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Oregon Garden under new management – Page 11

Vol. 17 No. 23

Shifting gears to stay afloat – Page 6

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

December 2020

New ways to light up the holidays – Page 4

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SILVERTON SENIOR CENTER

December 2020

Reopening. Pausing. Freezing. Three words giving us what-to-do whiplash. As Silverton’s Most Vulnerable Population Center, we continue to operate with an abundance of caution to protect your health. As long as personal services remain open, so will Silver Angels Foot Care. And as long as retail stores remain open, so will ReVamp Thrift. We’re still here for you, just not always in person. Need something? Leave us a message at 503-873-3093. Dodie is monitoring our phones remotely.

Something Fun Lighting up the holidays ......................4

Sports & Recreation

Something to Think About Businesses adapt to stay afloat.............6

Marketplace.......................17 A Grin At The End...........18

Datebook...............................10 Something to Talk About

On the cover

Winter season plan to be announced...16

Garden under new management......... 11

Silverton’s annual tree lighting will be going live online in a virtual video feed.

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Your Health Pandemic worsens addiction issues.....12

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In the Kitchen with Kevin - Thursdays, December 3, 10, 17 at 3 pm Cooking with culinary enthusiast Kevin Cobb with featured guests and topics of local interest. Surprise yourself with unique deliciousness from Kevin. Estate Planning 101 - Thursday, December 3, 10:00 to 11:30 am With Michael Rose of Rose Elder Law

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Free legal consultations with Michael Rose: Friday, December 4. 9 to noon. Call 503-873-3093 for an appointment via Zoom. In-person Medicare information. Thursday, December 3. 1:00 to 3:00 pm United Health Care rep at the Center. Appointment required. 503-873-3093

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Holiday decorations you no longer use? We’ll happily help them find a new home. Accepting donations of gently used clothing and home goods during regular shop hours Tuesday through Saturday 10 to 5. Can you help at the shop? Many older volunteers have opted to stay at home for now. Thank goodness for our 20-somethings! Great opportunity to gain retail experience. Morning or afternoon shifts. Call 503-873-3093. Our gratitude to Roberto Vega, Jim Engeman and the mega-efficient Orias twins for consolidating our seasonal inventory into one warm, dry space downtown, provided by an anonymous benefactor. Thank you all! SASI Board Meeting Tuesday 12/8 at 5:30 pm Most likely by Zoom Closed on Christmas Day

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Lighting the way By Melissa Wagoner Christmas may – like many things – look a little different this year but it is happening. And not only that, but the head elf – Santa Claus himself, the one who visits Silverton each year to light the town tree – speculates that it might be better than ever. “This year the people are going to light Christmas themselves,” he said happily.

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That is partly owing to two holiday decorating contests running concurrently throughout December.

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“We want to give folks a way to be involved in keeping Silverton a city of lights even if we don’t have the Oregon Garden’s event this year,” Vivienne Frankel, a moderator of the Silverton Connections Facebook page, said, explaining the contest – Get Lit Silverton.

Any member can participate. Nonmembers can even win.  There will be two prizes – the most popular photo of a home in lights and one for the photographer who took the photo. This is to incentivize people to go out and really look at our town’s decorations.”

“The contest itself is very simple – go out, look at lights and take pictures of your favorites. Post them to Silverton Connections in an album created for it. 

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which will host not only photos and a voting app but also a map to aid in touring the city’s lighted homes. “We intend this to be another step in encouraging neighbors and neighborhoods to work together as there will be a prize for the best neighborhood (as well as best individual site),” Mayor Kyle Palmer said. The contest kicks off the first Friday of December, the night of the traditional Chamber of Commerce Christmas tree

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Instead, singers are welcome to stream holiday carols, not only the night of the tree lighting, but also each Sunday from through Dec. 20, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. or listen in on the radio at FM 88.1.

“We’d like to avoid a large crowd and any potential health risk that may cause. We will be streaming the lighting on Facebook Live – so feel free to grab a cup of hot chocolate and curl up on the couch to watch Santa light the tree this year.”

As well as leading virtual choir performances this year, Santa will also be visiting downtown Silverton each Saturday and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m., most often in his Santa Pod – a safe space created by the elves themselves.

Once the lighting has taken place, residents are encouraged to drive through town, visiting the decorated sites featured on the Silverton Lights website or else to continue the at-home revelry by participating in Silverton Sings – an online platform from which carols and their lyrics will be streamed throughout the holiday season.

