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Police move eyed By Kristine Thomas Silverton Police Chief Jeff Fossholm stood in one of the police department’s holding cells, listening to a conversation between Officers Dan Thurman and J.J. Lamoreaux. Even with his officers talking quietly, he could clearly hear everything they said. Unfortunately, the lack of sound proof walls is one of the many problems in trying to conduct modern police work in a 1925 building. “We recently lost a DUII case because when the man called his attorney, he didn’t have a place to make a private phone call that couldn’t be heard,” Fossholm said. A new police department is not a “want”, Fossholm said. It’s a need. “We have outgrown this facility,” Fossholm said. “We can no longer do our job effectively.” There are 15 federal and state guidelines

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Potter Automotive site The site at the corner of First and Lewis streets is .96 acres with an asking price of $1.25 million. Pros Existing parking lot Flat property At the Monday, Aug. 3 Silverton City Council meeting, City Manager Bob Willoughby will present information on three possible sites to build a new police

Available utilities Centrally located to the downtown Could be rented until ready to build

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Westfield property by the Silverton Senior Center; the Potter property on Lewis Street and former Square Deal lumber site on Water Street.

Sharing a building would reduce costs on common areas including conference room and parking. The goal is to build a 50- to 60-year facility.

Willoughby said he will present the council members with information on what it would cost to purchase and build on each site, including infrastructure costs, at the Aug. 3 meeting.

Both Willoughby and Fossholm agree the current building wasn’t meant to house a police department.

“There are unique costs to each site,” he said. Willoughby added the council doesn’t want to ask the taxpayers to support a bond measure to build a new city hall and police station. “We did a survey in 2012 and at that time, it was a pretty clear ‘no’ and I don’t think that answer has changed,” he said. “If we can do it by living within our means, that ultimately is the goal.” The city would require 1.3 to 1.5 acres to build a single story 30,000 square foot building with 17,000 sq. ft. for the police and 13,000 sq. ft. for city hall.

In 1987, the police department moved into its current location at city hall. At the time, the department’s staff was nine sworn personnel. After 28 years, the police station is in the same location of about 2,400 sq. ft. with 16 sworn personnel and 2.2 support staff. By 1999, the police staff and the then city manager realized the department had outgrown its allotted space. In 2007, the first step was taken to professionally identify the department’s space needs. The city contracted with the “Center of Public Safety” in Winter Park, Fla. for a police department space needs assessment.

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evaluate the current situation and future needs space. The published report indicates the police department should be at 16,970 sq. ft for 2007, at 18,000 sq. ft. by 2015 and 26,000 sq. ft by 2020 to keep up with the space and growth needs for a modern police facility. Giving a tour of the office, Fossholm shared how there are four computer stations with three officers to a station. When bringing in a person suspected of DUII, the suspect has to stand to take the breathalyzer test. Those in custody are suppose to be able to speak privately to their attorney. The department does not have a private space. The department needs a secure parking area to protect vehicles from weather, vandalism and passersby walking through the parking lot when prisoners are being loaded and unloaded. One of the major reasons to begin work now, Willoughby said, is there is a federal mandate that requires essential services such as law enforcement be located in an

earthquake resistant structure by 2023. Both Willoughby and Fossholm said the city staff first considered renovating the existing building, but found it would be too expensive. The current city hall is not eligible for seismic upgrades and the cost to bring the building up to seismic standards would cost more than the building is actually worth, Willoughby said. “The building would be reduced to a pile of rumble if there were an earthquake,” he added. The staff also looked at acquiring an existing building but found it would be more expensive to renovate to meet current requirements than to build.

Undeveloped Westfield site Westfield Street site is owned by the city, which owes $660,000 on it to Silver Falls School District. 7.8 acres.

Both Willoughby and Fossholm invite community members who have questions about the current police department to schedule a tour. The public is invited to send in opinions by email, or talk to one of the city councilors. The council meeting is open to the public.

Pros Owned by the city Largest site at 7.8 acres Could construct single story building Outside of dam break flood zone

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purchase up to a quarter-ounce of dried marijuana per day at a medical dispensary, as well as seeds and up to four immature plants. This will be the first time marijuana dispensaries can sell to people who don’t have a medical marijuana card. There will be no tax on the temporary sales program until Jan. 4, when a 25 percent sales tax goes into effect. Silverton City Manager Bob Willoughby said the council work session was for the council to give staff direction on marijuana policies. There are seven types of marijuana facilities permitted under House Bill 3400. For medical marijuana, they are growers, processors and dispensers. For recreational marijuana, they are producers, processors, wholesalers and retailers. When discussing if they were in favor or opposed to banning six of the permitted facilities, city councilors Laurie Carter, Kyle Palmer, Jason Freilinger and Dana Smith all indicated they would not support a ban. Carter said she does not support a ban because Silverton voters were in favor of legalizing marijuana. She also has friends who are battling cancer and have in the past resorted to purchasing marijuana illegally, not knowing what the product truly contained. She would rather have people purchase it legally, knowing the substance is regulated. City councilor Ken Hector supported a ban. He said Measure 91 – the measure on the ballot last November to legalize marijuana– was defeated in Marion County by a 51 to 48 percent margin. However, he added, it passed in Silverton by about a 2 percent margin, with about a

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products that are infused with marijuana and how those products will be regulated for THC content (potency),” Lewis said. “I have concerns about adequate safeguards to ensure those products are not readily available to our youth. I have concerns about where such sales may occur and what changes, if any, they will bring to the character of the downtown core in particular.”    

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Lewis said he respects the will of the majority of the council concerning the issue. “We are after all a democracy. And I believe the council will exercise due diligence in doing what is best for Silverton,” he said. “We do have the ability to regulate time, place and manner of sales as well. And the law continues to restrict commercial marijuana activities within 1,000 feet of a school.” Councilors indicated they would like the city staff to draft a policy regulating the time, place and manner of marijuana sales. For example, the council could set policy requiring retailers’ hours conform to stateapproved liquor store hours, restricting location, and mandating security and storage measures. Marijuana is still illegal under federal law, making it illegal for banks to accept cash deposits from marijuana sellers. One of many concerns expressed was the safety of having large amounts of cash at a retail site. The councilors also indicated they would support a 3 percent sales tax on marijuana. The council asked Willoughby to look into the city’s business license rules and make changes. The current rules prohibit the city from granting a license to a business that would be in violation of a law.


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Meet your neighbors By Brenna Wiegand Gone are the days when folks left their doors unlocked – and opened them without checking to see who’s there – and the porch light was always on at night. From big cities to small towns, folks are a little more weary about whose knocking on their door or walking in their neighborhood. Eager to help people “take back the night” the National Association of Town Watch was formed in 1981. The non-profit crime prevention organization is a network of citizens, law enforcement agencies, neighborhood watch groups, civic groups and state and regional crime prevention associations. Through that network, NATW launched the annual National Night Out campaign. Individual communities throughout the U.S. host events to create similar networks on the home front. Scotts Mills, Mount Angel and Silverton have been enthusiastic participants for years and will again observe National Night Out on Aug. 4 in concert with communities across the U.S. It’s a chance to meet neighbors and acquaint yourself with local resources as you enjoy food, fun stuff for

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the kids, fire trucks and police cars – all while helping prevent crime.

comfortable with reaching out to them in the future. “When I retire, some of these kids will be our trusted and good law enforcement, firefighters or other public servants – or they’re going to be the people that law enforcement are serving so it’s nice for them to know what we’re about,” Charpilloz said.

Even if you’re unable to attend that night, you can leave your porch light on. It’s a symbol of alertness and awareness and makes people feel welcome. Other suggestions include introducing yourself to your neighbors and organizing neighborhood activities: block parties, cookouts, porch sittings and other events that say ‘We don’t tolerate crime here.’

“There’s so much negative stuff in the press about horrible incidents, those are the ones that get the most media coverage; the good engagements and stuff are much less known,” he added.

Most people meet the police in the context of a traumatic incident or a traffic stop. Mount Angel Police Sgt. Jeff Charpilloz said events such as National Night Out are great opportunities for the public to see “us outside the scope of the critical incident and let them know ‘We’re people out here doing our best to protect you and we want to work with you to make our community the best that we possibly can.’”

“As a law enforcement officer for 20 years now, those are the moments that I really hold close to my heart because that’s why we do our job.” Donna Brown of Saint Edward’s Church, hosting this year’s Silverton event, said the event helps raise awareness of things of concern. “It gives people information about the resources available to them – information is power,” Brown said. “For instance, SACA recently held a workshop on internet security to help keep children and teenagers safe when they’re using social media.”

