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Something to Do Santa Claus’ “list”................................4 Food & Drink Hoefel Haus caramels ...........................8 Holiday Pop-up Coop .............................9 Briefs .........................................10 Helping Hands SHS Interact Club ...............................12 Firefighters Toy & Food Drive ..............14

Datebook...............................16 Civics Water groups study collaboration........19

Business Silver Falls Bread Co, on the rise..........20 Bee business a sweet deal ..................21

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PROGRAMS & EVENTS • DEC. 2015 Events Christmas Card Sale Galore! Tuesday, Dec. 1. Only .25¢ per card! Pancake Breakfast & Pictures with Santa 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. $5 adults, $3 kids under 12 and kids under 4 eat for FREE! Pictures with Santa FREE! – Bring your own camera or smart phone and take your pictures with Santa! Santa Mouse at Silverton High School 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Silverton Senior Center Members will be there! Christmas gifts galore for the entire community to enjoy! Singles Dine Out Club 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. Howard Hinsdale’s Wine Bar & Bistro. Order off the menu and dutch treat. Battle Buddies 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16. FREE for Veterans of all ages!

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Classes & Workshops Coloring Party for Happy Coloring Class 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 3. Coloring your 31 Bag that was pre-ordered – or bring something to color – or come and see what we have to share! Crafty Wednesday Knitting 911 10 a.m. Wednesdays. FREE for knitters 60+! Crocheters welcome too! Nuestros Abuelos 11:30 a.m. Thursdays. Cooking demo.

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Santa’s list

Lights, skates, gingerbread, nuts! – it’s the holiday season The holiday light adventure starts with a trip though the candy cane tunnel that leads to the magical world of floating umbrellas, brilliantly lit flowers and more. There is music and food to enjoy.

By Laura DeVito At first, I wasn’t sure it was actually him but his jolly laugh, rosy cheeks, snow white beard and twinkling blue eyes gave him away, even though he was wearing jeans, a flannel shirt and a baseball cap. A newcomer, I quickly learned Santa Claus’ second home is Silverton.

For those keen on meeting Santa’s reindeer, they will be in from the North Pole to visit Dec. 10 - 13.

And with all the holiday appointments he has in Silverton, Mt. Angel, Scotts Mills and Silver Falls State Park, it’s no wonder he spends so much time here.

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Believing happiness and joy are contagious, Santa Claus shared he thinks there is something magical about living in a small town. And while he wouldn’t share who is on his naughty and nice list, he did divulge where he plans to be celebrating this festive season. Here is his list:

Santa’s first Christmas tree lighting of the year will be Thursday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m. at Scotts Mills’ City Park. In the spirit of giving, guests are asked to bring nonperishable food items that will be donated to the Scotts Mills Food Cupboard.

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Scotts Mills Elementary School students will present their holiday program atMonday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m. at the auditorium at Silverton High School.

There’s something about twinkling holiday lights that concoct the perfect setting for getting into the Christmas spirit and sharing Christmas cheer. An adventure to The Oregon Garden’s light display should be a must-do on everyone’s list, Santa Claus said. He is especially excited about the ice skating rink open now to Jan. 3, seven days a week. To work off all the cookies and other sweets he’ll be eating, Santa plans

Christmas at the Garden features a new ice skating rink this year.

to be at the ice skating rink from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The holiday lights and artisan market are open four days a week – Thursday through Sunday – from now to Jan. 3.

Whimsy has your wish list covered!

The members of the Scotts Mills Friends Church are collecting winter hats for children from now to Dec. 11. If you would like to donate a hat, please drop it off at Scotts Mills Friends Church, 520 Grand View Ave. or at the Scotts Mills Community Center at Fourth and Grand.

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a good way to say thanks and support businesses that do a great deal to support the community, accordint to Santa.

Silverton Tree Lighting It’s a time-honored tradition for community members to gather in Town Square Park on the First Friday of December – this year Dec. 4 around 6 p.m. to listen to holiday songs, enjoy hot chocolate, pop letters to Santa Claus into the post box and visit with friends.

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This year, Santa Claus is making a grand entrance escorted into Town Square Park by the Silverton High School Marching Band. He will then hop onto a ladder of a Silverton Fire Department truck, be lifted into the air and wave a magic wand to light the town Christmas tree at 7 p.m. After the tree lighting, Santa looks forward to meeting with children at the United Methodist Church, next to Town Square Park. After the tree lighting, community members are invited to visit local shops and restaurants for First Friday. Make sure to bring your Silverton Shop Hop Passport and get stamps for a chance to win prizes. The Shop Hop runs through Dec. 15. Purchasing items at local businesses, is

While out and about on Saturday, Dec. 5, make sure to stop by Silverton High School for the Santa Mouse Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be handmade crafts, holiday gift drawings and homemade baked goods. And if you missed visiting Santa Claus on Friday, he will be at Santa Claus and Corn Dogs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oak Street Church, 502 Oak St. The free event includes pictures with the jolly ol’ elf, crafts, cookies and of course, the church’s famous corn dogs.

Mount Angel’s Hazelnut Festival Given the hazelnut groves around Mount Angel, it only seems proper this nut receives its own day of recognition. “The history of the hazelnut in the Willamette Valley of Oregon dates back to the settlement of the valley by early French settlers. Today, more than 650 growers

Silverton Elks Lodge 2210 wishes to express its appreciation to the following Silverton businesses and individuals for their generous donations to our 2015 Veteran’s Day Observance Dinner Auction: Businesses

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are located in Oregon – the prime growing region for hazelnuts in the United States,” Maureen Ernst, co-chair of the Chamber of Commerce event said. “There were 3,000 new acres of hazelnuts planted in 2014 and 99 percent of the country’s hazelnuts are grown right here in Oregon. “What better way to celebrate the Old World flavor of Mount Angel than with a festival highlighting the hazelnut and a German Holiday Markets.”   The fourth annual Mount Angel Hazelnut Fest and German Holiday Market runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6 at the Festhalle, 500 Wilco Hwy. N.E. Admission is free. Start Saturday morning at the Run for Your Nuts 5K fun run. Visit for information. The Mount Angel Hazelnut Fest and German Holiday Market is a showcase of regional arts and crafts as well as traditional German Christmas decorations and crafts. While strolling through, have a taste of Oregon wine and beer with foods inspired by hazelnuts. There also will be music, a Children’s Cookie Walk and St. Nicolas Children’s Craft Room sponsored by the Mount Angel Public Library.

Christmas Festival at Silver Falls State Park

Gingerbread House Exhibition

The 38th annual Christmas Festival at Silver Falls State Park is Saturday, Dec. 12 and Sunday, Dec. 13, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the South Falls Historic District.

Be prepared to be dazzled at what can be constructed using some gingerbread, frosting and candy. The Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon House adjacent to The Oregon Garden is hosting a Gingerbread House display. The public is invited to view a collection of edible houses, displayed through Dec. 30. Prizes will be awarded, both serious and silly.

Depending on the weather, there may be snow at the park so make sure to bring gloves, a heavy jacket and good shoes so you can hike the trails. A visit to Silver Falls State Park is like stepping back in time as visitors enjoy cookies and hot chocolate near the fireplace and make crafts including wreaths, holiday cards and ornaments. Admission is free to the event, parking is $5.

