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There’s never been a better time to go to the theater – at least according to Rachelle Gonterman – manager of the Silverton Palace Theater.
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“COVID has everybody tired of being cooped up at home,” she said. “But a lot of people don’t know we’re open.”
“We want people to be comfortable,” Rachelle said. She noted that eventually she also hopes to serve beer and wine as well as food.
Taking over the theater in October 2020, Rachelle and her husband, Erik, had yet to show a single movie until April 9 when they screened The Croods: A New Age as their grand opening feature.
“We’re taking every other row out and putting in tables.” In the meantime, with the seemingly ever-changing COVID restrictions, the Gontermans are simply doing their best to keep the doors open.
“The feedback we’ve gotten is really positive,” Rachelle said. Noting that for the past four months she and Erik have worked seven days a week renovating the space with fresh paint and a completely new candy store themed snack bar. “I was just Googling 1934, and in that period the candy store was a huge thing and it was combined with theaters,” Rachelle said. She added that, whenever possible she and Erik are attempting to stick to the retro-theme both in décor and in function. “We’ve got a lot of ideas,” she added.
“We’re not eligible for any grants,” Rachelle said. “And it’s hard because the bills don’t stop.” Erik and Rachelle Gonterman behind the Palace snack bar with 18-month-old Vivianna Gonterman. MELISSA WAGONER
Theatergoers may notice the addition of a stage. It will function as a home for dance recitals, stand-up comedy and live music. It is already under construction thanks to a grant from the City of Silverton. The Gontermans are also planning to upgrade the seating, too.
So, the couple has gotten creative, showing movies – often four times a day when an audience is allowed – and opening the candy store for the sale of popcorn, snow cones and cotton candy when it is not. “We’ve got hope,” Rachelle said. “Because we just love Silverton. It’s one of the last small towns left where you have a real sense of community.”
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A welcoming spirit By Melissa Wagoner For those who have missed their favorite Oktoberfest treats during the past 16 months, now is your chance to indulge, as the Benedictine Brewery in Mount Angel hosts a line-up of iconic Oktoberfest food carts this summer. “Part of our mission is helping the community,” brewery manager Nicole McCall said of the impetus to invite the booths. The majority are run by nonprofits that traditionally rely heavily on the funds raised during the annual festival. “It’ll help the booths,” McCall confirmed. “And they need the help.” There are five organizations scheduled to rotate over summer weekends from midMay through Labor Day. Each offers its own unique menu – ranging from traditional German brats to corn dogs and hamburgers. Organizers say the booths will add a festive air to the brewery’s extensive outdoor dining space.
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“I’m looking forward to working with the booths,” McCall said. She has managed the brewery since the spring of 2020. “It’s a neat group of people.” The carts will also complement the brewery’s line of ten authentic German beers, brewed on-site by Father Martin Grassel from hops grown on Abbey land and water from the monks’ well. “He has such a passion for brewing beer,” McCall said. “This is really his baby.” For those not fond of beer, the brewery also serves locally sourced Bauman’s Cider and Paradis Vineyards wine. “We have something for everybody’s pallet,” McCall said. And now, with the addition of food carts representing nonprofit groups, the brewery has food to fit everyone’s tastes as well. “With the Benedictine people it’s all about welcoming,” McCall said.
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The mission of the Silverton Arts Association has long been to further the arts through education, promotion and exhibition.
“We’re hoping to attract a broader patronage as well as a broader audience,” Craig said. “And that’s what we’re hoping for with this expanded view of art and our festival. Which is why, despite what’s happened with COVID, we’re energized.”
“But we’re struggling,” board member Harold Wood admitted. “Everyone is underground in their basement.” In short, 2020 was a tough year for artists. “With the pandemic, we lost our stage,” Wood said. “There’s no show-and-tell anymore. I think a lot of artists do what they do to show people, I have value, I’m creative. And then when you put the pandemic into it, that diminishes.”
Along with the change to the festival’s name, the group also plans to revamp its art classes, eventually offering a line of virtual classes thanks to a $13,000 grant. “We’re trying to find out more about – what is the interest in Silverton?” Craig noted. “Let’s expand it and do what people want to do.”
