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Report on track teams at State ..........24

Year of the Fox....................................4

Dining Out.............................23

Small town roots, big dreams...............6

Briefs Cagen on leave from Silverton Health ..8

Marketplace.....................25 A Grin At The End...........26

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Civics 101 Silver Falls School District winners......10

Something To Talk About A mother’s story of sex trafficking.......12

Clockwise, from top, the Silverton High School valedictorians and salutatorians, the Kennedy High School valedictorians and salutatorians, the Kennedy High State Champion 4x100 Relay team.

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Something for the Soul Training pastors, Pratum to Africa.......16

Datebook...............................20 Sports & Recreation Free Fish Day.....................................22

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It’s been a year like no other year. From athletic teams to music programs, theater to FFA and debate, the Silverton High School Class of 2015 has made its mark. There are 15 valedictorians and three salutatorians for the Silverton Foxes – each contributing in their own way to a banner year at the high school. Each honor student was asked to describe how the Class of 2015 left its “paw print.”

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Cole Ballinger is optimistic about the future because of his class’ potential. “Our senior class is packed with people who will be successful in life and will go out and create a positive impact on the world around them,” Cole said. “I look forward to witnessing their achievements.” Cassia Catterall said her classmates always encouraged one another. “If we had not been so supportive of one another, there would have been no way our various activities would have done so well,” Cassia said. “The encouragement that was shared by our class was unmatched and I hope following classes will have the same experience.” Samantha Cross applaudes her fellow thespians for creating some amazing moments on stage. “The people who inhabit the theater are some of my favorite people in the whole school,” Samantha said. “Not only are they caring, understanding, hard-working, hilarious and intelligent, they are incredibly brave. Not a lot of people would stand up on stage in front of hundreds of people and open up their soul to them.” Aaron Elliott is proud of how SHS has dominated in extracurricular events. “Our football team finished second in state, and our basketball team won the state championship,” he said. “We’ve got people in track, baseball, speech, band, choir and a bunch of other events that placed at state or are going to state. Our class has so much diversity and talent and I’ve been proud to be a part of that.” Katherine Fennimore describes her classmates as the “dream class. I feel like I am a part of an extremely intelligent group of hard-working people who could be an example for the senior classes to come.” She encourages students to explore their creativity by taking art classes. “I think being creative will help students in a lot of aspects of school and learning.” Elizabeth Fleshman left her mark by

being the only playing senior on the girls soccer team. Along with co-captains juniors Baylie Cameron and Lizzy Roth, she led her team to state playoffs for the second year in a row. She’s excited for where the team is head next season. “We learned from mistakes and helped each other through tough losses. I hope my leadership will be remembered as a motivational and uplifting impact.” Ashley Geiger said the band has come a long way since she was a freshman. This year, the wind ensemble placed first in district and the band took fourth in state. The marching band was restarted. “I would like to leave behind a legacy of work ethic and respectfulness, especially with my percussion section.” Kaitlin Kuenzi is a member of the Silverton Concert Choir, that performed in New York City and competed in state. From her sophomore to senior year, she has seen how much the choir has continued to strive for excellence. Placing seventh in state, Kaitlin said the “only way this happened was through hard work, courage and perseverance.” Robert LeParc said there was a stark difference between the quiet, almost boring groups of students that attended games in the past and the crazy, rambunctious crowds that filled the student section this year. “Whether it was making announcements, organizing theme nights for our student section during basketball season, or running a flag up and down the sideline of football games, I felt honored to in a way be a part of the major success Silverton athletics saw this year.”  Cayla Smith describes her class as dedicated. From the state FFA convention at SHS to the concert choir in NYC to the theather’s plays and the band taking fourth in state, Smith said the seniors in each activity worked hard to make their area excel. “We are leaving this school with one of the best years they have had,” Cayla said. “We raised the bar through our dedication.”  Shawna Steele said the Class of 2015 set an example for other classes by its work ethic. “I used every spare second to do my homework,” Shawna said. “I think this influenced my peers because it motivated others to get their work done too.”  Luke Teubel quoted Aristotle, saying, ‘Excellence is not an act, but a habit. “Our class demonstrated this by never

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Fifteen valedictorians for the Class of 2015 letting up in any area, whether it was athletics, academics, agriculture and mechanical technology, music, the arts, spirit, or service to our community.”

Kaitlyn Towery said the Class of 2015 values education. “John Quincy Adams once said, ‘If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.’ “Throughout high school in the FFA, I have inspired others to become apart of this great organization, and have opened the doors for members to develop their own leadership skills as well as created opportunities for success.” Valeria Vazquez-Trejo said her class is dedicated to making its community better. “We strive to be the best and to strengthen our weaknesses. That, in my opinion, is the best quality about Silverton, we are so supportive of charitable causes and we make a difference.” William Ward said the Class of 2015 was influential in the restart of the high school’s Robotics Club. “Last year, the rookie team placed first at districts and participated in the state competition at Benson Polytechnic High School. This year, the team decided to make a leap to the highest level of robotics competition at the high school level: The First Robotics Competition.” Annie Appleton said her classmates dedicated themselves to their school and community. As captain of the cheer team the last two years, Annie learned being a good leader and team member involves leading by example. “When the leaders on the team set a good example, the entire team is elevated to that standard and push themselves to achieve it.” McKenna Chandler said she is proud of how her class set an exampe that it is “cool” to be passionate. “Whether it’s in the classroom, on the court, stage, field or community, I have seen this class devote themselves to their commitments and I think that speaks wonders to the character of our class.” Kiersten Stadeli said there are many hard working, talented individuals in her class who strive to be the best they can be and have succeeded greatly at it. “Not only did we help the community on Senior Work Day, but our class has made an impact by volunteer work and community service hours. Every student, in some way, has contributed time to helping others.”

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Valedictorians Cole Ballinger plans to attend California Polytechnic State University- San Luis Obispo. Cassia Catterall plans to attend Gillette College. Samantha Cross plans to attend the University of Oregon.

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Small town values By Kristine Thomas As they head to Eugene, Portland and McMinnville to attend college in the fall, Kennedy High School seniors Mariah Pranger, Joseph Wright, Hannah Kloft and Helen Canchola are grateful for their roots. Living in a small town has taught them how to follow their dreams and the importance of contributing to their community, they said. The four finished at the top of their clsas. Kloft, a valedictorian, will attend the University of Oregon. Wright, also a valedictorian, and Canchola, a salutatorian, will attend Portland State University. Pranger, a salutatorian, plans to attend Linfield College in McMinnville. All expressed gratitude for their teachers, parents, coaches and friends for giving them the knowledge and skills to take the next step in their lives. Pranger said she has a feeling she will feel really grateful for living in a small town when she moves into her dorm room in the fall. “Without help just around the corner like it is right here,” Pranger said. “A trip down Church Street is much more convenient than a trip down I-5.” Kloft is proud to be able to call Mount Angel her hometown. “I am so appreciative that this small community was able to shape me into the young woman

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I am today,” Kloft said. “The population sign may read a little over 3,000, but the lessons and skills I have learned in this wonderful town are innumerable.”

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“I began to love helping people and volunteering anywhere that help was needed,” Canchola said. “It was incredible to see how much of a difference a few hours of volunteering could do to an event or organization.”

Hannah Kloft plans to attend the University of Oregon in the fall. She is the daughter of Susie and Tom Kloft.

After volunteering more than 200 hours in Mount Angel, Canchola discovered she wanted to make a difference, helping in her decision to pursue a career in social work.

