Day: December 12, 2011

“Bedbugs” by Ben H. Winters

“Bedbugs” by Ben H. Winters c.2011, Quirk Books $14.95 / $16.95 Canada 253 pages   By TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Did you hear that? It was loud, like a clunk but not quite. And it smells like smoke in here. Or minty; definitely something. You can’t smell it?  Unbelievable that you didn’t notice; you’re usually really observant. And did you do something different with this room? So. Is it hot in here, or is it me? Am I losing my mind?  That’s a question Susan Wendt asks herself over and over in the new book “Bedbugs” by Ben H. Winters. And she won’t like the answer… Until their daughter, Emma, was born, Alex and Susan Wendt had been quite happy with their Brooklyn apartment. It was cute, just one-bedroom-plus-nook, perfect for two-plus-baby. Four years later, it was getting cramped in there, and though the idea of a move made Alex want to scream, Susan was looking for a new home. When she found the adorable old brownstone walk-up in Brooklyn Heights, she couldn’t believe their luck. At 1300 square feet, the apartment was bigger than their current one. The price was right, the landlady was a little quirky but nice, and the place included a charming studio so that Susan could go back to painting again. The Wendts couldn’t move in fast enough. Life at 56 Cranberry Street was good –...

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‘Miracle’ lights up Keizer nights

The Keizer Miracle of Christmas lighting display will again have the Gubser neighborhood awash in the glow of holiday cheer and, of course, lots and lots of lights. The tradition, which raises money and food for the Marion Polk Food Share, draws eyes from around the region. The display kicked off last week, and cars will be roaming the neighborhood from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. through Dec. 26. It’s expected that nearly 20,000 vehicles will pass through the neighborhood. There’s no admission fee, but as the event is a fundraiser for hungry families in the mid-Willamette Valley, donations are always welcome. Cans and non-perishable food donations along with cash are welcomed. In 2010 25,171 pounds of food were collected for Marion Polk Food Share as well as $18,050 in cash. The route is about 3.5 miles long, and can take several hours to complete on busy weekends. Snow-Cop barricades will mark the direction of the route. Organizers remind attendees that there are no public restrooms available, and visitors should keep their headlights on at all times while driving through. It is a residential neighborhood, so please be aware and courteous to pedestrians and residents trying to get in and out of driveways. The display is also walkable, with sidewalks throughout the Gubser neighborhood. If you choose to walk it, please park at either Whiteaker Middle School, 1605 Lockhaven Drive...

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