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Something to think about Mark Twain honors veterans.................4 Looking Back Silverton dedicates war memorial..........8

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This issue features stories veterans shared with Mark Twain students and others... plus dedication of a veterans’ memorial. Photos by kristine Thomas

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Service stories Veterans Day Assembly Students in Mark Twain teacher Darby Hector’s leadership class were asked to interview a veteran and write a short article. Each student’s work reflected a common theme. There was a sentence that read something like this, “Thank you to our veterans. Thank you for serving your country.” Appreciating veterans’ service to our country is a tradition at Mark Twain Middle School, celebrated each November. This year, veterans are invited to gather at 1:50 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 in the library at Mark Twain, 425 N. Church St., Silverton, and then attend a special school assembly at 2:05 p.m. The stories on the next four pages were written by the Mark Twain students.

Mark Twain students interview veterans about military

Bernard Hoene Bernard Hoene served in the military police in the U.S. Army. He liked the military because he wanted to protect our freedom. He enjoyed jumping out of airplanes. He said being in the military meant he wasn’t home often. His grandma sent him letters and he kept pictures of his family to remind him of his home. “Veterans Day for me means honoring people who served for our country,” he said, adding he served during peacetime. He said whenever you see a veteran, tell them “thank you for your service.” Philip Alagoz

Rick Lewis Silverton Mayor Rick Lewis is a veteran of the Vietnam War. He is a respectable, interesting and overall brilliant man. Sgt. Lewis began his service in 1968. “The Army was extremely disciplined and there were many strict orders,” Lewis said. “There was no back talk to your instructor.” For three years, he was stationed in Germany, fighting the troubles and hardships. For Lewis, it was an amazing honor to serve, but the hardest part for him was not being able to see his family. In those days, he couldn’t call home. He wrote letter that would take two weeks to reach home. He loved traveling the world, and getting to experience new cultures and people. After the war, Lewis worked with the military. He was an important part in helping Iraq’s government train in democratic principles, and establish their

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own constitution. He was the police chief of Silverton and is now the mayor. To Lewis, Veterans Day is a time to honor those who bravely served our country. It’s a time to reflect on what happened and what will happen in the future. Anneliese Capener

Doug Zade For U.S. Marine Doug Zade, Veterans Day is about honoring the men and women who were put in the way of conflict. He thinks it’s nice that all military personnel are honored but he believes the military men and women who were in battle should be honored more. While he would recommend a career in the military, Zade said he thinks only people who have a great desire to serve their country and know what they’re getting themselves into should join the military. His best memory of his service was making a lot of good friends. He explained being a Marine doesn’t necessarily mean that you fight, because not all people that sign up for the military fight. Kate Fronza

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Rick Bittner When Rick Bittner graduated from high school, he said college wasn’t an option due to financial reasons. Bittner chose to serve his country. His choice led him to do great things. Bittner served in the U.S. Navy on submarines. Diving under the sea was one of his favorite memories. He said working in the military takes a great cooperation and understanding. He recommends this job for the incredible experience, education, and leadership. He said Veterans Day “means the end of war, it means to celebrate those who fought in that war and many other wars.” Rick is an incredible man with a big heart. He still sees some of the people and friends that he met while serving. Emily Badzinski

Aaron Cressey Staff Sgt. Aaron Cressey served in the U.S. Marine Corps, Marine Corps Reserve and Oregon Army National Guard in many different places throughout the U.S. and in Japan, Kenya and Iraq. If he could send me back in time to learn something he learned by being in the military, he said it would be how to be an ambassador, like how he was while serving in Japan. He is most proud of becoming a rescue swimmer. Cressey joined the military to see the world, travel and discover new places. When talking to a veteran, he says people are

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Something to talk about If he could take me back in time to show me what it was like to serve, he said he would show me ‘that it was an agonizing job sending people where they did or didn’t want to go because I knew that I might not see them again.’ -- Kaitriana McElfresh Richard Denny Richard Denny is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where he served for 21 years. I asked him what the public may not know about the U.S. military. He said the friendships and how you make many friends, and that with friends, there is also loss. Being in the military can be hard, watching your new friends pass away. Because it is a dangerous service. He shared his best memory was flying. “The way it felt to fly and the freedom that came along with it.” He knew he wanted to be in the clouds, but he also knew he wanted to fight for our country. He joined the Air Force after graduating from Oregon State University. Hannah Martin

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James Arbidloftis On the USS Lexington in the U.S. Navy, James Arbidloftis served from 1958-62. He joined the Army Reserve fresh out of high school at age 18. Transferring to follow his buddies then going to the Navy where he would go on classified travels and visit numerous ports these are some of the questions I asked him. He said after high school, people either went to college, became a truck driver or went into the military. “To be in the Navy you had to be very physical.” He said if someone thanked him for his service, he would ask if they served. “If they say yes, I thank them back. I have never gotten a bad reception from the public ever.” Charles Petrik

Robert Brant I interviewed my Great Grandpa Robert Brant. He served as a Signalman in the Navy in WWII. He served for three years and while he was there, his biggest challenge was staying alive. He missed his family so much it made the three years feel like forever. Recently,

he was asked to go on a special trip hosted by Gary Sinise to the opening of The National WWII Museum in New Orleans. I got to celebrate his 91st birthday with him in Southern California. Let’s continue to honor all of the veterans that risked their lives for the U.S.A. Tyson Erickson

Aaron Larsen I interviewed Capt. Aaron Larsen, who is my dad. He has served in places throughout the United States including Astoria, Jackson Hole, Tacoma, Anchorage and Corpus Christi. He has also served in Afghanistan. He currently serves in the Air Force/Air National Guard. Capt. Aaron Larsen shared his best memory was the summer of 2012 when he was responsible for flying Vice President Joe Biden’s secret service team and vehicles for the presidential election campaign season. Also, that summer he got to meet Vice President Joe Biden. Another question I asked Capt. Larsen was does he remember what it was like arriving in Afghanistan. His reply was, “Yes, it was very hot and windy with blowing sandstorms. There was airplanes taking off and there were people everywhere.” He also said they had anxiety knowing that they were in combat getting shot at. Kali Larsen

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Both Silverton-raised and educated, David and Demezas served in as U.S. Air Force pilots during World War II.

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“We couldn’t find anything so we decided we would write the book,” David, 91, said.

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Determined to find a way to honor their friends who lost their lives in World War II, in 2001 they began searching through the Silverton Appeal, reading obituaries to find those who died serving in World War I and II, Korea and Vietnam. They discovered 44 names. Their book, “Silverton’s WWI, WWII, Korean and Vietnam War Heroes” was given to the Silverton Country Historical Society.


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The names of the fallen in six American wars – Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq-Afghanistan – will be listed on the monument. The center stone will be engraved with the symbols of the military services: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air

Don David and his late friend Ted Demezas were the first to recognize the local men who lost their lives while serving their country.

Force and Coast Guard. English said the first person lost his life more than 117 years ago. For many years, these men have not been honored, English added. “Now, they will be.” David said the project was important to he and Demezas, who has passed away, because they lost many friends from Silverton during World War II, including at Pearl Harbor. “This project has grown into something we didn’t envision,” David said. “We didn’t envision a war memorial. We just wanted to have a list of names.” David is thankful the war memorial committee members “picked up where we left off and ran with the ball.” The committee members included Steve Wiley, Norm English, Jack Hande, Rick Lewis, Rick Bittner, Gregg Sheesley, Steve Fetters, Greg Gossack, Phil Appleton, Aaron Cressey, Jim Loftis, John Cramer and Ray Hunter. David, who is an honorary member, is eager see the finished project.

