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Mr. Mayor

Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce names Andy Otte 2018 First Citizen

By Steve Ritchie Mount Angel 2018 First Citizen Andy Otte described his full daily schedule with a succinct sentence: “It’s nonstop.” Otte has served as mayor of Mount Angel since 2013. He is also a volunteer with the Mt. Angel Fire Department with the rank of captain, and coaches all three sports seasons – football, boys basketball and baseball – for Mt. Angel Middle School. In addition, Otte has coached youth league summer baseball for the last nine years.

you like to do that’? The first call was from the fire department.”

Otte went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from St. Mary’s in Moraga, California.

Otte went on to become Rookie of the Year, and twotime Firefighter of the Year. Otte is almost but not quite a Mount Angel native. He was born in Virginia when his father was in the Army.

He returned home and worked in Salem for three years before going back to get his MBA from University of San Francisco. Otte chuckled when speaking about the fact he is from a largely Catholic town and he attended two Catholic colleges – one run by Christian Brothers and the other by Jesuits – even though he isn’t Catholic.

The family moved to Mount Angel from Tillamook in the middle of Andy’s first grade year. He graduated from Kennedy High School in 1985. Otte, a four sport athlete in high school, said one of the highlights was his sophomore football season when the team made the state playoffs for the first time in school history.

That’s an impressive record of Mayor Andy Otte community service, especially for a person who says he was “adamant” about not moving back to Mount Angel when relocating from San Francisco in 2006. Otte knew what to expect though when his wife, Shelley, overruled him about not living in Mount Angel. “I told her that people are going to give me about six months, and then the phone calls are going to start happening. Shelley said, ‘what phone calls?’ Well, I said people will call and say ‘would you like to do this, would

“I played tight end and defensive end and I loved it. John Kuppenbender was the (head) coach, along with Randy and Mark Traeger and either Mike Stewart or Larry Wilkinson.” Though he loved sports and was used to competing yearround, Otte said he decided to take one spring off from baseball and track. “I regret it to this day,” Otte lamented. “It was a dumb decision. I didn’t even really get it off. Al Gregory was the school superintendent then, and he said if I wasn’t going to do a sport he was going to put me to work as an after-school janitor at St. Mary Grade School. And he did. True story.”

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a place to raise a family. With two youngsters at home, he began looking for options and was able to secure an offer from another company.

schedule and squeeze in mayoral duties and coaching.

“I asked the bank to match the offer, but they said no. So I said, well, how about if I work from home and live wherever I want to? And my boss said OK! It caught me off guard.” After the move to Mount Angel, Otte worked from home for nine years and got to spend much more time with his daughter, Miranda (now 14), and son Michael (now 12). He also notes, “That’s really what allowed me to start coaching. 99% of the people I worked with were all on the East Coast and so I worked East Coast hours, 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. our time. So I thought I might as well go coach if I had my afternoons free. It started out with just baseball and then it morphed.” “Morphed” is an apt description. Otte has now coached middle school baseball for 13 = years, and has coached 29 middle school sports seasons.

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“The (mayoral) workload ebbs and flows. If there’s issues that crop up at the city level or at the resident level it get busier. Right now it’s exceptionally busy because there is a lot of both.” Otte said participating in the Oregon Mayors Association has been very productive for him. He values the relationships he has developed with mayors from major cities like Portand, Beaverton and Tigard. “It’s an amazing group of people from all walks of life. Everybody has different ideas and we get together and share those. It’s been fun and enjoyable and hopefully brings somebenefits back to Mount Angel. “One of the things I got out of the mayors conference – and I stole it from another town – is that we have a student city council now. I stole that idea from Elgin, Oregon... It’s been awesome for the kids.”

“It adds up quickly when you are coaching three sports each year,” Otte laughed.

While Otte says he enjoys serving in city government and the fire department, coaching young people is “absolutely” the highlight and the most rewarding of his community commitments.

He now works for the State of Oregon, managing tech projects at the State Data Center. He says, “They have been wonderful” in allowing him to work a flexible

Cutting back on coaching duties might be in his future, but Otte says, “I want to keep coaching football. I’m good for a few more seasons.”

In addition to First Citizen Andy Otte honorees are: JUNIOR FIRST CITIZEN – Nick Suing, senior at JFK High selected for his leadership skills and community involvement. DISTINGUISHED SERVICE – Mount Angel Abbey for more than 130 years of service and commitment to the area. PRESIDENT’S AWARD – Mount Angel Oktoberfest for its community accomplishments and the charitable contributions made over the years. BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – Tiny’s Tavern, one of the city’s original businesses still in operation. SPECIAL SERVICE AWARD – Mt. Angel Legion Post 89, recognizing their ongoing service to the community since receiving their charter in 1934. Stories on award winners will appear in the March 15th edition of Our Town.

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Traveling with kids By Melissa Wagoner It took Lisa Gerlits a number of years to find the joy in traveling with children. The mother of three – Alexander, 11; Annabel, eight; and Mieke, five – Gerlits and her husband, Michiel Nankman, have traveled to the Netherlands, Nankman’s home country, since Alexander was just a year old. “It’s not the sort of carefree, free-wheeling way I used to travel,” Gerlits laughed. “It’s planning. Because with the kids I have to plan and I can’t just let it happen because they have so many needs that affect me on a very physical level.” Although it took time, Gerlits has found real happiness in travel as a family of five and she especially loves road trips. “I feel like once I figure out the particular kids and the way they travel that becomes lovely,” she said. “One part I particularly love is that we get to let go of our normal routine. And it’s more democratic when we’re traveling. Once they’re walking and talking we decide things as a family. I

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on a tour of a church and let him touch Jesus’ foot,” Brown-Kwaiser illustrated. “If it would have been just us we would’ve looked around and left but instead it was

• Allow extra time. Don’t over do it. • Utilize friends, family and your spouse to help with childcare, making sure you enjoy the vacation. • Pack new toys, books and crafts along with plenty of special snacks.

