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Contents Civics 101

Food service contract awarded...4 Something to Talk About

Silverton a reality TV finalist.....5 Helping Hands

Red Cross honors SHS teacher....6 Food & Drink

Winegrowers hold showcase.....8 Something Fun

Daddy-Daughter Dance.............9 Sports & Recreation

Doctor heads to marathon......10 Wold named Coach of Year......11 Man About Town................12 Passages

The go-to guy retires..............13 Marketplace......................13 People Out Loud................14 On the cover

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Correction In the April 1 edition of Our Town, the article Food Fight, about Silver Falls School District’s food service program, Scotts Mills parent Courtney Goode said that the response to her concerns received from Superintendent Andy Bellando was that of surprise. In the story Bellando was attributed with saying the district had received no complaints about the school’s lunches.

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Upon re-examining her email correspondence, Goode says that the district response that the school had received no complaints about the food should have been attributed to Scotts Mills School Principal Kirstin Jorgenson.

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Both Ms. Goode and Our Town regret any confusion this may have caused. Our Town strives for accuracy and clarity in fostering the community conversation. We appreciate our readers’ and sources’ assistance in keeping the record straight.

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In a 4-3 vote on April 11, the Silver Falls School board approved renewing Sodexo America LLC’s contract to manage the district food service program, The agreement will run through June 30, 2019.

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

Board members Tim Roth, Wally Lierman, Aaron Koch and Ervin Stadeli voted tp approve the contract. Members Todd White, Ron Valoff and Tom Buchholz cast dissenting votes. Silver Falls Superintendent Andy Bellando praised both the food services staff and Sodexo for their work. Bellando said using the contract management services is making gains “toward meeting the school district board goals, is resulting in federal child nutrition compliance, has placed us in an ideal position to meet the re-authorization requirements anticipated in 2016 and has provided a host of additional supports that have been difficult for this district to manage on its own.” “If this is working, why would we go back to the old system?” Bellando asked. With Sodexo managing the program, it is estimated the deficit will be $20,000 to $25,000 this year compared to the $49,000 deficit in 2014-15. The district received a $10,000 grant that Sodexo applied for that helped reduce

“That is an increase of 24 meals per day, equaling a monthly average increase of approximately 480 meals,” Earle wrote. In a letter to board members, Silver Falls Classified President Ron Duda shared that the increase may be due to all-day kindergarten starting this school year. “Having that amount of an increase in students that could in theory participate in the lunch program would have given the food service program the largest base the district has seen in recent years or if not ever,” Duda said. “We realize that one of the board’s goals was to have an increase in student participation, but to compare last year and this year’s student participation numbers really doesn’t give true findings.” The classified association requested any extension of the

Sodexo contract be limited to one year so the numbers from this year can be compared to next. Bellando said he and Assistant Superintendent Dandy Stevens met with the food services staff to hear concerns, including increased paperwork and no time for breaks. “If people aren’t getting breaks and taking paperwork home, that needs to be addressed,” Lierman said. On April 12, White said he voted against renewing Sodexo’s contract because he believes the responsibility belongs with Bellando and Stevens. “If it’s in the red, they are the ones who should be faulted,” White said, adding he ate lunch at the high school and saw students eat pizza and throw away food. A few shared with him they thought the food was “lousy.” “I think we could have done this in house,” White said. “There are a lot of people who are unhappy with the food.” Koch acknowledged the district’s food service program is a work in progress. “Is everything perfect?” he asked. “No, but we have identified a laundry list to work on.” Board chairman Tim Roth said it’s not a “slight against” the food services staff to keep Sodexo. “It’s to keep up with all the requirements we need to meet,” he said.


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“It seemed like a long shot and I was busy so I almost didn’t nominate Silverton,” Willoughby said. “Because the nomination form and process were pretty straight forward, I decided to make the effort because the potential reward is so great. It also helped that the council and the citizens have made revitalization of the downtown a priority during the goal setting and visioning process. I just couldn’t pass up this opportunity.  I’m really glad I didn’t.”

