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Something to Think About Reflections on a wildfire escape............4 Thoughts on forest rejuvenation...........6 Helping Hands Relief fund still aids those devastated by Labor Day 2020 wildfires...................... 8 Turn, Turn, Turn Ziply plans Silverton fiber expansion....12 Datebook............................... 14 Something for the Soul Placing a call on the wind...................17 Business Grit & Grace Apothecary opens............18



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Through the flames By Melissa Wagoner When Holly Perez and her 16-year-old son, Sam, decided to get away for a couple of nights over Labor Day in 2020, they planned to do some swimming and enjoy the end of summer sun before school started up once again. What they didn’t anticipate was how their trip would end. “I had no idea there was even the possibility of a wind storm,” Perez, a nurse in Salem, said of their first day of vacation, during which Detroit Lake was packed with vacationers enjoying the late summer sun under an only mildly smoky sky. “I had worked the night before, so had not really been in touch with social media or the weather reports,” she continued. Noting that, though they arrived early enough to go for a dip, they decided to forgo those plans, opting for a relaxing evening at their cabin instead. “I knew there had been a fire in the Opal Creek area,” Perez recalled. “My understanding was it had been contained and was far enough from Detroit that I had no real concerns. My friend, who owns the cabin, had been there the entire weekend and actually left Monday around noon. She said the air was a bit smoky but everything was normal.” Making themselves at home in the cabin, Perez and her son set about making dinner, enjoying it on the patio and planning for a swim the next day. “[B]oats were on the lake and people were swimming,” Perez recalled in a Facebook post she later wrote, outlining her experience. “There was a little breeze, but nothing drastic.” Then, in an instant, everything changed. “[T]he wind began to pick up and the sky began to fill with an ominous dark smoke,” Holly wrote. “We went back into the cabin and talked about packing our things and leaving. The next thing we knew the power went out. We immediately packed up our things and loaded up the car.” At that point Holly’s biggest concern was the wind, which was howling around them.

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“I actually didn’t even feel fearful of the fire,” she recalled. “I had no idea how close it was. I was more worried about the wind storm. Tree limbs were falling on and around the cabin. I was worried a tree could possibly knock over a power line potentially starting a fire.” Hoping to escape before the storm worsened, Holly and Sam jumped in her car and sped into the night – but it was not to be. Instead, the forest gate, which was electric, had been rendered permanently closed by the power outage, trapping them behind it. “It would have been impossible to drive around the gate as there was a wall of cement blocks on the side of the gate and trees surrounding that wall,” Holly explained. “The other end of the gate was blocked by trees.” With no other choice, Holly placed a call to 911 but received unsettling news – it could be hours before help would arrive. They got back in the car and returned to the cabin. “Over the next six hours Sam and I laid in bed ready to jump up and head out as soon as help arrived,” Holly remembered. “We could hear tree branches and limbs falling all around us outside the cabin. Loud crashing thuds. Even though it was nighttime, the sky was dark and smoky with an eerie red glow. I knew the fire was getting closer.” The fire was, but help was not. In fact, another call placed to the 911 dispatcher revealed that she was no longer certain if rescuers could get to them at all. Now Holly knew they had no choice, they needed to open that gate. “Sam and I looked the gate over inside and out for the next half hour,” Holly recalled. That’s when they saw it, a metal bar long enough to reach the manual control lever inside the gate’s electrical box. “I used the metal rod to manipulate the inside of the lever and held it there until I was able to release the metal latch,” Holly wrote. “I yelled for Sam to try lifting the gate. He was able to lift the gate and hold it up until I drove the car through to the other side.”

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evacuate our home,” Holly wrote. “We packed a few things and headed to my sister-in-law’s.” It’s been a year since that harrowing weekend. And, while Perez’s home and the Detroit cabin remained largely untouched by the fire, the same has not been true for Perez and her son. “My anxiety is really high because of a lot of triggers around the fire,” Perez said simply. She is not alone as many others reach this significant milestone still living without a home, still mourning friends and family members lost to the flames, still grieving the places they loved, which are forever changed.

drive over the fire itself. Her voice begins to shake and Sam takes over reassuring her.

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on his phone – a short documentary that Holly would later share along with her written post. In it, Holly’s voice remains calm as she drives through and around the flames until, nearing the end of the clip, she is forced to

“[L]ooking back on that video I am not sure how I remained so calm,” Holly admitted. “Sam and I kept one another calm. I was more worried about my tires melting or my gas tank exploding than anything. Then at onepoint Sam said the heat was coming through his window. I was worried the windows would shatter.” But they didn’t shatter and the car made it back safely to their home in Silverton where Holly and Sam collapsed from a mixture of stress and exhaustion. Though even that slight reprieve didn’t last. “Three hours later we awoke to the news of having to

Thankfully, numerous organizations have stepped forward to help those in need including the Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund, the Santiam Service Integration Team, the Santiam Long Term Recovery Group and many more. “[T]here are so many people in the same boat,” Perez posted last year. “There are hundreds and hundreds of families living minute to minute right now with us. There are also hundreds of families who have lost everything they have in these fires. I take nothing for granted. I have my kids, family, friends, dogs and my life.”

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Fire can mean a resurgence for natural landscape, wildlife

By Melissa Wagoner “The question – what happens after a fire? – is an important question,” retired US Forest Service Fire Ecologist Jane Kertis said when asked about 2020’s Beachie Creek Fire. It, along with the Lionshead Fire, burned through the Santiam Canyon last Labor Day leaving many favorite parks still closed for recovery. Kertis thinks the question of how different types of land recovers from wildfire is so important that she based the entirety of her 30-year career on discovering the answer. “People tend to think, when they think of fire, a charred moonscape,” she said of the view of wildfires most often portrayed in the media. “But there’s not really going to be much of a moonscape very long.” That’s largely because, on the heels of a fire, plants and animals almost immediately move back into the landscape – foraging for food and making their homes in newly changed spaces.

“I’ve never seen so much wildlife as I have doing film and photography in burned landscapes,” Ralph Bloemers said. He’s a strategic advisor with the Crag Law Center, working with firefighters, conservationists and community groups affected by wildfire. “I’ve done photography in Yellowstone and in the Siskiyous, all in burnt landscapes. Even in the Elkhorn area, which was burned to a crisp, I’ve already picked up elk and rabbits.” For grazing wildlife, such as elk, burned areas offer the chance to graze on tender vegetation no longer shaded out by trees. “Ungulates – or grazing animals – really appreciate that because there’s not as much to eat in an enclosed forest than an open canopy forest,” Amanda Rau confirmed. She is a fire specialist working with the OSU Extension Service in the Willamette Valley and North Cascades. Although wildlife is certainly impacted when a wildfire sweeps through, “the net benefits generally outweigh the negative

impact,” she added. This is especially true for many species of birds, some of which nest exclusively in charred trunks, while others hunt for the bugs or small rodents no longer hidden by overhanging branches. “The high severity expression, that’s awesome for birds and for the nutrients that the dead trees provide,” Kertis noted. “It’s all good from an ecological perspective. I think it’s really from that social perspective that we (say) that this is bad or this is good.” But separating the ecological from the social is nearly impossible, especially in areas – like the Silverton Hills or the Santiam Canyon – where forest landscapes are side-by-side with communities. “As much as I talk about this being a natural thing, that doesn’t take away what effect this had on people,” Rau said. She visited sites affected by the Beachie Creek Fire in October 2020, and again in midMarch 2021.

