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Benedictine Brewery By Brenna Wiegand One hundred volunteers – the majority monks and seminarians – gathered Nov. 11 on a gentle slope below Mount Angel Abbey to raise the frame for the Abbey’s new brewery and tap room. Benedictine Brewery is expected to bring a much-needed revenue stream and a way to share Abbey life with others. It also restores a 1,500-year-old monastic tradition of beer brewing rarely seen in the States.

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“This was an area we’ve been wanting to get into for a long time; European monks have been brewing beer for well over 1,000 years,” Father Martin Grassel, Abbey Procurator and brew master said. “The oldest continuously operating brewery in the world is a Benedictine brewery in Europe coming up on 1,000 years. I believe the oldest existing plan for a brewery is from a monastery back in the first millennium.” In the Middle Ages, Benedictine monasteries supplied beer to the locals

because you couldn’t drink the water and breweries became part of the character of European monasteries. “The Pacific Northwest is just a great brewing region and Mount Angel has a Bavarian heritage; and the town has German origins,” Grassel said. “It’s all very Germanic and we just feel like it’s part of our own heritage to be in the beer business.” Another thing handed down from ancient monasteries is the spirit of self-sufficiency. “Monasteries should be as self-supporting as possible,” Grassel said. “It’s like a little town.” “If we didn’t think it was going to make some money we wouldn’t be doing it because I don’t want another operation you have to raise money for,” Grassel said. “Libraries and schools don’t make money and we expect the brewery to help support us or at least break even.” The entire project is already a lesson in self-sufficiency. Not only is the beer made

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3. Dec. 18 City Council Town Hall Meeting at 6:00 pm Silverton High School – Mayor Palmer will present the annual State of the City Message. City Councilors and staff will be in attendance to discuss items of interest to the public. A canned food drive benefiting SACA is part of this event.

4. The Kiwanis Club of Silverton “Letters to Santa” – The North Pole drop-box is available for direct delivery to Santa. The drop-box is located in Town Square Park next to the Santa mural.

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with their own hands, well water and hops; almost the entire 3,000-square-foot structure will be constructed of Douglas Fir trees planted by Mount Angel monks more than 100 years ago. Shortly after coming to America the Swiss monks purchased 600 acres of farmland in the

Cascade foothills, raising crops and animals for themselves and to sell among many other enterprises. Today 300 acres are in hops. Long before the trees were harvested, Abbey supporter John Gooley was

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in action, calling contacts made in his 42-year career with Withers Lumber. “The trees were 200 feet tall and there were no limbs for the first 160 feet, so we got a lot of clear wood,” he said. HullOakes Lumber Co. in Monroe, Ore., cut the entire order in exchange for one of the eight truckloads harvested and a few bottles of Black Habit beer. Gooley took a few bottles to Freres Lumber and they transported a semi-load of wood. He got good mileage out of the case of beer issued him by the monks. Universal Forest Products, New Energy Works Timber Frame Homes and others got involved. The timber was harvested, cut, dried, milled tongue-in-groove and otherwise prepared for a seamless, no-hammer, no-saw construction, saving the Abbey as much as $100,000.

relationship with the town nestled below. “The town gets some of its identity from us,” Grassel said. “In the 1880s it was called Fillmore and they changed it to Mount Angel because of the Abbey. “We’ll bring people to our town and the town will benefit and the brewery won’t succeed without the town,” Grassel said. “We aren’t part of a vacuum; we are something bigger than ourselves.” Grassel began hobby brewing at the monastery five years ago. For the past couple years, he has produced for sale a dark beer, Black Habit, and Saint Benedict, a pale ale, using the facilities at Seven Brides Brewing in Silverton.

“It was really awesome,” Gooley said. “We ended up with about 26,000 board feet of lumber; there were even logs left over so we cut all of their siding, too.”

The Abbey’s own custom-made, fivebarrel brewing system has waited in the wings the past two years but is expected to make its debut this spring. They still need to install the siding and roof; finish the tap room and restrooms, install the brewery equipment, fixtures and furniture.

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The timber used for the building was harvested from the Abbey’s own land.

April, at which time the Benedictines will commence brewing at their own facility and expanding their commercial repertoire. Running the show is Grassel and Father Jacob Stronach, who also interns at Seven Brides. Fellow monks will share the work and, for the times monks aren’t available, the brewers hope to hire a few employees

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in the taproom. The taproom opens another avenue where the monks can exercise their credo of hospitality. Along those lines the Abbey is also expanding its retreat house – a bigger project than the brewery. Year-round retreats are open to the public and guests are always welcome to Sunday Mass.

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The Abbey includes a large seminary and a library whose architecture attracts people from around the world. There’s a museum, gift shop, bookstore and coffee shop. But mostly… “People just like to come and experience the peace of the Abbey; the peace of the hilltop,” Grassel said. “We hope people come to our taproom to seek and enjoy


good beer, but we also want them to experience something of who we are; something of the mystery of what we contemplate daily. “Everybody’s got a brand; everybody’s got a unique character and our character has to be consistent with who we are as monks.”

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By Nancy Jennings Mount Angel can boast a unique accomplishment – one that would make any community, or parent, proud. The small city in Marion County is the only one, to date, to have three teens join its Certified Emergency Response Team (CERT). The trio -- Melanie Lopez (15), Whitney Lopez (15) and Draiven Follis (16) – were recognized and received their completion certificates on Aug. 7 at Mount Angel’s City Council meeting. The teens were formally introduced to the council by their CERT Instructor/Coordinator Crystal Williams, whose daughter, Anna, 18, has been a CERT instructor for two years. Williams was impressed with the can-do attitude of her students. “Seeing people realize how easy it is to help – how can that not make you feel good? To have some kids there at the school that know what I know? It makes me feel so much better,” she said. The John F. Kennedy High School students

CERT coordinator Crystal Williams, with Mount Angel CERT teens Whitney Lopez, Draiven Follis, Melanie Lopez and Officer Charlie Hall.