The race is on, there are three finalists, and a local candidate seeks your vote. Described as historic, friendly, charming and photogenic, the candidate pursing the votes of Silverton, Mount Angel and Scotts Mills residents – plus all Oregonians and hopefully everyone west of the Mississippi River – is the city of Silverton. Voting takes place during National Business Week, May 3 - 10. Silverton needs votes to win the Small Business Revolution on Main Street contest. Which features a prize worth $500,000 that includes: Website development, logo creation, email marketing, printed products and apparel and social media marketing for local businesses, plus $250,000 for physical updates to selected businesses which can include new business facades, landscaping, equipment, aesthetic updates and construction material. Silverton is competing against Wabash, Ind. and Elizabeth City, N.C. Voters will decide the winning city by visiting the website during National Business Week. Being in the top three is exciting for Silverton City Manager Bob Willoughby said, especially since he almost didn’t submit an application for the contest.

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More than 9,400 cities were nominated and a panel of judges, selected by Deluxe, chose the final three. Willoughby said it’s an honor for Silverton to be one of the finalists. “The judges were looking for the most ‘worthy’ candidates. It was Silverton’s charm and the fact that we are very photogenic that put us in the top three cities,” Willoughby said. “The exposure can only help our downtown businesses and the community as a whole.” If Silverton wins, Willoughby said celebrity Robert Herjavec of Shark Tank and Dancing with the Stars will join Deluxe in capturing the city’s transformation in another video web series debuting in the fall of 2016. Silverton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stacy Palmer said the film crew spent time interviewing local business owners, community members and civic leaders. While each of the businesses in town have different needs,

what they share in common is how to effectively market their business outside the Silverton community. “If Silverton were to win, business owners could learn how to look beyond the day-to-day operations of their business and focus on the potential of their business,” she said. From talking with the film crew and staff, Palmer learned they treasured the small town environment in Silverton and appreciated the warm welcome. Whether or not Silverton wins, both Palmer and Willoughby said being a part of the competition is a positive experience, especially since it will let visitors across the United States know about Silverton. And winning would be good not only for local businesses but for the entire community, Palmer said. “It would mean more local people employed at local businesses and that people can purchase products and services in our community rather than going elsewhere,” she said. “It would create a vitality to the downtown area. Anyone time you have a successful business, it helps create a vibrant downtown.” Being part of the show, Palmer said, brings awareness to community members as well as visitors. “This is going to help put Silverton on the map,” she said.

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“I thought if something happened, I would be working there, setting up cots and helping people,” she said. Little did she envision her training with the American Red Cross would be called upon to help people impacted by the flooding in North Dakota, wildfires in Colorado, tornadoes in Oklahoma and wildfires throughout Oregon. “When I volunteered, I never thought I would be working on floods, wildfires and tornadoes in Oregon, let alone in other states,” Barnes said. And she never imagined her volunteer work with the American Red Cross would lead her to be invited to the White House to be honored. Barnes was one of five individuals from the American Red Cross in Oregon to be presented with the National Red Cross Presidential Award for Excellence at a ceremony in Washington D.C. in March. “The Red Cross President’s Award for Excellence recognizes staff and volunteers who have gone above and beyond to serve communities in need and advance the Red Cross mission,” Red Cross Cascades Region CEO Amy Shlossman said. “The five Oregonians awarded this prestigious national award in 2016 have demonstrated incredible dedication, commitment and service.” Barnes, along with Dianne Mekkers and Cara Sloman, was given the Humanitarian Services Award for starting The Disaster Academy in 2012. It took Barnes about six months to complete her training. Realizing many people didn’t have several weekends to dedicate to training, Barnes, Mekkers and Sloman created the Disaster Academy. The academy allows people to spend one weekend at Willamette University and complete training in the areas of preparedness, response and recovery. It is now a national model implemented throughout the United States.

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In the academy’s first year, 2013, 150 people received training. In 2014, there were 225 people in Oregon. Last year, the Disaster Academy team was asked to replicate the training program for the Pacific Division. There will be 60 training institutes this year. By having people in each state trained, it reduces response time, especially since volunteers don’t have to travel to the site. “Because we offered the training in Guam, they were able to take care of themselves and they didn’t need to wait for volunteers to arrive to help,” she said. Barnes is trained in disaster assessment, explaining her duties are to assess a home for its damage and to see if it’s able to be lived in. She works with FEMA and helps displaced families find transition shelter. She also has been a Disaster Action Team member, training coordinator and Disaster Academy co-coordinator. The faster she does her job, the faster families can access the financial assistance they need to move forward after a disaster, she said. During the school year, she does most of her volunteer work on the computer, including planning training, helping with coordinating volunteers and providing information. From July to Sept. 1, she goes wherever the Red Cross sends her. Barnes