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“Parenting in public all the time is hard,” Brown-Kwaiser confided. “He was just turning two, all of our meals were in public and the walls of our room were thin. There was no time just to ourselves. And the pilgrims’ meals were usually one and a half hours long. So keeping him quiet for that long is impossible.” To make the trip more fun for Sullivan and keep him entertained, Brown-Kwaiser bought new books for the trip, trimming the covers to make them lighter to pack. She also cut Sullivan’s special blanket into pieces so that he always had its comfort, even when a section was being washed.


“We started packing colored pencils instead of crayons,” she said.

one of the highlights of the trip.”

But the biggest lessons the couple learned weren’t about what to pack or how to make the best use of daylight hiking hours – they often left before sun-up while Sullivan was still asleep – instead they were more about

Although the family has a host of memories – dances with village elders and the return of lost journals by school girls to

letting go of some of their preconceived notions about traveling with kids. “The biggest tip for me is it’s all the same stuff – it’s patience and keeping your child entertained,” Rodrigue said. “Trust that what you do at home applies. It’s just being flexible and knowing that you’ve just got to try new things to see what works.” Gerlits too sees flexibility and an openmind as the key to a fun and stress-free vacation. “I have to make myself always ready to change plans,” she explained. “And I always have to remind myself not to get too big with the plans and ask, ‘What is a reasonable expectation for what this day can be?’” But even with the possibility of bumps in the road – car sickness, public tantrums and jet lag – both families feel that the benefits of traveling as a family far outweigh the negatives. “Don’t be afraid,” Rodrigue encouraged. “Go for it.”

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In the elements

Silverton hiker rescued after two days in Columbia Gorge

By Melissa Wagoner

Drapiza could no longer hike.

“Since this has happened I’ve had these moments where I’m like, ‘Am I really alive?’” avid outdoorswoman Leslie Drapiza of Silverton said during a recent retelling of the harrowing rescue that saved her life in the early hours of Feb. 5.

“I found a tree with a canopy on a slope and wedged myself under there with rocks under my feet,” she described. Familiar with the symptoms of hypothermia – Drapiza knew she was still within the safe zone. She attempted to get some sleep. 

“I had gotten complacent,” she admitted. “I should have been better prepared.”

“It was a restless sleep because I was shivering,” she remembered. “But a lot sooner than I thought, it was light.”

Drapiza, who is a physician at the Lancaster Family Health Center in Salem, has been really getting into outdoor sports since 2016 when she became certified to scuba dive and later attended a climbing school with the Chemeketans. Lately she has begun keeping a list of the places she wants to travel, including trips to climb Mount St. Helens and Mount Hood. The relatively short, 12-mile hike up Mount Defiance on Sunday, Feb. 3 was meant to be a training hike.  “I gave myself five hours up and three hours down,” she said.  Drapiza thought she was well-prepared. Leaving her husband, Evan Inman, with her coordinates and timetable, she headed for the Starvation Creek Trailhead where she parked her car.  “I saw a couple and asked if they knew how much snow was up there,” she remembered. “They said it wasn’t thick enough for snow, so I left my snowshoes.” Drapiza was outfitted with clothes befitting the weather including a parka and waterproof shell, snow pants, doublelayered gloves and boots with micro-spikes as well as an entire day’s worth of food and water and a cellphone with GPS capabilities. And in the beginning things went very smoothly. “I made good time to the summit,” she recalled. “The summit was covered in snow, but there were no issues on the way up.” As she began to head back down, Drapiza came across the couple she had seen at the bottom. She asked them about the trail – as they had taken a different route up the mountain – and they warned Drapiza that there was a tricky spot around Warren Lake where the trail was hard to find. “I was just going to follow their tracks,” Drapiza said. “But me – making good time – I thought, ‘I love frozen lakes. So I’m just going to hike in and out.’”

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Upon waking, Drapiza tried once again to use her phone. But between the cold, which zapped her battery and made her phone work only intermittently, and the barrage of messages that had poured in overnight, it barely worked. Leslie Drapiza.


That is where things began to go awry. The trail along the bank was covered in snow and fallen trees. She made it to the Warren Creek Ravine where she encountered boulders and couldn’t find the trail. Finally deciding to backtrack – she fell and then fell again into the creek of freezing water, injuring her ankle. “I try to put weight on it and I can’t put weight on it,” she recalled. “But the creek is icy and I’m wet. When I fell into it I was wet up to my knees.” Upon scrutinizing her options, Drapiza deemed the embankment too steep to climb with an injured ankle and decided instead to just follow the creek, navigating trees and waterfalls. “I wasn’t freaking out yet,” she said dismally. “And then I get to another waterfall with no tree and a 40 foot drop.” Finding no way around it, she climbed the embankment. Then came the next big decision – what to do now that night was falling and it was starting to snow? “I see a text from my mom saying, am I coming home?” she said. “And I’m like, ‘Tell Evan I sprained my ankle and might need a rescue.’” Although this was Drapiza’s first time admitting she might need help getting off the mountain, unbeknownst to her, the couple she had met earlier, upon discovering her car still parked below, had already phoned for help. At this point night began to truly set in and between the darkness and the snow