“It’s a little different, for sure,” Santa admitted. “No sitting on laps and Santa hugs. But Through Bambi Kimes and one of her artists, we also have a special bench built and painted that will be at the Santa Pod for all the visiting and pictures anyone can want. Santa has also spent much of the Summer researching safe devices for strolling downtown as he has done in years past. It looks like he’s found a solution and will be visiting all the businesses and city visitors throughout the season!”

“The loss of being able to sing together, whether at church or in a choir, has been tough,” Santa, who is also a long-time choir director, noted. “This is not a Zoom meeting. Video chat doesn’t work for singing together for technical reasons. But this way we can sing all over Silverton and anywhere else for that matter.”

Lastly, Santa has also found a way in

which to present his Winter Lore via Facebook Live through a link found on the website www.silvertonsanta.com. Santa, for one, thinks some of the new rituals created to take their place, may actually be worth keeping.

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Staying afloat By Melissa Wagoner The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for nearly everyone but business owners – particularly small business owners – have had an especially difficult time. “There were three months I didn’t move a keg,” Dale Coleman, co-owner of Belgian Underground Brewing – a Silverton-based microbrewery – recalled of those early days. And still, months into the pandemic, things haven’t really improved – at least not for Coleman and his business partner – son-in-law Sheldon Lesire. “You walk in now to try to do a sale and there’s three people sitting there,” Coleman said of the depleted customerbase most bars and restaurants – and by extension brewers – are currently facing. Rather than go into debt – a circumstance both Coleman and Lesire have worked hard to avoid – the duo made the decision to close their once flourishing operation. “In our situation, I’m OK,” Coleman, now retired, reassured. “And Sheldon has two jobs and is already busy raising a family. We’re out a little bit but it’s not like somebody who put their life savings into the business.” Not all business owners are able to walk away as easily. Many are forced to make other difficult decisions: cutting staff, decreasing hours, even changing the business model to stay afloat.

The Shine Practice www.theshinepractice.com Erica Zaluskey opened The Shine Practice, providing skin treatments and fillers, in Silverton in 2019. When the economic

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shutdown happened due to COVID-19 in March, she hadn’t even been open a year. “The Shine Practice was a new business that was growing rapidly,” she said of the months before the quarantine closed all but essential medical offices. “It was a relaxed environment to come and get treatments.” For Zaluskey, closing her business for several weeks meant not just the forfeiture of income but also an increase in inventory costs due to expired product. “The most difficult part was drugs were expiring before I could use them,” she said, “which was a huge loss. I also found the uncertainty of what was going to happen a little scary. I had faith I would reopen; I just wasn’t sure when.” Zaluskey used the unexpected downtime to bond with her kids. But this summer she was happy to be back in business. “June was my busiest month yet, which was so exciting,” Zaluskey said. “I see it growing and moving in the direction I have dreamed of. I’d like to eventually get a larger space and something on a ground floor so that I am easier to access. I’d like to… make skin care a fun thing for friends to do together.” Much of that dream – with COVID numbers and corresponding restrictions still on the rise in Marion County – is going to take a longer than planned. “The vision is on hold right now,” she said. “I think I will stay put in my current location until I feel COVID is behind us.”

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Platinum Interiors – a project management and design firm specializing in the renovation and construction of hospitality and senior living projects – eight years ago. Based in her Silverton home, Hast oversees projects across the country. At least she did before COVID-19. “All of these properties…were completely shut down due to the fact that they are all senior living homes and no one was allowed in unless you were employed there,” she observed. “It is still like that to this day. I do understand that the health of the residents was, and still is, a priority, but some of these properties were left with nothing on the floor except plywood and remnants of furniture, etc.” While half-finished projects weigh on Hast’s mind, even heavier is the financial burden to her business and family. “My finances have been ripped apart,” she confirmed, “and trying to take care of three kids as a single mom has been rough.” But Hast has remained optimistic. “[M]y business is only going to rise and get stronger from this,” she maintained. “I am good at what I do and I am strong, so I will only head straight for the top.”

Stamen & Pistil www.stamenandpistil.com Opening on Water Street in Silverton six years ago, the boutique nursery, Stamen & Pistil, caters to customers from the Silverton area as well as tourists – especially in the spring. “The garden boom hit when COVID hit,” owner Heather Desmarteau-Fast said. Customers were interested in shopping even though she couldn’t open her doors.

