Our Town North: Aug. 15, 2023

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Civics 101

INSIDE Vol. 20 No. 16 Serving Mt. Angel, Silverton and Scotts Mills August 2023

program, with booth map Fun

Or 97362 PERMIT NO. 854
Silverton Arts Festival
Details on SFSD bond measure: Pratum, Central Howell – Page 5 & Games - Silverton Community Picnic at 30 – Page 11


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Our Town Life ourtownlive.com August 2023 • 3 Civics 101 Silverton civic center move-in date delayed .......................... 4 Small subidvision to be built near Silver Falls ....................... 5 SFSD bond details ................... 6 Something to Do Salmon Watch training, events .. 8 Looking Back GeerCrest receives grant for farmhouse roof .....................10 Silverton Arts Festival Program ... Inside Something Fun 30 years celebrating Silverton . 11 Arts & Entertainment Graphic novel wins accolades .... 12 Briefs ...........................13 Passages ................... 14 Sports & Recreation Mount Angel JBO champs ....... 16 SHS, JFK football preview ....... 17 The Forum The way of the road for bikers ... 18 Marketplace ..............19 Above Jonathan Case’s much honored graphic novel Little Monarchs On the Cover A photo from the 2007 Silverton Community Picnic. The event is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Contents 12 Our Town P.O. Box 927 Mount Angel, OR 97362 401 Oak St. Silverton, OR 97381 503-845-9499 ourtown.life@mtangelpub.com ourtownlive.com Our Town mailed free to residents and businesses in the 97362, 97375, 97381 zip codes. Subscriptions for outside this area are $48 annually. The deadline for placing an ad in the Sept. 1 issue is Aug. 21. Thank you for spending time with Our Town. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Jim Kinghorn Advertising Director Paula Mabry Editor & Publisher DeeDe Williams Office Manager Steve Beckner Custom Design Tavis Bettoli-Lotten Designer & Copy Editor Janet Patterson Distribution Melissa Wagoner Reporter Stephen Floyd Digital Editor & Reporter Sara Morgan Datebook Editor Burgers & Fries Shakes • Drinks Open Daily IIam-8pm 4O2 McClaine St. Silverton 5o3-874-4oI4 NOW OPEN! SILVER FALLS FAMILY YMCA AUGUST 2023 Sasquatch is on the Loose! 503.873.0205 khorner@theyonline.org Friday, Sept. 1 at the Silverton High School Home Football game. Come support “Fox Country”... The Big Reveal! find out who the real identity of Sasquatch! 1397 S. Water St., Silverton 503-873-6089 OPEN: 8am - 7pm • Tuesday through Sunday Exp. 9 /15/ 23 $ any regular priced meal breakfast or lunch dine-in or take-out 3ooOFF

Delayed completion Silverton Civic Center opening pushed into 2024

The new Silverton Civic Center likely will not be fully occupied until January 2024 after some unexpected complications hit the project.

The $19.5 million facility, which will hold most city staff as well as the police department, originally was scheduled for completion in July 2023.

Aug. 7 the Silverton City Council was told that substantial completion of the building is now scheduled for November, with early next year the target date for occupancy.

Two key complications have come up, Mayor Jason Freilinger wrote in a Facebook post that summarized action at the meeting. First, railroad tracks were found near the corner of North Water Street and Front Street. Additionally, Freilinger said, mistakes caused by one of the building’s contractors led to some beams being installed incorrectly.

The contractor will bear the financial responsibility for repairing the beams, but the problem will delay completion.

Freilinger noted that the building is currently running at 1.9% over the original budget, which he said is within range of the contingency budget and “good compared to most commercial projects of this size.”

The City Council approved $290,000 in change orders for the project at the Aug. 7 meeting. Both staff and the council expressed concerns at how close the city is getting to using up the contingency fund, Freilinger said.

Current policy gives interim city manager Kathleen Zaragoza the right to authorize change orders up to $60,000,

but councilors have chosen to review all change orders in the future.

Staff also will be looking at cutting project spending where possible, perhaps by reviewing the cost of furnishings. The goal, Freilinger wrote, is not to exceed the contingency budget.

City officials are moving to the new building on the site of the former Eugene

Field School because the current City Hall on South Water Street is deemed seismically unsafe.

In other highlights from the council session:

City manager: Freilinger wrote that the city currently has 14 applications in hand for the position that had been held by Ron Chandler. The council will meet in executive session on Aug. 21 to review the applications and discuss next steps in an open meeting following the executive session.

Surveys and outreach: The city placed a parks and recreation survey on water bills. The survey also is available on the city website, https://silverton.or.us/ (click on the News button). Surveys on downtown renovation and transportation will be coming, Freilinger said. The city is planning a town hall in the fall to discuss parks and recreation issues and a proposed urban renewal project for Main Street.

Rasmussen statue: Some residents spoke during the public comment period to urge the creation of a statue of former Mayor Stu Rasmussen to be placed outside the Palace Theatre, which he operated for decades. The council directed city staff to work with the residents on the proposed project.

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The new Silverton Civic Center will not open until early next year, city officials reported at Aug. 7 City Council meeting. JAMES DAY

Subdivision planned for hills near Silver Falls

A new subdivision is taking shape in the hills above Silverton on the road to Silver Falls State Park.

Although it should be noted that the definition of a subdivision in rural county acreage is vastly different from what one would expect off of Eureka Drive or at the intersection of James and Jefferson.

The DeSantis Ridge project is just six lots in the 1200 block of Silver Falls Highway SE, with the closest current street Winters Hill Road SE. The area is approximately five miles from the North Falls area of the park.

Required road infrastructure already is being put in place and sales of the six lots will begin once the subdivision is platted sometime this month according to Ward Frederick of John. L. Scott in Salem.

The lots range in size from 4.82 acres to more than 11. The entire parcel is 38.6 acres.

Frederick said it seemed likely that lots would be sold individually, with purchasers arranging for construction directly with a builder. Federick also noted that a builder conceivably could buy one of the lots intending to build a “spec” house.

Frederick said it was likely that sales prices on the lots would begin in the $300,000s.

