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The Girl Next Door

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Vol. 18 No. 7

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18 Something to Think About


Disaster lessons....................................4

Arts & Entertainment An artful collaboration..........................6 The Girl Next Door

Farmer’s Notebook

Spring cleaning? Done. Furniture? Rearranged. Winter clothes? Packed away.

Ice ‘prunes’ hazelnut trees..................18

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Something to Do Radio control plane club hosts Fun Fly. 10

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Sports & Recreation JFK, SHS football ranked #3 in league..20

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Don DeYoe holds Jerry Hall’s F-82 during a test run at the Holden/Bevens Flying Field on Old Mt. Angel Highway outside of Silverton. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Something to Think About

Disaster lessons By Melissa Wagoner Four days after the ice storm hit Silverton in mid-February, Mike Ashland discovered some of his neighbors had been trapped within their homes. Then he set to work. “We cleared downfall, provided food and spent some time just chatting and being together,” Ashland recalled. Then he thought about all of the other neighborhoods where people might be stuck inside their homes and he took to the streets. “Just up Oak from our neighborhood is the Silver Cliffs mobile home park where there are a lot of elderly,” he said. It was the first place he visited on that chilly morning. “I grabbed a pen and clipboard and drove over, parked my car, and started knocking on doors.” 100 doors, to be exact, in just two hours, asking simple questions. Are you OK? Do you have food and water? Are you safe? What he found, disturbed him.

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“When someone finally opened the door, they were invariably bundled in coats, blankets and hats, sleepy-eyed, clearly just getting out of bed or a recliner,” he described. “Sometimes the tears fell just then. Sometimes they began when I asked if anyone had come to check on them. Men and women cried.” Because although only five of the residents Ashland contacted were without food and only one without water, all were without heat in wintry conditions and all felt isolated and forgotten. “They are alone and completely disconnected… They can’t call. They don’t know food is available at Oak Street Church or that the kindnesses of our generous, caring city are so close…” Ashland said. Adding, “None of these were prepared for an emergency.” And it was not just the people on Ashland’s door-to-door crusade who were unprepared. Throughout the north Willamette Valley households were caught without the emergency supplies necessary to get them

through numerous days without electricity, heat, water, communication and, in some cases, fresh food. “After spending six days with no power, no internet, and part of that time without cell service, I can see what was missing in our emergency preparedness and what we had right,” Silvertonian Cindy Zapata wrote in a Facebook post dedicated to the topic. She was far from alone. Across the community, many households were forced to come to grips with the realization that they, too, were unprepared for an emergency. Helpful tips poured forth. “Keep gasoline stocked, keep your vehicles full,” Amanda Petrik wrote. “Have cash – when lines are down, the town becomes cash only.” Most tips, such as these, involved keeping certain items on hand, creating an emergency go-bags or memorizing the nearest evacuation route. Others were more social in nature. “Stay connected,” Petrik wrote. “(F)riends

and family have saved our butts with supplies and housing, have kept us sane, have provided humor – your people may save you, too.” Ashland could not agree more. That is why he is urging neighborhoods city-wide to become what he calls TBOne (the next big one) Ready. “This is bottom-up organizing,” he said. No need for funding or permission. Rather, Ashland is urging neighborhoods to begin taking stock of the skills and resources already available within them and to compile that information in an accessible way. “Who has a generator, a ladder, rope, medical experience, a Ham or CB radio, water filters, tents, etc.?” Ashland said, listing these as questions a helpful starting point. It is also important to know which residents are the most vulnerable and where they are located so that during an emergency their well-being can immediately be verified.

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Tips for households

Tips for neighborhoods

• Be informed – know what disasters are possible in your area.

• Have wood to burn if you have a wood stove, furnace or even outdoor fire ring.

• List the contact information for each household on paper. Note who is most at risk.

• Make a disaster plan – involve your entire family in the discussion and practice. Know emergency exit routes and city resource sites.

• Download the Red Cross app. It which has information on what to do before, during and after a disaster as well as an “I’m Safe,” feature.

• Create a neighborhood check-in plan with those most vulnerable in mind.

• Build a kit – fill it with the basics (water, food, candles, headlamps, battery operated radio, winter clothing, solar USB charger, batteries and first aid supplies) as well as specific items based on your needs.

• Test smoke alarms regularly. Have one on each floor and in every bedroom.

• Have a go-bag or box ready for fast packing of irreplaceable items (photos, passports, medication, etc.) Keep a list of those items. • Keep gasoline stocked – in cars, generators and chainsaws. • Keep cash on hand. “Educate everyone to put something

red in their window if they need help,” Ashland added, “something green in a window to indicate they’re OK.”

• Secure potential hazards. • Become CPR and first aid certified. Designate at least one person in each family. • Fill out an emergency card. Choose at least one emergency contact who lives out of state.

• Establish red in windows means help needed. Green means all OK. • Inventory skills and resources to share (generators, ladders, medical experience, communication devices, water filters, tents, etc.) • Stay connected throughout the emergency by sharing – food, warmth, hot water, chainsaws, labor, stories, etc. • Gather yearly to reassess skills and supplies.

• Learn how to shut off all utilities to your home. • Visit www.redcross.org/prepare for more information.

Lastly, put together kits with food, water and tools that could, if necessary, be shared neighborhood-wide. And gather together to practice emergency skills – first aid, CPR and learn how to turn

off utilities such as water mainlines and natural gas.

