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Something for the Souls

Your Garden

Three ways to take-part in World Labyrinth Day – Page 4

Vol. 18 No. 9

How to revive your gardening tools – Inside

COMMUNITY NEWS Serving Mt. Angel, Silverton, and Scotts Mills

May 2021

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Something for the Soul Finding inner calm with two local options for World Labyrinth Day........................4 Something to Think About Volunteers re-plant beloved oak trees at Mark Twain..........................................6 Not out of woods on storm damage.......7

SILVERTON SENIOR CENTER What do hookah bars and senior centers have in common?

Something to Do Pet Parade – a definite maybe..............8

Oregon Health Authority guidelines now state “hookah bars and senior centers are not allowed to operate regardless of risk level.” Bummer. We don’t know about hookah bars, but we’re going to continue to carry out our stated mission by pivoting again. Watch for us in places you don’t expect, doing things we’ve never done before. We take “no” as just a signal to get more creative. Stay tuned. This is going to get interesting.


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Trail Keepers come to Silver Falls......... 17

community vaccinations.......................9


Something to Talk About Now is the time to prepare for the next wildfires............................................ 10 Datebook................................12

Sports & Recreation

Coach reflects on football season......... 20 A Grin At The End...........22


Your Garden................. Inside

On the Cover


Ben Byram plants an oak seedling with his children at Mark Twain Elementary School.

The Forum..............................15


Helping Hands Silverton SIT a collaboration on aid......16

Above Raggs Ragan, Interim Vicar at the St. Edward’s Episcopal Church walking the labyrinth. MELISSA WAGONER

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May 2021 • 3

Something for the Soul

Local labyrinths By Melissa Wagoner Each year on the first Saturday in May, people across the globe take part in a form of moving meditation known as “walk as one at 1,” in honor of world peace. Utilizing labyrinths – those meandering single-pathed designs constructed to promote personal, spiritual and psychological transformation – World Labyrinth Day unites people in parks, churches, schools, prisons, and even backyards, in a celebration of the labyrinth experience. “We will be using this time for praying and walking for peace, using the 20-minute Silent Peace Walk,” Sr. Dorothy Jean Beyer said. She is a member of the community of Benedictine Sisters in Mount Angel, which hosts two labyrinths (an indoor and an outdoor) on site. The event taking place May 1 at 1 p.m. at the west end of the Shalom Prayer Center. Completed and blessed in 2012 at the behest of Beyer, who had experienced the benefit of walking a labyrinth while on retreat, the Shalom Center’s outdoor labyrinth is constructed of mown grass divided by stone. “[T]he labyrinth we own is a design used by Episcopalian priest Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress who used the pattern of the eleven-circuit Medieval Labyrinth from Chartres Cathedral in France,” Beyer said of the pattern. Contrary to

The Labyrinth at Shalom Prayer Center.


popular belief, it is decidedly not a maze. “People use the term labyrinth to refer to a maze – something intended to make you lost,” Raggs Ragan, the Interim Vicar at Saint Edward’s Episcopal Church in Silverton, the home of another Chartres-inspired labyrinth, confirmed. “But the labyrinth Christians use is a single path

that gets you in and out again. You cannot get lost. The thing itself actually guides you to the center and then out.” That thoughtful guidance is the very essence of a labyrinth, which some experts believe may actually enhance the cognitive brain activity of participants. And it’s not just used by Christians.

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Similar in shape but vastly different in overall construction, the labyrinth at St. Edward’s features a concrete path with river rock divisions that leads the traveler toward a center filled with several large central stones. “I’m still really pleased with them,” Contractor Tim Beck, who along with Landscape Architect, Laura Antonson constructed the labyrinth in 2014, said. “For me it’s fun when I’m up there and I see random people using it.” “We very much hope that word will spread so people will know it’s here,” Ragan said, explaining that the labyrinth was built not only for use solely by the St. Edward’s parish, but for the community at large. “In particular I’m hoping to connect with the hospital. I want them to know that anyone over there – families especially – can have this as a resource. It’s a three-minute walk.” More than anything, both Beyer and Ragan hope that more people will experience a local labyrinth no matter what the reason – for exercise or something more. “The labyrinth is a time of prayer, of walking meditation, of discernment for future directions in one’s life,” Beyer said. “Walking the labyrinth takes patience and a sense of wonder.”


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The program includes a new arranged spiritual by David Schmidt entitled The Morning Trumpet, Father Teresio Caldwell playing In dir is Freude (In Thee is Gladness) by Johann Sebastian Bach, the women of the chorus will perform Laetatus Sum, a haunting piece by Sister Mary John Sevin, and founder/conductor Dr. Wallace Long returns to the chorus to direct the men in a rousing arrangement of Rise Up, Ye Saints of God by Kenneth Jennings. Concert times are 3 p.m. To watch go to www. willamettemasterchorus.org. Following the concert dates, audience members can return to view the concert on the Willamette Master Chorus YouTube page at any time.

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May 2021 • 5

Something to Think About

Mark Twain oaks By Melissa Wagoner When horticulturist Eric Hammond, heard that the majority of the oak trees in a grove adjacent to Mark Twain Elementary School were removed after the February ice storm, he saw an opportunity. “I sent emails explaining the importance of the oaks from an ecological standpoint and a social standpoint,” Hammond said of the communication he initiated with the Silver Falls School District. “I said, the district should also take advantage of it from an educational standpoint.” What Hammond proposed was the reintroduction of oak trees and native plants in a way that would involve students from the district but also the larger community – many of whom grieved the loss of the ancient trees. “We’ve lived behind here for the past 45 years so to us it has been our park”

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Monica Hanson said. She and her husband Jeff ventured out in the rain on April 24 to help replant the grove.

Environmental Club members. “This is something local and available,” she explained. “And in their lifetime, they can see the trees grow. It’s also nice to see them out here doing something, especially during COVID, at a time when they feel they have very little control. And if you look around, a lot of them have some connection to the school. So, it’s giving back to something that gave back to them.”

“We watched as they took all of the oaks out of here. And now we want to plant a couple of trees to tell our grandchildren because they were sad, too. We’re excited somebody picked up the torch.” An estimated 60 somebodies did just that, young and old, carrying pickaxes and shovels of all sizes. They dug holes in the newly barren space, planting 12-inch seedlings that will take decades to fully mature.

The small group of her students reverently placing young oak trees in the ground agreed.

“It’s nice to have an interest in the future,” Hammond said. Admitting that the turnout for the event was far greater than he’d imagined. The planting established 100 oak seedlings and was the first of several the district will hold. The attendance was less surprising to Silverton High School science teacher Danielle Post, who arrived with six

“This was a huge oak grove,” Environmental Club member Trillian Hawley said looking around her. “And they’re getting rarer and rarer. Events like this are really important because it raises awareness.” Organizer, Eric Hammond, explains oak replanting at Mark Twain Elementary School. MELISSA WAGONER

“It’s bringing Silverton together,” fellow club member Delaney Strandberg added. “One tree at a time.”

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May 2021 • 7

Something Fun

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“The Pet Parade is scheduled for May 15 at 10 a.m., as normal,” Randal Thomas – a member of the Kiwanis Club of Silverton and chairman of the parade – said, adding it will go on as long as Marion County is not in Oregon’s Extreme Risk level for COVID-19 on that date.

