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Contested races By Kristine Thomas Fred Vandecoevering has his reasons for supporting the five candidates he does in the May 19 Silver Falls School Board election. Jessica Veith supports five different candidates. While they disagree on which candidates are best qualified to serve on the board, they do agree on two things: the election will set the course of the district for the coming years and voters need to do their homework on each candidate before casting their ballot. “One thing is certain, the next four weeks promise to stir more interest in school decisions then there has been in years,” Vandecoevering said.

Eugene Field School fate still looms in Silver Falls election

Candidates answer Our Town’s questions Silver Falls School District candidate answers to the following questions are available at : • Why are you running • What are your top three goals? • Would you uphold the closure of Eugene Field School? • What four words describe your leadership style? • What changes do you want to bring to the school board? Check Our Town’s Facebook page or for updates.

Veith said she has endorsed candidates on her Facebook page “A Promise for Eugene Field.” She points out that the candidates she has promoted have asked to run on their own merit.

work well together and best represent what I’m looking for in a school board member,” Veith said. “I’m not a part of any camp. Some of my friends will likely vote differently than me, but that’s just it – we get to vote. I’m hoping everyone does the research and votes!”

“I selected candidates who I think will

Vandecoevering said there is a division the

district, some of which is caused by the two recent failed bond measures. “I really believe there has been poor communication on the part of administration, which has caused the division,” he said. “With both bonds there was a rush, and patrons felt like something was not being explained enough, or may seemed in fact like the administration themselves weren’t prepared.” The candidates for the school board are: Zone 1: Tim Roth and Phil Wiesner. Gary Layton has withdrawn from the race. Zone 2: Dan Johnson, Jim Squires and Ron Valoff. Zone 5: Steve Kaser and Aaron Koch. Zone 6: Todd White. DaNette Wernette is a write-in candidate. Zone 7: Christopher Bailey and Tom Buchholz. While candidates must live in the zone represented, voters can vote for a candidate in each zone.

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There is a lot of buzz about this election. Facebook sites like Speak Out Silverton, Friends of Silver Falls School District, A Promise for Eugene Field and Silverton Connections Rejects have a host of comments on issues and candidates, some by the candidates themselves. Patrons at school and athletic events are talking about how five candidates are running as a block. Some find it troubling. “Some of these people have made it very well known that their first order of business will be trying to get Superintendent Andy Bellando fired and to reverse the decision to get our kids out of Eugene Field and into a safe environment,” parent Leslie Martin said. Outgoing board member David Beeson supports the five-candidate slate: Phil Wiesner, Dan Johnson, Steve Kaser, Todd White and Tom Buchholz. He said although he has endorsed the candidates, it is untrue he recruited them. “These five citizens have been coming to board meetings for some time now –

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some long prior to the last failed bond election – and they have been talking among themselves and with others in the community about what is happening in our school district,” Beeson said. “The fact that they have come together with very similar values, and views, about the issues affecting our school district – and share similar views about where to begin to bring the community back together – does not automatically indicate some sort of ‘conspiracy’.” Beeson also denied he is after the superintendent’s job. “My own confidence in our current superintendent has eroded over the past few years. I am not alone,” he said. “There are many serious issues in this school district right now. Erosion of trust with the community is a big one that has been growing since the first failed bond request election.” Another concern rippling through election conversations is the perception there is a concerted campaign to discredit the acts of

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the current board and the district. Jessica Veith spent time investigating what she terms “the myths being circulated.” In a letter to the editor, available in full at, she tackles “six myths” involving district financial responsibility, decision-making and transition planning to “debunk” what she sees as unfair criticism. She’s also stressed on social media sites the importance of voters investigating all the candidates. Sarah Kaser Weitzman agrees. “It’s extremely important for voters to be paying attention to this election, especially since their are five seats open,” she said. If four or five members of the slate are elected, opponents have pointed out, that could provide a quorum to reset district policy, particularly as it relates to the closure of Eugene Field School. ‘The future of SFSD is important with continued growth to Silverton, budget cuts on the state level, and difficulty with our district in passing bonds to help

our infrastructure and aging buildings,” Weitzman said. Our Town asked the candidates if they supported or wanted to revisit the decision to close Eugene Field School. Their full response and other comments, are at In part they said: Roth: “I would stay with the decision to close the building.” Weisner: “More concerning than it being closed or not is the lack of leadership and thoughtful planning for placement of the staff and students... Not to mention the hidden costs involved, money obligated that will jeopardize instruction and staffing levels.” Johnson: “The EFS discussion is one of the many issues facing the board that require an objective review and are in need of a proper course of action.” Squires: “I would leave Eugene Field closed.” Valoff: “I would stay with the decision to

Koch: “I would continue with the decision to close Eugene Field School.” Kaser: “There are far more important issues concerning the education of our young people, than Eugene Field.” Wernette: “Eugene Field is not fit for its present use.” White: “I feel we have far more important issues facing SFSD than visiting this decision again, but I will not shy away from any issue if presented.” Bailey: “I have no plans currently to overturn previous board decisions, but am willing to look at any plans that are economically viable and will be beneficial to the school district and community.” Buchholz: “If the current Schlador St plan works out, then Yes. I have deep concerns that the amount we have budgeted for such a large undertaking...  If costs start to spiral up greatly, then it could be reconsidered.”

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Silver Falls School Board candidates Voters in the Silver Falls School District can vote for one candidate in each zone or write-in a candidate. The candidates were asked the same questions. Each candidate was given 300 words to respond. The questions were:

Zone 1 candidates Phil Wiesner Tim Roth EDUCATION:


Oregon State University and has done post graduate work at Western Oregon. Silverton High School.

Oregon State University, Silverton High School

1. WHY: Why they are running for the school board?


2. GOALS: If elected what are their top three goals?

A farmer


WHY: I always volunteered in my

Educator, basketball coach, farmer WHY: Sadly, there’s a disconnect between the district community as a whole and district leadership. Education is my calling, taught for 40 years. Credible communication to formulate well thoughtout plans for the education of our young people is attainable. I can help. GOALS: A proactive board in communicating with the community. Implement a management style that utilizes the experience and expertise of staff, who are in the trenches, for guiding plans and decisions. Provide oversight to the superintendent’s office to assure it follows policy in a fair and thoughtful manner. A culture will be created, where district patrons and personnel will know and trust the best outcome is being achieved. EUGENE FIELD: More concerning than it being closed or not is the lack of leadership and thoughtful planning for placement of the staff and students. At last count, five different schools are having their staffs and students relocated or reconfigured in the next 18 months. This amount of upheaval and disruption to the educational lives of students and the unbelievable amount of stress being placed on those staffs is inexcusable. Not to mention the hidden costs involved, money obligated that will jeopardize instruction and staffing levels. LEADERSHIP: Ask, listen, learn, act. CHANGES: Working to improve boardcommunity communications throughout the district would be a priority. School boards need to have a broader view, not just listen and respond to small organized pressure groups. Our current mess is much because the board has listened, and responded, to a small organized singleinterest group, at the expense of the larger community. They haven’t really considered the district wide consequences of single-agenda decisions.

3. EUGENE FIELD: If elected, would you stay with the decision to close Eugene Field or revisit the issue? 4.LEADERSHIP: What four words would you use to describe your leadership style? 5. CHANGES: If elected, what changes would you want to bring to the school board? 6. CONTACT: How can voters contact you? Ballots need to be returned by Tuesday, May 19. Ballots must be received by 8 p.m. May 19. Postmarks do not count.

children’s classrooms when they were younger and really enjoyed being around the kids and staff. I decided to run for the board to get more involved and to help make decisions that would benefit kids board.

GOALS 1. Planning for future facility needs district wide

2. Continue technology upgrades so all our schools have the same technological capacities and capabilities. 3. Have everyone (board, administration, staff) working together to do whats best for all kids in the district, and continue to ask for community input, across the whole district, to make informed decisions.

EUGENE FIELD: I would stay with

the decision to close the building.

Eugene Field. A board goal this year placed priority emphasis on discontinuing use of Eugene Field. We investigated many proposals and options for the building and the majority determined it was time to close the building and move forward with the plan now in place. LEADERSHIP: Fair, Committed, Service minded, A listener CHANGES: Issues that have come up lately have made it clear we need to be sure we are using all means possible to communicate with the public and let people know whats going on in the district. We also need to be sure we seek input from people in all corners of the district.

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Zone 3 candidates Dan Johnson EDUCATION:

Silverton schools, El Camino JC, Oregon College of Education


Business management

WHY: After listening to concerns of friends and neighbors regarding the failed bond measures, it was apparent there was a lack of information and clarity available to enable voters to make informed judgments. In studying the many issues, I determined my business experiences and long-time interest in our school district would be beneficial in finding acceptable solutions.  GOALS: 1) to make the education of our students the #1 priority; 2) to be fiscally responsible 3) to establish faith and trust in the SFSD Board and administration by the creation of a reliable, understandable long-term plan of direction for the district. EUGENE FIELD: The EFS discussion is one of the many issues facing the board that require an objective review and are in need of a proper course of action. It does not serve the district well to focus only on EFS to the detriment of solving the many other problems. District leadership made the decision to go forward with a new middle school at the Schlador site without bond money. To do this, they are proposing to spend district reserves and to take out a loan to be repaid annually from the general fund in order to place modular classrooms on the site. The district reserve fund in question is the maintenance and repair fund accumulated over years, and is earmarked for use in the upkeep of all district facilities. Borrowing against the general fund will reduce funds available for instruction and programs, and may cause reductions over the life of the loan. LEADERSHIP: Inquisitive, objective, inclusive, dependable CHANGES: I would like to bring about more transparency within the decisionmaking process, create an atmosphere that is supportive of children, parents and teachers, and improve fiscal responsibility. CONTACT:  

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Zone 5 candidates Steve Kaser Aaron Koch




Silverton, Chemeketa Community College. Public & Business Administration, A Proper Understanding of K-12 Education: Theory and Practice (12 week course) Hillsdale College Online Current, Land Use Planning. Budgets, Ford Foundation Community Leadership. Citizen Involvement, Vocational & Technical Certificates.

OCCUPATION: Retired Small

Business Owner, U.S. Marine Corps,

WHY: Let’s be honest, with two

failed bond levies, many school board directors resigning, citizen confusion and frustration at an all time high, it’s really time for change. With my prior school board experience, I feel I can help make some positive changes to the current school board.

GOALS: 1.To bring citizen involvement into the decision making process. This will allow more in-put and better communication through out the district.

2. To ensure all schools are safe, healthy, and functional for students and staff. We need to know what needs to be corrected or replaced. 3. Increase transparency by putting out the school districts “checkbook” this will allow the community to see where and how the money is being spent.

EUGENE FIELD: I would leave Eugene Field closed. LEADERSHIP: Collaborations, Involvement, Receptive, Teamwork CHANGES: Create and use a citizen involvement committee to help guide the school board, and communicate information to the community. More involvement with the community, city government, and other local agency’s. More workshop sessions for goal setting, tracking district results. CONTACT: www.squiresforschoolboard. com; Email: jim@squiresfordchoolboard. com; facebook/squiresforschoolboard or 503-884-0124

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Diploma La Mirada High School

Education: BS, Psychology, Oregon State University, 1999

OCCUPATION: Mortgage Advisor Stonegate Mortgage


WHY: I care about our children’s academic growth and development, and I want to ensure they have the tools and resources necessary to achieve success. GOALS: 1) Get to know my fellow

board members: In order to build unity, it’s vital we understand one another as it relates to personality, and how we convey our thoughts and ideas.   2)  Immerse myself in the issues currently facing the school board:  This will allow me to hit the ground running once the term begins. 3)  Work to build a community coalition:  It’s important that we are all working together to achieve a common purpose.   

EUGENE FIELD: I would stay with

the decision to close Eugene Field.

