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Sidewalk Shindig returns to Silverton’s downtown – Page 16

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Coping with children’s serious health issues – Page 4

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

October 2018

Foxes step up – Page 20

Our Town P.O. Box 927 Mt. Angel, Or 97362



Helping Hands

Women build Mt. Angel Habitat home – Page 8

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OCTOBER • 2018

Something to Think About Facing adversity: childhood illness...........4 Peace Education Program returns..........6 Heling Hands Women build Mount Angel house..........8


For regularly scheduled weekly classes, services and events: check our website or FB page, or call the Center at 503-873-3093.

The Forum................................ 10 Passages.................................. 10 Civics 101 Candidate forums for Nov. 6 election... 11 Datebook.................................. 12 Briefs.......................................... 15


6 Michael Finkelstein and Kelley Morehouse host the Peace Education Program. BRENNA WIEGAND

Business New Montessori pre-school opens.......... 18

Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at door

Purchase in person at the Center or Chamber of Commerce or by phone with debit/credit at 503-873-3093.

Sports & Recreation SHS handles football injuries................. 20 Marketplace......................... 21

Bring cash for optional no host bar and taco/nacho bar catered by the Wooden Nickel, plus other non-scrip games and cash auction items.

A Grin at the End............... 22 Silverton’s Grant Buchheit hauls in the touchdown pass from backup quarterback Aaron Rieskamp in the Sept. 14 game vs. Lebanon. TED MILLER

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ROCK THE CASINO NIGHT! 6TH ANNUAL FUNDRAISER 6pm Sat. Oct. 6 At the Center. Anyone 21+ welcome! Ticket includes scrip for casino games,silent and live auction items, plus prize entry for $200 value fishing excursion for two to Detroit Lake.

Something Fun Silverton Shindig hits the streets........... 16

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LUNCH AND LEARN SERIES @ Noon October 5, 12, 19, 26 Call or check website for topics

Lunch is available through Meals on Wheels between 11:30 and 12:30 for $3. Order at 503-8736906 by Wed. See menu choices on our website.

WRITERS WORKSHOP 1pm Thur. Oct. 18 Published authors share their stories Free


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$5 per person includes basic black hat decorations. Children welcome when accompanied by adult. pre-register at 503-873-3093.


Halloween hat contest, goodies, games, door prizes, and fun. Free


Prepping 101: Survival foods you should always have at home. Members free, $2 non-members 50+

WELLNESS WEEKEND 9am Oct 27 and 28 With Tsipora’s Wings. For details and registration: 503-873-3093 UNITED HEALTHCARE Q&A

1pm Mon. Oct. 15 & Oct. 29 Free ATRIO Q&A 1pm Oct. 18 &Oct. 24 Free O’LEARY HEALTH Q&A 11am Fri. Oct. 19 Free HEALTHNET Q&A 1:30pm Mon. Oct. 22 Free SASI DAY TRIPS

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Holistic Nutrition with Gail Gummin 11 am Mon. Oct. 15 Topic: Probiotics Oct 13: Harvest Faire in Sisters Oct 18: Columbia River Gorge Tour Oct 25: Lincoln City Shopping Tour LUNCH DAILY 11:30am Mon-Friday $3 suggested donation

EVERY WEEK For regularly scheduled weekly activities, check our website or Facebook page, or call us at 503-873-3093.

BLOOD PRESSURE CHECK 11am Tue. Oct. 2 Free through Legacy Silverton Health GARDENING ADVICE 2 pm Wed. Oct. 10 With expert Dale Small Members free, $2 non-members 50+

FREE LEGAL ADVICE 9-12am Thur. Oct 25 Call 503-873-3093 for appt with attorney Phil Kelley

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Facing adversity Navigating life while rearing a child with long-term illness By Melissa Wagoner The birth of a child is cause for celebration but when health problems arise it can become a time fraught with confusion and worry. Two Silverton families have been tasked with just such a situation, taken it head on and still maintained a positive outlook. These are their stories.

The Ferro Family Johnie and Eric Ferro’s story began in 2013 when Johnie gave birth to their twins – Gage and Rylee in Oregon City. “I had a pretty seemingly perfect pregnancy,” Johnie said. “I made it to 38 weeks – scheduled C-section.” Although the twins appeared healthy, there was something different about Rylee. “[A]lmost immediately Gage was eating more than Rylee,” Johnie remembered. “And she was spitting up a lot.” When Rylee began vomiting bile she was rushed to Portland’s St. Vincent Medical Center. “They started saying that Rylee had an intestinal blockage – meconium ileus, Johnie said. Rylee was treated for the blockage, but her weight plummeted to below five pounds. Then, to make matters worse, Gage wasn’t allowed into the NICU, making it impossible to keep the family together. “I was going to breastfeed,” Johnie said, “but family had to take Gage home.”

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Rylee was eventually diagnosed with cystic fibrosis – a defect in her cells. It primarily affects the lungs, but also the pancreas, liver, kidneys and intestine. “We didn’t have any idea we were carriers for that,” Johnie said. Rylee’s diagnosis threw the family into a tailspin – not only were they new parents to twins, but Rylee was hospitalized three times in the first five months. “She was really sick as an infant,” Johnie said. “She stopped eating at three months.” Rylee was eventually fitted with a gastronomy tube – which she still uses today – and began a daily routine of enzyme and sodium supplements as well as antibiotic laden breathing treatments. “It’s not that her lungs don’t work,” Johnie explained. “It’s that the mucus is really thick and sticky – so it’s basically a petri dish.” With so much time spent seeking medical care – the typical hospital stay for Rylee is 10 to 14 days at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital – it is difficult to imagine the Ferro’s lead an ordinary life – but they do. “The doctors told me the day she was diagnosed, ‘What seems overwhelming today will be routine tomorrow,’” Johnie said. “I just have to remind myself – you will figure this out.” One way both Johnie and Eric deal with the stress is through their jobs. Johnie is assistant principal at Silverton High

Johnie Ferro and her daugter Rylee.


School and Eric is in sales with Veterinary Services Incorporated – careers they adore.

Mills Elementary – a step that both excites and terrifies Johnie.

“I feel in control and successful when I’m there – and I don’t at home,” Johnie said.

“Now we’re just at the (mercy) of what she will be exposed to,” Johnie said. “It’s those kinds of worries that I don’t think people understand – the severity of the worry.”

