Our Town North: Oct. 1, 2022

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Civics 101


Mount Angel, Scotts Mills council contenders set – Page 4 - 6

Vol. 19 No. 19

Silverton’s fountain of memories – Page 8

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

October 2022

Artists’ inspirations ...and shadows – Page 16

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Fox football leads the pack – Page 23


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Six contend for Mount Angel council......4 Scotts Mills ballot has contested seats...6 Annexation to end water woes..............7

Update Community fountain has deep history, many stories to tell..............................8

Our Neighbor Five year mural project invites lots of learning.............................................12

Masks are optional, per personal choice.


Wall runs unopposed for mayor.............5


Something to Do Silverton’s Mayor’s Ball returns............ 19

Helping Hands Hoke Trust absorbs Silverton Together programs...........................................20 O’fest reaches new numbers ..............21

Passages.............................. 22

Datebook............................14 Arts & Entertainment

Sports & Recreation

Lunaria show shares inspirations, inner realms...................................... 16 New novel features actual Silverton events.............................................. 18

SHS, JFK host 400 runners..................24

Foxes football leads the pack..............23

A Grin At The End...........26 Marketplace....................27

On the Cover

A portrait of reproductive rights advocate, Margaret Sanger, by Anne Shams, and “The Harpy’s Clipped Wing” in carved wood by Deborah Unger. Both artists’ work will be on view at Lunaria Gallery in October.


The mosaic of the Leo Martin Rumely III Memorial Fountain has involved many, many volunteer hands. BRENNA WIEGAND


Saturday, Oct. 1 from 8 to 11am. Last one of the Year! Menu: Oven Omelet (vegetarian or meat) OR Biscuits & Gravy AND Fruit + Beverages. Almost everything is gluten free! Compliments of United Health Care, Kevin Cobb and Tom Maurer. Donations gladly accepted. All Ages Welcome! Silverton Sidewalk Shindig Saturday, Oct. 1, starting at 11am in Downtown Silverton. Music all over the community for FREE! Communication Skills Building Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 12pm

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Council contenders Three challengers, incumbents on Mount Angel ballot By Stephen Floyd Six candidates are vying for three seats on the Mount Angel City Council, with an even split between incumbents and newcomers. As of the Aug. 30 filing deadline, councilors Ray Eder, Tony Astorga and Matthew Donohue had filed for new terms, while challengers Mary Franklin, Justin Roney and Joseph Pfau were vying for an open seat. The three candidates with the largest number of votes during the Nov. 8 election will be elected to four-year terms.

Ray Eder Eder, a local farmer, has served on the council for four terms since first being elected in 2006 from a similarly-crowded field of seven candidates. He said, even after 16 years, he still likes the job and believes his knowledge and experience have been beneficial to the city.

“I know this will be my fifth term, and I still enjoy it,” he said. “I feel like I’m still contributing.” Eder said the city is running smoothly, largely due to its “great staff” and he wants to see Mount Angel continue to do well.

Tony Astorga Astorga was appointed to the City Council in 2021 after the late Don Fleck, a councilor at the time, was sworn in as mayor. Astorga said his two decades in public works, including his current position as wastewater operator for the City of Salem, help him relate to people he works with and serves on the council. “I feel like I can bridge that gap between city workers, city government and private citizens,” said Astorga. This link has already come into play with a cleanup day at Ebner Park in July,

which he helped coordinate with Dre Goyer, co-owner of Mt. Angel Public House.

Matthew Donohue Donohue, a journeyman electrician, is finishing his first term after being elected in 2018. A graduate of John F. Kennedy High School, Donohue went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Western Oregon University and complete a fouryear electrician apprenticeship through Chemeketa Community College. He could not be reached for comment prior to Our Town deadline.

Mary Franklin

Franklin hopes to bring a fresh set of eyes to city business, using her background as management and communications consultant to accounting professionals for the last 35 years. She said she enjoys being a part of the Mount Angel community

believes serving on the City Council is an effective way to give back. “Because I am committed to being a voice for the community, I approach this challenge with no personal agenda, and will spend some time knocking on doors to learn what people want,” said Franklin. She said serving on the council should be about the community rather than personal interests.

Justin Roney Roney is an entrepreneur with a background in the cannabis industry, as well as a law student at Willamette University. He said he wants to prioritize businesses and the community in city policy, and to tackle practical problems from speed limits to the housing crunch. “My knowledge of business and the law will bring a more robust level of leadership and decision-making to some

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Joseph Pfau

Pfau is a construction manager for the Oregon Department of Forestry and believes this and similar roles in the public and private spheres have prepared him to help guide infrastructure improvements for the city. He said sidewalks, water quality and streets all need to be priorities, in addition to business development. “I understand long term budgeting, alternative contracting methods, and ensuring that public funds are not wasted on unnecessary or out-of-order operations,” he said. Pfau also said he is committed to the community where he has chosen to raise his family, and where his parents retired to.

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again on an interim basis after he retired. He said he decided to run for the council to help protect the city’s school resource officer program, which had come under fire from some council members.

When late Mount Angel Mayor Don Fleck died suddenly in June, City Councilor Pete Wall was prepared to temporarily take up the mantle. As president of the City Council, he became acting mayor, but told fellow officials he would not seek election if appointed to fill the remainder of Fleck’s term, and would instead return to his council seat. But after considering the potential of other candidates, and his desire to see the city continue heading in a positive direction, Wall decided to throw his hat in the ring. As of the Aug. 30 filing deadline, he was running unopposed in the Nov. 8 election. “I look at a mayor as a kind of a coach,” said Wall. “I want the council to continue to work well together and I want us to continue to work well as a team.” Wall was first elected to the City Council in 2012 after a career as a city manager, including at Mount Angel in the ‘80s and

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“I think that was very important, and I still do,” he said of the program, which partners a city police officer with the Mt. Angel School District. During his time on the council, Wall has seen the city undertake significant infrastructure projects, such as road improvements and expansion of a large portion of the sewer main. Wall said, as mayor, these would continue to be high priorities, as well as other pending improvements on the city’s long-term infrastructure plan. “We’ve put a lot of work and time into that plan, and it’s fairly complex and there’s a lot of projects on it,” he said, adding . “We’re not going to reach a point where we can rest on our laurels.” Wall said he has also watched a strong working relationship develop between

the council and city staff, including with current City Manager/Police Chief Mark Daniel. He said these open lines of communication with Daniel have eased his transition as acting mayor, saying “there really haven’t been any surprises.” Wall was formally appointed to serve the rest of Fleck’s term on Sept. 6, though his duties will not differ from his time as acting mayor. Councilor Ray Eder is now council president,. The council is expected to discuss filling Wall’s council seat during an upcoming meeting. With a new council appointment on the horizon, and three council seats on the Nov. 8 ballot, Wall said there is potential for a sea change in Mount Angel leadership. But whether or not the council is made of familiar or fresh faces in January, Wall said he is prepared to work with fellow officials to better the city. “That’s the system,” he said of the potential for council turnover in an election, adding the city has access to many resources to train new officials.

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And they’re off... By Stephen Floyd Two political newcomers have joined races for mayor and City Council in Scotts Mills, leading to a contested election in a city that sometimes struggles to fill the ballot with candidates. Incumbent Mayor Paul Brakeman and councilors Robin Fournier, Casey Dean and Monika Martin have filed for new terms and are joined by Jason Axness, seeking the office of mayor, and Shawna Kelly, running for council. The mayoral candidate with the most votes from the Nov. 8 election will be elected to a two-year term, while the three council candidates with the largest number of votes will be elected to fouryear terms. Axness is a recent transplant to the city, having moved with his family to Scotts Mills in 2020. He said he and his wife were seeking a small-town experience and close-knit community, and preserving this feeling for others would guide his decisions as mayor.