Development on the parcel has been in the works for more than a decade, according to Brandon Reich, the building and planning manager for Marion County. The original subdivision approval was made in 2006.

Cleanup day set for Mt. Angel

The City of Mt. Angel is hosting its annual citywide cleanup Aug. 26, giving residents a chance to dispose of yard debris, appliances and metal, items that are normally difficult to safely throw out.

Scheduled for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot across from City Hall on E. Church St., the event is hosted by Republic Services. It is open for free to all Mt. Angel residents.

Items that can be dropped off include electronic waste such as old computers and cords, wood both treated and untreated, and yard debris including tree trunks and limbs no later than 6 inches in diameter. Also accepted are scrap metal and appliances, while units with freon such as refrigerators will require a $25 disposal charge.

Colby Kemp, the city’s Administrative Services Director, said the cleanup day “enhances the appearance and safety of The City of Mt. Angel,” especially during the summer when debris becomes a fire hazard. He said Republic Services employees will be on hand to help offload items and indicate the right bins for placing different materials.

For additional information, contact City Hall at 503-845-9291 or visit the website at www.ci.mt-angel.or.us

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Bond plans Central Howell, Pratum face water inundation, air quality woes

Editor’s note: Over the next several issues Our Town will present a school-by-school review of the facility challenges at each building covered by the Silver Falls School District bond proposal on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Central Howell and Pratum schools are old enough to predate the Silver Falls School District (SFSD) itself.

Both have roots in pioneer schoolrooms that met in log cabins. The current schools were constructed in the 1920s.

The nearly century-old buildings have retained their character, even as new features were added over the decades such as gyms and offices. But both schools are showing their age.

Over the last several months the SFSD Bond Advisory Committee and district officials – following a series of schoolby-school community listening sessions – constructed a plan to address critical facility challenges to student safety and well-being.

After reviewing the proposal, the SFSD board decided to put the $138 million bond measure necessary to carry out those plans before the voters on the Nov. 7 ballot.

The bond addresses repairs and renovations at 10 district-owned schools, and replaces Silverton Middle School. For property owners within the district, the estimated cost per thousand tax increase over the current rate is $1.60 per $1,000 in assessed value.

The plan calls for Central Howell to receive nearly $5.8 million in upgrades. Pratum would receive almost $4.1 million.


Central Howell

When entering Central Howell, you pass through the newest part of the building, the main office constructed in 1987. Just a few steps more and you’re standing in a 95-year-old schoolhouse that has hosted students from the Great Depression to the dawn of Chat GPT.

This oldest section of Central Howell was built in 1923, then burned down in 1928. The now-familiar main building was constructed in its place the same year.

New classrooms were added in the 1950s and 1970s, while existing rooms

were modernized. These renovations led to one of the major facilities problems now facing Central Howell: floor tiles contaminated with asbestos. A layer of wax sealant is used to protect students from exposure, but this sealant can be worn away by moving chairs and desks and needs to be reapplied regularly. One of the bond-funded projects for schools like Central Howell is new flooring that does not contain asbestos, or even require waxing. Another priority is new roofing, particularly at the gym, where the roof was not designed to drain water. Also on the list is a new HVAC system to

both heat and cool students and to allow better ventilation.

Air flow became a problem in the basement where teachers offices and music instruction were held. Regular water inundation lead to mold growing on boxes in a storage area. The basement had to be vacated in April while the district cleaned the rooms. The mold has been removed and the basement repainted, and efforts are under way to create additional vents. Addressing the roofing and HVAC issues should prevent such emergency situations, according to district officials.

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Sept. 1: Evergreen, Victor Point, Silver Crest details * Plan assumes $138M bond passes, earning a $4M State grant, creating the $142M total fund


Pratum School has gone through many iterations, first as a log cabin on a local farm in the 1860s, followed by a tworoom schoolhouse at the site of the former Pratum Methodist Church. The first modern school was built down the road from its current location in 1903 and expanded from one room to two in 1908.

The current building on Sunnyview Road NE was constructed in 1928 and remained a two-room schoolhouse through the 1950s, accommodating as many as 60 students at a time. The school now has three teachers and 65 students. Office space, a multi-use room and a gymnasium were added over the years.

Like Central Howell, the basement of Pratum is often used for instruction and activities. It also has water inundation problems during the winter.

Compunding that problem, Pratum’s basement has exposed utilities like fuse boxes and electrical terminals. Air ducts are literally coming apart at the seams. Neither Pratum’s basement nor its bathrooms are ADA accessible, though many student activities are held here. In fact, the only ADA-compliant restrooms are in the recently-renovated gym. Accessibility is one of the district’s major priorities for Pratum.

Outside, Pratum boasts a wide playground complete with a fencedin yard and well-kept play structures. However, on rainy or hot days there is very little covered space for children

to play safely. Students often huddle beneath the covered walkway between the main school building and gym, according to site supervisors.

The bond would help make the basement, playground and other areas safer and more accessible for students and staff, as well as parents and community members who take part in school programs.

Principal’s perspective

Taryn Wold, who recently became principal of both Central Howell and Pratum, told Our Town student wellbeing is central to learning and the buildings where learning takes place have a direct impact.

“For our families and our students to walk in and not feel [safe], or for our staff to not walk in and feel safe in the buildings, I think that’s a big problem,” said Wold. “... If our buildings are crumbling around us, that’s a big problem.”

Wold said the families that grew up around these schools are invested in in their communities, and the schools hope to do their part to keep those communities strong.

During listening sessions earlier this year, some residents asked why Central Howell, Pratum and Evergreen schools are not simply torn down and combined into a new building.

District representatives said the schools are built from sturdy materials and could last another generation if they are properly maintained. Wold echoed this feeling.

“We want our schools to be around for a very long time,” she said.

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It’s salmon season and the Marion Soil & Water Conservation has a series of events planned in the Santiam Canyon for August through October.

The district is organizing Salmon Watch field trips for school kids from Sept. 20 through Oct. 18 at Packsaddle Park just east of Gates on Highway 22. Packsaddle is a known spawning ground of spring Chinook salmon on the North Santiam River.

Volunteers are needed for the hands-on learning stations at the sessions, which run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on field trip days. To sign up to volunteer go to https://www. signupgenius.com/go/409054eaba62aab9-fall2#/.

