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S ERVING THE S ILVERTON A REA S INCE 1880
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A U NIQUE E DITION OF THE S TATESMAN J OURNAL
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W EDNESDAY , S EPTEMBER 14, 2016
A home with stories to tell
COURTESY OF THE GOLDEN FAMILY
Frank and Christine Golden and their family stand below the new back deck of their remodeled farmhouse.
Silverton couple restores,
updates a 1920s bungalow
SPECIAL TO THE APPEAL TRIBUNE
“If only the walls could talk,” slips
easily off the tongues of homeowners
wondering about the history of their
houses, especially those stretching
back decades or centuries.
A Silverton couple who just finished
restoring, expanding and updating a
1920s country bungalow in the foothills
overlooking the Willamette Valley was
struck with that kind of curiosity. Who
lived here? What did they do? Where
did they go? And would they want to
know what had happened to their
Homeowners Frank and Christine
Golden decided to find out. This sum-
mer, as they wrapped up five years of
work on their Lorence Road home, they
invited former residents to join them
for a house blessing ceremony. More
than 100 people gathered to celebrate
the house’s rebirth, its 90th birthday,
and its connection to local history.
Going modern, staying historic
“I love the history of houses,” Chris-
tine said. “I feel like it’s a patina on a
home when you have that history.”
She and her husband knew they were
buying a piece of local history when
they purchased their 1,400-square-foot
bungalow from Lorraine Nielsen in
A blended family, together they have
six children, the youngest a teenager.
They sold their large house in town and
bought the farm with an eye toward
their retirement years.
“We want to age in place,” Christine
said, sounding practical like the health
care professional she is. For years, she
worked as a patient care manager.
Frank is a doctor at Legacy Silverton
Medical Center specializing in internal
and geriatric medicine.
“We loved this house right away,”
Christine said. “It was smartly built.
Every nook and cranny had a closet or a
At first, the couple planned a simple
re-do. They refinished the home’s oak
and fir floors, pulled up carpet, re-
moved wallpaper and painted every-
thing. What they could leave, they left.
The front door and porch are both origi-
Glass doorknobs and other hard-
ware were intact, and when the couple
learned that similar ones were selling
for $200 apiece at Hippo Hardware &
Trading Company in Portland, they
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What’s new, hot at this year’s Oktoberfest
Prosit (German for cheers), it’s time
for Mount Angel Oktoberfest.
The annual four-day fall festival that
brings the community together through
music, food and, of course, beer, returns
Thursday through Sunday.
But with so much happening, how can
you decide just what to do? Festival Mar-
keting Director Monica Bochsler, who
has been involved with the event for
about 25 years, has some recommenda-
“While people come to Oktoberfest
for the tradition, they also love it when
we add something a bit different,” Boch-
“The Glockenspiel figurines are go-
ing to be out of their perch this year, and
you can see them up close and personal
in front of City Hall in a special tent,”
There also willbe a few new figurines,
representing the Armed Forces, on dis-
play in the Glockenspiel.
Bochsler also encourages families to
COURTESY OF MOUNT ANGEL OKTOBERFEST
Alpen Vagabunden have been performing for more than 20 years. They have played shows
around the globe, including on the Great Wall of China.
visit the kindergarten, which is home to
all types of activities including a stunt
jump, farm and science fun, rock climb-
ing, bouncy houses and face painting,
Staying in touch with the land he loves
MARION SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
In the thin light of an early
morning, before the sun has risen
full in the sky, Robert Dyk is out
planting saplings. Bucket in hand,
his dog, Lucky, by his side, he takes
the saplings he rooted himself and
plants them along the edges of his
property located on a riparian area
along Mill Creek near Aumsville.
It’s a half mile straight back, a bit
more if you amble along.
When he’s not planting trees on
his morning walks, he’s attacking
invasive weeds, including butter-
fly bush, tansy and knotweed, with
He is building up the wetlands
area to prevent erosion, create a
wind break and in the process cre-
ating brush piles for the local wild
This is Dyk’s accidental ap-
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plus a variety of performances. It is open
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sun-
“It’s free,” Bochsler said. “There is no
wristband, no ride tickets you have to
purchase. It’s not pay to play. It’s free.
The only thing you have to buy is food.”
“People who are runners love the
races,” Bochsler said. “It’s a lot of fun,
and you can burn your calories before
you get started for the day.”
The Oktoberfest Half Marathon, 10K
run and 5K run/walk take place Satur-
day, Sept. 17, at Humpert Park. The half
marathon starts at 8 a.m., and the 5K and
10K start at 9 a.m. For full details and
registration, go to racenorthwest.com/
Music also is an exciting highlight for
“We have a new band from Europe,
The Alpen Vagabunden,” Bochsler said.
“And LynnMarie with her button box ac-
cordion will be back.”
The Alpen Vagabunden will perform
3:30 and 8 p.m. Thursday, 3:30 and 9:45
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