Already a struggling entity prior to the pandemic, current restrictions – the elimination of gallery shows, classes and the annual summer art festival in 2020 – nearly dealt the final blow to an organization whose membership has been on a steady decline.
In the meantime, the Arts Association is focused on the upcoming festival, which will feature artists’ booths, demonstrations, live music and a food court.
“What’s happened with COVID has been a real opportunity because it exposed where we’re dying,” Wood said.
“It’s juried, quality art,” Craig said. “But we’re not limiting it.”
What is needed, the board recently decided, is a more inclusive view of what art actually is.
Artist, vendor and membership applications are all available on the Arts Association’s website at silvertonarts.org, along with more information about vendor qualifications and membership benefits.
“There are lots of ways people are expressing art,” fellow board member Joe Craig pointed out. In order to further this new premise, the Arts Association has changed the name of the upcoming summer festival – which will be held on Aug. 21 and 22 at Coolidge-McClaine Park – from the Silverton Fine Arts Festival to the Silverton Art Festival. It’s an important distinction, according to
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Mt. Angel board names finalists for district’s next superintendent After completing a multi-state search that began with 26 applicants and included an application screening and initial round of interviews, the Mt. Angel School District’s Board of Directors has announced two finalists have been selected for further consideration to be the next superintendent for the district. The public is invirted to meet the candidates May 17, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at Kennedy High School, 890 E. Marquam St., Mt. Angel. The candidates are:
Allen Barber Barber has worked in the Eagle Point School District since 2007. He has held a variety of roles including Middle and High School Principal as well as Human Resource Director for eight of those 14 years. In 2006 he was named the Oregon Symphony Music Educator of the Year. Barber earned his master’s degree in Music from Western Kentucky University and his administrative credentials from Southern Oregon University.
Rachel Stucky Since 2016 Stucky has been the Chief Academic Officer for the Sweet Home School District. Prior to that she was the Director of Teaching and Learning for two years. Before arriving in Sweet Home, Stucky was the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Tigard-Tualatin School District three years, and at Salem-Keizer School District was an Elementary School
Principal for 12 years and a Middle School Principal for three years. Stucky received her master’s degree in Educational Policy, Foundations and Administration from Portland State University and holds a Professional Administrative license with the State of Oregon. The School Board is conducting reference checks, and each finalist plans to participate in “A Day in the Community” on the 17th. During the event, staff, students, and members of the community will have an opportunity to meet and ask questions of both candidates. At the high school “Community Meet and Greet” each candidate will have 30 minutes to introduce themselves and respond to questions. Spanish language interpreters will be in attendance. Participants can share thoughts with the School Board after the event via comment cards that will be provided. COVID-19 protocols will be strictly enforced.
The noard intends to announce its final selection by late May, with the new superintendent expected to be on the job this summer. Current Superintendent Troy Stoopsannounced his departure in February. He has has been with the District for 19 years. His last day is June 30.
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Making the changes needed to live a more sustainable life can feel overwhelming, which is why the members of the group Sustainable Silverton have come up with an easy, fun way for community members to make five simple changes over the next six months. “Beyond Bins is what we’re calling our project,” Elyce Hues said of the group’s 2021 initiative, a city-wide Bingo game composed of 25 squares, each with a different environmentally friendly action. “It’s a way of getting the community involved; giving everyone in Silverton a way to be a part of Sustainable Silverton in their daily lives.” Available for home printing at sustainablesilverton.org or for pick-up at the Silverton Farmers Market to the end of August, the squares feature activities such as buying products in cardboard boxes instead of plastic bottles, shopping at the Silverton Farmers Market and
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“If they get themselves a bingo, they can come down to the farmer’s market and get themselves in the raffle for a prize,” Hues confirmed. “The last Saturday of August will be our [prize] drawing.”
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“The spirit of this is to show people that they can make a difference,” Hues said. “Hopefully somebody finds that when they bought that alternative detergent in a cardboard box and not a plastic jug, it’s something they can do.”
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To help get the COVID-19 vaccine to underserved populations in Marion County, Legacy Health distributed a $665,000 charitable donation between eight community-based organizations:
When the COVID-19 vaccine first became available in late December, Legacy Silverton Medical Center opened a clinic and started providing vaccines, first to primary care providers, then teachers. By January’s end about 5,000 people had been vaccinated at the Silverton campus.
