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Water dilemmas By Melissa Wagoner It can be difficult to remember, as the fall rains roll into the Willamette Valley, that the area is still experiencing a severe and widespread drought. “This is the second year of an extensive drought so it’s double bad,” Jan Lee, Executive Director of the Oregon Association of Conservation Districts – an organization representing 45 conservation districts throughout the state – confirmed. “One of the problems is record low water levels.” Decreased rain, diminished snowpack, lower than normal river levels – are all symptoms that are easy to see and easy to track. But what’s not so readily apparent is what lies beneath the surface. “In some areas community water systems and domestic wells are drying up,” Lee said. “70 percent of Oregon’s agriculture is going to be impacted due to water shortage.” Seventy percent is a lot but with 54.5 percent of Oregon at an “extreme and exceptional” level of drought – up from only 8.3 percent in 2020 – it shouldn’t be surprising that farmers and ranchers are feeling the burn. “In eastern Oregon it’s hay and wheat,” Lee said, referencing how the drought is affecting that side of the state where, between lower pasture yields, reduced
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irrigation capacity and skyrocketing hay prices, farmers and ranchers are being forced to make very tough choices. “There’s a big sell-off of cattle right now…” Lee confirmed. “Even in Yamhill County, where it isn’t so bad, it’s affecting them.” For the past several years, in California, where the drought took hold first, growers have been letting some fields lie fallow, owing to a lack of irrigation. Now some farmers in Oregon are following suit. “There are some places that’s happening now, even in the Valley,” Lee confirmed. “People are not planting as many acres as they did in the past. Even Christmas trees are affected.” These consequences come as no surprise to Anna Rankin – Executive Director of the Pudding River Watershed Council – who, when asked about the current drought, began with a familiar quote from Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, “Where there’s water on earth, you find life…” “[This] is a common truism said by biology professors,” Rankin said. She has worked for the council since 2014. “I took that to heart so, here I am; working in a water-related field.” It’s an important job, especially now, when issues relating
to water quality and riparian and wetland habitat for fish and wildlife are often in competition with the needs of humans. “Forests, crops, rangeland, fisheries, recreation, private wells, and people are all being significantly impacted,” agreed Bryn Hudson, Water Policy Analyst and Legislative Coordinator for the Oregon Water Resources Department. “Longer term, this highlights the challenges ahead, and that we need to increase Oregonians’ preparedness and resiliency to drought and we need to invest in adapting to climate change.” This, according to Hudson, can be done. But it will require robust data collection, informed decision-making and an investment in infrastructure-based solutions by federal, state and local governments. Because both aging and poorly functioning infrastructure, especially pertaining to water loss and misuse, can be a major part of the problem. Even in Silverton, where estimated municipal leakage is 17.4 percent – only 7.4 percent above the target loss amount – leakage is considered an issue of importance. “That’s water you’re paying to treat and to pump that’s going into the ground,” City Engineer Bart Stepp said at a recent work session by the Silverton City Council.
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• Turn off taps when not actively using – examples are brushing teeth and washing dishes. Which is why leakage detection, along with a new water plant and the recycling of backwash water, were all top priorities in the plan Stepp presented to the council. “It would almost act as an additional water source,” he said of the effect these changes could have on the city’s overall water usage. That’s a good thing. Because, while winter rains are coming, they are not here. And the water curtailment, enacted by the City of Silverton on Aug. 5, is still in effect. Which is why Lee’s advice to all Oregonians is one word – prepare. “Because it’s probably not going to be a lot better,” she said. That sentiment was echoed by Hudson. “We can all do our part to lessen the effects of limited water supplies this summer,” she began. “We can start by conserving the water we use today. “The OWRD has a page specifically directed toward saving water inside the home, outside the home, and on the farm or ranch. Some of these recommendations include periodically testing and checking for leaks and broken pipes, reducing outdoor irrigation, and being strategic about water use, such as avoiding washing partial loads of
dishes/laundry, turning off water when brushing teeth, and shortening showers.” The alternative, according to Rankin, is a frightening one. “My ancestors survived the Dust Bowl in North Texas in the 1930s,” she began. “I mention the Dust Bowl because it feels like history is repeating itself. If you take an eastwest route across the Pudding Watershed at 4 p.m., you’ll see plenty of brown, crispy crops. In the afternoons, tractors crossing fields stir dust into the lower atmosphere.” But she, too, is not without hope. “From that era, we got the national Soil Conservation Service and today’s iterations of it,” she noted. “I think we have more tools now and more education so we know not to destroy the soil,” Lee agreed. “I think there is a greater awareness of the need to invest in water management, planning, data and studies,” Hudson said. “We have more work to do, but this last session we really saw an increased interest around water and an understanding that there has been insufficient funding. We need to continue to invest in water in order for Oregonians to thrive now and into the future.”
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Council to consider subdivision on Eureka Avenue
By James Day
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The Silverton City Council will hold a public hearing on an appeal of a proposal for a 22-lot subdivision on Eureka Avenue near the Oregon Garden.
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The city Planning Commission denied the proposal at its July 13 meeting, but the property owner has appealed that decision to the council, which will hear it at its 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, meeting.
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The developer, Charles Weathers of Orreo, LLC in Salem, wants to divide the 5.15-acre parcel into 22 lots, ranging in size from 6,345 square feet to 18,949 square feet. The Planning Commission rejected the plan because of its lack of a tree inventory, its possible impact on transportation safety on Eureka, the fact that it contains lots smaller than the 7,000-square-foot standard and a lack of information on housing types that will be used. Weathers and Orreo LLC appealed,
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The recent closure of the Silverton branch of Childhood Health left Silverton families without a locally-based pediatric clinic – an situation Dr. Scott Hamblin and Dr. Mark Helm are determined to remedy.
