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Something to Celebrate Scotts Mills turns 100............................4 Civics 101 Manager candidates visit Mount Angel..7 Briefs...........................................8 Something To Think About Safety Compass offers aid to victims.....10 Looking Back Homer’s ties to GeerCrest Farm............12 Arts & Entertainment Retrospective of Larry Kassell’s art.......14 Datebook................................16 Scrapbook Summer sights....................................18 Business Airbnb gains local listings....................20 Your Health Yoga options for every body.................22

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Something to celebrate

Centennial celebration By Hannah Kloft

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Margaret Gersch, 91, is nine years younger than the city of Scotts Mills.

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She recalls moving to Scotts Mills in 1931 when there were no paved roads. It was only gravel roads once travelers passed the bridge.

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She grew up four miles up Crooked Finger Road, and then moved into the town of Scotts Mills when she married at 21. She can remember life in a bustling town of trade.

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There were two grocery stores, two service stations, and two mills. “We had lots of people working and living here,” Gersch said. “Everything you needed was here. The grocery stores had everything you could need. At one time, there was a pharmacy and a doctor… We were very selfsufficient.”

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This year, the community members of Scotts Mills are reminiscing about its past and looking forward to its future as they celebrate its 100th year as an official town of Oregon.

area, Scotts Mills Fire Hall, Scotts Mills City Park, Scotts Mills Grange Hall, and the museum will all host activities until around 4 p.m. The celebration will include an old jail dedication, potluck picnic, quilt show, old car displays, a fire department open house, fishing contests, a centennial homecoming.

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Scotts Mills was named in 1916 after the Scott brothers, Robert Hall Scott and his brother, Thomas Scott.

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The name Robert Hall Scott has been kept in the family for six generations. Robert Hall Scotts V and Robert Hall Scott VI will attend the 100th anniversary, Gersch said. To gain insight into Scotts Mills’ history, Lois E. Helvey Ray and Judith Sanders Chapman wrote and compiled, Scotts Mills: A Pictorial History. In an interview, Ray referred to several paragraphs from the book. In the 1820s, Thomas McKay was one of the first fur traders to work along the Abiqua and Butte Creek. He was the son of Alexander McKay and Marguerite Wadin, and stepson of the founder of Oregon City, Dr. John McLoughlin. After constructing a water-powered gristmill in present day Scotts Mills County Park, McKay left the Oregon Country to start a wagon party in search of California gold for Peter Hardeman Burnett, the first governor of California. Upon his return in 1849, “the Jack brothers, Thomas Porterfield, William Allen, and Robert Alexander conferred with McKay and decided to ‘…establish a sawmill somewhere on the Butte Creek…succeeded in getting a liberal concession for power yard room, and option for saw timber’ on property owned by McKay,” according to the book.

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Michael Nowlen, who the road and bridge entering the town are named after, received the two mills from the McKay family. He then sold them to his Oregon Trail companion and brother-in-law, Joshua Bowman. After moving to Oregon City, Bowman then sold the property to Robert Hall Scott in 1866. Robert and his brother Thomas immigrated from Banff’s Mills, Roxburyshire, Scotland and settled in Oregon in 1866. Having experience in the mill industry in Scotland, the brothers ran a successful business and improved their mills to become some of the best in the entire Willamette Valley. The flour produced by the mill was sent to Downs Station in Mount Angel and shipped on the Oregon and California Railroad. Eventually, in 1916, the town was named after the Scott brothers who owned the mills, and the mills were passed on to several heirs of Thomas Scott and others. There was a time when Scotts Mills was a booming town with saw and flour mills.

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produced 624,000 feet of lumber worth $12,000, while the gristmill represented $2,000 of invested capital, had three employees, and produced 4,500 barrels of flour worth $45,000,” the book states.


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“There’s been a lot of change,” Gersch said. “Back then, I enjoyed the closeness of the community and the availability of a good education for my children.”

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a However, there are “more houses but less families, since families are smaller now,” Gersch said. She’s watched Scotts Mills become a bedroom community, she said “Everyone works out of town now.”

Scotts Mills City Councilor Dick Bielenberg has lived in Scotts Mills for 65 years. He is the councilor responsible for unpaid supervision of the water department. “We’re looking for grants for a newer sewer system for the older parts of town, because our newer houses have better septic systems” Bielenberg said.

Scotts Mills Mayor Paul Brakeman said the city is slowly growing. “We have a couple of challenges citywide, but we’re working on those for the future,” Brakeman said.

Bielenberg said Scotts Mills is a really nice place to live. “There’s a creek for the kids and Oregon City and Salem are only 30 minutes away for anything you might need” Bielenberg said.

One of those issues includes the transition to a new water system within the city. “Everyone here is on a septic system, and we’re looking to upgrade to sewer,” Brakeman said.

As far as the future goes, “It’ll remain a small residential community with a few businesses,” he predicted.

Scotts Mills Elementary School Principal Kirstin Jorgenson enjoys driving to town with her children each morning for school. Before becoming the principal at Scotts Mills, she was the principal at Robert Frost Elementary School. “I had heard so many wonderful things about the school and community before making the transition, but each school and community event in Scotts Mills I experienced solidified that it was a great decision,” she said. “From the scenic and peaceful drive to Scotts Mills each day, to the amazing staff and students and supportive

Jerry Lake has been a resident of Scotts Mills for 32 years. “It’s a beautiful little quaint town that we all love,” Lake said. “I love it here. It stays in its old time era. Everyone that’s lived here a long time is right with each other. We all look out for one another.”

The covered bridge in Scotts Mills City Park is a popular site for both community and private events

community, Scotts Mills is a treasure! I look forward to the 100th anniversary celebration, and September for the start of another great school year”

After being her home for more than 70 years, Gersch said there’s a lot of local interest in Scotts Mills because it is a “great place to live.” “We’re a very historical town so we just try to preserve past history for the future” Gersch said.


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Decision time By Kristine Thomas The three candidates vying to be the next city manager of Mount Angel all agree on the two major issues facing the city: finances and growth. And the two go hand-in-hand, they all said in separate interviews at an open house on July 15. Growth would allow the city to increase its financial base so it could pay for current and future needs such as infrastructure. The candidates are Steve Dahl, Steven Hasson and Zoe Monahan. The Mount Angel City Council plans to continue its deliberations on who to hire as its next city manager at its Aug. 1 meeting. Mount Angel Assistant to the City Manager Justin Hogue said three candidates were interviewed by the council on July 16. After the interviews, the council met in executive session to discuss who to hire but convened into open session without making a choice.

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“One reason they are waiting to make a decision,” Hogue said, “is there were only five out of the seven council members there. They want all seven members to make the decision.” Hogue said all seven plan to be at the Aug. 1 meeting. On July 15, the three finalists attended an informal, public meet-and-greet reception at the Mount Angel Library community room. Steve Dahl was recently the city manager of Phoenix, Ore., for three years. He has a master’s degree in management from Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University.

community is deciding what direction it wants to go.”

“The growth of the city is tied to the revenue,” he said.

Part of solving the city’s infrastructure and financial questions depends on if residents want the town to grow or stay the same, he said.

Zoe Monahan is a management analyst for the city of Tualatin. She has a master’s degree in public administration with a specialization in local government management from Portland State University.

Steven Hasson is the city administrator/ treasurer for the city of North Bonneville, Wash. He has master’s degrees in public administration from Boise State University and a master’s in business administration from Xavier University. He has more than 34 years of public service experience.

After working 10 years in Southern Oregon, Dahl said he wants to return to the Willamette Valley. The challenges he perceives facing the city are solving its financial and infrastructure needs.