Joseph Wright plans to attend Portland State University in the fall. He is the son of Chris and Karen Wright.

“I want to help improve the lives of people by interacting with them one-on-one. Through helping in the community, I gained the mindset of doing anything to help people on a larger scale,” she said, adding she hopes to become a social worker at the federal level.

Salutatorians Helen Canchola plans to attend Portland State University to study social work in the fall. She is the daughter of Jose and Elena Canchola.

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aspects of my life including sports, academics, and other community involvement,” Kloft said. “I have also been molded by the lessons and values that have been passed down from many generations of hard working families, and for that I am forever grateful to carry these morals wherever I go in my life.” Attending schools in Mount Angel, Kloft said, fosters friendships and support from teachers and students, coaches and athletes, and community figures.

you sharpen more determines your outcome.” Pranger said when people keep good relationships with their fellow “hops,” benefits are right around the corner. It took her “all up until recently to realize that when you assist your peers, they are far more empowered to do likewise. Even more when you do so with a smile.”

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“I love that I have been able to volunteer in so many aspects of this community as a way of giving back to the many organizations and people that have helped make my childhood experience fantastic,” she said. “I could never fully repay the amazing people that give so much time to the community such as the Mount Angel School Board, the JFK Booster Club, the Oktoberfest board, volunteers of Habitat for Humanity, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and various members of the school district.”

Mariah Pranger Mariah Pranger said “our roots are planted in Mount Angel deeper than the millions of hops surrounding us.” “We are all similar, but also inexplicably different,” Pranger said. “Everyone knows everyone and that’s definitely a double-edged sword. However which edge

Living in a small town has helped Joseph Wright follow his dreams by giving him the ability to develop close personal relationships with his friends and teachers. “Here everyone knows your name, which isn’t always good, and knows who you are,” Wright said. “Having classes with both Mrs. Harris and Mr. Crapper and talking to them about engineering helped me decide what I wanted to pursue after high school. Having people who know you around you is important. They are the ones who help you the most and help shape who you are.” Wright said living in Mount Angel meant volunteering at one of the many community festivals. “Helping out in multiple festivals throughout my high school career has taught me the value of supporting the community and how you can impact it as an individual. The Oktoberfest brings in a lot of money and business for the community and it feels rewarding to be a part of it,” Wright said.

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Silverton Health president/CEO on leave By Kristine Thomas

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Silverton Health President/CEO Rich Cagen is on a leave of absence after being arrested on chargss of one count of public indecency on May 14 in Woodburn. Silverton Health Governing Board Chair Gayle Goschie said in a press release Cagen is on a “mutually agreed upon leave of absence until his previously determined retirement date of July 1.” In April, Cagen announced he would retire July 1. Sarah Fronza was namedSilverton Health interim CEO. With Cagen’s leave of absence, Fronza takes over responsibilities of working with the board and continuing the negotiations with Legacy Health. On March 11, the Silverton Health Board voted to begin formal discussions with Legacy Health about partnering. Cagen was responsible for working on the letter of intent with Legacy. Silverton Health Communications and Marketing Director Rita Baiocco Kester said she cannot disclose details of Cagen’s leave of absence. She also declined to comment on Cagen’s arrest.

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Ready to start By Kristine Thomas Two incumbents and three newcomers were elected to the Silver Falls School Board on May 19. Incumbents Tom Buchholz and Tim Roth join newcomers Aaron Koch, Ron Valoff and Todd White when the new board begins its duties on July 1. Wally Lierman and Erv Stadeli complete the board. Julie Norris, Owen Von Flue and David Beeson chose not to run for re-election. Valoff thinks the election results indicate voters are looking for unity and to be part of the decision-making process. He describes himself as an “open book who likes to talk to everyone.” As the parent of students who attended outlying schools, Valoff doesn’t believe there is a division between rural and town schools. His goal is to make sure everyone feels they have a voice. Koch said the election results show voters value committed individuals with differing

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skills sets. He said this will be of value to shape the future of district. “I’m very humbled and honored to be chosen to serve,” Koch said. “It’s a position that I take very seriously and commit to doing my very best.” Koch said he believes a divide exists, in that “those who live outside of the city limits sometimes feel their input is not fully received or their opinions are not fully taken into consideration.” To make progress, Koch said the school board must work to bring all community members together and listen to their input. “We need to keep in mind that we’re all in this together and only together in unity will we see this progress,” Koch said. Current board president Tim Roth said he thinks the election results indicate the majority of people think the school district is moving in the right direction. “Voters want us to continue listening to community input and make wise

decisions for this district,” Roth said, adding he doesn’t see a divided district. He sees agreement and cohesiveness but “also some things that need work. The visioning process the board completed gathered a lot of input from people in all corners of the district. Generally, people thought the district was doing a good job.” Where there is disagreement is about the best direction to take for school facilities, Roth said, adding it will take working together to create a plan for the district. White said voters prefer representation evenly distributed among the different perspectives. “I think this vote mirrors that,” he said. By comparing election results from Clackamas to Marion county, White said he believes there is a divide. “Rural and town voters often live different lifestyles, and have different perspectives. In the last bond failure, rural voters were singled out as one of the reasons for the failure, and that raised a lot of hackles,” White said. “The district has the

opportunity to start over, find common ground, stop the blaming, and put the kids first.” He said his goal is to make a positive difference, adding he has concerns on how financial obligations are going to be met. Tom Buchholz is glad to be re-elected, He and his wife are third generation farmers. He thinks “voters want us all to stop bickering and get to work.” Buchholz said forced unification or the rural with the city districts still has lingering effects, causing divide. “We need a long-term vision for our rural school facilities that reassures them we are not just waiting for the right time to close them and bus them to town, as many other school districts did,” Buchholz said. “We directed $2.5 million in grant funds for major seismic upgrades to Butte Creek and Scotts Mills facilities. As people see more board actions like this in the other rural areas, their nervousness will start to fade.”

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Writer’s Group 2 p.m. Friday, June 19. Senior Housing Presentation 2 p.m. Monday, June 29. Provided by Lisa Santana of Re/Max. FREE for Seniors 60+! Drawing Class 2 p.m. Tuesdays beginning May 5. $20 for 4 weeks. Knitting 911 10 a.m. Wednesdays. FREE for knitters 60+! Crocheters welcome too! Crafty Wednesdays 2 p.m. Wednesdays. Bring a craft project to share or ideas of projects to do. FREE for Seniors 60+. Mosaics & Ceramics 1 p.m. Thursdays (June 11-25). FREE for Seniors 60+! Please pre-register at 503-873-3093.

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Gardening Class with Dale Small 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 10. FREE for Seniors 60+!

Brain Training Workshop 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 3. FREE for Seniors 60+!

Intergenerational Workshp 10 a.m. Saturday, June 13. Creating flowers for the Mosaic Fountain in the Park. $1 per child and Seniors are FREE! Register by calling 503-873-3093.

Medicare 101 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 3. Provided by United Health Care. FREE for Seniors 60+!

Legal Issues – Q&A 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 17. Presented by David Carlson, Attorney. For Seniors 60+.

Bridge 1 p.m. Thursdays. Any players out there? Please call to see if there are any players.

