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Mount Angel doubles July holiday fun – Page 10

Vol. 18 No. 13

Silverton mayor stresses need for community ‘allyship’ – Page 22

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

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Helping Hands

SILVERTON AREA SENIORS, INC.

Habitat sets 5 house per year goal.........4

It’s fireworks time again! Get your sizzle and pow at our tent across from Les Schwab, just north of Roth’s. Open 9am to 9pm through July 4. All proceeds support the programs of the Silverton Senior Center and the Silverton Lions Club. Come early to get the loudest and the showiest.

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Silver Falls Library reopens, prepares for eventful summer...............6 Give Away Saturday set for July 24.........8 Mount Angel expands July 4th celebration to two days...................... 10

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Arts & Entertainment Cans, cigar boxes, provides artist a clever ‘canvas’................................... 20

Summer offers chance to unplug from

The Forum..............................22 Sports & Recreation

screen time health issues ................... 11

Basketball season wrap-up................. 24

Datebook...............................14 Business Family bands together to setup creative

Silver Falls expands options................ 25

Marketplace.......................25 A Grin At The End...........26 On the cover

array of Mount Angel businesses......... 16

North Willamette Valley is aiming to increase affordable housing in Silverton.

Update Silverton Road closure continues......... 17

Passages.................................18

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Thank you to 3H Management for arranging a much larger storage space for our off-season ReVamp donations. An enormous thank you to Coach Josh Craig and SHS footballers James Toland, Reece Groom, Josue Verdejo, Eric Rappe and Diego Flores for wrangling all those loaded clothing racks and boxes up those stairs. More elbow room for us and a vigorous stair workout for the guys. Go Foxes!

Big thank you to Jim Wilson for taking on the management of our vegetable garden at the Oregon Garden. And thank you to all who are participating with the steering committee and work parties. For more information or to see if there are still plots available for planting, call us at 503-873-3093.

Thank you to Willamette Valley Caregivers for sponsoring our “In the Kitchen with Kevin” series. And thank you to Profitable Planning, Inc., Shari’s Cafe & Pies, the LDS youth group, and Kevin Cobb for contributing to the success of our Italian Dinner To Go.

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Two bits of great news. First, we now have air conditioning in the shop so you can browse in cool comfort. Second, Russell’s shop is finally open! After months of donating his time, talent, and retail expertise to ReVamp, shop manager Russell Olivera has done what he moved here to do--open his own retail shop. It’s the tiny space on Water Street in the Palace Theatre building, and he’s named it, “A Little Bit of Wonderland.” Stop by to take in the whimsy, maybe pick up a candle from his own line, and definitely thank him for all he continues to do in support of the Silverton Senior Center.

On the schedule Watch us on YouTube! Our Zoom programming is taking a summer break. Enjoy our many recorded topics by scrolling to the bottom of any page on our website and clicking the YouTube button.

See us at Oregon Crafters Market 215 N. Water Street Saturdays 11-6 Sundays 12-5 Want to be a vendor in our booth? Call 503-873-3093.

The deadline for placing an ad in the July 15 issue is July 6.

Free legal consultation with Michael Rose of Rose Elder Law: For an appointment via Zoom, call 971-865-3171.

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United Healthcare rep Bethany Morris: For an in-person appointment, call 541-286-6443 or 503-504-6400.

Thank you for spending time with Our Town. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

SASI Board Meeting: In person. Tuesday, July 13 at 6pm in the Natural Resources Education Center at the Oregon Garden. Public welcome.

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Houses to build

Habitat for Humanity sets goal of 18 houses in three years

By Melissa Wagoner

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In a typical year the North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity builds one or perhaps two houses.

For information on upcoming projects, housing applications or to donate visit: www.nwvhabitat.org

“We’ve always been a onesie-twosie organization,” Kari Johnson, executive director since 2019, confirmed. “But that’s one of the things they said when they brought me on is that they wanted to grow.”

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That is primarily because, with housing costs throughout Oregon on the rise, many families can no longer afford to purchase – and in many cases even rent – a home.

better,” Johnson said. “And we don’t want the payment to be more than 30 percent of their income.”

“Median home prices have increased 72 percent from 2016 to 2018,” Johnson noted. “And in Silverton rent is increasing faster than the income levels.”

Long after the home is built, the new owners will still need to pay the mortgage, utilities and costs of upkeep. “We’ve been talking to Sustainable Silverton to make sure we incorporate ways to be sustainable,” Johnson added. Noting that this step is an important part of doing their part to keep construction as environmentally friendly as possible and keeping the homes cost effective in the long term.

Add to these issues the fact that, according to Johnson, the average income for a family of three is only $65,000 and the need for assistance from entities like Habitat for Humanity becomes clear. “In the city of Silverton, I’m on the Affordable Housing Taskforce and the housing need analysis shows a huge need for housing for seniors and even the younger generation,” Johnson said. Adding, “Our kids grow up in this community and they can’t afford to live here.” One of the sticking points, Johnson speculated, is the desire to keep the community small when, in reality, it has no choice but to grow. “In Silverton there’s a projected need of more than 1,100 housing units to keep up with population growth,” Johnson said. “All of this ties into House Bill 2001.” That bill, passed by Oregon Legislature in 2019, is aimed at reducing urban sprawl, while at the same time providing more housing choices, within citylimits, through the construction of traditional structures – namely duplexes in the initial stage, expanding into triplexes, quadplexes, cottage clusters and townhouses by June 30, 2022 in larger metropolitan areas. “The governor mandated that if you’re over 10,000 people you have to accommodate affordable housing in your

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“The last thing we want is for them to have a huge electric bill,” she said. It’s just one way that Habitat for Humanity forms a partnership with homeowners. Another is through the “sweat equity” agreement.

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codes,” Johnson said.

we’re going to need the help.”

Which is why, between the need for more housing in general and the need for more affordable housing in particular, Johnson and Habitat for Humanity have recently decided to level up, aiming to build more houses than ever before.

That’s because Habitat for Humanity’s ability to offer low-cost housing is virtually impossible without a strong volunteer base.

“Our plan is to go to five homes a year,” Johnson stated. “We’re building one home now, it’s in the process.” That home is at the west end of Pine Street, near the entrance to Silverton High School. There it will be joined over the course of the next three years by 17 others. “We had an opportunity when some land opened up and was available,” Johnson said. “But with 18 homes coming up,

“The benefit is, we’re able to build a house for $200,000 instead of $350,000,” Johnson said. “It makes it more affordable than going conventional.” Affordable, but not free. “The misconception is we give away homes,” Johnson said. “We definitely don’t give them the home.” In fact, the initial application process is similar to the one used for any mortgage loan – namely credit score and income. “We look for a credit score of 620 or

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“They have to commit to doing 500 hours of service,” Johnson said. “That can be on their own home, someone else’s home or at the ReStore. The kids also get credit for good grades.” The sweat equity agreement is about more than just including the families in the building process.It’s also about ensuring their continued involvement in the community as a whole. “The family has to be able to partner with us, be a good advocate and a good community member,” Johnson said. “We do a rigorous background check.” This kind of endorsement is also important because 18 homes isn’t just a development, it’s a neighborhood, replete with single family detached houses and multiple family attached homes as well as new sidewalks and a bike lane. “We pay for that,” Johnson said, refuting a rumor that the additional houses will

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Sheriff cautions against use of illegal fireworks put a strain on the infrastructure of the area.

