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The Kennedy High football team savors the moment after beating Santiam 31-20 on Nov. 24 to capture the school’’ first state football title. Above: Kennedy wide receiver Rocco Carley goes up between a pair of Santiam defenders to haul in a 28-yard pass from Trojans QB Angel DeLaRosa. The completion led to the clinching field goal in the Trojans’ 31-20 victory. TED MILLER

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A jolly heirloom

Retro Santa returns to Silverton

By Melissa Wagoner

Silverton Coffee Station and Stamen and Pistil

A piece of Christmas past is coming home to downtown Silverton in the form of a six-foot, four-inch plywood Santa Claus cut-out mural. Painted in the mid-1950s, the Santa originally adorned the top of the Legard and Son 76 Station – now Stamen and Pistil – and was painted by Silvertonian Chuck Leonard.

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“Chuck painted similar Christmas displays for himself, his family and other friends,” Chuck’s brother, David Leonard, recently related to Heather Desmarteau-Fast, the owner of both Stamen and Pistil and the Silverton Coffee Station. “When Denny left the gas station business to become the manager of Silverton Co-op [which later became Wilco] he took the Santa with him and it was displayed at Christmas on the roof of the old co-op building there. After he left Wilco, I acquired it and it was frequently on my front porch at Christmas time.” Desmarteau-Fast said she was thrilled to learn of the piece and its history but what really impressed her was that Leonard willing gave her the art on permanent loan. “This is perfect for Silverton because we’re a mural town,” she said. “I think Silvertonians – we’re very into our history and everybody seems to love the feeling of

previous owner, Christy Davis when the Santa Claus solved their dilemma. “We were both, like, ‘What are we going to do?’ because everybody really appreciates the amount of effort she put into decorating,” DesmarteauFast remembered.

Now the couple plan to decorate using the Santa Claus as the centerpiece and to re-introduce him to the Silverton community during the First Friday Tree Lighting.

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our town. We get so many visitors going to the falls and they’re just mesmerized by Silverton.” Desmarteau-Fast and her husband Courtney Fast – who purchased the Coffee Station this past January – had just begun to wonder, with Christmas around the corner, how they would uphold the decorating tradition of the

“It’s always a gathering night,” Desmarteau-Fast said. “We’re going to have the Olde Tyme Kettle Korn guy, the Silverton Rainbow Connection is doing a bake sale and Gay-Straight Alliance an ugly sweater sale.” Desmarteau-Fast hopes the night will be a tribute befitting the returning Santa Claus but also the community of Silverton, whom Desmarteau-Fast strives to serve with the same warmth as her predecessor. “I really loved how she was getting to be such a place for the kids,” Desmarteau-Fast said. “And [First] Fridays are so iconic in Silverton. It’s kind of a community thing.”

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Lighting the way

Children’s Parade of Lanterns helps homeless

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developed in January 2018 to oversee the Warming Shelter. She will be joined by fellow volunteers as well as Father Christmas and head elf Bernie at 3 p.m. under the Coolidge McClaine Park pavilion to hand out hot cocoa and cookies and to tell stories. The group will also oversee the decorating of special lanterns.

“Silverton is the town that still believes and I think children remind us of this,” Michele Finicle said. Finicle was referencing the Tree Lighting event that takes place in downtown Silverton every holiday season – which brings out the child in many – but she was also speaking to the spirit of neighborliness and care that she sees taking place in her town every day.

“Parents may purchase a lantern to decorate at the pavilion for $5 and all proceeds go toward the warming shelter,” Finicle said. “At 6 p.m. we will line up near the pavilion for the procession. The Christmas Angel will appear to give a special holiday message and lead us in song. Then the parade will cross over the bridge, go through the park adjacent to the library, down Water Street’s sidewalk, and finally over the covered bridge into the park for the Tree Lighting.”

“The Tree Lighting is one of my favorite Silverton events,” she said. “I love how neighbors gather with neighbors and we all share in that special moment. For me, I wanted to hold on to that feeling a little longer.” What she came up with was the Silverton Children’s Lantern Parade, which will be held as an extension of the Tree Lighting to raise money for the Silverton Warming Shelter. “Lantern parades are popular all over the world, and in Germany they host the St. Martin Lantern Parade to celebrate Good Samaritans,” Finicle explained. “Silverton is a special place full of Good Samaritans who are lights in dark times for others. I like to think we are honoring them as well. We wanted people in our community who are homeless to see the town light up for them, to communicate that we care and that they deserve the

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warmth and light of shelter. Altogether, it felt like a natural fit for our beautiful town.” Finicle is Secretary and Development Director of Silverton Sheltering Services (SSS), a nonprofit

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As well as raising awareness of the unsheltered population of Silverton – who struggle the most during the winter months – members of SSS hope to raise funds to extend the hours of the Warming Shelter – which was previously open only during the coldest temperatures – to seven days a week Thanksgiving through February.

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Silverton Tree Celebration December 7: The City will be distributing free trees first come first served from 3-5pm during the Children’s Lantern Festival beginning at 3 pm in Coolidge-McClaine Park. All are invited to the Festival and the parade at 6 pm leading to Town Square Park for the Silverton Chamber Holiday Tree Lighting. Festivities begin at 6pm, tree lit at 7 pm.

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“With the help of a grant through ARCHES, we were able to start this process but it will not be sustainable without donations and volunteers. We really believe that as a community, we have the power to take care of our neighbors so no one feels the trauma of sleeping outside during the winter. The donations from the lanterns will go toward providing that care.”

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Along with the Lantern Parade, SSS will also be holding a Light the Calendar Challenge in the hopes of funding all 125 days that the Warming Shelter will be open this winter.

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Mt. Angel Tree Lighting & Aglow Parade Saturday, Dec. 1, 5 p.m. Parade starts at the Mount Angel Festhalle following the Hazelnut Fesitval. Children will receive glow sticks to illuminate the walk to City Hall. 6 p.m. Santa lights the city Tree of Trades. Music, goodie bags. Silverton Children’s Lantern Parade Friday, Dec. 7, 3 p.m. Stories, goodies and lantern decorating in the pavilion at Coolidge McClain Park. Lanterns, $5, support the Silverton Warming Shelter. 6 p.m. A Christmas Angel starts the procession to Town Square Park. Caroling in Town Square Park 6 p.m. Music, cocoa, cookies, letters to Santa. Silverton Tree Lighting 7 p.m. Santa Claus arrives with the help of Silverton Fire District.

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The goal, according to councilors, is to take a step toward a more environmentally friendly community by eliminating carry-out plastic bags used by businesses within the city. Non-biodegradable plastics contaminate landfills, the ocean, and are second only to climate change as a global environmental issue, the council was told.

Councilor Jim Sears urged the council to spend more time “wordsmithing” the two ordinances under discussion: one addressing bags, the other food take-out containers. Councilor Dana Smith, who also serves on the environmental committee, apologized to committee members for the delay in action, adding, “It’s been at least two years. Another month is not going to hurt.”