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“I would like to see our town come together as a community and have positive growth,” said Axness.

counties building the new bridge.”

He currently works as a gardener at Willamette National Cemetery and regularly encounters people experiencing deep grief. He said this has taught him the value of active listening and being available to connect with others. “Meeting many people during these various experiences has taught me to listen with compassion, understand another point of view, and at times de-escalating a conflict between various family members,” he said. Brakeman, executive chef at Silver Falls Brewery, is about to conclude his third term in office. He said he believes he has served well as mayor and wants to see the city continue to grow in a positive direction “I want to continue to keep the city a welcoming place to live,” said Brakeman. “To keep providing services that keep our city running smoothly. To help the

Brakeman also encouraged residents to get out and vote in this election as a way to serve their city, on par with donating time to local community groups. “It is important to participate in your community, and voting is one way to do so, another is to volunteer,” he said. Kelly develops learning programs for financial professionals and consultants in the business-to-business lending industry. She said this experience has helped her become “a team player, quick learner, and a detail-oriented person” and she hopes to use these qualities to serve the city.

believes people get results when they take initiative, and this would be no different on the council. “My philosophy in life is that you get out of life what you put into it, and I am able and willing to invest in our town,” she said. Kelly joins three experienced councilors in seeking election. Fournier was first appointed in 2017 and has since taken on the dual role of city manager, with the council’s blessing. She said she would like to serve a second elected term because she believes her goals and the priorities of voters are aligned.

“If entrusted with being a part of the City Council, I would be happy to contribute my time and efforts in honoring the traditions of the community while working to make a difference,” she said.

“I would ask for voters’ support because I believe that my goals/wants for our City are the same as theirs,” said Fournier, saying she has chosen Scotts Mills as the place to raise her children and call home.

Kelly said it is important for a councilor to build relationships with fellow officials and the community, and this would be one of her priorities. She also said she

“I volunteer and support this city in many ways from maintaining the park to serving on council, and I would love to be able to continue doing so as a member of council.”

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Deal struck Dean was appointed in 2021 and said it has been an honor serving his community on the council for the last year. He said he believes his brief service has been faithful to the needs of the community and he would ask voters for an opportunity to continue. “My educational background is in political science with a focus on constitutional law, but my passion is theology,” said Dean. “My values and beliefs are informed by my faith, and my politics are simple: government is not the answer.” Dean said he wants to continue leading Scotts Mills toward citizen-focused governance rather than a big-government model. Martin is concluding her first term after being elected in 2018 out of a field of five contenders. She could not be reached for comment prior to Our Town deadline.


Silverton hills annexation approved

By James Day

Councilor Jim Sears agreed while also adding that city SDC

A 1.7-acre parcel in the hills off of Edison Heights Road will become part of Silverton.

codes needed to be revised to make them clearer.

The Silverton City Council voted at its Sept. 12 meeting to accept an annexation request from the property owners, Al and Sheila Skomial, who sought the annexation because of a failing well, which does not deliver the required water flow and also has higher than healthy levels of bacteria.

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A similar request was rejected by councilors at the Aug. 5 meeting. At that time councilors and members of the public expressed concerns about the application because the parcel is outside the urban growth boundary. Also, the annexation and the city water hookups they are seeking would cost the Skomials more than $20,000. That bill would have been $30,000 had the property owners annexed at the time they built their house because of additional system development charges. The Skomials offered to make up the difference and councilors unanimously voted to approve the annexation. Mayor Kyle Palmer said that he was troubled by the SDCs issue, noting that although he didn’t think it was intentional he also thought that it was unfair that the Skomials might get the benefits of city services that others had paid more for.


of town. The city is planning work to make the Whittier-Mill

intersection safer and will add sidewalk and utility improvements along Second Street between Whittier and Lincoln.

Firwood Design Group of Troutdale will get the contract, and city officials said there will be cost savings by having the same firm do the initial design work for both projects.

Also, the city recently sent out to bid its project to construct a

new water treatment plant. The city has $9,500,000 in hand via a construction loan from Business Oregon. But with the lowest

bid, a $12,220,000 offer from Strider Construction, the council, at the request of City Manager Ron Chandler, voted as part of its consent agenda to reject all of the bids.

Chandler said that the city just does not have the money to

make up the difference between the Business Oregon funds and current bids. The city will look for additional funding in the 2022-23 fiscal year in hopes of getting the project going.

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Fountain goes deeper

Sharing the stories behind the tiles

By Brenna Wiegand

Eventually, the county shut it down as changing regulations required the water be treated for use as a wading pool. Soon after, the city repurposed it into a fountain, free of such regulations.

A string of past Our Town stories reflect the flurry of activity encircling the old wading pool in Silverton’s Coolidge McClaine Park.

With the advent of a proper town swimming pool, built in 1938 with WPA funding and opened in 1940, the creek’s popularity waned, and the wading pool fell into neglect.

It all started in 2014 when Silverton participants in that year’s Ford Family Foundation Leadership program chose to beautify the wading pool/fountain in Coolidge McClaine as its public service project.

There was a period during the 1980s when the little pool enjoyed special TLC from city employee Leo Rumely. After his life was tragically cut short it was rededicated as the Leo Martin Rumely III Memorial Fountain.

Ford Family Foundation offered $5,000 in matching funds to get the project off the ground. City of Silverton built the pool during the Great Depression as a place for small fry to splash while the older kids cooled off in nearby Silver Creek. “At the time, the area under the bridge by that low dam was designated the ‘Swimming Pool,’” local historian and author Gus Frederick said. “It had been repurposed in the 1920s after the Fischer Flour Mill closed.

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“It was much deeper then, and the concrete pedestals along the side were the diving board support bases,” Frederick

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The fountain mostly resumed its descent into disrepair until the Ford Foundation cohort commenced its project in 2015. It entailed the application of mosaic art to the entire structure including its concrete bench. Volunteers were enlisted, led by professional mosaic artist Lynn Takata, author of the large mosaic at the

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old Salem YMCA building, who held workshops training others how to create the many mosaics involved. Local painter Laura Lucero designed and mosaiced the new fountainhead which had to be brought in by crane. In 2016 the group expected to be putting the last tiles and panels into place by May in time for its dedication to the city that Father’s Day, though there was still much to be done. Our Town left off in 2018 during a “final push” to complete the project, which proved much more complex and expensive than anticipated – as much an architectural project as an art endeavor. Volunteers and funds had dwindled, and the group was struggling to compensate Silverton mosaic artist Christine Carlisle, who had taken over for Takata a yearand-a-half into the project. The two left standing were Cindi Bates and Mara’d Van Der Wal with intermittent help from others. “Over the years we’ve had a lot of volunteers, but once it was dedicated and turned over to the city everybody just kind of drifted off,” Bates said.

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“There were four or five of us that stuck it out until three years ago and then all



of a sudden it was just Cindi and I and occasionally Gail Mitchell,” Van Der Wal said. “We had sold the panels, but we didn’t have the artwork or the panels completed to put on the bench. “People had other things going on in their lives apart from manufacturing artwork.” Part of the project’s early fund raising involved selling custom-designed mosaic panels – to businesses, service clubs, various causes and, as in the case of Carol and Rick Williams, in memory of loved ones. The Williams panel celebrates the life of their son in the form of a Green Bay Packers jersey bearing the number 41 – Eric’s age at his death. “All of our family are huge Green Bay Packer fans and shortly before Eric passed away, we went to a game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay and had jerseys designed with our names on them for the occasion,” Carol Williams said. “My daughter designed the panel and the mosaic artist did a wonderful job carrying it out.” It was finally placed on the fountain’s concrete bench just a couple of months ago, and it was during the Williams’ visit that an idea emerged. “My daughter and I got to wondering


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about the other stories behind the tiles and who made them,” Williams said. “She suggested putting together an online document for visitors to access.” Williams’ daughter, Marnie Jewell, has taken on the project. They plan to have a QR code affixed to the bench, allowing anyone with a smart phone to access the stories. Now they’re hoping the community will respond by sending in written contributions, whether about the loved one commemorated in a panel, the pool and fountain’s history or the experiences of those who worked on it, including who created each panel. Though it has been a long haul, Bates and Van Der Wal feel fortunate to bear witness to innumerable acts of kindness toward the fountain over the last seven years. “Miracle after miracle that has happened down here,” Bates said. “I want to give kudos to the high school kids; some students even made it their senior project. “The city maintenance guys have been wonderful, and many adults pitched in along the way,” Bates said. “We came down here one day last summer and Gail Mitchell had gotten it all cleaned up for the Homer Davenport festival.”