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fire safety utility, organizational hierarchy and medic (splinting, bandaging, pressure points, shock, checking airway and bleeding). Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) was not included as part of their specific training due to their focus on the management of mass quantities of people – not on an individual basis. Each applicant participated in a general interview given by a CERT leader. Criminal background and fingerprint clearances were required before ID badges were issued. “Because of liability issues, the county prefers they be at least 14 years old,” Williams said. Now certified, the teens are ready to assist with emergency situations, including Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)-based events, such as earthquakes. “For example, if I’m in Hawaii on vacation and a volcano decides to blow, I can assist,” Williams explained.


Silverton twin sisters, Melanie and Whitney Lopez, enjoyed the learning experience together. Mount Angel Police Officer Charlie Hall is the JFK resource officer. He first mentioned the CERT training opportunity to Melanie during a school basketball game. Whitney heard about it from her sister – and curiosity quickly led to action. “Melanie said something about wanting to try it out. So, I thought that could be

Contact: Crystal Williams 503-873-7371 Facebook: Silverton/Mt. Angel CERT something interesting that I might want to get into. She explained it to me and I thought it would be fun to become part of the community and help out,” she said. Melanie recited CERT’s main goal: “We’re supposed to save the most amount of lives in the least amount of time.” Draiven, a Mount Angel resident, first heard about the training in an unlikely setting. “It’s a funny story. I got lunch detention and Mr. Hall was actually doing a presentation about it,” he said with a grin. Looking back, he said it made him glad to join a team with a clear purpose. “It helps prepare you and others if there’s a natural – or otherwise – disaster to protect or save lives.” Officer Hall is pleased seeing students become proactive regarding the safety of others. “Crystal and I had been in a discussion about looking for a way to involve the youth more in the preparedness of the community, and giving them different pathways to possible career choices.”

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Child safety By Melissa Wagoner Stranger danger, the idea that unknown people can pose a threat, is an important topic for parents but it can also be a difficult one to broach. Many parents worry about instilling a fear of the unfamiliar or causing undo worry. But Anisa Taft, an employee at Silverton Self Defense, sees it differently. “It is crucial for children to understand their power,” she said. “We teach multiple aspects of safety to children.” The approach is a positive one. Instead of filling children with possible dangers, they identify the three main signifiers of a trustworthy adult. They explain that safe adults do not ask children for assistance, they respect both yes and no answers and they always approve of a child asking a parent for permission or guidance. If the criteria are not met, children are taught to create personal space. “We understand that words are not always enough to send a clear signal, so the very first level of our karate classes teaches two styles of kicks aimed at keeping distance,” Taft said. “We also teach clear definition between using force and creating space with peers when no danger is present.” Taft said that with peers students are told to “try once to use calm words, try a second time with a big voice, then extend your arms to create space with strong words again.” She said that at that point an adult will typically have stepped in to help. Lessons dealing with adult interactions are


Training helps Identifying safe adults Safe adults do not approach children looking for help. Safe adults respect the first answer a child gives, whether it’s no or yes. Safe adults always approve of or encourage a child to ask their parent’s permission or guidance. different. Taft said there are no restrictions because “a safe adult would notice the child’s distress immediately and give space.” Instead students are told to run if they can and make a big scene if they can’t run. Silverton Self Defense also teaches similar tactics to adults, who are often a child’s first line of self-defense. “We have free women’s self-defense classes where we teach ‘high-percentage moves’ which are the most likely to be effective with the least amount of training,” she said. “This includes multiple techniques to release holds on the wrist, hair and torso, defensive and offensive strikes/kicks as well as techniques to gain control of a situation if someone has pinned you to the ground.” Taft believes all of the safety lessons are an important way to spread the word. “The more times and the more people a child is encouraged by to speak up and stand up for their safety, the easier it will be for them to identify an adult who is not fostering safety,” she said. 


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Rock’n Latte

Adding a shot of fun for customers

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service industry. Last year, she was toying with the idea of running her own 1010 N. Main St., business. One day she drove Mount Angel. Hours: Monday to The Divine Bean and through Saturday ordered a drink. The owner 5 a.m. - 5 p.m. told her they were selling Closed Sunday the business. Hearing the news struck a chord, and Baurer jumped at the opportunity.

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Would you like biscuits and gravy to go with your morning latte? Just look for the giant red-and-white guitar perched up inside of a coffee cup on top of the small bright-red building in Mount Angel – and place your order. Opened in April, Rock’n Latte coffee drive-through has brought new energy and passion to the Berchtold Industrial Park. Owner and Mount Angel resident, Cheryl Baurer, 42, wants to inspire and be a good example to her five children. “I started my own business because I want to show my kids that they can overcome obstacles that life throws at them,” she said, adding that the schedule is demanding. Baurer couldn’t be more proud of her children: Mariah, 19, is in the U.S. Army, Callie, 16, attends Silverton High and “is passionate about reading,” Abigail, 12, “is passionate about animals,” Jasiah, 8, “wants to be a Ninja,” and Lydia, 7, is “full of spunk and sweetness.”

In September, two new employees – Abby Hartt and Ash Davidson – joined the team. Both enjoy the camaraderie they share with their customers. Abby, 19, lives in Molalla.

Ash Davidson, Cheryl Baurer and Abby Hartt of Rock’n Latte. NANCY JENNINGS

Choosing a rock-and-roll theme, she enjoys sharing her love of music with her customers. When asked her favorite, Baurer couldn’t pick just one.

Formerly The Divine Bean, caffeine seekers can now pull up and hear rousing music playing through outside speakers as they place orders such as “The Buzzed Zebra” or a “Candied Apple Smoothie.” The types of drinks offered are plentiful and include: white coffee, cold brews, iced coffees, lattes, mochas and smoothies. Boba/bubble teas are also available. Made-to-order breakfast sandwiches are available daily. To save time, call-in orders are popular.

“I have a huge variety. I like Tom Petty, AC/DC, Bon Jovi and Aerosmith.”