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“Scott and I didn’t want to give up the care of the kids in this area,” Helm, who worked alongside Hamblin at Childhood Health, said. “We enjoyed working in a small office. It was a really nice, smaller, calmer, easier to manage. It’s a friendlier, happier place to be than a large, stressful environment. So, we said, ‘We can make this work.’” “This”, it turns out, is Small Town Pediatrics, a clinic Hamblin and Helm jointly open on Oct. 1 at 607 Welch St. in Silverton. “It’s like old-fashioned medical using 21st century technology,” Hamblin said of the clinic’s premise, which will allow families 24 hour contact seven days a week using technological advances like text messaging, secure email and telemedicine. “In terms of being a smaller group, it’s a lot easier to reach us, and that’s kind of an important thing,” Helm said. “If something’s going on I never want a family to worry about reaching out. We’re trying to facilitate good communication with people.” A pediatrician for over 20 years serving families in both the Willamette Valley
I really am thankful that a lot of the families are able to do that again. I’ve assured them that this is the last time. I plan to retire here.”
and Arkansas – where he attended medical school – Helm views the relationship between pediatricians and the families they serve as of the utmost importance. Which is why, upon opening, Small Town Pediatrics will be offering free meet-and-greet appointments – either in-person or via Zoom – as a way for families to get to know the doctors and their personal philosophies.
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“It is really very much about the relationship you have with your child’s doctor,” Helm said. “There needs to be a high level of trust. My approach is always to share the information I know and seek out new information. I try to be
Hamblin, too, is looking forward to spending more time with patients, both the new ones and the ones who are following him into this new space. “It’s not a huge move this time,” Hamblin said. He has moved twice before during his eight-year tenure in Silverton. “Our new office is just next door, but it’s still asking them to make another move, so
With three kids of his own, Hamblin not only plans to retire in Silverton but also to make it his “forever home,” another reason he feels so strongly about the Small Town Pediatrics mission of providing top-notch medical care as well as developmental and behavioral advice to the community. “I’m just excited about the opportunity to be able to practice full-time in the community I live in… the community my children are growing up in,” Hamblin said. “The idea of being a small town doc is very satisfying and rewarding. It makes me proud of what I do. And now that it’s my own thing, I feel like I have more autonomy to be able to establish my own relationships with families. It’s a bit more personable than when you’re a part of a large practice caring for families. My style of practice is more conducive to a personal feel.”
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Dialectical therapy By Melissa Wagoner During his 20-year career as a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Andrew Weitzman learned a great deal. “Of those 20 years, my first seven were in community health in Vancouver, Washington,” Weitzman said of the time he spent working in drug and alcohol treatment. “Then I got a job at the state hospital for 13 years.” These environments provided Weitzman with the experience he needed to work with a range of mental health issues, both in a hospital setting as well as in a clinic. But there was one thing no amount of on-the-job experience could prepare him for – the life altering loss of his sight. “I noticed things were becoming dimmer over a three-day span,” Weitzman said of the weekend in 2019 which culminated in his learning that a condition known as retinal neuropathy had permanently robbed him of the vision in both his eyes. “They don’t exactly know why,”
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“There’s the vision loss itself but then there’s the other things in terms of not being able to drive,” he said. Noting that, while previously his commute to Salem had not posed an issue, now it fell to his wife, Sarah, a nurse commuting to Portland, to help pick up the slack. Weitzman decided it was time to open a private practice, in his own community, restoring his work-life balance and returning to the kind of practice about which he is most fond. “My passion is working with under-
served people in the local community,” Weitzman said from his chair in the newly opened office of Silverton Therapy on Water Street. “This is a return to community work.” Specializing in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) – a four-part system that includes individual therapy, group therapy, coaching and consultation – Weitzman is looking forward to offering treatments unique to the private practice setting. “It involves teams, individuals, skills coaching and in-the-moment assistance,”
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Another aspect of DBT that is rarely seen outside of a hospital setting is the group therapy, which Weitzman also plans to offer. This service is divided into two camps, skills groups – a series of classes for people working on the same issue or set of issues – and process groups – a private cohort in which experience and feelings are shared. “Sometimes people may not need intensive or lengthy therapy,” Weitzman said of the skills group option. “They may need short term or skills building.”
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Divided into a series of classes or “chapters”, these groups offer assistance with issues like anxiety, providing clients the ability to join on an as-needed basis. “It’s not designed to process issues, it’s designed to learn new skills,” Weitzman explained. “You can pick and choose what you need.” Not so in the process groups, which are built upon the shared experience of members. “People can ask questions and share,” Weitzman said. “But these are different than support groups.... This is me guiding the group, orienting to the group’s needs and pulling on the strengths and experiences of each member. For people who don’t have a support system – having people who understand makes a huge difference.” In both cases group therapy can go handin-hand with individual therapy as well. “There are a lot of things that don’t work in groups,” Weitzman said. “But looking at group therapy as less than isn’t accurate.”
In fact, group therapy is not only helpful as a means of learning coping skills and gaining community it is also cost effective. “People might feel reluctant – ‘I don’t want to air my dirty laundry’ – but sometimes that’s exactly what’s needed,” Weitzman said. Grief, loss – even COVID stress – are all groups Weitzman is considering. “I’m definitely interested in meeting the needs of the community,” he said. “I offer free phone consultations and I don’t believe in charging for intake so my rates are standard. I feel like picking a therapist needs to be a fit.” Which is why he welcomes questions – about his therapy but also about his sight. For many, he posed, seeing a therapist who is considered low-vision may provide additional comfort. “For some people it may help them to feel a little more at ease in expressing themselves. I might not recognize them in public.”
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By Melissa Wagoner When Nicholas Alan Coffey moved to Silverton six years ago, the annual Sidewalk Shindig was one of his favorite events. “You can have fun for free, you can bring the whole family and you can hangout for free all day,” Coffey said of the city-wide music festival Oct. 2 which will host 40 musical groups from blues, reggae and jazz to country, folk, rock and more on the sidewalks of Silverton. “And it’s good quality!” he continued.