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WW II vet grateful to have made it home By Kristine Thomas Mount Angel resident Bill Sharrar knows how lucky he is to have returned home after serving in the U.S. Navy from 194045 during World War II. All he does to remind himself of that fact is feel the shrapnel in his head and neck. Sharrar was on the USS Ralph Talbot in the Guadalcanal when his ship was attacked by the Japanese on Aug. 9, 1942. “I first got hit by shrapnel in the line of duty,” he said. “My leg was cut and I was standing in line at the dressing station when I decided to leave because the wound wasn’t that bad. I walked out the door and a man followed me and we took a direct hit. He didn’t live and I felt like I had gone blind.” The shrapnel in his neck from that night is a powerful reminder. “If that man hadn’t followed me out, I wouldn’t have lived,” Sharrar said, adding he still thinks about the man who lost his life, knowing he owes him his life. Guadalcanal wasn’t his first action. Sharrar was in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. It was a Sunday, he recalled, and he was on deck for the morning ceremonies. “When I saw the Japanese plans flying in a straight formation looking like black sausages with red meatballs, the first thing I thought it was a mock attack by the Marines,” he said, “until they started shooting.” As the men on his ship, the USS Bagley, began to scramble to fire back, they realized the man with the keys to the ammunition locker was on shore. Bill picked up a heavy object and broke the

lock off. Working on a gun crew, he handled the expended shell casings after the guns were fired. Since he couldn’t find any gloves, he handled the casings with his bare-hands, dropping them quickly, once almost hitting a crewman below. Serving on destroyers for almost five years, he said he got through the tough times because he didn’t have a choice. “I couldn’t just leave,” he said. “My faith was part of how I did it. I would say the rosary a lot.” Sharrar said the men and women who served in World War II are “broken people. We saw enough. We saw more than enough.” What helped him heal and move on with his life, he said, was talking about his experience. “I think the reason a lot of guys have troubles after they go to war is they keep it all inside and don’t talk about it,” he said. “They need to talk about it.” Looking through a cedar chest, he has articles and letters from his service and medals, including a Purple Heart. “When you are out there where you see the action, you don’t know if you are going to survive,” he said. He knows he’s one of the lucky ones. Now a retired creamery worker, he and his wife Pat have been married 66 years. Laughing, they both said Bill’s mom spied Pat at church and is the one who coordinated their meeting. They married May 7, 1949. They have seven children, six daughters and a son.

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Elks Lodge invites veterans to annual dinner The Silverton Elks Club is inviting community members to a Veterans Day Observance on Saturday, Nov. 7. The lodge annually holds a dinner to honor local veterans and their service to the country. Veterans will not be charged for the pork roast dinner. The cost to others is $16. Social hour begins at 4:30 p.m., with dinner served at 5:30. The program

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$535,000 Spacious 3bd/3ba home on 17.43 ac boasts 15 ac of Mature Marionberries! Excellent soil, & room to grow! EXT#2253032 • Joe & Dana Giegerich • 503-931-7824 • MLS#681326

$375,000 Sophisticated Style! Gorgeous 4bd/3.5ba home w/ 2 masters, floor to ceiling windows, lovely lush landscaping, the list goes on! EXT#2975332 • Joe & Dana Giegerich • 503-931-7824 • MLS#694120

$395,000 Gorgeous wooded 2.5 ac homestead next to Oregon Garden! 2bd/2ba home w/ open floorplan, FP in livingroom, orchard, & more! EXT#3063962 • Joe & Dana Giegerich • 503-931-7824 • MLS#695678

$365,000 NEW LISTING! Beautiful 3bd/2.5ba home w/ designer touches throughout! Brazilian Cherry built-ins, sunroom, gas fireplaces, +++! EXT#3129264 • Donna Rash • 503-871-0490 • MLS#696842

$364,900 Great horse/ livestock property! 2.58 acres w/ barn, shop, fenced, fruit trees & garden. 4bd/2ba home features gorgeous fireplaces! EXT#2957029 • Joe & Dana Giegerich • 503-931-7824 • MLS#693676

$339,000 PRICE REDUCED! New construction 4bd/2.5ba home w/ custom cabinets, mantle, granite counters, gorgeous floors, & more! EXT#2845684 • Cynthia Johnson • 503-551-0145 • MLS#691471 $324,000 Being built now! 4bd/2ba near park. Impressive upgrades, gas FP, custom mantle, granite, gravel RV parking, + so much more! EXT#3055495 • Cynthia Johnson • 503-551-0145 • MLS#695363 $319,000 PRICE REDUCED! Breathtaking! Spacious 3bd/2ba home, expansive windows, open layout, huge bonus room, +++! EXT#2936138 • Rosie Wilgus • 503-409-8779 • MLS#693403

$378,000 Room for everyone! Charming 5bd/2.5ba country home on 1.87 ac. Custom Sun Room, lovely large flat lawn area! EXT#2900903 • Joe & Dana Giegerich • 503-931-7824 • MLS#692651

MT. ANGEL • SCOTTS MILLS & MolAllA $2,650,000 Wide, open spaces! 405.75 acres in the Valley. 3bd/2ba historic farmhouse, vintage timber-frame barn, several ponds, well, +++! EXT#3073016 • Joe & Dana Giegerich • 503-931-7824 • MLS#695816

$269,900 Lovely 1.5 story 3bd/2ba home featuring bonus room over garage, cozy fireplace, covered patio & fenced yard great for small pets! EXT#2815810 • Robin Kuhn • 503-930-1896 • MLS#690873

$850,000 67.75 Ac Ridgetop Estate! Expansive 3bd/ ba home w/ panoramic views boasts an open floorplan, high-end details, barn, shop, pastures, the list goes on! EXT#2685288 • Joe & Dana Giegerich • 503-931-7824 • MLS#688297

$229,000 PRICE REDUCED! Super single-level! 3bd/2ba home w/ large fenced backyard features cozy fireplace, formal dining room, & more! EXT#2981837 • Ginni Stensland • 503-510-4652 • MLS#694179 $190,000 This darling 2bd/1ba craftsman features fir flooring, coverted attic space, an inviting friendly front porch, & wonderful shade trees! EXT#3031388 • Robin Kuhn • 503-930-1896 • MLS#695102 $189,900 Turn of the century star! 3bd/1ba home features lovely vintage details. Lots of nooks & crannies, basement, room for garden! EXT#2954135 • Robin Kuhn • 503-930-1896 • MLS#693635 $163,000 Cute & cozy corner starter or investment! 3bd/1ba home boasts bamboo floors, stainless steel appliances, large fenced yard, +++! EXT#1962523 • Joe & Dana Giegerich • 503-931-7824 • MLS#675420

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$269,900 Hillside sanctuary! 3bd/2.5ba on 1/4 ac. Fantastic kitchen, cozy brick fireplace, large living room, awesome 2-tiered deck, & more! EXT#2991241 • Joe & Dana Giegerich • 503-931-7824 • MLS#694356

$267,000 NEW LISTING! Wonderful windows! 3bd/2ba home boasts amazing kitchen, lovely FP in large living room, fenced yard, +++! EXT#3122419 • Joe & Dana Giegerich • 503-931-7824 • MLS#696643


$795,000 Country Elegant! Gorgeous 4bd/2.5ba custom home w/ stylish kitchen, den, & more! 49.52 ac currently farmed in Christmas Trees! EXT#2965508 • Joe & Dana Giegerich • 503-931-7824 • MLS#693947 $650,000 Classic 3bd/2ba farmhouse on 45.33 ac diversified farm. 15 stall horse barn, indoor arena, dairy, poultry sheds, crop land, & beautiful views! EXT#2773423 • Joe & Dana Giegerich • 503-931-7824 • MLS#690034 $425,000 Happy Hobby Farm! Lovely 5bd/3ba home on 4.63 ac w/ maple floors, country kitchen, great storage. Shop, Barn, orchards & more! EXT#3101047 • Dean Oster • 503-932-5708 • MLS#696310 $295,000 Amazing shop, gorgeous & open 3bd/2ba home. Entertain inside & out w/ plenty of parking, firepit, patio & outdoor speakers! EXT#3101037 • Jackie Zurbrugg • 503-932-5833 • MLS#696247 $169,000 Cute Cottage for your home business! In the Heart of Mt Angel on a corner lot, this 2bd/1ba home is zoned Commercial General! EXT#2957027 • Donna Rash • 503-871-0490 • MLS#693673 $162,900 Lovely 3bd/2ba home, light & bright kitchen, soaking tub & dual vanity in Master Bath. Partially fenced yard, RV parking w/ hookups! EXT#3024116 • Rosie Wilgus • 503-409-8779 • MLS#694979

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Sipping homemade chai tea and munching on a homegrown persimmon on a beautiful fall morning, Silverton doula, childbirth educator and author Judy Gabriel reflected on a question about her work of the past two decades.