Volunteers are encouraged to participate in a 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. training session on Wednesday, Aug. 23 at Packsaddle. They will learn about water quality, salmon biology, macroinvertebrates and riparian ecology, the four stations that will be used on the field trips.

And, finally, the general public is welcome to participate in a free community Salmon Watch event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 at Packsaddle. Participants will be able to see salmon spawning in the North Santiam and learn about the salmon life cycle from experts.

For more information on the program email heath. keirstead@marionsswcd.net or call 503-391-9927.

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Preserving history GeerCrest receives grant toward a new roof

The Geer farmhouse is in line for a new roof, courtesy of a grant from Oregon Heritage.

Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded the GeerCrest Farm & Historical Society $20,000 for its roof project. The award was one of 18 statewide that added $277,681 to historical preservation efforts.

Jim Toler, a trustee with GeerCrest said “the farmhouse roof has been overdue for a complete replacement for a few years now, but COVID has complicated things.”

The group also received $5,000 for the project from the Kinsman Foundation and will fundraise for the required $20,000 or so in matching funds.

Toler said the project will replace the entire roof with the exception of the veranda porches. Because of the farmhouse’s National Register of Historic Places status, the new roof must be a “heavy shake roof,” Toler said.

The farmhouse is a timber framed building, built in 1851. It stands as an example of the early architecture in Oregon. The property is about 5.5 miles south of Silverton. The original

homesteaders, Ralph and Mary Geer, arrived in the Willamette Valley in 1847 and began to establish their 640acre homestead early in 1848. Theirs became the second registered homestead

in Oregon. From the proceeds of their success selling newly grafted apple and pear trees, the farmhouse was finished in 1851. It is the oldest farmhouse in Oregon with a descendent of the original family still living on the property.

The house also was the childhood oasis for a young Homer Davenport (1867 - 1912), who became a well-known political cartoonist satarizing policitians of America’s Gilded Age. He was also responsible for the first direct importation of Arabian horses to the United States.

Homer, the son of Timothy W. and Florinda (Geer) Davenport (Ralph and Mary’s daughter), also wrote the book The Country Boy, which relates his life growing up in the Waldo Hills area near Silverton. Other noted residents of the Geer house have included Theodore Thurston (T.T.) Geer, the first native-born Oregon governor and entrepreneur Musa Geer, who in 1897 became the first woman known to have climbed Mt. Jefferson.

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Free family fun

The 30th anniversary edition of Silverton’s Community Picnic is set for Friday, Aug. 25.

Events for the 5 to 8 p.m. soiree will be held in Coolidge McClaine Park and the Silverton Community Pool.

“It’s just a great time to get together,”said Dodie Brockamp, executive director of the Silverton Senior Center, the lead organizer for the event.

“People of all ages and demographics are there. A lot of groups get involved, and it provides good fellowship for the community.”

Silverton Community Picnic celebrates its 30th summer

The 30 years of the event have been continuous. The picnic was even held during the COVID years.

“We tried because it was something people could do outside,” Brockamp said, although attendance, normally in the 400 to 500 range, dwindled to 50 to 100 during the pandemic years.

The Senior Center has been doing outreach to local nonprofits and service clubs, and many have come forward to handle individual pieces of the picnic.

“It’s so community-based,” Brockamp said. “It would be nice to get even more groups involved.”

And everything is free: the picnic

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dinner, Bingo, family photos, swimming, a cake walk, games for all ages, and community resource tables.

Events include:

• Dinner, provided by the Silverton Kiwanis Club, from 5 to 7 p.m.

• Music by the Silverton Ukulele Network runs from 6 to 7 p.m.

• Bingo, provided by the Silverton Senior Center, will be played from 7 to 8 p.m.

• Swimming, hosted by the YMCA, is free for families from 7 to 8 p.m.

• Free family photos will be taken from 5 to 7 p.m.

• After dinner there will be an ice cream social provided by the United Methodist Church.

Brockamp said the picnic is still is seeking volunteers to assist with the various activities. For more information or to assist, call the Silverton Senior Center at 503-873-3093.

In addition to the Senior Center sponsors include the city of Silverton, the Silverton Kiwanis Club, Silverton Area Community Aid and the Silver Falls Family YMCA.

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What does free family fun look like? What about a sack race, a slice of melon, and a little chalk art. The file photos are from the 2007 picnic. TIMM O’COBHTHAIGH

We at the Silverton Arts Association are a dedicated team of artists, parents, and educators who believe deeply in the importance of art in rural Oregon. That’s why we volunteer to keep the Silverton Art Center and its programs strong!

Many of us grew up in small towns that did not have access to an art center of any kind, let alone one with the diversity and stength of our own local artists. Our members have worked for Disney, OPB, Stanford University, Intel, Nike, and DC Comics. They bring passion for the arts as not only a practice, but a way of life.

Sustaining the Silverton Art Center is a great privilege, and one that we hope to continue for many years to come.


Members receive a 15% discount on all Art Center programming! Membership also helps support: Arts education in our district schools (over 900 children served last year!)

Our Community Arts Space, open to all, with free art supplies and engagement with resident artists.

Art throughout Silverton -- The Art Center provides meeting space for the Mural Society, Lunaria Gallery, and the Poetry Association. We’re stronger together!

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Events Schedule


5:00pm -- Community Art Show

Opening at the Arts Center

8:00pm -- Silver Falls Film Festival


10:00-11:30 Cherry City Cloggers

12:00-2:00pm - Jon Deshler

2:30-3:30 Next of Kin

3:45-5:45 New Iberians


11:00-12:00 Tanie Hotan

12:30-2:00 New Iberians

3:00-4:15 Christiana Zollner

4:15-5:00 The Marionberries (with Christiana Zollner)

Booths open

SAT: 10:00am - 6:00pm SUN: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Huge thanks to our volunteers, security team, & hospitality services!



Activities Schedule


A range of activities will be available each day for kids and adults. Come check in with our activity host for info, and nd more details via our Online Festival Program!



