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Something to Celebrate

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Vol. 13 No. 5

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Something to Celebrate Lori Pavlicek named First Citizen...........6

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All right, perhaps I am being overly dramatic. But they did make her an offer, and beginning March 6 they will have the benefit of her experience, insight and drive. And we are going to miss her. Kris started reporting for Our Town with our first issue in 2004. A freelance writer with small children, she juggled obligations, bubbled with ideas and stood ready to help when called. Eventually we just had to hire her. Over the years her role grew from reporter to managing editor. Her feel for our community, her professionalism and her interest in all things has made this a better paper.

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Mr. Lewis goes to Salem

Rick Lewis appointed to serve District 18

By Kristine Thomas

Cattlemen’s Association; and Hubbard resident Glenn Holum, a business owner who serves on his city’s planning commission.

While Rick Lewis’ title has changed from Silverton mayor to Oregon House District 18 state representative, his commitment to serve others remains steadfast.

On Feb. 22, Marion County Commissioners Kevin Cameron, Janet Carlson and Sam Brentano all voted for Lewis along with Clackamas County Commissioners Sonya Fischer, Paul Savas and Martha Schrader. Clackamas County Commissioners Jim Bernard and Ken Humberston cast their votes for Holum.

“Throughout my public service career, I have always strived to maintain a healthy respect for all viewpoints, collaborate and compromise when possible, and put the interests of the public above all else,” Lewis said. “I pledge to continue to abide by these principles as I begin my legislative career today.”

Lewis will serve through the remainder of the two-year term, Jan. 13, 2019.

On Feb. 23, Lewis resigned as the mayor of Silverton before being sworn in by Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas A. Balmer as state representative. A Republican, Lewis was appointed by the Clackamas and Marion County Boards of Commissioners on Feb. 22 to fill the Oregon House District 18 position. Lewis replaces Silverton resident Vic Gilliam, who resigned the seat Feb. 1 for health reasons. In 2016, Gilliam was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Gilliam, also a Republican, has served District 18 since 2007. According to Oregon law, the legislative vacancy must be filled by county commissioners representing the district in which the vacancy exists. House District 18 includes

“It is an incredible honor to have the opportunity to serve the residents of House District 18 as a member of the Oregon Legislature,” Lewis said.

Rick Lewis received many congratulations after being chosen to serve House District 18 in the Oregon Legislature.

voters in Clackamas and Marion counties. Finalists were selected by the Republican Party, as directed by state law. The candidates were Lewis; Gervais resident Jerome Rosa, who is the executive director for the Oregon

When selected Feb. 22, it was Lewis’ plan to continue as Silverton’s mayor. While Oregon law provides a public servant may hold two elected offices under certain circumstances, Lewis’ resignation as mayor on Feb. 23 eliminates any potential questions about the constitutionality of dual office holding. Sharing the decision to step away from his role with the city was “far and away the most difficult” part of this process, Lewis said. He said he gave up the idea of serving as mayor while also serving as a member of the

Legislative Assembly when it became clear that there were some outstanding constitutional questions that could expose both the city and the legislature to some risks. “I have pledged to be as helpful as possible to my colleagues in Silverton as they navigate this unexpected transition,” Lewis said. “Today is very bittersweet for me, but I am comforted by the fact that I will still have an opportunity to work closely with my friends at the city as I assume my new role in the legislature.” Silverton City Manager Christy Wurster said City Council President Kyle Palmer will fulfill the responsibilities of the mayor until a new one is selected. The city council was set to hold a special meeting to discuss the vacancy on Feb. 27, after Our Town’s press time. “Mayor Lewis has characterized outstanding leadership and service to our community for many years, first as our police chief and then as our mayor,” Wurster said. “On behalf of the staff, I would like to wish him continued success in his new capacity.”

Clackamas and Marion County Boards of Commissioners before an audience of about 50 at the Mount Angel Fire Station on Feb. 22. The commissioners first took public comment on the candidates, then the candidates introduced themselves followed by questions from each commissioner. Silverton residents Ann Haviland, Aaron Koch, Charles Baldwin, Stu Rasmussen and Dana Smith all spoke highly of Lewis’ service to Silverton and their confidence in him serving the constituents of House District 18. Koch, who is a member of the Silver Falls School Board, shared with the commissioners that what Lewis brings to the table is the ability to listen to and work with everyone. “He has the ability to reach across the aisle and values all opinions,” Koch said. Describing Lewis as a man of integrity, Baldwin said Lewis has a broad array of experience and approaches things in an even-handed, fair way. Rasmussen said Lewis is a fair-minded, public servant who is willing to go the extra mile. A city councilor, Smith said she and Lewis have often found themselves on the opposite ends of a debate.

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“I thank the community for the tremendous outpouring of support. Thanks also to those who were involved in this process from the very beginning, particularly to those who encouraged me to step forward and offered so much in time and in counsel,” Lewis said. “You know who you are. Thanks to my family for their love and support in allowing me to continue to serve.”

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Lewis has been in public service for more than 45 years, including time as police chief, mayor of Silverton, interim Silverton city manager and in the U.S. Army. He decided to seek the seat because he believes he has more to give.

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Humbled to be chosen to serve, Lewis said he sees the appointment as an opportunity to continue the work started by Gilliam, He added he will never be able to fill Gilliam’s shoes, a man he considers to be a statesman.

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Gilliam said Lewis was chosen from a slate of talented candidates. “Rick’s experience from the military and law enforcement and as our mayor not to mention his life as a dedicated husband and father will serve us well,” Gilliam said. “I wish Rick all the best as he steps into the House of Representatives and all of Oregon’s current challenges and opportunities.”

