Don’t panic . . . You will have plenty of time…

June 2018 Posted in Columnists & Opinion

Man About TownIf you can honestly say that no one you know has ever been affected by cancer then consider yourself very, very lucky and skip over this part….. The rest of us can help fight this awful disease by walking a few laps in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. This year’s 24-hour event is being held at the Chemawa Indian School on June 23 – 24 and it would be great to have a big group representing the Silverton area. For info or to sign up call team captain Stacy Palmer at 503-873-5615.

If you have been wanting to get your groove on you’re in luck, the Fischer Mill Music Fest will be providin’ the tunes on July 2 in Old Mill Park (behind the Silver Falls library). For a measly $5 donation you can sit in the cool grass and take in the melodic stylings of seven musical acts. While you’re there, pick up some zen at the “Zen Fair” (whatever that is…), beer, food and “fun” will also be available for purchase

Speaking of concerts….Remember years ago when an unfortunately forgettable movie named Bandits was filmed in Silverton? The Man recalls that Bruce Willis was kind of a jerk but Billy Bob Thornton was a really nice guy…and Billy Bob and his blues band will be playing Salem’s Riverfront Park on July 11.

And speaking of  speaking of concerts…The Silverton Ukulele Network will be playing a concert to benefit victims of the volcanoes in Guatemala and Hawaii. The show will be Sunday, June 24, 4 – 7 p.m. at the Main St Bistro and will feature special guest Koral Jam and singer/songwriter Matt Eberle. The group is asking for a suggested donation of $20 to this great cause.

The good folks over at Bledsoe Santana Team Realty have started a program aimed at bridging the gap between two often maligned groups;:kids and police. The idea is instead of making interactions of a negative nature, law enforcement will instead be able to engage kids for doing something right (like the two teens that recently returned an escaped toddler wandering close to a busy street) and issue a “citation” for a free ice cream. Kudos to the Silverton Police Dept., Main St. Bistro and Silver Creek Coffee Station for helping the “Catch ‘em Doing Something Right” program reward good behavior……although The Man has been driving the speed limit, coming to a full and complete stop at stop signs and even walking Ken Hector across the street…..where’s The Man’s ice cream??

If you’ve been paying attention you know the Little Pudding River bridge on Silverton Road is slated to be replaced next year. What you may not realize is that the replacement will completely close this main arterial to Salem for five months… That’s 8,500 cars a day needing to find an alternate route to and from the big city. No need to panic as the closure isn’t scheduled to start until June of 2019 and the finished bridge will be wider, straighter, and six feet higher than the current one so it’ll be great once it’s done… Which you’ll have plenty of time to remind yourself of  during the five months of traffic delays….

See you on the street… 

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