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Contents Something Fun Scotts Mills bear vignettes....................4 Food & Drink New cookbook features grill tips...........5 Something To Celebrate Reflections from Class of 2020..............8
Your Garden.......................11 Something To Do New summer reading team.................14
Your Health Family’s COVID-19 experiences............16
Business Weekend Craft Market opens..............18
Briefs.........................................19 Passages...................................19 Sports & Recreation A Spring of what might have been.......20
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Marketplace.......................20 Datebook................................21 A Grin At The End...........22
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Front-porch bears bring good vibes to Scotts Mills
By Brenna Wiegand
At first, Hawkins just wanted to join in the community event, but she had so much fun with it that she kept going.
When Lisa Hawkins of Scotts Mills heard the community was planning a “bear hunt” to give the tiny community’s local kids something to do during the stay-home order, she knew exactly who to enlist.
“I have absolutely loved coming up with new ideas for the bears and putting it all together,” Hawkins said. “I started a little sketchbook of ideas and vignettes; sometimes an idea just strikes me.
“I thought the idea sounded really cute, so on the first day, March 27, ‘Tad’ made his first appearance, joined the next day by ‘Suds,’ who wanted in on the adventure,” Hawkins said. The Silverton High School special needs assistant creates daily front-porch vignettes for her bears, who have been in Hawkins’ family for decades. Tad was a gift from her husband when they married 33 years ago and Suds came into the family with the birth of their son Izaak, now 26. There are a few other characters, equally special, who make occasional appearances. “Lisa has gone above and beyond to keep the Scott’s Mills community entertained,”
“The skateboard was one of my favorites,” Hawkins said. “I was cracking up as I put that together and had to keep going back to look at it and I would crack up again.
The bears have kept local kids entertained during the quarantine by appearing in different scenarios every day. Lisa Hawkins of Scotts Mills creates a teddy bear vignette on her front porch. She has entertained the community with a different scenario every day since March 27. SUBMITTED PHOTOS
said next-door neighbor Phaedra Dibala. “During the past month, ‘Tad and Suds’ have made us laugh with their many adventures together. They have zip-lined across the porch, gone fishing, had a
tea party, took molasses shots, sang in the rain under umbrellas and even had a birthday party. They have washed the car, put together puzzles, created May Day wreaths and sewed masks to keep themselves safe.”
“During this quarantine it has given me an opportunity to have some cheery contact with my family and with local friends as they walk or drive by,” Hawkins said. “One day I heard a little girl squeal and yell out to her mom, ‘They’re washing the car! Yesterday they were camping.’ It totally made my day.” “These bears are now adored by our community and everyone is in awe of the creativity Lisa has shared with us,” Dibala said.
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Grill master By Brenna Wiegand Andrew Koster of Silverton fills a sizable gap in the culinary world with his recent cookbook, Master the Wood Pellet Grill. For the lifelong Silverton resident, the book is a natural outcropping of his career in the wood pellet grill business. The journey began shortly after Koster graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in New Media Communications. He took a weekend shift at Traeger Grills in Wilsonville as he sought a position in his field. Six months later, frustrated at his options, Koster hired on at Traeger, little knowing how instrumental that degree would be. Andrew’s father, George Koster, spent 30 years at Traeger; he was there in 1985 when Joe Traeger of Mount Angel used the concept of the wood pellet furnace he had developed earlier to create the country’s first wood-fired barbecue. “Dad very quickly became involved in everything at Traeger – production, quality,
Years of working with wood pellet barbecues yields new book manufacturing, assembly, customer service – and he had a huge hand in play,” Koster said. “It created a situation where, when I came in and started working with him, I saw everything in the industry, too.
box stores,” Koster said. He is now Dansons’ quality manager with a heavy emphasis on research, responsible for making sure the barbecues work, anticipating problems, working on modifications and innovations, and staying in touch with the factory.
“I saw how everything worked – how the grills were being marketed clear down to all the transportation.”
Koster is also making a name for himself since dedicating much of his Instagram social media presence to barbecuing.
