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Free range By Melissa Wagoner

A quick scan around today’s coffee shops reveals tables of patrons tapping away on laptops, scribbling in notebooks and talking on cellphones. Sometimes referred to as workplace nomads, these people are often working remotely from their office away from the office. In Silverton one of the most commonly sighted of these wanderers might just be the familiar face of writer John Pattison. “About a year ago, I did an audit of how much I was spending in coffee shops, and I was shocked,” he said. “Since then I’ve cut back significantly. It was going to be a big enough reduction that I felt like I needed to give one of the coffee shops a heads-up. I’m not exaggerating.” Pattison is not alone. More and more people are able to work remotely, at least some of the time, and are finding creative ways to do so and to deal with the challenges working in sometimes unusual environments creates. “I think that trend will grow, in certain

Silverton’s workplace nomads see many advantages in trend sectors at least, as more and more of the work being done moves online,” Pattison said. Another Silverton resident, Sarah Miller, works remotely for a boutique health information technology consulting firm out of Baltimore, Md. “I work from a home office whenever I’m not on client site – about 50 percent of the time,” Miller explained. “I love the flexibility to be a part of getting my son Mateo up and ready for school or to pick him up in the afternoon – some of our best time is chatting after school when he’s filling me in on how the day went.” Laura Antonson, a self-employed landscape designer, also values the ability to work out of a home office as a way to stay connected with her sons, Thomas and Allen. “When I became a mom, working from home became more of a convenience factor because I could, in theory, juggle being a stay at home mom and run a business,” she explained.

Antonson went on to say that although she values the flexibility and the lowered overhead costs of staying at home, working there is not always easy. “My office is surrounded by the boys’ play area so it is often very loud when they are home,” she said. The distractions of working from home are one reason Pattison made the choice to rent a small office space in 2015. Even with the added cost it helps him stay focused on work. “At home, I have to contend with the dishes that are still sitting in the sink, the dog that needs to be let out (again), and the ever-growing list of projects that need to be done around the house,” he said. “My kids are the biggest ‘distraction’ of all. As much as I love the work I get to do, if my preschooler is home, I’d much rather be playing with her than writing a grant, writing a book or article, or preparing a keynote.” Fellow writer Lisa Gerlits, who works from her home in Silverton, agreed that

discipline can be challenging but she has employed tricks and rules to combat the distractions. “I have rules about email and Facebook,” she laughed. “If I get a chance to check them in the morning I can do that, then I set myself an hour and a half when I can’t. Sometimes I set a timer and say, ‘I can’t move my butt out of this chair until this timer goes off.’” Unlike the others, Gerlits said she is actually more productive when her family is at home on the weekend because she is less apt to leave her office to do housework or to raid the refrigerator. “I don’t get up and ditz around doing this or that,” she said. “I’m able to crank it out in ways that I can’t when it’s just me.” Gerlits said, like Pattison, she also utilizes the coffee shops as an alternative workspace. For her it is the background noise that is the draw. “Sometimes I need somewhere loud so I can actually tune it out and I have to be


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that complaining about how the house looked every day was annoying.”

Pattison said that the mobility of his office is a high note for him.

Pattison noted the lines between work life and home life can easily become blurred.

“I love the opportunity I have to be flexible with where I work,” he said. “On a warm spring day I might do a few hours of solitary work in my office, then have a meeting at Gear-Up, and then spend the rest of the day working on the deck of Live Local overlooking the creek.”

“This is a challenge many people face, especially now that we’re getting emails and texts through our phones at all times of the day and night,” he said. “But it may be an even bigger struggle for those who don’t have a traditional office, and who work from laptops that accompany them from office to coffee shop to home.”

All four nomad workers agreed that working from locations other than a traditional office may be the wave of the future in some industries, but not in all. As Miller put it, “many jobs require face time with customers or coworkers, and those will never be good candidates for working from home.”

Despite that, all four said that overall the benefits and flexibility of working remotely have outweighed the challenges and that the trend may be a good one.

She also warned that spending so much time alone or even too much time with family members does not work for everyone.

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‘BOLD’ innovation By Mary Owen Mt. Angel School District joined 203 Oregon middle and high schools in securing a part of $10.3 million in grant funds to expand career readiness programs. The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Revitalization Grant funds serve Oregon communities with hands-on learning programs focused on advanced manufacturing, agricultural science, aviation, robotics, forestry, home construction/renovation, engineering, and biomedical/health sciences. In total, 32 grants will leverage additional funds and resources from 582 local business and community partners, according to the Oregon Department of Education. Mt. Angel School District was recently awarded a twoyear $283,993 CTE grant for its Building Opportunities by Local Design program. BOLD is a sustainable project aligned with the district’s strategic plan to ensure all students graduate with 12 college credits and six career/ technical education credits. The BOLD program provides an innovative CTE program that incorporates real world work experience through semester-long Cooperative Work Experiences with local community partners. Activities begin in middle school with visits to local partners to highlight key components and job skills aligned with current learning

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Vince Till has one of the most recognizable faces in Silverton. Portrayed with his beloved dog FeBee on a mural in the parking lot of 203 East Main St., his signature overalls and his ability to tell a story make him a beloved part of the landscape.

