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Something to Celebrate

Civics 101

Gordon House welcomes new manager, plus tours return – Page 8

From Facebook to street: Pro-choice rally held in Silverton – Page 5

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Contents Civics 101

Mt. Angel Library ends fines.......... 4 Reproductive rights rally organized in Silverton................................... 5

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Gordon House welcomes new general manager......................... 8 SHS grad night party needs help.......9

Whitney & Mike Ulven, Brokers Licensed in the State of Oregon.


Passages............................. 10 Briefs................................... 11

HUGE Shout Out and THANKS to Interact Club, LDS Youth Group, Harcourts Elite and Volunteers for helping with the Annual Spring Yard Clean-up at the Silverton Senior Center and Kevin Cobb for coordinating the entire event! The place looks awesome!

Marketplace..................... 12 Sports & Recreation

SHS girls golf, tennis end on high....12 Silverton Runners Club at 40...... 13

The Silverton Runners Club has some new programs to offer in its 40th year.

People Out Loud.............. 14


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The Gordon House is back to in-person tours after a recent stabilization project. JAMES DAY

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Penalty-free By Stephen Floyd The Mt. Angel Public Library has become the latest book lender to eliminate overdue fines in an effort to make borrowing easier and more accessible. The Mt. Angel City Council voted May 2 to discontinue library fines following a recommendation from Library Director Jackie Mills, who said fines have long been impractical and unfair to those of fewer means. “We’re penalizing people just for being forgetful, and we’re also kind of depriving the people who need us the most,” she said. The library will now charge only for borrowed materials considered lost or damaged, while existing overdue fines will be waived. Materials received through inter-library loans will still be

Mt. Angel Public Library eliminates overdue fines

subject to the fee policies of the original library, while cultural passes and wifi hot-spots will remain subject to late fees. Mills said overdue fines have been on their way out for a while now. Ten years ago, the library collected around $4,000 in fines annually, and right before the COVID-19 pandemic that number had dropped to less than $2,500. This drop was in part due to tools like email and text reminders, which have helped library patrons become more diligent about returning borrowed materials. Also, more patrons have made use of online resources like ebooks, which automatically return themselves, while more libraries have adopted automatic renewal policies to extend due dates. During COVID, the library suspended overdue fines because of the many

challenges and uncertainties posed by the pandemic. So when the council voted to eliminate them, Mills said it wasn’t so much a change in policy as a reflection of current practice. “We’ve been fine-free for the last two years, so it’s not really a change, it’s just now official,” she said. Mills said fines also needed to be reconsidered because they had become a barrier for low-income patrons. She said those who can afford fines tend to pay them and move on, but if someone who struggles financially has to pay unexpected fines, that may be enough for them to go without library services. “We all just forget sometimes, and the thing is that we are penalizing more heavily those who make less money,” said Mills, adding she is “all about

equity, and I’m all about access.” Mt. Angel Public Library is not alone in this shift away from overdue fines. Six other libraries in the 18-member Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service have made the transition as well, with three others in the process of doing so. Mills said this reflects a larger trend seen in areas like Seattle and San Francisco where library officials have acknowledged the need to make lending more accessible. She said, at the very least, eliminating overdue fines will help reduce “bad PR” for librarians and hopefully encourage more people to turn to the library for resources. Rather than a reputation for strict rule enforcement, she said librarians can be seen as people who want to connect their communities with resources that can enrich their lives.

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Rights rally

Reproductive rights supporters hold impromptu rally in Silverton

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“As a teenager it’s very scary to have your rights taken away,” 17-year-old Jahne Heinzman added. “We shouldn’t have men making rules for us. I feel like it’s your body, your choice. That shouldn’t be taken away.”

When Christie Diacetis learned of the possibility that Roe v. Wade was under threat of being overturned, she decided to speak out. In the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case the justices ruled the Constitution protects a woman’s right to have an abortion without excessive government restriction. “I just got fired up,” Diacetis recalled. The leaked draft opinion to overturn Roe written by Justice Samuel Alito was published May 2, and from that moment on the media has been awash in speculation on what will happen when the court’s final opinion is released this spring. “This feels so unprecedented, what is happening in our lifetime. I started thinking about our kids and grandkids,” Diacetis said. Which is how she ended up, at 5 p.m. on May 3, leading a rally of her own creation, at Town Square Park in Silverton, in the hopes that others who were similarly concerned might join her in voicing their feelings.