As the brand boomed despite two changes of ownership, Koster moved up the ranks. By 2011 he was managing a customer service and technical support center. When the Traeger line relocated to Utah in 2016, Koster went to work for Dansons, a Canada-based pellet grill manufacturer which welcomed his expertise. Their grills were just starting to take off and with the arrival of seasoned employees it skyrocketed. Dansons brought pellet grills to the masses. Growing up, Koster was among a multitude of kids coached by members of the Traeger family but, upon embarking on adult life, few owned Traeger grills. “Those of us lucky enough to have a Traeger
“Since I was cooking every night, I just started doing more barbecue stuff and as the company grew my social media presence started growing parallel with that,” he said.
only got it because we were married and somebody gave it to us as a wedding gift,” Koster said. “That was the way you got it back then. “Dansons developed more affordable models and brought it from specialty retailers to big
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Vals and sals By Melissa Wagoner
Silverton High’s academic standouts share parting thoughts
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The Silverton High School Class of 2020 valedictorians and salutatorians are refusing to have their high school experience defined solely by the pandemic that cut their senior year short. Their parents are reflecting on a changing world and changing expectations, too.
“I am so glad that I was encouraged by my parents to work hard in school because now, when I look back, I am so proud of everything my classmates and I have accomplished in both academics and athletics.”
“When you leave a place that you have lived your entire life, it is inevitable that you will be nervous. But beyond that…I am ready to move on and explore the world on my own.”
Jocelyn Ames, Valedictorian
“What I will remember most about my senior year is probably the nights I spent with friends in the school parking lot, sitting in our cars arranged in a circle, so that we could hangout while still being six feet apart.”
“I am not particularly fearful about my future. I think that God has a hand in everything that is happening and trust that he will take care of me in any given situation.” Parental thoughts from Byron and Lisa Ames: “We believe this has provided a real-world example of how things can change quickly, and for Josslyn to learn that life doesn’t always happen how we plan, and she can choose to be positive or negative it’s up to her.”
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Aneisa Fink, Valedictorian “As of now, no one else from my class is attending University of Portland. That being said, I’m a little nervous walking into an environment where I know absolutely no one. But at the same time, I’m excited for the challenge and the opportunity to meet new people!”
Parental thoughts from Keith and Joyce Garlinghouse: ”It leaves us with a hollow feeling since we won’t get a chance to celebrate this milestone in a meaningful way with classmates, parents, teachers, all the ones we journeyed with for some many years. We still get to celebrate, but not in a way we would have chosen.”
made it a goal of mine to get out of my comfort zone more during senior year. I’m happy to say that I made many more memories in my shortened senior year than I had in any year prior. ”
Hanna Kuenzi, Valedictorian “What I will remember most about senior year, besides the pandemic, is my Health Occupations class. (It) was an amazing way to start my health care journey. It taught me so many fascinating things and I became close to an awesome group of seniors that have the same interests as I do.”
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“I plan on having pictures taken to mark my graduation, along with a family event as soon as I am able to plan such a thing. I have faith in our administration at the high school and the district to make it up to us in any way they can.”
“I will remember the last day of school, March 13, when students were expecting something to change, yet we did not understand the magnitude of the change. We did not understand that we would not be able to see each other again for months.”
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Nathan Redman-Brown, Salutatorian “I won’t soon forget my senior basketball season and all the memories I made with the team. I will especially remember how our season abruptly ended at the state tournament only two games away from the championship. I hope the pandemic will have lessened by the fall so that the class of 2024 can fully experience its first year of college.”
Jon Rivoli, Valedictorian “My senior year is memorable for all of the conversations I’ve had, and all of the people with whom I’ve invested my time... Every thought I think and every reaction I express is a sum of everything I’ve learned from others. For this reason, I will never forget the people that have both taught me and challenged me as a person, not only as a student... To be the best at anything you must sacrifice... Now that I’m moving on to my next challenge, and as I become more mature, I realize that it is wiser to do the fulfilling thing over the immediately satisfying
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Annika Rogers, Valedictorian “I’m hesitant to attend a four-year university next year because I haven’t fully decided on a major. The majors that I’m interested in are specialized to certain schools and I want to make sure I head in the right direction.”
Kathryn Schurter, Valedictorian “Something I will remember most about senior year is the life lessons I have learned, and the fun memories I made
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Amber Tovar, Valedictorian “I believe that all of the hard work and dedication granted me the opportunity to be accepted to a great college and I am proud of all I accomplished. [She will study nursing at Seattle University.] I am more than excited to go off to college and experience new things, but I am afraid that classes may continue online.”
Spencer Von Flue, Valedictorian “I will most definitely remember not getting to say goodbye to my teachers.”
Cherise White, Valedictorian “I just have a message for future students striving to be valedictorian: complete your homework, communicate with your teachers and stick with it even when it’s hard. Nothing can prevent you from
Lillian Zurbrugg, Valedictorian “What I will remember most about my senior year is the fact that we graduated in March and missed out on the second half of our senior year.”
