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Looking Back Veterans recall the call of duty..............4 A Place to Call Home ’Intentional’ community in the works....6 Grandview aims to rent to seniors........10 Castlebrook Estates completed...........12

Traveling Vicariously A visit to a Chinese wedding palace......20 Videographer’s Notebook Capturing music, magic at the Shindig...22

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Marketplace.......................25 A Grin At The End...........26

Decadent broccoli & cheddar soup ......18 The Forum Letters from our readers......................19

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Call of duty By Nancy Jennings Jim Kosel, 75, has been married to Martha for 50 years. Both veterans, the Mount Angel residents have three children, two grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. Their son, Darren, served as a Navy Air Traffic Controller during the Operation Desert Storm era. “I served in the Air Force from 1963-67 in the missile systems communications in Moses Lake, Wash., and at Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, Calif. We went to the missile sites from the command center and out to the various parts like the silos where the missiles were stored. We did the repairs needed in the communication systems and telephone system maintenance. I believe in our country and the freedoms that we have. My role was defending those to make sure we still have them today,” Kosel said. Martha Kosel, 71, served in the Army during the Vietnam era. Her Army Base was in Fort Jackson, S.C. “My duties were processing all of the paperwork for the new

Those who served cite love of country, friendship, sacrifice recruits to make sure they got their haircuts, shots, gear and had all of their equipment. They came to our base, got all of their processing done and then were distributed Jim Kosel throughout the U.S. to different forts to serve their basic training,” she explained. “My little brother, Richard Forester, was killed in Vietnam. He wasn’t there over four months. He was 19 and the oldest boy in his company that was killed. They were attacked on the Saigon River. I wear his Vietnam coat every Memorial Day and march in the legion. He was the baby of our family. I do it for him,” she said proudly.

Dave Talbot, 75, has been married to Gail for 56 years. The Silverton residents have five children, 11 grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren. He has been Martha Kosel working at the Roth’s Shell gas station for two years. He flew armed helicopter gunships in Vietnam. His first duty station was Ban Me Thuot for the 155th Air Mobile Company. While stationed there, he flew gunship support for the 1st Cavalry – which was the first big battle of the war, known as “The Battle of Ia Drang Valley.” This horrific combat was depicted in the 2002 film, We Were Soldiers starring Mel Gibson. Before Talbot was transferred to the 170th

Aviation Company in Pleiku, his unit was paid a morale-boosting visit from Hollywood icon, Charlton Heston. “He was immediately initiated into the Unit by drinking a ‘Flaming Mimi,’” Talbot said. “(It was) a shot of your favorite booze poured into a metal shot glass and ignited on fire (which you consumed) and then you got a shot of a cold blast of CO2 from a fire extinguisher on your bottom just as you tossed it down. He was a good sport,” he added with a mischievous smile. Another fond memory included two monkeys common to that region who became their pampered pets. A crafty fellow pilot friend, Ray Ford, made them handmade military jackets, complete with warrant officer bars and pilot wings. They were named “Zip” and “Zap,” which referred to the sounds of bullets. “When you were flying in the air and all of the shooting was going on, the bullets made a sound. It was either ‘zip’ or ‘zap.’ Zip meant it went past you, Zap meant it hit you,” Talbot explained.

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Ford died in Vietnam and his name is memorialized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. “The friendships and people I lost over there will stay with me the rest of my life. It’s a brotherhood,” he said. “It’s important that military people get acknowledged for what they’ve done. They gave a part of their life in service to their country for everybody, not just for themselves.” Carol (Rick) Lewis Rickard, 75, has been married to Jean for 41 years. The Silverton residents have two children and four grandchildren. Rickard served in the U.S. Navy from 1961-1967. An Electronics Technician, he worked in Submarine Service at Pearl Harbor aboard the USS Growler, a diesel submarine. His unit carried Regulus II nuclear-guided missiles. “I’m proud to have served to preserve the freedom we enjoy as the greatest nation on earth,” he said.

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1950. After college I was drafted into the Army in 1953 and got out in 1955. Because I had a biology degree they put me into on-the-job training as a lab technician. I was eventually stationed in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., where I worked as a hospital lab technician. Part of my job was assisting with autopsies, which was not pleasant,” Hande said. “I was lucky enough not to have to go to the battlefront.” Hande recalled when as a child, he and his mother and sister volunteered at the observation post on Victor Point Road to report all aircraft sightings to the Portland Air Base. (The observation post building is now located outside of the Silverton Country Historical Society.) “There were over 100 of these stations up and down Western Oregon during WWII,” he said. “We often forget why we have the freedom to do whatever we want if we act responsibly. We wouldn’t have that if we hadn’t had many great sacrifices.”

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Points Beyond By Melissa Wagoner

Something new is going on at the top of Danger Hill. “We’ve heard people talk about us being a commune or a bunch of hippies,” laughed Victor Madge, architect of the project. “We’re not a commune.” Instead, they are a group of friends, some for over 20 years, who are building what they are referring to as an intentional community of small houses. “It’s a more traditional way of life,” Dana Smith, engineer, project manager, and Madge’s wife explained. “We weren’t always living in 25,000 sq. ft. It’s a very inefficient use of space.” The property, formally named Points Beyond, will eventually contain 10 houses as well as a community building and various common spaces on a 1.4 acre parcel. “The size varies from 800 sq. ft. up to 1,200 sq. ft. – two bedrooms for the

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most part.” Madge described. “They’re just really very efficient.” Although community is the paramount reason the group of five households came together, creating a more sustainable lifestyle is a close second. To this end each cottage will be equipped with rainwater collection, gray water reuse and the option of solar panels.

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living in community since we lived in Portland,” Mike, a Silverton resident for the past 25 years said.

“One of the ethics behind this is living lightly on the earth,” Smith said. “These are going to be brand new and super energy efficient.”

All of those interested in Points Beyond housing hold similar visions and that is what Smith thinks makes the group work.

Living in a brand new space is an idea that is very appealing to Mike Leslie who, with his wife Lisa, is one of the original group of four.

“You’re not going to want to live in this close proximity with people that don’t have the same values,” she said.

“I’ve never lived in a new house in my entire life,” he laughed. In fact, the Leslies recently sold their very old house, built in 1900, in order to embark on this new phase of their lives. “Lisa and I have always had a vision of

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interspersed. The idea being that residents will interact while they go about their daily lives, even while parking their cars and walking the distance to their private dwelling. “We realized that we live in an automobile-centric era,” Madge said. “We looked at places that have parking elsewhere and it sets up for social interaction.” Already on the property is an old barn which will be repurposed into a workshop and guesthouse with a greenhouse built onto the side. The community building will be a meeting place and house a small kitchen. “It just sounds really exciting to have a community space right there,” Julie Adams, who is interested in becoming a resident, said. This interaction between households will be stimulated at Points Beyond

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“Carl and I have talked about living in a community for the last decade,” Lisa Krigbaum said. “We heard about it from friends and showed up the same day.”