LEADERSHIP: Servant: Placing the needs of others first Democratic:  Utilize input from the group Affiliative:  Importance of teamwork and harmony by connecting with one another Situational:  Not relying on one preferred style as each scenario is different

CHANGES: By virtue of the upcoming election change will happen organically, so from my point of view I believe this question may be premature and better served by revisiting in six months. CONTACT:>

Area Business Manager for DePuy Synthes Mitek Sports Medicine / Johnson & Johnson

WHY: I’m running because I deeply care

about the future of our kids’ education. I want to be a part of developing and guiding the future vision of our district as we have many tough issues that need to be addressed. I come to the school board with no agenda other than to help solve the problems before us and ultimately doing what’s best for our kids.

GOALS: 1. Help bridge the “divide” that exists in our town. In order to successfully progress positively, we as a school board must work to bring all sides together and listen to all input as to make the best decisions for our district. 2. Continue to progress in finding both short and long term solutions for Eugene Field School - to me it’s clear that we owe it to the students and teachers of Eugene Field to place them in a better and more modern facility. 3. Develop a long-term, 20-year master facility plan for the district - Eugene Field isn’t the only facility.

EUGENE FIELD: I would continue with the decision to close Eugene Field School. LEADERSHIP: Gracious, deliberate, inclusive, willing to learn CHANGES: I come with no list of things that I’d like to change. However, what I’d like to see fostered is a climate in which the school board and community work hand in hand together to tackle the difficult issues set before us. We must remember that we’re all in this together and only together in unity will we see progress. CONTACT: aaronkoch97381@gmail. com; Facebook - “Aaron Koch”

EDUCATION: Silverton High School, Columbia Basin College

OCCUPATION: Drilling Product Manager Forge Pacific

WHY: The majority of the school

board members and the superintendant are not following the wishes of the democratic majority of the voters. An overwhelming number of patrons of SFSD do not trust or have faith in the decision making process used by the board and or superintendant. The educational opportunities of our children and grandchildren are at stake. We must come together ensuring those educational opportunities are the best possible at the lowest cost. I intend on using my voice and presence on the board making that happen.

GOALS: I have only one goal and that is to bring everyone together in a place that fosters dignity and respect. A place where there is no fear of retribution, where everyone is treated equally and fairly. A place that looks upon where you live as unimportant, but the thoughts and the issues you bring to the table are. When I accomplish this one goal there is no other issue we cannot resolve. EUGENE FIELD: There are far more important issues concerning the education of our young people, than Eugene Field. LEADERSHIP: Courage – Integrity – Common sense - Logic

CHANGES: I vision a board that encourages participation from everyone. An open minded and respectful board that manages the affairs of the school district rather than passing that responsibility off to the superintendant. A board dedicated to the core value that all people are equal and deserve to have their opinions asked for and listened to concerning educational opportunities. CONTACT: I live at 502 Lewis Street in Silverton. My phone number is 503881-9255 email address stevekaser@

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Zone 6 candidates Todd White DaNette Wernette EDUCATION: EDUCATION:

bachelors degree, Community Crime Prevention


Special Needs Assistant (Until June, 2015)

WHY: The people in the Silver Falls

School District have all benefited from the reputation of our schools, from our graduation rate to real estate values. I joined the race as a write-in candidate out of fear that our present challenges may lead to a steep decline in those benefits.  I am equipped with the right skill set, time and energy to really dig in and move forward. 

GOALS: 1) Fostering Community

involvement. I am committed to reaching out to the community and opening dialogue where they are confident that their opinions are heard and shared. 2) Fiscally responsible decisions.  3) Swift Response to Concerns.  Our children must receive services which are necessary, effective, and a good fit. 

EUGENE FIELD: Based on solid

research, Eugene Field is not fit for its present use. I have heard interesting ideas on what else could be done with the facility or grounds. LEADERSHIP: Honest, Objective, Straight-Forward, Fair. CHANGES: I would actively seek forge a collaborative relationship between the Board and the citizens which it is intended to serve.  I have been successful in forging effective working relationships among opposed parties in courtroom situations, and I am ready to accept an equally necessary challenge here. CONTACT: danettewernette.zone6@ Facebook page (www.facebook. com/4DaNetteWernette )

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Zone 7 candidates Christopher Tom Buchholz Bailey EDUCATION:

North Salem High School


Mt Hood Community College

OCCUPATION: Agriculture

WHY: I’m running because this school

district is in turmoil. Progress cannot happen, and quality education cannot continue until the fighting stops, agendas are cast aside, and leadership emerges, with the voters trust regained.

GOALS: 1. Maintain quality education by making sure funds are available to continue programs through fiscal responsibility. Current plans jeopardize this. 2. Prioritize building maintenance, and make sure repairs are done. This hasn’t been done, and people need to be held accountable.  3, Regain the voters trust. Make myself available to hear, and see concerns at every school. Without that trust, I believe it will be nearly impossible to pass a bond. 

EUGENE FIELD: I feel we have far

more important issues facing SFSD than visiting this decision again, but I will not shy away from any issue if presented. LEADERSHIP: Honest, Direct, Logical, Open CHANGES: Transparency, listening to the voters, common sense. Take board meetings to different schools on a regular basis. Listen to everyone, collect facts so that data driven decisions can be made.  CONTACT:

BA Public Policy and Administration, Western Oregon University; MA Teaching, University of Oregon

OCCUPATION: Educator WHY: I want to use my education and

experience to benefit my community.   Education is an area I really care about and I believe that I have the skills and drive to make a difference. My kids are students in Silver Falls School District and I also want to make sure that they and their classmates have the best the district can offer them. I also know that strong school districts benefit the community as a whole and I want to do my part in making ours great.

GOALS: I want to see that all of the

schools have stronger ties to each other, and that a sense of cooperation, rather than competition grows between them. I plan to ensure that all schools in the district are treated fairly and recognized for their accomplishments. I will work to ensure I get to know each school and will make policy and budget decisions based on their specific needs and strengths.

EUGENE FIELD: I have no plans to overturn previous board decisions, but am willing to look at any plans that are economically viable and will be beneficial to the school district and community. LEADERSHIP: Creative, cooperative, logical, fair CHANGES: I will bring an open mind to the school board and will work to ensure that community voices are given fair consideration. I will work with parentteacher groups to ensure that the needs of all of our schools are heard and encourage my colleagues to do so as well.  I will give a new perspective to the board and will strive to make decisions that ensure that our students are provided with opportunities that will prepare them for entry into their adult life.    CONTACT: christopher.bailey@gmail. com Facebook: contact.christopher.bailey

BS. Manufacturing Engineering, Oregon Institute of Technology


Owner- RES Equipment and Buchholz-Schmitz Farms

WHY: I started asking questions years

ago, and the answers I received didn’t line up with what I was witnessing in my school. I want more openness and to restore trust.

GOALS: 1. Improve communication. 2. Develop detailed long term vision for our building needs.  3. Present to the voters a modest, passable bond.

EUGENE FIELD: Yes and maybe. If the current Schlador Street plan works out, then yes. I have deep concerns that the amount we have budgeted for such a large undertaking will be inadequate to make it a safe and effective learning environment. If costs start to spiral up greatly, then it could be reconsidered. LEADERSHIP: Thoughtful.  Independent.  Curious.  Honest. CHANGES: Make it a board practice for 2-3 members to annually attend parent group/site council meetings at each of our schools. I believe many citizens currently have a hard time giving input to the board.  I’m sure we’ll get better community input if we board members are sitting in their buildings in their chairs and having a relaxed conversation with give and take, were there are no cameras or microphones to catch a mis-spoken word or phrase. Re-building trust and developing a better understanding of each other is a must for this school district to succeed. We can and we will. Go Foxes!! CONTACT:  My e-mail is Should anyone care to meet for coffee or an evening beverage, I’m usually available.

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Under investigation By Kristine Thomas After receiving a complaint from Silver Falls District patron Fred Vandecoevering on April 9, the Secretary of State is looking into possible election law violation by Eugene Field Elementary School Principal Jennifer Hannan, Eugene Field special needs assistant and writein school board candidate DaNette Wernette and Silver Falls Education Association President and teacher Marie Traeger. In an email, Vandecoevering told Secretary of State Investigations and Legal Specialist Alana Cox that Hannan sent an email to her staff about a staff meeting. “The email exposes a meeting that happened during work hours to allow DaNette Wernette, a district employee, to speak at a staff meeting,” Vandecoevering wrote, adding that Silver Falls Superintendent Andy Bellando should be investigated if applicable. Vandecoevering would not disclose who gave him the April 2 email written by Hannan. He said he wants the matter to be looked into to determine if the employees were discussing the upcoming school board election during work hours. The email from Hannan reads, “Please forward this to yourself on your personal email and save. I believe Marie

Election complaint filed over school correspondence

Traeger will be asking you to use it. We have a situation that has called for somewhat extreme measures and DaNette has taken those measures. We will discuss at Staff Meeting Tuesday. Marie Traeger will be discussing at forum and SFEA will be hosting a candidates forum in April, which unfortunately DaNette cannot participate in as a write-in. In short, there are 5 board seats open due to board members moving – they need 4 to reverse the progress we have made toward relocating in last 2 years and we believe that is their intent.” Hannan forwarded her staff an email from Wernette announcing her write-in candidacy for Zone 6 in the May 19 Silver Falls School District board election. What is in question is whether the three employees violated election laws by discussing the upcoming school board election during work hours. All three women have stated to Cox that they did not. School board member David Beeson also sent a letter to Cox, expressing his concerns. “I want to share with you that, based on my experience of the past three-four years, the problem of the district administrators participating in, and encouraging, inappropriate political activity with respect to district elections, appears a much larger problem than what is

addressed in Mr. Vandecoevering’s complaint,” Beeson wrote. Oregon Secretary of State Communications Director Tony Green confirmed April 22 that a complaint was filed against Wernette, Traeger and Hannan, who were all given an April 24 deadline to respond to questions from Cox. They all met the deadline. Green said on April 23 once the Secretary of State’s offices receives all the responses, “we will determine if additional inquiries are needed, or if we have enough information to close the case or issue penalties. With so many variables, I can’t estimate at this time how long it will take to resolve the case.” Both Hannan and Bellando said all district staff members are reminded before each election what they can and cannot do to show support for a candidate or an issue. Both Hannan and Bellando also stated they take great care to follow election laws. In their individual responses, Traeger, Hannan and Wernette all wrote they have not been involved in any inappropriate campaigning and have followed both the district’s and state’s guidelines for what a district employee can and cannot do during work hours. Hannan also wrote to Cox that there was no meeting to “discuss the candidacy of DaNette Wernette.”

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Mount Angel candidates unopposed “The meeting referred in my email was a regularly scheduled staff meeting for which I have attached the meeting notes,” Hannan wrote to Cox. “It was during the work day as all staff meetings are. There was no discussion of any candidates. There was a reminder about what kind of discussions are and are not appropriate to have during the school day and what kinds of things I can and cannot answer for them.” Wernette also wrote to Cox that “there was not any meeting at Eugene Field School relating to my candidacy. The meeting indicated was simply a regularly scheduled classified (support staff) meeting, and no mention of my candidacy was made at that meeting, or at any time during work hours.” One of the questions Cox asked Wernette was, “Have you solicited other public employees to support your candidacy through their public email addresses?” “I have not done so,” Wernette responded. “At a time when I was not on the clock, I sent Ms. Hannan my notice of intention to run out of respect for her as my employer, so that she would be aware of my intentions.  I did not ask her to support me, nor did I request that she share my letter with anyone.  No other public employees were included in my email to her.” As the president of the SFEA, Traeger is allotted time

All three candidates in the Mount Angel School District school board election are running unopposed. They are: Position 1: Daniel Zene Crowe,
Position 3: Shari Bochsler Riedman,
Position 4: Raymond Frey. All three are graduates of Kennedy High School. Crowe is running to replace Dick Hoffer, whose term expires June 30. Riedman and Frey are incumbents. Candidates were asked five questions. Answers received are available at during the day to work on employee union matters. In her response to Cox, Traeger states the guidelines agreed upon by the district and the union to use inter district mail. Hannan said in an email to Our Town that “we see the use or discontinued use of the Eugene Field site as a facility issue, not a political issue.” “To expect me and my staff to be excluded from a conversation that impacts all of our students and our ability to do our jobs because some have chosen to make this a political issue is, in my opinion, unreasonable,” she wrote. “It is my responsibility as a principal to advocate for the safety and the educational needs of my students and staff.”

