Our Town North: Sept. 15, 2022

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Silverton Appeal-Tribune ceases publication after 142 years – Page12

Mayor, council seat race forum set for Silverton election – Page 4

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COMMUNITY NEWS Serving Mt. Angel, Silverton and Scotts Mills

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Young Authors earn library shelf space .............................. 8 Grant helps realize Wright’s architectural vision .................. 9 On the Cover

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September 2022 • 3

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Voters to decide By James Day The Silverton Chamber of Commerce is hosting an election forum on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the Oregon Garden.

Council President Jason Freilinger is facing off against Morry Jones in the Nov. 8 contest to replace outgoing Mayor Kyle Palmer. The mayor’s term is two years. All three incumbent councilors, Dana Smith, Jim Sears and Crystal Neideigh, chose not to seek re-election to a new 4-year term, but eight individuals have filed for the three seats. In alphabetical order, they are Maika Brusa, Eric Hammond, Gregg

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The noon luncheon event ($15 for chamber members and $20 for non-members) will take place at the education building, which is just across from the visitor center entry gate. Go to https://business. silvertonchamber.org/events/details/ silverton-candidate-forum-20009 to register. Invited to participate will be the candidates for City Council and mayor. Chamber officials will moderate the session, which also will include time for audience questions.

Candidate forum set for Silverton council, mayor races

Oct 19: Local ballots mailed Nov 3: Last day for election officials to mail replacement ballots to voters Nov 4: Voters needing a replacement ballot must pick one up at the county elections office Nov 8: Election Day Harris, Chuck Hawley, Jayla Kuenzi, April Newton, Jenny Ohren and Marie Traeger. If Freilinger is elected mayor his council seat, which is up in 2024, becomes vacant. The new council will select his successor. Also on the Silverton ballot Nov. 8 is a renewal of a 5-year local option property tax levy that, if approved, would continue funding operations at the community pool at a rate of $275,000 per year.


The Silver Falls School District is getting closer to another facilities improvement bond measure after previous attempts to fund deferred maintenance and building upgrades were rejected. On Aug. 22, the School Board approved formation of a Bond Advisory Committee to explore potential scope and scale of a bond measure. The committee, made of district employees, parents, community leaders and other stakeholders, will identify the most urgent capital improvement needs and calculate the funding necessary. Their work will build on priorities identified by the Long Range Facilities Planning Committee, which met from 2019 to 2022 to identify and define capital improvement needs. Priorities included expanding facilities for grade

school and middle school students. Current buildings for these age groups are near or at capacity. The first meeting of the advisory committee is expected during the last week of September, with meetings to continue through 2022. A public comment period is expected in early 2023. By May, the committee is expected to present a bond recommendation. At that point the board will discuss the committee’s findings and determine whether or not a bond should go before voters. The earliest possible election for a bond measure, according to the district’s timeline, would be November 2023. Consultants noted school bond measures have higher chances of passing during a May primary. Voters rejected a $36.9 million bond in May 2013 and a $24.9 million bond the following year.


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Grant moves Habitat project forward

By James Day

Skatepark lights, landscaping, in works The city of Silverton is accepting bids for lights that will be added to the skatepark.

A Silverton Habitat for Humanity project has received a $30,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF). The award was part of $8.7 million in grants to 371 nonprofits that the foundation announced last month.

A total of $30,000 in urban renewal funds are available for the project, said Bart Stepp, city engineer. He added that the city hopes to complete the work before the end of 2022.

North Willamette Valley Habitat For Humanity will use the funds to help hire a project manager for the planned 18-unit project on Pine Street near the Silverton High School campus. The funds will help the group “increase our building capacity from one home per year to up to five homes per year,” said Danielle Anderson, marketing and communications manager for North Willamette Valley Habitat. “In order to make that leap, we need to hire a project manager. Funds received from the OCF grant will help with the first year of a project manager’s salary.”

The sign at Peters’ Garden shows the layout of the planned 18-unit North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity Silverton project. JAMES DAY

volunteering. Once the family occupies the home its members will be responsible for the mortgage and upkeep.

The Peters’ Garden project ultimately will consist of 18 homes. Six single-family residences and 12 townhouses, will be constructed on a 1.9-acre parcel with access from Pine Street via Schemmel Lane.

Habitat officials noted in the grant application that the size of the project were driven by the city’s need for affordable housing.

The name honors Dr. Virgil Peters, one of the chapter’s original board members; his son, Dr. Tim Peters, who is currently a member of the chapter’s construction safety committee; and the late Jennie Peters, Virgil’s wife, whose favorite hymn was “In the Garden.”

One house in the project is virtually completed. “If this was a single home build, the family would already be in the house,” Anderson said. “Because this is part of a larger development, there are still planning pieces that have to be in place before we can sell the home to the partner family. Our team is working with city officials and we’re doing everything we can to get the Constante family into the house as soon as possible.”

The project is being built under the usual Habitat for Humanity protocols. The home will be constructed largely with volunteers, with the family that will occupy the house also responsible for

Four lights will be installed at the skatepark, which recently expanded, adding new runs and a bench honoring founder Jason Franz after a grass-roots fundraising campaign. The city also has approved a plan to add street trees on the Cascade Highway side of the park to provide a landscape buffer. The lights project, Stepp said, consists of 300 feet of 2-inch conduit, four junction boxes, 1-inch conduit and four light pole bases. The contractor also will be responsible for repairing all disturbed ground. Portland General Electric will install wiring and the lights at the top of the bases. Bids were scheduled to be opened on Sept. 13, after Our Town’s presstime. – James Day

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Our Neighbor

Thanks, Dave

Oktoberfest honors retiring board member Dave Kohler

By Stephen Floyd

A Tribute to Dave Kohler

Longtime Oktoberfest board member Dave Kohler has retired from his post after 49 years with the event, though he is expected to remain a familiar face.

