Day: August 28, 2012

Family matriarch inspires three generations at Birdie’s

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Birdie’s Bistro has been open just more than two weeks, but they’re already getting traffic at those non-traditional times. (And who’s Birdie? That would be owner Shana Schmidt’s grandmother, Roberta Finlay, a longtime Salem-area resident.) A visit at 3 p.m. revealed teenagers taking advantage of the sun via the bistro’s outdoor patio, a pair of elderly friends catching up – and three generations behind the counter. Shana and Troy Schmidt opened the restaurant; Shana runs the day-to-day operations. Her mother, Carol Riehl, has been pitching in along with two of Shana’s children, Jacob Woodring and Morgan Schmidt. Her other children have been “helping one way or another,” Shana said. The shop, which sells sandwiches, soups, salads, coffee, smoothies, breakfast and a host of baked goods, opened in the former Steam Heat location at 3860 River Road N., in a tan-colored strip mall that’s actually closer to the intersection of Cherry Avenue NE and Sam Orcutt Way. Shana was a regular customer at Steam Heat, and after owner Tom Schuh closed the coffee shop earlier this year she saw an opportunity to project her own vision onto the space. “The patio is awesome for summer,” she said. “We’ll have an awning and heat out there eventually. The fireplace is inviting. … It’s just a cozy little environment. It was the perfect size to start...

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KFD mulls event fee

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Event organizers in Keizer may find themselves needing to cough up extra dough to put on public events in the city. The Keizer Fire Board took up the issue of standby fees at its meeting Tuesday, Aug. 21. Standby fees are occasionally applied when events will require extra personnel or equipment to cover. Fire Board directors were responding to concerns brought up by Christine Dieker, executive director of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce. Dieker is planning an running event, the Jingle Dash, to occur just before the Festival of Lights Parade in December. Prior to the meeting, KFD officials were considering adding a $580 standby fee to the Chamber of Commerce’s event permit. Between the parade and the dash, covering all the events would likely require KFD to have three ambulances on duty at a time when there would normally be one, said Director Greg Ego. “The problem with the Jingle Dash isn’t the event, it’s having it scheduled alongside other events that also require our attention,” Chief Jeff Cowan, of the Keizer Fire District, said. In the past, KFD officials have chosen to waive the standby fee to get events off the ground, but the conflux of multiple events occurring on and around the same time requires revisiting the standby fee policy. “The new policy needs to allow for a waiver,...

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