Samantha Zurcher, Valedictorian “I will remember all the memories I made with my classmates, being homecoming queen, an amazing swim season, and of course ending our senior year in March due to the pandemic. I don’t have any fears related to college living but more about the transition from high school courses to college courses.”
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Warmer temperatures are here, so we can plant annuals, including vegetables, with some confidence they will survive. Night temperatures are more frequently over 50 degrees so it’s time to plant tomatoes for midsummer treats. Some people compete for first tomato, largest tomato, or any tomato for the salad. Here are some suggestions for success: Don’t be in a hurry. In our area, tomatoes planted in June have proven to produce as well as tomatoes planted in May. Select varieties that will suit your growing space, time and eating pleasures. “Determinate” tomato varieties will produce for pulpy, juicy fruits for a certain period making them favorites for canning, juices and sauces. They are bushes and require less support. “Indeterminate” tomato varieties will grow as a vine until fall frost, require trellising for greater height or support, and continue producing longer. Vining varieties are often pruned to encourage production by removing unproductive foliage on the lower part of the stem. Indeterminate varieties include small
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salad varieties. Heirloom tomatoes will reproduce from saved seed, but seeds of hybrid tomatoes will not be true. “Harden off” tomato plants in a sheltered area for increasing lengths of time each day until transplant time. Choose a site where tomatoes, peppers or potatoes have not been grown for two to four years because pests and diseases that attack them may still be in the soil. Plant late in the afternoon on a cloudy day to lessen stress. To prepare the soil, remove weeds that might compete for water, nutrients and space. Make a hole deeper than the original pot. A tablespoon of lime or a handful of finely crushed eggshells in the planting hole will provide calcium that
tomato plants seek. A little fertilizer or bone meal will give the roots a boost in the new soil. A tablespoon of Epsom salts, magnesium sulfate, helps tomatoes set fruit when side-dressed into the soil. Remove lower leaves and plant the stem deep. Where the leaves are removed new roots will likely develop. If the stem is really tall, dig a trench and lay the stem sideways with the top above ground. Fill the hole with soil, water, and top off with more soil to eliminate large air pockets. Firm the soil around the plant stalk. Raised growing beds or containers will be warmer in summer sun but may require more frequent watering. Keeping tomatoes watered deeply every five to seven days during the growing season helps promote stronger roots, drought tolerance, higher yields and better disease resistance. Mulch can help conserve moisture at the root level. Tomatoes don’t like water on their leaves or fruit and may develop diseases or weird shapes. If they are kept too dry they are susceptible to blossom end rot and cracking.
Tomatoes need pollinators to produce fruit. Bumble bees are preferred since the frequency of their buzz (wing flap) causes the pollen to literally shoot out to the bee. Planting flowers that attract pollinators to the garden will increase fruit set. Tomatoes attract beetles and many other pests. Damaged or stripped foliage, holes bored into fruits, blotched yellow leaves and stunted plants could mean uninvited pests. Keeping the plants healthy with occasional balanced fertilizer, proper watering practices and personal attention will discourage pests and diseases. Planting basil, nasturtiums, parsley, or radishes nearby may help to distract pests from tomato plants. Interplanting marigolds, onions or garlic may repel pests. For more gardening information, visit http://extension.oregonstate.edu/ gardening and search for research-based reports on the topic of your interest. A free Master Gardener online vegetable gardening course is available to the public through the extension website.
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By Brenna Wiegand A garden can BE so many things – a breezy retreat; a playground for growing kids; a place for entertaining friends; or an unused block of space that needs periodic mowing, just to name a few. It can consist of a couple of containers on an apartment deck or even a few African violets on a kitchen windowsill. Gardens can DO so many things – help us to “stop and smell the roses” (in every sense of the word); supply fresh produce all summer long or armloads of flowers to bring inside and share with friends. Replete with sensory delights, the garden’s arms are open wide, teaching children about the cycle of life, or where their food comes from. For some, gardening provides a special type of hands-on “therapy” for what ails the soul. There are gardeners who consider dirt and plants; water and weather; seeds and sprouts and even crawlers and wigglers the components of the most gloriously designed toy imaginable... Pure joy in a realm one cannot ever master (not even a Master Gardener). It is extremely common to hear people refer to gardening as their “therapy” – semi-jokingly lest they be thought overly eccentric – even venturing so far as to say they cannot imagine living without it. Eccentric? … Or scientific? As early as 1798, Dr. Benjamin Rush found fieldwork and farm settings curative to mental health. Philadelphia’s Friends Hospital used park-like settings as a part of therapy. Studies prove that just a few minutes of viewing plants can reduce feelings of anger or fear along with muscle tension and blood pressure.