“Being confined to your house and/or yard was inspiring people across the country to plant a garden and transform their yards into a space that they wanted to spend time in,” she said. “It gave people a purpose and something to look forward to.” Motivated to help her customers find peace through gardening, DesmarteauFast, too, got creative, setting up an unmanned, outdoor plant marketplace. “I decided to allow people to shop our outdoor selection of plants on an honor system so that they could come any time of the day or evening and feel like they were safe to shop without others around,” she explained. “I set out a box with envelopes and a pen to write down what they had purchased. I also spent the first week of being closed setting up an online shop for local customers with house plants, pots, decor and more.” It was a success. “I didn’t know if it was going to work, but it did in a big way,” Desmarteau-Fast said. “I was delivering until 8 p.m. I was floored at how much support I received. I would be driving around with tears streaming down my face.” She has continued to offer an afterhours display. “I was taking a huge risk leaving the plants to whoever wanted to shop, but you know what? We live in the most wonderful place ever,” she said. “The honesty and pay-itforward attitude is incredible.”

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“This is our first rodeo,” Paige agreed, “so we’re willing to throw stuff at the wall and see what sticks.”

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going into a new space. We can make it exactly what we want it to be.”

Revolutionary Dance www.revolutionarydance.com When Sophia Piaskowski first contacted her former dance teacher, Marta Hazekamp, in June with the news that she wanted to open a dance studio in her hometown of Silverton, Hazekamp was immediately on board. “I was doing the newly working from home thing and then I lost my job due to COVID,” Hazekamp, former owner of the American Academy of Performing Arts, recalled. “The more I thought about it, I thought – the universe is presenting me exactly what I’m supposed to do.”

Then the duo moved on to hiring two additional instructors – Raven Craig and Zachary Traeger – and establishing a clientele. But it wasn’t without some resistance. “There is a lot of opinion about what is right and what is wrong when it comes to COVID,” Hazekamp said. Some attempted to talk them out of opening during a pandemic. “People even asked us, ‘How could you open a studio?”’ Hazekamp said.

So began the search for the ideal location, which ended when they found the newly renovated Anytime Fitness on Brown Street in Silverton.

“It’s probably safer for them to come to us than go shopping and if there’s ever a time in the world that we need art and love and community, this is it,” she said. “I thought, I think there’s a need to fill here.”

“We liked that it’s not far from the new high school and not far from the old high school,” Hazekamp noted. “And there’s something to be said for

“Although online school can provide community, it’s a little bit harder,” Piaskowski added. “I want to offer a safe space, with mentors and provide

what school can’t right now. And because we have small class sizes, we can provide that in-person learning.” The duo’s instincts proved correct, with all classes – offered to ages three and up in ballet, meditative dance, yoga, hip-hop, tap and stretch and strengthening – filled nearly daily. “We’re adhering to all the CDC and State of Oregon requirements,” Hazekamp stressed. “We’ve taken the... requirements and gone up a bit.”

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Neither Hazekamp nor Piaskowski expressed any regrets. “I’m so excited to be back,” Piaskowski said. “I’m doing what I love and giving back to the community what I got from it.”

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Weekly Events Monday

SACA Food Pantry, 9 a.m. - noon,

SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. Repeats Thursdays. 503-873-3446, silvertonareacommunityaid.org

Mt. Angel Community & Senior Center Store, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 195 E Charles St.

Repeats Tuesday - Thursday, Saturday. Volunteers needed. 503-845-6998 Mt. Angel Food Pantry, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mt. Angel Community Center, 195 E Charles St. 503-845-6998 Silverton Senior Meals, 11:30 a.m. Delivery only. $3 donation suggested. Monday - Friday. For delivery, call Carol, 503-873-6906. Mt. Angel Senior Meals, 11:30 a.m. Delivery only. $3 donation suggested. Repeats Thursdays. For delivery, call Ginger, 503-845-9464.

Tuesday

SACA Food Pantry, 4 - 7 p.m., SACA, 421

S Water St., Silverton. 503-873-3446, silvertonareacommunityaid.org Serenity Al-Anon Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Zoom. Repeats 10 a.m. Saturdays. For Zoom link, call Barbara K, 503-269-0952.

Wednesday

Mission Benedict Food Pantry, 1 - 4 p.m., St. Joseph Shelter, 925 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Repeats Friday. 503-845-2468 Mission of Hope Food Pantry, 2 - 4 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship, 822 Industry Way, Silverton. 503-873-7353

Thursday

Zoom Storytime, 11:30

a.m. Children aged 0 - 4. Sponsored by Silver Falls Library. For Zoom link, call 503-845-6401.

Mediation & Shared Dialog,

7 - 8:30 p.m. All spiritual traditions welcome. Get virtual gathering link at 971-218-6641, compassionatepresence@yahoo.com.

