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Bond backers Political action committee forming to support SFSD bond
By Stephen Floyd
Supporters of a $138 million facilities bond for the Silver Falls School District are forming a Political Action Committee (PAC) to engage in voter outreach ahead of the Nov. 7 election.
While as of the Our Town press deadline the PAC had yet to be registered with the state, former members of the district’s Bond Advisory Committee said efforts were under way to make the group official.
Former bond committee member Hilary Dumitrescu explained that because the district is barred by law from engaging in political activity, it falls to community members to spread the word.
“Our students and their teachers deserve safe, warm, dry, welcoming, beautiful spaces to work and learn in every day,” said Dumitrescu.
The SFSD board voted unanimously June 20 to place the bond on the ballot, asking voters to approve funds for repairs and upgrades at all school facilities. On the to-do list are upgrades to critical systems at each school, as well as the rebuilding of Silverton Middle School.
Dumitrescu said though the $138 million price tag may sound high, it comes out to around $3.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value. If the bond is approved by voters the district may also be eligible for a one-time $4 million state grant.
“This is the cheapest way our community is going to find to pool our money and build a new middle school and make improvements on all the other ones (short of finding a billionaire with a heart of gold, that is),” Dumitrescu said.
She added if voters decide this is not the time for a bond, the schools will still need improvements and future upgrades will only become more expensive. That sentiment was echoed by fellow committee member Eliza Torlyn, who said waiting on repairs could also create a hazard for students.
“The longer we wait to do this work, the more it costs, the projects become more dire, and the conditions of the schools become more ominous,” she said. “...This bond is a necessary investment.”
The bond measure needs a simple majority to pass. Recent polling among likely voters in the district showed this could be a difficult hurdle to
clear. Pollsters said it will be vital to educate voters about the projects funded by a bond and the public accountability that comes with bond projects. This outreach is likely to fall to the PAC.
The SFSD board is also expected to engage in outreach, as its members do not face prohibitions on political campaigning.
Board Chair Jennifer Traeger told Our Town delaying facility improvements could lead to serious building challenges that force the district’s hand. In 2018, Eugene Field School was demolished over concerns about asbestos and lead paint after voters rejected two bond measures that would have funded improvements.
“Every time we kick the can down the road, we risk creating a problem so large that only drastic action can solve it,” said Traeger.
When the PAC is registered, all board members, donations and expenditures, including individuals associated with transactions, will be public record. PAC information can be accessed through sos.oregon. gov/elections/.
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Ditching the ditches Second Street upgrades set for this summer
By James Day
Residents of the Second Street area of Silverton can look forward to a summer in which city construction work will align their neighborhood with others in the city.
The area on Second between the Home Place Restaurant and Lincoln Street, also known as Mill Town, will be getting sidewalks, new drainage pipes, and those storm water ditches will finally be going away. The city also will rework the intersection of Mill and Whittier streets in an effort to improve safety. The corridor is heavily used to get to and from Mark Twain Elementary School. The challenge is the poor visibility when Mill curves as it heads toward Whittier.
The Silverton City Council, at its June 26 meeting, approved as part of its consent agenda the acceptance of a bid by M.L. Houck Construction of Salem to perform the work. The city expects to spend approximately $2 million on the project, with “construction scheduled to be substantially complete by Oct. 15,” according to a city staff report.
In other action:
City manager: Councilors discussed the process and criteria for replacing former city manager Ron Chandler. Key priorities established by councilors in a survey Scott Dadson of the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments compiled included city manager experience, experience in
working with a council and the community, administrative and management ability and government budget and finance experience.
Salary also was discussed. Chandler was making approximately $139,000 annually. He was due for a cost of living adjustment in the 2023-24 fiscal year that would have brought his base salary to about $147,000.
Dadson found the range in comparable Oregon communities to be between $147,000 and $168,000. Mayor Jason Freilinger said those figures “seem reasonable, and I want us to stay competitive.” Freilinger noted Chandler had declined a merit raise after his first year.
Dadson said he hoped to be able to put together a profile for the post that would allow the city to set an applications deadline in the Aug. 15-20 range.
Councilors discussed but made no decision on how public the process will be. Dadson noted that the more public the process is the smaller the candidate pool will be because applicants tend to want to keep job searches below the radar.
Budgets: The council passed its 2023-24 general budget and urban renewal agency budget, in which the council acted in its role as the urban renewal agency. The general budget, passed unanimously with no amendments and virtually no discussion. It calls for spending approximately $75 million. The urban renewal plan, which also passed unanimously, calls for spending approximately $2.9 million, with $300,000 designated for a project for the block of Main Street between Water and First. Councilors briefly discussed the project, noting more what they don’t want than what they do. They do not want to close the street or remove the trees and are concerned about pedestrian safety and improving parking. Discussion is in the early stages with no timeline on completion.
City Hall hours: Acting city manager Kathleen Zaragoza announced that effective July 17 City Hall will open to the public one hour later, at 9 a.m. The change will allow staff time to digitize and prepare city records for the move to the new Civic Center in late September. City Hall will close at 5 p.m.
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One of the open ditches on Second Street near Lincoln. The city plans to add sidewalks and drainage pipes in the corridor this summer.
Good fit Gear-Up changes hands
By Melissa Wagoner
When the last of Holly Kintz’s five kids – a set of twins – entered kindergarten last fall she and her husband, Andrew, decided it was time to relax and enjoy their newfound freedom.
“I said, no life changes this year,” Kintz laughed, recalling a goal that lasted two short months before longtime friends, Dan and Annie Schacher, tested the couple’s resolve by presenting them with an offer they couldn’t refuse.
“They reached out to me and asked if I wanted to take over Gear-Up,” Kintz recalled. “They just knew it would be a good fit and carry on their vision.”
