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Something to Think About

Making Silverton better

By Melissa Wagoner It was a happy accident when John Pattison stumbled upon the town of Silverton on Christmas Eve 2009. But it wasn’t an accident he stayed. “My wife Kate and I both grew up in smaller towns,” Pattison explained. “We were living in Portland and felt drawn back to rural life. But we also wanted to stay close to family in Portland and Salem. Over the course of about 18 months, we looked at seemingly every small town in the Willamette Valley – or so we thought, because somehow Silverton was never on our radar.” That fateful first encounter is now 12 years in the past, but the attachment Pattison felt that first night is still just as strong. “Silverton has so much going for it,” he enthused, “a walkable downtown, proximity to the state park, natural beauty, great businesses, and so on. But my favorite thing about living here is the people.” A self-proclaimed, “community practitioner” and author, Pattison has written extensively about community, both in his book, Slow Church, as well as through his work as Content Manager with Strong Towns – a nonprofit aimed at inspiring communities to embrace the changes and adaptations that can make them stronger. And it is through this lens that Pattison is now – 12 years into his residency – able to objectively appreciate Silverton’s strengths while, at the same time, recognizing its challenges.

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“When I describe Silverton to out-of-town friends and colleagues, something that consistently impresses them – and often makes them jealous – is how often our town gets together,” Pattison said. “In normal years, in the spring and summer, it seems like there’s always some festival, parade, or shindig going every weekend… And nonSilvertonians kind of can’t believe how often the town eats together in normal times… It’s very special” But not all people feel welcomed or included in events such as these, as Manuel Borbon, a Mission Developer for Immanuel Lutheran Church who moved to Silverton with his wife two years ago, has seen firsthand. “I personally love Silverton,” Borbon said. “But I’m in a privileged position. I am bilingual, bicultural and I have a leader’s role.” Which is decidedly not the case for everyone. Many, as Borbon has discovered – whether due to feelings of discomfort, disconnection or even sometimes fear – do not take part in the amenities their community offers. “The people that live here, they go under the radar,” Borbon said. He sits on the board of SACA and offers a view on why so few Latinos take advantage of this and other organizations that might benefit them. “The reality is, our community has a group that is not willing to expose themselves and their family, even to get food. They prefer

Encouraging diverse voices is one step How to work toward a better community Adopted from John Pattison and Strong Towns • Humbly observe where people in the community struggle. • Ask the question: What is the next smallest thing we can do right now to address that struggle? • Do that thing. Do it right now. • Repeat. to feel safe.” But while safety is one issue that needs to be addressed in order to make programs like SACA useful to the entire community, it is not the only detractor. There is still the matter of connection and belonging. “There are people coming into town who don’t feel represented,” Borbon said. He noted that while there have recently been some steps toward remedying this – a proposed multi-cultural mural and the 2020 Black Lives Matter Protest among them – the city as a whole has a long way to go. “It is through those public reflections that we feel related to a place,” Borbon said. “I believe our Latino community and the families that have a different ethnic background have had a hard time developing that connection regarding our town.”

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One way to achieve this freedom, Borbon believes, could be found in the encouragement of listening and respect. “It’s an important part of developing intercultural relationships – respect and creating a space to listen,” he said. “We are so much about our assumptions. And when we are based on our assumptions, we lose the ability to relate to someone. We make people feel uncomfortable because instead of asking, we think we know. Listening gives us the opportunity to understand people. That’s one way of creating that safe environment in our community.” Another way, according to Borbon, is the encouragement of diversity, in all ways, both cultural and otherwise. “As a resident of this town, I do believe we can do more for diversity,” he said. “I believe there can be more expressions of openness and more places we can let our new generations know they are heard and appreciated.” Silverton native Micole Olivas-Leyva agrees. “We are strong when we are diverse and have a multitude of opinions and references,” Olivas-Leyva said when asked why diversity is important. “We really are poor if we don’t have diversity and have different experiences.” An Asset Preservation Specialist with DevNW, an organization committed to supporting communities through financial counseling, education and affordable