The Gordon House will be open for self-guided tours, so guests can see the gingerbread houses, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house, and vote for their favorite small edible house. If you want to try your skills at constructing your own gingerbread house, there will be a Gingerbread House Construction Zone during Reindeer Weekend at The Oregon Garden. The Construction Zone is 4 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 12 and 13. Yummy building materials will be available for guests to try their hand at creating an edible house right on the spot. Refreshments and drinks will be served. The Gordon House is located at 879 West Main St., Silverton. Limited parking available. Guided tours of the house are available daily at noon, 1, and 2 p.m. Reservations Tina Todd © can be arranged at 503-874-6006.

Celebrate Families Holiday Festival The 22nd annual Celebrate Families Holiday Festival is Saturday, Dec. 12, 1 to 4 p.m. at the Silverton Community Center, 421 S. Water St. Hosted by Silverton Together and the Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce, community members are invited to make crafts, visit Santa, enjoy refreshments and vote for their favorite Christmas tree. The event is free. For information, call 503-873-0405.

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Hoefel Haus Crafting confections By Kali Ramey Martin Sherry Hoefel is a wife, a mom and a grandma. She’s lived in Silverton most of her life, raised five kids and had a long career in software until a year and a half ago when she retired.

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Since then, she has filled her days with her two – soon to be three – grandchildren, gardening, researching genealogy, writing and growing her candy-making business. Taking the plunge into candy making came after lots of encouragement from friends and family who reaped the benefits of her annual holiday treats. With her mother giving her the final push in 2008, Hoefel and her husband, Bill, created Hoefel Haus Small Batch Confections. They have been producing tasty treats out of their certified home kitchen ever since. 

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She allows the batch to cool overnight, and cuts and wraps the next day. She usually keeps a bit of inventory on hand, but likes to make orders as they come in to guarantee they are as fresh as possible. “Candy is finicky,” Hoefel said. “But I enjoy making something people really like.” Hoefel Haus candies are available in downtown Silverton at Apples to Oranges and The Chocolate Box, or by visiting

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Dec. 5 a Holiday Pop-up Co-op will be held at Seven Brides Tap Room on First Street from noon to 4 p.m. The event is organized by Silverton’s Local Motive Co-op, a food advocacy group. “The Silverton Co-op’s mission is to be a community-owned grocery store that provides convenient access to a variety of locally raised or produced foods and other products and to foster a healthy and economically viable environment for our farmers and our community,” group member Jason Codner explained.

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“The event is open to everyone and the community is invited to shop with us and experience what a food co-op can bring to our town,” Codner said.

The event, the second of four “pop-ups” the group has planned, will feature local foods from more than 15 producers and farmers including honey, eggs, pork, tallow and cheese as well as such as locally ptoduced skin care items, jams and plants.

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Day of Service planned to counter flier Plastic sandwich bags with a piece of hard candy and a flier were left on driveways in some Silverton neighborhoods the weekend of Nov. 14. What surprised many residents was what the flier said: “Join The Klan And Save Our Land!!!” The flier gave information on how people could join the Ku Klux Klan. Disappointment and outrage that this was happening in Silverton was share on the Facebook page Silverton Connections, where there were more than 140 comments. Silverton Police Chief Jeff Fossholm said he received two official complaints. Fossholm said leaving the flier is not a crime. Whoever distributed it is protected by the First Amendment right of Freedom of Speech. “The flyer does not indicate anything racist or hatecrime related,” Fossholm said. Fliers also also reportedly distributed in Molalla, Beaverton, Oregon City, Gresham and West Linn. Fossholm’s advice to the community is to “ignore the propaganda.” Mount Angel Police Chief Mike Healy said there were

no fliers reported in his city. Silverton resident Dawn Tacker was appalled by the flier. “I know that, in theory, hate groups exist in our country. But to see hard evidence in our small town, known for standing up for what is right, was sickening,” Tacker said. “Silverton is at its best when community members are facing challenges. All you have to do is watch how the town rallies to help when a family loses their home to fire, for a recent example. The KKK values do not reflect Silverton’s. I have no fears about the KKK gaining any kind of significant following here, yet we all have a responsibility to stand up for what is right. Tacker said to counter the KKK propaganda, she and others are planing a Day of Service to coordinate with the nationwide efforts on Martin Luther King Day, which is Jan. 18. “Our goal is to come together as a town and serve in ways that reflect Silverton’s tremendous kindness and generosity. Everyone is welcome to join,” Tacker said, adding there is a public Facebook group called “MLK Day of Service - Silverton, OR” where people can find more information.

Public invited to share ideas, Envision Silverton Dec. 1 If you missed the first opportunity, there’s a second chance to share what you envision for Silverton’s future.

A public workshop will be held Tuesday, Dec. 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Silverton Community Center, 421 S. Water St. The city of Silverton is taking a look at the community’s long term goals and aspirations. Everyone is invited to participate in Envision Silverton 2035. The only prerequisite is an interest in the future of Silverton. The project team is talking with community members and groups during the next several months to get ideas and direction. Topics include: how we prosper; how we care and thrive; how we connect and coordinate; and, how we learn and create. If you have questions or would like to volunteer or be includws on the mailing list, contact Cassie Davis at 503-727-3922 or email or visit the city of Silverton’s webpage at www.silverton.

Silverton’s Christmas Tree Lighting Friday, December 4 • 6:00-7:30 p.m. in Town Square Park Music featuring Silverton High School Choir & Nick Ignelzi (at 6 p.m.). Hot Chocolate by Our Town. Letters to Santa and more! Santa will meet with kids after the lighting at the Methodist Church.

The Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce and Silverton Together invite you to the 22nd annual

Celebrate Families Holiday Festival Saturday, December 12, 1-4 p.m. at the Silverton Community Center

Crafts to Make for All Ages • Goodie Bags • Visits with Santa • Christmas Tree Contest • Refreshments

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Sunday, Dec. 13 Silverton Angel of Hope

6-8 p.m.

Located at The Oregon Garden next to the Gordon House

It’s been hinted the reason Silverton High School’s Interact Club members show up before school for meetings is because of the doughnuts.

“These kids are civic-minded,” Palmer said. “They are ready to jump in and do community work.”

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The Interact Club is a service club for youth 12 to 18 years old. Each club is sponsored by a Rotary Club, which provides support and guidance. Interact’s name is a combination of the words “international” and “action.” Parking available for Attendees Allow extra time due to traffic Dress for weather Candles light at 7 p.m.

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But Silverton Rotarians Janet Dalisky and Kyle Palmer know it’s something more. They have spent time volunteering with the students and have insight into what motivates them.

On this day, candles are lit throughout the world for one hour in each time zone creating a light of remembrance that encircles the globe for 24 hours.

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is a time of giving and receiving at SACA We need your help gathering items for our holiday food boxes.

What amazes Dalisky and Palmer is how the local club has grown in the last six years. They attribute the growth to its advisor, John Mannion, and to the leadership of the club’s presidents over the years. “This club is really student driven,” Mannion said. “We just provide guidance. The Interact students know they are doing good things for the community.” Mannion said when he started as advisor there were about 10 members. Now, there are 57. “It’s been fun to see the club grow and to see how the students are involved,”

Dalisky said. “We are hoping they all become Rotarians.” “There has been a real difference in the club since John became the advisor,” Palmer said. “Any community is as good as the people who live in it,” Mannion said. “I think these students are civic-minded and know it’s important to pitch in.” Silverton High Principal Mark Hannan said he thinks Mannion, who is also the school’s football coach, has been instrumental in the club’s growth. “The kids want to follow and learn from him,” Hannan said. It’s also the way students are at Silverton High, he said. “This student body gets the whole payit-forward mentality,” Hannan said, adding not only do the students do things to benefit their community but also for far-reaching organizations like Medical Teams International. Dalisky serves as the liaison between the Interact and the Rotary Club. She sends group texts to students about upcoming events such as Christmas caroling and receives texts from the club’s co-presidents, seniors Nichole Beyer and Adrienne Metzger. Both Palmer and Dalisky said they are impressed with co-presidents’ leadership abilities and enthusiasm. Metzger said she joined Interact because

Items needed for holiday food boxes: Stuffing • Olives • Yams • Rolls • Milk Turkeys and Hams • Oranges and Apples Potatoes • Corn Donations are accepted M-F from 8:30 am-1:30 pm or Tuesday nights 5-7 pm at SACA’s back door by parking lot. Tax Receipts are available. Clients can register ahead of time for a food basket at SACA starting Dec 1.

