Our Town North: Sept. 1, 2023

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Victor Point, Evergreen and Silver Crest schools all were built for the baby boomers of the late 1940s. All have some level of update addressed in a bond measure in November.

cats get a little fresh air in a home ‘catio.’ A regional tour of catios is being organized as a benefit for Silverton Cat Rescue for Sept. 30.

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Giving a familiar face a story

In the five years since Joe Keeton moved to Silverton at the behest of a friend, his face became known to many throughout the town including Sarah White, the executive director and founder of Sheltering Silverton.

“I met Joe in 2018 when we first opened up our Resource Center in the basement of the Community Center,” White said, describing the man she met as, “larger than life… a very gregarious, intelligent, creative, wild, unpredictable, volatile person. Very deeply empathetic.”

And, although Joe was a client, first and foremost, he quickly became a friend.

“I don’t think you can spend as much time with people in their really hard moments and not become a friend to them,” White said, recalling music-filled car rides and long conversations during which she got to know Joe in a way that enabled her to see beyond his struggles with mental illness, homelessness and addiction to the person underneath.

“I think that the people who took the time to get to know Joe when he was in a good frame of mind saw this really complex, intelligent, thoughtful, empathetic person…” White said. “This guy wasn’t just a deadbeat loser – there’s this impression that homeless folks aren’t talented, that they’re lazy – he was the opposite of all those things.”

It’s an opinion Joe’s younger sister, Autumn Keeton, shares in her memories of him as a young man.

“He loved music and drama and was sure he was destined for Hollywood,” she recalled.

“He was a dreamer with the charisma to charm the pants off anyone.”

But Joe’s childhood was challenging.

“[H]e moved a lot,” Autumn explained, “back and forth between his mom and our family, every time things would get tough with my dad, or he would start to miss his mom, he would move back with her to New York City, and all the other places she took him.”

But it wasn’t just the travel that made life


life and loss of Joe Keeton

difficult, Autumn believes Joe’s biological mother suffered from a mental illness as well, recalling times when she would experience a “mental break” while Joe was living with her, subsequently sending him back to live with his dad.

“My dad never thought this was good for him but had little luck keeping him with us for an extended period…” Autumn recalled. Adding, “having such an unstable childhood, never really knowing where you belonged, I know made Joe feel like he had some type of void. He loved his mom so much, and with her sending him off so many times, that must be devastating for a boy, just trying to fit in this world.”

And life in his dad’s house wasn’t much easier.

“[M]y dad spent a lot of his energy trying to keep Joe safe and off drugs,” Autumn said. “He was constantly yelling and arguing with him about smoking pot and how to fly straight… like many men, my dad never really knew how to show his love easily.”

Troubled at home and – it is speculated –struggling with ADHD and the beginning stages of bipolar disorder, Joe began to selfmedicate, using marijuana and other drugs to get by. Then, through a family member, he found God.

“They started going to Church of the Open Bible together,” Autumn recalled. “Joe turned way religious, started preaching the word of God at fairs and festivals…”

He got clean, met a girl named Alex, married her and became a father to his first daughter, Kansas. Then the entire family moved to Eugene where Joe attended the Eugene Bible College, graduating with a 3.7 GPA and becoming a pastor.

“He was such a good Pastor, inspirational, someone who had risen from addiction and the trenches to find God,” Autumn said. “By this time, he and Alex had brought all three girls into the world.”

And at first Joe was a good father.

“He taught me how to ride a bike and wouldn’t let me give up,” Kansas recalled. “I wanted to, but he kept telling me ‘You can do it, you can do it’ and when I had finally pushed through… he was so excited for me he jumped up and down and yelled my name… which made me feel so proud and loved.”

But then he injured his back and –prescribed opioid medication for the pain

– all his previous, selfmedicating tendencies came roaring back.

“[M]y dad started acting really weird,” Kansas remembered. “He would ‘sleep’ on the couch all day, which I later learned was ‘the nods’ from [opioids]. When he ‘woke’ up he was often in a very bad mood, and he treated me poorly. I never knew when Mean Dad was going to show up and when Loving Dad was going to show up.”

Depressed and fed up with religion, Joe quit his job as a pastor, choosing instead to focus on his love of movies.

“Joe went to Regent University and got a Masters in Filmmaking,” Autumn said. “He made a short film called Strike the Record that he was very proud of…”

And then his addiction took hold.

“He was very scary,” Kansas said, recalling the time when her father was at his lowest, “and then by my 13th birthday, he was gone.”

Joe’s relationship with his family disintegrated in the following years –especially between him and his father – but he did keep in touch.

“I saw him a handful of times over the next two decades,” Kansas said, “each time less sane sounding and more deteriorated. He tried so many times to get sober. Attended so many rehabs, some were the strictest in the country. His mental illnesses progressed and soon he was homeless and turning to petty crime. He was in and out of jails and institutions…”

And yet, he was still Joe, “a small man with a giant spirit,” befriending those in his new hometown.

“He was the first unhoused person to befriend me and I’m really grateful for

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Joe Keeton through the years. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

that…” Pastor John Friedrick, said, recalling Joe’s tendency to drop by Oak Street Church for a chat.

“Sometimes he just wanted someone to talk to,” Friedrick said. “Sometimes he needed something to eat. Sometimes he would come talk because he was frustrated with how he’d been treated… Joe liked to talk about his family and things he’d been thinking about, things he’d observed. He was a spiritual man who liked to share insights on God, love and the nature of the universe. Sometimes he’d show up blasting music from a boombox, simply enjoying some songs.”

But, even with Friedrick’s friendship and Sheltering Silverton’s continued support, life was difficult for Joe.

“[H]e really was succumbing to a combination of mental illness and addiction…” White said. “He desperately wanted treatment. I put more hours into getting treatment for Joe than anyone else I’ve worked with. But what we found was a completely broken system… he was one of the best-case studies on how our system fails people who have dual diagnosis.

“What we see is so often are people have either inherited mental illness, neurodivergence or intellectual disability and trauma on top of that, and then they don’t get the treatment for existing conditions, so they’re highly susceptible to addiction.”

“It’s a vicious cycle in which addiction often renders those struggling to cope with mental health issues ineligible for the very treatment they desperately need.

“When we would take him to a treatment facility for mental health they would say, your drug use is the problem,” White said.

And so, Joe struggled until, in March, he returned to Bend – where he had also spent time living on the streets.

“I got a call… from Stacey Witte, a caseworker who had worked with Joe for many years,” White remembered. “And she told me what happened.”

The story she related is a chilling one. In the early morning hours of July 19 Joe – who had been living in a homeless encampment on Juniper Ridge had been attacked and killed by three pit bull/bull mastiff dogs.

“I think people should understand how harrowing the lives of people who experience homelessness are,” White said. “It just shows you how vulnerable people are in these remote camps, where there isn’t a rule of law and services don’t go very often.”

“He never ever should’ve been so vulnerable as to be mauled to death by pit bulls,” Kansas echoed. “I really believe our healthcare system, our judicial system, the lack of community in our country failed my dad.”

But, even in their grief, neither Kansas nor Autumn felt that way about the care Joe received in Silverton.

“I knew there were angels looking out for him… because they had contacted me asking questions, trying to piece together Joe and get him services,” Autumn said. “So, I knew he had advocates…”

What she didn’t know was how deep their affection for Joe went.

“We were going to do a memorial for our own community…” White said.  “We think that it’s really important to talk about loss and death and to really honor the people we lose. And we lose a lot of people. Homeless people die, on average, 20 years sooner than other people. So, we’ve lost a lot of people way too young…”

It was just going to be a small ceremony but then…  “Joe’s family started reaching out to me…and they said, we’re coming to this memorial. And they chose to have him buried in Silverton because this was a place he was loved.”

And so, in just nine days. Joe’s family –including all three of his daughters, a few grandchildren, his step-mother and his younger sisters – flew from around the world – thanks in part to a donation from the congregation of Oak Street Church – to attend Joe’s service.

