Man About Town: Now you see ‘em…

November 2015 Posted in Columnists & Opinion

Man About TownBy Jim Kinghorn

It’s one thing to have friends, it’s another to have people appreciate what you do. It’s also another to have the respect of your peers….and get elected to lead their organization. It’s quite another to be chosen the best of the best. Join The Man in congratulating Silverton’s own Stacy Palmer, recently chosen as the Chamber of Commerce Executive Director of the Year for the entire state of Oregon… The only question left is….what took them so long?!?

Speaking of do gooders doing good…. local insurance tycoon James Dooley recently noticed a fellow restaurant patron having difficulty breathing. Sir James, quickly figuring that if anyone need an insurance policy, it was this guy, jumped into action and performed the Heimlich maneuver repeatedly until the offending blockage was cleared and most likely saved his life. The man, who was visiting our fair city from London, was so appreciative that he insisted on buying James’s lunch the next day…They had soup….

The Man’s useless fact of the month: 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

The new MaPS Credit Union location is all finished and ready to go as soon as the two communications companies involved communicate and stop pointing their collective fingers squarely at each other… and on a side note, the clock that for many years adorned the building they are leaving will be incorporated in the signage for the new facility, much to the relief of a whole generation of locals that would never get anywhere on time without it….

In this day and age of seemingly disposable relationships it’s particularly heartening to see a couple that does it right. Join The Man in saluting Mount Angel’s Connie and Jerry Lauzon for inspiring us with their 50 years of wedded bliss.

First the “Danger Hill” sign went missing and now some rapscallion went and stole the South Water Street sign marking the spot of the 45th parallel (½ way between the equator and the North Pole)…. Said miscreant has not been caught but we can only hope they are being punished in a parallel universe somewhere….

Local celebrity and artist Ann Altman, will soon be unveiling her new art placement in front of Columbia Bank…because as they say, “earth” without “art” leaves you with “eh”…. and “bank” without “bk” leaves you with “An(n)”…or something like that….

A few weeks ago a large truck pulled up to the Appeal Tribune offices on South Water Street, loaded the computers, desks and chairs and quietly vacated the building it had occupied in Silverton for decades. Now you’d probably think “Hey there Mister The Man, your competition just moved out of town, you must be thrilled”…. but you’d be wrong. You see, years ago many of us poured our heart and soul into that paper to make it what a community newspaper should be and it was only when it became apparent that the previous “powers that be” weren’t going to allow us to do that that we packed up our pencils and started Our Town, which wouldn’t exist otherwise. The current “powers that be” at the Statesman Journal say that although the office has closed, the Appeal will continue and I hope it does, ’cause even after 134 years, there’s still a role for a traditional, small town weekly newspaper… and it would truly be a shame if it dies …

See you on the street…

A word to the wise reader: The Man collects a fair amount of hearsay and rumors and scatters them about as he finds entertaining. If you’re looking for reporting, read the news. 

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