Although relatively new to the group, Adams is excited about the dynamic and how the inevitable disagreements will be solved.

For the Krigbaums, whose dream is also to live more sustainably utilizing solar power and lowering water usage, many of their goals did not seem feasible on a minimal budget.

“I’m pretty sure this group works on consensus, which is a really radical way of decision making,” she said. “The weakest person’s voice is always heard.” Chris Bradberry, already an equity holder, agreed. “We’ve had disagreements all along and it’s the consensus thing,” he said. “We’ve had facilitated meetings where everyone gets their points heard.”

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“You’ll actually own not only your house but also your environs out to a certain point,” he explained. “There’s not this level of control and uniformity that you see in condominiums.” The group holds monthly meetings in which they not only make decisions but also bond and welcome newcomers like Lisa and Carl Krigbaum who, along with their four-month-old daughter, recently became the youngest planned residents.

“This is the way we can do so many of the things and spread the cost,” she said. Although the estimated purchase price of $300,000 per household may seem high considering the square footage, Smith thinks it is money well spent. “Most of the cost is the community owned property,” she explained. “A bigger place will have higher operating costs. It’s more about how you want to live versus the up-front.” The group is also considering the option of adding apartments over the garages, which would allow for those who cannot afford to buy – possibly young families – to take part in the community and garner more diversity. For Lisa Krigbaum, who does not have family nearby, diversity is a draw. “The idea of raising Juniper with a surrogate family is really appealing,” she said. “It’s just exciting because it’s a dream realized. There’s a little bit of risk involved and that’s scary but I feel the reward is big.”

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Grandview For the empty nester

By Nancy Jennings A new 55+ community housing development is coming to Mount Angel. Under construction since August 2016, “Grandview in Mount Angel” plans to complete 56 single-story homes. Built on just under eight acres, the project is slated for completion in four years. Mount Angel landowner and Chief Executive Officer Alan Kraemer is excited to offer free-standing homes to rent to the 55+ age group. “We want to finish the project and fill every house. We hope it will be well received and people will love it,” he said. Renters will have the option of month-tomonth, or exercise a one-year lease.

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Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Fessler, Kraemer’s daughter, oversees much of the housing project – including interior design.

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“We’ve already gotten interest from Portland, Wilsonville, Salem and Bend,” Fessler said. A weekend open house in September attracted more interested

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parties. “We have been extremely pleased with the response of those who have visited and shared kind remarks. Some said, ‘this is nicer than my own home.’ I like helping

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them with the next place they’re going to move to in that next step of their lives,” she added. For the “empty nesters” in the 55+ age group, downsizing is a common lifestyle change that embraces all that comes with living in a smaller home. Floorplans will be 1,000 to 1,250 sq. ft., have one or two bedrooms and one or two bathrooms. Some will have a bonus room. All will have an outdoor covered patio. Amenities include: community clubhouse with recreation room, pet friendly, covered carports, onsite maintenance manager, triple-pane windows, granite countertops, hardwood floors, state-of the art appliances, and individual controlled heating and air conditioning. An allinclusive payment structure will cover the utilities: water, sewer, power, garbage, television and yard maintenance. “We want to make it easier for people to just use one check,” Fessler said. For information on Grandview, call the office at 503-845-2222.

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Eight new, energy-efficient homes were recently completed in a rejuvenated portion of Silverton’s Milltown neighborhood. Castlebrook Estates, built by Dale’s Remodeling of Salem, is designed to meet the needs of an aging population. The homes feature lots of light, larger doorways with little or no steps, large outdoor living spaces, RV parking and the use of low maintenance products such as easycare windows, designer granite, laminate countertops and flooring, and Hardie plank siding. “The current lack of housing in Oregon puts new home builds in great demand,” said Patty Bolstad of HomeSmart Realty Group. “Communities like Silverton are becoming more and more popular and the re-urbanization of the older Milltown area in Silverton has created a very desirable place to live.” Dale’s broke ground on the subdivision last November and completed the last home in July. All but one of the singlefamily homes – ranging in size from 1,600

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Design work remains to be done, as well as a public outreach campaign, Wurster said.

The city of Silverton plans to purchase the Eugene Field School site to develop a new civic center that will include a police station, City Hall and new council chambers. The City Council voted 7-0 at a special meeting Oct. 23 to go forward with the purchase agreement with the Silver Falls School District, City Manager Christy Wurster told Our Town. “The City Council directed staff to proceed with issuance of a suitability notice indicating the city’s intent to proceed with acquisition of the property,” Wurster said. “The City Council also authorized staff to proceed with the purchase of the property if all conditions precedent to closing in the purchase and sale agreement are met.” The purchase price is $1 million, with the funds coming from the Civic Building Project Fund in the 2017-18 fiscal year budget. The school building on the 3.46-acre site would be demolished because of environmental issues, including lead paint, asbestos and a heating oil tank.

“There has been a tremendous amount of public support for the purchase,” Wurster said, adding that one of the positives of the Eugene Field site is keeping the municipal operations in the downtown core. Sites considered earlier by the city would have located the complex outside of the core. Also to be determined is whether the project will be constructed in phases or all at once. Wurster noted that the council goal for the project is to have a new police station within five years and a new City Hall within 10.

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JFK High, 890 E Marquam St., Mt. Angel Mount Angel Library, 290 Charles St. Silver Falls Library, 410 S Water St. Silverton Community Center, 421 S Water St. Silverton High, 1456 Pine St. Silverton Hospital, 342 Fairview St. Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield. The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main, Silverton

Monday Sit & Be Fit, Yoga

9:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. 50 and older. Repeats Wednesday, Friday. Discount for members $3 members, $4 non-members. 503-873-3093

Recovery at Noon

Noon – 1 p.m., Third and High streets, Silverton. Every day except Sunday. 503-873-1320

Gordon House Tours

Noon, 1, 2 p.m. T, TH, Fri., Sat., Sun. Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon House, 869 W Main St., Silverton. Reservations:, 503-874-6006

Monday Meal

5:30 - 7 p.m., Oak Street Church, 502 Oak St., Silverton. All welcome. Free; donations accepted. John, 503-873-5446

Evening Yoga

5:45 p.m., Silverton Grange Hall, 201 Division St. All levels. $5. Repeats Wednesdays. Robin, 503-930-1896

AA Meetings

8 p.m., Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. Repeats Thursdays, Saturdays. David, 503-383-8327

Tuesday Zumba

8 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. 50 and older. Repeats Thursday. $3 members, $4 non-members. 503-873-3093

