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Arts & Entertainment

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Vol. 15 No. 3

Finding ‘The One’ online – Page 18

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

February 2018

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Sports & Recreation

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SILVERTON SENIOR CENTER JFK’s CTE program coordinator Sarah Bauman, Occupational Survey teacher Korrie Shull, and community volunteer John Gooley steer students in building a garden shed in time for Wurstfest.


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Andy Bellando, Silverton First Citizen....4

Finding ‘The One’ online......................18

Sue Roessler, Distinguished Service.......6

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Bob Holowati, Lifetime Achievement....7 Les Schwab, Business of the Year...........8

Civics 101 New library director Christy Davis........10 Helping Hands Students learn by building .................12 Wurstfest returns for year 10..............13

E.M. Lewis’ new play Magellanica.........20

Business Juggling Whimsy, Chocolate Box.........23

Sports & Recreation Basketball teams on a tear..................24

Marketplace.......................25 A Grin At The End...........26

Datebook...............................14 Passages................................17

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World of involvement By Brenna Wiegand

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Andy Bellando will be recognized as Silverton’s 2017 First Citizen at Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce’s 47th Annual First Citizen Banquet Feb. 3.

Silverton Mayor Kyle Palmer, who has volunteered with Bellando in several capacities and is heading this year’s banquet, said examples may be found in his work with the Rotary Club.

The Chamber of Commerce hosts the banquet as a time to recognize citizens and businesses working to make Silverton a better place. Bellando has been singled out for his contributions to Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce, Silverton Rotary Club and Silverton Area Community Aid (SACA). “It’s a great honor; I’m very surprised,” Bellando said. Bellando is Superintendent of Silver Falls School District. He and Rhonda have three grown children; Amanda, Jeron and Tyler, and a granddaughter, Elizabeth, three-years-old. “Being superintendent is a natural opportunity to be involved in the community,” Bellando said. “It’s of mutual benefit of the schools and to

“Just being an active Rotary member means you’re helping with Homer (Davenport Community Festival), the Strawberry Festival, sponsoring exchange students and the club’s global causes which for several years has included eradicating polio across the world,” Palmer said. “In addition, each member takes on a specific project of their own.”

Bellando assumed an additional pet project this year, the First Reader program, another joint venture between Rotary and the school district that supplies First Reader books to all babies born at Legacy Silverton Medical Center “I think he’s incredible,” Palmer said. “Like a lot of us, his profession segues into the community work he does.”

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In Bellando’s case, it was the Clothes for Kids program, which he brought from the school district to Rotary who granted the project an annual budget of $1,000.

Bellando has been a Chamber member since 2010, helping provide oversight for its role in supporting local businesses and conducting several events throughout the year. Among other contributions, he headed the First Citizen Banquet for 10 years, was chairman of Silverton’s 150-year celebration, drove the Silver Trolley, and volunteered in several capacities at the Homer Davenport Community Festival.

“He and Rhonda personally do all the shopping for those kids and then distribute the clothes to the schools,” Palmer said, “…and believe me, they find good deals and make the best of that $1,000.”

“If you want to know how far I’ll go to support this community; I’ll even sit in the dunk tank every once in a while,” Bellando laughed.

said. “For somebody that’s serving in a volunteer capacity in the community, he’s the kind of person I would want on a board. He is very detail-oriented and is not a person that gets upset about anything. I find him extremely easy to work with.”

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Silverton 2017 First Citizen Award goes to Andy Bellando “I’m very proud of the work we’ve done; our achievements and the increasing support we are receiving from the community,” he added. “We have great things happening.” Bellando signed on with Silverton High School in 1988 as an Ag and science teacher. In 1995 he became assistant principal for Mark Twain Middle School and Robert Frost Elementary, then was principal of the middle school from 1997 to 2008. In 2008 he was named district director of human resources and in 2010 took over for Superintendent Craig Roessler upon his retirement. Along the way he made a friend in Troy Stoops, now Superintendent of Mount Angel School District. Andy Bellando has been named Silverton First Citizen. He and other award winners will be honored at the annual banquet Feb. 3. BRENNA WIEGAND

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“Andy was very influential in my career,” Stoops said. “He has a lot to offer; Andy really thinks things through, he’s very level-headed and treats everybody with respect and has modeled the importance of taking on a leadership role.” Bellando’s parents also modeled community service. “Since I was a high school student it’s been part of my world to be involved,” Bellando said. “While I understand the expense of time it takes, it’s my way of being and it has been important wherever I’ve lived – to be community minded and supportive because of the great things it does for people.”

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“We’ve stayed in close contact,” Stoops said. “I was one of his student teachers and then he hired me as a teacher and I ended up following him into administration. He was my primary mentor and I learned from his leadership – how to be organized; how to plan.

“As superintendents there aren’t a whole lot of people we can bounce things off,” Stoops said. “He’s always on speed dial.”

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Something to Celebrate

Mentoring youth

Sue Roessler receives Distinguished Service Award

By Melissa Wagoner

“She has been instrumental in helping the program grow into a program that serves many of our local youth,” nominator Jane Jones, a former Silverton Chamber of Commerce president and 2014 First Citizen said.

Thirty three years ago Sue Roessler wasn’t too sure about moving from her hometown of Salem to tiny Silverton, but her husband Craig, who was principal of Silverton High School at the time, managed to convince her. She has never looked back.

The award will act as an end-cap of sorts to Roessler’s time on the ASAP board following, as it does, her recent resignation.

“I remember him saying, ‘We need to live in the community. Principals live in the community,’” Roessler said. “I’m a Salem girl and there were 5,200 people here. Now I love Silverton.”

“I loved it but I’m my own worst enemy in that I can’t say no,” she said. “I just decided after five years that was enough. It’s in good hands.” That is not the end to Roessler’s volunteer career, however. Eternally civic-minded, she plans to carry on working within the community, but with a wider nonprofit scope, hoping to continue offering support and mentorship to new directors, of which there are many.

As wife of an administrator, Roessler said she felt like Craig was on loan to the community throughout the early days of their marriage. And, with a busy career in Special Education and a young son at home, she herself had no time for volunteer work. But once she retired she decided to change all that.

“I have a high value around mentoring,” she said. “And there are some wonderful nonprofits in Silverton that are being directed by younger people.”

“My sister Linda was a teacher here in Silverton and she was the director of a number of nonprofits. I lost her six or seven years ago but I feel like she’s always whispering in my ear,” Roessler explained. “I felt like in honor of Linda I will volunteer.” Her first three years were spent with SACA writing policies and working in the pantry. Then she found the After School Activities Program (ASAP) and with it, her niche.

Roessler also has an interest in finding ways of getting a more diverse cross-section of the community involved in volunteering.