Similarly, Sarah, a nurse who asked that only her first name be used, said, “I just feel like it should be the woman or the couple – maybe along with their doctor – who make the decision. I just think it’s so frustrating – especially as a healthcare provider – because it’s something that we need to have available in a safe and legal way.”

that’s saying a lot,” one woman, the oldest in the group, said.

While the group recognized – even as they stood on the bridge adjacent to the park, holding signs and waving at passing cars – that this small rally would not change the minds of the justices, they did hope it would get the attention of their own community.

While another, 19-year-old Audrey Higby agreed. “I’m here because, I’m only 19, but in the years since I’ve been able to understand politics, I’ve seen more steps toward fascism.”

“There are people that don’t really pay attention to the news – and this is really important,” Elizabeth Wilder, a women’s health counselor at a prison said. “Because people don’t think about their rights until information agenda item they lose them.” rescheduli

The reproductive rights rally at Town Square Park in Silverton on May 3.

“[S]how support for reproductive rights…” she wrote in the Facebook invitation. “The more the merrier…” And so, carrying signs and wearing the color green, the international symbol of support, they did – nearly a dozen women, men and teens. “I think it’s one of the most important things that’s happened in my lifetime – and

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ODOT all-in on transportation electrification The Oregon Department of Transportation is committing $100 million over the next five years to build out Oregon’s public electric vehicle charging network on several major road corridors, and to increase access for all to EV charging in communities throughout the state. The funding comes from a mix of federal and state sources and was approved by the Oregon Transportation Commission March 30. About two-thirds of the funding – $52 million from the 2021 federal infrastructure bill plus a required 20% match – must be spent on EV charging infrastructure along “Alternative Fuel Corridors,” as per guidance from the Federal Highway Administration. Alternative Fuel Corridors are roads approved by the FHWA on which states may use federal funding to build alternative fuel infrastructure. Oregon has seven corridors approved for federally-funded EV charging: Interstates 5, 84, 82, and U.S. 26, 101,

20 and 97. ODOT will nominate more corridors for federal approval over the next five years. The $100 million investment will be focused on charging infrastructure for light-duty EVs like cars, SUVs and trucks because demand is high and the technology is mature. ODOT isn’t ignoring other types of electric vehicles, however. Mediumand heavy-duty vehicles (semitrucks, delivery vans and buses) and micromobility (bicycles and scooters) are also going electric. The new charging sites will be able to serve some medium-duty vehicles, and ODOT will explore opportunities to add micromobility charging. Additionally, the 2021 federal infrastructure bill set aside billions in competitive grants for additional EV charging infrastructure, and ODOT will seek federal funding for electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

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Silverton initiates new water use protocols By James Day The City of Silverton has put in place a new water use policy, which automatically kicked in May 1 with the lowest level of alert. The new policy was approved by the City Council at its March 7 meeting and is replacing one approved in 2016. The new policy features five levels of alert: low, mild, moderate, high and extreme. For each level, which requires City Council action to implement, the goal of the reduction in demand rises, from 5% for low to 30% for high. An extreme alert will trigger the city’s emergency operations plan. Actions required to reduce demand include reductions in commercial and residential use, scheduling of lawn watering, limiting car washing to commercial facilities to possible drought rate surcharges and daily allotments for residential customers. Enforcement will start at a written warning for a first offense, with fines escalating from $60 (second offense)

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Pudding River project

Bridge work to close Hazelgreen access in 2024

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like the Silverton Road/Little Pudding River span, there will be plantings and less-intrusive work to be performed at the tail end of the project that will not require closures.

Silverton-area residents who commute in and out of the Salem-Keizer area will be facing another detour.

The project is scheduled to cost approximately $5.4 million, with about $690,000 coming from the county and $4.7 million in federal funds. The state gas tax is paying for the county share, with the federal gas tax the source of the federal monies.

