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Silverton Friends of Music advocate for new curriculum– Page 4

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

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Spring at Olde Moon Farm – Page 6

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Civics 101 Friends of Music, SFSD out of tune...........4 Farmer’s Notebook Olde Moon Farm readies for year 2...........6 Something for the Soul Sister Alberta’s service recognized...........8



A Grin at the End.................18

Sports & Recreation High marks for Track and Field...............16 Marketplace...........................17

On the Cover Jordan, Juniper and Jay Ulth of Olde Moon Farm in Silverton.



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SMARTPHONE CLASS 9:30-11:30 every Fri. thru June 14 $50 Details and sign up: 503-873-3093 INTEGRATIVE WELLNESS 6-8pm Tue. June 11 New wellness topics each month Dr. Tomas Gigena Free for Doctor Tomas patients $10 for Township Health DPC members $20 for non-members Call 503-836-7455 to reserve your spot. Space is limited. STOP THE BLOOD CLASS 11am Thur. June 6 Silverton Health trauma nurses NW FINANCIAL INSURANCE 2-3pm Mon. June 17 Bethany Morris provides information on open enrollment for insurance


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Out of tune By Brenna Wiegand Silverton Friends of Music presented a 41-page status report “Music in Silver Falls School District” to the Silver Falls School District Board at its May 13 meeting. The nonprofit, formed three years ago to promote music instruction in area schools, hired Minnesota-based consultant Dr. John Benham, author of Music Advocacy: Moving from Survival to Vision ( to survey the district’s music offerings and give ideas for improvement.

Silver Falls School District at odds with Silverton Friends of Music Weitzman said. “We kept seeing cuts to elementary music education and realized we wanted to not only fundraise but to be an advocacy group.” The group became vocal at school board meetings and last November the school board requested that administration gather information about the music program to present at the board’s January work session.

The district has worked closely with SFoM since its inception, and the group has provided numerous items for high school programs that they couldn’t otherwise afford. SFoM created a community children’s choir, participates with the Harmony Project to put instruments in the hands of fifth graders, and this summer holds free Music Mondays in the park.

SFoM felt the district presentation didn’t answer the questions the board requested in November, and didn’t put forth any solutions. Frustrated, it hired Benham, who has traveled across the country to aid school districts in keeping and supporting strong music programs. He does this largely by examining programs, producing reports that include national findings on music’s role in student development and by encouraging collaboration between community, teachers, board and administration.

“When we first started we thought we might be a band and choir booster club for the high school but we quickly realized this was a greater issue,” SFoM President Sarah

Benham was tasked with creating a report on the importance of music in learning, the history of music in the district, issues, conclusions and recommendations.


Conflict arose when administration declined to cooperate in a district survey Benham uses in his research. Instead, SFoM did its own research to secure the information, largely gleaned from the district website. It was during this time the group took offense at being referred to as “adversarial” by district representatives including Superintendent Andy Bellando. “I was visited by two members of their leadership a couple days before spring break and a little over two weeks before the consultant was going to arrive,” Bellando said. “They asked that the school district participate by completing a survey that would have taken multiple hours of time by my administrative staff and by the teachers and in conversation I said this feels very challenging. “I asked if we could reach agreement to talk about the purpose of the consultant’s visit, another date and about how the information was going to be used. They weren’t willing to do that. I asked how long they’d been discussing bringing the consultant to Silver Falls and they said they’d been discussing it

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for about a year. “We are incredible advocates of the arts,” Bellando said. “We receive similar requests maybe once a month… and very rarely do we participate. They often take time and valuable resources away from the classroom and that was definitely at play here. “The district had no input on the selection of the consultant and that’s something we take very seriously. All of those things combined resulted in my feeling – and frankly the feeling of others – that it had turned somewhat adversarial and I believe that’s a defendable position.” The final report suggests the formation of a 13-member task force to make recommendations regarding the structure of the music curriculum, followed by 16 specific recommendations as to how to improve it, administered through a districtwide music curriculum. That’s another rub. There is no districtwide music curriculum because each of the district’s 13 schools is allowed to allocate its funding according to its own needs,

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Election results resources, community input and priorities. The district is unique in that it covers 250 square miles with schools varying from 80 to 1,300 students. Schools administer music requirements either through pull-out sessions or by integrating it into mandatory subjects. This autonomy is what the community has asked for, Bellando said. “There’s some sense in putting together a group of people to discuss how we can support music but it has to be with the clear understanding of the values that the school district maintains,” Bellando said. “If the intent is to apply the consultant’s report as it has been submitted it would be problematic because it’s counter to the values of this school district.” Among SFoM’s recommendations are reinstating K-8 general music education in all schools; centralizing management of the music curriculum; requiring that music be taught by licensed music teachers and reinstatement of fifth grade band. Comparing current district-wide participation in band to that of three years

ago when fifth grade band existed, the report commissioned by SFoM says that the trickle-down effect of a lack of a formal, foundational fifth grade band will result in dire consequences for the high school program. It states that: “Band enrollment in grades in 2015-2016 in grades 5-8 is 127. Band enrollment in 20182019 in grades 5-8 is only 37; “This equates to a loss of 71 percent in student participation; “With 90 less students in grades 5-8, the imminent collapse of the band program becomes obvious. At this point, there are only 77 students enrolled in grades 9-12 band. In other words, band will cease to exist; “The real tragedy here is not the low number of students participating, but the fact that nearly 96 percent of the students never had a chance to participate, particularly those from local schools.” “That was our most important takeaway,” Weitzman said. “That we won’t have a band program in three or four years is huge. We need to be more focused on making

decisions that are student centered rather than adult centered.” The issue is now in the hands of the board. “Site-based funding says as long as schools are meeting state-mandated minimums they can staff up as they see fit,” said Silver Falls School Board Chair Tom Buchholz. “We hadn’t seen the report until a week or so before the meeting; I want to delve into it and have the administration team, who understands all the legal ramifications brought up in the report, look at it and get their opinion on it first. “Plus we have a new board; two new board members and it’s probably best to wait a few months until the new board is in place and make the decisions then,” Buchholz said. “We’re just having a disagreement and I want to make sure we find common ground,” he continued. “I understand they would like to see more music instruction throughout the district – that means something has to give; what other instruction is going to be taken away? It will be a wide-ranging discussion.”