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Happy collaboration By Melissa Wagoner In 2017 pen and ink artist Aimee Fogoros set a goal for herself – to visit 100 of Oregon’s waterfalls over the course of a year. “I have always loved camping and hiking, but as a busy single mom I made less and less time for it,” Aimee, who moved to Silverton with her daughter, Jersi, nine years ago, recalled. “It wasn’t until I was going through a really tough time and feeling incredibly lost that I decided I needed to make time for the things that really brought me happiness.” Creating a hand-drawn map of Oregon replete with tiny labeled waterfalls and empty squares to check them off, Aimee set out on a whirlwind adventure that would not only revive her love of nature but her love of creating as well. “Everything just unfolded for me when I made the time,” she admitted. “I got back to nature and back to my art…” Utilizing the copious photographs she took during her journey to each of the waterfalls, she eventually created a series of pen and ink drawings, which would later become the A-to-Z Oregon Waterfalls Coloring Book. “I love that it inspires people to get out in nature,” Aimee said. “I also love that it is colorable art; to see my

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art colored by someone else, their interpretation and style added to it, brings me a lot of joy.” With the prototype for this initial book in hand, Aimee set her sights on launching the career she’d always dreamed of. But first she needed an investor. Ahe approached her brother, Joshua Fogoros, with a proposition. “My brother has always supported and believed in me,” Aimee said. “When I told him, I was thinking of making coloring books inspired by my hikes and I showed him my drawings and ideas, he saw the potential in me and used his savings to start up our business. Honestly, I could have not done this without him.” “[I] saw it would be a great opportunity to work with my sister and be able to showcase her beautiful art,” Joshua said. Upon pricing printers, he eventually settled on purchasing the implements needed to create the books himself. “This opened the door for much more things rather than just the one batch of books.” The duo has since printed a whole series of books including a Silver Falls State Park Coloring Book, a Southern Oregon Adventure Coloring Book and a What Goes Around Comes Around Coloring Book. They also have a line of posters – including Aimee’s original,Oregon Waterfall Adventure Map – and, more recently, a series of stickers.

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can do it… at a reasonable cost,” Joshua said. “The stickers started as my idea though.” Featuring the iconic outlines of Mt. Hood, Crater Lake and a bevy of clever nature-themed adages, the stickers show the more colorful side of Aimee’s usual black and white drawings, and are for sale – along with all of other creations – on the website www.landofthelostgirl.com. “Due to COVID, online has been the majority of our sales,” Joshua noted, explaining that, although the duo

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Known by her instructors for her prowess as a writer since her elementary years, Borgstahl harnessed that power when she applied for the Horatio Alger National Scholarship, wowing the judges.

“It’s a huge honor,” Borgstahl said of the $25,000 award, which she will use to attend Western Oregon University in the fall. “A National Scholar… I still can’t believe it.”

“It was hard for me to write because I spill my guts,” Borgstahl said of the essay, in which she was asked to choose a composition by one of the organization’s benefactors as a stepping stone to a dissertation of her own. “But I chose Reba McIntire because I knew of her and in her essay she talked a lot about her own mom and I related to what she said because my essay revolved around my mom as well.”

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Battling two diseases, Huntington’s and metastatic breast cancer, Borgstahl’s mother, Anna, suffered from both the physical and mental effects of her disease throughout Sophie’s childhood. “I was her caretaker for years and years,” Borgstahl admitted. “And it was hard.” “This was not some token ‘prepare a meal now and again’ caring,” Kevin Ortega, Borgstahl’s mentor and class counselor at SHS, wrote in a recommendation letter in regards to the situation.

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“I had a lot of mentors in my life,” she explained, listing her grandparents, with whom she is currently living, among them. “They had a huge impact on me and now I want to be a mentor. I want to give back to the young’uns of the next generation.”

And those obstacles include the current pandemic and subsequent distanced learning, which – due to what Borgstahl has learned throughout her short life – have not had the same dire effects on her as they have many of her classmates. Sophie Borgstahl.

and several teachers played during her mother’s illness and in the aftermath of her death. “Like during quarantine, when my mom was really bad, he sent me over a gift card to one of the bakeries in town and said, ‘Take a break and go get doughnuts.’ It’s just a really, really good support system.”

“I’m OK with it,” Borgstahl said when asked how she was coping with the cancellation of the events that should have happened during her senior year. “Something that I have learned through my experiences, especially with my mom, is you just have to roll with it. You have to pick up and move on. Getting stuck in the doldrums is not how you live.”

And $25,000 will go a long way in helping her do that. “[The scholarship] gave me a push,” she said. “It solidified everything and made it real. I’m going to be an adult. I am 3/24/2021 11:25:35 AM worthy. IUntitled-2 can do1 it.”

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Something to Do

Taking to the air

Radio control airplane club finds Silverton home

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“The FAA is starting to restrict the airspace,” club member Jerry Hall said. “This includes having to pass an online test before you can fly – just a lot of new regulations.

It is no picnic for an RC airplane to find its place in the sun these days. “Our situation is so special,” Bob Bevens, founding member of Keizer Radio Control Association, said. “We need a certain amount of land for flying; we’ve got to park and at times accommodate the public.”

“A lot of people didn’t really want to deal with the FAA and clubs lost a lot of members,” Hall said. “Clubs that had over 100 people dropped down to maybe 30.” Hall spent 22 years in the Air Force, including a two-year stint on ground crew with the Thunderbirds, the elite air demonstration squadron.

When the club needed a new home several years ago, Silverton nurseryman Verl Holden stepped up to help. They scouted his property and found a spot.

“Not very many people get selected; it is a unique unit; a special duty assignment,” Hall said. “That was a lot of fun.”

“It was all blackberries, but we could see that it would work,” Bevens said. “We set up a land use agreement and unless we really goof up, we’ve got it for the next 100 years. “Verl was so kind,” Bevens added. “He loaned us equipment when we needed it; he’s just a good guy.”

Eric Suing, left, and Don DeYoe prepare Suing’s model for flight as Jerry Hall flies in the background. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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time boasted about 130 members.

“We spent some money on it,” Bevens said. “We built a 60-by-400-foot runway and put in all new irrigation … our biggest problem is the gophers and squirrels.” The club currently has about 16 members from all over the area and is part of the national Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). The group, founded in 1982, at one

“A lot of the gentlemen were from World War II and they were really into it,” Bevens said. “Many of these guys had to drop out for health reasons.” Still more folks cut out when the Federal Aviation Association stepped in.

