Our Town North: Sept. 1, 2022

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Something to Think About

Looking Back

Silverton Police hold active shooter drill in classroom setting – Page 4

Vol. 19 No. 17

Janet Smith’s maternal expertise touches generations – Page 16

COMMUNITY NEWS Serving Mt. Angel, Silverton, and Scotts Mills

September 2022

Football preview – Page 20

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Something to Think About


Silverton PD runs active shooter drill.....4

Sushi served in Silverton.....................14

Helping Hands

Looking Back

Safety Compass receives grant..............6

A legacy for mothers and babes...........16

Civics 101

Passages..............................18 Sports & Recreation

SFSD fires band director....................... 8

Briefs...................................... 10 Datebook............................12

A Grin At The End...........22

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Mt. Angel JBO wins championship.......20 High school football preview...............20

Football season is here! A football preview for Silverton and JFK – page 20.


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Something to Think About

This is only a drill By James Day Silverton Police Chief Jim Angelmier, the reporter and City Manager Ron Chander were lined up against the wall of a classroom wing at Silverton High School. In front of them a heavily armed active shooting suspect held a gun on a student hostage, played by a manikin. A bell rang, eerily realistic screaming and shouting boomed through the hall and a lone Silverton Police officer moved quickly down the hallway to engage the suspect. “Drop the gun! Drop the gun!” the officer yelled. Shots were fired (the officers were using paintball cartridges), the suspect went down and training monitors who had been trailing the officer yelled “End scenario!” and “Holster!” And then they ran the drill again and again until all 12 officers on hand had participated. A series of community members took turns playing the shooter, with Chandler also taking on the role. He took a paintball cartridge to the hand, the thigh and his midsection and called the experience “humbling and unnerving, that’s the best way to put it.”

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As we observed in the hallway in our brightly colored vests, safety glasses and face shields the hallway floor became littered with paint shell casings. Welcome to 2022, a year that to date has included more than 25 school shootings, including the loss of 21 lives at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Silverton Councilor Elvi Cuellar Sutton at a pair of City Council meetings has encouraged the city to be more proactive on school safety issues. Wednesday, Aug. 17, was a step in that direction. Officers started with a classroom briefing by Anglemier which focused on strategy and tactics. They then headed out for the solo officer exercise. A second exercise involved a trio of officers working collectively to subdue a shooting suspect in a classroom. Silver Falls Superintendent Scott Drue was on hand for this piece and noted to Angelmier a desire to have the SPD train at as many of the district schools as possible so that officers can familiarize themselves with their layouts. Sgt. JJ Lamoreaux, the lead trainer for the exercise, noted that that familiarity was one of the key goals of the exercise. “I would characterize the goals for the training (were) to create a scenario-based training that puts officers into

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Silverton Police officers work on an active-shooter training exercise at Silverton High School on Aug. 17. PHOTOS BY JAMES DAY

what they may physically and mentally feel in an active shooter situation,” Lamoreaux said, adding that officers needed to learn “how to stay in control as they go into a hazardous incident, and confront an armed threat.


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In a post-exercise email exchange with Our Town after the 4.5-hour session, Lamoreaux called the training “a huge success and beneficial to the officers due to the recent incidents of active shooter situations in the nation. The officers’ performance demonstrated an understanding of the expectations put on them when responding to these types of incidents. The fact that we have the capabilities, equipment, and trained staff to be able to hold our own training is amazing in itself.” When asked what the department learned from the exercise Lamoreaux said:

Left: Silverton City Manager Ron Chandler, right, dons a protective vest with assistance from Silverton Police Sgt. JJ Lamoreaux and Chief Jim Anglemier, center. Right: A Silverton Police officer heads down a hallway at Silverton High School in pursuit of a hypothetical suspect.

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“The officers were given a reinforcement of the expectations and responsibilities [they] have during an active shooter situation. Officers were presented with different tactical options to confront the different armed subjects in this specific incident. Officers learned and experienced the mental and physical affects an officer may experience during an active shooter incident and how to control them.


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By James Day Safety Compass, the Silverton-based nonprofit that works to support survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking, has received a $20,000 grant to help continue its work. The Oregon Community Foundation grant, announced Aug. 9, was part of a series of awards to 371 nonprofits totaling $8.7 million. The foundation gave top priority to groups who worked with historically underserved communities. Safety Compass plans to use the money to assist in its effort to expand the capacity of the agency, said founder and executive director Esther Nelson-Garrett. “Our caseload is just burgeoning,” she said. “And we’re the first call. We never say no. With that very large caseload we just weren’t serving people with the depth we’d like. We want to expand our advocacy.”

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“Our mission is to offer support for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and sex-trafficking navigating the criminal and social justice systems in the Willamette Valley,” said Nelson-Garrett, who grew up in the Marquam area. “We provide 100% free, confidential services to participants, specialized training for professionals and community members, and advocacy during law enforcement interviews.” Nelson-Garrett praised the Silverton Police Department and Silver Falls School District officials for their “visionary leadership.” She added that being able to offer such services in a town the size of Silverton is unusual. The collaboration with the police and the schools, Nelson-Garrett said, “helps to build the creative approach of connecting at risk youth and trauma survivors to support services that could bridge them into the more robust service providers in Salem.”

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Civics 101


SFSD fires band director for insubordination

By Stephen Floyd The Band Director of the Silver Falls School District has been fired for allegedly defying district leadership, though few details of what transpired have been made public. During a special meeting of the School Board on Aug. 9, the contract of Frank Petrik was terminated on the grounds of insubordination and neglect of duty, effective that day, based on a recommendation by Superintendent Scott Drue. Board members met in executive session for four hours before voting to fire Petrik 6-1. The lone dissenter was Board Member Lori McLaughlin, who said she had hoped parties involved would reach a compromise. Petrik had been band director since 2014 after holding similar positions with school districts in Sherwood, Mount Angel and Portland since 1999.