“The tragic way in which Joe died was horrific,” Autumn said, “but the town of Silverton and people in it, made the grieving bearable and made our family whole again. So many people spoke at the service about their interactions with Joe, and their love for him. I learned that he was not just a homeless or houseless soul, but that he had friends who loved him and a place that cared for him…”

But did Joe, prior to his death, see it that way?

It’s impossible to know, but White, when asked her opinion, put it this way, “I think he would have been surprised at how tender people were, because the world wasn’t very tender to Joe.

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Aging out 1947 HVAC systems, plumbing, cement failing schools, students

Editor’s note: Our Town is presenting a school-by-school review of the facility challenges at buildings covered by the Silver Falls School District bond proposal on the Nov. 7 ballot.

A number of schools in the Silver Falls School District (SFSD) are relics of the baby boom, including Silver Crest, Evergreen and Victor Point schools all constructed in 1947.

While built with more modern ideas about education and construction, they still lack what is now considered basic necessities, such as security and ADA accessibility.

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

After reviewing the committee’s proposal, the SFSD board put the $138 million bond measure to carry out those plans before the voters on the Nov. 7 ballot. If passed, a state grant of $4 million will be awarded.

The bond addresses repairs and renovations

at 10 district-owned schools, and replaces Silverton Middle School.

For property owners in the district, the estimated cost per thousand tax increase over the current rate is $1.60 per $1,000 in assessed value.

The plan identifies repairs or renovations of $5.6 million for Silver Crest, $2.8 million for Evergreen and $2.7 million for Victor Point.

Silver Crest

Silver Crest may be one of the schools most in need of repairs. The extremes of icy winters and sweltering summers at Drake’s Crossing have taken a toll on the concrete and pipes, while corrosive groundwater has created a threat to the lead plumbing. These problems came to a dramatic crescendo in 2021 and 2022 when, on two separate occasions, a corroded pipe started leaking sewage beneath the concrete floor of the cafeteria. The old concrete gave way and sewage was pooling on the floor in the middle of lunchtime, which Principal Melissa Linder said “wasn’t a super

enjoyable day for anyone.”

While some additions are newer, including classrooms in the 1980s and a gym from the 1990s, the original building is literally crumbling. Pebbles of concrete are often swept off the walkways, Linder said. “Sending your kids out the door every day, you want to send them to the best people and you want to send them to the best possible environment,” she said. The cafeteria where the leaks occurred is also only accessible by stairs, as are the classrooms in the main building and the main bathrooms. This creates a significant challenge for students who need mobility assistance and the teachers and staff who help them. Linder said ADA improvements are a major priority for Silver Crest.

The bond includes replacing the roofs, which bear the brunt of weather extremes such as heavy snow. At around 1,500 feet altitude, Silver Crest receives heavy snow multiple times a year, forcing closures and causing stress on the building.

This same stress made the library dangerous to occupy when snow was on the roof because the walls started bowing over time. This had been a high priority for the bond until grant funding came through this year for a seismic upgrade.


Evergreen’s history, includes the bell above the entrance that dates back to the previous schoolhouse built in 1891. After its construction in 1947, it gained a reputation for above-average students and was nicknamed “The Education Corner.” While the old schoolhouse has character it is showing its age with regular leaks in the basement that houses the K-1 class and the only bathrooms in the building, according to administrators. Last year the sump pump broke and the basement flooded, causing the K-1 class to be canceled and bathrooms to be replaced by portapotties for days.

Water mitigation is a high priority the district hopes to tackle with the proposed bond, as well as roof improvements and a

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centralized heating system. The tall ceilings of the main classrooms make it difficult to keep little hands and feet warm.

The building needs significant ADA improvements. The main entrance can only be accessed by stairs; same for the basement, bathrooms, library, and a multi-use area.

District Spokesperson Derek McElfresh said ADA upgrades are among the most pressing needs for Evergreen.

“Accessibility, I know for this building, is one of the biggest things,” he said. Security upgrades are also on the list. There is no front desk to monitor people entering. Those using that entrance during school hours must be buzzed in by a teacher, who has a security monitor displayed during class.

It’s a task that can distract from instruction. Additional security at and around the entrance is also needed to limit access by students to the busy highway out front, according to the plans.

While a new playshed was proposed during initial meetings with the community, residents said they are satisfied with the current structure and view other upgrades as a priority. The district expects minimal improvements to the current playshed.

Victor Point

In many ways, Victor Point represents the standards the district is hoping to achieve, though there’s still work to be done.

In 2016, the district received a state grant

for a seismic retrofit at Victor Point, which included new roofing, lighting and exterior

walls. The community also came together with the district and recently funded a large playshed that allows for covered recess. The result is a school that feels far more modern than its initial construction date of 1947. But the district says there are still needs to get Victor Point up to standard. On the to-do list are utility upgrades, as many systems are original to the 1947 construction such as HVAC, sewer and electrical. Windows also need to be replaced for both energy efficiency and safety.

Broader security upgrades are also prioritized such as cameras and modern doors since some doors have easy access to a busy highway. This upgrade has a head start as fencing was added around the playground in recent years after timber was cleared.

Principal Elyse Hansen said safety needs to be a top priority both to protect students and the community, and also to foster learning. “If someone doesn’t feel safe or comfortable, that takes away from learning when they have to focus on a safety concern,” she said.

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Non-teacher employees have reached an agreement with the Silver Falls School District (SFSD) after four months of negotiations that largely centered on compensation, discipline and grievance procedures.

On July 28, the district reached a tentative agreement with the Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA) for a three-year contract that would retroactively go into effect July 1.

The contract must now be ratified by the union, which expects to vote after the start of the school year to ensure the greatest number of union members are available. If passed, the SFSD Board would then vote on the contract during a regular meeting, potentially on Sept. 11.

During the board’s regular meeting Aug. 14, Superintendent Scott Drue said the timely resolution of negotiations was in large part due to open and clear communication between parties. He said, while some conversations were “very spirited,” he felt both sides respected each other and said OSEA was “an absolute pleasure to work with.”

Board Member Owen von Flue, who served on the district’s bargaining team, also described negotiations

as a positive experience that grew his confidence in the district’s administration and workers.

“It was a really great experience and left me just really heartened with our team and our employees,” he said.

This comes after contentious negotiations with OSEA in 2020 over retirement benefits that resulted in a regulatory complaint filed against the district for alleged stonewall tactics. The Oregon Employment Relations Board found the district negotiated in bad faith, though one board member said the district’s bargaining position should be viewed in light of the pandemic and wildfires that year. These disasters helped inform some of the proposed new contract language related to employees being reassigned job duties or being asked to work during a school closure.

If an employee were assigned the task of a higher-paying job classification, they would receive a temporary pay increase based on the length of their assignment and classification of the work. If employees were called into work on-site during a school closure, they would be paid time-and-a-half.

Additionally, if employees worked between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. they would receive $1 more per hour, up from the

current rate of $0.65.

The proposed contract also includes raises this year based on job classifications. Employees at the start of the pay scale would receive $1.25 more per hour, mid-level employees $1 more per hour, and those at the top of the pay scale would receive a 4 percent raise.

During the 2024-25 and 2025-26 school years, all employees would receive a 3.25 percent cost of living adjustment each year.

The proposed contract also simplified grievance procedures, eliminating an appeals process that allowed the school board to reconsider disciplinary decisions made by administrators. During negotiations, the district had argued this provision was unnecessary because state law already provides a process for employees to appeal unlawful or incorrect decisions.

The proposal also incorporated a new state law that prevents the firing or discipline of non-teacher employees without just cause. The new contract reflects this change and allows a union representative to attend all disciplinary or investigatory meetings, and allows employees to be placed on paid leave if under investigation.

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Financial boost City chips in for Palace improvements

The City of Silverton has contributed more than $26,000 to assist the new owners of the Palace Theatre with their renovation work.

The council, acting in its capacity as the city’s Urban Renewal Agency, voted at its Aug. 21 meeting to contribute $26,443 in urban renewal funds to bolster the Palace’s work on both internal remodeling and the theater’s facade.