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Originating 10 years ago – when its predecessor, the Silverton Wine and Jazz Festival came to an end – the Shindig was the brainchild of Greg Hart, a local entrepreneur and musician. “I came up with the idea in the beginning because I had the Silver Creek Coffee House and business was booming because of the Wine and Jazz Festival,” Hart recalled. “So, I asked a few of my favorite customers to help, then friends of the committee members came across these great people and it’s been going strong ever since.” Organized solely by a board of six volunteers and funded largely through sponsorship, the Shindig’s primary monetary goal is to pay the musicians a fair rate and then break even.
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“A lot of the musicians have been hurting,” Hart said of the significance this year’s festival has for its annual performers. “Because it’s hard to get jobs.” And it’s not just the musicians who have been suffering, Silverton’s business owners have been affected as well. “The town’s been hurting really bad,” Coffey, owner of Astonishing Adventures in Silverton, said. “With the fire and COVID and the ice storm, businesses have been going out of business. And [the Shindig] is one of the biggest shopping days of the year.”
“It’s the main goal we’ve had since the beginning,” Hart said of this commitment to the support of local retailers. “And we feel like this year, more than any other, people need to get back to caring for the town.” With opening acts kicking off at 11 a.m. in locations throughout town – including Town Square Park, the parking lot behind Graystone Lounge, the sidewalk in front of the Palace Theater and the outdoor seating area of the Silverton Coffee Station – music will truly canvas the city until the closing bands play at 10 p.m.
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Stationed in the parking lot behind Citizens Bank, Ancient Ways will play – as in years past – alongside the information booth where festival-goers can pick up maps, donate toward next year’s festival and meet the board until closing time at 7 p.m. “Nearly every year the weather is beautiful,” board member Emily Pawlak said, hoping this year’s festival will be more of the same. But even if it rains, she urges all music lovers to “come on down.”
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Weekly Events Monday
SACA Food Pantry, 9 a.m. - noon, SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. Repeats Thursdays. 503-873-3446, 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 Mt. Angel Food Pantry, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Mt. Angel Community Center, 195 E Charles St. Repeats Wed. 503-845-6998 Bridge, 11 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. 50 and older. 503-873-3093 Silverton Senior Meals, 11:30 a.m. Delivery only. $3 donation suggested. Monday - Friday. For delivery, call Carol, 503-873-6906. Mt. Angel Senior Meals, 11:30 a.m. Delivery only. $3 donation suggested. Repeats Thursdays. For delivery, call Ginger, 503-845-9464. Free Dinner, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Oak Street Church, 502 Oak St., Silverton. Pickup only. Open to all. 503-873-5446
Silver Angel Foot Clinic, Silverton Senior Center. 50 and older. Repeats Wed. Call for appointment: 503-873-3093 Scotts Mills Food Boxes, 9 - 11 a.m., Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. Residents in Scotts Mills/Butte Creek/Monitor rural areas are welcome. Niki Barber, 503-873-5059 Community Helpers Family Storytime, 10:30 a.m., Zoom. Join librarian and a special guest for storytime, accompanying backpack. Age 2 - 6. Recordings posted at mtangelreads. readsquared.com. 503-845-6401 Pinochle, noon - 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Repeats Fridays, 503-873-3093 SACA Food Pantry, 4 - 7 p.m., SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. 503-873-3446, silvertonareacommunityaid.org Serenity Al-Anon Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Virtual Zoom meeting. Repeats 10 a.m. Saturdays. For Zoom link, call Barbara K, 503-269-0952. Taekwondo, 7 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Repeats Thursdays.
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Knit Wits, 10 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. 50 and older. 503-873-3093 Mission Benedict Food Pantry, 1 - 4 p.m., St. Joseph Shelter, 925 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Repeats Friday. 503-845-2468 Open Art Studio, 1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Line Dancing, 1 - 2 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship. No registration required. Free; donations accepted for instructor. Open to all. Sheila, 503-409-4498 Silver Chips Woodcarving Sessions, 1 - 4 p.m., Silverton Arts Association, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. $2 a week. All skill levels. 503-873-4512. Mission of Hope Food Pantry, 2 - 4 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship Church, 503-873-7353 Daniel Plan Journey Video Series, 6:30 - 8 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship Church. In-person or online at scf.tv/daniel.plan. Free. Open to public. Sheila, 503-409-4498
Free Coffee, 7 - 9 a.m., Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. Yoga Class, 10 a.m., Silver Creek Fellowship. Instructor Marg Jones. Open to all. Sheila, 503-409-4498 Bingo, 10 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. $1 per card, $2 for three cards. Mediation & Shared Dialog, 7 - 8:30 p.m. All spiritual traditions welcome. Request invitation for virtual gather by emailing email@example.com. 971-218-6641
Friday, Oct. 1 October Storywalk
Mt. Angel. Take a short walk around town and read the book “Tamales! Tamales! Tamales! Un cuento multicult ural/A multicultural tale” by Nina Flores. Start at the Mt. Angel Public Library front door, 290 Charles St. 503-845-6401
Monthly Birthday Coffee
10 a.m., Silverton Senior Center.
Marion SWCD First Friday
10 a.m. Zoom. Programs and partnerships in Marion County for Small Farm Program Hayley White, OSU Extension Small Farms Program. Target audience is growers and farmers looking to learn more about resources, OSU Extension programming/ projects, educational events focused on small farms. Register at marionswcd.net under News and Events. 503-391-9927
6 - 9 p.m., The Galarage Art Gallery, 406 Silver St., Silverton. Featuring local artist, Megan Smith, owner of QuiltSmith Studio, focusing on salvaged materials to create large scale modern quilts. Free entry. Art for purchase. 503-890-9960
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7 – 9 p.m. Explore the historic downtown, have dinner, shop, browse galleries, boutiques. 503-873-5615, silvertonchamber.org
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Toastmaster Club, 7:30 a.m., Zoom. Increase your listening skills, speaking, thinking and evaluating. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom link. Chicken Foot Dominoes, 1 - 3 p.m., Silverton Senior Center.