He also coached soccer and helped found Silverton Friends of Music in 2016, a booster club for the district’s music program. Petrik was also involved in union leadership and since 2018 had been vice president of the Silver Falls Education Association (SFED), a role now filled by English language development teacher Lori Wyer. SFSD was approached for comment on Petrik’s dismissal but President Alison Stolfus said they were unavailable to provide a statement by press time. District spokesperson Derek McElfresh said SFSD could not comment on the grounds for Petrik’s dismissal as they were not at liberty to discuss personnel matters. However, he did say a substitute band director will lead the program until the position can be filled long-term.

“We were fortunate to have an experienced band director substitute to give our students a great experience,” said McElfresh. “We will of course have band this year, and are in the process of identifying a long-term teacher for that program.” The grounds for Petrik’s dismissal were not discussed during the public portion of the Aug. 9 meeting, however several board members expressed their thoughts on the decision itself. Board Member Tom Buchholz said the executive session was a “long and wideranging, thoughtful discussion,” while Board Member Jonathan Edmonds said allegations against Petrik were complex with “a lot of different pieces and aspects.” Board Vice-Chair Aaron Koch said considering whether or not to terminate Petrik was “a horribly hard decision,” but justified by the evidence.

“For me the facts are there, and ultimately it comes back to what’s best for our students in this district,” said Koch. Board Chair Jennifer Treager agreed that the facts spoke for themselves and Drue’s recommendation should be followed. “This is hard, and I’ve taken it really seriously,” said Treager. “... I believe that dismissal on those two grounds – insubordination and neglect of duty – are justified by the evidence presented.” Only McLaughlin was not convinced during executive session and believed there were still opportunities to resolve the dispute amicably. “Given everything that education has been through, nothing would make me happier than to see both sides work this out,” she said. “And I mean that sincerely.”

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SACA Food Pantry, 9 a.m. - noon, SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton Repeats Thursdays. 503-873-3446, silvertonareacommunityaid.org Senior Exercise Class, 9:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. First class is free. $5 suggested donation. Repeats Friday. Coffee & Conversation, 10 a.m., Silverton Senior Center Mt. Angel Community & Senior Center Store, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 195 E Charles St. Repeats Tuesday - Saturday. Volunteers needed. 503-845-6998 Silverton Meals on Wheels, 11:30 a.m. Delivery only. $3 donation suggested. Monday - Friday. Carol, 503-873-6906 Mt. Angel Senior Meals, 11:30 a.m. Delivery only. $3 donation suggested. Repeats Thursdays. Ginger, 503-845-9464 Silverton Recovery AA, noon - 1 p.m., 302 N Water St. Seven days a week Free Dinner, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Oak Street Church, 502 Oak St., Silverton. Pickup only. Open to all. 503-873-5446


Senior Yoga, 8:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. First class is free. $5/class. Repeats Thursday Scotts Mills Food Boxes, 9 - 11 a.m., Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. Residents in Scotts Mills/Butte Creek/Monitor rural areas are welcome. Food donations welcome. Niki Barber, 503-873-5059 Community Helpers Family Storytime, 10:30 a.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Age 2 - 5. Recordings posted at mtangelreads. readsquared.com. 503845-6401 Indoor Playtime, 11 a.m. - noon, Mt. Angel Public Library. Age 2 - 5. All toys provided. 503-845-6401 Pinochle, 11:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Repeats Fridays Tune Tours, 2 - 5 p.m., Mt. Angel Theater & Stu.dio, 220 E Charles St. Live music and entertainment specifically designed for music lovers and seniors, but all are welcome. $10. In association with Abiqua Studios & Tune Tours. Repeats Thursdays. Jon, 323-449-1183

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SACA Food Pantry, 4 - 7 p.m., SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. 503-873-3446, silvertonareacommunityaid.org Serenity Al-Anon Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Virtual Zoom meeting. Repeats 10 a.m. Saturdays. For Zoom link, call Barbara, 503-269-0952.


Simple Qigong, 9:45 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Set to music. $8 Knit Wits, 10 a.m. - noon, Silverton Senior Center. Open to knitters, crocheters, embroiderers, quilters. Mission Benedict Food Pantry, 1 - 4 p.m., St. Joseph Shelter, 925 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Repeats Friday. 503-845-2468 Open Art Studio, 1 - 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Bring arts projects to work on. Line Dancing, 1 - 2 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship. No registration required. Free; donations accepted for instructor. Open to all. Sheila, 503-409-4498 Silver Chips Woodcarving Sessions, 1 - 4 p.m., Silverton Arts Association, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. $2/week. All skill levels. 503-873-4512 Mission of Hope Food Pantry, 2 - 4 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship. 503-873-7353


Community Coffee, 7 - 9 a.m., Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. Free. Yoga, 9 a.m., Silver Creek Fellowship. Open to all. Sheila, 503-409-4498 Senior Bingo, 2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Mediation & Shared Dialog, 7 - 8:30 p.m. All spiritual traditions welcome. Request invitation for virtual gather by emailing compassionatepresence@yahoo.com. 971-218-6641