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Saturday

Thursday, Dec. 3

Silver Falls Dr., Silverton. U-cut/we-cut Noble Fir Christmas trees. $50 any tree. Hot cocoa, cider, wooden reindeer, wreaths for sale. Fundraiser for Silver Crest School. Every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 22. Silverton Winter Market, 10 a.m. - noon, Silverton Friends Church, 229 Eureka Ave. Local produce, eggs, meats, artisan crafts. Free admission. Saturday Lunch, Noon - 1:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 N Second St., Silverton. Free. To-go only. 503-873-2635, trinitysilverton.org

10 a.m. Zoom. Michael Rose of Rose Elder Law explains estate planning. Zoom link at Silverton Senior Center on Facebook or silvertonseniorcenter.org. 503-873-3093

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Mt. Angel Free Meals Mt. Angel School District offers free grab n go meals for children 1 - 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday - Friday until Dec. 31 at St. Mary’s Public School, 590 E College St., Mt. Angel . Meal delivery available by registering at masd91.org.

Silver Falls Free Meals

Free grab n go meals offered by Silver Falls School District to children age 1 - 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday - Friday at the following locations: Silverton High, 1456 Pine St.; Robert Frost Elementary, 201 Westfield St.; Butte Creek, 37569 Hwy. 213; Scotts Mills Elementary, 805 First St.; Silver Crest, 365 SE Loar Road; Victor Point, 1175 SE Victor Point Road. silverfallsschool.org

Tuesday, Dec. 1 Caregiver Connection

2 - 3:30 p.m., Zoom. For caregivers 60 or older or caregivers 55 or older caring for an adult 18 years or older living with a disability. Topic is anticipatory grief. To join, visit https://nwsds.zoom.us/j/92235615586.

Brain Health

3 p.m. Zoom. Brain health for seniors. Zoom link available at Silverton Senior Center on Facebook or silvertonseniorcenter.org. Repeats Dec. 8, 15, 22, 29. 503-873-3093

Wednesday, Dec. 2 Holiday Showcase

Noon - 5 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St., Silverton. December showcase featuring artwork by Josh Kinsey and Helen Wiens. Open Wednesday - Sunday through Dec. 31. 503-873-7734, lunariagallery. com

Homeless/Housing Task Force Meeting

6 p.m., Zoom. For viewing information, visit silverton.or.us.

Scotts Mills City Council

7 p.m., Scotts Mills City Hall, 265 Fourth St. 503-873-5435, scottsmills.org

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Medicare Representative Appointments 1 - 3 p.m., Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield. In-person appointments only. Masks required. Appt: call 503-873-3093.

In the Kitchen with Kevin 3 p.m. Zoom. Featuring Kevin Cobb with a different culinary class each week. Includes special guests, topics of local interest. Repeats Dec. 10, 17. Zoom link at Silverton Senior Center on Facebook or silvertonseniorcenter.org. 503-873-3093

Friday, Dec. 4

Legal Consults for Seniors 9 a.m. - noon. Zoom. Free legal consults with Michael Rose of Rose Elder Law. 30-minute appointments. Call 503-873-3093 for appointment.

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Noon. Zoom. Today: Bethany Morris, Medicare & United Healthcare representative. Dec. 11: TBA. Dec. 18: Dan Hoynacki of Oregon Agritourism Partnership. Zoom link available at Silverton Senior Center on Facebook or silvertonseniorcenter.org. 503-873-3093

Saturday, Dec. 5 Outdoor Holiday Bazaar

Noon - 4 p.m., 1108 Madison St., Silverton. Homemade arts and crafts, Christmas gifts. Masks, social distancing required.

Monday, Dec. 7 Silverton City Council

7 p.m., Silverton Community Center, 421 S Water St. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-873-5321, silverton.or.us

Mt. Angel City Council

7 p.m., Mount Angel Public Library, 290 Charles St. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-845-9291, ci.mt-angel.or.us

Tuesday, Dec. 8

Silverton Senior Center Board 5:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield. Public welcome. Possibility of Zoom meeting. 503-873-3093

Silverton Planning Commission

7 p.m., Silverton Community Center, 421 S Water St. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-874-2207, silverton.or.us

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1 - 2:30 p.m. Offered through conference call by contacting Julie Mendez at 503-304-3432, julie.mendez@nwsds.org for instructions on how to participate. For caregivers 60 or older or caregivers 55 or older caring for an adult 18 years or older living with a disability. Topic is coping with caregiver stress.

Thursday, Dec. 10 Hanukkah Begins Saturday, Dec. 12 Leaf Drop-Off

9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Silverton City Shops, 830 McClaine St. Silverton residents can dispose of bagged leaves for free. Hosted by city of Silverton, Republic Services. No commercial debris. 503-873-8679

Monday, Dec. 14 Mt. Angel School District

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

Silver Falls School District

7 p.m., Silverton Community Center, 421 S Water St. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-873-5303, silverfallsschools.org

Thursday, Dec. 17 Virtual Writer’s Group

7 p.m., Zoom. Writers share work, get inspired by what others are creating. All levels of writers welcome. For Zoom invite, call Ron Drake at 503-873-8796.