“I applied for the job because it would mean more responsibility and more opportunities and more challenges for me,” Hasson said. “One of the big challenges is solving the financial problem. There isn’t a lot of money in the kitty.”

“I think Mount Angel and its residents have a strong sense of identity,” Dahl said. “I think the next step for the

Hasson said citizens will need to decide if they want some growth to bring in more revenue to pay for city services.


Growing up, Monahan recalled family trips to Mount Angel’s Oktoberfest. She applied for the job because she believes she has the skills and the desire to help the city address its infrastructure needs. She also recognizes the citizens need to decide if they want the city to grow. “I have enjoyed meeting the community members and the business leaders,” she said. “I am a great communicator and enjoy working with people to solve problems.” On Aug. 1, Hogue said the council will meet in executive session before convening an open meeting. He said the council could decide to hire one of the candidates or to continue its search.

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Deadlines near for city council filings Hogue, assistant to the city manager/city elections official at or 503845-9291.

Citizens in Mount Angel, Scotts Mills and Silverton interested in running for city council need to submit their intent to do so in August. The general election for city council members and mayor is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Candidates begin their duties at the first council meeting in January.

The deadline to file for Scotts Mills council is Friday, Aug. 19 at city hall, 265 4th St., or call 503-873-5435 to receive forms.


To qualify for mayor or city councilor, candidates must be a qualified elector under the laws and constitution of the state of Oregon; a registered voter of the city you reside; and a resident of the city you plan to run for office in during the 12 months preceding the election.

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Main Street bridge needs volunteers for rehab Several Silverton citizens are ready to tackle a project but are in need of some assistance. The Main Street Beautification group needs help cleaning and painting the Main Street Bridge. Although the city of Silverton has the project on its “to do” list, it’s far down the list in terms of priority. The group has met with the city and it

Scotts Mills student wins statewide contest Sophia Borgstahl, a 7th grade student at Scotts Mills Elementary, won the first-place prize for her essay in the Oregon Mayors Association’s statewide civics contest “If I Were Mayor, I Would…”. Each year, students compete in three age groups using different media. The first-place local winners are entered in the state-level competition which is judged by members of the OMA Board of Directors. Twenty-five cities participated this year. Sophia will receive a new Apple iPad Air 2 tablet.

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Stadeli family reunion The descendants of Ulrich Städeli and Sophie Marie Kaufmann, who include people with the last names of Von Flue, Kuenzi, Dettwyler, and Gehring are invited to the 30th year reunion noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Mount Angel Festhalle, 500 Wilco Hwy. Events include a meal at 1 p.m. ; storytelling and Swiss yodeling, visiting and games at Ebner Park. Bring a main dish, salad or dessert and serving utensils along with family photographs, history and mementos. Also bring softball and baseball mitts, bats and basketballs for park games. No alcohol is permitted. For information, email Marvin and Susan Stadeli at marvin.stadeli@




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By Kristine Thomas On a daily basis, Esther Nelson is challenged with the task of educating people about the realities of human trafficking and advocating for survivors of this crime. She has statistics that show victims are recruited from small cities and rural communities to work in larger cities. She can share stories of how victims come from all backgrounds. What they have in common is they are vulnerable. From her research, as well as personal experience, she knows there are not services to help victims in rural communities.


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Nelson is the founder and executive director of Safety Compass, a nonprofit organization based in Silverton. She started the Facebook page “County Line Safety Compass” after two domesticrelated homicides in the summer of 2014. In June, she officially began working on Safety Compass, including formalizing it as a nonprofit with a board of directors. Her vision has grown from a successful grassroots project into a nonprofit organization with a “clear mission and attainable goals.” Safety Compass’ mission is to offer support for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking, navigating the criminal and social justice systems in Marion County. Nelson has vast experience working with survivors of human trafficking, including a decade as a victims’ advocate for sexual assault survivors. Previous to her work at Safety Compass, she founded the first advocacy team in the United States to respond in an emergency alongside the FBI, local law enforcement and child welfare as part of a multidisciplinary model of intervention for child sex-trafficking victims. She left that position with the goal of stepping away from the work and focusing on being a mom. But she quickly saw there were gaps in services for runaway and at-risk young people in rural communities such as Silverton and Mount Angel. “I started this because there weren’t services in Marion County to help people,” Nelson said. “We plan to fill these gaps instead of duplicating services.”

From Jan. 1 to July 1, she has had 1,300 contacts. Contacts could be parents concerned about a runaway child, a victim, law enforcement or teacher. The numbers reflect points of contact, not individuals. “We have had nine referrals from two police departments in Marion County in the last couple months,” she said. “Nine girls who were involved in commercial sex trafficking.” Mount Angel Sgt. Jeff Charpilloz has worked with Nelson.

“Esther and Safety Compass’ advocacy for victims’ rights is a great resource for our community and has provided special expertise in specific areas such as commercial human trafficking, which we do not normally deal with,” Charpilloz said. In a recent case, Charpilloz said, Nelson was referred to the Mount Angel Police Department through the Portland FBI Office to assist with an investigation. “Her connections and knowledge were of great assistance,” Charpilloz said. “Esther was also able to act as a point of contact for an involved family member and assist them with navigating their way through the investigative and legal process.” Charpilloz said Safety Compass assisted his department with the monitoring of social media sites. “Which ultimately lead to the successful and safe location of an at-risk subject in another state on the East Coast,” Charpilloz said. Besides helping the survivor, Nelson said her goal is to also assist families coping with a family member being trafficked. Nelson also offers training to law enforcement, community groups and other professionals. In June, she trained Safety Compass board members and volunteers and all the major crime detectives in Clackamas County on how to recognize and respond to commercial sexual exploitation crimes against children. “We believe that public education increases awareness, resulting in increased victim identification and intervention outcomes,” Nelson said. “We are committed to collaboration with law enforcement and social services providers, believing collaboration is the most

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New nonprofit helps sex trafficking survivors Safety Compass Mission: To offer support for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking, navigating the criminal and social justice systems in Marion County. Funding: Safety Compass is supported by donations. Contributions can be mailed to PO Box 551, Silverton, OR 97381 To volunteer: or call 971-235-0021. effective method to achieving criminal and social justice.” Nelson said people are always amazed that traffickers recruit youth from small, seemingly safe communities. She said it’s important for community members not to judge, but instead to understand it could happen to any family. “Predators look for kids who are vulnerable,” she said. The Internet makes it easy for predators to find their target, Nelson added. What usually happens is the predator or pimp makes the victim believe he is her boyfriend. Through a series of manipulations, he eventually has her running away and “working” for him. Nelson points out both girls and boys can be lured into the commercial sexual exploitation industry. “We offer support for any survivor of the sex industry regardless of whether they are still in the life or not, regardless of what type of exploitation they experienced, regardless of their gender identity, race, religion or sexual orientation,” Nelson said. What Safety Compass does for the survivor, their parents and law enforcement is to provide a way to navigate the system. When Nelson meets with a survivor, she tells her that she will be there whenever needed, whether it’s today or five years down the road. “Our goal is to give the survivors the tools to be in control of their life as much as they can,” Nelson said. “What these kids need is support. They need to know there is someone who wants to help them,

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believes them and listens to them.” Kelli Russell is the president of the board of directors for Safety Compass. Although she lives in Clackamas County, Russell decided to volunteer to be a board member because she has a strong belief and commitment to the mission of Safety Compass and “the utmost respect” for Nelson.

