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Historic preservation

Grant to aid repair of former blacksmith shop

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often repaired and replaced parts of the building to keep it open to the public.

Efforts to repair and restore the historic blacksmith shop in Mount Angel have received a shot in the arm.

At Gert’s request, Mary Lou Bartosz’s daughter, Nancy Lehto, spearheaded the initial effort to get the shop listed on the National Register. Working with her cousin, Debbie (Aman) Anderson, Nancy also submitted the grant proposal for the “Preserving Oregon” grant.

Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded the project a “Preserving Oregon” grant of $2,149. The money will be used as part of an $8,000 effort to do repairs and work to preserve the structural integrity of the building, which dates to 1905. Donations of money, labor and materials will help make up the difference as well as sales of T-shirts during Oktoberfest in September. Officially called the WindisharWeissenfels Blacksmith Shop, the shop is a popular stopping point during Oktoberfest. The shop has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1981. The shop, at 110 Sheridan St., was built

The 1905 blacksmith shop in Mount Angel.


about 1905 by John Windishar. In 1919 brothers Louis (Louie) and Anton (Tony) Weissenfels bought it. Often referred to as “Louie’s” by long-time residents of Mount Angel, the blacksmith shop went through some major repairs during this period. Louie retired from blacksmithing after 60

years, and his daughters, Gert, Mary Lou and Helen, inherited the shop. Gert Aman ran a successful gift shop called Louie’s Corner in the renovated part of the building. Some of the income from the shop helped pay for the upkeep of the building for many years. Gert’s family has

CAB Construction, under the leadership of Chris Bischoff, will be doing the repair and restoration work in August. Blacksmith shop supporters say there are many other repair and restoration projects to be done in a building over 115 years old and the group hopes to create a nonprofit organization for the shop. Such a move often opens doors to further grants. “We definitely want help to preserve this blacksmith ship, not only because our grandfather ran it for 60 years, but because it is an integral part of Oregon’s small town and rural history,” said Lehto.

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John Rossi awarded Gold Sparky Award from Fire Marshal The Office of the Oregon State Fire Marshal has announced the 2021 Gold Sparky Award, which honors a fire service member for contributions to fire prevention and fire safety.

Ruiz-Temple said. “John’s commitment to his community and service to others shines through in his work through his tireless dedication to community prevention efforts.

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Cotton’s rescue Silverton neighborhood livened up with animal antics By Melissa Wagoner

Because, as with all of the family’s birds – of which are four – Cotton has some grasp of the English language.

When 22-year-old Nicole Serrano moved to Silverton with her parents and brother she never could have imagined the immediate notoriety she would receive thanks to the family’s group of miscreant pets.

“They all talk,” Serrano said of the family’s menagerie of tropical birds, which includes two other cockatoos and a green wing macaw named Inca. “But Cotton mostly does auditory mimics and he says, ‘Cotton’ and ‘hello’.

“The first day we were here all the dogs escaped,” Serrano said – whose four dogs took advantage of the temporary lack of fencing around the Serranos’ new property.

Even so, it felt like a long-shot to Serrano who, with a degree in Animal Sciences from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, knew she needed to locate Cotton soon.

Fortunately, the family was able to round them up in short order. Then Chuck got loose.

“I’m really desperate to find him before it’s too late,” she wrote. “I’m afraid he only has another day or two before starvation and dehydration set in.”

“Hi new friends!” Serrano posted to the Silverton Connections Facebook page. “FIRST day in town my pesky sulcata wandered out of the yard. Please let me know if you’ve seen her.”

That’s when Elsie Brown – who trains and shows horses an estimated three miles from the Serrano’s home – received a text from a client that there was an unusual bird hiding out in the barn.

Commonly known as the African spurred tortoise, Chuck is over a foot across but, with a sandy covered shell, she still blends into the undergrowth quite easily. “[T]hey’re surprisingly fast when they see something that motivates them, and moving from the desert to all this grass has got her so excited,” Serrano wrote. The family transitioned from the arid region of Southern California, near Joshua Tree after her mother fell in love with the Willamette Valley. Chuck’s disappearance lasted a harrowing eight days with Serrano and her Pine Street neighbors searching high and low. Finally, Chuck wandered out of a stand of neighboring trees as though nothing at all was amiss. “Chuckie girl came home today!” Serrano enthusiastically posted on April 21. “Thank you all so much for keeping an eye out... What a way to meet our neighborhood.” Assuming that message would be her last, Serrano signed off – only to have to post again on May 17 when another family member – this time a sulphur-crested cockatoo named Cotton – became stuck in a tall tree growing in the Serranos’ yard. “Hey y’all, me again (I swear everyone knows my name now),” Serrano sheepishly wrote, “wondering if someone has an enormous ladder I could borrow?” Hunkered down in the tree, too afraid to fly down,

