Day: December 10, 2012

“The Lost Christmas Gift” by Andrew Beckham

“The Lost Christmas Gift” by Andrew Beckham c.2012, Princeton Architectural Press $29.95 / $34.95 Canada 40 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER This Christmas, you’ll find lots of surprises beneath your tree. Some of them, of course, will arrive from Santa. Others will come in the mail from Grandma or a favorite aunt who lives far away.  Then there are the beribboned packages that somehow manage to sneak under the tree, courtesy of someone special. Emerson Johansson never expected a gift, especially not something sent decades ago. But in the new book “The Lost Christmas Gift” by Andrew Beckham, he received a box full of memories… Two days before Christmas, a box arrived at Emerson Johansson’s house. It was wrapped in paper that was old and fragile, and he was surprised to see his father’s handwriting on the outside. His dad had been dead for years. During World War II, Emerson’s father worked as a cartographer in France and, judging by the postmarks, Emerson knew that that was where the box had come from, some seventy-odd years ago. He wondered where it had been all this time. With excitement, he wondered what was inside it. When he opened the box, he found a book. Memories came flooding back. It had been a special father-son outing, the kind that boys eagerly anticipate each year. They had set out to...

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25-field soccer facility proposed

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Looking for a place to play soccer in Keizer? By sometime in 2014 there could be plenty of fields to choose from – 25, in fact. Portland’s Carrie Cool, executive director of 25 fields for Oregon, announced plans this week to build a youth field sports park between I-5 and Portland Road, north of Chemawa Road. Cool said her non-profit organization recently signed an agreement – terms were not disclosed – to purchase 195 acres of land. The land, as proposed, will be turned into 25 multiuse grass fields, with soccer being the main objective. “What we really want to get started with is 25 soccer fields,” Cool said. “We’re looking at 25 fields so we can have five fields offline. That way we can host multiple events at one time. It gives us a lot of flexibility.” According to Cool, the idea came from a discussion three years ago with Oregon Youth Soccer Association officials about what would be needed to host big soccer tournaments. After being told 20 fields in one location, Cool made it her goal to develop a complex with 25 fields. Cool, who has yet to talk with Keizer officials about her plans, said the fields could be an economic boon for the region. “At a Region 4 championship, 90 percent of the teams come from out...

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Area C remand approved

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A few weeks later, the expected approval was finally confirmed. With little comment, Keizer City Councilors approved a remand on Area C plans at Keizer Station Monday night by a 7-0 vote. Councilors had originally approved an application from E Village, LLC for development in Area C, which at the time included a 116,882 square foot building, in April 2011. That approval was appealed to the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA), which remanded the matter back to the city so that both traffic and concurrency issues – residential space being built at the same time as commercial property – could be addressed. Chuck Sides submitted a revised application in September featuring 72,000 square feet of retail space, which triggered changes in both issues brought up by LUBA since the 80,000 square foot threshold was no longer being triggered. At a November council meeting, it was noted the city by state law had 90 days – or until Dec. 10 – from the new application being turned in Sept. 9 to issue an order. Later in November, councilors directed staff to prepare an order calling for approval at Monday’s meeting. “As revised, the Master Plan/Subdivision proposal meets all applicable standards and criteria and should be granted with the aid of appropriate conditions,” the order read in part. Since councilors gave indication last month...

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