Man About Town: Movin’ in or movin’ on – There’s more than Santa’s belly shaking

December 2012 Posted in Columnists & Opinion

By Jim Kinghorn

Local folks Bob and Tootie Marcum were recently flown to Washington DC on the Honor Flight of Oregon. The flights were created to honor American veterans and allow our heroes to visit and reflect at their national memorials. Mr. Marcum was given special recognition as one of the few remaining World War II veterans. Join The Man in thanking Bob for his service – your country is proud of you and so are we….

With the change in the weather, you can definitely tell that winter is rapidly approaching in our little neck of the woods. Just be glad you’re not a resident of Chicken, Alaska (population 17) where they have already experienced 3 days of more than 50 degrees below zero. The town in the northeast interior of the state used to be named Ptarmigan… but when the locals couldn’t agree on how to spell it, was changed to Chicken… Most likely because of the fowl weather…

Speaking of foul weather, rumor has it that John Grant may want to add small boats and motors to their product lines at Paul’s Power Equipment … before the next big rainstorm hits…

Those jolly old souls in the Silverton Kiwanis Club (by a special arrangement with the North Pole), have installed a “Letters to Santa” drop box in Town Square Park. Children can drop off their letters to Santa, his elves will collect them under the cover of darkness and deliver them straight to the big guy with the white beard (no, not Willie Nelson)

Hey parents, if the thought of your chillins’ spending Christmas break laying around the house playing video games and snacking on chips isn’t appealing to you, the Silverton YMCA is holding Winter Break Action Camps Dec. 19-21 and 26-28 for 3 year olds through 5th graders (6th graders and above are encouraged to volunteer). For information give Susan Sasano a call at 503-873-0205.

It’s a “Big wheels are rollin’, movin’ on” edition of The Man’s Business Musical Chairs…..The Stone Buddha is for sale as Renee Bianchi would like to move on… The incredible shrinking woman, Liz Steffen, has decided to move on to the next phase of her life, closing The Mercantile at the end of the year with the merchandise moving north to Jeff and Lisa Scrimenti’s new wine tasting shop in Mount Angel. Ward Frederick, longtime proprietor at the Markum Inn, has decided to move into real estate and sold the iconic inn to Connie Cummings who moved from the Country Cottage in Woodburn. Bill Johnson moved his Allstate Insurance agency two doors to the west. Judyrae Parrish moved Birdie’s on Oak St. upscale resale store in where Allstate was and Silverton Bodywork Clinic moved in between them. Tena Grozdanova moved in to take over Stone Creek Café, Item 9 is for sale and may be moving out in February. In the barber district, Selway’s and Gary’s both moved into retirement and Johnny’s Barber Shop moved into Gary’s space…. and finally a big salute to Jon DeBo, longtime manager of the local Les Schwab who is retiring after 30 years with the company. Having enjoyed working with him since 1996, Jon exemplifies the ideals of hard work,  integrity and community service that Les Schwab founded his business on. Join The Man in wishing Jon a long and happy retirement!

The Man wishes you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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