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Setting limits By Kristine Thomas A clearer line needs to be drawn to define what is harassment. Students need to know when the line has been crossed and what consequences they will face for crossing it. That, along with what defines appropriate conduct for a school board member communicating using social media, were the two messages shared by several people who attended the Silver Falls School board meeting Nov. 14. “There needs to be a fine line drawn in the sand so students know what is acceptable. Both sides are getting picked on,” parent Enez Bradford said. “This is a teachable moment but we can’t gloss it over. It needs to be dealt with.” Parents who addressed the board were concerned about what has taken place regarding bullying and harassment following the Nov. 8 election of Republican President-Elect Donald Trump. A pro-Trump rally on election day by

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about 35 Silverton High School students sparked a discourse of inappropriate comments. Hispanic students were told to pack their bags and go home to Mexico. Trump supporters reported being called names and cursed at. One student displayed a Confederate flag.

The superintendent said work is being done, mostly with the high school staff, to address the issue and to teach students what is and isn’t appropriate behavior. Silverton parent Elizabeth Neves is a licensed professional counselor working at the Oregon State Hospital. As a state worker, she was required to attend training about multicultural/diversity awareness, sensitivity and competencies.

Tensions were elevated after the election, leading Silverton High School Principal Justin Lieuallen to four meetings - one with each grade level - to teach students skills on how to respectfully communicate and interact with one another, regardless of ideas or opinions

“As a counselor, I listen to stories of lifechanging events, including instances of discrimination, intolerance, and trauma,” she said.

Silver Falls School District Superintendent Andy Bellando said regardless of individual political views, people need to stand together as a community to make sure that each and every student feels safe, welcome and supported at school. He said he has received multiple emails and phone calls.

Neves said the planned political rally on Nov. 8 at the high school was traumatic to multiple students and adults. It highlighted the ongoing problem, she said, that words and opinions cloaked as “freedom of speech” often result from of a lack of diversity training and education.

“This means that we will not tolerate harassment, intimidation or bigotry in any shape or form. This is central to our mission as a school district,” Bellando said.

“Freedom of speech is not hateful remarks like ‘Pack your bags, you’re leaving tomorrow’ and ‘Tell your family good-bye’ being shouted at Hispanic students,” she

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She shared how language can be a weapon that can hurt or help a person. “However, what has been witnessed and expressed here recently by students under the guise of freedom of speech is not acceptable and, worse, sets the stage for harm to be done to students’ developing identities,” Neves said. She encouraged the board to provide both students and the community a “thorough and ongoing trauma-informed cultural competency training series.” “A comprehensive training opportunity will help heal the damage for our school and community and put us in the forefront of positive news; fostering humility, community, and promoting understanding; something that our children and Silverton at large will thrive under,” Neves said.  

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behavior of board member Todd White and to ask the board to censure White. “Mr. White has been long known among Silverton area Facebook users to be a cyber bully, calling people names, and using threatening language when he does not agree with a person's point of view,” Nealon told the board. Nealon said she believes White’s social media behavior violates both the school board’s code of conduct as well as the code of conduct signed by all SHS students. “These codes are particularly important at a time like now when students have recently harassed one another due to conflicts over the election,” Nealon said. “It is at these times that we particularly need excellent leadership and demonstrations of how to treat one another. Our board member Todd White demonstrates neither the leadership skills nor temperament our students should aspire to.”

Both Nealon and Naseem Rakha, a SHS parent, gave the board and Bellando several examples of messages sent by White on Facebook. “I implore the board to take a look at these messages he has sent out and censure this behavior,” Nealon said. “In doing so, this will send a message of solidarity amongst the board members that they are putting our children first. That we come together as a community to work through these tough times.” Rakha said the messages on social media are hateful and disregard the “very real fear so many people -- many of them children -- have, and it violates the Board’s Code of Conduct.” “The greater issue here is that we need sympathy and empathy for one another,” Rakha said, adding what is happening at the school is a microcosm of what is happening in the city, state and country. Nealon emphasized to the board the importance of addressing parents’ concerns

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“This is the tipping point of a very long and systematic history in this town,” Nealon said. “Anyone can be bullied. We want to discuss solutions to better our schools where everyone feels included.”

Board member Aaron Koch told Rodriguez he was sorry for what has happened to her. Koch said Silverton is a tight-knit community that cares about its students. He challenged community members and parents to be aware of what is being said in their homes and any time inappropriate comments are made to make it clear it is not acceptable.

SHS senior Karla Rodriguez told the board the students who held the pro-Trump rally took their freedom of speech and turned it into racism and discrimination. She said she is scared to attend school and she has been cyber bullied. She also has been the victim of rumors. After the meeting, she said she wants the harassment at the school to stop. “Everyone needs to be aware of the issue,” she said. “I am not letting go of the issue and pretending it’s not a big deal.” Freshman Hannah Brown told the board not to ignore or gloss over what is happening at the high school. “There is a history of systematic racism in our country,” she said. “We can’t pretend it

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Mutual respect By Steve Ritchie Post-election tension and conflicts have crept into schools in many places around the country, but school administrators and students in the Mount Angel School District say there have been no school-related issues to Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s election victory Nov. 8. Students in Mount Angel’s three public schools are more than 50 percent Latino. Some children and families could be in jeopardy, if Trump follows through on his campaign promises to deport undocumented immigrants. Middle school principal Jennifer McCallum believes some of her students are concerned about the future. “I think it’s definitely there,” McCallum said. “I’ve had one kid so far who has expressed concern to me about it, and that says to me that if one kid has talked to me I know other kids and families are, too. They have all these pressures on them, and they’re scared and worried. And how do they come to school and learn when they’re dealing with that?”

No reports of post-election tension in Mount Angel schools you. Just that consistency of ‘we’re here.’ Nobody knows what’s going to happen, but we have to try to alleviate some of their fears. It’s not going to happen right now,” McCallum said.