“This is what I learned – texting someone who’s missing, it messes with their ability to call out. My phone would only stay on a few seconds.” Although Drapiza knew that it is important to stay stationary while waiting for a rescue, she was unsure that anyone was actually coming to rescue her and movement was how she was staying warm. She had studied a topographical map before she left, so Drapiza searched for the 213 trail, but ran into the same roadblocks as before – an unrecognizable trail obscured by snow and fallen trees. So she headed back to the creek. “My plan was to follow the creek down to the 84 and then scream or something,” she said. The trail ended in the 231 foot Lancaster Falls. Although she could see the cars on the freeway below, there was no way down. She made one more phone call to Evan, so he would know she was alive and where she was. And then – crisscrossing the stream in the hopes of finding a way to climb down – she fell off a cliff. “There’s this tree and I kind of angle my body to the tree,” she remembered. “And I’m straddling this tree. And I hit pretty hard. I feel my nose and it’s bleeding.” Nothing further appeared to be broken. And so, Drapiza, now dangling in a tree, regrouped.   “I see that maybe six feet below my feet is a ledge that can hold like two people and there’s a tree jutting out,” she described. “So I work my way down to the tree.” Stuck once again, but safe for the

moment, Drapiza made a final attempt to call for help by phoning 911, but it cut out. She called again, this time getting transferred to Hood River County where the dispatcher immediately greeted her by name.  “They’re like, ‘Is this Leslie? There’s a lot of people looking for you.’ I’m like, ‘I’m on a cliff, on a ledge. I don’t know how you’re going to get me down.’” Finally able to pinpoint her location, rescuers arrived within an hour and a half and began assessing the situation. “It was sunset again,” Drapiza said ruefully. “They circled me for two hours trying to figure out how to get to me.”  Eventually the crew of nine climbers – a mixture of Hood River Crag Rats and the Air Force 304th Rescue Squadron – were able to get someone onto the narrow shelf beside Drapiza where she was provided with food, a hot drink and a warming blanket to tuck inside her jacket. Then began the arduous climb out.  “We had to climb 400 feet up and over and repel back down,” she described. “We had to switch ropes four times and at each station there were different climbers. They were belaying from trees. They were amazing.” Although the rescue team brought a litter basket to carry her out, Drapiza was able to walk back to her car on her own.  “I thought I would get in my car and drive home,” she laughed, “but an ambulance was there and they checked me out.” Along with paramedics, Drapiza’s husband, brother, cousin and her Chief Medical Officer were all waiting to see her safely home – albeit with a broken ankle. Now, Drapiza has had time to reflect on the ordeal.  “Instead of relying on my phone, I should have had a paper map,” she said. “And I have a SPOT [satellite phone]. I should have had an emergency shelter and emergency blanket.”  Although embarrassed by the amount of press her rescue has gotten, Drapiza has decided to use the attention as a way of getting the word out about the importance of hiking preparedness.  “I don’t consider myself inexperienced,” she emphasized. “But I had gotten complacent and should have been better prepared.”

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


Wednesday Silverton Business Group, 8 a.m., Silverton

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

Toddler Storytime, 10:30 a.m., Mount Angel

Silverton Women Connect, 8:45am., Main

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

Public Library. Stories, singing. Toddlers with caregivers. Free. 503-845-6401

Weekly Events Monday

Simple Qigong, 10:30 a.m., Silverton Senior

Senior Center, 195 E Charles St. Open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. 3 p.m. Saturdays. 503-845-6998 Stay Fit Class, 9:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. $3 members, $4 non-members. Repeats Wednesdays, Fridays. Yoga with Tracy, 9:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. $8 members, $10 nonmembers. Repeats Wednesdays, Fridays.

Public Library. Toddlers with caregivers. Free. 503-845-6401

Senior Meal Site, 11:30 a.m., Mt. Angel

card, $2/two cards.

Craft Store, Mt. Angel Community &

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

Recovery at Noon, Noon – 1 p.m.,

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

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

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

Line Dancing, 2:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. $3 members, $5 non-members.

Yoga with Robin, 5:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. $5 members, $6 nonmembers. Repeats Wednesdays.

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

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

Clubb Massage, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Repeats Thursdays. Appts: 503-873-3093

Tai Chi, 9 a.m., Silverton Senior Center.

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

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

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

Roundtable on Jesus, 3 p.m., Live Local Coffee Shop, 111 N Water St., Silverton. Open roundtable about who Jesus is to attendees. Coffee provided.

Serenity Al-Anon Meeting, 5:30 p.m.,

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

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Center. $5 members, $6 non-members.

Indoor Playtime, 11:00 a.m., Mount Angel Dynamic Aging Exercise, 10:30 a.m.,

Silverton Senior Center. $7 members, $8 non-members.

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

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

Bingo, 1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. $1.50/ Silverchips Woodcarving Sessions, 1 – 4

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

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

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

Chair Yoga with Tracy, 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. $8 members, $10 nonmembers.

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

Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 9:15 a.m., Stardust Village Clubhouse, 1418 Pine St., Silverton All welcome. Sandy, 503-871-3729

Silvertones Community Singers, 10 a.m., United Methodist Church, 203 Main St., Silverton. Open to all. Performances on Friday. Tomi, 503-873-2033

Walking Group, 10:30 a.m., Silverton

Senior Center. Free. Weather permitting.

Appy Hour, 11 a.m., Mount Angel

Public Library. Technical assistance for devices, apps. 503-845-6401 for 1-on-1 appointment. Free. 503-845-6401

Duplo Day, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Ages 0 - 5. Free.

Lunch & Learn Series, noon, Silverton

Free Dinner, 5 - 7 p.m., First Christian

Church, 402 N First St., Silverton. Free; donations accepted. Volunteers needed. 503-873-6620

Daniel Plan Journey Video Series, 6:30 -

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

Thursday Kiwanis Club of Silverton, 7 a.m., Main St. Bistro, 201 E Main St., Silverton. 503-510-3525.

Baby Birds Storytime, 11 a.m., Silver Falls Library. Storytime, playgroup. Age 0 - 36 months. Free. Caregivers must attend. Repeats Fridays.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 6 p.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St. Dave, 503-501-9824

Compassionate Presence Sangha, 7 – 8:30

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

Overeaters Anonymous, 7 – 8 p.m., St.