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Farmer’s Notebook

Olde Moon Farm By Melissa Wagoner Spring has definitely sprung at Olde Moon Farm on the outskirts of Silverton. Where, just over a year ago, there was only green lawn, now nearly an acre of garden plots is scattered over the hillsides. What was once the lawn and small garden of Megan and Roger Garrett is now the productive farm of Jordan and Jay Uth. “It’s pretty intimate,” Jay said of the lease arrangement, which allows the Uths to not only farm the Garrett’s land but also to live in the small, bunkhouse situated on the property. “But we’re used to that, having done it with different land owners,” Jordan continued. “And it’s been great.”


New to Oregon, the Uths made their move in February 2018 from Point Reyes in Northern California. “We were working for people who hired us to farm their land,” Jordan said. “It was difficult to find people who wanted to lease us land.”

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“We’ll be providing the bulk of his unique produce,” Jay added. “It gives him an edge in his marketplace and we get to do these fun varieties of things.” Both the property and the partnership with G-Love – which is slated to open in Portland’s Slabtown district in August – were almost too good to be true, compelling the Uths to pack everything, including their then seven month-old daughter, Juniper, and move to Oregon without really knowing what they would find when they got here. But what they

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“What’s really incredible about this opportunity with Megan and Roger is their son, Garrett, is opening a restaurant in Portland,” Jordan revealed. “G-Love – it’s a reverse steakhouse.”


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Between the shortage of leasable land and the high cost of California living, the Uths – who have 10 years of joint farming experience – decided to widen their search to include the Pacific Northwest, and that’s when they stumbled upon a posting from Megan on Oregon Farm Link.

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Produce for farmers market, restaurants found amazed them. “Opening up new land and not knowing the soil – it was a surprise,” Jay said. “First years, they’re throw away years.” But despite the assumption that the first year would be a bust, the Uths were able to pull together a bumper harvest of both vegetables – Jay’s focus – and flowers – which is Jordan’s specialty. “We sold at the farmers market and restaurants,” Jay said. “It is a great farmers market and we fit in really nicely.” Although the couple has previously sold their produce and flowers using the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model, this time around they have decided to focus on the Silverton Farmers Market and restaurant kitchens as their primary customer base. Along with the specialty produce Olde Moon Farm is growing for their restaurant clientele, the Uths also grow a variety of vegetables commonly found in the Willamette Valley – tomatoes,

peppers, squashes, etc. But what they are really passionate about is spring greens, shoots and microgreens, a crop that grows well in the farm’s higher elevation and cooler climate. “We have that shoulder season for those things that get blown out earlier in the valley,” Jordan said. Last winter the couple hosted several on-the-farm classes about food preparation and storage, something they hope to do more of in coming years. The Uths encourage anyone curious about their growing practices to ask questions or, better yet, to visit the farm – and can be contacted at In the meantime, the Uths are busy laying the groundwork for what is sure to be another plentiful growing season. “It’s been nice to key in after last year,” Jordan said. “The first year is a lot of observation and it’s been really nice to dial in.”


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Sister Alberta awarded Christus Magister medal Sister Alberta Dieker, OSB, a member of Queen of Angels Monastery in Mount Angel, was awarded the Christus Magister medal from the University of Portland during their annual commencement ceremonies on May 5. She received the honor for her lifetime service to the three central tenets of the University of Portland’s mission – teaching and learning, faith and formation, and service and leadership. Sister Alberta entered Queen of Angels Monastery in 1939, and professed her vows in 1942. Her teaching career spanned 45-years, and ranged from elementary school to college. In addition to serving as prioress, she was also a history professor at Eastern Oregon College and served as dean and president of Mount Angel College.

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

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

Bistro, 201 E Main St. 503-510-3525. Wochenmarkt Storytime, 11:30 a.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Family storytime (outside weather permitting). Free. Mt. Angel Wochenmarkt, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., East Charles Street. German farmer’s market, activites, local musicians. 503-845-9291 Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 6 p.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St. Dave, 503-501-9824 Compassionate Presence Sangha, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. Mindful meditation, shared dialog. All spiritual traditions. Free. Newcomers arrive 20 minutes early. 971-218-6641

Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., St.

Edward’s Episcopal Church, 211 W Center St., Silverton. For those with eating problems. All welcome. 503-551-3671


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

Angel Festhalle, 500 NE Wilco Hwy. Ann, 503-873-4198 Silverton Women Connect, 8:45am., Main Street Bistro, 201 E. Main St., Silverton. Networking & mastermind group for personal, business growth with likeminded women. Val, 503-877-8381 Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 9:15 a.m., Stardust Village Clubhouse, 1418 Pine St., Silverton All welcome. 503-871-3729

Silvertones Community Singers, 10 a.m.,

United Methodist Church, 203 Main St., Silverton. Open to anyone who loves to sing. Performances on Friday. 503-873-2033 Appy Hour, 11 a.m., Mount Angel Public Library. Technical assistance for devices, apps. Call 503-845-6401 for 1-on-1 appointment. Free. All ages. Smartphone Class, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Call 503873-3093for details. Duplo Day, 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Ages 0 - 5 with caregiver. Free. Table Games, 12:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free.