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housing support, Olivas-Leyva has spent her career watching the trends in the rental and housing markets and their effect on the overall population. “I’ve seen so many of my peers leave because they can’t afford to stay here,” Olivas-Leyva, 31, stated. “And the folks that do stay are increasingly marginalized because their population becomes less and less and less,” she observed. That doesn’t mean there is no chance for remediation. In fact, according to OlivasLeyva, quite the opposite is true. “I feel so positive,” she said. “I feel based on the elected leadership that we have the majority of our citizens wanting to see affordable housing and diversity. And I’m seeing that folks are open to the examination of previous norms and policies. I really feel like – and I’ve felt like this from a young age – that Silverton has a small town feel and that we really care about each other.” Pattison agrees. “In my experience, Silverton is special for just the sheer number of people who are taking tangible, daily action to make it a better place. A problem arises and someone steps up to fix it. This is true at the organizational level – our churches, clubs, nonprofits, etc. – and at the personal: neighbor helping neighbor.” Because solving problems doesn’t always mean an overhaul of the entire system all at once. In fact, Pattison suggests the best method to address most issues begins with a simple three-part process. To start: “Humbly observe where people in the community struggle,” Pattison began. “Ask the question: What is the next

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smallest thing we can do right now to address that struggle?” After that, simply take those steps, without delay. And repeat. “What I love about this is that it’s rooted in humility,” Pattison said. “It relies on small bets that can provide valuable feedback, and that it doesn’t end.” It also doesn’t always necessitate building from the ground up. In fact, most community problem-solving can – and should – utilize organizations that are already in place. One such possibility in Silverton is the local Grange, which has been running as since 1867. “The Grange is nice because it’s that nondenominational center where different people from different backgrounds can come together,” Cayla Catino, the 31-yearold president of the Silverton chapter, said. “One of our values is to support our individuals and members to be political citizens and stand up for what they believe in…to be a place for dialogue. We really see a need for this in our community and our society – it’s not left or right, wrong or right but just having conversations and getting to know people on a deeper level. Our vision now is to be a community of neighbors.” With that mission in mind during the summer of 2020, Grange members began searching for ways to be more inclusive of their Latino neighbors located in a farmworker housing complex near the Grange Hall. The answer, they discovered, lay in common interests – in this case gardening. “Last year we offered our garden space to them for free,” Catino said. “There are a

lot of women and grandmothers who have agricultural roots. They so appreciated that and they could grow food in that little plot. We want to be a community of neighbors. Bridging that gap between us and our Spanish speaking neighbors in Silverton is huge.” It is huge, agreed Borbon, who sees that seemingly small steps – the offering of garden space or even the support of a local, Latino-owned business – can have an inversely large impact. “As a resident of this town, I do believe we can do more for diversity,” Borbon said. “I believe there can be more expressions of openness and more places where we can let our new generations know they are heard and appreciated.” In order to be heard, he added, it is important to speak up. Borbon hopes more young, diverse leaders will step forward. Leaders like Olivas-Leyva. “I think there’s a lot of people with good hearts and good intentions here in town willing to serve our whole community,” Borbon speculated. “But I believe in order to get that response we have to develop that trust. It’s not until you realize all the things people are going through that you can help and be – not just this nice little town where tourists come – but this place where people find a home.” “We definitely need more voices at the table,” agreed Olivas-Leyva, who currently serves on the board of Sheltering Silverton and the Silverton Planning Commission. “We want to hear from you. Your voice is important. I want folks to know that the invitation is there, and you should go and grab your seat.”

