Day: March 4, 2013

“The Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult

“The Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult c.2013, Emily Bestler Books / Atria $28.99 / $32.00 Canada 461 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER You couldn’t sleep without a bedtime story. When you were small, snuggling with your blankie and teddy, a bedtime story was the final cap of your day.  Hearing that tale – whether it was on soft lap or soft mattress, read by Mom or Dad, a holiday story or an old favorite – was the best way to ease into a long nights’ sleep. You almost wish somebody could read to you like that again. It might banish a lot of grown-up woes – unless it’s a story like the one told in “The Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult. Everybody in town thought that Josef Weber was a kindly old man. He’d been a fixture in so many lives: the high school German teacher, a baseball coach, the guy who walked his little dog around town and doted on her with shared treats at the local bakery. Sage Singer often saw Josef before she went to work on her overnight shift at the bakery, just before she started the tasks that soothed her soul. She knew the recipes for bread by heart – they must’ve been in her genes – and working alone at night suited her fine. Self-conscious about the scar on her face, courtesy of an...

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School board wrestles with potential cuts

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes Funding levels and infrastructure were the concerns of Tuesday’s budget committee meeting of the Salem-Keizer School District. Mike Wolfe, chief operating officer, handed out a chart showing how four potential 2013-15 state school funding levels would affect the district. He then went through three district infrastructure reports: on the transportation fleet, on the facilities and on the operational equipment. The lowest funding level, labeled “crisis budget,” reflected Gov. John Kitzhaber’s proposal and would amount to $6.15 billion. Shortfall estimates resulting from this amount are $42 million for 2013-14 and $51 million for 2014-15. For more of this article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the March 1 issue of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

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