Silverton Farmer’s Market, 9 a.m. –

1 p.m., Town Square Park, Main Street, Silverton. Fresh produce, plants, flowers. 503-873-5615 Citizenship Class, 10 a.m. - noon, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N. Church St., Silverton. 503-873-8656 Serenity Al-Anon Meeting, 10 a.m., Silverton Assembly of God Church, 437 N. James St. 503-269-0952 Family Game Day, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Silver Falls Library. All ages. Free; caregiver must attend with children 0 - 5. Saturday Lunch, Noon - 1:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 N. Second St., Silverton. Free. 503-873-2635 AA Meetings, 8 p.m., Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. David, 503-383-8327

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Saturday, June 1 Free Fishing Event 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Silverton Marine Park. Free poles, bait, equipment or bring your own. Fishing Buddies, snacks provided. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by adult. Reservoir gates closed to vehicle access. Free shuttles from Roth’s, Safeway, Church of Nazarene, Silverton Grange. Disabled access available. 503-873-0405.

Monday, June 3 Healthy & Aging Workshop Noon - 1:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free four-week workshop on personal health strategies, concerns. Facilitated by David Haber, PhD. Provided by Marion County & Older American Behavioral Health Initiative. Advanced registration required by calling 503-873-3093.

Seasonal Harvest Series 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Fourweek series to learn to use fresh produce in the kitchen. Hands-on participation, organic healthy snack. Family-friendly, all ages. $5 per class. Pre-registration required by calling 503-873-3093.

Silverton City Council 7 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-873-5321

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

Tuesday, June 4 Toe-Tapping Tunes 10:30 a.m., Silver Falls Library. Song, dancing for children. Free. 503-873-7633

Caregiver Connection 2 - 3:30 p.m., Legacy Silverton Health, 342 Fairview St. For family caregivers. This month’s topic is Compassion Fatigue. Free. Suzy, 503-304-3429

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

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4:30 p.m., Mount Angel Public Library. Build original creations out of Legos to display. Free. All ages. 503-845-6401

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

Mt. Angel American Legion

Lunaria First Friday

6:30 p.m., 740 E College St., Mt. Angel. American Legion Post No. 89 meeting. All veterans welcome. Jim, 503-845-6119

The Caring Friends

6:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Provides comfort, hope, support to parents who lost a child. 503-873-6944

Silverton Garden Club

6:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Speaker Thomas Johnson from Sebright Gardens discusses epimediums, hostas. Free. Guests welcome. 503-302-5001

Scotts Mills Neighborhood Watch

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

Wednesday, June 5 Storytime with Chief

10:30 a.m., Mount Angel Public Library. Storytime with Mt. Angel Police Chief Mark Daniel. All ages. Free.

Actors/Improv Group

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Improvisational games. No experience required. Open to adults, high school students. Repeats June 19. 503-873-8796

Scotts Mills City Council

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

Silverton High Baccalaureate 7 p.m., Silverton High, 1456 Pine St.

Thursday, June 6 Stop the Blood Movement

11 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Movement class provided by Legacy Silverton Health trauma nurses. Free. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Stamp Art

7 - 9 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N. Water St., Silverton. Artists’ reception for “Bits and Pieces” by Pamela Edwards, Linda Jacobson, Lea Gordinier. Loft features “Painting My Oregon” by Becky Hesedahl. Free. Open to public. 503-873-7734

First Friday Music 7 p.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St. John Collison, UMC music director, performs “Songs I Love.” Donations accepted. 503-873-3461

Saturday, June 8 Silverton Garden Tour 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Visit local home gardens. $20 in advance; $25 day-of. Kids under 10 free. Tickets at Silverton Together, Silverton Chamber of Commerce, Silverton Farmers Market. Sponsored by Silverton Together, Silverton Garden Club. 503-873-0405

Author Linda Atwell 10 a.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 Main St. UMC Book Club hosts Linda Atwell, local author of Loving Lindsey: Raising a Daughter with Special Needs. Free. Open to public. 503-873-6517

Gordon House Birthday

7 p.m., Filberts Farmhouse Kitchen, 21317 E Highway 99, Aurora. Dinner, meeting. Members discuss ways to fund, implement projects benefitting Silverton community. Dinner must be paid for by June 6. Social begins at 6 p.m. Barbara, 801-414-3875

Tuesday, June 11 Summer Reading Program “A Universe of Stories” is the theme of Silver Falls Library’s adult summer reading program. Read books, attend library program, earn Friends of the Library book sale coupons, prizes. Registration is open through Aug. 17. Free Sign-up at library, 410 S Water St., Silverton. 503-873-5173. Children can sign up for their own summer reading program, too. Free. 503-873-7633

Blood Pressure Checks 11 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free blood pressure checks provided by Legacy Silverton Health. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Kite Making 3:30 p.m., Mount Angel Public Library. Create kite out of recycled materials. Age 6 - 12. Free. 503-845-6401

Integrative Wellness 6 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Integrative Wellness with Dr. Tomas Gigena. Free for Dr. Ginena patients, $10 for Township Health DPC members, $20 for non-members. Space limited. Call 503836-7455 to reserve spot.