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Canceled in 2020 for the first time since its inception in 1934, the Silverton Pet Parade is a tradition like no other. “It is your quintessential small-town event,” Thomas confirmed. Adding, “It’s not just for kids. We have adults in their 50s, 60s, 70s and older. We had a woman whose dog won one year and she was in her 80s.” And it’s not just for pet owners either. “We’ve had antique cars, kids in costume, kids that ride their bikes, scooters or skateboards,” Thomas listed. “It’s an opportunity to be in a parade. It’s a time to come together.” Which is why the initial approval of this year’s parade felt so monumental to Thomas, who felt last year’s virtual version did not have the same community appeal. “The virtual Pet Parade went better than we anticipated,” Thomas said. Held via Facebook, participants posted photos of their animals. “But this is exciting.”

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COVID-19 rick levels permiting, the parade kicks off at 9:30 a.m. near Coolidge-McClaine Park, where participants will be sorted into categories and spaced at socially distanced intervals – no need for pre-registration. The parade will commence at precisely 10 a.m. starting with Main Street, then First Street and ending on A Street. “The key thing is that participants need to be masked and be spaced outside of family groups,” Thomas stressed. “And same thing with those who are viewing the parade.” Because, although the parade was initially approved, all pandemic protocols are still in-place.

“It may be a little different to what we’d normally have but hopefully those that are comfortable will still attend,” Thomas said. “And hopefully those that are comfortable will still participate.” Because community-wide participation is what the Pet Parade is all about. “I’ve seen pet rocks to gold fish in a wagon,” Thomas said. He has chaired the event for so many years he’s lost count. “Every time I think I’ve seen everything there’s always something new. We’re hopeful this will be a successful year.” To keep up with parade plans go to facebook.com/ silvertonkiwanis.

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By Melissa Wagoner

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What started as the Mt. Angel Fire District (MAFD) providing COVID-19 vaccinations to their own paramedics and firefighters this February, quickly grew as they reached out to other districts – Silverton, Woodburn, Lyons and Mill City among them – to provide vaccines.

They also began passing on the knowledge they had gained to the Silverton Fire District (SFD), which began holding its own satellite clinics on March 23.

“We ended up doing around 400 first responders,” Fire Chief Jim Trierweiler said. “Fortunately for us, we’re already trained in that. It was simply reading up and learning the indications and contraindications. Being EMTs and paramedics we already give injections. In the early days it was mobile, we went to someone’s drill night.” Then, with first responders covered, the MAFD quickly turned its sights toward vaccinating the greater population, beginning with the Mount Angel Towers senior independent and assisted living community. “The Towers was one of the only places we went externally,” Paramedic Elizabeth Fullmer recalled. “They were great. The staff up there helped us screen paperwork and they were very organized. The first round was mid-February... We had quite a rush because we didn’t really have anybody scheduled for times.” “We did 54 in 45 minutes,” fellow Paramedic Victor Hoffer said.

“MAFD has a great clinic template that they use…” Silverton’s Assistant Fire Chief Ed Grambusch said. “MAFD Fire Chief Jim Trierweiler [and] MAFD Paramedic Vic Hoffer have been essential in assisting us with the clinics... We could not have gotten to this point without the help of MAFD.” Victor Hoffer gave Mt. Angel Mayor Don Fleck the 2000th vaccination since the MAFD began vaccinating. COURTESY VICTOR HOFFER

These experiences under their belt, the MAFD began to hold their own vaccination clinics, initially advertising on Facebook and through word of mouth. “We wanted to keep it as close to our county as we could,” Trierweiler confirmed. “Most of the people in there are from our area.” But the paperwork was tricky. “It started taking on a life of its own,” Trierweiler said. “We started out with a list of people who needed vaccines but that became difficult when you had to track them down in 28

The goal of both fire districts with the creation of these clinics is to vaccinate as many people as possible without the necessity of travel or the need to navigate confusing systems. “It is important that our community has a local and familiar option when selecting and receiving their vaccine,” SFD Administrative Assistant Candace Cantu said. To that end, both districts are determined to provide vaccinations for as long as they are necessary, now focusing on farmworkers in Mount Angel and looking at the possible addition of weekend clinics at the Festhalle in Mount Angel once vaccine availability improves. “This has been one of the most rewarding things in my EMS career,” Fullmer said. “I’m very proud of what we’re doing.”


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May 2021 • 9

Something to Talk About

The time is now By Melissa Wagoner Weeks out from the official start of summer and fire experts are already warning Oregonians of another potentially difficult fire season. Which is why Carrie Berger, a fire program manager with the OSU Extension service, has recently partnered with both state and local agencies to launch a series of webinars titled, “Fire Aware. Fire Prepared,” to help get communities ready. “Last summer’s wildfire events impacted most Oregonians and we learned that everyone living in Oregon should be prepared for a wildfire emergency,” Berger said. Each webinar is offered both live – every Wednesday, now through June 16 from 12 to 1 p.m. – and recorded on the OSU Extension Service’s website. With topics ranging from how to assess personal fire risk to community-wide preparation and managing emergency resources. “By attending the series, each participant will have an increased knowledge and

Planning for future wildfires shouldn’t be delayed

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sources – especially those created by February’s ice storm. “I can imagine there are a lot of broken branches and/or downed trees,” Berger speculated. “Branches and downed trees are fuel and will burn in a wildfire. So, start early by trimming/cleaning up branches, cleaning roofs and gutters… and so much more.” Because many homes are not located in isolation, the actions of neighbors and other nearby community members can have an influence on overall fire danger as well. The best way to encourage cooperation is with respectful, open dialogue. “You could be the ‘spark’ your community needs to become a Firewise community,” Berger said. “Think about conducting a community risk assessment. The National Fire Protection Association offers a great online tutorial to evaluate your community’s strengths and vulnerabilities to wildfire. Also, check out your Community Wildfire Protection Plan – every county in Oregon should have a prepared plan.”

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Weekly Events Monday

SACA Food Pantry, 9 a.m. - noon,

SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. Repeats Thursdays. 503-873-3446, silvertonareacommunityaid.org

Mt. Angel Community & Senior Center Store, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 195 E Charles St.

Repeats Tuesday - Saturday. Volunteers needed. 503-845-6998 Mt. Angel Food Pantry, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Mt. Angel Community Center, 195 E Charles St. Repeats Wednesday. 503-845-6998 Silverton Senior Meals, 11:30 a.m. Delivery only. $3 donation suggested. Monday - Friday. For delivery, call Carol, 503-873-6906. Mt. Angel Senior Meals, 11:30 a.m. Delivery only. $3 donation suggested. Repeats Thursdays. For delivery, call Ginger, 503-845-9464.


Community Helpers Family Storytime,

10:30 a.m. Zoom. Join Mt. Angel Public Library librarian and a special guest for storytime, accompanying backpack. Age 2 - 6. For Zoom link, call 503-845-6401. Recordings posted at mtangelreads. readsquared.com. SACA Food Pantry, 4 - 7 p.m., SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. 503-873-3446, silvertonareacommunityaid.org Serenity Al-Anon Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Virtual Zoom meeting. Repeats 10 a.m. Saturdays. For Zoom link, call Barbara K, 503-269-0952.


