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Something to Talk About

Families adjust to 2020 holidays.... 4 Farmer’s Notebook

Meet the goats of RKS Farms......... 6 Something Fun

Fireworks from Silverton Strong.... 8 Business

Anytime Fitness in new location.... 9

Sports & Recreation

Something to Think About

Winter schedule shifts again........16

Pesticides in the Pudding.............10 Briefs................................. 12 Dining Out......................... 12

Skatepark fundraising phase 2.....16 Food & Drink

New book demystifies cocktails....17

Family Matters

Strain on couples during COVID.....13


Passages........................... 14 People Out Loud.............18 On the Cover Scarlette Leiterman with “Repeater” and her grandfather Rick Smith of RKS Farms with”Ramadan.”


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It’s been awhile. My notes are infrequent, but not from lack of thinking about you. You are in my thoughts as each edition flows from reporter to page to press to post.

Merely, umm, I don’t mean to minimize, only to accept.

As we close out 2020, and I pause and ponder, it seems like a note is in order. Not to lament the hard times that 2020 brought (and it did bring hard things – pandemic, politics, fear, fire and financial crisis) but to celebrate. Although... perhaps somewhat differently than we might have celebrated in the past.

We won’t be perfect. Some tests we will meet well. Some will be failed. But in challenge is opportunity. There’s learning and growth. There is, yes, hope.

There were babies born in 2020. There was sun and rain and the scent of wet earth and growing things... and kindness. Think one of those doesn’t belong? Well, I’m willing to press the point. Kindness warms, soothes and inspires just as the others. And like those new little human beings, it offers hope. As 2020 winds down my overwhelming takeaway is gratitude. History is riddled with plaques, collapse and ruin, devastation and death. Now is merely our turn to face challenges.

These won’t be the last challenges, and like as not, they will not end with 2020. They are merely ours: the tests for now.

I can’t honestly say I look forward to the frustration and pain and occasional anger that adversity and change engender. But I can say, honestly, I believe we are up to it. And so thankful for all those things we hold dear: family, friends, a sense of place whether it is defined by a home or a horizon, a job or a cause. I am thankful for you. Grateful, too, for our town, and “our town” to me has the broadest possible meaning. It’s the everyday. It’s the planet. It’s a sense of community -- and kindness. Every day is a gift, even those of 2020. It’s our turn. OK. Forward. 2021. -- Paula Mabry

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Family time

Most people will experience some changes this holiday season

By Melissa Wagoner For many, the holidays are not going to be the same as in years past – and for some, that’s OK. “There is joy in a scaled-down Christmas,” 55-year-old Silvertonian Elizabeth Wilder said, “in that it allows us to find gratitude in the simple pleasures of honoring nature, the season of giving, and healing… There is an odd feeling of relief knowing I can’t be so frenzied about the holidays. This ‘new normal’ might show us how to ‘gift’ each other in more meaningful ways.” While Wilder’s holiday – during which she traditionally creates a family gingerbread house – will stay largely the same. She will be forgoing big gatherings and work parties due to COVID restrictions. “The obligatory work holiday parties will not happen,” she said, “less stress may be the result, and that is a good thing.” That decrease in the usual holiday pressure is something that 43-yearold, Erica Zaluskey, owner of The Shine Practice in Silverton, is also looking forward to this year. “COVID has made me appreciate the everyday parts of life, keeping life more simple and practical,” she said. “This year we are planning on exchanging experiences for the future rather than a lot of material gifts. Making memories is so much more important than an item. Of course, my kids will still have a Christmas list made but we will focus on buying local to support the businesses that need our help the most. I feel the motto ‘less is more’ rings more true this year than ever.” Normally visiting relatives in Kauai for a few weeks during the Christmas season, Zaluskey will be staying home in 2020, spending time with local family and making memories with her kids. “We will celebrate the ‘small stuff’ such as baking together as a family, getting a Christmas tree and enjoying Christmas lights,” she listed. “We also like to ‘adopt’ kids who need gifts. I take my girls shopping and let them pick out presents for the kids in need. I think it is important to always remember to give during the holidays.” And she’s not the only one focusing on giving back this holiday season. Andrea Redinger, a 69-year-old artisan living in Silverton, is also discovering a renewed

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Left and above left: The Wilder family tradition of making a gingerbread house. COURTESY ELIZABETH WILDER Above right: Lura Muller’s children pitch in the home holiday spirit. COURTESY LURA MULLER

appreciation for volunteerism spurred by the pandemic. “One thing we can all do is volunteer,” she pointed out. “Give to the food bank, wrap presents for the Giving Trees. Donate wherever you are able. Time, cash, or work.  It all matters and in the holiday spirit it gives you back rewards of feeling good.” Having experienced hip surgeries during the past two holiday seasons, Redinger is no stranger to low-key celebrations and is looking forward to the possibility of another one this year. “We will still have a family gathering God willing,” she began. Adding, “It will be different however.  Less glitter and gifts. More of the real meaning. Traditions of decorating the tree and the cookies. But less. We don’t need anything but each other. The pandemic has taught me that. Family and friends are so important.” Redinger’s not the only one who appreciates that lesson. Lura Muller – the 42-year-old owner of a daycare in Mount Angel – also understands the importance of family and community connection, even when it must take place over the phone. “COVID has made me realize how important just a simple call is to people,” she said. “How hearing a voice can make you smile.” Because while some things are out of Muller’s hands


this year – the inability to visit her grandparents, currently residing in a care facility being one – there are things she can still control. “Joy is a choice,” she said. “And I continue to choose joy over all other emotions. Yes, I will miss some things, but teaching my kids that fun, laughter and joy come from living life as you can is way more important to me and my husband. During the holidays we will still bake cookies, make gingerbread houses and have our girls versus boys gingerbread house decorating contest, we will still open gifts, we will still sing badly to Christmas music, we will still walk or drive around to see the lights on homes, we will still make hot chocolate and have a fire in our fire pit. We will still watch Charlie Brown and laugh and have fun. We will still place flowers on my mom’s grave and tell her how much we miss her.” Carlene Dettwyler, a medical receptionist from Silverton. also plans to maintain as many holiday traditions as possible. “We still take health precautions,” she said, “just as we would for the flu or anything else. We are not a family that shows up if we are sick, so I do not really see this year being any different. Families need each other. We need grandpas and grandmas, dads and moms, brothers and sisters, aunts/uncles, cousins, etc. Memories need to be made and continued – they are healthy!” What isn’t healthy, she hedged, is the amount of fear she sees circulating within the community.