Charpilloz said National Night Out is “an informal ‘meet and greet’ and a time for citizens to say, ‘You know what? I don’t have to be locked away in my house – I’m going to get out and I’m going to take back the night.’ By sharing their vehicles for kids, giving out stickers, answering questions and giving stranger-danger talks, police and fire personnel hope to make youth more

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Scotts Mills invites community members to its event starting at 5:30 p.m. at Scotts Mills City Park.

“Scotts Mills Neighborhood Watch has been recorded as an active organization in the community for over 30 years with historical notes indicating an association with MCSO as early as 1984,” Raleen Hockenberry of Scotts Mills said.

Details: Potluck – bring a main course and a dessert, lawn chair or blanket; all else provided. Donation jar to help cover costs. Contact: Raleen Hockenberry, smnwcp@gmail. com; 503-873-5563; website:

“Oldtimers in the area say there has been an ongoing neighborhood/community watch in one form or another in the Scotts Mills area for well over 50 years.”

Mount Angel welcomes all residents 6 to 8 p.m. in downtown between North Garfield and East Charles streets, near the Glockenspiel.

Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce has been hosting that town’s event for years.

Details: Potluck – bring a side dish; free barbecued hot dogs. Sidewalk chalk contest.

“We just thought it was a great way to unite the city, chamber and the fire district and to recognize all of our volunteer firefighters,” Maureen Ernst of the Chamber said. “

Contact: Maureen Ernst,; 503-845-6208; 503-910-5417 Silverton holds its gathering 5 to 7 p.m. at Saint Edwards Church, 211 W Center St.

‘Let’s do a potluck and let’s just close the streets downtown’ and it just grew from there. It brings out an awareness that we are a Bavarian village and we all need to watch out for each other on the streets we live on.

Details: Free hot dogs and lemonade. Police, fire, women’s crisis and other resources. Face painting, bounce house, self-defense demonstrations and more.

“Our fire department rolls out its Traeger BBQ and gets to work setting up the Festhalle tables and chairs,” Ernst said. “They’ll also bring a piece of apparatus for display.”

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Poor as a church mouse It was during a long conversation with Cyndi Hickman, owner of the Main Street Bistro & Coffee that I discovered how we both have a deep and endearing love for Silverton, good music and great food. I have been so taken by how Cyndi and her husband, James, have worked hard to make a difference in Silverton. And after listening to her share why she decided to purchase Branches & Bloom and then the coffee shop 18 months ago, I learned quickly not only does this amazing lady have an abundant amount of energy but also a deep faith and a strong belief in doing what she can to make her little corner of the world a better place. Cyndi and Jim grew up in Silverton, graduating from Silverton High School in 1986. Her four kids grew up here too. The entire time she was living in Silverton she was commuting to Salem for her job as the general manager at a health food store. About five years ago, she moved to Salem. It was 18 months ago that she got an inkling she wanted to start her own business. She said the children of the owners of the health food store were the right age to begin working in their family business and it was her job to train the children how to run the company. At the same time, she began thinking about opening a country western bar and steakhouse in Salem. Yet every attempt to do so was met with one challenge after another. While perusing craigslist, she found an ad that Branches & Bloom was for sale. She went to look at the flower shop, yet every time she tried the doors to the coffee shop were locked. She shared with the building’s owner that she didn’t think it would work, and that’s when they offered her the opportunity to purchase the coffee shop. Unfortunately, when she showed up the first day to start at the coffee shop, there was a U-Haul truck being loaded with every piece of equipment and furniture. “My voice bounced off the walls because it was so empty,” Cyndi said.

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Feeling defeated, she went home and told her husband that she couldn’t do it. That’s when she learned her husband was listening to what she had been saying. “He told me to wait a minute and then repeated all the reasons I had told him I wanted to open the coffee and flower shop,” Cyndi said. “He said all the things I had said like “Have faith, not fear” and “Trust in the Lord.” He asked me if I really believed what I was saying and if I did believe that I was meant to open the business, then I shouldn’t let one hurdle stop me.” The next day at the shop, her family showed up and prayed with her. Little by little, what she needed was offered including The Green Store providing all the needed equipment. “Because of them, we were able to open in 48 hours,” she said. “Every time I asked, the Lord provided. Every single piece of furniture was given to us by friends, neighbors and even customers. The table I had my first date with my husband is here. A group of men who meet here daily found the table they sit at. Our neighbors thought my husband and I were getting a divorce because they kept seeing all the furniture leaving our house.”

In the midst of working 15 to 20 hour days, a young man, Andrew, stopped by on a Sunday to share with Cyndi he was worried she wasn’t making it to church. The first Sunday, he played his guitar and sang. The next, a young woman stopped by. Sunday by Sunday, the group grew. That is one reason Cyndi decided to move to the Wolf Building’s larger space. Beautiful Gate meets at 8 a.m. each Sunday. “It’s people from every denomination who get together for music, Bible study and community,” Cyndi said. A professional singer for 45th Fret, Cyndi has sang on stages throughout the United States and has open for national acts. She has lots of plans to bring in musical acts, dancing lessons, game nights and more. Being in the Wolf Building will allow Cyndi to continue her business plan, including adding European Bistro lunches and Italian dinners. The upstairs room seats 100 and can be used for weddings, birthdays and more. “We can cater, you can have a potluck or hire another cater,” she said. “We just want people to use the room.” “I feel so much like the mouse in Cinderella,” she said. “I keep working as fast as I can to get everything done and I get to live in a palace. I may be as poor as a church mouse but feel rich with all the blessings I have.” With a huge smile and lots of happiness, Cyndi shares she can’t take the credit for what’s happening at The Wolf Building. It happened because she believed it is what the Lord wanted her to do and because she’s blessed with many friends and a supportive family.

All the little details point to what Cyndi wants the most for her business – for it to be a place anyone and everyone feels welcome. She wants it to be Silverton’s living room.

“This truly has been a walk of faith,” she said. “It’s been an amazing journey. I really do feel like the mouse in Cinderella.”

“I want it to be a place we eat together, dance together, sing together,” she said.

– Vern Holmquist teamed up with managing editor Kristine Thomas for this interview and story.

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$479,900 PRICE REDUCED! Class & Sophistication - this gorgeous 4bd/3ba home in Abiqua Heights features a view of the Commons & greenspace and is eager to impress your guests! EXT#2636158 • Connie Hinsdale • 503-881-8687 • MLS#687395 $449,900 Stretch out on the Commons with a view of the Pond! This large home in Abiqua Heights has 4bd/2.5 ba & so much room! Shop, storage, sport court, 2 decks & an open floorplan. EXT#2900885 • Jackie Zurbrugg • 503-932-5833 • MLS#692652 $419,000 Where to start? This 4bd/2ba 1926 Craftsman home is a hobbiest’s dream! Several outbuildings including an Auto Shop compliment the lovely home, yard & garden, and more! EXT#2609640 • Cynthia Johnson • 503-551-0145 • MLS#686992 $379,900 Stylish AND Kid-Friendly! This 3bd/2.5ba home is a block from the park in a friendly area & includes part ownership of the lake! Upscale details throughout for the adults! EXT#2685290 • Jackie Zurbrugg • 503-932-5833 • MLS#688371


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Residences with Acreage $1,599,999 Own the Willamette Valley Bonded Winery - Home Turnkey Operation featuring Award-Winning Wines! 49.59 acres, large 30x80 building houses the Winery, Shop, & tasting room. 2bd/2ba home w/ amazing sunset views. EXT#2891273 • Donna Paradis • 503-851-0998 • MLS#692388 $585,000 Paradise awaits! 87.75 acres of rolling hills, trees, 3 year-round creeks, & amazing views just minutes from Salem or Silverton. Build your palace here! EXT#2778784 • Robin Kuhn • 503-930-1896 • MLS#690117 $535,000 17.43 acre income-producing farm! With 15 acres of marionberries & excellent soil this property is ideal for a vineyard or hazelnuts, too! Well maintained 3bd/3ba home to relax in after a good day of work. EXT#2253032 • Joe & Dana Giegerich • 503-931-7824 • MLS#681326 $479,000 An Enchanting Estate! 8.8 acres of park-like countryside w/ timberland, fenced pastures, & sunset views. The 3bd/2.5ba house has great windows to enjoy the view & let in lots of light! EXT#2678548 • Donna Paradis • 503-851-0998 • MLS#688174 $395,000 NEW LISTING! Astounding Valley Views! 1bd/2ba cabin on 15.6 acres surrounded by tall, stately trees. Guest house, shop, secluded patio! Room to build your dream home, too! EXT#2941128 • Ginni Stensland • 503-510-4652 • MLS#693477 $384,500 Classic Country Living on 1.87 acres! 5bd/2ba home in the desireable Abiqua neighborhood. Custom Sun Room, lovely lawn area, handicap amenities, and more! EXT#2900903 • Joe & Dana Giegerich • 503-931-7824 • MLS#692651