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Silver Falls School District Board Elections

May 19, 2015



Tom Buchholz Dan Johnson Steve Kaser Phil Wiesner Todd White Who are we? We are candidates who share similar core values of honesty, integrity, faith and family. We believe that a school district must be completely honest and transparent in its relationship with the community it serves. We share serious concerns about the direction of the Silver Falls School District in recent years.

Why are we running? We believe that it is time for change. We want to foster a district culture that places common sense, long-term fiscal responsibility, respect for the wishes of voters, and respect for all members of the extended community – as the foundations for decision-making.

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Silverton Fire District is placing a $4.3 million bond measure before voters on May 19. If voters approve Bond Measure 24-383, the funds would be used to improve and repair the fire district’s five stations and training facilities, purchase and equip pumper trucks, refurbish three existing pumper trucks, replace old and obsolete self-contained breathing apparatus and pay bond issuance fees. A similar bond measure approved in 1995 expires this year, and taxpayers are not expected to see an increase if the bond passes. as the fire district anticipates the rate will remain at around 28 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. For a home valued at $200,000, the owner will pay approximately $56 per year. “Thanks to growth and lower interest rates taxes will stay the same,” Capt. Ed Grambusch said. A training officer, Grambusch said the “burn room” built 20 years has taken a

If the $4.3 million Silverton Fire District bond is approved, the money would be used to: • Purchase and equip firefighting apparatus and firefighting and rescue equipment • Refurbish three existing pumpers to improve reliability and safety. • Upgrade and make safety improvements to existing fire apparatus and equipment. • Replace self-contained breathing apparatus. • Repair and safety upgrades to the training tower and burn room • Improve and repair the five district fire stations. Information: or 503-873-5328 lot of abuse. Hundreds of firefighters

• A climate of trust with all district patrons. • A positive culture and climate that places the academic and social progress of every one of our students as our highest priority. • An institutional culture that is open, truly collaborative, and which values the unique perspectives of all district staff and encourages sharing of ideas. • A long-range vision and plan for district facilities needs that honors historic communities of interest, and that is affordable for taxpayers.

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The district has seven staff members and 70 volunteers. Silverton Fire District encompasses 106 square miles and has outposts at Scotts Mills, Abiqua, Crooked Finger and Victor Point. “It’s very diverse because we’ve got the farmland and timberland and all the hills,” Miles said. “You get people that want to isolate themselves; have privacy in the country and they’ll have narrow steep driveways.”

Silverton just received $280,000 for seismic upgrades to three outlying stations; three years ago a similar grant upgraded the Scotts Mills station.

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Grants have helped patch their 54 breathing apparatus together but they’ve worn out their lifetime. Many aspects of the department need major attention. For instance, Silverton’s fire truck fleet exceeds industry standard (no more than 20 years) with an average age of 24 years; the oldest front line pumper truck is 44 years old. “I think this community is so fortunate to have a large pool of dedicated volunteers willing to sacrifice their time and their energy and their lives in some cases and I think it’s really our duty not let ourselves get behind,” Miles said. Grambusch said much has changed since the last bond measure was approved.

The fire district doesn’t rely solely on “Calls for service have increased by taxes. Grambusch started writing grants 44 percent, there is a great deal more in 2002 after 9/11 reignited the federal required training, there are more volunteer FIRE Act grant program. Since then, firefighters – and greater demands put on through his efforts the district has our volunteer personnel and equipment,” ad-3 625x5-2clr-ShilohWater-14oct-spot color.pdf 1 10/6/14 7:14 PM received more than $2.5 million in grants. he said.

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Free bird, wildflower walks at Silver Falls Plant sales will run until 4 p.m. each day. Families can enjoy walks, lessons, and crafts on a wide range of nature topics. Visitors can create Mother’s Day springtime crafts or, for the $5 cost of materials assemble a bird-nesting box with the Salem Audubon Society on the front porch of the lodge. Free sketching classes will be offer by professional illustrator Christine Elder. There will be one class each day on sketching birds and another on sketching wildflowers.

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Each day ends with a free live raptor presentation “Feathered Hunters, Flying Mothers: Oregon’s Birds of Prey,” by Susan LaFontaine of the Santiam branch of the Oregon Raptor Center. A day-use parking permit is required to park; visitors can purchase a one-day permit for $5 or an annual permit for $30.

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Foxes and Vikings Whether you are eager to get in touch with your “inner Viking” or explore your sleuthing skills searching for secret foxes, you are bound to either discover the beauty of the Victor Point area or solve the secrets of Silverton by participating in two new community events.

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School fundraisers The Great Fox Hunt - Saturday, May 15 at 2 p.m. Cost: $50 a team. Visit to sign-up Run for the Hills - Saturday, May 30 at Victor Point Elementary School, 1175 Victor Point Road., SE. Visit Facebook, search Race for the Hills or go to www.racenorthwest. com School with the one-mile race starting at 8 a.m.; the 15K at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K at 8:45 a.m. Funds raised will pay for school equipment and classroom supplies, bussing for field trips, Lego Club and Outdoor School.

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Schools develop new ‘fun’raisers known facts about Silverton,” said parent Nicole Engstrom. “It will take about three hours to complete the hunt for paper foxes hidden throughout town.” Mark Twain PTC President Amy Buchheit participated in a scavenger hunt with her family in another community last year. After having so much fun, she thought it would be an incredible experience and perfect event for Silverton. “We are so excited to be hosting a fun, family-friendly event celebrating Silverton’s rich heritage, secrets and treasures while raising funds for new technology at our local middle school,” Buchheit said. Mark Twain Principal Nancy Griffith said the Great Fox Hunt connects the school and the community in an interactive experience that showcases the community. “I’m thrilled that our community will shine in this exciting fundraiser that benefits future citizens of Silverton and beyond,” Griffith said.

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Nut allergies

Schools grapple with potentially life-threatening situations

By Brenna Wiegand Teagen Cain hates to miss school. “He’ll cry because he missed math or something,” his mom Lydia Cain said. Missing school happens more often than they’d like. A second grader at Eugene Field Elementary, Teagen has the severest, most sensitive nut allergy in the school district. More than once, classroom time has been interrupted by an acute, whole-body reaction – anaphylaxis. He’s been administered epinephrine injections via “EpiPen” and taken from school by ambulance. “...and for every one of those there are dozens and dozens of times when I, my husband or my mom have had to come pick him up,” Cain said. “It can be airborne and send him into a life-threatening reaction.” His condition has resulted in good friends who look out for him, alerting him to the presence of peanuts. “The kids get it,” Cain said. “They have seen him when he can’t breathe and have an understanding and empathy well beyond their age.” However, when nuts were banned at Eugene Field in 2011, several parents protested, questioning the limits put

on more than 475 students for a single child.

and got a great big hive bubble all the way down her front. Just an infinitesimal amount can set her off.”

The Cains aren’t the only family in the school district with a child severely allergic to nuts. Suellen Nida, a registered nurse with the district, said about 20 students districtwide have nut allergies, including seven at Silverton High School.

When she learned of Teagen’s situation, Gail reached out. “Gail really helped pave the way for me and other kids,” Lydia said. “She’s been down that road and knew a mother wouldn’t want to go it alone.” Though she hasn’t needed an injection since “the cookie incident,” Gabi’s symptoms began stepping up in January – about 3-5 days a week.

Silverton High School junior Gabi Frassenei had her first anaphylactic reaction at 10 months Gabi Frassenei old. She had a recent attack the last weekend of April where she had to be taken to the hospital. She was the first child with nut allergies to enter Eugene Field, and though the school worked to eradicate nuts, it was an uphill battle. “When we really got educated she was 5 or 6 years old,” her mother Gail Little-Frassenei said. “She started eating an oatmeal raisin cookie. Instantly she said her mouth felt spicy and her throat hurt. She started projectile vomiting

“I wasn’t really sure what was happening – my lips were swelling a lot more than usual and I was getting itchier and having to take my Benadryl,” she said. “One of my friends was going through the lunch line and saw they were making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.” Once alerted, the school took peanut butter back off the menu. Recently she handed a friend her notebook but he let it fall to the floor rather than touch it, remembering he’d had peanut butter that day. She,G itoo, good friends. L e r oy l g e has O.D.

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teachers know what’s going on if she falls asleep in class.

and they usually feel really bad.”

Gabi reads food labels and learns which restaurants are safe.

Nut oil stubbornly clings to skin. Using hand sanitizer doesn’t work, although a good hand washing with soap and warm water goes a long way toward removing the oil. Classrooms at Eugene Field are not equipped with sinks.

“Now I just kind of know what to do, but sometimes it catches me off guard,” she said. “In general, they’re not really scary except those kind where I start throwing up and my throat closes up.”

Frustrated in her attempts to educate the families of 475 students, Nida recently posted pictures of kids having allergic reactions in the school halls.

Gail feels bad for what Lydia has had to endure in keeping Teagen safe. She said it’s been an eye-opening journey.

“I think people took to that more than all the other information we sent out,” she said.

“I understand why parents would get upset, but I don’t understand what seems like a lack of compassion from some people over a stupid peanut,” Gail said.

Lunch is a favorite time for many kids, but for those with nut allergies it can pose real and dangerous challenges.

Though Gail said she was treated well when Gabi entered school, it was a learning curve for staff. The family resorted to driving rather than busing Gabi to school and took her out of the building the days PBJs were served.

Nida said Eugene Field attempts to cater to the needs of its current population though many institutions – Healthy Start, universities and school districts – have gone nut free.

“Nobody really realizes how horrible it can be,” Nida said. “(In the U.S.) every three minutes a food allergy sends a person to the emergency room; it happens all the time.”

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Designated staff members are trained to administer epinephrine and then call 911. Each school is required to have two of both adult and pediatric-sized EpiPens that run $150-200 each, usually donated. Kids with allergies also supply their own. “There are so many people who have nut allergies now; we call it ‘nut aware’ because there’s always a time we may let our guard down,” Nida said. “A child somewhere in the cafeteria can have peanut butter and if an allergic child ends up touching the same basketball at recess he can go into a life-threatening reaction. I want everyone to take ownership of their own community member.” A classified employee at Eugene Field, Cain would

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“A child somewhere in the cafeteria can have peanut butter and if an allergic child ends up touching the same basketball at recess he can go into a life-threatening reaction.” – Suellen Nida, school district nurse entrust any of her fellow staff members with Teagen in the event of an allergic reaction. “...but as a mom I’m like ‘Please let us get through the day,’” she said. “He’ll always be on my mind.” Some students with severe allergies fall under federal statute Section 504, part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requiring schools to meet the needs of students with disabilities as adequately as they do other students. “These families have wonderful teams behind them but they are to the point where they need the community to join the effort,” Cain said. Eugene Field Principal Jennifer Hannan said the alarm factor is around nuts because some children don’t have to ingest them to have a medical emergency. “We can keep kids from ingesting things fairly easily, but if a student has nut oil on his hands and transfers it to a community surface, that’s a safety issue,” Hannan said. Lesser allergies are generally handled on a case-by-case basis between student, office, teacher, cafeteria crew and the nurse. “Perception from some of our community is that this is something we’ve done for one allergy for one student,

but in my 17 years in the district I have worked on a latex ban, perfume ban, evergreen ban and a light-up shoe ban – they can trigger seizures,” Hannan said. “For whatever reason the nut ban has gotten a lot more pushback from parents. That may be because it’s a staple of small children and leaves families unsure of what to do; the personalities involved and the unfortunate timing of the federal Healthy Kids program putting other food restrictions in place at school. “Some parents have said ‘enough is enough’ with being told what they can and can’t do,” Hannan said. “This is why the No. 1 thing I want parents to understand is that this is a health and safety issue, not a political issue.” Teagen loves to learn, is athletic, plays the violin and always carries his meds and medical history. They call hotels months in advance so they can prepare a room; same for Disneyland, where Teagen was given a pass to the front of ride lines and the chef came out to personally to assure them his meal was produced in a nut-free environment. “He is learning to maintain a full, functioning life with the allergies,” Lydia said. “As horrible as this is, he’s been given a personality and a heart that will allow him to roll with it.”