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Volunteer Orientation

7 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Open to public. 503-874-2207

11 a.m., Mount Angel Public Library. Fill out application, attend to become library volunteer. Teens, adults. 503-845-6401

Kennedy High Graduation 2 p.m., Kennedy High, 890 E Marquam St., Mt. Angel.

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2 - 4 p.m., St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, 211 W Center St., Silverton. Groundbreaking ceremony for four transitional homes for Silverton women in need of stable housing. Informational displays, cottage models. Refreshments. Open to public. 503-873-6188

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7 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Open to public. 503-873-5303

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Gordon House, 869 W Main St., Silverton. Celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday with $5 admission to the Gordon House. Birthday treats, self-guided tour.

3:30 p.m., Mount Angel Public Library. Teens, adults. Free. 503-845-6401 7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Informal writer’s group to share, critique writing projects. Repeats June 20. 503-873-8796

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

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

10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Silverton Grange, 201 Division St. Adam McKinley discusses methods of putting up harvest beyond canning. Food safety for home preservers. Free. Open to public. 503-269-9987

Sunday, June 16 Father’s Day Silverton Hills Strawberry Festival 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Coolidge McClaine Park, Silverton. Enjoy crafts, music, food, beer garden, strawberry shortcake with ice cream. Free bowls of berries. $6 admission; under 2 and over 80 free. Sponsored by Silverton Rotary Club, Homer Davenport Community Festival. 503-873-5615

Monday, June 17 Music on Monday 6:30 p.m., Old Mill Park Amphitheater. Enjoy live music in the outdoor amphitheater between the library and pool. Free. Every Monday through Aug. 26. Hosted by Silverton Friends of Music.

Tuesday, June 18 Alzheimer’s Support Group 2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Alzheimer’s support for spouses, families. Free. 503-973-3093

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1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Four-week painting class. $10 members, $12 nonmembers. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

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Friday, June 7

7 p.m., Silverton High, 1456 Pine St.

Community Meeting

7 - 9:30 a.m., Marquam United Methodist Church, 36971 Highway 213, Mt. Angel. Open to public. 503-829-5061

7 p.m., Silverton Mobile Estates Clubhouse, 1307 S Water St. Open to public. Norm, 503-874-8101

6:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Discuss parks and recreation options for Silverton. Open to public. Free. 503-873-3093

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Silverton Mural Society

Noon - 3 p.m., Mount Angel Public Library. Summer reading program kickoff. Register for program, play games, do crafts, enjoy snow cones, explore a variety of emergency, military vehicles up close and personal. All ages. Free. 503-845-6401

7 p.m., Legacy Silverton Health, 342 Fairview St. Open to public. Repeats June 20. 503-873-7119

Friday, June 14 Flag Day Saturday, June 15

6 p.m., Macleay Country Inn, 8362 SE MacLeay Road, Salem. Order off menu. Dutch treat. 503-873-3093

Prayer of the Heart 3:30 p.m., Queen of Angels Monastery, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Contemplative prayer group. Free. 503-991-9299

Reptile Man 3:30 p.m., Mount Angel Public Library. Reptile Man presents 17 reptiles in entertaining, educational program. Seating first come-first served. All ages. Free. 503-845-6401

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7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. Visitors welcome. 503-897-8796

American Legion Post 7

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

Wednesday, June 19 Bocce Ball Tournament

Noon, Vanderbeck Valley Farm, 37791 S Highway 213, Mt. Angel. The Big LeBocce Chairty Bocce Ball tournament. Register teams of four with a $100 donation. June 5 registration deadline. Forms at or Rosi, 503-873-7200.

Chickadees Storytime

12:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Storytime, playgroup. Age 3 - 5. Caregivers must attend. Repeats June 26. 503-873-7633

Grief Support Group

2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Provided by Providence Benedictine Home Health. Free. 503-873-3093

Pints & Purls

6 - 8 p.m., Main Street Bistro, 201 E Main St., Silverton. Meet other knitters, crocheters for an evening of pints, some purls. Hosted by KIS Designs. Everyone welcome.

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6:30 - 9:30 p.m., Gallon House, 219 Oak St., Silverton. Silverton After School Activities Program fundraiser. Dinner, drawings. Music by Jenna Ellefson, La Paz, Syco Billys. $35 with dinner, $20 no dinner. Beer, wine available for purchase. Tickets at ASAP, 303 N. Church St., Silverton or 503-569-8007,

6:30 p.m., Mount Angel Public Library. Chef Christian Stephenson demonstrates process of making German honey mustard using local honey from Pacific Honeybee. Adults. Free. 503-845-6401

Magician Michael Douglas

3:30 p.m., Mount Angel Public Library. Comedian, magician Michael Douglas entertains all ages. Free. 503-845-6401

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Silverton Grange Business Meeting

Thursday, June 20 Free Legal Advice 9 a.m. - noon, Silverton Senior Center. Free legal advice for seniors 50 and older. Provided by attorney Phil Kelley. Call 503873-3093 for appointment.

Baby Birds Storytime 11 a.m., Silver Falls Library. Storytime, playgroup. Age 0 - 36 months. Free. Repeats June 27. 503-873-7633

Book Discussion for Adults 1 p.m., Mount Angel Public Library. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. 503-845-6401

Red Cross Blood Drive 1:30 - 7 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N. Church St., Silverton. Appointments encouraged by visiting Walk-ins welcome and scheduled at door.