2017 Distinguished Service Award recipient Sue Roessler.

“I love kids,” she said. “I want those kids to know there’s somebody back at ASAP that cares.”

“We have retired teachers who come over and work during power hour,” Roessler said. “We connect with the school to find out what subjects they’re low in.”

ASAP, the brainchild of a group of church leaders in the community, is an after school program for sixth through eighth graders which helps with school work as well as giving the kids a chance to socialize in a safe environment.

Roessler has spent the past five years with ASAP as a member of the board helping with fundraising and organization and mentoring its directors, hours of service which recently earned her the 2017 Silverton Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award.

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“We want more of the young people to volunteer,” she said. “The last project on my list is; how do we get young people more involved in volunteering in their community?” This is a question she has been pondering a lot and one she thinks is worth spending a good deal of her time solving because, just as she was once a newcomer who found her footing through service to the community, she thinks others may as well. “We want Silverton to represent your interests so you stay in this community,” she said.

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Bowling us over

Bob Holowati to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

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“We lived in the Butte Creek area near Scotts Mills for 21 years. We’ve only been living in Silverton for six years,” he said.

If you’re a bowler, you will want Bob Holowati on your team. His love for the sport began when he was a freshman in high school. The Silverton resident has bowled three perfect 300 games during his league nights – so far. The recipient of the 2017 “Judy Schmidt Lifetime Achievement” award from the Silverton Chamber of Commerce, Holowati is soft spoken about his nomination.

The couple once ran their own business, Silver Creek Deli, for 12 years – along with Jan’s sister. In 1999, he donned a bright orange vest and waved at the passersby as he volunteered to direct traffic in town during the rush hour. “I worked for the police department part-time on ‘C’ and ‘Water Streets’ between three and six p.m.”

“I was surprised. It’s an honor,” he said. Silverton’s 47th Annual First Citizens Banquet will take place Sat., Feb. 3, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Oregon Garden Pavilion.

“Bob is humble. He’ll work in a booth, move stages, help kids, help his wife with ‘Silverton Together’ events and raise money for Relay for Life – but he will never tell you. He’s just a good guy and he deserves it,” Mitchell said. You may have asked Holowati for assistance at Ace Hardware, where he has worked for the past 12 years. He recently switched sides and now works in the variety section of adjoining Hi-School Pharmacy. His manager, Traci Hunter, is thrilled for him to receive his upcoming award. “Bob is a very hard worker. He always does what we ask – and more. I’m very

Chamber representatives Dana Smith and Julie Hannan-Palmer surprised Bob Holowati at Hi-School Pharmacy with his Lifetime Achievement Award certificate. SILVERTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

proud of him.” He once worked at O’Brien’s Café as a cook. Sharon Hatteberg, who worked with him there for nearly three years, is happy for him. “I think that’s great. He would give you the shirt off his back. He’s just a really good guy,” she said. Dennis Rogers, a business assistant at Silver Falls Library, has known Holowati for nearly 30 years. “I met him through bowling. They were looking for somebody to be on the team, and I happened to work with one of the guys that was on the team. Bob asked me ‘Hey, do you bowl? I

said ‘No.’ He then asked, ‘Would you like to learn?’ I said ‘sure.’” Rogers added that because he has witnessed all three of Holowati’s “perfect 300” bowling league games, he is humorously referred to as his friend’s “good luck charm.” Holowati, 64, and his wife, Jan, have been married for 28 years, have two children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is a devoted Oregon State Beavers fan. He was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Portland when he was five, and has lived in Oregon ever since.

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Something to Celebrate

Stellar service

Silverton 2017 Business of the Year, Les Schwab Tire Center

By Melissa Wagoner Watching the team at Les Schwab Tire Center in Silverton greet customers, often as soon as they exit their vehicle in the parking lot, it is easy to see why they are the recipients of the 2017 Business of the Year Award presented by the Silverton Chamber of Commerce. “I’d say it’s our belief in world-class customer service – every day, every customer – going above and beyond,” Store Manager Jeremy McCart said. Although the level of customer service definitely sets Les Schwab Tire Center apart, it is their dedication to the community that has made the biggest impact. “I could make this as simple as saying that it is criminal that Les Schwab has never been recognized for this award,” Mayor Kyle Palmer said. “They are active in almost every event as a sponsor or donor of supplies. There are countless fundraisers in their parking lot selling burgers that they donate in part. In short, if some event needs help, they will provide it!” Les Schwab’s customer service began with the founding of the company over 65 years ago and is still going strong.

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“Honestly, it’s kind of hard to say no,” McCart said.

“We always want to make sure that all the kids get what they need,” he said. “I’ve always believed in helping your neighbor and helping out where you can.”

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Civics 101

Building on a good thing

New director joins Silver Falls Library

By Melissa Wagoner

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Once she set her sights on moving to Silverton everything just fell into place for Christy Davis, the new Silver Falls Library Director.

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“I hesitate to use the word magical – but it was pretty great,” she said.

with it,” she remembered. Although Silverton looked to Davis like the perfect place for her and her husband, Kevin O’Neil, to settle down and enjoy their hobbies of listening to music, watching films and playing games with friends, she wasn’t sure if she could find a job. Amazingly, she came upon the opening at Silver Falls Library for a new director.

Davis, who has nurtured a love for libraries since her childhood days in Bloomington, Indiana., had been working for the Klamath County Library for 22 years. “After one and a half years of the Story Van Project, as it was called, I was hired full time as a Branch Services Assistant and then held four additional, progressively responsible positions at the library – including reference services, circulation, outreach services and administrative/ supervisory work - until becoming director in October of 2013.” Davis’ affection for the library, where she enjoys organizing adult service programs and education, pales only in comparison to her fondness for her adopted state of Oregon. “I think it’s the most beautiful state,” she enthused. Two of Davis’ sisters, who are Pacific Northwesterners, were influential in her decision to make this her home.

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“I knew when I was seven years old I needed to move to Oregon too,” she laughed. It was Davis’ oldest sister who clued her in about the special town of Silverton. “I drove through and, like many people, fell in love

“I am really, really excited to be in Silverton because it feels like a tightly-knit and caring community,” she said. “I look forward to learning more about the community’s needs and how the library can help various groups and individuals achieve their goals for information, education, and library-based recreation. I am excited about the small and dedicated staff and look forward to working with them and learning from them.”


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Davis is also thrilled to work with Silver Falls Library’s special district library board, which is different from that of Klamath County. “These are people that very consciously ran to serve on the library board,” she said. Although Davis doesn’t have any plans to make changes in the way the library is run at this time, she will be keeping an open mind. “I have a lot of things to observe and listen to,” she said. “I want to find out what more we can do. I think that you always are looking for ways to enhance what you offer.” Community members interested in finding out more about Davis and her plans for the library are welcome to a meetand-greet Feb. 25, 1 - 3 p.m. In the meantime Davis said she is enjoying getting to know her new home. “I want to build on a good thing and make the library even more relevant and valued by the community,” she said. “I am incredibly excited and I feel so lucky to have this opportunity at Silver Falls Library District. I believe the staff and I are going to work well and joyfully together while we continue the tradition of meeting the needs of our taxpaying public with excellent library services.”

