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Something To Talk About

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Hopes and dreams for 2019 – Page 4

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

January 2019

Bowling gets a tech lift – Page 14 Our Town P.O. Box 927 Mt. Angel, Or 97362



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Aqua Foxes dive right into season

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Our Neighbors

Something to Talk About

Hopes for the New Year...........................4

Tough rental market in Silverton........... 12

Helping Hands

Sports & Recreation

Senior Center aims to please ...................8

Bowling gets a high tech upgrade.......... 14

Something For The Soul

Aqua Foxes look to build on success........ 16

Church of the Moment...........................9

Marketplace......................... 17

Datebook.................................. 10

A Grin at the End............... 18

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Andrew Zwicker’s tech know-how and love of bowling combined to help him create Clutch Bowling, which is operating at Silver Creek Lanes and generating international interest. BRENNA WIEGAND

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Hope for the New Year

What’s yours?

By Melissa Wagoner

to feel accepted, safe, appreciated, and optimistic. On a personal level, in 2019, I hope to continue to establish and strengthen Silverton Sheltering Services, secure sustainable funding sources, extend our services to all of our Silverton area unsheltered neighbors, expand our access and services, and help more people feel cared for and move forward in their lives.”

The beginning of a new year is often viewed as a clean slate, a time of fresh beginnings that brings hope to those who need it. Although most people use the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions as a way of setting personal goals, New Year’s hopes often extend beyond that to include families, the community, the country and even the world. And so, as we begin this new year of 2019, here are a few hopes from our neighbors for a better world, loving communities, happy families, healthy bodies and maybe just a new pair of ice skates. “My hope for the new year is that we realize that we are all more alike than we are different despite race, gender, political affiliation, socioeconomic status sexual orientation, etc.” Joel Autry, 54, Silverton Wine Bar & Bistro owner

Dr. Brent Jacobsen, 63, President of Silverton Sheltering Services

“Drink more water and spend more time in nature.” Christy Davis, 50, Silver Falls Library Director “My hope for the New Year for myself and my family is to find a good balance between work and play, to get back to nature and spend more quality time with my children. Self-care is also part of this hope – stepping back and really looking at what is serving us and getting rid of the things that hold us back from doing the things that we consider important.”

“My hope for 2019 is that we can start moving away from hateful rhetoric and actions from our federal government and that racists are forced to go back into hiding. Oh... and that we start to take real action to attempt to save the planet for our children and their children.” Andy Diacetis, Small business owner

“I hope that 2019 is the year when we re-find the common truth that we are all better when we do this life thing together. It means pushing through political apathy and the discomfort of locking horns on issues we disagree on – but when we work together, we are all better for it, individually and as a community.” Shana McCauley, 40, Vicar at St. Edward’s Episcopal Church in Silverton

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“I hope this year to build a stronger mindfulness practice. I hope to share what I can with those around me through classes. I think it’s important to really focus on what is nourishing for myself and my children. It’s going to be an amazing year.”

“My hope for the new year is that it would be a ‘giving’ world instead of a ‘taking’ world. That each of us would consider preferring others over ourselves.” Carlene Dettwyler, Medical receptionist

Nicole Beaver, Silverton “Think happy thoughts and relish in your moments of joy. The new year will be what you make of it.” Jan Burge, Retired in Silverton

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“My hope for 2019 is for more harmony, compassion, agreement, altruism, and peace – for us as a nation, for our Silverton community, and for all of us individually. I would like all people

“I am hoping to manifest a year that involves more cycling, reading, and being present for myself. For my family, I hope to manifest more traveling, more arts and creativity, and learning plant identification and introducing traditional skills like archery to my girls. For my community, I hope to manifest more

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connections with my neighbors – to bring back that real sense of community that many of us parents long for.

about LGBTQ community members and the cruelty, danger and isolation they routinely face; I’m thinking about moms suffering from postpartum depression being afraid to get the support they need because of stigma and judgment. I hope that in 2019 we can all open our eyes a little more so we can see the common humanity within each and every one of us.”

In my country, I hope for Understanding. I hope for listening.  I hope we can manifest a country in which we stop fighting against each other and fight alongside each other instead. In our world, I hope for continued steps towards slowing global warming, preventing and ending wars, and manifesting a world community that values – really values - the living planet that we reside on.” Charity Grace Pape, 37, Registered Nurse

Jennifer Ungarwulff, Counselor “May we all rediscover the power of love and music to comfort our pain, inspire our action, and change the world.” Jay Shenai, 43, Construction Project Manager “I hope for it to snow next year and I hope for a black pair of ice skates.” Maya Shenai, 9

“My hope is graduating preschool.” Harry Wolterman, 4, Silverton “My biggest hope for 2019 is that we can all work towards having more compassion and understanding of people who have different experiences than us. I’m thinking about parents judging other people’s parenting choices; I’m thinking

“My hope is to play soccer and for people to have a good life.” Jack Wolterman, 7, Silverton

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Helping Hands

50-year span

Senior center broadens programs to serve wide-ranging interests

By Melissa Wagoner

And active people often require a lot of stimulation, which is why Brockamp has been amping up the offerings to include more exercise programs like yoga, Zumba, Tai Chi and line dancing; more resource and educational events, including technology training, gardening, writing and painting; and greater connections with the outside community, including people of all ages, even children.