Over the years the Ferros have had support from friends, family and the community at large. She said one of the biggest lessons she has learned is not to refuse help. “I’m always grateful for our school district and our high school families,” Johnie said. “We would say we don’t need anything, we just need your good thoughts but they would show up with a whole carload of food – and eventually we did need it.” Five years since Rylee’s diagnosis and she recently started kindergarten at Scotts

Rylee’s school has risen to the occasion, however, and already conducted schoolwide handwashing tutorials. “We’ve asked the school to talk about it and to normalize it,” Johnie explained. Although the Ferros deal with stress on a daily basis, there are good times too and Rylee has been healthier during the past year than she has ever been. There are also new drugs on the market that researchers

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Melissa Martin and her son Isaac.

“Since Rylee was born the research has been amazing and it’s a totally different disease than it was five years ago,” Johnie said. Beyond worry about Rylee’s health, Johnie also is concerned about the future of the insurance coverage they depend on. “We have this Lifetime Care Act,” she said. “Nobody can deny us; nobody can prevent access – the ability to stay on your parents’ insurance until your 26 – that’s huge. That’s my big fear is if anything ever happens – our insurance will drop us. If people could use pre-existing conditions we would lose health care. We would lose everything.”

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forever.” Through it all Melissa has been amazed by Isaac’s fortitude, even in the face of pain.

The Martins were confused, but eventually learned that doctors suspected a tumor on Isaac’s adrenal gland. An MRI test the next day showed the tumor was actually on Isaac’s kidney, a good sign.

“They say ‘kids are resilient’ for a reason,” she noted. “I am so thankful that he is oblivious to the big picture and to words like cancer, tumor and chemo that scare the pants off the adults in his life.”

“Had it been on his adrenal gland, it would have definitely been cancer, and a very bad kind, like 30 percent survival rate,” Melissa said. “So we rejoiced that it was on his kidney, which was still cancer, but a very treatable kind.” The five centimeter tumor – a Wilms’ tumor – and Isaac’s kidney were removed on July 3 and the Martins thought the worst was behind them.  


hope will change the prognosis.

cortisol in his urine, prompting a referral to Randall Children’s Hospital in Portland – the oncology department.

The Martin Family In late May of this year a friend noted to Melissa Martin that her three-year-old son Isaac’s cheeks were getting round. “I hadn’t noticed, because when you see someone every day, subtle changes are hard to identify,” Melissa said. By mid-June the changes became pronounced, prompting Melissa’s mother-in-law – a nurse – to show concern. “Moon face is usually... a side effect of being on steroids,” Melissa said, “which obviously my three year old was not.” Melissa and her husband Andrew made an appointment with Isaac’s doctor who ran a battery of tests. Days later the results showed that Isaac had a high level of

“[T]ypically with a Wilms’ tumor a parent will only find it when it’s the size of a softball and they feel it while bathing their child,” Melissa explained. “By that time the tumors are usually stage three or four.” Unfortunately tests showed the cancer cells were an aggressive. Isaac would need chemotherapy – first easy drugs, then more harsh ones when the cell growth remained unaffected. The Martins were crushed. “Heart break,” Melissa said, “and his survival rate got sliced in half. So now we are on the long road to exterminate any cancer cells that may be lurking in his body, and keeping him alive in the meantime and praying like crazy that come March, we will be done with cancer

To help Isaac through the often scary procedures he undergoes, the Martins have adopted a lighthearted attitude – making gurney rides fun and playing with the “chemo duck.” They also provide Isaac only with pertinent information and at his level of understanding. “We just tell him what the next day will hold,” Melissa explained. “We don’t worry him with a big picture.” Although the past few months have been difficult, Melissa said a bright spot has been the outpouring of support from friends, family and even strangers. “We have been so blessed by people loving on us,” she said. “And we have seen God work miracles along the way. We have seen prayers answered.” Her biggest piece of advice to any family going through a similar illness is to ask for help. “I hate admitting I need help,” she said. “I want to be tough and have it all together. It is so humbling to have to say you can’t do it all. But people love to be helpful, and when you have a sick child they are your main focus.”

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Peace inside By Brenna Wiegand For the third time in five years Michael Finkelstein, with Kelley Morehouse, brings the international Peace Education Program to Silverton. Based on video excerpts, reflection and discussion, PEP is a ten-week nonpolitical, nondenominational course to help individuals understand their personal resources for peace. Prem Rawat, 60, is a best-selling author originally from India whose renowned “Ambassador of Peace” multimedia program helps participants live with a strengthened sense of hope, clarity and peace. Each workshop features videos of his international talks on topics such as dignity and contentment. “He says ‘I don’t tell you anything new; I just remind you of what you already know,’” Finkelstein said. “He is often introduced as a storyteller,” Morehouse said. “It’s not lecturing; it’s illustrating through storytelling.”

Ten-week self-clarity program returns to Silverton

Each session focuses on one of 10 assets: peace, appreciation, inner strength, selfawareness, clarity, understanding, dignity, choice, hope, contentment. It runs 7 8:15 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Oct. 9 at Silverton Arts Association.

Although designed for use within a variety of organizations, over the past several years PEP has been integrated into rehabilitation programs in prisons in Europe, South Africa, South America, India, Asia, and North America.

Each lesson stands independently; students are welcome to attend when they can.

It has been one of the most popular classes at the Fabian Dale Dominguez State Jail in San Antonio, Texas. Jail authorities have reported a significantly positive impact upon the more than 1,000 inmates who have participated in the program including behavior and a marked reduction in recidivism.

“I really think that learning about the resources available within every one of us, like understanding and awareness and compassion, is what we need to have this inner peace,” Morehouse said. “We just have to know we have them, access them and develop them. It’s a natural part of being human to want peace, and it’s a lot simpler than people think it is. That’s the beauty of it. “Some people think peace is doing nothing or it’s political and it’s neither of these things because this is really talking about inside peace; that’s what influences our lives and influences other people; it goes out from there,” Morehouse said. “Peace starts within.”

about the program’s effectiveness among inmates, she decided to turn her focus toward the inmates themselves. “It’s pretty hard to change the prison system,” Morehouse said. “I figure it’s more important to work with the people inside before they are released. They haven’t heard of any of this. “It’s something people can be successful in,” Morehouse said; “learning to be mindful of what we have; to really enjoy what we have; not minimizing it or going so fast we don’t appreciate it.”