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Interact’s reach expands with membership community and welcoming people in our school to participate. It has helped me be less shy and with my public speaking.” Both Metzger and Beyer appreciate how the Rotary members serve as mentors. On Mondays, three or four Interact Club students attend the weekly Silverton Rotary Club luncheon.

SHS seniors Adrienne Metzger and Nichole Beyer are the presidents of the Interact Club.

of her sister, Lydianne Metzger, who graduated in 2013. “She was going to a meeting so I decided to go with her,” Metzger said. “This club is totally service based and it’s a way to give back to our community. I feel really blessed to grow up here and it feels good to give back.” Beyer decided not to participate in sports her sophomore year, leaving her time for new activities. Her brother, Eric, was a senior and encouraged her to join Interact. When she was a junior she met Dalisky and that meeting inspired her to help the club grow and do more. “I think as teenagers we often get caught up in the trivial affairs of life,” Beyer said. “This club is about giving back to our

Students have participated in Rotary Club events including the Strawberry Festival, Christmas caroling, helping with the Tree of Giving and senior clean-up day. Dalisky has plans for the students to help with the Homer Davenport Community Festival and delivering Rotary-purchased dictionaries to all fourth-grade students in the Silver Falls School District. In addition, before graduation the Interact Club members beautify the high school, including spreading bark dust. “I think as teenagers we do a lot of stuff for ourselves,” Metzger said. “This club allows us to do stuff for other people.” The Interact Club recently donated 758 pounds of food to SACA. It’s also written and delivered Valentine Day’s cards to local nursing homes. “Our club is easy to join,” Metzger said. “All you have to do is show up. It doesn’t require much of you and what you get out of it depends on how much you put into it.”

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Be prepared By Tanner Russ There is a reason the volunteer and staff firefighters of the Silverton Fire Department take on an extra project every December. “Every child should open up a gift on Christmas and every child should go to bed with a full tummy, that’s our goal,” Silverton Fire Capt. Ed Grambusch said. For 15 years, the Silverton Fire Department has organized the Toy and Food Drive. They need assistance from the community to reach their goal. They will be touring neighborhoods and knocking on doors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

schedule, you can drop off items at business locations around Silverton through Dec. 21. “Silverton Area Community Aid, they really depend on our food drive during November and December,” Grambusch said. “They get an awful lot from us. It feeds a lot of needy people in our area. The Silverton Zenith Women’s Club, we give all the toys to them, and they have a huge wrapping party at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Church Street. It looks like Santa’s workshop,” he added. Grambusch explained why the firefighters step up for different roles in community service during the holidays.

Donations of unwrapped toys and nonperishable food items are prized. The food will be given to Silverton Area Community Aid; the toys to the Silverton Zenith Club for its Tree of Giving program.

“Community involvement doesn’t stop with making sure we’re all right as a community, it’s taking another step to make sure that everyone is accounted for in that community, and if they have a need they’re accounted for,” Grambusch said.

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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

Overeaters Anonymous

7 – 8 p.m. Thursdays. St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, 211 W Center St., Silverton. Discuss tips, support those with eating problems. All welcome. 503-910-6862

Weekly Meditation Group

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. 10 - 11 a.m. Saturdays. Silverton Assembly of God Church, 437 N James St. 503-269-0952.

7 – 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. Free. Newcomers arrive 20 minutes early. 971-218-6641

Silver Falls Library Activities

Silverton Toastmasters

Silverton Al-Anon Meetings

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

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

Mount Angel Library Activities

4 - 9 p.m., The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St. Ice skate at the new Oregon Garden ice skating rink. Admission $12; skate rental $5. Repeats every day through Jan. 3. 503-874-8100,

3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Storytime ages 3 - 6. Mt. 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 Association offers Silverchips woodcarving sessions. All skill levels. $2/ week. 503-873-2480

Gordon House Tours

Tours at noon, 1, 2 p.m. Thursday– Monday. Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon House, 869 W Main St., Silverton. Reservations needed. thegordonhouse. org, 503-874-6006

Saturday Lunch

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

Tuesday, Dec. 1

Wednesday, Dec. 2 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. Repeats Dec. 16. Ron, 503-873-8796

Thursday, Dec. 3 Christmas in the Garden

4 - 9 p.m., The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St., Silverton. Traditional German Christmas Market with artisan vendors, light display, traditional foods, holiday beverages. Repeats every Thursday - Sunday thru Jan. 3. 503-874-8100,

Silverton Scribes

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Informal writer’s group to share, critique writing projects. Repeats Dec. 17. 503-873-8796

Friday, Dec. 4

Ice Skating at The Garden

Adult Coloring Night

Mount Amgel Telephone Open House

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mt. Angel Telephone Company, 155 N Garfield St. Stop by for free cocoa, cider, cookies. Door prizes. 503-845-2291

Silverton Tree Lighting

6 - 7:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Material provided. Free. 503-873-8796

6 p.m., Towne Square Park, Main and Fiske, Silverton. Music, festivities start. 7 p.m. Santa arrives to light town tree.Free. 503-873-5615

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6:30 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship, 822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton. Annual holiday arrangements party. Bring containers, clippers, cut conifers, greens, accessories. Ribbon provided. Bring appetizer to share. Free; visitors welcome. Kathy, 503-873-0159

6 - 8 p.m., Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. Meet artists, view displayed artwork. Artwork on display noon - 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 27. Jan, 503-363-9310

White Oak Reception

6 - 9 p.m., White Oak, 216 E Main St., Silverton. Meet Wendy Brockhaus, oil pastels and gold foil; Douglas Beall, photography. 503-399-9193

Santa’s Sweet Shop

6 - 8 p.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St. Homemade Christmas cookies, candy. Visit with Santa after 7 p.m. Free gifts for kids. Santa in fireside room 5 - 5:30 for special needs children. 503-873-6517

First Friday Artists’ Reception

7 - 9 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St., Silverton. Artists’ reception for diverse, storewide exhibit of art, craft items. Exhibit runs thru Dec. 31. 503-873-7734

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

Saturday, Dec. 5 Pancake Breakfast

8 - 10 a.m., Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield. Breakfast and pictures with Santa. Adults $5, youth under 12 $3. Under 4 eat free. Pictures with Santa are Free – bring your own camera or smart phone and take your own pictures. 503-873-3093

Christmas Bazaar

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, 211 W Center St. Handcrafted, commercial items. 503-873-2089

Santa Mouse Bazaar

9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Silverton High, 1456 Pine St. Handmade crafts, holiday gifts, drawings, homemade baked goods. 503-873-6331

Santa Claus & Corn Dogs

11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Oak Street Church, 502 Oak St. Free event includes pictures with Santa, crafts, cookies, corndogs. 503-873-5446

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Mount Angel Hazelnut Festival

10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Festhalle, 500 S Wilco Hwy., Mount Angel. Repeats 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Dec. 7. German holiday market features regional arts and crafts, Oregon wineries and breweries and foods that feature Hazelnuts. Events include 5K road race (register at, fly-fishing demonstrations, entertainment. Christmas tree lighting with Kris Kringle. Adults $5; children 12 and under free. Repeats Dec. 6.