Nicole Serrano with Cotton in Elsie Brown’s horse barn. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Cotton watched as Serrano frantically rounded up potential rescuers. “The fire department actually came out the second day he was in the tree but they didn’t have a ladder tall enough to get to him,” a mortified Serrano recalled. Adding, “I know the fire station got a good laugh about the bird stuck in the tree.” Next an arborist, with an appropriately tall ladder, attempted to reach him, but that too was a failure. “[J]ust as [the arborist] was about to grab Cotton, a crow spooked him and he flew off and I haven’t been able to find him since,” Serrano wrote sadly in an update to her rapt Facebook audience.

“I told her I’d head right down, but before, I opened Facebook to post on Silverton Connections, and the first post that popped up on my newsfeed was [Cotton’s] missing post from four or five days earlier,” Brown recalled. Right away she knew the bird must be Cotton. “Oh my gosh, he just flew into our barn!” Brown wrote on the feed. To which Serrano replied, “OMG, I’m literally in tears. I’ll be right there.” Although the barn was an open-sided one, with no way to pen the bird in, Cotton appeared content, calmly sitting on the back – and then head – of a patient horse named Mick, as though awaiting Serrano’s arrival. He even posed for a couple of pictures, which Brown uploaded to the group thread. “[H]e is the sweetest horse in the barn,” Brown wrote, describing the bird as having “nibbled” on Mick’s ears. “Cotton must have known.”

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Including one, from neighbor Tasha Huebner, that stated, “[Y]ou’re certainly keeping this town on its toes with the petscapades... do you have any more exotic pets that I should keep an eye out for, in case they come wandering down Pine Street?”

and asked the woman to look after him for a week until he returned,” Serrano said. But he never returned. “The woman had been tossing food to him, but had no idea how to care for a parrot nor did she have the resources and facilities to adopt him forever,” Serrano said. “Without hesitation, my dad followed her home and found a terrified, angry, aggressive parrot in a rusted, run down, filthy cage.”

The answer was a resounding yes – three aquatic turtles and the aforementioned birds – the majority of which are rescues, Cotton included. “My dad was in a pet shop one day buying some food for our other cockatoo and was casually chatting with a woman in line. The conversation somehow led to the fact that we had a cockatoo at home…” Serrano said of that fateful day when her father, Moses, first learned of 14-year-old Cotton who had been largely abandoned by his owner upon the death of his wife. “Maybe in his grief he wasn’t capable of caring for the bird, or maybe for no reason at all, he left Cotton behind

“For the first eight months, you couldn’t go near him,” Moses said. Recalling the terrified bird he brought home. But Cotton has come a long way, allowing the Serranos to show him affection and even caring for his own flock of eight chickens that have taken to roosting with him at night. “Cotton met those chickens and there was no taking them away,” Serrano wrote. “He became chatty and playful, he imitated the chickens, called to them and

tossed them treats, and even threw tantrums when we took the chickens back inside. One thing is for sure, Cotton loves chickens.” He also loves the greenery and moist air of his new Silverton home, which is why Cotton’s adventure was less an escape and more a series of mishaps. “Cotton getting out… was entirely a stroke of bad luck,” Serrano confirmed. He got scared by a flapping tarp and tried to jump onto a perch on the other end of the aviary at the exact moment that I was opening the aviary door, blocking his perch. In his panic to find another suitable perch he went right over my head and out of the aviary.” Lesson learned. Cotton now has a pair of “freshly trimmed wings,” which should keep him closer to home in the future. But Serrano learned something important as well about the place she now calls home. “The way this little community rallied behind the story of a parrot and his horse touched me in such a profound way,” she wrote in a final post summarizing the incident. “Cotton and his new horse friend really took the town by storm and gave us the chance to make new friends and teach them a little something about parrots and cockatoos.”