While the election was discussed both in class and among friends, none of them said they had experienced or witnessed anything inappropriate. “We’re not immune to conflict,” Katie Voss, principal at St. Mary’s School said. “Teachers, students and families in our district have a diverse range of perspectives and come from a variety of backgrounds.  We try to be proactive about celebrating the positive character traits or virtues our students bring to the St. Mary’s community.”

Kennedy High School Principal Sean Aker said neither the high school nor the middle school have witnessed any hate speech or behavior that could be interpreted as threatening or bullying during or after the election campaign. “Since I have been here there have not been any incidents between (ethnic) groups,” Aker said, noting the high school is 53 percent Latino and 46 percent Anglo. He believes the climate at Kennedy promotes acceptance and mutual respect.

McCallum said her staff displays their support for their students.

“I haven’t seen any problems. I’ve never been in a classroom here where students were arguing. It is always a cohesive learning environment. I will say that I think our staff has done a really good job – whether it’s this issue or another one – of making sure they reiterate the character of our school which is very positive, inclusive and accepting. Our substitute teachers consistently tell us ‘Your kids are great’ and there are no behavior issues.”

“We tell them we’re going to be here every day for you, and you are going to be here and we’re going to teach

Aker’s assessment is backed by students who were interviewed for this story.

Voss said staff, community members and students model and promote inclusive behavior that indicates “we are stronger because we are diverse.” Superintendent Troy Stoops said the Mount Angel schools have been fortunate to date with no evidence of anxiety or public concerns following the election. He said the small district embraces its diversity and incorporates “Virtues” into its daily lessons, activities and actions. “We have similar challenges as many other districts, but we are unique in the manner in which we promote community service, getting students involved and using Virtues as a tool to build positive character with our students,” Stoops said.  The Virtues First program was developed by former Kennedy High Football Coach Randy Traeger.

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McCallum believes diversity in Mount Angel schools is a positive thing and helps the students relate better to those of different backgrounds. “We have to be aware and respectful of (our students) and embrace everybody’s differences and diversity,” McCallum said. “It’s phenomenal. I want to have a diverse population here and have people feel safe talking about and talking to each other being kind and respectful. We have to be able to talk to each other, and express our differences in a way that is respectful and appropriate.” McCallum said social media can pose challenges for young people, especially in middle and high school. But she says it also provides an opportunity for teaching tolerance and respect. “We tell the kids, ‘You have to be aware that words have power, and here we want you to use it for good and be kind to each other.’ Middle school is hard because they don’t always have the impulse control. Sometimes they will say things, and then it’s like ‘oh what did I say, I didn’t mean it.’ We need to teach them that everyone is different and has different opinions and that’s okay. But we need to be kind about it and respectful and not be

hurtful,” McCallum said. “We are so lucky to have a community here that can do that. We have great kids and great parents and they are so supportive,” McCallum said. “They’re kids and kids are going to say things, but I think it’s the action and the follow-up, and how to use it as a teaching moment and help them learn from it.”

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Kevin Ortega splits his time between St. Mary’s Elementary and Mount Angel Middle schools. “I am glad to report the poor behavior related to the election has not been brought to my attention,” Ortega said. “I helped one student deal with some stress the morning after the election and am aware of a teacher who did the same for another student, but neither of these incidents were provoked by other students. For the most part, the day after the election was like most every other day.”

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By Nancy Jennings and Kristine Thomas He’s not jolly and so upset that he’s refusing to eat warm chocolate chip cookies and frothy, cold milk. In fact, according to Elf Eliza Doolittle, he’s a bit mystified at how rudely some people are behaving, especially with Christmas around the corner. The things people are posting on social media sites and saying to one another have him crossing off names on the good list and adding them to the bad list. Yes, Silverton and Mount Angel, Santa Claus is disappointed at how some people are acting, especially before and after the election. “If you want Santa to come visit, you have to behave yourselves,” Nancy Agee, 80, of Mount Angel said. Fortunately, Elf Eliza said Santa’s a forgiving soul and willing to give everyone a chance to get back in his good graces. People in Mount Angel and Silverton were asked what advice they would give to help

someone get on, or stay on, Santa’s good list. Here’s what we learned: On a rainy Tuesday afternoon, Otto Stadeli, 88; Vivian Haney, 71; and Margaret Hall, 75, were playing pinochle when they took time out to share some advice. Hall said being kind to one another makes all the difference. “Live by the Golden Rule,” Hall said. “Simply treat others the way you want to be treated.” Haney isn’t surprised Santa’s upset. “I don’t think people stop to think things through before they say or do something,” she said. “If everyone would just be kind. It doesn’t take much. When you are walking down the street, say hello.” Stadeli advises people to “Trust in God” and follow his advice. Silverton Senior Center Executive Director Dodie Brockamp wasn’t shocked to hear Santa Claus was revising his list.

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“People have been naughty and not kind or forgiving,” Brockamp said. “They certainly have not been kind with their words.” Her advice is to be forgiving, generous with your time, to get along and to love on another. “The election is over,” she said. “Now is the time to make the best of the situation. We are a country of fortitude and helping others.” Abram Lauch, 12; Ellie Launch, 11; Tiare Velasquez, 12; and Leah Kately were walking or riding bikes to Coolidge - McClaine Park when they stopped to consider what they could do to stay on Santa’s good list. “I would tell my brother,” Ellie said, glancing over at Abram, “to do his chores. He didn’t clean the kitchen or the living room and I had to do it for him.” All three girls said kids their age should listen to their parents and their teachers. “They need to remember to be respectful,” Kately said. She reminded people not to