Pop-up Co-op

Noon - 4 p.m., Seven Brides Brewing, 990 N First St. Shop more than 25 local farmers, vendors. Repeats Dec. 6. 503-701-2206

Green Acres Tours

1 - 4 p.m., Green Acres Farm Sanctuary, 5272 NE Brush Creek Dr., Silverton. Tours, refreshments. Fresh-cut Christmas trees, wreaths, handmade gifts. Repeats 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Dec. 6. 503-873-8186,

Monday, Dec. 7 Silverton 2016 Project Graduation

7 p.m. Silverton High Library, 1456 Pine St. Parents invited to help plan the all-night senior graduation celebration. 971-282-3970

Silverton City Council

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

Mount Angel City Council

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

Tuesday, Dec. 8 Ancestry Detectives

10 a.m. – noon., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Geneaology research presentation. Open to all. Donna, 503-2093183;

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Sunday, Dec. 13

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6 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Dr. Joey Vance discusses natural treatments for Attention Deficit Disorder. Free. 971-599-1564

Thursday, Dec. 10 The Sounds of Christmas

Noon, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N Church St., Silverton. Christmas tea with Sherry Lanning playing flute in mini Christmas concert. Speaker: Janell Desmond. Cookie sample exchange; bring cookies, recipes to share. $6.50; first-time guests free. Presented by Stonecroft & The Mount Angel-Silverton Women’s Connection. Reservations: Cathy, 503-999-2291

9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Silverton City Shops, 830 McClaine St. Free event for Silverton residents; but donations of canned food for SACA accepted. Leaves must be bagged, dumped into bins and bags disposed of. Event will end before 1 p.m. if bins are full. 503-874-2281

Holiday Festival at Silver Falls

11 a.m. – 4 p.m., South Falls Lodge, Silver Falls State Park, 2004 Silver Falls Hwy., Sublimity. Make a wreath, gingerbread house, cards and ornaments. Storytelling, live music. $5 per vehicle day use fee. Repeats Dec. 13. 503-873-8735,

Celebrate Families Holiday Festival

7 p.m., location varies. Members discuss ways to fund, implement projects that benefit Silverton. Call Barbara for meeting place at 801-414-3875.

1 to 4 p.m. Silverton Community Center, 421 S. Water St. Hosted by Silverton Together and the Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce, community members are invited to make crafts, visit Santa, enjoy refreshments and vote for their favorite Christmas tree. Free. 503-873-0405.

Friday, Dec. 11

Live Nativity

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Chamber Forum Lunch

11:45 a.m., Family Birth Center, 342 Fairview St., Silverton. $12 members with reservation. $15 prospective members or no reservation. 503-8735615,

Parent’s Night Out!

6 - 10 p.m., Silverton Friends Church, 229 Eureka Ave. Parents drop off children, enjoy some alone time. Suggested donation is $10 per child, $25 per family of three or more. Funds raised cover cost of snacks, supplies. Remaining funds benefit Peace and Social Concerns. Newborn - 12 years old. RSVP: Jaime, 503-516-7427.

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2 - 4 p.m., Canyonview, 13000 NE Finlay Road, Silverton. Live Nativity, pony rides, cookies decorating, crafts, petting zoo. Admission is canned food, non-perishable items. Repeats 6 - 8 p.m. 971-239-1347,

Gingerbread House Exhibition

4 - 9 p.m., Gordon House, 879 W Main St., Silverton. Construction zone open with building materials available for guests to create gingerbread house. Refreshments. Competition houses on display Nov. 27 - Dec. 30. Gordon House open for self-guided tours so guests can view houses, vote for favorite. Construction zone repeats Dec. 13. 503-874-6006

6 p.m., Festhalle, 500 S Wilco Hwy., Mount Angel. Community Christmas carol service featuring Georgene Rice, Dawna Stutzman. Sponsored by Mt. Angel Bible Church. Free. 503-845-2804

Candles at Angel of Hope

6 p.m. Angel of Hope statue, The Oregon Garden near the Gordon House, 880 WMain St., Silverton. Candle-light vigil remembering lost loved ones, particularly children. Names will be read. Candles lit promptly at 7 p.m. Free.

Monday, Dec. 14 Mount Angel School District

6:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Middle School, 460 E Marquam. 503-845-2345

Silver Falls School District

7 p.m., Silverton Community Center, 421 S Water St. 503-873-5303

Sunday, Dec. 20 Organ Recital

9:30 a.m., First Christian Church, 402 N First St, Silverton. Gil Wittman performs Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky. Free.

Taize Prayer Service

7 p.m., Queen of Angels Monastery Chapel, 840 S Main St., Mount Angel. Singing, Scripture, silent contemplation. Free; open to public.

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and implement water projects.”

The city of Silverton needs to replace its aging water treatment plant. The city of Mt. Angel wants to improve the quality and taste of the water it provides its residents. The East Valley Water District has concerns on how it will water its crops and how to store water to use in the summer months.

Pudding River Watershed Council Coordinator Anna Rankin is working with Buchholz on the letter of intent.

The question is, can the three groups – along with other partners – find a solution to meet all their needs? That’s what they are working to find out. Representatives from cities of Silverton and Mt. Angel, the East Valley Water District, Oregon Water Resources Council, Pudding River Watershed Council and Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District met on Nov. 16 to learn about placed-based integrated water resources planning. The group discussed inviting the cities of Aurora, Woodburn and Hubbard to join in, as well as Clackamas and Marion county commissioners. The meeting to discuss collaboration on future water supply development and management was facilitated by Terry Buchholz of Integrated Water Solutions. It’s goal was to determine if there was enough interest to submit a letter of intent collaborate to the OWRC in December. “We can’t do it by ourselves,” EVWD board member Duane Eder said. “We are looking to partner.” “The cost of the infrastructure is what brings us to the table,” Silverton City Manager Bob Willoughby said. Harmony Burright with the OWRC explained place-based integrated water resources planning helps Oregon communities plan for current and future water needs. The state plans to award $750,000 in grants to three or four water basins to conduct studies. “Investments in collaborative planning will lead to better coordination between different water interests and will provide pathways for partners to identify actionable solutions to water challenges,” an OWRC document states. “Up-front planning can help communities prioritize needs and assemble the necessary support and resources to fund

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“Each individual has a part to play in protecting water resources,” Rankin said. “The development of an area plan for water resources is important because water is a shared natural resource. Since there are many different demands, a leadership group has to be developed to make informed decisions regarding integrated water resource management.”





Lauren Reese, who works for Integrated Water Solutions which has the EVWD as one of its clients, said the EVWD unanimously voted at its board meeting on Nov. 16 to participate and support the collaboration process. “It’s really encouraging that stakeholders with diverse interests and needs are willing to participate in a collaborative process for the Pudding River,” Reese said. “It is even more encouraging that each of the parties committed to a substantial amount of work and coordination in the next three weeks to ensure a letter of intent makes it to OWRC by the Dec. 7 deadline. “Each member seems very interested in ensuring the success of the potential collaborative process,” Reese added. Mt. Angel City Manager Eileen Stein said the first task is to complete the letter of interest. “The objective of the overall study would be to examine the needs of water users in the basin (which include) municipal, irrigation and environmental, i.e. habitat) and determine what’s needed to address these needs, and in what coordinated and collaborative fashion,” Stein said.