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Use organic mulches to conserve soil moisture; an inch or two of sawdust, bark dust or composted leaves minimizes evaporation Pick ripe strawberries regularly to avoid fruitrotting diseases Blossoms on squash and cucumbers begin to drop: nothing to worry about Control garden weeds by pulling, hoeing or mulching After normal fruit drop in June, consider thinning the rest for larger overall fruit
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Bound by books By Melissa Wagoner Difficult situations sometimes bring people together. That has certainly been the case with the Silver Falls and Mt. Angel Public Libraries. “There’s always been a little bit of competitiveness between the libraries,” Silver Falls Library Director Christy Davis admitted. “There is a tremendous amount of overlap.” But recently the two libraries have put their competitive spirits aside to solve one very pressing issue: how to continue hosting the annual Summer Reading Program while both libraries are effectively closed. “The whole purpose of summer reading is to get kids excited about literacy,” Jackie Mills, Director of the Mt. Angel Public Library, said. “We want to prevent summer slide. We want them to keep sharp without it being a duty or onerous.” And so, with these important goals in mind, the staff of the two libraries came up with a unique collaboration.
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“It’s really important for those kiddos that don’t get to have that exposure to have it,” Dena Chaffin, Youth Librarian at the Silver Falls Library, said of the estimated 1,400 children who typically sign up for the libraries’ reading programs each year.
bit different for both of us. But this year the prize drawings will be for gift certificates for local businesses. So, we’ll give back to them.” Along with the bigger prizes, there will also be smaller, more frequently earned, prizes throughout the program, including a variety of zipper tags as well as virtual badges – for those who partake in the program’s optional reading app, READsquared.
The center spread of the June 15 edition of Our Town will be devoted to the Summer Reading Program including a reading log. “If you participate, then your name goes into a drawing,” Mills said. “It’s a little
“One of the things that’s so hard for patrons is that most patrons like to browse,” Davis said of the recent closures of both libraries. “And one of the things that’s cool about READsquared is that it mimics that browsing feature.”
Connecting patrons to each library’s catalogue of materials, READsquared will allow readers of all ages to find just what they’re looking for. “And the READsquared app is yearly,” Mills added. “It’s not just a summer fling. It makes it really great for what our future holds for libraries and what that looks like. And we have the potential of having it be a little different for fall, for kids that are in school and not in school.” Because the two libraries will have slightly different offerings – in some cases outdoor obstacle courses and literacy walks – patrons are being encouraged to take advantage of both libraries’ programs whenever possible. “These are all things that are linked between the two of us,” Chaffin confirmed. “It counts if they do it for us or do it for them. It’s dual win.” “It’s all about literacy and getting our community excited about it,” Mills agreed. “And how both libraries can make that happen.”
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Still serving Since closing on March 15, the Silverton Senior Center has been finding ways to remain on solid financial footing while dreaming up new ways to keep its active 716-member community engaged despite the stay-home order. The center is enjoying eight weeks of financial breathing room, having received a Paycheck Protection loan under the CARES Act to cover payroll expenses for its sole employee, Executive Director Dodie Brockamp. “With that loan, we are in a not-too-scary financial position despite our revenues almost completely drying up,” said board president Darlene Blackstone. Other than payroll, the center’s biggest outlay is rent for the ReVamp Thrift building in downtown Silverton. A major source of income for the center, ReVamp Thrift plans to reopen on June 3. “We want to encourage seniors and other vulnerable populations to stay close to home, not give them reasons to go out prematurely,” Blackstone said, adding that reopening the Senior Center is an entirely
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Silverton Senior Center adapts to ‘Stay Home’ order challenges different matter. “The center will likely be among the last places in town to reopen. Marion County will need to be approved for Phase II before we even set our reopening date. Meanwhile, we have been rethinking how we can stay connected with our members and the greater community. “We often refer to the center as ‘A friendly place to go,’ but now there’s no place to go and no in-person activities on the immediate horizon,” Blackstone said. “Now we say, ‘Since you can’t come to us, we will come to you,’ and we are excited about the possibilities.” The center is rolling out new ways to function as the warm and welcoming social and support hub for its members, who range in age from 50 to 98. “We have modified our website to include, ‘Things to do when there’s no place to go,’ a compilation of ideas for stuff to do other than eat, sleep and watch a lot of television,” Blackstone said. They are also learning to use various video platforms, such as Zoom.
