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Food fight By Kristine Thomas

When it comes to food, everyone has an opinion on what they like and dislike. The same can be said for the Silver Falls School District’s food service program. On Feb. 1, 2015, Sodexo began to manage the district’s food service. The feedback has been both positive and negative. It depends on who you ask. At the April 11 school board meeting, Silver Falls Superintendent Andy Bellando plans to recommend the board renew its contract with Sodexo. Several parents and district employees shared they would like the board to meet with food service staff and parents before making a decision on continuing the contract.

District’s case Bellando said the board identified two goals for establishing an arrangement with Sodexo – “growth in participation by students and progress toward reducing the

It’s contract time and Silver Falls food services has supporters, detractors amount of general fund dollars used for operations.” Bellando said progress has been made on both goals. “I am very pleased with our relationship with Sodexo and fully support their renewal,” Bellando said. “The decision to partner with them has not only helped meet the two board goals, but has helped us become compliant and improve the food services program across the district.” The superintendent said he plans to cite other areas of improvement, including a compliant food service audit for the Oregon Department of Education; safety and healthy compliance; increased use of local foods; increase in youth participation and sites for the summer lunch program; and assistance with applying for state farm-to-school grant programs. “Sodexo provided additional food service equipment to the district. They evaluated our previous staffing assignments resulting in the hiring of more cooks and reclassification of others for higher pay

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Parents’ concerns What concerns several parents is the board may be getting one-side of the story. After reading the district’s newsletter about the “revamp of its food service program” and how the “turnaround has been extremely positive,” Scotts Mills parent Courtney Goode turned to Facebook to garner other parents’ feedback. On Silverton Connections, she posted, “How is the food at your child’s school this year? Are your lunch numbers going up? Just looking for polite opinions, please.”

More than 25 people responded with comments ranging from their child eats the school lunches but comes home hungry to “my kids won't touch it with a 10-foot pole.” “My son packs a lunch as much as possible since he really dislikes the hot lunches. We were really surprised when we learned how he felt about them since, having spent much of his childhood in an orphanage, he is the least picky eater we know,” Carol Samojluk Silcox wrote. Amber Stutzman wrote she agrees with everyone who commented the quality of food is not the kitchen staff’s fault. “The fault is in the food quality, when it is made and how long it has to sit,” she wrote. “Our kids are at Silver Crest and totally dislike the lunches, ‘rubber pizza, soggy sandwiches, wilted lettuce’ on and on – and they didn't complain until they changed the program.

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at a number of sites across the district,” Bellando said. “With the help of Sodexo, we improved the accuracy of our system used to track eligible participation and overall food purchases. Sodexo also provided important site-specific training to all food service employees, school support staff members and administrators.”

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them lunches every day and the numbers are not up at the school my kids attend,” Goode said. She said portion sizes are the same for the kindergärtners through the eighth grade students. Goode wanted to learn what others thought after she emailed her opinions to the school board. The response she received from the superintendent “was that of surprise.” “(He) stated I was the only person to voice a complaint,” she said. Elementary students waiting in a school lunch line.

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standards. “Although this is helpful for our district, I worry that it is at the expense of quality food that our kids will actually eat,” she said. Goode recalled when a year ago the food services staff approached the school board with its concerns about choosing Sodexo to manage the program. “I thought they made great points and was very disappointed when their concerns were not taken seriously,” Goode said. “I would encourage the school board to listen to what they have to say before taking the easy route.” About a dozen people contacted said they perceive a problem in communicating with school board members. Emails to the board first go to the superintendent’s office, then are forwarded to board members. If citizens want to contact a Silverton City Council member, for example, the

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The numbers Steve Nielsen, the district’s business manager, said before the district hired Sodexo, it didn’t know its cost per meal. Meals are now based on a fixed amount of $2.10 per meal served. Lunch costs to the students are $2.55 for elementary; $3 for middle school and $3.25 for high school students. For the 2014-15 fiscal year, the district’s food service budget ended in the red by about $49,000, Nielsen said. He estimates this year there will be a deficit of about $20,000 to $25,000. He said it would have been closer to $30,000 to $35,000 if the district had not received a $10,000 grant. One advantage of having the management company is it helps the district find and apply for grants, Nielsen said. “We wouldn’t have the grant if it weren’t

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Another advantage of having Sodexo manage the district’s food programs is there is district-wide compliance with federal laws, Nielsen said, including serving sizes and nutrition guidelines.

“That is an increase of 24 meals per day, equaling a monthly average increase of approximately 480 meals,” Earle wrote.

He said about three or four years ago the district was fined for not meeting federal guidelines. The Oregon Department of Education did an audit of the district’s food service program this school year and although the district had a few minor things to fix, there were no fines, Nielsen said. This is an additional savings to the district, he said. Nielsen said he knows the number of meals sold are “up for some schools and some are down.” When asked for exact numbers of meals sold at each school, both Nielsen and the superintendent said the report from Sodexo does not provide school-specific numbers, only district participation numbers.

When comparing the total food service revenue from July to February, the total revenue for 2015-16 is $552,445 compared to $599,341 for 2014-15, $46,896 less. This year the district received $17,893 in state reimbursements compared with $3,357 for the same period last year.

Suanne Earle, a Sodexo employee, is the food service director for the Silver Falls School District. She reported when the program was operated by the district from September 2014 to February 2015 – 109 service days – there were 128,231 lunch meals served, or a daily average participation of 1,176. From September 2015 to February 2016 – 104 service days – there were 124,827 lunch meals served, or 1,200 average daily

In 2014-15 year-to-date, the net loss for the food service program was $6,139 compared with a net gain of $7,957 for this year.

Employees’ concerns “There are always two-sides to every story and this is definitely the situation here,” said an employee who asked not to be identified, adding employees are fearful to speak out about the food service program because they are “afraid of being moved to a different kitchen, demoted or being disciplined for minor things.”

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“That report should be a public document but it is not being made available.”

The person said the quality of the food is slightly less, noting produce is delivered on Friday, to be used the following week.

There is a lot of prepackaged food being used, despite claims it is not, the person added. “I don’t like to see the food we are serving because it is so industrialized.”

“There are less choices for produce and very limited items for the salad bar,” the person said. “The quality of the produce is definitely less than what it was. The entrées are about the same.” The food services staff is working twice as hard to prepare the food and complete required paperwork, the person said, adding some employees complete paperwork during their off hours. “There are now too many choices for entrées and at some schools more food is being thrown away.” The main concern, the person added, is not being able to access a financial report on how much is spent on the food program each month and how much money is made.

Overall, the number of lunches sold are down, the person estimates.