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Not long after the vaccine became available to the general public, it became clear that some key populations in Woodburn were being underserved. “The number of people exposed to COVID in the first six months of the pandemic was higher in Woodburn than any other municipality in the entire state of Oregon,” Jonathan Avery President of the Willamette Region for Legacy Health said. “We decided in early February to open a vaccination clinic at the Woodburn Health Center and really focus on providing good access to folks in north Marion County and Woodburn especially.” The clinic at Woodburn Health Center runs three days a week and has now provided more than 12,000 vaccines. However, large numbers of folks are staying away, mostly due to transportation and educational barriers. As of early May, data reveals only 34.4% of eligible Marion County residents are fully vaccinated with another 13% in progress. “That’s less than 50% of the eligible population, telling us that there is a real need to reach out and go to folks where they are,” Avery said. “To aid in that effort, we set up what we’re referring to as mobile pop-up clinics.” A Legacy vaccination team began visiting
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have trusted relationships with the farm community and the Latinx community.” “They have been doing outreach, in some cases going door to door in farmworker housing communities, to provide information about the safety of the vaccine and the logistics of upcoming mobile clinics,” Avery said. “That has really helped lay the groundwork for trust and coming to these clinics. Many folks have gone out of their way to thank us for making it easy for them and their families to get access to the vaccine.” Legacy Health is part of the Marion and Polk County Mobile Vaccine Committee, a weighty collaboration of Marion County Public Health, Salem Health, Santiam Health and several nonprofit communitybased organizations.
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We have had the privilege of knowing Stephanie Mantie for 20 years. We served together in our church youth group for many years. We have witnessed her raise her kids, serve others, and interact in the community. We cannot recommend her enough for the position on the school board.
I am writing this letter in support of Stephanie Mantie for the Silver Falls School Board, zone 4. Stephanie has all the qualities that would make an excellent board member. She is smart, well spoken, cares greatly about kids and has a desire to do what’s best for all kids in our district if she is elected.
I must say that I was more than a little dismayed when I read the article in the May 1 edition of Our Town entitled, “Storm damaged trees can remain a hazard.”
She is a person of immense integrity. We have witnessed her in situations of conflict. Her ability to remain thoughtful, kind hearted, and willing to see the other side of things was constant and impressive. She cares deeply for all people. We know Stephanie to be someone who will extend grace and love to whom ever she interacts with, regardless of differences or challenges. She is honest. She will speak what is beneficial, in a respectful manner. She is a blast. Kids are drawn to her like a magnet. It’s because she loves so fully, and has so much energy, excitement, and delight in interacting with them. When we heard that she was running for the school board we were beyond thrilled for the community! We know what Stephanie is capable of, and what can be accomplished with her service and input. She will be a force to unite where division is present, a force to love where animosity has taken over, a force to lead and guide the dear, valuable youth of our community. Please vote! Kerry and Jodi Kuenzi
Stephanie has four kids of her own that all attend schools in Silver Falls. She has always been very active in volunteering in classrooms and helping in any other extracurricular activities, so she understands how things work in this district. In the past she has also worked as an educational assistant in one of our buildings giving her an even broader range of knowledge about the district as a whole. Stephanie understands the need for board members to look at the whole district and make decisions that are best for all schools and kids in Silver Falls. She has worked with kids not only in school settings but in other areas as well. Volunteering at her church’s youth group and her kids sports activities and anywhere else where she can benefit kids. Stephanie is a positive, rational, and common sense thinker and would help provide a balance to the board that has sometimes been lacking. She is willing to listen to all sides of an issue to make the best decisions possible. She respects other people and doesn’t dismiss others opinions when they are different from her own. Stephanie would be an excellent choice to serve on Silver Falls School Board and I urge you to vote for her. Tim Roth
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The story, along with the accompanying photograph of the storm-damaged tree along B Street showing Trinity Lutheran Church in the background, seemed to imply that somehow the congregation had been negligent by not removing the tree, thereby leaving a public hazard. Such is not the case. A very short time after the damage occurred, the church office completed a City of Silverton application form requesting permission to remove that particular tree, since it is in the median next to B Street, along with a couple of other trees damaged by the ice storm on our property. When the application was approved, that particular tree was not noted in the official response, necessitating additional contact with the city before removal could properly take place. In the meantime, we also contacted a tree-removal company to get a bid proposal for our damaged trees. In
addition, we contacted one individual who was able to trim some of the branches from that tree, as well as the other trees in the general area. However, that individual did not feel he could safely remove the whole tree himself. When the corrected city application finally came permitting us to remove the damaged tree (the one pictured in the article), the tree service then amended their proposal to include that tree as well, and we moved ahead with scheduling the work to be completed. But that would not be until mid-summer. It seems there were a number of other damaged trees that got ahead of us on their removal schedule. Since that time, it also seems that someone was kind enough to remove the tree without our knowledge, so now at least it’s gone and the “mystery cutter” saved us some money in doing so. But, there was certainly no negligence on our part in this lengthy process. We simply were trying to follow proper channels in asking for permission. Norm English, Congregational President Trinity Lutheran Church
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Feb. 11, 1937 – April 21, 2021
Rodney Weston Kilcup of Silverton succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease on April 21, 2021. He died in peace and at home, surrounded by the love of his family. He is dearly missed by those whose lives he touched.
