Our Town North: April 1, 2022

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Election 2022

Your Garden

Brentano throws hat in county treasurer’s ring – Page 6

Vol. 19 No. 5

Beneficial alternatives to traditional grass lawns – Inside


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Contents The hows and whys of removing your lawn Your Garden Inside

APRIL 2022

A lush, green lawn looks beautiful, feels fabulous under foot and can serve a real purpose as the backdrop for picnics, sporting events or just lounging in the sun. But it can also have some real drawbacks.

“An irrigated, one or two species, mowed green lawn, that mimics an ecological disaster,” a golf course is Horticulturist Hammond said. Eric “It blocks most animals beside us from using it – there isn’t any food there – and most of us dump tons of poison and chemical fertilizer on it to keep it alive. Here in the [Pacific Northwest] we have to use a ton of water




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lawn, we realized that having a lawn rather silly for us, since we weren’t was willing to take care of it the way it was designed to be cared for,” Gerlits explained . “But finding an alternativ e was not easy.” Namely because it meant getting rid of the grass. Lush lawns can

require water –

a problem during

to keep it green all summer, water we do not have. It’s crazy.”

And he’s not alone in his thinking. “When we moved into our small cottage several years ago, the backyard had two things: a big man-made pond and a massive lawn,” homeowner Michele Finicle recalled.

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fit our family… both took a whole lot of a resource we felt needed to be spent sparingly: water.” Similarly, when Lisa Gerlits and her husband, Michiel Nankman, purchased their home – at roughly the same time – they knew that lawn maintena nce, including watering and mowing, just wasn’t for them.

“After a few years

of dry, prickly



“Time is the best method,” Hammon said of the most d common method of lawn removal. That involves smotherin g both grass and weeds.

“The first thing we did was cover every square inch of the lawn with cardboard and newspaper we had reclaimed from recycling,” Finicle said. “We put down several layers and wetted it so it would start the decompos ition process faster. Then we shoveled wheelbarrows of mulch from a PGE chip drop over all the newspaper. We made sure it was a thick layer, at least three inches deep.



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April 2022 • 1

Arts & Entertainment New plans for Mt. Angel Theater............4

Civics 101 Fiber options expand in Silverton........13

Election 2022 Brentano files for county treasurer........6

Mt. Angel allocates ARPA dollars.........14

Something To Do

Helping Hands Jams for Ukraine.................................18

Silverton hosts Solar Fair......................8

Something To Fun Putting STEAM in library programs........9

Business Books N Time’s new owner.................10 Silverton Bake Shop opens..................12

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MASD faces funding cuts......................10

Datebook................................20 Sports & Recreation

This Month First Friday Downtown Silverton, April 1 at 6pm. Difficult Conversation Series: End of Life Options Presentation + Q&A Wednesday, April 6 at 5pm.

House of Cards – Movie & Potluck Wednesday, April 13 at 6pm. Deadline to Apply for Senior Follies Friday, April 15.

Senior Follies General Meeting Monday, April 18 at 4pm. Game Time Thursday, April 21 at 2pm.

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Arts & Entertainment

An afternoon of music By Brenna Wiegand Jon Deshler, jazz trumpet player, globally published photographer and inspiring teacher, feels he has a lot to give. The purchase of Mt. Angel Theater & Studio gives him a place to do so. Built in 1912 as a silent movie theater, the 2,900-squarefoot space at 220 E. Charles St., has been owned by Stu Rasmussen since 1982. Prior to his death in November, Rasmussen expressed his desire that friend and creative collaborator Jon Deshler take over the theater and video production studio and continue developing its potential into the future. Rasmussen and Deshler met a dozen years ago and over the years continued supporting each other’s creative pursuits, sometimes collaborating and often crossing paths at the Woodburn Auction. When COVID hit, Deshler’s jazz gigs dwindled before his eyes. Winery jobs, photo shoots, lessons – all suspended. The substitute teacher’s license he’d been working on arrived via email one hour before the schools were shut down. The writing was on the wall for his Abiqua Studio in Marquam.

One day in early spring 2020, Deshler jumped on his motorcycle, slung his trumpet over his back, clamped his Galaxy S9 to the handlebars and hit the road. He ended up at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. “I didn’t know if anyone wanted to listen to a lone trumpet player in a tulip field, but I decided to find out,” he said. Thus Tune Tours was born. Deshler would gather some musician friends, throw a piano in the back of the truck and head for parts known and unknown. They ended up holding 25 “pop-up” concerts all over the state while their filming became more and more sophisticated. “I was a master still photographer and because of COVID I’ve become a pretty good movie maker,” Deshler said. “I want to play with people and for people and give them some place to hang.” Now, with his own place, Deshler envisions creating live music, multimedia performances and other educational and entertainment offerings in time. It begins humbly with Deshler and guitar player/creative partner Neal Grandstaff, who have both played with just about every jazz musician in Oregon. Deshler has designed his inaugural spring concert series especially for his fellow seniors.

“I am hoping the retirees will help me with this vital space through these matinee offerings,” Deshler said. “I want to play my horn and to contribute, and if we get 40-50 people in here twice a week, I will be paying for the building and my guitar player. “That would be the most phenomenal synergy that I could think of,” Deshler said. “If it works, I think we could have the beginnings of something special for our part of the Valley.” It’s about sharing wisdom, entertaining and paying respect to others with knowledge to impart, including some of his retired friends who are excited to see what’s next. “The exterior is rough, but the inside is ready to go,” Deshler said. “I’m not trying to renovate it anytime soon; it’s functional and in working order and I just want to put it to use. “If you do something special in a cool, special place you might be able to get people to come down from Portland and Salem eventually. “It’s for me; it’s for Stu, and it’s for the community and I want it to always work that way; that those three things are being satisfied all at the same time every time that I’m

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Jon Deshler brings live performances back to Mount Angel venue Mt. Angel Theater Spring Program

Right now, though, Deshler’s focus is on the upcoming series, no two alike.

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“It starts with me, Neal Grandstaff and a digital projector,” Deshler said. “I don’t want this to be a movie house; it’s a multimedia, performance-based space.

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“We are looking for good interaction with our audiences resulting in entertaining fun and connection, while nurturing community and place through live performances,” he said.

“A big portion of my job is to see if I can stimulate an elastic synapse in any one of those kids’ brains,” Deshler said. “I can see it in their eyes when it happens, it’s a beautiful thing.”

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“Audiences will hear us play the music of the Great American Songbook of the last 150 years, and in between there will be historic slideshows, Tune Tour videos, and very soon, we hope, guest artists from all over joining us on a regular basis.

Meanwhile, Deshler is getting plenty of local substitute teaching jobs and has come to be known as “the guy with the trumpet on his back.”

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Election 2022

Former Sublimity Mayor and Marion County Commissioner Sam Brentano is coming out of political retirement to run for Marion County Treasurer with an eye to merge the office with the county Finance Department. Brentano filed unopposed for the Republican nomination for the May 17 primary, with the office itself to be decided during the Nov. 8 general election. Unaffiliated candidates have until Aug. 30 to file for Nov. 8.

treasurer “concern more than just ability to get elected.” The Oregon Constitution does not place requirements on the abilities of a county treasurer outside of qualifying for an election, unlike offices such as county sheriff, coroner, assessor and surveyor which carry requirements specific to the duties of each office. “In a perfect world, [the treasurer] would be an appointed person with a certain skill set,” said Brentano, acknowledging he does not have these skills himself. Instead, Brentano said his goal is to facilitate the transfer of Treasurer’s Office responsibilities to the Finance Department, headed by the Chief Financial Officer, a position filled by the commissioners. Brentano said he is optimistic he can help the county through that change before the end of his term.

Incumbent Treasurer Laurie Steele said she is retiring after 19 years in office and is looking forward to time spent with her husband and traveling. She said Marion County has been “a wonderful place to work” and she will miss her colleagues. Brentano stepped down from political life in January 2021, after 17 years as a commissioner, and ten years beforehand as mayor of Sublimity. Brentano said, when he heard Steele was retiring, he had “a little tread left on the tires” and saw an opportunity to reform the Treasurer’s Office.

“Once I get it set up, it will be a part-time position, full-time responsibility,” he said. “I’m very excited to have that opportunity,” Brentano continued. “I love working with the county and look forward to that opportunity.”

Brentano said the Treasurer’s Office is largely redundant with the responsibilities of the Finance Department and they should not have to be separate agencies with separate staff. The county website defines the responsibilities of the Treasurer’s Office as managing and documenting the income, payments and investments of the county, while the responsibilities of the Finance Department include managing the county’s budget, payroll, accounts receivable, contracts and procurements. Brentano said the levels of skill and knowledge required to serve effectively as

He added decentralizing the Treasurer’s Office is not a slight against Steele, whom he said was very effective during her 20 years in office. “Laurie Steele was a longtime treasurer and did just a fabulous job,” said Brentano. Marion County CFO Jeff White said the physical move of treasury employees to his department has already occurred, with the transfer of two part-time treasury employees to a pool of 22 finance workers. White said the department had already cross-trained staff to work in the treasurer’s office to cover vacant shifts, so it made

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When asked why the Treasurer’s Office was not granted more personnel and hours rather than the transfer, White said staffing decisions are made by commissioners through department head requests and budget committee recommendations. He said, in his 15 years as CFO, the treasurer’s office has normally had limited, part-time staffing. When asked what may happen if a treasurer is elected who would rather have their own full-time staff, White said that would need to be a conversation between the treasurer and commissioners. White said, whichever candidate is elected treasurer, the finance department plans to support them.

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Mt. Angel Public Library invites all to check out the possibilities

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“I don’t know the exact statistics, but I do know that the majority of well-paying jobs in the future will be in STEM,” Jackie Mills, Director of the Mt. Angel Public Library for the past four years, said of the need for more science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.