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Taste. Learn. Celebrate. By Kristine Thomas Jan Wallinder can offer chardonnay, pinot noir, Leon Millot and dessert wines to visitors at Forest Edge Vineyard in Oregon City. However, when a guest asks if she has a pinot gris, her answer is a polite no, followed by sharing a list of local wineries that do make the white wine. For Wallinder, the goal isn’t just to promote and sell her wine to her visitors. Instead, it is to work with the 15 wineries belonging to the Cascade Foothills Winegrowers Association to promote the family-grown, cool-climate wines of the Willamette Valley’s east side. “I think people appreciate the fact we are working together and we share what other wineries are doing,” she said. “Our goal is to share our knowledge about wine and growing grapes with our guests in our region.” To celebrate the kick-off of Oregon Wine Month in May and the associattion’s new name, Cascade Foothills Winegrowers, the group is hosting “Learn. Taste. Celebrate” April 30, 1 to 5 p.m. at the Mount Angel Festhalle. Members of the Cascade Foothills Winegrowers include Alexeli, Aurora Cellars, Christopher Bridge, Forest Edge, Hanson Vineyards, King’s Raven,

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Make memories By Kristine Thomas On a sunny Friday morning at Silverton’s Coolidge McClaine Park, Brent Satern and his daughter, Avery, picked daisies. Quietly, Brent shared with Avery that the daisies with touches of pink on their petals are the ones touched by fairies. Avery turns 3 in May. It’s simple, yet precious moments like this that Brent realizes are important to his daughter. He understands the research on how a father plays a critical role in his daughter’s life. How a father treats his daughter is the standard for which his daughter will judge all men. That’s one reason he has worked with his fellow Silverton Rotary Club members and the Silverton High School Interact Club to organize the first “Daddy-Daughter Dance” for fathers and their girls in eighth grade or younger. On Saturday, May 7, Avery and her dad will attend the “Happily Ever After” Daddy Daughter Dance hosted by the Silverton Rotary in partnership with the Interact Club. The dance is 6 to 9 p.m. at Silverton High School. The evening will feature dancing, a complimentary photograph, face painting, a Mother’s Day craft, photo booth, snacks, refreshments and a chocolate fountain. There will be tiaras for every daughter.

Dads and daughters invited to ‘Happily Ever After’ “My dad has helped me stay confident within myself,” Madelyn said. “Through all the sports I participate in, he has been there to give me advice and support. Without that, I would probably not be where I am today.”

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Megan’s parents are John and Inga Mannion. “Not only will the Daddy-Daughter Dance be a great night filled with many fun activities, but it is a wonderful opportunity for fathers and daughters to build a stronger relationship and to make memories that they will look back on,” Megan said.

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She said her dad supports her through thick and thin. “He has taught me that everything you do is a reflection of yourself, to take pride in everything you do, and always give everything 100 percent,” Megan said. SHS girls’ head coach Tal Wold is looking forward to doing the “hot dog dance” as featured on the Mickey Mouse Club show with his 3-year-old daughter, Harper.

While Silverton Interact Club members Madelyn Arrington and Megan Mannion are too old to attend as participants, they are eager to help out at the event, including dressing up as their favorite princess.

“It will be fun to spend time together,” Wold said. “Harper loves to dance. Before bed, we dance to Bruce Springsteen every night.”

Both teenage girls shared the role their own fathers have played in their lives.

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Running recharged

Oncologist John Strother heads to Boston Marathon race not long before the bombing. I had an 8-year-old son at the time, the same age as one of the victims. I have never experienced PTSD and this probably doesn’t count, but I did experience a flavor of it. I came back (home) and at the airport I was crying. When I came back to work that week it was really hard to focus. . . it was really emotional.”

By Steve Ritchie

Dr. John Strother is heading to Boston for the Boston Marathon on April 18. It will be his seventh time to run Boston and his “30th or 31st” marathon overall. A dedicated runner since he moved to Oregon for his residency in 2000, Strother, 42, says his distance running regimen enhances his life and work.