Toastmaster Club, 7:30 a.m., Zoom. Increase your listening skills, speaking, thinking and evaluating. Contact tmcommunicators@ gmail.com for Zoom link. Silvertones Community Singers, 10:30 a.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 Main St., Silverton. Anyone who loves to sing is welcome. Tomi, 503-873-2033 Tune Tours, 7 - 9 p.m., Mt. Angel Theater & Studio, 220 E Charles St. Live music and entertainment specifically designed for music lovers and seniors, but all are welcome. $10. In association with Abiqua Studios & Tune Tours. Jon, 323-449-1183


Silverton Farmers Market, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 204 W Main St. Fresh produce, plants, flowers. 503-873-5615 Oregon Crafters Market, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., 215 N Water St., Silverton. Local crafters & artists, live music, food & spirits. Repeats noon - 5 p.m. Sundays. oregoncraftersmarket.com

Saturday Free Lunch, noon - 1:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 N Second St., Silverton. Pickup only. Open to all. 503-939-3459 Silverton Country Historical Society Museum, 1 - 4 p.m., 428 S Water St., Silverton. Repeats Sundays. silverton. museum@live.com, 503-873-7070

Thursday, Sept. 1 Silverton Kiwanis Club

7 a.m., Main St. Bistro, 201 E Main St., Silverton. Bi-monthly meeting of Silverton Kiwanis Club. New members welcome. Repeats Sept. 15

Friday, Sept. 2 Red Cross Blood Drive

Noon - 5 p.m., Silverton Elks Lodge, 300 High St. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org.

Lunaria First Friday

7 - 9 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St., Silverton. Meet the artists evening. Main Floor Gallery features Ann Altman and “Evitcepsorter.” Loft Gallery features Bob Androvich and “Made of Money.” Shows run 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. through Oct. 3. 503-873-7734, lunariagallery.com

First Friday in Silverton

7 - 9 p.m. Explore the historic downtown, have dinner, shop, browse galleries, boutiques. 503-873-5615, silvertonchamber.org

Saturday, Sept. 3 Free Community Breakfast

8 - 11 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. French toast with strawberry compote and sausage or eggs, bacon and scones. Free. 503-873-3093

Monday, Sept. 5 Labor Day Tuesday, Sept. 6 Caregiver Connection

2 - 3:30 p.m. Zoom. For family caregivers and/or unpaid family caregivers. Free. To register, contact Suzy, 503-304-3429, suzy.deeds@nwsds.org

Stories & STEAM

3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Listen to a story about the theme of the week, join in a STEAM project, enjoy a snack. Today: Bear hunt. Sept. 13: Oktoberfest. Sept. 20: DIY lava lamps. Sept. 27: What is a Caldecott award? 503-845-6401

Mt. Angel American Legion

6:30 p.m., Legion Hall, 740 E College St., Mt. Angel. All veterans welcome. Jim, 503-845-6119

Silverton Garden Club

6:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. New members, guests welcome. 503-873-3093


Wednesday, Sept. 7 Home School Day

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St., Silverton. Home school students age 5 to 12 can experience a day of outdoor learning. Hands-on, self-paced learning stations. Adults $12, $9 students age 12 17, $6 children age 5 - 11. Rikki Heath, 503-799-4792, heath@ofri.org

Recycled Magazine Bowl

1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Create a decorative bowl out of recycled magazines. Adults only. Free. 503-845-6401

Daniel Plan Journey Video Series

6:30 - 8 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship Church, 822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton. In-person or online at scf.tv/daniel.plan. Free. Open to public. Sheila, 503-409-4498

Scotts Mills City Council

7 p.m., Scotts Mills City Hall, 265 Fourth St. Open to public. 503-873-5435

Thursday, Sept. 8 Women’s Connection Luncheon

1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Silverton Mt. Angel Women’s Connection monthly luncheon. RSVP: 503-999-2291

Internet Basics

1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Gather to learn the basics of using the Internet. All ages. Space limited. RSVP: 503-845-6401

Pressed Flower Cards

3 - 5 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Make a pressed flower card. $5; all supplies provided. Class size limited. RVSP: 503-873-3093

Silverton Zenith Women’s Club

6 p.m., Silverton Elks Lodge, 300 High St. Local women discuss ways to fund, implement projects to benefit the Silverton community. Open to all women. Barbara, 801-414-3875

Friday, Sept. 9 Sidewalk Chalk Festival

5 - 7:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. People of all ages and skill levels are invited to decorate a square of the sidewalk on Charles Street using chalk and imagination. All supplies provided. Sign in at the library. Free. 503-845-6401

Sublimity Harvest Festival

5 p.m., Sublimity Harvest Festival Grounds, 11880 SE Sublimity Road. Truck, tractor, monster truck competition. Repeats Sept. 10 - 11. For complete list of events, daily admission, see sublimityharvestfest.com

Saturday, Sept. 10 Volunteer Fair

Noon - 2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Silverton Senior Center takes applications for its Resource Guide: caregivers, dog sitters & walkers, drivers for hire and volunteer, Silverton Senior Center, Meals on Wheels. 503-873-3093


Sunday, Sept. 11 Patriot Day Scotts Mills Historical Museum

1 - 5 p.m., 210 Grandview Ave. Open for public browsing. Free. Open by appointment by contacting Joe Plas, 503-871-9803; Lois Ray, 503-868-1765; Lynn Borek, 425-6989016; smahsmuseum@gmail.com

Monday, Sept. 12

Daughters of American Revolution

10 a.m., Stayton United Methodist Church, 1450 SE Fern Ridge Road. Celebrate the start of the Abigail Scott Duniway Chapter with a welcome to the new officers and introduction to President General Wright’s administration. Refreshments served. Open to anyone interested in learning about DAR. Linda, 503-689-6991

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Sunday, Sept. 18

Monday, Sept. 26

6 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Bring food to share and watch a movie. Free. 503-873-3093

9 a.m., Kennedy High, 890 E Marquam St., Mt. Angel. 5K run/walk, 10K run. 10K $35; $40 day-of. 5K $30; $35 day-of. Register at oktoberfest.org

2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Towne Square Park, Silverton. Silverton People for Peace gather to advocate for peace, social justice issues on all levels of society including a focus on issues of current concern. Open to all. 503-873-5307

Potluck & Movie

Thursday, Sept. 15 Mount Angel Oktoberfest

Tuesday, Sept. 20

All day, Mt. Angel. Food, crafts, music, dancing, car shows, free children’s area. Daily through Sept. 18. For a complete list of events, visit oktoberfest.org or see the Oktoberfest program available Sept. 15.

