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At a crossroads By Kristine Thomas

There is no question about the need for the services provided by St. Joseph Shelter, Mission Benedict and Casa Adele in Mount Angel. The question is, who is in the best position to lead, manage and support them?

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Founded by the Benedictine Sisters of the Queen of Angels Monastery to serve poor and vulnerable families, St. Joseph Shelter is the only emergency homeless shelter serving families in Marion County; Mission Benedict is a food, clothing and emergency assistance bank; and Casa Adele provides housing for families who are homeless, low-income and working in agricultural industries.

“Since 1988 this special partnership has helped many in need receive kind, compassionate care from St. Joseph Shelter and Mission Benedict.” “The Mt. Angel Catholic community and others have given time, resources and endless hours of energy providing what they can to those in need,” the article noted.  The question facing the Sisters today isn’t whether the services are vital. Instead, it is whether or not the Sisters can continue to support the ministries on a financially sustainable basis. In seeking the answer, the Sisters have asked Catholic Community Services (CCS) of Salem to provide them with assistance in exploring options to fund, manage and oversee the three ministries.

St. Joseph Shelter currently serves 10 families with 13 adults and 24 children. Casa Adele houses nine families with 15 adults and 30 children. In September, Mission Benedict provided food, clothing, diapers and cash assistance for 115 local families.

During this time of reflection, the 31 Sisters living in the monastery are being led by Sister Joella Kidwell, the president of the Federation of St. Gertrude, who is the nonresident administrator, and Sister Dorothy Pulkka, who is the assistant prioress assuming responsibility for the spiritual, health and personal welfare of the Sisters. Barbara George, a lay woman, directs all the financial and corporate operations and serves as a consultant to the Benedictine Sisters.

Last fall and winter, there were 25 to 35 families on the waiting list for St. Joseph Shelter, as the cold weather brings more families seeking shelter. “The Benedictine Sisters of Mt. Angel care deeply about the needy and the homeless of the surrounding area, as do other members of the local Catholic community,” the winter 2015 edition of the Reflections newsletter said.

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Benedictine Sisters contemplate ministries’ future “At the end of the year, Catholic Community Services will present a report to the Sisters of their experience and findings concerning the continuation of the shelter,” George said. “The Sisters will receive the report and their process of discernment will be initiated.”

CATHOLIC COMMUNITY SERVICES Jim Seymour is the executive director of Catholic Community Services and its foundation. Last year, he was approached by the Sisters about their need for an organization to manage St. Joseph, Mission Benedict and Casa Adele. In May, CCS began managing the three ministries. That contract is set to expire Dec. 31. The Sisters also asked Seymour for a report on the feasibility of operating the shelter on a financially sustainable basis.

Since May, the Sisters have paid CCS $3,500 a month for its management services. Seymour said CCS receives an additional $7,500 for staff expenses needed for the day-today operation of the shelter. “If we didn’t fill them with CCS staff, the Sisters would have to fill these positions with their own employees at roughly the same expense,” Seymour said. The total $11,000 per month pays for 20-hours a week for an onsite program director; four hours of Seymour’s time; and both a part-time assistant director and case manager along with a safety coordinator. 

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SERVING THE COMMUNITY Describing his work at the shelter as “an eye-opening experience,” Seymour said if it wasn’t for the shelter, many families would have to resort to couch surfing, moving from home-to-home for temporary shelter, or would have to live in their cars.

“Catholic Community Services is doing everything in our power to help the Benedictine Sisters sustain these ministries,” Seymour said.

“We receive two or three phone calls a week from families who are looking for a safe place for their children and they want to keep their families together,” Seymour said.

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Describing the people who use the shelter as “our neighbors,” Seymour said they are counting on the ministries.

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people. They have invited CCS to see if they can keep their ministries alive,” Seymour said. “The Sisters are doing everything they can to keep the ministries alive. If they can’t, then the question becomes how to close them in a responsible manner.”

TIME OF CHANGE For the last year, the Sisters have made decisions about their businesses and ministries. The Sisters ceased the production of Monastery Mustard last December; closed Bernard Migrant Men’s Program this spring and announced the planned closure of the Shalom Prayer Center in June of 2017. This October, the Sisters did not host the annual Founders’ Day Concert and Celebration or hold a car drawing, both events traditional ways to celebrate the history of the Sisters’ community life and service to others and to raise funds. The Sisters were established as a religious community in Oregon on Oct. 30, 1882.  From his conversations with the Sisters, Seymour said he believes they have established a goal of being able to “age in place” and want to reorganize around that goal. “Several Sisters are over 80 years old and they are looking at how they can continue to live in their monastery in Mt. Angel,” he said. “I think they know they don’t have the same kind of vigor and focus to provide the leadership for their ministries and they are focusing on taking care of

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each other. Providing the leadership for their ministries is not something they see in the cards. They are trying to figure out how to adjust to that.”

the shelter can continue to be funded,” Seymour said.


“They cannot continue to take money out of their reserves to run the shelter,” Seymour said. “It is not sustainable.”

Fr. Philip Waibel, OSB, of St. Mary Catholic Church in Mt. Angel serves as the board chair for St. Joseph Shelter and its ministries. He said Casa Adele is paying for itself, breaking even, and Mission Benedict is supported by the Sisters, Mt. Angel Abbey and the parishioners of St. Mary Catholic Church. The Sisters are solely responsible for the financial stability of St. Joseph Shelter, he said. “The Sisters are at a crossroad as they evaluate the future of St. Joseph Shelter,” Waibel said. “Whatever decision that needs to be made, that decision will be made by the Benedictine Sisters.” Waibel said the Sisters are subsidizing the shelter, something they can no longer afford to do. Seymour said the budget for St. Joseph Shelter is about $400,000 per year. The Sisters receive about $100,000 a year from grants from organizations such as United Way. The remaining $300,000 comes from individual donors or the Sisters. “The biggest question the Sisters want us to look at is how


In recent years, they have not been able to raise enough money to cover the expenses for the shelter, he said.

When asked what fundraising has been done, Seymour said to his knowledge the only fundraising the Sisters have done this year for the shelter was to host St. Joseph the Worker dinner in May.

OPTIONS ON THE TABLE Seymour said there are two options for the Sisters to evaluate when he gives them his report: they can decide to close the shelter or give CCS a contract for another six months – until June 30, 2017 – to explore if there are additional partnerships willing to provide financial stability to operate the shelter. He said he would like to have more time to explore the latter option. Seymour added the Sisters want to keep the shelter open. “When I first began looking into the feasibility of finding sustainable funding, I wasn’t hopeful,” Seymour said. “At this point, I have hope we can find sustainable funding for the shelter.” By asking the Sisters for a six-month extension,

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Seymour said he would recommend the Sisters invite the community to participate in the discussion. “I have come to believe that if we reach out to the community and ask for help to keep the shelter open that the community will respond,” he said.

RIGHT FIT Waibel said Catholic Community Services is dedicated to serving the poor and the less advantaged. He said Catholic Community Services is the only Catholic provider in this part of the Willamette Valley that has experience with the services offered by the Sisters. “We didn’t look elsewhere for other organizations because they are a major Catholic provider locally and the fit was pretty natural,” Waibel said. “They have such expertise and wisdom on how to handle things and it is amazing to watch.” Waibel said his job as the board chair is to serve the Sisters. He emphasized the Sisters are the ones making decisions about their life and their ministries. “Their ministries have been gifts to the poor,” Waibel said. “The Sisters have not only served this community but other communities.” Since the Sisters began operating St. Joseph “the dynamics of poverty have changed over the years,” Waibel said, “including homelessness, whether in Mt. Angel or

Silverton or throughout the country.” “There are many more people living on the edge,” Waibel said. Pulkka said the community can help support homeless families by advocating for fair housing practices, increasing the number of affordable housing units available, supporting programs that serve the homeless and by volunteering, praying and contributing financially. She invited the community to hold the Sisters in their prayers. “CCS and the Sisters are prayerfully and carefully seeking the best outcome for all,” Pulkka said. Both Waibel and Seymour said the Sisters have reached a point in their ministry of hospitality where decisions have to be made, and the only way for the Sisters to make a decision is to have accurate information. Both men also emphasized in separate interviews how important it is to honor, respect and be thankful for the vast amount of work done by the Sisters to care for people. “The Sisters are focusing on their spiritual work and are looking for other organizations to take on the leadership role for their ministries,” Seymour said.  “They are looking at whether they need someone else to come in and play a leadership role,” he added. “They still want to be part of the community and support the community but they need someone else to lead.”

