’s Club members discuss ways to fund, implement projects to benefit the Silverton community. Anyone interested is welcome. Barbara, 801-414-3875.
Scotts Mills City Council
7 p.m., Scotts Mills City Hall, 265 Fourth St. Open to public. 503-873-5435
Book Discussion for Adults
1 p.m., Zoom. Gather to discuss Crescent by Oregon author Diana Abu-Jabar. Copies and Zoom link at Mt. Angel Public Library. 503-845-6401
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Thursday, March 17 St. Patrick’s Day
Silver Falls School District Board
7 p.m., Zoom. Open to public. Login details: 503-873-5303.
Library Book Club
7 p.m. Zoom. Discuss I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. Everyone is welcome. For Zoom invite, contact Ron Drake at Silver Falls Library, 503-873-8796.
6:30 p.m. Zoom. Share what you have been working on or just listen in to see what others are writing. Open to all. For Zoom invite, contact Ron Drake at Silver Falls Library, 503-873-8796.
Mt. Angel Planning Commission
7 p.m., Mount Angel Public Library. Open to public. ci.mt-angel.or.us
Saturday, March 19
March Book Talk
9:30 – noon. Zoom. My Bondage and My Freedom, by Frederick Douglass. Open to all. Free. Contact Sr. Dorothy Jean Beyer at 503-845-2556, email@example.com.
Sunday, March 20 Taizé Prayer
7 p.m., Benedictine Sisters’ Queen of Angels Chapel, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Open to public. 503-845-6773
Silverton City Council Work Session
6 p.m., Silverton High. Open to public. 503-873-5321, silverton.or.us
Wednesday, March 23
Virtual Film Discussion
7 p.m. Zoom. Watch The Country Doctor on your own and then join the Zoom meeting for a moderated discussion. For Zoom invite, contact Ron Drake at Silver Falls Library, 503-873-8796.
Monday, March 28
Vigil for Peace
2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Silverton Towne Square Park. Sponsored by Silverton People for Peace to advocate for peace and social justice issues with relevant signs. Open to all. 503-873-5307
Thursday, March 31 Red Cross Blood Drive
11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mt. Angel Fire Station, 300 Monroe St. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org.
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Rodney O. Bennett
Rodney O. Bennett, 89, of Silverton, Oregon spent his final years in the loving care of Harmony House in Salem, Oregon. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on May 26, 1932, and died on Feb. 4, 2022. His passing was peaceful with family by his side. His parents, George W. and Myrtle M. (Bliss) Bennett, preceded him in death, as did his siblings, Shirley and Gordon. Over the course of three decades, Rodney was honored for his distinguished service to his country. He retired from the United States Air Force in 1974 after serving two enlistments for a total of 21 years, ten months, and 12 days. He was proud to be a veteran. He married the love of his life, Phebe Grace Fleming on March 26, 1955. They were married for almost 65 years when she passed away in December. He missed her dearly. Rodney was diligent and a hard worker providing for his family. After military retirement, he went on to install
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Sept. 20, 1962 – Jan. 13, 2022
Carol Heide passed away Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 at the age of 59. Carol Ann Heide was born to R. Kurt and Darlene (Derr) Heide on Sept. 20, 1962 in Silverton, Oregon. She graduated from Silverton Union High School in 1980. Carol enlisted in the United States Army in 1980 and served for six years. While enlisted, she earned a Marksman badge for rifle, an Expert badge in Hand Grenade, two Good Conduct Medals, and an Army Achievement medal. She was the gunner on an M60 machine gun team during her first tour in Germany. She served in 1st Signal Battalion, Kaiserslautern (K-town), West Germany, 34th Spt Battalion 6th Cavalry “Wagonmasters” (a Chinook Helicopter Unit), Ft. Hood, Texas and 1st Military Intelligence Battalion (Aerial Exploitation), Wiesbaden Army Airfield, West Germany. After her tours of service, Carol returned to the Silverton area. She worked as a 911 dispatcher at NorCom in Woodburn for several years.