A fun night out for moms and their sons (8th grade and younger) is set for Saturday, Feb . 10, 6-9 p.m. at Silverton Middle school. Guests are encouraged to dress in sports wear or jerseys, and participate in games and competitions: laser tag, sporting events, music and dancing, minute-to-win-it competitions, photo booth, a full ice cream sundae bar, and special

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Robin Hood: Crusader for Justice follows Robin’s progression from a somewhat irresponsible nobleman to an outlaw leader to a crusader for justice.

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By Steve Ritchie In a time when some industries are having challenges recruiting workers, Kennedy High School is taking steps to help its students gain practical skills and get an introduction to a variety of career areas. One of the first visible fruits of the school’s efforts is a garden shed, constructed by students in the first year Occupational Survey class. The shed will be displayed and, the class hopes, sold at the Wurstfest on Feb. 9-10 at the Mount Angel Festhalle. The proceeds from the sale will be used to purchase materials for another structure to be sold, making the process self-sustaining. Former Oktoberfest president and community volunteer John Gooley got involved with JFK’s Career Technical Education (CTE) program early on, and is excited about what the school and the students are doing. “To me, it’s a dream come true,” Gooley said, while standing in the school’s shop on a recent school day. The large warehouse-like room was built as a shop class in the 1970s, then later converted to a weight room when Kennedy discontinued shop classes about 10 years ago. “This was built when I was a freshman at JFK, and we were the first class to get to take shop in high school,” Gooley said. “There’s people in this town, like Terry

Berning, who makes cabinets, he went through the shop classes here. I started at (Withers Lumber) yard three months after I graduated from JFK and I’ve been there 42 years. I could do things like use a table saw or cut a piece of plywood for a customer, so the school helped me a lot. But in the last 10 years we haven’t given kids those skills, kids who might not be going to college.”

Gooley and others stepped up to provide tools, equipment and materials that Shull needed in the beginning. “She (Kori) walks in here with no tools. So my company donated $1,000, and Home Depot kicked in $400. We went to the Chamber of Commerce and they donated $2,500. So the public-private partnership that was created brought in the tools to get them started building stuff. And the materials, too, to build this shed.”

While the high school has been moving forward with several CTE initiatives, like the Science/Technology/ Engineering/Mathematics (STEM) Program, a $283,000 grant from the Oregon Department of Education jumpstarted the effort to bring back Agriculture classes, Future Farmers of America (FFA), and beginning shop classes.

Shull was delighted to welcome another community volunteer, local home builder Tommy Riedman, who offered to help students build the garden shed. “John asked Tommy to come in and talk to the kids and contribute some time,” Shull said. “He’s gone way beyond that, actually coming in two or three times a week to oversee the project and teach construction skills to the kids... Having an industry person come in and show things to the kids – that gets them a little more excited about what is being taught.”

The grant also provided funds to make the school’s Ag teacher position full-time. and to hire a CTE Program Community Coordinator. Korrie Shull, who teaches Intro to Agriculture, along with the Occupational Survey and Animal Husbandry classes, is use to covering a lot of different subject areas, and that seems like a necessity for the job.

Riedman says he has also enjoyed the experience.

“Ag teachers are jack of all trades, masters of none.” Shull joked. “Agriculture is a huge part of CTE. But we also need to introduce these kids to the trades, and help them realize that, for example, you can become an electrical apprentice and take classes and work without going to four

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Mount Angel stages the last ‘blast’ of winter The 10th annual Mount Angel Wurstfest – the celebration of the mighty German (wurst) sausage – runs Feb. 9 - 10, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the Mount Angel Festhalle, 500 S Wilco Hwy. Adult admission is $5 or $10 with specialty stein or glass (limited availability). Young folk under 21 accompanied by an adult are admitted free. The Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce event includes Senior Day on Friday from10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be some special giveaways for those over 65, but quantities are limited.

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The two bars will present five Warsteiner beers from Germany, a lively IPA from Seven Brides Brewing and, in limited amounts, the popular Benedictine Black Habit Dark Ale from Mount Angel Abbey, plus an array of German and regional wines and non-alcoholic beverages. There will be artisans and craftspeople selling hats, clothing, baked goods, chocolates and other food offerings. Music will be provided by the Z Musikmakers, Bavarian Echoes, Doppelbock, and Paul Smith and Friends. The Engelberg Dancers, Mount Angel schoolchildren’s Kinder dancers, and The Kleinstadtlers will perform both days. For children with their parents, starting Friday 3 p.m. and all day Saturday there will be a Lego “make and take” activity, arts and crafts, Valentines, soap carving, face-painting, balloon art and more. For more Mount Angel Wurstfest information, call 503-351-9292 or visit

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datebook Frequent Addresses JFK High, 890 E Marquam St., Mt. Angel Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St. Silverton Community Center, 421 S Water St. Silverton High, 1456 Pine St. Silverton Hospital, 342 Fairview St. Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield.

Monday Stay Fit Exercise Class

9:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Seniors 50 and older. $3 members, $4 nonmembers. Repeats Wednesdays, Fridays. 503-873-3093


9:30 a.m. & 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Seniors 50 and older. $8 members, $10 non-members. Repeats Wednesdays, Fridays. 503-873-3093

Recovery at Noon

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

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

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

Mount Angel Food Bank

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

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


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

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

Noon, 1, 2 p.m. T, TH, Fri., Sat., Sun. Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon House, 869 W Main St., Silverton. Reservations:, 503-874-6006

10:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Starts Feb. 14. $7 members, $8 non-members. Seniors 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Social Gaming

Chickadees Storytime

Dynamic Aging Exercise

12:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

12:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Storytime for age 3 - 5 years old. Free. 503-873-7633

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

1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. 50 and older. Members free; $1 non-members. $2.50 per card. 503-873-3093

Evening Yoga

Silverchips Woodcarving Sessions

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

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

AA Meetings

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

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


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8 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. 50 and older. Repeats Thursday. $5 members, $6 non-members. 503-873-3093

Tai Chi

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

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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

Friday Silverton Toastmasters

7:30 a.m., Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1159 Oak St., Silverton. 503-873-4198 8:45am., Main Street Bistro, 201 E. Main St., Silverton. Networking & mastermind group for personal and business growth with like-minded women. Val Lemings, 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

Saturday AARP Tax Aide

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free tax preparation to anyone of any age. Walk-in only. 503-873-3093

Late Season Saturday Market

10 a.m. - noon, 432 McClaine St., Silverton.