Though Hall wanted to fly RC planes since he was a kid, the sport just isn’t on the radar for most of today’s young people. That is something the club would like to change, possibly by reaching out to schools once COVID regulations allow. “We don’t want the hobby to die,” Hall said. “It’s not just about flying airplanes. There is the sharing of knowledge, the building of these planes, the camaraderie and that type of thing.” The hobby has always had its perils. “When I first started, we had FM radios and you ran Licensed Bonded Insured

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Something to Do Continued from page 10 your airplane on a certain frequency,” Hall said. “[B]ut when you came to the field everybody else could be on the same frequency, and you could crash another airplane. “You’d have to take a pin off the board and put it on your antenna to show you were on a certain frequency and that everyone else should stay off it.

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“And then probably ten years ago, they came out with 2.4 megahertz radios with frequency hopping for RC planes,” Hall said. “When you are transmitting, it hops over frequencies for just a nanosecond at a time.”

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“When they were flying they could actually talk to command and it would be a secure voice because you are constantly hopping from frequency to frequency,” Hall said. Gas and nitro engines have given way to electric planes and drones, and the learning curve can be steep and spendy for those expecting to learn on the fly. The club encourages anybody new to the sport to start by installing an RC flight simulator and practice, practice, practice. “You can crash hundreds of times and just hit the reset button,” Hall said.

Holden/Bevens Flying Field, 6640 Old Mt. Angel Hwy NE, Silverton More information: krosswindsrc.com; on Facebook, krosswindsrc; or through Jerry Hall, 1cowboy80@ comcast.net, 971-506-9531; or Rob Heap: heap_r@hotmail.com, 316-680-3256 expecting to take wing their first time out. “The main difference is that, when you’re taking off, your controls are just as you see them,” Hall said. “You want to bank left, you move the control to the left, etc., but when

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the airplane is coming at you it is the complete opposite. “You’ve got to be able to switch your mind around right away and practicing on a simulator helps you get that muscle memory so you don’t even think about it.” Hall is also a trainer at the field, where they use “Buddy Boxes” that allow an instructor to take control should a student find himself in a nosedive or tailspin. “Things have changed so much over the last 15 years,” Hall said. “There are airplanes out there right now that you can set up to where you can take off and play around and then you can hit a button and it will come in and land itself. That’s how far the technology has gone.” The club is looking forward to being able to host the public and other clubs once more and has planned three flying events this spring and summer. The April 17 Fun Fly will include demonstrations, competitive events and opportunities for instruction. July 4’s event takes place later in the day with dinner provided. It will feature night flying and the field is situated with great views of both the Silverton and Mount Angel fireworks displays. The club also looks forward to being active during Homer Davenport Days for the first time in about seven years.


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A M A N Y-T I E R E D P R O C E S S Editor’s note: Last September, when we were harvesting, or beginning to think about Fall and what it would take to winterize the garden, the Beachie Creek and Lionshead Labor Day fires sent our thoughts fleeing in new directions. Would our trees, our gardens – and our homes – make it through the week, much less the season? As we begin again with Spring planning what to plant – and where – and how to plan our landscape, could benefit from the lessons of the fall.

Scientists, like Hessburg, learned of this variance in forestation through old photographs which depicted both open and closed canopied forests made up of trees that varied in both species and age separated by grassy meadows. Most importantly, the photographs evidenced regular intervals of fire. Not uncontrollable megafires like the ones seen today but moderate burns that scorched across the meadows and into the stands of younger, more vulnerable trees.

Oregon’s Labor Day fires, known as megafire – one measuring over 100,000 acres – are a part of a scary new trend on the rise in nearly every state in the West where decades of drought and fire exclusion have turned the forests into a veritable tinderbox just waiting for the match.

“[T]here was so much power in this patchwork,” Hessburg said. “It provided a natural mechanism to resist the spread of future fires across the landscape. Once a patch of forest burned, it helped to prevent the flow of fire across the landscape. A way to think about it is, the burned patches helped the rest of the forest – to be forest.”

By Melissa Wagoner “Megafires are the result of the way we’ve managed this western landscape over the last 150 years in a steadily warming climate,” Dr. Paul Hessburg, Research Landscape Ecologist at the United States Department of Agriculture’s and the Forest Service at the Pacific Northwest Research Station said in a speech he gave at a TED conference in Bend in May 2017. “[T]he forests that we see today look nothing like the

The Beachie Creek Fire in September 2020.


forests of 100 or 150 years ago,” Hessburg continued. “The best word to describe these forests of old is ‘patchy.’”

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The Native American tribes understood this, working with fire during the spring and fall, but also in summer, carrying out what could now be termed, “intentional burns,” that charred the meadow grasses and thinned certain forests, enabling the growing of food and encouraging the grazing of native animals, among many other things.

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“Western North American tribes burned the landscape for ten millennia,” Hessburg explained. “The Native Americans think of fire in the Western landscape as medicine. As an essential component.” The European settlers had a more negative reaction to fire, one that only worsened after the enormous 1910 wind-fueled fire, termed the “Big Burn” incinerated more than three million acres of eastern Washington, north Idaho, and western Montana. “[T]he Forest Service, just five years young at the time, was tasked with the responsibility of putting out all wildfires on 193 million acres of public lands, and they took this responsibility very seriously,” Hessburg said of the years following that monumental blaze. That culture of fire suppression has continued, with the Forest Service and its partner agencies, many of which maintain a reputation for extinguishing 95 to 98 percent of forest fires. While those numbers might, at first sight, seem positive, especially on the heels of a most recent devastating fire season, it is precisely that kind of efficiency that has brought the forests to their current, flammable state – that and climactic warming. “Periods of hot dry climate drive the area that is burned,” Hessburg explained. Adding that, what was once a dry period of two to three months each summer is, in most places, stretching weeks to months longer. “When these conditions persist or worsen, the area burned continues to increase. Rising greenhouse gas emissions are driving this warming. Reducing these emissions is key to curbing warming.” But, while staunching the flow of greenhouse gas emissions is crucial, it is by no means the only method needed to decrease the risk of megafires. Instead, techniques can be tailored to the landscape according to climatic and forest conditions, proximity to urban and rural areas, and the land allocation. “We wouldn’t do on the east side what we would do on

