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CONTENTS Helping Hands

Heroes honored with parade.........4 Trunk-or-Treat for Halloween........5

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By Melissa Wagoner Strong Silverton will be hosting a parade of heroes on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. Coined the Strong Silverton Recognition Parade, the event is a chance for the entire community to thank those agencies, organizations, individuals, commercial equipment operators and farmers who banded together to fight the fires, provide care to the injured, aid in the evacuations and generally care for one another.

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Strong Silverton Recognition Parade Saturday, Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. Parade route: the corner of Brown Street and Schlador Street, down Water Street, to Oak Street, over to First Street, finishing at Roth’s. Park along the route in decorated cars or stand, socially distanced, holding signs of thanks.

“We hope you’ll take this opportunity to recognize the community spirit that was on display during this crisis,” Mayor Kyle Palmer, founder of the Strong Silverton organization, said, “It was another example of why Silverton is the most amazing community and how our people come together when we need each other.”

The parade – which will begin at the corner of Brown and Schlador Streets, will proceed down Water Street to Oak Street, then on to First Street, where it will finish just past Roth’s – and will be composed solely of those who deserve recognition for acts of service related

to the fires. Spectators, due to COVID-19 restrictions, are encouraged to watch the parade from their vehicles parked along the parade route, in the empty Eugene Field lot or while standing – masked and at a physical distance – on the sidewalk. “We hope that spectators would display signs of thanks and honk as the parade moves through the town to show these heroes our appreciation for their efforts,” Palmer added. Asking that the messages be kept appropriate for the event.

“Strong Silverton is an apolitical group devoted to creating a more united community through various avenues,” Palmer stressed, “and we’d ask that spectators honor that and not use this event as an opportunity to continue any divisiveness, political or otherwise… “We hope you’ll choose to use it to focus on thanking these people, many of whom went far beyond to defend our area and help others.”

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Silverton Chamber plans new twist: ‘Trunk-or-Treat’ By Melissa Wagoner Halloween is not canceled but it might look a little different this year, according to Stacy Palmer, Executive Director of the Silverton Chamber of Commerce, who, for the past several years has organized the Goblin Walk – a popular holiday event that brings hundreds of costumed families to downtown each year. But not this year.

Trunk-or-Treat A drive-through event Saturday, Oct. 31 3 to 5 p.m. Exact locations TBA on social media and the city website. To host a location or trunk, contact the chamber at 503-873-5615 or Stacy@ silvertonchamber.org

This year, with current COVID19 restrictions in play, that type of shoulder-toshoulder gathering just isn’t possible. So, unwilling to cancel the event altogether, the Chamber of Commerce brainstormed a new event, a kind of reverse trick-or-treating – the Trunk-or-Treat. “Well it’s a trick-or-treating event in a drive through fashion,” Palmer wrote in announcing the event, adding, “We will utilize several downtown parking lots

to host decorated ‘trunks’ with volunteers to hand out candy. Those volunteers will be masked and gloved for safety and all trick-or-treaters will drive by and stay in their cars to receive candy.”

While Palmer recognizes that one of the primary aspects of the traditional Halloween celebration will be missing – that of costumed kids – she hopes that the joy of the spectacle – lots full of decorated cars and costumed candy purveyors – will still provide children with some semblance of holiday spirit and fun. “[It’s] a new way to provide our local children with a safe way to trick-or-treat downtown without compromising distancing guidelines or their ability to stock up on candy!”

When Ward Frederick decided to open a field kitchen in Gates in the days following the Beachie Creek fire, he knew he could fund the venture for right around one week, tops. But after that... he wasn’t so sure. “It was kind of like, ‘If you build it, they will come,’” he laughed. Focused on that initial one-week goal, Frederick contacted the Silverton Lions Club and the Silverton Elks Lodge – both of which he is a member. “Whatever mythical creature that is – half elk and half lion – I am one,” he mused. Both clubs leapt into action, doing what they do best – coming to the aid of their community.