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. 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. Free. 503-873-2635

Kiwanis Club of Silverton

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

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

Silverton Spiritual Life Community

10:30 a.m., Silverton Grange, 201 Division St. New thought services.

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Silverton Health Auxiliary accepting applications for scholarships for students pursuing a medical career. High school seniors, college students from surrounding area can eligible. Applications available at Silverton Hospital Admitting Desk, 342 Fairview St. Applications deadline is Feb. 23. Barbara, 503-873-7241

Thursday, Feb. 1 Beginner Smartphone Class

9:30 - 11 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Three-week class to learn to use smartphone, tablet. Seniors 50 and older. $50 members, $55 non-members. Preregister by calling 503-873-3093.

Internet Safety

11:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Learn internet safety. Seniors 50 and older. $7 members, $9 non-members. Pre-register by calling 503-873-3093.

Glockenspiel Book Club

5 p.m., Glockenspiel Restaurant, 190 E Charles St., Mt. Angel. Open to public. Kelsi Weeks, 503-845-6222

Silverton Scribes

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Informal writer’s group to share, critique writing projects. Repeats Feb. 15. 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 Feb. 15. 503-873-7119

Friday, Feb. 2 Groundhog Day World Ukulele Day Concert

1 - 2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Listen to ukulele. Free. 503-873-3093

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

Saturday, Feb. 3 Community Pancake Breakfast

8 - 10 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. $6 adults, $4 children under 12. Children under 5 are free. 503-873-3093

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Kids Show Opening

2 - 4 p.m., Borland Art Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. Artwork created by Silver Falls School District elementary school children on display through Feb. 25. Meet the young artists. Art instructor Richard Fenwick provides all attending young artists with materials, instruction to complete a painting; free. Barbara, 801-414-3875.

Silverton First Citizen Banquet

6 p.m., The Oregon Garden. Honoring outstanding Silverton volunteers; Silver Falls School District employees of year. Tickets $40 at 503-873-5615

Sunday, Feb. 4 Opera Performance

2 p.m., Mount Angel Abbey, 1 Abbey Dr., St. Benedict. Non-staged premiere of concise opera “Love is Strong as Death,” music and libretto by Christopher Wicks. Free-will offering. Repeats 2 p.m. Feb. 10.

Monday, Feb. 5 Silverton Senior Center Board

The Compassionate Friends

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

Silverton Garden Club

7 p.m., Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield. Pruning question and answers with Ty Boland. Guests welcome. Stephanie, 916-803-0801

Scotts Mills Neighborhood Watch

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

Wednesday, Feb. 7 Dementia Education Class

1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free dementia education class. Open to public. 503-873-3093

Teen Improv

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

1:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Open to public. Seniors 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Thursday, Feb. 8

Ukulele Song Circle

9 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Day trip to Albany, carousel. $18 members, $20 nonmembers. Lunch is extra. Sign-up at 503-873-3093.

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

Line Dancing

3 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Line dancing for seniors 50 and older. $3 members, $5 nonmembers. Repeats Feb. 12. 503-873-3093

Silverton City Council

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

Mount Angel City Council

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

Tuesday, Feb. 6 Blood Pressure Check

10:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free blood pressure checks for seniors 50 and older. Provided by Legacy Silverton Health. 503-873-3093

Caregiver Connection

2 - 3:30 p.m., Silverton Hospital. For family caregivers and/or unpaid family caregivers. Free. Suzy, 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. 503-873-8796

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Password Management

11:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Learn password management. Seniors 50 and older. $7 members, $9 non-members. Preregister at 503-873-3093.

Artful Storytelling

2 - 4:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Four week storytelling class for seniors 50 and older with Carol Delmar. $30 members, $32 nonmembers. Pre-register by calling 503-873-3093

Owhyee River Journals

6 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Join writer Bonnie Olin for journey into canyonlands of Owyhee River. Question and answer periods, book signing follows. Free. 503-873-8796

Silverton Mural Society

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

GFWC Silverton Zenith Women’s Club

7 p.m., location varies. Members discuss ways to fund, implement projects benefiting Silverton community. For more information, meeting place, call Barbara, 801-414-3875.

Friday, Feb. 9 Wurstfest

10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Festhalle, 500 NE Wilco Hwy., Mt. Angel. Celebration of German wurst (sausages). Sausage makers, vendors, imported and local beers and wine, food, goodies, music. Friday is Senior Day with special giveaways for those 60 and older. Admission is $5 ($10 with specialty stein or glass) for those 21 and older. Guests under 21 are free when accompanied by an adult. Repeats Feb. 10.

Chili Cook-off

5 - 7 p.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St. Fourth annual Chili Cook-off featuring chili made by Silver Falls School District, Silverton Fire District, Silverton Rotary, Silverton Elks. Come vote for your favorite. Minimum suggested donation of $10 per meal, $5 per child, $20 per family. Stay for bingo after your meal. Benefits After School Activities Program.

Ukulele Jams

6 - 7:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Beginner ukulele lessons followed by play, sing-along time for all skill levels. Children must be accompanied by adult. Bring ukulele, Daily Ukulele music book, music stand. Gig kits available for check out. 593-873-8796

Saturday, Feb. 10 Wurst Run

9:30 a.m., Mount Angel. 5K run/walk, 10K run through Mt. Angel. $20 age 20 and under, $30.02 adults. Free includes entry to Wurstfest, complimentary beverage. Register at mtangelwurstfest. org by Feb. 8.

Crafts with Grandparents

10 a.m. - noon, Silverton Senior Center. $5 per child, grandparents is free. Supplies provided. Pre-register at 503-873-3093.

Mother Son Fun Night

6 p.m., Silverton Middle School, 714 Schlador St., Silverton. Games, contests, laser tag, ice cream sundaes. Boys eighth grade and younger. Advance tickets $30 per pair, $10 per extra child. Tickets at Tickets $40, $15 extra child at door; cash only.

Sunday, Feb. 11 Benefit Concert

3 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 575 E College St., Mt. Angel. Music performed by Sarah Zielinski and her accompanist Debra Huddleston. $15 adults, $10 seniors, $35 family. Tickets available at Mt. Angel Senior Center, Bochsler Hardware, at door. Proceeds benefit Mt. Angel Senior Center.

Monday, Feb. 12 Mount Angel School District

6:30 p.m., District Office, 730 E Marquam St., Mount 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

Tuesday, Feb. 13 Ancestry Detectives

10 a.m., Silver Falls Library. Don Anderson speaks on the ABCs of DNA. Free. Open to public.