That vision – to go above and beyond serving both locals and visitors alike – was first developed when the coffee shop was created in 2003, before the Schachers took over in 2016. And it’s been going strong ever since.
“[E]ach interaction was a moment I cherished,” Dan said. “From each of the baristas to the ‘Silverton Sassy Sisters’...”
But, after seven years – two of them struggling with ever-changing COVID restrictions and the extended closure of McClaine Street – the Schachers decided it was time to pass the business on to someone new.
“[M]y wife and I weren’t able to put into Gear-Up what it needed to move forward…” Dan said. “There just wasn’t enough time and we didn’t feel we were serving our customers, employees, friends, community, and family as well as we desired.”
Then the couple thought of Kintz – who had already proved herself capable when she developed Gear-Up’s menu in 2019.
“I was doing Nourished Beginnings at the time,” Kintz said, referring to the Silverton-based meal service company she co-owned for three years. “And I had catered a lot of weddings last summer and loved it. But I thought, if I had a coffee shop, I would get weekends off.”
So, in December 2022, Kintz took over management of Gear-Up.
“I got to know the employees as a manager and a coworker before I bought it,” Kintz said.
On April 1, the sale was made official with an announcement on Gear-Up’s Facebook page, which erupted with congratulatory comments.
It’s a transition that has been relatively smooth, with Kintz making only a few minor changes.
“We did switch to Caravan Coffee,” Kintz said. “That was the biggest change. It’s delicious, sustainable and out of Newberg. And we’re doing barista trainings.”
There has also been the addition of fresh baked pastries from Brianna Babb –former co-owner of Simply Knead It and Kintz’s best friend.
“She’s making pretzels and all sorts of stuff,” Kintz described. “She loves it and she’s really good at it.”
Also on the horizon is a line-up of deli sandwiches for the summer and freshmade soups in the fall.
“I’m super excited…” Kintz enthused. “We’ll sell soups by the quart.”
Providing nourishing food to her customers is something that is important to Kintz. “Right now I’m not getting much cooking in, and I miss it,” she added.
That doesn’t mean she hasn’t thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the coffee shop business and the customers that come with it.
“I love it,” she said. “It’s been so cool to witness people’s lives. And I just feel like it’s opened up so many avenues for creativity, like putting together flower boxes and ordering coffee mugs and Andrew and I are designing an herb pallet wall.
“But my vision for Gear-Up isn’t going to change – it was such a great vision to begin with. I’m just adding my little tweaks.”
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Fall/winter reopening seen as likely
By James Day
The new owners of the Palace Theatre say that they likely will not be able to reopen until this fall or winter because of the complicated nature of the remodeling they are doing.
Thomas and Erika Baham, who also own the two-screen Rio complex in Sweet Home, took over the historic Silverton theater in May.
“Remodeling is going well, thanks,”
Thomas Baham told Our Town in an email exchange. Baham, who is doing the bulk of the remodeling work himself, said there haven’t been any problems, “but I am just one man, with limited funds every month.”
The Bahams are engaged in Amercans With Disabilities Act (ADA) work as
well as interior renovations that will end the perpetual clog of patrons, concessions purchasers and restroom visitors near the front door and alter the seating arrangements.
Baham also told Our Town that the new Palace will have a smaller seat count than its predecessors.
“There will be a seat reduction, yes,” he said. “The seats were too close (together) and very uncomfortable. I removed all seats without cup holders, replacing them with newer chairs. I am also installing three rows of recliners, and those take a lot of space to accommodate. But it will be worth it when complete.”
Baham said he did not yet have a number for the new seat count.
Summer shows abound at Lunaria
The Main Floor Gallery exhibit at Lunaria Gallery this month is “Life: Adversity and Bliss” featuring the artwork of Lunaria member Michele Ballantyne.
“Making art from the heart, from the gut, takes a deeper look than making art that is pretty or people pleasing. Life is full spectrum. Experiences are full spectrum. In this show I embrace the full spectrum, from the pain of sharp to the delight of sparkle, and the colors in between,” Ballantyne explained.
The artist will give a talk Saturday, July 15, 5 p.m. at the gallery, 113 N. Water St., Silverton. The gallery is open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show runs through July 31.
Also on display is “Portraits of Inspiring Women in the Classical Style: Part Two” by Lunaria member Anne Shams.
“I studied the classical portraiture technique for a year with Silverton’s classically trained artist and teacher Ulan Moore. On Ulan’s recommendation, in 2019 I studied
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In the Loft Gallery is “Living in Our Heads” by visiting artist Kerri Evonuk.
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Torch of Reason
By Melissa Wagoner
Did you know Silverton was once home to the first secular university west of the Mississippi? Created in the 1890s by a group of “freethinking” Silvertonians –including Homer Davenport’s cousin, Pearl Geer, and his sister, Alice – the Liberal University of Oregon (LUO) aimed to “impartially cover and stimulate the higher culture and motives of life.”
“Our common school education is excellent as far as it goes, but it only covers ‘the three Rs’ and those rudiments of learning which are merely the instruments by which any higher education must be reached,” LUO professor of history, society, law and ethics, Thaddeus B. Wakeman, said in a description of the school published in 1899. “The sciences, such as economics, politics, ethics, art and the religious meaning of science and humanity, in a word, the higher and final motives and purposes of life, and all of its higher hopes and aspirations remain to be determined.”
Aimed at furthering these ideals, LUO’s faculty also produced a weekly newspaper, coined The Torch of Reason from 1896 to 1903.
“It was a prominent voice during the ‘Golden Age of Freethought,’ advocating for secularism, science, and reason in a time when religious conservatism dominated American society,” historian Gus Frederick wrote in a press release describing The Torch, which he believes is still relevant today.