Monday, Dec. 21 Winter Solstice Thursday, Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Friday, Dec. 25 Christmas Day Saturday, Dec. 26 Kwanzaa Begins Monday, Dec. 28 Vigil for Peace

2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Towne Square Park, Silverton. Silverton People for Peace gather to advocate for peace, social justice issues on all levels of society including a focus on issues of current concern. Open to all. 503-873-5307

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Foundation takes on Garden management By Brenna Wiegand The Oregon Garden Foundation has taken over management of the Garden from Moonstone Garden Management Inc. Moonstone has been managing the Garden’s operations for the past 15 years after the Garden fell into receivership and was on the brink of closure. Over the years Moonstone has taken out loans totaling more than $1 million to maintain the Garden and keep it open to the public. Moonstone requested additional funding from the Foundation and the City of Silverton, to no avail. “The pandemic is what pushed it over the edge,” Ed Green, Oregon Garden Foundation Board Member said. “Moonstone Garden Management laid off just about everybody when this thing hit in March. “In her last address, Kate Brown included staying away from outdoor gardens,” Green said. “We’ve got 80 acres; you can have 100 people in there and not see a single person.” The Oregon Garden Resort, owned by Moonstone Garden Management, will still use the Garden for events but will now pay rent. “All the money collected was going to Moonstone Garden Management and some always went to pay off the debt incurred years ago, and there’s still some of that out there, but now the money for admissions and membership with go directly to the Foundation,” Green said. “Before, the Foundation got nothing for events. “When the pandemic hit, there was no income; it was a total loss,” Green said.

Events are the most profitable aspect of the Garden’s offerings. “Events make a lot of money,” Green said. “The attraction is the Garden itself. “The timing is poor, but we’ll remain friendly; they still want to use the property,” Green said. “They’ll just pay the Foundation to use it. “As restrictions lessen, I think you’ll be able to be outside while you may not be able to go into a bowling alley or restaurant,” Green said. “People will need something to do and here you can walk around a nice peaceful garden, the squirrels are running around; the birds singing and at the right time of day you might see a deer or two,” he said. “It’s good for Silverton and it’s just beautiful and we’ve got to make sure we keep it going. “As with any new enterprise, you get through the first year and see how it goes,” he said. “It’s even better than starting afresh because we know what the product is and how it can sell itself.” Oregon Association of Nurseries started talking about a nonprofit public botanical garden as early as the 1940s. In 1995 the site was chosen to assist the City of Silverton in cooling their treated wastewater. The Garden opened in 2001, but by 2002, the Foundation started experiencing financial hardship. Marion County approved a $5 million bond to stabilize the Garden’s finances, but three years later, it went into receivership. While Moonstone was running the Garden, the Foundation took an advisory role. The Garden, while no longer in debt to Marion County, has on-going operational expenses and obligations to the city of Silverton.

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“It takes 40 days to make a new habit and guess what, it’s been a lot more than 40 days,” Kurt Barnes, the leader of Celebrate Recovery, a program through the Silver Creek Fellowship in Silverton that works with people struggling with addiction or compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors, said.

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“Quarantine drinking” is a term that has been bandied around a lot over the past eight months. But while the memes may seem light-hearted and fun, to the many Americans for whom moderation in drinking is – or has become – a problem, there is nothing funny about it.  

“A lot of people are going to struggle because they’ve created a new coping mechanism. The pandemic has made people go into a place where they need help,” he added. While Barnes readily admits that there can be a place for many indulgences,

“I am all for moderation in all kinds of different stuff.” He worries that the combined factors of 2020 – social isolation, economic stress and political and racial tensions – have given rise to coping mechanisms that, for many, can no longer be categorized as moderate. “People are playing with fire and they don’t realize it’s not funny,” he said. “It’s the type of thing that leads to a lot of hurt and kids that grow up with a lot of baggage. It’s definitely a slippery slope.” It’s not just alcohol that is a problem. A whole host of addictions including drugs, screens and gambling are also on the rise. “Do you know how many people have lost their mortgage – that have gambled it away?” Barnes asked sadly. “This harmless thing isn’t so harmless when you mix it with people who are already hurting.” A lot of people are hurting. “We’re in a pandemic,” Elizabeth, an

attendee of the Silverton chapter of Al-Anon, a support group for the friends and family of alcoholics (who asked that her real name not be used) emphasized. “Nothing’s normal. Some people are cavalierly going around like it’s normal. But it’s not. We just lived through fires. We’ve been through a natural disaster locally. And then here come the holidays. And with the holidays come family pressures and managing how to do family obligations without infecting everyone. And the financial pressures… There’s a social pressure to be thoughtful and to give but a lot of people don’t have it right now.” It can be a lot – especially for those who are already struggling with what Celebrate Recovery describes as hurts, habits or hang-ups. Added to loneliness these problems can feel insurmountable. “The very thing we need the most – to have community, to talk with people – is the very thing that has been taken,”