Mission Benedict Food Pantry, 1 - 4 p.m., St.

Joseph Shelter, 925 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Repeats Friday. 503-845-2468

Mission of Hope Food Pantry, 2 - 4 p.m., Silver

Creek Fellowship, 822 Industry Way, Silverton. 503-873-7353

Daniel Plan Journey Video Series, 6:30 - 8 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship Church, 822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton. In-person or online at scf.tv/daniel.plan. Free. Open to public. Sheila, 503-409-4498

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Zooming Hummingbirds Storytime, 11:30

a.m. Zoom. In collaboration with Silver Falls Library District, storytime with songs, finger plays, accompanying Itty Bitty Book Club backpack. Age 0 - 4. For Zoom link, call 503-845-6401, 503-873-7633. Mediation & Shared Dialog, 7 - 8:30 p.m. All spiritual traditions welcome. Request invitation for virtual gathering by emailing compassionatepresence@yahoo.com.


Silverton Country Historical Society,

1 - 4 p.m., 428 S Water St., Silverton. Free admission. Repeats Sundays. 503-873-7070, silverton.museum@live.com


Shelter Silverton’s Rummage Sale 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sheltering Silverton, 812 McClaine St. Find new treasures and support a local nonprofit organization.

Oregon Crafters Market

11 a.m. - 6 p.m., 215 N Water St., Silverton. Local crafters and artists, live music, food and spirits. Entertainment is provided by Curtis Salgado and Alan Hager at 1 p.m. and Syco Billy´s String Band from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Repeats noon - 5 p.m. May 2 with entertainment from 2:30 - 5 p.m. by SandLynn. oregoncraftersmarket.com

Scotts Mills School Auction

Mt. Angel Public Library Mt. Angel Public Library is open 11 a.m. 5 p.m. Tuesday - Friday. Services include curbside hold pickup, browsing and computer use by appointment, book bundles for children, personalized shelf shopper, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. STEAM packets for grades 1 - 5 are distributed May 11 & 25. Teen Take & Makes for middle and high schoolers are distributed May 11. May Storywalk is the bi-lingual How Big Were Dinosaurs?/¿Qué tan grande eran los dinosaurios? by Lita Judge. Storywalk starts at the library´s front door. Follow the Dinosaur Sidewalk Obstacle Course to stomp ad roar.

Silverton Free Meals

Silver Falls School District offers no-cost meal service from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Mondays at all Silver Falls School District schools with food service. Meals for the rest of the week, Tuesday - Friday, are available from noon to 1 p.m. at Silverton High in the Grant Street turnaround on the east side of the school. All children ages 1- 18 are eligible. Silverfallsschools.org

Mt. Angel Free Meals

Mt. Angel School District offers free grab n go meals for children 1 - 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday - Friday at St. Mary’s Public School, 590 E College St., Mt. Angel . Meal delivery available by registering at masd91.org.

Saturday, May 1 May Day

Leave a paper basket or cone with spring flowers and sweets anonymously on someone’s doorstep. This tradition was popular through the 19th and 20th centuries, especially with children or sweethearts. The custom is to knock on the door, yell “May basket!,” and run.

11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., Ratchet Brewing, 990 N First St., Silverton. All are invited to come by anytime to eat, drink, bid on auction items, buy drawing tickets, spin the prize wheel. Ratchet Brewery donates $1 from each pint sold. 503-873-4394

World Labyrinth Day

1 p.m., Queen of Angels Monastery, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Celebrate World Labryinth Day and take steps for peace. A brief explanation of the Peace Walk on the labyrinth is at 12:45 p.m. Free. To register, call Sister Beyer, 503-845-2556.

Sunday, May 2 Puzzle Exchange

1 - 3 p.m., Mt. Angel Mercantile B&B, 495 E College St. New and used puzzles. Bring a puzzle and exchange it for a new-toyou one. Email: mary@maryfranklin.net.

Willamette Master Chorus Concert

3 p.m. YouTube. Willamette Master Chorus Spring concert. Link at willamettemasterchorus.org. Also May 16.

Monday, May 3 Silverton City Council

7 p.m., Silverton Community Center, 421 S Water St. Open to public. Also on Zoom. For login information, call 503-873-5321.

Mt. Angel City Council

7 p.m., Zoom. Open to public. Meeting link on the city’s website: ci.mt-angel.or.us

Tuesday, May 4 Oregon´s Dino-Story

Mt. Angel Public Library, 290 Church St. Interactive museum exhibit and hands-on activities at the library. Call 503-845-6401 to book a family time. Free. Runs through May 14. Mtangelpubliclibrary.com

Wednesday, May 5 Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862. In the United States, the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture.

Virtual Trivia Night

7 p.m. Zoom. Test your knowledge on a variety of topics. For information and Zoom invite, contact Ron Drake, 503-873-8796. Repeats May 19.

Scotts Mills City Council

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

Thursday, May 6 Virtual Short Story Group

7 p.m. Zoom. Short story discussion group. Discuss A Curious Experience by Mark Twain. For information and Zoom invite, contact Ron Drake, 503-873-8796.

Friday, May 7 Crazy Daze

10 a.m. - 7 p.m., downtown Silverton. City-wide bargains, sidewalk sales, crazy activities. Music, shopping. Repeats 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. May 8, noon - 5 p.m. May 9.

Hanging Basket Sale

2 - 4 p.m., Mt. Angel American Legion Hall, 740 E College St. Baskets are $35. Sponsored by American Legion Post 89 Ladies Auxiliary.

Sunday, May 9 Mother´s Day

In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.

Monday, May 10 Mt. Angel School District

6:30 p.m. Zoom. Open to public. Meeting link available at masd91.org.

Silver Falls School District

7 p.m. Zoom. Open to public. Meeting link at silverfallsschools.org. 503-873-5303

Tuesday, May 11 Ancesty Detectives

Caregiver Connection

10 a.m., Zoom. Dave Duncan leads discussion on using tax records for genealogical research. Contact David Stewart at jdstew@frontier.com for details. ancestrydetectives.org

2 - 3:30 p.m., Zoom. For caregivers 60 or older or caregivers 55 or older caring for an adult 18 years or older living with a disability. To join, visit https://nwsds. zoom.us/j/92235615586.

11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Silverton Elks Lodge, 300 High St. For an appointment, contact Carolyn at carolyn.leeper@redcross.org or 541-619-7878.

Red Cross Blood Drive

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Silverton Planning Commission

Dinos in the Park

7 p.m. Zoom. Open to public. Agenda available. For meeting login, call 503-874-2207. Silverton.us.or

11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Humbert Park, 400 Humpert St., Mt. Angel. Explore the history of dinos in Oregon, discover what makes a dino a dino, examine dinosaur fossils and more through hands-on exhibits, activities, take-home packets, prizes and a dino-snack. Free. Sponsored by Mt. Angel Public Library, Museum of Natural and Cultural History and STEM Week/Remake Learning Days of Oregon. Mtangelpubliclibrary.com

Saturday, May 15 Drive-Thru Breakfast

7:30 - 9:30 a.m., Marquam United Methodist Church, 36971 S Highway 213, Mt. Angel. Drive thru for a free breakfast. Open to all. 503-829-5061

Silverton Pet Parade

10 a.m. Silverton (County risk level permitting). Pets and their owners dressed in outrageous and fanciful costumes take part. All types of pets welcome. Children without pets are encouraged to dress in costume. No registration or fee to participate. Participants line up by category beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the staging area on Coolidge and Apple streets. Parade travels down Coolidge Street, along Main Street to First Street and ending at the old Eugene Field School site. Parade will be streamed live online. See silvertonpetparade.com for more information.