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“Being a doula is hard,” Gabriel said. “I did 400-some births as a volunteer and there were days and even weeks of being on call, being always ready, and then nights without sleep. What would make someone do that? A woman’s heart makes her want to do that.” Transitioning from assisting women in labor and childbirth, Gabriel is giving women another gift. Her book, Touching Bellies, Touching Lives: Midwives of Southern Mexico Tell Their Stories, is drawing praise for its insight, as well as for giving a voice to the rapidlydisappearing traditional midwife in rural Mexico. Her story – and the story of her book – requires a little context, as not everyone is familiar with the word doula. “The doula movement has been alive in the U.S. for over 20 years, but most people have never heard of it,” Gabriel said. “Young women giving birth in the U.S. have heard of doulas by reading books and taking childbirth classes. “A doula is a woman who gives continuous physical and emotional support to women in labor. She is not responsible for the medical aspects of the birth. Her focus is on the comfort, wellbeing, and satisfaction of the woman in labor and her partner.” Gabriel said a doula’s knowledge of positioning and movement can help move labor along and make the woman not only more comfortable, but more able to realize the type of birth experience she desires. As the birth process became more “medicalized,” the use of doulas and midwives has provided a needed dimension in childbirth for many women. “It is helping to fill the gap, as our birthing process has become more medicalized. Birthing practices today incorporate many things, and the doula is one of the things... that helps humanize the birth process.”

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Gabriel went through doula training 20 years ago. At that time she and her husband Jim lived across the street

from Silverton Hospital. She began by volunteering to help Spanish-speaking women in labor. While the hospital staff may not have been familiar with the work of a doula, Gabriel says they appreciated her fluency in Spanish and were happy to see their patients receive emotional support from someone who spoke their language. “The nurses, midwives, and doctors I worked with during those early years were my greatest teachers,” Gabriel said. Most of Gabriel’s work was as an unpaid volunteer, but eventually she created a website and took on paid clients. During the long hours and sleepless nights Gabriel spent with mostly Mexican women in labor, she began to wonder about what “natural childbirth” was and what we might learn about it from indigenous cultures. “I have worked with Mexican women, pregnant and birthing women, for the past 19 years. Being with women in labor is hours and hours of killing time between contractions, and talking about life in their villages. I also taught birth classes in Spanish for the hospital for 17 years. The families that I met, I asked them about their mothers’ labors and their own labors (before coming to the States), and that aroused in me real curiosity about the midwives, the women who had attended births for centuries. “What would be truly natural (in childbirth) to the human species if we did not have books and classes and medical professionals defining it for us? If we were instinctive like other mammals how would we give birth? I thought that these (Mexican midwives) would be much closer to that knowledge than other people are.” Her curiosity evolved into a passion to tap into the wisdom of traditional midwifery. It was aided by Gabriel’s long affection for Mexico and the Mexican people, which began with her first foray into rural Mexico as a 19-year-old volunteer for the American Friends Service Committee. “I was kind of imprinted by that trip,” she said. “It was my first trip out of the Midwest. Maybe if I had gone to Paris at that age, instead of rural Mexico, I would have ended up writing a book about French fashion instead of one about childbirth in Mexico.

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Silverton ‘doula’ shares their stories of birth First Friday signings Touching Bellies, Touching Lives Author Judy Gabriel will be signing her book Nov. 6 and Dec. 5. Main Street Bistro & Coffee 201 E. Main St., Silverton Available on Amazon: $24 First Friday price: $20 Also available at Silver Falls Library. www.mexicanmidwives. com. Judy Gabriel, left, with 90-year-old midwife Lena, who is wearing the new dress Judy brought her.

“We integrated with the village (Santa Cruz Analco in the state of Puebla), and started a breakfast program for children. I fell in love with village life in southern Mexico as it was in the ‘60s.” In her quest to interview midwives in villages, Judy Gabriel has made countless trips to Mexico. “These women who had no medical training had an incredible wisdom that I wanted to hear about. To me they were bigger than life, mythical people.” While Gabriel says some of her preconceptions turned out not to be accurate, Touching Bellies, Touching Lives is filled with fascinating stories of the midwives Gabriel met. Descriptions of traditional practices – like the belly massage of the book’s title – are intertwined with incredible tales of life in Mexico and Gabriel’s search to find these women and capture their stories before it is too late. Most of the midwives are old, and they are not being replaced. Mexico is adopting a medicalized approach to childbirth and medical professionals are leaving behind a tradition that is often derided as some sort of witch doctor mumbo-jumbo. Mexico has a 50 percent Caesarian rate.

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Touching Bellies, Touching Lives would be valuable even if it were simply anthropological research on a fading way of life. But Gabriel uses the book to explore profound issues related to modern beliefs and practices related to pregnancy and birth. Her extensive experience with childbirth as a doula helps her give context to the stories and traditional wisdom from the midwives, known in Mexico as parteras. “I personally gave birth lying flat on my back for 12 hours,” Gabriel said, “and then having a Caesarian. I don’t remember some raging thing in me telling me, ‘You need to move honey.’ But I did need to move. I understand that now as a doula. If I’d had a Mexican midwife with me – or a doula – you can be sure I’d have been on my feet!” Gabriel believes the midwife stories tell us that women seek other women to help them during labor. Many of the Mexican midwives began the work because other women came to their doors and said, “You have to help me.” Gabriel’s theory is that women who are soon to give birth seek out other women to be with them. “I wrote the book for people like me. People who think that modern medicine provides the only perspective we need may not be curious about how traditional cultures manage birth. But I think a lot of people who are involved in birth are curious – midwives, pregnant women. Women love birth stories. These are stories about birth experiences told by the caregiver, not the birthing women.”

Monday, Nov. 2 – Thursday, Nov. 5 Monday – Thursday: 10am - 5pm • Friday 10am – 1pm Dr. Michael Kim is announcing the SEVENTH ANNUAL HALLOWEEN CANDY BUY BACK PROGRAM. We will pay any child $2 PER POUND for their unopened candy, and we are also going to hand out free toothbrushes. Kids can still have all the fun of trick-or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well. We will be sending all of the un-opened candy and toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss to the troops again this year. Last year we sent over 200 lbs! Dr. Kim is utilizing this program in an effort to help educate the youth of the community and the drawbacks of eating candy containing high amounts of refined sugars. Offering to buy back children’s candy will help them learn about dental hygiene and give them the chance to get involved with the community. There is no candy minimum, and all children must be accompanied by a parent / guardian.

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First in a series on earthquake preparedness. By Kristine Thomas Mount Angel Police Chief Michael Healy keeps a suitcase in his car with everything he might need, just in case he can’t get home for a day or two. And he recommends everyone else follow suit.

Scientists say the Pacific Northwest is due for a 9.0 earthquake Pack an emergency kit Water, one gallon per person per day for at least 3 days Non-perishable food - 3 day supply Battery-powered or hand crank radio, flashlight and batteries

From an article in The New York Times to a special on Oregon Public Broadcasting, there has been a great deal of focus on the Pacific Northwest’s need to be prepared for an earthquake.

First aid kit; whistle to signal for help

“I work in Mount Angel but I live in Lebanon,” Healy said. “If an earthquake or something else were to happen where I couldn’t get home for a couple days, I need to be prepared. It’s not if an earthquake will happen, it’s when.”

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Healy emphasized the importance of every citizen being prepared in case of a natural disaster or adverse weather. “People need to be self-sufficient for at least five days,” he said.

could go down and what that means for delivery trucks having access to Mount Angel,” she said.

Healy was working in the police department in Stayton when the last earthquake happened.

“If there is an earthquake, the delivery trucks aren’t going to be able to get to Roth’s or Safeway to fill shelves,” Healy added.

“If something happens, I would ask people not to call 911 asking if we had an earthquake,” Healy said. “When people did that after the last earthquake, it tied up 911. Don’t call 911 unless you have a real emergency.”

Both Healy and Stein said the city, the Mount Angel Fire Department and the Community Response Team (CERT) have an emergency operations plan in place for what will happen in case of a natural disaster.

Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place Moist wipes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation Mount Angel City Manager Eileen Stein said while she thinks most buildings in her city may be able to withstand an earthquake, what concerns her most is days of isolation. “We have to think about the bridges that

Healy said there are designated emergency shelters including the Festhalle and the grounds at the Mount Angel Abbey. There are also plans on how to communicate with residents, even if the electricity and phone towers go out. “When I worked in Sisters, there were several wildfires,” Stein said. “We held old-fashion town hall meetings. We had places were we had bulletin boards were we posted information.”

Besides having an emergency supply kit at your home, in your car and at the office, Healy stressed the importance of having a family plan. With his wife working in Salem, himself in Mount Angel, his son in West Salem and daughter in Seattle, they all know who to call and what do to in case of an emergency. “It’s important we all know what we will do when it happens and we are prepared when it does,” he said. One advantage Mount Angel has, Stein said, is it is a small community where people take care of their family, neighbors and friends.




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Scotts Mills Elementary students got under their desks and held on for the duration of an imaginary earthquake during the Great Shake-Out Drill Oct. 15.

“If something happens, people will check in on the welfare of their neighbors,” she said. “We all need to be prepared and be able to survive until the government can step in, the power is back on and things are stabilized.” Stein and Healy understand most people don’t want to think about an earthquake. But they also know it’s not a topic that can be ignored. “We need people to just start thinking about it so they will be prepared when it does happen,” Healy said. The students at Scotts Mills Elementary School participated in the Great ShakeOut Drill on Oct. 15.

Scotts Mills Principal Kirstin Jorgenson said state law requires schools prepare for emergencies including an earthquake, fire and an intruder. “We need to practice these things so students will know what to do in case it does happen,” Jorgenson said. “We can’t stop things from happening but we can be prepared for the event.” As both a mother and a principal, Jorgensen said it’s hard to talk about what to do if there were an earthquake. “No one wants to talk about it, but we have to,” she said. “We all need to do our due diligence and be prepared.”

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datebook Weekly Activities Alcoholic Anonymous Meetings

Noon – 1 p.m. Monday - Saturday. St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, 211 W Center St., Silverton. 8 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Saturday. Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. David, 50-383-8327

Silverton Al-Anon Meetings

5:30 p.m. Tuesdays. 10 a.m. Saturdays. Silverton Assembly of God Church, 437 N James St. 503-269-0952.

Silver Falls Library Activities

Free events. Crafty Kids, 3:30 - 9 p.m. Tuesdays. Chickadees Storytime ages 3 - 5, 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Builders Club, 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Babybirds Storytime ages 0 - 36 months, 11 a.m. Thursdays & Fridays. Duplo Day, 11:30 1:30 p.m. Fridays. Family Game Day, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturdays. Caregiver must attend with child. 503-873-5173

Mount Angel Library Activities

3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Storytime ages 3 - 6. Mount Angel Library, 290 Charles St. 4:45 - 6 p.m. Tuesday. Lego Club. 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Babytime ages 0 - 3.

Silverton Business Group

8 a.m. Wednesdays. Silverton Inn & Suites, 310 N Water St. Free. 503-873-5615

Woodcarving Sessions

1 – 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Silverton Arts Assoc. Silverchips woodcarving sessions. All levels. $2/wk. 503-873-2480

Gordon House Tours

Tours at noon, 1, 2 p.m. Thursday– Monday. Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon House, 869 W Main, Silverton. Reservation:, 503-874-6006

Overeaters Anonymous

7 p.m. Thursdays. St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, 211 W Center St. Discuss tips, support those with eating problems. All welcome. 503-910-6862

Weekly Meditation Group

7 – 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. A Quiet Place Sangha invites people of all spiritual traditions to guided meditation and shared dialog. Free. Newcomers arrive 20 minutes early. 971-218-6641

Silverton Toastmasters

7:30 a.m. Fridays. Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1159 Oak St. Ann, 503-910-3668

Saturday Lunch

Noon - 1:30 p.m. Saturdays. Trinity Lutheran, 500 N Second St.. Free. 503873-2635

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Sunday, Nov. 1

Soup Supper

Daylight Savings Time Ends Remember to set your clocks back 1 hour. Dead Poets Alive

7 p.m., Creekside Grill, 242 S Water St., Silverton. Live embodiments of honored deceased poets: JMW Turner, Denise Levertov, Seamus Heaney. All ages. Free. Sponsored by Silverton Poetry Association. Vere, 503-873-5768,

Monday, Nov. 2 Tree of Giving Registration

1 - 3 p.m., Silverton Community Center, 421 S Water St. Silverton Zenith Woman’s Club Tree of Giving helps provide clothing, toys for children who live in Silverton, Scotts Mills or who attend Silver Falls School District schools. Parent, legal guardian must register child. Bring birth certificate, current vaccination card, current school registration for each child, proof of address, proof of income, current clothing and shoe size. Repeats 10 a.m. noon Nov. 3, 6 - 8 p.m. Nov. 4, noon - 2 p.m. Nov. 5, 2 - 4 p.m. Nov. 10, 4 - 6 p.m. Nov. 11. Silverton Together, 503-873-0405

Silverton Class of 2016 Grad Celebration

6:30 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship, 822 NE Industrial Way. Silverton Garden Club hosts Soup Supper fundraiser, featuring four homemade soups, bread, beverage. $5. Sam Pratt of Conifer Kingdom shares information on growing conifers. Drawing for plants. Visitors welcome. Kathy, 503-873-0159

Wednesday, Nov. 4 Actors/Improv Group

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St. Variety of improvisational games. No experience required. Open to adults, high school students. AlsoNov. 18. Ron, 503-873-8796

Thursday, Nov. 5 Cider Tasting

7 p.m., Creekside Grill, 242 S Water St. Anthem & Wandering Aengus Cider tasting event. 21 and older only. $15 pre-registration required. Appetizer included. 503-873-9700

Silverton Scribes

9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Silverton Health Birth Center, 342 Fairview St. Holiday gifts, books.

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Artist Studio Sale

Travel Fair

11 a.m., Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield. Open to travelers of all ages. Light lunch provided. 503-873-3093

Adult Coloring Night

6 - 7:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Come relax, de-stress with adults conversation, refreshments, coloring. First Tuesday of each month. Material provided. Free. 503-873-8796

Mystical Creatures at Lunaria

7 - 9 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 Water St., Silverton. Artist reception for Robert Fox’s exhibit of sculptural work, Mystical Creatures. The Loft exhibit, Remembrance: Commemorating the People, Places and Times Impressed Upon Our Hearts, includes work by Lunaria members. Exhibits run thru Nov. 29. 503-873-7734

First Friday Music

First Friday in Silverton

7 p.m., Silverton Council Chambers, 421 S Water St. 503-873-5321

10 a.m., Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield. Profitable planning with questions and answers. Seniors 60+. Repeats Nov. 17. 503-873-3093

7 p.m., Brush Creek Playhouse, 11535 NE Silverton Road, Silverton. Brush Creek Players present Neil Simon’s “I Ought to be in Pictures.” Tickets $10 adults, $8 seniors and children 12 and under. Advance tickets at Books-N-Time, 210 N Water St., Ste. B, Silverton. Repeats 7 p.m. Nov. 7, 13-14, 20-21; 2 p.m. Nov. 9, 16, 15, 22. 503-5083682,

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7 p.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St. Concertmaster of Salem Philharmonia plays violin music by Bach, Beethoven, contemporary pieces. Donations accepted. 503-873-3461

7 p.m. Silverton High Library, 1456 Pine St. All parents are invited to help plan the allnight senior graduation celebration. 971-282-3970

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6 - 8 pm., Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St. Meet artists, view work. Artwork continues on display noon - 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Jan, 503-363-9310

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S. Water St. Informal writer’s group to share, critique writing projects. Repeats Nov. 19.. 503-873-8796 7:30 p.m., Scotts Mills City Hall, 265 Fourth St. 503-873-5435

7 p.m., Mount Angel Library, 290 E Charles St. 503-845-9291

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Friday, Nov. 6 Books and Gifts

9 a.m. - 4 p.m., 617 Hicks St., Silverton. Buy direct at special prices. Cards, picture, calendars, bookmarks, special orders, supplies. Repeats Nov. 7 - 8.