Life Tending Skills, 1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Class limited to six people. Silverton Country Historical Society, 1 - 4 p.m., 428 S Water St. Free admission. Repeats Sundays. 503-873-7070
Silverton Farmers Market, 9 a.m. 1 p.m., United Methodist Church, 203 Main St, Silverton. Fresh produce, plants, flowers. Through Oct. 9. 503-873-5615, silvertonfarmersmarket.com After-Season Indoor Market, 10 a.m. 12:30 p.m., Silverton Friends Church, 229 Eureka Ave. Local produce, eggs, meats, artisan crafts. Free admission. Every Saturday beginning Oct. 16 except Holiday weekends. silvertonfarmersmarket.com 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. oregoncraftersmarket.com Saturday Free Lunch, noon - 1:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 N Second St., Silverton. Pickup only. Open to all. 503-939-3459
7 - 9 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St., Silverton. Meet the artists for the October showings. The main floor gallery features, ¨Artful Elegance¨ by artists Rebecca Cozart and Linda Jacobson. Loft gallery features ¨A Celebration of Art and Agriculture¨ by a collaboration of Willamette Valley artists. The show is open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday Sunday until Oct. 31. 503-872-7734, lunariagallery.com
Saturday, Oct. 2 Silverton Sidewalk Shindig
Noon - midnight, downtown Silverton. Silverton Sidewalk Shindig fills the streets with more than 100 hours of free music. Family-friendly event with children’s area. For a complete list of performances, visit silvertonsidewalkshindig.com.
Sunday, Oct. 3 Puzzle Exchange
1 - 3 p.m., Mt. Angel Mercantile B&B, 495 E College St. New and used puzzles. Bring a puzzle and exchange it for a new-toyou one. Email: email@example.com.
Monday, Oct. 4 Silverton City Council
6 p.m., Silverton High, 1456 Pine St. Open to public. 503-873-5321, silverton.or.us
Mt. Angel City Council
7 p.m., Mount Angel Public Library, 290 E Charles St. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-845-9291, ci.mt-angel.or.us
Tuesday, Oct. 5 Make a Jupiter Orbiter
9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. STEAM activity packet for grades K-5. Takehome packet to make a model of the Juno spacecraft to uncover ¨secrets¨ beneath your own Jupiter. Free. 503-845-6401
9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Take & Make packet to learn about solar power and put together a simple solarpowered lantern. For tweens and teens. Free. 503-845-6401
Silverton Garden Club
6:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Open to all. 503-873-3093
Wednesday, Oct. 6 Scotts Mills City Council
7 p.m., Scotts Mills City Hall, 265 Fourth St. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-8735435, scottsmills.org
Thursday, Oct. 7
Dine Out Club, 6 p.m., Water Mountains
Restaurant, 1397 S Water St., Silverton. Meet and eat. Sponsored by Silverton Senior Center. Transportation ot carpooling by calling 503-873-3093.
Community Conversation for Homeschoolers
6:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Gather with other homeschooling parents to discuss how to work together. Refreshments provided. Free. 503-845-6401
Friday, Oct. 8 Mobile Dental Van
8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Silverton Area Community Aid, 421 S Water St. If you have urgent dental needs but no insurance, set up an appointment by calling 503-873-3446. A mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinic with the Moderna vaccine being administered. No appointment needed for vaccine.
Monday, Oct. 11
Indigenous Peoples’ Day Silverton Senior Center Board
6 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Open to public. RSVP to 503-873-3093.
Mt. Angel School District Board
6:30 p.m. Zoom. Open to public. Zoom link at masd91.org. 503-845-2345
Silver Falls School District
7 p.m., Zoom. Agenda available. Open to public. For login details: 503-873-5303, silverfallsschools.org
Tuesday, Oct. 12 Ancestry Detectives
10 a.m. Zoom. Discuss using hints from September´s meeting program on Family Search. Open to all. Free. Contact David Stewart at ancestrydetectives353@gmail. com or visit ancestrydetectives.org.
2 - 3:30 p.m. Zoom. For family caregivers and/or unpaid family caregivers. Free. To register, contact Suzy, 503-304-3429, firstname.lastname@example.org
Scotts Mills Chicken Barbecue
5 - 7:30 p.m., Scotts Mill Fire Station, 480 Third St. 42nd annual chicken dinner benefiting local community aid. For pricing and more information, call 503-873-3093.
Saturday, Oct. 16
6 p.m., Silverton High, 1456 Pine St. Open to public. 503-873-5321, silverton.or.us
Mt. Angel Library Advisory Board
Wednesday, Oct. 13
Sunday, Oct. 17
6:30 p.m., Zoom. Visit the library, 290 Charles St., or library website, mtangelpubliclibrary.com, for Zoom information.
7 p.m., Benedictine Sisters’ Queen of Angels Chapel, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Open to public. 503-845-6773
Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club
7 p.m. Zoom. New club to discuss a monthly selection as well as other books and movies of interest. This month’s book is Saturn Run by John Sandford. Everyone welcome. For additional information and Zoom invite, contact Ron Drake at Silver Falls Library, 503-873-8796.
Thursday, Oct. 14 Women’s Connection Luncheon
Noon, Silverton Senior Center. Silverton - Mt. Angel Women’s Connection luncheon. RSVP to Cathy Prince, 503-999-2137.
Red Cross Blood Drive
1 - 6:30 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N Church St., Silverton. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org.
Dinner with Kevin
5:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Salmon dinner with Kevin. $25. RSVP to 503-873-3093.
Zenith Women’s Club
7 p.m. GFWC Silverton Zenith Women´s Club members come together to discuss ways to fund, implement projects to benefit the Silverton community. Call Barbara, 801-414-3975, for meeting location, information.