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www.silvertonseniorcenter.org/ how-to-help. “We are missing each other’s faces,” Blackstone said. “Unless you video chat, you may rarely see faces other than the people you live with. When we venture out, most faces are concealed behind masks. We can’t even see each other smile. We want to fix that using this technology to provide meaningful content, social interaction and entertainment.” “We (also) have created a group of ‘Friendly Voices’ to do phone outreach,” Blackstone said. “If the interest is there, we will pair up new friends to visit on the phone on an ongoing basis. “The Oregon Health Authority has established a statewide Senior Loneliness Line for people to call when they just need to talk,” Blackstone said. “This service is a backup until we can get stronger roots under our own program.”
Amidst the “pivot” under way, the center has been advised from all quarters to move forward with fundraising efforts. “Right now, people really want to help,” Blackstone said. The center launched a community-wide campaign. It is encouraging contributions to Silverton Area Community Aid and Sheltering Silverton. The center is seeking 50 sustaining donors at $10 per month. They are also asking for mask help for the hard-hit Woodburn community. To date nearly 2000 masks have been distributed at Mega Foods through Woodburn’s Lutheran Latino Ministries, with 23 “Merry Mask Makers” from Hubbard to Sublimity providing a steady stream of masks for children and adults. “We are also in the process of cleaning every nook and cranny of the center while we’re shut down,” Blackstone said. “We were already planning to spruce up for the building’s 10th anniversary in July. Now we just want to be shipshape to welcome our members once we are able to reopen.”
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in to lie down and by evening I was nauseous, threw up a few times, and had the chills so bad, my whole body was shaking violently. I have never had chills in my life before so I thought this was odd. The next seven days I was bed-ridden with stomach pain, headaches, and a deep, dry cough that developed two days after my first symptoms. I felt as though my chest was in a vice-grip. If I got up to put a dish in the kitchen, my heart rate would soar to over 120 beats per minute.”
Michele Stone Finicle knows how important wearing a mask, physical distancing and self-quarantine can be because she and her family are living proof of the consequences. “I don’t think people understand the severity of this virus unless they experience it, either through the way we have or as someone who has lost a family member,” she said.
The majority of Finicle’s symptoms went on for weeks, giving rise to a whole new set of worries – what if she continued to get worse?
Luckily, for the Silverton community, Finicle did have an inkling that this virus needed to be taken seriously from the very beginning. And so, when her daughter, Ellie, began showing symptoms on March 8, she took every precaution. “I chose to isolate with her just in case it was COVID-19 and protect my students and their families,” Finicle, who is a teacher at Bethany Charter School, recalled. From the start Ellie’s symptoms were severe. Normally active and healthy, with no underlying health problems, nine-year-old Ellie became wracked with fatigue, fever and a worrying cough. “I did not like the depth of her cough and the intensity of her fatigue,” Finicle said. “Most of the time if she is sick, she is a little down, but she had no energy at all.”
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Four days into her illness, Ellie received a chest X-ray to rule out pneumonia – which she thankfully did not have – but no COVID-19 test because at that time tests were still largely unavailable. Then Finicle herself began to show symptoms. “I remember gardening on Saturday, I was full of energy,” Finicle said. “On Sunday, I went out to work more but I was dragging. I was moving a wheelbarrow of compost and suddenly felt dizzy and nearly passed out. I went
“I remember reading the stories of coronavirus and I kept a calendar in my mind observing that most people go to the hospital between days five and seven,” Finicle recalled. “At this point there was testing but only if you were admitted to the hospital which sounded like a terrible and lonely prospect since my husband could not visit.” And so, sicker than she had ever been, Finicle gave herself the ultimate goal of enduring past day 12 because she had read that most COVID patients who died from the disease did so on day 12. “[I]f I can get to day 13, I would survive,” she remembers telling herself.
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Thankfully Finicle made it past her goal and, on April 27 tested positive for the COVID-19 IgG antibodies. “That should have been some comfort but again, that wasn’t the end of our story,” she said. Instead, Ellie began to relapse with a fever, fatigue, headache and muscle pain. “She was several weeks into this, when the pains moved to her abdomen,” Finicle stated. “We asked for blood work. It showed elevated kidney markers which can indicate some kidney damage, so we were referred to Randall’s Children Hospital. The medical team was great. They even spoke with their infectious disease expert. Ellie probably had some kidney damage associated with the virus. In time, they thought it would improve but were honest in saying that they could not be certain.” And that uncertainty has been one of the scariest factors in both Finicle and Ellie’s illnesses. Because, as Finicle noted, the virus is just too new. “It is probably the most frustrating aspect of this virus, the fear and uncertainty,” Finicle said. “Here was an extremely healthy child, she has never even been on an antibiotic and now she is plagued with daily afflictions. You just want your child to have a healthy, normal life... she hasn’t had that in over 10 weeks. It takes its toll.”