Silverton Planning Commission

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

Peace Education Program

8 p.m., Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. Learn your positive qualities such as clarity, understanding, peace. Taught by Silverton resident Kelley Morehouse. Class runs for 10 weeks on Tuesdays. Free. Open to public.

Wednesday, Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day Interdenominational Lenten Breakfast

7:30 a.m., Marquam United Methodist Church, 36975 S Highway 213, Mt. Angel. Seven Wednesdays of breakfast, worship, weekly speaker. Free; donations accepted. 503-829-5061

Chair Shiatsu

1 - 6 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Gentle Asian body work, massage. $15 for 15 minute session. Seniors 50 and older. Repeats Feb. 28. For appointment, call 503-873-3093

Alzheimer’s Support Group

2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Alzheimer’s support group for spouses. Seniors 50 and older. Free. 503-873-3093

Thursday, Feb. 15 Cut the Cable

11:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Learn options besides cable TV. $7 members, $9 non-members. Seniors 50 and older. Pre-register at 503-873-3093.

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Noon, First Baptist Church, 229 Westfield St., Silverton. Guest speaker Pat Smith shares “A Love Story.” Wear fun, whimsical headpiece; win prize. Lunch, $6.50. Presented by The Mt. Angel - Silverton Women’s Connection. Reservations necessary by calling Cathy, 503-999-2291.

Writers Group

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

Friday, Feb. 16 Robin Hood: Crusader for Justice

7 p.m., Brush Creek Playhouse, 11535 Silverton Road, Silverton. Brush Creek Players present Robin Hood: Crusader for Justice. Tickets $10 adults, $8 children, seniors, students with ID. Tickets available at Book-N-Time, 210 N Water St., Silverton, or at door. Repeats 7 p.m. Feb. 17, 23, 24, March 2, 3; 2 p.m. Feb. 18, 25, March 4. 503-508-3682,

Saturday, Feb. 17 Holy Family Benefit Auction

5 p.m., Festhalle, 500 NE Wilco Hwy., Mt Angel. 23rd annual benefit auction. Silent, oral auctions. Handcrafted dinner, lucky number, drawings. Tickets $25 at eventbrite. com, search “Holy Family Annual Benefit.” Tickets $30 at door. 14 years old and older only. Laura, 503-551-4265

Sunday, Feb. 18

Book Club for Adults

Thursday, Feb. 22

American Legion Post 7

9 a.m. - noon, Silverton Senior Center. Free legal advice with attorney Phil Kelley. Seniors 50 and older. For appointment, call 503-873-3093.

Free Legal Advice

7 p.m., Silver Falls Library. This month’s selection is Defending Jacob by William Landay. Discussion leader is Connie Yoder. Open to public. 503-873-8796 7 p.m., Silverton Elk Lodge, 300 High St. All veterans welcome. 503-871-8160

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Joyce Arline Noel-Bourke

Sister Josephine Schultz, O.S.B.

Jan. 12, 1942 – Jan. 15, 2018

Sr. Josephine Schultz, O.S.B., a member of Queen of Angels Monastery, died Jan. 9, 2018, at the Providence Benedictine Nursing Center in Mount Angel, Oregon. She was 95 years old.

Joyce Arline Noel-Bourke, 76, passed away Jan. 15, 2018 at Silverton Hospital. Joyce was born in Viroqua, Wisconsin, the youngest of five children to Floyd and Josie (Hirshfield) Bankes. She was raised in Wisconsin, later moving to California where she resided and raised her three sons.  She was a devoted mother who worked various jobs after her children were grown.  In 1992 Joyce and her husband, Bill Bourke, moved to Silverton.  During her lifetime Joyce was a Moose Lodge member and a Teamsters member.  She worked for a time for the Silverton Appeal.  Joyce was very active throughout her life and was a very determined woman who led a great fight against her struggle with COPD.  She loved being a mother and particularly enjoyed the role of grandmother and great-grandmother.  She is preceded in death by her parents, sons, Gary and Tim, as well as, her three brothers and two sisters. Joyce is survived by, husband of 30 years, Bill, son, Greg (Rebecca) Noel, and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. No services will be held in honor of Joyce’s wishes. Arrangements with Unger Funeral Chapel of Silverton.


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At her 70th Jubilee on Feb. 10, 2011, she said, “I am in awe and gratitude for how God has continued to work in my life and has sustained me during these 70 years.”

During her eight decades as a Benedictine, Sr. Josephine had three different but highly distinguished careers. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Mount Angel College in 1948 and then served as an elementary-school teacher/ principal for 20 years. In 1962, she received a master’s degree in library science from Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles, California, and began to work as a librarian. She served as the librarian at Mount Angel College for ten years and then worked at the Oregon State Library until 1981. In 1987, she received certification in pastoral care and served as a chaplain at Mount St. Joseph’s Care Center in Portland. From 1989 until her retirement in 1993, she served as pastoral services director at the Benedictine Nursing Center in Mount Angel.


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Sr. Josephine, originally from Windsor, North Dakota, was the sixth of nine children born to Matthias and Martha (Wanzek) Schultz. In 1936, to escape the dust bowl conditions, her family moved to Oregon, settling in the farming community of Canby. Two years later the Schultz family moved to a farm between Mount Angel and Silverton. Sr. Josephine graduated from Mount Angel Academy and professed her vows on Feb. 10, 1941, at the age of 18.

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Finding ‘the one’

Couples recount their online dating experiences

By Melissa Wagoner

“I actually reached out to him.”

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air – or on the computer screen – as more couples find each other online.

DeVito and McGarva are a part of an increasing number of couples using dating sites that allow them to filter potential mates with criteria such as hobbies, political leanings and religion. During the initial filtering the site provides potential couples with a match percentage, which essentially lets them know if the relationship is likely to succeed even before it has begun. It can be very reassuring to someone who likes to know the numbers.

“I think generally it is becoming more popular,” Chloe DeVito, who met her husband Keegan McGarva on the site OkCupid, said. “Possibly because people’s friends have had success or are trying it out and they want to as well.” Meeting “the one” can be difficult for anyone but DeVito found it especially difficult in her hometown of Silverton. “I think for me it was a small town and, you know, kind of meeting the same people,” she said. DeVito discovered that widening her search was helpful and it only took four months of internet dating before she met McGarva. “He just seemed more personable and genuine than anyone else,” she remembered.

Although this all sounds a bit like shopping for a car, DeVito said a lot is still left to chance. “It’s still exciting because they could say one thing and it could be baloney, just like in real life,” she explained. “They can put up a facade.” That facade is often difficult to detect during online encounters, which is one of the tricky aspects of using a dating site. Sometimes weeks are spent emailing and talking on the phone prior to a first

meeting, making that initial in-person get-together a real test. Sarah Kaser Weitzman, who met her husband Andrew online, described the failure of many of those meetings as “talking on the phone with a potential date and then meeting and realizing there was no connection or chemistry in person.” Or, as Carol Williams, who met her husband Michael online in 1997, colorfully described, “wading through a bunch of frogs before I found my prince.”