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“Having worked on this issue with Esther in the past, I appreciate her integrity, commitment to the issue, and an understanding of the importance of collaboration with a commitment to doing so,” Russell said. “Esther has never put her success ahead of doing the right thing and that is something I greatly admire.” Russell said Safety Compass is needed in Marion County because commercial sexual exploitation is happening here. “Safety Compass provides culturally competent training, advocacy, and support services to survivors of CSE and their families,” Russell said. “Training is offered to service providers and law enforcement to aid in identifying and responding to the issue locally. Advocacy and support services are provided to survivors and their loved ones.”


Nelson and Russell both emphasized that how commercial sexual exploitation operates and who are pimps is constantly changing. It’s something that can look different county-to-county and urban versus rural. “Understanding how it exists in your community is essential to creating an informed, effective, and relevant response,” Russell said. “The expertise and experience working on this issue provided by our executive director is second to none,” Russell said. “Having an organization like Safety Compass locally is a great place to start.” For Nelson, it’s about increasing public awareness and helping people understand sexual exploitation and sex trafficking isn’t something that happens overseas or in big cities. She added it’s important survivors know they have an advocate. “Our support is unconditional,” she said. “Our goal is to let people know we genuinely care about them and want to help them navigate their life.”

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Looking Back

Homer’s roots By Jim Toler, president and board chair of the GeerCrest Farm & Historical Society, Inc. In 1898, Oregon voters were frustrated by what they saw as corruption in their state government. Votes were openly bought and sold in the legislature and the influence of the railroad and logging industry were generally put ahead of the public choice. The voters’ choice for governor in 1898 fell on a man whose record as a state representative and one Speaker of the House seemed like a way out of politics as usual. The man was Theodore Thurston Geer. His first test for support of any legislation was if it would be good for the people. The public was not disappointed in Gov. Geer. Under his administration, the Oregon System was adopted, allowing citizens the right by petition to create ballot initiatives. So a vote on the initiative by a majority citizens could become law, thus bypassing the legislature. Geer’s failure to strictly adhere his party line caused the Republicans to drop support for him in 1902, so he did not return to office as governor. However, in the vote for U.S. Senator, in 1901 Gov. Geer was the people’s choice. During that time, the U.S. Senate seat was awarded by the party in power in the Senate and they did not choose Gov. Geer. Where did this young governor, who could be seen as a change agent in state politics come from?

Historic farm’s family woven into political history GeerCrest Farm GeerCrest Farm: Established in 1848 by pioneers Ralph and Mary Geer, the farm now offers farm-life experiences. Visit or call 503-873-340. The Pioneers’ Children, Aug. 6, noon Palace Theatre, 200 N. Water St. , Silverton A documentary of how Homer Davenport and the Geer family shaped Oregon history. Homer Davenport Presentation: Aug. 6, 1:30 p.m. Silver Falls Library, 410 S. Water St., Silverton Gus Frederick presents Who the Heck is Homer Davenport? Repeats at 3 p.m. Free. In the early 17th century, two orphaned boys were sent by their uncle who was managing their father’s estate with a letter to the captain of a ship anchored in a harbor in England. Unknown to the boys, the letter instructed the captain to set sail with them aboard. Thus, Thomas, 12, and George Geer, 14, found themselves in Boston in 1635, having lost their estate with no evident prospects. There are no records of what befell the boys until records in the city of New London reveal George Geer was awarded property in nearby Ledyard, Conn. in 1650. George Geer achieved

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prominence in the region. His farm in Ledyard expanded and he lived to be 105 years old. But it is his legacy that matters to us. Generations of Geer descendants have served in America’s wars. They went forward to play important parts in politics, education, the arts and culture of the colony and became a part of the fabric of American society. By the sixth generation, young Joseph Cary Geer, a veteran of the War of 1812, became the first of the family to venture west to Ohio. With his wife Mary and two towheaded boys, they set out in 1818 and established a farm on the Darby plains. He remained in Ohio until 1840 when the family again felt the pull of opportunity and moved to Knox County, Ill. to establish a fruit tree nursery. Times were difficult for farmers in the 1840s. America was in an extended recession, it was difficult to move crops to markets, if markets could be found, and they were beset by an “unhealthy climate” with diseases such as malaria prevalent. News coming from the west of a new land some called the “Eden of the West” fell on fertile soil with the Geer family. Joseph had five grown sons and a daughter, most having families of their own, as well as three teenaged daughters. In 1845, the first of Joseph’s sons, Joseph Cary Geer Jr., 20, ventured west. He was most likely hired by a family emigrating to drive a covered wagon. So he may not have had a choice when the critical decision at Fort Boise was made to follow the old trapper Steven Meek in a so called

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shortcut to the Willamette Valley. Meek sought to cut straight across Oregon, and avoid the difficulties of the Blue Mountains and possible trouble with the Walla Walla and Cayuse Indians. The decision of some 200 families with all of their possession and livestock to follow Meek is today remembered as the Lost Wagon Train of 1845. Fortunately, Joseph Cary Jr. survived the ordeal. The opinion Joseph Cary Jr. had of the Willamette Valley must have been high. His message east to his father likely read “sell everything and come as fast as you can,” because that is what happened. Joseph Cary Geer Sr. led the 1847 exodus of his family, being joined by all of his adult children and their children still living in Illinois. They came west with Capt. Joel Palmer on his second Oregon Trail endeavor and the Oregon Geer branch of the Geer family was born. Oregon was not yet even a territory much less a state, uncertainties about their future hung over many. But it was truly a land of opportunities and men with dreams and fortitude found fertile ground for their germination. Joseph Cary Geer’s wife Mary, after 33 years of partnership, died of complications of the arduous journey shortly after their arrival. Joseph remarried Elizabeth Dixon Smith, also a pioneer of 1847 who lost her husband in a similar way. Elizabeth’s story is well-known and often told in Oregon’s history. Her remarkable diary details many of the hardships of the journey and how she survived, destitute upon arrival

in Portland with eight children. Joseph Cary and Elizabeth went on together to have three children and lived happily on his homestead across the Willamette River from Butteville. One of Joseph Cary Geer’s sons, Heman Geer married Cynthia Eoff shortly after his arrival in the valley. They homesteaded near Macleay. In 1851, Theodore Thurston Geer was born. He would rise in Oregon politics to become the first native born governor of Oregon. His story is told in his biography, Fifty Years In Oregon. A great grandson of Joseph Cary by his oldest son Ralph would rise to become the premier political cartoonist in America. Working from New York City for William Randolph Hearst, Homer Davenport was the highest paid salaried journalist in the country. His political cartoons, published in the Hearst newspapers, shaped opinions and helped steer the course of national politics. Homer Davenport’s close friends included Buffalo Bill Cody and President Theodore Roosevelt. Both T.T. Geer and Homer Davenport lived parts of their lives with Ralph and Mary Geer on their donation land claim in the Waldo Hills, known today as GeerCrest Farm Davenport’s attachment to the farm was strong. In 1904 on a visit from New York, one early April morning he awoke and left a pencil drawing of himself on the western wall of the farmhouse. Above the drawing he wrote: “I would like to say that from this old porch, I see my favorite view of all the earth affords. It was the favorite of my dear mother and

Erika and Jim Toler, with their dog Boon, on the porch of the GeerCrest farmhouse.

my father and my grandparents, and why shouldn’t it be the same for me, it’s where my happiest hours have been spent.” On July 29-31, GeerCrest Farm & Historical Society, Inc. hosted the triennial Geer Family Reunion, welcoming the descendants of those two boys who were shipped to Boston.