Monday, Oct. 18
Silverton City Council Work Session
6 p.m., Silverton High, 1456 Pine St. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-8735321, silverton.or.us
Tuesday, Oct. 19 Prayer of the Heart
3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Queen of Angels Monastery, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. 503845-6141, email@example.com
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Vigil for Peace
Goblin Walk 4-6 p.m., downtown
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
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Silverton. Free Halloween candy at participating businesses.
Thriller 6:30 p.m., dance flashmob performs on High Street in Silverton. Free
Trunk or Treat, 6
p.m., Scotts Mill Grange, 299 Fourth St. Children go car to car for candy.
Virtual Film Discussion
7 p.m. Zoom. Watch the film The World According to Garp on Kanopy prior to the meeting and then join a Zoom meeting for a moderated discussion. For additional information and Zoom invite, contact Ron Drake at Silver Falls Library, 503-873-8796.
Silver Falls Book Club
7 p.m. Zoom. This month’s selection is Mount Vernon Love Story by Mary Higgins Clark. Discussion leader is Ruth Kaser. Everyone welcome. Call Silver Falls Library, 503-873-8796, for Zoom invite.
Wednesday, Oct. 20 Mt. Angel Library Board
6:30 p.m. Zoom. Quarterly meeting of the Mt. Angel Public Library Board. Visit mtangelpubliclibrary.com for agenda and Zoom link. Open to public. 503-845-6401
Virtual Trivia Night
7 p.m. Zoom. Test your knowledge on a variety of topics. Everyone welcome. For additional information and Zoom invite, contact Ron Drake at Silver Falls Library, 503-873-8796. Bill & Susan (DeSantis)
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7:30 - 9:30 a.m., Marquam United Methodist Church, 36971 Highway 213, Mt. Angel. All welcome. Free. 503-829-5061 9:30 a.m. Zoom. An American Childhood by Annie Dillard. Open to all. Free. Contact Sr. Dorothy Jean Beyer to join. 503-845-2556, benedictinefoundation@ gmail.com
Thursday, Oct. 28
7 p.m. Zoom. Writers share what they are working on or just listen in to see what others are writing. Everyone welcome. For additional information and Zoom invite, contact Ron Drake at Silver Falls Library, 503-873-8796.
Monday, Oct. 25
American Sewing Guild Preliminary Meeting
10 a.m. Silverton Senior Center. Help form an ASG group in Silverton to share, learn and socialize. Bring ideas and questions. All skill levels welcome. For more info, contact Cindy Pease at ASGcindysews@ gmail.com or 503-949-0072
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Health Occupations class gives high schoolers insight into careers “[At university] we’re all just thrown into the hospital,” Meraz admitted. “But I felt comfortable there. I really feel like we touched on everything [in Health Occupations] and I was able to bring all of my knowledge to UP.” And that – Health Occupations instructor Geralyn Sheets acknowledged – is precisely the goal of the program, which she has been heading since 2002. “The greatest benefit is obviously you get a wide base of knowledge and it helps you decide if you really want to be in healthcare and what sector you want to be in,” Sheets said. Meraz agreed. “It gives you a good taste of healthcare but also it teaches you a lot about how healthcare isn’t just skillsbased.” The program, which accepts only students in their senior year of high school, is extremely competitive, selecting only 22 of the more than 30 that apply. “I only take seniors because they have
to be mature,” Sheets said. “They have to apply as a junior and I select students based on grades, attendance, recommendations and I interview them. When I interview students, I want extroverts because you’re not going to learn standing in a corner. I’m looking for motivated individuals.” Once in the class, the students hit the ground running, utilizing the same textbook as the Chemeketa Community College healthcare students and earning nine hours of college credit. “They don’t go out into their rotations until we learn vital signs,” Sheets stated. “They start with vital signs and then we do infection control, viruses, bacteria and parasites. We do handwashing and gloving and we go through scenarios. We also go through HIPAA.” Then, in non-COVID years, Sheets provides the students a long list of possible rotations including various hospitals, clinics and even veterinarian offices which are asked to rank them in order of interest.
“I usually tell them to pick eight things and then they go to six for a week at a time,” Sheets explained. “It’s more like feeling it out.” This combination of time spent in the classroom, learning knowledge-based skills, such as medical terminology, combined with the hours spent shadowing healthcare workers in various fields is, according to America Blaser, another Health Occupations student, invaluable. “I hope to become a pediatric surgeon,” Blaser said. “This unit especially – it really contributed to what I’m walking into as an adult.” But the real success of the program can be most fully understood through the alumni statistics. “I could go as high as 90 percent that end up in the healthcare field,” Sheets said. For that rare ten percent that decide that healthcare is not for them, the Health Occupations program has an even bigger benefit, she added.
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“I think what makes the class so successful is I get good kids from the start,” Sheets said. “I just build on what they’ve learned from previous years and from mom and dad.” Looking back, Meraz has the utmost gratitude for the education she gained in Health Occupations and the impact it has already had on her career. “It was much more than the healthcare aspect, it was about looking at the big picture,” Meraz said. “It taught me to look at humanity differently – and teamwork. Because you’re on a team with other nurses. It’s not just about skills.”
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Only two weeks of school had elapsed when Our Town touched base with Silverton High School Principal Sione Thompson, in his first year with the Silver Falls School District. “It’s been quite a trial by fire but what makes it all worthwhile is that these are just terrific people,” he said. “They are kind and compassionate with the family values of caring about kids’ well-being and seeing they get a high level of education.” At present, district enrollment is down 9.5% from June 2020 which equates to 369 students. After more than a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the reasons may be varied. Some parents may not want their children exposed to larger numbers of people. Others may object to the mask-wearing mandate. For others, after more than a year of at-home learning, the decision to stick with home schooling or online learning may have made sense. In keeping with current state guidlines,
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the district has curtailed its online, direct instruction, transitioning back to in-person learning.
isolated; that they haven’t had face-to-face connections in a while so they’re more reserved than they would be.
