Our Town North: Aug. 15, 2021

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New Faces

Civics 101

Meet SHS’ principal & Mt. Angel’s superintendent – Page 10 -11

Water use limit in Silverton comes with enforcement – Page 4

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New management at South Falls Café............................. 5 Turn, Turn, Turn

Dazey given new role in Providence organization............... 6 Mount Angel storm-damaged trees taken down.......................... 7 A Slice of the Pie............... 8

Is your Senior Center membership up to date? Good time to renew or join! Now that our building has reopened, we are gradually rolling out old familiar activities and announcing new services and programs, many free for our active members. Does that include you? If you are age 50 or over, you are eligible to join. Annual membership fees are only $36 for 12 months from date of enrollment. Veterans pay only $18 for 12 months. It’s easy to renew or join. Just click the Join or Renew button on the front page of our website, call us at 503-873-3093, or drop by the Center Monday through Friday between 9 and 5.

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Meet SHS’ new principal...............10 Meet MASD’s new superintendent...11 Silverton Art Festival Program.......................... Inside Something for the Soul

Silverton publisher releases two books by new authors............12 Passages...............................15

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The Forum.............................16 Sports & Recreation

Fall sports season opens...............17 People Out Loud...............18 Marketplace..................... 19 Above South Falls Café

The recently rebranded Silverton Art Festival returns after a year off due to COVID. JIM KINGHORN

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August 2021 • 3

Civics 101

Water woes

By James Day The City of Silverton has responded to this year’s drought by advancing its restrictions on residential water use, a decision that has inflamed social media and led the mayor to take to Facebook to respond to the criticism. The City Council at its Aug. 2 meeting took the city to Level 2 of its water curtailment policy, which limits lawn watering to every other day and bans car washing and power-washing decks or patios. The program, which was initiated by a resolution passed in September 2016, works on an odd-even house number basis. If your house number ends in an even number you can water on evennumbered days and it flips to oddnumbered days if that’s how your address ends. The program does not restrict watering gardens or rose bushes, only lawns.

Silverton restricts residential use, adds enforcement Level 2 also comes with an enforcement protocol. A first offense comes with a written warning. A fine of $60 is imposed for a second offense, $120 for a third and $240 for four or more. The city also reserves the right to shut off your water for nonpayment of the fines. “There’s been mixed reaction to this decision,” noted Mayor Kyle Palmer in his lengthy Facebook post. “Some (are) frustrated by the guidelines, some by the enforcement component, and some because they feel that we shouldn’t be worried about this in Oregon.” Palmer noted that the main difference between Level 1 and Level 2 is that Level 1 involves recommendations and Level 2 features requirements. Also, the enforcement piece is new. Palmer added that the city has gone to Level 1 in each of the past five years. “In all of those years however, we HAD seen some significant changes in water use just by putting the Level

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1 recommendations in place. Not this year,” he wrote. “Despite 30 days of recommended curtailment, we’ve recognized no significant drop in our water demand, which is a problem.” Silverton uses Abiqua Creek for its water for most of the year, Palmer wrote, with Silver Creek generally used only in late August or after a storm event. “The Abiqua flow combined with the agricultural needs doesn’t support us continuing to use it past that time of year,” Palmer wrote, “and the capacity of the reservoir doesn’t usually support us switching to Silver Creek much earlier

than that time of year (we have to be covered in case we don’t see rain for months). “This is all a pretty normal process for the past five years, except it appears that we’ve just not seen much response to curtailment requests, leaving the decision to move to mandatory curtailment necessary. “It is not our intention to be punitive in this requirement unless that’s the only way to get through to someone who is using water outside of the guidelines.” Palmer concluded by writing “regardless of your concerns, we simply have to reduce water use immediately to provide a more stable supply to (agriculture) users, to provide a stable habitat for stream life, and to preserve a healthy supply for fire suppression and to outlast this dry spell. We appreciate your cooperation.”

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Falls café reopens By Melissa Wagoner Char Hawkins has been managing snack bars for 23 years but her newest venture, the South Falls Café, located inside the South Falls Lodge at Silver Falls State Park, surpasses all the rest – especially when it comes to ambiance. “It’s beautiful out here,” Hawkins confirmed. “The fresh air, trees and birds. I leave my stress behind as I get closer and closer to the park each day.” A graduate of the Business Enterprise Training program – a course offered by the Oregon Commission for the Blind – Hawkins began managing her first snack bar in May 1998 thanks in part to the Randolph Sheppard Vending Facility Program – which assists those who are legally blind access business opportunities located on federal and state properties. “I like the challenge of something new and to build a business from scratch,” Hawkins said of her decision to apply

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for the opportunity to manage the South Falls Café, particularly because it has been closed for over a year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Opening for business during the long Memorial Day weekend, Hawkins hit the ground running. “One thing I didn’t anticipate was the incredible number of snacks and drinks we would sell,” Hawkins – who oversees an average of 800 transactions each week with the help of 11 staff members – said. “We’re still getting used to that.” And it’s not just drinks and snacks, the menu also boasts a variety of sandwiches, wraps and salads as well. “[T]he South Falls Burger is a big hit,” Hawkins said when asked for a list of the café’s hottest sellers, “but we’re also selling a lot of Samuel Boardman Breakfast Burritos, a local Portland ice cream favorite, Ruby Jewel ice cream sandwiches, and Italian sodas.”