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Arts & entertainment

Whimsical perfectionist By Kristine Thomas Julia Kassell has the almost impossible task of trying to summarize her late husband’s work for an art show in August. The challenge before her is what work does she select that would give community members a glimpse of who the late Larry Kassell was as an artist, a man and a community member. “It’s going to take me a very long time to go through all his work,” Julia said. “He was one of those rare people who did it all and made it all look easy.” What oil paintings, cartoons, photographs or graphic art does she select? Does she include the sketch he made for the original Silverton Fox mascot for Silverton High School? How does she display the photographs he took for the grass seed industry of golf courses throughout the world? Or share how his iconic signature can be found in four murals in downtown Silverton? “The way he wrote his name was a work of art all by itself,” Julia said. Larry Kassell died of leukemia on June 11, one month shy of his 72nd birthday. It was three months from the time of his diagnosis to his death. On a recent Friday morning, Julia gathered with Jan Prowse and Moises Roizen of the Silverton Art Association at the kitchen table of the Kassell home. Scattered across the table were examples of Larry’s work. “He was such a fantastic artist,” Jan said. “He was so diverse in what he did. He could do a totally serious painting and then do something with a sense of humor. He was so precise and perfect in his work.” Jan and Moises are helping Julia decide what of Larry’s artwork to display in the show called “A Retrospective.” The open house is Friday, Aug. 5, 6-8 p.m. at the Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St. The show runs through Aug. 28. “He used his gifts to bless everyone fortunate enough to know him,” Julia said. “It didn’t matter if it was photographing, painting, cartooning, crafting an advertising campaign or writing a book, the finished product was an inspiration that encouraged, enlightened or entertained.”

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Kassell retrospective “A Retrospective” opening reception Friday, Aug. 5, 6-8 p.m. The Borland Gallery 303 Coolidge St. adjacent to Coolidge - McClaine Park Show runs through Aug. 28 Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon Saturday - Sunday, Noon - 4 p.m. Information: Jan, 503-363-9310

Growing up in Detroit, Mich., Larry’s parents moved to Salem, then his father left. From age 14, Larry worked, starting with paper routes and mowing lawns. Since his mother never learned to drive, he would walk her to work and home again. Although he saved $1,000, he decided not to go to college and instead joined the U.S. Air Force where he found his passions for painting and photography. “Photography was his launching pad,” Julia said. “He bought a camera while in South Korea. That’s also when he started writing letters to Ansel Adams, who he eventually met and studied with.” Julia said Larry had no formal art training and never attended college. What he did have was a curious mind. Describing her husband as whimsical and a perfectionist, Julia said everything Larry saw was enchanting to him. Moises said most artists rely on images to get an idea. Larry used words to get ideas and then made them into images. “So much of his work is something you think about and then have that aha moment,” Moises said. Living in the former Valley View School house, Julia said they had conversations about leaving Silverton and Larry working in a larger city, where he could gain more exposure for his art. The idea never materialized. “He told me that he wanted to be able to commute in his slippers,” Julia said. “He loved Silverton and didn’t want to leave here to go somewhere else.” On of her favorite photographs is one Larry took after jumping out of the tub on a early January morning. It was either capture the sunrise or spend time getting

Larry Kassell in self portrait and one of his humorous “Inacchronismstm”... “Monet Lisa.”

dressed. No need to explain what he chose. Married 42 years, Julia said life with Larry was always an adventure. There were hard times financially when she was worried they wouldn’t make ends meet, but he always found a way. “He would always tell me that God provides not a day early, not a day late,” Julia said. “He didn’t get kerfuffled when things didn’t work out. He just found another way to make things work.” When he was 55, Larry had a heart attack. “That was a wake up call for him,” Julia said. “He felt he was cheating himself by doing the same thing over and over again. He decided to take a leap of faith and quit his job and began pursuing his artwork.” There are many qualities Julia admires about her husband. One was how he treated everyone with respect. “It didn’t matter if it was a homeless person on the street or the president. Larry would treat both the same way,” she said. Members of Silverton First Christian Church, Julia said they would attend the Wednesday night community meals. “When he went through the line, he

thanked everyone for their work,” Julia said. “He made a point to sit with the person who was sitting by themselves.” Both Jan and Moises said Larry’s art stands as example for other artists to not be afraid to do what they want or how they want to do it. “He basically taught people not to be afraid, to explore their artwork,” Moises said. “He had an ability to discover the hidden images in nature. He saw what others missed and through his artwork he tried to convey what he saw to others.” Julia said Larry believed whatever he was creating had God’s hand helping him. “He was religious without being preachy,” Julia said. “He said if God created the trees, then he was going to paint them and God was going to help him.” Julia, Jan and Moises all said Larry used his art to express what he was thinking. “Larry was a raging perfectionist living in a chaotic world,” Julia said. “While his studio looked like a whirlwind had gone through, he knew where everything was,” Julia wrote in his eulogy. “He was a collector of wit, whimsy, music and with the soul of a poet, he shared what he saw, heard and learned.”

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5 p.m., Ages 5 and up. Free. 503-845-6401 5:30 p.m., Silverton Assembly of God Church, 437 N James St. 503-269-0952

Wednesday Silverton Business Group

8 a.m., Silverton Inn & Suites, 310 N Water St. Silverton Chamber of Commerce.

Knitting 911

10 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Zeniors 60 and older. Free. 503-873-3093

Mount Angel Library Activities

10:30 a.m., Toddler Storytime. 11:15 a.m., Indoor Playtime. Free.

Chickadees Storytime

12:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Ages 3 - 5. 3:30 p.m. Free. Caregiver must attend with children ages 0 - 5. 503-873-7633

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9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Town Square Park, Silverton. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Game day for families with children of all ages. Free. Caregiver must attend with children 0 5. 503-873-7633

Serenity Al-Anon Meeting

10 a.m., Silverton Assembly of God Church, 437 N James St. 503-269-0952

Silverton Spiritual Life Community

10 a.m., Silverton Grange, 201 Division St. New thought services. 503-873-8026.

Saturday Lunch Noon - 1:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 N Second St. Free. 503-873-2635

Mount Angel City Council

7 p.m., Mount Angel Library.

Tuesday, Aug. 2 Vacation Bible School

9 - 11:30 a.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 15534 E Marquam Road, Mount Angel. Skits, Bible stories, art. Preschool thru fifth grade. Thru Aug. 4. Register: 503-873-6505

Silver Falls Library Kids Hangout Spot

10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Drop-in activities. This week: Fitness and Health Collage. Aug. 9 - 12: Make Your Own Puzzle. Aug. 16 19: Coloring Galore. Aug. 23 - 26: Physical Activity Cubes. Free. Caregivers must attends with those 5 and younger.

Silver Falls Library Teen Hangout Zone

10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Drop-in activities in Teen Room. This week: Creative Collage. Aug. 9 - 12: Jigsaw Puzzle. Aug. 16 - 19: Create and Color Mandalas. Aug. 23 - 26: Sports Mad Libs. Free.

Summer Reading Carnival

3 p.m., Mount Angel Library. End of summer reading program party. Games, prizes, treats. All ages. Free.

Scotts Mills National Night Out

5:30 p.m., Scotts Mill City Park. Scotts Mills Neighborhood Watch and Citizen Patrol hosts. Bring potluck main dish, salad, side dish, dessert. Punch, water, coffee provided. Lawn chairs, blankets suggested. Donations accepted to cover basic potluck supplies. 503-873-5563

Mount Angel National Night Out

6 - 8 p.m., downtown by city hall. Free hot dog barbecue. Bring potluck dish to share. Sponsored by Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce, Mount Angel Police and Fire depts, City of Mount Angel. 503-845-9440

Adult Coloring Night

6 - 7:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Relax, de-stress with adult conversation, refreshments, coloring. All materials provided. Free.