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Inked adventures By Melissa Wagoner The comic books Jonathan Case creates are not run-of-the-mill comics. “It’s less about what other people have done in the past and more about what can I do with it to reach people in the world,” Case said of the inspiration that led him to create a host of graphic novels including Dear Creature, his first published book; The New Deal, a nominee for the Reuben, Harvey, and Oregon Book awards for best graphic album; and Green River Killer, for which he received an Eisner Award. But forging a career as a comic book artist hasn’t always come easy. “It wasn’t – hey, do your own thing,” Case recalled. “I had to figure out where do you say no? And when do you take a risk? Because some advanced me monetarily but didn’t advance my dream.” And that dream hasn’t always been straightforward. Case originally earned a


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degree in theater from Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia – where many of his friends went on to careers in film and video. He saw himself moving in that direction as well until chance circumstances led to a revelation. “I got really ill and I thought ‘what do I want to do with my life?’” Case said. “Then I found my way back to a love for cartooning... But trying to meet editors when you have no background in a thing is difficult.” Thankfully the publication of Dear Creature – the story of Grue, a mutant sea creature with a healthy appetite for Shakespeare – opened many doors, providing Case with the opportunity to explore his talents further. “My books are fiction that is fueled by my own interest, the moment in time and my own gleanings,” Case said. “Whether that’s the children’s adventure story that I just finished or the previous work [The New Deal], that’s inspired by the Waldorf

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“Sitting for that long every day... I need a big dose of real-life adventure,” Case said. And he’s hoping his readers will find the adventure in his books as well, whether that means following the path of the monarch or that of an artist. “Don’t wait for someone else to give you permission or a budget,” Case advised. “And don’t worry about a degree, it’s not necessarily a stepping stone for developing a life as an artist. The reality is, you have to be motivated to learn and seek out mentors and community if you don’t have it around you.” That’s something Case plans to do as well, as COVID restrictions have eased and he can finally get a real sense of his new home. “I haven’t met that many people yet,” he said. “But I do get the sense that there’s a real appreciation for the arts here.”

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When asked to describe the kind of cuisine offered by the newly opened The Curbside Kitchen – a restaurant offering “quick bites to go,” in downtown Silverton – owner Holly Bell uses the words “fresh” and “clean.” “I don’t even have the ability to fry,” Bell said. “I have a panini press, a crockpot and a microwave.”

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Petrik honored at live community awards By Brenna Wiegand Whether playing jazz, concert music or marching in the band; on the soccer field or running cross country, Charlie Petrik always gravitates toward positions of leadership. For this and other reasons, Petrik was recently named this year’s Silverton Future First Citizen. “Every year, selecting a candidate for this recognition seems to get harder and harder, and this year was no exception,” Silverton Mayor Kyle Palmer said. “In a field of amazing finalists, Charlie’s passion and commitment to the needs of others, fostered by his parents and practiced over his life so far, was inspiring.” Petrik grew up in a family where music was an everyday part of life. His father, Frank Petrik, is the band director at Silverton High School and music often filled the house, and Charlie was inspired. He entered high school willing to try anything in search of what resonated. “My mantra was never to say no to anything unless I couldn’t committ everything to it,” Petrik said. Petrik took his commitment beyond school, teaching trumpet to kids and volunteering with the local food bank and other efforts to benefit those in need. He also got involved on the civic level, serving on Silverton’s Environmental Management Committee, where he was particularly interested in making Silverton more bike friendly. “I think a lot of change is made at the local level,” he said. “…it was super meaningful to me to see the process; it was definitely the favorite thing I’ve done this year. “It’s always hard to motivate yourself to get up and do those things but as soon as they’re done and as soon as you realize what you’ve accomplished and what you’ve given to the community, it’s the best. “It’s great to get recognized for everything I do in the community, but it’s what I’ve done leading up to it,” he said. “Anything that I could lead in was something I

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50th Annual Silverton First Citizen Awards

Mt. Angel Festhalle, 500 Wilco Hwy, NE

July 31, 6:15 p.m. First Citizen – Glen Damewood Lifetime Achievement – Chuck White Distinguished Service – Sarah DeSantis Business of the Year – Country Financial, The Satern Agency Service by Club/Group – We All Dine in Silverton Tickets: $25 at silvertonchamber.org or 503-873-5615 enjoyed; it just feels good being able to make a direct impact on people. “I am among other very qualified candidates and I know all of them personally so… just respect them as well.” A-student and class president the last three years, Petrik was also team captain in cross country and soccer and a section leader in the concert band. He’s also a swim team member and YMCA lifeguard. This fall Petrik heads to the University of Oregon to study environmental science, but his career path remains unwritten. “I want to be a leader going forward and that’s all I can really say about that,” Petrik said. “My joke is that I’m going to go to U of O and – I really like sculpting – pick up a pottery degree.” It’s a lot to be involved in at one time, and Petrik is only half joking when he says the secret to his success is anxiety. “I think I’ve always had a level of anxious motivation to me and so when my stuff’s not done that’s the only thing I can think about and the only thing that I want to get done I think it’s just how I’m wired. “I haven’t tried to stop it yet; it hasn’t become a problem,” he said. “When it does, then I’ll address it but for right now it’s working for me,” he said.