Originally in the position of society vice president, Till worked his way up to president fairly quickly and held that position for 18 years, helping to bring 31 murals and a lot of Silverton’s history to outdoor walls.

Till began cultivating the stories he tells and caring for the murals he loves when he moved to Silverton from his home on Crooked Finger Road in 1993. Already 65 and newly retired, his wife Babs wouldn’t allow him to settle into a boring life. “My wife said, ‘We’ve got to get involved in something,’” Till recalls. That something became the newly organized Silverton Mural Society. “What happened in Silverton in 1992 – Lancaster [Mall] opened up and when Lancaster opened up the town pretty much folded,” Till explained. “All the stores just disappeared and they had to figure out a way to bring people to town. This was the

“The murals have quite a history of Silverton,” Till said. “There was a lot of thought that went into it when they started.” That history is very important to Till, which is evident in the way he conveys it with a passion borne of real interest. He has attempted to pass that legacy on to some of the youngest residents by leading groups of third grade students on tours. Beginning in 1995, each tour has kicked off the same way – with the story of Bobbie the Wonder Dog. “It captures your imagination,” he said. “We thought if we could get to the kids in time we could avoid graffiti and it’s worked.”

Today the mural society, which began with a handful of people, has grown to more than 30 members “on paper” and about eight that are involved in daily operations according to Till. “Some just donate money,” Till said. “And that’s fine. We need both.” Fellow member Ellen Snow agrees. She and her son Kyle came up with a fundraising idea that put donation jars in shops all over town, collecting thousands of dollars toward maintenance costs over the years. “You can make a big dent with something small like a change jar,” she said. Snow has once again come up with a way to assist the society in its mission to bring people to Silverton and to preserve its history. Enlisting her brother, Francis “Chip” Uricchio, the duo developed an app for Apple users that brings the murals to life with the touch of a button. “It’s neat to have a Silverton app and keep up with the times,” Snow said excitedly.


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“Maintenance means you have to check the murals once a day – we check them twice a day,” Till said. “Once a year we use car soap with wax to wash them down.” That maintenance routine, as well as any repairs necessary, is projected by Till to cost between $10,000 and $12,000 a year and is absolutely essential to keeping the murals intact. “You’ve probably got half a million dollars in murals in this town,” Till estimated.

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“When you see the ones that aren’t cared for it kind of reflects on the city,” Snow added, “and ours are crisp.”


The free app, which is now up and running for users of iPhones and iPads on the Apple App Store, received more than 400 views in the first two weeks. Now that the app is live the next step for the Mural Society is getting the word out in the hopes that it will bring newcomers to Silverton and drum up support within the community to help with maintenance.

Snow is hoping residents will download the app to keep on hand for visiting guests and to help preserve history.

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“[The murals] tell a story and we want to make sure we don’t lose that as Vince gets older,” Snow said. “I felt like we needed some way to preserve his speech.” Laughing, 89 year old Till agreed, “I say, ‘I’m Vince Till ‘til the end of time.’ They know me as the mural man.”


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Another frame of mind By Melissa Wagoner Molly Moreland believes in providence – and she has more than one incidence in her story to back that up. “I’m a believer in ‘meant to be’,” she explained. “When you’re on the right path the universe has a magical way of bringing all the pieces into place.” One of those pieces is Moreland’s life partner Scott Bruno. “We met at Santa Clara University in the early ‘90s in a Calculus class – he was my tutor,” she laughed. “But our paths diverged,” Bruno added. Although the couple remained in contact it would take many years, three sons and the end of a marriage to bring them together for good.

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“I love the craftsmanship about it,” he explained. “At the end of the day I always knew what I had to show for it.”

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“Sometimes life just does not work out like you planned,” Moreland said.

Two members of that fated group were Judi DeSantis and Debbie Farmer, owners of Silverton Art & Frame.

The next unexpected change came about when Moreland’s ex-husband relocated to Mount Angel to be near his sister, compelling her to make the difficult decision to leave her career aspirations and relocate.

“We struck up a conversation and they started talking about how they were thinking of selling their business,” Moreland said. “But never did it occur to me, ‘Oh, I should buy their business.’”

“I’m a very adaptable and resourceful person,” she said.

Although it may not have occurred to Moreland, it immediately struck Bruno as a possibility.