It’s one thing to be told what’s happening and another to see what’s happening, the interviewee said, suggesting board members visit schools and talk with staff. “I think the board thinks the food services staff is happy with the changes and it is not complaining. The food services staff is afraid to speak up because of what could happen, like being moved to another school. I think there is a lack of information being provided. Parents should know the food services staff cares about the students, the person said. “We have learned some things from Sodexo, but I know we could manage the food services program without them.”

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kids and 30 adults took part of the fun in Mount Angel. Even bigger plans are underway for this summer with the sports themed “Ready, Set, Read!” As a young child, Caster was enchanted by fairy and folk tales and by the magic, wonder and the new worlds they unveiled. This sparked a lifelong passion for learning and creativity which has guided her career path. After receiving her master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Arizona, she worked in its special collections library, was an archivist at the Arizona Historical Society and a

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Ready to serve By Kristine Thomas It’s with great joy and much prayer that Rev. Jeremy Driscoll, OSB, begins his journey as the new abbot of Mount Angel Abbey.

Abbot Jeremy Driscoll “Right now, it’s overwhelming,” Driscoll said about a week after being elected. “It’s too new for me to know how to feel. There is a joy in people whoever the new abbot is, and in people I see their faith.”

On March 12, the monks of Mount Angel Abbey elected Driscoll as abbot. He is the twelfth abbot to lead the Benedictine community, founded at Mount Angel in 1882. He succeeds Abbot Gregory Duerr, whose resignation was effective Feb. 10. Mount Angel Abbey is dedicated to a life of prayer, work, pastoral ministry, hospitality and education. The monks welcome visitors to

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community. The abbot is not Christ, but serves as a means of encountering Christ.”

Abbot President Vincent Bataille of Marmion Abbey in Aurora, Ill., presided over the closed-door election and, in the tradition of Mount Angel, bestowed upon Abbot Jeremy the pectoral cross of Engelberg Abbey, the primary symbol of his new office. At the conclusion of the election process, the Abbey bells rang for five minutes, signifying an abbot was chosen and inviting everyone to the Abbey church to give thanks.

When he was in elementary school, he traveled with his family from Moscow, Idaho to the Mount Angel Abbey. He recalled how impressed he was by what he saw and left knowing he wanted to return to study to become a monk. Born on Oct. 24, 1951, Driscoll made his final profession as a monk on Sept. 8, 1974, and was ordained a priest in 1981.

Abbot Jeremy and the Abbot President entered the church together at the end of the procession of monks. During the service, in keeping with monastic custom, each monk approached Abbot Jeremy to make his obedience and to receive the kiss of peace. The word “abbot” means father, Driscoll said. “My role is to be the spiritual guide to the community,” he said. “St. Benedict said the abbot holds the place of Christ in the

“This place is blessed by God,” Driscoll said. “His hand is on the mountain. For 130 years, prayers have been said here every day. I think the mountain absorbs the prayers and has its own spirit.” Driscoll said it wasn’t until the vote was nearing that he began to realize he might be elected as abbot. He decided for his motto the third chapter of Colossians: “Seek the things that are above.” “This means to seek heavenly things and not getting tied up in earthly things,” he said. He plans to continue to teach classes including Introduction to Theology,

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In Memory Of …

Douglas Bonham

March 31, 1985 — March 4, 2016

Linda “Lynn” Jordan

Sept. 23, 1946 — March 5, 2016

Gordin Liborio

June 11, 1934 — March 7, 2016

Dale Pahlman

April 26, 1939 — March 8, 2016

Betty Haggard

June 9, 1928 — March 10, 2016

Phillip Rivera

May 31, 1963 — March 11, 2016

Shirley Grosjacques

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Volunteers welcome complete park project Tile-by-tile. Volunteer-by-volunteer. Step-by-step, the project is nearing completion. Since last summer, volunteers along with community artists have been creating mosaic tiles to be placed in the Leo Martin Rumely III Memorial Fountain in Coolidge McClaine Park. The fountain is located near the staircase to the creek. Orange plastic fencing currently surrounds it as work is being done to prepare the site.

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The mosaic tiles are expected to be placed in late May with the dedication of the fountain taking place on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19. Silverton mosaic artist Christine Carlisle has been leading the project, which has received support from the city of Silverton, the Silverton Rotary Foundation and the Ford Family Foundation / Rural Development Initiative. The project also has received financial and non-monetary contributions from

local businesses, organizations and individuals in Silverton, Mount Angel and Scotts Mills. Both money and volunteers are still needed to finish the project. If you would like to lend a hand in creating a tile, the next tile mosaic workshop is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at the Silverton Grange Hall, 201 Division St., Silverton. If you look closely at each tile, you might spy the handiwork of the person placing the tiles. For example, one mother and daughter team put their initials in the tile - J and K. The workshop is free and all the materials are provided. Volunteers can stop-by anytime and stay for an hour or all day. There are workshops every Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Silverton Senior Center. Everyone is invited. For information, send an email to

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9:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield. Yoga or Sit & Be Fit for 60 and older. Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

Silverton AA Meetings

Noon, St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, 211 W Center St. Every day except Sunday. 503-269-0952

Gordon House Tours

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

AA Meetings

8 p.m., Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. Repeats Thursdays, Saturdays. David, 503-383-8327

Tuesdays Senior Center Exercise

Silverchips Woodcarving Sessions

1 – 4 p.m., Silverton Arts Association, 303 Coolidge St. Sessions for $2/week. All skill levels. 503-873-2480

Thursdays Baby Bird Storytime

11 a.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Storytime for ages 0 - 36 months. Free. Caregiver must attend Repeats Fridays. 503-873-7633

Take Off Pounds Sensibly

6 p.m., St. Paul Catholic Church, 1410 Pine St. 503-501-9824

Compassionate Presence Sangha

7 – 8:30 p.m., Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St.. A Quiet Place Sangha has weekly guided meditation and shared dialog. Free. Newcomers arrive 20 minutes early. 971218-6641

Overeaters Anonymous

7 – 8 p.m., St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, 211 W Center St.. 503-910-6862

Crafty Kids

7 a.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St. All ages. Free. 503-873-7633

Mount Angel Library Activities

3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Library, 290 Charles St. Family Storytime. 4:45 - 6 p.m. Tuesday. Lego Club for ages 5 and up. Free. 503-845-6401

Serenity Al-Anon Meeting

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

Wednesdays Silverton Business Group

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

Knitting 911

Night Owls Storytime

Fridays Silverton Toastmasters

7:30 a.m., Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1159 Oak St., Silverton. Ann, 503-910-3668

Duplo Day

11 a.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St. Build with Mega Bloks and Duplo blocks. Ages 0 - 5. Free. 503-873-7633

Saturdays Family Game Day

10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St. Family game day for children of all ages. Free. Caregiver must attend. Repeats Fridays. 503-873-7633

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

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Mount Angel Library Activities

Saturday Lunch

10:30 a.m., Mount Angel Library, 290 Charles St. Family Toddler Storytime. 11:30 a.m., Indoor Playtime. Free.