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Jamie Kincaid

Jamie Kinciad was born in Pendleton, Oregon to Ralph E. Kincaid, Sr. and Patti Kincaid. He lived his first 11 years in Ione, Oregon. In 1974 the family moved to Silverton, Oregon where Jamie continued to live until his passing. He attended Silverton area schools and graduated from Silverton High School in 1982. In his younger years, Jamie worked many years at Redman Homes in Silverton where he met his wife, Heidi, and was gradually promoted to a supervisory position. For the past 26 years he was the production manager at Palm Harbor Homes in Millersburg, Oregon. Jamie loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman, hunter and boater. His family and friends enjoyed numerous fishing and hunting trips with him. He was a huge Beavers fan. He was also a Cowboys fan and loved the Portland Trailblazers. He was highly active in all of his youngest son Jace’s sporting activities and always cheered for the Silverton Foxes. Jamie loved life. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend. He never hesitated to end a conversation with “love you.” Jamie was known for his incredible mind, quick wit, and compassionate heart. Jamie is survived by wife, Heidi; sons, Joshua (Melissa) and Jace; daughter,

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Sharon Stalnaker Slama

July 23, 1963 – May 22, 2021 Crystin (Nathan); mother, Patti Kincaid; mother-in-law, Tracy Leikem; granddaughters, Caitlyn and Catherine; grandson, Rohan; sisters, Katherine (John) Allen and Vicki Jo Buchheit; and brothers, Bud (Jenny) Kincaid, John Kincaid; sister-in-law, Trilby Beyer; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends who loved him dearly. He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Sr.; father-in-law, Bob Leikem; and brother- in-law, Matt Beyer. Jamie was loved by many near and far and will be missed immensely. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, Aug. 1, 1 - 3 p.m. at Vanderbeck Valley Farm, 37791 S. Highway 213 Mount Angel, Oregon.

James F. Schiedler James F. Schiedler, 84, of Scotts Mills, died on June 26, 2021, in Mount Angel. He was born to Frank Schiedler and Theresa (Daniel) Schiedler on Sept. 15, 1936, on the family farm at Scotts Mills.  After graduating high school, he joined the U.S Air Force in 1955 and later transferred to the U.S Army as an aircraft engine mechanic. He served two tours in Vietnam and retired from the military in 1975 as a staff sergeant. After his time in the military, he returned home to the family farm and started a second career

April 10, 1943 – July 2, 2021 Sharon Stalnaker Slama, (formerly Sharon Kay Stalnaker), of Mount Angel, Oregon passed away on July 2, 2021 in Coos Bay, Oregon. She was born April 10, 1943 in West Virginia, to Benjamin and Freda Stalnaker. Her siblings were Jimmy Eugene and Bertha Ann.

Sharon was known for her love of people, travel, and beauty of all forms. Her greatest loves were family, friends, and the Oregon Coast. Sharon was a hard worker with a long career in bookkeeping and accounting for several successful businesses. She retired

Sept. 15, 1936 – June 26, 2021 at the cannery in Woodburn, where he worked for another 20 years as an electrician’s helper. Jim is survived by his nephew, Michael Laux and niece, Anmarie Lambert. He is preceded in death by his father, Frank Schiedler; mother, Theresa; step-father Willis Nelson; and sister, Maryann Laux. Per his request there will be no funeral services. He will be interred next to his father at Calvary Cemetery in Mount Angel, Oregon. Assisting the family is Unger Funeral Chapel – Mount Angel.


early to care for family members who needed her and did so with every ounce of her being. Sharon was a loving wife, devoted mother, and tender grandmother and greatgrandmother. She will be forever loved and missed by many family members and friends. Sharon is survived by her husband of 35 years, Mount Angel City Council Member William “Mike” Slama; daughters, Lisa (Ross) Accuardi and Margaret (Rick) Spears; stepdaughter, SallyDay (Berkeley) Eisele; stepson, Randolph Slama; grandchildren, Alexandria, Andrew, Adrianne, Daniel (Julia), Hannah (Sam), Gabriel, Elisha, Zachary, and Berkeley; great grandchildren, Dustin, Bradley, Samuel; and her beloved pup, Bandit. She is preceded in death by her father, Bennie; mother, Freda; brother, Jimmy; and sister, Bertha. A private graveside service will be held at Willamette National Cemetery with family and close friends in attendance. Submissions welcome If there is a birth, engagement, wedding, anniversary, or obituary of a local resident you’d like to share, please send it to ourtown.life@mtangelpub.com

