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Cherished nursery may be lost

If a buyer doesn’t appear soon, the oldest plant nursery in Salem may be gone forever. 13th St Nursery has been selling plants since 1920. Current owners, Karen and Glenn Maki have placed the business up for sale – but without a buyer committed to continuing the tradition, the future is uncertain. Karen Maki was drawn to the property, located at 13th St. SE and Wilbur St. SE, she says, because “we wanted to be our own boss as well as spend more time outdoors.” She was aware of 13th St Nursery’s history from the first. “In 2000, when...

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An online clearinghouse for progressives

For years, forward-thinking locals have desired an informational hub for progressive groups, an online resource that would combine information on many different organizations and their visions, meetings and events. Perhaps a calendar – all in a one-stop location on the internet. According to Keith Quick, this concept is being realized on the Facebook page of the Salem Solidarity Network, SSN. “A group of us came together last November,” Quick says of SSN, “with the goal of being a coalition of local groups in order to better coordinate local actions and event. At our first meeting, we had representatives from about 14 different groups.” Still in its infancy, SSN already includes organizations such as SEIU, 350 Salem, Latinos Unidos Siempre and Oregon PeaceWorks. Recent postings advertise a square dance benefit for Friends of Family Farmers, a Salem Says Act on Climate Now event and a public conversation on Standing Rock. SSN is currently inviting more organizations to formally join the coalition. “In the beginning,” Quick says, “we were a loose knit group and everyone who attended our meetings was involved in the direction of the organization. We found that a lot of people were attending who were upset at the election of Trump and wanted to do something.” SSN is now focusing on coalition building. It is working on two projects, the first of which is to build a comprehensive...

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CITY AND ROTARY TO IMPROVE RIVERFRONT PARK’S AMPHITHEATER

Just as the City finishes Peter Courtney Bridge at Riverfront Park, it recently acted to permit further improvements to the Park. The City designated the 2.2 acres currently occupied by the amphitheater as a performance facility in advance of completing a full master plan for the Park. This decision allows The Rotary Club of Salem to begin fundraising for a new covered stage and supports for lighting, rigging sound systems and other features. Depending on the total amount of funds raised by Rotary and the City’s ability to secure additional funding from other sources, the project may also include...

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UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF SALEM (UUCS) VOTES TO BECOME A SANCTUARY

As the Trump administration ramps up deportations and fuels fear among undocumented residents, a Salem congregation takes a bold stand for love and justice. With many Salem and Mid-Willamette Valley families living amid suspicion and fears of deportation, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem (UUCS) voted to become a sanctuary congregation.  The sanctuary vote is a strong stand against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrests that have led to separated families, and men, women and children living in perpetual fear of being stopped, jailed and then deported.  In becoming a sanctuary congregation, UUCS follows a long faith tradition of churches and religious communities serving as places of refuge for those in need, and those fleeing violence, slavery and persecution. The congregation voted May 21 after three months of deliberation conducted by the church’s Sanctuary Discernment Task Force. More than 75 percent of the congregation cast votes and well over 90 percent voted in favor of the sanctuary resolution. Rev. Richard Davis (Rev. Rick), who became UUCS senior minister in 1993, served on the task force.  The UUCS congregation and sanctuary task force are currently working on all aspects of becoming a physical sanctuary so that the church will be ready. The UUCS is also making connections with immigrant groups and other churches and faith communities intent on helping undocumented residents in this community. In our outreach the UUCS has learned about...

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THE FIRST ENGLEWOOD FOREST FESTIVAL IN ENGLEWOOD PARK WILL HIGHLIGHT ART, MUSIC, COMMUNITY, ENVIRONMENTAL AND ART WORKSHOPS

A new celebration is being held this summer. The Englewood Forest Festival will highlight local artists and musicians in Northeast Salem with 40 arts, environmental and educational booths in beautiful, heavily wooded Englewood Park. Activities will include workshops by the Willamette Art Center, Salem Audubon Society, Straub Environmental Center, Marion County Environmental Services and Marion County Master Gardeners with themes related to the park environment. Family-friendly art activities will include printing making, paper crafts, drawing and clay. Children can try playing musical instruments and participate in relay races. Musicians and dancers will perform throughout the day. The festival wants...

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