7 p.m., Coolidge-McClaine Park, 300 Coolidge St., Silverton. Summer reading program. Free. Open to all. 503-873-7763

Friday, June 21 Summer Solstice

Wednesday, June 26 6:30 p.m., Silverton Grange, 201 Division St. Members discuss, vote on business items. Open to public. No potluck. 503-268-9987

Thursday, June 27 Raffia Napkins Rings

Friday Movie 1 p.m., Mount Angel Public Library. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. PG. All ages. Popcorn. Free. 503-845-6401

3:30 p.m., Mount Angel Public Library. Create napkin rings out of raffia. Teens, adults. Free. 503-845-6401

Comedy Kids Magic

7 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Summer reading program. Free. Open to all. 503-873-7763

Monday, June 24 Medical Insurance Meeting 1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free medical insurance meeting with Lance Kamstra of Profitable Planning Inc. Dropins welcome. Free. 503-873-3093

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

Friday, June 28 Drop-in Game Day

Noon - 4 p.m., Mount Angel Public Library. Enjoy a variety of classic, new, life-sized and video games. All ages. Free. 503-845-6401

Sunday, June 30 Scotts Mills Pancake Breakfast

7 a.m. - noon, Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. $6. 503-874-9575

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David Jenks was born to Aasel and Mabel Jenks in Woods Cross, Utah. When he was still small, they moved to Heyburn, Idaho, where he went to elementary and high school.

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He married Clara Korb in 1951. They had three children. During their marriage, he was drafted into the US Army and served at Ladd Air Force Base in Fairbanks, Alaska. After nine years, the couple divorced. He moved to Spokane, Washington and lived near his eldest sister, Alice Koch.

David was a member of the Silverton Lions Club for several years. He could be seen at Homer Davenport Days flipping pancakes at the grill.

In 1964, looking for work, he found a job as a auto body technician in Stayton, Oregon. There he met and married Suzy Seitz. They had one son, and David became father to her daughter from previous marriage. They eventually lived in Scio, Oregon where they had horses and belonged to a saddle club. He served as a volunteer firefighter for the Scio Fire Dept. They divorced after nine years. In December 1978, while attending a Parents Without Partners meeting in Salem, he met Lynn Kassell. They

married May 19, 1979, and lived in Silverton along with her son from a previous marriage. In 1984 they moved to 3-½ acres outside Silverton where they lived the remainder of his life. David was a firefighter for the Silverton Fire Department for about 15 years and in that time he also became an EMT1. David, Lynn, who also became an EMT,

He enjoyed the outdoors: hunting, fishing, camping, RVing, dirt bike riding in the desert or just working in his garden. He raised vegetables from seed in a small green house along with many flowers. He built birdhouses from reclaimed wood using his own design and proudly gave several to family and friends. He was a very good cook and won several Dutch oven cookoffs at their annual church campout. The last couple years he became a drone pilot and made several aerial videos. David enjoyed fellowship with family, friends and fellow church members. He delighted in spending time with his kids, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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He enjoyed attending concerts presented by the African Children’s Choir. He and Lynn were blessed to co-sponsor one child, Stella Nabatanzi, who they consider an unofficial “adopted” daughter. He was devoted to his Heavenly Father and went home on May 19, 2019, which was also his and Lynn’s 40th anniversary. David is survived by his wife Lynn, children Terrie Beckman, Vickie (Les) Merle, Kelly (Donna) Jenks, Rick (Adria) Kassell, Dwayne Jenks, Denise (Kelly) Sanders and his sister Alice. There are also 13 grandchildren and 16 greatgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his five brothers, two of whom died at or shortly after birth, Kenneth, Varsel (Minnie) and Chuck, and one sister, Villa (Keith) Warner. He also left behind 35 nieces and nephews and many friends. His memorial was held on May 31 at Silver Creek Fellowship where the family attended church for almost 20 years.

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the “best meet of her high school career.” The Trojans finished with 53.5 points. It was the ninth consecutive top 10 finish at state for the Kennedy girls. Here is a look at other top Kennedy girls performed: For the boys, Haile Stutzman finished his sterling high school career with a pair of 4th-place finishes. He broke his own school record in running 8:37.82 in the 3,000 and became just the second Foxes runner to break 4 minutes in the 1,500, running 3:59.35. Stutzman also ran the second leg on the 4x400 relay squad that took 2nd in 3:27.37. Other top finishers for the boys included: • Ben Willis was second in the shot put (57-1) and 5th in the discuss (152-7). • Anthony Fleshman was second in the 300 hurdles in 39.13 and ran the opening leg on the 4x400 relay. • Cory Garlinghouse was fifth in the 400 (51.15) and ran third in the 4x400 relay. • Jadon Mansur was fifth in the 800 (1:58.55) and anchored the 4x400. Kennedy track: Hallie Sprauer scored in four events May 17-18 to lead the Trojans’ girls to fourth in the Class 2A-1A state meet in Monmouth. Sprauer took second in the high jump (5-3) and the triple jump (34-6.25), was third in the long jump (17-0.5) and ran the anchor leg on the Trojans’ 4x100 relay squad that finished sixth in 52.47. Sprauer zoomed into second place in the triple jump on her final try and her long jump broke a 1975 school record. Coach Steve Ritchie told Our Town it was