Tai Chi

9 a.m. & 5 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. 50 and older. Repeats Thursday. $3 members, $4 non-members. 503-873-3093

Mt. Angel Food Bank

9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Mt. Angel Community Center, 195 E Charles St. Repeats Wednesday, Thursday. 503-845-6998

Crafty Kids

3 - 9 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Create arts, crafts projects. Supplies provide. Age 5 11. Free. 503-873-7633

Serenity Al-Anon Meeting

5:30 p.m., Silverton Assembly of God Church, 437 N James St. 503-269-0952

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Late Season Saturday Market

8 a.m., Silverton Inn & Suites, 310 N Water St. Sponsored by Silverton Chamber of Commerce. Free. 503-873-5615


1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. 50 and older. Members free; $2 nonmembers. Begins Nov. 15. 503-873-3093

Silverchips Woodcarving Sessions

1 – 4 p.m., Silverton Arts Association, 303 Coolidge St. Sessions for $2/week. All skill levels. 503-873-2480

Free Dinner

5 - 7 p.m., First Christian Church, 402 N First St., Silverton. All ages. Free; donations accepted. Volunteers needed. 503-873-6620

Thursday Kiwanis Club of Silverton

Farmer’s Market.

Serenity Al-Anon Meeting 10 a.m., Silverton Assembly of God Church, 437 N James St. 503-269-0952

Family Game Day

11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Family game day for families with children of all ages. Free; caregiver must attend with children 0 - 5. 503-873-7633

Saturday Lunch

6 p.m., Stardust Village Club House, 1418 Pine St., Silverton. 503-501-9824

Compassionate Presence Sangha

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

Overeaters Anonymous

7 – 8 p.m., St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, 211 W Center St., Silverton. Group meets weekly to discuss tips, support those with eating problems. All welcome. 503-551-3671

Friday Silverton Toastmasters

7:30 a.m., Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1159 Oak St., Silverton. Ann, 503-873-4198

Silverton Chicks

8:45 a.m. Network dedicated to connecting women, guiding them into action, personal, professional growth. Val Lemings, 503-8778381, to reserve spot.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly

9 a.m., First Baptist Church, 229 Westfield St., Silverton. All welcome. Sandy, 503-871-3729

Silvertones Community Singers

10 a.m., United Methodist Church, 203 Main St., Silverton. Open to anyone who loves to sing. Performances on Friday. Dues $50 annually. Tomi, 503-873-2033 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Build with blocks. Ages 0 - 5. Free. Caregiver must attend. 503-873-7633

Thursday, Nov. 2 Smartphone Tablet Class

9:30 - 11 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Three week beginning smartphone class. $50 members; $55 nonmembers. Preregistration required. 503-873-3093

Estate Planning

2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Estate planning with attorney Stephen Montgomery. Members free; $2 nonmembers. 503-873-3093


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Silverton Spiritual Life Community 10:30 a.m., Silverton Grange, 201 Division St. New thought services.

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Take Off Pounds Sensibly

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Variety of improvisational games. No experience required. Open to adults, high school students. Repeats Nov. 15. Ron, 503-873-8796

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


7 a.m., Main St. Bistro, 201 E Main St., Silverton. 503-510-3525.

Duplo Day

10 a.m. - noon, 432 Fiske St., Silverton. Some of your favorite vendors from

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Tree of Giving Registration

Parents, legal guardians can register children for Tree of Giving at Silverton Community Center noon - 2p.m. Nov. 2, 4 - 6 p.m. Nov. 3, 6 - 8 p.m. Nov. 7, 10 a.m. - noon Nov. 9, 1 - 3 p.m. Nov. 10. Children must live in Silverton/Scotts Mills area and have financial need. Silverton Together, 503-873-0405

Wednesday, Nov. 1 Christmas in Historic Silverton

Christmas shopping opportunities in and around Silverton including church bazaars, local businesses, in-home craft sales. Maps available at participating locations, Silverton Chamber of Commerce, 426 S Water St. Repeats Nov. 2. 503-873-5615

Teen Improv

5 - 6 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Develop, enhance improv skills. No experience necessary. Age 11 and older. Free. 503-873-7633

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Informal writer’s group to share, critique writing projects. Repeats Nov. 16. 503-873-8796

Scotts Mills City Council

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

Silverton Lions Club

7 p.m., Silverton Hospital. Open to everyone interested in service to community. Repeats Nov. 16. 503-873-7119

Friday, Nov. 3 Holiday Market

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Christmas bazaar, craft show. Gift basket drawings. Free admission. Open to public. Repeats Nov. 4. 503-873-3093

Family Game Night

6:30 - 9:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 N Second St., Silverton. Bring snack, favorite game to share. All ages. Free. Jill, 503-873-2635

Borland Art Show

6 - 9 p.m., Borland Art Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. Opening reception for exhibit of members work. Free. Exhibit continues on display 9 a.m. noon Monday - Friday, noon - 4 p.m. Saturday - Sunday through Sept. 31. 503-873-2480

Lunaria Gallery Show Opening

7 - 9 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St., Silverton. Artists reception for November art showings. Free. Exhibit continues on display during regular business hours through Sept. 30. 503-873-7734

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Tuesday, Nov. 7

First Friday Music

2 - 3:30 p.m., Silverton Hospital. For family caregivers and/or unpaid family caregivers. Free. Suzy, 503-304-3429

7 – 9 p.m. Explore the historic downtown, have dinner, shop, browse galleries, boutiques. 503-873-5615 7 p.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St. Aimee Larsen Amend, soprano, sings music by Bach, Schubert, Christopher Wicks, with five instrumentalist friends. Free; donations accepted. 503-873-3461

Saturday, Nov. 4 Pie Baking Contest

3 - 6 p.m., Silverton Grange, 201 Division St. Enjoy a slice of pie. Bid on whole pies, holiday gifts at auction. Live music by Ukulele Network, Dr. Atomic’s Medicine Show. Cash prizes for winning pies. Open to public. Free. 503-551-4788

Chili, Hot Dog Feed

5:30p .m., Marquam United Methodist Church, 36975 S Highway 213, Mt. Angel. Chili, hot dog feed and bazaar. Chili feed by donations; dessert $2. Oral auction begins at 7 p.m. Benefit local nonprofit organizations. 503-829-5061

Family Bingo Night

7 - 10 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 Church St., Silverton. Bingo, prizes, cookies. Three bingo cards $5. Benefits 2017 Tree of Giving, GFWC Silverton Zenith Woman’s Club projects. 801-414-3875

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Coloring Club for Adults

6 - 7:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Relax with adult conversation, refreshments, coloring. Materials provided. 503-873-8796

The Compassionate Friends

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

Scotts Mills Neighborhood Watch

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

Silverton Garden Club

7 p.m., Silverton Senior Center, 115 Westfield. Putting your gardens to bed. Free. Refreshments. Sandi, 503-873-5690

Wednesday, Nov. 8 Gardening Seminar

2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Members free; $2 nonmembers. Age 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Thursday, Nov. 9 Book Sale 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Silverton Hospital. Silverton Hospital Auxiliary fundraiser. Repeats 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dec. 10.