Although currently the bulk of the café’s customers stem from the park’s estimated 1.1 million visitors each year, Hawkins is hoping to attract local customers as well, especially during the coming winter. “[F]or the winter months we’re starting to think about the seasonal offerings such as soups and more hot menu items,” Hawkins said. But whether the customers are tourists or locals, staying for dinner or just grabbing a drink to-go, Hawkins’ goal is for every patron to have a wonderful experience. “We want to provide the best service we can for the park visitors,” she emphasized. The South Falls Café is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. inside the South Falls Lodge in the heart of Silver Falls State Park.

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August 2021 • 5

Turn, Turn, Turn

Steadfast transition By Brenna Wiegand Emily Dazey, Executive Director of Providence Benedictine Nursing Center in Mount Angel, will be moving into a broader role as Providence Director of the Skilled Nursing Facility Collaborative for Oregon. Dazey, who has served at the Mount Angel campus for 26 years, will now serve in a regional capacity on behalf of the Providence hospitals with the primary goal of easing patients’ transitions from hospital to other settings. Dazey will continue to support the skilled nursing center in Mount Angel in planning efforts and provide guidance for her replacement, once chosen. “I’m excited for a couple of reasons,” Dazey said. “I believe in the mission of Providence and love working in the Home and Community Care division, so I am glad to continue to be part of that. “I am looking forward to applying the things I’ve learned in the years I’ve been here as I work with other facilities,” she

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“I like problem-solving and developing relationships with people and that will be the focus of the new role,” she said. “At the same time it is really hard to move away from my current role because I love the team here, the community and the people we serve.

“It’s been really hard,” Dazey said. “Dealing with all the ramifications of COVID is the obvious thing; I can hardly remember what life was like before it. But it’s not only that; we had to evacuate our campus last year during the wildfires. And then came the ice storm, during which we were without power and Internet service for 48 hours.

“However, I am grateful for this opportunity to serve in a different way,” Dazey said. “I’ll be building a program and looking at situations in broader terms, identifying needs and solutions, all with the goal of serving people better.” Highlights of Dazey’s career at Benedictine include the opening of an Enhanced Care unit in the nursing center in partnership with Marion County to serve people with mental health issues. She has been witness to the dramatic growth in the home health agency and the services it provides, the opening of Orchard House Assisted Living Center, which expanded the breadth

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of services provided on campus, and the enhancement of intergenerational programming through the Child Development Center on campus. With her team, she has navigated sweeping changes in Medicare reimbursement and strove to keep a commitment to quality services with limited reimbursement as well as a total change in what the average resident looks like. “The people we serve now are more complicated than they were even 10 years ago,” Dazey said. “There is a higher, more complex level of needs, and I have appreciated the way our team has grown and adjusted as the needs have changed. “The bottom line is that we are here to support people in a way that helps them feel loved and cared for,” she said. “That may look different now than it did years ago, but hopefully the feeling that people get stays the same.” Nothing has proven the commitment

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Recreating repose

Storm-damaged trees removed at Providence


By Brenna Wiegand The feeling of serenity on the campus of Providence Mt. Angel Skilled Nursing Center is – was – owed largely to the stands of mature oaks and other trees that seem to stretch out their arms to shelter and to heal. The ice storm changed all that, devastating the trees and damaging roofs around the nursing center building. “There was not any ground that wasn’t covered with huge limbs,” outgoing Executite Director Emily Dazey said. “We haven’t been able to use our therapy garden since February; it’s been closed along with parts of our outdoor patios. “Saying that the impact is big doesn’t even begin to describe it,” Dazey said. “We’re actually going through some mourning after we’ve had these trees as long as we have but they just aren’t safe anymore.” As they watch the mighty oaks fall, those at PBNC try to focus on moving forward, collaborating with professionals on plans to redo the surrounding landscaping and create new spaces, new shady spots and walking paths and build up the beauty of the setting. “We plan to create something that is lovely in a completely different way,” Dazey said. This won’t be cheap, and costs fall directly on the Mount Angel facility. “Just the cost to remove storm-damaged trees has already topped $70,000, and the work to re-envision our grounds and replant with new trees, shrubs and flowers that combined will offer shade and beauty will be equally costly,” reported PBNC Foundation Director Phil McCorkle. “Looking back to our founding years, we recall the partnership of the community in sharing the expenses of building our facility and, much as back then, we invite the public to participate in the remaking and rebuilding of this place of healing.” The nursing center hopes find ways to repurpose some of the wood into something that pays tribute to the trees folks have leaned on for comfort for more than 60 years. “We want to find some creative ways to have them continue to be part of our landscape,” Dazey said.

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Trees taken down at Providence’s facility in Mount Angel earlier this month. JIM KINGHORN

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A Slice of the Pie

Keep cool

Tips on how to counteract the extreme heat • Keep the lights off. Not only do incandescent bulbs produce heat but its best to conserve electricity when air conditioner use is at its highest. • Once the air outside is above 77 degrees, close windows, doors and curtains.