Marion County will be replacing the bridge over the Pudding River on Hazelgreen Road NE near Torvend Road. The good news is that project planning is just beginning and that construction is not scheduled to begin until 2024. The bad news is that when the closure comes it likely will be for ten months. A similar project closed a Silverton Road bridge over the Little Pudding River for approximately eight months from May 2021 through January 2022. The bridge being replaced on Hazelgreen was built in 1969 and is experiencing decay, has inadequate rails and is expensive to maintain, said Mark Foster, project manager for Marion County. “The new bridge will be wider, more seismically resilient and meet current roadway and structural standards,” Foster said The county already has held one public meeting to discuss bridge design and detours, with another open house likely to be scheduled for early 2023.

According to a timeline produced by county officials the project currently is in the engineering/environmental phase, with final design work set for this June through June 2023. Right-of-way acquisition is scheduled for July 2022 through June of 2023, with construction tentatively set to begin in February 2024 and conclude in October 2024.

Pudding River bridge near the intersection of Hazelgreen Road and Torvend Road. Marion County will replace the outdated bridge, with construction scheduled to begin in early 2024. JAMES DAY

Approximately 5,400 vehicles use the Hazelgreen corridor daily, according to a county traffic count from 2019.

The county is tentatively planning to use Silverton Road as the detour route, with motorists using Shannon to get to Silverton Road from the west and Brush Creek from the east. The county still is reviewing the detour plan and say it could “change slightly” based on comments received from the public.

The county also is collecting data from a three-question survey that can be accessed at www.surveymonkey. com/r/XMJZ2B2. A video on the project is viewable at www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Engineering/Projects/Pages/ HazelgreenBridge.aspx.

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a wonderful work of art. It’s not just a house or a building.”

For Faith Rockenstein, it was love at first sight. The accomplished artist, arts educator and long-time museum manager, who has traveled widely in the U.S and abroad, was blown away a couple of years ago when she entered Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge.

The house is an example of Wright’s Usonian style, which debuted in the 1930s and was designed to be affordable housing for working families. The Gordon House was built in 1963 and was moved to Silverton from the Wilsonville area in 2001. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.

“I was just overwhelmed,” she said. Rockenstein decided to stay in Oregon and eventually found her way to Silverton. Once in town she hooked up with the Silverton Art Association, where she teaches, shows and serves on the board.

“Usonian houses all had a simple floor plan,” Rockenstein said, noting that Wright used high ceilings and windows to “make the home feel big.”

Earlier this spring she added general manager of the Gordon House to her workload. Rockenstein, two other employees and a cadre of volunteers and docents, are charged with helping tell the story of the Frank Lloyd Wrightdesigned house, the lone such home in Oregon.

The Gordon House is approximately 2,100 square feet and features 12-foothigh ceilings on its main floor. Wright also designed the furniture and kitchen utensils, said Rockenstein, who as she spoke was sitting at a 15-degree angle on a couch built into the west wall. The 15 degrees was one of Wright’s trademarks, she said.

“I love Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture,” Rockenstein said. “This is

The Gordon House reopened to tours March 19 after approximately two years

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The Gordon House, just past the entrance to the Oregon Garden at 879 W. Main St., is open to tours Wednesday through Sunday at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

The Gordon House celebrats architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s 155th birthday with cake and a casual tour from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 4.

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of COVID-induced visitor limitations. Rockenstein is hopeful of once again being able to use the facility for weddings, other special events, including musical performances, and overnight visits. She also hopes to reach out to add programs for children and schools. The house received a minor spruceup during the pandemic. The longest beam in the house, which is built in two sections, was reinforced with steel

underneath the same wooden exterior that exists elsewhere in the house. Like any renovation/reconstruction in a historically registered structure, permits were required to do the work. Looking forward, Rockenstein is hoping to recruit more volunteers and docents to bolster her small staff. She admits that she is “still learning about the building” and wants to make sure that she and her staff “don‘t burn out.”