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Welcome to the 2023 Silverton Arts Festival! We’re excited to be back with a fantastic lineup of artists, musicians, dancers, and food vendors -- and to kick the weekend off with a new family-friendly Silver Falls Film Festival, Friday night at 8PM!

It’s been a big year for the Silverton Arts Association: classes and workshops are thriving again at the Art Center, from stained glass to creature design. Over the school year, the amazing Angela McGraw provided arts instruction to over 900 children -- a vital service to schools without their own art programs.

New to the Art Center this year is a Community Arts Space located in the old Borland Gallery. Here, resident artists host visitors of all ages in a comfortable space stocked with free art supplies, coffee and cocoa, and a choice collection of vinyl records -- it’s a fun, accessible way to explore new techniques with guidance from working artists. We hope you’ll visit us there soon!

Most of all, please enjoy this year’s Silverton Arts Festival. As always, we owe huge thanks to our volunteers, sponsors, artists, and vendors. Good show, everyone!

-- The Silverton Arts Association

Vendors by Category


Silverton Arts Association

Find us at the INFO BOOTH


The Silverton Mural Society

1. Michelle Purvis (My Art Maker, LLC)


4. Rasa Clay Works

37. Elaura Art & Light

9. Ann Altman

72. K6 Creations, LLC

55. Uli Kirchler

37. Elaura Art & Light

79. MWhi Pottery

16. Fishbowl Pottery

62. Amarant Heart Woodworking 53. Rock Dogs 39. Fieryimaginations

64. Marca-Fantasy Figurative Art

18. Running Deer Pottery

38. Nighthawk Woodworking

11. The Walt Bensman Studio

47. Galaxyclay


5. Tai Vautier

28. MarkitaRita Jewelry

2. Hawk Hummingbird Moon Studio

29. Sauve Jewelry

36. Chumil

35. Branch+Barrel

54. Burbeck's Jewelry

74. Girl in the Pearl

59. House of Dogs Artistic Creations LLC

31. Bluce Designs

13. A Stone's Throw Jewelry

50. Saucy Jewelry

15. Northwest Goods

61. Jan Harris Smith Studio

67. Marty Hogan Jewelry

44. Tyler Haas Designs

19. Sunny Asylum Designs


6. Dance of the Dragonfly

41.TEK Photography

43. Brandon Hoxie Photography LLC.

71. Erskine Wood Photography

34. Lucidity Photography

14. Kathy Zimmerman Photography

This year’s featured artist, Michelle Purvis, visits us from Portland.

Since growing up in the Pacific Northwest my work has always been concerned with the natural environment around me. Inspired by sustainability and conservation I explore compositions that examine the interactions of humanity influencing the environment, capturing the essence of landscape with a twist of the surreal. My process often involves layering various materials such as acrylic paint, charcoal, thread, paper, or pastels to create depth and texture in each piece. Through my work I would like to transport the viewer to a dreamlike world where the familiar becomes strange and the boundaries between reality and imagination are blurred. I hope my work inspires my audience to see the world around them in a new light, to look for the beauty and mystery in the everyday.



Old Tyme Kettle Korn

S&J “The Original Oriental Food”

Paella de Zorro

Annie’s Jammies

The Lovely Lemon

The Silverton Elks

70. Karla's Green Glass design 69. Oregon Spun Treasures 68. Loretta Martinez Birdhouses 27. Hollis ArtWorks

60. Patrick Campbell Photography


32. Morganic

56. Peter Fox

78. Karen’s Art by Nature

58. Cindy Persson

63. Paperwings Studio

65. Women, Wine, and Words

40. Irene Henjum Fine Art


For more information about our festival artists, programming, and partnership opportunities, visit our website at www.silvertonarts.org

52. Kazue O Young

42. Sachiko Quinn Art

7. Lessa Clayton Art

12. Cutting Edge Wood Creations

10. Artnwordz Northwest

22. Art By Dakota Dean

51. M. Kay Beckham

48. Michael Baggetta Contemporary Fine Art

9. Ann Altman

23. Sarah Robison Art

20. Andrei Engelman

45. Art of Laura Koppes

25. Melissa Gannon

75. Jennifer Jo Deily Fine Art

33. Eileen Boss

73. The Playful Paintbrush

17. Handbuilt Boxes 49. Cowdawg Creations 46. LB Glassworks, LLC 26. JaM Pottery
77. Joe Bennett Glass
24. Paxson House 8. A New Dye 21. Wrenn 57. Hat People North 80. Do Over Designs 30. Simply Essential Wares 66. De Los Angeles Weaving 76. Cassandra Lee Studios

Annual Friends of Silver Falls Library Book Sale

Friday, Aug. 18, 10am – 6pm Items are 50¢ to $1

Saturday, Aug. 19, 10am – 4pm

Option to fill a bag for $5

Cash and checks only. Exact change appreciated. Sales benefit Friends of the Silver Falls Library.

You Name It, We Frame It!

Art Center raising funds for roof, HVAC

The Silverton Arts Association will be using Art Fair weekend to kick off fund-raising for needed roof and heating/ ventilation work on the Art Center in Coolidge McClaine Park.

The group installed a new HVAC system earlier this month and will be replacing the roof after the festival, said Jonathan Case, board president.

“The old HVAC was completely nonfunctional this summer, and while we were still able to operate great programming at the Art Center, some of our groups needed to meet off site because it was just too hot in there,” Case said.

The association had hoped for city assistance on the repairs,

We at the Silverton Arts Association are a dedicated team of artists, parents, and educators who believe deeply in the importance of art in rural Oregon. That’s why we volunteer to keep the Silverton Art Center and its programs strong!

but a request for urban renewal funding was not granted. Case said that the organization still is hoping to receive grants to assist with the repairs but for now is drawing down from the group’s reserves. The repairs are costing approximately $25,000, said Case, who added “if we can raise even half of that with grants, etc., we’ll be in a much better position.”

Many of us grew up in small towns that did not have access to an art center of any kind, let alone one with the diversity and stength of our own local artists. Our members have worked for Disney, OPB, Stanford University, Intel, Nike, and DC Comics. They bring passion for the arts as not only a practice, but a way of life.

Sustaining the Silverton Art Center is a great privilege, and one that we hope to continue for many years to come.


