Our Town North: July 1, 2022

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Something to Think about

Farmer’s Notebook

Home sharing offers affordable benefits – Page 6

Vol. 19 No. 13

Chestnuts: Preserving a personal and cultural heritage – Page 20

COMMUNITY NEWS Serving Mt. Angel, Silverton, and Scotts Mills

July 2022

Adventures in the canopy

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Sports & Recreation

Silverton names new basketball coaches – Page 24

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Something Fun Tree Climbing at Silver Falls..................4 July 4th parade in Mt. Angel..................5 Something to Think About Home sharing offers solution to housing crunch..................................................6 Briefs.......................................... 8 Civics 101 Silverton disccusses parking issues...... 10 Legal Matters Landlord settles in overcharge suit...... 11 Junk cars result in huge fines.............. 11 Business Blue Pomegranate brings overseas getaways to your dining room............. 12

Datebook...............................14 Arts & Entertainment

Hitting the road for graphic novel’s migratory book tour...........................16

Our Neighbor Don Seiler retires from MAFD............... 18 Farmer’s Notebook Chestnuts bring enthusiasts from afar.... 20

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6 Passages................................. 21 Sports & Recreation Silverton hires two basketball coaches...24

A Grin At The End...........26 Marketplace.......................27 Above Julia Pattison interacting with her family’s housemates Elijah and little Milo Neves. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Tree Climbing at Silver Falls offers a chance to scale big trees at the state park. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Something Fun

New heights

Business offers tree climbing at Silver Falls State Park

By James Day At Silver Falls State Park you can spend a lot of time looking down. Down the trail, down the canyon, down the creek and definitely, down at the waterfall. But what happens if you look up and keep looking up. There is a whole new world in the tree canopy, and now there is a way to explore it. Tree Climbing at Silver Falls, which operated a short pilot season at the park in the summer of 2021, is open for business and booking tours. The four-hour tour starts and ends near the Howard Creek horse camp. You can climb in the morning, you can climb in the afternoon or you can climb at sunset. You can even climb in the rain and snow, said owner Leo Rosen-Fischer, who adds that high winds are usually the only outside factor that can lead to a tour cancellation.

Tree Climbing at Silver Falls For more information on the tree-climbing program at Silver Falls State Park go to www.treeclimbingatsilverfalls.com, email info@ TreeClimbingAtSilverFalls.com or call 206-914-8613. preserving forests so they can grow into old-growth forest and experience the unforgettable adventure and fun of climbing giant trees in beautiful Silver Falls Park.” Rosen-Fischer has been climbing for 20 years and has been operating his business for 10 after a law school experiment didn’t take.

You have to be eight or older to climb and Rosen-Fischer says he has booked tours with folks in their 70s. The operation has special battery-operated ascenders that help those with lower fitness levels.

“My grandfather and parents were all mountaineers,” he said. “Actually my grandfather knew one of the inventors of the Jumar ascender, a piece of popular climbing equipment that we use in our tree-climbing program. My grandfather told me he was able to help test out the Jumar in the Swiss Alps when they were still inventing and developing it.

“We are the only professional climbing organization in Oregon that offers this experience,” Rosen-Fischer told Our Town. “Participants learn about trees, old-growth ecology, the importance of protecting old-growth forest,

“My father would teach me climbing on trees for practice before rock climbing and mountain climbing. Basically 25 years later I am now full circle. After having taught climbing in college, and doing various tree service work, I

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July 4th parade salutes farms Operating a business at Silver Falls is not an everyday occurrence, but interim park manager Chris Gilliand says the concept does come up.

or natural resources concerns,” he said. “They use drones and physical inspections. The trees are also inspected at the end of the busy season to see if there were any long-term impacts.”

“We receive requests every week for some type of activity in the park,” he said. “We have a few evaluation tools to help us determine if a request to host an event or to operate in the park should use our standard special use permit (typical of weddings or races) a commercial special use permit (such as the tree-climbing operation) or a concessions contract (such as the South Falls Cafe and Smith Creek Village operators).” Gilliand also noted that park officials take seriously their stewardship of the park’s resources. “Prior to a tree being selected (for climbing) our forester and biologist inspect the trees for potential safety and/

“I hope all people leave with an unforgettable experience that was fun and created memories they will cherish forever,” Rosen-Fischer. “I also want people to learn about the ecology of old-growth trees and forests. They are important to the balance of our environment for many reasons, including forest fires, wildlife, and CO2 absorption. “Hopefully people will leave with a greater appreciation of them and understand the importance of protecting more forests to turn into oldgrowth for future generations.”

Mt. Angel is set for an Independence Day of fun, farming and fireworks. The annual July 4 parade, sponsored by the Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce, has a theme of “Heart of Farm Country” as the community honors the bountiful nearby farms full of hops, hazelnuts, berries, flowers, vegetables, wine grapes and more. The 11 a.m. Monday parade begins at Kennedy High School on East Marquam, winds its way through neighborhoods down Birch to Taylor to Garfield, finishing at the Weingarten. Parade watchers can observe anywhere along the route or join the group downtown, where master of ceremonies Norm Zollner will be announcing the parade entries and float winners. Downtown businesses will be open.

The day will end on the athletic fields between the middle school and the high school. The Marion County Citizens Band will play beginning at 8:30 p.m., with the fireworks, sponsored by Roth’s Fresh Markets, set to begin lighting up the sky at 10 p.m. Mount Angel’s Knights of Columbus chapter will once again be selling sausages, ice cream and information strawberries at the concession stand. agenda item


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Something to Think About

Sharing space By Melissa Wagoner When Emily and Elijah Neves got engaged and began searching for a place to live in their hometown of Silverton, the prospects looked pretty grim. “We both really love this community,” Emily began. “So, we were looking everywhere but it was a month before we got married and I was freaking out because I didn’t want to live with my parents as newlyweds.” Then a chance meeting at a birthday party offered the couple a possible solution – shared housing. They discovered, by moving in with another family – John and Kate Pattison, as well as their daughters, Julia and Molly – they could cut costs on, not only housing, but utilities, groceries, maintenance repairs and even childcare down the road. “It’s not for everyone, but it’s for more people than realize it,” John Pattison – an advocate for cohousing personally as well as in his work as Community Builder for the nonprofit, Strong Towns – said.

Oregon nonprofit offers new solution to housing crisis

It turns out, he may be right – at least according to Tess Fields, Executive Director for Home Share Oregon, a nonprofit whose mission is to reduce the impact of the housing crisis in Oregon by incentivizing the renting of spare bedrooms that would otherwise go unused. “[L]ooking at the Oregon census, there are 1.5 million homes across Oregon with a spare bedroom,” Fields said. “With that number we could house 30,000 people affordably.” And affordability is the key, because, while the average cost of rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the state of Oregon currently stands at between $1,200 and $1,900, that number is projected to rise to a whopping $2,000 a month by 2023. While at the same time, the average Home Share agreement is generally locked in around $735 a month, with some flexibility based around shared chores and maintenance duties, a far more realistic sum for students, seniors or couples – like the Neves – who are just starting out.

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“You have to be homeless and destitute before you get any help,” Fields said. “From our perspective it’s almost like people are being pushed into homelessness before they can access the care they deserve.” This is especially true for retired seniors. “The number of seniors out there who are house-rich and cash-poor is absolutely astounding to me,” Fields said. “Many are women who have outlived their husbands… They’re stay-at-home moms who raised their children or they had

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“Our primary focus is preventing homelessness before it starts by increasing access for home owners and housemates,” Fields said. “We’re focused on giving them the tools they need so they can feel good about it.” Because the number one reason home sharing isn’t already a popular solution to the housing crisis is fear.