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... but aim to make the most of it For some, fear – especially of contracting COVID-19 is very real and not something that can be left behind, even for the holiday season. “There won’t be any family get-togethers,” Silvertonian Dale Small said. Small lives with his wife and brother-in-law – who was recently evacuated from the Alameda Fire. All three are over 70 and all have underlying health concerns. So they take COVID-19 precautions very seriously. “[O]ur two sons live together in Portland,” Small began. “We have not seen them since February. Our daughter and son-in-law live on location, but we are distancing for medical reasons.” But that doesn’t mean the holidays are entirely canceled. Instead, Small and his household plan to put up a tree, cook a holiday meal and exchange greetings with friends and family via the Internet. It will be different, but he thinks that’s OK. “This year we will find joy in knowing we are all well and safe,” he said simply. The Zaluskey family will forgo their usual trip to Kauai for staying together at home.

“We were not created to live in fear,” she said. “Fear is paralyzing, and children, especially, need positive


reinforcement and traditional activities to be carried on. There is hope, and hope needs to be passed on!”

“We can’t change what has happened in 2020,” Zaluskey added, “all we can do is learn from it and reflect on how good we’ve had it in the past. Love your family, love your neighbors, be a good human.”

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Farmer’s Notebook

Finding their tribe By Brenna Wiegand Rick Smith wants to change people’s minds about goat’s milk, the signature product of RKS Farms. “Goat’s milk has gotten a bad reputation,” Smith said. “A lot of people have only bought goat milk at the grocery store. It has usually been pasteurized, comes from far away and it tastes terrible. “…But most people who come out and see our place and taste fresh, raw, locally produced goat’s milk or try it at Silverton Farmers Market say it doesn’t taste much different than cow’s milk.” RKS has a regular clientele that comes Monday through Friday to pick up their milk orders at the farm store which opened at 16419 Pleasant Dr. in Silverton last year. Rick met his wife Kristin, a Salem-area native, in the early ‘70s when he left Southern California to study marine biology at Oregon State University. They married senior year and spent the next 36 years in Southern California, where Rick worked with his father managing and expanding a food processing equipment manufacturing company that became known worldwide for its technologies and innovations. At least twice a year, the family made the trek from California to Silverton where the kids loved spending time at their grandparents’ farm on the Abiqua and it was only natural that they would return to Silverton and a rural lifestyle when they were ready to say goodbye to California. “We finally just gave up on California,” Smith said. “I got tired of the business climate and all the issues and problems I

RKS Farms delights in dairy, pack goats

had with my business down there, so we decided to pull up roots and moved here in April of 2011. “That October we decided we wanted to have some milk of our own and I bought a doe and a buck,” he said. “The following year our first two goat kids – twins – were born.” Before long they were milking for themselves and as the herd grew so did the milk’s popularity among family and friends. Pretty soon there were requests from potential customers and within a few years they grew to 50 goats, with nine of them providing the raw milk for sale to the public. Oregon law limits small dairies to nine goats or two cows to produce milk to sell to the public. In addition to raw goat milk, RKS produces pasture-raised meat – grass-fed Black Angus, Berkshire pork, free-range chicken and eggs, all sold at the farm store. Added to these are the chévre, feta and ricotta cheeses and other products Kristin makes from each week’s excess milk. Their farmers market booth includes baked goods made by their daughters. Now for the excess goats. “Earlier this year I started doing a little research and discovered that hunters, backpackers and hikers are training goats to carry packs; they can carry up to about 50 pounds.” Smith purchased a couple saddles with bags called panniers and the couple began taking the goats, four to six at a time – along the horse trails at Silver Falls Park. “The people that see us are pretty

Kristin Smith makes cheese and other goat-milk products for sale at RKS Farms’ store and Silverton Farmers Market. BRENNA WIEGAND

awestruck,” Smith said. “We’ve had tons of questions and of course they like to pet the goats.”

Internet research and I make sure the vet explains everything to me, so a lot of the things I can do myself now.”

The couple, their children and grandchildren have come to enjoy this new pastime. They usually stop halfway at the Silver Falls Conference Center for a snack of goat cheese and crackers, and in the coming months plan to train several pack goats to rent out next spring.

The Smiths just completed their second year as a vendor at Silverton Farmers Market, staying in the loop all year by participating in the Silverton Winter Market held at Silverton Friends Church until the outdoor market resumes in spring.

“It’s not a widely known sport or hobby but it is growing, especially with little kids and others who can’t carry any weight or backpackers wanting to take more than they can carry on their back.” His engineering and design career has served Smith well as a first-time farmer. “I spent countless hours watching YouTube videos, reading books, doing

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“The winter market usually consists of the more diehard customers that insist on having good, fresh locally farm raised food all year,” Smith said. “It was about 50% less business than we did at the summer market. “This was a good year for us; we actually started selling out this summer,” Smith said. “Business has more than doubled from last year.”