Carol enjoyed cross-stitch and was always involved in her daughter’s life. Carol loved Germany, Blue Willow china, British shows and literature. Her family will miss her greatly.
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Carol is survived by her daughter Jacqueline Maltman and her husband Curtis; mother Darlene Huddleston; sisters Sharon Ward and her husband Michael, Linda Hofmann and her husband George; brother Ray Huddleston and Carla; nephew Chris Ward and his children Taylor and Zander; nieces Alyse Camarda and her husband Justin, Carole Allred, her husband Spencer and daughters Emilie and Hadlee, Kathryn Ward Huber, her husband Ed and son Edward, and Renee Smith and daughter Olivia. A memorial service was held at Willamette National Cemetery on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022.
Aug. 25, 1923 – Jan. 25, 2022
Lorraine Elouise Spies was born and raised in Elizabeth, Minnesota. She worked on the family farm milking cows. In her twenties she rode the train to Oregon with her father, in search of another farm. They settled in Silverton, where she worked at Steelhammer Drug as a soda jerk. She loved it and talked about it many times over the years.
soldiers to hand to children overseas. She made countless loaves of bread for St. Mary’s bake sales. She volunteered at the election polls and took much pride in her work at the Benedictine Nursing Center, sitting with the dying, taking residents to Mass and wheelchair square dancing. She liked crocheting, playing cansta, solitaire, and puzzles.
Lorraine met her future husband, Walter Duda, at a local dance. They wed in 1950 and were happily married 45 years. Their first home was close to the family farm, most notable for its two-hole outhouse. A few years later they moved into their permanent home and raised four children. She cooked many meals for her family and farm workers and remembered delivering summer sausage sandwiches on homemade bread, with ice cold milk or homemade root beer to the barnyard. Her dinner table was always full and with room for one more.
Lorraine passed surrounded by family. She is preceded in death by husband, Walter; her father, Francis Spies; mother, Anna (Gander) Spies; and brother, Frankie Spies.
She was a lifelong member of the Catholic Daughters and Marion County Dairy Wives. She enjoyed making friendship bags filled with toiletries for
She is survived by her daughters, Virginia (Alan) Ringo and Mary Duda; sons, Joe (Pam) Duda and John (Lori) Duda; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Honorary sons include Bob Duda and Mike Bradley. Her family wishes to thank all of her caregivers and Willamette Valley Hospice for their invaluable support and services.
Mary Jane Crosby
Mary Jane Crosby died in Silverton, Oregon on Feb.14, 2022. Her Christian faith sustained her despite a lifetime of physical suffering; strengthening and enabling her as a loving wife and mother, a caring teacher, and a prayer warrior. She was born April 25, 1951 in Buffalo, New York – daughter of Milan and Alice MacMartin. After Milan’s death in 1953, Alice married his brother John MacMartin, known and loved as Dad. She is survived by her husband, Douglas H. Crosby; their three children, Shelly (Yun), Justin (Elizabeth), and Jonathan (Kelsey); four grandchildren, Kathryn, Alric, Sawyer, Quinn; and two sisters, Edith and Diane. Doug and Mary Jane were married July 1, 1972 in Duke Center, Pennsylvania; moved to Oregon in 1978, and have been Silverton residents since 1984. A burial was held at Willamette National Cemetery on Feb. 23. Her life will be celebrated in a memorial gathering at Woodburn Foursquare Church (date to be determined).
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Services were held Feb. 18 at St. Mary’s Church in Mount Angel.
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Robert Baxter Reed, 88, of Silverton, Oregon died in his home on Jan. 28, 2022. Born in Lyons Oregon in 1933 when a gallon of gas cost 10 cents, Bobby – as he was called when he was a child – grew up in Detroit, Oregon, attending the elementary and middle schools in town. As a young man, Bob attended Estacada High School where he was a multiple sport athlete. Bob would earn his way into Stanford University after setting Oregon state high school track records in the 1600-meter race. Once married, Bob and his new bride, Deon, traveled the world before residing in Eugene, Oregon. Bob lost his wife nine years ago. They were married for 48 years, and they raised three charming sons. Bob Reed had many hobbies. He enjoyed fly fishing the Santiam River, had a knack for finding lost money and wallets, camping in Marion Forks, hosing down the driveway and attending live sporting events.