“Our goal is to be the hub of all things senior and to be all things social,” Silverton Senior Center Executive Director Dodie Brockamp said. With nearly 1,000 visitors to the Center every year, she has a big job on her hands. “What I look at are the seven dimensions of 115 Westfield St., Silverton wellness (physical, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday emotional, All 50 and older welcome. intellectual, 503-873-3093 social, spiritual, environmental and occupational),” Brockamp explained. “I look at that as I’m thinking of program ideas. Then I look at trying things three different ways. By the third time you usually realize – is it going to work or not going to work?”

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Although Brockamp has over 30 years of experience as an activities director in long-term care facilities, coming up with programs that will keep the center’s nearly 700 members with a five generation age span engaged can be quite a challenge. “We have 92 members who are under 60,” Senior Center Board President Darlene Blackstone said. “We have a 50-year span because our youngest member is 50. How do

“We’re trying to be more multi-generational,” she said. “We’re also trying to work into the community.”

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you provide for five decades of needs? We have the paper and pencil generation and then there’s email.” Blackstone said the biggest challenge since the center dropped its membership age to 50 has been planning around those who still work and making accommodations for those who are tech savvy as well as those who are not. “They’re not all old people up here,” Brockamp noted. “They’re really active folks.”

The center’s funding originally came mostly through the City of Silverton. Now it primarily consists of membership dues and private donations but Brockamp is working toward increasing the income from regular facility rentals and attendance at center fundraising events as well. “We want people to know that you can rent the facilities and continue to support our Thrift Shop as well,” she said. But more than anything both Brockamp and Blackstone want Silverton’s estimated 3,000 eligible seniors to know that the Center’s doors are open for resources, recreation or just as a place to hang out. “We have people who come up and bring their laptops (we have Wi-Fi) or just sit and read,” Blackstone said. “It’s like a big living room. This just feels like home.”

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Beginning Jan. 6 the Church of the Moment will begin weekly Sunday 10 a.m. “services” in the Live Local space at 107 N. Water St., Silverton. In meetings with couples for weddings and families for funerals, Mike Ashland has heard a growing number of people confess that they “once belonged” to a church or religion but have “fallen away.” Where in the past they were married and buried by the pastor of their church, today, there is no congregation, no church, no minister for them to turn to easily. Reasons abound, Ashland said. Politics, money, conflicts, family issues, divorce… there was always passion in their reasoning but sadness about their empty Sunday morning place. He said he’s heard, “It was the one place I got to sing every week!” and “I just miss the people, the fellowship.” And some described how they missed the ritual, the celebration of seasons, holidays and family events. A few even missed the challenges of readings and the inspiration of sermons. After years of meetings and discussions with people from all walks of life, nearly every faith and more than a few theologians and sociologists, Ashland decided a new

Kind, grateful service Jan. 6 church was needed with a theology of four words: Be kind. Be grateful. Ashland said the Church of the Moment is not so much about what any person believes, but in what they do and how they live. Services will embrace beliefs that encourage and support kindness and gratitude. Envisioning the future, he looks forward to the congregation singing popular oldies and contemporary songs as well as any religious songs they collectively want for a given season. Every service will include a short talk by guests, Ashland said. These may be from any walk of life and spiritual path but always focused on being kind and being grateful. There will be a challenge every week. It could be something as simple as writing a thank you note or turning off your phone for an entire day.

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datebook Frequent Addresses Mount Angel Public Library, 290 Charles St., 503-845-6401 Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., 503-873-7633 Silverton Community Center, 421 S Water St. Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield, 503-873-3093. Age 50 and older.

Weekly Events Monday Craft Store, Mt. Angel Community &

Senior Center, 195 E Charles St. Open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. 3 p.m. Saturdays. 503-845-6998

Pinochle, 11:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center.

Citizenship Class, 10 a.m. - noon, Immanuel

Crafty Kids, 3 - 9 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Serenity Al-Anon Meeting, 5:30 p.m.,

Daniel Plan Journey Video Series, 6:30

Serenity Al-Anon Meeting, 10 a.m.,

Supplies provided. Free. Age 5 - 11.

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

Taekwondo Class, 7 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Repeats Thursdays.

Silverton Business Group, 8 a.m., Silverton

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

Needle Crafts, 10 a.m., Silverton Senior Center.

Toddler Storytime, 10:30

a.m., Mount Angel Public Library. Stories, singing. Toddlers with caregivers. Free.

Yoga with Tracy, 9:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. $8 members, $10 nonmembers. Repeats Wednesdays, Fridays.

Indoor Playtime,

11:00 a.m., Mount Angel Public Library. Toddlers with caregivers. Free.

Senior Meal Site, 11:30

Silverton Coffee Club, Third and High. Every day. 503-873-1320

Gordon House Tours, Noon, 1, 2 p.m.

T, TH, Fri., Sat., Sun. Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon House, 869 W Main St., Silverton. Reservations: 503-874-6006

Monday Meal, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Oak Street

Church, 502 Oak St., Silverton. All welcome. Free; donations accepted. John, 503-873-5446

Dynamic Aging Exercise, 10:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. $7 members, $8 non-members.

Center. $3 members, $4 non-members. Repeats Thursdays.

Mt. Angel Food Bank, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.,

Mt. Angel Community Center, 195 E Charles St. Repeats Wednesday, Thursday. 503-845-6998

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Falls Library. All ages. Free; caregiver must attend with children 0 - 5.

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

Library. Storytime, playgroup. Age 0 - 36 months. Free. Caregivers must attend. Repeats Fridays.