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“Anything the library and the community can do to prepare and support our kids in seeing themselves in these roles, to envision STEM jobs as possibilities, is investing in our most precious resource – our children – and investing in our economic future.” With that thought in mind, Mills applied for the STAR Net STEAM Equity Project two years ago in the hopes of gaining funding in the amount of $15,000 over a fouryear period toward the purchase of bilingual learning materials in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). “As a library, we are in a perfect position to facilitate this,” Mills said. Now the Mt. Angel Public Library is become one of only 12 rural libraries in the nation – and the only one in Oregon – to participate in the project. “I am thrilled to be a part of such an endeavor.” Divided into three public-facing divisions, the STAR Net STEAM Equity Program include a minimum of three STEM programs for tweens, teens and their families, a variety of STEM kits that can be checked out and taken home and an annual exhibit. The first titled, “Somos Super Creativ@s: We’re Super Creative,” started at the library in February. Her plan calls for the STEM kits to be ready for checkout by early April. The contents will most likely include a science-based apparatus, resource books and a hands-on activity. “I have plans for kits in the following areas: Oregon birds and animals, Oregon plants and bugs, a microscope with slides, astronomy, circuits, coding, robotic pets and more,” Mills listed. “I am always interested in receiving input, so anyone with ideas for other kits is welcome to contact me.” As with all library programs, the STAR Net STEAM Equity Project’s success is contingent on widespread

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participation from the community. “I am hoping to use this program to inspire tweens and teens – especially girls and Latinx tweens and teens – to fall in love with STEM. To see themselves as scientists now and as future engineers, astronauts, computer programmers, fill in the blank,” Mills put said. “Ideally, the opportunities provided through this grant will enable them to be exposed to resources and ideas that they might not have access to under normal circumstances. And hopefully, such exposure will be a catalyst that will help them see a panorama of possibilities.” To do that, Mills knows she needs to get the word out that the library is more than just a place to find books.

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“Besides programming for all ages, we offer, for free, e-books, e-audio books, e-magazines, and movie streaming,” she listed. “Our eResources include access to Ancestry, Consumer Reports, The New York Times, research databases, and more...

“Almost 30 percent of our folks are Latinx, but this is not reflected in who uses the library,” she said. That’s a statistic she hopes will change as the programs and materials the library offers change, becoming more reflective of community’s population as a whole.

“Nowadays, libraries are also offering ‘things’ to check out, including tools, cake pans, instruments, seeds, and... cultural passes to four local attractions for free. We strive to be good neighbors in our community, to be good

“I hope that they will begin to see the library as a safe and welcoming place, a place to come when they need help, and a place that provides benefit and value to their lives,” Mills said.

Pacific Northwest subject of new Lori Rodrigues show at Lunaria Lunaria Gallery in Silverton will present “Pacific Northwest” by Lori Rodrigues in April. These watercolor pieces reflect the depth of the Pacific Northwest wilderness, from wildflowers to volcanoes.

created with intention using an impressionist style and landscape patterns of light and shadow.

Upstairs, in Lunaria’s Loft Gallery, “An Artist’s Evolution” by Jenny Armitage will feature watercolor and pen and ink. Her pieces are

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Solar Fair

Sustainable Silverton presents options By Melissa Wagoner Forced evacuation during the wildfires of 2020, fallen debris during the ice storm of 2021 and an increased amount of drought and fire danger after last summer’s heat dome event, when combined, became a major wakeup call for Megan Benedict – one she simply couldn’t ignore.

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“These episodes made me feel very helpless,” Benedict said. “But I love my home and I love Silverton so I decided it was important for me to spend time doing what I can to help make our community more resilient in the face of these severe climate challenges. Feeling helpless stinks, I’d rather do what I can to make real change.”

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She sought like-minded individuals, eventually joining the Sustainable Silverton Coalition. It’s a group whose mission, since its founding in 2014, has been to enhance the community’s resiliency and self-reliance through the support of the local economy, improved healthcare, increased livability and the encouragement of planet-friendly practices. “I was attracted by the action-oriented vision of the group and was impressed that the City of Silverton had adopted the Silverton Energy Plan in 2019, which was developed by Sustainable Silverton,” Benedict said. The group continues to support the city’s efforts to promote sustainability through various challenges and events. One such effort, the Solar Energy Fair, will take place Saturday, April 16 at the Silverton Senior Center. The event will offer both education and encouragement to community members interested in finding renewable energy options for use in their homes. “Our goals are threefold,” Charles Baldwin said. He was a founding member of Sustainable Silverton and coauthor of the Silverton Energy Plan. Baldwin characterized the plan as an introduction of low-cost renewable energy options, effective funding models and a city-wide reduction in the fossil fuels that contribute to climate change. “The Solar Fair is our effort to educate the public and encourage people to make changes in their own homes that will have


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“Since our home is all-electric (no gas appliances) we use more electricity than homes that have gas heating and gas stoves,” she explained. “The solar panels have offset about 30 percent of our electric consumption.” It’s a switch Benedict is hoping more people can make. The event will introduce not only options for implementing solar panels but information on switching to more environmentally conscious appliances. “If we are going to curb climate change, we must reduce the use of fossil fuels like natural gas,” she said. “New technology is here that uses electricity – not natural gas – in the form of heat pumps for both home heating/cooling and water heaters and induction ranges to replace gas-fired stoves.

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buff from way back. And true stories, I’ve read many books on leadership and having to do with the unhoused population. I just love to read.”

Karolle Hughes has seen bookstores come and go during the 30 years she’s lived in Silverton.

Which is why the purchase of Books N Time was such a natural next step for her.

“Whenever one would come in, I’d say, ‘Dag nab it!’ because I wanted to do that,” she recalled. “But it just wasn’t the right time for me.”

“I will be forever thankful to Chuck and Pam,” she said, “Even though it’s a lot – trying to get my ducks in a row.”

Then Chuck Tauer opened Books N Time in 2013 and Hughes knew right away that his store was something special.

Although much of the store will stay the same – including the store’s name – there will also be a few changes.

“I could peruse the store and pretty much know if they would succeed or fail. But when Chuck opened, I had such a good feeling,” Hughes said.

“One of the things we’re doing is inventorying all of our books and building an online presence so we can sell books online,” Hughes said. “And I would love to get an international author here for a book signing.”

She became a volunteer, spending the time she wasn’t working in social services, selling books to ensure that this would be the store that would last. And it has, for nine years. But at last, after the graduation of his son, Shane, Tauer decided to retire. “Pam and Chuck are adventurous and they wanted to explore living somewhere else,” Hughes said of the Tauers’ plan. That led her to purchase the store. “The dominoes fell pretty quickly and this amazing opportunity just landed in my lap,” Hughes said. “It was exhilarating and terrifying. My life has come full-circle

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Those are just two of the many ideas Hughes has for ensuring that Books N Time stays relevant and open for many years to come – something independent bookstore owners have had a harder time doing since the advent of online booksellers like Amazon and its Kindle device.


back to my passion.” Which, of course, is books. An avid, lifelong reader, Hughes admitted, “My house is like a bookstore.”

But when asked, Hughes said she’s not worried.

But she’s hard pressed to come up with a favorite book. “I love so many different genres,” she said. “I’m a mystery

“I hear from many people that they love an actual book,” Hughes began. “And people love independent bookstores. I get that comment a lot.”


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if Ireland would be interested in opening a bakery in her hometown of Silverton – where so many of her friends and family still reside. “I would have been stupid to say no,” Ireland laughed. So she said yes, opening the doors the Silverton Bake Shop – located in the refurbished Silverton Flower Shop Building – for the first time on Valentine’s Day 2022. “We ran out of cookies within an hour and a half,” Ireland said. The community

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“I want to compliment the community,” she said of the many types of foods other Silverton businesses offer. “I just want to enhance what’s already here.

Since that day, Ireland and her staff of seven have been kept busy doubling, tripling and quadrupling recipes, in order to keep up

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Silverton-area residents are being wooed by companies promising to upgrade the power of their internet.

Comcast, meanwhile, has joined the fray. In a March 21 press release, the company’s Pacific Northwest office announced plans to spend $10.6 million on high-speed broadband in the Silverton area.

Ziply Fiber took the plunge first, announcing in early March that its highspeed fiber optic network was ready for service for Silverton-area residences and businesses. New and existing Ziply customers who wish to check their address for fiber availability, or who would like to signup to be alerted when fiber internet is available at their home or business, can register at https://ziplyfiber.com/ Silverton. When fiber is shown as available at their address, Ziply’s existing DSL customers can upgrade by calling 1-866-699-4759. The work in Silverton is part of Ziply’s commitment to invest more than $500 million over the next two to three years to build an advanced, 100 percent fiber network to both suburban and rural communities across the Northwest that have been underserved when it comes to internet access, the company said in a

Construction is slated to begin in the early spring with “building the fiber backbone.” Some customers will be able to connect to services in late 2022, with completion of the network throughout Silverton in 2023. Comcast also reached out to Silverton Mayor Kyle Palmer, who expressed some frustration at internet service in town. “As a mayor, I want to have more choices, and I want residents to have better choices, and I want to have fewer people bugging me all the time saying they’re upset at their service,” Palmer told Comcast. “Yesterday would be good,” Palmer added regarding how soon he hoped Silverton would get hooked up.

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A total of $803,382 was divided between the Parks, Public Works, Library and Police departments for upgrades ranging from a 3D printer at the library to wireless water meter readers. City Manager Mark Daniel said it was “awesome” being able to approve department proposals that would otherwise not have been funded. “It’s huge because we just weren’t going to be able to fund those any other way,” he said. “For us to make that kind of difference for the community, it’s wonderful is what it is.” The city received the funds through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which was passed last year to help local governments respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible uses included public health programs, the expansion of public infrastructure, and replacement of lost revenue. A survey of Mount Angel residents in January showed overwhelming support for infrastructure expansion.

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Getting rid of the grass Lush lawns can require water – a problem during a drought.

to keep it green all summer, water we do not have. It’s crazy.” And he’s not alone in his thinking.


fit our family… both took a whole lot of a resource we felt needed to be spent sparingly: water.”

“When we moved into our small cottage several years ago, the backyard had two things: a big man-made pond and a massive lawn,” homeowner Michele Finicle recalled.

Similarly, when Lisa Gerlits and her husband, Michiel Nankman, purchased their home – at roughly the same time – they knew that lawn maintenance, including watering and mowing, just wasn’t for them.

