Man About Town: Never a dull moment… Even if you want one

May 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion

Man About TownBy Jim Kinghorn

The Gallon House covered bridge has been spanning the Abiqua out off Hobart Road for 100 years. To mark this historic occasion, a re-dedication ceremony will be held May 31, 1:30 p.m. Imagine the stories this grand old girl could tell…. Then again, maybe it’s a good thing bridges can’t talk……

If you’re into getting naked this Memorial Day weekend, make the short trip out to Marquam Hill Ranch and watch Bill and Jennifer Cameron’s alpaca herd gets stripped of their winter fleece… Soooo if you’re not prone to blushing, head out to the ranch May 26 – 28, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and get ready to see a little skin…

The Man’s useless fact of the month: Every year Heinz produces 11 billion single serve ketchup packets for distribution around the world…. That’s 2 packets for every person on earth

If you’re a graduating high school senior, good for you…. If you had a GPA of 3.0 or higher, impressive…. If you are enrolling in a university, community college or equivalent program, amazing. If you can check off all of these requirements and want to win a sweet new laptop for all that learnin’ you’re about to do, then get busy and send a video of just how awesome you are to Matthew Middlestetter and the gang at Compex. Your odds of winning are pretty good as of now, but don’t delay… All the info you need is on the Compex, Inc. Facebook page

On June 4 the Silverton Fire District will be conducting a controlled burn of a (hopefully abandoned) residence up on Eastview Lane. Spokesdude Rick Heuchert says the training fire will be an all day affair featuring “lot’s of flames and smoke” and should be safe….as long as they get the address right…

Glen DamewoodSilverton is a town of selfless givers and a fine example of that is Glen Damewood, proprietor of Wooden Nickel and Mac’s Place. It took the Silverton High School Alumni Assn. over a year to get Glen to stand still long enough to receive an award for his contributions to the group….         

Speaking of Glen and giving, Mac’s Place will hold a May 29 fundraiser for local R&B bass player John Pounds who recently suffered a stroke. The all day event will feature prize drawings, the usual food and libations and a who’s who of musicians from around the region. Stop on by anytime from 2 p.m. to closing and feel the funk… for a good cause

Dana Kleis wants to give budding musicians a place to play. Every Saturday night he will be hosting a free open mic session at the Old Oak Pizza on Jersey. He will provide the amp, mic, chair, you just provide your awesome talent….Or at least all the talent you’ve got…

If you think there’s nothing to do in this sleepy little town, think again. Let’s take Saturday May 21 for example…..First (after coffee) “Run for the Hills” up at Victor Point School then run into town for the annual Pet Parade. Browse the wares at the Farmers Market, rummage through the rummage sale at the United Methodist Church, and then stop by Books ‘n’ Time and meet the author of a new children’s book about Bobbie the dog on your way to Eugene Field for the big bike fair. Ride back south and join Anytime Fitness for a workout in Town Square Park, have a free lunch at Trinity Lutheran Church, and then jet out to Seven Brides for the Four Freedoms mural re-dedication. You should have just enough time to get up to the Senior Center for their Positive Pet Fair before coming back down the hill to attend the face painting workshop at the Arts Association….. Then go back home and collapse on the couch……

See you on the street… 

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