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December 2020 • 7

Something Fun

Making up for lost time

By Melissa Wagoner 2020 will be going out with a bang this year as Strong Silverton – an organization whose mission is community connection – welcomes in the new year with a fireworks display. “This is another step in the Strong Silverton process in which we are working to connect neighbors, remind our community that we are a community that does not have to be divided, and above all, to encourage others to do the same,” Mayor Kyle Palmer wrote in a recent release. “This event follows Neighborhood Night Out, the Silverton Rock Hunt, Silverton Signs, and the Silverton Lights project. We’re very excited to bring this safely distanced event to the community to bring hope for 2021 at a time when we need it badly. “We are reminded that maintaining a sense of community takes more work when our beloved festivals and events can’t happen and we hope this can be a sign of a new year that brings the promise of being together again.” The display, which will kick of 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 1 with a live streamed video conference, will include local musical talent as well as submissions from the Reflections and Hope Project – a project designed for Silvertonians to reflect on the past year along with their hopes for the future through various artistic mediums. “We are inviting Silverton residents of all backgrounds, professional and amateur of any age, to express themselves with a creation that is meaningful to them,” Strong Silverton posted on the group’s Facebook Page. “We welcome drawings, paintings, songs, essays and nearly any other format your expression might come in.

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This show is more about participation than proficiency. Believing that everyone’s voice deserves to be heard in Silverton, we want to witness your vision even if you wouldn’t call yourself an artist.” In an effort to maintain public health guidelines, project submissions must be submitted digitally to mashland@ gmail.com now through Dec. 30. “Our hope is that each person who views the exhibition will take with them a renewed sense of wonder and appreciation for the beauty of our community and an increased awareness that their presence is central to Silverton’s flourishing.” The submissions, as well as the fireworks display itself, which begins at 6 p.m. on the Silverton High School campus, will be livestreamed so all can participate remotely. For those who would like to view the event in person, they are encouraged to park in one of the SHS parking lots in order to discourage group gatherings. “Spectators will be asked to remain in their vehicles to watch the show and will have all of the SHS parking lots at our disposal, as well as the bus parking circle,” Palmer said. “We understand that some people may attend on foot, but we are working hard to make this a safe event and not a gathering of people outside.” Regardless of the method, members of Strong Silverton encourage everyone who can to take part in the occasion. “We’ve all lost so many events this year,” a Strong Silverton member recently posted, “and we think we can speak for most people when we say that we look forward to 2021 with much hope for some big changes.”


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Reflections and Hope Project • Submit a photo or video of your work to mashland@gmail.com before Wednesday, Dec. 30. • Paint, ink, graphite, carving, sculpture, mixedmedia, textiles/fibers, pottery, photography, poetry, song, dance, video, story and essay are all welcome art forms. • Include your name, the media used, and the title of the piece. • One submission per person. • Submissions must avoid content that is highly political, graphically violent or sexual. • Strong Silverton will determine what pieces are accepted and shared. • By submitting your work you give permission to Strong Silverton to share the photo or video of your piece with credit to the artist on Facebook and the group’s website now and in the future.

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Reps ‘n’ sets By Melissa Wagoner Exercise is important for a whole host of reasons, from elevating one’s mood and energy level to assisting with sleep quality, mental acuity and immune function. “Fitness in general is so important,” Bri Turner, a trainer at Silverton’s Anytime Fitness, said. “Especially in times like this.” For many, the past eight months have brought an increase in stress, anxiety and loneliness, all of which can have detrimental effects on overall health. “I do feel like it is more important now than ever to be a part of Anytime Fitness because good health combats illnesses such as COVID,” Turner said. She graduated from Corban University in the spring with a bachelor’s degree in health science and is currently working on her master’s in kinesiology. As to whether attending a gym is safe, she added, “We clean around the clock and do our best to make each member feel safe,” she said, “whether that’s through virtual

Anytime Fitness moves to new location in Silverton classes, one-on-one workouts, small group trainings, or coming in on your own time. We have options for everyone.” Now, with Anytime Fitness having moved into a new space located near the intersection of Water and Brown streets, there is more space for members to spread out. “I love the new facility,” Turner said. “The open floor plan with high ceilings, natural lighting and bright, welcoming colors make the space feel full of energy and is just so welcoming. We have new equipment, a purple turf area where our small group trainings take place, and a new studio used for classes.” A long time in coming, the space has seen a complete overhaul during the past year. “It was a very hard year,” Robin Williams, who opened Silverton’s Anytime Fitness near Safeway in 2011, confirmed. The gym’s initial shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic in the spring was followed by a series of subsequent construction delays. “We should have been

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“I want to keep my community safe and keep the (COVID) numbers low,” she said. “We monitor our hours and look at usage. We so far are really under because we’re so spread out over 24 hours. And we do tons of cleaning.”

rocking and rolling in March. Instead, it was a lot of hits but you’ve got to believe what you believe.” Williams has a firm belief in both the gym and in what the new space offers her clientele. “We have an amazing community,” she said. “And my members absolutely love it. It’s big and bright.” Safety is also a top priority for Williams who has implemented security cameras and lighting on both the inside of the building and the outside to aid those members who utilize the gym – normally open 24 hours a

When the current COVID restrictions are relaxed, Williams suggests a tour of the facility. “We encourage you to come by and check it out and talk with our trainers,” she said. “All of the coaches care deeply about each one of our members and we make sure to be intentional about the way we approach the fears of the pandemic so everyone feels safe and listened to,” Turner added.

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In the stream By Melissa Wagoner It’s not uncommon to see farmers spraying fields with chemical insecticides, herbicides and fungicides. These substances have been used for many years to control pests and keep down weeds. But what happens when it rains? How many of these chemicals end up in the watershed? These questions are the primary concern of the Pesticide Stewardship Partnership (PSP) program – a division of the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) that identifies pesticides in Oregon’s waterways and works to mitigate them. One of the waterways of primary concern – at least when it comes to the Willamette Valley? The Pudding River Watershed.