Dementia Workshop

1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Dementia workshop provided by Brookstone Memory Care. Free. Age 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Singles Dine Out Club

6 p.m., Main Street Bistro, 201 E Main St., Silverton. Order off menu; pay independently. 503-769-3093

10 a.m., Historic Charles & Martha Brown House, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Abigail Scott Duniway chapter meeting. Program, “Celebrating Abigail Adams and Dolly Madison, begins at 11 a.m. All welcome. Refreshments. 503-769-5951

7 p.m., location varies. Discuss ways to fund, implement project benefiting Silverton community. Call Barbara for information, meeting place. 801-414-3875

Silverton Senior Center Board

Friday, Nov. 10

1:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Public welcome. 503-873-3093

Silverton City Council

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

Mt. Angel City Council

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

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Noon - 2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Old Time Fiddlers Association performs. Free; donations for the fiddlers. 503-769-3313

Bye Bye Birdie

7 p.m., Silverton High. Silverton High students perform the musical Bye Bye Birdie. $10 adults, $5 students/children. Repeats 7 p.m. Nov. 11, 16, 17, 18; 2 p.m. Nov. 12. 503-873-6331

Saturday, Nov. 11 Veteran’s Day Clothing Closet Sale

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Gently-used ladies clothing. Open to public. Free. To sell, contact Senior Center. Spaces $10; deadline Nov. 8. Barbara, 503874-8282

Mount Angel Shop Hop

11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Mtount Angel. Shopping stops include The Blackbird Granary, Old Stone Coffee, Touch of Bavaria, LuLaRoe at 495 E Church St. Find Scentsy, Color Street Nails, Dot Dot Smile, Paparazzi, Hooked In A Flash, and more at Mount Angel Library.

Ancestry Detectives

10 a.m., Silver Falls Library. Kathy Valdez shares story of how she broke through ancestral mysteries to fulfill lifelong dream of going home to Ireland. Free.

Ukulele Jams

6 - 7:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Beginner ukulele lessons followed by play, singalong time for all skill levels. Children must be accompanied by adult. Bring ukulele, Daily Ukulele music book, music stand. Gig kits available for check out. 593-873-8796

Silverton Planning Commission

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

Wednesday, Nov. 15 Pints & Purls

6 - 8 p.m., Seven Brides Brewing, 990 N First, Silverton. Meet other knitters, crocheters for an evening of pints and some purls. Hosted by KIS Designs. Everyone welcome. Contact Kisdesigns on Facebook for information.

Silverton FFA Auction

Thursday, Nov. 16

Veterans Recognition Dinner

9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 N Second St., Silverton. Household items, small furniture, clothing. Proceeds benefit Silverton Area Community Aid and Trinity kitchen fund. Open to public. Free admission. Repeats Nov. 17. Jill, 503-873-2635

5 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N Church St., Silverton. Silent auction, social hour, prime rib dinner, oral auction. $20 at door. Open to public. 503-932-8115 6 p.m., Silverton Elks Lodge, 300 High St. All veterans invited to free dinner. Entertainment by Marion County Citizens Band. Open to public. 503-873-4567

Turkey Shoot Bingo

7 p.m., American Legion Hall, 740 E College St., Mt. Angel. 77th annual Turkey Shoot. Bingo upstairs for the family; poker downstairs for adults. Food, beverages available . Repeats 2 p.m. Sunday.

Monday, Nov. 13 Veterans Recognition Assembly

9:30 a.m., Silverton Middle School, 714 Schlador St. Veterans recognized for their service with program, pictures, reception. Free admission. Veterans should RSVP to be included in program. 503-873-5317

SHIBA Presentation

8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Silverton Senior Center and Medical Teams International provide a mobile dental clinic for seniors. Deadline to apply is Nov. 3. Applications available at Silverton Senior Center. 503-873-3093

Tuesday, Nov. 14

1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance. Free. Age 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Mt. Angel School District

6:30 p.m., District Office, 730 E Marquam St. Agenda available. Open to all.

Silver Falls School District

7 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Agenda available. Open to public.

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Women’s Connection Luncheon

1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Mt. AngelSilverton Women’s Connection luncheon. $6.50. RSVP to Cathy, 503-999-2291

Writer’s Workshop

3 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Writer’s workshop featuring Lee Shaw. Members free; $2 nonmembers. Age 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Equestrian Team Fundraiser

5 - 9 p.m., Seven Brides Brewing, 990 N First St., Silverton. Silverton High Oregon High School Equestrians team up with Seven Brides for a Taco Thursday fundraiser. Craft beer, street tacos, $6 growler fills. Present flyer and OHSET receives 20 percent of total bill; 10 percent without flyer. Reservation encouraged; 503-873-4677. For flyer call the high school, 503-873-6331

Tales from a U.S. Navy career

7 p.m., Silverton Fire Station #1 training room, 819 Railway NE. Tales of jets, shops, exotic places and the sea, presented by Phil Sowa, Captain, US Navy Retired. Also discussion of group trip to tour aircraft carrier USS Midway.

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datebook Saturday, Nov. 18 Harvest Bazaar

8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Woodburn Estates, 1776 Country Club Road. Crafts, baked goods.

Pesticide Collection Event

8 a.m. - 2 p.m, Valley Agronomics, 13007 Downs Road, Mt. Angel. Free agricultural, commercial pesticide collection. Collection requires appointment, application. Empty container recycling needs no registration, but must be triple-rinsed. Applications available at

Scotts Mills Holiday Bazaar 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Scotts 299 Fourth St. Scotts Mill Grange holiday bazaar. Santa visits 1 - 3 p.m. Vendor tables are $20. Nikolina Barber, 503-873-5059

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Sunday, Nov. 19

Christmas in the Garden

Taizé Prayer

7 p.m., Benedictine Sisters’ Queen of Angels Chapel, 840 S Main St., Mount Angel. Open to public. 503-845-6773

Tuesday, Nov. 21 Silver Falls Library Book Club

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. This month’s selection is Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf. Refreshments. All welcome. 503-897-8796