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SHS grad night party in need of help Each spring the Silver Fox Foundation hosts an all-night celebration for that year’s senior class. “The party is always the night of graduation,” long-time organizer Erica Rumpca said. “Kids will load buses at 10 p.m. and we will transport them to the party returning the following morning at 6 a.m.” Originally created as a way to keep drugs and alcohol out of the hands of celebrating teens in 1986, the party has – over the last 36 years – come to mean far more to those who attend.

Faith Rockenstein, general manager, outside of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Gordon House adjacent to the Oregon Garden. JAMES DAY

Also ahead for Rockenstein is updating the landscaping for the property. Wright designed the Usonian models to have a strong visual connection between the interior and exterior spaces. Rockenstein says that there are some intriguing possibilities, particularly given the Oregon white oaks that surround the Gordon House. “That’s the big one, doing the

landscaping,” Rockenstein said. Some of the oaks that surround the house contain bird boxes and Rockenstein said including wildlife must be part of the landscaping plan. And, Silverton, she said, is the perfect place to make all of this happen. It has a good local music scene and art,” she said. “I feel like I fit here. The people here are welcoming and open. I love Silverton.”

“[M]any times it is the last time they will see their classmates…” Rumpca pointed out. “It is important that kids have this space so they are not out drinking and driving.” Largely funded through the Silver Fox Foundation’s annual Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and Donate dodgeball tournament, organizers aim to keep the ticket price down – usually to around $10 to $25 – but this

year, owing to a steep rise in both transportation and venue expenses, organizers have been forced to raise ticket prices to $40 per senior. “These kids need this,” Rumpca said of the importance of this year’s party. “They missed out on so much while being schooled from home for over a year. I feel for the kids who missed out last year and the year prior. We can’t change any of that, but we can going forward. I think throwing this amazing party for them is the least we can do.” The foundation is working to raise the $4,000 needed to keep ticket prices affordable and ensure that each of the seniors has the opportunity to attend. Donations may b sent to Silvrton High School, 1456 Pine St. Checks should be payable to Silver Fox Foundation. Put Grad Party on the memo line. Or, to sponsor a senior, go to www.silvertonprojectgraduation. com. Forward confirmation to erica@ silvertondodgeball.com.

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Lawrence J. Hall June 11, 1935 – April 13, 2022 Lawrence J. Hall passed away on April 13, 2022, at the age of 86. After several months of declining health, Larry died peacefully at home with his youngest son Timothy at his side. Larry, as he was known by his friends, was born in Portland, Oregon on June 11, 1935. The younger of two sons, he grew up in Hillsboro, Oregon. He served in the US Army as a mechanic in Germany from 1958 to 1961. After getting married in December of 1962, Larry finished law school at Lewis & Clark. In 1965, Larry moved to Silverton,

Oregon and started his law practice. Larry went on to work for the state Attorney General’s office, SAIF corporation, the public defender’s office, and eventually for himself out of his own house. Larry became actively involved in his church for many years at Silverton Friends, later Labish Community, and finally at Salem Evangelical Church. Larry was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis Hall. He is survived by his sons David, Loren and Timothy Hall. A memorial service was held on May 9 at Salem Evangelical Church.

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Snellings celebrate 50 years together California boy steals Ohio farm girl’s heart after some intense pursuing. 50-plus years later their friends and family are celebrating the marriage of Le and Ann (Gregg) Snelling at their home on May 21 with a drop-in reception from 1-4 p.m. They met at Cincinnati Bible College and wed in 1972 at Palmyra Church of Christ in Fredericktown, Ohio. Graduating in 1974, they returned to Le’s hometown of Escondido, California. Le worked for his dad and later began his own cabinet shop, Snelling Wood Specialties, in 1979. Ann taught piano lessons and worked in the music department at Palomar College. Their hearts rejoiced in 1980 with the

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Briefs Lions Club sends $5,000 for Ukrainian relief In April, the Silverton Lions Club members voted to send $5,000 in humanitarian aid to the Ukrainian people through Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF). It is the largest donation the club has ever made to any cause. Silverton Lions can donate to causes in the community and worldwide through fundraisers such as the fireworks booth, Harvest Breakfast and holiday See’s candy sales. Anyone interested in donating to Ukraine relief can send checks to the Silverton Lions Club, with a notation for LCIF Refugee and Displaced Persons Fund. All donations are passed directly to LCIF. Donations are tax deductible.The Silverton Lions Club address is P.O. Box 552 Silverton, OR 97381.