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Twisting for 62 miles, this tributary of the Molalla River, runs from the foothills of the western Cascade Mountains through the Willamette Valley floodplain and has been hugely impacted by agricultural practices over the last 170 years.


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“The Pudding River Watershed is an extremely diverse agricultural watershed,” Kevin Masterson, the Agency Toxics Coordinator for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality for the last 14 years, confirmed, “with numerous crop types for which a range of pesticides can be used to control pests, weeds and diseases. Small amounts of these pesticides entering surface water from many agricultural operations can add up to levels that could harm aquatic life.”


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Inside pesticide mitigation efforts Fungicide and Rodenticide Act) the pesticide label is the law. Deviating from the specifics of that label is illegal… What we do see is impacts to watersheds on a smaller scale due to mistakes in application or not strictly following the pesticide label instructions. These are the focus of our work in the PSP Program.”

is through a cooperative, collaborative process… The value of partnerships is in bringing together multiple groups and individuals that have different types of expertise and capabilities to focus on common goals. “For instance, some partners have great technical knowledge about solutions to pesticide water quality problems, while others have experience in reaching and educating pesticide users. Combining those skills and areas of expertise to work on a common purpose can increase the likelihood that solutions will be implemented effectively.”

The program not only identifies potential problems in water quality but works with a host of local partners – including the Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, the Pudding River Watershed Council and other local crop consultants – to mitigate them.

There are a few steps the community at large can take as well.

“These strategies include those that reduce erosion and sediment runoff, as well as improvements in pesticide application to reduce drift,” Masterson said.

“Homeowners, like agricultural producers and other professional applicators, should read and follow the labels of any pesticide product they purchase to ensure the use of those products is done safely without impacts to environmental resources,” Masterson urged. “Also, they can take advantage of the OSU Master Gardener programs and classes that teach sustainable gardening practices [extension. oregonstate.edu/mg].”

Those mitigation strategies appear to be working. “In a majority of the areas in which we are studying, the problem seems to be getting better,” Cook said. “Since this is a voluntary program the success is based largely on engagement by the various stakeholders who reside in that subbasin and watershed. As engagement drops the level and number of pesticides detected tend to increase.”

As with many environmental issues, pesticide mitigation is a team effort. “We all use and benefit from pesticides in our daily life,” Cook said, “from the grower who supplies food, grass seed and hay, to the urban resident who sprays their lawn or has a home garden, to the public works departments that treat weeds on the roadside, to the timber companies treating a harvested tract prior to replanting. We all need to use these chemicals responsibly and be mindful that what you do on your land impacts both humans and the environment downstream from you.”

That lends major importance to those groups who act as mediators between the civil, government and private sectors in watershed management issues such as pesticide impact. “I believe that using science-based data to address pesticide issues in a voluntary manner [holds] a great deal of promise,” Cook said, “and that the most effective way to deal with environmental issue



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songs. Performers will include Alison Seeber (soprano), Michelle Golan (soprano), Annie Appleton (alto), John Seeber (tenor/baritone), Matthew Edmonds (baritone), Connor Boring-Mackie (baritone), Mary Jo Hettwer (organ/ piano), and Andrew Seeber (guitar). To hear the performance go to www. facebook.com/events/218961549609864

The Mt. Angel City Council is seeking applications to fill a vacancy on the City Council after the city rec eived certified election results. Cou ncilor Don Fleck will assume the ma yor position on Jan. 4, which wil l create a council vacancy. The council is asking for inte rested individuals who would like to serve to submit an application to City

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Tips for couples By Melissa Wagoner The COVID-19 pandemic has added a layer of stress to many couple relationships according to licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Cindy Fegles. And for those relationships that were already strained, the majority have gotten much worse. “Many of the stresses are related to loss,” Fegles said, “loss of jobs, loss of income, loss of structure for their children in the way of school and activities, loss of ability to work outside of the home, loss of socialization, loss of pursuit of higher education, loss of being able to see a loved one if they are hospitalized or in a nursing facility, loss of traditional celebrations for milestones achieved, and for some, loss of a loved one to the coronavirus.” But thankfully, according to Fegles, there are also many ways of navigating these losses as a cohesive unit. “When our partner experiences a loss, they need the space and safety to grieve,” Fegles said. “Partners can help by empathizing

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you must be feeling at losing your job and fearing the uncertainty of the future but we will get through this.’” Communication skills, such as this, can be a key part of working through difficult times as a couple. But as important as talking through issues can be, practicing active listening can be even more important. “Listening well means we hear what the other person is saying,” she stressed, “and we ask clarifying questions to get a better understanding when we are confused. Listening well also means we listen to learn, not to correct or debate.” While communication tools, such as these, are important, they can also be mentally and emotionally taxing, which is why Fegles also recommends couples take breaks, factoring regular time apart into their schedules. “Couples should take breaks from each other,” Fegles said, “most couples do not do well when they are together 24/7.”

That alone time can be especially difficult to find with more couples than ever working from home. “Each week, the couple could sit down with their schedules and discuss what each of them will need in the way of time alone to work,” Fegles said. Adding, “When expectations are communicated, then they can work together to figure out a schedule that will help them each to succeed.” While the tips may be helpful, sometimes more assistance is required. In those instances Fegles recommends engaging a professional therapist. “All couple relationships take work, and many will at some time, experience conflict and dissatisfaction,” she explained. “An experienced therapist can provide an outside, unbiased perspective to help the couple identify and navigate their issues and hopefully move them towards an improved relationship.”