He later served as dean at Kentucky State University and provost at Alaska Pacific and Chaminade universities.
Rodney was born in Hoquiam, Washington in 1937 to Horace and Winnifred Kilcup. He studied history at the University of Washington – the first in his family to pursue higher education. He later earned a PhD in history at Harvard University and began a career as a history professor serving at universities including the University of Chicago, the University of Washington, and the University of Notre Dame.
Rodney is survived by Jodi Kilcup, his loving wife of 41 years, who cared for him until the end; his children Greg Kilcup, Kate Marsh, and James Kilcup; his grandsons Max Kilcup and Weston Marsh; and his brothers Steve, Larry and Brian Kilcup. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Bob. Rodney’s funeral mass was held at St. Mary Catholic Church in Mount Angel on April 29. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to Mount Angel Abbey or Willamette Valley Hospice.
Nov. 25, 1952 – April 26, 2021
David Jorgenson, 68 passed away April 26, 2021 at his residence with his family by his side. He was born in Silverton on Nov. 25, 1952 to Vincent and Frankie Jorgenson. David is survived by his wife Donna Jorgenson.
his grandchildren how to play chess and their “tournaments.”
David had three siblings: Doug Jorgenson, Chris Jorgenson Rettig and Gina Jorgenson; four children: Sarah Kuenzi, Neil Jorgenson, Ryan Jorgenson, and Erin Bleakney; 11 grandchildren: Michael Kuenzi, Julia Kuenzi, Anna Kuenzi and Matthew Kuenzi, Liesl and Finn Jorgenson, Evelyn, Alison and Mason Jorgenson, Ben and Thomas Bleakney; and one great-granddaughter, Katie. David’s fondest memories were teaching
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In 2018 he met wife Donna Jorgenson while out on an adventure on his bike. David’s hobbies were making walking sticks and painting rocks. He brought joy to those he met.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers send monetary donations to www.curepsp.com. The family wishes to acknowledge Helping Hands Signature health care at home and Helping Hands of Salem. Assisting the family is Unger Funeral Chapel – Silverton.
the last 30 years. Most recently, she worked at Rite Aid Pharmacy.
Denise was born in Burns, Oregon on Sept. 7, 1962 to Don and Theresa Howes. She grew up in Ontario, Oregon where she graduated in 1980. Denise went on to beauty school in Boise, Idaho. She then moved to Salem, Oregon.
Denise is preceded in death by her father Donald Howes. She is survived by her mother, Theresa Howes; sister Mylisa (Mark) Holland; ex-husband, Robert Totland; former mother-in-law, Rozetta Totland; daughters, Nichole (Jason) Petersen and Kelsey (Danny) Cross; grandchildren, Ellie Petersen, Wyatt Petersen and Kamryn Cross; nephews, Jason Holland, Gregory (Brittnie) Holland, Donald (Jill) Holland and Colton (Hannah) Totland.