Wednesday, Aug. 3 Sunsets in the Garden

6 - 9 p.m., The Oregon Garden. Music, beer and wine tasting, tram tours, sunset viewing. Well-behaved pets on leash welcome. $12 adults, $10 seniors 60 and older, $9 students 12-17, $6 children 5-11. Children under 5 free. Wednesdays thru Sept. 7.

Monday, Aug. 1 Silverton City Council

7 p.m., Silverton Community Center.

Actors/Improv Group

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

Thursday, Aug. 4 Alumni Scholarship Fundraiser

5 - 11 p.m., Festhalle, 500 S Wilco Hwy., Mt. Angel. Silverton High School Alumni Association’s annual scholarship fundraiser. No-host bar, buffet dinner, auction. Adults over 21 only. $30 per person in advance; $35 at door.

Introduction to Mediation

6 - 6:30 p.m., Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. Learn the how, why, when, where of mediation. First Thursday of each month. Free; donations accepted. David, 971-218-6641

Homer Davenport Kick-Off Party

6 - 9 p.m., Coolidge McClaine Park. 5th annual kick-off party featuring Beth Willis Rock Band. Food, beer, wine available. Free admission. 503-873-5615

Silverton Scribes

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Informal writer’s group to share, critique writing projects. Repeats Aug. 18. 503-873-8796

Scotts Mills City Council

7 p.m., Scotts Mills City Hall, 265 Fourth St.

Silverton Lions Club

7 p.m., Silverton Hospital. Open to everyone interested in service to community. Also Aug. 18. 503-873-7119

Movies in the Garden

7 p.m., The Oregon Garden. Today: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (PG-13). Aug. 11: Bridesmaids (R). Aug. 18: Space Jam (PG). Aug. 25: Shrek (PG). $4 adults, $3 ages 12 - 17, $2 ages 5 - 11. Children 4 and under free. Season pass $15. Wellbehaved pets on leash welcome. Attendees must show ID for R-rated movies; under 18 not admitted without adult. Beer, wine available for purchase Movies start at dusk.

Friday, Aug. 5 Homer Davenport Community Festival

11 a.m. - 8 p.m., various Silverton locations. Arts & crafts, food, music, fun run, car show, pancake breakfast, Davenport races. Repeats Aug. 6; 11 a.m - 6 p.m. Aug. 7. 503-873-5615,

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Silver Falls Golf Classic

11 a.m., Evergreen Golf Course, 11694 West Church Road NE, Mount Angel. Barbecue followed by 18-hole shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. $50 per person, $200 per team. Benefits Silverton High wrestling, Silver Fox Foundation scholarships. To pre-register, email or call Rick, 503-580-2617.

Borland Artist Reception

6 - 8 p.m., Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. Artist reception for Larry Kassell’s show ‘A Retrospective.’ Show continues through Aug. 28 during gallery hours. Jan, 503363-9310

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

‘Color, Words and Birds’ Opening

7 - 8:30 p.m., White Oak Gallery, 216 E Main St., Silverton. Reception for artists Lichen June, Lori McLaughlin, Susan Murray. Continuation of ‘Clay Mates,’ Willamette Art Center show. 503-931-4517,

Love in the Cucumber Patch

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

‘Favorite Things’ Opening

7 - 9 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St., Silverton. Artists’ reception for jewelry artist Helen Weins and reverse painting on glass artist Ann Altman. Loft show, ‘On the Road,’ features work by digital photographer Fred Hartson. Both shows thru Aug. 29. 503-873-7734,

Saturday, Aug. 6 Harvest Breakfast

7 a.m. - noon, Coolidge McClaine Park, Silverton. Pancakes, eggs, ham sponsored by Silverton Lions Club. $7 adults, children 10 under $4. Repeats Aug. 7. Tomina, 503-873-2033

Homer Car Show

8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Old Mill Park, Silverton. Silverton Flywheels Car Club show. Free. 503-873-2573

Homer’s Parade

10 a.m., Silverton. “Pedal Power, Honoring Silverton’s Biking Heritage & Future” starts at Schlador Street campus, travels down Water to Oak to First.

The Pioneers’ Children

Noon, Palace Theatre, 200 N. Water St., Silverton. A new 30-minute documentary telling the story of how Homer Davenport & the Geer family shaped Oregon history.

Who Were the First Oregonians?

1:00 p.m. Mount Angel Towers, One Towers Lane, Mount Angel. Learn about the Kalapuya and the Molala Tribes that lived in the region. Presented by Bill Stoddard, Friends of Silver Falls State Park.

Homer Davenport Presentation

1:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Gus Frederick presents ‘Who the Heck is Homer Davenport?’ Repeats at 3 p.m. Free. Spring, 503-873-8796

Sunday, Aug. 7 Homer’s Classic Fun Run

9 a.m. - noon, Silverton High Schlador Street. 8K run, 2-mile run, walk. Early registration by Aug. 3 $28 with technical t-shirt, $15 without. Day of race $20 without t-shirt. Register: racenorthwest. com/homers-classic. Steve, 503-845-1801,

Thursday, Aug. 11 Pajama Storytime

7 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Storyteller Bonnie-Jean Brown presents Science and Pajama Storytime. Pajamas optional. Ages 4 and older. Caregivers must attend with children age 5 and younger.

Friday, Aug. 12 Molly Mo’s Antique Faire

5 - 9 p.m., Union Hill Grange, 15755 Grange Road, Sublimity. Shop vintage, antique items. Beer, wine tent; live music. Admission $10. Repeats 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Aug. 13 with free admission. 503-510-0820

Saturday, Aug. 13 Music Recital

2 p.m., Mount Angel Abbey, 1 Abbey Dr., St. Benedict. Flutist Emily Potter performs, accompanied by pianist Christopher Wicks. Free. Open to public.

SACA Fundraiser

6-9 p.m. Kraemer Family Vineyards. The 8th annual Silverton Area Community Aid event raises funds to support the local food bank. Tickets are $50 per person and a bottle of wine. 503873-3446 for information.

Sunday, Aug. 14 Centennial Celebration

ASAP Benefit Concert

6 - 10 p.m., Vanderbeck Valley Farms, 37791 S Highway 213, Mount Angel. Silverton-native, Nashville recording artist Ben Rue perform benefit concert for After School Activities Program with the Syco Billy’s. Food, beverages available from JT’s Food Truck. 18 and older. Tickets $50; $75 benrueasapbenefitconcert.eventbrite. com

Friday, Aug. 19 Mount Angel Library Movie Matinee

3:30 p.m. Free movie, popcorn. All ages.

Vigil for Peace

5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Towne Square Park, Silverton. Silverton People for Peace Open to all. Robert Siske, 503-873-5307

Saturday, Aug. 20 Silverton Fine Arts Festival

10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Coolidge McClaine Park, Silverton. Live music, artist booths, demonstrations, activities for kids, adults. Free admission. Repeats 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Aug. 21.