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“Time is the best method,” Hammond said of the most common method of lawn removal. That involves smothering both grass and weeds. “The first thing we did was cover every square inch of the lawn with cardboard and newspaper we had reclaimed from recycling,” Finicle said. “We put down several layers and wetted it so it would start the decomposition process faster. Then we shoveled wheelbarrows of mulch from a PGE chip drop over all the newspaper. We made sure it was a thick layer, at least three inches deep.

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Gerlits also used a similar method, though with slightly less success.

• Double digging/sod removal • Smothering with cardboard or newspaper

“In the backyard we didn’t overlap the cardboard, so we’ve had grass poking through all over the place,” she lamented. “Also, we’ve been doing it in sections, so we’ve got a bark chip patch right next to our overgrown grass. When that grass goes to seed, it seeds itself in the fresh bark.”

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According to Hammond, there is no foolproof way to get rid of a lawn. Even double digging – removing the sod before placing it two spade lengths underground – requires the continual pulling of weeds. “With any method one of the things you are battling, however, is not just what is growing today but the seeds, presumably of weeds, that will germinate after you plant the new native (or regular) lawn,” Hammond explained. But planting something new is imperative, unless the homeowner plans to use a type of barrier – mulch, stone or bark chips – because where there is space something will grow. The question is – what?

Planting native “[I]t’s all about preference,” Hammond said, listing various plants – annuals, perennials, bulbs and even native grasses that could add visual and ecological appeal to both homeowners and wildlife. “I think a mixed meadow is the best approach because it has lots of visual interest most of the year.” It’s the choice Finicle made when she purchased the eco-

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lawn seed mixture – containing a blend of Dutch clover, strawberry clover, English daisies, yarrow, baby blue eyes, sweet alyssum rye, and fescue – developed by the OSU Extension Service but it’s by no means the only option. A space can be intentionally curated, beautifully designed and still be composed of drought resistant, pollinator friendly vegetation. “Oregon native plants are very diverse,” Camila Miller, owner of Miller Landscaping in Silverton – a company specializing in both lawn removal and native replanting – confirmed. “There are evergreen and deciduous varieties, low and mid-size shrubs, groundcovers, wildflowers, trees, and all of them play a role in the Willamette Valley ecosystem.”

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But what if you like your grass? Does all of it have to go? The answer, according to Hammond, is decisively, no. “The Willamette Valley was a bunch grass prairie (grasses that don’t spread by runners),” he pointed out. “There are many native species here... They serve a stabilizing role, holding the soil.” In other words, it isn’t a villain, in fact it can be a real ecological boon, as homeowner Pam Valley found out when – after the purchase of her home in the 1980s – she stopped watering, stopped mowing and let the established grass grow.

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“Not watering works fine for lawns…” she said. “They were used to that before we showed up.” And, because Valley doesn’t mow, other plants and even animals have begun to “show up” as well, making her yard their home. “Over time the grass becomes a meadow and many creatures are alive there like the salamanders in the leaves today or the big frog we saw last fall,” she said. The space has evolved as plants like chickweed, yarrow, daisies and oregano have moved in from neighboring gardens, creating a more diverse ecosystem. It took a while for her neighbors to get used to the change. “Some of the walkers were worried and asked questions,” she said of the original reaction, “but over time many of the neighbors started doing this too.”

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Driving around the Willamette Valley, it’s becoming much more common to see homeowners moving away from traditional lawns – planting front yard gardens, native shrubs and trees or even cultivating a small meadow – with the environment and their own values in mind. “In a time of changing climate, depleting resources, and inflated food costs, I feel like my garden is one place I can make a difference for my family and for the community of local pollinators we rely on to grow our food,” Finicle said of her choice. “As I sow my mix of native plants into my yard over Spring Break, I am planting with intention and purpose towards a sustainable future. After the last two years, that feels pretty good.”


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Use chemical controls only when necessary and only after thoroughly reading the pesticide label. First consider cultural, then physical and biological controls. Choose the least-toxic options, and use them judiciously. Some examples include insecticidal soaps, horticultural oils, botanical insecticides, and organic and synthetic pesticides.

Write in your garden journal throughout the growing season. Prepare garden soil for spring planting. Incorporate generous amounts of organic materials and other amendments, using the results of a soil analysis as a guide. Prepare raised beds in areas where cold soils and poor drainage are a continuing problem. Incorporate generous amounts (at least 2 inches) of organic materials. Use a soil thermometer to help you know when to plant vegetables. When the soil is consistently above 60 degrees Fahrenheit, some warm season vegetables (beans, sweet corn) can be planted.

Maintenance and cleanup Allow foliage of spring-flowering bulbs to brown and die down before removing. Apply commercial fertilizers, manure or compost to cane, bush (gooseberries, currants, and blueberries), and trailing berries. Place compost or decomposed manure around perennial vegetables, such as asparagus and rhubarb.

It’s a great time to start a vegetable garden. Among the vegetables you can plant, consider: broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, chives, endive, leeks, lettuce, peas, radishes, rhubarb, rutabagas, spinach and turnips.

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This is an optimum time to fertilize lawns. Apply 1 pound nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn. Reduce risks of runoff into local waterways by not fertilizing just prior to rain, and not overirrigating so that water runs off the lawn and onto the sidewalk or street.

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. Plants – especially vegetables – have a hard time thriving in the company of unwelcome neighbors that compete for water, light and nutrients.

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A good time to control slugs is when they are mating, before eggs are laid. Each slug can lay up to 300 eggs in a season, as clusters or a single egg. The life cycle is: clear eggs, milky eggs, white eggs, tiny slugs, tiny slugs, bigger slugs, more eggs and more slugs. When clusters of slug eggs are found dispose of them in the garbage and let them grow up to eat at the landfill, where they can be useful. The only benefit of slugs in the home landscape is enrichment of soil with their excrement. A handful of worms is preferred for that function. Keep grass mowed to reduce moisture and increase light at ground level. Slugs and snails are territorial, returning to their winter space and egg sites after feeding on your plants. Look for them where they have been seen before. Follow their trails, like Japanese ground beetles, snakes and frogs do when they seek to eat slugs and slug eggs. Slugs will range 100 feet or more from their home base.

Hand picking is effective for slug control when we have the time. Actually, using tongs and gloves is better than fingers. To remove slug slime from skin, wipe with vinegar on a paper towel; soap and water are ineffective. Some people pour salt on slugs or spray them with vinegar. The salt and vinegar will also burn nearby plants, though. Throwing slugs and snails over the fence does not help because they will find their way home. Egg shells and coffee grounds irritate the tender foot of a slug, so they just go around. Make a simple slug trap from a plastic (cottage cheese type) container. Cut holes in the top big enough for the slug to get into. Put sugar water, yeasty water, chopped cucumbers, aromatic fruits or cat food into the container. Canned salmon cat food is a preferred flavor, but will attract other critters. Save your beer for a party. Research at OSU shows that sugar water or cucumbers attract more slugs than yeasty beverages. Bury the container up to the lid so the slug can crawl in but cannot crawl out easily. Check the trap regularly and dispose of the captives. – Diane Hyde

To plant a garden is to believe in the future. Believe those seeds will sprout and mature in reasonable time. Believe your effort will be rewarded. Believe, but be wise in helping it happen. The spring solstice signals time for new growth, time to plant for the growing season. The days will be getting longer, and hopefully warmer soon. It is unlikely, but not impossible, that we’ll see another hard freeze this season, so it is safe to plant most crops in a garden. Transplants already grown to a healthy stage are available in garden stores. Although more expensive than planting seeds, direct planting of healthy starts than have been acclimatized to current temperatures will almost guarantee success. Direct sowing of seeds is less expensive (a whole package for the price of a pack of transplants), and will take two to four weeks longer to mature. If we believe in saving money for the future what do a couple of weeks matter? © SHAKZU / 123RF.COM

As we pick up wind-blown debris and pull up weeds, clusters of slug eggs are found. Some species of slugs bury the eggs underground so they are not found until the little slime-makers emerge. Slugs live under or in nutrientpoor soil, bark, logs, pots, rocks or any dark, moist areas. Some, like the spotted slug, hang out in dry areas eating dead organic matter. Cleaning up debris and setting traps near their habitats can reduce their populations.

will sprout in soils as cool as 40F. Many perennial flower seeds are designed by nature to sit in cold damp soil for weeks or months before sprouting so if they are sown now their hormones will let them sprout when the soil temperature is right. Warm season vegetables that originate from closer to the Equator, and more exotic flowers grown as annuals will not sprout until soil temperatures are warmer so they are often started indoors at 65-70F in our short-season microclimate. Even transplants of tomatoes and peppers purchased at the garden store will not grow well until soil temperatures (and night air temperatures) are above 50F. Corn, cucumbers and melons will not thrive below 60F. So we usually wait until late May to plant them. Covering raised beds with row cover cloth, an old sheet, of a makeshift clear plastic tent will help raise the temperature of a patch of soil by capturing sunlight and blocking wind. Good drainage helps prevent drowning and rotting of seeds in cold soggy soil. Soil should feel like a wrung-out sponge. OSU Extension has great publications available to help gardeners. Growing Your Own (EM 9027) and Vegetable Gardening in Oregon (EC 871) are two basic sources of information available at Extension offices or https://catalog.extension. oregonstate.edu.

To germinate and grow seeds need moisture and warmth. Moisture is not a problem as (cold) spring rains continue. Soil temperature is the key to seed starting success. Cool season vegetables grown mostly in northern hemisphere and higher elevations, and most perennial flowers



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Shortfall By Stephen Floyd

The Mt. Angel School District (MASD) is considering deep cuts to programs and staff to cover a large budget deficit as enrollment continues to decline. Based on current estimates, the shortfall could be around $783,000 if there are no significant differences in enrollment between the current school year and the next. However, projections range between $682,000 and $965,000 based on how many – or how few – students will return. The board is considering a range of options including layoffs, furlough days, and cuts to academics and athletic programs, as well as utilizing emergency funds received to offset revenue losses from the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials are expected to decide on costsaving measures in April as the budget process begins for the upcoming school year, though cuts may take effect during the current school year.