The Neves and Pattisons choosing a Christmas tree for their shared home.

The situation applies to homeowners but also to renters as well. “They’ve been living in the same apartment paying $700 and then someone buys the apartment complex and raises the rent,” Fields said of a scenario that is becoming increasingly common. “It’s difficult to get these phone calls and hear these stories because they have worked

“When we’re right out of college we all look for a place to rent and no one ever questions, is it safe?” Fields said. Speculating that the shift has more to do with a change in the cultural expectations as we age than any real change in safety.


their entire lives, contributed and done everything right and yet they’re at risk of becoming homeless.” But there is a possible solution and it’s the reason Fields created Home Share Oregon, where seniors – or anyone looking to share a living space – have access to compatibility screening, background checks and even rental agreements at no cost.

“[I]t’s not the cultural norm,” Fields confirmed. “When you’re young you’re supposed to have a lot of housemates but, for whatever reason, when we partner up, get married and buy a house that cultural expectation does a 180.” But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, Fields would argue that, in order to begin solving the current housing crisis, such thinking will have to change.

“Home sharing has got to be a part of the tool in the toolbox,” she stated. “It’s got to be part of the options. We’ve got to start addressing and attacking this cultural norm.” “I think it’s worth exploring,” Kate Pattison echoed. “Because there are different ways of doing it.” Meaning, not every shared housing agreement needs to include as much sharing as the Pattison-Neves agreement does. “We co-own the house and the loan and we’ve set up our wills to point to the other family,” Kate said, recognizing that, while this has worked well for her family, for many others sharing expenses is all they require. “The most important thing is being crystal clear about expectations and continuing to talk,” Kate said. “It comes down to compatibility and direct communication,” Fields agreed. “It’s about building community…and if you take your time and you’re smart, at the end of the day there’s someone for everybody.”


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Indoor Park is seeking space By Melissa Wagoner Oregon winters can be long, rainy and isolating for the parents of young children who aren’t yet in school. But for the last 18 years those months were made just a little bit easier thanks to Silverton Indoor Park – a cooperative organization providing a space for parents to network and kids under five to play. “Children can zoom around on the many riding toys, slide and climb on the indoor play structure or pretend to be master chefs in the mini kitchen,” Jan Halowati, the program director for Silverton Together, wrote in a recent press release designed to notify the community of the Indoor Park’s need for a new space. In the past, Indoor Park rented space from United Methodist Church, she wrote. “They were open during Silver Falls school days, from September to mid-June.” Which means time is running short to establish a new lease before the next session is scheduled to begin. “If you have a space that would work for them, please contact me and I will be happy to arrange a meeting,” Halowati urged, listing her office number, 503-873-0405 as the best form of communication. “Thank you for your consideration.”

Four key posts on Silverton ballot in November Candidate packets are now available for municipal positions in Silverton that will be on the Nov. 8 ballot. Voters will cast ballots for mayor, with Kyle Palmer already having announced he will not seek a new two-year term, and three councilor seats. The four-year Silverton City Council seats currently held by Dana Smith, Jim Sears and Crystal Neideigh also will be on the ballot. The volunteer positions are non-partisan. Thus there was not a May primary as there was for the Legislature, Congress and state and federal elected offices. All Silverton councilor positions are at-large and the new terms begin Jan. 9, 2023. Candidates can file by fee ($50) or by petition. The filing deadline to make the ballot is Aug. 30. To qualify, a candidate must be a registered voter in Silverton and must have resided in Silverton continuously in the 12 months preceding the election. Those interested in picking up papers can do so at City Hall or contact city clerk Traci Nichols, the elections official for Silverton at 503-874-2216 or tnichols@silverton.or.us.

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Give Away Saturday July 18 By Melissa Wagoner Silverton residents and beyond are invited to participate in the second annual Give Away Saturday taking place July 18, 9 a.m. to noon. Similar to a community-wide garage sale, the Give Away urges participants to purge those items that are no longer in use by giving them away to someone who needs them but might not otherwise be able to afford them. When asked why residents should forego either a garage sale or donation of items in favor of participation in this event organizer Karen Garst said, “I think it is important for a number of reasons: some of us have way too much stuff, we want to help others who need things, and it is so easy to do. It is so nice to give something away…” No registration or fees are required to join, rather – as with any traditional garage sale – residents need only create a front yard display of the items they would like to pass on. She also recommends posting signage notifying passersby that the items part of the Give Away, and being available to oversee the exchange. No cash box, price tags or haggling necessary. “Last year was very successful,” Garst said of her own experience with the Give Away. “My husband went out about 8 a.m…most everything was gone by 11.”

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Civics 101

Downtown dilemma By James Day The Silverton City Council, the Chamber of Commerce, area business leaders and city staffers all agree that downtown faces parking challenges. June 20 folks got together via Zoom and began talking about solutions. ”This is a really hot issue right now,” said Stacy Palmer, executive director of the chamber. “There have been some dramatic changes to downtown,” Mayor Kyle Palmer said. “Customers are concerned and business owners are concerned.” Key parking challenges the city is facing include: • The loss of the Eugene Field School site as an overflow lot with the beginning of construction on the new civic center. • New businesses such as the Oregon Crafters Market, The Den food carts,

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Silverton council discusses parking solutions

the Silverton Bake Shop, Magnolia Grill and High Water Grill are attracting customers – and traffic.

empty, free spaces.

• And in a bit of irony, High Water was built on what used to be a parking lot. Community Development director Jason Gottgetreu gave a presentation that included a fresh audit of parking on streets. The city looked at weekday parking on Wednesday, June 14 and at the weekend dates of June 4, 5, 11 and 12. The occupancy rate on weekdays was 44%, with the percentage climbing to 53% on the weekend. Gottgetreu noted that the industry standard for serious parking challenges is 85%, but he added that the Silverton numbers are skewed a bit because so much of the parking occupancy is in the downtown core and there are lots of spaces just a couple of blocks away. Oak Street between Water and First is the most parked-up block, Gottgetreu’s audit noted, while as you head north on Water or First there are plenty of

Councilors and city staff agreed to hold public meetings “sooner rather than later” to hear resident concerns and ideas, with the new civic center sure to play a leading role. Gottgetreu, who is project manager for the building that will house the police and other city departments, discussed publicly for the first time the current parking plans for the project. There will be 28 spaces behind the building at the A Street end of the block. A total of 31 spaces are planned for the front of the building. What remains unclear is whether city employees will use any of the spots in front of the building because the rear lot won’t accommodate everybody. Also up for discussion is how to use the south end of the block. The city is planning a park for the spot north of Park Street, but the design has not been


finalized, and the city conceivably could use that space to add to the 31-space lot currently in the blueprints. Also in the mix is the temporary dog park just north of A Street which also became city property when the former school site was sold. Some of those speaking at the council meeting suggested using at least a piece of that property for a temporary parking lot. Gottgetreu noted that the city does not have a “firm plan” for that site. Ben Johnston, a developer/investor who has been a vocal advocate of addressing parking issues, was on the Zoom call and said “he was really happy to hear the discussion.” Johnston, who put together the food cart village and remodeled the building that turned into the new bakery shop, added that it is “fantastic that you guys are taking the time to consider the issue.”


Legal Matters

Pacific Crest admits overcharging tenant By Stephen Floyd

Pacific Crest admitted in the June 3 filing that it overcharged Marlowe and agreed to repay $720 in overcharged rent, plus $2,565 in statutory damages and $170 in interest.

A Silverton apartment complex has admitted in court to overcharging one of its tenants and has agreed to pay thousands in damages, including eight months of overcharged rent.

In addition to damages, Marlowe requested his rent be reduced back to $855 per month. The June 3 filing did not address this issue, but Marlowe said he was informed by Shepard that the original demands had been accepted.