Other Programs Board Meeting 1 p.m. Monday, June 1. Public age 60+ invited! Lunch 11:30 a.m. Mon – Fri. (Suggested donation, $3). Silverton Senior Center’s Thrift Shop at 207 High St. Tax deductible donations accepted! 503-874-1154. Open Tue - Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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A mother’s story Editor’s note: This is the second in a series on sex trafficking. To protect the family, the names have been changed. The family lives in Our Town’s readership area. By Kristine Thomas There was something about her then 27-year-old daughter’s new boyfriend that Alice did not like. Polite and intelligent, Tony looked like a nice guy, always wearing new athletic shoes. “He told us he went to school in (another state) and played football,” Alice said. “He spoke intelligently and said all the right things. He was a nice looking guy. The kind of guy you would see working down the street.” And her daughter, Laura, was head-overheels in love. “She kept telling me that he would take care of her,” Alice said, adding Tony gave her daughter expensive handbags, clothes and shoes. Still, Alice and her husband had concerns about Laura dating Tony. They hoped he wouldn’t be around too long. “One thing that concerned me was before Laura brought Tony to meet us, she told us we couldn’t wear red,” Alice said. “When I asked her why and if he was in a gang, she told me not to worry about that and that he was going to take care of her.” Living in Salem, Laura met Tony after she had broken up with a longtime boyfriend. Laura and the former boyfriend were unemployed. “She was vulnerable and she was making choices that weren’t great choices,” Alice said, “and Tony kept telling Laura he was going to take care of her.” Alice saw her daughter with Tony a couple times. Once it was when she was at an event with the mother of her daughter’s former boyfriend. “The mom told me that Tony was bad news,” Alice said, “and that her son didn’t like him.” In 2013, Laura was living with Tony in Salem when she called her mom to share she was going to visit Tony’s mom in another state. Laura said she would be gone a week or two. Alice was uneasy about the trip but knew she could keep in contact with Laura by cell phone. Laura would regularly call her family so when she didn’t, Alice became worried. She tried calling and texting her daughter.

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There is confidential support regarding any kind of interpersonal violence – sexual assault, domestic violence or child abuse, Esther Craig County Line Safety Compass 503-400-2801 (confidential voicemail) Countyline_safetycompass@yahoo. com or see Facebook page. Kirstin Heydel Center for Hope and Safety 503-378-1572; 24-Hour hotline: 503-399-7722 The response was in short texts such as “I’m fine,” or “Everything’s OK” or “Will call soon.” After being away almost two months, Laura called Alice, saying she and Tony needed a place to stay. She asked if they could live with her. “I told her it was OK if she came home, and that we would welcome her, but not Tony,” Alice said. “The next thing I knew Tony was calling me and yelling at me. He was saying I didn’t support my daughter and that he did. That I didn’t love her and he did. In 20 minutes, he had me in tears.” For months, the pattern continued with Alice having little or no contact with her daughter. What contact she did have was short texts or random updates on Facebook or quick phone calls where her daughter told her everything was fine. In 2014, Alice received a call from another daughter, telling her that Laura was pregnant. “Laura didn’t call or text to tell me,” Alice said. When Alice finally spoke with Laura, she asked if there was a plan. Laura didn’t know. “A couple days go by and Tony calls and tells me he is going to take care of Laura and the baby and that I never did take care of her,” Alice said. “He starts tearing me down again and lashing out at me. I am thinking if he’s calling me every name in the book, what’s he doing to my daughter?” The days, weeks and months go by and Alice has little contact with her daughter. She is both mad and scared. One night, her son calls her and tells her Laura wants

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pimp.” Romeos use five ways to trap women: recruitment, seduction, isolation, coercion and violence.

When Laura returns home, she’s anxious to leave again. Always on the edge, she spends more time talking with Tony on the phone than her family.

Romeo pimps promise to take care of the woman and the woman thinks she is the only one in the man’s life. This isn’t true. Pimps usually have a “stable,” or a group of women or girls under his control. After a whirlwind “romance,” the pimp takes the woman away from her support system so she is isolated.

Anytime Alice tried to talk with Laura, her daughter would tell her she couldn’t talk or that they didn’t understand what she was going through. “She told me to mind my own business and that she doesn’t want to talk with us,” Alice said, adding Laura repeatedly told her parents that they wouldn’t understand. Alice said her husband tried to eavesdrop on Laura when she was using his phone to talk with Tony. After she got off the phone, she told her parents that they will probably end up dead. “I tried to hug her and she flinched and jumped away,” Alice said, adding Laura stayed in Oregon 24-hours before returning to Tony’s state. Alice said Tony prevented the family from contacting Laura, including screening phone calls and turning off Laura’s Facebook page. Looking back, she realizes many of the messages she believed were from Laura were from Tony. Determined to find her daughter, Alice remembered Laura had used her husband’s cell phone to call Tony when she was home. They learned where the two were and decided to call the police the next day to report their daughter missing. Only the next day, they received a phone call from Tony’s mother saying Laura, Tony and another man had been arrested. According to the police, the three suspects were arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit human trafficking in the kidnapping of another woman. “I think there is no way this could be my daughter,” Alice said. Alice shared her story to let other families know women from good families – families who love and care about their daughters – can become victims of sex trafficking. It can happen to women from small towns to big cities. What all the women have in common is they are in one way or another vulnerable, making them an easy target for the pimp. What Alice now knows is Laura was courted by what police call a “Romeo

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Laura gave birth to a healthy baby last year. The child is with Tony’s mother. Alice has hired an attorney to gain custody and to help Laura in her legal battle. Alice never imagined her life would be like this – fighting for her daughter and her grandchild. If Laura had told the police everything she knew when she was arrested, she wouldn’t be in jail, Alice said, adding Laura didn’t say anything for fear of Tony and what he would do to her baby and her family. Alice has visited Laura several times, each time learning a little more about what her daughter has endured. “Laura told me that Tony got control of her mind and once he did that, it was all over,” she said. What has been Alice’s saving grace is her faith and close friends who know the truth. She thanks Esther Craig of County Line Safety Compass for her help navigating the system and securing advocates for her daughter. Alice wants people to know sex trafficking isn’t something that happens somewhere else to someone else’s child. “I know people will read this and think what could have been done differently? How does this happen? It happened because she was vulnerable. Something that can happen to anyone at any time,” Alice said. “Romeo pimps take advantage of women who are vulnerable and break them down. Just because she was in a vulnerable place doesn’t give people the right to take advantage of her and traffic her.”

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Brain health

Nutrition, exercise, neuroplasticity tied to improved quality of life

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Joey Vance admits he once had “massive brain fog.”

Vance will explain how to tame inflammation and restore the brain’s health using nutrition, ancestral diet, exercise and the science of neuroplasticity.

In 2008, he was riding his bicycle at night without a helmet.

He recently acquired his DACNB, Diplomate of the American Neurology Board.

“I know it’s kind of embarrassing to tell people I was riding without a helmet,” he said. “I ran over something and crashed and woke up with a concussion.”

“This makes me a chiropractic neurologist or functional neurologist ... trained to identify dysfunction in the nervous system and use sensory modalities and rehab techniques to treat underlying dysfunction,” he said.

He also was dizzy a lot and had some eye twitching. This continued for two years as he was attending college. In 2010, he moved from North Carolina to Oregon and saw a chiropractic neurologist. “I was having dizziness and hand tremors,” he said. “When I saw the chiropractic neurologist in Lake Oswego he made adjustments in my diet, retraining my brain and other things. I am now 100 percent better.” The experience inspired him to become a board certified chiropractic neurologist. He has an office at Silver Creek Natural Health, 208 S. Water St.

