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Silver Falls School District hires interim superintendent...........................4 Andy Otte leaves Mount Angel mayor post...........................................5 Something to Think About Silverton family’s adult daughter slain in Salem shooting.....................................6 City water quality crew rescues fawn ......7 Looking Back 50 years from Woodstock.......................8 Something Fun

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Fresh perspective By Brenna Wiegand As the football team practices outside the window of his new office, Paul Peterson is gearing up as Silver Falls School District’s Interim Superintendent for the 20192020 year. Peterson was superintendent of Scappoose School District from 2006-2011 then spent seven years as superintendent of the Northwest Regional Education Service District, serving 123,000 students over 184 schools and 20 school districts. Prior to 2006 Peterson taught English, was an assistant principal and then went to Klamath Falls where he was in turn IT director, business manager and personnel director. “I’m so grateful to have that experience; there aren’t a lot of superintendents who have that business manager experience,” he said. Last year Peterson returned to Scappoose as interim superintendent to help the district through a rough patch.

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“Challenging times call for us to look within and dig deep sometimes; to refocus on what’s most important and intentionally look for and celebrate the joy in our lives,” Peterson said, “and in our work, that’s the children and the chance we have as educators to be a part of improving their lives.

to find someone who knows the ropes and what it takes to run a district.” The board contracted Oregon School Boards Association to administer the hiring process for the 10 and ½-month position and are strongly considering using its services again in the much more involved process of finding a permanent replacement for Andy Bellando, who retired in July.

“If we do things right and focus on kids who are Silver Falls School District’s experiencing poverty or other Interim Superintendent Paul difficulties we can, in the Peterson. SUBMITTED PHOTO course of one generation, change the trajectory of their lives and “There’s a cost involved, of course, but of their future families – that’s a huge there’s a lot of hand-holding and they responsibility and an honor.” do a lot of the legwork,” Edmonds said. Peterson grew up in Ferndale, “They facilitate community forums, gather Washington, in a family of educators. information and bring it back to us.” He and wife Tracie have two teenaged children. Twenty-one people applied for the interim position. The school board, “We especially like his relevant experience,” teachers, community members and other Silver Falls School District Board Chair Jonathan Edmonds said. “It was important administrators narrowed the field to 10.

“OSBA collected that information and sent it back to us,” Edmonds said. “We then narrowed the field to six and by the time we got to that point two had bowed out.” The goal is to have a permanent superintendent in place several months before the end of the upcoming school year. “We’re looking for someone who can help us through what I’ll call a healing process; there clearly was some division among the ranks over the last several years,” Edmonds said. “I don’t think we’re that far apart but I think what we’re looking for more than anything is someone who will bring us all back together.” Meanwhile, the district is in the middle of contract negotiation with the Silver Falls Education Association. “There’s all this stuff,” Edmonds said. “We have a fairly different board than we did even a year ago and I think as a result we need somebody who’s got a




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Changing of guard for Mount Angel mayor little ‘been there, done that,’ but we also need somebody who’s going to want to, whenever we come up against roadblocks, make sure we come out with a collaborative win-win situation. “This is a huge opportunity for us to take a great district and build on it and hopefully repair some of the fractures that seem to have occurred recently. “I see some really positive signs out there and we’re already having great dialog with the union,” Edmonds continued. “The board is working very well together; at a recent meeting then-acting superintendent Dan Bush and union president Michelle Stadeli gave a joint presentation on what they saw as things that were going well and how they were looking particularly for winwin scenarios. “I can’t even think of when the last time something like that happened, if ever.” Peterson agrees. “There are kids who need us in very profound ways,” Peterson said. “There are

kids experiencing poverty, homelessness; kids are watching us adults on the national level; the political level of our discourse as adults and they’re wondering what they should become and how they should be in the world. “Thank goodness we have teachers who bring their hearts, their lives and their livelihood to work with them every day and they take home with them this burden of responsibility,” Peterson said. “There are teachers who don’t sleep at night because they’re worried about how one of their children is experiencing their life that night and what are they going to come to school with the next day in terms of their own readiness. “Teachers are amazing,” he said. “I think it’s going to be an interesting year,” Edmonds said. “With a fresh board and new board chair, a new superintendent and assistant superintendent there’s a lot of opportunity to look at things in a fresh way and that’s one of the things I’m looking forward to.”

Mount Angel Mayor Andrew Otte handed in his resignation at the Aug. 5 City Council meeting. He recently moved outside the city limits. “People move all the time,” Mt. Angel City Manager Amber Mathiesen said, adding that the city’s charter provides guidance for this situation. “By default the city council president is the acting mayor,” she said. Kelly Grassman, a council member since 2009 and owner of Mt. Angel Mercantile, is the current council president. “It’s not a surprise,” Grassman said, noting that Otte had warned her of his upcoming move some time ago. “But we didn’t know exact timing.” The council will meet on Sept. 3 and is expected to take action on filling the mayoral post. Grassman said she will serve as long as needed. “I’m excited,” she said. “But I do not have plans. I am waiting until the vote. I don’t want to presume anything.”

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Otte had served on the council since 2009 and as mayor since 2013. He was a member of the Mayors Association Board. He also had been an active volunteer of the Mt. Angel Fire Department, eventually achieving the post of captain. Otte also resigned that position. He has been replaced in that role by Craig Emch.

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Gun violence

Silverton family’s daughter killed in Salem shooting

By Melissa Wagoner Gun violence hit close to home at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18, when 40 year-old, Jennifer Black – daughter of Chris Mayou and Larry Black of Silverton – was fatally shot in the parking lot of the Pine Street Pub in Salem by an unidentified gunman. “We understand that events such as these affect not only those directly involved, but their family, friends and the community,” Salem Chief of Police Jerry Moore stated. “We are saddened by the senseless loss of life and are working hard to bring the suspect to justice.” A man was also injured during the shooting. He was taken to Salem Hospital for treatmet. No motive has been reported, as detectives, as well as Jennifer’s family and friends, search for answers. “On our visits to the Pine Street Pub in Salem where she was shot, person after person approached us and shared the same thing – Jenny was so nice; she never did anything that would cause someone to hurt her,” Chris said. “We, her family, are devastated that her life was cut short by gun violence. We are heartbroken that we never had the opportunity to have some final words with her, to say the things that needed to be said, including good-bye.”