Pacific Crest Apartments LLC has offered to pay $3,455, in addition to reasonable attorney’s fees, to resolve a lawsuit filed by Gregory Marlowe for increasing Marlowe’s rent last year beyond the law-allowed percentage.

This was Marlowe’s second recent effort to sound the alarm on unethical practices at Pacific Crest. In January, he contacted Our Town after Pacific Crest notified residents that during 2022 each unit would be remodeled, obligating tenants to vacate during the work and allowing Pacific Crest to increase monthly rent significantly after upgrades were complete.

Marlowe’s lawyer, Salem housing and real estate attorney Matthew G. Shepard, agreed to these terms in a court filing June 3. Marlowe told Our Town he has yet to receive payment. Marlowe filed suit April 27 in Marion County Circuit Court, describing how Pacific Crest increased his monthly payments from $855 to $945 effective Sept, 1, 2021, a difference of 10.5 percent. However state law at the time allowed for an increase of no more than 9.2 percent, which for Marlowe would have been $933.66 per month.

Pacific Crest currently advertises twobedroom units for $1,599 per month. The same time last year, two-bedroom units were listed as $1,170 per month, according to archive.org.

County seeks $342K in fines

Oregon law allows landlords to perform no-fault evictions when units are being renovated, and to increase rent to reflect the improved value of the units. However, Marlowe questioned the legitimacy of the renovations when tenants, to his knowledge, had not been requesting the improvements and Pacific Crest was not struggling to find occupants. “Arguably it is all about a single word: MONEY, although some people might instead emphasize the twin words greed and callousness,” wrote Marlowe in January. “...Pacific Crest had previously functioned as the most affordable such source [of housing] for people of either moderate or lower incomes. But no more.” Renters willing to share their experiences with the renovations or rent hikes may reach out to ourtown@ mtangelpub.com or 503-845-9499. Pacific Crest is managed by the property management firm Blanton Turner, of Seattle.

Marion County has requested a court order imposing 11 months worth of daily fines against a Scotts Mills man accused of failing to remove multiple junk cars from his property. On June 15, the county requested an injunction authorizing fines of $1,000 per day against Adam Jones due to “multiple inoperable/dismantled vehicles” on Jones’ property on Abiqua Road NE. The county said violations were first observed July 8, 2021, and daily fines from that date on totaled $342,000 as of June 15. According to the Marion County Assessor’s Office, this is $80,000 more than the two-acre property in question is worth. The county claims Jones is in violation of an ordinance prohibiting landowners from accumulating “inoperable vehicles that create offensive odors or that are unsightly, offensive, or hazardous to the health and safety of the public.” They said the sheriff’s office has received “numerous complaints” about vehicles outside Jones’ home and that deputies and code enforcement officers have confirmed these offenses and have not observed their abatement. The matter has been assigned to Judge Thomas Hart. As of press time, Jones had yet to be served with notice of the filing, and a future hearing date had yet to be scheduled. – Stephen Floyd

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The Blue Pomegranate By Melissa Wagoner For Carly Blue there is nothing quite like experiencing a culture through its food, whether that’s olive oil-soaked hummus in Dubai, chili lime mangoes in Puerto Vallarta or an apple strudel in Salzburg. And now, with the creation of her home catering company, The Blue Pomegranate, she gets to share that feeling with others. “Not many people get to travel and experience the beauty of different flavors,” Blue said, acknowledging that never has that statement been truer than in 2020 when, newly laid off from her job at Gather in Silverton, she decided to take up cooking and baking. “I saw it as a gift,” she admitted. “And I thought, I need to develop a skill. So, I taught myself recipes.” A novice, Blue began watching cooking tutorials on YouTube and reading cookbooks, then in May 2021 she launched her business as a conglomeration of her new talents as a

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Blue Pomegranate tips Let go of the need for perfection – “It makes people feel more comfortable.” Put guests to work – “Have someone fill the water glasses or leave something to be chopped.” Curate a playlist – “I like instrumental music where you can still talk.” Light candles – “I hate overhead lighting.” thebluepomegranate.net chef along with her skills as a hostess extraordinaire – a talent she inherited from her mother. “I don’t remember a meal without music and candles,” she said. Blue recalls the surprise and dismay she felt upon discovering that other families did not have similar traditions. “Even in college, I was so poor, but I


Travel broadens the dining experience Using the foods, music and decor of places like Italy, Turkey, Morocco or France, Blue strives to create dinner parties that give guests the illusion of having traveled without ever having to leave their home. “It’s a sensory experience,” she said, “taste, smell, sight and sound.”

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Then, best of all, she whisks everything away when the party’s over. “I pick everything up before I leave because the worst part of a dinner party is when everybody leaves and you have a messy kitchen,” Blue said. “I want you to be a guest at your own dinner party.”

Carly Blue, owner of The Blue Pomegranate, putting the finishing touches on one of her dining experiences. SUBMITTED PHOTO

would still scrounge for centerpieces. I love making something beautiful.”

The ultimate goal of each dinner party – beyond the food, the drinks or anything else – is for guests to become fully immersed in each other, talking, laughing and forgetting about everything else. “[T]hat’s my favorite part – watching them catch up and reminisce,” Blue said. “The people are my favorite part.”

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Mt. Angel Public Library, 290 E Charles St. Silverton High, 1456 Pine St., Silverton. Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield 50 & older. 503-873-3093 Silver Creek Fellowship, 822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton. Silver Falls Public Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton

Weekly Events Monday

SACA Food Pantry, 9 a.m. - noon, SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. Repeats Thursdays. 503-873-3446, silvertonareacommunityaid.org Coffee & Conversation, 10 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Bridge, 10 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Mt. Angel Community & Senior Center Store, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 195 E Charles St. Repeats Tuesday - Saturday. Volunteers needed. 503-845-6998 Silverton Meals on Wheels, 11:30 a.m. Delivery only. $3 donation suggested. Monday - Friday. Carol, 503-873-6906. Mt. Angel Senior Meals, 11:30 a.m. Delivery only. $3 donation suggested. Repeats Thursdays. For delivery, call Ginger, 503-845-9464. Silverton Recovery AA, noon - 1 p.m., 302 N Water St. Seven days a week. Poker, 12:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Ukulele Song Circle, 3:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Peaceful Heart, 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Yoga breathing, kirtan and yoga philosophy. No experience required. Everyone welcome. Refreshments served. Free. peacefulheartkirtan@gmail.com Free Dinner, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Oak Street Church, 502 Oak St., Silverton. Pickup only. Open to all. 503-873-5446


Simple Yoga, 8:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. First class is free. Additional classes are $5. Repeats Thursdays. Scotts Mills Food Boxes, 9 - 11 a.m., Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. Residents in Scotts Mills/Butte Creek/Monitor rural areas are welcome. Food donations welcome. Niki Barber, 503-873-5059 Simple Qigong, 9:45 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Set to music. $8. Repeats Thursdays. Community Helpers Family Storytime, 10:30 a.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Age 2 - 5. Recordings posted at mtangelreads. readsquared.com. 503-845-6401 Indoor Playtime, 11 a.m. - noon, Mt. Angel Public Library. Age 2 - 5. All toys provided. 503-845-6401 Mt. Angel Food Pantry, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Mt. Angel Community Center, 195 E Charles St. Repeats Wed. 503-845-6998

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Pinochle, 11:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Repeats Fridays. Tune Tours, 2 - 5 p.m., Mt. Angel Theater & Studio, 220 E Charles St. Live music and entertainment specifically designed for music lovers and seniors, but all are welcome. $10. In association with Abiqua Studios & Tune Tours. Repeats Thursdays. Jon, 323-449-1183 SACA Food Pantry, 4 - 7 p.m., SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. 503-873-3446, silvertonareacommunityaid.org Serenity Al-Anon Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Zoom meeting. Repeats 10 a.m. Saturdays. For link, call Barbara, 503-269-0952.