“It’s hard to see that town (Detroit) and realize what happened there. My heart’s there and I really feel for the people that were impacted.” Raised on the McKenzie River, fire came within a mile of Rau’s childhood home, forever changing the familiar forests she had hoped to one day share with her son. “I had to do my own grieving around that,” she admitted, venturing that her reaction is not uncommon, even amongst scientists. “I think certainly from an aesthetic standpoint it’s possible to look out there and not see the good because we’re used to an intact forest,” she pointed out. “But wildlife benefits a lot from wildfires like these.” And many trees benefit, too – though at first glance that can be difficult to see. “Some of the work people have done is look at tree rings to get an idea of past fires,” Kertis noted. Explaining that a tree’s rings will often show a wider growth record during post-fire


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might do well, you might look south,” she said. “Some of the species that folks are planting are incense cedar, sugar pine, giant sequoia and redwood. And hardwoods such as oak are being considered as well.”

Another reason to think beyond replacement when deciding what to plant is the current shortage of tree seedlings. The difficulty, Bloemers Nurseries throughout speculated, lies in having Oregon are struggling the patience to wait the with supplies due to the many years it takes for requirement that private nature to rebuild what landowners who are the fire has seemingly COURTESY OF RALPH BLOEMERS salvage logging replant taken away. removed trees within two years. “We love these places because they’re wild “We estimate there might be a need for 100 and created in disturbance, yet we mourn million seedlings right away – based on the when they change as we know them,” acreage that was so severely burned,” Glenn Bloemers said. “For our own wants we want Ahrens, an OSU Extension Service Forester them to be static and they never will be.” working with private landowners, said. Nor should they be, especially with global “In a normal year we might replant warming making it more necessary than 40 million trees. So, if they’re not in ever for plants to adapt. the business and have already ordered “From a climate change perspective, it’s seedlings, where are they going to get the a time of change but it’s also a time for a trees? The nurseries did not plan for this.” kind of shift in a plant perspective,” Kertis confirmed. “Douglas fir live to be 1,000 Planting seedlings can be problematic in years old – that’s a long time to wait for other ways as well, according to Kertis. things to change – so, fires play a role in “The problem with salvage logging huge that change.” plots and planting one species is you’re putting all your eggs in one basket. Just like Already Rau is observing a southern shift with crops, if you put all your money in in planting zones and councils those who crop A and all of a sudden, an insect comes are planning on replanting lost trees to take and destroys the crop... that’s a problem.” these changes into account. The answer, according to Kertis, lies in maintaining diversity. It can be a real challenge, she acknowledged, when people live, work and recreate, all within the forest landscape.

“Knowing we are entering into, or are in the midst of, a warm dry period and knowing that it’s important to select species that will survive, if you’re thinking about planting and you want to see things that

“We can’t create these resilient landscapes in a vacuum,” she said. “Timber lands need to work with national forest lands and private landowners to create these resilient landscapes. You have to collaborate with your neighbors because of the way fire moves through. I think it takes a paradigm shift. But I think it takes these kinds of disturbances to get people open to thinking about it.” The bottom line is, we can’t suppress all fires, nor should we, according to Rau. “The people who lived in the Willamette Valley prior to colonization were very comfortable with fire and didn’t put it out. And although a lot of indigenous practitioners are very aware of the destructive nature of fire, there’s a respect for fire and that’s a lot different than fearing it. “I encourage people to develop a respect for fire and look to the people who have lived a lot longer on the landscape than us.” “It’s becoming more clear that something has to happen,” Kertis agreed. “And we need to look to the past and we need to look to the future in terms of making those decisions. Because you have a group of people who are looking back and saying this is what was. And you have a group looking at the future and saying – Ah! You need a group of people looking at both. “We knew fire was an important process and we think fire needs to be an important part of the system. But it’s not just as simple as reintroducing fire... “It’s going to take dedication and open minds and paradigm shift to think about future, resilient landscapes. We all have to work together to be successful.”

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It’s a lot of money and a lot of residents helped, but it is nowhere near enough, she added. In fact, these figures are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the total recovery effort the group plans to provide over the next five years. “At the Funds’ inception, SCWRF advisor’s identified three phases of support to help organize the relief and funding effort strategies,” Freres explained. “The budgeting strategy we apply is 10 percent of funds raised allocated to Phase One - Relief; 45 percent of funds raised allocated to Phase Two - Recovery; and 45 percent of funds raised allocated to Phase Three - Rebuild.” With phase one behind them, SCWRF is well into phase two – offering “Direct to Survivor ‘’ Recovery Grants to the tune of $2.9 million. “This grant program is released in ‘rounds,’ with each round accessible to different groups of wildfire affected residents in the Canyon,” Freres



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Now, with efforts to rebuild the Canyon underway, SIT has increased its services even more.

And that was just round one. Round two grants, which are still available, will be rolling out soon in allotments of up to $5,000 for those homeowners who sustained losses to structures, as well as round one recipients who need more funding.

“SIT has expanded its footprint by joining forces with other organizations to build a team of Disaster Case Managers,” Freres explained.

But it’s not just money the organization offers. “It is critical to note that outside of the direct-to-survivor Recovery Grant program, all Santiam Canyon residents affected by the fire continue to be supported by SCWRF through the Service Integration Team,” Freres said. The team – which was formed in conjunction with Santiam Hospital years before the fires took place – offers help in coordinating everything from filing an appeal with FEMA and navigating the insurance system to procuring necessary

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“These Disaster Case Managers assist wildfire affected residents all the way through their recovery and rebuild process. They help identify which recovery / rebuild unmet needs a wildfire affected household has, then connect them to resources to keep them moving forward on their individual recovery plan. The Disaster Case Managers present the resident’s unmet needs to the newly formed Santiam Canyon Long Term Recovery Group (LTRG).” Similar to SIT, LTRG works with many local and national volunteer and funding

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organizations, providing a one-stop shop for resources that will help residents clean properties, advance through the rebuilding process, and navigate public infrastructure obstacles. “Both Marion County and Linn County are actively supporting and participating in the LTRG formation,” Freres said. The statement is evidenced by the long list of LTRG committee members ranging from Melissa Baurer, SIT Coordinator and LTRG Case Manager, to Matt Lawyer, a Policy Analyst for the Marion County Board of Commissioners leading LTRG’s Housing Team. “For the LTRG to be successful, it will rely upon a robust committee structure with passionate volunteers actively serving on committees who work to meet the needs of residents working to recover, rebuild, and return home,” Freres said. While many positions have been filled, the need for more volunteers is there.