Many people don’t understand the shelter, food bank and migrant housing are ministries of the Sisters, Waibel said. The motto of Benedictines is prayer and work. They gather five times a day as a monastic community to pray together in the Chapel. Each Sister is devoted to spending time alone in contemplative prayer and spiritual reading. In the August newsletter a story shared how during the Sisters’ 134 years of work in Mt. Angel they have served in spiritual ministries in many ways. “At a recent community meeting, we again afford that spiritual ministry and hospitality are at the center of our service to God, the church and the local people,” the article states. “Additionally, we have formed a task force to explore new ways to live out this commitment as we move into our immediate future.” Waibel said it’s important the wider community trusts and supports whatever decision is made. From his years working with the Sisters, Waibel believes they have been thoughtful and honest in the process as they stand at the crossroad, determined to make the best decision for the future of their ministries. “This is a very thoughtful time for the Sisters,” Waibel said. “I am praying for God’s guidance for them and that they get all the information they need to make the right decision.”

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Changes in ministries By Kristine Thomas Throughout their 134 year history, the Benedictine Sisters of the Queen of Angels Monastery have provided leadership and service to Mt. Angel and neighboring communities. Since their founding on Oct. 30, 1882 in Mt. Angel, the Sisters have led many different ministries in healthcare, education, human services and spiritual growth. And as times have changed, the Sisters have discontinued some of their work such as the Mount Angel College and have asked others to continue their work such as with the Providence Benedictine Nursing Home.

Tuesday, Nov. 1 – Friday, Nov. 4 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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In the book, A Tree Rooted in Faith, A History of Queen of Angels Monastery, written by Sister Alberta Dieker, OSB, it reads, “The 1993 earthquake became a symbol for ‘letting go,’ the process of giving up ministries, buildings and cherished relationships that had taken place during the last decades of the twentieth century.” “One more ‘letting go’ took place in 1998 when the Benedictine Nursing Center was transferred to ownership and management of the Providence Health System.” The last year has also been a time of letting go as the Sisters have been making decisions about their ministries and their business. They have discontinued their business, Monastery Mustard, which is one way the Sisters supported themselves. They closed the Bernard Migrant Men’s Program in the spring and will close the Shalom Prayer Center in June, 2017. Now, they are contemplating the future of St. Joseph Shelter and its ministries Casa Adele and Mission Benedict. Fr. Philip Waibel, OSB, of St. Mary Catholic Church in Mount Angel is the chair for the St. Joseph board. He said that ultimately, the social ministries that the Sisters have – at this time managed by Catholic Community Services – will require decisions from the Sisters going forward, because some of the ministries occupy shared spaces on the Sisters’ campus. Casa Adele and Mission Benedict likely will continue because each are financially making their own way. The future of St. Joseph has yet to be decided as the Sisters are awaiting a


report from Catholic Community Services as to whether or not there is the financial sustainability for it to continue. The following is the status of the ministries and the business of the Benedictine Sisters.

Closed or closing: Bernard Migrant Men’s Program A program for single, migrant men farmworkers, the Bernard Migrant Men’s Program was closed this spring, Waibel said. According to the St. Joseph Shelter 2015 annual report, 65 men were housed in the migrant men’s dorms. “We don’t really have the same kind of migrant laborers we did 25 to 30 years ago when the shelter was opened,” Waibel said. “There was a dwindling of numbers of single men who are migrant laborers. The whole way labor is organized for harvesting farm crops is different.” Waibel said the building requires about $500,000 in maintenance including bringing it up to code and repairs to plumbing, heating and electrical. “The shelter couldn’t be used in the cold and wet weather like we are having now,” Waibel said in October. “The building is 50 years old and had become a year-round shelter for men. It couldn’t be used in that way anymore.” In Jan. 28, 2016 meeting notes from Oregon Housing and Community Services, it reads, “The Bernard Hall building has issues with deferred maintenance. They are currently doing exploratory demolition to fix the issues and get the building up to code. They’ve given a 60 day notice to men who are living in the units.”

Monastery Mustard Using a secret recipe passed on for generations, the Sisters began making craft-prepared, premium mustards called Monastery Mustards in 2005. Flavors had whimsical names such as Glorious Garlic, Heavenly Honey, Pious Pineapple and Divinely Original. Last December, the Sisters voted to discontinue making and selling Monastery Mustard. “The vote to discontinue the business came after extensive review of the business and discussion about the Sisters’

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Prologue, Rule of St. Benedict core values and where they want to focus their time and energy as a community,” read a press release. “We have spiritual and ministry priorities that draw our hearts and interests and it seems better to focus our efforts in those directions,” a community member said.

Shalom Prayer Center For more than 45 years, the Shalom Prayer Center has been a place of peace, solitude, spiritual enrichment and joy. According to a press release, it is “with both sadness and gratitude that the Benedictine Sisters announce their plans to close Shalom Prayer Center and its gift shops on June 30, 2017.” The center began in 1973. The reason stated for the closure is the Sisters reached a point where they could no longer “financially subsidize this spiritual ministry.” Recognizing there will always be a need for spiritual enrichment and direction, prayer, retreats and biblical classes, the Sisters will continue to do spiritual direction, teach in parishes and offer spaces of hospitality. The Shalom Prayer Center Gift Shop is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Saturday at 840 S. Main St. in Mt. Angel. Call 503-845-6773 for information.

Will likely remain open: Casa Adele Opened in the spring of 2013, Casa Adele was named in the honor of the late Sr. Adele Mansfield, OSB, who was the co-founder of St. Joseph Shelter. Casa Adele has eight apartments and two studios for migrant workers and their families. To qualify to reside at Casa Adele, families must be homeless, lowincome and working in farm agriculture related employment in order to qualify to pay a below-market months rate and stay at Casa Adele for up to one year. In 2015, a total of 14 families were housed at Casa Adele, with a total rent collected being $37,560. The two-bedrooms are $475 a month and the studios are $295. Renovating the former Bede Hall received financial support from a variety of public and private sources including Oregon Housing and Community

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Services; the Farmworker Housing Tax Credit Program; US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rural Innovation Fund; the Federal Home Loan Bank and the Meyer Memorial Trust.

Mission Benedict A collaboration of the Benedictine Sisters, St. Mary Parish and Mt. Angel Abbey, Mission Benedict provides food, clothing and emergency financial aid to needy residents of Mt. Angel and Monitor. In 2014, the Mission served an average of 385 people each month and distributed 50,000 pounds of food. Marion-Polk Food Share donated about 42,000 pounds of food. The Mission also provided $20,000 in emergency financial aid.

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Just another challenge By Kristine Thomas Silverton resident Alisha Etzel hates running, describing it as boring. She has logged more miles on a stationary bike than a road bike. Fortunately, she said, she actually likes to swim. Take all that into consideration and she’s wondering how she’s managed to do so well competing in sprint and Olympic triathlons in the last two years. “I was surprised how well I did considering I have never specifically trained for a triathlon,” she said, laughing. An instructor at Silverton Fitness, Etzel finished fourth in thea 35 to 39 age group at an Olympic triathlon in Sweet Home in September. An Olympic length triathlon requires swimming less than a mile, biking 24 miles and running 6.1 miles. She was surprised to learn her finish qualified her for the National Age Group Olympic length triathlon in Omaha, Neb. Her clients and friends at Silverton

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Alisha Etzel takes on triathlons

Omaha Olympics Triathlon Alisha Etzel has qualified to compete in the National Age Group Olympic length triathlon in Omaha, Neb. on Aug. 12, 2017. She’s trying to raise $1,500 to do so. Donations can be dropped it off at Silverton Fitness, 1099 N First St., Silverton 503-873-0800 Fitness are rallying behind her to help her raise the $1,500 she will need to go to Omaha. She needs to register by March for Aug. 12 event. “Now,” she said, “I am going to have to get serious about training.” And that is something she is excited about – to learn what she is capable of if she actually trains for a triathlon. Silverton Fitness owner Mike Thompson

Silverton resident Alisha Etzel will run, bike and swim in preparation to compete in the 2017 Olympic length triathlon in Omaha, Neb. next August.