Chris, a member of Silverton’s Planning Commission, and Larry, a recently retired custom homes contractor, are the owners of Black Construction. Jennifer was one of four children.

were brought up she would light up the room.” No public service has been planned at this time, though a celebration of life will be planned for a future date.

“In the words of her friends, Jenny was so funny, so crazy, so beautiful, and so funloving,” Chris described. Jennifer Black “Also, so stubborn, or SUBMITTED PHOTO perhaps tenacious. Her family remembers her in the same way. Her enthusiasm was infectious. If Jen was in the room, you knew it.” The mother of two children, Samantha and Ari Payne, Jennifer’s passing will undoubtedly affect them most.  “She always wanted to be a mother, and her two children were the lights of her life,” Chris said.  “She has two children, who were her heart and soul,” Jennifer’s best friend and roommate, Jerilin agreed. “She was so proud to be their mom. Anytime her children

Chris asks that those interested in sending their condolences consider donating to the website: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America ( “If she were here today, and she had heard of this tragedy, she would be heartbroken for the victims and their families,” Jerilin said. “She would do something to make sure she helped, no matter what – she would find a way to make things for the family and friends a little easier. She was just that way. It didn’t matter if you were famous or you slept in a park bench every night... Jenny treated you no differently. She would see you and always greet you with a big smile and ask how you’re doing. She was the kind of person you could tell anything. “Jenny has taken a spot in my heart that no one will ever replace. The day Jen left this world a part of me went with her.”



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Silverton city employees rescue wildlife By Melissa Wagoner An unexpected rescue took place on Aug. 15 at the Silverton Wastewater Treatment Plant. City employees, Jesse Siewell, Mike Downey and Steve Starner arrived at one of four bio-solids ponds to find a young fawn fighting for her life. “It was definitely a double-take moment,” Water Quality Specialist Steve Starner remembered. “I think this fawn wanted a drink of water and got under the railing.”

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It took the team nearly half an hour but eventually Siewell was able to rope the young deer and haul it to safety. “It wasn’t the right kind of rope but it was all we had,” Starner said of the lengthy efforts. “It was really tired and covered in bio-solids so we hosed her off and carried her over to a grassy area and released her. We have deer around the ponds so the family was probably close by.”

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Top 10 things to do at Oktoberfest 1Wear lederhosen or a dirndl: guarantee you will have more fun! Head 2 Jesse Siewell cleaning the rescued fawn at Silverton Wastewater Treatment Plant.

In 19 years of working for the City of Silverton Starner said this is the first deer that has managed to fall in a pond, but not the first wildlife to be rescued.

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“We’ve managed to get some ducklings out,” he smiled. “They’re usually in one of the clarifiers. We can usually put out a board on the edge of the tank and they’ll usually find their way out.”

“The collaboration that it took to make it happen is very unique,” Starner said of the arrangement in which up to one million gallons of treated water is sent the Gardens’ wetlands each day.

After a rough month – an electrical failure in the newest lift station on James Street caused flooding in a nearby resident’s basement – Starner said the team needed a win. “It was nice to have something good happen,” Starner said. 


partnership between the City of Silverton and The Oregon Garden.

“We have a permit from DEQ that allows us to distribute to Silver Creek but there are limits. So we created these wetlands and the water flows through and it is used for irrigation throughout the gardens,” Starner explained.

Therescue is not all the team has to celebrate. In 2018 the City of Silverton was named a Community Water Champion by WateReuse – a network of businesses and governments that use water recycling methods.

Whether it is rescuing wildlife, representing an internationally recognized water recycling program, or just maintaining the system of high quality drinking water for Silverton and its residents, Starner sees it all as just another day’s work for Silverton’s Water Quality team.

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“I like cleaning the water,” he said, of his own joy in the job. “I like to see it come in used and go out clean.”

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over to Touch of Bavaria. They will take good care of you. Go to the kindergarten: this is not just for the kids! For the young at heart as well. Don’t miss the dachshund races! Speaking of hearts, buy your sweetheart a Lebkuchen Herz to share your sweet sentiment. Or perhaps to communicate your availability. This is a longstanding tradition in Germany and new to Mt Angel this year! You will find these at Wilhelm und Therese’s, across from City Hall. Music is everywhere! Tops picks are…. Marion County Citizens Band- large concert band that plays German marches, polkas, Waltzes daily at the gazebo. It used to be the Mt Angel Boys Band. It has a long history in our area. For night time fun, you have to take in the Donau Musikanten in the Weingarten. Harry will amaze you! Bavarian food fills the streets! Our Family must haves include schnitzel, spaetzle and zimtbrotchen. These are daily staples. Dancing also fills the streets, with the Webentanz at daily at noon at the Gazebo. This is such a fun and colorful site to watch the young girls of Mt Angel dance around the Maypole. Poke you head into St Mary’s Church for a concert, quiet place to rest or to be wowed by the Neo-gothic design and beautiful artwork. She is the “Jewel of the Valley”! Alpine Horns Last but not least, get your glupperl! Another custom from Munich, that is new to Mt Angel, is the glupperl. These are wood Pins that are decorated with Oktoberfest flair and have naughty and nice sayings (in German, of course) burned onto them. They are to accessorize your trachten (German attire). Find them at Wilhelm und Therese’s!

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Looking Back

‘Long Time Gone’

Memories of Woodstock

By Brenna Wiegand The nation recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of Woodstock and a Silverton resident with strong ties to that festival – who also appeared in the classic film of the concert – is now part of a new book. Poppy Shell’s experiences at Woodstock are chronicled in Pilgrims of Woodstock a new book about the festival in Bethel, New York that drew an estimated 400,000 young people and became the symbol of the hippie era. The book is composed of never-before-seen photos by Richard Bellak and the stories of 30 Woodstock hippies compiled by John Kane. Shell was contacted after someone noticed a Facebook post she’d made about her time at Woodstock.