“If anyone is interested in the inner workings of what is happening in this recovery effort moving forward, volunteering with the Santiam Canyon LTRG is the best place to get in on the action,” Freres said.

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Faster, faster, faster By Mary Owen When Ziply Fiber acquired Frontier Communication’s Northwest assets in May of 2020, Silverton and Mill City became part of its footprint. “At the time of the acquisition, the only internet option was DSL, and that’s something we are working hard to change,” said Dan Miller, senior vice president of Curator which handles public relations for the Washingtonbased Internet company. “We believe closing the digital divide is critical, ensuring high-speed broadband is available to our customers regardless of whether you live in highly populated urban center or a smaller rural town.” According to Miller, the project is in the planning and design phase right now, and will quickly move into permitting and construction. “Residents will start seeing our crews in the area in the not-too-distant future,” Miller said. “While it will take

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some time to complete the entire fiber build we plan to do in Mill City and Silverton, the first customers should be ready for service later this fall. We are very excited about what fiber Internet will mean for both cities.” Silverton and Mill City are just two of the 14 new market builds in Ziply Fiber’s latest expansion. Focusing mostly on smaller and rural towns, this latest expansion is in addition to the 22 new market builds announced this spring. This brings the total number of fiber expansion markets since it acquired Frontier’s Northwest operations to 52. The company’s entire expansion effort is part of its $500 million multi-year investment to improve its network and service in both urban and rural settings throughout its four-state service area. When construction is complete, Miller said Ziply will offer several different services to both residences and businesses, including both fiber Internet

and phone services, as well as some specialty services for businesses. “The three biggest perks we offer are no long-term residential service contracts, no data caps, and no confusing pricing models,” he said. “Installation is free, and we often run special promotions like free first month of Internet service or free upgrade to Whole Home Wi-Fi with a router lease. “Our residential plans start at 50 Mbps for both upload and download for just $20 a month, 200 Mbps for just $40 a month, and Gig-speed, our most popular plan, at just $60 a month,” he added. “These are the speeds you need to ensure you can stream content, work from home, and conduct distance learning without fear of dropped conference calls and buffering entertainment.” Miller said the company has always said that people shouldn’t have to live in a big city to get great Internet.

“And I think this work we’re doing now really shows how much we believe that,” he said. “High-quality, reliable, fast Internet is important for everyone, and it’s especially important for those who live and work in rural areas, many of which have not had the kind of network infrastructure in place to support the kinds of activities people regularly engage in today – video conferencing, online learning, streaming entertainment, online gaming and more.” Miller said in areas impacted by wildfires, the choice for the company is simple: to build back with fiber like it did in Idanha and Detroit last year. “It’s that deployment that now is allowing us to bring fiber to Mill City and Silverton,” he said. “We’re thrilled to be building out fiber in cities and towns and neighborhoods we’ve traveled and call home. Most of our leadership team grew up in the Northwest or have spent the better part of 30 years here, so

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activities, entertainment and working from home, Ziply spent the last year investing and constructing a new stateof-the-art fiber-optic network, Zeitz said. “We’re thrilled to bring these improvements to rural and urban communities in the Northwest,” he added. While it will take time to upgrade 250,000 square miles of land throughout Ziply Fiber’s service area with new fiber-optic cables, local hubs, new offices and new hardware to run the network, the company reported it is “capitalized for and committed to expanding fiber to cover more than 80 percent of its territory in the next three years.” When it began building, fiber was accessible in just over 30 percent of its area, and the company is on pace to exceed the 50 percent mark by the end of 2021, company officials say.

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

Mount Angel Public Library, 290 Charles St., 503-845-6401 Silver Creek Fellowship Church, 822 NE Industrial Way, Silverton Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield, 503-873-3093. Age 50 and older.

St. Joseph Shelter, 925 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Repeats Friday. 503-845-2468 Line Dancing, 1 - 2 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship. No registration required. Free; donations accepted for instructor. Open to all. Sheila, 503-409-4498 Mission of Hope Food Pantry, 2 - 4 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship. 503-873-7353 Daniel Plan Journey Video Series, 6:30 - 8 p.m., Silver Creek Fellowship Church. In-person or online at Free. Open to public. Sheila, 503-409-4498

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Repeats Tuesday - Saturday. Volunteers needed. 503-845-6998 Mt. Angel Food Pantry, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Mt. Angel Community Center, 195 E Charles St. Repeats Wed. 503-845-6998 Silverton Senior Meals, 11:30 a.m. Delivery only. $3 donation suggested. Monday - Friday. Carol, 503-873-6906. Mt. Angel Senior Meals, 11:30 a.m. Delivery only. $3 donation suggested. Repeats Thursdays. Ginger, 503-845-9464. Free Dinner, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Oak Street Church, 502 Oak St., Silverton. Pickup only. Open to all. 503-873-5446


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Center. Repeats Wednesdays. Call for appointment. 503-873-3093 Scotts Mills Food Boxes, 9 - 11 a.m., Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. Food donations welcome. Niki Barber, 503-873-5059

Community Helpers Family Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Mt. Angel Public Library. Age 2 - 6. 503-845-6401 Pinochle, noon - 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Repeats Fridays, 503-873-3093

SACA Food Pantry,

4 - 7 p.m., SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. 503-873-3446

Serenity Al-Anon Meeting, 5:30 p.m.

Virtual Zoom meeting. Repeats 10 a.m. Saturdays. For Zoom link, call Barbara K, 503-269-0952. Taekwondo, 7 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Repeats Thursdays. 503-873-3093

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Community Center, 298 Fourth St. Yoga Class, 10 a.m., Silver Creek Fellowship. Open to all. Sheila, 503-409-4498 Senior Exercise Class, 10 a.m., first and third Thursdays only (Sept. 2 & 16), Total Body Fitness. Class limited to 12.. 503-409-4013 Mediation & Shared Dialog, 7 - 8:30 p.m. All spiritual traditions welcome. Invitation: email


Toastmaster Club, 7:30 a.m., Zoom. Increase your listening skills, speaking, thinking and evaluating. Contact tmcommunicators@ for Zoom link. Chicken Foot Dominoes, 1 - 3 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. 50 and older. 503-873-3093


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

United Methodist Church, 203 Main St, Silverton. 503-873-5615 Oregon Crafters Market, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., 215 N Water St., Silverton. Repeats noon - 5 p.m. Sunday. Saturday Free Lunch, noon - 1:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 N Second St. Pickup only. Open to all. 503-939-3459

Silverton Country Historical Society,

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

Wednesday, Sept. 1 Scotts Mill City Council

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

Thursday, Sept. 2 Dine Out Club

6 p.m., Markum Inn, 36903 Hwy. 213, Mt. Angel. RSVP: 503-8733093, Silverton Senior Center.

