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Contents Something to Celebrate

First Citizen

Jim & Marilyn Hall, Mount Angel............4 Jane Jones, Silverton.........................5

Junior/Future First Citizen Amelia GrosJacques, Mount Angel...........6 Valeria Vazquez-Trejo, Silverton.............7 Business of the Year Woodburn Nursery, Mount Angel............8 Our Town, Silverton..........................9 Volunteer awards Troy Stoops, Mount Angel.................10 Jim Kosel, Mount Angel....................11 Jerri Halter, Mount Angel..................12 Lifetime Achievement Jim Brueckner, Silverton...................12 Distinguished Service Marta Hazekamp...........................13 Briefs..................................14 Passages.............................15 Sports & Recreation........16 Man About Town................17 Marketplace......................17 People Out Loud................18 #848 Licensed Bonded Insured


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Joyful giving

Jim and Marilyn Hall are Mount Angel First Citizens

By Brenna Wiegand To recognize their decades of volunteer service, Jim and Marilyn Hall were chosen as Mount Angel’s First Citizens for 2014. They also celebrate their 40-year anniversary this year with eight kids ages 14-38 and 12 grandchildren. Though Marilyn led Vacation Bible School for 25 years and has hosted a Bible study for 10 years, she is best known as keeper of the costumes the past 27 years – sewing, altering, collecting and distributing some 265 dirndls and lederhosen for Oktoberfest’s youngest dancers. Marilyn’s an idea generator and collaborator who has seen many of her ideas come to fruition by enlisting the help of others. On the other hand, Jim is a quiet man – a CPA who only dances if he has to. For the past 30 years, he has lent his talents to many foundations and boards in Mount Angel beginning with Saint Mary’s Catholic Church. “In the early 1980s, Jim joined the Catholic church, and the next minute he was asked to be on the finance council,” Marilyn said. The projects accomplished include building the parish center and rebuilding the church after the 1993 earthquake. Next, Sister Antoinette at Queen of Angels – Marilyn’s aunt – enlisted Jim to serve on Benedictine Nursing Center’s board of directors. Since its inception in 1995, Jim has been treasurer of the Mount Angel Community Foundation, a vehicle for scholarships, flower basket and Glockenspiel funding; building the library and the Mount Angel Festhalle. “The professional skills Jim brings to these foundations and boards are invaluable,” Chamber awards committee coordinator Nann Fleck said. “Everybody does their part,” Jim said. “In Mount Angel, you really have to; when you look around there’s a lot that needs to be done and when you see what all the past First Citizens have done it makes you want to do all that you can. “I know it feels like sometimes you’re giving too much; no more meetings, then you step back and say, ‘No, this is important work and it needs to be done,’” he added. Marilyn appreciate her husband’s encouragement and support for her projects, which also can take a lot of time. “People come ringing the doorbell, and he just rolls with it,” she said. “I could never do it if I didn’t have such a generous husband.” With six kids at the time, you’d think Marilyn would be the last person they’d ask to help with a youth dancing program for Oktoberfest. Little did she know 25 years later her home would become costume central, which she said really started because she had so many kids. She made a dirndl for one daughter; when she outgrew it Marilyn loaned it to someone else... The exchanges began and before long people were

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The Halls and their children, front, left, Katherine Olsen, Valerie Boen, Abby Bielemeier; middle, Charlie, Marilyn and Jim, Peter; back, Martin, Patrick and Carson.

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Monday, Feb. 23, Social hour 6 p.m., dinner 6:30 Mount Angel Festhalle, 500 Wilco Hwy. Tickets, $30 until Feb. 18, $35 thereafter. Available at Mount Angel branch of Columbia Bank, US Bank or Wells Fargo Bank dropping off donated dirndls and lederhosen. But it’s the dancing she truly loves and it was she who saw the need for a high school group – it would be a shame to waste all that training – and went to Jerry Lauzon for seed money. “...I couldn’t do it alone so I started calling everybody I could think of,” she said. Twyla Blatchford sewed men’s costumes while Marilyn took on the women’s. Somebody put it on Facebook and within two hours they’d recruited five couples, which became eight couples by their first O’fest performance. In the process a young adult contingency emerged; these became the Engelberg dancers, another collaborative effort who made their debut at Wurstfest. Seeing all the younger siblings wishing to join their middle school brothers and sisters, Marilyn hatched the idea for the kinder dancers. She thought it would be cute for them to dance out of a cuckoo clock and words to a song began popping into her head while out gardening. She enlisted Mike Grant and Rod Hill on the clock; Patty Zollner took the song and ran with it, and Cirra

Halter painted the clock. These are just a few of the people who pitched in, and the idea caught like wildfire. Not long after their debut last Oktoberfest, Hall had 42 kids signed up. “There are two reasons to dance in Mount Angel,” she said. “The first is to have fun and the second is for your audience to have fun watching you – and that’s it. I do want them to dance well, don’t get me wrong, but if they just smile and have fun that’s the main thing.” She said the way to maximize enjoyment is to plunge into the spirit of the event, whether it’s Oktoberfest, Christmas, Easter or the Fourth of July. “Get involved and you’ll have a lot more fun,” she said. “Why not wear something special? You’d be surprised – if you show up at Oktoberfest wearing a dirndl you’ll get asked to dance.” She encourages people to act on their own ideas. “Everybody can probably come up with something,” Marilyn said. “You just come up with an idea and start making phone calls until you find people who’ll cheer you on and are willing to help – and that is how I think a community comes together. People need to be cheerleaders for each other,” she added. “Everything I’ve done has been really fun. Yes, it is work but it’s never all me.” “We’re cheerleaders for each other,” Jim said. “I couldn’t have done any of my stuff without her either.” “It’s a good life,” Marilyn said. “It’s a busy life and a noisy life but it’s a good life.”