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“Working with Rick has been an honor,” Smith said. “He has never been anything but respectful in the way he speaks to me and honors my opinion on things.”

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Lori Pavlicek, Mount Angel First Citizen for 2016

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It wasn’t until she saw it written down on paper that Lori Butsch Pavlicek became fully aware of all her volunteer work.

“She rarely says ‘I can’t do it,’” Butsch said. “She’s always willing to volunteer and help. I don’t know if she has ever said ‘no.’ She does things because it needs to get done.”

She is currently the president of the Mount Angel Community Foundation and the secretary of the Providence Benedictine Nursing Center Board. She’s an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church and a board member and 2016 president of Ag-Link, an organization that helps promote Oregon agriculture and bridge the gap between urban and rural Oregonians.

When asked why she volunteers, she said, “Somebody has to do the work.”

And that realization occurred only after she received some unexpected but surprisingly good news. As Pavlicek was driving to the Portland Airport with her 16-year-old daughter, Olivia, to go to a volleyball tournament in Arizona, she received the phone call that she had been chosen as the 2016 Mount Angel First Citizen. “I didn’t realize everything I have done until I read the nomination form,” she said, laughing. Her sister-in-law, Linda Butsch, nominated her for the honor. “She is an advocate for her community,” Butsch said. “She’s always doing things for her community and her family.” Describing her sister-in-law as a tireless volunteer, Butsch said what makes Pavlicek a good person to have on a committee is that she is approachable, nice

Lori and Derek Pavlicek are the parents of Olivia, a junior at Silverton High School, and Genavieve, an eighth-grader at Silverton Middle School. Her daughters keep her busy with school and club volleyball games, high school activities and church functions.

She serves on the SHS Dodgeball committee and the Silverton Middle School eighth-grade promotion committee.

Pavlicek is a part-owner of 4B Farms in Mount Angel along with her parents, Jim and Donna Butsch, and her brother, Jeff. They grow wheat, grass seed, hops, garlic, hazelnuts and a variety of vegetables.

“My first commitment is to my family and everything else comes second,” Pavlicek said. Every night before she goes to bed and every morning when she awakes, Pavlicek said she looks at her calendar to see what’s on the day’s agenda.

Through 4B Farms, they support the Mount Angel Fire Department, sponsor various sports teams, Silverton High School FFA, St. Joseph’s Shelter and agriculture in the classroom. Her volunteer activities include serving on the Mount Angel Oktoberfest Board for 18 years and Farm

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Pavlicek enjoys being part of a committee that accomplishes things. By volunteering, she said she is reward by seeing what takes place from the annual Oktoberfest to the Mount Angel Festhalle being built.

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“Mount Angel will always be my home and it has a soft spot in my heart,” she said. “The people you met in your hometown are with you your entire life and we grow pretty good people around here.”


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Moonlight Masquerade By Kristine Thomas Four-year-old Leah Martin reminded her dad, Andrew, about the dance in December. Three-year-old Avery Satern has mentioned the dance more than a few times to her parents, Brent and Kelly Satern.

Megan Wavra, 5, and Brittyn Wavra, 4, eyes lit-up with excitement when their dad, Eric Wavra, told them he had bought tickets for this year. After having a blast at the first dance, all four girls and their dads are looking forward to the second annual Silverton Rotary Daddy-Daughter Dance Saturday, March 11, 6 to 9 p.m. at Silverton High School. Along with the dancing at the Moonlight Masquerade, guests can enjoy a formal daddy-daughter photo, face painting, photo booth, crafts and games, snacks, desserts and chocolate fountains. Brent Satern said the dance is an opportunity for fathers to show their daughters how “special they are to us.” “It is a tangible way that we can show our daughters that they are loved unconditionally and that does wonders for these girls as they start to navigate through life,” Satern said. Andrew Martin said he and Leah had a great time at last year’s dance.

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Dads were dressed in everything from suits and ties to blue jeans and cowboy boots to golf shorts and sandals. For the dads, the evening was all about seeing their daughters’ smile and hear them laugh. “This is a time for daughters to be influenced by the male figures in their life and to understand how men should act towards women with love and respect and the ability to have a good time,” Wavra said. Satern, who is working with fellow Rotary Club members to organize the dance, said last year’s event showed him there are “a lot of great dads in our community and some very lucky daughters.”


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The dance is a perfect way for him to Whether it was dressing up in oversized sunglasses and wearing silly hats at the have some one-on-one time with his photo booth, making crafts at the craft daughters at a young age “which is area or having fun on the dance floor, traditionally harder for dads to do.” Satern said the dads Going to the dance jumped in with is special for Wavra both feet for an because he gets to opportunity to treat The second annual Silverton Rotary have a “date night” their daughters to a Daddy-Daughter Dance is for girls with his daughters. special night. eighth-grade and younger. “I have a very “You couldn’t help Saturday, March 11, 6 to 9 p.m. hectic schedule but leave the dance with traveling for Silverton High School, 1456 Pine St. last year knowing work and a special Tickets: $30 per dad/daughter, $10 that the dads evening allowed me for each additional daughter and daughters in to reconnect with attendance left the RSVP: Register online at them,” Wavra said. dance in a better place than they Satern said he heard In person at Country Financial at 204 started,” Satern said. a quote from George W. Main St. Bell: “You can Martin said it was pretend to care, but fun to see all the you can’t pretend to girls with huge show up.” smiles and a few clinging to their dads due to shyness. Satern said children see their parents’

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“It was also great to see all the dads in this community willing to invest in their kids’ life,” Martin added. Rachel Peters, now a junior, was one of the Silverton High School Interact Club members who volunteered at the dance last year.