Friday, Sept. 3

Silverton Flywheels First Friday

5 - 8 p.m., Silverton Elks Lodge, 300 High St. Cars, trucks, bikes welcome. First come, first parked gathering with limited spaces. Facebook @SilvertonFlywheelsCarClub.

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

Lunaria September Exhibit

7 - 9 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St., Silverton. Meet the artists. New work by featured artists Rebekah Rigsby and Helen Wiens on Main Floor Gallery. A celebration of art and agriculture, a collaboration of Willamette Valley Artists, in Loft Gallery. Exhibit open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Sunday through Sept. 26. 503-873-7734,

Sunday, Sept. 5 Puzzle Exchange

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

Monday, Sept. 6 Labor Day Movie & Theater Social Club

6 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Watch The Wizard of Oz. Trivia games with prizes. Family friendly. Snacks for purchase. 503-873-3093

Tuesday, Sept. 7 Caregiver Connection

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

Silverton Garden Club

6:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Open to public; new members welcome. 503-873-3093

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Sublimity Harvest Festival

5 p.m. - 1 a.m., Sublimity Harvest Festival Grounds, 11880 SE Sublimity Road. Tractor pulling competition, monster trucks, live music, beer garden. Repeats noon - 1 a.m. Sept. 11, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sept. 12. For pricing and schedule of events, visit

Saturday, Sept. 11 Silverton Skatepark Celebration

10 a.m. - noon., 801 Davenport Lane, Silverton. 503-873-5321

Sunday, Sept. 12 Macleay Farmer’s Market

11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Macleay Grange, 8312 Macleay Road. Free admission. Facebook @ SundayWinterMarket.

Monday, Sept. 13

Daughters of the American Revolution

10 a.m., Stayton United Methodist Church, 450 SE Fern Ridge Road. Abigail Scott Duniway Chapter meeting. Chapter will collect food for the Stayton Food Bank. All welcome. Refreshments served.

Movie & Theater Social Club

6 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Watch Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors. Trivia games with prizes. Family friendly. Snacks for purchase. 503-873-3093

Silverton City Council

6 p.m., Silverton High, 1456 Pine St. Open to public. 503-873-5321,

Mt. Angel School District Board

6:30 p.m. Zoom. Open to public. Zoom link at 503-845-2345

Silver Falls School District

7 p.m. Zoom. Open to public. For login details: 503-873-5303,

7 p.m., Mount Angel Public Library. Open to public. 503-845-9291,

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Wednesday, Sept. 8

9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Pick up this month’s steam packet. You can also pick up previous month’s packets if still available. 503-873-6401

Home School Day

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St., Silverton. Homeschool students ages 5 - 12 can participate in a day of outdoor learning. Pre-registration not required. Check in at Visitors Center to pay admission and receive packet with map and station information. $9 adults, $4 age 5-17. Children 4 and under free. 503-799-4792,

Thursday, Sept. 9 Zenith Women’s Club

7 p.m. GFWC Silverton Zenith Women’s Club discusses ways to fund, implement projects to benefit the Silverton community. Call Barbara, 801-414-3875, for location, information.

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9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Pick up this month’s Teen and Tween Take-&-Make packet. For middle and high schoolers. Free. 503-845-6401

Ancestry Detectives

10 a.m. Zoom. Susan Baird shares updates to Family Search database and a mystery website. For Zoom invite, contact David Stewart, or visit

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Friday, Sept. 10

6 p.m., Silverton High, 1456 Pine St. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-873-5321,

9 a.m. - 2 p.m., SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. By appointment. 503-873-3446

6 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Open to public. 503-873-3093

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Wednesday, Sept. 15 Virtual Trivia Night

7 p.m. Zoom. Silver Falls Library tests your knowledge on a variety of topics. For information and Zoom invite, contact Ron Drake, 503-873-8796.

Monday, Sept. 20 6 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Watch Beaches. Family friendly. Snacks for purchase. 503-873-3093

Silverton City Council Work Session

6 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Open to public. 503873-5321,

Thursday, Sept. 16 Mount Angel Oktoberfest

All day, Mt. Angel. Food, crafts, music, dancing, weekend car shows, free children’s area. Repeats through Sept 19. For full schedule of events, visit

Tuesday, Sept. 21

Silverton Affordable Housing Task Force

7 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Open to public. 503845-9291,

Prayer of the Heart

7 p.m., Coolidge McClaine Park, Silverton. Writers share their work. Masks, social distancing. 503-873-8796

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Saturday, Sept. 18 Monthly Book Talk

9:30 a.m. Zoom. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot. Open to all. Free. Contact Sr. Dorothy Jean Beyer to join. 503-845-2556,

7 p.m., Scotts Mills Museum, 210 Grandview Ave. Open to public. Lois, 503-871-9803; smahsmuseum@

Virtual Film Discussion

7 p.m. Zoom. Watch Donnie Darko, available on Kanopy, on your own. Then join a Zoom moderated discussion. For more information or Zoom invite, call Ron Drake, 503-873-9796.

Thursday, Sept. 23

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3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Queen of Angels Monastery, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. 503-845-6141, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Zoom. Discuss Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. Everyone welcome. For Zoom invite, call 503-897-8796.

Wednesday, Sept. 22 Movie & Theater Social Club

6 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Dinner and a movie, American Graffiti. Bring a dish to share. 503-873-3093

Book Discussion for Adults

1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Discuss A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Copies available at the library. 503-845-6401

Saturday, Sept. 25 Red Cross Blood Drive

10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 745 W Main St., Silverton. Appointments needed by visiting

Hawaiian Luau Celebration

5 - 7:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Event will be held completely outdoors. Tickets $25. Open to all. 503-873-3093

Community Harvest Fair

5 p.m., Scotts Mills Grange, 299 Fourth St. Enter your produce, flowers, plants, crafts, baked goods, sewing or any homemade project for a chance to win monetary prizes. Bring items to Grange 10 a.m. noon. Doors open for viewing at 5 p.m. with an auction at 6 p.m. Door prizes. Free; family friendly. Nikolina, 503-873-5059

Monday, Sept. 27 Vigil for Peace

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

Movie & Theater Social Club

6 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Watch For Me and My Gal. Snacks for purchase. 503-873-3093

Tuesday, Sept. 28 Simple Qigong

9:45 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Qigong set to music. $6. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

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Something for the Soul

Dialing in

Silverton’s Wind Phone provides place to release grief, trauma

By Melissa Wagoner

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Mike Ashland has witnessed a lot of grief during his career as a pastor and the founder of the Church of the Moment, a nondenominational church in Silverton. And over the years – as he has attended funerals, hospice care and acted as a witness to life’s inherent traumas – he has come to recognize that there are very few outlets available to those struggling with the effects of grief. Which is why he was so excited when he heard about the Wind Phone.