Bruno was less certain. Formerly firmly ensconced in San Jose, Calif., he was skeptical about moving to such a small

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Moreland suggested Bruno take a look at the business himself because as she said, “One of the things I didn’t know was about framing,” and a deal was struck almost immediately. “It makes it sound beautifully simple, and it was,” Moreland laughed, “but it was actually a very intense time.” Intense partly because DeSantis had recently suffered a debilitating knee injury and Farmer’s husband had become ill. “We had a contract to buy the business Aug. 1,” Bruno said. “We were going to spend all of July working side by side with them but all of a sudden we received a call saying, ‘We need to hurry this up.’” Moreland and Bruno embraced the change in plans, taking the reins so that Farmer could have the peace of mind that the business she and DeSantis had run since 1979 would continue to thrive. “She didn’t have to worry about what was going on here,” Moreland said. “But Debbie was so generous with her time despite Dan being sick. She was just such a patient

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family,” Moreland explained. “We feel like we’ve stepped into that and we feel like family. The DeSantis family has been so supportive. It was a big leap for this family to take a chance on us.” Although Moreland came into the business knowing little about framing she has come to love the work. “She does the bulk of the design work because I’m in the back here framing,” Bruno said. Moreland also relishes the time she spends with customers and the stories they tell. “I’ve heard some really cool stories,” she said. “And some heartbreaking ones,” Bruno interjected.

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and positive teacher. And Judi worked alongside us for six weeks.”

Either way, both Bruno and Moreland agree that the artwork they are entrusted with is a constant source of amazement. “We get to work with beautiful things all day,” Bruno said. “Some of it’s very personal. It’s neat to work with the many artists in this community.”

Moreland said part of the reason they love their new business is because of the generosity and kindness shown to them by DeSantis and Farmer during the transfer.

Although they have owned the shop for less than six months Bruno and Moreland already feel like it is home. They enjoy filling it with the items they admire and being a part of downtown.

“They really treated everyone that came in the door like

“We love it,” Bruno said.

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Monday Sit & Be Fit, Yoga

9:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. 50 and older. Repeats Wednesday (Yoga 4 p.m.), Friday. Discount for members $3 members, $4 nonmembers. 503-873-3093

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Tai Chi

9 a.m. & 5 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. 50 and older. Repeats Thursday. $3 members, $4 non-members. 503-873-3093

Clubb Massage

9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Massages. 50 and older. 503-873-3093 for appointment, price.

Mt. Angel Food Bank

9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Mt. Angel Community Center, 195 E Charles St. Repeats Wednesday, Thursday. 503-845-6998

Noon – 1 p.m., Third and High streets, Silverton. Every day except Sunday. 503-873-1320

Gordon House Tours

Noon, 1, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon House, 869 W Main St., Silverton. Reservations:, 503-874-6006

Line Dancing

3 - 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. $3 members, $5 non-members. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Ukulele Jam

3:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Members free, $2 non-members. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Monday Meal

Crafty Kids

3 - 9 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Create arts, crafts projects. Supplies provide. Age 5 - 11. Free. 503-873-7633

Serenity Al-Anon Meeting

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

Silverton Business Group

8 a.m., Silverton Inn & Suites, 310 N Water St. Sponsored by Silverton Chamber of Commerce. Free. 503-873-5615

Needle Craft Group

10 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Bring project to work on, share. Members free, $2 non-members. 503-769-3093

Dynamic Aging Exercise Class

10:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Call 503-873-3093 for price.

Evening Yoga


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

AA Meetings

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

Tuesday Zumba

8 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. 50 and older. Repeats Thursday. $3 members, $4 non-members. 503-873-3093

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12:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Storytime for age 3 - 5 years old. Free. 503-873-7633 1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. 50 and older. Members free; $1 non-members. $2.50 per card. 503-873-3093

Open Art Studio

1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Bring art project to work on. Members free; $2 nonmembers. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Silverchips Woodcarving Sessions

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


7 a.m., Main St. Bistro, 201 E Main St., Silverton. 503-510-3525.

Family History Class

1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Members free; $2 non-members. 503-873-3093

Take Off Pounds Sensibly

6 p.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St. Dave, 503-501-9824

Compassionate Presence Sangha

7 – 8:30 p.m., Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. Mindful meditation, shared dialog. All spiritual traditions. Free. Newcomers arrive 20 minutes early. 971-218-6641

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math: Learning and Building. Age 5 - 11. Free. 503-873-7633

Saturday Late Season Saturday Market

10 a.m. - noon, 432 McClaine St., Silverton. Some of your favorite vendors from Farmer’s Market.

Serenity Al-Anon Meeting

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

Family Game Day

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

Saturday Lunch

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

Sunday Silverton Spiritual Life Community 10:30 a.m., Silverton Grange, 201 Division St. New thought services.