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Governor OK’s Spring football The Oregon School Activities Association, following guidance from Gov. Kate Brown, announced Feb. 10 that outdoor contact sports can move forward. That means that football teams, which began non-contact workouts Monday, can work out in pads starting Feb. 15 and move forward to playing games as of Friday, March 5. “I’m so excited and thankful that our players, especially the seniors, are getting to play a real football season,” said Silverton High coach Josh Craig. “We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us, but we are prepared and ready to go.” Schools must meet requirements for in-person instruction and follow health and safety protocols, according to a release from the governor’s office. “We’re excited to get more kids back to participating,” said Peter Weber, OSAA executive director, in a statement released by the association. “We need to get the details to sift through so then we can provide some guidance to the schools.” Cross country, soccer and volleyball – are tentatively scheduled to start workouts Feb. 22 and games as soon as March 1. Volleyball remains in limbo because indoor contact sports remain prohibited. Football teams are tentatively scheduled to have a five-game regular season, with an “OSAA culminating week,” which might include a bowl game or other postseason action set for the week beginning April 5. – James Day

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More than sustenance By Melissa Wagoner They call it the Saturday Lunch Program but it’s so much more than that. It’s neighbor meeting neighbor, networking, sharing stories, commiserating over loss and sometimes singing an impromptu song or saying a simple prayer. “We as a group are providing the lunch and the food but these other things happen from the community,” Loretta Kaser – who has been helping in the kitchen of the Trinity Lutheran Church every Saturday since the program’s inception in 2015 – said. “We’re not pushing it. We’re just providing the space and providing the food and these are the things that happen because of it.” Conceived of by Jen Ohren, whose family has been church members since the early 1900s, the lunches took on a life of their own almost from the very start. “The initial idea was to provide meals to the children in town who don’t get meals from school on Saturdays,” Loretta’s husband, Ray, said explaining the vision Jen presented to the church’s council. “But that never really happened. We mostly get adults.” While the program may not be what Jen originally had in mind, there can be no doubt about its success and the joy it has brought to people of all ages and across all walks of life. “We had neighbors to the church who would come to the meals every Saturday, and some homeless people and some families,” Ray confirmed. Offering a hot meal that most often included a main dish, salad and dessert, the group worked hard to make sure

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Saturday Lunch at Trinity Lutheran Church 500 Second St., Silverton Currently offering free take-out lunches at noon on Saturdays. Donations welcome at www.trinitysilverton.org the food was not only delicious but also healthy by sourcing the ingredients from local farms in the community – including Eastview Garden Share, owned by Ray and Loretta’s niece, Kris Dahl Mitchell. “And Jaime Fuhrman would get me stuff almost every week that we would add to our meal,” Nancy Kaser, Ray and Loretta’s daughter who has also been a part of the meals since the beginning, added. “Blueberries, broccoli, strawberries, squashes – she’s been an awesome support.” Along with the quality of the food, Jen speculates that it is also the welcoming aspect of the space that has kept an average of 88 attendees coming back week after week. “Eating prepared food, inside, with six chairs there’s a lot of opportunity for visiting,” Ray said. Adding, “People would stay probably 25 minutes after they’re done eating.” “That’s one thing that’s the most positive about the whole program is the communication and bonding,” Nancy added, “especially for people that don’t get out very often.” But that bonding didn’t just happen in the dining room. Behind the scenes,

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in a kitchen filled with members of the Kaser and Ohren families, a network of community support was established as well. “It’s like a huge family,” Nancy said. Noting that each member has his/ her own role from the planning of the menu – Jen’s domain – to the washing off the dishes – Ray’s primary task – and everything in between. With five years of history, the Saturday Lunch crew had become a well-oiled machine. And, with attendance increasing nearly every week, it looked like nothing could hold them back – except perhaps a pandemic. “Initially we gave out Roth’s food cards,” Nancy said of the moratorium on indoor service that became effective in mid-March 2020. “Then we switched to sandwiches. Now I purchase 36 sandwiches every week.” Huddled beneath a propane heater inside the church’s breezeway each Saturday at noon, Jen and Nancy now pass out deli