“I pay particular attention to quality and speed to satisfy our customers,” she said. Baurer has experience in the food

“I think it’s fun because you get to meet and interact with a lot of different people,” she said. “Last week, there was a guy that came in and I found out he was in my dad’s wedding. He was telling me stories about them in high school. It was crazy.” Ash, 26, lives in Silverton with her husband. “I like building relationships with the locals. I’m loving this area. Everybody is so nice and laidback,” she said. “We have a really good following of regulars that come in to chat and hang out to have a little break from their day. I love learning everybody’s story.”

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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. $3 members, $4 non. 503-873-3093

Recovery at Noon

Noon – 1 p.m., Third and High streets, Silverton. Every day except Sunday. 503873-1320

Serenity Al-Anon Meeting

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

Wednesday Silverton Business Group

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

Dynamic Aging Exercise Class Bingo

1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. 50 and older. Members free; $1 nonmembers. $2.50 per card. 503-873-3093

Open Art Studio

1 - 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Bring art project to work on. Members free; $2 nonmembers. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

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

Silverchips Woodcarving Sessions

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

Clubb Massage

9 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Massages. 50 and older. 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


11:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. 50 and older. Repeats Friday. Members free; $2 nonmembers. 503-873-3093

Crafty Kids

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

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8:45 a.m., Main Street Bistro, 201 E Main St., Silverton. Network to connect women, guide into personal, professional growth. Val Lemings, 503-877-8381,.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly

9:15 a.m., Stardust Village Club House, 1418 Pine St., Silverton All welcome. Sandy, 503-871-3729

Silvertones Community Singers

10:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Call 503-873-3093 for price.

Gordon House Tours

Silverton Chicks

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

Duplo Day

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Build with blocks. Ages 0 - 5. Free. Caregiver must attend. 503-873-7633

Table Games

12:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Members free, $2 nonmembers. Age 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Saturday Late Season Saturday Market

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

10 a.m. - noon, 432 McClaine St., Silverton.

Serenity Al-Anon Meeting

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

Family Game Day

Free Dinner

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

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

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

Kiwanis Club of Silverton

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


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6 p.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St. Dave, 503-501-9824

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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 Health Auxiliary Scholarships Silverton Health Auxiliary accepting scholarship applications for students pursuing a medical career. High school seniors, college students from surrounding area eligible. Applications at Silverton Hospital Admitting Desk, 342 Fairview St. Applications deadline is Feb. 23, 2018. Barbara, 503-873-7241

Christmas Food Baskets

Silverton Area Community Aid provides special food boxes for Christmas holiday. Families who wish to receive one can register from 9 a.m. - noon Monday, Wednesday, Friday through Dec. 8 at SACA, 421 S Water St., Silverton. 503-873-3446

Friday, Dec. 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 Dec. 2. 503-873-5615

Christmas Craft Fair

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Handmade crafts, baked goods. Door prizes, gift basket drawings. Lunch. Free admission. Repeats Dec. 2. 503-873-3093

Baby Birds Storytime

11 a.m. - noon, Silver Falls Library. Age 0 - 36 months. Caregiver must attend. Free. Repeats Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15. 503-873-7633

Ice Skating at The Garden

Noon - 4 p.m. & 5 - 10 p.m., The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St., Silverton. Ice skate at The Oregon Garden. Day admission $10. Night admission $15. Bring skates; save $5. Open Wednesday - Sunday through Dec. 17; daily Dec. 18 - 23, 26 - 31. 503-874-8100,

Christmas in the Garden

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,

Abstract Exploration

6 - 9 p.m., Borland Art Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Silverton. Artists reception for December exhibit. Barbara, 801-414-3875

Watercolor Birds in Miniature

6 - 8 p.m., Silverton Art and Frame, 105 S First St. Artists reception for December showing of Watercolor Birds in Miniature by Dianne Finch Salter. Free. 503-873-6771

Tree Lighting Celebration

6 p.m., Towne Square Park, Silverton. Music, hot chocolate, cookies. Santa sprinkles fairy dust to light town tree at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Silverton Chamber of Commerce. 503-873-5615

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6 - 8 p.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St. Visit with Santa after tree lighting, make holiday ornament. Christmas fudge available for purchase. 503-873-2451

Community Christmas Party

After tree lighting, Main Street Bistro, 201 E Main St., Silverton. Free hot chocolate, coffee, live music. Open to all. Sponsored by East Valley Vineyard Church. 503-874-4500

First Friday in Silverton

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

Lunaria Gallery Show Opening

7 - 9 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St., Silverton. Artists reception for December art showings. Free. 503-873-7734

Saturday, Dec. 2 Santa Mouse Bazaar

9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Silverton High. Hand-crafted items, greens, photography, food, silent auction. Free admission. 503-873-6331

Santa & Corn Dogs

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Oak Street Church, 502 Oak St., Silverton. Hand-dipped corn dogs, arts and crafts, cake walk. Picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Free. Open to public. John, 503-873-5446

Hazelnut Festival

10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Festhalle, 500 S Wilco Hwy., Mount Angel. German holiday market features regional arts and crafts, Oregon wineries and breweries and foods that feature Hazelnuts. Free admission. Repeats 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dec. 3.

Monday, Dec. 4 Daughters of American Revolution

10 a.m., Historic Charles & Martha Brown House, 425 N First Ave., Stayton. Abigail Scott Duniway chapter meeting. Guest speaker is Cherie Girod, director of Canyon Crisis and Resource Center. All welcome. Refreshments. 503-769-5951

Senior Center Poker

12:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free for members; $2 nonmembers. Age 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Silverton Senior Center Board

1:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Open to public. 503-873-3093

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Silverton City Council

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11:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Buying guide for smartphone, tablets. $6 members, $7 nonmembers. Age 50 and older. Preregistration required, 502-873-3093

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Silverton Scribes

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

Tuesday, Dec. 5 Spanish Storytime

1:30 - 2 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Stories, activities. All ages. Free. 503-873-7633

Cuentos en español

1:30 - 2 p.m., Biblioteca Silver Falls. Historias, actividades. Todas las edades. Gratis. 503-873-7633