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Chickadees Storytime

Kiwanis Club of Silverton

11 a.m., Silver Falls Library. Storytime for age 0 - 36 months. Free. 503-873-7633

11:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. 50 and older. Repeats Thursday. Members free; $2 non-members. 503-873-3093

5:30 - 7 p.m., Oak Street Church, 502 Oak St., Silverton. All welcome. Free; donations accepted. John, 503-873-5446


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Recovery at Noon

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

7 – 8 p.m., St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, 211 W Center St., Silverton. Discuss tips, support those with eating problems. All welcome. 503-551-3671

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

Silverton Chicks Connect

8:45 a.m., Main Street Bistro, 201 E Main St., Silverton. Networking, mastermind group for personal, business growth with like-minded women. Val, 503-877-8381

Take Off Pounds Sensibly

9:15 a.m., Stardust Village Club House, 1418 Pine St., Silverton All welcome. Sandy, 503-871-3729

Silvertones Community Singers

10 a.m., United Methodist Church, 203 Main St., Silverton. Open to anyone who loves to sing. Performances on Friday. Dues $50 annually. Tomi, 503-873-2033

Duplo Day

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

Table Games

12:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Members free, $2 nonmembers. Age 50 and older. 503-873-3093

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Monday, Jan. 1 New Year’s Day Tuesday, Jan. 2 Red Cross Blood Drive

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Silverton Elks Lodge, 300 High St. To schedule an appointment, visit or call Marissa Wyckoff, 503-779-1264.

Caregiver Connection

2 - 3:30 p.m., Silverton Hospital. For family caregivers and/or unpaid family caregivers. Free. For more information, call Suzy at 503-304-3429.

Coloring Club for Adults

6 - 7:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Relax, destress with adults conversation, refreshments, coloring. Materials provided. Free. For more information, call 503-873-8796.

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The Compassionate Friends

6:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. The Compassionate Friends provides comfort, hope, support to parents who lost a child. 503-873-3093

Scotts Mills Neighborhood Watch

7 p.m., Scotts Mill Community Center, 298 Fourth St. Potluck at 6:30 p.m. Open to public.

Silverton Garden Club

7 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Patti Harris discusses new perennials for 2018. New members, guests welcome. 503-873-3093

Mt. Angel City Council

7 p.m., Mt. Angel Library. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-845-9291

Wednesday, Jan. 3 Teen Improv

5 - 6 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Develop, enhance improv skills. No experience necessary. Age 11 and older. Free. 503-873-7633


5:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Age 50 and older. Call for cost. 503-873-3093

Thursday, Jan. 4 Silverton Scribes

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Informal writer’s group to share, critique writing projects. Repeats Jan. 18. 503-873-8796

Scotts Mills City Council

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

Silverton Lions Club

7 p.m., Silverton Hospital. Open to everyone interested in service to community. Repeats Jan. 18. 503-873-7119

Friday, Jan. 5 First Friday Music

7 p.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St. Ensemble aalto with Aage Nielsen, Christopher Wicks. Free-will offerings accepted. 503-873-6517

Lunaria Gallery Show Opening

7 - 9 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St., Silverton. Artists reception for December art showings. Free. 503-873-7734

First Friday in Silverton

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

Saturday, Jan. 6 Community Breakfast

8 - 10:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Pancake breakfast. $6 adults, $4 children under 12. Under 4 eat free. 503-873-3093

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Art in Motion

2 - 4 p.m., Borland Art Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. Gary Watkins reveals how he creates kinetic pieces. Dawn Hemstreet demonstrates silver clay jewelry making process. Kinetic art and artwork depicting motion on display at gallery through Jan. 28. Barbara, 801-414-3875

Monday, Jan. 8 Daughters of American Revolution

10 a.m., Historic Charles & Martha Brown House, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Abigail Scott Duniway chapter meeting. Guest is Stayton Police Chief Rich Sebens, who shares tips on emergency, disaster preparedness. Open to all. 503-769-5951

Silverton Senior Center Board

1:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Open to public. 503-873-3093

Mt. Angel School District

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

Silver Falls School District

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

Silverton City Council

7 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-873-5321

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Saturday, Jan. 13 Craft Time with Grandparents

January Book Talk

Monday, Jan. 15 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monthly Dream Group

10 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Make and take craft. $5 per child, adult free. To sign up, call 503-973-3093.

MLK Day Celebration

5:30 p.m., Silverton Grange, 201 Division St. 15th annual Martin Luther King Jr. observance. Southern-style potluck dinner, open-mic poetry reading, sing-along, guest speaker. Donations of blankets, coats, hats, gloves, canned goods to Silverton Area Community Aid encouraged. 503-580-8893

Tuesday, Jan. 16 Spanish Storytime

1:30 - 2 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Stories, activities. All ages. Free. 503-873-7633

10 a.m., Silver Falls Library. “My visit to Alsace & Practical Preparation Tips” with Tom O’Brien. Free.