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wrote on Silverton Fitness’ Facebook page that “Alisha is as dedicated to her profession, and her clients, as anyone I have ever met in this business. She does very little for herself, and we will do all we can to make sure she makes it to Nebraska next summer.” The single mother of five kids ranging in age from 6 to 20, Etzel teaches six spinning classes a week along with Pilate and Titanium training. She also schedules time for workouts with a trainer. She was 35 when she decided to enter her first sprint triathlon in Stayton, where she swam 500 meters, rode 12 miles and ran 3.1 miles. She took first place in her age division. She has completed five triathlons in the last two years, finishing high in each one. “I wanted to try competing in a triathlon because it sounded like a challenge,” she said. “In my first triathlon I took first in my age group, so I thought why not challenge myself some more.”

A 1997 graduate of Silverton High School, Etzel said she wasn’t athletic or studious in high school, although she did participate on the school’s swim and soccer teams. At 17 she became a mom. And while still in high school, she worked at a local bank. “When I told my mom I was pregnant, her response was that I wouldn’t be able to finish high school,” Etzel said. “I told her ‘Watch me.” That mental toughness, she said, is a key factor in her doing well in triathlons and life. Despite the demands of work and being a mom, she said she has made exercising a priority in her life. She was 27 years old and the mother of two when she decided to start seriously working out. She hired Thompson to be her trainer. Laughing, the 5-foot-4 Etzel said she was 125 pounds when she began and now is 134 pounds, but two clothing sizes smaller. The key to meeting fitness goals, Etzel

said, is making appointments. And just like any other appointment made, it needs to be kept.

Becoming physically fit has empowered her. Competing in triathlons is how she challenges herself.

“I set days and times for fitness appointments and I go to that appointment,” Etzel said. “If you have to do it on your own, 90 percent of us won’t do it because we will find excuses that we don’t have the time. I am a trainer and I know if I didn’t have to be at an appointment that I would make an excuse.”

“It’s a huge adrenaline rush to know your body can do something,” she said, adding her clients are her inspiration and she’s grateful for how they make her laugh and her job fun.

Etzel said too many people don’t work out or take care of their health because they believe they don’t have the time. “You have to make time for yourself,” she said. “I love the way working out makes me feel. I have more energy and I feel good about myself.” She found herself working the front desk at Silverton Fitness after the bank she was working at closed. Gradually, she learned how to train clients and is now an instructor, a job she loves.

Admitting there has been many hurdles in her life, including adult-onset asthma, she said a positive outlook and determination has propelled her to move forward. “I am amazed at the woman I have become today,” she said. “I am totally different person. I am an example of how you can change your life and take control of it.” Knowing there are other women unsure of the steps to take to become healthy, Etzel said the first step is not to doubt themselves, and to ask for assistance. “We are all capable of more than we think we can do,” Etzel said.


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For those of you who don’t know me yet, my name is Tom Kane. I am a 30 year resident of our House District 18 and a 22 year teacher in public schools. I’ve coached youth soccer, raised four children, and grown as much of my own food as I could keep from the deer. Now I have decided I need to do more and I am running to represent and work for the people of House District 18. My opponent, Representative Gilliam, hasn’t said much during this campaign, but he did take two clear positions. He endorsed Donald Trump and came out against Measure 97. The poor judgement to endorse Donald Trump for President speaks for itself. Republicans at every level are distancing themselves from all he stands for, yet Mr. Gilliam embraces Trump.

Only a sliver of C-corporations in each industry will be affected by Measure 97

More importantly I want to quickly discuss Measure 97. For those too young to remember, Measure 5 was supposed to give all of us tax relief. Instead, that relief went mostly to the richest corporations that do business in our state--Comcast, Wells Fargo, and Shell Oil to name a few. Do you believe that large corporations like Comcast are spending 20 million dollars to defeat this Measure because they care about us? Neither do I.

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting (10 out of 1,405)

Wholesale Trade (204 out of 3,367)

Real Estate, Rental, and Leasing (19 out of 1,567)

Health Care and Social Assistance (30 out of 1,366)

Mining (Fewer than 10 out of 79)

Retail Trade (95 out of 1,877)

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (39 out of 3,735)

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation (Fewer than 10 out of 345)

Utilities (Fewer than 10 out of 73)

Construction (26 out of 2,280)

Manufacturing (145 out of 2,073)

Transportation and Warehousing (26 out of 728)

Information (40 out of 997)

Finance and Insurance (131 out of 3,196)

Management of Companies and Enterprises (131 out of 1,376)

Administrative, Support, and Waste Management (21 out of 1,040)

Education Services (Fewer than 10 out of 239)

Accommodation and Food Services (14 out of 702)

Other Services (Fewer than 10 out of 1,399)

Unknown Industry (Fewer than 10 out of 1,631)

“Because taxes are how we pay for schools and other public services that benefit everyone, the decline of corporate taxes has meant that working Oregonians, many of whom are already struggling to make ends meet, must shoulder an ever-increasing share of the load. This trend cannot continue if Oregon communities are to thrive.” Oregon Center for Public Policy June 29, 2016 Let’s level the playing field for small businesses and farms in Molalla, Silverton, and all our district by making the largest corporations in out state pay their fare share. Politicians like my opponent have been telling teachers to do more with less, have been telling seniors they can’t help keep them in their homes, and have done nothing as healthcare costs have spiraled out of reach for too many Oregonians. “Measure 97 is the best proposal in a decade to address the long-standing budget shortfalls facing schools and health care in the state--League of Women Voters I am running to make sure that we put this money where it is intended to go--to schools, to seniors, and to lower the cost of healthcare. Please contact me at my web site tomkaneforstatehouse.com if you have any questions. I hope that you will give me your vote and allow me to fight for you, and not big corporations.

Share of C-corporations affected by Measure 97 by industry. Figures do not include S-corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, sole proprietorships, or other types of businesses by industry. Source: OCPP analysis of published and unpublished Legislative Revenue Office (LRO) data. LRO chose not to publish the number of C-corporations affected by Measure 97 by industry in its reports on the measure; the Center obtained the data from a public record request.

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datebook Frequent Addresses

JFK High, 890 E Marquam St., Mt. Angel Mount Angel Library, 290 Charles St. Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton, 503-873-7633 Silverton Community Center, 421 S Water St. Silverton High, 1456 Pine St. Silverton Hospital, 342 Fairview St. Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield. The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main, Silverton


SHS Class of 2017 fundraiser Take a break from cooking for one night and support the SHS Class of 2017 graduation party. Figaro’s Pizza is donating 25 percent to Project Graduation Nov. 14, 4 to 8 p.m.. Preorder by Nov. 9 for pick up. Seesilvertonprojectgraduation. com/fundraisers for details. Preorder: shsprojectgrad2017@gmail.com.


Senior Exercise Classes 9:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Yoga or Sit & Be Fit classes for seniors 60 and older. Repeats Wednesday, Friday. Discount for members. 503-873-3093

Recovery at Noon

Noon – 1 p.m., Third and High streets, Silverton. Daily except Sunday. John, 503399-0599

Gordon House Tours

Noon, 1, 2 p.m. Every day. Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon House, 869 W Main St., Silverton. Reservations: thegordonhouse. org, 503-874-6006

Ukulele Jam

3:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free for seniors 60 and older. 503-873-3093

Evening Yoga

5:45 p.m., Silverton Grange Hall, 201 Division St. All welcome. $5. Repeats Wednesdays. Robin, 503-930-1896

AA Meetings

8 p.m., Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. Repeats Thursdays, Saturdays. David, 503-383-8327


Senior Center Exercise 8 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Zumba. 9 a.m. & 5 p.m. Tai Chi. Seniors 60 and older. Repeats Thursday. Discount for members. 503-873-3093

Lego Club

5 p.m., Mt. Angel Library. Lego Club for ages 5 and up. Free. 503-845-6401

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Serenity Al-Anon Meeting

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


Take Off Pounds Sensibly

Thursday, Nov. 3

Duplo Day

6 p.m., Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. Learn about meditation. Free. David, 971-218-6641

9 a.m., First Baptist Church, 229 Westfield St., Silverton. All welcome. 503-871-3729

Silverton Business Group 8 a.m., Silverton Inn & Suites, 310 N Water St. Network, speaker. Free. 503-873-5615

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Mega Bloks, Duplo blocks. Ages 0 - 5. Free. Caregiver must attend. 503-873-7633

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10:30 a.m., Mt. Angel Library. Toddler Storytime. 11:15 a.m., Indoor Playtime. Free.