Caregiver Connection

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

25th Anniversary Tree of Remembrance

5:30 p.m., Providence Benedictine Nursing Center, 540 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Tree of Remembrance observance, tree lighting. Refreshments, Christmas carols follow. Free. Open to public. 503-845-2763

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. New members, guests welcome. 503-873-3093

Wednesday, Dec. 6 Chickadees Storytime

12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Age 3 - 5. Caregiver must attend. Free. Repeats Dec. 13. 503-873-7633

Sound Wave Pain Relief

3 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Learn about acoustic pressure wave therapy for health. Open to public. Free. 503-873-3093

Teen Improv

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

Actors/Improv Group

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Variety of improvisational games. No experience required. Open to adults, high school students. Repeats Dec. 20. Ron, 503-873-8796

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Informal writer’s group to share, critique writing projects. Repeats Dec. 21. 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 those interested in community service. Repeats Dec. 21. 503-873-7119

Friday, Dec. 8 Supervision for Spiritual Directors

9 a.m. - noon, Queen of Angels Monastery, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Spiritual directors welcome for monthly supervision meeting for ongoing formation, education. $30. Sr. Joan Pokorny, 503-949-6284

Chamber Forum Lunch

11:45 a.m., Silverton Hospital. Networking, educational program. $12 members with reservation. $15 prospective members or no reservation. 503-873-5615,

Silvertones Concert

1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Silvertones perform. Free; donations accepted. Open to public. 503-873-3093

Trivial Jeopardy

6 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Test your trivia knowledge. Free. Age 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Saturday, Dec. 9 Holiday Festival at Silver Falls

10 a.m. – 4 p.m., South Falls Lodge, Silver Falls State Park, 2004 Silver Falls Hwy. Make a wreath, gingerbread house, cards and ornaments. Storytelling, live music. $5 per vehicle day use fee. 503-874-0201

Christmas Crafts with Grandparents

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. All supplies provided. $5 per child; grandparent free. 503-873-3093

Holiday Festival

1 - 4 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Crafts, cookies, cocoa, goody bags, photos with Santa. Free. Open to public. Sponsored by Silverton Together, Silverton Chamber of Commerce. Jan, 503-873-0405

Sunday, Dec. 10 Advent Organ Recital

3 p.m., Mount Angel Abbey Church, One Abbey Dr., St. Benedict. Christopher Wicks performs annual Advent Organ Recital featuring music by Bach, Buxtehude, others. Free-will offering accepted. 503-873-3461

Christmas Carol Service

6 p.m., St. Mary’s Public School, 590 E College St., Mt. Angel. Join Mt. Angel Bible Church for Christmas Carol Service. Open to public. 503-845-2804

Monday, Dec. 11 Mt. Angel School District

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

Silver Falls School District

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

Tuesday, Dec. 12 Hanukkah Begins Open Quilt Time

1 - 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Bring quilting projects. Members free, $2 nonmembers. Age 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Silverton Planning Commission

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

Thursday, Dec. 14 Digital Accounts Class

11:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Learn about digital accounts. $6 members, $7 nonmembers. Age 50 and older. Preregistration required, 503-873-3093

Sweet Sounds of Christmas

Noon, Silverton Assembly, 437 N James St. Guitarist Ron Diller performs. Bring a dessert for Christmas dessert contest. Speaker Kadie Cosby. Light luncheon, $6.50. Reservations necessary. Cathy, 503-999-2291.

Singles Dine Out Club

6 p.m, Chan’s, 212 E Main St., Silverton. Order off menu; pay independently. 503-873-3093

GFWC Silverton Zenith Women’s Club

7 p.m., location varies. Members discuss ways to fund, implement projects that benefit Silverton community. For more information and meeting place, call Barbara at 801-414-3875.

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datebook Silverton Mural Society

7 p.m., Silverton Mobile Estates Clubhouse, 1307 S Water St. Open to public. Dues $15/year. Norm, 503-874-8101

Saturday, Dec. 16 December Book Talk

9:30 a.m. - noon, Queen of Angels Monastery, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Monthly book talk led by Tim Nelson, Linda Jensen featuring poetry shared by attendees. Free. Sr. Beyer, 503-991-9929

Holiday Card Making

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Make five holiday cards. Supplies provided. $10. 503-873-3093

Monthly Dream Group

10 a.m. - noon, Queen of Angels Monastery, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Learn how listening to dreams help show God’s presence in image, word in awakened life. Presenter Peggy McGurn, PhD. $20. RSVP: 503-845-6141

Tuesday, Dec. 19

Child of the Poor

1 p.m., Saint Paul Catholic Church, 1410 Pine St., Silverton. Sixth annual Christmas concert, carol sing with Ad Lucem Ensemble. Free; donations accepted.

Christmas Open House

Alzheimer’s Support Group

3 - 6 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free holiday fun. 503-873-3093

Prayer of the Heart

Sunday, Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Monday, Dec. 25 Christmas Day

2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Support group for spouses of those with Alzheimer’s. Free. 503-873-3093

Thank You, Silverton swim

3:30 p.m., Queen of Angel Monastery, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Contemplative prayer group. All welcome. Free.

4 - 6 p.m, Silverton Pool, 601 Miller St. Silver Falls Family YMCA invites everyone to a free open swim in celebration of the Nov. 7 passage of the pool levy. 503-873-6456

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American Legion Post 7

4 - 7 p.m., Oak Street Church, 502 Oak St., Silverton. Free. Open to public. Peggy, 503-873-5446

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

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Johanna Chase Concert

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.

6 p.m., Oak Street Church, 502 Oak St., Silverton. Free. Open to public. John, 503-873-5446

Taizé Prayer

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

Scotts Mills Pancake Breakfast

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Nurturing the gift By Melissa Wagoner What traits do most parents hope to teach their children? Kindness, humility, creativity, generosity, intelligence; the list can be long and the job a daunting one. But what if the job was not so much about teaching something new as about growing what is already there? Ted Hays, a resident of Joseph in the northeastern corner of Oregon, began to ponder that question after an invitation to the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Pendleton, Ore. changed his life. In his early 30s with three young children at home Hays had a chance meeting with tribal elder Art Motanic who told Hays the secret to raising children in the Native American community. The secret, he said, centered on finding and nurturing the gift that was already inside each child at birth.