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sandwiches, a piece of fruit, a bag of chips and a cookie. And while the food fills a need – often providing much needed nourishment to unhoused neighbors – there is a lot that is still lacking. “I’d like to go back to cooking some meals,” Nancy admitted. “I worry about the people that are shut-ins that we don’t see any more.” Jen agrees. “We worry about them but we also know we can’t visit. They’re that highest vulnerability group. It’s sad to see what’s happened with people during this time with lack of connection.” Fortunately, with vaccinations becoming more widespread across the community, both the Kasers and the Ohrens are hopeful that the Saturday Lunch will reopen soon. “I miss the serving part and seeing everyone coming through the line,” Nancy asserted. “For me, getting somebody to talk that doesn’t normally talk. It’s fun.”

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The forest is a constant reminder of the passage of time, with evidence of seen and unseen life all around. Debby Sundbaum-Sommers’ works are spotlighted in “Mono Types, Mono Prints & More,” also in the Loft. Debby, a painter and print maker, graduated with a BFA from Oregon State University. From 2007 - 2017 she worked as a press assistant at the Crow’s Shadow Institute for the Arts. She continues her

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Business

Making the best of it

Mt. Angel Sausage Co. expands services

By Melissa Wagoner

Mt. Angel Sausage Co.

Mt. Angel Sausage Co. wasn’t the only restaurant closed down by the pandemic but it is one of the few restaurants to view that closure as an opportunity.

European grocery and restaurant food to go. 105 S. Garfield St., Mount Angel

“When the pandemic hit it was like, we’ve got to do something,” owner Jim Hoke said.

Open: Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

That closure dredged up an idea, some seven years in the making: to convert the restaurant’s 125-person seating area into a European market. It was aplan that, before 2020, had always seemed impossible.

Curbside pick-up app: www.facebook.com/ mt.angelsausage reserved solely for regular customers and a nod to Mount Angel’s German heritage – as well as Stammtisch lockers – filled with drinking steins – the pub will be a family friendly place for the community to gather.

“How do you close a successful restaurant?” Hoke said of the one bit of logistics that had always held them back. But in 2020, with indoor dining largely prohibited by the state, Hoke – along with co-owner and wife Robin and their staff – began renovating the majority of the Sausage Company, bringing in coolers, shelving and shopping carts. “It was an expensive overhaul,” Hoke admitted. “But we did our homework. And we’re so happy we did because we wouldn’t have survived otherwise.” In an average year – prior to the opening of the new store on Oct. 27, 2020 – the income of the Sausage Company’s Mount Angel hub brought in an average of 80 percent from the restaurant and 20 percent from retail sales. Now, the numbers have flipped, with the store’s income far outweighing the restaurant’s takeout sales. “People love German food,” Hoke said of the store’s overnight success. “And people love the handcrafted stuff.” Stocked with over 1,200 European

Jim and Robin Hoke in the new European market portion of Mt. Angel Sausage Co.

products including chocolates, baked goods, mustards and sauerkraut, as well as a case full of imported German beers, wines and ciders, the store has something for just about everyone. But the true star is still the company’s 34 varieties of handmade sausage. “My son James is head of the protein,” Hoke explained. Noting that the entire inventory – an average of 10,000 pounds a month – is made entirely by hand, onsite and by only two craftsmen. “They’re really good at what they do,” Hoke said. Not surprising, considering those sausages were the inspiration for the opening of Mt. Angel Sausage Co. by the Hokes over 20 years ago.

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“We came here to start the sausage company,” Hoke – who has been making sausage since he was journeyman meat cutter in Montana at 15 – said. “We never intended to have a restaurant.” And the Hokes are not ready to fully give up on the restaurant business. In fact, they recently expanded that portion of their venture as well, purchasing the adjacent pub for additional seating. “20 minutes after we were approved by the OLCC they shut down indoor dining,” Hoke said of the uncanny timing between the bar’s purchase and the state’s most recent restaurant mandate. “But when they open up indoor dining, it’s open. It could be open in a couple of hours.”

