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Something For The Soul Helping children grieve – Page 6

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Silver Falls School District Superintendent Andy Bellando said Bonham was a talented and resourceful teacher.

Albrecht, 16, and Bonham, 30, died in a single-vehicle crash around 7 p.m. March 4 near 32000 block of South Palmer Road in Molalla. The cause of the crash was still under investigation as of Our Town press time. Bonham served as a mentor to Albrecht. Community members have shared their appreciation of both in numerous ways, including on-line fundraisers to help their families, memorial pages, memorials and more. The bench at SHS was painted in red, white and blue with the words “Rest in Peace Matthew” and “‘Merica on 3.” Matthew has been described as patriotic. On March 7, mourners gathered at Bethany Charter School to remember the two. The cyclone fence was decorated with orange and black balloons and streamers. Bethany’s reader board read “Forever in our hearts Matthew and Mr. Bonham.” There were moments of silence and laughter and tears at the vigil. A fifth and sixth-grade teacher and basketball coach at Bethany Charter School, Bonham is survived by his wife Megan and their two children. Albrecht was a member of the Silverton football

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“He took pride in learning about each child and then teaching to their individual needs,” Bellando said. “Doug wanted to be a teacher as far back as his elementary school days. He was living his life dream when this tragedy occurred.” Bethany Principal Kathy Frank said Bonham was always willing to lend a hand. “I believe every student that had the great opportunity to be in Mr. Bonham’s class would describe him as he was funny and had great personality,” Frank said. Silverton High School Principal Mark Hannan said Albrecht was a good kid who was liked by many. “He could connect with any and all peer groups,” Hannan said. “Matthew touched a lot of different students at SHS and it’s a tragedy we lost him so young.  He will be missed.” A friend of both Albrecht and Bonham, Todd Merklin led the vigil and asked mourners to shout out one word to describe the men. For Albrecht, mourners used words including “kind, loud, American, hilarious, smart, too young and one of a kind.” Bonham was described as “best teacher, brilliant, peaceful, playful, gentleman, joyous and courageous.”

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Teacher and student die in car crash McArthur said. “It’s going to take a year and half to get used to the quiet he has left behind.” Anna Koch, Makayla Howe and Jocelyn Brown are in McArthur’s AG class. Howe said Matthew always had a smile on his face.

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Albrecht Silverton High teacher Heather Bashor said Albrecht could answer any question she threw at him in her accelerated Algebra 2 class. “Matthew was an energetic, fun-loving and kind student,” Bashor said. Because he usually finished his work quickly, Bashor said Albrecht would often help other students with their work. “Students described him as passionate, outgoing, committed, and forgiving,” Bashor said. “Overall, I feel like he was a young man that held a special place in your heart. There was just something about Matt!” When Sarah McArthur first met Albrecht as a freshman in her Advisory Group class, she noticed he was energetic. “Our AG class is like a family and it took almost three years to get used to his boisterous personality. He’s the one kid I would notice right away that was absent,”

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Something for the Soul

Lessons in grief

The process differs with each child, support is available

By Kristine Thomas

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Too often, people believe grief is much like the common cold. It happens, you feel horrible, it will go away after ahile and everything returns to normal.

The Dougy Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting grieving children and their families. It is free. There is information on its website:, click on Grief Resources.

Both Aimee Troyer with the Silver Falls School District, and Dr. Donna Schuurman with The Dougy Center, want to dispel the idea grief can be “cured” or it goes away with time.

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A behavior specialist, Troyer said it’s critical to remember grief is a process, not an event.

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“Grief can come and go in waves with different levels of intensity,” Troyer said.

Left: More than 300 people attended a candlelight vigil on March 7 at Bethany Charter School to remember the lives of Bethany fifth and sixth-grade teacher Doug Bonham and Silverton High School junior Matthew Albrecht .

Grief is an experience a person is living, Troyer added, and it is important to allow the person to feel sorrow, pain and even distress, and support them along the way. “We don’t need to approach a child who is grieving with the thought of ‘fixing it,’” Troyer said. “Children often will grieve long after a person has died.”