Joey Vance will present a brain health class on June 3.

Eager to share how a healthy brain results in healthy living, Vance invites community members to “Brain Health 101: Protecting our most precious organ.” The free class is 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 3 at the Silver Falls Library, 410 S. Water St.. Healthy fare

A chiropractic neurologist uses the patient’s body and environment to assess, diagnose and localize areas of dysfunction, Vance said. The muscular skeletal system and the sensory systems interact with the neurological system and are used to improve quality of life. Vance said both his dad and stepdad were chiropractors.

“Initially, I didn’t want to be a chiropractor,” he said. He went to Warren Wilson College in North Carolina where he played basketball for three years. Then to a college in Georgia. Vance, 35, moved to Oregon with his wife, Amanda, and their now 3-year- old daughter more than a year ago. She works in the viticulture research department at Oregon State University. From hypertension to intestinal problems, Vance said he has used chiropractic neurology to treat patients. He said he has helped his patients regain mobility, their exercise routine and more. By asking his patients questions about everything from diet to stress to exercise to chronic pains, he can provide steps for a healthier brain and life. “What I do can really help people,” he said. “I help the brain function better and improve a person’s quality of life.”

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Silverton $486,500 Dramatic Custom Built w/ Views. Abiqua Hts. 4 bd on large cul-de-sac lot overlooking park and pond. 2 Mstrs, 1 up, 1 main. MLS#687395 • Connie Hinsdale • 503-881-8687 $419,000 Price Reduced! Craftsman Charmer w/ Garden, Gazebo, Auto Shop, Wood Shop and more on .98 Acres. MLS#686992 • Cynthia Johnson • 503-551-0145 $379,900 Lake Included! Large bedrooms w/ walk in closets, bonus room could be 4th bedroom, granite, fireplace & more! MLS#688371 • Jackie Zurbrugg • 503-932-5833 $369,900 Impressive at First Step! Open staircase, tile floors, open front living room, fireplace, huge family room. MLS#681896 • Valerie Boen • 503-871-1667

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$334,900 Pristine home with ample space and storage! Gas fireplace in livingroom. Vaulted ceilings in Master. Large patio for entertaining or relaxing! MLS#688989 • Valerie Boen • 503-871-1667 $269,900 4 bedroom home on quiet cul-de-sac. Vaulted ceilings in Master, gas fireplace in livingroom, Central A/C and Central Vac! MLS#689360 • Donna Paradis • 503-851-0998

$359,900 Large home on Private Cul-de-Sac in Park Terrace subdivision. Lots of windows to let in light! RV parking MLS#689653 • Donna Rash • 503-871-0490 $315,000 Historical Home with Loaded with Charm! Upgraded kitchen and bath, english garden w/ pond & fenced yard. MLS#688708 • Ginni Stensland • 503-510-4652 $164,000 Starter home at a Great Value! Home is on a 1/4 acre corner lot and updated/remodeled throughout. MLS#675420 • Joe Giegerich • 503-931-7824

Residences with Acreage $585,000 Rare Paradise! 87+ acres of rolling hills and amazing views to stretch out on. Seller states property has organic soil perfect for your crop! MLS#690117 • Joe Giegerich • 503-931-7824 $535,000 Marionberry Farm on 17+acres on the North Edge of Silverton w/ well maintaned sigle level home. Excellent homestead with good income! MLS#681326 • Joe Giegerich • 503-931-7824 $419,000 Beautiful Setting in Silverton Country! Large craftsman style home built in 1926, garden area, and addl outbuildings. MLS#687010 • Cynthia Johnson • 503-551-0145 $399,900 Adorable Farmhouse on 4+ acres with amazing views and mature landscaping. Shop, large garage, and room for your garden! MLS#689813 • Robin Kuhn • 503-931-1896

$254,900 Picturesque & Charming Cape Cod Style Home! Ideal backyard for kids, upstairs bdrms have walk in closets & charming dormers. MLS#688586 • Marty Schrock • 503-559-9443

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“WE KNOW THIS MARKET” $319,900 Enjoy your privacy! Homestead on almost an acre! 3Br, 2 Ba, 2,200 sq ft. MLS#687146 • Joe Giegerich • 503-931-7824 $299,500 Pudding River Water Rights! This 3 bedroom home with large shop, RV Pad and ample parking is calling your name! MLS#690004 • Jackie Zurbrugg • 503-932-5833 $219,900 Peace and Quiet! Single level home with vaulted ceilings and a large kitchen. 2 great decks and a fenced yard to relax in. MLS#690133 • Rosie Wilgus • 503-409-8779 $195,000 Panoramic Views of Lake Labish Area! Ideal location for replacement home. MLS#686883 • Joe Giegerich • 503-931-7824

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$545,000 Panoramic View from the Top of the World! Custom homestead ideal for dual-living with 2 Master Suites built in 2007. MLS#689174 • Joe Giegerich • 503-931-7824

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$265,000 Lankmark Automotive Service Business! Ideal high traffic location, quality reputation and loyal clientele. MLS#678299 • Joe Giegerich • 503-931-7824

$249,900 In the Heart of Downtown Silverton! Creek Front & basement storage. Current Leases Apply. MLS#687538 • Robin Kuhn • 503-930-1896 $89,900 Downtown commercial Lot! Teriffic high traffic in the heart of downtown Mololla. MLS#687271 • Joe Geigerich • 503-931-7824

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Something for the Soul

From Pratum to Africa Local church program goes international By Brenna Wiegand Twenty years ago, Pastor Stan Myers, his wife Mindy and their three children went to Africa, living as Christian missionaries for 2 1/2 years. “There was a tremendous need for training for pastors but at the time we weren’t prepared to meet that need; I wasn’t mature or experienced enough,” Stan Myers said. The desire to return never left him. It was in part due to a mutual interest in missions Emmanuel Bible Church in Pratum hired Myers as pastor in 1997. Calling itself a “sending church,” EBC devotes about a third of its budget to missions. Shortly after his arrival in Pratum, Myers began developing a training course, “Equipping Leaders for a Lifetime of Service,” focusing on character, education and ministry skills. EBC executive pastor Dan Tuggy works with Myers, helping develop the curriculum and doing much of teaching.

We’d like to thank all our runners, walkers, sponsors, volunteers and staff for helping the Fun Run remain one of Silverton’s outstanding celebrations of health, fun and community spirit. Here are the results of the 32nd Annual Silverton Health Fun Run, held May 9. See you next year! 5K Male 1st – Michael Traeger (17:49) 2nd – Eric Jeffers 3rd – Haile Stutzman

1 Mile Male (10 and under) 1st – Jackson Pfeifer 2nd – Zach Kuenzi 3rd – Jonathan Duval

5K Female 1st – Nicole Guyer (23:48) 2nd – Vicky Ghio 3rd – Alyssa Adcock

1 Mile Female (10 and under) 1st – Lauren Ortega 2nd – Hannah Basher 3rd – Grace Traeger

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Terry Rice was 75 when he entered the ELLS program two years ago; he now pastors a small church at his retirement home. Chris Propeck devotes himself to Salem’s Union Gospel Mission; John and Nikki Tuggy have served in Cambodia for many years and the family of Jason and Sarah Sheets left on assignment to Peru. As the ELLS curriculum evolved over 10-12 years, it became natural to “take it on the road” to the thousands of African pastors hungry for training.