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And Finicle’s life hasn’t returned to normal either. She too has continual “post recovery symptoms,” with the addition of numbness in her hands and feet and heart problems. “I experience heart palpations, tachycardia, soaring heart rates, extreme fluctuating blood pressure, and intense chest pain,” Finicle described. “It landed me in the hospital recently but there is no clear reason why it is happening. Every day is different, the fever always there but the other symptoms show up like gremlins wreaking havoc on your body. There seems to be no clear pattern.” Finicle’s experience, which has been extremely isolating, recently prompted her to seek out others who are in similar situations. The results were surprising. “[W]e are not alone,” she emphasized. “I have heard from people all over the state of Oregon since my post on Facebook, about how they or their children are experiencing the same. Several from right here in Silverton. It prompted me to look for a support group.” That group, started by a British immunologist, is full of people like Ellie and Finicle who are experiencing the “long tail” of the illness (symptoms lasting more than six weeks). “It is discouraging to see those on day 127 and no relief,”
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As more non-essential businesses are given the green light to reopen, Glen Damewood predicts that customers will flock to patronize them.
“It’ll help a lot of businesses in town besides us,” Damewood predicted. “The gift shops have done a really great job of pulling people into town and this is going to help the gift shops and everything else.”
“I think people are chomping at the bit to get out,” Damewood said. “But I think this will change how people spend their money – more local.” And Damewood might be on to something because, as the owner of Mac’s Place and the Wooden Nickel restaurants for the past 40 years, he has kept a watchful eye on trends in Silverton’s economy.
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Currently registered vendors will offer a host of custommade items including planters, candles, photography, clothing, jewelry, wine and hand-blown glass. But there is plenty of space for more. “Our goal was to start with 80 vendors,” Damewood acknowledged. “We’re looking for a face painter and street performers,” Ewing added. “People can sign up through the website.” Although Damewood admits that opening a new business of this scale during an unforeseen economic shut-down has been challenging, he is undaunted. “It was pretty crazy timing,” he laughed. “But we just sit back and wait for the green light.” “Most vendors are ready to go and happy to come as soon as we open,” Ewing added. “Every single person I’ve communicated with is open, understanding, patient, and kind... I have no doubt it will be such a positive and kind environment of folks helping each other make it happen as safely and as friendly as possible.”
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One of my favorite days of the last school year was June 1, 2019. That’s when Kennedy played a state championship doubleheader, with the baseball team playing Umpqua Valley Christian in Keizer and the softball squad tangling with North Douglas in Eugene. Dozens and dozens of Kennedy backers went to both games, although the start times meant folks did not arrive at the University of Oregon until a few innings into the softball game. Both teams came up short, but a quick look at the rosters told of great promise for this year. There wasn’t a senior on coach Walt Simmons’ roster, with a big chunk of the squad bolstered by the experience of back-to-back state title appearances. Coach Kevin Moffatt was losing just two senior starters from a 28-3 team. “This is really a tough spring on our kids,” Moffatt, who is also the athletic director, told Our Town. “It’s sad for our seniors. This had the makings of a banner spring. Softball and baseball returned basically our entire teams and we were both ranked No.1 in the pre-season coaches poll, and track was good as always under Coach Ritchie.
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“But more importantly than being good on the field is that these are really good kids all the way around, some of the best that have ever been at Kennedy, and we won’t get a chance to be with them this spring playing and coaching games the kids and coaches love. “It’s tough on everyone, but there are more important things than sports right now. That doesn’t make it easier to swallow when I have some of the best seniors I’ve ever had that won’t get to go out on the field one last season.” Football leagues: It’s official, Silverton and Kennedy will be playing in new leagues for football this fall, according to the 2020-21 plan announced by the Oregon School Activities Association. The OSAA has looked to separate league structures for football in recent years, but usually in the larger classifications. This year Class 2A also is affected. Silverton will play in an eight-team Class 5A league that includes Central, Dallas, Crescent Valley, Corvallis, West Albany, South Albany and Lebanon. Moving out of the district were McKay and North Salem after a two-year experiment, although North will remain in the league for other sports.