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Sports & Recreation

Swimming champs

Silverton boys win post-season meet

The Silverton High swim team turned in a series of sterling performances June 26 at an end-of-the-season meet at Osborn Aquatic Center in Corvallis. Five teams participated, West Salem, Crescent Valley, Corvallis, Central and the Foxes. Silverton ran away with the boys team title, scoring 393 points to 227 for runner-up Crescent Valley. Silverton’s girls finished third behind West Salem and Crescent Valley. “I don’t even know where to begin,” coach Lucky Rogers told Our Town. “80 percent of our swims were (personal bests) and most of them were substantial. We really had a great meet.” Kellen Hayter won the 50 free (23.93) and the 100 breast (1:08.87) while also swimming a leg on the second-place 200 free relay squad and the third-place 400 free relay unit. Hayter’s 50 free time was his first under 24 seconds. Makani Buckley helped out by winning the 500 free (5:21.13) and taking second in the 200 free (1:56.34). Buckley also swam on the Foxes’ 200 and 400 free relay foursomes. The other boys meet champion was the Foxes’ 200 medley relay squad of James Gilliam, Landon Miller, Dalton Buller and Jacob DeGuire. Silverton’s patented depth also played a key role. Gilliam, DeGuire and Cade Mantie went 2-3-4 in the 100 back for 42 points. Carter Hollis and Connor Bates finished fourth and fifth in the 200 free for 25 points. Gilliam and Tyson Erickson were fourth and fifth in the 200 individual medley for 25 more team points. DeGuire was second in the 100 free, followed by teammates Mantie (5th), Mark Snyder (6th) and Logan Stutzman (8th). Ka-ching! 47 more points.

Valley Conference. The coaches chose to combine the all-star selections because most Mid-Willamette schools only played games against conference foes and the Class 6A Salem schools in the Mountain Valley.

Catherine Hyde was the lone individual winner for the girls, taking the 100 back by more than three seconds in 1:00.89. Hyde also was second in the 100 butterfly at 1:02.21, breaking a school mark that had stood since 2009. The Foxes also scored 90 points in the relays, taking second in the 200 medley and the 200 free and fourth in the 400 free. Lily Kelley was second in the 100 breast in a personal best 1:19.30. Wrestling: Senior Owen Magill came within one point of a state wrestling championship for the Foxes. Magill, the sixth-seed at 285 pounds, won two early matches by fall before losing a 3-2 decision to Riley Godek of Crescent Valley in the championship match. Silverton scored 56 points and took 11th in the Class 5A state meet June 25-26 at Cottage Grove. Crescent Valley scored 364.5 to easily win the title. Steven Powell won three matches at 170 pounds for the Foxes before falling 9-4 against Adonai Peraza-Nava of Hillsboro in the match for third place. Foxes Jacob Moore (126) and Isac Whitehead (138) won one match apiece, while Ethan Graham (185) also participated. Girls basketball honors: Silverton standout Truitt Reilly was named player of the year for the Class 5A Mid-Willamette Conference and the Class 6A Mountain


Silverton finished 11-1, with its lone loss a 51-48 defeat at Corvallis on May 22. Boys basketball honors: The boys went at it a different way, choosing an all-star team only of Mid-Willamette players. Silverton, which finished 14-1 overall and 8-0 in league, placed three players on the first team, senior guard Isaac Semerikov, junior point guard Jordan McCarty and junior wing Neil Efimov. Senior Lucas Roth was a second-teamer, while Foxes juniors Austin Ratliff and Ryan Redman-Brown received honorable mention. Silverton’s Jamie

Alumni watch: Former Foxes track and Concordia U. Irvine field and cross country standout Jori Paradis was named freshman of the year in the PacWest Conference. Paradis took second in the 1,500 and 5th in the 5,000 at the conference meet in May.