Allergy and anaphylaxis Each year, 150-200 Americans die from food allergies; about 60 percent brought on by peanuts. Food allergies affect 1 in 13 kids under the age of 18 – roughly two per classroom – and have resulted in more than 300,000 ambulatory care visits. In the U.S. about 1 in 90 people have a tree nut and/or peanut allergy with reactions ranging from mild to the potentially deadly state of anaphylaxis. Food allergy symptoms develop within a few minutes to two hours and may include, often in this order, itching of the lips, tongue and palate; swelling of the lips, tongue and throat; swollen, itchy, watery eyes; generalized itching, flushing, swelling of the skin and hives; increased heart rate, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; difficulty breathing, wheezing and asthma; a sense of impending doom; weakness, faintness, collapse and loss of consciousness. Anaphylaxis requires an injection of epinephrine and an immediate trip to the emergency room. ~National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease; Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America; Centers for Disease Control

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Chandler chooses PLU For Cole Chandler it came down to familiarity – and a bit of an educational pull. The Silverton High School quarterback, who led the Foxes to a 32-4 record in three years as a starter, plans to play college football at Pacific Lutheran in Tacoma, Wash. Chandler had considered Linfield, but picked PLU because his favorite target with the Foxes, wide receiver Logan Munson, is headed to PLU akong with his twin sister, McKenna. Munson is looking at a pre-med educational path at PLU. Chandler, who earned two firstteam and one-second team mention on the Class 5A all-state teams, passed for 1,923 yards and 18 touchdowns in his senior year. Munson, a first-team allstate player in his junior and senior years, caught 69 passes for 1,054 yards and 10 TDs in his senior year. Chandler said he was attracted to PLU’s graduate programs in education and business. He hopes to teach and coach, with the ultimate goal of being a school administrator or an athletic director.

Silverton and Kennedy softball first in league Silverton played a tough preseason. Since then the Foxes have outscored opponents 82-17 and hit double figures six times.

Three other members of the 2014 Silverton squad, which lost to Hermiston in the state title game, are hoping to play in college. Defensive lineman Camryn Clokey, a two-time all-state choice, is head to Santa Monica City College in California. Two-way standout Sam Kuschnick plans to walk-on at Oregon State and linebacker Colton Cypert is headed to Linfield. Softball: Silverton has rallied from an 0-6 start to move into first place in the MidWillamette. The Foxes have won nine in a row and are 9-1 in league, one game ahead of 9-3 Dallas, with 8-3 Central and 8-4 Lebanon also in the hunt. The squad is ranked No. 8 in Class 5A by the OSAA.

“The preseason was tough and tested the character of our team,” Coach Ralph Cortez said. “It prepared us for the toughest competition in our league and later down the road in the playoffs.” Leading the way for Silverton is a veteran core that includes senior catcher and all-state returnee Kayla Stocker as well as sophomore pitcher Alex Molloy and sophomore infielders Megan Mannion and Daisy Hernandez. Key newcomers include power-hitting freshman outfielder-catcher Maggie Roth, leadoff hitter Maggie Buckholz and Katelyn Hickam, who hits for power and Cortez says “helps the team stay loose.” Kennedy, meanwhile, is 4-1 and tied with Central Linn for first place in the TriRiver. The Trojans are ranked No. 4 by the OSAA, with Central Linn second. Baseball: Kennedy, which has won four consecutive league titles, is currently

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locked in a three-way battle with Regis and Country Christian in the Tri-River. Regis leads the way with a 5-0 mark, with the Trojans and Country Christian at 4-1. Regis got the better of Kennedy by a 14-1 count on April 22 in Mount Angel. The two teams, who play May 13 in Stayton, also met in last spring’s Class 2A-1A quarterfinals, with Regis claiming an 8-6 thriller. Marathon: Silverton’s Christina Clark, 43, ran the April 20 Boston Marathon. Clark ran the 26.2 miles in 4:02.24, a 9:15 mile pace. Winter update: My April 1 report on winter college athletes failed to include Chase Davis, a 2012 Silverton grad who is a junior at Eastern Washington. Davis took fifth at the Big Sky Conference indoor meet, vaulting 15-9 3/4 to move into fourth place all time at Eastern. Follow me on @jameshday. Got a news tip? Email me at

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Lace’em up By Steve Ritchie As the days get longer, many of us feel a stronger urge to exercise outside. Walking, cycling, running, backpacking, swimming, kayaking, golfing – the list of activities for warm months is long and the choices good. But, for a “go-to” exercise on a regular basis, I prefer running. Running is inexpensive, doesn’t require special training or equipment, and can be done just about anywhere, anytime. Your run can be as social or as solitary as you want. It is a great stress reliever, and it’s easy to get the benefits of exercise in a short time. So, how to get started? Here are my tips:

Running shoes First, it’s critical to get a quality pair of running shoes. Good shoes that are wellsuited for your foot and stride will help prevent injuries and provide maximum comfort. A good pair will last 300 to 500 miles, and are worth the investment of $80 - $125.

And get out the door Fun runs on the schedule Register at unless otherwise noted. May 9: Silverton Health Fun Run May 30: Run for the Hills June 6: Silver Falls Challenge, June 27: Pajama Rama Aug. 9: Homer’s Classic Sept. 19: Oktoberfest Road Race I suggest going to a running shoe store because of the expert help you can get. Gallagher Fitness Resources in Salem is my favorite place, but there are good running stores throughout the valley. A staff person will get information on your running, suggest shoes to try and sure the shoes are the proper type and fit for your stride and foot strike.

Running buddy or solitary (wo)man The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner was the catchy title of a popular book

from my youth. It captured the image of running at the time: a solitary and somewhat eccentric pursuit. If that was ever true, it most certainly is not the case now. Running is, in fact, a great way to socialize. Find a partner to chat with as you jog around town or on the track. I always tell my high school cross country runners, when they go out on a long run or a recovery run to do it at “conversational pace,” meaning not so fast that they get out of breath and can’t easily converse during the run. Finding a running buddy is easier these days thanks to Facebook, Twitter, websites and the like. Get in touch with a local running club like Silverton Runners Club, or with an informal group like “Mom’s on the Run,” both groups can be found by searching on Facebook. Or join a training group through a running store. Not everyone wants to make their training a social occasion. Some people love being out on the road by themselves. That works well as long as you pay attention to safety.

Variety adds spice

I know some runners who do the exact same route and distance whenever they run. That would drive me crazy. I love the variety of training runs I can do at Silver Falls Park, Willamette Mission Park, Bush’s Pasture Park and Minto Brown Park. Flat or hilly? Short or long? Fast or slow? Dirt trail or asphalt bike path? Doing more trail runs reinvigorated my running this year. Vary your routes and types of runs and it will help keep you looking forward to the next run.

Set a goal

Setting a goal of running a 5K, 10K or a half-marathon can be a very powerful motivator to get you out of the house to do your training run. Pick a race two or three months in the future, sign up and pay the fee. Tell your friends and see if one of them will join you - then you’re really committed! The main thing is to lace up your shoes and get out the door! Steve Ritchie is the track and field and cross country coach at Kennedy High School.


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Silverton $535,000 Marionberry Farm on 17+acres on the North Edge of Silverton w/ well maintaned sigle level home. Excellent homestead with good income! MLS#681326 • Joe Giegerich • 503-931-7824 $486,500 Want An Acerage View Without The Maintenance? Custom built Abiqua Heights home, 2 master suites & floor to ceiling windows for views. MLS#687395 • Connie Hinsdale • 503-881-8687 $480,000 Something Special! Quiet living on 8.8 acres, views, barn, RV storage shed, garden space, fenced & gated. MLS#688174 • Donna Paradis • 503-851-0998 $469,900 Country Living Near the Edge of Town! Single level, 3Br, 3Ba custom home on 2.41 acres, formal dining, granite & stainless appliances. MLS#686417 • Joe Giegerich • 503-931-7824 $429,000 Rare Location! 1926 built craftsman home. 4Br & 2Ba, garden area w/ Gazebo, 36x42.5 shop. MLS#68699 • Cynthia Johnson • 503-551-0145 $429,000 Beautiful Setting in Silverton Country! Large craftsman style home built in 1926, garden area, and addl outbuildings. MLS#687010 • Cynthia Johnson • 503-551-0145 $379,900 Lake Included! Large bedrooms w/ walk in closets, bonus room could be 4th bedroom, granite, fireplace & more! MLS#688371 • Jackie Zurbrugg • 503-932-5833 $379,900 Classic Farm House on 8.78 Acres! Huge country kitchen, fireplace, upgraded windows & more! MLS#681445 • Joe Geigerich • 503-931-7824 $369,900 Impressive at First Step! Open staircase, tile floors, open front living room, fireplace, huge family room. MLS#681896 • Valerie Boen • 503-871-1667 $315,000 Historical Home Loaded with Loaded with Charm! Upgraded kitchen and bath, english garden w/ pond & fenced yard. MLS#688708 • Ginni Stensland • 503-510-4652

$264,900 Exceptional Small Acerage w/ well maintained Fleetwood mfg, new carpet & vinyl, 48x28 shop. MLS#685836 • Joe Giegerich • 503-931-7824 $229,900 Charming 3Br, 1.5Ba! White Picket fence, front and back covered patios, updated kitchen, Truly special and a must see! MLS#688414 • Joe Giegerich • 503-931-7824 $209,900 Beautiful 2-story Condo Overlooking Silver Creek! Walnut laminate, tile counters & lrg walk in closet in the Master. MLS#671383 • Donna Rash • 503-871-0409 $195,000 Private Location just off River Bend Rd! Covered patio off dinning area, lrg side yard w/ water feature. MLS#676902 • Joe Giegerich • 503-931-7824 $164,000 Starter home at a Great Value! Home is on a 1/4 acre corner lot and updated/remodeled throughout. ML#675420 • Joe Giegerich • 503-931-7824


$254,900 Picturesque & Charming Cape Cod Style Home! Ideal backyard for kids, upstairs bdrms have walk in closets & charming dormers. MLS#688586 • Marty Schrock • 503-559-9443 $226,000 Single Level Home on Over 1/3 Acre! Gardener’s deam! Quiet Neighborhood! MLS#688312 • Ginni Stensland • 503-510-4652

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$850,000 Ridge Top 67.75 Acres! Open custom floor plan, 3Br &2Ba, 2,922 sq ft w/ panoramic views! MLS#688297 • Joe Giegerich • 503-931-7824 $549,000 Lodge Style Custom Home on 19.58 Acres! Open floor plan, covered porch, valley views, shop, barn & detached garage. MLS#686772 • Joe Giegerich • 503-931-7824 $448,000Top of the World View! Custom 2Br, 2.5Ba overlooking ponds & meadow. Private & secluded w/ panoramic views. MLS#686392 • Joe Giegerich • 503-931-1896 $339,900 Ligh, Bright, Warm & Inviting! Sunset views, open floor plan, oak floors & huge master suite. MLS#678127 • Joe Giegerich • 503-931-7824