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A simple comfort By Melissa Wagoner Love is the word most commonly used by Dan Lliteras when he talks about baking at the newly opened Silver Falls Bread Co. in Silverton. “I love the daily rhythms and routines,” he said. “I love the feeling that I get when I have a great bake. I love knowing that I can redeem a less-than-great bake the following day. I love providing nourishment to my community, to offer the simple comfort of good bread. I love when a loaf comes out a little too funny looking, and when, during a quiet moment, I cut it into thick slices, slather it with good butter, and eat it while it’s still hot from the oven.” Lliteras’s passion for baking began as a craving for the quality of fresh baked bread he had access to while living in Chico, Calif. “I was buying bread from a guy named Dave Miller, who, it turns out, is a world

Silver Falls Bread Co. owner loves what he does Instead Lliteras has partnered with next door neighbor Gear-Up Coffee where his bread will be sold.

Silver Falls Bread Co. Baker and owner: Dan Lliteras

“Working with Gear-Up has been a real pleasure for me, and so I think it’s going to continue to be the only place to buy loaves here in Silverton,” Lliteras said. Retail at Gear-Up Coffee 430 McClaine St., Silverton Open weekdays 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

class baker; something I didn’t appreciate enough while I was there,” Lliteras said. After leaving Chico for Santa Barbara, he missed truly great bread and decided to take matters into his own hands by learning to bake. “I learned I really like making bread, and I started making enough for the five people I was living with,” he said. What started out as a hobby became a part-time job when he joined a bakery in

Jackson, Wyo. Later, he decided to make a change; move to Oregon and open his own business. “I settled on Silverton because it’s central to this big area where there isn’t anyone making the kind of bread I want to make, and it’s the lovely kind of small town I want to live in,” Lliteras said.

“I’ve gotten plenty of feedback that folks would like to buy right at the bakery, and I understand that people are hungry for that authentic bakery experience, where you come in and smell the bread and browse all the goodies and treats, but that’s not really what I’m doing here. I’m hyper-focused on making the best possible bread. I feel like I have a lot of ground to cover in that regard and running a retail space is a distraction I don’t want to deal with.” The bread Lliteras is describing is a European-style hearth loaf.

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oven with a lot of retained heat. It’s the only way to make the kind of bread I really love,” he said.

and I’m looking forward to playing with more flavors, but that’s mostly for novelty and fun,” Lliteras said.

Lliteras said bread should taste great and be a pleasure to eat, it should look beautiful, “seductive even, and it should be good for you.”

He said he makes sure that all the ingredients used in his breads are of the highest quality, including flour from Bob’s Red Mill. “Bob’s is great because it’s local, employee owned, and they offer a wide selection of organic stone milled flours,” he said.

Lliteras believes the bread he makes is a healthier form of the bread than that found in most supermarkets.

Although still new to baking and to Silverton, Lliteras has come to feel at home in both his vocation and location.

“I would really encourage people who’ve been avoiding gluten, if they don’t have a medical condition like Celiac Disease, to try some of my bread and sincerely evaluate how it makes them feel. “I’m making a very honest loaf of bread here; organic, long fermentation times, zero additives, not dissimilar from the breads that sustained most of our ancestors for centuries, millennia even,” he said.

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several types of loaves; a baguette, a country style sourdough, a whole grain sourdough, a dark sourdough rye, and a

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deli style sourdough rye. “I’m also making a loaf with rosemary, olives, and walnuts, and another with blue cheese and garlic,

“I love that I get to see every sunrise, when familiar faces wave as they pass by, that I can make time to visit with friends at Gear-Up over good coffee. There’s much to love about making bread. For me making bread cultivates a sense of quiet dignity. I feel quite lucky to have stumbled my way into this profession. Well, that’s how I feel on a good day, at least!”

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Family tradition of raising bees grows into Homestead Honey Co.

By Kali Ramey Martin Mike Roth has had bees in his family since the 1800s. His great-grandfather had more than 80 hives from 1894-96 in the Canby area. “I guess you could say I have bees in my blood,” Roth said. He developed his own love for bees when his dad kept them in the 1960s.

honey making and pollination service a little over six years ago, despite his dad’s warnings that “the things were too much work.” He formed Homestead Honey Co. and hasn’t looked back. “It was like I realized one day nobody’s telling me I can’t anymore. I’m getting some!” Roth said. He began to read everything he could get his hands on. His first year he bought two packages of bulk bees, caught a handful of wild swarms and ended up with about 25 working hives, which have multiplied. “Bees are fascinating. Industrious. Fun. They just make sense to me,” Roth said.

“My dad quit before I was old enough to help, but I kind of just fell in love with the smell of bees,” Roth said. When his family moved back to the Willamette Valley from the Oregon Coast he bought an empty hive. When a wild swarm moved in, he observed them with great fascination. “I used to kind of just open the lid, watch them and run,” he chuckled. “But I loved it.” Love is exactly what led him to dive into beekeeping,

He is currently working between 90 to 95 hives spread around a few “honey yards” in the area. His bees spend the early spring working pollination contracts for local growers of radish seed, apricots, cherries and sometimes berries, before being brought back to the yards in late summer for the honey harvest. In years past, his bees have even traveled down to California to help with the almond blossoms before making their way home for the local crops. Roth extracts his honey on the first of August before getting his bees settled in for the cold months. This year he harvested around 100 gallons of honey, despite the

dryer summer, which usually means a smaller yield. A big believer in maintaining the flavor nuances of honey through small batch extraction, Roth packages by the jar rather than larger gallon buckets, and avoids specific classifications like “clover” or “fireweed.” “Honey should have an individual flavor,” Roth said. With one of his honey yards near town and one in the country, he gives his bees access to a wide variety of flowers. The town bees tend to produce honey with a strong flavor and darker color. The country bees make a lighter honey with more depth of flavor, he explained. Greater than his love for keeping bees and making honey is Roth’s passion for education. He can often be found at elementary schools or the Silverton Farmer’s Market sharing the magic of beekeeping.  “I love my bees, their personalities and I love what I do. But most of all, I really enjoy talking about them,” he adds. Homestead Honey can be found at the Silverton Farmer’s Market during market season, The Chocolate Box in downtown Silverton and Roth will be participating in Silverton’s Food Co-Op, Local Motive. It can also be purchased directly through Homestead Honey Co’s Facebook page.

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Several members of Silverton High School’s FFA team recently competed at the 88th National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Ky. FFA Advisor Scott Towery said the Vet Science Team competed in the National FFA Veterinary Science Career Development Event (CDE) and received a silver placing. The team members are Jasmine Hill, Ashleigh Main, Ericka Fitch and Katelyn Brazelton. One of 42 teams participating in the National FFA Veterinary Science Career Development Event, the Silverton students had to apply veterinary science knowledge and skill in practical settings as well as identify breeds, parasites and equipment. Towery said the vet science team placed 25th in the nation. The high school’s Milk Products team also received a silver placing or 16th overall in the nation, Towery said. The team members are Naylen

Scharer, Leanne Kuenzi, Janelle Kuenzi and Lori Walters. Towery explained CDE teams and individuals are divided into bronze, silver or gold placings, with gold being top 10 to 11 in the nation, silver usually falls 12th through 30th or roughly in the middle and 30th through 50 usually bronze. “We did have some students fall into the gold individual category,” Towery said. “Jasmine Hill on the vet science team and Janelle Kuenzi on the milk products team.” Holly Kuenzi was one of  48 participants in the National FFA Creed Speaking Career Development Event. Kuenzi was awarded a Bronze emblem. “We had two American Degree recipients receiving the highest degree bestowed upon an FFA member. They are  Logan Kuenzi and Meghan Stadeli,” Towery said.