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pictures, sharing memories, looking at photographs or videos, writing about the person or holding a memorial. Activities help a child remember the person who died, Troyer said. Parents can help start a conversation, she said, by saying “I was thinking about… and I remember….” “Let them know it’s OK to laugh again and remember the fun times as well as cry,” Troyer said. One frequent mistake is to not talk about the person who died, Schuurman said. People are frequently afraid by doing so that they will upset the family or friends of the person who died. “We don’t do a good job of grieving in our society,” Schuurman said. “We think if we bring a tuna casserole, go to the service and then go on like nothing ever happened, then everything will be OK. There is no magic finish line when it comes to grief. Grief really starts hitting those most impacted by the person’s death days after the services. They still

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Both Troyer and Schuurman said everyone reacts differently to death, adding it’s important not to compare children. One child may be quiet, another may cry. Some may want to stay home, while others seek the companionship of their friends.

Because people mourn differently, Schuurman said, adults are often aware of the kids who visiabably show their grief. She advises adults not to make assumptions of who is and who isn’t grieving. A teen who acts like he is doing OK may be the kid who needs assistance learning how to handle his grief, she said.

“It’s important for parents to respect the grieving process for each child, and recognize these differences in children are normal, and support each child where they are,” Troyer said. Troyer and Schuurman encourage parents and other adults to watch for signs a child or teen is having difficulty coping with the person’s death. Schuurman said parents should look for changes in their student’s behavior, including not eating or sleeping, a change in grades, having nightmares, not wanting to go to school or being afraid. She also advises parents to be watchful of their child’s social media because

“The biggest mistake made is bury what happened under the carpet,” Schuurman said. “Students need to know they can talk about their feelings and mourn openly, not just the week following the death but the months and years following.” Troyer encourages parents to seek assistance if they have concerns about their child and need assistance knowing how to support them in their grief. “Please talk to your school counselor, principal, or even your child’s teacher and they can either directly help you, or connect you with other services or

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appropriate personnel for more support,” Troyer said. Schuurman said The Dougy Center has many free resources and sessions available. Most importantly, both stressed the importance of allowing a person to grieve. Troyer said parents need to remember there is no way to rush grief and eliminate it. Adults need to allow children the time to mourn. “Allow your child to talk about their feelings and listen without judgment,” Troyer said. “Don’t deny what they say, or have them rush through it. Allow them to cry and hold them as long, as hard, and as often as they need. Also allow them to be quiet, and sit with them in the stillness letting them know you are there. “Grieving is complicated and children need to be approached with honesty and caring,” Troyer said.

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Duck, dip, dive

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By Kristine Thomas

Dodgeball tourney

Between bursts of laughter, Mindy Duerst, Erica Rumpca and Hayley Miller readily admit they cannot accurately or fiercely throw a dodgeball.

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Yet that hasn’t prevented them from organzing the Silverton Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and Donate Dodgeball Tournament.

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While their skills may be lacking on the court - again by their own admission - that certainly isn’t the case when it comes to organizing a successful fundraiser for Silverton High School’s Project Graduation, the all-night celebration for seniors. Eager to find a way to raise money for their oldest children’s celebration in 2010, Mindy and Erica knew they didn’t want to continue doing several small fundraisers that “nickel and dimed” the community. Once they had the idea of a dodgeball tournament, they had five weeks to plan it, netting 27 teams and $5,000. Now, they start in January and work until April, netting about $18,000 and hosting 64 teams. The graduation celebration costs about $22,000. The seventh annual Silverton Dodgeball Tournament is Saturday, April 2 at Silverton High. What’s amazing about the three women’s dedication is none of them have a high school senior this year. Yet, they continue

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Hayley Miller, Erica Rumpca and Mindy Duerst have organized the Silverton Dodgeball Tournament since its beginning seven years ago.

to volunteer countless hours to make the tournament a success. “We wanted something were all the money would be raised during the junior year so parents could enjoy their child’s senior year without having to worry about fundraising,” Erica said. The reason for their hard work and dedication is simple – they want every senior to have the same gift they gave their children.

“We do this because we are moms,” Hayley said. “We want other kids to have a safe event one last time with their classmates.” They are grateful to their husbands, children and dedicated community members who volunteer each year. Hayley said it takes 175 volunteers. Kyle Palmer is responsible for training the referees. He says he has enjoyed working with the trio.