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lend a helping hand whenever needed.” Hoffert’s advice was for her generation. “We all need to treat our parents better and be appreciative of what they have done for us,” Hoffert said. “I would suggest people my age surprise their parents and do nice things for them and help them out when they need it.” She also suggested when people see someone who needs help, help. “If you see a woman struggling to carry her groceries, help her out,” she said. “I would suggest people do what they can to spread love and happiness.” Shayla Davis of Shayla Lynn Jewelry and Gifts in Silverton advises people to shop locally when possible especially for gifts. “To get back on Santa’s good list, people should make it a habit to reduce, reuse and recycle,” she added. Silverton Police Chief Jeff Fossholm is thankful he lives and works in Silverton. “This is really a great community. We may not have the same opinions but we respect

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At times I have. At times I haven’t. As we enter a season of picking out the things we are grateful for, there’s a small voice in my head that says I have a right to hold back. To be just a little bit snarky about thankfulness. This year has been a doosy. And frankly, despite the fact that my kid might be the best sleeper ever, this year has made me tired. But unless I intend on selling myself short, which I do not, I should be at the head of the thankfulness parade. Because for all of the difficulty this year has brought to my life, it has also brought great beauty.

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Not outer beauty. Not pretty, shiny, easy-to-love type beauty. We’re talking hard-earned, time-tested stuff. Patina. Character. Like the fact that through the depths of a painful divorce, my family has learned to listen, really listen to each other. To communicate honestly. Openly. With care and respect. The fact that my previously difficult relationship with my brother has been restored and frankly, blown wide open by vulnerability and humility. It’s nothing short of a miracle. We’re still not perfect by any means, but it’s staggering how much good has come out of such ugliness. And though we’ve all got our battle wounds, the path towards healing has been nothing short of beautiful. Or the fact that despite the many – and I mean many – moments of doubting myself as a parent in every possible way, there is a very healthy, and happy almost 1-year-old

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crawling around my feet as I write this. A kiddo who has simultaneously had me asking, “could it possibly get any better than this?” and “what am I doing wrong!?” in the same breath.

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A baby who, freshly born, snuggled into my chest as we welcomed this year in the wee hours last January, and a baby who will go to sleep one year older as we bid it adieu. You’d better believe I’ll be thankful this year.

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Customers greeted each other with hugs and handshakes in the warmth of Silver Falls Bread Co. in Silverton Nov. 19 during the Late Season Saturday Market. “The idea was, as far as I can tell, Stacy Higby’s,” Dan Lliteras, owner of Silver Falls Bread Co. explained. “Years past, a handful of local producers continued to meet informally in Silver Falls Bread Co., 432 McClaine St., Silverton hosts the Late Season Saturday Market, 10 a.m. to the parking lot where the 12 p.m Farmer’s Market is held. everything from late season vegetables and fruits to Stacy was interested in finding an indoor space so meats, flours, pasta and of course fresh bread baked by everyone could stay warm and dry. I was very happy to Lliteras himself. offer up the bakery.” Currently there are six vendors meeting every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, sharing tables and selling

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Adventure with wine By Kristine Thomas It wasn’t in Oregon, where he grew up, where it happened. Or California, where he went to college. Both states well-known for their wineries and vineyards. Instead, it was Chicago where Mike Hinds tumbled down what he describes as the “wine rabbit hole.” Working as a website developer for the University of Illinois, Chicago’s School of Public Health, Hinds recalled the night he went into a wine store and purchase a bottle of wine to go with some Humboldt Fog cheese that he was taking to a gathering. “When I bought that bottle of wine in Chicago, the wine clerk told me it would change my life,” Hinds said. “I didn’t know how quite literal that would be.” Hinds, 46, recalls the wine he chose was a Vouvray. “It was unlike anything I had ever had and it captivated me,” he said. “It was a complete mystery to me how the wine got this way.” He wanted to know how a wine could be so magical with food. That wine launched his passion to study wine, including working at wine shops in Chicago during his evenings and weekends. “I followed my own palate and found out what kinds of wine I liked,” he said. “I tended to like wines that had native, indigenous yeasts. I gravitated to wines that spoke to me.” In 2012, after four years in Chicago, he decided it was time to return to Oregon and pursue his interest in wine and winemaking. He landed a job at Oregon State University and started taking viticulture classes at Chemeketa Community College. He also began working at Illahe Vineyards to learn about winemaking and growing wine grapes. In 2013, he made his first wines and in 2014, he started Franchere Wine Co., where he is the winemaker and owner. Inspired by the adventurous spirit of his great, great, great grandfather Gabriel Franchere is how Hinds chose to name his winery and how to design the labels. A native of Montreal and a clerk in the John Jacob Astor’s fur empire, Gabriel Franchere voyaged to Oregon in 1811 on the ill-fated ship, Tonquin; helped establish the original Fort Astoria and spent three years exploring Oregon before returning to

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Franchere Wine Co. Winemaker and owner Mike Hinds invites guests to taste his wines at his open house Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4, noon to 5 p.m. at Hanson Vineyards, 34948 S. Barlow Road in Monitor. There is a tasting fee of $10 per person, but each tasting fee is waived with the purchase of one bottle purchased. For information, visit www. or call 503-877-4935. Montreal. “My grandparents settled in the Willamette Valley in the 1940s and I now make wine here using artisan, traditionalist techniques,” Hinds said. “My goal is to make wines that are as pure as the Oregon landscape itself.” Making wine is quite different from the adventure he began after graduating from Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., with a degree in English literature. After college, he started a record label, something he did for 10 years. He’s worked as a website developer, something he still does as a freelancer. Making wine uses both his creative and science interests, he said, adding he makes notes on what wines he likes and what works and doesn’t work when making wine. “Making wine is part science as you have to know the grapes sugar and Ph levels,” he said. “From there, you have to know how safe it is to take wine down certain paths.” Spending some time talking with Hinds, it’s clear he has a vast knowledge of growing wine grapes and making wine. He enjoys sharing his knowledge in a way that makes it easy to understand. “I tell people not to be afraid when picking out a wine and to be adventurous,” he said. “Try different varieties.” For Hinds, the vineyards is where the character of his wines begin. “I believe that people these days want lessmediated experiences generally and lessprocessed food specifically,” Hinds said.