Ukulele Jams

6 - 7:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Ukulele lessons followed by play, sing-along for all levels. Children must be accompanied by adult. 593-873-8796

Silverton Mural Society

Friday, Jan. 12 Chamber Forum Lunch

Thursday, Jan. 25

Saturday, Jan. 27

2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Support group for spouses of those with Alzheimer’s. Free. 503-873-3093 3:30 p.m., Queen of Angels Monastery, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Contemplative prayer group. All welcome. Free. 503-845-6141

Book Club for Adults

7 p.m., Silver Falls Library. This month’s selection is Julie by Catherine Marshall. Open to public. Free. 503-873-8796

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Maker’s Market

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Macleay Grange, 8312 Macleay Road, Salem. Indoor farmers market, baked goods, handmade crafts. 503-873-3593

Retreat for New Beginnings

10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Queen of Angels Monastery, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Day retreat to pray, reflect, discuss, explore the direction of personal and communal life. $50, includes lunch, snacks, materials. To register, call 971-273-0700 or mail check to Evelyn Wemhoff, PO Box 21083, Keizer, OR 97303.

Sunday, Jan. 28 Scotts Mills Pancake Breakfast

Pints & Purls

7 a.m. - noon, Scotts 6 - 8 p.m., Seven Brides Mills Community Brewing, 990 N First, Center, 298 Fourth Silverton. Meet other St. $6 per person. knitters, crocheters for © GERT LAVSEN / 123RF.COM 503-874-9575 an evening of pints and some purls. Hosted by KIS Designs. Organ Recital Everyone welcome. Contact Kisdesigns on 9:30 a.m., First Christian Church, 402 N First Facebook for information. St., Silverton. Featuring Gil Wittman. Free.

Thursday, Jan. 18 Writer’s Workshop

11:45 a.m., Silverton Hospital. Networking, educational program. $12 members with reservation. $15 prospective members or no reservation. 503-873-5615

7 p.m., Queen of Angels Monastery, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Open to public. 503-845-6773

Alzheimer’s Support Group

Thursday, Jan. 11

7 p.m., Silverton Mobile Estates Clubhouse, 1307 S Water St. Open to public. Dues $15/ year. Norm, 503-874-8101

Taizé Prayer

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Find resources for caregivers. Door prizes. Open to public. Free. 503-873-3093

Wednesday, Jan. 17

7 p.m., location varies. Members discuss ways to fund, implement projects benefiting Silverton community. For more information, meeting place, call Barbara, 801-414-2875.

Sunday, Jan. 21

Caregiver Resource Fair

7 p.m., Silverton Elk Lodge, 300 High St. All veterans welcome. 503-871-8160

GFWC Silverton Zenith Women’s Club

10 a.m. - noon, Queen of Angels Monastery, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Learn how listening to dreams help show God’s presence in image, word in awakened life. Presenter Peggy McGurn, PhD. $20. RSVP: 503-845-6141

1:30 - 2 p.m., Biblioteca Silver Falls. Historias, actividades. Todas las edades. Gratis. 503-873-7633

Silverton Planning Commission

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

9:30 a.m. - noon, Queen of Angels Monastery, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Monthly book talk led by Tim Nelson, Linda Jensen featuring The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia’s Founding by Robert Hughes. Free. Sr. Beyer, 503-991-9929

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Ancestry Detectives

Saturday, Jan. 20

3 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Workshop for writers. Members free, $2 nonmembers. 50 and older. 503-873-3093


Monday, Jan. 29 Vigil for Peace

5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Towne Square Park, Silverton. Silverton People for Peace gather holding signs pleading for peace, end of wars. Open to all. 503-580-8893

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Food & Drink

Cottage pie By Kali Ramey Martin Winter weather encourages warm comfort food. Here’s a favorite adapted from Sophie Dahl. Preheat the oven to 425F. Heat a pan of salted water, adding the potatoes while the water is cold and bring gently to the boil, then simmer until the potatoes are nearly cooked through, about 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, for the beef mixture, heat half the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat and gently fry the chopped onion, garlic, carrots and celery for 5-10 minutes, or until softened. Add the remaining beef mixture ingredients except for the beef and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat slightly and simmer for 4-5 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Keep warm. Heat the remaining olive oil in a separate frying pan over a medium heat, add the beef in batches, if necessary, and fry until golden-brown. Stir the tomato sauce in.

A hearty meal for a cold night Ingredients

Potato Champ 3 russet potatoes, chopped handful frozen peas 1 tsbp butter 2 scallions, sliced on a diagonal 1/3 cup milk/cream to moisten Topping 3 oz smoked aged cheddar, broken into chunks pinch smoked paprika

Beef Mixture 1 tbsp olive oil

½ tsp Tabasco pinch smoked paprika

1 red onion, peeled, roughly chopped

1 bay leaf 2 cups red wine

1 garlic clove, peeled, crushed

2 cups vegetable stock 1 sprig fresh rosemary

2 small carrots, peeled, chopped small

splash balsamic vinegar

1 celery stalk, trimmed, chopped into small pieces

small handful fresh flatleaf parsley, roughly chopped

14oz canned crushed tomatoes

1 lb ground grass fed beef

1½ tsp Worcestershire sauce

When the potatoes are almost done, add frozen peas and cook for a few minutes until peas are tender. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over a low heat, then gently fry the scallions until softened. Add the milk and heat through.