AA Meetings, 8 p.m., Scotts Mills

Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 6 p.m.,

Tuesday, Jan. 1 New Year’s Day Wednesday, Jan. 2

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

Compassionate Presence Sangha,

Community Center, 298 Fourth St. David, 503-383-8327

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

Red Cross Blood Drive

Overeaters Anonymous, 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

Actors/Improv Group


8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Silverton Elks Lodge, 300 High St. For appointment, contact Marissa, 971-283-4657, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Variety of improvisational games. No experience required. Open to adults, high school students. Repeats Jan. 17. Ron, 503-873-8796

Bingo, 1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. $1.50/

Silverton Women Connect, 8:45 a.m.,

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Informal writer’s group to share, critique writing projects. Repeats Jan. 17. 503-873-8796

card, $2/two cards.

Open Art Studio, 1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Bring art project to work on. Free. Silverchips Woodcarving Sessions, 1 –

4 p.m., Silverton Arts Association, 303 Coolidge St. $2. All skill levels. 503-873-2480

Line Dancing, 2:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center.

Ukulele Song Circle, 3:30 p.m., Silverton

Tai Chi, 9 a.m. & 5 p.m., Silverton Senior

Baby Birds Storytime, 11 a.m., Silver Falls

Family Game Day, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Silver

Thursday, Jan. 3

Zumba, 8 a.m., Silverton Senior Center.

Silverton Senior Center. Repeats Thursdays. Appointments: 503-873-3093

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

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

Silverton Toastmasters, 7:30 a.m., Mount

Falls Library. Storytime, playgroup. Age 3 - 5. Free. Caregivers must attend.

Hula Lessons, 3 p.m., Silverton Senior

Clubb Massage, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.,


Lutheran Church, 303 N Church St., Silverton. 503-873-8656

Chickadees Storytime, 12:30 p.m., Silver

Tuesday $4 members, $6 non-members. Repeats Thursdays.

- 8 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship Church, 822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton. Free. Open to public. Sheila, 503-409-4498

Kiwanis Club of Silverton, 7 a.m.,


Silverton Senior Center. $3 members, $4 non-members. Repeats Wednesdays, Fridays.

Recovery at Noon, Noon – 1 p.m.,


Local Conference Center, 109 Water St., Silverton. Three health coaches. $10. See Facebook for topic. 503-269-9433

Repeats Fridays.

Stay Fit Exercise Class, 9:30 a.m.,

a.m., Mt. Angel Community & Senior Center, 195 E Charles St. Pre-order meals a week ahead by calling 503-845-9464. Repeats Thursdays. Meals-on-Wheels delivered Monday Friday.

Wellness Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Live

Angel Festhalle, 500 NE Wilco Hwy. Ann, 503-873-4198

Main Street Bistro, 201 E. Main St., Silverton. Networking & mastermind group for personal, business growth with like-minded women. Val Lemings, 503-877-8381

Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 9:15 a.m.,

Stardust Village Clubhouse, 1418 Pine St., Silverton All welcome. Sandy, 503-871-3729

Silvertones Community Singers,


Senior Center.

STEAM Lab, 3:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library.

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math: Learning and Building. Age 5 - 11. Free.

Chair Yoga, 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free Dinner, 5 - 7 p.m., First Christian Church, 402 N First St., Silverton. Free; donations accepted. Volunteers needed. 503-873-6620

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

Appy Hour, 11 a.m., Mount Angel Public Library. Technical assistance for devices, apps. Call 503-845-6401 for 1-on-1 appointment. Free. All ages.

Duplo Day, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.,

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Silverton Lions Club 7 p.m., Legacy Silverton Medical Center, 342 Fairview St. Open to everyone interested in service to community. Repeats Jan. 17. 503-873-7119

Friday, Jan. 4 Ring in the New Year 7 - 9 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St., Silverton. Artists reception for Lunaria’s January showing, “Ring in the New Year,” featuring store-wide exhibit of ceramics, photography, woodwork, jewelry, art, more. Free. Open to public. Exhibit on display through Feb. 3. 503-873-7734

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Saturday, Jan. 5 Christmas Tree Recycling 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N Church St., Silverton. Recycle Christmas trees at the church or at east side of Roth’s. Donations help church youth attend 2021 Youth Gathering. Repeats noon - 4 p.m. Jan. 6.

Monday, Jan. 7 Daughters of American Revolution 10 a.m., Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Business meeting followed by guest speaker Karla Krieg who shares tips for training canines. Open to public. Refreshments served.

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

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

Tuesday, Jan. 8 Ancestry Detectives 10 a.m. - noon, Silver Falls Library. Jerry Rodgers discusses Mayflower 1620-2020. Open to public. Free.