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Art of friendship

Jane Jones named Silverton’s 2014 First Citizen

By Kristine Thomas Jane Jones said her husband didn’t think she would act so quickly. But then again, Ron Jones should have known better and shouldn’t be surprised at what Jane does especially since they have known each other since high school. Jane Jones merely mentioned she was considering joining the Silverton Rotary Club when the next thing Ron knew she had been to a meeting and was starting the paperwork. Laughing, Jane said she still has to go through a process to be accepted to the civic group. “They may not accept me,” she said, rather seriously. That’s highly unlikely. Described as compassionate with a heart of gold and a go-getter by her friends, she’s the kind of volunteer any civics organization would be proud to have as a member. For her dedication to Silverton through her volunteer work with Silverton Health, Silverton Area Community Aid, Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Willamette Valley Leadership Council, the Oregon Garden Foundation and other organizations, Jane will receive Silverton’s First Citizen award at the Silverton First Citizen Banquet. Humble and gracious with a warm and welcoming smile, Jane said she couldn’t do what she does without the support of her husband and some amazing friends who are right beside her volunteering. Darby Hector is one of her many friends who helped organize the summer benefit for SACA the last few years. Hector also knows she can count on Jane to help out whenever she needs her – including taking inventory at the end of the school year or with other projects at Mark Twain Middle School. Since moving to Silverton more than 10 years ago, Hector said Jane has become a “key community member.” “She gives from the heart – her time, energy and friendship have touched many. She embraces service and works tirelessly for Silverton,” Hector said. “Jane is one of the most kind and caring people you will ever know.” Angela Adcock said she is blessed to call Jane her friend. “Jane Jones is one of the most giving people I know,” Adcock said. Having worked with Jane on many committees, Adcock said she knows she can always count on her to help out in any way asked, “never expecting anything in return.” When Jane fell and broke her hip last December, Adcock said Jane “even called me from her hospital bed concerned about how our chamber Christmas ornaments were selling. Now that’s dedication.”

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Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stacy Palmer describes Jane as a “tremendous lady who is a ball of energy who has a great commitment to Silverton.” “I know when I ask Jane to do something that she will get it done and get it done well and it will have a positive outcome,” Palmer said. “She’s dedicated to whatever task she is doing. When she says she will help, she’s there 100 percent.” Although she is quiet, Palmer said Jane is also tenacious and competitive. Whether she is selling raffle tickets or ornaments, she’s bound to sell the most, Palmer said. For Jane, volunteering is just something she does and has done since she was a student at North Salem High School and Oregon State University and continued from there. “I have always been involved, part of it is because of the social aspect of it and part of it is knowing you are helping a cause, an organization or people,” Jane said. “I like being active.”

On a personal level, Adcock said Jane has offered her help in ways she could never repay.

On a her kitchen counter was a card from her son, Brian Benson. Inside he wrote, “Congratulations mom. Really proud of you. You have always been a wonderful role model in so many different ways.”

“Her love for Silverton shines through and we are lucky to have her,” Adcock said.

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It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you haven’t really learned anything.” “You have the art of friendship mastered mom and everyone sees that and your big heart. Love you so much, Brian,” he wrote. Ron Jones said his wife’s dedication is not only to her community but to her family. He thinks her inspiration to volunteer comes from both her grandmother and mother. And he likes to joke that she likes to stay busy and when it comes to volunteering, she will work for chocolate. On Dec. 6, Jane was taking something out to her recycle bin when she fell and broke her left hip. It took her close to two hours to crawl back to her house and call for help. She had to have surgery, confessing it wasn’t easy to slow down, especially during the holidays. The accident made her realize, she said, how true it is that the more you give, the more you get back. She received phone calls, cards and notes from people she would have never expected asking if they could help her in one way or another. “It’s really true that you get back in life what you give,” she said. SACA Director Teresa Warriner appreciates everything Jane has done for the nonprofit food bank. The event last summer raised more than $70,000. Jane has handed out Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets and collected food. “I just love Jane,” Warriner said. “She has a heart to help the needy. She’s humble and doesn’t like a lot of recognition. Any time we need anything we can rely on Jane to help. She’s just there to lend a hand to everybody. She truly has the community spirit of giving back.:Silverton is blessed to have her.”

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Junior First

Kennedy’s Amelia GrosJacques finds volunteering fulfilling

By Kristine Thomas

“Teamwork is what gets it done,” she said.

Only 13 months apart in age, Amelia considers Carlie her best friend. “My sister set the bar really high and she had success in high school,” Amelia said. “She is my role model. She has a job, goes to college and has the steps planned out for what she wants to do with her life.”

A senior at JFK, Amelia is the Mount Angel Junior First Citizen. “It’s nice to receive recognition for what I have done,” she said. “This award is like a thank you from the community.”

Amelia plans to attend Chemeketa for two years on the honors program, then transfer to a four-year college. She wants to have a career in the medical field, working as a health and services manager.

Her volunteer work includes Habitat for Humanity Restore, the Hazelnut Festival, Oktoberfest and Wurstfest. She also volunteers as a referee for youth basketball.

JFK staff member Vincent Teresi describes Amelia “a splendid combination of scholastic, athletic and social skills,” adding Amelia stands apart from her peers in an “impressive, mature manner. This gracious young lady is exemplary in her conduct both within the academic arena and her local community.”

Whether it is volunteering or participating at John F. Kennedy High School, Amelia GrosJacques knows what it takes to successfully accomplish a task.