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6 - 9 p.m., White Oak Gallery, 216 E Main St., Silverton. Meet Jim Bornzin, artist of this month’s Scissorcuts display. 503-3999193,

Game Night

6 - 9 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 N Second St., Silverton. Come play board, card games. Bring a snack, nonalcoholic drink. Some food provided. Open to all. 503-873-2635

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

Saturday, Nov. 7 Trunk Show

11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Seven Brides Brewing, 990 First St., Silverton. View, purchase artwork by Ann Altman. Family Bingo Night 7 - 9 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 Church St.. Family bingo fun, prizes, cookies. $5 for three cards. Proceeds benefit 2015 Tree of Giving. Sponsored by GFWC Silverton Zenith Woman’s Club. 503-874-4158

75th annual Turkey Shoot

7 p.m. Mount Angel American Legion Post 89, Memorial Hall, 749 E. College Ave. Card games, Bingo for turkeys. Refreshments. Repeats 2 p.m. Sunday. Public welcome.

Monday, Nov. 9 Silverton FFA Auction

5 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N Church St. Tickets, $15, available at door. 503-873-6331

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Tuesday, Nov. 10 NEDCO Budgeting Class

10 a.m. - noon, Silverton Area Community Aid, 421 S Water St. Neighborhood Economic Development Corp. teaches class on budgeting, tracking expenses, ways to save money. Free. 503-873-3446

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10 a.m. - noon, Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. “German Research” by Tom O’Brian. Bring a brick wall question. Free.

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9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 N Second St. Clothing, household goods, decoration. Bread for sale. Repeats Nov. 14. 503-873-2635,

3 p.m., Town Square Park, Main St. Everyone is invited to celebrate the completion of the Silverton War Memoria honoring Silverton’s Fallen Heroes. 7 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Discuss Elizabeth Hess’s biography Nim Chimpsky. View scenes from documentary, Nim. Sponsored by National Science Foundation. Sign up at reference desk, get free copy of book. 503-873-5173

Aprons of Parade

Noon, Lutheran Church, 500 N Second St., Silverton. Create own apron for Aprons on Parade fashion show. Speaker Margery Thompson, quilter, poet, gardener. Light luncheon served. $6.50. Reservations due Nov. 10. Call Cathy, 503-999-2291 for apron details, to enter, luncheon reservations.

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5:30 p.m., Marquam United Methodist Church, 36975 S Highway 213, Mount Angel. 111th bazaar, chili/hotdog feed benefits local food banks. Oral auction at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit local nonprofit organizations. Sponsored by Marquam United Methodist Church Women.

Parent’s Night Out!

6 - 10 p.m., Silverton Friends Church, 229 Eureka Ave. Suggested donation $10 per child, $25 per family of three or more. Funds cover snacks, supplies, and benefit Peace and Social Concerns. Newborn - 12 years old. RSVP: Jaime, 503-516-7427.

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10 a.m. – noon, Silver Falls Library, 410 S. Water St., Silverton. Crochet, knit, share ideas. All levels welcome. Free. Spring, 503-873-8796

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2 p.m., Mount Angel Abbey, 1 Abbey Dr., St. Benedict. Willamette Falls Symphony concert, “Music of Love and Death,” conducted by Mark Perlman. Tickets $12 adults, $10 seniors and students. Children under 12 free. Tickets sold at the door; cash or check only. 503-632-7267,

Mission to Mexico

6 p.m., Silverton First Christian Church, 112 First St. Authentic Mexican dinner, traditional Mexican folk dancing by youth of El Ballet de Los Ninos de Gervais. Dinner by Dios de Pactos Church. Homemade tamales available for $15/dozen, $25/two dozen. Proceeds go to Mission to Mexico travelers. 503-873-6620

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Sunday, Nov. 15 Taize Prayer Service

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Wednesday, Nov. 18 Book Signing at White Oak

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2 p.m., Silverton Hospital, 342 Fairview St. Alzheimer’s/Dementia caregivers support group. Free. Mary, 503-502-4509 7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S. Water St. This month’s selection is “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” by Rachel Joyce. Refreshments. Visitors welcome. Spring, 503897-8796

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1 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Arts and crafts time for teen ages 11 - 18. Free. 503-873-5173

Sunday, Nov. 22 Scotts Mills Pancake Breakfast

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Something For The Soul

Life’s marathon By Steve Ritchie Michael Traeger didn’t hit bottom when he was expelled from Silverton High School. Or when his father, Mike, died in a tragic car accident just before Michael’s 18th birthday. Hitting bottom happened some years later, when Michael was 23. He was living out of his backpack in Salem, with no money and no place to sleep. He was also feeding an addiction to drugs and alcohol that was leading him into some dark places. Traeger now says that period of his life was a fog for him, but he has a “crystal clear memory” of taking out his phone one day, and flipping through his contacts, looking for someone he could hit up for money for his next fix, or a place to crash. When he couldn’t find even one person to call, Traeger finally came to a painful realization: he was in real trouble. “Man, I thought, I don’t have anyone left to call,” Traeger said. “There is no one I can turn to but God and I called out to Him.” He knew then that his “bad choices,” which started when he was 13, had finally led him to this spot. Traeger began partying during high school, and, after his dad’s death, moved on from marijuana to alcohol and then to hard drugs, including prescription painkillers and, eventually, heroin. “Alcohol was a numbing agent for me” Traeger said. “I stayed in that rut for quite awhile... I hadn’t talked to my dad in a couple of years (before he died). We were on rough terms because of choices that I was making. So I had a lot of regret, and that was the only way I knew how to cope with it at the time.” Traeger eventually decided to call his aunt, Nikki Muhr. She reminded him of a place that might offer him a pathway to recovery: Mountain Ministries Ranch in Washington. It took him six more months before he found his way to the ranch, and, once there, he had to find a way to deal with the physical pain of withdrawal. “You kind of feel trapped (by withdrawal). You want out of (addiction), obviously, but you just don’t know how to get out of it. It’s horrible. You won’t die but you feel like you want to.” Traeger’s “cold turkey” withdrawal experience was so bad that he couldn’t sleep at all in his early days at Mountain Ministries. He would go into the chapel

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in the dead of night, and lay by the cross, praying to God to just give him one hour of sleep that night. It took time, but his prayer was answered. Traeger began to be able to sleep a little, then a little more. Traeger said the goal of the year-long Mountain Ministries program is for the men there to “get clean and sober, and also that Christ will touch your heart. I told God I was tired of hurting others, hurting myself, and hurting Him. I said I am going to seek Him and I am not going to give up. At that moment my whole heart and mindset was changed.” Traeger stayed the entire year at Mountain Ministries. He became the “tire specialist” there, repairing and changing tires on all the ranch’s vehicles. He also began running again, something he had enjoyed and shown talent in during his one season of cross country at Silverton High School. “It has been a huge part of my recovery,” he said about running. “I was in a program with 30 guys in a tight, confined area. It was hard to find time to get alone and be able to breathe and be with God. So I would go out and run up and down this quarter-mile gravel road. “I started to realize I really love running and I feel good afterwards.” Traeger came back to Silverton clean and sober. He set about making a new life and new friends, which he found in abundance at Silverton Friends Church. He began to reconcile with his family. And he kept running. “Running is an act of worship for me,” Traeger said, comparing his distance running to a musician who plays in a worship band. “It’s a way of thanking Him for what He has done . . . for Him giving me something to be passionate about.” A friend convinced him to run in the Silverton Hospital Fun Run, but he didn’t bother to enter, figuring he wasn’t going to win or place high. To his surprise, Traeger finished second in the race, and he was embarrassed that he didn’t have a bib number on his chest when he went through the finish chute. Once he got serious and got his feet wet in a few races, Traeger set a goal to run the legendary Boston Marathon. He qualified for the 2014 Boston Marathon, one year after the tragic bombing that occurred near the marathon finish line. That made an already special experience even more

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Former addict embraces running as worship Another major life change for Traeger happened on Aug. 22 when he married his girlfriend, Chrissie, at The Oregon Garden.


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A program coordinator for the Salem Boys & Girls Club, Chrissie is not a runner, but admires Michael’s dedication to that pursuit, and to his life change. Michael and Chrissie were introduced by his best friend, Jason, and her best friend, Joy, who also happen to be married to each other. Despite Jason and Joy’s hopes that Michael and Chrissie would get together, she said she had many doubts.