Caregiver Connection 2 - 3:30 p.m., Legacy Silverton Medical Center, 342 Fairview St. For family caregivers and/or unpaid family caregivers. This month’s topic is the importance of caregiver self-care. Free. Suzy, 503-304-3429

Silverton Senior Center Board 5:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Open to public. Repeats Jan. 15. 503-873-3093

The Caring Friends 6:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. The Compassionate Friends provides comfort, hope, support to parents who lost a child. Carol Williams, 503-873-6944

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

American Legion Post 89 7 p.m., Legion Hall, 740 E College St., Mt. Angel. All veterans welcome. 503-845-6119

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Silverton Garden Club 7 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Heather Desmarteau-Fast from Stamen & Pistil discusses houseplant care. Guests welcome. Refreshments served. Stephanie, 916-803-0801

MedTalk 6 p.m., Legacy Silverton Medical Center, 342 Fairview St. First in series of talk by doctors. This month, Jess Miller, MD, discusses creating healthier communities. Free. Open to public. 503-873-1500

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Zenith Women’s Club 7 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Members discuss ways to fund, implement projects benefiting Silverton community. Social at 6:30 p.m. New members welcome. Barbara, 801-414-3875

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

Saturday, Jan. 12 Second Saturday Maker’s Market 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Macleay Grange, 8312 Macleay Road, Salem. Indoor farmers market, baked goods, handmade crafts from local suppliers. Free admission. 503-873-3593

Creativity Discussion 2 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Creativity instructor Kate Gavigan shares interactive talk on creativity based on The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. Free. Open to public. 503-873-8796

Peace Documentary 7 p.m., Silverton Art Association, 303 Coolidge St. Screening of documentary Inside Peace: A Peace Class Inside a Texas Jail. Free. Open to public. 503-873-2480

Monday, Jan. 14 Mt. Angel School District 6:30 p.m., District Office, 730 E Marquam St., Mt. Angel. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-845-2345

Silver Falls School District 7 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-873-5303

Tuesday, Jan. 15 American Legion Post 7 7 p.m., Silverton Elk Lodge, 300 High St. All veterans welcome. 503-871-8160

Book Club for Adults 7 p.m., Silver Falls Library. This month’s selection is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Open to public. Free. 503-873-9796


Wednesday, Jan. 16 Pints & Purls 6 - 8 p.m., Main Street Bistro, 201 E Main St., Silverton. Meet other knitters, crocheters for an evening of pints and some purls. Hosted by KIS Designs. Everyone welcome. Contact Kisdesigns on Facebook for information.

Thursday, Jan. 17 Love & Logic Parenting Class 10 a.m. - noon, Silverton Community Center. Learn techniques to enhance, lead your children to maturity, responsibility. Weekly class. Free. To register, contact Silverton Together, 503-873-0405,

Saturday, Jan. 19 Free Community Breakfast 7 - 9:30 a.m., Marquam United Methodist Church, 36971 Highway 213, Mt. Angel. Free breakfast. Open to public. 503-829-5061

Sunday, Jan. 20 Taizé Prayer 7 p.m., Benedictine Sisters’ Queen of Angels Chapel, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Open to public. 503-845-6773

Monday, Jan. 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Tuesday, Jan. 22 Terrific Twos 10 - 11:30 a.m., Silverton Community Center. Series of classes for parents with children 21 months to 3 years. Includes activities for children. Free. To register, contact Silverton Together, 503-873-0405,

6 - 8 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Hands-on experience with diaper changing, burping, swaddling, etc.; discussions of life changes on the horizon. Free massage for moms-to-be. Free. To register, contact Silverton Together, 503873-0405,

Saturday, Jan. 26 Wellness Weekend Silverton Senior Center. Wellness Weekend with Tsipora’s Wings. $10 members, $12 non-members. $25 for all weekend. Register, pay at center. 503-873-3093,

Sunday, Jan. 27 Scotts Mills Pancake Breakfast 7 a.m. - noon, Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. $6 per person. 503-874-9575

Pancake Breakfast 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. All welcome. $5. 503-873-3093

Monday, Jan. 28 Vigil for Peace 5 - 6:30 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

Wednesday, Jan. 30 Gun Safety 10 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Learn gun safety with Silverton Police Department. 50 and older. Free. 503-873-3313 To get your events and fundraisers published in Our Town and Mt. Angel Shopper, send your releases – including date, time, location, activity, cost, contact information – to datebook@mtangelpub. com. Or drop them off at 401 Oak St., Silverton.

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In search of... By Melissa Wagoner

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“It is nuts,” she said. “I cannot believe how expensive rental prices are right now. Not only are they increasing in price but the number of units we manage is decreasing.”

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“Because the housing market is so high, we are having owners who are selling their homes,” she explained. “These are houses that they have been sitting on since the market crash and they are finally able to sell and (get) a good amount for them. This has driven rental prices up even further.”

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renting in the meantime. We occasionally have sellers who want to sell, and have not yet found their replacement ‘dream home’ who are in the market for rentals.”

“With a booming selling market many owners are choosing to take properties they currently had rented, and selling them,” she verified. “There are also buyers out there who are ‘waiting’ for the right home to come along to buy, but have chosen to move here while searching for it, and are

Bledsoe suggests that anyone looking to rent or buy should keep their available credit debt below 30 percent of their income and make all payments on time. He also cautioned against making a big purchase – or even shopping around for one – right before applying for a rental or a home loan. “You don’t want to have a car dealer check your credit because you get dings,” he said.

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This sales phenomenon has been seen in real estate offices across Silverton, including Harcourts NW Oregon Realty Group where owner Connie Hinsdale has been offering property management services since 2008.

co-owner of Bledsoe Santana Team Realty, which recently began offering property management services, commented. “But if I have a house that I’m renting for $1,800 a month, I’m not real excited about five big dogs – and smoking is also a real issue. The other aspect is – what’s their credit score and their financial history?”