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“We’ll give them everything they lost,” Hoke promised. For now, Hoke encourages Mt. Angel Sausage fans to check out the new store in-person or via their online shopping app, which allows customers to purchase all of the store’s items – including the wildly popular, four-person family meals – for curbside pickup. “You can set your pickup time,” Hoke put forth. Adding, “They can even put a note that they want the meal thawed.” Because, whether serving guests in the restaurant, in the store, or virtually, the goal of Mt. Angel Sausage Company is still, as always, customer service. “Just tell us what you want and we’ll do it for you,” Hoke assured. “Because we’re very thankful for our community.”

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Donavon Jaeger Feb. 27, 1934 – Jan. 26, 2021

Donavon P. Jaeger died on Jan. 26, 2021, at his home in Keizer, Oregon. He was 86. Don was born to Sophia and John Jaeger in Kenmare, North Dakota, on Feb. 27, 1934. He was raised in Mount Angel, Oregon, graduated high school at Mt. Angel Preparatory School, and served two years in the US Army before marrying Martha Ruth Wagner, also of Mount Angel. They were married for 64 years.

21 grandchildren, and their 25 great

Don and Ruth raised six children in Salem, where Don served as VicePresident of US Bank. He managed several different branches in Salem over his 34-year career, during which countless people regarded Don as “the best banker I ever had.” After retiring in 1990, Don and Ruth moved to Aurora, Oregon for seven years, then to Keizer in 2002, where they spent their final years together.

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grandchildren. This family bond was

profoundly witnessed on the final day of Don’s life when 36 of his offspring spontaneously gathered in the yard

outside his bedroom window, singing his

favorite songs and sharing their deep love for him.

Above all else in his life, Don valued his beloved Ruth. They were inseparable in their mutual devotion and in their shared love for their six children, their

Don was predeceased by his siblings,

Silbernagel; and is survived by his sister,

Joan Fowlds. His children include: Timothy (Mona)

Jaeger, Cynthia (Gene Koon) Jaeger, Michael (Katie)

Jaeger, Thomas (Linda) Jaeger, Bruce (Nicky) Jaeger, and Linnea (John) Elyard-Jaeger.  

Private family services took place at St. Mary Catholic Church in Mount Angel on Feb. 6, with Rosary and

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Lee Ray Nixon June 27, 1932 – Jan. 4, 2021 Lee Ray Nixon, age 88, of Silverton, Oregon passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 4, 2021, of natural causes. Lee was born on June 27, 1932 in San Antonio, Texas to William Lee Nixon and Addie Pearl (Parker) Nixon. He attended elementary and high school in Shreveport, Louisiana, and graduated from Coahoma High School in Coahoma, Texas. He attended Napa Junior College in Napa, California for two years. Lee joined the U.S. Air Force where he served five years during the Korean Conflict, was stationed at Travis Air Force Base and was Honorably Discharged in 1955. Lee married Juanita Scrivner while in the Air Force, and two daughters were born of the marriage, Carolyn, and Shelley. A second marriage to Joyce Munson also produced a daughter, Leah. Lee married Glenda Golden Borboa in 1970 and was a participant in a blended family for the next 50 years, as four stepchildren, Casey, Rudy, Greg, and Lisa Borboa, were added to the mix. After his discharge from the U.S. Air Force, Lee had a long career in the communication industry, starting in 1955 as a lineman for Western Union, and ending as a District Engineer for Continental Telephone Co., retiring in 1991. Lee’s work allowed the family to live in several interesting places. From Dos Palos, California to Silverton, Oregon, then to Juneau, Alaska, then back to California to finish out his 25 years with Contel. Lee loved participating in and watching sports and was a faithful Dallas Cowboys fan. He was partial to baseball and spent ten years volunteering and coaching Little League baseball in Dos Palos, and Silverton. He also volunteered for the local swim club while in Dos Palos. Golf was also a passion and he always had his golf clubs at the ready. Lee also had an interesting family history. One of his ancestors was Quanah Parker, a respected Comanche Chief, his mother being Cynthia Parker, a relative of Lee’s mother. Lee’s mom, Addie Pearl Parker also had a first cousin that had a daughter named Bonnie Parker, of Bonnie and Clyde fame. Luckily, Lee was quite law abiding. Lee was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Joycelyn Roberts, and a daughter Patricia Nixon. He is survived by his wife Glenda; children Shelley Lozano, Carolyn Nixon, and Leah Goodale; stepchildren Casey Borboa, Rudy Borboa (Beth), Greg Borboa (Ana), and Lisa Borboa Wynn. Also surviving are 15 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and two nieces. Due to the pandemic, no services are planned. In lieu of flowers, donations to the following would be much appreciated: The Cat House on the Kings, 7120 S. Kings River Rd., Parlier, CA 936489720, or Appaloosa Museum & Heritage Center, 2720 W. Pullman Rd., Moscow, ID 83843. Both charities are accessible online. Arrangements by Unger Funeral Chapel – Silverton, Oregon. 12 • February 2021