American Legion Post 7

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

Thursday, Nov. 23 Thanksgiving Friday, Nov. 24

5 - 10 p.m., The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St., Silverton. Traditional German Christmas Market with artisan vendors, light display, traditional foods, holiday beverages, carolers, children’s activities and more, all in the Rediscovery Forest. Enjoy a performance of “A Christmas Carol” by the Traveling Lantern Theater Company at 5 and 7 p.m. Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10, 17. Repeats every Wednesday - Sunday through Dec. 17; daily Dec. 18 - 23, 26 - 31. Admission prices vary; purchase online or at door. 503-874-8100,

Vigil for Peace

Sunday, Nov. 26

9:30 - 11 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Intermediate smartphone, tablet class with Breanna West of Digital Natives. $50 members, $55 nonmembers. Preregistration required. 503-873-3093

Scotts Mills Pancake Breakfast

Ice Skating at The Garden Noon - 4 p.m. & 5 - 10 p.m., The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St., Silverton. Skate in the ice rink. Days: $10. Nights: $15. Save $5 by bringing your skates. Ice skating Wednesday - Sunday through Dec. 17; daily Dec. 18 - 23, 26 - 31. 503-8748100,

Monday, Nov. 27

7 a.m. - noon, Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. $5 per person. 503874-9575

Organ Recital

9:30 a.m., First Christian Church, 402 N First St., Silverton. Featuring Gil Wittman. Free. 503-873-6620

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

Thursday, Nov. 30 Legal Advice

9 a.m. - noon, Silverton Senior Center. Legal advice provided by attorney Phil Kelley. Members free; $2 non-members. Age 50 and older. Appointments: 503-873-3093

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Peace Corp Documentary

6 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Watch documentary on Peace Corp. Members free; $2 nonmembers. Age 50 and older. 503-873-3093


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Sr. Jill Aigner, O.S.B. Sister Jill Aigner, O.S.B., a member of Queen of Angels Monastery, died Oct. 7, 2017, at Queen of Angels Monastery in Mount Angel. She was 94. She was born at home, May 15, 1923, with the assistance of a mid-wife, to Mildred and Irving Shepard of Glen Ellen, Calif. Named Mary Margaret, she was always called Jill because she had an older brother, Jack. She was followed by a brother Milo and a sister Joy. Her paternal grandmother, Eliza Shepard, was author Jack London’s half-sister, so as Sister Jill wrote in her memoir, A Stranger in My Skin, she “was part of a family with famous connections.” She and her family lived on a 1,500-acre ranch, in Sonoma Valley, which was purchased, by London in 1905. The Jack London Ranch is now an award-winning winery, which the family still manages. A 600-acre portion was sold to the State of California for the Jack London State Historic Park. During her youth, the family ran a small guest ranch and she often helped and

May 15, 1923 – Oct. 7, 2017

did the shopping with her dad. She learned a good deal about cuts of meat, pounds of vegetables and helpful tips in preparing food for guests. She learned to make beds, serve tables, and provide hospitality. She continued to love to shop and cook for others, especially when she was involved in retreat ministry both in Mount Angel and Nanaimo, B.C. In her junior high years, Sr. Jill wanted to become a Catholic, but her parents thought otherwise. Her entrance into the Catholic Church was delayed until she turned 18. Graduating from high school, she attended Stanford University, but illness and World War II cut into her education. She served in the medical division of the WAC during the war, largely in Arkansas, N.C.,

and Florida. During the war she married Henry Aigner and moved to San Rafael, Calif. She worked as a medical laboratory technician and medical secretary and completed her degree and did graduate study in at Dominican College. In 1960 she turned to teaching in Mill Valley Public Schools. She and Hank adopted two children, Hal and Jean. In the early 1970s, she was separated from Hank and within the next year, she felt called to “work for the Lord” and was accepted as a Frontier Apostle in Prince George, B.C. She met Sister Jean Ann Berning, who invited Sister Jill her to visit Queen of Angels Monastery. Sister Jill visited and wrote, “Something ‘took.’” In the fall of 1972, she entered the monastery at the age 49, making temporary profession on Dec. 21, 1974. Her first job was as a parish social worker in Silverton. In 1973, Prioress Antoinette Traeger appointed her as the director of the newly established “Shalom Prayer Center” and in 1981 she worked in Priory Productions. In 1983, Sister Jill went to the House

of Bread Monastery, Nanaimo, B.C., to do retreat work as the Director of the Bethlehem Retreat Center and to continue her work in Priory Productions. At her 25th Jubilee celebration Dec. 5, 1999, Sister Jill wrote that the 25 years were a “pure gift.” In 2010, Sister Jill returned to Queen of Angels Monastery, where she lived in the Health Care Center, participating fully in community life. Sister Jill authored her memoir, A Stranger In My Skin: An Unconventional Path to God, Monastery Press, 2007, as well as three other resources for seekers. Her photographs were used in Priory Productions filmstrips as well as for gifts of photo cards and framed photos. She loved to knit and in her last years she participated in the St. Mary Parish, Mount Angel, Prayer Shawl Ministry. She suffered a stroke Sept. 29 and died peacefully in the monastery Oct. 7. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Oct. 11, followed by her burial in the monastery cemetery.

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Food & Drink

Broccoli & cheddar By Melissa Wagoner This soup is perfect for a cold winter’s day. It will warm up the kitchen and your stomach. Although not a cream-based soup, the potatoes add a silky texture that is heavenly.

For Soup Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In medium saucepan heat oil, add onion, garlic, broccoli stems and potatoes. Cook until just softening, about 4 minutes. Add two cups water and season with a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and simmer until vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes. Add half the broccoli florets to the soup and simmer 10 minutes more. Add cheddar cheese. Transfer soup to a blender (or use an immersion blender). Puree until smooth. Add vinegar and season with more salt and pepper if necessary.

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Silverton’s proposed $.02 gas tax Our streets desperately need your help! For decades, our 30-plus miles of roadway in Silverton have slowly deteriorated and our traffic congestion problems have increased. Why has this happened? The City of Silverton has been unable to generate sufficient funds to fix these problems. For the past several years the City has spent approximately $175,000 per year on roadway preventative maintenance which includes crack seals, slurry seals and overlays. A pavement management report done for the City of Silverton in 2012 showed that in order to obtain an optimum level of pavement condition, we need to be spending $550,000 per year on street maintenance and repairs. The City has fallen way short of this amount and our streets have continued to deteriorate. Our streets are like your car. If you follow the recommended maintenance schedule, your car should have many years of trouble free life. If you don’t maintain your car, it will have more costly repairs and a much shorter life. Our street system is the same. Because we have waited too long to perform the necessary maintenance, we now have to catch-up and pay even more to repair our streets. The longer we wait to make the much needed repairs, the worse the road conditions will become and the more it will cost. In addition to road maintenance, the City’s Capital Improvement Program has a backlog of street reconstruction projects in excess of $5.5 million. This doesn’t even include traffic improvements necessary to address the traffic congestion and safety problems we are currently experiencing, due to our continued growth. Presently, there isn’t sufficient funding to ensure we have a reliable and well-maintained roadway system. This is where YOU can help. On the November ballot there is a $0.02 per gallon fuel tax proposed for Silverton. This tax would raise approximately $175,000 per year – equal to what the city is currently spending on their preventative maintenance program. All revenue generated by the fuel tax can only be used for roadway projects such as construction, reconstruction, improvement, repair, maintenance, and operation. The proposed fuel tax will not solve all our problems, but it will help. It will also provide a means to recover some funds from tourists and motorists who live outside of Silverton, but are using our streets. By now you should have your ballot in hand. If you are concerned about our roadways and want to see improvements as I do, I urge you to vote “YES” on Measure 24-422. Thank you for your consideration.

