Day: April 20, 2011

Town Hall Forum set for Monday

The City of Keizer will hold a public town hall forum on Monday, April 25, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. This forum will continue the discussion of police services levels in the City of Keizer.  The forum will include the comments and input received at the February and March forums, as well as various options that could be used to increase resources for the police department. This public town hall forum will take place at the Keizer Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Road NE, Keizer, Oregon. If there is a need for any special accommodations in order to participate in the forum, please contact the City Recorder at (503) 856‑3412 at least 48 hours prior to the time of the forum. Questions regarding this matter may be directed to Chief H. Marc Adams, Keizer Police Department at (503)...

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Brutal truths of the derby sisterhood

The first time Yvette Massinger, in her Roller Derby alter ego Va Voom Va Vet, knocked down another competitor on the track she said she was sorry. “It took me a little while to really become aggressive. Now, I’m always looking for that great hit,” Massinger said. For Massinger and the other Keizer women who strap on skates to compete in Salem’s Cherry City Derby Girls league, it takes time to divest themselves of the niceties deeply ingrained in the their personalities. They had to accept the first truth of derby: This is Derby, stop apologizing. “It’s a little bit scary because you don’t want to hurt anybody, but they know how to get hit, you know how to get hit. When you start scrimmaging and there’s big smiles on everyone’s faces and everyone is screaming hit me harder, that’s when you know you’ve got it,” said Sherri Downer, aka Areola 51 and the current league president. While nixing apologies includes begging forgiveness of other competitors, it also requires the derby girls to stop making excuses for themselves and checking perceived limitations at the door. “You can’t have any expectations about derby or what you’re capable of,” said Erika Gabbard, aka Country Bumpkin. “None of us here started at the point where we’re at now.” No one in the league starts at the top. To become a competitor on...

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