At JFK, she is an associated student body secretary, Future Business Leaders of America secretary, Habitat of Humanity president and in Health Occupation Students of America class. She is team captain of the varsity girls basketball team and has won numerous honors in volleyball, basketball and track. Her parents are Pete and Annie

GrosJacques. Her sister Carlie is a freshman at Chemeketa Community College and brother Sam is a seventhgrade student. “Carlie was the one who got me to volunteer at Habitat for Humanity,” Amelia said. “By volunteering, I have met a lot of friends.”

JFK track and cross country coach Steve Ritchie said Amelia deserves the award. “She has been a joy to have on the team and has been one of the pillars of our girls’ state championship run,” Ritchie said.

“Mia has shown great determination in battling through several injuries in track, and has excelled not only in her events, but also as a leader on the team.” Growing up in Mount Angel has taught her many important skills - from the importance of volunteering to hard work. She said she appreciates the love and support from her family – knowing she can talk to her mom about what’s happening, to the times she spends cooking with her dad. “Living in Mount Angel is about having good friends, family and community members,” she said. One of her most rewarding volunteer experiences was helping to build a Habitat for Humanity house. “Volunteering has been a big part of my life and has given me the opportunity to branch out and try new things,” Amelia said. “I feel that my future career will be satisfying because it will not only benefit my life but it will also help others.”


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In 1996, her parents moved from Mexico to Oregon because they wanted to make a better life for the children they would someday have, Valeria said, adding she was born in June 1997. Her father works at an organic dairy farm. Her mom works at home, caring for her and her sisters, Alejandra, a freshman, and Natalia Elizabeth, who is in second grade.

“Val asked me what time the First Citizen banquet started on Feb. 28,” Sheets said. “When I asked her why, she wanted to know if she would still have time to volunteer with the Red Cross on that same day.” Valeria plans to spend the morning as a translator for Red Cross volunteers who are installing fire alarms in homes. Volunteering for the Red Cross is one of many activities this 4.0 honor student does. Besides taking advanced placement and college level courses, she is a member of the cross country and track teams, Link Crew, National Honor Society, Peer Court and senior class vice president. She is also a Sunday school teacher. Silverton High School Principal Mark Hannan said Val was chosen as Future

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“My parents taught me to be the best I can be and to not conform to low expectations,” she said, sharing she knew little English when she started first grade. “My parents have told me if I dedicate myself I can do anything.” Meeting each other unexpectedly in the school hallway, Valeria and Alejandra were genuinely happy to see one another. By listening to Valeria talk about her younger sisters, it’s obvious she’s proud of them. As they are of her. “Val is amazing. She always tries really

hard and takes care of me and our younger sister,” Alejandra said. “She’s my inspiration and she tells me about the importance of getting good grades. Whenever I tell her that I can’t do something, she tells me not to say ‘can’t’ because I haven’t even tried yet.” Valeria is grateful for her friendssupport and encouragement. “My friends help me a lot. Whenever I am taking things too seriously, they help me enjoy things and not to be stressed.” She credits Alejandra for inspiring her to become a doctor. Valeria said her sister has a condition that required her to spend a lot of time at doctors’ office. “The doctors were always the nicest people ever and they made me want to have a career in medicine. I want a career where I can give back,” Valeria said. SHS Student Activities Director Johnie Ferro describes Valeria as a wonderful, young lady who, despite having “crazy, hard classes, she finds time to volunteer and give back.”

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“Then my dad had some ideas and we did them and now I’m doing that – finding ways to be more efficient and make it more fun and easier for everybody.” Now 152 pots can be moved by forklift at one time instead of being loaded by hand. “You’ve got to keep up with the times or you’re going to be out of business,” Bob said. Family members have been to Europe several times to learn from colleagues with less space to work with. “We can mechanize but we always need people,” Tom said. “We’ve really surrounded ourselves with capable, talented people – several who’ve been here 30-40 years or more.” “Our parents have always tried to put family first and we try to accommodate our employees when they need time off

“That’s been huge for us,” Tom said. “It allowed us a bunch of expansion and diversification.” Continually reinvesting in the business is an absolute must, Tom said. It has allowed them to make it through the tough times. “We’ve had plenty of crises over the years but we just pull together and don’t let it get to us,” Tom said. They stay involved in the agriculture industry and in their community. “Mom and dad have always been willing to help and all that; they didn’t hold anything back,” Tom said. “Being named Business of the Year is very nice. We feel humbled to be honored by our peers, but that’s not why we go to work every day.”

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“The fountain is a community showpiece because of Troy’s commitment each month,” Nann Fleck of the chamber’s community awards committee said.

“I enjoy it,” Stoops said. “I’d love to be right out there on a tractor or with a shovel in my hand helping with whatever is needed, but it’s gotten hard to find the time.” He and his wife Megan, have two daughters, Ellen and Audrey, and one grandchild. He’s a member of the Mount Angel Lions Club. Stoops was principal at Saint Mary’s Elementary for six years and principal at Kennedy High for three before becoming superintendent of the district – in the midst of lots of cuts. “We have to do more and more with less like everybody in the state,” he said. “And were fortunate to pass a $10.4 million general obligation bond Nov. 13 and are moving right along with our improvements at the schools.” He feels incredibly supported by the community in all of the school district’s endeavors, he added. But the fountain?

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have to keep them out of there; we had a pump burn out last year because of that,” Stoops said. “And, of course, there are always people who think it’s funny to add dish soap or something which can also burn out pumps.” Then warm weather brings in the algae... “When Troy was principal of Saint Mary’s he got a work crew together, putting in his own time, they made a fitness trail all around the school.” Marilyn Hall recalled. “He’s one of those wonderful, quiet people; an in the background kind of guy.... He wants to change the kids’ lives; making them see the consequences of

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Martha has made peace with the way the pact to remain uninvolved was left behind.