Strother returned to the Boston Marathon in 2014 and found it to be very “cathartic.” There were many tributes – to the victims, and the heroic efforts of first responders, and law enforcement personnel.

“I have found that (running) marathons actually help me be a better doctor and a better husband and dad because I am able to decompress a little bit,” Strother said. “I love taking care of cancer patients but it is intense work emotionally sometimes, so running allows me to think about things and process things and by the time I’m done with my run, I’m feeling good and feeling recharged.” Strother’s practice in hematology and oncology is based in Salem, but for the past three years he has been spending one day a week in Silverton, which he said he enjoys. Like most physicians, his work days are long and his schedule is packed, but he has found an unusual and efficient way to accomplish the time-consuming training the marathon requires. “I’ve gotten creative. I realized that if I drive to work and drive home, have dinner and help with the kids I never would go back out and run, (so) I incorporated running into my commute to work. On the four days (each week) when I am in Salem, I bike to work and bring with me two days of dress clothes, then I run home - I live about six miles away from work. I bike in to work, then run home. The next day, I reverse it. I run in and bike home . . . whether I am feeling good or not, I’ve got to get home. By and large that is how I do most of my training. Then I will do one long run on the weekends.” Strother has been following this routine year-around since he moved from Portland to Salem in 2008, and generally does two marathons a year: Boston in the spring and Portland in the fall. A native of Pennsylvania who has also spent time in Florida, Strother says the Oregon climate doesn’t bother him in the least. “What I love about Oregon is the climate,” Strother said. “Year-round you can exercise outside. You get a little wet but that’s fine. Running is perfect out here.” Renowned for its unique tradition and large crowds, the Boston Marathon has become a special experience for Strother. For many of the 30,000 marathoners who, like Strother, qualify annually by virtue of their marathon time, it is the culmination of a major life goal. Strother first qualified for Boston by running 11 seconds under the qualifying time for his age group, and

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Strother felt glad to be part of the healing process that occurred. In 2015, he returned again and said there was a sense of normalcy again in Boston.

Dr. John Strother has run six Boston Marathons. has managed to re-qualify every year since. “It’s one of my favorite races to do . . . Everybody who is there is super excited to be there. It’s a big accomplishment to make it. There’s a lot of excitement in the air and the whole city gets excited for the day.” Boston was the scene of a horrendous terrorist bombing in 2013, which took the lives of three people and injured 264 others. Strother was there that day and without hesitation, shares his experience of the tragedy. “Obviously that (day) is seared into my mind. Ironically, the day was absolutely beautiful and it was one of my favorite races that I had done up to that point. I was on this big runner’s high as I finished up. I high-fived everyone on the finishing stretch on Boylston Street because I was feeling so good and it was my best time at Boston. “Then I went back to my nearby hotel room. I had just taken a shower and I heard this noise outside. It wasn’t that loud – it was a little muffled and sounded like a 21-gun salute. Then I heard it again. Shortly after that I heard more sirens than I have ever heard. Then I realized something is going on here. I looked out the window and saw smoke. Then I turned on the TV and saw exactly what was happening.” There was a 15-block area that was blocked off for days after the race, as police searched for clues and more explosives. Strother was right in the center of area, but early the following morning he was able to walk out of the area to get a train to the airport. “It was surreal. It was 4 in the morning, but there were so many lights set up and Humvee driving all over the place. It did not feel like you were in an American city. “I was never personally in any danger. I had finished the

Strother’s commitment to fitness is shared by his family. He and his wife, Stephanie, have three boys, ages 11, 9 and 7, who are in “a million activities,” including the Mt. Hood Ski Team and Little League. Stephanie recently did a Half- Ironman Triathlon in Boise and does her open water swim training at the Silverton Reservoir. “I wouldn’t say she has the running bug the way I do. If I go more than a week without running I will start to miss it. She’s not quite that way, but she really enjoys the challenge of the half-iron.” While his training routine might seem hard core to some, Strother says he is actually relaxed about training. “The only two days a year I wear a watch while running is on the marathon race days. I don’t run that fast on the other days, but, honestly, most of the time when I am running I just want to relax... The marathons are just a way to keep me motivated, but that’s not really why I run most of the time.” Strother says that while his job caring for patients can be intense and emotional, it is also a “wonderful line of work. I get to help people through what will be the most difficult time of their lives. We have made some incredible breakthroughs and we are able to help so many more people than we were even 10 years ago. It is a lucky time to be an oncologist because the treatments are just getting so much better.” So does the good doctor have any advice for people who want to exercise more but are finding it difficult to do so for one reason or another? “You have to find something you really enjoy, something that gives you pleasure doing it and something that you would miss if you couldn’t do it. Find something you love whether it is biking, running, swimming and make it part of your routine in some way. If you have to make a special effort to do it every time, it’s too easy to let it slide.”