In recognition of his 49 years of service to Mt.Angel Oktoberfest Weingarten

Kohler spent 25 years on the board, in addition to 15 years volunteering for Oktoberfest directly and another nine supporting the event through the Letterman Club at Kennedy High School.

Saturday, Sept. 17, 1:30 p.m. before he was 21. Bischoff said Kohler was instrumental in helping make the venue a success, including acquisition of the current Weingarten building while serving as board president.

Oktoberfest Director of PR and Marketing Monica Bochsler said Kohler has played a strong leadership role on the board, whether during a planning meeting or tackling a job during the festival. “If Dave accepted an assignment, he was there and was very, very good about finishing things up,” said Bochsler “I’m going to really miss that in him.” Kohler began volunteering for Oktoberfest shortly after moving to Mount Angel in 1971 to accept a position teaching math at the high school. He found himself in charge of the Weingarten, which at the

“Look at what the Weingarten is for the festival now,” said Bischoff. “He was in charge of that, he pushed it forward.”

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time was just under a tent, and it wasn’t uncommon for Kohler to gently turn away his own students as they tried to sneak in. Oktoberfest Board President Bill Bischoff admitted even he was stopped by Kohler while trying to sneak into the Weingarten

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The 57th annual Oktoberfest in Mount Angel runs Sept. 15 - 18, and event organizers are promising a festival celebrating “The Joy of Being Together.” The festival welcomes back musical friends from Germany, Donaumusikanten. Band members travel from Bavaria. Donaumusikanten is known for traditional Bavarian folk music as well as modern rock songs. After two years away due to pandemic travel restrictions, Donaumusikanten, sponsored by Withers Lumber Co., is scheduled to perform all four days of the festival in the Weingarten.

10 Barrel Brewing of Bend is introducing Mt. Angel Doppelbock during the festival. Brewed at the request of Biergarten Chairman Nick Splonski, it will be served at the Biergarten as well as the new Engelgarten venue, which does not require a cover charge.

More than 40 food vendors are expected to offer festival favorites like pretzels, spätzle and wurst hot off the grill. Proceeds support local schools, churches and other community groups. Oktoberfest is a major fundraising


opportunity for these groups, with an estimated $750,000 gathered in total during a normal year. For those seeking calm, uplifting music, St. Mary Church will host large and small choral groups, as well as harpists, flutists and organists, with free, public performances. The annual 5K and 10K races have returned, too. Scheduled to start Sunday at 9 a.m. outside John F. Kennedy High School, this event features a lower-intensity 5K walk/run, and a competitive 10K run up to Mount Angel Abbey and back. All competitors receive a commemorative pint glass (those 21 and older also receive a free beer ticket). Register at oktoberfest.org. The Wiener Dog Races return on Saturday. A festival highlight, races are on the St. Mary’s Public School grounds from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Spectators are more than welcome to cheer on the spunky canines as they go sprinting down the field. More information on all events and music schedules are available at oktoberfest.org.

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Guest authors

By Melissa Wagoner There’s a special section in the Silver Falls Library that not many people know about. It’s called the Guest Author section and it’s full of serious writers who, despite their age, are given a chance at having their books displayed on the shelf for any and all to check out. Partially inspired by the story of Dillon Helbig, the eight-year-old boy from Boise, Idaho who placed his hand-written book on the shelf of his local library in the hopes that others would read it, librarians at the Silver Falls Library – and others across the country – decided to follow suit. “I decided to do this here because I had kids who would sit down and start writing,” Dena Chaffin, the Youth Services Librarian, said of the program, which allows children of all ages to submit their own self-published books. “My hope is that we’ll have more engagement with schools,” Chaffin said. Thus far, the Guest Author section includes only a handful of books. The program, she

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hopes, “can help instigate reluctant writers and readers.” It can also help fill the section with more and varied books that are inspiring to other children and fun to read as well. “Most are first through third graders,” Chaffin said, holding examples of those received. All are complete with illustrations, author credits and an official barcode. “We’re excited to have them in the library.” And the kids are excited too. Three newly minted authors – winners of this year’s Summer Reading Program writing contest – recently joined the ranks. “The writing contest for the Summer was ‘choose your own adventure’,” Chaffin said. “It’s super exciting.” It’s also precisely the kind of community engagement she is hoping for. “Just come over to our side and let us know you want to do it,” she said. Any interested child can begin writing his or her own book. “Or talk to a grownup about what you need to do to get started.”

Youth Services librarians Shelly Brown and Dena Chaffin display current Guest Author selections. MELISSA WAGONER


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Wright’s vision

Plan integrates Gordon House indoor/outdoor experience

By James Day When famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright was working on his Usonian house design, one of the goals was to integrate as much as possible the outdoor spaces and the home’s interior. The Gordon House, the lone Wright879 W. Main St., Silverton designed home Wednesday-Sunday noon, 1, 2 pm in Oregon, has Tickets: thegordonhouse.org/visit/ received nearly To volunteer or become a docent $30,000 in email manager@gordonhouse.org grant funds to help upgrade the landscape in an effort to fulfill Wright’s vision.