“It promoted the ideals of reason, logic, and critical thinking, which were then – and even today – often controversial in mainstream societies,” Frederick explained. “The Torch of Reason provided a platform for voices that would have otherwise been silenced.”
And it could still be silenced if the 2,912 pages –currently preserved on microfilm in the archives of the University of Oregon’s library – are not upgraded to a digital format.
“Our goal is to preserve this important piece of history by digitizing the entire collection of Torch of Reason newspapers, making them accessible to scholars, historians, and the general public,” Frederick said.
But doing so requires funding.
“To achieve these goals, we have decided to initiate a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign of $2,500, to cover the [Oregon Digital Newspaper] ODNP scanning process, rewards and other logistical costs.”
Accepting donations the entire month of August – with a free family membership to the Oregon Historical Society for the first 15 donations of $100 or more – the campaign aims to ensure the history of LUO and The Torch of Reason are available for generations to come.
“The Freethought movement of the late nineteenth
century was a significant cultural force in American history, and The Torch of Reason was one of its most prominent publications,” Frederick said. “By digitizing and making this newspaper available online, researchers will be able to easily access and study primary source materials that were previously difficult to find. This will undoubtedly lead to new insights and a deeper understanding of the social and intellectual history of the Silverton Country, as well as the United States.”
For more information on the project and Kickstarter campaign, visit TOR.LiberalUniversity.org/.
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Landmark legislation Exhibit comes to Stayton historic house
By James Day
The Brown House in Stayton will be one of just 12 sites to host an Oregon Historical Society exhibit on lawmaking milestones of the state Legislature.
The Brown House will be open for exhibit touring on July 23 and 29.
A special open house to show the exhibit will be held on Sunday, July 23 from 1 to 4 p.m.
The house also will be open during the Santiam Summerfest on Saturday, July 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“We are fortunate to be able to bring this curated exhibition from Portland to Stayton,” said Steve Poisson, vice president of the board of the Santiam Heritage Foundation, which operates the Brown House.
“It is rare for the Canyon to experience such high-quality productions, but it is the type of programming Santiam
Heritage Foundation is working to provide.”
The Brown House exhibit consists of 16 panels that describe laws that Oregon has passed since statehood. The panels are
“Oregon has repeatedly led the nation in creating, revising, and implementing laws shaping the quality of life of its citizens,” reads a flier for the exhibit, called
“Oregon’s Landmark Legislation.”
“While Oregon’s innovations have evoked controversy, they have charted the course for other states and nations. This exhibit highlights groundbreaking legislation that Oregon has passed since statehood and includes legislation that focuses on environmental, social, and land use issues.”
Admission for the Brown House events is $5 per person, with those under 18 admitted free. Private tours also can be scheduled by reserving and paying 14 days in advance of your visit. The minimum fee for private tours is $25.
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Hunter sworn in as county sheriff
By Stephen Floyd
Marion County has a new top cop following the swearing in of Sheriff Nicholas Hunter June 30 in a ceremony led by the county board of commissioners. Hunter, previously a lieutenant with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, was appointed to succeed former Sheriff Joe Kast, who retired that day. Kast announced his departure May 4. He spent 31 years in law enforcement, including four as sheriff.
Hunter was appointed by commissioners June 28 from a pool of seven applicants that included fellow sheriff’s deputies and the head of security for Salem Keizer Public Schools. His experience includes working in the Marion County Jail and with community corrections.
“We look forward to working with (Hunter) to protect our community and ensure Marion County continues to be a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family,” Board Chair Colm Willis said in a news release.
Commissioner Kevin Cameron said he
believes Hunter will help the sheriff’s office transition well after Kast’s retirement, and has a desire to adapt to the changing needs of law enforcement. Commissioner Danielle Bethell said she was impressed by Hunter’s willingness to understand a problem before seeking a solution and plans to hold Hunter to that.
Silverton High School Alumni & Friends REUNION PARTY
All Silverton High School alumni and friends are invited to attend the 25th Annual SHS Alumni Scholarship Fundraiser on Friday, Aug. 4, at the Mount Angel Festhalle, 500 Wilco Highway, Mount Angel.
The no-host bar opens at 5:00 p.m. and the Wooden Nickel will be serving a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Advance tickets are available at Silverton Realty’s front desk or online at www.shsfoxes.com at a cost of $40.00. Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the party for $45.00. Tickets for admission only –not including the meal – are also available at $20 from the same sources. Under 21 welcome until 9:00.
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By Stephen Floyd
Mount Angel Middle School Principal
Jeff Taylor has been named Oregon Middle School Principal of the Year for his relationship-building and inspiring approach to academics.
The title was awarded June 22 during the annual conference of the Coalition of Oregon School Administrators (COSA), in Seaside.
In a news release, COSA said Taylor has had a positive impact noticed by teachers and students alike, despite joining the district just last year.
“(Taylor) is a principal who cares deeply for his community and leads transformative change with purpose and with students at the center,” said COSA Executive Director Craig Hawkins. Taylor joined Mount Angel Sschool District in 2022 after spending time as a principal in the Woodburn School District. At the start of the last school year, Taylor said his goal was to help teachers feel prepared and supported, and to build a system that gives meaningful help to students who fall behind.
COSA said Taylor’s bilingual skills have played a key role in accomplishing these goals, as well as building relationships with local families. He speaks English and Spanish, and is working on his Russian.
COSA said Taylor’s caring nature was also “vital to building strong relationships with families, students, and staff.”
“(Taylor) is known as a relational leader who is patient and a thoughtful communicator who builds inclusive environments and supports the learning of each of his students,” said the news release. “...His dedication and commitment are noticed by staff, students, and the community.”
MASD Superintendent Rachel Stucky described Taylor as “a knowledgeable educator and an authentic instructional leader.”