Silver Falls Book Club

7 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Discuss Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro. All welcome. 503-873-8796

Thursday, Sept. 22 Autumnal Equinox

Mt. Angel Planning Commission 7 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. 503-845-9291

Book Club for Adults

Silverton City Council

Friday, Sept. 16

Mt. Angel School District

6:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Make greeting cards. $10; all supplies provided. RSVP: 503-873-3093

6:30 p.m., Silverton High. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-873-5321, silverton.or.us 6:30 p.m., District Office, 730 E Marquam St., Mt. Angel. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-845-2345, masd91.org

Silver Falls School District

7 p.m., Silverton High. Open to public. 503-873-5303, silverfallsschools.org

Tuesday, Sept. 13 Ukulele Play and Sing-Along

6 - 7:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Gather is play and sing with ukuleles. Free. All ages. 503-873-8796

Silverton Senior Center Board

7 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Open to public. 503-873-3093

Silverton Planning Commission

7 p.m., Silverton High. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-873-5321

Oktoberfest Road Race

Card Making Class

Saturday, Sept. 17 Oktoberfest Golf Tournament

8 a.m., Evergreen Golf Course, 11694 NE West Church Road, Mt. Angel. 18-hole, shotgun start. $260 per foursome; includes buffet lunch, prizes. Benefits Kennedy High. oktoberfest.org

Military Vehicle Display

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., American Legion Hall, 740 College St., Mt. Angel. Tanks, half tracks, Humvee from World War II era through Vietnam era. Repeats Sept. 18. Free. oktoberfest.org

Cruz ‘n Car Show Saturday & Sunday

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., St. Mary School, 590 E College St., Mt. Angel. 100 cars each day. Music courtesy of Donald RV & Storage. Register: 8 a.m. Info: oktoberfest.org

1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Gather to discuss The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. Copies available at the library. Adults. Free. 503-845-6401

Teen Movie Night

4:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Watch the first Twilight while enjoying popcorn and soda. For middle and high school students. Free. 503-845-6401

Friday, Sept. 23 Mt. Angel Library LEGO Lab

3 - 4:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Build an original creations out of LEGOs to display in the library. All supplies provided. Free. All ages. 503-845-6401

Saturday, Sept. 24 Mt. Angel Health Fair

1 - 3 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Blood pressure checks, balance coaching, diabetes/hypertension education with Providence Benedictine. Healthy eating shopping lists, job opportunities. Free. 503-845-6841

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Wednesday, Sept. 28 Halloween Card Making

1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Create Halloween cards using the library’s ghoulish supply of rubber stamps and creepy decorative paper. Adults at 1 p.m. Tween & teens at 3:30 p.m. Free. 503-845-6401

Retiring Joyfully Workshop

5:30 p.m., 301 E Main St., Silverton. Get more clarity and purpose to retirement. Free. Contact AnnetteJensen@ RetireJoyfully.com.

Virtual Film Discussion

7 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Watch Nuts – available on Kanopy on your own and then join Zoom for a moderated discussion. For Zoom invite, contact Ron Drake, 503-873-8796.

Scotts Mills Historical Society

7 p.m., Scotts Mills Museum, 210 Grandview Ave. Open to public. Joe, 503-871-9803

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When it came time to decide where Yanliang Zhu and his business partner, Boyi Qiu, would open their first full-service sushi restaurant, coined Akatsuki Sushi Bar, Silverton seemed an obvious choice.

Offering an assortment of sushi, traditional Japanese cuisine, noodle bowls, fried rice and bento boxes for takeout or dine-in. 242 S. Water St., Silverton

Zhu’s most recent venture was a takeout sushi business located in Madras Oregon.

www.akatsukisushibar.com Thankfully, the shortage has not extended to the primary staff, the three experienced sushi masters whose creations take pride of place on the restaurant’s menu.

City chosen, the partners began looking for a location, stumbling upon the former home of the Creekside Grill, located on Silver Creek in downtown Silverton, and everything fell into place. “We started business on May 28,” Zhu said, noting that, while the menu – which includes an extensive list of sushi rolls, traditional Japanese dishes, noodle bowls, fried rice and even bento boxes – has been up and running since that day,

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Looking Back

Mothers’ mentor By Melissa Wagoner When Brianna Hupp took a childbirth education class from a nurse, Janet Smith, shortly before the birth of her daughter in 2016, she had no way of knowing just how impactful that meeting would turn out to be. “Postpartum was nothing like I planned,” Hupp began. “I’m a nurse also and I thought I’d have a handle on it, and I absolutely didn’t.” Beginning with early labor, at 32 weeks, Hupp’s initial experience with motherhood and breastfeeding, were rough, but through it all Smith was there to help. “There’s something really humbling about someone holding your boob, latching your baby, and then feeding you and getting you sips of water,” Hupp described. “It’s what we do as nurses, but Janet was just exceptional. Her expertise at one of the hardest times in our life was invaluable.” It was also unique.