Silver Creek packs 5,000 relief kits Several communities were heavily scarred by the nearby Beachie Creek and Lionshead Fires. Even weeks after the Labor Day windstorm, rescue and relief and volunteer efforts are still going strong – like those of the Silver Creek Fellowship in Silverton which has begun putting together wildfire relief kits for those who have lost their homes. “We love our community and we want to do what we can,” Kurt Barnes, a pastor at Silver Creek Fellowship, said as he and other volunteers assembled the last 500 of the 5,000 relief kits the church has helped create.

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Looking Back

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Palace Theatre patrons recall favorite memories

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“And now, the end is near. And so, I face the final curtain…” Crooner Frank Sinatra’s classic My Way is the perfect song to say “goodbye” to The Palace Theatre. Perhaps now it is a tune best suited for and belted out by former Mayor Stu Rasmussen, the co-owner (with Roger Paulson) of Silverton’s iconic movie house business living within the story-telling walls of Margaret Eng’s building at 200 N. Water St. in Silverton.

Sandra Jacquet had her first kiss there as a teen. She won’t say who the lucky guy was, but she will say, “I even remember where the seat was, back in the ‘60s, and it was a Beatles movie.”

To say it was Rasmussen’s labor of love might be an understatement. He and Paulson practically grew up in the building. Both started working there in the early 1960s and bought the business from Ester Adams in 1974. Stu’s father, Al, was the manager. The Palace started out as an opera house, in 1905, but was reconfigured for a movie theater in 1935, although it did show silent movies as early as 1919. Around April of 1935 a raging fire

James Hickman saw his first move ever there – Winnie the Pooh. “I watched it from the front row. I might have been four? I just remember how huge everything seemed to be. After watching movies there for almost 50 years, other places always seem to fall a little short.”

Stu Rasmussen (center) and other Rocky Horror Picture Show fans, including Nicole Bissell (second from right). Her camera, photographer unknown. COURTESY NICOLE BISSELL

reduced the opera house block to rubble, yet just a scant four months later, it was rebuilt as the second Palace in Oregon’s first “stadium design theater.” Rasmussen closed the business in September of this year, and building

owner Margaret Eng is working out details with a new tenant. But the history. Ah, the history and nostalgia. What memories this grand old lady brings to so many people. As Paulson once said, “The Palace has probably provided more entrylevel jobs for teenagers than any other

For many people, it will forever be the home of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, the “Sweet Transvestite” scientist and cult hero in the 1975 musical comedy, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The show has been brought back year after year around Homer Davenport Days or Halloween and its many fans like Nicole Bissell were excited to dress up, and Stu was in the lead. Audie Powell used to “love watching the

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double features. I think it cost $1.25 or $1.50 for two movies. Then our parents would circle the block waiting to pick us up.”

Marcum had other thoughts: “My best memories of the Palace? Titanic running FOREVER my eighth-grade year. It was THE Friday night activity of choice.”

Pat Taylor has memories, and not all good! “Watching The Blob and then having to walk past Unger’s Funeral Home alone in the dark. Still freaks me out.

Dr. Frank Golden loved “taking my 12-year-olds and friends to Star Wars opening night at midnight.”

Cindy Vaughn’s favorite memory? “Watching Jaws with my Dad!... and him yelling out ‘Oh, s***!’ when the head rolled out of the boat.!” Marlene Goforth recalls Mrs. Adams getting after her for sneaking in the side door. “She knew I did not have the money to get in, so she would leave the door unlocked. She would give me popcorn but had me pick up the trash. All the kids thought she was a mean old lady, but to me she was a bright spot.” Did it seem that Titanic, the blockbuster movie, ran most of your formative years or adult life? While Rasmussen said it was only a 12-week run, Molly Hupp

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Others recall their favorite memories of the Palace wondering what part Stu would dress up in. Would it be Kate Winslet’s role in Titanic? Princess Amidala from the Star Wars franchise? Marilyn Monroe? Keith Amano recalls Stu’s civic and benevolent nature: “My favorite memory was the Palace and Stu helping local students. I recall Stu running an epilepsy public service announcement produced by a kid in middle school. It was a big deal to us because the Palace was playing [Star Wars:] The Last Jedi. It meant huge numbers of people would see her face up on the big screen just before the biggest movie of the year. I got to see some of the interaction between Stu and the student.