Mt. AnGel $699,900 Work this 45.33 acre irrigated farm! Ideal for diversified farming: livestock, poultry, prime crop land w/ several outbuildings featuring a 15-stall horse barn, indoor arena, & more! EXT#2773423 • Joe & Dana Giegerich • 503-931-7824 • MLS#690034 $244,900 PRICE REDUCED! This charming 3bd/2ba Cape Cod style home features delightful dormers & walk-in closets upstairs! French doors lead from the classic kitchen to a lovely lush backyard. EXT#2926342 • Rosie Wilgus • 503-409-8779 • MLS#688586 $175,000 Everything in it’s place! An amazing find, this 3bd/1ba home makes a great starter plus has A/C & great storage! With a new roof installed 7/5/15 & a large fenced yard, too! EXT#2643733 • Rosie Wilgus • 503-409-8779 • MLS#687524

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Apple Tree School Supplies Drive posters go up By picking a red, yellow or green paper apple at a local business or church, you can help send a child back-to-school with much needed school supplies. A tradition each summer, students in fifth through 12th grade work together with Silverton Together’s Apple Tree School Supplies Drive to provide children in need all over the Silver Falls School District area with school supplies. There is an estimated 1,000 children in need that Apple Tree group is able to help each year. From now until Aug. 20, community members can select an apple - ranging from donating money to purchasing glue, scissors, paper, crayons – from an apple tree poster. According to a list provided by Silverton Together, the “Apple Trees” are at the following locations: Apples to Oranges, Books ‘n’ Time, Cherry Red Salon, Citizen’s Bank, City of Silverton, Columbia Bank, Coté Chiropractic, Curves, Edward D. Jones, Figaro’s Pizza, Hi-School Pharmacy, Kelley & Kelley Attorneys, Larson Flynn Insurance, Les

Schwab Tires, MaPS Credit Union, Our Town and Mt. Angel Towers. Also participating are O’Brien’s Cafe, Odd Fellows Electronics & Games, Rite Aid Pharmacy, Roth’s Family Market, Seven Brides Brewery, Shayla Lynn’s, Silver Creek Bowling, Silver Creek Fellowship, Silver Falls Family YMCA – Pool, Silver Falls Library, Silverton Chamber of Commerce, Silverton Elks, Silverton Hospital, Silverton Kiwanis Club, First Christian Church, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Silverton LDS Church, Silverton Senior Center, Silverton Together, Thai Dish Cuisine, Whimsy etc., Willamette Valley Bank, Seventh Day Adventist Church, St. Edward’s Episcopal Church and St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Stop by a one of the participating businesses, pick an apple, purchase the item listed and help local students start the school year knowing they have the community’s support. For more information, contact Silverton Together at 503-873-0405.

Bicycle Safety Fair set for Aug. 8 The Silverton Police Dept. is bringing back the Bicycle Safety Fair Saturday, Aug. 8 to educate Silverton’s youth about the importance of bicycle and traffic safety. The Silver Falls School District is a co-sponsor of the event, providing the use of the covered playground area at Eugene Field School.

Silverton Police officers also have started a free and voluntary bicycle registration program. Community members can register any bicycle with the police department, and have the information stored in the police department’s data base. That could prove useful in the event the bike is lost or stolen.

The Safety Fair will start immediately after the Homer Davenport Parade and run from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Officers and volunteers will give safety talks, brief demonstrations and instructions to lead new riders through a bicycle safety education course. All participating youth will receive a certificate of completion.

To register a bicycle pick up a registration form, filling it out and returning it to the police department.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to bring children and their bicycles and all the protective gear they want them to wear. A properly fitted helmet for all participants is mandatory. Parents will be asked to fill out a liability release form prior to their child’s participation.

The Silverton Police and the Silverton Kiwanis are collecting donations to purchase 200 helmets for children. Several donors have contributed to the fund, now totaling $500. The goal is $1,200. Community members who would like to contribute to the bicycle helmet fund can donate to the L e r oy G i l g e O.D. Silverton Kiwanis and reference “bicycle K a r i C l i n e O.D. safety.”

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A tasty, healthy challenge By Melissa Wagoner

“We would also encourage folks to look for a SNAP match program at a neighborhood farmers market,” Gagnon said. “The SNAP Match gives people more buying power at the market. Each dollar is worth two.”

August is a peak production month for most food crops in the Willamette Valley. The farmer’s market and road-side stands are overflowing with berries, vegetables, and tree fruits.

And for those who don’t have time to cook or would like the pleasure of eating out there are many restaurants striving to source as much of their cuisine from local sources as possible.

This August the Oregon Food Bank is challenging residents to take advantage of the bounty by signing up for the Local Food Challenge. Encompassing the entire month of August, participants can challenge themselves to purchase as much of their monthly groceries from local sources as possible, local being within a 200-mile radius.

One of several local eateries participating is the Creekside Grill in Silverton. “We are making great progress every day at using more locally sourced foods,” manager Lori Webb said. “For example, we found locally grown Willamette Valley Quinoa, Arrowhead Wild Rice and Esotico Pasta made right here in Silverton. All of these are in dishes that hold prominent places on our menu. Almost all of our veggies come from the farm of King Fresh Produce, just down the road.  It feels good to know that.”

“We wanted to make the challenge accessible,” Tracy Gagnon, a community resource developer for the Oregon Food Bank said. “We think 31 days is a realistic amount of time to hold an intention while also long enough to start developing new habits.” The Oregon Food Bank is hosting the challenge in order to support the local community and establish a more stable food system. “We think it’s one way to build food security and address one of the root causes of hunger,” Gagnon said. Stacy Higby, owner of Forest Meadow Farm and co-manager of the Silverton Farmers Market, knows a lot about eating locally and the benefit it has on the community. “When you spend your money locally, you’re supporting the people and businesses, farmers and producers in

Ralph Fisher sells his bacon from Fisher Ridge Farms at the Silverton Farmers Market on Saturdays.

your own community, your friends and neighbors,” Higby explained. This time of year Higby estimates that 75 percent of her family’s groceries come from local sources. “In our community, the easiest way to start eating locally is by shopping at the farmer’s market. I find almost everything on my list there, and the prices and quality are great. Even if you can’t find something, you’ll probably find someone

who knows where to get it. And you’ll definitely find the freshest, and besttasting food available, because it’s all in season, has been picked just a few hours before market, and is raised by people who really care about their product and their customers.,” Higby said. For those who can’t afford local prices, which tend to be higher than bulk stores, the Oregon Food Bank offers resources on signing-up for financial assistance programs.

Those interested in signing up for the Local Food Challenge must first create a profile on the Oregon Food Bank website. This will allow participants to estimate the amount they spend on groceries each month, create a local spending goal and track the actual amount spent throughout the month. “Everyone gets to choose their own challenge. It starts at 10 percent but people should stretch themselves as far as they can go,” Gagnon encouraged. “We do want people to challenge themselves, but also want it to be manageable and fun.”

The Local Food Challenge Sign up for the Local Food Challenge: The Oregon Food Bank localfoodchallenge Here’s a list of local food sources participating in the challenge: Roth’s Fresh Markets 918 North First St., Silverton Silverton Farmers Market Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Corner of Fiske and Main

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datebook Weekly Activities Alcoholic Anonymous Meetings

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

Silverton Al-Anon Meetings

5:30 - 6:30 pm Tuesdays. 10 - 11 am Saturdays. Silverton Assembly of God Church, 437 N. James St. 503-269-0952.