The elephant in the room is that the fountain pool is rarely in operation. Even for the Homer festival, it was clean – but dry.


“The city is honoring a water shortage; I think there’s a moratorium,” Bates said. Bates and Van Der Wal said they hung in there because they were keeping a promise to the community; namely, making the fountain a beautiful feature that reflects the community and the region and providing a fun place for kids to romp. “However, they should wear water shoes because the tiles do have sharp edges and can be slippery when wet,” Bates added. Williams has high praise for those whose efforts have resulted in the beautiful, finished product. “It would be wonderful if we could figure out a way to have the water going,” Williams said. “I love water; it’s my thing, and it just makes my heart hurt every time I go down there.” She also thinks a splash pad modeled after that at the State Capital would be a terrific addition to Silverton’s new Civic Center.


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Tromp l’oeil (Deceive the eye) By Brenna Wiegand

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Sequestered on the outskirts of a town known for its murals is a hidden gem of magnificent proportion.

She started at the top of the 22'-by-14' wall and, using almost entirely primary colors of acrylic house paint, dove right into learning to paint the sky. Then came snow-capped mountains, hills and forest, rocks, water, dirt and even animals.

Prior to moving to Silverton in 2013, Elizabeth Schellberg and husband Gary Watkins lived in Portland, she a CPA and he an Intel engineer. “I had an artist come and paint a mural on the back of our single car garage,” Schellberg said. “It was based on a birthday card my mom had sent me with hills and a lake with a canoe; and it really opened up the backyard.” When they moved to Silverton they purchased a 1963 ranch house with lots of potential. That place, too, had a disused corner behind the garage that seemed to beg for a mural, but with all the other renovations under way, adding the cost of a muralist just didn’t make sense. Though it wasn’t in her wheelhouse, the retired CPA who had heretofore funneled her artistic expression into music decided to do it herself. “I’d taken an art class here and there, but I’d never done anything like this,” Schellberg said. “I found a guy on YouTube, ‘Mural Joe,’ who has a whole

“I was way over-optimistic about how long it was going to take,” Schellberg said. “I must have painted that dirt seven times. It was just layer by layer and every time I got down to another level I would watch more videos, and I had artist friends who’d come by and give me their advice.” Schellberg, who placed her final stroke around the Fourth of July, said the fiveyear process ended up bringing home several life lessons. “What I learned about painting is that once you paint the first stroke you begin correcting what you’re doing,” she said. “You need to get down from the scaffolding and step back to look at it from a distance, kind of like life. “Sometimes I’d look at it as a whole and go ‘what was I thinking?’” She learned to listen to the advice of others but to decide for herself how to proceed.


The result is a sweeping vista that captures the type of natural beauty the Pacific Northwest affords. The more you look, the more you see, especially when it comes to the painting’s rich fauna, from circling turkey hawks to hovering hummingbirds; grazing elk to scampering chipmunks; even a baby bear peering out from behind a rock.

Clad in cement board lap siding, the exterior wall needed no prepping, but the overlapping boards and simulated woodgrain texture presented challenges in design flow and its dry surface becomes as hot as a griddle when the sun beats down, shortening paint’s drying time considerably. For that reason, Schellberg was pretty much stuck painting on weekend mornings until her retirement a couple years into the process. The line between real and unreal becomes fuzzy where the mural meets the ground. For instance, the campfire in the mural’s foreground morphs into the real thing on the ground.

“As it turns out, that little bear is an inch and a quarter square,” Schellberg said. “If you really want to feel ridiculous, try painting it with a quarter-inch brush.

What first appears to be the post for the garden hose situated there turns out to be part of the painting, and the birch trunks that were already part of the scene have since been joined by an actual trunk from their own tree, downed by the ice storm.

“For the animals I would find images and print them out, making them bigger or smaller until I found the right perspective,” she said. “When we have

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The importance of keeping things in perspective throughout the mural’s creation was brought home as she wrestled with painting its highest peak, which she refers to as “Mt. Jefferson, more or less.”

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Elizabeth Schellberg learns to paint an illusionary vista in her back garden I did that because it wasn’t hard for me. “Apparently that isn’t where my real heart is and, after retiring, I have found myself doing all kinds of crafty things and all kinds of new things musically,” she said. “I didn’t have time for Tai Chi before and now I’m doing Tai Chi in the park every day in a class led by Barb Dahlum.” The couple’s backyard is amazingly private for being in the middle of a neighborhood and there’s practically no way to spot the huge mural from the outside. The public’s only hope lies in the reinstatement of the Silverton Garden Tour, assuming that happens after its COVID-19 hiatus. “I think it would be fun to be part of the garden tour,” Schellberg said.

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Mt. Angel Public Library, 290 E Charles St. Silverton High, 1456 Pine St., Silverton. Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield 50 & older. 503-873-3093 Silver Creek Fellowship, 822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton. Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St..

Weekly Events Monday

SACA Food Pantry, 9 a.m. - noon, SACA, 421 S Water St. Repeats Thursday 503873-3446, silvertonareacommunityaid.org Senior Exercise Class, 9:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. First class is free. $5 suggested donation. Repeats Friday. Bridge, 10 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Starts Oct. 17. Mt. Angel Community & Senior Center Store, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 195 E Charles St. Repeats Tuesday - Saturday. Volunteers needed. 503-845-6998 Silverton Meals on Wheels, 11:30 a.m. Delivery only. $3 donation suggested. Monday - Friday. Carol, 503-873-6906 Mt. Angel Senior Meals, 11:30 a.m. Delivery only. $3 donation suggested. Repeats Thursdays. Ginger, 503-845-9464 Poker, noon, Silverton Senior Center. Silverton Recovery AA, noon - 1 p.m., 302 N Water St. Seven days a week. Ukulele Song Circle, 3:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Peaceful Heart Kitan Meditation, 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free Dinner, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Oak Street Church, 502 Oak St., Silverton. Pickup only. Open to all. 503-873-5446


Silver Angels Foot Care, 8:30 - 2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Appointments required. Also Wednesday. 503-201-6461 Yoga, 8:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free; donations welcome. Also Thursday. Scotts Mills Food Boxes, 9 - 11 a.m., Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. Residents in Scotts Mills/Butte Creek/Monitor rural areas are welcome. Donations welcome. Niki, 503-873-5059 Community Helpers Family Storytime, 10:30 a.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Age 2 - 5. 503-845-6401 Indoor Playtime, 11 a.m. - noon, Mt. Angel Public Library. Age 2 - 5. All toys provided. 503-845-6401 Pinochle, 11:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Repeats Fridays. Tune Tours, 2 - 5 p.m., Mt. Angel Theater & Studio, 220 E Charles St. Live music and entertainment specifically designed for music lovers and seniors, but all are welcome. $10. In association with Abiqua Studios & Tune Tours. Repeats Thursdays. Jon, 323-449-1183

