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School Scrapbook

Your Garden

Troy Stoops looks back on ten years as Mt. Angel superintendent – Page 12

The benefits of companion planting flowers with your veggies – Inside

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

Vol. 18 No. 11

June 2021

More please... Strawberries that is – Page 4 Our Town P.O. Box 927 Mt. Angel, Or 97362



Sports & Recreation

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Something to Do Silverton Hills Strawberry Fest returns...4 Helping Hands Oregon Garden needs volunteers...........5 Something Fun New regional geology book aims to inspire curiosity....................................6 Something to Think About Understanding the issues connecting trauma and the unhoused.....................8 Briefs........................................11 School Scrapbook Superintendnet Troy Stoops leaves Mt. Angel School District post..............12 Your Garden................. Inside Arts & Entertainment Harmony Project links kids with instruments....................................... 16 The Forum..............................17 Datebook................................18 Passages.................................20 Sports & Recreation JFK takes softball title........................22

SILVERTON AREA SENIORS, INC. We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with the Oregon Garden! A dream come true and a benefit to all, not just the 50+ folks. For starters, the Garden has offered us the use of the vegetable gardens (just beyond the chicken coop) and we are inviting you to join us! That’s all of you, greater Silverton--residents of all ages, families, friends, classes, organizations. We know it’s a bit late to get started with planting, but what a great opportunity to showcase a community working together.


Can you dig it? To get involved as a planner/manager or as a general volunteer, or to apply for a vegetable plot of your own, call 503-873-3093.

Silver Falls Family YMCA makes healthy connections........................................ 24

A Grin At The End...........26 Marketplace.......................27 On the Cover The Silverton Hills Strawberry Festival returns after a COVID-caused hiatus in 2020. JIM KINGHORN

Above Zeolite – one of many mineral wonders to be found in a new book on Pacific Northwest geology. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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June 2021 • 3

Something to Do

Berry time By Melissa Wagoner

Strawberries have grown wild in Oregon for millennia and were picked in abundance by Indigenous peoples. But even cultivated strawberries have a long history, having been carefully transported, via the Oregon Trail, by Quaker nurseryman Henderson Luelling in 1846. “Silverton has a long history as an agricultural center and strawberries, while not as prolific now as in the past, represents that heritage,” historian Gus Frederick said of the berry’s local role. “The Silverton Hills was once a major local producer of strawberries, which employed many folks.” They also inspired a much-loved Silverton tradition – the Silverton Hills Strawberry Festival – held for the first time in 1951 inside the Silverton Hills Grange Hall, then moved in the 1990s to CoolidgeMcClaine Park where it’s still held today. “Last year, of course, it was canceled,” Frederick noted. Adding that, although that means the festival is technically only

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Strawberry Festival returns – despite pandemic – for 70th year “While our berries are not from the Silverton Hills, they are local,” Frederick noted in an attempt to quash the “persistent myth” that the festival’s berries hail from afar.

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in its sixty-ninth year, festival organizers – the Silverton Rotary Club and the Homer Davenport Festival Committee – are still claiming all 70 years.     “Due to costs, we have reluctantly decided to raise the cost from $6 to $7,” Frederick said. Adding that, although there will be no craft booths directly associated with the festival this year, organizers are encouraging attendees to check out the local Oregon Crafters Market on Water Street.

The festival’s famous strawberry shortcake returns June 20. JIM KINGHORN

“We are hoping to have some entertainment as well in the form of strolling clowns and musicians,” Frederick continued. “All that said, we will go ‘Full Festival,’ at least in regards to strawberries, like 2019.” Which means the festival will be held, per tradition, on Father’s Day (this year



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“One year in the 1990s there were no local berries available, and the festival was forced to get ‘alien’ berries from California,” Fredrick admitted. Pointing out that, since that fateful year, organizers have worked hard to procure only truly local berries – purchased from Willamette Valley Pie Company – since 2013. Priced at $7 each for those over age two and under 80, the desserts are free for everyone else – another fun quirk of this Silverton tradition that Frederick thinks no one should miss. “Grab your strawberry shortcake, and eat in the park!” he said.

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Helping Hands

Dig it

Grass roots effort to de-weed Oregon Garden receives outpouring of support

By Melissa Wagoner “This is a call to arms for our community to help save our local treasure – The Oregon Garden,” Mary Coleman wrote in an impassioned post on the Facebook group, Silverton Connections on May 23.

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Within hours Coleman’s post had dozens of replies from community members eager to pitch in.

Bring gloves, pruners, weeding equipment or hand tools

“She just went for it,” Ana Farris, Botanical Curator for the garden, said. “She’s actually up here right now pulling weeds with a couple of ladies.” An avid hiker, Coleman and her friend, Helen Thomas, often walk through the gardens and were recently dismayed by the number of weeds growing amongst the flowers. That’s when they discovered only two employees are currently in charge of caring for 80 acres of plants. “This is our garden and it needs us,” Coleman pleaded. Adding that already she and Thomas had rounded up friends from a book club, members of the

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Application at: oregongarden.org And, if the number of responses on Facebook are any indicator, she may be right. “We are extremely short staffed,” Farris confirmed, “and we need all the help we can get, primarily with pulling weeds in the summer season.”

Mary Coleman at The Oregon Garden. HELEN THOMAS

Silverton Senior Center and even a couple from Portland who were willing to drive over an hour just to help. “We’ve got this,” she finished.

Volunteers do not need to be skilled gardeners – although she would welcome those, too – but they do need to be 16 years of age or older (or with a supervising adult) and to fill out an application at

“[I] want to stress that it is crucial that interested volunteers complete an application (ideally online) as this ensures they have agreed to our waiver of liability and that they wait to hear from the Garden before beginning to volunteer,” Delen Marcelia Kitchen, director of operations, said. She added that it may take some time. “We are currently without a Volunteer Coordinator (but actively hiring),” she said. “And while we appreciate the outpouring of support we ask that people be patient with us while we respond to applicants.” In the meantime, volunteers are already lining up, armed with gardening gloves, pruners and hoes to help where they can. “It seems like, if people are serious, there are a lot of people interested in helping us out,” Farris stated. “I am excited that the community is so energized,” Kitchen seconded.

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Something Fun

Geology rocks By Melissa Wagoner

New book guides exploration of the Pacific Northwest

Rocks, Minerals & Geology of the Pacific Northwest, which they hope will entice more people to take an interest in the visible formations of the earth around them.

The Pacific Northwest is a land of movers and shakers – when it comes to geology that is.

“This book is for anyone who has ever looked at a rock and wondered what it was or why it was…” Moclock explained. “It is primarily a field guide to help the reader identify features, including minerals, rocks, structures, and landscapes, but it’s also for people who want to know the bigger geological picture of the region and how to read that story in the land around them.”

“The PNW is known as an active margin,” geologist Leslie Moclock described. “That means it’s a place where different tectonic plates interact with one another, pushing and pulling the Earth’s crust and driving exciting, fundamental geologic processes. It’s why we have the towering volcanoes, waterfalls, rocky coastlines, high deserts, and the other iconic landscapes that we all know and love.

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All that excitement is what drew Moclock to geology as an undergraduate and it’s what led her, along with fellow geologist Jacob Selander, to write the book entitled,

“They were looking for new authors and invited me to submit a proposal for a PNW rocks and minerals field guide,” Moclock recalled. “I was immediately interested because I knew it would be a great excuse to go travel to all sorts of places in the region


The curator of the Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals in Hillsboro, Oregon, Moclock was approached by Timber Press, a publishing company with a focus in guidebooks to the natural world.

“For comparison, the East Coast of the US is a passive margin – it’s been tectonically quiet for the past 200 million years, and the tall mountains it used to have are just eroding away. Still pretty, but not nearly as dramatic!”

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I’d always wanted to visit.” But she also knew the project was too big to be handled by one author and so she called up a colleague from her time in graduate school at University of California-Davis – someone she knew, knew the geology of the Pacific Northwest like the back of his hand, having grown up here. “Leslie’s initial text or phone call with, ‘Hey, so, want to write a book?’ definitely piqued my curiosity,” Selander said. Adding, “Plus it would be a great excuse to re-learn and re-visit all the geology of Oregon and Washington.” Labor intensive, the writing of the book required Selander and Moclock to travel,

both together and separately, researching, photographing and eventually writing the 360-page book.

is noteworthy or important,” Moclock continued.