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From the early years in Detroit as a wild haired boy to the blazing summers along a river, Bob found peace within the outdoor beauty of the world. Bob and Deon were longtime residents of Kaneohe, Hawaii. There, Bob worked for Allstate Insurance and played golf in the tropics. Moving back to Oregon, Bob became a resident of Silverton. Each year both Bob and Deon attended charity events and could be found eating dinner at a local restaurant.
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Bob will be missed by all his surviving family members: Ron (Vicki), Brad (Shelley), Alex (Christine), and all the grandkids. A private memorial service is to be announced. Donations made in Bob Reed’s name will be accepted by SACA: P.O. Box 1305, Silverton, OR 97381 (silvertonareacommunityaid.org); or St. Edward’s Episcopal Church: P.O. Box 344, Silverton, OR 97381.
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Feb. 26, 1952 – Nov. 8, 2021
Dave Lee Fennimore passed away in his daughter’s home on Nov. 8, 2021 in Scotts Mills, Oregon. He was born on Feb. 26, 1933 to Bill and Mamie Fennimore. He was the second child of eight.
Dave loved fishing and hunting and was very passionate with the stories he told to his friends and family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther; son, Vernon Lee; daughter, Roberta Ann; parents, Bill and Mamie; and brothers, Bill and Tim Fennimore.
He married Esther Crites on Nov. 29, 1952 at the St. Mary Parish House in Mount Angel, Oregon. Dave and Esther lived most of their lives in Scotts Mills. They had four children through the years.
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Dave was a logger for most of his life along with serving in the Scotts Mills fire department for 22 years. In the 1970s, he was the mayor of Scotts Mills and in 1986, Dave and Esther co-founded the Scotts Mills Community Center alongside Bill and Peggy Barber. Dave assisted with organizing the Neighborhood Watch program. He was also known in the community as the Bird House Man. He enjoyed creating unique houses ander feeders. Contract Und
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Services were held at Holy Rosary Church in Scotts Mills on Nov. 16 and burial at Holy Rosary Cemetery. Unger Funeral Chapel assisted the family.
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An inexpensive, family-friendly hobby for all ages
By Melissa Wagoner
A treasure hunt for the fun of it
If you like puzzles, being outside and exploring places you’ve never been then the hobby of geocaching might just be for you.
Using GPS coordinates found on the Geocaching app (www.geocaching.com), players attempt to locate caches – hidden treasure boxes which are often filled with log books and treasures – hidden in locations across the globe. Anyone can join in, alone or in groups, for free.
“I like to describe it as a world-wide treasure hunt,” Carina Leland – a recent graduate of Silverton High School who started geocaching with her parents when she was only five – said. She was explaining the worldwide, outdoor recreation phenomenon that allows participants to track down hidden treasure using GPS coordinates.
Recommended tools Charged cellphone downloaded with the Geocaching app, comfortable shoes, tradeable items (coins, small toys, buttons or registered trackables), pen, paper, tweezers (for removing items from tiny caches), gardening gloves and sunscreen.
“There’s a bunch of containers people hide,” Carina continued. Recounting the many boxes – both large and small – filled with everything from collectible coins to dollar store trinkets that she and her family have found over the past 13 years. “[A]nd often they’re in cool spots,” she continued, listing some of her favorite locations: the backside of a waterfall, an island in the middle of a lake and an underwater location only accessible at low tide.