“Given what has to be accomplished from a logistical aspect, they are miracle workers,” Palmer said. “In creating this event, they did something extremely remarkable – they’ve brought the community together in support of a great, ongoing cause and have done it by creating an event that was new and unique to our community. Their vision has paired friendly (usually...) competition with a family atmosphere and has pulled off the rare trick of attracting the interest of all generations.” Although everyone works hard, Palmer said the three women are “a class act and make every volunteer feel like they are vital. The age of those volunteers spans generations. They have been an amazing gift to the graduating classes of Silverton High.”

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Helping hands

Beware, ivy

Silverton RIP Squad determined to eliminate invaders

By Kristine Thomas

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From some people, the task might seem quite impossible with the invaders taking over trees, bushes and hillsides.

If you need a way to burn some calories or would just like to defeat a fierce opponent and help your community, bring your gloves and tools to Coolidge - McClaine Park March 19, 9 a.m. to noon. The Silverton RIP Squad meets by the bridge.

But thanks to the hearty work of the Silverton RIP Squad, volunteers so far have freed 89 trees from being strangled to death by English ivy. In less than three hours, about 10 volunteers armed with gloves and a variety of tools removed English ivy from the base of trees lining the creekside trail of Coolidge - McClaine Park. By cutting the ivy from the base to about four-feet high, the remaining ivy clinging to the tree will perish. Volunteers included Steve Braden from the Salem Ivy Coalition and Jenny Meisel from Marion County Soils and Water Conservation District. In a tug-a-war with the ivy, Chris Schwab was determined to be the victor. “This stuff is evil,” Schwab said. “If we don’t remove it, it will kill the trees.” Victor Madge is helping lead the effort to

Silverton residents Theresa Donley and Chris Schwab were determined to win the tug-a-war battle with English ivy.

remove the English ivy and blackberries from the hillside by Coolidge McClaine. He said the city does not have the funds in the budget to do the task, but if the task is left undone, the ivy and blackberries will win.

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Champions By Steve Ritchie and James Day How dominant was Kennedy in the Class 2A girls basketball tournament? One stat pretty much tells the story: The Trojans won their three games by an average of 20 points, including a 52-32 victory against Burns on March 3 at the Pendleton Convention Center. Earlier the top-ranked Trojans had dispatched Bonanza 60-35 in the quarterfinals and Tri-River Conference rival Western Mennonite 48-32 in the semifinals on the way to the first state basketball title in school history. “It just seems unreal,” said senior Lakin Susee, an all-tournament selection and TriRiver player of the year. “It’s something we’ve been working for all year. It’s just crazy.” “I have no words,” said senior Taylor Brown … who then found some. “I’m just so excited. Everyone worked as hard as they could and we just deserved it . . . It was just motivation tonight. It’s my last game and I wanted to play (for my teammates) tonight more than myself.” Kennedy senior Kenzie Ratliff, the tournament’s dominant player, concurred that hard work and effort were the keys. “We have been excited throughout the playoffs and as seniors we knew these last … games were all we had,” said Ratliff, the lone unanimous all-tournament selection. “We just told the team, ‘This is the time. The time is now and we’ve got to get it.’ ” Ratliff averaged 17.7 points and 9.3 rebounds during the tournament. Susee, meanwhile, averaged 12.8 points, led the

Kennedy girls make basketball history with state 2A title tourney in assists (5.0 per game) and was second in steals (2.7 per game). Ratliff and Susee also were all-tournament selections last year when Kennedy placed sixth. The Trojans, who finished 25-4, were playing in their first state basketball final, but they showed no stage fright against Burns in a game that was never in doubt after the first quarter. The state title is the school’s fourth all-time, and Kennedy co-head coaches Kerry and Peter Hall said it was the product of years of hard work. “We’ve worked so hard,” Kerry Hall said. “Blood, sweat, tears, early morning practices. It’s a dream come true and I’m just so proud of these senior girls.” “It was amazing,” Peter Hall added. “We just hoped all the hard work and sacrifices would culminate on this floor, on this night, and it did. We’re kind of in shock.” The Trojans were led, as they have been all year, by the

Above left: Kenzie Ratliff takes a shot. Right: Lakin Susee takes flight. Left, the JFK girls celebrate their victory. Beth Stafford

experienced senior trio of Susee, Brown and Ratliff. Susee was the consummate floor general, and a threat to score from anywhere on the floor, finishing the title game with 15 points, seven assists. Ratliff, who finished with 25 points and eight rebounds, was the focal point of the Kennedy attack. She was able to score almost at will around the basket. Brown was the only Trojan to

play all 32 minutes. Her harassing and athletic defense helped force Burns into 20 turnovers. Brown did not score but had three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Also on the Kennedy roster are sophomore Kalyssa Kleinschmidt, senior Mireya Sanchez, sophomore Kaylee Brown, sophomore Hannah Arritola, sophomore Yesenia Gomez, sophomore Molly Jaeger, sophomore Kaylin Cantu, freshman Clarissa Traeger and sophomore Abby Frey.