A similar ban was scheduled fjor a vote by the Salem City Council Nov. 26. If approved, that ban goes into effect April 1, 2019.

“There are going to be people inconvenienced and that is unfortunate but as a society... adaptation to something more environmentally friendly is necessary,” Councilor Matt Plummer said.

In testimony at the council’s Nov. 5 meeting, Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stacy Palmer said the majority of

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A question of balance By Teresa Williams Jackson The Silver Falls School Board appointed three members to the district budget committee at its Nov. 5 meeting. Despite having three women among its seven applicants, two of whom have never served on the committee, the board elected three men, one of whom will be serving a third term, which is discouraged, though not prohibited, by the board’s policy. The committee now has ten men and four women, including the five men and two women on the board. Some community members are saying not having appointed at least one woman is a sign that Silverton has an “old boys club” mentality. But Superintendent Andy Bellando said the board did follow its policy, which requires it to consider factors “such as gender, occupation and place of residence within the district” by trying to balance the number of in-town and rural members.

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Kurt Metzger got five votes; he is the sales manager for the Northwest and Western Canada for a vegetable seed company. He will serve a third term. Peter Matzka, who had four votes, said at the board’s Oct. 22 work session that in his work as a forest engineer and in outreach and youth education, his job was to make sure budgets were feasible and met objectives. Of the candidates not appointed to the committee, lawyer Melissa Seifer Briggs got three votes. She said in her application that she has experience budgeting for several organizations. She had served two terms on the budget committee. Patricia O’Sullivan, who received two votes, had been a lobbyist for the Oregon Department of Human Services and Portland Public Schools, among other agencies.

All seven of the applicants had experience with budgets.

Karen Garst, who got one vote, has a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. She was a field representative for the Oregon Federation of Teachers, was the executive director of the Oregon Community College Association, and was executive director of the Oregon State Bar.

Jacob Clotfelter, who garnered a vote from six board members, is a contracts compliance analyst with the Marion County Finance Department. He will serve a second term on the committee.

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Shelly Nealon read the committee appointment policy aloud to remind her colleagues of its contents. Board member Jennifer Traeger suggested looking at the candidates individually. She praised Matzka because he talked about making sure the budget met district goals. At that point, discussion turned to the makeup of in-town versus rural applicants. Tim Roth said Metzger was the only candidate from a rural school. Chairman Tom Buchholz said he wanted to maintain the balance between the rural areas and town. Ron Valoff said that although limiting a member to two terms was “best practice and tradition… we’re not necessarily beholden to that.” The board voted without discussion of gender, occupation or experience. When asked why, Buchholz said, “Honestly, I don’t know. Because no one brought it up as I recall.” He said he expects a process next year that will help the public understand why the board votes the way it does. “Had we done that this time around, I think there would be fewer questions. Though I strongly doubt it would have

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‘We are not used to analyzing the criteria and selecting and defending our decisions when it comes to budget committee selections. It showed... ’ – SFSD Board Chair Tom Buchholz changed the outcome.” Each member chose their top three candidates, so that any candidate with four or more votes was appointed. Community member Chuck Sheketoff said the board should have looked at the top vote-getters at this point to see if they fit the criteria. “In the year 2018, even if they didn’t have that in their policy, any board… has to consider gender,” Sheketoff said in a phone interview. “They should have said, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, we’ve got a problem here.’ They didn’t even discuss it.” In a letter, Garst called on the board to reconsider. “Instead of appointing myself or Patricia O’Sullivan, another woman with a wealth of experience, the board appointed three men, one of whom had already served on the budget committee for the two-term limit… Without

a discussion about the criteria to be used, there was no indication why the board voted as it did.”

She also thought the board should have stuck with a twoterm limit, “especially because we had so many applicants.”

Garst said the board showed that “it is not bound to follow (its written policy) or give any logical reason for not following it.”

Board member Jonathan Edmonds responded to Garst, saying he “weighed the various criteria… and arrived at a ranked list of candidates. My top three happened to all be men, though they were diverse otherwise.”

Sheketoff also wrote an email calling on the board to reconsider. “Your decision to ignore aspects of the district’s policy… undermines your efforts to build community trust in your work and the work of the district,” he wrote. “It sets a bad example for the students in the district on how to follow the letter and spirit of policies and procedures.” Buchholz replied, “I know you wished for a different selection, but the policy clearly states that we can do what we did. We violated no policy. “… I can’t speak for the individual votes of the individual board members, but I can speak to mine,” he continued. “I voted to keep a balance of qualified rural school voices and qualified town school voices on the budget committee. That balance is very, very important to me.” Nealon said she shares many of Sheketoff’s concerns. “We just kicked off a woman and added another man,” she said, adding that that was “not OK.”

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Vintage industrial spark Artist handcrafts objects of wonder By Nancy Jennings With 16 of his edgy art pieces being displayed in September at Lunaria Gallery, Silverton artist Joshua Kinsey knows how to make an impression. After all, he has sold his creations worldwide. Classifying his art’s aesthetic as “vintage industrial,” he’s quick to point out the differences between his “from scratch” creations to the current trendy “Steampunk” style. “My art aesthetic has motifs referencing the Victorian Era and the Industrial Revolution, back when design was emphasized – where design was celebrated over function,” he explained. “I try to source inspiration from that time, about 130 years ago.”

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In the comfort of his recently selfbuilt 800-square-foot workshop, Kinsey owns a wide variety of specialized machinery to construct his custom art pieces. He enjoys collecting lathes.

“I’m coming at it from the exact opposite direction. Everything that I do is made from scratch. I don’t repurpose anything. In my workshop, I’m fabricating 95 percent of my parts and the other five percent are purchased items like fasteners or electrical components.”

To date, his smallest art piece was a half inch in diameter, while the largest was 24 feet wide by 8 feet tall. The creative process is a very collaborative one with his customers – one that requires clear communication to ensure the finished piece fulfills and matches the customer’s desired result. He has established basic criteria that can influence the final design “of a bespoke sculpture”: size restrictions, color palettes, shapes of rooms, specific tasks in which customers want the piece to function, and specific electrical requirements. Hours of hand-drawn sketching and computer-aided design (CAD) 3D modeling are utilized to arrive at a final design concept. Smaller pieces, such as a table lamp, can take him between 40 – 60 hours to design and fabricate a finished piece.

Kinsey, 44, and his wife, Katelyn, 47, have been married for 23 years and have two children – son, Braxton, 22, and daughter, Tessa, 19. The family moved to Silverton in 2009 from Modesto, California. With Katelyn being born and raised in Silverton, the couple was happy to realize their 26-year dream of moving back to her hometown.

He is currently in the process of designing a chandelier for a customer in Minnesota, and a massive bar tap sculpture for an architect in Texas. When a large piece is finished, it generally doesn’t simply get shipped off to the customer. Kinsey makes house calls – since most deliveries include intricate installation procedures.