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the west side,” Hessburg began, describing a combination of methods – depending on location – made up of thinning and/or prescribed burning. “In the interior, where these tools are most appropriate to the conditions and the land management allocation, thinning reduces the density and fuel ladders that have accumulated over time, while burning eliminates most of the finer fuels on the forest floor and those put there by thinning,” Hessburg explained. “In many areas mechanical treatments aren’t appropriate, but we can prescribe burn.” This two-step process – culling understory trees in areas where they are a poor match with fire or are growing too densely, followed by the burning of the understory

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fuels – leaves the larger, healthier, more fire-resistant trees standing and creates a forest less susceptible to outof-control fires and drought. In effect, these techniques could restore some of the patchiness seen in some of the healthier forests of old. “It would be literally trying to manage the forest conditions so that you get the kind of fire you want,” Hessburg said. And it would not be clear-cut logging, a commonly held misconception. “Clear-cut logging involves clear felling of all the trees,” Hessburg defined. “In seasonally dry forests that is not the need.”


Reducing Wildfire Risks at Home • Whenever possible, construction materials should be made of fire-resistant materials. Including – siding, roofing, window frames, decks, fences, etc. • All vents and chimneys should be covered with wire mesh screens. • Eliminate any gaps in walls. • Create a defensible space around your home. “Keep it lean, clean and green.” • Inspect your roof and gutters regularly and keep clear of debris. • Trim overhanging vegetation. • Install gutter guards. • Mark your driveway with legible address numbers.

• Provide emergency vehicle access to driveways with at least 12 feet of width and 15 feet overhead and a shallow grade. • Keep shovels, hoses, axes, saws and emergency water available during fire season. • Regularly water plants, trees and mulch in a 30-foot perimeter around the house. • Plant moist, supple and low resin plants. • Remove all dead plants, branches, needles and leaves. • Use driveways, gravel paths, paved walks and lawns as fuel breaks. • Keep decks clean.

There is also fear around the idea of prescribed burning. But to this Hessburg recommends integrating traditional Native American seasonal burning alongside western scientific methods. “We have an opportunity to merge traditional knowledge with western science,” Hessburg said. To that end, Hessburg, along with his colleagues is currently working alongside the Karuk Tribe in the Middle Klamath River country – an area hard hit by this year’s fires. “It’s a big deal,” he stated. “We’re no longer in the state where we can be effective simply by putting fires out. We’re literally getting the worst effects of fires. We can do better.” We must do better and fast, according to Hessburg. He said as a father and grandfather, he is working hard in his research and presentations to ensure the forests that he loves are still around for his progeny to enjoy.

• Keep burnable materials (patio furniture and play structures) away from the house. • Locate woodpiles and other fuel sources at least 30 feet from the house. • Thin and prune trees to no more than six to 10 feet from the ground. • Encourage a mixture of deciduous and coniferous trees. • Work with neighbors to implement these strategies city-wide. • Visit the Oregon Garden to see a Firewise House. • Visit www.firewise.org for more information.

“It’s why I’m doing what I’m doing,” he admitted. “I run on hope and optimism and I believe if we do the work, we can leave it better.” That work starts with a personal commitment to lowering greenhouse emissions, to creating fire-safe communities by visiting the Firewise website (www.firewise.org) and to spreading the message to lawmakers that changes can be made when it comes to forest management. “Prescribed burning and managed wildfires are not wellsupported,” Hessburg said. “We actually all simply want fires to magically go away and take that pesky smoke with them, don’t we? But there is no future without lots of fire and lots of smoke. That option is actually not on the table. Until we, the owners of public lands, make it our high priority to do something about the current situation, we’re going to experience continued losses to megafires.”

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OSU Gardener’s April Chores PLANNING Write in your garden journal throughout the growing season. You can consult it later in order to better plan for the next year. PREPARING Prepare garden soil and raised beds by incorporating generous amounts of organic materials and other amendments, using the results of a soil analysis as a guide. Use a soil thermometer to help you know when to plant vegetables. When the soil is consistently above 60 degrees F, some warm season vegetables (beans; sweet corn) can be planted. FEEDING Apply commercial fertilizers, manure, or compost to cane, bush and trailing berries. Place compost or well-decomposed manure around perennial vegetables such as asparagus and rhubarb. This is the optimum time to fertilize lawns. Apply one pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn. Reduce the risk of run-off into local waterways by not fertilizing just prior to rain and not overirrigating. MAINTENANCE & CLEAN-UP Allow foliage of spring-flowering bulbs to brown and die down before removing. Cover transplants to protect against late spring frosts. Manage weeds while they are small and actively growing with light cultivation or herbicides. Once the weed has gone to bud, herbicides are less effective.

PLANTING If soil conditions permit, plant gladioli bulbs and alyssum, phlox and marigold transplants. April is a great time to start a vegetable garden. Among the vegetables you can plant at this time: broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, chives, endives, leeks, lettuce, peas, radishes, rhubarb, rutabagas, spinach and turnips. PEST MANAGEMENT Clean up hiding places for slugs, sow bugs and millipedes. Least-toxic management options for slugs include barriers and traps. Baits are also available for slug control; iron phosphate baits are safe to use around pets. Read and follow all label directions prior to using baits or any other chemical control. Monitor strawberries for spittlebugs and aphids; if present; wash off with water or use insecticidal soap as a contact spray. Follow label directions. Use floating row covers to keep insects such as beet leaf miners, cabbage maggot adult flies, and carrot rust flies away from susceptible crops. DISEASE CONTROL If necessary, spray apples and pears when buds appear for scab. Cut and remove weeds near the garden to remove potential sources of plant disease. Help prevent damping off of seedlings by providing adequate ventilation.