Internet Dating Dos and Don’ts • Don’t give out personal information until you have met and feel comfortable doing so. • Always let a friend or family member know when and where you are meeting.

• Represent yourself truthfully.

Williams said that although far from foolproof, in the end the process still held some charm.

• Meet in a public place.

“It definitely did not take out any of the romance for us,” she said. “Meeting online and actually communicating, getting to know each other before we had the opportunity to meet in person was very helpful, in my opinion. We found out a lot about each other – likes, dislikes, view of life, relationships that had gone sour, core values, etc.”

• Be patient.

• Don’t stay online too long before you meet in-person.

DeVito agrees that having some of the big questions answered before meeting can be helpful, but she cautions that computer calculations do not necessarily mean the relationship will work out.

In Memory Of … Adelene Hammelman Joyce Diemert Sr. Josephine Schultz Rod Gilbert Maribel Rincon Geraldine Woods John Woodman Joyce Bourke Marsha Wilson Florence Pajdak

June 9, 1923 — Jan. 7, 2018 July 20, 1937 — Jan. 8, 2018 Sep. 23, 1922 — Jan. 9, 2018 Feb. 17, 1964 — Jan. 9, 2018 Nov. 16, 1979 — Jan. 13, 2018 June 22, 1931 — Jan. 14, 2018 Aug. 19, 1936 — Jan. 14, 2018 Jan. 12, 1942 — Jan. 15, 2018 Nov. 15, 1947 — Jan. 16, 2018 Nov. 11, 1915 — Jan. 17, 2018

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Arts & Entertainment

A playwright’s odyssey By James Day Sometimes the long and winding road leads back home. And a poem posted by a fourth-grader on a bulletin board in a Monitor School classroom can lead to a world premiere play in Portland. That’s the journey E.M. Lewis has been on – and continues to take. Lewis moved back to Monitor three years ago after spending most of the previous decade in Los Angeles… and New York and New Jersey and Kansas and Illinois and Ashland. That can be the life of a playwright as well as other theater artists. A fellowship here. A residency there. Training in New York City. And always writing, always writing. “I knew I wanted to be a writer, but it’s not a thing that comes naturally, believing you can be a writer,” Lewis told Our Town during an interview at her family’s farm, just a short mosey from that fourthgrade classroom where Mrs. Barrum posted her poem. “I never met a library I didn’t like. I loved story-telling. But I also noticed that all of my stories had dialogue and action. Maybe I was already trying to be a playwright. I was always telling stories using these tools: dialogue, action and movement.”

The new play And she employed all of those tools – and more – to fashion Magellanica, an ambitious tour de force about YES HA JEFF Antarctica, the Cold War, climate change, the ozone layer and “questions of the human heart. How do we get along with each other? Do we pull together or not pull together.” Magellanica opened Jan. 20 at Artists Repertory Theatre (see information box for schedule and ticket information). “This is a big play for me,” Lewis said, who has been a steady presence at rehearsals – when not flying to Maryland for work on a world premiere opera that opens Feb. 9.

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“I hope people will like my story. A day trip to Antarctica. This is special. You’re not just seeing a show… it’s an adventure. You’ll have time to get to know these characters, delve a little deeper with them.” The adventure lasts five-and-a-half hours, including three intermissions and a dinner break. It’s an extraordinary commitment for a theater company. Artists Repertory is using $110,000 in grant money from the Oregon Community Foundation and the Edgerton Foundation to pay for the extra rehearsals the production requires and to offset the loss of income because fewer performances of Magellanica were practical given that most news plays are in the 90-minute to two-hour range. “Everything is bigger in terms of materials and length and design,” Lewis said. “And the cast is brilliant. I feel like the luckiest playwright in the world.” One of the big questions the production had to answer, Lewis said, was “what does Antarctica look like?” The play is set in 1986, when scientists first began studying a hole in the ozone layer, a seminal moment in the Earth studies that led to climate change science.

Magellanica A play by E.M. Lewis Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., Portland World premiere runs thru Feb. 18, with performances at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday Cost: $50, $25 students/under 25. Tickets/information: 503-241-1278, Note: Running time is approximately five-and-a-half hours, with three intermissions and a 25-minute dinner break (meals can be purchased separately, at least four days in advance, through the box office). Pole Station for months at 1998 while self-treating for breast cancer. She literally could not get off the island because of the weather. “When I read about her story… being stuck with a group of characters… I thought that was a crackerjack place to set a play,” Lewis said. “I hadn’t realized that there was any place you couldn’t get out of.”

“E.M. Lewis’ extraordinary, ambitious and inspiring play, ‘Magellanica,’ is vital, urgent, finely crafted and deeply personal... Like a novel that draws you into its world to such a degree that you cancel plans or rush home to finish, ‘Magellanica’ was captivating... And so, we said ‘yes’ to the extraordinary challenge and opportunity.” – Damaso Rodriguez Artists Rep Artistic Director & Director of Magellanica

“It has a realistic base,” Lewis said. “Corrugated metal, period computers and scientific equipment. But we also take some swoops through space and time and light and projections allow magical elements as well.” Lewis grew up reading stories about the South Pole and adventurers such as Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott. She also was fascinated by the story of Jerri Nielsen Fitzgerald, who was marooned at the Amundsen-Scott South

The apprenticeship Lewis participated in theater and speech and debate at Silverton High School. While studying in English at Willamette University in Salem she acted in a play written by the resident artist. She called it an “eye-opener to see a play in progress.” USC was next, where she earned her master’s in professional writing. The program took an interdisciplinary approach and Lewis found herself

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working in fiction and screenwriting. “All of that was fantastic,” she said. “Some of the teachers spent years as working writers,” noting Hubert Selby Jr., who wrote the 1964 novel Last Exit to Brooklyn. One of the screenwriting teachers had been blacklisted during America’s “red” scares. Master’s in hand Lewis stayed at USC in a tech and communications job, with the added benefit of free classes. “So I took a playwriting class. It was the first day. Bells and whistles went off. I thought this is the kind of work I want to do. Once I figured that out there was a long apprenticeship.” She started working with Lee Wochner at a “small, scruffy” theater company called Moving Arts. Lewis was an assistant director who also sold tickets and swept the floors. Then she wrote Infinite Black Suitcase. The play, which she refers to as kind of an Oregon version of Thornton Wilder’s classic play Our Town, tells the story of one day in the lives of 15 characters in a rural Oregon town. More plays followed. Heads about the war in Iraq. And Song of Extinction, about the science of life and loss, which got a boost from an L.A. County Arts Commission grant to Moving Arts. Lewis was starting to break out. She won the $10,000 Primus Prize for Heads and another $25,000, from the Steinberg Award, came her way for Song of Extinction.