Mount Angel Library Activities

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

Evening Bike Rides

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

Silverton Business Group

8 am Wednesdays. Silverton Inn & Suites, 310 N. Water St. Sponsored by Chamber of Commerce. Free. 503-873-5615

Storytimes at Library

Silver Falls Library, 410 S. Water St., Silverton. Chickadees, age 3-4, 12:30 – 1:15 pm Wednesdays. Baby Birds, age 0-3, 11 – 11:30 am Thursdays; same time Fridays. Duplo Day, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm all ages Fridays. Caregiver must attend with child. 503-873-7633

Silverchips Woodcarving Sessions

Silverton Farmer’s Market

9 am – 1 pm. Town Square Park, Main Street, Silverton. Fresh produce, plants, flowers. Every Saturday. 503-873-5615

Notices Free Lunch

Oregon kids and teens (ages 1 - 18) get free summer meals at the following locations. Adult lunches can be purchased for $1.50. 503-873-6331 ext. 3770, Mount Angel Middle School, 460 E Marquam St., thru Aug. 21, breakfast 7:30 - 8:30 am Monday-Friday, lunch 11:30 am. 12:30 pm Monday-Friday. 503-845-2345 Robert Frost Elementary, 201 Westfield St., Silverton, thru Aug. 21, lunch 11:30 am 12:30 pm Monday-Friday. Coolidge McClaine Park, 300 Coolidge St., Silverton, thru Aug. 21, lunch 11:30 am 12:30 pm Monday-Friday. Mark Twain, 425 N Church St., Silverton, thru Aug. 21, lunch 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. OCDC Marion County, 707 McClaine, Silverton, thru Aug. 30, breakfast 7:30 - 8 am Monday-Friday, lunch 10:30 - 11 a.m. Monday-Friday, supper 3 - 3:30 pm MondayFriday. 971-224-1021

Silverton Senior Center Drawing

Tickets on sale Aug. 7 for Silverton Senior Center’s Summer drawing. Tickets for seven packages, baskets available Aug. 7 - 9 at Home Davenport Festival and at 115 Westfield. Tickets: seven for $5 or $1 each. Drawing Aug. 10. 503-873-3093

1 – 4 pm Wednesdays. Silverton Arts Assoc. All skill levels. $2/wk. 503-873-2480

Saturday, Aug. 1

Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon House Tour

8 a.m., Coolidge-McClaine Park, 300 Coolidge St. Come swap, buy insulators. 971-240-8968

Tours at noon, 1, 2 pm Thursday–Monday. 869 W. Main St., Silverton. Reservation: 503-874-6006

Overeaters Anonymous

7 – 8 pm Thursdays. St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, 211 W. Center St., Silverton. Tips, support. All welcome. 503910-6862

Weekly Silverton Meditation Group

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

Silverton Toastmasters

7:30 a.m. Fridays. Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1159 Oak St., Silverton. Ann, 503910-3668

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YMCA Fall Sports Registration

Silver Falls YMCA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. Registration open for fall NFL flag football, kindergarten - sixth grade; Micro flag football; volleyball, third - sixth grades; basketball, kindergarten - sixth grade; middle school cross country and soccer. 503-873-6456, theyonline

Silverton’s Got Talent

Noon - 4 pm, Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield. Family-friendly community talent show, barbecue. Admission, includes barbecue, $5 adults, $3 under 12. Under 4 free. 503-873-3093

Sunday, Aug. 2 Sr. Marcella, Sr. Terry Reception

2 - 4 pm, Queen of Angels Monastery, 840 S Main St., Mount Angel. Reception of thanks to Sr. Marcella and Sr. Terry for their years of ministry at St. Joseph’s Shelter. Free. All welcome. 503-845-2556

Monday, Aug. 3 Emergency Preparedness Class

Preferred Worker Program

6 pm, Silverton Area Community Aid, 421 S Water St. State of Oregon Preferred Worker Program encourages the re-employment of qualified Oregon workers who have permanent disabilities from on-the-job injuries and who are not able to return to their former employment. Charity Douthit speaks about program benefits, eligibility. Free. Register: 503-873-3446

6 pm, Silverton Area Community Aid, 421 S Water St. Jacleen Simmons with American Red Cross discusses local disaster scenarios, how to make family emergency plan, emergency prep kit. Free. Register: 503-873-3446

Peace Party 2015

Silverton City Council

Wednesday, Aug. 5

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

Mount Angel City Council

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

Tuesday, Aug. 4 YMCA BMX Camp

8:30 - 10:30 am, Silver Falls YMCA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. Jason Franz from Fall Line Bike Shop provides four days of BMX riding. Campers provide own bike, helmet, padding. Ages 6 - 12. Members $75, nonmembers $110. 503-873-6456,

7 pm Silverton Grange Hall, 201 Division St. A peace education program with guest Charan Anand. Refreshments. 503873-8215

Brain Training Workshop

3 p.m., Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield. 60+. Register: 503-873-3093

Actors/Improv Group

7 - 8:30 pm, Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Improvisational games. No experience required. Open to adults, high school students. Aug. 19. Ron, 503-873-8796

Sunsets in the Garden

11 am - 1 pm, Home Place, 1080 N First St., Silverton. All ages interested in travel welcome. Pizza provided. 503-873-3093

7 - 9 pm, The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St., Silverton. Enjoy summer evenings after-hours in Sensory Garden. Complimentary wine or beer tastings, live music, tram tours. Adults $11, seniors (60+) $9, students (12-17) $8, children 5-11 $5, children 4 & under free. Garden members free. Repeats Aug. 12, 19, 26. 503-8748100,

Watercolor Painting Class

Thursday, Aug. 6

Travel Fair

2 - 4 pm, Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield. Six-week class; every Tuesday. Taught by Sandy Tiffee. $50. Seniors 60+. 503-873-3093

Silverton National Night Out

5 - 7 p.m., St. Edward’s Church, 211 W Center St., Silverton. Learn ways to be safe, prevent crime. Free bounce house, hot dogs. 503-873-6188

Scotts Mills National Night Out

5:30 p.m., Scotts Mills County Park. Scotts Mills Neighborhood Watch and Citizen Patrol, Marion County Sheriff’s Dept. host. Bring potluck main dish, salad or side dish, and dessert. Punch, water, paper goods provided. Lawn chairs, blankets suggested. 503-873-5563,

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Silverton Scribes

7 - 8:30 pm. Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Share, critique writing projects. Aug. 20. 503-873-8796

Movies in the Garden

7 pm, The Oregon Garden, 879 W. Main St., Silverton. Today: Tombstone (R); Aug. 13: An American Tail (G); Aug. 20: Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (PG); Aug. 27: How to Train Your Dragon (PG). Admission: $4 adults, $3 teens 12 - 17, $3 children 5 - 11 and members, children 4 and under free. Pets on leash welcome. Season pass: $15. 503-874-8100,

Scotts Mills City Council

7:30 pm Scotts Mills City Hall, 265 Fourth St.

6 - 8 p.m., Garfield Street, Mount Angel. Free hot dog barbecue; bring potluck dish to share. Sponsored by Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce, Mount Angel Police Dept., Fire District. 503-845-9440

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Friday, Aug. 7 Homer Davenport Community Festival

Who the Heck is Homer Davenport?

1:30 p.m., Silver Falls Public Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Gus Frederick presents life and times of political cartoonist Homer Davenport. Free. Repeats 3 p.m.

Coolidge-McClaine Park, 300 Coolidge St., Silverton. Arts, crafts, food music, car show. Parade 10 a.m. Saturday. Lions Club pancake breakfast 7 a.m. - noon Saturday and Sunday. Homer Classic Fun Run 9 a.m. Sunday. Homer Davenport Races 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday. Repeats Aug. 8-9. 503-8735615,

Monday, Aug. 10

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11 am, Evergreen Golf Course, 11694 West Church Road NE, Mount Angel. Barbecue followed by 18-hole shotgun start at 12:30 pm. $50 per person, $200 per team. Benefits Silverton High bands, Silver Fox Foundation scholarships. Register: Leslie, 503-349-6756 or Rick, 503-580-2617.

Alumni Scholarship Fundraiser

5 - 10 pm, Mount Angel Festhalle, 500 S Wilco Hwy. Silverton Alumni Assoc. scholarship fundraiser: silent auction, buffet. Ages 21 and older. Tickets $30 in advance online at or Silverton Realty, 303 Oak St.; $35 at door.

Words & Hues at White Oak

6 - 9 pm. White Oak, 216 E Main St., Silverton. Exhibit of painted responses of Robin Humelbaugh to poetry of Eleanor Berry from her book No Constant Hues.