Lactation nurse’s legacy bridges generations

“There were other lactation consultants… but she made a huge impact,” Summer Sheldon, Smith’s daughter-in-law, said. Describing the way women flocked to Smith’s side whenever she was in public, often expressing their gratitude for the help she provided when their children were small. “Pretty much everywhere we went she was like, ‘I helped that lady breastfeed, and that lady breastfeed,’” Sheldon recalled. “There’s a whole generation of kids and a whole generation of moms that she helped.” Including Sheldon’s own sister, Debbie Gregg, who said without Smith’s help directly after the traumatic birth of her oldest son, Caleb, in 2009, she would have given up on breastfeeding altogether. “There is real technique in the early days of breastfeeding,” Gregg pointed out. “Your body is getting used to this new function and the baby is also trying to figure out how to latch on. I was not doing it very well and was very sore, to

the point of crying in pain when it was time to breastfeed.” Thankfully she had Smith’s knowledge and support to get her through. “… Janet encouraged me to meet with her every couple of days, showed me tips so the baby would latch on properly and gave me other tools to make it easier, like taking fenugreek that would help with my milk production,” Gregg recalled. “She also encouraged fathers on how they can support the new mothers. My husband Troy would come with me during my visits with Janet and she would tell him how he could support me. Give me breaks if I needed it and bottle feed our baby with pumped breastmilk, so I could sleep and rest. She would tell him to make sure that I was eating properly and drinking plenty of water… All of these things made me successful in being able to breastfeed for as long as I could.” They also enabled Gregg to successfully breastfeed her subsequent children – a set of twins.


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years felt like war, and it was so nice to have someone else to go through it with. It was like family, and she created that.”

when she was hired at Silverton Hospital. “But she was so persistent about it,” Sheldon said, recalling the way a new focus by the hospital’s administration, adding more postpartum and birth support, would eventually lead to Smith’s discovering her true passion.

“Janet is responsible for bringing my ‘mom club’ together,” Hupp added. “… The moms that I get to do life with, that I talk to every day, that love my girls like their own – I owe that to Janet.”

“She spent about 12 years working at the lactation and baby’s clinic in Silverton,” Sheldon said. When the hospital’s focus changed again, she was forced to find work elsewhere, moving to Sandy and a job with Kaiser Permanente.

In a roundabout way, to Smith’s grandmother as well, who influenced her granddaughter to volunteer as a candy striper, even going so far as to sew her the uniform herself. “She really struggled as a teenager,” Sheldon said, recalling stories she’s been told about Smith’s childhood. “She was really depressed. Then she went to visit her grandmother in Texas, and she said, ‘You can’t just sit here.’” And so, she didn’t, volunteering in the local hospital at her grandmother’s behest. “And that’s how she got into nursing,” Sheldon finished. But it wasn’t quite that simple because, it


“The plan was she was going to move to Silverton and write a book, lead support groups and do mama and baby care,” Sheldon said of the goals Smith had for the retirement she had begun to plan for. “She even had an LLC.”

wasn’t until she had children of her own that she made the choice to actually attend nursing school, first putting herself through college, then becoming a working mom

But on May 14, 2021, Smith told her family she wasn’t feeling well. Subsequent medical scans uncovered the cause – advanced pancreatic cancer, which had already spread to her liver.

Janet Smith holding one of the many babies she helped through nursing.

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“She died the day she retired,” Sheldon said – March 25, 2022. On the heels of her mother-in-law’s passing, Sheldon returned to school to become a licensed professional counselor and continue the legacy Smith began by helping families when they need it most. “The tragedy is the community’s loss,” Sheldon said. “And that’s the legacy I feel called to carry on.” And she’s not the only one. “Her contribution to the community and young mothers she helped is generational,” Gregg pointed out. “It’s like that parable, if you give a man a fish, he will eat for a day, but if you teach a man to fish, he will eat for a lifetime. She was a teacher, who taught young mothers the art of breastfeeding, who will be able to teach their daughters and other young mothers. That’s why I believe her impact on the community is generational and ever-lasting.”



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Silverton High School Alumni Association

Eunice Hansen

May 25, 1924 – Aug. 5, 2022

24th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser

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E. Eunice Hansen was born on the morning of May 25, 1924 in Silverton and was greeted by her parents, Silas and Emma Torvend, and her two brothers and one sister. She lived happily on the family farm which was located on what is now Torvend Road. She attended Bethany School, graduated from Silverton High School and then attended Pacific Lutheran College in Washington. The summer before her senior year she met the love of her life, Pastor Allan Hansen, at a Bible camp and after a three day whirlwind romance, they were engaged. They were married on May 25, 1946 in Silverton at Trinity Lutheran Church. Eunice thoroughly enjoyed her life as a pastor’s wife. Together they served two

churches in California for 25 years. They dreamed of starting a retreat center and that dream began to come about when in November of 1971 they purchased the first ten acres of what is now Christian Renewal Center in the Silverton Hills. Eunice loved to serve, put people at ease, encourage them to grow in their faith. She is survived by her three children and their spouses: Ellen and Terry Yarbrough, Brad and Marilyn Agenbroad, Tim and Julie Hansen, and also by her 14 grandchildren and her 16 great grandchildren. Her husband passed away 14 years ago. She died peacefully on Aug. 5, 2022. A memorial service was held at Christian Renewal Center on Aug. 21. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite mission.

