Man About Town: The winds of change – What danger?

September 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion

Man About TownBy Jim Kinghorn

Spend any time around these parts and you will realize that local folks care about their community and aren’t shy about volunteering to make it better. One such group is the Silverton Kiwanis Club that was recently recognized as a “2013-2014 Outstanding Club” at the Pacific Northwest District Convention. Way to go Kiwwwwanians,  it’s good to see you rewarded for all your hard work…..even if everybody knows all the “beautiful people” are Rotary members…… like The Man.

Now that Mt. McKinley has reverted to its previous name of Denali, The Man wonders, can Tapalamaho be far behind??

As if San Francisco wasn’t already known as wacky enough, city workers have started painting selected walls with a liquid repellent paint so that if you urinate on the wall, the offending “fluid” will splash all over your shoes and pants……

The Man’s useless fact of the month: It’s possible to lead a cow upstairs, but not downstairs

Get ready to Shindig down the Silverton Sidewalks on Saturday Oct. 3. The annual event will feature a total of  96 hours of live music at 30 locations so you can “shake your groove thing”….and The Man says, best of all it’s free.

Oh sure, it’s like 90 degrees outside and winter seems like it’s a long way off but before you know it Christmas in the Garden will be happening and this growing event will need lots of volunteers. To sign up yourself or your nonprofit group, go to the Garden website or e-mail Beth Maurer at

With all the fire danger and smoke that we have had to deal with this summer, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that the pre 1900s Silverton Fire was the second largest fire in recorded Oregon history. The blaze consumed a 40 X 40 mile swath of the valley in 1865 and reports say it could have been much bigger if not for a young volunteer fireman named Ken Hector…..

Ahhhh, the leaves are beginning to fall, the days are getting shorter and the crisp feel of new business is in the air…..Anna Anderson, previous owner of Le Pooch, has moved back to town and gone from dogs to diamonds, opening Silverton Jewelers on Oak St. and Glenn Klecker will open Klecker Knives with a small retail area next door to Anna. A different Anna, Anna Kuzmin, continues to make major renovations to the building at Main and Water so she can move The Gathering Spot from the current location on First St. Scott Hale’s Butte Creek Computers has moved around the corner to a new space on First St and MaPS Credit Union is poised to move across the street to its new building at Second and Main. Face lifts continue at McDonald’s and the Homeplace, Cyndi Hickman is offering a meeting and event space upstairs in the Wolf Building and construction is well underway on the new Dutch Brothers and Rite Aid locations. You can now stop by Apples to Oranges so Laurie Carter can serve you up a “spot of tea” with (or without) your yarn, Creekside Grill is celebrating its 7th year of business with a bright new mural by local artists Lori Webb and Theresa Sharrar, Bridget Schuch opened Gratitude Yoga and Movement Space on C St.  and Victor Madge, Jeff DeSantis and the crew at Seven Brides Brewing continue to work on their new patio seating area……..and you thought nothing was going on….

See you on the street and hopefully enjoying the 50th celebration of Oktoberfest. 

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