The award places Taylor in the running for National Middle School Principal of the Year awarded by the National Association of Secondary School Principals in October. He will also be recognized at COSA’s national conference in Denver this summer along with winners from other states.
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Paddle boarding Exploring Silverton Reservoir just got easier
By Melissa Wagoner
Making the Silverton Reservoir more accessible to more people was high on Britt Edmondson’s list of priorities when he decided to open Paddle Silverton – a mobile stand up paddleboard (SUP) and kayak rental service –on June 14.
“I decided to go out on a limb and do what I had hoped someone else would,” Edmondson – an avid surfer who moved to Silverton in August 2022 – said of the impetus for the service he hopes will appeal to both locals and visitors.
“I would say there are two audiences,” he said, “locals within 25 miles, for whom I created a punch pass… and travelers spending the day in Silverton or Mount Angel who book in advance.”
For those living nearby, Edmondson has reduced the rental cost by half to make getting out on the water on a regular basis a more affordable option.
“I wanted it to be something you use in town if you have a family,” he said. “But you do have to commit to ten hours.” Or, to one hour as a group of ten, a scenario that Edmondson’s stock of six SUPs and four kayaks makes a distinct possibility for those wanting to get together as a group or to hold an on-the-water class.
“I would be super open to classes,” Edmondson said. “And I would love to do events. Like it would be awesome to do a third or fourth of July parade.”
But whether you’re interested in paddling as a group or going out alone, Edmondson thinks getting out on the water is something just about everyone should try at least once.
“I love paddleboarding because you get to stand above the water and if you have sunglasses, you can look down and see the fish and the sandbar,” Edmondson said.
Kayaking, too, has its appeal.
“With a kayak it’s easy to fish,” he pointed out. And then there’s the nature above water as well. “I’ve seen a bald eagle, there’s osprey, hawks and some pretty cool birds. I recently caught a fish with talon marks on it.”
You don’t need to be an expert to rent either craft.
“When you book I have you put down if you’re a beginner, so we plan more time for a tutorial,” Edmondson said. “But I don’t think you need classes.”
It can be helpful however, to keep a few tips in mind.
First, “if you paddleboard, it’s OK to sit down,” Edmondson advised. “You won’t look weird and it’s nice.”
Second, “if you have the mentality you’ll fall in, you’ll have more fun, especially as a beginner.”
A mobile stand-up paddleboard and kayak rental service at Silverton Reservoir.
Cost: $20 per hour or $100 for a 10-hour pass
And third, consider the time of day you want to be on the water.
“Morning is more calm, there’s less wind and it’s easier to paddle. It’s also cooler,” Edmondson said. “And lunchtime is the best to swim.”
And evenings – those are great for groups.
“Most of the time when I paddle in the evening it’s with friends to have snacks – a picnic and some drinks,” Edmondson said. And though that time of day can come with a bit of a breeze, “luckily here the wind never gets too bad.”
Because the weather in the Willamette Valley stays mild, paddling is an option during about any month of the year.
“Starting in July I’ve had constant bookings,” Edmondson said.
“It’s been really cool. I like being in the business of fun and would love to make the reservoir more accessible and help kids and families get outside to enjoy the beauty of Oregon.”
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Camping in the canopy
By James Day
The tree climbing operation at Silver Falls State Park has expanded its offerings and now features tree camping.
Leo Roden-Fischer, the entrepreneur who founded Tree Climbing at Silver Falls two years ago, notes “our half-day tree climbing adventures are amazing and unforgettable like people say in our 5-star reviews, but tree camping is on an entirely different level. Once you experience this adventure you will understand the rave reviews of our experiences and why tree camping probably deserves the creation of a sixth star.
“From a 300-foot high tree, the world looks very different, like an alien planet. The perspective from some of the largest trees in the world will open your eyes to see the forest and wildlife in new and powerful ways.”
Rosen-Fischer just unveiled the camping option a month or so ago and says that “numbers are increasing. Our reservations are running at less than a hotel but more
Overnight tree stays offered at Silver Falls
than some airbnbs.”
The trip is not cheap, at $699 for two,
but included in that fee are all of the gear and training and a guide who will be up in the trees with you overnight.
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Groups of up to 40 can be accommodated and the camping operation runs through Sept. 30. See www. treeclimbingatsilverfalls.com for more information or to book a trip.
Rosen-Fischer’s tree-climbing operation required a special commercial-use permit from Oregon State Parks and a second permit was needed for the camping piece. Such commercial uses are not uncommon in state parks, with spokesperson Stefanie Knowlton noting the marina at Cove Palisades and the historic hotel at Frenchglen also are operating with commercial use permits.
Rosen-Fischer’s wide range of treeclimbing options continue, including a special sunset climb, starting at about $150.
New land, more options at Scotts Mills park
Marion County has added six-plus acres of forested property to Scotts Mills County Park, an addition that will greatly expand the options for park users.
The 6.03 acres of heavily timbered property cost the county $450,000, with $360,000 coming via the county’s sale of Auburn Park to the Salem-Keizer School District and $90,000 from Terry Caster, who died on April 20 at the age of 78 just a short time after agreeing to the donation.
Caster was a life-long Oregonian whose family moved from Tigard to a Scotts Mills timber farm in 1948, when he was three. Caster attended grade school in Scotts Mills and was a 1964 Silverton High graduate. He worked in real estate and was heavily involved in organizations such as the Silverton Rotary Club, the Silverton Chamber of Commerce and the Silverton Hospital Foundation.
The property lies at the southern boundary of the park’s original 10.64 acres, said Tom Kissinger, parks planner for Marion County. “The previous use of the property was as forest deferral/timber,” Kissinger told Our Town. “Minimal development is planned for the new property, but it will give the public access to forested land that is now within the park boundary.”