The vote was a unanimous 7-0 on awarding $15,000 to assist with the work on enlarging the restrooms and making them ADAaccessible as well as the relocation of the concession counter. The grant requires a $60,000 match from owners Thomas and Erika Baham for the $75,000 project.

The interior renovations will end the perpetual clog of patrons, concessions purchasers and restroom visitors near the front door in the previous set-up.

The agency voted 4-3 to award $11,443 for the facade. This grant provides half of the $22,885 in funding needed for the project, with the Bahams responsible for the remainder.

Baham told Our Town at the meeting that repairs and upgrades of the Palace continue to be a slow work in progress. Included in the challenges has been the discovery of out-of-date plumbing fixtures. No word was

available on when the theater will re-open. It has been closed since January.

City Manager: The council also discussed its recruitment for a new city manager during a lengthy executive session. The council is looking to replace Ron Chandler, who left in May for retirement in Utah.

According to a Facebook post by Mayor Jason Freilinger councilors spent four hours reducing an initial batch of 27 applicants down to a group that participated in Zoom interview sessions after Our Town’s presstime.

Ultimately, Freilinger wrote, “there will be phase three which will be a public process with multiple in-person interviews during the  day  and a public meet-and-greet in the evening.”

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$450,000 Price Reduced! Motivated Seller! Single level classic Ranch style home~ 3bd/ 2ba~1679 SF~ Granite Counters~ Large lot has lovely landscape~ Green house~ Big covered back deck w/hot tub & shed~ Central Air Conditioning~ UG Sprinklers~ Solar Tube~ Salem~ Robin Kuhn 503-930-1896 MLS#808485

$399,000 New Listing! Single level home w/ minimal steps~ 3bd/2ba~ 1366 SF~ Laminate floors~ White cabinets~ SS appliances ~ 3 car garage w/16x16 shop area~ Ductless Heat Pump~ Covered deck~ Fenced backyard~ Salem~ Rosie Wilgus 503-409-8779 MLS#808225

$1,170,000 Grand & Timeless 10 Acre Country Estate! Tri-Level style home~ 7bd/3.5ba~ 4157 SF~ 10.02 AC~ Mountain & sunrise views~Upgrades from top to bottom include: Custom cabinets, white oak hardwood, granite countertops, Radiant floor heating~Library~ Basement~Barn~ 4 Pastures~ Solar Panels~ Molalla~ Donna Paradis 503-851-0998 MLS#806714

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$499,900 New Listing! Charming home ~4bd/ 2ba~ 1672 SF 1 story w/ finished attic bedroom~ Near Silver Creek, Library & Downtown~ Large Patio~Nice side yard~Home has a lot of storage~ Nicely landscape~ Silverton~ Robin Kuhn 503-930-1896


$425,000 New Listing! Darling single level home is located one of Mt Angels most desirable neighborhoods~3bd/2ba~ 1159 SF~ Well maintained~ Home is move in ready! Mt Angel~ Cynthia Johnson 503-551-0145 MLS#808387

$259,900 Price Reduced! Manufactured home on owned land! 5bd/2ba~ 1512 SF~ No space fee~ Situated on quiet cul-de-sac~ Spacious floor plan~ Covered carport~ Good commuter area with I-5 access a few miles away~ Keizer~ Donna Paradis 503-851-0998 MLS#807547

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Willamette Valley Vineyards sues PacifiCorp

Willamette Valley Vineyards (WVV) has sued PacifiCorp for $8.2 million after the 2020 wildfires allegedly caused irreversible damage to the quality of wine grapes throughout the region.

The Turner-based business filed suit in Marion County Circuit Court July 24, claiming soot and smoke from the fires tainted a “vast majority” of its 2020 vintages.

WVV said it lost roughly $2.74 million in raw material and finished products, and argued damages should be tripled due to the defendant’s alleged recklessness. The plaintiff grows grapes at its own vineyards and buys from third-party growers throughout Marion and Yamhill counties.

PacifiCorp was served with notice of the suit July 31 and, as of press time, had yet to file a response.

A Portland jury found PacifiCorp liable in June for negligently causing multiple fires throughout Oregon during high heat and wind conditions on Sept. 7, 2020. These included the Santiam, Echo Mountain, 242 and

MAPD arrests man on out-of-state assault warrant

A Missouri man wanted for felony assault in his home state has been arrested in Mount Angel and is awaiting potential extradition.

Joseph Robert Wood, 44, of Springfrield, Missouri was arrested Aug. 9 by MAPD on a warrant for assault in the third degree of a special victim, allegedly committed in August 2022.

Wood is being held in the Marion County Jail in lieu of $60,000 bail as local prosecutors undertake extradition proceedings.

Wood was convicted in Missouri on a similar charge in June of 2022 and was sentenced to two years of probation.

Charges filed for May alleged vehicular assault

A Silverton woman is facing multiple charges after allegedly causing a wreck that injured four people near Lyons in May.

Sierra Gemeni James, 27, was charged in Marion County Circuit Court July 17 with reckless driving, reckless endangering, fourth-degree assault and six counts of thirddegree assault.

South Obenchain fires.

The jury awarded $87 million to fire survivors in the first phase of a class action lawsuit against PacifiCorp that could result in billions of dollars in total damages. PacifiCorp has said it will appeal the June verdict and continues to deny wrongdoing.

In its lawsuit, WVV included details from the class action trial including the willful negligence of PacifiCorp’s executives and efforts by the company to destroy or conceal evidence.

Oregon wineries suffered significant losses from the 2020 wildfires and the COVID-19 pandemic, according to research published by University of Oregon in 2021. Statewide grape yields were down 29% compared to 2019, while sales through tasting rooms, wine clubs and other direct sales fell 27%.

Efforts to study the impacts of wildfire smoke on West Coast wine production remain ongoing. Oregon State University received a $7.65 million federal research grant in 2021 with the goal of finding low-cost solutions to future smoke contamination.

She allegedly caused a vehicle collision May 25 on Highway 22 east of Lyons that resulted in injuries to four individuals. Few additional details were in court records, and Oregon State Police told Our Town they could not provide further information as the investigation is ongoing.

If convicted, James faces up to five years in prison on the highest counts.

Three-year sentence for auto, mail thefts

A Silverton man with pending theft charges in multiple jurisdictions has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty in one case in Linn County.

Emmett James Jackson, 28, pleaded guilty July 17 to six felony counts including vehicle theft, mail theft and attempt to elude. In June he was arrested for stealing vehicles from two victims and mail from three others, then fleeing from police.

He faces similar charges in Marion, Polk and Deschutes counties for crimes dating to 2021. Most recently Jackson was charged in Polk County Circuit Court with credit card fraud, car prowling

and theft after allegedly stealing a wallet and vehicle registration from a parked car in Monmouth in October 2022.

Arrest for death threats to Scotts Mills neighbor

A Scotts Mills man has been arrested for allegedly making death threats against his neighbor and her family in a dispute over a shared fence.

Darren Lee Lake, 37, was arrested June 23 for alleged incidents in May on the 300 block of N. Second Street in Scotts Mills.

During a dispute the victim allegedly caught on camera, Lake is accused of harassing the victim’s boyfriend while he was making repairs to a shared fence. Lake allegedly blared a loud siren, sprayed the victim, her boyfriend and their three-yearold daughter with a chemical fire extinguisher, then threatened to slit the family’s throats in their sleep. Lake allegedly repeated the death threats after the victim reported the incident to police.

He is charged in Marion County Circuit Court with a misdemeanor count of second-degree disorderly conduct for which he faces up to six months in jail.

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Frequent Addresses

Mt. Angel Public Library, 290 E Charles St. Silver Creek Fellowship, 822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton. Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St. Silverton Arts Association, 303 Coolidge St. Silverton Community Center/Council Chambers, 421 S Water St.

Weekly Events


Silverton Senior Center. Seniors 50 and older. Daily, weekly, monthly events. 503-873-3093, silvertonseniorcenter.org

Low-Impact Aerobics, 9:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Members free. Non-members $5. Repeats Wednesdays.