Equipment ‘petting zoo’ at May 19 Silverton fair May 15-21 is National Public Works Week and the City of Silverton is celebrating by holding a free, interactive, hands-on fair at Coolidge-McClaine Park May 19, noon to 4 p.m. Participants will get a chance to check out a sander, street sweeper, snowplow and backhoe up close, look through a sewer camera, learn how water lines are connected plus see the inside of a fire hydrant. Silverton Public Works Department will offer hands-on demonstrations, heavy equipment “petting zoo”, games, and prizes. All ages welcome. The event will be held rain or shine. Heavy equipment display will be at the end of the parking lot; interactive displays will be under the pavilion.

Final day for mail-in ballots May 17

A new law in Oregon known as the “postmark rule” says that any ballot postmarked by Election Day is considered on time even if it arrives at elections offices up to 7 days after the election. Voters may put their ballots in the mail as late as Election Day if their mail is collected and postmarked on that day. That means ballots mailed in for the 2022 Primary Election must be postmarked on or before May 17 to be counted. The new law will mean that the total number of votes cast in the election will increase in the days following Election Day. These are not “late” votes. Every vote tallied by elections officials will have been cast on time. The new law could mean that very close contests will not be decided on election night. The State Legislature passed the postmark rule into law in 2021.

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Those 21 or older are invited to a fun, inexpensive evening of Bunko at the Silverton Elks Lodge, 300 High St. on May 28, beginning at 7 p.m. The fundraiser is organized by the GFWC Silverton Zenith Women’s Club. All proceeds benefit Silverton community projects which include the Tree of Giving, high school scholarships, and layettes for the Silverton Hospital Birthing Center. Tickets, $15, must be purchased by May 24 from any Zenith member, or at the Silverton Chamber of Commerce office or the Elks Lodge. You do not need to be a member of Zenith or the Elks Lodge to attend.

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Foxes win titles

Girls golf wins tourney, girls tennis finishes undefeated

The Silverton High girls golf team has claimed its first Mid-Willamette Conference championship since 1980.

teams are Lindsey Gardner and Paige Davisson, Marissa Johnnston and Anna Muller and Melia Taylor and Leialoha Taylor.

The Foxes used a strong second-day showing to win by 29 strokes in the twoday event May 2-3 at Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis. “We only had a 7-stroke lead going into day number two so to win by 29 was a great reward for the girls,” coach Hank Ulven told Our Town. “Really proud of them all turning in great rounds and proud that a lot of coaches always told me their kids enjoyed golfing with my kids. They’re all great golfers and phenomenal people, I’m glad in golf you get an opportunity to show both.” Mercedes Marriott of Crescent Valley was the runaway medalist at 139, but Silverton’s Anfisa Samoilov (173), Ellie Traeger (175) and Akelina Cheremnov (181) took 2nd, 4th and 5th, respectively. Paige Traeger (207) was 16th and Kalyssa Efimov (216) was 23rd for the Foxes. All five Silverton golfers improved on the 2nd day, with Efimov bettering her firstday score by 12 strokes. Both Traegers, Samoilov and Cheremnov were honored on the all-league team for the Foxes, who will participate in the OSAA state championships May 16-17 at

Emerald Valley in Creswell. The Foxes’ boys squad, meanwhile, had three individuals – Jordan McCarty, Matthew Kuenzi and Neil Efimov – alive in regional competition at Pine Ridge in Springfield at Our Town’s presstime. The boys state tournament also is May 16-17, at Trysting Tree in Corvallis. Tennis: The Silverton girls squad finished the league season undefeated, although they did so by the slimmest of margins. In a May 6 showdown match against Crescent Valley the two squads each won four matches. The first tiebreaker was sets won, but the two squads tied there as well at 10-10. The next tiebreaker was games won, with the Foxes claiming victory there, 96-95. And it took a gutsy finish by the Foxes’ No. 4 doubles team of Olivia Rosborough and Heather Pool to make it happen. The Foxes duo was trailing 4-3 in the third set.