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Nov. 13, 1934 – Nov. 28, 2020

Louis Mario Martucci born Nov. 13, 1934. He finished his earthly work on Nov. 28, 2020 in Silverton, Oregon. Born in Troy, New York to William G. Martucci and Florence C. Martucci

Wallace Satern, son of Harold and Ruth Satern, married Vera Baller, daughter of Sam and Doris Baller on Dec. 9, 1950. Wally and Vera were both born and raised in Silverton and raised their children, Becky (Denny Rice) and Dan (Debbie) on their farm in the Bethany area of Silverton. Their pride and joy are their two grandsons, Brian (Laura) and Brent (Kelly) and four great grandchildren. 

Well-done, good and faithful servant. I will put in you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord and Father. Your work is in the bonfire, but by My grace, come on into heaven. How does a child write an obituar y for their father? The thoughts of accomplishments, success, achievements would fill a library. He would graciously decline to mention them at all but rather kindly smile at the long lasting goodness poured upon the generations of us he touched. The Nation declared him a hero for his military service. The Academic world referred to him as a genius. The world of Science placed him on a pedestal. The sport of fishing heard the stories as unbelievable they sounded. Later in life, he became an accomplished poet and did not even know it. The beautiful sounds from him playing the piano filled our souls with Jubilation and delight. How does a child write a tribute to their father? My Dad was a loving and faithful husband to my mother De. She began her journey in Heaven three years earlier. It needed to be that way to give her time to prepare the Italian stuffed peppers he would want upon his arrival. All that was Lou, in every way, amazed people that knew him. We would always acknowledge their thoughts and comments about our Dad with great pride. His three children (Glenn, Julie and Craig) are the combination of Lou separated into three. Our father made a lifelong commitment to us that he accepted with joy. We proved it many times. Dad always had the correct answer. He was the example of what we should become. He was our protector. Our father was the template for raising our children. With extreme confidence he would say was his greatest accomplishment. He was a man of faith in God.

Due to the pandemic the family is unable to host a reception in their honor but encourage cards to be sent to Wally and Vera at P.O. Box 44, Silverton, OR 97381.

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Roberta loved babies, family and friends. She mastered deep sea fishing on the

Oregon Coast, always catching the first and biggest fish on the boat. Together they brought into this world four daughters who gave them seven grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. They lived in the Silverton area over 30 years and will be missed by many.

Marilyn Miller Monroe

Feb. 26, 1932 – Nov. 21, 2020

Marilyn Monroe passed away on Nov. 21, 2020.

Marilyn was an avid reader and loved all types of music. She lived in Silverton.  

She and her brother Bill were raised in Monmouth, Oregon by their parents William and Margaret Miller. She attended O.C.E. 

She is preceded in death by her parents and brother.  

Marilyn married Joseph Waters in 1957. She worked most of her life as a bookkeeper, but went back to school to become a drug and alcohol counselor.  She worked in this field until her retirement.

Marilyn is survived by her four children: Mike (Jean), Patti, Marg (Alex), Chris (Peggy), six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. No services will be held at her request.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to your local library. 

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Sept. 24, 1924 – Sept. 15, 2020

Oren R. Osteen born Sept. 24, 1924 passed Sept. 15, 2020. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Roberta. Oren was a World War II vet, a mechanic, welder and a gold panner. He loved the outdoors and family. 

My father was our support. He was our confidant. He was our guide. We strive to be a reflection of him. Lou is survived by his children: Glenn (Amy) Martucci of Lacey, Washington, Julie (Tim) Yount of Silverton, Oregon and Craig (Crystal) Martucci of Herriman, Utah; 14 grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; and his younger sister Deborah Johnson of Tampa Florida. Lou will lay in rest with his soul mate De at Willamette National Cemetery. Full military funeral honors services will take place later in the Spring/Summer of 2021. Details at a later date. Arrangements graciously prepared by Unger Funeral Chapel, Silverton, Oregon.

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John Bielenberg John Bielenberg, 53, of Salem, Oregon, died in a motor vehicle accident on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. John was born in Silverton, Oregon, Sept. 2, 1967, the youngest of 10 siblings.

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Sept. 2, 1967 – Nov. 25, 2020 foundations and framing. He also helped coach the Silverton Wrestling Team 2000-2002. John married Cassandra Osborn in 2004.

He is survived by daughter, Emily Bielenberg, 15, He was an accomplished of South Carolina, and student and athlete. his nine siblings. He was John achieved All State preceded in death by his Honors in both football parents: Francis (Fritz) and Wrestling. He was John Bielenberg. SUBMITTED PHOTO Bielenberg and Irene on the Oregon Wrestling Sprauer Bielenberg of Cultural Exchange team to Germany Scotts Mills, Oregon, along with brother, as a junior in 1984 and won the 4-A Edward, who died in infancy. State Wrestling Championships for the John will be remembered in a private 275 weight-class in 1985. He earned a graveside service, with a memorial scholarship to wrestle at Oregon State Catholic mass said at a post-COVID University where he placed 4th in the lockdown date. 1986 PAC 12 Wrestling Tournament as a freshman. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to a college scholarship fund John went on to explore several careers for John’s daughter, with any checks and worked as a baker, a butcher, and made out to “Oregon 529 Plan for Emily construction contractor. He started Bielenberg” c/o Unger Funeral Chapel, his own business, Missouri Ridge Silverton, OR 97381. Construction, with a specialty in

In Memory Of …

Catarino A. Moreno Jan. 25, 1931 — Nov. 21, 2020 Marilyn Miller Monroe Feb. 26, 1932 — Nov. 21, 2020 Nona Johnson June 26, 1932 — Nov. 22, 2020 Reta Harsh Jan. 23, 1941 — Nov. 23, 2020 Donald Allen David March 1, 1924 — Nov. 23, 2020 John R. Mooney April 4, 1953 — Nov. 25, 2020 Beverly Blank July 20, 1939 — Nov. 25, 2020 John D. Bielenberg Sept. 2, 1967 — Nov. 25, 2020 Norbert Richard Schindler March 2, 1937 — Nov. 26, 2020 Louis Mario Martucci Nov. 13, 1934 — Nov. 28, 2020 Erling Chavez Rojas Feb. 19, 1933 — Nov. 30, 2020 Corrina Anne Lynch April 20, 1967 — Dec. 1, 2020 Robert Lee Jackson Dec. 1, 1948 — Dec. 1, 2020 Jamea French June 3, 1943 — Dec. 2, 2020 See full obituaries at www.ungerfuneralchapel.com