The new league structure means teams will play two nonleague games, which hasn’t happened since 2017. Class 5A also is now divided into four districts instead of three. No playoffs information has been announced, but it seems likely that Special District 3, which includes Silverton, will advance four teams. Of course, all of this is predicated on whether the OSAA will move forward with activities in the fall. If they do, Kennedy, the defending state runners-up, will have some new competition. Special District 2 will include the Trojans, Santiam, Culver, Gervais, Jefferson, Regis and Toledo. Jefferson, Regis and Toledo are new, although given Regis’ long-standing presence in the old Tri-River Conference, it’s hard to call the return of the Rams new. Out are Colton, Chemawa and Sheridan. Basketball season will be a completely different show, with the nine-team Tri-River bringing in Chemawa, Colton, Delphian, Sheridan and Western Christian to join the core group of Kennedy, Santiam, Culver and Gervais, with Regis, Jefferson and Toledo exiting. Yes, it’s confusing. Basketball trophies: The Silverton basketball teams will have a trophy for the case. The OSAA has decided to award “final four” trophies to semifinalists and “elite eight” plaques for those schools that still were participating in state tournaments when the virus shut down school activities. The Foxes’ boys and girls teams were getting ready for semifinals when the 5A tournament in Corvallis was shut down. Oktoberfest run: The races that accompany Mount Angel’s popular folk festival will be virtual this year. Those who want to participate can run the course for the 5K, 10K or the half-marathon at any time from Sept. 16-20 and submit the time. See www.oktoberfestroadrace.com for information.
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9 a.m. - noon Monday, Thursday, Friday, 4 - 7 p.m. Tuesday. Silverton Community Center, 421 S Water St., Silverton. Phone: 503-873-3446. Facebook: Silverton Area Community Aid - SACA. Website: silvertonareacommunityaid.org
Tuesday, June 2 Virtual Parent Forum 10 a.m. Family Building Blocks offers virtual parenting support for families with young children. Visit familybuildingblocks.org/ parents/#opportunities and click on “connect through Zoom.” Repeats June 16. 971-701-0076
Saturday, June 6 Silverton Farmers Market 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St., Silverton. Fresh produce, plants, flowers. Every Saturday. Silvertonfarmersmarket.com
Oregon Crafters Market 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., 215 N Water St., Silverton. Weekend outdoor market with locally handcrafted items, art, food, live music, entertainers, festivities. Every Saturday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; every Sunday, noon - 5 p.m. through October. Vendor openings available. oregoncraftersmarket.com
Wednesday, June 10 Virtual Parenting Support 7:30 p.m. Family Building Blocks offers virtual parenting support for families with young children. Visit familybuildingblocks.org/ parents/#opportunities and click on “connect through Zoom.” Repeats June 17. 971-701-0076
Monday, June 15 CommuniCare Grant Awards 1 p.m. Virtual CommuniCare grant awards ceremony with student grantmakers giving out more than $400,000 in grants. Silverton High selected Sheltering Silverton as a recipient. The CARE Foundation will make a $5 donation to the Oregon Community Foundation COVID-19 relief fund in honor of every virtual attendee. The ceremony will be aired at CommuniCareOR.org/ceremony.
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2 - 5 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Third Saturday of month. Silver Creek Fellowship, 822 Industry Way, Silverton. Phone: 503-873-7353. Facebook: Mission of Hope. Website: scf.tv
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Monday, June 1 2 - 3:30 p.m. Caregiver Connection is for family caregivers and/or unpaid family caregivers. This month’s topic is Compassion Fatigue. To join the Zoom meeting, visit https://nwsds.zoom. us/j/92235615586 10 minutes prior to meeting. Suzy, 503-304-3429
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Sunday, June 21 Father’s day
Minutes and agendas for all city-related meetings, and information on how to participate in/view the meetings, are available on the city’s website. City Council: 7 p.m. June 3 Phone: 503-873-5435 Website: scottsmill.org Email: email@example.com Facebook: The City of Scotts Mills
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1:30 - 7 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N Church St., Silverton. Appointments encouraged by visiting redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins welcome and will be scheduled at door.
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Red Cross Blood Drive 1 - 6 p.m., Mount Angel Fire District, 300 Monroe St. Appointments encouraged by visiting redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins welcome and will be scheduled at door.
City Meetings City of Silverton Minutes and agendas for all city-related meetings, and information on how to participate in/view the meetings, are available on the city’s website. City Council: 6 p.m. June 1 Special City Council: 6 p.m. June 15 Planning Commission: 7 p.m. June 9 Affordable Housing Task Force: 8:30 a.m. June 16 Phone: 503-873-5321 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: silverton.or.us Facebook: City of Silverton, OR
City of Mt. Angel Minutes and agendas for all city-related meetings, and information on how to participate in/view the meetings, are available on the city’s website. City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. June 1 Phone: 503-845-9291 Website: ci.mt-angel.or.us Facebook: City of Mt. Angel
Silver Falls School District offers graband-go meals for all children age 1 to 18 until June 11. Times are 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. at Silverton High, Mark Twain, Butte Creek, Scotts Mills and Victor Point schools. For information on summer food progam, visit silverfallsschools.org or call 503-873-5303. Visit summerfoodoregon. org for a list of all Oregon locations.