“We didn’t really set out to do that but that’s the way the Lord would have it,” Myers said. ELLS International was born, a nonprofit separate from the church. “Our goal is to help these pastors use their limited resources and learn skills that enable them to accurately interpret the Bible and to be able to teach and preach the Word so their congregations can be strong, healthy and mature,” he said. Attendees come from a 75-mile radius, in many cases walking to get there.

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From the time Debbie Sardo of EBC became a Christian in 2004 she knew God was leading her to Africa. For the

last eight years Sardo has lived in Africa, Sudan and Kenya sharing the Gospel, training and mentoring. Last year she began working with ELLS International, helping facilitate conferences in rural areas of East Africa and following up to provide spiritual encouragement. “Some have said the people here have nothing, but if you could see the smiles on their faces, hear their laughter, see their eyes light up and feel the joy in their hearts you would never say that,” Sardo said. “Their worship and dancing brings glory to God.” The ministry has expanded to Uganda and Kenya with invitations into Tanzania and the Congo. About 200 pastors attended a conference in Uganda. As EBC’s director of children’s ministries, Mindy Myers is finding her own niche at the conferences. “Kids are just being ignored; the adults have no understanding what to teach them,” she said. “I am a bit overwhelmed by the enormity of it all, but at the same time so excited because they are so responsive to what is taught.” As with other trips, they visit the worst slums, survive a bland diet and risky sanitation and contend with extreme weather and transportation challenges. “The first night in Nairobi, I got 47 mosquito bites on one upper arm and about 30 on the other,” Mindy Myers said. “My face got a lot of bites too and I looked a little scary – thank goodness Nairobi mosquitoes don’t carry malaria! “We decided just to take it a day at a time; let the days unfold as they will,” she said. “God will give strength and has his appointments for us each day.” The Myers’ early experience in Africa helped familiarize them with the language and learn to adapt to the culture but mostly to fall in love with the people. Both Myers and Tuggy seek out idioms, illustrations and euphemisms to make the teaching culturally relevant and important to those hearing it. “The most satisfying thing for me is seeing these pastors so eagerly and enthusiastically embrace this teaching and put it into practice because they want to feed their flocks well,” Myers said.

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$329,900 145 Steelhammer. Beautiful 4 bdrm, 2.5 bth home with fenced yard, great landscaping, enclosed gazebo. RV Pad. Bledsoe/Santana. WVMLS#689361 Active Under Contract

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$299,000 508 North Church. Beautiful 4 bdrm/2.5bth home with 2904 s.f. 1919 home beautifully renovated. Bonus or 5th bdrm. Tool Shed. Fully fenced. Bledsoe/Santana, WVMLS#689590. Active Under Contract

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$94,900 500 Yapa – Wonderful building site with view in Abiqua Heights. Incredible custom plans included with price. Bring Your Own Builder or use one of ours. Bledsoe/Santana. WVMLS#686714

$89,500 each Six Beautiful building sites in Abiqua Heights on Eastview and Tillicum. Maryann Mills. WVMLS#660625, 684288, 660633, 660626.

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Bird Is The Word

Happy to be wrong If you would have told me five years ago that I’d be living in a little white farmhouse right smack dab in the middle of 120 acres of grass seed, I would have laughed in your face.



Since I was a kid, growing up in landlocked Eastern Washington, I’d been determined to live in a city.

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My parents told me time and time again that I wasn’t cut out for city life. That I wouldn’t like it. That I’d feel claustrophobic. That I’d always been a big fish in a small pond and might not do too well with things the other way around. I’d roll my eyes and ignore their admonishments, usually muttering something about “skipping town the first chance I get.” But for some reason, instead of choosing the several city-based schools I applied to, I went to a private liberal arts college

in a small Oregon town. Where I met, and eventually married a third-generation farm boy from Silverton. Who I knew, come hell or high water, wanted to settle in his hometown someday. Through it all, I held stubbornly to my dreams of city living, determined I wouldn’t be happy until I gave it a shot. Romanticizing the accessibility of fine dining and fresh produce, the variety of culture and community, and the appeal of a “simpler,” smaller space to live in. Five years in to our marriage, we found a 800.FIT.IS.IT

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The magic of the farm nice compromise. My 6-foot-3 husband agreed to spend a year in a 650 square foot apartment and I finally got my brownstone. And you know what? From the day we moved in, the very day I got everything I thought I’d ever wanted, I started dreaming of the farm. It’s been almost six months since we moved to our 1932 farmhouse just outside Pratum. Six months of quiet. Of darkness and stars in the sky. Of sunrises and sunsets. Of rainstorms blowing in across the fields. And tractors driven by my relatives passing by with a friendly wave. Six months of weekly trips in to town for groceries and goods, high school basketball games and playing in the park. Six months of feeling more content and more at home than I ever have in my life, and not missing for one second my former dreams of city life. On a recent trip to San Francisco, as my mother-in-law and I walked dozens of city blocks and tried to navigate the public transit system, I couldn’t help but smile to myself. While I enjoyed researching

restaurants, riding trolleys and eating my fill of street food, a quiet voice in the back of my mind said, “Aren’t you glad this isn’t home? Aren’t you glad home means green fields and quiet mornings and long walks with a chocolate pup? That the only traffic jams you deal with are caused by a slow-moving tractor. That the closest you get to noise pollution is an onslaught of coyotes howling through the night.” Don’t ask me to explain how in five years a determined city girl becomes a cardcarrying country mouse because I’m not sure I could tell you. Maybe it was the magic of the farm. Or the stark reality of being squished into a tiny downtown apartment. Maybe it was a process of getting to know myself or a product of years of subliminal messaging by my husband. Whatever it was that finally tipped the scales, I’m sure glad it did. And I’ve never in my life been so glad to be wrong. Writer, photographer and chef Kali Ramey Martin lives in the Pratum area. Visit her blog at

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Dean Fleck

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Brian Selman

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Dennis Eggiman

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Noon – 1 p.m. Monday - Saturday. St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, 211 W. Center St., Silverton. 8 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Saturday. Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. David, 503-383-8327

Serenity Al-Anon

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. 10 - 11 a.m. Saturday. Silverton Assembly of God Church, 437 N. James St. 503-269-0952.

Mount Angel Library Activities

290 Charles St. 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Storytime ages 3 - 6. 4:45 p.m. Tuesday. Lego Club. 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Babytime ages 0 - 3.

Evening Bike Rides

6:15 p.m. Tuesday. Seven Brides Brewing, 990 N First St., Silverton. Ride of 20 - 30 miles, A-B difficulty. No ride on fourth Tuesday of month. Free. Open to all. Ride may be cancelled for weather. Call Marilyn Monson, 503-559-3589, or Dan Schuh, 503-759-7010

Silverton Business Group

8 a.m. Wednesdays. Silverton Inn & Suites, 310 N. Water St. Sponsored by Silverton Chamber of Commerce. Network, hear speaker. Free. 503-873-5615

Storytimes at Silver Falls Library

410 S. Water St., Silverton. Chickadees, age 3-4, 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Wednesdays. Baby Birds, age 0-3, 11 – 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, also Fridays. Duplo Day, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. all ages Fridays. Caregiver must attend with child. 503-873-7633

Woodcarving Sessions

1 – 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Silverton Arts Assoc. offers Silverchips woodcarving sessions, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton.. All skill levels. $2/week. 503-873-2480

Gordon House Tours

Noon, 1, 2 p.m. Thursday–Monday. Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon House, 869 W. Main St., Silverton. Reservations needed., 503-874-6006