Kinsey earned a BA degree in Computer Graphics from Cogswell Polytechnical College in San Jose, California.

Also, size is a factor. “It’s a lot easier to go deliver and install it myself than to ship it on pallets and have to explain to somebody else how to do it.”

“Steampunk is basically ‘Victorian Futurism,’ imagining what the future would look like from someone who lived in the Victorian times,” he said. “Now the design tenets have basically been assimilated by popular culture. It’s all about repurposing things.” He further described the Steampunk style as collecting an assortment of gears, bolts, springs and other bits of junk from the “Steam Engine” era, then spray painting the assemblage with gold paint.

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For instance, in 2014, a customer from Manhattan, New York commissioned five pieces. The coast-to-coast trek clocked 4,000 miles and took four days to drive. “We actually drove from here (Silverton) to New York to deliver them. One of them was a 12-foottall chandelier for his living room. He had an apartment in the World Trump Tower. We got to stay in his apartment for nine days while we assembled the piece, and then we flew home.” Other pieces and places included an outside fireplace mantel piece in San Diego, California, and 10 interior pieces (which included five nine-foot-tall lamps, each with 1,200 components) at a restaurant in Dallas, Texas. Professional recognition found Kinsey when he won “The Best of Art & Craft Award” at the 2014 “Geekie Awards,” an international arts competition, presented at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood, California. In addition, he was the prop master and set designer for the 2014 independent movie, The Record Keeper, designing and fabricating over a dozen “hero” props for the production. How does Kinsey keep track of the limitless ideas that spark his imagination? “I have a sketchbook that lives on my nightstand,” he said. I have a lifetime of ideas and not enough time to build them all.” For more information about Kinsey’s works, go to his website

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

Weekly Events Monday Craft Store, Mt. Angel Community &

Senior Center, 195 E Charles St. Open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturdays. 503-845-6998

Stay Fit Exercise Class, 9:30 a.m.,

Silverton Senior Center. $3 members, $4 others. Repeats Wednesdays, Fridays.

Yoga with Tracy, 9:30 p.m., Silverton

Senior Center. $8 members, $10 nonmembers. Repeats Wednesdays, Fridays.

Senior Meal Site, 11:30 a.m., Mt. Angel

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

Recovery at Noon, Noon – 1 p.m.,

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

Monday Meal, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Oak Street

Church, 502 Oak St., Silverton. All welcome. Free; donations accepted. John, 503-873-5446

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

Tuesday Zumba, 8 a.m., Silverton Senior Center.

$4 members, $6 non-members. Repeats Thursdays.

Clubb Massage, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Appt: 503-873-3093

Tai Chi, 9 a.m., Silverton Senior Center.

$3 members, $4 non-members. Repeats Thursdays.

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. Supplies provided. Free. Age 5 - 11.

Toddler Storytime, 10:30 a.m., Mount Angel Indoor Playtime, 11:00 a.m., Mount Angel Dynamic Aging Exercise, 10:30 a.m.,

Duplo Day, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Silver

Public Library. Toddlers. Free.

Silverton Senior Center. $7 members, $8 non-members.

Chickadees Storytime, 12:30 p.m., Silver

4 p.m., Silverton Arts Association, 303 Coolidge St. $2. All skill levels. 503-873-2480

- noon, Silverton Friends Church, 229 Eureka Ave. Local produce, eggs, meats, artisan crafts. Free admission.

STEAM LaB, 3:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library.

Citizenship Class, 10 a.m. - noon,

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

Free Dinner, 5 - 7 p.m., First Christian

Church, 402 N First St., Silverton. Free; donations accepted. 503-873-6620

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


After-Season Indoor Market, 10 a.m.

Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N Church St., Silverton. 503-873-8656

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. All ages. Free; caregiver must attend with children 0 - 5.

Saturday Lunch, Noon - 1:30 p.m., Trinity

Kiwanis Club of Silverton, 7 a.m., Main St.

Lutheran Church, 500 N Second St., Silverton. Free. 503-873-2635

Baby Birds Storytime, 11 a.m., Silver Falls

Shop Hop

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

Library. Storytime, playgroup. Age 0 - 36 months. Free. Repeats Fridays.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 6 p.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St. Dave, 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. Tips, support those with eating problems. All welcome. 503-551-3671

Friday Silverton Toastmasters, 7:30 a.m., Mount

Angel Festhalle, 500 NE Wilco Hwy. Ann, 503-873-4198

Silverton Women Connect, 8:45am., Main

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

Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 9:15 a.m.,


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Silverchips Woodcarving Sessions, 1 –

Silvertones Community Singers, 10 a.m., United Methodist Church, 203 Main St., Silverton. A tenor is especially needed. Open to anyone who loves to sing. Tomi, 503-873-2033

Silverton Inn & Suites, 310 N Water St. Free. 503-873-5615

Painting with Acrylics, 1 p.m., Silverton


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

Silverton Business Group, 8 a.m.,

Falls Library. Ages 0 - 5. Free.

Falls Library. Storytime, playgroup. Age 3 - 5. Free. Caregivers must attend.

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

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

Appy Hour, 11 a.m., Mount Angel Public Library. Technical assistance for devices, apps. Call 503-845-6401 for 1-on-1 appointment. Free. All ages.

Public Library. Stories, singing. Free.

Saturday Dec. 1 Visit Silverton, Mt. Angel merchants through Dec. 11, and be eligible for prize drawings. Grand prize is $25 gift certificate to each participating store. Passports available in mid-November issue of Our Town, at participating shops. 503-873-5615,

Santa Mouse Holiday Bazaar 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Silverton High, 1456 Pine St. Handmade crafts, holiday gifts, silent auction. Fundraiser for special needs class at Silverton High.

Christmas Craft Bazaar 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Shop crafts for Christmas gifts. Free admission. 503-873-3093

Hazelnut Festival 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Festhalle, 500 S Wilco Hwy., Mt. Angel. German holiday market features regional arts and crafts, Oregon wineries and breweries and foods that feature Hazelnuts. Free admission. Repeats Dec. 2.

Ice Skating at The Garden Noon - 4 p.m. & 5 - 9 p.m., The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St. Day admission $15. Night admission $15, $20. Bring skates, save $5. Wednesday - Sunday through Dec. 16; daily Dec. 17 - 23, 26 - 31.

Christmas in the Garden 5 - 9 p.m., The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St. Traditional German Christmas Market with vendors, light display, traditional foods, holiday beverages, carolers, children’s activities, night tubing. Wednesday - Sunday through Dec. 16; daily Dec. 17 - 23, 26 - 31. Admission prices vary; purchase online or at door. 503-8748100,

Mt. Angel Tree Lighting 5 p.m., Festhalle, 500 S Wilco Hwy., Mt. Angel. Santa leads Glow Walk from Festhalle to Tree of Trades. Glow sticks available on first come, first served basis. After tree lighting, Santa hands out goodie bags to children. Live music.

