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Something to Think About Nurses reflect on their chosen profession..4

Closed Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day Mother’s Day: May 12

Something to Do Pacific Northwest Teen Square Dance Festival hits the floor in Silverton............6

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Q&A with Silver Fals School District board candidates....................................8 Lewis appointed to special legislative committees..........................................9

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Something Fun Cutest Kid photo contest returns............ 10

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Indoor Park creates safe place to play.16 Datebook.................................. 12 The Forum................................ 18 Sports & Recreation Kleinschmit throws masterful no-hitter.. 20 Marketplace......................... 21 A Grin at the End............... 22

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The Silverton High speech and debate team is shown at the conclusion of the OSAA state championships at Western Oregon University in Monmouth. Top row, from left, coach Katie Kantrowitz, Jackson Blomgren, Dylan Pool, Mya Kuzmin, Tristan Craig, Jordan Nobles, Dakota Becerra and coach Stephen McClanahan. Front row, from left, Catie McCarty, Anne Hurley, Lily DeSantis, Zahra DeShaw, Chloe Platt and Brady Tavernier. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Something to Think About

Their chosen paths... By Melissa Wagoner National Nurses Week is a time devoted to recognizing nurses for the role they play in health care. Celebrated May 6 - 12, it encompasses the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing and an inspiration to many of today’s nurses. “A lot of people go into nursing because of some of those founding nurses and carrying on the mission of caring for people wholeheartedly,” Charity Pape a Lead Home Health Nurse at Providence Benedictine Nursing Center said.

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families. When I get a problem call, and at the end everyone’s happy, I feel really good. I’m a firm believer that if you’re not taking care of yourself, you can’t take care of other people.” For Pape, National Nurses Week is one more opportunity for her, and the community at large, to give thanks to nurses and let them know they are appreciated.

“Make a donation to the nursing center,” she suggested. “We’ll get letters if a patient donated. And Nurses Week is a great time to drop off fruit or chocolate or Charity Pape As a support person to the even just letters. It’s great when SUBMITTED PHOTOS nearly 70 nurses on the Providence your supervisor reads a letter from Benedictine Home Health Team, Pape’s a patient because they just go out in the number one job is as an advocate, making world. It’s nice to hear from somebody.” sure her crew receives the help and recognition they need to thrive in their With that in mind, here are just a few of chosen career. the multitude of nurses who work in our “Any of those people can call me for help,” she explained. “I get a lot of satisfaction from helping staff as well as patients and

community sharing what inspired them to enter the field of nursing and why they continue to love what they do.

Brian Reif, Silverton: Medical Surgical Nursing at Salem Hospital for five years “The best part of my job as an RN is fundamentally that I get to help others. It’s that simple, and perhaps cliché, but nursing truly is a ‘caring’ profession based on service to others. It works for me as an altruistic career path. I derive personal meaning from working to make things better for the world or others.” Melanie Hunter, Silverton: Labor and Delivery Nurse at Legacy Silverton Medical Center for 4 1/2 years “I have two favorite parts about my job: The very moment that Melanie Hunter little human enters the world and takes its very first breath on its own is absolutely miraculous [and] handing a brand new dad their baby for the first time. Literally makes me tear up every time.”

Kristie Barnes, Scotts Mills: ER nurse at Santiam Hospital for two years “Ever since I was little I have wanted to do something in the medical field. I took the health occupations Kristie Barnes class in high school which allowed me to job shadow those with different healthcare occupations. I found that I enjoyed being with the nurses most and that they provided the most direct care to the patients than any other providers. My family couldn’t help me, and I couldn’t get any more student loans. So I enlisted in the Army as a combat medic. After a tour in Afghanistan, I returned stateside and began to start a family. After five years I was discharged and I moved back home and started school using my GI Bill. My experiences in the military make the ER feel like it is where I am supposed to be.”

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Robin Will, Silverton: Geriatrics Nurse at Providence Benedictine Nursing Center, Transitional Care Unit, for 15 years “I follow in a long line of nurses: My mom was a nurse, as was Robin Will my great aunt (who raised my mom). My great aunt Gladys (Renshaw) was one of the first surgical nurses at the Silverton Hospital. After graduating from nursing school, I found that I really enjoyed the environment of rehabilitation nursing and geriatrics. It’s extremely rewarding to help people get back their independence.”

months old. This was especially traumatic for my mother and led to a genetic predisposition of mental illness. My mom aspired to be a nurse, but couldn’t due to her condition. I was originally inspired to become a nurse by my Theresa Serini personal experiences at home and chose to use it to give back to our community; the community I grew up in.

Theresa Serini, Stayton: Obstetrics and Neonatal Stabilization at Legacy Silverton Medical Center Family Birth Center since 2013

“In 2012, my husband and I decided to start a family after the completion of my nursing degree. Little did I know, my first pregnancy would change our world forever... My first little girl didn’t make it to see or live in this world with us... I carry her with me in my profession and I have chosen to use my experience to be there for those who may have the unfortunate incidence of losing a child.”

“My mother was diagnosed with a mental health disorder when I was a baby, after I underwent a cranial surgery at just five

“Following the loss of our first child, we would go on to have our second born... She was born to us alive and gave us the

fortunate experience of parenting a living child. She was born with the same birth defect as I was and underwent cranial surgery at six months old. “It is for these reasons I connect with my job as a nurse and foresee it as a lifelong career. My vow to those I care for in the community of Silverton is: to provide quality care using love, empathy, selflessness and skillful training to provide for those around me.” Sarah Kaser Weitzman, Silverton: Imaging RN at Salem Hospital for five years “Imaging sort of fell in my lap – I was looking for a break from the chaos of the ER and found the perfect fit in Imaging.”

“In my department we often develop relationships with our patients, which is really nice. It’s fulfilling to be a part of a procedure that might provide instant relief,

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“After many years of working on a medicalsurgical unit in Portland, the importance of adequate health access, Leslie Kuhn engagement, and health promotion in the outpatient setting became ever more apparent. “I support patients in a variety of different ways, whether it’s helping with resources or helping with chronic disease management. To be able to help others this way and to hear our patients verbalize that they feel supported, is everything to me and extremely rewarding. It validates my reasons for choosing nursing as my life’s work 15 years ago.”