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how to use his or her abilities for the good of the whole tribe, and how to walk the “good red road.” This road, Motanic said, was a spiritual path. “It’s what all of us are striving for. You can call it maturity or spirituality,” Hays explained. Hays said Motanic told him the key was that these gifts, although held by the individual, were to be used for the good of the whole community. “The well-being of the tribe depended on the wellbeing of the individuals,” he said. “It was synonymous. You sacrificed for the well-being of the tribe.” Motanic also described his tribe as a place where children were given adult jobs and responsibilities at a young age. Older children were expected to educate their younger counterparts and were held responsible for the actions of the group.

“In the old times we lived as a people,” Motanic told Hays. “Our children were our most precious thing because when they came into the tribe they brought special gifts and we honored that and they felt that.”

“They grew up feeling a sense of purpose at a very young age and a sense of a bigger contribution to the whole tribe,” Motanic said. “We’re happier people when we know what our job is.”

Motanic told Hays that as each child’s talents emerged he or she was assigned to an elder who had similar skills. That elder’s sole purpose was to guide the child in

Looking around the reservation Motanic told Hays the old ways were no longer in practice, much to the detriment of his community.


“Our kids have no purpose,” he said. They don’t know how to contribute.” Although a lot about society has changed since Hays’ meeting with Motanic over 45 years ago, the advent of cellphones, social media and the Internet, some things remain the same. Every day children are still being born with their own set of talents and gifts hidden inside and it falls on parents, teachers and other elders of the community to find a way to find ways to bring them out. Hays thinks one way to do this might be to become a more united front, a stronger and more connected community. “We have to become a we rather than a they,” he explained. “We have to become a people because we’re so splintered now.” Hays sees hope, however, and thinks it is important to pay attention to the elders and the story tellers like Motanic. “A lot of times we don’t get close to the stories of what actually happened,” he said. “I felt so deeply honored and grateful to have him tell me those things. It changed my life from the standpoint that I too wanted to have those things for my children.”

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harvesting money off of the trees,’” Don explained.

If you are picking up your mail or shipping a package at Silverton’s Postal Connections, there’s a good chance you will be greeted by Don Harteloo. Ask how he is doing on any given day and he will cheerfully reply, “Unbelievable, here.”

At that time, his father was the manager of the local telephone company and was gifted with a holly tree by an employee. He planted it on the other side of their driveway and it quickly flourished. Seeing was believing. “My father thought ‘Maybe we can plant more and leave it to our children – and they can benefit from picking money off the trees,’” he said. The rest, as they say, is history.

Don, along with his wife, Sue, own and manage two Postal Connections stores. He runs the Silverton location, opened in 2013, and she oversees Stayton’s, opened in 2003. Since 1988, they have been operating Mill Creek Holly Farms, too.

The holly leaves, called “leaflets,” come in either Green English or Silver Variegated varieties. The holly berries first appear in June with a pinkish color and ripens to a richer red color in late October.

Located in Stayton, the Harteloo’s farm contains 1,500 holly trees, each 20 to 30 feet tall. The traditional holiday evergreen, with its vibrant red berries, has no scent.

“The cold nights set the color,” Sue said.

Married for 36 years, Don, 65, and Sue, 62, have two daughters, Melissa, 34, Michelle, 31, and one granddaughter, two-year-old Sophia Marie.

Harvest time usually begins around mid-November and runs right up to Christmas. Foreman Manuel Manzo has been a mainstay at the family farm for 50 years. A challenging concern for Manzo each year is hoping the local huge flock of robins don’t eat too many of the

Don and Sue Harteloo at the holly farm. NANCY JENNINGS

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with their family, they all head to Corvallis to root on the Oregon State Beavers. “We’ve had basketball season tickets for 40 years, and our football ones for 25,” Don said. “Our girls grew up from the time they were infants watching the basketball games,” Sue said with a grin. They are also season ticketholders at the Pentacle Theatre in Salem. Sue was the director of the theater program for six years at Stayton’s Regis High School. The couple appreciates the flexible and devoted staff they have at their Postal Connections stores. “They are like family to us, and they know if we have to step out for a crisis with the farm, they’re right there to make sure things keep rolling smoothly,” Sue said. “They are unbelievable,” Don added. Mill Creek Holly Farms can be reached at

A student’s petition to disband the GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) Club on the Silverton High School campus was short lived. In mid-November, when school administrators heard the petition was being circulated by a student with no association with the club, they stepped in to reiterate the school’s “commitment to being a safe and welcoming environment for all students.” According to Principal Wade Lockett, a school counselor spoke with the petition’s originator emphasizing that “no amount of signatures collected would entice the administration into a conversation about this.” Lockett addressed the student body via intercom stating “petitions of this sort will not be tolerated.” He then issued a written statement in response to a social media thread revealing a community distressed by the very idea of such a petition.

“We took this matter very seriously but also know that it is a learning situation and we are accessing the supports we have in place here at the high school as they are needed,” he wrote. The GSA Club has existed for years on the SHS campus as a non-political support group for students. The petition and associated social media discussions galvinized GSA supporters. Parents and other adults supporting the GSA plan activities for the Dec. 1 First Friday, including a bake sale, holiday photo booth, raffle and providing supportive buttons and pins. Silverton Jewelry is producing a rainbow bracelet, with part of the proceeds to go to the club. “We would also ask that people not make disparaging remarks about any SHS student,” Lockett wrote. “Our kids are afforded the right to learn difficult lessons free of a social media jury.”

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Carrying on tradition By Melissa Wagoner “Verzetsbir is ode aan grootvader,” read a recent headline in the Belgian newspaper “Het Belang Van Limburg.” Translated it reads, “Resistance beer is ode to grandfather.” The beer in question was created by Silverton’s own Belgian Underground brewmasters, Sheldon Lesire and Dale Coleman who, on a recent trip brought along 24 bottles of their finest brews to share. “The reporter said, ‘This tastes exactly like a Belgian beer,’” Lesire recalled. Throughout the trip, which included tours of several breweries and a lot of tasting, Lesire and Coleman were pleasantly surprised to note that the Belgian brews they have been concocting in America hold up to the real thing.