“Our backgrounds and specialty areas in geology overlap some, but are different enough that we were able to cover almost an entire ‘Geology 101’ class worth of material for the book,” Selander said. He was primarily responsible for the visual aspects of the book, while Moclock did the majority of the writing. What emerged, after three years of work, is a stunning, fully-illustrated reference book. “[W]e very much wanted to focus not only on the ‘what’ of identification, but also on the ‘why,’” Moclock said of the arrangement of the book which not only helps readers identify specific rocks and minerals but also geologic features, providing the story behind them as well. “I can’t tell you how many flower ID guides I’ve tried to learn from, only to forget everything immediately because I have no idea why each different kind of flower

“Here, we tried to show how each feature we discuss ties into the bigger picture of geology in the region, so that when you identify something in the field you can understand its part in the story.” Although the book – which highlights important geology concepts and provides readers with an extensive glossary of vocabulary and terms – is akin to a textbook in regards to the amount of knowledge it conveys, the writing and photographs make the information simple enough for even beginning geology enthusiasts to understand. “If we did our jobs, this book is meant to be a ‘gateway drug’ to geology,” Moclock said. “It has enough information to get you started and make you curious, and then enough resources to point you in the right direction for more. For those who are already very familiar with geologic concepts and terminology, this book is an

excellent survey of what features can be found in the region and how to locate them yourself. And it integrates these features into a regional history discussed in the final chapter of the book.” “One of my favorite parts of geology is that absolutely everyone can be a geologist, or has a bit of geologic curiosity in them,” Selander added. “Why is this particular rock shiny, and this other rock dull? How come one mountain sticks up higher than the others? Why is western Oregon and Washington so wet and rainy while the east side is dry? “Almost any question based on an observation of the natural, physical landscape around us can be answered in a geologic context. Hopefully we’ve written the book in a manner which anyone with that curiosity can pick it up and begin to answer their questions... and probably come up with more questions,” he added. The book can be purchased wherever books are sold.



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June 2021 • 7

Something to Think About

Trauma and isolation By Melissa Wagoner


Trauma is the one-word answer both Sarah White, program director and case manager at Sheltering Silverton, and Sarah Case, a licensed professional counselor, give when asked to describe a prevalent narrative within unhoused populations.


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“The vast majority of people we serve are survivors of trauma, often complex trauma experienced over their lifetimes,” White explained. “We hear from folks who have experienced a lifetime of abuse. Most of the women we serve are survivors of sexual abuse/assault and interpersonal violence… We hear from individuals who were sexually and physically abused by family members and who were first offered drugs by relatives as early as 12 or 13 years old. We meet people who have lost spouses, parents or children. These stories will break your heart and make it very clear that trauma is a unifying factor among people who experience homelessness.” It can also be a precipitating reason people lose access to shelter in the first place because trauma is inherently isolating – breaking down even those support systems which were once strong. “I’ve had a whole lot of exposure to folks who have a lot of barriers to being housed and to stability,” Case said of her own experience, both as a volunteer and professionally, working with the unhoused. “When I think about homelessness I think about ACEs [adverse childhood experiences] and I think about trauma and dissociation and barriers. Because homelessness is so much a problem of social isolation.” That social isolation can come in many forms. Some as seemingly simple as the threat of eviction or displacement, the loss of services like water and electricity or an unexpected medical expense. “The stress… is extremely hard on people,” White explained. “Living with chronic stress decreases an individual’s capacity for clear decision making, taxes relationships and makes it hard for people to communicate their needs.”

place where they don’t have the kinds of relationships that are sturdy enough to call upon when they lose a job,” Case gave as an example. But the solution is not as simple as the provision of resources through food pantries, utility assistance programs or low-cost housing – a common misconception. Finding these resources and navigating the inherent bureaucracy can be all but impossible for those struggling with language, educational or mental health barriers. “[A]ccessing those resources can be complicated and overwhelming for people living in crisis,” White confirmed. It also does nothing to address those underlying issues – especially in the case of mental health and trauma – two issues that struggle to get the attention they deserve. “We talk about class and racial and gender privilege but… the lack of trauma is a privilege,” Case pointed out. “That’s why it’s so hard to sit with the bootstrap mentality. The bootstrap mentality excludes the field of neurobiology that tells us the way our brains are, shapes our relationships with others.” The first step is acknowledgment that lived-experience affects the needs of each individual, and to accommodate for that on a community level. “We can heal from it,” Case confirmed. “It isn’t a final verdict. But we have to pay attention to this and honor that there are people around us – in our community – whose brains were never wired for safety and trust. And that can be a huge barrier.” The next step is translating this new awareness into action. “It’s so important to remember the hardest moments in our own lives and then imagine what it would have been like to go through them alone,” White suggested.

In short, it can break down that social infrastructure so vital in getting help during difficult times.

“We have the opportunity to be that person for someone else. That can be as simple as offering someone warmth and grace when they’re going through a hard time in public. It can look like helping someone find important services, or buying them a cup of coffee or offering a room in your home to someone you know who is experiencing a crisis.”

“All of that struggle leaves people in a

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Solving houselessness is a community issue

June 2021

Impact Story: Childcare at St. Mary’s Throughout the pandemic we have continually looked for ways to serve our community. One of the ways we have been able to do this has been through emergency childcare. We have been serving 26 kids since March of 2020. This program has evolved since March and now offers before and after school care, and all-day care. Morning programming offers academic support, while afternoons prompt participants to engage in a wide range of games and activities. One of our goals of this program, has been to provide affordable childcare. Because of this, we have offered 50 hours (5 – 10-hour days) of childcare a week for $125. It was important for us to make sure that this program was not limited to any participant. We are still offering financial aid to anyone who wishes to join. We have been so lucky to work with St. Mary’s and their staff to make this program successful. Together we have been able to operate and create an amazing program that has strengthened families and our community. Below is a short story of someone who has been impacted by our afterschool program:


rather there is a need for the creation of a community support network built – not upon the common hierarchical approach – but upon understanding and compassion. “My heart grieves for a society in which some people believe that [homelessness] is their best option… that is a sobering reality of the American dream,” Case said. Asking, “Haven’t we co-created that truth? And then, haven’t we co-created the need to create a solution?” And now, as more community members than ever before face job loss and the possibility of eviction due to the ongoing pandemic, is the time to start. “A formal eviction on someone’s record creates significant barriers to future housing, almost as much as a criminal record,” White said. “We are working with at least one household that has the resources to pay for housing but because of an eviction history, cannot find anyone to rent to them. This is why we work hard to prevent folks from getting to that point.” And when they do reach that point, mental health and relationships – even for those who have never before experienced difficulty in these areas – can become strained. “As you can imagine, the stress and anxiety someone would experience in that situation is tremendous,” White said.


That stress can be widespread, too, affecting whole families – including children – and in some cases even entire communities, destabilizing them to the point of collapse. “If your extended family and community is also living in poverty, this creates ripples…” White said. “Often we see folks who fall into homelessness who cannot lean on family members because they are precariously housed themselves. To avoid creating anxiety for other family members, some will hide their economic situation… This can lead to anxiety and depression. Individuals with serious underlying mental health challenges are likely to see those illnesses exacerbated by the stress of homelessness or displacement.” It’s a pandemic on top of a pandemic. And it has the potential to carry on for generations. Which is why funding and widespread access to the mental health services that can address this secondary problem is necessary when addressing the current economic crisis, the professionals maintain. “We lack a comprehensive continuum of care for individuals experiencing a psychiatric crisis or chronic mental illness,” White said. Adding that this is especially true for those people who are unhoused. “Safe housing and shelter are vital

“We would not have been able to continue working at all our jobs without this program. Our son has really struggled this year being isolated and missing schoolwork due to us needing to work more (we are both in healthcare). We had several significant deaths in our family as well, that have been hard for our son to process. The teachers in this program have supported our family in amazing ways. They listened to our concerns and adapted how they supported our son with interacting with peers and setting boundaries with a balance of school and creative free play both structured and unstructured. They have been very kind and made a cold, old building feel warm and welcoming. I can’t say enough about how much we appreciate the teachers at St. Mary’s.” With questions about St. Mary’s please reach out to Mariah Fairman – mfairman@theyonline.org

Service Spotlight: CHUCK WHITE Chuck White joined the Silver Falls Family YMCA Leadership Council Board back in the mid 1990s about 1996. His interest was based on having an organization come to Silverton that would provide consistent values and a framework to support kids and families having been a teacher and coach at the high school and a youth sports coach for his own kids in the Silverton community. He has served in variety of roles and been President of the Council multiple times. He also served on the Family YMCA of Marion & Polk Counties Board of Director for two three-year terms between 20062012. He has now returned to that role, representing the Silver Falls branch since 2017. Most of his contributions have been behind the scenes supporting the Y staff in their operation of the city pool, providing youth sports programs and summer day camps, and heading up fundraising efforts to generate scholarships. Thank you, Chuck, for all your work!