Cool the House

June came in like a lamb this year and went out like a… dragon? It broke records across the state with temperatures in Salem reaching a whopping 117. Then the area had the hottest July on record... And then the August heat dome hit, again threatening triple-digit days.

• Close curtains or shades – there is a bonus for sun-deflecting white or heat blocking blackout curtains. In a pinch, car windshield sunscreens work as well.

• Forgo the oven and cook alfresco – throw something on the grill, plug in the Instant Pot, slow cooker or griddle outside. Or come up with a skillet meal and use the camp stove. • When the air outside is dry and cool, hang a damp sheet in the window to cool incoming breezes through evaporation.

• Refrigerate a cucumber, then place slices on your eyes. • Use essential oils like peppermint that have a cooling effect. • Apply aloe to your skin – the cooling sensation isn’t just for sunburns.

Here are some ways to beat the next wave of extreme heat. Consider clipping the list and using it as “refrigerator art.” These days you never can tell when you may need it.


• As long as it’s not humid, place a shallow bowl of ice in front of a fan.

Before the Heat Hits

• Turn off exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom – these can pull hot air into the house. The exception is when taking a hot shower because it’s necessary for hot, sticky air to escape.

• Replace air filters and service air conditioners before you need them. • Install a programmable thermostat. • Shut the fireplace damper.

• Run the fan and the air conditioner simultaneously – the air circulation helps to cool your body.

• Shut down appliances that create heat, like computers.

• Give your feet an ice bath. • Spray yourself with cool water, especially your wrists. • Dress in loose clothing, either lightweight cotton or sweat wicking fabrics, and go barefoot. • Take a cold shower, especially right before bed. • Eat smaller meals throughout the day. • Eat something spicy. The sweat will cool you down.





• Read a book or watch a movie set in a cold climate to lead your mind into cool thoughts. • Consider purchasing cooling bed linens. Or, place regular sheets in a plastic bag and freeze them before use.

Cool Your Schedule • Plan your day – water plants, exercise, hang clothing on the line or run errands before the temperature climbs. • Instead of going for a run, go for a swim. Don’t forget sunscreen. • Run the dishwasher at night and forgo the drying cycle. • The same goes for laundry – wash clothes at night, and if you can, avoid using the drier. Consider using a clothesline!

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New Faces

‘We have to get it right’ By Brenna Wiegand Though Hawaii born and raised, the pandemic spurred Sione Thompson to move to the mainland and become Silverton High School’s new principal. “I have a lot of family on the West Coast,” Thompson said. “I also have four children: two in grade school, one in high school and another in college. Dawn and I agreed that we want to make sure kids of the next generation know their family.” Thompson’s siblings live here, and his father is the eldest of 15 who all settled in the area. “When COVID hit what’s important really came through,” he said Thompson’s previous experience served him well in his job search. Since graduating from the University of Hawaii 20 years ago, Thompson spent time teaching and coaching at St. Louis High School prior to becoming the school principal. That led to a stint as the University of Hawaii’s director of programs for early college students, helping secondary students find grants and helping districts struggling with on-time graduations. From there he became executive director of the Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission, overseeing 37 schools across five islands. At the time he came to Silverton, Thompson was serving as the Complex Area Superintendent for the Waianae-Nanakuli area.

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Though he enjoyed the broader administrative realm outside the school building, he also felt he was getting further and further away from the kids themselves.

learning for the coming school year. “We understand there are people on both sides of the aisle; our commitment is to in-person learning without regulations with safety measures in place, unless the law requires otherwise,” Thompson said. “We want to be very targeted toward bringing the community back; we feel that’s what’s best for the children.

“I fell in love with the classroom and interacting with kids in the first place,” he said. Even with COVID and during the ice storm, Thompson found a way to physically visit Silverton, where he met community members, teachers and students who were part of the hiring process. “I really felt that this is not just a place of community but something special where people care not just about education but about people; about each other,” he said. “It reminded me of a lot of the values I was raised with in Hawaii: family is important; know who you are and look for ways to take care of others and leave the next generation better off than what you received. “I felt absolutely that this was a place I could be proud of and where I could raise my family,” he said. “It’s hard to leave and feel confident that you’re giving your best to your children and not settling. We do not feel like we settled; we feel like we upgraded.” Among his top concerns as he rolls up his sleeves for the 2021-22 school year are graduation rates and the recruitment and retention of high-quality teachers. “We’ve seen a lot of success in teacher

“The pile of needs is never going to run dry,” he said. “We know that after the past 18 months there are going to be gaps. That’s OK, we can work with that; we can learn together and possibly redefine what readiness looks like; what college life and preparedness looks like. Silverton High School principal Sione Thompson. BRENNA WIEGAND

retention in some of the schools I’ve worked with,” Thompson said. “Having teachers that are committed and the stability they provide within the school is a priority for me. “When you have passion, colleagues, control over your craft and are constantly improving… these things matter to teachers, especially today, when teaching is an under-appreciated profession,” he said. “I want this to be a place where they feel valued.” Though he respects the different viewpoints of district families, Silverton High School is committed to in-person

“We need to find ways to appropriately and properly inventory and understand where kids are with their learning and then develop quality plans to get them where they need to be in order to be successful community members,” he said. “I think it’s going to be fun work; it also keeps me up at night. We have to get it right; children deserve what is best. “The other thing that keeps me tossing and turning is the possible gap in the social-emotional needs of students – and adults,” he said. “We need to see that our staff has what they need to be the best they can be in front of their students. “It’s going to be a process and we’re all learners in this together.”