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In the most recent edition of Our Town Kyle Palmer advocates approval of the gas tax in order “to double the (street) slurry program.” However, he somehow neglected to mention some important things. One, several street segments previously treated within the recent past have already developed numerous cracks. For example, just check out the area on Mill Street between B and Oak. On Third Street between Oak and Main no less than six horizontal cracks extending across the entirety of the street have formed. Then course farther south on Mill and also evident is the breakdown of the slurry product. I’ve been in direct contact with a very responsive city councilor. Remaining though are questions posed but not yet answered. Did the contract for the work agreed to by the city contain temporal performance or warranty clauses? And if not, why not? Will the enterprise responsible for the evidently defective work be required to redo gratis and any and all previously treated street surfaces which have prematurely developed those cracks? So pass the gas tax given the present circumstances? I think not.


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Sidewalk Shindig contributors appreciated Cultures of varieties of music were my first thoughts. Then asking my three favorite customers when I was the proprietor of the Silver Creek Coffee House in Silverton, six years ago when I came up with this idea. Without Gregg Sheesley, Lawrence Stone and Ron Nelson my idea would of gone nowhere. Every year it has grown to a family affair. Now with our new chairmen Nickolas Coffee, Sarah Wiseman, William Hart and our newest member Alan Mickelson, our future Shindigs will be even more eventful. With an all day event with 30 plus venues of acts from jazz bands to small kids drumming jugs on the street corners. None of this could of been a success without the Silverton’s core business owners such as Glen Damewood of the historical Mac’s Place, Chris McLaughlin of The Gallon House and Chuck Tauer of Books N Time. As Chuck says, “This has been the busiest day of the year”.... And so many other businesses that stayed open late because of the extended business they had. To see more on this and check out the photos go to Silverton Sidewalk Shindig on Facebook. Like us and we hope to see you next year. If one community, heart-felt team player is looking to help in our efforts to better serve in our committee, please contact me at Greg Hart Founder – Silverton Sidewalk Shindig

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Donna’s family decided to have a reception in China on Oct. 6. I was conflicted whether or not to go – several reasons – but decided to make the trip. Quickly renewing my passport and obtaining a visa, I left for China. My wife Virginia couldn’t go. The reception took place in Baoding, the home of Donna’s parents (150 km south of Beijing), in the Palace of Weddings. Weddings are big business in China. The Palace holds several a day. How to describe it? A mix of the traditional and Las Vegas on steroids (don’t think we’ll have a wedding like that in St. Mary’s very soon): flashing lights, revolving pictures against the wall of both Donna’s and Ross’ family, thumping music, replica of a Disney-like castle perhaps 15 feet tall on the stage, numerous styrofoam balls in oddly curved shapes (no clue their purpose), and a master of ceremonies whose outsized personality would humble an American game show host. There were perhaps 200 guests, relatives and friends of the Tians, seated at round tables, ten or so guests to a table. When I entered the hall, all eyes were on me. Outside of Ross, I was the only foreigner. Nothing uncomfortable, but I was the attention-getter. They seemed to know who I was.

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He became fluent in Chinese. He met a beautiful woman, Tian Huijun (“Donna” is her American name), serendipitously, in a clothing store. They married two years later in 2017. There was no wedding ceremony. Rather, they went to a government office, signed some papers, and it was done. Two months ago, they came to Mount Angel, Donna’s second visit. We held a small wedding for them in our backyard, Andy Otte, Mayor of Mount Angel, officiating. Thanks, Andy.

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There was a stage at the end of the hall. Thirty feet away was a heart-shaped arch. The ceremony began with Donna under the arch wearing a red veil which completely covered her head (red is a

lucky color in China). Ross slipped a red ribbon into her hand and as he held the other end escorted her to the stage. There he lifted the veil. In the meantime, Donna’s parents and I took seats on the stage. At that point the emcee asked me to say something in Chinese to the audience. I was a bit flustered. All I could come up with, in Chinese (I know a little): “How y’all doing?” I received a resounding applause, less for my fluency than because I knew four words in Chinese. Donna handed me a cup of warm tea. I drank it. I then handed her a red (red again) ceremonial envelope with money inside. She leaned over and hugged me. It was Ross’ turn, performing the same ritual with both Mr. and Mrs. Tian respectively. He shook their hands (the Chinese are not huggers; Donna is the exception). The ceremony was now complete and guests could eat. The Tians, Donna, Ross, and I went from table to table, Mr. Tian thanking them for coming. With glasses in hand we toasted them. The guests from each table were especially interested in toasting me, perhaps because I was a foreigner and Ross’ father, by clinking their glasses with mine (the Chinese are fond of toasting; very civilized). After the first table Donna whispered to me that, as a sign of respect, I needed to clink the rim of my glass a bit below theirs. But the guests would have none of it. They immediately moved their glasses lower so that their rims were below mine. I then moved my rim down, in some cases bending my knees to get lower and lower. This happened at every table. At one I bent down so far that my glass settled on a bowl of rice. I could bend no farther. I surrendered. It was all good fun. Here are some miscellaneous observations during my trip. First, driving. The streets were always full of cars. I would describe their driving ethos as playing “vehicular chicken”. If you want to change lanes and there’s a four-inch gap between your car and the one beside you, cut in. And that’s the way they walk. If there’s a stair and a crowd is struggling to walk up, never allow a four-inch gap. You’ll stand there forever. Chinese beer: Almost always served warm. The Chinese have a theory about virtually everything: animals, numbers,

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colors (example red), food, and beer to mention a few. I asked why they serve beer warm while in America we drink it cold. Well, they had an answer: “In China we eat more vegetables than you Americans, while you Americans eat more meat. Vegetables are a ‘cold’ food which, to balance it, requires warm beer. However, meat is a ‘warm’ food requiring cold beer for natural balance.” Well, that made sense... sort of. Toilet facilities: Hotel rooms have standard toilets. But in public areas – hotel lobbies (at least the hotels I stayed in), restaurants, museums – the common toilets consist of a hole in the floor. I’ll leave it to the imagination of my readers the need for physical dexterity and accurate positioning. Had a problem or two. Enough on that. Drinking and driving: Their laws are very strict, zero tolerance; a license can be taken away for a year. The Chinese have a solution. In China there’s an app for everything. Here’s one: You can call a bicyclist who will come to you, fold up his bike, store it in the trunk, drive you where you want to go, retrieve the bike, and he’s on his way to rescue another driver.