To smooth the process, school teams are meeting weekly to produce ways to assess where students are at academically as well as emotionally.
“It’s kind of a temperature check,” he said. “We’re working to answer all of the concerns that we’re getting from parents; kids that are coming in and sharing some of their concerns and we continually speak right to that process so we can see what kind of resources we can provide.
Care Teams provide a comprehensive approach to managing challenging situations in the school setting and provide staff with the leadership, resources, and support to reach a positive outcome. The goal is a win-win environment for students and staff. “Our counselors have been doing an excellent job meeting in their Care Teams,” Thompson said. “They look at what the needs are of our entire school population. They will drill down individually to talk about the issues and how as a school we are going to meet those needs. “As far as how the past year has affected kids, nothing would be off the table,” Thompson said. “I could speak as a parent myself that they may feel depressed or
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or because they oppose the mandate that all educators must show proof of vaccination in order to teach. Those trying to fill the open slots as substitutes face weeks of delay due to the backlog at the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. Despite staffing challenges, the needs of the students are the priority. “It’s our job to recognize some of the signs are so we can properly diagnose what’s happening and then ask the experts – the counselors, the doctors, the psychiatrists – how we can best serve them,” Thompson said. “I think education across the board is moving into a new realm of understanding what needs are because there is real trauma, and we just want to reach out and help.”
An outdoor assembly rather than an indoor rally kicked off Silverton High’s Homecoming Week. SUBMITTED PHOTO
The district’s nurses have been a mainstay in the “help” department, establishing and conducting involved protocols spanning communications and notifications, screening and isolation measures, environmental
management and preventative measures. “Our school nurse Geralyn Sheets is basically the first response,” Thompson said. “When we move into potential contact tracing or notifications of positive cases and quarantines, we will go to Leslie Kuhn or Suellen Nida, who take care of those things to make sure we are complying and are communicating everything we need to. “They are a very huge resource and support for us, and we are very lucky to have them,” Thompson said. “They are just working around the clock with the entire district and being extremely responsive and very, very on point. “While I can’t speak for the district, for the high school I just want to give a shout-out to the parents who have been extremely patient in the opening of school and our teachers who have worked diligently to ensure that we’re providing high quality education in a safe environment,” he said. “They all deserve a lot of credit.”
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Vere started a career with Veterans Affairs, and this brought them to Salem and Keizer, where more children arrived and they lived out their lives.
The family expressed heartfelt thanks to all who knew and loved Marie, and to the attentive caregivers at Mount Angel Towers, Providence Benedictine Home Health and Willamette Valley Hospice.
Marie was known for the longevity of her friendships. Through family and neighbors, school boards and school
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March 13, 1941 – Aug. 25, 2021
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Vere, her husband of 60 years, passed away in 2002. After sustaining a productive life on her own, Marie moved to Mount Angel Towers at age 98. She passed away at 103, surrounded by loved ones. She leaves seven children and many grand and great-grand children.
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kitchens, Scouting, Zenith Club, a booth at the Oktoberfest, bridge and pinochle and dance clubs, community service, exchange students, employment at the State Library for the Blind, travels near and far, work at the Keizer Volunteer Library, she made many friends who blessed the family’s lives.
Marlin Hutton passed away Feb. 2, 2020. His family will be holding a Celebration of Life on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 at the Gallon House Farm Event Center, 7263 Gallon House Road NE, Silverton at 11 a.m. All family and friends welcome. Call 503-875-4042 for more information.
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Marie Delia Garrow was born in Portland, Oregon, to Veva (née Portwood) and Leo Garrow. Growing up in a lively Portland neighborhood, she attended St. Stephen’s for all 12 of her school years. Her father’s relatives, with their French-Belgian heritage, welcomed her on visits to their farm in Reedville, Oregon. After graduation she enjoyed working at for a time at Montgomery Wards.
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While visiting her mother’s relatives in Condon, eastern Oregon, Marie accepted an invitation to a rodeo with Vere McCarty. He came to the city to see her, they became engaged, married in 1941 and started a family.
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Joseph Robert Schwab passed away peacefully in his home on Aug. 25, 2021 at age 80 after a brave fight with cancer. He was surrounded by his wife of 59 years, Evelyn, and his three children, Greg, Kris and Tom. Joe was literally and figuratively larger than life. After serving his country for eight years in the Air Force, he became a dedicated Oregon State Police Trooper and Game Warden in 1969 and had a career that spanned 25 years, retiring as a Lieutenant in 1994. Joe was well known for his work on the Columbia River fisheries and loved to tell stories about his adventures both on the river and in the woods. He eventually turned his stories into a series of books Outlaws on the Big River, Outlaws in the Big Woods, and Big River, Big Woods, Big Games about his time as Game Warden
enforcing Oregon fish and wildlife laws. After his retirement in 1994, Joe decided to move north to Alaska and along with Evelyn, purchased a fishing lodge in Clam Gulch on the Kenai Peninsula. He guided fishing trips on the rivers and open waters of Alaska for six years before deciding to return to Oregon, then to Arizona, and back to Oregon for his final years, settling in Mount Angel, Oregon, the town where he was born 80 years ago. Joe will be remembered by those who knew him as a tough, gentle giant of a man who dearly loved his wife; his three children; daughters-in-law, Lisa and Julie; Kris’ partner, Bruce; and his four grandchildren, Anna, Matt, Jakob and Catherine. Services for Joe are pending for early spring 2022. Assisting the family is Unger Funeral Chapel – Mt. Angel.