The bottleneck created by higher demand and lower supply has made it difficult for property managers to place all prospective renters, but it is especially difficult when clients have pets, a low credit score or a poor rental history. “People love their pets,” Dixon Bledsoe,

But even for ideal renters – with good credit and rental history – there is no guarantee of placement because often the client’s budget does not match the price of the current market, according to Craig, who dreads telling potential clients she is unable to help them. “There are so many people who want to live in Silverton, but either cannot afford it, or simply cannot find a space to rent in time,” she said. “It is especially hard to explain to someone who has maybe been out of the area for a while, or maybe never rented before, that the prices are what they are. There is often a deer in the headlights look when we ask them what their budget may be for a single family residence and in reality they would maybe be lucky to find a Bill & Susan (DeSantis)



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two bedroom apartment with the amount.” But those prices – although a hike from previous years – are still comparable to what is being seen throughout the valley and Craig explains the increase is a culmination of many different factors, not just the market. Not everyone feels that Silverton’s prices are unreasonable. Lynn and Bob Williams, who sold their home in Silverton in 2017 in order to downsize to a smaller space, were able to find a rental relatively quickly and believe the price they are paying to be fair for the quality and location of the apartment they found. “We were going to be house poor and we were going to be living on Social Security,” Lynn explained of their decision to sell. “We looked at each other last year and said, ‘Why do we own this house?’ ... We’ve talked to an investor and the proceeds from the house will last us the rest of our lives. I think it’s the perfect thing to do at our age.” Although the Williams agree that there weren’t a lot of choices available, they believe persistence was key in their success. This sentiment was echoed by Craig when she advised potential clients, “We do everything as a first come, first served. Get your applications turned in and wait... Don’t be too picky. In this market, there isn’t a lot of room for ‘waiting for a better house,’ because it may never be available.”


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Clutch Bowling By Brenna Wiegand

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engineering,” Zwicker said. After a few years he wrote the software that runs their company.

Though he had a bowling scholarship, Andrew Zwicker pursued software engineering which led him right back to bowling. What he’s done since has changed his life and is putting a new spin on the sport worldwide.

“My job had turned into just making sure the system didn’t fail – and computers are pretty reliable nowadays,” he said. His bosses asked him what was next. The three formed Cerebral Clutch and started looking for software to write.

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A year or two later Zwicker’s parents shared a video of someone using a projector to track a bowling ball down the lane. “I thought ‘Wow, if I could write software for any industry, it would be bowling,’” he said. “My partners gave me $500 for parts and we built a prototype on our conference table with a single projector and a webcam. Then they asked what I could do with $5,000.”

Out of high school the 26-year-old took a job with NW Remarketing, a leading reseller of Information Technology and equipment. “They helped me go to school for software

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a winner and spent more than two years in development. “We then presented it at Bowl Expo 2018 in Las Vegas and it went incredibly well,” Zwicker said. “Now we’ve gone from a 600-square-foot office to 12,000 square feet. They employ nine people and expect to be at 15 by next year. They see it as a tool to develop league bowlers and bring more youth into the sport. “They spend so much time on their cell phones; we thought we’d get their attention by making the bowling lane a screen,” he said. “It worked out especially well with high schoolers.” For the past ten years National Bowling Association has worked to recruit young people through scholarships and other activities, resulting in an increase in collegiate bowling. Zwicker is happy to be part of the movement. “Bowling is starting to have a positive outlook for the first time in 30 years,”

In lieu of bumpers for the younger set, they project the pins closer and, rather than get discouraged, the new bowlers don’t want to stop. “We’re not a media company; we come from the side of bowler development,” Zwicker said. “Most of my staff have shot 300 games and competed in nationals.” They’re partnering up with world champion bowler Jason Belmonte to install

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his Australian bowling center. Japan is interested; 14 lanes are on their way to Mexico and they’ve installed in a 40-lane center in Pennsylvania with an eight-lane party room.

Career and Technical Education Center in Salem about internships. “Young people nowadays, they play video games and they love programming and are super creative and so we’re trying to help create more jobs in the area,” he said.

More than 20 lanes are going in at amusement parks next month. Zwicker spent much of last year traversing the country.


As awareness brings more people to Silver Lanes from further afield; they’ve gone to online reservations to keep up, Tawnya said.

Silver Creek Lanes has all 12 lanes on line and, aside from a new customer in California, is the only place on the West Coast offering Clutch Bowling. “It definitely gets people more on their feet and they bowl more games,” Zwicker said. “A lot of time people look at their phones or watch TV between shots; with our system you’ll see them talking together and being more of a group. “Now that it’s taking off we’re really excited to see how it goes,” he said. “We’re here for the bowlers and the proprietors and hopefully our product is a good investment for them. We support the community around us and are talking to

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“It’s been neat to get things booked out further, quicker this year,” she said. “I don’t know what’s more fun, watching the kids or watching the parents watch their kids.


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“When Andrew programs, it’s like watching him play a piano,” she said. “This has turned into something so much bigger than he ever thought and we’re so proud of him. And it all started here in Silverton.” Bowlers can give Clutch Bowling a try at Silver Lanes Friday and Saturday nights starting at 6.



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The Silverton High swim program, 85 athletes strong, is off to another strong start. Both squads are 5-1 overall and 3-1 in Mid-Willamette Conference encounters.

Reinalda, who is vastly improved in his second year on the Spartans’ varsity squad. The Kennedy boys, meanwhile, have won four in a row in the Tri-River after opening with a loss to No. 3 Western Christian. The Trojans, ranked eighth in Class 2A, are 4-1 in league, one-half game behind Western and Sheridan.