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Celebrate Recovery’s goal is to help people find freedom from hurts, habits and hang-ups including addictions, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors.

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Silver Creek Fellowship, Silverton Mondays 7 p.m. In-person or online Free Contact: Kurt Barnes, 503-931-9250 or kurt@scf.tv www.scf.tv/celebrate-recovery

Assembly of God Church 437 N James St. Modular C, Silverton Tuesdays 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturdays 10 to 11 a.m. Free Contact: Barbara, 503-269-0952 salemareaalanon.org/meetings.html

Alateen For teens affected by someone else’s drinking.

Barnes said of the isolation he has seen take hold since the pandemic began. “The shutdown was incredibly difficult on people struggling with sobriety. When you take people out of their routine and their healthy steps and you put them into isolation with just their thoughts and themselves and their family, that is a cocktail for people to fail.”

“It’s not just them and us. If people could take a season of their life and look at their hurts, habits and hang-ups it would be beneficial for everyone. And it’s not focused on one escape mechanism or another. People are working the program for all kinds of things – anxiety, codependency – it is a place where all people are welcome in their struggles.”

“Somebody once told me there’s nothing like getting a good listening to,” Elizabeth, said of the benefits of this type of group therapy.

The majority of those struggles include mental health issues, according to Barnes who explained, “Usually they’re medicating for a hurt, an anxiety or depression. But if we work through the mental health aspects it usually will help the problem. It’s holistic, it involves relationships, emotions, lots of things.”

“It isn’t just about the steps. You can go into this room – because it’s protected by anonymity – and share the truth. I’ve seen so many people – you can visibly see their faces relax; their shoulders relax. I can come to this place and be met and I can tell the truth about how hard this is.”

And it’s not just for adults. In Barnes’ program, he accepts teens so long as they are able to participate in meetings and accommodate the structure. The Al-Anon program has an off-shoot, Alateen, which accepts young people as well.

That ability to talk through experiences and struggles is precisely what makes both programs successful, according to Barnes, who has been a part of Celebrate Recovery since its inception over four years ago.

“I wish that someone had said to me as a teenager – there’s a place that you can go where other kids have the same challenges, and you can talk about your feelings and no one’s going to judge you,” Elizabeth admitted.

“Being open and honest, sharing your life, sharing your struggles – Celebrate Recovery is for everyone,” he stated.

“I would have had better tools earlier in life. It’s a really great thing for teenagers that feel like there’s nobody else they can

Which is where programs like Celebrate Recovery, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Al-Anon can be helpful.

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“We have bought into this lie that we can do this all by ourselves,” Barnes pointed out. “But we need family, we need friends… And in recovery you find a family. Through recovery you make lifetime friendships. You are able to share and be heard by other people.” It’s not counseling. “When other people share in our share group, we don’t give them counsel,” Barnes confirmed. “That’s an important part. I’m not an expert who fixes people, but by having an opportunity to share and work the steps of the program they can find help and hope and healing.”

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Because, he said, despite the distances that have sprung up between people – due to COVID restrictions, political divisions or racial tensions – humans are still social creatures who need each other for help and healing.

Recovery are a safe place to be heard.

“We’re all just in this together,” Barnes said.

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In Memory Of …

Arland Anderson Jean Cantrell

July 30, 1950 — Nov. 5, 2020

April 26, 1929 — Nov. 7, 2020

Paul Wallis Schoenlaub

March 15, 1952 — Nov. 8, 2020

Marlene Reinke

Sept. 13, 1952 — Nov. 14, 2020

Eric Irving Osterholme

May 5, 1942 — Nov. 15, 2020

Vasily Gostevskyh

Jan. 14, 1978 — Nov. 18, 2020

Mayanna Seiler

March 9, 1932 — Nov. 18, 2020

Evelyn Staab

Sept. 24, 1930 — Nov. 19, 2020

Andrew Schemmel

Nov. 18, 1935 — Nov. 19, 2020

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Horace Lewis Logan, Jr. Horace Lewis Logan, Jr. (Bud) passed away at his Silverton, Oregon, home Nov. 19, 2020, surrounded by his family. Bud was born on July 30, 1931 in Lakewood, Washington, to Winifred Blanche Goodard and Horace Lewis (Bud) Logan. They had five children: Bernadine, Bud, Eddie, Maurice, and Duane. When he was ten, Bud lost his father in a mill accident and then in high school his mother died. The parents of Bud’s best friend, Carroll Bagby, took Bud into their family; Bud and Carroll Bagby remained life-long “brothers.”