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schedules used to track German movement and was even brought in for questioning on several occasions. These stories inspired Lesire so much that he decided to make his budding brewery venture into an ode to his opa. “We like to say we’re a storytelling company that happens to brew beer,” Lesire explained. “Each of our beers is named after a group or an event in the resistance.” Belgian Underground, although new to the microbrewery scene, is already brewing five beers and is showcased in 40 different places. “We’d like to stay small for a couple more years,” Coleman said. “The goal was to do this whole thing debt free and we still are.” Keeping things small has also helped Belgian Underground stay true to the taste and quality of the Belgian beers they are trying to emulate.

“There was a Belgian IPA that we had there that tasted a lot like our own,” Lesire said.

“They tend to be stronger, they tend to be sweeter and just a unique flavor profile from the yeast,” Lesire said.

When Lesire began to get interested in brewing six years ago he also became interested in the Belgian Resistance and the part his opa, or grandfather, played in that history.

“Everybody wants to see truly Belgian styles but a lot of that takes time,” Coleman continued.

An employee of the railroad, Lesire’s opa passed on train

Lesire said that each new beer that Belgian Underground releases is the result of at least a dozen test batches in order to get the taste just right.

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Although the purpose of the recent trip to Belgium wasn’t entirely brewery related (Lesire has over 30 first cousins residing there) some of his family are also investors in Belgian Underground and it was a chance for him to bring them up to speed. “My cousin Andres said ‘Wow, this is an amazing beer.’ Lesire said. “He was happy.” The same cousin was also able to get them an interview with the local paper and the duo were recognized several times around the village afterward. They also drew attention by wearing shirts with the Belgian Underground logo, which was inspired by that of the Belgian Resistance. “We got a lot of looks,” Coleman said. “The question was, ‘Belgian beer in America? Why?’” Lesire explained that because the country is so small, roughly the size of the Willamette Valley, residents were


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Plummer, 29, grew up outdoors, a young rodeo rider with a great love for horses and dogs. “I was born in the middle of nowhere West Texas, but would spend each summer up in the backwoods of Silverton,” she said. “That really exposed me to what other magical places lay outside my Texas borders. It was those summers that sparked my curiosity and desire to travel and explore more of the world.”

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After graduating high school, she moved to Oregon which became her “gateway state.” From there she and faithful canine companion Darcie wound up traveling all 49 continental U.S. states while living out of her van. “Silverton holds a special place in my heart and returning is always one of my year’s biggest highlights,” she said. Her adventures continued to take Plummer farther afield until she reached the heart of Patagonia, a sparsely populated region at the southern end of South America, shared by Argentina and Chile. There she found a way to marry her loves – back country and horses – guiding back country pack trips through its vast wilderness. Upon her arrival in Patagonia Plummer had the good fortune to meet Patagonian gaucha (cowgirl) legend Carol Jones, who took Plummer under her wing and showed her the way of the gaucho. Jones is considered “the granddaughter of Patagonia.” Her grandfather, Jarred Jones, was the first to settle in the area.

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that know all this really cool history,” she said. “Living down there these last three years has really opened me up to this entire people that live, eat and breathe slowness. I really want to embrace that throughout my trip and stop, visit with people, learn about the culture and experience things you would miss on a road trip.” Though she could do it in two, Plummer is allowing four months for the adventure. “This trip for me is really embracing slow travel, something I think we’ve lost an appreciation for in the rush of everyday life,” she said. “I also want to keep my animals happy.”

“He rode his horse down through Texas and was followed by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” Plummer said. “They were friends of the family and traveled south through Patagonia. I’ll be following a bit of their trail and go through their old hideout cabin in Cholila.

Thanks to sponsor Hilleberg the Tentmaker, home will be a new Nallo 3 GT tent, which will provide critical shelter from the demanding Patagonian weather with its ruthless winds. Its design provides plenty of space for her, all the gear and of course Darcie, who lounges in its vestibule as if it were a front porch back on the farm.

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Above: Stevie Anna Plummer assembles her crew for the 1,000mile journey through Patagonia, left to right: Darcie the dog, Bandido (black horse), Plummer and Sundance. Both horses are the traditional Argentinian breed called Criollos. Middle: Carol Jones leads Plummer and a pack trip into Patagonian back country. Left: Darcie the dog with medical kit. PHOTOS COURTESY STEVIE ANNA PLUMMER

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Silverton High turned in a 7-4 football season under first-year coach Josh Craig and came within 57 seconds of advancing to the Class 5A semifinals. “We’re very proud of these guys,” Craig told Our Town. “We couldn’t ask for a better group of guys.” Silverton turned in a stirring 24-0 second-half domination of Thurston in a 31-14 round of 16 win before falling 46-42 at Mountain View of Bend in the quarterfinals. “Just a couple of plays kept us from going to the semifinals,” said Craig, who turns 27 this month. “We were very close.” Craig still is at the sponge state Coach Josh Craig in his coaching development, and he produced a long list of things he wants to learn and improve upon. And he sounded like he would be fine if fall drills started in 10 days. “Last week was my first one without football,” he said in an interview in the classroom where he teaches five periods of English. “It takes some getting used to.” Craig mentioned a greater understanding of quarterback play and special teams as well as refining his play-calling. “I’ve committed myself to learning more in the offseason to give my guys a better chance to win,” he said. The Foxes will lose some top contributors such as wide receiver/ defensive backs Spencer Clements and Colton Meyer, two-way lineman Zach Milstead, center Tom Craig and threeway contributor Kobe Garcia. But juniors Ben Willis, Hunter Meissner, Logan Fergus, Rory Groom and Levi Nielsen combined to earn eight of the Foxes’ all-Mid-Willamette Conference spots. Plus Silverton’s freshman squad finished its second consecutive 9-0 season. “There is some good energy coming in.” Craig said.