“Overall I am happy with how we are doing,” said coach Lucky Rogers. “We returned a lot of girls that are on pace to do even better this year. We lost Jason Orr, our best swimmer in every event on the boys side to graduation, but the boys have been working very hard and will be quite the surprise by the district meet.” Top girls performers include Marie Tolmachoff, Samantha Zurcher, Maggie Kelley and Maddie Broyhill, with boys Tristan Allen, Michael Hall, Carson Brighton, Emmett Bell, Blake Doerfler, David Reeves III, Charlie Petrik and Cole Runion also contributing. “All are either on their times right before districts last year or have already passed it.,” Rogers said. The lone losses for the two squads came against Crescent Valley, but the girls came within one event of scoring the upset, losing 147-139. In addition the Fox 200 medley relay team beat the Raiders for the first time ever. Silverton had a breakthrough season last year, with the girls finishing seventh in the Class 5A state meet with 14 points. The boys were eighth with 18. This was the first time in school history that the Foxes cracked the top 10.

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Rogers, who is in his fourth year in charge of the program, thinks his athletes can finish in the top three at districts. And keep the momentum going at state. “Our goal this year is to maintain,” he said. “We sent five relays to state and they all medaled. Our goal this year is to send all six relays. We will have to really improve our times to medal in some of them. Our other goal is to send more individuals. I love my country kids. We work very hard to compete against kids that swim all year around and have been doing it for years. We have learned how to compete with them being an underdog every time.” Basketball: The defending Class 2A champion Kennedy girls are 10-1 and ranked No. 1 by the OSAA. The Trojans won their first ten games by an average score of 57-33 before falling 36-29 on Dec. 21 at No. 2 Oakland. Kennedy already has recorded dominating Tri-River Conference victories against No. 5 Santiam and Western Christian. The next big challenge comes from No. 7 Culver, which is 9-1. Kennedy returns from the holiday/tournament season with a Jan. 7 home date vs. Culver. The Silverton girls, third in Class 5A a year ago, are 8-1 overall, ranked third and are undefeated at 3-0 in the MidWillamette Conference. No. 5 Crescent Valley also is 3-0, but the Foxes and Raiders don’t tangle until Jan. 22. Also in the mix is 2-1 Corvallis, ranked eighth and No. 9 Central, 1-1. Silverton downed Central, 38-35, on Dec. 14, running out to a 36-21 lead and holding on against a furious rally. Silverton, which has outworked and outhustled taller teams in the past few years, including its state championship run in 2016, offers its biggest team under coach Tal Wold, with 6-footers Riley Traeger and Truitt Reilly giving the Foxes a strong presence in the post. And Josslyn Ames provided a key spark against Central with 13 points. The Silverton boys, 9-1, are ranked No. 5 in Class 5A and are tied with Corvallis at 3-0 in the Mid-Willamette. Early on Silverton was forced to play without injured guards David Gonzales and Jonah Downey, but they have returned with a vengeance. Downey had 18 points and four assists in an 80-61 Dec. 18 win vs. previously undefeated South Albany. Gonzales, meanwhile, poured in 30 points on Dec. 20 against Liberty in the Les Schwab Invitational. The Foxes took two out of three in the Schwab’s Eight bracket, finishing third while beating a pair of Class 6A teams. The lone loss came against runner-up Pacifica Christian of Newport Beach, California. Silverton and Corvallis tangle Jan. 11 in Corvallis. A key challenge for the Foxes will be handling 7-3 junior Jasper

Hoops doubleheaders: The Mid-Willamette Conference experimented last year with “stacking” the boys and girls basketball games at the same site rather than, say, the boys playing at home and the girls on the road. The model was not continued this year. Athletic director Rise said stacking led to scheduling inconsistencies and could not be implemented at some schools because of their facilities. Silverton participated in six “stacked” sessions last season, with Rise noting one of the positives was that the boys team could watch the girls play and vice-versa. Alumni watch: Here is a look at how athletes with area ties performed on college teams during the fall season: Maddie Fuhrman, Silverton: The Oregon State redshirt sophomore cross country runner who transferred from Hawaii, had a best of 15:00.0 in the 4,000 meters, 18:51.0 in the 5,000 and 22:16.7 in the 6K for the Beavers, who finished the NCAA championships at 27th. Ethan Crofts, Silverton: The sophomore soccer forward at Northwest Christian University had seven starts and played 503 minutes for the Beacons, 4-12-1 overall and 3-9-1 in the Cascade Collegiate Conference. Crofts had 13 shots on goal but did not score. Former Foxes teammate Ethan Risby served as the backup goalie but did not see action. Bishop Mitchell, Kennedy: The sophomore wide receiver played in five games for Portland State, which finished 4-7 overall and 3-5 in the Big Sky. Mitchell returned one kickoff for 15 yards and recorded one assisted tackle. Kaylin Cantu, Kennedy: The cross country runner at Western Oregon turned in a strong freshman season, running 23:22.6 for 6,000 meters and finishing 42nd in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference championships and turning in a 22:31.40 for 62nd at the NCAA Division II West regional. The Wolves were 7th in the GNAC meet and 18th at the regionals. Cantu also finished third at WOU’s Ash Creek Invitational (19:57.1 for 5K), 7th at the Linfield Harrier Classic (15:46.6 for 4K), 9th at the San Francisco State Invitational (23:03.1 for 6K) and 12th at OSU’s Beaver Classic (23:40.5 for 6K). Spencer Clements and Kobe Garcia, Silverton: The former Foxes both played their freshman seasons for George Fox football, which finished 6-4 overall and 4-3 in the Northwest Conference. Clements, a 6-3, 190-pound wide receiver caught 7 passes for 112 yards and 2 TDs. Garcia, a 5-10, 178-pound defensive back had three tackles. William Wright, Silverton: The freshman cross country runner at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, had bests of 26:47 for a 4.2-mile course and 29:47 for 8-kilometers. His 26:47 earned him 35th place in the Nationball Classic and his best placing at 8K was 60th in 32:54 at the Biola Invitational.