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Something for the Soul

Building bridges By Nancy Jennings The Middle East conjures images of endless violence and bloodshed. Certain parts of this region are not safe, especially if you’re an American. But if you ask married Reverends Scott and Elmarie Parker – who live there – they see inspiration all around them. “Our Lord loves the people of the Middle East and is at work there,” Elmarie said. With the official title of “Associates for Ecumenical Partnerships,” the couple began their assignment in the Middle East in July 2013. Prior to that, they were both pastors serving in various locations in the U.S. with the Presbyterian Church USA. Married for 22 years, Scott, 52, and Elmarie, 50, share an intense connection with the people they serve. “We want others to fall in love with the people we fell in love with,” Scott said. Elmarie grew up in Silverton with parents, Kenneth and Susannah Robinson. Scott was raised in Omaha, Neb. They don’t

Couple foster culteral understanding in Middle East, USA

have children, but do have cats affectionately referred to as their “fur kids.”

western-styled clothing to more conservative religious dress. “Beirut is a very cosmopolitan city. You’ll see the same kinds of stores you’d see on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills or 5th Avenue in New York City,” she said.

They first met in Southern California at the Fuller Theological Seminary, where they both were pursuing their graduate studies.

Scott added: “The picture we get of Islam here in the United States is that there’s pretty much one cookie-cutter shape and size of it. There’s so much more in terms of the wonderful aspects, and there’s just a huge amount of diversity.

“He actually led the orientation small-group that I was in,” she said, adding with a smile “lo and behold, I got into the cute guy’s group.” The couple has come a long way from seminary students, to pastors and now church workers in a volatile environment.

Elmarie and Scott Parker

Asked about common misconceptions in the U.S. about life in the Middle East, Elmarie answered emphatically: “That we are living in the midst of horrific violence all of the time – and that is not what we are experiencing.” Another common misconception revolves

around rules imposed on women in public, such as covering their faces by wearing a “hijab” veil. Elmarie said that Iraq is the most conservative, followed by Syria, while Lebanon is the most open – but that in each of these countries you will find women dressed from regular

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“We always encourage people to realize there’s more than just what they’ve seen. Islam doesn’t hate us. Americans are largely respected and often admired. Even if they have frustrations with our government, they really like Americans and seek out relationships. “We have experienced such graciousness,” he added.



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Known as a “writer in residence,” Scott uses written story-telling to communicate the experiences and views of the Middle East Church and their people with Presbyterian constituents in the United States. “The real heart of our work is to be a bridge between the church in the Middle East and here,” Scott said. A term formerly familiar to church workers serving overseas as a “furlough,” is now known as an “interpretation assignment.” “The four months we are here (in the U.S.) is mostly spent visiting other churches,” he said. Communication is key to sharing their experiences living in the Middle East and receiving more support for their cause. Giving presentations before/after worship services, having mid-week gatherings, hosting dinners and sharing information within big and small groups are some activities the Parkers oversee. They visited 85 churches within their recent fourmonth interpretation assignment.

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Scott shared the following story: “Over Easter, we were in a city in Iraq called Basrah, a very religiously conservative city where there are probably only 200 Christians remaining. Christians there are a minority and struggling. We were staying at the Presbyterian church and one evening there’s a knock on the door. At the door is this very elegant Muslim woman, a Muslim man and a Christian woman. It turned out she was very good friends with the pastor and his family (our hosts). Over coffee, we found out that this Muslim woman has a ministry and she went from Mosque to Mosque in Basrah to introduce the Muslims to their very first Christian. “The Muslims got to see these ‘Christians’ were wonderful people – and though their beliefs are not identical, there was enough common ground to have respect. Just through the simple ministry of introduction, the walls come down and the relationships build up,” he said.

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Skimming devices discovered at truck stops On Dec. 17 and 18, deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office were called to two separate truck stops along the I5 corridor after ATM skimming devices were located. The first machine was located at the Flying J near Aurora and the second was located at the Pilot Truck Stop in Brooks. Deputies believe the skimming machines are related and may have been affixed to the ATM’s by the same suspect. ATM skimming machines are sophisticated electronics designed to read the magnetic strips on the back of ATM cards and in this case also video record the key pad as the unknowing victim enters their pin. According to there are six ways to protect you from ATM skimming:

Go to the bank

Although not immune to skimming, ATMs at banks are typically more secure – with their own 24/7 camera surveillance – and better maintained. Machines at convenience stores and other non-bank locations account for the majority of ATM compromises.

A skimming device strapped to the back of a faux ATM card slot.

Inspect before using

Beware of ATMs whose card slots are a different color than the rest of the machine; have unusual equipment on the slot, keypad or sides, or overhead (which could hide a camera); or don’t accept your card smoothly. If the slot is not securely attached, walk away. Newer ATMs have a flashing or steady light at the card slot. If it’s obscured, suspect tampering.

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When entering a PIN, cover your hand as you press the numbers to protect personal information.