Arsenic and Old Lace 7 p.m., Brush Creek Playhouse, 11535 NE Silverton Road, Silverton. Brush Creek Players production. $10 adults, $8 seniors 60 and older, children under 12, all students with ID. Repeats 7 p.m. Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15; 2 p.m. Dec. 2, 9, 16.

Sunday, Dec. 2 Hanukkah Begins Holidays with The Trail Band 4 p.m., The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St., Silverton. The Trail Band performs two hours of holiday classics, interactive entertainment. Adults $35, children 10 and under $25. Tickets include admission to Christmas in the Garden. Purchase tickets at

Monday, Dec. 3 Intarsia Show 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. View woodworking art every Monday Friday through December. Free admission. 503-8733093

Grotto Festival of Lights 1:30 p.m. Trip to Portland for Festival of Lights. No-host lunch at Clackamas Town Center. $20 members, $22 nonmembers. 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., Mount Angel Public Library. Open to public. Agenda available. 503-845-9291

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Tuesday, Dec. 4 Blood Pressure Checks 10:30 a.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free blood pressure checks by Legacy Silverton Hospital. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

Caregiver Connection 2 - 3:30 p.m., Legacy Silverton Health, 342 Fairview St. For unpaid family caregivers. This month’s topic is anticipatory grief. Free. Suzy, 503-304-3429

Perler Bead Ornaments 3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Create ornament using plastic beads. Age 6 - 12. Free. 503-845-6401

LEGO Lab 4:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Build original creation of of Legos. Free. All ages. 503-845-6401

Holiday Craft Meet Up 6 - 8 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Bring craft project to work on, share tips, make simple holiday craft provided by library. Age 16 and older. Free. 503-769-8796

Silverton Garden Club 6:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Bring greenery, containers, appetizer to share in creating holiday decorations.

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

American Legion Post No. 89 7 p.m., Legion Hall, 740 E College St., Mt. Angel. All veterans welcome. Jim Kosel, 503-845-6119

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

Wednesday, Dec. 5 Storytime with Chief 10:30 a.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Storytime with Mt. Angel police chief Mark Daniel. Free. Families. 503-845-6401

Wellness Wednesdays 6 p.m., Live Local Conference Room, 111 N Water St., Silverton. Silverton Health Coach Network presentation. Today: The Secrets of a Label: Learn the PISSED Method. Dec. 12: Food Shaming and Reverse Food Shaming. Dec. 19: Tips for Navigating THAT Holiday Meal. $10. RSVP:, 503-269-9433


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Actors/Improv Group 7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Improvisational games. No experience required. Open to adults, high school students. Repeats Dec. 19. 503-873-8796

Silverton Tree Lighting 6 p.m., Town Square Park. Music, hot chocolate. Santa arrives at 7 p.m. to light the tree. Free. Open to public. 503-873-5615

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Thursday, Dec. 6 Throwback Thursday Movie 1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. It’s a Wonderful Life. All ages. Popcorn. Free. 503-845-6401

Family History Class

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

Holiday Magic

7 - 8:30 p.m., Silver Falls Library. Informal writer’s group to share, critique writing projects. Repeats Dec. 20. 503-873-8796

7 - 9 p.m., Lunaria Gallery, 113 N Water St., Silverton. Artists reception for December exhibit of two- and three-dimensional, functional, wearable arts, craft items. Artwork created by Silverton, surrounding area co-op gallery members, consignors. Artwork on display 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. through Jan. 2. 503-873-7734

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Saturday, Dec. 8

1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Learn how to discover your family’s history. 50 and older. Free. 503-873-3093

Emergency Preparedness Class 2:30 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Make an emergency plan. 50 and older. Free. 503873-3093

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

Holiday Festival at Silver Falls

7 p.m., Legacy Silverton Health, 342 Fairview St. Open to everyone interested in service to community. Repeats Dec. 20. 503-873-7119

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

Friday, Dec. 7

Second Saturday Maker’s Market

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Silverton Tree Celebration Day 3 - 5 p.m., Coolidge McClaine Park, 300 Coolidge St., Silverton. Take home a free tree to plant. First come, first served. Children activities, tree information.Tree donated by Pudding River Watershed Council.

Children’s Lantern Decorating, Parade 3 - 6 p.m., Coolidge McClaine Park, 300 Coolidge St., Silverton. Lantern decorating workshop with cookies, Santa, music. Lanterns $5; proceeds benefit warming shelter. At 6 p.m., families hear special message from Holiday Angel. After Angel and Santa lead caroling procession to Town Square Park for tree lighting. Lanterns available for those unable to pay. Parents can bring own battery-operated lanterns.

Cork Craft 3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Use recycled cork stoppers to make holiday decoration. Teens, tweens. 503-845-6401

Church Lady Fudge 6 - 8 p.m., Silverton United Methodist Church, 203 W Main St. Make a holiday ornament. Purchase fudge. After treelighting, follow Santa back for small gift. Proceeds from fudge benefit weekly snack sacks to Silverton Area Community Aid.

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Macleay Grange, 8312 Macleay Road, Salem. Indoor farmers market, baked goods, handmade crafts. Free admission. 503-873-3593

Santa & Corn Dogs 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Oak Street Church, 502 Oak St., Silverton. Pictures with Santa, crafts. Hand-dipped corn dogs, cookies. Free. Open to public. 503-873-5446

Sunday, Dec. 9 Advent Concert 3 p.m., Mt. Angel Abbey, 1 Abbey Dr., St. Benedict. Ninth annual Advent concert with Christopher Wicks, organist; and colleagues. Music by Bach, du Mage and Wicks. Donations accepted. 503-873-3461

Community Christmas Carol Service 6 p.m., St. Mary Public School, 590 E College St., Mt. Angel. Special guests Georgene Rice of KPDQ and Dave Stutzman. Free. Open to public. Sponsored by Mt. Angel Bible Church.

Angel of Hope Candle Lighting 7 p.m., Angel of Hope Garden, 856 W Main St., Silverton. Tent opens at 6:30 p.m. Candles lighting and reading of names at 7 p.m. To add a name or for parking details, email

Monday, Dec. 10 Mt. Angel School District 6:30 p.m., District Office, 730 E Marquam St. Open to public. 503-845-2345

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

Tuesday, Dec. 11 Clay foam Snowmen 3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Mold clay foam into personalized snowman. Age 6 - 12. Free. 503-845-6401

Silverton Planning Commission 7 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Open to public. 503-874-2207

Wednesday, Dec. 12 Pints & Purls 6 - 8 p.m., Main Street Bistro, 201 E Main St., Silverton. Meet knitters, crocheters for evening of pints, some purls. Hosted by KIS Designs. Everyone welcome. Contact Kisdesigns on Facebook for information.