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Star by the Right By Melissa Wagoner Square dancing sometimes gets a bad rap, according to Karyn Buchheit. But she and her troupe of 16 Silver City Squares – ranging in age from 10 to 21 – are determined to change all that. “This is nothing like what your grandparents did,” Karyn explained. “This is nothing like PE class. Your preconceived notions – the kids at competition are going to blow them out of the water.” That competition is the Pacific Northwest Teen Square Dance Festival taking place on Saturday, May 4 beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Silverton High School. “People should come and get inspired,” 16 year-old dancer Benjamin Rudolph, advised. “It’s enjoyable and sort of relaxing. It’s a dance almost anyone can do.” In fact, most of the Silver City Squares started out dancing with their families.  “My family has a bit of a history with square dancing,” Silver City Squares

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member, 10 year-old Jasmine Mauro, said. “My dad and I took lessons and I loved it.” “It’s probably the cheapest family activity you can do,” Karyn added. “The lessons are $4 per family.” Although the lessons and dances are open to any age, Karyn has noted a decrease in attendance of kids during the past few years.  “If we don’t get more people interested, we’re going to lose our state dance,” she asserted. “And these kids are tired of dancing with old fogies – a lot of folks can’t keep up with the kids.” But Karyn is convinced that if more members of the community attend a dance, like the evening Fun Dance at the Teen Square Dance Festival; they will see that both the dancing and the music are fun.  “It ranges from your old-time country and folk to pop,” she said. “There’s a lot of early ‘60s, soft rock and Beach Boys.” And it’s not just traditional square

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Shirley Perrine

Sept. 28, 1951 – March 29, 2019

Shirley L. (Maulding) Perrine passed away at her home on March 29. Shirley spent her life in the Silverton Hills that she loved so dearly.  Parents Darrell and Ruby Maulding brought Shirley into the world Sept. 28, 1951. Her early years she spent adventuring around the family farm with her older brother Dennis. She attended Silver Crest School and Silverton High School, graduating in 1969. In the summer, after graduation, she toured Europe for three weeks with her aunt and uncle, learning what the world was like.

Julia takes a turn with her father Mathew Bucchiet, while Thomas Bucchiet and Caitlin David look on at last year’s Fun Dance at the Pacific Northwest Teen Square Dance Festival.

With five teams competing in this year’s competition – two from Canada and three from Washington state – Karyn anticipates an attendance of over 600 people.

“I encourage people to come and support the kids,” she urged. “These kids have put a huge amount of work into it. And they’re very cute on the floor.”

Shirley married Pete Perrine in October 1969 and began work at Bookkeepers Business Service. In 1974 son Peter was born and Shirley took an office job at Hupp’s Drakes Crossing Nursery to be near home and the additional responsibilities of a mother. In 1980 daughter Lindsey was born. Once the children were grown she worked at Silverton High School for several years before retiring to help take care of grandchildren. 

Shirley enjoyed horseback riding with her friends in her early years, the children’s school activities, her dogs, taking the family to Disneyland, Christmas and birthdays with the family, trips to the coast for clamming, crabbing, fishing and especially picnics. Shirley loved chocolate! Shirley is survived by her husband Pete; son Pete Jr. (Christi); grandchildren Luke and Ella; daughter Lindsey Boatner (Josh); grandchildren Brooke and Joey; mother Ruby Maulding; brother Dennis Maulding; sister Janet Maulding; brother John Maulding; sister Joni Yarnell and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Shirley was always taking on more than her share of responsibility and cared very deeply for her family. She is greatly missed!  Serving the family is Unger Funeral Chapel of Silverton.

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Civics 101

Meet the candidates

Seat-seekers reflect on Silver Falls School District

Editor’s note: For all the candidates complete responses– including those running unopposed – plus answers to additional questions, please go to www.ourtownlive.com. Stories on the Mt. Angel School District Board race and the Silverton Fire District board will appear in Our Town Life on May 15. By Brenna Wiegand Six candidates are running for four open seats on the Silver Falls School District School Board of Directors in the May 21 election. These include Janet Allanach and Leslie Martin running for the Zone 1 seat; unopposed candidates Laurie McLaughlin for Zone 3, and incumbent Jonathan Edmonds for Zone 6; and Dawn Tacker and incumbent Tom Buchholz for the Zone 7 spot. The seven-member board is composed of representatives from each of the district’s seven boundary zones. They volunteer for four-year terms, are the district’s only elected officials and may not be district employees. The terms commence on July 1, 2019. The board is the principal governing body and decision-making force of the district, representing citizens on education and school-related issues. The board’s role includes: • Establishing policies and regulations by which the district is governed. • Hiring, evaluating and terminating the district superintendent, who is considered the board’s only employee. • Prioritizing and approving the budget. • Establishing a vision that reflects overall goals of the community, staff and board. • Making decisions on school expansion and closures. Here, the candidates in contested races address issues in the district. Zone 1: Janet Allanach, Executive Director, Association of Centers for Independent Living Zone 1: Leslie Martin, Employee Benefits Specialist, Marion County Zone 7: Tom Buchholz, Owner, Buchholz-Schmitz Farms; Evergreen Christmas Tree Equipment Zone 7: Dawn Tacker, Owner/Director, Traverse Dyslexia

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Janet Allanach, Zone 1 candidate.

Leslie Martin, Zone 1 candidate.

Tom Buchholz, Zone 7 candidate.

What motivated you to run for school board?

educational needs of students come first. Up-to-date curriculum, projectbased and other best-practice learning, professional development for teachers, the fine arts, college readiness – these aren’t “extras.” They are the foundation of good education.

of partnership and collaboration that invites open communication, constructive criticism, and the courage to be innovative. Without it, meaningful improvement is impossible... We are capable of it, and our students deserve nothing less.

Martin: Trust/transparency is a big issue in our district. Events of years and decades past have led to an environment where some feel that the administration, and sometimes the board, in our district is not to be trusted… I want to listen to the people of our district, really hear their concerns, and be part of a solution to help mend fences and rebuild the trust so we can all move forward as one unified district.

Martin: We need to change the way we plan. What happened to Eugene Field should not happen to another school in our district. We need to start having open, serious conversations about the state of our facilities district-wide, including the creation of a long-term facilities planning committee with representatives from all zones… We need to prioritize the needs of each individual school and make a plan for addressing them…

Allanach: We need an engaged and highly qualified board to address [significant challenges] and to lead us into the future as a high-performing district. This means governing with transparency and accountability, developing a clear, long-term vision with robust goals, and setting high expectations for student achievement. Martin: I want to be a force of change in our district. I want to encourage the great work already being done yet focus on improving relationships with our community both in Silverton and in our entire district. I believe we can do great things together. Buchholz: I am running for my third term. I want to continue to maintain our smaller-sized, community located schools. Even our in-town schools are small when compared to other districts our size. Kids and parents do better in smaller schools as it resembles an extended family of sorts. Staff does better as it encourages ownership. Tacker: As a dyslexia specialist and a mother of sons with learning differences, I have a unique understanding of individual needs and barriers to education. I want our community to provide the best education for all students, regardless of learning differences, race, income and school. What do you believe is the biggest issue or challenge facing Silver Falls School District today and how would you like to address it? Allanach: Strategic goals informed by rigorous analysis should drive the allocation of our resources so that the

Buchholz: Money! Due to mismanagement of the PERS funds at the state level, the state does not have enough money to cover the retirees’ guaranteed benefits. We have to make up our share – currently 9 percent of our entire budget – of the shortfall out of our operational funds… I’m skeptical the voters will support more taxes; therefore we will have to address it by tightening our belts to maintain current services. Tacker: The biggest challenge for our district is limited resources, compounded by aging buildings. I have 25 years of experience in financial management; I’m excited to dive into this issue. I recommend creating a permanent facilities committee, focused on solutions. Another essential board role is lobbying for increased state funding. What about the district would you most like to change? Allanach: We need to encourage, throughout the district, a culture

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Buchholz: Not much. This is a highperforming district. My focus would be to always remind people what our strengths are and not take them for granted. Tacker: I will focus on improving literacy outcomes. We have room for growth; 49 percent of our third graders read at grade level. Without proficient reading, kids struggle in other subjects. I want to give our excellent teachers the curricula, professional development, coaching and materials they need to improve outcomes. The district has maintained financial reserves to buffer the unpredictability of school funding in Oregon. How important are reserves and stability versus addressing evolving needs? Allanach: Fiscal and facility planning should be long range and connected, especially given the changing reality of the PERS obligation and district buildings that are in a state of decline. This kind of proactive, thoughtful forecasting

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mental health training for teachers, and access to mental health services district-wide… What is the board’s role in seeing that the district retains both new and experienced teachers?