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“WE KNOW THIS MARKET” SAleM AreA $614,900 Acerage! Just East of Salem! Recent addition, stone fireplace, vaulted living room, small fruit orchard, 25x30 shop. MLS#687139 • Jackie Zurbrugg • 503-932-5833 $319,900 Enjoy your privacy! Homestead on almost an acre! 3Br, 2 Ba, 2,200 sq ft. MLS#687146 • Joe Giegerich • 503-931-7824 $195,000 Panoramic Views of Lake Labish Area! Ideal location for replacement home. MLS#686883 • Joe Giegerich • 503-931-7824

otHer AreAS $510,000 Income Producing Farm! Ideal dual living, large shop, barn w/ loft, Hazelnut orchard, mature landscaping & much more! MLS#673308 • Joe Giegerich • 503-931-7824 $479,000 Park-like 5 Acre Homestead! Well maintained 2-story farmhouse. Open kitchen & family room, lrg covered deck, 30x36 shop & more! MLS#686942 • Joe Giegerich • 503-931-7824

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES $265,000 Lankmark Automotive Service Business! Ideal high traffic location, quality reputation and loyal clientele. MLS#678299 • Joe Giegerich • 503-931-7824 $249,900 In the Heart of Downtown Silverton! Creek Front and basement storage. Current Leases Apply. MLS#687538 • Robin Kuhn • 503-930-1896 $89,900 Downtown commercial Lot! Teriffic high traffic in the heart of downtown Mololla. MLS#687271 • Joe Geigerich • 503-931-7824

lAnD & lotS $950,000 Excellent Income Producing 176 Acre Farm! Quality Soils ideal for many crops, creek runs through property. MLS#86078 • Joe Giegerich • 503-931-7824 $485,000 Rare Acerage Find in the Silverton Hills! Buildable & septic approved! MLS#88331 • Joe Giegerich • 503-931-7824

$125,000 Creek Frontage! The sounds of bubbling water, plus a perfect site for your fishing fun. MLS#81152 • Ginni Stensland • 503-510-4652 $98,000 Beautiful Sunset Views on a Quarter Acre! Joust outside of Abiqua Heights. MLS#74777 • Ginni Stensland • 503-510-4652

Starting at $159,900 Beautiful Panoramic Valley Views! Great location and septic approved. Two lots available. MLS#87746 • Joe Giegerich • 503-931-7824

$72,000 Popular Development! Corner Lot, view towards Mt Angel Abbey. Bring your own builder. MLS#83305 • Ginni Stensland • 503-510-4652

$147,000 Come create your own special place in the country on this private home site! Septic & Well in place. MLS#77089 • Donna Paradis • 503-851-0998

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Breaking new ground? Go easy on Google

By Brenna Wiegand The ability to Google nearly anything messes with my head. No more calling Grandma for canning advice or Dad for when to plant beans? Why, you needn’t even suffer the indignity of trying to wheedle Great Aunt Hilda’s Secret Corn Relish recipe out of Cousin Myrtle – just Google it! If I ask anybody anything, am I just being lazy?

The Internet has a lot to say about gardening, but its sheer volume of information can be overwhelming, unreliable and not suited to your area. Rather than making hay while the sun shines, the beginning gardener becomes enmeshed in a World Wide Web of open tabs and prolific copying and pasting.

Your laboratory is outside; your own experience an excellent tutor. If the desire takes hold, you can explore such niceties as lasagna or hay bale gardening; soil amendments, cover crops and mulch; crop rotation, successive planting and (hot or cold) composting – even lunar gardening. Much to look forward to. For now, all you need is dirt, shovel, water and a packet of seeds.

I recommend starting small and simple. Friends and family will appreciate you calling on them for advice. Also, learn to see the fun in failure. Gardening is a grand experiment where the joys usually outweigh the risks. I’ve known the exhilaration of sky high heirloom tomatoes one year and the heartbreak of early blight the next. Deer have chomped their way down a row of emerging asparagus and slugs have wiped out squash seedlings in an hour.

Find a corner of the yard that gets several hours of sun and work it up, pulling out weeds by the roots. Level out the dirt; if you’ve no rake, a piece of board or hands will do. If your soil is poor, you can make a raised bed out of wood, concrete blocks, rocks or logs and fill it with a good garden soil mix.

Google the number of times Einstein failed before hitting upon the theory of relativity.

Before ripping into your first packet of seeds, flip it over to reveal a treasure trove of information about that plant:

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So many vegetable seeds ask to be covered with a mere eighth or quarter inch of soil. If you don’t smooth out your dirt, just dropping them on a plowed up surface will cause many of them to drop an inch or more below ground right off the bat. This is one of those things better shown than read about: I use a block of wood to level out the soil and tamp it down gently to create a more even surface. Then sprinkle the seed followed by a light layer of soil and tamp again. I cringe when I see people nailing plants with a blast of water, sending half their seed on a whitewater rafting trip

to Timbuktu. Gently mist them in and as they grow, most prefer to be watered at ground level. Real weed problems may require spraying, but you can squelch them out by laying flakes of hay or sheets of plastic over the area months of time. It wouldn’t hurt to work in a little matured manure or compost before planting and, as we live in a slug mecca, to toss around some bait. Google’s great, but gardening’s best learned on your knees. Which reminds me, a little prayer isn’t a bad idea either.

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Remove all soil from metal surfaces: after a stream of water from the hose, remove small soil particles and rust spots with sandpaper, steel wool... whatever is called for. Check all nuts, bolts and screws to be sure they are tight and in top working order. Replace worn or rusty ones. Sharpen the cutting edges of hoes, shovels, pruners, etc., with a file, stone or grinding wheel Wipe all metal parts with an oily rag to help protect from dust and rust and lubricate moving parts. Wash and dry wooden handles; use a wire brush and sand well (preventing slivers) before painting with raw linseed oil (or what’s on hand: motor oil, lamp oil or cooking oil). Let it sit overnight; keep applying until it feels oily then wipe dry. Some prefer treating them with an exterior varnish. Replace weak and broken handles. Try to store your tools off the floor, preferably on a rack or hanging by nails. You can fill a 5-gallon bucket with sand and oil to dip tools in after each use. Consider putting an identification mark on all tool handles, brightly colored in case you misplace it in your own garden. Gather hoses and nozzles for cleaning and repair; don’t forget new washers.

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Make sure the lawnmower is tuned up and ready to go. Clean out all matted grass above and below. Remove rotary blades and have them sharpened. If you didn’t do so last fall, drain the oil from the crankcase and refill it immediately. Check the spark plug, cleaning or replacing it as needed. Oil any moving parts and completely wipe the machine down with an oily rag.


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Seed packets are a wealth of information but often refer to nebulous dates: “as soon as soil is workable”; “after danger of serious frost has passed” or planting seeds indoors so they’re ready to be planted “2-4 weeks after average last frost and when soil temperatures have risen above 60 degrees” or just “after weather has warmed considerably.”

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If you enjoy a little more specificity there are charts and averages and probability rates galore, but in our area (not Silver Falls) it’s pretty safe to say the danger of frost has gone by the end of April and that you needn’t worry about it returning until late October. If things go well, we can enjoy a frost-free growing season of around 216 days.

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Sometimes you can get lucky putting tomatoes out on April 15; other times even Memorial Day can be risky. By May 1 it is safe to plant many vegetables – carrots, radishes, lettuce, spinach, potatoes, peas – but wait until late in the month to plant the warm-weather crops: tomatoes, squash, beans, corn, melons, cucumbers, pumpkins, eggplant and peppers.


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Don’t wait much longer to fertilize for the growing season. Use a rhododendron or evergreen type plant food for rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas, viburnum, junipers, etc. Use a rose or all-purpose garden fertilizer for roses, deciduous shrubs and trees, perennials

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Everything done to eradicate them now reduces future populations exponentially.


It’s still early to determine the extent of frost damage on shrubs; wait two or three more weeks before doing any drastic pruning.


Take your lawn to the next level. As necessary, eliminate weeds, control moss, thatch, aerate, feed and/or over-seed the lawn.

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Noon – 1 p.m. Monday - Saturday. St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, 211 W. Center St., Silverton. 8 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Saturday. Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. David, 503-383-8327

Serenity Al-Anon

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. 10 - 11 a.m. Saturday. Silverton Assembly of God Church, 437 N. James St. 503-269-0952.

Mount Angel Library Activities

3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Storytime ages 3 - 6. Mt. Angel Library, 290 Charles St. 4:45 p.m. Tuesday. Lego Club. 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Babytime ages 0 - 3.

Silverton Business Group

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

Storytimes at Library

Silver Falls Library, 410 S. Water St., Silverton. Chickadees, age 3-4, 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Wednesdays. Baby Birds, age 0-3, 11 – 11:30 a.m. Thursdays; same time Fridays. Duplo Day, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. all ages Fridays. Caregiver must attend with child. 503-873-7633

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Silverton YMCA

Swim lessons run thru May 14. PERS classes $5/ea. Progressive classes $6/ea. Additional fees for non-members. Swim team practices are 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. Monday - Fridayl tryouts daily at 3:15 p.m. Bi-annual maintenance closure on May 16. Summer soccer, swim team registration open. Practices Monday Friday. 503-873-6456,

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Tickets for the second annual Rooted in Food Silverton garden tour, June 6, on sale May 23.. Tickets $10; children 10 and under free. Available at Silverton Farmer’s Market. Portion of proceeds benefit Silverton Garden Club’s Scholarship Fund.

Friday, May 1 Rummage Sale

9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Marquam United Methodist Church, 36975 S Highway 213, Mount Angel. Repeats 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. May 2 with $3/bag from noon - 3 p.m. Benefits local nonprofit organizations. Sponsored by Marquam UMC Women’s Group. 503-829-5061

Open Gym, Swim

10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Silverton YMCA, 421 S Water St. School’s out so send the kids down to play. 1 - 3 p.m. open swim at Silverton Pool. Age 5 and older. Members $5. Nonmembers $10. 503-873-6456,

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Gordon House Tours

5:30 - 8:30 p.m., White Oak, 216 E Main St., Silverton. View new works by Julie Jeanseau. Artwork can be viewed through May 31 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday; Sunday - Tuesday by appointment.503-399-9193

Overeaters Anonymous

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

Weekly Meditation Group

7 – 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. A Quiet Place Sangha invites people of all spiritual traditions to weekly guided meditation and shared dialog. Free. Newcomers arrive 20 minutes early. 971-218-6641

Silverton Toastmasters

7:30 a.m. Fridays. Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1159 Oak St., Silverton. Ann, 503-910-3668

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Jesus Christ Superstar

7:30 p.m., Silverton High, 1456 Pine St. Center Stage performs. Tickets $10 adults, $6 students, available at Seven Brides Brewing, Apples to Oranges, Citizen’s Bank, Our Town, Uptown Music. Repeats 7 p.m. May 2, 2 p.m. May 3.

Saturday, May 2 Silverton Farmer’s Market

1 – 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Silverton Arts Association offers Silverchips woodcarving sessions. All skill levels. $2/ week. 503-873-2480 Tours at noon, 1, 2 p.m. Thursday– Monday. Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon House, 869 W. Main St., Silverton. Reservations needed. thegordonhouse. org, 503-874-6006

7 - 9 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St., Silverton. “Still Life With Jewels” features paintings by Theresa Sharrar and jewelry by Chelsea Goin. Lunaria Loft Gallery’s show, “Off the Grid,” features organic landscape paintings by Phyllis Schmidt and Marty Gabe. Thru May 31. 503-873-7734,

4:30 p.m., Silverton High, 1456 Pine St. Girls softball vs Lebanon.

White Oak Reception

Celebration of Cultures Day

6 – 9 p.m., downtown Silverton. Sponsored by Silverton Together. Art, literature, dance from different cultures. 503-873-0405

Teen Art Show

6 - 8 p.m., Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. Meet Silver Falls School District teen artists, view artwork. Artwork continues on display noon - 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through May. 503-363-9310

First Friday in Silverton

7 – 9 p.m. Explore the historic downtown, have dinner, shop, browse through galleries and boutiques. 503-873-5615

9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Town Square Park, Main Street, Silverton. Fresh produce, plants, flowers. Saturdays. 503-873-5615

Indoor Flea Market

Tuesday, May 5 Evening Bike Rides

6:15 p.m., Seven Brides Brewing, 990 N First St., Silverton. Tuesday night bike ride of 20 - 30 miles, A-B difficulty. Every Tuesday, except fourth Tuesday of each month, through September. Free. Open to all. Ride may be canceled for questionable weather. Call Marilyn Monson, 503-559-3589, or Dan Schuh, 503-759-7010, if in doubt.