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Return of the zombies Dancers needed for Thriller in the Streets By Melissa Wagoner What says Halloween more than a flashmob of zombies jerkily dancing to Michael Jackson’s classic song from 1982, Thriller? “It’s so cool,” Marta Hazekamp – owner of Revolutionary Dance and Movement Company in Silverton – said of the annual performance which will be making a comeback this Halloween. “So many people were so excited to see it return,” she continued, estimating the last performance as 2014, when it became difficult to recruit dancers for the community-powered show. “If Halloween fell on a weeknight, we got progressively less people,” she recalled. This year, Hazekamp hopes things will be different. “We’ll piggyback it on the Goblin Walk,” she said. Which means the performance will be held at 6:30 p.m. on High Street in Silverton, significantly earlier than in previous years. “It might not be dark,” Hazekamp admitted. “But it will probably be twilight.” She’s recruiting dancers to attend any one of five Friday workshops at 118 Brown St. – held on Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at a cost $15 per person. Hazekamp is hoping to amass a full 50-person ensemble. “I’ll take anybody aged eight and up if they’re not afraid of Halloween,” she laughed, describing the costuming – created
by the participants themselves – as zombies in various states of decay. “You can go crazy or not,” she said. Her favorite performance involved an entire cheer squad and the high school football team decorated as though run over by a school bus. “It’s fun because I have a theatrical background. It’s kind of like, how dead do you want to be?” Costume and makeup tips will be provided along with dance instruction, which Hazekamp said just about anyone can learn. “A lot of people think, I can’t dance like that,” Hazekamp said. “But it’s zombies. You can play it up.” In fact, the commitment required of participants overall is relatively low. It’s more about having a good time and putting on a fun show than anything else. “People can still trick-or-treat and be in it,” she observed. “It’s only a few minutes long and you’ll already be in costume.”
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YMCA Competition Basketball Competition basketball is back! This year Lady Foxes Basketball will be held, Wednesday, Nov. 3! Girl’s grades 4th6th will be held from 6:30-7:15 p.m. Grades 7th-8th will be held 7:30-8:15 p.m. Call backs will be held on Sunday, Nov. 7, times to be announced. Future Foxes Boys Basketball tryouts will also be held this year, times and dates will be announced soon. Please spread the word about the upcoming tryouts! To tryout, please contact Sarah Thurston (sthurston@ theyonline.org). An Eventbrite ticket is required to attend tryouts. There is also an additional $5 tryout fee to be paid at the doors! These funds will go back into the high school program to support them. Please contact Sarah for a complete list of COVID regulations. Teams will be finalized two weeks after tryouts and practices will begin soon after!
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With 23 dancers already signed up, Hazekamp is looking forward to what she hopes will be the long-term return of a Halloween classic for years to come.
Fall Recreational Basketball begins Monday, Oct. 25! Teams will practice 1-2 days a week with games on Saturdays! 4th grade and under teams are Co-ed. We are looking for coaches for this upcoming season! If you or anyone you know wishes to coach please contact 503-873-0205!
“Silverton just has these little gems,” Hazekamp said. “That’s one big reason why I was like, let’s bring it back. I really encourage people to come out and give it a try. And if you’re not in the position to be in it – come out and cheer us on.”
We will also be offering Winter Recreational Basketball. Teams will be offered for those as young as three! Registration will open Thursday, Nov. 18. The season will start on Monday, Jan. 17! If you are looking to bless a team this upcoming holiday season – we are looking for team sponsors. Sponsorship allows us to offer more financial aid to participants. In return, we will place your business name on the back of shirts for the whole team!
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Foxes’ squads set to begin league play
Mid-Willamette Conference plays gets underway for the Silverton soccer squads this week, with both teams hoping to be contenders in the tough Class 5A league. The boys squad is 3-0-2 and ranked No. 4 in Class 5A. The girls are 1-2-1 but have had to cope with the loss of three scheduled matches because of COVID protocols. Boys coach Marty Limbird has 11 returning players and nine newcomers, which he told Our Town “makes for a young, or fairly inexperienced team where we are leaning on the returning players a lot.” Juniors Carlos Flores, Jason Leon and Ezra Bradford are providing much of the offense. “We are dangerous attacking from multiple positions,” Limbird said, “but for us it will come down to tightening up and staying disciplined defensively that we will continue to have to refine.”
Key defenders include senior center back Solomon Moore and senior midfielder Dominic Doyle. “They are huge pieces through the center of the field for us,” Limbird said. Sophomore Travis Grimes and senior Brady Mykisen give the squad a solid onetwo punch in goal. “We have the toughest 5A league, with 5 to 6 of our teams in the top 10 in the state,” Limbird said. “This makes every league game a big game. It will be mentally tough, physically and technically challenging, but that’s what we play for, and it definitely makes coaching fun and challenging, too”
The girls squad returns 14 players, led by senior captains Marissa Johnston, Natasha Fink, Allannah Sessoyeff and Carmen “CJ” Shepard. Foxes coach Gary Cameron noted that “Marissa is very experienced and skilled attacking midfielder, Natasha is a very physical outside defender, with a very high work rate, Allanah returns as a forward and CJ moves to forward from the D line.” Cameron added that the squad has 13 players who have started six games or more in their career, and a few of those have started 30 or more games “so we are fairly experienced.” “Conference is tough again,” Cameron said, “with the usual contenders. I expect us to compete for the title.” Football: Silverton and Kennedy both came into the week at 3-1 and highly ranked in their respective classes. The Foxes are No. 2 in Class 5A, with their lone loss a 35-28 defeat at the hands of Tualatin, which is 4-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class 6A. Kennedy lost for the first time last Friday, a 34-28 home defeat at the hands of Heppner. The Mustangs are ranked No. 2 in Class 2, with Kennedy one spot behind at No. 3.