There are some existing paths in the property, Kissinger said, with the county planning to “enhance/connect them all into a nice
little loop trail.”
About the only thing county officials had to do to ready the property for park use is take down the “no trespassing” signs at the park boundary, Kissinger said.
Adding the acreage will offer park users a hiking/ forest option to a facility that mainly attracts visitors looking to picnic and engage in water recreation in Butte Creek, which serves as the eastern boundary of the park.
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Enviro tinkering Learning lessons on oak habitat in Mount Angel
By James Day
Kurt Berning is a born experimenter. In another era you would have seen him in greasy jeans with his head under the hood of an old Packard. Or at another time, perhaps, in his garage with a fellow tech geek developing a home computer with a four-inch screen.
Instead, we find him in 2023 in his laboratory: a patch of earth northeast of Mount Angel. His “farm vehicle” is a Prius. The challenge: What is the best way to restore oak habitat in the midWillamette Valley?
Berning, who first spoke with Our Town’s Melissa Wagoner about his oak project in early 2021, offered a tour and update on his multipronged oak undertaking in May to about 25 people.
The event, sponsored by the Conservation Club, the Marion Soil & Water Conservation District, the Institute for Applied Ecology, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde and the city of Salem, also stopped at oak projects in Salem and Champoeg State Park.
Berning’s oak lab consumes about four to five acres of the 16 acres his family has been farming for four generations. He points out the 10 full-grown oak trees that remain on the property while his guests walk along a mown path to a low-lying area near Zollner Creek.
Berning, who says he “dreams about oak trees,” notes the challenge of oak restoration: “For every 100 oaks that used to be in the Willamette Valley there are three now.”
The weeds grow to the height of a human adult in the area every year, and after mowing down the grasses Berning found
that some oaks also came back during the regrowth period. He pointed out one three-year-old sapling, which has grown to six feet high. Berning plans to take out a couple of Douglas firs on the parcel (Doug firs are an invasive species in an oak savanna) but otherwise he is letting nature take its course with the oak saplings.
“Some areas you leave alone and some you have to work on,” he said.
Then, the tour moves to the side of the house to a small plot that coincidentally faces the farm’s 10 oaks. Nine are clumped in one tight grove, while the tenth stands like a sentinel west of the house.
Berning has planted a handful of oak seedlings in the plot, now about six inches high. One tour member, perhaps optimistically, shared concerns about the
danger of a full-sized oak tree that close to the house, but Berning seemed inclined to let the experiment continue.
Oaks produce acorns, which serve as seeds for future trees. Berning has also been experimenting with growing oaks from acorns in narrow deep pots near the driveway.
“They haven’t done well,” Berning said. “I’d almost advise people not to do it. This is their second year growing and they look a bit stunted. It’s a whole different world working with pots.”
The final tour spot is the big one, four acres at the edge of the property where he used a grant to purchase 650 oak saplings now planted in a series of rows.
He also planted about 50 Willamette Valley (ponderosa) pines and 300 acorns.
“I’m trying to seed in natives and have them compete,” Berning said. “I’m hoping to control things I want to control.”
As with the other oak experiments this plot poses its challenges. Voles are a problem, although they are less trouble at the north end of the plot, with Berning surmising that predators use the refuge of a conifer grove to launch sorties on the voles.
The oak farm also is within 50 yards or so of the greenhouses of a commercial nursery, whose owners are not enthusiastic about Berning’s lab specimens blowing in their direction. So Berning is working to screen the nursery.
He says the pines are doing well.
“They are a good compliment to the oaks,” he said.
No thinning is planned for the near future, although Berning is hopeful that some energetic volunteers will come forward to help with the weeding (contact Berning at firstname.lastname@example.org).
At the end of the tour Berning returns to the challenge of the valley’s loss of its oaks, noting that despite his family property boasting 10, the two adjacent properties combine for just one.
“I’m just trying to give back,” he said. “There are so many benefits to this work and the value seems so clear. A person with just a little time on the weekend… you can do a lot. And there’s a lot to know about how to do it right.
“All my father’s farmer buddies come by and say ‘what is he doing?’ But I say come back in five years. I know it’s messy right now.”
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It’s pretty, but...
Poison hemlock packs a punch
By Melissa Wagoner
It may look like a carrot, parsley, parsnips or Queen Anne’s lace but gardeners and foragers should be wary because what might look like a tasty treat may in fact be poison hemlock.
“This plant is very poisonous and can be fatal if ingested,” Brooke Edmunds, an OSU Extension Service Community Horticulturist, said. “Even contacting the sap can cause a serious reaction.”
Known to cause a blistering rash, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, muscle paralysis, confusion and even kidney failure in humans, livestock, pets and wildlife, the plant is not to be trifled with. If discovered it should be eradicated immediately.
“Wear gloves to avoid skin exposure,” Edmunds said. He has focused on Marion and Polk counties since 2014. He suggested the plants be removed early in the season – prior to the release of an estimated 30,000 seeds.
“Dig or cut the plants.” Then, bag and
dispose of the debris – never compost or burn it.
“It may take six-plus growing seasons to exhaust the seed bank in the area,” Edmunds said, referring to the longevity of the seeds, which can survive for up to six years in the soil.
Originating in Europe and Asia, the poison hemlock introduced in North America during the 1800s by settlers who viewed it as an ornamental garden plant. It spread it to nearly every state, including Oregon. Its six to ten foot purple or redstreaked hairless stems, fern-like leaves and white lacy flowers are most often seen along roads, near creeks and drainage ditches, and in cleared woodlands, as well as in farmed fields and meadows.
“[T]his is an introduced plant (not native) that can be lethal to humans, livestock, and pets,” Edmunds reiterated.