‘Pere Fils’ Opening Reception

6 - 8 pm, Borland Gallery 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. Meet Larry and Micah Kassell, view their art. Artwork continues on display noon - 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 30. Jan, 503363-9310

First Friday in Silverton

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

Lunaria Artist Reception

7 - 9 pm, Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St., Silverton. Mosaic artist Pamela Edwards and ceramic artist Lee Jacobson, featured in Vitreous Virtuosity; Tony Brokenshire, Frank Lord, Dayna Collins exhibit Over the Top and Out of the Box in the Loft. Exhibits thru Aug. 30. 503-873-7734

Saturday, Aug. 8 In Stitches at Silver Falls Library

10 am – noon, Silver Falls Library, 410 S. Water, Silverton. Crochet, knit, share ideas. Free. Spring, 503-873-8796

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6:30 p.m., Mount Angel Middle School, 460 E Marquam. 503-845-2345 7 p.m., Silverton Community Center, 421 S Water St. Open to public. 503-873-5303

YMCA Splash Camp

9 am - 3:30 pm, Silver Falls YMCA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. Five days of swimming, creek-walking, boating. Ages 6 - 13. Members $100, non $125. 503-873-6456

Tuesday, Aug. 18 Caregivers Support Group

2 pm, Silverton Hospital, 342 Fairview St. Alzheimer’s/Dementia caregivers support group. Free. Mary, 503-502-4509

Wednesday, Aug. 19 Soulful Collage

Tuesday, Aug. 11 YMCA Mini Camp

9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Silver Falls YMCA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. Three days of swimming, games, crafts, more. Ages 3 - 6. Members $40, nonmembers $75. 503-8736456,

Thursday, Aug.13 Bountiful Harvest

Noon, Silverton Methodist Church, 203 W Main St. OSU food preservation master Pat Vaughn shares techniques in canning, freezing, dehydrating. Speaker Jarri McClarin, former Baker County Woman of the Year. Light luncheon. $6.50; reservations due by Aug. 11 by calling Cathy, 503-999-2291. Sponsored by Mt. Angel-Silverton Women’s Connection, Stonecroft Ministries.

Friday, Aug.14 Chamber Forum Lunch

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

Poetry Reading

5:30 - 7 pm, White Oak, 216 E Main St., Silverton. Poetry reading, book signing No Constant Hues by Eleanor Berry. Free. Open to public. 503-399-9193

Saturday, Aug. 15 All Triumph Drive In

9 am - noon, Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St., Silverton. All Triumph Drive In Car Show. Sponsored by Portland Triumph Assoc. Garden admission applies. 360-6004214

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Monday, Aug. 17

3 - 6 pm, White Oak, 216 E Main St., Silverton. Create a collage with facilitator Glenda Goodrich. $50; all supplies provided. Limit five. 503-399-9193

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9 am - 9 pm, Father Bernard Youth Center, 980 S Main St., Mount Angel. Family life meets consecrated life. Games, family time, campfire, lunch, snacks, dinner. $25 adults, $15 ages 4 18. Under 4 free. 503-845-4097,

Splash & Dash Triathlon

10 am - noon, Silverton Community Pool, 601 Miller St. Triathlon for kids 6-12. 150-yd swim, 1-mile bike ride, ½-mile run. Members $10, $40 for family; nonmembers $15, $50 for family. Register by Aug. 17. 503-873-6456

Whiskey on the Water

6:30 pm, Creekside Grill, 242 S Water St., Silverton. Whiskey tasting with Stuart MacLean Ramsay. Register: 503-873-9700

Sunday, Aug. 23

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Scotts Mills Pancake Breakfast

6 - 8 pm, Seven Brides Brewing, 990 N First, Silverton. Knitters, crocheters meet for an evening of pints and some purls. Everyone welcome. 503-874-4901

7 a.m. - noon, Scotts Mills Community Center, corner of Fourth and Grandview. Sponsored by Scotts Mill Grange #938. $5 per person.

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Monday, Aug. 24

Celebrate Families Picnic

5 pm, Coolidge-McClaine Park. Dinner, Bingo, games. Free for Silverton residents. Hosted by Silverton Senior Center, Silverton Together, Kiwanis Club, Portrait Express, City of Silverton. 503-873-3093

Painting from Poems

1 - 4 pm, White Oak, 216 E Main St., Silverton. Workshop with hearing color, word play. Instructors Robin Humelbaugh, Eleanor Berry. $55; supplies provided. Limit 10.

Quilt Show

10 am - 4 pm, Marquam United Methodist Church, 36975 S Highway 213, Mount Angel. Sponsored by Canby Quilts and Fabrics. Repeats Aug. 22. 503-829-8057

Show N Shine Car Show

4 - 7 pm, Mount Angel Towers, One Towers Lane. Dinner. Big band swing music from the 40s. Free. Open to public. 503-845-7211

Saturday, Aug. 22

10 am - 7 pm, Coolidge-McClaine Park, 300 Coolidge St., Silverton. Juried show and sale. Hands-on activities, food, entertainment, poet performances. Repeats 10 am - 5 pm Aug. 16. Free. 503-873-2480

Family Day Retreat

Father Bernard Scramblethon

8 am, Evergreen Golf Course, 11694 W Church Road NE, Mount Angel. 18-hole, four-person scramble. $400 per team. Benefits Father Bernard Youth Center. 503845-4097,

All About Sports Camp

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Silver Falls YMCA. Five days of of sports ages 6 - 13. Members $100, nonmembers $125. Financial assistance available. Register: Silverton Pool, 601 Miller St., or 503-873-6456

Tuesday, Aug. 25 Medicare 101 by Profitable Planning 2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield. Seniors 60+. 503-873-3093

Friday, Aug. 28 Afternoon for Men

1 - 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield. Free health screenings for men, prizes, giveaways. Seniors 60+. 503-873-3093

Women’s Retreat

7 p.m., Father Bernard Youth Center, 980 S Main St., Mount Angel. Touched by Christ women’s retreat with Father Peter O’Brien. $125. Ends 2 p.m. Aug. 30. 541258-5333

Saturday, Aug. 29 Old Stuff on Main Street

10 a.m. - 6 p.m., downtown Silverton. Antiques, collectibles, jewelry, homemade cosmetics. Face painting. Music by The AH Factor 1 - 4 p.m. Food. Free admission.

August 2015 • 17

umni & Friends l A Party All Silverton High School alumni and friends are invited to attend the 17th Annual SHS Alumni Scholarship Fundraiser on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 at the Mt. Angel Festhalle, 500 Wilco Highway, Mt. 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.

Something to Celebrate

Saluting service By Kristine Thomas

said, adding she is Homer’s third cousin.

Homer Davenport isn’t the only noteworthy Davenport.

A 1947 graduate of Silverton High School, Ann was chosen as the grand marshal of this year’s Homer Davenport Parade.

Just ask Ann Davenport Vasconi, who can trace nine generations of Davenports in America.

Advance tickets are available at Silverton Realty’s front desk at a cost of $30.00. Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the party for $35.00.

The local Davenport history begins with Dr. Ben and Sarah Davenport who staked a land claim in the Waldo Hills in 1851.

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“Sarah had five children and the youngest son was Ben Jr., my great grandfather,” she said. Looking at book she created on her family’s history, she points out all the ways the Davenports have contributed to their community and state including Homer’s father, Timothy Davenport, who in many regards had a bigger impact - at least on Oregon’s growth - than Homer did. Being a Davenport, she said, is a part of her heritage, something she takes pride in.

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“The Davenports were important people in Silverton and they have a long history. Homer was the grandson of Dr. Ben,” she

“I was shocked and I didn’t expect it,” Ann said, adding she was chosen to represent her great grandpa Dr. Ben Davenport, who was a Civil War veteran. Silverton Mayor Rick Lewis said the Homer Davenport committee selected a military veterans theme for the 2015 parade through downtown Silverton on Saturday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m. The theme is “Silverton Veterans - A Legacy of Service.” “We want as many veterans as possible to participate in the parade this year,” Lewis said, adding he would like to group military veterans in order of the era in which they served (World War II, Korea, the Cold War, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and any period of time in between).  