With the approach of the 4th of July holiday, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office is asking everyone to use extra caution while celebrating this year due to extreme heat and high temperatures in the area.

While building has already begun on the first house, there are plenty of homes still up to be built and application opportunities are posted on Facebook at NWVHabitat4Humanity.

Although firework sales in Oregon are underway, MCSO asks you to be mindful of the increased fire danger.

“Our application process isn’t always open,” Johnson acknowledged. “We can only open it for a 30-day period. But we try to get things out on the Silverton Facebook page and on our website or you can call and we can put your name on a contact list.”

Illegal fireworks have become increasingly common, MCSO reports. These include anything that flies, explodes, or behaves in an uncontrollable or unpredictable manner, including bottle rockets, mortars, Roman candles, aerial shells, missiles and firecrackers.

For those in the community looking to get involved, Habitat for Humanity is always accepting volunteers, monetary donations and donated building supplies.

Using illegal fireworks can come with a heavy penalty, with a fine of up to $2,500 per violation and a civil penalty of up to $500.

“Free labor is part of the way we are able to do this,” Johnson said. “We are very reliant on volunteers. And people can also make donations on our website.”

To report use of illegal fireworks, those outside city limits can call the MCSO non-emergency line at 503-588-5032.

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The smiles are as numerous as the books on the shelves at the Silver Falls Library – which opened its doors to the public for the first time in 15 months on June 8.

“I love the sale. That’s probably what got me to join,” Friends member Cate Tennyson said of the fundraiser. “You get to put all those books out so you get to buy before anyone else.”

“We’ve been open now for a half hour and so many happy people are coming in to see us…” Director Christy Davis wrote in an email that first day. “It’s a happy day here!” As well as reopening, with slightly restricted hours for the time being, the library has also kicked off its annual Summer Reading Program themed, “Reading Colors Your World.” “Reading BINGO logs will be available in: Our Town, on our website and at the library,” Youth Services Librarian Dena Chaffin explained. “Activities, programs, crafts and so much more will be announced as we go!” Also coming soon is the library’s annual Used Book Sale, hosted by the Friends of

It’s fun, but it’s also a lot of work – dusting, sorting and organizing boxes of books. And with only four members, the Friends group is looking for help. “I’m hoping more people can get involved,” Tennyson said, adding, “If more people get involved, we can broaden our ideas.” Which includes the possibility of more than one book sale each year. “I thought it would be fun to have one in February and call it -- A Sweetheart of a Deal,” Tennyson laughed. She noted that the money from both the large, annual sale and the smaller, ongoing sale – located on the stands just inside the library’s front door – help to support

activities like the Summer Reading Program.

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And these sales don’t just include books. “The book sale has everything,” Tennyson said. “DVDs, old books and new books of every genre. We sell them by the bag. You come to the sale, buy a five-dollar bag and you fill it up.” It’s a great deal and an easy way to support an institution that has provided invaluable services to many throughout the pandemic. “[T]he library has done an outstanding job continuing to serve its patrons during the last year and a half,” newly elected library board member Ingrid Green pointed out. “It was not an easy time for the staff nor patrons during the pandemic and I know that I, along with everyone else, am excited that it is re-opening…” A lifelong lover of books, Green has been an almost weekly patron of the library

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Fellow new board member Dmitry White agrees. “I’d like to keep my eyes out for ways that the library can incorporate new media, social media, and alternate information formats in its offerings,” he listed. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of books and physical media – I still have not gotten comfortable reading on a Kindle or e-reader – but I also think that we have so many potential information streams on top of traditional books, newspaper, and even internet that we might be able to explore offering. I think that the library is a perfect setting to be a laboratory of information flow.” And it’s free.

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“[L]ibraries in general are one of the last really free spaces that exist in our society,” White said. He grew up spending endless hours exploring the Salem Public Library. “I know that comes with all sorts of challenges sometimes, but I also think it’s

such a valuable thing, and I am excited to be a part of preserving and strengthening that… “I think that having a vibrant, wellfunctioning library in town gives kids, or anyone really, a sense of freedom to explore information and knowledge.” Maintaining that freedom is one of White’s strongest aspirations for the coming years. “I think that especially in these times, having that goal of creating a safe and inclusive space in everything that we do is so important,” White said. “Part of that is continuing to support the ongoing effort to prioritize including minority and marginalized voices in the library’s collection. I really think the staff has done an excellent job of this so far, and I want to support that effort as much as possible.”

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Karen Garst is starting a movement; one she’s hoping will catch on citywide – Give Away Saturday. “Decluttering is always a good idea,” Garst said of the impetus for the idea, which was to purge her own excess items during the pandemic. “We were doing one drawer at a time,” she said of the method she and her husband Ron used to keep from getting overwhelmed. “I thought, if I’m not going to use it, why am I keeping it?” It was a process that worked, but once completed, left them with a pile of stuff they needed to either sell or haul away. At least that’s what they thought. “I didn’t want to haul it away and I didn’t want to give it where someone has to buy it… and I haven’t had a

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City-wide declutter event planned for July Give Away Saturday Purge unwanted items by putting them out for a city-wide free-for-all. It’s like a gaint yard-sale but it’s free! Saturday, July 24 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Display no longer used items in your yard or driveway – somewhere with easy public access. Put a sign out so people know the items are free. Then let others give them a new home.

garage sale in 20 years,” Garst said. That’s when she hit on the idea of giving it all away for free and thought – better yet, why not involve others as well? “Decluttering is always a good idea,” she explained. “I think we accumulate too much stuff – especially with

clothes. And it’s hard to make choices because we have too much.” With these thoughts in mind, she is urging households across Silverton to join her in really thinking about what needs to be kept and what could be given away. Then July 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., hold on all-out, city-wide, free-for-all. “Put it down on your calendar,” she suggested to those who are interested in participating. And to those who would like to get in on what will surely be the best bargains of the year, “You better be there by nine!” You can pick up a free Give Away Saturday sign weekdays 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Our Town office, 401 Oak St., Silverton. Or make your own so passersby understand you are participating and items are free.

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Summer kick off By Melissa Wagoner

When the Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce realized this year Independence Day fell on a Sunday, they saw it as a chance to shake up the usual traditions. “[I]t seemed like a great opportunity to add an additional event on Saturday to bring people together and celebrate our town, community and independence,” Chamber of Commerce President Sarah Bauman explained. “The initial idea was to host it downtown around the gazebo to encourage people to walk the town and patronize our small business owners. However, we continued to run up against problems with city permits and fees. In the end, it made more sense to move the event to the Festhalle.” Kicking off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 3 there will be live entertainment from the Festival Brass, food from

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Burger Time and Mary Had a Little Faith Bakery and a selection of beers. Admission will be free to the community – with donations to the annual fireworks greatly appreciated. “It has been difficult for the Chamber to see our small businesses forced into closure, some permanently, and so many events and fundraisers canceled due to the pandemic,” Bauman said. She hopes the event will attract visitors, not just to the Festhalle but to all of Mount Angel’s storefronts. “We saw an opportunity to do something nice for the town...” Bauman continued, “a way to kick off summer and feel like a community again.” The festivities will continue on July 4 at 11 a.m. with the traditional Independence Day Parade following the usual route from East Marquam Street to Birch Street to Taylor Street to Garfield. This year, in order to allow spectators more

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“Pre-COVID, Samantha enjoyed watching videos on YouTube Kids, playing Xbox, and playing games and watching Netflix on her tablet,” Connie DeYoung said. Her daughter, Samantha, just finished third grade.