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I’ve been asked several times about the food. This is tough to answer. Every restaurant table is round, seating about eight people. Meals are eaten “family style”, with a flat lazy susan the size of the table which can be spun giving access to the different dishes. And there are always several: fish, chicken, beef, vegetables, soups. I can say only this: The flavors and presentations are rather different from what we’re accustomed to. A few dishes I liked; most I didn’t particularly (and I love “American” Chinese food). I’m convinced Chinese cooks in the states seriously adapt their recipes to American tastes because any restaurant cooking “authentically” probably would fail here. In the week I spent in Baoding I have never been so generously and kindly treated. At every dinner they would not allow me to open a beer or pour one; when my glass was half empty, it would be immediately filled. They would point to food I should try. There were many other acts of kindness at the table and elsewhere. It was overwhelming. But finally, Mr. Tian: He did not speak a word of English. And my Chinese was very, very limited. But he always sat close, attending to me. On our last night, our restaurant dinner finished, we walked down a long hallway, side by side, silently, my hand on his shoulder. Father to father. A trip of a lifetime.

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Sidewalk Shindig

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By Michael Turner

Africa, at a time of war; music saved his life when he needed it most.

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I got off work and walked across the bridge over Silver Creek into downtown Silverton, where the Sidewalk Shindig was already in full swing. Crowds had descended for the sixth year of Silverton’s homegrown eclectic music festival, and I made my way to the info booth to talk with one of the organizers, Gregg Sheesley. “Silverton’s a mecca for the different, for the art lover, for the music lover, and it reflects in the children,” Gregg said. “While the marimba ensemble was playing, there were seven or eight little two and three-year-olds playing with vegetables! There was one little girl playing with two carrrots on the marimba. Now if that doesn’t make up for Las Vegas and Newtown, Conn. …” Gregg’s eyes became a little watery thinking of these recent American tragedies, but the glow about him was tangible as he directed locals and tourists toward his favorite artists.

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Next I listened to Clara Williams, 16, play harp in front of the yarn store. In the background, I could hear a kid banging away at a makeshift drum kit on the corner bleeding into the Zimbabwe-style marimba ensemble into a gentleman in lederhosen playing an accordion. Some like the fiddle, some like the trombone, as they say.

On Oak Street, in front of B&ST Realty, I met Humble George, a Eugene punk folk band, and talked with a young woman who sang and played the cello. “I started playing when I was eight,” she said. “My grandmother said I could pick any instrument I wanted. The violin was too squeaky, so I picked up the cello and ran with that.”

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Clara finished her song and told me she got hooked on playing the harp in kindergarten: “I like the emotional connection I have with music. It’s not just notes on a page – I can bring it to life. Me and my instrument can bring it to life.” Just like the different musical traditions emanating from nearly every shop and overhang on the street, each performer I talked to had their own reason for being there. Thomas, the young man playing the drum kit on the corner, told me that music is his release from the pressures of school. The singer of reggae band Sakamuna, Espérance Kouka, had to leave the Republic of Congo, in central

“Music is what makes sense to me,” she continued. “The best way for me to communicate is rarely out of my mouth, it’s usually best said with an instrument in my hand.” I asked her what she thought of our town’s little festival. “I want this every day, across the country. I think it’s this kind of event that brings the community together.” Meanwhile, my dad was playing ukulele at Gallon House with his group from the senior center. Something drew him to that instrument, that sound, as he neared retirement. My daughter, a year and a half old, dances and claps to the marimba ensemble, spinning in circles like the yellow leaves falling on the pavement. I wonder if she’ll be playing here someday, having found an instrument that expresses some part of herself I can’t see yet? Watch our video documentary of the “Sidewalk Shindig” and more at

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Tales of a young man’s pipe dreams

In my hometown of Bozeman, Mont., there was a pool hall that dabbled in fine English tobaccos. These came in neat little tins because they were cured under pressure allowing the juices of one type of tobacco to blend with the others. These tobaccos were sold with such names as “Capstan,” “Three Nuns” (Ain’t had none. Don’t want none. Ain’t gonna get none.), “Parson’s Pleasure,” “Baby’s Bottom” (Nothing Smoother Than) and an Irish tobacco called “Erin More.” And then there were the pipes. The English pipes varied from what we had in America. They didn’t have a metal piece in the stem called a “condenser” which provided a wet, bitter taste. When I tasted English tobacco I was completely addicted, and from then on, that’s all I smoked. I smoked it to the extent that people said they wouldn’t recognize me without a pipe in my mouth. You used matches, not just one, but in tens of thousands. Cigarette lighters weren’t used as often because they added an unpleasant propane taste. One night at Howie’s Steakhouse in Butte, Mont., while I was waiting for my meal, I saw a man that I took to be an Englishman in a tweed jacket with leather patches on the elbows wearing a bow tie. He reached into his top jacket pocket and pulled out a pipe and reached into the other pocket and pulled out a roll-up

David Frost. I remember his interview with the ruler of Bangladesh, who had been imprisoned by the Pakistani authorities during the war with Pakistan. During the interview, the ruler pulled out his Dunhill pipe and his roll-up pouch and said “the only thing I demanded while in prison was my pipe and my Erin More.” Well, 14 years went by. Marriage, three children, divorce. My “pipe dream” had to be set aside. pouch. He carefully filled his pipe with tobacco, lit it up and looked like the most contented man in the world. That image never left me. Along came World War II and I was stationed on the eastern coast of England. With every pass I went into London and searched the smoke shops. With justifiable pride, they drug out their account ledgers to show me where they had supplied tobacco to nobility, which further enamored me with pipes and tobacco. It was the beginning of a long love affair. More than before I wanted to dress like that Englishman at Howie’s Steakhouse and stand behind the counter looking halfway intelligent. There was a television newscaster by the name of

My second wife, Velva, walked into the house one day soon after our marriage and plunked down $2,000 in cash and said, “Here’s your pipe shop.” Within a few days, I rented a space in the entrance of the Ellen Theater in Bozeman. I immediately put in what I considered to be an ideal pipe shop, including a cigar store wood-carved Indian that was loaned to me by the local druggist. The lifesized Indian figure came from Cripple Creek, Colo., during the Gold Rush. She was carved carring a bundle of wrapped tobacco. The statue was so valuable I covered a chain with velvet and anchored her to the building. She got the attention of the public, especially school boys who noticed her bare breast. Thanks to pipes and tobacco I’ve met some colorful characters along the way.

