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From Silverton Standard, the place where you can write!
Posted on October 14 2010, 3:15pm by Mark Esper in Local News category
From left, Jerry Hoffer, Bev Rich and Loren Lew, all of Silverton, watch on Wednesday, Oct. 6,  as the restored Denver & Rio Grande Western’s Engine 315 is eased into its winter home — the Silverton Northern Engine House.
Standard, KSJC to sponsor Candidates’ Night Forum Oct. 19
A Candidates’ Night Forum for those running for county office in the Nov. 2 election is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m.
The event, sponsored by the Silverton Standard & the Miner and KSJC — Silverton Community Radio, will be held at Silverton Town Hall.
Candidates for county assessor, county clerk and county commissioner will be on hand to answer questions.
Questions may be submitted in advance to: Editor, Silverton Standard, P.O. Box 8, Silverton, CO 81433, or by e-mail at editor@silvertonstandard.com
Forms to submit questions will also be available on the night of the event.
The event will be broadcast live on KSJC, 92.5 FM.
Early voting gets under way Monday 
Early voting for the Nov. 2 general election will begin on Monday, Oct. 18, at the San Juan County Clerk’s Office in the County Courthouse.
Registered voters may cast their ballots from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday through Friday, Oct. 29.
Absentee ballots are also now available at the County Clerk’s Office. The office is closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch and mail.
On Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 2, voting will be in the county commissioners room at the courthouse from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Colorfest Quilt Show
helps local nonprofits
Four nonprofit agencies in Silverton will benefit from the Colorfest Quilt Show put on last month the by the  Silverton Threads Quilting Club
Silverton Threads is a group of women interested in various kinds of needlework: from quilting to knitting.  The group has been meeting continuously for  over 20 years and currently gathers at the Kendall Mountain Recreation Center on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. during the spring, summer and early fall.  The group is presently in the process of applying for nonprofit status with the state with the help of Anthony Edwards.  
This year the group voted to donate $500 to each of the following groups:  the Food Bank, the Youth Center, the San Juan Seniors and also to the Chamber of Commerce who sponsors the group.   
The ladies of the group are always looking for new members, and quilting, sewing, knitting, embroidery or crochet is not necessary for membership!   Anyone merely interested in the needle arts is welcome to join.
Tickets on sale for 
railroad’s Locals Appreciation Day ride
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is offering its Silverton Locals Appreciation fare to ride the train round-trip (Coach class) for $20* per person on Sunday, Oct. 31. 
The train will depart Silverton at 8:30 a.m. and travel to Durango for a two-hour layover, leaving for Silverton at 2:15 p.m.
Tickets will be sold to Silverton residents only until Oct. 15, when residents of Ouray, Telluride, and Ridgway can also purchase tickets. 
Tickets are available at either the Durango or the Silverton depot or by calling (970) 387-5416 or (970) 247-2733. Tickets must be paid for at the time of booking and proof of residence will be required. No other discounts apply and tickets are non-refundable. 
*Fares are subject to 4 percent Historic Preservation Fee. 
Preschool to celebrate its 5th anniversary at its new building
The Silverton Family Learning Center (SFLC) is celebrating its fifth anniversary in the new school building at 195 E. 16th Street in Silverton. 
The nonprofit organization was founded in 2003, and the school was completed on Nov. 1, 2005 with grant funding from more than 10 Colorado foundations and the Department of Local Affairs. 
SFLC would invites the whole community to an open house at Learning Center on Thursday, Nov. 4  from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuevres and beverages will be provided.  
SFLC school children will be present to share their projects and provide tours of their classrooms. Come experience our beautiful early childhood learning center and meet our Director, staff and artist-in-residence. 
SFLC also announces the election of Holly Pratz, Kindergarten and first-grade teacher at the Silverton Public School, as president of the SFLC Board of Directors.  
Holly is a certified teacher and has been an active board member for several years. SFLC welcomes Holly to her new role and thanks interim president and SFLC founder Karen Hoskin for her seven years of dedicated service to the organization.
For more information about SFLC, please visit www.silvertonfamilies.org
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