Silver Falls Library Activities

12:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Storytime for ages 3 - 5. 3:30 p.m. Builders Club for ages 5 - 11. Free. Caregiver must attend with child. 503-873-7633


I’m No Fool Hike

6-7 p.m., South Falls Lodge at Silver Falls State Park. Enjoy at guided hike with a ranger and learn more about the park. $5 per vehicle day use fee. 503-874-0201

Parents’ Night Out!

6 - 10 p.m., Silverton Friends Church, 229 Eureka Ave. Parents drop off children, enjoy a date. Suggested donation is $10 per child, $25 per family of three or more. Funds raised cover cost of snacks, supplies. Remaining funds benefit Peace and Social Concerns. Newborn - 12 years old. RSVP: Jaime, 503-516-7427.

White Oak Reception

6 - 8 p.m., White Oak Gallery, 216 E Main St., 503-399-9193

Borland Gallery Kids Show

8 a.m., Silverton Senior Center.. Zumba or Tai Chi for 60 and older. Tuesdays, Thursdays. 503-873-3093 3 - 9 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St.. Arts and crafts. Ages 5 - 11. Free.

Friday, April 1 April Fool’s Day

10 a.m., Silverton Assembly of God Church, 437 N James St. 503-269-0952 Noon - 1:30 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 N Second St. Free. 503-873-2635

6 - 8 p.m., Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St. Meet artists from Silver Falls School District. Artwork on display noon - 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 503-363-9310

First Friday in Silverton

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

Pop-up Co-op

Noon - 4 p.m., Seven Brides Brewing, 990 N First St. Locally-sourced products. Open to public. Repeats April 3. 503-701-2206

Teen Art Guild

1 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Today: Origami. April 16: handmade journals. Supplies provided. For ages 12 18. Free. 503-873-7633

Dead Poets Reading

7 p.m., GeerCrest Farmhouse, 12390 NE Sunnyview Road, Salem. 25th annual Dead Poets Reading. Free; donations encouraged. Sponsored by Silverton Poetry Association with GeerCrest Farm & Historical Society. 503-873-5768,

7 – 9 p.m. Explore the historic downtown. 503-873-5615

Sunday, April 3

‘Eye Candy’ Exhibit 7 - 9 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St. Features photographer Rebecca Cozart, artist Robert Fox. 503-873-7734

1 - 3 p.m., Marquam Methodist Church, 36971 S HWY 213, Mt. Angel. Free afternoon of bingo, White Elephant prizes. Open to public. 503-829-5508.

Saturday, April 2 Pool Closure Silverton Community Pool closed until May 1 for pool maintenance, painting, cover removal. 503-873-6359

Dodgeball Tournament

9 a.m., Silverton High, 1456 Pine St. 7th annual Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and Donate Dodgeball Tournament, fundraiser for Class of 2017 All Night Drug and Alcohol Free Party. Vendors, food booths. Admission $5 or $4 with canned food donation to Silverton Area Community Aid.

Indoor Flea Market

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Silverton Elks Lodge, 300 High St. Free admission. Spaces $15 per market. Dennis, 503-569-0148; Guy, 503798-1953

Mosaic Workshop

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Silverton Grange, 201 Division St. Free workshop to create mosaic panels.

1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield. 25 cents a game. 503-873-3093

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Bingo Party

Monday, April 4 Afterschool Art Academy

4 - 5:30 p.m., Silverton Art Association Park House, 317 Coolidge St. Local artist Ann Altman offers survey of artistic techniques, mediums. Ages 6 - 10. $40 members, $50 nonmembers. Repeats April 11, 18, 25. Preregistration required at silvertonarts. org.

Smoothie Class

4 - 6 p.m., Silverton Fitness, 1099 N First St. Free. Preregister, 503-873-3446

Silverton City Council

7 p.m., Silverton Council Chambers, 421 S Water St. Agenda available. 503-873-5321

Mount Angel City Council

7 p.m., Mount Angel Library, 290 E Charles St. Open to public. 503-845-9291

Tuesday, April 5 Evergreen Woman’s Golf Club

8 a.m., Evergreen Golf Club, 11694 NE West Church Road, Mt. Angel. Evergreen Woman’s Golf Club opening day. Coffee, rolls followed at 8:30 a.m. with rules, lessons. Shotgun start at 9 a.m.

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Caregiver Connection

4 - 5:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Community Center, 195 E Charles St. Class for anyone who is over 60 and taking care of someone at home. Free. 503-845-6998

Adult Coloring Night

6 - 7:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St. Refreshments and material provided. Free. 503-873-8796

Silverton Garden Club

7 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship, 822 NE Industrial Way. Ty Boland on proper use, maintenance of garden tools; pruning advice. Sandi, 503-873-5690

Wednesday, April 6 Actors/Improv Group

7 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St. No experience required. Adults, high school students. also April 20. Ron, 503-873-8796

Accidentally Yours

7 p.m., Brush Creek Playhouse, 11535 NE Silverton Road, Silverton. Brush Creek Players presents ‘Accidentally Yours.” Adults $10. Seniors, children under 12 $8. Tickets available at door or Books-N-Time, 210 N Water St., Ste. B, Silverton. Repeats 7 p.m. April 9, 15, 16, 22, 23; 2 p.m. April 10, 17, 24. 503-508-3682

Saturday, April 9 DeVito Duo

11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Silverton Art Association Art Center, 303 Coolidge St. DeVito Duo mapping series. 2 - 4 p.m. DeVito Duo stop motion animation series. Ages 12 and older. $60 per series ($50 members) or $90 for both ($75 members). Repeats April 16, 23, 30. 503-873-2480,

Bunko Fundraiser

Saturday, April 16 Scotts Mills Roadside Clean-up

9 a.m., Scotts Mills Community Center. Refreshments. Scotts Mills Neighborhood Watch.

Lewis & Clark Talk 1 p.m., Mt. Angel Towers, One Towers Lane. Speaker Richard Hohnbaum, presents ‘Some Highlights of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.’ Free. Open to public.

Silverton Food Fair

11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Seven Brides Brewing, 990 N First St.

Evening in Italy

Noon - 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield St. Free workshop to create mosaic panels. Repeats April 14, 21, 28.