“Prema told these guys that while they may see the bars in front of them, people on the outside have bars that they can’t see,” Finkelstein said. “It’s freeing; it’s about enjoying and appreciating life in a very simple way. It’s not religious; it’s not political, it’s just human.”

“We’re often aware of the bad things about ourselves,” Finkelstein said, “but to know that to be alive is a remarkable thing, beyond any explanation, is true prosperity. It’s not about making something of yourself; it’s realizing that life is a gift.

During her career Morehouse has taught English in prisons and planned to work in prison reform after retiring. After seeing the PEP’s documentary “Inside Peace”

“If you can know and accept yourself you’re much more accepting of other people,” Finkelstein said. “I think that’s the whole secret of life really.”


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The Forum Eugene Field follow-up This letter is because I need to apologize all over the place. In the matter of Eugene Field School, I signed a postcard to the Council because I believe Stu Rasmussen cares very much about Silverton and its history. However, I also believe Dixon Bledsoe cares very much, and consistently has a perspective on things that I can appreciate. So I am (one of) the latecomer(s) Dixon admonishes to do more homework, and I recognized that shortly after I signed the card, having read Kyle Palmer’s posts on Silverton Connections. When I lived here 1995-2000, I was caregiver for our mother and didn’t get out much. This time I’ve been back four years, and I realize there’s a lot I still don’t know about Silverton. For a time I was seeing in the discussions that Eugene Field was either going to be demolished or was to be saved. Blackor-white, all or nothing. Now I see that there will be bids on salvaging, indicating that there has been some attention paid to that.

Passages As always, my concern now is not so much about the money, but about the aesthetics. As you come into town, there is that wonderful building, part of Silverton’s charm. I’m sure there is sufficient input about that, from those who’ve been much more involved than I.  So, at this point I’ll keep still, and leave the decision-making to those who were elected to decide things, and who do, I’m convinced, listen to their constituents. Kathie Curtis Silverton

Skaters should wear helmets I was disappointed not to see safety addressed in the otherwise fine article on the Silverton Skatepark (September 2018). While “bruises, chipped teeth and broken bones” might constitute the usual range of possible injury, bleeding in the brain shouldn’t be overlooked as a serious if uncommon event. In my informal survey over the past three years, observing a few hundred skaters over that time as I walk or drive by the park, only about half of

the them are wearing a helmet. In my professional experience over a longer period, I have had two patients (both teens) with intracranial hemorrhage due to the failure to wear a helmet (one was a skater; one a cyclist). Kids will heal from broken bones, but a traumatic brain injury may change a young person’s life forever or end it. I notice that of the four skaters pictured in the article, the two adults are wearing helmets; the two teens are not. It is incumbent upon all adults associated with this sport to emphasize the need for protective equipment, especially a helmet. I am grateful that Silverton has this skatepark. I’m sure we would all like to see it enjoyed safely. Michael Grady, M.D.

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Dec. 10, 1932 – Sept. 3, 2018 Clarence Wayne Ireland, 85, passed away on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. He was born on Dec. 10, 1932 in Bertrum, Minnesota to Clarence F. Ireland and Martha Randall. He is survived by his daughter Velvet Swarm, and son, Benjamin Ireland. He is preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years, Valitta Neuman. Clarence will be laid to rest at Willamette National Cemetery. A service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 at the Nazarene True Life Church in Keizer, Oregon. Arrangements were made by Unger Funeral Chapel.

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datebook Frequent Addresses Mount Angel Public Library, 290 Charles St., 503-845-6401 Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St., 503-873-7633 Silverton Community Center, 421 S Water St. Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield, 503-873-3093. Age 50 and older.

Weekly Events Monday

Needlecrafts Group, 10:30 am, Silverton

Stay Fit Exercise Class, 9:30 am, Silverton Senior Center. $3 members, $4 others. Repeats Wednesdays, Fridays. Yoga, 9:30 pm, $8 members, $10 non. Repeats Wednesdays, Fridays.

Senior Meal Site, 11:30 am, Mt. Angel

Community & Senior Center, 195 E Charles St. Pre-order meals a week ahead: 503-845-9464. Meals-on-Wheels delivered Monday – Friday.

Recovery at Noon, Noon – 1 pm,

Silverton Coffee Club, Third and High. Daily. 503-873-1320

Ukulele Song Circle, 3:30 pm, Silverton Senior Center. Free.

Monday Meal, 5:30 - 7 pm, Oak Street Church, 502 Oak St., Silverton. All welcome. Free; donations accepted.

Yoga with Robin, 5:30 pm, Silverton Senior Center. $5 members, $6 nonmembers. Repeats Wednesdays.


Daughters of American Revolution

Toddler Storytime, 10:30 am, Mount Angel

Indoor Playtime, 11am, Mount Angel Public

Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 9:15 am,

Silverton City Council

Library. Stories, singing. Toddlers/caregivers. Free. Library. Toddlers with caregivers. Free.

Dynamic Aging Exercise, 10:30 am, Silverton Senior Center. $7 members, $8 non.

Chickadees Storytime,

12:30 pm, Silver Falls Library. Storytime, playgroup. Age 3 - 5. Free. Caregivers must attend.

Open Art Studio, 1 pm,

Silverton Senior Center. Bring art project to work on. Free.

Bingo, 1 pm. Silverton Senior Center. $1.50/ card, $2/two cards.

Silverchips Woodcarving Sessions,

1 – 4 pm, Silverton Arts Association, 303 Coolidge St. $2. All skill levels. 503-873-2480

STEAM LaB, 3:30 pm, Silver Falls Library.

$8 members, $10 non-members.

Mt. Angel Food Bank, 9:30 - 11:30 am, Mt. Angel Community Center, 195 E Charles St. Also Wednesday, Thursday.

Crafty Kids, 3 - 9 pm, Silver Falls Library. Supplies provided. Free.

Serenity Al-Anon Meeting, 5:30 pm,

Silverton Assembly of God Church, 437 N James St. 503-269-0952

Wednesday Silverton Business Group, 8 am, Silverton

Inn & Suites, 310 N Water St. Sponsored by Silverton Chamber of Commerce. Free.