Dawn Tacker, Zone 7 candidate.

Laurie McLaughlin of Zone 3 and Jonathan Edmonds of Zone 6 are running unopposed.

enables us to set a level for reserves that is appropriate and data-informed.

spending. Oregon School Boards Association recommends a 5-8 percent reserve, which we have exceeded consistently. I would like to see reserves capped at 8-9 percent, with the excess spent directly on student instruction. I also recommend multi-year financial forecasting…

Martin: There is a balance to be had. Reserves – appropriated and unappropriated – are important to offset unplanned events and revenue shortfalls. At the same time, we need to evaluate the perceived risk of said events and determine if it is appropriate to use a portion of funds to address current needs… Buchholz: Financial reserves are what any responsible family, business or public institution maintains to weather an unexpected financial setback… You never read about large layoffs in the Silver Falls School District. Why? Because we maintain a healthy reserve fund that we add to when the economy is good and tap into to maintain services when the economy struggles. Tacker: We need healthy reserves to weather unpredictable state education

The district has identified 70 to 90 students as homeless and mental health is an issue at the high school. How can the district help support at-risk populations? Allanach: Students who are homeless or struggling emotionally face real barriers to learning. We need to talk openly about these issues, remove the stigma of asking for help, and partner creatively with the community to address the problem. One idea: A community run student center on campus to provide resources and support. Martin: Mental health and homelessness are huge issues that need to be addressed. One way we can help is by building

genuine relationships. All it takes is one adult to care about a child to help them realize there is hope. We need to make sure we are adequately staffed with trained counselors who are aware of support services in our area. I would love to see a food pantry or similar project implemented in our schools to help our vulnerable population… Buchholz: Everyone struggles at some time in their lives. I know I have. I encourage everyone to make an effort now and then to try and have a meaningful relationship with someone struggling or different than they are. Give them opportunities to better and improve themselves. Challenge them and see if they rise to it. You might learn something about yourself, too. Tacker: The district can expand partnerships with community organizations to help provide essential support. Also I would like to expand the number of Student Success Advocates,

Allanach: Retention improves when teachers are appropriately compensated, are treated fairly and respected, enjoy a positive and supportive work environment, and are encouraged to regularly provide their own insights into needed improvements. For departing teachers and administrators, exit interviews are an essential source of information for the board. Martin: Retention of quality educators is important. …I will be available to work with administrators, however deemed appropriate, to make sure we recruit the best possible candidates as well as provide ample training opportunities and support to current staff. I believe in learning from our past and would encourage us to look at why people move on from Silver Falls School District… Buchholz: The Board keeps an eye on who is hired into the district and who leaves. On balance, we have a very experienced group of teachers that stay here longer than other districts in our state. Tacker: Most large employers have a formal process to explore why staff members leave. This reflection includes thorough exit interviews. When we fully understand why teachers leave, we can make Silver Falls an even greater place to teach.

State Rep. Rick Lewis appointed to national public safety committees Rep. Rick Lewis (R-Silverton) Safety Committee develops was appointed by Speaker the NCSL’s state-federal policy of the House Tina Kotek positions on issues ranging (D-Portland), to serve as from civil and criminal justice a member of both the to election reform, homeland National Conference of State security, and immigration, and Legislatures’ (NCSL) Law, serves as the voice of states in Criminal Justice and Public advocating for those policies Rep. Rick Lewis Safety Committee, as well before the federal government. as the Council of State Government’s CSG West’s Public Safety Committee, in (CSG) western regional Public Safety conjunction with the CSG Justice Center, Committee. provides legislators with a forum to The Law, Criminal Justice and Public engage in policy discussions and share

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best practices on regional issues related to public safety and criminal justice, including justice reinvestment, prisoner reentry, mental illness, and crime victims. “I am honored to receive these appointments,” Lewis said. “I look forward to bringing my experience as a U.S. Army veteran, a retired law enforcement officer with nearly 40 years of service (28 years as a Chief of Police), and my service in Iraq in 2005 training the Iraqi police leadership to contribute

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as a member of these committees. I am particularly excited to serve in this capacity as it relates to my work as a member of the House Committee on Judiciary and as Vice Chair of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and Emergency Preparedness.” Rep. Lewis’ appointments are for a term of two years. He serves with five other Oregon Legislators on the NCSL committee and three others on the CSG. He is the sole Republican from Oregon serving on either committee.

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Something Fun

Fit to frame

Cutest Kids photo contest revived

By Melissa Wagoner With digital photos piling up on home computers and in cellphones everywhere, photographer Annie Smith has made it her mission to get more pictures off the screen and back into people’s hands.

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“There’s a chemical reaction that happens when you actually touch your photos,” she pointed out. “But everything is digital now and people don’t enjoy their photos. I definitely think there’s a place for digital images but so many people have forgotten the importance of wall portraits and albums. Digital images get forgotten and you can’t pass them down to your family.” A professional photographer for 12 years, Smith recently moved her studio space out of her home in Pratum and into downtown Silverton. “I’ve made so many connections being here,” she said. “I think it has changed my business with more people coming in.” And more than a few of those people have brought up a photo contest that was an annual Silverton tradition in years past – The Cutest Kids Contest. “I’ve had people mention it to me for the past year – that they would like to see it again,” Smith laughed. “I had a grandma this week that said, ‘I did this with my kids.” With so many requests, Smith decided to bring back the annual competition – complete with community voting.

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“Voting will happen on Friday, May 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., she said. “They can come into the studio and I’ll have the photos on display. It’s one vote per person.” The photos, which were taken throughout the month of April, will be categorized by age into three groups. The winning families will receive free family portrait sessions and a $200 gift certificate along with special gifts for the cutest kids. “I love building community and tradition,” Smith said. “I love the idea of bringing the community together.”

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Although the voting on May 3 will wrap up the Cutest Kids contest for this year, it is by no means the end of the busy season for Smith who encourages people to take advantage of the spring and summer weather by booking a free photo consultation.

Annie Smith’s studio will host the first Cutest Kids Contest in several years on First Friday. KIDS PHOTOS COURTESY ANNIE SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY. SMITH PORTRAIT BY MELISSA WAGONER

Cutest Kids Contest Voting Annie Smith Photography 203 Oak St., Silverton Friday, May 3, 5:30 - 8 p.m. 503-428-4589 anniesmithphotography.com “I start booking them in May of their junior year,” she noted. “I really personalize it to the senior. We have a lot of fun and make it all about them.” Although each senior photo session is indeed all about that individual, Smith also pays homage to the entire family, offering a group portrait session as well. “Everything just changes so quickly,” she said. “And it’s easy to get busy because that’s a busy year.” It’s a busy time for Smith as well, because along with her regular customers, she also offers a free senior photo session to the seniors who are currently in the foster system – just one of the many ways she gives back to the community. “I’ve done that for four years now,” she said. “Part of my business is giving back – to help build up the community I give to nonprofits. And the foster kids is something I’m super passionate about.”