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The $29,575 was awarded to the Oregon Garden attraction by the Oregon Cultural Trust, which awarded $3.4 million in grants to 138 organizations on Aug. 15. “This grant is going to be extremely helpful,” said Kathy Stemmler, the new manager of the facility. “Completing the outdoor room is going to be a boon for the garden, the city and the state.” Here is how Bruce Brown, a Gordon House board member and retired architect, described the plan: “Regrading and replacing the main lawn area, adding an irrigation system, expanding the planting beds, adding paved walkways, improving the stormwater drainage, and relocating the Elsa Coleman Memorial Garden from the main lawn to the east circle garden. “This has a couple of purposes; first is to fulfill the original design intent of Frank Lloyd Wright which includes an ‘outdoor room’ in the landscape. The second is to update the site to better accommodate the events held at the Gordon House like weddings and corporate functions.”

Kathy Stemmler, left, and Mairee McInnes on the steps of the Gordon House leading from the expansive living room windows to the outside. A grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust will help the complete a landscaping plan. JAMES DAY

The master site plan for the Gordon House also calls for LED lights in the outdoor spaces, which will make it easier for the Gordon House to host night events. The landscaping also will expand the ways in which the public experiences the facility. “A lot of folks just like to wander the grounds,” Stemmler said.

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Watercolor dreams

Mount Angel artist leads bustling business

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website so people would know where to find her.

Kimberly Shaw began painting individual greeting cards for friends as a labor of love and a satisfying counterpart to her work as an architectural draftswoman in Southern California.

At the same time, Shaw had been making friends in the Mount Angel community which led to the opportunity to keep her work on display at the Senior Center, which in turn receives a portion of the profit.

She’d been with the firm for 17 years when she quit her job and grew her card business into a national concern that supported her family for the next 30 years.

“My initial goal was just to help the senior center, so it’s been a win-win for us both,” she said. “Being able to manage that makes for a good testing ground for my designs, which now include canvas prints.”

For a long span, Shaw enlisted the help of her kids who, in the process, learned entrepreneurship and now have businesses of their own. Shaw relocated from California to Mount Angel 10 years ago, knowing she could continue her successful card business from anywhere. She bought an older home on the outskirts of town and carved out a bright studio at the rear of the house that overlooks her backyard with its mature trees and veggie garden. Then COVID-19 hit. “All my stores; all my tearooms shut down,” she said. She began scrambling for new ways to keep her business afloat. She began corresponding with established customers and opened her business to retail and wholesale customers online using various platforms. She also established a

“Currently I’m trying to test the market,” Shaw said. “I’ve been doing teacups since the ‘90s and there’s a part of me that really wants to do something different.” Her teacups start as watercolor paintings that are then reduced to size. Inspiration can come from any number of places – an antique plate; hollyhocks in her garden… Shaw’s paintings are often inspired by her surroundings – country roads and the Oktoberfest, for instance. “The cards are my bread and butter and I’ve always painted canvases for fun, but I started painting little ones and making cards with local scenes just to see what bites and then a couple of them sold at the Senior Center,” she said, adding that the center has moved Shaw’s work from a little rack of cards to a wall that can accommodate her new canvases.

2022 Oktoberfest poster by Kimberly Shaw. KIMBERLY SHAW GRAPHICS

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simple until I met a printer who told me I could add more detail to the designs and have them printed,” she said. “I just started creating different little cards but have been reluctant to put out money to have them printed when I don’t know what was going to be coming in.” Shaw has had some success with online print-on-demand sites where people can choose an image they like and have it reproduced on anything from stickers to T-shirts to phone cases to laptop covers – even furniture. Through this platform, Shaw’s hollyhock images have been reproduced as prints – both for full-size walls and in one instance a mini print of a blue and white teacup to adorn the dining room of a dollhouse. This favorite flower of hers also ended up being blown up and printed on tiles that now encompass the front of a two-story home in New York.

Kimberly Shaw at her Mount Angel studio. Her brisk greeting card business is expanding to watercolor paintings that may be seen at Mount Angel Senior Center. BRENNA WIEGAND

“There I was... making hand-painted, original cards that were specific to each person until a woman asked me to come up with 25 original teacup designs,” she said. “That’s where the idea to include a teabag with each card started.”

That led to large trade shows and from there her business took off.

“My original cards were just hand painted and very

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but the shock of finding out – more than once – that a couple large companies had infringed upon her work led to court cases in which she prevailed. Now, Shaw is happy to report that business seems to be picking up again, which makes her glad that she has continued to create new designs so she would be ready when this day came.

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End of an era

Silverton’s oldest newspaper closes after 142 years

By Stephen Floyd When The Silverton Appeal was established in 1880, the city was barely older than the paper’s founder, 25-yearold Henry Guild. The Appeal outlasted numerous competitors during its early decades and survived two world wars, the Great Depression, the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, and the advent of the internet. But Silverton’s first and longest-running newspaper is being discontinued as of Sept. 14 as owner Gannett Co. re-prioritizes its print publications in light of what a spokesperson called their “on-going digital transformation.” “We recently made the difficult decision to suspend the publication of select weekly print publications including The Stayton Mail and Silverton Appeal-Tribune,” said Michael Kane, senior vice president of strategic initiatives and operations. This closes the final chapter of a 142-year legacy that has evoked mixed feelings in local residents, who said they are sad to lose a Silverton institution but also feel like The Appeal lost its community focus long ago under Gannett. “Sadly, [The Appeal] has become a wraith of its former self,” said Gus Frederick, local author and historian. “The

The Silverton Appeal was founded after Guild cut his teeth on newspapers elsewhere in Oregon and the Midwest in the late 1800s. Author George Stanley Turnbull called Guild a “journalistic pioneer” in his 1939 book History of Oregon Newspapers, and described Guild’s early years from an interview Guild gave to journalist Fred Lockley in 1923.