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Sibyl Ann Barnes was born in Tekamah, Nebraska to Gordon and Sibyl Gilbert. She moved to the Silverton Hills with her family when she was 16 years old and remained in the area for the rest of her life. Sibyl graduated from Silverton High School in 1949 and cheered on the Foxes at every opportunity; she loved attending SHS activities from football, wrestling, and volleyball games to choir, band, and theater performances. Sibyl married her high school sweetheart Robert Lee Barnes on June 8, 1950 and they made their home on Cascade Highway where they raised their family. They were married for 65 years, until Bob’s death in 2015. Over the years their farming venture evolved from raising turkeys to dairy farming to growing row crops and Christmas trees. Sibyl and Bob were active in the Waldo Hills Grange and one of the highlights of their life was being named the 1960 National Grange Young Couple of Year, which included a two-week trip to the East Coast. Sibyl was actively involved in their children’s lives and volunteered with the Victor Point PTA and was a Sunday School Teacher. She worked at Silverton High School in the 1970s, and Pratum Elementary in the 1980s. Sibyl loved people and helping others; she met a lot of people that she cared for deeply and prayed for daily. She was an encourager and was not afraid to advise people on what they should do. A charter member of Silver Creek Fellowship in 1988, she served actively until her death. She loved helping at Mission of Hope Food Distribution in Silverton and Salem with Bob. As they grew older, they became door greeters and drivers, helping people get home with their food boxes. As her health declined, she continued encouraging people with snail mail, prayed continuously for her family and friends, and loved talking on the phone with loved ones. During her lifetime, she volunteered at Silverton Hospital in the gift shop and later as a chaplain, served in the Auxiliaries for Union Gospel Mission, Silverton Fire District, the Gideons International and various women’s ministries. Sibyl and Bob enjoyed camping and traveling, but what they enjoyed most was spending evenings with family and friends and playing pinochle with their grandchildren. They invested heavily in their family and leave a rich heritage. Vibrant in life and generous with her time and energy, “Grandma Sibyl” was much loved and will be missed; we celebrate “89 years awesome” and a life well lived. Sibyl is survived by her children Rob (Kathy) Barnes of Silverton, Sibyl (Bill) Ballard of Salem, and Herb (Kellyann) Barnes of Pratum; eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; sister-in-laws Geraldine Gilbert of Salem and Alice Jean Barnes of Sublimity. She was preceded in death by her husband Bob, parents Gordon & Sibyl; sister Phyllis, brother Cuyler; and infant son Scott.

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Sports & Recreation

Now it’s February

OSAA again updates schedule amid virus

The OSAA on Dec. 7 unveiled a massive reset in its calendar for activities in the 2020-21 school year. The organization originally hoped that teams could begin officially sanctioned workouts Dec. 28 with a season that would include basketball, wrestling and swimming. But the continuing challenges of the coronavirus have moved that date into February and the OSAA also has scrambled the order of the seasons. Season 2 will start in February and will include the traditional fall sports of cross country, volleyball, soccer and football. OSAA officials emphasized that a) football remains on the state’s list of prohibited activities; and b) there is little support for moving football later in the year because of the presumption that football will be in its normal slot in the fall of 2021. Football practices would start Feb. 8, with the other three sports starting the following week. If all goes well, the schedule calls for five regularseason football games. Season 3, which starts April 5, will include the traditional spring sports of baseball, softball, tennis, track and field and golf. Season 4, which starts in mid-May and

and band/orchestra. Signings: Two Silverton High athletes have signed to move on to college careers.

is scheduled to conclude in late June, will feature the classic winter sports of basketball, wrestling and swimming. All three seasons would include an OSAA week that could include post-season competition. The five weeks of regularseason contests likely would support 10 games for baseball, softball and basketball teams, although three-game weeks are not out of the question. “Today’s decision by the Executive Board is another reminder of the impact the pandemic has had on Oregon students and schools,” said Peter Weber, the OSAA’s executive director. “While disappointed that we need to adjust our original schedule, we believe that keeping three distinct seasons, albeit in shortened seasons, maintains potential opportunities for all students moving forward.” The OSAA still is working on how to schedule activities such as speech, solo music, dance/drill, cheerleading, choir

Jason’s legacy By James Day Efforts are underway to expand Silverton’s skate park and honor its founder, Jason Franz. Franz, who led the way on the 10-year project to get the Judy Schmidt Memorial Skate Park up and running, died last year of a heart attack while mountain biking. Phase II is scheduled to include a beginner’s bowl, a bench for parents, lights to make it easier to do runs in the winter and a memorial to note Franz, said Sue Roessler, one of the drive’s organizers. The group already has raised nearly $12,000, with the goal a shade under $50,000. Organizers are working with Dreamland Skate Parks, the Lincoln City firm which handled Phase I. Roessler argues for patience, noting the 10 years it

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Truitt Reilly will be playing basketball at Western Washington University in Bellingham, while soccer standout Emily Hyde will be enrolling at Linfield College in McMinnville. Reilly, a 6-foot post, helped lead the Foxes to a 23-3 record last season, which ended with the top-ranked squad‘s participation in the Class 5A state tournament falling victim to the coronavirus.