Chickadees Storytime

12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Ages 3 5. Free. 503-873-7633

Late Season Saturday Market 10 a.m. - noon, Silver Falls Bread Co., 432 McClaine St., Silverton. 503-779-7206

Family Game Day

Introduction to Meditation

Silverton Scribes

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Informal writer’s group to share, critique writing projects. Repeats Nov. 17. 503-873-8796

Scotts Mills City Council

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

Silverton Lions Club


11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Family game day for families with children of all ages. Free. Caregiver must attend with children 0 - 5. 503-873-7633

Bereavement Group

Serenity Al-Anon Meeting

Friday, Nov. 4

1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Small buy-in required. Seniors 60 and older. 1:30 - 3 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Seniors 60 and older. Call first 503-873-3093

10 a.m., Silverton Assembly of God Church, 437 N James St. 503-269-0952

Silverchips Woodcarving Sessions

Silverton Saturday Lunch

1 – 4 p.m., Silverton Arts Assoc, 303 Coolidge St. $2/week. All skill levels. 503-873-2480

Noon - 1:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 N Second St. Free. 503-873-2635

Homework Help

Open Mic

3:30 - 5 p.m., Mount Angel Library. Diane Strutz, certified tutor, helps K-12 students with variety of subjects. 503-845-6401


3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math: Learning and Building. Supplies provided. Free. Ages 5 - 11. 503-873-7633 No Nov. 23

Free Dinner

5 - 7 p.m., First Christian Church, 402 N First St., Silverton. All ages. Free; donations accepted. 503-873-6620


Baby Birds Storytime 11 a.m. - noon, Silver Falls Library. Ages 0 36 months. Free. Repeats Fridays.

6 - 8 p.m., The Old Oak Oven, 206 Jersey St., Silverton. All ages; all music styles. Amp, mic, chair supplied. No alcohol. Sign-ups at 5:45 p.m., during showtime if available. Dana, 503-509-9745


Silverton Spiritual Life Community 10:30 a.m., Silverton Grange, 201 Division St. New thought services. 503-873-8026.

FUTSAL Indoor Soccer

3 - 5 p.m., Robert Frost School, 201 Westfield, Silverton. Co-ed, pick-up games. Ages 14 -18. Free. Begins Sept. 11. Brian, 503-508-2772, silvertonbaptist.org

Tuesday, Nov. 1 Adult Coloring Night

6 p.m., St. Paul Catholic Church, 1410 Pine St., Silverton. 503-501-9824

6 - 7:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Relax, de-stress with adult conversation, refreshments, coloring. All materials provided. Free. 503-873-8796

Compassionate Presence Sangha

Silverton Garden Club

Take Off Pounds Sensibly

7 – 8:30 p.m., Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. Mindful meditation, shared dialog. All spiritual traditions welcome. Free. Newcomers arrive 20 min early. 971-218-664

Overeaters Anonymous

7 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship, 822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton. Anna Rankin of Pudding River Watershed speaks Restore, Protect & Enhance the Watershed. Free. New members welcome. 503-930-8722

7 – 8 p.m., St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, 211 W Center St. All welcome. 503-910-6862

Wednesday, Nov. 2


7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. No experience required. Open to adults, high school students. Also Nov. 16. 503-8738796

Silverton Toastmasters 7:30 a.m., Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1159 Oak St., Silverton. 503-873-4198

Actors/Improv Group


7 p.m., Silverton Hospital. Open to everyone interested. Repeats third Thursday. 503-873-7119

Christmas in Historic Silverton

Kickoff of holiday season. City-wide bazaars, vintage and antique treasures, uniques and specialty gifts. Most shops open until 9 p.m. today, 5 p.m. Nov. 5.

Holiday Craft Bazaar

11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Mt. Angel Towers, 1 Towers Lane. Handmade girls, holiday wares, local craftsman. 503-845-7211

SAA Members Show

6 - 8 p.m., Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. Meet artists, view collection of artwork. Artwork on display through Nov. 27. 9 a.m. - noon Monday - Friday, noon - 4 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. Jan, 503-363-9310

First Friday in Silverton

7 – 9 p.m. Explore the historic downtown, have dinner, shop, browse through galleries and boutiques. 503873-5615

‘Be Thanksful for Art’

7 - 9 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St., Silverton. Open reception for showcase of variety of artwork from cooperative members. In the loft, “Late Bloomer” includes botanical paintings by Portland artist Musa Jaman. Both shows run through Nov. 28. 503-873-7734

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Saturday, Nov. 5 Rock the Casino

5 - 10 p.m., Seven Brides Brewing, 990 N First St., Silverton. Play casino games, use winning ‘scrip’ for live, silent auction. Food, beverages ordered off menu. Tickets $25, including $400 scrip, available at Silverton Senior Center; The Pillbox, 302 N First St., Silverton; Seven Brides Brewing; Silverton Chamber. Benefits Silverton Senior Center. 503-873-3093

Chili Feed, Auction

5:30 p.m., Marquam United Methodist Church, 36975 S Highway 213, Mt. Angel. Chili and hot dog feed, bazaar. Oral auction begins at 7 p.m. Benefits local nonprofit organizations Sponsored by Marquam United Methodist Church Women.


7 - 9 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 Church St., Silverton. Silverton Zenith Woman’s Club sponsors night of bingo, drawings, refreshments. Admission is free; bingo cards are $5 for 3. Benefits Tree of Giving, layettes, scholarships, maintaining Town Square Park.

Sunday, Nov. 6

Thursday, Nov. 10 Mount Angel Holiday Shop Hop

4 - 8 p.m. Holiday shopping at The White Corner Store, 495 E College St.; Touch of Bavaria, 110 Sheridan St.; LuLaRoe & Premier Jewelry, 495 E Church St.; Blackbird Granary Antiques & Curiosities, 190 S Main St.; Old Stone Coffee & Collectibles, 95 N Main St.

Silverton Zenith Woman’s Club

7 p.m. Members discuss ways to fund, implement projects that benefit Silverton community. For information, meeting place, call Barbara, 801-414-3875 7 p.m., Silverton High. Silverton High theater presents Neil Simon’s “Fools.” Admission $5 adults, $1 children and students. Repeats Nov. 11 - 12, 17 - 19. 503873-6331

Dyslexia Demystified

7 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Dawn Tacker of Traverse Dyslexia discusses signs, symptoms, solutions and superpowers of dyslexia. Dawn, 971-343-2525, traversedyslexia.com

Friday, Nov. 11

Monday, Nov. 7 Silverton City Council

Veterans Day

Mount Angel City Council

Saturday, Nov. 12

Remember to set your clocks back 1 hour.

7 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-873-5321 7 p.m., Mt. Angel Library. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-845-9291

Tuesday, Nov. 8 Election Day Ancestry Detectives

10 a.m., Silver Falls Library. Speaker Pam Vestal talks on using voter records from past in genealogical research. Ancestrydetectives.org

Silverton Planning Commission

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

Wednesday, Nov. 9 Healthnet Seminar

2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Open enrollment, question and answer session for Healthnet. Seniors 60 and older. Free. Repeats Nov. 16. 503-873-3093

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Dance Class, Party

3 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Dance class with Arthur Murray Dance Studio. $3. Dance party at 4 p.m. $5; $7 couples. Join both and pay $8; $10 couples. Pay at door. 503-873-3093

Monday, Nov. 14 Mount Angel School District

6:30 p.m., District Office, 730 E Marquam St. 503-845-2345

Wednesday, Nov. 16 Pints & Purls

6 - 8 p.m., Seven Brides Brewing, 990 N First, Silverton. Meet other knitters, crocheters for an evening of pints and some purls. Hosted by KIS Designs. Everyone welcome. Contact Kisdesigns on Facebook for information.

Vigil for Peace

5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Towne Square Park, Silverton. Open to all. 503-873-5307

Latin Ensemble

7 p.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St. Silverton Latin Ensemble presents concert of sacred music composed by Christopher Wicks and others. Freewill offering accepted.

Holiday Treasures Show

4 - 8 p.m., Molly Mo’s, 440 NE Cherry St., Sublimity; Mama Roost, 351 N Third Ave., Stayton. Shop for vintage antiques and one-of-a-kind handcrafted holiday decor at two locations. Tonight is Early Buying Night; admission $5, good for both locations. Repeats 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Nov. 19, where admission is free. Molly Mo’s, 503510-0820; Mama Roost, 503-930-3695.