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“And wines must express their site, their variety and their vintage authentically.” Hinds describes his winemaking as minimalist, using native yeasts, low sulfite additions and a preference for nuance over extraction. “I want the wines to show good fruit expression, but they favor texture, freshness and savoriness, these are wines for the table,” Hinds said. He works with four different vineyards along the 45th parallel from Havlin Vineyard west of Salem to Hanson Vineyards northeast of Salem. The wines he makes can be broadly classified into three categories: a savory Pinot Noir, emerging Willamette Valley varieties and esoteric cuvees. “I think it’s important to explore and see what else grows here,” he said. For Hinds, making wine is an adventure, which is evident in his last two categories. While Oregon is well-known for its pinot noir, pinot gris and chardonnay, Hinds said it is an exciting time in the Willamette Valley as wine lovers are open to and actively seeking to try other varieties. “I believe that Syrah and Gruner Veltliner in particular have an important future in the Willamette Valley,” Hinds said. Starting in March of 2017, he is introducing two esoteric cuvees for people who want something different. One is called “For Heaven’s Sake, Don’t Move Here,” a tribute to Oregon’s “legendary Gov. Tom McCall.” John Gilman wrote in a View from Cellar #62 that he tasted three wines from Franchere, two 2014 pinot noirs and one syrah and was impressed with the wines he tasted,

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especially since it was Hinds’ second vintage. “Franchere Wines is off to an excellent start and is a name to watch in coming years,” Gilman wrote. What’s common for many new wineries is sharing space with an established winery. Hinds is making his wine at Hanson Vineyards. “It is become quite typical to find several winemakers working in one facility,” he said, “as costs can be more manageable for both the host winery and the tenant winery.” In the October 2016 issue of Portland Monthly magazine, two of Hinds wines were named in the “Top 50 Wines of Oregon.” His 2014 Franchere Havlin Vineyard Gruner Veltliner received #28 and his Franchere 2014 Havlin Vineyard Syrah received #49. Hinds is looking forward to 2017 as he has a distributor that will be selling his wine in California, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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Food & Drink

Keeping it local

Co-op brings growers downtown to sell a dream

By Melissa Wagoner

Colorful, locally grown fruits and vegetables, fresh baked pies and breads, handmade soaps and lotions, local flour and more lined shelves and filled baskets in the Main Street Bistro and Coffee during the fall weekend marking the beginning of the Pop-Up Co-op season. Presented by the Silverton Food Co-op, a group working toward opening a storefront food cooperative in Silverton, the pop-ups are a sneak peek of what organizers hope will someday soon be permanent fixture of downtown Silverton. “We’re selling a wish,” council member Hilary Dumitrescu explained. “We’re selling a dream for this town.” Currently the members of the Silverton Food Co-op are selling their dreams and wishes as $150 one-time buy-in ownerships to the future cooperative and community members are lining up to get in on the ground floor. “It’s the difference between owning your house and renting it,” Dumitrescu explained. “You’re going to have a say in how it is run.” This “say” is one of the biggest differences between a traditional grocery store and a food cooperative. Although both may carry local products, in a cooperative the decisions as to what products to carry and how the business will be run are largely decided upon by the owners, usually community members who have bought into the business. Currently there are 170 owners of the Silverton Food

Silverton Food Co-op council members Megan Wellman and Jason Codner working at the cash register during the Pop-up Co-op at Main Street Bistro and Coffee. MELISSA WAGONER

Co-op with a goal of 300 before the next phase – a feasibility study and complete business plan – can begin.

holding community events, like the pop-up co-ops, not only to entice new owners, but also for those who have already signed on.

“We need to have a really good pulse on why people are coming to the co-op,” fellow council member Jason Codner said.

“It gives owners a value in between times,” Codner said.

In the meantime, Dumitrescu and other members are

Codner, an owner in two other cooperatives with one in Iowa City and the other in Albuquerque, was

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surprised when, upon moving to Silverton several years ago, he did not find a cooperative already in place. “With the sense of community in this town how could there not be a co-op?” he asked. “I dove in full force. I was like, here’s what we’re doing. Let’s get it going.” Although the future co-op will sell local groceries, both Codner and Dumitrescu agree that it will be much more than that. “It can be a community hub in the way a traditional grocery store cannot,” Dumitrescu said. They hope to build this sense of community not only by stocking items sourced locally but also by keeping the majority of their money circulating within the local community. Already Codner estimates that the three previous pop-ups and the local food fair held last winter put more than $12,000 back into the Silverton economy. These types of community support are especially important to Dumitrescu, who moved to Silverton from California in 2014 with her husband and two children. “My hometown no longer has jobs but it has a super Walmart and a super Kmart. That can all happen

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here,” she said. “If we don’t have that involvement in the community buildings are going to be empty,” Codner agreed. Along with a decline in family-owned businesses, Dumitrescu also saw a decline in the number of small farms surrounding her California home. These kinds of small farms are something she is hoping to support through the co-op. “People don’t know how difficult it is to keep a family farm running for 100 years,” she said. “There is a tremendous need for new farms and we desperately need to support them.” The next pop-up co-op will take place the first weekend of December at Main Street Bistro and Coffee with a distinct holiday theme and the opportunity to create gift baskets full of locally crafted items. “We give a gift, not because it’s something we need,” Dumitrescu said. “We give gifts to give something of ourselves, to charm the other person. What a great way to show people you’ve put care into it.” The co-op has 26 vendors already committed to the upcoming event and will stock everything from meats, cheeses and produce to t-shirts, mugs and pint glasses. “We’ll try to stock everything you need for a holiday meal,” Dumitrescu said. The co-op is also encouraging the community to purchase an ownership gift. “It’s necessary to get the doors open,” Codner said. “But then we will have a place that will be in Silverton for generations.”