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Differing greatly in location and content, each treasure chest, known as a cache, does have one commonality, which gives the game a cohesive feel – the logbook. Provided as an actual book in the box, as a simple sheet of paper alongside a pen or as a digital registry, these records provide a method of communication between the hiders and seekers and between seekers themselves. It’s an element that can come in handy when a cache gets damaged or misplaced.
friend, said. “Then, as she got older, we thought it would be a good way to introduce geography and math.”
“There have been times we’ve looked and looked only to find out the owner wasn’t aware it was missing, or it hadn’t been reported,” 42-year-old Jenifer Hacket – who discovered the hobby while on the search for an activity to do with her young daughter – said. Advising future players, “If you come across this, reporting the missing cache is the best way to help others avoid this situation.”
But times have changed, and now one need only download the free app and a map instantly populates with the available caches located nearby.
There are caches located almost everywhere – 1,136 in the Salem area alone, according to the website www. geocaching.com. “We have found them all over Oregon, rain or shine,” Hacket said. “There are plenty of geocaches hiding in places you would never even think about… I drove by one almost every day for years and never knew it was there until we started this hobby.” That may be because many caches aren’t just tucked out of sight but cleverly camouflaged, hidden even to those armed with the precise GPS location. “One was a switch cover and it had magnets on the back,” Carina said of her favorite, cleverly disguised find. “It really looked like it was a part of the building,” her mother, and long-time geocaching partner, Denise Taylor Leland, agreed. Similar to Hacket, the Leland family also began geocaching as a way to spend time together. “Carina always liked to be outdoors trooping around,” Denise, who first heard about the hobby from a college
Geocaching was different when the Lelands got their start. “Before it was more complicated because you had to go online and print out [coordinates] on a paper,” Denise recalled of a time when hand-held GPS locators were not widespread.
“Some even have attributes like wheelchair accessibility,” Carina said of the numerous apps – like Geocaching by Groundspeak Inc., Cachly, C:Geo and Spyglass – that are available, most often for free. Many include information like task difficulty, terrain ratings and records for trackables (registered geocache tokens). “As others find, log and re-hide the trackable you can watch where [trackables] travel,” Hacket said. She described one object which, upon inspection, she found
registered not just in multiple states, but overseas as well. There’a one more reason geocaching has had the longevity of over 20 years – the ability for anyone, no matter the fitness level, age or economic status, to take part. It’s also an activity that can be done solo, in friend groups or as a family with kids. “The key to being stealthy is to never let a ‘muggle’ (nongeocacher) see you…” Hacket warned. She explained that the search strategies change depending on whether the seeker is solo or accompanied, adding another level of challenge. “Solo you can get in and out quickly but might get caught looking fishy snooping around by yourself,” she described. “A group has more eyes to find the prize and can help distract others while a small few are locating the cache.” Both Hacket and Carina recommend trying the game both ways – either way the end result is a good time. “It’s fun when you finally find them to see what trinkets might be left inside and leave a little something for the next person,” Hacket said. “You get a sense of satisfaction when you’ve finally discovered a hidden cache. It’s like putting together a puzzle and getting that last piece put in place.”
Showcase your talent – Senior Follies applications due March 15 The “Senior Follies,” showcasing the talents of those aged 50 and older, is set for June 24-26 at Silverton High School, with March 15 the application deadline. Applications are available at the Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield St. Email director@silvertonseniorcenter. org to receive an application via email or for more information. Interested parties also can call Silverton Senior Center Executive Director Dodie Brockamp or Candace Bushnell, the show’s director at 503-873-3093. “We are very excited about this fun community event that will show the talented side of seniors, who are still
very active and vibrant,” said Pressnall. There is no entry fee for performers, but they must audition and rehearse. The “Senior Follies” will offer 7 p.m. shows on Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25, as well as a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, June 26. Tickets cost $10, with proceeds benefiting the Silverton Senior Center. Event organizers also are looking for sponsors. Those interested should call Pressnall or Brockamp. – James Day
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Silverton alum group has $2M in assets
By James Day
Silverton High School Alumni Association mission statement
In 1993 the Silverton High School Class of 1963 held its 30th reunion. Event organizers decided to invest $900 in excess funds at the end of the reunion and use the proceeds for scholarships.
