Day: November 5, 2012

Photo Gallery: Fine arts in focus at MHS

Two recent events spotlighted the many ways McNary High School students are putting their creativity to work. The Fine Arts Department hosted an open house Thursday, Oct. 18 and the choir hosted its annual Night of Hope, on Oct. 25, a fundraiser for Liberty House and the Mid-Valley Women’s Crisis Center. (Photos by Eric A. Howald) [fbphotos...

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“Proof of Heaven” by Eben Alexander, M.D.

“Proof of Heaven” by Eben Alexander, M.D. c.2012, Simon & Schuster $23.99 / $27.99 Canada 208 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER   Nobody packs a suitcase like you do. A weekend away? No problem. Cram everything you need in a tote and go. A two-week cruise?  Again, no problem. You can roll, fold, and stuff half-a-closet in a carry-on and still have room for a book. It’s a gift. You’re like a squirrel when it comes to packing but there’s one trip you’ll have to make someday, and you won’t have to pack a thing. Yes, you’re going to die. But what happens and what awaits us on our final journey? In “Proof of Heaven” by Eben Alexander, M.D., you’ll read about one man’s week-long experience, and the inspiring souvenirs he brought back. It all started with a middle-of-the-night backache. Neurosurgeon Eben Alexander awoke from the pain and headed for a warm bath, thinking it might help. It didn’t, and neither did a backrub from his wife, Holley. The pain, in fact, intensified. By mid-morning, Alexander was nearly unconscious. Rushed to the hospital, he landed in the ICU, surrounded by baffled doctors who believed that he’d somehow acquired spontaneous E. coli meningitis. His spinal fluid and the outer portion of his brain were filled with pus. There was no brain activity, and no precedent: the affliction was...

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McNary grad gets front row view of historic storm

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes At first Shawn Magnuson and his friends were laughing. Seeing the firsthand impact from Hurricane Sandy Monday evening changed the mood rather quickly. Magnuson, a 2010 McNary High School graduate, is a junior at Nyack College in Nyack, New York. That gave Magnuson a great view of the big storm. “We have a pretty good view of cities across the Hudson River like Winchester,” Magnuson said. “So many explosions lighting up the sky, transformers exploding everywhere. Cities there were all black. Then the city here went black. There was a constant roar of the wind.” Initially, Magnuson said there were jokes mixed with disappointment. “It was cool,” the 21-year-old said. “Even when we lost power, it was cool. We could hang out. When we woke up (Monday), we were disappointed. There was not much of anything. We thought the media just hyped it up. Then we found out it was hitting later in the evening. It really did deliver everything the media said would happen. “We were laughing at first,” Magnuson added. “Then when trees started to fall and there were explosions, it started to be not as funny anymore. It’s so dark, you can hardly see. You don’t know if a tree is going to fall on you. That’s when it got serious. (Tuesday) morning, we saw so many trees downed.” Magnuson...

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McLeod subdivision hearing set for Nov. 8

A proposed 30-home subdivision application on McLeod Lane across from Aldine Drive has a hearing date of Nov. 8. The six-acre plot is the last remnant of the former Beilke farm. Developers Tim Smith and Lee Sjothun are backing the project, but Smith said market demand will determine when houses are actually built. “I’m not gonna say it’s a good time to build,” he said. “We’ll go through the process and do some marketing before we decide to develop. It may get developed in 2013, it may not be until 2014 or 2015.” Drawings show an extension of Aldine Drive across McLeod Lane, with the development abutting Whiteaker Middle School. Average lot size is 6,655 square feet, with 5,400 the smallest and 11,127 the largest. The sizes will allow a wide variety of possible house sizes and price ranges, Smith said. “You can do a number of things with those size lots,” he said. One factor that made the project attractive, Smith said, is the relative lack of buildable land in Keizer as opposed to Salem. “You could say we’re crazy, but Lee and I think it’s so nice we wanted to have it,” Smith said. “… It’s just a nice piece of...

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