7 p.m., Silverton Elks Lodge, 300 High St. Zenith Woman’s Club bunko fundraiser for adults 21 and older. $15 per person, includes snacks. Tickets must be purchased in advance by contacting Kathy, 503-8737037; Bridget, 503-873-8126. Benefits community projects.

Chili Feed

Monday, April 11

Mr. SHS, fundraiser for MTI

Thursday, April 7 Mosaic Workshop

5 - 8 p.m., Victor Point School, 1175 SE Victor Point Road, Silverton. 48th annual chili feed, raffle. This year’s event, “Throwback Thursday,” honors alumni, school history. Dinner, dessert, raffle, cakewalk. Adults $5; children, seniors $3. Family pass $20. Drawing tickets $1 each. 503-873-8048

Silverton Scribes

7 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St. Informal writer’s group. Repeats April 21.

Scotts Mills City Council

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

Friday, April 8 Chamber Forum Lunch

11:45 a.m., Family Birth Center, 342 Fairview St. $12 members with reservation. $15 prospective members or no reservation. 503-873-5615,

Prophecy Seminar

7 p.m. Silverton Community Adventist Church, 1159 Oak St. “End Time Messages From Jesus.” Open to all. 503-873-8568

Zumbathon Fundraiser

7 p.m., Silverton High, 1456 Pine St. Zumbathon with Kimber Jones. $10 entry with five drawing tickets, $5 under 18 with two tickets. Extra tickets are $1 or six/$5. All proceeds benefits Bonham and Albrecht families.

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Mount Angel School District

6:30 p.m., Mount Angel Middle School, 460 E Marquam. Open to public. 503-845-2345

Silver Falls School District

5 p.m., First Christian Church, 402 N First St., Silverton. Benefit fundraiser for Silverton Health Auxiliary, Wednesday Night Free Community Dinner. $20 admission includes meal, soft drinks, drawing ticket. No-host wine, beer. 503-873-6620 7 p.m. Silverton High, 1456 Pine St. Enjoy an evening of laughter and fun as eight senior boys compete for title of Mr. SHS, while raising money for Medical Teams International.

7 p.m., Silverton Community Center, 421 S Water St. 503-873-5303

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Tuesday, April 12

6 p.m., Brush Creek Playhouse, 11535 NE Silverton Road. Open auditions for ‘Cemetery Club’. Looking for four females, one male. Repeats 6 p.m. April 18. Production runs June 3 - 19. 503-508-3682,

Ancestry Detectives

10 a.m. - noon, Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St. Lesser known genealogical research databases with Linda Ellingson. Free.

Beverly Cleary Birthday

3:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St. Celebrate author Beverly Cleary’s 100 birthday. Refreshments, arts and crafts, read-aloud. Ages 5 - 11. Free. 503-873-7633

Thursday, April 14 Silverton Zenith Woman’s Club

7 p.m., location varies. Discuss ways to fund projects for ommunity. For information, meeting place, call 801-414-3875

Friday, April 15 Silverton JBO Fundraiser

Brush Creek Auditions

Taize Prayer Service

Pints & Purls

6 - 8 p.m., Seven Brides Brewing, 990 N First, Silverton. Meet other knitters, crocheters. Hosted by Apples to Oranges. Everyone welcome. 503-874-4901

Friday, April 22 Earth Day Passover Begins Passover begins at sundown. Ends April 30.


5:30 - 9 p.m., Scotts Mills School, 805 First St. Family bingo, raffle, auction night sponsored by Scotts Mills PTCC. Food available for purchase. 503-873-4394

Saturday, April 23 Earth Day Celebration

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St., Silverton. Educational exhibits, games, family activities. Free; $5 donations suggested. $5 parking fee. 503-874-8100

Young Life Auction

6:30 p.m., Silverton High, 1456 Pine St. Free event celebrating Silver Falls Young Life. Dessert, oral auction. 503-873-4600

Sunday, April 24 Scotts Mills Pancake Breakfast

7 a.m. - noon, Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. $5 per person. 503874-9575

Thursday, April 28 Kiwanis Garage Sale

9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Holland Collision, 207 Jersey St., Silverton. Donations of sale goods accepted. Repeats April 29-30. Terry Thomas, 503-873-2424.

7 p.m., Queen of Angels Monastery, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. 503-845-6141

Friday, April 29

Tuesday, April 19

7 p.m., Queen of Angels Monastery, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. “The Lifestyle Prescription for Graceful Aging” by Miles Hassell, MD. Event is free and open to public. RSVP: Connie, 503-845-6841

Silver Falls Library Book Club

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St. Book is “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis’ by Timothy Egan. Refreshments. 503-897-8796

Wednesday, April 20 Garden Class

3 p.m., Chuck E. Cheese’s, 3240 NE Lancaster Dr., Salem. Fundraiser for Silverton JBO. $15 of all food, token, prizes purchases goes to the organization.

Thursday, April 21

6 p.m., North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity, 225 Franklin St., Mt. Angel. Free vegetable gardening class. Open to public. Register: 503-845-2164

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Saturday, April 30 Taste. Learn. Celebrate Wine

1-5 p.m.Mount Angel Festhalle, 500 Wilco Hwy., Mt. Angel. Join the winemakers of the Cascade Foothills to learn about and taste wine made by the Cascade Foothills Winegrowers. Enjoy live music, food, educational displays and wine tasting. Visit to order tickets or learn more.

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Creating a Sensory Garden By Ellen Schlesinger

All gardens are visually pleasing to one degree or another. Bold and subtle colors, assorted shapes, straight lines, curves, light and shadow and varying heights can provide much interest for the eyes. A sensory garden should go beyond the visual to include elements that engage our other senses, too. It should be brimming with beautiful plants that smell wonderful, or feel soft to the touch or taste good or even others that attract birds, providing a delightful, natural sound track. You can make your entire garden a feast for the senses or simply add sensory plants here and there. It’s always a good idea Lily of the Valley to include fragrant plants in Zdenek Maly © entryways, on or near decks and patios, beside swimming pools and any other places where you sit in your garden. It almost goes without saying that these same areas should not contain plants that are thorny, spiky or jagged.


Assuming that your garden is already filled with pretty plants to please the eye, the next most important component of a sensory garden is scent. In the spring, bulbs, either in the ground or in pots, can provide a symphony of delicious perfumes. Lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria majalis) is an old-timer beloved for its small, drooping, waxy white flowers that are highly fragrant. Lily-of-the-valley makes Lilac gayane a splendid sweetly aromatic carpet © under camellias, rhododendrons and other shadeloving shrubs.