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Perfect record By James Day and Kristine Thomas It was a dream season for the Silverton High girls basketball team. The Foxes rallied from a big deficit for the second consecutive day and claimed an excruciatingly tense 39-38 victory Saturday against Springfield to win the OSAA Class 5A title at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis. Silverton finished with a perfect 28-0 record and won its third state championship in girls basketball one year after the Foxes’ boys team won its first state title since 1910. The girls previous titles were in 1989 and 1994 (second in 1990 and 1991). “We have worked our tails off the entire season,” junior post Kayce McLaughlin said. “We are proud to finish 28-0. Our team has an intensity and a willpower that means we never give up. We know what it takes to win, even if we are behind.” “They didn’t panic when they were behind and they didn’t give up,” said Coach Tal Wold said, adding that a key factor is they are friends and they enjoy being together. “They are always encouraging one another.” Wold said both Springfield and semifinal opponent Corvallis were great defensive teams. “I told the team to keep shooting, play tough defensively and keep talking to one another,” Wold said. Silverton closed out its semifinal win Friday against Corvallis on a 13-2 run and used a similar rally to overtake Springfield, which was looking to avenge a 46-37 loss to the Foxes on Dec. 11. The Millers led 31-22 at the end of the third period, but Silverton once again CCB #14854

Silverton girls claim state 5A hoop title with 28-0 season a 16-12 edge to halftime and led 31-22 at the end of the third period. And when Alexandria Vallancey Martinson made one of two free throws with 5:41 left for a 34-24 lead – the Foxes were on the ropes.

proved the stronger finisher, outscoring Springfield 18-8 in the final quarter. Junior wing Hannah Munson scored all eight of her points in the period, burying a pair of 3-pointers to put the Foxes within range and tying the game at 37-37 on a twopointer with 2:57 left.

Or so it seemed. Parson nailed a 3-pointer to cut it to seven, Hannah Munson added a long 2-pointer and Parsons made a steal and a drive for a 34-31 score with 3:11 to go. Vallancey-Martinson made another free throw for 35-31, but a Maggie Roth steal led to an Elena Smisek layup and the Foxes were within two with 1:17 on the clock. Another Vallancey-Martinson free throw made it 36-33 with 45.2 seconds left, but that was it for Corvallis.

Alia Parsons, who led the Foxes with 15 points, dropped in a free throw with 1:07 left to break a 38-38 tie. It was the only Silverton lead of the game. There was no more scoring. Silverton only allowed Springfield one shot in the final minute. “None of us were worried even though we were behind,” Parsons said. “We just kept pushing.” The team’s motto is “find a way” and that’s just what they did, she said. Munson and Elena Smisek, who scored six points, led the Foxes to a 14-2 edge in bench points. And for the second consecutive game the Foxes made hay with their defense, scoring 18 points off 26 Springfield turnovers. Parsons had eight steals for the second consecutive game and the team totaled 13. The Foxes rang up 17 steals in their semifinal win against. “The key to our win was our defense,” Munson said. “We stuck to our blueprint and never let down on our defense.” Parson was a unanimous all-tournament selection. She finished fifth in the tournament in scoring with 42 points (a 14.0 average) and she led all players in steals with 18. Brooke McCarty and Munson added six steals as the Foxes claimed three of the top six spots in that category. McCarty, a sophomore point guard, also

Roth fed Elena Smisek for another layup with 21 seconds left for a 36-35 score, then McCarty’s steal led to Parsons’ gamewinner.