SACA Food Pantry, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.,

SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. 3 - 7 p.m. Tuesdays. 9 a.m. - noon Thursdays. 503873-3446, silvertonareacommunityaid.org

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., Silverton Senior Center. Congregate and drive-up dining. $3 donation suggested. Mon. - Fri. RSVP to Carol, 503-873-6906.

Silverton Recovery AA, noon - 1 p.m., 302 N Water St. Seven days a week.

Free Monday Dinner, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Oak Street Church, 502 Oak St., Silverton. Indoor, sit-down dinner. To-go meals also available. All welcome. 503-873-5446

Boy Scouts Troop 485, 7 - 8:30 p.m., St. Edward’s Catholic Church, 211 W Center St., Silverton. Scoutmaster Dave Tacker, 760-644-3147, dave.tacker@gmail.com


Scotts Mills Food Boxes, 9 - 11 a.m., Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. Residents in Scotts Mills/Butte Creek/Monitor rural areas served. Food donations welcome. Niki, 503-873-5059

Gentle Yoga, 9:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Donations accepted. Repeats


Simple Qigong, 9:45 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Set to music. $8. Repeats


Mt. Angel Senior Meals, 10:30 - 11 a.m. Delivery only. $3 donation suggested.

Repeats Thursdays. Ginger, 503-845-9464.

Stories & STEAM, 3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Listen to story about theme of the week, join in project. Snacks. Ages 5-12. Free. 503-845-6401

SACA Food Pantry, 4 - 7 p.m., SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. 503-873-3446

Serenity Al-Anon Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Zoom. Repeats 10 a.m. Saturdays. For Zoom link, call Barbara K, 503-269-0952.

Cub Scout Pack 485, 6:30 p.m., St. Edward’s Catholic Church, 211 W Center St., Silverton. Boys and girls in kindergarten - fifth grade. Deb Hilterbrand, 971-337-5925, silvertonpack485@gmail.com

Growing Awareness, Nurturing Compassion, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Zoom. Secular presentation promoting mindfulness. No experience needed. Invitation for virtual gathering: compassionatepresence@yahoo. com. 971-218-6641


Silverton Business Group, 8 a.m., Silver Falls Brewery, 207 Jersey St., Silverton. Networking meeting of the Silverton business community hosted by Silverton Chamber of Commerce. Everyone welcome. silvertonchamber.org

Quilters Group, 9 a.m. - noon, Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 N Second Ave., Silverton. trinitysilverton@gmail.com

APPY Hour, noon - 1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Technical assistance for electronic devices. All ages. Free. 503-845-6401

Mission Benedict Food Pantry, 1 - 4 p.m., St. Joseph Shelter, 925 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Repeats Friday. 503-845-2468

Line Dancing - Intermediate, 12:30 - 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 - 3 p.m., Silverton Arts Association. 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. Begins Sept. 14. Sheila, 503-409-4498

Open Art Studio, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Silverton Arts Association. 503-873-2480

Bingo, 2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. $1/ card or $2/three cards.

Ukes for Youth, 3 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Learn to play the Ukulele. Borrow one of the library’s or bring your own. Pre-registration required if using a library instrument. All skills levels. Ages 8 - 13. 503845-6401

TOPS (Take Pounds Off Sensibly), 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St., Silverton. Weight loss with continued support, encouragement. First meeting free. Monthly dues $4. All welcome. David, 503501-9824

Yoga & Sound Healing, 6 - 7:15 p.m., Confluence Arts Center, 20159 Hazelnut Ridge Road, Scotts Mills. All levels welcome. Drop-ins $25; or pay what you can. Register at confluenceartscenter.org/events


Toastmaster Club, 7:30 a.m., Zoom. Increase your listening skills, speaking, thinking, evaluating. Zoom link: tmcommunicators@gmail.com.

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

LEGO Lab, 3 - 4:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. All ages. No lab 9/15. 503-845-6401


Open Art Studio, 9 a.m., Silverton Arts Association. 503-873-2480

Silverton Farmers Market, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St. Fresh produce, plants, flowers. 503-873-5615

Ageless Yoga, 9:30 - 11 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Geared toward those 50 and older, but all are welcome. 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. First Friday session 6 - 9 p.m. only. oregoncraftersmarket.com

Silverton Country History Museum, 14 p.m., 428 S Water St. Each room depicts aspects of life during the last 150 years. Free. Repeats Sundays. 503-873-7070, silverton.museum@live.com

Peaceful Heart Meditation, 2 - 3 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Yoga breathing, kirtan and yoga philosophy. No experience required. Everyone welcome. Refreshments served. Free. peacefulheartkirtan@gmail.com

Friday, Sept. 1

Lunaria First Friday

7 - 9 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St., Silverton. Main Floor Gallery “Natural Dreams,” paintings by Jenny Armitage and glass structures by Robert Fox. Loft Gallery features “Introspection,” pen and ink drawings by Ben Walton. Show is open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily through Sept. 26. 503-873-7734, lunariagallery.com

First Friday in Silverton

7 – 9 p.m. Explore historic downtown, have dinner, shop. 503-873-5615, silvertonchamber.org

Saturday, Sept. 2

Free Community Breakfast

8 - 11 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. All welcome. Free. 503-873-3093

Monday, Sept. 4

Labor Day

Tuesday, Sept. 5

Drawing Group

6 - 7:30 p.m., Silverton Arts Association. Bring own materials or use those provided. All welcome. Also Sept. 19. 503873-2480, silvertonarts.org

Mt. Angel American Legion

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

Silverton Parks & Rec

6:30 p.m., Council Chambers. Master Plan Project Advisory Committee. 503-873-6359

Mt. Angel City Council

7 p.m., Mount Angel Public Library. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-845-9291, ci.mt-angel.or.us

Wednesday, Sept. 6

Home School Day

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

Caregiver Connection

1 - 2 p.m., Zoom. Free educational support group for unpaid family caregivers caring for a loved one 60 years of age or older, or caring for a person living with dementia. For Zoom invite and register, call 503-304-3432.

The Daniel Plan

6:30 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship. Wellness program. Information: scf.tv/daniel plan. Sheila, 503-409-4498.

Scotts Mills City Council

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

Thursday, Sept. 7

Silverton Kiwanis Club

Noon, Main St. Bistro, 201 E Main St., Silverton. Bi-monthly meeting of Silverton Kiwanis Club. New members welcome. Repeats Sept. 21. Silvertonkiwanis.org

Computer Class

1 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Learn how Google Drive can be used for uploading, organizing and sharing files in the cloud. Owning a computer is not necessary. Registration required by calling 503-845-6401.

Dine Out Club

6 p.m., Lou’s Kitchen, 190 E Charles St., Mt. Angel. Order from menu; pay for own meals. Sponsored by Silverton Senior Center. 503-873-3093

Critique Night

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silverton Arts Association. Bring your latest work for discussion and critique amongst other artists in the community. 503-873-2480, silvertonarts.org

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Friday, Sept. 8

Sublimity Harvest Festival

5 p.m., Sublimity Harvest Festival Grounds, 11880 SE Sublimity Road. Truck, tractor, monster truck competition. Food booths, vendors, Kid-Zone, Entertainment Tent, music. Repeats Sept. 9-10. For list of events, admission, see sublimityharvestfestival.com

Tune Tours

6 - 8 p.m., Mt. Angel Theater & Stu. dio, 220 E Charles St. Music and entertainment specifically designed for music lovers and seniors, but all are welcome. $10. In association with Abiqua Studios & Tune Tours. jondeshler.com, mtangeltheaterstudio.com

The Next Friday

5 - 8 p.m., Mt. Angel. Businesses in Mt. Angel stay open with extra vendors, goodies, information, sales, cruise-in and concert. discovermtangel@gmail.com

All-Ages Game Night

6 - 9 p.m., Silverton Grange, 201 Division St. Bring your favorite games. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. All ages welcome. Free. 971-267-9364, silvertongrange@gmail.com

Movie in Fisher Park

9 p.m., Fisher Park, 110 Spruce St., Mt. Angel. Watch Wonder on Mt. Angel Public Library’s outdoor theater. Free sno-cones. Sing-along/karaoke begins at 8 p.m. Bring chair/ blanket. Free. 503-845-6401

Saturday, Sept. 9

Road Run & Walk

9 a.m., Sublimity School, 431 E Main St. 10K, 5K, 3K races. Proceeds benefit Sublimity School Parent Teacher Club. $20/person. Youth 12 and under are free. Register at sublimityharvestfest.com.