Members receive a 15% discount on all Art Center programming!

Membership also helps support: Arts education in our district schools (over 900 children served last year!)

Our Community Arts Space, open to all, with free art supplies and engagement with resident artists.

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Winged migration Little Monarchs earns graphic novelist new accolades

It’s been a big year for award-winning graphic novelist Jonathan Case and his newest book, Little Monarchs – published by Holiday House in April 2022.

Chosen to represent Oregon’s literary heritage at the upcoming National Book Festival by the Oregon Center for the Book and the State Library of Oregon, the honor means an interview with Case will be preserved for posterity in the Library of Congress and his book will be featured on the National Book Store’s shelves. And that’s far from all.

“I was also honored at this year’s Oregon Book Awards,” Case added. “It was the only graphic novel this year.”

Perhaps the most notable honor came when Little Monarchs was nominated for what would have been Case’s second Eisner Award – the comic book industry’s equivalent of the Academy Awards – in the category of Best Publication for Kids aged nine to 12.

Although not the ultimate winner, “it’s always really fun to visit San Diego,” Case said of his attendance at this year’s awards ceremony. At the San Diego Bayfront Hotel he sat on the Panel for Educators and Librarians – known as Interactive and In-person. “It was really great to see familiar faces on stage.”

It was also rewarding to learn what a big impact his book – the tale of ten-year-old Elvie, and her biologist caretaker Flora,

and their quest to save humanity from extinction by following the path of the monarch butterfly’s migration – has made in the lives of readers.

“What an incredible book for our time,” one reviewer wrote online. “Case’s book addresses so many issues that are facing our children (and us adults): politics, climate change, vaccines, and death, without getting lost in the quagmire. It offers readers respite from the headlines while also tackling… [them] in a way that is digestible… The graphics are as awesome and creative as the storyline… A must for any child’s bookcase!”

Which was, in fact, Case’s goal when he started the book in 2010.

“I was going to be a dad soon,” Case said, recalling the impetus for writing a book geared toward children. “I wanted to get back to a childlike space of imagination.”

The father of three – Dorothy, Otis and Miriam – Case describes the process of writing Little Monarchs as one of selfdiscovery, as his life – outside his role as an artist and writer – continued to unfold.

“Part way through is when we lost our son…” he said, recounting the way that loss – partnered with his discovery that monarchs are believed to hold the spirits

of the departed by those who celebrate Dia De Los Muertos – shaped the narrative of the book.

“That spoke to me in a way it wouldn’t have if I hadn’t been on that grief journey,” Case said. “And I ended up writing Otis into the book in that spirit so that I could preserve a link between us.”

Now, with the book’s popularity growing, that link will be preserved even further in personal collections, at local libraries and even the Library of Congress.

“These are things that have the potential for staying power,” Case said.

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Salem man killed in wreck near Silverton Reservoir

Police are investigating a fatal collision on Hwy. 214 near Silverton Reservoir that took the life of a Salem man July 26.

According to Oregon State Police, Jeremy Paul Flentge, 52, of Salem, was traveling northbound around 9 p.m. near milepost 37 in a Yamaha motorcycle and came upon a southbound Toyota Tundra towing a loaded dump trailer. As the Toyota was turning left into a residence, the Yamaha collided with the passenger-side rear tire of the Toyota.

Despite life-saving efforts by first responders, Flentge was declared deceased at the scene. No injuries to the driver of the Toyota were reported.

Silverton grass fire damages firewood facility

A two-alarm grass fire on Aug. 1 severely damaged a Silverton firewood processing facility off of Pine Street.

The blaze, which consumed approximately five acres,  was caused by sparks from farm machinery, said Keith Veit, assistant chief of the Silverton Fire District.

“A tractor was mowing wheat stubble in the field and it is believed that a spark from the mower started the blaze,” Veit said. “I would like to note that this was unintentional in nature.”

The fire threatened other commercial structures along Airport Road as well as nearby homes, Veit said.

Nearly 40 pieces of apparatus were deployed, Veit said, including five


privately owned farm water tenders and a large excavator that was brought to the scene by a Silverton Fire District volunteer.

“This individual,” said Veit, referring to the volunteer,  “recognized the need for heavy equipment [to] extinguish the fire, saving countless hours [of] labor and drastically reducing the time emergency equipment would be needed to remain on scene.”

Compounding the challenge for fire crews was that the major product of the commercial facility, firewood, also served as fuel for the fire. Charred logs could be seen strewn about the fire zone in the days following the fire.

One Silverton firefighter was briefly treated at a hospital for smoke inhalation. No other injuries were

reported, Veit said.

Assisting the Silverton Fire District were Woodburn Fire District, Monitor Fire District, Hubbard Fire District, Drakes Crossing Fire District, Stayton Fire District, Marion County Fire District, Sublimity Fire District, Mt. Angel Fire District, Woodburn Ambulance, Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office, Silverton Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Metcom911 and the farmers who contributed their water tenders.

“We are extremely lucky to have such resources available from neighboring agencies and we are proud to have such great working relationships and are always willing to return the favor when they may be in need of help,” Veit said.

The highway was closed for roughly four hours as crews responded including Silverton Fire District, Woodburn Ambulance Service, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the Marion County Medical Examiner’s Office, and ODOT. The wreck was still under investigation as of press time.

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Ernest ‘Ernie’ John Dill

Nov. 13, 1942 – July 26, 2023

Ernest (Ernie) John Dill passed away on July 26, 2023. He was born on Nov. 13, 1942 at 1300 hours at St. Petersburg, Florida. 13 was his lucky number. Born to Ernest W. and Mary Dill, his father served 20 years in the Air Force and Ernie grew up all over the states. After he graduated from high school, he followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the Air Force.

He met Henrietta (Henri) Ruef of Mount Angel, Oregon and then they were married on Dec. 26, 1964 at St. Mary’s in Mount Angel, exactly 58 ½ years ago to the date of his passing.

During his 20-year military career, the family lived in Guam, Okinawa, Japan, Mississippi, Texas, South Carolina, Washington, and California. During that time, five children were born which made traveling an experience. He also spent one year in Iran while his family stayed in Oregon. After retiring in 1984, he brought his family back to Oregon to live, opened Engelberg Antiks in Mount Angel that October and the next year, Engelberg Antiks 2 opened in downtown Salem.