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Something to Think About Continued from page 9 parts of that continuum. It can be a challenge to get someone help if they are not identified as being a danger to themselves or others. That’s a very high threshold for getting someone the crisis services they often need.” Case agreed, “I think that our communities often prioritize acute mental health crisis intervention but what we don’t do a good job of is funding and creating systems that are accessible for problems that are less urgent. Our system is set up in such a way that it feels like you have to have a crisis to get help.” Instead, those suffering are often left to help themselves in any way they can, which can often mean self-medication through the use of alcohol or drugs. “There is an interplay of the way people self-medicate with street drugs to escape the anxiety and fears and depression,” Case pointed out. “If you had that much trauma, no access to services and you had access to street drugs, I don’t believe for a minute that most of us wouldn’t go down

that road. So, there’s not a lot of room for judgment.”

property managers and landlords who will work with people who might not have enough income to cover three times the cost of rent, or who have an eviction history or past criminal history. We need compassionate community responses that fill the gap for people who do experience a temporary loss of housing through shelter and other supports.”

Judgment can act as a barrier, creating a divide within the community. “When we’re doing well, living in our house, it can be easy to ignore other people’s stress,” Case pointed out. “And we can feel so uncomfortable, that sometimes that discomfort pushes us into a blaming stance. But when we engage with a community issue as complex as homelessness, one of the best things we can bring to the table is humility and curiosity.” And also, advocacy – in the form of programs like Sheltering Silverton, which strive to empower all members of the community regardless of race, gender or socio-economic status through a sharing of resources for things like fair treatment, social services and local housing solutions. “The City of Silverton has an Affordable Housing Task Force that is working hard to identify targeted solutions to the lack of affordable housing in the city,”

Because, as Sheltering Silverton’s website states, each community is responsible for the care of all of its members.


“We’ve all needed someone to show up for us in this way,” White ventured, adding that this, above all else, is the tenant upon which Sheltering Silverton stands. “We treat everyone we meet as if they’re our brother or sister, we believe the best in folks, and walk beside them when they need support.”

White said of one of the primary ways Silvertonians can actively support their unhoused neighbors. “We need folks advocating at the County and State level as well. People can donate to organizations that provide rent assistance and help with utility payments. Both SACA and Sheltering Silverton assist people who are struggling to pay these bills.

For more information about the services Sheltering Silverton offers, or to volunteer, visit www.shelteringsilverton.org.

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Dinner in the Field By Melissa Wagoner Right now, outdoor dining is at its most desirable. And it doesn’t get any more outdoor than eating in a field of alpacas. “Last year we had the tables scattered throughout the field,” Jennifer Cameron recalled. She is the owner of Alpacas at Marquam Hill, the venue of an annual Field and Vine farm dinner. “It’s a six to seven course meal and we get people who come out here year after year.” That’s not surprising because with more than 80 alpacas roaming 18-plus acres of property, the Marquam Hill Ranch is a oneof-a-kind setting. “Out here in the evening you see the animals start to pronk,” Cameron said, describing the arched back, stiff-legged leaping the alpacas do, most often during the twilight hours. “It’s a simple evening of relaxation.” But the animals aren’t the only reason to purchase a ticket – which are priced at $110 and can be found at www.alliumoregon. com/farm-dinners -- the food and drinks,

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are sure to be spectacular as well, with wine provided by neighboring vineyard AlexEli and cocktails from Double Circle Spirits. “[Chef Chureau] has a lot of staff and they really set the stage,” Cameron said. “We’re just here to offer a venue that’s different than the usual winery.” Although this year’s event is being held earlier than usual – June 4 at 5:30 p.m. – Cameron is not worried about the possibility of rain, noting that the event company’s owner, Pascal Chureau – a French chef at the Allium in West Linn – has been putting on between 15 and 35 dinners each year for the past nine years. “He knows what he’s doing,” Cameron reassured. “And he can put up a tent.” “It’s so pretty with the animals,” she added. “We will have our one-year-olds up here, and that’s always fun. It’s sharing a meal together…seasonal food, good wine and good distilled beverages.” For tickets visit, www.alliumoregon.com/ farm-dinners.

Art in the Garden returns for summer Art in the Garden runs now through Sept. 6 at The Oregon Garden, Sponsored by MAPS Community Foundation and Williamette Valley Vineyards, the event showcases the work of Pacific Northwest artists. This year’s featured artists include Lorraine Garcy, metalwork; Susan Wheller, glass; Judy Kunkle, sculpture and mosaic; Lauren Wingert, glass; Mary Mosier, whimsical bird abodes, and Mo

Hurless, reclaimed industrial art. Admission for Art in the Garden is included with Garden admission: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $9 for students 12-17, $6 for kids 5-11 and free for those younger. The Garden is located at 879 W. Main St., Silverton. It is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. For more information go to www.oregongarden.org/art-inthe-garden/.

Robert Frost holds Drive By Goodbye Jill Heuberger and Kathleen Kelley are retiring from teaching at Robert Frost Elementary School. To honor and thank them for their years as colleagues, leaders, friends, mentors and teachers, the Robert Frost community is holding a Drive By Retirement Party Monday, June 14, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in front of the school, 201

Westfield St., Silverton. Everyone is welcome to drive by to show their support, wish them well, and enjoy a curbside treat. Greeting cards, notes of congradulations and well wishes are welcome, too. For more information, contact the school: 503-873-5301.


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Mt. Angel Superintendent Troy Stoops heads to Junction City

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to add construction, information technology and manufacturing next year.

Mt. Angel School District Superintendent Troy Stoops is moving on after 10 years to take the helm at Junction City School District.

“This program is going to enhance our own CTE programs,” Stoops said. “Its intent is that these kids will have skills and certifications that will make them more marketable and prepared for college or career readiness. There are a lot of big corporate donors making it possible.”

“Junction City is about the size of Mount Angel – about 1,800 kids,” Stoops said. “Like Mount Angel, it’s a rural farming community in close proximity to the city.” Stoops officially retired from PERS (Public Employees Retirement System) in January but would like to work at least another four to six years.

With all his experience, dealing with COVID-19 the past 15 months has been the biggest challenge of Stoops’ career.

“It’s a good time to change,” Stoops said. “Sometimes you think you’re at the end of your career, but I’ve just been really excited about the change and over the last couple months I already feel the energy building back up.”

“COVID has just been horrible,” Stoops said. “The separation of face-to-face interactions and not having kids in your classrooms to feed you energy has been really challenging for all staff and families.

Stoops, whose extended family is based in the EugeneSpringfield area, about 20 minutes from Junction City, graduated from Redmond High School and Blue Mountain Community College.

“The community had two exact opposite responses – people either want to be back in full time or they didn’t want to come back in at all,” he said. “There is going to be good that comes out of it; it’s just hard to see it right now.

“I was a cowboy and rodeoed and thought I was going to be a rodeo champion someday,” he said. “I didn’t do much with my degree; I was not a very good student; my focus was on rodeoing so I got out and worked on a ranch in Nevada for a couple years.” After returning to Eugene, Stoops met his wife Megan and a couple of years later they took off for Bend to manage a large llama ranch. “That was a great experience but after two years I realized that I had reached the top of the food chain for what I was doing so I went back to school to be a veterinarian,” Stoops said. “A lot of different things happened during college and I ended up pursuing a career in agriculture education. After earning his teaching license and master’s degree at Oregon State University, Stoops taught his first year over at Pine Eagle School District in Halfway, which straddles Eastern Oregon and Western Idaho, population 339. The following year Stoops returned to Silverton where he had done his student teaching and taught Ag at the high school for six years. He earned his administrative certificate and was promoted to halftime K-8 principal at Silver Crest Elementary and served as the District Assessment Coordinator and principal of a new alternative school. In 2002 Stoops joined the Mount Angel district, and spent six years at St. Mary’s Public School as principal and federal programs coordinator. He moved up to JFK High School where he was principal for three years and is just finishing his tenth year as superintendent. “Total that up and I’m 97 years old,” Stoops joked. “Mount Angel is a great community and it’s been really fun,” Stoops said. “They are very passionate about their schools and their kids and very supportive; I’m just looking for a new professional challenge.” When Stoops became superintendent the facilities were in “pretty rough shape” except for St. Mary’s Public

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Troy Stoops is leaving Mt. Angel School District after ten years as superintendent. He has taken the superintendent position at Junction City School District. BRENNA WIEGAND

School which had been built in 1997 after the 1993 earthquake demolished the previous elementary school. He spearheaded the creation of a long-range facility plan, something the district had never had. “We finished that planning process in 2013 and passed a $10.4 million bond that enabled us to make some badly needed improvements to all three buildings and build a new district office to free up educational space at the high school,” he said. “I consider that one of my biggest accomplishments,” he said. “We’ve really had a focus on maintaining facilities and providing access for the community, keeping them nice and green all year. “People respect them and have a lot of ownership in the use of those facilities because the school district is really the only place in town for people to get outdoors and use spaces,” Stoops said. “There are a few small parks, but the schools are where everything happens.”