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SHS girls basketball coach Tal Wold named coach of the year

The awards keep on coming for the Silverton High girls basketball team.

The Trojans’ girls squad, which won the school’s first basketball title, turned in a 3.74, which was good for fifth. Spring update: The 21-game grind that is the league season for Mid-Willamette Conference baseball and softball teams already is in its third week.

The Foxes, who finished a 28-0 season March 12 with a victory against Springfield in the OSAA Class 5A championship game, earned three spots on the all-state team.

The Silverton softball squad, which advanced to the Class 5A semifinals last year, is 3-2 in league play, two games behind Lebanon and a game behind 4-1 Dallas.

Third-year Silverton coach Tal Wold earned coach of the year honors, while senior wing Alia Parsons Coach Tal Wold repeated as an all-state first-team selection. Sophomore post Maggie Roth, meanwhile, received honorable mention. On the boys side, Foxes senior guard Sam Roth was named to the second team. Roth was player of the year and his father, Steve, was coach of the year last year when the Foxes won the state title. Academic honors: The Silverton girls hoops squad also ranked high in the classroom. The Foxes turned in a cumulative 3.71 grade-point average, good for third in the state among Class 5A girls squads.

“That’s pretty cool,” Wold told Our Town. “We took pride in that.” Area teams finished high in the charts throughout all the winter sports. The Silverton boys basketball team, which finished one win short of the state tournament, tied for fourth with a 3.58. The Foxes’ wrestling was fourth at 3.21, while the dance and drill team, which took fourth at state, was seventh in GPA at 3.61. Silverton’s swimming teams did not make the top 10, but both squads finished above 3.0, with the girls turning in a 3.54 and the boys a 3.23. Meanwhile, the Kennedy boys basketball team, which advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class 2A tournament, led all boys hoops squads in the classification with a 3.74.

The Foxes’ baseball team, meanwhile, was 2-5 heading into games two and three of their three-game set against Central. Silverton’s lone league wins came last week during a 2-1 series win against South Albany. Kennedy baseball and softball both are off to undefeated starts in Special District 2 play. The Trojans’ baseball squad is 3-0, with the softball team at 2-0. Hospital run: Silverton Health is sponsoring its 33rd fun run on May 7. The event includes a 1-mile kids run and a 5K run-walk. Milers start at 8 a.m. and the 5K at 8:45 a.m. Races start and finish at Silverton Hospital. You can register online at silvertonhealth/funrun or racenorthwest. com or by picking up an application at the hospital community services office, 319 Fairview St. Registration costs $15 ($20 with a T-shirt). Day-of-the-race signups start at 6:45 a.m., $20 for the race and $25 with a T-shirt.

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Face the strange Ch-changes Warmer weather has once again descended on our little slice of heaven and every year, like the tulips in our neighbor to the north or the ubiquitous pollen-inducing greenery the signs of spring are popping up everywhere. Signs that will be missing this year are the usual crop of Garage Sale signs that annually spring out of the ground at Main and McClaine, First and C streets and anywhere else in town that is in the public right of way. For safety and esthetic reasons, the long established but mostly ignored sign ordinance will be soon enforced so any signs planted in the popular locations will be pulled up or at the very least, sprayed with Round Up. Fear not garage sailors, your signs will be fine as long as they are on private property and the city is looking into the possibility of erecting a public sign posting board in the Lewis Street parking lot for your picking pleasure... Speaking of signs, two local raconteurs and just plain old guys, Gus Frederick and Victor Madge, are leading an effort to place “podium plaques” around historic Silverton. The etched metal signs would be placed to give a viewer the ability to compare how the scene looked at a point way back in time with how it looks today... kinda like having your very own “Mr. Peabody’s Wayback Machine”... After more moves than Fred Astaire, the 2016 Relay for Life has settled on Butte Creek School for this year’s location. Get your team together now for the American Cancer Society fundraiser which will be held on July 16. The annual walk-a-thon will return to Silverton High School in 2017 when the turf football field improvements are completed. American Idol-t is over and although you probably think you’ve missed your chance at the big time comes word that Amerititle Idol is looking for crooners to compete at their big event in May. If you are looking for fame and fortune and have the pipes to back it up, contact Rosi Green at for all the details