“A place to call to talk to loved ones who are gone, people you have something to say to, or unload something that hurts.” 816 Liberty St., Silverton said. “That act of dialing makes the connection. Maybe you need to dial the number of your childhood or the number of the person that’s missing.” The success of Japan’s Wind Telephone – which thousands have visited since its installation – made sense to Ashland, who in May 2021 decided Silverton needed a Wind Phone of its own.

“Someone sent me the This American Life podcast,” Ashland recalled, referencing a story titled, “One Last Thing Before I Go,” which chronicles the creation of the first Wind Telephone – a defunct phone booth erected with the purpose of simulating communication between survivors of the 2011 tsunami in Japan and their loved ones who are either dead or missing.

“My church was completely behind it, financially and structurally,” Ashland said. His parishioners raised $465 toward the renovation of a nonoperational phone booth.

As implausible as it may sound, the Wind Telephone wasn’t some kind of magic trick. Rather, it was the embodiment of a cathartic release for the grief so many survivors were having difficulty processing. All of that grief needed somewhere to go and the Wind Telephone – placed in a windy garden overlooking the Pacific Ocean – allowed mourners to connect with thoughts and emotions by saying them out loud and releasing them into the wind.

Mike Ashland installing the Silverton Wind Phone booth, which is now open to anyone.

“If something is bothering you, you need to get it off your chest...” Ashland said of the way the Wind Telephone was able to help those suffering from widespread trauma. “The phone is the method to say what you need to say and put it out in the wind.”

There is also something in the physical act of stepping into the privacy of a booth, picking up a handset and dialing a number – any number – which gives the moment credence. Not dissimilar to


spreading ashes, building an ofrenda or putting flowers on a grave, there is often a need for both a physical and emotional release when it comes to strong emotions. “The act of dialing is the thing,” Ashland

Previously located in a family garden in Cottage Grove, Ashland transported the 300-pound booth to a peaceful space in the field next to 816 Liberty St. in Silverton where it has since received a new coat of paint, a “new” rotary-style phone and a fish-shaped prayer flag. On June 13 the Church of the Moment held a blessing ceremony and the Silverton Wind Phone was officially open for business. “It just feels really, really right,” Ashland said, upon viewing the booth in its new space. “People can walk here… no one will be recording or listening. It just goes into the wind.”


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Grit and Grace By Melissa Wagoner Few things make a parent feel more anxious than watching a child’s late-night struggle for breath, a situation Amanda Baird – whose son, Jacob, was born three and a half weeks premature and with significant lung damage – is accustomed to avoiding at all cost. “We had him on daily steroids and rescue inhalers and the nebulizer,” Baird said of the early years of Jacob’s life. “We were giving him all these medications that were terrible for him and he wasn’t better. But breathing is a big deal.” Having tried everything in the way of modern medicine to no avail, Baird found herself searching for answers late one night in 2019 in the only place available – Google. What she found changed her life. “I came up with herbal remedies,” she recalled, noting that, to her astonishment, they worked. “Now, when I hear his spastic cough, I can give him some mullein and some marshmallow and it’s better.”

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And so, with her interests piqued, she began researching more herbal treatments, eventually stumbling upon lessons of herbalist trainer Sajah Popham at the virtual School of Evolutionary Herbalism in Washington. “[Popham] really goes very in-depth and explains the why,” Baird said as to why she chose Popham’s school in particular. “I really appreciate that.” What started on a whim quickly became an obsession, with Baird filling binders with information on the purported uses of everything from horsetail to stinging nettle and dandelion root. “COVID offered a great opportunity to really hunker down and study what would normally take me years,” Baird said. That’s when she had an idea – to share her newfound knowledge. “I mainly want to make things accessible to people who want to try herbs at home,” she said, gesturing toward the rows of neatly labeled jars that now line the shelves of her newly opened shop,

Grit and Grace Apothecary, in Silverton. “They can get [herbs] in tiny quantities if they only need a teaspoon or in large quantities if they need more.” It’s one-stop shopping for all things herbal, including teas, salves, tinctures and of course bulk herbs used in baking, homemade cosmetics, spa products and more. “The majority of people are trying to find health,” Baird said of her customer base. “A lot want teas.” Ranging in use from anxiety relief, gut health, digestive comfort and sleep aids, to discouraging nail biting and even calming the “feral child,” Baird is quick to remind clients that, as with all potential healing modalities, herbalism is not an exact science and what might work for some does not work for all. “I don’t practice medicine,” she stated. “But I will sit down with you and say – this is what I would do.” Coined Grit and Grace in honor of the “grit” required to cultivate or forage

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function. In September she will host a night of teas, and in October a course on fire cider. “It’s hot and pungent,” Baird said of the fire cider recipe, which is said to be ancient but often varies from person to person. “It fights infection and clears the sinuses.”


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“Herbalism can seem like such an overwhelming subject, when in reality it’s one of the most simple and natural methods of self-care,” Baird said.

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“That’s why I’m here, to share these gifts and to show you how to incorporate them into your daily life.”

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Hank Dill


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Dec. 29, 1977 – Aug. 14, 2021

Hank (Henry) Broderick Dill was born

Virginia Irene McIlwain Groah was born on Feb. 28, 1925 in Silverton, Oregon in the old hospital on North Water Street. Her childhood was spent on the McIlwain Farm in the North Howell area near Labish Lake. She attended North Howell School as did her father and grandmother.

Dec. 29, 1977 at Travis Air Force Base, California to Ernest and Henri Dill. When he was six, his father retired from the Air Force and moved the family to Mount Angel, Oregon. His school years were spent in Mount Angel.

He graduated from John F.

Kennedy High School in 1997 where he excelled at all sports. He went to work for Miles Chevrolet in Woodburn and found his niche in sales. From a young age, he worked in his family’s antique business, Engelberg Antiks, in Mount Angel and Salem. He became knowledgeable in antiques and estate sales. He acquired the antique store in 2020 and it prospered due to his innovative ideas and helping people find their treasures and a few gems they didn’t even know they desired. Hank loved spending time and sharing his experiences with his nephews. He loved finding a unique antique and bargaining with customers. Sometimes he would even flip a coin to see if he should take an offer on a piece of merchandise. He believed in second chances. We are thankful he was able to take his dream vacation with his family to Hawaii. Hank loved jumping off the high cliffs into the oceans. His mother told him to be careful and his response was, “It’s better to die doing something you love, but just in case remember I love you”. We love you too and will miss you always. He passed away peacefully on Aug. 14 at 6 a.m. with his family by his side. Hank is survived by his parents Ernest and Henri Dill of Mount Angel; his siblings, Lori (Randy) Lathrop of Mount Angel, Bryant (Pamela) of Germany, Lena Dill of Mount Angel, Traci (Tony) Buller of Silverton; nephews Jonathan, William, Alexander, Kyle, Brogan, Dalton, and Grayson. He was preceded in death by his nephew Taylor. The downtown Salem community, including all the customers and antique dealers of Engelbergs will miss his smile and crazy ways. 20 • September 2021