Pandemic enrollment hit MASD was among 82 percent of Oregon districts that reported drops in enrollment during the COVID-19 pandemic, totaling roughly 30,000 students. Between significant shifts and the jobs and housing markets, and polarizing attitudes toward public education, many families moved or chose to not re-enroll students. Average daily enrollment at MASD, as calculated for the distribution of state tax revenue, has fallen 15.6 percent since the 2018-2019 school year, and came in 6.8 percent lower than projected for the current school year. Business Manager Kristi Brackinreed said she believes enrollment is likely to stabilize, but even an increase in students for the 2022-2023 school year will not fully address the need for budget reductions. Brackinreed reported the budget


Enrollment drop forces Mt. Angel to face large budget issues situation to the board during its March 14 meeting. She said they have multiple strategies at their disposal, but all cost reductions come with a downside and the community will likely feel the pinch.

Sports aren’t off the table The biggest opportunity for cost reductions was in athletics, which could eliminate up to $280,000 from the budget as the district would not need to pay for coaching, transportation, equipment, uniforms and other costs related to student sports. But because of the significant role high school and middle school sports play in the lives of students and the community, Brackinreed said cutting athletics does not seem like a practical option. “There really isn’t a pro at all,” she said. “You’re going to have an upset community, you’re going to have upset students, we’re going to end up losing students to other districts, and it’s going to impact their mental health.” However, Board Chair Shari Riedman said it is too early to take athletics off the cost-cutting table. Though losing some or all sports would be a blow to morale, Riedman said the district’s primary goal is education rather than extracurriculars. “I’m not proposing we cut sports, just to be clear,” she said. “It needs to be part of the conversation. All of these options need to be part of the conversation.” Riedman asked Brackinreed to provide an analysis at the board’s next meeting of costs per sports program and costs per individual athlete to help members make an informed decision.

Cuts to staff, teaching materials Brackinreed also said the district could lay off staff, noting the cost of employing administrators and supervisors averages $147,000 per person, certified staff such as teachers averages $108,000 per person, and classified staff such as maintenance

workers averages $66,000 per person. She noted eliminating positions will create more work and pressure for the employees who remain, and would also present a challenge if funding is higher than projected next school year and the district lays off employees they are not able to rehire. “We could lose a potential good teacher who knows us and knows [our students],” she said. Rather than eliminating specific positions, Brackinreed said another option would be furlough days, which would cut school days from the existing academic calendar. This would save the district around $35,000 per day, and distribute cost reductions among all employees, who would lose an average of $80 to $300 per day in income depending on their pay scale. But the number of furlough days needed to make up the deficit could amount to multiple weeks out of the school year, even when combined with other options, which board members said would be a significant drawback. Brackinreed noted one benefit of furlough days is they could be implemented during the current school year to increase revenue carryover. If funding was better than projected for the next school year furlough days could be adjusted to cover the smaller gap. “We have some flexibility with that, which is nice,” Brackinreed said. The lowest-impact cost-saving measure would be eliminating $120,000 budgeted for an update to the language arts curriculum, which would include new books and materials for all grades. Brackinreed said the update is needed to replace a curriculum that is several years old, but could be postponed.

$600K in COVID relief Aside from cost reductions, the district has the option to use up to $600,000 in federal COVID-19 relief funds expected to carry over at the end of this year.


The funds were made available to cover losses in revenue experienced during the pandemic, and the district has broad discretion for how they are used. But the funds are limited and won’t be replaced, so Brackinreed said the district should be cautious about how they are spent. For example, if the funds are used to support staffing this year and are no longer available next year, and if revenue does not improve, the district has simply delayed the need for layoffs or other cost reductions rather than solved the deficit. “At some point there’s going to be a cliff and that funding’s gone,” she said. Brackinreed said she would feel comfortable using $300,000 of the pandemic relief funds to support next year’s budget, combined with other deficit reductions. That way staff and programs take less of a hit, and relief funds remain in case revenue does not improve as the pandemic subsides.

Multiple options, no decisions yet As an example of options available to the board, Brackinreed said if enrollment is stable they could apply $300,000 in relief funds, postpone the $120,000 curriculum upgrade and schedule 12 to 14 furlough days, which would make up the $783,000 projected deficit. However, multiple combinations of options remain and the ultimate change in enrollment will not be known until next school year. By the end of the meeting, board members had not indicated a preference for one strategy over another. Brackinreed said they don’t have to decide on cost-saving measures until April. At that point they must provide direction to the budget committee which begins meeting in May to compose the budget for the 2022-2023 school year. Brackinreed also said the district should have final income projections for the remainder of the current school year by then, allowing the board to make more precise decisions about the deficit.

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Carolyn Elaine Brenden

Robert Bodkin

On March 8, 2022, Carolyn Elaine Brenden passed away quietly at home where she loved to look out her window and enjoy the view.

Robert W. Bodkin II was born in Los Angeles, California, on March 4, 1947. He passed away on Jan. 10, 2022, at the age of 74 at his home in the Silverton Hills.

Feb. 28, 1949 – March 8, 2022

Carolyn was born on Feb. 28, 1949 in Embudo, New Mexico. She and her family moved from New Mexico in 1959 to Silverton, Oregon. Carolyn graduated from Silverton Union High School where she met her eventual husband Miles Brenden. She attended Chemeketa Community College where she was trained as a dental assistant. She married Miles on Valentine’s Day 1971 in Silverton and together they had three boys who she cherished beyond measure. Miles and Carolyn celebrated their 51st Anniversary this year. After several years working as a dental assistant for Dr. Huber in Astoria, she transitioned to a Dental Receptionist, where she worked for Dr. Huber until his retirement. She continued in this role for Dr. Joseph Shawa and Dr. Rodney Katayama until she retired in 2005.

Carolyn spent the next years of her life spending time with her husband, enjoying their beautiful home on the lake, along with her cherished family and friends. Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Carl S. Harris and Dorothy Ann Henderson Harris of Silverton, Oregon. She is survived by her family who loved her deeply: her husband, Miles E. Brenden of Cullaby Lake, Oregon; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Douglas Alling of Gig Harbor, Washington; three sons and daughtersin-law, Brook and Stephanie of Nine Mile Falls, Washington, Beau and Kelli of Cullaby Lake, and Brett and Betsy of Cullaby Lake; and three grandchildren, Brody, Ella, and Chloe. In lieu of a service, please honor Carolyn by sending donations to Doernbechers Children’s Hospital. She will be deeply missed.

Donald M. Murtha Jan. 17, 1937 – March 1, 2022

Don Murtha passed away at the age of 85 on March 1, 2022. He was born in Queens, New York to John Charles and Selma Alberta Murtha and lived in his younger years in Hempstead, New York. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism. Don was a reporter in the old style of Walter Cronkite. At the time of John F. Kennedy’s death, on which he reported, he worked for The Savannah Evening Press in Savannah, Georgia. Don also reported on the civil rights movement of the time. Going West was his life’s dream. He reported for The Sacramento Bee out of the Placerville, California office for several years. He finally made it to Oregon, where he became editor of The Woodburn Independent and then editor of The Silverton Appeal, at that time owned by Joe Davis. Don left the news industry for a while, but returned to his first love, reporting,

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by becoming a contributor to Our Town, from which he retired. Don was a person who thought of other people first. His infectious smile was always present; he had a great sense of humor, also known as the “Murtha humor.” He had suffered with Pulmonary Fibrosis beginning in 2009 for which there is no cure. Barely able to breath, he was made comfortable by the care of Willamette Valley Hospice. He his survived by his wife of 61 years, Gisela; sons, Poul (Ramona) and Bob (Susan); three grandchildren and one great grandchild; brother, John Murtha and sister, Nancy Sexton. His sister, Carolyn Feller, preceded him in death. The funeral service was held on March 24 at St. Mary Church in Mount Angel. The family was assisted by Unger Funeral Chapel.

He grew up in Alhambra, California. Bob earned a B.A. in Marketing & Finance at California State University, Los Angeles. He was a Vietnam veteran, and a very successful real estate broker for 50 years. Bob was active in Cursillo retreats for many years. He was an avid golfer, a prolific gardener, and enjoyed playing cards with his family. Bob was a kind and generous man, ready to provide assistance to anyone in need and was deeply devoted to his Catholic faith. He was an active member of St. Dorothy’s Catholic Church in Glendora, California. An evangelist at heart, Bob enjoyed passing out Catholic books to parishioners on special Holy Days. He prayed the Rosary and attended Mass daily.

Richard Aarhus Richard Albert Aarhus, 81, of Kailua Kona, died Feb. 9, 2022 at Nakamaru Hale in Holualoa, Hawaii. He was born Aug. 22, 1940 in Silverton, Oregon. He was a retired farm equipment sales associate. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Aahus

Gela Mae Cort

Gela Mae Cort was born on June 21, 1931 in Marysville, Washington. She spent her carefree childhood days there before relocating to Long Beach, California in her teens. After graduating, she married her high school sweetheart, Al Koester. Their marriage lasted 72 years until her death on March 13, 2022. Their three daughters, Angela Phillips, Denise Winter, and Cherie Thorn, along with their father, were by her side as she peacefully passed. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Inge, Cameron, Tyler and Devon. Her grandson, Zachary, preceded her in death. She had seven great grandchildren, four great great grandchildren, and her


March 4, 1947 – Jan. 10, 2022 Bob was in the process of moving to Oregon. He bought many buildings including the Wilco building in Mount Angel which recently burned down. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Helen Bodkin, and his sister, Diane Wurtz. He is survived by his sister Barbara (Hubert) Hettwer, and five nieces and nephews. Services were held at St. Dorothy’s Catholic Church in Glendora, with burial on Jan. 26 at Resurrection Cemetery in Rosemead, California. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to one of Bob’s favorite charities: Kiwanis Club of San Gabriel Foundation, West San Gabriel Valley Association of Realtors, St. John Bosco High School (Salem, Oregon), Cala Figueroa Foundation (Pomona, California.) and Mary’s Mercy Center Inc. (San Bernadino, CA). Arrangements are through Cabot & Sons Funeral Directors, Pasadena, California.