Denise devoted her life to loving and caring for her daughters. She worked as a medical assistant in various practices over
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Silverton Area Community Aid Trinity Lutheran Church of Silverton.
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Oct. 29, 1934 – May 5, 2021
Mary Ann Miles, 86, of Silverton passed away peacefully on May 5, 2021. Mary Ann was born on Oct. 29, 1934 in Portland, the daughter of William (Bill) H. Jr. and Melba Woodard. She moved with her parents to her family home in Silverton shortly after her birth. She was raised in Silverton and graduated from Silverton High School in 1952. She married Wendell Roy Miles in Kentucky in 1954 while he was stationed there for basic military training. They moved back to Silverton upon his discharge from the Army in 1957. During her lifetime she was an active volunteer in the community as a member of Silverton Junior Women’s Club, Silverton Zenith Club, Chapter CX PEO, Silverton United Methodist Church Sunday school, Girl Scouts (as a member and an adult leader), Ramona Chapter Rainbow girls (as a member and an adult leader), Ramona Chapter Order of Eastern Star, Silverton Country Historical Society and Silverton High School Alumni Association. She enjoyed volunteering at Eugene Field Elementary when her youngest child was in school. This led to a full-time position as an instructional assistant at Mark Twain and Robert Frost schools until her retirement in 1996. She loved her community and was proud to be a Silvertonian for 86 years. She looked forward to planning her Silverton High School Class of 1952 reunions and getting together with her classmates for their monthly class luncheons. Survivors include her children, Bill (Cheryl) Miles and Tracy (Doug) Duerst of Silverton and Patti (Mark) Tischer of Keizer; grandchildren, Dan (Amanda) Miles and Amy Sargent of Salem, Alex (Rachel) Duerst of Silverton, Emily Duerst, Michael Tischer, and Andrew Tischer of Keizer; six great grandchildren, two step grandchildren and one step great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 15 at Valley View Cemetery in Silverton. Following the service, a reception will be held at her home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in her memory to the Silverton High School Alumni Association, 303 Oak Street, Silverton, OR 97381. Assisting the family is Unger Funeral Chapel – Silverton
In Memory Of …
David was diagnosed in 2020 with cortical basal degeneration (CBD).
Sept. 7, 1962 – April 27, 2021
Denise Marie (Howes) Totland, 58, passed away peacefully on April 27, 2021. A graveside memorial service will be held in Silverton on Saturday, May 22, 2021, under the direction of Unger Funeral Home. Visit ungerfuneralchapel.com for details.
Mary Ann Miles
Alfonso Gonzales Escamilla
Aug. 7, 1963 — April 23, 2021
Nov. 25, 1952 — April 26, 2020
Denise Marie Totland
Sept. 7, 1962 — April 27, 2021
Virginia Lee Radosvich
June 6, 1929 — May 3, 2021
Ruth Ann Prince
July 26, 1928 — May 4, 2021
Mary Ann Miles
Oct. 29, 1934 — May 5, 2021
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If these stones could talk By Brenna Wiegand Jim Kosel was going through memorabilia at Mount Angel American Legion Post #89 when he came across four documents related to Civil War veteran Theobald Kirsch. These original documents record Kirsch’s entry and discharge from the Ohio Infantry during the Civil War, making him one of the oldest veterans in either of the two St. Mary’s cemeteries in Mount Angel. Kirsch was born in France and moved around Europe, his family eventually making its way to the States. He was living in Ohio when the Civil War erupted in 1861. He enlisted in the Ohio Infantry in 1862 at the age of 21, went to battle, and was taken prisoner by the Confederates. He spent the last 11 months of the Civil War as a prisoner of war, until his discharge at war’s end in 1865. “We always think of POWs in relation to World War I and World War II with the Japanese and the Germans,” Legion Post Adjutant Jim Kosel said. “We never think
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American Legion Post 89 Memorial Day Service Monday, May 31, 9:30 a.m. Calvary Cemetery 1015 N Main St. Mt. Angel Patriotic and liturgical music, mass, All welcome. Bring lawn chairs. In case of rain service will take place at St. Mary Church. 575 E College St.` about the Civil War taking prisoners and that adds a little more interest to his story.” Family records say Kirsch’s ankle was severely injured and that he “had a hard time and almost died.” Commonly known as Andersonville Prison, the notorious Confederate facility in Georgia was officially named Camp Sumter in honor of the county in which it was located. While it was only in operation for 14 months, 45,000 Union soldiers were imprisoned there, coming in at the rate of about 400 a day within months of its
