Mark Heinman. What Mark has to say about himself, "Smiles a lot. We have two ears and only one mouth - for good reason. Pay it forward.
While Mark lives in the country outside of Silverton he comes into town to bring his dog Akira to Veterinarian Lauren Acton at Abiqua Animal Clinic in Silverton, whom he speaks very highly of.
Mark is among other things an amazing potter and creates highly unique pottery. He is also an EMT, yes you can see a trend of helping and creating things for people's health and pleasure here.
You can view and even purchase Mark's creations at http://www.lostmountainclayworks.com/ Check it out, you will be glad you did.
Donovan and Tristan Mattole.
Donovan grew up on the Lost Coast of Northern California where his parents decided to move from New York City and live off the land. Donovan did not have electricity or running water until he went to college and he loved it.
After graduating from Wheaton college in Chicago he attended school in Jerusalem and then moved to Portland Oregon with his wife and new baby. He got a job with Borders Books and Music where he worked for the next ten years, first running three stores and then moving into Human Resources.
After being given the Salem store to run he moved to Silverton and lived here for the next eight years before career opportunities moved him on.
Donovan still returns to Silverton often. He owns the Julius Alm building on Water Street which houses the Lunaria Gallery and the Chocolate Box.
He is currently the Head of People for Mars Global Retail which includes the M&Ms World Stores around the world and My M&Ms business.
Donovan's life partner is Emily and his passion is kids, Heather, Tristan and Maddox.
I do happen to know that he kind of likes rafting as well as he and family and some work colleagues have rafted with me in past.
Gary McGuire: Artist
We met Gary and his wife Merial at the Lunaria art gallery where Gary is showing several pieces of lovely wood art.
When Gary was asked to tell us something about himself, the first thing that came to Gary's mind was, "I am happily married."
Darla asked Gary, "How long have you been married?" "Not long enough." was his immediate answer.
Gary has Osteoarthritis, but he hasn't let that stop him! He retired early, at age sixty, soon after he decided to take his love of woodworking to another level. His heirloom quality wood art shows in intimate knowledge of wood. Each piece draws you in, invites you to touch the smooth surfaces and follow the intricate patterns of tree ring growth.
But Gary doesn't create his art by himself. Merial handles the oiling process as well as classifying each piece. "She's my organizer." Gary said.
Gary and Merial have five children and ten grandchildren and are very happy.
To see Gary's work go to. http://www.turn-a-round.com/