Overeaters Anonymous

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

Weekly Meditation Group

7 – 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. A Quiet Place Sangha invites people of all spiritual traditions to weekly guided meditation and shared dialog. Free. Newcomers arrive 20 minutes early. 971-218-6641

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Silverton Toastmasters

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

Silverton Farmer’s Market

9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Town Square Park, Main Street. Fresh produce, plants, flowers. Every Saturday. 503-873-5615


Monday, June 1 Silverton City Council

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

Mount Angel City Council

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

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Oregon kids and teens (ages 1 - 18) get free summer meals at the following locations. Adult lunches can be purchased for $1.50. 503-873-6331 ext. 3770, St Mary’s Public School, 590 E College St., Mount Angel, June 15 - Aug. 21, breakfast 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Monday-Friday, lunch 11:30 am. - 12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. 503-8452345 Robert Frost Elementary, 201 Westfield St., Silverton, June 15 - Aug. 21, lunch 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Coolidge McClaine Park, 300 Coolidge St., Silverton, June 15 - Aug. 21, lunch 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Mark Twain, 425 N Church St., Silverton, June 15 - Aug. 21, lunch 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. OCDC Marion County, 707 McClaine, Silverton, June 1 - Aug. 30, breakfast 7:30 - 8 a.m. Monday-Friday, lunch 10:30 - 11 a.m. Monday-Friday, supper 3 - 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. 971-224-1021

Silverton YMCA

Summer swim team and summer soccer begin June 1. Swim team meets 3 - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, two weeks practice, six weeks of meets. Practice times vary by age. Soccer practices vary with age, coach. Two weeks practice, five weeks of games. No weekend games. Micro track begins June 12. $25. Micro soccer begins June 13. Saturday mornings. $25. Swim lessons begin June 15, and run Monday - Thursday for two weeks. Parent/tot classes $25; PERS classes $40 members, $58 nonmembers. Mad Science Camp begins June 22. Science experiments, nature hikes, swim, more. $100 members, $125 nonmembers. Financial assistance available. Info: 503-8736456,, Pool, 601 Miller St.

Oktoberfest Seeks Memorabilia

Mt. Angel Oktoberfest is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Planners are creating adisplay highlighting the festival’s history, and are seeking old photographs and memorabilia from 1966 through 2014. To share photos or items relating to Oktoberfest contact Monica Bochsler, or Nancy Bochsler, or leave a message at 503-845-6338.

3:30 - 5 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Use provided arts and crafts materials for take-home project. Free. Ages 5 - 10. Caregiver must attend with child. Repeats 
June 23. 503-8737633

Benedictine Foundation Dinner

6 p.m., Queen of Angels Monastery, 840 S Main St., Mount Angel. 30th annual Benedictine Foundation Recognition Dinner. Social hour, dinner. Sr. Jeanine Tisot, director of Shalom Prayer Center, speaker. Tickets $30. 503-845-2556

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Friday, June 5 White Oak First Friday

11 a.m. - 9 p.m., White Oak, 216 E Main St., Silverton. Quilts, scarves of Carol Heist. Free chair massages from G’Anna Denis. Massage sign-up at gallery. Fiber works show can be viewed 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday through June 30. 503-399-9193

Parent’s Night Out!

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

Good ‘Ole Boys Art Show

6 - 8 p.m., Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. Male artists’ show reception. Exhibit continues noon - 4 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays thru June 28. 503-363-9310

Brain Health 101

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5:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Board certified chiropractic neurologist presents “Brain Health 101. Protecting Our Most Precious Organ.” Learn to use nutrition, ancestral diet, exercise, science of neuroplasticity to tame inflammation and restore brain health. Healthy fare, refreshments provided. Free. 503-873-4226

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

Lunaria: Intimate Spaces

Thursday, June 4

7 - 9 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 Water St., Silverton. “Intimate Spaces, Sacred Places” featuring Rebekah Rigsby and Helen Wiens. Loft exhibit, “New Faces,” highlights work by three new Lunaria members: photographer Rebecca Cozart; jeweler Alex Chaney; pastel painter Heidi HenriksonMiner. Thru June 28. 503-873-7734

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7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Variety of improvisational games. No experience required. Open to adults, high school students. Repeats June 17. Ron, 503-873-8796

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Informal writer’s group to share, critique writing projects. Repeats June 18. 503-873-8796

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7 p.m., Brush Creek Playhouse, 11535 NE Silverton Road, Silverton. Brush Creek Players presents Accidentally Yours. Adults $10. Seniors, children under 12 $8. Tickets available at door or Books-N-Time, 210 N Water St., Ste. B, Silverton. Repeats 7 p.m. June 6, 12, 13, 19, 20; 2 p.m. June 7, 14, 21. 503-508-3682,

7:30 p.m., Scotts Mills City Hall, 265 Fourth St. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-873-5435

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Saturday, June 6 Free Fishing Day

8 am. - noon, Silverton Reservoir. Bait, fishing equipment provided or bring own. Fishing buddies, snacks during morning event. Gates closed to vehicle access. Free shuttle every half hour from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. from Roth’s, Safeway, Silverton Historical Museum, Church of Nazarene. Children under 12 must be accompanied by adult. 1 - 4 p.m. gates open for special needs fishing program. 503-873-0405

Silver Falls Challenge

9 a.m., Silver Falls State Park. 5K, 6-mile run, kids 1,500-meter run. Pre-registration $35 at Day-of registration $40. Youth run 1,500 free, but must register. Free barbecue follows race. Admission to park is free. 503-874-0201

Silverton Garden Tour

9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Silverton. Second annual Garden Tour benefiting Community Roots Montessori School, Silverton Garden Club. Brochures profiling each garden and a map of the tour available with ticket. Tickets $10, available at rootedinfood. org and Stamen and Pistil Urban Garden Center, 1556 NE Church St., Salem. Melissa, 541-264-0081

Young Life Fundraiser

9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Young Life, 503 N Second St., Silverton. Multi-family garage sale benefiting Silver Falls Young Life.

Brush Creek Auditions

1 p.m., Brush Creek Playhouse, 11535 NE Silverton Road, Silverton. Auditions for July production of Love in the Cucumber Patch or The Pickled Road to Romance. 503-508-3682,

AAPAC’s Little Mermaid

7 p.m., Historic Elsinore Theatre, 170 SE High St., Salem. Silverton’s American Academy of Performing Arts presents The Little Mermaid and dance concert. Repeats 2 p.m. June 7. Tickets available at, 503-375-3574.

Sunday, June 7 Green Acres Open House

1 - 4 p.m., Green Acres Farm Sanctuary, 5272 Brush Creek Dr., Silverton. Tour farm, meet animals. Refreshments, prize drawings. Free. Tina, 503-873-8186

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6:30 p.m., Mount Angel Middle School, 460 E Marquam, Mount Angel.