When Jim and Martha Kosel moved to Mount Angel from Oregon City seven years ago, they made a pact to attend every town function and not leave until they met at least one other couple. They also agreed that they wouldn’t join anything. It was an agreement that didn’t last.

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When they met, Jim was in the Air Force, she in the Army. They married, have raised three children, and he’s had s career in warehousing and distribution; Martha still works in hospice. For years Oregon City was home. Jim Kosel

Jim is a member of the city’s budget committee, served on the Charter Committee; is involved in the American Legion and the Boys and Girls State committee; is credited with rewriting the Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce bylaws; and together the couple co-chair the committee to maintain the downtown kiosk. Jim also serves on the chamber’s Wurstfest Committee. “It’s a lot of hours and it’s a lot of stresses but when you come back and debrief, while you are exhausted, you sit and say, ‘oh, we did it!’” Jim said of Wurstfest. In recognition of all his areas of service, Chamber President Pete Wall is presenting Jim with the first President’s Award at the community awards banquet Feb. 23.

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“I think moving here was healthy for Jim because the town is welcoming and really receptive to Jim fixing things,” she said.

When asked what he thought when he found out about the award Jim said, “It’s fun when you sit back and reflect. Mount “Jim’s service to the chamber is invaluable Angel’s very quiet, a great group of people, to many of our community activities and lots of community support. But I’m not he can always be counted on to help,” one for recognition. I just want to go back ad-3 625x5-2clr-ShilohWater-14oct-spot color.pdf 10/6/14 7:14 PM Wall said.   to my1 projects.”

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Life lessons

Teacher Jim Brueckner to receive Lifetime Achievement award disappointed.’ And you know what? I was too because I knew and he knew that I hadn’t put in my best effort. It didn’t happen again.”

By Dixon Bledsoe When Jim Brueckner started teaching at Silverton High School in 1973, girls didn’t play basketball.

A junior at Silverton High School, Ally Schmidt echoes that sentiment.

Nationally, Title IX changed that in 1972. In Silverton, Brueckner did in 1976.

“He is a great teacher. He teaches us in ways where we learn the best. I am more visual and he knows that. He is very intelligent and fun to be around. I think there is even a Facebook page with some of his favorite sayings, like when something goes wrong. ‘That sucks bilge water.’”

At the first tryout, 90 girls showed up to vie for 30 spots, none having played basketball. Brueckner and his assistant coach Tom Steers held free camps for girls in 1976 and had their work cut out for them. Steers subsequently lead the Lady Foxes to two state championships in 1989 and 1994. Over the years Brueckner also served football coach and baseball coach, and still volunteers with Fox football. For all he has done as a teacher, coach and community member, Brueckner, 64, is the Silverton Chamber of Commerce 2014 Lifetime Achievement recipient. Sara White, Brueckner’s longtime friend and walking buddy, is effusive with praise for the 42-year educator. “He is simply put the best science teacher on the face of the earth. We are so lucky to have him,” White said. Brueckner has taught physics, chemistry, accelerated physical science, geology, oceanography and marine science at Silverton High School. He has “retired” but still teaches on a regular basis.  Although he doesn’t talk about it much, one of the indicators that it was time to retire and enjoy life more came about in July 2011, when his wife Jill and he were knocked down to the ground during the terrorist attacks in Norway. The two attacks killed 77 people. It also prompted them to volunteer with the Red Cross. His teaching philosophy is borne of a love of kids. He and Jill have three sons, Jacob, 33; Travis, 31; and Nathan, 28. Brueckner said his goal is to teach students three things.

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Jerri Halter couldn’t have been more surprised to find out she was named 2014 Volunteer of the Year by the Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce. “I didn’t believe it. I was surprised. Thoroughly shocked,” she said. But when asked if it felt good to be recognized, she gave a resounding, “Yes.” Halter, who was born in Saint Louis, has lived in Mount Angel most of her life.

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Chuck White joined Brueckner as a teacher at Silverton High School in 1973.

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“I have tried to always be consistent with this approach,” he sad. “First to teach them to learn the basics and how to study. Second to understand how they, as individuals, learn – visual or auditory, and third to teach them to think and reason.” Brueckner has found A and B students can be the hardest to teach because they want instant feedback. He encourages all kids to find their niche because “the world needs everybody. Find what’s you.” He has another take on education, especially after high school. “College isn’t for everyone. There are some great jobs opening in the trades from electricians to welders.” Dr. Wade Marcum is a 2002 graduate of Silverton High School and an assistant professor at Oregon State University. He has a Ph.D in nuclear engineering. He found great value in his time in Brueckner’s chemistry and physical science classrooms.  “He deserves this award without a doubt,” Marcum said. “He is funny, inspirational and extremely honest, always treating us like adults. He handed me a paper once and I received a B-. He looked at me and said, ‘I’m

“He just has a big heart and a total commitment to kids. He loves to see them grow and he has motivated so many into loving science and becoming doctors, dentists and pharmacists,” White said. Brueckner has two favorite stories. The first is about a boy who couldn’t understand why he was being forced to understand electricity, claiming he would never use it. With the support of his parents, Brueckner worked with the young man on a Saturday to get him to the point of passing. The young man is now in electronics with Intel. Another student, a girl, got married as a high school junior but wanted to be the first in her family to graduate high school. She needed one year of math to graduate and she was just not good math. As Brueckner puts it, “She also played basketball and the whole team made it a goal to help her pass. She knew this team was like her family and were counting on her, so they quizzed her in practice, in the hallways, wherever they saw her. She wanted to be a police officer after she graduated and last I heard she was on her way.” He’s taught priceless lessons about life. And his students love, respect and remember him for it.