It happens every year, the days become longer and warmer, the tulips come and go, the hay starts fevering and The Man’s thoughts turn toward... another installment of “Business Musical Chairs.” So crank up the music and let’s go... If some jaunty leather shorts or dirndl are on your list, Scott and Kristi Stokley have opened Touch of Bavaria in the former Louie’s Corner in Mount Angel. Silverton’s Shayla Davis is moving Shayla Lynn Jewelry from First Street to the Hartman Building on S. Water, Hairapy Salon moved from Jersey Street to the Hartman Building. Spectrum Glass in the Hartman Building closed and Lucky Leaf Marijuana Dispensary opened on Jersey (coincidentally next to the pizza place...). The new O’Reilly Auto Parts building is on track (literally.... the excavation turned up a portion of the old tracks from the “Railroad Triangle”), Rustic Roots Salon opened on Water Street. where First American Title was, and O’Brien’s Restaurant has one less chimney but is getting a shiny new facade. Anytime Fitness is expanding, Aylene Geringer considered closing the Chocolate Box but has decided to stay open and Marta Hazecamp considered selling the American Academy of Performing Arts and has decided to do so. K&E Excavating bought out Erv Stadeli Underground, Abiqua Landscape bought out Greg Gossack’s Garden City Bark, and the gang at Larsen Flynn Insurance is temporarily moving to Jossi Davidson’s office en route to their new location across the street when extensive renovations are completed... Oh, and the Silverton Police have a nice new SUV to make your trip to the pokey that much more enjoyable... See you on the street...

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Carroll Ashenfelter and Eric Stroup celebrate Carroll’s retirement from NAPA after 49 years.

Go-to guy retires By Dixon Bledsoe How many people are around who have been with the same company for 49 years? How many companies keep people for 49 years without layoffs or downsizing? Easy answer – Carroll Ashenfelter and NAPA. Ashenfelter started with NAPA in 1967 in Condon, Ore., where his father owned the local NAPA store, the General Motors Dealership, the appliance store, and the bus garage. Carroll worked at the auto parts store but moved to Silverton in 1981 because it was a good place to raise kids. He has two daughters, Shanna and Lara, and a son, Vince, who has worked at the Silverton NAPA store for many years. Ashenfelter and his wife, Debby, celebrate their 20th anniversary this year. When Eric and Norma Stroup bought the NAPA store in 1992, there were three people working there – the two owners and Carroll Ashenfelter. Eric and Carroll worked the counter, and the later trained the former. He has worked all over the store and is the consummate “generalist” – he can do everything. He has 35 years at the Silverton store and retired this month after serving a grateful public. “In all the years I have known Carroll, I truly believe I have never seen him get mad. He has an amazing ability to please people. He is not wired like the rest of us and it’s just weird,” Eric says with a smile.  

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Norma laughs and adds, “He would give away the store if it made everyone happy. He is a definite problem-solver and the go-to guy.” Ashenfelter is who local farmers would call in the middle of the night during peak seasons when a combine broke down and needed a hydraulic hose made. “He is our first responder and is without a doubt, the most dependable person I have ever worked with,” Eric said. “He is reliable, opens every day for us, and handles all the alarm calls. He doesn’t hesitate to do what most people would never think of – hand out his private number and encourage customers to use it. They usually did and he was our afterhours guy.” At 69, Carroll is ready to take it easy and enjoy his three kids, six grandchildren (seventh is on the way), and three great grandchildren. Maybe play some tennis, as he is accomplished enough at that sport to have played in competitive tournaments, give lessons and help coach at the high school. But NAPA wasn’t  quite ready for the day when a guy who, Eric Stroup said, work rings around people less than half his age, hung up his keys, folded his NAPA shirt, and headed off into the carburetor sunset. Nearly half a century with one company, 35 years at one store, thousands of satisfied clients, and nary a bad day. Imagine that. 