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Pool said the district tournament, played after Our Town’s presstime at Timber Hill in Corvallis likely will come down to the Foxes Andrea Khieu, left, Silverton’s top singles player, and the doubles team of and Crescent Valley Paige Davisson, center, and Lindsey Gardner, helped lead the Foxes to an as well as perhaps undefeated dual meet season. SUBMITTED PHOTO the Class 5A state Head coach Shawn Pool told them that meet on May 20-21 in Beaverton and they needed to win the next three games to Portland. ensure victory. The Silverton boys team, which finished “They rose to the occasion,” coach Pool 6-7-1 in dual meets, also is headed to said, “winning all three games and earning districts, led by top singles player Spencer us the team win.” Chase and the doubles team of Barrett Teeney and Brandon Metzger. It’s been a magical ride for the Foxes, said Pool, now in his 14th season.

“I’ve never had such depth before,” he said, while also praising the squad for the way the players dealt with COVID-19. “This team kept working together during the pandemic,” he said. “Once the courts were reopened the girls were out hitting with each other. We kept playing through the winter last year, even when it was below freezing out on the courts because they wanted something to do. This really is a reflection of how hard the team has worked. It’s been great watching them.” Top singles players for the Foxes are Andrea Khieu, Millie Leikem, Audrey Gardner and Kaitlyn Gehring. In addition to Rosborough and Pool, the key doubles

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Alumni watch: Former Foxes standout baseball player Colton Meyer, finishing his senior year at Linfield College, was named pitcher of the year in the Northwest Conference. Meyer, a 6-0 left-hander, made the transition from starter to the Wildcats’ closer this season. He was 4-0 this spring, had seven saves and an earned run average of 1.63 while striking out 53 batters in his 38 ⅔ innings. Linfield and Pacific shared the NWC title with 14-10 league records. The Wildcats were 20-20 overall. Gymnastics: Silverton Gymnastics Academy brought home ten gold medals and a slew of silvers and bronzes from the USA Gymnastics Region 2 meet April 29-May 1 in Monroe, Washington. The meet brought together athletes from 81 clubs in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Hawaii. “I am blown away this year by how they did,” said Celia Storey, coach of the Silverton squad. “Overall, between state and regionals we will add 52 champion banners to the walls of the gym.”

Ella Storey won the all-around, floor and beam in the diamond division, a feat matched by teammate Jenica Gerasimenko in the platinum division. Also taking first in their events in the gold division were Saydee Kuenzi (floor), Aubrey Vaschenko (floor), Ellie Hudson (beam) and Sadie Brown Maxwell (bars).

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Runners club celebrates 40th anniversary By James Day The Silverton Runners Club is turning 40, and organizers are planning some new events to boost participation in the club, which works to support running programs in Silverton and Mount Angel. The club, which was organized in 1982 by Silverton resident Amy Castle, is taking over management of the 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer runs associated with the Mount Angel Oktoberfest. This year’s runs will be held Sunday, Sept. 18, and the 10K course has been tweaked to include the grueling test of the hill that leads to the Mount Angel Abbey. Proceeds from the races will benefit club programs, including scholarships to help lower-income runners participate. Silverton High grad David Castle, the track and field coach at Gervais High School and the son of club founder Amy Castle, said the runs are moving from Saturday to Sunday “because there is less traffic on Sunday morning and hopefully the runs will bring in new people to the festival.” The club also is working with both the City of Silverton and Silver Falls School District to spruce up the perimeter running path at Silverton High School. The path, which is nearly a mile in length, consists of wood chips, with club volunteers planning to switch to gravel. The project will cost approximately $10,000, with the city agreeing to provide nearly $6,400 for materials. The rest of the cost will be split between the club and the school district, where key partners include Foxes coach and health and P.E. teacher Erik Cross and district ground supervisor Lorin Stanley. The club also plans to organize informal training runs because, as Castle put it “there are more runners in Silverton than in any other town I’ve seen.” The concept is simple. Show up on Sunday morning at the covered pavilion at Coolidge McClaine Park and run. Castle and his organizational partner Steve Ritchie, the long-time cross country and track and field coach at Kennedy High, say there will be different courses and

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Those interested in participating in Silverton Runners Club activities should call David Castle, at 740-3124692 or Steve Ritchie at 503-5594643.