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10 am, Stayton Fire Station, 1988 W Ida St. Abigail Scott Duniway Chapter presents State Regent Rebecca Taylor. All welcome. 7 pm, Silverton Community Center. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-873-5321

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

Tuesday, Oct. 2

Appy Hour, 11 am, Mount Angel

Blood Pressure Checks

Duplo Day, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, Silver

Caregiver Connection

Public Library. Technical assistance for devices, apps. 503-845-6401 for 1-on-1 appointment. Free. All ages. Falls Library. Ages 0 - 5 w/caregiver. Free.

Table Games, 12:30 pm, Silverton Senior Center. Free.

Painting with Acrylics, 1 pm, Silverton Senior Center. $10 members, $12 non.

Town Square Park, Main Street, Silverton. Last day Oct. 13. 503-873-5615

Silverton Farmers Market, 9 am – 1 pm,

11 am, Silverton Senior Center. Free blood pressure checks by Legacy Silverton Health. 50 and older. 503-873-3093 2 - 3:30 pm, Legacy Silverton Health, 342 Fairview St. For unpaid family caregivers. Free. Suzy, 503-304-3429

STEAM LaB 3:30 pm, Mt. Angel Public Library. Oct. 2: Stained Glass. Oct. 9: Fingerprint Painting. Oct. 16: Pumpkin Painting. Oct. 23: Boo Bubbles. Oct. 30: Zombie Slime. Free. Age 6 - 12. 503-845-6401

Lego Lab

Free Dinner, 5 - 7 pm, First Christian Church,

Citizenship Class, 10 am - noon,

AA Meetings, 8 pm, Scotts Mills Community

Serenity Al-Anon Meeting, 10 am,


Family Game Day, 11 am - 5 pm, Silver

6:30 pm, Silverton Senior Center. The Compassionate Friends provides comfort, hope, support to parents who lost a child. Carol Williams, 503-873-6944

Saturday Lunch, Noon - 1:30 pm, Trinity

7 pm, Scotts Mill Community Center, 298 Fourth St. Potluck at 6:30 pm. Open to all.

Vintage Board Games, 5 pm, Silverton

7 pm, Mt. Angel Legion Hall, 740 E College St. 503-845-6119

402 N First St., Silverton. Free; donations OK. Volunteer:. 503-873-6620 Center, 298 Fourth St. Repeats Saturdays. David, 503-383-8327

Kiwanis Club of Silverton, 7 am, Main St.

Bistro, 201 E Main, Silverton. 503-510-3525.

Baby Birds Storytime, 11:30 pm, Silver Falls

Center. Members free, non-members $2.

Center. $3 members, $4 non. Also Thursdays.

United Methodist Church, 203 Main St., Silverton. Bass voices needed. Open to all who love to sing. Performances on Friday. Dues $50 annually. Tomi, 503-873-2033

Chair Yoga, 4 pm, Silverton Senior Center.

Clubb Massage, 8:30 am - 4 pm, Silverton Tai Chi, 9 am & 5 pm, Silverton Senior

Silvertones Community Singers, 10 am,


Zumba, 8 am, Silverton Senior Center. $4 Senior Center. Appt: 503-873-3093

Stardust Village Club House, 1418 Pine St., Silverton All welcome. 503-871-3729

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math: Learning / Building. Age 5 - 11. Free.

Library. Storytime, playgroup. Age 0 - 36 months. Free. Caregivers must attend.

members, $6 others. Repeats Thursdays.

Monday, Oct. 1

Main Street Bistro, 201 E. Main, Silverton. Networking & mastermind group for personal, business growth with likeminded women. Val, 503-877-8381

Senior Center. Free.

Craft Store,

Mt. Angel Community & Senior Center, 195 E Charles St. 9 am - 4 pm Monday – Friday, 11 - 3 pm Saturdays.

Silverton Women Connect, 8:45am.,

Family History Class, 1 pm, Silverton Senior Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 6 pm, Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St. Dave, 503-501-9824

Compassionate Presence Sangha,

7 – 8:30 pm, Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. Mindful meditation, shared dialog. All spiritual traditions. Free. New? arrive 20 minutes early. 971-218-6641

Overeaters Anonymous, 7 – 8 pm, St.

Edward’s Episcopal Church, 211 W Center St. Discuss tips, support those with eating problems. All welcome. 503-551-3671

Friday Silverton Toastmasters, 7:30 am, Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1159 Oak St., Silverton. Ann, 503-873-4198

Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N Church St., Silverton. 503-873-8656 Silverton Assembly of God Church, 437 N James St. 503-269-0952 Falls Library. All ages. Free; caregiver must attend with children 0 - 5. Lutheran Church, 500 N Second St., Silverton. Free. 503-873-2635

Senior Center. Free for members and guest. Bring snack to share. 503-873-6728

Sunday Silverton Spiritual Life Community,

10:30 am, Silverton Grange, 201 Division St. New thought services.

Notices Coats for Kids Silverton Together’s Coats for Kids drive runs Oct. 1 - 18. Needed are new, used coats, jackets, sweatshirts, hoodies, hats, scarves, mittens. Drop off is 10 am - 12:15 pm Tuesday & Thursday at Community Services Clothing Center behind Seventhday Adventist Church; Silverton Together, 421 S Water St., 10 am - 2 pm Monday Friday; and churches, community groups, businesses in Silverton. Jan, 503-873-0405

4:30 pm, Mount Angel Public Library. Build creations. All ages. Free. 503-845-6401

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Scotts Mills Neighborhood Watch American Legion Post Actors/Improv Group 7 - 8:30 pm, Silver Falls Library. Improvisational games. No experience required. Open to adults, high school students. Repeats Oct. 16. 503-873-8796

Silverton Garden Club 7 pm, Silverton Senior Center. Tracy Duerst from Oregon Women in Agriculture talks about crops grown around Silverton. Free. Open to public. New members welcome.

Wednesday, Oct. 3 Love & Logic Parenting 10 am - noon, Silverton Together, 421 S Water St. Learn techniques that enhance, lead children to maturity, responsibility with preserving relationship. Six-week class. Childcare provided. Free. To register, call 503-873-0405

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Thursday, Oct. 4 Storytime with Chief 11:15 am, Mt. Angel Public Library. Storytime with Mt. Angel Police Chief Mark Daniels. All welcome. 503-845-6401

Throwback Thursday Movie 1 pm, Mt. Angel Public Library. Ghostbusters (1984, PG). All ages. Popcorn. Free. 503-845-6401

Preparedness Class 2 pm, Silverton Senior Center. Get prepared for emergencies. 50 and older. Free. 503-769-3093

Strengthening Families 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Silverton Together, 421 S Water St. Increase communication, prevent problem behavior, improve relationship with teens. Parents and teens age 10 - 14. Dinner, childcare provided. Six-week session. Register: 503-873-0405.