Michael Traeger plans to run the Boston Marathon again in April 2016.

memorable for Traeger. “My goal (at Boston) was to break three hours and I ran 2 hours 59 minutes and about 30 seconds.” Traeger has since dropped his marathon personal record by nearly 10 minutes, running ran 2 hours 50 minutes and change at the Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon in Anchorage, Alaska. He won both the Silverton Hospital Fun Run and the Homer’s Classic 8K this summer. Future plans for Traeger include running his first 50 kilometer (30 miles) trail race on Nov. 7 at Silver Falls State Park. He has qualified again for the Boston Marathon, and hopes to return in 2016. Traeger, now 28, trains by himself and coaches himself. He runs between 40 and 60 miles per week when training for a major race. “It takes me just a little bit longer to recover now from a long run like the 21-mile run I did at the Falls last weekend.” Squeezing in that much mileage can be tough, he admits. Traeger has worked as a tree climber for several years, and just joined Asplundh, the company that clears tree branches away from power and phone lines. The work is physical and tiring, but helps keep him in great shape, he says. “One thing I noticed doing tree work is that it keeps me limber. Being able to move and stretch keeps my body pretty flexible.”

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“I knew about his past before I met him,” Chrissie said. “I was a little skittish at first because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be with someone with that kind of past. I wasn’t sure that he would really be able to change . . . After awhile I began to see that (some) people can change and find a way out of addiction. He is one of those rare people. I knew after three months that his character was a lot different.” Michael agreed with her description, adding, “I had to be a little bit persistent with her.” When he returns to Boston next year to run in the marathon, Traeger hopes to take Chrissie, his mother, Erin Ellis, and brother, Justin Ellis, with him. He has set up a GoFundMe account to help cover the expenses of the trip. He is also working with middle school students through the Wyld Life organization, and loves to share his story of redemption, forgiveness and life change.

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“Michael always had a charismatic, magnetic personality,” Ellis said. “Now that he’s come through to the other side of the bad choices that he made he is able to use that part of his personality to inspire people and encourage them to make changes that they need to make too. “He started making really bad choices around that (middle school) age so he can relate to the choices they are making and maybe help save someone the pain that he went through.” On Dec. 18, 2015, Traeger will celebrate five years of being clean and sober, likely with a prayer of thanksgiving and a 20-mile run.

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Sports & Recreation

One goal short

Corvallis ends SHS girls soccer 2015 conference title quest

By James Day

For the second consecutive season the Silverton High girls soccer squad came within one goal of its first league title since 1990. Last season the Foxes fell 3-2 to Corvallis in a winnertake-all regular-season finale that gave the Spartans the Mid-Willamette Conference title. This season Silverton again closed the season against Corvallis with a conference title at stake and battled hard before falling 2-1 to the host Spartans. “This was what we wanted,” Silverton coach Gary Cameron said of the Corvallis matchup. “But It didn’t happen. We have to figure things out and make some adjustments. We’re not where we want to be, but I’m really proud of the team. This is the best senior leadership we’ve ever had.” Sofia Garner scored on a 15-yard blast on an assist from Mylene Gorzynski from the right side in the first half. Garner also provided the cross to Jordan Taylor for a header that gave the Spartans a 2-0 lead 17 minutes into the second half. The Foxes were not able to answer until the final minute of the match when Baylie Camerson curled in a left-footed shot to the

Silverton seniors, from left, Shelly Kinney, Baylie Cameron, Hailey Satyna, Heidi Moore, Hannah Doyle, Lizzy Roth and Tessa Oster were honored at Senior Night against Dallas. Tanner Russ

right post. “They have a good program,” coach Camerson said of the Spartans. “We’re just going to keep digging until

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Cameron said he thought this squad layed a “little frantic, with too many long balls to the keeper.”

Town. “We have been playing really smart defensively

Corvallis, meanwhile, finished its chances better and took advantage of its size to control the air.

to Woodburn. We are really just hitting our stride and

“That’s a big deal,” Cameron said of the Spartan’s finishing ability, “and they are really good on aerial balls,. We needed to do a better job of not serving it up to them. But we’re a springy bunch … resilient.” As the second-place team in the league the Foxes will avoid the Class 5A play-in round and must fiinish in the top eight in the final rankings to get a home match Nov. 3 in the round of 16.

and haven’t allowed more than one goal since our loss even still have areas where we can improve our game.

With the type of soccer and formation we are playing this year, I knew it would take us time before we would see the success we are now.”

Ethan Crofts has been leading the way offensively.

The junior forward scored nine times in a 12-game

span and hit the back of the net in five of the first six league games.

Silverton’s boys, meanwhile, came within one point of a bye in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs as they closed the season with a 1-0 home loss vs. Corvallis.

“He brings a lot to the table with his speed and

The Foxes, under third-year coach Kyle Calder, opened the Mid-Willamette season with losses to Lebanon and Woodburn but then went on a tear, reeling off four consecutive wins.

The loss to Corvallis means the Foxes, 6-5-3 overall

“A big part of winning those games has been playing a full 80 minutes of soccer as a team,” Calder told Our

technical ability, which makes him really hard to defend,” Calder said.

and 4-3 in the MWC, will have to battle through the play-in round to get to round of 16 in the playoffs.

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JFK runners repeat in cross country honors Kennedy sophomore Kaylin Cantu led the Trojan girls to the District 2 girls team title on Oct. 22. Cantu won the race by 44 seconds with a time of 19:22.6. Kennedy senior Adrian Parra repeated as individual champion in the Special District 2 boys race, cruising to a 28-second win in 16:34.9. He ranks third in state among 3A/2A/1A runners For the second consecutive year, Parra and Cantu were voted Boys and Girls Runners of the Year, respectively, by the Special District 2 coaches. Vince Teresi

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Cross country stars Maddie Fuhrman finally corralled a district title. The Silverton senior, who finished sixth as a freshman and third the past two seasons, dominated the field Oct. 21 at the Mid-Willamette Conference cross country meet, running a school record 18:38.14 on the 5,000 meter Crystal Lake Sports Park course in Corvallis. “The race went pretty much exactly as I planned,” Fuhrman said. “(Coach Erik Cross and I wanted) to take it out hard and try to get into my rhythm right and away and be way out in front the whole time.” Fuhrman finished 37 seconds ahead of runner-up Geneva Wolfe of Corvallis. Corvallis claimed the girls team title – the Foxes were fifth. “I couldn’t be more proud of Maddie,” Cross said. “It’s very difficult mentally to run out front by yourself for an entire race.” Silverton’s boys squad, meanwhile, finished second behind Corvallis in the team race. The Foxes will be headed to the state meet on Oct. 31 at Lane Community College in Eugene. Fuhrman will be the lone girls participant for the Foxes. Sam Roth took second for Silverton in a personal best 16:29.74, 12 seconds behind champion Gavin Bomber of Corvallis. Also scoring points for the Foxes were freshman Haile Stutzman (eighth in 16:47.76), junior Anthony Eubank (11th in 17:07.8, a 20-second PR), senior

Runners from Kennedy, Silverton off to state

Wolfgang Seifer (12th in 176:09.17) and junior Hosea Catterall (11th in 17:26.24). The Foxes totaled 52 points, 18 behind champion Corvallis. Seifer and Catterall have been battling upper respiratory infections and Seifer had to rally from a fall in the first 150 meters. “It is easy to forget how important team is in a sport like cross country,” Cross said. “The training is tough and there are always ups and downs in racing. When someone isn’t 100 percent or has a rough race, someone else has to step up. This group of guys have done this all season.” Kennedy turned in a sparking showing at the Special District 2 meet Oct. 22 at Bush Pasture Park. The Trojans’ girls team captured the team title, while the boys took third. Both squads advanced to the Oct. 31 3A-2A-1A state meet in Eugene. Kennedy’s girls have been to state 12 of the past 14 years (and won nine district titles in that stretch), while the boys have gone to state 17 out of 18 years. The Trojans were dominant individually as well. Senior Adrian Parra, who has the

third fastest time in 3A-2A-1A, won his second consecutive district title, running the 5,000 meters in 16:34.9, nearly 30 seconds faster than runner-up Alex Olson of Horizon Christian. Also scoring for Kennedy were Noe Jines (ninth in 18:03.1), Kyle Kinyon (12th in 18:26.5), Brandon Salazar (34th in 19:25.6) and Brandon Rendon (37th, 19:36.4). Kennedy’s Kaylin Cantu, also the defending champion, and Alejandra Lopez finished 1-2 in the girls race. Cantu set a new school record on the Bush Park course, 19:22.6, and finished 44 seconds ahead of Lopez, who ran 20:06.2. The Trojans placed four runners in the top 10, with Clarissa Traeger fifth in 22:33.3 and Ysenia Gomez 10th in 23:08.7. Kennedy’s No. 5 runner, Natividad Ortiz was 14th in 24:11.5. All five scoring runners are freshmen or sophomores. Cantu and Parra were named district girls and boys runners of the year for the second consecutive season. Football: Silverton heads into the weekend battling for its playoff life, while Kennedy gets a well-deserved bye after wrapping up at least a co-title in the TriRiver Conference. The Foxes, who have been decimated by injuries, are 3-3 in the Mid-Willamette heading into Friday’s Oct. 30 home game versus Dallas. But the Foxes remain in the hunt for one of the topsy-turvy league’s four playoff berths. Central, Crescent