“One day he came in and drew a most excellent cartoon of me and presented it to me with his compliments,” said Guild. “Like most of the other Silverton people I set little or no value on Homer’s cartoons, so I did not save it.” Davenport, who published some of his early cartoons in The Appeal, said in his 1910 autobiography The Country Boy that Guild “was the best editor The Silverton Appeal ever had,” and possessed a shrewd dedication to the publication. Davenport said The Appeal’s biggest competition at the time did not come from other newspapers but public announcements nailed to a covered bridge in town, and these notices threatened to scoop Guild’s weekly paper.

“I set type, kicked the jobber, ran off the papers, set up jobs, wrote to locals, and did anything and everything else there is to be done in a country plant,” said Guild of his early years as a newsman. Guild bought his first newspaper company, The Canyon City Times, in 1877 at age 22, left journalism briefly in 1878 to join the Bannock War, then sold The Times later that year and purchased The Hillsborough Independent, where he had worked just two years prior. In 1880, he sold The Independent back to its previous owner and moved to Silverton, founding The Appeal.

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“Saturday nights, before The Appeal appeared on the streets, [Guild would] go out and quietly tear down some of the big headlines that the bridge had and The Appeal didn’t, and in that way The Appeal finally got ahead,” said Davenport.




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While in Silverton, Guild struck up a close friendship with now-famous political cartoonist Homer Davenport, who at the time was regarded as a charming layabout with a passion for drawing, according to Turnbull. Guild said people “couldn’t help liking Homer,” and shared an anecdote about once becoming the cartoonist’s subject.

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gradual lack of local news, replaced by blatant reprints from The Statesman [Journal] was almost a slap in the face to those that remembered the ‘Good Old Days’ of real local reporting.”


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and could be found in local newsstands and on driveways, it no longer had dedicated reporters and eventually contained very little local news.

Guild led the paper until 1890, when he sold it to partner Lou Adams and Editor Fred Warnock. After changing hands a few more times, The Appeal was sold to John Hoblitt in 1915, whose wife Flora Hoblitt worked in various positions and eventually as editor. The Silverton Country Historical Society (SCHS) said Flora Hoblitt “excelled in languages and the classics” and was “known for her fairness and accuracy in her writing.”

“If you surveyed Silverton, the response rate from people who even know it exists or still read it will hardly register,” said Hector. “Really, it had become to me just an advertiser.”

Fond recollections The former mayor said, during the paper’s heyday, Silverton city officials had a good relationship with reporters, remarking that Davis ran the paper well, as well as Editor John Doran, who led The Appeal-Tribune from 2005-2007. He said news in The Appeal-Tribune tended to stick to the facts rather than opinion, and even if a reporter wasn’t soft on an issue they were at least fair.

While owned by the Hoblitts, The Appeal would merge with The Tribune, founded in 1913 in Mount Angel, becoming The Silverton Appeal-Tribune in 1931. This name would remain for the following 91 years. After John Hoblitt died in 1946, Flora Hoblitt promoted her son, Mahlon Hoblitt, to co-editor. By 1957, while celebrating her 80th birthday, the paper declared Flora “Dean of Valley Newspaper Women” and described her as a dedicated worker who “seldom missed a day’s work” and had no plans to retire. Flora died in 1958 at the age of 81, never having left the news industry. Mahlon continued as editor until 1960.

Centennial and purchase by Gannett In 1964, The Appeal-Tribune was sold to Editor Joe Davis, described as a passionate reporter who “lived out a vast collection of journalistic endeavors,” according to his 2010 obituary. He was also actively involved in the community and was recognized by the Silverton Chamber of Commerce with a Lifetime Achievement award and Citizen of the Year award. Joe Davis and wife Joan Davis would own The AppealTribune through its centennial in 1980, and eventually sold the paper to Bill and Mary Ann Woodall in 1984. Bill Woodall said he expected to make few changes, as the paper was successful enough to have a line of readers waiting for a copy each week, though he did want to emphasize more editorial content. At the time, the Woodalls were owners of The Stayton Mail, which they purchased from longtime owners Frank and Trude Crow in 1982. The purchase included parent company North Santiam Publishing, Inc., which oversaw The Mail, Mt. Angel News, and now The Appeal-Tribune. But the newspapers struggled and in 1989 the Woodalls sold North Santiam Publishing, Inc. back to the Crows while it was $1.5 million in debt. The Crows were unable to satisfy these obligations and the publishing group declared bankruptcy in 1990, eventually being sold to The Statesman Journal.

Employees of the Silverton Appeal-Tribune operate a linotype machine, a staple of print journalism from its invention in the late 1800s through the 1970s. The photo was taken by June Drake, circa 1920. COURTESY SILVERTON COUNTRY HISTORICAL SOCIETY & GUS FREDERICK

decision-making lead to a staff foreboding that the paper would reflect less and less of the local community. “When Gannett bought it, the standard M.O. that they had established eventually took hold, as has happened to so many other traditional small-town weeklies,” said Frederick. Former Silverton Mayor Ken Hector agreed that, under Gannett’s management, the quality of The Appeal-Tribune eventually “went to hell in a handbasket.” “To me, the loss began then because I don’t know the last time I fully looked through an Appeal,” said Hector. “Half of it is stuff out of Eugene.” This shift was not lost on Mabry or her co-workers, and in 2004 she left to form Mt. Angel Publishing, Inc. (owner of Our Town). She was joined by Appeal-Tribune Circulation Manager Deede Williams, Production Coordinator Dixie McCartney, Advertising Manager Jim Kinghorn, Office Manager Carolyn Berg, Print Shop Manager Jerry Roberts and The Stayton Mail Ad Manager Sharon Frichtl. Their goal was to restore the community focus of news in Silverton and Stayton, and both Hector and Frederick said the difference has been dramatic.