“When you’re forced to make a change like we’ve had to make over the last 12 or 18 months it requires you to do some serious reflection in current practices and take advantage of opportunities that come by,” Stoops said. “Getting kids back in the building has generated more energy than anything that we could have done as administrators, that’s for sure.” Stoops brings expertise in facility planning to Junction City where it is desperately needed. “It’s a booming community so one of their biggest problems is that their schools are busting at the seams with kids moving in like crazy,” he said. “There will be lots of maintenance and facilities work to be done and that’s pretty exciting.” While they will be around a lot of extended family and friends in the Eugene-Springfield area, their kids and grandkids will only be an hour away. The Stoops have two daughters. Ellen and Steve Bergman have five and seven-year-old daughters; Audrey and Dwight Roberson have a two-year-old boy and are expecting a girl in July. Stoops likes to hunt and fish, and camping trips are that much better with grandkids in tow. His wife, Megan – a longtime orthodontist assistant in South Salem – quit working just over a year ago and the timing was perfect.

He is also proud of all the budget cuts the district has survived while continuing to maintain smaller-thanaverage class sizes.

“When COVID-19 hit, she was really needed to help with the kids,” Stoops said. “That’s her life; she’s there for the grandkids all the time.

Mount Angel is one of 11 school districts in the Willamette ESD involved in the development and initiation of a regional CTE program starting in Salem this fall. The Willamette Career Academy will house six different programs, starting with diesel technology, cosmetology, and health services this year with plans

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The Benefits of Companion Planting

A volunteer helping to plant vegetables in the Santiam Community Garden asked why flowers were being planted along with the vegetable starts. Companion planting has been practiced for centuries, long before garden chemicals were available in convenient containers. Companion plants are said to increase harvests, reduce pests and improve flavors. They are pretty to look at too! A good example is tomatoes. What vegetable gardener doesn’t grow tomatoes? Well, there is one local lady who can’t eat them, so her husband has to get them from other gardens. French Marigolds repel garden pests such as soil nematodes. Have you ever smelled marigolds? If they weren’t so pretty and useful they would repel people too. Calendula (pot marigold) helps deter tomato hornworm, Nasturtiums attract beneficial insects and lures aphids


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from tomatoes. Tomatoes planted around the edges of an asparagus bed helps repel asparagus beetle while asparagus wards off nematodes. Garlic, onions, chives and leeks help repel aphids and spider mites from tomato beds and many gardeners say the onion family helps improve the flavor of the tomatoes. Basil not only tastes good with tomatoes in recipes, it is suggested to improve tomato growth and flavor in the garden also. Basil repels spider mites and aphids (it’s the odor/fragrance) and, if allowed to flower, attracts pollinators,

Companion planting includes interplanting other plants nearby that do not steal nutrients or compete. Leaf lettuce makes a good living mulch for tomatoes, their shallow roots and succulent leaves enjoying the shade under taller tomatoes. Carrots can help loosen and aerate soil around tomatoes, letting more water in.

spread from one to the other. Corn and tomatoes have the same enemies too and planting them together invite both the tomato hornworm and the corn earworm. Historical practice suggests that fennel and veg in the cabbage family will inhibit the growth of tomatoes. Probably because they suck up all the nutrients, possibly because of unseen chemical reactions.

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Dry Vegetable Gardening By Diane Hyde, OSU Linn County Master Gardener Summers are getting hotter and drier while water is getting more expensive. Some vegetables can produce acceptable yields successfully with no supplemental irrigation with some careful planning. Not all veggies are suitable for dry gardening, and not all locations will support gardens without water. Dry farming has been done for millennia, and knowledge of the practice has been passed on in a few farming families and cultures. Oregon State University Extension Dry Farming Project has focused on management strategies to grow with little or no irrigation. Yields may be 25% to 50% less than irrigated crops because plants are spaced out farther apart. Each plant can still have good yield, so a family dry garden might take more space to provide as much produce. Produce grown without irrigation has often been judged to be better in color, texture and sweetness in taste comparisons. Successful dry gardening requires soil that will retain spring rain water. Clay soils and organic humus will hold seasonal moisture, but if the underlying ground has rock that drains well then water will not be available for the summer. Four feet of moisture-retentive soil is recommended. Shallow, rocky or sandy soils may not hold enough water for decent crop yields. The climate should have a wet period, like ours, that provides lots of moisture prior to the dry period. The

dry garden area should have no competing trees, shrubs or turf sucking up the water before the vegetables can get it. Sloped land holds less water than flat land. South-facing gardens lose more water to evaporation than north-facing gardens. A windy garden site will lose water from plant leaf evapotranspiration. A site that grows good weeds or healthy blackberries with no irrigation may be a good place to transform into a dry garden. To dry garden in summer, plant as early in Spring as possible to take advantage of seasonal rain. Soil in our area can often be prepared as early as February to April, but frost dates and soil temperatures limit which veg will grow that early. Seeds need to be planted in wet soil, deeper that the seed packet recommends if the surface has dried. Pre-soaking seeds 24 hours before planting helps them germinate and establish more quickly. Transplants may need to have all but the top leaves removed and the stems buried as deep as possible. Mudding in the plants at planting, filling the hole with water, will get the roots started well so they can deal with no more irrigation. Roots will reach deeper and wider in a dry garden, so more space per plant will be required, probably at least twice the space recommended on the seed packet. Because there is less water applied to dissolve ground minerals, lime applied to the soil before planting helps prevent blossom end rot in tomatoes,

squashes, peppers and other veg that require more calcium. Mulches applied deeply after the plants are established will retain more moisture and keep the soil cooler. Indeterminate (vine) tomatoes, especially earlier-producing small cherry varieties, produce flavorful fruit in a dry garden if they are started well. Peppers, potatoes, winter squash, zucchini, melons, dry beans and corn are commonly dryfarmed. Beets, carrots, chard, kale, leeks, rutabagas will grow without irrigation, but will do better with occasional water. Fall-planted garlic, fava beans, root crops and leafy greens establish in the rainy season and mature without irrigation in early summer. Fall-planted broccoli, kale and other coolseason crops can grow through winter but bolt and flower quickly when warmer weather arrives. Spring-planted onions, celery, radishes and greens require irrigation to be productive. Choosing varieties with shorter growing periods listed on the seed packets means they might complete their growing cycle before the water dries up. For more information about dry vegetable gardening and a list of resources visit https://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/ dry-farm-collaborative. Extension publication “Intro to Dry Farming Organic Vegetables” is available for free download at catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/EM9229.

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By Melissa Wagoner Their pretty yellow flowers dot fields and along roadsides. But don’t be fooled, what might look like a harmless wildflower can actually be incredibly deadly to livestock, pets and even humans when ingested. “Tansy was accidentally introduced in Oregon in the 1920s, but came from Europe (where it’s native and widespread) to North America earlier,” Sarah Hamilton – a Restoration Project Coordinator with the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) – said. “It likely came as a contaminant of pasture seed or hay. It quickly spread in Oregon and became a big problem, killing thousands of cows and horses each year and costing Oregonians millions in lost revenue.” Declared a noxious weed by the Oregon Department of Agriculture in 1976, war was waged on the tansy ragwort infestation largely through biological means with the introduction of the cinnabar moth, the tansy ragwort flea beetle, and the seed head fly. “All three can be found throughout the state,” Hamilton said. Although helpful in controlling the outbreak, these biocontrols do not eliminate the plant. “Biocontrol numbers may fluctuate depending on the amount of tansy available, on weather conditions, predation, and other factors,” Hamilton pointed out. “When tansy numbers are low, biocontrol numbers drop and it may take time for biocontrol populations to catch up to the amount of tansy in the environment. This is called a lag time, and it can result in boom-and-bust cycles.” Deadly due to poisonous alkaloids that can cause irreversible liver damage in nearly every animal but sheep, tansy ragwort has cost upwards of $5 million a year in Oregon agriculture costs, according to the Oregon State University Extension Service. “Most livestock, pets, and people will avoid tansy because of the bitter taste, but when tansy contaminates hay, it loses the bitterness and livestock are unable to avoid it,” Hamilton described. “Animals like cows will also acquire a taste for fresh tansy if they are exceptionally hungry and there aren’t a lot of other


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Rosette stage: A cluster of green leaves growing close to the ground. Can be pulled, dug or sprayed with herbicide. Flowering stage: Bright yellow flowers. Carefully pull or dig, placing possible seed heads in a sealed bag for disposal. Do not compost. Do not mow. Do not spray. Seed stage and beyond: Monitor for beneficial insects; cinnabar moth (gray with red markings when adult, yellow and black striped caterpillars), tansy ragwort flea beetle (light, golden brown, hops like a flea when disturbed) and ragwort seed fly (small black flies that eat the emerging flowers, leaving behind foamy spittle). Continually eliminate rosettes. Maintain healthy pasture flora and rotate grazing. Clean boots, equipment and monitor livestock if exposed to tansy plants.  For more information:  www.marionswcd.net/resources/ invasive-plants forages available.”