Saturday, Nov. 19 Old Time Fiddler’s Perform

1 - 3 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Old Time Fiddler’s perform. Donations accepted. 503-873-3093

Scotts Mills Holiday Bazaar

10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Scotts Mills Grange, 299 Fourth St. Santa visits 1 - 3 p.m. Vendor tables are $20. 503-873-5059

Sunday, Nov. 20 Taizé Prayer

Silver Falls School District

7 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Open to public. 503-873-5303

Tuesday, Nov. 15 Mount Angel Lions Club

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S. Water St. Selection is “The Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant. Refreshments. Visitors welcome. 503-897-8796

Friday, Nov. 18


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Silver Falls Library Book Club

7 - 8 p.m., Benedictine Sisters’ Queen of Angels Chapel, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Open to public. 503-845-6773

Monday, Nov. 21

Noon, Leona’s Bakery and Cafe, 415 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Wendy Patton, executive director of North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity, speaks. Open to public. Guests welcome. 503-910-5417

Silverton Country Historical Society

7 p.m., Silverton Country Historical Society Museum, 438 S Water St. “What’s-It?” program. Bring your unusual objects. Members guess what it is; experts verify. Open to all. 503-873-7070


Thursday, Nov. 24 Thanksgiving Day Friday, Nov. 25 Cascade Foothills Thanksgiving Tour

Fall scenery, wine tasting. Repeats Nov. 26-27. Map: cascadefoothillswine.com.

Wine Tasting

Noon - 5 p.m., Markum Inn, 36903 S Highway 213, Molalla. Domaine Margelle Vineyards and Marku Inn hosts Thanksgiving wine tasting event. $10 wine tasting fee. Small plate tasting menu available for purchase. Full menu available after 3 p.m. Repeats Nov. 26 - 27. Domainmargelle.com

Ice Skating at The Garden

Noon - 4 p.m. & 5 - 10 p.m., The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St., Silverton. Ice skate at the new Oregon Garden ice skating rink. Monday - Thursday admission is $10. Friday day session is $10. Friday night session is $15. All day Saturday and Sunday is $15. Save $5 by bringing your own skates. Repeats every day through Jan. 1. 503-874-8100, oregongarden.org

Christmas in the Garden

4 - 10 p.m., The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St., Silverton. Traditional German Christmas Market with artisan vendors, light display, traditional foods, holiday beverages, carolers, children’s activities and more, all in the Rediscovery Forest. Repeats every Thursday - Sunday through Dec. 18; daily Dec. 19-23. After Christmas, visit for lights, fire pits, ice skating Dec. 26 - Jan. 1. Admission is $8 adults, $5 children 5 - 12, $6 for Garden members; free for children 4 and under. Purchase unlimited return pass for $5 more. Each paid admission receives five $1 vouchers for vendor booths. 503-8748100, oregongarden.org

Sunday, Nov. 27 Scotts Mills Pancake Breakfast

7 a.m. - noon, Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. $5 per person. 503-874-9575

Organ Recital

9:30 a.m., First Christian Church, 402 N First St., Silverton. Gil Wittman plays selections featuring variations on ‘America’ by Charles Ives. Free. 503-8736620

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Children’s Crafts, Gift, Cookie Crawl

Getting saucy By Melissa Wagoner Chef Tyna Mays-Schey’s mother always told her not to play with her food. “Well, I showed her,” Mays-Schey laughed. Mays-Schey is the owner of Saucy Minx BBQ Sauces and Rubs, currently based out of her home in Silverton. “My grandmother Ruth started teaching me to cook when I could reach the knobs on the back of the stove,” Mays-Schey said. “I was about five.” Mays-Schey’s grandmother sparked a love of cooking that inspired her to attend the Western Culinary Institute in Portland with the hopes of becoming a pastry chef. “I love to bake cakes,” she said, “but when I got into the kitchen and started setting things on fire, it was so much fun.” After culinary school, Mays-Schey worked for a short time at a family barbecue restaurant where she fell in love with the art of barbecue and in 2011 she

opened an online store featuring a line of handcrafted sauces and rubs that are ideal for smoking and grilling. “What sets my sauces apart are they are not smooth and they are balanced between sweet, savory and vinegar,” she explained. Ranging from the Tangy Mustard, which Mays-Schey says goes great with a pretzel to the Honey Habanero, which is her most popular barbecue sauce, the Saucy Minx aims to hit a variety of pallets. Mays-Schey even has two sugar free products, the Smoked Jalapeno Agave sauce and the Cheerin’ Chipotle rub. Originally branded the Everyday Gourmet, Mays-Schey changed the name to Saucy Minx BBQ after inspiration struck watching one of her favorite movies, Love Actually. “It means strong, flirtatious woman,” Mays-Schey said. She chose the logo, an artist’s rendition of a photo she took of her sister-in-law


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Georgia Mays dressed in 1940s pin-up fashion, because that era is her favorite and lends itself to her fun personality. “And,” she added, “if you can’t have fun at work, you’re doing it wrong.” Mays-Schey is currently selling her line of five rubs and eight sauces on her website, at festivals and at several retail locations in the Willamette Valley, but has a dream of opening her own storefront someday. “It’ll have a little Jamie Oliver in there, to teach the community how to cook,” she said.

my standards I try them on my husband.” She doesn’t stop there, however, and has been known to open up taste testing to Facebook followers and barbecue aficionados including the judges at Gettin’ Sauced, an annual barbecue contest in Austin, Texas. Mays-Schey entered several of her sauces this year. Her Marionberry BBQ took first place among the fruit sauces and her Tangy Mustard and Smoked Jalapeno Agave Sauce took first and third place in the miscellaneous category.

In the meantime, Mays-Schey keeps busy building her brand and experimenting with new sauces.

Mays-Schey is proud of her recent successes, but even without the awards she knew her sauces were crowd pleasers.

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Brush Creek Players

Celebrating 40 years of live, local theater

By Nancy Jennings

In 1978, the Brush Creek Farmers Association donated the building and the acre of land to the acting group. They then renamed themselves the Brush Creek Players.

Some things are hidden in plain sight. Silverton’s Brush Creek Playhouse is anything but hidden – or plain. The bright red 1895 schoolhouse and grange hall grabs your eye as you drive past the intersection of Silverton Road and Brush Creek Drive.

There’s nothing logical or scientific about how plays are selected. “We go by tea leaves,” Norman joked. “Every year around May we put out the word at the board meetings that it’s time to think about the next season. We all start throwing ideas around and look at the directing talent and go from there.”

Originally painted white, the bright color change was sparked by the desire to “get back to the original look of the little red schoolhouse,” Co-founder Shannon Copeland said. The now 88-seat theater serves The Brush Creek Players, who will be celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. The Brush Creek Players is an all-volunteer, non-profit group working to present quality plays to the greater Silverton, Salem and Mount Angel communities.

Plays run from 90 minutes to just over two hours. Each performance has a drawing during intermission. Two or three winners are drawn and can pick their prize from among a pile of donated items from local shops. Everybody on the board is required to put in their time for one show by greeting the audience, taking tickets and serving snacks and drinks. Fresh popcorn is a staple.

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Blending the old with the new, the theater seats came from a church in Crabtree, Ore., roughly 30 years ago – and air conditioning was installed in 2014.

acted in stage plays now and then for fun. What led him to his true calling? “Girls,” he said. “I was walking down the hall at Mount Angel College, and these two girls I knew asked me if I had all of my classes. They said ‘well, we could use some guys in theater.’ With raging hormones, I said ‘Sure.’ So I changed my major from history to theater,” he chuckled.

Norman Gouveia, 70, is the current president, as well as an actor and director. His term expires on Dec. 31. Starting at the playhouse in 1985, his specialty has been writing and directing the melodramas. Gouveia met Copeland, 72, in 1965, when they were students at Mount Angel College.

Copeland’s father was an English teacher and was required to put on at least one play per year as part of his curriculum. So Copeland performed in grade school

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Michael Wood, 55, is the current treasurer. He’s been active in the theater for just over 10 years. “The first production I was in was in 2006. It was A Man for all Seasons directed by Norman. “Right before that, my daughter Emily was in the children’s show, Winnie the Pooh.”

Also a board member at large, Copeland recalled the theater’s beginnings. “We started in the early ‘70s as the Silverton Community Players.”

Linda Zellner, current secretary, has been in charge of the children’s plays for more than 20 years.