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Kennedy, meanwhile, finished 4-7 while playing a brutally tough schedule. The Trojans started 0-4 but finished third in the Tri-River Conference and advanced to the Class 2A quarterfinals before falling to eventual finalist Monroe. “We are very proud of how our team improved and grew together as a team this year,” Kennedy coach Joe Panuke told Our Town. “We spent a lot of time The Silverton High dance squad shows off the hardware after scoring well in one of the three categories competitalking about things you can tions of the fall season. SUBMITTED PHOTO control: effort, preparation and mental focus. We lost a with a 16th-place finish Nov. 18 in the Dance: Silverton has finished its fall lot of leaders from last year’s Nike Border Clash in Beaverton. Cantu categories competitions after competing team. So this time it took some time to ran 19:03.5 and was the eighth Oregon in jazz contemporary and hip hop at identify who was going to lead us and to runner to finish in the competition that find our team’s identity.” events at David Douglas, Wilsonville includes the top 80 runners regardless and West Albany. The Foxes brought Four of Kennedy’s losses were to of classification in Oregon and home three first-place trophies and three Monroe (twice), St. Paul and Santiam, Washington. seconds at the three meets. In addition, with those three squads forming 75 freshman Alicea Little and senior Emily percent of the Class 2A final four. Cantu also has signed a letter-of-intent Huyck placed in drill down. The Titans also lost to quarterfinalist to compete in cross country and track Oakland and two Class 3A playoff and field at Western Oregon University Silverton competes in the categories teams, Clatskanie and Blanchet. in Monmouth. championships Saturday, Dec. 2, at Symbolic of the team’s development is Tualatin High. Swimming: The Foxes are dedicating that a 28-0 loss to Monroe in September their home opener Tuesday, Dec. 5 to Also on this year’s squad are seniors became a 41-35 loss in the playoffs, long-time coach Brenna Beyer, Abby Hulett, Natalie with Kennedy taking the Dragons to and supporter Reutov and Mikayla Hamilton; juniors: the limit. Freshman quarterback Dylan Dennis Downey, Hannah Barrett, Rebekah Huebsch, Kleinschmit threw three touchdown the Silverton-area Lisa Kurns, Abi Reece and Sarah passes, one to sophomore running back contractor who Zitzelberger; sophomores Corinne Emorej Lynk, who also had a pair of passed away Sept. Berning, Lottie Hamilton, Sarah Littell rushing TDs. Sophomore receiver Brady 26 at the age of 71. Traeger caught the other two TD passes and Samantha Zurcher; and freshmen from Kleinschmit. The ceremony Emily Anderson, Sophia Borgstahl, to honor Coach Orianna Farrell, Euphrasia Retov and Panuke noted that the squad will have Downey will Claire Crager-Stadeli. seven returning starters on offense and Dennis Downey be at 3:45 p.m. defense. Silverton is coached by Paula McGee, at the Silverton Emily Sword and Alex Reese. “We are expecting big things from all Community Pool, with the Foxes taking our returning starters next year,” he said. on Putnam of Milwaukie in a dual meet Follow me on @jameshday. starting at 4 p.m. Foxes past, present and Got a news tip? Email me at Cross country: Four-time district future are encouraged to be on hand to champion Kaylin Cantu of Kennedy finished her glittering high school career honor Downey. Follow Our Town on Facebook.

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Two events occurred nearly simultaneously this fall. They both got me to thinking.

and buy one of those $10 margaritas served in the lobby. The other thing that happened this fall was also a rite of old age. I received an official “Medicare Guidebook” in the mail. At first I thought someone had messed up. I’m way too young for that sort of thing. But the booklet said I need to start doing my homework so I can sign up before I turn 65.

The first was when I went to a Jimmy Buffett concert. I know, what a cliche. An old duffer (me) going to listen to an older duffer (Jimmy). I was a bit wary of going at first, because most concerts don’t live up to the anticipation. I went to one a few years ago that was terrible. The singer, who shall remain nameless, acted as though she was bored with the whole thing and only talked about her kids, which made me bored, too. I seriously considered asking for my money back, except my wife and I left the concert and ran across an Italian festival a few blocks away at Pioneer Square in Portland. The food was great and the music was ten times better than the concert we had left – and it was free. I forgot all about the crappy concert. When I got to the Jimmy Buffet venue in Eugene two hours before kickoff, the area had been taken over by Parrot Heads. For those who don’t recognize the terminology, a P.H. (Parrot Head) is another word for O.D. (Old Duffer), except he, or she, is drunk and wearing a Hawaiian shirt.

to forget and no taste in fashion, so taking up the P.H. banner is A-OK. I found most P.H.’s to be pretty harmless, but the folks who were next to me in the arena were, like a lot of O.D.’s, entitled. They stood up the whole show, so no one behind them could see the stage. All they saw was wave after wave of excess flesh undulating under a blueand-yellow print shirt. I was hit three times by various unidentified body parts. Ugh. I had assumed that sort of thoughtlessness was confined to Costco parking lots, where an O.D. will block a lane for ten minutes waiting for another O.D. to load his car and vacate the slot.

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I waded through the booklet, which read like an IQ test. By the time I was done I felt as though Uncle Sam could take Parts A, B, C and D and shove them up his youknow-what. Over the years, I have developed what I call a “B.S. Meter” to help me know when someone is trying to jerk me around. In this case, it was the federal government, which, it turns out, jerks around more people that anyone or anything else on the planet. Medicare is one more example of how the feds can mess up the best of ideas – helping old duffers afford medical care. I read through the booklet a couple of times, and one of my kids asked me what I was doing. “I’m looking for a discount,” I told him. “What sort of discount?” he asked. “For Parrot Heads.”