Michael Randle Mullikin March 16, 1962 – Jan. 30, 2021

Michael Randle Mullikin was born in Los Angeles, California March 16, 1962. His family moved to Silverton, Oregon in 1970. After graduating from Silverton High School in 1980, Mike worked at Roth’s Foodliner. He worked in various positions during a 40-year career. He worked at both the Silverton and Stayton stores. Mike was a music aficionado. He enjoyed his sizable collection of music that included classic rock, jazz, and blues. When he wasn’t listening to music, he might be found watching a horror movie. Mike was known to be someone

who could be counted on; he was always willing to help someone in need. It was during his high school years that Mike met his wife, Deanne Iness Mullikin. She survives him along with his daughter, Britany Schilling; grandchildren, Alexis, Quentin, and Amillyana Schilling; sister, Jan (Dave) Foster; Niece Mary (Richard) Ruebesam; nephew, John (Emily) Foster; great nieces and nephews, Courtnie, Kory, and Breanna Ruebesam, Olivia, Sophia, Nate, and Noah Foster; sister Karen Cuthbert; parents, Tom and Shirley Mullkin. Mike was a caring, gentle man who will be deeply missed by those who loved him.

Sharon Kay McClintock June 23, 1960 – Dec. 26, 2020 Sharon Kay (Schaecher) McClintock was born on June 23, 1960, the eighth of nine children to Edward and Vivienne Schaecher. She grew up in Mount Angel and graduated from John F Kennedy High School. Sharon was kind, generous, and funny, with a quick, infectious laugh. She was immensely proud of her daughter, son-inlaw, and grandchildren and received great joy from being a mom and grandma. She turned 60 in 2020 and wanted to celebrate it with her family. She was looking forward to meeting her new granddaughter, however she passed just 15 days before the baby was born. She loved spending time with her brothers and sisters, and loved dolphins, the beach,

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and camping. She is survived by her daughter, Karen; sonin-law, Ryan Duca; grandchildren Stanley, Sebastian and Anatolia; her brothers, Ed (Tricia) Schaecher and Ron Schaecher; sisters, Diane (Jon) Taylor, Jean (Randy) Hartline, Mary Jane (Joel) Friday, Nancy (Pat) Huebsch, Judy Lynch, and Anita (Kevin) Lynch; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Richard. She will be forever missed. The family plans a private celebration of life at the beach, six feet apart, with air hugs and lots of love and laughter to remember the wonderful life she had and the immense joy Sharon brought to them.