To coordinate alumni activities and to prudently manage the growth of a perpetual investment fund so that the income from the invested principal will be used to grant scholarships on a year-by-year basis for both academic and vocational post high school training to any graduate of any Silverton public high school.
From that small beginning the Silverton High School Alumni Association has grown to become a $2 million enterprise. Its most recent annual fundraiser in 2019, raised more than $32,000 (the 2020 and 2021 events were canceled due to COVID-19). As of the 2021 scholarship cycle the association has awarded 1,766 scholarships totaling nearly $1.4 million. The 2021 awards went to 71 awardees and added up to $89,000, with individual grants ranging from $750 to $2,500.
transferred its assets to the alumni
friendly, welcoming small town and rural values. “This has been a hallmark feature of the greater Silverton area throughout the decades. That fact has not changed despite significant population growth in recent years.”
So how did all this happen? Here’s one view, from Jeff Marcoe, Class of ‘79: “My generic two cents is that Silverton has a golden history of robust community support for solid schools and competitive sports teams at the elementary and secondary levels,” Marcoe said.
Here’s a deeper dive into the association’s story and history. The information comes from a history of the association provided to Our Town by association officers and trustees.
“The school district and its programs and activities are strongly championed by local citizens and families. These folks pride themselves on civic involvement and the forging of close community ties and the celebration of
• On May 10, 1996 the first association meeting was held. On hand were four alumni, a school district representative and a former district superintendent. Assets at the time slightly more than
• In 2019, the assets of the Peter A.
• In 1999 the first scholarship fundraiser was organized. Assets had passed $28,000.
bringing the assets under management
Silverton Scholarship Fund, also
were transferred to the alumni group,
The association also serves as an effective networking agency for
Silverton alums. A twice per year
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newsletter, edited by association trustee Judy Nunn, includes news on class
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• In 2004 the association, which had operated as an arm of the Silver Fox Foundation, was incorporated as a separate entity. By 2005 assets totaled more than $150,000. • In 2009 the Silverton Scholarship Fund, which had co-existed with the alumni association from the 1990s through 2009, closed its doors and
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$2,000. At a meeting six weeks later, the Class of ‘48 donated $300 of their funds and three $5 memberships were collected. An annual membership today still costs $5.
group. The asset base was now
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later arrived at the hospital in Northwest
Sometimes, things just work out. Through a serendipitous chain of events, a long-forgotten artifact has found its way back to its original neighborhood.
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Hospital Directors, staff, and, of course,
As a member of the Silverton Country Historical Society with an avid interest Silverton’s architectural history, I was asked to compile the story of the former Silverton Flower Shop building at 311 N. Water St. by developer Ben Johnston, who has converted it into a bakery with an adjacent food cart pavilion. During a recent tour of the building, an old photograph was spotted that, after an expressed interest, was delivered to the Silverton museum. Mounted on a thin piece of Masonite, the old 60 x 40-inch photograph shows a vintage building with a cupola on top and a Good Samaritan Hospital sign visible under the right-side eaves. Peeling at the edges, it’s not in the best condition. Due to its large size, it might have been on display somewhere. Posted to a social media group, the photo was soon confirmed to depict the original Good Samaritan Hospital in 1880 Portland. Since there was no relationship to Silverton, we offered it to anyone willing to come to Silverton to collect it. That same day, we heard from retired nurse Kathy Schach, who now volunteers at her former hospital. She asked to acquire the photo for the hospital
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Unfortunately, we don’t know how the photo ended up in the old Silverton building. One former employee remembers that someone gave the photo to the flower shop owner but she doesn’t remember anything else about it.