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Shell moved around some, but she graduated from high school in the Washington D.C. area and lived in Northern Virginia. “I was a big hippie and lived near DuPont Circle in D.C., a major hippie hangout,” she said. “Rock concerts and peace rallies were the main things I did.” At 16 Poppy caught a ride to Woodstock with three older friends from Northern Virginia to attend what she expected to be a few days of camping and hearing some great bands. “We got there early and drove right up on the hill behind the stage,” Shell said. “When we set up our tent there were maybe three or four others; when we got up in the morning the hillside was completely covered. “We had a tent, sleeping bags and some clothes,” she added. “Some people literally showed up with the clothes on their back and sat in one place for three days, but I roamed all over – to the woods; swam in the pond…”

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It was at the pond that a man with a big camera approached Shell and her friend asking if he could follow them around to collect footage for a film. “We thought that was really cool,” Shell said. “He spent maybe four hours with us. With his press pass he took us up front and we climbed the scaffolding to get a better look at the bands.” Out of all those hours, only 10 seconds made it into Woodstock – the movie.

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“The movie came out a year later, but even after it came out, we didn’t know the legacy would live on to where it almost has some kind of cult status,” Shell said. “I had no idea there were also people camping miles away who would schlep in for a concert then schlep back to their tent. I knew there were a lot of people there, but I had no idea that the Governor had declared a state of emergency. “My most vivid memory of Woodstock, besides the crowds, was my time at the pond,” Shell said. “It was just a beautiful outdoor relaxing time and the only place you could get clean. Everybody was very kind to each other, and I never saw anyone who wasn’t having a good time, even when the storm came.”

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Shell finished high school early, bought a Volkswagen van and, at 17, headed West to check out Mount Angel College in Oregon. “At that point it was an alternative college where I could study things like goat herding and cheese making and art history – it was super fun,” she said. Poppy met her future husband, David Shell, a few years after attending Mount Angel College. They went on to raise five kids in Silverton and on the island of Kauai where they moved in 1992 to help rebuild after Hurricane Iniki. When it was time to retire in 2015, moving back to Silverton was an easy decision. Two of their kids had moved back and they still had many friends in the area. Reflecting back on Woodstock, the movie, the book… it doesn’t end there for Shell. “What are the odds I was picked out of 400,000 Woodstock attendees for a book that only has 30 interviews?” Shell said. Most recently Shell got a call from the curator of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in New York State; her story will be included on the wall of a new Woodstock display. “My kids think it’s hilarious that their old mom and grandma was at Woodstock but going to concerts and peace rallies were my favorite things,” Shell said. “Now they’re my kids and 11 grandkids, playing pickleball at the YMCA and riding my bike around the lovely town of Silverton. My hippie days are long over!”

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More than maps By Melissa Wagoner Teaching geography can be difficult, but it is especially tricky when the students are five years old. “We don’t have a specific geography curriculum,” Savannah Sinn, a kindergarten teacher at Bush Elementary School in Salem, lamented. “And they don’t come in with anything.” In order to give her students a more wellrounded geographical education, Sinn has had to think outside the box. Because while she has done some traveling in her 22 years – to Sweden and Germany with her parents and to Spain with her high school Spanish class – she has actually spent time in very few of the places about which she teaches.   “It just makes you think about – how can I do more for geography awareness and world awareness,” she said thoughtfully. And that’s where Portland State University’s Center for Geography Education in Oregon (C-GEO) comes in. 

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While Sinn was earning her teaching credentials at Western Oregon State University several years ago, she met a professor who was a member of a unique resource for Oregon teachers, C-GEO. A hub of teacher support based around the topic of geography, the company also hosts several, educational trips for those who teach grades K-12. Sinn’s first trip with C-GEO was stateside to Appalachia and it was great, but what she really wanted was to travel abroad. So this past winter she applied for a 17-day trip to Greece and was accepted.  “The application was four questions long,” Sinn remembered. “Their whole deal is to get people out to new places.” Before the trip the teachers were each given homework including a thematic assignment – a three-minute presentation focusing on one aspect of Greek culture that they shared with the group – as well as a location assignment – in which participants were randomly assigned a location in Greece and required to research

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and create a brochure covering all aspects of that place. “We had to become an expert about a place we were going to,” Sinn explained.  “It was one of my favorite aspects of the trip,” Carly Fuerst, a fifth grade teacher at Butte Creek Elementary School who also attended the trip, added. “I think I’ll keep referring back to these [brochures].” Fuerst, who is in her 16th year as a teacher, learned about C-GEO from a fellow Silver Falls School District teacher but was less immediately entranced.  “I do like to teach the kids the importance of overcoming hard things, and this trip, for me, was overcoming a bit of fear,” she said.  But traveling with a group of like-minded individuals who shared a common goal helped Fuerst to become less worried and to enjoy herself.  “If I planned a Greece excursion for myself it would have been the beach,” she

laughed. “But getting to go with a focused lens and having a really educated guide – she’s been living there for three years – that was great.” Sinn agreed adding, “It was really neat because we did get to travel all over Greece by different modes of transport. So we got to see the in-between places.” Tiny island towns – like the one where Sinn got to cook Moussaka with a local family – and big touristy cities, the group covered as much of Greece, its land, people and heritage as possible on their short trip. “There is so much history everywhere we went,” Fuerst said, amazed. “They’re subway in Athens goes through an ancient ruins,” Sinn added. “Wherever you go you can find stuff from however many hundred years BC.” Back in Oregon and with the school year kicking off, Sinn and Fuerst are beginning to plan how they will share all that they learned with the students in their respective classrooms.

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For an adaptation of a Greek dish recipe (Moussaka) Savannah Sinn received from the family she cooked with while in Greece, go to Above left: Savannah Sinn at the Acropolis. Above right: Carly Fuerst in Oia.

“I’m going to do direct analysis of geographical features,” Fuerst began. “And I’m pretty excited about the literacy components, too. I’m looking forward to teaching about the Greek mythology. I’m planning on Percy Jackson and the Olympians for read-aloud.”

gets you thinking about different ideas to do in your classroom.” Another part of her strategy to increase the awareness of geography for her students is through utilizing other C-GEO resources, like the annual GeoFest, an educational summit held in March.

Although Sinn’s students are much younger, she reasons there is a lot of information about Greece that can be shared with her students as well.

“They have presenters from all over and they come in and teach about various things about geography,” she explained. “Anytime you need a set of classroom maps C-GEO will send them to you. It is a great reference for teaching. Most teachers I’ve talked to know nothing about this.”