Which is a problem because tansy is an opportunistic plant, growing best in pastures that are poorly managed. In other words, as the desired pasture grasses become depleted, tansy moves in, taking over until animals have no recourse but to eat it and when they do death is all but certain. “Cows and horses poisoned by tansy get incredibly sick before succumbing,” Hamilton added. “As their liver shuts down, they get diarrhea, weakness, they may go blind, and their abdominal cavity fills with fluid, among other symptoms. By the time symptoms appear, it is usually too late to do anything. Milk from livestock that are eating tansy also contains the poisonous alkaloids. The honey industry is negatively impacted by tansy, as the honey produced from tansy pollen is bitter and inedible. Pets and people will typically avoid tansy, but small children and puppies may be tempted to eat the leaves.” That is why, across the state, conservation

districts and resource management partners are asking property owners to take action and eliminate the weed before it takes hold. “Tansy is a biennial weed, which means it typically lives two years,” Hamilton described. “It produces a rosette of lowgrowing leaves during the first year. During the second year, it bolts up, produces yellow flowers and seeds which are dispersed by wind, and then dies. Treatment can be done during the rosette stage and any time before full flowering. Once the plant has flowered, you will need to carefully clip the flower heads and place them in a plastic bag. To prevent spreading seed, it’s best to place the bags in the garbage and not the compost bin.” Appearing in early spring, the rosettes are easiest to pull in damp soil or they can be sprayed with herbicide, using the manufacturer’s instructions. But once the flowers appear, in May and June, herbicides become unnecessary, as the plant is no

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longer viable. Then, if the plant has already gone to seed, the best method can be the encouragement of beneficial pests. And no matter what, don’t mow. “Tansy ragwort that has been mowed will often develop into a perennial plant, coming back year after year, rather than a biennial which ends its life cycle in two years,” Hamilton said. Adding, “Mowing when the plant is in flower can spread the seed.” Mowing can also increase the chance that the plant is ingested by animals grazing in the pasture. “Keep pastures healthy and dense to prevent tansy infestations,” Hamilton urged instead, “and walk your pastures a couple of times each spring to catch rosettes before they bolt. Contact Marion SWCD if you need assistance with a large infestation or want information on improving your pasture health.” 

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while the soil is still moist. Mow at least twice a year in June and September to keep sprouts from getting sunlight . Be persistent because pieces of roots left in the ground will be sprouting up for years to come. Repeated hoeing or tilling dries out the roots and limits regrowth (a little). Planting shade trees, shrubs and native grasses can inhibit future growth (a little). Drier weather apparently inhibits blackberry growth too. According to the Northwest Weed Management Partnership and the PNW Weed Management Handbook (uspest.org/pnw/ weeds) there are some herbicide recommendations, but caution is suggested when working with chemicals. At least one popular herbicide was recently judged to cause cancer.

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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 and pear trees. FLOWERS, SHRUBS & TREES Plant dahlias and gladioli. Learn to identify beneficial insects and plant some insectory plants (alyssum, phacelia, coriander, candytuft, sunflower, yarrow, dill) to attract them to your garden. 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. LAWN CARE 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. 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. LATE JUNE Move houseplants outside for cleaning, grooming, repotting and summer growth. Make sure raised beds receive enough water for plants to stay free of drought stress. Plant sweet corn, other tender vegetables. Oregon State University Extension Service encourages sustainable gardening practices. Always identify and monitor problems before acting. First consider cultural controls; then physical, biological, and chemical controls (which include insecticidal soaps, horticultural oils, botanical insecticides, organic and synthetic pesticides). Always consider the least toxic approach first. All recommendations in this calendar are not necessarily applicable to all areas of Oregon. For more information, contact your local office of the OSU Extension Service. BLACKBERRY THORNS © BRAIS SEARA FERNANDEZ / 123RF.COM

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Based on a program that provides music lessons to at-risk youth in California, the Silverton Harmony Project plans to provide qualifying fifth grade students with a quality instrument and a music mentor.

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“Had he not been given that instrument, his family would not have been able to afford to purchase him a saxophone,” Frank’s wife, Amanda, said. She explained that it is for this reason that Frank, with the help of Silverton Friends of Music, has started the Harmony Project.

“[E]very child should be able to participate in music,” Amanda said of the project’s goal. “We should remove financial barriers for kids in Silverton.”


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When Frank Petrik was a child, he found an old saxophone in his grandfather’s closet. That moment set him on the path to college, a full-ride scholarship, and eventually a career as a band teacher, sharing a love for music with generations of students. But it all leads back to that day.

“When they’re starting to learn they need something of quality,” Frank said. “But the district hasn’t had the funds or made it a priority to replace those instruments.” Instruments are only the first step, however. Matching students with a high school-aged mentor is the next. “You really don’t know something until you teach it,” Frank said. He is an instructor at Silverton High School. Which is why he encouraged his own children – Charles and Cecelia, both students at SHS – to become involved in the program as well. “It was really fun,” the Petriks’ daughter, Cecelia, said of her experience teaching beginning clarinet.

“It wasn’t like a private lesson; it was like connecting on a personal level.” Older brother Charles, who gave trumpet lessons for over a year, agreed. “It’s been very fulfilling,” he said. “I built a personal relationship. It’s less, ‘this is my job and you’re my student’ and more of a collaborative relationship. It provides meaning to my day and I know it provides meaning to their day as well.” It has also been a way for both Charles and Cecelia’s mentees to continue receiving virtual music lessons during the COVID pandemic, when student band practice was no longer an option. “COVID has definitely killed the band program,” Amanda said. “But I’m hopeful we’ll be able to continue the growth of the [Harmony] Program,” Frank said, “so that every fifth grader is paired with a high schooler. Then you are really building a program of excellence.” But it all hinges on gaining the interest of those fifth graders and ensuring they are well-prepared for middle school band. “There’s a lot of research that says fifth grade is the ideal starting point for band,” Sarah Weitzman, who also sits on the Silverton Friends of Music board, pointed out. “And if we don’t start capturing these younger players, we’re not going to have the ‘big band’ effect in high school.” Prior to middle school, district-provided music lessons at the younger, elementary level has almost entirely been teacherdriven. It’s often inconsistent, based on the music skills of individual instructors or on parents seeking – and funding – private lessons. “We knew that kids of affluent families would have music lessons and be able to buy instruments or even change schools where music was offered,” Amanda said of how Silverton Friends of Music viewed the situation. “This was our effort at trying to get instruments into the hands of kids

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without those luxuries.”

They are also looking for fifth grade students interested in learning a band instrument and committing to at least four years of practice.

Largely in the planning stage, Silverton Friends of Music is currently seeking quality instruments as well as high school-aged mentors in order to get the Harmony Project off the ground. “We have been gifted a trumpet, two clarinets and a trombone so far,” Weitzman listed.

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Weekly Events Monday

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

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

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

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


Community Helpers Family Storytime,

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


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

St. Joseph Shelter, 925 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Repeats Friday. 503-845-2468 Mission of Hope Food Pantry, 2 - 4 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship, 822 Industry Way, Silverton. 503-873-7353 Daniel Plan Journey Video Series, 6:30 - 8 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship Church, 822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton. In-person or online at scf.tv/daniel.plan. Free. Open to public. Sheila, 503-409-4498


Mediation & Shared Dialog, 7 - 8:30 p.m. All spiritual traditions welcome. Request invitation for virtual gathering. compassionatepresence@yahoo.com.

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Silverton Farmer’s Market, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.,

Town Square Park, Main Street, Silverton. Fresh produce, plants, flowers. 503-873-5615 Oregon Crafters Market, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., 215 N Water St., Silverton. Local crafters & artists, live music, food & spirits. Repeats noon - 5 p.m. Sunday oregoncraftersmarket.com

Silverton Country Historical Society,

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


Free Fishing Day Cancelled The annual free Fishing Day at Silverton Reservoir has been cancelled for 2021. Next year, plan on attending on June 4, 2022. For more information, call Silverton Together, 503-873-0405.