Melinda Martin of Albany, left, delivering the photograph of Portland’s original Good Samaritan Hospital to the hospital’s current campus, accepted by archival volunteer Kathy Schach. SUBMITTED
archives, where she often works. “We are very pleased for this piece to come to Good Sam. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I was when I saw your post. My fingers flew to write a response to you!” Schach later commented. Arrangements were made to stay in touch until a pickup could be scheduled. Meanwhile, a proposal came in from
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Melinda picked up the photo on Jan. 24 for transport to Portland. She was met at the Silverton Country Museum by members of the Historical Society,
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Another explanation involves Berg and Sons Building Movers from Mount Angel, who were hired in 1985 to move several houses in preparation for Good Sam’s hospital expansion. The cast-off photo was probably collected as salvage and taken to the Silverton-Mount Angel area, where it somehow made it to the flower shop. However, another former employee remembers the photo displayed in the building prior to 1985, so its journey is still unclear.
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A special team Silverton Unified squad earns ESPN Champion School honors By James Day The Unified special needs teams from Amity and Silverton entertained an enthusiastic crowd on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at Silverton, with Amity taking a 43-37 win that didn’t seem to matter amid the oohs and aahs that greeted each basket. But that’s the beauty of the Unified game. It’s all about getting out there and trying a new skill and enjoying being on the court with your teammates. The crowd cheered no matter who made the baskets and cheered again at halftime as the Silverton team received a banner from Special Olympics of Oregon that honors the program for meeting a set of national standards. The banner will join an earlier banner the program received in 2018 for meeting state standards. The coup de grace was a plaque that the team received from the ESPN network for being a National Champion School for 2020. “This really can’t happen without all the other students getting involved and
making the Unified team feel welcome,” said Hank Ulven, special education teacher and JV girls basketball coach for the Foxes. “I think it is cool that we are getting this recognition.” For those who have never seen a Unified game, here’s how it works. Each team sends out three special needs athletes with two partners, often athletes from other sports. For example, Silverton football players Sawyer Enderle and Nolan Meyer and volleyball player Olivia Rosborough and softball player Olivia Hickam serve as partners for the Foxes. Partners get rebounds and pass the ball to the athletes and sometimes help them down court but seldom if ever shoot. Officials are on hand but no fouls are called and no one cares about double dribble violations or traveling. It’s all about the joy of putting the ball in the hoop and high-fiving everyone in sight. The Silverton fans, including the entire varsity girls basketball team which was playing West Albany later that night, stood throughout the contest, displaying signs to honor the athletes and the
The Silverton Unified team received a plaque from ESPN for being named national program of the year for 2020. JAMES DAY
partners. The students also formed a huge path for the athletes to run through during pre-game introductions.
outside, with Reniere scoring on one play in which he crouched down on one knee and exploded up toward the basket while putting the ball in the hoop.
Turning in strong games for the Foxes were Dayton ‘Flash’ Hall, Braedon ‘The Time Ninja’ Reniere and Sebastian ‘Buzz Lightyear’ Benavidez. Hall and Benavidez showed a nice touch both inside and
Then there was Kiele ‘Hawaiian Princess’ Pahia, who employed a unique underhanded shooting style. She didn’t connect but came close a couple of times.
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The crowd was so much in her corner that one felt that if she had made a basket the fans would have surged onto the floor and carried her around the court in triumph.
Silverton Unified team Athletes Jackie ‘J Money’ Leao Ashley ‘Lil Shorty Ash’ Acosta Solis Logan ‘Dragon Slayer’ Simar Dayton ‘Flash’ Hall Braedon ‘The Time Ninja’ Reniere Dakota Miller Caleb ‘The Lunch Detentioner’ Diaz-Chacon Sebastian ‘Buzz Lightyear’ Benavidez Kiele ‘Hawaiian Princess’ Pahia Tyler ‘Green Lantern’ Wright Jeremiah ‘Jerry’ Coppedge
Reniere, meanwhile, decided to give the reporter a nickname. Because of all of the questions I asked during a visit to the team room he decided to call me “Mr. Wise Guy.” Nicknames are important in Unified ball, and this one is being carried with honor. “It’s all about having fun and giving them something to remember long beyond high school,” said Channon MacBean, the Silverton head coach and special needs assistant at the high school.