Too much time spent interacting with screens was a problem long before the pandemic, so much so that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued specific guidelines about the quantity of time children should spend in front of a screen. “For children younger than two years, the AAP discourages all screen time and encourages ‘…more interactive activities that will promote proper brain development, such as talking, playing, singing, and reading together,’” Scott Hamblin, a pediatrician at Childhood Health in Silverton explained. In addition, “The AAP recommends limiting older children’s total screen time to no more than one to two hours of quality programming per day.” Those hours may seem, to some, like a lot but to the parents and children caught in the highly addictive screen-time cycle, going over the recommended one to two hours can be an almost daily occurrence.

“Some days when she got home from school, she could have an hour or two of screen time, depending on the afternoon/ evening activities.” Then the pandemic hit, forcing children and adults alike to spend more time indoors and at home, eliminating extracurricular activities, closing offices and schools. “There has been a significant increase in screen time during the pandemic,” DeYoung said. “First and foremost, all her Fox Online schoolwork is on her Chromebook. Research that I assign her to do for special projects that supplement her schoolwork is completed mostly on her Chromebook… Social gatherings with family and friends are almost non- existent, therefore she can be on her tablet watching YouTube Kids or listening to music for a

affected.”

Even Hamblin, the father of three schoolaged children, struggled to maintain a balance within the new virtual curriculum.

Muscle aches stemming from poor posture while sitting in front of a computer, laptop or other learning device are bad enough, but the behavior issues, stemming from the affect screen time has on development and the brain have experts more than a little concerned.

“[T]hey have been on their tablets for at least two to three hours a day doing just school work,” he admitted. “Then you have to negotiate ‘free’ tablet time with them in addition, which we have tried really hard to keep to a minimum throughout the school week.” It’s a tricky situation due to the necessity for continued online learning and socialization. And it has not been without consequences. “Over the last year, we have seen a lot more children with complaints of headaches, increased aggression and mood problems, poor sleeping habits and musculoskeletal issues – particularly neck, shoulder and back pain,” Hamblin described. “It is mostly in the school age children, but even toddlers are presenting with more behavioral and sleep issues. Middle and high school children have been greatly

“[T]he importance of unstructured curiosity, movement, creative play and nature time is highly important for brain development and health,” Kelly Prill, a functional neurologist and owner of Elemental Wellness in Silverton, said. Because of this need to balance physical and mental development, “Working on a computer cannot be the sole source of education and experience for children to thrive. And in fact, is correlated with screen codependency, mental health issues, and obesity.” The pandemic, the Labor Day fires, the February ice storm and the lifestyle changes that came with each have had an impact on the health of both children and adults.

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Something to Think About Continued from page 11 “The last year has taken its toll on the nervous system, and headaches, anxiety, dizziness are some of the most common conditions I work with,” Prill described. “In children this may show up as trouble with reading, issues with paying attention, low energy, and inability to regulate emotions. Screen time exacerbates these conditions based on the way the nervous system is wired. Eye movements, balance and knowing where you are in space are some of the brain’s top priorities, and screen-time, stress and sedentary lifestyles do not support proper input to keep the brain active and highly functioning.” Screen time is also something over which – unlike natural disasters, job loss or illness – many families can exert at least some control. “I don’t think most of the effects from increased screen time will be long term,” Hamblin speculated.

“My hope is that we can get our kids outside more over the summer months and encourage them to ‘unplug’ for a while. I anticipate that school will be getting back to ‘pre-COVID normal’ starting next fall, and they won’t have to spend as much time in front of a screen while learning.”

more and engage one-on-one with our children through play, arts and crafts, cooking/eating, outdoor activities. “No need to wean slowly. All you need to do is sit down and have a mutual understanding between the adults in the home (very important to have consistency) and the children with regard to appropriate electronic/media usage.”

Amy Coyle, a superintendent in the Salem-Keizer School District, hopes so as well, agreeing with Hamblin that summer may be just what many students need to break the on-screen cycle.

But it is also important to model grace and resiliency because changing behaviors can be hard and the pandemic has still increased the stress level and workload of many.

“It’s that natural transition and break time,” she said. “You can change things and kids will adapt to it.”

“This last year has been a year of resilience, adaptability and flexibility,” Prill said.

That is especially true if the changes are made by the family as a unit.

“I know that parents are doing the best they can. Keep educating and learning about how all these changes are affecting overall health, and move forward with grace and compassion.”

“Unplug and get outside,” Hamblin suggested. “That includes us parents, too. We all need to get away from electronics

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Weekly Events Monday

Free Coffee, 7 a.m., Scotts Mills Community

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

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

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

Repeats Tuesday - Saturday. Volunteers needed. 503-845-6998 Mt. Angel Food Pantry, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Mt. Angel Community Center, 195 E Charles St. Repeats 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. Free Dinner, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Oak Street Church, 502 Oak St., Silverton. Pickup only. Open to all. 503-873-5446

Tuesday

Scotts Mills Food Boxes, 9 - 11 a.m.,

Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. Residents in Scotts Mills/Butte Creek/Monitor rural areas are welcome. Food donations welcome. Niki Barber, 503-873-5059

Community Helpers Family Storytime,

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

Wednesday

Mission Benedict Food Pantry, 1 - 4 p.m., St. Joseph Shelter, 925 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Repeats Friday. 503-845-2468

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Saturday

Silverton Farmers Market, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.,

United Methodist Church, 203 Main St, Silverton. Fresh produce, plants, flowers. Every Saturday. 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. oregoncraftersmarket.com Saturday Free Lunch, noon - 1:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran, 500 N Second St., Silverton. Pickup only. Open to all. 503-939-3459

Silverton Country Historical Society,

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

Notices

Silverton Free Summer Meals No-cost breakfast, lunch for children 1 - 18 Monday - Friday through Aug. 26. Noon 12:30 p.m., Silverton High Cafeteria, 1456 Pine St.; 11 - 11:30 a.m., Mark Twain Ball Field, 425 N Church St.; Noon - 12:30 p.m., Coolidge McClain Park, 300 Coolidge St.; 11 11:30 a.m., Scotts Mills Elementary, 801 First St.

Mt. Angel Free Summer Meals

No-cost breakfast and lunch for children 1- 18 at St. Mary’s Public School, 590 E College St., Mt. Angel. 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. through Aug. 20.

Mt. Angel Public Library

STEAM packets for grades 1 - 5 are distributed July 20. Teen Take & Makes for middle and high schoolers are distributed July 20. July Storywalk is the bi-lingual Green is a Chili Pepper: A Book of Colors/El chile es verde: Un libro de colores by Roseanne Thong. Storywalk starts at the library´s front door. Follow the Dinosaur Sidewalk Obstacle Course to stomp and roar.

Thursday, July 1

Tuesday, July 6

4 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library, 290 Church St. Complete fun art or volunteer project. Drinks, snacks. Free. Repeats July 15 & 29. 503-845-6401

11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Silverton Elks Lodge, 300 High St. Appointments needed by visiting redcrossblood.org.

Friday, July 2

2 - 3:30 p.m. For family caregivers and/or unpaid family caregivers. Free. To register, contact Suzy, 503-304-3429, suzy.deeds@ nwsds.org.