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

Edward’s Episcopal Church, 211 W Center St., Silverton. Discuss tips, support those with eating problems. All welcome. 503-551-3671

Senior Center. Free homemade lunch; donations accepted. Pre-register, 503-873-3093

Table Games, 12:30 p.m., Silverton Senior

Friday, March 1 Mt. Angel Volksfest 10 a.m. - midnight, Festhalle, 500 S Wilco Hwy., Mt. Angel. Celebrate Mt. Angel’s German heritage with handcrafted German sausages, local and German beers, food, live German music, dancing, games, demonstrations. Admission is $5 for those 21 and older, $10 with specialty stein or glass. Under 21 free if accompanied by adult. Repeats 10 a.m. - midnight March 2, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. March 3.

The Pirate’s Paradise 7 p.m., Brush Creek Playhouse, 11535 NE Silverton Road, Silverton. Brush Creek Players perform. $10 adults, $8 students, seniors. Tickets at Books-N-Time, 210 N Water St., Ste. B., Silverton; at door. Repeats 7 p.m. 2, 8, 9; 2 p.m. March 2, 3, 9, 10.

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

Lunaria First Friday Reception 7 - 9 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St., Silverton. Artists’ reception for “Home is Where the Heart Is,” juried show of artists in Willamette Valley. In loft, “A to Z, A Little Celebration of Typography, Color & Form” celebrates things Maude May loves. Exhibit on display through April 1. 503-873-7734

Center. Free.

Saturday, March 2

Painting Class, 1 pm., Silverton Senior

Wurst Run

Center. $10 members, $12 non-members.


After-Season Indoor Market, 10 a.m.

- noon, Silverton Friends Church, 229 Eureka Ave. Local produce, eggs, meats, artisan crafts. Free admission. AARP Tax Services, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Walk-ins only. Doors open at 9 a.m. Free. Citizenship Class, 10 a.m. - noon, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N Church St., Silverton. 503-873-8656 Serenity Al-Anon Meeting, 10 a.m., Silverton Assembly of God Church, 437 N James St. 503-269-0952 Family Game Day, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Silver Falls Library. All ages. Free. Saturday Lunch, Noon - 1:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 N Second St., Silverton. Free. 503-873-2635

AA Meetings, 8 p.m., Scotts Mills

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

9:30 a.m., Festhalle, 500 S Wilco Hwy., Mt. Angel. 10K run or 5K run, walk. Race fee includes entry to Mt. Angel Volksfest, specialty stein/pint glass, complimentary beverage. Both races are $30. Deadline is 3 p.m. March 1. Signup at race/or/mountangel/wurst.

Monday, March 4 Daughters of American Revolution 10 a.m., Stayton Fire District, 1988 W Ida St. Business meeting of Abigail Scott Duniway chapter of DAR followed by guest speaker Chris Meinicke, DAR national advisor for Chemawa Indian School. Refreshments. Public welcome.

Tuesday, March 5 Caregiver Connection 2 - 3:30 p.m., Legacy Silverton Health, 342 Fairview St. For family caregivers and/ or unpaid family caregivers. This month’s topic is fall prevention. Free. Suzy, 503-304-3429

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Mini Canvas Painting 3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Make miniature masterpiece. Age. 6 - 12. Free. 503-845-6401

Lego Lab 4:30 p.m., Mount Angel Public Library. Build original Lego creation for library to display. Free. All ages. 503-845-6401

Chili Cook-off 5 - 7 p.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St. Evening of chili tasting, baked potato, drink, dessert. $10 adults, $5 children, $20 families. Benefits Silverton After School Activities Program.

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

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

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

Wonderful Ones 10:30 a.m., Silverton Community Center. Weekly classes for parents of 11 - 18 month olds. $20; childcare provided. Register with Silverton Together, 503-873-0405,, silvertontogether.

Actors/Improv Group 7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Improvisational games. No experience required. Open to adults, high school students. Repeats March 20. 503-873-8796

Monday, March 11 First Aid Training

1 - 5 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. First aid, AED, CPR training. $50 for volunteers, members, community. $60 for BLS certification for healthcare professionals. Pre-register by calling 503-873-3093

Silver Falls School District

Friday, March 15

Stamp Art

Tuesday, March 12

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Informal writer’s group to share, critique writing projects. Repeats March 21. 503-873-8796

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

Ancestry Detective

10 a.m., Silver Falls Library. Susan Baird discusses writing her autobiography, Life According to Me: Life Lived, Lessons Learned. Open to public.

Kinetic Sand 3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Create kinetic sand, mold into different shapes. Free. Age 6 - 12. 503-845-6401

Silverton Lions Club

Silverton Planning Commission

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

7 p.m., Legacy Silverton Health, 342 Fairview St. Open to all interested in community service. Repeats March 21. 503-873-7119

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

Mt. Angel American Legion

Wednesday, March 13

Friday, March 8

Gardening Class

Mt. Angel City Council

7 p.m., Legion Hall, 740 E College St. All veterans welcome. 503-845-6119

Silverton Garden Club 7 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Ken Graves from Marion County Master Gardeners talk about soil, how to improve garden soil. Open to public. Gail, 503-362-8033

Wednesday, March 6 Interdenominational Lenten Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Marquam United Methodist Church, 36971 Highway 213, Mt. Angel. Free breakfast, worship, weekly speaker. Repeats March 13, 20, 27. 503-829-5061

Preschooler Problem Solve 9 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Parents tackle one toddler problem a week in this series. Free. Register with Silverton Together, 503-873-0405, jahnh@, silvertontogether.

Storytime with Chief 10:30 a.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Families enjoy storytime with Mt. Angel Police Chief Mark Daniel. All ages. Free. 503-845-6401

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Bob Ross Painting Party 3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Follow along with Bob Ross video session. All materials provided. Teens, adults. Registration required: 503-845-6401.