Jerri Halter’s many avenues of service applauded

She worked for 13 years as a bus driver, “blew a whistle” for volleyball games for 15 years and coached for nine, all while bringing up three children. “I’ve been here since I was 11 and dad got a job at the oil company,” Halter said. “It’s a nice place to raise your kids and being born and raised Catholic, I fit right in. I’ve never lived in a large place.”

Halter, an avid bingo player and accomplished quilter, also volunteers on a weekly basis.

sale down there. I’ve always dabbled, always done something. I’m there Wednesday mornings two or three days a month,” Halter said.

She transports seniors to medical appointments and errands.

Halter, who downplays her commitment to the community, is nonetheless beloved by those she helps. One award nomination described Halter by saying, “Everywhere I go in Mount Angel, there is Jerri volunteering, whether it be at the Mount Angel Senior Center or Saint Mary Church, Jerri can be counted on to help on any project.”

She helps clean St. Mary Church and is a church lector and the finance assistant. She volunteers with the Mount Angel Senior Center. “My mom has always had stuff for

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Love, kindness and instruction are what students receive at AAPAC – the American Academy of Performing Arts Corp. For her professional and benevolent work, Marta Hazekamp was selected as the Silverton Chamber of Commerce 2014 “Distinguished Service” award winner. Hazekamp was caught off guard when chamber members surprised her to announce the honor. “To be honored like this is amazing and humbling,” she said. A professional dancer and singer, Marta was in New York City for a final callback to the on-Broadway remake of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum when the Twin Towers collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001. The traumatic event shook America and shattered lives and dreams hers included. “There was no help for people like me – jobless, homeless, in a city that couldn’t absorb people,” she said. “Everyone was in debt. No work for performers. My dream of being on Broadway was ripped away. I was that close. I just felt helpless.” Out of tragedy came a new beginning. She returned to Silverton and opened AAPAC, where students learn ballet, hip hop, singing, theater, music, jazz, and a host of other performing arts-related skills. Today 172 students attend the classes at 222 High St. Sheldon Lesire, whose daughters have taken lessons from “Miss Marta,” knows why she was chosen for the Distinguished Service award. “Marta chose to put in extremely long hours for a marginal paycheck and the satisfaction of teaching others to express themselves through art, song, dance, drama, and music,” Lesire said. “It is one thing to admire starving artists and entirely another to take on that lifestyle in order to teach others to be artists.” Mandy Petrik’s daughters, Cece and Charlie, also have taken classes. “No kid is allowed to say ‘can’t.’ That’s not a word at AAPAC,” Petrik said. “She

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She has helped kids with special needs and of all persuasions and abilities. “We don’t point out differences, we embrace them. Everyone coming here has challenges. We bestow grace upon each other. For me, it is quite simple – you are perfect as you are, who you are, where you are right now.” Hazekamp praises her staff – Christine Carlisle, who has been with the Boston Ballet; Elizabeth Jansen-Byrkit, Emily Hanson, Emily York, Margie Will, Trevor Stewart, Haley Bergschneider, Michelle Hall and Corey Christensen.

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“They are incredible and so accomplished. We are so lucky to have teachers of their caliber.” Carlisle sums it up. “I was so happy to find an arts academy which upheld a professional training standard in an environment of unconditional love and support for the individual student. At AAPAC we infuse joy into the work while encouraging students to emerge themselves completely in the process of bringing their beautiful unique gifts to any of the given art forms they love.”

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Brush Creek presents Search for Fairy Princess

The day before Ash Wednesday is known as Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday and Pancake Tuesday.

Brush Creek Playhouse begins the 2015 season in search of a fairy princess.

And this isn’t any old chili feed.

The Search for the Fairy Princess is a delightful story of fairies and family taking place in the Fairy Land of Avalon and in 1930s Nebraska. The original script, written by Emily Wood and Michael Wood, starts with Terri, Kathy and Janie, who learn the story of the Fairy Princess at their great-grandmother’s knee. The two sisters, Elissa and Bethany, and their friend Thomas learn about Avalon and meet fairies, goblins and trolls as they join the search for the fabled Fairy Princess. The Brush Creek production is directed by Linda Zellner, who has a cast that includes both veteran children’s show actors and newcomers. The cast ranges in age from 6 to 17. The performances are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays thru March 1. Tickets -- $10 for adults and $8 for children, seniors and students with ID – are available at Books-NTime on Water Street in downtown Silverton. They can be purchased at the door 30 minutes before each performance. The playhouse is located at 11535 Silverton Road. For information, call Michael Wood, 503-508-3682.

Thanks to volunteers in Silverton, it now has another name – Chili Feed Tuesday. It’s a red hot competition between chili cooks from the Silverton Police Department, Silverton Fire Department, Silverton Area Community Aid and Silverton Health. Each team will create its best chili to vie for the People’s Choice Award.

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vote for their favorite. Although she makes chili about six times a year, Eberle wouldn’t give a clue about what she thinks makes a great chili, stating she doesn’t want to influence the voters or the participants. “I will say I know a good chili when I taste it,” she said. So far, she said, she has heard the Silverton Fire Department is making a “Hook and Ladder Fire Chili” and Silverton Health is creating a “Voodoo Chili.”

A benefit for Silverton Area Community Aid, Chili Feed Tuesday is Tuesday, Feb. 17, 5 - 7 p.m. at Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 West Main St. There is a suggested $5 donation per meal of chili and chili fixings, cornbread, drinks and dessert.

“I know it’s going to be a great competition because they are a competitive group,” Eberle said.

Organizer Donna Eberle said guests can taste each chili and then use a token to

Besides being a festive event, as a SACA benefit it’s also for a good cause.

She encourages community members to have one last feast and celebration before the Lenten season begins.