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Mount Angel Library Activities

10:30 a.m., Mount Angel Library. Toddler Storytime, age 0 - 3. 11:30 a.m., Indoor Playtime. Free. 503-845-6401

Chickadees Storytime

12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Ages 3 5. Free. 503-873-7633

Open Art Studio

1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free open art studio: painting, crafts, all art projects. Seniors 60 and older. 503-873-3093

Silverchips Woodcarving Sessions

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

9:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Yoga or Sit & Be Fit classes for seniors 60 and older. Repeats Wednesday, Friday. Discount for members. 503-873-3093

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

Gordon House Tours

Noon, 1, 2 p.m. Every day. Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon House, 869 W Main St., Silverton. 503-874-6006

Evening Yoga

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

AA Meetings

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

Tuesday Senior Center Exercise

8 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Zumba. 9 a.m. Tai Chi. Seniors 60 and older. Repeats Thursday. 503-873-3093

Crafty Kids

3 - 9 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Create arts projects. Age 5 - 11. Free; caregivers must attend with children age 0 - 5.

Storytime Artists!

3:30 - 5 p.m., Mount Angel Library. Volunteer Diane Strutz helps K-12 students with variety of subjects. 503-845-6401 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math: Learning and Building. Free. Ages 5 - 11. Free; caregivers must attend with children 0 - 5. 503-873-7633

Free Dinner

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


Silverton Business Group

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

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10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free AARP Tax Services for seniors. Walkins only. Every Saturday to April 15. 503873-3093

Late Season Saturday Market

10 a.m. - noon, Silver Falls Bread Co., 432 McClaine St., Silverton. 503-779-7206

Family Storytime

10:30 a.m., Silver Falls Library. Stories, crafts, activities. All ages welcome. Free; caregivers must attend with children 0 5. 503-873-7633

Family Game Day 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Family game day for families with children. Free; caregiver must attend with children 0 - 5.

Serenity Al-Anon Meeting

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

Saturday Lunch

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

Take Off Pounds Sensibly

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

Compassionate Presence Sangha

7 p.m., Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St. Mindful meditation. All spiritual traditions welcome. Free. Newcomers arrive 20 minutes early. 971-218-6641

Overeaters Anonymous

7 – 8 p.m., St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, 211 W Center St. All welcome. 503-910-6862

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


AARP Tax Services

10:30 a.m., Silverton Grange, 201 Division St. New thought services. 503-873-8026.

11 a.m. Silver Falls Library. Ages 0 - 36 months. Free. Repeats Fridays. 503-873-7633

Lego Club

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




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

Baby Birds Storytime

3:30 p.m., Mount Angel Library. All ages storytime with song, games, books, dancing crafts, more. Free. 503-845-6401 4:45 p.m., Mt. Angel Library. Lego Club for ages 5 and up. Free. 503-845-6401

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9 a.m., First Baptist Church, 229 Westfield St., Silverton. All welcome. 503-871-3729

Silvertones Community Chorus

10 - 11:30 a.m., United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St. Love to sing? Join Silvertones, four-part harmony. Tomi, 503873-2033

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Interdenominational Lenten Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Marquam United Methodist Church, 36975 S Highway 213, Mt. Angel. Seven Wednesdays of breakfast, worship, weekly speakers. Free; donations accepted. 503-829-5508,

Actors/Improv Group 7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Improvisational games. No experience required. Open to adults, high school students. Repeats March 15. 503-873-8796

Silverton Scribes

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Informal writers’ group to share, critique writing projects. Repeats March 16. 503-873-8796

Seed Exchange

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

10 a.m. - noon, Marion-Polk Food Share, 1660 NE Salem Industrial Dr., Salem. Bring seeds to share, take home free seeds. No seeds? No problem - seeds are available for all. 503-581-3855 ext. 314

Silverton Lions Club

Monday, March 6

Scotts Mills City Council

7 p.m., Silverton Hospital. Open to everyone. Repeats March 16. 503-873-7119

Further MISadventures of the 7 Dwarfs

7 p.m., Brush Creek Playhouse, 11535 NE Silverton Rd. Brush Creek Players production. Repeats 7 p.m. March 3 - 4; 2 p.m. March 5. Tickets at Books-N-Time, 210 N Water St., Silverton. 503-508-3682

Friday, March 3 Lent Retreat

10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Shalom Prayer Center, 840 S. Main St. A day of quiet and prayer. Presenter: Evelyn Wemhoff, $50 includes lunch.971-273-0700 to register

White Oak Gallery

6 - 8:30 p.m. 216 E. Main St. Celebrate our anniversary and meet local artists. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. WednesdaySunday. 503-931-4517

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

Mount Angel City Council

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

Tuesday, March 7 Adult Coloring Night

6 - 7:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Relax with adult conversation, refreshments, coloring. Materials provided. Free. 503-873-8796

Mt. Angel American Legion

6:30 p.m. Legion Hall, 740 E. College St. American Legion Post #89 invites veterans for a meeting. 503-845-6119

The Compassionate Friends

6:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. The Compassionate Friends provide support to parents who lost a child. 503-873-6944

Saturday, March 11 Father Bernard Dinner, Auction

5 p.m., Mount Angel Festhalle. Annual Father Bernard Youth Center dinner, auction. Tickets $40, two for $75. Sponsor a table, seats 8, for $500, and enjoy a bottle of wine, sweet treats. Golden Ticket Raffles are $50 each. RSVP 503-845-4097.