“Most families do family portraits in the fall,” she added. “But springtime is my favorite time for portraits.”

No matter what the occasion or time of life, Smith encourages everyone to commemorate it with photos – print them out, frame them and enjoy them.

Springtime is also the time when Smith likes to begin meeting with the next year’s high school seniors.

“I love that personal connection and the story telling,” she said. “I just think that’s too special to lose.”

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

Weekly Events Monday

Craft Store, Mt. Angel Community &

Senior Center, 195 E Charles St. Open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturdays. 503-845-6998 Stay Fit Exercise Class, 9:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. $3 members, $4 non-members. Repeats Wednesdays. Yoga with Tracy, 9:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. $8 members, $10 nonmembers. Repeats Wednesdays, Fridays. Resource Day Center, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Connect to services, coffee, snacks for homeless, those close to it. shelteringsilverton.org Senior Meal Site, 11:30 a.m., Mt. Angel Community & Senior Center, 195 E Charles St. Pre-order meals a week ahead by calling 503-845-9464. Repeats Thursdays. Meals-on-Wheels delivered Monday - Friday. Recovery at Noon, Noon – 1 p.m., Silverton Coffee Club, Third and High. Every day. 503-873-1320 Line Dancing, 2:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. $3 members, $5 non-members. Repeats Thursdays. Ukulele Song Circle, Hula Lessons, 3 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Monday Meal, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Oak Street Church, 502 Oak St., Silverton. All welcome. Free; donations accepted. John, 503-873-5446 Yoga with Robin, 5:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. $5 members, $7 nonmembers. Repeats Wednesdays.

Tuesday

Clubb Massage, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.,

Silverton Senior Center. Repeats Thursdays. Appts: 503-873-3093 Foot Clinic, 8:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Provided by Silver Angels Foot Care. Repeats Wednesdays. Tai Chi, 9 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. $3 members, $4 non-members. Repeats Thursdays. Mt. Angel Food Bank, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Mt. Angel Community Center, 195 E Charles St. Repeats Wednesday, Thursday. 503-845-6998 Pinochle, 11:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Repeats Fridays.

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Roundtable on Jesus, 3 p.m., Live Local

Coffee Shop, 111 N Water St., Silverton. Open roundtable about who Jesus is to attendees. Coffee provided. Crafty Kids, 3 - 9 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Create arts, crafts with provided supplies. Age 5- 11. Free. Serenity Al-Anon Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Silverton Assembly of God Church, 437 N James St. 503-269-0952

Wednesday

Silverton Business Group, 8 a.m., Silverton

Inn & Suites, 310 N Water St. Sponsored by Silverton Chamber. Free. 503-873-5615 Coffee with the Co-op, 9:15 - 11 a.m., Live Local Conference Center, 109 Water St., Silverton. Visit with Silverton Food Co-op board members. 503-269-9433 Knit Wits, 10 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Needlecraft group. Free. Toddler Storytime, 10:30 a.m., Mount Angel Public Library. Stories, singing. Toddlers with caregivers. Free. Indoor Playtime, 11:00 a.m., Mount Angel Public Library. Toddlers with caregivers. Free. Dynamic Aging Exercise, 10:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. $7 members, $8 non-members. Chickadees Storytime, 12:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Storytime, playgroup. Age 3 - 5. Free. Caregivers must attend. Bingo, 1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. $1 for non-members and $1.50/card, $2/two cards. STEAM LaB, 4 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math: Learning and Building. Age 5 - 11. Free. Chair Yoga with Tracy, 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. $8 members, $10 nonmembers. Free Dinner, 5 - 7 p.m., First Christian Church, 402 N First St., Silverton. Free; donations accepted. Volunteers needed. 503-873-6620 Simple Qigong, 6 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. $5 members, $6 non-members. Daniel Plan Journey Video Series, 6:30 - 8 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship Church, 822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton. Free. Open to public. Sheila, 503-409-4498

Thursday

Kiwanis Club of Silverton, 7 a.m., Main St.

Bistro, 201 E Main St. 503-510-3525. Zumba, 8 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. $5 members, $6 non-members. Baby Birds Storytime, 11 a.m., Silver Falls Library. Storytime, playgroup. Age 0 - 36 months. Free. Caregivers must attend. Repeats Fridays. Wochenmarkt Storytime, 11:30 a.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Family storytime (outside weather permitting). Free. Begins May 23.

Mt. Angel Wochenmarkt, 9 a.m. - 1:30

p.m., E Charles Street. German market with locally-grown produce, farm-based products. Begins May 23. 503-845-9291 Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 6 p.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St. Dave, 503-501-9824 Compassionate Presence Sangha, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. Mindful meditation, shared dialog. All spiritual traditions. Newcomers arrive 20 minutes early. 971-218-6641 Overeaters Anonymous, 7 – 8 p.m., St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, 211 W Center St., Silverton. Discuss tips, support those with eating problems. All welcome. 503-551-3671

Friday

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

Angel Festhalle, 500 NE Wilco Hwy. Ann, 503-873-4198 Silverton Women Connect, 8:45am., Main Street Bistro, 201 E. Main St., Silverton. Group for personal, business growth with like-minded women. Val, 503-877-8381 Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 9:15 a.m., Stardust Village Clubhouse, 1418 Pine St., Silverton All welcome. 503-871-3729 Silvertones Community Singers, 10 a.m., United Methodist Church, 203 Main St., Silverton. Open to anyone who loves to sing. Performances on Friday. Dues $50 annually. Tomi, 503-873-2033 Walking Group, 10:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free. Weather permitting. Appy Hour, 11 a.m., Mount Angel Public Library. Technical assistance for devices, apps. Call 503-845-6401 for 1-on-1 appointment. Free. All ages. 503-845-6401 Duplo Day, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Ages 0 - 5 with caregiver. Free. Table Games, 12:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free.

Saturday

Silverton Farmer’s Market, 9 a.m. -

1 p.m., Town Square Park, Main Street, Silverton. Fresh produce, plants, flowers. 503-873-5615 Citizenship Class, 10 a.m. - noon, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N Church St., Silverton. 503-873-8656

Serenity Al-Anon Meeting,

10 a.m., Silverton Assembly of God Church, 437 N James St. 503-269-0952 Family Game Day, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Silver Falls Library. All ages. Free; caregiver must attend with children 0 - 5.