Aug. 22, 1940 – Feb. 9, 2022 of Kailua Kona; daughters, Carrie (Dan) Carson of Oregon, Debbie (Bill) LeTexier of Minnesota; and grandchildren, Etan and Catherine. A private service is to be held. Arrangements were made by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

June 21, 1931 – March 13, 2022 constant canine companion, “Buster.” She and Al lived in numerous cities after moving to Oregon in 1972, exploring nature all around the state via numerous camping trips. They ultimately settled in Silverton in 2009. Everywhere she lived she loved working in her yard, growing beautiful flowers and tomatoes she enjoyed sharing with everyone. Laughing was her second favorite hobby, finding humor and happiness in the small things. She was known by many in Silverton as the little old lady wearing a straw hat, pushing her walker around town. She often took the same route in order to pet favorite dogs and see colorful yards where she occasionally “borrowed” a flower or two.


Alan Grover Carter

George ‘Bart’ Cross

Dr. Alan Grover Carter passed away on March 12, 2022. He was born January 17, 1946 in Logan, Utah to Grover Carter and Grace (Anderson) Carter where his father was completing his stint as an army physician.

Aug. 13, 1931– Feb. 13, 2022 George B. “Bart” Cross, DMD, passed away peacefully on Feb.13, 2022 at the age of 90. He was born in Corvallis, Oregon on Aug. 13, 1931. He was the only son of Jess O. and Donna E. (Robertson) Cross.

After his retirement, Bart and his second wife, Sandra Cloyd, traveled extensively in their motorhome. Bart and Sandra enjoyed their retirement years in Mexico, Silverton, and Mount Angel.

Bart had a long and successful career in dentistry. After graduating from Halsey High School, he attended the University of Oregon and OHSU School of Dentistry (then the University of Oregon School of Dentistry). After dental school, he entered the US Navy, serving in the dental corps aboard the USS Forrestal and at St. Albans Naval Hospital in New York. That is where Bart met and married his first wife, Carol Houck. Following his discharge, they moved to Portland where Bart returned to the dental school as an instructor. In 1962, Bart entered private dental practice in Lebanon, Oregon. In 1996, he retired after 34 years of community dentistry.

Bart was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Sandra. Bart is remembered by his daughters, Karlan (Ken) Meithof, Susan Weinhardt, and Alison (Mark) Dillon; grandsons, Eric Weinhardt and Jacob Weinhardt; great grandchildren, Caleb and Camilla Weinhardt; stepsons, Greg and Andy Cloyd. A celebration of life will be held on Friday, April 15 at The Oregon Garden in Silverton from 1- 3 p.m. Gifts in his memory can be made to Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. The family wish to thank Ali Maldanado at Benevolence Care Home in Salem for the care and dignity shown to Bart Cross. Arrangements by Unger Funeral Chapel – Silverton.

In Memory Of …

Rick Druby Donald Murtha Robert Pilkinton Robert Satern Dan Woodall Glenna Martin Roger Robinson Alan Carter Sandra Patterson Scott Reed Gela Mae Koestler

Aug. 24, 1985 — Feb. 28, 2022 Jan. 17, 1937 — March 1, 2022 June 17, 1968 — March 2, 2022 Jan. 6, 1951 — March 5, 2022 Jan. 28, 1956 — March 5, 2022 Dec. 17, 1936 — March 7, 2022 Feb. 17, 1939 — March 10, 2022 Jan. 17, 1946 — March 12, 2022 Aug. 17, 1937 — March 12, 2022 Jan. 12, 1947 — March 12, 2022 June 21, 1931 — March 13, 2022

While Laurie was planning a wedding in Forest Grove, the Vietnam War intensified, and leaves were cancelled. On July 12, 1969, the day after Alan received his wings, Laurie flew to Pensacola to marry him in the chapel on the Naval Air Station with her sister, Molly Armstrong, attending. After his training was completed, he served in the air wing on the USS Constellation and the America as a radar officer on F-4s (Phantoms). He returned to Portland with his wife, a St. Bernard, and a Siamese cat where he enrolled at Portland State. He worked towards a second degree in Public Health while he volunteered in different dental offices, worked for a concrete contractor, and applied to dental schools alongside thousands of veterans and lottery losers who were applying at the same time. He was elated to be accepted to his first choice, the University of Oregon Dental School (now part of OHSU). Four years later when he received his DMD degree, he and Laurie fell in love with Silverton, just as his parents had loved Hood River. He opened his dental practice in 1978 and retired forty years later.

Those who did not know him well thought he was very quiet and reserved, they didn’t know how much fun he was, his quick wit and his peaceful nature. He is survived by his wife, Laurie; (the last coherent thing he said to a nurse in the ER was “Marriage is a wonderful thing”); his daughters and sons-in-law, Danielle (Carter) and Shawn Anderson, and Alyson (Carter) and Larry Cavasso; his grandchildren, Carter and Dylan Anderson, and Brody and Adalyn Cavasso; his brother, Ralph Carter MD; sisters, Claire Carter, Gail Arends, and Ellen Carter; brother-in-law, Henrik Aberg; sisters-in-law, Molly (Norman) Reiss, Kathleen (Tony) Wildman, and Judith (Don) Coleman. He was also close to his nephew Bill Wildman. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister Lynn Carter. Our deep gratitude for the kind and loving treatment Alan and Laurie received from the Silverton Fire Department, and the Salem Hospital ER and PulmonaryCardiac ICU. We owe so much to our health care workers.

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In 1950 the family fell in love with Hood River, Oregon. Grover joined a medical practice there; for many years he was the only Board-certified surgeon in Hood River Valley. Alan graduated from the University of Oregon with a BS in Biology in 1968, and made life-long friendships with his brothers from Sigma Phi Epsilon, and a fiancée, Laurie Armstrong. He applied for a commission in US Naval Air and entered basic training in March of 1969.

That is the skeleton of his life, the body was full of love, good times, family, deathdefying adventures, travel, and hard work. He liked working with his hands with carpentry and wood carvings; he loved his dogs and cats. He was happiest out of doors: he loved skiing, river rafting, and the cabin he designed and built with Tony and Kathy Wildman. However, most of all, he loved his family.

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Helping Hands

Homeland By Melissa Wagoner Tasha Huebner feels every bomb that falls on Ukraine like a physical blow. A second generation American of Ukrainian descent, she has long maintained ties to her heritage through extensive travel, a study abroad in the 1990s and even a stint living in the capital city of Kyiv. Photos of the time feature a younger, more carefree Huebner, posing next to historic sites that date back hundreds of years as well as the view from her window – the iconic white and teal minarets of St. Andrew’s Cathedral silhouetted against a foreboding sky. “It’s a beautiful country,” Huebner said, laying out photo after photo in a collage ode to Ukraine. “And these people…” she continued as she laid out a handful of pictures featuring her good friends, Kolya and Nastya Katerinchuk, with tears in her eyes. Because the Katerinchuks are a prime example of how the current war with

Silverton artisan aids Ukrainian resistance by making jam Russia is tearing families in Ukraine apart – Nastya in France with her parents and daughter while Kolya, a lawyer and a member of parliament, now fights with the 126th Battalion for Ukraine. “It’s surreal,” Huebner said, shaking her head in disbelief. “Me, myself and everyone who knows would have sworn this would have never happened.” But it is happening and Huebner, despite growing anxiety and sleepless nights finds herself unable to look away. “I can’t even describe how horrible it is for people who are of Ukrainian descent,” she said. “I’m one of many people who wakes up and checks to see what happened over night and if [President] Zelenskyy is still alive.” It’s a wait and see attitude that Huebner, who has built her business – an awardwinning artisan jam company, The Canning Underground, whose catchphrase is, “join the resistance” – abhors because there’s a certain level of powerlessness inherent in watching the

homeland,” she wrote on her company’s homepage, where she posted her plans to put aside the haplessness inherent in watching the war from afar by doing the thing she does best – making jam.

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“Other than the shipping cost, every cent will go to the battlefront,” she wrote. Adding, “Ukraine thanks the world for their support.”

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And thus far the world seems to be listening, as Huebner has already processed an estimated $700 in local sales and over $2,000 in outright donation money in less than a month.

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“They’re collecting money for things like radios, thermal vision devices...” Huebner said of the resistance-related items the money – which she sends directly to Kolya, via a Ukrainian credit union account – has been helping to fund. But there are other items as well. “They’re also stockpiling food and water,” she continued, “in case the people still in Kyiv (about two million) are surrounded and stuck...” Licensed Bonded Insured

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Because movement of people and supplies in the war-torn country has been difficult – a fact that has been corroborated by another of Huebner’s Ukrainian friends – coworker, Georgi Dulishkovych – who has thus far, and with Huebner’s help, raised enough money to purchase the first of two supply vehicles that he will send from his home near the border with Poland to the soldiers fighting on the frontlines.

year’s upcoming sunflower starts to the fund. I mean, of course.” Herself an avid gardener, Huebner was thrilled by the idea and plans to join the effort this spring, planting sunflower seeds – Ukraine’s national flower – wherever there’s an empty spot. The efforts are small ones, Huebner knows this, but they give her hope that the people around her aren’t just looking away.

“They’ve bought one and are working on buying another,” Huebner said. “They want something sturdy and strong but not big and obvious – $7,800 is their goal.”

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“We need to keep making noise, keep paying attention,” she stressed, tears in her eyes. “Just don’t forget.”

That’s a lot of jam at only $10 a jar, but Huebner seems far from daunted. In fact, she seems invigorated, relaying stories of the customers who have come knocking at the door of her Silverton home, not so much looking for jam as looking to help. “One local woman who bought jam, Emily Hanson, she stopped by to pick it up and hands me $60 in addition, saying it’s from her dad,” Huebner said. “He was so upset at what’s going on in Ukraine

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Then she quoted Taras Shevchenko, Ukraine’s famous poet laureate, who wrote in his poem, “Zapovit,” words that Huebner speculates ring as true today as they did during the revolution of 1845, when they were written: “With softly spoken, kindly word/Remember also me.”


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Mt. Angel Public Library, 290 E Charles St. Silverton High, 1456 Pine St., Silverton. Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield 50 & older. 503-873-3093 Silver Creek Fellowship, 822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton.