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5 p.m., The Galarage Art Gallery, 406 Silver St., Silverton. New artwork by local artist. Social distancing and mask required. Free. 503-890-9960

First Friday Cruise-in

5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Main Street between First and Second streets, Silverton. Car, truck, cycle cruise-in sponsored by Silverton Flywheels. No judging. No prizes. Free. Rand Breitbach, 503-580-9193

First Friday in Silverton

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

Saturday, July 3 Celebrate Hometown Spirit

11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Festhalle, 500 Wilco Hwy., Mt. Angel. Live entertainment, food, drink. Free. Open to public. Donations accepted for the Firework Fund.

Fireworks over the Lake 9:30 p.m., Detroit Lake.

Sunday, July 4 Independence Day Air Show & Flight Competition

8:30 a.m. Holden/Bevens Flying Field, 6640 Old Mt. Angel Hwy. NE Keizer Krosswinds welcomes all to come out and watch a flight competition, airshow and an opportunity for a free hands-on radio-controlled model flight with on-site instructors.

Annual Chicken Barbecue

10 a.m. - 4p.m. St. James Church, 301 Frances St., Molalla. Drive-thru only. 503-260-6470

Mt. Angel Fourth of July

11 a.m., downtown Mt. Angel. Old-fashioned Fourth of July parade. Evening events begin at 8 p.m. at Mt. Angel Middle School. Concessions, live entertainment. Fireworks at 10 p.m.

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. Every first Sunday. Email: mary@maryfranklin.net.

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Rhys Thomas Performs

3:30 p.m., St. Mary’s Elementary, 590 E College St., Mt. Angel. Juggling show by professional performer Rhys Thomas. All ages. Free. Part of Mt. Angel Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. 503-845-6401

Mt. Angel City Council

7 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library, 290 E Charles St. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-845-9291, ci.mt-angel.or.us

Wednesday, July 7 Volunteer Orientation

1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library, 290 Church St. Interested in volunteering at the library? Complete an application and attend volunteer orientation. Call 503-8456401 or email library@ci-mt-angel.or.us to register or with questions.

Scotts Mills City Council

7 p.m., Scotts Mills City Hall. Open to public. 503-873-5435, scottsmills.org

Virtual Trivia Night

7 p.m. Zoom. Test your knowledge on a variety of topics. Repeats July 21. For additional information and Zoom invite, call Ron Drake, 503-873-8796.

Friday, July 9 Marion County Fair

10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 NE 17th St., Salem. Carnival, animal exhibits, contests, vendors, fair food. Games, attractions, local and regional entertainment. Repeats 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. July 10, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. July 11. marioncountyfair.net

Saturday, July 10

Lunaria Gallery July Show 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St., Silverton. Meet artist Joel Zak, digital artist and photographer showing on Main Floor Gallery, Revelations of Home: Why Here is Better Than Anywhere. Jay Harris, Pam Serra-Wenz, Bill Shumway display art in Loft Gallery. The shows run 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday - Sunday through Aug. 1. 503-873-7734, lunariagallery.com

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4 - 5 p.m. Virtual. Get a glimpse into what forms the heart and soul of a Benedictine monk. Join a livestream monastic procession in honor of St. Benedict. Follow Pontifical Vesper with Abbot Jeremy and the monastic community. For more info, contact sbf@mtangel.edu, 503-845-3030, mountangelabbey.org/sbf.

Monday, July 12 Silverton City Council

6 p.m., Silverton High Library, 1456 Pine St. Open to public. Agenda available. Also held on Zoom. Visit silverton.or.us for Zoom login information. 503-873-5321

Mt. Angel School District

6:30 p.m., District Office, 730 E Marquam St., Mt. Angel. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-845-2345, masd91.org

Tuesday, July 13 Angel Ocasio Performs

3:30 p.m., St. Mary’s Elementary, 590 E College St., Mt. Angel. Bi-lingual comedy show. All ages. Free. Part of Mt. Angel Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. 503-845-6401

Silverton Planning Commission

7 p.m., Silverton High Library, 1456 Pine St. Open to public. Agenda available. Also held on Zoom. Visit silverton.or.us for Zoom login information. 503-873-5321

Silver Falls Library Writers Group 7 p.m., Coolidge McClaine Park, 300 Coolidge St. Share what you are working on or just listen in to see what others are writing. Everyone welcome. Wear a mask, social distance. 503-897-8796

Saturday, July 17 Free Drive-Thru Breakfast

7:30 - 9:30 a.m., Marquam United Methodist Church, 36971 S Highway 213, Mt. Angel. Free breakfast. All welcome. 503-829-5061

Prayer of the Heart

Virtual Abbey Bach Festival

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Queen of Angels Monastery, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Contemplative prayer group. Open to all. 503-845-6141, benedictine-srs.org

7 p.m. Virtual. Three nights of classical music recorded live for the Abbey´s 50th Bach Festival. See the Abbey’s website, mountangelabbey. org, for lineup and more information. Free. All are welcome. Repeats July 29 & 30. 503-845-3030

Pizza in the Park

6 - 8 p.m., Scotts Mills City Park, 300 First St. Hot pizza, salad, beverages. Suggested donation is $5 for pizza and salad, $1 for beverages. Donations will be used for park maintenance. All are welcome. 503-873-5435

Sunday, July 18

Wednesday, July 21

5 p.m., Silverton First Christian Church, 402 N First St. Gil Wittman plays the Rodgers Organ. John Meyer plays the Grand Piano. Interim Pastor Gene Hill leads the singing. All welcome. Ice cream social follows the sing. 503-873-6620

2 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library, 290 Church St. Outdoor art session of paper quilling. Participants will complete an 8-inch wall hanging. All supplies provided. Adults only. Free. 503-845-6401

Old-Fashioned Community Hymn Sing

Art Under the Tree

Monday, July 19

Thursday, July 22

6 p.m., Silverton Community Center, 421 S Water St. Open to public. 503-873-5321, silverton.or.us

1 p.m. Zoom. Discuss How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn. Copies and Zoom link available at the Mt. Angel Public Library. 503-845-6401

7 p.m., Silverton High, 1456 Pine St. Agenda available. Open to public. 503873-5303, silverfallsschools.org

Friday, July 23

Silverton City Council Work Session

Silver Falls School District

Concert in the Park

Adult Book Discussion Group

Rummage Sale

9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Marquam United Methodist Church, 36971 S Highway 213, Mt. Angel. Proceeds benefit local nonprofit organizations. Sponsored by Marquam United Methodist Church Women’s Group. 503-829-5061

Wednesday, July 14 Scotts Mills Grange

7 p.m., Silverton Town Square Park. Marion County Citizen’s Band performs. Open to public. Free admission. Bring a chair or blanket.

7 p.m., Scotts Mills Grange, 299 Fourth St.