“I have a bookshelf of books, so I plan to order simple books on Greek mythology,” she said. “And something else I want to do is some art projects. If nothing else, it just


C-GEO also has an online resource library for educators – some of which were developed by previous Summer Institute attendees. “We had to come up with a lesson plan,” Sinn said. “It had to be something to do with the geography of Greece and comparing it to Oregon.” That kind of comparison – the foreign to the familiar – is one aspect of teaching geography that Fuerst thinks is important when teaching students who may not have had the chance to actually travel to the locations they are studying.

“I think in Silverton we do have a population of students that may not have the opportunity to travel,” she said. “So to bring it to them or to put the seed in their head for later in life, that’s important.” That influence on future generations is one of the reasons Fuerst was drawn to teaching and why she works hard to give her students the best education she can. “It’s a career that feels worthy,” Fuerst said. “Knowing that I get to make a difference for young people and be a part of their journey is really rewarding. It feels more like a calling than a profession.”




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Senior Center, 195 E Charles St. Open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturdays. 503-845-6998 Stay Fit, 9:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Senior exercise class. Repeats Wednesdays, Fridays. Yoga with Tracy, 9:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. $8 members, $10 nonmembers. Repeats Wednesdays, Fridays at the Gordon House. Resource Day Center, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Help connecting to services, coffee, snacks for homeless, those close to it. 971-343-1099, Senior Meal Site, 11:30 a.m., Mt. Angel Community & Senior Center, 195 E Charles St. Pre-order meals a week ahead by calling 503-845-9464. Repeats Thursdays. Meals-on-Wheels delivered Monday - Friday. Recovery at Noon, Noon – 1 p.m., Silverton Coffee Club, Third and High. Every day. 503-873-1320 Gordon House Tours, Noon, 1, 2 p.m. T, TH, Fri., Sat., Sun. Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon House, 869 W Main St., Silverton. Reservations: 503-874-6006 Line Dancing, 2:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. $3 members, $5 non-members. Monday Meal, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Oak Street Church, 502 Oak St., Silverton. All welcome. Free; donations accepted. John, 503-873-5446


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Senior Center. $5 members, $6 nonmembers. Clubb Massage, 9 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Repeats Thursdays. Appts: 503-873-3093 Silver Angels Foot Care, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Repeats Wednesdays. Appt: 503-201-6461 Tai Chi, 9 a.m. & 5 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. $3 members, $4 non-members. Repeats Thursdays.

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Mt. Angel Community Center, 195 E Charles St. Repeats Wednesday, Thursday. 503-845-6998 Pinochle, 11:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Repeats Fridays. Free. Roundtable on Jesus, 3 p.m., Live Local Coffee Shop, 111 N Water St., Silverton. Open roundtable about who Jesus is to attendees. Coffee provided. Crafty Kids, 3 - 7 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Create arts, crafts with provided supplies. Age 5- 11. Free. Stories & STEAM, 3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Stories, STEAM project, snack. Free. Age 6 - 11. Serenity Al-Anon Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Silverton Assembly of God Church, 437 N James St. 503-269-0952


Silverton Business Group, 8 a.m., Silverton

Inn & Suites, 310 N Water St. Sponsored by Silverton Chamber of Commerce. Free. 503-873-5615 Coffee with the Co-op, 9:15 - 11 a.m., Live Local Conference Center, 109 Water St., Silverton. Visit with Silverton Food Co-op board members. 503-269-9433 Knit Wits, 10 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Needlecraft group. Free. Toddler Storytime, 10:30 a.m., Mount Angel Public Library. Stories, singing. Toddlers with caregivers. Free. Indoor Playtime, 11:00 a.m., Mount Angel Public Library.Toddlers with caregivers. Free. Bingo, 1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. $1.50 per card, $2/2. Open Art Studio, 1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Bring supplies. Free. Silverchips Woodcarving Sessions, 1 – 3 p.m., Silverton Arts Assoc., 317 Coolidge St. $2/session. All levels. 503-873-2480 Chair Yoga with Tracy, 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. $8 members, $10 nonmembers. Free Dinner, 5 - 7 p.m., First Christian Church, 402 N First St., Silverton. Free; donations accepted. Volunteers needed. 503-873-6620

Daniel Plan Journey Video Series, 6:30 - 8 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship Church, 822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton. Free. Open to public. Sheila, 503-409-4498


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Wochenmarkt Storytime, 11:30 a.m.,

Mt. Angel Public Library. Family storytime (outside weather permitting). Free. Mt. Angel Wochenmarkt, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., East Charles Street. German farmer’s market, activities for children, local musicians. 503-845-9291 Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 6 p.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St. Dave, 503-501-9824 Compassionate Presence Sangha, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. Meditation, shared dialog. All spiritual traditions. Free. Newcomers arrive 20 minutes early. 971-218-6641 Overeaters Anonymous, 7 – 8 p.m., Legacy Silverton Birth Center, 342 Fairview St. 12-step recovery program for those with eating issues. All welcome. Marianna, 916-343-6105


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

Angel Festhalle, 500 NE Wilco Hwy. Ann, 503-873-4198 Silverton Women Connect, 8:45am., Main Street Bistro, 201 E. Main St., Silverton. Networking & mastermind group for personal, business growth with likeminded women. Val, 503-877-8381 Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 9:15 a.m., Stardust Village Clubhouse, 1418 Pine St., Silverton All welcome. 503-871-3729 Silvertones Community Singers, 10 a.m., United Methodist Church, 203 Main St., Silverton. Open to anyone who loves to sing. Performances on Friday. Dues $50 annually. Tomi, 503-873-2033 Appy Hour, 11 a.m., Mount Angel Public Library. Technical assistance for devices, apps. Call 503-845-6401 for 1-on-1 appointment. Free. All ages. Duplo Day, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Ages 0 - 5 with caregiver. Pickleball, 5:30 - 8 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Bring paddle if have one. All ages. No experience necessary. Free for YMCA, Silverton Senior Center members. $5 others.


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1 p.m., Town Square Park, Main Street, Silverton. Fresh produce, plants, flowers. 503-873-5615 Citizenship Class, 10 a.m. - noon, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N Church St., Silverton. 503-873-8656 Serenity Al-Anon Meeting, 10 a.m., Silverton Assembly of God Church, 437 N James St. 503-269-0952 Family Game Day, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Silver Falls Library. All ages. Free; caregiver must attend with children 0 - 5.