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Panuke said the Trojans are trying to get quarterback Brett Traeger more involved in the ground game and the senior responded with a 57-yard TD run vs. St. Paul. Running backs Jacob Lopez and Bishop Mitchell scored twice. If Central Linn and Regis win Oct. 30 the Cobras and Rams will share the title with Kennedy. Because all three teams are ranked in the top four (Central Linn is No. 1, Regis is No. 3 and Kennedy is fourth) all three schools will get a home game in the Class 2A playoffs, which start the Nov. 6-7 weekend. Volleyball: Earlier this season Silverton Coach Jill Walker said the Foxes sometimes get overlooked because they don’t have the tradition of other MidWillamette programs. No more. Silverton finished an 11-3 league campaign, second behind undefeated Lebanon, and the Foxes are on a 9-1 run heading into the playoffs. “The Foxes have worked hard to be noticed and have been successful in doing so,” Walker said. “It’s encouraging for the team to be recognized and viewed

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as a tough competitor and they are excited and ready for postseason play.” The Foxes are ranked 11th in Class 5A by the OSAA and their second-place league finish earned them a bye in the playoffs. Silverton played against an as yet to be determined opponent Oct. 31 and a win there would put the squad in the state tournament, Nov. 6-7 at Liberty High in Hillsboro. “Each day and multiple times during the day, I’m checking and doublechecking the rankings and seeing what all the other schools are doing throughout the state,” Walker said. “I think we are in a good spot heading into playoffs.” Kennedy is looking like a state tournament contender. The Trojans were 10-2 in the Tri-River heading into their finale against St. Paul. Kennedy is ranked No. 5 in Class 2A and will host a playoff match Oct. 31 with a berth in the Nov. 6-7 state tournament at Redmond on the line. The Trojans, in their first year under coach Jessica Schmidtman, have been in the state tournament three consecutive years, taking fifth a year ago and fourth in 2013.

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Dining dollars By Kristine Thomas Trevor Côté says the mission trip to Mexico with Silverton’s First Christian Church has taught him how to use saws, drills, hammers and other construction equipment. A Silverton High grad and freshman at the University of Kansas, he says it also has taught him about the importance of teamwork and how to build relationships as well as buildings. Most importantly, he says, he’s learned “about the rest of the world and how people live in an impoverished community.” For 25 years, the members of Silverton’s First Christian Church have been taking high school students to Mexico. To date, they have built more than 60 homes, a medical clinic and an orphanage. Lynne and Jon Koenig have been instrumental in working with the youth and helping organize the trip to Francisco Murgia, Mexico, which is about 40 miles

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our hearts and we have spearheaded its continuation as a priority for our church’s outreach projects.”

Cost: $15 per person or $100 for a table of eight.

One challenge has been raising money to pay for the trip, which includes gas, a vehicle rental and mission work projects. It costs $525 per student.

Dinner made by the Dios de Pactos Church in Silverton plus traditional Mexican folk dancing by the youth of El Ballet de Los Ninos de Gervais.

Church members Julie Bersin and Wynelle Dettwyler wanted to do something more to help fund the annual trip.

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The two decided to spearhead a new fund raiser, an authentic Mexican dinner. They asked the members of Dios de Pactos Church, who rent the First Christian Church two times a week, to make the meal.

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I’d love to claim that I came by fly-fishing honestly. That it was in my blood and I grew up in waders beside cold mountain streams, following along behind my grandpa as he pointed out insects and cast his line in secret fishing holes. What a legacy that would be! Unfortunately, both of my fly-fishing grandfathers passed away before I had that chance and despite my parents’ best efforts, I resisted most of their attempts to introduce me to the outdoors until my mid-twenties. Then one day, it just clicked. I couldn’t put words to it. All I knew was something was missing and the answer was outside. I knew nothing about fishing besides the fact that it ran in the family, and I had a romantic image of myself with my feet in a glittering river, performing that rhythmic cast Brad Pitt models so appealingly in A River Runs Through It. I didn’t come by it honestly, but something told me it was a part of my destiny. After several hectic years of pursuing a career in food, I reached a point where my heart and soul needed some peace and quiet. To be outside and in the midst of something a little bigger than myself. I began making friends with anyone and everyone who could take me fishing. A 70-year-old regular at the restaurant where I cooked. My mom’s brother in Montana. My husband’s uncle. I didn’t care when, where, how or why, I just wanted to be outside, and on the water. I convinced my uncle-in-law to take me out on a warm summer evening in 2013. The first time I cast, I was hooked. The view of the Santiam River from the front of our drift boat was every bit as idyllic as the picture in my mind, and I remember taking a deep breath of the twilight air, feeling like I’d finally arrived where I was meant to be. The river was on the low side in late July, and though it was a rough ride – we lost a rod and put that drift boat to the test – I was drunk on excitement and forever sold on flinging that fly. My first full “season” of fishing started in Oregon’s coastal lakes. I spent every Thursday paddling around in a float tube, learning how to cast, tie knots, identify insects, and catch and release frisky little rainbow trout. My mentor, Richard, a fisherman of more than five decades, showered me in tips and tricks, tools and philosophies. As we slowly worked our way from lakes to streams,

streams to rivers, and explored more of Oregon’s waterways I started to do a little exploration on my own. Diving into the world of flies and gear I realized there was an endless wealth of methods. Pretty soon I was spending hours watching fly fishing videos on YouTube, reading articles on entomology and following fishermen on Instagram. Richard began to refer to me affectionately as a “lost cause,” a hint of pride in his voice. It didn’t take long to realize that despite the tradition and history of fly fishing, and the enduring society of “good old boys” with a reputation for exclusivity and borderline snobbery, fly fisherman come in all shapes, sizes, opinions and ideologies. Any day on the river you might encounter an elderly, pipe-smoking gentleman dressed in classic tweeds and a beer-drinking frat boy touting all the biggest, brightest tackle and talking a big game. Despite the slight disdain they may have for one another, there’s something in common. It draws them to the water again and again. As I near the end of my second full season of fly fishing, and the close of a historically dry summer and poor fishing season, I realize my love for fishing has grown into a love for rivers – loving the places they flow and the creatures they nourish. It’s come with a desire to protect and preserve them. Though I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface of a long struggle between man and nature, I’m realizing that perhaps it wasn’t just the fishing that drew me. Perhaps destiny was intertwined with love and awareness of the world around me. The heart for the wild places that fosters this hobby that has enriched my life. There’s a burning desire to preserve these places so that perhaps my grandchildren will have the opportunity to come by it all honestly, and learn to cast a fly with their feet in a glittering river.

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Best holiday ever . . .

With an even better after-day tradition I’m not talking about buying socks on sale. I’m talking about our annual post-Thanksgiving wine tasting expedition.

I like holidays — all of them. I like Christmas, New Year’s, the Fourth of July, Labor Day — even National Ice Cream Day (the third Sunday in July) and Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept. 19).

For the past 10 years, on the day after Thanksgiving, we have packed up friends, relatives – whoever wants to go – and hit the road on a quest for wine. Last year, we outgrew the SUV so we rented a van to carry all of the winos – I mean, aficionados.