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Saturday Lunch, Noon - 1:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 N Second St., Silverton. Free. 503-873-2635 AA Meetings, 8 p.m., Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. David, 503-383-8327

Wednesday, May 1 Storytime with Chief 10:30 a.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Family storytime with Mt. Angel Police Chief Mark Daniel. All ages. Free. 503-845-6401

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

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

Thursday, May 2 Silverton Scribes 7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Informal writer’s group to share, critique writing projects. Repeats May 16. 503-873-8796

Silverton Lions Club 7 p.m., Legacy Silverton Health, 342 Fairview. Open to those interested in community service. Repeats May 16. 503-873-7119

Friday, May 3 Rummage Sale 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Marquam United Methodist Church, 36971 Highway 213, Mt. Angel. Rummage sale fundraiser. Repeats 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. May 4 with bag sale starting at noon. 503-829-5061

Integrative Health Fair 6 - 8 p.m., Live Local Conference Center, 109 Water St., Silverton. Meet local health and wellness practitioners, service providers. Demos, samples. Free. Open to public. silvertonhealthcoach@gmail.com

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

First Friday Music Recital 7 p.m., United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St., Silverton. Sara Truelove plays clarinet accompanied by pianist Christopher Wicks. Music by Camille Saint-Saens, Gaetano Donizetti. Donations accepted. 503-873-3461

Lunaria Artists’ Reception 7 - 9 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St., Silverton. Meet Diane Trevett, Lee Jacobson, paint and clay artists featured in “Flowerscapes/Clayscapes.” Loft features Jonathan Bucci with “Strange Plants.” 503-873-7734, lunariagallery.com

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Saturday, May 4 Teen Square Dance Festival 7 a.m. - 9 p.m., Silverton High, 1456 Pine St. Pacific NW Teen Square Dance Festival hosted by Silver City Squares Youth. Open to public. 503-873-5241

Run for the Hills 8 a.m., Victor Point School, 1175 SE Victor Point Road, Silverton. 1-mile, 5K, 10K, 15K races. $10 children 12 and under. $20 5K, 10K; $30 15K. Benefits Parent Teacher Community Club. Register at runsignup.com/race/or/silverton/ victorpointschoolrunforthehills.

Rock the Casino 4 - 9 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Casino games, no-host bar, food, silent auction. Casino tickets $25 for $500 funny money. Food tickets $10. Reserve tickets at Senior Center or by calling 503-873-3093.

Taste. Learn. Celebrate. Noon - 5 p.m., Festhalle, 500 NE Wilco Hwy., Mt. Angel. Cascade Foothills Winegrowers grand-tasting event music, wine education. $15, includes 10 tastes, wineglass, education talks. Additional tastes, food available for purchase. Tickets at cascadefoothillswine.com

Sunday, May 5 Cinco de Mayo St. Joseph the Worker Dinner 5 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 575 E College St., Mt. Angel. Hors d’oeuvres, wine, dinner, live music. $50 per person. Benefits St. Joseph Family Shelter, Mission Benedict, Casa Adele. Tickets at ccswv.org or contact Alexa, 503-8567062, alexaarmstrong@ccswv.org.

Monday, May 6 Silverton City Council 7 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Open to public. 503-873-5321

Mt. Angel City Council 7 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Open to public. 503-845-9291

Tuesday, May 7 Caregiver Connection 2 - 3:30 p.m., Legacy Silverton Health, 342 Fairview St. For family caregivers and/or unpaid family caregivers. This month’s topic is dementia care, other disease specific resources. Free. 503-304-3429

Candy Science 3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Fun experiments with candy. Eat the results. Free. Age 6 - 12. Free. 503-845-6401

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

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

Mt. Angel American Legion 7 p.m., 740 E College St., Mt. Angel. American Legion Post 89. All veterans welcome. 503-845-6119

Saturday, May 11

Red Cross Blood Drive

Fun Run

10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Silverton Elks Lodge, 300 High St. Schedule appointment at redcrossblood.org, code “SilvertonElks,” or by calling Carolyn, 541-691-7878.

8 a.m., Legacy Silverton Health Center, 342 Fairview St., Silverton. 1-mile run for ages 10 and under. 5K walk/run. Snacks. $5 1-mile. $15 5K. Register at racenorthwest.com/silverton-hospitalfun-run. Deadline is 3 p.m. May 10.

Free Blood Pressure Checks

Second Saturday Maker’s Market

11 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Provided by Legacy Silverton Health. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

7 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Kerry Ramsay of Dirt Rich Farms discusses CSA’s. Open to public. Gail, 503-362-8033

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Macleay Grange, 8312 Macleay Road, Salem. Indoor farmers market, baked goods, handmade crafts. Free admission. 503-873-3593

Sand Art

Scotts Mills Neighborhood Watch

Permaculture, Composting Workshop

3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Create art using layered sand. Age 6 - 12. Free. 503-845-6401

Integrative Wellness Workshop

Silverton Garden Club

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

Wednesday, May 8 Gardening Class 2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Gardening with Dale Small. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Basic Calligraphy 3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Learn basics of calligraphy. Teens, adults. Registration required: 503-845-6401.

Raffia Bowl 3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Create decorative bowl out of raffia. Free. Teens, adults. 503-845-6401

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

Thursday, May 9 Singles Dine Out Club 6 p.m., Mt. Angel Sausage Company, 105 Garfield St. Dutch treat. 503-873-3093

GFWC Zenith Women’s Club 7 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Members discuss ways to fund, implement projects benefiting Silverton community. Social at 6:30 p.m. Barbara, 801-414-3975

Friday, May 10 Chamber Golf Tournament Noon, Evergreen Golf Course, 11694 NE West Church Road, Mount Angel. Silverton Chamber golf tournament, dinner, auction. $80 per golfer; $375 per team of four includes registration, dinner. 503-873-5615

Mother’s Day Concert 1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Silvertones perform. Free. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Little Nell 7 p.m., Brush Creek Playhouse, 11535 Silverton Road. $10 adults, $8 children, students, seniors. Tickets at Books-N-Time, 210 N Water St., Silverton; at door. Repeats 7 p.m. May 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 2 p.m. May 12, 19, 26. brushcreekplayhouse.com

10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Silverton Grange, 201 Division St. Lichen June presents overview of permaculture essentials and composting, with workshop following. Donation $20 optional. Open to public. 503-269-9987

Birding & Wildflower Festival 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Silver Falls State Park, 20024 SE Silver Falls Hwy., Sublimity. Mother’s Day Birding & Wildflower Festival. Enjoy bird watching, guided hikes, plant sale. $5 per vehicle day-use fee. Repeats May 12. 503-873-0201

Mother’s Day Tea 2 - 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Fashion show, tea. Door prizes, gift basket drawings. Hats encouraged. $15. Open to all ladies. 503-873-3093

Spring Concert 3 p.m., Silverton High, 1456 Pine St. Silverton Children’s Choir concert sponsored by Silverton Friends of Music. Free; donations accepted for Trinity Lutheran Church Saturday lunch program. Sarah, 503-873-2482

Sunday, May 12 Mother’s Day Monday, May 13 Food Coop Board

6 p.m. Open to public. For location: info@ silvertonfood.coop.

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

Silver Falls School District 7 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Open to public. 503-873-5303

Tuesday, May 14 Ancestry Detectives

10 a.m., Silver Falls Library. Bring questions, brick walls, successes for group discussion.

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6 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Dr. Tomas Gigena discusses wellness topics. Free. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Silverton Food Coop Meetup 6 - 7:30 p.m., Silver Falls Brewery, 207 Jersey St., Silverton. Owners, non-owners welcome. Food provided. Children welcome. silvertonfood.coop

Silverton Planning Commission 7 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-874-2207

Wednesday, May 15 Pints & Purls 6 - 8 p.m., Main Street Bistro, 201 E Main St., Silverton. Meet other knitters, crocheters for an evening of pints and some purls. Hosted by KIS Designs. Everyone welcome. Contact Kisdesigns on Facebook for information.