Saturday, March 9 Second Saturday Maker’s Market 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Macleay Grange, 8312 Macleay Road, Salem. Indoor farmers market, baked goods, handmade crafts from local suppliers. Free admission. 503-873-3593

The Camino Travel Talk 7 p.m., Creekside Grill, 242 S Water St., Silverton. Family shares tips, tales, fails and reflections from month-long trek on Spain’s Camino de Santiago with a toddler. Free. Open to public. 971-209-9806

Sunday, March 10

2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Learning gardening with Dale Small. Free. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Rethink Your Watershed 6 - 8:30 p.m., Evergreen Golf Club, 11694 W Church Road, Mt. Angel. Pudding River Watershed Council annual celebration. Live music, speakers, refreshments. All ages. Free. RSVP at cleanpuddingriver@, 503-982-5387.

Youth & Technology 6:30 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Review what children are doing online, how to monitor and protect, with Lt. Trevor Wenning of Keizer Police Dept. For parents of children 10 - 17. Free. Register with Silverton Together, 503-873-0405,

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

Thursday, March 14 Get It Together!

Daylight Savings Time Remember to turn your clocks forward 1 hour.

GFWC Zenith Women’s Club

6:30 p.m., District Office, 730 E Marquam St. Open to public. 503-845-2345

Thursday, March 7

Silverton Scribes

6:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Discover how librarians make decisions about what goes on the library shelves. Refreshments. Free. Adults. 503-845-6401 7 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Members discuss ways to fund, implement projects benefiting Silverton community. Social at 6:30 p.m. Barbara, 801-414-3975

Mt. Angel School District

7 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Open to public. 503-873-5303

3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Create St. Patrick’s Day card using rubber stamps. Free. Teens, adults. 503-845-6401

From Idea to Shelf

Noon, St. Paul Church, 1410 Pine St., Silverton. Learn to organize for a simpler lifestyle with Jager & Nagel Professional Organizing and Downsizing Services. Tonja Gorham presents “Grandma’s Letters.” Luncheon, $7. RSVP: Cathy, 503-999-2291.

March Book Talk 9:30 a.m., Queen of Angels Monastery, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Moby Dick by Herman Melville. Free. Open to public. 503-845-6141

Saturday, March 16 Free Community Breakfast 7 - 9:30 a.m., Marquam United Methodist Church, 36971 Highway 213, Mt. Angel. Open to all. 503-829-5061

Seedy Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Silverton Grange, 201 Division St. Seed exchange, garden fair, vendors, free seed catalogs, resource materials, local garden experts. Bring seeds to exchange. Refreshments. Free. Open to public. 503-269-9987

Meet & Greet Pie Social 2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Meet the candidates running for Silverton Senior Center’s board of directors. 50 and older. Free. 503-873-3093

Daddy-Daughter Dance 6 p.m., Silverton High, 1456 Pine St. Silverton Rotary presents “When You Wish Upon A Star” for dad and daughters. Dessert, live DJ, dancing, more. $30/couple, $10 for each additional daughter. Tickets at or Country Financial, 204 W Main St., Silverton.

Sunday, March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Taizé Prayer 7 p.m., Benedictine Sisters’ Queen of Angels Chapel, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Open to public. 503-845-6773

Monday, March 18 Healthcare Presentation 1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. United Healthcare presentation. Free. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Mt. Angel First Citizen Banquet 6 p.m., Festhalle, 500 S Wilco Hwy., Mt. Angel. People, businesses honored. Tickets are $30 each, $15 children. Tickets at Columbia Bank, Mt. Angel. 503-845-9291

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datebook Tuesday, March 19 Magnetic Slime

3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Make magnetic sand, see how it reacts to magnets. Age 6 - 12. Free. 503-845-6401

Contemplative Prayer Group 3:30 p.m., Benedictine Sisters’ Queen of Angels Chapel, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. All welcome. Free. 503-991-9299

Silver Falls Library Book Club 7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. The Cutting Season by Attica Locke. Visitors welcome. 503-897-8796

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

Wednesday, March 20 Spring Equinox Pints & Purls 6 - 8 p.m., Main Street Bistro, 201 E Main St., Silverton. Meet other knitters, crocheters for evening of pints, some purls. Everyone welcome. Contact Kisdesigns on Facebook for information.

Thursday, March 21 Senior Legal Advice 9 a.m. - noon, Silverton Senior Center. Free legal advice with attorney Phil Kelley. 50 and older. Appts: 503-873-3093

Book Discussion 1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Discuss Us Against You by Frederik Backman. Adults. Free. 503-845-6401

Monday, March 25

Thursday, March 28

5:30 - 7 p.m., Towne Square Park, Silverton. Silverton People for Peace gather holding signs pleading for peace, end of wars. Open to all. 503-580-8893

Noon - 3 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Build original Lego creation for library to display. Free. All ages. 503-845-6401

Vigil for Peace

Tuesday, March 26

Alice in Wonderland Arts & Crafts

Chocolate 101 5:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Tricia Kloft Leahy, owner of Hattie’s Sweet Shop, presents bean-to-bar chocolate processing. Taste chocolate from around the world. Adults. Registration required by calling 503-845-6401.