Weekly Events Monday

SACA Food Pantry, 9 a.m. - noon, SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. Repeats Thurs. 503-873-3446, silvertonareacommunityaid.org Bridge, 10 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Mt. Angel Community & Senior Center Store, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 195 E Charles St. Repeats Tues. - Sat. 503-845-6998 Mt. Angel Food Pantry, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Mt. Angel Community Center, 195 E Charles St. Repeats Wed. 503-845-6998 Silverton Meals on Wheels, 11:30 a.m. Delivery only. $3 donation suggested. Monday - Friday. Carol, 503-873-6906. Mt. Angel Senior Meals, 11:30 a.m. Delivery only. $3 donation suggested. Repeats Thurs. Ginger, 503-845-9464. Poker, 12:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Silvertone Ukulele Network, 3:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Peaceful Heart, 4 - 5 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Yoga breathing, kirtan and yoga philosophy. Everyone welcome. Refreshments served. Free. peacefulheartkirtan@gmail.com Free Dinner, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Oak Street Church, 502 Oak St., Silverton. Pickup only. Open to all. 503-873-5446 TaekwonDo, 7 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Jon Haynes, 503-873-3663


Silver Angel Foot Clinic, Silverton Senior Center. Repeats Wed. Call for appointment. 503-873-3093 Scotts Mills Food Boxes, 9 - 11 a.m., Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. Food donations welcome. Niki Barber, 503-873-5059 Simple Qigong, 9:45 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. $8. Repeats Thurs. Family Storytime, 10:30 a.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Age 2 - 5. Recordings posted at mtangelreads.readsquared. com. 503-845-6401 Pinochle, 11:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Repeats Fri. Tune Tours Afternoon Show, 2 - 5 p.m., Mt. Angel Theater & Stu.dio, 220 E Charles St. Live music for music lovers and seniors, but all are welcome. $10. Repeats Thurs. Jon, 323-449-1183

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SACA Food Pantry, 4 - 7 p.m., SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. 503-873-3446, silvertonareacommunityaid.org Serenity Al-Anon Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Virtual Zoom meeting. Repeats 10 a.m. Sat. For Zoom link, call Barbara K, 503-269-0952.


Knit Wits, 10 a.m. - noon, Silverton Senior Center. Mission Benedict Food Pantry, 1 - 4 p.m., St. Joseph Shelter, 925 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Repeats Fri. 503-845-2468 Open Art Studio, 1 - 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Line Dancing, 1 - 2 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship. No registration required. Free; donations accepted for instructor. Open to all. Sheila, 503-409-4498 Silver Chips Woodcarving Sessions, 1 - 4 p.m., Silverton Arts Association, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. $2 a week. All skill levels. 503-873-4512. Mission of Hope Food Pantry, 2 - 4 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship. 503-873-7353 Daniel Plan Journey Video Series, 6:30 - 8 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship Church. In-person or online at scf.tv/daniel.plan. Free. Open to public. Sheila, 503-409-4498


Free Coffee, 7 - 9 a.m., Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. Yoga Class, 9 a.m., Silver Creek Fellowship. Instructor Marg Jones. Open to all. Sheila, 503-409-4498 Bingo, 10 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. $1 per card, $2 for three cards. TaekwonDo, 6 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Jon Haynes, 503-873-3663 Mediation & Shared Dialog, 7 - 8:30 p.m. All spiritual traditions welcome. Invitation for virtual gathering: compassionatepresence@ yahoo.com. 971-218-6641


Toastmaster Club, 7:30 a.m., Zoom. Increase listening skills, speaking, thinking and evaluating. Contact tmcommunicators@ gmail.com for Zoom link. Silvertones Community Singers, 10:30 a.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 Main St., Silverton. Anyone who loves to sing is welcome. Tomi, 503-873-2033 Shelf Indulgence, 11 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Local senior authors book sharing. Free.


After-Season Indoor Market, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Silverton Friends Church, 229 Eureka Ave. Local produce, eggs, meats, artisan crafts. Free admission. silvertonfarmersmarket. com

Saturday Free Lunch, noon - 1:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 N Second St., Silverton. Pickup only. Open to all. 503-939-3459 Silverton Country Historical Society Museum, 1 - 4 p.m., 428 S Water St., Silverton. Repeats Sun. silverton. museum@live.com, 503-873-7070 Peaceful Heart, 2 - 3 p.m., Silverton Community Center, 421 S Water St. Yoga breathing, kirtan and yoga philosophy. No experience required. Everyone welcome. Refreshments served. Free. peacefulheartkirtan@gmail.com

Notices Diaper Drive

The 13th annual Les Schwab Diaper Drive runs through April. Sizes 4 - 7 including pull-ups and wipes are urgently needed. Diapers can be dropped off at any Salem, Dallas, Independence, Sublimity and Woodburn Les Schwab locations. Benefits Family Building Blocks.

Mt. Angel Public Library

STEAM activity packet to create a catapult for grades K - 5 will be available beginning April 13. Available April 14, teens and tweens can make a wind turbine complete with miniature motor that lights up. The April Storywalk is the bilingual book Siesta by Ginger Foglesong. Start at the library front door and walk around town. All activities are free. 503-845-6401

Kindergarten Roundups

Silver Falls School District hosts Kindergarten Roundups in April. Children must be 5 years old by Sept. 1. Bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate, proof of residence and immunization record. Robert Frost, 5 - 7 p.m. April 19. Scotts Mills, 4 p.m. April 20. Central Howell/ Pratum, 3:30 - 5 p.m. April 21. Mark Twain, 5 - 7 p.m. April 21. Silver Crest, 6 p.m. April 27. Butte Creek, 6:30 p.m., April 28. Evergreen, 1 p.m. April 29. Victor Point, 9 a.m. April 29. silverfallsschools.org

Friday, April 1 April Fool’s Day Marion SWCD First Friday

10 a.m. Zoom. Invasive plant species ID with Jenny Meisel, MSWCD native and invasive plant specialist. Target audience is Marion County residents who would like to learn how to identify invasive plant species on their property to better manage their land. Register at marionswcd.net. 503-391-9927

First Friday in Silverton

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


Lunaria Gallery First Friday

7 - 9 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St., Silverton. Meet the artists for April’s showing. Main Floor Gallery showing is Pacific Northwest by Lori Rodrigues. Loft Gallery features An Artists Evolution by Jenny Armitage. The shows run 11 a.m. 5 p.m. Tuesday - Sunday through May 1. 503-873-7734, lunariagallery.com

Brush Creek Performance

7 p.m., Brush Creek Playhouse, 11535 NE Silverton Road, Silverton. “Rustlers of Red Rock.” Tickets $10 adults, $8 children, students and seniors. Tickets at Books-NTime, 210 N Water St., Silverton, or at the door. Repeats 7 p.m. April 1, 2 p.m. April 3. brushcreekplayhouse.com

Saturday, April 2 Ramadan Begins

Molly Mo’s Spring Garden Market

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., 440 NE Cherry St., Sublimity. Hand-selected collection of vintage goods for home and garden. Cash and cards accepted. Diane, 503-510-0820

Sunday, April 3 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. Email: mary@maryfranklin.net.

Women in Business Pop-up Shop

2 - 6 p.m., Mt. Angel Event Center, 210 Monroe St. Women in Business showcase their products, services and talents. kraft. tee503@yahoo.com, kraftee.shop

Monday, April 4 Silverton City Council

6 p.m., Silverton High. Open to public. 503-873-5321, silverton.or.us

Mt. Angel City Council

7 p.m., Mount Angel Public Library. Open to public. 503-845-9291, ci.mt-angel.or.us

Tuesday, April 5 Caregiver Connection

2 - 3:30 p.m. Zoom. For family caregivers and/or unpaid family caregivers. Free. To register, contact Suzy, 503-304-3429, suzy. deeds@nwsds.org

American Legion Post #89

6:30 p.m., American Legion Hall, 740 E College St., Mt. Angel. All veterans are welcome. 503-845-6119

Wednesday, April 6 STEAM Girls

3:15 - 4:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Experiment and explore STEAM themes with other middle school girls. Snacks provided. Free. Grade 6 - 8. 503-845-6401

Virtual Trivia Night

7 p.m. Zoom. Test your knowledge. Zoom invite: Ron Drake at Silver Falls Library, 503873-8796. Repeats April 20.


Mt. Angel Planning Commission

7 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Public hearing on a conditional use permit application to allow construction at 300 Humpert Lane. Kiel Jenkins, 503-540-1616

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club

6:30 p.m. Zoom. Discuss The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. Everyone is welcome. For Zoom invite, contact Ron Drake at Silver Falls Library, 503-873-8796.

Thursday, April 7

Thursday, April 14

7 a.m., Main St. Bistro, 201 E Main St., Silverton. Bi-monthly meeting of Silverton Kiwanis Club. New members welcome. Repeats April 21.

1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Step-bystep painting class or create an original design. Snacks provided. Free. Teens. 503-845-6401

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Dine Out Club

6 p.m., Noble Fox, 101 N Water St., Silverton. No-host dinner sponsored by Silverton Senior Center. 503-873-3093

Family Science Night

6:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Explore light and shadows as a family through hands-on experiments, activities and stories. Grade K - 3. Free. 503-845-6401

Friday, April 8 LEGO Lab

3 - 4:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Build an original creation out of LEGOs to put on display at the library. All supplies provided. Free. 503-845-6401

The Next Friday

5 - 8 p.m., downtown Mt. Angel. Mt. Angel shops and restaurants open until 8 p.m. the second Friday of each month. Retail shops host refreshments. mtangelchamber.com

Saturday, April 9 Monthly Book Talk

9:30 a.m. - noon, Zoom. Discuss The Kingdom of God is Within You by Leo Tolstoy. Open to all. Free. Contact Sr. Dorothy Jean Beyer at 503-845-2556, dorothyjeanb7@gmail.com.

Teen Arts & Crafts

Zenith Women’s Club

7 p.m. Local women discuss ways to fund, implement projects that benefit the Silverton community. Anyone interested is welcome. Call Barbara, 801-414-3875, for location and information.