PRUNING Prune, shape and thin spring-blooming shrubs and trees after blossoms fade.

If necessary, spray stone fruits such as cherries, plums, peaches, and apricots for brown rot blossom blight.

Cut back ornamental grasses to a few inches above the ground in early spring.

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Duane Defrees and Gail Matthias were married March 19, 1971 at First Christian Church in Portland.

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Duane was raised on a 2,000 acre cattle ranch in Sumpter, Oregon and attended Baker High School. He was a standout athlete twice selected as all state tackle and was the only high school football player from the Northwest named to Kickoff magazine’s All American first team. Gail grew up on a sheep farm near Tigard. Both were active in livestock 4-H. They met at OSU where Duane played defensive tackle for the Beavers. Parental consent was required to marry at their ages. Duane’s mother was reluctant, fearing her son was marrying a hippy. But she eventually accepted bell bottoms and hoop earrings. While attending OSU, the couple lived in the back of a vet clinic in exchange for caring for the hospitalized animals. After graduation, Duane was assistant manager of the Federal Land Bank in Hillsboro. Gail taught high school home economics.

and trained Thoroughbred and quarter race horses that he ran at Portland Meadows and the Salem Fairground track.

She later graduated from the University of Oregon Medical School. They had five children: Dylan, Brooke, Jess, Shannon and Luke. At one point, their children were attending four different schools and Gail was away from

home for 30 hours per shift, so Duane quit his job to be the primary parent and to renovate an old English farmstead. They enjoyed many animal ventures including operating their 20 Saanen goat dairy and raising Rex rabbits. Duane bred

In 1995, they purchased Silver Falls Vineyards. Duane farms 25 acres of vineyard, operates a winery, a tasting room and a wedding venue with son Jess. Gail worked 33 years as an emergency room physician at Lebanon, then Silverton hospitals. They cherish family and have 16 grandchildren ages one to 23. “On our first date, I looked at him and he took my breath away – and he still does,” Gail said.


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James H. Isom

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Jan. 27, 1924 – March 8, 2021

John Q. Chambers, Jr. passed away peacefully on March 8, 2021 surrounded by his family.

On March 14 2021, James Henry Isom, more commonly known as either Jim, Iceman, or ‘Yo-Yo Man’, left this world and has gone home to the Lord. Jim was born May 24, 1949 to Coy and Pauline Isom. Born in Arkansas and raised in Tulsa, Jim joined the US Navy in 1968. During his wild Navy years, he traveled the world, eventually landing in Hawaii where he met another young sailor, Laura. They married in 1976, eventually moving to Salem, Oregon in 1979. Over the next four decades, Jim became a legend in the Salem/ Silverton area. Those with the last name ‘Isom’ are very familiar with the question ‘Oh, Isom! Do you know Jim?’ After moving to Salem, Jim worked as a bus driver for the Silverton School District as well as a general worker for the State of Oregon in 1979, until he started working at the Oregon State Penitentiary in 1981. He eventually retired (he would joke he ‘was paroled’) in 2005, over 20 years in the same prison. In his personal life, he and Laura went on to live 45 wonderful, happy, and loving years and one month of marriage (they were married Feb. 14). With his three children, Jim was a fixture at Boy Scout and Girl Scout activities starting in the mid 1980s, only retiring in order to enjoy his happiest time of life, Grandfatherhood! A big part of Jim’s life was his regular appearances at various AA meetings in the Willamette Valley. Jim is survived by his wife, Laura; children, Jeremiah (Becky), Jennifer, and Carolynn (Jeriah); siblings, Roger (Helen), Coy, and Donna (Randy); his three grandchildren, countless cousins, niblings, grand-niblings, and AA babies that he inspired with his journey over the years. Truly, he was loved and respected by any who had the opportunity to know him. 14 • April 2021

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then became a certified welder and worked for Brooks Canning Co. until his retirement at 65. He and Juanita moved to Sedalia, Missouri where they enjoyed retired life.

Johnny was born in Verdigris, Oklahoma on Jan. 27, 1924, the son of Pearl and John Chambers. He had three brothers and three sisters. Johnny graduated from Verdigris High School and went to Oklahoma State College, then enlisted in the Army Air Corps where he was proud to serve his country during World War II. He returned to Oklahoma to help on the family farm, but was called back to serve in the Air Force during the Korean War.  After receiving his second honorable discharge, Johnny moved to Portland, Oregon where he worked as a Telegraph Operator for Union Pacific Railroad Company. Shortly thereafter he met his bride, Juanita Tubbs and moved to Silverton, Oregon where they raised their eight children.  Johnny worked in logging as a tree faller,

His passions and hobbies were hunting and fishing, coin collecting, metal detecting, and looking for arrowheads, and took great pride in his Cherokee Native American Heritage. Johnny is survived by his sons John Q. III, David M. and Tarchechee M. (and wife Kathy); daughters: Christine E. Silna (and husband Jeff), Judy Didlot (and husband Jim); several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, nephews and nieces. A memorial was held at Unger Funeral Chapel in Silverton on March 17, following an Honor Guard Ceremony. Johnny will buried next to his wife in Crown Hill Cemetery, Sedalia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any Alzheimer’s research foundation.  

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Carolyn Hazel Wymore was born in Medford, Oregon, on May 15, 1928, to Lucille and Cass Wymore. The family moved to Portland, then to Cave Junction in the late 1930s, where they ran a camp, Shona Wauna.

Lucille “Honey” Mae Jordan, 92, passed away peacefully on March 12, 2021 in Silverton at her home.  