“Her biggest selling point, or what coaches fall in love with when talking to Truitt, is her personality. She is one of the most compassionate and kindest players I have ever coached. She is a phenomenal leader and role model for our future Foxes. It has been such an honor to coach her.” Hyde was a stalwart in midfield for Foxes girls soccer, which finished 4-2-1 in league play and 6-6-2 overall. Silverton lost 2-1 to eventual semifinalist Churchill of Eugene in the state playoffs. Hyde is a team captain who carries a 4.0 grade-point average.

Truitt Reilly. JAMES DAY

Reilly is a two-time unanimous firstteam, all-Mid-Willamette Valley selection as well as a second-team all-state pick for Class 5A last season, when she averaged 17 points and seven rebounds per game. “We are really excited for Truitt and her choice of colleges,” Foxes coach Tal Wold told Our Town. “I know there are some Division 1 schools that wanted to see her play more, but with everything going on that was not possible. Regardless of level, Truitt found a great place to attend school and play basketball and that is what it is all about.

“Emily plays a physical brand of soccer which translates well to the college game,” coach Gary Cameron told Our Town. “She is a fiery competitor, a great teammate, and I’m looking forward to our last season together and her continued success in college. “She has confidence in their program, enjoyed her tour of the campus and her interaction with coach Steve Simmons and his staff. Sometimes the recruitment process can be one-sided, but in this case both parties really like what they are getting!”

Campaign to expand Silverton’s skate park Organizers also have been working with city of Silverton officials, Franz’s family, groups such as the Kiwanis Club and Silver Creek Cloggers and individuals such as Jane Jones, Mike Dahlberg and Banyon Boyd. Three students, Dakota Becerra, Ethan Piaskowski and Lincoln Echo-Hawk, pitched the project to the City Council.

How to help The Silver Fox Foundation is handling the fundraising campaign. Checks (tax deductible) can be sent to Silver Fox Foundation c/o Chuck White, P.O. Box 352, Silverton, OR 97381 with “Jason Franz Memorial” written on the memo line. For more information email sue.roessler@gmail.com or see the Facebook page (www.facebook. com/Skate-Park-Phase-II-HonoringJason-Franz-104468771098347) took to get the funds together for the first phase. “Our deadline is whenever we have enough [money] to start building,” Roessler told Our Town. “Dreamland donated their

A skater heads into the bowl Dec. 4 at the Judy Schmidt Memorial Skate Park. A local group is raising money to expand the park. JAMES DAY

time to draw up the plan and once we get close enough we will have another meeting to move forward. They knew Jason and wanted to help make his dream happen.”


Roessler noted that she has been impressed with the use the current setup gets as well as how participants take care of it. “Jason taught the younger skaters these values,” Roessler said. “He would pick up skaters and take them to parks around Oregon and they always left the park cleaner than when they found it. He had an amazing influence on so many.”

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‘Quintessential Cocktails’ By Melissa Wagoner Cocktails can feel intimidating. The recipes are often complicated, requiring numerous liquors, liqueurs and mixers. And then there are the tools – special glasses, jiggers, strainers and muddlers. It’s no wonder that many people have relegated the mixing of cocktails to the category of – for professionals only. But that doesn’t need to be the case, according to Jeramie Mykisen, a Silverton author whose first book, Quintessential Cocktails Volume 1: A Collection of Classic Cocktails and Modern Interpretations,” was just published. “Cocktails can be intimidating,” Mykisen acknowledged, “however, they don’t have to be. If you are somewhat new to home bartending, it’s best to start with the ‘classics’.” And that’s why Mykisen’s book is chock full of them, from the well-known like Manhattans and martinis to the lesser known – Penicillin, Singapore Sling or the aptly named Last Word.

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“Classic cocktails are still around for a reason,” Mykisen ventured, “some well over a hundred years. Going with a cocktail recipe that has stood the test of time is always a safe start.”

novices – a step-by-step procedural of how to create amazing, bar-quality drinks at home. “I probably spent too much time scrutinizing which cocktails to include in volume one,” Mykisen admitted, “but I wanted to make sure I included all cocktails folks were familiar with and see out there in bars and restaurants, that way they too would have a playbook for making them at home.”

Beverage Director for McMenamins – a family-owned chain of brewpubs, breweries, music venues, historic hotels, and theater pubs – Mykisen oversees the conglomerate’s cocktail programs. “They’re just exciting,” he said when asked what led him to the world of cocktails in particular. “I’ve always been drawn to the creative aspect.” Similar to the science of baking, there is a playbook of rules for cocktail mixology and measuring is of the utmost importance. But there is also a lot of room to experiment with ingredients. “I write recipes all the time,” Mykisen said. Which is how the idea for the book first came to him. “The one thing that was missing was a recipe book rather than a cocktail book

Because, when bars and restaurants have once again opened their doors to the public, not everyone will feel comfortable eating in – which generally means forgoing alcoholic beverages. Jeramie Mykisen, author of the newly published, Quintessential Cocktail. MELISSA WAGONER

full of liquors you’ve never heard of,” Mykisen said. Through his illustrated, straightforward collection of 93 classic cocktails, Mykisen attempts to give all readers – even the

Located on his website at www.quintessentialcocktails.com as well as in liquor stores, McMenamins gift shops and many major online book retailers, Mykisen hopes his book will help everyone become more comfortable creating their favorite drinks. “It’s written for the rookie,” Mykisen said simply.