Silverton Free Meals

Silver Falls School District offers no-cost meal service from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Mondays at all Silver Falls School District schools with food service. Meals for Tuesday - Friday are noon to 1 p.m. at Silverton High in the Grant Street turnaround. All children ages 1- 18 are eligible. Silverfallsschools.org. Meal times may change after school is out. Visit summerfoodoregon.org for updated information.

Mt. Angel Free Meals

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

Reading Colors Your World/ ¡leer da color tu mundo!

Mt. Angel Public Library Mt. Angel Public Library is open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday - Friday. Services include curbside hold pickup, browsing and computer use by appointment, book bundles for children, personalized shelf shopper, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. STEAM packets for grades 1 - 5 are distributed June 8 & 29. Teen Take & Makes for middle and high schoolers are distributed June 8. June Storywalk is the bi-lingual ¨Penguins Love Colors / Los pingüinos adoran los colores ¨ by Sarah Aspinall. Storywalk starts at the library´s front door. Follow the Dinosaur Sidewalk Obstacle Course to stomp and roar.

Tuesday, June 1 Caregiver Connection

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

Wednesday, June 2 Virtual Trivia Night

7 p.m. Zoom. Test your knowledge on a variety of topics. For information and Zoom invite, contact Ron Drake, 503-8738796. Repeats June 16.

Scotts Mills City Council

7 p.m., Scotts Mills City Hall, 265 Fourth St. Agenda available. Open to public. 503873-5435, scottsmills.org

Thursday, June 3 Virtual Short Story Group

7 p.m. Zoom. Short story discussion group. Discuss Rocket Ship to Hell by Jeffrey Ford. For information and Zoom invite, contact Ron Drake, 503-873-8796.

Friday, June 4 FEMA Assistance

Summer Reading Program at Mt. Angel Public Library starts for all ages on June 17. Activities! Programs! Prizes! Pick up a reading log at the library or sign up on READsquared http://mtangelreads. readsquared.com. Runs through Aug. 30. 503-845-6401

Reading Colors Your World

People of all ages are invited to participate in the Silver Falls Library Summer Reading Program. You can participate online at http://silverfalls.readsquared.com or you can track your reading progress with a Bingo board (youth & teens) or a paper log sheet (adults). Have fun reading books, completing activities, attending Library programs, and earn fun prizes and. Registration dates are June 15 – Aug. 21. For more information, call the library at 503873-7633 or 503-873-8796, or visit www. silverfallslibrary.org.

9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Stayton Community Center, 400 W Virginia St. Assistance for Oregon wildfire survivors who have already applied for Federal Disaster Assistance and have questions about their applications. Walk-in appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Mask or face coverings required. Sign language and Spanish interpreters available upon request. Repeats 10 a.m. - 8 a.m. June 5 - 6, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. June 7. 800-621-3362

First Friday in Silverton

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

Silverton Flywheels First Friday 5 - 8 p.m., Silverton Elks, 300 High St. Cars, trucks, bikes welcome. Enter off North Second Street. Limited spaces. More information on Facebook @ SilvertonFlywheelsCarClub.

Saturday, June 5 Lunaria June Shows

Noon - 5 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St., Silverton. Meet the artists of the June show, Pamela Edwards and Genie Stewart. New Work in Glass and Fiber in Main Floor Gallery. Artists Michael Ilisoi (Cultural Borders), Robin Humelbaugh (Scopes) and Deborah Alysoun (Avian Album) in the Loft Gallery. Show runs Wednesday - Sunday June 2 - 27. 503-873-7734, lunariagallery.com

Sunday, June 6 Puzzle Exchange

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

Monday, June 7 Silverton City Council

7 p.m., Silverton High School Library, 612 Schlador St. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-873-5321, silverton.or.us

Mt. Angel City Council

7 p.m., Zoom. Open to public. Agenda available. Meeting link on the city’s website. 503-845-9291, ci.mt-angel.or.us

Tuesday, June 8 Ancestry Detectives

10 a.m. Zoom. Roundtable discussion of genealogy questions. Contact David Stewart at ancestrydetectives353@gmail. com for details. ancestrydetectives.org.

Silverton Planning Commission

7 p.m. Zoom. Open to public. Agenda available. For meeting login, call 503-8742207. Silverton.us.or

Thursday, June 10 Silverton High Graduation

6 & 8 p.m., McGinnis Field, 401 N James St., Silverton. Two ceremonies will be held to meet current state guidelines. 503-873-6331, silvertohigh. silverfallsschools.org

Monday, June 14 Flag Day

National Flag Day began on May 30, 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson called for the nation-wide observance. On this day, Americans celebrate the meaning of the flag, honor the traditions with its care and educate those around them to its significance. President Harry S Truman declared June 14 National Flag Day in 1949.

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Silver Falls Library Writers Group

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

7 p.m, Coolidge-McClaine Park, Silverton. Share what you are working on or just listen in to see what others are writing. Plan to wear a mask and social distance. Ron Drake, 503-873-8796.

Silver Falls School District

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

Tuesday, June 15 Silver Falls Library Book Club

7 p.m., Coolidge-McClaine Park, Silverton. Discuss ¨The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek¨ by Kim Michele Richardson. Everyone welcome. Please plan to wear a mask and social distance. 503-873-8796.

Thursday, June 17 Book Discussion for Adults

Saturday, June 19 Juneteenth

Juneteenth celebrates the abolition of slavery in the United States, and is a celebration of African-American freedom, heritage and culture.

Drive-Thru Breakfast

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

1 p.m., Zoom. Discuss Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Copies and Zoom link at Mt. Angel Public Library, 290 Charles St., or calling 503-845-6401.

Book Talk

1:30 - 7 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N Church St., Silverton. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org.

Kennedy Graduation

Red Cross Blood Drive

9:30 a.m. Zoom. The Overstory by Richard Powers. Open to all. Free. Contact Sr. Dorothy Jean Beyer to join. 503-8452556, benedictinefoundation@gmail.com 2 p.m., Kennedy High, 890 E Marquam St., Mt. Angel. 503-845-6128

Sunday, June 20 Summer Solstice

Thursday, June 24

Father’s Day

Monday, June 28

Summer Solstice marks the beginning of the summer season in the Northern Hemisphere. Places in the Northern Hemisphere experience the longest hours of sunlight of the year. Father’s Day is the day to recognize, honor and celebrate the sacrifices and accomplishments of fathers. It became a permanent holiday in 1972 when President Richard Nixon proclaimed the third Sunday in June as Father´s Day.

Silverton Hill Strawberry Festival

11 a.m. - 5 p.m., CoolidgeMcClaine Park, Silverton. Strawberry delight with biscuits and ice cream. $7. Free for children 2 and younger and seniors 80 and older.

Wednesday, June 23 Virtual Movie Discussion

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

Mt. Angel Summer Reading Kick-Off 1 - 3 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library, 290 Charles St. Kick off the Summer Reading Program with Touch a Truck. See firetrucks, police cars, utility vehicles. Snow cones, crafts and giveaways. Free. 503-845-6401

Vigil for Peace

2:30 - 3:30 p.m., Towne Square Park, Silverton. Silverton People for Peace gather to advocate for peace, social justice issues on all levels of society including a focus on issues of current concern. Open to all. 503-873-5307

Tuesday, June 29

The Power of Plants

3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library, 290 Church St. Summer Reading Program science adventure. Celebrate the power of plants through experiments, crafts and other hands-on activities. Families welcome. Free. 503-845-6401

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Duane Ray Dahlum began his next journey at 4:45 p.m. on May 8, 2021. He left peacefully knowing he was doing it on his own terms. He passed with the knowledge that he was loved at Legacy Good Samaritan ICU in Portland, Oregon.

Leslie was born in Williston, North Dakota to John R. Elling and Gunda (Vollum) Elling.

He was 79 years old, just days from his 80th birthday. He loved helping people who were dealing with trauma and hard life issues. He arrived at his passion in VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) in New York City where he met and fell in love with Barbara Jo Morrison of Flint, Michigan. They married on May 18, 1965 in Flint, and their service in VISTA continued to New Haven, Connecticut. They returned to Tacoma after their VISTA service. They had one child, Michele Diane, who was born April 20, 1968. While in Tacoma, Duane established a program with the Tacoma-PIerce County Opportunity and Development, Inc. for marginal youth to prevent rioting in the summers of 1966 and ‘67. With John Laster (who became his best friend and brother) he developed youth programs in the area. He received a scholarship to the University of Washington Graduate School of Social Work in 1970 due to this work. He went to Jackson, Michigan after graduation where he was the director of the Emergency Counseling Center. He returned to Tacoma in 1972, where he was a Psychiatric Social Worker at Child Study and Treatment Center at Western State Hospital.