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


Simple Qigong, 9:45 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Set to music. $8. Knit Wits, 10 a.m. - noon, Silverton Senior Center. Open to knitters, crocheters, embroiderers, quilters. Mission Benedict Food Pantry, 1 - 4 p.m., St. Joseph Shelter, 925 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Repeats Friday. 503-845-2468 Open Art Studio, 1 - 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Bring arts projects to work on, share. Line Dancing, 1 - 2 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship. Free; donations accepted. Open to all. Sheila, 503-409-4498 Silver Chips Woodcarving Sessions, 1 - 4 p.m., Silverton Arts Association, 303 Coolidge St. $2 a week. All levels. 503-873-4512 Mission of Hope Food Pantry, 2 - 4 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship. 503-873-7353


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


Toastmaster Club, 7:30 a.m., Zoom. Increase your listening skills, speaking, thinking and evaluating. Contact tmcommunicators@ gmail.com for Zoom link. Dynamic Low Impact Aerobics, 9:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free; donations welcome. 503-873-3093 Silvertones Community Singers, 10:30 a.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 Main St., Silverton. Anyone who loves to sing is welcome. Tomi, 503-873-2033 Tune Tours, 7 - 9 p.m., Mt. Angel Theater & Stu.dio, 220 E Charles St. Live music and entertainment specifically designed for music lovers and seniors, but all are welcome. $10. In association with Abiqua Studios & Tune Tours. Jon, 323-449-1183


Silverton Farmers Market, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 204 W Main St. Fresh produce, plants, flowers. Through Oct. 8. 503-873-5615 After-Season Indoor Market, 10 a.m. noon, Silverton Friends Church, 229 Eureka Ave. Produce, eggs, meats, artisan crafts. Free admission. Begins Oct. 15.

Oregon Crafters Market, 11 a.m. 6 p.m., 215 N Water St., Silverton. Local crafters, artists, live music, food and spirits. Repeats noon - 5 p.m. Sundays. oregoncraftersmarket.com Saturday Free Lunch, noon - 1:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 N Second St., Silverton. Pickup only. Open to all. 503-939-3459 Silverton Country Historical Society Museum, 1 - 4 p.m., 428 S Water St., Silverton. Repeats Sun. 503-873-7070

Saturday, Oct. 1 Free Community Breakfast

8 - 11 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Oven omelet or biscuits and gravy. Fruit and beverages. All gluten free. Donations accepted. All ages. 503-873-3093

Classic Fire Apparatus Show

10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mt. Angel Fire Station, 300 Monroe St. See classic fire apparatus from around the state and beyond. Free admission. 503-845-2438

Silverton Sidewalk Shindig

Noon - 10 p.m., downtown Silverton. Free, family-friendly music festival with more than 40 bands. Kids’ area offered. For a list of locations and times, visit Silverton Sidewalk Shindig on Facebook.

Monday, Oct. 3

Daughters of American Revolution

10 a.m., Stayton United Methodist Church, 1450 SE Fern Ridge Road. Lisa Krigbaum of Stayton Public Library will speak to members of the Abigail Scott Duniway Chapter on the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program. Refreshments served. Open to all. Linda, 503-689-6991

Silverton City Council

7 p.m., Silverton High. Open to public. 503-873-5321, silverton.or.us

Mt. Angel City Council

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

Tuesday, Oct. 4 Stories & STEAM

3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Listen to a story about the theme of the week, join in a project, enjoy a snack. Today: Make a Jack-o-Lantern. Oct. 11: Learn how germs spread, sculpt play-dough. Oct. 18: Cookie decorating and baking tips. Oct. 25: Halloween crafts. Free. 503-845-6401

Mt. Angel American Legion

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

Wednesday, Oct. 5 STEM Girls

3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Explore feathers, flights and features that make birds unique. Snacks provided. Free. Repeats Oct. 19. 503-845-6401


Daniel Plan Journey Video Series

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

Scotts Mills City Council

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

Thursday, Oct. 6 Silverton Kiwanis Club

7 a.m., Main St. Bistro, 201 E Main St., Silverton. Meeting of Silverton Kiwanis Club. New members welcome. Repeats Oct. 20

Windows 10 Basics

1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Learn how to navigate Windows 10 operating system. Space is limited; registration required by calling 503-845-6401. Free.

Paint Night

4:30 p.m. (teens & tweens) 6 p.m. (adults), Mt. Angel Public Library. Paint an autumn scene in a step-by-step class. All supplies provided. Space is limited; registration is required by calling 503-845-6401.

Dine Out Club

6 p.m., Silver Creek Lanes, 500 W C St., Silverton. Seniors get together and eat on the patio. Sponsored by Silverton Senior Center. 503-873-3093

Friday, Oct. 7 LEGO Lab

3 - 4:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Build an original creations out of LEGOs to display in the library. All supplies provided. Free. All ages. Repeats Oct. 21. 503-845-6401

Local Author Book Signing

6 - 8 p.m., Silverton Country Historical Society Museum, 428 S Water St. Norman Lee English will sign Fireflies to Butterflies, a fiction work set in Silverton. Copies of the book $23. Repeats 1 - ‘4 p.m. Oct. 8.

Beautiful Distortion’

6 - 9 p.m., The Galarage Art Gallery, 406 Silver St., Silverton. New artwork by Salembased and multimedia artist, AKSESONE. Free entry. Art for purchase. 503-890-9960

First Friday in Silverton

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

Lunaria First Friday

7 - 9 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St., Silverton. Meet the artists event. Main Floor Gallery features figurative wood sculptures by Deborah Unger and paintings by Anne Shams. Loft Gallery features guest artist Tomasz Misztal with sculptures and drypoint prints. Shows run 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. through Oct. 31. 503-873-7734, lunariagallery.com


Silver Crest Haunted House

7:30 - 10:30 p.m., Silver Crest Elementary, 365 SE Loar Road, Silverton. Haunted House fundraiser. Tickets $10; includes a hayride to the haunt from the school. Open Fridays / Saturdats thru Oct. 30, with No Scare kids’ hour 6 - 7 p.m. Saturdays. No Scare tickets $5.

Sunday, Oct. 9

Scotts Mills Historical Museum

1 - 5 p.m., 210 Grandview Ave. Open for public browsing. Free. Open by appointment by contacting Joe Plas, 503-871-9803; smahsmuseum@gmail.com

Monday, Oct. 10 Indigenous Peoples’ Day Mt. Angel School District Board Meeting

6:30 p.m., District Office, 730 E Marquam St., Mt. Angel. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-845-2345, masd91.org

Silver Falls School District Board Meeting 7 p.m., Silverton High. Open to public. 503-873-5303, silverfallsschools.org

Tuesday, Oct. 11 Ukulele Play and Sing-Alongs

6 - 7:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Gather to play and sing with ukuleles. Free. All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Music is provided. 503-873-8796

Silverton Planning Commission

7 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-874-2207, silverton.us.or

Silverton Senior Center Board

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

Wednesday, Oct. 12 Halloween Nail Art

1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Tap into your creativity and holiday spirit by making Halloween themed nail and string art. Adults only. Free. 503-845-6401


3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Explore feathers, flights and features that make birds unique. Every session includes handson activities and active research. Snacks provided. Free. Repeats Oct. 26. 503-845-6401

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club

6:30 p.m. Zoom. Discuss The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French. Free. For Zoom invite, contact Ron Drake, 503-873-8796.