Daddy Daughter Dance

6 - 9 p.m., Silverton High. Second annual Daddy Daughter Dance, “Moonlight Masquerade,” featuring DJ, dancing, photos, face painting, games, hors d’oeuvres, dessert. $30 for dad, daughter; $10 for additional daughter. Register by March 4. Brent Satern, 503-580-9546

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Scotts Mills Ham Dinner

11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Scotts Mills Grange Hall, corner of 4th and Grandview ave. Enjoy hickory smoked ham, scalloped potatoes and more. Adults, $8; kids under 10 yrs, $4; and kids under 4 years, free. 503-873-5059

Silverton Garden Club

7 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship, 822 NE Industrial Way. Learn about native plants for landscaping with Master Gardener Julie Miller. Guest welcome. Sandi, 503-873-5690

Monday, March 13

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Thursday, March 9

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7 - 9 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St. Artists’ reception for Robert Fox, glass sculpture, and Jane Castelan Buccola, painter. Gallery loft display includes works by underwater photographer Kevin Gray and nature-themed paintings by artist Chuck North. Display 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily through March 31. 503-873-7734

First Friday in Silverton 7 – 9 p.m.

Explore the historic downtown, have dinner, shop, browse galleries, boutiques. 503-8735615

First Friday Music

Wine & Words

5 p.m., Glockenspiel Restaurant, 190 E Charles St. Monthly book club with special wines, beers offered. Free; open to public. Maureen Ernst, 503-910-5417

Introduction to Meditation 6 p.m., Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St. Free. 971-218-6641 503-873-3461

7 p.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St. Soprano Alison Seeber sings music by Handel, Dubois, Couperin and Wicks, accompanied by Christopher Wicks at piano, organ. Freewill donation

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Singles Dine Out Club

6 p.m., Seven Brides Brewing, 321 Westfield. For singles 40+ and seniors 60+. Order off menu, Dutch treat. 503-873-3093

Basics of Going Solar

6:30 - 8 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Basics of Going Solar shows how solar works in Oregon’s climate.

Mount Angel School District

6:30 p.m., District Office, 730 E Marquam St. Open to public. 503-845-2345 7 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Open to public. 503-873-5303

Tuesday, March 14 Ancestry Detectives

10 a.m. - noon, Silver Falls Library. Using DNA tests for genealogical research.

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Wednesday, March 15

Silverton Mural Society

6 - 8 p.m., Seven Brides Brewing, 990 N First. Meet other knitters, crocheters for an evening of pints and some purls. Everyone welcome. Contact Kisdesigns on Facebook for information.

7 p.m., location varies. Members meet to discuss ways to fund, implement projects. Call Barbara at 801-414-3875 for location. 7 p.m., Silverton Mobile Estates Clubhouse, 1307 S Water St. Open to public. Dues $15/ year. Norm, 503-874-8101

Friday, March 10 Silverton Chamber Forum Lunch

11:45 a.m., Silverton Hospital. Presentation by Marion County Commissioners. Cost is $12 for chamber members with reservation by March 8; $15 for prospective members, without reservation. 503-873-5615

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Thursday, March 16 How Does Your Garden Grow?

Noon, St. Paul Catholic Church, 1410 Pine St. Master Gardener Kristie Light shares information on improving soil, tips on organic gardening on budget, how to attract pollinators. Speakers Kristie Kalb and Kelly Crandall, certified health coaches. Luncheon, $6.50. Reservations necessary by calling Cathy, 503-999-2291

Victor Point Chili Feed 5 - 8 p.m., Victor Point School, 1175 SE Victor Point Rd. 49th annual chili feed, drawing, cakewalk. Meal tickets $5 each or $25 family pass. Meal, drawing tickets available at door. 503-873-8048

Friday, March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Irish Celebration

6 - 9 p.m., Borland Art Gallery, 303 Coolidge St. Meet local artists. View artwork. Display continues 9 a.m. - noon Monday - Friday, noon - 4 p.m. Saturday - Sunday through April 2. 503-779-3606

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Pints & Purls

Pudding River Watershed Council

6:30 p.m., Seven Brides Brewing, 990 N First St. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Susan Barnes discusses Oregon Conservation strategy, and western pond and painted turtles in Pudding River Watershed.

5 - 8 p.m., Glockenspiel Restaurant, 190 E Charles St. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with sing-a-long of Irish tunes with Silver Creek String Band, traditional Irish dinner. $28 per person. Reservations, 503-845-6222.

Vigil for Peace 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Towne Square Park. Silverton People for Peace gather for peace, end of wars. Open to all. 503-873-5307

Saturday, March 18 Balancing Lives with Spiritual Intention

A two-day conference, continues March 19. Life is stressful, find time to find balance between prayer and action. Presenter: Constance Hammond, DMin Registration: $89 for a commuter, $150 for overnight. Call 503-230-2331 to register

Seedy Saturday

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Silverton Grange, 201 Division. All welcome for free seed giveaway / exchange. Gardening tips, kids activities, plant starts sale, local seed catalogs. Canned good donation for SACA encouraged. 503-551-4788

Bunko Fundraiser

7 p.m., Silverton Elks Lodge, 300 High St. GFWC Silverton Zenith Woman’s Club bunko fundraiser for adults 21 and older. $15 per person, includes snacks. Tickets must be purchased in advance by contacting Zenith member, Elks Lodge, Bridge Crivella 503-873-8126, or Kathy Kintzley 503-873-7037. Benefits community projects, Tree of Giving, scholarships, layettes for Silverton Hospital.