If it is suspected a human or animal has ingested the plant, “Seek emergency medical attention as soon as possible. For animal exposure, reach out to your veterinarian.”
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Dale Miller Sept. 24, 1929 – June 17, 2023
Dale Lee Miller was born on Sept. 24, 1929 in Silverton, Oregon to Francis Marion and Annis Miller, and passed away on June 17, 2023 in Salem, Oregon.
He graduated from Victor Point School and Silverton High School, Class of 1949. Dale married Carol Hatteberg on Oct. 7, 1950 in Silverton.
Dale was a grass seed farmer, school bus driver and construction foreman. He lived most of his life in the Victor Point area and the last eight years at Mount Angel Towers. Favorite past times included traveling, camping and winters in Quartzsite, Arizona. Dale was a member of the Old Time Fiddlers;
favorite TV channel was RFDTV.
He is survived by daughters, Janet Foraker (Keenan) and Kay Haslebacher-Webb (Troy); sisters, Annis Myren of Keizer and Venita Dick of Bend; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A daughter, Julie Jacques, preceded him in death. After 63 years of marriage, Carol passed away in 2013.
Services were held on July 7 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Silverton. Donations may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church or the Scotts Mills Museum.
Arrangements by Unger Funeral Chapel – Silverton.
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Rozetta Totland May 6, 1927 – June 5, 2023
Rozetta Totland died peacefully in the company of family at age 96 in Gig Harbor, Washington. She was born in Monitor, Oregon and was a life-long resident of Silverton, Oregon. Rozetta will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband, LaVerne Totland, at Valley View Cemetery in Silverton.
She was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a devoted friend to many, many
people throughout her life.
She was a lifetime member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She never had an unkind word for anyone. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew her.
A graveside service at Valley View will be held July 25 at 11 a.m. followed by a reception. Services provided by Unger Funeral Chapel – Silverton.
Barbara Ann Damon Venables
Feb. 17, 1936 – May 29, 2023
Barbara Venables, 87, of Florence, Oregon, passed away peacefully on Memorial Day. She was a daughter, niece, wife, friend, and mother of seven. Barbara was a grandmother of 15, great grandmother of 18, and a great-great grandmother of one. Family was of utmost importance to her.
She was gentle, loving, empathetic, strong, and firm in raising her family.
She was born to Ernest and Elsie Damon of Los Angeles, California. She was always a bright and outgoing and had a special relationship with her Aunt Cecelia, who preceded her in death.
Barbara attended Catholic schools until she graduated at 17. She became a mother for the first time in 1954.
She was admired for her stoic work ethics, working as a checker with Alpha Beta Markets in California, Safeway Stores in Salem, Oregon and Silverton, Oregon, and as a teller with Maps Credit Union.
Barbara loved working in the yard with her roses; her favorite was the “Double Delight.” She was a lover of country music, dancing, animals and birds. In her early retirement she became a foster parent for people with disabilities. She loved her foster daughter, Ginni, deeply.
She retired to Mercer Lake Resort in
Florence with her husband Dick. They spent their days fishing, boating, camping, and gathering with new/old friends and family.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Dick Eastman, and five of her children, Roberta Julienne, Barbara Meyers, Bill Hodson, Stephen Hodson and Donald Hodson. Having to bury her children was a heavy burden that she carried in her heart every day. Barbara was admired for her strength and love for family.
She is survived by her daughters Cheri (Steve) Qualey, Rebecca Christine (Dean) Oster, and companion Mark Nichols, as well as Sadie, her beloved dog.
As requested there will be no services. In lieu of flowers donations in her name can be made to Oregon Coast Humane Society at www. oregoncoasthumanesociety.org
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All-around winners Kennedy once again rules Class 2A in Oregon
Kennedy High has returned to the top of the leaderboard in Oregon’s Class 2A. And the accomplishment involves elements way beyond just athletic competition.
The Trojans have captured the 2022-23 OSAA Cup, the all-sports trophy that also includes academic and sportsmanship components. It’s an honor that’s dear to the heart of Kevin Moffatt, who coached the baseball team to its third state title since 2012 and whose stewardship of the athletic department helped produce championship-level teams across the board as well as 3.0 or above grade-point averages for ALL 12 teams.
“This is the best honor the OSAA gives,” Moffatt told Our Town. “It takes into account how your sports teams do on the field and in the classroom, so to me it is the biggest achievement. Not many pro athletes come out of our school, so what they do in the classroom is really the important thing. Sports are a vehicle to support the classroom, and I think that is lost sometimes in society these days.”
In addition to the state baseball title, coach Joe Panuke’s football team finished second, coach Karl Schmidtman’s boys basketball team took third and Steve Ritchie’s boys and girls track and field teams won district titles and his girls cross country team finished second in the district.
And as noted in my July 1 column,
Kennedy shined academically as well, with the girls cross country team turning in a cumulative 3.88 GPA, followed by girls basketball (3.84), girls swimming (3.82), volleyball (3.77) and baseball (3.76).
Kennedy, unlike many of its brethren in these budget-conscious times, has been ADDING teams in recent years, with boys and girls soccer, boys and girls swimming and wrestling now being offered.
“I’m proud of all of our teams, players, coaches, and teachers because this is truly a school award,” Moffatt said. “Our kids that are involved in activities consistently perform well in school. It is one of the reasons we try and get every kid out for some type of sport. It seems to have a direct impact on student success.”
The 2022-23 school year marks the sixth time Kennedy has won the award. The Trojans won five in a row from 2015-16 through 2019-20. COVID claimed the 2020-21 season and Regis won a year ago. Kennedy finished with 2,100 points, 42.5 ahead of runner-up Bandon.
Kennedy will receive the trophy from the OSAA at an all-school assembly at the start of the school year in the fall.