Thursday, Dec. 13 Strings of Christmas Noon, Silverton Assembly, 437 N James St. Ron Diller, credited as one of Oregon’s great guitarists, performs. Speaker is Laura Loffredo presents “The Life of Mary.” Luncheon, $6.50. RSVP: Cathy, 503-9992291. Presented by Silverton Women’s Connection, Stonecroft Ministries.

Book Angel Craft 3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Recycle old books into angel. Teens, adults. Free. 503-845-6401

Zenith Women’s Club 7 p.m. Members discuss ways to fund, implement projects benefiting Silverton community. Social at 6:30 p.m. New members welcome. Call Barbara, 801-414-3875, for meeting place, info.

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

Friday, Dec. 14 Polar Express Party 3 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Watch The Polar Express in PJs. Hot cocoa, cookies. Free. All ages. 503-845-6401

Saturday, Dec. 15 Community Breakfast 7 - 9:30 a.m., Marquam United Methodist Church, 36971 Highway 213, Mt. Angel. Free breakfast. All welcome. 503-829-5061

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datebook December Book Talk 9:30 a.m. - noon, Queen of Angels Monastery, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. Attendees share poetry. All welcome. Free. 503-845-6141

Celebrate Families Holiday Festival 1 - 4 p.m., Silverton Community Center. Santa’s workshop for children to make gifts with help elves. Free. Sponsored by Silverton Chamber of Commerce, Silverton Together. 503-873-5615

Christmas Concert 1 p.m., St. Paul Catholic Church, 1410 Pine St., Silverton. Ad Lucem performs. Traditional carols. Scripture readings. Free; donations accepted.

Children’s Choir Holiday Concert 3 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 500 N Second St., Silverton. Presented by Silverton Friends of Music. Free; donations welcome to benefit Silverton Sheltering Services or bring hand warmers, baby wipes, gloves, socks.

Tuesday, Dec. 18 Gingerbread Decorating 3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Age 6 12. Free. 503-845-6401

Contemplative Prayer Group 3:30 p.m., Benedictine Sisters’ Queen of Angels Chapel, 840 S Main St., Mt. Angel. All welcome. Free. 503-991-9299

Alzheimer’s Support Group 2 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Free. 50 and older. 503-873-3093

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

Thursday, Dec. 20

Friday, Dec. 21 Winter Solstice Red Cross Blood Drive 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Legacy Silverton Health, 342 Fairview St., Silverton. Walkins welcome. Call 1-800-7332767 or visit redcrossblood. org for appointment.

Grief Support Group

1 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg. 503-845-6401

Red Cross Blood Drive

Sunday, Dec. 16

1:30 - 7 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 303 N Church St., Silverton. Walk-ins welcome. Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit for appointment.

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Grinch Christmas Party

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

3:30 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Snacks, decorate stocking. Free. 503-845-6401

LEGO Lab 1 - 4 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Build original creation out of Legos. All ages. Free. 503-845-6401

Friday, Dec. 28 Game Day

1 p.m., Silverton Senior Center. Healing Hearts grief support group provided by Bristol Hospice. 50 and older. Free. 503-873-3093

1 - 4 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Try hand at video games, life-sized games, board games. All ages. Free. 503-845-6401

Sunday, Dec. 30

Santa @ the Library

Book Club for Adults

Tuesday, Dec. 25 Christmas Day Thursday, Dec. 27

3 p.m., Mt. Angel Public Library. Decorate cookies, create ornament, play reindeer games, take photo with Santa. Free. All ages. 503-845-6401

Monday, Dec. 24 Christmas Eve

Scotts Mills Pancake Breakfast 7 a.m. - noon, Scotts Mills Community Center, 298 Fourth St. $6 per person. 503-874-9575

Monday, Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Vigil for Peace 5 - 6:30 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

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SILVERTON $399,000 NEW LISTING! 3bd/2ba ~ 2094 SF ~ .45 ac Donna Paradis •503-851-0998• MLS#740814 $399,000 NEW LISTING! 4bd/2ba ~ 2024 SF ~ .16 ac Cynthia Johnson •503-551-0145• MLS#740604 $318,000 NEW LISTING! 3bd/2ba ~ 1331 SF ~ .24 ac Cynthia Johnson •503-551-0145• MLS#741196 $645,000 Inspiring Spaces! 3bd/3ba ~ 2980 SF ~ .7 ac Korinna Barcroft/ Ginni Stensland •503-851-1283• MLS#737074 $529,000 Reserved Elegance! 5bd/3ba ~ 3655 SF ~ .21 ac Joe & Dana Giegerich •503-931-7824• MLS#731682 $439,900 Choice of Color Package! 3bd/2.5ba ~ 2001 SF ~ .19 ac Robin Kuhn •503-930-1896• MLS#736654 $429,900 Be the 1st Owner! 3bd/2.5ba ~ 1770 SF ~ .16 ac Robin Kuhn •503-9301896• MLS#736657 $429,900 New Construction! 3bd/2ba ~ 2005 SF ~ .2 ac Nick Ayhan/ Valerie Boen •503-314-1651• MLS#740300 $414,900 Fantastic Finishes! 4bd/2ba ~ 1995 SF ~ .19 ac Nick Ayhan/Valerie Boen •503-314-1651• MLS#738008 $399,000 Coveted Cul-de-sac! 4bd/2.5ba ~ 2076 SF ~ .3 ac Linda Webb •503-508-7387• MLS#737945


$377,000 Classic Charm! 4bd/2ba ~ 2389 SF ~ .19 ac Rosie Wilgus •503-409-8779• MLS#738357 $289,900 Webb Lake Townhome! 3bd/2.5ba ~ 1548 SF ~ .08 ac Jackie Zurbrugg •503-9325833• MLS#741269

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OTHER AREAS $305,000 PRICE REDUCED! 3bd/2ba ~ 1762 SF ~ 1.01 Acres ~ Scotts Mills Joe & Dana Giegerich •503-9317824• MLS#738648 $1,229,000 Astounding Estate! 4bd/3ba ~ 4599 SF ~ 16.45 Acres ~ Salem Joe & Dana Giegerich •503-9317824• MLS#740220 $835,000 Storybook Setting! 5bd/2.5ba ~ 3604 SF ~ 5 Acres ~ McMinniville Joe & Dana Giegerich •503-931-7824• MLS#740779 $699,500 Southwest Exposure! 5bd/3ba ~ 3208 SF ~ 88.11 Acres ~ Rickreall Joe & Dana Giegerich •503-931-7824• MLS#739841 $595,000 Stately and Secluded! 6+bd/3ba ~ 4687 SF ~ 33.2 Acres ~ Molalla Joe & Dana Giegerich •503-9317824• MLS#739992


$585,000 Build a Second Home! 3bd/1ba ~ 2040 SF ~ 78.71 Acres ~ Bonus Build Lot! ~ Scotts Mills Donna Paradis •503-851-0998• MLS#740065