Daffodils can have fragrance as well as being happy and handsome harbingers of spring. ‘Bella Estrella’ is white with a ruffled pale yellow eye; ‘Trevithian’ is yellow and ‘Suzy’ is orange and ivory.

Lilacs may be white, pink, lavender, mauve, purple or yellow and are practically synonymous with spring scent. Allow largeflowered clematis to thread its way through the lilac’s branches for a jazzy effect after it has finished blooming. Winter hazel (Corylopsis) is an under-used shrub that should be included in a sensory garden for its soft yellow, fragrant flowers that appear on its bare branches in March or even earlier. Winter daphne (Daphne odora) provides its heavenly scent as early as February.

Hyacinths are another old favorite prized for their spikes of strongly scented, bell-shaped flowers. Jasmine calvste © These bulbs look best when massed or grouped In late spring and summer in the garden or in containers. They, of course, make there are a host of plants that will perfume the air. Sweet wonderful cut flowers. ‘Carnegie’ is a pure white variety. alyssum, tuberose, pinks, stocks and heliotrope are annuals Stunning! that look great in pots and provide a medley of scents. Freesias are corms native to South Africa. These short and perky plants have fleshy stems and richly fragrant flowers that may be white, yellow, pink, red, orange or blue.

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Continued from Page 1 honeysuckles and wisteria are vines that add a touch of romance as well as scent. And, of course, any sensory garden must have a profusion of roses and Oriental lilies that will pervade the air with their intoxicating scents.

Brush against or tweak plants such as scented geraniums, thyme, mint and many sages and have the pleasure of their aromatic foliage.


With their silvery foliage, Wormwoods (Artemesia) are a staple of “moon gardens;” areas of white or silver plants that seem to glow in the dark. But these mostly low-growing plants are also delightful to touch. Artemesia ‘Powis Castle’ and A. schmidtiana ‘Nana’ are as soft as corn silk. The trick to growing these plants is excellent drainage and a minimum of water once they are established. Lamb’s ears (Stachys) are perennials with thick, downy tongue-shaped leaves that are useful as groundcover. Several species of yellow-flowered verbascum or mullein have whitish green, wooly leaves that are as smooth as velvet. Rhododendron Yakushimanum hybrids, commonly called “yaks,” and several other species rhodies have indumentum: a fawn-colored, felt-like covering on the underside of their leaves. Fun for your fingertips!


Bamboos and other grasses in the ground or in containers will contribute wonderful whooshing sounds as the wind blows through their blades. The many species of feather grass (Stipa) are grown for their grace, showiness and their inflorescences, which can be dried and dyed for use in bouquets. Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus,’ Japanese zebra grass, is a tall, arching and clump-forming grass with horizontal bands of creamy white on its leaves. To see and hear the wind rustling through this plant is to rejoice in being alive. Fruit trees, of course, attract birds, but remember that they will also have first dibs on the fruit. There are

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dozens of other plants that will lure birds and, if they should eat the berries off of them, you’ll hardly notice. Beautyberry is a shrub grown for its Day-Glo Rockrose / Cistus Brenna Wiegand purple berries that last well into winter. Rockroses (Cistus) are vigorous, evergreen shrubs that grow dense and bushy, providing birds with a cozy place to sleep or get out of the rain. They also have beautiful, snazzy flowers in spring. Well-placed fountains and harmonious wind chimes can also add restful sounds to a garden.


Besides being delicious and nutritious, blueberries are beautiful plants that attract birds – and their leaves turn gorgeous shades of plum, orange and red in the autumn. Raspberries are not very pretty plants and they take up a lot of space. So what? Make room for them because it’s a great treat to pick a handful of the berries in June and walk around the gardening popping them in your mouth. ... Ditto for growing sweet peas and cherry tomatoes, even if you only have room for them in pots. In creating a sensory garden, you should pay attention to detail. No plastic; no wire or chain link fence; no tarps in view. Use natural materials for hardscapes such as stone and wood that will complement the trees, shrubs and flowers. Think carefully about placing plants. For example, fairy wand (Dierama), a delicate arching perennial with pink, white or purple flowers looks especially beautiful when dangling over a pond. ...And if Japanese maples are sited where their brilliant autumn foliage can catch the late evening sun, they will fairly glow.

OSU Gardener’s April Checklist The recommendations in this calendar are applicable to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. • Fertilize lawn; let spring rains carry the fertilizer into the soil. If your lawn is becoming thin and sickly, consider over-seeding with a mixture of perennial ryegrass and fine fescue. • Bait for slugs; iron phosphate baits are safe for use around pets. Clean up hiding places for slugs, sow bugs and millipedes. • Prune and shape or thin spring-blooming shrubs and trees after blossoms fade. Prune ornamentals for air circulation and to help prevent fungus diseases. • Control rose diseases such as black spot and powdery mildew. Remove infected leaves; spray as necessary with registered fungicide. Protect dogwood trees, as they begin growth, against anthracnose diseases by applying a copper fungicide or Daconil. Rake and destroy fallen leaves spring through fall. • Prepare garden soil for spring planting. Create raised beds in areas where cold soils and poor drainage are a continuing problem, adding generous amounts of organic materials. Give perennial vegetable plants like asparagus a side-dressing of compost or well-decomposed manure. • Cut and remove weeds near the garden to remove sources of plant virus diseases. • Check seeds started indoors for ‘damping off.’

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• Plant broccoli (early broccoli varieties: Green Valiant, Premium Crop, Packman, Rosalind), brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, chives, endive, leeks, lettuce, peas, radishes, rhubarb, rutabagas, spinach, turnips. Use floating row covers to keep insects such as beet leaf miners, cabbage maggot adult flies and carrot rust flies away from susceptible crops; cover transplants to protect against late spring frosts. • Help youngsters start a garden with carrots, chard, lettuce, onions and peas. • Spray for apple scab, cherry brown rot, and blossom blight. Apply commercial fertilizers, manure, or compost to cane, bush (gooseberries, currants, and blueberries) and trailing berries. Monitor strawberries for spittlebugs and aphids; control if present. • If weather and soil conditions allow, plant gladioli bulbs and hardy transplants of alyssum, phlox and marigolds. Allow foliage of spring-flowering bulbs to brown and die down before removing. Watch for botrytis blight on peonies. Oregon State University Extension Service encourages sustainable gardening practices. Always identify and monitor problems before acting. First consider cultural controls; then physical, biological, and chemical controls, which include insecticidal soaps, horticultural oils, botanical insecticides, organic and synthetic pesticides. Always consider the least-toxic approach first.