Saturday, March 23 Tidying Up FUN! 2 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Tips from professional organizer Kate Gavigan. Free. Open to public. 503-873-8796

Wellness Wednesday 6 p.m., Live Local Conference Center, 109 Water St., Silverton. Three health coaches. $10. 503-269-9433

3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Make crafts that resemble character, images from the movie. All ages. Free. 503-845-6401

Silverton Grange Meeting 6:30 p.m., Silverton Grange, 201 Division St. Open to public. No potluck. 503-269-9987

Wednesday, March 27 Alice in Wonderland Games 3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Try your hand at various Alice in Wonderland games. All ages. Free. 503-845-6401

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Magazine Bowls 3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Make unique bowl from magazines. Teens, adults. Free. 503-845-6401

Friday, March 29 Alice in Wonderland Tea Party 3 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Enjoy tea party treats while watching Alice in Wonderland. All ages. Free. 503-845-6401

Sunday, March 31 Scotts Mills Pancake Breakfast 7 a.m. - noon, Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. $6 per person. 503-874-9575

Pancake Breakfast 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast benefitting Silverton Senior Center. $5 each. Children 7 and under eat free. 503-873-3093

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Mental chemistry By Melissa Wagoner Gardening can be a great way to fight off seasonal blues, according to Heather Desmarteau-Fast, a horticulturist and the owner of Stamen and Pistil in Silverton. “The key is being outside and getting your lungs full of fresh air, exercise from moving and working the ground, raking or planting,” she listed. “There is now evidence that soil microbes have a similar effect to antidepressants and so while you are digging in the soil you might actually feel better mentally and physically.” Exercise, as Desmarteau-Fast said, may indeed be a key component to fighting off seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that is experienced by millions of people each winter.  “I would say that there’s seasonal blues, which are characterized by a mild to moderate decrease in energy – but you’re still able to function,” psychiatrist Audry Van Houweling, said. “And seasonal affective disorder, which is really on the order of major depression.”

Getting outside helps battle seasonal affective disorder

Van Houweling, who “Everybody should get their Symptoms of SAD vitamin D level checked. It’s primarily sees women and rare that I find someone with • Decreased energy girls at her clinic, She Soars • Sadness a healthy vitamin D level Psychiatry in Silverton, noted • Significant loss – and we should be testing that almost 80 percent of of motivation kids, too. We’re spending women in their childbearing • Sleep disturbance more time inside, even in the years suffer from some • Loneliness summer months. And people degree of SAD. Many go who work graveyard shifts undiagnosed because the would really be susceptible to patterns of sadness, loss of low vitamin D.” motivation and sleep disturbance are often brushed aside. Van Houweling recommends “I didn’t know I had SAD for years,” Silvertonian and SAD sufferer Becky Ludden said. “It was just this general depression and feeling no energy and apathetic and no interest in going out. And then I read about SAD and it just clicked.”

supplementation and extra time spent outside, but she said SAD lamps can be helpful, too.

With the majority of the workforce spending more time in offices with little to no ambient light, there is a big effect on public health occurring, according to Van Houweling, who says most of her patients are vitamin D deficient.

Many SAD sufferers also experience low serotonin levels – a neurotransmitter that contributes to feelings of well-being and happiness.

“Vitamin D is very important,” she noted.

“Make sure you get a quality one,” she cautioned, “10,000 Lux and generally 20 to 30 minutes a day.”

“Serotonin is on a bit of a seasonal pattern,” Van Houweling explained. “And if you’re not exercising as much, not

getting outside, drinking too much – it affects your serotonin.” To boost levels, Van Houweling recommends regular exercise paired with a good diet. “Exercise in the morning,” she suggested. “And light exposure in the morning – even in a gym with good light exposure and windows – and minimize the sugar and alcohol. Alcohol is a depressant. Try to find a winter sport that gets you outside. Build up to being outdoors 10 minutes a day, then 15 minutes a day.” Although those suffering from SAD won’t necessarily find a cure for the disorder by gardening on its own, Van Houweling thinks it may be helpful in mitigating symptoms.  “Anything that’s getting you outside is helpful,” she noted. “Remind yourself of the comforts of the season and recognize there can be benefits to a little bit of a slow-down. Nature has its own rhythm, so recognizing that and being in touch with nature can help.”

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Bob Marcum

April 9, 1927 – Feb. 16, 2019

Bob Marcum was born in Alliance, Nebraska on April 9, 1927 the first of two sons to Ruth (Lineback) and Floyd Marcum. Bob’s father was a Nebraska cowboy, an Idaho logger, a Washington miner and orchardist, and an Oregon rancher so Bob went to a variety of oneroom country schools. He graduated high school in Chelan, Washington, class of 1944.

Bob loved his community and served it in several ways, being proud and honored to be named Silverton’s First Citizen in 1972. He was Scoutmaster of Troop 114, girl’s softball coach, PTA president, 19 years as a volunteer medic on the ambulance corps, a 20-year volunteer teacher’s aid at Eugene Field School, Silverton Hospital Care Van driver for many years, and a

Wayne was born May 9, 1950 in Salem and graduated from Silverton High School in 1968. He attended Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon in 1969, then went on to serve in the Oregon National Guard and attended Basic Infantry School in Fort Knox, Kentucky in 1970.   For four decades he was the principal maintenance and repair manager of the H.L. Riches and Sons farm in the Waldo Hills. He was an accomplished welder, metal craftsman and mechanic. long-time member of the First Christian Church where he held several offices. Bob is survived by Tootie, his wife of 71 years, son Scott and Teeny, daughter Beth and Phil, grandson Wade and Molly, granddaughter Jena and greatgranddaughters Lucy and Emma and brother Harold and Rita. He was predeceased by his son John.

Wayne was a fiddler and was a supporter of traditional music jam sessions held at the Waldo Hills Community Club and other venues in Marion County. For 11 years he was a participant in the Waldo Hills Trail Rides held by the Silver Falls Chapter of the Oregon Equestrian Trail Organization. He was an avid supporter of OSU football, basketball, baseball and wrestling.

He enjoyed skiing and hiking in the mountains and was proud to have climbed to the top of Mt. Hood. He also was an avid reader and spent many hours working puzzles. But mostly, he just loved people and especially little children.

He possessed a jovial sense of humor, loved laughter and was an adept storyteller. For many years Wayne provided Christmas joy with his colorful portrayal of Santa. Wayne’s generosity, kindness and availability to those around him will be greatly missed.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 9 at 11 a.m. at First Christian Church, 402 N. First St., Silverton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cathaleene and Harry Riches, and by his brother Jack Riches. He is survived by his

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sister Cathie Riches of Salem, brother Ray Riches of Spokane, Washington and many nieces and nephews. Friends and acquaintances are welcome to attend a celebration of life at 1 p.m. followed by a potluck on March 2 at the Waldo Hills Community Club located at the intersection of Cascade Highway and Sunnyview Road, 1267 NE Cascade Highway, Silverton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or to a charity of choice. At a later date, a private inurnment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Cremation services were handled by Crown Memorial Center of Salem.