“You’re foolish if you’re at odds with any newspaper, whether it’s The Appeal, Our Town, The Statesman,” said Hector. “If you’re transparent and you’re honest and you’re willing to answer sometimes tough questions, it serves you well in the long run.” Frederick said The Appeal-Tribune had a personal impact on him and his eventual career in multimedia. He said, during high school, he worked on page layout for Davis, and was hired during the summer as a photo lab technician. “The Appeal was a great initial learning experience,” said Frederick. “And while everything I do nowadays (video, photography, publishing) is digital, the analog background I lived through not only exposed those principles in graphic detail, it also makes me greatly appreciate these new modern whiz-bang tools we have today!” Frederick felt so inspired by his experience that, in 1987, he and friend Rick Ernst published The Silvertongue Apple-Peal, a spoof newspaper poking fun at local institutions in the style of MAD Magazine and National Lampoon. The paper was published every April 1 using then-state-of-the-art publishing software, but even with a yearly print cycle Frederick said his small staff became burned out and the spoof paper was discontinued after five years. But The Apple-Peal made a surprise comeback in 2012, this time being published every other year and coinciding with major elections. Frederick admitted his political views “drift towards port,” but neither liberals nor conservatives are spared in this new iteration, with the 2022 issue expected to come out soon.

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“Thank God for Our Town,” said Hector. “It’s the kind of paper a weekly should be.”

Frederick said the passing of The Appeal-Tribune is the passing of a historical record that served as the community’s “memory banks.” He said Silverton is fortunate to have large print and microfilm archives kept by SCHS and the Silverton Library, preserving “a great running small town story, authored by its citizens.”

The Appeal-Tribune continued to operate locally and in 1997 Paula Mabry was hired as publisher. But by 2003 Gannett was emphasizing “convergence” and corporate

By 2009, Appeal-Tribune operations, including printing and reporting, had moved to The Statesman Journal offices in Salem. Though the paper continued publishing weekly

Hector said the loss of The Appeal-Tribune, is “not a story with a happy ending,” but that he still sees a market and a need for small-town news in Silverton.

Gannett had owned The Statesman Journal since 1973, and now added The Appeal-Tribune to its sizable portfolio of newspapers, which included USA Today.

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“Our Town does fill that void nicely,” said Frederick. “At least in regards to basic community news. No ‘hardhitting/true crime’ stuff, but that is OK by me.”


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Bert Warren Kleiner

Passages Oct. 4, 1928 – May 30, 2022

Bert Warren Kleiner, 93, passed over peacefully on May 30 surrounded by family members in Mount Angel, Oregon, where his wife Sonia said, “Bert has gone home to be with the Lord.” He was born on Oct. 4, 1928 in Portland, Oregon, to parents who had immigrated from Europe – a German father and a Finnish mother. They relocated to Klamath Falls, Oregon, when Bert was a young boy, later returning to Portland, where Bert’s father worked as a pastry baker and his mother was a clerk in a grocery store. Bert attended Roosevelt High School (1946) in Portland, then Western Oregon College in Monmouth, where he earned bachelor’s degree in elementary education. It was at Western Oregon that he met Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Sheehan, who was also studying to become a teacher, and to whom he was married for 43 years. Before marrying Betty, Bert spent a summer in Alaska, helping to survey the route for the ALCAN Highway. Bert served for two years in U.S. Army Medical Corps during the Korean War. Bert and Betty started their teaching careers on the southern Oregon coast, living outside the small town of Langlois, before relocating to a 12-acre farm near Lookingglass, Oregon, near Roseburg, where Bert was director of instruction and principal of the Dillard Elementary School for eight years. Bert attended graduate school at the University of Oregon, almost earning his doctorate in education. Eventually, Bert became superintendent of the elementary schools in Silverton in 1970, where he served for 17 years, including as president of the Oregon Association of School Executives. In 1995, Betty was killed in an automobile accident caused by a drunk driver. Bert met Sonia Cook on a blind date, and they married on July 1, 1997, spending time traveling in their RV and rock-hounding. Bert and Sonia shared almost 25 years of marriage, with Sonia taking good care of Bert right up until his final day. Bert loved nature and the outdoors and made sure his family always lived in rural settings near a creek. One of his lifelong dreams was to return to Alaska, which he did several times, including during a trip with his sons and sons-in-law in 2014. He realized another life dream, when he built a log cabin near a spring on family land. Bert always taught his children and grandchildren to follow their dreams in this life, and to not to pursue careers just for financial reasons. He and Betty took their family on long backpacking trips into the remote wilderness areas of Oregon. He loved the outdoors and passed that love along to his children and grandchildren. Bert was preceded in death by his brother Harold Kleiner, his sister Clara Pullin, his first wife Betty Kleiner, and his son-in-law Jeff Schmidt. He is survived by his wife Sonia, Bert’s five children, Jeff Kleiner (Theresa), Gregg Kleiner (Lori Salus), Lori Schmidt, Julie Johnson (Chris), and Brad, along with 13 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and Sonia’s three daughters, Jenny, Dana and Natalie.