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Friday, Jan. 4

Boys Basketball 7 p.m. Silverton vs Lebanon

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Girls Basketball 4:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Culver

Boys Basketball 6 p.m. Kennedy vs Culver

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Boys Basketball

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7 p.m. Silverton vs North Salem

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Tuesday, Jan. 29

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LOST Christmas Gift on the 3rd of December. Silver-colored round pendant with chain. Says “Chico” brand on back of pendant. Call 503-873-1380 if found. FIREWOOD Fir/Cut/Split/ Delivered. Call for price 503-873-5235 SEASONED FIREWOOD Shed stored and kept dry-Mostly fir and can deliver. $220/cord. 503-845-6410. ROSSIGNOL CROSSCOUNTRY SKIS, POLES, BOOTS Like-new condition. Skis – 74" & 73". Boots (EU sizes) 44 & 38. $300, OBO. Call Ken: 503-769-0535, or 503-930-0176. CASH REWARD FOR STOLEN FAMILY HEIRLOOMS Large reward offered for information that leads to the arrest and or return of: 1 Colt Army Revolver 1 Model 1911 Army .45 1 AR 15 Saint Model 1 Antique .32 cal Iver Johnson American Bulldog 1 Black metal chest with personal info Please call 503-798-0028 FOR SALE King Size L.L. Bean thick flannel comforter cover. Deep red and dark orange buffalo plaid with 2 sets of standard pillowcases, one solid and one plain. Think cheerful warmth! $45. 503-999-3002

FIREWOOD FOR SALE Maple, $220/cord, U-haul; phone for price if we deliver. 503-845-6487

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RETIRED LADY looking to provide companionship/light housekeeping to the elderly/ disabled in their home. I am reliable and have credible reference. Please contact me (Martha) at 503-749-2259.

RDR HANDYMAN & HOME REPAIR SERVICE Installation and repair of fencing, decks,doors, windows, gutter cleaner CCB 206637 licenced, bonded and insured. Call Ryan 503-881-3802 MICHAEL FINKELSTEIN P.E. Civil Engineer 503-873-8215.

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PRIVATE PIANO LESSONS Openings available for beginning students ages 4 and up in Silverton. Contact Laurel at 509-480-0923 or email smitheducator03@ GOT STUFF you want gone? From yard debris to scrap metal. From garage sale leftovers to rental clean outs. We repurpose, recycle, reuse or donate what we can. Call and find out what we can do fo you. $20 minimum. Keith 503-502-3462

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A Grin at the End

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It was 16 cents, but what it meant to me was worth a lot more.

of one another. I find it to be tiresome, pointless and more than a little dangerous, not in a physical sense – though people are needlessly hurt – but in a spiritual sense. When there is not even an attempt to listen to grievances and understand what a person is saying, there can be no hope of resolving a problem. None.

I was at the convenience store the other day, buying a pint – of 2 percent milk, that is. I buy milk almost every day to have with lunch. When the cashier asked for $1.39 I came up short. I was sure I had the exact change but when I pawed through my pockets I came up 16 cents short. Before I could reach into my wallet to grab out a dollar bill, a man standing behind me reached forward with his own dollar. “Take it out of this,” he said. I turned to say thank you, and he was heading out the door. I never really got a good look at him. Occasionally, we all encounter kindness in the most unexpected times and places. Every time, it catches me off guard. It also reminds me that, as a group, people are kind and generous. That is no secret. We see it every day, at the convenience store and at other random places. We see it on television, with the many acts of kindness helping the folks in Texas cope with the devastating hurricane and flooding. Nothing made those “regular” people leave their homes to help, pressing their bass boats, kayaks and canoes into service to rescue whole families from the crisis.

Except they did. They reached out and helped. They did it not as Republicans or Democrats, or even as Americans, or as whites or blacks. They did it as people. I believe kindness is in our DNA. You see it with a mother or father and their newborn baby. You see it in church and schools. And if you let it happen, you will see it just about everywhere. These are harsh times. Some people can’t open their mouths without F-bombs flying out. Politicians spend all of their time running down other politicians when they ought to be working together trying to solve the problems we all face. People protest against “fascists” with – more fascism. Communication – talking and listening – and understanding have been replaced by yelling over the top

To me, the interesting thing is that some people may just need to talk through their feelings. That may sound like psycho-babble, but if people are not listened to and feel powerless, that’s when they spin out of control. And that gets in the way of actually making sense of the human condition. It’s not really about politics – thank goodness for that – and it’s not about money. It’s abut sharing the experience of getting along, not as cookiecutter copies of one another that agree on everything, but as a collection of jewels, each different, each valuable. Each with its own gifts. That’s when we will all be able to get along. That’s when the humanity in our hearts will outshine our shortcomings. As least that’s my 16 cents worth. Carl Sampson is a freelance writer and editor. He lives in Stayton.

