Day: July 17, 2012

Nook is home to well-loved books

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes In an age when an actual book, the kind that requires muscle tone to turn a page, is seeming more and more like a relic of a bygone era, some Keizer businesses owners are planning to do their best to keep the tradition alive. It may sound like someone trying to turn back the tide, but Candee’s Nook, already had that unmistakable smell of ink and old paper days before it officially opened. “I don’t know if there’s any right time (to open a bookstore), but there are people out there who like to have a book in their hands. There are people who love the smell, feel and heft of a book and it helps them get into a story,” said Gary Rogers, one of the store’s four co-owners. Partners in the shop include his wife, Carla, and Wil and Candee Evarts. Candee’s Nook offers a selection of children’s, Christian, general fiction, non-fiction, western, suspense and science fiction as well as rare books with a few dating as far back as the 1830s and running through the 1930s. The store includes a children’s area and reading chairs. The only thing they don’t carry is paperback romance novels. They’ll offer some of the heavy hitters in the genre, but anything like the Harlequin Romance series, is just as likely to end up...

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McNary alumna misses Olympic cut, sets sights on triathlons

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Before she became a college swimming phenom, before she swam in the Olympic Trials, there was a time when Amber Boucher believed she’d peaked. “I came into college swimming and told the coaches that my best times were two years in the past,” Boucher said. “I didn’t understand how I could ever get the times I needed or get faster than I was on any given day.” She credits the coaches at Boise State University, especially head coach Kristin Hill, with helping her change her mindset. “They took me and said you can go faster. That year I went faster in every single event,” Boucher said. While faster times didn’t secure her a spot on the Olympic team, Boucher improved her ranking in all three events she competed in at the trials. In the 100-butterfly, Boucher finished 85th. In the 100-free, she finished 68th and in the 50-free she finished 126th, but she said the latter was the weakest of her three races. Overall, Boucher entered the competition seeded 111th in the nation and improved her standing to 68th. “It was crazy, the best experience of my whole life,” she said. “Everything was so surreal and so much bigger than anything else I’ve ever done in my life.” Boucher had already met many of the swimmers who will compete for the U.S....

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