Silverton Garden Club

7 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship, 822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton. Gary McAninch, Oregon Agricultural Department, presents “Oregon’s Nursery and Christmas Tree Industry.” Refreshments. Visitors welcome. Kathy, 503-873-0159

Poetry in Music

7 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. An evening of music and poetry ranging from Shakespeare to Robert Frost performed by Primal Mates. Free. Open to public. Spring, 503-873-8796

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Silverton Elks Lodge, 300 High St. Free admission. Spaces $15. Benefits Elks Drug Awareness Program. Dennis, 503-569-0148

Wednesday, May 6

Ladies Spring Tea

Actors/Improv Group

10 a.m. - noon, Silverton Assembly, 437 N James St. Food, fellowship, testimony. Tickets $5. 503-873-3611

Canyonview Open House

1 - 4 p.m., Canyonview Ministries, 13000 NE Finlay Road, Silverton. Tour facility, participate in fun activities. 971-2391347,

Masquerade Ball

7 p.m., American Academy of Performing Arts, 222 High St., Silverton. Food, drinks, silent auction, drawings, performances, dancing. Optional waltz lesson at 6:30 p.m. $25 in advance. Fundraiser for AAPAC. 503-873-0464,

Monday, May 4

Silverton vs Woodburn Girls Tennis 4:30 p.m., Silverton High, 1456 Pine St.

Silverton City Council

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St. Variety of improvisational games. No experience required. Open to adults, high school students. Repeats May 20. Ron, 503-873-8796

Thursday, May 7 Virtue First Awards

6:30 p.m., Al Kader Shrine Center, 25100 SW Parkway Ave., Wilsonville.. Virtue First Foundation honors locals who have demonstrated commitment to serving youth, promoting virtue. Dessert, refreshments. Free. Open to public.

Silverton Scribes

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S. Water St., Silverton. Informal writer’s group to share, critique writing projects. Repeats: third Thursday. 503-873-8796

Scotts Mills City Council

7:30 p.m., Scotts Mills City Hall, 265 Fourth St. Agenda available 503-873-5435

7 p.m., Silverton Council Chambers, 421 S. Water St. Agenda available. 503-873-5321

Friday, May 8

Mount Angel City Council

9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 N Second St., Silverton. Household goods, electronics, clothing, furniture. Repeats May 9. 503-873-2635.

7 p.m., Mount Angel Library, 290 E. Charles St. Agenda available. 503-8459291

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10 a.m. – noon., Silver Falls Library, 410 S. Water St. Geneaology research presentation, “A Potpourri of Short Subjects of Help,” a variety of subjects to help with genealogy research. Free. Open to all. Kathy,;

11 a.m., Evergreen Golf Course, 11694 NE West Church Road, Mount Angel. 18th annual golf tournament, dinner, auction. $70 per golfer includes registration, dinner. $25 for dinner, auction only. 503-873-5615, 4 - 6 p.m., Silverton Christian School, 229 Eureka Ave. Fundraiser for SCS. Repeats 9 a.m - 3 p.m. May 9. 503-873-5131

Saturday, May 9 Silverton Hospital Fun Run

8 a.m. Silverton Hospital, 342 Fairview St. One-mile Fun Run, 5-kilometer race. $20 w/ preregistration. $25 day of race. Register at or at Silverton Health Community Services house, 319 Fairview St. 503-873-1786

In Stitches at Silver Falls Library

10 a.m. – noon, Silver Falls Library, 410 S. Water St., Silverton. Group meets to crochet, knit, share ideas. All levels welcome. Free. Spring, 503-873-8796

Mothers’ Day Wildflower Festival

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. South Falls Lodge, Silver Falls State Park. 20024 SE Silver Falls Hwy., Sublimity. Birding, walks, photography, native plant sale, raptor meet and greet, free sketching classes. Repeats May 10. Free; $5 per vehicle day use fee. 503-874-0201,

Mayfair Auction

5 p.m., Silverton Christian School, 229 Eureka Ave. Silent and oral auctions, appetizers, gourmet desserts. Reservations: 503873-5131

Sunday, May 10 Mother’s Day Monday, May 11 Mount Angel School District

6:30 p.m., Mount Angel Middle School, 460 E Marquam. 503-845-2345

Silver Falls School District 7 p.m., Silverton Community Center, 421 S. Water St. 503-873-5303

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Crafty Kids

3:30 - 5 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Use provided arts and crafts materials for take-home project. Free. Ages 5 - 10. Caregiver must attend with child. Repeats May 26. 503-873-7633

Wednesday, May 13 Kindle Workshop

3 p.m., Father Bernard Youth Center, 980 S Main St., Mount Angel. Learn to set up email, learn navigation, download apps, video chat on Kindle HD or HDX. Free. RSVP:, 503-845-1031

Silverton vs Woodburn Softball

4:30 p.m., Silverton High, 1456 Pine St.

Thursday, May 14 Tea Cups, Tea Hats, Tea Pots

Noon, Silver Creek Fellowship Church, 822 Industrial Way, Silverton. Bring your favorite tea cup, wear your prettiest tea hat for light luncheon, speakers. Shop vendors. $6.50 for lunch; first-time guests free. Sue Ann Haberly shares how “Friendships are like spices, you need all types.” Presented by Mt. Angel - Silverton Women’s Connection. Reservations: Cathy, 503-9992291. Childcare: Rebecca, 503-873-9321

Zenith Woman’s Club

7 p.m., location varies. Discuss ways to fund, implement projects that benefit Silverton community. Barbara, 801-4143875, for more information, meeting location.

Friday, May 15 Garage Sale Fundraiser

9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Silverton Grange, 201 S Division St. Multi-family garage sale fundraiser benefits Community Roots Charter School. Repeats May 16.

Bi-annual Pool Closure

JFK vs Western Mennonite

Silverton Community Pool closed through May 30 for maintenance. Re-opens June 1

4:30 p.m., JFK High, 890 E Marquam St., Mount Angel.

Rummage Sale

Pints & Purls

9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St. 503-873-4987

Book Talk

9:30 a.m. - noon, Shalom Prayer Center, 840 S Main St., Mount Angel. Tim Nelson and Linda Jensen lead discussion on “Bringing Up The Bodies” by Hilary Mantel. Free. Open to public. 503-845-6773

Pet Parade

10 a.m., start at Coolidge & Apple streets, Silverton. Parade travels east on Main to First Street then north to Eugene Field School. No registration necessary. Sponsored by Kiwanis Club. 503-873-5615

Must See Oregon 2015

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., The Oregon Garden J Frank Schmidt Jr. Pavilion, 879 W Main St., Silverton. Explore outdoor recreation opportunities, family-friendly destinations, Oregon beer and wine tours. $8 adults. Children 11 and under free. 503-371-8904,

Great Fox Hunt

2 p.m. Mark Twain Middle School, 425 N Church St. The ultimate scavenger hunt and team building experience. Solve clues to discover Silverton’s secrets. To sign up, visit or visit the Facebook page called The Great Fox Hunt - Silverton’s Scavenger Hunt! or call 503-873-5317

Sunday, May 17 Steve Ritchie Retirement Reception

2 - 4 p.m., Agatha Hall, Queen of Angels Monastery, 840 S Main St., Mount Angel. Ritchie is retiring as executive director of Benedictine Foundation of Oregon after 29 years. 503-845-2556

Taizé Prayer

7 - 8 p.m., Benedictine Sisters’ Queen of Angels Chapel, 840 S. Main St., Mount Angel. Open to public. 503-845-6773

Tuesday, May 19 Stretch Your Grocery Budget

4:30 p.m., Silverton High, 1456 Pine St.

6:30 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N Church St., Silverton. SACA volunteer teaches live cooking class with tips to make meals on tight budget. 503-845-2164

JFK vs Waldport Baseball

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Silverton vs Lebanon Baseball

4:30 p.m., JFK High, 890 E Marquam St., Mount Angel.

Thursday, May 21

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S. Water St., Silverton. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters. Refreshments. Visitors welcome. Spring, 503-897-8796

6 - 8 p.m., Seven Brides Brewing, 990 N. First, Silverton. Meet knitters, crocheters for pints and some purls. Hosted by Apples to Oranges. 503-874-4901

Intermediate WordPress

7 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., silverton. Marketing professional Jesse Smith shows how to use widgets, menus, plugins, themes, shortcodes, security in WordPress website. Free. Spring, 503-873-8796

Monday, May 25 Memorial Day Silverton Elks Blood Drive

9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Silverton Elks, 300 High St. Marcie Duthie, 503-701-4677

Wednesday, May 27 Self Defense Class

6 - 8 p.m., Silverton Community Center, 421 S Water St. Officers from Silverton Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office teach class. Ages 16 and older. Refreshments provided. Register, 503-873-3446

Saturday, May 30 Run for the Hills

8 a.m., Victor Point School, 1175 SE Victor Point Road, Sublimity. Victor Point hosts 1-mile kid’s run, 5K run/walk, 15K. $10 for 1-mile run, kids 12 and under. $20 for 5K, 15K. Registration increases $10 after May 22. Benefits Victor Point School. Register at and enter “Victor Point School’s Run for the Hills.” Paper registration available at school. 503-873-4987

Benefit Yard Sale

9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Green Acres Farm Sanctuary, 5272 Brush Creek Dr., Silverton. Household items, clothes, collectibles. Benefits Green Acres Farm Sanctuary, nonprofit for abused, abandoned, unwanted farm animals. To donate items, call Tina at 503-873-8186.

Sunday, May 31 Organ Recital

9:30 - 9:55 a.m., First Christian Church, 402 N First St., Silverton. Featured pieces are Grand Piece Symphonique Part 1 by Cesar Franck, assorted band marches. Free. 503-873-6620

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Bird Is The Word

Shiny gold buttons “Close your eyes,” my mom said from around the corner as I covered my face with my hands. “On the count of three… one...two...THREE!” It was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen. Long, emerald colored velvet with a nipped in waist. Soft, supple sleeves which ended in pin-tucks and the most delicate lace. A matching peter pan collar. Shiny gold buttons in a line down the front, and a gorgeous, flowing sash. “Oh Mom! It’s beeeeeautiful!” I gasped, fingering the hem with my 8-year old hands. “Guess what else?” she said with a smirk, reaching around the corner to pull something from the closet. In her hand was an exact replica of my dress, only larger. Right down to the delicate lace collar and pin-tucked sleeves. Perfectly her size. My eyes widened. Matching dresses! It was a dream come true. We would be the most beautiful girls at the Nutcracker Ballet and I couldn’t wait. We spent what felt like hours getting ready. My mom curled my hair and spritzed me with perfume. We were scrubbed and starched, pinned and pressed, and despite being squeezed into a pair of the itchiest tights in all the land, I felt like an absolute princess. I remember holding her hand as we walked up the steps of the Spokane Opera House, all dressed in our green velvet finest. I remember walking through

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the winter night, surrounded by snow, and twinkly lights and the glow from the opera house windows. I remember hearing Christmas music playing over the loudspeakers as we approached, and rushing into the lobby to get out of the cold, only to be greeted by the most massive display of gingerbread houses I’d ever laid eyes on. As we walked through the labyrinth of cookie castles and frosting scaffolding, picking our favorites and savoring the details, we talked about what it might be like to live in those magical little dwellings. Would you be tempted to eat your walls? What about your roof? The bell chimed over the loudspeaker and it was time to take our seats. We reached our spots, took off our coats and settled in, waiting for the show to begin. As the lights dimmed and the orchestra music swelled into the first act, my heart was in throat and I squeezed my mom’s hand. It’s taken me an embarrassingly long time