The 5th annual Hazelnut Festival returns with plans to make a nutty experience even better. The Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce presents the Hazelnut Fest and German Holiday Market Dec. 3 - 4, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the Mount Angel Festhalle, 500 Wilco Hwy. NE. It is the premier event of its kind in Oregon and celebrates one of the Willamette Valley’s largest agricultural crops. The German Holiday Market features regional arts and crafts, authentic and traditional German Christmas decorations and crafts, Oregon wineries and breweries, as well as foods that highlight hazelnuts. Events include the “Run For Your Nuts” 5K roadrace/walk on Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m. Runners and Walkers can register at www.” Entertainment includes Joe Szabo, the Accordion Man. Santa and his helpers will visit both afternoons noon to 3 p.m. The event won an Ovation award for “2013 Best New Festival” by the Oregon Festival & Events Assoc. “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 800 growers are located in Oregon – the prime growing region for hazelnuts in the United States,” Maureen Ernst, co-chair of the event said. “There were 3,800 new acres of hazelnuts planted in 2015 for a total of 50,000 acres 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 the German Holiday Markets.”

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Sports & Recreation

Magical season

Silverton High girls soccer team takes second in state

By James Day

Oregon Conference rival of the Falcons. It read in part:

Deeds usually trump words… but words about deeds can sometimes help tell a deeper story, a more complete one.

“I’ll be honest, I was there to cheer on La Salle as they are in our conference. Your girls were absolutely tremendous, and gave La Salle HUGE problems all over the field. You play soccer the way I love it played... fast, tenacious, and challenging for the ball all over the field. I’ve never seen a group of girls work that hard for each other in all my years of coaching.”

Take the Silverton High girls soccer team. Deed-wise the Foxes were an amazing story, advancing to their first state championship game while knocking off three top-six teams to get there. But the words about the deeds… those were just as amazing.

More words about amazing deeds? For the third consecutive season the Foxes played Corvallis in the final match of the regular season with the Mid-Willamette Conference title on the line. And for the third consecutive year they fought hard but lost.

First, here’s Jay Etnier, an assistant principal at Summit High School, who wrote a letter to Foxes Coach Gary Cameron after the No. 11 Foxes stunned the No. 2 Storm 4-3 in the Class 5A semifinals: “I just wanted to say congratulations to you and your team. The girls played in superb fashion, and earned every part of that win. You came in with two rooter buses, loud fans, beat Summit to nearly every 50/50 ball, and mostly got balls through hustle that were closer to 90/10. It was an impressive showcase of soccer especially considering you had to travel over the mountain twice in a week to play two tough teams. Further, the compassion and exuberance of your fans for the girls was inspirational. It was so good to see you win, they earned it!”

SHS freshman Paige Alexander, #3, broke a pair of school records with 33 goals and 10 assists. TED MILLER PHOTOS

Which led to an eye-opening playoff run. The Corvallis defeat dropped Silverton into the play-in round. They responded with a 4-0 home win against Springfield, then became road warriors, winning 1-0 at Marist before heading over Santiam Pass twice in three days to beat No. 3 Bend and No. 2 Summit by identical 4-3 scores.

Then, after the Foxes lost to La Salle High School on penalty kicks in the Nov. 12 final, Silverton Athletic Director Wade Lockett received a note from Simon Date, the coach at St. Helens High School, a Northwest

Then it was on to the final against La Salle, a team that had beaten the Foxes 3-0 in last year’s playoffs and 1-0 in a non-league match September and was making a repeat appearance in the final. And which led 2-0 at halftime. The Foxes were dead, right?

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More amazing deeds. Hannah Munson struck for a goal in the 60th minute, the first goal Silverton had scored against La Salle in 220 minutes. Then, freshman phenom Paige Alexander scored in the 72nd minute, putting the game in overtime. The Falcons ultimately prevailed on penalty kicks, but Cameron told Our Town “the season was magical. We just had an amazing run. This team was gritty, tough and so much fun to be around.” Cameron provided more words in a letter to students and staff. He recalled the feeling when the title game was going to overtime and he told the captains “take a look at what you’ve wrought. We all turned and marveled at the ‘Black Sea’ standing tall and backing the Lady Foxes. It transcended the game and for me will be ever frozen in time.” All-MWC: The Foxes were well represented on the all-conference team. Hannah Munson and her partner in midfield, junior Maggie Roth, made the first team, as did Paige Alexander, who broke a pair of school records with 33 goals and 10 assists. On the second team are senior defender Desiree Sinn, sophomore defender Savannah Reilly and senior midfielder Caitlin Keating. Receiving honorable mention were sophomore defender Katie Sinn and senior goalkeeper Kylie Lulich, who turned in six shutouts.


