Day: January 21, 2011

Read your driver’s manual

To the Editor: So according to the citation (MCFD chief cited in crash, Keizertimes, Jan. 14) drivers no longer need to pull to the side of the road. Emergency vehicles must fend for themselves. We should all keep a copy of the article in the event we are cited. The last time I read the driver’s manual: When you see or hear an emergency vehicle, you must pull to the right, stop and stay stopped until the emergency vehicle has passed. Emergency vehicle drivers may: Drive faster than a designated speed. It appears the Chief was doing what was required until a citizen turned in front of him. Jerry Lelack...

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Allakazam! Magician gets top billing at First Citizens Banquet

A magician who got his introduction to the spotlight on “America’s Got Talent” will headline this year’s Keizer Chamber First Citizens Banquet. The annual dinner, set for 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, is where Keizer’s First Citizen, Merchant of the Year and Service to Education awards are handed out. But this year organizers have a trick up their sleeve in magician Scott Anderson. His show kicks off at 9 p.m. Anderson still lives in Oregon, and spent two years living in Keizer while in the paramedic program at Chemeketa Community College. Anderson appeared on “America’s Got Talent,” a popular NBC show featuring Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne. An Oregon native, he first practiced the craft for students involved in the D.A.R.E. anti-drug program, and performed at the Oregon State Fair just before Sept. 11, 2001. After the terrorist attacks, he was reactivated for service in the U.S. Army, working as a medic. He honed his craft performing for injured soldiers and children in Afghanistan, and on an Iraq deployment won the military’s version of “America’s Got Talent.” He said performing magic for adults and kids alike was not only theraputic for the audience. As part of a small group of medics in Afghanistan he routinely saw badly-injured children as well as his fellow soldiers. “We know when we go in what the possible outcomes of going to war are,”...

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