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Memories of Merle “Silver wings. Shining in the sunlight. Roaring engines, headed somewhere in flight. They’re taking you away and leaving me lonely. Silver wings, slowly fading out of sight.” Merle Haggard,  1969 Sometimes, simple is better.  Silver Wings was so uncomplicated it just resonated with me. A Rolling Stone reviewer wrote “Haggard sang so intimately that you wondered if you were eavesdropping. Even the arrangement – with its slack guitar strums, soft brushes on the drums and a majestic wash of strings – felt like a sucker punch to the gut.” The country giant passed away April 6, 2016 on his 79th birthday. There’s something about his music that stirs up old memories. When I moved to Texas to start my Air Force career in 1973, country music became a part of me. It helped me with being away from home, mend a broken heart and gave new life to my southern roots. Merle Haggard was at the forefront. Okie From Muskogee was his answer to those who protested the Viet Nam war. It was and is a great beer-drinking anthem best served on July 4. Corny and hokey? Some say. But this was a volatile time in our country’s history. Haggard’s songs spoke of a simpler way of life, strong American values and Old Glory. Today I Started Loving You Again is another classic.

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“I got over you just long enough to let my heartache mend. But then today, I started loving you again.” In 1968, Haggard asked his wife, Bonnie Owens, to get him a hamburger, when he wrote this touching song about her. He told her, “’Bonnie, DIXON BLEDSOE I don’t ever remember saying those words. It’s like God put ‘em through me. I knew he said them – I was there. I’d write them down.” He served time in prison in 1957 and that brought us his golden hit, Mama Tried, a 1966 song about letting his mother down because of his rough life and famous for one of country music’s most memorable lines – “I turned 21 in prison doing life without parole. No one could steer me right but mama tried.” He hit gold again in 1966 with The Bottle Let Me Down, reflective of a failed attempt to self-medicate when love went south. So many hits, so many stories. My all-time favorites? One was counter culture. “Today was Angie’s birthday. I guessed it slipped your mind. I tried twice to call you. No answer either time. But the postman brought a package I mailed some days ago, and I signed it, “Love, From Mama, so Angie wouldn’t know.” Holding

Things Together in 1974 stands out as so sad and different – women didn’t leave their husbands and children. If We Make It through December was a monster country hit that crossed over to the pop charts. It hit the working man and woman where they lived, getting laid off at the factory right before Christmas. “And my little girl don’t understand why her Daddy can’t afford no Christmas gifts.” My own claim to fame with The Hag? Not much of a story, but good after a couple of cold ones. In 1980, I wrote a song for Merle Haggard, who hadn’t had a good hit in years. A friend spent spring break with her close friend who managed Haggard’s ranch. My friend said if Merle was there, she would hand him my song. Nashville would be calling ME! The Grand Ol’ Opry would introduce country’s hottest writer! She returned with a letter and my hands were shaking as I opened my ticket to paradise. The typed note stated, “Mr. Haggard has enough songs to record for 10 years. Further, he does not accept unsolicited material without a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Sincerely, Mr. Haggard’s Manager.” I lambasted his stupid songs, his rolling and twangy voice, his drinking “problem” and the fact that he threw away a chance to revive his “sagging” career with a remarkable song tailored to his voice.  But today I just miss him.

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Becky Craig Broker 873-3545 ext. 313

#T2263 CUSTOM HERR CONSTRUCTION 3BR, 2BA 1797sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324 or Ryan at ext. 322 $328,700 (WVMLS#698000)


SOLD! – #T2232 FARMHOUSE IN COMMERCIAL ZONE 3BR, 1BA 1698 sqft. Call Chuck at ext. 325 $138,500



SOLD! – #T2230 NEW HOUSE 4BR, 2.5BA 1946 sqft. Call Michael at ext. 314 $269,000 (WVMLS#693087) #T2238 NEWER HOME ON LARGE LOT 3BR, 2BA 2712 sqft. Call Marcia at ext. 318 $370,000 (WVMLS#693811) #T2249 POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT 2BR, 1 BA 912 sqft. 7.97 acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $435,000