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Xxxxx Ffdd Trojans’ great run

Football team makes it to 2A semifinals

Kennedy High continues to prove its mettle in Class 2A football. The Trojans, who advanced to the championship game a year ago, made it to the semifinals this season before falling 32-13 to Stanfield on Nov. 19. The game was a rematch of last year’s semifinal, which the Trojans won 34-20. “Stanfield was more physical upfront this year,” said Kennedy coach Joe Panuke. “It was tough for us to get any movement. Stanfield was able to convert some key third downs in the second half that kept the chains moving in their favor, and we had a tough time running the ball.” The Trojans finished the season 10-2, with the lone losses to Regis and Stanfield, the two teams that played for the state title. “We are extremely proud of this team,” Panuke said. “They played their hearts out week in and week out. This team played with class and played the game the right way. It is going to be tough to replace this group of seniors. They have put in so much time to the program.” Kennedy was led by Tri-River Conference offensive player of the year Bishop Mitchell, who rushed for 2,217 yards and 28 touchdowns. Mitchell, who has committed to play college ball at Portland State University, averaged an eye-popping 9.9 yards per carry. Also on the Tri-River first team were wide receiver Skyler Bizon (25 catches, 527 yards and 7 TDs), offensive/defensive lineman Jeremy Kliewer, placekicker Diego Hernandez, defensive back Brett Traeger and linebacker Jack Suing. On the second team were Traeger at quarterback (557 rushing yards, 9 TDs and 1,231 passing yards, 13 TDs). Jack Suing (433 yards, 5 TDs) at running back, offensive linemen Nick Suing and David Wright, punter Emorej Lynk, Mitchell at defensive back, linebacker Christian Larios and defensive linemen Nick Suing and Bryce Vandervort. Bizon received honorable mention at defensive back. All-MWC: Silverton, which finished 7-3 overall, placed six players on the all-Mid-Willamette Conference team. Tackle Dustin Gubbels and wide receiver Spencer Clements were named on offense, lineman Colin Walker, linebacker Lance Cline and defensive back Kobe Garcia were chosen on defense and punter Austin Haskett was a special teams pick. Earning second team slots were defensive lineman David Espe, linebacker Collin Zollinger, offensive

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JFK senior Bishop Mitchell is the Tri-River Conference football offensive player of the year.

Former Foxes Morgan Anderson and Maddie Fuhrman recently competed against each other at the NCAA Western Regionals.

guard Ben Willis, tight end Elijah Nielsen, running back Darren Buckley and Garcia at wide receiver. On the honorable mention list were defensive back Sam Morrison, center Nick Tokarski and quarterback Levi Nielsen.

She said it is usually 80 degrees but that she’s “getting used to it.”

Cross country: Two former Foxes standouts, Morgan Anderson and Maddie Fuhrman ran against each other Nov. 11 in the NCAA West Regionals at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento. Anderson, a redshirt senior at Oregon State University, ran the 6-kilometer course in 21:35 and finished 96th. Her finish was 100 places better than at last year’s meet and her time moved her into the No. 19 spot all time at OSU. Anderson also is 13th in Beavers history at 5K (17:27). Fuhrman, meanwhile, a freshman at the University of Hawaii, finished 195th in 23:01.7. Her best time at 6K was 22:06.5 and she also turned in a 19:27 at 5K. Fuhrman told Our Town that “my first college season was fun. Lots of good experience building and it made me excited for the next couple of years.” In addition to getting adjusted to “being far away from home, new coach and new team and more schoolwork” Fuhrman also had to deal with the travel – every road meet means a plane ride – and the weather.

Volleyball: Five members of the Silverton volleyball team received all-league mention. Junior Olivia Pavlicek and seniors Kayce McLaughlin and Megan Mannion were named to the second team and junior Maggie Buckholz and senior Annika Gulstrom received honorable mention. The Foxes finished 14-11 overall and just one match short of qualifying for the state tournament. Boys soccer: Ethan Crofts and Ethan Risby of Silverton both received honorable mention on the allMid-Willamette boys soccer team. The Foxes finished 6-6-4 overall and advanced to the round of 16 in the Class 5A playoffs before falling to eventual semifinalist Summit. Fun run: A 5K run and walk will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, in conjunction with the annual Hazelnut Festival in Mount Angel. The event starts and finishes at the Festhalle and costs $28 (including festival admission). Race registration starts at 8:45 a.m. and runners hit the course at 10 a.m. Follow me on @jameshday. Got a news tip? Email me at Follow Our Town on Facebook.

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Thursday, Dec. 1 Silverton Swimming 4 p.m. @ Molalla Silverton Boys Basketball 7 p.m. vs Churchill


Friday, Dec. 2

Wednesday, Dec. 14

Silverton Swimming 4 p.m. @ Clackamas Aquatic Center JFK Basketball @ Scio. Girls 5:30 p.m. Boys 7 p.m.

Silverton Girls Basketball 6 p.m. vs Benson Polytechnic

Saturday, Dec. 3

Thursday, Dec. 15

Wrestling 8 a.m. @ Cascade High Run for Your Nuts Fun Run A 5K run and walk starts and finishes at the Mt. Angel Festhalle and costs $28 (including festival admission). Race registration starts at 8:45 a.m. and runners hit the course at 10 a.m.

Monday, Dec. 5 Silverton Girls Basketball 7 p.m. vs Beaverton

Abby’s Pizza Holiday Classic North Marion Middle School Boys 3:30 p.m. Girls 5 p.m. Repeats Dec. 16 - 17

Friday, Dec. 16 Silverton Boys Basketball @ Wilsonville Tourney. Repeats Dec. 17 - 18

Saturday, Dec. 17

Tuesday, Dec. 6 Silverton Swimming 4 p.m. @ Dallas High

Silverton Wrestling 8 a.m. @ Liberty High, Hillsboro

Tuesday, Dec. 20

Silverton Girls Basketball Holiday Tourney, Silverton High. Repeats Dec. 21. JFK Basketball @ Santiam Girls 5:30 p.m. Boys 7 p.m. Silverton Swimming 4 p.m. vs North Marion

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Saturday, Dec. 10

Silverton Boys Basketball 7 p.m. vs Hermiston

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Silverton Girls Basketball 7 p.m. @ LaSalle Catholic Prep, Milwaukie