$235,000 Ready to Roll! 21.32 Ag/ Farm, Rec., Timber Acres ~ Molalla Donna Paradis •503-851-0998• MLS#734803

$580,000 Resplendent Renovation! 4bd/3ba ~ 2280 SF ~ 3.51 Acres ~ Molalla Donna Paradis •503-851-0998• MLS#740866

$179,900 Abiqua Quarter Mile! 5.69 Acres streches along the creek ~ Silverton Valerie Boen •503-8711667• MLS#733960

$325,000 Master on Main Level! 4bd/2.5ba ~ 1477 SF ~ .13 ac ~ Mt Angel Rosie Wilgus •503-409-8779• MLS#741249

$122K-$124K 14 Lots in New Neighborhood! Pioneer Village Phase 4 ~ .16 ac .12 ac ~ Silverton Robin Kuhn •503930-1896• MLS#740832/ 740834-740845/740990

$242,500 Picturesque! 3bd/1ba ~ 1444 SF ~ .25 ac ~ Stayton Joe & Dana Giegerich •503-931-7824• MLS#737727

COMMERCIAL $495,000 Ideal Shop Space! 1/2 acre Commercial Lot ~ 36x60 shop + 2bd/1ba 900 SF w/ office ~ Hubbard Nick Ayhan •503-314-1651• MLS#738136


$46,000 Build Here! Wooded Retreat! .18 ac lot ~ Detroit Korinna Barcroft •503-8511283• MLS#736782 $25,000 Panoramic Views! 28.64 acres ~ Ag/Farm/Rec/ Pasture/Ranch ~ Christmas Valley Heather Fennimore •503-931-2657• MLS#727897

$125,000 PRICE REDUCED! 2 Parcels! 1.51 total acres w/ approved homesite ~ Scotts Mills Joe & Dana Giegerich •503-931-7824• MLS#736228 $339,000 A Place to Play! 270.34 unique conservation acres ~ Scio Donna Paradis •503-8510998• MLS#735062 $240K each Picturesque Estate Lots! Build your Estate! 5 - 6.77 Acre lots available ~ Silverton Joe & Dana Giegerich •503-931-7824• MLS#738386/738388/ 738462/738463/738468

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If you park in a Sno-Park from now until April 30, you need a valid Sno-Park permit displayed near the lower left corner of your vehicle’s windshield. Parking in an Oregon Sno-Park without a permit may result in a fine.


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Christmas concert at St. Paul’s

Ad Lucem’s seventh annual Christmas Concert & Carol Sing will be at St. Paul’s Church, 1410 Pine St., Silverton on Saturday, Dec. 15, 1 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. The ensemble’s name, Ad Lucem, is Latin and means “toward the light.” The audience will be invited to sing traditional carols interspersed between beautiful Christmas songs featuring a mix of individual soloists, duets or the entire ensemble, in addition to related scripture readings. 

Silverton’s Christmas Tree Lighting Friday, December 7 • 6:00-7:30 p.m. in Town Square Park

Music featuring Silverton High School Choir & Silverton Youth Choir (at 6 p.m.). Hot Chocolate by Our Town. Letters to Santa and more! Santa will meet with kids after the lighting at the Methodist Church.

The Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce and Silverton Together invite you to the 25th annual

celebrate families holiday festival

Saturday, December 15, 1-4 p.m. at the Silverton Community Center Crafts to Make for All Ages • Goodie Bags • Visits with Santa • Christmas Tree Contest • Refreshments

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Gordon House welcomes new members The Gordon House, located adjacent to the Oregon Garden, was designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. This example of his “Usonian” vision is the only Wright home open to the public in Oregon. More than 120,000 guests have taken guided tours of the house interiors. Guided tours and youth public education programs are partially funded by conservancy members. Membership also helped fund recently completed restoration work on the west balcony and a refurbished roof last year. Site landscaping to fulfill Wright’s original drawings is next on the restoration list. Benefits of membership include free visits and tours at the house and discounts for special events and retail purchases. Some levels provide reciprocal memberships and benefits to other Wright houses across the United States. The Gordon House Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, donations are tax deductible.  For more information visit

SAA opens 2019 poster competition

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The Silverton Arts Association is looking for its official poster image for the 2019 Silverton Fine Arts Festival.

6pm Sunday, December 9 at St. Mary’s Public School 590 E. College Street, Mt. Angel

Submissions will be accepted through Jan. 31. Works to be considered must be 18" by 24" and a reproducible image. Works should not include a border or title specific graphics. The winning entry will be used in event marketing. It becomes the property of the Silverton Arts Association and will be auctioned during the festival. The artist will be able to select either a $200 cash prize or a free booth at the festival, Aug. 16 – 18, 2019. Entry forms are available at or may be picked up at the Silverton Arts Association office at the Borland Gallery, 303 Coolidge St., Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to noon, or noon to 4 p.m. Saturday or Sunday. The association office is also where submissions should be dropped off.

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Helping Hands

Show us the ‘Monet’ By Nancy Jennings Helping the homeless can be as easy as buying a magnet. An assortment of refrigerator magnets and greeting cards capturing photographic images of France’s famous Monet’s Garden will be available at the Christmas Craft Bazaar at Silverton Senior Center on Saturday, Dec. 1. Ten percent of all sales proceeds will be donated to the Silverton Warming Shelter. Silverton resident Michael Stevens, who along with his late step-brother, Gene Falk, photographed at the famous gardens of celebrated Impressionist artist Claude Monet in Giverny, France, is passionate about giving back to support the homeless. Michael, 81, was once homeless himself and understands the dire need to help in any way possible. He credits Sarah White, executive director of Silverton Sheltering Services, with spearheading a vital service to the local homeless. Sarah appreciates Michael’s compassionate offer of assistance.

Part of proceeds benefit Silverton Warming Shelter

“I’m so touched by Michael’s sweetness. I met him several years ago when I worked at SACA and just knew he was a special person with all of these life experiences – and how he’s willing to share his talent with people in the community who don’t have a place to sleep at night,” she said, adding that the warming shelter recently opened at Oak Street Church on Nov. 23, and will stay open until Feb. 28. Michael moved to Silverton in 2008 to accept a caregiving position. He has quite the story to tell. In 1998, Gene was offered a commission to photograph Monet’s Garden by the Brooks Institute of Photography. Michael was his assistant. They made their first trip in 1999, a second one in 2000, and a final one in 2001 – arriving the day before the 9/11 terror attack on New York City. All trips combined, they took over 1,000 pictures… of which only 50 images were printed. Michael laughed as he recalled driving around France looking for a “one-hour photo” booth.

They began their joint careers in the photography trade in 1963, armed with their Swedish-made Hasselblad cameras and “4x5” cameras set on tripods.

founders of their company GEM Graphics 1, Inc. when the official notification arrived in their mailbox in 1998, addressed to them both.

Michael was born in Granite City, Illinois, and studied Liberal Arts at Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Illinois. He finished his studies in Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

“I opened it and I almost fainted,” Michael said, adding that Gene wasn’t home at the time.

