Day: July 25, 2011

Fire causes $100K in damages

A house fire Sunday evening caused an estimated $100,000 in damages at 4923 Shoreline Loop N. Keizer Police Officer Stephen Richardson was first on the scene, at 8:38 p.m., and found the roof on fire and the residents running in and out of the home to rescue valuables. “He did a great job of relaying messages to dispatch and keeping the resident’s out of harm’s way,” said Capt. Rod Conway, Keizer deputy fire marshal. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation, but damages were mostly contained to the attic and roof where the fire started. “We had to pull down part of the ceiling in the dining room, but even the water damage was kept to a minimum,” Conway said. Both residents of the home and their dog escaped safely. They told responders that they were watching television and thought they might have heard and smelled something, but attributed it to neighbors cooking outdoors. They were alerted to the fire when a neighbor knocked on their door, Conway said. “In that sense, it was fortunate that the fire happened early in the evening because the smoke detectors still hadn’t triggered,” he said. A second alarm was triggered on the fire to replenish dehydrated firefighters on the line....

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“Small as an Elephant” by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

“Small as an Elephant” by Jennifer Richard Jacobson c.2011, Brilliance Audio $22.99 / $28.99 Canada 5 CDs / 5h 9m   By TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Slam. There are days when slamming your bedroom door, though it might get you in trouble, is really satisfying. Those are the days when everybody bugs you, nothing goes right, and you just want to scream, stomp, storm, and slam. Sometimes, you just want to be left alone. But what if everybody left you – for good?  What if you woke up and found out that you were all by yourself?  It happened to Jack Martel in the new audiobook “Small as an Elephant” by Jennifer Richard Jacobson. It was supposed to be the vacation of a lifetime. Eleven-year-old Jack Martel and his mother had planned it all summer. They were going camping in Maine’s Acadia National Park for Labor Day Weekend. Then they were going to go see Lydia the Elephant at the York Zoo because a love of elephants was the one solid thing Jack and his mother shared. That is, when she wasn’t spinning out of control. Still, she seemed normal on the trip, helping him set up his tent and laughing at his jokes. She was fine and Jack was looking forward to a few days of fun. But the first morning he woke up and unzipped his tent, he was...

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Bronze rules for Olympians

Keizer athletes Steven Jones and Andrew Russell competed in the Special Olympics track and field state meet over the weekend and one returned home with three bronze medals. Russell took third in the 200-meter, 400-meter and as part of the 4×100 relay. “It’s a really fun experience,” said Russell, 21. “I like to win, but I also like seeing and cheering on all the other athletes.” He was particularly fond of the Olympic Village set up during the games at Newberg High School, which featured several games for athletes to win prizes. Jones, 25, took third in the 4×100 relay alongside Russell and recorded new personal records in the 3,000-meter and the 400-meter. Jones’ time in the 3,000 dropped from 14:41 to 14:31 and he got his 400 time down to 1:14. “I was just trying to do my best in each race,” Jones said. Jones has competed in the Special Olympics track and field games since he was 17, but still looks forward to meeting new people.Not one to rest on his laurels, he’s already looking forward to basketball this winter. “We need more players though so I encourage everyone to sign up.” For more information about Special Olympics in Oregon, visit soor.org. – Eric A....

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