(WVMLS#695538, 695508)


SOLD! – #T2267 LOTS OF SPACE 5 BR, 2.5 BA 2823sqft. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $356,800 (WVMLS#698999) SOLD! – #T2268 TURN KEY 4BR, 2.5BA 2202 sqft. Call Michael at ext. 314 $344,900 (WVMLS#699083) #T2277 GREAT LOCATION 3BR, 2BA 2299 sqft. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $299,900 (WVMLS#699573) #T2276 ALMOST AN ACRE IN TOWN 4 BR, 2BA 1826 sqft..890 acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $357,700

Angela Halbirt-Lopez Broker 873-3545 ext. 312



Desaree Parks Broker 873-3545 ext. 326

Michael Schmidt Broker, GRI 873-3545 ext. 314

#T2278 FIXER WITH OLDER CHARM 3BR, 1.5BA 1946 sqft. Call Michael at ext. 314 $129,900 (WVMLS#700900) NEW! – #T2283 ROOM TO SPREAD OUT 4BR, 2.5BA 2325 sqft.Call Chuck at ext. 325 $319,900 (WVMLS#700862) NEW! – #T2288 MANUFCTURED HOME PARK 2 BR, 2BA 960 sqft. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $16,900







Meredith Wertz Broker, GRI 873-3545 ext. 324

Ryan Wertz Broker 873-3545 ext. 322

Chuck White Broker 873-3545 ext. 325

Christina Williamson Broker 873-3545 ext. 315


TOW HUBBARD LAND/ACREAGE IN TOWN NEW HOM Principal Broker, GRI 873-3545 ext. 303








#T2249 POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT 2BR, 1 BA 912 sqft. 7.97 acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $435,000 (WVMLS#695538, 695508)


#T2165 LOT #62 IN SILVER CLIFF ESTATES .12 Acre lot. Call Chuck at ext. 325 $32,000 (WVMLS#682938) #T2219 45 DIVIDABLE ACRES 45 Acres South of Silverton Call Michael at ext. 314 $610,000 (WVMLS#692414)



#T2279 DUAL LIVING IN SALEM 6BR, 4BA 3324 sqft. Call MerWOODBURN OTHER OTHER COMMUNIT edith at ext. 324COMMUNITIES or Ryan at ext. 322 $299,990 (WVMLS#700399) FO COUNTRY COUNTRY NEW! – #T2284 COLONIAL HOME ON ACREAGE 4 BR, TO STAYTON/SUBLIMITY 4.5 BA 3680 sqft. 1.510 Acres Call Chuck at ext. 325 $499,000 T BARELAN (WVMLS#701127) STAYTO BAREL (WVMLS#688561) LAND/ACREAGE OTHER COMMUNITIES TO IN TOWN NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION LAND IN TOWN NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION PENDING – #T2269 BEAUTIFUL CUSTOM HOME 4BR, 3BA T #T2177 BREATHTAKING VIEWS 9.8 acres bare land. Call IN TOWN NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION #T2248 PARK LIKE SETTING 2BR, 2BA 1590 sqft.17.680 acres Call Chuck at ext. 325 $449,500 (WVMLS#695519) #T2194 SPACIOUS HOME IN THE COUNTRY 4BR, 2BA 2922 sqft. 11.82 acres Call Marcia at ext. 318 $485,000

1932 sqft. Call Angela at 503.999.0245 $450,000 Chuck at ext. 325 $289,000 COUNTRY/ACREAGE COUNTRY/ACREAGE #T2262 CASCADIA – PERFECT MOUNTAIN GET-AWAY 1BR, COUNTRY/ACREAGE 0BA 912 sqft. Call Chuck at ext. 325 $69,000 COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL #T2261 WOODBURN – NICE GEM 4BR, 1.5BA 1232 sqft. Call COMME #T2273 FANTASTIC VALLEY VIEWS 3 BR, 2.5BA 2644 Christina at ext. 315 $147,000 sqft. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $389,900 FOR LEASE/COMMERCIAL FOR RENT FOR STAYTON/SUBLIMITY STAYTON/SUBLIMITY (WVMLS#699238)






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



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





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