In 2006 where Engelberg Antiks once stood, became Edelweiss Village with the now famous Glockenspiel. After 38 years, in 2022, Salem’s Engelberg Antiks was sold. He kept busy but his day was not complete without a stop at Bochsler’ s hardware store, where he and Blackie would solve all the fishing and hunting problems of the world.

A full life well lived, he will be missed by his wife Henri; his children, Lori (Randy) Lathrop of Mount Angel, Bryant (Pamela) Dill of Dupont Way (in Washington), Lena Dill of Mount Angel, and Traci (Tony) Buller of Silverton; granddaughter, Miki Dill; grandsons, Jonathan, William, and Alex Lathrop, Kylie Dill, Brogan, Dalton, and Grayson Buller; and his sisters from Louisiana, Jackie Chatelain, Jennie Moreau and Mary Moreau.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Henry (Hank) Dill, and grandsons Thomas and Taylor Lathrop.

Funeral services were held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mount Angel, on Tuesday, Aug. 1. Arrangements by Unger Funeral Chapel – Mount Angel.


Eric Lawrence Lyons

Aug. 20, 1979 – July 22, 2023

Eric Lawrence Lyons was born on Aug. 20, 1979 in Santa Clara, California. He passed away on July 22, 2023 in Eugene, Oregon at age 43.

Eric grew up in the Silverton Hills where he and his sister ran, played, and pretended all over their parents’ 11 acres. He attended Silverton High School and graduated in 1997. He eventually moved to Eugene to attend University of Oregon, and graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.

Eric’s professional life started at University of Oregon where, after graduating, he worked at a genetic research laboratory for eight years. During that time, he contributed to research papers published in Current Biology as well as two other peer reviewed scientific journals. He then moved on to manage the startup of two toxicology testing laboratories, and most recently worked as the Research

& Development Manager for Rize Laboratories in Corvallis, Oregon.

Eric loved to read, both for pleasure and for his own edification – he was always seeking knowledge and new information, and was incredibly intelligent. He was an avid skier, loved to travel, loved to laugh (he had a great, wicked sense of humor), and was a true and loyal friend. He was a devoted dog owner and an orchid enthusiast with a real knack for keeping his orchids happy and thriving. He had a warm, genuine smile and a very kind and loving heart.

Eric is survived by his parents, Roberta Gambino and Lawrence Lyons; his sister Christina (Shawn) Stott; his two nephews, Graeme and Cole Stott; as well as many loving cousins, aunts, and uncles.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date – details are to be announced.

In Memory Of …

Gary Ward May 9, 1942 — July 18, 2023

Joseph Keeton Oct. 11, 1966 — July 19, 2023

Bobbie Boles Feb. 20, 1946 — July 19, 2023

Ernest “Ernie” Dill Nov. 13, 1942 — July 26, 2023

Janell Johnson Nov. 20, 1929 — July 27, 2023

Stephen Buhr Sept. 2, 1945 — July 28, 2023

Larry Totland Aug. 28, 1942 — July 28, 2023

Jack Smith Nov. 24, 1992 — July 30, 2023

Helen Raid Jan. 20, 1937 — July 31, 2023

Roger Berning Jan. 7, 1952 — Aug. 2, 2023

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Larry Ivan Totland

Aug. 28, 1942 – July 28, 2023

Larry Ivan “The Bull” Totland was born Aug. 28, 1942 in Redmond, Oregon to Orville and Janet (Comstock) Totland.

The family returned to Silverton and purchased a quarter-section farm in the foothills above the Abiqua. Larry attended Silver Crest grade school and graduated from Silverton High School.

Larry served four years in the Air Force before moving to Alaska where he became a legend for both his personality and his skills.

While in Alaska he married Margaret “Dinksey” Willard on his 40th birthday. His son, Andrew Evans Totland, arrived in February 1984.

Larry retired at age 62 and returned to Silverton where he met Callie Ann Jacobson. He was welcomed into her family which included many grandkids and greatgrandkids who loved him and called him “Uncle Larry”. In addition to his son Andrew, survivors are his three sisters, Anita Mae Barnhart, Tonia Kuenzi, and Sue Totland-Crawford.

A service was held Aug. 8 at Mill Street Pub in Silverton.

Kimberly Munoz

Sept. 27, 1955 – July 20, 2023

Beloved wife and mother, Kimberly Munoz of Silverton, Oregon passed away unexpectedly on July 20, 2023.

Kimberly (Kimmers) is survived by her husband of almost 40 years, Joseph (“Moose”) Munoz; her four children, Donald Pitchforth (Laury) of Oregon, Joshua Lewis (Shauna) of Florida, Kristine Williams of Washington, and Dillon Munoz of Oregon; her sisters Mary Bussard (Shannon) and Cindi Taylor, plus many men and women who she called her children and loved like her own.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Betty Hubble; father, Richard Pitchforth; step-mother, Georgia Pitchforth; and brother, Ricky Pitchforth. “Kimmers” was an avid singer/songwriter who also loved her Bingo nights. She retired from the Oregon Department of Family Services and continued helping fostered children throughout her life.

Her passion was leather and motorcycle riding with her husband Moose. She loved her 13 grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life date will be set soon.

Stephen Buhr

Sept. 2, 1945 – July 28, 2023

Stephen Francis Buhr lived in the Mount Angel/Silverton area his entire life.

He was 77 years old when he passed away on July 28, 2023 surrounded by his family at home. Steve was a farmer and an incredibly hard worker his whole life.

He served in the U.S. Army and was in the Vietnam War.

He is survived by his wife, Lorrie Buhr; children, Amy (Jim) Terhaar of Scotts Mills, Bill (Kathy) Buhr of Mount Angel, Linda (Rich) Terhaar of Scotts Mills, Alice (Erv) Stadeli of Silverton; and 16 grandchildren.

A Rosary was held Aug. 8, 2023 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mount Angel, followed by a Mass. Arrangements by Unger Funeral Chapel – Silverton.