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World premier of play by Monitor author opens at Portland’s Artists Repertory Theatre Coming up: Town Hall, a world premiere opera by Lewis and composer Theo Popov opens Feb. 9 at the University of Maryland; March 11-April 18 Lewis will be in residence at Southern Illinois University teaching playwrighting along with a workshop production of The Great Divide. The cast of Magellanica at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland.

“I had my day job at USC. It was a perfect fit. I was making a good salary, and at 5 p.m. I could go to the theater. I saw tons of theater. Everybody says that L.A. is all about film and TV, but there is a lot of theater going on across the city, too.” In 2010, the success of Song of Extinction earned her a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University. One year of “pure writing” with no teaching requirement.

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Lewis made the Hodder money last for three years while she worked on Magellanica. But writing it took five years.

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was big and scary and also tremendously exciting. Everything turned toward playwriting. And since I took the

fellowship I haven’t had a full-time job. But I was glad I had that full-time job. By night I could write my heart out.”

“I had never written anything this long or intense,” she said. “I knew it was going to be big. But the story I was trying to tell was not just about the moment of history. It also was going to be about ecological concerns we have about the world today.”

She kept working the play, with readings at the Lark in New York City and PlayFest Santa Barbara, a nine-week residency in Independence, Kansas, at the home of noted 20th Century playwright William Inge, and a 10-day workshop at TimeLine Theater in Chicago. Piecemeal employment at various colleges, including Lewis & Clark in Portland, followed. “Then I moved back to Oregon,” she said. “I was ready to come home to the Pacific

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Northwest and have a place to call home between nomadic adventures. I feel more happy and settled than I ever have.” Meanwhile, Damaso Rodriguez, a colleague from her L.A. days (he formed Furious Theatre while Lewis was working at Moving Arts) had moved north to be artistic director at Artists Repertory. When Lewis’ agent sent him Magellanica he had just one slot left in his 2017-18 schedule. Shortly thereafter she received a message from him that included the words “we’d like to do your play.” And the theatrical whirlwind began again. First read. Blocking. Taping out what the set would look like in the rehearsal room. A design retreat at a McMenamins in Portland. Lewis was a constant presence at rehearsals. Script changes. “The play was done when I gave it to him,” Lewis said, “but a play is never done until it is acted on stage. There are always changes in the rehearsal room. Fine-tuning. Changing lines.” And her mood through all of this?


E.M. Lewis – Long form plays Infinite Black Suitcase premiered in Hollywood, Calif., 2007 Heads premiered in Hollywood, 2007

Of note... The Monitor farm where Lewis grew up and currently resides is now an award-winning winery, Hanson Vineyards, run by her brother Jason Hanson and her parents, Clark and Marlene Hanson. “Nervous, excited, grateful, grateful, grateful. It brings me to tears. You try to be professional, but having this many people working so hard to bring a story to life that I thought up in my head… it is magical to be a playwright. I’m so lucky to be able to do what I do and do what I love. I don’t take it for granted. “I grew up picking berries every summer. I was an Oregon farm girl who loved books and whose parents read to her every

Song of Extinction premiered in Los Angeles, Calif., 2008 True Story premiered in Trenton, N.J., 2013

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The Study premiered in Seattle, Wash., 2014

Strong Voice premiered in Chicago, Ill., 2011

The Gun Show premiered in Chicago, 2014

night and who checked out the maximum number of books at the library every week. To be able to see my words come to life is a great gift.” After Magellanica gets up and running Lewis is off to Maryland for the premiere of her opera, Town Hall, a collaboration with composer Theo Popov. In March she relocates to Edwardsville, Ill., for a teaching stint at Southern Illinois and a workshop of her new play The Great

Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday premeried in St. Louis, Mo., 2014 Magellanica premiered in Portland, Ore., 2018

Divide, which is set in Oregon. “It’s about the divided place we find ourselves in in America. I have been gathering up material and beginning to write it. I have been writing about whether we are going to pull together or tear apart.” Then, “I’m going to write a musical next! I have an idea for a musical for young people. I’m hoping to do it in Portland. And that’s all I’m going to say about that.”



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The owner of Whimsy Etc. since November 2017, the former instructional assistant in Special Education for the Molalla River School District, is excited for its “Grand Re-Opening” on Feb. 2.

Her other business, The Chocolate Box, is preparing for Valentine’s Day shoppers with their eyes – and taste buds – focused on all things chocolate.

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After many meetings and perseverance, the women worked out the details and closed the deal.

She is looking forward to greeting customers on Silverton’s February First Friday and having them check out the sale items and notice the changes in merchandise. “We just got back from a tradeshow and we have lots of new stuff coming in,” she said, including a mixand-match clothing line and a year-round Christmas decoration corner.

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Knox’s father, Lee Roberts, 73, has been helping at the shop since she acquired Whimsy Etc. in November. He is very proud of his daughter. Kim Knox and her daughter, Audrie.


make their own chocolate-dipped pretzels. “We will probably have chocolate-dipped strawberries again like last year,” she said.

“She went from being a pig farmer to working at the Molalla School District to owning two businesses – and raising three girls. It’s quite a leap,” he said. A Salem resident, he is enjoying meeting new friends. “I like to get to know everybody,” he said.

“We make our own Valentine’s Day boxes, so anyone can come in, pick out all the chocolates they want and make a custom box,” she said.

Knox, 41, took ownership of The Chocolate Box in September 2016. She, her mother-in-law, and daughter Audrie are business partners in this family venture.

Changes are afoot at the chocolate shop with the phasing out of the wine and wine tasting and the addition of more gift items such as teapots, napkins and tea towels.

All their chocolates are made in Oregon, including Moonstruck Chocolates and The Candy Basket from Portland, Euphoria Chocolate Company from Eugene and Ladybug Chocolates from Canby. Knox and her crew

“We were pursuing a restaurant in Molalla, but that deal fell through. I found ‘The Chocolate Box’ on Craigslist when the former owner, Aylene Geringer, put it on there. I called her up out of the blue,” she said.

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Sports & Recreation

Hoops dynamos

Both Foxes squads, JFK girls, unbeaten in league

As the Mid-Willamette Conference basketball season heads toward the midway mark both Silverton squads have roared to 5-0 starts in dominating fashion.

Dance: The Silverton squad finished its fall season with the categories championships in Tualatin, where the Foxes placed second in contemporary, fourth in hip hop and fourth in Jazz. The team now will focus on its state meet routine, with competitions scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 3 at Stayton and Feb. 24 at Sprague.