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was second in assists with 16. The Foxes advanced to the finals with a hard-to-believe-it-if-you-weren’t-there 37-36 victory Friday against MidWillamette Conference rival Corvallis. The win was the third of the season for the Foxes against Corvallis. Silverton wing Alia Parsons, who led the team with 14 points, nailed the winning layup with 5.6 seconds left after a Brooke McCarty steal that capped a 13-2 closing run for the Foxes. Corvallis started fast with an 8-2 lead, took

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“It was exciting,” said McCarty a sophomore point guard who finished with five rebounds, five assists and three steals. “I was just hoping we’d get something out of it. We never give up on each other. We’re going to stay together no matter what.” Team roster inlcudes Ashtin Alexander, Stephanie Zitzelberger, Hannah Munson, Kayce McLaughlin, Elena Smisek, Brooke McCarty, Maggie Roth, Madison Ulven, Alia Parsons, Hailey Smisek, Alexa Rand, Jaeda Leggett and Tessa Oster. Head coach is Tal Wold, with assistants Brian Satern, KayLynn Kuenzi, Andrew Martin, Melissa Martin, Paul Pickerell and Hank Ulven.

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Wrestling champ

Silverton’s Austin Reed takes state title

Silverton High senior Austin Reed is in rare company. The Foxes’ wrestler captured the OSAA Class 5A title at 132 pounds Feb. 27, becoming the first Silverton state wrestling champion since 2008 and only the second since 1994. “It feels pretty good,” Reed told Our Town. “A lifetime of working my butt off finally paid off.”

I didn’t get to do that.”

Reed, who also won a Mid-Willamette Conference district Austin Reed title, rampaged through the state bracket, pinning his first three opponents in three minutes or less. However, his championship match opponent, Michael Bowen of St. Helens, had to forfeit because of an injury. “It took away from my experience,” Reed said. “You want to wrestle your butt off and get your hand raised in front of a big crowd.

This was the fourth state tournament for Reed, who did not place as a freshman or sophomore and took third at 126 last year. “I started thinking about (winning state) in middle school. By the time I was a sophomore I felt I could definitely do it, that it was in reach.” Like most wrestlers, Reed has to be continually conscious of his weight. He said that he had to cut a lot of weight in his first three years but was comfortable with making weight this season, although he is up to 145 since state. Reed said running is his preferred method to help drop that last pound or two, but he said he has heard some strange stories.


“I’ve heard about guys going into the sauna, putting makeup remover on their arms to open up the pores and then use a credit card to scrape off the sweat. I never could understand that.”

“It was a good season,” senior guard Sam Roth told Our Town. “We had high expectations for ourselves, but the way it ended was no upset. Parkrose is a really good team and they played well against us.”

Reed said he hopes to keep wrestling. College coaches have been in contact. He said it would be “cool” to go to college out of state, but added he would be happy to join an in-state program too.

Roth was named to the all-MWC first team, finishing second in the voting to player of the year Joe Casey of Crescent Valley. Fox junior guard Julian Downey was a second-team pick. Senior guard Daniel Larionov and senior forward Blake Cosgrove received honorable mention.

Reed’s victory at state supplied the Foxes 30 of their 45 team points, which earned them 13th place as a team. No other Silverton wrestlers placed, but Jacob Whitehead (106) scored seven points, Braden Sinn (160) scored five points and Valentin Garcia (106) added three. Matthew Schonbachler (138) and Tabor Tarpley (145) also participated. Boys hoops: Silverton, which won the Class 5A state tournament last season, fell one game short of state in 2016. The Foxes, who finished 11-3, one game behind Corvallis in the Mid-Willamette Conference, lost 66-55 at Parkrose in the round of 16 to finish its season 17-8.

Kennedy, meanwhile, finished 15-12 after dropping both of its games at the Class 2A tournament in Pendleton. The Trojans drew top-ranked Tri-River Conference rival Regis in the quarterfinals and fell 54-36. Kennedy was edged 41-39 by Imbler in the consolation bracket. Bishop Mitchell of the Trojans scored 15 points against Regis and Jacob Lopez led the way against Imbler with 14 points and six rebounds. The Trojans were seeded ninth in the tournament after an 8-4 Tri-River season in which they finished third.