Book Talk

9:30 a.m. Zoom. The Great Influenza by John Barry. Open to all. Free. Contact Sr. Dorothy Jean Beyer to join. 503-845-2556, benedictinefoundation@gmail.com

Monday, May 17 Tax Day

Tax Day is the day on which individual income tax returns are due to be submitted to the federal government. This year’s returns must be postmarked no later than May 17.

Tuesday, May 18

Virtual Film Discussion

Silver Falls Library Book Club

7 p.m. Zoom. Discuss The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson. Everyone welcome. For information and Zoom invite, call 503-873-8796.

Wednesday, May 19 Mt. Angel Library Advisory Board

6:30 p.m. Zoom. Public welcome. Visit mtangelpubliclibrary.com for Zoom link. 503-845-6401

Thursday, May 20

Silver Falls Library Writers Group 7 p.m. Zoom. Share what you are working on or just listen in to see what others are writing. For iZoom invite, contact Ron Drake, 503-873-8796.

Adult Book Discussion Group

1 p.m. Zoom. Gather to discuss the memoir of a young teacher in the Alaskan wilderness, Tisha as told to Robert Specht. Copies and Zoom link available at the library. 503-845-6401.

Wednesday, May 26 Red Cross Blood Drive

1 - 6 p.m., Silverton High, 1456 Pine St. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org.


7 p.m. Zoom. Watch a film on Kanopy and join Silver Falls Library for a moderated discussion. For more information and Zoom invite, call Ron Drake, 503-873-8796.

Thursday, May 27 Online Civics Workshop

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. Take a look at the Constitution´s creation and structural limitations, trace major changes to its interpretation and develop a perspective that helps evaluate its meaning more thoughtfully. Space is limited; registration is required. Register at silverfallslibrary.org or call 503-873-8796.

Monday, May 31 Memorial Day

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

Memorial Day Service

9:30 a.m., Calvary Cemetery, Mount Angel. Patriotic and liturgical music, mass, placement of memorial wreath, reading of names of fallen, honor guard. All welcome. Bring your own lawn chairs. In case of rain service will take place at St. Mary Church.


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We’re putting HEALTH FIRST

Briefs Silver Falls School District names Melissa Linder Silver Crest principal

Lunaria reveals ‘Neo Geo’ in May

Lunaria Gallery presents Neo Geo, a show by Lunaria painter Jane Castelan Buccola and jeweler Dawn Hemstreet.

Silver Falls School District has announced the selection of Melissa Linder as the new principal for Silver Crest School and district assistant director of teaching and learning.

Buccola’s painting involves exploration, personal expression, play, experimentation with color as well as texture. She likes to bring mystery and an abiguousness to her work in order to allow the viewer to form their own interpretation.

Her first day will be July 1. Linder’s selection followed a process of community and staff input; a writing assessment; a case study analysis presentation; town hall sessions with community and staff members; and multiple interviews with senior district leadership.

This seal signifies that Cherriots has earned the

“National Health & Safety Seal of Commitment.”

Learn more at Cherriots.org/health Clean and safe transportation linking Salem to communities in Marion and Polk counties.

Hemstreet is drawn to Scandinavian modernist jewelry from the 1970s. She wanted to see if metal clay hollow forms could be created that would have modernist shapes as well as texture since most modernist jewelry was created without stones or texture.

“We are so excited to have Melissa Linder join our team in SFSD,” said Superintendent Scott Drue. “She is an instructional leader of the highest order. Melissa has a proven leadership track record of adding value to those she serves.”

Upstairs, The Loft Gallery presents three visiting artists: pastels by Deborah Alysoun, watercolors by by Robin Humelbaugh, and work by Lunaria Gallery intern Michael Ilisoi.

Linder served for 16 years in Seaside School District as a middle school language arts teacher, then as principal of Gearhart Elementary in Seaside. For the past seven years, she has worked as the director of curriculum and instruction for Astoria School District.

Meet the Artists opportunities are scheduled for: May 8, 2 - 4 p.m. (Hemstreet); May 15, 3 - 5 p.m. (Illisoi); May 22, 2 - 4 p.m. (Castelan Buccola); and May 29, Noon - 5 p.m. (Alysoun).

“I am thrilled to be able to join the Silver Crest students and staff and to be a part of a close-knit school community again,” Linder said. “I have missed being with students and can’t wait to contribute to the school and the district.”

Exhibits will be on display May 3 – 30. Lunaria is open 12 - 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays at 113 N. Water St., Silverton. More information at lunariagallery.com.

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MAY 2021

VOL. 11, ISSUE 2

Organic Gardening

By Brenna Wiegand

The fresh breezes and birdsong of May ring in the major planting time for Mid-Willamette Valley vegetable gardeners.

We now have the green light on planting all but the warm season crops; wait until late May before planting bean, corn, cucumber and melon seeds or putting out transplants of peppers, squash, eggplant and tomatoes. While each little 3-by-4-inch seed packet carries a wealth of information for growing that particular plant, they fail to address perhaps the most burning question on gardeners’ minds these days. While the benefits of growing organically are well known, doing so in one’s own backyard can seem a daunting task. Sure, it’s all well and good until slugs wipe out my basil transplants or the squash is inundated with whitefly! You cannot deny the visible boost my plants get from a little shot of fertilizer... And how in the world am I


supposed to clear a 100-square-foot patch of weeds so I can plant my vegetables – in just a couple of weeks?

Enter the art of composting – through the kitchen window.

The answers lay in baby steps. Like Rome, no organic gardener was built in a day. Rather, pursuing an allnatural approach is a lifetime journey of discovery fraught with both triumphs and failures.

A compost pile or bin will take your kitchen scraps like moldy bread and banana peels; lawn clippings and shredded leaves; dryer lint, coffee grounds and paper, spinning “black gold” from a real bunch of straw. Did you know that 30 to 50 percent of all household waste is compostable? Composting is a world unto itself that we will likely explore further in these pages to come. Do not expect instant results, but with a little help on your part, as devotees say, “Compost Happens.” It just does.

Organic gardening starts from the ground up – literally. The more complete the soil, the fewer synthetic amendments are required; the greater the health of its plants and the nutrition they supply. Rather than “treat the symptom rather than the disease,” focus on providing your soil with what it needs to become its own ecosystem: a culture where microbes churn away; worms happily create networks of aerating tunnels; good insects feast on weeds seeds and bad bugs and where beneficial fungi form a symbiotic relationship with plant roots. What a beautiful symphony!