Partners Sawyer Enderle, Harrison Kuenzi Nolan Meyer, Olivia Rosborough Olivia Hickam, Trillian Hawley, Avery Lord
Enderle noted that he has two siblings that are severely disabled and said he got involved “to try to put smiles on their faces.”
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Ulven, who has been working with the Unified team for five years, said “in today’s world this is something everyone can come together to enjoy watching. I have the best job in the world, bar none.”
Assistants: Daniel Briseno, Katie ‘Chaos’ Kramer, Isaac Moore, Will Silcox
Spring Sport Registration is OPEN! Spring sports are back! Mark your calendars for April 11 to start a season of fun activities! This spring we are offering: VOLLEYBALL (3rd-6th grade; $0 Member, $75 Community Members) Teams will practice two days a week with games on Saturday! Teams may travel to Salem for games.
MIDDLE SCHOOL TRACK & FIELD (6th-8th grade; $55 Members-$75 Community Members) Season starts Monday, March 14. Practice will be held Monday-Friday, times TBA.
FLAG FOOTBALL (1st-6th grade; $0 Members, $75 Community Members) Teams practice two days a week with Saturday games!
MICRO SOCCER (3-5-year olds; $0 Members, $35 Community Members) Micro is held mornings for 45 minutes! Timeslots are available at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.!
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Aqua Foxes overcome challenges to set records
At the beginning of the season in November, the Silverton High swim team did not even have a pool.
“It has been a privilege coaching these young men and women all season, and I look forward to watching them compete one more time,” Wilson told Our Town,
Repairs at the Silverton Community Pool were not concluded until one month into the season. The Aqua Foxes became road warriors, training at odd hours at Molalla and Woodburn. The squad also was all but shut down for two weeks in January because of COVID. The payoff came Feb. 18, when the squad turned in a series of excellent performances in the Class 5A state championships at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton. • Both the boys and girls teams took 10th in the team race. The boys scored 12 points and the girls 8. • Catherine Hyde was second in the 100 backstroke, fourth in the 100 butterfly and participated on relay teams that took seventh and ninth, respectively. Hyde set a school record of 58.25 in the backstroke. Her 1:00.42 in the fly was just off her school mark of 1:00.39 set earlier in the season.
Buller swam to fourth in the 400 free relay. “The kids really fought through a lot to do as well as they did. I am so proud of them,” coach Lucky Rogers told Our Town. “They really bought into all of these things as being obstacles, not excuses.” Kennedy’s boys squad, meanwhile, scored 5 points in the 4A-3A-2A-1A competition. Cameron Miller took fourth in the 100 back (56.57) and fifth in the 100 fly (55.88). Wrestling: Silverton finished 6th in the Mid-Willamette district wrestling competition at the Salem Armory. The Foxes will be sending six athletes to the Class 5A state meet.
Kennedy, meanwhile, took 5th in the Class 2A-1A Special District 1 meet at Neah-Kah-Nie High with 124 points. The Trojans will be sending three wrestlers to state, 113-pound champion Adam Reyes, 113 runner-up Julio Reyes (no relation) and Briggs Snell, runner-up at 285. Also headed to state is Alex Geschwill, who took 2nd at 120-pounds in the girls district meet Feb. 5. Note: Silverton and Kennedy participated in state competition on Feb. 26 after Our Town’s press time. See Facebook or our March 15 edition for state results. Football: Big changes have come to small school football in Oregon. The Oregon School Activities Association has mandated 9-man football for Class 2A, leading to a raft of changes in terms of district alignments.
• Makani Buckley set a boys 200 free school mark of 1:54.28 while finishing eighth.
Freshman Brash Henderson won the district title at 220 pounds. Jacob Moore (126) and Steven Powell (160) took seconds, with Bo Zurcher (126), Joshua Jones (138) and Oscar Marks (145) all placing fourth.