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In her teen years she worked in the family onion fields and later weeded and helped harvest onions for the Hayes farms. In 1941 she was attending Silverton High School when she met Glenn Groah, a fellow student. They were married while still in school and got caught up in World War II. Glenn worked in the Kaiser shipyards while Virginia became a homemaker and mother. After the war, Virginia and Glenn moved to the farm in North Howell. In the 1970s Virginia obtained an LPN license and worked for Salem Hospital. After retirement, she and Glenn traveled with

friends and spent parts of each winter in Arizona. Glenn preceded her in death, as did her parents, George and Blanche McIlwain, and her sister Helen. Also passing before her were her first cousins Doris, Patricia, Rolleen and Nellie McIIwain who grew up on her uncle Rollie’s side of the farm. Virginia was the last North Howell McIlwain. Virginia is survived by her sons Danny (Linda), Edward (Londa) and Mitchell Groah, three grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and three great-greatgrandchildren. A graveside service was held on Aug. 27 at Pioneer Memorial Cemetery in the Brooks area. Memorials may be given to Pioneer Memorial Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 9134, Brooks, OR 97305, or donate to the charity of your choice.

Ronald Joseph Schmidt Jan. 24, 1935 – Aug. 17, 2021

Ronald Joseph Schmidt, 86, of Mt. Angel, Oregon passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 17 at his home surrounded by his loving wife and children. Born January 24, 1935 to Andy and Eleanor Schmidt, Ron was a life-long resident of Mt. Angel. He graduated from Mt. Angel Preparatory High School in 1953, attended University of Portland, and then opened Schmidt’s Service and Gas Station on Main St. in 1956. Ron married Charleen Morris of Salem, Oregon on Feb. 9, 1957. He had a deep love for and commitment to his family, friends, and community. He served as a volunteer fireman, city councilman, Oktoberfest President and board of directors, Knights of Columbus, and Jaycees. Ron loved boating, water skiing, crabbing, fishing, reading, watching Westerns, horses, Arizona and sports. Ron is survived by his wife Charleen of 64 years; five children: Mark Schmidt and his wife Leah of Turner, Greg Schmidt and his wife Gayle of Mt. Angel, Alicia and husband Mitch Kruska of Mt. Angel, Suzanne and husband Brian Konen of West Linn, Sandy and husband Matt Ketchem, of Alamo, California; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and his brother Howard Schmidt and wife Stephanie of Seattle. He was preceded in death by his brother Cliff Schmidt and parents Andy and Eleanor. Services were held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Mt. Angel on Aug. 24 with Rosary. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Ron’s name to OHSU Knight Cancer Institute or Willamette Valley Hospice.

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Alan Haslebacher May 22, 1930 – Aug. 8, 2021

Edward Alan Haslebacher (Alan), was born to Edward and Mabel Haslebacher and grew up on the family farm on Howell Prairie. After serving in the Navy, he married the girl next door (literally), Patricia Ann Hynes. They lived on the family farm raising three children and creating memories over their 70 years of marriage. Alan passed away surrounded by his loving family and caregivers. He is survived by his wife Patty, daughter Jill Rogers of Stayton, sons Craig Haslebacher (Michelle) of Kennewick, Washington and Kevin Haslebacher (Karen) of Colfax, California. He is also survived by five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Ed and Mabel, son-in-law Gary Rogers, and granddaughter Heather Edwards.

James Steuart

Dec. 30, 1940 – Aug. 9, 2021 James William (Bud) Steuart was born on Dec. 30, 1940 to Ralph and Elsie Madge Steuart in Exeter, California. He passed away on Aug. 9, 2021 at the age of 80.  Memorial services were held on Aug. 26 at his home in Silverton (Unger Funeral Chapel assisting) and another on Aug. 27 at the Smith Family Chapel in Exeter, California, with a reception immediately following, in the Exeter Courthouse Museum and Gallery. 

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Lunch packing tips

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For many parents, it’s been a while since they packed a school lunch. With the majority of students attending school remotely or in half-day increments last year, more often than not, kids were eating at home.

or leftovers – this will help them retain their heat.

But no more. With the first day of in-person school looming on the horizon, it’s time to dust off those lunch boxes, throw some freezer packs in the deep freeze and load the pantry with staples like pita chips, granola bars and sandwich bread.

• Precooked meatballs or chicken nuggets freeze well.

Or – if you’re really feeling rusty – implement some of these handy tips.

Plan ahead • Get the scoop from your child’s teacher – How long do students have for lunch? Do they have access to a microwave or hot water? Where is food stored? • Start teaching your kids to pack their own lunches – not only is it empowering, they’re much more likely to eat it. • Make a master list of lunch ideas with your kids – post it. • Then make a master grocery list – post that as well. • Stock up on (and organize) an assortment of reusable packaging – jars and thermoses can be used for soups, salads and even sandwiches. While washable zippered pouches, bees wax cloths and bento boxes lower waste and make packing fast.

Stock up Keep the pantry, fridge and freezer stocked with these tasty items:

• Create a dedicated space for lunch supplies in the refrigerator and in the pantry – this will not only streamline packing; it will keep kids (and spouses) from eating lunch ingredients as snacks.

Time saving tips

• An array of fun dips can make eating vegetables more fun. • Think outside the sandwich – make a deli meat or tortilla roll up.

Minimize food waste

• Prep the night before.

• Offer lunch leftovers as after school snacks (provided they are still safe to eat).

• Streamline packing – fill all the lunchboxes at once. • Keep it simple – they don’t need to be Instagram-worthy; they just need to be foods your child will eat. • Have multiple containers on hand in case one is misplaced or in the dishwasher. • Repeat favorites – no need for a new item every day.

• Reinvent dinner leftovers as ingredients in a salad, sandwich, wrap or just preheat them and place inside a thermos. • Make sure all containers are kid friendly – if they can’t open it, they can’t eat it. • Make sure the food is still appetizing at lunchtime by using ice packs or a thermos as well as insulated lunch bags or boxes to keep hot food hot and cold food cold.

• Keep school lunches in mind when you’re making dinner. Can you cut up extra veggies for the next day? Shred extra chicken for a salad or wrap? Or portion out some leftovers to save time?

• After cutting apples, rebind with a rubber band to minimize browning without adding a sour taste.

• Clean out lunch boxes as soon as kids get home or – better yet, have them do it!

• Preheat thermoses with boiling water before filling with hot soups, sandwiches

• Buy in bulk to save on packaging, then use reusable containers to re-portion.