He was so kind and helpful – I was really impressed.” Jennifer Traeger says, “I’ve insisted for years that the two landmarks that make Silverton special are Silver Creek running through town and the awesome, affordable Palace Theatre.” Barbara Nusbaum Rivoli sums the Palace’s impact perfectly: “For me, the memory is a feeling, a feeling of community. Hearing the Christmas music on the street outside the theater. My heart is warmed for the amazing community I get to call home. And lastly, for Stu; his oddities and boldness to be Stu. His presence outside the theater reminds me that we are all unique and spectacular and all of us, our oddities, our successes, our failures, our unique way of living in the world, makes up our Amazing Community.” Forget politics. Forget COVID, fires, protests, and the calamity we call 2020. Remember the Palace. Say thanks to Stu. People may not know how much he did


for the community, especially the kids. He is retiring. He and his companion of many years, Victoria, are taking off in a 1977 GMC motor home that he is working on. It is the same vintage model made famous in the Bill Murray movie, Stripes. From Stu: “Thank you for a remarkable run. Wonderful people whom I was happy to serve. You have been so supportive and created a warm spot in my heart. So much outpouring of love and support over the years – during the fire, floods, downturns. It has been so challenging the last few years with small screens and streaming services. I am going to miss this. Especially selling popcorn.” New chapter. Who knows how or if the story continues? But for now, the Palace is closed, Stu is off to see America – another frame while the curtain falls. Like Sinatra, he can say unequivocally, he did it his way. Thanks for the memories, Stu. Safe travels.

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By Melissa Wagoner

spring-resistance equipment as a way of improving posture and fostering a mindbody connection.

Opening an exercise studio six weeks before an economic shut-down was not what business partners Danita Pfliiger and Jen Gerig had in mind when they started Silverton Pilates. But that doesn’t mean they don’t view the venture as a success.

“Joseph Pilates said it strengthens the body, elevates the spirit and it awakens the mind,” Pfliiger said. “It just brings body awareness,” Gerig added.

“It was great,” Pfliiger said of the weeks prior to the closure. “There was so much interest.”

Appropriate for clients of almost any age, the self-control Pilates teaches is especially helpful to children, according to Pfliiger who added, “It’s something we should be teaching kids in elementary school – how to breathe properly. But I’ve also worked with a man who was almost 100.”

“And even reopening – since the end of May – it’s been great,” Gerig added. While many small businesses have struggled, two things have kept Silverton Pilates from succumbing to what could otherwise have been a dire situation – an easily ventilated space and an exercise method that is meant to be practiced either solo or in extremely small groups. “We definitely scored on this location,” Gerig said, pointing to the row of open windows and the nearby balcony, which creates a crosswind.

Danita Pfliiger and Jen Gerig of Silverton Pilates. MELISSA WAGONER

“And Pilates is designed for the individual,” Pfliiger added. “So, this work has worked well with COVID.” Created by the German-born immigrant Joseph Pilates in the late nineteenth century, Pilates – as the method has come to be known – utilizes mats and

And one does not need to be physically fit to practice Pilates. In fact, Pfliiger pointed out that the exact opposite is often true. “I have a specialty of working with people who have Parkinson’s and MS, too,” she said. “What’s good is, because of the springs on the equipment, they help support the body and stabilize the body and help elongate the muscles. You’re

actually increasing mobility. And the equipment gives a lot of feedback.” Both Gerig and Pfliiger have a client schedule that is nearly full. “I’m pretty well almost full now,” Pfliiger confirmed, “but we’ll combine people once it’s safe.” In the meantime, Pfliiger hopes that more people will discover the benefits of Pilates, especially those who, due to the pandemic, are spending more time seated and indoors, problems Pilates was created to address. “What [Pilates] saw was that industry was coming and crushing us,” Pfliiger said, “because we were not foraging for food and breathing fresh air. It’s the concept of centering and breathing, concentration and control. That’s what’s intelligent about Pilates. Then the idea is to take it out into life.” For information visit: www.silvertonpilates. com.

