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Posted on June 23 2011, 1:11pm by Mark Esper in Local News category
The 6-ton counterweight for the tram tower at the historic Mayflower Mill is put back in place on Tuesday, June 21, as restoration work at the mill continues. Cody Braford and Nick Houston of Silverton fasten the weight in place as Bill Alsup operates his crane. The old mill, a national historic site, has been undergoing a major restoration project over the last year. The San Juan County Historical Society hopes to have  it reopen for public tours by July 1. The counterweight was used to maintain and regulate tension on the tram line.
Photo by Scott Craig
Blue Ribbon Run 
celebrates its 30th
This Fourth of July marks the 30th Anniversary of Silverton’s Blue Ribbon Run. Enjoy the scenic out-and-back course over the river and through the woods along the Animas River in the cool temperatures of the San Juan Mountains. Winners in each age/gender category will receive prizes.
Race start/finish is in Memorial Park, Silverton. After the run, you'll be able to enjoy the parade, Rhubarb Festival, Brass Band and Huge Fireworks Display.
Register early to be guaranteed a race shirt and other goodies!
Blue Ribbon Run at a glance: www.RunSilverton.com
• When: 8:00 a.m., 4th of July, 2011
• Where: Start and Finish in Memorial Park (North end of town, Greene St., Silverton, CO)
• Distance: 10k, 5k and a 2k fun run (or walk if you prefer)
• Cause: 100 percent of proceeds directly benefit the Silverton Youth Center and Silverton Family Learning Center!
Onsite Registration will also be available 6:45-7:30 a.m. on the morning of the race in Memorial Park, BUT T-shirts and other goodies may not be available to late-1registering runners! Please register online if you can.
Next Town Code 
workshop June 29
The next Silverton Town Code workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, June 29 at 5:30 pm at Town Hall. 
“We will be discussing Articles 4-8 in Chapter 2, which we did not get to in our first public workshop,” said Ann Morgenthaler, administrative intern for the town.
One of the topics of discussion will be the fire authority question, she said.
Town Council cuts off funds for PUC appeal
While the Town of Silverton is appealing a Public Utilities Commission ruling that telecom giant Qwest does not have to provide a fiber-optic line to town, the Town Council voted last week to cut off any funding for the appeal.
The Denver law firm of Holland & Hart has been providing thousands of dollars in pro-bono legal work on the case, but it is anticipated the appeal may result in a few hundred dollars in costs.
“We couldn’t come up with $500 for the fire department,” said Trustee Jim Lindaman. “I don’t see how we can come up with $500 or this appeal.”
Trustee David Zanoni said he doubts the appeal will succeed at any rate, given that the PUC has already “shot down” the town’s case.
Zanoni also noted that the Town Council itself never formally OK’d an appeal.
The council voted 4-1 to not provide funding for any more costs associated with the case, with Mayor Terry Kerwin casting the no vote.
Choir from Grand Junction to perform at First Church Sunday
This Sunday, First Congregational Church of Silverton welcomes the choir from our sister congregation, First Congregational Church of Grand Junction.
“The combined choirs will sing some rousing gospel music,” says Service Coordinator Clare Renoux.  The congregation will sing several gospel songs, too.  Everyone is invited to come. 
“We’ll start at 9 a.m., with coffee available,” Renoux said.  Immediately after the service, additional refreshments will be served, on the lawn if weather permits.  Come one, come all.
Library celebrates its new Computer Center
Please join the Silverton Public Library along with the Friends of the Library in celebrating the launch of the library’s new  Public Computer Center.  
“Our launch event on Thursday, June 30 at 6 p.m. will be an excellent way for everyone to come check it out,” said librarian Jackie Kerwin.
Increasingly, computer access and knowledge are major skills needed to navigate within our society. It is more common to only be able to apply for jobs online. Many government resources are moving to the online format. Many classes are now only offered online. For those that do not have Internet access at home and good computer skills, opportunities available to them are shrinking.
“This is where our new Public Computer Center comes in,” Kerwin said.  “We want everyone to have access to education, jobs, and other online resources that improve lives.”
This computer center is one of 76 throughout the state and is made possible from the Colorado State Library through federal funds and a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant. The Friends of the library also provided funding. Several organizations are partnering with the Colorado State Library to assure this project has many trainings and resources to meet local needs. One of the main goals of these Centers is to provide people with access to computers and training to help them succeed.
“Refreshments will be served as well,” Kerwin said.
Calling all cooks:
Rhubarb pies needed
for International Rhubarb Festival
The Silverton Public Library is in need of Rhubarb Pies to sell at the Silverton International Rhubarb Festival on the Fourth of July.
Anyone interested is welcome to stop by the library for pie tins.
“And if you need rhubarb we can also help with that,” said librarian Jackie Kerwin.
“The Friends of the Library will also have children’s events taking place at Memorial Park on the Fourth of July starting at 1 p.m., so everyone bring the kids up for some good old fashioned fun!” Kerwin exclaimed.
‘Everything Patriotic’ sought for Silverton Fourth of July Parade
It’s that time of year to start planning your Silverton Fourth of July Parade entry.
The theme this year is “everything Patriotic.” 
All entries must be decorated. Lineup time is 9:30 a.m. in front of the San Juan County Courthouse and the parade starts at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 4.
Awards will go to the best decorated following the theme in adults and kids categories.
Blood drive July 13
The American Red Cross will be conducting a blood drive on Wednesday, July 13, from 12:30 to 6 p.m. at Kendall Mountain Community Center.
“You might want to put in there that they are looking for type O-negative blood,” said volunteer Judy Kuhlman. To schedule an appointment, call Judy at 387-5635.
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