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Sports & Recreation

Time for playoffs

Teams angle for postseason slots

Playoff season and district competition are approaching for area high schools. Here is a look at how the races and matchups are shaping up:

The Silverton boys, meanwhile, are in the hunt for a playoff spot as well. A likely No. 6 seed in the MidWillamette would lead to a road play-in match with the No. 3 from the Midwestern, most likely Churchill.

Football: Silverton (5-3 overall, 3-3 in the MidWillamette Conference) has clinched a playoff spot heading into the Foxes’ nonleague season-finale at Woodburn. Because Silverton is ranked seventh in Class 5A the squad still has a shot at a home game when the playoffs start Friday, Nov. 3. Kennedy, meanwhile, is ranked No. 13 in Class 2A despite their 1-2 Tri-River Conference record and 2-6 overall mark. The high ranking is the result of playing in the perennially tough Tri-River, which sent all five league teams to the playoffs last season. A win in its regular-season finale against visiting Regis would give the Trojans’ playoff hopes a boost. Cross Country: Kaylin Cantu of Kennedy continued her hot streak, winning the Heiser Farms Invite in Dayton on Oct. 13, besting a pair of top Class 4A runners in the process, while also adding a victory in the district preview meet Oct. 20 at Bush’s Pasture Park. Alejandra Lopez took fourth in a personal best 19:01.7 at Heiser Farms and second behind Cantu at the preview meet. In addition, senior Azaris Velazquez also set a PR at Heiser Farms, showing Kennedy’s depth as the Trojans head toward district competition back at Bush Park. Meanwhile, at Our Town’s presstime, the date of Silverton’s participation in the Mid-Willamette Conference district meet was up in the air because of high water at Willamette Mission State Park. The state meet for all classes is Nov. 4 at Lane Community College in Eugene. Look for special

reports on the district and state meets on Facebook with a wrap up in the Nov. 15 Our Town. Volleyball: Silverton turned in a solid first league season under coach Linda Riedman, finishing 8-6 in the Mid-Willamette Conference and earning the league’s No. 4 seed. The Foxes played visiting Churchill in a Class 5A play-in game after Our Town’s presstime. Kennedy, meanwhile, finished second in the Tri-River at 10-2, one game behind champion Central Linn as the league playoffs got underway. The Trojans, ranked No. 4 in Class 2A, will host a home playoff match after Our Town’s presstime on Saturday, Oct. 28 with a visit to the state tournament on the line. Kennedy finished one match short of state last year. Soccer: Silverton, last year’s Class 5A runner-up, went into the final days of the Mid-Willamette season battling with Corvallis for second place in league. Earning the No. 2 spot in the league would give the Foxes (5-1 in league, 6-6 overall) a first-round playoff bye. Third place means a play-in match at home against a team from the Midwestern League, most likely Thurston.

OSAA: It’s official. The Mid-Willamette Conference will be a 10-team league next fall. The final decision from the OSAA adds Cascade, West Albany and North Salem to the league core of Silverton, Dallas, Lebanon, South Albany, Corvallis, Crescent Valley and Central, with Woodburn moving down to the Class 4A Oregon West.

One possible result of the larger league is that schools could play nine league games in football, meaning no nonconference contests. Kennedy, meanwhile, will be part of the new Class 2A Central Valley League with Chemawa, Colton, Culver, Delphian, Gervais, Santiam, Sheridan and Western Mennonite. Hoops tryouts: A reminder that tryouts for the new boys and girls Silverton traveling basketball teams are coming up. Girls tryouts (grades fifth through eighth) will be Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 5 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Boys (third through eighth grades) will try out Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 7-8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 12 from 3-4:30 p.m. All tryouts will be at the high school. For information contact blemon@ Follow me on @jameshday. Got a news tip? Email me at Follow Our Town on Facebook.

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I hear Amazon is looking for a place to build its new “second” headquarters. Seattle is a pain in the you-know-what to drive around, so chief Amazonian Jeff Bezos figures he’ll dangle the possibility of a new headquarters out and see what cities around the nation offer him. Atlanta, Boston and a half-dozen other cities are said to be in the running. Even Detroit – new motto: “We’re not broke, just thrifty” – is making a pitch. That’s all well and good. Some of those cities are OK, and some are, well, just variations of Seattle. So what would the perfect city for Amazon look like? First, let’s take a look at what’s wrong with Seattle. At the top of the list is traffic. Seattle is the poster child for gridlock. I-5 going through the heart of Seattle is more like a parking lot than a 21st century expressway. Note to Seattle city planners: Build some roads. And that crazy tunnel won’t help.

Another problem with Seattle is its location. It’s right on the edge of Puget Sound, which makes for great views, but no room for expansion. Boeing moved its headquarters from Seattle to Chicago in part for that very reason. It’s not that Seattle is a terrible place; it’s just that it has its limits. That’s why I think Amazon should build its new headquarters in nearby Stayton. Before you spit your coffee across the breakfast table, hear me out. Stayton is a great place, for a bunch of reasons. First, traffic is not a problem. You can drive around town all day and not get stuck in anything approaching a traffic

jam – unless a cow accidentally wanders onto the road. Oh, yeah, and I remember the time a deer ran a few laps around downtown. It was in rut and looking for love in all the wrong places, if you get my drift.

If Amazon wants to think outside the box, it should forget about moving to just another big city. Yawn. Jeff Bezos didn’t get where he is by playing it safe. He did it by doing things no one else thought of doing.

Second, Stayton has plenty of room for a business to expand. In fact, a business could expand anywhere in Stayton. Downtown and on any side are potential expansion sites. Room is one thing Stayton has.

And building a multi-billion-dollar corporate headquarters in Stayton, Ore., is something no one else has ever thought of, I guarantee you that.

Stayton also has lots of water – a whole river flows through it. And it has lots to do. Once people have lived in Stayton for a while, the most popular pastime is making fun of Portland, which can’t seem to do anything right. The latest innovation: closing half of Naito Parkway to create massive bike lanes that no one uses. Good job! There’s one more thing Stayton has that a lot of places don’t have. It has potential. I’ve always seen Stayton as a diamond in the rough. It still is.

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If the Amazonians want to move there, terrific. I’m sure the mayor will be happy to show them around. Set aside about 20-25 minutes for the grand tour. If Amazon makes a mistake and chooses another area for its headquarters, I guess that’s OK. It’s their loss. Just let me know, because it’s time for Stayton to start planning its bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics. Yes, I can see it now. Opening ceremonies at the Stayton High School football “stadium” and heck, we already have a perfectly goodtoswimming Have a home rent? pool. Call


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