May 21, 1921 – Feb. 15, 2019

Some will remember him zipping through the streets of Silverton and Mount Angel on his scooter. Others may recall visiting with him at a local watering hole as he sipped a beverage; always interested in engaging in a good conversation. Friends may recount his sharp mind; quick with a story or joke. Amidst the jumble of recollections his love of Jazz, festivals, playing the bones, and dancing – and pride in his service to his country – will come to the fore. And that’s what’s left, memories.

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May 9, 1950 – Feb. 11, 2019

Wayne Cuddy Riches passed away on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 at Salem Hospital of cardiac arrest. He was 68.

Upon graduating, he joined the Navy where he served on two different destroyers: The Hart, DD594 and The Berry, DD858. His Navy time was spent in the Pacific and after the war in China. After his Navy discharge he returned to Chelan, married his high school girlfriend and learned the printing trade on the G.I. Bill. He worked at newspapers up and down the West Coast from the Chelan Valley Mirror to the San Fernando Sun. While working at the Sandy Post the couple adopted twin boys then a few years later, a daughter. In 1956 they moved to Silverton where Bob worked at the Silverton Appeal Tribune for 30 years. After retiring he started the Village Print Shop with his daughter-in-law Teeny.

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Vernon C. Holmquist, 97, died Feb.

15, 2019, after a self-described life where he “climbed no great mountains” but made a great many friends. Vern was born May 21, 1921 in Sharon, North Dakota to Olaf and Elise (Stensgard) Holmquist. His father was an emigrant from Sweden; a builder, famous for constructing enormous barns. His mother was of Norwegian descent, “a good, church-going woman,” who presented her husband with Vern and later a daughter, Doris. Sharon was “quite a complete town” in those days, with a ladies dress

shop, general mercantile, a telephone exchange with an operator who doubled as the town midwife, and battery-rebuilding business – “I can still smell the battery acid off the batteries” Vern would say. The biggest building in town was his father’s. As needed, it served as a skating rink, dance hall, wrestling arena and movie theater. The family’s apartment was in the back. Vern’s love of music, art, entertainment and socializing seemed to grow right out of that setting. For the full obituary, please go to

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Mary Butsch William Johnston Patsy Christopher Claudia Cunningham Barbara Buccola Vernon Holmquist Edwin Hegerberg Robert Marcum

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Kuenzi claims second state title

Silverton High standout junior wrestler Kaden Kuenzi took an undefeated record into the state tournament. And left the Class 5A event still undefeated. Kuenzi won his second state title in three years Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, taking out Haydn Millard of Dallas 10-3 in the 120-pound final. Kuenzi also won a state title as a freshman, while finishing second a year ago. Kuenzi scored pins in less than a minute in his first two matches at state before pinning Hunter Harwood of Thurston 3:22 into their semifinal match.

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a 1-2 mark at 106 and 220-pounder Ben Reed, who also went 1-2. Earlier the Foxes finished fifth at the Feb. 8-9 district meet behind Dallas, Lebanon, host Crescent Valley and West Albany. Kaden Kuenzi and Magill won district titles, with Guenther and Nathan Kuenzi taking second and Moore third. Also scoring at districts for Silverton were Eli Kemble (126), Austin Moore (132), Arte Barsukoff (145), Gerardo Cortes Cruz (160), Josten Richardson (182), Augustus Axmaker (182) and 220-pounders Uriel Cruz and Reed.

Kuenzi then outscored Millard in the finals. Kuenzi also had defeated Millard 14-6 in the Mid-Willamette Conference district meet. A Mid-Willamette Conference matchup in a final was fitting given how the league dominated the meet. Silverton finished ninth with 88 points, and four MWC teams finished ahead of the Foxes. Crescent Valley took first, Dallas third, Lebanon sixth and North Salem eighth.

From left, Marie Tolmachoff, Maddie Broyhill, Maggie Kelley and Samantha Zurcher, are shown after leading the Silverton girls squad to sixth place at the Class 5A state swim meet Feb. 16 in Beaverton. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Swimming: It was an historic state swim meet for Silverton. The girls squad finished with 25 points, good for sixth place, the highest finish in school history. “We had four girls get an individual medal,” coach Lucky Rogers told Our Town. “The last time a girl got an individual medal was 1998. Only three teams had all three girls relays medal at state and we were one of them. We also sent all three boys relay teams to state for the first time.

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“I am very proud of our kids and what they accomplished through a lot of hard work.” Here are the highlights from the Feb 15-16 Class 5A competition at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center:

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Silverton’s Kaden Kuenzi gets his hand raised by the referee after claiming the Class 5A state title at 120 pounds Feb. 23 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland. TED MILLER

Also scoring for the Foxes were junior Robert Guenther, who finished third at 138 pounds, junior Nathan Kuenzi (third at 170), sophomore Owen Magill, who advanced to the semifinals at 195, freshman Jacob Moore, who had

• Silverton junior Marie Tolmachoff twice set school records in the 100 breast and finished second in the event. Tolmachoff set a school record of 1:09.18 in finishing second at the district meet but swam 1:07.78 in the state prelims and came back with a 1:07.67 in the final, where she touched the wall second behind Abby Maoz of Wilsonville. • Tolmachoff also finished fourth in the 50 free in 25.68 and swam on 200 free relay and 200 medley relay teams that finished third and fifth, respectively. Tolmachoff was joined on the 200 free relay squad by Maggie Kelley, Hailey Kelley and Maddie Broyhill. The quartet swam 1:43.51. Also on the 200 medley relay squad were