Bike Forum Presentation

6:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Interested? Curious? Charles, 503-368-0800

Sunday, March 19 Taizé Prayer

7 p.m., Benedictine Sisters’ Queen, 840 S Main St. Open to public. 503-845-6773

Monday, March 20 SACA Job Fair

11 a.m. - 2 p.m., SACA, 431 S Water St. Job seekers connect with more than 250 employers. Contact SACA for resume, job readiness assistance beforehand. Free. 503-8733446

Mt. Angel Awards Banquet

6 p.m., Mt. Angel Festhalle. Mount Angel Chamber of Commerce honors individuals. Tickets required by calling 503-845-9440.

Tuesday, March 21 Alzheimer’s Support Group

2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free Alzheimer’s support group for spouses and others living with Alzheimer’s. Seniors 60 and older. 503-873-3093

Silver Falls Library Book Club

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Read Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. Visitors welcome. 503-897-8796

Thursday, March 23 Beating the Winter Blues

2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free presentation on how to beat the winter blues. Seniors 60 and older. 503-873-3093

Friday, March 24 Sharing the Caring

1 - 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free senior resource fair. Freebies, door prizes. Seniors 60 and older. 503-873-3093

Saturday, March 25 Pancake Breakfast

8 - 11 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Allyou-can-eat pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit, beverages. $5 adults, $3 children under 12. Children under 4 free. Fundraiser for Silverton Senior Center.

Sunday, March 26 Scotts Mills Pancake Breakfast

7 a.m. - noon, Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. $5 person.

Organ, Piano Recital

9:30 a.m., First Christian Church, 402 N First St., Silverton. Organ, piano recital featuring Gil Wittman. Free. 503-873-6620

Friday, March 31 Legal Advice for Seniors

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

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Finding the time capsule was a “neat moment,” Pfeifer said, because no one knew the it was hidden there. The copper time capsule, 10 inches wide, 16 inches long and 3 inches in

depth, contained a four-page history of the church dated Oct. 14, 1946; a Nov. 21, 1947 Silverton Appeal-Tribune with a headline reading “Cornerstone New Church to Be Laid,” a list of church members who made donations to the church and donation envelope with three worn coins. “When I saw the envelope, I recognized my grandfather’s handwriting,” Pfeifer said. The last paragraph of the newspaper article reads, “Construction on the new church was started last April and has been in the charge of the John A. Pfeifer Co.” Seeing the time capsule and knowing his grandfather’s role in building the church, Pfeifer said he feels like everything is coming full circle. “When I began working in construction, I started with my grandfather and my dad,” he said. And 70 years later, he’s getting to work on a project his grandfather started in April of 1947. The cornerstone was set on Nov. 23, 1947.

St. Paul’s renovation reveals pieces of history Pfeifer gave the time capsule to Dan Gasper, who is a cousin and a member of the church’s building committee. A member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mount Angel, Pfeifer said he attends St. Paul’s about 15 times a year with his wife, Kristy, and their children, Tyler, 13; Jackson, 11; and Brooklynn, 9. “My children understand how important this project is. Jackson attends youth group here and is proud of his dad. I was an altar boy at St. Paul’s,” Pfeifer said. “There’s a sense of community pride and history working on this project.” The Rev. Basil Lawrence, O.S.B. said Dalke Co. is responsible for the construction project, which will add a new entry way, porch, handicap accessible bathrooms and three new pew rows. “Opening the time capsule was a real treat and there were some fascinating historical items and records discovered inside,” Lawrence wrote in a church bulletin. The leader for the middle school youth


group, Lawrence said he and his students discussed what they could place in the new time capsule. He would like to have a group photo of parishioners once the project is completed. “Hopefully the items we leave behind for future generations of St. Paul parishioners to discover will bring them the same joy and amazement we have discovered ourselves,” Lawrence wrote. In a report to parishioners, Lawrence said the total cost of the project is $980,000 with the total money pledged so far being $883,700. Lawrence shared this is the first project the church has undertaken in more than 50 years. Parishioners, he said, are excited to see the construction begin, especially after planning and fundraising for it for 10 years. “We hope this will be the first of several projects,” he said. “The project has been an opportunity for revitalization for our parish and the hopes and dreams of the parishioners for their church.”

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sat there and watched every single thing the guy did. I was completely fascinated.”

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Sims said Oregon requires tattoo artists to complete hours of book study and to pass two tests. In addition, 150 hours of tattoo experience with at least 50 procedures is required.

Sims, 40, is the owner of The Luke Sims Silverton Tattoo Co., which he opened March 1, 2016 at 201 Oak St. “If somebody walks in here and I have the opportunity to make him or her happy and change their life, that’s what I want to do,” he said.

Sims will celebrate his one-year anniversary on March 4 beginning at 9 p.m. at Mac’s Place, 201 N. Water St. In addition to free T-shirts, he’ll be giving away $1,000 worth of tattoos. There will be live band karaoke with the Flextones.

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Sims has three sons with his former wife, Jamie Nida, who was born and raised in Silverton. Raymond, 11, Ryan, 9 and Royce, 5, all attend Silverton schools.


“There’s no better place to raise your kids than Silverton,” he said. “I decided to open a shop here so my children could come see me when they get out of school. The town’s been amazing to us.”

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Sims fell in love with tattoos when he was 15. His friend’s mother was a bass player in a local rock band. He spent a lot of time at their house.