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devastating countless other helpful critters in their wake. Rather, nature is a slow building-up and breaking-down – a dance demanding of its participants focus, observation – and patience. It helps to look ahead… • To healthier plants that naturally crowd out the weeds and are better equipped to fight off bug and disease attacks; • To delightful new visitors: butterflies, dragonflies, songbirds, ladybugs, praying mantis and others who serve as bouncers to your unwanted guests; and, • To eating vegetables that are free of chemicals – or becoming so by degrees. • To using less water since your soil will become better able to retain moisture. Some simple efforts, such as keeping your garden clean of debris, having well-drained soil and proper watering will eradicate a lot of disease. However, the plethora of organic products and approaches in the here and now can be both baffling and conflicting – is it worth the trouble? No matter what, bad insects and weeds will never be fully under control, and it is up to you to seek out and test specific techniques for dealing with particular problems.

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Do not trust every homemade remedy you hear or read about; such concoctions are sometimes geared less toward a holistic organic approach than as a means of saving money. Garlic oil concoctions, like many synthetic herbicides, are non-selective, meaning they kill beneficial insects – like ladybugs, natural predators of aphids – just as easily as it does the others. Homemade vinegar and salt herbicide sprays can do more damage to the microbes in your soil than chemical fertilizers. Many times the answer can be as simple as taking a spray bottle of water to a gang of aphids or stalking the garden at dusk, plucking bugs from plants and dropping them into a container of soapy water.

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You may choose to experiment with some of the intriguing, old-fashioned methods like companion planting, crop rotation and even planting by the phases of the moon. The better attuned to the rhythms of nature in your garden, you will start noticing the way of things. You will be the first to know that cabbage moths are scouting your seedlings – and have the presence of mind to run down to the fabric store for some cheap tulle with which to drape them!

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If you neglected properly cleaning and storing your garden tools last year, it’s not too late. Halt corrosion, dry, splintery handles and dullness by taking a little time to care for these faithful gardening friends. 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. 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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in beans and lettuce, maggot in radishes. Control can involve hand removal, placing barrier screen over newly planted rows, or spraying or dusting with registered pesticides, labeled for use on the problem plant. Read and follow label directions when using insecticides.

PLAN & PREPARE Prepare and prime irrigation system for summer. Place pheromone traps in apple trees to detect presence of codling moth. Plan a control program of sprays, baits, or predators if found.

Tiny holes in foliage and shiny, black beetles on tomato, beets, radishes, and potato indicate flea beetle attack. Treat with Neem, tBt-s, or use nematodes for larvae. Read and follow label directions when using insecticides.

If needed, fertilize rhododendrons and azaleas with acid-type fertilizer. If established and healthy, their nutrient needs should be minimal. Remove spent blossoms. PLANT Plant dahlias, gladioli, and tuberous begonias in mid-May. Plant chrysanthemums for fall color. When selecting new roses, choose plants labeled for resistance to diseases. Fertilize roses and control rose diseases such as mildew with a registered fungicide. Plant most vegetables now; check with local gardeners. Use a soil thermometer to help you know when to plant vegetables. Wait until the soil is consistently above 70 degrees F to plant tomatoes, squash, melons, peppers and eggplant.

Prevent root maggots when planting cole crops (cabbage, broccoli, collards and kale), by covering with row covers or screens, or by applying appropriate insecticides. PUT PESTS OUT Manage weeds while small and actively growing with light cultivation or

herbicides. Once the weed has gone to bud, herbicides are less effective. Trap moles and gophers as new mounds appear. Leaf-rolling worms may affect apples and blueberries. Prune off and destroy affected leaves. Monitor aphids on strawberries and ornamentals. If present, control options include washing off with water, hand removal, or using registered insecticides labeled for the problem plant. Follow all label directions. Promoting natural enemies (predators and parasitoids that eat or kill insects) is a longer-term solution for insect control in gardens.

Monitor rhododendrons, azaleas, primroses and other broadleaf ornamentals for adult root weevils. Look for fresh evidence of feeding (notching at leaf edges). Try sticky trap products on plant trunks to trap adult weevils. Protect against damaging the bark by applying the sticky material on a 4-inch wide band of poly sheeting or burlap wrapped around the trunk. Mark plants now and supply beneficial nematodes when soil temps are above 55 degrees F. If root weevils are a consistent problem, consider removing plants and choosing weevil-resistant varieties. Control slugs with bait or traps and by removing or mowing vegetation near garden plots.

Spittlebugs may appear on ornamental plants as foam on stems. In most cases, they don’t require management. If desired, wash off with water or use insecticidal soap as a contact spray. Read and follow label directions.

Oregon State University Extension Service encourages sustainable gardening practices. Always identify and monitor problems before acting. First, consider cultural controls; then physical, biological and chemical controls (which include insecticidal soaps, horticultural oils, botanical insecticides, organic and synthetic pesticides). Always consider the least-toxic approach first.

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We wholeheartedly endorse Melissa Seifer Briggs for Silver Falls School Board. Melissa is an experienced attorney, most recently with the Oregon Judicial Department, and a Silverton native. She and her husband, David Briggs, have five young children, ages 12 to 3. Melissa is devoted to all children, especially those who may be disadvantaged or at risk. The depth and breadth of her experience with public schools is so impressive - Melissa is all in when it comes to students.

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Melissa brings important legal expertise to the board, and has a long track record of volunteerism in the district. Her leadership on the Long Range Facilities Planning Committee and as president of the Mark Twain Parent Teacher Club are just two examples of her involvement. When there is a need, Melissa is the first to step up. Silver Falls School District will be incredibly fortunate to benefit from Melissa’s skill set, experience and perspective.

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Melissa’s priorities for our school district include: • A safe return to full-time school, including facility upgrades

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I want to express my support for Stephanie Mantie for a position on the Silver Falls School Board. She has the intellect and background that would greatly benefit our school district at this time.   Stephanie has been actively involved in our local schools and has built solid relationships with our diverse community. She believes that the school district needs to be an active partner with our parents in providing the education to our students.   Stephanie will provide a fresh voice and perspective as the district moves back to full in-person learning and moves beyond this troubling time for our district.

• Hiring and retaining diverse staff • Equity in programming and resources • Transparent decision-making and effective communication • Common-ground, common-sense, and fiscally minded solutions

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Silverton Service Integration Team welcomes more participation

By Melissa Wagoner

Community Service Integration Teams (SIT)

What happens when a graduating senior can’t afford a class ring? What about when a mom needs new tires for her car in order to transport her sick child to medical appointments – is there funding for that? And if there is, where does it come from?