Bridges, Bike & Brews

9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Linn County Lamb & Wool Fairgrounds, 38999 NE First Ave., Scio. Covered bridge biking tour, guided van tours, music, food trucks, beer garden. Sponsored by Scio Event Center Organization to raise funds for a new Fairgrounds and Event Center. Schedule, registration: scioevents. com/bridges-bikes-and-brews.

O’Fest Kickoff Party

6:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Festhalle, 500 NE Wilco Hwy. Chicken dinner, live music, light-hearted Olympics event. $45/person, includes dinner, bottomless beverages. Tickets at Schmidt’s 76, Bochsler Hardware, Mt. Angel Sausage Company, Tiny’s Tavern or at oktoberfest.org.

Sunday, Sept. 10

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. 11

Patriot Day

Daughters of American Revolution

10 a.m., Stayton United Methodist Church, 1450 SE Fern Ridge Road. Celebrate start of Abigail Scott Duniway Chapter year. Amber Cross with comfort K9s Probie and Barnaby of Sublimity Fire District. All are welcome. Refreshments served. 503-689-6991

Mt. Angel School District

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. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-873-5303, silverfallsschools.org

Silverton City Council

7 p.m., Council Chamber. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-873-5321, silverton.or.us

Tuesday, Sept. 12

Ancestry Detectives

10 a.m. - noon, Silverton Senior Center. Guest speaker Don Anderson discusses “Who’s Hiding in Your Genes?” Anderson has helped many adoptees find their birth parents. Open to all. Membership: Kathy Valdez, 503-608-4251, adsteering@ ancestrydetectives.org.

Silverton Senior Center Board

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

Dementia Care Conversations

3 - 4 p.m. Zoom. Free group for unpaid caregivers providing support to a loved one living with dementia. The focus is to provide dementia care information, training and resources to family caregivers. Offered by Family Caregiver Support Program at NorthWest Senior and Disability Services. To request a referral to the group, contact the Aging and Disability Resource Connection at 503-304-3420. Repeats Sept. 26.

Ukulele Play and Sing-Alongs

6 - 7:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Gather to play and sing with ukuleles. Free. All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Music is provided. 503-873-8796

Silverton Planning Commission

7 p.m., Council Chambers. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-874-2207, silverton.us.or

Thursday, Sept. 14

Mount Angel Oktoberfest

All day, Mt. Angel. Food, crafts, music, dancing, car shows, free children’s area. Repeats through Sept. 17. For a complete list of events, visit oktoberfest.org.

Saturday, Sept. 16

Oktoberfest Military Vehicle Display

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., American Legion Hall, 740 College St., Mt. Angel. View tanks, halftracks, humvees from World War II era through Vietnam era. Repeats Sept. 17. Free. oktoberfest.org

Oktoberfest Cruz ‘n Car Show

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., St. Mary School, 590 E College St., Mt. Angel. 100 cars Saturday and Sunday in separate shows. Registration day of. oktoberfest.org

Sunday, Sept. 17

Oktoberfest Road Race

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.

Monday, Sept. 18

Silverton City Council Work Session

6:30 p.m., Council Chambers. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-873-5321

Tuesday, Sept. 19

Silverton Housing Task Force

6:30 p.m., Council Chambers. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-873-5321

Silver Falls Library Book Club

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Discuss The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson. Visitors welcome. 503-897-8796

Wednesday, Sept. 20

Lunch & Learn

11:30 a.m., Main Street Bistro, 201 E Main St., Silverton. Business professionals connect. Lunch is off menu on your own. RSVP is encouraged to save a seat. Sponsored by Silverton Chamber of Commerce. 503-873-5615

Thursday, Sept. 21

Teen Hangout

5 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Board games, crafts, virtual reality, snacks. Grades 6 - 12. Free. 503-845-6401

SFSD Bond Proposal Explained

7 p.m. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N Church St., Silverton, Silver Falls School District Superintendent Scott Drue will take questions about the bond proposal on the Nov. 7 ballot. Sponsored by the Silverton Lions Club.

Friday, Sept. 22

Red Cross Blood Drive

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

Saturday, Sept. 23

Autumnal Equinox

Monday, Sept. 25

Vigil for Peace

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

Tuesday, Sept. 26

Silverton Planning Commission

7 p.m., Council Chambers. Work session. Open to public. 503-874-2207

Wednesday, Sept. 27

AARP Driver’s Class

3 - 6 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Two-day driver’s safety class. Sign up in advance. 503-873-3093

Retiring Joyfully Workshop

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

Friends of Silver Falls Library

6 p.m., Silverton Falls Library. Board meeting. Open to public. 503-873-8796

Scotts Mills Historical Society Board

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

Thursday, Sept. 28

Teen Advisory Board

4:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Teens ages 12-18 collaborate with library on programs, collections, games. 503-845-6401 Writers Group

6 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Gather and chat with fellow writers. Bring up to three pages of work to read and receive feedback. Teens/adults. 503-845-6401

Saturday, Sept. 30

Catio Tour

11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Silverton. Visit homes that have catios to see a wide range of sizes and styles. Start the tour any time, but finish by 3 p.m. Donations requested. Sponsored by Silverton Cat Rescue. Get a copy of the map at Silverton Farmers Market Sept. 16 & 23. Silvertoncatrescue.com

Stash Busters Sale

1 - 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Open to public. 503-873-3093

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Are You Following the Right Map?

Religions are like maps. A true map of where you really are will get you where you want to go follow it. But a false map will never get you to your desired destination no matter how sincerely you try to follow it.

Most people in the USA have had some encounter with what they assume to be the Christian faith, whether through a friend, a family member, or some other means. These may have involved presentations of the true Christian faith, and that is great. Unfortunately, some may have been only encounters with a false religion that will not get you where you really want to go.

In order to be safe, I will present a biblical explanation of what the Bible actually teaches about Jesus, how your sins can be forgiven, and how you can know for certain that you will go to live forever in heaven when you die.

A Good Place to Start Is At The Beginning

The God revealed in the Bible is the one and only true God. He created the world and everything in it. Look around you. This is real. It’s not some artificial reality or illusion. Like it or not, God exists and so do you.

He created this world as a way to display His goodness, wisdom, love, mercy and justice.

He created it for His own pleasure, for His own glory, but also for the enjoyment of all those who would get to be part of it. However, everything He created had to participate in it exactly as He intended. It was to be a display of His “glory” without any flaws. God created mankind— past, present and future— to play a starring role in this display of His glory. That is what it means when the Bible says we are to “do all that we do for the glory of God” (1Cor. 10:31). We were created with the ability to do this perfectly. Every human being, including you, has been made in the image of God in order to play our part in this world — this is what it means to be “godly.” It is to be like God in our own moral character. Life would have been so good, so beautiful, and so enjoyable if only we had trusted and obeyed God as we should.

But almost from the beginning, the first human beings, our original parents, Adam and Eve, doubted the goodness of God. They believed the lie of a fallen angel named Lucifer (i.e. Satan, the Devil). Satan said God is not good, that He was withholding from them something even better than doing the will of God. Adam and Eve doubted the goodness of God enough to actually disobey Him. He warned them not to eat of The Tree

us was sufficient to pay for all our sins, God the Father raised Jesus from the dead after three days in the tomb. Jesus is alive today, and He is Lord of all creation, including you.

“But I’m Not All That Bad!”

you are guilty of committing adultery with them in your heart. By the way, if you have had sex outside of marriage, you fornicated, which is in effect committing pre-adultery with someone else’s future spouse. Both are sins.