James F. Schiedler

John Michael Barber

Sept. 15, 1936 — June 26, 2021

March 20, 1947 — June 28, 2021

Alfredo Peña Marquez June 19, 1956 — June 30, 2021 John David McGowan

Dec. 23, 1933 — July 3, 2021

Esther Ann Barber

March 19, 1939 — July 4, 2021

Margaret Grant

Oct. 10, 1920 — July 4, 2021

Amelia Agnes Plumb

Oct. 3, 1933 — July 5, 2021

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Running: The annual Homer’s Classic races return at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 8. On tap are a 2-mile run/walk and an 8K run that includes a pass through the Gallon House Bridge. For information or registration, go to runsignup.com/Race/OR/Silverton/ HomerClassic. Deadline is 10 p.m. Aug 7, with packet pickup available on race day.

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One more hoops note: While I applaud the decision of Silverton and other schools to play crossover games against the Salem 6A schools, using the final week of the season for return engagements against those schools shows a failure of imagination. Class 4A schools, led by Marshfield Athletic Director Greg Mulkey, were able to hold legitimate state tournaments in most sports.

Reilly, a 6-2 senior post who will play next season at Western Washington, was joined on the first team by Foxes freshman point guard Kyleigh Brown. Junior Paige Traeger was a second-team choice and junior Lilly Horner and sophomore Lily Hayashida received honorable mention.

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McCarty, who is 53-1 in league play in four years, was named coach of the year.

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People Out Loud

Living obviously

Taking a stand when wrongs need to be addressed

Imagine this. 97 degrees in Silverton, scorching, more humidity than you are accustomed to. You are playing with your little guy, age 13 months. Cute as a bug. Suddenly, it dawns on you that there is a cool reservoir barely two miles out of town, just waiting for you. Excited. You get there, ready to hit the water and cool down. Then you hear them. Several young boys, early teens, doing what they do. Loud, boisterous, having a good time. Like you. But then they start spewing out the “N” word. Loudly. Do you say something? Is this a “teaching moment” because you do, in fact, work with children every day, helping them to improve their speech as a Master of Speech Language Pathology. Your dream job. Do you turn away? Do you react and let them know they got to you? Maybe you ignore them. There are 25 adults within earshot. No one says a word, save for one woman on her phone remarking, “Oh, some boys are just goofing off.” Not one blessed word. Now imagine you are black, as is your

And then there is this. A young girl asks you what kind of underwear you have. You laugh a bit, as you know that is an odd question, but she is a child and kids do say some funny things. You smile and reply, “Well, just regular underwear like everyone else.” The little girl, sincerely puzzled, asks “But where does your tail go?” beautiful baby boy. You hear the word over 60 times. Joel Autry, my good friend, a person of color member of the LGBTQ commuinty and Notre Dame grad, says, “People can be racist and biased, but without malice. It is what they were taught, what they heard.” You are at a parade. In Silverton, parades mean candy for kids. Your relatives are visiting with two young children, eager to see if the rumors of unending candy are true. As the parade rolls by, out flies the candy. Your kids heed your warning of not straying out too far but to reach for the candy. A woman yells, “That candy isn’t for you. Get back.” You are of color, as are your relatives. Most of the nearly 2,000 attendees are white.

True stories. Here in Silverton. Same professional, educated, articulate single mom of a precious little boy. The cool little town making positive waves in travel magazines and TV clips. One Facebook poster asked why people were perpetuating secondhand information, and called Mayor Kyle Palmer on the carpet for being the purveyor of suspect news. The naysayer was given the chance to meet with the “victim” for a first-hand account. With silence, he passes on the opportunity. The mayor, an unpaid volunteer, had just posted a piece on how wrong this was to have happened. Hundreds of people gave him kudos, proud he was mayor. I do not believe Silverton is a racist town. I believe it has many wonderful people. But it

also has racists, like every town in America. We took the mom and her handsome little son to dinner the evening after the reservoir incident. It was, as she said, “What I needed at the end of a really bad day.” She has many friends. She has made a home here. She wants to raise her son here. She plans on calling this place home for a long time – even after her home has been pelted with beer bottles in the middle of the night. Another friend says he wishes people would live obviously. Do what is right. Role model. Speak up. Call out bad behavior. My friend who had these injustices heaped upon her, said, “He is on to something. We cannot accept the label that Silverton is a racist town. We have to change it by the way we live our lives and move around. Acting obviously is a good way to put it. I will go out and live within my town because it is the only way to live.” I love the T-shirt that states, “I am raising kind human beings.” Let’s do that! Let’s talk. Let’s hear. Let us speak out and not look the other way. We can do better. We must do better.

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