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The Kennedy High football team is one win away from the first state championship in school history. The Trojans (10-1), who were runnersup in 1989, 1991 and 2009, tangled with (11-0) Heppner on Saturday night at Hermiston High in a game played after Our Town’s presstime. Kennedy, ranked No. 4 by the OSAA, took out Irrigon 53-12, Burns 42-28 and Stanfield 34-20 to advance to the title game. The Trojans used a punishing ground game to down Stanfield on Nov. 21 at Liberty High in Hillsboro in the semifinals. Quarterback Brett Traeger rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown and running backs Jacob Lopez and Bishop Mitchell added 111 and 108 yards, respectively. Lopez, the workhorse with 23 carries, scored a touchdown. Traeger also sparked the offense through the air, hitting 5 of 11 passes for 102 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He hit Mitchell on a 36-yard touchdown and Jack Suing on an 18-yard score. Mitchell completed the scoring for the Trojans with a 17-yard interception return for the final score of the game. Mitchell totaled 186 yards, counting rushing, receiving and returns. Dylan Arritola (7.5 tackles), Owen Seiler (6.5 tackles) and Tom Schmidt (6 tackles) sparked the defense, which forced three Stanfield turnovers. Mitchell finished with two interceptions and Christian Larios recovered a fumble. Turf update: The campaign to add artificial turf and remodel McGinnis Field at Silverton High has reached the halfway point in terms of cash donations and grants, athletic director Greg Kaatz said. The group has $225,000 in donations and grants. “A special thanks goes out to Jeremy McCart and Silverton’s Les Schwab Tire Center for their support in the amount of $25,000,” Kaatz said. In addition, the project is teaming with K&E Excavating of Salem to work on the foundation for the field. The project is looking for community assistance for some in-kind donations. Immediate needs are: 1,250 linear feet of 6-inch concrete for curbing 1,250 linear feet of 2 x 6 boards and installation to the curbing as a border for

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turf attachment. Asphalt paving at the south end and partial paving at the north end. 800 linear feet of asphalt sawing/cutting Those who want to help should contact Kaatz at 503-507-2240 or kaatz_greg@ Volleyball correction: I erred in my column in the Nov. 15 edition on the Silverton volleyball program. Yes, the Foxes had a tremendous season with an 11-3 Mid-Willamette Conference record and a spot in the Class 5A quarterfinals, but it turns out it wasn’t the best season in 40 years. Jim Bingham, who started the volleyball program, has advised Our Town that his 1975 and 1991 teams both reached the state semifinals. In 1975, the Foxes, who were playing in Class 3A, then the highest classification, won their quarterfinal match against Grants Pass before falling in the semifinals to eventual champion Beaverton. Bend defeated the Foxes in the match for third place. Karen Fleming and Rene Hatton of the Foxes were named second-team all-tournament. In the 16-team 1991 tourney the Foxes opened with a win against Glide and downed Burns in the quarterfinals. Silverton again was defeated by the eventual champion – this time it was Henley – in the semifinals and lost a hard-fought match for third place with Lakeview in which the third set was 15-12. Linda Redman of the Foxes was a first-team all-tournament selection. Hazelnut race: It’s not too late to sign up for the Run For Your Nuts, on Saturday, Dec. 5 in Mount Angel. The 5K event starts and finishes at the Festhalle and $27 day-of-the-race signups and bib pickups for those who signed up early starts at 9 a.m. The race starts at 10 a.m., with finishers receiving a bag of hazelnuts and admission to the Hazelnut Festival. Follow me on @jameshday. Got a news tip? Email me at

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Rep. Gilliam shares health news To all our friends in District 18,

I have been recently told that I am likely one of the thousands of Americans who may be afflicted with ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The neurological disease is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. While ALS can be difficult to diagnose, lacking a single definitive test, I am experiencing difficulties with speech and a loss of coordination. I’m fortunate to have access to quality health care including the kind support of the ALS Center & Association Chapter in Oregon.  Preliminary evaluations were inconclusive and we’ve been pursuing procedures that may identify or rule out conditions that mimic ALS.  I’m especially grateful to be mobile and active and we’re looking forward to positive results from upcoming tests and therapies.

please know you are welcome to reach me at vic@repvicgilliam. com. Thank you for the honor to serve as your State Representative. I still marvel as I walk (perhaps not as smoothly now) through the rotunda of our State Capitol to our district office. But if symptoms should make it too difficult to continue, I will leave with the greatest love for this state and our district and celebrate our optimism for the future. I also wanted to share that faith has been crucial for facing this new chapter of life. Becky and I are finding comfort in these words of Jesus: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” May God always bless you, Vic Gilliam State Representative House District 18

Becky and I feel it’s important to open our hearts and share this possible but likely diagnosis of ALS with you as my constituents and friends, in a more public way.

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For the 17th year, Silverton’s Zenith Woman’s Club is sponsoring the “Tree of Giving.” Christmas trees will be displayed at five locations in Silverton now until Friday, Dec. 11. Locations include: Rite-Aid, 333 Westfield St.; Safeway, 301 Westfield St.; Hi-School Pharmacy, 406 McClaine St.; Immanuel Lutheran Church, 203 W. Main St. and the United Methodist Church, 303 N. Church St. Each paper ornament has clothing sizes for a qualified child in the Silver Falls School District. Willing helpers are asked to pick an ornament and shop for new clothing items as specified on the list, wrap the items and return them to a drop off site by Dec. 11 with the paper ornament attached. Any toys purchased must be unwrapped. Used clothing items will not be accepted for the gift drive, but will be donated to the community closet at Silverton Seventh-Day Adventist Church. At the Silverton Tree Lighting on Dec. 4, the United Methodist Church will have its “Tree of Giving” available. Zenith Club women will be available to answer questions. If your family or business wishes to sponsor a family, it can be can set up at that time. To help or make a donation, call Jeanette Olafson, 503-873-5588. The club accepts monetary donations for the project. Checks may be made out and sent to: Silverton Zenith Woman’s Club, P.O. Box 1273, Silverton OR 97381.


FOR SALE: Whirlpool top loaded washing machine.  Clean, works well.  $250 cash 503-873-5975.   Glockenspiel German Christmas Dinner:  The Glockenspiel Restaurant in Mt. Angel is hosting its second annual German Weihnachten Dinner. Because of popular demand, we will be hosting this event twice, Friday, Dec. 11 and Friday, Dec. 18 from 5 p.m. till 9 p.m. We will offer a traditional German Christmas Dinner served family style featuring: Gurkensalat, marinated cucumber salad with sour cream, Maultaschen, Swabian meat stuffed ravioli in broth, Sauerbraten, beef marinated in  a sweet and sour sauce and served with ginger gravy, Rouladen, beef rolled with bacon, dill pickle, onion and mustard and simmered until tender, Kartoffelklossen, Glockenspiel- style hand made potato dumplings, Cambozola Kase Brot-Pudding, hearty combination of wild mushrooms, onions, and rich cheese bread pudding and Stollen, a traditional German sweet yeast bread with fruits and nuts. We will have German wine tasting, Marlene Meissner will be performing Christmas music on the accordion, and Saint Nicholas will be stopping in for a visit. The Weihnachten Platte is $27 a plate for adults and $10 for children. We will also have our regular menu available. To make reservations call 503-845-6222. U-PICK / WE-CUT Christmas Trees. Grass between the rows, no muc between the toes. Grand fir. Noble & Douglas fir. Any size $15. Open Friday after Thanksgiving through Dec. 20. Hour: Mon-Thur 3:30pm-Dusk. Fri, Sat & Sun 9:00am-Dusk. 16818 S. Abiqua Rd. NE Silverton. Rick. 503-873-5214 or 503-910-7604. U/WE CUT NOBLE FIR Christmas Trees. From Silverton, go up West Main St to the top of the hill. Turn left onto Victor Point/Drift Creek Rd.  Look for signs.  All left turns to 3644 Fraser Rd SE.   503-873-5654 Propane HeateR Push button start. 5ft tall.  503-873-5634