Saturday Lunch, Noon - 1:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 N Second St., Silverton. Free. 503-873-2635

Silverton Country Historical Society Museum, 1 - 4 p.m., 428 S Water St.

Donations welcome. Repeats Sundays. 503-873-7070 AA Meetings, 8 p.m., Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. David, 503-383-8327

Monday, Sept. 2 Labor Day Tuesday, Sept. 3 Blood Pressure Checks 10 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free blood pressure checks by Legacy Silverton Health. 50 and older. Free. 503-873-3093

Caregiver Connection 2 - 3:30 p.m., Legacy Silverton Hospital, 342 Fairview St. Free educational support group for unpaid family caregivers caring for a loved one 60+, or caring for a person awith dementia. Topic: Important Caregiver Resources & Support. Suzy, 503-304-3429

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

Silverton Garden Club 6:30 p.m., The Garden Gallery, 2967 Industrial Ave., Hubbard. Membership $10 person, $15 couple. Sue, 503-302-5001

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

The Caring Friends 7 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. The Caring Friends provides comfort, hope, support to parents who lost a child. Carol Williams, 503-873-6944

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

Wednesday, Sept. 4 Home School Day 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St., Silverton. Home school students ages 5 - 12 enjoy day filled with outdoor learning. Hands-on, self-paced learning stations throughout garden. $9 adults, $4 age 4 - 17, children 4 and under free. No registration necessary. Rikki Heath, 503799-4792,

Storytime with the Chief 10:30 a.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Enjoy storytime with Mt. Angel police chief Mark Daniel. All ages. Free. 503-845-6401

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Actors/Improv Group 7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Variety of improvisational games. No experience required. Open to adults, high school students. Repeats Sept. 18. 503-873-8796

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

Thursday, Sept. 5 Goddess Book Making 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. $35. 50 and older. Registration required by calling 503-873-3093

Family History Class 6:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Learn to research family history. Free. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Parkinson’s Support Group 7 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Silverton Scribes 7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Informal writer’s group to share, critique writing projects. Repeats Sept. 19. 503-873-8796

Silverton Lions Club 7 p.m., Legacy Silverton Health, 342 Fairview St. Open to everyone interested in service to community. Repeats Sept. 19. 503-873-7119

Friday, Sept. 6 Senior Computer Class 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Today: Buying Guide. Sept. 13: Beginner Smartphones & Tablets. Seniors 50 and older. Call 503-873-3093 to signup.

Sublimity Harvest Festival 5 p.m., Sublimity Harvest Festival Grounds, 11880 SE Sublimity Road. Repeats Sept. 8 - 9. For complete list of events, daily admission, see

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

Friday Friday Music 7 p.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St. Christopher Wicks performs organ recital with soprano Aimee Amend, mezzo Ellen Yager, violinist Marjory Lange, cellist Katherine Parks. Music by Beethoven, Bach. Free; donations welcome. 503-873-3461

Saturday, Sept. 7 AARP Driver’s Safety Class 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. $15 AARP members, $20 non-members. Pre-registration: 503-873-3093. 50 and older.

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Silver Creek Cleanup 10 a.m., Harcourts NW Oregon Realty, 119 N Water St., Silverton. Interact, Rotaract, Rotary Club of Silverton sponsor Silver Creek debris cleanup from Salamander Island to bridge of James Street. Business owners boarding creek, young adults, volunteers encouraged to attend. Wear appropriate clothing for creek; sneakers or water shoes that protect feet. Coffee, pastries, garbage bags provided. Arlene Harris, 503-873-4994

Thursday, Sept. 12 Mount Angel Oktoberfest All day, Mt. Angel. Food, crafts, music, car shows, children’s area. Repeats through Sept. 17.

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6 - 8 p.m. Board meeting of SFC. Open to public. Email for location.

Noon, Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1159 Oak St., Silverton. Silver Creek Clogging’s Ruth Mattox demonstrates clogging. Speaker Nancy Gabert shares “What’s in Your Backpack.” Luncheon, $7. Reservations necessary by calling Cathy, 503-999-2291

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

Silver Falls School District 7 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-873-5303

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

Tuesday, Sept. 10 Ancestry Detectives 10 a.m. - noon, Silver Falls Library. Learn what’s new in genealogical research, updates on’s DNA pages. Free. Open to public.

Daughters of the American Revolution 10 a.m., Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Abigail Scott Duniway Chapter kicks off 17th year with guest speakers who share information on 128th Continental Congress, membership outreach, projects for year. Refreshments served. Open to public.,

Silverton Senior Center Board 5:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Monthly board meeting. Open to public. 503-873-3093

Folk Music Concert 7 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Mark & Cindy Lemaire perform. Free. All ages. 503-873-5173

Silverton Planning Commission 7 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-874-2207

Wednesday, Sept. 11 Silverton Mural Society 1 p.m., Silverton Mobile Estates Clubhouse, 1307 S Water St. Open to public. Dues $15/ year. Norm, 503-874-8101

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

1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free information on CBD. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Friday, Sept. 13 Street Dance

8 p.m., Mount Angel Bandstand. Learn to polka, schottische. Chicken dance. All ages. Repeats Sept. 14.

Saturday, Sept. 14 Day of Service in Silverton

9 a.m., - 1 p.m. Silver Creek West Bank Trail behind Silverton Pool and Silver Falls Library. Brush clearing with free lunch provided afterwards. Bring gloves, trimmers, rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows. Closed toed shoes a must. Register at

Oktoberfest Road Race

9 a.m., Humpert Park, 400 Alder St., Mt. Angel. 5K run/walk, 10K run, half marathon. 5K/10K $32 by Sept. 11, $35 day-of. Half marathon $75 by Sept. 11; $80 day-of. Register at

Military Vehicle Display

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., American Legion Hall, 740 College St., Mt. Angel. View military vehicles from World War II to Vietnam era. Repeats Sept. 15. Free.

Cruz ‘n Car Show

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., St. Mary School, 590 E College St., Mt. Angel. View cars each day in separate shows. Music courtesy of Donald RV & Storage. Pre-register at, or register at 8 a.m. today or Sept. 15. $15 to register; free to view.