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Champs again! Mount Angel JBO squad claims state title

A Mount Angel JBO squad has won a state title for the second consecutive season. The program’s Junior American squad finished a 4-0 run through this year’s tournament with an 11-1 win against the Spartans in the championship game at North Clackamas Park. The team’s Midget American squad, including many of the same players, was a state winner a year ago.

The 2023 squad outscored foes 61-27 during the tournament, downing the Spartans 13-10, Milwaukie 25-20 and Scio 12-6 before the repeat win vs. the Spartans in the title matchup. Pitchers Ethan Berning and Blake Panuke teamed up to limit the Spartans to just one run in the finale.

Joining them on the roster are Hayden Jones, Will Hitz, Peyton Traeger, Jackson Sellin, Lincoln Hoffer, Connor Rich, Malachi Banducci, Joseph Pratt and Ismael Vaquera. The team was coached by Nathan Pratt, Joe Panuke and Michelle Dehut-Ellis Hayden Traeger served as the bat boy.

Two-time state champs on the roster included Blake Panuke, Malachi Banducci, Connor Rich, Jackson Sellin, Lincoln Hoffer, Joseph Pratt and Hayden Jones.

Volleyball: Kirsten Barnes is the new volleyball coach at Silverton High. This is not a new position for Barnes, though, who coached with the Foxes from 1996 to 2010 while serving as the head coach for 11 years, including a total of eight Pac-9 or MidWillamette Conference titles.

Barnes wears hats almost too numerous to count, including teaching and coordinating in the school’s Career Technical Education (CTE) department, real estate work and volunteering with the American Red Cross. Pursuit of her doctorate played a role in her decision to step back from coaching in 2010. She said it was the pursuit by Foxes athletic director Andy Jones that led her to return to coaching.

“Mr. Jones asked me to consider coming back to coach several times this spring, and as I thought about it, I realized that I would enjoy that challenge and missed many of the aspects of coaching athletic teams,” Barnes said in an email exchange with Our Town

Barnes added that “it’s an open-ended assignment. The girls have had several coaches for one year and need some stability to help them continue to improve. They haven’t had a coach who is on staff in many years, and I hope that will also help them transition from summer to school and day-to-day life at school. There is an advantage to being at school each day and seeing what is going on, before student-athletes get to practice.”

The Foxes were 23-5 last year and advanced to the Class 5A state tournament under coach Reilly Rosecrans There were eight underclassmen on the 2022 roster,

including setter Alexis Haury, the MidWillamette Conference player of the year.

“On paper, there are potentially eight returning volleyball players on the varsity team,” Barnes said, “but there are also a lot of players who played on developing teams within our system last year that are coming along strong and will challenge upperclassmen for roster spots on the team.”

The community interest is there. Barnes reported that more than 160 third through 12th-graders signed up for the team’s summer camp.

“I see a lot of really great things happening as the girls drill and play together, and many of our players have been working hard during the offseason to improve,” she said. “It makes for a very competitive tryout to make the team. We are excited about the future of Silverton volleyball and expect to have a strong team.”

Running: It was a family affair Sunday, Aug. 6 at the annual Homer’s Classic runs. Amid moderate temperatures, high clouds and even a few sprinkles, Gonzaga University runner Tommy O’Neil won the men’s 8-kilometer run over the Gallon House Bridge in 25:49, more than four minutes ahead of Johnathan Kintz, a senior this fall at Kennedy High. O’Neil’s mother, Deanna, a long-time Homer’s Classic participant who signed up for the race in January, ran 33:34.7 to finish fourth overall and win the women’s division by more than four minutes. Kennedy runners took the top spots in the 2K event, with Jeremiah Traeger capturing the race in 13:43.5. Rachael Kintz

was third overall and the first female finisher in 15:10.7. A total of 110 runners and walkers participated in the event, whose proceeds benefit cross country and track and field programs in Silverton and Mount Angel.

Lord Gets Scholarship: Silverton High 2023 graduate Avery Lord was one of five Oregon students who received $1,000 scholarships from Citizens Bank. All applicants participated in a hosted visit with a local Citizens Bank branch and the winners were selected based on their essays describing what they learned about community banks and their benefit to local economies.

The other winners were from Lakeridge, Gladstone, Santiam Christian and Oregon City.

Lord, who will attend the University of Southern California in the fall with hopes of earning a doctorate in occupational therapy, also served as a co-captain on Silverton’s girls soccer squad, which finished third in the Mid-Willamette Conference and advanced to the Class 5A playoffs.

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Here is the Mount Angel Junior American JBO team that won a state championship. From left to right: Coach Michelle Dehut-Ellis, Hayden Jones, Will Hitz, bat boy Hayden Traeger, Peyton Traeger, Jackson Sellin, Lincoln Hoffer, coach Nathan Pratt, Connor Rich, Malachi Banducci, Joseph Pratt, Ethan Berning, Blake Panuke, Ismael Vaquera and coach Joe Panuke. SUBMITTED PHOTO Kirsten Barnes SUBMITTED PHOTO Silverton High’s Avery Lord, center, with Milla Eubank, left, and Lori Sherwood of the Silverton Citizens Bank branch. Lord won a $1,000 scholarship from the bank. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Football preview Silverton, Kennedy getting ready for openers

It’s year two for Silverton football coach Dan Lever, who led the Foxes to a 7-4 record and a Class 5A quarterfinals berth a year ago.

“Year two is a lot better than year one,” he said Aug. 7 as the team opened fall camp. “In year one you are just trying to get everything in place.”

Year one also included a co-championship in the wildly competitive Mid-Willamette Conference. The Foxes, South Albany and Central tied for the title at 6-2, with Dallas and West Albany a game back at 5-3. The Foxes open at home at McGinnis Field on Friday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. vs. Dallas.

“There’s an awful lot of parity in the conference,” Lever said. “Dallas has one of the best teams they’ve ever had so we better come loaded for bear. If we can continue to get better and stay healthy the opportunity to be successful in the MidWillamette is there for us.”