Silverton Scribes 7 - 8:30 pm, Silver Falls Library. Informal writer’s group to share, critique writing projects. Repeats Oct. 18. 503-873-8796

Scotts Mills City Council 7 pm, Scotts Mills City Hall, 265 Fourth St. Agenda available. Open to public. 503-873-5435

Silverton Lions Club 7 pm, Legacy Silverton Health, 342 Fairview St. Open to all interested in service. Also Oct. 18. 503-873-7119

Friday, Oct. 5 Rummage Sale 9 am - 4 pm, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N Church St., Silverton. Benefits missions. Repeats Oct. 6.

Lunch & Learn Noon, Silverton Senior Center. Today: foot care from Good Foot Store. Oct. 12: diabetes support services. Oct. 17: your financial future. Lunch available 11:30 pm. Order in advance: 503-873-6906. Suggested lunch donation $3. 503-873-3093

Painting Class 1 pm, Silverton Senior Center. $10 members, $12 non. 50 and older. 503873-3093

Bob Ross Painting Party 3:30 pm, Mt. Angel Public Library. Follow along with Bob. Materials provided. Teens, adults. Registration: 503845-6401

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Haunted on the Hill 7 - 9 pm, 365 SE Loar Road, Silverton. Haunted house fundraiser for Silver Crest School. Recommended for fifth-grade students and older. $5 per person. Every Friday, Saturday in October.

Lunaria First Friday Reception 7 - 9 pm, Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St., Silverton. Artists’ reception featuring Kara Pilcher, Deborah Unger. Loft show, Art Through the Generations, featuring work by artists relating to / influenced by each other. Free. 503-873-7734

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

Monday, Oct. 8 Columbus Day

Monday, Oct. 15

Mt. Angel School District

11 am, Silverton Senior Center. Probiotics with Gail Gummin. 50 and older. Free. 503-873-3093

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

Silver Falls School District 7 pm, Silverton Community Center. Open to public. 503-873-5303

Tuesday, Oct. 9 Ancestry Detectives 10 am, Silver Falls Library. David Duncan leads discussion of “moments of epiphany” in genealogical research.

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Saturday, Oct. 6

7 pm, Silverton Community Center. Open to public. 503-874-2207

SACA Food Drive

Peace Education Program

Paper bags will be delivered to homes Oct. 1 - 5. Place donations in visible location by 9 am today. Or drop off at SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton, Oct. 1 - 7.

7 pm, Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton Learn your positive qualities such as clarity, understanding, peace. Taught by Kelley Morehouse & Michael Finkelstein. Class runs for 10 weeks on Tuesdays. Free. Open to public.

Silverton Sidewalk Shindig Noon - Midnight, downtown Silverton. Free music festival with jazz, classical, gospel, bluegrass, country, swing, Latin, marimba, rock, blues and more. Full schedule available at

Rock the Casino 6 pm, Silverton Senior Center. Casino games, silent and live auctions. No-host bar. Taco, nacho bar catered by Wooden Nickel. $25 in advance, $30 at door. Benefits Silverton Senior Center. 503-873-3093

Quarterflash Concert 7 pm, Main Street Bistro & Coffee, 201 E Main St., Silverton. Marv and Randy Ross of Quarterflash, Seafood Mama, The Trail Band perform favorite songs from 40-year career. $10, Main Street Bistro. 503-874-1234

Thursday, Oct. 11 Sing, Sign & Storytime 8 am, Mt. Angel Public Library. Learn tips for incorporating American Sign Language into storytimes, explore resources for ongoing learning, support. Adults. Free. 503-845-6401

Basic Calligraphy 3:30 pm, Mt. Angel Public Library. Learn basics from local artist Diane Strutz. Registration: 503-845-6401

Silverton Zenith Women’s Club 7 pm, Silverton Senior Center. Discuss ways to fund, implement projects benefiting Silverton community. Social at 6:30 pm Barbara, 801-414-3875

Friday, Oct. 12 Silverton Chamber Forum Lunch 11:45 am, Legacy Silverton Health, 342 Fairview St. Candidate forum for those running for Silverton City Council. Lunch $12 for members, $15 for non-members. RSVP by noon Oct. 10: 503-873-5615.

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Healthcare Q&A 1 pm, Silverton Senior Center. Get healthcare questions answered by representative from United Healthcare. 50 and older. Free. Repeats Oct. 29. 503-873-3093

Tuesday, Oct. 16 Silver Falls Library Book Club 7 - 8:30 pm, Silver Falls Library, 410 S. Water St., Silverton. This month’s selection is Britt-Marie was Here by Fredrik Backman. Refreshments. Visitors welcome. 503-897-8796

Alzheimer’s Support Group 2 pm, Silverton Senior Center. For spouses, family members. Free. 50 and older. 503873-3093

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

Wednesday, Oct. 17 Pints & Purls 6 - 8 pm, Seven Brides Brewing, 990 N First, Silverton. Meet other knitters, crocheters for an evening of pints and some purls. Hosted by KIS Designs. All welcome. Info: Kisdesigns on Facebook

Thursday, Oct. 18 Healthcare Q&A 1 pm, Silverton Senior Center. Get healthcare questions answered by representative from Atrio. 50 and older. Free. Repeats Oct. 24. 503-873-3093

Adult Book Discussion

3:30 pm, Mt. Angel Public Library. Corpse Bride (PG). All ages. Free. 503-845-6401

1 pm, Mt. Angel Public Library. Celebrate 200th anniversary of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Copies available at library. Free. 503-845-6401

Saturday, Oct. 13

Writer’s Workshop

Teen Movie

Judy’s Party 6 - 10 pm, Festhalle, 500 NE Wilco Hwy., Mt. Angel. Fundraiser for Silverton Chamber of Commerce, local nonprofit, community groups. Food, music, auction. Tickets, $40, available at chamber office, 503-873-5616