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These are only two examples of a myriad of unique funding situations that the Silverton Service Integration Team (SIT) has dealt with during its short history as a resource to both the Silverton and Mount Angel communities. But they serve to demonstrate the way that many community needs – shoes for a child who would like to participate in sports, tuition for a literacy class or transportation to a medical appointment – might fall outside of the very specific funding provisions most non-profit organizations are subject to. “We don’t have as many restrictions as most of the other programs,” Silverton SIT Coordinator Kayla Burdine said. That is largely because Silverton SIT is not one entity but rather a conglomeration of many community partners – SACA, the Salvation Army and the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency, to name but a few. “SIT is a collaboration of knowledge,” Burdine said. “It can range from community members, business owners, churches, city and county health officials, the City of Silverton and DHS – those all have representatives. We all get together and if anyone, like Sheltering Silverton, has a client they are working with and they’ve hit a wall in resources, they can bring it to the team. The benefit is that knowledge sharing base.” That sharing of knowledge and resources, more often than not, can preclude the need for additional subsidy. “Someone brought the funding for that [class] ring to the SIT group…” Burdine said, recalling one of the many situations in which a SIT volunteer was able to provide necessary funds or materials without tapping into the organization’s resources. As for the tires required to get the mother’s car back on the road? Those too were volunteer-provided. “A member said, ‘I have a new set of tires in my

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garage. Let’s see if they fit,’” Burdine recalled. And they did. But all problems don’t have such simple fixes. Which is why, when the COVID19 pandemic hit, a neighboring SIT program – Santiam SIT, which is based in the Santiam Canyon – was compelled to develop an entirely new arm of the group: SIT Mobile. “SIT mobile serves those with weakened immune systems, the senior population, those quarantined, and households whose income has been impacted by the pandemic,” the description on the website reads. When contacted, mobile volunteers are dispatched to deliver household needs, food and prescription refills to the doorstep of those less-mobile members of the community. “In addition, SIT in September expanded services to meet the unexpected needs from the Beachie Creek Fire,” according to the website. Now, due to funding received for additional employees, Santiam SIT also offers transportation, housing support and, in some cases, the replacement of medical equipment. “They pulled together and did amazing things for the canyon,” Burdine said of Santiam SIT’s efforts throughout 2020. “The amount of money they raised for that area was impressive.”


Composed of three teams – Cascade, North Santiam and Santiam Canyon – the Santiam SIT organization is robust, partially owing to funding from Santiam Hospital and the Santiam School District, which has enabled the organization to hire full-time SIT Coordinator Melissa Baurer. “She’s done an amazing job,” Burdine said, including often acting as a “sounding board” for Burdine as she spearheaded the creation of Silverton SIT – originally Silverton Task Force – in 2020. “We had 14 people at our last meeting and in January or February it was 22 or 23,” Burdine said of Silverton SIT’s current reach, which, compared to Santiam SIT at 150 members spread out over the three teams – still has a ways to go. “I hope someday that we’ll have that many members and that active an input in town,” she said. Which is why Burdine is hoping more community members will join the team – either by attending a virtual meeting, held the first Wednesday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. or else by signing up for the mailing list. “Team Members… are boots on the ground working alongside families and individuals,” Santiam SIT Coordinator

Baurer said, stressing the necessity for a diverse team. “When they hear of a need (rental assistance, PE shoes for a child, electrical assistance, well repair, etc.) the team member collects as much information as possible about the situation and then contacts other team members – who they have relationships with due to the team meetings – to see how best to support the family.” “We need bodies and knowledge,” Burdine confirmed. “That’s the biggest thing.” Santiam SIT is looking for more involvement as well, specifically from volunteers who can provide assistance to those moving back into the canyon, who have a working knowledge of FEMA, or who can aid those looking for rental housing. “Many survivors of the wildfire have housing vouchers but there is a low volume of rentals available in the Santiam area,” Baurer explained. “If landlords would like to learn more about Santiam SIT to see how they may be able to partner with us we would appreciate it. We also are looking for operation funds to help with the staff that we have hired to provide disaster case management and support services.”

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Trail Keepers of Oregon expands its mission to Silver Falls Trail Keepers of Oregon

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“We do trail maintenance and repair for state parks and national parks,” volunteer and Silver Falls State Park Crew Leader Arthur Mills explained. “The people who started it were a bunch of hikers working on an abandoned trail on Mt. Hood.”

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“It was a small organization until the Eagle Creek fire and then it really grew,” Mills said. “It’s amazing how many entities are in the Gorge.”

Falls, he was at Milo McIver State Park, so we got to know one another,” Mills said of the impetus for the partnership, which has TKO crews working on the new Centennial Trail, as well as completing overall maintenance of the outer Canyon Trail. “He knew the quality of work we do and was excited.”

But TKO is not consigned solely to the Columbia Gorge and Mt. Hood, trail parties have also been held in parks along the Oregon Coast and in the wilds of the Eagle Cap Wilderness.

That quality stems from the volunteers, many of whom, like Mills, become lifelong members.

“They’re trying to expand to other areas of the state and not be so Portlandcentric,” Mills explained.

“It’s an experience,” Mills said of the trail parties. “You get to come out and appreciate being outside… And the people at the parks are always so appreciative.”

Which is why, in 2020 TKO began exploring opportunities at Silver Falls State Park. “There’s an infinite amount of work,” Mills – who quickly became the weekday Crew Leader at Silver Falls due to his proximity (he lives 15 minutes from the park), his familiarity with the staff and the experience he’s gained in the past four years – said.

“Our priorities are safety first, have some fun and get some work done,” Mills said.

Hard hats, gloves and tools are provided, along with first aid kits in case of an emergency. And while no special skills are required, volunteers under 18 must have a parent present or a signed consent form to join. “They’re very supportive,” Mills said of






“We want people outside and enjoying it. It’s all volunteer, so you work at your own pace.”

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May 2021 • 17

Remembering Tom Dill

The Friends of Silver Falls State Park, and the community at large, have lost a dedicated and much-loved volunteer. Tom Dill passed on April 4, 2021. He will be ever so greatly missed by all.

Tom spent many hours at the Park as a Trail Ambassador, Nature Store Volunteer, and supporter of the preservation of the Stone Shelter. He and his wife Ann Marie were at every event at the Park helping out and spreading good camaraderie. He served on the Board of Directors, often offering a fresh point of view. In addition to all that he volunteered at Willamette Heritage Center as a restorer of the SP caboose there. He was employed as an engineer for Southern Pacific – and built the most amazing model train set up in his home! Tom and Ann Marie participated in the Adopt-a-Road program and volunteered regularly at their church. Tom was truly invested in his community in so many ways. The Friends wish to extend warm thoughts to Tom’s extended family – he was loved by all and shall be extremely missed. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, May 15 at 11:00 a.m. Capacity is very limited due to COVID. We encourage you to join us via livestream at: www.facebook.com/StPaulSilvertonOregon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

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May 3, 1945 – April 10, 2021

Cruz Arce, 75 passed away on April 10, 2021, at her residence with family by her side.

Cortez, and Jesus Antonio Garza; 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren with two on the way; siblings Antonio Garza, Jose Arce, Susie Guarjardo, Juan Arce, Juanita Leach, Antonio Arce Jr. and Una Arce.

She was born in Edinburg, Texas on May 5, 1945, to Antonio Arce and Maria Magdalena Perez. She was the second oldest of 12 children.

Cruz was preceded in death by two grandchildren, her parents, and siblings Ofelia Arce, Alma Benavidez, Olivia Garcia, Margaret Arce, and Rudy Arce.