Silverton Poetry Festival Feb. 27-28 Whether your favorite poet is Robert Frost, William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson or Maya Angelou, if you enjoy poetry, make time to attend the Silverton Poetry Festival.

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The event begins on Friday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m. at the Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon House, 869 W Main St., Silverton. Poets Carter McKenzie and Michael Spring will host free workshops, discussions and readings.

Poet Laureate Peter Sears will read his poems. A poetry workshop follows 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. The workshop, $35, is limited to 12 participants. To register, call Silverton Poetry Association, 503873-2480. Round out the day with a salon reading by Andrea Hollander and Josh Booton at 7 p.m. at Edward Adams House B&B, 729 S Water St., Silverton.

The festival continues on Saturday, Feb. 28 with events starting at 1 p.m. at Silver Creek Coffee House, 111 N

The festival is hosted by the Silverton Poetry Association. Call 503-873-2480 for information.

Most parents or caregivers facing the challenges of raising children have probably discovered there are not enough hours in the day. Those feeli ng overwhelmed or tired are not alone.

Parents and guardians face several stressful situations throughout the day and week. The way one deal swith the stress affects their physical and emotional health as well as the quality of their parenting. To discover how to manage stress levels, all are welcome to attend the “Parents in Stress Workshop.”

Important tools will be taught to help combat stress and experience more fun in being a parent. The free workshop is Saturday, Feb . 21, 10 a.m. to noon at Community Roo ts School, 330 N. James.

Child care and refreshments are free. To register or receive information , call Jan Holowati at Silverton Togethe r, 503-873-0405.

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Sister Joeine Darrington, OSB Sister Joeine Darrington, 99, died Feb. 3, 2015. She was born on June 16, 1915 in Nihill, Mont., to John and Ernestine (Lohrke) Darrington. She was baptized on June 4, 1916 at St. Joseph Church in Harlowton, Mont., and given the name, Ellen. In her biography, Sister Joeine wrote of her happy childhood on the farm where she rode her horse and brought in the cows for milking. They rode the 12 miies to church in a two-seated buggy drawn by two horses. With her two older siblings, she walked a mile and a half to a one-room school. She remembered the excitement of branding and harvesting days on the farm. Eventually the family moved to Harlowton where she finished elementary and high school, graduating in 1932. After graduation, Sister Joeine went to Portland, Ore., to join her sister, Marie. She did housework for a year for room and board and $5 a month. The next year

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she attended Mt. Angel Normal School and then joined the Benedictine Sisters in 1934. She made her first profession on Feb. 11, 1937.

public elementary school in Molalla. While there, she made many lasting friends who for the last 30 years met yearly to celebrate her birthday.

She continued her education, earning a bachelor of science from Mt. Angel College, a master’s in business education from the University of Oregon, and a Ph.D in Education from the University of Portland. She was a member of several professional organizations, including the National Catholic Education Association.

After retirement, Sister Joeine served on the Benedictine Foundation Board, and as alumni director. She ministered to prison inmates and regularly attended weddings, birthday parties and funerals. A born extrovert, she was a friend, and often counselor, who remembered names and faces and managed to keep in touch with former students, alums, colleagues, as well as her own extended family. Her last years were spent in the monastery Health Care Center, where she continued to celebrate birthdays, reunions, and life in general with her Benedictine Sisters and friends.

Sister Joeine will be remembered for her long and fruitful life as a teacher. She began teaching elementary grades, then high school in Mt. Angel Academy, where she served as principal for several years. Later she taught at North Catholic in Portland and Kennedy High School in Mt. Angel. At Mt. Angel College she taught classes in business, sociology, and education. She also taught summer classes at Montana State College in Bozeman. Her last teaching assignment was in the

Sister Joeine was deeply devoted to Benedictine community life. Until her last two weeks, she was regularly at her place in chapel for prayer. Whenever possible she came to the dining room for lunch and the opportunity to chat with

her Sisters and friends. She attended community meetings and took interest in whatever was happening around her. In January she contracted a cold, which turned into pneumonia. After a short time in the hospital she was able to return home, weakened but apparently recovering. On Feb. 3, after visiting with several Sisters during the day, she died quietly in her room at 7:30 p.m. Sister Joeine is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Her niece and namesake Joeine Thomas and her husband have been regular visitors to the monastery. Preceding Sister Joeine in death were her parents, her brother John Darrington, and her sisters Marie Schmitz, Margaret (Peggie) Sullivan, Frances Echler and Irene Arpin. A Vigil Service was held Feb. 5. Mass of Resurrection was celebrated in Queen of Angels Monastery Chapel Feb. 6, followed by burial in the monastery cemetery.

July 15, 1941 – Feb. 2, 2015

John (JC) Cock Sr., 73, peacefully passed away on Feb. 2, 2015 at his home in Silverton after a long, hard fought battle with congestive heart failure.

coaching youth baseball. Thanks to his passion for the game and the kids, John also had his share of “run-ins” with the umpires.

He was born on July 15, 1941 in Santa Ana, Calif., to Donna Nellie and Lewis Edward Cock.

He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 51 years, Ruth; daughter Terri, son JR (Amy) grandchildren; Amanda, Austin, Bradley, Madison, Tessa, Emily Sue and Jennifer all of Silverton; brother Don Cock and sister Donna Keberle both of California. John was preceded in death by his parents and grandson Adam.

John held a master’s degree in correctional counseling from Cal Poly Pamona and spent his career working in juvenile counseling at Juvenile Hall in Sylmar, Calif., Juvenile Hall in Salem and most recently at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn. He was a very active member in the Silverton Senior Center where he could usually be found playing Pinochle when he wasn’t out flying his prized champion pigeons. Earlier in life, John spent most of his waking hours

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At his request no formal service will be held but a Celebration of Life will take place Feb. 22, 1 p.m. at the Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield St. All those wanting to share stories and memories are welcome. Arrangements are by Unger Funeral Chapel, Silverton.

