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Wildlife in the neighborhood

One year ago, during a sunrise timed run through the neighborhood, I encountered a wild turkey on 19th and Ferry. A beautiful animal, walking the front yards as if it always lived here. And apparently they have. Wild Turkeys are endemic to South Salem. And sometimes a couple stroll over into our southeast neighborhood. The […]

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How your neighbors cleaned up Mill Race Park

In 2017 Mitch and Mia bought and moved into their first house on Trade St. Soon they discovered Mill Race Park as a favorite stop on the daily dog walks. The park was in a state of neglect – so they decided to turn it back into the family friendly place it is today.

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Walk to the Saturday Market, and tour interesting sights along the way

The Salem Saturday Market near the Capitol is an endearing staple of our city. A good place for lunch or to pick up local produce and gifts. And who hasn’t discovered a new sweet to try or stared at a weird vegetable you never knew was locally grown? This article will show you how to walk to the market and see something interesting on the way.

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Improve your favourite park with the City’s support

After some of our neighbours wanted to clean up their favourite park, they (and us) discovered the City has lots of support ready for such volunteers.

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Support local?!

With the always wholesome Pressplay Salem publishing The Anti-Racist Ally’s Holiday Gift Guide, we are reminded that many locally owned businesses are struggling. If you are looking for takeout, or a holiday gift, why not support local?! Here are some neighborhood options: Plants and flowers 13th Street Nursery – 1298 13th St SE – 13thstreetnursery.net […]

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Get rid of those leaves

When traversing the historic SESNA neighborhood, one of the things standing out are the many and diverse trees lining the streets. These tall companions provide shade on hot days, a respite from harsh winds, cover and living space for all kinds of small animals, color the neighborhood green in summer and colorful in fall… But […]

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Re-discovering history

In 2010, after years of close partnership and shared vision, Mission Mill Museum (established 1964) and the Marion County Historical Society (established 1950) merged to form the Willamette Heritage Center. Today the Center connects generations by preserving and interpreting the history of the Mid-Willamette Valley.

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Safer and stronger, in a diverse community

All of us are part of a neighborhood, a city, a culture… a community. The fact that you choose to read this, probably means you want that community to be strong and healthy. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has launched a new campaign website ‘Safe + Strong‘ that provides community resources on how to deal […]

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2020 Stormwater Master Plan Virtual Open House – July 20-August 7

The City of Salem is updating its Stormwater Master Plan to guide how the Salem community should address the many challenges associated with urban stormwater runoff. The draft plan: Contains goals, objectives, and policies to guide decisions regarding stormwater programs and projects Provides direction on how to invest to best meet current and future demands on […]

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Summer activities risk

This writing was supposed to be about Salem’s iconic Saturday Market and how to walk there from our neighborhood, while seeing interesting things on the way. Sadly enough, reality has caught up to us, with rising numbers of COVID-19 infections. Promoting such a public gathering did no longer seem appropriate. Does this mean, we should […]