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distances each week and that runners of all ages and experience levels are welcome. Castle and Ritchie say they hope to restore the momentum and interest present when Amy Castle ran the organization. Amy, who died in 2010 at the age of 93, did not get involved in running until her 60s when she began following David’s high school and college running career. She ran races into her 80s, David recalled. “My mom was the kind of person who when they got interested in something, they went all in,” he said. “And she was good at bending your ear and getting you involved.” The club also will continue to run the Homer Classic races, which are held in conjunction with the Homer Davenport Community Festival in August. Proceeds from the Homer event also benefit Silverton Runners Club programs.


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People Out Loud

Three originals

Rest in peace, friends

When I first conceived the idea for this column, many years ago, it was first and foremost centered on talking about people – living, dying, laughing, crying, and doing the things they do. Today, it is about people dying and the living they did. Doug “Chet” Bunting passed away this spring. This one hurt. He was a good man, smart as a whip, funny, talented, quirky, amazing athlete, and a great friend to many people. He loved his family, caught a lot of fish, harvested many deer and elk, played a mean guitar, and was one of the few people who scared me when a “Name That Tune” challenge arose at elk camp. When it came to classics of the country persuasion, he was golden. My favorite memories are around an elk campfire in Eastern Oregon, swapping stories, crooning country classics, and drinking good whiskey. Chet’s lively rendition of The Battle of New Orleans was always a camp favorite, as was a sound-effect laden Ghost Riders in the Sky. He even humored my occasionally in-tune Amarillo by Morning

and was too polite to wince at a sour note. You might have known him, and his brother, Paul, as walkers. They walked a lot, separately, but always walking. Concrete work, and was he ever a pro, took its toll on his back and knees over the years, but his boss, Rich “Archie” Manning said Chet was the most loyal employee and friend imaginable. The one thing most impressive about Chet? He was real. No sugar-coating, no games, and no beating around the bush. He said what he thought, meant what he said, and did not mince words. You always knew that if he were quiet, he was thinking, and if he were talking, it was pertinent and brief. Chet was as real as it gets.

Karen Palmquist left us in April. We became friends when I worked with Silverton Area Community Aid (SACA) and spent many an enjoyable time with her husband, Dick, our then-inventory manager, and her at their home, SACA events, and the Elks. She was a wonderful woman, a fun and funny person, and a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, greatgrandmother, sister-in-law, and friend. It was a joy to share “happy hour” at the Palmquist home, hoisting a cold beer, scotch, or in the mornings, a good cup of coffee. Always laughing, telling stories, and just enjoying the company. Her laughter was infectious and real, and she was both private and humble. A genuinely good person. News of her passing in late April took its toll on a lot of family and friends. I am going to miss them both. “St. Elmo” was one of kind. Elmer Valkenaar. Teacher, educator in both academics and life, and loved by so many people, adults and kids alike. An Air Force veteran, true jokester, and the original “Dad joke” purveyor. Ask

me about why dogs sniff each other. The joke, for daughter Lisa, was her dad’s favorite and a perfect example of what made him tick – fun, laughter, and a genuine love for people. For son, Lou, the memories are great. “His retirement celebration at the high school was remarkable in that he was a substitute so long and so often that he was there as much as a full-time teacher. The celebration was like a real-life reenactment of the final scene from the movie, Mr. Holland’s Opus… A beautiful expression of love and appreciation.” He had a Bob Newhart dry, droll wit, and a heart that made room for everyone, until they gave a reason not to. What I will always recall with fondness and respect, from 55 years of history and friendship, is St. Elmo calling basketball games at the high school. “Ladies and Gentlemen, please stand for the national anthem, and please remove your hats.” His values were strong, time-tested, and not up for debate. Every so often, we lose an icon. Rest easy, St. Elmo. Yours was a good life, and we are better for being part of it.

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