Tuesday, July 20

Monday, July 26

8:30 a.m., Zoom. Open to public. Agenda available. Visit silverton.or.us for Zoom login information. 503-873-5321

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. Open to all. 503-873-5307

Thursday, July 15 Silver Falls Library Book Club

7 - 8:30 p.m., Coolidge McClaine Park, 300 Coolidge St., Silverton. This month’s selection is Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. Everyone welcome. Plan to wear a mask and social distance. 503-897-8796

Mt. Angel Planning Commission

7 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library, 290 E Charles St. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-845-9291, ci.mt-angel.or.us

Affordable Housing Task Force

Life-Sized Games

3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library, 290 Church St. Come to the library to play outdoor life-sized games like Jenga, Connect Four, Kerplunk and more. All ages. Free. 503-845-6401

Vigil for Peace

Wednesday, July 28 Homeless/Housing Task Force

6 p.m. Zoom. Open to public. Visit silverton.or.us for Zoom login information. 503-873-5321

Scotts Mills Historical Society Board

7 p.m., Scotts Mills Historical Museum, 210 Grandview Ave. Open to public. Joe, 503-871-9803, smahsmuseum@ gmail.com

Thursday, July 29

Unicorns: Break the Cage 3:30 p.m. Zoom. Mt. Angel Public Library takes viewers on a wild adventure about two kids who visit the city zoo and discover all sorts of incredible animals. The animated story is interwoven with science concept segments about life sciences and animals. All ages. Free. Call 503-845-6401 for Zoom link.

Community Conversation

6:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library, 290 Church St. The library is creating a strategic plan and needs the public’s input. Refreshments provided. Jackie Mills, 503-845-6401, jmills@ci.mt-angel.or.us

Saturday, July 31

Silverton First Citizen Awards Banquet 6:15 - 9 p.m., Festhalle, 500 Wilco Hwy., Mt. Angel. Silverton Chamber of Commerce celebrates 50 years of volunteerism. Socializing and dessert with program beginning at 7 p.m. $25 per ticket. Table reservations are strongly encouraged by calling 503-873-5615.

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Grand Skape By Melissa Wagoner Skape is the Norwegian word for create but it’s also the word that describes Tammy Plummer, whose world revolves around all things creative from sewing and quilting to painting and cooking. She’s rarely seen without a project in hand. “I’ve always said, I could be Martha Stewart if I had her crew,” Tammy laughed. “I have a mind that doesn’t stop with ideas.” An entrepreneur at heart, Tammy and her sister, Deanna Bany, started a company in 2016 centered around the creative arts of sewing, crafting, cake decorating, canning and painting that they coined Sister Skape. Initially a sideline of sorts, the sisters took a more serious view the closer they got to retirement. “We all wanted to do something together,” Tammy – one of six children – recalled. They also wanted to move back to

their home state of Oregon. And so, in January 2019 Tammy and her husband purchased a 40-acre farm in Woodburn that they hoped would one day be a hub for all things creative – Grand Skape. Unfortunately, only weeks later, Tammy’s husband passed away. But the dream the two of them started did not go with him. Nor was Tammy forced to go it alone. Rather, since that time she has been continually surrounded by a family that supports her, including in the purchase of yet another venture – Chic Skape, a coffee boutique in the heart of Mount Angel at 95 N. Main St. “This came up and we went – oh, a coffee shop!” Tammy laughed. Recalling that even then she knew it would be much more than that.

Tammy Plummer, Deanna Bany, Mary Jane Field and Karra Plummer having fun behind the scenes at Chic Skape in Mount Angel. COURTESY KARRA PLUMMER

Tammy invited her daughter, Karra Plummer – who had long dreamed of owning a clothing boutique – to come on board. The two got right to work, transforming what was once a traditional coffee shop into an Italian coffee bar and high-end clothing boutique.

“We’ve had a lot of fun using and reusing what was here,” Tammy enthused, looking around the tastefully decorated shop, which boasts racks of casual, boho chic clothing on one side and a drink bar on the other.

And Karra has enjoyed exploring the world of coffee.

“Karra is the type who, when she wants to do something, she wants to be an expert,” Tammy said.

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personalized service to one client at a time. “I’m revamping the way I’ve been doing it for 27 years. It’s going to be all about the client chair.” In a bid to cater to even more of their clientele’s needs, Tammy and Karra have one more trick up their sleeve – parties. Specifically, those focused on painting and wine. “I went to my first paint and wine event around ten years ago,” Tammy recalled. After that, she was hooked. “Basically, it’s a social event,” she continued. While currently Chic Skape is offering coffee instead of wine to their party attendees, the hope is to apply for a liquor license. “It’s easy to push things back and accommodate,” Tammy said, demonstrating the flexibility of the space, designed to accommodate a group of people. “And I’ve already booked two private bachelorette parties.” It’s a lot to keep track of, but each member of the family is contributing to the overall success of the business. “I love being a family business,” Karra confirmed. “It’s so important to me.” For information on the businesses, go to www.chicskape.com or look for Sister Skape on Facebook.

By James Day The six-month detour for bridge work on Silverton Road between Silverton and Salem appears to be going well, project officials say. “Overall the detour has been very successful, although there is always an adjustment period with any detour and this one was no exception,” said Steven Preszler, the project manager with Marion County Public Works. The county is replacing the seismically unsafe bridge over the Little Pudding River with a modern upgrade in a $6.4 million project largely funded by the federal government. Silverton Road is closed 2.5 miles west of Howell Prairie Road through midNovember, with recommended detour routes Sunnyview or Hazelgreen roads. The county added temporary traffic signals at Silverton Road-Howell Prairie and the Hazelgreen-Cordon Road intersection to help ease traffic flow. “Initially the backups at the Hazelgreen/ Cordon temporary signal were fairly long, which seems to have subsided now that drivers are more familiar with the signal operation,” Preszler said. Still a challenge, particularly for westbound motorists, is that with only one lane of traffic those who want to turn left on Cordon to rejoin Silverton Road can slow down the process for those wishing to continue on Hazelgreen.

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However, such backups occurred at the intersection when it was governed by a 4-way stop sign, too. Preszler said the manner in which the project posted signs needed tweaking. “We also had to adjust sign placement at either end (of Silverton Road) to better convey that the road was closed and that drivers needed to take one of the signed detours,” Preszler said. “I would say that the biggest lesson is to always strive to be as clear and explicit as possible with the signing and pay attention to how sign placement might be sending mixed messages,” he said. Another minor problem for the project was drivers who ignored the closure. “Early on while the road was closed but the bridge was still passable, we had a lot of drivers ignoring the signing and driving through the closure,” Preszler said.

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Sister Julia ‘Cecelia’ McGanty Sr. Julia McGanty, O.S.B., a long-time member of Queen of Angels Monastery, died in the very early afternoon of June 11, 2021, in the infirmary at Queen of Angels Monastery, Mount Angel, Oregon. Born in Yamhill, Oregon, to William and Margaret McGanty, Sr. Julia (Cecelia) McGanty attended St. John’s Church in Yamhill as a child and attended schools in Yamhill and McMinnville. She continued her education while in boarding school at Mt. Angel Academy and at Mt. Angel College. Influenced by the prayer life of the Benedictine Sisters, Cecelia asked to enter the religious community and professed her vows on Feb. 10, 1949, taking the name of Sister Julia. Sr. Julia served in a variety of ministries during her community life, including work in food service at Mount Angel Abbey. In 1954 she was called to serve at Christie Indian Residential School on Meares Island in British Columbia, where she supervised playground sports, and performed nursing and cooking duties for the school. When Sr. Julia returned to Mount Angel, she worked at the Benedictine Village Home, the Benedictine Nursing Home, and the Monastery’s infirmary. Sr. Julia taught religion to children at St. Mary Parish in Mount Angel for 16 years, and at St. Paul Parish

Jan. 10, 1930 – June 11, 2021 in Silverton, as well as teaching religious education classes in many other parishes throughout Oregon. In 1974 Sr. Julia attended the Academy of Hair Design in Salem and became a licensed cosmetologist. She later worked at LaDonna’s Beauty Center in Silverton, and, later, at Visions Salon and Spa. She has donated hair care services at the River House, Marquis Care Silver Gardens, the Davenport House, and within her own community of sisters.