Silver Falls School District

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

Retirement Celebration

7 p.m., Evergreen School, 2327 NE Cascade Hwy., Silverton. Retirement celebration for Patty Potter, who taught at Evergreen School for 41 years. Short program, social time, dessert. Open to public. 503-873-4845

Tuesday, June 9 Adult Summer Reading Program

10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Sign-ups for “Escape the Ordinary” adult summer reading program. Try a new genre, book discussion party, donate to SACA, earn book sale coupons, prizes. Registration accepted through Aug. 15. 503-873-8796

Thursday, June 11 Silverton Zenith Woman’s Club

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Taizé Prayer

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Sunday, June 21 Father’s Day

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S. Water St., Silverton. This month’s selection is Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear. Refreshments. Visitors welcome. Spring, 503-897-8796 7 p.m., Providence Benedictine Nursing Center, 550 S Main St., Mount Angel. Theresa Raudsepp, physical therapist at Providence Benedictine Nursing Center, addresses topic of “Aging: Understanding its Effects on You.” The lecture focuses on how balance and exercise can make a difference. Sponsored by Shalom Prayer Center, Providence Benedictine Nursing Center Foundation. Free. Open to public. Connie, 503-684-6841

Thursday, June 18 Pints & Purls

6 - 8 p.m., Seven Brides Brewing, 990 N First, Silverton. Meet other knitters, crocheters for an evening of pints and some purls. Hosted by Apples to Oranges. Everyone welcome. 503-874-4901

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7 - 8 p.m., Benedictine Sisters’ Queen of Angels Chapel, 840 S. Main St., Mount Angel. Open to public. 503-845-6773

Silverton Hills Strawberry Festival

11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Coolidge McClaine Park, 300 Coolidge St. Silverton. Enjoy strawberry delight with biscuits, ice cream, strawberries. $5; free for children under two and over 80. Musical lineup includes Dusty Strings, Oregon Valley Boys. Wooden Nickel on hand with barbecue; arts and crafts vendors. Vendor applications at 503-873-5615

Wednesday, June 24 Vacation Bible School

Friday, June 12

7 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Marketing professional Jesse Smith teaches hosting, installation, multisite considerations, theme frameworks, more. Free. 503-873-8796

6 - 8:30 p.m., Silverton Assembly, 437 N James St. Everest: Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power. Repeats through June 27. Age 4 through fifth grade. Free. Church barbecue after June 28 10:45 a.m. service. 503-873-3611

Chamber Forum Lunch

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Saturday, June 27

7 p.m., location varies. Members discuss ways to fund, implement projects that benefit Silverton community. Call Barbara for location, 801-414-3875.

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

Saturday, June 13 In Stitches at Silver Falls Library

10 a.m. – noon, Silver Falls Library, 410 S. Water St., Silverton. Group meets to crochet, knit, share ideas. All levels welcome. Free. Spring, 503-873-8796

Canyonview Open House

1 - 4 p.m., Canyonview Camp, 13000 NE Finlay Road, Silverton. Tour facility, family activities. Summer camp early bird pricing. Free. 971-239-1347

Tuesday, June 16 Phone, Internet Safety Class

6 - 8 p.m., Silverton Area Community Aid, 421 S Water St. Taught by school counselor Deb Gordon Harry. Parents learn safety strategies for kids using technology, apps, websites that facilitate dangerous behaviors, approaches to raising kids with technology. Free. 503-873-3446

7 p.m., The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St., Silverton. Celebrate Brewfest with sixcourse dinner, each featuring small plate paired with unique beer. $50; limited number of tickets sold. 503-874-8100,

Friday, June 19
 Oregon Garden Brewfest

Noon - 11 p.m., The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St., Silverton. Enjoy more than 130 beers and cider, live music, local food. Repeats noon - 1 p.m. June 20; noon - 5 p.m. June 21. For tickets, information, visit or call 503-874-8100.

Saturday, June 20 Book Talk

9:30 a.m. - noon, Shalom Prayer Center, 840 S Main St., Mount Angel. Tim Nelson, Linda Jensen lead discussion on “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley. Free.

Frank Lloyd Wright Birthday

10 a.m. - 5 p.m., The Gordon House, 859 W Main St., Silverton. Self-guided tours, refreshments. $5. 503-874-6006.

Pajamarama 5K

6 p.m., Silverton High School, 1456 Pine St. 5K untimed fun run/walk. Participants 21 and older meet at Mac’s Place at 8 p.m. for activities, music, drink specials. Under 21 meet at Silver Creek Lanes for cosmic bowling. Register by June 26. $30 adults, $15 ages 6 - 14. Children 5 and under free. Portion of proceeds benefit Silverton Senior Center, Silverton High scholarships. Register at pajamarama5k. com, 503-593-6276

Sunday, June 28 Scotts Mills Pancake Breakfast

7 a.m. - noon, Scotts Mills Community Center, corner of Fourth and Grandview. Sponsored by Scotts Mill Grange No. 938. $5 per person. 503-874-9575

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Boys and girls offered summer sports camps at Silverton High Future Foxes are invited to attend summer sport camps. If you have questions, call Silverton High School Athletic Department, 503-873-6331, ext. 3823. Lady Foxes Basketball Camps For girls entering third through ninth grades, camp is 9 a.m. to noon June 16-18 at Silverton High School Pine Street gym. Cost is $40.

Silverton Free Fishing Day founder honored with bench When Vernon “Skip” Bouskill told his fellow Silverton Lions Club members that he wanted to start Free Fishing Day at the Silverton Reservoir, they encouraged him to give it a try. Little did they know not only would Bouskill organize what has become an annual tradition but he would also get a handicapped-accessible dock built. To honor Bouskill for his dedication and determination, the Lions Club met May 21 to dedicate a bench in Bouskill’s name. Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 6, 8 a.m.

to noon at the Silverton Reservoir. Lions Club members, in coopreation with the Izaak Walton League, Silverton Together and City of Silverton will provide bait and fishing equipment along with some instruction. From 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. there will be a free shuttle every half hour from Roth’s, Safeway, Silverton Historical Museum and Church of Nazarene. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Repeats 1 - 4 p.m. when gates open for special needs fishing enthusiasts. For information, call 503-873-0405

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Girls 4x100 relay team state champs

The Kennedy High school girls track and field team finished tied for sixth May 22 at the OSAA Class 2A championships at Hayward Field in Eugene.

The Trojans, last year’s champions, scored 38 points, tied with Grant Union after two days of competition. Union won the girls title with 62 points, six more than East Linn Christian. Trojans standout Loghan Sprauer, who won state titles in the 100, 200 and 400 last year, came into this year’s meet at about 70 percent efficiency because of a leg injury. She took fourth in the 100 and seventh in the 200 but also led Kennedy to a stirring victory in the 4x100 relay. Sprauer took the baton for the anchor leg in third place but she led the Trojans to the tape in 51.78. 0.04 ahead of East Linn Christian and 0.36 seconds ahead of third-place Imbler. “That was awesome,” Sprauer said. “I wanted to win something that included the whole team. It was amazing, the highlight of my day.”

which also battled some tough injury luck. Sophomore Bishop Mitchell, district champion in the 100 and long jump, injured his leg in his first long jump attempt and had to withdraw from competition

Sprauer was joined on the championship relay team by Amelia Grosjacques, Taylor Brown and Sarah Therkelsen. It was the first 4x100 girls relay win at state for veteran Kennedy Coach Steve Ritchie. “It’s very exciting for us,” Ritchie said. “Our coaches did a great job of working with them.” In other state meet highlights for Kennedy: Trojans freshman Kaylin Cantu had a solid first state meet, taking third in the 1,500 and fifth in the 800. Grosjacques took fifth in the 100 hurdles, Brown was eighth in the high jump and Lakin Susee was sixth in the high jump and Lauren Stokley finished sixth in the 3,000. Adrian Parra was third in the 3,000 for the boys team,