Scotts Mills City Council

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

Thursday, Oct. 13 Red Cross Blood Drive

1 - 6:30 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N Church St., Silverton. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org


Halloween Nail Art

4:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Tap into your creativity and holiday spirit by making Halloween themed nail and string art. Snacks provided. Teens & tweens. Free. 503-845-6401

Dyslexia Demystified

6:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Join Dawn Tacker of Traverse Dyslexia for a discussion of signs, symptoms, solutions and superpowers of dyslexia. Free. traversedyslexia.com, 971-343-2525

Silverton Zenith Women’s Club

6:30 p.m., Silverton Elks Lodge, 300 High St. Local women discuss ways to fund, implement projects to benefit the Silverton community. Social followed by 7 p.m. meeting. Open to all women. Barbara, 801-414-3875

Friday, Oct. 14 Used Treasure Sale

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 N Second Ave., Silverton. During the sale, items will be collected for the people of Ukraine. Specifics on items needed can be found at lwr.org. Repeats Oct. 15. 503509-1086, trinitysilverton@gmail.com

Monday, Oct. 17

Scotts Mills Historical Society

Noon - 5 p.m., Mount Angel Fire Station, 300 Monroe St. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org

Wednesday, Oct. 26

Red Cross Blood Drive

Tuesday, Oct. 18 Silver Falls Book Club

7 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Discuss How Much of These Hills is Gold by C. Pam Zhang. Everyone welcome. 503-873-8796

Wednesday, Oct. 19 Mt. Angel Library Board

6:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Open to public. 503-845-6401

Thursday, Oct. 20 Book Club for Adults

1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Discuss The River at Night by Erica Ferencik. Copies at the library. Free. 503-845-6401

Virtual Reality

3 - 6 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Book a 30-minute time slot to experience a virtual reality program. A signed release must be on record. Teens & adults. Free. RSVP: 503-845-6401

Library Movie Night

Silver Falls Writers’ Group

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Mt. Angel Planning Commission

6:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Watch Hocus Pocus (PG) on the big screen while enjoying hot popcorn. Free. Open to all. 503-845-6401

6:30 p.m. Zoom. Writers share what they have been working on and listen to see what others are writing. For invite, contact Ron Drake, 503-873-8796.

5 - 8 p.m., Mt. Angel. Outdoor market, vegetables, ice cream, cake walk. Participate in a passport punch card. Visit all businesses on the card and be entered to win a basket. Passports at the Discover Mt. Angel booth.

7 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-845-9291

The Bat

7 p.m., Brush Creek Playhouse, 11535 NE Silverton Road, Silverton. Opening night for The Bat, directed by Norman Gouveia. $10 adults, $8 children and seniors. Advanced tickets at Books N Time, 210 N Water St., Silverton, or at the door. Repeats 7 p.m. Oct. 15, 21, 22, 28, 29; 2 p.m. Oct. 16, 23, 30. brushcreekplayhouse.com

Saturday, Oct. 15 44th Annual Chicken Dinner

4:30 p.m., Scotts Mill Fire Station, 490 Third St. Presented by Scotts Mill Firefighters Association. Funds support the local community. $14 adults, $12 seniors, $10 age 12 and under. Check, credit or debit preferred.

Sunday, Oct. 16 Taizé Prayer

7 p.m., Benedictine Sisters’ Queen of Angels Chapel, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Open to public. 503-845-6773

Saturday, Oct. 22 Lunaria Artists Talks

5 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St., Silverton. This month’s featured artists, Deborah Unger, Anne Shams and Tomasz Misztal talk about their work. 503-873-7734, lunariagallery.com

Mayor’s Ball 2022

7 - 11 p.m., Oregon Garden Pavillion, 879 W Main St., Silverton. Taste of Silverton, a showcase of local cuisine, free with ticket.Event raises money for Silverton area nonprofits and charitable organizations. All of Silverton’s former mayors will be recognized. Tickets $40 in advance, $45 at the door. Age 21 and older. Tickets at eventbrite.com/e/mayors-ball-2022tickets-386160575677.

Sunday, Oct. 23 Share the Harvest

5 - 7 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N Church St., Silverton. Soup and bread meal, live music, hand-turned pottery silent auction. Suggested donation $5/ person, $15/family. Proceeds benefit the youth of Silverton.


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

Thanksgiving Card Making

1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Create handmade Thanksgiving cards using the rubber stamps and decorative paper. Adults only. Free. 503-845-6401

Retiring Joyfully Workshop

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

Scotts Mills Historical Society

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

Virtual Movie Discussion

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

Thursday, Oct. 27 Writing Workshop

6 - 6:45 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Local author Donna Hues offers a workshop to explore the fundamentals of writing. Bring up to three pages of your writing and receive feedback on your work. Teens & adults. Free. 503-845-6401

Saturday, Oct. 29 Family Bingo and Fun

7 - 9 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 Church St., Silverton. Prizes for kids, teens, adults. Free refreshments at halftime. Basket raffles. Free admission. $5 for three bingo cards. Sponsored by Silverton Zenith Women’s Club. Benefit Zenith community projects. 810-414-3875

Monday, Oct. 31 Halloween Vigil for Peace

2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Towne Square Park, Silverton. Silverton People for Peace gather to advocate for peace, social justice issues on all levels of society including a focus on issues of current concern. Open to all. 503-8735307

Candy Crawl

3 - 5 p.m., Mt. Angel. Trickor-treat along Mt. Angel’s city streets at participating businesses.

Goblin Walk

4 - 6 p.m., downtown Silverton. Kids and parents can wander from store to store and collect candy. Look for the orange pumpkin signs in participating businesses.

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Arts & Entertainment

Double vision

Two artists, two ways of sharing what they’ve learned

By Melissa Wagoner Every month Lunaria – a cooperative fine art gallery established in downtown Silverton in 1995 – celebrates one or more of its 24 members through a gallery show that kicks off with a First Friday gala event. “These gala events provide the public an opportunity to view a wider selection of the featured artist’s work as well as interact directly with members,” the gallery’s website explains. “Lunarians welcome the chance to discuss their art and relate to the wider community.” During the month of October those artists will include longtime member and wood carver, Deborah Unger, alongside painter, Anne Shams, who joined Lunaria in January. “I approached Deborah Unger because I have admired her work since I moved here,” Shams explained. She moved to Silverton in 2007. While in many ways the body of work the two artists will be presenting could not be more different – Shams’ paintings feature a variety of influential woman surrounded by her customary gilded arch, while Unger’s carvings are a three-dimensional representation of human emotion – the purpose of the show is the same: to share their art.

Anne Shams

Although Shams studied painting at both the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Padua in Italy, she never really believed she could make a living as an artist. Instead, she spent 36 years working in clinical massage. “That’s how I supported myself,” she said, describing the difficulty she sometimes experienced balancing her paid work with the time needed to paint. But now, with her art taking center stage, she is free to

Anne Shams holding one of the portraits from her gallery show, “Portraits of Inspiring Women in the Classical Style Part One.”

Deborah Unger with a sculpture from her upcoming show, “Days Passing Like a Shadow.” MELISSA WAGONER


take her painting in new directions, even exploring the art of portraiture which, to her surprise, came relatively easy.

and Pauli Murray, the womanwho provided Shams’ inspiration.

“For 20 years I touched people’s [faces],” she said, describing the different bones and tissues with which she, as a trained masseuse, is intimately familiar.

“I came across an article about Pauli Murray and it was fascinating,” Shams said, recalling her discovery of the civil rights and gender equality activist-turned lawyer and Episcopal priest. “I thought, we need to know more about her.”