She also chauffeured her sisters to doctor appointments, vacations, and many other destinations. For 50+ years at Easter, Sr. Julia made the Paschal Candle for the Benedictine Sisters’ chapel and for the Providence Benedictine Nursing Center. Her candles are still being used today throughout the monastery. Sr. Julia was preceded in death by her parents, William and Margaret; her brothers, William and John; and sisters, Margaret and Mary. She is survived by her many nieces and nephews, cousins, and her monastic community, the Benedictine Sisters of Mt. Angel. A prayer vigil was held June 17 and a Mass of Christian Burial on June 18, followed by her burial in the monastery cemetery. Gifts to the Benedictine Sisters Retirement Fund are graciously accepted in memory of Sr. Julia to Benedictine Sisters, 840 S. Main St., Mount Angel, OR 97362.

May 18, 1922 — June 8, 2021

Marsha Patterson-Burden Jan. 16, 1951 — June 8, 2021 Feb. 14, 1922 — June 8, 2021

Sr. Julia McGanty

Jan. 10, 1930 — June 11, 2021

Louise Augustus

Feb. 16, 1944 — June 18, 2021

Jerry L. Tichenor

July 17, 1946 — June 20, 2021

Kimball P. Vichery

Dec. 22, 1942 — June 21, 2021

Survivors include his daughter, Tracy Thomas; sons, Terry (Vicki) Halter and Troy (Julie) Halter; three brothers, Ed Halter, Dennis Halter, David Halter; four sisters, Debbie Rosera, Becky Halter, Judy Halter, and Angela Gonzales; four grandchildren, Courtney (Cletus) Clapper, Chris (Nikki) Thomas, Nicole Pippert, and Phillip Halter; and three great-grandchildren, Jason, Jeremy and Jackson. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Jerri, brother, Danny and grandson, Cody, A Mass of Christian Burial was held June 4, 2021, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Mount Angel, Oregon. Arrangements were by Unger Funeral Chapel – Mount Angel, Oregon.

Ross joined the United States Navy and served from 1965-1969 during the Vietnam War on the USS Kitty Hawk CV-63 and USS Enterprise CVA(N)-65. After leaving the Navy, Ross attended Lane Community College and majored in art.

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He graduated from Woodburn High School, in 1958. Jim then joined the U.S. Navy in 1962. Subsequently he owned several businesses throughout his life, including selling dairy equipment in Brooks for 20 years, property management at Spring Haven Apartments in Woodburn, and selling used cars in Brooks. During the Christmas season he sold Christmas trees in Texas.

Ross was born in Forest Grove, Oregon on June 19, 1946 to Jack and Margaret Taylor. He grew up in Scotts Mills and graduated from Silverton High School in 1964.

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James “Jim” Alfred Halter, 80, passed away on May 29, 2021. He was born Nov. 6, 1940, in Hubbard, Oregon to Alfred and Emma (Brack) Halter.

Ross Louis Taylor, 74, passed away on May 16, 2021. A graveside memorial service was held in Scotts Mills, Oregon at the Maplewood Pioneer Cemetery on June 26.

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June 19, 1946 – May 16, 2021 was also a longtime member of the Mt. Angel American Legion Post #89. Ross loved to fly fish, hunt, garden, build, travel and make beautiful walking canes, and enjoyed family and friends. Ross was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Margaret Taylor; and brother, Wayne Taylor. Ross is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Cecelia Taylor, who cared for him until the end. He is also survived by his daughter, Erica (Steve)Taylor Burke, and grandchildren: Christian, Ashli, Taylor, and Haylie. and his sister, Judy Hurst, and brother, Don Taylor, and his ex-wife Scotty Richardson, as well as many aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Ross will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mt. Angel Legion Post #89.

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Paul Sheets

Nov. 13, 1954 – June 2, 2021 Paul Sheets passed away June 2, 2021 surrounded by those who loved him.He was 66. Paul was born Nov. 13, 1954 in Hillsboro, Oregon where he grew up and graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1972. Paul moved to Silverton in 2000 and served as Postmaster for the Silverton Post Office until his retirement in 2014. His postal career also included time in Portland, Newport and Lincoln City prior to Silverton. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Geralyn Sheets, his son Nicholas Sheets and sister Susan McCalib-Lund. Paul was known for his witty sense of humor and his laughter always filled the room. He enjoyed animals, cooking and working on his cars and trucks. A talented person, he who could fix, repair or build anything – but his most important project was taking care of Geralyn and Nick. A celebration of life was held June 19.

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Feb. 18, 1926 – June 5, 2021

Fay Evangeline Neitzke Anderson was born in Lewiston, Minnesota on Feb. 18, 1926, the first child of John and Bessie Neitzke.

were active members of Emmanuel Bible Church in Salem. Fay loved spending time with her ten grandchildren, teaching Bible Studies until just the last few years when her eyesight became severely limited, and baking her famous pies, date bars, and chocolate chip cookies.

She grew up on the family farm in Rochester, graduating in 1944 from Lewiston High School. Fay then became an registered nurse, graduating from Kahler Hospital School of Nursing in Rochester, Minnesota. In 1948, Fay moved to Santa Barbara, California where she worked at Cottage Hospital, attended Westmont College, and met her future husband, George Anderson, at the Open Bible Church. They married on June 5, 1949. The couple had three children, Julie Lynn, Lori Jean, and Mark Steven.   Fay’s Christian faith was predominant in her life. She was deeply involved in every church they attended, as a Bible teacher and musician, and in children’s ministry. She also served as an administrator in Bible Study Fellowship, as president of the school Parent Teacher Association, and, off and on, as a nurse.   In 1984, the couple moved to Oregon where they spent the rest of their years together before George’s death in 1997. They enjoyed traveling in their series of motorhomes and

During the final years of her life, Fay lived in the Springs at Sunnyview Retirement community, and then at The Woods at Willow Creek assisted living (now The Springs at Willow Creek). Surviving Fay are daughter Julie (Bill) Tourtellotte of Salem; daughter Lori (Doug) Wheeler of Renton, Washington; son Mark (Sandy) Anderson of LaVerne, California; her brother Roger (Ruby) Neitzke; sisterin-law Allene Neitzke; and brother-in-law Dwight Anderson. Her grandchildren include Nathan, Sean and Michael Tourtellotte; Caleb and Gabriel Wheeler; and Jessica Lambert, Valya Valenzuela, Kaylie (who preceded her in death), Noah, and Tommie Anderson; as well as her ten great-granchildren.   Fay was much loved by many, and will be deeply missed.   A funeral service was held on June 26, 2021, at Emmanuel Bible Church. 

