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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
V OL . 136, N O . 26
W EDNESDAY , J UNE 14, 2017
Area could see restored rail service
JUSTIN MUCH / STAYTON MAIL
Pratum Co-op is among the businesses that
have been without Willamette Valley Railway
service since early 2012, even though the
co-op and its spur are on sturdy tracks well
north of where inclement weather
compromised the rail.
The railway infrastructure that con-
nects much of the eastern region of the
Mid-Willamette Valley is getting some
attention, and that could potentially lead
to an additional economic feature for
places like Stayton and Silverton.
Oregon Shipping Group representa-
tives Kevin Mannix and Connor Har-
rington addressed Stayton City Council
on Monday, June 5, and followed up the
next day meeting with Silverton Mayor
Kyle Palmer, City Manager Christy Wur-
ster and Public Works Director Chris-
tian Saxe to impart the group’s earnest
interest seeing the rail return to full
Palmer called the meeting “intrigu-
ing” with all the possibilities that could
emerge with a full working rail service.
The rail line has seen limited use
south of Mt. Angel over the past half dec-
ade. Inclement weather compromised
the tracks south of Macleay in early 2012,
and in the years prior to that rail ship-
ping tapered off in the Aumsville and
Stayton area due an economic downturn.
That, in turn, diminished the feasibility
of sending an engine south.
In 2014, a variety of interested parties
met in Silverton to discuss the rail and its
future, including Stayton City Manager
Keith Campbell who noted that the city
regards the line as an economic asset.
Oregon Shipping Group concurs.
Harrington, the group’s deputy direc-
tor, described Oregon Shipping Group as
a coalition of about 40 Oregon businesses
engaged in importing and/or exporting.
“As part of its advocacy efforts, the
Oregon Shipping Group supports better
utilization of Oregon railroads, including
short lines such as the Willamette Valley
Railway, to move freight safely, effi-
ciently, predictably, reliably and cost-ef-
fectively,” Harrington said.
Oregon Shipping Group’s website
lists a number of trade-enhancing objec-
tives, such as legislative lobbying to es-
tablishing stronger port shipping capa-
bilities in the Columbia River and Coos
Bay and evaluating container shipping
prospects in Newport.
See RAIL, Page 3A
SILVERTON HIGH SCHOOL
Starting Friday, Silverton’s floral
wonderland will yet again become a lit-
eral beer garden.
The Oregon Garden Brewfest is
back, with 60 breweries, an artisan
market and a fun run.
“It’s our first year doing anything
like (a fun run) in the garden,” said Sara
Hammond, regional marketing direc-
tor for The Oregon Garden. “What
more beautiful a location than to run in-
side the garden?”
The Sunday event lineup is designed
to be family friendly: The fun run, kids
games and crafts, live music and more
make for a fun Father’s Day. Those
looking for a bit of a party should visit
Friday and Saturday evening for 21-
PHOTOS BY DANIELLE PETERSON / STATESMAN JOURNAL
What’s new this year?
Kadin Brodahl and Caitlin Keating embrace during the commencement ceremony on Thursday at Silverton High School.
CLASS OF 2017
For a complete list of Silverton High
School graduates, see page 3A.
Graduates Colin Walker and Catyana Montiel hold hands before the commencement
ceremony on Thursday at Silverton High School.
Get physical: The 5K fun run re-
mains completely within The Oregon
Garden, where runners will jog past
some of the garden’s 60,000 flowers
planted each year. Once guests pass the
finish line, everyone wins a free glass
of beer or soda, as well as a T-shirt. The
race begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Regis-
tration costs $25 for adults 21 and older,
$20 for ages 12 to 20 and $10 for ages 5 to
See BREWFEST, Page 2A
Graduates make their entrance during
the commencement ceremony.
STATESMAN JOURNAL FILE
The Oregon Garden Brewfest takes place
3 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday
and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Check out ‘The House That Beer Built’
a pint of
ments – and I’m guessing
there are more than a few
of you out there -- you
might want to look into
“The House That Beer
Follow me on this, be-
cause it’s a good cause
that helps North Willam-
ette Valley Habitat for
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Humanity and, frankly, a
pretty nice deal: It costs
$25, involves 25 locations
and provides for 25 pints
of beer, one at each loca-
NWV Habitat is selling
$25 passports, each estab-
lishment is on the card. At
each one, passport hold-
Harcourts NW Oregon Realty Group
ers get one pint of beer,
provided by the estab-
lishment. Fifteen of
those are located in Sil-
verton and Mt. Angel,
but there are also stops
in Aurora, Colton, Can-
by, Molalla, Oregon
See MUCH, Page 2A
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