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Sr. Judith Ann Henigin April 18, 1940 – Jan. 31, 2021 Sister Judith Henigin, O.S.B., a member of Queen of Angels Monastery, died at 7 a.m., Jan. 31, 2021, in Salem Health Hospital, Salem, Oregon, at the age of 80. Previous to this time in the hospital, she was a resident of the Providence Benedictine Nursing Center in Mount Angel for a number of months due to significant health issues.  A private vigil took place in the monastery chapel on the evening of Feb. 4 and a burial in the monastery cemetery was held the following day. Sister Judith born in 1940 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, one of 10 children of the late John and Regina Henigin. Her family moved to Oregon in 1950 and she attended several Catholic schools in the Portland area before attending Mt. Angel Academy during her senior of high school.  Sister Judith entered the Benedictine community in 1958 and professed vows in 1960, taking the name of Sister Andrew. She later returned to her baptismal name. She graduated from Mt. Angel College with a degree in education, and taught at parochial schools

in Shaw, Woodburn, Mount Angel, Oregon City, Portland and Albany. Later. She trained to become a Montessori preschool teacher, and spent more than a decade working at Montessori schools in Portland. After her retirement from active ministry Sister Judith worked at Queen of Angels Monastery, serving as a driver for sisters, assisted in the monastery infirmary, library, switchboard, and volunteered at St. Joseph Shelter. Sister Judith is preceded in death by her parents, John and Regina Henigin; her brothers, John and Paul; and sisters, Joan, Mary Louise, Regina Marie, Suzanne, Janet, and Joyce. She is survived by her brother, Patrick, adopted sister Evette Romero and adopted brothers Mark and Eric Romero, brothers-in-law, sisters-inlaw, many nieces and nephews, cousins, and her monastic community, the Benedictine Sisters of Mt. Angel. Memorial gifts may be made to the retirement fund of the Benedictine Sisters, 840 S. Main St., Mount Angel, OR, 97362.

Marlin Hutton

Jan. 22, 1939 – Feb. 2, 2021 Marlin Hutton, born Jan. 22, 1939 in Silverton, Oregon to Don and Cora Hutton, passed away Feb. 2, 2021 at his residence in Salem. He was a proud third-generation Silvertonian whose paternal grandfather was born in Silverton in 1856. Marlin attended Silverton schools and graduated from Silverton Union High School in 1957. He wed Carolyn Larson, with whom he was happily married for 60 years. He is survived by his wife, now of Salem; two sons, Lincoln and Stuart, of Portland; his sister, Lorraine Hanson of San Diego; and many nephews, nieces, and cousins. After graduating from Portland State

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University, he started a career in juvenile corrections at McLaren School for boys. A dedicated supervisor for many years, he also left a respected legacy of impartiality in his role as assistant to the superintendent. He loved to drive and spent many happy years RVing with Carolyn and his cat. He appreciated people in all their varieties and enjoyed capturing them in photographs with his camera that followed him everywhere since age 16. He loved to eat and joked that his two favorite words in the English language were “boo-fay”. He had a great sense of humor. A celebration of life will be planned at a later date. Arrangements are by Unger Funeral Chapel- Silverton.