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We’re glad you’re here. We’re glad we’re here, too! As you know, nothing’s been certain in the two years since our last festival: So we begin again with gratitude. We could never make the festival happen without the support of our community, but it’s especially true this season. Thanks to all the friends and neighbors who put out fires, replanted, rebuilt, supported local businesses, and cared for our health over this long period of struggle.

welcoming a broader range of art and artists to the Association. As Silverton continues to diversify, so will the art we produce. Make sure to use the QR code to see greater detail about this year’s festival and the excellent artists, musicians, and contributors who make it all happen. Thanks you for your participation in the creative life of our community. We look forward to seeing you at the festival, and together, to find what’s beautiful in joy and struggle.

Good things are coming! Classes and workshops will soon be offered at the Art Center with a range of fresh subjects. The city has just approved plans for a new community stage between the Art Center and Park House building. We’re also

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This year’s headliner and poster artist, Jonathan Case, is sharing a booth with several of his fellow cartoonists from Portland’s Helioscope Studio. Helioscope’s members write and draw books for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse Comics, Cartoon Network, Disney, and many more. Bring kids to their art events on Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm and 3:00pm at the park’s pavilion!

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through the COVID experience because no one is satisfied, and I can understand why.”

Rachel Stucky takes the helm as Mt. Angel School District’s new superintendent, taking over for Troy Stoops who stepped down at the end of the last school year after filling the role for ten years.

Mt. Angel School District Board Chair Shari Riedman says Stucky meets everything the district was looking for in a new leader. “As a board we were really looking for someone with executive level experience in a school district somewhat similar to Mt. Angel, such as a smaller town or rural area,” Riedman said. “Rachel definitely brings that; her experience brings a lot to the table.”

Stucky spent the last five years in the Sweet Home School District as chief academic officer and is eager to bring her skills and experience to Mount Angel. “Since I was a young girl, I have had emotional connections to Mount Angel through my parents and their friends and even played sports against Kennedy when I was in high school in Salem,” Stucky said. “I just feel a very strong sense of connection and purpose with Mount Angel.” As with most other districts, this year’s biggest issue will be coming out of the drastic restrictions imposed by the pandemic over the past year and more, but until now it has been a “hurry up and wait” process. “[O]ne challenge is what do you do when you have new guidance coming out near the end of July with the kids coming back to

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“The majority of my background has been working with English Language Learners and families that fall below poverty guidelines,” Stucky said. “For me that is also a purposeful connection and one that makes me want to serve and work in this community.”

“I am a native Oregonian and I love the whole region,” Stucky said. “I am so honored, and I also feel in my heart that Mount Angel is the right fit for me.”

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Current school district goals include improving graduation rates, overall scores, and educational experience for those who are typically under-served, including English Language Learners and the Latinx population that make up a large portion of the school district.

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Buddhism and practicing yoga – even training as an instructor. A lifelong student, he studied massage therapy, eventually becoming a naturopathic doctor. Even now, long-since retired, Petrie is still on the hunt for the answers to life’s abundant questions. “I’m still seeking,” he said. “I wish I had 200 more years but even then, it wouldn’t be enough. I’ll never be satisfied with what I know.” Petrie’s book is his way of sharing what he’s learned thus far with others. “It’s for those who are still seeking and those who are trying to find themselves to justify why we’re here and what’s available to us,” he said of the book’s purpose. “It’s for those who want to understand life and the seekers who are searching.” With each chapter written as a standalone essay, the book can be read in any order, all at once or a chapter at a time. “It’s not a read, it’s a study,” Petrie explained. “Pick out one a day and give it thought throughout that day.” Currently available for purchase on Amazon, Petrie doesn’t have any goals for the book beyond making sure it’s available to those who need it and hoping they find it when they do. And that includes his two daughters, whom he plans to send the first, hardback copies. “It’s an introduction to me,” he said.

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navigate their tricky emergence into adulthood on campuses in Washington, Oregon and Kansas – but that wasn’t all he did. “I’m much more a teacher than I am a minister,” Orr said. “Because when you’re a campus minister, which I always was, students come to you with questions – sex, money, decision-making – they’re coming to school for the first time.”

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He subsequently trained in counseling, as well as diversity and conflict resolution. “I quickly realized I needed extra training in counseling,” Orr recalled, estimating that in actuality counseling, rather than ministering, was 80 percent of the job. Already in use by a book club and a training course, his new book Life Tending – Making Life Affirming Choices Out of Growing Self-Awareness can be especially helpful to those nearing a milestone. “It’s for anyone who’s curious about who they are, where they’re going and who’s going with them,” Orr said. Although the workbook can be used by individuals, Orr speculates that the benefits of group use are much greater. “A lot of people reach a point in their life and they plateau,” Orr said. “They think, this is the end. But I don’t think we should major in endings.” Currently for purchase at www. lifetending.life, Orr hopes the workbook will help readers cultivate more happiness in life – hence the title. “You’ve got to cultivate your being and your lifestyle,” Orr said.