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Emily Wood, 19, is the new president-elect for the 2017 season. She and her father co-wrote The Mystery of the Kitchen Table in 2014. Michael Wood said writing a play can take up to 30-40 hours plus rewriting time. “Once it’s flowing, the words and dialogue come readily.” He believes we all have a reserve ability to act deep within us. In 2014 the playhouse was hit with the theft of $45,000 by a former treasurer. An anonymous donor stepped up with $10,000 to help, and other community donations followed. The Oregon Cultural Trust assisted as well. The shows were able to go on, bringing the group “out of the red and into the black,” Gouveia said. “Michael Wood found the discrepancies. The person involved was a trusted member of our theater community and it was tough to swallow. We got justice there,” Gouveia said. “We are probably in as good of financial

shape as we have been for decades. Frankly, that’s because of the support we have gotten from the community for the last five years. We had some tough stretches, but we’ve turned around and we’re very excited about what the next five years hold,” Wood said. This year’s co-volunteer of the year Frank Bartruff, 74, has helped at the playhouse for nearly two years, building and painting sets and in the box office. “I started out mowing the field. I hadn’t been to a play here in years. I fell in love with the place.” The board encourages community members to discover the talent and fun at the Brush Creek Theater. “Come out and enjoy the show. If you’re creative, there’s always room for actors and actresses, backstage people, sound effects and lighting,” Gouveia said. “Our goal is to attract talent that wants to be part of a live theater experience.” Wood added, “At every show we have somebody who says ‘you know, I’ve been driving by this for years and I finally decided to stop.’”

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Veterans invited to school assembly Although there is a new location and a new name for the school, the tradition of honoring veterans continues for Silverton middle school students. Veterans are invited to attend the sixth annual Veterans’ Recognition Assembly Monday, Nov. 14, 9:30 a.m. at Silverton Middle School, 714 Schlador St. Veterans are asked to arrive by 9:15 a.m.

The hour-long program of music and speeches will be in the gym. There will be pictures and refreshments. If you know a veteran, invite them to attend this celebration that honors those who served their country. Parking for veterans is available in the James Street parking lot or in the large parking lot near the district office. For information, call the school at 503873-5317.

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The Statesman Dinner brings together a diverse group of hundreds of business, civic and elected leaders from around the state and across the political spectrum. Gilliam, a Silverton resident, has

The tour is envisioned as a wonderful opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at how an artist works and to see their studios. To request an application, contact Silverton Arts Association, 303 Coolidge St., 503-873-2480; or White Oak Gallery, 216 E Main St., Silverton, 503-931-4517.

He also worked as a legislative aide for U.S. Sen. Mark Hatfield from 19761981.

Mount Angel Lions Club welcomes Wendy Patton of North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity at its Nov. 15 meeting at noon at Leona’s Bakery and Café, 415 S. Main St., Mount Angel. The meeting is open to the public and guests are welcome. With nearly two decades in the nonprofit world, Patton brings operational and strategic experience to her role

as executive director. The mission of Habitat for Humanity has always been important to Patton. As a single mother in the 90s who worked hard to provide a home for her daughter, she knows first-hand how a safe and stable home environment – a place to call one’s own – can enable children to grow and thrive. For additional information on the luncheon meeting, contact Maureen Ernst, 503-910-5417 or mernst@mtangel.net


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Well, the time is almost here and we are about to vote for a new president. He or she will decide the direction our country will take. Certainly a big decision. Not a job for the inexperienced. In the last election, we were asked to vote for a man who was smart enough to know the loopholes in our tax laws and used them to build on a fortune. As I recall, he did his banking overseas to keep more of what he earned. While this may have been fine for him, it did nothing to help pay the cost of running our country. That fell on the backs of the common people. This time around we are asked to get off the backs of those of great wealth, those who have been able to hang onto the money they have honestly made because of the loopholes senators and representatives have left in our tax laws which have favored the wealthy. Yes, we have been guilty in the past of leaving these unfair tax loopholes on the books. So let’s start over and make the rich pay their share. After all, they drive over

the same roads as do the common people. They require the same fire and police protection, maybe more. They benefit from the hospitals and health departments. We all need the same defense department. So let’s make the ultra rich pay their share. This should not be an aristocratic society.

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Bird is the word

You can have your palaces There have been times in my life when I’ve felt utterly and entirely content. Like no matter how much or how little I had, it was enough. I woke up every morning with a word of gratitude on my lips. I went to bed every night thanking my lucky stars for another day on earth. Able to see my life clearly, almost as if from another’s perspective, feeling in each moment how beautiful and meaningful it was. This is not how I’ve felt lately. Lately, I’ve felt utterly and entirely restless. Like I need a change of scenery. To shake things up. To take on something new. Move forward. Start fresh. I lay in bed at night, my mind racing 100 miles an hour, bouncing from thingto-thing, theory-to-theory. Coming up with a thousand ideas to make myself feel better. But nothing seems to take root.

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Finding my focus

“I’m happy with a little house,

I don’t have a lot of those things because I don’t need them.

A low white fence before it;

And when I have my head on straight, I don’t really even want them.

Thankful for the little feet That toddle to explore it;

I’ve picked simplicity, slow, intentional living and time with my family over a career that would pay for those things. And most days, I’m so glad!

Contented with a fireplace Someone I love for kissing. I’ve felt pretty down. Frustrated. Sorry for myself. Making silly mistakes I’ve made a thousand times, like comparing myself other people. Looking around at what everyone else has and feeling frustrated that I don’t. Completely losing perspective and the ability to see clearly all of the good things I do have. After a few weeks of floundering, I decided to channel my frustrations into projects. As I cut out dozens of felt leaves for my son on a rainy afternoon this week, casually browsing the photos on my phone, I stumbled upon this quote I had screenshot at some point and saved in my archives.

You can have your palaces, I’ll have what you are missing.” -Helen Virden As I read it, I smiled to myself. And then I rolled my eyes, because good grief! Why is it so easy to lose perspective but so much work to get things back into focus? Sure, I don’t have as much as I’d like sometimes. New clothes. A home of our own. The ability to update our car. Or go out to eat. Or move on from living paycheck-to-paycheck most of the time. But as I was reminded by that simple little quote, this is the life I’ve chosen.


Traditionally, November is the time of year where we all practice gratitude for the good things in our life, as we should, but I’m determined to be just a little more grateful than usual. Grateful for the things I have and the things I don’t. Grateful for the time and space to work through my thoughts and feelings, be reminded of my flaws and move forward into growth. And especially, thankful for simple, timely reminders and wise words discovered by chance in the depths of my phone.

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League title elusive

Foxes fall to Corvallis in MWC finale

The third time was not the charm for the Silverton High girls soccer squad.

Clements interception and touchdown catch before the half gave the team a lift.

The Foxes, who were denied a MidWillamette Conference title by Corvallis the past two seasons, entered Tuesday night’s home contest against the Spartans with the same stakes: winner takes the league title.

The second half featured three lead changes, with the Foxes scoring on a pair of sneaks by quarterback Levi Nielsen and a 3-yard run by Perry Davis. The Panthers scored with 1:27 left, but Nielsen recovered the onside kick and four Kobe Garcia runs helped run out the clock.

The two sides battled to a scoreless first half, but Corvallis struck for a pair of second-half goals to win 2-0. The No. 11 Spartans, 6-0-1 in league and 8-2-4 overall, claimed the MWC title for the fourth year in a row and earned a bye into the Class 5A’s round of 16, which will be played Nov. 1. The sixth-ranked Foxes end the regular season 5-1-1 in conference and 10-3-1 overall. Silverton was set to host a play-in game Oct. 28. Marina Arrendondo scored from about 20 yards out on an assist from Aja Bumpus in the 50th minute and Claire Atwood added a header from Jordan Taylor in the 73rd for the Spartans. The Foxes had opportunities, particularly between the two Corvallis goals, but could not find the back of the net. “I think it’s mental, honestly, for our team,” Silverton midfielder and captain Hannah Munson told Our Town. “We play differently against them. It was a good game and they were a good opponent. It’s frustrating, but we’re ready to put it behind us and get after it in the playoffs.” “It just wasn’t our night,” said Foxes coach Gary Cameron. “We just couldn’t find the net. Our keeper played awesome and so did theirs. They’re a good squad and we respect their coach staff. They play the right way and I know they feel the same about us. “We just have to iron out a few things and see if we can still ride the horse to the barn (in the playoffs).”