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Retirement brought out the artist in Susan Murray

By Melissa Wagoner Susan Murray hasn’t always been an artist. In fact, she spent the majority of her life working in higher education, first as an instructor and later as Executive Dean of Academic Advancement at Chemeketa Community College. But, upon her retirement from academia six years ago, Murray needed a hobby. “I really didn’t know what in creation I was going to do after I retired,” Murray laughed. A common problem amongst recent retirees, Murray came up with an unconventional answer – she took up welding. “I do these ornate garden flowers and garden art,” Murray described. “I do some out of tin cans. It’s almost like a puzzle, where I think – what can I do with that? I want them to look rustic.”

Artist Susan Murray with her bird boxes and welded garden art.

Then she took up painting.

But that didn’t stop her. An avid gardener, Murray began painting the birds she saw visiting her plants, initially as a way of learning their names.

“I’ve always painted a little but I’ve never taken any classes,” Murray confessed.

“Painting helps me remember,” Murray said.

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Above: A purple finch by Murray.

Fond of painting on wooden surfaces – possibly due to an earlier hobby in furniture restoration – Murray took to painting her birds on some old cigar boxes she had laying around. Later, she made a deal with a friend who sells cigars.

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to replicate certain popular birds. “But I can’t because they’re all different.”

Finds that Shine Home décor, jewelry, antiques as well as Susan Murray’s hand-painted bird boxes and upcycled garden art 204 North Water St., Silverton Thursday - Monday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and shape, that she has amassed in the past five years, which she estimates to be around 1,000. “If it doesn’t work, then it’s not the right bird.” With so many boxes piling up, Murray has taken to selling her creations at Finds that Shine in Silverton. “But I don’t paint them for the selling of them,” Murray said. “I paint them for the painting.” And she doesn’t take commissions either, although she has attempted them in the past. “People say, ‘Paint me one like that,’” Murray said of the requests she receives

Her creations are popular. Both her garden art flowers and bird covered boxes are prominently featured in the windows of Finds that Shine, garnering more than a little attention from passersby, many of whom purchase the boxes as ornate containers for gifts. “They’re easy to send,” Murray explained. “And that’s another reason I do the birds on boxes, it’s useful. Who doesn’t need a box?” Now, Murray is spending plenty of time in her garden, watching for inspiration to land and, when it does, learning its name. “I enjoy the quiet in my garden,” Murray confirmed. Adding, “Now I can say, ‘That’s a lesser goldfinch instead of a goldfinch.’”

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A call for the community to use allyship to address race-based hate

Earlier this week, one of our citizens took her young child to the reservoir for a little bit of fun in the great weather. Not long after arriving, several teenagers taunted them using the N-word and only stopped when they finally realized they weren’t going to get a reaction. No one there was able to stand up and be their ally (I recognize that not all scenarios provide enough safety for someone to do so, but allyship is one of the best and strongest tools to fight this behavior). An adult was overheard nearby saying that the kids were just being “silly.”

GUEST OPINION By Kyle Palmer Mayor of Silverton others, or by suggesting that it was just being “silly.” Sadly, this is not the first time a child under the age of five has been called that name in our town. On at least one other occasion, a different child was called the same thing while in a grocery store in our city.

I’ve been the mayor of this town for nearly five years, and in all of the many statements I’ve posted, I almost never deviate from providing facts, answers, clarifications, and in general, announcements that all members of the community should have access to. On those occasions, my own opinion about matters coming before the city is immaterial until I enter the council chambers for a meeting. Until that moment, it’s my job to provide unbiased information.

These children and their families are humans – like every one of us – who’ve done absolutely nothing wrong. They live here in our community like everyone else. They’ve served our community just like everyone else. They go to work like everyone else. They desire to go to our beautiful reservoir just like everyone else. They need to go to the grocery store just like everyone else. They’ve been called these names only, ONLY, because of the color of their skin. Children. Pause for just a moment and consider what you would do – as a parent – if your child were treated in this way. Or how you would react if you were treated this way yourself.

The subject of fair and decent treatment of all people, however, has been the exception, and will continue to be the exception. I don’t have words to express what I felt when I heard this story – embarrassed, ashamed, disgusted – all true, and all not nearly enough. 

I have long been in love with this community, but the more I hear about our treatment of people who don’t look like we do, or speak like we do, or believe what we do, or live in a house like we do, the more disappointed I am that we aren’t better than this.

I’m not interested in starting a debate about a thousand things that a thousand people feel they need to invoke in order to compartmentalize this in a way that makes them sleep easier at night. This was unacceptable hate, and it is hate that can’t be diluted by generational upbringing, by citing the influences of

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Allyship is the one thing everyone can be capable of. It is the one thing we all MUST demonstrate when that moment comes along where we see this hate before our eyes. When it comes to people I will surround myself with, I don’t care if you’re tall or short, skinny or not, a college graduate or a self-taught survivor. I don’t care if you live in a mansion, or in a tent just out of sight. I don’t care what you do for a living, if you like the Yankees or hate them, or if you’re a Beaver or a Duck. I don’t care what church you go to, or if you don’t believe in going to one at all. I don’t care what gender you are, and I don’t care who you love. I sure as heck don’t care what color you are. I DO, however, care if you have hate in your heart and if you can treat another human like this. There never, ever, has been an acceptable reason to treat others with hate. And there never will be. If you disagree with me on that, I don’t have room in my life for you. Period. And I hope our community decides that it doesn’t have room here for you either. As long as I’m the mayor of this city, you can count on me to hear every possible opinion on every possible city-related issue and respond with an emotionless, fact-based, responsive and thorough answer. In fact, I thrive on those

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some kids being silly. It’s an extremely serious problem that exists in our schools, in our churches, and everywhere else. That’s not to say that we’re all guilty, but we began to be guilty as we hear things and pretend we didn’t, suspect things and push them out of our minds, and know that a friend may feel this way and simply never bring it up.

conversations because they expand my own awareness. But on this issue, there’s no negotiation. When someone calls a child (or an adult for that matter) a name with no other meaning than race-based hate, I will not simply shrug my shoulders and focus on the great things about Silverton. We can be better. We must be better. Not someday. Now.

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A tribute... The basketballs were pushed into their usual spot in the closet. 17 months later. The jerseys were tucked away in bins. 17 months later.  The bleachers’ seats were pushed back against the wall. 17 months later.  17 months later.  Our jerseys cried for us, and the bleacher seats longed to hear the cheers of the crowd.  The court was left empty, the same painted lines that had been there for years still etched the floor. Everything and everyone gave up on the game.  17 months later. 

12 girls had pushed the thought of the game out of their head because it only hurt to think that they wouldn’t be able to play.

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17 months later. Everyone except one person.  He sat against his chair rubbing his hands on his forehead. The hope was so little he thought to himself, the chance is so slim.  17 months later. 17 months later he announced 12 girls to his team.

Now that Silverto nians have had (ti me) to experience driving on a street without cracked pa vement and potholes we should take time to apprec iate all the hours and hard wo rk by city staff, co un cil ors and contractors to give the town the beau tif ul reopening of McClaine Street .