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A year – and Christmas – like no other

What an incredibly odd and challenging year, certainly one for the ages. It was and is like the “perfect storm” for chaos, COVID, and contentious cantankerousness. I wish I had patented and marketed my “Had Plenty O’ 20” T-Shirt and coffee mug design. I might be retired by now, tanning on a beach after snorkeling, umbrella drink in my hand, and Jimmy Buffet wailing in my ear buds. If I could get to that tropical isle by car or on foot, since flying isn’t an exciting proposition presently and cruises are definitely not on my bucket list. We have all these “THINGS” going on. It is like mental health and substance treatment with “co-occurring disorders.” Some say the horse of civility has escaped the barn and will never go back in. I have faith. We have way more in common than we have differences. We will get through this. I have a deep, abiding faith in this country and its ability to overcome adversity. A deep, abiding faith in God. I love the depth and breadth of American

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ingenuity, and in the overall goodness of its people. 9-11 brought out the worst of mankind, and it brought out the absolute best of mankind. We all want “us” to survive and thrive. We all want “us” to do better for our kids, our cities, our states, and our country. Many of us wish the same for those around the world. We are all over the political and religious spectrum. But we all breathe. We all need sustenance, be it in the form of food, nurturing, encouragement, a well-timed hug now and then, and love. We want the grand experiment we call “America” to succeed. The experiment has some cracks right now. Whether they become catastrophic

There are those who are offended when others say, “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” And vice versa. But the simple reality is this, at least for me: there is room at MY table for most everyone. Those who celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, the Winter Solstice, or just the end of a year. I like kind people. People who are respectful and tolerant. The America I know and love, and swore to protect “against all enemies, foreign and domestic” as an Air Force member, is open and tolerant, generous and forgiving, creative and welcoming to divergent thought that, when combined with other opinions, serves to represent more people and survives the test of time. I celebrate Christmas and love many people who don’t. This one is unlike any other. But God bless the people who are trying to make it joyous. COVID-19 surging once again? Let’s have the Tree Lighting, virtually. Thank you Chamber and volunteers for pulling it off, even if it was a semblance of the spectacular First

Fridays we are accustomed to. Bless the Oregon Garden for having a mini-version of its famous Christmas lights event. Limited to 50 at a time? You did it. I know two little girls likely to remember it always. Bless the Warming Shelter folks trying to get human beings off the street, into a warm shelter and with a warm meal. Freezing temperatures hurt. Physically and emotionally. My holiday messages? Thank you for those who try to make things better for others. Bless those who can’t manage and are struggling in this pandemic. It is hard. Really hard. Say thanks to those who work on the front lines – medical staff, doctors, nurses, and the nice people who clean up afterwards. Bless those teachers, staff, and administrators in our schools. There are NO easy answers. But especially bless the children and those in care facilities. This is hurting them in unimaginable ways. Let us be kind this Christmas and beyond. Kindness, empathy and love are the ultimate vaccine. Place your ad in Marketplace 503-845-9499

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Becky Craig Principal Broker, GRI 873-3545 ext. 313

Marcia Branstetter Broker, GRI 873-3545 ext. 318

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#T2633 BEAUTIFUL HOUSE $440,000 Beautiful house conveniently

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#T2611 11.68 ACRES $625,000 11.68 acres with manufactured home, well, septic, and timber. Property has become overgrown and needs a buyer willing to role up their sleeves and do some work. Key in lockbox for gate lock to enter. Park vehicles at gate entrance and walk down driveway to MH. MH is of no value and unsafe to enter. Call listing broker for more information. Call Chuck at ext. 325 (WVMLS#766171)







2 BA 1551 sqft Call Chuck at ext. 325 $389,900 (WVMLS#770942)

4 BR, 3 BA 2652 sqft Call Becky at ext. 313 $440,000 (WVMLS#770942)

#T2622 GREAT STARTER HOME 3 BR, 1 BA 1342 sqft Call Chuck at ext. 325 $319,900 (WVMLS#768886)


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#T2629 WEBB LAKE FRONTAGE $129,900 Webb Lake frontage lot, 59.5 ft frontage, last lot on the subdivision, close to walking paths, shovel ready, with underground utilities ready. Very level lot, for minimal steps into the home, custom permit ready plans could be negotiated into the purchase. Kaufman Homes can build a custom home with a potential lot discount or bring your own builder and your own plans. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322

#T2611 11.68 ACRES Call Chuck at ext. 325 $625,000 (WVMLS#766171)

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SUBDIVISION .18 Acres. Silverton. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $159,500 (WVMLS#762138) #T2611 11.68 ACRES 11.68 Acres. Silverton. Call Chuck at ext. 325 $625,000 (WVMLS#766171) #T2615 CREEK FRONTAGE .37 Acres. Silverton. Call Michael at ext. 314 $215,000 (WVMLS#767651)


LAKE .16 Acres. Silverton Call Michael at ext. 314 $145,000 (WVMLS#770369)


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HOUSE 2 BR, 2.5 BA 1408 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $289,000 (WVMLS#770271)

#T2628 SINGLE LEVEL HOME 3 BR, 1 BA 1344 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $319,700 (WVMLS#770498)

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located just outside of downtown Silverton. Bright and open floor plan with large entry. Kitchen pantry and extra storage through-out. Office desk area off of kitchen. Large utility room. Great master upstairs. Slider opens up to back covered deck overlooking large fenced yard. Back lot with street entry. Quick access to Oregon Gardens, downtown, grocery stores, and parks. So many great features. Call Becky at ext. 313 (WVMLS#771314)

3 BR, 2 BA 1183 sqft Call Michael at ext. 314 $350,000 (WVMLS#767324)

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BARELAND/LOTS #T2529 WEBB LAKE FRONTAGE .23 Acres. Silverton. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $129,900 (WVMLS#770950) SOLD! – #T2632 WEBB LAKE BUILDABLE .17 Acres. Silverton. Call Michael at ext. 314 $145,000 (WVMLS#771020)

MOUNT ANGEL #T2630 RANCH STYLE HOME 3 BR, 2 BA 1614 sqft Call Chuck at ext. 325 $398,000 (WVMLS#770941)

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Community news serving Silverton, Mount Angel and Scotts Mills.

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Community news serving Silverton, Mount Angel and Scotts Mills.