After the war, Carol’s family moved to Hillsboro, Oregon where she finished high school. She then went on to Mt. Angel College for two years, earning her AA degree. During this time she was also a “candy striper” (volunteer) at the hospital in Salem.

Honey was born on July 22, 1928 to Charlie and Pearl (Brenden) Copple in Silverton, Oregon. She was the second oldest of 12 children. She graduated from Silverton High School in 1946.  

At a dance in Mount Angel, she met Leonard Obersinner, the son of a local farmer. They married on Sept. 30, 1950. They moved to Leonard’s farm outside of Mount Angel where they raised nine children.

Honey worked for many years at Silverton Hospital, and had pride in the work she did for the community. After retiring she would spend her time with family, watching Jeopardy!, doing crossword puzzles and reading.     

She shared a love for travel with Leonard, and in their Winnebago they traveled to nearly every state in the Union. They also went to Mexico, China, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Italy and Israel.

Honey is survived by her children: Karen Nazaroff, Dale (Edith) Jordan, Denise (Scott) Montgomery, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and her brother, Larry (Irma) Copple. She will be missed by her family and all those that knew her.  

Carol and Leonard lived on the farm until 2013, when they moved to Orchard House in Mount Angel. Leonard passed away in December 2014. Carol remained a very active and social resident of Orchard House, until the time of her passing, on March 10, 2021. Carol is survived by her children Stephen, Kathy, Therese, Paul and Gene.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, April 10, 1 p.m. at Miller Cemetery in Silverton. The family also wishes to invite everyone to a gathering after services at her home. Assisting the family with arrangements is Unger Funeral Chapel – Silverton.

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Zoom. In collaboration with Silver Falls Library District, storytime with songs, finger plays, accompanying Itty Bitty Book Club backpack. Age 0 - 4. For Zoom link, call 503-845-6401, 503-873-7633

In the Kitchen with Kevin,

3 p.m. Zoom. Link available at silvertonseniorcenter.org. Free. 50 and older. 503-873-3093 Mediation & Shared Dialog, 7 - 8:30 p.m. All spiritual traditions welcome. Request invitation for virtual gathering by emailing compassionatepresence@yahoo.com. 971-218-6641


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


Mt. Angel Public Library

Mt. Angel Public Library is open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday - Friday. Services include curbside hold pickup, browsing and computer use by appointment, book bundles for children, personalized shelf shopper, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. STEAM packets for grades 1 - 5 are distributed April 13, 27. Teen Take & Makes for middle and high schoolers are distributed April 13. April Storywalk is the bi-lingual Flutter & Hum: Animal Poems/ Aleteo y Zumbido: Poemas de Animales. Storywalk starts at the library´s front door.

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

Mt. Angel Free Meals

Mt. Angel School District offers free grab n go meals for children 1 - 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday - Friday at St. Mary’s Public School, 590 E College St., Mt. Angel. Meal delivery available by registering at masd91.org.

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Monday, April 5

9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield St. Provided by Silverton Pillbox. For appt., call 503-873-6321.

7 p.m., Silverton Community Center, 421 S Water St. Open to public. Agenda available. Also on Zoom. For login information, call 503-873-5321. silverton.or.us

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Medicare Questions & Answers

9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield St. A Medicare representative from Profitable Planning on hand for questions and answers. 50 and older. Free. 503-873-3093

Housing Virtual Open House

6 p.m. Zoom. Attendees can review the revised duplex code, learn about the draft Housing Strategy Implementation Plan, provide input on preferred scale and strategies for providing middle housing. For those unable to attend, the video will be posted on the city’s website. Zoom link available at silverton.or.us.

Virtual Short Story Group

7 p.m. Zoom. Short story discussion group. Discuss We Can Get Them for You Wholesale by Neil Gaiman. For information and Zoom invite, contact Ron Drake, 503-873-8796.

Friday, April 2 Legal Consultations

9 a.m. - noon, Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield St. Free legal consultations provided by Michael Rose of Rose Elder Law LLC. Call 971-365-3171 for an appt.

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7 – 9 p.m. Explore the historic downtown, have dinner, shop, browse galleries, boutiques. 503-873-5615, silvertonchamber.org

Saturday, April 3 Meet the Artists

2 - 4 p.m., Lunaria Gallery 13 N Water St., Silverton. April´s exhibit is New Work by Ann Altman, Margo McCafferty, Deborah Unger. Artist meet and greets: Today: Altman. April 17: Unger. May 1: McCafferty. Upstairs loft features artwork by Nancy Helmsworth, Debby Sundbaum-Sommers. Exhibit open noon - 5 p.m. WednesdaySunday through May 2. 503-873-7734, lunariagallery.com

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Puzzle Exchange 1 - 3 p.m., Mt. Angel Mercantile B&B, 495 E College St. New and used puzzles. Bring a puzzle and exchange it for a new-to-you one. Every first Sunday. Email: mary@maryfranklin.net.

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

Tuesday, April 6 Caregiver Connection

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

Wednesday, April 7 Red Cross Blood Drive

10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Silverton Elks Lodge, 300 High St. For an appointment, contact Carolyn at carolyn.leeper@redcross.org or 541-619-7878.

Virtual Trivia Night

7 p.m. Zoom. Test your knowledge on a variety of topics. For information and Zoom invite, contact Ron Drake, 503-8738796. Repeats April 14.

Scotts Mills City Council

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

Monday, April 12 Mt. Angel School District

6:30 p.m. Zoom. Agenda available. Open to public. Meeting link available at masd91.org.

Silver Falls School District

7 p.m. Zoom. Agenda available. Open to public. Meeting link at silverfallsschools. org. 503-873-5303

Tuesday, April 13 Ancestry Detectives

10 a.m. Zoom. Round table discussion on genealogy. Bring questions. Beginners, intermediates as well as seasoned genealogists welcome. Zoom info: David Stewart, 503-873-3444. ancestrydetectives.org

Silverton Senior Center Board

6 p.m., ReVamp Thrift, 207 High St., Silverton, or Zoom. Open to public. For Zoom link, email dodiebrockamp@gmail.com.