Knit Wits, 10 a.m. - noon, Silverton Senior Center. Mission Benedict Food Pantry, 1 - 4 p.m., St. Joseph Shelter, 925 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Repeats Friday. 503-845-2468 Open Art Studio, 1 - 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Line Dancing, 1 - 2 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship. No registration required. Free; donations accepted for instructor. Open to all. Sheila, 503-409-4498 Silver Chips Woodcarving Sessions, 1 - 4 p.m., Silverton Arts Association, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. $2 a week. All skill levels. 503-873-4512. Mission of Hope Food Pantry, 2 - 4 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship. 503-873-7353


Community Coffee, 7 - 9 a.m., Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. Free. Yoga, 9 a.m., Silver Creek Fellowship. Instructor Marg Jones. Open to all. Sheila, 503-409-4498 Bingo, 2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. $1/ card. $2/3 cards. 7/28 is at Silverton Park. Arts & Crafts, 3 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Mediation & Shared Dialog, 7 - 8:30 p.m. All spiritual traditions welcome. Invite for virtual gathering: compassionatepresence@ yahoo.com. 971-218-6641


Toastmaster Club, 7:30 a.m., Zoom. Increase your listening skills, speaking, thinking and evaluating. Contact tmcommunicators@gmail.com for Zoom link. Dynamic Aerobic Resistance Class, 9:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Low-impact exercises. First class free; $5. Silvertones Community Singers, 10:30 a.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 Main St., Silverton. Anyone who loves to sing is welcome. Tomi, 503-873-2033 Tune Tours, 7 - 9 p.m., Mt. Angel Theater & Studio, 220 E Charles St. Live music and entertainment specifically designed for music lovers and seniors, but all are welcome. $10. In association with Abiqua Studios & Tune Tours. Jon, 323-449-1183


Silverton Farmers Market, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 204 W Main St. Fresh produce, plants, flowers. 503-873-5615 Oregon Crafters Market, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., 215 N Water St., Silverton. Local crafters & artists, live music, food & spirits. Repeats noon - 5 p.m. Sundays. oregoncraftersmarket.com Saturday Free Lunch, noon - 1:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 N Second St., Silverton. Pickup only. Open to all. 503-939-3459 Silverton Country Historical Society Museum, 1 - 4 p.m., 428 S Water St., Silverton. Repeats Sundays. silverton. museum@live.com, 503-873-7070 Peaceful Heart, 2 p.m., Silverton Community Center, 421 S Water St. Yoga breathing, kirtan and yoga philosophy. No experience required. Everyone welcome. Refreshments served. Free. peacefulheartkirtan@gmail.com


Silverton Summer Lunches

The Silver Falls School District Summer Lunch Program is serving free lunches for age 1 - 18 through Aug. 26. Lunch is at the following locations: Mark Twain School ball field, 425 N Church St., 11 11:30 a.m. and Coolidge McClaine Park, 300 Coolidge St., noon - 12:30 p.m. Meals are available Monday – Friday.

Mt. Angel Summer Lunches

The Mt. Angel School District Summer Lunch Program is serving free lunches for age 1 - 18 through Aug. 19 at St. Mary’s Public Elementary, 590 E College St. Breakfast is 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Lunch is 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Meals are available Monday – Friday.

Mt. Angel Public Library

Every week, the library’s mascot, Blueberry, will be hiding in a different place around town. If you see him, come to the library to enter a drawing. You may get to take Blueberry home at the end of the summer. The July Storywalk is And Then Comes Summer/ Entonces llega el verano by Tom Brenner. Remember to hop, skip, jump and twirl on the Sidewalk Obstacle Course. 503-873-6401

Friday, July 1 LEGO Lab

2 - 4 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Build an original creation out of LEGOs to put on display in the library. All ages. Free. Repeats July 15. 503-873-6401

First Friday in Silverton

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


Lunaria July Exhibit

7 - 9 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St., Silverton. Meet the artists night. Main Floor Gallery includes Explore, artwork by Michele Ballantyne and Big Powerful Drafts, artwork by Carl E. Capps. Loft Gallery features Locales and Re-visitations, paintings by Lee Christiansen. The show runs 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. through July 31. 503-873-7734, lunariagallery.com

Saturday, July 2 Free Community Breakfast

8 - 11 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Waffles with strawberries and bacon or eggs, hash browns and kielbasa sausage. Donations welcome. Open to all. 503-873-3093

Open Studio Art Sale

10 a.m. - 3 p.m., 715 N Water St., Silverton. 10 local artists display and sell wall art, jewelry, furniture, fiber art plants, soaps.

Sunday, July 3 Silverton Runner’s Club

8 a.m., Coolidge McClaine Park, Silverton. Group run. Everyone is welcome. Meet at the main shelter. Dave, 740-312-4692

Puzzle Exchange

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

July 3rd Fireworks Celebration

4 p.m., Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St., Silverton. Live music, food trucks, beer and wine, and face painting culminating with a fireworks display at dusk. Event admission is free for Silverton residents with proof of residency, Garden members and children 12 and under. $5 for 13 and older. Guests can enter the Garden prior to 4 p.m. by paying regular admission. Onsite parking is $10. Off-site parking is available at Robert Frost Elementary and Silverton Senior Center. oregongarden.org

Monday, July 4 Independence Day

64th Annual St. James Chicken BBQ

9 a.m. 301 Frances St., Molalla. Chicken dinners to go or dine-in. 503-260-6470.

Mt. Angel Celebration

11 a.m. Parade, “Heart of Farm Country” begins at JFK and goes to Garfield. Downtown businesses open. 8:30 p.m. Fireworks celebration begins at the JFK athletic fields. Music by Marion County Citizen’s Band followed by fireworks around 10 p.m. Mt. Angel Knights of Columbus will sell strawberries and ice cream, and sausage.

Tuesday, July 5 Red Cross Blood Drive

11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Silverton Elks Lodge, 300 High St. Call 800-733-2767 or email mack.fitzgerald@redcross.org for an appointment.

Silverton Garden Club

6:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. New members, guests welcome. 503-873-8094


Mt. Angel City Council

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

Wednesday, July 6 Water Wednesdays

1 - 3 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Children 6 and under can enjoy water activities in the courtyard. Caregiver must be present. Weather permitting. 503-845-6401

Daniel Plan Journey Video Series

6:30 - 8 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship Church. In-person or online at scf.tv/daniel.plan. Free. Open to public. Sheila, 503-409-4498

Scotts Mills City Council

7 p.m., Scotts Mills City Hall, 265 Fourth St. 503-873-5435, scottsmills.org

Thursday, July 7 Silverton Kiwanis Club

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

Basic Computers

1 - 3 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Gather in small groups to learn the basics of using a computer. Space is limited; registration is required. Free. 503-845-6401

Mt. Angel Summer Reading

3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Programs that feature books, games, crafts, more. Age 5 - 11. Free. Today: Scavenger hunt. July 14: Terrific trees. July 21: Three Little Pigs engineering challenge. July 28: Survival. 503-845-6401

Dine Out Club

6 p.m., Magnolia Grill, 310 N Water St., Silverton. All seniors 50 and older invited. Order off the menu. 503-873-3093

Friday, July 8 The Next Friday

5 - 8 p.m., downtown Mt. Angel. Mt. Angel shops, restaurants open until 8 p.m. Retail shops will host refreshments. mtangelchamber.com

Life-size Family Games

5 - 8 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Jenga, Connect Four, Ker-Plunk, Candy Land and more. Free. All ages. 503-845-6401

Movie in the Park

Saint Benedict Festival

Noon - 4 p.m., Mount Angel Abbey, 1 Abbey Dr. Midday prayer, picnic, lawn games with the Monks, Vespers. Craft beer, wines. Live music. Tickets $50, available at mountangelabbey.org. 21+ only. 503-845-3030.