“Some guy came over one night and started tattooing her,” he recalled. “Only bikers and rock stars were tattooed back then. I


There are two basic methods of tattooing: outlining and shading. Tattoo border lines hold everything together. “I have seen tattoos done without lines and after seven, eight or nine years later they are a faded blur,” Sims said. But shading can show its appeal with tattoos such as baby feet, where line borders could take away from its intended softer edges. While there are benefits to each method, Sims prefers the aesthetic of a lined tattoo. He offers simple advice to those who may struggle between a tattoo’s quality and price: “A cheap tattoo isn’t good, and a good tattoo isn’t cheap.” Before a client gets a tattoo, Sims shares some insight, making sure the client is comfortable and knowledgeable about what is happening. With the vintage “Mom” tattoos getting popular again, Sims said American Traditional is a very hipster thing. “Now they’re far more elaborate with lace, etc..” “Name hearts” are also popular, where clients have a loved one’s name tattooed inside of a heart-shaped outline. Sims’ father, a former pastor, is not a fan of tattoos. But he is supportive of his son’s talents. “My dad is my hero. He’s definitely of the mindset of the body is a temple. But I tell him all the time ‘where have you seen a temple that isn’t decorated?’”

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Carl Sampson’s column in Our Town is meant to be humorous. I get that. But there is a difference between humorous and laughable and his column on “ Carlcare” ( January 2017) is clearly the latter. In fairness, I applaud Mr. Sampson’s implication that all Americans deserve health insurance, that insurance should be comprehensive and employers shouldn’t be in the health insurance business. Carlcare, however, is not a new idea. It is a warmed over “ health savings account plus catastrophic coverage” model that’s been floated off and on for the last 20 years. It works only for the healthy and the wealthy and has never in any form survived a comprehensive analysis of feasibility as a solution to the problem of the uninsured.... Obamacare was an honest attempt to reform healthcare within the constraints of a monolithic Republican opposition ( to even their own ideas, like the individual mandate) and a private health insurance industry whose business plan is to deny as much healthcare as possible relative to premiums. Mr. Sampson’s criticisms of Obamacare seem petty or are untrue. Did members of Congress read the entire 2,000 page bill? Of course not. It’s not readable. But a bill to reform our health care system is going to be more detailed than a newspaper column. Details matter. And there is no evidence that Obamacare has been a “ drag on the economy”. Rather, Obamacare has given 20 million more Americans health insurance, including hundreds in this community. It has saved the lives of thousands of our fellow citizens who would have died otherwise. Thousands have been spared personal bankruptcy because of catastrophic

Of course, Obamacare is in jeopardy now... The number of uninsured will surely increase under this administration. The health insurance companies will be happy. They could never make enough money taking care of poor people anyway. Relieved of their obligations under Obamacare (“You mean we have to insure even sick people? ”) they and the predatory pharmaceutical companies will return to their main business of profit making. But imagine this. We designed a healthcare program that covered all Americans with every benefit of Mr. Sampson’s plan and more. Not only that, it would do all this while spending hundreds of billions less than we currently spend and that has been evaluated and found fiscally sound by the Congressional Budget Office. Well, there is such plan. Go to to learn more. Michael Grady, M.D. Silverton

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Viewpoint not middle of the road (Dixon) may be independent or Democrat, but its obvious (he is) not Republican. It’s obvious (he) listens to and reads liberal and left wing TV and printed matter....  It is unbelievable how the mainstream media can turn what someone says into a lie or a political hanging....  If you were the least bit middle of the road you would see how this President does not waiver in his effort to achieve goals that got him elected. If you were the least bit middle of the road you would see a Man that does not cower to ... left wing Hollywood ... that poison the minds of our young people with their rhetoric, music and show for the sake of earning millions! If you were the least middle of the road, you would see where the Democrats have taken us in the last eight years in the form of billions of dollars of debt to unpaid government promised retirements! ...Why wouldn’t people get sick and tired of the left voting themselves pay raises? ...Last but not least, tell me how the Democratic presidential candidate and the house and senate minority leaders can be multimillionaires but its no big deal! Mitch Teeney Silverton

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my opinion is the worst president in history... Instead of bashing we should be looking at ways to make our country great again. People are fed up with politics as usual and want to see real change and fresh ideas that will move us all forward. Let’s start with politicians, our fore fathers served faithfully and without compensation, not true today, politics has become a career choice and most retire millionaires on our nickel. How much education does it take to serve the country, must one be a Doctor, Lawyer or accountant? No, good and honest people can serve and do the job well. Term limits are the answer, just like the president can only serve two terms, likewise for congressmen and senators. So it also would make sense to not have Lifetime appointments to the Supreme Court. It is alarming to me what is happening to Public Education, the young people of today know little or anything about our history, the founding fathers, the Liberty Bell, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Pledge of Allegiance. How many know the words to our National Anthem? This country was founded on Judeo Christian Principles, and allows any one to practice the religion of their choice freely and openly. There have been manywho have interpreted this to mean Freedom from Religion, instead of what it really is Freedom OF Religion. My how we have missed the mark on this one, no thanks to the ACLU.


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“Could be a big year next year,” Silverton High swim coach Lucky Rogers said. You can’t blame Rogers for looking ahead to next season because this one was pretty special for the Foxes. Silverton’s boys and girls squads both lost just one dual meet and the two teams both finished second in the Mid-Willamette Conference district meet. The Foxes sent five relay teams and two individuals to the Feb. 17-18 OSAA Class 5A state championships and everybody involved finished 10th or better, led by the boys 200 medley relay squad, which took fifth. It was the first relay medal for the Foxes in school history. Jason Orr, Ross Mackinnon, Jaiden Davis and Blake Doerfler swam 1:48.87, with Doerfler’s scorching 23.86 anchor leg running down Redmond in the stretch to take fifth. Here’s how the meet went: Boys – 100 back: Orr finished eighth by swimming 58.70; 200 free relay: Davis, Doerfler, Mackinnon and Orr finished eighth in 1:36.59. Girls – 200 free relay: Jillian Bliss, Samantha Zurcher, Maddie Broyhill and Marie Tolmachoff took seventh in 1:49.25; 100 breast: Tolmachoff swam 1:12.34 to finish eighth; 200 medley relay: Zurcher, Tolmachoff, Maggie Kelley and Broyhill took 10th in 2:04.32; 400 free relay: Emily Dillon, Kelley, Bliss and Jayla Toland finished 10th in the prelims in 4:06.72. “I could not have asked for anything more,” Rogers said. “We worked very hard and finished right where I hoped we would. As far as state goes, we did not have our best swims, but we did have good swims. No complaints from me.” Another reason Rogers is confident about next year? Zurcher, Tolmachoff, Kelley,

