Day: August 6, 2010

Rush hour crash on River Road sends four to hospital

An afternoon rush hour accident on River Road sent four to the hospital on Tuesday, Aug. 3, police said. The accident at River Road and Cummings Lane occurred, police believe, after the driver of a 1993 GMC Suburban didn’t stop for a traffic signal and T-boned a 2003 Dodge Caravan headed northbound on River Road at about 5:52 p.m. [MAP: 1] A third vehicle, a 2003 Toyota Rav4, was in the parking lot of a nearby business complex and was struck in the accident. No one was in the car at the time. The occupants of the Suburban –  Walter A. Peca, 42, and a 12-year-old girl – along with the passengers in the van, Daniel Garcia, 55, and Diana Barrios, 50, were transported to Salem Hospital. The extent of their injuries were not available at press time. The accident remains under investigation, and no citations have been...

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Elva Weigum

A memorial service for Ms. Weigum will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at Keizer Community Church. Ms. Weigum, of Keizer, died Friday, July 23, 2010. She was 95 years old. Born April 13, 1915 to Georgia and James Sowles in Worthington, Minn., she grew up in Lake Park, Iowa. She married Jacob Weigum in 1946 and moved to a farm in Keizer. She was an accomplished vocalist and enjoyed playing the piano, singing, cooking, baking and sewing. Her knitted items made it all over the world, including Russia and Romania. Ms. Weigum was preceded in death by her sister, Vera Harte; and her husband. Survivors include: four children, Kendall Kay Jacobsen-Sheng (Li), Kenneth Ray Weigum (Laurie), Linda May Jordan (Robert) and Lenny Jay Weigum; six grandchildren, Melissa, Nicholas, Jennifer, Stephanie, Chelle and Brenda; 11 great-grandchildren; one niece and two nephews. Contributions in Mrs. Weigum’s memory may be made to Keizer Community Church or Union Gospel Mission. Arrangements by Keizer Funeral...

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Elizabeth Buren

Mrs. Buren, of Salem and formerly of Keizer, died Monday, July 26, 2010. She was 96. Born May 10, 1914, in Nashua, Iowa, she moved to Oregon with her husband, where they raised six children and worked together in their landscaping business. She enjoyed gardens, the beach, camping with family and the beauty of the outdoors. She had a talent for crocheting and painting, and took joy in making treats in the kitchen with family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman, son, John; and brothers, Paul and Fred. Survivors include: her daughters, Marie Harris, Polly (Berl) Davis, Shirley (Kelton) Jensen and Judy (Ken) Tennant; son, Larry (Lorena) Buren; 14 grandchildren; several great and great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held at a later...

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SILVER SNEAKERS: A perfect fit

By LANCE MASTERSON Of the Keizertimes When Colin Leech suffered a second stroke in three years, he knew where to go to hasten his recovery. Leech is a veteran of Silver Sneakers, the nationally-recognized program offered at the Courthouse Athletic Club in Keizer. It’s here where Leech’s physical therapist sent him after suffering his first stroke three years ago. “Well, when I had that first stroke, I couldn’t put my pants on without leaning up against something. Coming here, I’ve got my balance back,” Leech said. “Then, I had this minor stroke. So I’m working on that now.” Following the second stroke, Leech couldn’t take two steps without having to hold onto something. “When I first came back, I had a walker, and I did that for about a week. Then I had a cane. But I couldn’t figure out how to use a cane, so I just started walking,” said Leech. “I still have days where I lose my balance if I move too quick. But other than that I think I’m doing pretty well.” Julia Goin has her own success story to share. “I was injured in an automobile accident involving a drunk driver,” Goin said when asked of her motivation to join. “My injuries included a fractured scapula and four fractured ribs along with vision problems.” The recuperative powers of Silver Sneakers caught her by surprise....

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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Presented by Copper Creek Mercantile

Like many, a medical emergency led Bill Elliott to the Silver Sneakers program at Courthouse Athletic Club in Keizer. Bill enrolled seven years ago after suffering a stroke. He appreciates the program’s low-stress environment. “Workouts are relatively easy. The thing I like about them is that nobody gets on your case. If you can’t do something, just sit down and nobody’s going to yell at you to get with the program,” he said. “Just standing next to a chair and holding on while moving your feet is a challenge.” Still, Bill challenges himself enough to gain benefits. “I’m actually too close to the situation to notice the improvements,” he said. “I depend on others who look at me and say you’re getting better.” Support is another key component. “Well, it’s basically essential. It would be hard to keep going if you didn’t have it,” he said. Bill attends the class three times a week. He also lifts...

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