Theobald Kirsch and his wife, Theresa, settled in Mount Angel in the late 19th Century and their grave is located in Pioneer Cemetery. MT. ANGEL HISTORICAL SOCIETY & BRENNA WIEGAND
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The family made its way to Mount Angel in 1888 where Kirsch acquired and farmed more than 400 acres. At the time Mount Angel was in its infancy; though settled in 1850, it was not incorporated until 1893. Mount Angel Abbey had been formed just six years before the Kirsch family’s arrival. Kirsch lived from Aug. 10, 1841 to Dec. 10, 1906. When he passed away, he was buried at what is known today as the Mount Angel Pioneer Cemetery on Marquam Road, where he was joined by his wife after her death in 1919. It is just such accounts that pique the interest of the 63 members of the Mount Angel American Legion and make for good conversation at their meetings. “The guys come down and start the trash talking about whether the Marines are better than the Army and so forth, or about something we read in the paper or share war stories… It’s really fun and is kind of cathartic,” Kosel said. “My wife is from the Army so we’re the only husband and wife team here.” Both Jim and Martha served during the Vietnam era, Martha assigned to a clerical position in the States and Jim involved with the missile systems being built up against the Soviet Union and in Washington State. As they do every Memorial Day, post members are busy putting flags on the gravesites of more than 750 veterans buried across nine area cemeteries.
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New look for baseball
Bennett takes over SHS
The Silverton High baseball program is working under new management. Easton Bennett, 28, has taken over for Jeremiah Runion, who led the Foxes to the Class 5A quarterfinals in 2019.
The year 2020, however, will always occupy a blank spot in the records because COVID-19 wiped out the season. Bennett, who formerly coached at Madison High in Portland, also his alma mater, said that lost year has proved a challenge. “The hard part about it,” he said, “is that the tradition and grit that got us to the quarterfinals… how do you transfer that to upcoming classes?” At presstime the Foxes were 6-6 overall and 4-3 in the Mid-Willamette Conference and riding a three-game winning streak. “It took those six losses to find out how to win together,” Bennett said. “It took a lot of time. I think this team has improved every game. Most teams stay flat, but we’ve made progress.” Like other teams all across the state Bennett had to cope with quick turnarounds between seasons. The football players on the squad, first baseman Kyle Kramer, catcher Vandon Fessler and outfielder Tyler Pfeifer, were in pads April 10 for a football game against Sherwood. On April 14 they were taking on Lebanon in the baseball opener. “I was a multisport athlete and I support that,” Bennett said. “But it’s been a little
different this year.” Bennett played community college ball at Clackamas and earned his bachelor’s at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He earned his master’s in education from Pacific University and is substitute teaching in the Silver Falls, Woodburn and Salem-Keizer districts. Bennett has a background in American Legion ball and plans to run a Single A Silverton team this summer. The undefeated: On March 5 the Kennedy High football team lost its football opener at Class 3A Santiam Christian. That was the last time a Trojans team has lost a game. The football team ran the table after the SC loss to finish 5-1, while the volleyball squad was rampaging through a 16-0 season in which the team won 48 sets and lost just three. There has been no change in the OSAA’s Season 3. Kennedy baseball is 12-0 and has outscored foes 141-10. Softball has been just as dominant, with a 10-0 record and a 145-4 edge in runs scored. That’s a 43-1 record. Kennedy would be a
lock to win another OSAA Cup, the allsports trophy, but the association is not running the competition during the virus year. 43-1. That’s insane! Gymnastics: Silverton Gymnastics Academy came back from a regional competition in Boise, Idaho, with 17 medals among its diamond, platinum and gold athletes. Diamond: Ella Storey won a silver in floor and bronze in all-around. Platinum: Makayla Chase took a bronze in floor. Gold: Avery Fox won silver in the vault and bronze in the all-around. Aspen Etzel won gold in the vault. Samantha Lore won silver in the vault. Kaylah Lazo took gold in the beam and silver in the bars. Jenica Gerasimenko won bronze in floor. Chloe Koster took silver in the beam and bronze in bars. Addie Gerasimenko won bronze in floor. Ellie Hudson won silver in floor. “We are so happy to be creating lifelong memories for our athletes,” said coach Celia Storey. “Can’t wait to hang up all of our new banners!” Storey said the entire gymnastic club will participate in the May 21-23 state championships at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. Follow me on Twitter.com @jameshday.