Cruz enjoyed family time, dancing and cooking for the family. Cruz is survived by her children: Nora Benavidez, Deanida Benavidez, Francisco Benavidez, Sara Benavidez, Dora Linda

Cruz will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Jerome Francis Donahe Aug. 14, 1937 – April 17, 2021 Jerome Francis (Jerry or J. F.) Donahe, of Silverton, passed in the early morning hours of April 17 in Salem, Oregon. He was born Aug. 14, 1937, in Chicago, Illinois to Bernard Anthony and Thelma Sophia (Follesvold) Donahe. An older sister, Joanne, greeted him and he was followed by a younger sister, Selene. At the age of 11, he moved with his family to Sweet Home, Oregon, where he graduated from high school. He served as senior class president, was active in the music program, and lettered in football, basketball and baseball. After attending Pacific Lutheran University (where he played football and baseball), he worked for a short time at Boeing, living near Seattle, and then enjoyed a very prosperous career in financial services with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance and Thrivent Lutheran Brotherhood while living in West Linn and Lake Oswego. He married Sharon Julian in 1961 and together raised two sons, Terence Anthony and Lawrence Patrick. He supported his sons’ athletic endeavors by coaching their various sport teams and cheering for them. He enjoyed fishing and camping. After a divorce, Jerry moved back to Sweet Home. In 2006, he married Janet (Mauer) Casad

and they enjoyed travel in their RV to the Oregon coast, numerous national parks and monuments, and his favorite locations to “dry camp” in the mountains. He particularly enjoyed visiting Clear Lake. He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Janet Donahe of Silverton; sons, Terry Donahe of Lake Oswego and Larry (Michelle) Donahe of Hutchinson, Minnesota; grandchildren Trey, Cole, and Audrey Donahe; former wife Sharon Donahe of Lake Oswego; sister Selene Estep of McMinnville; sister Joanne Van Dyck of Beaverton; stepchildren Emily (Thomas) Sims of San Marcos, Texas and Timothy (Jennifer) Casad of Jefferson, Oregon; stepgrandchildren Benjamin and Breyanna Casad; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family thanks the caring staff of Sweet Bye N Bye in Salem and Willamette Valley Hospice for their support and care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Willamette Valley Hospice. Given the continuing pandemic, the family will not be holding a service at this time. He died of non-COVID related causes. Arrangements by Unger Funeral Chapel – Silverton, Oregon.

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Softball 5 p.m. Dallas @ Silverton

Boys Golf 12:30 p.m. Silverton @ Cross Creek Golf Course Girls Golf 1 p.m. Silverton @ Springhill Golf Course Girls & Boys Tennis 4 p.m. Silverton @ Crescent Valley Baseball 4:30 p.m. Salem Academy @ Kennedy 5 p.m. Silverton @ West Albany Softball 5 p.m. West Albany @ Silverton

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Friday, May 7 Baseball 4:30 p.m. Kennedy @ Western Christian 5 p.m. Central @ Silverton Softball 5 p.m. Silverton @ Central

Tuesday, May 4 Softball 4:30 p.m. Kennedy @ Colton

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Baseball 5:30 p.m. Kennedy @ Umpqua Valley Christian

Baseball 4:30 p.m. Kennedy @ Salem Academy 5 p.m. Silverton @ Dallas

Boys Tennis 4 p.m. Silverton @ McNary Girls Tennis 4 p.m. Sprague @ Silverton Baseball 4:30 p.m. Western Christian @ Kennedy 5 p.m. Silverton @ Crescent Valley Boys Golf TBD. Silverton @ Trysting Tree Golf Course

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Baseball 2:30 p.m. Culver @ Kennedy (DH) Boys & Girls Track & Field 3:30 p.m. Silverton @ South Albany

Girls Tennis 4 p.m. Silverton @ Central Softball 5 p.m. Corvallis @ Silverton

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COVID lessons

Foxes football coach looks back

Weird high school football season, wasn’t it? Games in March and April. COVID postponements. The record shows that Silverton finished 3-2, while having its annual showdown with West Albany postponed because of a Silverton outbreak. But it was a season full of highlights and accomplishment, said fourth-year head coach Josh Craig. “Highlights would be how mentally tough the team stayed through all the adversity and the positive attitudes they exhibited,” Craig said. “We played a tough schedule, which was really good for us I think and the guys embraced that. We also hung tough during a very shaky offseason and other challenges throughout a wacky year.” Craig gave the credit to his players. “They really didn’t let the COVID challenges become a hindrance on our focus. We had a week where we had to practice with a third of our guys missing due to a COVID exposure, and we just took it in stride. I never had to field any complaints or belly aching from any of

practicing in some capacity since April of last year, so they need to not think about football for a little bit. But we’ll get it going in June and will hit the weight room hard in the summer.”

them, which to me says the world about their character as young men, to be able to have things going against them continuously and just keep on going.” Craig noted the April 2 cancellation of the West Albany game as a low point. “That was one of the tougher things I’ve gone through as a coach because I felt that I could have prevented it even though we followed all the right protocols to a T, and I’ve stressed COVID safety since day one. But I learned a terrific lesson in flexibility and taking things in stride this season.” Craig is giving his squad the spring off so the athletes can play other sports “and just get a break in general. We had been

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Craig said he took pride in the fact that amid COVID there were more than 100 players in the program and the Foxes were able to field three teams, a rarity this season. “I’m fired up for next year... It should be a very fun fall.” Kennedy turnaround: Monday, April 12, the Kennedy baseball squad, which includes 13 members of the football team, participated in a jamboree at Toledo. Since Wednesday, April 14, the team immediately began to show the same dominance. Through April 26, Kennedy is 6-0 overall and 4-0 in Special District 2 and has outscored its opponents 87-6. “Yeah, it’s been crazy, football done on a Friday and we played a game Monday,” coach Kevin Moffatt said. “Not the typical pre-season to get arms in shape,

Western Christian and Culver also are undefeated in District 2, with the Trojans starting four consecutive games against the two schools May 7. The Kennedy softball team, meanwhile, also is undefeated and has outscored its opponents 82-0 in its five wins. The Trojans’ squad features five players from their unbeaten volleyball team, but unlike with baseball, there were six days between the final volleyball match and the first softball game. Follow me on Twitter.com @jameshday.

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A Grin at the End


Ideas to solve the world’s problems

It’s been a busy year for the researchers here at Sampson Laboratories (motto: You can never do too much useless stuff).

things up with a duck call built into your mask. This would be especially good for trips to quiet places like the library. In a room with dozens of people wearing masks, finding the one with the duck call would be all but impossible.

One of our intrepid scientists is coming up with an easier way to make carbon fiber parts for airplanes. I’m not really sure how it was supposed to work but I think it involves using Bungee cords to tie 40 microwave ovens to the plane’s wing and using the “defrost” mode. As Elon Musk says, “Every time we blow something up we learn something.” That being the case, we’re learning lots of stuff. My latest initiative – that’s researcher talk – is developing a device that will immediately put out forest fires. After last year, boy howdy, do we need something like that. Sending bunches of people into the forest with shovels just isn’t getting it done. That’s where the Water Bomb comes into play. I can’t go into details because the patent hasn’t yet been granted, but it involves a weather balloon, a helicopter and a stick of dynamite. I’m looking forward to testing it this summer – and so are the neighbors. Like every other researcher worth his – or her – pocket protector, we’ve been up to our beakers in COVID-19. While Big Pharma has hogged the spotlight with their

so-called vaccines, we at Sampson Laboratories were developing a cure for it. Instead of using a bunch of drugs and stuff, we decided to go the metaphysical route. It involved closing our eyes really tight and wishing COVID would go away. I personally tried it, because so many politicians were trying the same thing. It didn’t work, but no matter. I should have known that politics and science don’t mix. Other COVID-related experiments were much more successful. Most people don’t like masks, right? What if I could invent a mask that was actually useful – beyond keeping viruses out, I mean. With the right design, those pesky masks could be used for all sorts of things. For one, if you’re in a meeting that gets to be even more boring than usual, you could liven

But there’s an even more utilitarian use for masks. I present the patent-pending Snacker-Mask. Inside it is a dispenser for M&Ms. That way, when I’m in some interminable meeting – I go to a lot of meetings – all I have to do is tap the side of my Snacker-Mask and an M&M will shoot into my mouth. The deluxe model not only dispenses M&Ms but peanut butter and jelly. If a candy company were on the ball, it would sell masks pre-loaded with candy, chips or even miniature cupcakes. What could be more American than promoting public health and junk food at the same time? Then there’s the mask that we here at Sampson Laboratories call The Ultimate. With minor modifications your mask will dispense a bacon cheeseburger, but that mechanism is yet to be perfected. The dill pickle and beer dispenser are proving to be a challenge. Carl Sampson is a freelance writer and editor. He lives in Stayton.