Gene was born in Turlock, California, and was educated at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. Gene introduced Michael to the world of photography… and taught him all he knew. The step-brothers never married, but “were married to our businesses.” The duo had the distinction of gifting the Pope (John Paul II) in 1982 with a framed photograph of the San Juan Bautista Mission in California. In 1974, former U.S. President Gerald Ford was gifted with a framed picture of two cypress trees photographed in Monterey, California. It hung in the Oval Office for four years. They were living in Sedona, Arizona, as

“Gene took it in stride and saw it as an opportunity he needed. I sent an overnight letter to the foundation saying that we accepted their offer. Ernie Brooks (founder of the Brooks Institute of Photography) and Governor Nelson Rockefeller recommended Gene.” After the shock and excitement lifted, Michael recalled laughing that their biggest concern was how they were going to afford the plane tickets – the only step not covered by the foundation. Once they arrived in France, they initially received a rather lukewarm reception. “Some of the French just looked at us and said, ‘you’re American.’” But, Mrs. Wallys, who was the executive director of Monet’s Garden, said: “‘We are honored to have

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Paris who were acquainted with Claude Monet and his descendants.” Their first trip, they photographed at the garden for three weeks. They were warned not to hurt the flowers and plants. “I sat for four hours waiting for Gene to set up his shot of the lily pond.” “He was a serendipitous artist,” Michael said of his step-brother. He would see something and concentrate on it from every angle. “You didn’t want to bother him, he was a perfectionist.”


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In essence, Michael is still watching out for others who need protection. He hopes more can be done to help the homeless in our country, starting locally – and possibly gaining momentum worldwide.

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In short order, the locals warmed up and they were able to make connections.

for an American to do that.’”

“We were privileged to meet people in

the foundation than that is extraordinary

“Something needs to be done other than just talking about it. There has to be more contributions from people. The spirit of my brother would be thrilled that I would be able to give back a percentage of our art sales in this world to the war on homelessness.”

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Sports & Recreation

State champions

Kennedy turns tables on Santiam for 2A title

There is a sign on North Main Street in Mount Angel that needs an addition. The sign, planted just before the turn on East Marquam to Kennedy High, celebrates recent state titles for the Trojans. Now, it’s the football team’s turn. The girls basketball team won the title last winter, the softball squad triumphed in the spring and the football team has joined them. Kennedy finished off a dominating ninegame run Nov. 24 with a 31-20 win against Santiam in the Class 2A title game at Herald White Stadium in Cottage Grove. The Trojans, the No. 10 seed in the 2A tournament, ran up a 28-0 lead in the first half and held on despite a stirring second-half rally by the Wolverines.

Santiam scored to get within 11 with 2:23 left, but DeLaRosa recovered the onside kick and the Trojans ran out the clock.

Kennedy took a 7-0 lead at 9:41 of the first quarter when Emorej Lynk scampered 56 yards on a pitch from quarterback Angel DeLaRosa. The Trojans got the ball back moments later when David Reyes forced a fumble that Bryce Vandervort recovered at the Santiam 37. Eight plays later Vandervort ran 10 yards off the left side for a score and a 14-0 lead.

“It doesn’t get much better than this,” Gatorade-soaked Trojans coach Joe Panuke told Our Town amid the on-field celebration at the game’s conclusion. “There have been so many great football teams at Kennedy High, and I’m awfully proud to get it done today.”

It went to 21-0 on the first play of the second quarter when Lynk hit Rocco Carley on a 45-yard score on a perfectly executed halfback pass. It went to 28-0 with 5:04 left in the half on a 1-yard TD run by Lynk. The Trojans were driving toward a possible fifth score late in the first half when Lynk injured his right knee on a 16-yard run to the Santiam 44. Lynk, who rushed for 140 yards, caught a pass for 17 yards, threw the TD pass to Carley and added four tackles on defense, was on the sidelines during the second half.

Saturday marked the Trojans’ fifth title game appearance and the third for Panuke, who was an assistant on the 2009 squad coached by Randy Traeger that lost to Scio and the head coach in 2015 when JFK was defeated by Heppner.

Santiam pulled within 28-14 in the third quarter on 1- and 91-yard TD runs by Trevor Tinney, but Kennedy got some critical breathing room with 9:21 left in the game when Bruce Beyer booted a 21-yard field goal.

“We had a great week of practice, and the guys were ready to go from the getgo,” Panuke said. “You could see it in their eyes. And our confidence just went through the roof when we got that early lead.”

The 3-pointer came at the end of a 50-yard, 10-play drive that included a 28-yard pass from DeLaRosa to the 6-6 Carley, who went up to grab the ball amid double coverage on a third-and-14 play to the Wolverines’ 30.

On Sept. 14 the Trojans were 2-2 after back-to-back losses to Sheridan and Santiam, but the resilient squad bounced back to beat both teams in the playoffs and capture the school’s first football state title.

Beyer and Reyes helped pick up the slack in Lynk’s absence by combining for 54 yards on 17 carries and kept the chains moving. DeLaRosa was efficient and precise at QB, hitting both of his passes for 45 yards. The defense was punishingly productive in the first half, blanking the Wolverines, who had scored 146 points in their first three playoff games. The score was 28-0 before Santiam picked up its first offensive first down. The Wolverines’ first three drives went fumble, loss on downs and punt. Sam Grosjacques and Ruben Ramirez led the Kennedy defense with ten tackles apiece, while Beyer and Nick Suing added seven apiece, Isaiah Basargin six and Brady Traeger 5. Ramirez, Suing and Lynk had sacks. Beyer also kicked three extra points in addition to his field goal and stopped a fourth-quarter Santiam drive with an interception. Kennedy forced a pair of turnovers while committing none. Lynk earned player of the game honors for Kennedy for his sterling first half. Tinney, who rushed for 210 yards, two TDs and a two-point conversion and added six tackles at defensive end, was player of the game for the Wolverines, who finished 10-2. Seniors appearing for the final time for Kennedy were Brandon Salazar, DeLaRosa, Vandervort, Suing, Anthony Barboza and Carley. Soccer: The Foxes’ boys soccer team, which finished 11-3-1 and advanced to the Class 5A quarterfinals, placed five players on the all-Mid-Willamette Conference allstar team. Senior forward Max Linn was a

first-teamer, senior midfielder Isaac Vargas earned a second team slot, while senior defender Gerardo Cortes and senior midfielders Anthony Fleshman and Owen Bischoff received honorable mention. The Silverton girls squad, which was 7-6-1 and also reached the quarterfinals, also placed five athletes on the all-league team. Senior forward Savvy Reilly made the first team, senior defender Katie Sinn and junior defender Ellie Schmitz were selected for the second team, and senior midfielders Bella Jensen and Skyler Johnston received honorable mention. Volleyball: Silverton, which finished 13-11 and just one win away from the state tournament under first-year coach Kate Trimble, earned six spots on the allMWC all-star team. Senior libero Emily Anderson and senior outside hitter Liza Dahl made the first team. Junior opposite Maddie Broyhill and junior middle blocker Riley Traeger were named to the second team, while senior setter Emily Candee and senior outside hitter Riley Hostetter received honorable mention. Baseball signing: Silverton High baseball standout Hunter Runion signed his letter-of-intent to play college ball at Montana State-Billings on Nov. 14. He signed amid a crush of family, friends, teammates, teachers and coaches. “I want to thank everybody for coming,” Runion said. “My coaches for making me better and my dad and teammates who helped me do my best.” Runion was a first-team all-Mid-Willamette Conference pick last season after pitching two shutouts and striking out 54 batters in 46 1/3 innings. He led the team in batting average (.346), doubles (11), on-base percentage (.417) and slugging (.543).