Verna Scharbach 102-year-old Verna Scharbach passed away peacefully in her Mount Angel home on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. Verna was the second of nine children born to William and Elizabeth Predeek. Lucky to have a large and extended family, she quickly became as deeply rooted in the area as the native oaks. Living out of town on their family farm near Rocky Four Corners, her parents decided to send her to boarding school with the Benedictine Sisters in Mount Angel, the beginning of a long relationship with the Sisters. Being quarantined there in an upstairs room for scarlet fever, she remembered seeing the glow of the fire that destroyed their country barn when her brothers were playing “steam engine” too near the hay. Married at 17 to August Scharbach, they built their house and had two boys; Robert (Bob) Scharbach (Patricia Culley) and John (Jack) Scharbach (Jane Bainter) and some years later, daughters Susan and Nancy Scharbach. When her husband passed away Verna became the cook at Mt. Angel Middle School. She was a wonderful cook and many remember the fresh rolls she made from scratch, grinding the wheat berries the kitchen received. During that time she enthusiastically took up ballroom dancing, perfect for her graceful legs and love of movement and people. One of her outstanding traits was her willingness to make new friends throughout her life. She loved meeting new people and was a good listener. Hearing from people with different backgrounds expanded her world. She delighted in it, the way some enjoy traveling. Gardening, especially propagating and sharing plants, was a lifelong pleasure. It was impossible for her to compost the tiniest bulb or slip of a plant she might pot up and give to someone. Her interest was contagious and sparked many to take up the hobby themselves. Volunteering was her joy and dedication from her fifties onward. A constant at the Mt. Angel Senior Center, working in the kitchen where she felt most at home. Near that time she began collecting donations for the needy in her garage, starting what would become Mission Benedict. She was not judgmental of people’s circumstances, but went straight to filling their needs. She loved making sure mothers had everything they needed when an infant was coming. When the Mission became a food pantry, she was there, working, and loved the work and the people so much she only admitted to being retired in the last few months. Her co-volunteers became a circle of friends, adding joy to her days. Her services to the community earned her the Mt. Angel Citizen of the Year award in 2012, and in 2020, at the age of 101, the Spirit Mountain Community Fund’s Helping Hands Award. Being related to so many people, her long life and good memory made her an excellent resource for her nephew Bill and the Mt. Angel Historical Society. Fun tales of her childhood included roller skating from Mount Angel to Monitor with a gang of neighborhood kids, returning home triumphant at dusk. A world that charms us. She is survived by her son John and daughters Susan and Nancy Scharbach; grandchildren Angela Scharbach, Melanie Dimond, Erica Turner and Jacob Scharbach; and sisters Dorothy Holmes and Donna Annen. She might say: “Love where you live, love your people, live lightly and follow your interests. You will find deep contentment in your life.” Remembrances can be made to: Mission Benedict, Benedictine Sisters of Mt. Angel, or the Mt. Angel Historical Society.

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People Out Loud

Conflict?

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I had a good conversation with my son over breakfast today, regarding commonality, values, and civility. One of the things I have always been proud of is having an ability to quickly find something in common with people I meet. It is the first step toward making a connection. Going into someone’s home or office, it is not rocket science to see the golf trophy on the mantle, a photo of a large salmon caught after a great fight, or a bucket full of cute grandkids. In today’s world, it seems more important to find something to argue about, be it a MAGA hat or a BLM t-shirt. But perhaps it is better to find common ground rather than invoking a gross stereotype or over-generalization. The indisputable fact is most Democrats do not want open or porous borders and 80% taxes to fix everyone’s hangnails. Most Republicans are not white nationalists and believe the poor do not matter. Most Independents are not wishy-washy and just cannot make up their minds.

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theater or “I have a bomb” on an airliner is an exception to unfettered free speech? How can a person who states “There are fine people on both sides” when one side is racist also affirm their Christian values that God loves us all? How can a person who does not fit the model, because they believe in something different, fit in?

But it starts with values, commonality, civility, and, as a young man once told me on a flight to Dallas, “graciousness.”

Having interviewed and hired a lot of people in my career, I used to end virtually all interviews with one final question. “What are your values?” So many people got caught off-guard and responded, “Business or otherwise?” I asked, “Are they different?”   The truth is most people love this country, warts and all. Most want the best for the kids and grand-kids, and believe hard work is the ticket to success. Most do not want government to have total control over our lives and tax us to death. Most believe this is the greatest country the world has ever seen, and that it is a still viable goal to “seek a more perfect union.” Most believe in the goodness of

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Our Town North: Feb. 15, 2021  

Community news serving Silverton, Mount Angel and Scotts Mills.

Our Town North: Feb. 15, 2021  

Community news serving Silverton, Mount Angel and Scotts Mills.