“I had felt, sensed and studied what’s beneath those planes,” she said. “And without that, I wouldn’t have accomplished this.” “This,” is a body of 12 unique portraits – six of which will be on display at the October opening – of women who she finds inspiring including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, marine biologist Rachel Carson, environmental activist Greta Thunberg, Episcopal priest Alla Bozarth, birth control activist Margaret Sanger

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Lunaria’s October Exhibition “Portraits of Inspiring Women in the Classical Style: Part One” by painter Anne Shams “Days Passing Like a Shadow” by sculptor Deborah Unger Oct. 5-30, daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Opening Reception Friday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m. Artist’s Talk on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. www.lunariagallery.com “He’s an incredible teacher,” Shams enthused. “In fact, he’s the best teacher I’ve ever had.” Working with Ulan over a period of weeks, Shams finally progressed to the point where she could develop her own paintings. But still the work was painstaking, taking over three years to complete. “These are time consuming,” she admitted. But the process has been part of the fun. It’s something she is willing to share with an audience through a series of alla prima – first attempt – works that will be on display above the finished paintings at the opening. “I’ll display the initial drawings and a description of the

difference,” Shams said. Noting that, while the ultimate goal of the gallery opening is of course to sell paintings, she has another desire – to show the community another kind of art. “It’s a departure from what I’ve done and I hope it’s inspiring,” she added. “Because these women faced all kinds of challenges – gender, racial issues, education and employment challenges – and it’s relevant… they had a prophetic voice.”

Deborah Unger

Becoming a sculptor wasn’t what Deborah Unger set out to do. In fact, with a BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in printmaking, she had never really worked with three dimensions. But, when she moved from her hometown of Mount Angel to Germany, in 1988, finding a place to practice her art became prohibitive. “I didn’t have access to printmaking and it wasn’t conducive to an apartment,” she recalled. “So, at some point I started trying to find different mediums.” Like carving a figure from a block of wood she found at an art supply store, then dressing it in hand-sewn clothes. “I was trying so hard to coax a figure out of it that I didn’t leave enough material for clothing,” Unger wrote on her website. “So, I decided to sew my figure a dress

and have been working that way ever since.” An unfortunate mistake-turned design inspiration, that figure became the basis for Unger’s career, even propelling her – upon her return to Mount Angel in 2007 – into becoming one of Lunaria’s featured artists, a longstanding goal. October’s show will by no means be her first at the gallery, but it will contain works not previously displayed. “It’s life experience,” she said, describing how the carvings she has chosen illustrate her theme, “Days Passing Like a Shadow.” “We all experience these things,” she said. Her work, whose simplicity leaves room for interpretation, speaks differently to different people. “I’ve had people buy things because of something that was completely different than what I was thinking,” she said. “But it’s great.” Her ultimate goal – and Shams’ goal as well – is to have the work seen. “If you’re going to be an artist it’s great to get your work out,” she said simply.


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Arts & Entertainment

Soup, song, bread and pottery

New book features Silverton history By James Day

There will be something for the body and something for the soul when the community gathers to Share the Harvest Sunday, Oct. 23. More than just a soup-and-bread dinner that benefits local youth, the event includes live music and a silent auction featuring hand-turned pottery. Immanuel Lutheran Church is the setting, 303 N. Church St., Silverton. Its great hall will be open 5 to 7 p.m. to any community member seeking a warm dinner, entertainment, and the opportunity to acquire one-of-a-kind artisan pieces while helping a good cause. Suggested dinner donation is $5 for an individual or $15 for a family. The funds raised will benefit Ark (At Risk Kids) which gets supplies to school-aged children who are struggling; ASAP, the Silverton-based After School Activities Program offering tutoring, mentoring, games and healthy snacks to middle school students; and SUMC/SACA, the Silverton United Methodist Church and Silverton Area Community Aid Snack Sacks for younsters. If you can’t make dinner but would like to make a donation email asap.silverton.or@gmail.com or call 971-301-4434.

Native Silvertonian Norm English has published a new novel about his hometown and will be on hand to discuss it at a pair of book signings. Fireflies to Butterflies is English’s third book, and he describes it as historic fiction. “The main character is fictional, but the story incorporates interactions with some real people in Silverton during the period 1915 through the late 1930s,“ English told Our Town. “Interwoven in the story are some actual major events that happened in Silverton during that time period.” English, 78, describes Silverton of that era as “a very active, growing little town, with a lot of heavy involvement by a number of prominent citizens to make it quite a place to live in. Most of the time period in the story was in the heyday of industry, such as Fischer Flouring Mills, Silver Falls Timber Company, and Silverton Blow Pipe Company, just to name three of the larger ones.” English will discuss the new book and sign copies from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 7 (First Friday) at the Silverton County Historical Society Museum, 428 S. Water St. English will be joined by Gus Frederick, who will discuss his latest compilation of Homer

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Silverton Mayor’s Ball returns Oct. 22 Silverton Mayor Kyle Palmer is reviving the Mayors Ball fundraiser on Oct. 22. It is believed that this will be the first time the event has been held in a decade. The Portland-based oldies band Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts, longtime musical performers for the ball, will be on hand for the show, which runs from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets cost $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Reserved tables for eight are available for $400 in advance. Event admission also includes local cuisine. The event is for adults only and tickets

can be purchased at https://www. eventbrite.com/e/mayors-ball-2022tickets-386160575677. Palmer said one of the goals of the ball will be to honor as many former mayors as possible. Invitations have gone out to all of them, he said, noting that video presentations might be possible for those, such as Stu Rasmussen, who have passed away.

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Helping Hands

Hoke Trust takes on Silverton Together programs By James Day The Elizabeth Ashley Hoke Memorial Trust, which has been active in a wide variety of causes since its founding in 2017, has added the programs of Silverton Together to its portfolio. Activities that Silverton Together was engaged in include a school supplies program, coats for kids, a holiday program and a reading program.

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“When I read that Silverton Together was shutting down,” said Anthony Hoke, “I immediately thought that there were some programs there in need of a home. But I did not realize that Silverton Together was the umbrella for so many great programs. Silverton Together had a lot of partners, and we didn’t want to lose sight of that.” Anthony Hoke is the father of Elizabeth Hoke, who died in the fall of 2017 in a car crash when she was on her way to start college at Western Oregon University. The trust was formed to honor the legacy and memory of Elizabeth. “Initially part of it was in reaction to the incredible support of the community from the tragedy,” said Carson Lord, the trust’s executive director. “We didn’t want to lose that enthusiasm and love. We wanted to bottle it.” Key programs the trust works on include college scholarships for students in the Silverton and Stayton areas as well as


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Bigger than ever

This year’s numbers show Oktoberfest success

By Melissa Wagoner

were forced to close a day early.

Mount Angel’s Oktoberfest may seem like just a rollicking good time – and it is – but it’s also a massive fundraiser for churches, schools and service groups throughout the region.

The statistics are promising, but Oktoberfest officials are cautious about predicting final results. The year brought an accompanying increase in nearly every overhead expense, including a 97 percent increase in port-o-potty services and a 45 percent increase in trash removal.

Since its inception the festival has contributed over $3.5 million to local causes. That number doesn’t even take into account the money earned each year by the nonprofit food booths in attendance, many of whom earn the bulk of their income during this one long weekend each year. When the COVID-19 pandemic closed the in-person part of the festival in 2020 those organizations really suffered. Even with the return in 2021, numbers continued to be significantly lower. This year, however, the festival not only bounced back but came back stronger than ever. Attendence numbers were up 87 percent over 2021. Even more striking, they were up 17 percent over the 2019 preCOVID year. It was especially good for all of those nonprofits.

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out of pork and swapping over to chicken. Then they sold another 2,000 chicken sandwiches.