Sunday, Aug. 21 Taizé Prayer

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

Friday, Aug. 26

Monday, Aug. 8

11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Scotts Mills. Scotts Mills celebrates 100 years. 11:30 a.m. Old Jail dedication. 12:30 p.m. Homecoming potluck with special Centennial program. Quilt show Aug. 13 - 14 at Grange. Fishing contest for children 12 and under. Trucks, cars, firetrucks on display. Commemorative coins for sale. Donations accepted to defray costs. Margaret, 503-873-6596

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Poetry Open Mic

9 - 11:55 p.m., Silver Falls State Park Old Ranch, 20024 SE Silver Falls Hwy. Join park staff, astronomy club members learning about heavenly sights through telescopes. $5 per vehicle. Sponsored by Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club, Friends of Silver Falls, 503-874-0201

Davenport Races

11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Main Street, Silverton. Two- and four-members teams race couches, loveseats. 503-873-5615,

6:30 p.m., District Office, 730 E Marquam St. 503-845-2345

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4 - 5 p.m., Water Street Salon, 401 N Water St. Poets, musicians invited to share poetry. 503-873-4476

7 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Agenda available. 503-873-5303

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6 - 8 p.m., Scotts Mills City Park, 330 First St. Enjoy dinner. Donation $5 pizza, $1 beverage. Donations used for park maintenance. 503-873-5435.

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7 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Open to public. 503-874-2207

Pizza in the Park

Thursday, Aug. 18

Celebrate Families Community Picnic 5 - 8 p.m., Coolidge McClaine Park. Picnic, bingo, family photos, crafts, games, live music. Free to all Silverton residents. 503-873-3093

Saturday, Aug. 27 Silver Falls Star Party

Sunday, Aug. 28 Scotts Mills Pancake Breakfast

7 a.m. - noon, Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. $5 per person.

Coupon Class

6 p.m., Silverton Area Community Aid, 421 S Water St. Save money using coupons. Free. 503-873-3446

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umni & Friends l A Party All Silverton High School alumni and friends are invited to attend the 18th Annual SHS Alumni Scholarship Fundraiser on Friday, Aug. 5, 2016 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.


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Steady waters at Scotts Mills Falls still attract fishermen. Hannah Kloft

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August 5-7

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Silverton resident Ken Mulder recently opened his house as an Airbnb.

Home away from home Airbnbs are popping up locally By Melissa Wagoner Silverton resident Ken Mulder was facing a long summer in a big empty house when he decided to check into the online vacation rental service Airbnb. “It was very simple to sign up and list the house,” he said. “Once it was listed, I can do almost everything from my phone.” Airbnb, established in 2008 in San Francisco, Calif., is an online service listing accommodations in more than 34,000 cities around the world. Mulder’s house is one of 16 Airbnb rentals in and around Silverton. The rentals are diverse in their locations and attributes. An Airstream camp trailer, both rustic and upscale cabins, Victorian homes, and even rooms within homes in average neighborhoods are listed side by side. The benefit of the site online is that hosts choose the days and prices that work best for them, while travelers are able to find lodging that fits their needs. In order to make the ideal traveler and

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Airbnb To learn more about Airbnb or to see what is available, visit host match the site is set up with not only a description of the rental space but of the hosts and a list of reviews written by previous guests, along with a description of the potential renters and a list of renter reviews written by previous hosts. Mulder’s rental, which he calls Cambridge Guest House, is one of the largest listed in this area, housing up to 10 people and is rated five out of five stars with many reviews mentioning the spacious accommodations and helpful host. “I have five beds in five bedrooms. Families or groups of friends can share the space and all be under one roof with the option to use the kitchen instead of eating out,” he said. “I think my guest like they fact that they can be under one roof and have the entire house to themselves,

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Tips for travelers According to the Airbnb website, some safety tips:

Read carefully Make sure to read the profile and reviews of the host before you book. Check for a verified phone number and address. Read everything about the place so there are no surprises. Understand cancellation policy before submitting a reservation.

Pay and communicate on Airbnb Paying or communicating outside Airbnb makes it harder for us to protect your information and puts you at greater risk of fraud and security issues.

Set clear expectations After learning more about your host’s Airbnb history, start a conversation with them about your plans and what you can expect. Trust your intuition: if you don’t feel right about a reservation, don’t book it. If a message makes you feel uncomfortable or you need help during your reservation, let us know.

Prepare for the unexpected Research the neighborhood where you’ll be staying and have a plan for where you’d go in an emergency. If you’re covering long distances in your travels, make sure to tell your friends and family where you’ll be.

Be a considerate guest Whether you’re still looking for the perfect listing or are already on your way, being a considerate guest matters. Treat the home as you would treat your own home, with a little respect.

including the fire pit and BBQ in the backyard.” Mulder listed his house with Airbnb in early June and has had no shortage of renters. “It has exceeded my expectations. I have very few open nights during July and August and every weekend is booked through September,” he said. Although allowing strangers access to personal space isn’t for everyone, Mulder said that he has had only positive experiences so far and that all of his guests have been clean and courteous.

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“I don’t care that he’s doing an Airbnb,” she said. “But one of his guests knocked on our door at 11 p.m. trying to find it.”

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“Ken’s a pretty smart reliable guy, if it was someone renting that wasn’t around much I’d probably feel different,” she said. Mulder is a very hands-on renter. He and his son occupy the house during the times

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Sarah Weitzman, a close neighbor to Mulder, was surprised to hear that he was renting the house.

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“We come into a space to practice together but each one of us in the room is having our own experience and each and every experience is valid,” Schuch said. “So make your practice your own and let if unfold organically. Wiesner, 29, teaches at Gratitude Yoga, Believing in Birth and the Oregon Garden. She teaches several styles of yoga including a prenatal class.

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Yoga instructors Samantha Wiesner, Sarah Newman, Chantal Barton and Bridget Schuch have heard plenty of misconceptions about yoga.

Schuch said yoga is not about having a bendy body. “Yoga is about stepping on your mat time-after-time with an open heart,” Schuch said. “We gain physically from yoga but the real gift of yoga is learning to stay heart centered and gaining that deeper knowledge at we all have within us.”

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her hooked was “an overall feeling of confidence. I started to love and appreciate my body and self as a whole.” About three years ago, Barton decided she wanted to be able to do a cartwheel and decided yoga would be the key to helping her learn how. She was 50 pounds overweight and felt sluggish. “I weighed 198 pounds and I am 5-foot, 6,” she said. “I worked at a desk as a dispatcher. I would come home after work exhausted, plop on the couch to watch Netflix and eat.” Yoga has taught her to calm down and how to breath. “I started doing it two times a week and found it was the exercise I was looking for in my life,” she said, adding it took about two years to lose 50 pounds. Schuch said her yoga journey also has been life changing. “It assisted me in moving from being critical towards myself and my body to being in balance with how I feel in my body,” Schuch said.

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“It has helped me overcome issues with food and body image and assisted me in cultivating a feeling of gratitude in all aspects of my life. It has been a journey of coming back to myself.”

Yoga is for every body Senior citizens, athletes, busy moms, tired dads ... yoga is for every body and every one, all the instructors said in separate interviews. Yoga can be done from a bed or chair or on a mat. “There is so much to learn from yoga with the many layers of the practice,” Wiesner said.

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Because most people are always in the “flight or fight” mode, their nervous system rarely gets a chance to rest and digest, Wiesner said. “We need this to function,” Wiesner said. “If we were to leave the lights on in the house all of the time, we waste electricity,

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they get hot, dim and burn out, so do we, yoga allows that time for you. To flip the switch, rest the nervous system.” Knowing the qualifications of all the teachers in Silverton, Barton said there is definitely a class for every one. “Whether you are serious about yoga or someone who tends to giggle, there is a class for you,” Barton said. Yoga, she added, isn’t about being able to do a pose perfectly. Instead, it’s about listening to your body and doing what’s best for your body. “We encourage people to find a variation of a pose,” she said. “The instructors in town won’t tell you to do something. Instead, they will guide you into a pose and then share what it is.” Yoga helps athletes learn how to breath properly and expands their lung capacity. By getting more oxygen into the brain, it helps people feel less sluggish, Barton said.