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Call Marcia at ext. 318 $179,000 (WVMLS#715865) #T2384 creek FronTage 1.09 acres Call Marcia at ext. 318 $162,000 (WVMLS#715869) #T2411 readY For dreaM HoMe .34 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $79,900 (WVMLS#718207) #T2429 BUilaBle acres 2.85 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $225,000




WOODBUR BARELAND/LOTS #T2436 QUieT reTreaT $549,900 FOR LEASE/COMMERCIAL #T2442 greaT locaTion $298,600 FOR RENT

COUNTRY/ACREAGE #T2338 silVerTon Parcel Buildable 6,365 sqft Lot Call Chuck at ext. 325 $69,900 (WVMLS#709283) neW-#T2444 classic silVerTon HoMe 2 BR, 1 BA 1140 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $248,600 (WVMLS#726385) neW-#T2442 greaT locaTion 3 BR, 2.5 BA 1534 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $298,600 (WVMLS#726272) neW-#T2441 HisTorical FarMHoUse 5 BR, 1.5 BA 2847 sqft 4.27 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $379,900 (WVMLS#726136) #T2383 WaTerFronT ProPerTY 1.10 acres Call Marcia at ext. 318 $179,000 (WVMLS#715865) #T2384 creek FronTage1.09 acres Call Marcia at ext. 318 $162,000 (WVMLS#715869) #T2411 readY For dreaM HoMe .34 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $79,900



SILVERTON #T2440 locaTion, locaTion, locaTion $369,000 4-bdrm residence remodeled into an excellent condition commercial building on a high traffic count main thoroughfare. Plenty of off-street parking available. ADA ramp installed. Building has fire-suppression sprinklers throughout to include in the full basement. Property to be vacant after 1 Dec and available for immediate business occupancy. Call Mason at ext. 303. WVMLS# 725845



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




#T2440 locaTion, locaTion, OTHER COMMUNITIES locaTion 4 BR, 1.5 BA 2247 sqft Call Mason at BARELAND ext. 303 $369,000 (WVMLS#725845)





#T2416 loTs oF PoTenTial 5 BR, 6 BA 6057 #T2358-corVallis- PerFecT inVesTMenT IN TOWN NEW IN TOWN NEW sqft 5.120 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at 3 BR, 1 BA 1210HOME sqft. CallCONSTRUCTION Mary at ext. 320 (WVMLS#724203) ext. 322 $649,900 (WVMLS#721150) $339,900 (WVMLS#711879) COUNTRY/ACREAGE COUNTRY/ACREAGE COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL sold-#T2430 WonderFUl seTTing 4 BR, 3 canBY- #a2438 rUral seTTing BA 2792 sqft 4.200 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, 3 BR, 2.5 BA, 1461 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, FOR LEASE/COMMERCIAL #T2265 2.13 UndeVeloPed acres 2.13 acre Ryan at ext. 322 $599,800 (WVMLS#724202) Ryan at ext. 322 $428,700 (WVMLS#724647) lot. Zoned ID Call Chuck at ext. 325 $199,000 #T2429 BUilaBle 2.85 aces 2.85 Acres Call (WVMLS#698462) Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $225,000 #T2422-keiZer-WonderFUllY UPdaTed (WVMLS#724203) 4 BR, 3.5 BA, 2733 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, silVerTon- #T2436 QUieT reTreaT 3 BR, 2.5IN BATOWN 3273 sqftNEW 2.04 Acres Call Kirsten at ext. 326 Ryan at ext. 322 $389,900 (WVMLS#722076) HOME CONSTRUCTION $549,900 (WVMLS#724403) #T2427-saleM-greaT locaTion 3 BR, 2 saleM- #T2437 sUnseT VieWs 5 BR, 3 BA 2634 BA, 1481 sqft Call Kirsten at ext. 326 $250,000 COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL sqft 31.87 Acres Call Michael at ext. 314 $649,900 COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL (WVMLS#723653) (WVMLS#724661) #A2435-SALEM-UPDATED 1950’s HOME 3 BR,

FOR RENT TOWNWOODBURN KEIZER STAYTON/SUBLIMITY STAYTON/SUBLIMITY BARELAND/LOTS LAND/ACREAGE LAND/ACREAGE TOWN Let us take the AUMSVILLE/TURNER stress off of you. COUNTRY/ACREAGE WOODBURN #T2440 locaTion, locaTion, locaTion 4 BR, 1.5 BA 2247 sqft Call Mason at We can 2.5 BA, 1725 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at FOR manage LEASE/COMMERCIAL FOR RENT FOR LEASE/COMMERCIAL ext. 303 $369,000 FOR RENT ext. 322 $264,600 STAYTON/SUBLIMITY #T2416 loTs oF PoTenTial 5 BR, 6 BA 6057 your rental TOWN TOWNVieWsKEIZER #T2437-saleM-sUnseT 5 BR, 3 BA 2634 KEIZER #T2265 2.13 UndeVeloPed acres 2.13 acre WOODBURN sqft 5.120 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at sqft 31.87 Acres Call MichaelWOODBURN at ext. 314 $649,900 BARELAND/LOTS lot. Zoned ID Call Chuck at ext. 325 $199,000 LAND/ACREAGE BARELAND/LOTS OTHER COMMUNITIES ext. 322 $649,900 property! sold-#T2428 like neW 2 BR, 2.5 BA 1299 sqft TOWN neW-saleM-#T2443 loTs oF cHaracTer TOWN #T2338 silVerTon ParceL Buildable






Call Marcia at ext. 318 $217,300 (WVMLS#723765) #T2402 WonderFUl esTaTe 5 BR, 4 BA 3751 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $539,900 (WVMLS#720151) #T2436 QUieT reTreaT 3 BR, 2.5 BA 3273 sqft 2.04 Acres Call Kirsten at ext. 326 $549,900



6,365 sqft Lot Call Chuck at ext. 325 $69,900

4 BR, 1.5 BA 1395 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $259,800 (WVMLS#726243)

(WVMLS#709283) COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL #T2383 WaTerFronT ProPerTY 1.10 acres




WOODBURN neW-#T2439 readY For iMProVeMenTs BARELAND/LOTS (WVMLS#724403)


3 BR, 2 BA 1388 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $198,900 (WVMLS#725193)




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