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FOR SALE New Avalir Kirby vacuum with all attachments, instructions and CD. Only used less than one hour. $1500 OBO. 541297-2150 HAMPTON FARMS CHRISTMAS TREES – 11114 James Way, Aumsville. Open 10am to Dark Daily Nov. 27th – Dec. 20th. 503-749-2113 • 503-508-9054. Noble Fir 5’-12’ Fresh cut and U-Cut $9.98-$29.98. From Highway 22 Exit 12 at Santiam Golf Club Road, go north on Golf Club Road to Steinkamp, turn left and continue to Sherman Road, turn right on Sherman to James Way. Turn left on James Way to the first visible house on the left. U/WE CUT NOBLE FIR Christmas Trees. From Sublimity, Take Cascade Hwy north, turn right onto 214 N (Silver Falls Hwy) 4 miles, turn left onto Drift Creek Rd, follow  the signs to 3644 Fraser Rd SE.  503-873-5654


RELIABLE Licensed Handyman/ Contractor needed for property management company. Call Vivian at 503-873-7069 if you’re interested! Your Home Property Management.

NOTICES Dr. Kris Ritchey is a naturopathic physician in Wilsonville, who is well versed in nutrition and treating chronic illness brought on by diet and life style choices. Dr. Kris Ritchey is founder of “6 Easy Steps to a Healthier You.” 
Dec. 1 – FOOD & DRINK. Holidays filled with food kryptonite? Introduction to no-guilt food and beverage choices your family & friends will love. Easy to make, delicious eye-catching recipes. Handouts included, one-hour sessions, $15. 
Dec. 15 – TAKING CARE OF YOU. Holidays can cause over stress, over spend, over eat, under sleep, taking a toll on your immune system. This class is devoted to eays to keep you & your family healthy through the cold, flu & holiday season. Handouts included, one-hour sessions, $15.
Call 503-949-1984 to reserve your seat at 5th Ave. Healing Arts, 38871 S. Hwy 226, Scio.

COLLECTING Bottles and cans for school trip to Europe. Please call 503-845-9651 if you’d like to donate. BE A BIG LOSER Join Tops-Take off pounds sensibly.  Call 503-5019824 or 503-569-0442.  Meet every Thursday 6pm at St Paul’s Church on Pine.


CORNER UNIT 1900 SF Commercial Space Downtown Mount Angel Lots of windows. Great street exposure Possible drive through Two private offices $1200 plus deposit. 3H Management Group 503-873-9236    


The Silverton East Coast 2016 Group is raising funds for its trip next June. They are available to do yard work most weekends from now through next June (raking, shoveling, weeding, stall cleaning and more). Please give us a call at 503-932-3058 or email and we will see if we can tackle your project! Crew sizes vary. Tere will always be at least one adult present with the kids. We look forward to seeing what we can do! MATH TUTOR  All levels, $25 per hour. 503-995-5518 in Silverton VISIONS CLEANING Excellent references $65-$75 per clean. Pre and after party clean up. Invision coming home to a clean and organized home. 503-868-8107.   PIANO LESSONS For children and adults. Contact Kathleen Haslebacher at 503-873-6429. BEFORE THE FALL Yardwork & Lawn Maintenance. Pressure washing, trimming/edging, mowing, pruning, rototilling, bark/ soil placement, gutter cleaning, hauling chainsaw work. Free estimates. Call 503-508-0388 or 503-871-7295. HERNANDEZ LANDSCAPING mowing,edging, fertilizing, weed control, clean-ups, bark dust, on going maintenance, and more. Free yard debris hauling. Free estimates. Lic# 10370   503-989-5694 or 503-719-9953

GASPER’S CLEANING SERVICE SOLUTIONS Complete general Janitorial Services, Home and Business and Construction Cleaning. Deep cleaning to prepare the home for sale. Move in-Move out. Window cleaning – Housekeeping. Frances 503-949-5040 or 503-873-6209 CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS Residential, light commercial, new buildings, additions, remodeling. Reasonable rates. Michael Finkelstein Design, 503-873-8215. TINA’S LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE Mowing, Edging, Bark Dusting, Fertilizing, Pruning, Thatching and Aerating, On Going Maintenance and Clean-up, Yard debris/Hauling.  CBL# 9404     971-216-1093 CASCADE CONCEALED CARRY INSTRUCTIONS INC. is teaching Oregon concealed hand gun classes on the 1st and multi state on the 3rd Saturday. Call for location. Visit our website at or call 503-580-0753  


1997 Thunderbird 4.6 liter V8, 2 door coup, pictures, details and maintenance history available. Asking $1,250. Phone 503-9995898 e-mail: ggbarker@hotmail. com.


OLD WOODWORKING TOOLS WANTED I’m a woodworker buying old Stanley or wooden hand planes, chisels, tool chests, or any unusual/ related items. 503-364-5856 OLD LOGGING TOOLS WANTED I’m a private collector buying logging undercutters, falling axes, hook bottles, crosscut saw filing tools, any unusual items. 503-364-5856.

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A Grin at the End

The third law... It used to be said that nothing will make you a bigger liar you than your dog or your kid.

“How about trying Anchorage?” I said. “They’re on the same time zone.”

“Oh, my dog would never do something like that,” you’d say, just as your dog did that very thing — right on the neighbor’s front yard.

“Yeah, but I don’t really care much for Anchorage. They don’t have Fairbanks?” “Apparently not,” I said.

Similarly, you’d say, “My child has never done anything like that,” just before the police officer called you up to inform you that your precious son had been seen spinning doughnuts in his car in the supermarket parking lot. It occurred to me that there’s a third corollary to those two laws. It goes something like this: Whenever you are trying to show someone something on a computer, it won’t work. The other day I was helping a friend get going on her brand new iPad. Boy howdy, that corollary was in full control. We managed to get it going by pushing the little deely-bobber on the top and then by tapping in her secret code on the whatcha-hoozer.

Wifi hotspot using my cell phone.” I got out my phone, switched around some settings and — nothing. I started to feel as though we were in a Wifi black hole. I changed tactics and went back to the basics. “This is the clock,” I said. “See , you can tell what time it is anywhere in the world.” “Well, that’s kinda neat,” she said. “Can we add a city?”

That was the extent of the computerized cooperation for the day. The first challenge was to get on the Internet.

“Sure,” I said. “Name any city and it’ll tell you what time it is.”

“Oh, that’s easy,” I told her. “All you have to do is go to Settings and touch this and do that and voilà.”

“OK, how about Fairbanks, Alaska?”

Nothing. I tried it again. Still nothing. Then I really tried to pull a rabbit out of my hat.

“No problem, you just type in F-A-I-R-B-A-N-K-S and there you ….”