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Ina “Sue” Crouse

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wildlife, and geography. Mom climbed to the top of Ayers Rock with a 17-year-old German boy who was on holiday with his grandparents (the grandparents waited in the shade with Dad). Mom very much enjoyed that accomplishment and hiking companion. They exchanged Christmas cards for many years. They also spent time in New Zealand, New Guinea, Tahiti, and Fiji where they fell in love with it and her people.

William “Bill” Crouse was born Jan. 19, 1928 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He was the youngest of four and the last to pass. Ina “Sue” Crouse was born at home on June 25, 1933 in Hayworth, Oklahoma. She was the oldest of five and the last to pass. At the age of 17, Dad persuaded his parents to let him “drop out” of High School to enlist in the US Marine Corps. He served seven years in multiple duty stations including China and Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1952 as a Staff Sergeant. He returned home, contacted his High School principal, who then proctored his High School Diploma tests. He passed with ease. From there, he headed to Oregon. Mom would grow up working in the fields with her parents. In Texas and Oklahoma they hoed, picked and chopped cotton. In California, they cut and trayed grapes in the sun for raisins. In Oregon and Washington, they picked apples, cherries, and apricots. They lived in tar paper shacks with dirt floors. In 1934 her brother L.C was born. After that, Mom always shared her bed with at least one little brother. In the winter, Mom and her parents would return to Oklahoma to their Cox and Pope families. Mom loved living in the family fold with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and truck loads of cousins. In Oklahoma, she attended a tiny one room school where a spark was ignited and her passion for learning burned, until her final days. In the fall of 1952, Mom and Dad met in Klamath Falls while attending OTI and as they say, the rest is history. In the spring of 1953, Mom moved to Salem where her parents had purchased their first home. A small three bedroom, one bath on Verda Lane. Once again, Mom still shared a bed with a little brother; this time it was Bruce. Mom found work at Fairview Home caring for the hydrocephalic babies. It was heartbreaking work but she was built for the important task. Dad stayed at OTI to finish his degree and spent the summer working at Crater Lake. During this time they were saving and planning for a wedding. On Oct. 22, 1954 they were married by Rev. Lloyd Uker at Englewood United Methodist Church in Salem. They became members and were active on committees, boards, and women’s ministries until 1971 when they moved to Silverton. In November 1956, they welcomed their first child, Mark, and brought him home to their first apartment. Dad had begun his career as a journeyman carpenter while Mom stayed home with Mark. In March 1958, Mom’s dad and little brother Bill drowned while fishing in a small boat on Clear Lake. Mom, Dad, and Mark moved in with Grandma to help her recover emotionally and financially. Mom stayed home with Mark and brothers Phil and Bruce where she took care of

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Wherever they traveled, they would look for a church to attend. In Fiji, it was a small struggling Methodist Church trying to provide a Christian kindergarten, and they knew just what to do. Dad worked on building projects and repairs and Mom taught the students along with the teachers. They returned to Fiji multiple times to live and work; bringing books and school supplies with them. Even building a small library in memory of Mom’s mother, Annie Cox. everybody while Dad and Grandma worked. They remained there until all the funeral expenses were paid and Grandma had a small savings. In August 1958 their daughter, Sandy, was born. The now complete Crouse Family moved into a rental; until they were able to purchase five acres in NE Salem and began to build their first home. Those were happy, busy years. Mom’s desire to teach was beginning to grow and her teaching career would soon take off. With permission from their Englewood church, Dad built cabinets on castors and small tables. Sunday School chairs were rearranged and the church basement became a private kindergarten. With the help of another church member, Mom and Betty Massey taught together for the next six years. They were recognized as the first accredited private kindergarten in the State of Oregon. During this time Mom also attended Chemeketa Community College; taking night classes to finish her associates degree and prepare for her future dream career. In 1971, Dad and Mom sold their fruitland home and moved to a rundown, worn out, ramshackle old farmhouse on 25 acres in Evans Valley. We camped in the side yard while the foundation was being rebuilt and the house remodeled. Before the weather turned, we were out of the elements and living in our “new” old house. Then we built a barn! It was during this time of transition that Mom and Dad decided a new church needed to be founded. Patty Logan, a dear friend from Englewood, was now attending Emmanual Mennonite in Pratum. She invited us to come with her, and Mom and Dad remained there ever since. After a few years in the old farmhouse, it was sold along with five acres and we moved to the “home on wheels” in a field at the top of the property. Mom was accepted into WOU and began the daily drive to and from Monmouth. While she

studied long into the night earning honors, Dad was building their new house. After graduating, Mom was hired to teach kindergarten and first grade at Evergreen School. Mom loved her students! Her days always started with coffee and her bible in the family room. Each student and their learning needs were brought before the Lord in prayer. She visited the homes of each kindergartner before the first day of school as she wanted them to know she was excited to know them, their families, and that learning together would be fun. In the early years, she also held her parent teacher conferences in the home at least once a year. She was grateful for her students and their families. Guiding and encouraging her students was her calling. She loved and cared for each one as her own. It was a wonderful and unique time in Public Education. It brought out the best in Mom and in turn, she brought out the best in her students. After 17 years, Mom retired from Evergreen but her heart never left. When they retired, a whole new life began. For Dad it was all things rocks; rock shows, rock hounding, cutting and polishing rocks and making jewelry. For Mom there were sports. Football, basketball, volleyball, little league, dance competitions, and track meets. If Grandma was in the state, Grandma was in the stands. Travel was a large part of their early retirement years. Road trips in their RV were a regular occurrence visiting all 50 states at least once. Camping trips with their family were also a staple and many trips to various Oregon lakes to fish, tell campfire stories and make lasting memories. Several trips to Australia were enjoyed, especially the one led by Portland State University where they traveled the “outback”. They visited many locations, sleeping under the stars, and mining for precious gems. They learned much about the country, the Aboriginal people, the unique