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In 1952 Bud married Roberta Treat and they had four children: John, Jim, Roxanne and Debbie. Roxanne died in childhood in a tragic accident. A divorce soon followed.

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In 1963 Bud married Bonnie Brown and became father to Suzi and Jeff. The family moved to Silverton in 1966 and have been in the community ever since. Bud enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1951 and served three years including time in Korea. He attended college on the GI Bill at Humbolt State University and Oregon College of Education. He became a history teacher and school administrator at McLaren School for Boys in Woodburn were he also coached wrestling, basketball, and baseball. After retirement, Bud drove school buses in Silverton and trained other drivers. He enjoyed this part-

July 30, 1931 – Nov. 19, 2020 time work and it financed his beloved golf hobby. Bud volunteered in many capacities including driving the Silverton Trolley for seniors. Although not recently active, memberships in the Elks and Masons were important to him. He was a coach for Little League baseball, and an enthusiastic fan of Johnny Cash and the New York Yankees. Bud and Bonnie were “snowbirds” for 20 years with a second home in Arizona.  He conquered adversity because of his inner strength and strong belief that education would enable a better life. Bonnie supported his dream of completing college and then she, too, became a teacher and librarian. They valued education and worked, played, and read together with a focus on their family, friends, community and country.  In addition to his wife Bonnie, Bud is survived by five children: John (Carole) Logan, Jim (Tannis) Logan, Debra Logan, Suzi Fox, and Jeff (Lauren) Logan; five grandchildren: Erik Reynolds, Justus Logan, Sasha Trevallion, Jake Logan and Emily Logan; nine great grandchildren, a great great grandchild, and brother, Eddie. A celebration of Bud’s life will be held on July 30, 2021, which would have been Bud’s 90th birthday. Donations in his memory may be made to Silverton Area Community Aid, P.O. Box 1305, Silverton, OR 97381; SACA website also accepts online donations.

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Evelyn Clare Staab Evelyn Clare Staab was born on Sept. 24, 1930 in Greeley, Nebraska to Mark and Agnes Purdy. The family moved to Mount Angel, Oregon in 1937, where she attended St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School, graduating from Mt. Angel Academy in 1947. She attended business

Sept. 24, 1930 – Nov. 18, 2020

school then went to work at St. Benedict Press as a bookkeeper. She met and married Arlin Staab on Feb. 3, 1951, right after Artie finished boot camp. He was then stationed at Camp Luis Obispo where they stayed for the completion of Artie’s service in the U.S. Army. Moving back to Salem, Oregon, they started their family. Evelyn and Arlin then moved to North Howell and built and ran the Howell Prairie Nursery for 34 years

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before retiring in Mount Angel, where Evie spent her time with her family, her faith, and her love of nature. Evie was an avid gardener, bowler, pie maker, and enjoyed word puzzles. She passed away Nov. 18, 2020. Evelyn is survived by her sons, David (Angie) Staab and Douglas (Carolyn) Staab, daughters, Karen Staab (John McCoy), Kristine (Steve) Buchheit and Konnie Miller (Cole Allen), and 13 grandchildren

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The current OSAA calendar calls for practice in the Season 2 sports of basketball, wrestling and swimming to start Dec. 28. The problem is that basketball and wrestling are considered full-contact sports, and thus prohibited. For now. The state is scheduled (there is that word again) to come out of its two-week freeze as Our Town hits your mailbox. Will the coronavirus caseload drop enough so that Gov. Kate Brown can ease the restrictions that took effect Nov. 18? Good question. For the OSAA there is no wiggle room. State policies and orders become OSAA policies and orders. “The OSAA is a private, nonprofit association but is bound to follow the governor’s executive orders, OHA guidance, etc. just like our schools,” Peter Weber, the

OSAA’s executive director, told Our Town. “Nearly 245 of our member schools are public schools in Oregon that are also bound to follow these directives.” Season 2 (think of it as the “normal” winter sports season) is scheduled to conclude in early March. Season 3 consists of the fall sports of football, cross country and soccer. It is scheduled to start with practices on Feb. 22 and conclude in early May. Season 4, the spring sports of tennis, softball, baseball, golf and track and field, is scheduled to begin practices April 19 and conclude June 26. Cramming that many seasons into far shorter periods of time will mean fewer contests and little chance of a legitimate state champion in most of them.