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Combating strokes By Brenna Wiegand Time is of the essence for stroke victims and Legacy Silverton Medical Center works hard to make every minute count. In fact, over the past year the Legacy Silverton Medical Center Stroke Team performed at a level that earned it the American Heart Association’s “Get With The Guidelines® Silver Plus Achievement Award” for improving the quality of care and outcomes for heart and stroke patients. The award goes to hospitals treating patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to American Heart Association’s stringent core standard levels of care over the course of a calendar year. In order to have the greatest chance for recovery it’s important that patients who suspect a stroke seek care immediately. Besides the risk of missing the “window” by not recognizing the signs, patients are now faced with the fear of COVID-19. The hospital hears it every day. “The risk out there is that people may postpone care during this pandemic out

Legacy Silverton team receives achievement award “We want to make sure the community knows we are following all the guidelines and doing really, really good work here. We don’t want them to miss the opportunity to get the help early,” Brady said.

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Smaller hospitals do not usually warrant a full-time neurologist, but Silverton Hospital’s “Strokebot” makes short work of that hurdle. “We call it our ‘Tele-Stroke Robot,’” Brady said. “We have a neurologist available to us 24/7 who can actually remote in and see the patient. They can converse with the patient and guide the robot to look at different areas and recommend treatment just as if they were in the room with the patient. “We’ve had that technology for several years but our affiliation with Legacy Health gives us access to its entire medical staff, enabling our patients to be seen by a specialist immediately,” Brady said. Later, Brenden performs exhaustive evaluations of the treatment and outcome of every Code Stroke patient, entering the data into Legacy Health’s stroke system to be reviewed for process improvement. “I dissect every chart looking at our timeframe and how we have met our guideline goals, how we cared for the

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Winona Mae LaPointe

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Nov. 11, 1928 – Sept. 20, 2020

Winona Mae (Larvie Twiss) LaPointe “walked on” from this life into the loving arms of Creator God on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. On Nov. 11, 1928, she joined six older siblings (Stephen, John, Anne, Ruby, Leo and Dorothy), all born to Dick and Addie Larvie, in Norris, South Dakota.

Foxes’ boys soccer adjusts to new reality By James Day The Silverton High boys soccer team has developed strong momentum in the past few years. The program advanced to the final 16 in Class 5A from 2015-2017 and has made it to the quarterfinals the past two seasons.

Her early years were spent at St. Francis Indian Boarding School, where she excelled in girl’s basketball, and then graduated Valedictorian of her class in 1944. Next came Nurse’s training in Oklahoma, where she earned a BSN degree. Her first major job was at Rosebud Hospital on the Rosebud Reservation in Rosebud, South Dakota, where she later gave birth to her oldest son Richard Leo (1954) with first husband Frank “Buster” Twiss. A few years later, she married Marchmont “Marchie” LaPointe, and they had oldest daughter Elaine Marie (1956) and younger son Thomas Wayne (1957) also in Rosebud. The family re-located to Denver, Colorado, where Winona worked for Denver General Hospital (now defunct). Youngest daughter Laurie Lee was born there in 1961. Later that year, Winona learned that Oregon was desperate for new nurses, and moved the family in early 1962 to Klamath Falls, while she job-hunted. In her first phone interview, Silverton Hospital hired her “on-the-spot”, and she began her 31-year-long career as a Labor and Delivery nurse in the OB Department. Multiple generations of Silverton-area families are grateful for the kind and compassionate care they received from Nurse LaPointe. One of her favorite memories was of the day she first drove into Silverton after being hired by the hospital. She came into town by way of Stayton Hwy., and then drove down the Main Street hill. It was early spring and when she first laid eyes on the town, she felt that she had arrived in heaven. “All the trees and flowers were in bloom. It was the most beautiful sight I’d ever seen. I had to pull to the side of the road I was crying so hard. I was overcome with gratefulness for this new start in such a beautiful place.”

Second-year coach Marty Limbird, whose team spent most of last fall in the top 10, is trying to keep things moving forward amid a global pandemic.