3 pm, Silverton Senior Center. Rotating published writers share their stories. Free. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

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Thursday, Oct. 18 Community Homeless Presentation 5 - 8 pm, Silverton Grange, 201 NE Division St. OCHH, White Oak host free dinner and presentation on “What is Homelessness.” 503-399-9193

How to Build a Thriving Community 6:30 pm Silverton Grange, 201 Divison St. NE, Silverton. Gain an understanding of vulnerable populations. Free. Donation to SACA welcome. RSVP:

Friday, Oct. 19 Healthcare Q&A 1 pm, Silverton Senior Center. Questions answered by representative from O’Leary Health. 50 and older. Free. 503-873-3093

After Hours Escape Room 5:30 pm, Mt. Angel Public Library. The Upside Down has reopened. Figure out clues to save Eleven, escape. Teens. Register: 503-8456401

Saturday, Oct. 20

Thursday, Oct. 25

Halloween Hat Decorating

Autumn Leaf Shadowbox

10 am, Silverton Senior Center. Decorate basic black hat with provided supplies. $5. All ages; children must be accompanied by adult. Pre-register: 503-873-3093

3:30 pm, Mt. Angel Public Library. Create shadowbox. Register: 503-845-6401

Community Roots School Auction 5 - 9 pm, Mt. Angel Festhalle, 500 NE Wilco Hwy. Silent, live auctions benefitting Community Roots School. $40, includes dinner from Gather Restaurant, wine, beer. Tickets: or school office, 229 Eureka Ave., Silverton. 503-874-4107

Barn Dance 6 - 11 pm, The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St., Silverton. Barbecue, music, line dancing. Tickets at

Community Breakfast 7 - 9:30 am, Marquam United Methodist Church, 36971 Highway 213, Mt. Angel. Free.. 503-829-5061

Sunday, Oct. 21 Taizé Prayer 7 pm, Benedictine Sisters’ Queen of Angels Chapel, 840 S Main St. Open to all 503-845-6773

Friday, Oct. 26 Friday Movie 3:30 pm, Mt. Angel Public Library. Hocus Pocus (PG). All ages. Free. 503-845-6401

Saturday, Oct. 27 Wellness Weekend Silverton Senior Center. Wellness Weekend with Tsipora’s Wings. $10 members, $12 non. $25 for all weekend. Register, 503-873-3093,

Fourth Saturday Maker’s Market 10 am - 2 pm, Macleay Grange, 8312 Macleay Road, Salem. Indoor farmers market, baked goods, crafts. Free.

Nonviolent Communication 2 - 4 pm, Silverton Grange Hall, 201 Division St. Led by Tim Buckley. Free. Dorothy, 503-910-5780

Sunday, Oct. 28 Scotts Mills Pancake Breakfast

7 am - noon, Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. $6 per person.

Founder’s Day Dinner

5 - 7 pm, Queen of Angels Monastery, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. German-style dinner, beer, wine. Tickets $50, table sponsorships available. Tickets at

Monday, Oct. 29 Vigil for Peace

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

Wednesday, Oct. 31 Halloween Halloween Hat Party

1 pm, Silverton Senior Center. Hat contest, goodies, games, door prizes. 50 and older. Free. 503-873-3093

Trick or Treat at Library

3:30 - 5 pm, Mt. Angel Public Library. Watch Charlie Brown’s “The Great Pumpkin.” Enjoy games, activities, treats. Free. 503-845-6401 Datebook Submission Information

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Grange hosts Nonviolent Communication session The Silverton Grange will host a free introduction to Nonviolent Communication Saturday, Oct. 27, 2 - 4 p.m. at the Grange Hall, 201 Division, off Water Street, Silverton. The event is both and introduction to the process and an opportunity to see if community members would like to participate in further trainings. The session will be led by Tim Buckley from Salem. The book A Language of Life by Marshall Rosenberg would be used in a study group format for further

training and practice. The Silverton Grange is a nonprofit organization comprised of individuals who share a common interest in community involvement since 1930. All are welcome to join the endeavor to learn about compassionate communication with friends, family and neighbors even when there is disagreement on issues. For more information call 503-9105780 or email dorothyramig@icloud. com.

Bethany Charter School Harvest Carnival Oct. 20 The Bethany Charter School annual Harvest Carnival will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, 4 - 7 p.m. at the school, 11824 Hazelgreen Rd NE, Silverton. Carnival games will include Bingo, the dunk tank and bounce house, plus food and prize drawings. New additions include a glow-in-the-dark game room and more on-site parking. Funds raised go toward funding outdoor education trips, field trips, assemblies, classroom supplies and equipment, and teacher appreciation. Drawing tickets are available from any student or in the school office. Prizes include $100 cash, $100 Cabela’s gift card, $100 Amazon gift card, $100 Costco gift card, and three nights at a Sunriver Cabin.

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By Melissa Wagoner More than 25 musical acts varying in instruments, style and culture will be coming together on Oct. 6 for the seventh annual Silverton Sidewalk Shindig created in 2012 by Greg Hart, the previous owner of the Silver Creek Coffee House, and a group of inspired friends.

$5 will be donated to the Silver Falls School District

“The goal was to have a grass roots event, family friendly and free,” Hart said. “Its attendance is usually around a thousand people from all over the Northwest.” The Shindig – which kicks off at noon with the Silverton Friends of Music Big Band performing in front of the Palace Theater – will include performances throughout the day in locations scattered around the downtown area of Silverton.