Wayne A. Devine

Sept. 24, 1942 – Aug. 14, 2022 Wayne A. Devine passed away Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022 at the age of 79. He was the youngest of four children born to Merle and Hazel (Bevier) Devine. Wayne was born in Gates, Oregon on Sept. 24, 1942, where he grew up and enjoyed countless joyful hunting and fishing adventures. Wayne and Jeanne Devine married in 1965 and recently celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary. Wayne was a devoted father, husband, grandfather and great grandfather who loved nothing more than the commotion of children running through their home. He particularly loved large family dinners where he could dive into deep discussions. Wayne loved hearing what his children, grandchildren and great grandchild were doing and he was very proud of all of them. Wayne also prized Jeanne’s cooking and was happy to share it with his family and friends.


Wayne fell timber in the Santiam Canyon and Oregon Coast Range and was known for putting trees down in the precise spot he claimed they’d land. In later years, Wayne was content to quit logging and concentrated on farming the property he and his brother owned. Wayne also enjoyed visiting his gorgeous, somewhat untamed, property in British Columbia. He and Jeanne spent many beautiful summers there, updating their cabin while enjoying the quiet nature around them. Wayne is survived by his wife Jeanne (Britton) Devine; children: Debbie Turner (Dell), Brad Devine and Danielle Devine; sisters: Norma Jean Etzel and Lorena Cole; five grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his brother, Gordon Devine. A Celebration of Life was held on Aug. 27 at Gates Community Church of Christ.


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Carol Jean Blakely of Silverton, Oregon passed away on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022, at the age of 76. A private internment will take place at a later date in the Willamette National Cemetery.

Jan. 17, 1955 – July 30, 2022 April 12, 1949–Dec. 5, 2021 The family of Gilda Amber Farrell invite all who knew her to join in their remembrance of her wonderful life on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 1410 Pine St., Silverton.

Carl E. Dahlberg died at Silverton Hospital on July 30, 2022 due to extended health complications. He was born in Silverton on Jan. 17, 1955 to Wilmer and Edna Dahlberg. He was the youngest of six children. He loved bowling, hunting, playing music and being with his family and friends. He and Nadine Holden had three children, Melody, Jason and Melissa. His parents and siblings Clarence, Vern and Karen preceded him in death. He is survived by his children as well as his six grandchildren, Khaila, Kaitlin, Kaira, Taylor, Cory, Ellie and Anna. He is also survived by his sisters, Freda and Judy. He’ll be missed. A family service will be held at a later date.

There will be a luncheon directly following at Mill Town Pub (Countryman’s) at 1405 Mill St., Silverton. Gilda was loved and will be greatly missed.

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In Memory Of …

James Ford

Dec. 24, 1945 — Aug. 8, 2022

John Hamlin

March 20, 1936 — Aug. 12, 2022

Kerry Richards

Aug. 20, 1956 — Aug. 14, 2022

Percy Gould

July 14, 1936 — Aug. 15, 2022

Barbara Simpson

June 2, 1937 — Aug. 15, 2022

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Carol was born on June 10, 1946, in Medford Oregon, to D.A. Parker and Kathleen O’Neal Parker. As a child, she lived in Newellton Louisiana, until her family moved back to Southern Oregon, where she resided for much of her life. After high school, she attended business school. She worked many jobs throughout her life, including being a florist. In 2015 Carol and Dale moved to the beautiful town of Silverton, Oregon to retire. Carol was very artistic; she enjoyed painting, sewing, crocheting, and making ceramic pottery. Over the years she has created many beautiful pieces, that we will cherish for years to come. She also found great joy in gardening, camping, and making cookies with her grandkids. Later in life, Carol became an avid insulator collector and was a member of the National Insulator Association. She and her husband, Dale, spent her later years traveling the country to attend insulator shows. Their favorite place to travel was Farmington, New Mexico. Where they would attend the National Insulator Convention. Often, Carol could be found snuggled up in her chair watching M*A*S*H reruns. She is proceeded in death by her parents and her precious dog, Abby. Carol is survived by her beloved husband Dale Blakely; brother, Dan Parker (Jessie); her children, Kristy Roberts (Rex), Wendy Turner, Matt Turner and Sara Whittaker; her grandchildren, Suzanne Crenshaw (Josh), Brittany Roberts, Micah Roberts (Tali), Andrea Turner, Carolanne Webb (Chris), Gary Whittaker (Megan), Annabelle Roberts, Rebecca Argall (Tristan), Kristen Roberts, Seth Roberts, Kaydence Whittaker, Reece Whittaker, Hayley Turner, Lariza Turner and Sophia Whittaker; her greatgrandchildren, Benton, Benjamin, River, Waylon, Bentley, Finley, Natasha and one more arriving later this year. She is also survived by her beloved dog, Libby, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. The family would like to thank the hospice nurses for their compassionate care they provided Carol and the family over the last several months.

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Sports & Recreation

State champs!

Mount Angel JBO team shines in tournament

A group of Mount Angel-based 3rd- and 4th-graders have brought back a Junior Baseball Organization state title. The team, coached by Nathan Pratt, won four consecutive games in the July 15-17 minor American event in Lebanon and outscored opponents 52-10. The team downed a team from Stayton 17-0 in four innings in the championship game. “I thought we had a chance,” said Pratt, who is an assistant coach at Chemeketa Community College. “We had been playing well and only lost one game in the district tournament. But we definitely played our best baseball of the year at state.” Blake Panuke led the pitching corps with a perfect game in the title matchup with Stayton. Panuke, who also came on to close out Mount Angel’s 11-6 second-round win against Newport, struck out all 12 batters he faced in the championship game. Joining Panuke on the roster were Walker Roney, Cash Oakley, Blake Highsmith, Connor Rich, Hayden Jones, Jackson Sellin, Lincoln Hoffer, Joseph Pratt, Dean McClung and Malachi Banducci. Assisting Pratt were CJ Oakley and Michelle Dehut-Ellis.