Where to start All the instructors recommend that if you are new to yoga try different classes and different instructors until you find connection, trust and a feeling of comfort. Most importantly, give it a chance. “Stick with it,” Schuch said. “One experience on the mat is not enough to give you a true understanding of how yoga can transform your experience with life.” Schuch tells her students at every level to be kind and compassionate to themselves. “Step out of the critical mind and enter the compassionate heart,” Schuch said. “It’s from a place of compassion towards ourselves that we can begin to listen to the knowledge our body has to offer and when we realize what there is to learn we want more.”

Benefits Wiesner said there are both long and short term physical and emotional

benefits to practicing yoga. She recalls a single mom ‘fresh out of a bad relationship that changed her. She felt dark, insecure and unhappy.” By working together, Wiesner said the woman started to shed her layers. “She first felt the physical benefits, feeling stronger, better balance, eased back pain, then she started to see her emotional wounds and face them head on. She started to see herself for who she really was, finding confidence and happiness again,” Wiesner said.   “What yoga helps teach people is everyone is different and every body is different,” Newman said. “Yoga teaches people to know their limits and to be happy and OK with who they are.” Schuch has seen yoga benefit her students by allowing them to sleep better, feel more confident, learn to breath better, overcome anxiety, slow down their thoughts and be more meditative and learn more about themselves.

Newman said many people are always on the go, multi-tasking, which leaves them feeling stressed. Before she watches or reads the news or begins her day, she takes a time to practice yoga as a way to remind herself to have a balance between her mind and body. “The whole practice of yoga is to learn how to breath,” Newman said. “It teaches you how to regulate your nervous system and how to take care of your body.” Most importantly, both Barton and Newman said yoga teaches people to be OK with who they are and to take the time to refocus or “reboot” the mind and body. “When we turn off our mind, the chatter in the brain calms down and when we are being still, we are in touch with a higher part of ourself,” Newman said. “Yoga gives you a different perspective on life and it brings balance to your life.”

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The Silverton High girls soccer team continues to demonstrate that it is a force to be reckoned with in Class 5A. The Foxes, who came within one goal of a Mid-Willamette Conference title the past two seasons, outscored opponents by a 46-14 count in summer league and captured the championship. Silverton, which has advanced to the round of 16 in the 5A playoffs the past three years, had 36 players in the summer program, with head coach Gary Cameroon handling the varsity and Jeff Ulven and Fred George running the division II squad. “The summer league is a great opportunity for us to gain experience,” Cameron told Our Town. “The division II team was made up of incoming freshmen and sophomores. They had an uphill battle in league as they matched up with the prospective varsity squads of the other schools in the league. They got a lot of time on the pitch and good coaching from Jeff Ulven and Fred George.”

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The varsity squad was anchored by captains Hannah Munson, Maddy Valov and Molly Stadeli. Incoming freshman and club standout Paige Alexander led the team in scoring and Caitlin Fisher anchored the defense.

Facilities: All kinds of work is being done to the old Silverton High School campus on Schlador Street. Remodeled football field, new parking lots. The place has been a beehive of activity. One more facilities upgrade is taking place at the new campus on Pine. The school is installing a turfed outdoor weight room area (see photo). By the time you read this the area will be paved, with the turf on its way.

Cameron also praised the contributions of four incoming sophomores: Savvy Reilly, Bella Jensen, Izzy Haselip and Skylar Johnston. The girls soccer squad, like the other fall sports teams -- boys soccer, cross country, volleyball and football -- begins conditioning work Aug. 8. The first OSAA-sanctioned practices are Aug. 15, with Aug. 25 the first contest date. Cameron’s squad opens Sept. 1 at

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“We are very excited that he chose Silverton High School,” Foxes Athletic Director Greg Kaatz said. “Kirk brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in multiple sports settings.” McAnlis replaces Jennifer Krug, who resigned at the end of the school year. Homer: The annual Homer’s Classic races are set for Sunday, Aug. 7. The 8K covered bridge run and the 2-mile run-walk will start and finish at the Pine Street campus this year because of the McGinnis Field project on Schlador. Races start at 9 a.m. and you can register at or starting at 7:30 on race day. Call Steve Ritchie at 503-559-4643 for information. Follow me on @jameshday. Got a news tip? Email me at jamesday590@ Follow Our Town on Facebook.

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Wanna be my friend? Harvest widow. It sounds like a dramatic term but I’m guessing it feels pretty darn accurate for a lot of us around here these days. My first season as a harvest widow was hard, sure. I marathon-watched old episodes of Pioneer Woman before going to bed by myself, took dinner out to the field most nights and spent a lot of weekends walking the dog and getting used to the sound of the ever-present silence. But I felt like things went pretty well, we did our best to cope with the absence and exhaustion, and by October were back to our happy old selves. But this year... this year has been a whole new ballgame. Instead of going into harvest all rested up, we went in after four months of new parenthood, being massively sleep deprived. Now, instead of finding ways to occupy my time, I have to find a way to get everything done that needs doing,

all by myself. Having a little guy around means that I’m on call 24 hours a day, and there’s no one else to hold him so I can switch the laundry, watch him while I do the dishes or step in to give him a bath or change a diaper. It’s on me to feed three people (and one puppy), keep us clothed, clean and healthy. I adore my husband and love being mama to our sweet boy, but this summer has been nothing short of exhausting. And in that exhaustion, I’ve found myself thinking about the other farming families in this community. Wondering how the other “harvest widows” are getting along.

An honest look at being a harvest widow Thinking about the other mamas collapsing into bed at night, only to get up a few hours later with a crying babe. The ladies whose piles of dirty work clothes are their only evidence of a husband. The women who stand strong to support their farmers all summer long, only to get them back in the fall run completely ragged, depressed about crop prices and feeling like their hard work was all for naught. I think I imagined that moving to this small community where everyone seems to know each other meant that I would quickly get to know everyone. But it’s kind of felt like everyone already knows or knows of each other, and I’m not sure where or how to break in. I guess I had a somewhat idealized image of the connection between local farmers and their families. More potlucks, more picnics. More mamas with babies hanging out at each other’s houses, sharing stories and meals and warm summer nights. I imagined getting to know other harvest

widows, going through the same thing at the same time, able to share their understanding, solidarity, support. Perhaps it’s silly to have such an expectation, I’ll be the first to admit I’m not the best at making new friends. In fact, I haven’t made any new friends that I’m not related to since moving here in 2014. I’m not super comfortable involving myself in group activities. I’m introverted, probably a little too blunt for my own good and being a young mama, spend most of my days at home, making it difficult to meet new people. But I love cooking and farming and babies, hiking, fishing and Little House on the Prairie. And I believe in the idea of harvest widows banding together, helping each other make it through busy season, perhaps with a little bit of fun to be had. Wanna be my friend?

