Man About Town: It’s gonna be BIG – And it definitely might happen… maybe

March 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion

Man About TownBy Jim Kinghorn

Silverton is being taken over by alien invaders. Without invitation, they have moved into the park and forested areas on the south end of town, threatening many of the long time resident’s health and well being and it’s high time we get angry and take our park back. If we stand by and let English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberries destroy the park’s ecosystem (what did you think I was talking about??) the stately trees may be damaged beyond repair. To prevent this scourge, Victor Madge has formed the Silverton RIP (Remove Invasive Plants) Squad which will meet again to combat the invasion on March 19, 9 a.m.-noon in Coolidge McClaine Park. The group plans to meet the first and third Saturday of the month until the threat has been eliminated.

Join The Man in wishing a speedy recovery for Vern “The Old Curmudgeon” Holmquist. After a recent fall and short stays at Silverton Health and Silver Gardens, Vern is set to soon be home and back hangin’ with his homies at the Towne House and other hangouts.

As a marketer and column writer of dubious quality, The Man always appreciates a good turn of prose. Imagine the delight when I came across this description from a young British entrepreneur that sells jars of fresh air from his “air farm” to wealthy people in China (yes, you read that correctly…) “Aethaer is filtered organically from nature as it flows between the leaves of woodland trees, absorbs pristine water as it passes over babbling brooks and forest streams and is lovingly caressed as it rolls over and between mineral rich rock formations, after which it is blown up over vistas of untouched beauty to where Aethaer is collected and bottled”….Woah, sign me up for a case.

Speaking of clean air, three local women are preparing to put their money where their lungs are and climb Mt. Hood to raise funds for the American Lung Assn. Cathy Cheney, Naseem Rakha and Gayle Goschie will participate in the “Climb for Clean Air” with a summit bid in June and are looking for donations. Mike Thompson of Silverton Fitness is helping with the training and is having a “Fire and Ice” stationary spin bike ride in memory of Elizabeth Thompson on March 19. Members can ride for $10. Everyone is welcome to donate. Bring a check for the American Lung Association at Silverton Fitness before, during or after the event.

The Man’s quote of the month: “Some people are like slinkies – not really much good for anything but they bring a smile to your face when pushed down the stairs.”

Something big is about to happen, something really BIG, well maybe something big may happen to several local businesses or not. It could have something to do with a reality based show…or it might not be a reality at all. There may (or may not) have been cameras and a crew around town last week interviewing undisclosed individuals about topics about who knows what….. Yep, it’s gonna be huge…with untold fame and fortunes…if it happens…maybe it will, maybe it won’t, but we should know more, oh I don’t know, possibly around May(-ish)….Just remember, if (and when) it (whatever it is) happens, you heard it here first.

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