Freda Lavon Zitzelberger July 21, 1947 – Aug. 25, 2022 Freda Lavon Zitzelberger was passed away Aug. 25, 2022. She was born in Salem, Oregon to Leonard and Bonnie Bradbury on July 21, 1947. Freda lived in Oregon her whole life, working in Salem, before marrying Allen Zitzelberger on April 15, 1972. Freda’s life consisted of being a loving mother, grandmother, hobbies and farming. Freda and Allen started their family in 1973 with the birth of their son, Robert, followed by David, Anthony and Timothy. They raised their boys on a farm in Bethany, Oregon. Freda enjoyed participating in PTA at Bethany school and being a 4-H leader for sewing and cooking. Her hobbies included cooking, baking, sewing, crocheting, gardening and reading. While living on the farm in Bethany, Freda kept the farm account for the Zitzelberger

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Freda is survived by her husband of 50 years, Allen Zitzelberger; sons, Robert (Cara) Zitzelberger, David Zitzelberger, Anthony (Wendy) Zitzelberger, and Timothy Zitzelberger; brother, Kelly (Debbie) Bradbury; grandchildren, Sarah, Allison, Benjamin and Jacob. A celebration of life will be held Sunday, Sept. 18, 1 p.m. at the Silverton Elks Lodge. A private graveside service will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Mount Angel, Oregon at a later time. In lieu of flowers a donation to the American Kidney Fund, https://secure. kidneyfund.org/site/SPageNavigator/ df_id/tribute.html?don_tp=hon_n&_

Leo Joseph Ilg

March 8, 1935 – Aug. 21, 2022 Leo Joseph Ilg passed away peacefully in his home on Aug. 21, 2022 surrounded by his children, grandchildren, and nieces and nephew. Leo was born on March 8, 1935 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Xavier and Josephine Ilg. He spent his first years of life growing up with his twin brother, George John Ilg, in Lincoln until they moved to Oregon. He often told of the story how they crossed the Oregon border on their third birthday. Leo completed his education at Molalla High School. He married his wife, Carol, July 6, 1963. They purchased a beautiful piece of property outside of Woodburn where they raised two daughters. It was home until their passing. Leo survived his wife, Carol Ann Ilg, who passed on Oct. 13, 2021.

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Brothers and worked in the berry fields for the Wavra family. Freda loved spending time with family at Christmas breakfasts, birthdays and family dinners.

Leo supported his family working in construction, where his workmanship was well respected. He served his community and country in many ways. He served in the Oregon National Guard, volunteered with a local search and rescue team, then served on the Monitor Fire Dept. for many years


where his tenure included time as chief. Leo touched many lives throughout his journey in life and was a man who didn’t know a stranger. Those that knew him well will most likely remember him working is his shop where his hobby during retirement was making wooden models of army tanks, firetrucks and Caterpillar equipment, all handmade. He had a gift for bringing to life the image in his mind and shared his work with all who visited at the farm. Leo is survived by two daughters Karen (Larry) Purdy and Karla (Gordon) Willmschen, grandchildren Tanner (Callie) Willmschen and Hannah Purdy, along with nieces and nephews Richard (Tammi) Ilg, Kathleen Noonan, Mary Jo (Mark) Bassett, Janet Ilg, and Krista (Reed) Gray, Carl (Catherine) Ang and 11 great nieces and nephews. He cherished each one. Funeral services will be held Sept. 30, 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Mt. Angel. Committal services follow at Calvary Cemetery. Contributions in his honor can be made to the Monitor Fire Dept.

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Janet Louise Foster was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas on Oct. 4, 1956. Her family moved to Silverton, Oregon in 1970. Janet graduated from Silverton High School in 1974 and soon after married her high school sweetheart.

Following a two-year hiatus due to COVID precautions, the annual Sister Marilyn Schwab Memorial Lecture returns Sept. 27, 6 p.m. It will be held in Agatha Hall at Queen of Angels Monastery, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel.

Janet was a homemaker for more than ten years and then graduated from George Fox University in 1994 with a Master’s Degree in Language Arts. She spent the last 15 years of her life teaching at Jefferson Middle School.

This year’s presentation is geared to aid families dealing with a loved one’s dementia. This is the 24th year of the lecture series. This year’s topic is “What’s a Family to Do When Dementia Impairs a Loved One’s Ability to Manage Finances.” Expert presenters will be Janell Neufeld, Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Providence Medical Group, and Jennifer Smith, Esq., elder law attorney with Sherman Sherman Johnnie & Hoyt, LLP. Consistent with tradition, the lecture is offered as a cooperative effort of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount Angel and Providence Benedictine Nursing Center as a gift back to the community that has supported these two nonprofits for so many years. Admission is free. Costs of putting on the Lecture –including topic-related informational handouts, refreshments and light snacks have been covered thanks to a generous sponsorship by Maps Community Foundation, the philanthropic branch of Maps Credit Union, a member-owned financial cooperative with 73,000 members and 10 full-service branches serving the MidWillamette Valley region.

Janet loved teaching, books, time with family, and being involved in her faith at St. Edwards Episcopal Church in Silverton. She was generous with everyone in her life and was passionate about supporting local businesses. Agatha Hall at Queen of Angels Monastery will be the setting fot the 24th Sister Marilyn Schwab Memorial Lecture. SUBMITTED

The annual Schwab Memorial Lecture highlights Sr. Marilyn Schwab’s legacy of innovation, inspiration and wellness. Under her leadership, the Benedictine Nursing Center (now Providence Benedictine Nursing Center) became a national leader in long term care, renowned for progressive and compassionate care. Sr. Marilyn also served as Prioress of the Benedictine Sisters, and left a rich legacy of loving service to her community. The event is free and open to the public, however, organizers would appreciate an RSVP to arrange for refreshments and materials. Call 503-845-6841.