Their final foreign trip was a very memorable three week trip to China. Many memories came back to Dad and sharing the adventure with Mom was the highlight for him. In between the foreign travels were two riverboat trips; one on the Mississippi and one on the Ohio River. They also became snow birds and started spending their winters in Quartzsite, Arizona. Together Mom and Dad were unstoppable, resourceful, creative, lifelong learners and voracious readers. They worked hard, played hard, and loved hard. With big smiles and hearts wide open, they gathered friends far and wide. They were kind and devoted to one another as well as their family. Their lives were lived by the Golden Rule and their faith. Bill and Sue are survived by Mark (Lisa) Crouse, (Ray) Sandy Bersin, four grandchildren; (Joe) Marta Meling, Austin (Hollie) Bersin, Darrell Crouse, and (Justin) Bailey Barker. As well as great grandkids Jaxon Meling, Adilynn Bersin, and Baby Barker due in December. While they had never planned to leave their home on the hill, declining health required a hard decision from Mom and Dad and they decided that staying together, to have and to hold was more important than where they lived. Tithing and charitable giving was a monthly occurrence throughout their lives. A local favorite was Union Gospel Mission. Our thanks go out to Heartwood Place Memory Care for helping us keep “the kids” together, Serenity Hospice for keeping them comfortable, and lastly Debbie, their partner in crime. Untold blessings were shared by all. Dad lived without Mom for seven weeks to the day. Now they dwell in the House of the Lord, reunited. Ephesian 5:2 says: Live a life filled with love, and so they did. A private graveside memorial will be held on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021.

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Helen Schafer Lichty May 18, 1922 – June 8, 2021

Jerry Francis Donahe

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Helen M. Schafer Lichty, 99, was born to Harmon and Mary Schafer in Upland, Nebraska. She was the only daughter and youngest of four children. The family moved from Nebraska to Oregon when Helen was 12-years-old. She was raised in Wheatland, Oregon and later moved to Central Howell area near Silverton, Oregon where she met and married Grover Lichty. They were members of Emmanuel Mennonite Bible Church in Pratum, Oregon. Helen was a dedicated Christian woman devoted to her husband and family.

Jerome Francis Donahe (Jerry or J.F.), of Silverton, passed in the early morning hours of April 17 in Salem, Oregon, of non-COVID related causes. He was born Aug. 14, 1937, in Chicago, Illinois to Bernard Anthony and Thelma Sophia (Follesvold) Donahe.

Maureen Schmidt, 78, passed away July 26, 2021 surrounded by her family in Silverton, Oregon. She was born in Hartington, Nebraska in 1942.

Helen was very involved in church and always had a love for children. She taught Sunday School and Bible School for over 25 years. She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Lichty Renback Bender from Silverton, Oregon and Kay Lichty Webb and husband Lanny from Redmond, Oregon; and her son, Ronald Lichty and wife Virginia Scharer Lichty from Silverton, Oregon. Helen is also survived by nine grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and nine great great grandchildren. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Grover; son-in-laws, Allan Renback and Bob Bender; grandson-in-law Ken Brenneman; great great granddaughter, Coraline; great grandson, Dillon; brothers and sisters-in-law, John (Helen) and William (Ella), George (Afton). A graveside service was held June 18 at Pratum Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials to honor Helen may be made to Union Gospel Mission and Willamette Valley Hospice.

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At the age of 11, Jerry moved with his family to Sweet Home, Oregon, where he graduated from high school. After attending Pacific Lutheran University, he worked for a short time at Boeing (living near Seattle) and then enjoyed a very prosperous career in financial services. He married Sharon Julian in 1961 and together they raised two sons, Terence Anthony and Lawrence Patrick. After their divorce, Jerry moved back to Sweet Home. He was briefly married to Phyllis Barnes. In 2006, he married Janet (Mauer) Casad and they enjoyed travel in their RV to the Oregon Coast, numerous national parks and monuments. Jerry is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Janet Donahe of Silverton; sons, Terry Donahe of Lake Oswego and Larry Donahe (Michelle) of Hutchinson, Minnesota; grandchildren Trey, Cole, and Audrey Donahe of Hutchinson; sister, Selene Estep of McMinnville; sister, Joanne Van Dyck of Beaverton; stepchildren Emily (Thomas) Sims of San Marcos, Texas; Timothy (Jennifer) Casad of Jefferson, Oregon; step grandchildren Benjamin and Breyanna Casad of Jefferson; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the caring staff of Sweet Bye N Bye in Salem and Willamette Valley Hospice for their support and care. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his name to Willamette Valley Hospice. A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, Sept. 11, 1:30 p.m. at Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield St.


