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Roses&Thorns

July 15, 2012
Salem News

Roses for the announcement of a local businessman's plan to resurrect Timberlanes. An active building within our downtown sector is better than an empty building. We have enough of those already. The clamor has been that we needed such an inn. We actually had one for years. Yep, the same Timberlanes which went by the wayside because of, take your pick, the general economy, perceived mismanagement or maybe a lack of community support.?Let's hope it works out for the better and that all of those doing the clamoring will duly support the enterprise with their wallets. And wasn't it interestingly ironic that a mere day after the Timberlanes announcement came another regarding a restaurant and banquet hall (Timberlanes was renowned for decades for both) planned next to the proposed Holiday Inn Express on the east end? Soon we will have two inns and banquet halls with plenty of space for everyone. The shale boom and those it brings into our area should support the projects in part. However, the long-term will be interesting. The construction jobs alone being provided by the Timberlanes renovation, the east end work, the $42.5 million Salem Community Hospital bed tower and even the new auto parts store should spur our local economy. Which is always good.

 
 

 

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