Day: February 28, 2011

Thrift store offers the everyday and the unusual

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes You’re looking for something cool and different, but not quite sure what. Resale-2-U, a new store selling used items in south Keizer, might be your place. $5 mattresses? Sure! A $25 couch? Why not? A chess set from the Civil War? Absolutely! A bowling ball with a skull in it? … Huh? Besides the thrill of a bargain, part of the kick of a thrift store is finding something you won’t get anywhere else. “It’s kinda like treasure hunting, you know?” said Don Smith, who co-owns the new store along with his wife Donna. They own a medical transportation company and see plenty of clients in need. “We carry around a lot of needy people … they don’t have clothes, sometimes their kids are sleeping on the floor,” Donna said. The pair said they’re trying to keep their wares at about 50 percent of larger thrift stores in the area. Included in their current selection is furniture, clothes, electronics and all kinds of random items you never knew you wanted until you saw them. “We have unique things we really promote ourselves on,” Donna said. They’re also collecting items to give to needy folks in the area. On some items they’re willing to negotiate prices, Donna said, and they’re keeping a list of wanted items from customers. “If we come across it we’ll call...

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They said it! (Hearing on big box)

“As a commission we really tried to focus on the overall master plan and not any specific rumors of who might be in some of those buildings.” – Albert Castaneda, Planning Commissioner “Today if we had that three-story (mixed use) building fully leased we still probably couldn’t finance it.” – Alan Roodhouse, RPS Development “Making decisions based on criteria instead of populist demands is difficult.” – Wendie Kellington, Developer attorney “With this large of a store, I think you’re going to have considerably more traffic issues than are being realized at this point.” – Sandi King “It’s true that change can be disruptive, but without it we can’t have progress.” – Eric Meurer “Has there been a community retail impact review done by the city? … Or are we just supposed to believe the land developer?” – Carol Doerfler “The Council doesn’t have the latitude to say, ‘Oh we changed our mind and we’re not going to allow anything over 10,000 square feet.’ That decision has been made.” – Nate Brown, Comm. Dev. Director “Let the people voice their desires by waiting for the results of this election and then act on the plans for Area C.  Otherwise, it seems obvious that the desires of the developer are more important than the desires of the citizens who elected you into your positions.” – Rhonda Rich “Would you want your...

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Girls bowling headed to state

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes It’s not unusual for the McNary girls bowling team to get a bit rowdy on the lanes. “We tend to get really loud, but it’s how we get our play going and it’s the thing that helps us bond as a great team,” said Marrisa Miller, a senior on the team. It’s hard to argue with the strategy, while the team ended the season in third place in the district, the girls earned themselves an invite to the state tournament as a wild card. Team captain Jocee Freeman rolled into the ranks of the district’s All Star Team during the district tournament and several other Celts missed the team by just a few marks. Two wild card slots in the state tournament are offered to the third place teams in the district with the most teams overall. “Even though we didn’t take first in districts, we’re making it to state and that was one of our major goals,” said Carissa Ventura. Getting in as a wild card should not at all reflect adversely on the the team itself, said Kathy Kaplan, who co-coaches the team with Ted Natividad. “These girls are fun to work with, they believe in themselves and they want to represent McNary...

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