Silverton Planning Commission

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Book Talk 9:30 a.m. Zoom. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. Open to all. Free. Contact Sr. Dorothy Jean Beyer to join. 503-8452556, benedictinefoundation@gmail.com

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April 2021 • 17

Farmer’s Notebook

Natural pruning By Melissa Wagoner “I call it God’s pruning because it gets rid of the bad stuff,” Tim Aman, a Crop Consultant for Hazelnut Growers of Oregon, said looking out over acres of bent and broken trees in one of his family’s oldest orchards – planted on the outskirts of MountAngel by his father in 1968. Unfortunately, the ice storm’s natural pruning came on the heels of Aman’s own, which was partially in response to the January windstorm that hit the trees in Mount Angel particularly hard. “The winds were through and busted the tops,” Aman recalled. Adding that, although his 53 years of experience growing hazelnuts has lent him a longterm view of the process, he has still never seen a year quite like this one – severe winds followed by heavy ice, only weeks apart.   “We had an ice storm in 2003 but it wasn’t this bad,” he remembered. “This was much more severe and it was such an

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revealing the cambium – the growth layer of the tree. Those younger trees could have been entirely lost but for a method of “tree triage” Aman’s brother and business partner, Tom, developed to save them. The technique, which essentially bolts the split trunk back together, is not a long-term fix but should buy the tree time to send up a replacement sucker – also known as a whip. “In one year, you can get six feet of whip,” Aman pointed out. “Because the root system is still there.” But while the storm did little permanent damage to the Amans’ trees, it did make a big mess and a whole lot of work. “We have 2,700 trees to prune,” Aman said, preparing his pole saw for the day’s work. “But I started on this field yesterday – we put our nose to the grindstone to do it – and we’ve already done five acres.”


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Sports & Recreation

Football success

Foxes, Trojans both ranked No. 3

The Silverton and Kennedy football teams are ranked third in their classifications as they headed toward week four of the six-week season. The Foxes are 2-1 and coming off a wild 35-33 win at Marist Catholic in which the defense stopped a Marist two-point conversion try with 90 seconds left and then sealed the win by recovering an onside kick. Silverton is ranked third in Class 5A and 18th in the all-class rankings. West Salem, which downed the Foxes 24-14 in the March 6 opener, is ranked seventh. Silverton trails Thurston and Wilsonville on the 5A list. Silverton faced Central on March 26 after Our Town’s presstime. Kennedy, like the Foxes, also has rallied for two consecutive wins after opening with a loss against a state power. The Trojans defeated Salem Academy, 18-12, on March 18 to move to 2-1. The Trojans, who visited Class 3A Dayton on Friday, have allowed just 12 points in two games after opening with a 45-8 loss at

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of Central, also faced off with Corvallis on March 30.

Class 3A defending champion Santiam Christian. Kennedy trails Heppner and Monroe in the 2A rankings. Soccer: Both Silverton teams are proving strong contenders in the COVIDshortened nine-game season. The boys are 5-2, with losses only to 3-1-2 Woodburn and 5-1-1 West Albany. The Foxes faced the other Mid-Willamette Conference power, 6-0-1 Corvallis on March 30 after Our Town’s presstime. Silverton has won four in a row since a 4-0 loss March 9 at Woodburn. The girls squad has yet to suffer a defeat. The Foxes are 3-0-3 overall and trail only 5-0-2 Corvallis in the league. The Foxes, who are coming off of a 10-4 thumping

Volleyball: Kennedy, which won a Class 2A state title in the fall of 2019, is rolling along in a similarly dominant fashion during the COVID season. The Trojans, 33-1 during that championship run, are 9-0 overall, 6-0 in the Tri-River Conference and have only dropped two sets, in a 3-2 win March 5 at Salem Academy. Kennedy scored a 3-0 triumph when the two squads met again March 17. Three matches remain on the schedule. The Trojans are led by senior veterans Kelsey Kleinschmit, Emma Beyer, Ellie Cantu, Elise Suing and Hailey Arritola. Cantu, Suing and Arritola are serving as team captains under coach Laura Beyer. Silverton, meanwhile, is 1-1 in the MidWillamette and 3-4 overall. The Foxes faced a daunting schedule down the stretch, with four matches in four nights. Cross country: Kennedy has hosted a pair of small-scale invitationals at Silver

Falls State Park, where participation has been limited by COVID protocols. In the first meet, March 10, St. Paul won the boys meet, with Regis finishing second. Blanchet Catholic edged Regis for the girls title. Dakota Heard of Kennedy was eighth in the boys meet, while Trojans Nora Brenden and Cassie Traeger were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the girls competition. On March 24, Silverton’s Nick Zitzelberger joined what was another a small-school affair and won the boys race. The Kennedy girls fielded the only full team and won, led by Traeger (2nd), Brenden (3rd), Haley Kline (5th), Kylee Rodriguez 6th), Briar Hachenberg (7th) and Alyse Williams (8th). St. Paul again won the boys race, followed by NeahKah-Nie. Boys and girls runners competed together in both events, run over a 3,400-meter course that started and finished in the parking lot of the South Falls day use area.

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Bucking the trend of a sports year without sophomore year at Concordia University post-season competition, Kennedy will of Irvine, California. Paradis was a be participating in both a Division II all-region indoor district meet (April 1) and a season honoree in three events, state meet (April 10). Both the 800 meters, the distance events will be at Cheadle medley relay and the 3,000 Lake Park in Lebanon. The meters. Paradis set a personal district meet starts at 3:40 best of 10:23.32 in the 3,000 in p.m., with the state meet January in the Northwest Open getting underway at 11 a.m. in Maryville, Missouri Both events are open to spectators. No admission fee Paradis’ outdoor season also is off will be charged. The 5,000to a strong start. She took second Jodi Paradis. meter course at Cheadle SUBMITTED PHOTO in the 1,500 and third in the 800 Lake has excellent sightlines in the March 13 Battle for SoCal for spectators. meet in Azusa, California. Alumni watch: Former Foxes standout Jori Paradis continues to shine in her Follow me on Twitter.com @jameshday.