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Homer parade honors Davenports and vets Lewis said the parade committee is working to obtain the use of several flatbed trailers to transport those veterans who are unable to endure the walk on the parade route. “We are also arranging for some restored military vehicles to participate in the parade,” Lewis said. “The Silverton Delbert Reeves American Legion Post is also assisting in the planning effort to make this year's parade a special tribute to our military veterans past and present.” Silverton resident and local historian Gus Frederick has made it a goal to put the Davenport back in Davenport Days. He will be presenting “Who the Heck is Homer?” at the Silver Falls Library at 1:30 and 3 p.m. on Aug. 8. Frederick said Ann has an intense knowledge of her family’s history. Ann and her daughter, Frederick said, transcribed T.W. Davenport’s handwritten memoirs from the University of Oregon’s archives. “She has been helpful for me during my

on-going research,” he said. Both Ann and Gus wanted people to learn that it’s not just Homer who made a difference. “T.W. and his brother Ben were very much active in state politics. T.W.'s wife Nancy, (Homer's stepmother) was active in the Woman's Suffrage movement and hosted Abigail Scott Duniway on several visits to Silverton. John Davenport, the other T.W. brother, was an advocate for and personal friend of Chief Joseph,” Gus said.

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Observation post By Fred A. Parkinson The Silverton Country Historical Society members recently installed new signage for the aerial observation post located in the front yard of the historical society museum, 428 S Water St.

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Designed by local graphic artist Larry Kassell, with content provided by the historical society, the new sign is 7-feet wide in a shape reminiscent of a World War II aircraft wing, complete with matching white star logos on each end, as found on American aircraft of the period.

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Also depicted are items used by volunteer aerial observers including flash cards to help identify enemy aircraft, an Aerial Warning Service armband, and a form containing detailed instructions on how to report an aerial sighting. Of particular note is a short poem entitled “Hurrah for F-9-3,” written by two female observers about their experiences as they held duty in the observation post. The poem appeared along with several other poems on the front page of the local paper. Easily seen from the street, a smaller sign stating “Silverton’s WWII Observation Post” rises up behind the main sign. A vast network of aerial observation posts staffed by citizen volunteers was set up along the entire West Coast during World War II to react to a potential enemy air attack. Silverton had five or six such posts in

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Interpretative sign installed by SCHS

Molly Murphy, project chair; Norm English, SCHS president; Jack Hande, volunteer aerial observer and Larry Kassell, sign designer, share the recently completed observation post interpretative sign, located at the Silverton Country Historical Society Museum on Water Street. Photo by Fred A. Parkinson

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Calm & quiet The moment I found out I’d landed this gig as a small-town newspaper columnist, I knew I needed to consult the experts. I wracked my brain for who those experts might actually be and remembered suddenly that Laura Ingalls Wilder had spent many years writing articles for her local newspaper in Mansfield, Mo. To say I have a deep affection for Ms. Wilder might be wildly understating things, so I’ll just tell you that I wasted no time and turned to the all-knowing Amazon for help. Before long I stumbled upon Little House in the Ozarks: The Rediscovered Writings, and for the reasonable price of $8.99, Wilder and all her secrets of small town reporting were on their way to my house. Free shipping, of course. Happily, I’m only about halfway through the collection, though my suspicion is it’ll be the type of thing I pick up over and over again. Full of incredibly timeless pieces and a few hilariously dated ones, there’s hardly


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Insight from Laura Ingalls Wilder One evening as I settled into bed with my book in my hand, I read an entry titled, Compensations. Though it was written in November of 1919, I could swear the text had been taken from the very transcript of my own thoughts. I read along with that glowing feeling of solidarity one gets when in total agreement, and ended up here: “We who live in the quiet places have the opportunity to become acquainted with ourselves, to think our own thoughts, and live our own lives...And so more than ever I am thankful for the peacefulness and comparative isolation of country life. This is a happiness which we ought to realize and enjoy.” And all I could think was, “YES.” There have certainly been days where the isolation of country life has seemed utterly suffocating. We’ve lived here almost six months and I’ve hardly met anyone new. The quiet hours of my day far outweigh those with noise, and there are times, deep into a conversation with myself, where I’ve wondered if I might have gone and lost my ever-loving mind.

And at the same time, Wilder’s words cannot be more true. I have the opportunity on a daily basis to think my own thoughts, live my own life, become acquainted with the ins-and-outs of who I am and surround myself in the peacefulness of natural beauty. I have the luxury of calm and quiet and the opportunity to avoid the noise of the world around me. And this is surely a happiness I ought to realize and enjoy, because most people these days have to schedule a vacation to get a few moments of this sort of peace. As I’ve watched the fields turn golden in the sun and the crops being dustily harvested all around me, I feel the season coming to a close and my heart gearing up for the next season. I must say, in the spirit of Laura Ingalls Wilder, I’m wholeheartedly looking forward to it. A cool, quiet fall nestled in at home with comfort food, a few good books and the space to get better acquainted with my own mind, sounds like just the kind of quiet country life she might recommend.

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Events Silverton’s GOT Talent 12 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1. Family friendly community talent show and BBQ. Admission to Talent Show is $5 for adults, $3 for kids under 12 and kids under 4 are free. Admission includes BBQ. Application for Talent Show is available at 115 Westfield St. or online at Travel Fair at the Home Place Restaurant 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4. Pizza provided. All ages who are interested in trips and traveling are welcome! Sizzling Summer Prize Drawing Event for the Senior Center Fri – Sun, Aug. 7 – 9... All day at the Homer Davenport Community Festival in Coolidge-McClaine Park. Seven sizzling sensational prize drawing packages or baskets to choose from.... Overnight Stays, Massages

& Spa Time, Original Art Work, Jewelry, Family Fun at places like Wildlife Safari or Camp Dakota... just to mention a few! Tickets: 7 for $5, or $1 each, on sale at 115 Westfield St. (Silverton Senior Center) AND at Homer Davenport Community Festival... ANYONE can buy drawing tickets...NOT just Seniors! Drawing is August 10!

Singles Night Out 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13. Meeting & eating at Mac’s Place . Trip to Pow Wow & Spirit Mountain 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15. Open to everyone over 21. $10. Pre-register by calling 503-873-3093. Payment needs to be done prior to the trip to ensure your spot on the bus. Free Shuttle service from Casino to Pow Wow.

Battle Buddies 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19. For Veterans of all ages.

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Celebrate Families – Silverton Community Picnic 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21. Coolidge-McClaine Park. FREE for Silverton Residents.

Gardening Class with Dale Small 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12. FREE for Seniors 60+!

Afternoon for Men 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28. Featuring free screenings for men: blood pressure, hearing, memory, plus door prizies and give-aways... and much more!

Health & Exercise FREE Blood Pressure Checks 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4. Provided by Silverton Health. FREE for Seniors 60+! Brain Training Workshop 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5. Pre-register by calling 503873-3093. FREE for Seniors 60+! Medicare 101 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25. Provided by Profitable Planning. FREE for Seniors 60+! Start & Stay Fit 9:30 a.m. Mon/Fri; 10 a.m. $3 for Members & $4 for non-members. Yoga 9:30 a.m. Mon/Wed/Fri, $8 member, $10 non-member. Zumba Gold 8 a.m. Tues/Thurs. $5 member; $6 nonmember. Tai Chi 9 a.m. & 5 p.m. Tues/ Thurs. $3 member; $4 nonmember.

Felting Fun 2 p.m. Wedensday, August 12 $5 for supplies to Make & Take Felted Flowers, Felted Pet Toys or Felted Soap...Pre made Felted Soaps, Flowers or Pet Toys are $8.50 The Magic of Watercolor Painting 9 a.m. Tuesdays (through Aug. 23). $50 for all six weeks. Taught by artist Sandy Tiffee. Class is full – but you can put your name on our waiting list. Crafty Wednesday Knitting 911 10 a.m. Wednesdays. FREE for knitters 60+! Crocheters welcome too!