A second Mount Angel squad competed in the junior American tournament in Milwaukie, but the team lost its first two games and did not advance. Track Upgrade: Runners at Silverton High will have a nice, new surface this school year. Crews have just wrapped up the project, which was paid for by an anonymous donor, said Foxes cross country and track and field coach Erik Cross. “We are so grateful,” Cross said. “The track has needed to be resurfaced for about 15 years and got so bad that we haven’t had home track meets since 2018.” Cross noted that “there will be some changes as to how we use McGinnis Field to limit wear and tear of the new surface, but we’ll have a good plan in place that will be able to accommodate our high school and middle school track and field programs, Friday night football games, soccer games,

Football frenzy The Foxes lost tons of contributors from a 12-1 2021 squad that took home the school’s first state title since 1991. But the program, which has made the playoffs every year since 2011 (minus the COVID year), boasted a 25-2-1 record for its 3 teams a year ago and new coach Dan Lever clearly has a lot of talent to work with. Three-year starting quarterback Jordan McCarty is gone, but Lever has two seniors, Carson Waples and Zachery Gubbels, and a sophomore, Sawyer Teeney, working to fill the spot. “I like all our quarterbacks and I expect big things from all them,” Lever said. Standout wide receivers Austin Ratliff and Vandon Fessler also graduated, but Lever is high on juniors Cohen Mulick and Elijah Howard. The running back position is stacked with returnees Alejandro Briseno, Jackson Pfeifer and Steven Powell, while veterans Sam Clements and Sam Schaffers return in the trenches. “We’re just focused on our process right now,” said Lever, who added that “there is a lot of young talent in the program and many of them might see the field on Friday.”

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The Mt. Angel Junior Baseball Organization minor American squad which took home a state title last month in Lebanon. Back, left, Cash Oakley, Dean McClung, Walker Roney, Jackson Sellin, Blake Panuke, Lincoln Hoffer and Connor Rich. Front, left: Joseph Pratt, Blake Highsmith, Malachi Banducci and Hayden Jones. SUBMITTED PHOTO

graduation, other events, and allow for responsible community use as well.” Homer Races: A pair of Crescent Valley High runners led the way at the Aug. 7 Homer Classic covered bridge run. Kanoa Blake, 18, won the 8-kilometer race in 26:09.8, more than a minute ahead of runner-up Tommy O’Neil, 18, of Canby. Emily Wisniewski, also of C.V., was

the top female finisher in 29:05.7. She finished fifth overall. Kennedy’s Jeremiah Traeger and Rachel Kintz shined in the 2-mile run. Traeger, 16, won in 12:19.1, with Kintz taking 4th in 13:43.4 and tops among female runners. Just more than 100 individuals participated in the two events, with proceeds going to cross country programs in Silverton and Mount Angel.

Foxes, Trojans getting ready for openers Silverton opens Friday, Sept. 2 at Dallas in a MidWillamette Conference game. The Foxes were 7-0 in league a year ago, and except for a 28-21 win against perennial threat West Albany, Silverton raced through the other 6 league foes by a 220-31 score. “Our mindset is that we are not going to be hunted, we are going to hunt,” Lever said. “My coaching style is that we are always the underdogs and always have something to prove.” Dallas was 6-3 a year ago, losing to West Albany in the 5A quarterfinals after upsetting Pendleton on the road in the first round. Dallas has not defeated Silverton since 2016, although the two teams did not play in the COVID-shortened 2021 spring season. The Foxes won 42-7 last fall in a game also played at Dallas. Kennedy: The Trojans, who came within 10 points of a Class 2A title last fall, are moving up a division for the 2022 campaign. Kennedy is one of just two Class 2A teams that chose to “play up” at Class 3A because 2A is changing to nine-man football. “The kids are excited about it,” said coach Joe Panuke, in his eighth year as the head coach and his 15th season


overall. “They wanted to play 11-man. It was unanimous. Not one of my coaches and not one of my seniors… all of them wanted to play up.” Playing up puts the Trojans in Special District 2 with 3A teams Amity, Dayton, Jefferson, Santiam Christian and Scio as well as 2A Salem Academy and 4A Newport. On Sept. 2, Kennedy goes against 2A Stanfield, then visits defending Class 3A champion Siuslaw of Florence on Sept. 9. Kennedy will sorely miss QB-DB Riley Cantu. But only five other seniors were on the 2021 roster. Panuke has Elijah Traeger and Andrew Cuff on hand to battle for Cantu’s quarterback slot and he has other playmakers on both sides of the ball, including Owen Bruner, Ethan Kleinschmit, Matt Hopkins and Briggs Snell. Stanfield, the Trojans’ foe in Friday’s opener, was 4-4 a year ago but was tough on defense, only giving up 85 points in those eight games. Stanfield will be playing nine-man in its league games in Special District 5 but will play 11-man against Kennedy. Stanfield last faced the Trojans in the 2016 2A semifinals, with the Tigers downing JFK 32-13 at Liberty High in Hillsboro. Got a news tip? Email me at james.d@mtangelpub.com.