• Alejandra Lopez was third in the 3,000 (11:02.25) and sixth in the 1,500 (5:08.71). • Sophia Rodriguez was fourth in the triple jump (33-4.25. • Lilly English was third in the discus (108-0). • Caitlyn Perez was fourth in the 100 hurdles (17.52). The Kennedy boys, led by state champion hurdler Carlos Saravia, scored 20 points and finished 14th. Saravia won the 300 hurdles in 40.72. The 300 hurdles victory was the first-ever for a Kennedy boys athlete and it marked a significant comeback for Saravia, who took a bad fall at a meet last spring and ultimately required shoulder surgery. Also scoring well for the Kennedy boys was Nick Suing, fourth in the shot put (47-1.5) and sixth in the discus (124-6). Golf: Three Silverton boys players participated in the Class 5A tournament at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis. Junior Daniel Valihov was the top finisher for the Foxes, tying for 13th with a two-day score of 80-78—158. Senior Stephan Samoilov tied for 15th with a 78-82—160, with junior Maverick Cheremnov part of a tie for 27th with scores of 78-93—171. Baseball: Silverton ended perhaps its best season in history with a 19-8 record. The Foxes hosted a state playoff game for the

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first time in 26 years and advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time ever. Silverton fell to Thurston 18-8 in the quarters, but first-year coach Jeremiah Runion told Our Town “this season was great, and we’re going to miss all those seniors. All these guys are fighters.” Six of those seniors were honored on the all-Mid-Willamette Conference allstars. Riley Kramer was joined by junior Gage Mack among first-team pitchers. Shortstop Owen Bischoff and center fielder Hunter Runion also made the first team. Third baseman Caleb Ward was a second-teamer, with catcher Cooper Hannan, first baseman Jacoby Quintero and junior second baseman Cole Runion earning honorable mention. The Foxes also seem primed to make their mark at the next level as Hunter Runion (Montana State-Billings), Bischoff (Yakima Valley Community College) and Ward (Treasure Valley Community College) already have signed to play in college. The Silverton softball team, meanwhile, placed Riley Barba on the all-MWC first team and Erin Breshears on the second team. Editor’s note: The Kennedy baseball and softball squads still were playing in the Class 2A-1A tournaments at presstime. See our Facebook page and the June 15 edition for the results. Youth softball: The 12B Silver Fox Fastpitch squad, a team of players from Silverton and Mount Angel, has won two tournaments and finished third in another tourney. In one of the events, held April 20 in Newberg, the squad won against 14U competition.


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The Silverton tennis doubles team of Alyssa Khieu, left, and Aneisa Fink.

Players on the squad are Isabel Berning, Bella Diaz, Greyson Glivinski, Hannah Houts, Ellie Martin, Ariana Meraz, Jerisha Perez, Mckenzee Petersen, Paisley Rains and Grace Talbot. The head coach is Felix Meraz. Assisting him are Manny Diaz, Monica Petersen and Lorenzo Perez. Players are required to be involved in the community. In December team members assembled food boxes at SACA and players honored breast cancer survivors at a Mother’s Day tournament in Salem by wearing pink and the word FIGHT across their backs with the initials of whom they are fighting for on their jersey sleeves. The program has tryouts for 10U-12U14U Silver Fox players Aug. 6-8 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the high school field. Email for information. Tennis: The Silverton girls doubles team of senior Alyssa Khieu and junior Aneisa Fink advanced to the Class 5A semifinals and led the Foxes to 6th place in the tournament. The third-place finish of the duo is believed to be the highest at state for a

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boys or girls player, Foxes girls coach Shawn Pool told Our Town. Khieu and Fink, who were seeded second in the tournament, defeated pairs from Ashland and Parkrose in the first two rounds before falling to a team from North Bend in the semis. The Foxes duo then came back from being down a set to claim third place with 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 win against a Crescent Valley duo. Silverton scored 5 team points, good for 6th place.

MT. ANGEL SCHOOL DISTRICT is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals are served at no charge to those between 1 and 18 years of age. The program will run Monday through Friday from June 17, 2019 through August 16, 2019 (no meals served on July 4th). Meals will be served at St. Mary’s Elementary School, 590 E. College Street, Mt. Angel. Breakfast is from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

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“We return a lot of great players for next year,” Pool said. “However we are looking for more athletes to play tennis. Four to six more talented athletes will put us in contention for the state championship within the next two to three years, maybe even next year.” The Silverton boys totaled two team points scored by the doubles team of junior Isaac Milner and senior Romain Granger. Milner and Granger defeated a team from North Bend before falling in the quarterfinals to the eventual champions from Redmond. Got a news tip? Email me at

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A Grin at the End

Wasn’t it wonderful?

(The good) life without a cell phone

The other day I left my cell phone at home.

There was a time when cell phones were pretty much reserved for important things. If someone was hurt, or in a car wreck I could get the word out. Or if I was running late to an appointment, I could call and let them know.

It was the best mistake I ever made. To me, a cell phone is a leash, a cinder block tied to my leg as I try to do important things, only to be distracted by constant beeping, dinging and vibrating. Some people apparently need to know what Kim Kardashian is doing at the very moment she posts on Instagram about it, when I don’t understand why anyone would ever care about anything she has ever said or done. Other people say they need to know what President Trump is thinking. He doesn’t even seem to know most of the time. Then there are the robot calls that flood cell phones. I will never stay at another “Brand X” hotel as long as I live. I have gotten so many robo calls from that company I feel as though I would rather sleep in my car than set foot in one of its establishments. The same goes for every other company that uses The Most Annoying Form of Marketing Ever. I’m keeping a list and will never give any of them a dime’s worth of business. And then there are the many “important” instant messages I receive. Unless it comes from my wife or one of the kids, I don’t care. Anyone else can send me an

Now, a cell phone has a bunch of “apps” that are occasionally useful – I know when someone is at the front door, for example. That’s great if someone is ripping off the mail or a package on the front steps, but otherwise I don’t care. email at work and I’ll get it soon enough. And don’t even mention Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, which all boil down to electronic piffle. People selling stuff I don’t want or need, grandparents bragging about their grandkids…. I’m getting nauseous just thinking about it. Without my phone, I was able to spend an entire day concentrating on the work at hand without being bugged. And when I went for my daily walk at noon I was able to enjoy the little park near where I work. I was even friendly to the bums that park their shopping carts and sprawl across the grass on a nice day. A day without a cell phone was like a vacation – except I got more work done in less time and was less annoyed.