• Wristband sales for admission to entertainment venues were way up: 2019: 29,395 2021: 18,460 2022: 34,464 • In the Weingarten, St. Mary Parish sold 5,000 schnitzel sandwiches before running

• Holy Family Academy sold 1,650 pounds of curly fries. That’s more than three quarters of a ton. • St. Edwards’ Berliner booth sold 5,800 sandwiches. With supplies exhausted, they

“More people in town meant more money and visitors for our local businesses and lodging,” Monica Bochsler, Oktoberfest’s Director of PR and Marketing, said. “We really hope they benefited as well from the great turn out. People traveled, some flew, lots purchased gasoline. RV lots were filled. Hotel rooms were booked. This flows over from Mount Angel and boosts the surrounding communities as well, such as Silverton and Woodburn, but also Salem and Wilsonville. It was a good year, a very good year. We hope everyone saw an uptick!”




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Kerry Marie Richards

Passages Aug. 20, 1956 – Aug. 13, 2022

Kerry Marie Richards 65, passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 13, 2022. She was born Aug. 20, 1956 in Tigard, Oregon. She was the daughter of William E. and Martha Jane Swift. Kerry graduated Tigard High School, class of 1974. She went on to Oregon State University and graduated in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting/ Videography and minored in Geology. Kerry moved to Bend in 1978 to become a KTVZ news reporter, where she met the love of her life, Mark and they married in 1980. They soon moved to the valley, and she worked at the Oregon State Capital in the legislative media department. Later, Kerry went on to work at Salem Hospital for 26 years. During that time, she had many roles, first the cardiac department then Manager in the media department. Lastly, she was the CME training coordinator for all the doctors.

Dennis Robert Morford July 17, 1951 – Sept. 9, 2022 Dennis Robert Morford, 71, of Scotts Mills, Oregon died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2022, peacefully in his home. Dennis was born in Portland, Oregon July 17, 1951, to Sylvia and Robert Morford. He was raised by his mother Sylvia and stepfather, John Demezas, along with his father Robert Morford. Dennis lived in Silverton, Oregon before moving to Scotts Mills in 1994. He worked several years for the General Foods Corporation in Woodburn, Oregon. He enjoyed reading, playing guitar, listening to music, and attending concerts, especially Blue Grass. He collected antiques and collectables and

Kerry loved the outdoors and started climbing mountains in college. She climbed Mt. Hood and the South Sister’s mountains. She loved camping. Mark and Kerry backpacked most of the eight lakes in the Cascades, clam digging, kayaking, boating, fishing (she was a better fisherman then Mark) and crabbing, but most of all she loved spending time with family. Kerry’s grandkids meant the world to her, and she loved being with them. Kerry lived 39 years in the Silverton Hills and contributed and volunteered her time at Silver Crest School. She was also on the board of the Drakes Crossing Fire Department. Her family had seven acres and she loved and kept a beautiful garden. The farm had horses, goats, cows, dogs and cats.

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Kerry Richards

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Dennis Morford

July 17, 1951 — Sept. 8, 2022

Margaret Hazel

July 17, 1925 — Sept. 13, 2022


May 4, 1946 — Sept. 17, 2022

Larry Bacon

Jan. 19, 1951— Sept.17, 2022

Marlene Worley

Oct. 16, 1942 — Sept. 18, 2022

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Dennis is survived by his stepfather, John Demezas; his sister, Carole Smith (David); his brother-in-law, Allan Fisk, Sr.; his nephews, Lonnie Elling, Allan Fisk, Jr., Andrew Fisk (Sara); his nieces, Lori McCracken (Dan), Amy Edwards (Trent), and Anna Howe (Shawn). Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Morford, Sylvia Demezas and his sister, Susan Fisk.

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Kerry is survived by her husband of 42 years, Mark; daughter, Erin, and her husband, Aaron Zink, and their daughter Ariyah; son, Jared, and his wife, Ashley Richards, and their four kids, Marlin, Klay, Soraya and Raven.

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Sports & Recreation

Foxes rally

Silverton 3-0 in league, Kennedy moves to 4-0

By James Day

you’ve got to get a big chunk at some point.”

Silverton High took over sole possession of first place in the Mid-Willamette Conference on a wild Friday night of football in the valley.

South Albany outscored the Foxes 15-0 in the third quarter and took a 35-21 lead into the final period. But Silverton struck quickly to get back into the game. First, sophomore QB Sawyer Teeney stunned the South Albany defense by hitting Pfeifer for a 61-yard touchdown pass on a post pattern on 3rd-and-1 to make it 35-27.

The Foxes rallied from a 2-touchdown deficit to take out South Albany 39-35 in the home opener at McGinnis Field. Silverton, 3-1 overall and 3-0 in the MWC, scored 18 points in the fourth quarter to stun the RedHawks, 3-1 overall and in league. The win moved the Foxes to No. 1 in the OSAA’s Class 5A rankings. Surging Dallas, meanwhile, won its third in a row, taking out West Albany, 26-21, at Memorial Stadium in Albany to match South Albany’s 3-1 league mark. West Albany is 2-1 and Lebanon and Central are lurking at 2-2. Silverton closed out South Albany with a 93-yard scoring drive in the game’s final moments. Jackson Pfeifer scored the game-winner on his third TD of the period on a two-yard run with 32.9 seconds left, but the big play was a 43-yard double reverse pass from Carson Waples to Cohen Mulick that put the ball on the RedHawks 3. Waples, the backup QB as well as a starting wide receiver, took a handoff from WR Elijah Howard and delivered a strike to Mulick deep down the right sideline. Pfeifer scored three plays later.

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Waples: “I knew it had to get completed if we wanted a chance to win the game and I had a special feeling about it when I lined up. We have worked on it only a couple of times, but I knew as soon as I let go of the ball that Cohen was going to make a play and he did.” Mulick: “That was a trick play we’ve had for a little while and Carson just aired it out. We ran it just like we had in practice. And we have a lot of guys who can catch the ball.” Coach Dan Lever: “I knew we could try to go down the field with short passes and getting out of bounds, but

Then, Mulick made a huge play on special teams, blocking a RedHawks punt and giving Silverton the ball at the 20. It took the Foxes just one play to get in the end zone as Pfeifer swept around the left side for the 20-yard score. With 8:54 left the RedHawks led just 35-33. The visitors then drove into Silverton territory, getting one first down on a fake punt. But the drive stalled at the 37 and the RedHawks punted out of bounds at the Foxes 7 with 4:29 to play. And the 93-yard drive began. Teeney picked up a first down on a five-yard run run to the 18. Pfeifer added another first down on a four-yard run to the 31. Mulick caught a four-yard pass for a first down at the 41. Teeney then rolled out to the right to escape the pressure and served up a sidearm pass that Elijah Howard caught for 13 yards and a first down


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Sports & Recreation

Big volleyball win

Foxes beat W. Albany, now No. 2 in state

The Silverton High girls volleyball squad scored one of the biggest wins in recent program history on Sept. 20, taking down defending Class 5A champion West Albany by a 3-1 score. The win by the visiting Foxes in their first year under coach Reilly Rosecrans, moved Silverton to No. 2 in the Class 5A rankings and to 5-0 in Mid-Willamette Conference play. Silverton was tied for first place with No. 5 Crescent Valley at Our Town’s presstime. Soccer: The Kennedy boys team has won the first two matches in school history on the way to a 2-2 nonleague mark under first-year coach Miguel Ramirez Valverde. JFK has downed Portland Christian and Willamette Valley Christian. The Trojans played in a cooperative venture with Salem Academy a year ago. Kennedy is ranked 18th in Class 3A-2A-1A heading into Special District 2 play. Both Silverton squads, meanwhile, are looking for their first wins of the season. The girls were 0-3-2 heading into MidWillamette play, while the boys were 0-4-2. Cross Country: Silverton and Kennedy hosted more than 25 other schools and approximately 400 runners on Sept. 14, in the annual Silver Falls Oktoberfest Invitational run on a pleasant afternoon at Silver Falls State Park. Valley Catholic won the boys title, followed by South Albany, Santiam Christian and Silverton. Zander Campbell of South Albany won top honors, finishing the five-kilometer course in 15:55.5. Silverton’s JD Arthur was eighth in 17:19.5 and teammate Quinton Powell was ninth in 17:20.1. The Foxes put six runners in the top 30 of the girls race and finished second behind Valley Catholic. Kennedy took fourth. Jaya Simmons of VC won the race in 18:47.8,