Our Town appreciates the opportunity to tell the stories of the people in our communities – engagements, weddings and anniversaries; the milestone birthdays; the joy of births and significant achievements and awards. Send the information for Passages to or mail to Our Town, PO Box 927, Mount Angel, OR, 97362. Still have questions? Email Managing Editor Kristine Thomas at

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The Silverton High boys basketball team turned in perhaps its most complete performance of the season Tuesday night, taking a convincing 64-37 MidWillamette Conference win at Crescent Valley High School. The win moved the Foxes, ranked No. 3 in Class 5A by the OSAA, to 9-0 in league play, heading into a crucial stretch of the season that includes games Friday, Feb. 13 at 6-3 Corvallis and Feb. 20 at 5-4 Central. “This one was a big one,” Coach Steve Roth told Our Town after the 27-point dismantling of the Raiders. “It’s not easy to win here,” he added. “On paper the second half of the season looked tougher for us because of the games we would be playing on the road.” The Foxes proved to be road warriors Tuesday, scoring the first seven points and pulling away from a 27-20 halftime lead to coast to the victory. Crescent Valley, 5-4, scored 17 points in the second half and made just two baskets in the fourth period. Silverton, as usual, played tenacious defense, clogging the passing lanes, fighting for loose balls and blocking shots.

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“Hopefully we’re building something here,” Roth said. “I really like the level of toughness we’re playing with. They are staying consistent with their defense and that’s what we envisioned for this season. They believe in the system, which is a tribute to the kids and (former coach) Darren Shryock. They do a great job of executing and I love that about these guys.” Junior guard Daniel Larionov led the Foxes with 16 points, including two 3-pointers. “Daniel just keeps getting better. He’s really giving us a boost offensively,” Roth said. Junior guard Sam Roth scored 15 points and clamped down on Raiders sharpshooter Joe Casey, helping limit him to nine points. “Sam is doing a great job defensively,” Roth said. Sophomore guard Julian Downey added 13 points and made three 3-pointers. Senior guard Logan Munson chipped in with six points, but Roth said his impact was more significant than the point total would indicate. “I’ve been kind of waiting for him to emerge,” Roth said. “He does a lot of little things and that added up to a lot tonight. He gets hands on balls, he gets rebounds. He’s kind of a nuisance for the other team. He’s athletic enough to play that role, and I’m glad to see that.” The team’s final two home games in regular season are at 7 p.m. on Feb. 17 against South Albany and Feb. 24 against Woodburn. Girls basketball: The Silverton girls (7-1 in the MWC) continue to ride their own tough defense to success in the Mid-Willamette. The Lady Foxes have allowed a league-low 38.0 points per game heading into the Feb. 11 home game against Crescent Valley.

Silverton, ranked No. 9 by OSAA, played for the league lead against Corvallis on Friday, Feb. 13. “Our defense continues to play very well,” second-year Foxes Coach Tal Wold told Our Town. “We are getting key contributions from our bench. Hannah Munson has improved so much on both ends and is playing really well. Megan Traeger, one of our senior leaders, had great minutes at Lebanon (a 55-36 Foxes victory), and Brooke McCarty another one of our freshmen, had nine assists and nine rebounds at Lebanon. “The girls continue to improve on some little things that we need to do better and they have a great attitude. There is still so much basketball left, but we are having fun and working hard.” The girls’ final two home games in regular season are at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 against Central and Feb. 27 against Dallas. Football: Kennedy quarterback Noah Giberson will represent the Trojans in the East West Shrine All-Star game Aug. 1 in Baker City. The benefit event includes the top senior players in Oregon in Class 1A to 4A. Giberson etched his name into the record books in six categories for Kennedy in 2014. Giberson set records Noah Giberson for passing yards in a season (2,018), touchdown passes in a career (48), touchdown passes in a season (22), touchdown passes in a game (five), passing yards in a game (328) and longest pass play (85 yards). Wrestling: Silverton hosted the Mid-Willamette Conference district meet Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13-14. Look for a report on the meet and a state meet lookahead in the March 1 edition of Our Town. Follow me on @jameshday. Got a news tip? Email me at

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Time ... For 20 minutes of fame To go or not to go, that is the question: Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or to attend the Silverton Poetry Festival.....Feb. 27– March 1 at a variety of area locations. The 15th annual festival will feature workshops, free public readings and open mic sessions. The Man doesn’t know about you but the festival sounds like a whole lot more fun than the “suffering slings and arrows” thing.... For information, dates and times, go to Silverton High School will host the 2015 Future Farmers of America State Convention on March 20-23. The FFA expects to have nearly 2,000 members descend on our little slice of heaven to learn about the skills needed to achieve personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Let’s be sure to give them a warm welcome as these are the people that will be working hard to put the food on our tables for years to come. They shouldn’t be hard to spot... not too many of the hat on sideways, underwear showin’ crowd in this group..... The state of Florida announced it is looking for volunteers to catch Burmese Pythons.... Yep, volunteers to go out and hunt for huge pythons which seize prey with their teeth and kill by constricting their bodies. Of course the “Python Patrollers” will be given an hour (a whole hour mind you) of training about how to “pin a snake’s head to the ground, slide it into a bag which is then sealed with electrical tape” for, get this, “safe carrying”...What could possibly go wrong with that plan??...Uh, The Man says thanks but no thanks – think I’ll pass....and you thought Oregon was nuts... She’s helped countless people celebrate the milestones in their lives so now it’s their turn to help her celebrate one of her own. Silverton’s Sweetheart Norma Jean Branstetter will celebrate her 90th birthday on March 2. Friends, family and community members are invited to an open reception from 2 to 4 pm.