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People Out Loud
A salute to ‘Captain A’
Plus the hum of a rebounding community
I remember meeting Arland Anderson as a lowly freshman in high school in 1966. He was a junior and one imposing figure – larger than life. Standing about 6'4" and not “diminutive”, he had a booming voice, and huge and infectious smile, and seemed to get along with everyone.
grandkids. Larger than life, heart of gold, slick wit and a quick, easy smile that simply demonstrated his love for people. They loved him right back. He was a character in the true sense of the word. We lost Arland just a few short months ago. He was truly one of the good guys.
We both played basketball and got to scrimmage a bit together. He was the captain of the varsity basketball team and I was a lowly freshman who came off the freshman bench with splinters when the game was a runaway.
Mother’s Day was so uplifting. So many people posting things about their mothers on social media. Positive things. Lessons taught. Lessons learned. Love throughout.
What I recall most is he was always nice to the scrub, funny as all get out, and just a big, strong presence in the key and in the hallway by my locker. He was not unobtrusive. There was a time in the 1960s when many of us from Silverton would go see live bands at the Salem Armory. Paul Revere and the Raiders were frequent entertainers. And nearly every time my friends and I went, there was Arland. I always greeted him with a loud, “Captain
A!” He started answering, “Dancin’ Dixon!” It became our thing. Nearly 50 years later, we ran into each other and instinctively picked up right where we left off. Captain A and Dancin’ Dixon. He was a big, kind, gentle man with a huge heart. One of my best memories, still bringing a chuckle as I write, was seeing Captain A tooling around in his little convertible sports car. He looked like a giraffe in it as his head would seem to stick out far above the windshield. He was in his element. He loved fishing and playing Blue Grass music with friends and became quite accomplished on the mandolin. It gave him joy, as did his daughters and
Magnolia Grill is now in downtown Silverton. What a great meal – prime rib, salmon, awesome salad. Glen Damewood has the deck at Mac’s and crafter’s mall running on all eight cylinders with wonderful music (who doesn’t like the Judds covered on a sunny day and a cold beer swaying to the music?). Raw Blend Juice Bar was packing them in on Oak Street, and the new Curbside Kitchen is opening its doors with paninis, and scrumptious rice bowls. Lunaria was entertaining art lovers from around the state. Tourists were touristing
and spending money. Graytstone Tiki Bar and Gallon House were hot spots. What I heard was the sound of Silverton coming back to life. It was music to my ears. The streets came alive, and so did Silverton’s soul. I am not saying we are fully back, but the signs are good. Along those lines, please suffer your masks a little longer, and get your vaccinations. We are THIS close. There are a whole lot of brilliant people who state, unequivocally, that masks do help, and the vaccines are safe and very effective. To those who say God will take care of them, my first thought is, “I agree”, and my first question is, “Didn’t HE make all the brilliant doctors and scientists?” If you don’t wear a mask or get vaccinated it is your choice. But then please stay home, so the rest of us who do care about the greater good can go dining, dancing, and congregating. Mother’s Day was a taste of life returning slowly to normal in our beautiful little town. People were smiling and cash registers were singing, and it will get better. If we do our part.
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MT. ANGEL #T2660 WELL LOVED HOME 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
SALEM/KEIZER SOLD! – #T2658 GREAT CONDO 2 BR, 2.5 BA 1125 sqft. Keizer. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $226,600 (WVMLS#775517)
OREGON CITY SOLD! – #T2656 CLASSIC BUNGALOW 2 BR, 1 BA 1984 sqft Call Whitney at ext. 320 or Mike at ext. 312 $355,200 (WVMLS#775415)
For rental properties call Micha or Sarah at 503-873-1425 BROKERS ARE LICENSED IN OREGON
16 • May 2021
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