He is survived by his wife Barbara Dahlum, 79, and his daughter Michele Dahlum Burgess, 53. In honor of his life, it is asked that you give yourself grace and do something to help or honor someone in need.

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State National Guard. He is survived by his son, Lonnie Elling, his daughter Lori (Elling) McCracken, his grandson Matthew McCracken as well as his sister, Mavis Simonson and brother Marley Elling. Leslie was preceded in death by his parents John and Gunda Elling, and his brother, Robert (Bobby) Elling. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at Valley View Cemetery in Silverton at 12 p.m. A Celebration of Life service at the Silverton Elks Lodge from 1-4 p.m. will follow the graveside service. Arrangements by Unger Funeral Chapel – Silverton, Oregon.

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In December of 1975, he moved to Keizer with the job of developing a Secure Treatment Program for children at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem. In 1978, he moved his family to Silverton. After his work with the State Hospital, he worked with the Poyama Day Treatment Center in Independence, and obtained a part-time job as a Behavioral Specialist for Willamette ESD. In 1982, he opened his private practice, part-time, and in 2009 he retired from the ESD to provide service full-time to the kids and families who needed him. When he wasn’t dealing with other people’s problems, he loved riding his Harley Davidson with Barbara and taking photographs of barns and bridges around the Northwest. In the previous two years, he suffered from his several illnesses, but still managed to devote his time to his clients.

Leslie had lived in Silverton, Oregon before moving to Fairbanks, Alaska in 1976. He worked on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline as an Operating Engineer. He retired in 1992. Leslie returned to Silverton, Oregon to live, while continuing to travel up to Alaska, as well as snow birding down in Arizona in the winter months. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and traveling. In 2015 he moved to Lake Havasu City, Arizona. He spent his last two years living in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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July 18, 1959 – May 6, 2021

Ernest “Ernie” Dye Humphreys passed away on May 6, 2021 surrounded by loved ones at the age of 61. Ernie was born in Everett, Washington on July 18, 1959 and moved to Silverton, Oregon where he grew up and spent most of his life. He is survived by his love of 28 years, Dyana Stanley; his children, Aaron, Brad, Ashley, Justin, and Colton; four brothers and four sisters, grandchildren, as well as a host of many other family members and friends. Ernie was a hard-working man that possessed many talents and took pride in all he did. He had many careers in his lifetime ranging from work in the hop fields, lumber mill, mechanics, general contracting, in addition to working for Galaxy Granite for the last decade. Ernie had numerous hobbies and pleasures in life, he enjoyed working on his Harley, classic cars, and trucks over the years. He loved country music, dancing, and spending time with his grandchildren. Ernie had a unique sense of humor and loved to make others laugh. He always enjoyed a good cup of coffee and barbecuing. Ernie was loved by many and will be greatly missed. There will be a celebration of life on Sunday June 13, 2021 at the Scotts Mills County Park on 475 Crooked Finger Rd Scotts Mills, OR 97375, beginning at 1 p.m. All are welcome who wish to celebrate Ernie’s life. Arrangements by Unger Funeral Chapel – Silverton, Oregon.

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John Franklin Lalicker, 98, longtime Silverton, Oregon resident passed away on May 21, 2021. John was born May 2, 1923 in Venita, Oklahoma to William L. Lalicker and Ella Mae (Catlin) Lalicker. He was the middle son of three boys.

Donald (Don) Herman Huebsch, 95, a veteran of World War II and longtime resident of Mount Angel, Oregon, passed away on May 11, 2021.

May 2, 1923 – May 21, 2021

In 1923, his family moved to Medicine Lodge, Kansas where he attended local schools and graduated from Medicine Lodge High School in 1941 where he lettered in football, basketball and track. John served in the Army Air Corps during WWII. On Aug. 3, 1943, he married his high school sweetheart, Eileen Page, on her parent’s ranch near Gerlane, Kansas. In the summer of 1949, John, Eileen and their two small children drove their 1937 Packard, pulling a tiny trailer carrying all their belongings to Silverton, Oregon. John spent his working years in retail foods. In 1952, John and Eileen leased the meat market at the CO-OP Frozen Food Plant on Water Street, naming it Budget Market. There, they cut and wrapped farm stock and wild game. After closing Budget Market in 1972, John worked another 20 years as produce manager at Fred Meyer. After retirement, John started a lawn mowing business, which he continued until he was 75 years old.

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continued correspondence with him through the years. While serving as a volunteer fireman, John often walked out of his grocery store and hopped on the back of the fire truck as it zoomed down Water Street. For Silverton Masonic Lodge, he acted as secretary, treasurer and twice as Lodge Master. He was to receive a special award to honor his 75 years of service with the Masons in June. His relationship with Silverton Methodist Church was very special. John served on many committees and helped the church for over 70 years. John is survived by his devoted wife Eileen; his daughter Kay Klaus of Keizer, Oregon; and his son and daughter-inlaw Bob and Betty Lalicker of Spokane, Washington. He is also survived by grandchildren: Lisa Friesen of Silverton; Kevin (June) Shimp of Molalla; Cheryl Lalicker of Tri-Cities, Washington; and Joel (Dorothy) Lalicker of Fenton, Missouri; 13 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and granddaughter. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s name to Silverton Methodist Church or The American Heart Association.

John was a member of the Silverton Rotary Club, the Silverton Volunteer Fire Department, the Masonic Lodge, and the Silverton Methodist Church. He was also an active Boy Scout leader. John and Eileen sponsored a Rotary exchange student from Indonesia and have

A graveside service was held at Belcrest Memorial Park in Salem. An outdoor memorial service will be held Saturday, June 5 at 2 p.m. at Silverton United Methodist Church. Masks are required. Arrangements by Unger Funeral Chapel – Silverton, Oregon.

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The Kennedy softball squad claimed the Class 2A state title May 22 with a pair of victories, an 8-1 semifinal win vs. Union/Cove and a 16-0 title win vs. Grant Union/Prairie City. The Trojans, who were runners-up to North Douglas in 2019 before missing the entire 2020 season amid the pandemic, finished 16-0 and outscored opponents 205-8. Kennedy also got its revenge against North Douglas, scoring an emphatic 12-0 win May 7 in Mount Angel. Kennedy baseball, meanwhile, came within one game of matching the feat of the girls’ squad. The Trojans won their first three games in the 2A tournament before falling to Glide 11-6 in the final. Kennedy, also OSAA runners-up in 2019, finished 18-1 and outscored opponents 193-31. Track and field: Silverton and Kennedy participated in state competition May 22, with the Trojans girls taking sixth in Class 2A at Union, while the Silverton boys were 11th in 5A at Wilsonville. Emma Beyer led the way for the Kennedy girls, winning the triple jump (33-3), taking third in the 100 (13.26) and fourth in the 200 (28.01). The Trojans’ 4x400 relay squad of

Central (84-47), Corvallis (64-30) and Crescent Valley (59-36). After the West matchup Silverton takes a run through the six Salem schools before closing the regular season June 18 with a series of three more league games. Alyse Williams, Cassie Traeger, Haley Kline and Kylee Rodriguez took second in 4:31.58. For the Kennedy boys Jeremiah Traeger was fourth in the 100 hurdles in 18.43 and Ruben Ramirez took sixth in the javelin (138-4). Sam Willis led the Silverton boys at the 5A meet, taking third in the discus (145-10) and sixth in the shot put (49-2.5). Orrie Schaffers of the Foxes was eighth in the discus at 126-2. Keegan Walter of Silverton was fifth in the long jump (20-4.75) and Bjorn Domst was seventh in the 400 at 51.99. Amanda Dahlquist of the Silverton girls was sixth in the shot at 33-6. Basketball: The Silverton High boys squad is off to a rampaging start. Heading into Wednesday’s game with West Albany after Our Town’s presstime the Foxes were 3-0 in MidWillamette Conference play after convincing wins against

The Foxes’ girls squad is 2-1, with wins against Central and CV and a 51-48 loss at Corvallis. The Kennedy squads had not yet opened their hoop seasons as of presstime. OSAA update: Like its previous seasons in this truncated activities year, the Oregon School Activities Association has returned the “culminating week” of June 21-26 to member schools to schedule as they wish for the Season 4 of basketball, wrestling and swimming. Basketball receives four additional games, swimming two additional dates and wrestlers receive one additional date, two additional weigh-ins and five additional mat appearances. Summer camps: Silverton High is offering a series of summer camps, starting June 22 and running through Aug. 12. Grades are for the athlete’s status in the fall.

