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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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Friendly Critters Found Around Salem

As a city with a pioneer past and a political present, Salem has its share of statues; stern ministers, noble settlers, and an occasional politician dot our parks, along with a bevy of new abstracts works often funded by our tax dollars – colorful but often confusing. Yet, lurking here and there are a number of critters who seem to “get it” with a smile and a dash of whimsy. Salem Weekly presents a few snaps for your pleasure. Often hidden, our friends require a little searching, so note the locations. Pay them a visit, they’re worth it. Some...

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They won’t get the lead out

On March 2, his first full day in office, Trump Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke reversed an action taken by the Obama administration to phase out the use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle on national wildlife refuges by 2022. Zinke said hunters were being discouraged from experiencing national outdoors sites and that his move was to “expand access for outdoor enthusiasts and also make sure the community’s voice is heard.” Oregon has 18 national wildlife refuges and all 18 allow hunting. Lead is a neurotoxin; lead ammunition has been shown to be a significant source of toxic exposure in...

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