Leading the way for Silverton is junior QB Sawyer Teeney, who started and played impressively as a sophomore in the tradition of predecessors Cole Chandler, Levi Nielsen and Jordan McCarty

“He’s done a great job,” Lever said of Teeney. “He’s bigger, faster and stronger and has a deeper understanding of what we’re trying to do. We expect him to be one of the best quarterbacks in the state regardless of class level.”

The Foxes will miss running back Jackson Pfeifer and his 33 touchdowns, but Brody Sullivan and Diego Flores seem poised for strong years. Cohen Mulick and Elijah Howard are back at wide receiver, and Lever is extremely high on his offensive line, which includes holdovers Xavier Orozco, Brash Henderson, Eli Willis, Josue Verdejo, Zavian Black, Brody Kuenzi and Dalton Ritchie

“Our offensive line is one of our most competitive units,” Lever said. “There are 11 guys we really like and we’re going to have the ability to rotate and keep guys fresh.”

Lever also really likes Orozco, who will play both ways and is “well respected by the staff and team. No one is going to outwork him. He’s going to have a great year.”

The same players on the OL also will see

most of the snaps on the defensive line, with Lever calling out offensive line coach Eric Anderson and defensive line coach Pat Scott for special praise.

Flores, David Kuenzi, Sawyer Enderle and Jake Lahman are back at linebacker, with Mulick and Howard set to anchor the secondary.

Kennedy: The Trojans’ first year at Class 3A was a stunning success, a 12-1 mark and a runner-up finish to Cascade Christian in the title game.

But as veteran coach Joe Panuke gets his squad ready for the Sept. 1 opener at Stanfield there will be a lot of new faces in the lineup.

“I was very pleased with the way things went last year,” Panuke told Our Town “We lost a lot of senior starters and a lot of playoff experience and a lot of juniors and seniors are going to have to step. It’s their turn.”

Gone are linemen Briggs Snell and Matt Hopkins and playmakers, Luke Beyer,

Charlie Beyer, Owen Bruner, Brett Boen and Carlos Recendiz. But Panuke has some key pieces back as he looks to keep the Trojans a playoff fixture. Leading the way is senior QB Elijah Traeger, the returning district offensive player of the year. Center Dom Beyer and guards Manny Ramirez and Isaac Berning are back, although Panuke might use the athletic Berning in the offensive backfield as well.

Panuke will be looking for Cole Vogel and Colby Rich to be offensive playmakers.

“I think they’re hungry,” Panuke said. “There is a tradition to uphold here and it’s their time to be the guy. If it’s your dream to score the TD or make the tackle it’s your turn. They should be excited for that. Our first four games (at Stanfield, Yamhill-Carlton and Warrenton and at home against Siuslaw) are tough so we’ve got to be ready in week one. Our goal always is to make the playoffs and make some noise once we are there.”

Noise? In the last four non-COVID years Kennedy has played for a state title every year, winning in 2018 against Santiam.

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Foxes second-year coach Dan Lever works with his linemen on footwork at a practice Aug. 7. Silverton opens at home on Sept. 1 vs. Dallas.  JAMES DAY Kennedy players take off on “gassers” during their Aug. 7 workout. The Trojans open at Stanfield on Sept. 1.   JAMES DAY

Sharing the road Insights from an experienced road biker

Today I’d like to write about bicyclists. Not spandex-wearing Tour De France competitors atop $15,000 uber-bikes; rather, I’m talking about the regular local Joe who suddenly appears on a slow-moving two-wheeled apparatus on the roadway ahead of you when you’re taking your kids to school, going to the grocery store, or late for a doctor appointment. Worse yet, the guy is taking up half of your lane, and cars are approaching in the adjacent lane, effectively preventing you from getting by. What are you supposed to do?

Well, I’m a local die-hard recreational bicyclist. You’ve probably seen me riding along Water Street in Silverton, or maybe you’ve come across me as I meander around on the back roads between Silverton, Mount Angel, and Scotts Mills, getting some exercise and fresh air while enjoying the beauty of our wonderful Willamette Valley. And it’s true; I’m probably only going around 15 miles an

hour. But, for me that’s a pretty good clip.

In the past several years of regular riding around here I’ve paid attention to how drivers respond to my sudden appearance on the road ahead of them. I am happy to report that the vast majority of drivers will cut a respectable arc around me, and many even move completely into the other lane as they pass me on the road. And if there is a car approaching from the opposite direction or a curve in the road coming up, most drivers will slow down to my speed behind me and wait for a clear path before zooming on by.

I like to think that I am a responsible, conscientious rider. I wear a helmet; use a rear-view mirror; signal when I turn; try to follow the laws; and am generally very friendly and respectful of others on the road. If there is a designated bike lane or paved shoulder, that’s where I ride unless broken glass or other debris prevents

me from doing so safely. If there is no designated bike lane or paved shoulder, I try to keep my wheels somewhere around 12 inches inside the fog line or curb. Some drivers seem to think that I should be hugging the white fog line for dear life and stay completely out of the roadway. But there are several valid reasons for bike riders not to do so. The aforementioned glass or debris that suddenly appears in the roadway ahead is one example. And wind, all by itself, can sometimes force a bicyclist to deviate several inches one way or the other. The most troubling example, however, is the driver who apparently thinks that when I hug the fog line it is an open invitation to pass me at will, and will whiz by at 50 to 60 miles an hour without even moving over – sometimes when there is oncoming traffic in the other lane. So those extra 12 inches not only give me a little wiggle room; they can also act as a deterrent to those who clearly do not have my safety in mind.

A quick shout out and thank you to the men and women of our wonderful

City of Silverton and Marion County road maintenance crews for doing such a great job of keeping our roads and paved shoulders free of glass and debris. Riding in and around Silverton is always such a pleasure. And a quick reminder for those riders who apparently do not know or understand some of the basic rules of the road. Please be aware of those around you and learn the safety rules. I have seen adults riding on the downtown sidewalk (illegal and dangerous); riding against traffic (illegal and very dangerous); and I have twice seen one local teenager ride without a helmet and against traffic while texting (illegal, very dangerous, and really?!?).

I guess my intended message here is that motor vehicles and bikes share the road, and we all need to follow the rules and be patient and respectful of all the different means of transportation out there. After all, we all live, work and play here in this beautiful part of Oregon.

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