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Motion for all ages By Brenna Wiegand COVID-19 offered a unique opportunity for Silver Falls Family YMCA to meet the needs of the community it serves. “When COVID first started over a year ago the Y jumped right in with emergency childcare, providing it for a lot of people at a super low cost,” Brandon Lemon, Chief Operations Officer for Family YMCA of Marion and Polk Counties, said. “We had kids trying to do their schoolwork at home with little brothers and sisters running around and making a lot of noise – very distracting.” YMCA now offers childcare for up to ten hours a day, providing meals and working closely with the Silver Falls School District to create a place where kids can log on and do their work and take advantage of many other fun activities in the afternoon. Then came the September fires and while the demand for emergency childcare stepped up, the Y also provided a place for people – many without water or housing – to take showers. “By helping those impacted by the fires, we were right where we needed to be,” Lemon said. “It’s been amazing to hear these parents talk about how it helped them get back on their feet. “We feel the biggest word here is generosity and we’ve been able to be generous to a lot of families because of how generously others have supported us,” he said. “They see what we are doing and want to be part of it.” The City of Silverton removed two sides of the pool enclosure to enable the pool to reopen last winter in a safe manner. “It’s because we have created that environment and level of trust that we

were able to offer a lot of things last year,” Lemon said, “It was nice to see families get back into the water together.

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“We continue to serve more and more people, but it takes a lot of people in the community and we appreciate each and every one of them,” Lemon said. “We give out a lot of scholarships; people have come into our program for 7-8 months without paying anything just because we have been able to provide funds and are always looking out for more funding.

Contact: Kait Barnes, Aquatics Coordinator 503-873-6456; kbarnes@theyonline.org www.theyonline.org of great instructors, many coming from the high school swim team,” Lemon said. “YMCA is a starter job for some, and we work diligently with kids on what it looks like to be a good employee and be responsible and respectful, but we also understand that they have a busy life as well and we try to accommodate them.”

“We have amazing staff that works at the pool,” Lemon said. “During the ice storm Silver Falls YMCA staff made up most of the volunteers in United Way’s effort in Salem. We had about 11 staff who were displaced themselves, but they chose to go out into the neighborhoods to help clean up. “When people ask me ‘What does the Y do?’ I say we’re here to fill needs in the community,” Lemon said. “People need showers; childcare; we can help with that. We started sending them home with packets of things for the kids to do, just trying to be intentional in finding ways to help. “It’s all part of our goal to help people get back to being healthy in mind, spirit and body.” The YMCA serves the whole age continuum in its programming. “One of our biggest things with the older adults is reducing social isolation,” Lemon said. “We believe they need community and that they still have a lot to give. “We want to make sure that older adults feel like the best days of their lives are still ahead of them.”

Lifeguards Catherine Hyde and Kate Fronza are among many Silverton High School students making up the YMCA staff. The Y is always looking for kids who love water to join the program. BRENNA WIEGAND

Popular among the older set are the Aquacise classes offered 11 times a week and then there’s Pickleball, where participants range anywhere from eight to 80 years of age. “Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in America and we know that is one of the best things for seniors and adults,” Lemon said. “They play four days a week and it’s just a great environment.”

The Y’s most recent program is a middle school kickball league, which has been well received. “It’s for the kids but the parents were upset because they wanted to play, too,” Lemon said. “I believe in July we will have an adult kickball tournament as a fund raiser.” A lot of the Y’s community outreach is geared toward strengthening families, such as through family art nights, Zoom Bingo and game nights. Family Swim looks a little different these days, with areas blocked off for individual families; the Y even gives family swim lessons.

The Y employs 45-50 mostly part-time staff that include lifeguards, swimming instructors, sports coaches and youth development staff.

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together and so when they talked about going home, writing goals and living a healthier lifestyle they were all on the same page,” Lemon said.

much more that we do,” Lemon said.

sessions of work and it was amazing to see them set goals together and accomplish them and increase their family connection. “We want to make sure the Y is known as more than just a gym and swim; there is so

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A Grin at the End

50 years later

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One of the few fringe benefits of this pandemic is the fact that my 50th high school reunion was canceled. That’s right, the Conestoga High School Class of 1971 has let the coronavirus get the best of it. I suppose that means the constabulary of Berwyn, Pennsylvania, won’t have to worry about a bunch of 67-year-old duffers running over curbs and backing into street signs.

play sports. In eighth grade, after calisthenics I barfed in a teammate’s new baseball glove during tryouts, and that pretty much ended my sports career.

Whew. It’s not that I didn’t like those people. I just didn’t know most of them. The idea of hanging around in a hotel ballroom with 500 almost-strangers is something I won’t miss. I’ve been following a bunch of them on Facebook trying to get caught up with what they’ve been doing the past half-century. What I found were lots of doctors, lawyers, accountants, airline pilots, business executives and various flavors of big shots. Which is all good. But I have to wonder: what about the others, the ones who have been overtaken by life, who have faced struggles that can’t be summarized in a yippyskippy Facebook post?

Going to the same school, we did have a lot in common. Good teachers that we liked – and bad ones we didn’t – helped set courses for life after high school. For some, like me, music was a sanctuary. For others, there were sports, drama productions and other extracurricular activities – authorized and otherwise. But the minute we graduated and stepped outside that cocoon called high school, our lives diverged. College, work, the military – the draft was still going back then – swept us in different directions.

“I’m 15 years sober and every day is a struggle” or “My husband broke my heart and left me and the kids.”

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Kirsten Barnes Broker 873-3545 ext. 326

Micha Christman Office Manager 873-1425

Sarah Graves Office Manager 873-3545 ext. 300

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


Michael Schmidt Principal Broker GRI 873-3545 ext. 314

#T2668 WONDERFUL WEST SALEM $424,800 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home, vaulted ceilings, open floor plan, with formal living and dining, plus family room. Oversized lot, with room for your RV and Boat, lots of possibilities. Kitchen has been updated with top of the line appliances, views of the backyard, professionally landscaped terraced yard. Central vacuum, plus plumbed and ready for sprinkler system. Come view this home today! Call Meredith at ext 324 or Ryan at ext. 322

#T2646 HWY 213 $149,500 Lot currently being used Conditional Commercial use, zoned Residential (RRFF-5). Great location for Hwy 213 frontage, lot located in downtown Marquam. Existing structure is 24 x 36ft with power and telephone. Call Meredith at ext 324 or Ryan at ext. 322 (WVMLS#773365)

Whitney Ulven Broker 503-873-3545 ext. 320

Mike Ulven Broker 503-873-3545 ext. 312

Chuck White Broker 873-3545 ext. 325

Meredith Wertz Broker, GRI 873-3545 ext. 324

Ryan Wertz Broker, GRI 873-3545 ext. 322

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

#T2663 PIONEER VILLAGE #3 $75,000 Lot in Pioneer Village #3. A steep lot but a wonderful view to the southwest. All utilities are stubbed out to the lot. Adjoins the City of Silverton property on the north side. Call Michael at ext 314 (WVMLS#776747)

The market is HOT! Houses are selling fast and sometimes even over asking price. If you have thought about selling, now is the time. Call us today for a free market analysis.


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

NEW! – #T2653-WONDERFUL QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD 3 BR, 1 BA 1104 sqft Call Michael at ext. 314 $315,000 (WVMLS#777405) #T2654 WONDERFUL SILVERTON HEIGHTS 4 BR, 2.5 BA 3429 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $568,500 (WVMLS#775012)

SILVERTON #T2659 VICTORIAN HOME 3 BR, 1.5 BA 1408 sqft Call Michael at ext. 314 $324,900

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



#T2665 SILVER CLIFF ESTATES 3 BR, 2 BA 1296 sqft Call Becky at ext. 313 $289,000

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


#T2663 PIONEER VILLAGE #3 .20 Acres Call Michael at ext. 314 $75,000 (WVMLS#776747)


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



MT. ANGEL SOLD! – #T2657 SINGLE LEVEL HOME 3 BR, 2 BA 2001 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $379,800 (WVMLS#775384) #T2660 WELL LOVED HOME 2 BR, 1.5 BA 1151 sqft Call Becky at ext. 313 $312,000 (WVMLS#775858)

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


SALEM/KEIZER NEW! – #T2668 WONDERFUL WEST SALEM 3 BR, 2.5 BA 1908 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $424,800 (WVMLS#777250)

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

For Rental info call Micha or Sarah at 503-873-1425 or check our website. BROKERS ARE LICENSED IN OREGON

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