Month: August 2012

Volcanoes get 2-1 win in 13 innings

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes Aug. 22: Volcanoes 3, Spokane 0 Salem-Keizer followed its first shutout win of the season with its second, blanking Spokane in the first game of its series there. Volcano starter Joe Biagini allowed five hits but no walks and struck out eight in his six innings. Tyler Mizenko, closing for his second straight night, got his 11th save. The Volcanoes had only four hits to the Indians’ five, but two of those hits provided insurance runs in the ninth inning. Joe Rapp singled, and Mac Williamson hit a two-run homer. In the fifth, Rafael Rodriguez reached first base on an error, stole second, went to third on another error and scored on a double by Chuckie Jones. Aug. 23: Spokane 3, Volcanoes 0 The host Indians reversed the score of the previous night’s game, getting their runs on four hits and holding Salem-Keizer to two. It was a game full of strikeouts. Starting and winning pitcher Jose Valdespina had 10 in his six innings, and Cameron Lamb, who started and lost for the Volcanoes, had five in his five innings. He allowed two of Spokane’s runs, but neither was earned. The biggest blow was a first-inning triple by Patrick Cantwell, who drove in Gabriel Roa. Ryan Rua singled Cantwell home. The Volcanoes had the bases loaded with two out in the third, but...

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Phyllis Diller’s last laugh

By NICK THOMAS The grand lady of comedy, Phyllis Diller, passed away in August at age 95. Can’t you just see her, strutting through the Pearly Gates in a pink, knee-length dress, encrusted with blinding sequins, matching silver gloves and boots, flashing her trademark wild, electrified hairdo? One might expect St. Peter to be accustomed to welcoming all sorts, but even he might be taken aback when the Madonna of the Geritol set, as she loved to be called, comes knocking armed with the familiar Diller cackle, “They’re lettin’ anyone in here nowadays. Ha Ha Ha Haaaa Ha.” With her trademark on-stage, rapid-fire delivery, Diller was famous for launching into a string of one-liners without batting an artificial eyelash, poking fun at celebrities, her mythical family, and of course, herself. I interviewed Phyllis twice, once for our local public radio station, and also for the San Francisco Chronicle in 2006 several years after she mothballed her collection of electrifying fright wigs and flashy show dresses, and retired from performing after 47 years of stand-up comedy. “I loved doing the shows, but physically it was getting harder for me,” Diller, who was around 90 at the time, told me. “A one hour show is just the tip of the iceberg. All the traveling, rehearsals, and media sessions became more tiring.” Diller’s final stand-up performance in 2002 was preserved by filmmaker...

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Celt junior will play in Gold Medal Games

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A McNary High School junior will play in the 2013 Gold Medal Games, an international baseball competition. Jordan Barchus was selected to try out for the team during an Arizona-based winter tournament earlier this year. He played for the Capital City Select, a Keizer-based, 18U travel baseball team. Barchus then traveled to Florida earlier this month to compete in the tryouts for the 2013 tournament. “Basically, all the guys who were selected were assigned to teams and we played four games,” Barchus said. He must have done more than one thing right because he was assigned to the first-team All-Americans as a utility player. “After the try-outs they announced the teams at the Astros’ spring training facility and we got certificates and a chance meet all the coaches,” Barchus said. Clayton Gelfand, another member of the Capital City Select 18U team was also chosen to play alongside Barchus in the Gold Medal Games. “It’s an Olympic-style event and they’ll bring teams in teams from 12 other countries,” Barchus said. The level of competition at the tournament was eye-opening, Barchus said, but it’s given him goals to work on for the coming year. “I want to work on my overall athleticism and hitting to try to get to that next level so I I’m ready for the Games,” he said. Capital City Select...

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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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