Oktoberfest Golf Tournament

8 a.m., Evergreen Golf Course, 11694 NE West Church Road, Mt. Angel. 18-hole, shotgun start. $240 per foursome;. Benefits Kennedy High.

Fall Garden Fair

10 a.m. - 5 p.m., The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St., Silverton. Horticultural showcase, floral show, plant sale, educational demonstrations, children’s activities. Repeats Sept. 15. $12 adults, $10 seniors, $9 students 12 - 17, $6 children 5 - 11. Free for Garden members. $2 discount tickets at

Wiener Dog Races 11:30 a.m., St. Mary School, 590 E College St., Mt. Angel. Repeats Sept. 15. Free to watch; $5 to enter.

Sunday, Sept. 15 Volkswalk 10 a.m., Mount Angel. Non-competitive walking event following map, signage. Register at south side of Biergarten. All ages. Free.

Pink Martini’s Thomas Lauderdale & Friends 5 p.m., Gates open at 4 p.m. at The Gordon House, 869 W. Main St., Silverton. Admission $5. Only 300 tickets:

Monday, Sept. 16 SFC Outreach 6 - 7:30 p.m. Join Silverton Food Coop to plan fun, focused events. Email info@ for location.

Tuesday, Sept. 17 Alzheimer’s Support Group 2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Alzheimer’s Support Group for spouses, loved ones. Free. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Volkswalk Meeting 2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Like to walk? This meeting is for you. Free. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

LEGO Lab 4:3 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Build original creation, display at library. All ages. Free. 503-845-6401

Silver Falls Library Book Club 7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. This month My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton by Stephanie Dray. Refreshments. Visitors welcome. 503-897-8796

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

Wednesday, Sept. 18 Grief Support 2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Provided by Providence Benedictine Home Services. Free. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Pints & Purls 6 - 8 p.m., Main Street Bistro, 201 E Main St., Silverton. Knitters, crocheters meet. Hosted by KIS Designs. All welcome.


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1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. Copies available at circulation desk. Free.

10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 645 W Main St., Silverton. Appointments: or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Walk-ins set at door.

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1 - 3 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Healthcare seminar with United Healthcare. Free. 50+. 503-873-3093

Virtual Reality Experience 3 - 7 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Book slot to experience variety of virtual reality experiences. Signed release must be on record. Teens, adults. Free. 503-845-6401

Making Salsa 3 - 5:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Make salsa with OSU Extension Services. $10. Pre-register by calling 503-873-3093

Saturday, Sept. 21 Preparedness Fair 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 745 W Main St., Silverton. Prepare for earthquakes, reservoir breakage, job loss, fire, disaster. Free Silverton Hospital class “Stop the Blood.” Ham radio operators explain radio license. Free lunch. 503-999-2252

Silverton Grange Monthly Meeting 6:30 p.m., Silverton Grange, 201 Division St. Open to public. 503-268-9987

Thursday, Sept. 26 Free Legal Advice 9 - 11 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free legal advice with attorney Phil Kelley. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Travel Fair 1 - 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free info on trips, travels with presentations, prizes. Free. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Family Science Night 6:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Explore the power of wind thru stories, hands-on experiments. Free. 503-845-6401

Music of the Oregon Trail 7 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Truman Price performs concert-lecture that shows how the music styles developed. Fiddle favorites. Free. All ages. 503-873-5173

8 a.m., Stone Creek Golf Club, 14603 S Stoneridge Dr., Oregon City. Second annual golf tournament supporting The Natural Resources Education Program that supports free, all-day field trips for fourth - sixth grade Oregon students to The Oregon Garden. $150 per player, includes golf, continental breakfast, practice range, awards lunch. Register at

Friday Movie Matinee 3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Aladdin. All ages. Hot popcorn. Free. 503845-6401

Saturday, Sept. 28 Wellness Yoga 9 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Wellness yoga with Tsipora Berman. Register by calling 503-873-3093

Craft Class 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Make Dancing Goddess Dolls. $35. 50 and older. Register by calling 503-873-3093

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Sunday, Sept. 29 Scotts Mills Pancake Breakfast 7 a.m. - noon, Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. $6 per person.

Monday, Sept. 30 Red Cross Blood Drive 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Silverton Elks Lodge, 300 High St. To schedule an appointment, visit or call 1-800-REDCROSS. Walk-ins schedule at door.

Medical Insurance Q&A 1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free medical insurance Q&A with Lance Kamstra of Profitable Planning. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

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

Mt. Angel Community Meetup 6 - 8 p.m., Magnolia Grill, 210 E Charles St., Mt. Angel. Silverton Food Coop board shares past, present, future of co-op. Bring questions, comments, potential owner.

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Evans Oaks site gets underway walking path through the center of the development as a way of welcoming guests.

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“So often we dream about how we might want our future to form and most of the time that is as close as we get; dreaming.”

“Already, in this neighborhood, we neighbor well, so it is obvious that our community will have a solid foundation for the relationships we dream of with each other and with all of those around us,” Leslie said, gesturing at those around her.

This line was part of a speech Lisa Leslie – a founding member of Evans Oaks, an intentional community currently under construction in Silverton – gave at a recent groundbreaking celebration held in honor of the Evans Oaks community’s newly formed partnership with their new neighbors. “Those of you who are our immediate neighbors have had a front seat to the changes on this block and we really appreciate your patience as we have prepared for the coming year of construction,” Leslie said. “We also covet your tolerance for the dust, mud, noise and other disruption to come.” The changes are already underway as builder Owen Von Flue prepares the land for the 11 small houses to come. And although the site is currently more deconstruction than construction, the end design – created by fellow founders Dana Smith and Victor Madge – hopes to harmonize with nature as much as possible, preserving a large native oak grove, for which the community is

Six years in the planning, Evans Oaks – originally known as Points Beyond – was dreamed up by several Silverton households enjoying a potluck.

Commuity members shoveling soil on the future Evans Oaks cottage community grounds. MELISSA WAGONER

named, as a first step.

the celebration.

“In the end we will have another beginning,” Leslie said. “When we move into our homes we will have the joy of making the land beautiful again and of refining our relationships together.”

“It’s so cool. I love it,” Kendall Christensen – who, with her husband John and daughter Annika, recently relocated to a house abutting the Evans Oaks property – said.