• Ex. 20:15 “You shall not steal.”

of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (see Gen. 3). God said that if they did so, they would die. But they ate of it anyway.

This reveals that the commandments of God are intended to deliver either a benefit that He wants us to enjoy, or the protection from some harm He wants us to avoid. But in either case, God’s law is not a burden. It is a blessing. It is His instruction on how to live the good life He intends for us.

“All Have Sinned and Fallen Short of the Glory of God.”

By disregarding what God had commanded, Adam and Eve sinned and fell short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). Instead of being glorious examples of God’s goodness they became examples of Satan’s evil and rebellion. They, and all of us as their posterity, fell short of God’s glory. That is how the world became a place corrupted by sin.

God could have discarded the whole lot of us right there in the garden but in His mercy He chose instead to make a way for us to be forgiven and restored to friendship with Him as His children in the His eternal family.

He accomplished this at great cost by sending His only begotten Son, Jesus of Nazareth, into this world to live and then die for us. Jesus was completely God and completely man at the same time. He had to be completely God in order to live the perfect life that we were all intended to live, but have failed to live. But he also had to be completely man in order to die in our place the death that we deserve. His sacrifice was required to pay for our sins. He died for us Then, in order to prove that Jesus’ death for

You may be thinking that Jesus’ sacrifice was not necessary for you because, after all, you are “a good person.” We will see about that. God is absolutely holy. That means He is so pure that He cannot tolerate even the slightest rebellion against His perfect will anywhere in His creation. And because God is the absolutely righteous Judge of all the earth, no one will get away with anything. But compared to some people you know, you are not that bad. You look pretty good. But when we compare ourselves to Jesus’ perfect life we can see that even our best attempts to be good fall short of God’s perfect standards.

Have you ever stolen anything? Busted!

• Ex. 20:16 “You shall not covet.”

Have you ever wanted anything that was not rightfully yours with unrighteous lust, envy or greed? That also is a soul-condemning sin.

So, How Did You Do?

Have you broken any of God’s commands? Be honest. We all have. We all deserve to be punished. That punishment will be to spend eternity in the very same hell that has been prepared for the devil (Matt. 25:41). Hell is real— just as real as heaven and earth. You don’t want to end up there. You won’t get to see any of your friends. There will be no parties. You won’t get to “rule in hell rather than serve in heaven.” You’ll be miserable in the burning flames, bound by chains of guilt and regret forever, with no hope of relief.

Again, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” We are all guilty before God.

So, Let’s Take a Test.

Let’s see if you really are in fact “a good person.” We will look at a few of the Ten Commandments to see where you stand.

• Ex. 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before Me (i.e. instead of God).”

Is there anything in your life that has ever been more important to you than God? Guilty.

• Ex. 20:7 “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain…”

Have you ever used the name “God” or “Jesus Christ” as a way to express anger? Worse yet, have you ever called yourself a Christian when you do not follow Christ?

• Ex. 20:13 “You shall not murder.

Hopefully you have never actually murdered anyone, but Jesus taught that if you hate anyone in your heart God sees that as the equivalent to murdering them in your heart.

• Ex. 20:14 “You shall not commit adultery.”

Have you ever cheated on your spouse? Hopefully not. But again, Jesus taught that if you look a someone with lust in your heart,

So, my fellow sinner, we need a Savior. Someone has to pay for our sin. It may be ourselves, dying and going to hell. Or it may be Jesus, because He died for us. To prove that Jesus really is the Savior, God raised Him from the grave, defeating death. So, why would you not choose life forever with God in heaven rather than death forever with Satan in hell? Why not repent by turning away from your sin and turning to God? Why not be restored to your true purpose in life — living for the glory of God? Why not follow the “true map” of biblical evangelical Christianity to get yourself where you really want to go?

All that God requires is that you repent of your sins and trust in Jesus (Rom. 10:8-10). God will cause you to be born again. He will adopt you into His family. You will be saved. Want to know more? Let’s talk. You can call me 24/7 at 503-926-1388 and we can meet up anywhere and at anytime. Please call.

Men’s Prayer Breakfast!

Every Thurs. morning 5:30-7:00 AM at 409 South Water Street, Silverton

Join us as we study the Bible, pray for our city, challenge one another to grow up & enjoy a great breakfast. RSVP by text to 503-926-1388. Go to NobleInn.org/articles to read all 8 of my Our Town articles.

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When Judy Gabriel first heard the term “catio” used to describe an outdoor, enclosed patio created just for cats she was not impressed.

“I thought that was nuts,” she said. But then winter set in and she began to wonder if her own kittens – Bubba and Buddy, whom she had adopted the spring before – might benefit from a bit more exposure to the outdoors.

“I can’t say the cats were trying to escape, but they did love fresh air,” Gabriel said. “And I thought, they should have fresh air – everyone should – and see the leaves move and the butterflies and the bees.”

With those thoughts in mind, she called a long–time friend, Cary Unruh – a contractor and owner of CNU Property Solutions – who had already installed several catios in the Silverton area.

“All of a sudden I had a catio,” Gabriel said, showing off the impressive screened in porch Unruh created beside her own front door.

“They have to go through a cat door and that was monumental – they were slow to stick their noses out,” Gabriel said of the cats’ initial reaction. “But now they

run in and out and use the entire thing.”

Adorned with climbing perches and scratching posts, Gabriel’s large catio – estimated to measure ten feet by four feet – was a big commitment.

“I pictured them playing in it,” she said. “But they really don’t. They just sit on the shelves and watch the world.”

It’s just one of the many observations Gabriel wishes she could have made prior to the creation of her catio’s design.

Which is how the idea of holding a catio tour –showcasing an array of catios located throughout the

Silverton, Mount Angel and Scotts Mills area – came about.

“I thought I invented the idea, but I did not. It’s a thing,” Gabriel said, describing her surprise at discovering Portland’s annual Catio Tour – a collaboration between the Portland Audubon Society and the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon.

But the discovery did give her an idea – to partner with the Silverton Cat Rescue, a nonprofit founded by Vivan Palm in 2020, which Gabriel suspected could benefit from both the funds and the publicity generated by such an event.

“Silverton Cat Rescue ran with it,” Gabriel said of the response she received to the proposed tour, which is slated to take place on Saturday, Sept. 30.

But first they must recruit more catios.

“People want to see the whole range,” Gabriel said of the need for catios of all sizes and dimensions to join in the tour. “And we don’t want people to think, I can’t participate because mine isn’t fancy enough.”

Silverton Cat Rescue will have a booth at the Farmers Market on Sept. 16 and 23, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Stop by to hear more about the tour, to have an opportunity to donate or to receive a map of the catio tour locations. For more information or to be included in the tour Silverton Cat Rescue or go to www.silvertoncatrescue.com.

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When it comes to the Oktoberfest Dance Troupe, getting kids involved is the main priority.

“[The Troupe] gives them ownership in the festival,” manager Kelly Grassman explained. “It teaches them about volunteering, giving of their time and doing something for others.”

Created by a small group of women in 1990 the O’Fest Dance Troupe has grown exponentially during the past 33 years from 54 girls and boys performing the Weaver’s Dance and the Chicken Dance to more than 400 dancers putting on an hour-long performance twice a day for three days.

“Our choreography is done by our coaches, and music is generally chosen by the coach with input from the whole team…” Grassman said of the current performance protocol.

It’s a lot of work, with coaches

volunteering eight months out of the year and holding rehearsals an additional 144 hours each summer and fall.

And then there are the costumes.

“[C]ostuming is a very large piece of our program, and Marilyn Hall houses and maintains our 1,000-plus piece costume wardrobe,” Grassman said.

“This is a very large undertaking, and she

spends hundreds of hours from June to September just fitting costumes to people. It is really very amazing… How she does, the costuming is honestly miraculous!”

What’s also extraordinary is that the entire program is free to anyone who wants to participate.

“Our collective goal is to make sure that anyone who wants to dance can,” Grassman said. “There is no cost to be a part of this program. If you need a costume, shoes, socks, a hat, flower head wreath, etc., it is provided to you at no cost.”