Oktoberfest Fun Runs: The 10-kilometer and 5K fun runs associated with Oktoberfest are set for Sunday, Sept. 18 at Kennedy High School. The 10K costs $35 and the 5K $30. Fees go up $5 on race day. To sign up to race or to volunteer go to https://oktoberfest.org/ oktoberfest-running-events. Proceeds benefit cross country programs at Kennedy, Silverton and Gervais. Trampoline: Silverton’s Joseph Potter took home first place in the double mini

trampoline event July 23-25 at the USA Gymnastics Stars & Stripes event in Phoenix, Arizona. Potter, who will be a seventh-grader at Silverton Middle School in the fall, competed in the boys level 5 division of the event. He qualified for the Stars & Stripes event with his performances in invitational events, the state meet and a regional competition. The Stars & Stripes event featured boys and girls in levels 5 through 7 and attracted approximately 600 athletes.

Sports Datebook Thursday, Sept. 1 Girls Soccer

TBD Silverton vs Springfield

Boys Soccer

5 p.m. Kennedy vs Willamette Valley Christian


5:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Nestucca

Friday, Sept. 2 Football

7 p.m. Kennedy vs Stanfield

Tuesday, Sept. 6 Volleyball

6 p.m. Silverton vs Woodburn

Girls Soccer

7 p.m. Silverton vs Thurston

Wednesday, Sept. 7 Boys soccer

4:15 p.m. Kennedy vs Gervais

Monday, Sept. 12 Boys Soccer

5 p.m. Kennedy vs Portland Christian

Tuesday, Sept. 13 Volleyball

6 p.m. Silverton vs Central

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Wednesday, Sept. 14 Cross Country

TBD Silver Falls Oktoberfest Invitational

Thursday, Sept. 15


7 p.m. Silverton vs South Albany

Tuesday, Sept. 27 Volleyball

5:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Santiam


6 p.m. Silverton vs South Albany

Boys Soccer

7 p.m. Silverton vs Wilsonville

Boys Soccer

7 p.m. Silverton vs Woodburn

Wednesday, Sept. 28

Girls Soccer

Cross Country

7 p.m. Silverton vs Lincoln

Friday, Sept. 16

4 p.m. Silverton vs Corvallis, Dallas

Thursday, Sept. 29



7 p.m. Kennedy vs Jefferson

Wednesday, Sept. 21 Volleyball

4 p.m. Kennedy vs Blanchet Catholic

Boys Soccer

5 p.m. Kennedy vs Willamette Valley Christian

Thursday, Sept. 22

6 p.m. Silverton vs McKay 6 p.m. Kennedy vs Delphian

Football 7 p.m. Silverton vs Corvallis

Girls Soccer 7 p.m. Silverton vs Lebanon

Friday, Sept. 30 Boys Soccer

4:15 p.m. Kennedy vs Taft



5:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Chemawa 6 p.m. Silverton vs Corvallis

7 p.m. Kennedy vs Scio

Friday, Sept. 23 Boys Soccer


4:15 p.m. Kennedy vs Blanchet Catholic





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A Grin at the End

My dear, departed brother When he was 12, my brother Paul had a knack for comedy. He could do a spot-on impersonation of Andy Griffith, who got his start in show business as a stand-up comedian before starring on television in The Andy Griffith Show. We lived in a house trailer in Bossier City, Louisiana – my dad was stationed there in the Air Force – and often, as we were going to sleep, my brother would transform himself into Griffith, telling stories he made up and others that he had memorized. In one, he told about the two good ol’ boys who bought their first car with an automatic transmission. “What does the ‘D’ stand for?” one wondered out loud, looking at the shifter. “Must stand for ‘Drag,’” the other said, as he shifted to “D” and hit the gas pedal. As they drove faster, they got to 50, 60 and then 70 miles per hour. “Wonder what the ‘R’ stands for,” one said. “I don’t know, but we’re going so fast, it must stand for ‘Race,’” the other said.

of bad luck. It seemed like he was living out that line in the blues song, “If he didn’t have bad luck, he wouldn’t have any luck at all.”

The driver slammed the shifter into “R” and they both proceeded to witness the transmission and engine flying out of the car. To me, an eight-year-old, that was the funniest story I ever heard. Every time my brother told it, I’d laugh and laugh. “Tell me another one,” I’d beg. And Paul would spin another tale out of the darkness, until our mom yelled for us both to shut up and go to sleep. Only my brother could make me laugh like that. I still smile when I think about those times. We had so much fun squirreling around, laughing and making up jokes. As we got older, though, Paul hit a string

Paul wasn’t good at many things, but when computers came along he was in his element. Out of college, he worked for General Electric’s Missile and Space Division, and then became one of the top computer whizzes at Lockheed Martin. He showed me that perseverance – and being hard-headed – were assets. Then his bad luck took hold again. He met a woman online, they married, and she proceeded to clean out his bank account and left him. He lost his house and his car because of her.


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a couple of months ago, he had a major stroke and died. He was 72. I still think about those times in Louisiana and the easy joy of kicking around in the trailer park, and trying to jiggle the soda pop machine at the laundromat to make it cough up a free grape Nehi. Though his health didn’t allow him to do much of it, Paul liked to travel. He went to Africa, Japan, Alaska and around the continental U.S. His favorite trip of all time was rafting down the Colorado River. He would talk about it as if it was yesterday. Describing the roiling water caressed by the many-colored Grand Canyon walls always brought a smile to his face. Today, I think about Paul often, not only what was but also what could have been. I think about the cheerfulness he maintained in the face of a lot of plain old hard luck. When I’m alone, I close my eyes, and there he is. He’s on that raft on the Colorado, with water and wind whipping through his hair. He’s crashing over rapids and whooping and hollering with not a worry in the world. The way it should have been. Carl Sampson is a freelance writer and editor. He lives in Stayton.

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