Oct. 8, 1942 – July 26, 2021

Maureen met and fell in love with Bob Schmidt at the young age of 16 in Mount Angel, Oregon. They married on June 1, 1963. The couple raised their two children, Jeff Schmidt and Rachel Schmidt Long, in Silverton, and they continued to live in the same home, surrounded by their beautiful flower gardens for the last 46 years. Maureen’s home has been host to many large family reunions and countless holidays where her grandchildren, Jake Schmidt, Zoë Schmidt Noe, Brendan Long, Meghan Long and recently her great granddaughter Penelope Noe will always remember ‘Grandma’ welcoming them with a smile as they drove in and spoiling them with endless love and pride. They will also always remember her famous chocolate chip cookies and spicy pickles. Maureen was a hairdresser for over 50 years. She loved gardening, walking every morning and she loved caring for her Sophie Dog. But most of all she loved her family. Maureen will also be missed by her siblings, Mick Fischer, Annette Brier, Randy Fischer and MaryKay Bielemeier; her daughter-in-law, April Schmidt; her son-in-law Scott Long; and countless other relatives. Maureen is predeceased by her parents, Rose and Edgar Fischer. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021 at 1 p.m. at the Mt. Angel Event Center, 210 Monroe St., Mount Angel, Oregon.

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It’s going to take more than words

The ‘heart’ of JFK wrestling

A response to Silverton Mayor Kyle Palmer’s column in the city newsletter distributed with the July 15 edition of Our Town.

I would like to take a moment and point out a person who went above and beyond in developing a positive program in the Mount Angel high school. This person has steadfastly worked to bring a sport ... that has been absent for many years. He has a dedication, not only to the sport of wrestling, but to the kids who show up to compete at it. Dewey Enos is someone the district should be proud of and acknowledge for exemplary conduct.

I congratulate you on your article concerning a very significant issue facing this country and more pointedly seems to be surfacing in Silverton. … You’re challenging us all to be an ally of those individuals being oppressed is spot on. How did you find out about the incidents? Was an attempt made to find out who the youngsters were who were acting in a racist manner? Were they from Silverton? Is there any form of security at the reservoir? Was this incident as well as the other incident mentioned reported to the city police? Why don’t the police weigh in on this issue letting people know the police department’s position on this type of thing? … What has the City Council as a body ... done to show citizens they as a body support the diversity that is growing in our town? …

to make all new arrivals to our community feel welcome? Does Silverton have a policy of reaching out to ... families that move into our community? Times have changed no doubt. People of all races are fleeing towns across this country in search of a place that does not have racial issues of any kind. ... Our community leaders need to LEAD. What can you do? … Maybe ... the leaders in this community should personally visit those people of color that move within city limits ... Or maybe you and the council could hold a welcoming cake and pie social at our park, personally inviting the new families that move into town as well as all citizens. … Are there not already organizations committees started in town that could also take part? Chamber of Commerce, Silverton Together, to name a couple. Bringing people together by words has failed miserably over all the time I’ve spent on this earth. ... We are in tough and dangerous times. It is going to take more than just words to make Silverton different.

What physical action has the Council taken

Steve Kaser Silverton

Dewey has grown the program from about four kids four years ago, to 21 kids (including three girls) this past year. As some of you probably know, wrestling is not a sport that you just show up to and compete in. It is considered one of the most demanding high school sports... Dewey has grown the team each year in a school district with no history in the sport. It is my opinion this was done because Dewey connects with the kids and gives them a positive place where they can try and achieve their personal goals.

What I find quite amazing is the number of wrestlers who have never competed in any organized sport, let alone wrestling before. For some kids, the goal may be to place at state, for others it may be to compete for the first time or win just one match. Dewey treats all these kids the same with respect and encouragement. He has a way of pushing each kid to find the courage to achieve beyond what they are expecting. Most importantly he promotes an atmosphere of inclusion that allows every kid to feel they belong regardless of there athletic ability. In closing, many people have helped grow this program, athletic director Kevin Moffatt, Coach Craig Cervantes, many parents and family members, the booster club and other staff at JFK and the district office all should be proud. However, Dewey Enos is the heart of the wrestling program and he, in my opinion, should be acknowledged and thanked for his service. Fred Geschwill Parent

In Memory Of …

Mark Appleby Anna Cooke

July 28, 1951 — July 7, 2021

Oct. 12, 1932 — July 13, 2021

Thomas Brogford

Dec. 12, 1950 — July 19, 2021

Joyce Jackson

June 18, 1946 — July 26, 2021

Maureen Schmidt

Oct. 8, 1942 — July 26, 2021

William W. Kalpakoff

Feb. 8, 1946 — Aug. 4, 2021

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Get out the pads

Fall sports season set to get underway

Monday, Aug. 16. It gets real.

season, takes over as the head coach at Kennedy, which was 18-0 with a 48-3 sets margin under Jessica Schmidtman.

