Day: April 6, 2010

UPDATE: Suspicious package at McNary no danger

UPDATED: 2:50 p.m. Keizer Police said a suspicious package located on the McNary High School campus Tuesday was not dangerous. Students were allowed to leave campus at their scheduled time, school officials said. Officers were called to the scene at about 12:50 p.m. Tuesday afternoon on a report about a suspicious package. The Salem Police Bomb Squad responded to the scene, and Lt. John Troncoso of Keizer Police reported the device was not considered dangerous after investigation. It was found near the entrance to the football stadium, Keizer Police Capt. Jeff Kuhns said. Police said the package appeared to be a brick wrapped in paper and duct tape. “Initial reports indicate the brick was taken from a science classroom and accidentally dropped in the parking lot,” Keizer Police Sgt. Lance Inman said. He said officers are “still investigating” why the brick was taken from the classroom and packaged as it was. While students were evacuated from a nearby portable classroom, the school was not placed on...

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All 31 flavors return after store remodel

Sometime during the year you can probably find your favorite ice cream flavor at Baskin-Robbins in Keizer.  Unless your favorite flavor is licorice.  Baskin-Robbins doesn’t offer the black flavor anymore; it affects the flavors coming after it in the manufacturing process. Keizerites John and Tina Lottis closed the Keizer ice cream store in March to remodel for the first time in years.  “The plumbing was 35 years old,” said Lottis. Customers will not notice the new plumbing but they’ll see the new furnishings, new paneling and new menu boards, all an update from the corporate office. Baskin-Robbins, a franchiser, boasts over 5,800 stores throughout the world.  The local franchiser is Alpenrose Dairy of Portland, so the ice cream for the Keizer store is made just up the road using corporate recipes. Though it’s a franchise, the Keizer store is a Lottis family business.  One of their daughters, Kristy, used to manage the Keizer and Lancaster Drive stores.  Son Coe has worked for the stores in the past. Coe is now living in Portland and Kristy is raising her family here in Keizer. These days John’s sister-in-law works there and his brother-in-law helps out as needed while his father does all the maintenance. The Lottis family didn’t start out in ice cream. For years the family owned Valley Welding Supply in Salem. The Lottis children, though in their 20s, still come to one of the stores...

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