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Racemaker By Steve Ritchie When Chris Bischoff and the Oktoberfest board wanted to add a half marathon race to this year’s Oktoberfest activities,w they didn’t have to look far to find the right person to organize the event. Mount Angel native Matt Bauman helps put on more than 30 races annually through his Race Northwest business, and he and his wife Sarah have grown the Oktoberfest Road Race into one of the most successful runs in the Mid-Valley. “Oktoberfest approached Sarah and I about doing something special for their 50th anniversary,” Matt said. “They asked if we would be interested in adding the half-marathon to the 5K and 10K races. . . we thought that would be good to do for the 50th. We definitely didn’t want to put on a marathon, but thought expanding the 10K would be a good family-oriented event.” The Baumans’ success with the Oktoberfest Road Race gave Matt confidence he could add the longer race and avoid the logistic glitches that plagued last year’s Oregon Marathon at the festival, a race that was staged by Uberthons. Ironically, 12 years ago Bauman took over a floundering 10-mile Oktoberfest run that was also organized by an out-of-town group. “I had participated in the Oktoberfest road race for a few years,” Bauman recalled, “and I didn’t really like the way that race was being organized. So I approached Jerry Lauzon and made a proposal that I thought would be a better way of doing things. He wasn’t thrilled with having out-of-towners organizing the event, so he

Mount Angel’s Matt Bauman Oktoberfest races Half Marathon entry fee: $65 Deadline to sign up: Sept. 7 Participants receive a technical T-shirt, a commemorative beer glass with the 2015 race logo as well as the festival logo, a complimentary beer at the Prostgarten, and entry to the Weingarten and Biergarten on Saturday. 5K and 10K runs entry fee: $25 Pre-registration deadline: Sept. 16 Participants over 21 receive a complimentary beer. More information on all three races is available at www. gave me a shot at it. I kind of just jumped in and tried to figure it out. That was the start. “Our first year was about 105 runners and it has grown to be consistently around 850 runners. I’d like to see the half marathon get about 300 runners which might bring the total (for all three races) to closer to 1,000.” Propelled by his Oktoberfest success, Bauman started a part-time business, Race Northwest, which contracts with local race organizers to provide race timing, results and other services. Race Northwest also stages several races, including “Run for Your Nuts” 5K race at the Hazelnut Festival and the Wurst Fest 5K. Support from family and friends has helped the fledgling business a lot. Bauman often has two or three races in

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Matt Bauman organizes dozens of running events through his company, Race Northwest.

While some of the details of the new half marathon are still being worked out, Bauman says the course will not cross Highway 214, which caused problems last year for people trying to get to the festival. And, he says, it will be scenic and runner-friendly. The start and finish will be at Humpert Park for all three races, with the halfmarathon starting at 8 am and the 5K and 10K at 9 am. While admitting that the racing business can make life hectic at times, Bauman finds a lot of rewards in the work. “Mainly the comments from people, like

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It is also a way for Matt and Sarah to give back to the community. “We partner with community organizations that help us (at races). For example, Littlest Angel Preschool and the JFK cross country team have received support. “We have also staged the Canby Fun Run for the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life – we have given them thousands of dollars over the past six years after my wife’s young cousin was diagnosed with leukemia.” Sarah adds that the Oktoberfest Road Run is one of her favorite races of the year. “I just enjoy that it is another part of Oktoberfest that we can be involved in,” she said. “It helps draw in more people to spend the day at the festival after the races are over. And I like seeing many of the same friendly people each year at the race.”

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“I was up to about 40 (races per year),” Bauman said. “I have it down to about 30 now for my sanity and my family’s sanity.”

how much fun they had and how much they enjoyed coming to the event. . . they like a well-marked course, a well-run event, and to see their finish times and places pretty quickly after the race.”

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Rodeo champ

Silverton’s Sam Kuschnick rides bareback to victory Kuschnick said winning the state title “felt really good. Not just for what I accomplished but for all of the support I got from family and friends.”

By James Day Silverton High football star Sam Kuschnick has added a rodeo state title to his resume.

Kuschnick was interviewed by phone from Corvallis, where he is participating in summer weight-lifting and conditioning with the Oregon State University football team. Kuschnick hopes to walk-on as a linebacker. He was Class 5A and Mid-Willamette Conference defensive player of the year last season and also was an all-state running back (he rushed for 1,470 yards and 20 touchdowns). The Foxes finished 12-1 and runner-up to Hermiston in Class 5A. Kuschnick said his “knee is all healed up. It’s stronger that it has ever been.”

Kuschnick, a 2015 graduate who helped lead the Foxes’ football team to the OSAA Class 5A state championship game last November, took home a state crown in bareback riding at the Oregon High School Rodeo Association state finals June 10-13 at the Crook County Fairgrounds in Prineville. “I’ve grown up around it,” Kuschnick said of rodeo in an Our Town interview, “but I didn’t really try it until two years ago. My brother-in-law used to rodeo back in high school. I helped him, and when I was a junior I decided I’d like to try it. It’s an intense sport, and I ended up liking it.” He competed in both bareback riding and steer wrestling as a junior but concentrated on bareback this season because of a football-related knee injury. “After I tore my MCL I decided to let that one go,” Kuschnick said of steer wrestling.

Turf drive By James Day The Silverton community has begun a fundraising drive to spruce up McGinnis Field at the old high school campus on Schlador Street. The $1 million project, which would include artificial turf, a new track surface and upgraded field lights, is being spearheaded by the Silver Fox Foundation with assistance from youth sports groups. The project already has received a $50,000 grant from USA Football and $10,000 from the Trust Fund of Dean Stiles. Organizers need to raise an additional $400,000 in cash, with the rest of the $1 million coming from donations of materials and labor. The group hopes to break ground June 1, 2016 and have the remodeled facility ready for the fall 2016 season. McGinnis Field will be used for football, track and field and soccer for Silverton High School teams and also will be available for community and youth sports programs. McGinnis Field currently is used about 20 times a year. Organizers expect the new facility to be used hundreds of times per year for a wide range of activities. “We’re seeing the same things that

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Sam Kuschnick and Silverton Les Schwab store manager Jeremy McCart display the saddle Kuschnick won for his state rodeo title in bareback riding. Les Schwab was a major sponsor for the event

Kuschnick, who grew up on a blackberry farm west of Silverton, plays to major at OSU in crop and soil science and agronomy with an ag-biz minor. “I want to stay around the farm and be outside in my job if I can,” Kuschnick said.

Silver Fox Foundation begins campaign to replace grass football field everybody else is seeing with facilities,” Silverton athletic director Greg Kaatz told Our Town. “We want kids to be involved. We’re trying to get things to a place where kids can get out and be active. A grass field just doesn’t hold up. In (the Mid-Willamette Conference) four of the eight (schools) currently have synthetic fields, which they use for track, soccer and football. We’re trying to keep up and provide opportunities for kids to be more active.” Kaatz emphasized the project will not use any school district general fund dollars. “This is separate from the district because there are other more important things going on with the school district,” Kaatz said. “This is a community project, not a school district project. The Silver Fox Foundation and youth groups will upgrade the facility and donate it back to the school district That’s a big deal. We’re trying to be smart.” Kaatz noted that the school would save $15,000 per year in maintenance costs for the grass field and also would no longer have to water it. “You just drag the field and fluff the pellets,” Kaatz said. “The (maintenance) cost is virtually zero.”

Kaatz said the consistency and health and safety advantages also figure into the equation. “One of the biggest things with natural grass is that there are uneven areas,” Kaatz said. “Plus when it gets muddy it’s a challenge to run on. One of the biggest benefits with artificial turf is that it is consistent in all types of weather. That reduces the risk or tripping or falling. In terms of injuries that are non-contact injuries, the risk of injuries decreases with artificial turf.” An under-appreciated benefit of artificial turf is its value for practice. Teams play once a week but practice all week. Kaatz said that Foxes football coach John Mannion has been forced to move his practices periodically as the practice areas got chewed up. And when the Foxes were making their run to the 2014 state Class 5A championship game the team practiced on artificial turf at Canby High. “It can be done,” summed up Kaatz. “Silverton is a great place with a lot of pride. This could bring huge excitement to our community. You won’t be able to grasp what it means until we get it in. And then I think there will be an awe factor.”

How to help Those interested in assisting with the campaign to install artificial turf at McGinnis Field should go to Organizers say they need cash donations, in-kind donations, manpower and community networking and fundraising ideas.

Committee members David Zagorodney, Silverton Alumni Association. He is president of the Northwest College of Construction in Portland. Curtis Stultz, president of the Silverton Youth Football Organization. Jim Hobbs, representing the Silver Fox Foundation. Hobbs owns Hobbs Painting in Silverton. Tara Kramer, Silverton resident who also owns Ri-Ky Roofing in Portland. Greg Kaatz, Silverton High athletic director.

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Mount Angel wins district The Mount Angel 9-10 baseball all-stars have won the District 7 championship and are playing in the state tournament. The squad, coached by Ryan Kleinschmit, captured the district title July 18 after a perfect 6-0 run through the tournament at Holland Youth Park in Salem. Mount Angel went 4-0 in pool play, defeating, in order, Parrish 16-9 on July 11, Keizer 11-0 on July 13, South Salem 18-10 on July 14 and West Salem 18-11 on July 16. Mount Angel won an 18-12 slugfest against Corvallis in the semifinals and took out Parrish again, this time by a 7-5 score in the title contest. The squad began state tournament play in Hermiston on July 25 after Our Town’s press-time. Look for a report on the state tournament in our Aug. 15 edition.