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“There are a number of great acts,” Alan Mickelson, a member of the Shindig planning committee said, “the Silverton Ukulele Network (SUN), Thom Dudley (whose music was greatly influenced by Gordon Lightfoot), and my own duo, Next of Kin. We are a local father and

Silverton Sidewalk Shindig Saturday, Oct. 6 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free for the whole family Kickoff in front of the Palace Theatre at noon Information Center and Kids Zone in the Citizens Bank parking lot For more information: events/1349316025202858 daughter-in-law acoustic country and classics act – and truly are Next of Kin.” In keeping with Hart’s original family friendly vision, the Shindig committee has increased the opportunities for children to take part in this year’s Shindig by expanding the children’s area to include face painting, caricature drawing and a homemade drum workshop. There will also be three to four school-aged



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In Memory Of …

Musical acts take over downtown Silverton

Melvin A. Melton

Darlene Geschwill

May 12, 1947 — Sept. 3, 2018

Clarence Ireland

Dec. 21, 1932 — Sept. 3, 2018

Diane Kuenzi

Aug. 12, 1953 — Sept. 3, 2018

Claire Garrett

Sept. 18, 1925 — Sept. 4, 2018

Pilar Hernandez

Oct. 18, 1922 — Sept. 5, 2018

Alfonso Huapeo

Nov. 1, 1936 — Sept. 5, 2018

Verne Church

March 2, 1932 — Sept. 6, 2018

Rosalie Hall

Aug. 11, 1938 — Sept. 6, 2018

Beverly Soares

Oct. 9, 1935 — Sept. 8, 2018

Michael Patton

April 30, 1959 — Sept. 8, 2018

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area,” Nicholas Coffey – the owner of

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So when it came time for Kelly – a trained Montessori guide specializing in elementary-aged students – and Griffin – who attended a Montessori school herself until the eighth grade – to choose schooling for their own children both women immediately sought the closest Montessori school they could find – Rose Cottage in Mount Angel. “I knew that I really wanted Montessori for my kids,” Griffin said. “I think that it fosters independence and a love of learning.” A private, home-based school with teacher Teri Therkelsen as its sole guide, Rose Cottage’s enrollment was capped at 10 students with a long waitlist. “We knew that her enrollment was full and that there was a lot of interest,” Griffin said. “So we thought about expanding it,” Kelly said. Griffin and Kelly – with Therkelsen’s blessing – began searching for a space that would house a larger school;

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one that would accommodate not only more preschool-aged students but that could also expand to include an elementary program, which Kelly will one day guide. “I really liked the idea for a number of reasons,” Therkelsen said, “expanding the classroom and being able to have some of the materials that I couldn’t fit.” Finding a suitable space was difficult but eventually the crew discovered the parish hall of St. Edward’s Episcopal Church in Silverton. “We really loved this space when we

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saw it,” Kelly recalled. “Everyone at the church has been lovely.” The hall – which is a large, open space filled with light – now houses shelf upon shelf of carefully arranged Montessori materials and an enrollment of 20 students. Although the space is full and the children are young – between three and five years of age – the atmosphere is calm, filled with quiet concentration. “Each student is on their own track,” Therkelsen said. “They learn at their own pace. I do lesson plans for 20 different children individually every day. We watch and see – is that a fit? Do they like it?” “I think of Teri as a magician because I see it from the child’s perspective,” Griffin said.

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Dr. Michael Kim is announcing the 9TH ANNUAL HALLOWEEN CANDY BUY BACK PROGRAM. We will pay any child $2 PER POUND for their unopened candy, and we are also going to hand out free toothbrushes. Kids can still have all the fun of trick-or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well. We will be sending all of the un-opened candy and toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss to the troops again this year. Last year we sent over 200 lbs! Dr. Kim is utilizing this program in an effort to help educate the youth of the community and the drawbacks of eating candy containing high amounts of refined sugars. Offering to buy back children’s candy will help them learn about dental hygiene and give them the chance to get involved with the community. There is no candy minimum, and all children must be accompanied by a parent / guardian.

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The Silverton High football team has been riding a wave of “next man up” as the Special District 3 season hits the midway point.

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The Foxes were 4-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class 5A by the OSAA heading into their week five contest against visiting Corvallis. But the past two wins, a 37-36 thriller Sept. 14 against Lebanon and a 34-13 win Sept. 21 at North Salem, were accomplished despite serious injury issues.

Rieskamp threw touchdown passes to Buchheit and Isaac Magana at North while also running for a score. Kuenzi ran for a score, with Kramer adding a 65-yard interception return for a TD.

Senior quarterback Levi Nielsen, who has been the starter since midway through his freshman year, went down with a knee injury in the third quarter against Lebanon and did not play against North Salem.

Against North Salem the Foxes also played without injured linemen Ben Willis, Tashaun Treat and William Perry. Up stepped Ayden Russell, Tanner Munson and Ban Valoff to take their places.

Up stepped sophomore Aaron Rieskamp, who led the Foxes on three scoring drives against Lebanon, including a Aaron Rieskamp game-winning 11-yard touchdown pass to Grant Buchheit with 37.5 seconds left.

“What we have is a team with a lot of heart,” coach Josh Craig told Our Town after the Lebanon win.

Rieskamp, helped along by a capacity crowd at McGinnis Field that was chanting “let’s go Aaron!”, drove Silverton 65 yards in 11 plays, converting on third-down pass plays to Nathan Kuenzi and Riley Kramer before hooking up with Buchheit.

Kennedy, ranked 16th, hoped to begin the long road back with a nonleague game Sept. 28 with No. 14 Grant Union, which is also 2-2. The Trojans return to district play Oct. 5 at Gervais. The two top teams in the district receive automatic playoff berths, with

Before the season started Kennedy coach Joe Panuke told Our Town that Santiam and Sheridan likely would be his team’s toughest tests in the new Special District 2 in Class 2A. The Trojans, who opened with emphatic wins against Blanchet and Regis, struggled against Santiam and Sheridan, losing by 44-0 and 44-7 scores, respectively.

Soccer: The veteran Silverton boys team is off to a scintillating start. The Foxes have opened 5-0 in nonleague matches and are ranked fourth in Class 5A. Second-year coach Derek McElfresh has nine of 11 starters back from a squad that finished 4-8-3 a year ago. Sophomore Britton Ullan and seniors Anthony Fleshman and Max Linn each has scored a hat trick for Silverton, which has outscored its opponents 28-3. Goalkeeper Carson Koch is back from a year in Europe, and McElfresh told Our Town that “he is making a huge difference for us around the net.” Gerry Cruz is leading the way for an all-senior back line in front of Koch and Isaac Vargas has been a standout in midfield. “Our team’s theme for this year is: Here. Now. Together,” McElfresh said. “We’ve got a lot of seniors, lots of returning talent, and just the right mix of insane work ethic and real hunger.” And a tough conference to play in. Mid-Willamette Conference play opened Sept. 27 after Our Town’s presstime, with the league boasting four of the state’s top five teams. Corvallis is ranked second, South Albany third and Central fifth. “We’ve got one of the most historically competitive conferences in the state, if not THE most difficult conference in