Sunday, July 10

Scotts Mills Historical Museum

1 - 5 p.m., 210 Grandview Ave. Open for public browsing. Free. Open by appointment by contacting Joe Plas, 503871-9803. smahsmuseum@gmail.com

Monday, July 11 6:30 p.m., Old Mill Park, 412 S Water St., Silverton. Enjoy music on Monday nights all summer long. Today: Inner Limits. July 18: Timothy James Duo. July 25: Ancient Ways. For a complete summer lineup, visit @silvertonfriendsofmusic on Facebook.

Mt. Angel School District

6:30 p.m., District Office, 730 E Marquam St., Mt. Angel. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-845-2345, masd91.org

Silver Falls School District

7 p.m., Silverton High. Open to public. 503-873-5303, silverfallsschools.org

Silverton City Council

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

Tuesday, July 12 Outdoor Painting

3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Create new artwork for the library’s Children’s Area. All ages. Free. 503-845-6401

Pizza in the Park

6 - 8 p.m., Scotts Mills City Park, 300 First St. Hot pizza, salad, beverages. Suggested donation $5 pizza and salad, $1 beverage. Donations used for park maintenance. Open to all. 503-873-5435

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club

6:30 p.m. Zoom. Discuss Redshirts by John Scalzi. Everyone is welcome. For Zoom invite, contact Ron Drake, 503-873-8796.

Silverton Senior Center Board

7 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Open to public. RSVP: 503-873-3093

Silverton Planning Commission

Saturday, July 9

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Silverton Runner’s Club

8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Silverton High. Volunteers are needed to help refurbish the walking/ jogging trail at Silverton High. Bring wheelbarrows, shovels and rakes. Dave Castle, 740-312-4692


7 p.m., Silverton High. Open to public. 503-874-2207, silverton.us.or

Wednesday, July 13 1 p.m, Mt. Angel Public Library. Create cards, bookmarks using flowers dried in the microwave. Supplies provided or bring flowers from home. Adults only. Free. 503-845-6401

Potluck & Movie

Saturday, July 23

1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Silverton-Mt. Angel Women’s Connection monthly luncheon. RSVP to 503-999-2291

10 a.m. - 6 p.m., 6569 Valley View Road, Silverton. Jousting, dancing, shopping. Adults $18/day. 6 - 12 and seniors 60+ $14/ day. 5 and under free. Free parking. Repeats July 24, 30, 31. For information, coupons, visit canterburyfaire.com.

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Harry Potter Event

5 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Test your Harry Potter knowledge with themed trivia. Make a wand. Try your hand at potions. Snacks provided. Teens & tweens. Free. 503-845-6401

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Music Mondays

9 p.m., Fisher Park, 500 May St., Mt. Angel. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy Raya and the Last Dragon. Free sno-cones. Free. All ages. 503-845-6401

Thursday, July 14

6 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Bring a dish to share and enjoy The King’s Speech. 50 +. Free. 503-873-3093

6 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Mt. Angel. Riders compete in 77-mile, Metric Century, 51-mile, 25-mile, or Family Fun 3-mile rides. Finish line festivities include entertainment, lunch, craft beer. All participants ages 11 and up are responsible for meeting $150 fundraising goal by day of event. Register at als.org/get-involved/events.

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Outdoor Summer Concert

7 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Grammy-winning guitarist Mark Hanson and National Artist of the Year singer Greta Pedersen create a memorable mix of playful jazz, Americana, originals and eclectic pop. Located outdoors in the green space between the library and pool. 503-873-8796

Monday, July 25 Vigil for Peace

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

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Tuesday, July 26

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

3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Alice in Wonderland themed tea party and “Mad Hat” making. Ages 5 - 11. Fancy attire optional. Free. 503-845-6401

Taizé Prayer

Tuesday, July 19 Paradise of Samoa

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Wednesday, July 27

3:30 p.m., St. Mary Public Elementary, 590 E College St., Mt. Angel. Authentic Pacific Island dancing and music performed by this Polynesian dance troupe. Free. All ages. 503-845-6401

Card Making

7 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Discuss American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. Everyone is welcome. 503-873-8796.

5:20 p.m., Mount Angel Abbey, 1 Abbey Dr., St. Benedict. Three-day classical music celebration, picnic supper, vespers. $60/ night, $140/3 nights. 503-845-3066, mtangelabbey.org

Library Book Club

Wednesday, July 20 Painting for Adults

6 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Ann Altman takes participants step by step to create a rendition of Silver Falls. Materials provided. 503-873-8796

Thursday, July 21

Book Discussion for Adults

1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Gather to discuss Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. Copies available at the Circulation Desk. Adults only. Free. 503-845-6401

Mt. Angel Planning Commission

7 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Open to public. 503-874-2207, silverton.us.or

Friday, July 22 Virtual Reality

2 - 4:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Book your 30-minute slot to experience one of the library’s virtual reality programs. Signed release must be on record. Age 13 and older. Free. Reserve a spot by calling 503-845-6401


1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Create handmade cards using the library’s supply of rubber stamps and decorative paper. Adults & teens. Free. 503-845-6401

Abbey Bach Festival

Scotts Mills Historical Society

7 p.m., Scotts Mills Museum, 210 Grandview Ave. Open to public. Joe, 503871-9803

Thursday, July 28 Paradise of Samoa

7 p.m., Silver Falls Public Library. Authentic Pacific Island dancing and music performed by this Polynesian dance troupe. Free. All ages. 503-845-6401

Friday, July 29 Senior Estate Planning

10:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Estate planning with Michael Rose of Rose Elder Law. 50 and older. Free. 503-873-3093

Saturday, July 30 SACA Gala and Auction

6 - 9 p.m., Vanderbeck Valley Farm, 37791 Highway 213, Mt. Angel. Hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert, wine, beer, cocktails, silent auction and live music. Tickets $75 per person. Tickets available at silvertonareacommunityaid.org.

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Arts & Entertainment

Little Monarchs By Melissa Wagoner When award-winning writer Jonathan Case was writing his latest graphic novel, Little Monarchs, he already knew its promotion would be different than just about any book he’d ever written. “It’s a road trip book,” Jonathan said. Referring to the premise of the novel, which follows ten-year-old protagonist, Elvie, and her biologist caregiver, Flora, on a postapocalyptic adventure across the Western United States, following the annual migration of the monarch butterflies. It’s an epic journey, one Jonathan himself took ten years ago, when he was researching the book, and which he wanted to take again now that the book was finished. “Jonathan has a real passion for getting kids outside and loving nature and having adventures with their families,” Jonathan’s wife Sarah said, describing the impetus for both the book and its promotional tour, which involved six stops in six different states and just over 30 days of truck

Silverton author’s unusual book tour includes family

camping with their two daughters – tenyear-old Dorothy and Miriam, who is four. “We were camping because that’s what went into the book in the first place,” Jonathan said. “And we like staying outside.” And outside they were, in places like Arches and Canyonlands National Park, where they were able to utilize the Every Kid Outdoors pass offered free to all fourth graders by the National Park Service. “We saw dino footprints,” Miriam said, recalling one of her favorite memories from the trip. It involved days spent hiking and exploring but also driving, homeschooling and, of course, promoting the book. “Sometimes they were in the tent,” Jonathan said, when asked about his daughters’ role at the almost daily book signings, some of which were held outside, with the truck and rooftop tent as a promotional aid. “And sometimes they helped me,” he continued, referring to times when