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Softball plan: Bill Bicknell, who moved to Silverton last month, is hoping to start an “over the line” softball program in the area for men 60 and older. “Over the line” or short-handed softball requires only three to six players per team and emphasizes hitting and catching. There are no bases to run and hits are determined when a ball lands in fair territory. Batters are pitched to by their own teammates. Bicknell said the costs will be minimal and that he hopes to schedule play on weekdays in the late morning.

Homer’s Classic: It’s not too late to sign up to participate in the Homer’s Classic 2-mile walk, 2-mile fun run and 8K covered bridge run. The races start at 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 9 on the track at the old high school campus on Schlador Street in Silverton. Runners and walkers can register in advance ($28 with a T-shirt, $15 without) at through Aug. 6. Day-of-the-race signups start at 8 a.m. and cost $20, with T-shirts (if available) for an extra $15. Proceeds benefit youth running programs in Silverton and Mount Angel. Contact Steve Ritchie at 503559-4346 or for more information. Fall is almost here: Yes, it’s Aug. 1, the notorious dog days of summer, but fall

high school sports are just about to start heating up. Teams can start formal conditioning on Monday, Aug. 10, with the first practices starting Aug. 17. The first contest date for soccer, cross country and volleyball is Aug. 27, and football teams can participate in jamborees starting that date. Sept. 3 is the first contest date for football. Silverton and Kennedy football both open on the road Sept. 4, with the Foxes visiting Wilson of Portland at 7:30 p.m. and the Trojans traveling to Knappa for a 7 p.m. game. The annual Silver Falls-Oktoberfest cross country invitational will be Wednesday, Sept. 16 on the “monster” course at Silver Falls State Park.

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I’m sitting at a table outside a bar in some little town whose name I cannot pronounce. The owner brings out a bucket filled with cooked snails. I pick one up, look it in its beady little eyes and chomp down on its head.

What we found was the most endearing place I’ve even been. The culture of Spain is to walk around in the evening, stopping occasionally for tapas — that’s Spanish for snacks — beer and gin-and-tonics. I don’t drink much but I managed to quality-check the beer and gin just for reference.

Welcome to Spain. No matter what I thought I knew about Spain, I was wrong. In fact, I should find my high school history teacher and get a refund, because she was wrong, too. There are actually two Spains — the one you think you know, a poor country with Don Quixote and Sancho Panza riding around in the desert looking for a windmill. The other is the real Spain. I would summarize it as pretty cool. And cheap. And great food. And better beer. And tons of history. Spain may be the most history-intense place on the planet. Cavemen ran around there, and so did the Romans, the Mores and all sorts of other folks. As in, one Sunday we were sitting in church in Seville. One of my sons, who is the ultimate history geek, nudges me and points 30 feet away. “That’s Christopher Columbus’ tomb.”


In spite of my high school history teacher, I had heard of him. Come to think of it, the day before that we had

seen the tombs of his bosses, Ferdinand and Isabella, in Granada, another history-intense city. Spain had never been on my list of places to see. My wife and I have a list, but it’s all countries that start with “I.” As in Iceland, Ireland, Italy, India and Indonesia. Iraq and Iran used to be on the list, we’ve put them on hold for a few centuries. When one of our sons got a job in Spain, we decided to check it out. We figured he knew his way around and the language, so why not? Our other son, the history geek, joined us, as did the other two. We rented the world’s smallest mini-van — a Citroen Picasso — and cruised the countryside. It was like a clown car that held the six of us and our junk. 

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Evening wasn’t hijacked by loud kids or drunks. Families would be out at 10 or 11 at night, enjoying the cool of the evening and each other’s company. It was a great way to pass the time. I had always heard how expensive everything was in Europe. Not any more. Between the low prices and the exchange rate, we stayed in Seville and Madrid for less than the cost of a budget motel in the U.S. Even the bathrooms were clean.  Driving in Madrid was a problem. The traffic circles were OK, but the way the freeways were laid out made me long for I-5. If we didn’t have one of those navigator thingies in the van, I’d still be trying to get back to the Madrid airport. The best surprise was that nearly everyone we ran into spoke English. That was good, because then I could tell them what I thought of the snails. “Not too bad, with a little ketchup.” Carl Sampson is an editor and freelance writer.

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NEW! – SILVERTON-#T2222 HISTORIC HOME 4BR, 3BA 3794 sqft. Call Marcia at ext. 318 $449,900




SOLD! – #T2200 GREAT CONDITION HOME IN SILVERTON 3 BR, 2 BA 1925 sqft. Call Michael at ext. 314 $319,900 (WVMLS#688908)


SOLD! – #T2197 DUPLEX IN GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD 2 UNITS, 6BR, 4BA 3180 sqft. Call Michael at ext. 314 $317,500 (WVMLS#688571) #T2218 WONDERFUL STARTER HOME 3 BR, 2BA 1272 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324 or Ryan at ext. 322 $169,900 (WVMLS#691436) NEW! – #T2224 WONDERFUL HOME 3BR, 2BA 1253 sqft. Call Meredith at ext. 324 or Ryan at ext. 322 $179,900 (WVMLS#692454) NEW! – #T2220 VIEWS OF THE LAKE 4 BR, 2.5 BA 2145 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324 or Ryan at ext. 322 $289,900(WVMLS#691178) NEW! – #T2223 DUAL LIVING/CUSTOM HOME 5BR, 4BA 4463 sqft. 3.2 ACRES Call Chuck at ext. 325. $595,000 (WVMLS#692333)

(WVMLS#672150) NEW! – #T2228 OPEN FLOOR PLAN 4BR, 2BA 1965 sqft. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 #T2165 LOT #62 IN SILVER CLIFF ESTATES $259,900 (WVMLS#692693) .12 Acre lot. Call Chuck at ext. 325 $33,500 (WVMLS#682938) NEW! – #T2226 QUIET STREET 3BR, 1.5BA 1152 sqft. Call Michael at ext. 314 $194,900 (WVMLS#692735) #T2042 LOT #88 IN SILVER CLIFF ESTATES .12 acre lot. Call Chuck at ext. 325 $35,900 NEW! – #T2225 RESTORED CRAFTSMAN STYLE (WVMLS#660605) 3 BR, 2 BA 1872 sqft. Call Michael at ext. 314 $369,900 (WVMLS#692457) #T2211 –IT’S A CHARMER 4BR, 2BA 2200 sqft. Call Marcia at ext. 318 $364,900 (WVMLS#690724) #T2198 CLASSIC CRAFTSMAN HOME 5BR, 2.5BA SOLD! – #T2144NEW 1940’S HOME CHARMER! 4BR, 2.5BA IN TOWN CONSTRUCTION INsqft. TOWN NEW CONSTRUCTION 2470 Call Mike at ext.HOME 326, Ryan ext. 322 or Mer2010 sqft. Call Chuck at ext. 325. $263,000 edith at ext. 324 $314,600 (WVMLS#688622) (WVMLS#678920) #T2196 –AUMSVILLE-MILLION DOLLAR SETNEW! – #T2227 MT. ANGEL COTTAGE 2BR, 1BA TING 4BR, 3.5BA 3514 sqft. Call Meredith at ext. 784 sqft. Call Chuck at ext. 325 or Michael at ext. 314 324, Ryan at ext. 322 or Mike at ext. 326 $547,800 $169,900 (WVMLS#692639) (WVMLS#688329)


SOLD! – #T2202 NICELY UPDATED RANCH STYLE HOME 3BR, 2BA 1408 sqft. Call Chuck at ext. 325 $169,900 (WVMLS#689134)

#T2201 TO BE BUILT CUSTOM CRAFTSMAN 3BR, 2 BA 1850 sqft. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 or Mike at ext. 326 $289,900 (WVMLS#689049) #T2103 HIGH VISIBILITY/TRAFFIC COMMERCIAL PROPERTY 1.46 acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 or Mike at ext. 326 $450,000





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Our Town North: August 1, 2015  

Our Town Community News serving Silverton, Mt. Angel & Scotts Mills.

Our Town North: August 1, 2015  

Our Town Community News serving Silverton, Mt. Angel & Scotts Mills.