“Not to worry,” I said. “I can set up our own personal

No Fairbanks is listed.

We spent an hour and a half with the iPad. We did get the email working, but then we got a message back: “Don’t use that email address. You’ll get some lady in Orlando.” All I could think was, “Hey, we got someone. Who knows, the Orlando lady might be nicer than the one we’ve been trying to contact.” We continued to work on things such as downloading podcasts and books. “You know, a podcast is kind of like a radio show,” I said. “Oh, that’s nice,” she said. “Kinda like turning on the radio.” “And look, here’s how you can download a book,” I said. It didn’t work, because the blankety-blank Wifi wasn’t working. “Oh, that’s OK, I can just go to the library,” she said. “They have lots of books there.”

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COUNTRY Micha Christman Property Manager 873-1425

Marcia Branstetter Broker, GRI 873-3545 ext. 318

Becky Craig Broker 873-3545 ext. 313

Michael Schmidt Broker, GRI 873-3545 ext. 314

Ryan Wertz Broker 873-3545 ext. 322

Meredith Wertz Broker, GRI 873-3545 ext. 324

Chuck White Broker 873-3545 ext. 325


Christina Williamson Broker INext.TOWN 873-3545 315

Mason Branstetter Principal Broker, GRI 873-3545 ext.CONSTRUCTION 303 NEW HOME







STAYTON/SUBLIM FO COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL #T2042 & #T2165 SILVER CLIFF ESTATES Wonderful manufactured home community where homeowners own their own homes and their own land 2 lots available. Lot #62 $32,000 and lot #88 $35,900. Call Chuck at ext. 325

#T2230 NEW HOUSE 4BR, 2.5BA 1946 sqft. Call Michael at ext. 314 $269,000 (WVMLS#693087)


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


NEW! – #T2259 RANCH STYLE HOME IN SILVERTON 3BR, 1.5BA 1386 sqft.Call Chuck at ext. 325 $239,900 (WVMLS#697104)


NEW-#T2258 GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD 3BR, 2BA 1356 sqft. Call Michael at ext. 314 $239,000 (WVMLS#697103)


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

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

#T2238 NEWER HOME ON LARGE LOT $384,500 Large lot in the trees on a private drive. Large windows make the space light and bright. Workshop 27.3x13 and an art studio 27.1x10.9 in home. Detached garage. Greenhouse!! Kitchen overlooks backyard and the resident deer. 3rd bedroom lacks a closet and is used as an office. Call Marcia at ext. 318 (WVMLS#693811)

#T2254 ALMOST AN ACRE IN TOWN 4 BR, 2BA 1818 sqft..890 acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $357,700 (WVMLS#695939)



#T2256 LOTS OF SPACE 5 BR, 2.5 BA 2823sqft. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $368,400 (WVMLS#696227)

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





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






#T2243 WONDERFUL POTENTIAL 12.51 acres. (WVMLS#695519) Well/Septic in place Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan #T2227 MT. ANGEL COTTAGE 2BR, 1BA 784 (WVMLS#694402) at IN ext. TOWN 322 $143,800 sqft. Chuck at ext. 325 or Michael at ext. 314 NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION INCall TOWN NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION IN TOWN NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION $169,900 (WVMLS#692639) #T2249 POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT 2BR, 1 BA #T2213 DAYTON – DUPLEX IN DAYTON 6BR, #T2233 2 ACRE LOT 2 acres Call Chuck at ext. 912 sqft. 7.97 acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan 5BA 2635 sqft. Call Chuck at ext. 325 $259,000 325 $189,500 (WVMLS#693008) (WVMLS#691241) at ext. 322 $435,000 (WVMLS#695538, 695508) #T2253 IDANHA – PRIVATE RETREAT 4 BR, 2BA #T2248 PARK LIKE SETTING 2BR, 2BA 1590 1150 sqft.Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 sqft.17.680 acres Call Chuck at ext. 325 $469,900 $189,900 (WVMLS#695740) #T2177 BREATHTAKING VIEWS 9.8 acres bare (WVMLS#695519) land. Call Chuck at ext. 325 $289,000 (WVMLS#685987) PENDING! – #T2255 GREAT HORSE PROPERTY #T2212 SECLUDED 22.7 ACRES 22.7 Acres Call 2 BR, 2BA 1802 sqft.5.0 acres Call Meredith at ext. #T2242 EXCELLENT EXPOSURE 37,954 SqFt Meredith at ext. 324 or Ryan at ext. 322 $229,900 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $389,900 (WVMLS#696101) Lot Commercial Call Mason at ext 303 $385,000 (WVMLS#691178)




#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




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


Acreage above Scotts Mills. Great property for TOWNWOODBURN KEIZER H Christmas Trees or pasture ground. Owner planted TO BARELAND/LOTS approx.. 5,000 Noble Fir Trees. COMMERCIAL/INDUST 3BR, 2BA 1539 COUNTRY manufactured home on property has little TOWN sqft value. Sold “as-is” Call Meredith at ext. 324 or FOR LEASE/COMME FOR RE Ryan at ext. 322 AUMSVILLE/TURNER IN TOWNTOW NEW H TOWN KEIZE WOODBURN COUNTRY/ACREAGE WOODBU SILVE BARELAND/LOTS CO TOWN HU #T2103 HIGH VISIBILITY/TRAFFIC COMMERCIAL #T2243 WONDERFUL POTENTIAL 12.51 acres. AUMSV STAYTON/SUBLIMITY OTHER COMMUNITIES PROPERTY 1.46 acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Well/Septic in place Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan SILVERTON WOODBUR Ryan at ext. 322 or Mike at ext. 326 $450,000 at ext. 322 $143,800 LAND/ACREAGE SILVERTON TOWN #T2165 LOT #62 IN SILVER CLIFF ESTATES HUBBARD .12 Acre lot. Call Chuck at ext. 325 $32,000 HUBBARD #T2235 DUAL LIVING IN SALEM 6BR, 4BA 3324 COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL COU sqft. Call Meredith at ext. 324 or Ryan at ext. 322 #T2042 LOT #88 IN SILVER CLIFF ESTATES STAYC OTHER $309,900 .12 acre lot. Call Chuck at ext. 325 $35,900 FOR LEASE/COMMERCIAL FOR RENT TOWN #T2244 SPACIOUS 2 STORY HOME 4BR, LA TOWN 2.5BA 2530 sqft. Call Chuck at ext. 325 $309,900 TOWN #T2219 45 DIVIDABLE ACRES 45 Acres. Call MiKEIZER WOODBURN chael at ext. 314 $610,000 BARELAND/LOTS #T2248 PARK LIKE SETTING 2BR, 2BA 1590 COUNTRY COUNTRY COM sqft.17.680 acres Call Chuck at ext. 325 $469,900 TOWN (WVMLS#682938)


SOLD! – #T2229 CUTE COTTAGE 3BR, 1BA 955 sqft. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $149,900 (WVMLS#692745)



#T2245 FANTASTIC VALLEY VIEWS $394,900 Abiqua Heights Neighborhood. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bath with bonus room, family room, formal living and dining. Upstairs bonus room can be office, another bedroom or whatever you can imagine. Wood floors, granite counter tops, many modern amenities. Professionally landscaped and read to move into! (WVMLS#695155)









#T2245 FANTASTIC VALLEY VIEWS 3 BR, 2.5BA 2644 sqft. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $394,900 (WVMLS#695155)

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Our Town North: December 1, 2015  

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

Our Town North: December 1, 2015  

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