Friday, April 15 Passover Begins Saturday, April 16 Easter Egg Hunt

10 a.m., Mount Angel Towers, 1 Towers Lane. The Easter Bunny and Duck will be on hand for pictures. 503-845-7211.

Service Academy Information Day

11 a.m. - 1 p.m., West Linn High, 5464 W A St. Students, parents, educators are invited to learn about the application process to attend the nation’s Service academies. Host by Congressman Kurt Schrader. RSVP is encouraged but not necessary. OR05KSRSVP@mail.house.gov

Silver Falls School District Board

Tuesday, April 12

Taizé Prayer 7 p.m., Benedictine Sisters’

Mt. Angel School District

6:30 p.m. Zoom. Open to public. Zoom link at masd91.org. 503-845-2345 7 p.m., Zoom. Open to public. For login details: 503-873-5303, silverfallsschools.org

Ancestry Detectives

10 a.m. Zoom. Bring questions and suggestions for genealogical research. David Stewart, ancestrydetectives353@ gmail.com for Zoom details. Ancestrydetectives.org

Silverton Planning Commission 7 p.m., Silverton High. Open to public. 503-873-5321

Wednesday, April 13 Adult Crafting

1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Create a seashell shadowbox to take home. Supplies provided. Adults. Free. 503-845-6401

7 p.m. Zoom. Discuss The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate. Everyone is welcome. Zoom invite: Ron Drake at Silver Falls Library, 503-873-8796.

Wednesday, April 20 Friends of Mt. Angel Public Library

6:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Annual meeting. Open to all. 503-845-6401

Thursday, April 21

Book Discussion for Adults

1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction by Mary Ellen Hannibal. Copies at library. 503-845-6401

Virtual Writers’ Group

6:30 p.m. Zoom. Open to all. For Zoom invite, contact Ron Drake at Silver Falls Library, 503-873-8796.

Mt. Angel Planning Commission

7 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Open to public. Kiel Jenkins, 503-540-1616

Friday, April 22 Earth Day Earth Day Celebration

Monday, April 18 Tax Day

Monday, April 25 Vigil for Peace

2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Towne Square Park, Silverton. Silverton People for Peace gather to advocate for peace, social justice issues. 503-873-5307

Wednesday, April 27 Virtual Film Discussion

7 p.m. Zoom. Watch “The New World” on your own, then join the Zoom meeting for a moderated discussion. Zoom invite: Ron Drake at Silver Falls Library, 503-873-8796.

Friday, April 29 Arbor Day Afternoon Movie

3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Watch Sing 2 on the big screen while enjoying hot popcorn. All ages. Free. 503-845-6401 5 - 7 p.m., Silver Fall Brewery, 207 Jersey St., Silverton. Have a drink and connect with other Silverton Food Co-op owners to discuss ways it can strengthen the local food system. silvertonfood.coop


Silverton City Council

6 p.m., Silverton High. Work session. Open to public. 503-873-5321, silverton.or.us

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Queen of Angels Monastery, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. All are welcome to join. Benedctine-srs.org

11:30 - 8 p.m., Ratchet Brewery, 990 N First St., Silverton. Drawings, prizes, silent auction, games, face painting. Benefits Scotts Mills School PTCC. scottsmillsptcc.com


Queen of Angels Chapel, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Open to public. 503-845-6773

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Saturday, April 23

Happy Hour with the Co-op

3:30 - 4:45 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Decorate ceramic pots, make earth-themed crafts and bring home a baby plant. All ages. Free. 503-845-6401

Solar Energy Fair

3 - 5 p.m., Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield. Sustainable Silverton hosts informational event to promote financially-accessible solar. Learn about incentives provided by the Oregon Department of Energy and Energy Trust of Oregon for solar and other energy-efficient improvements. Free. sustainablesilverton@gmail.com

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New boss

Foxes football reels in 6A coach Dan Lever

By James Day

Linfield College and also was an assistant at Southeast Oklahoma, the University of Puget Sound and Santa Barbara City College before taking the Tualatin position.

The Silverton High football program lost just once last season in a magnificent 12-1 year that saw the Foxes claim their first state title since 1991. Now, the school has hired the coach who dealt them that lone defeat.

Lever and the other finalist, who was not named, participated in a unique test, conducting a workout with current Silverton players.

Dan Lever of Tualatin has taken over the Foxes from Josh Craig, who stepped down in January because of family obligations. Lever was 39-15 in five years as the head coach of the Class 6A Timberwolves, who outlasted the Foxes 35-28 last Sept. 10 in a non-league matchup.

“I never have done that before,” Lever said. “It was a good way to evaluate the program and the kids.” The 30-minute Saturday morning session started in a classroom where Lever drew up a couple of plays on a wipeboard and then the 25 or so athletes took to the field and ran them under Lever’s supervision.

Lever’s T-Wolves advanced to the 6A title game before falling to Central Catholic. Craig’s Foxes downed Thurston 26-20 in the 5A title game, which left Craig’s record 41-11 overall and 8-3 in the playoffs.

New Silverton High football coach Dan Lever.

“They were tough, real tough, very tough, that’s what I saw,” Lever told Our Town of that Sept. 10 contest, which ended with the Foxes inside the Tualatin 5-yard line. ”They were well-coached, the kids played hard... that’s a great program at the high school level.”

Lever said stylistically he plans to run things at Silverton in a similar fashion to a small college program, with a strong emphasis on technique and the use of technology.


Marquam area two years ago. His two children, Hudson and Jade, will be attending school in the Silver Falls

“We’re about the kids and creating great young people who are going to go on to be great husbands and fathers and contributors to society,” Lever said.

School District. The easy commute from the new home to the new job made the Silverton position extremely attractive to Lever.

Lever, a Canby native, already knows a bit about the Silverton area as he and his family moved to the

“That’s our No. 1 goal. If you do things the right way, good things will happen.”

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Silverton players, coaches and managers after finishing 2nd at the Class 5A state boys basketball tournament March 12 in Corvallis.

Hoops success

Both Silverton High basketball squads advanced to the state tournament in Corvallis after sparkling Mid-Willamette Conference championship seasons. The boys team advanced to the state title match against Wilsonville, falling 34-30 in a defense-oriented game in which Silverton led 11-6 at halftime after shutting out the Wildcats in the second period. The No. 4 Foxes opened with a thrilling 49-47 win against Mid-Willamette Conference foe Crescent Valley and followed that with a 50-36 semifinal take-down of top-ranked Redmond. “It was an incredible journey,” coach Jamie McCarty told Our Town. “The boys really peaked at the end of the year. They could not have played any harder at Gill. They left everything they had on the court, and that is all we asked. I



Foxes take second in 5A boys tournament Foxes standouts Neil Efimov and Jordan McCarty were named first-team all-tournament, while Ryan RedmanBrown earned Foxes player of the game honors for the CV and Wilsonville games.

thought we prepared very well and were ready for each competition. “The defensive performance we had in the state championship against Wilsonville was the best defensive performance I have ever seen by a high school basketball team. Giving up 6 points in the first half and zero in the second quarter is one I will remember for the rest of my life. The boys will and effort were unmatched. We struggled on the offensive end and just didn’t get enough to go in to win it all.”

Silverton became the first school since the 5A class debuted in 2006 to win a football title in the fall and finish second in hoops in the same school year. The Foxes put together a similar achievement in 2014-15, finishing second in football in the fall and winning the hoops title in 2015. McCarty is 69-1 in MWC play in his five years. Year one the Foxes were 4th at state. Year two they were third, falling to Wilsonville in the semis. Year three they were in the semis when COVID


ended the tournament. They were 14-1 last year, in year four, but no tournament was played. The Foxes’ girls program, under Tal Wold, has had similar state tournament success. Silverton won the 2016 title, finished second in 2017 and third in 2018. Like the boys squad, they were through to the semis in the COVID year, 2020. This year, however, the Foxes went 0-2 in the tournament, which had its best balanced field in the 7 years Wold has been taking teams to Gill. The No. 9 seed Crescent Valley won the title against Springfield, the 7th seed. No. 11 Putnam advanced to the semis with a win against No. 3 Crook County. “There was tremendous parity in 5A

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this year,” Wold told Our Town. “Not a great team, but a lot of good teams. If we played the tournament again this week, I bet there would be a different winner. That being said, I was happy for CV and they certainly deserved to be state champions.” Silverton, which defeated CV twice during its 14-2 MWC season, fell to surging Springfield 29-20 in the quarterfinals and then left the tournament after a 47-44 overtime loss to Crook County. The Foxes staged a spirited comeback against Crook County, trailing 26-9 at halftime before roaring back in the final two periods to force overtime. Senior Paige Traeger hit two clutch 3-pointers, one in regulation and one in overtime, while sophomore Kyleigh Brown finished with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Brown was named

second-team all-tournament. Dance/Drill: COVID robbed dance/ drill teams of two full cycles of state championships. No trophies were awarded in either 2020 or 2021. Silverton turned in an excellent showing in 2022, finishing 4th in Class 5A in the March 18-19 tournament at Oregon City. The Foxes scored 15.75 points, trailing only West Albany (16.56), Scappoose (16.19) and North Eugene (15.86). “We feel great about it,” coach Alex Reese told Our Town.

them involved and motivated and to stay connected. “It was hard sometimes to get back into the swing of things. Going from a practice a week (and some were through Zoom last season) with no competition routines, to a full season again this year with three practices a week and multiple routines to learn, was a huge change. It was our goal to place in the top 5 and receive a state trophy again. There were 14 teams in our division so coming in 4th was a stellar place to finish.” Here is a look at the team:

“After two years of no state due to COVID it was a feat in itself just to keep the team motivated and running through that time. Mostly our entire team stuck with us through it all and came back to compete again this season. We tried our hardest as coaches to keep

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Sports Datebook Friday, April 1 Baseball 5 p.m. Silverton vs Tigard

Saturday, April 2

Home contests only

Wednesday, April 6 Baseball 4:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Western Christian

Boys Tennis TBD. Silverton vs Molalla

Softball 5 p.m. Silverton vs Hillsboro

Monday, April 4

Thursday, April 7

Boys Golf Noon. Silverton @ OGA Golf Course

Baseball 4:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Western Christian Softball 4:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Western Christian