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A Grin at the End

History lessons

We need some education and accountability

If you’re under 60 years old, don’t read this column. You won’t understand it. I remember growing up in the 1950s and 1960s. They were not the “good old days,” as some people describe them, but they were different in many positive ways and some not-so-positive ways. What our generation – the baby boomers – learned through it all was, one, to be quick on our feet and, two, to question everything. We questioned politicians, because we discovered they were not very good at telling the truth. Even the ones who appeared to be on the right track spent a lot of time chasing women or recklessly steering us toward war or both. The military-industrial complex – Dwight Eisenhower’s term – was the enemy and so was plastic, which we saw as a symbol for the times. Assassinations, the drive for Civil Rights, the Vietnam War and a general rejection of everything mainstream drove many of us to look for a different way to live. We were sure we could to do better, as

would go out-of-style the next year.

individuals and as a society. Fast forward to 2016. Many politicians are still selfabsorbed, manipulative liars. And they chase around women, men or whoever. Wars? We’ve been in Afghanistan 14 years. And Iraq. And it seems like every time some politician opens his mouth he, or she, is looking for a fight. A question: Haven’t we figured out that war is a last resort, not a first choice? The idea that young men and women continue to be put in harm’s way because politicians can’t do their job seems, well, corrupt, evil and knot-headed. Many companies in the 1960s were selling us a “lifestyle” of plastic junk we didn’t need. But we wanted it, even if it

Nowadays Apple, Samsung and all the electronic gadget makers do that and we think they’re pretty swell. They stick it to us every chance they get, even selling us phones that catch fire. The mark-up on an iPhone is, what, 100 percent? And we’re supposed to look at Apple as some sort of good guy? They’re sticking it to us worse than any 1960s-vintage company ever thought about. Look at the financials. Last year, Apple had a gross revenues of $215 billion and a gross profit of $84 billion. That’s a 39 percent margin. Auto companies usually get a 5 or 6 percent profit margin, grocery stores even less. Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Amazon are also among the profiteers. And here’s the kicker, those techie companies make money by using or selling our personal information to other companies. I had to laugh when the FBI was trying to break into the iPhone of the terrorist who murdered 14 Americans in San Bernardino, Calif., and the techie companies refused to help because the

“right to privacy” would be violated. What a joke! What they really meant is they wanted to keep that information for themselves, and to heck with the FBI and the rest of us. In the 1960s, we were at least smart enough to figure out that we were getting messed over. And we were smart enough and had the courage to stand up to the politicians and the companies that were doing it to us. Now, what? We get messed over by lying liars who lie to us, and we vote for them anyway. We buy over-priced iPhones, iPads and iCrap by the bushel and get ripped off by Apple et al, and we don’t even say a peep. It’s time to get smart, folks. It’s time to recognize these politicians and companies for what they are – pirates and leeches. I’m not calling for revolution – a favorite term of the sixties. I’m calling for education, and accountability. Both are sorely lacking and it shows.

Silverton’s Christmas Tree Lighting Friday, December 2 • 6:00-7:30 p.m. in Town Square Park Music featuring Silverton High School Choir (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.

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TOWN #T2360 NICE SILVERTON SUBDIVISION $265,000 Brand New on The Market! Nice Silverton Subdivision. Commons area with pond and walking path. Great room with vaulted ceiling and gas fireplace. Master Bedroom with vaulted ceiling. Backyard water feature. Front porch and also large deck in backyard. Extra storage in large crawlspace. HOA with fee. Call Michael at ext. 314. (WVMLS#712045)




SOLD! – #T2318 SILVERTON TOWNHOUSE 3 BR, 25 BA 1594 sqft.Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $214,900 (WVMLS#707114) #T2333 LARGE CITY LOT .510 Acres Call Michael at ext. 314 $99,000 (WVMLS#709098) #T2338 SILVERTON PARCEL Buildable 6,365 sqft Lot Call Chuck at ext. 325 $74,900 (WVMLS#709283) #T2345 WELL MAINTAINED HOME 2BR, 1.5BA 1436 sqft Call Michael at ext. 314 $255,000 (WVMLS#709952) SOLD! – #T2349 VINTAGE 1947 HOME 3 BR, 2.5BA 2706 sqft.Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $398,400 (WVMLS#710523) #T2351 HISTORIC SILVERTON HOME 4 BR, 2BA 2256 sqft.Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $425,000



be needed based on buyer’s development plan. Both COUNTRY/ACREAGE homes are rented with total rents at $1,900 per month.

Mary at ext. 320 $705,000 (WVMLS#709699) #T2233 2 ACRE LOT 2 acres Call Chuck at ext. 325 $189,500 (WVMLS#693008)



#T2335 COUNTRY LIVING NEAR TOWN 3BR, 2BA 1467 sqft Call Michael at ext. 314 $375,000

FOR LEASE/COMMERCIAL FOR RENT #T2233 2 ACRE LOT 2 acres Call Chuck at ext. 325



$189,500 (WVMLS#693008) #T2326 PLENTY OF ROOM 5 BR, 2 BA 2354 sqft. Call Mary at ext. 320, Angela at ext. 312 $269,000



#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) #T2354 3 HOME INVESTMENT PROPERTY 4 BR, 3 BA 1776 sqft Call Marcia at ext. 318 $449,000 (WVMLS#711358)

SILVERTON OTHER COMMUNITIES TOWN HUBBARD COUNTRY #T2344 BUILDABLE LAND 18.930 Acres Call Mary at TOWN ext. 320 $705,000 #T2313 LARGE CORNER LOT 4BR, 2.5BA 1805 sqft Call Becky at ext. 313 $250,000 (WVMLS#707212) #T2336 SINGLE STORY KEIZER HOME 4 BR, 2BA 1542 sqft. Call Desaree at ext. 326 $225,000









#T2334 NEW LISTING 3 BR, 1 BA 1179 sqft.Call Michael




#T2265 2.13 UNDEVELOPED ACRES 2.13 acre lot. IN TOWN NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION Zoned ID Call Chuck at ext. 325 $299,000 (WVMLS#698462)