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April 2021 • 21

A Grin at the End


What an awful dream... so bad I could go to outer space

The other night I had a dream – a nightmare, really. The kind that caused me to sit bolt upright in bed, sweat pouring off me.

There are other reasons I wouldn’t want to be governor. The salary/aggravation ratio is way out of whack. The governor makes $98,600 a year, which is a lot of money for a normal job. But I calculate the governor is paid less than a penny per aggravation.

It was horrible, so bad that I was afraid to go back to sleep. What was my worst nightmare? I dreamed I had been elected governor. Argh! Just typing that caused my liver to quiver. I can think of no job worse than being governor, of Oregon or any other state, for that matter. First off, in my real job I answer to about a half-dozen people who own and manage the company. That’s fine. I like and respect all of them. But as governor I would have 4.2 million bosses. That’s enough to make me head for the door right there. There is no way I could ever hope to follow all of their directions. I would compare Oregonians to a really big herd of cats.

The other thing that disqualifies me as a governor is I don’t like meetings. When I was a cub reporter, I covered borough assemblies, school boards, city councils – you name it. The only thing I got out of those meetings is this: you can take a handful of perfectly sane people and put them in a room with other people watching and all bets are off. They might come up with a brilliant solution for a problem, or they might come up with the worst idea ever. But more often than not, they just kick the can down the road and don’t address it at all. That’s why watching most government bodies is like watching the movie Groundhog Day.

For starters, there’s the COVID-19 mess impacting everyone, the unemployment mess impacting hundreds of thousands of people, the foster care system, homeless people everywhere, the crummy roads, forest management problems and a broken budget system. And don’t forget the retirement system. Add to that the legislature – a random collection of people proposing random ideas that they hope will make them look pretty to random special interest groups. You get the idea. It’s just not worth it. Someone would have to be really hard-up for a job to want to be governor. Forget about it.

are near the top of my list. So are race car driver, mechanic and rock star. But the all-time best job ever would be astronaut. Blowing through the sky at 18,000 mph – how awesome is that? Then once you get to the International Space Station, which is 250 miles straight up and circles the planet every 45 minutes, you live in total weightlessness – no more diets for this guy. I would never want to lower myself to live on earth again. And my wife would totally go along with me being an astronaut. Why, just the other day I screwed up again, and she gave me one of those looks. You know the kind I mean. If she could have put me in a rocket and shot me to moon one-way, she would have.

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in one of Silverton’s most desirable neighborhoods. Located at end of Jaysie Dr. next to fire access exit. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2 story with open floor plan w/kitchen, dining area, & living room w/ gas fireplace ready to welcome family & friends. Kitchen island provides extra counter space w/additional storage in hall pantry. Upstairs has 7x7 office area, laundry & 3 large bedrooms. Master bedroom w/walk-in closet. Master bath w/ tile & double sinks. Landscaping completed. Call Chuck at ext 325 (WVMLS#773367)



#T2633 BEAUTIFUL HOUSE 4 BR, 3 BA 2652 sqft Call Becky at ext. 313 $440,000 (WVMLS#770942)

NEW! – #T2647 MOVE-IN READY 3 BR, 2.5 BA 2295 sqft Call Michael at ext. 314 $490,000 (WVMLS#773898)

NEW! – #T2655 AMAZING LOCATION 3 BR, 2.5 BA 2209 sqft 1.96 Acres in Silverton. Call Sheila at ext. 302 $669,000

SOLD – #T2637 CLASSIC CRAFTSMAN 3 BR, 2 BA 1864 sqft Call Chuck at ext. 325 or Becky at ext. 313 $434,900

NEW! – SILVERTON T2649-GREAT STARTER HOME 3 BR, 2 BA 1256 sqft Call Michael at ext. 314 $319,900




#T2645 HAS IT ALL 3 BR, 2 BA 2200 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $519,900 (WVMLS#773462)

NEW! – #T2650-SPECTACULAR HOME 4 BR, 2.5 BA 2881 sqft Call Chuck at ext. 325 $599,900 (WVMLS#774434)

NEW! – #T2644-NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION 3 BR, 2.5 BA 1915 sqft Call Chuck at ext. 325 $550,000 (WVMLS#773367)

NEW! – #T2655 AMAZING LOCATION 3 BR, 2.5 BA 2209 sqft 1.96 Acres Call Sheila at ext. 302 $669,000 (WVMLS#774491)

BARELAND/LOTS #T2646 HWY 213 .30 Acres Molalla. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $149,500 (WVMLS#773635) NEW! – #T2651 SILVERTON WEBB LAKE FRONTAGE .23 Acres Call

Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $129,900 (WVMLS#774739)

#T2651 WEBB LAKE FRONTAGE $129,900 Webb Lake frontage lot,

59.5 ft frontage, last lot on the subdivision, close to walking paths, shovel ready, with underground utilities ready. Very level lot, for minimal steps into the home, custom permit ready plans could be negotiated into the purchase. Kaufman Homes can build a custom home with a potential lot discount or bring your own builder and your own plans. Call Meredith at ext 324 or Ryan at ext. 322 (WVMLS#774739)

MT. ANGEL #T2642 CLASSIC OLDER HOME 4 BR, 1 BA 1984 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $398,900 (WVMLS#773013)

MOLALLA #T2646 HWY 213 .30 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $149,500 (WVMLS#773635)

For rental properties call Micha or Sarah at 503-873-1425 or check our website


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