The only trouble with a bequeathed gift is that you can't personally thank the giver.
A pity, because we'd like to shake Anthony Silvers' hand and tell him how much we appreciate what he's done for Baker City.
Silvers, a restaurateur, landscape architect and home designer, died
earlier this year. He left the city investments worth $800,000, and a
home worth an estimated $100,300.
These are considerable sums.
Yet it's the purpose to which Silvers directed his money be used that ensures his legacy will be an enduring one.
Silvers wants the city to create an endowment with the $800,000, then
use the interest to plant and maintain trees that line city streets.
Which means that, decades and likely even centuries from now, Baker
City residents, thanks to the generosity of Anthony Silvers, will
relish a patch of shade on a scorching August afternoon, and romp
through piles of colorful leaves on a crystalline autumn day.
So on their behalf, and on ours, we say in advance: Thanks, Mr. Silvers.