Thursday, May 16 Sweets for Mom Noon, Marquam Methodist Church, 26971 S Highway 213, Mt. Angel. Featuring Jen Humbert, Beloved Cheesecakes LCC. Lois Williams shares “Going this Far on the Map.” Luncheon, $7. Reservations due May 14 by calling Cathy, 503-999-2291. Presented by Mt. Angel-Silverton Women’s Connection, Stonecroft Ministries.

Friday, May 17 Garden Trip to Portland 8:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Visit Portland’s Leach Botanical Gardens, Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Elk Rock Garden. $20 members, $22 non-members. 503-873-3093

Multi-Family Garage Sale 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Silverton Friends Church, 229 Eureka Ave. Fundraising garage sale benefiting The Community Roots Charter School. Repeats May 18.

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datebook Saturday, May 18 Free Community Breakfast 7 - 9:30 a.m., Marquam United Methodist Church, 36971 Highway 213, Mt. Angel. Open to public. 503-829-5061

Armed Forces Day 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Main and Charles streets, Mt. Angel. Military vehicle display. Free. Open to public. Sponsored by Mt. Angel American Legion Post 89. 503-845-6119

Silverton Pet Parade 10 a.m., Silverton. Bring your pets and join the parade. No registration necessary. Line up at 9 a.m. at Coolidge and Apple streets. Parade travels east on Main, north on First. Free. Organized by Silverton Kiwanis. 503-873-5615

Blood Drive 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., First Baptist Church, 229 Westfield St., Silverton. To schedule appointment, visit bloodworksnw.org/ donate (code 955A) or call 800-398-7888. Walk-ins welcome. Bring photo I.D.

Sunday, May 19 Taizé Prayer 7 p.m., Benedictine Sisters’ Queen of Angels Chapel, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Open to public. 503-845-6773

Tuesday, May 21

Thursday, May 23

Alzheimer’s Support Group

Stamp Art

2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Create cards with rubber stamps. Teens, adults.

Garden in a Glove

Saturday, May 25

3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Plant seeds to grow in glove. Age 6 - 12. Free. 503-845-6401

Tips for Decluttering 6:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Experience the freedom of less with Olivia Sausville,. Adults. Free. 503-845-6401

Vigil for Peace

Silverton Food Coop Outreach

Memorial Day Weekend Wine Tasting Tasting, events at wineries in Cascade Foothills. Visit cascadefoothillswines.com for details. Repeats May 26.

Sunday, May 26 Scotts Mills Pancake Breakfast

Silver Falls Library Book Club

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

Wednesday, May 22 Silverton Grange Meeting 6:30 p.m. Silverton Grange, 201 Division St. Open to public. No potluck. 503-269-9987

6 p.m. Email info@silvertonfood.coop for location, details.

Brush Creek Auditions 7 p.m., Brush Creek Playhouse, 11535 Silverton Road. Auditions for Castle of the Rose, written by Emily and Michael Wood. Age teen - mid-20s. Show runs in August. Auditions repeat May 28. 503-508-3682

Tuesday, May 28

7 a.m. - noon, Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. $6

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Educated: a Memoir by Tara Westover. Refreshments. Visitors welcome. 503-897-8796

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

Book Art 3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Create book. Age 6 - 12. Free. 503-845-6401

Monday, May 27 Memorial Day

Friday, May 31

Memorial Day Service

3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Follow along with Bob Ross video session. Teens, adults. Due to limited space, registration is required by calling 503-845-6401.

Bob Ross Painting Party

9:30 a.m., Calvary Cemetery, 1015 N Main St., Mt. Angel. 9:30 a.m., Lliturgical music, Mass, placement of wreath, reading of names of fallen, honor guard. All welcome. Bring lawn chairs. In case of rain, service moves to St. Mary Church. Coordinated by Mt. Angel American Legion Post 89. 503-845-6119

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Being home with a houseful of kids can be a lonely business. Those who’ve discovered Silverton Indoor Park have found a remedy and an effective way to improve their kids’ lives. However, with membership down the group fears they’ll be unable to open next fall. Although their host, Silverton’s United Methodist Church, charges a nominal rent, they must also pay for insurance, cleaning supplies, batteries and new toys. Grants from the Judy’s Party fundraiser for the last two years have helped them stay afloat, but it’s been a struggle. Board members often pay for incidentals themselves. “They’re so generous,” Elizabeth Grossen, mother of two, said of the church. “They charge us so little and only for days we are physically there, even though our toys eat up their space all week.” “I can’t figure out why it’s not wall-towall people here,” Jill Miller, mother of two and four-year-old sons, said. “It’s

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a great deal because you can come all morning five days a week. I can drop 50-60 bucks just taking them to one place one time.” Silverton Indoor Park is a co-op and members take turns getting the toys out on Mondays, wiping them down and putting them away on Fridays so the

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“We get a lot of babysitters, nannies and grandparents too,” Sparks said. “It’s a great place for independent play or for the kids to make friends. “Before we started going to Indoor Park my oldest daughter didn’t know how to play with kids; we didn’t get out much,” Sparks said. “Our older kids still ask to go to Indoor Park. It would be sad if it went away.” “They can wear themselves out in a safe space that’s not muddy; no cars close by and balls don’t go in the street,” said Susan Hicks, two grandkids in tow. “They can play, make friends and develop social skills – then they go home and take a wonderful nap. “In the summer we’re at the park but in the winter it’s nice to have this big open space,” Hicks said. “Putting them in a stroller and going for a walk is fine but they need to move – and I really want them ready to nap.” “If you just get tired of being in your own house and the kids playing with their own

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‘No substitute for asking’ One evening in 2001, while working online preparing for a parenting class, a chimey little AOL sound went off and a window popped up on the screen. One of my student leaders IM’d me, “I’m online with Sabeen (not her real name). Did an assessment. She’s suicidal and has the pills.” I sent back, “I have her phone number. I’ll call her right now. Good job.” I called Sabeen’s number and her dad picked up. He hollered for Sabeen, who came on the phone. I heard his phone click off. “Hey. I got a call that you might be feeling suicidal. Can we talk?” Sabeen said yes, but for sure she was embarrassed. Over the next few minutes I repeated the simple assessment that I have taught ALL leaders in every ministry, regardless of age – even down to 5th grade.

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I have intervened, through my students and adult leaders, in dozens of suicide situations over my career. When I train for suicide intervention, I warn students that they will hate me. Because, once you know the signs (articulated well in [Our Town’s] April piece, “Giving teens skills to combat anxiety, suicide”), you know that listening to your intuition demands that you ask the above questions and take action.

“NO!” means yes. “Not really…” means yes. 2) If yes, ask, “How would you do it?” Any plan whatsoever should be followed up. For example, “How would you do it?” Sabeen was quiet for a bit (which is a yes) and told me, “I would take pills.” I asked the important follow-up question, “Do you have any pills?” Sabeen told me, “No. But my mom has a lot in their medicine cabinet.” Sabeen was feeling suicidal, had a plan and the means to carry it out right now. This is important. Anyone with someone who is suicidal needs some rules. In our training, a “Yes” to the first question demanded contact with a parent or qualified adult. A yes with a plan and means is an emergency and requires immediate contact with a qualified adult or a 911 call or, preferably, both.