“We are training a couple days a week and have had a solid turnout each of those days, so I feel like the players are motivated and want to be out there,” Limbird told Our Town. “Everything is optional right now, and just giving them opportunities to play and connect – it has been positive considering the circumstances.”

She is survived by daughters Elaine and Laurie, daughter-in-law Katherine (Richard) Twiss, grandchildren Stacey (Mark) Smith, Melissa (Tony) Vrell, Andrew (Diana) Twiss, Phillip Twiss, Ian (Toni) Twiss, Jana Cross, and Daniel (Cora) Twiss, 11 great-grandchildren, and numerous nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, six siblings, and sons Richard and Tom.

“All of this though is a small sacrifice to actually having a season – I would be heartbroken with the returning stellar group we have if there was no season at all. That would be a tough pill to swallow and have to think about. For now, I am very hopeful everything will come together to have a season in the new year.”

Nov. 12, 1928 — Sept. 20, 2020 Aug. 20, 1969 — Sept. 23, 2020 Aug. 14, 1923 — Sept. 26, 2020 Jan. 10, 1956 — Sept. 26, 2020 Sept. 5, 1943 — Sept. 28, 2020 June 18, 1943 — Sept. 29, 2020 Oct. 16, 1929 — Oct. 1, 2020 May 18, 1948 — Oct. 1, 2020 May 7, 1933 — Oct. 1, 2020 Jan. 7, 1949 — Oct. 2, 2020 Aug. 1, 1931 — Oct. 5, 2020

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A viewing and Rosary will be held at Unger Funeral Chapel – Silverton on Friday, Oct. 16 from 3:00 – 6:30 p.m.. Another viewing will be at 10:00 a.m. just prior to the Funeral Mass at St. Paul’s Catholic Church (Silverton), followed by the Funeral Mass itself at 11:00 a.m., followed by a light reception (location will be announced at the end of the Mass). Arrangements by Unger Funeral Chapel – Silverton. We will never stop loving and missing you, Mom/Grandma/Super Unci!

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“There are probably some challenges I haven’t considered yet that will become clear as we go, but off the top I would say adjusting to the season overlaps from the winter sports (basketball, swimming and wrestling) and figuring out tryouts, short preseason, and a truncated season,” he said.

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Winona LaPointe Sergio Torres Mary Jane Kelty Juanita Marie Herrera Germano Abbott-Cavota Norma Hessel Joan Moreland Deanna Johnson Carolyn Leland William Steffen Robbie Jackson

The ‘70s and ‘80s saw the births of seven grandchildren (Stacey, Melissa, Andrew, Phillip, Ian, Jana and Daniel). 1996 to 2019 brought the additional joy of bestowing her matriarchal blessing upon 11 great-grandchildren (Mia, Tyler, Zeke, Tatum, Ezra, Leo, Jude, Chaské, Eira, Juniper and Wakiya). In addition to loving and caring for her family, Winona was a 58-year-long, faithful member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church. In her free time, she enjoyed crocheting, knitting, reading, working crossword puzzles, and attending powwows.

“Toksha ake wacin kte.” (Lakota: “We will see you again later.”)

Marty Limbird

Soccer usually is played in the fall, but the new calendar of the Oregon School Activities Association has moved the sport to Season 3, with Feb. 22, 2021, the first practice date and March 8 the first scheduled contest date. Limbird admits that he hasn’t even thought of all the questions the new system poses.

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Palace Theater’s reopening going to take some time The Adams building which houses the Palace Theater is a landmark of downtown Silverton, and its original art deco period character is an important part of Silverton history. In 1992, my family purchased it from the Adams estate. Preserving it is a privilege and responsibility which I have undertaken and I will proudly continue.

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operations either. “You are the best landlord I’ve ever had,” commented Mr. Rasmussen to me recently. In his website on Sept. 23, he stated he planned to leave the theater in operational condition. However, he has since changed his mind and told me he sold the theater equipment.