while Kennedy’s Yulissa Chavez Cortes was 13th (22:14.2) and Hannah Bashor of Silverton was 18th (22:43.4). Valley Catholic also won the JV girls race, with Silverton taking fourth. Nathaniel Laughton of the Foxes was 24th in 14:47.3 for the 3,400 meters. Silverton won the JV girls competition, putting nine runners in the top 12. The top two for the Foxes were third-place Adeline Kuenzi (14:59.9) and fourth-place Joanne Noordam (15:21.4). Football Records: Two kind readers advised me that Noah Dahl in 2015 also turned in a five-touchdown performance for the Silverton football team. The issue came up because Jackson Pfeifer of this year’s Foxes scored five times in a 40-29 season-opening win at Dallas. Dahl, with three rushing TDs, an interception and a fumble return, did it in the first half of a game vs. Marist Catholic. The issue is now moot because Pfeifer scored six times on Sept. 16 at Central. Any other six TD games that folks are aware of? Gymnastics: Silverton Gymnastics Academy has been honored as the USA Gymnastics 2022 Xcel Club of the Year for the state of Oregon. The club brought home 10 gold medals and a slew of silvers and bronzes from the USA Gymnastics Region 2 meet April 29 to May 1 in Monroe, Washington, a meet that brought together athletes from 81 clubs in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Hawaii. “We are so excited and we could not

Silverton Gymnastics Academy coaches, from left, Celia Storey, Andrew Barry, Justice Storey and Morgan Smith are shown with the state award they received from USA Gymnastics. SUBMITTED PHOTO

have achieved this honor without our amazing athletes who put in some seriously focused training with the limited amount of time that they are in the gym, super parents who exhibit superior sportsmanship, as well as our amazing coaching staff who go above and beyond to make it all happen,” said Celia Storey, head coach and owner of the club. OSAA Update: The Oregon School Activities Association has returned the state wrestling tournament to the Memorial Coliseum in Portland. Last season the tournaments were staged at a number of different sites because of COVID. The all-classes wrestling championships will be Feb. 23-25, 2023. The OSAA also has instituted a major change for boys and girls basketball.

Starting with the 2023-24 season all varsity games will be conducted with a 35-second shot clock. Kennedy, meanwhile, is on the list of OSAA schools that have a streak going in terms of not experiencing a player or coach ejection. The Trojans have gone two consecutive school years without an ejection. Running: Nearly 300 runners participated in the 5-kilometer and 10K Oktoberfest races on Sept. 18. Wolfgang Seifer, 24, won the 5K in 19:35.6. Pamela Larkin, 25, took seventh overall and was the first female finisher in 24:41.8. Andrew Marks, 29, crossed the line first in the 10K in 40:01.19. Caitlin McMillon, 27, finished sixth overall and was the first woman in 45:33.7.

Continued from page 23 at the South 46. One incomplete pass later Lever sent in the double reverse pass and the Foxes executed it perfectly to snatch the victory. “Our kids are really resilient and willing to learn from their mistakes,” said Lever, the Foxes’ first-year coach. “That’s what it takes to get better. Everybody did their part. It was like a heavyweight title fight. We had to learn how to take their best punch and be OK.”

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Football Notes: The steadily improving Teeney threw for three scores and ran for one for the Foxes. The Foxes had a short week, returning to action Sept. 30 at McGinnis against 0-4 Corvallis (after Our Town’s press time). The Foxes’ freshman squad improved to 2-1 Monday with a 48-22 win vs. Central.

Trojans QB Elijah Traeger threw a pair of TD passes, one to Owen Bruner and one to Brett Boen and the defense did the rest. Since opening the season with a 52-8 home win against Stanfield, the Trojans have blanked their past three opponents, Siuslaw, Jefferson and Dayton.

Kennedy: The Trojans turned in their third consecutive shutout and improved to 4-0 with a 21-0 road win at Dayton. JFK is 2-0 in Class 3A’s Special District 2.

No. 2 Kennedy hosts No. 12 Scio (3-1 overall, 1-1 in league) at 7 p.m. Thursday in another Special District 2 showdown.



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Monday, Oct. 3

Thursday, Oct. 6

Thursday, Oct. 13

Friday, Oct. 21

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7 p.m. Silverton vs South Albany

5:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Colton

4:15 p.m. Kennedy vs Yamhill-Carlton

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5:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Willamina

Tuesday, Oct. 4 Boys Soccer

7 p.m. Silverton vs Central

Wednesday, Oct. 5 Volleyball

5:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Chemawa

Boys Soccer

Friday, Oct. 7 Boys Soccer

4:15 p.m. Kennedy vs Dayton


7 p.m. Silverton vs Crescent Valley 7 p.m. Kennedy vs Salem Academy


Boys Soccer


7 p.m. Silverton vs West Albany

Friday, Oct. 14 Boys Soccer

4:15 p.m. Kennedy vs Delphian/Willamina

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Tuesday, Oct. 11 5:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Santiam

Thursday, Oct. 20


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A Grin at the End

Power of choice

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We’re going to hire a new CEO for the state of Oregon next month, and the sparks are flying, as independent and former state Sen. Betsy Johnson has the Democratic candidate, former Speaker of the House Tina Kotek in attack mode. Apparently, Kotek’s getting nervous.

No one could have predicted that Portland would turn into Crazy Town – before it did. That’s why elections are so important. Voters – all of us – are tasked with the job of choosing the best candidates who not only align with our stances on various issues but will rise to the occasion when the unpredictable happens.

Meanwhile, the Republican candidate, former House minority leader Christine Drazan, seems to be running a mainline campaign aimed at rural Oregonians in addition to those in Portland. All of the chatter is about the three “major” candidates, but there are also three others on the ballot. For the record, they are R. Leon Noble, a Libertarian; Donice Smith, Constitutional Party; and Nathalie Paravicini of the Pacific Green and Progressive parties. I made a point of listing them because nearly all of the coverage you read and hear will focus on the Big Three. The others will be ignored because the media is in the business of picking winners, not covering elections, which should be the ultimate marketplace of ideas and ideals.

mind as they carry out the state’s business. I want them to reflect me, and my neighbors. In nautical parlance, I want them to keep the ship of state in the main channel and not turn it into the Exxon Valdez of politics. Which is kind of what we’ve had the past few years.

Yes, I know. That is a starry-eyed, idealistic way to look at a representative democracy. If that’s the case, I will plead guilty.

We saw what happened in Portland when peaceful demonstrations in support of Black Lives Matter were hijacked by others with no higher goal than to raise hell. That they were allowed to continue for weeks was astounding to many, including me. The mayor and city council demonstrated total ineptitude when they needed to show a little backbone and inform the rioters that it was time to go home or go to jail.

I believe in the right to choose – a governor and members of the House and Senate who will keep my interests in

Now they are faced with the huge job of rebuilding the public’s trust in the city’s leadership.

No one could have predicted that China would drop a global pandemic in the laps of our governor and legislature, but it did. With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, I will tell you I am not happy with how they handled it. We are still trying to rebuild the economy – and our lives – after the state government knocked a hole in them. How they reacted should be noted as we mark our ballots. We should reward those who have done well – in our opinion – and reject those who have not. No doubt other surprises are in store for the next governor and legislature. We need to hire people who are up the task. Good judgment, empathy and a stiff backbone will be needed in the years ahead. Carl Sampson is a freelance writer and editor.

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