Exhibits inspired by conflict, struggle, human condition Lunaria Main Floor Gallery presents the shows, Days Passing Like a Shadow, by Lunaria member Deborah Unger and Portraits of Inspiring Women in Classic Style: Part One by Lunaria member Anne Shams Oct. 5 – 31. Opening Reception is Oct. 7, 7 - 9 p.m. at the gallery, 113 N. Water St., Silverton. There also will be an Artists Talk, Oct. 22, 5 p.m. Unger’s small-scale, figurative wood sculptures are carved from basswood and often dressed in clothing which she creates. Her work is metaphoric, with themes centered around the personal and interpersonal conflicts which one experiences throughout life. She has a Bachelor’s of Fine Art from PNCA and lives in Mt. Angel. Shams’s portraits of Inspiring Women

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are in traditional icon form. They tell holy stories: stories of women who have spoken in the prophetic voice, calling out the crises of their times, then shouldering the burden of repair. They have faced or now face struggles that confront women of today: gender and racial identity, cultural and economic barriers, and barriers to women’s autonomy, education, and achievement. Guest artist Tomasz Misztal earned his Master of Fine Art and a PhD from the Academy of Fine Art in Gdansk, Poland. His art is figurative with abstract elements focused on expression of the human condition and spirit. Primarily a sculptor, he works in ceramic, plaster, bronze and mixed media as well as carved wood and stone. He also will be showing his dry point print.

Janet is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, David Foster; also by their daughter, Mary (Richard) Ruebesam; grandchildren, Courtnie (Cody), Kory (Tiarra), and Breanna; son, John (Emily Foster); grandchildren, Olivia, Sophia, Nate, and Noah. She is also survived by her mother, Shirley Mullikin and sister, Karen Cuthbert. She was pre-deceased by her father, Tom Mullikin, and brother, Mike Mullikin. Janet was also pre-deceased by her beloved Aunt Eddie, whom she admired and adored. Janet was a compassionate, hard-working wife, educator, mother, aunt, grandmother, and a true friend to many. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

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Internships By Melissa Wagoner This summer, thanks to a Youth Wage Grant from the Willamette Workforce Partnership, three teenaged interns joined the Silver Falls Library team, reshelving books, compiling packets for the Summer Reading Program and helping on the library floor. “We really loved it and the kids really loved it,” Dena Chaffin, a Youth Services Librarian said. While all three of the teens had previously worked as volunteers, working for a paycheck was a way for them to take on a much bigger role. “It was awesome to watch them grow,” she said. Which is precisely why the grant was created, according to Dean Craig, Willamette Workforce Partnership’s Business Services Director. “We recognize the financial struggle many small businesses face, while at the same time we know that youth must be able to work if they are going

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The Queen of Angels Monastery will host “Engaged Spirituality: East and West, Meditating with Thich Nhat Hanh and Thomas Merton” presented by Peggy Lindquist and Terry Moe, Sept. 24.

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The all day retreat runs 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. It takes place in the Chapel. Fee is $65 which includes lunch. Scholarships are available.

On May 28, 1966 two monks from separate corners of the world met. Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist Zen Master in the Order of Interbeing, on a visit to the United States sponsored by Fellowship of Reconciliation traveled to meet Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk and priest. They met at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky where Thomas Merton, then 51 years old, embraced Thich Nhat Hanh. then 39, as a brother.

to build the skills every good employee needs to be successful. The best way to learn how to do something is to do that thing, that includes working,” he said. While the current program has come to an end – this year’s interns, Anna Smirnova, Kirstina Baldwin and Danielle Traber, have returned to their former volunteer positions while school is in session – the librarians are already excited about what next summer might bring. In the meantime, all three of the interns have returned as volunteers. “They still come and they still love it,” Chaffin confirmed.

“I have said Nhat Hanh is my brother, and it is true. We are both monks, and we have lived the monastic life about the same number of years. We are both poets, both existentialists. I have far more in common with Nhat Hanh than I have with many Americans, and I do not hesitate to say it.”

And there is always room for more. “Just come to the Youth Services desk and ask for a teen volunteer form,” Chaffin said.

This day retreat offers: spiritual practices from their respective traditions, reflections on their lives and writings, focus on the

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meaning of their meeting and subsequent teachings, and an invitation for personal and collective discernment around the practices of an engaged spirituality.

On Oct. 8 the monastery will host “Exploring the Willamette Valley at Queen of Angels Monastery” presented by Gay Gomez, PhD. This outdoor retreat runs 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., outdoors and in the Chapter Room. It will provide a guided bird hike in the morning and a tree/flower hike in the afternoon on the grounds of Queen of Angels Monastery. Fee is $50, includes lunch, and scholarships are available. Gomez is a retired professor of Geography, naturalist guide and author of two books on coastal wetlands. To register or learn more about either of these retreats, call 503-8452556 or email benedictinefoundation@ gmail.com.

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Five TDs

Fast start for Foxes, Pfeifer

It’s only a week or so into the fall sports season and we’re already dredging up the Silverton record books for information.

Conference play on Sept. 6 after Our Town’s presstime against No. 3 Woodburn.

That’s because senior Jackson Pfeifer of the Foxes scored five touchdowns in the team’s 40-29 opening-night football win at Dallas on Sept. 2. foot and using crutches. Team guy.