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Though I have intervened in dozens of cases, the students and adults I’ve trained have continued to intervene throughout their lives, saving countless people by having the courage to ask the most difficult questions. Sabeen’s father hadn’t hung up. He came on, asked Sabeen to hang up, and proceeded to “rip me a new one” for talking to his daughter without talking to him first. Fair point.

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But Sabeen’s safety came first and the dad’s response that “all kids think about suicide” and “putting all this in Sabeen’s head is the most dangerous thing you could do,” are the kind of thinking that delays intervention. It took a long time with her dad, and then her mom, to realize that the threat of suicide was real and that they couldn’t just “talk” her out of it. They took her to the hospital where she was admitted for a 72-hour hold. Yes, it was terribly embarrassing for her and her parents. They blamed me and the student friend who’d contacted me. But Sabeen, then a high school sophomore, got into treatment and through counseling and medication, became a healthy, happy, functioning woman. Today she’s a wife and a mom and a nurse who dedicated her life to helping intervene in other people’s lives. Her parents credit me with saving her life. The student leader who was the real hero? She went on to an ivy league college where she founded a suicide

intervention program that is still going on after 15 years. “Parents are our first line of defense…” I must disagree. Students are the real first line of defense, if they are trained to recognize, assess and respond to a suicidal friend or classmate. I was delighted to see your article. And it outlined beautifully the conditions of suicide and how important resiliency is in combating suicide. BUT THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR ASKING THE QUESTION OUT LOUD: “Are you thinking about killing yourself” and knowing how to follow up and respond. 40 years working in the youth and parenting field, Mike Ashland founded Tears Crisis Intervention which trained thousands of church, school and nonprofit staff and volunteers throughout the West Coast. The suicides of three siblings and other family members inspired him to learn, work and educate in the crisis intervention field. He is semi-retired and is currently Pastor of the Church of the Moment in Silverton.

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Kennedy High sophomore Dylan Kleinschmit uncorked a pitching performance for the ages Tuesday afternoon in Mount Angel.

West Albany dealt Silverton its only league loss, a 13-3 defeat on April 19, although the Foxes took a 7-2 win to split the series.

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The Trojans righthander outdueled Santiam’s Wyatt Lyon, finished with a no-hitter and struck out a phenomenal 17 batters to lift Kennedy to a 1-0 Special District win against the Wolverines.

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The win lifted the No. 2 Trojans to 7-0 in league play and 14-2 overall. The sixthranked Wolverines are 5-2 in league and 10-4 overall. The two teams continued their three-game series Wednesday and Friday after Our Town’s presstime. “That’s as good a pitching performance as we have had in school history,” Kennedy coach Kevin Moffatt told Our Town. “Coming in I knew it was going to be a close game,” said Kleinschmit. “I wasn’t expecting a lot of runs.”

Thurston on a ground ball to Trojans second baseman Angel De La Rosa. Kennedy struck for its lone run against hard-luck losing pitcher Lyon in the bottom of the inning. Lyon, a senior righthander, finished with eight strikeouts and did not allow a hit until Cole Boen’s one-out bouncer past third base in the fifth. Bruce Beyer started the winning rally with a bloop single to right. He stole second and scored on Brady Traeger’s double to left center, just beating the outfield relay.

Kleinschmit, pitching with his Dylan Kleinschmit. Kleinschmit also complimented JAMES DAY only lead of the game, then the work of his catcher, Josh struck out Santiam’s 3, 4 and 5 Valladares and said “the defense hitters to finish off the masterpiece. played great,” although he noted that only four balls wound up in play because of the A Dustin Keys slow roller down the third 17 strikeouts. base line in the top of the fifth was the biggest threat to Kleinschmit’s no-hitter. Kleinschmit needed just 94 pitches to Trojans third baseman Demetre hurl his gem on a partly cloudy day with a Marseille got a great jump on the ball slight breeze. The game was completed in and his throw on the run just beat Keys in an economical 92 minutes. a bang-bang play. Kleinschmit took a perfect game into the Silverton, meanwhile, improved to 13-2 top of the sixth before walking No. 9 hitter overall and 6-1 in the Mid-Willamette Connor Forste on a 3-2 pitch with two out. Conference with a 4-3 win on April 22 Forste then stole second base with leadoff vs. Central. The Foxes are ranked No. 4 hitter Jesse Sendlinger at the plate. Moffatt in Class 5A, with league rivals Crescent chose to intentionally walk Sendlinger, Valley and West Albany No. 1 and No. 3, setting up a force at all three bases. The ploy worked as Kleinschmit retired Colin respectively.

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“The team has been playing extremely well and I hope we continue to do well,” first-year head coach Jeremiah Runion told Our Town. Foxes senior infielder Caleb Ward, meanwhile, has signed to play next season at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario. Ward made it official at a signing event April 17 at the high school, noting that he selected Treasure Valley because he “liked the atmosphere, how hard everyone worked and how much fun baseball was for everyone.” Speech and debate: The Silverton High speech and debate squad came through with a third-place finish in Class 5A at the OSAA championships April 18-20 at Western Oregon University in Monmouth. The Foxes scored 20 points, trailing only Ashland (52) and West Albany (22). “We are very happy with the team performance – it has been a long year of hard work,” said Katie Kantrowitz, who shares coaching duties with Stephen McClanahan. “It’s definitely a team effort, despite the fact that they compete individually; we stress the importance of supporting each other in many ways, including giving each other regular feedback and helping each other to improve.” Leading the way were Brady Tavernier and Chloe Platt. As a team they

“Brady Tavernier and Chloe Platt have been working hard this year,” Kantrowitz said. “They came to us last spring and said they wanted to make it to nationals; they did that, AND they had a great state tournament. Really driven, hard-working kids, both of them. It’s been incredible to see them set their ‘eyes on the prize’ and really go for what they wanted.” Tavernier and Platt are fundraising to pay for the Texas trip. Here is a link for those wanting to assist: https://silverton-highor.ed.co/speech-and-debate. Also participating for Silverton at state were Zahra DeShaw (6th in oratory, prelims in poetry reading), Mya Kuzmin (congress), Catie McCarty (oratory), Dylan Pool (Lincoln Douglas), Jordan Nobles (poetry reading) and Lily DeSantis (dramatic interpretation). Softball: Defending Class 2A-1A champion Kennedy got off to an 0-3 start, but the Trojans have caught fire, winning 7 in a row, including a 5-0 start in Special District 2. Kennedy has been an offensive machine, outscoring league foes 79-14 on the way to the No. 6 ranking by the OSAA. Kennedy leads Santiam and Gervais, both, 4-1, by one game, and the Trojans already have defeated both teams. Kennedy hosts Santiam on May 8 and visits Gervais on May 13. Follow me on Twitter.com @jameshday.

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Every once in a while I run across a news story that makes me laugh out loud. And, no, I’m not talking about Congress this time, although those guys are always good for a few chuckles.

I will guarantee that they will get an excellent education if they work hard. If they are slackers and don’t go to class and don’t do their assignments and lab work, they won’t learn a thing and their tuition will go down the drain.