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Something to Celebrate

Honoring the Fennimores

Scotts Mills celebration set for Jan. 14

By Nancy Jennings Dedicated. Considerate. Loving. Caring. Friendly. Energetic. Thoughtful. Forgiving. Amazing. Easygoing. Memorable. These are the words uttered from grateful friends to describe Scotts Mills’ Dave and Esther Fennimore. On Sunday, Jan. 14, from 1 to 4 p.m., the entire community will be honoring them at a party held at the Scotts Mills Grange Hall, 299 4th St. Everybody is welcome to attend. Over desserts and coffee, guests are invited to share stories of their association with the Fennimores. Their invaluable and numerous contributions made over the years to their community have made a heartfelt impact on the small town of 355. The longtime pair commemorated their 65th wedding anniversary in November. Dave, 84, and Esther, 83, were both born in Scotts Mills and have three children, five grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren. Dave is also known as the “Birdhouse Man,” having made numerous whimsical handmade wooden birdhouses and other crafts for many years. Recently, some of their friends gathered at their weekly Thursday morning coffee social at the community center and shared the following about them. Margaret Gersch: “I’ve known Dave

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since he was eight or nine years old. I’ve lived in the Scotts Mills area since 1931. Ever since I’ve known them, their families have been members of the community. They have stayed here to support it ever since they were born. They followed in their parents’ footsteps. I think it’s wonderful that the community is recognizing the efforts they have put into this town.”

that helped a lot of people. They are very loving and thoughtful – and I will be at their party. I won’t miss it for the world.” Jerry and Sandy Grulkey share a passion of buying and restoring historical houses.

Jerry Lake volunteers at the Food Bank and at the Thursday morning coffee socials.

“My wife and I owe a great deal of gratitude to the Fennimores. About 13 years ago, we came to town and noticed that the ‘Scott House’ was for sale. We went to the pancake breakfast and received a warm reception by Dave and Esther,” Jerry said.

“I’ve known Dave and Esther since 1982 and they’ve been a great spirit in this town. They’ve initiated a lot of things

The impression made by that meeting resulted in the Grulkeys settling in Scotts Mills.

Gena Dibala moved to Scotts Mills in 1945. She first went to school with Dave, and later met Esther in high school. Dave and her late husband, Paul, were close friends. She said her true family and “honorary” family often blended into one. “Our kids called them ‘Aunt’ and ‘Uncle.’” Joe Plas was born and raised in Scotts Mills. “Esther was my ‘row boss’ way back when I worked in the strawberry fields. They’ve been involved in the Grange for as long as I can remember,” he said, adding “if there was anything that came up, they helped with everything.”


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Sports & Recreation

Chandler shines for PLU

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Former Silverton High standout Cole Chandler had a strong junior season at quarterback for Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. Chandler, who compiled a 33-4 record as QB of the Foxes, helped lead the Lutes to a 4-4 mark and a 4-3 record in the Northwest Conference. The 6-2, 190-pound Chandler completed 77 of 141 passes for 1,009 yards and seven touchdowns with just three interceptions. In addition, Chandler rushed for an additional 121 yards and three scores. Chandler accounted for all three Lutes TDs in a 27-21 season-opening loss to California Lutheran, scoring twice on the ground and once in the air. Chandler threw a pair of TD passes in a 23-13 win vs. Puget Sound and threw for a careerhigh 301 yards in a 24-20 loss to Pacific. Chandler added a scoring run and a TD pass in 17-14 loss to Whitworth and threw two more TD passes in a 27-14 win against Willamette. PLU played in tough luck all season, losing games by six points, four points and three points as well as an overtime loss against NWC champion Linfield. Chandler suffered a season-ending injury against Linfield and missed the final two games against George Fox and Lewis & Clark. Here is a look at how other athletes from our area fared: Sheyenne Brusven, Silverton: The former Foxes soccer standout had a 9-6-1 record in goal in her senior year for Corban University while posting a 1.18 goals against average, fifth best in Warriors history. Brusven turned in three shutouts this fall and her career total of 10 ranks

The Foxes’ girls squad, meanwhile, took a 5-3 record into the holidays. Two of the losses were to Class 6A squads Tigard and Tualatin, and Silverton has been shorthanded recently without injured senior point guard Brooke McCarty. Silverton won the 2016 Class 5A title and finished second to La Salle Prep a year ago, but lost seven seniors, including five who were three-year varsity players.

seventh all-time at Corban. Brusven was also named an NAIA scholar-athlete, which requires a grade-point average better than 3.5.

Former Silverton quarterback Cole Chandler passed for more than 1,000 yards for the Lutes in his junior section.

Sheyenne Brusven, Ethan Crofts, soccer standout of Silverton: The Corban University. freshman soccer forward for Northwest Christian in Eugene played in all 18 matches for the Beacons, with five starts. Crofts tied for fourth on the squad in shots on goals with eight.