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GARY SPRAUER ROOFING AND REMODELING Bonded and Insured 541-926-3900 and 503-989-0368. CCB# 123198 GOT STUFF U WANT GONE? From yard debris to scrap metal-From garage sale leftovers to rental clear outs. We repurpose, recycle, reuse or donate what we can. Call and find out what we can do for you. $20 minimum. Keith 503-502-3462 EASY GO YARD CARE Specializing in clean-ups that can be followed up by a maintenance plan that is specific to your needs. Discounts available for Seniors, Vets and First

Responders. Call today for a FREE estimate. Pedro Aguirre 971-388-6305. VISIONS CLEANING Invision coming home to a clean sanitized home! Let Visions House Cleaning wearing gloves and masks do the hard work. $75-$100. Excellent references. 503-9892370. Email at landrider007@gmail.com JESSE’S LAWN SERVICE & HANDYMAN Pruning, edging, trimming, blackberry cleaning, gutter cleaning, arborvitae, moss treatment, yard clean-up, haul-away. 503-871-7869


WANTED NEEDY FEET! Toe nails need cutting? Corns, Calluses, Ingrown nails? Will come to your home. Call Carol RN at 503-910-3122.

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Kirsten Barnes Broker 873-3545 ext. 326

Micha Christman Office Manager 873-1425

Becky Craig Principal Broker, GRI 873-3545 ext. 313

Sarah Graves Office Manager 873-3545 ext. 300

Michael Schmidt Principal Broker GRI 873-3545 ext. 314

Sheila Sitzman Broker 873-3545 ext. 302


Whitney Ulven Broker 503-873-3545 ext. 320

Mike Ulven Broker 503-873-3545 ext. 312

Chuck White Broker 873-3545 ext. 325

Meredith Wertz Broker, GRI 873-3545 ext. 324

Ryan Wertz Broker, GRI 873-3545 ext. 322

Mason Branstetter Principal Broker, GRI 873-3545 ext. 303

Marcia! #T2633 BEAUTIFUL HOUSE $440,000 Beautiful house conveniently

located just outside of downtown Silverton. Bright and open floor plan with large entry. Kitchen pantry and extra storage through-out. Office desk area off of kitchen. Large utility room. Great master upstairs. Slider opens up to back covered deck overlooking large fenced yard. Back lot with street entry. Quick access to Oregon Gardens, downtown, grocery stores, and parks. So many great features. Call Becky at ext. 313 (WVMLS#771314)

#T2662 ONE OF A KIND!! $699,999

#T2646 HWY 213 $149,500

This house has so many great features. 3 roomy bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. Each room is controlled by radiant flooring. There is nothing this house is missing. Listen to the fountain in the sitting room. Watch the koi in the backyard with the Abbey as a backdrop. Go to work in the 30x30 shop with lift. Hang out in the 50x35 hanger. Watch a movie in the theater. Play pool in the game room. BBQ in the BBQ room. Then unwind in the hot tub. What more could you possibly ask for?? Call Becky at ext. 313 (WVMLS#776017)

Lot currently being used Conditional Commercial use, zoned Residential (RRFF-5). Great location for Hwy 213 frontage, lot located in downtown Marquam. Existing structure is 24 x 36ft with power and telephone. Call Meredith at ext 324 or Ryan at ext. 322 (WVMLS#773365)

Thank you for your 32 years of outstanding Real Estate Service to the Silverton Community. Enjoy your retirement knowing that your clients will still continue to get that first class service here at Silverton Realty!



SILVERTON #T2633 BEAUTIFUL HOUSE 4 BR, 3 BA 2652 sqft Call Becky at ext. 313 $440,000 (WVMLS#770942) #T2645 HAS IT ALL 3 BR, 2 BA 2200 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $519,900 (WVMLS#773462)

#T2644 NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION 3 BR, 2.5 BA 1915 sqft Call Chuck at ext. 325 $550,000 (WVMLS#773367) PENDING – #T2647 MOVE-IN READY 3 BR, 2.5 BA 2295 sqft Call Michael at ext. 314 $490,000 (WVMLS#773898)

#T2649 GREAT STARTER HOME 3 BR, 2 BA 1256 sqft Call Michael at ext. 314 $324,900 (WVMLS#774398)

SILVERTON SOLD! – #T2650 SPECTACULAR HOME 4 BR, 2.5 BA 2881 sqft Call Chuck at ext. 325 $599,900 (WVMLS#774434) #T2655 AMAZING LOCATION 3 BR, 2.5 BA 2209 sqft 1.96 Acres Call Sheila at ext. 302 $669,000 (WVMLS#774491) #T2654 WONDERFUL SILVERTON HEIGHTS 4 BR, 2.5 BA 3429 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $568,500 (WVMLS#775012)

NEW! – #T2659 VICTORIAN HOME 3 BR, 1.5 BA 1408 sqft Call Michael at ext. 314 $324,900 (WVMLS#775990)

COUNTRY/ACREAGE #T2655 AMAZING LOCATION 3 BR, 2.5 BA 2209 sqft 1.96 Acres in Silverton. Call Sheila at ext. 302 $669,000 (WVMLS#774491)

NEW! – #T2662 ONE OF A KIND 3 BR, 3.5 BA 3670 sqft 2.5 Acres Call Becky at ext. 313 $699,999 (WVMLS#776017)

BARELAND/LOTS #T2646 HWY 213 .30 Acres Molalla. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $149,500 (WVMLS#773635)

#T2651 SILVERTON WEBB LAKE FRONTAGE .23 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $129,900 (WVMLS#774739)

MT. ANGEL #T2642 CLASSIC OLDER HOME 4 BR, 1 BA 1984 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $398,900 (WVMLS#773013)

#T2657 SINGLE LEVEL HOME 3 BR, 2 BA 2001 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $379,800 (WVMLS#775384)


2 BR, 1.5 BA 1151 sqft Call Becky at ext. 313 $312,000 (WVMLS#775858)

MOLALLA #T2646 HWY 213 .30 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $149,500



BA 1125 sqft. Keizer. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $226,600 (WVMLS#775517)

OREGON CITY #T2656 CLASSIC BUNGALOW 2 BR, 1 BA 1984 sqft Call Whitney at ext. 320 or Mike at ext. 312 $355,200 (WVMLS#775415) BROKERS ARE LICENSED IN OREGON

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