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Samantha Zurcher, Maggie Kelley and Broyhill. The team swam 1:54.48. • Also scoring individually for the girls were Maggie Kelley (6th. 100 free, 57.27), Broyhill (6th, 50 free, 26.18) and Zurcher (6th, 100 back, in 1:04.10, breaking a school record that dated to 1995). In addition, the 400 free relay squad of Maggie Kelley, Hailey Kelley, Broyhill and Zurcher took sixth in 3:54.01. • The Silverton boys team was 10th overall with 8 points, led by the third-place 200 free relay squad of Cole Runion, Carson Brighton, Blake Doerfler and, David Reeves III, which swam a school record 1:31.95, breaking the 1:32.75 mark set by the same four swimmers at the district meet. Hoops: The Kennedy High basketball teams are back in Pendleton. The girls, who won the Class 2A title a year ago, are seeded No. 1 and took on Central Linn on Feb. 28 in the quarterfinals after Our Town’s presstime. The Trojans, 26-1 overall, advanced to Pendleton with a 68-17 win Feb. 23 vs. Lakeview. The No. 9 boys, who finished a year ago, advanced with a 56-38 win at Heppner. The Trojans faced No. 1 and defending champion Columbia Christian in the

quarterfinals after presstime, Silverton, meanwhile, has both of its squads in the playoffs as well. The boys finished 15-1 in the Mid-Willamette Conference, winning the title for the second consecutive year. The Foxes, who lost only to Corvallis in January, turned the tables on the Spartans in a 65-50 win Feb. 12 at Silverton. The Foxes take the No. 3 ranking into the playoffs and will host a game March 1. The girls finished 14-2 in the MWC, one game behind Lebanon and are ranked No. 4 heading into their March 2 playoff game against a team to be determined. The Foxes closed the regular season with a 55-45 win against Crescent Valley, sending the lone senior on the roster, Jori Paradis, off to the playoffs in a raucous celebration. Signings: Two more Silverton High athletes have made decisions about their college destinations. Max Linn, a standout forward on the Foxes’ boys soccer squad, will attend Corban University, while cross country and track and field athlete Haile Stutzman is bound for Huntington University in Indiana. Linn was a Class 5A all-state player as well as first-team all-Mid-Willamette Conference. He broke school records

for goals in a game (four) and a season (17) while helping lead the Foxes to an 11-3-1 record. Silverton advanced to the Class 5A quarterfinals before falling to league rival South Albany. Linn will be joining a high-powered program at Corban. The Warriors were 15-4-1 last fall, 11-1-1 in the Cascade Collegiate Conference and played in the NAIA national tournament. Stutzman was the 2018 Mid-Willamette Conference district champion in cross country, helping the Foxes take the district title. He moved on to finish sixth at state. Last spring in track and field he finished ninth in the 1,500 and fifth in the 3,000 at Class 5A meet. He set a school record of 8:43.79 in that 3,000 race. Huntington also is an NAIA school. The Foresters play in the Mid-Central College Conference and also are affiliated with the National Christian College Athletic Association. Colton Meyer: The former Silverton High athlete has signed a contract with the Corvallis Knights to play summer baseball. Meyer was a three-sport athlete with the Foxes. The former all-state and all-Mid-Willamette Conference pitcher currently is competing for Linfield College. The Knights open their season May 29. Got a news tip? Email me at

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A Grin at the End

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At the risk of losing what we mean to say

Maybe it’s just me, but the English language seems to be fading into a mash-up of emojis, slang, jargon and gibberish.

example, I saw the phrase “weather event” the other day. Good God. What, precisely, is a weather event? Is it rain, or snow? Is it a hurricane, tornado or lightning storm? Just saying weather event is virtually meaningless. It’s like saying, “We had weather yesterday.”

It breaks my heart when I read some “writing.” It’s nonsensical, pointless, lacking in organization and inexact. Most writers appear to have been absent that day in second grade when the teacher defined a sentence as a complete thought. They appear to be unable to assemble a complete thought – or any other thought, for that matter. Grammar, sentence structure, word choice – they have all been dumped into a huge Shake ‘n’ Bake bag and turned into nonsense. Interestingly enough, the level of education appears to have little to do with it.

Another similarly vague word is “vehicle.” It is common for people to say, “The two vehicles collided.” That says next to nothing. Was one a Mack truck and the other a Yugo? Was one parked and the other going 100 mph? How can a person’s command of the language be so feeble as to say almost nothing?

Ph.D.s or politicians. Their thoughts would drift from one subject to another, and they would say as little as possible.

Some years ago, I was the editor of a daily newspaper. The letters I received ranged from poignant, fascinating and heartfelt all the way to unintelligible. The good letters were from folks who I knew worked for a living. They were linemen for the electric utility, retirees, professional hunters – he always delivered his letters with a venison roast – or other down-to-earth occupations.

My favorite letters went directly to the point. I remember one addressed to me that began, “Dear Scum of the Earth.” That got my attention. The letter writer pointed out that I was on the wrong side of the debate over capital punishment, an important topic that deserved to be discussed. I should point out that the rest of the letter was clearly written, well-reasoned and made the point that capital punishment should be banned. And he may have even been right about me being the scum of the earth.

The poorly written letters generally came from lawyers,

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Another shortcoming of today’s writing is courtesy of social media, which manages to express a lot of things but not information. I said before that I believe most of the well-written posts on Facebook are likely from Russia, where grammar – and Putin – are king. I have no doubt about it. Americans seem unable to say anything more than “That sucks.” They apparently are trying to say they don’t like something. Unfortunately, they have left out why they don’t like it, or why I should care that they don’t like it. Maybe I wouldn’t like it either, if they could only explain it to me. Carl Sampson is a freelance writer and editor. He lives in Stayton.

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