“Kaden, Jacob, Robert and Tristan have all had a great impact on each other,” Davis said. “They push and motivate one another to be better every day.” Davis said Milstead learned a lot from facing his district opponents during the dual meet season and “came out much more confident, forcing his opponents to make mistakes and then capitalizing on them.”

Broyhill, Toland and Doerfler are freshmen, and Orr and Mackinnon are juniors. Bowling: The Silverton boys and girls squads both finished second in district competition at AMF Firebird Lanes in Salem. They competed in the state meet in Feb. 25 - 26 after Our Town’s presstime. The girls squad defeated McKay 258-254 in the two-game semifinals but fell 278-259 in the finals against McNary. Foxes bowlers Madi Burton ranked second, Korina Chadwick third, Autumn Belville fourth and Maggie Buckholz 10th among the 34 who participated. Also bowling for Silverton were Grace Wallsinger and Abby Duda. The boys Silver squad defeated McNary 378-337 in the semifinals before falling to McKay 367-297 in the championship match. Rigo Rios was the top individual for Silverton, finishing sixth among the 72 boys participants. Also bowling for the Foxes were Jace Kincaid, Ryan Galvez, Colby Kemp and Lance Brown. The Foxes Black squad finished 10th. Participating were Keoki Kanahele, Tim Cobb, Chayse Lanier, Jesse Kirk and Koa Yoast. The teams are coached by Andrew Zwicker, Joe Norris and Lucas Cobb. The squads train at Silver Creek Lanes. Wrestling: The Foxes sent five athletes to the OSAA Class 5A state meet in Portland, which occurred Feb. 24 and 25 after Our Town’s presstime.

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The Foxes scored 219 points and finished sixth as a team. Dallas won the district title with 362. In addition to the state qualifiers Manuel Fernandez (285), Matthew Schonbachler (138) and Hayden Roth (182) took fifth for the Foxes and Chaz White was sixth at 138. Silverton had two girls on the squad this season, Madison Shockley and Hailee Burton, with Shockley advancing to state at 113 pounds. Davis said he hopes to field a full girls squad next season. Girls basketball: Kennedy is one game

Boys basketball: Silverton scored its biggest win of the season Feb. 21, taking a 74-57 victory against first-place Crescent Valley to improve to 6-7 in the MidWillamette heading into Friday’s regularseason finale against Corvallis. The Foxes earned the fifth-seed in the playoffs and were headed toward a possible matchup against Eagle Point on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

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Scoring Mid-Willamette Conference district championships for Silverton were Kaden Kuenzi (106) and Jacob Whitehead (113), while Robert Guenther (120) and Tristan Lanier (126) were runners-up. Also head to state was unseeded 285-pound

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The tool of the titans... some called them nerds

A slide rule was the main tool mathematicians, engineers and others who designed complicated structures used to “do the math.” “Do the math” would involve solving complicated equations with multiple variables. To solve them, an engineer had to isolate a variable and solve for another. He or she would then continue until they calculated the relationship between all of the variables.


And most importantly, we are on the verge of a new energy era. In the future, we won’t burn coal or oil or even use the sun to power our lives. Another source of energy will be discovered, yes, by a nerd, that will supply all of our needs. It will be clean and limitless.

I showed it to my 20-year-old son. He looked at it as though it has fallen from the sky, an artifact of a past civilization.

The slide rule, also known by the cool people as a “slipstick,” was invented in the 17th century. It used the basic properties of logarithms, exponents, to perform complex calculations that would otherwise take hours to do by hand.

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I was cleaning out my desk drawers at home the other day, and ran across one of the most powerful computers ever invented. It was an Acu-Math No. 500, also known as a slide rule.

In a sense, he was right. The people who used slide rules are gone, most of them. And the only ones who even recognize them are the remnants of a generation of nerds that once ruled the Earth.


I’m a believer in the future. I’m a believer that we will get past whatever travails lie ahead and, as a civilization, learn to live together. This took old-fashion brain power, and a slide rule. If you were really going Buck Rogers, you also would use something high-tech like a chalkboard. A slide rule was the light saber used by engineers to figure stuff out. In a real sense, they reached for the stars using their slide rules. Before electronic calculators and the computers that came after them, slide rules were wielded by the best and brightest. They were used to design bridges, skyscrapers, even launched men to the moon using a unimposing fool-long gadget that ran solely on brain power. No electricity, no batteries, just intellect. In the 21st Century, we will see and do things that our parents never even imagined. We already see robots that can build anything. Cars will soon drive themselves.

I’m just not sure of the timing. I’d like to say we’re on that path, but it appears we still have some things to work out with our politics and priorities.