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OSAA meets Dec. 7 on sports calendar Correction The basketball team composed of Silverton players who participated in a Nov. 6-8 tournament in Idaho was an independent club team not representing the high school. My Nov. 1 column mischaracterized the relationship. Scheduling (there is that word again) will likely be different in ways other than the drop in the number of games. The OSAA has decreed that schools are under no obligation to participate in their assigned districts and schools are being encouraged to schedule games closer to home, regardless of classification or district slot. How might such a system play out here? Kennedy, which loves to play nonconference football games against Class 3A schools Knappa and Rainier, might choose to schedule closer to home. And, yes, Culver is in the same district but don’t look for many of those 300-mile round trips over the pass.

Silverton’s district is fairly compact and probably doesn’t need to tweak things too much. But just think about the possibility of a boys soccer match between Silverton and Stayton. I’d be there in a heartbeat. All three upcoming seasons have set aside a week for a “culminating event.” I am guessing we will hear more about what this might mean after Dec. 7. State playoffs for football are just not in the cards, although there are tantalizing possibilities for team sports such as baseball, softball, soccer and basketball, where a one-week, eight-team state tournament would be possible. As long as you have a way to select who those eight teams are. That will be harder this year as well, as the OSAA already has pulled the plug on its usual state rankings. A one- or two-day state tournament for wrestling, swimming tennis, golf and cross country/track and field also SEEMS possible, but events such as those face challenges just based on the sheer number of people (athletes, coaches, officials) that would need to be in the same place at the same time amid a pandemic.

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A Grin at the End

A year to forget

Here’s hoping for a brighter 2021

Last March, right after our fearless leaders decided to start shutting down the economy because of the coronavirus, I was sitting in a friend’s office.

was torn down in Portland. Then the wildfires roared across Oregon and other parts of the West. Overlay all of that with the bizarre presidential election.

“If this goes on more than a couple of months, there’ll be rioting in the streets,” I told him. Little did I know. A lot of businesses closed – many forever – throwing millions of Americans out of work. Other people were forced to work from home. Schools and colleges were closed or classes were moved online and we were all urged to stay home to protect ourselves and everyone else. Confusion reigned. At first we were told that only one type of mask blocked virus transmission, then were told that anything was better than nothing. We were also told to wear gloves, and then we weren’t. Make up your minds, was a commonly expressed sentiment. The coronavirus COVID-19 has been the bogeyman of 2020. Actually, it’s been one

Ugh. of several. We were all confronted with the specter of a Minneapolis police officer killing a Black man while other officers – and members of the public – watched and did nothing. Well, some did record videos of it. So many Americans had no jobs because of the shutdowns and then saw police officers who were sworn to “serve and protect” doing neither. It all went downhill from there. Folks took to the streets and asserted that “Black Lives Matter” – of course they do. But then some demonstrations seemed to be hijacked by others who were out to – I’m not really sure what they wanted. Among other things, they wanted to decide which statues were worthy of public display. A statue of Abraham Lincoln, who gave his life trying to end slavery and save the nation,

2020 is a year most people want to forget, but it has reminded us that our society does need some serious attention to heal old wounds and make the rights guaranteed in the Constitution a reality. But we also shouldn’t forget that the vast majority of Americans are good, hardworking people. Solid, I believe, is the word. We forget that in September, when wildfires destroyed hundreds of homes in the Santiam Canyon and other parts of Oregon, friends, neighbors and total strangers did not hesitate to help.  We forget that politics – good or bad – do not dominate our lives. Or, to say the very least, they shouldn’t dominate our lives.

I look at politics as one of the things I want to think about least. In the most recent elections, many candidates sound like those mouthy kids that spoke at eighth-grade pep rallies. Mostly noise and little else. Instead, I want to think about the beauty that life brings to this planet, about the many good things we accomplish individually and together that far outweigh all that other stuff. I would compare politics and government to the application on my computer that runs in the background. I want it to run well, and not dominate my time. We have about a month left in 2020. I’m sure we’ll all make it. I, and everyone else, hope that 2021 will be better. An effective vaccine will wrestle COVID-19 under control, and the activists will decide that the place to make the biggest difference is at the ballot box. After a heart-breaking year like 2020, we all need and deserve a better year ahead. Carl Sampson is a freelance writer and editor.

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Community news serving Silverton, Mount Angel and Scotts Mills.

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