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Boys Basketball

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Tuesday, Dec. 4

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7 p.m. Silverton vs Central

Monday, Dec. 17


7 p.m. Silverton vs Battleground

Girls Basketball

Friday, Dec. 7

5:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Colton

Girls Basketball

6:30 p.m. Kennedy Classic

Boys Basketball

Boys Basketball 7 p.m. Kennedy vs Colton

7 p.m. Silverton vs Milwaukie 8 p.m. Kennedy Classic

Tuesday, Dec. 18

Saturday, Dec. 8

7 p.m. Silverton vs South Albany

Girls Basketball

Boys Basketball Thurdsay, Dec. 20

7 p.m. Kennedy Classic


Boys Basketball

7 p.m. Kennedy Classic

4 p.m. Kennedy vs Sheridan, Monroe

Tuesday, Dec. 11

Girls Basketball

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7 p.m. Silverton vs Milwaukie

4 p.m. Silverton vs South Albany

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Friday, Dec. 21

4 p.m. Silverton vs South Albany

Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball

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5:30 p.m. Kennedy vs Western Christian 7 p.m. Silverton vs West Albany

Friday, Dec. 28

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7 p.m. Kennedy vs Western Christian

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A Grin at the End

The value of money

Get on board and save

I read an article the other day about a radical new financial movement. It’s called Financially Independent, Retire Early, or FIRE for short. These are millennials who live frugally so they can retire early.

So much for brother-in-law advice.

They do it by saving money. What a concept.

The main thing people need is a game plan. Guys like Dave Ramsey and other financial gurus help people do that. With a plan and a little bit of willpower, anyone can pay off their debts and live well.

My wife and I have done that for decades. We were early subscribers to a newsletter called the Tightwad Gazette, which was published by Amy Dacyzyn. Every month she offered tips, ideas and suggestions for living cheap. One of my favorite tips was to reuse dental floss – and I did it.

But the main thing is the whole family has to be on board with the plan. If the wife is doing her part but the husband is wasting money – spending outside the plan – it won’t work. If the husband keeps the finances a secret from the wife, it won’t work. It needs to be a team effort.

But more than anything, it allowed me and my wife to disengage from the rampant consumerism all around us. Instead of buying a new car every few years, we buy used cars and keep them forever. Our record is a 1987 Honda that we drove for 25 years. My wife also makes her own kombucha – she was making it 10 years ago, before it became “in.” And she’s a scratch cook and baker. She even mills her own flour. We learned to tell the difference between “wants” and “needs.” If you do that, you can splurge occasionally without having to worry. I even got into it professionally. When we lived in the Midwest I became a financial adviser, helping people sort

through their money problems. Boy howdy, was that an eye-opener. I felt like I needed to be a psychologist more than a money guy. People are funny about money. Some horde it and have the first dollar they ever made. Others spray it across the landscape. They could never have enough money because they always spend it faster than they earn it. Others don’t trust banks, the stock market – or anyone or anything. They literally keep their money in a coffee can. Others used the analyses I did for them to make a pile of money. Still others did the analyses but didn’t follow through. One told me he got an investment “tip” from his brother-in-law about a new business that made kitchen counters from soybean straw.

I once worked on a plan with a guy who lived by himself. He didn’t have any kids, nieces or nephews, but he had followed a financial plan for decades and built up a lot of money. I mean a lot. I asked him what he wanted to do with it. He said he wanted to set up a foundation to provide a free college education to all of the kids in his church. That, I told him, is a great idea. I lost track of him after we moved, by I assume that across the Midwest kids are attending college with the help of his generosity – and good financial planning. Carl Sampson is a former stock broker, financial planner and freelance writer and editor.

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Price Recently Adjusted $9,000. Owner financing available. This 3BR 2BA pine half log sided home has tiled and new carpeted floors. Vaulted ceiling. New counter tops, sinks, back deck, paint inside and out, mostly new roofs. Low-E vinyl windows, a 20gpm well (when originally drilled), fenced yard, Heatpump, A/C, & decorative block skirting. Detached finished garage with shop, bonus 2 heated offices, & bath. Lean-to, asphalt parking area, and RV pad. Call Michael at ext. 314. (WVMLS# 738015)

WOODBURN STAYTON/SUBLIMITY acres. Includes 4 Bedrooms, 3 baths, formal LR LAND/ACREAGE

& DR, family room, and sun room addition (over 2600 sq. ft. of living space). There is a small workshop/storage building. Acreage is zoned EFU and presently leased in grass seed. Easy to show! COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL Call Chuck at ext. 325. (WVMLS# 736185)





KEIZER Wishing you a TOWN safe andAUMSVILLE/TURN joyful WOODBURN Holiday Season!


PENDING#T2483 SCOTTS MILLS EQUESTRIAN PROPERTY 4 BR, 3.5 BA 3718 sqft.21.72 Acres Call Michael at ext. 314 $699,900 (WVMLS#734486) SOLD-#T2501 Mt. ANGEL- GREAT STARTER HOME 2 BR, 1 BA 912 sqft Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $216,300 (WVMLS#738181) #A2457 MOLALLA -HWY 213 FRONTAGE .30 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $99,900 (WVMLS#729177) #T2514 VALLEY VIEWS TURNER 3 BR, 2.5 BA 2399 sqft 2.01 Acres Call Meredith at ext. 324, Ryan at ext. 322 $429,900 (WVMLS#741131)






Rentals available in Silverton and Surrounding Areas. COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL STAYTON/SUBLIMITY For more info call Micha at LAND/ACREAGE FOR LEASE/COMMERCIAL FOR 503-873-1425 or see themRENT on TOWN our website KEIZER WOODBURN













#T2493 FIRST TIME ON MARKET 4 BR, 1.5 BA 2937 sqft 3.778 Acres Call Michael at ext. 314 $465,000 (WVMLS#737114)


OTHER COMMUNITIES 503.873.3545 • 1-800-863-3545 LAND/ACREAGE

Our Town Monthly

Our Town North: December 1, 2018  

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

Our Town North: December 1, 2018  

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