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Sunday, March 1 in the recreation center at the mobile home park at 1307 S. Water St. Please stop by to have coffee, punch and cake and join The Man in wishing Norma Jean a happy 90th birthday.  Like lot’s of us, Joseph Quinones and his wife Cindy are going for a bike ride this spring... but they aren’t talkin’ about a lazy trip on the bike trail at Silver Falls or a loop to the Gallon House Bridge. Oh no, Joseph and Cindy have a little more ambitious ride in mind, like 4,250 miles across America to raise money for veterans programs kind of ambitious. They promise if you donate a mere penny per mile to the cause, that they will do all the work and endure the sore butt and sore legs for you.... Drop off your donation at the Silverton Elks or the local Wells Fargo branch. Imagine our surprise when a contingent from the Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce paid a visit to the opulent and spacious but not overly ostentatious Our Town Headquarters and notified us we had been selected Business of the Year. Our first reaction was surely someone had written down the wrong address or possibly some kind of sick ruse designed as payback for some transgression The Man had made in his dopey column. The representatives assured us that although they couldn’t understand it either, we had indeed won. The second reaction was there are lots of great local businesses that surely deserved the award more than this ragtag bunch. Once again, the representatives agreed, but insisted we had won, The third reaction was because we put out Our Town for you – the reader– you the advertiser, you our communities, it wouldn’t exist without you. So that means the award really goes to all you.

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The Forum

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Sometimes, it can be challenging to keep my faith in people. This week Brian Williams, the popular and highly respected anchor on NBC Nightly News, is seeing his career fold like a cheap suit for erroneously claiming to be in a helicopter attacked by gunfire in the opening days of the war in Iraq. Embarrassingly enough, he was first called out on it via Facebook by people who were actually there. He invoked a seldom used word as part of his escape plan - “I misremembered the event.”  The dictionary should say, “Misremember - see also Lying.”   I will “misremember” him as a great anchor and trusted journalist. He has been suspended from NBC for six months. Measles are back and we can’t even blame Mickey for it, even though some “guests” left his Anaheim mouse playpen with the disease.

I agree that smoke is smoke, and subjecting kids to cigarette or marijuana smoke in a tight space like the family Buick is bad and should certainly be prohibited. But the wording of the proposed rule gives people the right to smoke dope in their cars as long as the kids are not present.

Refusing to get your children vaccinated is incredibly selfish and irresponsible.

I can’t drink a beer while driving but a joint is OK? Where is the common sense?

I am a firm believer in parental rights, as are the courts, but to an extent.

Then, there is four-term Governor John Kitzhaber.

I know some people say they don’t vaccinate or seek medical treatment for religious reasons and they alone have the right to make decisions for their children.

His stock is falling faster than my willpower at The Chocolate Box. And his and his fiancée’s story is more intriguing, shocking and spellbinding than any soap opera - including Downton Abbey.

I am naive enough to believe God gave us the intelligence to both eradicate many diseases and create laws that protect us. When it comes to protecting children, the government needs to step in when parents don’t or won’t. We teach our kids not to drive 90 miles an hour in a school zone for their own safety and the safety of others. Society and the laws back us up. If you want to believe vaccinations are dangerous and can cause autism (disproved many times), then don’t get vaccinated and certainly feel free to put your kids at risk of illness or even death. But please, stay home and don’t let your little darlings near mine. Speaking of which, a Oregon Legislative committee is considering a law that prohibits smoking marijuana in cars that have kids under the age of 18. What is wrong with this picture?

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As of this writing, the first week of February, I am not quite at the point of joining the chorus calling for Kitzhaber’s resignation because of his relationship with a woman whom I refuse to call “Oregon’s First Lady” – but talk about an albatross around the neck. The question isn’t what has she done but what will reporters dig up next about her? We already know she married an immigrant she didn’t really know and certainly didn’t love for $5,000 so he could get a green card; bought land and admitted it was to grow pot illegally with another boyfriend; reaped a $118,000 paycheck for work done and somehow it appears to have escaped from being claimed on her tax return; used paid staff for her own errands and tasks: and arguably has used the relationship with Gov. Kitzhaber to secure favorable contracts for her business. I am sure I missing something else she has done – it’s just a little hard to keep up when another piece of bad news about this political duo hits what seems like every day.

What part of “Run, Doc, Run” does he not get? After this windstorm of bad news, I had the honor of interviewing Marta Hazekamp of the American Academy of Performing Arts Company for her 2014 Silverton Chamber of Commerce “Distinguished Service Award.” Thanks to her talent and huge heart, hundreds of children and their families have received outstanding training in the performing arts, often at such steep discounts or for free on scholarship that her own pantry is left modestly stocked. There have been a lot of days when earning a “minimum wage” sounded luxurious to Marta. Still she continues to follow her dream and in doing so, inspires countless children. I also was lucky enough to interview Jim Brueckner, a 42-year educator at Silverton High School. Jim is being honored with the chamber’s “Lifetime Achievement” award. This guy brought science to life in Silverton as a teacher of chemistry, physical science, accelerated courses, geology, oceanography, and a host of other courses that when spoken out loud give many of us hives. He made it fun. He made it pertinent. And did I mention he was the lead dog in a devious plot to teach Silverton girls how to play basketball in 1976 just four years after Title IX became law on June 23, 1972, and he was just four years out of high school himself? That’s what’s great about the Silverton Chamber’s First Citizen Banquet – it’s a chance to see some pretty amazing and humble people be honored for doing what they believe is right – working for the betterment of their community. Because of people like Jim and Marta, my faith is restored. 

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Our Town North: February 15, 2015  

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