Boys soccer: The Foxes boys squad also fell to Corvallis, 4-0, in their regular-season finale, but the squad is safely in the playoffs. Third-year coach Kyle Calder thinks the program is making good progress. “We have been developing a brand of soccer over my past three years here, and I think we are really starting to see it come to life in this team,” Calder told Our Town. Key contributors include midfielders Ethan Crofts, Jonathan Reyna and Isaac Doyle and goalkeeper Ethan Risby. Crofts and Risby were first-team all-MWC a year ago, Reyna was a second-teamer and Doyle received honorable mention. “They have all stepped up into leadership roles this year along with their skill and talent on the field,” Calder said. Calder said he has a strong freshman class, with Brian Leon and Cory Garlinghouse earning varsity minutes. “They are both very skilled and smart players, who play well above their age in their mentality and confidence,” he said. Football: Silverton has finished the MidWillamette season with an improbable four-game winning streak and was closing out the regular season with a game Oct. 28 against non-league opponent Woodburn. The fourth-ranked Foxes improved to 6-2 overall and 4-2 in the MWC with a 28-25 come-from-behind win Oct. 21 at Central. Silverton trailed 12-0 early, but a Spencer

Earlier, the Foxes defeated Crescent Valley, Corvallis and South Albany after opening the league season 0-2 with losses to Dallas and Lebanon. “Good teamwork and a lot of hard work in practice,” senior lineman David Espe said. “We never take a day off, we’re a very physical football team and we never give up.” Kennedy, meanwhile, has improved to 7-1 overall and 2-1 in the Tri-River with a 14-6 league win Oct. 14 vs. St. Paul and a 41-7 thumping of Corbett in a nonleague game Oct. 21. Bishop Mitchell raced 65 yards for a score 20 seconds into the St. Paul game and Jack Suing rushed for a pair of touchdowns vs. Corbett. The third-ranked Trojans hosted No. 6 Santiam in the Tri-River finale Friday after presstime. Kennedy is all but assured of playing a home game when the Class 2A playoffs start the weekend of Nov. 4-5. Cross country: Kennedy junior Kaylin Cantu battled through soggy conditions to shatter a school record on the Bush’s Pasture Park course with a time of 18:47.3 at the pre-district challenge meet Oct. 20. Cantu broke her own record on the Salem course by 35 seconds and won the race by 40 seconds. The Trojans placed four runners in the top 20 and won the team competition. The Kennedy boys placed fifth, paced by senior Noe Jines (16th in

18:04.9). Silverton, meanwhile, participated Oct. 19 in a four-way meet at Waterloo Park in Lebanon that also included Central, Woodburn and Lebanon. The Foxes finished third in the girls competition, led by runner-up Jori Paradis (20:56). Hosea Catterall (16:45) and Haile Stutzman (17:09) finished second and third, respectively, in the boys race, which was won by Central. The Foxes did not field a complete team and thus did not score. The junior varsity boys squad placed four runners in the top five and claimed the team title. Note on districts and state competition: Silverton participated in the MidWillamette Conference district meet Oct. 26 at Waterloo Park and Kennedy took part in the Special District 2 meet Oct. 27 at Bush’s Pasture Park. Both meets took place after Our Town’s presstime. Look for a report on the district and state meets in the Nov. 15 edition of Our Town. Volleyball: The Silverton volleyball team has moved within one victory of making it to the state tournament. The Foxes downed Thurston of Springfield in four sets (25-23, 25-18, 19-25 and 25-12) and were set to play Oct. 29. The Foxes are 14-10 overall and ranked No. 10 in Class 5A after an 8-6 Mid-Willamette Conference season. Kennedy finished 8-4 and tied with East Linn Christian for third in the Tri-River Conference behind St. Paul (10-2) and Central Linn (9-3). The Trojans fell in five sets (25-19, 25-18, 19-25, 22-25 and 15-13) to East Linn Christian in the league tournament, but their high OSAA power ranking earned them a spot in the Class 2A playoffs. Kennedy visited Grant Union on Saturday after Our Town’s presstime.

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A Grin at the end

Difficult to define

Weird and wonderful Oregonian things

I’ve only lived in Oregon 17 years and I’m yet to put my finger on what, exactly, makes this state tick.

Some posts defy classification. They seek information about important events, though. For example:

I’ve read Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey. I’ve stood in line at Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland. I’ve gone to Powell Books — about a hundred times — and I’ve tromped along the beach at the Oregon Coast and through the woods in the Cascades. I’ve attended brew fests, wine fests, world fests and Oktoberfests.

“Does anyone know why a barrel of guts got spilled on 22 at the intersection of 5?” Indeed, a question for the ages. Or how about: “Old wood that could be used to make shabby signs. Free. You pick up.”

I still don’t get it. Oregon is a whole different breed of cat. Or should I say dog, given Oregonians seem to take their dogs everywhere. To me, Oregon doesn’t march to the beat of a different drummer; it threw him and the drum out the window of the Subaru on the way to the Oregon Country Fair. I keep looking for the one thing, a Rosetta Stone, if you will, that will help me unlock the Oregon psyche. I may have found it, on Facebook of all places. That’s where I ran across Stayton Community Connections. It is by turns interesting, funny, touching and, well, Oregonian. It is a cross between a community bulletin board and the classified ads that used to populate newspapers. For example, a family new to the area might post a

message looking for a place to rent. Or if someone is having a garage sale, she will post a bunch of photos of the sundry items that will be available. Or if a family is looking for daycare or a daycare has an opening they will make connections— hence the “community connections” name. You can also buy eggs, cakes, cupcakes, hire a photographer, get a job, find a local creative writing group, find a math tutor,  find a lost dog, or a lost computer, get tickets to a local play, take a class for a conceal carry gun permit — all very Oregon things to do. For example, I ran across this post the other day: “Selling my husband’s old snowboard! Comes with bindings.” But then there was this comment: “Does he know you’re selling it?”

This one popped up a while ago: “Anyone else notice the weird flying object in the sky just a few mins ago? There was several bright headlights on the front and then several flashing bright strobe lights on the back.... Not sure what the hell we just saw.” A comment posted after it: “It’s a UFO coming to take you home! Haha luv u.” But one of my all time favorites showed up last summer. I would post it under “Card of Thanks.” “I … wish to really thank the person who allowed their dog to take a big dump in the middle of my driveway last night.” When it comes to great Facebook posts, it’s an Oregon thing. Carl Sampson is an editor and freelance writer.

Holiday Bazaar Stayton United Methodist Church Friday, Nov 4th - 9am to 7pm Saturdays, Nov 5th & 12th - 9am to 2pm

Spaghetti Dinner K-9 Fundraiser Friday, Nov. 4th – 5 to 7pm

to help support Stayton Police Department’s K-9 Drug Dog

Lunches – 11am to 2pm 1450 Fern Ridge RD SE, Stayton - 503-769-5700 www.staytonumc.org


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Marcia Branstetter Broker, GRI 873-3545 ext. 318

Mary Cam Broker 873-3545 ext. 320

Micha Christman Office Manager 873-1425

Angela Halbirt-Lopez Broker 873-3545 ext. 312

Becky Craig Broker 873-3545 ext. 313

Desaree Parks Broker 873-3545 ext. 326

Michael Schmidt Broker, GRI 873-3545 ext. 314


Meredith Wertz Broker, GRI 873-3545 ext. 324

Ryan Wertz Broker 873-3545 ext. 322

Chuck White Broker 873-3545 ext. 325


Christina Williamson Broker 873-3545 ext. 315

Branstetter LAND/ACREAG Principal Broker,







COUNTRY #T2334 NEW MT. ANGEL LISTING $245,000 Just refinished hardwood floors, installed new carpet and painted the interior. Sits on a large 13,000 square foot lot. Den/ office or 3rd bedroom with no closet. 3/4 T&G oak floors. Include new range and refrigerator. Large storage area behind house. Call Michael at ext 314 or Becky at ext. 313.

