Man About Town: Face the strange – Ch-changes

April 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion

Man About TownBy Jim Kinghorn

Warmer weather has once again descended on our little slice of heaven and every year, like the tulips in our neighbor to the north or the ubiquitous pollen-inducing greenery the signs of spring are popping up everywhere. Signs that will be missing this year are the usual crop of Garage Sale signs that annually spring out of the ground at Main and McClaine, First and C streets and anywhere else in town that is in the public right of way. For safety and esthetic reasons, the long established but mostly ignored sign ordinance will be soon enforced so any signs planted in the popular locations will be pulled up or at the very least, sprayed with Round Up. Fear not garage sailors, your signs will be fine as long as they are on private property and the city is looking into the possibility of erecting a public sign posting board in the Lewis Street parking lot for your picking pleasure…

Speaking of signs, two local raconteurs and just plain old guys, Gus Frederick and Victor Madge, are leading an effort to place “podium plaques” around historic Silverton. The etched metal signs would be placed to give a viewer the ability to compare how the scene looked at a point way back in time with how it looks today…kinda like having your very own “Mr. Peabody’s Wayback Machine”…

After more moves than Fred Astaire, the 2016 Relay for Life has settled on Butte Creek School for this year’s location. Get your team together now for the American Cancer Society fundraiser which will be held on July 16. The annual walk-a-thon will return to Silverton High School in 2017 when the turf football field improvements are completed.

American Idolt is over and although you probably think you’ve missed your chance at the big time comes word that Amerititle Idol is looking for crooners to compete at their big event in May. If you are looking for fame and fortune and have the pipes to back it up, contact Rosi Green at rosi.green@amerititle.com for all the details

It happens every year, the days become longer and warmer, the tulips come and go, the hay starts fevering and The Man’s thoughts turn toward… another installment of “Business Musical Chairs.” So crank up the music and let’s go… If some jaunty leather shorts or dirndl are on your list, Scott and Kristi Stokley have opened Touch of Bavaria in the former Louie’s Corner in Mount Angel. Silverton’s Shayla Davis is moving Shayla Lynn Jewelry from First Street to the Hartman Building on S. Water, Hairapy Salon moved from Jersey Street to the Hartman Building. Spectrum Glass in the Hartman Building closed and Lucky Leaf Marijuana Dispensary opened on Jersey (coincidentally next to the pizza place…). The new O’Reilly Auto Parts building is on track (literally…. the excavation turned up a portion of the old tracks from the “Railroad Triangle”), Rustic Roots Salon opened on Water Street. where First American Title was, and O’Brien’s Restaurant has one less chimney but is getting a shiny new facade. Anytime Fitness is expanding, Aylene Geringer considered closing the Chocolate Box but has decided to stay open and Marta Hazecamp considered selling the American Academy of Performing Arts and has decided to do so. K&E Excavating bought out Erv Stadeli Underground, Abiqua Landscape bought out Greg Gossack’s Garden City Bark, and the gang at Larsen Flynn Insurance is temporarily moving to Jossi Davidson’s office en route to their new location across the street when extensive renovations are completed… Oh, and the Silverton Police have a nice new SUV to make your trip to the pokey that much more enjoyable…

See you on the street…

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