Those relationships, and the new ones that are being built with the community members around the development, were evidenced by the sheer number of attendees at

“It’s been really cool to see everything happen,” John agreed. “We’re going to put in a gate.” That gate is just one way Evans Oaks hopes to open up to the neighborhood around it. They also plan to install a

“Reveling in the good food and friendship, someone suggested that it might not be crazy to want to find a way to live like that every day,” Leslie said. “From there the adventure of forming this group began and we have navigated these years through all the high points and challenges to today.” No longer just a dream, the Evans Oaks group dug golden shovels into the soil to commemorate the beginning of a new way of life for them all. “Our hope is to offer a different way than we often see in our country where people seem to be so fearful of others and appear to want to isolate from each other,” Leslie said.


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Something to Celebrate

Blue Star

Oregon Garden honors veterans with new memorial marker

By Brenna Wiegand

Blue Star Memorial Marker

The Oregon Garden is calling all veterans to the dedication of a Blue Star Memorial Marker being installed to honor the country’s veterans.

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The Garden is partnering with the Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs to install the marker, part of a program started by National Garden Clubs, Inc. at the close of World War II with the aim of honoring American war veterans. The plaque will be permanently installed at the Garden’s upper parking lot outside the admission booth so visitors may visit it without paying admission. “It should be visible as you come up the driveway,” Development Director for Oregon Garden Foundation Allison Pennell said. “These used to be placed mainly on highways and byways and now they’ve expanded it to include not just men but women veterans and are now installing the markers in various parks and botanical gardens.” The marker, the 84th in the U.S., also

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Oregon Garden 879 W Main St., Silverton Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14 & 15, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free with admission. Plant sale, floral and horticultural showcases, a judged floral design show, educational demonstrations, hands-on workshops and children’s crafts and activities. Veterans and their spouses receive a $3 discount on admission Sept. 14.

Fall Garden Fair at the Oregon Garden. COURTESY DELEN KITCHEN

serves as a memorial to Jan Islei, who was instrumental in the founding of The Oregon Garden and a staunch Garden supporter throughout her life. She was

also active in and past president of the Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs. “We’re also trying to be a better partner

with the City, and we feel like it’s really nice for Silverton to have one of these because people do come to see them as a destination,” Pennell said. “More than 100,000 people come through the Garden every year. “We have similar demographics; a lot of people that are vacationing or retired come to the Garden so we’re happy to have it as an added feature and as a place in the Silverton community where people can come and honor their veterans and loved ones.” The 30-minute event is just a small part of the Garden’s second annual Fall Garden Fair in which the Garden and Garden Foundation partner with the Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs. “It’s two full days of horticulture education, plant and art sales and children’s activities that celebrate gardening,” Pennell said. “The price of the fair is included with garden admission so there’s no extra charge for all those workshops Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.”



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Judith Ann West February 23, 1941 – July 15, 2019

Judith (Judy) Ann West was born February 23, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois to John and Christine Benedict. Judy had two siblings, Ellie Lacy and John Benedict. Judy’s family moved to Sylmar, California in 1946 where Judy graduated from San Fernando High School and attended a beauty school to become a cosmetologist. During Christmas time in 1959, she met Donald (Don) West who later became her husband. At that time Judy was working for Warner Bros. on the movie My Fair Lady. They courted and were married on May 12, 1961 and lived in Sylmar, California. Judy and Don were blessed to have two beautiful children, Mark West and Susie Evans. Both Judy and Don were cosmetologists and owned their own salons for years in Glendale, California, until they decided to leave California and on April 3, 1979, they moved to Mount Angel, Oregon. They found a place to call home and started a salon and continued to be cosmetologists for the next 39 years. They were very involved in the community volunteering for many different activities, events and organizations. Judy and Don also did a lot of traveling and enjoyed their many adventures together.

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Judy passed away from Alzheimer’s on July 15, 2019. She was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. She was such a wonderful, kind, giving, loving person to all that were a part of her life and she loved her family dearly, she will be greatly missed by all… Judy is preceded in death by her parents: John and Christine Benedict and survived by her siblings: Ellie Lacy and John Benedict, husband: Donald (Don) West, children: Mark West and husband Joe West and Susie Evans and husband Greg Evans, grand children: Cirra Goff and husband Russell Goff and Charlie Burrows, great grandchildren: Cecilia and Clare Goff. Judy’s wishes were not to have a funeral service. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer’s foundation in Judy’s name.

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Sports & Recreation

Football is here

Foxes, Trojans ready for 2019 season openers

The Silverton High football team is 16-6 in two years under coach Josh Craig, who told Our Town his 2019 squad “has some pretty high goals. “A lot of guys are saying they want to be better than last year. But it’s a marathon, not a sprint. We need to stay healthy, stay focused and work our butts off. We need to get better today, have a good practice today.” The Foxes return a strong nucleus from the 2018 Special District 3 title squad that went 8-1 in league play before falling 20-16 to league foe West Albany in the Class 5A quarterfinals.

defense in the West Albany playoff game as a freshman and is perhaps the fastest player on the squad. “I think we’re in a good spot,” Craig said. “Both guys are hungry, learning a lot and good program guys. Plus they’re really good athletes, not just quarterbacks.”

Silverton returns quality running backs Nathan Kuenzi and Hayden Roth, speedy wide receiver Grant Buchheit and veteran linemen such as Tashaun Treat, Spencer Von Flue, Jackson Clements, Tanner Munson and tight end Zachary MacBean, who also blossomed late in the season as a receiver. SHS Football Coach,

Craig knows his senior class well. He was the freshman team coach during their first year and has been the varsity head man the past two. “Seniors are so important,” Craig said. “When it comes time to play these guys are going to be ready.”