• An assortment of grains and toppings for customizable bowls – quinoa, rice, couscous, frozen veggies, beans, nuts, sauces and dressings can all be mixed and matched. • Serve breakfast for lunch with frozen waffles or pancakes, precooked bacon or an egg sandwich – it’s an especially fun treat for families who rarely have time for an elaborate morning meal. • A charcuterie spread – a customizable array of cheeses, crackers, dips, pickled veggies, fresh fruits and deli meats can be an easy diversion from the same old sandwiches but utilize many of the same ingredients. • Dried fruit – because fresh fruits can be difficult to pack. • Yogurt with fun toppings packed separately – fruit, jam, granola and nuts can all jazz things up. Just don’t forget the ice pack!

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hospital beds throughout the state and the country which is only getting worse. We have very limited treatment options for COVID and prevention is no doubt the best for everyone. We would like to urge every eligible community member to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Whatever your motivation: self-preservation, patriotic concern for your country, protection of your loved ones or to prevent shutting down our economy and schools – PLEASE GET VACCINATED!

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Sports & Recreation

Football frenzy

Foxes, Trojans getting ready for openers

Silverton was 3-2 in last spring’s shortened football season and the Foxes are hoping for a full nine-game regular season – and perhaps success beyond that point as well, starting with the Sept. 3 home opener against Grant of Portland.

hand, and all five also will see time in the defensive line. Craig loves his linebacking crew, led by Walter, James Toland and Carlos Recendiz. “We just need to figure out where everybody fits,” Craig said.

Fifth-year coach Josh Craig noticed a surge of energy, particularly after the state opened up from COVID restrictions June 30.

lot about our commitment.” The Foxes return senior quarterback Jordan McCarty, who has started since his sophomore year, and David Russell is a more than capable backup.

“By the first or second week of July,” Craig told Our Town, “it’s here we go, we’re rolling. The energy increased, we’re really pushing it, the guys are having fun, getting after it and flying around and the seniors are leading by example.” Craig has approximately 100 players out and the Foxes will be the only school in the MidWillamette Conference that will field three teams.

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“I take pride in that,” he said. “It says a

McCarty will have four speedy backs to hand off to, Reece Groom, Keegan Walter, Alex Versen and Jackson Pfeifer. Vandon Fessler and Austin Ratliff are solid receivers. Chandler Kuenzi is the tight end. The offensive line is big and seasoned, led by seniors Orrie Schaffers and Sam Willis. Sam Clements, Sam Schaffers and Elijah Roper also are on

McCarty, David Russell, Grant Russell, Fessler, Ratliff and Kuenzi will man the secondary.

in 2019, the most recent full season. Kennedy, meanwhile, was 5-1 in last season’s spring season, losing its opener at Class 3A power Santiam Christian and then running the table, including an emphatic seasonending 47-14 win at previously undefeated Monroe. The schedule is equally tough this year, with Santiam Christian in week two and perennial Class 2A power Heppner on Sept. 24.

Silverton drew 6A schools Grant and Tualatin for its Joe Panuke nonleague opponents and Craig JAMES DAY “We have some pretty tough said they “are arguably our two nonleague games this year and I think toughest opponents of the year back to the league should be tough again this back.” year,” coach Joe Panuke told Our Town. “A lot of really good players graduated The eight-team Mid-Willamette last year so it will be interesting to see Conference is in a bit of a flux, with new who steps up to be the big time player coaches at Lebanon and Crescent Valley for each team.” and a rare co-coaching arrangement at South Albany. Special District 2 this year includes the “West Albany is going to be tough as Trojans, Colton, Culver, Gervais, Regis, always,” Craig said. The Bulldogs and Salem Academy and Santiam. Kennedy Foxes both played in the 5A semifinals opens Sept. 3 vs. Gaston.




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Panuke lost a ton of veterans, including Brady Traeger, Cole Boen, David Reyes, Isaiah Basargin and Camryn Biegel, but he has some solid returners, including quarterback Riley Cantu, linemen Briggs Snell and Matt Hopkins and wide receiver Luke Beyer. Panuke also is expecting good contributions from Elijah Traeger, Owen Bruner, Ethan Kleinschmit,

Isaac Berning and William Schaecher. Panuke has had a strong turnout, with 38 players working out. “As a staff we have been very pleased with how our practices are going,” he said. “The guys are working hard and being very coachable.”

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Service Spotlight: LAINIE PYPER This month, we would like to take some time to recognize Lainie Pyper. Lainie is another one of our awesome board members, when asked what she loved about the Y and how she got involved with the Y she responded: “Our family has a long love affair with the YMCA! 15 years ago, my twins were born, and my husband was in dental school. We had four kids, 5 ½ years old and younger. Needless to say, I felt like I was drowning at times. Our hands were full, and our hearts were full too! We got our first Y membership in San Rafael, California and because we were students at the time, we got a subsidized membership at a beautiful facility with daycare. I took my four kids almost daily, got my sweat on and stayed healthy and sane. Fast forward three years, we set up shop and settled in Silverton, our dream community! Soon after moving there, I was encouraged to get involved in the community and one way was to serve as a board member. I have loved my experience with this organization on every level. Our children have been in the summer swim team since the first summer we were here in 2009! We only missed last year because of COVID. We’ve also enjoyed volleyball, basketball, soccer and track. I love what the Y represents! I love that it emphasizes family and health, core values and overall – building good humans!!! We will forever be grateful for the YMCA, for years of our own personal interaction as well as the service it has provided for our very own family! Thank you with all our hearts!” Thank you Lainie for the difference you are making in our community!

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A Grin at the End

Faster, higher, stronger

Oregon style

The Olympics have been over for some time now, but I’m not over the Olympics. The thrill of victory – and the agony of defeat – played out on an international stage is the best way I know to recognize our commonality. We are, after all, passengers on a single lonely planet amid billions of galaxies.

poor soul exceeding the speed limit. The goal is simply driving through that area without getting stopped. Watch out for those blue and red lights! Competition No. 6: Campground Drumming. In this competition, campers will be challenged to find a spot in a state park that doesn’t have drummers banging their bongos through the night. Every time I have gone camping in Oregon, others were working as hard as they could to make as much noise as they could. Silence, please!