Nor do I care how many rubles there are in a dollar (a lot), which my phone also provides. Or that the stock market is up. It goes up and down all of the time. As long as it goes up more than down, everything is fine. I remember life without cell phones. It was wonderful. Messages would be waiting on the phone answering machine whenever I got back to the house or the office, and I could ignore them as needed. When I got home that night, my cell phone was waiting for me on the dining room table. I dutifully checked it for important messages, and there were none. The robo callers hadn’t left any messages either. No surprise there. And Kim Kardashian was still doing meaningless things and letting the world know about it. Carl Sampson is a freelance writer and editor. He lives in Stayton.

We’d like to thank all our runners, walkers, sponsors, volunteers and staff for helping the Fun Run remain one of Silverton’s outstanding celebrations of health, fun and community spirit. Here are the results of the 36th Annual Silverton Health Fun Run, held May 11. 5K Male 1st – Andrew Fronza

5K Female 1st – Deanna O’Neil

1 Mile Male (10 and under) 1st – Kaiyden Cornell 2nd – Kanoa Buckley 3rd – Levi Schurter

1 Mile Female (10 and under) 1st – Berlyn Lister 2nd – Lorelei Edelman 3rd – Mary Fronza

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Compact Alternatives

By Laura Mills

Since ancient times humans have tried to create their vision of paradise: lush, green plants; sweet, abundant fruit; and, of course, the sound of water gently spilling over rocks. Many homeowners long for a water feature but the cost of a full-fledged pond can be daunting. Finding smaller, inexpensive alternatives is what many are opting for.

Plants are the final touch. Many gardeners enjoy having small water features because it allows them to “get their feet wet” with water plants without getting overwhelmed.

Water features offer a soothing sound that relaxes people. Water bubbling from a small water feature adds a whole new dimension to an outdoor space. It can soothe away tension and help obscure the sounds of the city.

For a modern look, try simple and architectural plants like rushes (Juncus) and horsetails (Equisetum). For a more classic look, waterlilies (Nymphaea), provide shade and protection for fish and a stunning bloom in mid- to late summer. There are many varieties of dwarf waterlilies that only reach about one to two feet wide that are perfect for most patio water features.

There are many options for containers. Some nurseries offer sealed, glazed containers in a variety of colors and styles. Half-wine barrels that have been lined or even industrial-looking aluminum livestock troughs offer interesting options. It’s always best to decide on a location and measure it before looking for a suitable container. A protected location near the house that receives morning sun and afternoon shade is optimal, though small water features can be quite versatile. Relatively inexpensive pumps can be found at most nurseries; having an estimate of how many gallons the feature contains will help in selecting it. Most pumps are rated in gallons per hour (gph); to keep fish and plants happy consider a pump that can circulate the volume of the feature three to five times per hour. For example, a ten-gallon water feature would require a 30 gph pump. A small filter will help improve water quality and clarity; however it’s generally not necessary for smaller features. Adding rock to the bottom of a water feature hides the pump, adds a natural feel and

helps, however, it’s useful to have the water feature on casters so it can easily be out of extremely cold weather. Hot areas, especially those with direct sunlight and reflected heat, should be avoided as water temperatures can soar can soar in such locales.

A pouring water feature. TIMM O’COBHTHAIGH Right, top: water lily; bottom: taro. LAURA MILLS

provides some filtration, while keeping leaves and large debris from clogging the works. It’s wise to keep a few things in mind when deciding whether to have fish and which ones to choose. Most professionals advise a ratio of one inch of fish for every ten gallons of water; more fish can affect water clarity. To stretch a water feature’s capacity for fish, add more plants; they will naturally filter the water. Despite Oregon’s mild winters, above-ground features can freeze solid. Having moving water

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Taro (Colocasia) with its bold, tropical leaves in greens and deep purple is a favorite. Water lettuce and water hyacinth are the summer annuals of water gardening and are plants that float on the surface, requiring no soil. They are a nice addition to any water feature and are especially convenient for the ultimate in low maintenance and low cost. It’s like having a slice of paradise at a fraction of the cost of a full-blown pond – but do not be surprised if it leads to bigger things. Small water features are a dramatic garden accent or focal point, lending ambiance and a touch of tranquility to a garden of any size.

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CISTUS A ‘no brainer’ for hot, dry spots Neil Bell once referred to the shrub he studied for several years as a “no-brainer” for every garden with poor soil and lots of sun exposure. “It also doesn’t require pruning, fertilizing or watering,” he said. Add to those stellar qualities, it produces a fragrant flower that deer dislike. Plus, he added, it eliminates summer weeding because weeds don’t stand a ghost of chance when competing against it. The community horticulturist for Oregon State University Extension Services in Marion and Polk counties, Bell has been researching cistus, commonly known as the rockrose. “Cistus don’t require a lot of work,” he said, “while being an attractive plant.” An evergreen, woody shrub native to the Mediterranean, Bell said cistus is drought tolerant and thrives in average to poor soil. The plants on average grow from 2-3 feet tall and 4-5 feet wide. Depending on the variety, the rockrose produces multiple, fragrant blooms from May to June with each flower lasting only one day. Bell and a colleague traveled to England to meet with Bob Page where they collected 105 varieties of cistus and planted them at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora. He has been impressed with how the plant thrives on neglect. Although there are several varieties of cistus available at nurseries, Bell said he plans to publish his research and make the new varieties available. He believes the rockrose makes a welcome addition – especially to new construction where the soil conditions are often poor – because of its hardiness. Too often when people select plants for their yards, they fail to take into consideration what a plant requires, Bell said. When buying plants for your yard, he advises