Tuesday, April 5

Boys Tennis 4 p.m. Silverton vs North Salem

Monday, April 11

Thursday, April 14

Thursday, April 21

Boys Tennis 4 p.m. Silverton vs West Albany

Girls Tennis 4 p.m. Silverton vs Dallas

Softball 4:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Gervais

Baseball 4:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Sheridan

Baseball 4:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Salem Academy

Tuesday, April 12

Monday, April 18

Monday, April 25

Girls Golf Noon. Silverton @ OGA Golf Course

Baseball 4:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Salem Academy 5 p.m. Silverton vs Dallas

Track & Field 4 p.m. Kennedy vs Jefferson Boys & Girls Tennis 4 p.m. Silverton vs South Albany

Softball 4:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Sheridan

Softball 4:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Central Linn

Girls Tennis 4 p.m. Silverton vs Lebanon

Baseball 5 p.m. Silverton vs West Salem

Baseball 5 p.m. Silverton vs Corvallis

Wednesday, April 13 Softball 5 p.m. Silverton vs Dallas/Falls City

Tuesday, April 19 Girls Tennis 4 p.m. Silverton vs Central

Wednesday, April 20 Softball 5 p.m. Silverton vs North Salem

Softball 5 p.m. Silverton vs Lebanon

Softball 5 p.m. Silverton vs West Albany

Track & Field TBD. Silverton vs Central, Crescent Valley

Thursday, April 28

Tuesday, April 26

Softball 3 p.m. Kennedy vs Culver (double-header) Baseball 4:30 p.m. Kennedy vs County Christian/North Clackamas

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GoPros and crawdads

Some if you may know that I’ve been having close encounters of the medical kind during the last few months.

up. More accurately, I should say that something was down. After takeoff, I parked myself in the restroom and stayed there for most of the trip. The flight attendants checked on me, and I assured them that as long as I stayed put I’d be fine.

And, no, it wasn’t COVID. It was really nothing super serious, although, for the first time in my life, my doctor ordered me not to exercise. Every other time I’ve gone to a doctor I have been pestered to get more exercise, not less. Times change, I guess. Among the most recent encounters was a colonoscopy, which, if I remember my Latin, means “peek-a-boo.” I won’t go into the details of the procedure. Anyone over 50 should be pretty well familiarized with it. Step one involved, shall we say, cleaning out the drain. In my case, that meant taking 24 pills and drinking 96 ounces of water. If I didn’t float away, the idea was to make everything clean and pretty for the photo session. Some years ago, I had a similar experience.

It started in North Augusta, South Carolina, and involved a bucket of crawdads, a pitcher of beer and an airplane. I should explain. I was at a business meeting and, as is often the case on such trips, that meant going out and playing with the gang. We happened to go to a North Augusta bar on “Crawdaddy Night.” Because I’ll do (almost) anything once, that meant partaking of the local cuisine before I had to fly back to Alaska the next morning. Suffice it to say, a good time was had by all, including me. But the next day presented a challenge few have overcome. I made it to the plane in Atlanta OK, but I knew something was

And by the time I got to Phoenix I was rising – there could be a song title in there somewhere. I sat down in my “other” seat and had some lunch. Unfortunately, my gastrointestinal track took this as “reloading,” I returned to the lavatory all the way to Seattle. I’m sure Delta Airlines has a plaque with my name on it in that restroom for the most miles ever flown in that part of the plane. When I landed in Seattle, I was cleaned out in every sense of the word. No amount of pills or water could ever compare to that. The other part of a colonoscopy involves a tiny camera on a long thingamajig. I know all about those types of devices.

I have a couple of relatives in the sewer cleaning business. (Their motto: “Blood ain’t thicker than water where we work.”) They run a long thingamajig into a sewer pipe to see where the problem is. When they find it, they use a roto-rooter type tool to clear things out. That may be a little too much for my delicate constitution. I went into Sampson Laboratories in my garage and took a bottle scrubber I found in the kitchen and attached a GoPro camera to it with duct tape. The size may be a bit of a problem, but I have ten years to work on it before my next colonoscopy, and I’ll be able to do the whole thing myself. All I have to remember is: step one, administer a bucket of crawdads and a pitcher of beer, and, step two, prepare the bottle brush and GoPro. And I’ll be good to go! Carl Sampson is a freelance writer and editor. He lives in Stayton.


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SERVICES JESSE’S LAWN SERVICE & HANDYMAN Pruning, edging, trimming, blackberry cleaning, gutter cleaning, arborvitae, moss treatment, yard clean-up, haul-away. 503-871-7869 VISIONS CLEANING Envision coming home to a clean sanitized home! Let


Visions House Cleaning wearing gloves and masks do the hard work. $75$100. Excellent references. 503-989-0746. Email at landrider007@gmail.com HANDYMAN & HOME REPAIR SERVICE Installation and repair of fencing, decks,doors, gutter cleaning, moss removal, power washing, yard debris removal. CCB# 206637 Call Ryan 503-881-3802 GOT STUFF U WANT GONE? From yard debris to scrap metal-From garage sale leftovers to rental clear outs. We repurpose, recycle, reuse or donate what we can. Call and find out what we can do for you. $20 minimum. Keith 503-502-3462

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Kirsten Barnes Broker 873-3545 ext. 326

Meredith Wertz Broker, GRI 873-3545 ext. 324

Mike Ulven Broker 503-873-3545 ext. 312

Whitney Ulven Broker, GRI 503-873-3545 ext. 320

Ryan Wertz Broker, GRI 873-3545 ext. 322


Mason Branstetter Principal Broker, GRI 873-3545 ext. 303

Becky Craig Principal Broker, GRI 873-3545 ext. 313

Micha Christman Office Manager 873-1425

Chuck White Broker 873-3545 ext. 325

level home in a desirable area, private entry into this home, oversized lot with garden area and back deck for all your entertaining needs. 3 bedrooms, 2 bath home with single car garage and workstation area. Hardwood floors, newer paint inside and out, newer roof. Designated office area off the dining room. Plus wonderful reading alcove off the living room. This home is ready to move into! Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 (WVMLS#789185)





#T2711 CUSTOM HOME 4 BR, 2.5 BA 3111 sqft Call Chuck at ext. 325 $759,900 (WVMLS#787289)

#T2717 GREAT LOCATION 3 BR, 2.5 BA 2437 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $589,000 (WVMLS#788288)

#T2720 CLASSIC SILVERTON HOME 3 BR, 2 BA 1411 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $474,250 (WVMLS#788838)

#T2646 HWY 213 FRONTAGE .30 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $149,500

#T2714 2-STORY HOME 4 BR, 2.5 BA 2606 sqft Call Kirsten at ext. 326 $589,900 (WVMLS#788746)

NEW! – #T2724 NEW CONSTRUCTION 3 BR, 2 BA 1399 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $395,000 (WVMLS#789622)


SOLD! – #T2712 WELL KEPT DOUBLE WIDE 2 BR, 1 BA 960 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $68,500 (WVMLS#787428)

#T2719 INVESTOR OPPORTUNITY 3 BR, 2 BA 1164 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $489,000 (WVMLS#788578)

#T2715 RANCH STYLE HOME 3 BR, 1.5 BA 1461 sqft Call Chuck ext. 325 $459,900 (WVMLS#787944)

#T2721 MID-CENTURY HOME 3 BR, 2 BA 1434 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $418,700 (WVMLS#789185)

#T2718 MANY UPDATES 4 BR, 2 BA 2403 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $496,600 (WVMLS#788318)

#T2713 CHARMING FARMHOUSE 4 BR, 1 BA 1416 sqft Call Becky at ext. 313 $545,000 (WVMLS#787746)

#T2713 CHARMING FARMHOUE $545,000 Charming farmhouse on the

Sarah Graves Office Manager 873-3545 ext. 300

#T2719 INVESTOR OPPORTUNITY $489,000 Opportunity for investors, potential for development, 3 bedrooms, 2 bath home sitting on 1.52 acres, partially in the city limits, partial in UGB. Hooked up to city water, sewer. Come put your touches on this home or make room for more homes. Lots of potential for the next owner. Buyer to do their due diligence. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 (WVMLS#788578)

SOLD! – #T2708 HARD TO FIND 3 BR, 2 BA 1414 sqft Call Whitney at ext. 320 or Mike at ext. 312 $421,000 (WVMLS#787036)

#T2721 MID-CENTURY HOME $418,700 Mid Century single

Michael Schmidt Principal Broker GRI 873-3545 ext. 314

#T2720 CLASSIC SILVERTON HOME $474,250 Classic Silverton home

things to love about this property! Call

with many original features, original trim with wood floors throughout, many updates to this charmer, plus additional 864 square feet in the basement that is finished that isn’t accounted for in the total square feet, room for everyone. 3 bedrooms, 2 bath home with so much more potential! Oversized lot with detached garage, room for your RV and all the extras. Back yard is set up with fire pit, chicken coop, fully fenced, and much more! Close to downtown, surrounded by other charming homes! Call Meredith at ext. 324,

Becky at ext. 313 (WVMLS#787746)

Ryan at ext. 322

outskirts of Silverton. All the best parts of country living with all the amenities of being near town. This beautiful 1901 house is waiting for its new owner to put the finishing touches on it to make it their own. Manageable acreage with a 3-stall barn with hay storage is just right for your horses, livestock or your next 4h project. There are too many

COUNTRY/ACREAGE #T2710 2.14 ACRES 3 BR, 2 BA 1188 sqft 1.82 Acres Silverton, Call Chuck at ext. 325 $399,900 (WVMLS#787367) NEW! – #T2725 WELL MAINTAINED GEO/ DOME 3 BR, 4 BA 2416 sqft Silverton Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $627,400 (WVMLS#787367)



#T2707 MOVER 3+ BR, 2 BA 1782 sqft Call Becky at ext. 313 $40,000 (WVMLS#786505)

SALEM/KEIZER NEW! – #T2723 SINGLE LEVEL HOME 3 BR, 2 BA 1399 sqft Keizer, Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $395,000 (WVMLS#789496) For Rental Info Call Micha at 503-873-1425 or Check Our Website.


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