I’m sure the hours of aggravation they endured were numerous, but we can acknowledge a job well done by a city that work s! May Main Street please be next. George Fitzpatrick Silverton

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Summer is here and the pool is open! Every year the Silver Falls Family YMCA offers water safety classes to over 300 children. Water Safety is a life-saving skill for everyone to learn. From floats, to treading, to competition dives, the Y is here to support and build the skills of our community. As the summer is unrolling, we wanted to take a moment to share with you all the opportunities we have! At the Y, we work hard to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate in swim classes this comes in many forms. Whether that be in financial aid, or varying class schedules. Our first class is offered for 6 months – 3 years. This class offers a great tool for parents to not only teach water safety but also for safe socialization. Our “Parent-Tot” class requires parents to be in the water with the student. Starting at age 3, student’s group classes are held with the instructor only. These classes have stages with a primary focus of water safety that allow students to participate in classes with student’s their own ability instead of age group. We also offer group lessons for ages 6-14. These classes have a larger focus on swim skills. To find out what the best fit for your child is please call 503-873-6456 and allow us to help place your swimmer in the correct stage! This summer we are offering group lessons in full swing, with morning and evening slots available! Lesson sessions run Monday-Thursday for two weeks! Please call the pool to find out when will work best for you!

Service Spotlight: JOHN & KRISTI HORNER John and Kristi Horner have been a large part of our Y family for many years. John first got involved with the Y through coaching Micro Soccer. He and his wife Kristi have both volunteers coached many seasons since, from basketball to soccer. When asked why they got involved with the Y, they replied “it was important for our kids to be involved and active and this is something that we love about the Y, it allows kids to be active and together.” John Horner received our volunteer of the year award in 2017, where he coached six teams between three sports. He now coaches football for Silverton High School. His wife, Kristi, worked for the Y for several years in which she was an office manager and brought pickleball to our community. She now continues to serve on our Y board and has been a large advocate for engaging our youth. Thank you, John and Kristi, for all the hard work you do for the Y!

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June basketball?

Both Foxes teams lose – just once – in near-perfect season

The Silverton High basketball teams finished their 2020-21 seasons on June 23, ten days after the seniors graduated and 15 months after a global pandemic left them waiting at the altar at a state tournament which held such promise. There. That’s a weird sentence, isn’t it? Somehow the hoopsters were able to finish a truncated six-week season, just like their fall and spring counterparts, although the OSAA calendar mandated that winter come after spring this school year. All good. That’s why I froze in March during the first couple of football games and the basketball players had… tans.

Truitt Reilly, the lone senior on the Foxes’ roster, scored 17 points, including 8 in the fourth quarter when Silverton sealed the deal. Reilly, a 6-2 post, will be playing for Western Washington next season and told Our Town that she felt “so blessed” to be able to play her senior season. Seniors are what it’s all about for the boys, who finished 14-1 after a 46-44 loss to Sprague on June 23 ended their season one game short of perfection. When asked about a lack of a state tournament to prove his squad’s mettle coach Jamie McCarty said that the most important factor was that his three seniors, Isaac Semerikov, Lucas Roth and Titus Roth, got to HAVE a senior season. “That’s how we measure success,” McCarty said.

Some folks smarter than me will eventually write the history that tells us whether all of this was a good idea or not, but watching the Foxes’ two elite basketball programs tells me that they were happy that they got the chance. The girls finished an 11-1 campaign with an impressive 39-28 win June 23 against Churchill of Eugene, which came in 13-1 and ran the table in the Midwestern League.

This season, to minimize travel, the Mid-Willamette teams played “crossover” games against the Class 6A teams in Salem. The Silverton boys went 6-1, and the girls went 4-0.

out. We finish two weeks after graduation and a week after school is out. I was very honest that I thought we would have to cut for the first time. Many kids are just done with the year, or now have jobs.”

Although the basketball season is in the books both the wrestling and swimming squads still are competing, with postseason events set for June 26 (after Our Town’s presstime). That’s right, this year you can go to the state wrestling championships and buy fireworks on the way home.

The good news for the squad and his standouts Catherine Hyde and Makani Buckley, Rogers said, is that the postseason meet in Corvallis made the squad “very happy to have something to shoot for.”

One of the biggest challenge for Foxes’ swim coach Lucky Rogers is that their traditional depth and roster size no longer worked in a COVID world. “Biggest issue was whether we were even going to have a season, and if we did how many kids could we get to have in one lane,” Rogers said. “We have been used to ten to 16 kids in a lane. I was expecting two kids in a lane, but we are at four. So, our team of 80 is 30.

Second-year wrestling coach Jared Wilson noted a couple of significant handicaps imposed by COVID. “Not having kids in the building to recruit has been big,” he said. “Also, missing out on a year of development for our youth kids.” Top performers among his boys athletes, Wilson said, have been Owen Magill, Isac Whitehead, Hayden Forster, Oscar Marks, Steven Powell, Jacob Moore, Joshua Jones and Eli Kemble. Girls standouts include Bella Moore and Kaity McElfresh.

“Many swimmers just chose not to come

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www.smithcreekvillage.com for the cabins and lodge and shalimar@ silverfallshospitality.com for the two ranches. The calendar for 2022 reservations will be posted July 1. The Big Leaf Coffeehouse at the village is open daily from 7 to 11 a.m., offering hot breakfasts and take/trek meal options. An espresso bar is planned. For more information call Shalimar Nissen of Silver Falls Hospitality at 503-894-7533 or use the email address above. The 14 cabins near the South Falls day use area as well as other camping facilities at the park are operated by park officials. Reservations for those spots are available at oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com/ unifSearch.do.

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A Grin at the End

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We’re all going to be OK. That is the inescapable conclusion I have reached. I was at a minor league baseball game a few weeks ago, scanning the crowd between pitches. There were families enjoying the evening as the boys of summer sparkled on the diamond. The homers were accompanied by lusty cheers, a light breeze played among the pennants posted beyond center field. For the seventh-inning stretch God Bless America was sung along with the obligatory Take Me out to the Ballgame. So good. After more than a year of this virus and that wildfire, of uncertainty and government confusion, we are back on track. My wife and I got out of town, visiting relatives and re-upping my love of the East Coast. Everywhere we went we saw friendly faces, some swathed in masks, others not. But it was the eyes that revealed a confident hopefulness everywhere we went. It reminded me that the strength of the human spirit is not confined to a place. It’s in our DNA. No matter what is thrown at us, no matter what we need to do to get through to tomorrow, we will do it. I was visiting recently with my mother-in-law. In her 99

all there, all we have to do is reach out and hold on for dear life, through the tragedies, the illnesses. As importantly, there are also the successes, miracles and wonders, all driven by that natural force called love. 

years, she has been through the Depression, World War II – she served in the Coast Guard – and made it through numerous stock market crashes, floods, earthquakes and other tragedies, large and small. But she has also witnessed history, from the first transatlantic plane flight to the first man on the moon, from the founding of the United Nations, which hasn’t lived up to its potential, to the founding of the internet, which has. All while raising 14 kids, in Alaska. So good. For her, and for the rest of us really, today is always the best day ever. Rain or shine, we all have the opportunity to make the best of what we have, and who we have. It’s

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Cynicism is a common disease these days. It has infected some people, who apparently want all that’s good and none of the burdens in life. A guy I saw in Portland the other day pretty well summed up this attitude. He was wearing a hat that announced, “People Suck.” All I could think is, there’s one. I was in the Chicago airport on my way home. A young lady offered to move so I could sit in one of those seats with the phone chargers attached. While I was fussing with the wire she told me her story. She had been visiting her fiancé in the hospital. He had been in a terrible truck wreck and barely escaped with his life. But he’s going to be OK, she said. He has to, because they are getting married in August. So good. Carl Sampson is a freelance writer and editor. He lives in Stayton. His novels are available on amazon.com.

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