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Tips for first-time gardeners If you’re completely new to vegetable gardening and want to enjoy your own homegrown tomatoes and summer squash this year, there several things you can to do ensure more success this first year. Choose raised beds, containers and mounds if you live in an area, where clay soils do not drain well and remain cold into spring. If you use containers, which can be just about any size and as casual as old tires, you can garden in any location and move the containers for optimal conditions. Choose a site where your garden will get at least eight hours of light, preferably sunshine. If you live on a slope, avoid cold air drainage in low spots and wind. Get a soil test. Soil supplies 13 essential plant nutrients, primarily nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. You’ll discover whether your soil has deficiencies and if it is too acidic or alkaline. OSU Extension can recommend reliable soil testing labs; cost is usually about $45. Build organic matter with compost to correct many deficiencies. Start a compost heap with two parts “brown” materials – leaves, straw, paper, sawdust – to one part “green” materials such as vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, grass clippings and fresh manure from cows, horses or poultry. An easy way to start a new garden spot, while improving soil structure and fertility, is called sheet or “lasagna” mulching. Wet soil thoroughly and add a layer each of overlapping cardboard, compost and six to eight inches of mulch (leaves and grass clippings). In about seven months the

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soil will be ready for planting. Choose easy to grow vegetables your family likes, adding others in following years as tastes mature. Cool-weather vegetables like radishes, peas, leaf lettuce, carrots and spinach may be planted early. Wait until the soil really warms before planting the heat lovers: bush beans, summer squash and tomatoes. Other easy crops are kale and kohlrabi, beets, onions, garlic and annual herbs such as basil, fennel and parsley. Vegetables and fruits that do well in containers are bush beans, beets, carrots, cabbage, Swiss chard, cucumbers, leaf lettuce, bell peppers, squash, tomatoes, dwarf apple trees, blueberries, strawberries, turnips, eggplant, kale and green onions. Choose high-quality seed for your vegetable garden. Germination rates on the package should be 65 to 80 percent. The package will tell you when to plant seeds, how long it will take them to germinate, depth of planting and spacing. Although more expensive than growing food from seed, bedding plants already sprouted work best for tomatoes, basil, eggplant and peppers. Check that they are not root bound in the pot and are stocky and deep green, not spindly and light green. If you run into problems, you can always call your county Extension office, where Master Gardeners are standing by.

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Painters come to Silverton to celebrate 50th anniversary introduction to the Watercolor Society of Oregon. She’s met lifelong friends while expanding her knowledge of watercolors.

By Kristine Thomas Growing up, Kara Pilcher believed her older brother was the artist and she was the athlete.

Pilcher has served as the group’s president, taught classes and workshops and taken on other tasks. Her work is shown at Lunaria Gallery in Silverton and other venues.

It wasn’t until she was looking for artwork to put on the “blank” walls of her home that she discovered her artistic talents. “I was newly married and I was at a furniture store looking for artwork and I kept thinking, ‘Oh, I could do that,” Pilcher said, adding she has always enjoyed art.

“When I joined, all my friends had little kids,” she said laughing. “Now, we are grandmas.” Pilcher along with Jean Lea and Kathy Tiger have planned the Watercolor Society of Oregon’s 50th anniversary. Pilcher is excited to showcase Silverton and the surrounding area to more than 300 watercolor painters.

Eager to learn, she took a watercolor class at Chemeketa Community College. “I liked the class but everything was so controlled,” she said. Thankfully, she said, a chance encounter at an art store led her to meeting George Hamilton, a teacher with the Watercolor Society of Oregon. “He invited me to the Oregon Coast to go paint,” she said. That was 1987, and it was her

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The event is April 8-9 at the Oregon Garden Resort. While many of the classes are full, there are still events community members can participate in, including viewing the 80 juried paintings at The Oregon Garden Resort, observing or participating in Paint Outs at The Oregon Garden or in downtown

Silverton, or taking the Studio Tour of Silverton artists. What Pilcher enjoys about painting with watercolors is there is an “excuse not to get it right.” “With oils, you can go over it until you get what you want,” she said. “You can’t do that with watercolors.” She’s grateful for the encouragement she has received from friends and fellow artists. Pilcher says her artwork showcases what’s important to her, including dance. When she was a high school Spanish teacher, she organized cultural activities and kinesthetic learning opportunities. She joined the Spanish Pueblo Dancers and later the Power and Praise Dance Company. For her, whether it’s painting or dancing, is a spiritual connection to the “creator within each of us.” “When we are creating, we are in touch with God,” she said.

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When she looks at the watercolor paintings of her fellow members, she looks for what the artist is trying to express. “I think what makes something good art is when it evokes a message,” she said. “When it means something to the viewer.” By being a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, she has learned how judges pick paintings, understanding it’s all in the eye of the beholder. She’s met judges who select artwork dependent on the amount of white to ones who judge the painting’s title. Some of her watercolor paintings are like photographs, reflecting life’s moments such as the paintings of her hydrangeas, an oak tree outside a former home, her child’s high chair and views of the Willamette Valley.   “When someone asked me to sell them, I said I couldn’t because they are a part of my life,” she said.

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She encourages other people who are thinking about trying a new craft to join a group. “I think when you surround yourself with people who are interested in the same thing, that you learn new skills for your craft, you have friends who encourage you and it makes your artwork fun,” Pilcher said. By being a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, she has friends who share ideas and tools and provide support and critique.


“A group like this just makes you better,” she said. “It’s pretty inspiring to be in a workshop with people who are still trying to learn.”

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Little dancer By Melissa Wagoner

is always schoolwork.

Grace Traeger has been a dedicated dancer since the age of three.

“She is very smart and mature for her age,” Marta Hazekamp, the founder AAPAC said. “She has always been a bit of an old soul and has seen things from a different perspective. As she has grown older, she has become very determined and goal oriented; if she wants something she works for it.”

“What I like best about dance is that you get to be graceful and creative,” she said. A fifth grader at Community Roots Montessori School, she recently received the Young Scholars award from the Oregon Association for Talented and Gifted (OATAG). The award is presented annually to a student in grades four through eight that has achieved excellence in the areas of leadership, performing arts, or academics. Grace, who was recommended for the award by her teachers, school administrator, and dance instructor, is being recognized for excelling in all three areas. An accomplished dancer, performing with both the American Academy of Performing Arts Company in Silverton and the Eugene Ballet Company, she has volunteered with Pennies for Patients, a charity raising money for the leukemia and lymphoma society. Then, of course, there

Grace’s teacher Susan Andree echoed these sentiments. “As a student, I consider Grace one of the rare ‘renaissance learners,’ demonstrating a well-balanced curiosity and capability in all areas of learning. Regardless of the subject, whether it’s fractions, informational essays, or scientific experiments, Grace exemplifies a love of learning. Not everything comes easy for Grace, but she has a steady work ethic and perseveres through the challenges of learning with a positive attitude.” Grace’s parents Matt, a carpenter and stay at home dad, and Jennifer, a teacher at Lincoln Elementary in Woodburn, are excited to see what the future holds.