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It’s gonna be BIG And it definitely might happen... maybe Silverton is being taken over by alien invaders. Without invitation, they have moved into the park and forested areas on the south end of town, threatening many of the long time resident’s health and well being and it’s high time we get angry and take our park back. If we stand by and let English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberries destroy the park’s ecosystem (what did you think I was talking about??) the stately trees may be damaged beyond repair. To prevent this scourge, Victor Madge has formed the Silverton RIP (Remove Invasive Plants) Squad which will meet again to combat the invasion on March 19, 9 a.m.-noon in Coolidge McClaine Park. The group plans to meet the first and third Saturday of the month until the threat has been eliminated. Join The Man in wishing a speedy recovery for Vern “The Old Curmudgeon” Holmquist. After a recent fall and short stays at Silverton Health and Silver Gardens, Vern is set to soon be home and back hangin’ with his homies at the Towne House and other hangouts. As a marketer and column writer of dubious quality, The Man always appreciates a good turn of prose. Imagine the delight when I came across this description from a young British entrepreneur that sells jars of fresh air from his “air farm” to wealthy people in China (yes, you read that correctly...) “Aethaer is filtered organically from nature as it flows between the leaves of woodland trees, absorbs pristine water as it passes over babbling brooks and forest streams and is lovingly caressed as it rolls over and between mineral rich rock formations, after which it is blown up over vistas of untouched beauty to where Aethaer is collected and bottled”....Woah, sign me up for a case. Speaking of clean air, three local women are preparing to put their

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money where their lungs are and climb Mt. Hood to raise funds for the American Lung Assn. Cathy Cheney, Naseem Rakha and Gayle Goschie will participate in the “Climb for Clean Air” with a summit bid in June and are looking for donations. Mike Thompson of Silverton Fitness is helping with the training and is having a “Fire and Ice” stationary spin bike ride in memory of Elizabeth Thompson on March 19. Members can ride for $10. Everyone is welcome to donate. Bring a check for the American Lung Association at Silverton Fitness before, during or after the event. The Man’s quote of the month: “Some people are like slinkies – not really much good for anything but they bring a smile to your face when pushed down the stairs.” Something big is about to happen, something really BIG, well maybe something big may happen to several local businesses or not. It could have something to do with a reality based show...or it might not be a reality at all. There may (or may not) have been cameras and a crew around town last week interviewing undisclosed individuals about topics about who knows what..... Yep, it’s gonna be huge...with untold fame and fortunes... if it happens...maybe it will, maybe it won’t, but we should know more, oh I don’t know, possibly around May(ish)....Just remember, if (and when) it (whatever it is) happens, you heard it here first.

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Dads, daughters dance and the band plays on...

Brent Satern knows how special the bond is between fathers and daughters. He and his wife Kelly have daughter Avery, nearly 3, as well as 8-month-old Jack.

The band just qualified for state. Frank again. The pilot with a crew who would follow him anywhere.

Satern, who owns Satern Insurance and Financial Services and is a Silverton Rotary member, had the idea to have the Silverton Rotary Club host the area’s first “Daddy-Daughter Dance.” The goal is to strengthen the father-daughter relationship for the dads and daughters. Newberg Rotary held its first event and it was so popular that a second was scheduled to handle the overflow. The Silverton event is May 7 and proceeds go to Rotary scholarships for high school students. The Interact Club, a Silverton High group associated with Rotary, will help with the event planning. More details will be on social media and Our Town at a later date. Satern expects about 300 dads and 325 daughters (little ones to eighth-graders) to attend. In future years, the age cap may be extended or removed. Satern said sponsorships are going well with the Premier, Gold and Silver spots already reserved. Several Bronze sponsors ($250) are being sought. Sponsorships are tax deductible with checks payable to Silverton Rotary. Questions? Call Satern at 503-874-8434. Put on your dancing shoes, bring that darling daughter, Dad, and cement the bond with life-long memories.

I was getting a haircut (actually I got them all cut) a few weeks ago and Johnny the Barber (he probably prefers using his last name, Moye) said I should write about Frank Petrik, the music teacher and “Leader of the Band” at Silverton High School for nearly three years. A few months ago, the Silverton Marching Band took the field at the final football game, dressed to the nines in stunning uniforms. Frank made that happen, with the backing of a generous community. The band sounded wonderful. Frank took some great kids with music skills to another level. They received an invitation to the Starlight Parade at the world-famous Portland Rose Parade. Frank’s handiwork because the band now has show-stopping uniforms. The kids got there on merit.