This time, I’m talking about parents. Not all parents, just those who would pay any amount of money to get their kids into the “right” college. First, let me say this about the “right” colleges. Some of the dumbest people I’ve ever met went to Ivy League colleges. Also, some of the smartest people I know never even went to college, unless you count the school of hard knocks. The idea that the Ivy League – or other “top” colleges – have the franchise on all wisdom and knowledge is laughable. And the idea that parents would spend piles of money cheating on SAT and ACT tests to get their little darlings into those colleges is even funnier yet. Beyond that, it shows how little faith those parents have in their progeny. I’m thinking of the father who paid a test proctor $75,000 to correct his daughter’s answers on the ACT test – without his daughter’s knowledge. There are so many things wrong with this scenario I almost don’t know where the start, but I’ll give it a try.

First, the father is a high-powered lawyer. I don’t want to impugn the legal community, but ethics was never a strong suit among the lawyers I’ve dealt with. Paying a raft of money to cheat on a test wouldn’t even cause a flutter of conscience for some of the lawyers I’ve encountered. Other parents were even more creative. Some bribed the coaches of athletic teams to get their little darlings accepted as recruited athletes. I don’t care about college athletics. It’s a waste of money and a distraction from the fact that many colleges are academically weak and not worth the tuition they charge. I went to three colleges – one private, one public and one military. The determining factor in how much I learned was my efforts, not the reputation of the college. Whether students go to a community college or Harvard,

I do have another tip for students: gamble. When I was a student at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks – nickname: the Harvard of the North – my geology professor issued a challenge to the class. If any of us could beat him in the Equinox Marathon later that month, he’d have us over to his house for a steak dinner with all of the trimmings. If he won, the students would have to work in the geology lab all semester for free. My roommate had just finished riding his bicycle from Mexico to Fairbanks, so he was in pretty good shape. I ran six miles a day and fancied myself as a running machine. A 26.2-mile race would be a piece of cake. We both raised our hands to accept the challenge from the professor, who looked about 400 years old. As it turns out, he had been making that challenge every year for the last 20 years – and never lost. We didn’t end his streak. In fact, we didn’t even make it to the end of the marathon. But we did learn a lot about geology.

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SOLD-#T2515 LOVELY PRIVATE SETTING 3 BR, 2 BA 2163 sqft 5.94 Acres Call Michael at ext. 314 $460,000 (WVMLS#741348) COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL SOLD-#T2529 GREAT LOCATION 4 BR, 2 BA 1848 sqft 2.02 Acres Call Meredith at ext. FOR LEASE/COMMERCIAL 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $398,900 (WVMLS#744123) IN TOWN NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION #T2495 VIEWS OF SILVERTON LOT#1 COUNTRY/ACREAGE BARELAND/LOTS 3.042 Acres Buildable. Well Installed Call Michael at ext. 314 $210,000 (WVMLS#743882) 3 bedroom 3 bathroom house in Newly remodeled home! 3 bedroom #T2508 ONE OF A KIND 3 BR, 3 BA 3070 amazing treed setting! 2 large decks 2 full baths. Brand new flooring, sqft 12.12 Acres Call Michael at ext. 314 STAYTON/SUBLIMITY surrounding the house. Fireplace 2 new fireplaces and fresh paint $899,000 (WVMLS#739813)

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#T2532 OPEN BRIGHT HOME 4 BR, 2.5 BA 2492 sqft Call Michael at ext. 314 $485,000 (WVMLS#745101) #T2531 HAS IT ALL 5 BR, 3.5 BA 3449 sqft 1.59 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at throughout. This home is beautiful IN TOWN NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION and pellet stove, 2 car attached ext. 322 $677,000 (WVMLS#744778) garage. Private setting! Partial unfinand full of character! Located near SOLD-#T2533 LARGECOUNTRY/ACREAGE HOME & COTTAGE ishedCOMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL basement. Room and storage to town, library and city parks. You #T2535 BUILDABLE LOT 4 BR, 2.5 BA 2268 sqft Call Michael at ext. OTHER COMMUNITIES in abundance. No pets. No smoking. don’t want to miss the opportunity to .18 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at 314 $324,900 (WVMLS#745401) ext. 322 $158,700 (WVMLS#745991) LEASE/COMMERCIAL House onFOR well and septic. Limited live in this one. No pets/No smoking. #T2534 NEAT AS A PIN 3 BR, 1 BA 1040 sqftSTAYTON/SUBLIMITY Call Chuck at ext. 325 $274,950 NEW--#T2538 READY TO BUILD occupancy. Lease 1 year lease. Call 503-873-1425 for (WVMLS#745940) .34 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at BARELAND/LOTS negotiable. Call for more details. more information. #T2536 AFFORDABLE LIVING 3 BR, 2 BA ext. 322 $84,900 (WVMLS#747134) 1558 sqft Call Chuck at ext. 325 $259,900

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#T2514 VALLEY VIEWS 3 BR, 2.5 BA 2399 sqft 2.01 Acres. Turner. Call Meredith at ext. BARELAND/LOTS 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $399,800 (WVMLS#741131)

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5 bedroom, 3 bath, with potential for 2 masters Affordable living in Silverton... Immaculate 2 Two story 1930’s Home on East Hill. 3 bedrooms, bedrooms. Upstairs home office, Open layout, bedroom; 2 bath; Triple wide manufactured home 2 baths, LR w/gas fireplace, formal dining w/origwith family room with woodstove, plus living room, built in 2007.Includes MBR w/ 10’ ceilings, walk-in inal light fixtures, open kitchen w/sun room, unformal dining room and eat in kitchen. Large excloset, and Master bath w/ sunken tub. Home also finished basement, and large double garage with panding decks. Custom built shop with upstairs has attached garage; side yard w/ brick patio; and second story storage. Large .31 acre lot; pond; separate living quarters with kitchen, full bath bonus room for office or den. Located in Silver aviary; stone BBQ; Fenced with large trees. Bring TOWN HOME & w/d facilities. Well maintained property, fully Cliff Estates whereIN monthly HOANEW fees are cur- CONSTRUCTION your energy and ideas to make this home shine OTHER COMMUNITIES fenced backyard. Short distance to town! Come rently $50.Call Chuck at ext. 325. (WVMLS# 746441) again. Call for appointment today. Call Chuck at COUNTRY/ACREAGE view today! Call Meredith at ext. 324 or Ryan at ext. 325 or Mason at ext. 303. (WVMLS# 743464) ext. 322. (WVMLS# 744778)

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FOR LEASE/COMMERCIAL FOR FOR RENT TOWNWOODBURN TOW KEIZER BARELAND/LOTS BARELAND #T2524 1930’s HOME $368,390 TOWN TOW

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#T2524-1930’s HOME 3 BR, 2 BA 2167 sqft Call Chuck at ext. 325 or Mason at ext. 303 $368,390 (WVMLS#743464) SOLD-#T2529 GREAT LOCATION 4 BR, 2 BA 1848 sqft 2.02 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $398,900 (WVMLS#744123) #T2530 ABIQUA HEIGHTS 3 BR, 2 BA 1840 sqft Call Michael at ext. 314 $429,950

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