Month: May 2012

St. Eds to host dinner & auction

St. Edward Catholic Church will holds its 7th annual dinner-auction on Saturday, May 12. “There’s No Place Like Home” is the theme for the event that raises funds for the church’s many youth programs. One of the highlights of the evening will be the raffle of a “The Wizard of Oz” quilt crafted by Mary Langevin. Tickets for the raffle will be $5; the winner need not be present to win. Tickets are $20 person; VIP tables are available at $250 each. Live and silent auctions will be on display for viewing during the dinner. For information contact Anna Keller at...

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Alleged robber implicated in two more in north Salem

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes  The man arrested in a pharmacy robbery earlier this month may also have been involved in two other robberies at a north Salem fast food restaurant, documents show. The accused was already in custody on suspicion of twice robbing the McDonald’s at 2830 Broadway Street NE when Keizer Police decided to charge him with the April 13 robbery at the Safeway pharmacy in Keizer. The charges came after the agency released several surveillance photos of the suspect. Tips coming into the agency identified him by name, according to Capt. Jeff Kuhns of Keizer Police. Follow-up from Det. Vaughn Edsall led to probable cause, Kuhns added. According to a probable cause statement released by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect is accused of robbing McDonald’s on Tuesday, April 17, and again on Monday, April 23. The suspect walked into McDonald’s on April 17, demanding money while pulling out a pocket knife and saying he had a gun. A store employee picked up a phone to call 911, the statement reads, but the suspect rushed over and told him to put the phone down. The suspect then held the victim at knifepoint while he opened a safe, police said. The suspect then turned off power to the store, and the victims fled through a drive-thru window. The suspect was caught during another robbery at...

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Stopping abuse among teens starts with support, empathy

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The three words “I love you” are frequently credited as being the hardest three words to say in the English language, but there are harder ones. For instance, try saying “I believe you and it’s not your fault” to a victim of relationship abuse. “You might be the first person to ever say, ‘I believe you.’ So many people come in to our office say that we’re the first people to say we believe them,” said Kirstin Heydel, youth services coordinator for Mid-Valley Women’s Crisis Service (MVWCS). Heydel visited McNary High School last week to give a presentation on teen relationship abuse that sought to help attendees understand the cycle of abuse and how to better support victims. MVWCS offers assistance services to all victims of relationship abuse as well as domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking. Once called teen dating violence, that term has become outdated by the changing nature of teen relationships. “Relationship abuse is a pattern of hurtful and controlling behavior whether it’s physical, emotional, sexual, spiritual or financial abuse. Relationships now look a lot different than they used to. It might mean the pair are intimate partners, but it can also be hooking up or simply abusive friendships or bullying,” she said. About 42 percent of sexual assaults happen to victims under the age of 18...

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Color Me Mine moves to Tigard

Color Me Mine has moved from Keizer Station to Tigard. The paint-your-own-ceramics store is re-opening next to the Washington Square Mall Too at 10140 Washington Square Road, Ste. B1, in Tigard. The company has 136 studios franchised throughout the world. For more information visit...

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Elks honor Young

Jim Young recently received the Distinguished Citizenship award from Keizer Elks Lodge No. 2472 for Outstanding and Meritorious Service to Humanity. Young has been a Keizer Elks member for 42 years and believes in staying active in the community.  He participated in the Reading Program for 17 years at three local elementary schools; spent 10 years on the Keizer Heritage Foundation Board and as a volunteer; worked four years at the Keizer Community Food Bank; continues to deliver meals for the Salem-Keizer Meals on Wheels program, and an elder at John Knox Presbyterian Church in...

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