Author and artist Jonathan Case on the road with his new graphic novel, Little Monarchs. SUBMITTED IMAGES

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the girls would hand out books. “And sometimes I was peddling my book and making mac and cheese.” Because, along with selling books, there were also times when Jonathan was parenting on his own while Sarah continued to work, sometimes flying ahead, leapfrogging the rest of the family, so she could find a wi-fi connection and

“It was one of the things we did that was great but also really challenging,” Jonathan said. “It was just the amount of logistics.” But overall, the trip went largely to plan, despite an unexpected two-inch snowfall in the Olympic National Forest, smoke


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“I had been thinking about it for years so we were always warm and comfortable,” Jonathan said. The family was able to not only overcome the obstacles but to make memories that, when all is said and done, are more valuable even than the publicity gained for the book. “It became more about inspiring kids and families and protecting monarch butterflies than selling books,” Sarah confirmed. And that’s still the objective, even now, with the Cases back in their Silverton home. They continue to share their love for adventure, nature, art and creative storytelling with the community they adore. “I created Little Monarchs to invite people, especially kids, to engage their imaginations outside – and I don’t think there’s a better place to do that than Silverton,” Jonathan, who moved with his family from Portland to Silverton in 2020, said. “There’s so much beauty and so much potential for adventure around us here.”

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are able to juggle firefighting and other responsibilities long-term. Seiler said he was fortunate enough to have a flexible job allowing him to man the station during the daytime, and to have a wife who held down the fort at home. “I take my hat off to my wife Kathy because what she did all those years was very commendable,” he said. “You have to have somebody at home who is rock solid. It definitely makes it easier on you if you do.”

“I just knew that we were going to be in for the long haul, there wasn’t going to be enough water to put it out, you could tell from the beginning,” he said. “...That was an intense fire. I’ll never forget that one.”

Seiler said spending more time at home has been a welcome change, but not running to help with a fire when he hears sirens has taken some getting used to.

There were also memorable moments outside of emergency responses, including when Seiler and a colleague traveled to Appleton, Wisconsin, to pick up a new water tender. They drove the rig all the way back to Mt. Angel and, even though they took time to stop along the way and enjoy the local flavor, he said they still made it back “in record time.”

“I see the calls on Pulse Point, and you can still see what’s going on, but not responding is definitely strange for me,” he said.

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longest on paper, but he’s sure he can think of others who served just as long or longer. John Rossi, MAFD public information officer, said Seiler’s long tenure with the district – record-setting or otherwise – left him with a wealth of knowledge and experience that other volunteers could

“That was a unique trip,” he said. There’s debate about whether or not Seiler’s departure sets a record for years served with the district. Seiler says 36 years is the

Seiler is still invited to MAFD social events as an honorary member, and on April 2 was honored for his years of service during the district’s annual awards banquet.

depend on. “He was a good leader. People liked following him,” said Rossi.

His son, Dean Seiler, was also among firefighters recognized that night with the Chief’s Award.

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Old-world goodies By Brenna Wiegand Paul’la Allen used to accompany her husband Jack to the cemeteries where he conducted graveside services. Jack Allen, a mortician and owner of Pearson-AllenCaldwell Funeral Home in Portland, traveled around to small community cemeteries where headstones go back hundreds of years. Paul’la and young daughter Julie were never bored on these trips. “While Jack was doing the services, I was teaching Julie her ABCs off the tombstones,” Paul’la said. “There were chestnut trees in all of these old cemeteries, and when they were in season, I was always sticking them in my pocket.” She came across more trees in the old parks around Portland. Though they tend to average 50 to 75 feet, the majestic chestnut tree can attain heights of 80 to 100 feet. When she and Jack purchased their retirement property near Silver Falls State Park in 1989, Paul’la dreamed of planting a chestnut orchard. They started researching and revisiting their old haunts, pocketing chestnuts to be sown directly into the soil, and the orchard began to take shape. Why chestnuts, you ask? It goes back to when Paul’la was a girl of seven. “I walked through the neighbor’s pasture on my way to school and would have to push cows out of my way to get through,” she said. “Then one morning they didn’t meet me; I looked around and spotted them clear across the pasture under these tall trees.” Upon further investigation she saw they were eating these “brown nut things” she’d never seen before.

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The girl grabbed a handful and rushed over to knock at her neighbor’s door, concerned that the cows could be poisoning themselves. Instead, her Swiss neighbor made Paul’la late for school as she introduced the girl to the world of chestnuts. Paul’la was fascinated. “She taught me all about chestnuts; how to cook them and what they’re good for and all sorts of things,” she said. “I found out how much people love chestnuts and so I became enterprising and took some to a little grocery store in Multnomah Village. “The owner told me he’d buy all the chestnuts I could gather,” she said, “I went back under those trees every year and picked up grocery bags full and rolled that wagon about a mile to the store.”

of heaven” Shadow Mountain Ranch Chestnuts and continued collecting from parts far and near. Many trees in the orchard came from those belonging to the original Settlemier orchard in Woodburn. Jesse Settlemier founded the city of Woodburn in 1871. Today, Shadow Mountain Ranch’s 700-tree orchard includes European, Chinese, Japanese and American chestnuts, sold solely to u-pick customers. Their unusual product brings a unique clientele to the orchard each year. “We have Asian clients, people from the Middle East and a lot of Europeans,” Paul’la said. “People driving by see our little sandwich board sign out on Silver Falls Highway, and once they find us, they become extremely loyal clients. “They all want something different,” she said. “A lot of the Asian clients like a smaller chestnut for their mooncakes, fancy little square cakes with a whole chestnut inside, as part of their celebrations.” European customers seek out large chestnuts that they roast atop their woodstoves.

“For several years I was the ‘chestnut girl,’” she said.

“Everybody has a story to tell you – it’s just amazing,” Paul’la said. “Many people from the Middle East drive down from Portland and Vancouver every year, and we have people vacationing here from Europe who come and pick. They’ve never seen anything like this.”

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It’s like people are homesick for the chestnut.

Five dollars a bag was nothing to sneeze at in 1959, when a popsicle was just a nickel. Soon she had enlisted her friends in the enterprise.

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Paul’la Allen in her chestnut orchard atop the Silverton Hills. She and her husband, Jack, founded Shadow Mountain Ranch Chestnuts in 1989. BRENNA WIEGAND



Silverton Hills farm raises, preserves chestnut trees Shadow Mountain Ranch 19052 Coyote Ridge Way NE, Silverton Chestnut harvest usually falls around the third week of October. Once a frost drops the nuts to the ground, Shadow Mountain Ranch Chestnuts is open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily for u-pick during the twoweek season. Folks can join the notification email list by writing to JAllen5939@msn.com or by leaving a message at 503-873-7946. Seven or eight vans full of people from the Korean church in Portland show up after Sunday services and sing as they pick. One couple has shown up the past five years or so. The man sits out in the orchard, strumming his guitar and singing while his lady friend and her friends pick up nuts. “It’s so wild and so beautiful,” Paul’la said, “We are the only country our size with the ability to grow chestnuts that doesn’t; when I was in Europe, chestnuts were everywhere. Bill & Susan (DeSantis)


“Chestnuts are starch, and they are sweet,” she said. “You can substitute them for potatoes or grind them into flour for pancakes and crepes and all kinds of things.

trees that, through age and wind, had finally succumbed. “We hired a truck to go and pick up this huge chunk of tree and take it to the mill where it was dried and made into boards,” Jack said. “We ended up making all our kitchen cabinetry from it.”