But my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. I like everything about it. I like the fact that it’s not tied to a religious event. Mind you, I’m all for religious events, but I think there should be a time when everyone, religious or not, should be able to get together without anyone feeling left out. I also like the fact that Thanksgiving is about sharing. You invite people to your house – or conversely, you go to someone’s house – and all that is expected is that you share your goodwill, a few jokes, maybe a bottle of wine and enjoy yourself. There are no expectations other than you have to show up before the turkey burns. And I like the fact that Thanksgiving is a time to relax. Yes, the cooks get a workout. Most start working on the Thanksgiving meal the day before. Though I’m certainly not the primary cook, I’ve even made stuffing the weekend before, just to get it done before my wife starts with the heavy lifting. My primary role, however, isn’t cooking. That’s something for which everyone should be thankful.

The agenda is simple: We drive around the Willamette Valley looking for the best of the best, or at least the best of cheapest. Then we go to dinner or catch a movie, or both.

I can barely cook a hot dog, much less a full turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy and all of the trimmings. My specialty is cleanup. The number of people who spend Thanksgiving at our house ranges from 10 to more than double that, so there are always plenty of dishes to wash. I used to chuckle when watching those TV shows that feature fancy houses for sale because most would have two or three dishwashers. On Thanksgiving, we could use all of the dishwashers on the block. We have more dirty dishes than a state dinner at the White House. But it all gets done, just about the time I start to run out of energy. That’s when I grab a last piece of pie and sit down and start to get ready for the Big Day.

Over the years, we’ve stopped at 40 to 50 wineries total. Some wine has been good. Some has been great. And some, well, has been a little less than spectacular. Which is the best? I don’t know. You’ll have to talk to my wife and the others. I’m just the designated driver. My drink of choice: an ice cold, caffeine infused, bubbling Diet Coke. I find it curiously refreshing, with a note of brown food coloring and a hint of aspartame. Note: To learn about the wineries near Silverton, Mount Angel and Scotts Mills, visit

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family room. Property is fenced and cross fenced IN TOWN NEW for cattle/livestock. Several barns/outbuildings. COUNTRY/ACREAGE Call Meredith at ext 324 or Ryan at ext. 322.

#T2103 HIGH VISIBILITY/TRAFFIC COMMERCIAL PROPERTY 1.46 acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 or Mike at ext. 326 $450,000 (WVMLS#672150)

SOLD! – #T2224 WONDERFUL HOME 3BR, 2BA 1253 sqft. Call Meredith at ext. 324 or Ryan at ext. 322 $179,900



NEW! – #T2251 WELL MAINTAINED DOUBLE WIDE 2BR, 2.5BA 1248 sqft. Call Marcia at ext. 318 $29,900 (WVMLS#695593)


SOLD! – #T2236 WONDERFUL SINGLE LEVEL HOME 3BR, 2BA 1986 sqft. Call Meredith at ext. 324 or Ryan at ext. 322 $265,700 (WVMLS#693769) #T2241 GREAT FAMILY HOME 4BR, 2.5BA 2325 sqft. Call Meredith at ext. 324 or Ryan at ext. 322 $324,900



#T2232 FARMHOUSE IN COMMERCIAL ZONE 3BR, 1BA 1698 sqft. Call Chuck at ext. 325 $138,500 (WVMLS#693002)


SOLD! – #T2206 WONDERFUL QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD HOME 4BR, 3BA 2220 sqft. Call Chuck at ext. 326 $319,900 (WVMLS#690048)

#T2221 SPECIAL HOME 4BR, 1BA 1609 sqft. Call Chuck at ext. 325 $245,900 (WVMLS#691942)


NEW! – #T2256 LOTS OF SPACE 5 BR, 2.5 BA 2823sqft. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $369,400 (WVMLS#696227)





#T2194 SPACIOUS HOME IN THE COUNTRY 4BR, 2BA 2922 sqft. 11.82 acres Call Marcia at ext. 318 $485,000 (WVMLS#688561)

#T2183 VIEW AND PRIVACY IN THE COUNTRY 4BR, 3BA 3447 sqft. 5.2 acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 or Mike at ext. 326 $425,000 (WVMLS#686726).


HUBBARD #T2042 LOT #88 IN SILVER CLIFF ESTATES .12 acre lot. #T2219 –45 DIVIDABLE ACRES 45 Acres. Call Michael at ext. 314 $610,000 (WVMLS#692414)


NEW! – #T2257 LARGE CORNER LOT .75 Acres. Scotts Mills Call Becky at ext. 313 $100,000 (WVMLS#696635)




PENDING – #T2226 QUIET STREET 3BR, 1.5BA 1152 sqft. Call Michael at ext. 314 $189,900 (WVMLS#692735)



#T2235 DUAL LIVING IN SALEM 6BR, 4BA 3324 sqft. Call Meredith at ext. 324 or Ryan at ext. 322 $309,900


#T2227 MT. ANGEL COTTAGE 2BR, 1BA 784 sqft. Call Chuck at ext. 325 or Michael at ext. 314 $169,900 (WVMLS#692639)


#T2244 SPACIOUS 2 STORY HOME 4BR, 2.5BA 2530 sqft. Call Chuck at ext. 325 $319,900 (WVMLS#694461)



#T2248 PARK LIKE SETTING 2BR, 2BA 1590 sqft.17.680 acres Call Chuck at ext. 325 $469,900 (WVMLS#695519)



COUNTRY/ACREAGE COUNTRY/ACREAGE COUNTRY/ACREAGE #T2243 WONDERFUL POTENTIAL 12.51 acres. Well/ TING 4BR, 3.5BA 3514 sqft. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan

PENDING – #T2229 CUTE COTTAGE 3BR, 1BA 955 sqft. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $149,900


SOLD! – #T2231 PERFECT FIRST HOME 3BR, 2BA 1414 sqft. Call Chuck at ext. 325 $139,900 (WVMLS#692933)

#T2165 LOT #62 IN SILVER CLIFF ESTATES .12 Acre lot. Call Chuck at ext. 325 $32,000 (WVMLS#682938) Call Chuck at ext. 325 $35,900 (WVMLS#660605)

NEW! – #T2252 FANTASTIC COUNTRY ESTATE 5 BR, 3BA 2494 sqft.30.14 acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $516,700 (WVMLS#695725)



Septic in place Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $143,800 (WVMLS#694402)




at ext. 322 or Mike at ext. 326 $547,800 (WVMLS#688329)


#T2225 RESTORED CRAFTSMAN STYLE 3 BR, 2 BA 1872 sqft. Call Michael at ext. 314 $359,900 (WVMLS#692457)

#T2249 POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT 2BR, 1 BA 912 sqft. 7.97 acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $435,000 (WVMLS#695538, 695508)

#T2177 BREATHTAKING VIEWS 9.8 acres bare land. Call Chuck at ext. 325 $289,000 (WVMLS#685987)

at ext. 324 orLAND/ACREAGE Ryan at ext. 322 $229,900 #T2248 PARK LIKE SETTING 2BR, 2BA 1590 sqft.17.680 LAND/ACREAGE LAND/ACREAGE #T2243 WONDERFUL POTENTIAL 12.51 acres. Well/

#T2211 IT’S A CHARMER 4BR, 2BA 2200 sqft. Call Marcia at ext. 318 $343,000 (WVMLS#690724) #T2238 NEWER HOME ON LARGE LOT 3BR, 2BA 2712 sqft. Call Marcia at ext. 318 $384,500 (WVMLS#693811)

acres Call Chuck at ext. 325 $469,900 (WVMLS#695519)


Septic in place Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $143,800 (WVMLS#694402)


2BA 1150 sqft.Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $209,900 (WVMLS#695740)



NEW! – #T2255 GREAT HORSE PROPERTY 2 BR, 2BA 1802 sqft.5.0 acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $389,900 (WVMLS#696101)

NEW! – #T2257 LARGE CORNER LOT .75 Acres. Scotts Mills Call Becky at ext. 313 $100,000 (WVMLS#696635)



#T2245 FANTASTIC VALLEY VIEWS 3 BR, 2.5BA 2644 sqft. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $398,700 (WVMLS#695155)

(WVMLS#695538, 695508)

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Our Town Community News serving Silverton, Mt. Angel & Scotts Mills.