The former tenants began renting the Palace Theater from my family. When a fire destroyed the theater in 2012, we combined resources to rebuild and restore it, retaining its vintage charm. In January this year, Mr. Rasmussen told me his health was not good and he needed to retire. “If I was 10 years younger and in better shape, I’d keep going, but I’m just not able now. My RV is almost fixed and I want to hit the road.” He said Mr. Paulson was not interested in continuing the theater

It is going to be difficult and more challenging now. It will require a lot more funds and hard work than previously expected before it can be a theater again. Please watch for the reopening. Silverton needs the Palace Theater and we will be operational as soon as possible. In the meantime, I wish Stu and Roger all the best of luck for a healthy and happy retirement.

Silverton Food Co-op is launching a capital campaign to raise funds to open a communityowned grocery store in Silverton. Te group has a goal of raising $850,000 by Nov. 20. The goal is roughly half of the estimated $1.6 million needed to fund the store’s construction or renovation, purchase of equipment and inventory, and to hire staff. Since the co-op’s founding in 2016, 752 area residents and businesses have become owners of the Co-op, pledging $75,750. Ownership is a one-time $150 purchase, but is not required to shop at the store. More information available at www.silvertonfood.coop

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This has been some year, and not in a good way. No need to recap. We all know it just sucks. I wrote a song in my head, to the tune of My Sharona by The Knack. “Oh, my little virus one, my ugly one. When you gonna leave our town, Corona.” There are no easy answers to this pandemic. I get that kids want to be back in school. I get that on-line education is not optimal, and that not everyone is techsavvy. I heard one school employee remark, “Well, the chance of kids getting it is slim to almost none. None have died.” But I had an epiphany the other day as I heard a virtual class being taught by an incredible Butte Creek teacher with whom I am unfamiliar. She and a very terrific classroom assistant were working together to make the experience positive for the kids. I think they were first graders. Their little voices popped up on the speakers because Mary Poppins with a Masters got them engaged. They laughed, shared stories, and had as much fun as

you could have in an odd, odd COVID world. It dawned on me – argue all you want. Protest all you want at the Capital about the Governor and getting kids back to school. Argue about those who do not wear masks and refuse to socially distance. But remember one thing, as was made totally clear to me with the subtlety of a sledgehammer to the cranium – listen to those little voices and understand – it is and should be all about them. Which brings up another point, one I have made before. I am done, essentially, with Facebook. It is somewhat evil. Essentially because I still intend to comment on cute babies, adorable

puppies, and acknowledge cool quotes and passages. But no more politics. What prompted this? Two things: Watch The Social Dilemma on Netflix. It is a well-done yet frightening documentary on just how bad social media can be. I won’t go into it here, but trust me, while it is a bit over-the-top on a few embellishments, much of it is eyeopening. Secondly, I posted a sweet set of pictures with past presidents and “rivals” being friends. The one with George W. Bush and Michelle is priceless, as is the one with Joe Biden and John McCain greeting each other. A feel-good post if ever there was one. It had a lot of “Likes”. Then it started. It quickly spiraled downward into political wars and became ugly quickly. I am done with politics and Facebook. To my good friend, Bo – You can take that to the bank! A shout-out again to all the firefighters, police, first responders, and volunteers for their magnificent work during the worst fire season ever. And though he is

a modest sort, thanks to my favorite (and only) son-in-law, a paramedic/firefighter with Molalla. Long hours, hot fires, scorching temperatures, heavy winds, and danger prevalent. Yet on his limited time off? You guessed it – working with his pals at the Drake’s Crossing Fire Department, where he is both a Lieutenant and a volunteer. I was fortunate to meet the new Superintendent, Scott Drue, and Assistant Superintendent, Dan Busch, for Silver Falls School District. Gotta admit, impressive. Hoping we can skip looking in the rear-view mirror and move ahead, for the kids. Finally, condolences to the family of Bill Steffen. What a kind, compassionate gentleman who was taken way too soon. Active and loyal member of St. Paul Church and musical through and through, he stirred many a passion singing the music on Sundays. And to boot? Wonderful husband, father, family man, and community servant. Bless your good heart, Bill.

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Community news serving Silverton, Mount Angel and Scotts Mills.

Our Town North: Oct. 15, 2020  

Community news serving Silverton, Mount Angel and Scotts Mills.