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And other priceless gifts from mom to realize the many gifts my mother has given me. As a child, she’d send me on long trips inside my own head and praise my attempts to harness the things I saw into words, pictures or paintings. We’d do elaborate crafts, she sewed a trunk load of costumes and we directed plays and concerts for hours. She brought an air of magic to the simplest of tasks and showed me the most ordinary things can become fantastical with a little imagination. At the end of nearly every day, she told me that I could be and do anything I wanted. The world was my oyster. I think it took me so long to fully appreciate what my mom has given me because the most wonderful, terrible, confusing thing about my mom is she somehow fostered in me all the things she hasn’t quite been able to do for herself. She instilled me with a confidence and sense of peace she’s never been able to conquer. She set me free from feeling tied to the conventions and limitations she’s carried in her life. She told me time after time I was exactly who I was supposed to be, and never let me question my selfworth, not even once. She pushed me through the door to beauty and freedom that she’s never fully been able to pass. In my early twenties, when I found out my strong, beautiful, creative mother had endured an eating disorder that nearly took her life, I was absolutely shocked. I felt wracked with guilt for being such a bratty teenager and so selfish that I’d


never taken the time to ask her what her life had been like before me. But mostly, I felt dumbfounded at the fact that I never once noticed her have any issue with food or her appearance. She spent years making agonizing daily choices to be healthy and fight for herself, and had managed to raise a daughter who didn’t give looking in the mirror a second thought. She’d never told me, feeling I’m sure that the truth would ruin my carefully constructed picture of her as a mother. But instead I felt relived. Suddenly free to see her as a flawed, cracked human with struggles and faults. Free to move into a new place where we could speak truth and vulnerability was welcomed. While I’m sure she wishes she were perfect, and that every memory I have of her was just as clean and shiny as those gold buttons on our matching velvet dresses, I can’t tell you how much I’ve treasured our relationship over the last few years. Because now, right alongside all those moments of magic and imagination, are memories of truth and beauty, apologies and imperfections, grace and love. And a picture of motherhood that I can’t help but aspire to. Happy Mother’s Day, mom! Thanks for being you. Writer, photographer and chef Kali Ramey Martin lives in the Pratum area. Visit her blog at

PROGRAMS & EVENTS • MAY 2015 Events Fiesta Dinner 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6. Authentic homemade Mexican dinner and entertainment by Nuestros Abuelos. Tickets $10 in advance (limited tickets available). Call first –dinner may be sold out! Travel Fair at the Home Place Restaurant 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 6. Free pizza and anyone interested in trips and traveling invited! Mother’s Day Tea & Fashion Show 1 p.m. Sunay, May 9. Tickets are $10 and seating is limited! Call first – we may be sold out! Meet & Eat – Singles Dine Out Club 6 p.m. Thursday, May 14. Location TBA. Battle Buddies 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 20. Get together with other Veterans. FREE for Seniors 60+! Refreshments provided!

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Hypnotherapy Class for Woman’s Wellness 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 4. $30 per class or $300 for 10 weeks.

Open Weekends for wine tasting Noon - 5 pm

FREE Blood Pressure Checks 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 5. Provided by Silverton Health. FREE for Seniors 60+!

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Knitting 911 10 a.m. Wednesdays. FREE for knitters 60+! Crocheters welcome too!

Start & Stay Fit 9:30 a.m. Mon/Wed; 10 a.m. Fri. $3 for Members & $4 for non-members.

Crafty Wednesdays 2 p.m. Wednesdays. Bring a craft project to share or ideas of projects to do. FREE for Seniors 60+.

Yoga 9:30 a.m. Mon/Wed/Fri, $8 member, $10 non-member. Zumba Gold 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tues/Thurs. $5 member; $6 nonmember. The evening class is a trial run in May. Tai Chi 9 a.m. & 5 p.m. Tues/Thurs. $3 member; $4 nonmember. Arthritis Exercise Class 1 p.m. Tues/Thurs. Class now sponsored by Arthritis Foundation. FREE! Massage 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesdays. By appointment: $.50 min. (5-minute minimum). Bill Clubb Massage LC# 14929. Silverton Hospital Foot Clinic By appointment Tuesdays and every other Wednesday. 503-873-1784.

Classes & Workshops Gardening Class with Dale Small 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 13. FREE for Seniors 60+! Drawing Class 2 p.m. Tuesdays beginning May 5. $20 for 4 weeks.

Cards & Games Bingo 1 p.m. Wednesdays. .25 cents a game; total cost for one card for 10 games is $2.50. Social Gaming 12:30 p.m. Mondays. Pinochle Noon. Tues/Fri. Bridge 1 p.m. Thursdays. Any players out there? Please call to see if there are any players. Chicken Foot Dominoes / Table Games 1 p.m. Fridays for Mah Johngg and Word Games – Call for info. FREE for Seniors 60+.

Other Programs Board Meeting 1 p.m. Monday, May 4. Public age 60+ invited! S.N.A.P. By appointment only! Call 503-873-3093. Lunch 11:30 a.m. Mon – Fri. (Suggested donation, $3).

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Barbara Muller Barbara Elizabeth (Walker) Muller was born to Earl and Mary Loughead Walker on Feb. 2, 1947 in Philadelphia, Pa. She died April 17, 2015 at Drakes Crossing, Ore. due to an auto accident. She was 68. When she was a child, her family moved to East Pittsburg, Pa. where Earl was the pastor of the Lutheran church. She played the organ for services and was active in her high school marching band. Barbara earned her bachelor of arts degree at Thiel College in Greenville, Pa. where she met Wayne Muller. They married in 1969. She was active in the Thiel Choir which toured the United States and Europe. Barbara was also active in the theatre department at Karamu House in Cleveland, Ohio. When Wayne went to work at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, Barbara took art classes, traveled with a children’s theatre company, worked with the performing arts department and played Burt Reynold’s cousin in the movie, White Lightening. In 1972, Wayne and Barbara moved into the attic of Tom and Hartlyn Tower’s little house across from North Falls in the Silverton Hills. It was their seventh move since their wedding. A few months later, they rented a farm two miles up the road and then moved to a home in the same neighborhood in 1975.

Feb. 7, 1947 - April 17, 2015 Since moving to Silverton, Barbara has continuously led and participated in Bible studies, taught and coordinated Bible Release and Summer Bible School and played piano for worship services. She taught Littlest Angel preschool for years and her own community preschool and kindergarten in the Silverton Hills. At Silverton Friends Church, she taught classes, led the choir, played the keyboard, served as interim youth pastor and helped organize women’s retreats, plus other projects. She was currently attending the Chapel in the Hills where she played piano and led singing. Barbara was employed as an instructional assistant for the Silver Falls School District for 10 years, most recently at Robert Frost School. She is survived by her husvand, daughter Elizabeth, son Benjamin (Lindsay) agrandchildren Micah, Amelia and Tristan, and her brother Michael. Her parents and sister Rebeccs preceeded her in death. The funeral is Friday, May 1 at 5 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 402 N. First St., Silverton followed by dinner. Interment was Thursday, April 30 at Green Mountain Cemetery, 20080 Bridge Creek Road SE in the Silverton Hills.

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At the district level, William again won first place for the boys, receiving a $1,800 scholarship and Valencia won second place for the girls $1,600. William advanced to the state competition and Valencia’s brochure also advanced. William again won first place at the state level. Valencia’s brochure did not advance any further. William won $3,000 and the right to advance to the national level. William was awarded $1,000 per year for four years from nationals, giving him a total of $9,800 in scholarship monies. William reached the highest level we have had in 53 years of the local competition by being the first to be number one in the state from Silverton Lodge 2210. There were more than 1,000 students who applied in the state competition and 17,925 applied at the national level. The Elks National level will proudly award more than $2 million in scholarships this year. As we know, every student applies is a winner. Darrel Brown Silverton Elks Scholarship Chairman


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Silverton High School senior William Ward received the Most Valuable Student for the Boys and Valencia VazquezTrejo, also from Silverton High School, received the Most Valuable Student for the girls at the local Elks Scholarship contest. Each student received a $1,000 scholarship and the right to advance to the district contest. There also were eight scholarships of $700 awarded for a total of $7,600. There were 50 applications entered from five local schools: Silverton, Kennedy, Stayton, Regis and Santiam High schools.

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Time for a change There is a new level of zeal for local school board politics. Why is that? Is it a simple up tic in the interest of quality education? Is it

because of the recent success in sports in our district? Or maybe it’s facilities? No unfortunately it is mostly politics. So what is driving this latest fervor to join sides against the other side? I believe the answer lies at the top. When you have a large (business) aka Silver Falls School District, and the perception is that there have been poor choices made, ie two failed bonds, some staff issues, a facility change idea that is not popular with many people. These things cause a renewed interest by patrons to see that money is being spent wisely and that the vision of the future of our district has a strong path to providing an excellent education for students. No, it isn’t as simple as that either. There have been many forces that have got us where we are. State funding changes, unfunded mandates, shifting enrollment, and aging facilities to name a few. That being said, it is time for change, fresh perspective, new ideas. The recent string of management decisions indicate the current administration has run out of ideas. So I am voting for a change. I am voting for candidates that show me they have the experience and vision to take our district to a future that finds new solutions to all the old problems. I will vote for candidates that have shown they, yes, care for kids. Candidates that in their personal life have worked to goals and understood failure and success. A candidate that has taught school for decades. A single dad that wants the best for his child going forward. Candidates that have lived their lives in this community and that have connections that run through out the whole district. For those reasons I am voting for, Tom Buchholz, Phil Wiesner, Dan Johnson, Todd White, and Steve Kaser. Fred Vandecoevering Woodburn

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In 1995, Silverton Fire District voters approved a vital 20 year bond measure to help keep our fire department up-todate and ready for any action that may threaten our homes and land. Over those last twenty years, the SFD has done an exemplary job in do what they do best: Keeping the community safe. The funds from that old bond went towards helping our Fire Department become one of the best in the State. But that bond will mature in December. This would ordinarily mean a small reduction of our property taxes, (28 cents per $1,000 of the assessed value). As successful as the SFD has been, our community has grown considerably in those 20 years, putting a greater load on the District’s ability to serve. Approving this new bond would assure another twenty years of service and allow for many needed upgrades for equipment and training facilities. It would keep the existing bond active, so that our taxes would in effect remain the same in regards to Fire Protection, and our Fire Department would be able to continue its excellent service knowing that they are equipped with the latest gear and techniques needed in our changing world. As a Training & Development Specialist for the Fire & Life Safety Education Branch of the Office of State Fire Marshal, I am fully aware of the needs for on-going training and up-to-date equipment and apparatus. I urge everyone to vote YES on the upcoming fire bond this May 19. The home that gets save may well be your own! Gus Frederick Silverton

Our community needs to Re-elect Tim Roth As a Silverton resident for the past five years, I have come to very much respect the hard work and dedication of the Silver Falls School Board. I have attended many board meetings, workshops, and hearings and watched our school board work tirelessly to tackle many of the issues facing our school district today.   While elected by our community, our board members are unpaid volunteers. They put themselves into a public arena in which they are asked to make difficult decisionsdecisions which will undoubtedly elicit criticism from some segment of our community.  While they do not

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always agree, school board members have approached issues in a thoughtful, thorough, and transparent manner. As the current president and a 10-year member of the Silver Falls School Board, Tim Roth has done a remarkable job of leading our school district through a number of challenges in recent years. From budget shortfalls due to trying economic times to challenging issues related to facilities, our district has continued to provide the students of our community with an education we can all be proud of.  I believe that Tim’s sincere problem-solving nature and his willingness to be a good listener have proven invaluable during his time on the school board.  He is a constant presence in all of schools.  Whether it be at sporting events, theater productions, school fundraisers, or visiting classrooms on a regular basis, Tim is a familiar face to teachers and students throughout our school district.  He doesn’t do this for fortune or fame but because he truly cares about the education of all the K-12 student in the school district. This school board election is critical to the future of the students in the Silver Falls School District.  While some candidates may run because of a single issue, our district will face a number diverse and challenging issues, including standardized testing, integration of technology, budgetary issues, everchanging high school graduation requirements, and inadequate facilities.   It is crucial that we have someone on the board who has experience and expertise with these types of issues. Tim Roth has demonstrated passion and the willingness to invest the time needed to lead our district on all of these fronts.   I urge you to join me in re-electing Tim Roth for School Board. Tim is a true leader-by-example who has done a great job for our school district for the past ten years. Tim deserves another term! John Mannion Teacher / Head Football Coach Silverton High School 