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“Grace loves ballet and has developed a future image of herself that includes a curiosity about dancing professionally before teaching in her own ballet school,” Jennifer said. “Matt and I support her in figuring out how her efforts can affect this future image

When asked if she had any wisdom to share with other students Grace said, “If you do something wrong, don’t be mad at yourself, just practice it because it is a learning opportunity.”


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“I do have a talent, but I can’t tell you what it is,” Sam Roth said. “I listened to a lot of disco music to get a feel for it though.”

Talent abounds this year in the annual Mr. SHS competition at Silverton High School. Eight senior boys will be going head-to-head competing for the title and working to raise money for Medical Teams International.

Others will be performing more unusual skills. “I have many talents, from playing ping-pong to juggling, but these aren’t particularly marketable,” Martinson said. “So, I figured I’d do a cooking show. I started cooking mac and cheese back in third grade and since then I haven’t actually improved but that won’t stop me.”

“It’s a beauty pageant for men,” Lee Aman explained. “And we are beautiful,” Alex Canfield added. “We lose all dignity,” Kirk Martinson said. “Eight men pretending to have talent.” This year’s competition will feature acts including comedy skits, music and dancing. Many of the contestants will be performing talents they have honed since childhood. “I intend to play piano and sing, most likely an arrangement of my own composition,” Canfield said. “My first performance was when I was 4; I sang in front of a church of about 500 people. After that, at age 5, I started taking piano

Left, top: Blake Cosgrove, Sam Roth, Reagan Schiewe, Kirk Martinson, Alex Canfield, Mathew Edmonds and Lee Aman are competing for the title of Mr. SHS.

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Others will be presenting talents that they have practiced specifically for this event.

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be seniors, many of the boys have been looking forward to participating since their freshman year. “I have looked forward to this event my entire high school career. From competing against my friends, to having tons of fun in the process, Mr. SHS is the event of the year,” Aman said. One aspect that makes this show a crowd pleaser is the fun the boys have putting it together. “The best part is just the atmosphere of the whole thing, getting to know the guys and hanging out with them has been great considering when we all get together there is never a dull moment,” Blake Cosgrove said. Although the pageant is a competition, the boys see it more as a challenge to raise money for a good cause. “After recently visiting Medical Teams International Headquarters in Tigard, I have found a new way to view this beauty pageant,” Aman said. “Ultimately, the fundraising

for MTI is the goal and one of the best aspects. This contest is so great because it’s not just for the sake of the community, but has ties to one of the biggest medical organizations.” Last year’s Mr. SHS competition raised $20,000 and the boys hope to top that. “I know that we can raise more money, I know we can. I just want to be able to be a part in donating all this money to MTI,” Reagan Schiewe said. “And as we found out, just a little contribution goes very far in helping people all over the world.” The boys learned every $10 ticket purchased allos $1,450 in medicines and medical supplies to be shipped by MTI to those who need them. “I do encourage everyone to research MTI for themselves at their website,” Schiew said.

2016 Mr. SHS Pageant contestants Fundraiser for Medical Teams International Saturday, April 16, 7 p.m. Silverton High School Theater 1456 Pine St. Tickets, $10, can be purchased from the contestants or at the school. The Mr. SHS candidates and their plans after high school are: Lee Aman plans to dual enroll at Oregon State University and Linn Benton Community College to study engineering. Alex Canfield plans to attend Portland State University to study music composition. Blake Cosgrove plans to attend college and play basketball and major in screenwriting or apparel design.

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Coach Tal Wold talks about the ‘blueprint’

The magical run by the Silverton High girls basketball squad to the Class 5A title is more than two weeks old, but there still is a buzz in town. Signs are still up congratulating the girls, and the OSAA trophy has not yet been put in the case. “They kind of turned into the community team,” coach Tal Wold told Our Town in an interview at the school. “People came out and pulled for the kids. They wanted the kids to be successful. It’s unique.” Indeed. The Foxes brought more fans to Gill Coliseum than any other squad in the girls bracket, with their student section dwarfing that of Corvallis, the hometown team, in the semifinals. That afterglow is partly a function of HOW the Foxes got it done in Corvallis. With an undefeated season on the line Silverton overcame double-digit deficits on back-to-back nights to score one-point victories against Corvallis and in the title game against Springfield to finish 28-0. “Wasn’t that fun?” Wold said, then qualified his remarks a bit. “Well, maybe it

was fun for the crowd. It’s not always fun for coaches.” Despite rarely trailing in their first 26 wins, Wold said there was no panic among his players. “I thought we showed a ton of grit,” Wold said. “There were a lots of people there, we were missing shots, we were down by 10, yet the girls dug in. Nobody got down. They were encouraging each other in the huddle. That’s part of the blueprint. Plus the girls really like each other.” After an easy win in the quarterfinals against Bend, the Foxes trailed the Spartans by 11 at one point before ending the game on 13-2 run. Alia Parsons’ layup with 5.6 seconds left gave Silverton a 37-36 win in a game that it hadn’t led since it was 2-0.

Aside: I have watched an amazing video of the final sequence (see @petechristopher on Twitter) and must correct earlier Our Town reporting. Hailey Smisek passed the ball to Parsons for the game-winner after Brooke McCarty stole the ball from Corvallis’s Grace Corbin. In the bedlam I had not noticed McCarty’s pass to Smisek. The next night it was more of the same as the Foxes again got down by 10 before rallying for a 39-38 win against Springfield. Hannah Munson sparked the comeback by scoring all eight of her points, including two 3-pointers, in the fourth quarter. Silverton’s bench was nails throughout the tournament. Consider: the Foxes’ reserves outscored those of their three opponents 39-8. In the semifinals and finals Wold used his bench for 91 minutes compared to a combined 31 minutes by Corvallis and Springfield. Four of the top six players in terms of minutes played were from Corvallis and Springfield. The Foxes just wore them down … and then pounced. “Our 6, 7 and 8 players were a lot better

than other team’s 6, 7 and 8,” Wold said, referring to Munson, Elena Smisek and Madison Ulven. The Foxes also spent huge chunks of the tournament picking other team’s pockets. Silverton committed 27 turnovers in the three games compared to 69 for opponents. Foxes had 43 steals, 18 by Parsons. Both figures led the tourney by wide margins. A final statistic of note: Silverton was a combined 5-0 this season against the No. 2 (Springfield) and No. 3 (Corvallis) teams in the state. “We don’t measure ourselves by the color of the trophy,” said Wold, noting that sticking to the team’s “blueprint” was more important than wins and losses. “We talked about being the most enthusiastic team, to play with heart and hustle every night. And when the season is done look at the blueprint. Did we do those things?” All-MWC: The Foxes were wellrepresented on the all-league squad. Wold