Conditioning week is over and high school sports teams begin practice for what they hope will be a normal school year. The 2020-21 sports year turned into a compressed sprint of six-week seasons that started with February football practices and ended with a state wrestling tournament that occurred more than two weeks after graduation. Weird year. So, the folks at Silverton and Kennedy are hoping for a heap of normal and no interruptions from the COVID-19 Delta variant this fall… and beyond. The Oregon School Activities Association has put it simply. Masks are not required outdoors. They are recommended but not required for indoor sports, with the OSAA noting that that is a local decision. The federal Centers for Disease Control mandates mask use on school buses. Because the fall sports of football, cross country and soccer are all played outdoors,

that means only volleyball might, emphasis on might, be affected this fall. Soccer, cross country and volleyball can start keeping score with events as of Aug. 26, with Sept. 3 the first football Friday. Silverton, 3-2 a “year” ago, opens at McGinnis Field against Class 6A Grant of Portland, with Kennedy, 5-1 last season, going on the road to Gaston. “I read this morning that we will not be required to wear masks outside,” wrote Foxes coach Josh Craig in an email. There is only one major coaching change at the two schools. And it involves both the Foxes and Trojans. Olivia Cock, who coached the Silverton junior varsity last

“We are excited. She is doing a great job already,” said Kennedy athletic director Kevin Moffatt of Cock. “We lost an incredible group of girls and we will be really young and inexperienced, but she is jumping in head first and kids are excited.” Moffatt also noted that Schmidtman is remaining with the program as JV coach. Running: Beaverton resident, Keegan McCormick, a former collegiate runner for Boise State, ran away from the field in the Aug. 8 Homer’s Classic 8K covered bridge run and set a course record in the process with 24:16.4. McCormick, 25, averaged a sizzling 4:53 per mile. The old mark on the course was 26:57, set in 2019 by Donovan DeWhitt. Kristen Rohde of Beaverton finished fourth overall and led women runners with a time of 28:54.9.

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More than 70 runners participated in the 8K, which was run under partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the 60s. An additional 37 individuals participated in the two-mile run/walk. Dakota Heard triumphed in 12:47.2, just ahead of Jeremiah Traeger, also of Silverton, who ran 12:52.8. Rachel Kintz of Scotts Mills was third in 13:15.1 and was the first female to finish. Proceeds from the event benefit youth running programs in Silverton and Mount Angel. Follow me on Twitter.com @jameshday.

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‘Promises to Be Good... This was an ad for Heidelberg Beer back in 1969-1970. I recall the big billboard was on North Water, right around where Photo Express sits today, and across from the turkey plant. Yes, the turkey plant, where the gobblers hung on hooks on a conveyor built and grossed us out as we walked toward school. The sign simply said, “Heidelberg Beer. Promises to Be Good. In Writing.” Legend has it that three of our industrious classmates climbed the very high billboard and spray painted the words, “Class of ‘70” in the middle of the sign, in between “Promises to Be Good” and “In Writing”. It was, simply put, genius. Guys, I know what you did that summer! Our 50th reunion was postponed due to COVID-19, so we just celebrated our 51st on Aug. 7 at Silver Falls Brewery. The day started with about 20 of us marching in the Homer parade, walking, riding in classic cars, and carrying signs. Wearing T-Shirts that carried the slogan that made us famous. “Promises to Be Good. Class of ’70. In Writing.”

Naturally in orange and black with a fox logo. I had to laugh. It is tough to create a buzz of excitement for a reunion, much less a 50th-51st, and I could not tell if the crowd was with us or sympathizing because they had assumed that we only had 18 left from a class of 250! We probably have about 210 left, and 40 of our friends have passed. But we did approach 100 attendees Saturday night, which was impressive given COVID, travel, age, and interest. One came from Georgia, another from North Carolina, and a third couple from Minnesota. We have three ministers, about 93,000 grandkids between us, and genuinely fun, caring, and interesting people.

In Writing.’ At our age, a reunion every year would be impractical. But a 50th (albeit 51st) was special. The food was terrific, the slide show put together by Darby Hector was incredible, revealing, and so very entertaining. It was an amazing night seeing people with whom I shared a remarkable four years of high school, and in many cases, four years of middle school. The beauty of such events is that “cliques” and “clubs” mostly fell by the wayside. Sure, the people I see regularly because they still live in Silverton were great to visit with but seeing people for the first time in decades was inspiring. Some looked like they had aged three years instead of 51. The humor was there. The serious nature was there. The mannerisms and memories were there. The most difficult part of the evening was the “memorial” board. 40 friends and classmates gone to cancer, accidents, and natural causes. Looking at their high school faces, they looked so young, and I remembered most of them instantly. Young faces full of life, optimism, and all

with memories for me except a few who I could not place. That made me sad. Why did I not get to know them? Where did they go after high school? Why does their memory escape me? It bothered me. A few of my great friends were up there on the wall. Played football with four of them. Acted in a play with another. It was the tough part of the night. It struck home that our time on this earth is short. But the evening was so wonderful. Lots of laughter. A ton of memories, almost all good and some hilarious. I recognized one friend from 100 yards away, because he still walked like he did on the baseball field 50 years ago. We were a good class. We have done good things in the world since June 1970. We cared, we shared, we laughed, we cried, and we made a difference. Not to say our time is over, because there was a lot of vibrancy and life left in that somewhat raucous crowd Saturday night. But for the most part, we Promised to be Good, and I think we delivered.

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