Cross Country: Silverton and Kennedy hosted the Silver Falls Oktoberfest Invitational on Sept. 15, with more than 30 schools and nearly 400 runners participating on a pleasant day with temperatures in the mid-60s at Silver Falls State Park. The event was severely limited last spring because of COVID. Silverton showed its strength, taking fifth in the boys race, third in the girls and also won the girls JV race. Logan Parker of Mountain View won the boys 5-kilometer race in 16:18.7. Silverton was led by Makani Buckley (16th, 18:06.3) and Carter Gauvin (20th, 18:13.4). Ava Betts of Corvallis won the girls race in 19:36.6. Freshman Rachel Kintz finished 12th in 21:29.7 to lead Kennedy to a sixth-place finish. Hannah Bashor (23rd, 22:37.9) led the way for third-place Silverton. The Foxes won the girls junior varsity race with 29 points, 28 better than runner-up South Albany. Silverton placed all five scoring runners in the top 10 in the 3.4K event: Sarah Kurns (3rd, 16:14.2), Paige Traeger (4th, 16:15.4), Paige Davisson (6th, 16:21.7), Joanne Noordam (7th, 16:23.9) and Addie Bashor (10th, 16:28.2).
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Redistricting: The Oregon School Activities Association committee working on new leagues for the next four-year cycle is looking at a five-class system as well as one that continues the current six-class approach. The five-class model would move Silverton into a league with McNary, Sprague, McKay, North Salem, South Salem and West Salem. Also joining the new league would be South Albany and West Albany from the current 5A Mid-Willamette Conference. The MWC would become a Class 4A league and would include Cascade, Central, Dallas, Lebanon, Molalla, Stayton, Sweet Home and Woodburn. The six-class plan would keep Silverton in a 5A league. Both the five-class and six-class proposals would keep Kennedy in Class 2A. The committee meets Oct. 11, Nov. 1 and Nov. 22 before presenting its final recommendation to the executive board on Dec. 13. The new league structure will take effect in the fall of 2022.
Alumni Watch: Former Silverton athlete Jori Paradis of Concordia-Irvine was named PacWest Conference Jori Paradis. SUBMITTED PHOTO cross country athlete of the week for her performance in a Sept. 18 Volleyball: Silverton was 7-4 overall and invitational at UC-Riverside. Paradis took 5-2 in the Mid-Willamette Conference 14th, finishing the 6K course in 21:23.6. heading into this week’s play. The Foxes CBL are ranked No. 6 in Class 5A, with the #00013137 Follow me on Twitter.com @jameshday. Silverton also finished fifth in the boys JV race, led by third-place finisher Kellen Hayter, who ran 12:58.9.
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Girls Soccer 7 p.m. Silverton vs North Salem
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Wednesday, Oct. 13 Boys Soccer 6:15 p.m. Kennedy/Salem Academy vs Delphian
Friday, Oct. 1 Football 7 p.m. Silverton vs Crescent Valley
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Wednesday, Oct. 6
Cross Country 4 p.m. Silverton, Kennedy @ Willamette Mission State Park
Thursday, Oct. 7
Volleyball 6 p.m. Silverton vs Lebanon
Girls Soccer 4:15 p.m. Kennedy/Salem Academy vs Dayton 7 p.m. Silverton vs Crescent Valley
Tuesday, Oct. 19
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Thursday, Oct. 14
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Monday, Oct. 11
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Tuesday, Oct. 12
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Volleyball 4 p.m. Silverton vs West Albany 5:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Colton 6 p.m. Silverton vs North Salem
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A Grin at the End
Crypto creeps The other day I was hanging off a ladder trying to patch a leak in the gutter over our garage doors. It had leaked for 11 years, but this was the moment I chose to fix it. One of my weapons of choice was some thick, industrial-strength waterproof tape. I figured if I used enough of it, anything could be made waterproof. Except for one thing. I applied this magic tape with my bare hands. Pretty soon, there I was. My right hand was hermetically sealed to the gutter. I couldn’t peel off the tape. I couldn’t get down from the ladder. I was stuck, literally.
Hidden for a reason If they wanted to make some money off me, they’d have to try harder. I called my internet provider and the cops to let them know this was going on. What really irked me, though, was the fact that this crap has been going on for years.
guy claimed he had been tracking my computer – and even taking videos of me using my computer’s camera. This was really amazing, because my computer doesn’t have a camera. The threat was this: unless I gave him a Bitcoin, he would release to the world what he found out about me.
My wife was out running errands, and wouldn’t be home for an hour or so.
Unfortunately, he didn’t leave his phone number. If he had, I could have called him and told him what an idiot he was.
I went through my options – wait for my wife to get home and cut me loose, jump off the ladder and hope I pulled everything down. Or I could gnaw off my hand.
Mainly, I am perfectly capable of embarrassing myself. After all, in nearly seven decades I’ve pretty much done it all. There was nothing some nogoodnik could do to me that was worth a bitcoin, whose current value is about $51,000.
I decided to jump. Luckily, the gutter gave way and I was freed. What brings this to mind is a threat I got the other day via email. Some
The Federal Trade Commission has an entire web page devoted to this scam. And the only way it could ever work is if someone was buffaloed into giving money to one of these dipsticks. None of that made me feel any better. The internet provides cover for all flavors of jerks who lie, cheat, blackmail and attack people. If you’re looking for the truth, you will not find it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any of the other blackholes of the internet. They are populated by domestic and foreign enemies who hate truth and want only the worst for the U.S. They aim to confuse you and take your money, among other things.
get paid for their evil deeds. Drug dealers, child pornographers, blackmailers – all of the world’s pond scum – use Bitcoin and other so-called cryptocurrencies to get paid for their illegal, immoral and unethical dealings. Why cryptocurrencies are legal anywhere is a mystery to me. It’s just the ultimate anonymous Ponzi scheme. The Securities and Exchange Commission should shut them all down. Imagine for a moment how much better the world would be if everyone was required to put their name on everything they said and did on the internet and everywhere else. For example, the guy who flipped me off the other day would have to give me a business card with his name, address and phone number on it. I doubt he would be so free with his “digital” communications.
And things like Bitcoin have proved to be the perfect way for them to anonymously
Carl Sampson is a freelance editor and writer. He lives in Stayton.
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