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#T2330 PerFecT To BUild HUBBARD BARELAND/LOTS 14.930 Acres Call Mary at ext. 320 (WVMLS#709283) $375,000 (WVMLS#709044) 6,365 sqft Lot Call Chuck at ext. 325 SILVERTON #T2356 WonderFUl silVerTon locaTion neW-#T2373 1932 HoMe #T2341 2 HoMes on 2 acres 3 BR, 2 BA $74,900 (WVMLS#709283) IN TOWN NEW cHarMing HOME CONSTRUCTION COM 2 BR, 1.5 BA 1116 sqft Call Marcia at ext. 318 AUMSVI TOWN 1367 sqft. 2.630 Acres Call Chuck at ext. 325 2BR, 1BA 901 sqft Call Becky at ext. 313 #T2233 2 acre COUNTRY/ACREAGE loT 2 acres Call Chuck at COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL HUBBARD $194 ,500 (WVMLS#711736) $549,900 (WVMLS#709561) $145,500 (WVMLS#714228) F ext. 325 $189,500 (WVMLS#693008) #T2354 3 HoMe inVesTMenT ProPerTY #T2354 3 HoMe inVesTMenT ProPerTY sold-#T2367 Brand neW HoMe 4 BR, COUNTRY FOR LEASE/COMMERCIAL 4 BR, 3 BA 1776 sqft Call Marcia at ext. 318 4 BR, 3 BA 1776 sqft Call Marcia at ext. 318 2.5 BA 2082 sqft. Call Mary at ext. 320 BARELA $425,000 (WVMLS#711358) $425,000 (WVMLS#711358) $309,900TOWN (WVMLS#712774) STAYTON/SUBLIMITY #T2233 2 acre loT 2 acres Call Chuck at BARELAND/LOTS #T2365 BeaUTiFUl coUnTrY seTTing 2 sold-#T2370 cenTral saleM lisTing IN TOWN NEW #T2360 nice silVerTon sUBdiVision 3 BR, OTHER CO BR, 2 BA 1742 sqft. 1 Acre Call Mary at ext. 320 ext. 325 $189,500 (WVMLS#693008) COUNTRY/ACREAGE 3 BR, 1 BA 1086 sqft. Call Michael at ext. COUNTRY 2 BA 1404 sqft.Call Michael at ext. 314 $265,000 $299,900 (WVMLS#712560) 314 $172,900 (WVMLS#713282) sold-#T2369 greaT locaTion 4 BR, IN TOWN NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION (WVMLS#712045) #T2372 TranQUil reTreaT-SCOTTS MILLS2.5 BA, 1436 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Pending#T2357 coMPleTelY COUNTRY/ACREAGE #T2359 craFTsMan sTYle HoMe 3 BR, 1 BR, 1.5 BA 672 sqft. 5 Acre Call Mary at ext. IN TOWN NEW Ryan atCOMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL ext. 322 $249,900 (WVMLS#713414) reModeled 3 BR, 1 BA 1012 sqft. Call STAYTON/SUBLIMITY 2.5 BA 2381 sqft Angela at ext. 312 $349,900 320 $299,000 (WVMLS#714109) COUNTRY/ACREAGE Angela at ext. LAND/ACREAGE 312 $174,900 (WVMLS# 711865)


#T2311 HoWell Prairie FarM 3 BR, 2 BA 1170 sqft 26.77 Acres Call Chuck at ext. 325 $538,750 (WVMLS#706154)



Mary at ext. 320 $375,000 (WVMLS#709044)

LAND/ACREAGE #T2338 silVerTon ParceL Buildable








#T2365 BeaUTiFUl coUnTrY seTTing 2 BR, 2 BA 1742 sqft. 1 Acre Call Mary at ext. 320 $299,900 (WVMLS#712560)

STAYTON/SUBLIMITY #T2265 2.13 UndeVeloPed acres 2.13 acre

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#T2265 2.13 UndeVeloPed acres 2.13 acre lot.COMMUNITIES Zoned ID Call Chuck at ext. OTHER BARELAND/LOTS lot. Zoned ID Call Chuck at ext. 325 325 $299,000 (WVMLS#698462) #T2366 desiraBle area 3 BR, 2BA 1859 sqft. $299,000 (WVMLS#698462) #T2311 HoWell Prairie FarM Call Desaree at ext. 326 $335,000 (WVMLS#712581) #T2333 large ciTY loT .510 Acres Call Mi3 BR, 2 BA 1170 sqft 26.77 Acres Call chael at ext. 314 $99,000 (WVMLS#709098) sold-#T2368 cUTe craFTsMan 3 BR, 1 BA Chuck at ext. 325 $538,750 (WVMLS#706154) COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL


1318 sqft. Call Michael at ext. 314 $249,900 (WVMLS#712606)

neW-#T2376 QUieT neigHBorHood 4 BR, 2.5 BA, 1884sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $278,900 (WVMLS#714336) #T2316 PriVaTe & seclUded 4 BR, 4 BA 82.000 Acres Call Marcia at ext. 318 $799,000 (WVMLS#706727)











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Getting a daily dose of independence How our nurses are helping kids in school Gavin Wernette, 10, is an active boy, an avid reader and a car buff. He is also a kid with Type 1 diabetes, testing his blood sugars and injecting himself several times a day. “It’s not easy,” Gavin says. However, he receives daily help from a Legacy Silverton Medical Center nurse who works at local schools, giving students the tools for a healthy life. “She makes me feel happy and welcome,” Gavin says. “She has helped me become more independent.” Placing nurses in schools is just one of the ways we partner with others to build a stronger, healthier community for all. To learn about others:

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In a contract with schools, nurses from Legacy Silverton Medical Center oversee the health of some 4,700 students, providing routine care and working with students who have conditions ranging from asthma to spina bifida to epilepsy.

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