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Silver Falls librarian brings passion
Christy Davis ‘grateful’ for past
director Marlys Swalboski’s
upkeep of library, its staff
Christy Davis, 49, has been named the
new Silver Falls Library Director after
resigning from her previous job at the
Klamath County Library.
Christena Brooks Special to Salem Statesman Journal
A silent parade of literary characters decorates the
cheerful corner office of new Silver Falls Library Direc-
tor Christy Davis.
Perched on shelves lining the walls, stuffed ani-
mals, ceramic figures and plastic toys are standing
still, obeying the library’s code of conduct.
Children would recognize many of them, including
George and Martha, the pair of friendly hippos that’s
delighted young readers for more than 40 years.
Adults might know NPR commentator and librarian
Nancy Pearl, whose tiny action figure – with “amazing
shushing action” – peers down from inside its packag-
ing on a high shelf.
After six weeks on the job, Davis is beginning to put
her personal touch on Silver Falls Library but is quick
to praise its recently retired director, Marlys Swalbos-
ki, for leaving behind a ”sound budget, trained staff
and good facility.”
“She left this place better than she found it,” Davis
said. “I’m really grateful.”
Davis, 49, resigned from her job at Klamath County
Library at year’s end with the same goal, of leaving her
patrons and successor, Nathalie Johnston, with a bet-
ter environment than when she started. She was li-
brary director from 2013 to 2017 and worked there for a
total of 23 years.
“Christy is very, very smart,” Johnston said. “She’s
always looking forward. She doesn’t wait for things to
happen; she makes them happen. You are lucky to
have her.”
Davis learned about Silverton when her oldest sis-
ter mentioned it as one of her own retirement choices.
Davis’ in-laws live in Milwaukee, and her husband’s
job as a freelance video editor means he can work al-
most anywhere. A few visits and the library’s job post-
ing last year convinced the couple to move north.
“I didn’t leave Klamath Falls because I wasn’t hap-
py,” she said. “I did feel, after working in the same
building for 23 years, I was at a turning point. I could
finish my career there or I could take a leap.”
For Davis, taking this leap brings to mind another
leap she took many years ago, as a young woman in her
Vandalism strikes
Silverton church
Sights set on
‘Garden City’
Worship community forced to vacate for time being
Justin Much Salem Statesman Journal
Silverton Community Seventh-day Adventist Church was rendered temporarily unusable by vandalism this
Justin Much Salem Statesman Journal
Vandalism rendered a Silverton church unusable
this month, forcing parishioners to worship else-
Silverton Police Chief Jeff Fossholm said a suspect
or suspects broke into the Silverton Seventh-day Ad-
ventist Church through a classroom window and
emptied several fire extinguishers throughout several
rooms and a hallway.
“The Sanctuary was not actually damaged, but the
white chemical powder from the fire extinguishers
down the hall drifted throughout the building leaving
a coating of the caustic chemical all over the place
which needs to be cleaned up prior to letting people
back in,” Fossholm said.
“My guess is that the timeline as to when they can
get back in the building relates more to when a clean-
up company can get a team on the project to do the
Silverton Assistant Fire Chief Ed Grambusch said
the two primary chemical ingredients in dry chemical
extinguishers are sodium bicarbonate and calcium
carbonate. The former, when used in fire extinguish-
ers, is a highly refined chemical which makes for very
small particulate matter. It may also contain trace ele-
ments of lead or other foreign materials.
"The high velocity in which the extinguishing
agent's fine particulate matter is expelled from the ex-
tinguisher allows it to free flow within a building and
its duct work," Grambusch said.
Grambusch said most people exposed have severe
coughing and sneezing, and larger doses can cause
gastrointestinal problems. It can also degrade fabrics
in clothes and furniture, and it can be severely irritat-
ing to the skin.
A town described as a “garden city” should present
an appealing impression from the get go.
Silverton's entries don't.
Silverton City Councilor Jim Sears presented that
point to his council cohorts during a recent goal-set-
ting session, and they agreed.
“Is there any interest in looking at the gateways
into Silverton?” Sears posed."It would be nice if we
had an objective that we maintain them, maybe
change them. I mean, we are the garden city and it
just seems like they are not maintained very well,”
Sears said.
Councilor Laurie Carter noted that Highway 214 is
the highest volume entry and the least attractive,
suggesting that more trees may help.
“It just seems like you’ve got to get downtown to
really feel any of the Silverton quaintness,” Sears
said. “We come in on all these other roads and there’s
no feel like it’s a garden city.”
That thought has not escaped the Chamber of
Commerce, which has already initiated beautifica-
tion steps.
“We are working with students from the high
school to find times to pressure-wash the monu-
ments and assess what exactly needs to be done to
bring them back to their original glory," Chamber Ex-
ecutive Director Stacy Palmer said. "We targeted this
spring for the project, since, obviously, the weather
can be an issue to deal with.
“We are also in contact with the Silverton Garden
Club to see if there are ways to help them maintain
the plantings around the signs. They currently take
on that responsibility.”
City Manager Christy Wurster said the gateway
beautification has been added to the city council and
Silverton Urban Renewal Agency’s list of goals,
which will be officially adopted in April. or cell 503-508-
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Sprucing up the “Garden City’s” gateways has
become an aim of the city council, chamber of
commerce, urban renewal agency and other civic
Cones block off the entrance to the parking lot of
Silverton Community Seventh-day Adventist
Church after the vandalism.
“The Sanctuary was not actually damaged, but the
white chemical powder from the fire extinguishers
down the hall drifted throughout the building
leaving a coating of the caustic chemical all over
the place which needs to be cleaned up prior to
letting people back in.”
Silverton Police Chief Jeff Fossholm, on the vandalism
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Silverton series
to discuss suicide
Christena Brooks Special to Salem Statesman Journal
A “trauma stewardship” author, a police officer, a
school administrator and a suicide prevention coor-
dinator are giving talks facilitated by the Silver Falls
School District in the coming days and weeks.
A four-part lecture series aimed at supporting
parents and children, comes one month after a Sil-
verton High School student died by suicide, the sec-
ond such death among local students in less than a
Author Laura van Dernoot Lipski spoke first, on
Monday, Feb. 26, at the high school auditorium. Au-
thor of “Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to
Caring for Self While Caring for Others,” van Dernoot
Lipski has spoken to groups locally, nationally and
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