The boys squad, in its first year under coach Jamie McCarty, is outscoring league opponents by an average of 72-46 per game. The boys were 13-1 and ranked No. 1 in Class 5A by the OSAA at Our Town’s presstime. The lone loss was to San Diego area power Mater Dei in the semifinals of the Capitol City Classic at Willamette University in Salem.

In addition, the squad will be hosting its junior dance camp Feb. 13-15 for individuals in kindergarten through sixth grade. Campers will practice from 3:30 to 5:15 p.m. and then perform at halftime of the Foxes’ Feb. 16 girls varsity basketball game against South Albany.

The boys boast sharpshooters Cade Roth and David Gonzalez, but the key to the team’s success lies in its balance, defense and rebounding. Levi Nielsen and Clay Martinson have been terrors on the boards and fifth starter Josiah Roth is the consummate team player.

The camp costs $30 for one person and $50 for two (fees include a camp T-shirt and admission to the game). Registration is due by Feb. 7. Call Brittany Zurcher at 503-931-5954 or stop by the Silverton Ballet Studio, 209 Oak St.

“No game is any bigger than any other,” McCarty told Our Town after the Foxes dismantled previously unbeaten South Albany 69-42 on Jan. 23. “We play every game the same way. We play defense and rebound with heart and passion. That’s Silverton basketball.” The girls, coached by Tal Wold, have outscored MWC foes by an average of 58-33, are 12-3 overall and ranked fifth. Two of the three losses were to Class 6A squads, including No. 2 Tigard. The lone 5A loss was against top-ranked Marist Catholic. Wold has veteran three-year starters Maggie Roth and Brooke McCarty back for their senior years, but the squad has received a boost from underclassmen Ellie Schmitz, Jori Paradis and Riley Traeger. “We needed some girls to step up and not blink,” Wold told Our Town after the trio combined for 30 points in a hard-fought 49-43 win at Corvallis on Jan. 12. “They’re doing a lot of learning under fire. I’m really proud of them.” The Kennedy girls, meanwhile, are proving to be a dominant force in Class 2A. The Trojans are 18-1 overall and 7-0 in the Tri-River Conference. St. Paul and Central Linn are tied for second at 5-2, but Kennedy already is 3-0 against the two teams. Swimming: The Foxes girls squad is 7-1 overall

Foxes Boys Basketball coach Jamie McCarty FILE PHOTO

Foxes Girls Basketball coach Tal Wold FILE PHOTO

while the boys are 6-2 as the athletes get ready for the Mid-Willamette Conference district meet Feb. 9-10 at Osborn Aquatic Center in Corvallis. “We are progressing towards districts just fine,” said coach Lucky Rogers, who added that he was “still hoping to break a few school records at the district meet.” Silverton finished second in both boys and girls at last year’s Mid-Willamette meet. Looking ahead to state, where the Foxes qualified five relay squads a year ago, Rogers noted his girls relays teams already have surpassed last year’s marks and the boys are within striking distance. The state meet is Feb. 16-17 at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham.

Wrestling: Silverton heads toward district competition with a pair of wrestlers ranked No. 1 in Class 5A, Kaden Kuenzi (120 pounds) and Jacob Whitehead (126). In addition, Robert Guenther is eighth at 132 and KC Hitchcock is 13th at 145. Whitehead has been out with an injury but coach Keegan Davis is hoping to have him competing again before districts. The Foxes host the Mid-Willamette Conference meet Feb. 9-10. In recent tournament action Silverton finished 22nd in the 60-team Gut Check in Seattle and finished seventh at The Classic in Redmond. Madison Shockley of the Foxes’ three-athlete girls team took fourth in her weight at The Classic. Also wrestling were Hailee Burton and Taylor Ward. Fun run: Registration is open for the Wurst Run, which will be held in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of Wurstfest at the Festhalle in Mount Angel. Race day is Feb. 10, and online signups are available at www. Included are 5K and 10K races, Adult entrants will receive a pint glass and a beverage ticket for the festival. Follow me on @jameshday. Got a news tip? Email me at



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A Grin at the End

Ode to YouTube

...or should that be ‘owed’?

Readers of this column will recall that I believe the internet will destroy civilization as we know it. It draws out the dark side of people and provides a voice for every wing nut in the universe, including those that we have elected to public office. In the not-so-distant future, the internet will turn society into a “Hunger Games” of snarky comments and uninformed “opinions.” Well, I was wrong. There is an exception to the nonsense powered by Facebook, Instagram and all of the other anti-social media.

When I was a teenager I monkeyed with cars. I got away from that as they got more complicated and I got lazier. Then I witnessed the “Miracle on Third Avenue.” Our 20-year-old son has a 1992 Volvo. Said Volvo died on the side of Third Avenue in Stayton. After monkeying with it he and I determined the timing belt had failed. It had more than 300,000 miles on it so I guess that was to be expected.

But YouTube also has some amazing stuff – including videos that have saved me thousands of dollars.

With YouTube, I can do two things. I can find how to fix or build virtually anything on the planet. But it also helps me determine which projects are way beyond my abilities. For example, my wife and I decided to replace a shower in our house. It was more than 50 years old and was built for Lilliputians. Anyone taller than 5-foot-10 banged his head into the ceiling. Considering we have a family of 6-footplus kids, that shower was almost useless.

I admit it: I’m the least handy guy in Oregon, and maybe on the planet. I am lucky to be able to tighten a bolt without messing it up, let alone build or repair anything. I always said I was a 10-foot builder. That means if I build a fence or anything else, it will look OK from ten feet away, but if you get closer you’ll see the boards aren’t exactly level, and the nails look like they were hammered in by a chimpanzee using a rock.

I went to YouTube and scouted videos on tearing out old showers and putting in new ones. What I decided is I could tear out the old one and rebuild the ceiling so it was a normal height, but I would be in trouble if I tried to do the plumbing and tiling.YouTube saved me the money and trauma of learning that the hard way. And the plumber and tile guy did a way better job than I could have, saving hundreds of dollars in the process.

It is YouTube. Oh, there is plenty of junk on that site, too, primarily videos of “Newsroom Bloopers” in which a news person falls out of a chair. I guess that passes for entertainment on the 21st Century internet.

He decided to change the timing belt there – in the rain – while following a YouTube video. The total cost was less than $50. I don’t know what a repair shop charges for replacing a timing belt but it’s probably more than that. After the miracle, I started thinking. One of our cars had a door that was bashed in. I found several YouTube videos that showed how to swap the door for one I found online and even change the lock. Total cost: $168 (I had to buy a couple of tools, too.) Then another car’s starter died. Another son did most of the work to install a new one with me offering moral support. Total cost: $82.  So when it comes to YouTube, I’m a believer. It helps me figure out how to fix things – and when to call in the professionals. Plus, if I can’t find a video on how to fix something, I can alway watch more “Newsroom Bloopers.”

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