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terms of boys’ soccer,” McElfresh said, “and I think that’s still true regardless of losing Woodburn this year” to Class 4A. Volleyball: Kennedy and Culver remain on a collision course in the Tri-River Conference. Both teams were 8-0 in league play as presstime approached. The Trojans are ranked third by OSAA, with Culver eighth. The Bulldogs visit Mount Angel on Tuesday, Oct. 2, with Kennedy heading over the mountains to Culver on Oct. 10. The Bulldogs were state runners-up a year ago, while the Trojans took third. Silverton, meanwhile, has an 8-4 overall record and is ranked 12th in Class 5A. The Foxes are 5-2 in Mid-Willamette Conference play, two games behind 7-0 Corvallis. Dallas and West Albany are tied for second at 6-1. The top four teams in the conference advance to the state playoffs. Cross country: For the third year in a row, the Kennedy girls team placed first in the small schools division at the Seaside Three Course Challenge. The Trojans finished 134 points ahead of runner-up Ilwaco (Washington) in the Sept. 22 event. A total of 72 schools from Oregon, Washington and California competed. The Trojans were led by senior Alejandra Lopez, who took first among all 248 competitors in the Easy Course race. Lopez finished in 17:33, 32 seconds ahead of second place finisher Abi Swain of North Salem, and 47

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Volleyball seconds ahead of last year’s winning time in that race. It was Lopez’s second win in three days. She also was victorious Sept. 19 at the Stayton Invitational. Other scoring runners on the girls team were Aleks Eyles, 46th in the Difficult Course race, Claire Seiler, 122nd in the Difficult Course race, Cassie Traeger, 54th in the Moderate Course race, and Whitney Lopez, 114th in the Moderate Course race. Nick Riedman led the boys team to a sixth-place finish in the Small School Division by taking 38th in the Moderate Course. Riedman was followed by teammate Micah Parker, who placed 41st in the same race. Other scoring members of the boys team were Carlos Saravia, 153rd in the Easy Course race, and Korbin Wedding and Nick Spickelmier who finished 169th and 224th, respectively, in the Difficult Course race. Lopez also took third in the Silver Falls Oktoberfest Invitational held Sept. 12 at Silver Falls State Park. Lopez ran the 5,000 meters in 19:47.8 while finishing behind Sophie Fisher (19:12.5) of Crescent Valley and Jessica Neal (19:30.5) of Central Linn. The Trojans finished fourth as a team, one spot behind Silverton, which was led by the 12th-place finish of Jori Paradis. Crescent Valley won the girls team title. Haile Stutzman of Silverton pulled away in the stretch to win the boys varsity race in 16:22.4, nearly 30 seconds ahead of runner-up Nate Hicken of Valley Catholic. The Foxes

took second as a team behind Crescent Valley. The Foxes showed great depth with Trevor Ortega, Charles Petrik and Miles Decker finishing 16th-18th and Jadon Mansur and Gerardo Cortez 22nd and 23rd respectively. Silverton also finished second in the 3,350-meter girls junior varsity competition, led by third-place finisher Sophia McElroy. The Silverton boys also were second in the JV race, losing by just three points to Crescent Valley. Foxes runners Lewis Beyer, Carter Gauvin, Zack Kuenzi and Jonathan Hansen crossed the finished line third through sixth. Silverton also was second in the boys novice race led by second-place finisher Chase Cooley. Running: More than 550 individuals participated in the three Oktoberfest runs on Sept. 15. Lansford Taylor won the 5-kilometer in 19:35, with Souvanny Carpenter running 21:08, finishing seventh overall and tops among women runners. Jason Mudrick ran a blistering 30:20 to win the 10K by more than five minutes. The top female was Anita Dittrich Crowe, who took third overall in 35:45. Thomas Dixon ran 1:25:00 to win the 13.1-mile half marathon. Rebecca Ortega, who took ninth overall, was the fastest female in 1:38:11. Got a news tip? Contact me at jamesday590@gmail. com. Follow me on @jameshday. Check in for sports updates on


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A Grin at the End

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I was the world’s worst hippie. Yes, I had long hair – I looked like the world’s ugliest girl – but I didn’t do drugs or any of that stuff. In fact, I was, and still am, pretty darn conservative.

questions that needed to be asked, and many times answered those questions. Richie Havens’ version of Handsome Johnny spoke of the call to war young men had heeded over the centuries, Country Joe and the Fish and their Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die Rag asked the most important about Vietnam: “It’s one-two-threefour what are fightin’ for? Does me ‘cause I don’t give a damn, next stop is Vietnam.”

But, boy howdy, did I love that music. Name a singer or band from the ‘60s and I was a fan. Every weekend I’d round up a batch of friends to go to a concert. Hendrix, Joplin, Allman Brothers… You get the idea. I’ve spent a lot of time reading and writing, trying to make sense of this world we live in. But it’s the music of the ‘60s that has given me the most insight, and pleasure. I can’t sing, and I can’t play a musical instrument. Those facts didn’t stop me from being in rock bands in the 1960s. We’d get together and make noise – lots of it – and we made good money playing at dances and parties. It was lots of fun! But it also gave me a love of music and the messages it so soulfully delivers to each of us. Especially during the 1960s, music meant something. Whether is was Bob Dylan or Phil Ochs or the Beatles or any of dozens of other singers or bands, they all had something

to say, about life, about each other, about war and about peace. Civil rights, the Cold War, politics all threatened to throw us and our nation off its course. Through music, though, we were able to right the ship. Anthems such as Blowin’ in the Wind and The Times They are a-Changin’ asked questions we all had about our lives and our country. Outside of a Small Circle of Friends poked fun at the world we were living in, and Pete Seeger’s Little Boxes – “Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes made of ticky tacky…” asked what it was all about. You remember those songs. These and hundreds of other songs asked the

Fifty years later, those words and the words of others seem extraordinary, since Vietnam is now seen as an ally. Afghanistan has replaced Vietnam as the longest U.S. war, and questions about the current president have replaced those about John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon. In many ways the questions remain, it’s the people who have changed. But it was the music that delivered this messages. As I write this I wonder which musicians are speaking for this generation. Who is providing the answers, or even asking the questions? Carl Sampson is a writer and editor. He lives in Stayton.

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Our Town Community News serving Silverton, Mt. Angel & Scotts Mills.