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Posted on August 26 2010, 11:47am by Mark Esper in Local News category
 The Galloping Goose rail bus from the old Rio Grande
Southern Railroad makes its way up the Animas Canyon
on Monday with some 20 passengers aboard, taking part
in Railfest. Photo by Mark Esper/Silverton Standard
Agency on Aging 
seeks more help
The San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging will meet in Silverton on Wednesday, Sept. 8, and the agency is seeking more involvement from San Juan County.
Christina Knoell, executive director for the nonprofit agency, said the meeting will be at 1 p.m. at the American Legion Hall and all are welcome to attend.
She said the agency is trying to drum up more involvement from San Juan County, and is also preparing an assessment of needs facing Silverton’s senior citizens.
Knoell said she suspects transportation to Durango for medical purposes will likely be high on that list of needs.
The agency is preparing a survey to see what other help local seniors may need.
“There is a lot of grant money out there for Silverton, but without having partnerships, it’s difficult to obtain,” Knoell said. “We have to have someone to work with. We really need at least two or three people from Silverton working with the Agency on Aging.”
Gospel sing Sunday
A gospel sing is planned for Sunday, Aug. 29, at Silverton Town Hall, sponsored by the Silverton Church of Christ.
The event starts at 5 p.m. Refreshments and finger foods will be served.
Silverton Alpine Marathon Saturday
Runners will be hitting the backcountry of San Juan County this weekend in the Silverton Alpine Marathon and 50-kilometer races, following the Alpine Loop.
Goes through Howardsville, Eureka, Animas Forks and Gladstone. High point is California Pass at 12,930 feet!
The 50-K run starts at 6 a.m. Saturday and the marathon at 7 a.m.
Runners will meet  at The Wyman Hotel at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the race for a trolley ride to the starting lines. The 50k runners will be shuttled to a secondary start line that is located 4.3 miles from The Wyman Hotel. The marathon runners will start near Silverton Lakes Campground.
Total vertical gain is 3,800 for the marathon and 4,100 for the 50k.
Six aid stations will be well-supplied with food, water, sports drink. It is highly recommended that you carry water with you between aid stations.
The course must be completed within 9 hours for the marathon and 11 hours for the 50-K, to receive an official finish. All official finishers will receive an award. Any runner finishing after the cut-off will be given an “unofficial” finish time but will not be eligible for an award.
Runner packet pick-up will be from 2 to 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 27 at The Wyman Hotel and Inn. 
A meal and beverages will be provided to all runners at the finish line just outside The Wyman Hotel. Spectators can purchase meals for $12.
For more information, call (970) 387-5372.
Donations sought for granite bench to honor Allen Nossaman
A San Juan County Historical Society fundraising effort is underway to purchase, engrave and install a granite memorial park bench in honor of Silverton historian Allen Nossaman (1939-2006).
Donations are tax deductible.  Any funds received in excess of costs will be used by the Historical Society.
The memorial bench will be installed outside of the Historical Society Museum near the County Courthouse.
Allen was an accomplished historian, specializing in Silverton and San Juan County. He was a former owner of the Silverton Standard & the Miner newspaper. He authored three volumes of “Many More Mountains,” an illustrated history of the earliest exploration in the high San Juans of southwestern Colorado and of the settlement and founding of Silverton, Colorado.
Allen was nearly a fixture at the San Juan County Historical Society for many years, working on many projects
The bench is scheduled to be installed in late September, with a dedication ceremony planned near that time. Details will be announced later.
Donations may be sent to San Juan County Historical Society, P.O. Box 154, Silverton, CO 81433.
Vacation Guide 
deadline is Sept. 10
The deadline of Sept. 10 is fast approaching for the 2010-2011 Official Vacation Guide for the Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce. 
It’s an opportunity to advertise in 85,000 brochures distributed statewide, mailed nationally, and given to our many thousands of visitors in town. Thousands more are e-mailed. 
In order to be in the brochure a business must be a Chamber member and be current in membership. Please contact the Chamber at (970) 387-5654 for more information.
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