Elect Roth, Valoff, Koch and Wernette Newspaper editors generally make voting recommendations for primary and general elections. This helps the undecided voter who has little knowledge about candidates. Editors ignore local elections like the one we currently face for the Silver Falls School Board, and this election is of high interest because all races are contested. I am not an editor, and my


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opinion is based upon my presence in the community and people with whom I have contact. I also served on the Silverton Elementary board prior to unification and appreciate how difficult and rewarding that task can be. Every candidate will, with fervor, indicate their support for education and its necessity for future generations. In the present case, it seems that some individuals have opted for candidacy because of their unhappiness with recent board decisions and distrust of the administration. An individual with a personal agenda or one who does not listen nor faithfully consider another’s point of view will not be a productive board member. Silver Falls will be best served by those listed below, and they have my vote. Zone 1. TIM ROTH. His experience and passion for schools deserves another term. Zone 3. RON VALOFF has financial experience as a mortgage advisor. Zone 5. AARON KOCH majored in psychology and has business experience in marketing and sales. Zone 6. DANETTE WERNETTE –

please WRITE IN her name on the ballot. Danette has valuable experience working with special needs students in schools and in the legal system. Zone 7. CHRISTOPHER BAILEY versus TOM BUCHHOLZ. Tom is an engineer and owns a manufacturing business. His current board experience is valuable for the future. Chris holds degrees in public policy and administration and a master of arts in Teaching. Either one will serve Silver Falls well. Raymond Kaser Silverton

Elect Wiesner, Kaser, White, Johnson and Buchholz As the Silver Falls School Board election nears, one important issue has been overshadowed by the futures of Eugene Field and the Schlador St. Campus. We are a broken community, split in half by bond measures, both passed and failed ones. Those of us that voted down the bonds were shamed by those who voted in favor. I wholeheartedly support the schools and believe that our children deserve the best education that we can afford them.

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Helen Keyser July 7, 1916 — April 2, 2015 Rocky Barstad March 2, 1959 — April 3, 2015 Sheridan Sheesley Oct. 12, 1945 — April 4, 2015 Clarence Weissenfels Sept. 15, 1935 — April 5, 2015 Francis Brownell June 7, 1923 — April 6, 2015 Charley Jones Feb. 19, 1945 — April 7, 2015 Marylou Edgerton July 14, 1924 — April 8, 2015 Geri Bailey Sept. 10, 1953 — April 9, 2015 Charlene Young Sept. 1, 1939 — April 13, 2015 Dorothy Koehler Aug. 22, 1920 — April 15, 2015

However, there are limits to what many of us can provide financially. Bonds for another poorly managed construction and an overly extravagant new building isn’t what the majority of voters want, and frankly none of us need. Unfortunately, our school board has made the decision to close Eugene Field regardless of community sentiment. Pushing us into a corner, isn’t how any board should operate. We’re being turned against one another by our own school board. I have no doubt that change will be made in this upcoming election, but it is up to the voters to decide just how big of a change is made. To mend what has been torn, we need a school board comprised of community members dedicated to finding a compromise between what is wanted and what is needed (two completely different things). Phil Wiesner, Steve Kaser, Todd White, Dan Johnson, and Tom Buchholz are the only candidates that I believe can make this happen and they have my full support. Leonard Huber Silverton

Elect DaNette Wernette In the best interest of the future for our children in the upcoming school board elections, I would like to show my support for one candidate, DaNette Wernette. She is a write in candidate and this is why I want to get the word out to the Silverton community! Over the past three years it has been my pleasure getting to know DaNette Wernette, both as a friend and member of our community. She has a calming presence at Eugene Field as a special needs teacher. DaNette always wears a smile. She would bring forward new ideas that

incorporate the future of our children. She is full of positive energy, which I believe is just what the board needs after these past several difficult years! DaNette has two boys ages 3 and 9 and she wants nothing more than the very best for them and all children in the Silver Falls School District. Please write in DaNette Wernette for Silver Falls School Board Zone 6th when you vote by May 19. Stefani Scamahorn Silverton

Elect Roth and Wernette If you have not attended or watched a SFSD Board meeting in the last several months, you would be amazed how badly civility and decorum have deteriorated. A small group of candidates for election to the Board and a few of their followers have resorted to toxic personal attacks on a few of the current Board members and the Superintendent. While political discourse is encouraged, the behavior exhibited by this group is abhorrent, and unacceptable. Two of their primary targets are Superintendent Andy Belando and Board Chair Tim Roth, whom I have quite well and worked with on joint City/School District issues and projects. Their character and integrity is beyond reproach. Tim has served on the Board since 2005, devoting hundreds, if not thousands, of hours to ensure that our children and grandchildren are provided the opportunity for the quality education they deserve. Whether serving as board bhair or member, he listens, treats people with respect, and works collaboratively toward achieving results. Unlike the single issue candidates who are attacking Board members over the Eugene Field issue, Tim and his fellow Board members deal with

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multiple critical issues, from changing curriculum standards, state and federal mandates, and fiscal and infrastructure issues. Given the vitriolic behavior exhibited by those mentioned above, one can only imagine what governance might look like should this group take over the Board. Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Mr. SHS event, along with a sold out crowd, at which Tim Roth was one of the three judges. When they were each introduced, they were warmly received by the crowd. However, the applause for Tim was incredibly loud, with many, parents and students, making it a standing ovation. Clearly, there are many who do recognize and appreciate his service to SFSD. I encourage all of us to carefully consider our choices in this election, as in addition to Tim’s Zone 1 position, there are several good choices, including a write-in

Study the facts before voting I’m really upset that some candidates for school board are running on a platform of lie and would like to debunk some of the myths being circulated. • Myth 1: The district will be funding the middle school at Schlador Street with reserve money. Fact: A majority of the board agreed to secure a loan to fund the project and it is estimated to cost $2.5 million dollars. The approximately $1.5 million dollars of reserve funds are not being used on this project and are reserved for other maintenance projects in the district.  These funds have been accumulating over time from state grants, Construction Excise Tax revenue and sale of district property.  The loan will be re-paid by future Construction Excise Tax revenue, revenue from lease agreements and revenue yet to be collected from sale of district property.  Our estimates show that these revenues will allow payment of the annual loan amount with minimal or no use of general fund dollars.  In fact, Silver Falls School District is very fortunate to have these revenue sources available for use.  Many school district do not and are required to rely upon the general fund for a purpose as this.  Since we have these revenue sources we are not relying upon the general fund for payments.  Thinking otherwise is just untrue.  As such, it is not reasonable to think that a general fund impact will occur or affect any other school in the district.  There are uncertainties each year with state funding of schools.

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• Myth 2: The board is not being fiscally responsible and is making a hasty decision that will potentially cripple the district. Fact: The plan allows the district to discontinue use of Eugene Field School identified as the most pressing facility need in the district.  This is a decision that has been made by the board on  multiple occasions – placing two bond elections on the ballot, approving the recommendations  by the Eugene Field Facility Task Force in 2014 which included closure of the school and approving board goals for 2014-15 which included development of a plan to close Eugene Field  School.  Since the bonds have failed, the board is following through on its agreement to close Eugene Field School.  This plan allows that to occur and was also approved by a majority of the  board in January. • Myth 3: The plan to vacate Eugene Field is causing the special education students to be moved from in town to Scott’s Mills School and causes a negative impact for everyone. Fact: Moving the Basic Skills/Functional Skills students from Eugene Field School to Scotts Mills School is being considered to allow sufficient room at Eugene Field to house full-day KG students.  This move is not the result of the Schlador campus conversion or the movement of students at Robert Frost or Mark Twain Schools. . The Basic Skills/Function Skills program is a district program.  As a district School, it is reasonable to consider Scotts Mills School or any other school in the district to house these programs. • Myth 4:  The total cost to vacate Eugene Field and use Schlador Street has not been calculated properly so the total cost remains unknown.

School. • Myth 6: The following candidates for the SFSD Board positions have a better idea and their plan is more fiscally responsible:  Phil Wiesner, Steve Kaser, Todd White, Dan Johnson, Tom Buchholz Fact: Some of these candidates have referred to the option of a third bond attempt to address Eugene Field School.  Their suggested plans include rebuilding of Eugene Field school at a cost of $10 million or more and additional dollars placed into each of the other schools in the district.   Some have estimated another bond to be $20 million or more.  Again, the majority of board has made it clear that they are not interested in another bond attempt, that the public has made it clear that they do not want their taxes raised.  Also, there are many problems with rebuilding Eugene Field School –most are related to its location, concern for safety, very small site, no parking for staff, parents or buses and its limited scope as a school into the future.  The board has spent the past 2 ½ years discussing this need and evaluating the feasibility of continued use of the school.  Many former boards have discuss the same in the past, dating by the early 70’s.  Current board members have commented how thorough this topic has been discussed/investigated and how much input has been received from the public to make this decision. Please carefully research the candidates before voting. Jessica Veith Silverton

Fact: This cost is estimated at $2.5 million. The architect is  defining plans specific to the Schlador campus.  Those plans and more specific figures will be known by mid-May • Myth 5: The lifespan of the project is questionable making it a bad idea. Fact: This has been identified as a temporary solution until a bond can be passed in the future to better address the needs of the school district.  Based upon the last two bond elections, the public is not wanting to pay more in taxes at this point.  Board members have commented on the value of waiting to ask the voters again.  The plan to take out a loan allows this to occur.  It also allows for additional time to reconvene a long-range facility planning effort while addressing our most pressing facility issue – Eugene Field


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a Grin at the end

Future’s not all as promised

I feel cheated. When I was a kid in the 1950s and 1960s, the future was going to be awesome beyond words. I remember reading books about how we’d all work four days a week, and fly in our personal helicopters to work on those few days when we had to show up. Life was going to be a combination of The Jetsons and Buck Rogers.

We were promised that if we could just learn to work together we could build a great society that stretched beyond political borders.

The U.S. space program was pointed toward the moon and beyond. As a nation and as an international community, we were going to lead the way in discovering and understanding where we came from and where we as a species are headed.

There are no leaders — none! — that have a glimmer of a hint of a clue about what direction to go, about how to build that great society, or even to get along moderately well.

It was pretty heady stuff, and I was so excited I couldn’t sit still when I thought about it. Then reality set in. Fifty years later, we are working more than our parents worked. If you factor in inflation, we are making less money than our parents. A personal helicopter? I’m lucky to afford a personal car. At some point I may be lucky to afford a personal bus ticket. In the 1960s, our generation was promised that the world was going to become a better place to live, and we were going to help make it that way.

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Now, we seem to be stuck.

In the 1960s, we thought technology would help bring us to together. In fact, the opposite has happened. The Internet, Facebook, Twitter and a dozen other apps just make it easier to insult each other and to make us mad at each other. If I hated mankind, I would invent the Internet as a way for people to incessantly poke each other in the eye, to divide us. I’d invent You Tube so I could post partial videos showing people behaving poorly, so others could wag their fingers and talk about how the “other guys” are always at fault.

I also blame the media, which by and large have decided that the lowest common denominator is as high as people want. What I really care about is the next generation. I care about our kids, and about the generations beyond that. I care about how, in the 1960s, the rallying cry was “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” Now the rallying cry seems to be “whatever.” The education most children and young adults receive is the functional equivalent of an assembly line: Learn the facts and don’t think beyond that. And the U.S. economy is built on a massive federal debt that will never be repaid. We as a generation have managed to lower the expectations of our children. They know that our generation only made it harder on them, not easier. Yes, I do feel cheated. But the next generation is getting cheated more. 800.FIT.IS.IT

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