And it’s fun.

“Every year I have people come up to me and thank me because they come just to see us dance, it is the highlight of their visit to the festival,” Grassman said. “That makes my heart so happy. And to see the smiles on everyone’s faces is the realization that what we do spreads so much joy!”

But none of it would happen without a big group of volunteers including coaches,

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assistant coaches, the performance crew and of course costumer extraordinaire, Marilyn Hall.

“Without these people being willing to volunteer their time and effort, this program wouldn’t exist,” Grassman said. “The group of people… my team, are very special people. I have an immense amount of gratitude for the sacrifices that they make to ensure that this program continues. They wouldn’t call it a sacrifice; they would call it ‘doing something they love.’ But it doesn’t change the fact that they give up other things to do this. I will forever be amazed and have huge gratitude for all of the time and effort they freely give. In a world that tells us people are selfish… I see a lot of caring, compassion, and love. That is something I am proud to be a part of!”

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Transportation options for Oktoberfest

This year the organizers of Mount Angel’s Oktoberfest are making it easier than ever to enjoy the festivities while leaving your car safely at home.

“It is brand new!” Monica Bochsler, Director of PR and Marketing, said of the latest edition to the festival’s public transportation lineup – a shuttle service provided by Northwest Navigator Luxury Coaches.

“I can’t take credit for making it happen, it is a project that belongs to North Marion County Tourism Collaborative.”

The Collaborative, which came together in 2020 in response to the COVID pandemic, now works to further all aspects of tourism within North Marion County –including the promotion of events like Oktoberfest.

“The shuttle will be running

Friday/Saturday only,” Bochsler said. And it will cover a wider area including Portland, Woodburn, Salem and Silverton.

Reservations – obtained by registering on the “Contact” page of the Oktoberfest website (www.oktoberfest. org) – are required and space is limited.

Also providing transportation from the Biergarten to locations throughout the Willamette Valley is Willamette Valley Yellow Cab at 503-362-2411 as well as both Lyft and Uber.

For those attending with a large group, organizers suggest the rental of a private van, shuttle or bus service, and many options are listed on the “Transportation” page of the Oktoberfest website.

Developer buys former Wilco property in Mount Angel

A Woodburn developer has purchased the site of the former Wilco headquarters in Mount Angel, while plans to develop the property remain in the early stages.

According to the Marion County Assessor’s Office, the 2-acre lot at 190 S Main St. was sold to Double I Construction, owned by Ivan Ivanov, for $465,000 on June 15.

Mount Angel Administrative Services Director Colby Kemp told Our Town no new applications to develop the lot have yet been received. Ivanov submitted a site plan in May that expired June 30 proposing a mixed-use facility with commercial space on the first floor and 28 apartments above.

A fire destroyed the previous buildings in 2021. The historic structure, iconic for its towering silo, dated to the early 1900s and was the headquarters of Wilco Farm Coop from 1967 to 2004.


Equipment Sales purchases Linn Benton Tractor

After 33 years of putting their heart and soul into their elite Kubota/multi-line dealer equipment business, Don and Vivian Kropf are ready to retire.

The Kropfs have sponsored local and state sports teams, fairs, rodeos and have been an active supporter of local 4H/FFA auctions and events.

Vivian Kropf said, “It is with mixed emotions –sadness and joy and happiness – that we made this decision. It is time to enjoy the other side of life, our grandson, family, travel, and hobbies.”

The purchase of Linn Benton Tractor continues the vision by the privately held Oregon Equipment Sales, LLC, to create a larger dealership platform. OES also operates locations in Hubbard and McMinville.

Justin Miller, General Manager of OES, said, “The purchase of Linn Benton Tractor will continue to drive our commitment to be the ‘Local Dealer of Choice’ for all consumer, agricultural and construction equipment needs for Oregon.”

The Tangent location will continue to operate under the name Linn Benton Tractor.

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

Helen J. Raid of Mount Angel, Oregon passed away peacefully on July 31, 2023 after a long illness. Helen Janet McGaffee was born in Silverton on Jan. 20, 1937 and spent her growing up years in Woodburn where in high school she met her lifelong soulmate, Gary Raid.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Perry and Alice Foote McGaffee, and her siblings, Perry McGaffee and Carol McGaffee Voreis.

Helen was happiest surrounded by her family, her husband, Gary of 67 years; and three daughters, Jodie Stenchever, Shellie Raid and Leslie (Greg) Blair; along with grandchildren, Lindsay (Chris) Evanoff, Justin (Shay) Stenchever, Nicole Stenchever, Corinne Blair and Kellie Blair.

In high school Helen played the clarinet in the band and was also an accomplished pianist, playing for her church. Her warm hospitality showed through during the years she served as a Welcome Wagon hostess, greeting new families in our community. For many years she served as co-chair of a popular Oktoberfest booth which turned out to be a family affair involving her daughters and grandchildren.

She was passionate about her genealogy research having uncovered so many relatives’ lineages including her own family history dating back to the Mayflower. Recently she had finally located a long elusive ancestor that she had spent most of her decades of research looking for. Her best summer days found her in her own garden of which she was so proud. She was a volunteer at the Oregon Garden for many years as well.

Helen was a blessed friend to many, a favorite aunt and a patient wife to her beloved husband Gary. As a mother Helen was unfailingly supportive and always offered up a warm hug, a delicious hot meal and a listening ear. She was adored by her grandchildren and many nieces and nephews who will all miss her.

The family would like to sincerely thank Emerald Gardens and Serenity Hospice for their care. Arrangements by Unger Funeral Chapel –Mount Angel.

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Theresa Ann (Brophy) Howes, 82, passed away on Aug. 6, 2023. A graveside service was held on Aug. 25 at Valley View Cemetery in Silverton, Oregon, under the direction of Unger Funeral Chapel.

Theresa was born in Hines, Oregon on March 30, 1941, to James and Ursula Brophy. She grew up in Hines and attended school in Burns. Theresa was a proud member of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of Popular, Montana.

Theresa married Donald Eugene Howes, on Nov. 21, 1959. They were married for over 58 years when Don passed away in 2018. They had two daughters, Mylisa and Denise.

Family and friends were the most important thing to Theresa. She was artistically creative, always weaving, sewing, and knitting. Her pine needle baskets were sold at Native American art galleries in Portland and on the Oregon Coast. Making things for those she loved

made her happy.

Theresa was proud of her husband Don and supported him in his law enforcement career. They moved to Silverton, Oregon in 1996 to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

Theresa was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Don; daughter, Denise Totland; sisters, Iyleen Mellish, Mary Creekmore and Paula McCallum; and brothers, Donald Brophy and James Brophy.

She is survived by her sister, Ursula Brantley; daughter, Mylisa Holland (Mark); grandchildren, Jason Holland, Don Holland (Jill), Greg Holland (Brittnie), Nichole Petersen (Jason) and Kelsey Cross (Danny); great grandchildren, Elliana Petersen, Wyatt Petersen, Reese Holland, Quinn Holland, Teagan Holland, Everett Holland, Kamryn Cross and Callie Cross and many loving nieces and nephews.

In Memory Of …

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

Theresa Howes

March 30, 1941 — Aug. 6, 2023

William Palmer Sept. 17, 1941 — Aug. 7, 2023

Dorothy “Dottie” Humphreys Nov. 20, 1966 — Aug. 11, 2023

Patricia Serres Dec. 5, 1959 — Aug. 14, 2023

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William Palmer III Sept. 17, 1941 – Aug. 7, 2023

William Bronson Palmer III, born on Sept. 17, 1941, passed away peacefully at home on Aug. 7, 2023.

Raised mostly in California, he followed his sister Patty to Silverton, Oregon in his late teens. He married Lorna Eldred in 1961 and they raised two boys, Kevin and Kyle.

In 1977, William married Shirley Thomas and added her children Ron, Rick, and Cheryl to the family. William and Shirley were inseparable for 46 years.