Above: ‘Sunset.’ Right: ‘Silverpink.’

gardeners to match the plant to the area and soil condition rather than trying to amend the soil to please the plant. To illustrate his point, Bell shared several slides of public and private landscapes where the plants were “stressed out.” Several of the slides displayed showed sad, droopy rhododendrons in dry, sunny locations. Rhododendrons prefer the shade. “Public landscapes can look attractive without spending a lot of money or time,” he said.

Inspiration awaits on Home Garden Tour Looking for fun, innovative or whimsical ideas for your garden? The fifth annual Silverton Home Garden Tour includes some of the most inspired private gardens in “Oregon’s Garden City”. The Silverton Garden Club and Silverton Together invite you to take the self-paced tour on Saturday, June 8 and watch your ideas grow. Tour day opens at 10 a.m. when guests can pick up a Tour Map at the official Welcome Booth in the Postal Connections parking lot, 333 Westfield St., or at the Silverton Farmers Market in Towne Square Park at the corner of Main and Jersey streets. Participants have until 4 p.m. to explore the gardens. Tickets are $20

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per person in advance, $25 on the day of the event. Children 10 and younger are free. Advance tickets are available online through or at the Silverton Farmers Market, Saturday, June 1, or weekdays at the offices of the Silverton Chamber of Commerce, 420 S. Water St., the Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield St., or Silverton Together, 421 S. Water. All ticket holders are entered into a drawing for door prizes provided by tour organizers, community nurseries and local businesses. For further information call 503-873-0405.

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Focusing on plants that survive in the hot sun with little or no water, Bell shared a photograph of a landscape near the west wall of a public buildingthat gets quite warm in the summer months. A collection of thyme, cistus, golden oregano, fescue, viburnum and ceanothus (California lilac) were planted. “It’s a tough site but the plants are doing well,” he said. “It’s important to design a garden so the plants are in the right areas for growth.” September and October are the best time to plant cistus, giving plants time to get established before the warm season. Cistus can be planted in the spring but that first season they’ll need adequate water to become established. Make sure you don’t plant them alongside waterhungry neighbors, but with other drought-tolerant plants, or you’re defeating your purpose. The two most commonly known rockroses are Cistus x hybridus which grow 30 inches tall and 4 feet wide, producing white flowers in May, and Cistus x purpureus, growing 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide producing purple flowers with reddish blotches on the base of each petal. “When I tell people there is a plant that requires no pruning, watering or mulching, it probably sounds like plant neglect,” he said. “Cistus diminish the amount of work gardeners have to do.”

OSU June Garden Chores Oregon State University Extension Service encourages sustainable gardening practices. Identify and monitor problems before acting. Consider cultural controls; then physical, biological, and chemical controls (which include insecticidal soaps, horticultural oils, botanical insecticides, organic and synthetic pesticides). Consider the least-toxic approach first. Recommendations are for the mid Willamette Valley. For more information, contact your local office of the OSU Extension Service. FRUIT CROP


First week: Spray cherry trees for cherry fruit fly, as necessary, if fruit is ripening. Spray for codling moth in apple and pear trees as necessary. Continue use of pheromone traps for insect pest detection. After normal fruit drop in June, consider thinning the remainder to produce a larger crop of fruit. Pick ripe strawberries regularly to avoid fruit-rotting diseases. If indicated, spray cherries at weekly intervals for fruit fly. Last week: second spray for codling moth and scab in apple or pear trees.

If green lawns are being maintained through the summer, fertilize near the end of the month. Set mower blade at .75 to 1 inch for bentgrass lawns; 1.5 to 2.5 inches for bluegrasses, fine fescues, and ryegrasses.

FLOWERS, SHRUBS & TREES Plant dahlias and gladioli. Learn to identify beneficial insects and plant some insectary plants (alyssum, phacelia, coriander, candytuft, sunflower, yarrow, dill) to attract them. Check with local nurseries for best selections. Spray with Orthene to control adult root weevils in rhododendrons, azaleas, primroses, and other ornamentals. Or, use beneficial nematodes if soil temperature is above 55 degrees F. Birch trees dripping means aphids are present. Control as needed. Remove seed pods after blooms have dropped from rhododendrons, azaleas. Prune lilacs, forsythia, rhododendrons and azaleas after blooming.

FRESH VEGETABLES Fertilize vegetable garden one month after plants emerge by side dressing alongside the rows. Harvest thinnings from new plantings of lettuce, onion and chard. Construct trellises for tomatoes, cucumbers, pole beans and vining ornamentals. Use organic mulches to conserve soil moisture. An inch or two of sawdust, barkdust or composted leaves will minimize loss of water through evaporation. Blossoms on squash and cucumbers begin to drop: nothing to worry about. Control garden weeds by pulling, hoeing or mulching. Control aphids on vegetables as needed by hosing off with water or by using insecticidal soap or a registered insecticide. Watch for cabbage worms, 12-spotted beetles on beans and lettuce, flea beetles in lettuce. Remove the insect pests or treat with labeled pesticides. Spray peas as first pods form, if necessary, to control weevils. Late this month, begin to monitor for late blight on tomatoes.

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