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Posted on March 28 2013, 10:38am by Mark Esper in Local News category
‘Outback’ John out 
as Town Councilman
Town Trustee John “Outback” Schertz has resigned from his seat on the Town Council after five years on the board. 
In a brief March 12 letter to Mayor Chris Tookey, Schertz said “it has been an honor to serve my town, community and friends but it is time to walk away.”
The Town Council is scheduled to appoint a replacement for Schertz at its April 8 meeting.
That appointee will serve until the next town election in April 2014.
Those interested on the Town Council may provide a letter of interest and a brief resume to the Town Clerk not later than 1 p.m. Thursday, April 4.
Easter Bunny to hop into town Saturday
The Silverton Community Children’s Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Saturday, March 30, at 1 p.m. at the County Courthouse, weather permitting. 
If the weather is bad, hunters will meet at First Church.
Fire department near fundraising goal for new ladder truck
The Silverton San Juan Fire Department is within $1,000 of reaching its goal to pay for its new ladder truck.
The fire department is using the Main Street Crowdfunding website for the fundraiser.
Fire Chief Gilbert Archuleta said Tuesday that the fund was at about $9,000. If the fire department does not reach its $10,000 goal by March 31, none of the funding can be accepted.
The website address for donations is:
Or do a Google search for “Main Street Crowd Silverton Ladder Truck.”
For more information call Archuleta at (970) 387-5523 or Mike Maxfield at 387-5023.
Holy Week Events at First Congregational Church:
 • Good Friday Service of meditation, contemplation and communion, March 29 at 6 p.m.
 • Community children's Easter egg hunt  Saturday, March 30, at 1 p.m. at the Courthouse, weather permitting. If the weather is bad, it will be at First Church.
 • Easter Sunday Worship Service, March 31, 9 a.m. at the church.
 • All are invited to worship with us. We are a church with open doors, open hearts, and open minds. 
Everyone is welcome. First Congregational Church is located at the intersection of Reese and 11th streets.
Lecture tonight on 
rail impact on area
The Life-Long Learning Lecture Series at Fort Lewis College presents “The Impact of Railroads on the History and Growth of Durango and Surrounding Area” by Cres Fleming on Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. This free presentation will be held in Noble Hall, Rm. 130 and is open to everyone.
 Railroads played a significant role in the opening and development of the West. The Durango area was part of this experience, with the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, and three rail systems all helping to shape the dynamic elements of our community.
 Cres Fleming, a long-time volunteer with the D&SNGR, will share his knowledge as a student of the history and memorabilia of the railroad system.
Help rebuild the Silverton Northern
The San Juan County Historical Society is undertaking the rebuilding of a 2.5- mile-long portion of the historic Silverton Northern narrow-gauge railroad from the Powerhouse to Howardsville along the original route. 
Underwrite one or more years of the 99-year lease with San Juan County for just $100 a year. Pick any year from 2013 to 2112 as your year, along with an alternate year. 
“This is our initial fund-raising effort that will help kick start the project,” said Railroad President Fritz Klinke.
Make checks payable to San Juan County Historical Society, P.O. Box 154, Silverton, CO 81433.  
Donations are tax deductible and each donor will receive a tax certificate.
For more information, contact Fritz Klinke at 970-387-0212
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