Silverton Foxes’ girls track team took seventh place in the 5A state meet with 32.5 points. Silverton was led by senior Cheyenne Partlow, who won the shot put with a toss of 39-8. Teammate senior Megan Traeger finished sixth. Other highlights for the Foxes are: Allyson Ridling finished third in the 100 hurdles and sixth in the 300 hurdles. Maddie Fuhrman took fourth in the 800 and sixth in the 3,000. The Foxes’ 4x400 relay team of Ridling, Fuhrman, Hailey Satyna and Desiree Sinn placed seventh. Leah Doeden took eighth in the high jump. Silverton’s boys team finished 14th with 19 points, led by Travis Sinn (4th, 400), Lucas Wilson (4th, high jump), Shon Ackermann (5th, high jump), Brock

Rogers (6th, 110 hurdles) and Spencer Hatley (6th, pole vault). Softball update: The Silverton softball team became the fourth Foxes squad to win a Mid-Willamette Conference title this school year while sweeping the major league awards. Football and boys and girls basketball produced the same results earlier. Silverton softball finished 18-3 in the MWC and is ranked sixth by the OSAA heading into the May 27 home playoff game vs. Crater. Foxes coach Ralph Cortez is Coach of the Year in the MWC with Alex Molloy winning pitcher of the year honors and catcher Kayla Stocker taking home the defensive honor. Silverton’s Maggie Buckholz shared offensive honors with Yasmine El-Hato of Dallas. It was the fourth league title for Cortez, who has led the Foxes since 2002, including a runner-up finish in the 2012 state tournament. “We have had some amazing athletes in the past come through our softball program and have taken home some of these awards, but not

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a sweep like this,” Cortez said. “Getting all those awards is a tribute to our program and all the hard work the players and coaches put in is paying dividends in many ways on the field and off the field.” In addition to the major awards Silverton outfielder Maggie Roth made the allMWC first team, third baseman Megan Mannion and first baseman Jessica Horsey made the second team and outfielders Isabella Meraz and Katelyn Hickam and second baseman Daisy Hernandez received honorable mention. Kennedy took second in Special Disrict 2 and will visit North Douglas on May 27 in the Class 2A tournament. Baseball: Silverton advanced to the Class 5A playoffs with a 5-4 win May 22 vs. Ashland. The Foxes, in its first season under coach James Rise, visited Liberty of Hillsboro in the round of 16 on May 27. The Foxes placed two players on the all-MWC first team, designated hitter Anders Green and shortstop Dustin Meyer. Right fielder Tyler Hickam was second-team, and catcher Will Ward,

third baseman Grant Roth, left fielder Kirk Martinson and pitcher Mason Pearson earned honorable mention. Kennedy finished second in the TriRiver with a 10-4 record and went on the road May 27 for a round of 16 Class 2A playoff game against the Pilot RockNixyaawii cooperative team. State golf: Silverton senior Michael Kuenzi finished tied for ninth in the Class 5A state championships at Emerald Valley in Creswell. Kuenzi finished 4-over-par at 158, opening with an 82 and shooting a 76 on the second day. Hospital run: Michael Traeger, 28, won the Silverton Health 5K on May 8 by 41 seconds. Traeger of Silverton ran the course in 17:49. Nicole Guyer finished 19th overall and was the top woman runner in 23:48. Jackson Pfeifer, 10, won the kids’ 1-mile run in 8:49, with Lauren Ortega, 9, the top girls finisher (fifth overall, 9:30). Nearly 400 runners and walkers participated. Follow me on @jameshday.

GENERAL OKTOBERFEST PHOTO SEARCH Mt. Angel Oktoberfest is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year! We’re planning to put together a historical display highlighting the Oktoberfest’s history, and we’re looking for help in gathering old photographs or memorabilia from the beginning in 1966 through the current year. If you have any photos or items relating to the Oktoberfest that you would like to share with us, we would love to borrow them for our display.  Photos or other paper items will be copied and returned to the owner immediately.  If you have anything you’d like to share, please contact either Monica Bochsler at Monica@oktoberfest. org or Nancy Bochsler, email: or leave a message at 503.845.6338. Thank you for helping us to make a wonderful display to honor Oktoberfest’s 50 years of celebration of the harvest! JFK 40 YEAR CLASS OF 1975 REUNION Evergreen Golf Course, Saturday Aug. 1st  6-10, RSVP to John Gooley at johnegooley@  Please share with your wife, fathers, mothers, relatives and family.  For now, we need your contact information.  503-932-8171  

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Mt. Angel School District has an opening for an Administrative Assistant in the District Office. Full time, year round position.  Also, JFK High School has an opening for an Educational Assistant. 5.25 hrs/day For more information refer to www.       Mount Angel REPORTER Our Town is looking for a freelance writer to cover Mount Angel. Must be able to generate story ideas, keep an eye on Mount Angel School Board and City Council as well as find human interest stories. If interested, please send resume, cover letter and examples of work to Kristine Thomas at by June 15. No phone calls please       

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A Grin at the end

Advice worth remembering

I love this season. I don’t mean summer. I love graduation season. It’s when middle and high schools, colleges and universities unleash their work product on the world. “Let’s see what this bunch can do,” every teacher is thinking as the diplomas are handed out and the tassels are turned. While that’s exciting enough, what I like best are the commencement speeches. Most of them are horrible. They mainly consist of some old duffer telling a bunch of kids about how great he or she is. Or was. Translation: “Blah, blah. Blah-blah-blah.” I hunt for good commencement speeches. On You Tube and at graduations I happen to attend, I always look for that rare message that goes beyond “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”  One of the best I’ve heard was Charlie Day’s speech last year at Merrimack College in Rhode Island. I can’t repeat it here. Suffice it to say that Day, the creator of the TV show, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, had a lot say. And none of the graduates fell asleep. But there was another speech that was better. It was so good it still haunts me. It wasn’t really a commencement speech, but it should be. I heard it a couple of months ago when my son and I were checking out a college. 

Jeffrey Tambor is known for playing parts that range from transgender to transcendent. He’s the funny guy you’ve seen on TV shows such as Arrested Development. You’ve liked his character but never knew his name. The student union at the college had invited Tambor to speak. We figured it would be worth a few laughs, if nothing else, so we went. The speech was astounding. I wish I was had heard it at my college commencement. A word about Tambor. He’s not cool. Nor is he handsome. I don’t know for sure but I doubt he can sing or dance. But he is as right-on as anyone I’ve ever heard talk. So what was it that a 70-year-old recovering alcoholic actor had to say that resonated not just with me but with the 1,000 or so college kids that night? 

It was the experience of a lifetime. Toward the end of the talk, he made a list. I don’t remember all of the items, but here are a few things he told the students: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Be true to yourself. Have a childlike wonder. Avoid humorless people. Read. Fear is overrated. Ask for help. Everybody needs an “attaboy.”

A lot.

Be passionate.

He spoke about his parents, who were Eastern European immigrants living in San Francisco. He spoke about his alcoholism and how he overcame it. He spoke about his fear of success. He spoke about his family. He spoke about getting fired. “You all will be fired at some point,” he said.

Don’t calm down. Don’t calm down. Don’t calm down.

And he spoke about life. He spoke about falling in love with his youngest child the minute the baby, who was only a few minutes old, reached up and grasped his finger.

I don’t know about the wisdom of telling an auditorium full of 20-year-old students not to calm down, but I do know the entire audience jumped to its feet and applauded as he walked from the stage. Walking through the lobby, I overheard one of the students tell a friend, “I’m never going to forget what he said tonight.” Me either.

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