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THE WOLD FILE Age: 43 Residence: Stayton Hometown: Corvallis (went to Philomath High) College: bachelor’s in sociology/ communications at Oregon State, teaching license from Warner Pacific Family: wife Taryn (teacher at Sublimity Elementary School), daughter Harper, 3, and another child repeated as coach of the year. Parsons, who won player of the year honors in 2015, shared the award with Alexandria Vallancey-Martinson of Corvallis. Sophomore post Maggie Roth was named to the first team, sophomore point guard McCarty was a second teamer and junior wing Munson, junior post Kayce McLaughlin and junior wing Smisek received honorable mention. Boys hoops: I also caught up with Foxes boys coach Steve Roth, whose squad finished 17-8 and came within one game of earning a slot at the Class 5A tournament. Silverton won the title in 2015. “I did feel like we took most everyone’s best shot,” Roth told Our Town when asked about the pressure of being defending champions. “But I think our own high expectations were, perhaps, even more daunting than our opponents. As a result, it felt like we generally played tight, like we ‘should win,’ instead of playing with confident freedom. Those expectations also weighed on me, and I didn’t do a very good job of releasing my guys from that weight. Even so, I felt like the team persevered and came really close to returning to the state tournament.” Silverton was 11-3 in the Mid-Willamette Conference, one game behind champion Corvallis. The Foxes lost at Parkrose in the round of 16. “Our seniors had a great run,” Roth said. “State playoffs each year, including the state championship last year. I hope they leave with fond memories of all the teammates, games, practices, team dinners (and) bus rides … everything that is involved in participation in a team sport like basketball. Our world needs gifted young men like them.” Looking ahead to next season Roth noted that the JV squad was 21-3 and went undefeated in league play and the freshmen were 18-7. “We have a lot of good basketball players

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due in August. Career stops: head boys coach for 5 years at Black Hills in Olympia, Wash.; head boys coach for 4 years at Stayton, head girls coach for 3 years at Silverton (plus two years as a boys assistant) Fun facts: While at OSU Wold thought about a broadcasting career and had his own sports talk show. His father Bill, a longtime high school coach, played on the national team for Israel. in the program. Better yet, they are high character guys who are a lot of fun.” Dance: Silverton took fourth in Class 5A at the OSAA championships March 19 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland. The Foxes performed a routine using the John Hiatt tune Have a Little Faith in Me. Silverton scored 81.28 points, trailing champion Milwaukie (83.11), runner-up Lebanon (82.3) and third-place South Albany (81.39). The seniors on the roster placed in the top four at state all four years, including a state title in 2014 and a runner-up slot last year. The 2013 squad also finished fourth. The Foxes have won three state titles under coach Paula Magee (the other two were in 1999 and 2000) and the Foxes have been in the top five for nine consecutive years. College notes: Here is a look at how Silverton-area athletes fared at Oregon colleges during the winter season: Zach Gengler, a 6-2 junior guard at Portland State, averaged 7.8 points per game at Portland State. Gengler, a former standout at Silverton, played in all 31 games, starting 24, and led the Vikings in steals (55), free throw percentage (.848) and was second on the squad in 3-pointers with 30. Gengler closed well, scoring in double figures in PSU’s final eight contests. Toby Roth, another former Foxes hoops star, averaged 7.7 points per game and hit 40 percent of his 3-pointers for Corban University. The 6-2 junior guard, whose season was shortened to 13 games because of injuries, was one of five Warriors players named an NAIA scholar-athlete, which requires a minimum GPA of 3.5. Former Silverton wrestling standout Izaak Tobin, a redshirt sophomore at Oregon State, compiled a 12-6 record for the Pac12 Conference champion Beavers at 141 lbs. Tobin took first in his weight at the Clackamas Open and was third in the Mike Clock Open.


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a Grin at the end

Do your homework

Responsible voting takes a little effort

For the 69 percent of Oregonians who cast ballots in the last general election, this will be a busy year.

Another way to keep in touch is to go to a city council meeting. It won’t kill you. In fact, in the nine hundred billion public meetings I’ve attended as a journalist, nearly all of them were pretty interesting. The schedules are posted online and listed in the paper.

Not only are we going to choose a new president — God help us all with that bunch — we will choose a U.S. senator, member of the U.S. House, governor, secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer, commissioner of labor and industry, a legislator or two and a Marion County commissioner. In our communities, we will choose mayors and a batch of city councilors. In some cities we’ll also vote on levies to help pay for running librarys, pools and parks. Add to a number of half-baked initiatives and a handful of state judges no one has ever heard of that will show up on the ballot and we’ll have our hands full. So what’s a responsible voter to do? How can anyone keep up on national, state and local politics? I know, I know, I’m not a political junky, either. It’s just that I like to know where my tax dollars are being spent and who’s spending them. The first place to go are the various websites. Silverton, Mount Angel and Scotts Mills have OK websites that will help you figure out who the elected officials and the city staffs are. You can also take a look at the city

Another option is to watch the videos of the city council meeting that are posted. Go to the Silverton website: .com. Click on “Watch Meetings.” Mount Angel and Scotts Mills don’t have video, but current documents, like agendas and meeting minuters are there: and

budgets, if they are not posted, ask for a copy. I found Marion County’s. It’s $380 million a year. Boy howdy, I could have some fun with that. I can’t exactly tell you what I’d do with it but it would involve one-way plane tickets and lots of Mai Tais. I could have even more fun with the $68.9 billion the state spends every two years. Heck, I’d buy a 747 and a string of tropical islands with that kind of money. But I digress. Another way to keep up with politics is old school: Read the newspaper. I know, a lot of newspapers — especially the daily and the weekly — aren’t what they used to be, but they do the best they can, I suppose.

But I have one word of warning for anyone trying to learn about politics: Don’t believe anything you see on Facebook. I have found that any “information” posted on Facebook beyond pictures of grandchildren and cat videos is suspect. Democracy takes work. Not much, but it takes more that sitting around doing nothing. So my advice is to saddle up and get ready for the elections.  We have some ballots to fill out. Carl Sampson is a freelance editor and writer.

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