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Pfeifer scored on a 7-yard run, a 3-yard run, a 45-yard interception return, an 80-yard kickoff return and a 37-yard TD pass. And he did it with just 14 touches of the ball. Also, his three interceptions included one he ran back about 60 yards on the final play of the first half. So, how many times has a Silverton player been responsible for five TDs? This reporter recalls that in recent years Hayden Roth scored four rushing touchdowns in a game and QB Jordan McCarty ran for two and passed for two in a game last season. But five TDs? If you have any ideas from years past please shoot me an email. One more note on Pfeifer. He missed most of the past two seasons with injuries. Last season, once it became clear he was not going to be able to return to action, he took over supervision of the crew of pre-teens charged with getting fresh balls to the officials. While sporting a boot on his left

Volleyball: The Foxes and new coach Reilly Rosecrans are off to a 3-0 start as Mid-Willamette Conference play looms. Silverton scored 2-0 tournament wins Aug. 26 against South Eugene, Reilly Rosecrans Roseburg and Redmond. “We played well and had amazing energy on the court,” Rosecrans told Our Town. “It showed us what we already were doing well but also gave us goals to accomplish before starting league. We have a strong group of returners this year that brought a lot of experience for those first matches. “Our two setters, Lindsey Schmidt and Alexis Haury, ran our offense evenly and made great choices to give our hitters the best options they could.” Gracelyn Jensen, a JV player a year ago, already is making her presence felt as the libero. “She has showed up and proved she is consistent and can get the job done,” Rosecrans said. “She brings a calming but confident presence to our back row.” The Foxes, ranked 4th in Class 5A in the early going, opened Mid-Willamette

“I believe we have a strong group of girls who are ready and willing to work hard to fight for the conference title,” Rosecrans said. “We are working very hard as a team both on skill and team connection, and I think our girls are all on the same page to do what it takes to get there.” The Foxes finished 13-3 in league last season, tied for second with Crescent Valley. A 3-1 win by the Raiders in the state quarterfinals kept Silverton from reaching the final four. Skateboarding: Local slalom ace Lari Rupp has advanced to the World Skate Games Oct. 27-31 in San Jose, Argentina. Rupp, 27, who works at the Marion County Community Services Department and volunteers with the Silverton Rotary Club, earned her position with the U.S. team with a strong performance at an International Slalom Skateboarding Association (ISSA) event July 27 at Bush’s Pasture Park in Salem. “I’d never actually competed in an official ISSA event,” she told Our Town, “but I like to go really hard and really big on my skateboard, so I just kinda showed up to my first one and stomped so freaking hard I scored a ton of points and my times qualified me for team USA.” Rupp will compete in three events in Argentina, the tight slalom, the giant slalom and the hybrid slalom. Rupp’s favorite is the giant slalom, roughly 20 cones spaced 20 to 50 feet apart. “We drop in on a mega ramp and go about 30 to 40 miles per hour,” she said. Rupp and her La Costa Racing Team are


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Meet Henry

He loves unconditionally. He grazes incessantly. What is his is his, and what is yours is his. He can eat a full meal yet want your tuna sandwich immediately after scarfing down a bowl of yummy food. When he puts his head on your knee, crushing the sports page you are about to dive into, it warms your heart because his eyes scream, “I love you and you are my person.” His memory is short. You feed him in the morning, take him to the park to play with his pals, and come home from work to rest and relax. For a moment, he does not recognize you. He lets them know that strangers are not welcome here and in a very loud voice. Then, he remembers. “Oh, yeah. There is my guy (‘or gal). He loves children, although his ten-month-old tail has been known to take small humans, purely out of the aforementioned “love.” I am “his person.” Until my wife walks in. Then I become “chopped liver” and of absolutely no use to him. She is his queen, and he worships her. I am a mere minion. When she leaves for work, he is

Despit best efforts – I’m just his second best friend back to me, expecting a morsel. I admonish him and state “You don’t get a treat for barking at the neighbors, dude.” He looks at me with impassioned big eyes, expecting me to fold like a cheap suit. It does not work. devastated to learn that a school full of young learners might love his company but there is no classroom for him there. She is gone. Damn. Back to the old guy playing second fiddle. Henry, aka “Big Dog” or “Moose” is a Golden Doodle/SheepaDoodle chocolate bundle of energy and joy. He was born in December and put on 17 pounds between April and the end of May. He now weighs in at a sleek 60 pounds. He is one smart dog. He shakes, sits, and rings the bell when he wants to use his outdoor lavatory. He gets a treat for doing so. Now he rings the bell and waits for the treat, not stepping a foot outside. Henry looks at me in disbelief. “Treat? Duh!” He runs to the front window and barks at passersby. I yell “treat” and he comes

Our late-night walks are both invigorating and challenging. He pulls like a plough horse working for Budweiser. If he sees another dog walking its person, and you are not paying attention, you may lose an arm or place a late-night call to your chiropractor. He sniffs everything. He stops everywhere, defeating the concept that this is a walk, thus exercise. He is adorable. Sweet face, great demeanor, loves everyone, and never met another dog he did not like. The Silverton dog park is his favorite place in the world after his spot next to my wife on the couch. The park is full of Buddys, Shilohs, Candys, and Maslows. They have

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a love/hate/indifference relationship with Henry. He thinks they are his BFFs. He has never growled, he plays submissive if a little dog wants to rule the roost, and lopes like a giraffe when they play keep away with one lonely stick. I have met some genuinely nice, interesting people there. Truth be told – I love this dog. So does my wife, who is not your typical dog person. My favorite time is driving to Starbucks or Dutch Bros. in my little convertible en route to the dog park. I get a coffee drink, and Henry gets a “Pup Cup” – whipped cream and a dog biscuit. His head often rises above the windshield, but I love putting his head cupped in my arm and tell him, “Good Dog, Karl” after the beloved children’s book of the same name. His gaze says, “Uh. It is Henry, old man, but thanks for the Pup Cup.” CCB #14854



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