To keep that spirit alive, I propose a new type of Olympics. The main difference: only Oregonians can compete in these games because only we can understand them. Welcome to the Oregon Olympics! Competition No.1: the Bottle Jam. Each competitor – called a jammer – gets a bag full of empty beer and soda cans and bottles. Whoever jams them into the recycling machine fastest wins. If the machine fills up, the jammer automatically loses. Competition No. 2: the Airport Crawl. Every Oregonian knows what it’s like to try make a flight at the Portland Airport but gets caught in a traffic jam on I-5 or I-205. But there’s a twist. In this race, the winner is the competitor who can drive from my house to the airport the slowest. A brother-in-law holds the current record for the 71-mile one-way trip – 2.5 hours. That’s an average of 28 mph. Top that! Competition No. 3: Best Riot. No one has as much

experience putting on riots as Portlandians. By most counts, they had more than 100 riots in a row last year. That’s impressive. Somewhat less impressive is what they accomplished, other than making that city’s mayor and the governor look inept and making parts of the city look like a war zone. Competition No. 4: Traversing the Wilsonville Vortex. In this challenge, competitors try to get through Wilsonville on I-5 without slowing down. To win, competitors must drive past that mystical town at the posted speed limit. Good luck! Competition No. 5: the Highway 22 Gauntlet. Highway 22 east of Salem is a well-known speed trap. State troopers, Marion County deputies and random local police officers park on the side of the road to catch any

Competition No. 7: Avoiding Portland. The final challenge is staying the heck out of Portland. Oregon’s largest city lost its charm long ago. Winners get points for finding new ways to stay away from Portland. For example, I’ve quit flying out of Portland’s airport. Hint: try the Eugene airport. It’s about the same distance and it takes far less time to get there. (See Competition No. 2.) So there you have it – the Oregon Olympics. I’m sure we all can come up with our own competitions to add to the list.  And the winners get to sing Oregon’s state song, “Oregon, My Oregon,” both the old and the new versions. Carl Sampson has lived in Stayton 22 years. He is a freelance editor and writer.

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

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Chuck White Broker 873-3545 ext. 325

#T2677 LARGE HOME WITH SHOP $1,190,000 Large Home

& Shop on Timber Property. Great equine property w/ riding trails. 1000" of Bekaert fencing for horses. Valley views to the west with some timber removal. Well built home with 3 year old roof. Maple island counter top. Double ovens. Woodstove. Timber cruise done May 2021 (370-410 Mbf 50+ years). Two story Ag Building w/ bath 3680 sqft finished to drywall stage. Two wells. New well was 40gpm when drilled. Spring is headwaters of Mill Creek. Michael at ext 314 (WVMLS# 771196)

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This beautiful house has been well maintained. Oversized master on the main floor with a walk-in closet and private bath. Open floor plan with plenty of space. Conveniently located with quick access to I-5, downtown Salem and local schools. Mature fruit tress located in the fully fenced backyard. Tons of storage. You must see this home!! Call Becky at ext 313

Farm House & Acreage w/ Silver Creek Frontage... check out this 3 bedroom, 2 bath 1915 farm house including 36.14 acres divided into three separate parcels. Acreage provides some seclusion and privacy & is currently zoned AR: located in the county; outside of Silverton city limits and current UGB. Buyer to use due diligence if considering home replacement or development of parcels without current residences. Schooley Lane bridge is privately owned. Call Chuck at ext 325 (WVMLS#782311)



Michael Schmidt Principal Broker GRI 873-3545 ext. 314

Sarah Graves Office Manager 873-3545 ext. 300

#T2686 2.43 ACRES IN CITY LIMITS $675,000 Triple Wide Manufactured home on 2.43 acres in the city limits of Silverton. Includes 25x41 shop, garden area, fruit trees& pasture. Property may be prime for future development with current R-1 zoning. Call Chuck at ext 325 (WVMLS#780380) For Rental info call Micha or Sarah at 503-873-1425 or check our website.




#T2659 DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH! 3 BR, 1.5 BA 1408 sqft Call Michael at ext. 314 $310,000

NEW! – #T2691 PIONEER SUBDIVISION 3 BR, 2 BA 1908 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $487,700 (WVMLS#782066)

SOLD! – #T2679 SILVERTON ON SILVER CREEK 3 BR, 2.5 BA 2037 sqft 2.43 Acres Call Chuck at ext. 325 $675,000 (WVMLS#780380)

#T2675 FANTASTIC ACREAGE 2 BR, 1 BA 728 sqft 9.31 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $424,800 (WVMLS#778864)

SOLD! – #T2672 GREAT LOCATION 3 BR, 2.5 BA 2128 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $483,700 (WVMLS#778368)

NEW! – #T2687 CUSTOM HOME 4 BR, 2.5 BA 3111 sqft Call Chuck at ext. 325 $889,900 (WVMLS#780616)

#T2677 SCOTTS MILLS LARGE HOME W/ SHOP 4 BR, 3 BA 3130 sqft 54.34 Acres Call Michael at ext. 314 $1,190,000 (WVMLS#781196)

#T2666 PRIVATE AND QUIET 4 BR, 2.5 BA 2400 sqft 80.94 Acres. Call Whitney at ext. 320, Mike at ext. 312 $1,200,000 (WVMLS#778729)


SOLD! – #T2679 ON SILVER CREEK 3 BR, 2 BA 1915 sqft Call Chuck at ext. 325 $599,900 (WVMLS#779077)

#T2681 ORIGINAL CHARACTER 3 BR, 1 BA 1476 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $398,400 (WVMLS#779617) #T2686 2.43 ACRES IN CITY LIMITS 3 BR, 2.5 BA 2037 sqft 2.43 Acres Call Chuck at ext. 325 $675,000 (WVMLS#780380)

#T2684 GARDENERS PARADISE 3 BR, 2.5 BA 1516 sqft Call Becky at ext. 313 $380,000 (WVMLS#780728)

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

#T2669 BUILD SITE 3 BR, 1 BA 1080 sqft 9.47 Acres. Silverton. Call Michael at ext. 314 $350,000 (WVMLS#777700)

#T2675 FANTASTIC ACREAGE 2 BR, 1 BA 728 sqft 9.31 Acres. Sublimity Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $424,800 (WVMLS#778864) #T2666 PRIVATE AND QUIET 4 BR, 2.5 BA 2400 sqft 80.94 Acres Call Whitney at ext. 320, Mike at ext. 312 $1,200,000 (WVMLS#778729)

NEW! – #T2693 FARM HOUSE & ACREAGE 3 BR, 2 BA 1344 sqft 36.14 Acres Call Chuck at ext. 325 $949,900 (WVMLS#782311)

BARELAND/LOTS #T2646 HWY 213 .30 Acres. Molalla. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $149,500 (WVMLS#773635) #T2663 PIONEER VILLAGE #3 .20 Acres. Silverton. Call Michael at ext. 314 $75,000 (WVMLS#776747) SOLD! – #T2685 TREED 19.95 ACRES Scott Mills 19.95 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $165,000 (WVMLS#780089) SOLD! – #T2689 SCOTTS MILLS BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME 5.00 Acres Call Michael at ext. 314 $357,000 (WVMLS#781358)

MOLALLA #T2646 HWY 213 .30 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $149,500 (WVMLS#773635)

SALEM/KEIZER #T2688 SINGLE LEVEL HOME 3 BR, 2 BA 1406 sqft. Salem. Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $343,700 (WVMLS#780642) NEW! – #T2690 AMAZING HOUSE ON CORNER LOT 4 BR, 2.5 BA 1805 sqft. Salem. Call Becky at ext. 313 $418,000 (WVMLS#782028) NEW! – #T2692 HIDDEN CREEK ESTATES 4 BR, 2.5 BA 2880 sqft. Keizer Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $596,700 (WVMLS#782219)


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