Aiden Bahr, Silverton: The sophomore soccer defender at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul played in five matches for the Eagles. Baylie Cameron, Silverton: The sophomore soccer player at Linfield played in 16 matches, starting 10, and scored one goal for the Wildcats. On college rosters but not seeing action were Kennedy’s Bishop Mitchell (Portland State football), Silverton’s Maddie Fuhrman (Hawaii cross country), Silverton’s Elijah Nielsen and Dustin Gubbels (Linfield football) and Kennedy’s Brett Traeger (Western Oregon football). Did I leave anyone out? I’ll fix it in the next column. Shoot me an email at the address below.


Hoops: The Silverton boys served notice that they will be a force to be reckoned with statewide via a strong showing in the Capitol City Classic at Willamette University. The tournament featured six Class 6A teams from Oregon as well as four squads from out of state. The Foxes advanced to the semifinals with wins against Springfield and Cleveland and played a strong game against San Diegoarea power Mater Dei Catholic before falling 63-52. Silverton improved to 7-1 on Dec. 22 with a convincing 65-29 win against Woodcreek of Roseville, Calif., in the game for third place. “This tournament has been a great experience for us,” said coach Jamie McCarty. “Mater Dei might be the best team we will face all year, and I thought we left it all out on the court.” The Foxes, behind the shooting of David Gonzales (21 points) and Cade Roth (18 points), led 11-2, 18-8 and 23-13, but the Crusaders outscored Silverton 41-24 in the second half behind sharpshooter Josh Tawhiao (24 points and five 3-pointers).

“The girls are doing a good job,” said coach Tal Wold. “We have a long way to go, but we are getting better daily. Half the battle is competing mentally day in and day out. We really like our girls and the team as a whole. The challenges we have faced have been replacing so many girls who had played so many varsity basketball games.” Four-year starter Maggie Roth leads the way for Silverton, which should be in the thick of things in the Mid-Willamette. “The league is really good,” Wold said. “I am not sure if there is a state champion in the bunch, but there are a bunch of teams that can get to Gill” Coliseum for the state tournament in March. Silverton opens league play Jan. 9, with the boys visiting Crescent Valley and the girls hosting the Raiders. The Kennedy girls, meanwhile, have blasted out to a 9-1 record and are ranked No. 1 in Class 2A. The Trojans, who finished third in last year’s state tournament, are 1-0 in Tri-River Conference play via a 30-26 win against St. Paul. The Kennedy boys are just 5-5 but ranked fourth in 2A. The Tri-River currently has four of the top eight squads. Follow me on @jameshday. Email me at

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A Grin at the End

(Not) The End of the World

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I know it’s popular to fret about stuff. Politics especially seem to get folks excited and upset. You’d think it was the end of the world. Again. I’ve been running loose on the planet now for more than six decades, and the end of the world has been a popular theme. Some examples: the Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassination of President Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassinations, Watergate and the resignation of President Nixon, the Three Mile Island nuclear accident. the 444-day Iranian hostage crisis, the eruption of Mount St. Helens, the attempted assassinations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger, the 1987 stock market crash, the President Clinton scandal, the 9/11 attacks, the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, the 2008 economic meltdown and the recession that followed and various tornadoes, hurricanes and other natural disasters that have killed thousands of people. Yes, every few years the end of the world takes place – at least if you listen to the news on radio or television. It’s as though they are imitating that cartoon character that walks around with the sign that says, “The end is near.” Well, it’s not. It’s just that when you have seven billion people sharing

commentators pontificating about the end of the world is their age. Being a 30- or 40-something and generally ignorant about history has poorly equipped them for helping the public understand what’s going on, and why. No matter what happens, it is the first time they’ve seen it, and they assume it’s the first time it’s happened. They don’t do their homework.

a planet, some really amazing things, good and bad, will happen. Fanatics of all stripes have been a constant feature all through history. Pick an era and there has been one type of fanaticism or other, from the Vikings to the Romans to Genghis Khan and Hitler. Wars have been a particularly devastating feature. The Civil War with 620,000 deaths – 2 percent of all Americans – was bad enough. Add the world wars, with 522,000 U.S. casualties and millions of others lost in battle, death camps, mass starvation, political and religious genocide, and you really do have an approximation of the end of the world. But the world, led by the U.S., pulled itself out of that tailspin. The one thing I notice about most of those reporters and

I don’t want to sound like everything is sunshine and butterflies. But we’re way better off than the commentators – most of whom seem to have slept through history class – would indicate. They also seem to have missed out on the many great things Americans – and others – have accomplished over the past six decades. When I was kid commercial jetliners were just beginning to enter service. Now I can go to an airport and board a flight that will get me anywhere on the planet in a matter of hours. Men have walked on the moon, and robots have explored Mars. Cancer and Aids, once thought to be nearly always fatal, are often survivable. Fantastic! We stand at the precipice of a new year, and I am hopeful and optimistic – more than ever. Politicians come and go, and society occasionally manages to trip itself up, but the future is as bright as it’s ever been. 2018 is going to be a great year – maybe the best ever. I can’t wait!


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