William spent his working career as a truck driver for West Coast Grocery, which later became Waremart, then finally WinCo, and continued to meet regularly for lunch with his remaining former co-workers. In retirement he and Shirley both lent their driving skills to the Silver Falls School District as bus drivers.

He was a big fan of the outdoors, and spent a lot of time snowmobiling, golfing, and on their boat at Detroit Lake.

William’s passing was preceded by his father, William Bronson Palmer Jr.; mother, Dorothy; father figure, Edward Palmer; step-son, Rick; granddaughter Amy Thomas; and beloved poodles Suzy, Dani, Lucy, Tucker, and Cloudy.

He is survived by wife, Shirley; poodle, Sasha; sister, Patty; nephew, David; niece, Robbie; grandnieces, Kristin and Amy; children, Kevin (Stacy) and Kyle (Julie), as well as Cheryl (Jeff) and Ron (Linda); grandchildren, Jennifer, Marcie, Kelsey, Jake, Kyler, Colin, Cory, Alan, Taylor, Bobby, Elise, and Heather; and greatgrandchildren Jalysa, Isiah, Emory, Bailey, Toby, Riley, Cager, Zoey, Luke, Matthew, and McKenzie.

William’s service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9 at First Christian Church at 1 p.m. with a gathering immediately after in the church multipurpose room. Arrangements made by Unger Funeral Chapel – Silverton.

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Foxes Hall of Fame

The Silverton High Athletic Hall of Fame banquet is returning Oct. 7 at The Oregon Garden. The event, which includes dinner, a silent auction and the induction ceremony, costs $50 and you can make reservations at silvertonfoxes. com soon, if not today. Organizers tell me they are on a “short timeline” this year so please bear with them if the signup mechanism is not yet in order by the time you read this.

Inducted at the gala will be the 196869 boys basketball team, girls basketball coach Tom Steers, three-sport girls athletes Mary Purdy (Class of 1989) and Linda Riedman (Class of 1993), former NFL player Scott Bragg (Class of 1990) and special contributor Chuck White. This is the first Hall of Fame event since 2011. Inductions also were held in 2009 and 2010. I will have more on the event in my next two columns.

Volleyball: The first high school polls of the season are out, and the Silverton volleyball team is rated fourth in Class 5A

by a statewide coaches panel.

The Foxes were 23-5 overall and 12-1 in the Mid-Willamette Valley Conference a year ago under coach Reilly Rosecrans Kirsten Barnes, who won eight league titles during the 1996-2010 period, has returned to coach the squad.

Silverton advanced to the state tournament a year ago before falling to Bend and South Albany. Foxes standout setter Alexis Haury, who has committed to play at Washington next season, was a second-team all-tournament selection.

The coaches poll seems to be predicting another fierce Mid-Willamette season. Defending state champion Crescent

Valley is rated No. 1, with Silverton and West Albany tied for fourth, South Albany ninth and Lebanon 12th.

Girls Soccer: Silverton’s girls soccer team is ranked 11th in the pre-season poll. The Foxes were 4-5-5 a year ago and advanced to the round of 16 in the Class 5A tournament before falling to Ashland.

Mid-Willamette teams seemed destined to play a key role in 5A girls soccer as well. Crescent Valley finished second to Wilsonville a year ago and the Raiders are ranked fourth in the first poll. West Albany is ninth and Corvallis is 13th.

Running: The 5K run/walk and the 10K Mount Angel Abbey run return for the 2023 Oktoberfest on Sunday, Sept. 17. Both races start at 9 a.m., and for the second consecutive year the events will start at John F. Kennedy High School on East Marquam Street.

Runners and walkers can sign up online

through 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 at https://runsignup.com/Race/OR/ MountAngel/Oktoberfest5kand10k or register the morning of the races at JFK. Oktoberfest-themed attire is encouraged.

Both races will for the most part use pavement, but there will be some gravel sections. Only the 10K event will go up the hill to the Abbey.

The races will be chip-timed, with overall awards and age group winners honored with beer steins and ribbons. Each participant will receive a pint glass and those 21 and older will receive a ticket for a free beer at Oktoberfest.

The race is sponsored by the Silverton Runners’ Club, with proceeds benefiting cross country and track and field programs in Mount Angel and Silverton.

Runners and walkers are encouraged to bring their own water bottles. Race organizers will have bulk water available for refills.

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Sports Datebook All home games

Friday, Sept. 1


7 p.m. Silverton vs Dallas

Tuesday, Sept. 5

Boys Soccer

7:15 p.m. Silverton vs Thurston/Mohawk

Thursday, Sept. 7


6:30 p.m. Silverton vs Lebanon

Boys Soccer

7:15 p.m. Silverton vs Sprague

Friday, Sept. 8

Boys Soccer

4:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Faith Bible


7 p.m. Kennedy vs Siuslaw

7 p.m. Silverton vs Woodburn

Tuesday, Sept. 12

Girls Soccer

7:15 p.m. Silverton vs North Eugene/Triangle Lake

Wednesday, Sept. 13

Cross County TBD – Silver Falls

Oktoberfest Invitational

Thursday, Sept. 14


5:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Chemawa

Boys Soccer

7:15 p.m. Silverton vs Wilsonville

Friday, Sept. 15


7 p.m. Silverton vs Central

Wednesday, Sept. 20


5:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Western Christian

Girls Soccer

7:15 p.m. Silverton vs McMinnville

Thursday, Sept. 21


6:30 p.m. Silverton vs Corvallis

Boys Soccer

7:15 p.m. Silverton vs Aloha

Tuesday, Sept. 26

Boys Soccer

4:15 p.m. Kennedy vs Gervais


5:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Delphian

6:30 p.m. Silverton vs Crescent Valley

Girls Soccer

7:15 p.m. Silverton vs Woodburn

Wednesday, Sept. 27

Boys Soccer

7:15 p.m. Silverton vs Lebanon

Friday, Sept. 29


7 p.m., Kennedy vs Sisters

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It’s going to be a long election season. Already, the folks on unsocial media are stretching, bending and breaking the truth about various candidates.

How is a responsible voter to navigate all of the untruths?

My best suggestion is to delete Facebook, X (formerly Twitter) and all of the other apps.

I feel dumber every time I look at them, and I have no reason to believe what they say.

Here’s why.

When you’re a journalist, an editor is looking over your shoulder asking questions: Who said that? Where did you get that information? Did you verify that? Where’s the other side of the story?

If you’re asking how I know this, I have been an editor for the better part of 50 years. I can tell you flat-out that the twerps posting garbage on Facebook are just trying to pull the wool over your eyes.

Some ways you can tell that a post is a work of fiction: Attribution. If there is no attribution, there is no reason to pay any attention to a post. Lately, I’ve seen “stories”

critical of various candidates that were “attributed” to the Associated Press, The Washington Post and CNN, among other news outlets. When I checked those websites, no such stories existed. They were made up.  Who said it? Most made-up “stories” have no quotes saying who said what. That means they were made up.  When did it happen? A legitimate news story will have a time reference. Did it happen yesterday or ten years ago? Or did it ever happen?

The same for photos. Photo-editing software is so good that, unless you know what to look for, you cannot tell if a photo was faked. To make things worse, “deep fakes” of videos can make anyone appear to say or do anything. In other words, ignore anything and

everything you see online, unless you can verify it.

I don’t like politics. I’ve found that skepticism is warranted whenever a politician opens his or her mouth. They will make promises with the full knowledge that they cannot and will not follow through. Then they will hand off the hot potato they created to someone else and shrug their shoulders and walk away.

But that does not give the trolls on unsocial media license to make stuff up.  There’s plenty of factual material that can be used.

For example: Lately it seems the two leading presidential candidates are spending a lot of time trying to keep themselves and their children out of jail. Is this the best we can do? Our country has 326 million people. Are these two guys the best and the brightest? I doubt it. Plus, they’re old enough to be my dad, and I’m older than dirt.

In the meantime, do not trust what you see on unsocial media. Find a source of news that is trustworthy, separates facts from opinions and fiction, and follows the rules of journalism and you’ll be fine.

Carl Sampson is a freelance writer and editor. He lives in Stayton.

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