“The most expensive French candy in the world is made with chestnut flour,” she added. Early America relied on the chestnut tree. Jack notes that, as chestnut wood is nearly impervious to rot, most log cabins on the East Coast were built of the stuff.

Now many of the chestnut trees they frequented 30 years ago – those old cemeteries and parks – are gone. “We’ve got chestnuts out here in the orchard from many trees that no longer exist because they mowed them down to put in developments,” Jack said.

“They used the chestnut tree in furniture a lot until the blight hit in 1906 and killed all the chestnut trees up to the Rocky Mountains,” he said. Through a string of circumstances, the Allens have been able to pay homage to this fine hardwood in the building of their home.

Paul’la and Jack Allen’s great-grandson Carson reaps a handful of ripe chestnuts.

An owner of the Woodburn property where the Allens had previously gathered chestnuts called one day to offer them wood from some huge chestnut

“The trees the cows were eating from in 1959 aren’t around anymore, but their babies are out in our orchard,” he said. “We’ve got a dozen of them, so in a way we went around saving trees.”

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March 18, 1922 – June 13, 2022 Margaret Anne (Pursley) Shetler, 100, of Silverton, Oregon, died June 13, 2022.

March 10, 1940 – March 14, 2022 Scotts Mills area. Margaret worked for several years as a medical secretary for Dr. Pickering at the medical school in Portland, Oregon and then later at the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center, in Beaverton.

She was born March 18, 1922 in Oroville, Washington, to Courtney and Thelma Rae (Taylor) Pursley. She was the oldest of four: Myron, John, and Dorothy – all deceased. Her family migrated to where there was work, eventually settling in Salem, and then moving to the Aurora area. She graduated from Canby High School in 1940. She was not raised in a Christian home, but attended Sunday school on her own and joined Hopewell Mennonite Church. She became a member of Zion Mennonite Church, in Hubbard, Oregon, in 1967, and remained so the rest of her life. She attended Hesston College, in Hesston, Kansas, graduating in the class of 1943. There she met Ralph Shetler, and they were married on May 30, 1943. They lived most of their married life in Oregon, near Hubbard, and then in the

She was a member of the Oregon Mennonite Historical and Genealogical Society. She authored and co-authored several books and she finished writing her own life story at the age of 90. She also made many delicious meals and loved making quilts. She is survived by her six children, Marvin, David, Howard, Jerold, Ruby and Lawrence; 29 grandchildren, 86 great-grandchildren, and seven greatgreat-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a stillborn son, Daniel, in 1956 and her husband Ralph, in 2004. Memorial services were held at the Zion Mennonite Church near Hubbard. Burial was in Zion Mennonite Church Cemetery.

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Silverton has selected replacements for its two open basketball positions, hiring Tyler Allen to coach the boys and Alyssa Ogle to lead the girls. Allen replaces Jamie McCarty, who led the Foxes to a runner-up finish in the Class 5A tournament in March. McCarty lost just one Mid-Willamette Conference game in his 5 years with the program, while taking 4th and 3rd in two other state tournaments. His 2020 team was through to the semifinals when COVID19 shut down further play. Ogle already is on staff, having served four years as an assistant under Tal Wold, whose teams won the 2016 5A title, took 2nd in 2017 and 3rd in 2018. His 2020 Foxes also were in the semifinals when the pandemic froze that tournament. Allen, 37, grew up in Dallas and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Oregon University. He spent eight years at South Salem, coaching the Saxons to three appearances in the Class 6A semifinals. He took the past three years off from coaching while maintaining his P.E. and health teaching position with the Oregon Youth Authority’s MacLaren Correctional Facility in Woodburn. “My goal is always to leave a place (personal or professional) better than I found it,” Allen said when asked about stepping away from the South Salem job. “I had accomplished that, and felt I didn’t have the energy to continue to invest the amount of sacrifice it takes to run a successful program, from the youth programs, to summer workouts, to the actual season. “What led me to return to coaching was a much-needed three-year break to spend time with my wife and family. Silverton

has always been at the top of my list for desired coaching jobs. What excites me most about Silverton basketball is the community. I really get the sense that the whole town is invested in Silverton athletics and the growth of our studentathletes. That level of support is very enticing for a coach looking in from the outside.” Allen has a bit of a rebuilding job ahead of him. The 2021-22 basic seven-man rotation consisted entirely of seniors, with nine seniors on the roster overall. “The program will look new, but my goal is to continue the Silverton tradition,” Allen said. “To develop young men who are model citizens and give back to their community. This team will be young, with little to no varsity experience, and the process will be a fun journey.” Ogle, a Sheridan native and University of Oregon graduate, will continue as a social studies teacher at the high school as she assumes responsibility for the girls program. Like Allen, this will be her second varsity job. Ogle coached eight years at North Eugene, the final two as head coach before moving to Silverton. “I knew that I wanted to be a head coach again someday, but was waiting for the right timing,” she told Our Town. “When I started at Silverton as a teacher, it was my first teaching job and I wanted to really excel and learn in the teaching field.

“Working with Coach Wold has been an unbelievable experience. Learning from him and working alongside him has been incredible for me. He has been able to build a culture of girls’ basketball at Silverton that most places don’t possess, and my goal is to continue to build upon what it means to be a Silverton Fox and to represent the girls basketball program.” Equestrian: The Silverton equestrian team continued its strong set of performances with championship

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showings at a Pacific Northwest event in Moses Lake, Washington. The event brought together the top 5 finishers at state events in Oregon and Washington. Samantha Griffin of the Foxes won the breakaway roping event, was fifth in steer daubing and seventh in working rancher. In addition, Griffin teamed up with Alexis Ditchen to finish fifth in two man birangle. Griffin and Ditchen also participated in team sorting but did not score. Silverton’s Sidney King and Morgan Cuff, meanwhile, captured first in team sorting. Cuff also finished fifth in individual flags. OSAA Cup: Silverton and Kennedy both produced top 4 finishes in the annual statewide all-sports competition that also credits schools for academics and sportsmanship. Kennedy, which has ruled 2A in recent years with 4 top finishes, from 2015-16 and 2018-19, finished 2nd this school year to Regis. Top state finishes for the Trojans included first in baseball and second in football, with the softball team making the final four and girls cross country taking fifth. Silverton, meanwhile, finished fourth in Class 5A. Wilsonville won the competition, which was dominated by Mid-Willamette Conference teams. Crescent Valley finished second, Corvallis was fifth and West Albany was seventh.


The Foxes won the 5A football and boys track and field titles, while finishing second in boys basketball and girls golf. Four other teams: boys soccer, volleyball, girls basketball and softball made the state quarterfinals. Football: An OSAA committee working on football districts for the fall season, has completed its work. The big change is that teams in Class 2A will play nineman this fall because of dropping roster numbers. Kennedy, which advanced to the 2A championship game last fall, will continue to play 11-man but will do so as a Class 3A member for football only. The Trojans will play in the PacWest Conference with Amity, Dayton, Jefferson, Newport, Salem Academy, Santiam Christian and Scio. Salem Academy also is playing up from 2A, while Newport is playing down from 4A. Silverton remains in the Class 5A MidWillamette, with football opponents Central, Corvallis, Crescent Valley, Dallas, Lebanon, McKay, South Albany and West Albany. Woodburn, which is playing at the 4A level for football, will join the MWC for all other sports. Baseball & Softball: Class 2A champion Kennedy, placed six players on the 2A allstate baseball teams. Ethan Kleinschmit (pitcher), Riley Cantu (infielder) and Owen Bruner (outfielder) were firstteamers, with DH Charlie Beyer on the

second team. Andrew Cuff was a thirdteam pitcher, with first baseman Matt Hopkins earning honorable mention. Silverton standout outfielder Cole Mucken was named first-team all-state in Class 5A. Foxes softball infielder Justina Semerikov and outfielder Marin Bliss were named second-team all-Class 5A, with infielder McKenzee Peterson landing a spot on the third team. Middle School Track: Mount Angel’s Madalynn Ehrens won the shot put to lead local participants at the middle school Meet of Champions on May 26 at Corvallis High. Ehrens threw the shot 40-3 and also finished 20th in the discus with a mark of 66-0. Teammate Anna Vogel was ninth in the high jump at 4-6. Jaden Traeger was fourth in the javelin (138-8) and Brian Morgan 25th in the javelin (103-5) to pace the Mount Angel boys.


