Man About Town: Some day… Things just don’t work out like you planned

January 2013 Posted in Columnists & Opinion

By Jim Kinghorn

Join The Man in wishing Jerry Lauzon Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag (no I don’t have a hairball) for his 75 years on the planet. Und alles Gute, Herr Lauzon!… and forgive me if I just wished you “Happy Bunions and Best Weinerschnitzel”….

Silver Creek Auto Body is marking its 20th year of operation in Silverton. Help Bob Knodel and his crew celebrate this milestone with your next paint job or fender bender…

Congratulations to the Silverton First Citizen Award Recipients for 2012.

First Citizen – Dixon Bledsoe

Distinguished Service – Richard Carlson

Lifetime Achievement – Verlene Beard

Business of the Year – Holland Collision

Join The Man in giving a tip of the hat to these deserving winners… and if you want to do it in person, attend the First Citizen banquet on Feb. 9. For ticket information, call the Silverton Chamber of Commerce at 503-873-5615.

If local shops and restaurants seem a little busier lately its probably due to several Travelzoo promotions that the Oregon Garden Resort and Silverton Inn & Suites have been running. The packages typically offer discounted night stays and vouchers redeemable for area restaurants and attractions. The Man sez  anything that brings people to our little slice of heaven so they can leave their money in our economy is a good thing….

Speaking of tourism numbers, Stacy Palmer over at the Silverton Chamber’s Visitors Center reports the total of phone, e-mail and walk-in visits last year resulted in the center handling an average of 218 contacts each week… and that doesn’t count the more than 76,000 visits to the website… ”If you build it they will come Ray, they most definitely will come”….

Local arch-e-teckt Victor Madge has a new feather in his cap… Vic is helping design the largest bathroom ever built on a Disney property at the Epcot Center in Florida… now if he could just figure out how to build a dome full of Florida sunshine over this area he’d really have something….

Ann Altman, “an artist of local, regional and national acclaim” (The Man would add “global” to that list) is offering basic art skills classes to children aged 6-10. The classes are part of the After School Arts Program and are scheduled for Mondays, Jan. 28 – March 4. Contact The Silverton Arts Association at 503-873-6390 or online at to see if your little nipper has the talent to be as famous as Ann some day……

Ever have one of those days when no matter what you do, things just don’t seem to go your way?… Consider the Pennsylvania man who, for whatever reason decided to end his life by jumping out of a speeding car that was taking him to work (must have been a pretty bad job). In the spirit of “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,” a half hour later he stepped onto a freeway into the path of a tractor-trailer which hit him hard enough to knock him out of his shoes… after which he got up, picked up said shoes (with I imagine a heavy sigh) and walked to work… but hey, there’s always tomorrow….

See you on the street…

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