Silverton finished seventh in the Class 5A standings with 2,570.75, led by its girls basketball team (fourth at state) and football and volleyball (both advanced to the state quarterfinals). Summit won the Cup with 4,673.75. The Foxes were third among Mid-Willamette Conference schools. Crescent Valley was third overall with 3,523.35 and West Albany sixth (2,754,4).
Equestrian: Silverton equestrian athletes participated in the prestigious Pacific Northwest Invitational Championships June 14-16 at Moses Lake, Washington. The elite competition brings together the top five finishers in the Oregon and Washington state meets.
Adeline Kuenzi led the way for Silverton by participating in three events. Kuenzi tied for fourth in saddle seat equitation and placed eighth in hunt seat equitation as an individual and teamed with
Madison Bailey, Danielle Velasco, Talus Miller and Charlise Sperle to take fifth in the freestyle 5-plus. Also scoring for Silverton was Abigail Anderson, who took sixth in steer daubing.
Silverton finished seventh as a team in the large squad division of the Oregon High School Equestrian Teams state meet May 11-14 in Redmond.
Volleyball: Kirsten Barnes, who last coached Silverton volleyball in the 201516 school year, is returning to lead the Foxes in the fall. She replaces Reilly Rosecrans, who was 23-5 in her lone season at the helm. Will have more on this one in my next column (Barnes is out of town and unavailable for immediate comment).
Correction: Steve Ritchie, veteran Kennedy cross country and track and field coach, was honored in May by the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association for his 25 years of coaching. My July 1 column had incorrectly listed his tenure as being 30 years.
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Packing The art of preparation for kids and family
I’m no expert when it comes to packing. I’ve had my share of mishaps: inadvertently packing my husband’s donation pile instead of his clothes, driving five hours into the middle of nowhere only to discover the kids have no shoes – twice.
I’ve forgotten underwear, brought winter coats to hot places and summer clothes to cold. I’ve weathered diaper blowouts, forgotten booster seats and needlessly hauled a stroller across an ocean and back. It’s taken some creativity, but inevitably it all turned out OK. No vacation was ruined by the wrong clothes, the pokey grass or resorting to wrapping the baby in a shirt. But that doesn’t mean I don’t continually strive to make traveling a smoother experience. And – despite the aforementioned instances – I’ve largely succeeded thanks to a few simple guidelines.
When the kids were in diapers, I never unpacked their diaper bag. Instead, I used the “one in, one out” method and,
as soon as I returned from an outing, anything soiled was removed and instantly exchanged. That way I never had to wonder what I did or didn’t have.
And I always kept an overabundance of toys, snacks and baby wipes with me, enough to last at least an entire day, if not several days –which brings me to my next stage…
The biggest difference between packing for a baby and a toddler is snacks. When it comes to packing for kids – of any age – the most important thing to remember is food, and plenty of it. And don’t forget to bring along a little something for yourself because, just as no one wants to be around a toddler having a low-blood sugar meltdown, they don’t want to be
around a parent having one either. Also handy for travel, especially if it involves eating out, a small container of novel toys. Dinosaurs, people, cars, interlocking carabiners – anything that will keep tiny hands occupied. The key is, these are travel toys only, once you get home, they disappear.
Lastly, let’s not forget toilet training. It goes without saying that, even if you require your youngster to use the bathroom before ever setting foot inside the car, you will need to make unexpected stops. And some of those stops are going to be in the middle of an empty parking lot. Which means you are going to need, at minimum, wipes and plastic bags, and ideally, a potty chair. Handy for car rides, it’s equally helpful when your toddler thinks grandma’s giant toilet just might swallow her.
Most of the time traveling equals walking. And so, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead by wearing comfortable shoes and, even if your child says she is going to
walk the entire time, bringing along a stroller. Because, even if she does walk, a stroller makes an excellent luggage carrier, a great place to stow snacks, water bottles, jackets and souvenirs for the entire family. Many are the days when I wish we still had this option.
It’s impossible to remember everything. But there are two tips that I’ve found make every trip infinitely better.
First, master the art of the list. I’m old fashioned, I keep mine in a notebook filled with past trips so I can always refer to what worked – or didn’t work – before.
Second, never leave home without cleaning the house. That’s not a packing tip I know, but no matter what happens after you leave, whether you remembered everything, or got there with a suitcase full of someone else’s old clothes, if your house is clean when you return, you’ll be glad you put it on the list.
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Looking for John Withers from the Scotts Mills area. Going to SUHS from 1968-1970. I am Catherine Wyatt from Silverton. I go by Raven Wyatt of Facebook. If anyone knows his whereabouts, please contact me of Facebook.
NEED A NEW FENCE?
Now booking for Spring and Summer. Support your Local Small Business/Contractor. Free Estimates-Butte Creek Buildings, LLC. CCB # 238486. 503-932-5110
PART-TIME OFFICE ASSISTANT
Unger Funeral Chapel, 229 Mill Street Silverton, OR 97381.