The Foxes open Friday, Sept. Josh Craig. JAMES DAY Silverton also has good depth, 6 at Central in their Special with running back Nathan District 3 opener. Because Gubbels and receivers Cole Runion and the league has 10 teams there are no Casey Brooks also expected to contribute. nonconference games. The Foxes lost four-year starting Kennedy: The Trojans return six starters quarterback Levi Nielsen, who is now on offense and seven on defense from the at Western Oregon, but Craig has a squad that caught fire midway through promising pair of signal-callers sharing last season and won its final nine games time in fall camp. to claim the Class 2A title. Junior Aaron Rieskamp scored a Kennedy was 2-2 on Sept. 21 after memorable relief win against Lebanon losing back-to-back games to league foes after Nielsen hurt his knee, then went Santiam and Sheridan by a combined 3-1 as the starter while Nielsen recovered. score of 88-7. Also in the mix is sophomore Jordan McCarty, who played key minutes on Coach Joe Panuke made some

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adjustments defensively and the Trojans held six foes to one touchdown or less down the stretch, while avenging the earlier losses. JFK downed Sheridan 27-6 in the quarterfinals and defeated Santiam 31-20 in the title match in Cottage Grove. Key returners for Kennedy, Panuke said, are two-way lineman Sam Grosjacques, who accounted for 10 tackles in the title game, and three-way player Bruce Beyer, who rushed for 19 yards, had seven tackles and an interception on defense while kicking four extra points and a field goal against Santiam. The field goal was particularly crucial because it gave Kennedy a 31-14 lead after the Wolverines had rallied from a 28-0 halftime deficit to pull within 28-14 late in the third quarter. There were only six seniors on the 2018 roster, and Panuke told Our Town “we have been impressed with our incoming freshman class. We are coming together as a team and identifying our roles.” Like us: Jazzercise Silverton, Oregon

Kennedy always plays a tough nonleague schedule, with this year’s squad opening Friday, Sept. 6 at defending Class 3A champion Rainier. Football note: Please look for scores and updates on my Twitter feed every Friday night as well as game reports, statistics and photos on the Our Town Facebook page. Triathlon: Veteran local triathlete Yuri Chavez is getting ready for the Sept. 8 World Ironman 70.3 event in Nice, France. Chavez, a 56-year-old nurse-anesthetist at Legacy Silverton Medical Center, qualified for the world event by capturing his age group at an Aug. 12 event in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Chavez swam 1.2 miles in Lake Michigan, biked 56 miles and finished with a 13.1-mile run. He finished in five hours, eight minutes and 48 seconds, tops in his 75-athlete division. A 70.3 triathlon is exactly half the distance of a full Ironman. Chavez,

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Wednesday, Sept. 11 Cross County 3:30 p.m. Silver Falls Oktoberfest Classic

Thursday, Sept. 12 Volleyball 4 p.m. Silverton vs Dallas 5:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Culver 7 p.m. Silverton vs Central

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Thursday, Sept. 19 Volleyball 4 p.m. Kennedy vs Santiam 6 p.m. Silverton vs South Albany 7 p.m. Kennedy vs Gervais

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just keep going, don’t give up and don’t stop because a victory might just be around the bend.”

Track and field: Incoming Chavez trains up to 12 hours Silverton senior Riley Traeger per week, swimming at the is a national champion. community pool in Woodburn Traeger captured the javelin and Silverton Reservoir, biking in the 17-18 girls age on the roads of Mount Angel, division at the USATF junior Silverton, Silver Falls and championships in Sacramento, Yuri Chavez. SUBMITTED PHOTO points in between, while also California. Traeger threw 140biking on an indoor trainer. 3, more than six feet ahead of the runner-up. Traeger also “I try and run outdoors as much as I can,” won the javelin at the OSAA Class 5A Chavez said. “It’s my therapy. The time I meet in May with a throw of 138-9. spend training helps me formulate realistic time goals for the swim, bike and run. Running: The annual Oktoberfest Pacing, nutrition and hydration are all running/walking events are set for planned out before race day. Saturday, Sept. 14 in Mount Angel. A 10-kilometer run and a 5K run/ “Long-distance endurance events are a walk are on the menu. See www. metaphor for life. You dream, hope and for registration plan for how things will go. Then life information. happens and it doesn’t happen how you had hoped. The important thing is to Follow me on @jameshday.


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A Grin at the End

Almost Canada I am standing on a spit of land that curls into the Pacific Ocean. As the sun drifts lower in the evening sky, the far-away islands take on a golden hue, basking in the summer twilight. I’m thankful that I’m standing on the northern precipice of the U.S., a place I never had any intention of visiting. I have the federal government to thank. I should back up a bit. It all comes down to my dislike of lines. I don’t like them at the grocery store, at the fastfood restaurant, the movie theater – or anywhere else, for that matter. I especially don’t like the security lines at the airport, where our friends from the TSA – short for Terribly Slow Annoyance – manage to both increase my stress and reduce my chances of making a flight. My plan was to get those “Pre-Check” cards that would allow my wife and me to casually waltz through security without

A prize before the journey even starts Once we got the OK from the good people at Homeland Security, we had to set up a personal interview. I presume that’s because it’s easy to fake being a 66-year-old duffer online. They wanted to see this 66-year-old duffer in person.

having to disrobe or unpack. I went to the federal government’s website to see what that would take, and I ran across another option – Global Entry. It’s like PreCheck, but on steroids. Not only do you get the express lane for airport security, you get the express lane when you come back into the Good Old U.S. of A. from overseas. That sounded like it was right up my alley. We signed up online, telling the good folks at the federal government everything about ourselves except my shirt size and what my favorite dessert is. Those are both closely held secrets.

That’s where things got a bit complicated. I started to look for a place for my wife and I to be interviewed. I figured we could take an afternoon and go to some office in Portland and that would be it. Oh, no! It couldn’t be that easy. I looked at the interview schedule for the Portland office. No appointments were available until January. We have a trip planned in November, so that wouldn’t work. I looked around at other offices, and the only place I found two appointments together was in Washington state – in Blaine. For those who haven’t had the pleasure, Blaine is approximately two inches from Canada. I figured it would be worth the

trip, if for no other reason than getting it out of the way. I’m one of those guys who likes the “doneness” of a project as much as anything else about it. I figured we could drive to Blaine, hang out for a day or two, do the interview and head home. The only problem was how gorgeous it was there. I mean Gorgeous with a capital “G.” We stayed at a resort called Semiahmoo, which I presume is Native American for “You won’t believe the view.” That and the seals, otters and other critters roaming around the area made the trip well worthwhile. By the time we got to our appointment for the Global Entry thingie, I was already thinking about our next trip – to Blaine. Carl Sampson is a freelance writer and editor. He lives in Stayton.

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