Let’s be Frank. Really. He is a consummate family man. Married to Mandy and father to Cece and Charlie, they host exchange students, run marathons, teach their kids strong values, and adore Silverton’s wonderful and children. They love this community. He loves music and has been teaching band for 18 years. With the help of Bob Knodel, there is a drum line. They are very good. I saw pride on the faces of the students in their new uniforms. They stepped on the field and got to feel the joy that athletes get to feel every week. That sense of pride started with great leadership. That’s where Frank comes in. He is, quite frankly, a winner. The band played at the Oregon Music Educators Association conference and a high school administrator found it “moving.”  Petrik was just inducted into the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity that recognizes outstanding band directors internationally, and was put on the staff for the Oregon Ambassadors of Music, which takes outstanding high school musicians on European concert tours. He is a former chair of the Oregon music advocacy group for the Oregon Music Educators Association. And he is ours. Lucky kids. Lucky us.

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#T2248 PARK LIKE SETTING 2BR, 2BA 1590 sqft.17.680 acres Call Chuck at ext. 325 $449,500 (WVMLS#695519) #T2194 SPACIOUS HOME IN THE COUNTRY 4BR, 2BA 2922 sqft. 11.82 acres Call Marcia at ext. 318 $485,000




#T2177 BREATHTAKING VIEWS 9.8 acres bare land. Call Chuck at ext. 325 $289,000 (WVMLS#685987) #T2243 WONDERFUL POTENTIAL 12.51 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324 or Ryan at ext. 322 $143,800 (WVMLS#694402)

SOLD! – #T2227 MT. ANGEL COTTAGE 2BR, 1BA 784 sqft. Call Chuck at ext. 325 or Michael at ext. 314 $169,900


(WVMLS#692639) (WVMLS#693008)








NEW! – #T2280 SILVERTON BUNGALOW 2 BR, 1BA 888 sqft.Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $167,909 (WVMLS#700508)





TOWN SOLD! – #T2213 DAYTON – DUPLEX IN DAYTON 6BR, 5BA 2635 sqft. Call Chuck at ext. 325 $259,000 (WVMLS#691241) #T2261 WOODBURN – NICE GEM 4BR, 1.5BA 1232 sqft. Call Christina at ext. 315 $147,000 (WVMLS#697769)







NEW! – #T2282 CREEK FRONTAGE/MULTI-USE 5 BR, 3BA STAYTON/SUBLIMITY 3937 sqft.Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $398,900




NEW! – #T2282 CREEK FRONTAGE/MULTI-USE 5 BR, 3BA 3937 sqft.Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $398,900



#T2233 2 ACRE LOT 2 acres Call Chuck at ext. 325 $189,500

sqft.30.14 acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 COUNTRY/ACREAGE COUNTRY/ACREAGE STAYTON/SUBLIMITY $516,700

#T2273 FANTASTIC VALLEY VIEWS 3 BR, 2.5BA 2644 sqft. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $394,000



0BA 912 sqft. Call Chuck at ext. 325 $74,900 (WVMLS#698080) COUNTRY/ACREAGE



#T2248 PARK LIKE SETTING 2BR, AUMSVILLE/TURN 2BA 1590 sqft.17.680 acres Call Chuck at ext. 325 $449,500 (WVMLS#695519) #T2269 BEAUTIFUL CUSTOM HOME 4BR, 3BA 1932 sqft. OTHER COMMUNIT Call Angela at 503.999.0245 $450,000 (WVMLS#699238) COM NEW! – #T2279 DUAL LIVING IN SALEM 6BR, 4BA 3324 COMMUNITIES sqft. Call Meredith at ext. 324 or Ryan atOTHER ext. 322 $299,990


#T2269 BEAUTIFUL CUSTOM HOME 4BR, 3BA 1932 sqft. Call Angela at 503.999.0245 $450,000 (WVMLS#699238) #T2275 WONDERFULLY REMODELED HOME 4BR, 3.5BA 3590 sqft. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $567,000 (WVMLS#699438)




#T2249 POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT 2BR, 1 BA 912 sqft. 7.97 acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $435,000








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Our Town North: March 15, 2016  

Our Town Community News serving Silverton, Mt. Angel and Scotts Mills.

Our Town North: March 15, 2016  

Our Town Community News serving Silverton, Mt. Angel and Scotts Mills.