#T2351 HISTORIC SILVERTON HOME $425,000 Historic Silverton, close to downtown with Silver Creek frontage. Own a large lot for growth, 1901 build home on .74 acres in city limits. 4 bedrooms, 2 bath, many original features, some updates. Ready for you to put your personal touches on.. Call Meredith at ext 324 or Ryan at ext. 322

(WVMLS# 709096)


#T2341 2 HOMES ON 2 ACRES $549,900 #T2349 VINTAGE 1947 HOME $398,400 Two homes & two acres for development! Homes Single level home with original character. Wood floors and acreage are located inside Silverton limits. CONSTRUCTION throughout, original kitchen, with original bath and IN TOWN NEWCity HOME Both homes have city water and septic systems for new bath built to the character. Coved ceilings, archsewer. Buyer will need to check with city to determine ways with original hardware. 3 fireplaces, fully landwhat additional infrastructure improvements would scaped and fenced with outdoor entertaining space. be needed based on buyer’s development plan. Both Plus a utility basement that has been professionally homes are rented with total rents at $1,900 per month. waterproofed. New driveway and entry sidewalk, all of Listing Broker is part owner and Licensed in the State this close to downtown! This home has been meticulously maintained! Call Meredith at ext 324 or Ryan at of Oregon. Call Chuck at ext 325. (WVMLS# 709561) ext. 322 (WVMLS#710687)







PENDING- #T2263-CUSTOM HERR CONSTRUCTION 3BR, 2BA 1797sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324 or Ryan at ext. 322 $328,700 (WVMLS#698000)


#T2282 CREEK FRONTAGE/MULTI-USE 5 BR, 3BA 3937 sqft.Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $393,900 (WVMLS#700697)


PENDING-#T2305 2 HOMES ON 1 PROPERTY 6+ BR,3 BA, 2780 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324 or Ryan at ext. 322 $479,900 (WVMLS#705585)


#T2306 WONDERFUL HOME 4 BR, 25 BA 3663 sqft. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $489,900 (WVMLS#705878)


#T2318 SILVERTON TOWNHOUSE 3 BR, 25 BA 1594 sqft.Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $214,900

#T2316 PRIVATE & SECLUDED 4 BR, 4 BA 82.000 Acres Call Marcia at ext. 318 $849,000 (WVMLS#706727) #T2311 HOWELL PRAIRIE FARM 3 BR, 2 BA 1170 sqft 26.77 Acres Call Chuck at ext. 325 $549,900


#T2335 COUNTRY LIVING NEAR SILVERTON 3BR, 2BA 1467 sqft Call Michael at ext. 314 $375,000 (WVMLS#709518)

$549,900 (WVMLS#709561) #T2346 WONDERFUL SMALL ACREAGE 3BR, 1.5BA 1288 sqft. 4.47 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $359,900 (WVMLS#709824)

#T2345 WELL MAINTAINED HOME 2BR, 1.5BA 1436 sqft Call Michael at ext. 314 $255,000 (WVMLS#709952) #T2349 VINTAGE 1947 HOME 3 BR, 2.5BA 2706 sqft. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $398,400 (WVMLS#710523) NEW-#T2351 HISTORIC SILVERTON HOME 4 BR, 2BA 2256 sqft.Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $425,000 (WVMLS#710687)







4BR, 2BA 1426sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324 or Ryan at FOR LEASE/COMMERCIAL (WVMLS#711053) ext. 322 $238,700 STAYTON/SUBLIMITY STAYTON-#T2340 –SINGLE LEVEL HOME 3BR, 2BA 1212sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324 or Ryan at BARELAND/LOTS ext. 322 $208,700 (WVMLS#709407)







WOODBURN 3680 sqft.1.510 acres Call Chuck at ext. 325 $488,750 BARELAND/LOTS #T2284 COLONIAL HOME ON ACREAGE 4BR, 4.5BA


CASCADIA-#T2262 PERFECT MOUNTAIN GET-AWAY 1BR, 0BA 912 sqft. Call Chuck at ext. 325 $69,000



4BR, 3.5BA 3590 sqft. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $567,000 (WVMLS#699438)

SOLD-#T2309 GREAT HORSE PROPERTY IN MT. ANGEL3 BR, 2BA 1835 sqft. 5.00 ACRES Call Desaree at ext. 326 $460,000 (WVMLS#705811)





#T2284 COLONIAL HOME ON ACREAGE 4BR, 4.5BA 3680 sqft.1.510 acres Call Chuck at ext. 325 $479,900










SOLD- #T2314 BEAUTIFUL HOME 4BR, 2.5BA 2072 #T2265 UNDEVELOPED 2.13CONSTRUCTION acrelot. Zoned ID IN TOWN NEWACRES HOME sqft Call Becky at ext. 313 $279,000 (WVMLS#707202) Call Chuck at ext. 325 $299,000 (WVMLS#698462) #T2311 HOWELL PRAIRIE FARM 3 BR, 2 BA 1170 #T2333 LARGE CITY LOT.510 Acres Call sqft 26.77 Acres Call Chuck at ext. 325 $549,900 (WVMLS#706154) Michael at ext. 314 $99,000 (WVMLS#709098) #T2331 BUILDABLE 2 ACRES 2.00 Acres Call Mary at #T2331 BUILDABLE 2 ACRES 2.00 Acres Call Mary at ext. 320 $175,000 (WVMLS#709040) ext. 320 175,000 (WVMLS#709040) #T2330 PERFECT TO BUILD 14.930 Acres Call Mary at ext. 320 $375,000 (WVMLS#709044) #T2330 PERFECT TO BUILD 14.930 Acres Call Mary at #T2313 LARGE CORNER LOT IN SALEM 4BR, 2.5BA ext. 320 $375,000 (WVMLS#709044) 1805 sqft Call Becky at ext. 313 $250,000 (WVMLS#707212) #T2338 SILVERTON PARCEL Buildable 6,365 sqft Lot #T2336 SINGLE STORY KEIZER HOME 4 BR, Call Chuck at ext. 325 $74,900 (WVMLS#709283) 2BA 1542 sqft. Call Desaree at ext. 326 $235,000 #T2344 BUILDABLE LAND iN SALEM 18.930 Acres (WVMLS#709189) Call Mary at ext. 320 $705,000 (WVMLS#709699) #T2344 BUILDABLE LAND IN SALEM 18.930 Acres Call Mary at ext. 320 $705,000 (WVMLS#709699)





#T2265 2.13 UNDEVELOPED ACRES 2.13 acre lot. WOODBURN Zoned ID Call Chuck at ext. 325 $299,000


#T2338 SILVERTON PARCEL Buildable 6,365 sqft Lot Call Chuck at ext. 325 $74,900 (WVMLS#709283)

NEW-SALEM- #T2352 CHARMING 1936 HOME 3BR, 1BA 1065 sqft Call Becky at ext. 313 $145,000


IDAHNA-#T2295 OWN PRIVATE RETREAT 4BR, 2BA STAYTON/SUBLIMITY TOWNWOODBURN KEIZER 1150 sqft..830 acres Call Meredith at ext. 324 or Ryan at ext. $189,000 BARELAND/LOTS LAND/ACREAGE TOWN NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION SILVERTON - #T2341 2 HOMES ON 2 ACRES WOODBURN#T2323 NEWLY RENOVATED HOME IN TOWN NEW STAYT TOWN 3 BR, 2 BA 1367 sqft. 2.630 Acres Call Chuck at ext. 325 4BR, 2.5BA 2182 sqft Call Mary at ext. 320 $339,900 COUNTRY/ACREAGE COUNTRY/ACREAGE


#T2333 LARGE CITY LOT.510 Acres Call Michael at ext. 314 $99,000 (WVMLS#709098)


#T2334 NEW LISTING 3 BR, 1 BA 1179 sqft.Call Michael at ext. 314, Becky at ext. 313 $241,000 (WVMLS#709096) #T2233 2 ACRE LOT 2 acres Call Chuck at ext. 325 $189,500 (WVMLS#693008) SOLD- #T2309 GREAT HORSE PROPERTY 3 BR, 2BA 1835 sqft. 5.00 ACRES Call Desaree at ext. 326 $460,000 (WVMLS#705811) #T2326 PLENTY OF ROOM 5 BR, 2 BA 2354 sqft. IN Call Mary at ext. 320, Angela at ext. 312 $269,000



GRI 873-3545 ext. 303





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Getting a daily dose of independence How our nurses are helping kids in school Gavin Wernette, 10, is an active boy, an avid reader and a car buff. He is also a kid with Type 1 diabetes, testing his blood sugars and injecting himself several times a day. “It’s not easy,” Gavin says. However, he receives daily help from a Legacy Silverton Medical Center nurse who works at local schools, giving students the tools for a healthy life. “She makes me feel happy and welcome,” Gavin says. “She has helped me become more independent.” Placing nurses in schools is just one of the ways we partner with others to build a stronger, healthier community for all. To learn about others: www.legacyhealth.org/together

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In a contract with schools, nurses from Legacy Silverton Medical Center oversee the health of some 4,700 students, providing routine care and working with students who have conditions ranging from asthma to spina bifida to epilepsy.

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