Kennedy, a perennial 2A power with four appearances in the state title game since 2015, has chosen to move up to Class 3A for football only. The Trojans will play in the PacWest Conference with Amity, Dayton, Jefferson, Newport, Salem Academy, Santiam Christian and Scio.
• Buckley, CJ Hollis, Grant Nealon and Kellen Hayter took fourth in the 200 free relay. Buckley, Hollis, Hayter and Dalton
Foxes coach Jared Wilson noted that Jones and Marks both qualified for state despite being unseeded heading to districts.
Two long-time Kennedy foes, Regis and Santiam, will remain in the Class 2A TriRiver Conference and play 9-man, along
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with Blanchet, Chemawa, Colton, Culver, Gervais and Willamina. Silverton remains in 11-man Class 5A, but the 8-team, Mid-Willamette Conference will expand by one for football with McKay joining Central, Corvallis, Crescent Valley, Dallas, Lebanon, West Albany and South Albany. The OSAA, which established an ad-hoc football committee that met five times to review possible changes, cited declining participation and player safety as the key drivers of the change. Basketball: The Kennedy boys basketball team is one game away from a Class 2A state tournament berth in Pendleton. The Trojans took a 19-6 record and a No. 7 state ranking into a Feb. 25 playoff game at Gold Beach. A win puts the Trojans into the quarterfinals next Thursday against Stanfield or top-ranked Western Christian. Both Silverton teams remained in the hunt for a Mid-Willamette Conference title at Our Town’s press time. The girls are ranked No. 2 in Class 5A and the boys are No. 3. Both squads are all but guaranteed a home playoff game the weekend of March 4-5. A win there means a quarterfinal game the following week at Gill Coliseum at Oregon State University. Follow me on Twitter.com @jameshday.
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3. During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?
These were not the hardest questions. For example, I could have asked you to name your U.S. representative. Or to name two of the Cabinet members. Or which territory I was born in. Just kidding. Only my wife and kids know that answer. So are you ready to be a U.S. citizen? Carl Sampson is a freelance editor and writer. He lives in Stayton.
1. Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam.
2. Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States.
10. What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?
2. The Missouri and the Mississippi Rivers.
1. Name one U.S. territory.
9. The Federalist Papers supported passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.
Just for kicks, let’s take a look at some of the questions and see how well you do. Hopefully, readers of this column are better informed than the general population. (The answers appear at right.) You have to get six out of ten answers correct to be eligible to become a U.S. citizen.
8. Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in?
4 . Woodrow Wilson.
The test is easy. It is a basic history, geography and civics test about the good old United States of America. A typical middle school student should be able to pass it with flying colors.
5. Fought for women’s and civil rights.
For two years, I taught a class in a church basement getting folks ready to take the citizenship test and helping them polish their English skills.
7. What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?
6. War of 1812, Mexican-American War, Civil War, Spanish-American War.
I know a little about that test. It is made up of 100 questions given to immigrants who apply to become U.S. citizens. During the citizenship interview, they are asked ten of the questions.
6. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s.
7. The Louisiana Territory.
That’s depressing. To not have a basic understanding of what makes our country tick means many of us are just making it up as we go. Not good.
5. What did Susan B. Anthony do?
Flip for answers:
8. World War II.
I was reading the results of a national survey. It found that, in 49 states, less than half of the adults could pass the U.S. Citizenship Test. Only in Vermont did more than half of the respondents – 53% – pass the test.
4. Who was President during World War I?
9. James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, “Publius” (look it up).
I was reading The Wall Street Journal the other day and my heart sank. No, I wasn’t looking at my mutual funds and how they have fallen through the floorboards in the last couple of months. That’s a whole other column.
Just get six right 10. Give up loyalty to other countries, defend the Constitution and laws of the United States, obey the laws of the United States, serve in the U.S. military (if needed), serve (do important work for) the nation (if needed), be loyal to the United States.
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