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Completely updated throughout! 4 bedroom, 3 bath home with a bonus room upstairs, plus family room and living room. Large over-sized yard with decks, patio, raised garden beds, landscaped, kids play structure, RV parking and plenty of room for your outside entertaining. This is a must see, most of this home is on one level with a bonus room upstairs for more room! Call Meredith at ext. 324 or Ryan at ext. 322. (WVMLS# 742456)


SOLD-#T2480 CLASSIC OLDER HOME 4 BR, 2 BA 1896 sqft. 1.32 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $374,900 (WVMLS#733635)


#T2492 COUNTRY HOME 4 BR, 3 BA 2674 sqft 18.27 Acres Call Chuck at ext. 325 $749,950 (WVMLS#736185)


#T2491 COUNTRY LIVING IN TOWN 4 BR, 2 BA 2150 sqft Call Michael at ext. 314 $646,000 (WVMLS#735719)


#T2497 FANTASTIC SETTING 3 BR, 3 BA 2672 sqft 7.00 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $619,800 (WVMLS#737712)

#T2517 LOTS OF ROOM $369,900

A 5-Bedroom Home! Lots of space! Located on a low traffic dead end road a short distance from downtown, pool, and park. Large Living Room with fireplace. 2-Story home with a partially finished daylight basement. Heat pump with A/C. Replacement improvements include; main water supply, underground sprinkler system and laminate flooring. Roof is 3 years old. Deck is 1 year old. Great price for the square foot. Call Michael at ext. 314. (WVMLS# 741716)

#T2497 FANTASTIC SETTING 3 BR, 3 BA 2672 sqft 7.00 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $619,800 (WVMLS#737712) #T2468 READY FOR DREAM HOME .34 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $79,900 (WVMLS#731765) #T2498 WILDERNESS SETTING 3 BR, 2 BA 1224 sqft .50 Acres Call Michael at ext. 314 $289,900 (WVMLS#738015) #T2493 FIRST TIME ON MARKET 4 BR, 1.5 BA 2937 sqft 3.778 Acres Call Michael at ext. 314 $465,000 (WVMLS#737114)

LAND/ACREAGE #T2489 CLASSIC 1950’s $359,950 #T2492 COUNTRY HOME $749,950 HUBBARD Classic 1950’s 3 bed, 2.5 bath in Fairmont Hill area. Located across street from Fairmont Park. Home has been updated with gas fireplace in LR and custom vinyl windows, however the 50’s charm remains with covered entry, wood floors, and radiant ceiling heat. Downstairs basement area finished/ provides access to two car garage w/ 1/2 bath and includes family/rec room w/fireplace, utility area, and workshop. Price reduced $10,000!!! Call Chuck at ext. 325. (WVMLS# 734911)






Country Home near Silverton & Mt. Angel! Check out this hard to find 1970’s country home on 18.27 acres. Includes 4 Bedrooms, 3 baths, formal LR & DR, family room, and sun room addition (over 2600 sq. ft. of living space). There is a small workshop/storage building. Acreage is zoned EFU and presently leased in grass seed. Easy to show! Call Chuck at ext. 325. (WVMLS# 736185)








TOWN HUBBARD IN TOWN NEW H AUMSVILLE/TURNER COUNTRY/ACREAGE WOODBURN TOWN #T2489 SALEM CLASSIC 1950s 3 BR, Rentals available in 2.5 BA 2224 sqft Call Chuck at ext. 325 $359,950 (WVMLS#734911)


Silverton and Surrounding Areas. LAND/ACREAGE COUNTRY OTHER COMMUNITIES For more info call Micha at #T2518 CLOSE FREEWAY ACCESS 3 503-873-1425 or see them on BR, 2 BA 1221 sqft Call Kirsten at ext. 326 our website $275,000 (WVMLS#741861) COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL IN TOWN NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION COUNTRY/ACREAGE FOR LEASE/COMMERCIAL


#A2457 MOLALLA -HWY 213 FRONTAGE BARELAND/LOTS .30 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. STAYTON/SUBLIMITY 322 $99,900 (WVMLS#729177)





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#T2514 VALLEY VIEWS TURNER 3 BR, IN TOWN NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION 2.5 BA 2399 sqft 2.01 Acres Call Meredith #T2494 BUILDABLE LOT LOT#3 2.01 at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $429,900 COUNTRY/ACREAGE Acres Call Michael at ext. 314 $170,000 #T2493 FIRST TIME ON MARKET 4 BR, (WVMLS#741131) COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL 1.5 BA 2937 sqft 3.778 Acres Call Michael at (WVMLS#737118) NEW-#T2519 COMPLETELY UPDATED ext. 314 $465,000 (WVMLS#737114) FOR LEASE/COMMERCIAL #T2514 VALLEY VIEWS 3 BR, 2.5 BA 2399 TURNER. 4 BR, 3 BA 2336 sqft Call MereSTAYTON/SUBLIMITY sqft 2.01 Acres. Turner. Call Meredith at ext. dith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $389,900 #T2517 LOTS OF ROOM 5 BR, 2 BA 2521 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $429,900 (WVMLS#741131)BARELAND/LOTS sqft Call Michael at ext. 314 $369,900 (WVMLS#742456)




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Our Town North: January 01, 2019  

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

Our Town North: January 01, 2019  

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