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Silverton’s girls took 3rd in the 4x100, with the team of Lexi Enzenberger (Central Howell), Chloe Brooks (Victor Point), Sofie Baldridge (Silverton Middle School) and Brooklyn Schurter (Victor Point) running 53.25 in the final. The foursome, seeded 22nd coming into the team, ran a 52.84 in the preliminaries to advance.

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A Grin at the End


Reminders of the past

I live in a neighborhood populated by heroes. I’m not talking about Spandexwearing, pumped-up guys and gals appearing soon at a multiplex near you. I am talking about everyday heroes. The kind of people who pulled their weight in life and as a part of society. They raised families, worked at jobs. They offered a hand to those who needed it. Their superpower was that they lived and loved with full hearts and open arms. Now, having slipped the mortal coil, they share a neighborhood with me. Nearly every day I walk through it, checking the markers and grave stones. Occasionally, new neighbors move in, escorted to their final resting place by family and friends. They are all ages. Centenarians. Babies. They are rich, and they are penniless. All are welcome in this neighborhood, no questions asked.

of splitting in two; 620,000 Americans would die during the Civil War in the span of a few years. Uncertain? Unprecedented? Yes. Then there’s Alma D. Markee (18941984). She just cracks me up every time I walk by. On her gravestone is this: “Death is a journey, and you know how I like to travel.” Oh, I bet she had a story or two to tell.

More than a few friends have looked askance at me when I tell them about my ritual. “Isn’t that a bit – weird?” they have asked more than once. “Not really,” I said. “I mean, once you get to know them…” Take Eurastus Kidder (1824-1889). He was a veteran of both the Mexican War and the Civil War. How I’d love to sit down over a cup of coffee and listen to the stories he had to tell. We often hear from news guys about how “uncertain” and “unprecedented” these times are. Those are comments born of ignorance. When Kidder was in the Army, the nation was on the verge

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SERVICES HANDYMAN & HOME REPAIR SERVICE Installation and repair of fencing, decks,doors, gutter cleaning, moss removal, power washing, yard debris removal. CCB# 206637 Call Ryan 503-881-3802 VISIONS CLEANING Invision coming home to a clean sanitized home! Let Visions House Cleaning wearing gloves

and masks do the hard work. Silverton, Mount Angel & Scotts Mills $75. Other areas $100. Excellent references. 503-989-0746. Email at landrider007@gmail.com GOT STUFF U WANT GONE? From yard debris to scrap metalFrom garage sale leftovers to rental clear outs. We repurpose, recycle, reuse or donate what we can. Call and find out what we can do for you. $20 minimum. Keith 503-502-3462 JESSE’S LAWN SERVICE & HANDYMAN Pruning, edging, trimming, blackberry cleaning, gutter cleaning, arborvitae, moss treatment, yard clean-up, haulaway. 503-871-7869


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16253 Abiqua Ln NE, Silverton. 3 bed, 2.5 bath custom-built home with oak cabinets, granite counters, spectacular views, irrigated landscaping, pond, insulated 40x60 shop, 60x30 greenhouse w/ lighting, RV pad and more. MLS#790962 DiNae Fitzke 503-949-5309


422 Grant St Silverton. Charming 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath home in great location. Featuring a bonus outbuilding and private yard. MLS#793504

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Kirsten Barnes Broker 873-3545 ext. 326

Meredith Wertz Broker, GRI 873-3545 ext. 324

Mike Ulven Broker 503-873-3545 ext. 312

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

Ryan Wertz Broker, GRI 873-3545 ext. 322


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

Micha Christman Office Manager 873-1425

Chuck White Broker 873-3545 ext. 325

#T2737 GREAT LOCATION $585,800 Sale fail, no fault to the

home. Ready for the new owner, Great location across from Wes Bennett Park, area with mature trees. Well kept home with room for everyone, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, updated kitchen open to the family room. Formal living and dining area. Wonderfully landscaped yard, fully fenced, patio area with room for entertaining, this home is move in ready! Garden shed, fully fenced backyard, plus room for RV/boat parking! Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 (WVMLS#791690)



updated manufactured home in desirable 55 and older park in Silverton. Recent additions and upgrades have really made this one something special. New plumbing, windows, HVAC, flooring, siding and so much more. You really need to check this house out to appreciate all it has to offer. Open floor plan. Garden shed attached to the carport. Conveniently located in Stardust Village, this house is move-in ready! Call Becky at ext. 313 (WVMLS#794038)


#T2738 2 BUILDABLE LOTS $150,000 2 Buildable Lots at the end of Adams Ave, engineered plans for developing the lots for 2 homes previously done in 2017. Buyer to do their own due diligence, Buyer to be responsible for City of Silverton System Development Costs to hook up to city water and sewer. Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 (WVMLS#792097)


#T2732 UPDATED 1920’s HOME 3 BR, 2 BA 1383 sqft Call Whitney at ext. 320 or Mike at ext. 312 $399,900 (WVMLS#791193)

#T2735 HIGHLY DESIRED AREA 4 BR, 2.5 BA 2207 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $637,000 (WVMLS#791593)

#T2738 2 BUILDABLE LOTS .45 Acres, Silverton. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $150,000 (WVMLS#792097)

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

#T2739 OPEN LAYOUT 4 BR, 2.5 BA 2160 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $567,700 (WVMLS#792649)

#T2694 BRING YOUR IDEAS 1.6 Acres, Silverton. Call Whitney at ext. 320 or Mike at ext. 312 $220,000 (WVMLS#791420)

#T2729 PIONEER SUBDIVISION 3 BR, 3 BA 2235 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $572,800 (WVMLS#790157)

NEW! – #T2742 AMAZING MANUFACTURED HOME 3 BR, 1 BA 938 sqft Call Becky at ext. 313 $75,500 (WVMLS#794038)

#T2734 GARDENER’S PARADISE 2 BR, 1 BA 1001 sqft Call Becky at ext. 313 $350,000 (WVMLS#791671)

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

COUNTRY/ACREAGE #T2736 AMAZING COUNTRY HOME 2 BR, 1 BA 960 sqft .82 Acres, Molalla. Call Becky at ext. 313 $420,000 (WVMLS#791751)

MOUNT ANGEL NEW! – #T2740 CLASSIC 1950’s 4 BR, 2 BA 1625 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $449,800 (WVMLS#793407)

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

Michael Schmidt Principal Broker GRI 873-3545 ext. 314

Sarah Sanders Office Manager 873-3545 ext. 300

We have Buyers looking! Now is the perfect time to list your home. Contact us today for a FREE home evaluation! SALEM/KEIZER #T2737 GREAT LOCATION 4 BR, 2.5 BA 2399 sqft. Salem. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $585,800 (WVMLS#791690)

MOLALLA #T2736 AMAZING COUNTRY HOME 2 BR, 1 BA 960 sqft .82 Acres, Molalla. Call Becky at ext. 313 $420,000 (WVMLS#791751) Rentals available in Silverton and Surrounding Areas. For Rental Info Call Micha at 503-873-1425 or Check Our Website.


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