We are looking for a part-time Office Assistant. We are a family-owned funeral home in Silverton and Mt. Angel. This
position represents the company with the public by telephone and in person and must be courteous and professional. You must be reliable, a team player, be able to multi-task and have knowledge with Microsoft Word and be able to pay attention to detail. Schedule would be Monday, Thursday and Saturday working 20 hours a week. Must be able to lift 75 lbs. If you think you would be a perfect fit, please e-mail your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
MANAGER wanted for wholesale ornamental nursery. Dependable, motivated individual willing to learn all aspects of our operation. On the job training. Nursery or farm experience a plus. Wage DOE. Silverton/Mt. Angel area. Email email@example.com
GENERAL FARM WORK
Diversified farm seeking dependable, motivated individual for general farm work, including equipment operation, truck driving,
Place your ad in Marketplace 503-845-9499
maintenance, etc. Mechanics a plus. Full time. Wage DOE. Silverton/Mt. Angel area. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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, stump grinding, powerwashing, haulaway. 503-871-7869
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#T2787 GREAT PRIVATE LOCATION
$424,800 Great private location on an oversized lot, private lane, 0.26 acre lot, wonderfully landscaped with detached shop for all your hobbies, single level home, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, ready for your modern updates. Newer roof and HVAC system with AC. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. (WVMLS#806587)
#T2788 HEART OF ABIQUA HEIGHTS
$835,000 In the heart of Abiqua Heights, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, plus office. Kitchen and family room look out onto private backyard that is ready for your entertaining. Granite countertops, teak wood floors that have been newly refinished, formal dining with wet bar/coffee bar. Home is wired with speaker system and home security. Professionally landscaped with underground sprinkler system. Oversized garage w/ RV/boat space, plus a work room in the garage. Room for all your toys! Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. (WVMLS#806991)
#T2761 GREAT OPPORTUNITY 1.66 Acres. Salem. Call Whitney at ext. 320 or Mike at ext. 312 $199,000
#T2771 HOME WITH SHOP & BARN 4 BR, 2.5
BA 2320 sqft. 1.4 Acres. Silverton. Call Michael at ext. 314 $620,000 (WVMLS#802934)
#T2782 SILVERTON ACREAGE ESTATE 4 BR,
2.5 BA 3837 sqft 2.08 Acres
Call Michael at ext. 314
#T2775 SO MUCH
OPPORTUNITY 3 BR, 2
BA 2190 sqft 3.36 Acres.
Dallas. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322
#T2777 EQUESTRIAN/ HOBBY PROPERTY 4 BR, 1 BA 2454 sqft 9 Acres. Molalla. Call Michael at ext. 314
#T2780 RURAL SETTING 3
BR, 2 BA 2044 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $770,000 (WVMLS#805144)
NEW! – #T2786 – ACRE-
AGE PROPERTY 4 BR, 2.5
BA 3304 sqft 7.56 Acres.
Sublimity. Call Michael at ext. 314 $419,900 (WVMLS#806853)
Wonderful park-like setting off Woodland Dr, this rural setting is impeccably maintained, 30 X 40 feet shop, 2 bays with a storage loft, plus 8 x 12 garden shed, firepit, paved driveway, metal roof, leaf guard gutters, newer windows, flooring and paint inside and out. This home is move in ready in a highly desired area. Hooked up to city water, with a previous well still on the property. Ready for the new owner to move right in! Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 (WVMLS# 805144)
#T2784 WONDERFUL 1920 CHARACTER $624,800 All new modern amenities, this home was rebuilt to perfection, keeping original bones of the home and character, all new electrical, plumbing, insulation, windows, new kitchen, bathrooms. Granite countertops w/ custom cabinets, kitchen opens up to a new covered back porch to enjoy your yard that has been new landscaping + sprinkler systems. New HVAC system + AC. Partially fenced back yard with large shop, 24 by 24 ft. Move in ready, close to downtown. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. (WVMLS#805924)
WE HAVE BUYERS LOOKING!
Now is the perfect time to list your home. Contact us today for a FREE home
#T2771 HOME WITH SHOP & BARN 4 BR, 2.5 BA 2320 sqft Call Michael at ext. 314
#T2772 SINGLE LEVEL HOME 3 BR, 2 BA 1799 sqft Call Chuck at ext. 325 $514,900 (WVMLS#803171)
#T2774 SILVER CREEK
FRONTAGE 1 BR, 1 BA
672 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322
#T2784 WONDERFUL 1920 CHARACTER
3 BR, 2 BA 1484 sqft
Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322
NEW! – #T2788 HEART OF ABIQUA HEIGHTS
3 BR, 2.5 BA 2926 sqft
Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322
NEW! – #T2787 GREAT PRIVATE LOCATION 3 BR, 2 BA 1260 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $424,800
#T2761 GREAT OPPORTUNITY 1.66 Acres. Salem. Call Whitney at ext. 320 or Mike at ext. 312 $199,000 (WVMLS#800102)
#T2775 SO MUCH OPPORTUNITY 3 BR, 2 BA 2190 sqft 3.36 Acres. Dallas. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $560,000 (WVMLS#803517)
#T2777 EQUESTRIAN/HOBBY PROPERTY 4 BR, 1 BA 2454 sqft 9 Acres. Molalla. Call Michael at ext. 314 $899,000 (WVMLS#804139)
FOR RENT Call Micha at 503-873-1425 Or Visit silvertonrealty.com
NEW! – #T2786 – ACREAGE PROPERTY 4 BR, 2.5 BA 3304 sqft 7.56 Acres. Sublimity. Call Michael at ext. 314 $419,900 (WVMLS#806853)
BROKERS ARE LICENSED IN OREGON
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Chuck White Broker 873-3545 ext. 325
Mason Branstetter Principal Broker, GRI 873-3545 ext. 303
Kirsten Barnes Broker 873-3545 ext. 326
Whitney Ulven Broker, GRI 503-873-3545 ext. 320
Mike Ulven Broker 503-873-3545 ext. 312 WWW.SILVERTONREALTY.COM
Meredith Wertz Broker, GRI 873-3545 ext. 324
Ryan Wertz Principal Broker, GRI 873-3545 ext. 322
Sarah Sanders Property Manager 873-3545 ext. 311
Micha Christman Office Manager 873-1425
Becky Craig Principal Broker, GRI 873-3545 ext. 313
Michael Schmidt Principal Broker GRI 873-3545 ext. 314
Tayler Whitaker Secretary 873-3545 ext. 300
Jason Marshall Broker 873-3545 ext 302
RURAL SETTING $770,000
503.873.3545 303 Oak St. • Silverton