Zoned ID Call Chuck at ext. 325 $299,000 (WVMLS#698462)


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

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

(WVMLS#703350) ext. $189,000 COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL STAYTON/SUBLIMITY SOLD! – #T2323 WOODBURN – NEWLY RENOVATED FOR LEASE/COMMERCIAL HOME 4BR, 2.5BA 2182 sqft Call Mary at ext. 320 $339,900 (WVMLS#707617) #T2340 STAYTON – SINGLE LEVEL STAYTON HOME BARELAND/LOTS 3BR, 2BA 1212sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324 or Ryan at COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL ext. 322 $208,700 (WVMLS#709407) #T2353 STAYTON –GARDENER’S PARADISE 4BR, FOR LEASE/COMMERCIAL 2BA 1426sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324 or Ryan at ext. 322 $238,700 (WVMLS#711053)


TOWNWOODBURN KEIZER ext. 320 $175,000 BARELAND/LOTS LAND/ACREAGE #T2331 BUILDABLE 2 ACRES 2.00 Acres Call Mary at #T2330SILVERTON PERFECT TO BUILD 14.930 Acres Call Mary at ext. 320 $175,000 TOWN ext. 320 $375,000 (WVMLS#709040)



sqft 26.77 Acres Call Chuck at ext. 325 $549,900 (WVMLS#706154)


#T2330 PERFECT TO BUILD 14.930 Acres Call Mary at ext. 320 $375,000 (WVMLS#709044)



FOR TOW AUMSVILLE/TU OTHER COMMUNIT SOLD! – #T2282 CREEK WOODBURN FRONTAGE/MULTI-USE 5 BR, 3BA 3937 sqft. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at BARELAND ext. 322 $393,900 (WVMLS#700697)

TOWNWOODBURN KEIZER TOWN BARELAND/LOTS TOWN COUNTRY #T2275 WONDERFULLY REMODELED HOME 4BR, 3.5BA 3590 sqft. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $567,000 (WVMLS#699438) #T2284 COLONIAL HOME ON ACREAGE 4BR, 4.5BA 3680 sqft.1.510 acres Call Chuck at ext. 325 $479,900



COUNTRY/ACREAGE 303 Oak Street • Silverton • OTHER COMMUNITIES 503.873.3545 • 1-800-863-3545




Call Micha at 503-873-1425 or see them on our website









at ext. 314, Becky at ext. 313 $235,000 BARELAN AUMSVILLE/TURNER AWAY 1BR, 0BA 912 sqft. Call Chuck at ext. 325 STAYTON/SUBLIMITY COUNTRY/ACREAGE LAND/ACREAGE $69,000 WOODBURN TOC IDANHA – OWN PRIVATE RETREAT 4BR, 2BA LAND/ACREAGE #T2295 1150 sqft..830 acres Call Meredith at ext. 324 or Ryan at


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SOLD! – #T2352 1936 HOME 3BR, 1BA IN TOWNCOM NEW IN TOWN NEW CHARMING HOME CONSTRUCTION TOWN #T2341 2 HOMES ON 2 ACRES 3 BR, 2 BA 1367 KEIZER 1065 sqft Call Becky at ext. 313 $145,000 (WVMLS#711051) COUNTRY/ACREAGE WOODBURN sqft. 2.630 Acres Call Chuck at ext. 325 $549,900 COUNTRY/ACREAGE COUNTRY (WVMLS#709518)

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




Listing Broker is part owner and Licensed in the State of Oregon. Call Chuck at ext 325. (WVMLS#709561)


#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

#T2356 READY TO MOVE INTO 1 BR, 1 BA 987 sqft Call Marcia at ext. 318 $199,500 (WVMLS#711586) #T2354 3 HOME INVESTMENT PROPERTY 4 BR, 3 BA 1776 sqft Call Marcia at ext. 318 $449,000 (WVMLS#711358) NEW! – #T2360 NICE SILVERTON SUBDIVISION 3 BR, 2 BA 1404 sqft.Call Michael at ext. 314 $265,000 NEW! – #T2359 CRAFTSMAN STYLE HOME 3 BR, 2.5 BA 2381 sqft Angela at ext. 312 $349,900 (WVMLS#711861)


#T2354 3 HOME INVESTMENT PROPERTY #T2341 2 HOMES ON 2 ACRES $549,900 FOR LEASE/COMMERCIAL FOR RENT COUNTRY COMMERCIAL/INDUST TOW $449,000 Two homes & two acres for development! Homes TOWN Has been rental investment property for years!! First and acreage are located inside Silverton City limits. KEIZER WOODBURN FOR FOR RE home is in need of TLC. Additional 2 cottages are LEASE/COMM Both homes have BARELAND/LOTS city water and septic systems for cute as can be and occupied with long-term tenants. sewer. Buyer will need to check with city to determine CO TOWN IN TOWN NEW HOME KEIZE Numerous out buildings. Call Marcia at ext. 318. what additional infrastructure improvements would CONSTRUCTION WOODBU TOWN SILVERTON

#T2359 CRAFTSMAN STYLE HOME $349,900 Craftsman Style home w/Open Floor Plan & High Ceilings! New tile floors on main level, Granite Counter in Kitchen, A/C, Large Bonus Room over garage (could be 4th bedroom), Gas Fireplace in living room, Oversized 3 Car Garage includes space for a shop/storage. Extra Office/Den area on main level. BBQ year round under the Covered Patio off the dining area! SS appliances. Call Angela at ext. 312. (WVMLS#711861)





STAYTON/SUBLIMITY SOLD! – #T2282 CREEK FRONTAGE/MULTI-USE 5 BR, 3BA 3937 sqft.Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $393,900 (WVMLS#700697) #T2306 WONDERFUL HOME 4 BR, 25 BA 3663 sqft. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $489,900



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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:

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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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