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To the Editor: Approximately 10 months ago I moved to Silverton from Portland. I run a dog rescue and sanctuary, as well as am an avid animal activist. Law enforcement and animal control frequently work with me regarding animal abuse, domestic violence involving a dog protecting its owner and puppy mills etc. We always follow the correct procedures. I live five minutes from the little downtown area of Silverton on 3/4 (of an) acre of land for the dogs. Recently, I had a horrible experience with the Silverton police.  This is my story.   Shortly after leaving an appointment at the Silver Creek veterinarian clinic just a few blocks from Water Street, I was driving around a corner going about 15 miles per hour with four rescue dogs secured in my vehicle in metal crates. My cell phone rang with the caller ID showing it was the vet in Silverton. Unfortunately, I had forgotten my blue tooth on the kitchen table. I picked up the cell phone in a panic and said “I need to pull over and will call back ASAP.” I was NOT engaged in a conversation. Once pulled over, I picked up the cell and returned the call. When I noticed a Silverton police on motorcycle approach my vehicle wearing a huge helmet and sunglasses, I rolled down the window and the dogs went crazy. I asked the officer “what did I do?” as the dogs continued to bark loudly. His helmet and sunglasses were frightening the dogs. Two of them were so upset from

Woman uneasy with how police handled traffic stop the officers intimidating look they damage their teeth and gums by biting at the cage. There was blood everywhere and they would not stop barking, they were just trying to protect me. The officer continued insisting I was carrying on a conversation and I tried my best to explain that I was not! He said “I can’t hear you, your dogs bark too much.” I asked for permission to step out of vehicle and he said no. He kept asking me questions and said he could not hear me and of course I could not hear him. Again, I asked to step out. I am under 5 ft. tall, older woman, and not threatening in any way. He actually walked ¾ block away to write a citation for $180.  When he came back to vehicle, I asked if I could speak to him and he refused, handed me the citation and said, “I crossed off where payment goes, you need to send payment to the address I have hand written in.” The next day, I sent the $180 to address he wrote on ticket.   Surprisingly, 30 days later I received a letter with an additional $280 fine and a suspension. I went to city hall and asked to see copy of the ticket. Two very nice young ladies found the ticket and explained they had no idea why the officer did this, the address is a vacant building. Once they investigated, they found the original check, processed it, voided the suspension, and removed the $280 additional fine. I explained to the helpful ladies this officer appeared to have not had any

training regarding approaching a vehicle with dogs. They are our protectors, if he would have removed the huge helmet and sunglasses prior to approaching the window it would not have been so threatening to the dogs. I always crate my dogs while traveling in vehicles for safety and it’s the law. It is unfortunate many dog owners do not. This is farm country and you frequently see trucks all day long with Rottweilers, German Shepherds, and Pit Bulls traveling unrestrained. If the officer would have approached a vehicle with a large dog not restrained, the driver and the officer could have been seriously hurt. Dogs protect their owners, it is in their nature. The biggest concern, and with all the recent officer involved shootings, an officer would potentially shoot a dog that may have lunged at the partially down window. This incident was unfortunate and could have been avoided.  We need more communication and more training. Again, I work with other law enforcement regularly on how to approaching a vehicle safely and strongly advise against approaching a vehicle with a helmet and/or sunglasses, it will inevitably lead to confrontation.  My biggest concern is for the innocent animals that cannot defend themselves, that’s what I do. Jenell Rangan Silverton

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Note from the Chief The police radio com’s run through the motorcycle helmet. If the helmet is removed, (the officer) has to switch over to a different radio system to talk to dispatch. Doing so distracts the officer from the contact and the traffic stop. Therefore, it is a practice that the motor officer always leaves his helmet on during traffic stops.  I have no plans to change this since doing so impacts officer safety at the time of the traffic stop. By policy, officers are prohibited from wearing mirrored sunglasses, but are allowed to wear regular sunglasses to protect their eyes from harmful UV rays and glare off of surfaces. The motor (cycle) officer is required to wear either sunglasses or safety glasses to protect the eyes from rocks or debris being kicked up by traffic.  Some officer wear prescription sunglasses, so there is no requirement to take off sunglasses which would restrict their vision in dealing with motorists during traffic stops. Jeff Fossholm Silverton Chief of Police

Thanks for the help My husband and I would like to say, with much gratitude, THANK YOU to all the emergency personnel, law enforcement and bystanders that made a hard situation so much better for us last Tuesday morning. We will never forget your kindness and care!     Dan & Jenelle Gasper


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a Grin at the end

Home improvement pointers It’s been my long-held opinion that there is no need for capital punishment as long as there are home improvement projects to be done. Instead of spending eternity on death row, the worst offenders should be sentenced to fixing things around the house or building a fence or painting a bedroom. Nothing is as punishing as standing there looking at a crooked wall or a newly installed light fixture that doesn’t work. In my past, such jobs represented punishment beyond words. The mere thought of a trip to the hardware store or to buy lumber and gizmos for a home project was enough to make me swear off all of my sins, at least for a little while. Lately, though, I’ve had a change of heart. I’ve undertaken some small and medium-sized jobs around the house and found that I actually enjoyed them. And they didn’t come out nearly as badly as I feared they would. What happened? One of the main influences was when my wife asked an electrician for a bid on putting new lights in our kitchen. I’m not sure what the guy was thinking, but he said it would be “too hard.” When my wife told me that, I said. “Hey, if it was easy, I’d do it.” Then I got to thinking.

and countertop at some point, but for now I like the “doneness” of it. Step Three: Talk with your wife — or significant other — about what you plan to do before you start and get her input. And listen. I’m still trying to get this step down. Step Four: Make a materials list and then buy too much stuff. You can always return items that you don’t use, but there’s nothing more frustrating than having to stop in the middle of a job and go the store for another do-dad or a whatchamacallit. Putting new lights in a kitchen isn’t inventing a cure for cancer. All I needed was a plan. I sat down and wrote my patented Seven Easy Steps for Home Improvement Success. If I followed it, I was sure to succeed. Step One: Watch You Tube. Among all of the videos about cats and Taylor Swift is a great selection on fixing stuff. I recently fixed our 40-year-old dryer. OK, it took me three tries and four days, but it runs like a champ now, thanks to the help of a couple You Tube videos, and some advice from the lady at the dryer parts store. Step Two. Limit the scope of the job. Have a hard finishing point. In other words, don’t start with the idea that you won’t stop until you have rebuilt the entire house. I replaced the lights in the kitchen, declared victory and stopped. We may change the sink

Step Five: Take a break. You’re not a slave. Every hour or two, sit down and have an ice tea and watch an episode of West Wing or read a magazine. I was surprised at how easy things went when I did that instead of trying to power through. Step Six: Even when I take regular breaks, I need to stop for the day before I start to “spool up.” That’s a pilot term for a jet engine when it starts to build power. When I spool up, I start skipping steps and rushing. And then I get really frustrated, and believe me, everyone around me suffers. Step Seven: When it’s finished, quit looking at it. Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. I don’t know who said that first, but I’m sure he was talking about a home improvement project.

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$460,000 (WVMLS#705811)



FOR LEASE/COMMERCIAL FOR RENT #T2233TOWN 2 ACRE LOT 2 acres Call Chuck at ext. 325

#T2284 COLONIAL HOME ON ACREAGE 4BR, 4.5BA 3680 sqft.1.510 acres Call Chuck at ext. 325 $489,900 (WVMLS#701127)




COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL #T2263 CUSTOM HERR CONSTRUCTION 3BR, 2BA 1797sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324 or Ryan at ext. 322 $328,700 (WVMLS#698000) #T2298 SINGLE FAMILY HOME 2BR, 1BA 912sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324 or Ryan at ext. 322 $164,500




New Listing in Turner! Large home. Custom Built with many extras. Call for a full list of amenities. Underground sprinklers connected to Mill Creek. Water rights for yard irrigation. You have to see this one to fully appreciate it! Call Michael at ext. 314 (WVMLS#706991)




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Our Town Monthly

Our Town North: Aug. 1, 2016  

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

Our Town North: Aug. 1, 2016  

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