Mt. Angel School District For information on the summer food program, visit masd91.org or call 503845-2345. Visit summerfoodoregon.org for a list of all Oregon locations.
Food Banks Mt. Angel – Mission Benedict Food Pantry 1 - 4 p.m. Wedensdays, 1 - 4 p.m. Friday. Mission Benedict Food Pantry, 925 S Main St., Mt. Angel.
Scotts Mills – Food Pantry 9 - 11 a.m. Tuesdays. Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St., Scotts Mills.
Libraries Silver Falls Library Phone: 503-873-5173 Website: silverfallslibrary.org Facebook: Silver Falls Library District
Mt. Angel Public Library Phone: 503-845-6401 Website: mountangel.ccrls.org Email: email@example.com Facebook: Mt. Angel Public Library
Sheltering Silverton Phone: 971-343-1099 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: Sheltering Silverton
Senior Centers Silverton Phone: 503-873-3093 Website: silvertonseniorcenter.org Email: email@example.com Facebook: Silverton Senior Center Meals on Wheels will make regular home deliveries. Hot meal service for pickup at the center is Monday - Friday. To order meals, call 503-873-6906.
Mt. Angel Phone: 503-845-6998 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: Mt. Angel Community & Senior Center Meals on Wheels will continue delivering meals. For Meals on Wheel questions, call Ginger at 503-845-9464.
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To get your events, meetings and fundraisers published in Our Town, send your releases – including date, time, location, activity, cost, contact information – to datebook@ mtangelpub.com. Or drop them off at 401 Oak St., Silverton.
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A Grin at the End
A lifetime of luck
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As I sit here teetering on the verge of another birthday, I can’t help but think how lucky I have been.
struck up a conversation with one of the maids. She asked why I was there and I explained. She looked me square in the eyes, took my hands and said: “You know he’ll be all right.”
Not a Las Vegas kind of luck – the most I’ve ever won gambling is $4 – but it’s a kind of luck that really can’t be explained. For example, when I was a baby, an Air Force bomber crashed into the neighborhood where my family lived. It was on the island of Guam, and the B-29 had engine trouble and turned back to Andersen Air Force Base. It didn’t make it to the runway, and cartwheeled through our neighborhood, killing many neighbors and the people aboard the plane.
She was 100% correct. My brother has had his ups and downs but he’s been doing much better. I wonder about her, and I wonder about some of the other chance encounters I have over the past 67 years. Like the time I begrudgingly attended a banquet and met the woman who would become my wife.
Much of the area was a disaster, but my family was unscathed.
our house, the way it destroyed the houses on both sides? What would have happened if that truck driver had been daydreaming or fiddling with the radio?
I can’t explain that, nor can I explain an incident that happened a few years later in north Florida.
It makes me wonder. And it makes me thankful that sometimes – many times – luck is on our side.
I was playing Tarzan with the neighborhood kids, swinging on a rope across a road. I’ll stipulate that swinging on ropes through traffic does not generally lead to a long life, but hey, I was a dumb kid, doing what dumb kids are prone to do.
There have been other times when I was sure my luck was running out. I spent a week at St. Mary’s Hospital at the Mayo Clinic. What was supposed to be a routine gall bladder operation – one of those where you go home in the afternoon – turned into a six-hour surgery that could have been the end of the road.
When it was my turn, I managed to fall off the rope – in front of a truck. Quick reflexes on the part of the driver and good brakes on the part of the truck were the only things that prevented me from becoming a seven-year-old grease spot. How can I ever explain that? Why didn’t that plane destroy
Then there are other encounters I just can’t explain. Some time ago my brother had a heart attack and was really struggling. I was staying at a little motel near the hospital and
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Or the time I saw thousands of butterflies on the trees lining the road near our little farm in Minnesota. Their wings were moving in unison, as if they were breathing. I never imagined such a thing was even possible. All of the above was a product of luck. Religious people would describe it as something else entirely. They would be right, too. So what’s it all mean? What’s the take-home message for me and the other seven billion occupants of Planet Earth? Maybe it’s as simple as this: We’re really not in charge. We are passengers in this great adventure called life. Oh, we can nudge our course in one direction or another, but overall, what happens is something far beyond our control. And that’s the beautiful mystery of it all.
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